Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A Huntington man was sentenced Thursday to 4 ½ years in federal prison for defrauding investors out of $31 million.Thomas Donovan had pleaded guilty to wire fraud conspiracy in 2013 at Central Islip federal court.“Under the guise of rehabilitating and reselling distressed mortgages, Donovan lied to his investors and stole their money,” said Kelly Currie, acting U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of New York. “Donovan took advantage of the residential mortgage crisis for his personal financial gain.”Prosecutors said the 67-year-old man, the co-owner of Private Capital Group (PCG), which invested in sub-prime mortgages, stole some of the $300 million from their main investor, Ficus Investments, Inc., and covered the theft up with false and misleading financial reports.PCG co-owner Lawrence Cline and the company’s chief financial officer, Christopher Chalavoutis, previously pleaded guilty and have been sentenced.Judge Joanna Seybert also ordered Donovan to pay $31 million in restitution to his victims.
“It’s not age appropriate… it’s covering material that parents don’t want to be covered,” Mr McCoskrie said. Family First is calling for sex education to be taken out of the classroom. “It appears to me that Family First have lifted out instances of examples of things that happen without showing the broader context around them,” Dr Quinlivan said. He said sex ed should be left up to parents, saying it’s not right that young kids are learning about spontaneous erections and wet dreams in school.READ MORE: https://www.tvnz.co.nz/one-news/new-zealand/saying-its-parents-role-and-not-schools-really-unfortunate-expert-criticises-family-first-over-sex-education-stance Parents want power over sex ed: pollEducationHQ NZ 12 January 2017Kiwi parents believe they should dictate what their children learn about sex at school with a survey finding most are confident they can teach their children what they need to know.Almost two thirds think it’s up to them and not the government who should have final say on what sex education is provided at school, a nationwide poll of 846 parents has found.The survey backs claims that parents know best and that a one size fits all approach is too simplistic, Family First New Zealand director Bob McCoskrie says.It found 78 per cent of parents would be confident teaching their children about sex and sexuality, while 62 per cent backed a parent not government approved sex education programme.“Parents know their children best and should determine the best timing and most appropriate way to tackle topic such as keeping themselves safe and ‘where do babies come from’,” he said.http://nz.educationhq.com/news/37767/parents-want-power-over-sex-ed-poll/# The group’s spokesman, Bob McCoskrie, said if any parent looked at the material being put into schools they would be concerned about how sexually explicit it was. TVNZ One News 11 January 2017Family First Comment: Not just Family First saying this – parents also overwhelmingly agree.Family First wants sex education to be left up to parents, not schoolshttps://www.tvnz.co.nz/one-news/new-zealand/sex-education-debate-sparked-over-claims-images-shown-primary-school-children-too-graphic‘Saying it’s parents’ role and not schools’ is really unfortunate’ – expert criticises Family First over sex education stanceTVNZ One News 11 January 2017A sex education researcher has fired shots at Family First over its call to stop exposing primary school kids to sexually explicit images, saying the move doesn’t equip young people with what they need to have loving relationships.Canterbury University’s Dr Kathleen Quinlivan said the lobby group’s position that “it is parents’ role to educate their kids on sex education” is “unfortunate”. “They also don’t show the fact that there are experienced, well-trained sexuality educators that facilitate those discussions.”
“When the time comes he will leave for a big club, I have no doubt about that. But I think he might just stay with Wigan.” Wigan beat Manchester City to win the FA Cup on Saturday with an injury-time header from Ben Watson. The club now face a fight for Barclays Premier League survival, with games against Arsenal and Aston Villa to come over the next week. While Whelan celebrated until the early hours, Martinez and the players had to keep their champagne on ice. “We outplayed Manchester City across the whole of the game yesterday. Our boys totally deserved it,” Whelan said. “We had three of our mainline players injured and up to eight players off this season. That is why we have struggled. We would have been in the top half of the league without a problem. “You saw the quality of Wigan yesterday, you saw the quality of Roberto Martinez and what he puts into the team. We have two massive games. Last night they went home and knew they had to go straight to bed. We have a big game on Tuesday and a massive game on Sunday. “The boys are dedicated to the massive task of keeping Wigan in the Premier League. The big fight is to stay up.” Martinez has been heavily linked with the managerial vacancy at Everton, with David Moyes leaving Goodison Park for Manchester United at the end of this campaign to succeed the retiring Sir Alex Ferguson. “Roberto will make his own mind up. Roberto consistently says ‘I love Wigan, I will stay with Wigan’,” Whelan said. Wigan chairman Dave Whelan thinks FA Cup-winning manager Roberto Martinez will still be at the club next season. Press Association
The Rio Olympics ended with a spectacular carnival-inspired closing ceremony, and the official handover to 2020 hosts Tokyo.The ceremony, which celebrated Brazil’s arts, was held in a wet and windy Maracana stadium.Athletes take part in a parade during the closing ceremony. (REUTERS/Vasily Fedosenko)The highlights were Tokyo’s impressive showcase and a vibrant carnival parade.“These were a marvellous Olympics, in a marvellous city,” said International Olympic Committee president Thomas Bach.“Over the last 16 days a united Brazil inspired the world, in difficult times for all of us, with its irresistible joy for life.”Women’s hockey captain Kate Richardson-Walsh carried the flag for Great Britain, who finished the Games with 67 medals – their highest tally at an overseas Olympics.Super-heavyweight boxer Joe Joyce had earlier won Britain’s final medal of Rio 2016 – a silver – as they finished second in the medal table to the United States, ahead of China.Tokyo’s timeThe ceremony featured the symbolic handover of the Olympic flag. Rio mayor Eduardo Paes returned it to IOC president Bach, before it was passed to Tokyo governor Yuriko Koike.That was followed by an impressive 12-minute showcase of Tokyo, which included Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe popping out of a green pipe dressed as computer game character Super Mario.Tokyo governor Yuriko Koike waves the Olympic flag during the closing ceremony in the Maracana stadiumIOC president Thomas Bach: “Brazil we love you, thank you for your warm hospitality. Over the last 16 days a united Brazil inspired the world, in difficult times for all of us, with its irresistible joy of life. You gave many reasons to be proud. These Games demonstrated that diversity is an enrichment for everyone. These Games were a celebration of diversity.“These were a marvellous Olympic Games in a marvellous city. They are leaving a unique legacy for many generations to come. History will talk about a Rio before and a much better Rio after these Games.”Rio 2016 organising committee president Carlos Arthur Nuzman: “The Games in Rio is a great challenge, but a challenge with success. I am proud of my country, my city and my people. Rio has delivered history.”(BBC Sports)
LONDON, England (Reuters) – Afghanistan were given a traditional British welcome as their first-ever appearance at Lord’s was cut short by rain in a one-day match against a Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) XI.The star-studded MCC side managed 217-6 from a rain-affected 40 overs, setting the tourists 227 to win from their 50 overs.However, the covers came on for the final time five overs into the reply, with Afghanistan 31-1, meaning no result could be reached.The MCC has been very supportive of Afghan cricket, not least through the charity Afghan Connection.Through this joint initiative, 100 cricket pitches have been built all around Afghanistan for children, with many cricket camps held around the country.Afghans love cricket so much,” said Sarah Fane, founder and CEO of Afghan Connection and said in a news release. “But they hardly had any equipment. So Afghan Connection made a delivery to the national team and began supporting grassroots cricket around the country for the young.“Within a year MCC began backing Afghan cricket through Afghan Connection’s projects. Since 2009 this has led to 100 cricket pitches being built, serving well over 100 000 Afghan children, as well as provision of equipment and coaching for them.”The match represented a landmark occasion for Afghanistan, less than a month after they were granted international Test status, but the weather put a dampener on events in London.The MCC side, captained by Brendon McCullum, the former New Zealand skipper, but he could muster only five runs, before being caught behind as the home team struggled at the start.Former Pakistan batsman Misbah-ul-Haq also fell early, caught behind on seven, before a stand of 150 for the third wicket between Sam Hain and Nottinghamshire’s Samit Patel ensured the hosts posted a respectable score.Noor Ali Zadran was the only Afghan wicket to fall in their five overs, before the heavens opened once more, this time bringing an end to the match.
Upper Corentyne11012003.815.8 Georgetown1010003.93.9 Essequibo11012023.217.2 TeamsMatchesWinsLosesOutrightwinAbandonBatting BonusTeam Bowling BonusFast Bowling BonusTotal Upper Demerara/ East Bank110120031.516.5 FOLLOWING the first round of play in the Jaguars Franchise League 3-day competition, the Essequibo Franchise emerged as tournament leaders, with point standings of 17.2 points.They are closely followed by Upper Demerara/East Bank, with 16.5 along with Upper Corentyne on 15.8 points.Meanwhile, the second round of matches commences today, and will witness Upper Corentyne facing East Coast at Port Mourant, Georgetown competing against Lower Corentyne at Lusignan, West Berbice taking on Essequibo at Bush Lot and East Bank going up against West Demerara at Eve Leary.All matches are scheduled to start at 09:30hrs.Points Table after round one:Points Table after round one: Lower Corentyne1010003.83.8 West Demerara100030003 West Berbice101000323.2 East Coast Demerara100030003
— Hall of Famer Cal Ripken Jr. says he is cancer free after surgery in March to remove a tumor from his prostate. Ripken was diagnosed in February and wasn’t experiencing symptoms, but bloodwork results prompted a visit to a urologist. He initially wanted to keep his story secret but hopes his experience encourages others to be tested.NFL-NEWSBrowns CB Johnson hospitalized with lacerated liverUNDATED (AP) — Cleveland Browns cornerback Kevin Johnson remains hospitalized with a lacerated liver, a serious injury sustained in practice when rookie tight end Harrison Bryant landed on him during a routine play.Johnson was signed this past offseason by Cleveland and expected to be the team’s starting nickel back. He was admitted to University Hospitals on Wednesday. Tiger Woods opened with a 68 that featured five birdies over his last 10 holes.GOLF-WOMEN’S BRITISH OPENOlson leads Women’s British Open TROON, Scotland (AP) — American Amy Olson mastered brutal conditions at Royal Troon to shoot 4-under 67 and lead the Women’s British Open by three strokes after the first round. It is the first women’s major of a pandemic-affected golfing year.Sophia Popov of Germany and Marina Alex of the U.S. share second following 70s. They are the only other players to shoot under par in extremely windy conditions in eastern Scotland. Update on the latest sports August 20, 2020 — Notre Dame announced five football players have tested positive in two rounds of coronavirus testing this week. The athletic department said the football program decided to test twice this week in light of the university’s decision Tuesday to move to remote learning because of a COVID-19 outbreak on campus. — West Virginia’s season opener against Eastern Kentucky on Sept. 12. will be held without fans because of the pandemic. The school said in a statement only essential game operations personnel and families of the players and football staff will be allowed to attend. — Six UConn football players have tested positive for the coronavirus, leading the school to suspend all team activities. UConn canceled its football season this month, but the team still had been practicing on Tuesdays and Thursdays and doing weight training on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. — South Carolina has lost one of its most anticipated offensive newcomers for the season after tailback MarShawn Lloyd tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee at practice. Gamecocks coach Will Muschamp said it was a non-contact injury during workouts Wednesday.FOX-BRENNAMAN-GAY SLUR — The Bucks have rebounded from their Game 1 loss, building a 23-point, first-half lead and coasting to a 111-96 win over the Magic. Giannis Antetokounmpo (YAH’-nihs an-teh-toh-KOON’-poh) led the way with 28 points and 20 rebounds for the Bucks, who let Orlando get within nine in the fourth quarter before pulling away. Brook Lopez finished with 20 points and Pay Cannaughton added 15 on 5 of 8 from 3-point range. Nikola Vucevic (voo-CHEH’-vihk) had 32 points for the Magic, who missed 13 straight field-goal attempts in the first half and 19 of 20 at one point.— The Rockets are up 2-0 in their opening-round series after James Harden’s 21 points and nine assists led a 111-98 win over the Thunder. Houston set an NBA playoff record by heaving up 56 3-point attempts, making 19. Danuel (DAN’-yoo-uhl) House Jr. delivered 19 points to help the Rockets win without Russell Westbrook, who sat out again with a right quad strain. Shai Gilgeous-Alexander scored 31 points for the Thunder, who led by six at halftime before scoring just 39 the rest of the way.NBA-DRAFT LOTTERYWolves win lotteryUNDATED (AP) — The Timberwolves have won the NBA draft lottery and will have the first pick in the October 16 draft. In other MLB news:— Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina has returned to the starting lineup after missing almost three weeks with COVID-19. The nine-time All-Star was cleared by Major League Baseball to resume activities on Tuesday. His activation comes just as catcher Matt Wieters was placed on 10-day injured list with a broken toe.— Marlins shortstop Miguel Rojas has become the first player sidelined by the team’s coronavirus outbreak to return. Rojas last played on July 26, when the virus spread so widely among the Marlins that their season was suspended for eight days. — The Yankees have placed reliever Zack Britton on the 10-day injured list with a strained left hamstring after he was injured in Wednesday’s loss to the Tampa Bay Rays. Britton underwent an MRI before Thursday’s game and the Yankees put him on the IL about 90 minutes before the first pitch. — Pirates President Travis Williams has tested positive for COVID-19 and says he is “on the road to recovery.” He says he knows of no other positive tests within the organization. UNDATED (AP) — There’s a new occupant atop the AL East standings after the Tampa Bay Rays completed their first three-game sweep at Yankee Stadium in six years.Mike Zunino belted a three-run homer while the Rays scored five times in the sixth inning of a 10-5 victory in the Bronx. Yandy Díaz padded the lead in the ninth with a two-run homer, helping Tampa Bay withstand home runs by Gio Urshela (ur-SHEH’-luh) and Luke Voit.The sweep comes after the Yankees tied a club record with 10 consecutive home wins to start the season. Thursday’s loss drops them a half-game behind the division-leading Rays, who have won 11 of their last 12.Elsewhere around the majors:— The Astros extended their major league-best winning streak to eight games with a 10-8 victory over the Rockies. Abraham Toro homered in the second of two five-run innings by Houston. COLLEGE FOOTBALL-NEWSGeorgia St. QB out for seasonUNDATED (AP) — Georgia State freshman quarterback Mikele Colasurdo will not be able to play this season after being diagnosed with a heart condition related to COVID-19.Colasurdo announced the diagnosis Thursday on his Twitter account, depriving the Panthers of a top prospect who enrolled in the spring and was expected to contend for the starting position.In other college football news: Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditNBA PLAYOFFSHeat take 2-0 leadLAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — The Miami Heat have forged a two-games-to-none lead in their NBA first-round series at the bubble near Orlando. Semyon Varlamov stopped 21 shots for his third career playoff shutout and first since 2009 with the Capitals. He allowed just eight goals in the series.MLB-NEWSTwo Mets personnel test positive for COVID-19UNDATED (AP) — The New York Mets are the latest major league team to see their schedule altered because of the coronavirus.MLB says two members of the Mets organization have tested positive for COVID-19. That has forced the postponement of their games Thursday in Miami and Friday against the New York Yankees. Major League Baseball says the postponements are “out of an abundance of caution and to allow for additional testing and contact tracing to be conducted.” The Timberwolves were 19-45 this season, marking the 14th time in 15 years that they failed to make the playoffs and finished with a losing record. Golden State holds the No. 2 pick, Charlotte got the No. 3 pick and Chicago will pick fourth. The Hornets and Bulls both bucked some odds to move into the upper echelon.The lottery was conducted virtually because of the pandemic, with NBA officials doing the actual draw in Secaucus, New Jersey.MLB-SCHEDULERays sweep up Yankees — Nelson Cruz Jr. smacked a two-run homer and Jorge Polanco laced a two-run double in the Twins’ 7-1 downing of the Brewers. Jose Berrios (beh-REE’-ohs) struck out nine and limited Milwaukee to just one hit over six scoreless innings.— Lucas Giolito struck out 13 over seven innings and combined with Jimmy Cordero on a five-hitter in the White Sox’s fifth straight win, a 9-0 pounding of the Tigers. Eloy Jimenez hit a two-run homer, Jose Abreu (ah-BRAY’-oo) drove in two and Tim Anderson went 2-for-4 with a homer while lifting his average to .379.— Clayton Kershaw struck out a season-high 11 in seven strong innings to pitch the Dodgers to their eighth win in nine games, 6-1 versus the Mariners. Cody Bellinger homered for the second straight game and Matt Beaty’s RBI double sparked the Dodgers’ four-run third.— The Blue Jays took the opener of their doubleheader by defeating the Phillies, 3-2 on an RBI single by Lourdes Gurriel Jr. in the seventh and final inning. Santiago Espinal had a sacrifice fly in the fourth inning and Craig Biggio tied the game with an RBI double in the sixth before Toronto completed its fourth win in a row.— The Blue Jays swept the seven-inning twinbill as Rowdy Tellez (teh-LEHZ’) homered and hit a go-ahead two-run single in a seven-run sixth that keyed a frantic comeback in a 9-8 win over the Phils. The Phillies jumped out to a 7-0 lead in the first inning, capped by Andrew McCutchen’s three-run double. Fox says Brennaman won’t announce NFL gamesLOS ANGELES (AP) — Thom Brennaman will not be calling NFL games on Fox after using an anti-gay slur on air during a Cincinnati Reds broadcast on Wednesday.Fox Sports issued a statement Thursday saying that “we are moving forward with our NFL schedule which will not include him.” Fox also said Brennaman’s remarks were “abhorrent, unacceptable, and not representative of the values of Fox Sports.”Brennaman had been a part of Fox’s NFL announcer lineup since they started televising the league in 1994. He had also called Major League Baseball games for the network from 1996 to 2014.The Reds announced late Wednesday that the 56-year old broadcaster was suspended. The team also issued an apology for the “horrific, homophobic remark.” PGA-NORTHERN TRUST OPEN4-way tie through 18NORTON, Mass. (AP) — Harris English shares the lead with Kevin Streelman, Cameron Davis of Australia and Russell Henley through one round of the PGA’s Northern Trust Open near Boston.English birdied four straight holes on the back nine before signing off for a 7-under 64. He is ranked 27th in the FedEx Cup after beginning the year without a full PGA Tour card.Among those at 65 were Louis Oosthuizen (WUHST’-hy-zehn), Charley Hoffman and Scott Piercy, all well outside the top 70 of those trying to qualify for next week’s $9.5 million event. Associated Press NHL-STANLEY CUP PLAYOFFSIsles oust Caps in 5TORONTO (AP) — The New York Islanders played their style for 60 minutes and advanced to the second round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs by defeating the Washington Capitals, 4-0 in Game 5.The Islanders were 1-for-19 on the power play in the series until Anthony Beauvillier (boh-VIH’-lee-ay) scored with the man advantage midway through the first period. Beauvillier also tallied in the second period. Nick Leddy and Josh Bailey added empty-netters. Bailey also assisted on Beauvillier’s two goals. The team said the 28-year-old is resting comfortably and expected to remain in the hospital for at least another 24 hours for observation.Liver lacerations can range in severity from mild to very severe to fatal.In other NFL news:— Injuries continue to mount for the Super Bowl-champion Chiefs. Wide receiver Tyreek Hill left midway through practice Thursday with a hamstring injury. The severity of the injury was not immediately known. Kansas City was already missing wide receiver Sammy Watkins, left tackle Eric Fisher, defensive end Frank Clark, defensive tackle Chris Jones, cornerback Lavert Hill and tight ends Ricky Seals-Jones and Deon Yelder.— The Bills are calling their home field “Bills Stadium” after they were unable to find a new naming rights partner before the start of the season. The Buffalo-based New Era Cap Company backed out of its naming rights agreement last month at a time the global sports headwear and clothing apparel company was laying off more than 100 employees as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. Duncan Robinson finished with 24 points and hit his first six shots, all from 3-point range to help the Heat beat the Pacers, 109-100. He provided Miami’s first three buckets and didn’t miss until midway through the third quarter on his way to a team playoff record-tying seven treys.Goran Dragic (DRAH’-gihch) scored 20 points and Jimmy Butler had 18 with six assists for the Heat. Victor Oladipo led the Pacers with 22 points. He had been questionable for the game because of an injured left eye.Game 3 is Saturday.In other Game-2 NBA action:
With about 400 men attending Interfraternity Council rush events each day last week, the executive board set about its task of upholding recruitment guidelines.Alex Keane, IFC vice-president of recruitment discussed this year’s changes implemented during the recruitment process.“As IFC, we have to make sure everyone follows the rules and has the most successful rush they can,” Keane said. “The minute we let things get out of control, we don’t have a purpose.”Common violations, such as having girls or containers of alcohol in the houses, were seen this semester, but no major alcohol-related incidents were reported.To keep violations under control, IFC Executive Board sends one or two members to patrol rush events on a random basis. There, they check in with the chapter president to answer questions and to make sure that rules are being followed. Each night beginning at 10 p.m., IFC does a walk-through of each house.“One or two executive members will walk through every corner of the house to make sure there are no girls, alcohol or dirty rush events,” Keane said. “Dirty rushing” refers to when fraternity members coerce potential new members to join the fraternity outside of official rush events. “Going until about 1 a.m., we have people driving around the area to make sure there are no parties or events downtown,” he said.If IFC finds a violation, the offending member must fill out an incident report to be resolved within the next 24 hours. A judicial board of five chapter presidents meets to review the incident and makes a decision based on IFC regulations and prior cases. Fraternities may appeal the decision within 24 hours.“We’re really just looking to make the best out of the process for the fraternity, but we just have to enforce the judicial process,” IFC president Jake Simon said. “Some sanctions are capped pledge classes or required workshops for the chapter. It’s more developmental for the fraternity to make sure the violation doesn’t happen again.”Though the members of IFC have to make sure their own chapters are following guidelines, they say that their position does not compromise them significantly since they are unaffiliated with their fraternities during rush week. They may not wear their letters, attend rush events as members or recruit rushees.“If you were to find a violation within your own house, you have to report it and have the integrity to do the right thing,” Keane said. “I expressed to all my friends that this is a position I was elected to and that I have a job I have to uphold. Everyone knows this is something I do, so I’ve never had any pushback.”Keane said he feels that overall this recruitment season went smoothly.“I think we were very successful; we were very good about finding out when things happened and were fair with the rules we uphold,” Keane said. “We have to represent the best interests of the houses.”
A bye week not only gives a team time to gameplan for an extra week, it also allows for banged-up players to get healthy. That was the case for the Wisconsin football team Saturday against Maryland.After their bye last Saturday, the Badgers returned three key starters, one on offense and two on defense.Redshirt junior fullback Derek Watt returned Saturday after being sidelined with a foot injury for more than six weeks. The last game he had played was against LSU in August.With the return of Watt to the backfield, the offense utilized the eye-formation throughout the game and ran the ball effectively. Redshirt junior running back Melvin Gordon said Watt’s return gives him a confidence boost when he takes the handoff.“I’ve been working with him for so long and we’ve been through so much together,” Gordon said. “That comfort level and that confidence level with him back there ya know, it just feels good.”Watt said that it took him the first few plays on the first drive for Wisconsin to feel comfortable again.“It took a couple of plays to get back into it, but it felt good, felt comfortable out there and I think we did well today,” Watt said.Redshirt senior defensive-lineman Warren Herring had not seen the field since the LSU game as well. He went down in the second half of that game with a knee injury.While Herring didn’t record any tackles in the game, he was still a force in the trenches, eating blocks and occupying offensive linemen, which allowed the Wisconsin linebackers to make plays.“That’s my job. [To] keep the offensive line from getting to our backers,” Herring said. That is what we stress in practice. We stress it every day and that’s our job. We got it done today.”For Herring, it was just good to be out there with his team.“It felt great,” Herring said. “Being back with my guys on defense, I’ve been missing them. So getting back and being able to fly around for them is great.”One of the linebackers who benefited from Herring’s play was senior Marcus Trotter who also returned from an injury to play against Maryland. Trotter has missed the bulk of the last two games since leaving the Northwestern game with a groin injury, which he suffered in the early stages of that game.“Not playing the last two games, I was just so happy to be out there and help my guys out, try to bring some swag back,” Trotter said. “I just felt like everyone was juiced up and it was fun to see.”But unlike Watt and Herring, Trotter’s impact showed up on the stat sheet. He recorded three solo tackles and assisted on three more. Two of those tackles were for losses, as Trotter and the Wisconsin defense shut down Maryland’s option running game.“We knew that was the biggest part of their offense,” Trotter said. “We knew that if we could stop the run, as well as get after the quarterback, it should be a good day.”Trotter’s biggest play of the game came on the first drive of the game when he tripped up scrambling Maryland quarterback C.J. Brown for his first solo career sack. The play halted the only significant offensive possession for Maryland until they scored their only points of the game late in the third quarter.“It’s tremendous to have them back for themselves, to have that opportunity to be able to play,” Andersen said. “It’s tremendous for our team to have them back and be able to play. But those kids had some big smiles on their faces and they were fired up and ready to go throughout the week … and the team gets a little extra juice from that.”Under Center As Andersen said he would leading up to the game, he played both quarterbacks Joel Stave and Tanner McEvoy against Maryland. That didn’t stop Stave, who started the game for the Badgers, from essentially establishing himself as the go-to guy in this dual-quarterback system.Stave completed nine of his 15 pass attempts while throwing for two touchdowns and 155 yards. A bulk of those yards came as a result of two big connections to junior wide receiver Alex Erickson.The first big play for Stave was on UW’s first drive of the day and his first attempt. A pair of Gordon rushes set up the play action, which Stave perfectly executed, rolling to his right and finding Erickson down the right sideline coverage 41 yards. That set up Wisconsin’s first score of the day.“To hit the first pass attempt of the game to be a deep one down the sideline to Alex, it was good to see,” Stave said.The second big play came with more than six minutes into the second half on the Badgers’ first drive of the half. Stave once again faked the handoff, set his feet and confidently threw a bomb to Erickson in double coverage for a 47-yard touchdown.“It always feels good to throw 50 yards down the field and see a guy come down with it,” Stave said. “It’s a little bit of a confidence boost. To see your guys go up on a play like that also helps.”Both of those plays were Wisconsin’s longest passing completions of the season at the time they occurred.Following the touchdown, Stave was replaced by McEvoy on Wisconsin’s next offensive series, a drive in which McEvoy and the Badgers went three and out and punted.McEvoy took over the reigns in the fourth quarter with the score 38-0. On the third play of the quarter, he took off running, and followed strong upfield blocking by his receivers for a 60-yard touchdown.Later in the quarter, he completed his two passing attempts on an 11-play, 79-yard drive the Badgers scored on. He finished the day 5-7 for 44 yards, and rushed for 84 yards on four attempts.Andersen explained that an advantage of the two-quarterback system is that it forces teams to prepare for both Stave and McEvoy and eats up valuable practice time.Andersen added said that the pair, as well as the team, don’t acknowledge the potential internal distractions that come with playing two quarterbacks.“They [Stave and McEvoy] handle it well, the kids on the team handle it well, and I have no reservations at all saying that we are going to move forward and have the ability to play both of these young men.”
Former first lady of the republic of Ghana, Nana Konadu Agyemang Rawlings is rallying her support for Ghana’s national U-20 side, the Black Princesses as they face their Korea DPR counterparts later this evening in the ongoing World Cup in Canada.Agyemang Rawlings’ support comes at the time of a crucial encounter against Korea DPR which could see the Princesses qualify for quarter finals stage for the first time in the history of the tournament if they should record a win.“I wish the Princesses the best of luck ahead of the game against Korea DPR and I am confident they will shine and make all Ghanaians proud tonight and possibly bring the trophy to Ghana at the end of the tournament,” she said.The gallant ladies defied all odds to pip the host country Canada in front of their packed supporters on Monday and will play Finland in their final group game nextTuesday.