Rowdy Roddy Rogers

first_imgRAY PFEIFFER/Herald photoThe University of Wisconsin football team ranks third in the nation in pass defense and first in pass-efficiency defense, the only top national ranking currently for the Badgers in any statistics.Nevertheless, the Badger defensive backs haven’t received much recognition this season, despite having been the most consistent piece of the entire UW team, shutting down the opposing offensive passing threat each week.A large piece to the defensive success, and the chief menace for opposing quarterbacks, has been the Badgers’ free safety, senior Roderick Rogers. Rogers came into his final season ranked as the sixth-best free safety in the nation by the Sporting News, and also a leading contender for the Lott Trophy and Thorpe Award, awards given to the best defensive back in the entire nation.But Badger fans haven’t heard Rogers name too often this season for a good reason — he’s always in the right spot at the right time doing his job, shutting down the opposing team’s passing attack.Defensive backs coach Kerry Cooks has also noticed that Rogers hasn’t been getting much recognition for his play this year.”As of late, I feel he’s prepared and has been playing well the whole season,” Cooks said of Rogers. “Maybe he hasn’t had as many picks as the outside world would want him to have, [but] he prepares the right way and has done that since August, and even now he comes in and watches film. He’s making the plays that they give to him.”Rogers made his name heard, more than he has all season, against Penn State, earning Co-Defensive Player of the Week honors from head coach Bret Bielema. Rogers was seemingly all over the field, making plays against the Nittany Lions pass-catchers.The Stone Mountain, Ga., native totaled three tackles — including one brutal hit on Penn State tailback Tony Hunt for a loss of 7 yards — along with two broken-up passes and his first interception of the year inside the UW red zone, denying PSU their best offensive opportunity of the game.Alongside Rogers in the secondary, sophomore cornerback Jack Ikegwuonu has also seen his teammate excelling not just this past weekend, but the entire season.”You can always trust Rogers to be at the right place, he’s really opportunistic, and he’s always around the ball,” Ikegwuonu said. “He seems to have a nose for the football. He’s great in the run game and brings everything you would want in a free safety.”Not only does Rogers have a knack for finding the ball, but he is also one of the team’s emotional leaders.”He brings a lot of confidence and a lot of swagger [to the team],” Ikegwuonu said. “Roderick is a real confident player, he brings his A-game to the field every day, and it rubs off on us; we want to play up to his level. He knows what’s going on and knows the defense real well.”Part of what makes Rogers so anonymous is his shy side. Rogers was actually unavailable for comment this week in preparation for Wisconsin’s upcoming game against Iowa, leaving his coach and teammates to speak praises of him for his on-field play in 2006.”He’s a quiet guy. He’s not going to be the ‘rah rah’ vocal type of leader,” Cooks said. “But he’s the type of guy who speaks leadership through his type of play on the field, and on the practice field. He’s the guy that focuses in, and … when anything negative [is] going to happen, he’s got the leadership to where people respect him, to where he can say something, and his presence and his words can speak volumes to the team.”Rogers would not have been able to accomplish the feats of the Penn State game, says Ikegwuonu, without his constant efforts at getting better in practice each day and in studying game films.”[Rogers] really stresses the point in watching film; I see him up there every day,” Ikegwuonu said. “What he gets from film, the way he’s able to see the game before it happens, recognize routes, formations on the field. It makes you realize how important film watching is. That’s one of the biggest things that I’ve gotten from Roderick.”Constantly studying film and getting better has not only resulted in Rogers being a force for opposing quarterbacks to reckon with, but has also naturally landed Rogers as chief in command in the back field.”He’s always the one making the checks; he’s kind of the field general out there. He’s constantly controlling the movements and communicating,” Ikegwuonu said. “I think that’s one of the biggest things he does so well. He knows the playbook so well that he’s able to see things before they happen and able to anticipate.”Despite the lack of recognition, his teammates know he’s quietly become one of the best in the conference at what he does.”Rogers is a great free safety. He came in as one of the best in the Big Ten,” Ikegwuonu said. “He always aspires to be one of the best, and that’s where he thinks he could be.”last_img read more

NFL Draft 2019: Jets open to trading No. 3 pick

first_imgSeveral teams have a need at quarterback including the Dolphins, who are planning to release Ryan Tannehill. Miami has the No. 13 pick. The Jets are open to trading the No. 3 pick in this year’s draft.”Right now, we feel good at No. 3, but I’d definitely say if there’s an opportunity to trade down, we would absolutely look at it,” general manager Mike Maccagnan told reporters at the NFL Scouting Combine on Wednesday. John Elway worries about Kyler Murray’s ability to play under center Oakland is another team that could have interest and it has three first-round picks, which would be very appealing in a trade with New York.The team is also comfortable standing pat.”If we end up picking a player at three, we’ll feel really good,” Maccagnan said. “If there’s an opportunity for us to move back and acquire more picks, that’s something we’d definitely be potentially interested in. It would have to be the right kind of deal, but I definitely wouldn’t rule anything out at this point in time.” “If there’s an opportunity for us to move back and acquire more picks, that’s definitely something we’d be potentially interested in.” – GM Mike MaccagnanA history of trade hauls for a top-five pick ➡️— New York Jets (@nyjets) February 27, 2019New York took quarterback Sam Darnold with the No. 3 pick in last year’s draft, so it is unlikely the team will take a signal-caller once again.Taking that into account, a team looking to move up to get one of the two perceived premier QBs in the draft in Ohio State’s Dwayne Haskins or Oklahoma’s Kyler Murray might love to grab the Jets’ pick. Related Newslast_img read more

Los Molinos stays at No. 2 in division VI; Corning drops to No. 5 in division III

first_imgThe Northern Section Prep Football Media Poll is voted on by media members from the Chico Enterprise-Record, Marysville Appeal-Democrat, Red Bluff Daily News, Redding Record Searchlight and Action News Now. First-place votes are in parentheses with record, voting points and last week’s ranking listed after.Division IITeam Record Pts Last1. Shasta (9) 7-1 45 1 2. Chico 5-3 36 23. Pleasant Valley 3-5 27 34. Foothill 5-3 18 45. …last_img

Photo library: Countryside 7

first_img{loadposition tc}Click on a thumbnail for a low-resolution image, or right-click on the link below it to download a high-resolution copy of the image.» Download Countryside contact sheet (1.6MB) » Download full image library contact sheet (10.5MB) Northern Cape province: The Springbok, South Africa’s national animal, roams freely around the Sutherland Observatory. Photo: Graeme Williams » Download high-res image Northern Cape province: Many plant species flourish in the dry rocky landscape of the Karoo, withstanding extreme cold, heat and drought. Photo: Graeme Williams » Download high-res image Northern Cape province: Many plant species flourish in the dry rocky landscape of the Karoo, withstanding extreme cold, heat and drought. Photo: Graeme Williams » Download high-res image Carnarvon, Northern Cape province: Prickly pear cactus are valuable as drought-resistant cattle fodder in the Karoo semi-desert.Photo: Graeme Williams » Download high-res image Carnarvon, Northern Cape province: An old building stands out against the stormy Karoo sky.Photo: Graeme Williams » Download high-res image Western Cape province: A vineyard near the town of Darling.Photo: Darling Tourism » Download high-res image Western Cape province: A vineyard near the town of Durbanville.Photo: Durbanville Wine Valley » Download high-res image Western Cape province: Diemersdal Werf Wine Estate near the town of Durbanville.Photo: Durbanville Wine Valley » Download high-res image Western Cape province: The Durbanville Valley.Photo: Durbanville Wine Valley» Download high-res image COUNTRYSIDE 7: {loadposition cs}Having trouble downloading high-resolution images? Queries about using the image library? Email Mary Alexander at [email protected]last_img read more

Stink bug management in non-uniform crop stages

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Kelley Tilmon and Andy Michel, Ohio State University ExtensionWith all the planting difficulties in 2019 there are soybeans in a much greater variety of growth stages than usual this summer. What does this mean for stink bug management? First, it means that different fields will be in the danger zone at different times. Stink bugs feed on developing pods and seeds, with the potential for damage beginning in R3 and R4-R5 being prime damage time, with damage potential still lingering in early R6. This year peak damage potential may be spread over a larger window of time. Second, the latest soybeans to mature will be at extra risk at the end of the season. Stink bug adults are quite mobile and able to move into new fields. As earlier fields mature they will naturally be attracted to fields that are still green. If only a few fields are still green at the tail end of the season the immigration will be magnified. The same is true for bean leaf beetle and pod feeding. Our monitoring shows that this process can continue into October. Late-maturing fields should receive extra scouting attention.To sample for stink bugs, take multiple 10-sweep samples with a sweep net in multiple locations throughout the field. Average the number of stink bugs in the 10-sweep samples. The threshold to treat is 4 or more stink bugs (adults and nymphs combined). If soybeans are being grown for seed or food, the threshold can be dropped to 2 or more stink bugs. When scouting time is tight (and when isn’t it) scout first at the field edges where stink bugs tend to accumulate first. If they are found in the edges move the scouting effort further into the field to assess the extent of infestation. If populations are still mainly on the edge, sometimes an edge treatment can do the job.For more information about stink bugs and bean leaf beetles in soybeans visit our publications at: read more

Keep an eye on crop diseases

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Late-planted corn and soybeans could be vulnerable to higher-than-normal levels of crop diseases this year. When sown one to two months later than usual, corn and soybeans stand a greater chance of succumbing, especially, to fungal diseases.Dry weather across much of Ohio since July has helped stave off some disease spread because fungal diseases need moisture to thrive. Still, during a year when late planting has already limited the yield potential on crops, it’s critical to be watchful for other threats too, including all types of diseases, molds, and insects, advise experts with Ohio State’s College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences (CFAES).Fungal diseases that can infect either soybeans or corn can survive through the winter on the crop residue left in a field after harvest, said Pierce Paul, a specialist in corn and small grain diseases with CFAES. Spores of the pathogens that cause the diseases form in the spring and spread. Delayed planting allows more time for the spores to multiply.Not only are more spores potentially available to infect a new corn or soybean plant, but the plant, if sown later, is more likely to be infected in an early growth stage, Paul said.Corn growers should be watchful for signs of gray leaf spot disease, the most common corn disease across the Corn Belt, Paul said. Northern corn leaf blight and tar spot, a new disease in Ohio, are also potential threats to this year’s crop, he said.“People need to be vigilant. This is the time to walk your fields and see if there’s signs of disease,” Paul said.In Ohio and across the Midwest, both corn and soybeans were planted one to two months late as a result of unprecedented rainfall levels. Many acres were not planted with either crop, and instead, will be planted with cover crops. Insurance claims will also be filed to compensate for the profit loss. Claims will be made on about 20% of Ohio’s acres that typically hold cash crops.In soybean fields, growers should be most concerned about frogeye leaf spot because the incidence of that disease has been increasing every year in Ohio, said Anne Dorrance, a soybean pathologist with CFAES.Some varieties of soybeans are susceptible to the disease, she said.If frogeye leaf spot infects a soybean plant just before or during the growth of the bean pod, “we could have significant yield losses,” Dorrance said.Cercospora leaf blight and downy mildew, a water mold, are also potential threats to this year’s crop along with phomopsis, which was a major problem last year, Dorrance said.“We even have soybeans that were planted at a normal time this year that are already showing symptoms of fungal diseases,” Dorrance said.Some varieties of corn and soybeans are resistant to various diseases, so growers would benefit from knowing which fungal diseases their planted variety can fend off. But resistance does not mean immunity. It only means that damage to a resistant plant will be milder.“Walk your fields,” Paul said. “Walk more frequently this year to see what’s there and how it’s progressing.”Besides watching for signs of diseases, growers would also benefit from scouting their fields for damage from insects.“With dry weather, plants tend to grow slower, and insects might be able to keep up with the crop’s growth,” said Harold Watters, an agronomy field specialist for Ohio State University Extension.But before investing in pesticides, growers should determine how big the problem is, he said.“I would caution folks not to overspend,” Watters said. “On the other hand, during a year when yields are already expected to be lower, we do need to protect what little we have.”For more information about disease or insect threats on late-planted crops, read more

8 days agoTottenham eyeing Real Madrid ace Isco

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Tottenham eyeing Real Madrid ace Iscoby Paul Vegas8 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveTottenham are eyeing Real Madrid ace Isco as a replacement for Christian Eriksen.ESPN says Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino will target the 27-year-old playmaker if Eriksen decides against renewing his contract.The Denmark international, also 27, has been offered a new five-year deal worth £60million to stay in North London.But Eriksen is believed to be keen on a fresh challenge after entering his seventh season at Spurs.Reports say Spurs have already sought out Sporting Lisbon’s £65million-rated Bruno Fernandes as a replacement.But it has now been claimed Pochettino will instead move for Isco, who has scored 35 goals in 187 games for Madrid, should the Spaniard be available. last_img read more

Delhi govt sets aside Rs 290 cr for free ride to women

first_imgNew Delhi: The Delhi Assembly on Monday approved Rs 479 crore additional grant for the transport sector. Out of the total Rs 479 crore, Rs 290 crore has been set aside for providing free rides to women in DTC buses and Delhi Metro. The supplementary grant demand, moved by Finance Minister Manish Sisodia, included Rs 140 crore for providing free transport to women on buses and Rs 150 crore for Metro travel. Of the Rs 140 crore, Rs 90 crore has been kept for DTC buses and Rs 50 crore for cluster service buses, the proposal reads. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderAccording to the supplementary demands for grants tabled by Sisodia, the government has set aside Rs 142 crore for deployment of marshals in buses and Rs 47 crore for the regional rapid transit system corridors. On June 3, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal had announced the government’s plan to roll out a free travel scheme for women in Delhi Metro and DTC buses. He said the government would subsidise services providers. “Women can avail free rides on all DTC buses, cluster buses and Delhi Metro. The plan is to encourage women to use public transport, which is considered the safest mode of commuting,” Chief Minister Arvind Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchingsWhile Delhi Chief Minister and Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) convener Arvind Kejriwal had already announced on 15 August that rides on DTC and cluster buses will be free for women from October 29 on the occasion of Bhaiya Dooj. It is likely to be expected that Chief Minister Kejriwal to be announced about free Metro rides for women after Cabinet approval. According to Chief Minister’s official, the step would not only encourage women to use public transport more but also increase their participation in the workforce. “The female workforce participation nationally is 27 per cent, but it is only 11 per cent in Delhi… We hope the scheme will encourage more and more of our womenfolk to go out to work.” Sisodia said the scheme will not impose any congestion in the Metro as its capacity was 40 lakh. “The ridership of the Metro was 28 lakh per day in March 2017. Today, it has dropped to 25 lakh, after the metro fares were hiked. This step will add an extra one lakh female passengers to the daily ridership. There will be no congestion in the Metro.” said Sisodia.last_img read more