Bulldogs Middle School Grapplers Prevail Over Indians

first_imgThe BMS Wrestling improved their record to 3-1 with a 66-49 win over the Milan Indians. Zach Davidson and Collin Wells led the Bulldogs both defeating their opponents with pins. Receiving forfeits for the Dogs were: Luke Hon, Jonathan Buschle, Brock Mahon, Mason Neeley, Leo Nobbe, Katie Mobley, Max Murphy, Alex Krekler, and Max Amberger.   Winning in JV bouts were: Bobby Weiler (3-0), Andrew Jones (Pin), Max Amberger (Pin), Talan Rowlett (Pin).  The Bulldogs will face Greendale this Thursday at BMS starting at 5:30.   Courtesy of Bulldogs Coach Bob Weiler.last_img read more

Akinbiyi tipping Ings for the top

first_imgFormer Burnley striker Ade Akinbiyi has backed Danny Ings to prove the bookmakers wrong by ensuring the Clarets avoid relegation from the Barclays Premier League this season. Press Association “He is a player that I do think will do really well in the Premier League. If he can do what he did in the Championship I think then you are looking at the (senior) international level.” Such form would likely pique the interest of other Premier League clubs but Akinbiyi can recall a move during his own nomadic career when he discovered the grass is not always greener. In 2000, then 25, he joined Leicester and after scoring 11 goals in over 50 top-flight games with the Foxes, Akinibyi later admitted he wished he had remained with Wolves. It is a cautionary tale which he believes Ings would do well to consider if other clubs come knocking at his door. “He enjoys it at Burnley,” Akinbiyi noted. “Obviously if Manchester United or Arsenal are coming in for him then that’s something different but if you’re talking about a mid-table team in the Premier League coming for him I think he’d prefer to stay at Burnley. “He’s loved there and he’s enjoying his football there. It seems like he’s loyal to them and I don’t see why he can’t go on to bigger and better things with Burnley.” Akinbiyi is an ambassador for Prostate Cancer UK and recently joined Men United after losing his father Anthony to the disease in January. ::Men are being asked to sign for Men United by visiting www.prostatecanceruk.org/menunited. Sean Dyche’s team, who were promoted as Sky Bet Championship runners-up in April, will begin their new campaign against Chelsea in just over a month knowing the consensus among the betting fraternity is that they will finish inside the bottom three. That was a fate they were unable to avoid five seasons ago as the side which Akinbiyi won promotion with came straight back down. Akinbiyi is confident Dyche’s current crop are well equipped to survive, though, not least because they have England Under-21 international Ings among their ranks. The ex-Bournemouth forward scored 26 goals en route to being named the Championship Player of the Year last season and Akinbiyi, himself well versed in the difference between the top two tiers of English football, believes he can make the step up. Akinbiyi told Press Association Sport: “I’m really surprised they’ve kept hold of him. Sean must have done his homework well and the club has done well to keep hold of him. “I think he’s a top player, probably one of the best players that Burnley have had as a striker. He seems to score a goal every time he’s on the pitch and I think he’ll do the same in the Premier League because he is one of these players who gets one chance and tucks it away.” Ings’ strike partnership with Sam Vokes provided 47 goals last term and the pair are the latest forwards to have flourished with the Clarets after both Jay Rodriguez and Charlie Austin proved hits in east Lancashire. Akinbiyi mentored Southampton’s Rodriguez during the fledgling stages of his career and believes Ings has the talent to follow him into the senior England set-up. “Jay’s a totally different type of player from Ings,” Akinbiyi, who enjoyed two stints at Turf Moor and turned out in the top flight for Leicester, added. “Ings is an in-the-box player whereas Jay can play on the left and on the right. Ings is just more of a striker who gets goals, but he creates them as well. last_img read more

TS Dorian Heads Toward Caribbean

first_imgTropical Storm Dorian is nearly two thousand miles to the southeast of south Florida with top winds of 50 mph.The storm is projected to continue to move toward the west-northwest.A Tropical Storm Watch is up for Barbados and the lower Leeward Islands Favorable water temperatures and low wind shear in its path will lead to steady strengthening.Dorian is expected to become a hurricane in the Northeast Caribbean by the middle of the week.Dorian is expected to undergo increasing wind shear later in the week due to land interaction over Puerto Rico and Hispaniola which will lead to a gradual weakening. The storm is forecast to weaken to Tropical Depression status as it emerges near the Turks/Caicos later in the week.It’s too early to tell what impacts if, any, we’ll feel from Dorian here in south Florida.last_img read more

Stokes wins Sir Garfield Sobers Trophy for ICC Player-of-the-Year

first_img… Pat Cummins named Test Player-of-the-YearENGLAND all-rounder Ben Stokes has won the prestigious Sir Garfield Sobers Trophy for the ICC Player-of-the-Year after a fabulous 12 months that saw him play a decisive role in England’s dramatic victory at the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2019 along with a host of other memorable performances.Stokes, who kept his nerve to smash an unbeaten 84 in the final against New Zealand, aggregated 719 runs and bagged 12 wickets in 20 ODIs during the voting period. He also scored 821 runs and took 22 wickets in 11 Tests, the highlight being an unbeaten 135 to win a nail-biting Ashes thriller in Leeds.Australia fast bowler Pat Cummins has been named the Test Player-of-the-Year and India opener Rohit Sharma the ODI Player-of-the-Year in other major men’s ICC awards announced yesterday.India seamer Deepak Chahar won T20I Performance-of-the-Year, Australia’s Marnus Labuschagne has been named as Emerging Cricketer-of-the-Year, while Scotland’s Kyle Coetzer is the Associate Cricketer-of-the-Year.Pat CumminsIndia captain Virat Kohli, who had swept the Player-of-the-Year, Test Player-of-the-Year and ODI Player-of-the-Year last year, has won the Spirit of Cricket Award. He won the award for his gesture at the World Cup, when he egged the crowd on to support Steve Smith rather than boo him soon after his return to international cricket from a one-year suspension for changing the condition of the ball. Kohli has also been named Captain of both the ICC Test and ODI Teams-of-the-Year.Meanwhile, England umpire Richard Illingworth has become the seventh person to win the David Shepherd Trophy for Umpire-of-the-Year. This is the first time that the 56-year-old has won the award named after the late umpire from England.ICC Chief Executive Manu Sawhney congratulated the winners of the awards this year and wished them all the best for the future. “On behalf of the ICC, I would like to congratulate all of the individual 2019 award winners as well as those players named in the ICC Teams-of-the-Year.“The awards celebrate the world’s best cricketers and this has undoubtedly been an extraordinary year for men’s cricket. The highlight of course was the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2019 that ended in such dramatic fashion. Ben Stokes was, of course in the midst of all the action during the event from that quite incredible catch at the Oval, right through to that epic final at Lord’s and is a very deserving winner of the Sir Garfield Sobers Trophy.”The 28-year-old Stokes was elated at winning the Sir Garfield Sobers Trophy but remembered to credit his team and support staff. “It is quite flattering to win the Sir Garfield Sobers Trophy for the ICC Men’s Cricketer-of-the-Year. The past 12 months have been incredible for England cricket and to lift the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup for the first time was our greatest achievement.“This award is testament to my teammates and the support staff who have been there every step of the way. Fundamentally, without the support of these individuals, we would have never achieved our objective of lifting a major trophy.“There is an incredible bond between teammates and to savour our achievements, whether that’s winning the World Cup Final at Lord’s or digging deep to win a Test match against Australia at Headingley. It is satisfying you can accomplish these superb highs together.“The last 12 months have been the best in my career, and I believe what we attained will be the catalyst to achieve further success over the next few years.” (ICC Media Release)last_img read more

Relief Fund Will Be Used According to FIFA’s Guideline, Says NFF…

first_img“Be rest assured that once the money is received from them (FIFA), we will use it for the purpose it is meant to serve.“We also have developed a system whereby even after they say do this do that by the time we finish we also send it to them and ask, this is what we have done, is it in order for us to go ahead? Once they give the go ahead we will do what exactly we are supposed to do.“They are coming to audit the account so they will tell you how they want the money to be used and they will want to find out if you have actually followed what they said you should do with the money.” Sanusi told Todayng.com.The NFF had said that the 2020 sponsorship funds will mopped up together with the FIFA relief funds before it will be used.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram The General Secretary of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), Dr Sanusi Mohammed, has stated that the relief fund expected from FIFA will be used according to the guidelines from the world football body and as such not one that can be channelled arbitrarily to other ventures.Sanusi said the fund have a thorough process that FIFA itself monitor and wants to be briefed on how it was spent.He added that the NFF have its own machinery set up to ensure strict compliance with the terms of reference of the funds from FIFA.last_img read more

UW finally hits big time

first_imgView Gallery (4 Photos)A lot can happen in a year.A Badger football team that was embarrassed in the Champs Sports Bowl can get redemption in the same game against a team everybody picked as the favorite. The Wisconsin men’s hockey team can go from missing the NCAA tournament by 0.0002 of an RPI point to being national runner-up. And in the case of the University of Wisconsin men’s club lacrosse team, you can go from playing scrubs in Platteville to playing Division I-caliber guys in Illinois.The theme in 2010 for the Badger lacrosse team: “Welcome to the big leagues.”Beginning with an application process last summer, UW made the jump to the Men’s Collegiate Lacrosse Association for this season. While there are numerous lacrosse leagues in the United States, the MCLA is the highest level of non-NCAA sanctioned competition, and it is home to big-name schools like reigning national champ Michigan, Brigham Young and Oregon, among others. Overall, 213 schools compete in the MCLA across 10 conferences.For UW, which has had a club lacrosse program since 1978, it was a move a lot of people had been waiting for.“There were actually stories done about us being the last major program to switch to the MCLA — the last big school,” UW senior captain Marcus Holzer said.Prior to this season, the Badgers competed in the Great Lakes Lacrosse League, which consists primarily of smaller schools in the UW system and other schools in the region. As a team, Wisconsin agreed it wanted to commit more time and effort to the program.“You can definitely tell that, moving from the GLLL to the MCLA, there are teams that are practicing every day, and they’re going out and working for two hours and a half, three hours every day,” Holzer said. “Where as in the GLLL, you can tell these kids are scrubs.”That time commitment is the biggest thing the lacrosse team asks of its players. While two of UW’s club teams still compete in the GLLL, the only requirement for the MCLA team is the time commitment. Many of the team’s seniors and top players were unwilling to devote that time, which led to a small divide in the team.“Going into the season, there were some questions… we lost a lot of our senior class who just didn’t want to do the extra stuff for one more year,” junior Matt Cutshall said.For the players who chose to commit though, it’s paid off. In their first year of MCLA competition, the Badgers are 8-3, with a 4-2 mark in Great Rivers Lacrosse Conference play. UW heads to O’Fallon, Ill. this weekend for the conference tournament and a chance to earn a berth in the national tournament in Denver.Holzer and Cutshall agreed a strong showing in the conference tournament would serve as “justification” to a season that almost never happened.Not an easy roadIn applying for admission to the MCLA, UW sent two representatives down to St. Charles, Mo. to give a presentation to the rest of the schools in the GRLC conference. As a student organization and club sport, the burden of working out schedules (50 potential schedules were drafted for the presentation), travel and other costs fell on the athletes themselves.“A lot of this is because we’re a club sport [and] a student org. The administration really wants us to be in control of what we do,” senior Dan Jonas said. “It’s a lot more hands on, a lot more involved for people involved with it.”The debate took place behind closed doors, although Cutshall and Jonas had an insider who informed them there was a negative attitude held by some schools about UW’s potential admission. Wisconsin just squeaked in by one vote.Close call or not, the players agree one of the biggest boons is on the recruiting side — not just for the lacrosse team, but for the school in general. Many smart kids who play lacrosse, which is much bigger on the east coast, who want to continue playing might now consider Wisconsin.“A lot of kids, because we didn’t have an MCLA team… I mean, half of the Minnesota team was kids from Madison who were lacrosse players,” Cutshall said. “And now, talking to their captain who was from Madison, he’s saying, ‘if this had been the case four years ago, there’s no question I would have come here instead of there.’”And while the Badgers’ becoming part of the MCLA is a big step toward national prominence, there’s still work to be done. Wisconsin’s lacrosse team doesn’t get a lot of the same support MCLA giants like Michigan get. Cutshall, whose sisters are students at UM, said the Wolverines’ squad gets close to $100,000 from the school.The Badgers get $2,000 a year from the school as a student org.On the other hand, fees to play club lacrosse at Michigan can get up to $7,000 a year, way more than required to play for Wisconsin. Still, Cutshall calls the lack of financial support an Achilles’ heel for UW.The biggest issue — more so than funding — is simply finding practice space. The lacrosse team was allowed to use the McClain field twice all winter and was forced to practice at the Middleton Sports and Fitness complex, at a rate of $150 an hour.“I mean, it’s hard to even find a place to practice sometimes,” freshman Nick Klevay said. “Especially in the winter, we’re paying a shitload of money to play in Middleton, which is a drive and a half, and at 11 at night we’re having practice.”“If we could get [the McClain] two or three times a week, it would be all the difference,” Cutshall said.UW head coach George Counes — an unpaid position — agrees the lack of practice space is a problem, given the weather in Madison. The failure of the NatUp movement, which would have provided a home field and practice area for the team, was an especially hard blow to deal with.“There just isn’t the facilities around to handle a spring sport with such a long winter,” Counes said. “It’s a very difficult thing to coach when you can’t get on a full field until you’re actually playing games.”A bright futureEven with a lack of facilities and funding, the Badgers have a lot of factors in their favor, including youth. Being an MCLA program helps recruiting, which combined with UW’s academic reputation can help get guys like sophomore captain Zach Nichols, a former Division I player, who came here more for his education than lacrosse — the move to MCLA was a bonus. The Badgers are just as focused on academics, with a couple engineering majors and guys like Holzer, who will graduate from the business school in May.Cutshall emphasized the support for the program has been picking up, from the Club Sports department to the administration. A chat with Chancellor Biddy Martin at the Champs Sports Bowl indicated to him the chancellor wants to see the program succeed.“I thought that was a really positive sign, to talk to her and be able to see… that we do have support from the top,” he said.Counes described the move to MCLA as similar to the ups and downs any first-year program has. Despite being in existence for over 30 years, the lacrosse team is still in the infancy of its next big step. Counes — currently the only coach — plans to build a staff for the fall, another step toward building a strong program.“It’s just getting big right now, so it can only go up, I feel,” Klevay said. “That’s why I really look up to our seniors. They put in so much work this year, when they’re leaving next year.”Holzer, who only got one year competing in the MCLA, is just glad to be playing meaningful games. He acknowledged the enthusiasm from the younger players to make the switch was a big part of the decision to go through with it. In addition to making the squad a more tight-knit group — more road trips and practices will do that to a team — his hopes for the future of the Badgers are simple.“Just to be known as a program that’s legitimate, and (a team other) teams don’t want to play because they’re scared of us,” Holzer said. “That’s what I’d love to see the program go to.”last_img read more

NBA Draft: The case for picking Malachi Richardson

first_img Comments At the rimAt media day in October, assistant coach Gerry McNamara voiced his desire for Richardson to develop the body of a college small forward. By the time the season started, he added another seven or eight pounds from when he arrived on campus last summer, the extra bulk necessary for the 3-guard/small forward/wing spot he’d eventually assume in the starting lineup.On top of helping Richardson on the boards, his frame gave him the extra sliver of muscle to convert some of his otherwise erratic drives. His limbs flailed at times as he darted toward the hoop, but when Richardson had control over his body (which he seemed to have more of as the season progressed) he complemented his potent outside game with an inside attack that gave his offensive arsenal an added dimension when needed.Against UVA, he set up the memorable pull-up 3 in Malcolm Brogdon’s face with a drive to the rim and another layup that he finished after corralling a miss. And after coming to Syracuse with a reputation of being primarily an outside threat, Richardson left with a more complete definition that diversifies his game enough to succeed in the pros.Daily Orange File PhotoFrom the fieldThe aforementioned pull-up with the Atlantic Coast Conference Defensive Player of the Year staring him down gave the Orange its biggest cushion against Virginia since the beginning of the game and serves as the defining moment of the comeback.It was certainly the most iconic deep ball from the freshman in a season when he seemingly, at times, lacked a conscious (not a bad thing) when outside the arc. Throughout the year, he displayed a sometimes streaky, but potential-filled range from distance.He finished his one year at SU with a 35.3-percent mark from deep while averaging 6.1 3-point shots taken per game. And if you’re looking for more consistency, gander at the video of Richardson canning 13-of-15 3s at his recent pro day. He certainly flashed NBA range at times during the season and if his pre-draft workouts are any sign, a more consistent deep ball, combined with his inherent fearlessness, should bode well at the next level. Let’s get this out of the way: if Malachi Richardson hadn’t spearheaded Syracuse’s herculean comeback against Virginia in the Elite Eight, odds are he’s in the Melo Center right now taking part in summer workouts. Instead, he’s covering the country doing the same for NBA teams.His 21-point second-half tirade at the United Center in late March put a seal on a freshman season that apparently flew well under the radar. After all, it wasn’t until the week preceding the Final Four that Richardson started popping up on draft boards.And while yes, it may look like the former SU wing made a decision to bolt from Syracuse based on one half’s performance, it was those 20 minutes that showcased everything Richardson displayed in segments throughout the regular season. His explosiveness off the dribble, his body control at the rim and his uncanny ability to hit from anywhere and over anyone showed why he could be selected as high as the back end of the lottery in next Thursday’s NBA Draft.For argument’s sake, I’ll be offering the case against Richardson being taken so high on Thursday, but for now we’ll examine why he’s worthy of his recent meteoric rise.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textOff the dribbleIt was his trademark move whenever he caught the ball atop the key and intended to attack the basket. A lightning-quick jab-step one way, blow by his defender the other. As simple as it seemed, Richardson sold the fake as well as anybody on the Orange and it created space for him to make plays in the lane at will.The move was especially effective in Syracuse’s pick-and-roll game when Richardson opted to use the opposite side as the screen that was being set, and such a quick first step should bode well in an NBA offense that will put him in a similar situation.Richardson was also able to create his own shot from midrange or beyond the arc virtually whenever he desired, and that was thanks to the sudden first step off the dribble that gave him just enough space to rise up and put his quick release to use. Related Stories Malachi Richardson, equally unpredictable and unfazed, is ready for the big stageFINAL FOUR BOUND: Syracuse pulls off massive comeback in 68-62 win over No. 1 seed VirginiaA Malachi Richardson impostor spent a day fooling everybody: ‘I got catfished in person’Malachi Richardson reportedly signs with agent, officially ending his college careerHow Michael Gbinije and Malachi Richardson fared at the NBA Draft Combine on Thursdaycenter_img Published on June 15, 2016 at 10:21 am Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Kielan Whitner prepares for potential starter’s role as sophomore

first_imgKielan Whitner may not appear a typical Syracuse football player. He avoids wearing team gear around campus and adopting the macho brand of college athlete, classifying himself as “personable” rather than a head-hunting ballhawk that typically personifies a safety.In recent chatter with linebacker Zaire Franklin during training camp, Whitner, a sophomore, conceded that without tangible results to back up who he is, people wouldn’t guess he’s SU’s current starting safety.“There’s no way they think I play safety in the ACC the way I act off the field,” he said.Reserved tendencies off the gridiron have given way to on-field productivity that has spoken volumes with both the old and new coaching staffs. Whitner played in all 12 games last season, recording a freshman-high 33 tackles and landing atop the post-spring depth chart, ahead of last year’s starting strong safety Rodney Williams. In the offseason, he shadowed safety Antwan Cordy, who had a breakout sophomore season in 2015. Whitner is aiming to replicate Cordy’s success ahead of his own first shot in the spotlight.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textDaily Orange File Photo“He wanna do what I do,” Cordy said. “He growing up a lot now. He wanna have the same sophomore season that I had last year.”Whitner first gained attention after a game-changing late hit penalty in an eventual 42-24 loss to 1-3 South Florida for SU’s first defeat. The miscue masked an earlier gaffe, when Whitner had a punt hit his back en route to a USF recovery. He took to Twitter following the game, offering an apology and shouldering full blame for his mistakes. Published on August 17, 2016 at 2:15 pm Contact Matt: mcschnei@syr.edu | @matt_schneidman Facebook Twitter Google+ Related Stories Kielan Whitner learns from mistakes to grow as freshman safetySyracuse football training camp blog: Devin Butler switches numbers, Kenneth Ruff catches passes again and moreSyracuse football position battle to watch, No. 5: Rodney Williams vs. Kielan WhitnerSyracuse football stock watch after loss to South Florida The gesture seemed advanced for a true freshman, and Whitner went on to receive ample playing time from former head coach Scott Shafer and company on special teams and in the secondary. This year, Whitner has ditched the fill-in role and embraced what could be a second year of sizable playing time. Only this time, it’ll be magnified to a starter’s role.“I was young, but that’s no excuse for making mistakes,” Whitner said. “You don’t always expect playing as a true freshman.”For more coverage, visit our training camp blog with daily updates from training campSecondary coach Nick Monroe has preached for every defensive back to do their “one-11th” or their “one-fourth.” Whitner constantly harped on the mantras, symbolizing a player’s need to be responsible for his individual piece of the 11-man defense or the four-man secondary. Among the defensive backs, the saying “We all we got, we all we need” fosters cohesiveness among the unit.It’s a unit without seniors following Julian Whigham’s departure and one that can only go up after a lackluster 2015 in which it ranked last in the ACC in pass defense. Whitner embodies the theme of this year’s defense — young and relatively unproven. He stresses his own need to improve his tackling, focusing on leverage heading into a hit. He also points out multiple reasons why this secondary can be better: Monroe and defensive coordinator Brian Ward have infused optimism into the unit and Cordy’s potential to build on a standout year.Whitner still has Williams, a third-year safety, in his rearview with just over two weeks until Syracuse opens the regular season against Colgate. He calls the battle between the two “more us trying to get each other better” rather than a competition. Even so, Whitner will have to hold off his elder to occupy his one-fourth in a defensive backfield hoping to flip its fortunes.“I want to be great in everything I do on the field, off the field,” Whitner said. “We’re both gonna play and ball out this season.” Commentslast_img read more

Behind the beard: Frederick brain of offensive line

first_imgAs the final stretch of the season beckons, junior center Frederick will likely snap the ball to the Badgers’ third starting quarterback of the year if Curt Phillips gets the start against Indiana as expected.[/media-credit]Following every Wisconsin football practice and after each game, a swarm of reporters gather around a 6-foot-4, 338-pound mass of man, his face cloaked by a mammoth beard.Behind the cameras and notepads stands Travis Frederick, the player who, more than any other, acts as the Badgers’ spokesperson, the go-to man for intelligent and thoughtful responses to any reporter’s questions. But he also serves as the behind-the-scenes director on the field and is responsible for making the pre-snap adjustments along the line based on the looks he sees from the opposing defense.And it is precisely his nuanced understanding of the game that separates him from his colleagues on either side of the offensive line. “The center’s the quarterback of the offensive line, so everything goes through him,” redshirt sophomore right tackle Rob Havenstein said. “Whatever he says is final, and he rarely makes a bad call.”Now in his third season in a starting role for Wisconsin, his second as the year-long starter, Frederick’s attention to detail is best on display during film sessions with the rest of his compatriots in the trenches every Tuesday and Wednesday. Havenstein says he picks up on the slightest changes from opposing lineman – a different hand on the ground, for example – to predict the opposing defense’s plan of attack.After graduating a semester early from Big Foot High School in Sharon, Wis., Frederick began meticulously studying the playbook that spring and became the first true freshman to start along the offensive line in a season-opener in UW history. Joining the team before he was even 18, he still remembers having to fax compliance forms home for his parents to sign because he was not yet a legal adult.Three years later, the man who anchors the Badgers’ offensive line alongside left tackle Ricky Wagner says jumping in at left guard and center in his first year has directed his career since. “I can’t even describe how good [the early experience] was for me, in a couple different ways,” he said. “One – gaining that experience; two – playing with some of the best off linemen that we’ve had here in a long time; three – by having that playing experience, knowing what it was like, and then [redshirting] the next year, just really built a hunger in me.”Learning under the tutelage of Bill Nagy and John Moffitt – two linemen who are both in the NFL – Frederick is now tasked with guiding the players likened to a younger version of himself. While he calls freshman lineman Dan Voltz his “prot?g?,” Frederick has also had to play the role of adviser when he landed at the forefront of Wisconsin’s quarterback shuffle.His experience faced its first test in quarterback Joel Stave’s second career start in the harshest of environments – Nebraska’s ear-jarring Memorial Stadium.“We knew it was going to be a big game, it was going to be loud and people asked, ‘how’s [Stave] going to deal with that,’” Frederick said. “You just sit down and you talk with him and you say, ‘Listen, it’s no different, it’s going to be loud, you’re going to have to yell a little louder, but it really is no different.’”The face of an offensive line that failed to meet expectations early in the season and continued to show lingering issues in surrendering a season-high five sacks against Michigan State, Frederick is the first to acknowledge when his unit has underperformed. But he may also be the most apt at understanding what issues need to be fixed. Offensive line coach Bart Miller describes his starting center as “tremendously intelligent,” something he said alone separates Frederick from the competition.“Him and I will talk quite a bit,” Miller said. “We’ve got a good thing going in terms of going over stuff together – pressures and things like that. I talk to him and tell him directions to give those guys when they’re out there. It is like having a second [coach], a player-coach out there.”It comes as little surprise, then, that during a recent “Ask the Badgers” segment at Camp Randall, nearly every player responded with Frederick’s name as the teammate who would be most likely to serve as president. Though Miller points to his voracious appetite for breaking down film, Frederick does not exactly shift into cruise control when he leaves Camp Randall. Instead, he walks just a block north on Randall Avenue to pursue a dual degree in computer science and computer engineering.Frederick says the pairing has made for a tremendous challenge, but one that has forced him to maximize his time in a way that still leaves him ready to take the field every Saturday. “He’s obviously a brainiac,” Frederick’s roommate and starting left guard Ryan Groy said. “It’s something I make fun of him a lot for, though it’s something to be proud of. It’s great having him as a center because he knows those kinds of things – you tell him something once, and he’s going to remember it forever.”Those skills in the classroom may be put on hold for now, however, as most NFL draft websites projected Frederick as a second round pick before the season began, if he does decide to skip out on his senior year.As the final stretch of the season beckons, Frederick will likely snap the ball to the Badgers’ third starting quarterback of the year if Curt Phillips gets the start against Indiana as expected. But still remaining constant in a season of changes, Frederick said his distinguished beard has no plans of going anywhere.“We’ll definitely keep if through November, and then we’ll see where we’re going,” he said with a wide grin.last_img read more

Roche 16th in Giro d’Italia

first_imgThe Team Sky rider is one minute and 15 seconds behind Tom Dumoulin of the Netherlands, who holds the race leader’s pink jersey.Philip Deignan is nearly three minutes off the pace in 148th place overall.last_img