Cool under fire: UW’s Stave no stranger to spotlight

first_imgRedshirt freshman Joel Stave was impressive in his first start against UTEP Saturday, completing 12 passes for 210 yards and a touchdown.[/media-credit]Joel Stave knows about being in pressure-filled situations.Last April, the Badgers’ redshirt freshman took the stage in front of a large audience at the 2012 “Buckinghams,” a formal event that showcases student-athletes’ talents off the field and honors success academically and athletically.Playing and singing a rousing rendition of Train’s “Drops of Jupiter” on the piano, Stave showed the cool and collectedness any student who was ever forced into taking piano lessons by their parents knows is necessary to succeed at a recital.In fact, it’s that same confidence Stave has transitioned to the huddle that has impressed center Travis Frederick.“He’s the same player no matter what the atmosphere or what the tension,” Frederick said. “If it’s third and long or first and ten or you’re losing by three or you need a touchdown, they just scored, he’s the same guy. He always just comes to the huddle, he’s very calm, he calls the play and goes and plays.”Offensive coordinator Matt Canada has taken note as well.“He’s been pretty steady to be honest,” Canada said. “He’s a guy that has some pretty good poise about him. If you want to play you got to be that guy.”So maybe it comes as no surprise Stave has already eased his way into the starting role at quarterback for the Badgers. Replacing embattled redshirt junior Danny O’Brien in the second half against Utah State less than two weeks ago, Stave has been a sound game-manager under center so far for a Wisconsin team in desperate need of consistency on offense.Stave is quick to point out he’s benefited from Frederick’s experience in the trenches, as the redshirt junior center helps point out blitz pickups and looks the quarterback doesn’t initially recognize.“That helps out a ton, him making calls and stuff,” Stave said. “If it’s something that I’m not completely sure on, if he makes the call, I can trust in what he’s doing and once he makes it I can see what he’s thinking. He’s really smart, knows what he’s doing and I have a lot of faith in him.”And although Badger fans may have found renewed faith in Stave in the starting role after his performance against UTEP – 12-of-17 for 210 yards passing and a touchdown – the golden-haired quarterback will face his first true test this Saturday night on the road at Nebraska.But Stave gained experience last season traveling with the team and watching former UW quarterback Russell Wilson play in the tough environments of East Lansing, Mich., and Columbus, Ohio, in primetime matchups and how he kept composed under such straining conditions.“That really helped, just seeing how Russell responded and stay[ed] composed,” Stave said. “Seeing him out there, it looks like a lot of fun. Obviously it doesn’t look easy with all the crowd noise and everything, but you just have to block that out and stay focused.”One way Wisconsin prepares itself for road tests is by practicing with the Camp Randall speakers blaring crowd noise, deafening the players to stimulate hostile environments. The noise was already audible Tuesday, as the college football mecca echoed loud cheers and screams. Stave knows as a quarterback he’ll have to be louder and make an emphasis on communication.Yet Stave has never played a game at Nebraska’s Memorial Stadium, where a fanbase packs the seats that finds football more a religion than a sport.The last time Stave was the starting quarterback in a road game? Try 2010, as a high school senior in Wisconsin leading Whitnall High School in a playoff game against top-seeded Franklin High School.“I wouldn’t guess it’s going to be as tough (to play at) as where we’re going this week, but it was really windy so it wasn’t an easy place to play,” Stave joked. “None of [the high school road games] were super tough. No place with 90,000 people right on top of you. I don’t know, Greendale was kind of tough to play.”The looseness Stave exhibits is contagious. And while he appears eager and thrilled to have the chance to perform on national television, including a chance for a friend who lives in Florida to watch him, Stave attributes a part of his ability to block out nerve and anxiety to his performance under the spotlight as a musician.“It does kind of make you try to block out everybody else and just focus on what you’re doing, regardless of if you’re playing football or if you’re singing in front of people because that’s obviously something that is not super comfortable for me,” Stave said. “I mean, I feel a lot more comfortable playing football than I do singing to a group.”So the quarterback really feels more nervous about performing than he would, say, starting on the road in Nebraska?“I’d say so,” Stave said.Somebody mentions that there isn’t much of a chance of getting hit while playing the piano.“That’s true,” Stave laughed. “But I mean, a voice crack or something in front of a lot of people would be pretty bad.”Follow Nick on Twitterlast_img read more

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Nuggets beat Kings without coach and 2 starters

first_imgIt’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Denver Nuggets guard Will Barton (5) drives around Sacramento Kings guard Garrett Temple (17) and Sacramento Kings forward Zach Randolph (50) during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Sacramento, Calif., Monday, Nov. 20, 2017. (AP Photo/Steve Yeater)SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Will Barton didn’t know Mike Malone was suspended by the NBA until the Denver Nuggets coach informed him as Barton got on the team bus to head to the arena.“I thought he was joking,” Barton said. “I told him we’d hold it down for him.”ADVERTISEMENT Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? 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The teams split the season series in 2016-17.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ setcenter_img LATEST STORIES Minus their coach and two starters, the short-handed Nuggets did just that — and only 24 hours after losing by 21 points to begin their three-game road trip.Barton and Trey Lyles made two 3-pointers apiece during a big run in the third quarter, and Denver pulled away to beat the Sacramento Kings 114-98 on Monday night.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSBack on the throneBarton finished with 25 points, six rebounds and five assists in his third start this season for Denver, which also was without injured starters Paul Millsap and Wilson Chandler.“Given the circumstances, I’ll take it,” said Nuggets assistant Wes Unseld Jr., who coached the team while Malone stayed back at the team hotel. “The minute (we) got in here from the team bus they knew it was a task at hand. We were under adverse circumstances and had no other option than to pull it together.” Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award “Athletically, (the Nuggets) go and get balls and jumped over the top of us and did some of those kind of things,” Kings coach Dave Joerger said. “We’ve got to be more physical. We were a step slow in the second half.”BARTON COMES UP BIGBarton shot 9 of 15 and made a season-high five 3-pointers on six attempts from beyond the arc. “He wasn’t an aggressive scorer but he was a playmaker for us,” Unseld said. “Down the stretch he controlled the game.”WHAT WENT WRONGJoerger thought his team played hard throughout the game but rookie guard De’Aaron Fox wasn’t so sure. Asked if the Kings let up in the second half when the Nuggets got on their roll, Fox said: “It felt that way. But it’s happened before, we’ve got back before. It’s just something if we go down, we’ve got to pick it up even more. You have to pick up your effort when things are going south.”TIP-INSNuggets: With Millsap and Chandler out, Unseld went to a three-guard lineup but the offense sputtered in the first half with 11 turnovers. Denver did a much better job after the break and pulled away. . The Nuggets dominated the offensive rebounding (14-5) and converted that into a 19-6 advantage in second-chance points.Kings: Zach Randolph had 12 points and six rebounds in his third consecutive start at center. … Buddy Hield missed his second straight game with a sore right ankle.UP NEXTNuggets: Play at Houston on Wednesday. The Rockets have won four straight against Denver. MOST READ Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Malone served a one-game NBA suspension for making contact with a referee in Sunday’s loss to the Los Angeles Lakers. Denver also was missing Millsap, who sprained his left wrist against the Lakers, and Chandler (lower back pain).After a sluggish first half, Denver pulled away in the third quarter following a 19-7 run late in the third quarter sparked by the long-distance shooting of Barton and Lyles. The Nuggets shot 15 of 32 beyond the arc and led by as many as 22 in the final period.“That third quarter we were real patient and sound, ran our sets and got going,” Barton said. “Anytime you’re missing two starters, impact guys like that, it’s going to take a while.”Nikola Jokic added 16 points and 14 rebounds, and Gary Harris scored 20 for the Nuggets.George Hill and Kosta Koufos scored 16 points apiece to lead six players in double figures for Sacramento. The Kings, who had won their three previous home games against the Thunder, 76ers and Trail Blazers, have lost five of six overall.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

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Barkley or Pogba: Who should succeed Yaya Toure at Man City?

first_img Ross Barkley and Paul Pogba have been earmarked as potential long-term suitors to Yaya Toure by Manchester City. Manuel Pellegrini has stated that Premier League champions Manchester City have no intention of selling Yaya Toure, but at 31 the Ivorian is entering the twilight of his career and the need to plan for the future is now.On top of that, Toure’s form has been hit and miss so far this season, leading to speculation around who City might command the club’s midfield in years to come.Ross Barkley and Paul Pogba have been earmarked as potential long-term successors to the Ivory Coast international, with the pair among the most talented young midfielders in European, if not world football.But which of these potential targets should City prioritise? talkSPORT takes a look…Ross BarkleyDate of birth: 5 December 1993 (age 20)Born: Liverpool, EnglandClub: EvertonHonours: UEFA European U17 Championship – 2010International: Nine England capsBarkley burst on to the scene last season scoring six Premier League goals and his performances led to his inclusion in Roy Hodgson’s England squad for the World Cup, where he made his tournament bow in the Three Lions’ opening game defeat to Italy.The England international usually plays in a more advanced role at Goodison Park and is given license to roam forward, but he can also operate in a deeper central position as he did at times last season.Barkley has been dubbed the next Paul Gascoigne and City were reportedly quoted £50million for the Englishman following their interest in the summer.The 20-year-old doesn’t possess the same presence as Toure, but he isn’t afraid to take on and run at defenders and he was the highest ranked central midfielder for dribbles per game last season.However, Barkley failed to register a single assist last season which is surprising for an attacking midfielder, but given his age he has the potential to be one of the finest English midfielders of a generation.Paul PogbaDate of birth: 15 March 1993 (age 21)Born: Lagny-sur-MarneClub: JuventusHonours: Serie A (2) – 2013/14, 2013/14, FIFA U20 World Cup- 2013International: 20 France caps, five goalsPogba left Manchester United two years ago, after three years at the club, citing the lack of first-team opportunities and he has gone on to establish himself as one of Europe’s most sought-after-midfielders and was nominated for the best young player award at this summer’s World Cup.The France international, who has five goals in 20 appearances for Les Bleus, recently penned a new £70,000-a-week contract at Juventus taking him through to 2019, but that won’t end any transfer speculation given City’s financial muscle.Pogba is a dynamic box-to-box midfielder who has upped his goalscoring rate year on year, five league goals in his first year followed by seven last season and the fact he qualifies as a home-grown player following his three seasons at Old Trafford adds to the attraction of the Frenchman.The midfielder offers a mix of pace, power and technique and his effectiveness at both ends of the field is in the Toure mould.However, there is still room for improvement for the 21-year-old, as the midfielder had just a 42% shot and 83% pass accuracy last season.Who should City target?Both Barkley and Pogba would represent great buys with huge potential for the future. City possess an ageing squad, with an average age of 28.9, and either Barkley or Pogba would add youthfulness to the side.Barkley is the most exciting English talent in recent years, while Pogba is already playing at a level well beyond his years.If City did decide to pursue one of the two, Pogba looks the best fit in this City system and has a playing style that mirrors Toure.Ultimately, the pair could decide to remain at their current clubs, Pogba has signed a new deal and spoke about establishing himself as a Juve legend, while Barkley is Everton through and through and regular first-team football with the Toffees may be best for his progression.Man City fans, who would you prefer to sign between Barkley and Pogba? Comment below… 1last_img read more

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Kevin De Bruyne could make return against Liverpool, hints Man City boss

first_imgCity, who are level on 19 points with Liverpool at the league summit, have been without De Bruyne since August after he suffered knee ligament damage in training.But the Belgium playmaker returned to first-team training this week after his lay-off.It was expected he would return to action after the international break, having been left out of the Belgium squad.But Guardiola has now hinted he could feature against the Reds.Asked if De Bruyne would be in the squad at Anfield, Guardiola said: “He is training with us, yeah.“He played today. We will see tomorrow.“Everybody’s ok. Delph is not available, but the others are ok.” Kevin De Bruyne could make his return from injury in Manchester City’s top-of-the-table Premier League clash at Liverpool, manager Pep Guardiola has teased.Benjamin Mendy could also be in line to make his comeback after missing five games with a metatarsal problem.The title rivals will go head-to-head at Anfield on Sunday. Kevin De Bruyne could make an unexpected return from injury against Liverpool 1 .@DeBruyneKev and @benmendy23 are in the frame to feature on Sunday! 🔵 #lfcvcity #mancity Presented by @marathonbet pic.twitter.com/aRT1Gw4Y6y— Manchester City (@ManCity) October 5, 2018Guardiola also said full-back Mendy “came back to train” and was also in contention, but Ilkay Gundogan is a doubt after a knock in midweek and Fabian Delph is still sidelined.The Manchester City manager is aware of the challenge Liverpool pose, added: “Liverpool are a top side. They are one of the two greatest teams in England. They have a lot of weapons.”last_img read more

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