Cannabis lollipops, soft drinks and protein powder could be on the market for Kiwis following cannabis referendum

first_imgNZ Herald 4 December 2019Family First Comment: “But it is confectionery items like chocolates, lollipops, gummy lollies and soft drinks, that have raised the ire of Family First, with spokesman Bob McCoskrie saying such products could be targeted at children. Opposition lobby group Say Nope to Dope, of which Family First is a part, has run giant billboards throughout the year against the referendum, including a series featuring a deep green gummy bear smoking a joint.”If the international market is anything to go by getting high off lollipops, gummy lollies, soft drinks and even protein powder could be an option following next year’s cannabis referendum.The Government yesterday announced the draft Cannabis Legalisation and Control Bill, designed to govern the recreational cannabis market should it come into effect.The legislation specifies a minimum age of 20 to use or purchase a recreational cannabis product, and prohibits consumption in public spaces, among many other measures.But two aspects have raised more questions than others – the inclusion of edible products, and a 14g carry limit.In legal cannabis markets overseas cannabis edibles have gone well past the traditional brownies, to everything from protein powder, beer, and even THC-infused beef jerky.But it is confectionery items like chocolates, lollipops, gummy lollies and soft drinks, that have raised the ire of Family First, with spokesman Bob McCoskrie saying such products could be targeted at children.Opposition lobby group Say Nope to Dope, of which Family First is a part, has run giant billboards throughout the year against the referendum, including a series featuring a deep green gummy bear smoking a joint.National’s drug and alcohol spokeswoman Paula Bennett said she was concerned about youth still accessing cannabis.“Young people are still going to try it, but they will be getting it from the black market.”In introducing the draft legislation, which will be open to submissions, Justice Minister Andrew Little said the primary objective was to “reduce overall cannabis use and limit the ability of young people to access cannabis”.READ MORE: https://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=12290788last_img read more

Loyd Jacqulyn “Jackie” Swegman, 87

first_imgLoyd Jacqulyn “Jackie” Barnard Swegman passed into eternal rest on December 26, 2018.  Jackie was born to Milton F. Barnard and Effie Dell Lee Barnard on November 29, 1931 in Franklin County, Indiana.  She was the youngest of five children, her beloved sister Ruth Wilhoit survives.  Jackie graduated from Greensburg High School in the class of 1950.  On July 2, 1950 she and Joseph B. Swegman were the first couple to be married in the newly built Pilgrim Holiness Church on West Main St.Jackie worked for 25 years at the Greensburg Sears Store, retiring in 1982.  She and Joe spent twenty-five years wintering in Naples, Florida.  She enjoyed baking, cooking, and reading.  Her grandchildren and great grandchildren were her greatest source of joy.  Jackie attended the East Naples United Methodist Church as well as the Greensburg United Methodist Church over the years.Jackie is survived by her husband, Joseph B. Swegman Sr., daughter, Cynthia (Jeff) Moore, son, J. Bruce (Diana) Swegman, Jr., grandchildren J. Joseph (Jenny) Moore, Michael D. Moore, Lauren Moore Gibbs, J. Ryan (Meagan) Swegman, and Joseph B. Swegman III.  Also surviving are seven great grandchildren, Alex Moore, Ashley Moore, Asher Moore, Adriane Swineford, Makenna Moore, Leighanna Gibbs, and John Ryan Swegman, Jr., and a number of dear nieces, nephews, and friends.Besides her parents she was predeceased by brother, Rolland Barnard, sisters, Mary Alice Crawley and Jean E. Humpert, three nephews and a niece.In lieu of flowers gifts in her memory may be given to the “Our Hospice of South Central Indiana” or to the donor’s choice. Visitation will be held on Saturday, December 29, 2018 from 9 to 11:00 a.m. at the Porter-Oliger-Pearson Funeral Home in Greensburg. Funeral Services will follow at 11:00 a.m. with Rev. Rick Bell officiating.  Interment will be held in the South Park Cemetery.  Online condolences can be made to the family at www.popfuneralhome.comlast_img read more

Stalemate at Villa Park

first_imgTen-man Newcastle registered their first point of the new Barclays Premier League season after fighting out a disappointing 0-0 draw with Aston Villa. The game at Villa Park was one of few real chances, particularly in the first half, with Magpies midfielder Remy Cabella sending one wide when he might have done better. The visitors had further opportunities just after the break, with Daryl Janmaat having a header pushed over by Villa goalkeeper Brad Guzan and firing a shot just off target. Magpies substitute and debutant Siem de Jong was then denied by a decent Guzan save towards the end, before Mike Williamson was sent off in the dying seconds having collected two yellow cards in quick succession. While Newcastle boss Alan Pardew will take some comfort from the performance and outcome – which halted the Tyneside outfit’s five-game away losing streak from the end of last season – there was little to cheer Villa manager Paul Lambert as his side rarely threatened. Watched from the stands by England boss Roy Hodgson, it was Villa who actually appeared likelier to score early on, with Gabriel Agbonlahor having a shot blocked by Williamson in the fifth minute. Williamson nodded tamely wide at the other end, then diverted a Villa cross to the Newcastle back post, where Charles N’Zobgia could only head it onto the roof of the net. Yoan Gouffran suffered an embarrassing moment soon after as he completely mis-kicked while trying to convert a flicked-on Magpies corner. Former Newcastle man N’Zogbia looked more potent in the 17th minute as he curled a free-kick narrowly wide. The visitors then saw a free-kick of their own sent high over the bar by Jack Colback, before Cabella passed up a good opportunity in the 25th minute, shooting wide while off-balance after the ball deflected his way in the Villa box from a cross. It proved to be the clearest-cut chance of a half which saw the Villa fans raising their voices to chant Roy Keane’s name every now and again, particularly when the assistant manager made his feelings about the on-field proceedings known in animated fashion. Press Association Andreas Weimann showed some intent for the hosts, seeing a shot blocked and a cross into the danger zone go unconverted, and team-mate Fabian Delph then lofted an effort over from the edge of the D. For Newcastle, Emmanuel Riviere failed to make the most of a through-ball by Cabella as his weak shot was gathered by Guzan. The deadlock was closer to being broken shortly after the interval when Williamson nodded back across the area to the diving Janmaat, whose header was parried over by Guzan. Janmaat then arrowed a strike just the wrong side of the top corner with Guzan at full stretch, and the away team’s pressure continued as a delivery dropped nicely for Williamson in front of goal, only for the the defender to become the latest player to completely fluff an attempted finish. Both sides subsequently brought summer signings on for their debuts, Carlos Sanchez replacing N’Zogbia and De Jong being introduced for Vurnon Anita, before Philippe Senderos headed a free-kick harmlessly off-target for the hosts. Lambert then threw on Darren Bent for Kieran Richardson. The former Sunderland striker was making his first competitive Villa appearance since returning from a season-long loan spell with Fulham, and he was soon trying to make his mark, directing a header onto the top of the net. Another Newcastle substitute, Ayoze Perez, scuffed over in the 84th minute and De Jong then almost snatched three points in the 88th when Villa failed to deal with a bouncing ball. It came to the Holland international, who lashed a shot at goal, but Guzan was alert to parry before diving on the ball. The visitors were reduced to 10 men in stoppage time when Williamson picked up his second booking in the space of just a few minutes following a challenge on Delph. last_img read more

Jermain Defoe at the double to lift Sunderland and increase Aston Villa’s misery

first_img Van Aanholt went close from distance with a stringing attempt five minutes later with the Black Cats starting to gain the upper hand, but their lead evaporated in spectacular style with 63 minutes gone. Substitute Adama Traore powered his way past Van Aanholt and then Wes Brown down the Villa right before crossing to the far post, where Gil leapt to dispatch a sweet volley across the helpless Mannone and into the net. But Sunderland were far from finished and Defoe chose the perfect moment to demonstrate his enduring quality given the right kind of service when he controlled Johnson’s 72nd-minute pass and thumped the ball past Guzan at his near post. There was more to come from the former England international too when substitute Ola Toivonen picked him out in front of goal two minutes into stoppage time, finishing well to seal a priceless win. TWEET OF THE MATCH @themichaelowen: “Shocking that a club of Villa’s size has been in free fall for so long.” PLAYER RATINGS Sunderland Vito Mannone: 6 Billy Jones: 6 John O’Shea (capt): 6 Wes Brown: 6 Patrick van Aanholt: 7 Yann M’Vila: 6 Lee Cattermole: 7 Duncan Watmore (Graham, 56 mins): 6 Adam Johnson (Coates, 88 mins): 6 Jermain Defoe: 8 Fabio Borini (Toivonen, 80 mins): 6 Subs Danny Graham: 6 Ola Toivonen: 7 Sebastian Coates: 6 Aston Villa Brad Guzan: 6 Alan Hutton (Kozak, 76 mins): 6 Micah Richards (Capt): 6 Joleon Lescott: 6 Aly Cissokho: 7 Idrissa Gueye: 7 Leandro Bacuna: 7 Jordan Veretout: 7 Jack Grealish (Traore, 56 mins): 5 Carles Gil: 8 Rudy Gestede: 6 Subs Adam Traore (Sinclair, 88 mins): 7 Libor Kozak: 6 Scott Sinclair: 6 STAR PLAYER Jermain Defoe demonstrated his enduring potency with two trademark second-half finishes to claim a precious victory. MOMENT OF THE MATCH It may have counted for little in the end, but Carles Gil’s stunning volley, which cancelled out Patrick van Aanholt’s opener, was worthy of greater reward. VIEW FROM THE BENCH Sunderland boss Sam Allardyce will not have been pleased with what he saw in the first half despite going in ahead at the break, but whatever he said at half-time did the trick. Remi Garde was once again left to bemoan a lack of cutting edge in a game dominated for long periods by his team with little reward. MOAN OF THE MATCH Sunderland repeatedly aiming long balls towards striker Defoe, all 5ft 7ins of him, during the first half. It did not work. WHO’S UP NEXT Arsenal v Sunderland (FA Cup, Saturday, January 9). Wycombe v Aston Villa (FA Cup, Saturday, January 9). Press Association The 33-year-old, drafted in to save the Black Cats in January last year, struck with 18 minutes remaining and then again in injury time to set up a 3-1 win which moves Sam Allardyce’s men seven points clear of basement boys Villa – although they are still in major trouble. Sunderland gradually grew into a game which they started poorly and took a 30th-minute lead through Patrick van Aanholt’s deflected shot, and although Carles Gil levelled after the break with a sumptuous volley, Defoe ensured the points remained on Wearside to the delight and relief of the locals among a crowd of 41,535. It was a game neither side could really avoid to lose if they were to retain any hope of digging themselves out of trouble, and Villa’s plight is looking increasingly bleak with no league victory since the opening day of the season. Goals have been at a premium for both sides in recent weeks and Duncan Watmore for Sunderland and Leandro Bacuna twice for the visitors both missed the target after being presented with early opportunities. However, Jordan Veretout did force a fine save from Vito Manonne with an acrobatic volley from Bacuna’s eighth-minute cross. Sunderland responded with Watmore scuffing a 13th-minute shot straight at Brad Guzan and Fabio Borini heading over from an Adam Johnson corner 14 minutes later. Villa continued to dominate possession without putting Mannone under further pressure, and the home crowd was starting to grow restless when Sam Allardyce’s men took the lead against the run of play with half an hour gone. Left-back Van Aanholt was allowed to advance and fire in a speculative left-foot shot which Guzan looked to have covered until defender Micah Richards stuck out a leg and diverted it into the net. Sunderland were little better in the immediate aftermath of the goal and although Van Aanholt curled an injury-time free-kick just wide, the visitors finished the first half on the front foot. Defoe might have extended Sunderland’s lead with 57 minutes gone after running on to Yann M’Vila’s pass and cutting inside, but Guzan got down well to collect his effort. Jermain Defoe blasted Sunderland to a first victory in six attempts, giving them hope of avoiding relegation from the Barclays Premier League and nudging Aston Villa deeper into the mire. last_img read more

AITA series Tennis begins today at the Chachal Tennis Complex

first_imgOur Sports ReporterGUWAHATI: The AITA championship series Tennis will begin at the Chachal Tennis Complex here tomorrow. Around 45 players will participate in the competition. Earlier all the qualifying round matches of the boys under 12 singles event were completed today There was no qualifying round in the girls U-12 events. Also read: Local Sportslast_img

Chanderpaul, Johnson, Hemraj hit fifties as Jaguars end day 1 in control

first_imgA string of half-centuries from the top order left defending Regional 4-Day champs Guyana Jaguars in the driver’s seat heading into day two of their first round encounter versus Leeward Hurricanes. At the Sir Viv Richards Ground in Antigua, Guyana were 210-4 from 90 overs at stumps following a successful opening day after choosing to bat.All-rounder Chris Barnwell was 3 not out awaiting a new partner after left-hander Vishaul Singh departed a few balls prior to stumps for 25.The early impetus was provided by an aggressive approach from Chandrapaul Hemraj who got his season off to a brilliant start with a half-century.The Windies Test left-hander caressed six fours and two maximums on his way to 52 from just 61 balls.He added 74 for the opening stand with top-scorer Tagenarine Chanderpaul before he was dismissed.Chanderpaul also started the new year with a gritty knock of 60 at the top of the order. The left-hander faced some 240 deliveries and struck 7 fours as he wore out the Hurricane bowlers.Skipper Leon  Johnson, who got into some form with a ton during the Jags practice game, continued his fruitful run as he crafted 59 from 123 deliveries with 8 fours and a solitary 6.With both openers back in the dressing room, Johnson and Chanderpaul then teamed up as they also added a solid half-century stand, taking the Jaguars over the 200 mark. When the top-order ended, Singh and Barnwell steadied the ship before the former was dismissed. Day two’s action continues today.last_img read more

Khashoggi’s Fiancée Wants Newcastle to Reject Saudi’s £300m Takeover Bid

first_imgThe fiancee of murdered journalist Jamal Khashoggi has written an open letter to Newcastle United fans asking them to consider if the club’s pending takeover is ‘the right way out of despair’ for them and the city.The Premier League club are on the brink of a controversial £300million takeover by a coalition backed by funds from the Saudi Public Investment Fund.Several bodies have come forward to express their concerns over the prospective new ownership, including Amnesty International, with issues being raised over Saudi Arabia’s human rights record.One such issue was the murder of Khashoggi, who was killed after he entered the Saudi consulate on October 2, 2018, to obtain paperwork for his wedding to his Turkish fiancee Hatice Cengiz. Jamal Khashoggi Turkey has charged 20 suspects, including two former aides to Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, over the 2018 murder.And Cengiz has now written to Toon supporters to ask them to consider the ramifications of a Saudi-backed takeover.‘I write to you at a crucial time in the history of your famous football club,’ she began.‘Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, the absolute ruler of Saudi Arabia, is aiming to take over your club by offering a huge sum of money.‘I know that many of you are tempted by his offer to get out of the dire situation that has crippled your club for so many years.‘But the Crown Prince is accused of ordering Jamal’s murder. All credible investigations have shown his responsibility. He has not been put on trial in his own country as he controls it with an iron fist.‘My plea to you is to think whether accepting Mohammed bin Salman’s offer is really the right way out of the despair for your club and City.’Khashoggi, a Saudi insider-turned-critic, was strangled and his body cut into pieces by a 15-man Saudi squad inside the consulate, according to Turkish officials.His remains have never been found.The CIA, UN special envoy Agnes Callamard and Turkey have directly linked Crown Prince Mohammed to the killing, a charge the kingdom vehemently denies.Cengiz has expressed concerns about the Crown Prince having such close ties with the football club – with the PIF set to take an 80 per cent stake – and has insists supporters should ‘unite’ in a bid to protest against the pending deal.‘The Rules of the Premier League do not allow the Crown Prince to own and control your club,’ she continued.‘We must all ensure that these high standards are not trampled on. Please consider where this takeover could leave you in the months and years ahead as a club that could become a “home” for those accused of murder and torture, and forever have to compete for football glory under that dark and ominous cloud.‘As I’m sure we can all agree, that should not be the legacy and destiny of Newcastle Football Club.’The takeover is currently at the owners’ and directors’ test stage with the Premier League, with Mike Ashley having accepted an offer from the consortium, which is being led by businesswoman Amanda Staveley.Her PCP Capital Partners company is set to take a 10 per cent stake in the club, while the Reuben Brothers are also set to take 10 per cent.Another sticking point for the takeover is the complaint from Qatari broadcaster beIN Sports, who own Premier League TV rights but allege that the Saudi state is involved in pirate broadcasting of top-flight games.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

UEFA Champions League: Barcelona, Napoli Delicately Poised

first_imgThe Spanish outfit picked up a positive result in the first leg in Italy, with Antoine Griezman levelling the scores in the second period after Dries Mertens had sent Napoli into a first-half lead.Barca are actually unbeaten in their last 35 Champions League matches on home soil, while they have not lost in any of their last 15 home fixtures against Italian opposition, picking up 12 victories in the process.Five-time European champions, the team’s last success in this competition came back in 2015, and they were incredibly eliminated by Liverpool in the semi-finals of last season’s tournament despite running out 3-0 winners in the first leg of their last-four tie with the Merseyside giantsNapoli also disappointed in their domestic league during the 2019-20 campaign, only finishing seventh in Serie A, some 16 points behind fourth-placed Lazio.Gennaro Gattuso’s side did beat Lazio 3-1 in their last league game of the season on August 1, though, and they could be sharper than Barca for this match, having only just finished their domestic campaign.Napoli have actually never been past this stage of the Champions League, losing to Chelsea and Real Madrid in their last two last-16 ties. What’s more, the Italian side have only won seven of their last 21 matches in this competition and have lost their last four two-legged ties against Spanish opposition.Defeats on their last three visits to Spain, coupled with an overall away record of two wins and five defeats to La Liga opposition, means that the Italian outfit are the underdogs heading into today’s contest.They are yet to lose in this season’s Champions League, though, and impressively overcame the reigning champions Liverpool at home in the group stages of the competition before claiming a point at Anfield.Meanwhile, Chelsea travel to Bayern Munich for the second leg of their Champions League last-16 tie this evening, trailing 3-0 from February’s first leg.A lot has happened in the six months since the sides last met, but Bayern remain the overwhelming favourites to advance to the quarter-finals, where Napoli or Barcelona await.Bayern produced a hugely impressive display at Stamford Bridge and all but got the job done inside 90 minutes thanks to Serge Gnabry’s brace and one from Robert Lewandoski.In the entire history of the European Cup and Champions League, no team has ever won by three or more goals in the first leg of a knockout match away from home and failed to progress, going through on all 92 previous occasions.That stat alone tells you the magnitude of the task Chelsea face, and they do not exactly enter the match full of confidence after losing last weekend’s FA Cup final to Arsenal.This season will still be reflected on as a positive one for Frank Lampard in his debut campaign in charge, though, having succeeded in guiding the club into the top four of the Premier League despite operating under a transfer ban.In the Champions League, the West London outfit just advanced through a tricky group that also contained Valencia, Lille and Ajax.Being paired with Bayern in the first knockout round brought back good memories for Chelsea fans when the draw was made way back in December, with a repeat of the 2012 final which they won.In the first competitive meeting between the sides since that day, however, it proved to be a nightmare for Lampard as Bayern produced a classy display to run away with the first leg.Bayern will no doubt have one eye on next week’s quarter-final with Barcelona or Napoli.Bayern’s most recent game was the DFB-Pokal final against Bayer Leverkusen on July 4 – Lewandowski taking his season’s tally to 52 goals with another brace in Berlin as Bayern ran out 4-2 winners.Flick’s men also wrapped up the Bundesliga title with time to spare – something not many would have predicted last December – seeing out the domestic campaign with 16 successive wins.The Bayern boss has made a huge impact since succeeding Niko Kovac and is looking to become only the third manager in Champions League history to win his first five matches in charge, after Fabio Capello and Luiz Fernandez.On the basis of the first leg and their form since then, the German champions may just be favourites to go all the way in this year’s tournament to make it a famous treble.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Bacelona will welcome Napoli to Camp Nou tonight for the second leg of their last-16 clash in the Champions League. The tie is delicately poised following a 1-1 draw in the first leg back in February, and the winner will advance to Lisbon for a knockout tournament to determine the winner of this season’s Champions.Barca should be fired-up for today’s contest as they look to move on from the disappointment of the 2019-20 La Liga campaign, where they relinquished control of the La Liga title to bitter rivals Real Madrid.The Catalan giants have had their problems this season but must still be taken extremely seriously in this competition, which resumes on Friday night following the coronavirus outbreak.last_img read more

Quarterback roulette

first_imgIn the movie “Field of Dreams,” James Earl Jones’ character remarks, “The one constant through all the years, Ray, has been baseball.”If Jones were to focus his attention on the past decade of the Wisconsin football program, he could make a similar statement.One constant through all the years has been stability and little controversy surrounding the quarterback for the UW football team. From Darrell Bevell to Mike Samuel to Brooks Bollinger to Jim Sorgi and finally to John Stocco, the transition from one quarterback to the next has been a relatively open-and-shut case, with little question about who the next in line would be, despite hard-to-please fans.But the departure of Stocco after last season has set the stage for a true battle for the starting spot under center. The three men vying for the starting spot –Tyler Donovan, Allan Evridge and Dustin Sherer — are in different places in their collegiate careers, and all bring different intangibles to the position.UW’s spring practice was supposed to be a time for the three to separate themselves from one another. Instead, the picture has become more uncertain.”Probably not as much [separation] as you’d want,” offensive coordinator and quarterback coach Paul Chryst said.”I think they’ve all had their moments,” Chryst continued. “I don’t know if there’s enough separation, but they’ve all had their moments — good and bad.”Starting the spring as the longest shot among the three, Sherer has parlayed his skills into a strong spring and the struggles of Donovan and Evridge into a legitimate place in the starting conversation heading into the spring game this Saturday.With that in mind, take a look at the three who will continue to compete for the starting quarterback spot in the coming weeks and months.Tyler DonovanWhen it comes to football, Tyler Donovan knows what it means to be second best: Long days spent watching from the sidelines as someone else plays his position. The trend seems to follow him wherever he goes.Before thoughts of playing in front of sold-out Camp Randall crowds on Badger game days danced through his head, Donovan rode the bench in high school for two seasons. It was not until his junior year at Arrowhead High School that he became the primary signal caller. Now, after spending four seasons in a similar situation (He redshirted his freshman year), Donovan is finally looking to assume a permanent starting role — he started two games last season in place of the injured John Stocco — once more. All the more fitting that it would be in his final season.”It was something I’ve worked for since day one,” Donovan said. “It’s what I came here to do.” Sticking around when someone was always ahead of him is telling of the type of person Donovan is: a true competitor. “There’s obviously a little of that game mentality or attitude where nothing’s going to stop me,” he said.So it’s good that he’s always had a challenge when it came to football. First it was David Ring. Then it was John Stocco. Now, it’s Kansas State transfer Allan Evridge. Unlike an external conflict of human versus human — what you might expect in a heated race for a starting job — Donovan is embattled by internal conflict. “I think it’s more of a competition between myself,” he said. “I don’t try and look at the outside stuff. I try to just keep it within myself, play within me, do what I do best and keep getting better every day.”There is little doubt that Donovan strives to elevate his game to its utmost potential. But spring ball isn’t exactly an ideal situation to put that attitude to the test. Collectively, it’s a situation where the turnover at each position is 100 percent, as every unit gets some playing time here and there, so it’s difficult to make an accurate evaluation of how good someone is going to be when they actually get consistent repetition. With that said, the Hartland native has lacked radiance at times. Donovan’s the first to admit that he’s not quite where he needs to be to satisfy both himself and the coaching staff. Little things, such as what to do in certain situations, when to check down — everything that is learned by trial-and-error in game situations — are the areas in which Donovan would like to see improvement. “You want to find your comfort zone with some type of throw,” he said. “I feel myself kind of getting a feel for situations where, ‘Can I make that throw or can’t I?'”Whether Donovan ultimately assumes the starting quarterback position or someone else does, the conflict of self will never be resolved; it will never allow him to settle for anything less than his best. Allan EvridgeDespite not playing at all last season after transferring from Kansas State, Evridge has the most game experience of any of the three. The junior played in nine games, starting six, as a freshman for the Wildcats in 2005 to become the first freshman quarterback to start for then-Kansas State coach Bill Snyder.Even with a year of watching and learning the UW system, Evridge acknowledges he still has a little ways to go before he has it down.”Every practice is another opportunity to improve and another opportunity to get reps in the system, because everything is kind of still new,” the left-hander said.”Every rep and every day it’s coming along and making things easier.”Coming from a Kansas State system which placed an emphasis on moving the quarterback around and is “totally different” from Chryst’s, Evridge has had to relearn almost everything about the position.”Everything has been a big adjustment,” Evridge said. “There hasn’t been much carryover, except for at Kansas State they did a great job of teaching us about the game of football, which is a huge help. Now I have to learn how it fits into this system.”Learning the new system and adjusting to playing with new teammates has been at the core of some of Evridge’s struggles this spring, including interceptions and poorly thrown passes.”I can play a lot better than I am right now,” Evridge said. “Things are starting to click; (I’m) starting to learn the reads and the intricacies.”You can do a play on paper, but until you run it, … it’s a totally different monster there.”Aside from being an intelligent player with a good feel for the game, what Chryst has liked most about Evridge so far is his attitude.”He’s doing a good job trying to understand (the system),” Chryst said. “He knows exactly what’s happening around him, he asks good questions, has good knowledge, so I think he’s doing a good job that way.”Despite all the attention surrounding the quarterback competition, Evridge said the trio of quarterbacks has been able to keep their relationships with each other from becoming hostile.”My outlook on it is, instead on focusing on competition, I would rather be friends with the guys. … (They’re) great guys; we’re all friends, hanging out off the field and on the field.”A consummate team player who would bring athleticism and scrambling ability to the quarterback position, Evridge realizes that if he did not win the starting job, it would not be the end of the world.”It would be disappointing to some extent, but if Tyler or Dustin is the best to lead this team and they are doing better than I am, that’s fine,” Evridge explained. “The ultimate goal is wins.”Dustin ShererDustin Sherer doesn’t exactly boast starting numbers. In three career attempts, he has had one completion: to Indiana linebacker Will Patterson. Other than that, it has been all air.To complicate matters further, he’s playing catch-up to two signal callers who know what it’s like to start and succeed at the collegiate level.So it’s no wonder Sherer appears to find himself on the outside looking in when it comes to the debate over who should start for Wisconsin in the fall.Yet despite all this, the sophomore’s confidence hasn’t taken a hit.”I just go out and do my own thing,” Sherer said. “I know what I can do and I just want to prove to everyone, just show them what I can do. I think confidence is a big factor in it, and obviously all three of us are going for the same thing, but just knowing that you all are fighting to be the best you can individually [guides me along].”Heavily recruited from Arcadia Academy Heights High School in Indiana, Sherer came to Wisconsin knowing that there was a lot of traffic ahead of him, and quarterback John Stocco would start until his eligibility expired.He was redshirted during his first year and then worked his way into the third-string role during his second. As his third season at UW approaches, he finds that with Stocco gone for the first time since his arrival, the starting position is wide open.Sherer is trying to take full advantage of the situation in his own way.At last Saturday’s scrimmage, he looked the most consistent of the three or four vying for the starting role, passing for a touchdown and throwing just one pick, while his counterparts looked lost. Carrying the pocket-passer label, he even exhibited a burst of quickness that left the speedy linebackers surprised in his wake.One scrimmage, however, does not define success. Although Evridge and Donovan have been far from the model of consistency at times this spring, Bielema has indicated that they are the frontrunners for the job because of their past experiences.”I think [Donovan and Evridge] probably have come to the forefront just a little bit more just because of their game experience,” Bielema said at a press conference Monday.Sherer, from Cicero, Ind., may be on the outside with regards to plays under center, but with Chryst and Bielema not overeager to make a decision until they feel certain who the starter will be, the one thing Sherer has is time.”I think the biggest thing all of these guys need to do is just play and take advantage of opportunities,” Chryst said. “We’ve got a lot of time here before we need to say who’s one, two or three, so they just need to keep playing.”While his starting quarterback numbers aren’t going to get any better before a decision is made, Sherer will continue to work to be the one on the inside, looking out.last_img read more

Syracuse men’s basketball opponent preview: What to know about South Carolina State

first_imgAs the Brooklyn Holiday Hoops Invitational pushes on, Syracuse enters the third game of the tournament still unbeaten. No. 18 SU (3-0) is set to take on South Carolina State (1-2) in the Carrier Dome on Tuesday at 7 p.m.Here’s everything you need to know about the Bulldogs.All-time series: The Orange and South Carolina State have never playedThe South Carolina State report: The Bulldogs are by far the worst of Syracuse’s four opponents thus far, ranking 320th out of 351 teams on Kenpom.com. They return four starters, and senior guard Eric Eaves paces his team with 15.3 points per game this season. Six-foot-three guard Greg Mortimer is the only other starter averaging double-digit points (12.4). Both players typically look inside for their scoring opportunities. The team as a whole is averaging only four made 3-pointers per game.How South Carolina State beats Syracuse: A good start for the Bulldogs would be SU head coach Jim Boeheim starting his walk-ons. Otherwise, there’s not many avenues toward a win for the visitors. The Bulldogs could go against the scouting report and start shooting 3s, but even then, SU’s opponents have shot only 19 percent from behind the arc. South Carolina State would do well to get the ball out of Frank Howard and John Gillon’s hands. The Orange’s point guards are ranked second and fourth, respectively, among Atlantic Coast Conference players in assists.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textWhat’s more, according to Kenpom, Howard is assisting 45.2 percent of the field goals made while he’s on the court (ranked 20th in the country), and Gillon is assisting 48.5 percent of made field goals while he’s on the court (ranked 12th in the country).Stat to know: 36.5 percent — James Richardson hasn’t been South Carolina State’s top scoring option, but he’s had the ball in his hand more than almost every player in the country. According to Kenpom, Richardson’s percentage of possessions used is 36.5 percent, 13th highest in the country. This means that more than one-third of the Bulldogs’ possessions are ending in Richardson’s hands, either with a missed shot recovered by the opponent, made shot or turnover. Look for the ball to funnel through the junior guard one way or another.Player to watch: Eric Eaves, point guard, No. 22The senior point guard is coming off an 18-point performance against South Carolina on Friday, a team-high in the Bulldogs’ 42-point loss. He’s attempted only 10 3-pointers all year. He’ll need a heroic performance to give South Carolina State a chance in the Carrier Dome on Tuesday. Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on November 22, 2016 at 12:39 am Contact Connor: cgrossma@syr.edu | @connorgrossmanlast_img read more