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CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — It didn’t take long for the Wisconsin football team (5-2, 3-1 Big Ten) to build up an insurmountable lead against Illinois (3-2, 0-2 Big Ten) Saturday night as Wisconsin jumped out to a 21-0 lead on its first three drives before stealing a 56-32 win away from home.However, while the UW offense was firing on all cylinders, the defense suffered a number of hiccups throughout the game that allowed Illinois to rack up 32 points — the second most Wisconsin has allowed this season — and 319 yards through the air.“We’re going to have to be better than that on defense,” head coach Gary Andersen said. “You have to give a lot of credit to Illinois, they are hard to stop … We had too many mental breakdowns … and we can correct [those mistakes].Through the first seven games in 2013, Wisconsin has developed a reputation as a team that makes big plays — particularly on pass plays from redshirt sophomore quarterback Joel Stave to senior wide out Jared Abbrederis — but Saturday night it was Illinois that made the big plays through the air.During the night, Illinois quarterback Nathan Scheelhaase torched the Badgers to the tune of 249 yards alone, completing the night’s longest pass for 51 yards.That pass — with Illinois trailing Wisconsin 21-3 in the first half — gave the Illini a glimmer of hope when, three plays later, Illinois had reduced the Badgers’ lead to 11 with 6:38 left in the second quarter.Junior cornerback Peniel Jean said while the team is happy about the way it preformed in its first road win of the season, giving up these kinds of plays in the future could be much more costly.“They had three, four big plays which accumulated to like 330 yards,” Jean said. “They should have only had like 200 yards of offense. We take away those plays and it would have been a great game.”Beyond the secondary’s weaknesses giving up big plays Saturday night, the Wisconsin defense as a whole gave up eight penalties for 93 yards.“There were a couple miscues that we had,” redshirt sophomore Darius Hillary said. “We have to look at film, learn from it and then correct it. We have the bye week this upcoming week, so it would be the perfect time to correct those mistakes and move on.”Even though the Badgers allowed 32 points on the night, they started the game strong — forcing the Illini to punt on their first four possessions.Saturday’s win was the third time this season Wisconsin has given up 31 points or more to its opponent on the road, but the first time it has come home victorious in that scenario.Wisconsin’s slow deterioration of defense closely followed the loss of senior linebacker Chris Borland, who was forced to leave the game in the second quarter with a hamstring injury. Redshirt junior Marcus Trotter filled in while he was out and led the Badgers with nine tackles.While the injury is not serious and it is likely he will return when Wisconsin takes the field against Iowa Nov. 2 in Iowa City, it may have revealed a new concern for a team that has depended on youth in a number of spots on defense this year.Andersen rejected the idea that the team struggled without its leader on the field for much of the game, but said if that was the case it is something that will need to be remedied quickly as the season moves on and Wisconsin tries to claw its way back into the Big Ten Championship picture.“It’s possible [not having Borland] hurt us,” Andersen said. “I thought Trotter played well. There are a lot of packages going on … with Illinois. That is part of their scheme and they do a good job with it, and you have to react on defense in a positive way.”Gordon reaches milestoneAs Illinois gave Wisconsin trouble through the air, Wisconsin ran the 102nd-ranked defense in the country ragged to the tune of 289 yards and seven touchdowns.Redshirt sophomore Melvin Gordon played no small part in that attack in a milestone day for the second-year player.He finished with 142 yards on only 17 carries which was good enough to put him over 1,000 yards rushing in 2013 — the first time that he has done so in his brief career as a Badger.For Gordon, the chance to reach the 1,000-yard mark was a special moment for him in his coming-of-age as a college football running back.“It’s pretty cool,” Gordon said. “Coach always gave me crap about it in the offseason. It’s a good mark to have, but [those personal milestones] aren’t really what I’m focused on.”With Gordon reaching the milestone Saturday, at least one Wisconsin running back has done so each season going back to 2005. Gordon sits tied with former running back P.J. Hill as the fastest to the milestone, needing only seven games and 107 carries to complete the task.
Member of Parliament for Asante Akyem North Constituency of the Ashanti Region, Kwadwo Baah Agyemang has expressed interest in Kumasi Asante Kotoko’s top job.This follows the resignation of former Tema Oil Refinery boss, Dr. Kofi Kodua Sarpong who until a week ago, occupied the top post of Kotoko for the past three seasons.Dr. K.K Sarpong resigned after coming under a barrage of criticisms from teeming fans for the clubs who accused him of failing to hold on to the Club’s most prized assets. He is also blamed for the Club’s poor showing in the continental club competition – CAF Champions League.The Club’s Board of Directors on Monday announced the appointment of Paul Adu-Gyamfi, a legal practitioner as Acting Chairman.But the MP for Asante Akyem disclosed on Agokansie, the sports segment on the Badwam programme Tuesday, his desire to lead Kotoko and move it to the next level.According to him, Kumasi Asante Kotoko is a pride of the Asante Kingdom and as somebody who believes in promoting and espousing the invaluable things of the region, serving the club will be a step in the right direction. The Media Consultant and Member of the Parliamentary Select Committee on Sports, also played down the difficulty in combining his parliamentary duties and the demanding responsibilities of Kotoko Chairman.He explained that the hallmark of a good manager is to communicate clearly his vision and rally the people he is working with around, to achieve the set goals.Having been vetted and certified by the Members’ Holding Office of Profit Committee of Parliament, Mr. Kwadwo Baah Agyemang said he is ever ready to fill the huge shoes left by Dr. K.K Sarpong.“I will gladly serve Kotoko if the Life Patron, Otumfuo Osei-Tutu II gives me the opportunity to do that and if interested persons are also asked to apply, I will gladly send my application,” he announced.Meanwhile, the Asantehene, Otumfuo Osei Tutu II has dissolved the entire management and board members of Kotoko with immediate effect. These members are former captain of the club Opoku Nti, Coach Didi Dramani and CK Poku. The Asantehene, who is life patron of the club, has also cancelled the appointment of Mr. Adu Gyamfi as Acting Chairman.
Huge price The doubts about Nesta Carter’s eligibility to run now is confusing. Had it been announced in 2008 that he had an adverse analytical finding in a doping test at the Olympics that year, he’d have been back on track by the outdoor season of 2009. So there really should be no problem about him running in 2017. Typically, the punishment for use of illegal stimulants by first-time offenders is six months and sometimes less. In the 2009 case of five Jamaicans who got tripped up by misleading advertising and labelling of a food supplement, the ban was just three months. Treated retroactively in keeping with the current case, there should be no question about Carter’s freedom to run in Montego Bay at the Western Relays today. Had he tested positive in 2008 for something more sinister like steroids or human growth hormones, the maximum sentence would be two years for a first offence. He’d still be back on track in time for the 2011 season and a World Championships, where he helped Jamaica to sprint relay gold and a world record of 37.04 seconds in Deagu, South Korea. It’s hard to see how his current eligibility is affected by the sad events of 2008. In fact, there shouldn’t be any doubt that he is free to run now. If Nesta Carter’s appeal to the Court of Arbitration fails, all he should suffer is a three-to-six months erasure of his performances from the Beijing Olympics onward to the end of the period he would have been banned for if the test had be discovered as positive at that time. The loss of an Olympic gold medal is a huge price to pay, but had his sample tested positive in 2008, any punishment and any ban levied would be over long ago. Until, and if any more positive tests are put on the table, Carter should really be free to go about his athletic business. The confusing part about this whole thing is that he has run at the indoor and outdoor World Championships, the 2012 Olympics, and at meets at home and abroad since then. In addition to being tested in those Championships, he has almost certainly been subject to out of competition tests by local and international agencies. There has never been a blot on his record until this retroactive test of his 2008 Olympic sample.There is nothing on that post 2008 rÈsumÈ that should stop him from running now. Neither should any sanctions he may or not receive after his appeal hearing. Those sanctions should only apply to the period from his original test date in 2008 to the end of a ban that would likely not last more than six months. Time will test us all whether Carter can prove his innocence at the final hurdle. By contrast, there shouldn’t be any question about him running now. That would punish him twice, and that’s one penalty too many.