MADISON, Wis. Shane Larkin Jersey . -- The weakness in Ethan Happs otherwise solid offensive game is so obvious that the Wisconsin big man knows how defenders are going to play him.Just check out the sophomores stats from his Big Ten Freshman of the Year campaign: 12.9 points per game, 7.9 rebounds -- and no 3-pointers. Not even an attempt from behind the arc.That should change this season.If the 6-foot-10 Happ can add a solid jumper to his offensive arsenal , a deep Badgers team led by seniors Nigel Hayes and Bronson Koenig will be even tougher to stop. Wisconsin is already the preseason favorite in the Big Ten.I wouldnt say hes a prolific 3-point shooter but the confidence to be able to play on the perimeter is much higher than it was a year ago, coach Greg Gard said. In all, a very good step in the right direction.Hayes (15.7 points) and Koenig (13.1 points) are known commodities . They were key players on two Final Four teams. They took over as team leaders last year as juniors.Happ emerged in 2015-16 to give the Badgers their own version of a Big Three.Happ can run the floor. He can pass out of a double team. He can get excellent position in the post and spin away from defenders.But he never showed last year that he could hit a jumper.Asked if defenses would challenge him to shoot from the outside, Happ said If the roles were reversed, and there was a player who didnt shoot a 3 last year, I would do the same thing.In the offseason, Happ focused on shooting six days a week. He would shoot jumpers until he made at least 500 from the outside. On the seventh day, he used that time to focus on another workout or conditioning.My shot was kind of out here, Happ said, holding his hands slightly above and to the right of his head, as if about to shoot a free throw. Now Im kind of bringing it more to the center of my body.Other notes and story lines this season for Wisconsin:TAKING STANDSHayes and Koenig drew attention in the offseason for their high-profile stands on off-court issues. Koenig, a Ho-Chunk Nation member, drove 11 hours to North Dakota last month to take part in a protest over the construction of an oil pipeline on the Standing Rock Indiana Reservation. Hayes has been vocal about social justice issues. He also recently took a stand to publicize the issue of pay for college athletes.To hear them talk about it ... Im just proud how theyve been able to take their college experiences and to develop it into something way more than basketball, Gard said.Hayes declined to take questions at Wisconsin media day at the Kohl Center on Oct. 17, electing only to make a statement running down the strengths of the team before he had to leave to take a test.EXPERIENCEFew teams in the country are as seasoned as Wisconsin. Guard Zak Showalter (7.5 points) and forward Vitto Brown (9.7 points) join Hayes and Koenig to give the Badgers four seniors in the starting lineup with NCAA tourney experience. The Badgers return their top nine scorers.DEEP BENCHThe roster is getting deeper. Redshirt freshman Brevin Pritzl, thought to be the teams best outside shooter, is healthy again after missing his first year at Wisconsin with a foot injury. Andy Van Vliet, a 7-footer, adds needed size behind Happ. The Belgian missed last year after the NCAA ruled him ineligible for not enrolling in college within a year of high school graduation.ON GARDThe meticulous Gard enters his first full season as head coach after taking over in December following Bo Ryans surprise retirement. He has provided a steadying influence. Wisconsin had an 11-2 run to finish the regular season.STAT LINEThe Badgers have been to 18 straight NCAA tournaments. 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MILWAUKEE -- The Milwaukee Brewers needed home-run power from Chris Carter, and he provided it.Carter hit a three-run homer, Chase Anderson won his third straight decision and the Brewers beat the Atlanta Braves 4-3 on Wednesday night.We have been scuffling to score runs, Brewers manager Craig Counsell said. The three-run homer cures that. You almost expect it from Chris. It was in an important spot, certainly.Braves interim manager Brian Snitker agreed that Carter was the difference maker.You make a mistake to that big guy, hes going to make you pay. Thats what he does, Snitker said. Good ball game, other than the three-run homer. Thats about it, really.The Braves won 4-3 in 12 innings on Monday and 2-1 on Tuesday.Its nice to get a few runs on the board, Carter said. Weve struggled the last couple games scoring runs and have lost a couple of close ones.Anderson (7-10) allowed two runs and six hits over 5 1/3 innings. He walked one and struck out three, helping the Brewers snap a three-game skid.Tyler Thornburg picked up his fourth save in eight chances with a perfect ninth.Carter connected on a 1-2 pitch from starter Joel De la Cruz (0-5) during a four-run third. Ryan Braun singled in the first run and then Carter hit his 26th homer.De La Cruz left after getting hit in the right knee by Orlando Arcias two-out grounder in the fourth. The ball deflected to first baseman Freeman, who tagged Arcia to end the inning.De La Cruz hobbled off the field under his own power. The Braves said he has a right knee contusion, X-rays were negative and he is day-to-day.There was no way he was going back out there, Snitker said. He got squared up pretty good. I think hell be OK. Well see what hes like in the morning and the next day.Freeman pulled the Braves within 4-2 when he led off the fourth with a homer and made it 4-3 when he hit the first pitch from Corey Knebel in the eighth just inside the left-field foul pole for his 21st homer. It was his second multihomer game this season and the eighth of his career.A.J. Pierzynski doubled, took third on De La Cruzs sacrifice and scored on Ender Inciartes base hit in the top of the third.De La Cruz allowed four runs and seven hits over four innings. He walkeed two and struck out two in his third start since returning to the rotation. Marcus Morris Jersey. FEELING FOR FIELDERBrewers manager Craig Counsell said he has a good appreciation for how difficult it is for Rangers slugger Prince Fielder to be forced to quit baseball after a second neck surgery. Counsell, a former teammate of Fielders in Milwaukee, had the same injury, treated with the same surgery by the same doctor.The game really never lets anybody go when they completely want to, Counsell said. For him, he should still be in the middle of a great career. Its sad it has to happen like that.LUCKY 13Carters home run in the third made it a season-high 13 consecutive games in which the Brewers have gone deep.TEHERAN NEARS RETURNRHP Julio Teheran (right lat strain) is scheduled for a side session Thursday. He was placed on the 15-day disabled list on Aug. 2. Snitker said Teheran would make a minor league start before coming off the disabled list.PIERZYNSKI PADS LEADPierzynski caught his 1,933rd career game, the most among active catchers.TRAINERS ROOMBraves: RHP John Gant worked four innings in a rehab start with Triple-A Gwinnett. He allowed two runs on six hits with a walk and three strikeouts. Hes on the 15-day disabled list with a left oblique strain. ... C Tyler Flowers (left hand fracture) is getting closer to coming off the disabled list.Brewers: OF Domingo Santana (right elbow soreness) will play in his third game of a rehab assignment on Thursday with Class A Wisconsin. ... The Astros designated CF Carlos Gomez for assignment Wednesday after trading with the Brewers to get him last July. Asked if hed like Gomez back, Counsell said, I dont know whats going on with Carlos this year. I know hes had a rough year, but hell bounce back. He enjoyed it here.UP NEXTBraves: RHP Roberto Hernandez (1-0, 5.40 ERA), formerly known as Fausto Carmona, makes his second start since having his contract selected from Triple-A Gwinnett on Aug. 6.Brewers: RHP Matt Garza (3-4, 5.03) looks for his first win over the Braves. He is 0-4 with a 4.93 ERA in six career starts against them. Cheap Nike NFL Jerseys NFL Jerseys From China NFL Jerseys Cheap NFL Jerseys China NFL Jerseys Cheap China Jerseys Wholesale Cheap NFL Jerseys China ' ' '