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Regents approve contracts for Wisconsin coaches

Regents approve contracts for Wisconsin coaches

MADISON, Wis. (AP) The University of Wisconsin Board of Regents has approved contracts for incoming football coach Gary Andersen and his offensive and defensive coordinators.

Andersen will be paid $10 million over five years. He'll make $1.8 million in 2013, and then get $100,000 raises in each of the next four years.

The regents on Friday also approved salaries for offensive coordinator Andy Ludwig and defensive coordinator Dave Aranda. Each received a two-year deal worth $480,000 per year. That's $215,000 more than each of their predecessors made last season.

Andersen left Utah State to replace Bret Bielema, who left last month to become the head coach at Arkansas.

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It's not crazy to think Alex Ovechkin could lead the NHL in goals again

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It's not crazy to think Alex Ovechkin could lead the NHL in goals again

You may think the odds are against Alex Ovechkin winning yet another Rocket Richard Trophy for leading the league in goals. Ovechkin turned 33 on Sept. 17 and since the trophy was first introduced in the 1998-99 season, only one player over the age of 30 has ever won it.

That player was Ovechkin. He’s done it twice.

Let’s take a minute to appreciate just how dominant a scorer Alex Ovechkin has been through his career. Only three times has a player reached the 50-goal plateau in the past five seasons. Those players are Ovechkin (50 goals in 2015-16), Ovechkin (53 goals in 2014-15) and Ovechkin (51 goals in 2013-14).

Normally, it would be crazy to think a player over 30 could lead the league in goals. It would be crazy to think a player over 30 could score 50.

Ovechkin -- who has led the league in goals in five of the past six seasons -- is anything but normal.

After winning his seventh Rocket Richard Trophy last season and showing no signs of fatigue or decline in a dominant Stanley Cup championship run that won him a Conn Smythe Trophy as the playoff MVP, it’s not crazy to think he can do it again at age 33.

Maybe his 50 goal days are behind him. But even if he doesn’t hit that mark, he should still be in contention considering no one else in the league has scored 50 goals since the 2010-11 season when Corey Perry netted 50. Forty-nine goals was all it took last season for Ovechkin to lead the league.

With a balanced line of Evgeny Kuznetsov in the middle and Tom Wilson on the wing and a still dominant power play that will continue to be coached by Todd Reirden and Blaine Forsythe, Ovechkin will be able to light the lamp and will absolutely be in contention to lead the league in goals yet again.

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Wizards coach Scott Brooks is begging Otto Porter Jr. to shoot more 3-pointers

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Wizards coach Scott Brooks is begging Otto Porter Jr. to shoot more 3-pointers

Scott Brooks is doing just about everything he can to get Otto Porter Jr. to shoot the ball.

The Washington Wizards coach doesn't know how to convince Porter to take more shots -- especially when he's open -- instead of passing the ball. So he jokingly tried to enlist the help of reporters Monday at the team's media day. 

"I know you guys aren't trying to do me any favors here, but if you guys can do me one favor, just yell at him every time he doesn't shoot the ball," Brooks said. "I mean, just scream at him and ask him questions about that every time. 'Otto, why don't you shoot?' He needs to shoot more."

Throughout his five years with the Wizards, Porter's 3-point shooting percentage has progressively improved. In the 2017-18 NBA season, he was shooting 44.1 percent from beyond the arc -- up from 43.4 in 2016-17 and 36.7 in 2015-16. Last year, his field goal percentage was also at 50.3 percent.

But it sounds like Brooks thinks those numbers could be higher if Porter would just take advantage of the open looks.  Brooks estimated the 6-foot-8, 198-pound forward passes up three or four good shots per game.

"I tell him, I can't make it any greener for him," the head coach said. "It's green, shoot. Shoot the ball every time you get an open shot. Do not hesitate. He's one of the best perimeter shooters in the league, and we need more threes.

"We want to shoot more threes this year. We've been trying to do that for two years, and we've got one of our best shooters passing up shots."

While speaking exclusively with NBC Sports Washington at media day, Porter said he's been working with the coaches to see "where I can be more aggressive, where I can help this team get to the next level."

That surely means always having an eye on the basket.

However, Brooks said it's hard to fault Porter for wanting to help get his teammates the ball. But he needs the small forward to be selfish sometimes. 

"It's frustrating, but I love what he does," Brooks added. "He's about team, so he's doing the right thing, you know, always looking for the next play. But to me, sometimes the right thing is taking your best shooter and making sure he shoots shots.

"He's had a great summer, and we're looking forward to him continuing to improve his game."

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