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first_img February 4, 2020 And two ranked teams meet in East Lansing, Michigan, where No. 16 Michigan State hosts No. 22 Penn State.NHL SCHEDULEBig, 13-game slate in the NHLUNDATED (AP) — A pair of division leaders face-off in Boston tonight. The Atlantic-leading Bruins host a young, surprisingly successful Vancouver team. The Canucks sit atop the Pacific Division.In another tough cross-conference matchup, the Islanders host the Dallas Stars. Meanwhile, Florida gets straight back to work after beating the Maple Leafs in Toronto last night. The Panthers travel on to Columbus to face a Blue Jackets team that’s been on a roll themselves. Both teams have won eight of their last 10 games.Another team that’s gotten its game together of late is Tampa Bay. The Lightning host the Vegas Golden Knights this evening. Vegas has had its struggles but is coming off back-to-back wins.The rest of the schedule has Colorado at Buffalo, the Capitals host the Kings and the Canadiens are in New Jersey to play the Devils.The Anaheim Ducks are in Canada’s capital to play the Ottawa Senators, while Carolina has a tough assignment as it battles for points in the Eastern Conference wildcard race. The Hurricanes are in St. Louis to face the West-best Blues.Chicago is at Minnesota, Nashville in Winnipeg, Edmonton visits Arizona, and Calgary hosts San Jose. Associated Press Six Top-25 teams in five gamesUNDATED (AP) — Duke has climbed up to No. 7 in The Associated Press men’s college basketball poll. The Blue Devils have been in the top 10 for 37 consecutive weeks. They are on the road tonight to play Boston College.Maryland has reeled off four straight wins and leaped six spots to No. 9 in the AP poll. They host Rutgers.Auburn, like the Terps, made a six-spot jump to No. 11 after a weekend win against Kentucky. The Tigers travel to Arkansas tonight.Kentucky dropped to No. 15 after that loss in Auburn. They’ll try to get back on a winning track when they host Mississippi State tonight. UNDATED (AP) — It is the time of year in the NBA when every injury report causes eyebrows to raise. The trade deadline is Thursday at 3 p.m. EST, and teams need to be careful with the health of players they might be trying to deal.D’Angelo Russell was not in Golden State’s lineup at Washington last night, and the Cleveland Cavaliers scratched Tristan Thompson for their game against the Knicks.A former Warriors player could be another trade candidate. Andre Iguodala (ihg-ah-DAH’-lah), the 2015 NBA Finals MVP, is still on the roster of the Memphis Grizzlies. They haven’t played him this season.It’s unclear if any big moves are left for February after nearly half the players in the league changed teams in the summer. But, without a clear-cut favorite like the Warriors of recent years, more teams who believe they are contenders could be enticed to swing a deal.T25 MEN’S BASKETBALL-SCHEDULE Portland’s difficult four-game week includes games at Denver and Utah, two of the best in the West. Tonight they take on the Nuggets. Good thing for theTrail Blazers they have basketball’s hottest player to lead them there. Damian Lillard has averaged 45 points and 10 assists the last six games. Lillard has made at least six 3-pointers in six straight games, setting an NBA record, and has been the Western Conference player of the week the last two weeks. Meanwhile, the Blazers have won four straight to pull within a couple games of the final playoff spot in the West.James Harden snapped out of his shooting slump Sunday, pouring in 40 points and finishing an assist shy of a triple-double to lead the Rockets to a win over New Orleans. Harden and the Rockets get a visit from Charlotte tonight. The Hornets are coming off a loss at home last night to Orlando.And the late game has the Lakers hosting the Spurs. Los Angeles has won both games against San Antonio this season.NBA NEWSEyes on Russell, Iguodala, more as NBA trade deadline nears Update on the latest in sports: Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditNBA SCHEDULEGiannis versus Zion highlights 4-game NBA scheduleUNDATED (AP) — With Giannis Antetokounmpo (YAH’-nihs an-teh-toh-KOON’-poh) and Zion Williamson, there might not be this much athleticism again in one place until the Olympics. They’ll be on the court tonight in New Orleans, when the Pelicans get a visit from the Milwaukee Bucks.last_img read more

Schofield, Graham taken in 4th round

first_imgUW\’s O\’Brien Schofield was drafted 130th overall by the Arizona Cardinals in the 2010 NFL Draft.[/media-credit]Former Wisconsin captain O’Brien Schofield knew his torn ACL during senior bowl practices greatly affected his draft stock. He went from a first- or second-round pick in mock drafts to a potential undrafted free agent when his cleat got caught and his left knee turned the wrong way.But after a stellar senior season where he recorded 12 sacks and was second in the nation in tackles for loss, Schofield also knew it only took one team to take a chance on him.And in the fourth round, with the 130th selection in the 2010 NFL draft, the Arizona Cardinals took that chance.“It’s a privilege to get picked this high by a team,” Schofield said in a conference call with reporters. “The Arizona Cardinals taking a chance on me, knowing the person that I am, know that I’ll work hard to get back and produce on the field.”Cardinals head coach Ken Whisenhunt thinks the organization got “first-round talent” with its fourth round selection and Schofield’s accomplishments could not be ignored.“It comes to a point that you can’t ignore the grade that we had on him, and you can’t ignore the production,” Whisenhunt said at the post-draft press conference.The Cardinals appear to be a great fit for Schofield who projects as an outside linebacker at the next level. But before he finds a spot in their 3-4 scheme, Schofield must rehab his knee injury.Scouts believed the torn ACL would rule Schofield out for the 2010 season, but the ex-Badger is determined to make an early impact.“I was told midway through camp I should be able to start doing some things with contact,” Schofield said in the conference call. ” I’m really planning on trying to play this year; I want to go real hard on my rehab to get ready for the 2010 season.”Arizona general manager Rod Graves knew the risks accompanying Schofield’s injured knee, but the Cardinals’ staff is confident he will return with no limitations.“We certainly discussed his injury,” Graves said at the post-draft press conference. “When you look back at the ACLs that we’ve had and the progress we’ve had bringing those players back, we felt like the risk is not like it used to be in respect to those types of injuries.”It’s been a long and stressful few months for Schofield, who thought his career was over after his injury. But behind strong faith and the support of his collegiate family, Schofield remained focused on his NFL dream.“I just had to stay positive. My faith in God really helped me out. I felt like my career was over,” Schofield said in the conference call. “I went back to school and my coaches, teammates, other players in the Big Ten were calling and encouraging me to keep working.”Graham joins Daniels in HoustonYears ago, Owen Daniels took high school senior Garrett Graham on a tour of the Wisconsin campus on his recruiting visit.Now, six years later, Daniels once again will serve as Graham’s tour guide — this time in Houston.“I know quite a bit about Owen Daniels. I was a freshman when he was a senior at Wisconsin. I followed him quite a bit,” Graham said in a conference call with reporters. “He is a great guy to watch and definitely be a great guy to learn under.”The first Badger picked in the draft, Graham was selected in the fourth round by the Houston Texans, and the former UW captain will get a chance to learn behind the 2008 pro bowl tight end, who was also a fourth round pick after graduating from Wisconsin.Texans head coach Gary Kubiak now hopes to have similar success with another Badger tight end.“We think [Graham] is a fine player. We had a little luck catching a fourth-round tight end out of Wisconsin a few years ago so this kid kind of reminds us of Owen,” Kubiak said in a post-draft press conference. “Owen knows the young man and spoke very highly of him. He does a lot of things well. He’s been a captain and been very respected; he is the type of kid we’re looking for.”Graham joins an explosive Texans offense led by quarterback Matt Schaub, wide receiver Andre Johnson and Daniels, who is recovering from a knee injury, and the New Jersey native is excited about his future in Houston.“I’m just grateful to get the opportunity to play in the NFL and have a great opportunity to go to a franchise like the Texans,” Graham said in a conference call with reporters. “I’m just really looking forward to it.”Maragos and Stehle sign free agent dealsSchofield and Graham may have been the only Badgers drafted, but several other Badgers will get a chance to make an NFL roster.Former UW captain, Chris Maragos, signed as an undrafted free agent with the San Francisco 49ers.Defensive tackle Jeff Stehle signed with the Denver Broncos and linebacker Jaevery McFadden will work out for the Minnesota Vikings and Washington Redskins over the next two weeks.–Editor’s Note: The original printed version of this story had Jaevery McFadden having signed with the Washington Redskins on Sunday based on several sources posting such information. We have since confirmed that he has only scheduled workouts with the Redskins as well as the Minnesota Vikings. We regret the error.last_img read more