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Meet the 2016 Wisconsin football recruiting class: Offense

first_imgKaré Lyles ★ ★ ★Lyles led his high school team to back-to-back state championships his junior and senior years of high school, and embodies a pro-style quarterback that is well-suited for Chryst’s offense. He threw for 3,561 yards and 47 touchdowns in his final season.Running backs (1)Sam Brodner ★ ★ ★ ★ Brodner was named Gatorade Illinois Player of the Year in his final high school seasons and first-team all-state as both a junior and senior. Brodner was a late addition to the 2016 class, and given the depth UW currently has at the running back position, he will more than likely redshirt his freshman season.Wide receivers (3)Quintez Cephus ★ ★ ★Cephus was named first-team all-state as a senior after recording 42 receptions for 872 yards and 12 touchdowns. He also served as a defensive back in high school — logging six interceptions last season — but is expected to just play on offense at Wisconsin.  Kendrick Pryor ★ ★ ★Highlights: New #Badgers WR/CB Kendric Pryor #NSD2016 https://t.co/vGkxcxj6Bm — Wisconsin Football (@BadgerFootball) February 3, 2016 The Wisconsin football team struggled mightily at times on offense due to numerous injuries and lack of depth. Despite those concerns, however, the Badgers will bring in just eight offensive players on scholarship for the 2016 season.Meet the newest offensive weapons at head coach Paul Chryst’s disposal:Quarterbacks (1) Hescock poses great size for a tight end and was ranked as the No. 2 tight end in Connecticut and 44th in the nation, according to Scout.com. He recorded 23 catches for 249 yards and two touchdowns as a senior.Offensive line (2)Cole Van Lanen ★ ★ ★ ★Highlights: New #Badgers OL Cole Van Lanen #NSD2016 https://t.co/sDQKdQvYAg— Wisconsin Football (@BadgerFootball) February 3, 2016Van Lanen is arguably the Badgers’ most prized recruit of the class. He is the No. 1 offensive tackle in Wisconsin and fifth in the nation, according to Scout.com. Van Lanen also received an invite to the 2016 U.S. Army All-American Bowl.  Patrick Kasl ★ ★ ★Highlights: New #Badgers OL Patrick Kasl #NSD2016 https://t.co/tvnNR7d4sU — Wisconsin Football (@BadgerFootball) February 3, 2016center_img Pryor is another player who played on both sides of the ball in high school, but was dominantly a standout wide receiver. He had 43 receptions for 1,152 yards and 12 touchdowns in his senior season. Given his versatility, Pryor is listed as the top-ranked athlete in Illinois, according to Scout.comA.J. Taylor ★ ★ ★Highlights: New #Badgers WR AJ Taylor #NSD2016 https://t.co/5F6WKBH6Vn— Wisconsin Football (@BadgerFootball) February 3, 2016Taylor has great speed, having recorded a 40-yard dash time of 4.5 seconds, according to Scout.com. Serving as a running back in high school, he finished his senior season with 2,560 all-purpose yards and 22 total touchdowns, with 338 yards and five touchdowns coming as a receiver. Tight ends (1)Jake Hescock ★ ★ ★Highlights: New #Badgers TE Jake Hescock #NSD2016 https://t.co/lEojGRGuBf — Wisconsin Football (@BadgerFootball) February 3, 2016 Kasl is listed as the No. 1 offensive tackle in Minnesota, according to Scout.com, and was named first-team all-state by the Associated Press his senior year. He also was credited with more than 50 pancake blocks in his final high school season.last_img read more

Alexander: Dodgers front office is taking the heat for bullpen failures

first_imgThe world according to Jim:• When you are a baseball executive, there is a fine line between being a genius and being a doofus.Or to put it another way, you are what your team’s performance says you are.Right now in the eyes of many Dodger fans, especially those who weigh in on social media, Andrew Friedman and Farhan Zaidi are squarely in the doofus category. As the trade deadline approached they felt Manny Machado and then Brian Dozier were too good to pass up and would further invigorate the offense; that the method they’d used the past two years to assemble a bullpen (basically, collecting undervalued assets) would work; and that finding a bridge to Kenley Jansen could be done internally. Jansen’s atrial fibrillation issues cast a harsh spotlight on the bullpen and the results have been crushing, as we have seen over the last week. And the moves that were made to improve the offense haven’t, with Matt Kemp and Max Muncy still in various stages of mega-slumps and Machado just coming out of one.Sign up for Home Turf and get exclusive stories every SoCal sports fan must read, sent daily. Subscribe here.It should be no surprise, then, who gets the blame from the fan base. Hint: The words “luxury tax threshold” are involved.• There is still time to make a bullpen move before the Aug. 31 roster deadline for postseason play, and Cincinnati’s Raisel Iglesias (2.38, 23 saves, 0.98 WHIP) is still out there. One problem: You can be certain that teams lower in the standings, especially a division rival a few hundred miles to the north, would put in a waiver claim on him just to keep the Dodgers from getting him.So maybe if the Dodgers drop to fourth … nah, not a good idea.•  Worth noting: The Oakland A’s have been one of baseball’s hottest teams (with one of the game’s best bullpens, incidentally), and have put themselves in position for a postseason spot. They also have the game’s lowest payroll: $65,985,833 according to Cot’s Baseball Contracts. That’s $167.7 million less than the Red Sox, currently No. 1 in record and payroll. So when the A’s drew 10,400 for the first game of a showdown series with Seattle, and then 17,000 and change each of the next two, the explanation seemed simple: A’s fans still don’t trust what they’re seeing. Either that or they were saving their cash for this weekend’s Houston series.• Not that this is an intentional segue, by the way, but it’s nice of the Rams to reduce the travel time of SoCal’s Raider fans by scheduling Oakland (OakVegas?) for an exhibition game at the Coliseum on Saturday.• Damage control has begun around Maryland football, where the death of a player after developing heatstroke in conditioning drills led to revelations of a bullying culture around the program. The strength and conditioning coach is gone, and the head coach might follow.Do you, too, wonder how much unsavory stuff we don’t know about at other programs around the country, the vast majority of which have a similar fortress mentality to Maryland’s? Less secrecy (including increased media access) and more oversight would help, as Dan Wolken of USA Today suggested in a recent column. But in a sport where head coaches have absolute power and no incentive to change, don’t expect anything.• Recommended reading: Sports Illustrated’s Kalyn Kahler dug into the mystery surrounding former USC linebacker Su’a Cravens’ split with Washington’s NFL team. The takeaway from here: Cravens, now with Denver, had a concussion as a rookie and the effects lingered into last season and the team didn’t know how to deal with it.• Hey, did you hear the one about the former L.A. team currently playing in the English Premier League?True story. The Wolverhampton Wanderers, or Wolves as they’re more popularly called, are back in the EPL for the first time since 2012 after winning the English Football League Championship, the country’s first division, last season. They opened EPL play last Saturday with a 2-2 draw against Everton and play Leicester City this week.Their L.A. ties? The club was launched in England in 1883, but in 1967 Lakers and Kings owner Jack Kent Cooke borrowed the club to play a 14-game inaugural season representing Los Angeles in the United Soccer Association, one of two competing startup pro leagues that year and the one that transplanted entire clubs from Europe rather than assembling rosters from scratch.• Cooke wanted to call the club the Zorros since Los Angeles’ team in the competing National Professional Soccer League (owned by Rams owner and Cooke rival Dan Reeves) was the Toros, but good sense prevailed and they proceeded as the L.A. Wolves. They won the league title, beating the Washington Whips (actually Scotland’s Aberdeen club) in a championship match decided by a Washington/Aberdeen own goal, 6-5 in sudden death before 17,824 at the Coliseum on July 14, 1967.A memorable takeaway from all of that? The late and legendary Chick Hearn doing soccer commentary.•  How far we have come, incidentally, as a soccer town.• What we learned this week? Yasiel Puig is still Yasiel Puig, the Giants are still the Giants, and they absolutely know how to push his buttons.• And was it a coincidence that during the fracas between Puig and Nick Hundley, the TV cameras kept focusing on Madison Bumgarner even though he wasn’t involved?Don’t look at me, indeed.jalexander@scng.com@Jim_Alexander on Twittercenter_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

Official nominees named for 2019 G2E Asia Awards

first_img Pansy Ho becomes first Macau casino boss to speak out for Hong Kong government on protests RelatedPosts The official voting period is now set to commence on Monday 13 May and run through until Saturday 18 May in which time the 2019 G2E Asia Awards judging panel of 50 judges will cast their votes. Judges will be excluded from voting in any category in which they or the company they represent is nominated.A full list of this year’s judging panel can be found here.Award winners will be announced at the 2019 G2E Asia Awards gala dinner on Tuesday 21 May 2019. The official nominees for the 2019 G2E Asia Awards are:Best IR Non-Gaming AttractionGalaxy Macau – Grand Resort Pool DeckGrand Lisboa – 3-Michelin star restaurantsMelco Resorts – The House of Dancing WaterMGM Cotai – Arts and cultureOkada Manila – Okada Manila FountainBest B2B Digital Product SolutionBetsoft Gaming – Betsoft gamesEveryMatrix – CasinoEngineScout Gaming Group – B2B Fantasy Sports SolutionSoftGamings – Casino solutionsUltraPlay – eSports White Label SolutionBest Electronic Gaming Solution (Slots and ETGs)Aristocrat – Gold Stacks 88Jumbo – King Type Multi-game ETGKonami – Fortune CupScientific Games – Jin Ji Bao XiSolaire Resort & Casino – Solaire Players StadiumBest Table Game SolutionBetGames.TV – War of BetsScientific Games – InfinilinkSingular – Live Auto RouletteTangam Systems – Table Games Yield ManagementTCSJohnHuxley – Blaze LED Surface TechnologyBest Industry InnovationBetConstruct – UmbrellaEvoplay Entertainment – In-browser VR Mode on MobileGameSource (PIA) – Cloud-based Gaming PlatformScientific Games – Power LoyaltySolaire Resort & Casino – MySolaire AppBest Gaming FloorCorona Resort and Casino Phú QuốcGalaxy MacauNagaWorldSolaire Resort & CasinoThe Venetian MacaoBest Industry Rising Stars (Maximum of 5 Winners) Melco International Development grants Evan Winkler HK$269 million share options Load Morecenter_img Inside Asian Gaming and G2E Asia have announced the official nominees for the 2019 G2E Asia Awards.The official nominees were selected from almost 200 public nominations, with a select committee of the 2019 G2E Asia Awards judging panel revealing it “was faced with some particularly difficult decisions due to the high quantity and quality of this year’s nominations.” 300-seat cap revealed for 2019 Asian Gaming Power 50 Gala Dinner at Galaxy Macau Best Corporate Social Responsibility ContributionBloomberry ResortsMelco ResortsMGM ChinaNagaWorldSands ChinaBest VIP Gaming PromoterDavid GroupGuangdong GroupMeg-Star InternationalSuncity GroupTak Chun GroupBest Industry SupplierAristocratBBINIGTScientific GamesSpintecBest Regional Asian IR (Outside Macau or Singapore)Corona Resort and Casino Phú Quốc, VietnamNagaWorld, CambodiaOkada Manila, PhilippinesSolaire Resort & Casino, PhilippinesThe Star Gold Coast, AustraliaBest Integrated ResortCity of Dreams, MacauGalaxy Macau, MacauMGM Cotai, MacauSolaire Resort & Casino, PhilippinesWynn Palace, MacauSeats at the G2E Asia Awards can be purchased at G2EAsiaAwards.com. A variety of sponsorship packages are also available.For more information on sponsorship packages or tickets to the G2E Asia Awards, contact:Reed ExhibitionsVera Ng+86 755 2383 4581vera.ng@reedexpo.com.hkInside Asian GamingJadeson Ho+853 2875 2959jh@asgam.comlast_img read more