Three questions: Wisconsin vs. Purdue

first_imgComing off a thrilling 23-21 victory over Nebraska, the Wisconsin football team is looking to keep their momentum going in the Big Ten against the struggling Purdue team Saturday. Here are three questions to consider for the matchup with the Boilermakers.What will Wisconsin’s backfield look like?As if there weren’t already enough question marks surrounding Wisconsin’s running game, there are now even more as the weekend approaches.To start, redshirt freshman back Taiwan Deal is out with an ankle injury and is listed as questionable as of Thursday. Additionally, junior tailback Corey Clement — who has been sidelined following sports hernia surgery — has not been officially ruled out for Saturday’s game yet.Should Clement return, he would be a few weeks ahead of schedule, but it is more likely the team doesn’t rush their prized runner back onto the field.But should both Deal and Clement be ruled out of Saturday’s outing, redshirt junior Dare Ogunbowale would be in line to potentially see more touches than he has had all season and be a true lead running back for the Badgers.Linebacker-turned-tailback Alec Ingold would also be in for more work out of the backfield, but he is coming off a performance against Nebraska where he ran just eight times for 16 yards.Football: Class of 2016 running back Antonio Williams de-commits from WisconsinAs one of the earliest verbal commits to the Wisconsin football team’s 2016 recruiting class, Antonio Williams could hardly contain Read…Will Schobert return to dominance?After putting up huge defensive numbers in Wisconsin’s first five games of the season, senior linebacker Joe Schobert fell back to earth a bit against Nebraska, managing just four total tackles against the Cornhuskers last week.Schobert, however, still leads the team in total tackles with 40 and his 13.5 tackles for loss are by far the highest on the team, with junior linebacker Vince Biegel’s 7.5 tackles for loss ranking second best.Additionally, Schobert’s nine sacks on the season are good for second-best in the country, and with a matchup against a Purdue team UW defenses have been able to shut down year after year, look for the outside linebacker to return to his dominant ways.Football: Defense ready to avoid letdown against BoilermakersThere will be no letdown Saturday at Camp Randall Stadium when Purdue takes on Wisconsin — at least not on Read…Can two-minute drill Stave be 60-minute drill Stave?Fora  majority of UW’s game against Nebraska, starting quarterback Joel Stave was rather unimpressive.But with just over a minute left in the game and the Badgers down by one, Stave stepped up when his team needed him to the most.In just over 50 seconds, Stave marched Wisconsin down the field, throwing crisp, accurate passes to get the team within field goal range and setting UW up for the win. It made up for his struggles earlier in the game, but still was not enough to put Badger fans at ease.This is not anything new for the quarterback, as time after time he has played at his most efficient level in the two-minute offense.But now, if the Badgers want to improve their level of effectiveness on offense for the remainder of the season, they will need Stave to play with poise and accuracy for 60 minutes, rather than just two.last_img read more

Ex-UEFA chief Platini arrested in 2022 World Cup probe

first_imgPlatini has made no secret of his support for Qatar but denies he was influenced by Sarkozy, whose advisor for sport, Sophie Dion, was also arrested along with Platini.“It was time to give them the World Cup. I am for that. It’s my conviction,” he said at the time.Claude Gueant, Sarkozy’s erstwhile chief of staff and former interior minister, was also called in for questioning Tuesday by France’s Anti-Corruption Office of the Judicial Police.The decision to award the event to Qatar ultimately led to a wider corruption probe that led to the overthrow of Blatter and Platini and the arrest of senior FIFA figures.Platini, 63, led UEFA until 2015 when he was banned from football for four years for ethics violations including receiving a two-million Swiss francs (1.8 million euros, $2 million) payment from the disgraced former head of FIFA Sepp Blatter.Qatar has been accused of buying votes in its bid to stage the World Cup and a subsequent report by US independent investigator Michael Garcia unearthed an array of suspect financial dealings, many linked to Sandro Rosell, the ex-Barcelona president who served as a consultant for Qatar.Platini, a triple Ballon d’Or winner, was expected to succeed Blatter as FIFA president in 2016 before his fall from grace. He has been battling to clear his name ever since.Share on: WhatsApp FILE PHOTO: Michel Platini via @AFPParis, France | AFP | The banned ex-UEFA chief Michel Platini was arrested Tuesday in connection with a criminal investigation into the award of the 2022 World Cup to Qatar.The French football legend elected to lead European football’s governing body in 2007 was taken into custody by French anti-corruption police investigating the awarding of the 2022 World Cup to the gas-rich Gulf state.Qatar was named to host the World Cup in a decision that triggered controversy over its suitability amid allegations of corruption that ultimately sparked FIFA’s worst ever scandal five years later.France’s Financial Crimes Prosecutors Office (PNF) opened a preliminary investigation in 2016 into allegations of corruption, conspiracy and influence peddling surrounding FIFA’s award of the World Cup to Qatar and also the 2018 tournament to Russia.According to Blatter, Qatar won hosting rights as a result of a deal with the French, derailing FIFA’s own “diplomatic arrangement” whereby hosting rights would go to Russia in 2018 and then to the United States four years later.The French investigation centres on alleged French intervention linked to Platini and former president Nicolas Sarkozy.According to the specialist magazine France Football, a “secret meeting” took place on November 23, 2010 at the Elysee Palace in Paris between Sarkozy, Qatar’s then-Prince (now Emir) Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani, and Platini, at that time both UEFA president and vice-president of FIFA.Just over a week later, FIFA awarded Qatar hosting rights for the 2022 tournament.last_img read more