Defense outshines offense again in Saturday scrimmage

first_imgComing off a disappointing effort in Wednesday morning’s early-a.m. practice, the University of Wisconsin football team bounced back with a solid weekend of practice.Wednesday’s full-pads practice included several scuffles between players and the general enthusiasm seemed lacking. But the Badgers came back with a cleaner, more physical session on Friday, despite donning just helmets and shorts.On Saturday afternoon, the team was rewarded with its second outdoor practice of the spring session, donning full gear and getting to scrimmage for the last hour or so of the workout.The weekend was not quarterback John Stocco’s best, as the senior was up and down, still trying to get in sync with his new receiving corps. In Friday’s workout, Stocco seemed to be especially out of rhythm, throwing interceptions to defensive back Shane Carter, who continues to have an outstanding spring, and linebacker Jonathan Casillas. Stocco also badly overthrew a fade route before taking five to re-tape his right ankle, after which he improved. Saturday was more of the same, as Stocco threw three more interceptions. Safety Roderick Rogers was the recipient of two of the INTs, while sophomore cornerback Jack Ikegwuonu picked up a horrendous prayer that Stocco threw up in the direction of wide receiver Paul Hubbard.”I think as we look on the film … there’s also a little bit to do with [Stocco] getting used to where those routes are actually being run and getting used to the receivers so they’re consistent,” UW head coach Bret Bielema said. “That was one of the things that really jumped out early on when [offensive coordinator] Paul [Chryst] came here was to get the No. 1 receivers working with the No. 1 quarterback as much as they can so that they can get the timing.”Stocco did have some shining moments, connecting on a 30-yard bomb with a diving Marcus Randle El.The defense again dominated the scrimmage, with the defensive backs looking particularly impressive, knocking down many passes and grabbing four interceptions.”I saw that today especially out of [sophomore Allen] Langford,” Bielema said of the defense’s level of anticipation in practice. “I like the way those guys react to the football.”Mark Zalewski had an outstanding practice, prompting one reporter to remark that he already looks like the Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year. Bielema also praised Zalewski’s play, while adding that it is likely that linebacker Elijah Hodge will begin seeing more and more time at middle linebacker, as he is groomed to be the backup at that position.”Zalewski’s a pretty good football player. I don’t know how much we’ll need to scrimmage him all the time, so that will give Hodge more and more reps,” Bielema said. “[Hodge] is a guy that instinctively is a guy that you want at the ‘mike’ position. I feel better at that position because now you feel like you have a quality two-deep.”Running back Dywon Rowan also had another solid day, breaking several runs for 10-plus yards and exhibiting a nasty stiff-arm, as the senior continued to build upon a good spring.last_img read more

FSB takes control of ‘in administration’ Black Type

first_img Sports betting technology supplier FSB has issued a corporate statement on the website of white label sportsbook Black Type (, confirming that the racing specialist bookmaker has entered administration and will ‘wind down all business affairs’.Black Type management’s decision has forced FSB to take control of the sportsbook to protect all customer funds and honour all open wagers.“We want to assure you that this will not impact the account that you hold on the website or app,” read FSB’s statement. “Your funds are safe and any unsettled bets or pending withdrawals will continue to be honoured by FSB as they always have been.”As the white-label supplier of Black Type’s UK sportsbook licence, FSB informs customers that the bookmaker operated as a ‘marketing partner promoting its wagering services’.“The terms and conditions on the website make it clear that you are gambling with FSB and that FSB is the merchant of record for all deposits and withdrawals,” it added.“What this news means for you as a customer using the BlackType branded website and mobile apps is that you will not be affected in any way. Your standing remains unaffected and you can continue to use your account as normal.”The Black Type brand was founded by the enterprise team of Dave Gowers (CEO) and Craig Nicholson (COO) in 2016, launching the UK’s first racing specific sportsbook on the FSB platform.Seeking to cater for ‘underserved’ UK pro racing punters, Black Type management emphasised that the bookmaker would ‘never restrict winning accounts’.Gowers and Nicholson would depart the business in 2018, with former Totesport executive Keith Oliver taking leadership of Black Type new Chief Executive.It has been reported that the increased regulatory pressures on the betting sector pushed Black Type management into administration. FSB teams up with to launch predictions game June 18, 2020 Share Related Articles StumbleUpon Mark Wilson: How FSB is meeting the recreational cricket punter’s demands August 20, 2020 Share Submit FSB selects Glenn Elliott as new COO August 12, 2020last_img read more

We can do better

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. It is his first Asiad as head of the country’s Olympic federation and he feels that if there are any faults, they should fall on the shoulders of sports officials, adding that the country can do a lot better if troubled National Sports Associations (NSAs) can clean up their acts.Weightlifting and skateboarding contributed a gold each to the Philippine cause and golf two. And one thing did not escape Vargas: The common denominator among nonperforming NSAs, not only in these Games, but in other regional competitions as well.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’Volleyball, badminton, shooting, swimming, aquatics, athletics, and even boxing where he is the president, performed below expectations, Vargas said.“There is a thing that is common to them,” Vargas said in an exclusive interview with the Inquirer, two days before the curtains fall on Asia’s version of the Olympics. “And that is, once in their history, there was a squabble within their NSAs.” Peza offers relief to ecozone firms Gov’t in no rush to rescue animals in Taal Vargas pointed out that athletics and swimming, being medal-rich sports, shouldn’t be shut out in events like this one. Volleyball, he said, despite its popularity, will come home very frustrated because the players realized that they are not ready for the Asian level yet.“I’m sure volleyball is feeling down because they are so popular [back home] and yet they can’t win here,” Vargas said as the women’s volleyball team, made up of the stars of two leagues back home, was waylaid by formidable teams here.“Their (NSAs) problem is that all of them are very exclusive,” Vargas said. “We have to talk to these NSAs to straighten things out within their organizations. Because I think we have better chances if they become more inclusive.“Being inclusive means they would widen their embrace and they can get more talent,” he went on. “We didn’t even come close to winning in most of their sports and our performances in these fronts certainly weren’t encouraging.”Women propped Filipino pride in the Asiad with golf’s LK Go, Bianca Pagdanganan and Yuka Saso, weightlifting’s Hidilyn Diaz and skateboarding’s Margielyn Didal bringing home golds.ADVERTISEMENT Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ LATEST STORIES Standhardinger suits up, powers Beermen From 22nd place in the 2014 Asiad, the Philippines improved by three notches to No. 19.Boxing, a gold hope, delivered one silver and two bronzes despite gutsy performances from its athletes—a theme that spread across all sports that the Philippines participated in.“Athletes have really been carrying us well in international meets,” Vargas said. “I think we should give every athlete all the support they need. They should be rewarded if they win because they get blamed when they lose. Our role as officials is to support the athletes. They are the most important part of the equation.”Athletes keep pouring their hearts out and somehow, politics gets in the way. Proof of what a cleaned-up NSA can do lies in the National Golf Association of the Philippines, which did away with politicking and favoritism to emerge with two golds and a bronze. (See related story on this page).And that’s the trend Vargas hopes will be the norm as the Philippines pushes toward the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew JAKARTA—Like the rest of his countrymen, Philippine Olympic Committee president Ricky Vargas is happy how the athletes performed in the 18th Asian Games—medal winners or not.ADVERTISEMENT Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? INSIDE THE WATER JEEPNEY: Manila to Cavite in 20 minutes? PLAY LIST 03:47INSIDE THE WATER JEEPNEY: Manila to Cavite in 20 minutes?00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award View commentslast_img read more