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Kirk Ferentz previews showdown with Badgers

first_imgThe Hawkeyes have their eye on UW running back John Clay, who is a catalyst for Wisconsin\’s offense.[/media-credit]With the Border Battle already on the books, the Badgers now must turn their attention to another heated rivalry within the Big Ten against the Iowa Hawkeyes.Over the course of 84 games between the two teams, the overall record between Wisconsin and Iowa is tied at 41-41-2, making it one of the closest rivalries in all of college football. The battle for the Heartland Trophy, which began in 2004, has been won by the Hawkeyes three out of the five times, and most recently last year when the game was not really ever close with Iowa winning 38-16.Despite Iowa’s success against Wisconsin last year, however, Iowa head coach Kirk Ferentz noted how different his team is from last year. So far this season, the Hawkeyes have already upset then-No. 5 Penn State and have climbed to No. 11 in the country.“We have had some major changes since last year, (we) lost some key players,” Ferentz said in his teleconference Tuesday.The most notable loss for the Iowa Hawkeyes comes at running back where they lost All-American, All-Big Ten junior Shonn Greene, who also won the Doak Walker Award for the best running back in college football. Now only averaging 130.2 rush yards per game, Ferentz sees a big difference in the team’s offensive makeup.“We’re getting by without Shonn, but he was such a big part of our offense. … It’s hard to compare anyone to Ron Dayne, especially in these parts, but that’s who I feel the best comparison is in terms of importance to our football team on and off the field.”Many feel the Hawkeyes’ 6-0 record can be attributed to their stout defense as well as their explosive special teams. Iowa’s defense, which lacks any top prospects or superstars, makes up for it in strong team chemistry and great tackling. In addition, the punting unit came up with one of the most key plays in college football this year, blocking a Penn State punt in the fourth quarter, which gave the lead and eventually the win to Iowa.“Our team is composed of some very physical players, we don’t have any superstars, (but) we play well together,” Ferentz said. “In my opinion the best teams start with a great defensive line.”Iowa’s offense has continuously sputtered throughout the season. The Hawkeyes lost who they thought would be there next starting running back to a knee injury early in the summer, and now use two freshmen in the backfield. In addition, the quarterback position, which was thought to be a steady one on offense, has been inconsistent throughout the season. Junior Ricky Stanzi has 10 touchdowns to go along with eight interceptions and at times has seemed out of sync with the offense.“Ricky’s play hasn’t always been pretty, it hasn’t always been good, but I can say it has been effective and we are where we wanted to be right now before the season,” Ferentz said.Wisconsin returns home to Madison this week to face a tough Iowa team, a game which is even more critical with the loss against Ohio State. If the Badgers can win this weekend, they will be tied with Iowa and Penn State — both of whom still have to play Ohio State — for second place in the Big Ten. However, a loss most likely puts UW out of contention for a Big Ten title.“We know they’re going to be even more hungry, we know there gonna want this one even more, and that’s what we’re preparing our players for down here, so when we go up there we know what to expect,” Ferentz said.The two most known offensive weapons for the Badgers, John Clay and Scott Tolzien, both struggled against Ohio State. Tolzien threw two interceptions, both of which were returned for touchdowns, and John Clay mustered out only 59 yards on 20 attempts. Nevertheless, Ferentz is certain the Badger offense will bounce back from its poor performance against the Buckeyes.“We expect Tolzien to return to his previous form, and big John Clay to be ready to go,” Ferentz said. “You got to be ready to go in a game like this.”last_img read more

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Exclusive – Sanchez will not solve Arsenal’s same old problems, claims Campbell

first_imgAlexis Sanchez will not solve the problems Arsenal suffered from last season, according to former Gunners striker Kevin Campbell.The Chile World Cup star’s arrival in the Premier League has generated plenty of excitement at the Emirates, with many believing the £35million signing from Barcelona can help transform Arsene Wenger’s side into title challengers.But Campbell feels the French manager has once again failed to strengthen his squad in the areas that need it most.Asked by the Weekend Sports Breakfast whether Arsenal were in a stronger position than last season, Campbell said: “No, I don’t think so to be honest. Alexis Sanchez is a fantastic signing but I don’t think the problems have really been addressed.“I like the Calum Chambers signing but he’s going to take a bit of time to bed in. The two main problems were the centre of the pitch and a noted goalscorer, and they haven’t addressed that problem.“If you struggled against the top boys and you don’t address the problems, then you can’t expect a different result. In my opinion, the problems are still there – centre of the pitch and at the top of the pitch. That noted goalscorer and that power in midfield, Arsenal still lack it.”It has been mooted in some quarters that Sanchez could operate as a central striker when Olivier Giroud needs to be rested, but Campbell believes the Chilean forward lacks the attributes for that a role.“Coming from Barcelona is different to playing in the Premier League. Sanchez is going to get a lot more physical pressure against him, so I don’t see him as being a centre forward who can take the hits. I don’t see him being that central striker.”last_img read more

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DRUNK LETTERKENNY RESTAURATEUR DROVE CAR TO GARDA STATION

first_imgA restaurant owner drove into the car park of Letterkenny Garda station while drunk.Letterkenny Garda station.David Tullio, a father of two, was observed by Gardai pulling into the station at 6.19am on May 1st last year. Garda told a special sitting of Letterkenny District Court that Tullio, who owns the well-known La Fantasia restaurant, called into the public office of the Garda station.His speech was slurred and there was a strong smell of intoxicating liquor form him.Tullio, of 9 Thornberry, Letterkenny, was arrested and a breath test showed he had a reading of 70 milograms of breath per 100 milograms of alcohol.Solicitor for Tullio, Donagh Cleary asked Gardai if there was CCTV footage of the car park or the entrance to the Garda station.Garda witnesses said there was but it was not working at the time.Mr Cleary asked if Gardai had actually witnessed David Tullio getting out of the car and coming into the Garda station.He said that Gardai’s view of the car park may have been obscured because of venetian blinds within the Garda station.However, Judge Denis McLoughlin said he accepted the evidence and found Tullio guilty of drink driving.He find him €500 and disqualified him from driving for three years.DRUNK LETTERKENNY RESTAURATEUR DROVE CAR TO GARDA STATION was last modified: May 7th, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:arrestDavid Tulliodonegaldrunk drivingletterkennyLetterkenny Garda stationlast_img read more

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