ANTHONY Bramble warmed up with an unbeaten second-innings half-century to complement pacer Keon Joseph’s five- wicket haul as Leon Johnson’s XI secured a 5-wicket win over Anthony Adams’ XI in yesterday’s final day of the first 3-Day practice game played at Providence. After making 174 in the first innings, Adams’ XI ended on 154 all out batting a second time.Top-scorer Raymond Perez, who overnighted with 40, failed to convert on the final day, while his partner Jonathan Foo who had 27 was removed for 35, with Ronaldo Alimohamed the next best scorer with 27.Senior Jaguars pacer Joseph got himself going as he bagged 5 for 75 from 10 overs for the Johnson’s XI. Left-arm spinner Gudakesh Motie also gained some confidence ahead of the season with returns of 3 for 33. Eyeing a 100-plus run target on Day 3, Johnson’s XI batsmen were focussed despite losing a few wickets on their way to a much-needed win, ending on 202 for 5 after they were steamrolled for a measly first-innings 127.Guyana’s leading run-scorer in 4-Day matches over the past few seasons, wicketkeeper Bramble, led the way with an unbeaten 55 off 49 with 8 fours, making up for his first-innings failure.Middle-order batsman Vishaul Singh (47) narrowly missed a half-century but he too made amends for his failed first attempt as he dug in for 118 minutes.The openers, Chandrapaul Hemraj and Trevon Griffith, also got their feet moving as they hit 30 and 26 respectively. Skipper Johnson looked good with 3 sweet fours but eventually fell for 17 as his woes continued. All-rounder Chris Barnwell scored 17 but his recent form is a reminder that he could possibly score a big one in the second match.Adams’ XI managed to find success with Foo who returned with 3 wickets and Ricardo Adams 2 for 36.Jaguars marquee players Devendra Bishoo had 5 wickets, Academy and Windies Youth player Kevin Sinclair hit the only other half-century, apart from Bramble, and bagged wickets as well as Joseph who got into good rhythm on the final day – all good signs ahead of the Regional 4-Day.Meanwhile, players will look to make their final impressions when the final two-day practice match bowls off on Thursday at the Guyana National Stadium, Providence.
There was a great sense of excitement at Camp Randall Stadium as University of Wisconsin football head coach Bret Bielema announced Wednesday the Badgers’ 2009 recruiting class.The Badgers received 17 letters of intent Wednesday, which pushes the final total for the class to 21, including four already enrolled at the UW. Wisconsin’s class includes players from nine states, including five from Wisconsin, four from Ohio and three from Florida.“This is a day that kind of culminates not only a year of hard work, (but) some of these prospects … may have actually come onto our recruiting radar as early as their freshman (year),” Bielema said.Among the signees, Wisconsin has two recruits who received a four-star rating, 11 ranked as three-star recruits and eight recruits who received two stars, according to Scout.com. One of the Badgers’ most intriguing two-star recruits is Dezmen Southward, a 6-foot-1-inch safety from St. Thomas Aquinas High School in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. St. Thomas Aquinas won the Class 5A state championship in 2008, leading to a No. 1 ranking in national polls.Southward, who also drew interest from Connecticut and Syracuse, is a former basketball player, a major reason behind his 40-inch vertical and 4.39 speed in the 40-yard dash. Although he has only been playing football competitively for about one-and-a-half years, the UW coaching staff believes he has a lot of upside.“The football coaches there at St. Thomas recruited off the basketball court and put him in football a year ago,” Bielema said. “They told us, basically, be aware this guy can really run, jump and he likes to be physical, so we brought him aboard.”Wisconsin’s other two-star recruits include linebacker Chris Borland of Ohio, offensive tackle Travis Frederick and defensive tackle Tyler Dippel of Wisconsin, tight end Jacob Pedersen from Michigan, defensive end Casey Dehn of Minnesota, safety Josh Peprah — brother of current Green Bay Packers’ safety Charlie Peprah — and cornerback Darious Thomas out of Texas.Frederick, who plans to major in either aerospace or computer engineering, hopes to gain from enrolling at Wisconsin for the spring semester after graduating early. One of the things Frederick should benefit from is being part of a group of offensive linemen filled with intelligent athletes.“There’s that support there that people have been through that and they know how to handle it,” Frederick said. “Gabe Carimi’s an engineer, I believe, and he’s offered some help and let me know that it can be done.”The Badgers’ three-star recruits are highlighted by quarterback Jon Budmayr from Woodstock, Ill., and running back Montee Ball of Wentzville, Mo. With the Badgers lacking a clear starting candidate at quarterback and the departure of junior P.J. Hill, both Budmayr and Ball have the potential to break through and see playing time in 2009.Budmayr, another one of the Badgers’ four recruits enrolled for the spring, hopes to use the extra time of spring practice to recover from a collarbone injury suffered in his senior season.“It’s good; it’s 100 percent,” Budmayr said of the collarbone. “I’ve been going full go at the workouts and throwing and everything.”Another notable three-star recruit in UW’s class is Conor O’Neill, a high school teammate of Southward at St. Thomas Aquinas.The rest of Wisconsin’s three-star class includes Pennsylvania native and linebacker A.J. Fenton; defensive end Pat Muldoon, tight end Brian Wozniak and receiver Jeff Duckworth from Ohio; defensive end David Gilbert from Oakland Park, Fla.; offensive tackle Zac Matthias of Hemlock, Mich.; and defensive end Shelby Harris and guard Ryan Groy, both Wisconsin natives.Ranked by Scout.com as the 17th defensive tackle in the nation and the highest-ranked recruit in Wisconsin, Kohout was the first member of the Badgers’ 2009 class, giving a verbal commitment nearly a year ago on Feb. 16, 2008.Kohout, at 6-foot-4-inches and 265 pounds, doesn’t have the prototypical frame of a Wisconsin offensive lineman, but with some time in the weight room, he should be able to add the weight and size needed to improve his ability to play with leverage.Perhaps the most exciting and surprising announcement of the day was the commitment of Appleton, a highly recruited four-star receiver who had previously given a “soft verbal” commitment to Illinois.Appleton, who also starred on his high school track squad, led East St. Louis to a 13-1 record and its seventh state championship.“Kraig is a very talented football player and had a lot of suitors,” Bielema said. “When you get a guy like Kraig, it’s a team effort and we sent, repeatedly, down to East St. Louis, coach after coach after coach and we were in the home, building a relationship.”“I think probably the part that got us Kraig Appleton in the end was that the whole family knew that we were able to look out for Kraig’s best interests once he came to Wisconsin.”
Garafolo said: “The Redskins have explored the possibility of trading up all the way into the top five. I don’t think that, I know that. I can report that. They have had conversations with all of those teams. But look, everybody is having conversations with everybody right now. Just to figure out what the price would be — what if? But the fact that they’re at least exploring it tells me that they’ve thought about the possibility.”There is also a report out there from NBCS Washington which says owner Dan Snyder is taking over the first round of the draft. Related News NFL Draft 2019: Giants appear to pick Eli Manning’s successor, select Daniel Jones at No. 6 The same report points out the last time Snyder did that was in 2012, when Washington moved up to No. 2 and took Robert Griffin III.Just talked to a Redskins source who told me Dan Snyder has “taken over the first round of the draft.”The last time that happened the Redskins traded two future No. 1’s and a No. 2 to move up for Robert Griffin.— Grant Paulsen (@granthpaulsen) April 24, 2019Now, does this mean the Redskins owner really, really likes a quarterback again like Dwayne Haskins or Drew Lock or even Kyler Murray if he happens to not go No. 1 to the Cardinals? It’s unclear.But what this does mean, for sure, is the Redskins owner isn’t positive the player he wants will be there at No. 15, and that is enough motivation for him to want to “take over” and possibly move up into the top 5.There is one quarterback, though, who Snyder has a connection to, and that could very well indicate why he wants to move up. “Dwayne Haskins is a guy that has a lot of support in this building, I can tell you that much,” Garafolo said. “We know about the connections with owner Dan Snyder and his son, those two went to school together. He’s a local kid, he’s got a lot of the tools. He had great production last year at Ohio State.”But is he a player that can help this team right away? I know there are folks inside this building that think that that is not that case. That he might need some time to learn the offensive system; to learn life at the NFL level he only has that one year of production and maybe they think we should go with a guy that can help us right away and we can build around Case Keenum.” NFL Draft 2019: Odds, prop bets for Nashville The Redskins don’t look like they want to stand pat with the No. 15 pick.Washington has explored the possibility of moving up into the top 5, according to a report from NFL Network’s Mike Garafolo.