17 Sep
2020

Struggles for Packers

first_imgRebuilding.It’s a term fans of Wisconsin sports have become used to hearing. The Bucks have spent the better part of the last three years rebuilding their program — and it seems to be paying off early this year — the team looks damn good. Milwaukee Brewers fans have been dealing with rebuilding for over a decade, holding out hope that the Nick Neugebauers and Ryan Andersons of the world would bring them out of the cellar. Well, it took a little longer than advertised, and it wasn’t Neugebauer or Anderson that brought the Brew Crew to glory — but the days of rebuilding appear to be over in Milwaukee.Although the Bucks and Crew have been rebuilding the past few years, there’s always been one constant for the Wisconsin football fans — the Green Bay Packers. Well, at least until this season.A 1-7 start wasn’t exactly what anyone — fan or pundit — expected from the Packers this season. They were an aging team, and their defense was suspect, but with Brett Favre at the helm and an offense solid at the skill positions, much more was expected of the Packers this season.After all, this was a team that went 10-6 last year, with the only major offseason losses coming at the two guard positions on the offensive line. This team was supposed to find a way to get into the playoffs with Favre’s Hall-of-Fame career winding down. But it has just not materialized.Obviously injuries have taken their toll. It’s hard to put points on the board when you lose three of your top five wide receivers and your top three running backs for portions of the season. Let’s face it, names like Chad Lucas and Samkon Gado don’t exactly strike fear into opposing defenses.Which brings about the question — is it time for rebuilding in Green Bay? Well, I’m not jumping off of any bandwagons yet, so I’m going to have to answer “no” to that question.For starters, it’s hard to believe the Packers would be where they are right now if it weren’t for the injury bug. I realize it’s pretty much a copout to blame injuries — after all, shouldn’t teams be deep enough to overcome the inevitable?That’s true, but replacing a Javon Walker is just not the same as replacing, say, an injured Bill Schroeder when he was a starter for Green Bay. The same can be said for replacing a tailback like Ahman Green (though I realize he wasn’t exactly tearing it up before his injury, he’s still a better option the Packers’ current starters).These players are Pro Bowl-caliber individuals in the NFL and for any team to replace them with players of comparable talent is nearly impossible. Not to mention the backups that stepped up in each case, Robert Ferguson for Walker and Najeh Davenport for Green, who both suffered injuries as well. If Walker and Green were healthy all year, it’s plausible the Packers could be at least a .500 club and challenging for the NFC North crown.Plus there’s still Favre. Is it fair to him to start rebuilding while he’s still rebuilding? Absolutely not. Favre has been the face of the Packers for years and is arguably the greatest player in franchise history, not to mention the guy is never willing to lose.Favre brought Green Bay its first Super Bowl win since the late 1960s and has led the resurgence of a franchise that was a perennial NFL doormat prior to his reign. If for no other reason than out of respect for the Kiln, Miss., native, Green Bay should do everything within its power to field a respectable team while he’s on the field.Not to mention, when was the last time the Brewers, Bucks and Packers were respectable at the same time? Wouldn’t that be something?last_img read more

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28 Aug
2020

Confirmed : Egypt names Ahli-dominated squad for Ghana clash

first_imgEgypt manager Bob Bradley has selected 23 local-based players for next month’s World Cup qualifying playoff against Ghana.The list, which comprises no less than 11 members of the Ahli team, will be joined by 10 foreign-based players named by the Egypt management earlier this week.Bradley’s choices included some changes to the squad that faced Guinea this month, with Zamalek goalkeeper Abdul-Wahed Al-Sayed and center-half Mahmoud Fathallah left out.Masri’s Ahmed Al-Shennawi returned to replace Abdul-Wahed, while defender Ahmed Saied ‘Ouka’, who returned to Wadi Degla after a loan spell at Belgium’s Lierse, was called up for Fathallah.Ismaili veteran Mohamed Sobhi replaced Ahli youngster Mosaad Awad as one of two backup goalkeepers for number one Sherif Ekrami.Zamalek’s flamboyant forward Mohamed Ibrahim was recalled after being dropped from the previous squad. The Egypt squad will enter a closed camp on Wednesday in preparation for the October 15 clash in Kumasi as one warm-up game is expected to take place within the next two weeks.Bradley is expected to drop a handful of players ahead of the Black Stars meeting.Egypt provisional squad:Goalkeepers: Sherif Ekrami (Ahli), Ahmed Al-Shennawi (Masri), Mohamed Sobhi (Ismaili)Defenders: Wael Gomaa, Rami Rabiea, Ahmed Shedid, Ahmed Fathi, Mohamed Naguib, Sayed Moawad (Ahli), Mohamed Abdul-Shafi (Zamalek), Ouka (Degla), Adam Al-Abd (Brighton, England) – Ahmed Elmohamady (Hull, England) – Ahmed Farag (Lierse, Belgium) Midfielders: Hossam Ashour, Mohamed Abou-Treika, Walid Soliman, Abdullah Al-Saied (Ahli), Omar Gaber, Shikabala, Ahmed Eid (Zamalek) Amr Al-Sulaya (Ismaili), Ahmed Hamoudi (Smouha), Hossam Ghaly (Lierse, Belgium), Ibrahim Salah (Orouba, Saudi Arabia), Mohamed Elneny (Basel, Switzerland), Mahmoud ‘Kahraba’ (Luzern, Switzerland)Strikers: Mohamed Ibrahim (Zamalek), Ahmed Temsah (Dakhlia), Ahmed Hassan ‘Koka’ (Rio Ave, Portugal), Mohamed Salah (Basel, Switzerland), Amr Zaki (Al-Salmiya, Kuwait), Geddo (Hull, England)last_img read more

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16 Aug
2020

Husić and Berberović only ones from B&H in the World Masters Games

first_imgThe coaches of most successful taekwondo collective in B&H, Novi Grad Sarajevo, Haris Husić and Belmir Berberović, are the participants of the World’s Masters Games which will be held in Turin from 1 to 11.World Masters Games is an event similar to the Olympics, but only for athletes who are 35 year old and more. It is organized every four years and currently are registered about 10.000 athletes from all around the world who will compete in 30 sports. Of course, one of the sports is Olympic taekwondo, and our representatives who will depart on 6th august will try to win the medals.Berberović will compete in the category of up to 80 kg, and Haris Husić in the category over 80 kg. According to the schedule of the competition, two of our competitors have scheduled weigh measurement on 8th August and a day later is planned the performance in the elimination fights.“We can say that we’re going there relaxed, without any pressure. We do not know who could be our opponents, but we think that the competition will be very strong. The competitors of age 35 and over are not at all easy, and some of them are still actively competing and they perform at world and continental championships and even at the Olympics. Unfortunately, during the preparation I received a meniscus injury, so for a shorter period, I have been resting and going to therapies, and I hope to participate in the Games without injury. My colleague Belmir is regularly training, ten times a week and is very well prepared and you could say that he in in a very good shape. Hopefully we will have good results and that our efforts will eventually be awarded with medals. Of course the preparations and departure are funded from our personal arrangements and no any government institution have not support us“, said Haris Husić, member of the team to go to WMG and coach of taekwondo club Novi Grad Sarajevo. (Source: klix.ba)last_img read more

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