Smith’s season over

first_imgA starter as a sophomore in 2009, senior cornerback Devin Smith had to fight to regain his starting role after losing it in 2010. Now, redshirt junior Marcus Cromartie takes over after a fall camp that impressed the Badger coaching staff.[/media-credit]Wisconsin senior cornerback Devin Smith is out for the remainder of the season and will seek a medical redshirt after undergoing surgery on a left foot injury.University of Wisconsin head coach Bret Bielema announced Tuesday over the Big Ten telephone conference that the extent of Smith’s injury was uncertain prior to undergoing the procedure Monday.“They weren’t able to basically tell 100 percent for sure until they got in there, but [Smith has] had a procedure that will keep him out from anywhere from four to six weeks. So he won’t be with us for the rest of the season,” Bielema said.Having played as a freshman, Smith never utilized a redshirt year and intends to receive a medical clearance to return for the 2012 season as a redshirt senior.“Fortunately for us, Devin is a kid that played right away as a freshman, so we’ll be able to file the appropriate paperwork and he’ll get a redshirt out of this season and be able to join us again next year for a second senior season,” Bielema said.Smith limped off the field against Oregon State midway through the first quarter and reappeared on the sidelines in crutches later in the game.Through his short-lived 2011 season, Smith accumulated seven tackles and defended two passes as a starting cornerback opposite Antonio Fenelus. Smith also started all 13 games and intercepted two passes in 2009, but lost the job in 2010 to Niles Brinkley.Next in line is redshirt junior Marcus Cromartie, who challenged Smith for the starting spot over fall camp and played well enough to earn “co-starter” status along with Smith on the depth chart.Smith, however, remained the de facto starter by appearing in Wisconsin’s base defense.Against Oregon State, Cromartie filled in nicely for Smith, finishing third on the day for the Badgers with seven tackles.However, depth at cornerback could now be a bit of a concern for Wisconsin, as game experience is sparse. After Cromartie on the depth chart are freshmen Peniel Jean, who played sparingly versus Oregon State, and Darius Hillary, who did not see the field.Over the course of fall camp, Bielema singled out Hillary several times as one of the freshmen on the team that could expect playing time this season. During his press conference on Monday, Bielema again mentioned Hillary’s progress as well as that of another freshman defensive back: Devin Gaulden.“But with these practices, we’ve seen these freshmen get really good,” Bielema said. “So I’m excited about Darius Hillary and Devin Gaulden.”last_img read more

Sondre Norheim’s late goal the only spark in Syracuse’s 1-1 draw with Colgate

first_img Published on September 24, 2018 at 11:16 pm Contact Eric: | @esblack34 Facebook Twitter Google+ Hugo Delhommelle dribbled the ball to the left of the goal just outside the penalty box as he scanned for options. The senior, who’d already assisted on Syracuse’s lone goal of the game, spotted Ryan Raposo streaking down the field on the other side of the box undetected by the Colgate defenders. Delhommelle’s service was perfect, finding Raposo’s right foot as the freshman midfielder wound up for the potential game-winning shot.He’d gotten too much underneath the ball, though, sending it just above the crossbar of the goal. The ball flew into the netting behind the goal and fell to the ground innocently. Raposo landed just inside the penalty box and fell to the ground in despair.For the second straight game, the Orange (3-3-1, 0-2-0 Atlantic Coast) failed to find a spark on offense and missed out on numerous opportunities despite outshooting its opponent. SU tried different formations and rotations and even introduced new players to the lineup, but all of its attempts to get something going offensively failed. It took a goal in the 77th minute by a defender, Sondre Norheim, for Syracuse to salvage a draw against the Raiders (4-1-4, 0-0-1 Patriot).“We need to be able to score goals anytime,” Delhommelle said. “That’s what we’re missing right now…Because we have the opportunities, every single game we out-shoot teams. That means something.”As opposed to Friday’s loss against Virginia in which the Orange played the Cavaliers even in the first half and dominated in the second, Syracuse had control throughout the game on Monday. A 5-3 lead in shots after halftime increased to a 13-9 advantage by the end of the game, but aside from Norheim’s goal, SU came up empty time after time.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textSyracuse head coach Ian McIntyre suggested that the Orange wasn’t at 100 percent after Friday’s game, leading him to make changes to his rotations.“These are tough games to turn around,” McIntyre said about Monday games following Friday contests. “We weren’t firing on all cylinders. We got some tired legs.”Fifteen minutes into the game, Djimon Johnson moved to the backline to add a fourth defender to the lineup on the field. Fifteen minutes later, three substitutions were made, one of which was Julio Fulcar, who made his college debut.Fulcar failed to record a stat but provided the Orange with fresh legs, something that was just as meaningful on Monday.“Getting fresh feet on the pitch is always a good way to bring energy to the game,” Norheim said. “(We) needed energy in our attacks.”Syracuse’s fatigue from the weekend meant Norheim’s goal to tie was that much more important after falling behind early like the Orange has been prone to do this season. Considering the fact that the sophomore is a defender and normally not an attacking player, the goal is only magnified.It came off a set piece on the left half of the field and another accurate free kick set-up by Delhommelle. Norheim set up near the far post just outside the six-yard box and barely had to move, heading the ball just enough to change its direction into the back of the net.It was the pinnacle of what McIntyre believed was an ‘outstanding’ day for Norheim, who played all 110 minutes.“Being next to him, seeing him flying forward,” Delhommelle explained, “I said, ‘Okay, go ahead Sondre. Go have fun. I’ve got your back.’”Norheim’s play was certainly the main takeaway from the contest and may very well be expected moving forward as he transitions into more of an attacking role. But it’s likely one of the only positives the Orange can take from Monday’s game.After ‘outplaying’ its opponent but failing to capture the win for the second-straight game, Syracuse is still looking to find consistency as the season reaches its midpoint. Positives looking back at the past couple games are scarce, but the Orange is optimistic looking forward.“We just need this click during the season,” Delhommelle said. “I thought today would have been the day. We’re still looking for it, but it’s gonna come.” Commentslast_img read more

Must win game for Liverpool.

first_imgLiverpool need a win in their final Champions League group game tonight – or they’ll be out of the competition.Victory over Basel at Anfield is the only way they can reach the last-16.The Swiss side only need a draw to pip the Merseysiders. Arsenal are already through ahead of their match away to Galatasaray but they still have a slim chance of finishing top of their group.last_img