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first_imgJust a game removed from their clash with the Kansas Jayhawks and their dominant scoring forward Carolyn Davis, the Wisconsin Badgers will once again face an elite scorer Sunday.When Wisconsin (4-6) welcomes Drake (8-1) to the Kohl Center, the Badgers will have to try to handle senior forward Rachael Hackbarth, the Bulldogs’ double-double machine.It will be something of a homecoming for Hackbarth, as the senior forward played high school ball in Wisconsin. A native of Colgate, Hackbarth played for Wisconsin Lutheran where she was a four-time letter winner and set the school record by shooting 69.8 percent from the floor as a senior.The senior has continued her success at the next level, as the Wisconsin native averages 17.3 points and 9.8 rebounds per game this season. Through six games the forward has already compiled an impressive three double-doubles. The senior also knows how to get to the line, as Hackbarth has almost triple the amount of free throw attempts as everyone else on the team.If Wisconsin hopes to control the game against the Bulldogs, the team will need to focus on controlling the boards. Against St. Louis last week, Wisconsin was outrebounded 45-33 and gave up 21 offensive rebounds. With the Badgers just barely out-rebounding their opponents on average, the team will have to tighten up and keep a body on Hackbarth the entire night under the rim.Look for Wisconsin sophomore forward Cassie Rochel or senior forward Anya Covington to match up with Hackbarth down low all night, although Wisconsin head coach Bobbie Kelsey may have the athletic Taylor Wurtz guard the Drake star.Offensively, the Badgers have a double-double threat of their own. Wurtz has continued to shine in the new Wisconsin offense, as the junior from Brandon, Wis., currently averages 16.7 points and 9 rebounds per game. When the offense is running efficiently, Taylor gets open looks and open threes. The junior is currently shooting 40.3 percent from beyond the arc, good for second best on the team. Even if the Badgers’ offense should sputter, Wurtz will need to continue her offensive dominance and finishing touch around the basket to keep the Wisconsin machine running on the offensive end.Whether Drake will bring full court pressure or not remains to be seen, but it may not matter. Wisconsin, after starting the season by committing a combined 68 turnovers in the first three games, has largely brought down the statistic. Against relaxed pressure and minimal full court pressure, the Badgers committed their lowest total turnover margin of the season against the Billikens, turning the ball over only 12 times in the duration of the contest.“We just have to keep working on everything each day,” Rochel said. “We have gotten better on our turnovers but we continue to work on it in practice as well as boxing out. Each aspect as it pops up in a game we work on; you just have to keep practicing hard until you correct that.”Kelsey has made sure to tidy up aspects of Wisconsin’s ball movement.“I think people understand it’s important to value the ball,” Kelsey said. “We watch it. They see what they’re doing and how they’re playing. We only pick it up when we have someone to pass too. We’ve eliminated a lot of unnecessary dribbling and now on passes we hold and look for passes. Also I think that they’re making sure the person is open before they throw it. Maybe they’ll set more screens to shorten the pass, a lot of things contribute to it but those are some main points.”Wisconsin has still struggled to find a complete victory this season. In some games, the Badgers have shot extremely well, as they showed in the second half of the Billkens game last week. In other games, the Badgers have shot well but been beaten badly on the boards.Whatever may happen Sunday, the Badgers are just looking to find that sustained effort where all aspects of the offensive and defensive systems are working correctly and efficiently.“We’re almost there,” sophomore Morgan Paige said. “We show glimpses in games of our potential and go through minute stretches where everything is clicking but then all the sudden a wheel falls off. We just have to focus in on doing the little things. When we do the fundamentals we usually have a four minute spread that looks very good. If we can maintain focus and discipline we should be good go going through this season.”last_img read more

first_imgHello, Jacob Hollister. Please don’t be David Njoku. Be more like Ricky Seals-Jones, as a matter of fact. We’ve touted Hollister most of the second half in our tight end rankings, and our Week 16 PPR TE rankings see him placed among the elites. It’d normally be weird for us to want any tight end to be like RSJ, but after Seals-Jones scored two revenge-game TDs against the Cardinals, fantasy owners in championship games would like to see Hollister match that output.Otherwise, though, the names in the top-10 are the usual suspects (minus Evan Engram, who would be in that top level if not for his nagging foot injury that got him onto Injured Reserve). Most likely, you’ve made it to fantasy championship week thanks to a solid TE (or a stream-against-the-Cardinals strategy). If you have a stud, the best strategy is just to play him. WEEK 16 NON-PPR RANKINGS:Quarterback | Running back | Wide receiver | Tight end | D/ST | KickerIf you’re looking for a stream, though, and Hollister is already accounted for, the first try would be O.J. Howard. With receivers dropping like flies with bad hamstrings in Tampa Bay, Howard saw a season-high eight targets in Week 15 and probably will see a similar level of usage in Week 16 against the Texans. You could also give Dallas Goedert or Jonnu Smith a chance after they both had five catches in Week 15 (Smith added an impressive 57-yard run to showcase his athleticism).WEEK 16 PPR RANKINGS: Running back | Wide receiverTyler Higbee might be a big question for a few of you. He’s balled out the past few weeks, and if you’ve been riding that production you might be playing for a title. To be frank, the San Francisco matchup in Week 16 is a bad one. But it seems like Jared Goff will keep throwing to Higbee, and if Hollister and Howard are both owned in your league, it’s probably fine to stick with the guy who’s had three straight 100-yard games.WEEK 16 DFS LINEUPS:FD Cash | FD GPP | DK Cash | DK GPP | Y! Cash | Y! GPPThere will surely be some fantasy matchups that come down to Travis Kelce on Sunday night, and with Saturday action in Week 16, as well, there’s a lot to look forward to. Best of luck in your title games.MORE WEEK 16 DFS: Stacks | Values | Lineup Builder Reminder: Check back for updates during the week. For more individual TE analysis, click here.MORE WEEK 16: Waiver pickups | FAAB planning | Stock watch | Snap counts | Fantasy playoff tipsWeek 16 PPR Rankings: TEsThese rankings are for full-point PPR leagues.RankPlayer1Travis Kelce, KC @ CHI2George Kittle, SF vs. LAR3Zach Ertz, PHI vs. DAL4Jacob Hollister, SEA vs. ARZ5Austin Hooper, ATL vs. JAX6Hunter Henry, LAC vs. OAK7Darren Waller, OAK @ LAC8Mark Andrews, BAL @ CLE9Jared Cook, NO @ TEN10Tyler Higbee, LAR @ SF11O.J. Howard, TB vs. HOU12Greg Olsen, CAR @ IND13Dallas Goedert, PHI vs. DAL14Jack Doyle, IND vs. CAR15Kyle Rudolph, MIN vs. GB16Mike Gesicki, MIA vs. CIN17Jonnu Smith, TEN vs. NO18Noah Fant, DEN vs. DET19Jason Witten, DAL @ PHI20Cameron Brate, TB vs. HOU21Darren Fells, HOU @ TB22Jordan Akins, HOU @ TB23Gerald Everett, LAR @ SF24Kaden Smith, NYG @ WAS25Jimmy Graham, GB @ MIN26Vance McDonald, PIT @ NYJ27Benjamin Watson, NE vs. BUF28Tyler Eifert, CIN @ MIA29Dawson Knox, BUF @ NE30Logan Thomas, DET @ DEN31Irv Smith Jr., MIN vs. GBlast_img read more

first_imgDONEGAL will take on Dublin in a repeat of last year’s All-Ireland semi-final under floodlights in March.It’s part of the Spring Series of matches organised by Dublin.The Tipperary hurlers and the Ulster football champions Donegal will travel to Croke Park for the third and final night of the Series on March 24. Entertainment at the matches will be provided by Irish bands The Rubberbandits, Ham Sandwich and another very special act to be announced shortly.Adult tickets for a single match are priced at just €13 while admission for a child is just €5. The bundled Spring Series tickets to include all three events in the Spring Series will cost €30 for an adult and €10 for a child.The Series will open with a repeat of the 2011 GAA All-Ireland Football final with Dublin taking on Kerry under-lights on Saturday, 4 February.This will be preceded by a very attractive Division Two Allianz League football fixture between Kildare and Tyrone. A second attractive double header will take place on 11 March when the Allianz League Champions Dublin take on Jimmy Barry Cork in hurling and the footballers will face Armagh. DONEGAL TO TAKE ON DUBLIN IN FLOODLIT CROKE PARK CLASH was last modified: January 16th, 2012 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:donegal v dublin 2012GAAnational leageulast_img read more

first_imgThe Qantas Group says its financial position is still strong despite risk management company, Moody’s downgrading the carrier’s credit rating late yesterday.In a statement to shareholders, the carrier reassured that its rating still remains stable, being only one in two airlines to be rated in the investment-grade.Australian’s flag carrier noted its operating cashflow continues to strengthen its position although the market over the past year has proved challenging with fuel prices reaching 2008 highs, as well as economic instability in Europe affecting its global travel services.“…the Qantas Group remains in a strong funding position,” the carrier said with a cash balance sitting above $3 billion.“The Group has mandated financing in place for its 2011/12 aircraft deliveries and intends to fund the balance of its future capital commitments from operating cashflow, cash reserves and available debt.”In terms of future strategies, Qantas noted that the extent of its business places the airline in a flexible position to manage disruptions and economic instability.“The Group has a clear strategy for the future, based on its strong domestic airline businesses, turning around Qantas International, the continued growth of Qantas Frequent Flyer and targeted expansion in Asia,” the statement read. “Business transformation initiatives are underway across the Group to increase efficiency and competitiveness.” Source = e-Travel Blackboard: N.Jlast_img read more