Continuing their season as the top-ranked team in the nation, head coach Jerry Schumacher and the UW men’s cross country team head to South Bend this Friday for the 50th annual Notre Dame Invitational.Several top-ranked teams highlight the invite. Of the 25 teams competing, seven are nationally ranked. Host school Notre Dame is currently ranked No. 6 nationally. No. 7 Arizona, No. 14 Michigan, No. 18 Florida State, No. 26 Colorado State and No. 30 Butler round out the competition. In the meet’s 49 years of existence, Notre Dame has claimed 15 victories. Michigan ranks second all time with eight titles. Last year’s winner and currently ranked No. 5 Stanford will not be in attendance.This weekend, the Badgers will hope to continue the dominating edge they showcased at Minnesota’s Griak Invitational. The last time the Badgers claimed a Notre Dame Invite victory was in 1976.”It sure has been a while since we won here,” Schumacher said. “But we normally race at the Jim Drew’s Invitational in La Crosse at this point in the season. It’s the first time that we’ve raced at the [Notre Dame Invitational] since I’ve been a coach here.”As for Wisconsin, they will feature six dominant runners.”We’ve got [Chris] Solinsky, Bobby Lockhart, Ben Gregory, Ben Porter, Christian Wagner and Joe Pierre running,” said Schumacher. While only six runners will contend for the Badgers, most teams will bring 12. The Badgers plan to use this weekend to debut their more experienced veterans.Junior Chris Solinsky will make his season debut. Last season, he garnered All-American honors and won the indoor track championships in the 3,000-meters.Also making their season debuts are senior Bobby Lockhart; senior Ben Gregory, an All-American in track; sophomore Ben Porter, a transfer student from Marquette; Joe Pierre, who redshirted last season; and freshman Christian Wagner, who made his Wisconsin debut three weeks ago at the Indiana State Invitational.The Fighting Irish will host a top group of elite of runners. Notre Dame will send its co-captain senior Tim Moore and junior Kurt Benninger, who are two of the nation’s premier distance runners.Also running will be Patrick Smyth, winner of the National Catholic championship two weeks ago in his college debut, and second-place finisher, sophomore Brett Adams.Sophomore Daniel Bradley and freshman Chris Rodriguez, who finished second at the Valparaiso Invitational, will also be competing for the Fighting Irish.Arizona, coming off a dominating win at the Dave Murray Invitational, where they captured six of the top seven finishes, will counter with star runner junior Robert Cheseret — who is the reigning 10,000-meter national track champion.Last year’s Pac-10 freshman of the year, Mohamed Trafeh, along with Obed Mutanya, Moses Mpanga, Eric Chavez, and Kenny Frank, have all finished top five in both races this year for the Sun Devils, and look to step up this Friday in what will be their toughest test.Michigan, after a strong performance at the Griak Invitational, climbed from No. 27 to No. 14 in the national rankings. The Wolverines will be sending a 12-man contingent consisting of their top three finishers from last weekend’s Griak Invitational.Sophomore Mike Woods, freshman Victor Gras, and freshman Justin Switzer will lead the Wolverines. Sophomore Andrew Bauer, freshmen Lex Williams and John Black, and junior Andrew Ellerton will also be competing.Florida State is sending their star ACC Champ, Andrew Lemoncello, who won last weekend’s Griak Invitational.Senior Sean Burris, juniors Tom Lancashire and Phil Nichols, and senior Kevin Cook will also be competing for the Seminoles. For Colorado State, seniors Josh Glaab and Paul Michel, and sophomore Jeff Wahl look to put their mark on the invite in Notre Dame.Even though this Wisconsin team is running in unfamiliar territory against some tough competition, Schumacher believes in his runners.”They got some guys that are tough,” Schumacher said. “We just have to go out there and run our best, and I think the [guys] will do just that, so we’ll see. It will be fun.”
The Paddy Power Gold Cup Chase is the feature race this afternoon at 2.25.David Pipe trained King’s Palace is the favourite there, the 7-to-1 shot will be saddled by Tom Scudamore. Each of the Jockeys will wear black armbands in rememberance of last night’s terror attacks.
If you like to run around with your quarterback in “Madden NFL 20” then you’re going to want to learn how to slide.Sliding is important because quarterbacks are more prone to fumbling than other positions. If you allow your QB to get hit, there’s a good chance he’s going to let go of the ball. And if you just hit the button to dive, your quarterback will likely fumble as well because for some reason EA Sports doesn’t think quarterbacks can hold onto the ball while diving. (EA Sports) https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/33/f2/qb-slide-in-madden-20_56a4me83qjo51xdmh8dbtdp2j.png?t=1220104492&w=500&quality=80 In order to slide, you’re going to first need to scramble. To scramble as a quarterback, you hold R2 on Playstation and RT on Xbox. Once you’ve crossed the line of scrimmage, you’ll be allowed to slide at whatever point makes sense to you. Typically you’re going to want to slide as you see defenders approaching for a tackle.To slide, you’re going to follow the instructions above. While you press R2 and RT to scramble, you’ll want to let go of that button before you press Square or X. If you hold on to the rushing button, your player will dive instead of slide. Diving works near the goal line as you can go into the endzone safely, but it’s a bad idea in the open field.Also, sliding isn’t just reserved for quarterbacks. You can slide as any position player, but you’re better off trying shed defenders as a running back or wide receiver rather than sliding. Even if your quarterback has a high carry rating, sliding can prevent injuries as well. Allowing your QB to get hit, especially a mobile one with smaller frames like Kyler Murray or Lamar Jackson, there’s a high possibility of an injury. So overall, it’s just a good idea to slide.Here a step-by-step guide on how to do it.MADDEN 20 REVIEW: The good, the bad and the new from EA SportsHow to slide in ‘Madden 20’ on Playstation 4, Xbox OneThe video above will tell you everything you need to know about how to slide.But in case you’d prefer it in text form, we’ve got you covered. If you want to slide in “Madden 20,” follow these instructions.PlaystationXboxRelease R2 Trigger and press the Square ButtonRelease the RT Trigger and press the X buttonMORE: Top quarterbacks to use in ‘Madden 20’
Guess who’s coming to feast on roller skates? Well none other than the Lumber Jackies and Killjoys — two Heritage City teams in the West Kootenay Women’s Flat Track Roller Derby League. The two clubs are part of the final regular season bout of the 2011 season, set for Friday at the NDCC Arena. Staff and management at Mallard’s Source for Sports would like to salute the teams on their venture with Team of the Week honours. One of the teams, the Lumber Jackies, are pictured starting, back row, L-R, Lois Slain (call-up from Rossland’s Gnarlies Angels), Cat Wheelie, Slap Chop, Ursula Aggress, Chain Sawndra, Smashinista, Courtney Shove and Brutiful Bits (another call-up from Rossland’s Gnarlies Angels). Front, MISS TREAT, Clara Violent, inger the stinger, tricky BOOM, Lady Lockdown, Slameron Diaz (another call-up from Rossland’s Gnarlies Angels).
If you build it, they will come.It appears the movie Field of Dreams, substituting Kootenay International Junior Hockey League President Bill Ohlhausen for actor Kevin Costner, will make a special showing during a meeting of the Board of Governors Sunday in Castlegar.The KIJHL has been building since the league started in 1966. And now the Junior B league is considering more expansion after interest was expressed by a group of hockey people in both Quesnel and Williams Lake to join.