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Reports: Wisconsin to hire Utah State's Andersen

Reports: Wisconsin to hire Utah State's Andersen

Wisconsin will hire Utah State's Gary Andersen as head football coach to replace Bret Bielema, according to multiple media reports.

The Wisconsin State Journal was first to report that Wisconsin athletic director Barry Alvarez had offered Andersen the job Tuesday night. Andersen is in his fourth year at Utah State and is coming off his best season yet.

The 18th-ranked Aggies won the Western Athletic Conference and finished 11-2, with a school record for victories after beating Toledo 41-15 in the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl on Saturday.

Utah State lost 16-14 at Wisconsin earlier this season.

The 48-year-old Andersen is 26-24 at Utah State. He took over in Logan, Utah, after spending five seasons as defensive coordinator at the University of Utah under Kyle Whittingham. In the four seasons before Andersen took over at Utah State, the Aggies won a total of nine games.

Bielema left Wisconsin for Arkansas earlier this month in a surprising move.

Andersen's move would come as a surprise only because he has so publicly stated recently that he planned to stay at Utah State after turning down other offers in the past month. The Utah native was a candidate at Colorado, California and Kentucky.

``Opportunities are wonderful. It was very humbling the last three or four weeks to go through that process and be involved in jobs. You learn a lot, but you also learn a lot about yourself and where you want to be,'' Andersen told the Idaho Statesman last week. ``And you sit back and take a deep breath and know who you want to be able to be around. I love the kids I get to coach here. ... The kids I have in the program, it just was not time. I look them in the eye and I need to be where I'm at.''

Wisconsin is headed to the Rose Bowl for a third straight season, and Alvarez is coaching the team. He was Wisconsin coach for 16 seasons before stepping down to focus on the job of athletic director, and handing the job to Bielema who was head coach in Madison for seven years.

Among the others reportedly considered for the Wisconsin job were Jacksonville Jaguars defensive coordinator Mel Tucker, Bowling Green coach Dave Clawson and Miami's Al Golden.

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How To Watch Nationals-Astros World Series Game 2: Date, time, TV channel, live stream

How To Watch Nationals-Astros World Series Game 2: Date, time, TV channel, live stream

The Nationals won their first World Series game on Tuesday night, with a 5-4 victory over the Astros in Game 1. Now, Washington looks for its second win in Houston before returning home. 

Behind Stephen Strasburg, the Nationals' vivacious lineup, with franchise player Ryan Zimmerman and young phenom Juan Soto, will face the Astros' Justin Verlander and Houston's own loaded batting order, including Jose Altuve and Alex Bregman. 

Here is how to watch Game 2.

2019 World Series Game 2: Washington Nationals @ Houston Astros

Date: Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2019

Location: Minute Maid Park, Houston, TX.

Time: 8:07 p.m. ET

TV Channel: FOX

Broadcasters: Joe Buck and John Smoltz

Live Stream: FOX Sports

Radio: 106.7 The Fan (Washington D.C. Market), ESPN Radio (National)

Weather: 72° F

Nationals vs. Astros History

All-Time Record (post-2005): Nationals 36-27

Last Playoff Appearance: Astros (2018), Nationals (2017)

World Series Schedule:

Tuesday, Oct. 22:
-World Series Game 1: Nationals 5, Astros 4 

Wednesday, Oct. 23:
-World Series Game 2: Nationals @ Astros. Time: 8:08 p.m. ET. TV Channel: FOX.

Friday, Oct. 25:
-World Series Game 3: Astros @ Nationals. Time: 8:07 p.m. ET. TV Channel: FOX.

Saturday, Oct. 26:
-World Series Game 4: Astros @ Nationals. Time: 8:07 p.m. ET. TV Channel: FOX.

Sunday, Oct. 27:
-World Series Game 5*: Astros @ Nationals. Time: 8:07 p.m. ET. TV Channel: FOX.

Tuesday, Oct. 29:
-World Series Game 6*: Nationals @ Astros. Time: 8:07 p.m. ET. TV Channel: FOX.

Wednesday, Oct. 30:
-World Series Game 7*: Nationals @ Astros. Time: 8:08 p.m. ET. TV Channel: FOX

*If necessary

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This story from Bradley Beal will get you excited for Rui Hachimura's rookie year

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This story from Bradley Beal will get you excited for Rui Hachimura's rookie year

WASHINGTON -- Even though he does two separate media scrums every time he addresses reporters, one in English and then one in Japanese, Wizards rookie Rui Hachimura is a man of few words.

As he looked ahead to his first NBA game - Wednesday at the Dallas Mavericks (8:30 p.m. on NBC Sports Washington) - in which he will be in the starting lineup, he didn't say much more than he is "excited." He said his mother is expected to be in attendance, but he won't be nervous.

So if Hachimura won't say much about himself, perhaps a story from Bradley Beal will suffice. The Wizards' All-Star shooting guard shared his first impressions of Hachimura, the Wizards' 2019 first round pick, in an interview with NBC Sports Washington.

When asked which player had impressed him the most, Beal said "Rui," but it didn't start out that way. Beal said he was skeptical when Hachimura first showed up at the Wizards' practice facility ahead of the preseason for informal workouts.

"I didn't really watch Rui much in the Summer League. I didn't watch much of him when he was playing in the World Cup games," Beal said. "I was like 'what are we raving about?'"

But then Beal, who prides himself on his work ethic and practicing and playing even when the training staff tells him to take a break, showed up one September day to the Medstar Performance Center in Southeast D.C.

"Sure enough, he comes in the gym and he's the first one in here," Beal said. "He's working out and he's getting his weights in. When he's on the floor, he's working out and he's in a sweat. Then, he steps on the floor to play pick-up and it's like 'damn, what can't he do?'"

Beal said Hachimura scrimmaged with his new Wizards teammates for three straight days and was making shots from all over the court. He showed the versatility that made him a star at Gonzaga University with strong finishes at the rim, deft midrange jumpers and a confident three-point stroke.

"I like a lot of what I see out of him," Beal said. "I love the fact he doesn't necessarily have a position. We can mold him into what we want him to be."

There was one play in particular that caught Beal's eye. A shot bounced off the rim and Hachimura snatched it out of the air with one hand, casually turning to dribble up the floor. It wasn't a normal rebound where he went up and scooped the ball like most players would. He palmed it with ease, as as if it were an orange.

"I didn't know he could do that. I didn't know his hands were that big," Beal said in amazement. "From that moment, I was like 'he's going to be a problem.'"

It didn't take long for Hachimura to wow one of the NBA's best players. Now it's time for the rest of the league to find out what he can do.

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