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Football: Breaking down Wisconsin’s quarterback competition

By on September 16, 2020

first_imgAfter leading his team to a Rose Bowl appearance and finishing ninth in the NCAA in quarterback rating, you would think senior quarterback Jack Coan wouldn’t have to answer questions about his starting position.Think again.Some in the media believe that Coan, the three-year starter from Sayville, New York, could be surpassed by flashy redshirt freshman Graham Mertz. A June Sports Illustrated article ranked the position fight between Coan and Mertz as the Big Ten’s most competitive quarterback battle.UW Athletics: Big Ten announces fall athletics will be conference-only amidst COVID-19 pandemicThe Big Ten released a statement July 9 stating that the conference will adjust their fall sports schedule to “conference Read…Though Mertz’s talent is undeniable, starting him over Coan to begin 2021 would be astronomically disrespectful to Coan. In 2019, Coan completed 69.6% of his passes and threw for 2,727 yards. Both are highs for Badger signal-callers since Russell Wilson’s epic 2011 campaign. Coan’s impressive statistics are just one of many reasons as to why he should be under center in 2021.Many fans label Coan as a “game manager,” a quarterback that limits mistakes but also relies heavily on strong defensive play and the running game to get wins. Coan is much more. Last year, with a top-10 scoring defense and two-time Doak Walker Award winner Jonathan Taylor in the backfield, Coan gave Wisconsin the best opportunity to win consistently.Now, with questions surrounding the running back position and three of Wisconsin’s four top receivers returning, Offensive Coordinator Joe Rudolph may showcase more of Coan’s arm talent. Last season, Coan ranked fifth in the Big Ten in yards per attempt (8). With the playbook opening up, Badger fans will hope this number increases this season.A prime example of Coan’s passing on display was in Wisconsin’s Sept. 7 rout over Central Michigan. In the lopsided 61–0 win, Coan completed 26 of 33 passes for 363 yards and three touchdowns. Not only was Coan’s stat line impressive, but on multiple occasions, he showed his ability to complete the big play. Two of Coan’s three touchdown passes were over 35 yards. With an opened up playbook, Coan will look to take more shots in the upcoming season.UW student-athletes ask athletic department to confront racial inqualities, support students of colorCurrent and former student-athletes at the University of Wisconsin wrote letters to UW Athletics asking to make the institution a Read…Coan also showed the ability to step up during Wisconsin’s biggest games in the 2019 season. In Wisconsin’s first major test against Michigan, it was Coan who made an emphatic statement.After Taylor went down dealing with cramps, Coan kept the Wolverine defense on their toes, using his legs to rush for two touchdowns that extended Wisconsin’s lead to 28–0. Coan’s big game on the ground created an insurmountable deficit for the visiting Wolverines and the Badgers cruised to a 35–14 victory.In the Big Ten Championship game against Ohio State, Coan shined. Coan went 17-for-33 for 232 yards and again scampered for two touchdowns. Though Wisconsin fell to the Buckeyes, Coan accumulated an impressive 92.3 quarterback rating.Football: Reloading, not rebuilding: Hallman’s commitment adds to Badgers’ talented 2021 classThe University of Wisconsin football team added another asset to their 2021 recruiting class, grabbing three-star cornerback Ricardo Hallman with Read…Without question, Coan’s experience and leadership prepare him for the big moments. Though Coan will likely begin his senior campaign as the starter, backup Graham Mertz will be breathing down his neck.Mertz, one of the Badgers’ best recruits in recent memory, has the potential to see the field this year. In two appearances, Mertz impressed and completed 9 of 10 passes for 73 yards in non-conference action. During his senior year at Blue Valley North High School in Overland Park, Kansas, Mertz threw for 3883 yards and 51 touchdowns. For his stellar play, Mertz was awarded Kansas’ Gatorade Player of the Year award, given to the top athlete in the state.What has Badger fans more excited is Mertz’s performance in the 2019 All-American Bowl. In a game filled with the nation’s top recruits, Mertz shined and threw a bowl-game record five touchdown passes. The excitement surrounding Mertz has many wanting him to get the nod. The question is, will the lights will be too bright for the young quarterback?Another thing to consider is, with today’s lenient transfer rules, Mertz could decide to play elsewhere if he becomes frustrated with his status on the depth chart. It has been a trend for quarterbacks to transfer schools and have success. The last three Heisman winners have won the award after transferring (Joe Burrow, Kyler Murray and Baker Mayfield).Semester that was: Biggest stories in sports from the last four monthsWomen’s Hockey: Badgers once again strong contenders for non-defunct Frozen Four Success is not a new phenomena for the Wisconsin Read…It will be interesting to see how this quarterback competition plays out if there is a season. While Badger fans want to see their team in action, questions surround who will be under center in 2020.Though it is unclear which player will start, Badger fans should be reassured that the Badgers have two capable quarterbacks on their depth chart. The question is, who will be taking the snaps, and who will be donning the headset on the sideline?last_img read more

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Chelsea fans believe this player is back after ‘phenomenal’ performance against Norwich City

By on December 30, 2019

first_imgChelsea went into their clash with Norwich City having lost their last three Premier League games, but they put an end to this barren run after sealing a 1-0 victory over the Canaries at Stamford Bridge.Diego Costa scored the winner in what was a promising performance from Jose Mourinho’s men.Cesc Fabregas, John Terry and Nemanja Matic all played with a spark that has been missing for the past four months, but, in particular, it’s Eden Hazard that has got supporters talking.The Belgium winger put in an impressive display, with the international break looking to have injected him with some much needed confidence.So much so, in fact, that some Blues fans believe he showed signs that he is back to his best after a miserable start to the campaign – even if he was facing a relegation-threatened Norwich.Take a look at what Chelsea supporters have had to say about Hazard, on Twitter, below. Chelsea’s Eden Hazard 1last_img read more

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Young family terrorised by masked gang with hurley sticks

By on December 21, 2019

first_imgGardai are investigating a brutal attack on a young Co Donegal family who were attacked in their home by two masked men brandishing hurley sticks.The two men, who were both wearing black clothing, broke into the home on the Oakgrove estate in Buncrana on Sunday night last.The men broke into the house around 9.15pm and began wrecking the house. The attackers used the hurley sticks to smash a number of windows in the house.The woman, who was alone with her two young children, was left terrified by the incident.The two attackers then fled the scene on foot towards the Millfield Road area of the town.Gardai say they believe the men then got into a black Mitsubishi car before speeding away. Gardai say they are treating the attack with the utmost seriousness.A spokesman said “A full investigation has been launched into this attack which was both a burglary and an assault.“The people, which included young children, were left terrified in their own home and this simply cannot happen.“If anyone knows anything about this assault then they should contact the Gardai. ANy small piece of information may help.”Anybody with any information is asked to contact Buncrana Gardai on 074 93 20540 or the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111. Young family terrorised by masked gang with hurley sticks was last modified: October 3rd, 2019 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:buncranafamilyGardaihurley stickslast_img read more

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Artificial intelligence being applied on farms takes data to the next level

By on December 17, 2019

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest It was not long ago when the term “artificial intelligence” was something largely reserved for sci-fi movies. But, increasingly, daily life is being influenced with the use of artificial intelligence (AI).“AI is changing everything from the way we shop with products like Amazon’s Echo using voice commands to initiate the purchase of products while other AI devices like Nest keep our homes safe and comfortable,” said Christopher Wiegman, a graduate student in the Ohio State University Department of Food, Agricultural and Biological Engineering. “These devices represent a new type of ‘smart’ technology that utilizes AI or machine learning. Machine learning distills large amounts of input data into algorithms based on patterns. The amount of investment in the field of AI has grown substantially spanning all economic sectors ranging from industrial to consumer goods, health care and even banking. Technology titans such as IBM, Microsoft, Google, Amazon, and Facebook are committing heavily to continuing development of AI.”Agriculture is certainly a potential beneficiary of the AI progress.“AI could analyze all the inputs of agricultural production such as hybrid performance based on historical yield and disease pressure. AI may also help with selecting plant populations based on weather models, soil types and topography, or nutrient and water availability,” Wiegman said. “If there is one area that the digital agriculture revolution has given producers, it is a mountain of data. AI will help producers interpret this data and extract actionable information with which to enhance profitability while ensuring the sustainability of their enterprises.”These types of applications are at the forefront of the pipeline development for The Climate Corporation.“One of the biggest things we see on the horizon that we are excited about is getting more data pulled together in a different model that relies on advanced tools like artificial intelligence. This allows for more insights from the data because we can extract more meaningful information that we can bring to bear on management decisions,” said Brian Lutz, yield analytics lead for The Climate Corporation. “Machine learning is a tool that thrives on extremely large amounts of data. Farming is complex and there is lots of information. It is hard to know what the most important patterns are. The machine learning models can pull the important patterns out for us that we just can’t do for ourselves without the use of these kinds of models. They dive into the data and surface the most important patterns so we can translate them into insights for better management.”This type of work is ongoing, but will be translated into some new user options being offered by The Climate Corporation.“When we first announced our pipeline a year ago we had over 35 different projects. Since then we have made significant advances in half the pipeline projects and we are moving forward. The majority of those 17 advancements over the last year are in the three buckets of seed scripting tools, fertility management tools and what we are doing with disease management,” Lutz said. “Disease can be difficult to manage because it can be hard to positively identify what disease you have. Lesions of different diseases can look quite similar and even some abiotic stresses look similar. We are developing technology similar to what is in Facebook where they do facial recognition. So, with that technology growers can use their cell phones to take a picture of the corn leaf and the models that are embedded will automatically identify what disease it is. It really helps with the diagnosis part of it. We are also able to marry that with our high-resolution weather data. Not only do we want to know when a disease is present, we also want to know when to alert growers that the weather conditions are prone to fostering that disease. With disease management, timing is everything. That helps them to be timely and make decisions faster. We offer geospatial and scouting tools too so everything is geo-referenced.”The development of seed prescriptions also harnesses a large amount of data.“With seed scripting we are bringing all of these types of data together. One area of focus is seed placement — what type of seed to plant and where. As we add more information about soil types, management practices and weather conditions, we marry that up with our plant genetics data at Monsanto so we can really hone in on which hybrid or variety is able to perform best in that particular acre of the field,” Lutz said. “The other side of the coin is the seeding rate. Variable rate seed scripts have been really popular. We know that every acre performs differently and we have the tools to make that variable rate scripting easy.”Ohio agriculture understands very well the complexities of efficient nutrient management and AI can help offer more tools to help.“One of the big focal points in our fertility platform now is our P and K scripting tools. We are also starting to focus on soil pH and lime. One of our flagship products has been our nitrogen management tool. Growers have seen the value in getting a more in-depth look at nitrogen in their fields. But one of the biggest asks that we’ve had in the last couple of years was to expand beyond nitrogen to P and K,” Lutz said. “We are trying to maximize the use of all inputs, including fertilizer, on every acre so that we are not over applying but also maximizing output. That is what these tools are all about. We want to make sure we are doing the best possible job of taking all of the information into account.”The viability of these types of applications moving forward depends on not only gathering on-farm data, but then also analysis with the help of AI and machine learning.“In the last couple of years we have had tremendous success in getting all the data in one place. That has led the value for us. Now as we bring more data streams we can go beyond just having your data all in one place and derive the most insight from it,” Lutz said. “Growers are increasingly collecting more data. We have grid soils samples, as-applied data, high-res information about the soils — when it is all spread out, that information doesn’t do much by itself. It is only when it is all integrated into one place that it can be used to make better decisions.”last_img read more

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With family waiting at the finish line, Tara Borlain cruises to last IronKids win

By on November 28, 2019

first_imgLacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Church, environmentalists ask DENR to revoke ECC of Quezon province coal plant Tara Borlain. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netLAPU-LAPU CITY — Soaking in the cheers, Tara Borlain comfortably crossed the finish line by her lonesome as she once again ruled the girls’ 13-14 category of the 2017 Alaska IronKids Saturday morning at Shangri-La Mactan here.But for the rising triathlete, she was never alone.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Trump strips away truth with hunky topless photo tweet Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games National Coffee Research Development and Extension Center brews the 2nd National Coffee Education Congress FEU Auditorium’s 70th year celebrated with FEU Theater Guild’s ‘The Dreamweavers’ Though older sister Samantha no longer competed in the youth circuit, the middle Borlain sibling felt her family’s support from start to finish as she capped off a decorated IronKids career.READ: Graduating Baniqued, Borlain reign in IronKids anew FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool stars“Ever since I started, the most important thing I learned is that family is the key. Winning is just in your mind and in your heart, and if you give your best, you’re already a champion. I believe that your family will be the one to push you for that success to happen,” the 14-year-old said.Borlain pulled away from the field early and was hardly threatened as she finished the race in 41:34, almost a full four minutes ahead of her closest pursuant.center_img Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo View comments NGCP on security risk: Chinese just technical advisers As she is about to take her curtain call, Tara left a few words of wisdom to her fellow youth triathletes.“Keep believing in yourself,” she said.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next It was a stark difference from the past years, where Tara and Samantha would always be neck-and-neck en route to their expected 1-2 finish before hugging it out in celebration.READ: Tara Borlain, Juan Baniqued eye fitting end to IronKids stintStill, with Samantha and her parents cheering her on from the sidelines, Tara felt like she was on cloud nine.“It’s actually the best thing I can ask for. When I’m with them, I feel more confident. I got to know myself more because of them,” she said.Dominant since she first started joining the IronKids, Borlain could only smile as she now puts all her attention on her studies in St. Paul University, while still joining some small triathlon events from time-to-time.ADVERTISEMENT DILG, PNP back suspension of classes during SEA Games MOST READ Reyes not replacing injured Fajardo in Gilas’ Fiba Asia Cup rosterlast_img read more

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Denham Town in West Kingston Jamaica declared Second Zone of Special Operations

By on September 17, 2019

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Jamaica, October 18, 2017 – Kingston – Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, has declared Denham Town in West Kingston as the second Zone of Special Operations (ZOSO) under the Law Reform (Zones of Special Operations) (Special Security and Community Development Measures) Act.   Details were provided by the Prime Minister at a press conference held today (October 17) at Jamaica House.A full-strength joint Jamaica Defence Force (JDF) and Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) personnel have been in the area since 5:00 a.m.  Lieutenant Colonel Murphy Pryce of the JDF, and Senior Superintendent of Police, Everald Linton, are jointly in charge of operations in Denham Town.Mr. Holness informed that the selected Zone has been deemed to have met the first-order criteria for being considered and declared a zone.“Those first-order criteria would have been the ongoing gang warfare, rampant criminality, escalating violence and murder, and a threat to rule of law,” he explained.The Prime Minister noted that several other communities would have been deemed as meeting the first-order criteria; however, for strategic reasons, “we have decided to declare Denham Town as the second zone of operations”.   He also reiterated that all members of the joint force were trained in human rights, adding that the security personnel were trained in the protocols of operations of the accountability and reporting framework.In addition, all ballistic signatures of weapons used in the Zone have been registered and documented.“There is a system of identification of all members of the joint force in place. In this phase of the second zone, residents can expect to encounter checkpoints, cordons and searches, curfews and targeted operations, and residents should be prepared to provide identification,” he said.The Prime Minister noted that the operation of the Zone will be closely monitored by the National Security Council.   He also encouraged all residents to be positive in their interactions with the security forces.   Mr. Holness said this is an opportunity for residents of the area to work with the security forces to rid their area of the criminal elements.   He added that this process can be aided by sharing information with the police, or through Crime Stop.Meanwhile, Commissioner of Police, George Quallo, informed that there are 12 known gangs operating in Denham Town.   He noted that since 2015, there has been gang conflict between Tivoli Gardens’ Young Generation gang and the Denham Town Coalition.“This has resulted in several murders, shootings and robberies.   Gang conflicts currently exist between the Upsetter gang and the Superstar gang as a result of a fight for the control of turf,” Mr. Quallo added.He noted that the ongoing gang feud has resulted in increased violence in the area, which directly affects the free movement of residents and is also negatively impacting economic and social activities within the community and surrounding areas.“The Denham Town community has been plagued with serious crimes, resulting in approximately 82 victims between six and 65 years old in 2017. Murders and shootings primarily resulted from the feud between the Tivoli Gardens gang and the Denham Town Coalition gang,” Mr. Quallo said.He pointed out that most of the murders, shootings and robberies occurred at Dumfries Street, Spanish Town Road, Wellington Street and Rose Lane.The Law Reform (Zones of Special Operations) (Special Security and Community Development Measures) Act was passed earlier this year in the Parliament.   It seeks to contain crime while safeguarding the human rights of residents and promoting community development through social intervention initiatives.The law gives the Prime Minister power to declare an area a Zone of Special Operations in order to tackle increased crime and volatility in a community.   This is in consultation with the National Security Council.    The Zone can only be established after the Police Commissioner and the Chief of Defence Staff make a request for such a declaration in writing to the Prime Minister.The first Zone was declared in Mount Salem, St. James, on September 1.last_img read more

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Robertson praises David Bates ahead of debut

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first_imgScotland’s Andrew Robertson has heaped praises on David Bates ahead of his international debut with the team.The Hamburg defender is set to win his first cap in the heart of the Scotland defence, thanks to a large number of withdrawals from the team.Robertson has been impressed by the former Rangers Football Club defender, saying:“You don’t quite know how it will go on your debut but I think David can stand up and be counted,” he said according to Dail Mail.“He’s been really good in training. I remember watching him at Rangers and he’s come on a lot since he made the move to Hamburg.”“It’s up to the manager if he starts or not but, if he does, the more experienced lads will help him out and be positive.”Scotland’s Robertson hopes for a positive result against Belgium Manuel R. Medina – September 7, 2019 Scotland was defeated at home 2-1 by Russia in yesterday’s 2020 European Championship qualifiers, and the team is almost out of the race for a spot at the Euros.“Yes, it will be an inexperienced 11 due to circumstances, but I have confidence in the lads.”“Callum Paterson’s been doing well in the Premier League with Cardiff City and Ryan Fraser has the most assists in that league (with Bournemouth). The Celtic boys are all coming into international duty on a high.”“It can be hard to bring your own individual form from a club into a new team at international level but that’s what we’re aiming to do. Hopefull,y we can get the right result.”Meanwhile, Robertson admits the withdrawals have impacted Scotland’s preparation for UEFA Nations League games against Albania and Israel.“Of course it’s been a bit disruptive but we always plan with different team set-ups, and people are 100 per cent concentrated on what they are doing. These things happen and people will need to step up.”“We have to think that people will react well in adversity. I’m sure that will happen in Albania.”last_img read more

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