DeCremer keeps his motor running

first_imgBEN CLASSON/Herald photoIn a season filled with high expectations for the team, defensive lineman Kirk DeCremer has found instant success.The former UW Scout Team Defensive Player of the Year and redshirt freshman has already made quite the splash in his first two games for the Badgers. In only his second play from scrimmage at the college level, DeCremer used his explosiveness off the line to make a terrific special teams play by blocking a Washington State punt. In his next outing against UNLV, he finished the game with two tackles and a sack for a 9-yard loss.Although many Badger fans have yet to become familiar with DeCremer, both coaches and players believe his decision to redshirt his freshman year will enhance his development as a player.”You have five years to play, and you are eligible to play four of those years,” defensive line coach Randall McCray said. “The three years in the middle are always the same. Is that first one or that fifth one better? The fifth year is always better because of the experience.”When asked about his redshirt experience, DeCremer acknowledges that taking a year off to learn the intricacies of the lineman position has given him a leg up on this season’s competition.”It was great,” DeCremer said. “Playing against the Outland Trophy winner (former UW left tackle Joe Thomas) on a daily basis definitely helped me out. Being around here for a year, you definitely get to know the guys.”Around Camp Randall, coach McCray’s intensity and passion for the game rubs off on his linemen. When asked about DeCremer, McCray was quick to point out the intensity and savvy pass-rushing skills he sees developing.”He is aggressive. He always attacks the ball off the line of scrimmage,” McCray said. “You can always calm a guy down, but it is hard to teach a guy to be aggressive.”DeCremer’s knack for being around the ball and speed off the line of scrimmage instantly drew the attention of the coaching staff.”That’s the first impression you get of the kid,” McCray said, “whether or not he is tough or aggressive.”Although he is excited at every opportunity to see the field, DeCremer remains humble about his play and understands that he must continue to make strides during practice to cement his spot on the line.”It definitely feels great; I was put in some great situations to make some plays,” DeCremer said. “I just tried to do the best I could when I was out there.”Coaches and players alike have been quick to praise DeCremer for his blue-collar work ethic and pass-rushing skills.”He has a lot of talent,” defensive tackle Nick Hayden said. “He uses the right technique and is a very sound player.”He brings a lot to the table and the more he plays in the game, the better he gets.” According to Hayden, DeCremer has a bright future ahead of him.”As long as he does the right things and watches film, he’s going to get better as a player,” Hayden said.McCray said he is impressed by DeCremer’s natural pass-rushing ability.When asked about what he considers his own strengths, DeCremer pointed to the football intangibles — football IQ and pass-rushing mentality — he developed during his illustrious career at Verona Area High School, just south of Madison.”I want to get [to the quarterback], and I won’t stop [until I do],” he said. “My motor is running full speed all the time.”However, DeCremer acknowledges there are improvements he must make to his game.”I need to work on my technique and knowing where I’m supposed to be when I’m supposed to be there,” DeCremer said. “I have a good feel for the ball, but I need to master the defense and know what’s happening all the time.”Although the defensive line hasn’t been as stable as the coaching staff hoped, as several key components have missed time — Jamal Cooper was kicked off the team for conduct detrimental to the team, Kurt Ware isn’t back to 100 percent following offseason knee surgery and Matt Shaughnessy had to attend to his ill brother — DeCremer has been a model of consistency in the early goings.As Wisconsin moves into Saturday’s game against The Citadel, one thing’s certain: DeCremer’s motor will keep running.last_img read more

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STAFF : Syracuse softball team splits doubleheader against DePaul on road

first_imgAfter dropping the first game of a doubleheader to Syracuse 3-2, the Orange earned a 5-3 victory in extra innings in game two in Chicago.DePaul (28-18, 9-7 Big East) got off to a fast start against the Orange (35-12, 12-4) in game one against SU starting pitcher Jenna Caira. Caira allowed two runs in the second inning to jump out to a quick 2-0 lead.And the Blue Demons didn’t stop there. Caira’s counterpart, DePaul pitcher Kirsten Verdun, doubled down the line to drive in a run to help her own cause and put DePaul up 3-0. Meanwhile, Verdun baffled the SU hitters throughout the game.The Syracuse lineup finally woke up when it rallied in the fifth. Emily Thompson scored on a misplayed fly ball to right field off the bat of Carey-Leigh Thomas. Julie Wambold then scored on a base hit from Leah Porter, but the offense stalled from there and SU couldn’t find a way to tie the game in its last two innings.DePaul jumped out to an early 2-1 lead in the second game, but Veronica Grant’s two-run home run in the seventh inning gave the Orange the lead. DePaul tied it in the bottom half, leading to extra innings.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textIn the ninth inning, senior second baseman Stephanie Watts launched a two-run shot to give SU the lead again. And this time, SU held off the Blue Demons in the bottom half of the inning.Caira picked up the win, going five innings in relief after pitching a complete game in the front end of the doubleheader.The Orange takes on Connecticut in a three-game set this weekend in Storrs, Conn.-Compiled by David Propper, staff writer, dgproppe@syr.edu Published on April 25, 2012 at 12:00 pm Facebook Twitter Google+center_img Commentslast_img read more

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FIBA World Cup 2019: Khris Middleton, Brook Lopez wish Giannis Antetokounmpo the best, just not against U.S.

first_img Jerry Colangelo doesn’t have any ‘angst’ over U.S. chances at FIBA World Cup It’s a kind of drive his teammates rave about, and at the United States’ practice session Wednesday at the Mendenhall Center on the campus of the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, Brook Lopez and Khris Middleton couldn’t deny the respect they have for the 7-footer, even if they would be his rivals at the upcoming FIBA World Cup.“There are just so many possessions, so many dunks, but the vision, the unselfishness that he has, it’s just so impressive for a superstar of his talent,” Lopez said. “And his work ethic is just what amazes me the most, it’s really second to none.” Related News LAS VEGAS — Giannis Antetokounmpo has always been one for competition. He made waves in December when he told The Athletic he had no desire to work out with rivals and refused invitations from LeBron James and Carmelo Anthony to spend time practicing with them.That kind of drive is what helped him win the MVP in 2018-19 after averaging 27.7 points, 12.5 rebounds and 5.9 assists while helping the Bucks to the No. 1 seed in the East and an appearance in the conference finals. Gregg Popovich holds first Team USA practice ahead of World Cup: ‘All I care about is who’s here’center_img Opportunity takers. More frames from Vegas at #USABMNT training camp 👇GALLERY >> https://t.co/oLjfEvLutW pic.twitter.com/sBrmhj8wES— USA Basketball (@usabasketball) August 7, 2019″Every night he steps on that court, you know he’s going to give it his all,” Middleton added. “You know he’s due for one of those big plays.”Middleton and Lopez will not be Antetokounmpo’s teammates at the World Cup. Giannis will be leading a Greece team that has had high expectations of late, but just hasn’t quite been able to meet them.Greece was a favorite to medal at Eurobasket in 2015 but fell to the eventual champion Spain in the quarterfinals. Then it failed to qualify for the Olympics in 2016 when it lost to Croatia after playing just three games.But that was three years ago. Antetokounmpo has three All-Star appearances, three All-NBA selections and an MVP award since then. This is a different Antetokounmpo and a potentially very different Greece team.It’s a matchup Middleton would like to see happen.”We’ve spent hours in practice against each other and it will definitely be fun to get it in a real game,” Middleton said. “That’s my teammate, my brother and wish him the best but hopefully not too good against us.”There is no guarantee Middleton will get a chance to match up with Antetokounmpo, but it’s not out of the realm of possibility, either. The U.S. is in Group E and Greece is in Group F. If both teams finish in the top two of their pools, they could get a chance to face off down the line.This is the highest level & it means so much. Our group is going to make the most of it.#USABMNT x #FIBAWC pic.twitter.com/sX02VFlTj0— USA Basketball (@usabasketball) August 7, 2019It’s something Lopez says the team isn’t planning for yet, but he admits it would be a difficult task on defense, just like it was for every NBA team this past season.”It would be a total team job,” Lopez said. “All five guys have to be on the same page all doing our job.”The U.S. is dealing with a somewhat limited team this year for the FIBA World Cup. A lot of players have dropped out, including All-Stars Anthony Davis, James Harden and Damian Lillard.Despite those subtractions, the U.S. remains the favorite to win the tournament, which will be played from Aug. 31 to Sept. 15 in China. But, the Celtics were favored to win the East this year and Antetokounmpo made sure that didn’t happen. Lopez and Middleton know first hand just how tough the 24-year-old can be to beat when he sets his mind to something. Seeing talent like that in person can be intimidating, but it’s not something that will keep his teammates from wanting to compete. In fact, they would welcome the challenge.“He’s the most competitive guy I know, so going against him would be an amazing experience,” Lopez said. “It really would be a lot of fun.”last_img read more

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Goodbye Eibar: Izet Hajrović returns to Werder

first_imgManagement of the German football club Werder Bremen announced that this summer they will bring back Izet Hajrović.The former Bosnian national team player played for the last 12 months in the Spanish league club Eibar in which he had just seven appearances.Hajrović has a contract with Werder Bremen until 2018, having previously played for Grasshoper and Galatasaray.He had 16 appearances in the national team of Bosnia and Herzegovina, scoring three goals, including the winning goal against Slovakia in Zilina in the World Cup in Brazil.(Source: Radiosarajevo.ba)last_img read more

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Sumner Sheriff bookings for Sept. 1 – Sept. 8, 2014

first_imgWilliams, Denelious A.28Wichita, KS610 E Hillside Wellington, KSSUSOKDOC Arrest/Detain9/7/14 Howell, Richard56Wellington, KS500 N. Washington, Wellington, KSSUSOServing Sentence 60 Days9/4/14 KHP1 Bayless, James F. Jr.64Mulvane, KS500 W. Bridge Mulvane, KSSUSOProbation Violation9/6/14 Lamb, Scott F.36Conway Springs, KS501 N.Washington Wellington, KSSUSO2- SGCO Warrants9/2/14 Supon, Rebecca M.34Wellington, KS800 E. 16th Wellington, KSWPDOperate vehicle without liability insurance9/6/14 NameAgeHome TownLocation of ArrestAgencyChargesDate of Arrest Darby, Naaman E.37Oxford, KS610 E Hillside Wellington, KSOXPDBurglary X2, Theft X29/1/14 Belle Plaine2 Griffis, Dustin M.26Wellington, KS900 N US 81 Sumner County, KSSUSODriving While Suspended9/1/14 Penney, Charles O.44Wichita, KSSedgwick County JailSUSOWarrant- Probation Violation9/5/14 Holmes, Jeffrey  V.43Wellington, KS319 South Washington Wellington, KSWPD2 Warrants F.T.A9/3/14 Sumner Co15 Oxford PD2 Barrett, Tommie L.33Wellington, KS211 E 17th St. Wellington, KSWPDWarrant- Theft9/1/14 Short, Christopher T.23Wichita, KSSedgwick County JailSUSOWarrant- Probation Violation9/5/14 Tuck, Ryan J.30Wellington, KS1522 N. C St. Wellington, KSWPDDV Battery, Criminal Damage to Property9/1/14 Zabel, Tayler R.25Wellington, KS400 E 16th St Wellington, KSWPDDWS9/4/14 Keown, Kevin E. Jr.21Glade, KS5th and Merchant Belle Plaine, KSBPPDDUI, Refusal PBT, TOC, Refusal Blood Drawl9/7/14 Cunningham, CyrusJ.22Wellington, KS500 N. Washington, Wellington, KSSUSOServing Sentence9/4/14center_img         Sedgwick Co43 Wellington PD6 Olberding, Anthony J.20Wichita, KS501 N.Washington Wellington, KSSUSOWarrant- PV9/2/14 Brown, Joshua D.32Ellsworth, KSKingman County JailSUSOSUCO Warrant- FTA9/5/14 Whiteneir, Jayvon T.34Wellington, KS721 S. Washington Wellington, KSWPDDisorderly Conduct9/6/14 Glover, Edward C.42Cedarville, KSSedgwick County JailSUSOWarrant- Theft, Driving without headlights, Fleeing or attempting to elude, Robbery9/5/14 Haag, Kasey A.22Wichita, KS501 N.Washington Wellington, KSSUSOServing Sentence9/4/14 Sumner Newscow report — The following are weekly jail bookings for Sept. 1 to Sept. 8, 2014 for the Sumner County Sheriff’s Office: Chishlom, Cecil III51Wellington, KS1234 E. 10th Ave. Wellington, KSSUSODV Battery9/2/14 Paccelli, Dylan R.21Wellington, KS500 N. Washington, Wellington, KSSUSOServing Sentence9/4/14 Pavlu, Michael  R.56Norman, OKI 35 MM 33 Place 33 L Mulvane, KSKHPDWS, Ex Reg , 1 Warrant out Ford Co, X2 out of Ness Co9/3/14 Hawkins, Shineeta  G.36South Haven, KS1500 South US 81 Hwy South Haven, KSSUSODUI9/4/14 Bookings Monday 0600  to  Monday 0600  WEEKLY   BOOKINGS 09/01/2014 thru 09/08/2014  Arndt, Melissa D.33Belle Plaine, KS924 North Sumner Belle Plaine, KSBPPDSumner Co Warrant9/4/14 Purcell, Todd  A.40Winfield, KS100 South Michigan Oxford, KSOXPD2- Warrants out of Cowley County9/3/14 Total69last_img read more

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Elections for Judiciary & Defense C’ttees Today

first_imgSenators of the 4th Session of the 53rd Legislature will go to the polls today to elect chairpersons of the committees on Judiciary, Claims, Petitions, and Human Rights; and that of Defense, Intelligence, and Security & Veteran Affairs.Two new Senators, Cllr Varney Gboto Nabie Sherman (Grand Cape Mount) and Cllr. Steven H. Jorgbor Zargo (Lofa) are favored by bookmakers for the coveted posts.During the close of last Thursday’s sitting, the Pro Tempore announced that Senators interested in contesting for the two vacancies should apply in writing by the deadline yesterday February 23.The two positions became vacant following the resignation of Senator Joseph Nagbe from the committee on Judiciary to run for the post of President Pro Tempore. His decision was in line with guidelines for the Pro Tempore election which stated that candidates chairing statutory committees shall resign before contesting.The position for the Committee on Defense was last Thursday declared vacant after its Chair, Nimba County Senator Prince Yormie Johnson made a surprise announcement that he was resigning to vie for one of the two posts allotted for Senate representation at the ECOWAS Parliament.  The other post was won by Montserrado County Senator, former football legend George Manneh Weah.Last Thursday, the Senate elected chairpersons of four Statutory (Leadership) Committees of the Senate, and three representatives to international bodies.Montserrado Senator Geraldine Doe-Sherif was voted in to replace ousted Margibi County Senator Clarice Alhpa Jah as Chair of the Committee on Executive. Prior to her election Thursday, Senator Doe-Sherif chaired the committee on Transport.  The much loaded Committee on Ways, Means, Finance and Budget went to Grand Cape Mount Senator Edward Boakai Dagoseh, who defeated Grand Gedeh County Senator G. Alphonso Gaye. The two once worked at the Ministry of Finance.Prior to Thursday’s elections, Senator Dagoseh chaired the committee on Public Accounts and Audits while Senator Gaye chaired the Committee on Public Corporations.Another important position within the leadership hierarchy is that of Committee on Rules, Order and Administration which was once chaired by former Bomi County Senator Lahai G. Lansanah, but was last Thursday won by Lofa County Senator George Tamba Tengbeh, who had chaired the standing committee on Maritime.Interestingly, the Committee on Maritime now appears empty as the co-chair and other members were either defeated during the December 20, 2014 Special Senatorial Elections as the case with Senators Joyce Musu Freeman-Sumo, Clarice Jah and Mobutu Vlah Nyenpan, or John Whitfield, who passed away, and Senators Frederick Cherue and Cletus S. Wotorson who have retired.Nimba County Senator Thomas Grupee, former chair on Social Security, Pension and Insurance, has now been elected to chair the Committee on Internal Affairs, Governance and Reconciliation.Meanwhile, a staunch member of the ‘Majority Bloc’ in the Senate has declared that Cllr. Sherman is the candidate who his group will ensure wins the Committee on Judiciary.Bong County Senator Henry Willie Yallah allayed fears that his bloc’s overwhelming victories to chair all the important committees will cause a division in the Senate. On the contrary, Yallah said the heads of those committees will ensure that effective work is done to help bring integrity to the Senate.The next task of Pro Tempore Armah Jallah is the appointment of chairs of standing committees.  That process he said is already underway and will continue on Wednesday.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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