In Madison for the only home competition of the year, UW men’s rowing head coach Chris Clark actually has more to worry about than a typical race. “In a home race, there’s almost as much worry about just getting things set up and mak[ing] sure the officials are here, et cetera, than it is worrying about your own team,” Clark said at a press conference Monday. “But the only thing that makes that regatta successful is the weather, so I don’t have control over that, but I wish I did.” Forecasts call for temperatures in the 70s and partly cloudy weather Saturday, so that’s one less thing for Clark to worry about when No. 8 Wisconsin hosts No. 18 Michigan and Northern Michigan for the Midwest Rowing Championships at Lake Wingra Saturday. However, adding to Clark’s list of worries is the stiff competition his team has had to face to start off the spring season. Last weekend, Wisconsin’s varsity eight fell to No. 1 Washington, No. 2 Stanford and No. 4 California at the Windermere Classic in Redwood City, Calif. “In football parlance, it’s probably scheduling Michigan and Florida and Notre Dame in the first couple of weeks,” Clark said. “Which can really work well depending on the way it plays out, but it also wipes you out a little bit.” And this weekend won’t be any easier with Big Ten opponent Michigan in town. In recent years, the Badgers and Wolverines have squared off in the season opener. However, schedule conflicts this season pushed the rivalry meet back to this weekend’s regatta. Typically the Midwest Rowing Championships serve as a showcase to the Madison community and campus for the UW crew team, but this year will be different with Michigan lining up on the other side of the water. “There’s been a few years that the competition hasn’t been so stiff, but [Michigan’s] pretty good,” Clark said. “That’s our main competition in this race; there’s no question it’s Michigan. … It’s the real deal when it’s Michigan.” And Clark knows this weekend is the time for his team to start winning. Despite a strong showing in the Windermere Classic, Wisconsin has nothing to show for it. While Clark isn’t upset with the varsity team’s 0-3 start, he is optimistic about being a championship contender come the end of May. “You don’t usually win championships by losing a lot of races,” Clark said. “That’s what I’ve found. You know, you’ve got to. Somehow you have to win at some point. “The reality is we’re just not usually as good as we will be later in the year. That’s a fact,” Clark continued. “So when you can come out and be competitive right away, that’s a good thing. It’s a really good thing. But nonetheless, there’s only so many times you can spend losing.” This year will be the 35th time UW has hosted the Lake Wingra event that dates back to 1973.
The International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF) has listed Nigeria Open in its Challenge Series calendar as well as confirms the date for the championships holding at the Molade Okoya-Thomas Hall of Teslim Balogun Stadium.Nigeria Open remains the highest prize money tournament among the ITTF Challenge Series with a purse of $46,000 and the world table tennis ruling body has also named Algeriaâ€™s Mounir Bessah as the competition manager.For this year, the Nigeria Open will hold on August 9 to 13 with players across the globe expected to complete their registration by July 20. The final entries for singles is July 10while the final entries for doubles is July 20.According to the 2017 ITTF Challenge Directives, limited number of entries to players is 180, while only the final entries are taken into consideration by the organisers and the Competition Manager for the participation of players.In the prospectus released at the weekend, a national association can enter a maximum of six players with the host getting 12 slots in each gender.However, the tournament will be preceded by the qualification events commencing onÂ Wednesday, August 9 to 10 while the main draw will serve off on August 10.Nigeriaâ€™s Femi George is the Tournament Director.Already, menâ€™s singles defending champion, Finlandâ€™s Olah Benedek has confirmed his readiness to defend the title while some European stars have expressed their intention to be part of the tournament.Â Â Â Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram
Revis has been hailed by his coach as the best cornerback he has ever coached. He is now looking to become the highest-paid in the league at his position, seeking a deal higher than the three-year, $45.3 million extension Oakland’s Nnamdi Asomugha signed last offseason.“Am I disappointed? Yes,” owner Woody Johnson said. “I would like everything to be clear sailing right to the Super Bowl and we win that. Boom, boom, we’re done.”Getting a contract done with Revis has turned out to be far more complicated. He is scheduled to make $1 million in the fourth year of his six-year rookie deal, which general manager Mike Tannenbaum has acknowledged Revis has outplayed. Agents Neil Schwartz and Jon Feinsod said Revis was very deliberate with the decision-making process, and his actions would speak louder than words.By sitting out, Revis is being fined $16,523 for each day he’s not with the team. He also waived a clause in his contract which would have guaranteed him $20 million over the last two years of his deal. The sticking point, both Johnson and Tannenbaum said, is the amount of total compensation—not fully guaranteed money.“We love Darrelle,” Johnson said. “We want to give him something that he’s comfortable with, but also something that we are comfortable with.”Tannenbaum said that the team made three offers in the 72 hours leading up to training camp: a long-term deal that would keep him with the Jets for life, a short-term deal and a face-to-face meeting—and all were denied.Dwight Lowery worked mostly with the first-team defense Monday alongside Antonio Cromartie, who was moved from right cornerback to Revis’ normal left-side spot. Cromartie said it was a bit strange playing on the left side of the field.“I got comfortable with it today,” he said. “It only takes about a day or two to get used to it.”But Cromartie is looking forward to teaming with Revis—at some point.“All I can say is best of luck to all the receivers we face,” he said. “We’re really going to be the best tandem in NFL history, hands down, that’s our goal.”Ryan added that whenever Revis returns, he’ll slide right into his usual spot.“If he signs a contract one day before the first game, Darrelle would be starting,” he said. “It’s as simple as that. I’d love to get him here.” DARRELLE REVIS CORTLAND, N.Y. (AP)—Super Bowl or bust? Well, the New York Jets’ big hopes might hinge upon the one player not at training camp. And, unless a major resolution occurs soon, it could be a while before they see former Aliquippa and Pitt star Darrelle Revis on the field. The All-Pro cornerback sat out the first practice of camp Aug. 2, locked in a contract dispute. “We’ve got to get who we have ready to go,” coach Rex Ryan said. “If Darrelle’s not here, then we’re going to move on. We won’t make excuses. We think we’ll have a great defense anyway, and I know we will. It’s just a lot easier if Revis is out there.”