First Published: 11th January, 2020 15:24 IST SUBSCRIBE TO US Last Updated: 11th January, 2020 15:24 IST Goncalves Registers Third Top 10 Stage Finish For Hero In Dakar Hero MotoSports Team Rally rider Goncalves continued his fine show & registered his third top 10 spot in a row by finishing stage 6 of the grueling Dakar rally WATCH US LIVE LIVE TV COMMENT Press Trust Of India FOLLOW US Hero MotoSports Team Rally rider Paulo Goncalves continued his fine show and registered his third top 10 spot in a row by finishing stage 6 of the grueling Dakar Rally at the eighth position here. His teammate Sebastian Buhler, who has been impressive so far and was well poised to break into the top 15 in the overall rankings, suffered a technical issue with his bike and could not finish the stage on Friday. As a result he too is now out of the contention for the overall results, but like his teammate Joaquim Rodrigues, Buhler will opt to restart the race again in stage 7, and still compete for the stage results and gain valuable Dakar experience.READ | NFL Playoffs Divisional Round: Ravens’ Blitzkrieg, Chiefs’ Balance Likely To DominateGoncalves registers third top 10 stage finisAnother Hero rider C S Santosh continued to gain confidence as he too made a last dash for a better ranking on Friday to finish the stage in the 32nd place. Rodrigues too had a steady stage as he finished 27th in the stage rankings. In the overall rankings, now with only two riders in contention, Santosh leads the team at 36th position overall while Goncalves made further gains to climb up to the 46th place. READ | Conners Takes Hard, Rewarding Road To HawaiiIt has been a tough first week in the Dakar Rally for Hero MotoSports with some really good starts and impressive stage performances being undermined by a series of unfortunate technical snags. The team is looking forward to the rest day on Saturday here, as it will give everyone a chance to recover mentally and physically and also to re-organise their strategy for the even longer second week of the Dakar 2020. The stage 6 of the rally was the longest stage yet of the Dakar 2020 with a total of 830 kms to be done, including the 478 kms of the special. READ | Tua Tagovailoa Signs Up With 2018 NFL NVP Patrick Mahomes’ AgencyFrom Ha’il to Riyadh, the change of scenery was dramatic as the special stage was 100 per cent sand and entirely off-road. After a relatively fast first section, the competitors met with the dunes challenge. The second half of the Dakar 2020 will start on Sunday with the stage 7, the longest stage of the rally with 546 kms to be done on the clock. It will be followed by a series of really long stages, including a marathon stage, designed to put to test, the endurance and mettle of the competitors before the grand finish at Qiddiyah on January 17. READ | Packers Seek To Recruit 700 Snow Shovelers Ahead Of Playoff Game Against Seattle Seahawks Written By
SALT LAKE CITY — He said it on the first day of camp more than three weeks ago and nothing has changed for Utah coach Kyle Whittingham in the meantime.The play of offensive line is still his No. 1 concern heading into the season.”The offensive line is really going to be the key,” Whittingham said this week after commenting on how solid the offense was at quarterback, running back, tight end and receivers. “If that position jells and comes together, then I think we have a chance to be very good on offense.”The Utes’ O-line has been plagued by some injuries, minor and major, but finally got the starting group together every day this past week.”We’ve had three straight days with the same five out there and we’re starting to develop that chemistry,” Whittingham said. “But it’s going to take every one of these practices and probably a couple of weeks into the season to get these guys completely comfortable with each other.”The Utes have three returning starters on the offensive line in center Tevita Stevens, right guard Sam Brenner and left tackle Miles Mason. They had expected highly-touted junior college transfer Marc Pouvave to perhaps earn a starting position, but he went down for the year with a torn Achilles before camp even started.The two new starters on the O-line are junior Percy Taumoelau and junior Jeremiah Tofaeono, who are replacing departed seniors Tony Bergstrom and John Cullen.Taumoelau, a 6-foot-4, 305-pounder who played for Cottonwood High, has played in 16 games the past two years with most of his action coming in last year’s win over BYU. He is a nephew of the Kaufusi brothers who played at Utah and a cousin of tight end David Rolf.He acknowledges “there’s more pressure” now that he’s a starter and adds, “We’ve just got to do our job and take care of Jordan Wynn and the offense will be rolling.”Tofaeono hails from Las Vegas, where he was an all-state player for Cheyenne High. His choices out of high school came down to Utah and Washington and he’s happy he came to Utah because of the “brotherhood” he feels with his teammates. He also doesn’t believe there will be any dropoff in the offensive line this season.”I think we’re going to be real good,” he says. “I have no doubt in our starting five as well as the backups. The offensive line has been a dominant part of the team the last few years and we plan to keep that up.”Mason joined the Utes in the final week of last year’s fall camp from El Camino College and immediately earned the starting left guard position. In this year’s camp he has been hobbled by a high ankle sprain, but is back to full practicing now.”It’s getting better and better every day,” he said. “We’ve got a good group of guys and we’re definitely going to be all right.”Unlike other positions such as defensive line and linebacker, the offensive line is not one where the Utes want to rotate players. Whittingham says the two other players likely to see action on the O-line are Vyncent Jones, a junior out of Jordan High, who can play guard or center, and Latu Heimuli, a junior from Highland High, who can play several offensive line positions.email: email@example.com read more
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