UW looks for rare road win at Purdue


first_imgView Gallery (2 Photos)If there’s any place the Badgers would probably prefer not to go once a year, it would be Mackey Arena, a place Wisconsin has won just three times since it opened in 1968.At one point, UW went to West Lafayette, Ind., 29 times in 32 years and returned home with a loss in each of those 29 trips before winning in 2005.During the Bo Ryan era, Wisconsin is just 1-5 in games played in Mackey Arena. While the Badgers are better against Purdue in Madison, the Boilermakers, at 7-6, are the only team with a winning record against UW in Ryan’s eight-plus years at the helm.Still, Ryan is not one to focus on the location of the game. All the UW head coach cares about is his team playing its game, regardless of the opponent or the location.“I don’t ever think about the place,” Ryan said. “I never let that muddy anything I ever think about to prepare for a game. I let other people do that. I don’t get into that.”Considering the Badgers’ last road win over the Boilermakers came five years ago on Jan. 5, 2005, it would be hard not to think about the location of tonight’s game.None of the current players on the UW roster have experienced a victory at Mackey Arena, and none of the current Boilermakers has ever lost at home to the Badgers.It could be the elevated court or the wide sideline, but they have that in Minnesota, too. Maybe it’s the darkness of the arena, or the crowd noise. Whatever it is, the Badgers clearly have struggled to find success at Mackey.“Anytime going into their place it changes the game,” junior guard/forward Tim Jarmusz said. “Their atmosphere is a lot different than ours. That place gets loud — they have great fan support.“They can really disrupt some players.”One thing in the Badgers’ favor is the fact they’ve already beaten Purdue this season.In that win, however, junior forward Jon Leuer crashed hard to the floor and fractured a bone in his left wrist.Leuer had surgery the following week and remains out indefinitely.Though he was ineffective offensively because of his injured wrist, Leuer pulled down 10 rebounds against the Boilermakers — all on the defensive end — in the winning effort.Now, without the 6-foot-10 native of Long Lake, Minn., the Badgers will likely have a difficult time inside against forward/center JaJuan Johnson, who also stands at 6-foot-10.While UW faced similar difficulty against Ohio State and Dallas Lauderdale, tonight’s game will likely be the strongest challenge for Wisconsin during Leuer’s absence.“I think it will; it will be one of the toughest tests we face without Jon,” Jarmusz said. “They do have some good bigs who can do some good things, but I think we’ve got some guys that can make some plays and take them out of their game, too.”When the Badgers beat the Boilermakers on Jan. 9, it was their guard play that made the difference as seniors Jason Bohannon and Trevon Hughes had 20 and 14 points, respectively, while sophomore Jordan Taylor led the team with a career-high 23 points.Bohannon, Hughes and Taylor will need to perform as well or better this time around, especially with the Badgers’ newfound lack of size.Looking at the way Wisconsin has played in the last two weeks, the Badgers’ guard trio will need to connect on more than the 27.5 percent of 3-point attempts UW has made in the past four games.Bohannon agreed, noting that shooting 30-for-109 over the last four games and 10-of-33 in the last game against Northwestern was not getting the job done, despite going 3-1 in the same stretch.“I hope that’s not where we’re at because we’re shooting — in that last game from three — well below 33 percent,” he said. “I think we’re a much better team than that. I think our numbers show that, too.“We’ve had stretches in a game where all of us are not hitting, and then all of a sudden one person will hit and hit four or five in a row,” Bohannon continued. “It’s good that we have players that have the confidence and the grit to keep shooting the ball and know that the percentages play in our favor and we’re a good shooting team.”If you ask Taylor, he’ll tell you the Badgers do not need to change much to get a win at Purdue, something they were unable to do at Ohio State on Jan. 16.One thing he thought they did need to do, though, was avoid firing up so many threes.“Just stick to what we do,” he said. “Maybe play a little better defense. … Move the ball, be aggressive and not start settling for too many outside shots.”last_img read more

Meet the Dodgers’ minor leaguer who retired to run a cryptocurrency hedge fund


first_imgWHAT DOES THAT MEAN?Maybe you’ve never heard of cryptocurrency. Maybe you’ve Googled bitcoin or blockchain, and understand what those things are, but aren’t willing to throw money at an asset that can’t be stored in a bank or occupy a plot of land. Maybe you’re reading this in search of investment advice. (Read no further.)It’s probably easier to compare the job of a cryptocurrency hedge fund manager to that of a pastor than an investor. Throwing money at crypto in 2018 – let alone making it a career – is an act of faith. Adkison’s clients are his congregation; he is the 22-year-old shepherd leading his flock into the great unknown.Adkison’s faith runs deep.“I studied business at San Diego State and I’ve always had my eye on investing, things of that nature,” he said. “Technology has fascinated me as long as I could imagine. I was waiting in line for the release of the first iPad. I was in middle school. I sold candy to pay for it. I feel like cryptocurrency is the pinnacle of technological advancement.”If this were a baseball game, you could say the cryptocurrency market is in its early innings. Some experts call it the first, others the third. What you believe depends on who you ask and who you trust. This is just one of the challenges Adkison has taken on: to attract converts to his vision of the future for an emerging asset class. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Five years ago, he was a senior at Mater Dei High.A year ago, he was a junior outfielder at San Diego State, fast on his way to being drafted into the major leagues.Eight months ago, he was hitting .300 for the Dodgers’ farm team in Ogden, Utah, fast on his way to being promoted.Today, Tyler Adkison is the CEO of a cryptocurrency hedge fund.center_img Adkison says he already has about 30 clients, mostly professional baseball or football players. His first client was Joe Kelly, the Boston Red Sox pitcher. Others came into the fold as the word-of-mouth gospel spread. Adkison said he is the first cryptocurrency hedge fund CEO to focus exclusively on athletes.“I met a venture capitalist and explained what I do: that there’s a need for pro athletes to have that investment vehicle,” he said. “What entrepreneurs do is find a need and solve it, so I started this company. That’s literally the name of the game.”HIGH SCHOOL TO PROSAdkison was recruited out of Mater Dei by the late Hall of Famer Tony Gwynn. His first year at San Diego State was Gwynn’s last as head coach.Adkison batted .292 as a freshman in 2014. His sophomore season ended before it began. A teammate was throwing batting practice in the preseason when a fastball struck Adkison in the face, fracturing his jaw so badly it needed to be wired shut.Healthy in 2016, Adkison added more than 100 points to his freshman slugging percentage. As a junior in 2017, Adkison batted .337 and led the Aztecs with 15 home runs and 64 RBIs. That was enough to earn the Dodgers’ notice. Adkison was drafted in the 32nd round, 970th overall.“Tyler was a good hitter, a little bit of an overachiever, going to be a corner outfielder,” said Billy Gasparino, the Dodgers’ director of amateur scouting. “The weight and bat power combination – he was a good player, probably going to have to perform his way up through the minors.”Adkison hit well for the rookie-league Ogden Raptors, batting .343 with a .945 on-base plus slugging percentage in 30 games. The Pioneer League is considered a hitter-friendly environment, enough to dampen some excitement over the raw numbers.The Dodgers promoted Adkison one level on Aug. 14. The Class-A Great Lakes Loons play in Midland, Mich., which scouts consider a neutral setting late in the summer. Adkison batted .208 in 15 games.“By that time of year those college players tend to be pretty gassed,” said Brandon Gomes, the Dodgers’ farm director.Adkison was also fighting an elbow injury. He had a bone spur removed in December, and spring training involved more rehabilitation than actual baseball. By the time the Dodgers’ minor league rosters were finalized, Gomes couldn’t say which affiliate Adkison would join once he was healthy. That’s how long it had been since Gomes had seen him play.‘A PERFECT STORM’Tony Gwynn Jr. met Adkison not long after his dad recruited him to San Diego State. They’ve remained friends since. Gwynn said he’s always appreciated Adkison’s intellect, even as a teenager.In spring training they met for dinner. Adkison told Gwynn he was thinking about retiring.“I was a little taken aback but after he got talking about cryptocurrency, you heard the passion he had about it,” Gwynn said. “I asked him if he saw himself in the big leagues. He said, ‘no.’ I asked him, are you passionate about what you do? He said ‘yes.’“I said, it sounds like you already have your mind made up.”Ultimately, Adkison agreed. During his down time from baseball, he was able to flesh out a plan for a cryptocurrency firm. He was able to attract investors. He formed an LLC, BlockTerra Capital. The tight-knit network of pro sports provided the first clients. In a matter of months, an idea had become reality.On March 23, the Consolidated Appropriations Act 2018 became United States law. Page 1967 contains language exempting minor league baseball players from the Fair Labor Standards Act, allowing them to be paid for a 40-hour work week regardless of how much time they spend practicing or playing baseball.On March 30, Adkison wrote on his Twitter account that he had retired from professional baseball.“I’m definitely not saying that my injury is why I decided to stop,” he said, “but as far as a perfect storm of what’s happening, it makes you think about life moving forward.”Every year brings stories of minor league baseball players realizing they have reached the end of the line. Maybe they have a retirement plan. Maybe they don’t. Few have what Adkison has at age 22, only two weeks into a post-baseball career.Besides a website, a business and a net worth, Adkison has the trust of peers who know little about the crypto market – and older folks who know a lot.“This movement of cryptocurrency is a very millennial-driven movement,” he said. “The developers are all millennials or younger generations. They’re all tech-savvy. The people creating and driving this space are us.“The next generation filling this asset class, it’s going to be us.”last_img read more

Netflix says that its new deal for original progra


first_imgNetflix says that its new deal for original programming from DreamWorks is its largest yet and will cover 300 hours of new programming.The streaming service and animation studio already had a programming deal in place with Dreamworks for Turbo: F.A.S.T., a TV spin-off from upcoming DreamWorks animated movie Turbo.The new deal will see the partners make TV series based on new and classic DreamWorks characters and movie titles. The first fruits of the partnership will be delivered next year, the companies said, without specifying what the first shows might be.DreamWorks movie titles include Shrek, Madagascar, Kung Fu Panda and How to Train Your Dragon franchises and it has also acquired Classic Media, which owns Mr Magoo, Casper the Friendly Ghost and several other classic titles.DreamWorks is moving heavily into TV and on Netflix, its characters will be introduced as a branded collection of shows.“This is an unprecedented commitment to original content in the internet television space,” said DreamWorks Animation CEO Jeffrey Katzenberg.Netflix Chief Content Officer Ted Sarandos said: “This deal represents a major expansion of what’s already a phenomenal relationship, allowing us to bring beloved DreamWorks characters to the 40 countries where Netflix operates and setting the stage for us to innovate together as we expand into new markets.”last_img read more

John Enser UKlicensed European channels face a pe


first_imgJohn EnserUK-licensed European channels face a period of uncertainty after last night’s Brexit vote, according to industry sources. Hundreds of networks within the European Union are licensed out of the UK by communications regulator Ofcom.With UK voters opting to leave the EU, the status of these licences, and how the channels will ensure their licences are valid in member states remains unclearOfcom could not immediately clarify how many channels are UK-licensed and operating in EU territories, but there are thought to be several hundred.Member states are required to recognise the licences as the UK is a fellow member state, but as the country sets about withdrawing from the EU one source said the situation for channels was ‘confusion upon confusion’.There are various possibilities in terms of ensuring the UK-based channels can continue to operate such as bilateral trade agreements, general agreements (GATs) on trade services as operated by the World Trade Organisation, or a Norwegian model whereby EEA membership gives access to the EU internal market.Amid the uncertainty, one legal expert said a Council of Europe convention on Transfontier television could ensure channels can continue to operate in EU territories.Olswang partner John Enser said the Council of Europe agreement is outdated, but should offer the the UK channels some guarantees regarding their transmission in Europe.“It is similar to the original TV Without Frontiers directive, although is old fashioned in the sense it doesn’t cover on-demand services and may have different requirements on ad minutage,” Enser said. “But it does have the same broad principles, and the geographical reach is the same.”The challenge for UK channels groups is likely to come from ensuring their staff can move quickly and easily throughout the EU.“If groups doing the [channel] distribution deals are based in London and start to need work permits and visas to travel you could see groups start to relocate elsewhere,” Enser said.Channels and industry groups, meanwhile, are weighing the consequence of the vote for their operations, and few were willing to comment publicly today.Bertelsamann, parent to channel operator RTL, was one that did react officially and said it regretted the Brexit vote. “As an international company with a strong presence in the UK as elsewhere, Britain’s impending exit from the EU raises political and economic uncertainties for us all,” Bertelsmann said.“Irrespective of the Brexit decision, the UK, as our fourth-largest market, remains very important to us. Bertelsmann generates revenues of around €1.7 billion with 5,500 employees in the UK, and will continue to invest in its businesses there.”last_img read more