Costa Rica: Coast Guard arrests 4 suspected narco-traffickers

first_imgBy Dialogo March 19, 2013 [Tico Times (Costa Rica), 17/01/2013; Hoy (Ecuador), 18/03/2013; Ecuavisa (Ecuador), 18/03/2013] PUNTA BURICA, Costa Rica – Two Ecuadorans and two Costa Ricans were arrested after Costa Rican authorities allegedly found an unspecified amount of cocaine on the suspects’ boat on March 18. Coast Guard officers stopped the vessel in the Southern Pacific Ocean near the border with Panama. Drug Control Police agents allegedly found the cocaine stashed in the 10-meter-long boat’s double lining. “[Narco-traffickers] use small speedboats aboard larger boats, usually fishing boats, and at a certain point on the route, they transfer small amounts [of cocaine] into the smaller boats,” Mauricio Boraschi, Costa Rica’s national anti-drug commissioner, told reporters. Boraschi added Coast Guards from Costa Rica, Panama, Ecuador and Colombia are searching for fishing boats carrying narcotics in the Punta Burica area. Nearly 90% of the cocaine that reaches the United States comes through Mexico and Central America, according to the United Nations International Narcotics Control Board. Costa Rica is among 14 nations involved in Operation Martillo, a coordinated effort to stem drug trafficking along the Central American isthmus by working with governments in the region and Europe. last_img read more

Make flexibility a top priority in new branches

first_img ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Jay Speidell Jay Speidell is the Marketing Manager at Momentum, a strategic design-build partner that takes a people centric approach to helping credit unions across the nation thrive. Web: Details We believe that flexibility should be a top priority in branching strategy and new branch design. Credit unions faced an unprecedented challenge at the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic – completely transform the way that they interact with members and customers almost overnight. Branches closed to customers and the lockdown drove demand for services such as the PPP loans. Yet branches designed for more flexibility could have made transformation much easier. With lockdowns and social distancing, services could no longer be delivered effectively in-branch while operations centers and call centers had difficulty maintaining staffing levels. This situation overwhelmed many financial institutions. But more flexible and resilient branches could relieve this stress. Unassigned offices could be reconfigured as temporary phone and video banking stations, as could community rooms. Lobbies with open layouts and easily moved furniture could be transformed into socially distant call centers. Mobile banking technology such as tablets and laptops could allow staff to meet customers in safer settings, such as at the entrances to buildings or waiting areas. It’s impossible to predict the future, but designing for flexibility can help your organization plan for the unexpected and quickly adapt to dramatic changes. This isn’t just about responding to disaster, either. The industry was already facing an era of accelerating change, driven primarily by the adoption of mobile banking. This trend is causing a shift away from transactional banking to more conversational and relationship-based models. Even areas with high in-person transaction volume demands may see these needs drop rapidly in the coming years. While COVID-19 will not be permanent, it has accelerated these changes even more and introduced a large number of holdouts to digital banking. Mobile banking adoption spiked 200% in April. The need for branches won’t go away, but their purpose is shifting, and credit unions and community banks can adapt through flexible designs. Consider Verity Credit Union, whose West Seattle branch features a retractable storefront and moveable furniture on casters. The branch is located near a busy intersection that becomes a farmer’s market on the weekend, and during the market and on nice days the branch is reconfigured into a community space with a greeting station at the sidewalk where members of the community can sign up for new accounts. There are rotating local community art displays on the wall and children can have their face painted. And on regular days, the branch reconfigures for a café style universal associate model. The flexibility of the branch allows Verity to become an integral part of the community and resonate with members in an authentic way. Armco Credit Union is building a new hub branch in an up-and-coming area, and the branch features a number of flexible offices for staff to rotate through and provide a range of services that there isn’t currently enough demand to justify staffing full time. The branch also features a community room that transforms into a training area and small business incubator, maximizing the use of the space and exposing the credit union to more business and expand their customer base. We’re hosting a webinar in October to discuss how credit unions can thrive after COVID-19 by leaning into the branch experience and branding, and flexible branch environments are going to be a big part of this. To learn more, sign up for the webinar today.   This is placeholder text center_img This post is currently collecting data…last_img read more

National Youth Council to Youth: Partake in Independence

first_img Share The National Youth Council wants young people to immerse themselves in the independence activities.President of the NYC, Paul Baron told Dominica Vibes that that participation must be wholesome and patriotic.“We want to encourage young people to partake in the activities and to have clean, social fun,” he said “Anywhere activities are taking place, there are sometimes some degree of anti-social activity and we want to encourage clean, social fun.”He also says, to help young people better appreciate the significance of independence and sovereignty, they should make time to learn from their elders since they have the experience of living in a pre-independent Dominica.Apart from partaking in the activities at schools, communities and districts, he says to young people, “Spend some time with your grandparents particularly because they have the experiences of 40 years ago.” 27 Views   no discussions Share LifestyleLocalNews National Youth Council to Youth: Partake in Independence by: – October 14, 2019center_img Sharing is caring! Share Tweetlast_img read more

Hugo Chavez heads for final round of chemotherapy

first_imgNewsRegional Hugo Chavez heads for final round of chemotherapy by: – September 19, 2011 Share Share Sharing is caring! Tweetcenter_img Share 14 Views   no discussions Hugo Chavez had two previous chemotherapy rounds in Cuba and one at homeVenezuelan President Hugo Chavez says he is heading to Cuba for a fourth and final round of chemotherapy for cancer. In a statement broadcast on Saturday, Mr Chavez said that he would depart for Cuba in the afternoon and begin treatment early on Sunday. He has said he will be well enough to host a regional summit on 2 December. And he has also insisted that he will be running for re-election next year, campaigning “at a rhythm set by circumstances”. The National Electoral Commission has announced that next year’s presidential election will be held on 7 October, ahead of the traditional December date.In June, President Chavez had surgery in Cuba to remove a tumour from his pelvic region. He had two rounds of chemotherapy in Cuba, and a further round in Venezuela at the end of August. BBC Newslast_img read more

ICC World Cup What are the chances of India vs Pakistan semi-final or final in ICC Cricket World Cup 2019?

first_img For all the Latest Sports News News, ICC World Cup News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. India has a 7-0 head-to-head record against Pakistan in World Cups.India beat Pakistan by 89 runs via DLS method in 2019 World Cup clash in Old Trafford.Pakistan are in contention for the semis while India are only one win away. New Delhi: The ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 is just one week away from the completion of the league stages. Australia are on top of the table, followed by India, New Zealand and Pakistan. The results on Saturday has only intensified the race for the play-offs. Pakistan held on for a tense three-wicket win against Afghanistan and this has boosted them to fourth spot. India, on the other hand, are undefeated in the tournament so far and a win in their last remaining games. The question on everyone’s mind is: What are the chances of India and Pakistan clashing in the semi-final or possibly in the final? The India vs Pakistan clash is considered a marquee contest only because of the sheer emotion and the passion of the millions of fans. India recently defeated Pakistan in Old Trafford, Manchester on June 16 by 89 runs via DLS method. A clash between the two arch-rivals, that too in the knock-out stages, could be a shot in the arm for the fans and for the ICC. If this situation happens, then this will be the first time ever that India and Pakistan clash in the same edition twice and it will be the third time that they play in the knock-outs, with India winning the quarterfinal encounter and the semi-final clash in Bangalore and Mohali in the 1996 and 2011 edition. What are the chances of these two teams clashing together in the knockouts? The probability is quiet high. What they must do? Firstly, India have a chance to either finish first, second or third while Pakistan at best can finish in third position. Thus, for the semi-final to happen, these scenarios must take place. Remember, the semi-finals will be a clash between first and fourth as well as second and third placed teams. India must win all their remaining games against England, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka. If they achieve that, they will top the group. If they win only two out of three, they will have to hope Australia lose their last league game to South Africa. If Australia beats South Africa and India lose one game, they will end up second. For Pakistan, they will have to beat Bangladesh and hope England and Sri Lanka lose two games in order to finish fourth. Looking at the poor net run rate of Pakistan, they can at best hope for a fourth-place finish. Thus, if India win all games and Pakistan end up in fourth spot, then India will take on Pakistan in the first semi-final on July 9 in Old Trafford, Manchester. There can also be a possibility of India and Pakistan playing in Edgbaston on July 11. If India lose one game and Australia beats South Africa, then they will be in second position. Pakistan must thrash Bangladesh by a massive margin and hope England absolutely decimate New Zealand so that Pakistan’s net run rate can be boosted and they finish in third. In that case, India will play Pakistan in the second semi-final in Edgbaston on July 11 but that looks pretty hard. What are the chances of India vs Pakistan final? That will be the ultimate clash in the history of the 50-over World Cup. For that to happen, these are the things the team needs to do.  India finish second and Pakistan finish fourth after the end of the league stages. Assuming Australia and New Zealand are the other teams, Australia face Pakistan and New Zealand take on India. Pakistan must beat Australia while India must beat New Zealand in the semi-final clashes. This is the only way for India and Pakistan to play in Lord’s on July 14. The only team that can upset this is England if they win both their games.center_img highlightslast_img read more

Syracuse faces tough test vs No. 8 Fla St.

first_img Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditSyracuse (14-10, 7-6) vs. No. 8 Florida State (20-4, 10-3)Donald L. Tucker Center, Tallahassee, Florida; Saturday, 12 p.m. ESTBOTTOM LINE: No. 8 Florida State presents a tough challenge for Syracuse. Syracuse has won one of its two games against ranked teams this season. Florida State lost 70-65 at Duke on Monday. Associated Press FEARLESS FRESHMEN: Syracuse has relied heavily on its freshmen. Elijah Hughes, Buddy Boeheim, Joseph Girard III and Quincy Guerrier have combined to account for 73 percent of the team’s scoring this year and 76 percent of all Orange points over the team’s last five games.EXCELLENT ELIJAH: Hughes has connected on 35.9 percent of the 170 3-pointers he’s attempted and has made 4 of 25 over his last five games. He’s also converted 81 percent of his free throws this season.STREAK STATS: Florida State has won its last 12 home games, scoring an average of 82.7 points while giving up 65.4.PASSING FOR POINTS: The Orange have recently used assists to create buckets more often than the Seminoles. Florida State has an assist on 34 of 83 field goals (41 percent) across its past three outings while Syracuse has assists on 31 of 74 field goals (41.9 percent) during its past three games.STINGY STATE: Florida State has forced opponents into committing turnovers on 25.1 percent of all possessions, the highest rate among all ACC teams.___ February 13, 2020center_img Syracuse faces tough test vs No. 8 Fla St. For more AP college basketball coverage: and was generated by Automated Insights,, using data from STATS LLC, https://www.stats.comlast_img read more

The Latest: Blue Jackets to play in nearly empty arena

first_imgBrignone becomes the first Italian women’s overall champion in the 53-year history of the World Cup.Shiffrin, the defending overall champion, had announced earlier Wednesday that she would compete at the event after taking a six-week break from the sport following the death of her father.During her absence, Shiffrin lost her lead in the overall standings to Brignone, who is 153 points ahead of the American. There would have been a total of 300 points up for grabs in the last three races.The International Ski Federation announced the cancellation less than 24 hours before the first race, Thursday’s parallel giant slalom.Next week’s World Cup finals for both women and men in Cortina d’Ampezzo already had been canceled because of the virus outbreak in northern Italy. March 11, 2020 The Latest: Blue Jackets to play in nearly empty arena All playoff matches between lower-ranked teams, which were set to be played in eight locations around the world, were also postponed. ITF President David Haggerty said “we are extremely disappointed to have to make this decision, but we will not risk the safety and welfare of players, captains, event staff or spectators.” The Fed Cup finals features a new format this year with 12 teams competing in four groups before a knockout phase. The United States is set to play Spain and Slovakia in Group C.——2:35 p.m. The Mariners say they are working with the commissioner’s office on alternative plans.Washington Gov. Jay Inslee on Wednesday announced a ban on all large gatherings in the three counties of the Seattle metro area through at least the end of March.That decision affects the Seattle Mariners’ first seven games of the season, when they host the Texas Rangers and Minnesota Twins. It also applies to home games for the MLS Seattle Sounders, XFL Seattle Dragons and a pair of junior hockey teams in the area.The restrictions do not include Spokane, where NCAA Tournament games are scheduled to take place next week. The men’s first and second rounds are being played at the Spokane Arena, while early rounds of the women’s tournament could end up being played on campus at Gonzaga.___ An exhibition baseball game in San Francisco between the Giants and Oakland Athletics has been canceled because of the virus outbreak. The Bay Area teams were set to play at Oracle Park on March 24. That was two days before the start of the regular season in Major League Baseball. The announcement came Wednesday after the San Francisco mayor banned gatherings of 1,000 or more people.___2:30 p.m. San Francisco is banning all large gatherings of more than 1,000 people for the next two weeks and the Golden State Warriors intend to play at least one home game without fans.Mayor London Breed announced the ban Wednesday. She says she understands the order “is disruptive, but it is an important step to support public health.” She says the Warriors are in support of the efforts, and the team announced it would host the Brooklyn Nets on Thursday night with no fans, making it the first NBA game set to be played in an empty arena.The Warriors’ next home game after that is March 25 against Atlanta.Golden State also said all events through March 21 would be canceled or postponed. The G League Santa Cruz Warriors were set to host the Austin Spurs on Saturday, but that will be moved to Santa Cruz.Fans will receive refunds, the team said. The director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases told a congressional committee Wednesday that he would recommend the NBA not allow fans at games in response to the coronavirus.That answer by Dr. Anthony Fauci came hours before NBA owners are scheduled to meet to discuss the next steps in responding to the growing concern about the virus.Fauci was responding to a question from Rep. Glenn Grothman, a Wisconsin Republican, during a meeting of the House Oversight Committee. Grothman asked, “Is the NBA underreacting or is the Ivy League overreacting?” He was referencing how the Ivy League recently canceled its basketball tournaments, instead of having them played without fans in attendance or keeping the status quo.“We would recommend that there not be large crowds,” Fauci said. “If that means not having any people in the audience when the NBA plays, so be it. But as a public health official, anything that has crowds is something that would give a risk to spread.” Drew says it also will be an adjustment for coaches who now have to prepare for an environment similar to the scrimmages they conduct during the preseason. He notes that players won’t have the excuse that they can’t hear coaches’ instructions.Drew and some players spoke after No. 5 Baylor practiced Wednesday in preparation for the Big 12 tournament in Kansas City, Missouri, where teams learned of NCAA President Mark Emmert’s decision to restrict attendance of the NCAA postseason events. Emmert says only essential staff and limited family members will be permitted to attend the games. The decision applies to more than just men’s and women’s basketball. All NCAA-sponsored championships including hockey’s Frozen Four will be affected.Baylor guard Devonte Bandoo says it’s “shocking” and “really unfortunate” that fans will be barred from the NCAA Tournament. He calls it a “reality check.”Drew says he suspects playing in an empty arena will adequately address public health concerns and that he’s not concerned at this point about the possibility of games being canceled.— Reporting by Dave Skretta 4:30 p.m.NASCAR and IndyCar plan to race as scheduled this weekend, with IndyCar continuing to move ahead with its season-opening race through the streets of St. Petersburg, Florida.The three-day downtown street festival draws about 130,000 people. There will be additional hand-washing and sanitizing stations.NASCAR will race at Altanta Motor Speedway, but said officials Wednesday all driver interviews will be done with the drivers either on risers or with 6-foot buffers around them. The pre-race driver meeting will be held in open-air locations and attendance will be restricted to drivers, crew chiefs, team owners and select officials and dignitaries.The promoters of the Long Beach Grand Prix, scheduled for April outside of Los Angeles, said Wednesday the race is still planned. ——-4:40 p.m.NCAA President Mark Emmert says NCAA Division I basketball tournament games will be played without fans in the arenas because of concerns about the spread of coronavirus.Emmert said in a statement Wednesday he made the decision to conduct both the men’s and women’s tournaments, which begin next week, with only essential staff and limited family in attendance.___ 1:35 p.m.Stanford is still willing to host the NCAA women’s basketball tournament with a strict limit on spectators if selected to do so next week.The school in Northern California said Wednesday that all sporting events on campus will be closed to the public through May 15 or until further notice in response to the spread of the new coronavirus.Only participants, coaches, working staff, officials, credentialed media and a very limited number of family members, friends and guests of the competing teams will be allowed to attend. Santa Clara County announced a ban earlier this week of gatherings of more than 1,000 people.The seventh-ranked Cardinal were expected to be picked as a host for the tournament that starts March 20. The top 16 teams are picked as hosts of the opening two rounds. Connecticut has canceled the remainder of its winter sports seasons as well as state tournaments.Boys’ and girls’ basketball tournaments in New York and Pennsylvania have been disrupted because several schools have declined to host games, forcing them to be rescheduled.– Reporting by Eric Olson——3:45 p.m. The Overwatch League launched an ambitious home-and-away schedule for its 20 franchises in February but already had postponed all events in China and South Korea due to the outbreak. The league announced the latest cancellations in a statement Wednesday.The league’s players come from countries around the globe. OWL says it is “considering the various options available to esports.”Blizzard Entertainment, which operates the Overwatch and Call of Duty Leagues, said scheduling considerations also are being addressed for the latter.——4:10 p.m. The Princeton, New Jersey-based league says the decision by member university presidents to scrap all practices and competitions was unanimous.The Ivy League says individual institutions may still decide whether winter sports teams or athletes who’ve qualified for postseason play may continue to participate.——5:25 p.m.Baylor men’s basketball coach Scott Drew says it’s “sad” that college coaches and players in the NCAA Tournament won’t get to experience the excitement that a fan presence adds to the games.center_img Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine said he will be issuing an order regarding “mass gatherings” due to the coronavirus that will affect NCAA Tournament games in Cleveland and Dayton.DeWine says the order will include banning spectators from games and that he’ll be asking people to make “informed decisions.”During a news conference Wednesday, DeWine said he will issue an order in the next 24 to 36 hours. Dayton will host the NCAA’s First Four next week at Dayton Arena, and first- and second-round games will be held in Cleveland’s Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse.“The order will be that there cannot be spectators there,” DeWine said. “There certainly will be people — there will be TV people, there can be radio people there, there can be sports writers, certainly can be the media there. But we’re not going to have the large crowd.”DeWine applauded the Mid-American Conference for closing its tournament games to the general public this week. — Reporting by Tom Withers——3:20 p.m.Skiing officials have called off the last races of the women’s Alpine skiing World Cup because of public health concerns related to the spread of the coronavirus.The decision to call off the three-day event in Are, Sweden, hands Federica Brignone of Italy the overall title and denies Mikaela Shiffrin a return to racing this season. 4 p.m.Nebraska is the latest state to limit attendance or cancel a state high school championship tournament.The Nebraska boys’ basketball tournament will be played as scheduled Thursday through Saturday, but the only fans allowed into the venues will be participants’ immediate families.The Lincoln and Lancaster County Health Department recommended limiting spectators because of concern about the spread of coronavirus. Health officials announced this week that a Crofton High School student who attended the girls’ tournament in Lincoln last week was diagnosed with COVID-19.Ohio announced that only participants’ families and media will be allowed to attend winter sports postseason tournaments. 6:05 p.m.Two college athletic conferences in the northeastern United States have canceled the bulk of their athletic events for the remainder of the academic year.The Ivy League says all athletic practices and events have been canceled, while the Division III New England Small College Athletic Conference says it’s canceling conference play for all spring sports.The decisions come as colleges and universities place increasing restrictions on student gatherings in hopes of limiting the spread of the coronavirus.“Given this situation, it is not feasible for practice and competition to continue,” the Ivy League said in a statement. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the coronavirus outbreak’s affect on sports around the globe (all times EDT):6:15 p.m.The Columbus Blue Jackets are the first National Hockey League team to say they’ll hold home games without fans in the stands. The Blue Jackets announced their game Thursday night against the Pittsburgh Penguins would be limited “to home and visiting club personnel, credentialed media and broadcast partners, essential club and arena staff and NHL officials. The games will be closed to the public.”The decision comes in response to Ohio Gov. DeWine’s announcement that he is issuing an order regarding “mass gatherings,” include a ban on spectators at sports events.The Blue Jackets said the new restrictions for home games will be in effect for as long as the state of Ohio’s mandate on large gatherings.— Reporting by Mitch Stacy—— Organizers of the College Basketball Invitational, widely known as the CBI, say they’ve decided to cancel this year’s event because of the “uncertainty about the coronavirus and the impact it is having on college campuses across the country.”The tournament is played at campus sites for teams that aren’t invited to the NCAA Tournament or the NIT.The statement issued Wednesday says officials look forward to bringing back the CBI in 2021.___1 p.m. Associated Press — Reporting by Janie McCauley——2:05 p.m.The Mariners will move home games from Seattle through end of March following the state of Washington’s decision to ban large group events in response to the coronavirus outbreak.Seattle had been scheduled to open the season at Safeco Field with a four-game series against Texas from March 26-29, then host Minnesota in a three-game series from March 30 through April 1. The NCAA didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.— Reporting by Josh Dubow___1:20 p.m.One of college basketball’s postseason invitational tournaments has been canceled. The World Figure Skating Championships set for next week in Montreal have been canceled due to public health concerns related to the spread of the new coronavirus.Quebec Province Health Minister Danielle McCann made the announcement Wednesday.The event was scheduled to bring nearly 200 skaters from more than 50 countries to Montreal. It is the premier competition of the skating season in non-Olympic years. It is scheduled for Stockholm next year.On Saturday, the Women’s World Hockey Championships in Nova Scotia were called off.—— Roger Penske, readying for his first Indianapolis 500 as owner of the race, told The Associated Press by text message he’s approaching the scheduled May 24 race “day by day” while noting the 500 is nearly 90 days away.– Reporting by Jenna Fryer——4:25 p.m.A global esports league with teams in North America, Europe and Asia is canceling all matches through March and April because of the coronavirus pandemic. ——2:45 p.m.The Fed Cup finals have been postponed indefinitely in response to concerns about the spread of the new coronavirus. The 12-team women’s tennis tournament was set to be played April 14-19 in Budapest, Hungary. The International Tennis Federation said it still hopes to stage the event in 2020, but did not announce a date. The Fed Cup serves as a qualifying event for the Olympics and the ITF said it “is working closely with the IOC to address any impact this may have on athlete eligibility” for the Tokyo Games. last_img read more

Phillips’ ACL tear alters QB outlook

first_imgWith all the good developments that come along with spring football, there are usually a couple setbacks.Unfortunately, the first major injury news of the spring season for Wisconsin occurred at a position of supreme importance.Head coach Bret Bielema confirmed Tuesday that redshirt sophomore Curt Phillips, the backup to senior quarterback Scott Tolzien, tore his ACL in practice last week.“Right now we’re just waiting for the swelling to go down, and he’ll have surgery here in the next couple of weeks,” Bielema said. “Obviously disappointed for him, but all indications are that he’ll come back and be able to rehab. There is probably a potential hope for the season next year, but really that’s up in the air.“Every knee injury comes about a little bit differently.”The dual-threat signal caller was doing what he does best — rolling out of the pocket and charging up field, when his right foot planted and his knee gave out. Now, just like that, there is only one quarterback on the depth chart with any game experience.The injury obviously hurts UW. Healthy competition between quarterbacks last spring helped Tolzien emerge as the starter, but now there is one less teammate to push him in practice, and it’s officially Tolzien’s show from start to finish.If used properly (key word being ‘if’) and on a consistent basis by the coaching staff, Phillips’ running ability could be utilized to make the UW offense even more dynamic than it already is. Even if he’s just the backup.Instead, a bad break means Phillips has to endure a two-hour surgery and a 12-month recovery.So, the injury does some damage to UW’s depth behind center and takes away some competition from last year’s starter, but this ACL tear is most devastating for Phillips’ individual future.All of the sudden, the quarterback position at Wisconsin is filling up with talent, and there is no guarantee Phillips will ever get his chance to sit atop the depth chart. That’s because redshirt freshman Jon Budmayr is healthy and ready to step in behind Tolzien.The redshirt freshman is now one play away running a team with Big Ten title aspirations.Some quick background on Budmayr: He is about 6-feet tall and throws the best ball on the team. He’s got the most fluid motion and the greatest arm strength.After suffering a collarbone injury during his senior year in high school, Budmayr came to UW as the No.1 quarterback prospect from the state of Illinois according to (He even turned down Notre Dame, which nowadays means he probably wanted to experience a winning season or two).Another injury though, this time to the forearm, sidelined him for a while during his first season, but Budmayr is finally back on the field with a year’s worth of playbook material stuffed into his brain.And through the first few spring practices, Budmayr has been pretty darnn impressive. He has found a connection with speedster Jared Abbrederis, making deep routes look effortless (Hopefully that’s more a positive for Budmayr than it is a negative for the defensive backs).Even before Phillips tore his ACL, Budmayr looked like a talent who would challenge for the starting job after Tolzien moves on. Now Phillips’ injury allows Budmayr to get all those extra snaps, and Phillips won’t have any time to waste if he wants to be the No.1 guy.Budmayr is a year younger, a better passer and by year’s end will have just as much knowledge of Paul Chryst’s offense. Phillips will return as a quarterback with a surgically repaired knee and questionable passing abilities.Keep in mind, Phillips’ greatest attribute is far and away his running ability. You see, when Tom Brady tore his ACL he just needed to recover to the point where he could bounce around in the pocket.Phillips, on the other hand, needs the same full recovery that a running back would need.Will the speed remain after the rehabilitation? Will Phillips have the same confidence and fearlessness needed to tuck the ball and run through defenders?We won’t know the answers to such questions for a while, but Phillips can’t make it as a Big Ten starter if he loses any of his mobility. His arm just wont cut it if that’s all he can bring to the table.Plus, Bielema knows he’s got something special in Budmayr. When asked about the play of his young quarterback in spring ball the UW head coach couldn’t help but smile.“He’s looked good. He’s got an arm and he’s not afraid to throw it; you can tell that,” Bielema said. “He’s really progressed.”Fans were giddy with excitement when Phillips and his dual-threat talents came to Madison. Everyone wanted to see how such a multi-dimensional quarterback could fit in with the powerful Badger rushing attack.But due to an unfortunate injury and Budmayr’s continued development, we may never see it happen.Max is a junior majoring in journalism. Think the Badgers’ quarterback depth will be an issue this fall? E-mail him at read more

Harberts a candidate for Senior CLASS Award

first_imgSenior forward Cassie Harberts was one of 30 female student-athletes selected on Wednesday as candidates for the 2014 Senior CLASS Award.Stalwart · Senior forward Cassie Harberts has started every game for USC for the past three seasons, and has 17 career double-doubles. – Ralf Cheung | Daily TrojanThe award is given annually to one male and one female collegiate basketball player who accomplishes notable achievements in four areas of excellence — character, classroom, community and competition.The senior is entering her third season as a team captain for the Women of Troy, and has also been named to the preseason top-30 list for the John R. Wooden Award, given annually to the most outstanding men’s and women’s basketball players. She’s started every game for USC since joining the team as a freshman.Harberts, who is majoring in human performance and minoring in nutrition and health promotion, is a two-time Pac-12 All-Academic Honorable Mention and has a 3.23 GPA.Last season, Harberts was an All-Pac-12 selection after ranking third in the conference in points per game (18.0) and sixth in rebounds per game (8.2). She also led the Women of Troy with 34 blocks, 37.2 minutes per game and a 43.8 field goal percentage.Harberts won a gold medal this past summer in Kazan, Russia as a member of the United States’ World University Games team.She enters this season ranked as USC’s No. 16 all-time scoring leader with 1,293 career points, and will resume her climb up the leaderboard next Friday in the team’s opener on the road against UC Davis.Harberts is one of four Pac-12 women’s basketball players to make the candidate list, which will be narrowed down to 10 finalists halfway through the regular season. Coaches and fans will then vote for one male and one female recipient, and the winners will be announced during their sport’s respective 2014 NCAA Final Four. Follow Will on Twitter @WillLawslast_img read more