University of Wisconsin softball pitcher Kirsten Stevens was awarded Big Ten Pitcher of the Week for the first time in her career at University of Wisconsin.Monday marked the second consecutive week the Badgers softball team bullpen has been recognized with Big Ten weekly honors.Stevens provided solid innings from the mound for the Badgers (12-2) all weekend at the 2017 Sheraton Invitational tournament held in Fort Myers, Florida at Florida Gulf Coast University’s home campus.Softball: Badgers face lesser foes in Florida at Sheraton InvitationalAs February winds down, 16 games remain until Big Ten play begins for the University of Wisconsin softball team. For these next Read…The senior bagged two wins during the weekend showing by the red hot Badgers, both of which were shutouts. Stevens controlled both games from the pitch for Wisconsin, defeating Florida International University 5-0 and Hofstra 4-0 in her two starts. The Badgers pitching core has been a staple in the team’s best start in program history. Freshman pitcher Kaitlyn Menz improved her season record to 7-2 in the Badgers latest win over Rutgers in the Sheraton Invitational tournament Sunday. In the 5-1 Wisconsin win, Menz sent three batters back to the dugout on strikeouts. The Badgers 4-0 win over Hofstra gave Stevens her third shutout of the season in part of her new career-high, 11-strikeout performance against Hofstra. Stevens led the Badgers to their third shutout of the year over FIU after recording five strikeouts.Softball: Wisconsin concludes successful weekend in Florida with some hardwareThe University of Wisconsin softball team concluded an incredibly successful tournament in Florida over the weekend with an overall record of Read…Wisconsin’s offense had an impressive performance as well, tying the team’s season-high of 11 hits against the Scarlet Knights. Junior Kelsey Jenkins went a perfect 3-for-3 at bat for the second time this season.Stevens has managed a stingy 0.28 ERA on the season to date. Stevens is also limiting opposing batters to a mere .172 batting average overall, while notching 32 K’s in only five games.She is the 15th Badger pitcher to receive the weekly honor from the Big Ten, and the first Wisconsin pitcher since former Badger and current volunteer assistant coach Taylor-Paige Stewart received the award back in 2014.
ESforce has announced a partnership with PepsiCo which will specifically see energy drink brand Adrenaline Rush become a partner with one of ESForce’s teams, Virtus.pro. The news was posted on Cybersport.ru, and although the post is all in Russian, it has since been confirmed by various ESforce associates on Twitter. Happy to announce our partnership with Adrenaline Rush as a part of a global cooperation between PepsiCo and ESForce! pic.twitter.com/yeUfN2oBPM— Roman Dvoryankin (@dvoryrom) May 18, 2017There’s not a huge amount of information regarding the deal, yet the Adrenaline Rush deal is seen as part of a “global cooperation” and is labelled the “first project” thus implying that the PepsiCo partnership has much wider implications and possibilities.It’s not the first time Adrenaline Rush has been in and around esports, however. Adrenaline Rush was the title sponsor of the “Adrenaline Cyber League”, a tournament in which 16 CIS/Russian teams were invited to qualify, and two teams were directly invited to the four team LAN finals. FlipSid3 Tactics and Tengri were joined by qualifiers Gambit Gaming and Team Spirit, with Gambit taking home first place and $50,000 (£38,400), half of the total $100,000 (£76,800) prize pool. It’s the latest addition to the ever growing ESforce portfolio, having already struck a partnership with MediaMarkt just last month. It’s another big brand as well – and it’s not too difficult to see why investors are attracted to ESforce. With a portfolio of teams including Virtus.pro, Natus Vincere and SK Gaming and some of the largest media brands in the CIS and Russian region it’s clearly an attractive prospect. Both MediaMarkt and PepsiCo are large companies and although any intricate details of the deals have not been revealed, one would assume that they’re not the smallest of partnerships.Although Virtus.pro is a name synonymous with success in the Counter-Strike: Global Offensive scene, recent results have been fairly awful. Yesterday their relegation from the ESL Pro League to the ESEA Premier Division was confirmed after a 2-0 loss to an up and coming PENTA squad. Esports Insider says: Another big deal for ESforce, this time with PepsiCo. Adrenaline Rush is the first fruit of this partnership, but what else will we see in the future?
Africa’s NTT Pro Cycling outfit has said it will provide bicycles to health workers who will be conducting mass testing as part of measures to halt the spread of the coronavirus.The South-African based team is linked to the charity Qhubeka.As the South African government plans to test 30,000 people every day, NTT Pro Cycling team leader Douglas Ryder told the BBC’s Newsday programme that their donation, through Qhubeka, would help get more people tested.He said: “We’re embarking on a project now to mobilise those people on bicycles so that they can see more people… and do more during this time of the pandemic.”We’re embarking on a project now to mobilise those people on bicycles so that they can see more people… and do more during this time of the pandemic.”The team has a mission to promote cycling in Africa and has been providing bicycles to schoolchildren across South Africa under the slogan “bicycles change lives”. But it has suspended handing over bicycles to children and is focusing on increasing the mobility of health workers.South Africa has to date confirmed more than 1,700 cases of coronavirus, the highest in the continent and is in the second week of a three-week-long nationwide lockdown.
Former Vikings’ LB Anthony Barr intends to sign with the NY Jets, per league source. Jets get a pass rusher.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 12, 2019The 26-year-old tallied 55 total tackles and three sacks for the Vikings last season.Barr was originally selected by Minnesota out of UCLA with the ninth pick in the 2014 draft. He has recorded 13 1/2 sacks in 71 career games. The Jets have added a linebacker.New York is planning to sign free agent Anthony Barr, according to a report from ESPN, which cites an unidentified league source. The Jets view Barr as an edge rusher and will continue to pursue adding linebacker C.J. Mosley, according to The Athletic.As I mentioned earlier in the week, the #Jets view Barr as an edge rusher. C.J. Mosley is a middle linebacker. Different positions.The Jets weren’t in the market for Barr OR Mosley*. They were targeting both.TBD if Maccagnan can get it done. https://t.co/cljmt0LAHv— Connor Hughes (@Connor_J_Hughes) March 12, 2019New York also reportedly agreed to a three-year, $28.5 million deal with wide receiver Jamison Crowder on Monday. Related News NFL rumor roundup: Nick Foles signs with Jaguars; DeSean Jackson traded to Eagles