Jets miss big fish but add Trumaine Johnson, four potential starters – ESPN (blog)


Here is a breakdown of the initial wave of free agency for the New York Jets:

Trumaine Johnson received $34 million guaranteed at signing, the third-largest guarantee in team history. AP Photo/Kelvin Kuo

Overall grade: B-minus. The splash wasn’t as big as some anticipated, considering the Jets began free agency with a league-high $90 million in cap room. The Jets made one splurge: cornerback Trumaine Johnson, who significantly improves the secondary. Otherwise, they spent rather conservatively, emphasizing youth and minimizing long-term risk. They refused to mortgage the future by doling out bloated contracts (except for Johnson). The big question is: Did they improve the team? They made modest gains at center, running back, wide receiver (maybe) and quarterback (maybe), but it was nothing dramatic (except for the secondary).

Most significant signing: Johnson. He received $34 million guaranteed at signing, the third-largest guarantee in team history. The Jets hope he works out better than the top two, Darrelle Revis ($39 million) and Muhammad Wilkerson ($37 million), neither of whom came close to reaching expectations. Johnson is a No. 1 corner who should thrive in coach Todd Bowles’ man-to-man scheme. We should also mention the Josh McCown-Teddy Bridgewater moves. The Jets were criticized for devoting $16 million in cap space to two quarterbacks on one-year deals, but it’s actually a smart strategy. They’re hedging their bets as they prepare to add their quarterback of the future via the draft.

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Most significant loss: Demario Davis. Surprisingly, the Jets didn’t make an offer to Davis, who played every defensive snap in 2017 and quarterbacked the defense from his middle-linebacker position. He enjoyed his best season, but his age (29) was a sticking point for the Jets. Once he hit the market, he was a goner. He wound up with a three-year, $24 million deal, including $16 million guaranteed, from the New Orleans Saints. The Jets replaced him with Avery Williamson, who received virtually the same deal — three years, $22.5 million, $16 million guaranteed. The main difference: Williamson is three years younger than Davis. But there’s another difference that works against the Jets: Williamson isn’t a proven three-down linebacker; Davis is.

Player they should have signed: You’re probably thinking it’s Kirk Cousins or Ndamukong Suh, right? Actually, the Jets can survive those misses. The one they shouldn’t have let get away is center Weston Richburg. Instead, they settled for a less expensive alternative, Spencer Long. There was a big difference in the price, but Richburg would’ve been worth it. He wound up with the San Francisco 49ers. Long adds size and strength to the middle of the line, which the Jets had been missing, but he’s a notch below Richburg.

Additions: QB Teddy Bridgewater, LB Brandon Copeland, RB Isaiah Crowell, CB Trumaine Johnson, C Spencer Long, LB Kevin Pierre-Louis, WR Terrelle Pryor, WR/KR Andre Roberts, PK Cairo Santos, LB Avery Williamson.

Losses: PK Chandler Catanzaro (Bucs), LB Demario Davis (Saints), RB Matt Forte (retired), TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins (Jaguars), LB Julian Stanford (Bills), DE Muhammad Wilkerson (Packers).

What’s next: The biggest need is defensive end, but there isn’t much left on the market. Benson Mayowa, who visited at the start of free agency, is a possibility as a rotational player. They can always re-sign Kony Ealy, but you get the sense he’s not their cup of tea. Chances are, the Jets will rely on the draft, but that won’t be a sure thing. They traded their two second-round picks to move up, presumably for a quarterback. They don’t pick again until the third round.



2018 Frozen Four: Schedule, dates, game times, TV channels for NCAA Hockey Tournament (3/30/2018) – Landof10.com


The 2018 Frozen Four schedule is below. Find a Frozen Four schedule, dates, times and TV channels for the 2018 NCAA Hockey Tournament.

The national semifinals and championship game are set for next week.

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2018 Frozen Four: Schedule, dates

The 2018 Frozen Four starts next week on Thursday, April 5, with the semifinals. The national championship is played on Saturday, April 7.

SEMIFINALS

Thursday, April 5

6 p.m. ET — Minnesota Duluth vs. Ohio State | ESPN2

9:30 p.m. ET — Michigan vs. Notre Dame | ESPN2

NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP

Saturday, April 7

7:30 p.m. ET — Semifinal winners | ESPN

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2018 Frozen Four: Game times for NCAA Hockey Tournament

The two semifinal games are 6 p.m. ET and also 9:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 5.

The national championship game will start at 7:30 p.m. ET on Saturday, April 7.

2018 Frozen Four: TV channels

The ESPN family of networks is televising the 2018 NCAA Hockey Tournament. ESPN2 will show the semifinals and ESPN has the national championship game.

2018 Frozen Four: Bracket

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2018 NCAA Hockey Tournament: Schedule, game times, TV channels

SEMIFINALS (Frozen Four)

Xcel Energy Center (Saint Paul, Minn.)

6 p.m. ET — Thursday, April 5 | ESPN2

9:30 p.m. — Thursday, April 5 | ESPN2

National Championship Game

Xcel Energy Center (Saint Paul, Minn.)

7:30 p.m. ET — Saturday, April 7 | ESPN

2018 NCAA Hockey Tournament: Scores, results

FIRST ROUND

Friday, March 23

FINAL: No. 1 Notre Dame 4, No. 4 Michigan Tech 3 (OT) | Box score

FINAL: No. 4 Air Force 4, No. 1 St. Cloud State 1 | Box score

FINAL: No. 2 Providence 1, No. 3 Clarkson 0 | Box score

FINAL: No. 3 Minnesota Duluth 3, No. 2 Minnesota State 2 (OT) | Box score

Saturday, March 24

FINAL: No. 4 Boston University 3, No. 1 Cornell 1 | Box score

FINAL: No. 1 Ohio State 4, No. 4 Princeton 2 | Box score

FINAL: No. 2 Michigan 3, No. 3 Northeastern 2 | Box score

FINAL: No. 2 Denver 5, No. 3 Penn State 1 | Box score

QUARTERFINALS (Regional Finals)

Saturday, March 24

FINAL: No. 1 Notre Dame 2, No. 2 Providence 1 | Box score

FINAL: No. 3 Minnesota Duluth 2, No. 4 Air Force 1 | Box score

Sunday, March 25

FINAL: No. 2 Michigan 6, No. 4 Boston University 3 | Box score

FINAL: No. 1 Ohio State 5, No. 2 Denver 1 | Box score

2018 NCAA Hockey Tournament: Locations, sites

There were  four regional sites. The tournament will finish in Saint Paul, Minn., for the Frozen Four.

NCAA Hockey Tournament Regional sites

  • East Regional — Webster Bank Arena (Bridgeport, Conn.)
  • West Regional — Denny Sanford Premier Center (Sioux Falls, S.D.)
  • Northeast Regional — DCU Center (Worcester, Mass.)
  • Midwest Regional — PPL Center (Allentown, Pa.)

NCAA Hockey Tournament: Frozen Four site

  • Xcel Energy Center (Saint Paul, Minn.)

2018 NCAA Hockey Tournament: Schedule, dates

  • Selection Show: Sunday, March 18
  • Regionals
    • East Regional: Friday, March 23 and Saturday, March 24
    • West Regional: Friday, March 23 and Saturday, March 24
    • Northeast Regional: Saturday, March 24 and Sunday, March 25
    • Midwest Regional: Saturday, March 24 and Sunday, March 25
  • Frozen Four
    • Semifinals: Thursday, April 5
    • National Championship: Saturday, April 7

2018 Frozen Four: Champions, history

Here are the Frozen Four champions since 1980:

  • 2017: Denver
  • 2016: North Dakota
  • 2015: Providence
  • 2014: Union (N.Y.)
  • 2013: Yale
  • 2012: Boston College
  • 2011: Minnesota Duluth
  • 2010: Boston College
  • 2009: Boston University
  • 2008: Boston College
  • 2007: Michigan State
  • 2006: Wisconsin
  • 2005: Denver
  • 2004: Denver
  • 2003: Minnesota
  • 2002: Minnesota
  • 2001: Boston College
  • 2000: North Dakota
  • 1999: Maine
  • 1998: Michigan
  • 1997: North Dakota
  • 1996: Michigan
  • 1995: Boston University
  • 1994: Lake Superior State
  • 1993: Maine
  • 1992: Lake Superior State
  • 1991: Northern Michigan
  • 1990: Wisconsin
  • 1989: Harvard
  • 1988: Lake Superior State
  • 1987: North Dakota
  • 1986: Michigan State
  • 1985: Rensselaer
  • 1984: Bowling Green
  • 1983: Wisconsin
  • 1982: North Dakota
  • 1981: Wisconsin
  • 1980: North Dakota



Rugby rape trial juror's comments investigated – BBC News


Blane McIlroy; Stuart Olding; Paddy Jackson; Rory Harrison

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Blane McIlroy, Stuart Olding, Paddy Jackson and Rory Harrison were all cleared of all charges

Comments posted online by a juror in the rugby rape trial have been referred to Northern Ireland’s attorney general.

The remarks, first reported in The Irish Times, were made in an internet forum after the verdict on Wednesday.

All four accused were cleared of all the charges they faced after a nine-week trial.

The juror reportedly made the remarks in the comments section of an article about the acquittals in the trial.

A spokesman for Attorney General John Larkin’s office confirmed that the matter had been referred to the Northern Ireland’s senior law officer by Lord Chief Justice Sir Declan Morgan.

Mr Larkin is to investigate whether the comments represent a breach of contempt of court laws.

Paddy Jackson, Stuart Olding, Blane McIlroy and Rory Harrison were cleared of all charges on Wednesday.

The first comment appeared about eight hours after the jury delivered unanimous “not guilty” verdicts.

The juror made a series of comments describing the trial, as well as answering questions from other users.

The posts set out the reasons the jury came to its decision and defended the amount of time it took to reach a verdict.

‘Seemed to be authentic’

Irish Times journalist Conor Gallagher said the comments were posted under a story about the verdict and purported to be from a juror in the case.

“They seemed to be fairly accurate, they seemed to know a lot about the case; at first read, they seemed to be authentic,” he told BBC NI’s Good Morning Ulster.

“So we got in touch with the Public Prosecution Service and asked them about it and they got back to us and said they’d referred the matter on to the office of the Lord Chief Justice in Northern Ireland.

“The Lord Chief Justice’s office then told us they’d referred the matter on to the attorney general’s office and to other relevant authorities.”

Mr Gallagher said the attorney general’s office got in touch with the juror and told them to take the comments down, which was then done.

He said the juror contacted the Irish Times on Thursday night and defended the comments.

“They [said they] didn’t comment on anything related to the jury deliberations [and] therefore were not in breach of the [judge’s] order,” he said.

“They were very worried, they said they were in trouble, the Lord Chief Justice’s representative asked them if they have a solicitor.”

The juror told the Irish Times that when Judge Patricia Smyth discharged the jury, she told them to go about their daily life but not to reveal discussions that took place within the jury room.

When asked about the juror’s comments, the Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) said: “We are aware of comments made on a social media platform.”

Complainant identified?

Meanwhile, the legal firm representing Mr Jackson is suing Irish senator Aodhán ó Ríordáin over a social media post related to the trial.

“We have issued pre-action libel correspondence against a named Senator in the Republic of Ireland,” said Marie Hans, a senior associate with KRW LAW solicitors.

“The legal action relates to a tweet sent to a number of other persons before it was eventually taken down.”

Advice to jurors

The Gov.uk website issues advice to people called up to serve on a jury during a trial.

“Don’t discuss the trial with anyone until it’s finished, except with other jury members in the deliberation room,” it says.

“After the trial you mustn’t talk about what happened in the deliberation room, even with family members. You can talk about what happened in the courtroom.

“Don’t post comments about the trial on social media websites like Facebook or Twitter – even after the trial’s finished.

“This is contempt of court and you can be fined or sent to prison.”

It also emerged on Friday that two people have been questioned by police after allegedly revealing the identity of the complainant in the rape trial.

Complainants in rape trials in Ireland and the UK are entitled to anonymity, and it is an offence to publish their identity.

A PSNI spokesman said two people had been interviewed in relation to an offence under Section 5 of the UK’s Sexual Offences Amendment Act 1992.

The spokesman said the investigation was ongoing and two files had been forwarded to the Public Prosecutions Service for consideration.



2018 NFL Mock Draft: Browns get their QB and pair Myles Garrett with Bradley Chubb – CBSSports.com


The NFL combine is long over. The free agency period is not only under way, but pretty much over and done with. Teams no longer have the same needs they did a day ago, let alone two weeks ago, when I last filed a mock draft. Things are obviously due for a shakeup once again. 

In lieu of a long-winded intro, let’s just get right to it. 

1. Cleveland Browns

Sam Darnold, QB, USC. There was some Josh Allen buzz for a short while, but it’s looking more and more like Darnold, who I’ve had in this spot all along, will be the No. 1 pick. Cleveland has done some nice work building an infrastructure that will allow him to be successful in the future, and the team can let him sit behind Tyrod Taylor for as long as it wants before he’s ready to take over. 


2. Buffalo Bills (via mock trade with NYG)

Josh Allen, QB, Wyoming. The Giants send this pick to Buffalo in exchange for picks No. 12, 22, 53, and 65. On the Jimmy Johnson trade value chart, those selections come within 15 points of one another (in Buffalo’s favor), while the more analytically-inclined Chase Stuart chart at Football Perspective counts a deal like this as a big win for New York, which now has six of the first 66 picks in the draft. The Bills, meanwhile, snag Allen as their QB of the future. 


3. New York Jets (from IND)

Josh Rosen, QB, UCLA. The Jets paid a hefty price to move up to this spot, and they come away with Rosen for their troubles. 


4. Cleveland Browns (from HOU)

Bradley Chubb, DL, NC State. Best of luck to opposing offensive tackles, who will have to deal with Chubb and Myles Garrett rushing from opposite sides of the line every week. This would be a huge win for the Browns.  


5. Denver Broncos

Quenton Nelson, OL, Notre Dame. With one of the draft’s best players falling to No. 5, the Broncos pull the trigger to upgrade the offensive line in front of Case Keenum, kicking the can down the road on finding a long-term solution at quarterback for at least another year. 


6. Indianapolis Colts (from NYJ)

Saquon Barkley, RB, Penn State. With Chubb and Nelson gone before the Colts come on the clock, they give Andrew Luck the running back partner everyone’s been convinced that he needs for years. Barkley’s versatility allows him to work not just as a runner but also an excellent component of the passing game, and brings an element to the Indianapolis offense it has not had in quite some time. 


7. Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Derwin James, DB, Florida State. The Buccaneers’ pass defense left much to be desired in 2017, ranking 31st in Football Outsiders’ DVOA. They’ve already brought Brent Grimes back and they drafted Vernon Hargreaves last year, but nabbing James here gives them a key piece on the back end. 


8. Chicago Bears

Tremaine Edmunds, LB, Virginia Tech. Chicago attacked the wide receiver position in free agency, leaving the Bears free to add even more talent to a defense that was underratedly strong last season. Edmunds can fly off the edge, make plays in the run game, and generally wreak havoc across from Leonard Floyd on the outside. 


9. San Francisco 49ers

Minkah Fitzpatrick, DB, Alabama. San Francisco’s pass defense was an outright disaster in 2017, ranking 28th in the league per Football Outsiders’ DVOA. Fitzpatrick can play all over the formation — inside, outside, up high. That’s a nice versatile piece for a defense that still lacks a ton of high-end talent. 


10. Oakland Raiders

Roquan Smith, LB, Georgia. Jon Gruden said at the combine that he wants to bring football back to 1998. Drafting a linebacker this early would be doing just that. Smith is an incredible playmaker, though, and he can help Oakland’s defense right away. 


11. Miami Dolphins

Baker Mayfield, QB, Oklahoma. I won’t pretend to know what it is the Dolphins have been trying to do this offseason, but this is a fit that seems to make sense, given the team’s seeming lack of total commitment to Ryan Tannehill. Mayfield is a strong thrower to all levels of the field despite his lack of height, and his ability to make plays with his legs just adds to his potential. 


12. New York Giants (via mock trade with BUF (from CIN))

Marcus Davenport, DL, UTSA. New York moves down from 2 to 12, and with the first of two first-round picks nabs one of the draft’s most intriguing pass-rushers to replace the departed Jason Pierre-Paul. Davenport had 17.5 tackles for loss, 8.5 sacks, and three forced fumbles last season. There’s a lot of size, speed, and skill to work with, and he could be a long-term solution on the edge for the Giants. 


13. Washington Redskins

Vita Vea, DL, Washington. Washington’s biggest issue last season was its run defense. Issue solved. 


14. Green Bay Packers

Will Hernandez, OL, UTEP. It would be very unlike the Packers to take a guard in the first round. But it would also be very unlike the Packers to spend big money on free agents (check) and cut ties with Jordy Nelson (check). Hernandez would solidify things up front for Aaron Rodgers, helping him take advantage of the new toys Green Bay got him in free agency (Jimmy Graham). 


15. Arizona Cardinals

Lamar Jackson, QB, Louisville. Even with four QBs going early, the Cardinals still land one for the future. They gave Sam Bradford just a one-year deal to be their starter, and it’s clear they still need somebody for 2019 and beyond. Bradford will likely get injured at some point anyway (he always does), but Jackson and David Johnson could be a scary backfield combination for years, if the Cards develop Jackson’s skills well enough. 


16. Baltimore Ravens

Calvin Ridley, WR, Alabama. Baltimore signed John Brown and Michael Crabtree, but their wide receiver depth chart is still ugly — especially considering Brown’s incessant injury issues. Flooding the market at one position in hopes of hitting big once or twice worked for the Eagles last year, and it could work for the Ravens as well. Ridley didn’t test all that well at the combine, but he was incredibly successful at Alabama and could step in and produce right away for an offense that needs so much help at such an important position.  


17. Los Angeles Chargers

Da’Ron Payne, DL, Alabama. Can you even imagine Payne playing with Joey Bosa and Melvin Ingram up front? It would almost be unfair to opposing offensive linemen. A blocker-occupying force up the middle would free things up for the rushmen to get after the QB as quickly as possible. 


18. Seattle Seahawks

Isaiah Wynn, OL, Georgia. The Seahawks so obviously need help along the offensive line … and they finally get some here. Russell Wilson will be thankful for this pick. 


19. Dallas Cowboys

Rashaan Evans, LB, Alabama. The last time Jason Garrett took a personal trip to a team’s pro day was two years ago, when he visited Ohio State to get a closer look at Joey Bosa and Ezekiel Elliott. The Cowboys took Zeke in that year’s draft. This year, Garrett is headed to Alabama’s pro day. With Fizpatrick, Ridley, and Payne off the board, the Cowboys spring for Evans here, who can be a long-term piece at linebacker. 


20. Detroit Lions

Maurice Hurst, DL, Michigan. As ever, the Lions are in need of pass-rush help. Hurst is arguably the best interior rushman in the draft, and with his heart issue all cleared up, he should reclaim his status in the first round. 


21. Cincinnati Bengals (from BUF)

Mike McGlinchey, OL, Notre Dame. Cincinnati acquired this pick in the Cordy Glenn trade, but they still need some help along the offensive line. McGlinchey doesn’t have as much hype as his line-mate Quenton Nelson, but he should be a strong option in the mid-to-late first. 


22. New York Giants (via mock trade with BUF (from KC))

Derrius Guice, RB, LSU. With their second pick from the Bills, the Giants get their running back. Barkley at No. 2, or Davenport and Guice plus two more picks? Give me the latter every time. 


23. Los Angeles Rams

Harold Landry, EDGE, Boston College. After trading for both Marcus Peters and Aqib Talib, it’s safe to say the Rams’ secondary is no longer a big concern. After signing Ndamukong Suh, neither is help up the middle. But after sending Robert Quinn to Miami, the Rams do need help on the edge. Enter Landry, a flexy pass-rush type who should benefit from all the attention that needs to be paid to Suh and Aaron Donald. 


24. Carolina Panthers

Courtland Sutton, WR, SMU. The Panthers finally found an offensive rhythm down the stretch of the 2017 season, but it was painfully clear for most of the year that they are in need of a pass catcher that can stretch the field vertically while Christian McCaffrey does so horizontally and Devin Funchess works the intermediate areas. (They were the worst team in the NFL on deep passes to wide receivers in 2017, per NFL.com’s Matt Harmon.) Torrey Smith has shown the last several years that he doesn’t really cut it if he’s the only option you have as that type of player, so enter Sutton, a big-bodied receiver that also has some scoot to him. 


25. Tennessee Titans

Leighton Vander Esch, LB, Boise State. Tennessee upgraded its secondary by signing Malcolm Butler this offseason, but could still use some second-level help. Something tells me new coach Mike Vrabel could probably figure out the best ways to use Vander Esch, who tested out as the most athletic linebacker in the draft. 


26. Atlanta Falcons

Taven Bryan, DL, Florida. The Falcons are likely going to lose Dontari Poe in free agency, and they’ll need help on the interior of the defense. Bryan is an incredibly athletic player on the inside, and the Falcons love taking athletes and molding them into contributors. 


27. New Orleans Saints

Mike Gesicki, TE, Penn State. The Saints’ offense is already scary. Adding a big, strong weapon the stretch the field on the inside would make it even scarier. Imagine all the problems defenses will have dealing with him when they have to devote so much attention to Michael Thomas, Alvin Kamara, and Mark Ingram already. 


28. Pittsburgh Steelers

Josh Jackson, DB, Iowa. The Steelers need to address their secondary in this draft, even after taking Artie Burns a couple of years ago and finding Mike Hilton in free agency. Joe Haden’s cap hit balloons to $11.9 million next year if Pittsburgh wants to keep him, and given what they’re spending elsewhere, it might be wise for the Steelers to cut bait and go with a younger, cheaper option. 


29. Jacksonville Jaguars

D.J. Moore, WR, Maryland. Blake Bortles is now locked in as the Jaguars’ quarterback for 2018 and likely 2019, and he needs some help in order to take steps forward. Allen Robinson and Allen Hurns are gone. The Jags need somebody to eat up those targets and replace that production. Moore is an incredible athlete and would make for a nice fit across from Marqise Lee. 


30. Minnesota Vikings

Kolton Miller, OL, UCLA. The Vikes just gave Kirk Cousins a boatload of money. The next step for them is ensuring he stays healthy and well protected so that he can have as much success as possible. Miller dominated athletic testing at the combine and played really well at UCLA, and could be a great find for Minnesota up front. 


31. New England Patriots

Jaire Alexander, DB, Louisville. After trading for Danny Shelton to help the run defense, the Pats watched Malcolm Butler walk in free agency. They get his replacement here.  


32. Philadelphia Eagles

Isaiah Oliver, DB, Colorado. The Eagles built on the strength of their front seven by trading for Michael Bennett, but they lost corner Patrick Robinson to New Orleans. Oliver slides in and replaces his role in the defense. 



Men's tennis is hopeful for home wins – The Daily Iowan


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Consistency is the focus for Iowa men’s tennis as they head into a weekend stacked with matches.

By Lauren Jimmerson

lauren-jimmerson@uiowa.edu

The Hawkeye men’s tennis team is back in action, starting Saturday at noon against nationally ranked Illinois, then Northwestern followed by South Dakota State on April 1. All matches will be hosted at the Hawkeye Tennis & Recreation Complex.

After losing its last two matches, Iowa practiced as usual, preparing to host its seventh ranked opponent this season, No. 7 Illinois. The Illini have a 12-5 record and are undefeated in their three conference matchups.

Even with a ranked team circled on the schedule, it’s business as usual for head coach Ross Wilson and his squad.

“We’ve stuck to the same plan, we’ve stuck to the same practice regimen,” Wilson said. “We’re working on the same things in practice — the guys are playing well … but there’s no need to change anything or do anything drastic.”

Illinois boasts a handful of ranked players. Leading the Illini is senior Aleks Vukic, ranked No. 20 nationally in singles. Following him are No. 59 freshman Alex Brown and No. 103 senior Aron Hiltzik. Vukic and Hiltzik are also No. 47 in doubles.

Since the beginning of Wilson’s time as head coach, the Hawkeyes have yet to beat the Illini. Iowa last fell, 6-1, to Illinois on April 8, 2017, in Urbana-Champaign.

“They’re going to be tough,” Wilson said. “But we’ve played that level this year. Guys have been playing against [Illinois] on our team, some of them for four years, so we’ve seen their guys a lot.”

The Hawkeyes look forward to another conference matchup Easter morning against Northwestern. The Wildcats enter the weekend with a 6-10 record, 1-1 in conference competition.

RELATED: Men’s tennis win in Big Ten opener

Northwestern will also bring a few ranked players to the court.

No. 115 freshman Antonioni Fasano is the only player in singles rankings. The freshman lost two of his last four matches and has an 8-10 season record.

The Wildcats claim the No. 56 spot in doubles with junior Ben Vandixhorn and sophomore Dominik Stary. The tandem has a 9-10 record with seven wins but none in the Big Ten.

The last time Iowa overcame Northwestern was on April 18, 2010, when the Hawkeyes pulled out a 6-1 victory at home.

Before taking on the Hawkeyes, the Wildcats will play Nebraska tonight in Lincoln.

Last on the schedule for Iowa is South Dakota State with two matches Sunday afternoon.

The Jackrabbits travel here for their first matchup against the Hawkeyes. The team enters the weekend winless in 12 matches this season.

The Hawkeyes have only dropped the doubles point in five matches this season, with two coming in their previous matches. Iowa is 8-3 in home matches this season, and Wilson hopes playing in front of a home crowd will generate a winning atmosphere.

“Obviously, you can tell by our records,” he said. “In any team’s records, in any sport, whether it’s professional or college, I don’t care what sport it is, you win more at home. It’s definitely an advantage.”

 

 



Former Clemson football players charged in armed robbery released on bond – Greenville News


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Charlie Bernard Fuller, left, Jadar Kentrell Johnson, middle, former Clemson football players,and Quaven Maurice Ferguson, former Duke football player, appear in Clemson Municipal Court in Clemson on Thursday.
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Two former Clemson football players appeared in court Thursday morning on charges connected to an armed robbery case.

Jadar Kentrell Johnson, 22, and Charlie Bernard Fuller, 22, were among three men charged with armed robbery and possession of a weapon during the commission of a violent crime. They made a court appearance along with 22-year-old co-defendant Quaven Maurice Ferguson, who faces the same charges. 

Johnson and Fuller were part of Clemson’s 2016 national championship team. Fuller and Ferguson graduated from Easley High School, and Ferguson played football at Duke University.

The judge on Thursday set the bond for each defendant at $25,000. All three were released on bond by the end of the day, according to city of Clemson officials.

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