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Badgers football: Clement’s rehab, not injured hand to be determining factor …

Badgers Football: Clement's Rehab, Not Injured Hand To Be Determining Factor ...

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MADISON – Corey Clement s recovery from sports hernia surgery is very much like the investigation into an alleged assault he was the victim of on Nov. 8 ongoing. The University of Wisconsin running back has missed eight games as a result of having surgery in Germany to fix a pair of sports hernias on Oct. 1, including UW s last game at Maryland on Nov. 7 a 31-24 win for the Badgers. Clement didn t make that trip and ended up being involved in an altercation early the following morning that resulted in him suffering a cut to his hand. On Monday, during his weekly press conference, UW head coach Paul Chryst said he expected Clement to practice fully this week in preparation for the Badgers home finale against Northwestern (8-2, 4-2 Big Ten).

Corey’s (playing status) will be nothing (to do) with the hand, Chryst said. I think it’s just where his legs are (in) the whole deal.

Clement has played in just two games this year. He started the season opener against Alabama, but the pain of what was thought at the time to be a groin injury was too much for him to play through. He finished with 16 yards on eight carries. He missed the next seven games, before returning at what he believed was 85-percent healthy, rushing for 115 yards and three touchdowns on just 11 carries against Rutgers. But soreness stemming from that game kept him out of practice and eventually kept him home while the rest of his teammates went to Maryland. Hours after that victory, Clement was approaching his residence in downtown Madison around 2:30 a.m. when he witnessed a dispute between a security guard at his apartment complex and a group of individuals. According to a release issued by UW last Thursday, Clement somehow became involved and it turned physical, resulting in him and the security guard allegedly being assaulted. No further details have been made available, and a public records request by ESPN Wisconsin was denied by the Madison Police Department, noting the investigation was still open and that details in those records could impact the case. An official with the department said Monday morning that the detective assigned to the case still had yet to locate the others involved.

If Clement does play against the Wildcats, it changes the dynamic of the UW offense. The lone Big Ten game he’s played in was also the only time the Badgers ran and threw for 200 yards in conference play this season. He had runs of 58 and 21 yards, explosive plays that have been missing in the offense this year. But because his status is uncertain, quarterback Joel Stave and the rest of the team is going to prepare like they have all year as if Clement won t be in the backfield on Senior Day.

I wasn t sure we were going to have him for the Rutgers game, Stave said. We kept preparing the same way we did. Then obviously being able to have him in there is a bonus.

But I think we ll go into this game preparing with Dare (Ogunbowale) and Taiwan (Deal) and all the guys that we ve been preparing with. Corey knows the run plays, so if he is healthy (enough) to get in there, we ll definitely take him.

Other injuries:

Though he wasn t listed on the depth chart, it seems likely that tight end Austin Traylor will make his return to the lineup this week. The senior said last Thursday that he d for sure be ready to play after missing the last five games with a broken arm. Chryst was a little more cautious on Monday but seemed encouraged by Traylor s progress.

He was limited a little bit in the hitting, but he did a lot, Chryst said of Traylor s work during UW s bye week. So I think it’s how it goes this week. I know he is excited, and we’re excited to have him back in practice. It was fun just getting him and having him run around. Returning Traylor to the offense would also be fun for Stave. Before getting injured, the Ohio native was the quarterback s second-favorite receiver, catching 12 passes and three touchdowns. With his absence, along with injuries slowing the only other true tight end ready to play junior Eric Steffes it s meant a lot of work for sophomore Troy Fumagalli.

I know he s been itching to get back out there, Stave said of Traylor. We haven t had him for almost all of conference play. I think what he was able to do at the beginning of the year was really big for us. I m excited to see what he ll be able to do when he gets back in.

Stave playing at the next level?

The question for Stave was asked with no idea what the answer was going to be. Does he, as an on-and-off starter for four years at Wisconsin, have an interest in trying to continue his career at the next level?

Yeah, I think that would be fun to postpone real life and keep playing football for a little while, Stave said of his aspirations. Now, what is the likelihood that he can actually achieve those dreams? Not as unrealistic as one might think for a guy as maligned as Stave has been. Though his detractors will talk about his inconsistency and occasionally poor decision making, it s possible those in the scouting community will see his vast experience, his intellect he s a civil engineering major — and his size, along with learning under a coach in Chryst who has seen three of his last four pupils end up playing in the league, and think he could be a project as an undrafted free agent or tryout candidate.

I don t know. I guess we ll see when this season wraps up, Stave said of his chances. I think somewhere there is someone that can use me. If not, I ll go get a real job.

Tackle Behind the Vines scores touchdown for wine, food, football fans

It was all about food, fun and football at this year s ScotiaMcLeod Tackle Behind the Vines fundraiser for the University of Regina Rams. The annual food and wine event served up excellent food and nearly 50 mid- to high-end wines to 275 foodies and football lovers. This is certainly one of the better food and wine events in the city, with the Rotunda at Innovation Place well laid out with food and wine vendors and the space not overly packed with guests. It s one of the few events that has managed to remain classy and true to its beginnings, where your ticket gives you access to all food and wine and where people can sample food and drink and not feel pressured to get to hundreds of vendors in just a few hours. Indeed, no one seems to leave unable to walk down the 50-yard line. As I was leaving, the security guard who has watched over the event each of the past eight years commented to me that in all his years he s never seen anyone leaving inebriated. The vendors, in particular, like the event and the set up. They are always positive about it, which is nice to hear for sure, says Rod Tuchscherer, chair of the event. Tackle Behind the Vines is not as big as other events, but it lets the reps chat with people personally when they are showing and talking about the wine and food.

The sweet country singing by Belle Plaine was the perfect backdrop to quality food, with places like Queensbury Convention Centre serving up high-end, hand-held appetizers like a mirin-infused mushroom duxelle atop strips of tender sesame-crusted beef tenderloin on a cracker and a squeeze of miso mayonnaise, and cute pastry cups filled with citrusy beet-marinated steelhead trout flavoured with fennel pollen and vodka and a swish of rhubarb chutney. Both dishes were my favourites and also scored a touchdown with guests, being selected as the evening s People s Choice for best food. The newly opened Capitol Jazz Club was handing out mini versions of their sashimi salmon on sticky rice balls that they drizzled with a five-spice tare of soya sauce, rice vinegar, mirin, honey and Chinese five-spice. Tony Romas Chicken and Ribs stayed true to their brand dishing up piping hot Carolina honey riblets, while Brown s Social House went with sensational cones filled with chipotle lime chicken tacos with pico de gallo and lime sour cream as well as hand-held Oreo cheesecakes. A finger-licking taste was the sauce by Lancaster Taphouse for their ale beignets deep-fried New Orleans Creole doughnuts topped with a caramel praline sauce. I ll definitely have to order this dish at Lancaster s when the beignets come piping hot.

Other food vendors included Brewed Awakening, Greko s, Oliv Tasting Room, and Saputo. There was also the brand new, practically hours old, Pure Sweetness Cotton Candy Company displaying all manner of fluffy cotton candy on a stick, in assorted flavours from chai to fruit and aiming their product at children s parties and weddings. The wine was flowing freely, with some excellent varieties, such as Stag s Leap Petite Sirah, Oyster Bay Pinot Noir, Joel Gott Chardonnay, Espuela del Gaucho Malbec, and Extravaganza Cabernet Sauvignon. There were also a few spirits, including locally made dill pickle vodka by Last Mountain and Lucky Bastard Distilleries, as well as a Glenfiddich 14-year-old rich oak, Annoc 12-year-old Scotch whiskey and a 15-year-old Drambuie. People Choice award for best wine went to my favourite of the evening, a Tempranillo from Spain Torres Ibericos, a medium bodied wine with lots of cherry flavours and spices of vanilla and cinnamon. It s a relatively new listing at Saskatchewan liquor stores, appearing on shelves within the last year.

The main purpose of the event is to raise scholarship funds for the Rams football team.

We make about $10,000 each year, says Tuchscherer, who is also a director on the Rams board. Since the event began eight years ago, roughly $80,000 has been raised for sponsorships.

The Rams will be celebrating 50 years at a gala event on April 23 at Queensbury Convention Centre. For tickets, contact

Stolen in Worcester: Search continues for missing M11 pistols and M4 rifles

WORCESTER Authorities say 16 weapons were taken in a weekend break-in at the Lincoln W. Stoddard U.S. Army Reserve Center. Investigators were looking for “an unidentified male subject” in connection with the theft, which occurred sometime between 6 p.m. Saturday and 1 a.m. Sunday.

The facility, controlled and operated by the U.S. Department of Defense, is on North Lake Avenue.

U.S. Army Reserve Command spokesman Lt. Col. Tad T. Fichtel confirmed Monday that 10 9mm M11 pistols and six M4 rifles were taken from the building.

The FBI, Worcester police and state police are heading the investigation. As a precaution, Worcester police said, officers have boosted their presence in key locations throughout the community.

The city said in a statement that Worcester Fire Department received reports of smoke inside the reserve center at 8:40 a.m. Sunday, a few hours after the burglary, and went to the building. Worcester police also went, finding signs of a break-in.

Scanner traffic around that time Sunday indicated that officials believed the fire may have been arson and it appeared someone had broken into the “weapons vault.”

“Someone attempted to start a fire as well,” a dispatcher told officers at the site. “There was still smoke in the building.”

Deputy Fire Chief John Sullivan declined to elaborate when reached for comment.

Surveillance footage captured at the Worcester training center and obtained from CBS-Boston showed a man standing near a black sedan in the training center parking lot around the time of the theft.

FBI Boston spokeswoman Kristen M. Setera said Sunday there was no indication of a terrorist threat in the case. She said the missing weapons were entered into the database of the National Crime Information Center, which will alert law enforcement at the federal, state and local level to the missing federal equipment.

SFC. David Moore at the Army National Guard armory in Gardner said reserve centers and facilities like his house modern weapons for training purposes, and typically those facilities keep firearms on-site without ammunition.

“There’s special consideration for storage of all of that,” he said. “There is no ammunition or explosives, just the individual weapons soldiers are required to train with, depending on their type of unit, when they come in for weekend drills.”

Lt. Col. Fichtel declined to say whether the guns were loaded when they were stolen from the Worcester facility.

He said in an interview that Army Reserve training centers have full-time support staff for the building, where part-time Reserve soldiers come once a month for weekend training, generally on a rotating schedule.

In Massachusetts, there are 102 Army Reserve units and more than 4,000 soldiers in the state, separate from the National Guard and other Reserve units.

The federal building was quiet Monday morning as a few people trickled in and out of the facility, heavily guarded and surrounded by a high barbed-wire fence.

Sunday evening, investigators were out with flashlights, examining the hillside between the armory and a building that houses Family Horizons, a day care center along Route 9. The federal building is also next to a state Department of Transportation building near the Shrewsbury line, as well as UMass Memorial Medical Center – University Campus buildings.

District 2 City Councilor Philip P. Palmieri called for more scrutiny of the federal building for the future.

I believe there should be more scrutiny and I would imagine there will be more security as well, he said. Someone was able to enter that building. If (reserve center) couldn t readily identify (the suspect), they might consider upgrading the security system that they have and try to get funding for a better system. I m certain it would be something that might be raised by most councilors.

Worcester police issued a statement early Monday afternoon, asking people “to call police if they see anyone or anything that appears suspicious.”

Anyone with information may send an anonymous text to 274637 beginning with TIPWPD or submit an anonymous message via www.worcesterma.gov/police or call the Detective Bureau at (508) 799-8651.
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Kim Ring of the Telegram & Gazette Staff contributed to this report.

Contact Samantha Allen at samantha.allen[2]@telegram.com. Follow her on Twitter @SAllenTG

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