17 Sep

Syracuse defensive back commit Williams works way back from broken fibula

first_img Published on October 28, 2013 at 11:18 pm Contact Phil: [email protected] | @PhilDAbb It’s 6:30 a.m., and Brian Wright arrives at Cherry Hill (N.J.) West High School for another day of school. He walks past the weight room and takes a glance inside.Rodney Williams, boot on his left foot, is already half an hour into a workout session with the team’s new starting quarterback.“He’s doing everything he can, and he’s very anxious to get back out there with his teammates,” Wright said. “He’s in the training room every day, working with our athletic trainer, doing whatever he needs to do to get himself ready.”Williams, a three-star recruit by Scout.com, is one of Syracuse’s 14 verbal commits in its incoming Class of 2014. An extremely versatile player for Cherry Hill West, he’s expected to join the Orange’s secondary next year.But before the Lions complete their ongoing season, Williams hopes his broken left fibula makes a recovery in time to re-join the team for its likely playoff appearance. The odds are against Williams, but he’s making his best effort.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“There’s not a good chance,” he said, “but I’m really trying. Definitely trying.”In Cherry Hill West’s game at Seneca on Oct. 11, Williams felt pain in his left calf after a late hit out of bounds. He fought through the pain to finish the game, but had to see a doctor the following week, who told him he had bone bruising.Relegated to crutches during the first half of the week, he finally jogged around that Thursday and practiced leading up to the Lions’ Oct. 19 matchup against Woodrow Wilson High School.The second quarter had just begun, and Williams was 5 yards away from his third touchdown of the game. But his fibula couldn’t handle the pressure of the cut he was trying to make, and the bone snapped. “At the time, I thought I just got kicked in the leg pretty bad,” Williams said. “But when I saw it on film, it was pretty disgusting.”Still, he walked on that leg for the rest of the day. When he went to the hospital, the medical staff told him it was still a bone bruise and “nothing major” — until the X-rays indicated otherwise. The initial response from the team doctor, Wright said, was that Williams would be sidelined 2-4 weeks, with a four-week time period being more likely.Until then, Cherry Hill West is missing its starting quarterback, safety, kicker, kick and punt returner — the list of Williams’ duties goes on. The Lions escaped with a one-point win over Woodrow Wilson, but lost by four touchdowns without him on Friday. “Offensively, we’ve lost three touchdowns a game,” Cherry Hill West defensive backs coach Tyree Jackson said. “We’re losing a leader on offense, defense, special teams.”Currently, Williams is letting the swelling ease up. He recently began putting weight on his swollen foot, and his calf is even bigger now than it was before. Once the swelling is relieved, Wright said, Williams will take a more aggressive approach to his rehab. He’s scheduled to visit a doctor next week for re-evaluation.But that doesn’t stop him from hitting the gym. Every morning of every school day. He now weighs 190 pounds after weighing 160 this time a year ago, he said, and he’s hoping to build some more upper-body strength.At the same time, Williams has embraced a larger leadership role for the Lions. He has taken the team’s new quarterback under his wing. The coaches had him speak to the group before Friday’s game. And if a teammate deserves feedback — for something he can improve on, or something he does well — Williams is there, lending his four years of varsity football experience to the rest of the Lions.It took Williams almost a week to accept the possibility that his high school football career may be over, but Syracuse defensive line coach Tim Daoust reassured Williams that his career wasn’t over. There’s even a chance Williams’ fibula will grow back stronger, Wright said, when the bone regenerates. Combined with the solace he finds as a rejuvenated leader for Cherry Hill West, Williams has plenty of reason to stay upbeat.“It’s just the support that I’ve got,” he said. “From even Syracuse fans now, my friends at school, family — They’ve done a great job supporting me since this has happened. “I mean, it could be a lot worse. I’m still thankful for the position I’m in.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

16 Sep

Lilywhites try to overturn first leg deficit

first_imgStephen Kenny’s side are 2-0 down from the first leg against Legia Warsaw and need two goals to give themselves a chance of qualifying for the next round.The League of Ireland side go into the game with some key losses in personnel.Skipper Stephen O’Donnell will miss the tie through suspension after picking up a booking from the first leg while Ciaran Kilduff has also been ruled out after suffering a knee injury in training. Meanwhile Celtic carry a five two lead into second leg of their qualifier against Happoel Be’er Sheva of Israel tonight.Kick-off in both games is at 7:45.last_img read more

16 Sep

UFC 244: Diaz vs Masvidal for the BMF Belt and Dana White’s take

first_img FOLLOW US SUBSCRIBE TO US Last Updated: 1st October, 2019 16:17 IST UFC 244: Diaz Vs Masvidal For The BMF Belt And Dana White’s Take UFC 244 will put a brand new UFC title on the line. It is going to be a one-time belt in the fight between Diaz and Masvidal. Know everything about the belt Read | Brock Lesnar Vs Daniel Cormier: Will There Be A UFC Fight Ever?UFC 244 and Dwayne JohnsonWWE and Hollywood Superstar Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson has been a fan of martial arts throughout his life. He has been present in a lot of UFC events including the famous Daniel Cormier vs Jon Jones 2. It is official that Dwayne Johnson is going to present the BMF belt to the winner at UFC 244 and that in itself is one of the biggest selling points for the UFC match. Dana White said The Rock gets what he wants and this is what Dwayne Johnson wanted.    Written By LIVE TV WATCH US LIVE First Published: 1st October, 2019 16:17 IST COMMENT Doing all I can to make this fight. If I can and you win, I’ll put the belt around your waist at MSG – consider it done. Already shaping up to be one of the biggest and most electrifying fights in @ufc history. Can’t wait. @GamebredFighter @NateDiaz209 #respect #BMF #UFC244 ⚡️ https://t.co/nVTIeBtkgv— Dwayne Johnson (@TheRock) September 9, 2019 After a huge gap of two years, Nate Diaz made his comeback at UFC 241 and became victorious against Anthony Pettis. Nate Diaz did not fight since UFC 202 against Conor McGregor and it was expected that Diaz vs Mcgregor 3 will be his comeback. However, after a big win at UFC 241, Diaz called out Jorge Masvidal as his next opponent and the fans absolutely loved the idea. The idea of Nate Diaz going against Masvidal became so popular that UFC President Dana White is going to make a one-time belt for the fight. The belt will be called BMF (Baddest Mother F*$%#R) while the winner will not get to defend the title against anyone in the future. Read | Brock Lesnar: UFC Records Of The MMA Star, Upcoming Fights And MoreWhat Is BMF?The idea of BMF belt actually came up with an Instagram post. After a victory at UFC 241, Nate Diaz made a callout to Jorge Masvidal for his next fight. Masvidal was in the arena and he absolutely loved the idea of going against Nate Diaz. Both Diaz and Masvidal are eminent strikers and are really dangerous boxers. Masvidal is a knockout specialist while Diaz has never been knocked out in his entire life. The American fighters have fought the best in the organisation and have always shocked the world. Masvidal recently made the fastest knockout in UFC history by knocking out the undefeated Ben Askren in just five seconds at UFC 239. After the Diaz and Masvidal fight was made public, Diaz made an Instagram post claiming himself as the Baddest Mother F*$%#R of the game and Masvidal’s comment caught everyone’s attention. UFC President Dana White immediately decided to create the BMF belt for the match and it is also referred to as the People’s Belt for all the valid reasons.Read | WATCH: Chaos Ensues At UFC 229 After Khabib Nurmagomedov Taps Out Conor McGregor Read | WATCH: Netizens Remind Varun Dhawan That His UFC Prep Moves Are Actually WWE Submission Hold, Here’s How The Actor Reacted Raj Sarkar last_img read more