‘You have to strike a balance between medical and economic factors. You have the choice. What do you prefer, health or money? This at the moment is the most acute question. ‘If you start the competition before getting the green light from the medical specialists, that could put economics before health and this is precisely what they should not do. Otherwise we could all be punished.’ Lars-Christer Olsson, who heads the European Leagues, the umbrella body for leagues across the Continent, warned however that medium-sized and smaller clubs could go out of business if the game is shut down for too long. ‘It’s a discussion that is taking place right now,’ he said. ‘At lower level there is no cushion because they are totally dependant on gate receipts to survive. It’s no exaggeration to say some clubs could go out of business if we can’t complete the season and they don’t get sufficient financial support’ Olsson can foresee a rapidly evolving domino effect with individual leagues restarting and completing their seasons at different times. ‘There are likely to be different solutions in different countries because of respective restrictions imposed as a result of corona,’ said Olsson. ‘Obviously whenever they start and finish will then have a knock-on effect in terms of when they can start again next season.’ UEFA have postponed this summer’s Euros until 2021 to allow domestic leagues to finish Read Also: COVID-19: Ronaldo teaches his children how to properly wash their hands If that happens, there is a growing likelihood that the format of competitions will have to change both at domestic and European level. ‘If we go on postponing and postponing, there may well have to be alternatives,’ said Olsson. ‘One way might be to turn home and away games into one match.’ Meanwhile, the union representing footballers from across the globe warned clubs not to unilaterally apply swingeing pay cuts in order to stay afloat. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Promoted ContentWhat Happens To Your Brain When You Play Too Much Video Games?What Is A Black Hole In Simple Terms?Top 10 Iconic Personalities On TV Now7 Truly Incredible Facts About Black HolesBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For ThemWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?This Guy Photoshopped Himself Into Celeb Pics And It’s Hysterical8 Weird Facts About Coffee That Will Surprise You7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend Better10 Risky Jobs Some Women DoWho Earns More Than Ronaldo?13 kids at weddings who just don’t give a hoot Loading… World football’s top medical expert slammed Europe’s major leagues for targeting a mid-May resumption of fixtures, urging them not to put financial considerations before lives. Michel D’Hooghe, head of FIFA’s medical committee, said the dangers of coronavirus meant there was no justification for such an early restart — even behind closed doors. UEFA have postponed this summer’s Euros until 2021 to allow domestic leagues to finish Premier League clubs are determined to finish the season in order to avoid a reported £762million in lost TV revenue. Last week, Spanish League boss Javier Tebas, who is part of a working group set up by UEFA, said there was a growing consensus among the big leagues for a mid-May restart. But D’Hooghe said that was foolhardy. He told The Mail on Sunday: ‘That is absolutely too early. If you start games in mid-May you have to begin training two or three weeks earlier. I don’t have the future in my hands but in my opinion that’s not a good idea. It’s definitely a health risk with the information we have today.’ Prime Minister Boris Johnson has faced criticism in some quarters for failing to act fast enough. ‘I can’t judge the behaviour of another country,’ said D’Hooghe who is from Belgium. ‘What I can say is that the coronavirus will not have disappeared by May even if it may have flattened out slightly in some countries more than others. I can’t say when football should realistically start again, it’s an incredibly difficult question because no-one knows when the coronavirus peak will be reached. ‘But even if clubs start playing behind closed doors, they will need to have trained for at least two weeks. That means people coming together in dressing rooms and showers etc and that is precisely what we have to avoid for the moment. Could that endanger lives? With what I know as of today, it’s certainly a risk, yes.’ D’Hooghe said football authorities needed to listen to the medical advice before doing anything rash by putting finances first. Premier League clubs are determined to finish the season to avoid losing TV revenue
Loading… RUMOURS | Apr 10, 2020Joao Cancelo, Manchester CityBarcelona are showing interest in Joao Cancelo and could offer Nelson Semedo as a makeweight in a potential deal (Mike McGrath of The Telegraph) https://t.co/hSaDdx0vqk#FootballIndex #ManchesterCity— IndexGems. Football Index (@IndexGems) April 10, 2020 Semedo has been linked with a move to England for a couple of years now, while Cancelo has a good reputation in Spain after thriving with Valencia prior to joining Inter on loan in 2017 and then Juventus on a permanent deal in 2018. The Daily Telegraph report that Barcelona and City are planning to swap their right-backs, who also have the same agent in Jorge Mendes. Read Also: Barca New Signing Already Playing Like Messi, Ronaldo The Barcelona defender has been an important part of Quique Setien’s plans since he took charge at the Camp Nou, but the Blaugrana’s failure to get Semedo to sign a new contract, with his current deal set to expire in 2022, has led them to consider moving him on. Cancelo, meanwhile, has not had the prominence he would have liked at City after joining for a hefty fee from Juventus last summer, having played 17 games in all competitions for Pep Guardiola’s side. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 The summer transfer window is likely to see many swap deals take place as clubs look to make up for losses made due to the coronavirus crisis, and one such deal could see Barcelona and Manchester City swap Nelson Semedo for Joao Cancelo. Promoted Content6 Interesting Ways To Make Money With A DroneBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever Made7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend BetterThe Most Exciting Cities In The World To Visit7 Black Hole Facts That Will Change Your View Of The UniversePlaying Games For Hours Can Do This To Your Body6 Most Unforgettable Bridges In The WorldBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For Them20 “The Big Bang Theory” Moments Only A Few Fans Knew AboutCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable WayWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?Who Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?
Share April 24, 2007Box ScorePENSACOLA, Fla. – 25th-ranked West Florida (34-16) was upset by NAIA foe Spring Hill (17-33), 4-1, in their final home game of the regular season Tuesday night at Pelican Park on the UWF Campus. Playing in his final home game as an Argonaut Peter Antoske (Olmsted Township, Ohio/ St. Edwards HS) led the way for West Florida collecting two hits at the plate and scored the only Argonauts run of the game.The Argonauts jumped on the scored board early driving in one run in the first inning. Antoske and Jason Kohl (Cedar Rapids, Iowa/ Pensacola Junior College) led off the game for the Argonauts with infield hits placing runners on the corners. Bo Williams (Ocala, Fla./ Pensacola Junior College) drove Antoske for the only Argonauts run of the game with a sacrifice fly to center field.Spring Hill took over the lead with a four-run sixth inning, although, three of the runs were unearned. The Badgers knotted the ball game at 1-1 with a solo line drive home run over the right field wall by Spring Hill’s Player of the Week Rick Havens. Following an Argonauts error and walk to place Badger runners on first and second Patrick O’Malley doubled down the left field line driving in one run and giving Spring Hill their first lead of the game. The final two runs of the inning for Spring Hill came on another Argonauts fielding error.The Argonauts threatened to cut into the Badger lead when they loaded the bases in the bottom sixth and eighth innings, however, Spring Hill was able to get out of the jams both times with out surrendering a run.Kasey Nafzger picked up the win for the Badgers pitching 7 and 2/3 strong innings. He allowed only one run on five hits. He struck out four batters and walked five.West Florida will conclude their regular season with a three-game Gulf South Conference road trip to Valdosta State. A double header is scheduled for Saturday beginning at 12 p.m. ET and the series will wrap up on Sunday. Follow the action with “Live Stats” and a live broadcast of the game all at goargos.comPrint Friendly Version Argos Upset in Final Home Game of the Season
“No-one likes to lose any game but there were plenty of positives left to take,” Monk said. “What we saw was very good but we need to work on other things, maintain our standards and prolong it for a longer period. “I’ve reminded the players in those times when you suffer you have to work that little bit more and do it even better than you did before.” Swansea defender Jordi Amat has been ruled out for six weeks with knee ligament damage and Federico Fernandez, the £8million centre-back signed from Napoli last month, stands by to make his first Premier League start. “I’m disappointed for Jordi because he’s been brilliant for me this season and also did well in pre-season,” Monk said. “He took his opportunity against Man United and I’ve always said that if you take your opportunity you deserve to keep your place. “But unfortunately when someone gets injured it’s an opportunity for someone else and with Federico, Ashley Williams and Kyle Bartley at the club we’ve got four good options at centre-back.” Swansea manager Garry Monk admits his Southampton education taught him dedication and loyalty – but he still wants three points from the club which gave him his big break in football. “We had Matt Le Tissier, Jason Dodd, who was the captain, Francis Benali and older pros like Dan Petrescu, Andrei Kanchelskis, Carlton Palmer, David Hirst and Mark Hughes came in. “They’d been in and around the game for so long and they were great with me and the younger boys. “I was in the first-team environment at that point, learning my trade alongside Claus Lundekvam and Dean Richards, and they were really hard on us but fair. “Three or four of them were at the club for over 10 years and coming up to their testimonial and I ended up going that long here. “Whether that had an effect I don’t know, but I definitely learned loyalty and dedication from those guys. “Even when they weren’t playing at the end of their careers the dedication to their trade and club was amazing and I probably took that on board.” Both Swansea and Southampton have started the season well and Saturday’s meeting at the Liberty Stadium is between the third and fourth-placed sides in the Premier League. But whereas Southampton have scored seven goals in winning their last two games against West Ham and Newcastle, Swansea go into the game on the back of their first defeat of the season – 4-2 at Chelsea. Monk joined Southampton as a 17-year-old from Torquay and, although he played only 13 games in eight years for the Saints, he insists the solid grounding they gave him helped him to where he is today as the youngest manager in the Barclays Premier League. “Southampton definitely taught me a lot with the players we had at that time,” said the 35-year-old, who was named manager of the month for August. Press Association
Part 2: When the injury is inside your head, some “don’t get it” – July 26, 2016 Bio Latest Posts EHS names new boys’ soccer coach – July 13, 2016 Part 1: Invisible, incapacitating concussions are sidelining high school athletes – July 19, 2016 Part 2 of 2 PartsELLSWORTH — For Dagan Berenyi, the hardest part of having a concussion was constantly fielding the question, “You seem fine, why aren’t you wrestling?”“You can’t put a cast on your head,” says Berenyi, a recent Ellsworth High School graduate. “Some people understand, but some people just don’t get it.”Measuring damage at the cellular level is complicated. So is finding the right approach to recovering from a concussion. Athletes going through the process often feel isolated and misunderstood, and some will do just about anything to hide their head injuries.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textLast fall, Mariah Kinghorn woke up with a pounding headache the day after she suffered a concussion playing soccer.The Sumner Memorial High School junior recoiled from the sun when her grandmother opened her blinds, feeling — as she describes — like she had just had her pupils dilated at the eye doctor’s.“Everything was heightened times 10,” Kinghorn says of her sensitivity to noise and light.Simple things bothered her, such as car headlights and the swooshing sound of passing vehicles. At school, Kinghorn struggled to keep her eyes open in the brightly lit classrooms. She says chatter in the hallways and lunchroom grated on her as if students were screaming in her ears.“And the bell…” Kinghorn shakes her head. “No one realizes what you’re going through unless they’ve experienced it for themselves.”Concussions are both invisible and hard to define, which makes validating the pain they cause difficult for the young athletes experiencing them.“I have to say, school is hell for concussions,” says Beckett Slayton, a baseball and basketball standout for George Stevens Academy. “There is the academic stress and struggles focusing and retaining information. On top of that, there is the social stress of missing school and friends not understanding.”Slayton, a senior, still lives in the gray area that surrounds post-concussion syndrome. After suffering a concussion that sidelined him from sports for a year and a half, he remains unsure which headaches are signs of regression and which are the new norm. Every doctor he visits tells him something different.“It’s hard medicine, but it’s soft science,” says Dr. Bruce Hamilton-Dick, an orthopedic surgeon at Maine Coast Memorial Hospital. “In the absence of having the X-ray that says the bone is broken, how do you tell the brain is broken?”Aside from questionnaires and sideline evaluations, one of the most common tools schools use to detect head injuries is called the ImPACT, or Immediate Post-Concussion Assessment and Cognitive Testing. High school athletes take the 25-minute test before each season to establish a baseline of their neurological function. The computer software program measures verbal and visual memory, processing speed and reaction time.But, like all concussion tests, it requires honesty from athletes.Ellsworth High School senior Trent Mahon smiles while sitting on the bench in a playoff basketball game in February. Mahon was sidelined after he suffered a concussion in a game in January. PHOTO BY TIM SUELLENTROPBerenyi actually did better on the ImPACT after getting a concussion — a phenomenon he admits was no fluke. He says many athletes, himself included, intentionally score poorly on the baseline test to mask the effects of a potential concussion.“We’d talked about sandbagging it the first time,” Berenyi says. “We were going to play.”Trent Mahon, a senior at Ellsworth High School, also manipulated his ImPACT results. He suffered a concussion in a basketball game in January after he took an elbow to the temple and smacked his head on the hardwood floor. He says he felt dizzy and even vomited, which he blamed on a sandwich he ate.“I like basketball a lot,” Mahon says. “I didn’t want to say anything because I really wanted to play.”At the next practice, Mahon jogged up and down the court for about two minutes before dropping to his knees in tears.“My head just blew up,” he says. “I felt like everything snapped. I couldn’t do it anymore.”Athletes also downplay their symptoms because they don’t want to disappoint their teammates. Even the most well-intentioned coaches face a powerful opponent in peer pressure.Dwayne Carter, coach of George Stevens Academy’s 2016 state championship basketball team, has drifted to the more cautious end of the spectrum when it comes to detecting head injuries. Carter learned of the struggles posed by concussions firsthand after he suffered one playing basketball last spring. He benched several players for suspected concussions throughout last season while remaining particularly vigilant in Slayton’s case.“If you go back too soon, you might be done forever,” Carter says.Once, at practice, Carter noticed Slayton looking tired and what he can only describe as “vague.”The George Stevens Academy boys’ basketball team celebrates its 2016 Class C state championship. It was No. 13 Beckett Slayton’s first season on the squad after he suffered a concussion as a freshman that sidelined him for the next year and a half. PHOTO BY TIM SUELLENTROP“That’s why I kept having you back off, which I think was the right thing to do,” Carter says to Slayton in a joint interview. “I think it paid off. Right?”“Yeah,” Slayton responds. His tone isn’t convincing.“Even though you might have gotten mad,” Carter adds.“That goes back to the thing about…” Slayton’s voice trails off. “Milking it.”“But I knew you weren’t milking it,” Carter responds.“I know,” Slayton says, “but the team doesn’t.”Dr. Sheena Whittaker, a pediatrician who works with athletes suffering from concussions at MCMH, says some schools and coaches have even become a little too cautious.“Which is good,” Whittaker adds. “We don’t have a clear handle on what the actual damage is and how to document it, so we have to over-treat it.”Recovering from a concussion requires limited mental stimulation, which means avoiding screens such as televisions, computers, video games and cell phones until symptoms subside. Even activities such as reading can stress the brain and slow recovery.Kinghorn left school early the day after getting her concussion, and she didn’t return for two weeks. She says she spent most of that time in her dark bedroom, doing nothing.“People were like, ‘No way. You didn’t need to be out — you look fine,’” Kinghorn says. “I just didn’t want them to be disappointed or think, ‘She’s fine, she just doesn’t want to come back.’ Of course I wanted to. It was horrible not being in school.”Lucas Theoharidis, a recent graduate from George Stevens Academy who got a concussion in September, says a classmate once responded to him getting to retake a test with the comment, “Wow, you’re really milking this concussion, aren’t you?”“I think they think you’re at home watching Netflix,” Theoharidis says. “If you couldn’t do anything at your house, you’d rather be in school.”Theoharidis suffered his concussion playing soccer. He says he felt hazy after missing a head ball and banging heads with an opposing player, but he stayed in the game because he didn’t want to disappoint anyone. Eight months later, on March 30, Theoharidis still wears sunglasses indoors. Screens triggered his headaches so, for months, he couldn’t use his phone or computer to communicate with friends.“They’d try to talk to me, but they’d send me a message on Facebook,” Theoharidis says. “I would tell them that I really shouldn’t be using Facebook, but they would just ignore me.”Dr. Sheena Whittaker, a pediatrician, works with athletes suffering from concussions at Maine Coast Memorial Hospital.“I hated my house,” says Mahon, adding he initially couldn’t even work on puzzles without pain. “I didn’t really talk to anyone for a solid month.”Mahon, Theoharidis, Slayton and Berenyi have lost track of how much school they missed throughout recovery. But they measure their absence in months, not days.“You can have a concussion that goes untreated and doesn’t really affect you a lot, and you can have one that changes your life for the better part of a year or so,” Berenyi says. “It’s not even just about sports. It’s everything.”Lisa Theoharidis, Lucas’ mom as well as the school nurse at George Stevens Academy, has seen the struggles students with concussions face trying to maintain their relationships.“The longer the concussion lasts, the more disconnected you are from society,” Lisa Theoharidis says. “If you’re not in school and you can’t use technology, you’re totally disconnected from the world. Their world.”As a result, Dr. Whittaker says, the recovery can lead to secondary issues such as anxiety and depression.“So the pendulum is already swinging away from that,” Whittaker says, “because a lot of kids in sports thrive on being busy and doing well. Then you put them in a dark room with nothing to do for days on end.“It’s finding that balance between the two.”Slayton had tutors visit him at home when he was absent. Lucas Theoharidis was allowed to turn off the lights in his classes, though his mom says he skipped school on rainy days when the sun wasn’t filtering in through the windows.Berenyi occasionally took naps in the front office and worked in rooms with less commotion at school. He recalls one week where he sacrificed sleep to catch up on homework. As a result, his symptoms, such as headaches and moodiness, got “drastically worse.”“You have to take off that pressure,” Whittaker says. “For that high-achieving kid who thinks, ‘I’m failing all my classes,’ they’re going to lie about everything so they can get back.”Berenyi still grapples with the timing of his concussion. He was just 10 minutes away from competing in the Northern Maine soccer championship, which — without Berenyi — Ellsworth lost 2-1. And with colleges scouting talented wrestlers in their senior year, Berenyi — a 2015 state champion — would miss the entire season as well as his shot at earning an athletic scholarship.But, as Berenyi has learned throughout the year, the cost of a concussion could be much worse.“I’m more aware now,” Berenyi says. “You’ve got to listen to your body. Your life revolves around getting better.”For more information about concussions and how to support research efforts, visit the Maine Concussion Management Initiative’s website at web.colby.edu/mcmi.Click here for Part 1. Latest posts by Taylor Vortherms (see all) Taylor VorthermsSports Editor at The Ellsworth AmericanTaylor Vortherms covers sports in Hancock County. The St. Louis, Missouri native recently graduated from the Missouri School of Journalism and joined The Ellsworth American in 2013.
By Mark GleesonCAPE TOWN, South Africa (Reuters) – David Wiese became the latest South African cricketer to forego future national team selection, after signing a so-called Kolpak contract to compete in county cricket and bringing to an abrupt end to his international limited overs career.The 31-year-old fast bowler has played 20 T20 matches for South Africa and six one-day internationals but is no longer eligible to play for his country after penning a three-year deal with Sussex.A player becomes eligible for a Kolpak deal when he gives up the right to play for his country and is not classed as an overseas player in country cricket.Last week, South Africa’s Kyle Abbott and Rilee Rossouw caused a storm when they quit the international arena to sign for Hampshire on Kolpak contracts.The contracts are named after a Slovak handball player who won a ruling that gives anyone with a work permit from a country which has an associate trading agreement with the European Union the same rights as an EU worker.The exodus of cricketers and rugby players from South Africa to Europe for better paying careers is a rapidly growing problem for both sports, who struggle to hang on to their players because of the weakness of the South African rand.Abbott, Rossouw and Wiese have all fallen out of selection for South Africa’s T20 side, which was named by Cricket South Africa yesterday.PLAYERS RESTEDFarhaan Berhardien was appointed stand-in captain and six uncapped players were named in the squad to play Sri Lanka later this month as South Africa rest senior players.Berhardien takes over from Faf du Plessis as skipper for the first two games in the three-match series which takes place on January 20 (Pretoria), January 22 (Johannesburg) and January 25 (Cape Town). A captain for the third game will be named later.du Plessis, Hashim Amla, Quinton de Kock and Kagiso Rabada are among those being rested as South Africa have a heavy programme of Tests and limited overs matches this year.“This is the last chance we have to (rest players) as the ODI series that follows (the three T20 internationals) is an important part of our build-up to the ICC Champions Trophy tournament in England in the middle of the year,” said selection convener Linda Zondi.The six new caps in the T20 format are Jon-Jon Smuts, Theunis de Bruyn, Mangaliso Mosehle, Andile Phehlukwayo, Dane Paterson and Lungi Ngidi.Squad:Farhaan Behardien (capt.), Theunis de Bruyn, Reeza Hendricks, Imran Tahir, Heino Kuhn, David Miller, Mangaliso Mosehle, Lungi Ngidi, Wayne Parnell, Dane Paterson, Aaron Phangiso, Andile Phehlukwayo, Jon-Jon Smuts.
UPDATED: Jan. 25, 3:40 p.m. Syracuse quarterback Terrel Hunt was arrested on Tuesday evening after police said he stole from a Hollister store in Carousel Center. He has since been suspended from all football-related activities. Police said Hunt, a freshman backup, stole a $44 bottle of ‘Breakline Fragrance,’ according to an article published by WSYR-TV in Syracuse. He was confronted outside the store and brought to the security office by Hollister’s loss prevention officer after he concealed the bottle in a Hollister shopping bag. He was released on an appearance ticket to appear in Syracuse City Court for a charge of petit larceny. Hunt was cooperative and apologetic, according to the article. Head coach Doug Marrone released a statement on Wednesday regarding the incident and announcing Hunt was suspended from all football-related activities.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text ‘I am aware of the charges filed yesterday against Terrel Hunt by the Syracuse Police Department. Terrel has been suspended from all football-related activities.’ Police said Hunt is the only person charged in the incident, according to the article. Hunt, 18, is from Rosedale, N.Y. He did not play in any games this season. email@example.com Comments Published on January 24, 2012 at 12:00 pm Contact Mark: firstname.lastname@example.org | @mark_cooperjr Facebook Twitter Google+
The upcoming game against Stanford on Saturday in the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum will be one of the last before new health restrictions take effect.On Tuesday, Sept. 8, the Los Angeles City Council voted 14-0 to ban smokeless tobacco at all Los Angeles sporting venues, including those for youth.The restriction will commence by Jan. 2016, following in the footsteps of similar bans on cigarettes and e-cigarettes.The ban will apply to the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, though according to Coliseum general manager Joe Furin, the ban won’t severely affect fans at the Coliseum.“Smokeless tobacco has had a minimal effect. Rarely do we hear about a customer or a fan using it,” Furin said. “If anything, it would be more the players.”City council advocated for the ban due to smokeless tobacco’s link to cancer, and determined that athletes should not be publicly endorsing such a harmful product. Additionally, they referred to the substance’s potential for lifelong addiction when justifying the ordinance.Daniel Durbin, clinical professor of communication at the Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism specializing in sports, said the ban will positively affect audience members and the venues.“I think the ban adds positively to the environment,” Durbin said. “On one side, it gets rid of a substance that is disgusting, unhealthy and often has been cited as causing cancer of the jaw. It also gets rid of a substance that makes people spit all the time.”The Los Angeles Dodgers have released a statement to show their support for the ban as well.Though the ban initially applied solely to baseball stadiums, it was expanded to include all locations where sports are organized.Jose Huizar, the city council member who authored the motion for the ban, cited a report by the U.S. Center for Disease Control as support for broadening the restriction to all sporting venues. The data from this study revealed that high school athletes use smokeless tobacco twice as much as non-athletes.Furthermore, 17.4 percent of high school athletes used smokeless tobacco in 2013, Huizar said.Durbin said smokeless tobacco, poses a danger to Los Angeles youth.“You socialize people into behaviors by having behaviors within a group or a team that they want to join,” Durbin said. “So if it is presumed that all baseball players chew tobacco, which, at one time, was not far from the truth, [and] if you’re a kid growing up, the assumption is that you, too, will chew tobacco.”
The University of Wisconsin men’s basketball team spent their Thanksgiving break in the Bahamas where they participated in the eight-team ‘Battle 4 Atlantis’ tournament. After three days of games, the Badgers advanced to the final without too much trouble but ultimately fell against No. 4 Virginia in the championship match.To kick off the tournament, Wisconsin had to scrap their way through an ugly game against Stanford in the quarterfinals where the Badgers turned the ball over heavily early on with eight giveaways in the first 15 minutes of play. But the team regathered and gave the ball up just three more times in the remainder of the game.The Badgers’ scoring was nicely distributed: D’Mitrik Trice and Ethan Happ both notched 16 points, and Khalil Iverson finished with 14 points and 12 rebounds. This was Iverson’s first double-double of the season. Happ also finished with a double-double, securing 12 boards to go with his 16 points. On top of that, Nate Reuvers had a breakout defensive performance, tying the school record for blocks in a game with nine.Women’s hockey: Top-ranked Badgers look to continue shutout streak against HarvardThe No. 1 Wisconsin women’s hockey team (13-1-0, 7-1-0-0 WCHA) welcomes the Harvard Crimson (2-3-1, 1-3-1 ECAC) to LaBahn Arena Read…Despite the final score of 62–46, Wisconsin did not look as collected as the scoreboard suggested. Early turnovers aside, the Badgers were 1-8 on 3-point field goals and ended with just two assists, the fewest total assists so far this season. But ultimately they got the job done, advancing to the semi-final round against the Oklahoma Sooners.On Thanksgiving Day, the Badgers’ chemistry was apparent as D’Mitrik Trice took over the game against Oklahoma. Trice set his career high with 25 points after hitting seven consecutive 3-pointers while shooting 61.5 percent from the field. Kobe King contributed tremendous production off the bench pouring on 14 points in his 26 minutes. Happ had yet another double-double in the matchup, and the Badgers took care of the Oklahoma Sooners by a score of 78–58.After the semi-final win against the Sooners, Wisconsin met the No. 4 Virginia Cavaliers in the championship game for a defensive showdown. Too many mistakes in the game put the Badgers in a bad position from the beginning.Wisconsin totaled 13 turnovers in the game while Virginia only turned the ball over five times while scoring 12 points off the Wisconsin miscues. In a game that was slow-paced and played within the half court, Virginia just outplayed the Badgers defensively as they finished with nine steals and two blocks.But the Badgers battled back, nearly overcoming a 15-point halftime deficit only to lose 63–56. The game was well within reach, but a missed steal by Iverson and missed rebounds in the final minutes ultimately cost the Badgers the comeback.Overall, the game was a two-way battle between Happ and Virginia’s redshirt sophomore De’Andre Hunter, who stuffed the box score in a very low-scoring affair. Happ secured a double-double for the sixth straight time this season, adding 22 points on 11-19 shooting with 15 rebounds and six assists. Hunter did an impressive job controlling the pace of the game, finishing with 20 points and nine rebounds to secure the victory for Virginia and give them the 2018 ‘Battle 4 Atlantis’ championship.Volleyball: Badgers look to continue win streak against Rutgers, Penn StateThe No. 8 University of Wisconsin volleyball team is looking to continue their four-game win streak heading into their last Read…The last four teams to win the annual ‘Battle 4 Atlantis’ tournament all went on to have impressive NCAA tournament runs at the end of the year. In 2014, Wisconsin was victorious and went on to be the NCAA Tournament runner-up. In 2015, Syracuse won and ended up advancing to the Final Four as a No. 10 seed. In 2016, after Baylor won, they made the NCAA tournament and won a pair of games advancing to the Sweet 16. Finally, last season the Villanova Wildcats took the ‘Battle 4 Atlantis’ and went on to be crowned national champions.Happ and Trice were named to the 2018 ‘Battle 4 Atlantis’ all-tournament team after their performances this week in the Bahamas. Wisconsin improved to 5–1 on the season while picking up two resume-building wins against Stanford and Oklahoma.The Badgers are back in action at the Kohl Center this Tuesday as they take on the North Carolina State Wolfpack.
Gregg Popovich, never one to avoid issues beyond the sidelines and baselines, describes former 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick’s efforts to bring focus to racial and social injustice as “a very patriotic thing.”This time, however, Popovich’s reiterated support of Kaepernick has a greater impact given his role as Team USA basketball coach. FIBA World Cup: Kyle Lowry withdraws from Team USA after not being cleared for ‘full basketball activities’ “That was a very patriotic thing he did,” said Popovich, who graduated from the U.S. Air Force Academy and served in the Air Force before moving into coaching. “He cared about his country enough to fix some things that were obvious, that everybody knows about but does nothing about.”Popovich’s remarks came the day after Giants star running back Saquon Barkley, the 2018 Offensive Rookie of the Year, said his vocal support of Kaepernick recently on social media have a purpose — no matter the cost.”I’m not afraid to speak my mind,” Barkley told the New York Daily News on Monday. “If a fan wants to not be a fan of me because I retweet a thing for Colin Kaepernick, I don’t care. But I respect that people have their own opinions. Everyone is entitled to that. I just would hope that people respect I have a right to my own opinion, as well.” Speaking to reporters Tuesday after the U.S. team practice at the Lakers’ facility, Popovich was asked about how politically polarized America is at the moment, particularly in the context of patriotism.His extended response (via ESPN.com): Related News Colin Kaepernick sends message to NFL teams with intense workout video: ‘Still ready’ “Patriotism means a lot of things to different people. There’s people who are truly committed in that sense and people who are fake. The show of patriotism I think is a bit inappropriate and that is not something that I think we want to emulate. Because someone hugs a flag doesn’t mean they’re patriotic. Being a patriot is somebody that respects their country and understands that the best thing about our country is that we have the ability to fix things that have not come to fruition for a lot of people so far.””All the promises in the beginning when the country was established is fantastic, but those goals have not been reached yet for a lot of people,” Popovich continued. “So you can still be patriotic and understand that there still needs to be criticism and changes and more attention paid to those who do not have what other people do have, and that’s where we’ve fallen short in a lot of different ways. Being a critic of those inequalities does not make you a non-patriot. It’s what makes America great, that you can say those things and attack those things to make them better. That’s what a lot of other countries don’t have. You lose your freedom when you do that.”The longtime Spurs coach has spoken often about Kaepernick, who drew national reaction — positive and negative — when, while with the Niners, he began kneeling during the national anthem in 2016 to protest racial oppression and police brutality.Popovich has said before that he believes Kaepernick will be regarded in the future like other athletes in the past who stood and fought for social justice. It’s the negative reaction the quarterback elicited and his ongoing unemployment (Kaepernick, 31, tweeted last week that he is “still ready” to play) that continues to grate on Popovich.