Suarez undergoes surgery, but has not been ruled out of World Cup

first_img The South American’s first match is against Costa Rica on June 15 before they face England in Sao Paolo on June 19. “Yesterday, Wednesday 21st of May, Luis Suarez suffered an intense pain in his left knee after an undergoing a normal warm up,” said a statement from the Uruguay Football Association (AUF). “He had an MRI scan which confirmed a partial lesion of the external meniscus of his left knee. “On Thursday morning, he underwent an arthroscopic partial resection of his meniscus in the Medica Uruguaya hospital (Montevideo). “There was no evidence of any further damage to the knee. “His participation to the World Cup in Brazil has not been ruled out.” Liverpool striker Luis Suarez has undergone minor knee surgery and has not been ruled out of the World Cup, the Uruguay Football Association announced today. Press Associationcenter_img The 27-year-old injured the meniscus in his left knee while training with the national side and after an MRI scan it was decided to send the player for a minor operation. Suarez’s arthroscopic surgery lasted about 30 minutes and he is likely to be sidelined for at least a couple of weeks but Uruguay officials remain confident he will be fit for the World Cup. last_img read more

Urbik stepping in nicely

first_imgDEREK MONTGOMERY/Herald photoKraig Urbik’s 2005 season didn’t exactly begin the way he wanted.After redshirting his first season on campus in 2004, Urbik was set to take over for departed seniors Mike Lorenz and Morgan Davis when spring practice opened last March. But, just four practices in, Urbik suffered an ankle injury, one that sidelined him for nearly a month and cost him vital snaps with the first unit. But, for the redshirt freshman, things had definitely taken a turn for the better. After rebounding from the ankle injury, Urbik quickly reestablished himself as the man to beat at the right tackle position, earning the starting nod heading into fall camp. Despite possessing nearly half a spring to separate himself from Urbik, Wisconsin’s other option, sophomore Danny Kaye, was never able to pry the spot away from the young Urbik. And Urbik has never looked back. Slated to make his third start of the season at right tackle Saturday night at North Carolina, Urbik is the first redshirt freshman to start on the offensive line since Chris McIntosh in 1996.When asked if he saw any parallels between McIntosh and Urbik, offensive line coach Jim Hueber wasn’t quite ready to put the two in the same breath.”Kraig has a long way to go. Chris was a first-round draft pick,” Hueber said. “But they both love the game and they both gave it their all.”It’s been that love of the game, along with his 6-foot-6, 317-pound frame, that’s been garnering Urbik attention across the Midwest since his days under Coach Craig Jilek at Hudson High School.As a senior, Urbik was voted a Prepstar All-American and was highly regarded as one of the top high school prospects in the state. With a list of accolades as long as Urbik’s, the Hudson, Wis., native wasn’t sliding under the radar at Wisconsin, which had Urbik attend Badger football camps where Hueber got his first look at University of Wisconsin’s future right tackle.”We got to see him first-hand at our camps, and we knew he had good tools,” Hueber said.UW was one of the first schools to offer Urbik a scholarship, and, despite being located just half an hour from the University of Minnesota, he liked the idea of staying relatively close to home and playing for the Badgers.”I wanted to be close to home and close to my family. It’s also a great program, a great school, great academics,” Urbik said.Urbik struggled to open his first game as a starter earlier this season, committing a false-start penalty on Wisconsin’s third play from scrimmage. But after the false start, Urbik settled down and helped the offensive line open up holes, resulting in 388 rushing yards in the team’s season-opening win against Bowling Green.”The week leading up to the game, I wasn’t nervous because I was focusing on practice,” Urbik said. “I didn’t get nervous until about an hour before the game, when we got off the bus. I was pretty nervous right before the game, but once I started hitting people and the game started, I was fine.”Currently, the Badgers rank second in the nation in average points scored and fourth in rushing yards per game, thanks in large part to Urbik and the rest of the UW offensive line. “We’re happy with his adaptability. We’re starting to see those tools come to form,” Hueber said. “We expect the same things from Kraig as we do everybody: play the best that you can, as hard as you can and never stop trying.”Urbik will have many challenges on the field this season but, by his own account, the biggest challenge this season will be living up to lofty standards set by his veteran teammates.”I don’t want to be one of those freshmen who comes in and doesn’t know what they’re doing and lets the team down,” Urbik said.So far, so good.last_img read more

Meet Antoine Winfield Jr., the Buccaneers draft pick who is trying to live up to his dad’s name

first_imgIn the seventh week of their 2019 college football season, the Minnesota Golden Gophers were carrying a surprising undefeated record and preparing to extend their winning streak in a game against Rutgers. It would not be their most difficult assignment, but one way to turn an easy game into a tough one is to fool around during practice. Antoine Winfield Jr. meant business.Rutgers had in its playbook — and it was there to be seen on game tape — a naked bootleg pass on which quarterback Johnny Langan would fake a handoff, roll to his right and then fire to a presumably wide-open receiver down the near sideline. The play was designed to trick the secondary into pursuing to the middle of the field. When they faced Penn State in early November, they were undefeated through eight games and still ranked only 17th in the Associated Press poll. It was hard to deny the Minnesota team, or Winfield individually, following that afternoon.”There’s some players that have to prove they can do it and others have to prove they can’t do it,” Mason, the former Gophers head coach, told SN. “Sometimes when you’re a player on a team, if you play for an Ohio State or an Alabama, if you’re a real good player they think you’re a great player. Other times, if you’re a real good player and you play for an Indiana or Minnesota, they think you’re still just a good player.”No one gave him the benefit of the doubt, but that guy’s a great player.” You can’t be fooled if you know what’s coming, though.MORE 2020 NFL DRAFT:Live grades | Pick tracker | Top 100 big boardWinfield recognized the play because he listened to his coaches and studied their instructions.”We had been working it during the week in practice, and he made the interception and returned it for a touchdown in practice,” Joe Harasymiak, Gophers defensive backs, safeties and co-defensive coordinator, told Sporting News. “And the same exact play came up in the game, and that was his interception returned for a touchdown.”It speaks to his preparation. We actually showed the (current) defense, during spring ball, we had the clip from practice and right behind it the clip from the game. It’s identical. As soon as the play happened, as soon as the quarterback rolled off a certain run fake that he gave, you could see Antoine hold his position and look back across the field; he saw the crosser coming, and he was able to pick it off and return it.”Ranked as one of the top five safeties available in the 2020 NFL Draft, Winfield will not be the first from his family to play in the league. He won’t even be the first Antoine Winfield. His father made the Pro Bowl three times as a Vikings cornerback.SN’s BIG BOARD: Iyer’s top 100 players, position rankingsThe younger Winfield learned the game from his father and used those lessons to become an All-American in his redshirt sophomore season, when he was an essential element of the Gophers’ 11-2 breakout season that included a regular-season Big Ten victory over Penn State and an Outback Bowl triumph over SEC power Auburn.Winfield intercepted seven passes, made 62 solo tackles and forced two fumbles. In that statement-making triumph over Penn State, he contributed nine solo tackles, a sack and a forced fumble.Winfield’s emergence as a star was a surprise on the order of Minnesota’s emergence as a Big Ten contender. His seasons in 2017 and 2018 were cut short by injuries, leading to concerns about his durability. He played in all 13 games last season, though, even suiting up and making four solo tackles in the bowl game.”I’ve always had a saying: Some guys make plays, and some guys never make plays,” Big Ten Network analyst Glen Mason told SN. “And that guy always makes plays.”I still think back to a play he made against Fresno State. I mean, Fresno State — they were going to win the game. They’re down to the goal line and they go with a halfback pass, trick play, and the guy is wide-open. I mean wide-open. And they float the ball up, and Winfield gets back and he intercepts it. And the Gophers win the game. He’s got great football savvy.”MOCK DRAFT: How Iyer, other experts see Round 1   Former NFL scout Matt Williamson, in an interview with the Steelers Takeaways website, called Winfield “a great one.” But he is not the biggest or most physically powerful safety. He stands 5-9 and weighs 203 pounds. By comparison, last year’s All-Pro safeties checked in at 6-1, 213 (Jamal Adams of the Jets) and 6-1, 207 (Minkah Fitzpatrick of the Steelers).Winfield does have significant speed, though. He ran a 4.45 in the 40-yard dash at the NFL Combine. He promises he is faster than this, but he didn’t get the chance to better that time because Minnesota’s pro day workout was canceled because of the coronavirus pandemic.”He’s very good in disguises, very good with body language, those types of things,” Harasymiak told SN. “Where the umpire stands for college football is not where the umpire stands for the NFL. The umpire for college is behind the linebacker, so it’s in between Antoine and the line of scrimmage. Antoine would use the ref as kind of a disguise. He would hang out around him and wait for the ball to be snapped. There’s multiple clips on our film where we had a certain blitz that he would use the ref as a shield.”That 38-35 double-overtime escape of Fresno State in Week 2 was one of three narrow wins over non-power teams at the start of the season that had many doubting whether the Gophers were legit.last_img read more