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Stone happy with freshman Wurtz, UW’s defense

first_imgAfter Sunday’s 106-39 exhibition rout over Division III opponent UW-Oshkosh, the University of Wisconsin women’s basketball team is ready to begin the 2009-10 regular season. The Badgers will face the North Dakota Fighting Sioux this Sunday at the Kohl Center for the first time in program history.“We’re certainly looking forward to the start of the season,” Wisconsin head coach Lisa Stone said in her Monday press conference. “Yesterday, we had the exhibition game and got to put the uniforms on for the first time, got our freshmen out there to be in front of the lights and their fans and their families. I thought we did a nice job, stayed fairly disciplined. What I was most encouraged with was the fact that we only had nine turnovers in 40 minutes.”In Sunday’s triumph over Oshkosh, Stone’s new four-out, one-in motion offense was on display as the Badgers shot 62.5 percent from the field and had five players in double figures. Junior forward Tara Steinbauer led the way with 25 points on 12-13 shooting, while senior guard Rae Lin D’Alie contributed 19 points and six assists.Badger defense strong from the startDespite the lopsided final score, Stone was able to sufficiently assess where her team is at heading into Sunday’s opener.“You find out a lot about your team, actually,” Stone said of measuring her team after such a victory. “Our defense made it very difficult for Oshkosh to score, but there’s still things you can take. We looked at the film today and for a period of time in the second half, we weren’t closing out as hard as we could, we got a little lazy on the weak side, and it’s hard for your team to stay focused but that was the challenge.”The Badger defense was definitely at its best, as Oshkosh was unable to score its first field goal for almost 14 minutes. Wisconsin forced 32 turnovers and had 22 steals, including five by sophomore forward and tri-captain Anya Covington, as well as four by freshman guard Taylor Wurtz.“Anya Covington is a natural-born leader,” Stone said. “She has been a leader her entire life, both in the classroom, the community and on the court. As a freshman, [she] was not afraid to speak up in a team meeting, was not afraid to come to coaches with concerns or maybe wanting to get some help or try improve her game or how to make the team better. She earned the respect of her teammates as a freshman.”Freshman Wurtz has an impressive debutStone also expressed enthusiasm about the play of Wurtz, who was well thought of as the 89th-ranked player nationally by HoopGurlz — ESPN.com’s women’s college basketball forum — coming out of Ripon High School in Ripon, Wis. Listed as 6-foot, Wurtz boasts solid size for a Big Ten guard, which was on definite display against Oshkosh.Aside from her stellar defense, Wurtz scored 10 points and pulled down five rebounds in an impressive 21 minutes of playing time. Along with other freshman guards Catie O’Leary and Aly Bucierka, Wurtz will be counted on to provide the Badgers with an upbeat, youthful presence.“She is a freshman, she has a lot to learn, and it was good to see her be able to play the number of minutes she did in different positions and not turn it over,” Stone said. “[Wurtz] shot the ball fairly well, you saw her get an offensive board, hit a three, get out in transition; she was our leading rebounder yesterday. Her versatility is definitely something that we’re going to lean on. We were injured in the post yesterday; we only had three post player rotations, so you’ll see her rotate inside and outside … if we’re facing a team maybe with a big point guard, that matches up very nice. If we’re facing a team with an athletic power forward, Taylor matches up very well.”last_img read more

7th-seeded Michigan State outlasts 3rd-seeded Oklahoma to advance to Elite Eight, face Louisville on Sunday in Carrier Dome

first_imgThirty minutes after Louisville clinched another 40 minutes on the Carrier Dome floor, its opponent was to be decided.Seventh-seeded Michigan State (26-11) and No. 3-seed Oklahoma (24-11) went to war for the second and final spot in the Elite Eight in the East Regional, and Tom Izzo’s Spartans prevailed, 62-58, on Friday night.The Sooners, behind 11 first-half points from leading scorer Buddy Hield and 40.6-percent shooting as a team, took a 31-27 lead into the break after holding a 10-point lead just a few minutes earlier.But 10 and a half minutes into the second half, the Spartans took their first lead of the night.And it didn’t take long for the Michigan State faithful to boast itself as the largest and loudest fan base in the Carrier Dome.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textGuards Denzel Valentine and Travis Trice connected on 3s to keep the Sooners at bay and fill the spacious dome with a roar from the MSU fans in the crowd. But OU hit its free throws and kept itself within striking distance.With 2:53 remaining, Michigan State possessed a 54-51 lead. After a timeout, Trice drained a fadeaway jumper to push MSU’s lead to five, but that was answered by a pair of foul shots from Sooner TaShawn Thomas.Trice nailed a pair at the charity stripe to push it back to a five-point game, and Hield answered with a second-chance 3 pointer, Oklahoma’s first of the half, to cut it to 58-56.MSU took it under 40 seconds. Trice missed a step-back late in the shot clock, but the Spartans grabbed the second and third chances and Valentine earned a trip to the line, where he sank a pair to push MSU back up by four.Thomas answered with a second-chance bucket and OU quickly called timeout, down by two with 15.5 left.The Sooners fouled Trice, who again pushed MSU ahead by more than a possession.And when Oklahoma couldn’t convert on the other end, the Spartans grabbed the rebound and paraded down the court with only time to kill before celebrating its Elite Eight appearance. Comments Published on March 28, 2015 at 12:27 am Contact Phil: pmdabbra@syr.edu | @PhilDAbb Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Kohlbeck: Andersen proves his worth in second season at UW

first_imgWhen the Wisconsin football team blew a 24-7 lead way back against LSU Aug. 30, the Badgers and second year head coach Gary Andersen suddenly found themselves in the midst of a three-game losing streak.Not only did the Badgers miss out on a statement victory against a well-known SEC team in LSU, but combined with two losses from the previous season — against Penn State on Senior Day at Camp Randall and to South Carolina in the Capital One Bowl — questions started to circulate about whether or not Andersen was the right successor for former UW head coach Bret Bielema.And things did not get better for Andersen in the ensuing weeks of his second season at the helm of the Badgers.Following the LSU loss the Badgers did win three straight games, but they were against teams that can be considered as textbook “cupcakes.” And then the Big Ten season started and Andersen and the Badgers had a chance to start conference play on the right foot and start the journey to the Big Ten Championship game. But once again Wisconsin lost a close game, falling to the Wildcats 20-14, and had now lost their last four games against Power Five conference opponents.After the Northwestern loss the Badgers were 4-2 on the season, 0-1 in the Big Ten and had a messy situation at quarterback with both Joel Stave and Tanner McEvoy. A Big Ten West Division championship seemed like a far-off possibility. The play calling of offensive coordinator Andy Ludwig was questioned, while unrest with the performance of Andersen filled Madison and the state of Wisconsin.But fast forward seven weeks, and the Badgers — under the direction of Andersen, Ludwig and defensive coordinator Dave Aranda — are going to the Big Ten Championship game for the third time in four years.After the debacle at Northwestern, Andersen and Ludwig decided to go with a two-quarterback system. It’s a strategy that makes most football fans cringe simply when they hear the term and one that has prompted the well-known phrase: “if you have two quarterbacks, you have none.”But Andersen and company turned things around. The two-quarterback strategy became effective and the Badgers rattled off seven straight wins — including a blowout of Nebraska, a two-point win at Iowa and Saturday’s win over Minnesota to close out the regular season — to claim the Big Ten West division title.While the offense was and still is largely fueled by the efforts of Heisman contender Melvin Gordon, it’s been the play of both Stave and McEvoy that has kept things open for Gordon. Andersen and Ludwig saw the talents in both quarterbacks and decided it would be best to utilize each one’s individual strengths to help the offense overall by putting them both on the field.Since the implementation of the two-quarterback system after Northwestern, Stave has been effective over those seven games going 71-for-117 (61 percent) for 928 yards with seven touchdowns and just one interception. McEvoy on the other hand has used his feet and the run option to run for 288 yards on 31 carries (9.3 average) and four touchdowns.Defensively, the Badgers under both Andersen and Aranda have found the right players to fill in for a defense that lost seven of its starters from last season. A quicker, more athletic UW defense now leads the Big Ten in most major defensive categories and ranks second in total defense and fourth in scoring defense in the nation.But it’s also been the ability to win close games that has Andersen in the Big Ten Championship game in just his second season at Wisconsin. The Badgers pulled out another close game that came down to the fourth quarter Saturday against the Gophers after winning a decisive battle in Iowa City two weeks ago against the Hawkeyes.The changes Andersen has made in his second season at UW have shown he has what it takes to be successful in the Big Ten as a head coach. After the loss to Northwestern, the Badgers were considered to be a far cry from being legitimate contenders to win the Big Ten West. Now, they are the 11th-ranked team in the AP and Coaches poll and have a date with the Ohio State Buckeyes next weekend at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis for the right to be called Big Ten champions.So while this season can certainly finish even better with a victory over the Buckeyes, regardless of what happens Saturday, Andersen has a Big Ten West Division title under his belt and has proved his worth as the head coach for the Badgers in just his second season.last_img read more

Sanchez To Become Highest Paid Premier League Player With £300,000 Per Week New Arsenal…

first_imgArsenal forward, Alexis Sanchez will become the highest paid Premier League player with a new £300,000 per week Arsenal deal, according to Daily Mail.28-year-old Sanchez, who has refused to sign a contract extension with Arsenal, heads into the last year of his current Arsenal deal, having reportedly rejected a previous £275,000 per week deal.Reports have now suggested that the Chilean wants £300,000 a week before considering whether or not he will agree on a new contract at the Emirates.Alexis Sanchez’s future at the Emirates have been laden with speculations and uncertainties over the last few months, as the Chilean publicly expressed his quest for Champions League football, something Arsenal won’t provide next season.The Chilean will not feature in Arsenal’s Premier League season opener against Leicester City on Friday night due to an abdominal injury.Sanchez have been linked with moves to Man City and PSG all summer, with Arsene Wenger insisting the forward will see out his current contract at the Emirates, should he not sign a new deal. Relatedlast_img read more

Okyenhene named Life Patron of Ghana Golf Awards (GGA)

first_imgPrimeval Media Ghana Limited, organisers of the Ghana Golf Awards (GGA) has announced that the His Royal Majesty, Okyehene, Osagyefo Ofori Amoatia Ofori Panin, is now the “Life Patron” of the event.The well-respected king noted for his passion for environment and an ardent golfer, will chair the 2014 GGA as well as future events.Okyehene Amoatia Ofori Panin, was the guest speaker of the maiden edition last year and is expected to add royal touch to the 2014 edition.Jeff Asare, Communications Director of Primeval Media told sportscrusader.com that, the move was to give the event needed clout and glamour it deserves.He said Okyehene is a well-respected king and his acceptance of the gesture marks a significant growth in the life of Ghana Golf.“Our outfit is honoured to have such a noble person as our life patron. It shows that the event has attracted the needed attention and recognition it deserves. “We are happy to have the Okyehene on board and his presence will definitely be a great boost to our success”. He noted.The second edition of the GGA will be held at the Events Haven, Trade Fare Center, La, Accra on Saturday, December 27, at 6pm.In all 20 award winners will be honoured on the night which will also be attended by Sir Sam Jonah, a renowned businessman and an ardent golfer.last_img read more

Serbian player threatened at gun point by own fans

first_imgA player with Serbian top flight club Novi Pazar was threatened by the team’s own supporters at gunpoint after missing a penalty, the world players’ union FIFPro said on Thursday.Describing the incident as “a new low in Serbian professional football”, FIFPro said that Novi Pazar’s Zarko Udovicic sent his penalty over the crossbar in the 85th minute of last Saturday’s game against FK Rad.Two days later, several hooligans burst into the dressing-room at the club’s training ground, drew a gun and held it in Udovicic’s face, FIFPro said. The player has since left the club.Mirko Poledica, president of the Serbian professional footballers’ association Nezavisnost, said neither the Serbian Football Association nor the league had taken any action.”Must we wait until some hooligan actually kills one of our players”, he said. “What worries me is that there is no reaction from the football association. They remain quiet.”They must do something to guarantee the safety of the players. But they don’t. Next time a player could be murdered.”The only positive thing from this situation, is that our Deputy Prime Minister (Rasim Ljajic) has spoken out and acknowledged the serious problems we are facing. “In Serbia, no fan has ever been prosecuted or convicted after violent behaviour against a football player. That’s why players are afraid.”Each day they hope that there will be nobody knocking on their door to beat them up, that there will be no person setting their car on fire, or that there will be no hooligan putting a gun to their head.”FIFPro said: “Like every professional workman, each professional footballer is entitled to a safe working environment. It is up to the football and national authorities to provide such safe environment.”last_img read more

AFCON 2019: Black Stars XI v Benin – Kwadwo Asamoah benched

first_imgGhana begins the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations campaign against West African neighbours Benin on Tuesday evening in Ismailia. Coach Kwesi Appiah has named his lineup to face Benin nine hours before kick-off as the Black Stars seek to start this year’s tournament on a good note. Ghana will open their account in Egypt tonight, but how have they fared in their AFCON openers since 2000?3 wins ✅2 losses❌3 draws🤝#JoyAFCON #AFCON2019 #TotalAFCON2019 #BlackStars #FootballTogether #GoGhana #GHABEN pic.twitter.com/cHsY4c2zoj— JoySports #JoyAFCON (@JoySportsGH) June 25, 2019 Kwasi Appiah relied heavily on the 4-4-2 formation during the qualifiers but he is set to switch to a 4-2-3-1 formation. A system he tried in Black Stars last pre-tournament friendly against South Africa which ended 0-0. Despite the team failing to score, the performance exhibited according to Joy Sports’ tournament correspondent, Benedict Owusu, who watched the game, was very impressive. Making their debuts in the Africa Cup of Nations will be Lumor Agbeyenu, Kasim Nuhu and Thomas Agyepong. The shock omission is vice-captain of the side Kwadwo Asamoah who was expected to play in a midfield role. The Inter Milan star was reportedly Ghana’s best player in two pre-tournament friendlies. As expected, Maritzburg goalkeeper Richard Ofori is the first choice to start in goal. With Harrison Afful failing to make the squad due to injury,  Reading defender Andy Yiadom starts right back with Lumor Agbeyenu starting ahead of Baba Rahman.Metz defender John Boye will partner German-based Kassim Nuhu with Mubarak Wakaso and Partey shielding the back four.Atsu will play from his favourite right flank and Thomas Agyepong will be on duty on the opposite flank. Skipper Andre Ayew will play behind his brother Jordan Ayew.Ghana’s starting XI to face Benin: Richard Ofori- Andy Yiadom, Lumor Agbeyenu, John Boye, Kasim Nuhu- Mubarak Wakaso, Thomas Partey, Thomas Agyepong, Christian Atsu, Andre Ayew-Jordan Ayew.Follow all the tournament games with #JoyAFCON. There’s live radio commentary on Joy 99.7FM, post-match programs on Joy FM, JoyNews TV (available via MultiTV Digibox and on DStv channel 421), Joy Prime (on DStv 281), analysis shows, and fan zones. Follow complete social media coverage on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram with @JoySportsGH.last_img read more

England quartet head for South America

first_img9 Jan 2013 England quartet head for South America British stroke play champion Sarah-Jane Boyd, English stroke play champion Alex Peters and internationals Callum Shinkwin and Jordan Smith will represent England in the South American amateur championship from 23-26 January. The 72-hole individual event will take place at the Rincón de Cajica Golf Club in Bogota, Colombia. Sarah-Jane Boyd, 21, (Truro, Cornwall) won the 2012 British women’s stroke play championship and, as a result, secured her place in this year’s Ricoh Women’s British Open over the Old Course at St Andrews. Last year she also won the England Golf South West women’s championship and her third Cornwall ladies’ title. She trains with the England Golf Performance Squad. (Image © Leaderboard Photography) Alex Peters, 19, (Notts Ladies’, Nottinghamshire) won the 2012 English women’s stroke play title and was a member of England’s winning team at the women’s Home Internationals. She also won the Independent Schools’ championship, the Nottinghamshire ladies’ title and shared the Porters Park Centenary Cup. Alex, who was previously an England girl international, is also a member of the Performance Squad. Both Callum Shinkwin (Moor Park, Hertfordshire) and Jordan Smith (Bowood G&CC, Wiltshire) are full England internationals. Shinkwin, 19, the English under 18 champion in 2010 and a semi-finalist in the 2011 English Amateur Championship, began 2012 by winning the Hampshire Hog, finishing third in the Berkhamsted Trophy and fifth in the Darwin Salver. He won all four of his games on his full England debut against France in May then helped England win the European men’s Challenge Trophy in Iceland. He also played in the Home Internationals and is a member of the England squad for this year. Smith, 20, made his full England debut in last September’s Home Internationals in Scotland. He has been a member of the winning Wiltshire team at the English County Championships for the past two years, while he reached the English Amateur semi-finals in 2012.  He also finished joint runner-up in the Chiberta Grand Prix and tied fifth in the Biarritz Cup in successive weeks last summer. He is also a member of the England squad for 2013.last_img read more

Wurlitzer Organ Upgraded Thanks to Anonymous Donor

first_imgFacebook36Tweet0Pin0Submitted by The Washington Center for the Performing ArtsThe Washington Center for the Performing Arts is home to the Mighty Andy Crow Wurlitzer Organ, which has been described as “one of the top ten best theatrical organs in the world.” The organ is truly a living instrument, requiring annual maintenance, as well as tuning and troubleshooting before – and often, during – each performance. This local asset has over 1,600 pipes and thousands of additional sounds and instruments, such as bass drums, kettle drums, multiple cymbals, a piano, harp, glockenspiel, sleigh bells, and so much more.The organ has been at The Center since 1924. Now, the newly updated organ will play once again on September 13. Photo courtesy: The Washington Center for the Performing ArtsThis summer, thanks to an anonymous donor, the organ received a $16,000 upgrade, its first since the mid-1990s. Jill Barnes, Executive Director, says, “This upgrade will increase the responsiveness of the instrument for the organist playing, and will also provide flexibility for when and how we use the organ.” The organ’s control system was upgraded to a computerized and cordless system which allows pipe organ operators and performers to define and control the organ using state-of-the-art microprocessor controlled interfaces connecting the console and the pipe chambers. Barnes adds, “The new system will create individualized settings for organists and remember those for future use.”The organ was first installed in 1924, when The Liberty Theatre (the original theater pre-dating The Washington Center) opened as a vaudeville house. The organ was originally an impressive “2/9” Wurlitzer organ. In the organ world, this means it originally had two manuals -the number of individual keyboards stacked on the organ console – and nine ranks, or sets of pipes, each set being a combination of multiple and similar instruments. The Liberty Theater was renovated and refurbished in 1948, becoming the Olympic Theater movie house. Andy Crow began taking care of the organ in 1962, and ultimately gifted and reinstalled the organ after The Washington Center was built in 1985. Andy passed away last summer in July.The organ will be used during the screening of the silent film, “The Phantom of the Opera” on October 15. Photo courtesy: The Washington Center for the Performing ArtsAndy is remembered fondly by many friends including Geoff Apgar, a Washington Center patron who has been a pipe organ enthusiast his entire life. Geoff especially enjoys coming to The Washington Center during the Silent Film series. Geoff says the full, rich sound of the pipes separates the organ from electronic reproductions. He shares, “I’m grateful The Washington Center has made the organ a priority in the programming and performances offered to the community.”“We believe it’s vital to keep local history alive,” says Barnes, “while instilling an understanding and appreciation of the beauty and science of the arts.” Thanks to this anonymous donor, through this upgrade, Andy’s memory and legacy will live on and we will honor him every time we feature the Mighty Andy Crow Wurlitzer Organ.The upgraded organ will make it’s first official debut at the CENTER Stage Awards & Gala on Saturday, September 23, when it will be played by Sharon Stearnes, the organist for the Gig Harbor Methodist Church and former Seattle Mariner’s organist. Following the gala, the organ will accompany the silent film, Phantom of the Opera, in the opening performance of our annual silent movie series on Sunday, October 15, featuring renowned organist, Dennis James.last_img read more

AFC’s calls are “nonsensical” – Ramon Gaskin

first_imgInternational review of local auditsAs the apparent fall out continues to deepen between the A Partnership for National Unity (APNU) and the Alliance For Change AFC), independent analyst and economist Ramon Gaskin has dismissed as “nonsensical”, a call by the AFC for there to be an international review of the forensic audits into several State agencies, conducted by local auditors.Economist Ramon GaskinThe AFC in a statement, following a leadership retreat on Sunday, said it was of the view that the series of audit reports into “apparent irregularities in various Government agencies should be supplemented by a review by experienced independent international forensic auditors and thereafter submitted to high quality external professional independent legal advice with a view to proceeding to prosecution where warranted.”However, Gaskin during an interview with Guyana Times on Monday said such a review was unnecessary.“An international audit of an audit done by professional accountants is extremely silly; it’s nonsensical in the professional world. You can have an audit of an institution, but you can’t have an audit of an auditor. There is no need to bring in foreign auditors to audit the auditors, nobody does that,” Gaskin said.The economist and political commentators believes that the AFC’s calls for ‘an audit of an audit’ are grounded in its uneasiness with a number of things.“It is part of their unhappiness with a lot of things. I think they are unhappy with a lot of things and this is one new thing they are bringing up… that they are not happy with the results of the audit, that they need an international auditor. But they should tell you which one of the audits done here by local people they are not happy with,” he reasoned.Gaskin mentioned that Nigel Hinds Financial Services was one of the auditors and Nigel Hinds only last week defended Minister of State Joseph Harmon, who is embroiled in a campaign that is being waged against him by the Kaieteur News and several other anti-Harmon elements.The economist further questioned why the AFC members who sit at Cabinet did not object to the appointment of the local auditors when the Government initiated the audits last year.“When all of these auditors were appointed and the matter went to Cabinet presumably, because a lot of money was paid to Goolsarran, Nigel Hinds and all of them, at that stage they should have indicated that they didn’t want these local accounting firms to do it,” he stated.Many are of the view that the audits were done in a haphazard manner where on many occasions, the managers and heads of some of the audited agencies were not allowed to respond to claims made by the auditors, or in cases where they responded, their comments were excluded.From the onset, Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo had issued calls for the audits to be conducted by independent international firms.He had said that while his Party – the People’s Progressive Party/Civic – was willing to support any audit, it was only going to support such exercise if they were done by an international firm.“We in the PPP will support any forensic audit, but for a forensic audit to be fair and to do its work to find corruption, you have to have the skills to do that and I submit that these two persons (Christopher Ram and Anand Goolsaran), they are political operatives. They do not have the skills to practise forensic audits… We are in favour of hiring a reputable international company, in a transparent process to do this, to do forensic audits of all of our accounts,” Jagdeo had said.last_img read more