first_imgUW\’s Jason Bohannon was able to keep OSU\’s Jon Diebler under raps in their only meeting of the season.[/media-credit]Although the NCAA Tournament doesn’t start for another week, the real March Madness begins this weekend as the Badgers take on the Ohio State Buckeyes Friday in the second round of the Big Ten Tournament.The Badgers enter the tournament as the defending champions. Last year, they were able to defeat Michigan, Michigan State and Illinois en route to the 2008 title. This year, however, their success seems to have been forgotten due to their 19-11 record, which includes a six-game losing streak.“It seems to me like everybody forgot about that,” Wisconsin forward Marcus Landry said. “The way we have been playing, I truly believe a lot people forgot about that, that Wisconsin won the Big Ten championship. But, we have to go in there with that mentality and say, ‘Hey, we’ve got it done before, we are going to get it done again.’ And even though we didn’t win the conference this year, there is still a chance to win the [tournament] championship.”This year, Wisconsin enters the tournament as the fourth seed and received a first-round bye. Their first game against the Buckeyes in the tournament’s second round will be just the second game the Badgers play against Ohio State this year.In the teams’ first meeting, the Badgers were able to defeat the Buckeyes 55-50 at the Kohl Center. It ended up being a physical match between Landry and the Ohio State’s big men Dallas Lauderdale and B.J. Mullens.“They always have a guy in the middle and they have a tough team,” Landry said. “So, no blood, no foul.”Also against the Buckeyes, despite giving up 23 points to Evan Turner, the Badgers were able to keep Jon Diebler, who is third in the conference in three-point field goal percentage and second in three-point baskets made, to just two points thanks to UW guard Jason Bohannon.“I was just trying to get in his face and not let him get a clean shot off,” Bohannon said. “You know, he got a couple shots, but I’m just trying to make him not feel comfortable out there. You know, that’s the big thing. Anytime they are a shooter and you can make them uncomfortable, it’s going to be a tough night for them.”For both the Badgers and the Buckeyes, their play in their opening-round game and in the tournament could be a deciding factor not only in their seeding for the NCAA tournament but also if they make the Big Dance at all. But, Wisconsin assistant coach Gary Close said this is the time of year all the teams want to be making a push to make the tournament.“I thought they played well when they played here and I would expect the exact same thing,” Close said of the Buckeyes. “They’re playing very good basketball right now and they are talented. I think every team wants to be playing well. This is the time of year you want to be playing well so you can go as far as you can go.”With both the Badgers and the Buckeyes making the push to make the tournament, so are at least six other teams in the conference. While teams like No.1 seed Michigan State and No. 2 seed Illinois may have a lock on spots once the tournament starts in two weeks, teams like Michigan, Penn State and even Northwestern are going to try to make their case to the selection committee to be in the field of 65 come next weekend.“Obviously, the tournament is wide open,” Close said. “The depth of the league has been talked about. Since I’ve been here, there are more teams that are capable of winning this tournament then there have ever been. It should make for a heck of a weekend.”Even though there is the temptation to look to the national tournament, or even the next round of the Big Ten tournament, where Wisconsin may have the chance to redeem itself against Michigan State, the coaching staff and upperclassmen realize how important it is to remain focused on the first game.“The only 40 minutes we have guaranteed are these 40,” Close said. “If we lose, we are done. Then, that tournament is done, so we have to wait around to see who we play next. So, let’s just focus on Ohio State and try to play the best game we have all year, then try to advance.”last_img read more

first_imgAhead of Ghana’s 2017 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against Mozambique, new Minister for Youth and Sports, Nii Lante Vanderpuye has categorically stated that player bonuses would not be paid in dollars anymore but in Ghana Cedis.In 2014, the issue of money scuttled Ghana’s campaign at the World Cup finals in Brazil which resulted in a first round exit at the competition for the first time in three appearances.In a bid to rectify any further mishaps, Nii Lante has devised a measure to deal with the issue by paying the player’s in cedis.In a conversation with Kumasi based radio station Nhyira Fm Nii Lante laid out his plans.“Here in Ghana our currency is cedis, so if we all accept that we are paying them one dollar, that money would be calculated in cedis and be paid to them.”“We must also do things right and ensure that we pay them appropriately. I am sure that if we do that the players would respect and trust us.” “The government has directed that we don’t use dollars in the country so I don’t see why we should defy that.” Black Stars will play the Os Mambas of Mozambique in a double  header with the first game to be March 24 the  Accra Sports Stadium.–Follow Joy Sports on Twitter: @JoySportsGH. Our hashtag is #JoySportslast_img read more

first_imgIndeed, a £40 million drop in Ashley’s asking price since talks began in January is believed to be linked to the falling value of football assets due to a shutdown caused by the COVID-19 outbreak.Manchester City’s run of 11 major trophies since an Abu Dhabi takeover in 2008 transformed their fortunes is an example of the difference wealthy Middle Eastern owners can make.Prior to 2011, City had not won a major honour since 1976. Newcastle’s barren run stretches back to 1969.“They are looking for someone to come in with fresh investment and to get them back where they should be, which is the top end of the Premier League and maybe the Champions League,” former Newcastle manager Graeme Souness told Sky Sports.However, selling out to Saudi investment will see Newcastle become the latest target of criticism over the state’s use of sport to distract from its human rights record.“In recent months, Saudi Arabia has worked hard at ‘sportswashing’ its reputation – trying to use the glamour of sport as a public relations tool to improve its international image,” said an Amnesty International report in February.A world heavyweight title fight between Anthony Joshua and Andy Ruiz in December and the Spanish Super Cup a month later received strong criticism for taking the millions offered to participate in Saudi Arabia.“It is something we need to be aware of,” added the NUST spokesman.“We need to see the specific details of who is involved once it is confirmed. It is only natural there are concerns.”Share on: WhatsApp Newcastle United fans have long campaigned for the departure of owner Mike AshleyLondon, United Kingdom | AFP |  Newcastle United fans have long dreamed of ridding the club from owner Mike Ashley, but a potential £300 million ($377 million) takeover backed by the Saudi sovereign wealth fund presents fans on Tyneside with a different dilemma.Retail tycoon Ashley has been deeply unpopular in his 13 years in charge of Newcastle, during which time the club have twice been relegated from the Premier League before bouncing back into English football’s lucrative top flight.British financier Amanda Staveley has held a long-running interest in brokering a deal for one of England’s most passionately supported clubs with attendances often above 50,000 despite years of limited success.Ashley labelled Staveley a “waste of time” when a previous bid to take control collapsed in 2017.However, documents filed last week to Companies House provide a framework for talks between Staveley’s PCP Capital Partners and Ashley.According to reports, 80 percent of the deal would be funded by Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund with Staveley providing 10 percent and the other 10 percent coming from British billionaire brothers David and Simon Reuben.The Toon Army have long voiced their dissent as Ashley has tried to cash in on the riches of Premier League television rights deals, whilst investing little on improving the team on the pitch.“There was a famous banner a couple of years ago that read: ‘We don’t demand a team that wins, we demand a club that tries.’ For the last 13 years we haven’t had a club that has tried,” a spokesman for the Newcastle United Supporters Trust (NUST) told AFP.“Under this ownership there has been no ambition, effectively no investment and no hope for a sporting entity that hasn’t been a sporting entity. It’s been there to survive and nothing more.”The prospect of deep-pocketed owners, particularly at a time when most other clubs will be cutting back due to the economic crisis caused by coronavirus, is an alluring one for the Magpie faithful.last_img read more

first_imgFacebook29Tweet0Pin0Submitted by City of TumwaterBring the family out to Tumwater’s Independence Day celebrations on Thursday, July 4, 2019. Leave the fireworks to the professionals, and celebrate with a day full of excitement.Begin the morning with a festive Fun Run through Tumwater Valley Golf Course. Later in the morning, join your friends and neighbors as the sidewalks streets fill with life at the Independence Day Parade. That evening, head to the Artesian Family Festival and remember to stay for Thunder Valley Fireworks Show—the biggest display in Thurston County!Fairways & Fireworks Fore on the 4th Fun Run8:00 a.m. check-in | Tumwater Valley Golf CourseTumwater Valley Golf Course turns the cart paths and fairways into a 4-mile fun run in celebration of Independence Day. Proceeds from this event benefit golf programs for low-income youth in our community. Register online to participate in the Fun Run.River’s Edge Restaurant will serve a special breakfast buffet following the run – $11.95 for adults; $6.95 for kids 12 & under.Independence Day Parade11:00 a.m. | Capitol Boulevard & Israel RoadThe City of Tumwater continues its tradition of hosting a 4th of July parade for the 32nd year – the theme this year is “As We Live, We Grow: Celebrating 150 Years.” Arrive early to get a good viewing spot, and watch the pre-parade car show at 10:45 a.m.The parade itself begins at 11:00 a.m. from the corner of Capitol Boulevard and Lee Street and moves south on Capitol Boulevard to Israel Road. The route then turns west (right) onto Israel Road, continues past Tumwater City Hall, ending at Linderson Way and Israel Road intersection.Artesian Family Festival & Thunder Valley Fireworks Show6:00 p.m. | Tumwater Valley Golf CourseThe Artesian Family Festival & Thunder Valley Fireworks Show is the biggest and best fireworks festival in the County – and it happens in Tumwater every year on July 4th. On the Tumwater Valley Golf Course driving range, you’ll find music, food, games and a lot more waiting for you.Event gates open at 6:00 p.m. The fireworks show begins at 10:15 p.m. Festival entry is FREE. Parking for the event is $10/car. Please keep in mind: Pets, alcohol/marijuana, and personal fireworks are prohibited at the festival.For details on Independence Day events, call Tumwater Parks & Recreation at (360) 754-4160 or explore the special events section on the City of Tumwater website, Regulations & SafetyA friendly reminder to residents and visitors celebrating Independence Day in Lacey, Olympia, and Tumwater – fireworks may not be sold, purchased, or discharged in our communities.Novelty devices such as snakes, glow worms, and party poppers are allowed. Sparklers and all other types of fireworks including those purchased elsewhere may not be used in our cities.If you have unused fireworks, please discard them safely:Thoroughly soak fireworks overnight in a bucket or tub of water, then drain.Place the soaked fireworks in a heavy duty trash bag, and tightly seal.Place the bag in your garbage container for pick-up.Leave it to the professionals!Enjoy one of these FREE public fireworks displays and festivals in Lacey, Olympia and Tumwater. Lacey Fireworks SpectacularJuly 3Fireworks start around 10 p.m.Rainier Vista ParkTumwater Thunder Valley FireworksJuly 4Fireworks start around 10:15 p.m.Tumwater Valley Golf CourseLakefair Grand Finale FireworksJuly 21Fireworks start around 10 p.m.Capitol Lake – Heritage ParkDowntown Olympialast_img read more

first_imgReyland Capellan (left) and Kaitlin de Guzman (right) celebrate with Gymnastics Association of the Philippines and chief of mission Cynthia Carrion after winning two gold medals in the gymnastics competition of the 29th Southeast Asian Games. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO/SEA GAMES POOLKUALA LUMPUR — With two golds in the bag, gymnastics chief Cynthia Carrion said the Philippines can still expect two to three more triumphs in the next few days.Carrion, who is also the chief of mission, said she is looking at a few more wins in individual and team events in the sport being held at MITEC Hall 9.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. READ: Young gymnast captures PH’s fifth gold medalCapellan will still see action in vault, while the 17-year-old De Guzman will vie for golds in her favorite events, floor exercise and balance beam.“I hope the other sports follow suit,” said Carrion who is also counting on team events.RELATED VIDEOGymnast captures Philippines’ 4th gold in SEA Games2.4K viewsSportsVentuno Web Player 4.51 UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension 3 Filipino boxers in SEA Games finals; Suarez crashes ADVERTISEMENT SEA Games: PH’s Alisson Perticheto tops ice skating short program LATEST STORIES MOST READ SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games PLAY LIST 03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games LIST: Class, gov’t work suspensions during 30th SEA Games Read Next WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC READ: Gymnast captures Philippines’ 4th gold in SEA GamesGymnastics has 20 golds at stake in both rhythmic and artistic disciplines, which can turn in a gold mine that Team Philippines needs.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutIncidentally, it was Carrion, in her capacity as chief delegate, who forecasted a 50-gold turnout for the PH contingent.Gold medalists Reyland Capellan in men’s artistic floor exercise and Kaitlin de Guzman in uneven bars kept the country’s campaign afloat Tuesday morning. LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games View commentslast_img read more

first_imgSouthampton boss Hasenhuttl: Gabbiadini not suited to my systemby Paul Vegas9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveSouthampton boss Ralph Hasenhuttl says the sale of Manolo Gabbiadini to Sampdoria was good for all parties.With Saints looking to trim the squad and Gabbiadini a player that has constantly attracted some interest from Serie A clubs, the decision was made to cash in now, free up some space on the wage bill and bring in extra funds.Hasenhuttl said: “If you are a new manager at a new club you get the first experience, first impressions of the player and it seems to me he is a good player with fantastic technique but with this intensive pressing system we try to play, to be honest, it’s not his way of playing.“It was better to find a solution that is better for both sides.“We can’t show him what he wants to see from us and he can’t bring what we want to see from him so it’s better to find a different solution.“I think it’s a good step for him to go back to Italy and I wish him all the best.“He’s a fantastic player and I am sure he can score goals at every club in the world and we go in different ways.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

first_imgAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Derby boss Lampard wants reaction against Southamptonby Freddie Taylor9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveDerby manager Frank Lampard wants to see a reaction from his team.After losing to Leeds United on Friday, Derby are hoping they can get back to winning ways in the FA Cup replay.The clash against Southampton is a great chance for the Championship side to progress into the fourth round.Lampard said to reporters: “It’s a good ‘reaction’ game for us, to show that what you saw on Friday night was not what we’ve seen this season.”It’s important for us. We love the FA Cup, and the fans do, too.”It’s another opportunity for the players to show what they can do against a good Premier League team.” last_img read more

first_imgLiverpool ace Wijnaldum critical of Netherlands performanceby Paul Vegas11 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveGini Wijnaldum was critical of the Netherlands despite his two goals helping them past Belarus on Sunday.The Liverpool midfielder scored twice, including a long-range thunderbolt, to clinch a 2-1 victory for the Oranje.Speaking to NOS, Wijnaldum said after the win: “We can do much better, we showed that in the last matches. We thought it too easily in the second half, so we still gave them hope.”It’s very frustrating. I think we thought about it too easily. That was certainly the case in the second half. We were leading 2-0 against a team that is worse than our previous opponents.”On why he is being critical of a victory, Wijnaldum added: “We have to be critical, because at the European Championship you play against the best teams in Europe and this can be fatal.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Tottenham chairman Levy on Bosman exits: We can’t force players to sign contractsby Paul Vegas10 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveTottenham chairman Daniel Levy has hinted they face losing several players next summer.The likes of Toby Alderweireld and Christian Eriksen are among those coming off contract in June.The Mirror reports, speaking at a meeting with the Tottenham Hotspur Supporters’ Trust, Levy appeared to suggest there is a strong chance some players could leave for free at the end of the season.The minutes stated: “DL said it wasn’t possible to make anyone sign a contract if they didn’t want to.“Some players have been at Spurs for a long time and want to pursue opportunities elsewhere.”Tottenham will look to get back to winning ways when they face bottom club Watford on Saturday. last_img read more

first_imgMichigan State's mascot performing during a basketball game.EAST LANSING, MI – JANUARY 23: Michigan State Spartans mascot entertains the fans during a time out against the Maryland Terrapins in the second half at the Breslin Center on January 23, 2016 in East Lansing, Michigan. (Photo by Rey Del Rio/Getty Images)Here’s everything that has gone viral in college sports over the past 24 hours. The LSU men’s basketball program is trying everything in its power to give itself an advantage over undefeated Kentucky. Former Heisman Trophy winner Jameis Winston may have had too much fun in his recent visit to San Diego. lsuexcuseTwitter/LSU1. LSU released a letter to excuse fans from work so they could be in attendance for tonight’s game against undefeated Kentucky. 2. Ohio State running back signee Mike Weber was seen on Instagram wearing Michigan gear yesterday.3. Eastern Washington Athletic Director Bill Chaves released a somewhat critical statement about quaterback Vernon Adams leaving for Oregon.  4. Former Heisman Trophy winner Jameis Winston was seen flying with a jet pack in San Diego. 5. Kentucky coach John Calipari is claiming that star big man Trey Lyles is “missing.” Twitter/@BigJah15Twitter/@BigJah156. UNC fans posted photos from Chapel Hill over the weekend as they payed their respects to the late Coach Smith.7. Michigan’s Jay Harbaugh was annoyed as he expressed his feelings via Twitter about a passenger who tried giving him advice on film. 8. Ohio State quarterback Cardale Jones expressed how winning the national championship still doesn’t feel real. 9. Iowa Hawkeye’s center Adam Woodbury has been proven to be college basketball’s eye poker. 10. Ohio State quarterback Braxton Miller was photographed in an supervillain’s mask while he trained over the weekend. Video of the Day: Michigan State fan caught checking out girl’s backsideTweet of the Day: Florida Gators celebratory Tweet after CeCe Jefferson’s commitmentAnd with that, #Gators15 class is now complete.— GatorZone Football (@GatorZoneFB) February 9, 2015Ranking College Football’s 15 Most Difficult Schedules In 2015last_img read more