Football: As spring winds down, quarterback battle heats up

first_imgThe battle for the Wisconsin’s quarterback spot is in full swing this spring and remains one of the big question marks for an otherwise experienced offensive unit.Fifth year senior Bart Houston and red shirt freshman Alex Hornibrook are the two most likely candidates to fill the spot of the now-departed four-year starter Joel Stave.Despite Stave’s inconsistencies under center over the last few years, he leaves a big shadow behind as the winningest quarterback in school history with 31 wins in a whopping 41 starts. The fifth-year senior departs alongside one of the most consistent and successful wide receivers in Wisconsin history in Alex Erickson, creating a significant gap in leadership in the passing game that has yet to be filled.“I think in the spring, you’re looking for consistency of play what guys can really do,” Offensive Coordinator Joe Rudolph said. “You’re really learning what their strengths are so you can play into those.”The current leading candidate, Houston, definitely carries the most experience and expectations of the two quarterbacks. The California native came to Madison as a highly touted four-star recruit and was ranked as the seventh best pro-style quarterback in his respected class. Houston was originally expected to beat out Stave for the spot after only his first year, but injuries and a lack of development kept him on the back burner for much of his career.Houston played in 15 games before this season and virtually won an entire game a season ago at Illinois after an early Stave injury. Houston went for two touchdowns and 232 yards in the survival effort over the Illini, but hurt his case for the starting job with two red zone interceptions on the same day.“The Illinois game was big for me in helping me realize that I can play at that competitive level,” Houston said. “Now I have confidence in my ability and can focus on preparing myself physically and mentally on the field and in the film room.”For a while following the Badgers 23-21 winning effort over USC in the Holiday Bowl, few thought the 2016 starting nod would ever be questioned as Houston’s. After a few weeks through spring camp, however, Hornibrook is returning to form and making a strong argument for the start.The red shirt freshman didn’t jump off the board as a recruit two years ago, but the open position is giving him an opportunity to cement his name in the conversation.Regardless of the chosen man this season, Houston will graduate next year and open a three-year spot for whoever beats him out.“I’ve really just been focusing on cleaning everything up,” Hornibrook said. “There’s always something that you’re building towards and there’s things that you have to correct. That list of things will get smaller and then bigger again. I need to make sure I have that plan laid out each time before I get to the ball before the snap.”Many around the program had also anticipated true freshman Karé Lyles would be competing for the quarterback spot. The three-star 2016 recruit out of Arizona committed to Wisconsin as a promising dual-threat that might be able to bring back some movement into a typically ground-and-pound style attack.While he is still expected to make an immediate impact upon his return, Lyles is missing spring practice due to a chronic hip injury and currently undergoing rehab. Head coach Paul Chryst told the injured Lyles he expects him to be a prominent player in their offense upon his return, despite his cemented spot as the third quarterback on the depth chart.The quarterback decision is probably the biggest decision Chryst and Rudolph will have to make all offseason. The two have always been known for pro-style quarterback centered offenses and the guy they choose will shoulder the burden of the offensive leader each and every series in one of the tougher Badger schedules in recent memory.This trend stems back to Chryst’s days as offensive coordinator for the Badgers and the stint Chryst and Rudolph had at Pittsburg as head coach and offensive coordinator just two seasons ago.In Chryst’s first year as head coach, Stave improved his passer rating by more than 12 points and doubled his total passing yards, helping him rebound from a disastrous junior season.This level of improvement is key for Houston as he and Chryst have only this one season together, and the quarterback centered scheme fits perfectly into Houston’s style of play. On the other spectrum of things, Hornibrook’s deep throwing style is very similar to Stave’s and could be a key factor in a year that will probably revolve around the dominant returning running back core.“I think it’s great when you have competition at a position,” Rudolph said. “[Houston and Hornibrook] are both pushing each other, and that’s fun to watch.”Despite the optimism surrounding the position and the entire offense, no quarterback has poked their head out as the favorite. Houston looks to have the slight edge as of now, but Chryst will likely hold on on making a decision until toward the end of summer.last_img read more

Jamaica establishes task force to monitor US trade sanctions

first_imgThe Jamaican government has established a task force to address any fallout in bauxite operations from the decision of the United States to place sanctions on imported steel and aluminum.The task force is being established as the proposed sanctions could have an effect on the Russian owned company, UC Rusal, based in Jamaica.To examine “options and possibilities”Transport and Mining Minister, Robert Montague, said the taskforce will examine “options and possibilities” and would include representatives from the Ministry of Transport and Mining, Ministry of Finance and the Public Service, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Attorney General’s Chambers and the Jamaica Bauxite Institute.Consultations underwayThe sanctions, which were applied by the US on April 18, will affect operations at the Windalco plant in Ewarton.“We are consulting with the US Government, the Russian Embassy and UC Rusal. We will update the country in a more fulsome way very soon. Discussions are at a very delicate stage,” Montague said, adding “we are aware of some of the challenges but we cannot yet show our full hand. We have also moved to protect the interests of our citizens and their assets.”He said the Jamaican government has had a series of consultations with the stakeholders with three principles in mind: protecting the workers’ jobs; protecting the environment; and safeguarding the country’s economy.He told parliament that the government has revoked the mining permits around some of the lands at Kirkvine.Meanwhile, the European Union said Friday it plans to bring its case against new U.S. tariffs on steel and aluminum to the World Trade Organization (WTO).If that happens, the 28-nation EU would join China and India in triggering the WTO’s dispute settlement mechanism over the American trade penalties.The EU has already prepared US$1.6 billion in retaliation against U.S. goods including steel, orange juice, motorcycles and bourbon whiskey.last_img read more

UCL Preview: Barca, Chelsea, Bayern to ensure progression, Arsenal hope for a miracle

first_imgBarcelona will be looking to secure their safe passage through to the knockout rounds of the Champions League on Tuesday evening in their penultimate group game against Roma.The holders, who are five points clear at the top of Group E, will qualify for the last 16 with a draw against the Italian opponents at Camp Nou.Luis Enrique’s side were at their best on Saturday as they dismantled bitter rivals Real Madrid 4-0 at Santiago Bernabeu in the first El Clasico of the season, with a double from Luis Suarez doing the damage, along with goals from Neymar and Andres Iniesta. Tuesday evening’s tie pits the Spanish coach against former club Roma, whom he managed from 2011 to 2013.Despite missing Lionel Messi through injury for much of this season, Barca have had no problems in finding the back of the net, while also being resolute at the back, having kept clean sheets in each of their last three games.Messi could start against Roma, having come on as a substitute against Real, although Enrique will surely be tempted to stick with the side that won so convincingly on the weekend, particularly with Barca’s place in the next round all but assured.With two games remaining, Roma are only in the top half of Group E by a single point from Bayer Leverkusen, with bottom side BATE Borisov, who they face on the final matchday, two points behind. The Giallorossi have not been at their best in the competition so far, with a surprise defeat at BATE leaving them in danger of not making it out of the group.They earned a credible draw with Barcelona in the return fixture on matchday one and secured a vital win over Bayer Leverkusen last time out, but defeat to Barca here could leave their qualification hopes in the balance.Arsenal must beat Dinamo Zagreb at the Emirates to maintain their hopes of qualifying for the last 16 of the Champions League.The Gunners have progressed from the group stage every year since 1999, but their destiny is out of their hands with two games remaining. Should Olympiakos avoid defeat at Group F leaders Bayern Munich then both sides will qualify for the last 16 and Arsenal will be out.However, if Bayern win and Arsenal triumph against Dinamo, then the Gunners could still progress ahead of the Greek side on the final matchday.The good news for the hosts is that Dinamo have lost all three Champions League matches since winning the reverse fixture 2-1 in September and have not won any of their last 11 away games in the competition.However, Arsene Wenger admitted his side are in a “difficult moment” after losing 2-1 to West Brom on Saturday.The Gunners have won just one of their last five games in all competitions and saw Francis Coquelin and Mikel Arteta join a lengthy injury list at the weekend. Chelsea could secure their place in the last 16 of the Champions League with victory over Maccabi Tel-Aviv on Tuesday.If the Blues win, and Dynamo Kiev fail to beat Porto, then the Premier League champions will qualify for the knockout stages, while a draw would be enough if Dynamo lose.They start as favourites against struggling Maccabi, who are yet to pick up a point in Group G and lost the reverse fixture 4-0 at Stamford Bridge.Jose Mourinho acknowledged his side will “be in trouble” if they lose but says confidence is improving after the 1-0 win over Norwich at the weekend.The Blues have struggled on the road in the Champions League recently, winning just two of their last 10 away games. Bayern Munich and Olympiakos meet on Tuesday knowing a draw would take both through to the Champions League last 16 and eliminate Arsenal.Hosts Bayern are likely to be without left-back David Alaba, who has an ankle injury, for a game boss Pep Guardiola calls “a bit like a final for us”.”We know how strong Olympiakos are,” said the ex-Barcelona boss. “They play good football.”We can qualify for the next round as the top side in the group [if we win].” Bayern are top of Group F on nine points, level with Olympiakos, after four of the six games, with Arsenal third on three points.Guardiola added: “They will not allow us much space, especially in front of their goal.”Their wingers are very quick and they have some tall players too.”Olympiakos did not play on Saturday after the Athens derby against Panathinaikos was called off following crowd trouble. Other fixtures:BATE Borisov vs LeverkusenFC Porto vs Dynamo KievZenit vs ValenciaLyon vs Gent–These games will be live on SuperSport, your world of champions.last_img read more

Help wanted: SRMC is looking for a full-time housekeeper

first_imgHelp wanted: Housekeeping position at Sumner Regional Medical Center.This is a full time position, Monday-Friday, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Must be able to work occasional weekends and shared holidays. Qualified individuals will possess the ability to do laundry for patient care, keep storage rooms stocked, distribute linens and laundered articles, replace soiled drapes and cubicle curtains, disinfect and sterilize equipment and supplies, sweep, scrub, wax, and polish floors, clean rugs, carpets, upholstered furniture, and draperies, empty wastebaskets. Competitive benefits with compensation based on experience. The successful applicant will be required to pass a post offer drug screen. Interested individuals should apply online at www.srmcks.org, send resume to Emily Pierce, HR Coordinator, [email protected], or apply in person at 1323 North A St, Wellington, KS  67152. Equal Opportunity/Tobacco & Drug Free Employer.last_img read more