No. 62 Wisconsin looks to maintain momentum

first_imgThe No. 62 Wisconsin men’s tennis team looks to extend their winning streak against Marquette (7-4) to four this evening at Helfaer Tennis Stadium in Milwaukee.The Badgers (6-4, 1-1) lead the all-time series against the Golden Eagles 41-2-1.However, just because the Badgers have been successful against the Golden Eagles does not mean they will take the Golden Eagles lightly.”[Marquette] is a solid team,” UW head coach Greg Van Emburgh said. “They’ve got some good players and they are well coached. So our guys need to be ready to play.”Van Emburgh said Marquette could be looking at this match with something to prove.”I’m sure [Steve Rodecap] is going to get those guys ready to play,” Van Emburgh said. “They are playing at home. And they are saying, ‘Hey listen, Wisconsin is a team on the rise; let’s look to surprise them. Maybe they’ll take us a little lightly’.”The UW coach stressed how important it was for his team to be ready for every single match and attack every opponent with the same ferocity.”We need to make sure we have something to prove every time we walk on the court,” Van Emburgh said. “Every time we walk on the court we have something to prove, no matter who the team is or what their ranking might be.”Co-captain Jeremy Sonkin is confident the Badgers can be successful against the Golden Eagles. The sophomore believes the Badgers need to approach the Golden Eagles like any other match and come out ready to play.”We’re very confident. We’ve been very successful against Marquette in the past few years,” Sonkin said. “But [Marquette] is going to be another team like Butler … we can’t take anything for granted. It is going to be a tough match like every match of our entire schedule is.” Sonkin will have to face the Golden Eagles top player Eigis Venrickas. Venrickas also teams up with fellow senior Ian Kawas to form Marquette top doubles pairing.Both teams have only one common opponent on the season. Wisconsin defeated DePaul 7-0, while Marquette fell to the Blue Demons 2-5.After Marquette, the Badgers have a short break before embarking on a spring break trip to Florida. Wisconsin faces South Florida and Florida Atlantic during their trip.last_img read more

Trinidad and Tobago’s Borders to Remain Closed for Now

first_imgPORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad – Prime Minister Dr. Keith Rowley says the borders of the twin-island republic will remain closed as long as health requirements related to COVID-19 remain in place. Speaking during a media conference in Tobago on Saturday, the Prime Minister said while some Caribbean countries have started to reopen their borders, his administration is determined to take a cautious approach. There will also be a full reopening of all malls including food courts.  In addition, the zoo and amusement parks will reopen, while team sports will recommence without spectators. Horse racing will also resume, but physical distancing rules must be observed. “We want to keep our borders where it is because the pandemic is raging. The closure of the borders is not meant to penalise anybody, it’s not meant to lock us in here and make us prisoners. It’s meant to keep the virus out, and the virus travels by way of people. It is normal common sense,” he said. As it relates to travel exemptions, the Prime Minister added that priority will be given to those citizens who left temporarily to work abroad or receive medical treatment.” He also said that  transport will now operate at 100 percent capacity, while congregation in public spaces will be increased from 10 to 25 people.center_img Meanwhile, as of Monday, bars, beaches, rivers, casinos, private members clubs, cinemas and gyms will resume operations, as the country moves into the next phase of the gradual reopening of the economy. The details were released by the Prime Minister who also said that educational institutions will only be allowed to reopen for the purposes of examination. However, daycares and pre-schools will remain closed until September. Restaurants will also be allowed to restart dine-in services. All establishments will be required to close at 10 pm (local time).  To date, Trinidad and Tobago has recorded 123 positive COVID-19 cases. There are currently six active cases. CMClast_img read more

Hottest Ticket In Town! Over 740k World Cup Tickets Allocated After Sales Phase 1

first_imgAhead of the 2018 FIFA World Cup Draw scheduled for the Kremlin Palace in Moscow on December 1, tickets have gone on sale and it seems to be the hottest one in town.A total of 742,760 tickets were allocated during the two periods of sales phase 1 and 47% of all the applications received were from countries outside Russia.Fans from the USA, Brazil, Germany, China, Mexico, Israel, Argentina, Australia, and England all make the top 10 of countries with the most applicationsSpeaking on ticket sales, Falk Eller, FIFA Head of Ticketing, said: “We are very pleased with the results of the first sales phase. They confirmed the great interest sparked by the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia – both at local and international level. The next opportunity to secure a place at this unique event will start on 5 December 2017 at 12:00 Moscow time at, just four days after the Final Draw. Fans from all over the world will be able to apply for individual match tickets. Category 4 tickets, which are exclusively reserved for Russian residents, will also be available.”The second phase is expected to resume on December 5, 2017 and fans can be able to make ticket allocations until January 31, 2018..RelatedFIFA Begin 2018 World Cup Ticket SalesSeptember 12, 2017In “News”FIFA Reveals Over 2m Russia 2018 Tickets Have Been AllocatedJune 22, 2018In “FIFA”7 World Cup Legends To Assist Lineker For Russia 2018 DrawNovember 21, 2017In “FIFA”last_img read more

Heat’s LeBron James bulldozes Lakers in road loss

first_imgThe Lakers won’t reach that, let alone win consistently if they don’t fix their defense. The Lakers have conceded an average of 113 points per game through 11 games this month. “Sometimes I get frustrated. I’m trying to cover the penetration from different guards attacking us and my guy is wide open,” Gasol said. “We’re hustling and we don’t have great defensive individuals, so we have to cover for each other and communicate.”Yet, the Lakers nearly stole a game. A Nick Young layup punctuated a 9-1 run that cut the deficit to 85-80 with 9:45 remaining. Optimism also bloomed considering Young’s 19 points on 8-of-20 shooting entailed him overcoming a 4-of-12 clip through the first three quarters.The Heat called timeout and its announcer pleaded to Miami’s fanbase to increase its volume level. Bosh then scored eight points in the Heat’s 10-1 run. Even when the Lakers chipped away at a double-digit deficit, James’ 25-foot 3-pointer that gave Miami a 106-99 cushion with 2:24 left appeared to demoralize the Lakers. “You have to be tough. You can’t be scare of the name. You can’t be scared of the rings or the Miami team, period,” Young said. “We still fight, but it’s more than playing hard. We have to think more.”Box score | Lakers schedule | Inside the Lakers blog Miami guard Dwyane Wade missing his fourth consecutive game because of persistent knee soreness hardly equated with the Lakers’ injury riddled roster that includes Kobe Bryant (fractured left knee), Steve Nash (nerve issues in back), Steve Blake (hyperextended right elbow), Jordan Farmar (torn left hamstring) and Xavier Henry (bone bruise in right knee). “Things have to go perfect for us to beat them,” Lakers coach Mike D’Antoni said. We just didn’t do it.” LeBron James bulldozed over the Lakers anytime he wanted, his 26 points on 9-of-15 shooting featuring a one-handed fast-break dunk on which he outsprinted every Lakers player on the floor. Chris Bosh’s efficiency with 29 points on 14-of-21 shooting basically canceled out Pau Gasol’s efficiency with 22 points on 9-of-15 shooting. The Lakers’ defense, as always, stayed non-existent, allowing Miami to shoot 57.7 percent from the field, go 40 percent from three-point range and score 52 points in the paint. The Heat also outrebounded the Lakers 52-48.The Lakers (16-26) could have lost their 14th game in the last 17 contests in much uglier fashion had Miami (30-12) felt inclined. Bryant certainly understands after the Lakers’ back-to-back title runs in 2009 and 2010 ended with a four-game sweep in the 2011 Western Conference semifinals against the Dallas Mavericks“Having a competitive spirit night after night, it’s very tough to do, ”said Bryant, who will get his fractured left knee reevaluated either Monday or Tuesday. “You’re going for three championships in a row. It’s tough to get guys going. It’s tough to have everybody ready when the time is right. You have to have everybody healthy and make sure your competitive spirit is ready to go when the playoffs come around.” MIAMI >> Well before their roster became decimated with a shortage of talent and an abundance of injuries, the Lakers once fought challenges that had little to do with X’s and O’s.It had everything to do with who the Lakers played and when. A team fixated on competing for championships in June viewed the rest of the calendar as enjoyable as visits to the dentist. The Lakers nearly took advantage of the Miami Heat showing that mindset, a team winning back-to-back championships viewing a matchup with a once-storied franchise as one of 82 games to forget. But even with the Lakers chipping away toward single digits up through the final minutes of the game, the inevitable happened.The Lakers walked off the floor at American Airlines Arena with a 109-102 loss on Thursday to the Miami Heat for obvious reasons that explain the disparity between the two teams.center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

Football Federation organizes Online Seminar for Referee Observers

first_imgOrganised by the Sector for Sport and the Committee Referees and Refereeing of the Football Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina, an online seminar for referee observers of the BH Telecom Premier League of Bosnia and Herzegovina was held today.The seminar analysed UEFA video clips, as well as the situation from a given match where the observers were tasked with evaluating the refereeing.The FF BH will continue to educate its officials in order to be as prepared as possible to continue the competition when the situation with the coronavirus pandemic allows.last_img read more

Jessica Mendoza has curious, confusing take on Mike Fiers and the Astros’ sign-stealing

first_imgJessica Mendoza is often a lightning rod for unfair criticisms, but she may have earned a little backlash for this take.The ESPN broadcaster and current Mets special adviser offered some unfiltered comments on Mike Fiers and the Astros, putting the blame solely on Fiers for the situation. Mendoza, given her role with the Mets, obviously has a vested interest, given that Carlos Beltrán was the only player named in MLB’s conclusive report and was named manager of the Mets in November. Beltran reportedly has decided to step down, given his association with the scandal.While there’s a certain unspoken code among teammates when it comes to things of this nature, victimizing a whistleblower on a widespread cheating scandal seems a bit on the edge.UPDATE: Mendoza issued a statement, clarifying her stance on the subject and saying she’s thankful the news came— Jessica Mendoza (@jessmendoza) January 16, 2020 On ESPN’s “Golic and Wingo,” Mike Golic posed the question of whether Fiers, the former Astro who blew the whistle on the team’s illegal sign-stealing, was in the wrong for putting his name on the situation and coming out publicly.“To go public with it and call them out and start all of this, it’s hard to swallow.”-@jessmendoza on former Astros pitcher Mike Fiers revealing the Astros sign-stealing scheme.— Golic and Wingo (@GolicAndWingo) January 16, 2020Going public, yeah.  mean, I get it. If you’re with the Oakland A’s, and you’re on another team, I mean, heck, yeah, you better be telling your teammates, “Look, hey, heads up, if you hear some noises when you’re pitching, this is what’s going on.” For sure.But to go public, it didn’t sit well with me. Honestly, it made me sad for the sport, that that’s how this all got found out. This wasn’t something that MLB naturally investigated, or that even other teams complained about, because they naturally heard about, and then investigations happened. But it came from within. It was a player that was a part of it, that benefited from it, during the regular season, when he was a part of that team. When I first heard about it, it hits you like any teammate would. It’s something that you don’t do. I totally get telling your future teammates, helping them win, letting people know. To go public with it, call them out, and start all of this, it’s hard to swallow.MORE: Why Carlos Beltran deserves a chance with the MetsOne part of that is fairly inaccurate, and that’s that the Astros were not accused of this before the report came out. Trevor Bauer has always been the most vocal of Astros detractors, and the reports of pine tar and other sounds coming from dugout have been happening before the official report in The Athletic was released.last_img read more

Leafs host Nitehawks in annual New Year’s Eve Clash

first_imgAs common as octopi hitting the ice in Detroit for a Red Wings NHL game, the Nelson Leafs teams host hockey games with a New Year’s Day twist.The tradition began during the Western International Hockey League days when the Senior Maple Leafs clashed with archrival Spokane Jets in the annual New Year’s Day clash.After the Senior Maple Leafs folded, the tradition was rekindled at the junior level, shifting back a day to New Year’s Eve when Nelson was a member of the Rocky Mountain Junior A Hockey League.When Nelson returned to the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League, the New Year’s Eve contest remained.New Year’s Eve games have been very friendly to the hometown Leafs as Nelson holds a 7-4 record dating back to 2005.Beaver Valley Nitehawks have been the opposition for eight of those 11 games with Spokane Braves providing the opposition in 2011 and 2010 and Castlegar Rebels in 2009.Nelson was winless from 2011 to 2014 when Beaver Valley, winners of three straight, and Spokane Braves played spoiler before the Buds returned to the win column last year against the Hawks, scoring a 7-4 victory. Hawks bring winning machine to NelsonThe Nitehawks promise to be a major test for the Leafs as the Green and White struggle to get back into the Murdoch Division race.Beaver Valley, 5-2 in December and winners of 20 of the past 22 games, may be out of reach for the Leafs. The Hawks, tops in the KIJHL with 49 points, clinched a playoff spot with Wednesday’s 6-2 victory over Castlegar Rebels.Beaver Valley, leading the KIJHL in points, is joined by Kimberley Dynamiters and Creston Valley Thunder Cats as three teams that have already clinched postseason berths.Second place still in reach for LeafsSecond-place in the standings remains in the sights of the Leafs as Nelson trails Grand Forks Border Bruins by three points in the Murdoch Division.The Bruins just happen to be the next up for Nelson as the Leafs return from the Christmas Holiday break Friday with a game in the Boundary City against Grand Forks.Nelson, 15-15-0-0-2, hopes to continue its revival after seeing its six game winning streak snapped before the break by Kimberley Dynamiters 4-2 in the Bavarian City.Get ready for some Home CookingAfter Friday’s game in Grand Forks, Nelson begins a 10-game home stand beginning Saturday against Beaver Valley.Nelson has 16 games remaining on the regular season schedule.last_img read more

Marcelo applies with Vinicius the ‘Roberto Carlos model’

first_img“Marcelo is my heir in Madrid,” proclaimed Roberto Carlos in an interview at AS in November 2007. And he did not fail in his forecast. On the pitch, both have marked an era at the Bernabéu, which has been dancing samba with their left side for the past 23 years. Roberto signed in 1996 and left in 1997 with a brilliant service record: he played 527 games in white, scored 68 goals and won 13 titles (three European Cups, two Intercontinentals, one European Super Cup, four Leagues and three Spanish Super Cups Marcelo arrived in 2006 and so far has played 505 matches, has scored 40 goals and has 21 titles: four European Cups, four Club World Cups, three European Super Cups, four Leagues, two King’s Cups and four Spanish Super Cups. But Marcelo has not only been Roberto’s successor on the field. Also in character. He has established himself as one of the leaders with the most hierarchy in the dressing room (he is the second captain), he has known how to deal with substitutions, he inoculates joy to the house and he is on top of the youngsters. That he did from the beginning with Vinicius. As soon as he signed for Real Madrid and before stepping on the locker room, the left back called him several times (like Casemiro) and gave him an express tutorial on what Madrid was. “Here one day you are Pelé and the next you don’t play,” Vinicius confessed that Marcelo told him. Later, he became a kind of ‘spiritual guide’ for the young Brazilian. Its connection on the grass (the side does not stop advising Vini) and outside it is permanent. Marcelo was his great support when the former Flamengo came to hear a whistle from the Bernabéu. When he scored against Osasuna and released that accumulated pressure crying on the pitch, the winger consoled him in the dressing room, but he dressed publicly as ‘boss’. “It is not going to be Vinicius’ last cry. He knows that in every game he has to prove things because if he doesn’t, they will demand him, “said Marcelo. Since coming to Real Madrid in the summer of 2018, or even before landing at the Bernabéu, Marcelo has played an almost paternal role with Vinicius. You have been advised. You have been warned. The same role that Roberto Carlos played with him when he signed for the white club in 2006. Marcelo settled in Madrid at the age of 18, the same age as Vini. And as soon as he got to the locker room he found the best godfather. Roberto Carlos welcomed him under his cloak. It helped him settle in the capital of Spain, with him the adaptation was at a higher speed and he even persuaded Madrid not to give him up in his first year, a plan they managed at the Bernabéu offices. Their relationship was so close that Roberto Carlos invited him to spend Christmas with his family because Marcelo, due to scheduling problems, was unable to travel to Brazil at that time and return in time to train.center_img The appreciation and almost veneration with which Marcelo speaks of Roberto Carlos is the same that Vinicius exhibits to refer to the second captain of Real Madrid. “I am very grateful to you ”, he said Vini Marcelo this Thursday on his Instagram live. A few words that Marcelo already spoke to Roberto Carlos in 2007, when the winger left the club …last_img read more

Windies in semis after scrambled run chase

first_imgNAGPUR, India (CMC):West Indies nearly made a mess of a simple run chase, but recovered in time to pull off a nervy three-wicket win over South Africa with two balls to spare, and romp into the semi-finals of the Twenty20 World Cup here yesterday.In pursuit of an uncomplicated target of 123 on a slow pitch at the Vidarbha Cricket Association Stadium, West Indies were propelled by Man-of-the-Match Marlon Samuels who top-scored with a vital 43 from 44 deliveries while opener Johnson Charles stroked 32 from 35 balls.The Caribbean side were on top of the game at 66 for two in the 12th over, but lost five wickets for 47 runs in the space of 46 balls, to decline to 113 for seven in the penultimate over.Starting the final over with nine required for victory, West Indies were left sweating when Carlos Brathwaite (10 not out) was kept scoreless by 20-year-old seamer Kagiso Rabada off the first ball.However, Brathwaite cleared the ropes at wide long on with the second delivery before a wide and then a single ensured the scores were level with three balls remaining.Denesh Ramdin, batting at number nine, then steered the fourth delivery and his first to short third man where Hashim Amla dropped a sharp chance jumping high to his right, earning a single to take West Indies to their third straight win and keeping them unbeaten in the tournament.They sit top of Group One on six points, two clear of second-placed England, who face Sri Lanka – fourth on two points – on Saturday. Sri Lanka are third on two points and an England victory will eliminate them.INNINGS RESCUEDSent in earlier, South Africa were floundering at 47 for five in the ninth over before opener Quinton de Kock top-scored with 47 from 46 deliveries and David Wiese chipped in with 28 from 26 balls, to rescue the innings.Chris Gayle was the unlikeliest of bowling heroes with his off-spin, claiming two for 17 from his three overs, while seamers Dwayne Bravo (2-20) and Andre Russell (2-28) also chimed in with two wickets apiece.West Indies struck a key blow off the third ball of the game when Amla (1) gambled on an ill-advised single with de Kock, but failed to beat Russell’s throw from point to wicketkeeper Ramdin.In the next over, captain Faf du Plessis chipped Russell to Sulieman Benn at mid off to fall for nine at 13 for two and when Rilee Roussouw scooped Gayle to Russell at point in the third over to perish without scoring, the Proteas were stumbling badly at 20 for three.De Kock and de Villiers (10) offered temporary relief in a 26-run fourth wicket stand before Bravo got the breakthrough, bowling de Villiers with a slower ball in the eighth over at 46 for four.When the dangerous David Miller played back, completely misjudged a Gayle delivery that spun and was bowled, South Africa were tottering in the ninth.De Kock, who counted three fours and a six, rallied the innings by adding 50 for the sixth wicket with Wiese who benefited from a mis-stumping on three off left-arm spinner Benn in the 11th over, to strike two fours.The left-handed de Kock eventually perished when he made generous room for a heave through the leg-side and was bowled by Russell in the 16th over.last_img read more

Gilas ‘has to finish strong’ as PH faces Iran in Jones Cup closer

first_imgPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netTAIPEI – Out of the medal but already having gained a wealth of experience for his young players, coach Chot Reyes wants just one more thing as Gilas Pilipinas winds up its participation in the 39th Jones Cup Invitational.“We have to finish strong,” Reyes said as the Filipinos lock horns with an equally young Iran side in the second-to-last game that takes the curtains down on this 10-team, nine-nation event at Taipei Peace Basketballl Hall on Sunday.ADVERTISEMENT “It was just a great testament to our players that they are ready despite not getting the minutes (in the past games),” Reyes said with pride. “That’s why we brought the kind of players we brought here – for depth.”Tolomia played 25 minutes and finished with eight points and five assists.The Scores:GILAS PILIPINAS 101 – Wright 19, Pessumal 14, Vosotros 14, Standhardinger 10, Cruz 9, Daquioag 8, Tolomia 8, Jalalon 7, Jose 4, Myers 4, Gotladera 2, Ravena 2.INDIA 70 – Gill 25, Pandi 14, Sivakumar 7, Poiyamoshi 5, Philip 5, G. Hafeez 5, Gill 4, Gowda 3, Reddy 2.Quarters: 27-24; 54-31; 80-55; 101-70. End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend LeBron James scores 31 points, Lakers beat Rockets Kawhi Leonard, Clippers rally to beat Pelicans MOST READ 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano ‘I’m out!’: PewDiePie releases last video before taking break from YouTube OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Global Cebu forces draw on Meralco McGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC returncenter_img Team Philippines has all the momentum it needs coming into the game, having torn India to shreds, 101-70 on Saturday after getting its lesser lights to deliver.Almond Vosotros and Von Pessumal came off the bench to shoot 14 points each as Reyes was able to rest some of his starters. They four triples each in a combined 17 attempts that helped the Filipinos break away.“We wanted to give a lot of minutes to the guys (young players),” Reyes said. “One of our objectives for participating here was to prepare our SEAG (Southeast Asian Games lineup) and Von and Almond are integral parts of that lineup.”“We’re just thankful for the opportunity to play,” Pessumal, the former Eagle in the UAAP, said. “We knew our teammates were tired after seven straight games and we had the mindset of helping the team. We just stayed ready while waiting for the opportunity.”Mike Tolomia, Ed Daquioag and Fonzo Gotladera also saw major minutes, with Carl Cruz giving out his usual contributions. All of them will be in Kuala Lumpur eyeing the Philippines’ 18th gold medal in the biennial meet.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold PLAY LIST 06:27SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold00:50Trending Articles01:45Explosive Gilas Pilipinas not yet at its best, says Tim Cone01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite Indian national gunned down in Camarines Sur Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ “We want to make sure that we finish this tournament on a high note,” he added as his squad – regarded as the Philippines’ future national team – take on an Iranian team that also left its veterans and best players back home.“They have their upcoming players, just like us,” Reyes went on as the match takes place at 5 p.m. “It’s going to be a good test for both teams.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’The Philippines will take a 5-3 card into the game, having lost to Canada 150, South Korea and Lithuania, teams that are really stronger than Gilas on paper with the Canadians parading an all-pro team, the Koreans represented by their national squad and the Lithuanians simply bigger and more talented.Iran left the likes of Hamed Haddadi, Mohammad Jamshidi, Mahdi Khamrani and Nikka Bahrami back home, trying to keep them fresh for the World Cup Qualifying starting in November. LATEST STORIES View commentslast_img read more