Trotter making his mark in Borland’s absence

first_imgJen SmallWhen redshirt senior linebacker Chris Borland went down with a right hamstring injury in the first quarter against Illinois Oct. 19, Wisconsin already had built a commanding 21-0 lead over the ailing Illini.Through one quarter of play, Wisconsin had allowed zero points and showed no signs of slowing.In other words, Borland’s replacement for the rest of the game didn’t need to be perfect. He just needed to play well enough to prevent the Illini from climbing back into the game.Enter redshirt junior linebacker Marcus Trotter.In the three quarters that followed, the Wisconsin defense would loosen up somewhat without it’s leader on the field — Illinois managed to put 32 points on the scoreboard before the game was done — but Trotter didn’t disappoint his teammates or the Wisconsin fans who made the four-hour drive to Champaign, Ill.On the night, Trotter would lead the defense with nine tackles — four more than his season total at that point — and even managed to grab a fumble recovery.For many college players without much game experience, being called to action at the drop of a hat would be considered a nightmare, but Trotter said a similar situation last year in which Borland was injured against Indiana helped prepare him mentally should the situation arise again.“The previous year against Indiana, the same thing happened,” Trotter said. “It was a really tight game. I think we were pulling away at the end of the third quarter, and Borland got hurt and I went in. I think that really prepared me for this year if that were to happen.”One week later, Trotter followed up his performance at Illinois with his first career start at Iowa Saturday. Again he led the team in tackles — again amassing nine over four quarters of play.With Trotter coming off the bench having seen little time on the field, redshirt senior linebacker Ethan Armstrong attributed the two-time academic all-Big Ten linebacker’s intelligence for the relatively seamless transition between Borland and Trotter.“His biggest strength is his head, his smartness,” Armstrong said. “His ability to read and recognize things and take it from the practice field into the game have really helped him.”Still, ask Trotter if he was pleased with either of his performances, and the conversation quickly changes direction. It’s not that he didn’t enjoy helping his team earn two back-to-back wins or leading the defense in tackles. But when you play backup to one of the best college inside linebackers in the country, the bar is set pretty high.“I’ve learned a lot from [Borland],” Trotter said. “Some of the things he can do, you can’t teach. Just to know that maybe someday I might get that same opportunity to lead the team is always good motivation to improve.”Escaping from the shadowsAnd yet, as Trotter finally begins to enter the weekly conversations of Badger fans across the country, his two weeks in the spotlight for Wisconsin almost didn’t happen.Four years ago, as a senior at Marquette High School in Milwaukee, Trotter was convinced that he would choose Minnesota on signing day. His brother, Michael, who had played with him at Marquette, had been getting more attention from colleges and had already decided on Wisconsin.That year, the Hilltoppers ran all over the Greater Metro Conference to the tune of a 14-0 record, with Michael getting most of the credit. If Marcus went to UW with him, he risked staying in his brother’s shadow yet again.“I don’t know why, but I thought it would be a good opportunity for me to go there and maybe try something new,” Trotter said.But when the day came, Marcus chose Wisconsin — eager to prove himself as a walk on.“Deep down in my heart, I knew I wanted to play with my brother,” Trotter said.Fast-forward through the first few years of both their college careers and things have gone how most observers would have expected. Michael went on to play in 25 games in the 2011 and 2012 season, starting three times. Meanwhile Marcus played sparingly in nine games.This year, however, things have been different.Through eight games this season, Marcus has played in five, including his lone start against Iowa on Nov. 2. Meanwhile, Michael has appeared in just 3 games.And yet, despite the competitive nature of their relationship, their bond as brothers runs even deeper. In fact, over the last two weeks, Michael claims he has become Marcus’ loudest, most obnoxious cheerleader.“I think if you would have filmed me during the game, you’d be like, ‘Wow, this guy is ridiculous,’ because every time he made a tackle I was really excited,” Michael said. “I’m Marcus’ biggest fan. …  It’s hard not to get antsy for him.”While Marcus’ days in the spotlight this season may soon be fading as Borland becomes healthy enough to play once again, both brothers have their eyes on a starting spot next year.Should their plans work out, the brothers hope to end their college football days in a similar fashion to their high school days: dominating the competition on their way to a conference title.“I think when the time comes that Marcus and I get to play on the field together again, it is going to be so much fun,” Michael said. “At Marquette senior year he made my job so easy … so I get excited thinking about us doing that again.”last_img read more

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Sumner County Sheriff weekly jail report: July 4 – July 11, 2016

first_imgSweetwater, Antonio32Wichita, KSN. I-35 MP 30, Mulvane, KSKHPPedestrians under influence of alcohol or drugs / Regulations on use of controlled-access highway and facilities / Operate vehicle without liability insurance7/10/16 Thomas, Tereze C.29El Dorado, KSButler County JailSumner COServing Sentence7/8/16 Ables, Robert E.52Mayfield, KS500 E. 90th Ave. N., Wellington, KSSumner CODriving While Suspended7/5/16 Nunez-Concha, Javier I.22Wichita, KSSedgwick County JailSedgwick CoFailure to Appear7/7/16 Wright, Colt F.22Derby, KS124 W. Lincoln, Wellington, KSWellington PDCriminal damage to property7/6/16 Becker, Robert W.49Wichita, KSSedgwick County JailSedgwick CoProbation Violation7/7/16         Stinson, Thomas W.50Longview, TX600 S. US 81 Hwy, Wellington, KSSumner CODriving While Suspended7/5/16 Sharpsteen, Don J.58Dodge City, KS1001 E. 16th, Wellington, KSWellington PDPossession of opiate, opium, narcotic or certain stimulant / Use/possess w/intent to use drug paraphernalia into human body7/5/16 Falls, Brent R.34Wellington, KS1001 E. 16th, Wellington, KSWellington PDPossession of para w/intent to manufacture controlled substance / Possession of depressant7/5/16 Dalbom, Dale M.36Conway Springs, KS501 N. Washington, Wellington, KSSumner COBurglary / Theft of propery or services / Failure to Appear7/7/16 Waide, Brandon J.28Wichita, KS1100 N. K-15, Udall, KSSumner CODriving While Suspended7/5/16 Shaffer, Jamielea J.26Wichita, KSSedgwick County JailSedgwick CoFailure to Appear / Failure to Appear / Failure to Appear7/8/16 Love, Brian K.41Wellington, KS501 N. Washington, Wellington, KSSumner COServing Sentence7/7/16 Eshom-Day, Tyler R.22Mulvane, KSSedgwick County JailSedgwick CoFailure to Appear7/7/16 Noffsinger, Ami D.30Texarkana, TXI-35 MP 8, South Haven, KSKHPFailure to Appear x2 / Computer unlawful acts; False representation with damage / Computer unlawful acts; Access w/o authorization with damage7/10/16 Osborne, Justin R.26Wellington, KS1315 N. B. St., Wellington, KSWellington PDCriminal damage to property7/10/16 Monday 0600  to  Monday 0600  WEEKLY   BOOKINGS 7/4/2016 thru 7/11/2016  Velazquez-Mendoza, Miguel23Wichita, KSK-15 MP 59, Mulvane, KSKHPDriving While Suspended7/4/16 McIntire, Mallory J.31Wellington, KS1415 Michigan, Wellington, KSWellington PDTheft of prop/services7/4/16 Kim, Hae Y.38Wichita, KSSB I-35 MM 33 C., Mulvane, KSKHPDriving under influence of alcohol or drugs7/9/16 Conley, Calvin M.45Mayfield, KS610 E. Hillside, Wellington, KSSumner COServing Sentence7/9/16 NameAgeHome TownLocation of ArrestAgencyChargesDate of Arrest Mefford, Robert K.52Wellington, KS2004 Madison, Wellington, KSWellington PDAssualt7/9/16 Sumner Newscow report — The Sumner County Sheriff Office report for July 4 to July 11, 2016 weekly jail bookings are as follows: last_img read more

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Langa closes its streets to cars

first_img25 March 2015The usually frenetic streets of Langa, the old township on the periphery of South Africa’s Mother City will be filled with activities of a different kind on Sunday, 29 March.Open Streets, a concept originating in Colombia and growing in popularity in Cape Town will take over from midday to 5pm. During these hours, several streets in Langa will be closed to vehicles and open to the community.Jungle Walk, Rubusana Avenue and part of Washington Street will be car-free, allowing people to walk, cycle, skate and connect while enjoying the space in whatever legal way they like. An invitation has been made to the broader Cape Town community to use the opportunity to experience Langa’s street culture, by taking over the streets together for a few hours.Open Streets Langa is a free community event and will be the second Open Streets day for Cape Town in 2015. The first took place on 18 January, when the Bree Street in the city bowl was closed to cars.The concept of Open Streets originated in Bogota, Colombia and has been held in Cape Town several times over the past few years.Public inputUnderstandably, buy-in from the public is crucial to the success of the day. For its latest outing, over the past five weeks, Open Streets Cape Town has been planning the day with local residents. From collectively designing a poster to discussing heritage issues, these meetings have been genuinely open platforms of engagement, says Open Streets.Inspired by Bogota’s Ciclovia, the largest recreational programme in Colombia which turns 120km of city streets into car-free space for everyone to enjoy freely every single Sunday, Open Streets in Cape Town has been mobilised by a group of passionate volunteers committed to a more equitable, integrated, safer and vibrant city. They are guided by an Open Streets Manifesto.Open Streets was founded in 2012 as a citizen-driven initiative, working to design and promote streets which embed and generate respect for people, regardless of who they are, and how they move. There is no entry fee to take part in Open Streets, which connects communities through healthy recreation, creative expression, local economic activity and alternative forms of transport.To get into the spirit of keeping it as car-free as possible, the group has advised people to use public transport to get to Langa on Sunday – use the train, bus, taxi or your own steam to get there, they say.Volunteers will be on hand at Cape Town Central Station to make it easier. Join this group and catch the train to Langa Train Station, where Open Streets volunteers will greet visitors. There will also be Open Streets volunteers at Cape Town Taxi Rank, pointing out minibus taxis heading to Langa. Look out for the taxis with Open Streets Langa Posters in the window.Bicycle Cape Town is also organising a group of cyclists to ride together from the city centre, or take a Golden Arrow bus.There is nothing new about the open streets concept. For the past 32 years Bogota, Colombia, has cleared its streets of automobiles every Sunday, and opened them to the community. Open streets are about breaking down barriers and connecting communities.“The philosophy is to transform the way we experience streets,” says Open Streets founding member Marcela Guerrero Casas, a native of Bogota. “It allows us to see streets as more than just transport thoroughfares.”Cycle lanesIt’s a simple concept, but shutting the streets to motorised traffic challenges the status quo. South Africans are used to cars and taxis. Yet as Guerrero Casas stresses, traffic is a logistical issue and can be overcome through working with the city officials and residents.“The main thing is to get people’s support – so they see the value of it and don’t view it as an inconvenience. It is about showing people what a street could be. It must be a gradual approach, and practical. We are selling an experience, a philosophy.”In the long term, there can be hard infrastructural changes, such as installing more cycle lanes, as well as soft changes, such as getting people to participate fully. “The concept of Open Streets is easy to sell. After all, we all want safer streets, and the lack of safety on our streets is a daily reality,” she adds.The group says that by embracing the philosophy, all residents can create shared places that embody respect for all and help to bridge the social and spatial divides of their city.In its manifesto, Open Streets says it believes that streets should:Enable safer and more cohesive communities;Provide platforms for creative expression of local cultures and values;Be places for recreation and social interaction;Contribute to job creation and local economic activity; and,Provide choice in how we move around the city.It is not the first time Open Streets will be in Langa. Rubusana Street was closed to traffic on 12 October 2013. Homes were opened to arts and the street to people’s activity and creativity. Part of Maboneng Township Arts Experience, a permanent arts route, was opened on the day in the Langa Quarter.Activities on the day included yoga, street drawing, skateboarding and games for children, as well as cycling.Open Streets has other activities, such as its Talking Streets series. The group leads some guests along a pre-selected street “to imagine together what is required to turn it into a genuine ‘open street’ that embeds respect for people regardless of who they are and how they move”, says Guerrero Casas.The aim is to engage friends of Open Streets to share ideas, experience together and ‘walk the talk’ in helping to pave the way for a street revolution of sorts in Cape Town. The day starts by walking along the street to learn what is already happening and to explore what else can be done to maximise its potential.SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

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Congress to boycott J&K Block Development Council polls

first_imgThe Congress on Wednesday decided to boycott the Block Development Council (BDC) elections in Jammu and Kashmir, citing “indifferent” attitude of the state administration and continued detention of senior party leaders.The BDC polls is scheduled to be held in Jammu and Kashmir on October 24. These will be the first elections to be held in the state since its special status was revoked under Article 370 on August 5.“The Congress believes in strengthening of democratic institutions and never shied away from any polls. But today, we are compelled to take a decision to boycott BDC polls due to indifferent attitude of the state administration and continued detention of senior party leaders in the valley,” state Congress president G.A. Mir told reporters in Jammu.Mr. Mir, who was himself under house arrest in Jammu and was recently released, charged that the state administration deliberately created hurdles for mainstream parties in order to facilitate the win of the ruling BJP.“They have kept leaders and cadres under detention and did not allow the political atmosphere and political activity to take place and the Congress was deliberately targeted in this exercise,” the PCC leader charged.Despite expressing its reservation on the timing of the polls and ongoing security situation, the Congress along with the National Panthers party had last week decided to take part in the BDC elections.Mr. Mir said the Congress had approached the State Election Commission to facilitate smooth movement of its leaders after deciding to take part in the exercise.“We had issued letters to candidates for taking part in BDC polls so that we could contribute to the democratic exercise and some of our candidates also filed their nominations,” he said.However, since today was the last day for filing of nomination papers by candidates, “we have decided to stay away from polls which should have been deferred taking into consideration the prevailing situation in the state as was demanded by all opposition political parties.”Mainstream political leaders in the valley, including former chief ministers Omar Abdullah and Mehbooba Mufti, have been either detained or placed under house arrest since the government announced dilution of provisions of Article 370 over two months ago.The state administration said last week that political leaders under house arrest in Kashmir will be released in a phased manner after proper analysis of every individual.last_img read more

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Creamline overcomes gutsy Bali Pure in extended fourth set

first_imgLOOK: Jane De Leon meets fellow ‘Darna’ Marian Rivera Ivy Remulla came through in the clutch and ended the painstakingly long fourth period with a block on Jorelle Singh and that capped off the Cool Smashers three-point spurt to finish the match.Creamline skipper Alyssa Valdez said everything boiled down to her team’s will to win as they tried to fend off the Water Defenders in the final points of the match.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool stars“I think it just came down to who had the biggest heart, and I think the breaks of the game also helped us,” said Valdez. “And, because the two teams have so many similarities, and I really think the breaks of the game went in our favor.”“Both teams have talented setters in Jia [Morado] and Jasmine [Nabor], talented liberos in Lizlee [Pantone], Alyssa [Eroa], and Angela [Nunag].” China furious as Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong Valdez’ 37 points to lead Creamline was her highest in the league since she exploded for 39 points two conferences back.Rosemari Vargas also dished out some punishment for the Cool Smashers as she finished with 19 points while Pau Soriano added 14.Grethcel Soltones led Bali Pure with 18 points while Risa Sato added 14.ADVERTISEMENT Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Roces rues lack of teamwork as BanKo Perlas remains winless LATEST STORIES Nikki Valdez rushes self to ER due to respiratory tract infection Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’center_img Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netCreamline fought tooth and nail to dispel pesky Bali Pure in four long sets, 25-20, 28-30, 25-19, 31-29, to keep its strong push in the Premier Volleyball League Open Conference Wednesday at Filoil Flying V Centre.The Cool Smashers are now at 2-0 while the Water Defenders are at level 1-1.ADVERTISEMENT Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend MOST READ View comments Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend Another vape smoker nabbed in Lucena Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Gameslast_img read more

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