Big Ten spring football overreactions: Michigan has a new Charles Woodson, Wisconsin offense modernizing

Spring practice in college football exists for two fundamental reasons. The primary reason is to get a head-start on the upcoming season. Coaches use it to implement new players and principles in the playbook, so that by the time training camp opens, everybody has a better idea of what’s expected of them.

The other — and some would argue the more important reason — is for fans and media to overreact to everything they see in this minor glimpse to sustain their college football souls for the next few months. Well, I’m not a coach because I haven’t been able to play a new version of NCAA Football in years, but I am a writer. So while I can’t teach you how to play football, I can help you figure out what wild overreactions you should have following spring practice in the Big Ten.

There’s no need to thank me, but I’d appreciate it if you could tell EA Sports to speed up the new game.

The Illini will have two 1,000-yard rushers: In 2010, a few years before Bret Bielema would leave Wisconsin for Arkansas, both James White and John Clay rushed for over 1,000 yards in Wisconsin uniforms. A third back on the team, Montee Ball, rushed for 996 yards and 18 touchdowns that same season. After watching Illinois’ spring game, you could wonder if we’ll see a repeat of that performance under Bielema in Champaign. Even with new offensive coordinator Barry Lunney calling plays and a new QB in Syracuse transfer Tommy DeVito, Illinois’ offense was at its best when handing the ball off to Chase Brown and Josh McCray. Brown (1,005 yards and 5 TD in 2021) rushed for 90 yards on 11 carries in the game, while McCray (549 yards, 2 TD) rushed for

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Riot plot big Rell update after “missing mark” with champ

Rell will be the next League of Legends champion to get a mid-scope update, comparable to the reworks Swain, Taliyah, and Olaf have been given in modern year 12 patches, with Riot devs admitting they “missed the mark with her design” originally and are now searching to rejig her core identity.

This will involve “separating her from Leona,” winner manager Ryan “Reav3” Mireles defined on Could 4 and obtaining a “more distinctive identity” for the Iron Maiden.

Rell was unveiled in December 2020 and promised to carry an additional tricky-hitting, tanky, have interaction-significant help to the League roster. Though she identified early achievement off the back again of overtuned figures, Riot devs swiftly slapped her with quite a few nerfs to her overall tankiness. The strike dropped her get price drastically.

Since then, Rell has all but disappeared from the League metagame.

As of May 4, the Iron Maiden has slipped to a 1.02 percent enjoy price in competitive League queues, according to stats internet site Lolalytics. In normal lobbies it will get even worse—the aid seems in just .8 per cent of unranked matches.

Her wild slide has manufactured her a “high priority” for the League dev staff.

“Rell is a champion we have talked about as a possible focus on for a mid-scope update,” Mireles confirmed currently. “We believe we could likely sleek out some of [her] issues with an update like that. We have not started do the job on one but, but she is a winner we feel is pretty substantial priority.”

The greatest situation, Mireles admits, is she fails to dwell up to her fantasy.

When Rell was however in the development pipeline, the Riot devs dreamed of a new horse-targeted character that shed speed when she was dismounted. When Rell hit testing, having said

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NFL Power Rankings: Broncos, Ravens, Chargers among big risers post-draft, Rams stay No. 1, new team in cellar

Aside from a few veteran moves here and there, most NFL teams have a good idea of who they will be bringing to training camp. That means with free agency and the 2022 NFL Draft behind us, it’s time for another batch of my Power Rankings.

I bet you can’t wait.

I always keep the defending Super Bowl champions in the top spot until the regular season kicks off, so the Los Angeles Rams stay there. There is no reason to believe they can’t be in the mix to win it all again. 

They will once again be a talented team loaded with stars, but general manager Les Snead also knows how to supplement his roster with young players who can contribute. That won’t change, which is why the Rams remain in the top spot.

Some teams have moved up in these Power Rankings after impressive offseasons, while others have fallen off because they haven’t kept up. The NFL formula seems to be about going for it now, which is the formula the Rams used to win a Super Bowl last year.

In a league of copycats, that seems to be catching on. That’s why the offseason has been wild with a ton of big-name trades that have kept the interest at an all-time high.

The top team from the AFC in these rankings is the Buffalo Bills. I think they were the best team at the end of last season and would have won it all, were it not for those horribly-played 13 seconds at the end of the playoff loss to the Chiefs.

The Bills have done a nice job of filling in some key spots this offseason, but made a big splash adding pass rusher Von Miller. Sacking the quarterback late in games won’t be an issue

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PUBG Mobile esports 2.0 is being introduced in 2022 with big changes to the overall format

PUBG Mobile’s esports strategies for 2022 were unveiled nowadays through the World Championship (PMGC) grand finals. Tencent’s director of esports, James Yang, discovered the year will introduce variation 2. of the game’s esports scene.

The greatest improve in the esports ecosystem is at the amateur and semi-professional concentrations. Tencent will be improving this layer to strengthen PUBG Cell esports’ base. To do so, the National Championships (PMNC) is now becoming upgraded as the gateway to the Professional Leagues (PMPL).

The bottom pyramid of PUBG Cell esports 2. is manufactured up of the PMCOs, Campus Championships (PMCC), and choose third-get together occasions. These will run through the year and will provide an possibility for aspiring players to make it to the specialist degree. In the past, there have been only two open up competitions per 12 months top to the Pro Leagues. Now, aspiring gamers will have an possibility to participate throughout the 12 months.

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The PMCOs are also being widened to deal with a huge location. The PMCOs in 2022 are as follows:

  • PMCO South The us
  • PMCO Europe
  • PMCO Africa
  • PMCO Middle East
  • PMCO Asia

Top teams from the PMCOs, PMCCs, and 3rd-occasion occasions will advance to the PMNC and Regional Cups, which will be held in the direction of the stop of the yr. There will be 11 PMNCs for different nations around the world. In a push convention yesterday, Yang revealed the Regional Cups will include the nations around the world wherever the player base is not large more than enough to have independent Nationwide Championships.

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One more big adjust is that the PMPL is adopting an once-a-year structure. There will continue to be two seasons of the PMPLs, but the base teams from the first time

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An early look at 2022 NFL trade candidates: Kirk Cousins, Russell Wilson among 10 big names who could be dealt

All eyes are on the NFL playoff picture as the 2021 regular season winds down. But a handful of teams are already — if not admittedly, privately — looking forward to the 2022 offseason. And if last winter and spring are any indication, we could be in for yet another flurry of high-profile moves, starting at the quarterback position.

With that in mind, here’s an early look at 10 big names who could very well find themselves on the trade market in 2022:

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We’re including him out of necessity, not because anything points to an ugly split between Rodgers and the Packers right now. With a third straight 13-win season and NFC title run very much in the cards, why wouldn’t they work toward an extended marriage, even if it means punting on the Jordan Love succession plan? But let’s say Rodgers still opts to control his own destiny post-2021; the Packers can instantly save $19-plus million — and assuredly collect multiple first-rounders — by sending him elsewhere. They’d absorb a big dead-cap hit ($26.8M) by doing so, but the Eagles and Rams proved in 2021 that massive financial pills can, in fact, be swallowed in the name of drama-free QB situations.

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Will Pete Carroll and Co. be eager to reset the QB spot? Not necessarily. But a rebuild could certainly be on the way, and Russ had no qualms about teasing a relocation even before Seattle tumbled to the bottom of the NFC West. Maybe the price tag is slightly lower after his 2021 finger surgery, but he’s still just 33 with plans to play another decade. Seattle would absorb a $26M dead-cap hit by dealing No. 3, but the team would still save a net of $11M, freeing up space for a roster in dire need of reinforcements.

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MLB’s top 20 offseason trade candidates: Byron Buxton, Josh Hader, and Craig Kimbrel among big names

The 2020-21 offseason has begun and, well, nothing’s happened. That isn’t surprising though. The MLB offseason, much like the regular season, is a marathon rather than a sprint. The top free agents typically don’t sign until a few weeks into the winter, and the trade market can be slow to develop when so many free agents are still on the board.

Here are R.J. Anderson’s top 50 free agents. This isn’t a great free agent class, and because of that, teams could venture out into the trade market to address their needs. There are still plenty of rebuilding teams willing to trade their best players for prospects, and contenders making salary dump trades so they can spend elsewhere is possible as well.

With that in mind, here are MLB’s top 20 trade candidates heading into the offseason, ranked in order of how likely they are to be moved and how attractive they are to potential trade suitors.  

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After losing 110 games this season and 35 games during the shortened 60-game season a year ago, nothing can be off the table for the D-Backs, who don’t exactly seem poised for a quick turnaround in the rugged NL West. Marte is one of the most valuable trade commodities in the game given his play and affordable contract. This is as team friendly as it gets:

  • 2022: $8 million
  • 2023: $10 million club option ($1 million buyout)
  • 2024: $12 million club option ($1.5 million buyout)

That is at most $30 million for Marte’s age 28-30 seasons. An absolute steal. Also, Marte can play center field or second base, though hamstring trouble led the D-Backs to playing him more at second down the stretch. Playing the infield might be the best way to keep Marte on the field going forward. Either way, he’s

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