The Cleveland Browns opened the 2018 NFL Draft by selecting Oklahoma QB Baker Mayfield first overall. Over the course of the first three rounds — spread over Thursday and Friday evenings — not a single University of Wisconsin Badger was drafted.Last year Wisconsin laid claim to two first round selections in LB T.J. Watt and OL Ryan Ramczyk.On Saturday, the mini-drought would be broken.Nick NelsonDaniel Yun/The Badger HeraldPosition: CornerbackDrafted: Round 4, Pick 10 (No. 110 overall) to the Oakland RaidersNelson transferred to Madison in 2016 from Hawaii and was forced to redshirt for the 2016 season to comply with NCAA transfer rules. Upon his reinstatement to the active roster this past season, Nelson instantly made his worth known as one of the top lockdown corners in the game.Nelson started every game for UW football at cornerback and was named as a second-team All-American. Nelson was also a consensus nomination to first-team All-Big Ten and was Big Ten Special Teams Player of the Week in late November.Nelson set a single-season school record for pass-breakups with 21, a category in which he also led the nation.He will join a Raiders secondary in need of reinforcements, they ranked 26th in pass defense last season, so it looks as though Nelson will have an opportunity to step up and play a role for the depleted Raiders defense.Troy FumagalliRiley Steinbrenner/The Badger HeraldPosition: Tight EndDrafted: Round 5, Pick 19 (No. 156 overall) to the Denver BroncosFumagalli, a former walk-on, quickly became a fan favorite during the last few seasons as he became a primary target over the middle. He would finish his career seventh all-time on the Wisconsin leaderboards with 135 receptions.This past season, Fumagalli was named as a second-team All American, was awarded Kwalick-Clark Big Ten Tight End of the Year and selected as first-team All-Big Ten in the coaches poll.Many don’t think he has the athleticism to be a primary target in the NFL, though he has elite hands and is a more than capable blocker.Fumagalli joins a mediocre Denver offensive roster already flush with former Big Ten tight ends, including Wisconsin’s Austin Traylor, Illinois’ Matt LaCosse, Ohio State’s Jeff Heuerman and Michigan’s Jake Butt.Natrell JamersonJason Chan/The Badger HeraldPosition: SafetyDrafted: Round 5, Pick 27 (No. 164 overall) to the New Orleans SaintsJamerson began his career as a wide reciever, converting to cornerback in 2016 before finally settling in as a safety for his senior year.In 2017, Jamerson recorded 51 tackles, 10 pass break-ups and two picks — both in an early-season matchup against Northwestern.The Saints already have several high draft picks from the past few years at the safety position. In 2016, they drafted Vonn Bell in the second round, and followed up next year with another second-round selection in Marcus Williams.They have yet to determine a solid hierarchy, so New Orleans seems like a good place for Jamerson to compete for playing time.Jack CichyAndrew Salewski/The Badger HeraldPosition: LinebackerDrafted: Round 6, Pick 28 (No. 202 overall) to the Tampa Bay BuccaneersCichy sat out his senior season in 2017 thanks to a preseason knee injury, though remained a leader on the notorious Badger defense. He was rarely seen without a headset on the sideline — no doubt instilling his wisdom on the rest of the UW linebacking corp.Cichy’s signature moment as a Badger came back in 2015 when he logged three sacks on three straight plays in the Holiday Bowl. Another former walk-on, Cichy quickly became another fan favorite, thanks to his proclivity for seemingly being involved in every defensive stop.The Bucs had one of the worst defenses in the league last season and drafted heavy on the defensive side of the ball this year. In Cichy, the Buccaneers will be getting a low-risk prospect who fell to the sixth round because of his injury history, but it’s widely accepted he has tremendous upside.Leon JacobsMarissa Haegele/The Badger HeraldPosition: LinebackerDrafted: Round 7, Pick 12 (No. 230 overall) to the Jacksonville JaguarsOver Jacobs’ career at UW, he amassed 59 games played — the most in FBS history.He moved around over the years, first at outside linebacker, then to inside linebacker, followed by a stint at fullback before ultimately returning to the OLB position.In his 2017 campaign, he accumulated 60 tackles — 35 of them solo efforts.He joins a Jacksonville team fresh off an AFC Championship Game appearance, loaded with talent on the defensive side of the ball. Playing time may be hard to come by on such a stacked team.
Gigginstown House has confirmed that they have decided, in consultation with trainer Gordon Elliott and jockey Bryan Cooper, to retire Don Cossack.They say the decision has been made due to a combination of his age and a recurrence of the tendon injury which he suffered last April shortly after winning the Cheltenham Gold Cup.
While some teams are set to get into the action with their initial selections after trading away their first-round picks, most others are working to complement who they already took and turn the corner toward an impressive draft haul overall.As another 70 prospects come off the board, Sporting News will be right with live analysis along the way. Here’s how Sporting News’ Vinnie Iyer is breaking it down in real time:Stream the NFL Draft live: fuboTV (U.S. only) | DAZN (Canada only)NFL Draft picks 2019: Live results, analysisRound 233. Arizona Cardinals: Byron Murphy, CB, WashingtonThe Cards are keeping Patrick Peterson and now have someone they can mold like him. Murphy is a smooth, fluid cover man. What he gives up in size and press potential (5-11, 190 pounds) he makes up for in speed, aggressiveness and ballhawking skills.34. Indianapolis Colts: Rock Ya-Sin, CB, Templehe Colts are happy with Pierre Desire and Kenny Moore, but need better depth. Ya-Sin has nice size (6-0, 192) and speed to help in subpackages while he works on the nuances of coverage.35. Jacksonville Jaguars: Jawaan Taylor, OT, FloridaAfter the Jaguars signed a confident downfield-throwing quarterback in Nick Foles, they address his pass protection. Taylor (6-5, 312 pounds) offers agility, smarts and technique to handle most athletic edge-rushers. He rose boards as scouts realized he is a natural left tackle.36. San Francisco 49ers: Deebo Samuel, WR, South CarolinaThe 49ers needed some help in the slot between Marquise Goodwin and Dante Pettis with limited slower options there. Samuel (5-11, 214 pounds) has great toughness and speed and can also help in the return game.37. Carolina Panthers: Greg Little, OT, Ole MissThe Panthers trade up to address a key offensive line need after going edge pass-rush with Brian Burns. Little has the size (6-5, 325 pounds), agility and athleticism to suggest great upside as a pass protector, but his technique needs refinement, and he must learn how to better use his strength to his advantage.38. Buffalo Bills: Cody Ford, OT, OklahomaThe Bills likely get their fifth new starting lineman after adding Quinton Spain, Mitch Morse, Spencer Long and Ty Nsekhe in free agency. Ford has a chance to displace Dion Dawkins at left tackle. Ford is a tough mauler at 6-4, 330 pounds who can open running lanes and is athletic enough to develop into a top pass-blocker in time, too.39. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Sean Bunting, CB, Central MichiganBunting has good size (6-0, 195) and length to go with above-average speed, but he’s a bit of a reach here because he needs to bulk up to get more physical and refine his technique to be trusted in outside coverage.40. Oakland Raiders: Trayvon Mullen, CB, ClemsonThe Raiders needed to land a corner to potentially start opposite Gareon Conley. Mullen emerged after an up-and-down 2018 season to stand out with his size (6-1, 194 pounds), speed, length and physicality, traits that can serve him well on the back end of Paul Guenther’s scheme.41. Denver Broncos: Dalton Risner, OT, Kansas StateThe Broncos needed to upgrade their interior line and do so with a tough Colorado high school product. Risner is a technically sound lineman with a mean streak to pair with his physicality. He is being undersold as a pass blocker, but he is already a huge (6-3, 308 pounds) asset in the running game.42. Cincinnati Bengals: Drew Lock, QB, MissouriJohn Elway has his latest bridge quarterback in Joe Flacco, but he stashes his potential future franchise passer here. Elway had a long, good scouting look at Lock, who has a big arm to go with ideal size (6-4, 228 pounds). Lock also has the fearlessness and elusiveness every NFL likes in an aggressive, downfield passer.43. Detroit Lions: Jahlani Tavai, LB, HawaiiThe Lions go for a nice-sized (6-2, 250 pounds), high-effort tackler who is versatile enough to back up all three positions for Matt Patricia’s defense. He has good smarts and instincts to overcome his less than top-end speed and quickness.44. Green Bay Packers: Elgton Jenkins, C, Mississippi StateJenkins (6-4, 310 pounds) packs great strength and power in that size and works best paving the way in the running game. The Packers had to beef up their interior and do just that.45. New England Patriots: Joejuan Williams, CB, VanderbiltWilliams (6-4, 211 pounds) is a massive corner and uses his body well to press smaller receivers. The Patriots will help him develop his technical coverage skills while he sees some subpackage work.46. Cleveland Browns: Greedy Williams, CB, LSUThe Browns get a strong first-round value with their first pick of the draft to get help opposite 2018 first-rounder Denzel Ward. Williams carries a long, lean frame at 6-3, 184 pounds with rare speed, quickness and agility for his size. He is not the most physical player, but he is fundamentally sound in coverage, and he uses his length well at the line to break up routes.47. Seattle Seahawks: Marquise Blair, S, UtahThe Browns get a strong first-round value with their first pick of the draft to get help opposite 2018 first-rounder Denzel Ward. Williams carries a long, lean frame at 6-3, 184 pounds with rare speed, quickness and agility for his size. He is not the most physical player, but he is fundamentally sound in coverage, and he uses his length well at the line to break up routes.48. Miami Dolphins: Erik McCoy, C, Texas A&MThe Saints have a strong line, but to keep it intact they needed an immediate replacement for retiring Max Unger. McCoy (6-4, 303 pounds) is a powerful, seasoned lineman who packs an extra punch to pair with his physicality.49. Indianapolis Colts: Ben Banogu, LB, TCUIndianapolis gets the other power pass-rusher from the Horned Frogs after Seattle took teammate L.J. Collier in the first round. The Colts needed some situational help on the edge and Matt Eberflus will like deploying Banogu’s combination of size (6-3, 250), athleticism and quickness.50. Minnesota Vikings: Irv Smith Jr., TE, AlabamaThe Vikings are looking ahead to replace aging free agent-to-be Kyle Rudolph in 2020. Smith is a technically sound run-blocker and route-runner who has shown vertical receiving juice to go with compact size (6-2, 242 pounds). He delivered a strong enough Combine to place himself behind T.J. Hockenson as the draft’s second-best all-around tight end.51. Tennessee Titans: A.J. Brown, WR, Ole MissThe Titans are suddenly looking very strong at wideout for Marcus Mariota as this smart pick adds to Corey Davis and new slot ace Adam Humphries. Brown, at 6-1, 230 pounds, fits the profile as a No. 1 wide receiver in the NFL. He is a strong-handed, reliable route-runner who is tough enough to make big plays after the catch, even in traffic.52. Denver Broncos: Drew Sample, TE, WashingtonSample (6-5, 255) has ideal size and used that well as a strong and powerful run-blocker in college. He has some untapped receiving potential. He replaces Tyler Kroft behind Tyler Eifert and C.J. Uzomah.53. Philadelphia Eagles: Miles Sanders, RB, Penn StateThe Eagles continue to make over their committee by staying in-state to get Sanders: a smooth, compact runner for his size (5-11, 211 pounds). His agility and vision make him a good complement to Jordan Howard.54. Houston Texans: Lonnie Johnson Jr., CB, KentuckyJohnson (6-2, 213 pounds) continues the run of bigger corners in the second round. He is a physical press type who needs to get better at making plays on the ball. Houston needed depth at the position behind Johnathan Joseph and Aaron Colvin.55. Houston Texans: Max Scharping, OT, Northern IllinoisScharping (6-6, 327) gives the Texans another tackle in the draft after first-rounder Tytus Howard, indicating how much they struggled overall at the position last season. Scharping has good size and power but his type of athleticism suggest he needs to play right tackle to Howard’s left.56. Kansas City Chiefs: Mecole Hardman, WR, GeorgiaThis pick of 5-11, 187-pound speedster and dynamic return man suggest the Chiefs are not counting on Tyreek Hill to be part of their 2019 plans. Hardman has the potential to be just as effective streaking downfield before and after the catch.57. Philadelphia Eagles: JJ Arcega-Whiteside, WR, StanfordThe Eagles got Desean Jackson back to be their outside speedster to complement Alshon Jeffery, and now they get a big body (6-2, 225 pounds) who positions himself well to go up and get balls with his strength, hands and “boxing out”, showing why Arcega-Whiteside was a former basketball player. Consider him an extra red zone force for Carson Wentz.58. Dallas Cowboys: Trysten Hill, DT, UCFThe Cowboys were set to be defensive-minded in this draft and used their first pick on a pass-rushing defensive tackle minus David Irving. Hill (6-3, 308 pounds) is relentless in using his quick feet and athleticism to make plays in the backfield.59. Indianapolis Colts: Parris Campbell, WR, Ohio StateCampbell (6-0, 205 pounds) addresses the Colts’ need for some big-play pop to support T.Y. Hilton. He is a high-level athlete who can flat-out fly, with speed to the stretch the field and quickness to turn on the jets well after the catch.60. Los Angeles Chargers: Nasir Adderley, S, DelawareThe Chargers used three safeties on the field well last season and replenish behind Derwin James and Adrian Phillips after not keeping Jahleel Addae. Adderley has a good blend of cornerback coverage traits and physical tackling against the run and after the catch, playing longer and meaner than his size at 6-0, 200 pounds.61. Los Angeles Rams: Taylor Rapp, S, WashingtonAt 6-0, 212 pounds, Rapp plays like an extra linebacker on the field with his work in run support. He also is a capable upfield player vs. the pass, at his best when blitzing and covering a short area. He will be a backup to Eric Weddle and John Johnson at first.62. Arizona Cardinals: Andy Isabella, WR, UMassIsabella (5-9, 188 pounds) translated his speed and quickness as a track star to become a field-stretching receiver. He projects to slide into the slot between Larry Fitzgerald and Christian Kirk to support Kyler Murray.63. Kansas City Chiefs: Juan Thornhill, S, VirginiaThe Chiefs got Tyrann Mathieu to replace Eric Berry as the defensive leader at free safety, but now they have an option to upgrade strong safety. Thornhill has great size (6-0, 210 pounds), smarts and coverage skills. He also cleans up well against the run.64. Seattle Seahawks: D.K. Metcalf, WR, Ole MissRound 365. Arizona Cardinals: Zach Allen, DE, Boston CollegeThe Cardinals are looking at playing more 3-4 with Vance Joseph, and Allen will work well as a rotational end in that scheme at first. At 6-5, 280 pounds, Allen is a big, smart, strong, high-effort player who excels at stopping the run. He has room to grow as a pass-rusher, too.66. Pittsburgh Steelers: Diontae Johnson, WR, ToledoThis is a classic Steelers wideout pick as Johnson (5-10, 183 pounds) has the speed, athleticism and quickness to separate while lining up everywhere. He also has the upside in the return game they covet.67. San Francisco 49ers: Jalen Hurd, WR, BaylorAfter getting speedy slot option Deebo Samuel in Round 2, the Niners go for a more Swiss Army big body (6-5, 226 pounds). Kyle Shanahan gets an interesting combination of someone who can make big plays as a wideout when they spread the field and can also be a red zone power back behind Tevin Coleman and Jerrick McKinnon if needed.68. New York Jets: Jachai Polite, LB, FloridaAfter getting Quinnen Williams to anchor the Jets’ 3-4-leaning hybrid front for Gregg Williams, they address their big need on the edge and throw it back to their defensive coordinator’s early days with the Titans. Although a little undersized at 6-2, 242 pounds, Polite’s speed and athleticism are off the charts. He is a freak who channels some of former Gator and Titan Jevon Kearse. He just needs to harness it a lot better.69. Jacksonville Jaguars: Josh Oliver, TE, San Jose StateThe Jaguars were in the market for a “move” tight end with some dynamic downfield receiving ability, and Oliver (6-5, 249 pounds) fits that bill. They will work him into the mix with free-agent pickup Geoff Swaim.70. Los Angeles Rams: Darrell Henderson, RB, MemphisHenderson (5-8, 208 pounds) is undersized but makes up for it with speed and elusiveness to consistently make big plays. The Rams said they would be getting some change-of-pace relief for Todd Gurley and Henderson fits the bill.71. Denver Broncos: Dre’Mont Jones, DT, Ohio StateJones is a natural inside pass-rusher who needs some bulking up from his current frame (6-3, 283 pounds) and coaching before being used with confidence consistently on running downs. But he can develop well and quickly in that area while he works as a rotational 3-4 end for Ed Donatell.72. Cincinnati Bengals: Germaine Pratt, LB, N.C. StatePratt (6-2, 240 pounds) is a solid tackler but his coverage skills are what really stood out for the Bengals, who need help most on the strong side after moving on from Vontaze Burfict.73. Chicago Bears: David Montgomery, RB, Iowa StateAt 5-11, 216 pounds, Montgomery steadily emerged as a strong, all-around feature back prospect. He finishes runs strong and has shown some good hands and wiggle as a receiver. He is a strong replacement for Jordan Howard to complement Tarik Cohen74. Buffalo Bills: Devin Singletary, RB, Florida AtlanticSingletary (5-7, 203 pounds) brings young blood to a backfield that already has LeSean McCoy, Frank Gore and T.J. Yeldon. He is a tough runner and receiver with quickness and vision that helps him make up for his lack of explosiveness.75. Green Bay Packers: Jace Sternberger, TE, Texas A&MSternberger (6-4, 251) will need work to hold up as a inline blocker, but he meets the Packers’ need for a smooth, athletic receiver at the position. He can develop into a strong hybrid target for Aaron Rodgers.76. Washington Redskins: Terry McLaurin, WR, Ohio StateMcLaurin (6-0, 208) shot up in the pre-draft process by showing off his speed and strong route-running. He remains a good physical target for his college quarterback, Dwayne Haskins.77. New England Patriots: Chase Winovich, DE, MichiganWinovich (6-3, 256 pounds) is a good way for the Patriots to recover from losing Trey Flowers in free agency. He is a physical, high-effort and versatile pass-rusher that the team loves.78. Miami Dolphins: Michael Deiter, C, WisconsinDeiter (6-5, 309 pounds) is a physical interior blocker who should have a good shot at starting at either guard next to Daniel Kilgore.79. Los Angeles Rams: David Long, CB, MichiganThe Rams tap into a Los Angeles native add some solid depth to their secondary with Long (5-11, 196), a more steady-than-spectacular, well-rounded cover man.80. Cleveland Browns: Sione Takitaki, LB, BYUThe Browns reach a little for a slightly undersized (6-1, 238 pounds), aggressive upfield player whose ceiling is probably a backup tackler at all three positions for Steve Wilks.81. Detroit Lions: Will Harris, S, Boston CollegeThe Lions need some help at free safety and the speedy Harris (6-1, 207 pounds) will have a chance to displace Miles Killebrew. There is a little Devin McCourty in him that no doubt appealed to Matt Patricia.82. Tennessee Titans: Nate Davis, G, CharlotteDavis (6-3, 336) has a chance to start at right guard right away to replace Josh Kine with Rodger Saffold in line to replace Quinton Spain at left guard. Davis has a good combination of power and quickness for his size.83. Pittsburgh Steelers: Justin Layne CB, Michigan StateThe Steelers turn to their next need after getting their inside linebacker and wide receiver earlier. Layne (6-2, 192 pounds) uses his size well in coverage and is a natural at making plays on the ball. He could be the successor for Joe Haden in 2020.84. Kansas City Chiefs: Khalen Saunders, DT, Western IlliinoisSaunders (6-0, 324 pounds) has good athleticism to match his power and will be an asset helping to stuff the run as the team transitions to Steve Spagnuolo’s 4-3.85. Baltimore Ravens: Jaylon Ferguson, DE, Louisiana TechThis is a pretty good value to help replace Terrell Suggs and Za’Darius Smith. Carrying some nice pop as a pass-rusher and having been productive in that area, Ferguson will get on the field first in the NFL as a big (6-5, 269 pounds), natural run-stopper on the edge.86. Houston Texans: Kahale Warring, TE, San Diego StateWarring (6-5, 252 pounds) falls in line with the other Day 2 tight ends because he’s a fast, athletic receiver with massive upside. Bill O’Brien can also tap into his developing skills as a blocker.87. New England Patriots: Damien Harris, RB, AlabamaHarris (5-10, 216 pounds) is the Patriots’ type of back — a no-nonsense power runner who also has the right dose of explosiveness. He’s the ideal complement and insurance for Sony Michel.88. Minnesota Vikings: Cody Barton, LB, UtahBarton (6-2, 237 pounds) will be a good three-position backup for the Seahawks with a shot to start on weak side in time, but with a chance to be a special teams demon early.89. Indianapolis Colts: Bobby Okereke, LB, StanfordThe Colts already have Darius Leonard and Anthony Walker as stud young starts, so Okereke (6-1, 239 pounds) can help more as a situational coverage linebacker.90. Dallas Cowboys: Connor McGovern, OG, Penn StateMcGovern (6-5, 308 pounds) is a solid run blocker who has many pass-protection issues to correct to be trusted as a starter. He projects as a valuable interior swing backup.91. Los Angeles Chargers: Trey Pipkins, OT, Sioux FallsPipkins (6-6, 309 pounds) has a shot at starting right away at right tackle to help Melvin Gordon and Philip Rivers. His athleticism and quick feet can get him on the field while he refines his technique.92. New York Jets: Chuma Edoga, OT, USCEdoga (6-3, 308 pounds) is athletic, but he’s a natural run-blocker who needs a lot of work to hold up as a pass protector. He will be tabbed for right tackle.93. Baltimore Ravens: Miles Boykin, WR, Notre DameAfter getting smaller, quicker Marquise Brown to help Lamar Jackson, the Ravens complement him with the bigger, faster Boykin (6-4, 220 pounds) Watch for Boykin putting it all together to look the part of a true No. 1 wideout.94. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Jamel Dean, CB, AuburnDean (6-1, 206 pounds) helps continue the mission of getting more size and coverage versatility for Todd Bowles’ remixed secondary.95. New York Giants: Oshane Ximines, DE, Old DominionXimines (6-3, 253 pounds) is a quick and powerful pass-rusher who will be used more situationally at first until he rounds into a complete player who isn’t a liability against the run.96. Buffalo Bills: Dawson Knox, TE, Ole MissKnox (6-4, 254 pounds) is a strong inline run-blocker with the toughness to develop into a reliable, workman-like intermediate receiver, much like free-agent addition Tyler Kroft.97. Los Angeles Rams: Bobby Evans, OT, OklahomaEvans (6-4, 312 pounds) is a strong, mean and powerful blocker built best for right tackle. He’ll back up Rob Havenstein early and could have a chance to take over there should Havenstein succeed Andrew Whitworth on the left side in 2020.98. Jacksonville Jaguars: Quincy Williams, S, Murray StateWilliams (5-11, 225 pounds), the brother of Jets first-round defensive tackle Quinnen, is a versatile safety prospect who will serve as a backup as develops his all-around game better.99. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Mike Edwards, S, KentuckyEdwards (5-10, 205 pounds) gives Todd Bowles even more secondary depth as a swing backup to Justin Evans and free-agent addition Kentrell Brice.100. Carolina Panthers: Will Grier, QB, West VirginiaThe Panthers go with the Charlotte-area native as their new higher-upside backup and contingency plan for Cam Newton. Grier (6-2, 217 pounds) is an aggressive downfield passer but there’s much to work on with his short-to-deep accuracy, mechanics and release to be considered starting material.101. New England Patriots: Yodny Cajuste, OT, West Virginia Cajuste plays with good power and length at 6-5, 315 pounds and is the best pure edge-run-blocker in the class. He needs to become a smoother pass-protector in order to be trusted on the left side. He is for now a right tackle contingency for 30-year-old Marcus Cannon.102. Minnesota Vikings: Alexander Mattison, RB, Boise StateMattison (5-11, 221 pounds) has a good blend of quickness, power and receiving ability to take over as Dalvin Cook’s backup, replacing free-agent departure Latavius Murray. The Cards are keeping Patrick Peterson and now have someone they can mold like him. Murphy is a smooth, fluid cover man. What he gives up in size and press potential (5-11, 190 pounds) he makes up for in speed, aggressiveness and ballhawking skills.The first round of the 2019 NFL Draft is in the books, but that’s only one small chapter to the story. There’s plenty more to be written on Day 2, as the teams will make their second- and third-round picks Friday night.SN’s NFL DRAFT HQ:Day 2 winners & losers | Live pick tracker | Best available
Quinlan in left?: If Anderson sees more time at DH, that could open up more playing time in left field for Robb Quinlan, who is also in the mix for the job at first base. “Obviously it’s probably easier to settle in at one position, but I know I have to be ready to play maybe a couple of different positions,” said Quinlan. “If you’re in that role you really have to have that attitude to be ready to play every day, which means you have to get in your extra work. It definitely can be tough.” Tightening things up: Scioscia said he was impressed with a throwing session by Ervin Santana, who has been working on “tightening up” his slider. Last year, Santana’s slider had a tendency to break more like a curveball. “It had a lot of depth, and it was big and I think that still can be effective,” Scioscia said. “But what he wants to do with a slider is get hard to the zone, and then get out of the zone or under a bat. It would roll at times and hang a little bit.” Also: After throwing on flat ground for three consecutive days, Bartolo Colon had the day off. … Jered Weaver had another flat-ground throwing session and is in line to throw from a mound this week for the first time this spring. email@example.com (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2731 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! TEMPE, Ariz. – The Angels are keenly aware that it was here in the desert a year ago Garret Anderson’s foot troubles began, so extra precautions will be made this spring. Manager Mike Scioscia said Anderson is feeling great and has recovered from the plantar fasciitis that plagued him last season. Still, Anderson was held out of base-running drills Saturday. After hitting 29 home runs in 2003 with 116 RBIs, Anderson has not reached the 20-homer or 100-RBI plateaus since. Over the past three seasons, he has averaged 16 home runs and 85 RBIs. After batting .309 in April last season, Anderson tailed off to bat .241 in May and then .224 in June. He rebounded in the final three months to bat .302 after the All-Star break. While his home-run totals were up in the second half, when he hit 10, he had just 38 RBIs, compared to 47 before the All-Star Game. Some DH duty for Vlad: Vladimir Guerrero, who played with sore knees most of last season, does not have any running restrictions. He took part in base-running drills Friday and hit some mammoth home runs while taking batting practice on the stadium field. Scioscia’s plan is to use the designated-hitter role as a way of getting Anderson and Guerrero off their feet more often. “I don’t think anybody wants to DH at all,” Scioscia said. “I think these guys take pride in playing the field. They feel good that they can contribute on both ends, but they also understand the need at times (to take) a preventative day to DH.” “I think Garret is one of the guys that needs his work and needs to get ready, but also you have to balance it with some of the things that flared up on him over the last couple of years and we’re going to monitor that very closely,” Scioscia said. Hamstring and knee issues also have plagued the veteran in recent seasons, so if there is a way for Anderson to take it easy on his legs, the Angels will lean that direction. Anderson also had back trouble in 2004.
Councillor Seamus Ó Domhnaill has welcomed Donegal County Council’s decision to hold a meeting to look positively on reducing Development Charges for one-off houses in Donegal following a motion he succeeded in having passed at Monday’s council meeting.Speaking after the meeting Cllr. Ó Domhnaill said he was delighted that his fellow councillors seen fit to fully support his motion calling on the Council to reduce Development Charges for individuals wishing to build Houses in Donegal.“In essence with it becoming increasingly more difficult to access money from the Banks by way of mortgages Individuals are having to build Houses bit by bit now whenever money can be gathered to allow for another segment of the construction to proceed, but having to pay an amount of €6,500 to the Council before the commencement of Construction was meaning that people simply were not starting to build at all.” The Current Policy which is in place with Donegal County Council levies a charge of up to €6,569 on applicants who are successful in obtaining Planning Permission.Cllr. Ó Domhnaill maintains that this large amount of money which is payable to the Council prior to building commencing is in effect prohibiting Young People form deciding to build at all.While speaking on his motion at Mondays meeting Ó Domhnaill explained; “Given the fact that there now is a necessity on Home owners to pay a property Tax the Development Charge which is supposed to go towards services is basically double taxation, this on top of the Architect cost and application fee to obtain planning permission is simply placing too much of a burden upon those who wish to build houses for their own use in their own communities.”He continued “We as a council should be supporting those who wish to make roots in their own communities instead of placing financial obstacles which many can simply not overcome.” He said he is aware first hand of individuals who obtained Planning Permission and had intended to stage build a modest home for their family.“Unfortunately they were unable to pay the Development Charge and moved oversees in an attempt to sae money, when there they bought a house and have set up home oversees and are unlikely to return. I believe that if the Charge was lower they would have built at home by way of a stage build and would have set up Home in Donegal.”It has been agreed that Donegal County Council will hold a workshop in early June to discuss the lowering of the development charges for people building family homes in Donegal.Cllr. Ó Domhnaill has stated that he expects the charge to be “dramatically reduced and that this can only be positive to the Donegal Economy as more Houses will be built by our local Community, Young People will hopefully find it easier to build and stay at home and the extra revenue generated in the Construction will benefit the local economy.Ends Ó DOMHNAILL WELCOMES PROGRESS ON REDUCTION OF DEVELOPMENT CHARGES was last modified: May 29th, 2013 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)