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Aretha Franklin Cancels Jazz Fest Set, Rod Stewart Added To Lineup

first_imgThe Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin, has canceled her upcoming headlining set at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival. Her slot at the festival’s Acura Stage—scheduled for Saturday, April 28th—will be filled by replacement headliner Rod Stewart.Unfortunately, Franklin’s will be unable to perform at a number of other previously scheduled concerts as well due to doctor’s orders. A statement from the legendary singer’s management reads:Aretha Franklin has been ordered by her doctor to stay off the road and rest completely for at least the next two months. She is extremely disappointed she cannot perform at this year’s New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival as she had expected and hoped to.As previously reported, this year’s Jazz Fest will also feature performances by Aerosmith, Sting, Jimmy Buffet, David Byrne, Jack White, Beck, Lionel Richie, Anita Baker, Bonnie Raitt, Sturgill Simpson, Khaled, LL Cool J with DJ Z-Trip, Jack Johnson, Sheryl Crow, Common Cage The Elephant, and many more. Plenty of Louisiana favorites will be on hand for the annual celebration as well, including Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue, The Revivalists, Aaron Neville, Irma Thomas, The Radiators, Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Jon Batiste with The Dap-Kings, Big Freedia, Rebirth Brass Band, Tank & The Bangas, Dumpstaphunk, Galactic, and Better Than Ezra, among dozens of others.Jazz Fest will return to its longtime home at New Orleans’ Fair Grounds Race Course on April 27th – 29th and May 3rd – 6th. Tickets for the festival are currently on sale via the event website.We wish Aretha Franklin all the best. Rest up and get well soon!last_img read more

Joint Task Force to Oversee U.S. Military Relief Efforts in Haiti

first_imgBy Public Affairs Office, U.S. Southern Command October 06, 2016 MIAMI –U.S. Southern Command has established Joint Task Force Matthew to oversee U.S. military relief efforts in Haiti and has appointed U.S. Navy Rear Adm. Cedric Pringle to command the task force. The SOUTHCOM-directed team is deployed to Port-au-Prince, Haiti, at the request of the government of Haiti, on a mission to provide humanitarian and disaster relief assistance in the aftermath of Hurricane Matthew. These U.S. military efforts are in support of the U.S. Agency for International Development’s (USAID) Office of Foreign Disaster Assistance (OFDA). Historically, U.S. military capabilities are needed most in the critical early stages of a disaster relief operation, when fewer resources, capabilities and disaster-response experts are available to help victims and impacted communities. As those disaster-relief missions progress and more experienced experts arrive to aid longer-term recovery and reconstruction, U.S. military capabilities are no longer requested, and roles previously performed by military units are assumed by other, more experienced relief organizations. Over the last several years, SOUTHCOM has provided disaster assistance to Haiti to help the Caribbean nation prepare for storms like Hurricane Matthew and other natural disasters, including the construction of emergency operations centers, disaster relief warehouses, fire stations and community centers that double as shelters. The command has also donated search and rescue boats, as well as transport vehicles to Haitian emergency response and civil protection agencies. SOUTHCOM is one of the nation’s six geographically-focused unified commands with responsibility for U.S. military operations in the Caribbean, Central America and South America.last_img read more

Access to e-records stirs debate

first_imgAccess to e-records stirs debate March 1, 2006 Regular News Access to e-records stirs debate Jan Pudlow Senior Editor Strong debate and less-than-unanimous agreement marked the work of the Florida Supreme Court committee grappling with electronic access to court records.Passionate positions and clashing views continue, since the court invited public comment on the committee’s work: Privacy, Access and Court Records, Report and Recommendations of the Committee on Privacy and Court Records. “I don’t think there are any surprises. It is a controversial set of things to do. It’s one of the most difficult undertakings I can imagine. We will still have conversations. There are people wanting us to let more out and there are people who don’t think we should do it at all,” said Chair Jon Mills, director of the Center for Government Responsibility, dean emeritus and professor of law at the University of Florida Levin College of Law, and former House speaker.“It ain’t going to be easy,” he said. “There is certainly more work to be done. I think a lot of states are looking at what we do. This is an unusual state, with constitutional provisions for both openness and privacy, so we are probably in the best position to try to sort it out.”As of February 14, 40 comments have been posted on the court’s Web site. They include divergent opinions from three Florida Bar committees (Family Law Rules Committee, Rules of Judicial Administration Committee, and Media and Communications Law Committee), various media and First Amendment groups, land title companies, consumer reporting agencies conducting employment background checks, court clerks, as well as individual lawyers and judges, and one man describing himself as a victim of identity theft.The committee came up with 24 recommendations, and the court has divided them into groups for the purpose of public comment. The February 1 deadline for recommendations one through six has passed. Now, the court is accepting public comment on the second group of recommendations, seven through 10, until March 1. Comments on the third group, recommendations 11 through 24, are not being sought at this time. Oral arguments have been requested, but the court has not announced whether it will be granted.Manatee Clerk of Court R.B. “Chip” Shore’s experience as a “paperless” clerk fueled his strong objections to several recommendations.“My primary disagreement with the report itself is the conclusion that it will take adoption of most of the 24 recommendations before electronic access to court documents can be accomplished,” Shore wrote.“As the first clerk in the state to receive this court’s approval of a ‘paperless’ court, and as the clerk having had images of both official records and other court documents online longer than any other Florida clerk of court, I believe I can assist this court in understanding why the committee’s conclusions and fears are unwarranted.”Overall, the committee did recommend electronic access to court records. But it concluded that such access is only a goal that cannot be implemented until safeguards involving court rules and judicial policy changes are put into place, to balance openness and privacy issues. (See September 1, 2005, News ) . T o those like Shore who want records released electronically now, Mills said: “I am sympathetic to their argument, but not with the speed they advocate. The status quo is the law still allows everything to be open. It just isn’t all on the Web. It’s like a nuclear attack. Once you press the nuclear button, it’s gone. You can’t get it back. So care in how you do that is prudent.”Several comments noted the Florida Supreme Court’s legacy of openness, the first state in the nation to embrace cameras in the courtroom, as well as live gavel-to-gavel coverage of oral arguments, and history-making electronic access during the 2000 presidential election challenges.“The Media Law Committee urges the court to continue to champion access to court records and believes that electronic access parallel at-the-counter access to paper records in the clerk’s office naturally flows from decisions of this court, sound judicial and public policy, and state and federal constitutional provisions,” wrote D. Patricia Wallace, chair of the Bar’s Media and Communications Law Committee.But the Bar’s Family Law Rules Committee Chair John Alexander wrote it would not be unconstitutional for the Supreme Court, under Fla. Jud. Admin. 2.051(c)(8), to either expand or limit public access to court records.“In matters governed by the Family Law Rules, the Family Law Rules Committee feels that further limitation is in order, and respectfully suggests a blanket exemption from public access, as in adoption cases and matters governed by the Juvenile Rules, or in the alternative, exemption of certain filings (including, but not limited to, custody evaluations, psychological evaluations, social investigations, medical reports and records, guardian ad litem reports, financial affidavits, financial documents, deposition transcripts, hearing and trial exhibits) from public access, as in probate and guardianship cases, due to their highly sensitive and deeply private subject matter and nature, the risk of identity theft and financial fraud, the potential for harm to parties and their children, and the potential for abuse by errant litigation participants or third parties.”Mills noted that “defects and holes in our current system allow sensitive information to be released on paper. If we stay the course and do this right, we will be better off.”Neil Skene, an attorney and journalist, criticized not only the report’s recommendations, but the makeup of the committee itself.“The report is extraordinary in its lack of hard evidence to document the existence, much less the scope, of harmful effects resulting from online access to court records,” wrote Skene.“This committee was heavily stacked against the interest of government openness, had nothing but lawyers (and mostly court officials) on its membership, contained no outside users of court records (whether news reporters, data-collection businesses, or ordinary citizens) and seems to have made absolutely no factual inquiry into the existence of a problem beyond whoever showed up at a hearing.”Asked if such harsh criticism was discouraging, Mills said with a laugh: “I was speaker of the House and a dean of a law school. This is nothing!”last_img read more

Another major European sports competition is coming to Istria

first_imgDuring the European Judo Championship for younger seniors in Hungary, a meeting was held, at the highest level, of the Croatian Judo Federation and the European Judo Union. The result of several months of agreements is the confirmation of the organization of the European Judo Championship for younger seniors in 2020 in the city of Poreč!Quality work and insistence on excellence always pays off, as shown by the long-term organization of major events in Croatia, especially Istria. Poreč is a well-known destination in the world of judo, which is trained by more than 40 million people a day. The organization of the European Veterans Championship in 2010, the European U20 Championship in 2012, as well as the great Judo Festival for the last three years, will be continued in 2020, in the Žatika hall, while the participants will be accommodated in the Laguna Resort.”I am extremely glad that the best European judokas under the age of 23 are coming to Poreč in 2020. It is the result of the excellent work of the Croatian Judo Federation, the local community and partners, who have proven themselves on every occasion as top hosts and impeccable organizers.”Said Sergej Solovejčik, President of the European Judo Union, after a meeting with Sanda Čorak, President of the Croatian Judo Federation and Hrvoje Lindi, Secretary General of the Croatian Judo Federation.Photo: Croatian Judo FederationThis year’s European Championship for younger seniors, held from November 2 to 4 in Gyor, Hungary, gathered 300 men and women from 37 European countries, and it is extremely important for the better transition of juniors to senior competition and for the popularization of judo. “We are proud to host another major European event, and as I pointed out at the meeting, we want this European Championship and the entire preparation period, to continue with activities to attract more children in Istria and the rest of Croatia in judo, work on gender equality in sports and physical activity. Together with the City of Poreč, the Tourist Board of the City of Poreč and the County of Istria and Plava laguna dd and our other partners, I believe that this championship will be remembered as one of the best organized”Pointed out Sanda Čorak.It is important to point out that in addition to 300 male and female judokas, there are certainly as many accompanying staff; from coaches, journalists, federation representatives and others who follow this competition. Also, step by step or as many organizations of such sporting events give seriousness and professionalism to the whole destination and confirmation that it can organize large sporting events by all standards, which in the future will only bring more such serious sports events and create a competitive advantage over the competition.An excellent example of sports tourism this year was in Umag, where from 29.6. to 8.7. held by the World Junior Karate Championship, where is  over 3000 participants, primarily athletes, delegates, judges and their companions from more than 100 countries realize 18 to 20 thousand overnight stays. Yes, 20.000 nights.Sports tourism is much more than football, in fact, there is a lot more space through “small” sports.RELATED NEWS:ZAGREB, SPLIT, VARAŽDIN AND POREČ IN JANUARY HOST OF THE EUROPEAN HANDBALL CHAMPIONSHIP 2018last_img read more

France, Germany and UK seek Russia sanctions over Navalny poisoning

first_imgGermany, France and Britain on Wednesday directly accused Russia of “involvement and responsibility” in the poisoning of Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny, announcing that they will seek EU sanctions over the case.Moscow quickly hit back that the accusations were “unacceptable” and amounted to “blackmail”.The European powers have repeatedly asked Moscow to shed light on the poisoning which took place on Russian soil, but “no credible explanation has been provided by Russia so far”, according to a joint statement issued by the German and French foreign ministers. “In this context, we consider that there is no other plausible explanation for Mr Navalny’s poisoning than Russian involvement and responsibility,” they said.Berlin has until now only urged Moscow to investigate the case, but stopped short of making a direct accusation against President Vladimir Putin’s government.Britain’s foreign secretary Dominic Raab also accused Moscow of involvement, adding that London would work with international partners to “take forward sanctions targeting Russian officials and others”.Russian foreign ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova shot back, accusing France and Germany of “threats and attempts to blackmail us”. “The declaration of the two ministers, unacceptable in content and tone, signals Paris and Berlin’s categorical lack of desire to consider the facts,” she said in a statement.The sharpened tone from the European powers came a day after the UN’s chemical weapons watchdog OPCW confirmed Germany, France and Sweden’s finding that the Russian opposition leader was poisoned by a nerve agent of the Soviet-developed Novichok group.Paris and Berlin said they will push for EU sanctions targeting “individuals deemed responsible for this crime and breach of international norms, based on their official function, as well as an entity involved in the Novichok program”.Earlier Wednesday, Germany’s Foreign Minister Heiko Maas had set the stage for the move, telling German lawmakers that sanctions against Russia would be “unavoidable” unless Moscow cleared up the case.”A serious violation of international law was perpetrated with a chemical warfare agent, and something like that cannot remain without consequences,” he said.Navalny was flown to Germany for treatment in late August after falling ill on a plane and spending several days in a Siberian hospital.He was discharged after just over a month in Berlin’s Charite hospital and has vowed to return to Russia to resume his opposition campaign when he is fully recovered.Russia has rejected the allegations, lashing out on Tuesday at a “conspiratorial scenario” planned in advance.The case has plunged Russia’s relations with Germany to a new low, just a year after a murder in a central Berlin park that German prosecutors say was ordered by Moscow.The trial of a Russian suspect in the killing opened on Wednesday.The brazen murder in the heart of the German capital appeared to be a tipping point for Chancellor Angela Merkel, who said in May the killing “disrupts a cooperation of trust” between Berlin and Moscow.Merkel has always stressed the importance of keeping dialogue open with Putin, but she has toughened up her tone in recent months.With tensions running high, calls have grown for Berlin to scrap a controversial 10-billion-euro ($12 billion) pipeline project, which is set to double Russian natural gas shipments to Germany.Asked during the parliamentary question-time if the Nord Stream 2 pipeline project could be hit, Maas said that “after the discussions we had, it is most likely for the EU to find agreement on a list of people” on whom sanctions would be imposed.Navalny, 44, who is recovering in Berlin, has also urged the European Union to take action including entry bans against key figures in or backing Putin’s government.Topics :last_img read more

FIFA U-20 World Cup Fates sealed as last 16 confirmed

first_imgThe FIFA U-20 World Cup Korea Republic 2017 group stage came to a tense climax as the last 16 was finally confirmed.Group F was wide open going into the final day, with a single goal in both games able to have completely transformed the shape of the first knockout round.While there was joy for the likes of France, New Zealand, USA, Senegal and Saudi Arabia, it was a solemn goodbye for Honduras, Vietnam and Ecuador.Away from the field of play there were mixed emotions too, as victory for Honduras was enough to catapult Germany into the last 16.Saudi Arabia’s second-half equaliser, from Abdulelah Al-Amri gave the Saudi team with 15 minutes left for play but the United States could’nt find a late winner in a 1-1 drawHowever, this left Argentina heartbroken, seeing them exit at the first stage for the second time in succession.ResultsGroup E: New Zealand 0-2 France | Honduras 2-0 VietnamGroup F: USA 1-1 Saudi Arabia | Senegal 0-0 EcuadorJust like during the first FIFA World Cup™ held in this region, a stunning goal has left the question: Did he mean it? While it was Ronaldinho 15 years ago, this year it was Allan Saint-Maximin’s audacious effort from the left flank. Cross or shot? Speaking to FIFA.com, he is in no doubt. “As I dribbled, I could see the keeper was not on his line. I couldn’t see anyone to cross to, so I said to myself: ‘Let’s try!’ It went well,” he said with a smile.A heart-warming departureAs Vietnam heard the final whistle of their debut U-20 World Cup, they knew they had not got the fairy-tale win they craved to keep their hopes alive, but that mattered not to the throng of supporters in red filling the Jeonju World Cup Stadium with noise. The departing side were cheered like heroes as they did a lap of honour to end their journey at Korea Republic.A tense, tight finaleHaving seen an above average tournament for goals across the first eight days (at 2.75/match), last day nerves seemed to grip the octet of Group E and F.The scarcity of goals in Daejeon can be in part put down to some sublime showings by New Zealand’s Michael Woud and Paul Bernardoni of France. However, the tension in Group F – and some help from the video assistant referee – saw them register the lowest daily tally of any group so far, with two.The words:“We could have won and topped this group to face [one of the third placed teams], but this is what we’ve got. We’ll take it step by step. Our next game is against Mexico and we’re ready to play!”Mouhamed Mbaye, SenegalROUND of 16-fixturesTuesday 30 MayVenezuela-JapanKorea-PortugalWednesday 31 MayUruguay-Saudi ArabiaEngland-Costa RicaZambia-GermanyThursday 1 JuneMexico-SenegalFrance-ItalyUSA-New ZealandCaption..Abdulelah Alamri secured a spot in the round of 16 for Saudi Arabia after his equalising goal against the USA.last_img read more

Trophy Stall supports IKD Caribbean Cup

first_imgTHE Trophy Stall, which has already distinguished itself as one of the most consistent supporters of sports in Guyana, has committed to supporting the Guyana Karate Federation’s IKD Caribbean Cup competition, which will be held over the coming weekend.This event involves karatekas competing for championship honours in both junior and senior categories of this sport.Speaking at the Trophy Stall’s South Road, Georgetown location on Tuesday, proprietor Ramesh Sunich highlighted that the company is always elated to be an ally of sport.“Once against, Trophy Stall is pleased to be on board with yet another tournament; this time it’s karate. It’s not our first time being in the karate world, but I assumed that this is the biggest tournament we would have had in Guyana in recent times, and I’m pleased with Mr Woon-A-Tai, who chose to come to Trophy Stall to select his trophies,” Sunich explained.As Chief Instructor and Chairman of the Guyana Karate College, Frank Woon-A-Tai expressed heartfelt gratitude to Sunich and his company for the kind gesture.“We’d like to express gratitude to Ramesh Sunich for donating these trophies to the 2019 IKD Caribbean Cup,” he said.The IKD Caribbean Cup is expected to commence on Friday, August 23 (tomorrow) with training sessions and seminars. The competition days are Saturday, August 24 and Sunday, August 25. Woon-A-Tai anticipates that this tournament will not only be large, but will contribute to Guyana’s Sport Tourism sector.“It’s going to be one of the largest karate tournaments in Guyana, because we’re expecting almost 200 overseas guests to come in, which will boost sport tourism in Guyana,” Woon-A-Tai said.With students coming from Transport Karate Club and YMCA, Guyana’s contingent is expected to be in excess of 100 students. Woon-A-Tai believes that Guyana has the capacity to do well in this tournament, especially since the event is being hosted on home turf.Other countries participating in this tournament are: Trinidad and Tobago, 79 students; Barbados 74, St Vincent and the Grenadines 25 and other smaller islands would also be in attendance.The IKD Caribbean Cup will be hosted at the Cliff Anderson Sports Hall on Homestretch Avenue in Georgetown.last_img read more

IHOC : Syracuse with disappointing, winless weekend at Robert Morris

first_img Published on December 11, 2011 at 12:00 pm Comments Syracuse’s College Hockey America season didn’t start off exactly the way it hoped.After dropping its CHA opener 2-1 against Robert Morris on Friday in Moon Township, Pa., the Orange (8-11-1, 0-1-1 CHA) was able to rebound slightly and tie the Colonials (11-2-2, 1-0-1 CHA) 1-1 on Saturday.However, this was a far cry from SU’s success against Robert Morris a year ago. Last season, Syracuse went 2-0-2 against the Colonials, scoring 12 goals in the process.The weekend started off well for the Orange, though. Nicole Ferrara took advantage of a power play opportunity midway through the first period on Friday, scoring off a pass from Margot Scharfe for the freshman’s second goal in as many games.But RMU would respond. Midway through the second period, Robert Morris got on the board with a power play goal by Thea Imbrogno. Later in the period, Kelsey Thomas, who had a shot bang off the post early in the first period, put the Colonials ahead for good, scoring her seventh goal of the season with less than 30 seconds remaining in the second period.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textSU had a chance to equalize the score early in the third period with a five-on-three power play, but the special teams struggles continued and RMU goaltender Kristen DiCocco made four saves on the penalty kill to preserve the 2-1 victory for Robert Morris.Syracuse got out to a lead again on Saturday, this time by way of Holly Carrie-Mattimoe’s ninth goal of the season early in the second period.Again, the Colonials responded. Two minutes later, Rebecca Vint squeaked a wrist shot by Kallie Billadeau to tie the score at one.The Orange had no shortage of scoring opportunities the rest of the way. SU tested DiCocco with 12 shots in the third period before outshooting RMU 7-4 in the five-minute overtime, but was unable to score giving SU its first tie of the season.The same issues that have plagued Syracuse all season were there again this weekend. Both Jenesica Drinkwater and Kallie Billadeau started games in goal and both played well allowing two goals and one goal, respectively. But the Orange struggled on the power play.While the penalty kill was effective in limiting Robert Morris to just one power-play goal on the weekend, SU was unable to get anything done with a man advantage. Syracuse was just 1-of-14 on the weekend and squandered a two-man advantage opportunity in Friday’s loss.The Orange now has three weeks off for winter break before returning to action Jan. 2 for a nonconference matchup with Colgate in Hamiltoncenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Southerland’s hot shooting continues, ties Big East tournament record with 16 3-pointers

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ NEW YORK — Georgetown made James Southerland work, but he tied the record anyway.Southerland hit four 3-pointers in Friday’s 58-55 win over the Hoyas at Madison Square Garden, tying the Big East tournament for most 3s made in a single tournament. His total through three games sits at 16, equaling the mark set by current Syracuse assistant coach Gerry McNamara in 2006 and former Connecticut guard Albert Mouring in 2000.What they did in four games, Southerland accomplished in three.“I just apologize to G‑Mac,” Southerland said with a wry smile in the postgame press conference. “Sorry, man.  I didn’t mean to do that.”Southerland was hot from the moment Syracuse set foot in the World’s Most Famous arena on Wednesday afternoon. He buried six 3-pointers in a comfortable win over Seton Hall, then followed it up with six more — he did not miss — in a gritty quarterfinal victory against Pittsburgh.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThrough two games, he was shooting an unthinkable 80 percent from beyond the arc.Georgetown, though, would present a different challenge. The Hoyas are one of the best defensive teams in the country, and John Thompson III tried anything and everything to prevent Southerland from getting easy looks.He was guarded by forward Nate Lubick for most of the game, a player whose agility could not match that of Southerland but whose length — Lubick is 6 feet, 8 inches — could pose a problem. And for a while it did, as Southerland missed his first 3-point attempt of the game and forced another that hit only backboard later in the half.But as McNamara rose to the occasion in 2006, Southerland would do so again in 2013. His four made field goals all came from beyond the arc on Friday, though it took him 10 attempts to do so.Still, Thompson III was impressed: “Through three games now, Southerland has given his Gerry McNamara imitation very well.” Comments Published on March 16, 2013 at 1:22 pm Contact Michael: mjcohe02@syr.edu | @Michael_Cohen13last_img read more

2 quarterbacks to receive consideration during bye

first_imgWith another lackluster performance from backup Danny O’Brien, redshirt senior Curt Phillips has a chance to win the starting job.[/media-credit]Since taking the reigns as Wisconsin’s offensive line coach following a Week 2 loss to Oregon State, Bart Miller said he’s tried to rid his unit of relying on excuses for its mistakes.But he did offer some explanation for why the Badgers clawed their way to just 19 net yards on 37 attempts against Michigan State Saturday. Lining up against the Big Ten’s best defense, one loaded with physical specimens, Miller said the Wisconsin O-line matched the Spartans’ physicality but missed blocks on the most critical plays. “It really comes down to consistency. We had one play, we fit it up perfectly and we had a crease for seven or eight yards and we get into the safety,” Miller said. “The very next play or a couple plays later, we’re running the same thing, same technique, same look. We don’t cut him off or we don’t reach in or whatever it is.”It was a surprising disruption for a unit that picked apart the substantially less dominant defenses of Minnesota and Purdue each of the past two weeks.The O-line coach acknowledged his players were more than disappointed with their play Saturday, as the Badgers’ surrendered a season-high five sacks after previously allowing only 13 on the year. Whether churning the ball along the ground or throwing deep bombs down the sideline, Miller said the group guarding the trenches assumes responsibility for the offense’s overall performance.“Any time our quarterback gets touched, whether it’s our fault or not, we take it very personally,” he said. “It’s a knock to you as a blocker, it’s a knock to you as an O-lineman, as a unit, as a coach.”Exactly who Wagner & Co. will be protecting against Indiana following the bye week remains unclear, as Wisconsin’s quarterback position has become a two-man race between Danny O’Brien and Curt Phillips.Offensive coordinator Matt Canada said Phillips and O’Brien will continue to split reps all week before coaches reach a decision on who will take the opening snap in Bloomington closer to the game.“[We’ve] got two guys who have definitely put in their time to earn the right to compete,” Canada said. “Curt has not had as many chances in the game as Danny has, but both of them work hard.”Whether the redshirt junior who started the first three games of the year or the dual-threat fifth-year senior takes over at quarterback, a fresh face will present plenty of challenges for the offensive line.Though the Badgers’ line worked with both O’Brien and Phillips throughout fall camp and the former for the opening games this year, neither has taken the majority of the snaps since conference play began Sept. 29.“Joel has played very well for us over the year; he’s gotten adapted to the way we block, the way we pick things up, that guys have trust in him,” Miller said. “It hasn’t been that way with Danny [or Curt] the last couple weeks because they haven’t really played.”Miller also said standout left tackle Ricky Wagner nearly played against Michigan State after practicing late last week and will rejoin the line against Indiana. When he returns, Ryan Groy will shift back to his usual spot at left guard, he added.Badgers run off courseWith a combined average of 2.2 yards per carry, neither Montee Ball nor James White could find any space along the line of scrimmage against Michigan State.While Miller and his crew along the line were quick to assume blame, running backs coach Thomas Hammock refused to use the Spartans’ consistent success stopping the rush as an excuse for a floundering ground game Saturday.With defensive ends Marcus Rush and William Gholston clogging up the line and a group of linebackers Miller said was likely the best in the conference, Michigan State now ranks seventh nationally in rushing defense.“They’re a good defense, but that’s what you want to do,” Hammock said. “In this game you want to play the best, and you want to compare yourself against the best. We didn’t step up to that challenge, so hopefully the next time we’ll be prepared for the next one.”After three straight games with at least 100 rushing yards – including a career-high 247 in a 38-14 win over Purdue – Ball pounded his way to just 46 yards. His longest run amounted to just 13 yards.But Ball didn’t deliver an emotional rally cry to his fellow tailbacks – White and redshirt freshman Melvin Gordon – following the Badgers’ second conference loss of the season.“I think we’re past that stage of delivering messages,” Hammock said. “We just got to go out and perform and we got to go out and … play at a high level.”last_img read more