OSU blocks UW’s title hopes

first_imgJEFF SCHORFHEIDE/Herald photoCOLUMBUS, Ohio — The No. 1 Wisconsin men’s basketball team was battered and bruised. They hadn’t shot well and their star floor leader Alando Tucker was struggling. Still, the Badgers somehow found themselves up one on No. 2 Ohio State with 20 seconds to go, as senior Kammron Taylor stepped to the line for a 1-and-1.He missed.”We couldn’t have asked for another person at the line,” freshman guard Jason Bohannon said. “It was really shocking. That really led to Ohio State doing what they did.”On the ensuing possession, Buckeye freshman Mike Conley Jr.’s off-balance runner rattled in with 4.2 seconds left, and Taylor’s desperation shot was swatted away.Ball game. Ohio State 49, Wisconsin 48: game, set, Big Ten Championship.”It hurts bad,” an understandably dejected Taylor said. “We’ve worked so hard. To have it go through your hands like that, it hurts.””You just have to be a man and suck it up,” UW head coach Bo Ryan said. Wisconsin (26-4, 12-3 Big Ten) had to watch another opponent’s fans storm the floor after a loss for the third time this season, as Ohio State (26-3, 14-1 Big Ten) was presented the Big Ten championship trophy after clinching a regular-season title for the second-straight season.”The first one was great,” Buckeye forward Ivan Harris said of the 2006 Big Ten title. “To leave Ohio State with two Big Ten championships — it is something special.”The Badgers were not so thrilled with Sunday’s outcome.”You can’t be satisfied after something like that happening,” Tucker said. After Conley’s shot, the Badgers had 3.9 seconds to advance the ball the length of the floor for a game-winning shot.”I was just trying to get to the basket and hopefully draw some contact,” Taylor said. “It didn’t work out.”While Taylor had the misfortune to miss the free throw and the final shot of the game, the Badgers pointed to shooting 35 percent from the field and an inability to stop Ohio State on Conley’s final shot. “There were so many other things that led to [Taylor’s miss] that we needed to get done,” Ryan said. “In a game like that, it’s all the little things that we didn’t do with 10 minutes to go, with 15 minutes to go.”Tucker singled out the defensive effort on Conley Jr.’s game-winner as the key play. “We were in a position where we were up one and we had a chance to put the icing on it with a defensive stop that we pride ourselves on,” Tucker said. “We didn’t make the big stop we needed when we were up one at the end of the game.”The Buckeyes’ held Tucker to only 5-of-15 shooting from the field, including a 2-of-9 second-half performance. “They pressure me when I get the ball and they try to force me into making a pass,” Tucker said. “That’s why we have to knock down shots when we’re given the opportunities. We have to be able to knock those down.”Bohannon responded with 11 points, hitting all three of his 3-pointers, and Taylor finished with 10 points.The Badgers were able to hold freshman superstar Greg Oden to only 11 points, but Harris (12) and Conley Jr. (11) were able to pick up the slack, while Oden was more than able on the defensive end, contributing greatly to UW’s poor shooting. “They played very good defense,” senior forward Jason Chappell said. “When you have Oden inside, it just takes away a whole aspect of your game. It just makes going inside that much harder.”Taylor was consoled by Tucker after the game, who told him to keep his head up and to help lead the team through the low point of an outstanding season. “After a game like tonight, I know he’s taking it hard,” Tucker said. “I talked to him and told him that everybody is going to be looking at me and him and Chappell, how we respond.”The final minutes of the game were a whirlwind affair. With 2:47 left to play, Oden hit a free throw after the final media timeout to complete a 3-point play, and put the Buckeyes up 47-46.Taylor and Tucker both missed shots on the following UW possession, but Ohio State was unable to capitalize as Bohannon was able to draw a charge on Jamar Butler. On the Badgers’ next possession, the team had three missed shots, but three offensive rebounds, ending with Michael Flowers diving on the floor for the loose ball and UW managing to call timeout still having the ball.Bohannon found Tucker out of the break for a wide-open layup to put UW up 48-47. “We drew it up like that, and it worked,” Tucker said. Chappell blocked a shot by Lewis and after a Bohannon rebound, the stage was set for the disappointing finish. “That’s what’s disappointing,” Tucker said. “For us not to close out with a one-point lead, that’s tough.”last_img read more

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Gasser to watch 2012-13 from bench

first_imgSlated to take over at point guard for the Badgers this season, junior Josh Gasser tore the ACL in his left knee Saturday, ending his season.[/media-credit]Meeting with the press for the first time since his injury, Josh Gasser took a seat with his left leg resting on a separate chair.The brace that covers Gasser’s resting leg now serves as a grisly reminder to the Wisconsin guard, teammates and press alike of the season-ending injury the junior suffered in practice this past Saturday.Going up for a layup, Gasser heard a pop, and that was it. Just like that, the Badgers lost their projected starting point guard for the season to a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee.“Just kind of a freak thing, first of all,” Gasser said. “I just got a steal, going in transition and went up for a layup, did a little side step going up for a layup, nothing out of the ordinary. Just kind of gave out on me.“The physical pain was pretty bad but it was nothing compared to the emotional, mental pain that happened.”With surgery scheduled for next Tuesday, Wisconsin will have to scramble to adjust to the unplanned loss of Gasser for the 2012-13 season.Gasser will likely travel with the team the entire year but miss the first two road trips to Gainesville, Fla., and Las Vegas, Nev., due to the fact they fall within the first month of his recovery from surgery.The injury and the entire press conference was an affair charged with the raw emotion of Gasser, who seemed to still be accepting the fact his season was over.It’s a disappointing fact considering what the junior was expected to do this season.With the upcoming season projected as a breakout year for the new Wisconsin point guard, Gasser was ready for an increased role in the offense handling the ball and running the offense, filling the void left by former Badger All-American Jordan Taylor.Just a season ago, Gasser averaged 7.6 points per game and 4.2 rebounds a game for the Badgers, logging 34.1 minutes a contest – good for second on the team – while starting all 36 games.A starter even as a freshman, Gasser, who will use his redshirt to avoid losing a season of eligibility, acknowledged the frustrations he’s already felt in regard to his injury.“It sucks; you can’t really describe it I guess,” Gasser said.But Gasser hasn’t lacked a support network. Reaching out to the injured player have been players from other campuses and sports, like the football team’s Curt Phillips, a quarterback who has endured and returned from multiple injuries to his own ACL.Phillips had some advice for the long road of recovery ahead.“Do what [the medical staff] tell you,” Gasser said of Phillip’s advice. “The doctors and trainers they have experienced it with other athletes. … He just told me to be patient with it; it’s going to suck the first few weeks, it’s going to suck the first couple of months to try and get it done. He told me to take my time with it because if you do you’ll come back strong.”Gasser also received support from Minnesota’s big man Trevor Mbakwe, who had an ACL injury sideline him just a season ago. Mbakwe responded to Gasser through Facebook, as the two exchanged a few quick messages.“We inboxed each other for a couple posts back and forth,” Gasser said. “It was pretty nice of him.”The Badgers will now have to scramble to adjust their backcourt accordingly. A positive for head coach Bo Ryan’s squad is that they have a bona fide No. 1 on the roster waiting for his chance to shine.George Marshall, just a redshirt freshman, will most likely get the call to fill Gasser’s spot in the starting lineup. Marshall looked impressive in the practice period available to the media Tuesday afternoon, knocking down three-pointer after three-pointer while also showing off a smooth pull-up jumper.While the Badgers will miss the most seasoned member of their backcourt and the unquestioned vocal leader of the team, Gasser voiced his confidence in the teammates stepping up to respond to his absence.“George, Traevon (Jackson), Ben (Brust); … we’re not going to skip a beat with me out,” Gasser said. “But the big thing I think we’re going to miss is a vocal guy at the guard position, a leader who’s been there and played a little bit, but that’s something I’ll contribute to even though I’m not out there.”That contribution for Gasser will come in learning a new role in the Wisconsin program: coach. While not able to partake physically, Gasser will be on the sideline for games and practices to give advice and coach the young and developing Badger backcourt.“If I’m going to do that in my future, I’m going to treat this year as a coaching internship,” Gasser said. “It’s good to see a different perspective, get to watch from the sideline, get to watch from courtside.“That’s what guys who have reached out to me have told me: ‘You’re going to learn some stuff that you never would have learned playing out there and you’re going to realize how much you love basketball and that’s going to help you in the long run.’ I’m definitely going to take this opportunity to learn some things off the court.”Follow Nick on Twitter.last_img read more

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Mourinho says United’s lack of focus not acceptable

first_imgThey beat Saint Etienne 3-nil in the first leg of their last-32 tie at Old Trafford.Zlatan Ibrahimovic scoring a hat-trick for the Reds.Mourinho says disrespect to the competition was behind their poor focus in the opening period of the game. Tottenham have plenty of work to do to turn their tie around at Wembley next week. Spurs went down 1-0 to Gent in Belgium.last_img

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Yanks win 10th straight vs Red Sox, best streak since 1953

first_imgLast Updated: 18th August, 2020 09:04 IST Yanks Win 10th Straight Vs Red Sox, Best Streak Since 1953 Luke Voit homered twice, Aroldis Chapman returned from the COVID-19 injured list to pitch the ninth inning and the New York Yankees beat the Boston Red Sox 6-3 Monday night for their 10th straight victory in the famed rivalry Written By Associated Press Television News SUBSCRIBE TO US Luke Voit homered twice, Aroldis Chapman returned from the COVID-19 injured list to pitch the ninth inning and the New York Yankees beat the Boston Red Sox 6-3 Monday night for their 10th straight victory in the famed rivalry.New York capped a four-game sweep and is on its best run against Boston since winning a franchise-best 12 consecutive games in 1952-53 — a stretch when Red Sox star Ted Williams was serving in the Korean War.The AL East-leading Yankees have won six in a row overall since dropping three of four at Tampa Bay from Aug. 7-9. They start a three-game home series against the second-place Rays on Tuesday night. New York is 10-0 at Yankee Stadium this season.Boston lost its eighth straight game overall and has also dropped 10 consecutive games in the Bronx.Thairo Estrada and Aaron Hicks also homered for New York. Estrada connected shortly after the game was delayed 1 hour, 23 minutes by rain during the fourth inning.Chapman allowed a triple to José Peraza and an RBI single to Jonathan Araúz but struck out Kevin Pillar and Rafael Devers to end the game. His final pitch was a 101.3 mph fastball that Devers swung through.Chapman was activated Monday after testing positive for the coronavirus during preseason workouts. The All-Star left-hander had only mild symptoms and has been training at the team’s alternate site in Scranton, Pennsylvania, since being cleared July 31.It was Chapman’s first appearance since allowing a series-ending homer to Houston’s Jose Altuve in Game 6 of the AL Championship Series.The tarp was rolled out with the Red Sox rallying in the fourth inning. Yankees starter Jordan Montgomery pitched no-hit ball until J.D. Martinez, Xander Bogaerts and Christian Vázquez hit consecutive two-out singles.Vázquez’s soft liner bounced off shortstop shortstop Gleyber Torres’ glove on a tough play in shallow left field, allowing Martinez to score. The grounds crew came out moments later — just before a light drizzle turned into a downpour.Luis Avilán relieved Montgomery after the delay, walked Michael Chavis to load the bases and struck out Alex Verdugo to end the inning.Boston left-hander Martin Pérez (2-3) walked the bases loaded in the first inning but escaped when Miguel Andújar’s towering fly ball fell into Peraza’s glove on the left field warning track.New York broke through in the second. Hicks scored speedy Tyler Wade from first on a double, and Voit followed with a drive to left-center for a 3-0 lead.Voit added a leadoff shot in the fifth, his seventh home run of the season. Hicks homered leading off the seventh to make it 6-2.Michael King (1-1) allowed a run over three innings after replacing Avilán.DEFENSIVE ISSUESTorres made two throwing errors at shortstop and skipped another ball that Voit picked out of the dirt at first base. The 23-year-old has six errors, most among shortstops, in his first season replacing Didi Gregorius at the position. Torres also has had a few miscommunications with infielders in the past week.Meanwhile, left fielder Andújar — a converted third baseman — got turned around by Verdugo’s fly ball in the sixth and watched it bounce over the wall for a ground-rule RBI double. Andújar was replaced in left by Mike Tauchman an inning later with New York leading 5-2.Torres was also picked off first base by catcher Vázquez in the seventh.TRAINER’S ROOMRed Sox: LH reliever Josh Taylor was activated after testing positive for the coronavirus July 15 and pitched a perfect sixth inning. The 27-year-old had no symptoms but was quarantined in a Boston hotel room for more than two weeks, and manager Ron Roenicke cautioned that Taylor might not be quite himself. RHP Chris Mazza was optioned to the alternate site. … INF Christian Arroyo, claimed off waivers from Cleveland on Thursday, could be activated Tuesday if he clears intake coronavirus testing.Yankees: INF DJ LeMahieu is expected to miss two to three weeks after going on the injured list Sunday with a sprained left thumb. Images of his thumb are being sent to the same hand specialist that treated LeMahieu for a similar injury in 2018 while with Colorado.UP NEXTRed Sox: RHP Zack Godley (0-2, 8.16 ERA) is set to face Phillies RHP Zach Eflin (0-1, 3.60) in the opener of a two-game series in Boston on Tuesday night.Yankees: RHP Masahiro Tanaka (0-0, 2.31) opposes Rays LHP Blake Snell (1-0, 2.08) at Yankee Stadium.Image credits: AP First Published: 18th August, 2020 09:04 ISTcenter_img LIVE TV WATCH US LIVE COMMENT FOLLOW USlast_img read more

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Arsenal will not pay £50m for Partey – Reports

first_imgArsenal are refusing to meet Atletico Madrid’s £50 million valuation of midfielder Thomas Partey as the battle for the Ghanaian’s signature continues.Partey has been on the radar of the Gunners for the past few months, as Mikel Arteta enhances his chance for a holding midfielder.However, according to reports in Spain, Arsenal have communicated their reluctance to meet Partey’s £50 million.Partey joined Atletico Madrid back in 2015, and was instrumental as the Madrid side won the UEFA Europa League back in 2018.The 27 year old made 35 appearances in La Liga last season, scoring 3 times.last_img

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History Channel’s ‘American Pickers’ Looking for Large Collections in Michigan

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisA popular television show on the History Channel is coming to Michigan this fall and they’re looking for large collections with a story behind them.The show American Pickers looks at unique collections all over the nation. Hosts Mike Wolfe and Frank Fitz explore these collections and uncover the stories about the collections throughout the United States.“A big collection of anything is generally pretty interesting,” said Casting Associate Emily Chafetz. “How they got into it, where they got it, and how long they’ve been doing it for.”They guys will be coming to Michigan in September, a place they’ve had prior experience. The show is looking for leads all over Michigan, specifically in the region of northern Michigan. The goal is to find collections and unique characters that Wolfe and Fitz can interact with to create a good episode.“In general, the guys are really interested in Michigan just because people are passionate about their things in the Midwest and we’ve found really good things in the past.”No stores, malls, flea markets, museums, auctions, businesses or anything open to public will be considered.If you have a unique collection or know someone who has a collection, contact American Pickers by calling 1-855-653-7878 or email AmericanPickers@cineflix.com AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisContinue ReadingPrevious What’s Trending for July 25Next Local Artist’s Drawing Accepted Into International Exhibitionlast_img read more

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Ramatu claims three officials withdrew FA endorsement due to fear

first_imgFormer GFA presidential hopeful, Ofeibia Ramatu, has claimed that three of the 10 delegates who endorsed her candidature withdrew in fear in the lead up to the recent elections.According to her, the three had hastily withdrawn their endorsements after they expressed fear that their teams would be relegated should they be seen as being against Kwesi Nyantakyi.Ramatu, who had publicly stated her intention to contest the incumbent GFA boss, could not do so because she could not meet the requirement of getting 10 signatures from registered club owners.The 35-year old claims that she, indeed, secured those signatures, as she told Kumasi-based Otec FM“…some of the teams [delegates] who endorsed my forms later begged me to withdraw their signatures. Out of the ten people who endorsed my forms for me, three of them came begging me because they fear being relegated in their respective leagues.”Describing herself as a ‘juvenile coach and lover of grassroots football’, she added: “Ghana football is in total darkness. We should wake up to help grow our football and forget about power.” It is however unclear why Ramatu is only disclosing this now that the elections are over. The congress was shrouded in controversy after a lawyer, John Quayson, tried to use the courts to stop proceedings, citing procedural irregularities.Gunning to become the first ever female GFA boss, Ramatu was looking to challenge Nyantakyi, who has led the country’s football governing body for 10 years.He was re-elected to another four-year term on Tuesday at an extraordinary congress in Tamale after contesting as the only candidate.–Follow Joy Sports on Twitter: @Joy997FM. Our hashtag is #JoySportslast_img read more

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Wellington Ladies Night Out generates $3,400 for SRMC Scholarship

first_img Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comment (1) Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings Sort by: Date Rating Last Activity Loading comments… You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. +2 Vote up Vote down Thirsty · 229 weeks ago So can guys have a night out? lol Report Reply 0 replies · active 229 weeks ago Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Sumner Newscow report — The Wellington Ladies Night Out was held at Memorial Auditorium last weekend. There was $3,400 raised at the live and silent purse auction. The money will go towards the Sumner Regional Medical Center Scholarship which will be awarded to a Wellington High School graduate going into the medical field. Here are some pictures taken by Sumner Newscow reporter/photographer Amber Schmitz of the event that was…Ladies Night Out raises $3,400 for SRMC scholarship.Wellington Area Chamber of Commerce Annarose White (left) and Karen Murray during fashion show.Michelle Wellington has a great time at Ladies Night.Jessica Yunker and Annarose White.Follow us on Twitter.last_img read more

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Hunters take break from pre-season training

first_imgHunters ended four weeks of pre-season training and will be off for two weeks festive holiday.They will return to camp in Port Moresby in the first week of January to continue their pre-season training leading up to the start of the 2016 Queensland Intrust Cup season.Before they left, the players spent Saturday morning helping to feed hundreds of street kids in Port Moresby at the Street kids Christmas Feast event as part of their community initiative.They also had the opportunity to meet their young fans, take pictures with them and sign autographs on rugby league balls and Hunters merchandise.Assistant coach Nigel Hukula wished all the supporters and fans throughout the country a safe festive season on behalf of the Hunters Club management and players.“Remember that we all have a purpose so always be safe as tomorrow is another day but enjoy today and be blessed,” said Hukula.Hukula also thanked all the fans for the support throughout the year as they look forward to a new season.last_img read more

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City, Liverpool share points at Etihad

first_imgMANCHESTER, England (AP):Sergio Aguero’s 69th-minute goal rescued a point for Manchester City in a 1-1 draw against Liverpool on Sunday in a gripping Premier League game between two teams battling for Champions League qualification.The Argentina striker turned home Kevin De Bruyne’s pinpoint cross as City fought back from conceding a penalty converted by former player James Milner in the 51st minute.With Chelsea seemingly running away with the title, the objective for City and Liverpool is to finish in the top four and this result kept the teams in the last two Champions League qualifying places.Liverpool kept up its excellent record against its rivals in the top six this season, which has seen Juergen Klopp’s team win five and draw five from 10 games.Fourth-placed Liverpool is four points ahead of fifth-placed Manchester United, having played two games more.A penalty was always likely in this game played on a slick surface after prematch rain because of the last-ditch defending on show from both teams.In the first half, there was Nicolas Otamendi’s pull on Sadio Mane as the Liverpool forward ran clean on goal. There was Milner’s clip on the ankle of Raheem Sterling as the City winger looked set to apply a tap-in finish, with Ragnar Klavan appearing to tug back Aguero in the same move.CLEAR FOULAll three were 50-50 calls, but Gael Clichy’s foul on Roberto Firmino was clear, with the left back having previously lost his man by slipping over. Milner, who had been jeered by sections of the home crowd in the first half, sent Willy Caballero the wrong way from the spot for his seventh successful penalty of the season.For all City’s neat play in midfield, Liverpool created the best chances and Caballero produced a particularly athletic save to deny Firmino soon after Milner’s goal.City’s equaliser was slickly executed, with De Bruyne delivering a teasing low cross from the right that Aguero tucked home from just outside the six-yard box.In an end-to-end final 20 minutes, De Bruyne struck a shot against the post, Adam Lallana kicked fresh air from close range with the goal at his mercy and Sterling missed a one-on-one chance.Possibly the best opportunity fell to Aguero in injury time, but he volleyed over from close range.Yesterday’s other results: Middlesbrough 1-3 Manchester United, Tottenham 2-1 Southampton.last_img read more

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