Men’s basketball: Badgers turn it up late against No. 21 Maryland to earn fifth straight victory

first_imgThe No. 24 University of Wisconsin men’s basketball team (16-6, 8-3 Big Ten) secured another signature Big Ten victory Friday night 69–61 over the No. 21 Maryland Terrapins (17-6, 8-4) at the Kohl Center. After a shaky first half, the Badgers came up with several big shots and hustle plays down the stretch to extend their current winning streak to five games.Though the Badgers were graced with electric performances from both Ethan Happ and Brad Davison, the difference Friday night came from the Wisconsin bench.Sophomore Aleem Ford provided 10 crucial points off the bench, including two second-half three-pointers to help extend the Wisconsin advantage. This, coming off a scoreless three-game stretch in which he went 0-for-7 from beyond the arc, was a testament to Ford’s confidence and the trust that his teammates have in him.“They were always in my ear saying the next one will fall,” Ford said.Men’s basketball: Is Nate Reuvers the real deal?Amid a sophomore season that has seen more efficient offensive production, a 42 percent three-point percentage and the occasional block Read…The three-ball proved to be a deciding factor in Friday’s victory. Wisconsin struggled to defend the perimeter in the first half, as Maryland opened the game 6 of 10 from deep. Poor transition defense and weak closeouts gave the Terrapins plenty of open looks, particularly for guard Eric Ayala, who went 4 of 4 on three-pointers in the first half.Just as important in the game’s outcome, however, was foul trouble. Maryland’s big men — Bruno Fernando and Jalen Smith — dominated in the first half, outmuscling Happ on the block and providing valuable rim protection on defense. But when they were each whistled for their third foul early in the second half, Maryland Head Coach Mark Turgeon was forced to go to his bench.With the Terrapins in the penalty, the Badgers were given plenty of opportunities to score from the free-throw line, but Wisconsin was unable to take control of the game with Fernando and Smith out for nearly six minutes. The Badgers trailed by six with 12 minutes to go.But Wisconsin stood tall thanks to sharpshooting from Ford, Brevin Pritzl (2-of-2 3PT) and Davison — who finished with a game-high 21 points. The Badgers made six of their last eight three-point attempts to take command of a hotly contested conference battle in front of a raucous home crowd.Davison finished 4 of 6 from behind the arc, firing up the intensity late in the game’s tightest moments. Wisconsin finished 9 of 18 on three-pointers.UW posted 23 free throw attempts — 12 coming from Happ — compared to Maryland’s eight. Happ finished with 18 points and 11 rebounds, his 45th career double-double.Women’s basketball: Marsha Howard, Imani Lewis look to maintain consistency against visiting Michigan SundayThe University of Wisconsin women’s basketball team (11-10, 2-7 Big Ten) returns to the Kohl Center Sunday, just one week Read…Turgeon was proud of how his team fought but realized he had limited options down the stretch.“I thought our defense was terrific at times,” Turgeon said. “But when both of your big guys are in trouble and you’ve got an All-American in Happ, they’re hard to guard.”The Badgers held Maryland to 2 of 10 on three-pointers in the second half, while Ayala finished with 18 points. Fernando finished with 13 points and 10 rebounds.Up next, the Badgers travel to Minneapolis for a Feb. 6. showdown against rival Minnesota.last_img read more

African Karate Championships: Team Nigeria Wins Seven Medals In Benin Republic

first_imgRelatedKARATE: Team Nigeria Dazzle at the Ufak Zone 3 Championships in AbidjanMay 13, 2019In “Sports”Wrestling: Igali Hopes For ‘Better’ 2020, Targets 8 Olympic Spots (AUDIO)January 7, 2020In “Wrestling”Drama, Novelty As 6th Edition of Zainab Saleh International Female Open Karate Championship ClimaxesNovember 24, 2019In “Karate” The Nigerian contingent to the 16th Union of African Karate Federations Zone 3 Championships in Cotonou did the Nation proud by winning seven medals.Team Nigeria won two gold, two silver, and four bronze at the Championships that took place between 6th and 13th August 2017.Describing the impressive outing, media aide to the President of the Karate Federation of Nigeria, Godspower Ede told PUNCH: “The national karate team made up of six athletes – four boys and two girls, put up a superlative performance to win two gold, two silver and three bronze medals at the championship.”Ede then praised the President of the Karate Federation of Nigeria, Silas Agara, for making sure Nigeria participated in the championships after four years absence.last_img read more

Scott Boras had lunch with Arte Moreno, sparking speculation about Angels’ pursuit of Gerrit Cole

first_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Boras is the agent for Gerrit Cole, the top pitcher on this winter’s free-agent market. Cole is an Orange County native who most in the industry believe prefers to play on the West Coast. The Angels have made no secret of the fact that they need pitching, and are prepared to shop at the highest levels.Boras wouldn’t indulge further questions about the nature of his lunch with Moreno, or who else might have been there.“I don’t want to give you the lunch roster,” he said.Boras then added, unsolicited, that “Andrew Friedman was not at that lunch, by the way.” Friedman is the Dodgers’ president of baseball operations.Cole, who starred at Orange Lutheran High and UCLA, certainly could help the Dodgers, as well as the Angels. Boras, in typical fashion, suggested that every team ought to be after his client. SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — In the middle of Scott Boras’ traditional media scrum at the GM Meetings, during which he delivers carefully crafted one-liners amid a torrent of words meant to prime the market for his clients, the baseball super agent dropped this nugget.He had lunch with Arte Moreno just “the other day.”“It was good,” Boras said Wednesday of his meeting with the Angels owner. “He’s a guy that we talk baseball all the time. He’s very, very into the game. He’s really wanting to advance the interest of his franchise.”While there was no indication that this was anything more than a routine meeting, it certainly stokes plenty of intrigue, as well as tossing water on the decade-old narrative that Moreno and Boras don’t get along.center_img “If this were Major League Christmas, we would be looking at 30 stockings that would clearly want a lump of Cole,” Boras said with a grin.That being said, the Angels figure to be on the short list. Boras made a point of saying that geography doesn’t give them an advantage, although obviously he doesn’t want to scare East Coast teams out of the bidding.“I don’t think geography matters to any of these guys as much as what matters is the continuance of winning and being able to achieve their goal of getting that rare win,” Boras said. “In Gerrit’s case, when you’re that close, you’re really looking at this process as one that ‘I’ve got a box to check and I want to go out and put together the best effort to put me in that position to do that.’”Cole and the Houston Astros lost Game 7 of the World Series to the Washington Nationals last month.Whoever signs the 29-year-old Cole is likely going to have to pay in excess of $30 million per year for at least seven years. Many have suspected that process will drag past the new year, reminiscent of Bryce Harper’s negotiations last winter. Harper signed with the Philadelphia Phillies in late February, days after the start of spring training.Boras, who is also Harper’s agent, said he didn’t anticipate Cole taking that long. He said a report that Cole would not sign until January is “inaccurate.”Boras said “all” of his free agents “have the possibility of signing much earlier than that. The clubs are wanting meetings and they are wanting to get in front of the players. They are all telling me they are wanting to make much earlier decisions. I did not hear any of that last year.”Of course, every word out of Boras’ mouth is part of the negotiation. He obviously wants teams to believe there is fierce early interest in his clients, which encourages larger offers earlier.Boras’ negotiating tactics back in 2008 caused some friction with Moreno. The Angels had been trying to bring back Mark Teixeira when they reportedly pulled their offer, believing that Boras was simply using them to drive up the cost for other teams. Teixeira ended up signing with the New York Yankees.Boras said Wednesday that any conflict with Moreno is ancient history.“It’s so distant I don’t remember it,” he said. “I sit down with (Moreno) every year. I see him all the time. We have a common restaurant where we run into one another. I wouldn’t read much into it.”Angels general manager Billy Eppler said that he’s seen no evidence of any friction between Moreno and Boras. Eppler said his relationship with Boras has been good for 17 years, since Eppler was starting out as an amateur scout in Southern California.Eppler said he has lunch with Boras every winter, although he wouldn’t say if this winter’s meeting had happened yet.At some point, presumably Cole will have a meeting with Eppler, Moreno and probably Manager Joe Maddon, and they’ll have their chance to demonstrate to him that he should sign with the Angels.As far as Boras is concerned, the sooner all that happens, the better.“I think any player wants to sign early,” Boras said. “I don’t know of anybody who doesn’t want to have this process done to his satisfaction (early). Obviously you have to have meetings and you through an inaugural conceptual exchange with franchises you are going to be working with for a long period of time. Those are things that are organic to the process. But any player wants to sign early.”last_img read more

Children receive school supplies from Dharmic Naujawan, Sangha

first_imgMembers of the Essequibo Naujawan along with the families that benefited from the back-to-school driveThe youth arm of the Guyana Hindu Dharmic Sabha Essequibo Coast branch, Dharmic Naujawan, and the Guyana Sevashram Sangha, commonly called the Cove and John Ashram, located on the East Coast of Demerara, distributed school supplies to children in various communities on the Essequibo Coast, Region Two (Pomeroon-Supenaam).On Wednesday and Thursday, school items, including stationery and clothing, were handed out to children at two different locations by Swami Shiva Shankarnanadaji of the Ashram.He underscored the importance of an education and the need for parents to send their children to school. The Swami further posited that it was the Ashram’s hope that the items distributed would in some way contribute in assisting parents to send their children back to school. Copies of Hindu scriptures were also given to the beneficiaries.Several parents expressed their gratitude to the Ashram for the timely contribution. The back-to-school drive was one of the many charity works done by the Ashram under Shiva Shankaranandaji’s stewardship.Meanwhile, at a simple handing-over ceremony on Saturday, held at Airy Hall Mandir, Chairman of the Essequibo Coast Dharmic Naujawan, Nandram Prabhu, told parents that the back-to-school drive was held with the aim of assisting parents to send their children off in the new school term all prepared for the academic year ahead.He also called on parents to send their children to school regularly and punctually. Prabhu noted that the back-to-school drive was one of the many charitable works undertaken by the youths in the religious organisation to assist the less fortunate.Among the items distributed to the about 15 children were bag packs, stationery, and footwear.Parents expressed their gratitude towards the youths of the organisation for the timely intervention. Most of the families that benefited from the assistance were headed by single parents. Several other executive members of the Essequibo Naujawan were also present at the handing-over ceremony.last_img read more