Injury Worries at Rivers United ahead Clash with Rangers

first_imgNo fewer than four first team players will miss Rivers United’s Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) clash with Enugu Rangers on Sunday.Yaovi Douhadji, Guy Kuemian, Godbless Asamoah and Wilson Andoh will definitely miss out on the Match-day 14 encounter against the Flying Antelopes. Togolese international defender, Douhadji is currently indisposed and has not trained since last week.Rivers United Doctor, Chukwuemeka Agi, explained that a diagnosis is yet to be reached on Douhadji’s condition.The big defender travelled to Jos for last Sunday’s 1-2 loss to Plateau United but indisposition forced Technical Manager, Stanley Eguma, to draft in Ayobami Asekunowo as his replacement in the match day squad.“Douhadji has not trained for almost a week and he will definitely miss out on the game against Rangers.“His breathing is irregular and he’s complained of tiredness most of the time.“He is currently at the Braithwaite Memorial Specialist Hospital (BMSH) and will undergo further medical tests on Thursday (yesterday),” Agi told the club media.Kuemian recently aggravated the injury he suffered in United’s 1-2 reverse to Heartland in Owerri on April 10-a strain of the left quadriceps.He has yet to resume training and will not play against Rangers on Sunday as a result.Ghanaian marksman, Asamoah has struggled with hamstring issues all season and has been declared unfit to play on Sunday.Andoh’s injury appears to be the most serious as he appeared to rupture knee ligaments in the defeat to Plateau United in Jos on Sunday.He is set to be side lined for the long term and is surely out of contention for the game against Rangers on Sunday.Eguma said the injury worries represent a big set-back in his plans to topple the league leaders at the Yakubu Gowon Stadium on Sunday.“Right now, we have lost the services of all our first team strikers. Only (top scorer), Chukwunonso Okonso is available.“It will not be easy to face the strongest team in the league with just one fit striker,” Eguma said.Enugu Rangers are currently top of the NPFL standings with 24 points from 12 matches while Rivers United occupies seventh spot with 19 points from 13 matches.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

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Can Spurs Halt City’s Premier League Run?Â

first_imgPep Guardiola’s hunger to make history with Manchester City remains undiminished after his side became the first in the history of the English top flight to win 15 successive games.City reached the milestone with a ruthless 4-0 victory at Swansea City on Wednesday, which preserved their massive 11-point lead at the Premier League summit. Manchester City faced their biggest test so far in this season Premier League last Sunday when they made a short trip to Old Trafford against bitter rival, Manchester United and Pep Guardiola got the better of old foe-Jose Mourinho, 2-1,and established an 11-point lead even with the league not yet at half way. The Citizens would hope to continue that run as they welcome another top flight team- Tottenham Hotspurs to the Etihad this weekend. A victory for the host would make the league a one-horse race, but in Spurs they have a real battle at hand They will face a sterner test today at home to a resurgent Tottenham Hotspur, but Guardiola is relishing the prospect of facing a rival team whose approach to the game chimes with his own.“Tottenham, with Chelsea, is the best team in the way to play football,” Guardiola said.“They don’t expect the other ones to take the initiative, they want to make their own game. It is another amazing test for us.“It is every three days. After Tottenham it is Leicester in the Carabao Cup, so there is not too much time to recover.“But we are ready to face them and try to keep that level we have shown in the last period.”City’s win at Swansea made them the first team in the history of English league football to have won 15 games in a row and they now have new milestones in sight.Beat Spurs at the Etihad Stadium and Guardiola will match his longest run of successive league wins with the great Barcelona team he led to a La Liga and Champions League double in 2010-11.He would then be just three wins off the overall record for Europe’s top five leagues, which he also set – a 19-game winning streak with Bayern Munich in 2013-14.City’s relentless form, and the spellbinding quality of their football, has led some observers to suggest they could be the finest team England has ever seen.But far from dreading the trip to the Etihad, Spurs manager Mauricio Pochettino will savour it.After four league games without a win, Spurs have won on their last two outings, crushing Stoke City 5-1 and beating Brighton and Hove Albion 2-0.Victory over Brighton on Wednesday took Spurs back into the top four and Pochettino says he and his players will travel to the northwest in buoyant mood.“We’re going to Manchester thinking we can win,” said the Argentinian, whose team came from 2-0 down to draw 2-2 at City last season.“We’re going to enjoy it, because it’s a fantastic challenge to play against Manchester City. They’re the best team in England and one of the best in Europe.“I’m so excited to play, because I love to play against teams and managers like Guardiola that are the best. I’m so motivated and so happy that we are going to play a team at their best.”Relations between the two managers were not as cordial in October, after Pochettino took exception to Guardiola’s description of his side as “the Harry Kane team”.Pochettino branded the comments “disrespectful”, but Guardiola said the Spurs manager had “made a mistake” in his interpretation of the remark.Kane, who found the net twice against Stoke, needs to score four more goals to beat Alan Shearer’s 1995 record of 36 Premier League goals in a calendar year.Dele Alli will expect to be recalled after starting the win over Brighton on the bench, but Toby Alderweireld remains injured and Davinson Sanchez is suspended.Sergio Aguero impressed on his return to City’s starting XI at Swansea, scoring a slick solo goal to seal victory, and will hope to keep his place against Spurs.Kyle Walker and Leroy Sane are both expected to return to the starting line-up, having watched the Swansea game from the bench.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

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Buffon Ends 17-Year Juventus Career with Win over Verona

first_imgBuffon, who is considering offers for new roles both on and off the pitch, was cheered every time he touched of the ball by the home supporters – and for long periods when he was nowhere near it.Before kick-off, the Italian was greeted onto the pitch with a banner bearing his face. He then mingled with fans, accepting congratulations and gifts from the Curva Sud. His team-mates wore the hashtag #un1co on their sleeves, pointing to the social media tributes that have flowed since he confirmed the end of his Juventus career on Thursday.Buffon’s one moment of concern came when Douglas Costa’s loose pass let Ryder Matos in on goal. The goalkeeper rushed out and appeared to collide with the Brazilian as the ball was touched beyond him – but referee Ricardo Pinzani decided against awarding a penalty or reviewing the incident via the video assistant referee.His latest success takes his tally of Serie A titles to nine.He also has one from Italy’s second tier after he remained with the Turin side in the wake of their enforced relegation over the match-fixing scandal of 2006. The previous best was eight won by Giovanni Ferrari with Juventus, Inter Milan and Bologna between 1930 and 1941. Buffon is rumoured to have been offered a playing deal with French champions Paris St-Germain, as well as an off-field role with Juventus.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Gianluigi Buffon ended his 17-year Juventus career as they crowned a seventh straight Italian title with a 2-1 win over relegated Verona yesterday. The 40-year-old keeper was substituted just after the hour, and was in tears as he embraced his team-mates while the crowd gave him a standing ovation. He did a lap of honour while the match continued in Turin, accepting gifts and congratulations from fans.Daniele Rugani and Miralem Pjanic scored for Juve in a comfortable win. Alessio Cerci pulled a goal back after Buffon had been replaced by Carlo Pinsoglio, but Verona rarely threatened to ruin the send-off at the Allianz Stadium.Swiss defender Stephan Lichtsteiner – also playing his final game for Juventus – could have increased the advantage, but his late penalty was excellently saved by Nicolas Andrade.last_img read more

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Andersson Brings Back Sweden’s Team Ethic

first_imgOn Tuesday evening, Sweden reached the quarter-finals of the FIFA World Cup for the first time since 1994. As they did so, one man’s name was chanted by the thousands of Swedish fans who had made their way to Saint Petersburg Stadium.“It was a surreal feeling to stand at the side of the pitch, hearing the fans calling out my name,” Head Coach Janne Andersson said during the post-match press conference. But he was quick to point out that no one, not even himself, is a “star” in this team. “Football is a team sport and this team, for me, exemplifies that. We all work so hard for each other on and off the pitch.”And yet the man whose name was shouted in Saint Petersburg is largely responsible for Sweden becoming such a hard-working unit. It has in many ways become a “new” Sweden since Andersson took over as head coach in 2016. Veteran players like Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Andreas Isaksson, Anders Svensson and Kim Kallstrom all retired from international football. Andersson was left building a new national team, and his requirements for the players were clear from the start – work hard, and always do your best. That was all he asked for: nothing more, nothing less.That is also exactly what the players have given him, and they have gone on to beat the odds again and again, creating what many believe to be the strongest unity in a Swedish national team ever.“Janne is very good at maintaining a dialogue with all the players. He shows his commitment to everyone in the squad, making them all feel that they are important, and that they are playing a part,” the team’s sports psychology advisor Daniel Ekvall told FIFA.For starters, he is a man who loves his hot dogs so much that during his time as head coach of Halmstad BK in the Swedish first division (the Allsvenskan), he ranked the opposing teams’ stadiums in terms of who had the best hot dogs (the winner was Stockholm side Hammarby). He is also the all-time top goalscorer of a small club called Alets IK, where he scored 207 goals in 383 matches.But it is on the touchline that he has really made his mark. In 2015 Andersson took IFK Norrkoping to a surprise league title in the Allsvenskan, with a squad that perhaps did not boast the most celebrated players, but that worked wonders as a team. Not dissimilar to Sweden at Russia 2018, in fact.He is always calm when things are going his way, but is known to have a temper when he feels his team is being mistreated. “I don’t get angry for the fun of it. I think that every time I have been angry, it has been justified,” he claims. ”But I have to admit that I don’t always feel proud when I see pictures of myself looking like a monster!”On Tuesday, however, there was nothing but joy after his hard-working team reached a historic quarter-final. “I feel happiness and pride,” he gushed with relish. “We worked hard defensively and followed a plan, but we can do even better. The feeling is good now, but we have to refocus and look ahead to Saturday (in the clash with England).”Q’FINAL FIXTURESFriday 6th JulyUruguay Vs France 3pmBrazil Vs Belgium 7pmSaturday 7th JulySweden Vs England 3pmRussia Vs Croatia 7pmShare this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

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Cheprot’s Magnanimity Earns Him $10,000 at 2019 Okpekpe Race

first_imgDuro IkhazuagbeThe biggest winner of the 2019 Okpekpe 10km International Road Race was not the man who breasted the tape first last Saturday but KenyanSimon Cheprot who finished outside prize money in the 15th position overall. Cheprot’s kindness earned him $10,000 on a day he had failed to place in money winning zone of the seventh edition of the Okpekpe race.The Kenyan who gave up after he was upstaged by most of the top runners from East Africa saw a co-competitor fell on the finish point and abandoned his own race to help that runner, who incidentally happened to be another Kenya, to regain consciousness before continuing the race to the finish line.That single gesture of magnanimity was not lost on eminent personalities who stormed Okpekpe to be part of the road running fiesta.First, brother of Capt. Hosa Okunbor, chairman of Wells Carlton Hotels and Apartment, partners of Okpekpe Race started the dollar rain on the 2016 champion.Chairman of the All Progresses Congress (APC), Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, also pledged $3000 to salute the courage of the Kenyan.Deputy Governor of Edo State, Rt. Hon. Phillips Shaibu was also moved by that gesture to also pledge $5,000 to Cheprot to serve as inspiration to others to do good fellow human beings in challenging situations.Fikadu Admasu Dawitt of Bahrain ensured at the weekend that no individual road runner wins a second title yet at the Okpekpe 10km International Road Race clocking 29:03 minutes to pick the top prize of the 2019 edition.Fikadu, a former Ethiopian before switching to Bahrain beat Ethiopia’s Berehanu Tsegu (29:04) at the tape to clinch the top honour of the Okpekpe Race. John Kipsang Lotiang of Kenya (29:17) won the bronze.In the women’s category, Kenya’s duo of Sheilat Chelanga (33:14) and Tuitoek Dorcas Jepchirchir (33:18) won the first and second positions respectively while Ethiopia’s Kasegn Alemtsehay Getachew settled for the silver.In the Nigerian category, husband and wife road-runners from Plateau State, Emmanuel Gyang  Gwon (31:42) and Deborah Pam Badung (38:13) finished first in both the male and female respectively.Speaking at the prize presentation ceremony, Oshiomhole commended the Edo State government for sustaining the partnership which started from his era as governor of the state.He praised organizers of the 10km road race for the good organization that has earned the competition a silver label rating from IAAF.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

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Zimbabwe Win Jinx Continues with Draw against Uganda

first_imgZimbabwe (yellow shirts) last won a match at an Africa Cup of Nations finals in 2006. The jinx continues with yesterday’s 1-1 draw with Uganda in the AFCON 2019 Zimbabwe’s Knowledge Musona and Uganda’s Patrick Kaddu both missed glorious chances to get a winning goal.Musona hit the crossbar when faced with an open goal from only four yards out and then, after Zimbabwe’s Evans Rusike had a shot saved on the goalline, Kaddu volleyed over from six yards with the goal empty.Zimbabwe, who were aiming for only their third win at a Cup of Nations finals, now have to beat DR Congo in their final group match on Sunday to have a chance of making it out of the group phase for the first time.Uganda top the group with four points from two games, but will be overtaken by Egypt if the hosts beat DR Congo later on Wednesday.Nottingham Forest defender Tendayi Darikwa and Alec Mudimu, who plays for Welsh Premier League side Cefn Druids, were both in the Zimbabwe side, with Bevis Mugabi, released by Yeovil Town at the end of last season, among the Uganda starting line-up.In Group B, Nigeria became the first team to qualify for the last 16 as they beat Guinea 1-0.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Uganda and Zimbabwe wednesday played out an entertaining 1-1 draw in Group A of the Africa Cup of Nations in Cairo, Egypt.Uganda took an early lead through Emmanuel Okwi’s close-range finish after Zimbabwe goalkeeper George Chigova had parried Lumala Abdu’s shot.But Zimbabwe equalised when Khama Billiat scored after fine work down the left wing from team-mate Ovidy Karuru.last_img read more

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Osaka: Covid-19 Break Helped Me Accomplish US Open Feat

first_imgOsaka with the US Open Title US Open champion Naomi Osaka has said that the time she was forced to take off tennis because of the coronavirus pandemic helped her win a third Grand Slam.Osaka, 22, fought back from a set down to beat Victoria Azarenka in Saturday’s final at Flushing Meadows in New York.“The quarantine definitely gave me a chance to think a lot about things, what I want to accomplish, what I want people to remember me by,” said Osaka. “I would definitely say it’s been an important few months.”Victory earned her a third major title after winning the 2018 US Open and 2019 Australian Open.Osaka has demonstrated a growing maturity during the US Open bubble, which included last month’s Western and Southern Open being held at Flushing Meadows before the Grand Slam event.On the court, her improved mental resilience has helped her forge an 11-match winning streak since the professional tours returned last month.The Japanese fourth seed needed that against Azarenka after being overwhelmed in a one-sided first set, and being a point away from trailing 3-0 in the second set, before recovering to win 1-6 6-3 6-3.Off the court, she has used her platform to speak out about racism and police brutality in the United States.“For me, my life was always go, go tennis-wise, especially after the previous US Open that I won,” she said when asked about the impact of the disrupted season.“It definitely accelerated things, and I’ve never had a chance to slow down.“I feel like I’ve definitely tried to mature. I wasn’t really sure the process that I was going to have to take.“But I feel like the lessons that I learned with life definitely developed me as a person more.”Although Osaka’s second US Open win came in strange circumstances in a near-empty Arthur Ashe Stadium, it provoked wildly different emotions to her first.Two years ago, she was left in tears as she waited to collect her first Grand Slam trophy following a tumultuous match against Serena Williams.The American had an infamous argument with umpire Carlos Ramos, which created a hostile environment among an Ashe crowd unhappy at Williams’ treatment.“This win feels different overall because of the circumstances I’m under. I wasn’t in a bubble last time. There were a lot of fans last time,” she said.“I feel like in the end all I focus on is what I can control on the tennis court. That’s what I did last time. I feel like that’s what I did this time.”Whether or not Osaka will try to win back-to-back majors again at the French Open later this month remains to be seen after she was non-committal about her plans.“I was planning to play when I came here (to the US Open), but I guess I’ll see what happens,” she said.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

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New grant for Keck research

first_imgThe Keck School of Medicine’s epidemiological cancer surveillance research program has been awarded $23.5 million of federal funding to advance its research.Granted · The USC Department of Preventative Medicine will use the $23.5 million to fund epidemiology research at USC’s cancer center. – Neha Jain | Daily TrojanThe USC Department of Preventative Medicine has received funding since 1992, but this award provides the epidemiological program with enough financial stability to continue research in the coming years.“Most funding comes from the government and typically only for one to three years, so you are constantly unsure of what you will do five years from now and [unable] to count on seven years of funding,” said Dennis Deapen, director of the Cancer Surveillance Program.The program, part of the National Cancer Institute, will receive the award over the course of seven years.“This funding allows me and my colleagues to focus on our researching instead of writing new grants. We hope to not only be able to help those people who have cancer but to also prevent cancer from starting,” Deapen said.About 65 faculty, staff and graduate students from USC, UCLA and other area universities also involved in the institute’s research on cancer prevention, eye diseases, childhood obesity and cardiovascular problems, among other health issues.“Each researcher will obtain names of cancer patients from [a] hospital and then the researcher will ask the patient if he or she would like to be interviewed about risk factors from their diet, to exercise, to family medical history,” Deapen said.The researchers look at how trends and patterns differ by racial groups, age groups and sexes. The main goal of the program is to make a surveillance registry and electronic account of all cases of cancer in hopes of discovering methods to prevent cancer in other individuals.As the number of cancer cases continues to increase, Deapen said he believes the funding from the recent grant will help in discovering breakthroughs in cancer research, which could improve the quality of life of cancer patients.“I love this position because it gives me a chance to both direct a program and to research in the program,” Deapen said. “The funding will truly make sure that it is high quality, timely and invested in the overall quality of the community.”Loraine Agustin, a student researcher for the program who is pursuing a doctorate in epidemiology, said she was glad to hear about the funding and to be a part of the program.“I decided to stay at USC because the research is exactly what I want to do and Los Angeles has such diversity in ethnicities for what we are studying,” Agustin said. “I’m very happy because I am getting full benefits, and I can explain and share my research to the community.”last_img read more

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Performance of senior class exemplifies last four years in groups final home game

first_img‘There was definitely that time when I didn’t expect to be out here,’ Jamieson said. ‘I just kind of took it all in and had fun with it.’ And to Bartig, the day also displayed his transformation of sorts. Last year, he recorded just one point in 10 games of action. In his senior season, he has materialized as a mainstay in the SU midfield and one of the biggest reasons the unit recovered from losing the bulk of last season’s starters. Syracuse extended its home winning streak to 14 games, the second-longest active streak in the country. … Providence took only 15 shots Saturday, the least by an SU opponent since the Friars took just 12 in SU’s first game last season. … Providence won the faceoff battle, taking 14-of-23 tries at the X. It was just the fourth time this year the Orange didn’t control the faceoff X. … The big head cutouts of Syracuse players made their way back to the Carrier Dome Saturday. A giant Cody Jamieson head was held up by fans in the stands. ‘It felt great to have my family and all of my classmates around for it,’ Daniello said. ‘It felt great.’ And Saturday’s 14-5 victory over Providence was no different. Though other seniors got additional playing time toward the end of the game, Bartig and fellow seniors Cody Jamieson and Chris Daniello carried the Orange to victory. The trio scored eight of SU’s 14 goals on the day on the strength of hat tricks from Jamieson and Daniello. ‘We work hard,’ Bartig said of his fellow seniors. ‘A lot of times, we don’t get the same recognition as the other guys. …You know, we’re just trying to make a name for ourselves, and I think this year we’re doing a good job of that.’ For Daniello, it was a continuation of his surprise emergence as the team’s go-to scoring threat.  Bartig and the other seniors on the Syracuse men’s lacrosse team were freshmen on the most forgettable season in SU’s recent proud history — a 5-8 finish in 2007. All year, they have continued to erase those memories through strong performances. Last season, Daniello was only fifth on the team with 24 points. This season, he’s already matched that in goals while leading the team with 44 points. Syracuse entered the game Saturday as the No. 1 team in the country. Providence had not won a game in 15 straight tries. SU came in averaging 12.6 goals per game. The Friars were at just over five, the worst scoring offense in the country. ‘I just want to make my team proud,’ Bartig said. ‘The last three years haven’t gone the way I expected or I would have liked, but this year it’s definitely changed up and I’m having a pretty good year.’ Commentscenter_img For each player, his contributions meant something unique. In Jamieson’s case, just last year he didn’t know if his dream of playing lacrosse for SU would come to fruition. On Saturday, he was one of the heroes for the Orange yet again.  ‘My hat’s off to the Providence team and their coaching staff,’ he said. ‘What we’ve seen on film is they score goals and they get excited and they’re not looking at the scoreboard. They played hard today, and they didn’t come in and quit. They haven’t had a win yet. (Their resiliency) is a great characteristic that they carry.’ This and that Credit to the Friars SU head coach John Desko said he was a little disappointed with the Orange’s performance in the first half but that overall, he was impressed with Providence’s effort and execution. For Max Bartig, Senior Day signified just how far his class had come. bplogiur@syr.eduzjbrown@syr.edu The last time they played, SU won 22-3 to open up the 2009 season. Saturday’s game could have gotten ugly quickly, but some sloppy play and Providence’s game plan did not allow it to turn into a rout. Published on April 24, 2010 at 12:00 pm Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

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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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