As soon as the 2008 NCAA football schedule was released,many circled the week three matchup between Wisconsin and Fresno State, markingit as an early road trap for the Badgers against a tough WAC opponent.Saturday night, the Badgers (3-0) went into a sold-out Bulldog Stadium andemerged with a 13-10 victory, ending Fresno State’s (1-1) hopes of becomingthis season’s BCS buster.During his weekly press conference Monday, UW head coach Bret Bielema discussedwhat the win meant to the team.“[Fresno State] was the first non-conference opponent thatwe beat that was ranked in the last 50 years,” Bielema said. “It was a greataccomplishment not only for our team, but for our program, and the Universityof Wisconsin.”The last time the Badgers recorded a road win over a rankednon-conference opponent was in 1958.When asked what this win meant for the remainder of the season, Bielema wasquick to point out the team’s next road test in Ann Arbor.“I think it’s just the phrase ‘been there, done that,’”Bielema said. “We are going to be going on the road to Michigan. It’s been along time since we’ve been able to win up there as a program. … I think there’ssomething you want to draw from the way our kids handled the road. Theyembraced the environment.”Hill, Shaughnessy earn game honors from coachBielema handed off the offensive game ball to running back P.J. Hill, whorushed for 112 yards. “Although he didn’t get in the end zone, I don’t know ifI’ve seen him play better,” Bielema said of Hill. “The way that he handled thegame, the situations that came at him, he really did a good job to hang ontothe football.”Despite senior linebacker DeAndre Levy being named Big Ten Defensive Player ofthe Week with an interception, a sack and nine total tackles, Bielema awardedthe defensive game ball to senior defensive lineman Matt Shaughnessy.“Matt Shaughnessy was outstanding in the game,” Bielemasaid. “He obviously created the big play.”Shaughnessy only finished with two tackles, but the big playBielema referred to was a deflection in which Shaughnessy got his hand on apass from Fresno State quarterback Tom Brandstater. The ball was batted intothe air and was intercepted by Levy.Injury reportSophomore defensive back Aaron Henry has missed the first three games of theseason, but Bielema is optimistic that he may be available for next Saturday’smatchup against the Wolverines.“Our goal [for Henry] has always been to be back for Michigan,”Bielema said.Junior linebacker Javery McFadden suffered an injury in Saturday night’s winand had to leave the game with a clubbed hand. He will undergo surgery thisweek and is expected to be back next Tuesday.Both quarterback Allan Evridge and Jason Chapman experienced cramps during thegame. Though Evridge did not return, Bielema said his signal caller is in goodhealth and ready to practice. Bielema noted that Chapman, however, also “hadsome ligament damage to his hands. He will be casted and ready to play.”The Badgers welcomed back senior tight end Travis Beckum and senior outsidelinebacker Jonathan Casillas from injuries. Beckum caught four balls for 51total yards, while Casillas recorded seven tackles. Bielema said havingCasillas and Beckum back was “huge.”“I think just for the energy during the course of the week,” Bielema said. “Agame on Saturday may have been won during the course of the week when Travispracticed the way he did.”Effects of overturned fumble call still lingerThe Badgers managed to hang on despite officials overturning what looked to bea Fresno State fumble. It appeared Levy recovered the ball on the Bulldogs’26-yard line, but a challenge resulted in the call being overturned.“Obviously as a Wisconsin fan, a Wisconsin coach, anybody that has a W on theirheart, they felt that was one that should have stayed with the ruling on thefield,” Bielema said of the call. “But the officials, you’ve got to trust whatthey say.”The ensuing drive ultimately resulted in a missed field goal attempt by FresnoState kicker Kevin Goessling.
24 Jan 2018 Remarkable youngsters give golf a new voice A group of 11 remarkable young people are set to give golf a fresh, new voice.They are Young Ambassadors for England Golf and the Golf Foundation and through their own stories, enthusiasm and love of the sport, they will challenge negative perceptions and play a part in getting more people talking about and playing the game.The ambassadors range in age from 10 to 22 and include school pupils, students, a volunteer coach, a trainee PGA professional, a would-be PE teacher and a trainee doctor. They’re all prepared to do what it takes to inspire others, whether it’s speaking at meetings, blogging or vlogging, getting involved with national campaigns or helping to organise events.“They’re an amazing group,” said Lee Dolby, England Golf’s Young People Manager. “They’re bringing to life our Children and Young People’s Plan for Golf and helping us achieve our vision of inspiring a love of golf that lasts a lifetime.“By sharing their stories they’ll help raise awareness of golf, show the positive impact of young people and prove that it’s a game for all.”The Ambassadors are:Emma Anderson, 20, of Sherwood Forest Golf Club, NottinghamshireElla Baker, 12, of Warley Woods Golf Club, HalesowenIsabella Bleaken, 10, of Westonbirt Golf Club, GloucestershireWarren Clark, 17, from Hampshire and a member of Salisbury & South Wilts Golf ClubEmily Furniss, 18, of Gaudet Luce Golf Club, WorcestershireMorgan Halpin, 19, of Morecambe Golf Club, LancashireAli Jodiyawalla, 18, of Hatchford Brook Golf Club, BirminghamYsobel Lush, 16, of Langdon Hills Golf Club, Essex,Hope Neild, 16, of Royal Norwich Golf Club, NorfolkJessica Pilgrim, 12, of Harewood Downs Golf Club, BuckinghamshireMatthew Wilcox, 22, of West Lancashire Golf Club, LancashireThe ambassadors recently got together for a training session involving the Youth Sport Trust and the Sport and Recreation Alliance. It was a chance to share their stories and experiences and similar themes emerged right across the age range.They spoke of how golf has given them confidence and inspired their career ambitions, how they want to work to make the game truly inclusive and their passion to show that it’s not an ‘old man’s’ game.Here, four of them talk about golf:Ali Jodiyawalla took up golf at the age of 12 when his dad was introduced to the sport through his work. Now, aged 18, he wants to give back, commenting: “Golf’s given a lot to me, if it wasn’t for golf I think I would just be out with my mates a lot more, instead of being focussed on something.Ali is a Level One volunteer coach and his main interest is helping other people to enjoy golf and discover what a great game it is. “There’s a lot of stereotypes around golf but when you actually start playing and get more and more involved it’s so different,” he said.“If young people start representing golf a lot more than the elderly it will take away the biggest stereotypes, that it’s an old man’s sport and a rich man’s sport. And if younger people are doing it, it looks a lot more fun!”Ysobel Lush is, at the age of 16, a veteran volunteer, having helped to recruit girl golfers for three years with Girls Golf Rocks in Essex. The sport and her experience has shaped her life and ambition to be a PE teacher. She says: “I’ve been playing golf since I was little and I’ve made all my best friends through golf. It’s made me what I am and what I want to be.”Morgan Halpin started playing golf with plastic clubs as a three-year-old and is now in the first year of his PGA training. He likes the social aspect of golf and comments: “It’s fun, that’s what it’s all about.”Morgan is passionate about sharing his pleasure in the game and has particular interest in disability golf, inspired by his sister who has a rare genetic disorder. His mum and a friend founded Unique Kidz, a charity to help families find suitable childcare and social activities for their disabled children, and Morgan has been involved with golf activities.Emma Anderson was England Golf’s 2017 Young Ambassador of the Year in recognition of her extensive volunteering. But the university student reckons she has benefited from golf: “It’s made me so much more confident and helped me know that I want to work in sport.”She’s upbeat about the way golf is changing, but says the challenge is getting the wider world to recognise this. “When I talk to people my age about golf there is a perception that it’s older people who are making the decisions, but within golf a lot of young people do have a voice that is listened to. What we’ve got to do is get that voice out there to say that golf is a progressive sport which is changing and that it’s something for people to get involved with.” Tags: England Golf, Golf Foundation, Young Ambassador
The slippery when wet or just when being tackled signs should have been plastered all over the football yesterday, before, during and after the Steelers-Dolphins contest. Everyone is hyped, as they should be, about the return to action of Big Ben Roethlisberger, but after three fumbles or should I say three totally unnecessary give-aways, we had all better buy a bit more stock in the company that manufactures and sales Tums.There was no logical reason for any of the turnovers. Roethlisberger put the defense behind the eight ball time every freakin’ time. After eight years in the league, c’mon, why is Big Ben still making these asinine, rookie-like mistakes? On one of the “passes” he attempted, heck not only was he in the grasp, he appeared to be attempting to throw from a jail cell on look down as he tried to “shovel” pass to someone, God only knows who.I have purposely avoided leveling superficial criticism at Big Ben, especially during these times that he is experiencing adversity from all sides but damn, tuck the ball away!One blogger named NEGiven Sundae had this to say; “What pisses me off is that my Steeler friends are defending the horrible call by the refs. Why can’t Steeler’ fans take off their homer goggles for one second and realize that yesterday’s win was a gift? I still think the Steelers are the best team in the league right now, but come on… that was a horrible call. There’s a time to defend your beloved team, and a time to be realistic and admit that the Steelers should have lost that game.”Aside from “Big” fumbles, there were plenty of coaching gaffes to spread around. What was Mike Tomlin saving or should I say wasting his timeouts for at the end of the first half.Miami coach Tony Sparano does not escape his dunce hat timeout moment either. Did you understand the running play on their final drive with no timeouts that blew away 30 seconds to pick up two yards?When Pittsburgh won their two most recent Super Bowls, the defense was nasty, nastier and nastiest. They were not “concussionists,” they were “percussionists,” because they were beating people like you and I would beat a drum.I thought that Pittsburgh was going to go back to the future. That means or was supposed to mean that the running game was going to be the first option and the forward pass was going to be second. Remember they kicked Willie Parker to the curb because it was alleged that he had lost a step and he was also not an inside runner.I don’t care if you have a 2,000-yard rusher if your QB fumbles three times. The majority of those games your squad is going to lose regardless of how good your defense is. I could accept it if Big Ben, in the process of working off the rust, threw a pick or two. However, fumbling, stumbling and bumbling the ball away and expecting the defense to charge into the “dark alley of idiocy” to bail him out and salvage the game, well that is a bit much. If the Dolphins suck it up and score a TD on just one of those turnovers, game, set, match.Big Ben was his usual enigmatic self. He said what one might consider the biggest understatement of the 2010 season. “Just a bizarre kind of play. You hate to win it that way, but you’ll take a win.” What way is Mr. Roethlisberger referring to? Could it be that his “Boney James” type of bonehead play, extending the football out to dry almost cost the Steelers a win again? But lo and behold, the defense did not fold. They held on and won the game. As thin as they were along the defensive line, being held play after play like they were new grooms on the first night of their honeymoon, they still prevailed.Miami linebacker Channing Crowder had a different take on the officiating (which I thought was sorta, kind decent). Crowder said, “The refs called a wonderful game— for the Steelers.” I wonder how many rubles are going to be extracted from Mr. Crowder’s paycheck by the NFL commissioner for that honest if misplaced remark.Referee Gene Steratore said Roethlisberger fumbled before scoring. He also added that the replays were inconclusive regarding which team recovered, and the Steelers were awarded possession at the half-yard line, allowing Jeff Reed to kick an 18-yard field goal with 2:26 left. The official said, “I have to have clear video evidence of the team recovering the fumble. It is a pile of bodies in there, and you don’t have a clear recovery.”Echoing the sentiments of his butterfingered quarterback, Mike Tomlin said, “We will take it and exit stage left.” That being said, the next time Big Ben fumbles three times or throws three picks, the defense may not be able to save him and the Black and Gold may have to leave by the back door.(Aubrey Bruce can be reached at: firstname.lastname@example.org or 412-583-6741.)