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Saturday, August 29, 2015

Winnipeg Blue Bombers Kicker, Punter & Snapper News

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August 28, 2015 - kicker Sergio Castillo signed to practice squad
"Castillo (5-foot-11, 195 lbs., West Texas A&M, born Nov. 1, 1990) played four seasons with the Buffaloes where he connected on 78% of his field goal attempts. As a senior in 2013, he went 24-30 on field goals. That year, he was the winner of the Fred Mitchell Award, given to the nation’s top kicker. His 38 field goals in 2012 marked a school record for field goals made in one season. His 62 career field goals are both a school and Lone Star Conference record." - MyToba

July 10, 2015 - kicker Lirim Hajrullahu hits four field goals in win over Montreal
"Lirim Hajrullahu booted four field goals and the Winnipeg Blue Bombers scored touchdowns off an interception and a blocked punt in a 25-23 victory over the Montreal Alouettes on Friday. Winnipeg (2-1) held a 22-13 lead going into the fourth quarter, but Montreal running back Tyrell Sutton ran in his second touchdown of the game 55 seconds in to start closing the gap. Hajrullahu booted his fourth field goal to make it 25-20, but Als rookie quarterback Rakeem Cato guided the Alouettes on a six-play, 55-yard drive that ended with Boris Bede's 38-yard field goal.... Hajrullahu connected on field goals from 21, 25, 33 and a career-best 52 yards. He missed one point after (for the third time this season) and was good on another." -  The Record

June 21, 2015 - kicker Anthony Santella released

May 30, 2015 - long snapper Chad Rempel signed
"Rempel, six-foot-three 225 pounds, has played 125 career CFL games — nine of which came with the Blue Bombers in his rookie season of 2005. The Sherwood Park, Alta. native moved on to play seven seasons for Toronto and one for Hamilton, before spending the 2013 season with the Chicago Bears. He returned to the CFL for the last half of the 2014 season with Saskatchewan." - Winnipeg Free Press

February 5, 2015 - punter Mike Renaud retires
"Mike Renaud is retiring after six seasons in the Canadian Football League, all with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers. Renaud played in 86 games over those six seasons and finishes his career fourth all-time in Bombers' punting yardage with 28,490 yards. 'I really, honestly, cherished my time as a Bomber, and love the organization. It’s a place I wanted my career to end when that time did come. It’s time to move on, and enjoy life after football.' Renaud was originally acquired in a trade with Calgary in June of 2009." - CBC

January 22, 2015 - long snapper Ian Wild released
The Bombers released linebacker and long snapper Ian Wild from his contract on Thursday, less than three weeks before he was scheduled to become a free agent. The Bombers let him go early so he can sign an NFL contract, and sources say that squad is his hometown Pittsburgh Steelers. 'Ian Wild is a great football player in every facet of what you look for, and we are not at all surprised he has garnered interest from the National Football League,' Bombers general manager Kyle Walters said in a press release. Wild appeared in 29 games during two seasons with the Blue and Gold, registering 142 tackles, 29 special teams tackles and four sacks. He also served as the team's long snapper, and the Bombers struggled mightily at the position when he was out of the lineup due to injury." - Sault Star

January 7, 2015 - long snapper Tim Cronk signed
"The Winnipeg Blue Bombers today are pleased to announce the club has signed National fullback and long snapper, Tim Cronk. A four year CFL veteran, Cronk was last with the Riders in 2014. Prior to that, he spent three seasons with the B.C. Lions. Throughout his CFL career, Cronk has played in 51 games. After going undrafted out of Bishop's, he signed with the Lions in May of 2011. He tallied 20 special teams tackles, two fumble recoveries and one fumble return for a touchdown during that time." - Our Sports Central 

November 5, 2014 - kicker/punter Lirim Hajrullahu wins three awards
"The fact Lirim Hajrullahu won three of his team's six individual awards on Wednesday signifies just how bad it was in Winnipeg in 2014. It should not, however, take away from how good a year Hajrullahu had as the team's placekicker and punter. The 24-year-old from St. Catharines, Ont., is the kicker the Bombers have been needing for years. The ideal situation for any CFL team is to have one Canadian do all the kicking, and Hajrullahu proved this year he can do it.... As a result, Hajrullahu on Wednesday was named the team's most outstanding rookie, special teams player and Canadian in voting conducted by the local chapter of the Football Reporters of Canada and Bombers head coach Mike O'Shea. Hajrullahu was the unanimous choice for the special teams and rookie awards. 'It's a very humbling experience for all the hard work that I've put in to get me to the point where I am today,' Hajrullahu said Wednesday." - Winnipeg Sun

November 4, 2014 - kicker/punter Lirim Hajrullahu
"Following in the footsteps of Trevor Kennerd, Troy Westwood, Justin Palardy and Alexis Serna, rookie Lirim Hajrullahu setting a new club record for kicking accuracy in a season, making 40 of his 46 field goal attempts for an 87 percent success rate. It just barely overtakes the old mark of 86.7 per cent set by Palardy who did it twice in 2010 and 2012.... Hajrullahu began the season as the team’s place kicker getting used for kickoffs and field goals but after Mike Renaud was sidelined by injury, Hajrullahu also assumed the punting duties. It’s a job he won’t relinquish without a fight, 'I’m coming back to camp and compete for all three,' said Hajrullahu. 'That’s my goal. I’m not gonna hide that.' Hajrullahu had a 43.8 yard punting average on 109 punts in his rookie season. It puts him near the bottom of the league but he was still better than Renaud’s 42.7 yard average before the injury." - Global News

October 18, 2014 - kicker Lirim Hajrullahu on record pace
"Bombers kicker Lirim Hajrullahu is on pace to set a couple of field-goal accuracy records. Hajrullahu currently leads the CFL in field-goal percentage at 91.2 (31-34) and appears likely to smash the franchise field goal record set by Justin Palardy at 86.7 per cent. CFL statistician Steve Daniel says Hajrullahu is also on pace to set the CFL rookie field goal accuracy record of 86.96 per cent set by first-year Ticats kicker Justin Medlock in 2009 when he went 40-of-46. Daniel says Hajrullahu can afford to miss two more field-goal attempts in Winnipeg’s final three games — provided he attempts at least five in that period — and still break Medlock’s rookie record." - Winnipeg Free Press

July 29, 2014 - kicker/punter Lirim Hajrullahu gets weekly CFL honor
"Hajrullahu was named the Special Teams Player of the Week for Week 5. Hajrullahu went a perfect 5-for-5 on field goals and scored 17 points in the Blue Bombers’ 23-6 road win over the BC Lions. Hajrullahu also took part in punting duties, kicking five punts averaging 43 yards with his longest going 50 yards. He also added a single in the third quarter. The 5’11” St. Catharines, Ontario native and a former standout at Western University made successful field goals from 51, 49, 33, 27 and 19 yards away to improve his rate to 13-for-14 (92.9%) on the season. Hajrullahu ranks second in the league in kicking points with 51. This is Hajrullahu’s first season in the CFL and his first Player of the Week award." - CFL

July 20, 2014 - Lirim Hajrullahu gets triple duty
"Lirim Hajrullahu will continue to be a triple threat for the foreseeable future. Winnipeg Blue Bombers head coach Mike O’Shea told reporters on Sunday that Mike Renaud — who injured his hamstring during the warm-up prior to Thursday’s 26-3 loss to the Edmonton Eskimos — would be out for “several weeks” and that the team wasn’t planning on bringing anybody in to replace him. That means Hajrullahu will be the punter on Friday against the B.C. Lions, while also handling field goal and kickoff duties. 'I’m going to stick with Lirim,' said O’Shea. 'You’ve got to remember that he’s a rookie. His tunnel vision is very good for a young guy. He’s very focused on what he does. He’s kind of oblivious to a lot of the other stuff going on around him and it’s important for a kicker to be like that. When he found out he was going to punt (on Thursday), he was like ‘okay, let’s punt.’ And away he went'.” - Winnipeg Sun

June 17, 2014 - kicker Lirim Hajrullahu
Things are looking up for Lirim Hajrullahu....Life is pretty good for the 24-year-old, but he’s not celebrating just yet. 'I’m happy to be here, because I really wanted to play here,' Hajrullahu said. 'This was my goal, to be playing here. I’m happy, but we’re still in training camp, so I’m still competing. I’m not trying to slow down at all. So I’m just going to keep going.' Hajrullahu used the disappointment he experienced in 2013 to propel himself into 2014. Not getting drafted made him work even harder at his craft. 'The first couple weeks it was very tough,' he said. 'Obviously you think you belong in the league and see other guys you believe you’re better than, but I just used it as motivation last year and trained my butt off. Just became way more healthier and stronger, and then just came back and then had a great fifth year and made a lot of noise there." - Winnipeg Sun

Also: The team released National long snapper Sean Blake.

June 16, 2014 - kicker Brett Maher waived
The Winnipeg Blue Bombers have sorted out their kicking game and Brett Maher is the odd-man out. Maher, who couldn’t overcome his American passport, was among the five players released by the Blue Bombers on Sunday as the team got down to 65 players. Head coach Mike O’Shea made it clear that Maher, a star at Nebraska of the NCAA, would have to win the punting, kicking and kickoff jobs outright in order to nail down a spot on the roster. As it turns out, that didn’t occur, despite a solid showing from Maher, though O’Shea gave him an endorsement on the way to the unemployment line.... That leaves veteran Mike Renaud as the punter and rookie Lirim Hajrullahu to handle field goals and kickoffs. O’Shea was asked if Hajrullahu might be able to handle all three jobs somewhere down the road. 'He certainly fared well but right now, that’s not the case,' said O’Shea. 'Right now we’re having both players do three jobs. (Hajrullahu) has not surprised himself with his punting. He believes he’s a three-way guy. Right now, I think it’s best for him to work on those mechanics with field goal kicking and kickoffs'.” - Winnipeg Sun

June 12, 2014 - the kicker/punter job
"The starter: Brett Maher: Went 2-for-2 kicking field goals with a long of 47 in the pre-season game against the Argos. Also had a 44-yard average over seven punts. Maher is an American, and the only way he stays is if he can win both jobs, and right now, things are headed in that direction.
The surprise: Lirim Hajrullahu: Lots to like about this Canadian rookie and he can do both jobs. Incumbent punter Mike Renaud has a back injury and it might cost him his spot. Money and a Canadian passport might tempt the Bombers to go with Hajrullahu to handle all the kicking duties. Keep an eye on this fight." - Winnipeg Free Press

May 29, 2014 - kicker Lirim Hajrullahu camps
"He’s the only Canadian placekicker in camp, and that right there gives rookie hoofer Lirim Hajrullahu a head start in the competition for Winnipeg’s starting job this season. The former Western Mustang is competing with American Brett Maher for the team’s placekicking job, and veteran punter Mike Renaud is the only other specialist currently on the roster. Who ultimately gets each job could depend on the ratio, and teams are reluctant to use an American in the position unless he can do all three jobs. That makes the competition a little tighter, because Maher does all three jobs — field goals, kickoffs and punts — while Hajrullahu is primarily a placekicker. Renaud, meanwhile, is strictly a punter.... Hajrullahu has been lifting some nice punts into the air during the first two days of rookie camp, and he plans to pick Renaud’s brain when the veteran reports for camp on Saturday. After all, the more you can do … 'I’m still learning with punting,' he said. 'Hopefully with Renaud here he can help me and give me some tips. I have a good base, and if he gets hurt or I need to go in there I’ll do my best and try to put up the numbers he can'.” - Winnipeg Sun

May 6, 2014 - punter Mike Renaud gets Barwell Award
"Winnipeg Blue Bombers punter Mike Renaud has been recognized with the Athletes in Action Gord Barwell Award. The award is presented each year to a CFL player who exhibits exemplary Christian conduct and leadership both on and off of the field. The award is named after legendary receiver, the late Gord Barwell of the Saskatchewan Roughriders, who helped establish the ministry of Athletes in Action throughout the CFL." - ChrisD.ca

April 30, 2014 - kicker Brett Maher signed
"Former University of Nebraska Cornhuskers kicker Brett Maher says he has signed with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers. Maher tweeted from his personal account Wednesday night that he is 'excited for my opportunity with the @Wpg_BlueBombers this fall!' Maher also retweeted his agent, Robert Roche, who congratulated his client for "signing with the Wpg_BlueBombers." Maher handled place-kicking, punting and kickoff duties for the Cornhuskers and worked out for the Bombers during the team's recent mini-camp in Sarasota, Florida.... Maher is a Nebraska native and an import. His American passport will work against him competing at training camp next month for a job that CFL teams prefer to hand off to Canadians, but the fact he has experience at all three kicking tasks will work in his favour. Maher joins veteran punter Mike Renaud and rookie kicker Lirim Hajrullahu on the Bombers roster. Renaud and Hajrullahu are both non-imports." - Winnipeg Free Press

April 15, 2014 - kicker Brett Maher auditioned
"The Bombers also auditioned three kickers on Tuesday, putting them through punting, place-kicking and kickoff drills. The club was particularly keen this week to see Brett Maher, who performed all three tasks in a standout career at the University of Nebraska and will almost certainly be invited to the Bombers main training camp in June if he doesn’t get an NFL offer in the meantime. Maher said he is still entertaining NFL interest from the Kansas City Chiefs, but is also keenly interested in the Bombers after getting a glimpse of the organization. 'I’ve definitely been very pleased with this organization and with the coaches and scouts and stuff that I’ve been in contact with'." - Winnipeg Free Press

February 10, 2014 - long snapper Chris Cvetkovic retires
"The longest serving member of the Winnipeg Blue Bombers announced his retirement this morning. Long snapper Chris Cvetkovic, who joined the Bombers in October 2003, made the announcement via his Twitter account. 'As of today I am no longer a @Wpg_BlueBombers but am now @Bomber Alumni,' Cvetkovic wrote. 'THANK U to all the Fans, Teammates, and staff!' Cvetkovic, 36, was scheduled to become a free agent tomorrow, but it was unlikely the Bombers were going to offer him a contract as he had been replaced as Winnipeg’s long snapper halfway through last season. Cvetkovic was arguably the most reliable long snapper during his decade in the CFL and had 63 special teams tackles over nine seasons with the Bombers. He missed the 2010 season after suffering a knee injury in the pre-season. The Hamilton, Ont., native was also one of the most community-minded players during his tenure with the Blue and Gold. His most notable work was the creation of Cvet’s Pets, a no-kill animal rescue program." - Winnipeg Sun

January 17, 2014 - kicker Lirim Hajrullahu signed
"Western Mustangs’ kicker Hajrullahu, from St. Catherines, Ont., finished his Mustangs career this season by surpassing Ottawa’s Neil Lumsden as the CIS’ all-time leading scorer with 422 points over his five seasons. He also set an OUA record with 77 career field goals, and tied the OUA single-season record with 22 field goals in 2013. For his efforts, Hajrullahu earned two spots on the OUA first team all-stars, getting the nod at both punter and kicker. He was also named a CIS second team all-Canadian as a kicker." - Metro News

Greater Western Sydney Giants Kicking News

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August 29, 2015 - Jeremy Cameron kicks seven goals in win over Carlton
"With key forward Jeremy Cameron (seven goals, 12 marks) in complete command in attack, the Giants powered away after an even first half to win 20.12 (132) to 7.9 (51).... Cameron’s seven goals all came after half-time to swell his tally for the year to 61." - AFL

July 12, 2015 - Jeremy Cameron kicks five goals in win over St Kilda
"Five goals from spearhead Jeremy Cameron has propelled Greater Western Sydney back into the top eight and back on track for a maiden finals berth with a 35-point win over St Kilda at Spotless Stadium. The Giants survived a second-half onslaught from the Saints to come away with a 12.12 (84) to 6.13 (49) triumph in front of 9178 fans on Sunday afternoon to end a three-game losing run and lift their win-loss record to 8-6." - AFL

May 16, 2015 - Jeremy Cameron kicks five goals in win over Carlton
"Carlton led for just two-and-a-half minutes as the Giants kicked eight goals in the third term to record a dominant 19.21 (135) to 9.3 (57) win. It’s the Giants’ biggest score in their history. Jeremy Cameron was again the star up front, kicking five goals, and was Well supported by Cam McCarthy and James Stewart (both two goals)." - AFL

May 9, 2015 - Jeremy Cameron kicks seven goals in win over Hawthorn
"Jeremy Cameron has booted seven goals to inspire Greater Western Sydney to a 10-point upset of reigning premier Hawthorn at Spotless Stadium. In front of 13,556 fans, the second-largest crowd ever seen at the ground, the Giants pulled off the best win in their history, thanks to a stirring second half. Cameron was the match-winner for the Giants up forward while co-captain Callan Ward, Ryan Griffen and 50-gamer Stephen Coniglio led the midfield charge. Devon Smith also kicked three goals for the Giants, with Adam Treloar, Dylan Shiel and Tom Scully also sharing plenty of the footy." - AFL

April 25, 2015 - Cam McCarthy kicks five goals in win over Gold Coast
"Greater Western Sydney’s goalkicking woes have continued but the Giants were still far too slick for Gold Coast, romping to a record breaking 66-point victory at StarTrack Oval on Saturday night. The Giants eclipsed their greatest winning margin of 64 points against Melbourne in round 21 last season, beating the Suns 16.23 (119) to 7.11 (53). Young forward Cam McCarthy starred for GWS with five goals while Jeremy Cameron slotted four and should have had more. The 2013 All Australian finished the night with 4.6." - AFL

April 5, 2015 - Jeremy Cameron kicks four goals in win over St. Kilda
"Four goals to Jeremy Cameron have helped to lift Greater Western Sydney to a nine-point win over St Kilda in a dramatic season opener at Etihad Stadium on Sunday afternoon. The Giants held off the Saints in an emotion-charged final term during which captain Nick Riewoldt left the field with neck whiplash that landed him in hospital. Two of the last three goals of the game sealed the win for the Giants, 12.15 (87) to 11.12 (78), with the Saints struggling for accuracy in attack, scoring four late behinds as they threatened to overwhelm the visitors." - AFL

March 5, 2015 - Jeremy Cameron signed thru 2020
"Young star Jeremy Cameron knocked back a seven-year offer from Adelaide to stay with Greater Western Sydney in the AFL. Cameron agreed to a monster five-year deal with the Giants, understood to be worth around $4 million.... Cameron is the game's top young key forward and the new deal means he will be with the Giants at least until 2020. Two years ago, he was the first Giant to make the All-Australian team and also won the club best and fairest award. He has led their goalkicking in all three seasons since they joined the AFL, kicking 120 goals over 51 matches. Cameron only managed 14 games last year because of repeated ankle injuries, but he still managed 29 goals." - ninemsn

January 21, 2015 - Jeremy Cameron back after ankle surgery
"Leon Cameron is more concerned with ensuring his star forward is able to play injury-free after battling ankle problems last season. 

The GWS coach said Cameron, 22, was enjoying a solid pre-season and looked to be over the problems that bedevilled him in 2014.

 After kicking 62 goals in 2013, Cameron played 14 matches and kicked 29 goals last season. He battled a right ankle injury then suffered a perforated eardrum before having his left ankle operated on in July to ensure he would be right for 2015. '
"We're really confident with the pre-season that he’s had that he can find that sort of form that he had in 2013,' Cameron told SEN. But Cameron said he was more focused on the forward’s ability to play injury-free than being concerned about his form. '[It’s more] that he can actually run freely, he can run out on the ground week-in, week-out … where he is actually not hampered by some of the issues he had with his body last year,' he said." - Giants

Friday, August 28, 2015

Portugal Men's National Soccer Team News


August 28, 2015 - roster named for France & Albania matches
  • Goalkeepers: Rui Patricio (Sporting Lisbon), Anthony Lopes (Lyon/FRA), Beto (FC Sevilla/ESP) 
  • Defenders: Pepe (Real Madrid/ESP), Ricardo Carvalho (Monaco/FRA), Bruno Alves (Fenerbahçe/TUR), José Fonte (Southampton/ENG), Cédric (Southampton/ENG), Vieirinha (Wolfsburg/GER), Eliseu (Benfica), Raphael Guerreiro (Lorient/FRA) 
  • Midfielders: Joao Mario (Sporting), Joao Moutinho (Monaco/FRA), Miguel Veloso (Dynamo Kiev/UKR), Danilo (FC Porto), Adrien Silva (Sporting), Andre André (FC Porto), Bernardo Silva (Monaco/FRA) 
  • Strikers: Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid/ESP), Danny (Zenit St-Pétersburg/RUS), Eder (Swansea/ENG), Nani (Fenerbahce/TUR), Ricardo Quaresma (Besiktas/TUR), Silvestre Varela (FC Porto)
June 16, 2015 - Eder scores in win over Italy
"Eder's long wait for an international goal came to an end as Portugal won Tuesday's friendly in Stade de Geneve 1-0 to consign Antonio Conte to his first defeat at Italy coach. Portugal had to contend without talismanic captain Cristiano Ronaldo - who is reported to have been allowed to go on holiday rather than play in Switzerland - against Conte's side, but Eder's first goal for his country ensured they came out on top. The Braga striker had failed to find the back of the net in 17 appearances for Portugal since making his debut back in 2012, but he converted an exquisite cross from Ricardo Quaresma." - Goal

June 13, 2015 - Cristiano Ronaldo scores hat-trick in win over Armenia
"Cristiano Ronaldo's hat trick gave 10-man Portugal a 3-2 win at Armenia in a 2016 European Championship qualifier on Saturday. Marcos Pizzelli scored from a free kick for Armenia in the 14th minute, but Ronaldo converted a penalty to level before the half-hour mark The Ballon d'Or holder then added two more goals in the 55th and 58th to secure victory and keep Portugal top of Group I. Portugal's Tiago Cardoso was sent off with a second yellow card in the 62nd, and Hrayr Mkoyan scored the hosts' second goal 10 minutes later." - USA Today

March 29, 2015 - Ricardo Carvalho & Fábio Coentrão score in win over Serbia
"Portugal saw off Serbia in Lisbon to establish themselves at the top of UEFA EURO 2016 qualifying Group I after making it three wins in a row. Since beginning with a home defeat by Albania, Portugal have found their feet and their positive run continued as Ricardo Carvalho headed in an early opener. Nemanja Matić's spectacular volley brought Radovan Ćurčić's team momentarily level, but Fábio Coentrão decided matters moments later to give his side their first victory against Serbia at the third attempt." - UEFA

November 18, 2014 - Raphael Guerreiro scores in win over Argentina
"Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo faced off at Old Trafford, a friendly in which Raphael Guerreiro gave Portugal the 1-0 win over Argentina at the death.... The game was an anti-climax. It seemed certain to end in stalemate. Instead, two of Portugal's substitutes combined. Ricardo Quaresma crossed and Raphael Guerreiro plunged forward to score a diving header for the winner. This was a wonderful moment for him, on just his second cap, while Quaresma, albeit briefly, offered a reminder of why he was briefly deemed a brighter prospect than Ronaldo." - ESPN

November 14, 2014 - Cristiano Ronaldo scores in win over Armenia
"Cristiano Ronaldo came to the rescue as his late winner saw Portugal snatch a narrow 1-0 win over Armenia. In netting the winner, the Real Madrid forward became the all-time leading goalscorer in European Championship qualification and finals combined, his 23rd strike seeing him overtake Jon Dahl Tomasson and  Hakan Sukur. It was his 25th goal of the season for club and country, and settled a dour affair which offered little in the way of attacking quality.... The forward continued to pose a threat, and duly delivered the telling blow 18 minutes from time. Substitute Ricardo Quaresma brought a save out of Berezovski and after Nani stabbed the loose ball towards goal, Ronaldo was on hand to bundle over the line." - Goal

October 14, 2014 - Cristiano Ronaldo scores in win over Denmark
"Cristiano Ronaldo scored in injury time to give Portugal a 1-0 win over Denmark in a tense Euro 2016 qualifier in Group I on Tuesday. Ronaldo rose to meet Ricardo Quaresma's cross and bury his header past Kasper Schmeichel to claim all three points in the 95th minute. Denmark's best chance of the match came when Pierre Hojbjerg muscled his way through and fed Christian Eriksen, who teed up Michael Krohn-Dehli to fire in a shot that came back off the far post." - Daily Mail

October 3, 2014 -  roster updates
"Portugal coach Fernando Santos started his makeover of the national team by naming five new players and recalling three veterans to play alongside Cristiano Ronaldo in his first squad selection on Friday.... As he did with Greece, which he led to the second round at the World Cup, the 59-year-old Santos placed his hopes on talented youngsters as he picked defenders Jose Fonte, Cedric and Ivo Pinto, and midfielders Adrien Silva and Joao Mario, who have never played for Portugal. He also recalled three players in their 30s — Tiago, Danny and Ricardo Carvalho. Santos coaxed Tiago out of his international retirement, while Danny and Carvalho had fallen out of favor with Bento." - Idaho Statesman

Read more here: http://www.idahostatesman.com/2014/10/03/3407759_portugal-coach-santos-picks-5.html?&rh=1#storylink=cpy

June 26, 2014 - Boye & Ronaldo score in win over Ghana, but...
"Portugal knew only a win combined with a defeat for Germany or the United States in the other Group G fixture, plus a significant swing in goal difference, would take them through to the last 16. Germany won the group by beating the USA, who also qualified on goal difference over Portugal. Although Ronaldo netted his first goal of the tournament, the winner, it was his numerous misses that cost Portugal the sizeable victory they needed to make up for the 4-0 mauling they suffered by Germany in their first game. Portugal had taken the lead through a John Boye own goal before Asamoah Gyan equalised for Ghana." - Adelaide Now

June 22, 2014 - Cristiano Ronaldo to Silvestre Varela salvages draw with USA
"Cristiano Ronaldo set up Silvestre Varela for a late equaliser on a hot and humid night in the jungle Sunday to give the Portugal a 2-2 draw with the United States and hope for a spot in the second round of the World Cup.Ronaldo, who has been playing despite a left knee injury, sent in a cross in the fifth minute of stoppage time and Varela scored with a diving header in the last seconds of the match. Nani had scored first for Portugal, shooting past a sprawling Tim Howard in the fifth minute, but the Americans responded in the second half as Portugal seemed to wilt in the stifling heat." - IBN Live

June 10, 2014 - Almeida doubles & Ronaldo returns in win over Ireland
"Hugo Almeida scored two first-half goals and Cristiano Ronaldo returned to the starting lineup as Portugal easily beat Ireland 5-1 on Tuesday. It was the team's final friendly before heading to Brazil for the World Cup.Ronaldo, sidelined with knee and thigh injuries since May 24 when he helped Real Madrid defeat cross-city rival Atletico for the Champions League title, took his first touch less than a minute after kickoff. He sprinted from midfield before hitting a low shot that Irish keeper David Forde easily handled....  Portugal scored a mere 121 seconds into the game when Silvestre Varela dribbled down the right and crossed to an unmarked Almeida, who easily headed it in from the edge of the 6-yard box. The Portuguese doubled their lead in the 20th when Ronaldo sent a ball wide left to Fabio Coentrao. His attempted cross struck the outstretched foot of Irish defender Richard Keough and looped over a hapless Forde before settling in the far side netting for an own-goal.... Portugal restored its three-goal lead on a counter in the 77th. Nani sent in a cross from the left that Vieirinha headed and Forde blocked. But the rebound came straight back to Vieirinha, who volleyed it in.Vieirinha set up another six minutes later, sending a ball to Coentrao, whose right-footed flick beat Forde past his left shoulder." - IBN Live

June 6, 2014 - Bruno Alves scores in win over Mexico
"Portugal went to Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Mass., without Cristiano Ronaldo, Raul Meireles and Pepe and still came away with a 1-0 win over Mexico thanks to a stoppage time goal by Bruno Alves. The match looked destined for a draw, but a foul gave Portugal a set piece chance in the 93rd minute. Joao Moutinho stepped to the free kick and hit a beauty, and after Alves beat Maza Rodriguez to get free, he met Moutinho's ball with a perfect header right into the corner for the winner." - SB Nation

June 4, 2014 - Christiano Ronaldo injury update
"Cristiano Ronaldo is suffering from tendinosis in the region around his left kneecap, the Portuguese Football Federation (FPF) said in a statement on Wednesday. With the World Cup looming, the Fifa Ballon d'Or winner as best footballer of last year, had some bad news about his recent aches and pains. Ronaldo has a "muscle injury on the back of his left thigh as well as left-leg patellar tendinitis," the Portuguese Football Association said in a report on his medical issues and those of stars Raul Meireles, Pepe and Beto. The FPF said that Real Madrid forward Ronaldo had undergone "specially adapted, individual" training on Monday but did not give any further details. The World Player of the Year missed last Saturday's 0-0 draw at home to Greece with what the FPF described as a left thigh injury." - Emirates247

May 19, 2014 - final World Cup roster named
Goalkeepers:
  • Beto (Sevilha)
  • Eduardo (SC Braga)
  • Rui Patrício (Sporting)
Defenders:
  • André Almeida (Benfica)
  • Bruno Alves (Fenerbahçe)
  • Fábio Coentrão (Real Madrid)
  • João Pereira (Valência)
  • Neto (Zenit)
  • Pepe (Real Madrid)
  • Ricardo Costa (Valência)
Midfielders: 
  • João Moutinho (Mónaco)
  • Miguel Veloso (Dynamo Kiev)
  • Raul Meireles (Fenerbahçe)
  • Rúben Amorim (Benfica)
  • William Carvalho (Sporting)
  • Rafa (SC Braga)
Forwards:
  • Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid)
  • Éder (SC Braga)
  • Hélder Postiga (Lazio)
  • Hugo Almeida (Besiktas)
  • Nani (Manchester United)
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Villanova Wildcats Kicker, Punter & Snapper News


August 27, 2015 - summer specialists 

"With Chris Gough gone (he landed on the team at Rutgers, it seems), Steve Weyler is the most experienced placekicker on the roster. He came to Villanova on a scholarship, so expect the staff to give him every chance to earn it this season. If he struggles, however, the program did add two freshmen at the kicker/punter positions. Elia Palmese joins the program as an All-Conference, All-County selection at Rancocas Valley high school in New Jersey who made a long field goal of 43-yards in high school. Gerard Smith also joins the team out of Garden City High School in New York after ranking top-five all-time in points scored for his high school career. After serving as the team's punter in all 14 games last year, John Hinchen will come back this Fall to try and hit the coffin-corner again. He had 53 punts in 2014, for an average of 39.4 yards per punt, booting seven of them over 50 yards, and downing 14 inside the opponent's 20-yard line." - VU Hoops

August 14, 2014 - summer specialists
"Villanova will have to replace two thirds of its kicking game in 2014. Mark Hamilton, who was the team's kicker and punter the last three seasons, has graduated. Hamilton was an extremely reliable performer for the Wildcats. As the team's punter he earned third team All-CAA accolades last season after averaging 41.7 yards per punt and placing 14 punts inside the 20-yard line. During his career as the team's place kicker, Hamilton was 33-of-42 in field goals and a 130-of-133 in extra points. The Wildcats do return their kickoff specialist in senior Chris Gough (Winslow, N.J.) who averaged 60.5 yards per kickoff last season and had 17 touchbacks. Gough will also compete with sophomore John Hinchen (Saddle River, N.J.) and freshman Preston Seiler (Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.) to handle the punting duties this season. Hinchen and Seiler both possess a strong leg and have the ability to get good hang time on their punts. Gough will also be in the mix for the place kicking job. His main competition will come from incoming freshman Steve Weyler (Media, Pa.) who had a very successful high school career at nearby Cardinal O'Hara High School." - Wildcats

February 5, 2014 - kicker/punter Steve Weyler signs
"Steve Weyler, a 5'11" 170 pound kicker from Cardinal O'Hara High School and Springfield, PA, signed a National Letter of Intent with the Villanova Wildcats football program today, the school announced. Weyler handled both kicking and punting duties in high school, and will likely have the opportunity to do both at Villanova. Steve Weyler committed to Villanova in late-June, becoming the third verbal commitment of the 2014 class. Weyler was getting FBS looks from Stanford and Miami (FL) among others, but decided to commit to Villanova early because they offered him a full scholarship." - VU Hoops

California (PA) Vulcans Kicker, Punter & Snapper News

 
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August 27, 2015 - new specialists

"Cody Nuzzo made 14 of 18 field goals and 45 of 46 extra points last year to finish as the Vulcans’ second-leading scorer with 87 points. He also kicked off 66 times with 13 touchbacks.
Andrew Cerett punted 47 times, averaging 44 yards per punt with 14 punts inside the 20. He also kicked off three times with a touchback. Both specialists have graduated, leaving a gaping hole for special teams coach Larry Wilson to fill. Waynesburg Central graduate Ian Patterson hopes he will be one those players. Redshirt freshman Domick Delgreco and junior college transfer William Brazill are also competing for the open spots. While Brazill hit a 53-yarder last year, neither Patterson nor Delgreco has played a down in college." - Herald Standard

February 4, 2015 - kicker William Brazill signs
"Westfield, N.Y. / Park Hill - Played one season at Erie Community College in Buffalo, New York; NJCAA Special Team Player of the Week; Made a long of 53 yards. Coach Kellar on Brazill: 'William brings the accuracy, competitiveness and attitude need to be a kicker at this level. Between William and the players we have on the roster, we feel we've replaced our losses in the kicking game'." - Vulcans

Army Black Knights Kicker, Punter & Snapper News


August 27, 2015 - summer specialists
"Army does return the bulk of its special teams units. Kicker Daniel Grochowski, punter Alex Tardieu and long snapper Connor Farley all return for their senior season. Grochowski was successful on 6-of-13 field goals last season and averaged 57.3 yards per kickoff. Tardieu punted 44 times for an average of 39.3 yards per boot. Eighteen of his punts were inside the opponents' 20 yard line and six were 50 yards or longer." - Go Army

May 22, 2015 - kicker/punter Nicholas Schrage
"achieved All-American status as a punter/kicker on this year's Fork Union Military Academy postgraduate football team. He was highly recruited to play football in college and received offers from many top Division I university programs, including the University of Miami in the hometown where he was born. But Schrage recognized that attending the US Military Academy at West Point would be the best choice to help him achieve the things he wanted to do in his life, so the Miami native turned down very attractive scholarship offers from the Hurricanes and other top national football programs, to play for Army this fall. He hopes to compete for a starting job on the football team as soon as he arrives and his dream is to kick the winning field goal in the closing seconds of the game to beat Navy in that great national rivalry game." - FUMI

April 18, 2015 - spring game
"Junior Dan Grochowski, the team’s field-goal kicker the past three seasons, made a 25-yarder and all three of his extra point. Sophomore Mitchell Howard connected on a 32-yard field goal to close the first half. Jonathan Kim made both of his extra points and junior Cale Brewer is still in the mix. Even, junior punter Alex Tardieu was given a shot at kicking off Saturday." - Hudson Valley

March 12, 2015 - spring specialists
"Most of the specials teams players are returning, including punter Alex Tardieu, kickers Daniel Grochowski and long snapper Connor Farley. Grochowski kicked with the first unit with Tardieu holding. Kauffman held for Brewer and Bradshaw handled holding duties when Mitchell Howard kicked." - Black Knights

January 26, 2015 - punter J.D. Mote commits
"Georgia Military College punter J.D. Mote committed during official visit over the weekend. Mote is 6-foot-5 and 212 pounds." - Hudson Valley

November 2, 2014 - kicker/punter Zach Potter commits
"Terre Haute North punter/kicker Zach Potter will be heading to West Point next year. The senior has verbally committed to play football at Army. He announced his decision on Sunday. The kicker owns eight school records for the Patriots, breaking previous records held by the likes of the New York Giants kicker/punter Steve Weatherford." - WTHITV

October 7, 2014 - kicker Dan Grochowski  
"A viral infection had left Grochowski bedridden Wednesday, Thursday and part of Friday at Keller Army Community Hospital last week. He would kick his first field goals of the week in pregame warmups and he made all of his practice kicks. And, when it counted, Grochowski connected on his first two field goals of the season from 43 and 21 yards in Army’s 33-24 win over Ball State. 'I was still feeling a little shaky with my feet (on Friday) because I had been bedridden,' Grochowski said. 'Saturday, I don’t know. The adrenaline was kicking in and I felt great.' Grochowski said he also found strength in the support of his teammates. Players visited Grochowski in the hospital to boost his spirits.... Grochowski said he’s thankful for Army coach Jeff Monken sticking with him. He had missed a 42-yard game-winning field goal as time expired and a 25-yarder in overtime in Army’s loss at Yale the previous week." - Record Online


August 11, 2014  kicking practice struggles
"Junior Dan Grochowski made the only field goal (37 yards) in six attempts by Army kickers during the two 15-minute sessions. Sophomore Mitchell Howard and freshman Blake Wilson each went 0-for-2. Grochowski missed his second off the right upright ." - Army Football

April 19, 2014 - Black & Gold Spring Game
"Kickers accounted for Gold’s other six points. Cale Brewer hit a 37-yarder in the second quarter, while Ralph Freibert drilled a 30-yard field goal in the third quarter.... The teams exchanged punts, and a 36-yard boot by Alex Tardieu that was downed at the 2-yard line gave the Black team its worst field position. A three-and-out forced a punt by D. Grochowski that was returned 25 yards to the Gold’s 10-yard line." - Army

Kutztown Golden Bears Kicker, Punter & Snapper News


August 27, 2015 - kicker & punter return
"One of the significant factors to last year's success was the emergence of then-freshman kicker Alec Rosenfeld (Bensalem, Pa./Bensalem). Named All-PSAC First Team and All-Region Third Team, Rosenfeld set the school-record for field goal percentage in a season at 85.7 percent. He made 12-of-14 field goals including a season-long of 46 yards. Entering his sophomore season, look for Rosenfeld to continue to impress with his long-range and consistent abilities. After pulling double-duty a year prior, Andrew Deutsch (Kutztown, Pa./Northwestern Lehigh) settled in as the full-time punter last year. He earned his first career All-PSAC honor and dons Pre-Season All-America accolades as well. He averaged 39 yards-per-punt with 25 inside the 20-yardline, one of the best ratios in the PSAC. Deutsch enters his final season at KU." - Golden Bears