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New Strike Wave to Further Cripple Spanish Ports

New Strike Wave to Further Cripple Spanish Ports

first_imgSpanish ports are facing another round of strikes as stevedores announced plans to strike next week as well.Namely, the strikes are to be held from June 14th, 0800 hrs till June 16th 0800 hrs. In addition, dockworkers said that they would stop work at odd hours on June 19th, 21st, 23rd, resulting in only 50% of workable time.Spanish dockworker unions launched a nation-wide strike on Monday impacting operations across the country’s 39 cargo ports. According to the representatives of the Coordinadora Estatal de Trabajadores del Mar (Coordinadora), a Spanish dockworkers union, almost 100 percent of workers supported the strike, which is over 6,000 stevedores.Fears have been raised on what the strikes’ effect would be on the country’s port sector as shipping companies endeavor to reroute their cargoes to rival ports.Alternative destinations used by firms included Portugal, Morocco and Malta, Reuters reported.“Even more, the situation in most of Spanish ports will be affected by a poor daily production and causing medium/big delays in vessels’ operations,” Spain-based GAC sub-agent told World Maritime News in a statement.However, the strike is not affecting tankers and liquid bulk cargo, basic essential goods and perishable goods, the statement further reads.Port of Algeciras, the country’s biggest transshipment hub, is likely to suffer the biggest blow as companies like Maersk Line omit their calls to avoid delays in delivery.The strikes have resulted from the conflict between Spanish stevedores associations and the government that passed a decree on liberalization of port services, putting dockworkers’ jobs in the hands of the companies that could replace them with cheaper labor.During the recent talks between the union and Anesco, port employers’ association, the latter could not guarantee the security of all dockworker jobs, which prompted the workers to go ahead with their strike plans for this week.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more

Angels of Giving looks for helping hand

Angels of Giving looks for helping hand

first_imgRIPLEY COUNTY, Ind. – Angels of Giving, a program that serves underprivileged residents in Ripley County, is in need of help during the holiday season.Coordinator Shanna Joseph said the organization has nearly 300 families signed up who are in need of Christmas gifts.“We have 35 families that I am still in need of help with,” Joseph explained. “You can adopt a family and the gift goes directly to the family.”Interested givers can participate by other methods including:Donating new toys by dropping off at the Purdue Extension office at the Osgood Fairgrounds Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.Monetary donations made to Angels of Giving, 2910 N. Old Michigan Road, Holton 47023. There is also an account set up at the Napoleon State Bank in Osgood.In addition to individual donations, the organization also receives help from corporations including Hill-Rom, Forethought, Casket and Crum Trucking.Angels of Giving held a yard sale offering some donations at a discount price in March and October to address needs outside the holiday season, Joseph said.“I have calls around the year, so one of the reasons we do the yard sales is to help these families who cannot afford to go out and buy a big gift for the child’s birthdays,” Joseph continued. “Also, we don’t have storage, we have no place.”“I want to help the community that is helping us, by adopting these families. So this is part of giving back to the community, by having yard sales and selling this stuff at a good price.”Joseph encourages anyone interested in participating or with questions to contact her at (812) 756-0958.last_img read more

Scholarship available for Dearborn County seniors

Scholarship available for Dearborn County seniors

first_imgPrice Leaving Certificate or trainingDEARBORN COUNTY, Ind. — A scholarship for Dearborn County Seniors is now available.Seniors from East Central, South Dearborn, or Lawrenceburg as part of the Class of 2017 are elibible to apply for the scholarship from AIM Young Professionals of Dearborn County.There are 3 schoalrships, each worth up to $1,000 and a minimum of $250.Students are required to show their work experience, school activities, and community volunteer efforts.They also must complete an essay about an idea for a new business in Dearborn County.Applications must be received or postmarked by Friday, April 14.You can download and print the AIM YP Future Leaders of Dearborn County Scholarship application here.Completed applications should be emailed to aimyp2@gmail.com.Applications may also be sent by U.S. mail or delivered in person toAIM YPC/O Dearborn County Chamber of Commerce320 Walnut StreetLawrenceburg, Indiana 47025.last_img read more

Team Refugee’s Misenga and Mabika out of Olynpics judo

Team Refugee’s Misenga and Mabika out of Olynpics judo

first_imgTEAM Refugee’s Popole Misenga and Yolande Bukasa Mabika “entered history” despite going out of the judo competition at the Rio Olympics.The pair, from the Democratic Republic of Congo, are among 10 refugee athletes competing under the flag of the International Olympic Committee (IOC).Misenga, 24, lost his last-16 -90kg bout as Mabika, 28, was knocked out in the first round of the -70kg contest.“When I’m older, people will see my name in the books about Rio,” she said.Misenga, who beat India’s Avtar Singh in his opening match, lost by ippon to South Korea’s Gwak Dong-han.Misenga’s home city of Bukavu was one of the areas worst affected by the Second Congo War, which began in 1998 and officially ended in 2003. Both he and Mabika began seeking asylum in Brazil during the 2013 World Judo Championships in Rio.“It’s an honour to be in the Olympics. I fought with a champion,” Misenga said.“I’m just really happy to be here because everybody understands and knows about the refugee team, knows the refugee story. People around the world, they’re all watching this competition right now.”Mabika lost to Israel’s Linda Bolder at Carioca Arena 2 yesterday.But she said afterwards: “I’m representing many nations and my victory is a victory for all refugees in the world. I lost, but I’m here. The fight did not end today. The fight is not only judo, the fight is life.” (BBC Sport)last_img read more

Update on the latest sports

Update on the latest sports

first_imgUpdate on the latest sports Elsewhere in the draft:— The Minnesota Twins have signed first round draft pick Aaron Sabato with a $2.75 million bonus. Sabato, a first baseman from North Carolina, was taken with the 27th overall pick in the first round earlier this month. He signed for about $180,000 above the value for his draft slot assigned by Major League Baseball. The 6-foot-1, 235-pound Sabato set a Tarheels freshman record with 18 home runs in 2019. As a sophomore in the virus-shortened 2020 season, Sabato batted .292 with seven homers, 18 RBIs and 22 walks in 19 games.— The Tampa Bay Rays have reached terms with first-round draft pick Nick Bitsko, giving the Pennsylvania high school pitcher a $3 million signing bonus. The 18-year-old right-hander was the 24th overall selection after going 4-2 with a 1.27 ERA and 68 strikeouts in two seasons at Central Bucks East High. Several months after announcing plans to graduate a year early, Bitsko’s final prep season was canceled this spring due to the coronavirus pandemic.— The Kansas City Royals have signed all six of their draft picks, including first-rounder Asa Lacy, along with seven undrafted free agents that together give the rebuilding franchise one of the best incoming crops of first-year players in the majors. The club announced the 13 signings on Tuesday with Lacy being the headliner. The big, rangy left-hander out of Texas A&M was widely considered the top college arm in the draft, yet he slid to the Royals at the fourth overall pick.MLB-CANADA Associated Press Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditMLB-SCHEDULEMLB holds off on imposing schedule until protocols locked in NEW YORK (AP) —Major League Baseball has issued a 60-game schedule that will start July 23 or 24 in empty ballparks as the sport tries to push ahead amid the coronavirus following months of acrimony. This will be MLB’s shortest season since 1878. Each team will play 10 games against each of its four division rivals and four games against each of the five clubs in the corresponding division in the other league, according to details obtained by The Associated Press. The sides expanded the designated hitter to games involving National League teams and will start extra innings with a runner on second base. She became the first non-Division I women’s basketball coach, and the fifth overall, to reach the 1,000-win milestone, with Bentley’s 78-66 home victory over Adelphi University on Jan. 17, 2018. Canada open to MLB in Toronto, needs planTORONTO (AP) — The Canadian government is open to Major League Baseball playing in Toronto this summer, but the league has not submitted the required plan to Canadian authorities. A senior federal government official says if MLB were to submit an acceptable restart plan to the government, an exemption letter similar to the one provided to the NHL could be provided. Ontario’s chief medical officer also says Major League Baseball hasn’t submitted a plan to local health authorities that is needed for the Blue Jays to play in Toronto amid the pandemic.NBA-CAVALIERS-DRUMMOND OPTIONCavs’ Drummond picking up $28 million option for next seasonCLEVELAND (AP) — Cavaliers center Andre Drummond plans to exercise his $28.7 million player option for the 2020-21 season and stay with Cleveland. Drummond was acquired in a February trade with the Detroit Pistons. He said on an ESPN podcast that he intends to pick up the option. Drummond’s decision had been expected, but this is the first time he’s publicly stated his intentions. Drummond must notify the Cavs in writing about the option by Oct. 17. The NBA’s offseason calendar has been pushed back due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The union committed its members to start reporting July 1 — those who decide to report. High-risk individuals would be allowed to opt out and still receive salary and service time, but others who sit out would get neither money nor the service credit needed for eligibility for free agency and salary arbitration.Playoff teams remain at 10 for now — there is still talk of a possible expansion. The rejected deal had called for 16 teams.MLB-DRAFTCardinals sign 1st round pick 3B Jordan Walker for $2.9MST. LOUIS (AP) — The St. Louis Cardinals have signed first-round draft pick Jordan Walker for $2.9 million, which comes just under the slot value for the 21st overall pick. Walker is a power-hitting third baseman picked out of high school. The Cardinals continued Tuesday to bring their selections from the first-year player draft under contract. The Cardinals already signed their second-round pick, East Carolina outfielder Alec Burleson; third-round pick Levi Prater, a left-hander from Oklahoma; and fifth-round pick L.J. Jones, an outfielder from Long Beach State. In other NBA news:— Los Angeles Lakers guard Avery Bradley has decided to sit out the NBA’s upcoming resumption of the season in Florida. He tells ESPN that he wants to remain with his wife and three children, including a 6-year-old son with a history of respiratory illnesses. By sitting out, Bradley figures to lose a projected $650,000 in salary. He averaged 8.6 points and 2.3 rebounds while starting 44 games before the season was shut down in March due to the coronavirus. The Lakers are the No. 1 seed in the Western Conference heading into the 22-team restart.SOCCER-UNEQUAL PAYWomen’s soccer appeal deniedUNDATED (AP) — A federal judge has denied a request by American women’s soccer players to allow an immediate appeal of his decision to throw out their claim of unequal pay against the U.S. Soccer Federation. U.S. District Judge R. Gary Klausner in Los Angeles has scheduled a trial for Sept. 15 on the players’ remaining claim of discriminatory work conditions. Lawyers for the women had asked him to enter a final judgment on his decision to dismiss the pay claim, which would have allowed them to take the case to the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco. — This year’s karate world championships have been postponed for one year because of the coronavirus pandemic. The World Karate Federation says the championships will now take place from Nov. 16-21, 2021, in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Karate was set to make its debut at the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo but that event has also been postponed by a year. The karate worlds are held every two years. — Four players on French soccer team Toulouse have tested positive for the coronavirus. The club says the testing was conducted Monday to ensure the safety of players and staff ahead of the resumption of training. — Tiffany Hayes has become the second Atlanta Dream guard to announce plans to sit out the 2020 season. The Dream says Hayes, a 2018 all-WNBA first-team selection, has said she won’t play this season. Last week the WNBA announced plans for a 22-game season in Florida without fans in attendance.— A second member of the Tennessee men’s basketball team has tested positive for COVID-19 and is in isolation. Tennessee had reported Friday that one player had tested positive.NFL-NEWS Brady continues group workouts despite NFLPA recommendationUNDATED (AP) — Tom Brady continues to prepare for his first season with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, working out with teammates at a private school despite a union recommendation that players not conduct any more group practices before training camp.The six-time Super Bowl champion was joined on the field Tuesday by a group of teammates that included tight end Rob Gronkowski, quarterbacks Blaine Gabbert and Ryan Griffin, center Ryan Jensen, cornerback Jamel Dean and safety Mike Edwards.With NFL training facilities still closed to players because of the COVID-19 pandemic, Brady has been leading small voluntary workouts near downtown Tampa for much of the past month.The latest session came just three days after the Bucs confirmed an unspecified number of “individuals” tested positive for COVID-19 at the team’s training center. The same day, NFL Players Association medial director Dr. Thom Mayer, recommended all NFL players refrain from working out in group settings until training camp begins next month. NASCAR-WALLACE GARAGE- NOOSE Rope found hanging in Wallace’s garage was called coincidence undated (AP) — The rope found hanging in Bubba Wallace’s garage at Talladega Superspeedway was not a hate crime. Federal authorities said the rope had been hanging at the Alabama track since at least October. Video evidence showed it had been hanging from the garage door but was the only one fashioned as a noose. Wallace coincidentally was assigned that garage. NASCAR stood by its decision to investigate the discovery found in the stall of its only Black driver. Wallace successfully called for a ban of the Confederate flag and has become an activist for the sport during a push for racial equality. VIRUS OUTBREAK-SPORTSNovak Djokovic tests positive for coronavirus — U.S. national team players Megan Rapinoe, Tobin Heath and Christen Press have opted out of the National Women’s Soccer League tournament opening this weekend in Utah. Heath and Press played with Rapinoe on the champion World Cup team last summer in France. The two cited concerns about the coronavirus for their decisions not to play. The monthlong Challenge Cup opens Saturday with a nationally televised game between the Portland Thorns and the defending champion North Carolina Courage.— Fifteen minor league baseball teams have filed a lawsuit alleging breach of contract by insurance providers after being denied claims for business-interruption insurance due to the coronavirus pandemic. Major League Baseball announced Monday that it will attempt to play a 60-game regular season, but its 160 affiliated minor league clubs are unlikely to play at all until at least 2021. Minor league franchises say that even though they continue to pay yearly premiums to insurance providers for business-interruption insurance, they have been denied coverage at a time when minor league clubs have essentially no means of making money.— Maine’s Bowdoin College and UMass Boston are canceling their fall sports schedules due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Bowdoin President Clayton Rose cited limitations on campus attendance in an announcement detailing the school’s plans for the fall semester. UMass Boston interim Chancellor Katherine Newman said in a memo that the school will focus on remote instruction in the fall with no on-ground student activities. Both schools compete in Division III. Bowdoin has 31 varsity teams. UMass Boston has 18.— Monmouth Park will reopen for simulcast wagering and sports betting on July 2, with live horse racing returning the following day. The complex will operate at 25% capacity as part of New Jersey’s second stage of loosening of restrictions to slow the spread of the coronavirus. The racetrack has been closed to the public since March 16 because of the pandemic. The 37-day meet runs through Sept. 27, highlighted by the $1 million Haskell Invitational on July 18.— The U.S. National Soccer Hall of Fame has postponed its 2020 induction ceremony to 2021 because of the COVID-19 pandemic. This year’s induction ceremony had been scheduled for Sept. 19-20 in Frisco, Texas, where the Hall of Fame is located. Members of the 2020 and 2021 classes will be inducted together in a ceremony next year. Voting for the 2020 class was completed earlier this year but not yet announced. UNDATED (AP) — Novak Djokovic (NOH’-vak JOH’-kuh-vich) has tested positive for the coronavirus after taking part in a tennis exhibition series he organized in Serbia and Croatia. The top-ranked Serb is the fourth player to test positive for the virus after first playing in Belgrade and then again last weekend in Zadar, Croatia. His wife also tested positive. Djokovic says “the moment we arrived in Belgrade we went to be tested. My result is positive.” Djokovic has been criticized for organizing the tournament and bringing in players from other countries amid the coronavirus pandemic. There were no social distancing measures observed at the matches in either country.Djokovic and other players were seen hugging each other and partying in night clubs and restaurants.In other virus-related sports developments: June 24, 2020 In other NFL news:— The Las Vegas Raiders have opened their new training facility in Henderson, Nevada. About 70 team members were on hand Monday at the Intermountain Healthcare Performance Center, a 335,000-square-foot complex. No players are allowed yet unless they are rehabbing injuries, but coach Jon Gruden and general manager Mike Mayock were in attendance. — New Orleans Saints safety Malcolm Jenkins says his criticism of Drew Brees’ opposition about kneeling during the national anthem, and Brees’ later apology, is a microcosm of what the country needs. Jenkins was among Drew Brees’ harshest critics when the Saints quarterback made his comments about kneeling earlier this month. He said the video he posted on Instagram criticizing Brees was filmed before he spoke with his teammate. Jenkins said he decided to post the video after they spoke because he thought people needed to see it. — Martha Firestone Ford is stepping down as principal owner of the Detroit Lions. The Lions announced that Ford’s daughter, Sheila Ford Hamp, is taking over as the team’s principal owner and chairman. The 94-year-old Ford had been in charge of the Lions since 2014, when her husband, William Clay Ford, died. The 68-year-old Hamp has been one of the team’s vice chairmen during her mother’s ownership.— Eli Manning has won the Pro Football Writers of America’s Good Guy Award for his cooperation with the media. Manning, who retired after the 2019 season, has been lauded for years for his dealings with local and national media. He’s the second member of the New York Giants to win the award, joining Tiki Barber (2006). Manning was the Giants’ starting quarterback for nearly every game in his first 15 years in the league. West Virginia athletic director Shane Lyons announced the move Tuesday after safety Kerry Martin posted the allegations on his Twitter account. Lyon says the athletic department will conduct a thorough investigation. He thanked Martin for having the courage to voice his concerns. Coach Neal Brown says he has talked with all parties involved, including the team. He says the culture of the program will be of acceptance, respect, tolerance and positive relationships.WOMEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL-STEVENS RETIRESVeteran Bentley U. women’s coach Barbara Stevens retiresBOSTON (AP) — Longtime Bentley University women’s basketball coach Barbara Stevens is retiring after a four-decade run that included more than 1,000 wins, the 2014 NCAA Division II national championship, and recent election to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. Champ becomes 2nd PGA Tour player to test positive for virusCROMWELL, Conn. (AP) — Cameron Champ is the second PGA Tour player to test positive for the coronavirus. Champ did not play last week at the RBC Heritage. That’s where Nick Watney tested positive. Champ tied for 14th at Colonial in Texas. He was tested when he arrived at the Travelers Championship, and it came back positive. Champ says he feels fine and was surprised to learn of the positive test. He now has to self-isolate for 10 days and will get as stipend from the PGA Tour to pay for the expense. He also had to withdraw from the tournament.WEST VIRGINIA-KOENNING LEAVEWest Virginia DC Koenning on leave after player accusationsUNDATED (AP) —West Virginia has placed defensive coordinator Vic Koenning on administrative leave after a player alleged the assistant coach made a series of inappropriate comments. NHL-FLYERS-LINDBLOM-CANCERFlyers F Lindblom skates with team, recovering from cancerPHILADELPHIA (AP) — Philadelphia Flyers forward Oskar Lindblom skated with the team Tuesday in one of the few times he’s hit the ice since he was diagnosed with a rare form of bone cancer. The 23-year-old Lindblom, a native of Sweden, has been ruled out of play should the NHL season resume. Lindblom said he was down to his final chemotherapy treatments. Lindblom suffers from Ewing’s sarcoma, a cancerous tumor that grows in the bones or in the tissue around bones. He had 11 goals and 18 points in 30 games this season. Lindblom has 30 goals in 134 career games over two-plus seasons with the Flyers. .GOLF-2ND PLAYER POSITIVE — A person with knowledge of the situation says All-Star forward Nikola Jokic of the Denver Nuggets has tested positive for the coronavirus and is quarantining in his native Serbia. Jokic is expected to be back in Denver long before the team leaves for the Disney complex for the restart of the NBA season next month. — The Philadelphia Phillies say two more players and two additional staff numbers have tested positive for COVID-19. That raises the number of total members in the organization who have the virus to 12. The Phillies say all other tests within the organization have come back negative. One of the two players tested positive outside the team complex in Clearwater, Florida. The Phillies shut their spring complex after five players tested positive on Friday for COVID-19. Philadelphia became the first big league team known to be struck by the outbreak. Three staff members at the camp also tested positive. The Phillies didn’t identify any of those affected.— Pittsburgh Steelers coach Mike Tomlin says two unidentified players have tested positive for COVID-19 and recovered. Tomlin says the players tested positive at some point earlier this year. Both players went through what Tomlin called “the appropriate protocol” and have since returned to work. Neither player visited the team facility at any point during the offseason. The Steelers, like the rest of the NFL, have been meeting and training remotely rather than in person since mid-March.— Pittsburgh is out of the running to be one of the two hubs for the NHL when the league resumes its season amid the COVID-19 pandemic. The Penguins submitted what the club called an “aggressive” bid to be a hub city and was among the 10 finalists announced by NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman. Penguins President and CEO David Morehouse says simply being a finalist reflected the city’s support of the team and the NHL. Seven of the finalists were in the United States.— Ontario’s chief medical officer says Major League Baseball hasn’t submitted a plan to local health authorities that is needed for the Blue Jays to play in Toronto amid the pandemic. Dr. David Williams says he has read a Major League Baseball proposal but it doesn’t mention anything about travel to Canada. He says baseball will have to provide a plan. Anyone entering Canada for non-essential reasons must quarantine for 14 days and the U.S. Canada border remains closed to nonessential travel until at least July 21. last_img read more

Boys golf Warriors defeat C-NS Blue, 201-204

Boys golf Warriors defeat C-NS Blue, 201-204

first_imgAs for Liverpool, it would test first-place Fayetteville-Manlius Green last Tuesday afternoon, and like everyone else so far this season the Warriors could not catch the Hornets, taking a 186-208 defeat.Baum and Husted both shot 39 for Liverpool, with Boland getting a 41 and Cassella adding a 42. Hacker added a 47 as all five F-M Green players shot under 40, with Mike Milliamci’s 35 leading that effort.C-NS Green had its own match against F-M Green on Thursday and lost, 186-210, with Riley Rumble and Nick Wentworth each shooting a 40, but that trailed six different Hornets golfers, led by the 36s from Velton Perry and Andrew Heyman.Behind Rumble and Wentworth, Cullen Scott posted a 42, with Brody Kennedy getting a 44 and Devin Kellogg shooting 47. Drew Matyasik had a 51 and Joe DeGroat added a 52.Share this:FacebookTwitterLinkedInRedditComment on this Story No one quite knows how much longer the Liverpool boys golf team will be able to compete on its current home course.But if the Liverpool Country Club ends up a casualty of big business plans elsewhere, at least the Warriors were able to beat its biggest rival at home one last time.Liverpool defeated Cicero-North Syracuse Blue 201-204 last Thursday afternoon at LCC, the individual race featuring Spencer Baum shooting a 34, two ahead of the 36 from the Northstars’ Jake Nardozza. Dylan Husted got a 38 for the Warriors, helped by a 41 from Connor Boland, a 42 from Dante Cassella and a 46 from Kaeden Hacker. On C-NS Blue’s side, Brian Pellegrino shot a 41, with D.J. Villnave and Austin Alberici each shooting 42.Before this, C-NS Blue had an impressive showing at the start of last week, toppling defending Section III Class AA champion West Genesee 200-219 with the five low individual rounds of the match.Ryan Sisco’s 37 was one clear of the 38 from Jake Nardozza. Darin Townsend had a 41, with Sean Lawler and Sam Thompson each shooting 42. They all were ahead of the Wildcats’ Ryan Joyce, who had a 43 as four other WG players shot 44.center_img Tags: Boys golfC-NSliverpoollast_img read more

Grades: Bohannon earns high honors

Grades: Bohannon earns high honors

first_imgSenior guard Jason Bohannon led the way for UW in both games this week with 37 points.[/media-credit]Every week, Herald Sports will look back at the Wisconsin men’s basketball team and grade the Badgers in various aspects of the games played.Here is how the Badgers fared in their games at home against Michigan State and on the road at Michigan:Offense — 4.5 of 5The Badgers were no less reliant on the three-ball against the pair of Michigan schools than they have been in any other game since Jon Leuer’s injury — they just made a lot more of them.Wisconsin made 34 percent of its deep attempts against the Spartans last Tuesday, but connected on 40 percent in the crucial first half where the Badgers built a 15-point lead.In Ann Arbor, UW nailed a crazy 9-of-13 from beyond the arc in the first 20 minutes and finished the game shooting 52 percent from three-point range. The perimeter barrage proved unstoppable with UW winning easily in both games carrying big leads into halftime.The scoring load was spread out with seven players scoring in double digits in the two games and senior guard Jason Bohannon leading both games with 19 and 18 points, respectively.Though the Badgers only shot a combined 16 free throws, they finished both games shooting over 50 percent from the field.Defense — 4 of 5Wisconsin displayed its usual brand of solid defense, but didn’t have to do as much work defending its hoop with the team clicking so well on the offensive end.Michigan State shot itself in the foot on many possessions hoisting up the first decent look it saw, often resulting in possessions under 10 seconds long.It is hard to screw up on the defensive end when you are only there for a short time.Against Michigan, DeShawn Sims once again had his way, collecting 18 points on over 50 percent shooting.The big man couldn’t help his teammates, though, turning the ball over twice and grabbing a mere four rebounds in 33 minutes of action.The Badgers throttled dynamic scorer Manny Harris for the second time this season, however, limiting the junior to 11 points on four-of-11 shooting.Bench — 2.5 of 5Rob Wilson continues to play clutch minutes and provide efficient scoring off the bench. His court awareness has improved leaps and bounds. Wilson often established deep post position against both Michigan teams and finished at the rim when given the ball. He provides solid D as well, often against bigger players in the four-guard offense.After Wilson, however, there is virtually nothing. Ryan Evans’ minutes have been decreasing, as the redshirt freshman proves unreliable and at times an extreme liability on the offensive end. Against Michigan Evans went scoreless and turned the ball over twice in 16 minutes of play. At home versus Michigan State, Wilson was the only bench player to crack double digits in minutes.Badger of the Week — Jason BohannonBohannon stretched defenses with his three-point shooting (7-for-16 shooting on the week), and provided strong scoring inside 20 feet, going 15-for-26 over the two game stretch. He led the team in points both games, and he has rocked the black eye look on top of it. Even more impressively, Bohannon collected seven assists to only one turnover while leading the team in minutes played.Play of the Week — Jason Bohannon’s buzzer-beating half-court heave at MichganUp 11 points after a Sims rebound put back, Bohannon raced down the court with two seconds left and let fly a running three-point attempt just inside the half court line.Then the lead stretched to 14, and though UW head coach Bo Ryan wasn’t happy with the lack of boxing out on the defensive end, Bohannon let loose a roar of emotion and pumped his fist heading back to the locker.It was the ninth 3-pointer made in the first half, and probably demoralized Michigan with 20 minutes left to play.last_img read more

Men’s hockey: Wisconsin’s overloaded 2019-20 freshmen class is its best in years

Men’s hockey: Wisconsin’s overloaded 2019-20 freshmen class is its best in years

first_imgThe University of Wisconsin men’s hockey team recently landed a surplus of talent in their 2019 freshman class. The incoming group includes a mix of forwards and defensemen covering a variety of skillsets at different levels of talent which will play a large part in Wisconsin’s upcoming season. Let’s take a closer look at the incoming class, starting with the offense.Alex Turcotte – CenterAlex Turcotte sits atop Wisconsin’s freshman class and is currently a projected top-10 pick for the NHL draft by a majority of NHL scouts. He is ranked fifth among North American skaters by NHL Central Scouting.A native of Island Lake, Illinois, Turcotte is a fantastic playmaker thanks to his exceptional vision on the ice.He plays all 200 feet and is a complete player both offensively and defensively. His skating ability is among the best in the upcoming draft class, as both his quickness and hockey IQ allow him to be a consistent factor in all game scenarios. Turcotte is an elite talent and has the potential to be a top-two center in this draft class.Turcotte can fit in easily as a first line center next season and will immediately be a force in the Big Ten that opposing teams will need to account for. He should provide the Badgers with star power and offensive opportunity in both five-on-five and power play situations — areas where the Badgers lacked this season.Men’s hockey: Wisconsin’s season ends after gut-wrenching 4–3 OT loss to Penn StateThe University of Wisconsin men’s hockey team (14-18-5) saw their season come to an end Sunday after dropping the tie-breaking Read…Cole Caufield – WingNot far behind Turcotte in terms of talent comes Wisconsin native Cole Caufield, a projected top-25 pick in the draft and ranked 15th by NHL Central Scouting among North American skaters.Caufield already has experience playing with Turcotte, as they both played in the USA Hockey National Team Development Program and are convincingly the most talented forwards in this freshmen class.Despite his small frame — listed at five-foot-seven and 157 pounds — Caufield can be an effective player for the Badgers and should see a significant chunk of playing time next season. He is one of the best shooters among the forwards in this draft class, as his finishing and goal-scoring abilities are second to none. Like Turcotte, he is a smart player with sharp decision-making abilities. Plus, it shouldn’t be hard for Caufield to adjust to campus since he grew up less than two hours from Madison.Ryder Donovan – CenterRyder Donovan is currently projected to be drafted near the end of the third round or early fourth round in the draft and is ranked No. 46 by NHL Central Scouting among North American Skaters.He is currently a senior at Duluth East High School in Minnesota and is teammates with fellow recruit defenseman Luke LaMaster.Donovan can be a top-six forward for the Badgers, and playing with more experienced players should help him raise his game thanks to his talent and frame — Donovan is listed at six-foot-four and 190 pounds. He can provide support down the middle of the ice that can open up offensive opportunities for his future line-mates.Owen Lindmark – CenterOwen Lindmark played alongside Turcotte and Caufield for team USA and is ranked No. 65 by NHL Central Scouting among North American Skaters. He is also a projected sixth-round pick by NHL scouts in this year’s draft.He is an intelligent and reliable two-way center who is also a very strong skater. He flashes signs of great hands and finishing ability and will add to Wisconsin’s already deep group of centers. Lindmark will also see the ice a lot next season and could be a top-six forward for the Badgers.With Donovan and Lindmark added to an already improved top-six, Wisconsin now has outstanding offensive potential and the talent necessary to compete with and shut down other teams’ best players — not to mention that they are deep throughout the rest of their roster too.Dylan Holloway – Center/WingDylan Holloway is coming to Wisconsin from his native Calgary, Alberta, Canada.Holloway is relatively young compared to his fellow recruits, as he is not eligible to be drafted until the 2020 NHL Draft. Nonetheless, he is still a great prospect and one that brings speed to the squad. Despite his age, his size and ability to get around defensemen will allow him to be a dynamic offensive player for Wisconsin. He is also a crisp passer with great vision.He is projected to be a top-15 pick in the 2020 NHL Draft by NHL scouts. Holloway has the potential to be a top-six forward for the Badgers next season, but it will be interesting to see where Coach Granato puts the speedy youngster in the lineup.Other forward recruits include Mathieu De St. Phalle, Josh Bohlin, Ben Helgeson, Ben Almquist and Sam Stevens.Men’s hockey: Badgers add Ryder Donovan to already strong 2019 recruitment classThe University of Wisconsin men’s hockey team turned heads in the recruitment world this past week with the addition of Read…The Badgers’ defensive core will be improved next season as well, as they have three incoming defensemen that can each play a role in the Badgers’ 2019-2020 season run.Mike Vorlicky – DefensemanMike Vorlicky isn’t the largest defenseman, as he is listed at six-foot-one and 161 pounds. But the Minnesota native moves the puck very well and is a smart player.Vorlicky provides physicality and will be a solid defender for the Badgers, adding to their defensive depth with K’Andre Miller and newly named captain Wyatt Kalynuk.Patrick Keegan – DefensemanPatrick Keegan— listed at six-foot-three and 231 pounds — can improve the Badgers in terms of size. Keegan plays a large presence on the ice both physically and in the game as a whole. The left-handed defenseman is strong, has a hard shot and will be an intimidating defenseman to go up against in the Big Ten next season.Luke LaMaster – DefensemanLuke LaMaster is currently a senior at Duluth East High School and is teammates with Donovan.LaMaster can add to the Badgers’ defensive depth as a positive locker room presence and another right-handed defenseman. At six-foot-two and 174 pounds, LaMaster is a mobile defenseman who moves the puck well.With six seniors departing from the program, there will be six new roster spots for the 2019-2020 season. Head Coach Tony Granato and his staff have an exciting incoming crop of talent that will lead to much-needed flexibility in terms of line combinations and game plans.With the draft approaching in less than three months, it will be an exciting journey for Badger fans to see where their future stars will be selected in this year’s loaded draft class.The 2019 NHL Entry Draft will be held on June 21 and 22 in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada at the Rogers Arena.The city of Madison should embrace this offseason and prepare for this talented group to take storm because they’re coming, and they’re coming in hot.last_img read more

Istomin Upsets Djokovic

Istomin Upsets Djokovic

first_imgThe result leaves world number one Andy Murray as favourite to win his first Australian Open title in Melbourne.Briton Murray, who has already reached round three, has lost five finals in the past seven years in Melbourne, four of them to Djokovic.It is only the second time in seven years that Djokovic has lost to a player ranked outside the top 100 – his defeat by Juan Martin del Potro, ranked 145th, at the Rio Olympics in 2016 being the other occasion.“He deserved to win. No doubt, he was a better player in the clutch moments,” said Djokovic.“Many things came together for him today and he’s a well-deserved winner. There’s not much I could do.”Djokovic could not find his rhythm, eventually winning his first service game after 15 minutes but going on to lose the first set in one hour and 25 minutes.He won four consecutive games in the third set as his opponent faltered but Istomin came back in the fourth set to take it to a tie-break.Both players served aggressively as they received vocal support from the crowd, with Istomin taking the match to a deciding set with a brutal ace.Istomin, who broke in game five, remained strong on his own serve and wrapped things up when Djokovic, lunging on the backhand, could only block another crunching delivery long on match point.Uzbek Istomin will next face Spain’s Pablo Carreno Busta, who beat Britain’s Kyle Edmund yesterday.Denis Istomin has now reached the third round of the Australian Open three times in 11 appearances“It is the biggest win of my career and means so much, now I feel I can play with these guys and be with them on the same level,” said Istomin.“From the third set I had cramp in my leg, I don’t know how I held it. I was playing so good. I surprised myself.”Istomin had two years out of the game after breaking his leg in a car accident and spending three months in hospital in 2001.Coached by his mother Klaudiya, he dropped out of the top 100 in 2016 and was given a wildcard to play in the Australian Open.Prior to his win over Djokovic, Istomin had won just one of 33 matches against a player ranked in the world’s top 10.His best Grand Slam result is reaching the last 16 at Wimbledon in 2012 and the US Open in 2013, where he lost to Murray.Gavhar Azimova, from the Tennis Federation of Republic of Uzbekistan, said Istomin is a “star” in his home country.“We are ecstatic,” he told BBC Uzbek. They [Denis and his mother] trained very hard. He is a very kind and modest guy, but works very hard.“The whole Federation watched it live together. You say ‘Istomin’ and everyone knows him. The phones have not stopped ringing – we have had a barrage of phone calls saying congratulations.”Novak Djokovic held the world number one ranking for 223 weeks before being replaced by Andy MurrayDjokovic has struggled for consistency since winning his first French Open title in June 2016 and completing a career Grand Slam.He was knocked out in the third round at Wimbledon by American Sam Querrey but looked to have returned to form when he won the Rogers Cup in July.However, he went on to lose to Del Potro in the first round of the Olympics and was knocked out of the doubles competition the following day.He struggled physically in the US Open final, losing in four sets to third seed Stan Wawrinka, before he lost the world number one ranking to Murray in November.Murray also ended his run of four consecutive ATP World Tours Finals titles in the same month.“Djokovic is not the same Djokovic we saw this time last year, who was at the peak of his career,” two-time Australian Open finalist Pat Cash told BBC Radio 5 live.“It’s clearly the mental edge. He’s done so much and worked so hard to grab those four Grand Slams, I think he’s just lost the edge.”Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Defending champion Novak Djokovic suffered a shock defeat by world number 117 Denis Istomin in the second round of the Australian Open.The six-time winner struggled for rhythm and lost 7-6 (10-8) 5-7 2-6 7-6 (7-5) 6-4 in four hours and 48 minutes.It is the first time Djokovic, 29, has lost in the second round of a Grand Slam since 2008 at Wimbledon.last_img read more

Semenya Smashes 18-year-old 400m National Record

Semenya Smashes 18-year-old 400m National Record

first_imgTeam South Africa were off to the perfect start on day three of the 21st African Athletics Championships in Asaba yesterday with Caster Semenya winning gold in the 400m event. Semenya stopped the clock in a national record of 49.96. The record, previously held by Heide Seyerling, had stood for 18 years.Semenya now holds national records in the 400m, 800m, 1000m and 1500m events. She was followed home by Christine Botslegwe of Botswana in second while Nigeria’s Yinka Ajayi took third.Thapelo Phora also added to South Africa’s medal tally by taking silver in the men’s 400m race.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img