Cricket News #MeToo hits Indian cricket as COA seeks BCCI CEO Rahul Johri’s explanation

first_img For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. New Delhi: The #MeToo movement, which has already created a storm among actors, politicians, journalist among others hit Indian cricket on Saturday as BCCI CEO Rahul Johri was accused of alleged sexual harassment from an anonymous account. Now, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) have sought an explanation from Rahul Johri.The allegations which surfaced on social media from an unnamed person, who claimed to be an ex-colleague of Johri at the Discovery Channel. The allegations were posted on Twitter by an author, who does not wants her name to published.Johri, who is yet to react to the allegations, worked in various positions for the Discovery Channel from 2001 to 2016 before taking over as the BCCI CEO.“…had emails sent about a BUNCH of head honchos in media. survivor has asked to not put out all the names. Rahul Johari, your #timesup #metoo,” read the tweet which was accompanied by screenshots, detailing the alleged incident.Reacting to the allegations, the Supreme Court appointed COA asked from an explanation from Johri for the action.  “The reports disclose allegations of sexual harassment made against Mr. Johri, by an unnamed person through a twitter handle. The allegations also relate to his previous employment with a large media house,” said the COA statement“Though, the said allegations do not pertain to his employment with the BCCI, the Committee of Administrators of the BCCI has deemed it appropriate to seek an explanation from Mr Johri in relation to the allegations.“He has been asked to submit his explanation within a week. The future course of action will be considered on receipt of his explanation,” it added.The person later tweeted that she did not want any of the incidents that she detailed on her Twitter timeline to be published.“ALL press. Do NOT quote/mention/link my tweets, name me, or take screenshots for publication. The survivor wants her privacy respected. So do I. If you mention us now it will be in violation of this very specific request?” she tweeted.Johri is scheduled to be the BCCI’s representative at the ICC’s Chief Executive Committee meeting between October 17 and 18 in Singapore and the COA said it won’t stop him from attending.“We have not taken away functional powers till he submits his explanation and the legal team analyses it,” COA chief Vinod Rai told PTI.ESPNCricinfo reported that allegations of sexual misconduct against Johri were brought to the BCCI’s notice in 2017 as well. But Johri denied the charge at the time, calling it a lie, an assertion that the Board accepted, according to the website.Johri, believed to be in his late 40s, became the first CEO of the cricket body after its administrative structure underwent a revamp owing to the Lodha Committee recommendations. A media veteran before joining the BCCI, Johri was associated with the Discovery channel’s South Asia operations for 15 years.He has also been a member of various committees in business organisations such as the FICCI and ASSOCHAM.The #metoo movement in India began with Bollywood actor Tanushree Dutta accusing veteran actor Nana Patekar of sexual harassment.Till now, many public personalities have been accused of sexual harassments and misconducts and the list includes journalist-turned politician MJ Akbar and filmmaker Sajid Khan among others. last_img read more

Update on the latest sports

first_img April 5, 2020 Hagans entering NBA draftLEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky guard Ashton Hagans is giving up his last two seasons of college eligibility to enter the NBA draft, saying the time is now to pursue his dream of playing professionally.The 6-foot-3 Hagans was named SEC Defensive Player of the Year as a freshman and became one of the country’s best point guards this past season.He averaged 11.5 points, 6.4 assists, 3.9 rebounds and 1.9 steals last season, but he also clashed with coach John Calipari. Hagans argued with forward Nick Richards and coach Calipari and reportedly refused to re-enter in the second half of a home loss to Tennessee. Calipari downplayed the incident afterward.VIRUS OUTBREAK-SPORTS Update on the latest sports William Byron has won the third NASCAR virtual raceUNDATED (AP) — William Byron has won the third NASCAR virtual race in a series put together after the coronavirus pandemic stopped sports.Byron easily captured the iRacing event Sunday at virtual Bristol Motor Speedway, where NASCAR would have been really racing before the coronavirus pandemic caused sports to shut down.His victory came after he led the most laps in NASCAR’s first two virtual races and had nothing to show for his gaming skills.The most entertaining part of Sunday’s event was the drivers’ gaming streams, where they argued and complained about one another. Bubba Wallace “rage quit” the game early after an accident and Daniel Suarez and Kyle Larson were parked after virtually tangling on track.  Associated Press Dempsey set an NFL record that stood for 43 years when he kicked a 63-yard, game-winning field goal for the New Orleans Saints against Detroit on Nov. 8, 1970. It wasn’t until 2013 that Matt Prater of the Broncos broke that record with a 64-yarder in Denver.Dempsey’s success came despite being born without toes on his kicking foot. Dempsey kicked for 11 seasons in the NFL with New Orleans, Philadelphia, the Los Angeles Rams, Houston Oilers and Buffalo.His daughter says Dempsey was diagnosed with dementia several years ago and was living in a New Orleans nursing home that was hit hard by the virus.The Orleans Parish coroner has yet to release an official cause of death.COLLEGE BASKETBALL-HAGANS-NBAcenter_img In other news related to the coronavirus pandemic:— Major League Soccer’s 25th season is on hold indefinitely because of the coronavirus outbreak, but league officials and coaches still hope the league will be able to get in a full season and with fans in attendance. The league had set a target date for re-starting on May 10, although that now seems unlikely. The anniversary of the first MLS match is Monday.— England defender Kyle Walker is facing disciplinary action from English Premier League team Manchester City after appearing to break lockdown conditions during the coronavirus pandemic. Walker apologized on Sunday after it was widely reported he held a party involving two sex workers at his home last week, breaking the government’s rules on social distancing. The country is in the middle of a three-week lockdown. The team says it will look into Walker’s conduct.— A Serbian soccer player has been sentenced to three months of home detention for flouting a curfew imposed to curb the spread of coronavirus. Striker Aleksandar Prijovic pleaded guilty at a video link trial in Belgrade on Saturday. Police had arrested him and 19 others for gathering at a hotel lobby bar in Belgrade on Friday and violating the country’s 5 p.m. to 5 a.m. lockdown orders. He is the second Serbian soccer player to be caught violating the stay-at-home orders. Those who violate the restrictive measures could face up to three years in jail.— Soccer players in Spain are criticizing the Spanish league’s decision to ask clubs to put the footballers on government furloughs during the coronavirus crisis. The league on Friday said the furloughs were needed because there was no agreement on the size of the salary cuts that players must take to reduce the financial impact of the pandemic. In a statement Sunday, Spain’s players’ association said the league should have created a financial cushion for this period. The league and the players’ association have been in talks to try to find ways to mitigate losses if the season cannot be restarted because of the pandemic. The Hall of Fame has announced that speedy halfback and receiver Bobby Mitchell has died at 84. The Hall of Fame didn’t provide other details.Mitchell spent 11 seasons in the NFL. He played halfback for the Browns from 1958-61 and was a flanker for Washington from 1962-68, becoming the first African American to sign with the Redskins. Mitchell was a three-time All-NFL selection and played in four Pro Bowls.Mitchell ran for 1,462 yards and accumulated over 3,700 total yards over four seasons for a Browns backfield that featured Jim Brown. He immediately became one of the NFL’s most dangerous receivers upon arrival in Washington, leading the league with 72 receptions and 1,384 receiving yards in 1962. Mitchell also led the NFL with 1,436 receiving yards in 1963, including a 99-yard touchdown.Mitchell retired with the second-most combined offensive yards and was enshrined into the Hall of Fame in 1983.Former NFL kicker Tom Dempsey died late Saturday from what his family described as complications from the new coronavirus. He was 73. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditNFL-OBITSHall of Famer Mitchell, ex-Saints kicker Dempsey dieUNDATED (AP) — A Pro Football Hall of Famer and a record-setting kicker have died this weekend. — Australia’s triathlon world champion Mirinda Carfrae has found virtual reality competitions created to sustain sport amid the coronavirus outbreak have unexpected hazards. The three-time world ironman champion was competing against Jocelyn McCauley of the United States, Canada’s Angela Naeth and Jeanni Seymour of South Africa in the inaugural Ironman VR Pro Challenge women’s race when disaster struck: Her husband tripped over the cord of her smart trainer, disconnecting it and putting her out of the race.,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6last_img read more

The Latest: NBA’s Timberwolves to reopen practice facility

first_img May 20, 2020 The 33-year-old Mariappa says he hasn’t had any symptoms and has felt “as fit as ever.” He says he has spent lockdown dividing his time between homeschooling and following Watford’s fitness program.Two members of Watford’s staff also tested positive for COVID-19. Burnley said assistant manager Ian Woan has also contracted the virus.Tests on 748 people were conducted from 19 of the 20 Premier League clubs on Sunday and Monday. The 20th club started testing on Tuesday.___The Portuguese soccer federation says six of the 15 stadiums seeking to host matches when the league resumes next month amid the coronavirus pandemic have failed health inspections. ___Mike Conley of the Utah Jazz has donated a total of $200,000 to five communities to assist with the coronavirus response.Conley’s donation will go toward addressing food insecurity, homelessness and remote learning needs.He is giving to the Utah Food Bank in Salt Lake City; CodeCrew in Memphis, Tennessee; Community Shelter Board and the Columbus Urban League in Columbus, Ohio; the Indianapolis Public Schools Foundation in Indianapolis; and the New Haven Missionary Baptist Church in West Helena, Arkansas.Conley says the pandemic “has reminded me that I am in this position because of the support and sacrifices of others I’ve encountered all along the way. I wanted to be there for the communities that have been fundamental to my personal growth.” Speaking on MSNBC, Notre Dame’s the Rev. John Jenkins says he expects to have clarity on how — or if — football season can happen in the next few weeks.“The team itself, I feel we can manage that one,” Jenkins said. “Then the question is people in the stands. We have an 85,000-person stadium. Can we get 85,000 people in there? That will be a big challenge to do that. But could we get a smaller number — 10,000, 15,000, 20,000? I don’t know. I don’t know the answer to that question. That’s something we’ll have to think through.”___The head of the organizing committee for the 2022 World Cup says a global recession caused by the coronavirus pandemic could affect the ability of fans to afford to travel to Qatar.The World Bank is forecasting a deep recession caused by the shutdown of economic activity around the world. The Kentucky-Michigan college basketball matchup scheduled for Dec. 6 in London has been postponed until 2022 because of the coronavirus pandemic. And the three-game series has been restructured.The schools were scheduled to highlight the inaugural Basketball Hall of Fame London Showcase doubleheader at the O2 Arena. The series also included Marist against UMBC. Michigan will now host the Wildcats on Dec. 4 in Ann Arbor before the schools meet in London one year later. Kentucky will host the Wolverines in Lexington on Dec. 2, 2023.Naismith Memorial Hall of Fame President & CEO John L. Doleva says in a statement that the “unknown combination” of health, safety, international travel regulations and the economic viabilities for all parties required postponing the event.Kentucky coach John Calipari says he is disappointed to not go to London and looked forward to meeting Queen Elizabeth II.“But I’m glad we were all able to come together, figure this out and preserve this series for the future,” Calipari says. Those at the practice session at Liverpool’s training complex were still required to maintain social distancing. Video footage showed Mohamed Salah giving the thumbs-up before swerving to avoid Klopp as the forward ran onto the field to join teammates.Klopp compared the current period to a pre-season and is keeping things simple to start off with despite saying his players are “in good shape.”The German coach says the players are “getting used to the pitch, boots and ball, turns, passes, half-passes, softer passes, running, little accelerations and stuff like that.”Liverpool leads the Premier League by 25 points and needs to win two more games to clinch its first league title since 1990.___ Associated Press About half of NBA teams have begun arranging workouts, since Commissioner Adam Silver gave the go-ahead two weeks ago, subject to state and local guidelines.Only one coach and one player will be allowed on the court at Mayo Clinic Square, across the street from Target Center in downtown Minneapolis. They’ll be required to stay 12 feet apart. Workouts will be limited to 45 minutes, and areas beyond the court will remain closed. Staff members in the building must wear gloves and masks at all times. Players must wear masks, too, except when on the court. Symptom and temperature checks and contact tracing will also be conducted by team medical staff upon entry into the facility.“Being able to come in and do something basketball-related is, frankly, a release for a lot of players, especially at a time where they’ve been cooped up for a while. I think they want to do something,” Timberwolves vice president for basketball performance and technology Robby Sikka said. “But our first priority is their safety and their welfare.”___Former England soccer player Alex Scott will join a government task force that will examine ways for sports to resume in the country during the coronavirus pandemic. The following season is now scheduled to start on Sept. 1.Serie A has been suspended since March 9. There are 12 rounds remaining in the league and the Italian Cup is in the semifinal stage.___Liverpool manager Jürgen Klopp says being back in group training with some of his players “felt like the first day in school.”The Premier League leaders were among the English clubs undertaking staggered workouts in small groups following a relaxation of national lockdown regulations amid the coronavirus pandemic. Organizing committee secretary general Hassan Al Thawadi says he is hopeful the tournament will be an opportunity for the world to come together again in November 2022. But he says there are “concerns about the global economy and the ability of fans to be able to afford traveling and afford coming and participating and celebrating the World Cup.”Al Thawadi says organizers want a “a price range that is affordable for fans and a price range that is workable, functionable for the industry, for service providers, for the supply chain that is responsible for delivering the World Cup.”___Watford defender Adrian Mariappa says he is one of the six people to test positive from the first round of coronavirus checks in the Premier League and is surprised that he contracted the disease.Mariappa says on the websites of British newspapers The Daily Telegraph and The Daily Mail he has been “scratching my head to try to work out how I might have got coronavirus” because he hasn’t “really left the house apart from some exercise and the odd walk with the kids.” The Latest: NBA’s Timberwolves to reopen practice facilitycenter_img ___If Major League Soccer resumes its season, it surely will be without fans in the stands.Goalkeeper Brad Guzan says that would be a huge blow to Atlanta United.The franchise has set numerous attendance records since joining MLS in 2017, averaging more than 50,000 per league game each of the last two seasons. Atlanta drew an announced crowd of 69,301 for this year’s opener at Mercedes-Benz Stadium, but the season was shut down a few days later because of the coronavirus pandemic.“We’re lucky with the support and atmosphere and energy that’s created in our stadium,” Guzan said on a video conference call with Atlanta media. “We’re all eager to get back, but we have to get back in a safe and responsible way. If that means fans can’t take part, that’s a massive blow to us. That’s certainly something we feed off of on game day.” The 27-year-old right back has been forced to apologize twice for breaking lockdown rules during the suspension of the Premier League because of the coronavirus pandemic. He posted a video of himself running with a friend and also training with Tottenham teammate Moussa Sissoko.___More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6 Guzan expressed some skepticism about the idea of resuming the season with all teams based in Orlando, a proposal that has been floated as the best way to get the season going again after a two-month layoff.“A lot of questions have to be answered from a league perspective before something like that can take place,” Guzan said. “I don’t think it would be for every game left in the season. I don’t think you can ask the players to relocate to another city for the rest of the season.”___The Italian soccer federation has given the country’s top three leagues until Aug. 20 to complete their seasons.The federation has also come up with alternative plans if the leagues have to be halted again because of the coronavirus pandemic. They could resort to playoffs or decide positions by applying coeffecients. ___Soccer players in Africa and the Americas are receiving food packages from their union while the sport is shut down because of the coronavirus pandemic.Players in Botswana, Egypt, Colombia, Honduras, Panama, Paraguay and Uruguay were identified as getting food aid by world players’ union FIFPro.FIFPro general secretary Jonas Baer-Hoffmann says some players “are being stranded in terms of income.”FIFPro represents players in 65 countries. The union says most players have contracts paying them salaries comparable to national averages. Michigan coach Juwan Howard says: “The Hall of Fame took the time to review what is happening around the world and explore all options — all the safe options for the teams and most importantly the fans. The best thing is this tremendous event isn’t canceled, it’s just delayed.”___The presidents of the University of Miami and Notre Dame say in separate interviews that they expect the football season to be played, though both raised the very real possibility of crowds being much smaller than usual or eliminated entirely.Appearing on CNN, Miami’s Dr. Julio Frenk says he hopes the Hurricanes can play this fall and that safety would be the top priority.“They will probably play in empty stadiums, like so many other sports,” Frenk said. “But we hope to have a season and we hope to have a winning season.” All stadiums must comply with a series health measures established by local authorities to be able to host matches.The federation says the stadiums for league leader Porto and second-place Benfica were among the nine stadiums that passed the inspections conducted by local health authorities.The stadiums that failed belong to smaller clubs. They will be allowed to make changes to their venues before another inspection is conducted.The Portuguese league was set to resume at the end of May but its start was delayed until June 4 so there was time to rigorously inspect stadiums and conduct medical tests on all professionals involved in the matches.The league was stopped with Porto leading Benfica by one point with 10 rounds to go. While the Women’s Super League season looks as if it’s being curtailed, the men’s Premier League still hopes to resume next month.Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden says Scott “will help us think through how we can get sport back safely in a way that helps both clubs, players and supporters alike.”Scott has been working as a television presenter and soccer pundit since retiring from playing in 2017.At a Downing Street news conference, Dowden also said he hopes some Premier League games will be available for free on television if the season can resume because fans won’t be allowed to attend.All 380 Premier League games are aired globally apart from in Britain, where only 200 a season are broadcast live on pay TV to ensure fans still attend games. Baer-Hoffmann says the vast majority of soccer players are “under the same financial pressures as the rest of society.”___Tottenham is looking into whether defender Serge Aurier has broken social-distancing rules for the third time.Aurier posted a picture on Instagram on Tuesday appearing to show off a new haircut and sitting next to a stylist who was tagged in the post.The Premier League club says it is “investigating the circumstances and will deal with the incident appropriately.” Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___The Minnesota Timberwolves are poised to reopen their practice facility. They will schedule voluntary sessions for players starting Thursday.last_img read more

Wide out depth leaves some on bench

first_imgIn football, as in life, things often do not go according to plan. Just ask Kyle Jefferson.After finishing third on the team in receiving yards as a freshman behind tight ends Travis Beckum and Garrett Graham, the Wisconsin junior wide receiver has seen his playing time and number of receptions steadily decrease from 2007 to 2009.Jefferson’s smaller role within the Badgers’ offense has not been due to a lack effort though, according to UW wide receivers coach DelVaughn Alexander.“We just have another starter,” Alexander said. “Kyle’s performance hasn’t been bad, it’s just that somebody else has been better.”That somebody has actually been two players, sophomore Nick Toon and junior Isaac Anderson, who have shown much improvement since last year and moved into starting roles ahead of Jefferson.Jefferson’s newfound backup role is not unlike that of senior quarterback Dustin Sherer, who has similarly gone from a starting role in the second half of 2008 to third string this year. It is a result neither expected going into fall camp, and a far cry from the success each has enjoyed in the past at Wisconsin.“It’s tough to play one year and watch the next,” Toon said of Jefferson’s situation. “I actually think it’s harder to do that than to watch and then play, because you get kind of a taste of what it’s like to play as opposed to just kind of wondering what it’s like to play.”At the same time, however, Jefferson remains proud of the performances of his fellow receivers and their accomplishments. He continues to work hard to improve himself and help others at his position improve through any competition or knowledge he can provide them.And he has still seen the field in four of the Badgers’ five games in 2009. Unfortunately for Jefferson, however, his role on the team has been limited this year during games, as he has caught just one ball for four yards.“That’s just kind of the way things have played out this year,” Toon said. “Obviously Kyle came in and contributed right away and had a lot of success, but things happen for a reason. He’s a great receiver, but that’s just kind of the way the cookie crumbled this year for him.”Taking on a backup role is not the first time Jefferson has faced adversity in his time at Wisconsin. Just a month into his career with the Badgers the 6-foot-4 Cleveland native quickly learned how tough it can be to play wide receiver in the Big Ten.After catching a pass over the middle from quarterback Tyler Donovan, Jefferson took a devastating blow to the head from Nehemiah Warrick, knocking him off his feet. Of course, Jefferson tries to down play the hit.“No, it didn’t really affect me,” he said. “I just got up and ran off the field. You know, I had a little concussion or whatever, but I was able to play the next week so I was fine.”Toon, on the other hand, was a bit more shocked by the hit Warrick laid on Jefferson“Honestly, like, not being funny at all, when he first got hit I thought he might’ve broken his neck,” Toon said. “I thought he might be done playing football forever. It’s the hardest hit I’ve ever seen in person; I’ll never forget that.”For Jefferson, the hit is something he recognizes he will forever be connected with, especially with the video clips of it having gotten more than 1 million views on YouTube.“I’ll be on YouTube probably forever, but it’s no big deal,” Jefferson said. “It’s kind of scary when you first see it, but now it’s kind of funny and you just have to laugh about it.”Among those viewers is Toon, who says he has seen it “quite a few times.” He is also one of those players who jokes about the hit with Jefferson.The hit in 2007 was not the last of Jefferson’s obstacles, however. He suffered a concussion in last season’s game versus Minnesota after taking a blow to the head in the second quarter.Jefferson was knocked unconscious, but retained motion in his extremities. He was taken from the field in an ambulance, and Jefferson was transported to the hospital before being released the following day.“It took me a little bit longer last year to shake it off,” Jefferson said. “But once I did, I was able to go again and it really wasn’t that big of a deal.”Since that game, Jefferson has caught just two passes for 14 yards in seven games for Wisconsin. At the same time, Toon and Anderson have improved, moving ahead of Jefferson on the depth chart.In addition to joking about that devastating hit, Jefferson, Toon and Anderson work together every day as receivers, feeding off the competition each provides for the others. That response — a willingness to do whatever the team needs — to Jefferson’s diminished role with the passing game is one reason he continues to be an essential part of the Wisconsin offense.“His attitude’s been great and his commitment to everything we’re asking him to do has been great,” Alexander said. “He’s been a better player actually than he has been in the past, but it’s just been a matter of somebody else playing better.”And while he has accepted his role on this year’s team, Jefferson is not satisfied with simply playing out his remaining time in Madison in a backup receiver role.With seven regular season games remaining in his junior year and another full season as a senior, Jefferson hopes to continue working toward regaining the prominent role he had as a freshman.“I’m always, always working to get better and get more playing time,” Jefferson said. “I never get down, I keep my head up and I keep moving forward. My day is coming and you never know when it will be, things happen that you don’t expect in this game.”last_img read more

Season recap: Badgers’ mid-season run sullied by Sweet 16 loss

first_imgAssociated PressAside from fans of Wisconsin men’s basketball, expectations for the 2010-11 Badgers were once again tempered.Wisconsin, which various media outlets picked to finish outside the conference’s top four, finished with a 25-9 overall record, including a 13-5 Big Ten mark to finish in third place. After a disappointingly early exit from the conference tournament, the Badgers rebounded with Bo Ryan’s fourth Sweet 16 appearance in the NCAAs.Wisconsin returned three starters from last year, but preseason talk mainly surrounded the Badgers’ backcourt. Starting seniors Jason Bohannon and Trevon Hughes graduated the year before, which left junior Jordan Taylor and freshman Josh Gasser to take the reins of the offense.Gasser began his college career with a stunning performance, scoring 21 points on 5-for-8 shooting in a season-opening 99-55 victory against Prairie View A&M. It was the second-highest scoring debut in Badger history, and prompted Ryan to anoint the guard as the third freshman to ever start for him in his UW coaching career. Wisconsin then dispatched North Dakota, 85-53, before falling in its first true road test against UNLV, 68-65.Leuer and Taylor continued to lead the way for the Badgers all season. Both finished within the conference’s top five scorers, earning first team All-Big Ten accolades along the way. Taylor was also named second team All-American, while Leuer was given an honorable mention by the Associated Press.Leuer led the team in points (18.3), shooting percentage (.470) and rebounds (7.2). Taylor led the nation with a 3.83 assist-to-turnover ratio and recorded 18.1 points and 4.7 assists per game. His performance during the season eventually led him to being included as a Bob Cousy Award finalist, despite being initially left off the ballot.On Dec. 1, Wisconsin trounced North Carolina State, 87-48, to help the Big Ten win its second consecutive Big Ten/ACC Challenge. In a season fraught with road-woes, Wisconsin then managed to claim a 69-64 win on the road against in-state rival Marquette Dec. 11. In front of a raucous Bradley Center crowd, the Badgers overcame their poor shooting performance from the perimeter by grabbing 15 offensive rebounds. Gasser foiled a late-game comeback by the Golden Eagles when he knocked the ball loose out of Dwight Buycks’ hands and out of bounds with two seconds left. Buycks fumbled the ball and the possession arrow turned in Wisconsin’s favor.Troubles on the road prevented Wisconsin from building a strong entrance into the conference season, beginning 2-2 after losses to Illinois and in overtime versus Michigan State.But that preceded a 13-game stretch where Wisconsin won 11 contests. It began at the Kohl Center with revenge against No. 16 Illinois. Both teams shot poorly in the 76-66 UW win, but senior forward Keaton Nankivil hit three second-half 3-pointers to help topple the Illini.Keaton Nankivil finished the season with the team’s highest 3-point shooting percentage of .457 and had a team-high 42 blocks, both of which were considerable improvements from his junior season.UW then went on to shoot .490 and .554 from the floor against Indiana at home and Northwestern on the road. Gasser, who by this time had already lost and regained his starting 2-guard spot, produced the Big Ten’s first triple-double by a freshman since Michigan State’s Earvin Johnson in 1977, recording 12 points, 10 assists and 10 rebounds.In a game that, in hindsight, presented a considerable amount of foreshadowing, Wisconsin lost for the first time in 18 days, falling to Penn State, 56-52, Jan. 29 in Happy Valley. The Badgers had defeated the Nittany Lions in 12 consecutive games spanning eight years, but on that late January night, that changed.Despite coming on the road, the loss still dampened the good vibes stemming from the Badgers’ late-December/early-January run. Yet, they weren’t gone for long as Wisconsin recovered three days later in Madison, as the Badgers topped then-No. 10 Purdue, 66-59. A four-game winning streak ensued, as Wisconsin proceeded to collect wins over Michigan State, Iowa (in overtime) and Ohio State.The latter victory may be the highlight of the season, as the Buckeyes entered Madison Feb. 12 with a perfect 24-0 record and the nation’s No. 1 ranking. Yet, a boisterous Kohl Center crowd gave the Badgers a tremendous lift and UW emerged victorious, 71-67. At one point in the second half, Wisconsin trailed by 15, but Taylor – as he did on more than one occasion this season – donned the proverbial Superman cape just in time to save the day. UW’s point guard scored 21 of his 27 points in the second half and made six of the seven shots he attempted after Wisconsin trailed by 15. All together, Taylor directly influenced 34 of Wisconsin’s 39 points by scoring or assisting.Next came a tough loss at Purdue four days later. But once again, Wisconsin began a four-game winning streak with victories over Penn State, Michigan, Northwestern and Indiana.The Badgers’ final regular season game came March 6 in Columbus, Ohio against the Buckeyes. Ohio State shot an NCAA-record 14-of-15 (.933) from 3-point range, while senior guard Jon Diebler was 7-of-8 from beyond the arc and scored 27 points. Wisconsin, meanwhile, shot only 25-for-60 (.417) from the floor and 9-for-24 (.375) from 3-point range. The result was a 93-65 rout in favor of OSU and a damaging blow to UW’s postseason outlook.Indeed, the damage inflicted by the Buckeyes carried over to the postseason. In their first game of the Big Ten Tournament, the third-seeded Badgers met Penn State for a third time. Wisconsin scored just 16 points in the first half and ultimately lost 36-33 in the lowest-scoring game in tournament history. The game was unmistakably ugly and Penn State certainly wasn’t much better. But without the victory, Wisconsin (.294 from the field and .095 from 3-point range) bore the brunt of the ensuing jokes, insults and criticisms.The Badgers earned a No. 4 seed in the NCAA tournament’s Southeast region and drew the No. 13 Belmont Bruins in the first round. Leuer and Taylor combined for 43 points and Wisconsin had little trouble with Belmont, advancing with a 72-58 victory.In the next round, Wisconsin had a much tougher time versus No. 5 seed Kansas State. Wildcats star Jacob Pullen won most of the highly touted point guard battle with the Badgers’ Taylor, scoring 38 points in 32 minutes of playing time. Yet it was UW that ultimately emerged victorious, as Taylor blocked Pullen’s game-tying 3-point attempt and the Badgers left with a 70-65 win.In the Sweet 16, Wisconsin faced the eighth-seeded Butler Bulldogs, the 2010 runner-up. The Bulldogs shed their perennial underdog label with a 61-54 victory that really wasn’t that interesting – until the final 10 minutes. Butler held a 47-27 lead with 10:38 remaining, but Wisconsin finally got its offense together to mount a furious comeback, resulting in the deficit closing to four points with 37 seconds remaining. Taylor was huge down the stretch, nailing two consecutive 3-pointers and making several crucial free throws. Yet the Badgers’ luck ultimately ran out. Butler, meanwhile, survived Florida in the Elite Eight and advanced to its second Final Four, facing Virginia Commonwealth University Saturday night.last_img read more

Football: As spring winds down, quarterback battle heats up

first_imgThe battle for the Wisconsin’s quarterback spot is in full swing this spring and remains one of the big question marks for an otherwise experienced offensive unit.Fifth year senior Bart Houston and red shirt freshman Alex Hornibrook are the two most likely candidates to fill the spot of the now-departed four-year starter Joel Stave.Despite Stave’s inconsistencies under center over the last few years, he leaves a big shadow behind as the winningest quarterback in school history with 31 wins in a whopping 41 starts. The fifth-year senior departs alongside one of the most consistent and successful wide receivers in Wisconsin history in Alex Erickson, creating a significant gap in leadership in the passing game that has yet to be filled.“I think in the spring, you’re looking for consistency of play what guys can really do,” Offensive Coordinator Joe Rudolph said. “You’re really learning what their strengths are so you can play into those.”The current leading candidate, Houston, definitely carries the most experience and expectations of the two quarterbacks. The California native came to Madison as a highly touted four-star recruit and was ranked as the seventh best pro-style quarterback in his respected class. Houston was originally expected to beat out Stave for the spot after only his first year, but injuries and a lack of development kept him on the back burner for much of his career.Houston played in 15 games before this season and virtually won an entire game a season ago at Illinois after an early Stave injury. Houston went for two touchdowns and 232 yards in the survival effort over the Illini, but hurt his case for the starting job with two red zone interceptions on the same day.“The Illinois game was big for me in helping me realize that I can play at that competitive level,” Houston said. “Now I have confidence in my ability and can focus on preparing myself physically and mentally on the field and in the film room.”For a while following the Badgers 23-21 winning effort over USC in the Holiday Bowl, few thought the 2016 starting nod would ever be questioned as Houston’s. After a few weeks through spring camp, however, Hornibrook is returning to form and making a strong argument for the start.The red shirt freshman didn’t jump off the board as a recruit two years ago, but the open position is giving him an opportunity to cement his name in the conversation.Regardless of the chosen man this season, Houston will graduate next year and open a three-year spot for whoever beats him out.“I’ve really just been focusing on cleaning everything up,” Hornibrook said. “There’s always something that you’re building towards and there’s things that you have to correct. That list of things will get smaller and then bigger again. I need to make sure I have that plan laid out each time before I get to the ball before the snap.”Many around the program had also anticipated true freshman Karé Lyles would be competing for the quarterback spot. The three-star 2016 recruit out of Arizona committed to Wisconsin as a promising dual-threat that might be able to bring back some movement into a typically ground-and-pound style attack.While he is still expected to make an immediate impact upon his return, Lyles is missing spring practice due to a chronic hip injury and currently undergoing rehab. Head coach Paul Chryst told the injured Lyles he expects him to be a prominent player in their offense upon his return, despite his cemented spot as the third quarterback on the depth chart.The quarterback decision is probably the biggest decision Chryst and Rudolph will have to make all offseason. The two have always been known for pro-style quarterback centered offenses and the guy they choose will shoulder the burden of the offensive leader each and every series in one of the tougher Badger schedules in recent memory.This trend stems back to Chryst’s days as offensive coordinator for the Badgers and the stint Chryst and Rudolph had at Pittsburg as head coach and offensive coordinator just two seasons ago.In Chryst’s first year as head coach, Stave improved his passer rating by more than 12 points and doubled his total passing yards, helping him rebound from a disastrous junior season.This level of improvement is key for Houston as he and Chryst have only this one season together, and the quarterback centered scheme fits perfectly into Houston’s style of play. On the other spectrum of things, Hornibrook’s deep throwing style is very similar to Stave’s and could be a key factor in a year that will probably revolve around the dominant returning running back core.“I think it’s great when you have competition at a position,” Rudolph said. “[Houston and Hornibrook] are both pushing each other, and that’s fun to watch.”Despite the optimism surrounding the position and the entire offense, no quarterback has poked their head out as the favorite. Houston looks to have the slight edge as of now, but Chryst will likely hold on on making a decision until toward the end of summer.last_img read more

Elaine Thompson, Yohan Blake win Jamaican sprint trials

first_imgJamaica’s Olympic champion sprinter Elaine Thompson flew to a world leading 10.71 to defend her national 100 meters title in Kingston on Friday.Thompson recovered from a moderate start to rein in training partner Christania Williams and pull away for an emphatic win.“The plan was to come out here and just go through the rounds, take it step by step, and even though we got some rain I just got the job done,” Thompson told Reuters.“As I know the season is very long, so I just have to take race by race.“The focus is on the world championships, so in due time the fast times will come,” she added.Thompson’s time improved on the year-best she set in Shanghai last month.Simone Facey had a poor start but closed quickly over the last 30 metres to be runner-up in 11.04, just clipping Jura Levy for second.Men’s former 100m world champion Yohan Blake recorded a season-best 9.90 to capture the national title in the absence of Olympic champion Usain Bolt, who decided to skip the meeting as he prepares for his world championships farewell in London.Blake, who won 100m and 200m silver at the 2012 London Olympics, recorded his fastest time since logging 9.69 in 2012 and said his confidence was back after years of hamstring problems.Julian Forte, who clocked a personal best 9.99 to win his semi-final, was runner-up in 10.04, with Senoj-Jay Givans third.Asafa Powell, who has been nursing tendonitis, failed to report for the final after posting 10.15 in his semi-final.There was an upset in the women’s 400m hurdles when the little-known Ronda Whyte produced a late burst to win in a career best 54.28, edging runner-up Ristananna Tracey and third-placed Leah Nugent.last_img read more

ASA clears Betfair advertisement of being irresponsible

first_img Submit Flutter moves to refine merger benefits against 2020 trading realities August 27, 2020 Related Articles The Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) has cleared a TV ad for Betfair after concerns were raised over whether the decision to focus upon the excitement of a betting experience could be deemed irresponsible.The ad in question, broadcast on 11 November 2018, showed a young man checking his mobile phone while walking down the pavement and going through what appeared to be a ‘secret’ door leading to a room with a large screen that showed horse racing.A voice-over stated: “My gut says that horse is something special and my smarts say to back it on the Betfair Exchange where I get bigger returns than if I bet with one of these other bookies. That’s why I go to Betfair. Betfair, where gut instinct meets smarts.”A complainant challenged the idea that construing the betting experience in this way, “exploits the susceptibilities of young men”, however the regulatory body ruled that there was no breach of advertising rules.Responding to the complaints, Betfair explained that the advert sought to explain that the operator could offer better value for money in comparison to other bookmakers. The protagonist was not shown to be placing any bets, therefore not implying that gambling had any priority in the man’s life.  The main character was, according to Clearcast, clearly over the age of 25 and was “portrayed as one of many unremarkable people in a fantastical location designed to be a metaphor for the ‘community’ of customers using the app.”The operator added that the advertisement did not, in any way, exploit any susceptibilities of under-18s, but rather was attempting to educate its customers about the range of odds available. Considering the response to the complaints from the operator, the ASA ruled that while they considered the character to be deemed aspirational – in reference to his ‘smarts’ – the decision to place a bet using the Betfair Exchange was deemed to be depicted responsibly.The ASA ruled that the ad had not breached the advertising code, and that no further action was necessary. StumbleUpon Share Share Bookies Corner: Trump Presidency sinks as US 2020 enters its 100 day countdown July 29, 2020 ‘Deal maker’ Rafi Ashkenazi ends Flutter tenure  August 27, 2020last_img read more

XLMedia strengthens leadership with two appointments

first_img XLMedia completes takeover of 101GreatGoals.com July 17, 2020 Related Articles Share Affiliate marketing publisher XLMedia has strengthened its senior leadership team with the appointment of Iain Balchin as its Group Chief Financial Officer.The appointment will be effective immediately, joining XLMedia from payment optimisation specialist Ixaris Group as Group CFO. Prior to Ixaris, Balchin worked at WorldRemit where he supervised the restructuring of the finance division and preparing the company for future investment.XLMedia has also confirmed the appointment of Sarah Clark as its Chief Transformation Officer. Clark has accrued a wealth of experience in developing and executing a strategic plan in order to drive the operational efficiency of a business, joining XLMedia from Loot Crate Inc.During her previous role, Clark held responsibility for the establishment and management of Loot Crate’s European operations which included driving company growth.Stuart Simms, Chief Executive Officer of XLMedia, commented: “I am delighted to welcome Iain and Sarah to XLMedia, both of whom bring significant expertise in their respective fields to the Group.“The recruitment of Sarah and Iain will significantly strengthen our senior leadership team and we look forward to working with them as we continue to transform our core business in order to capitalise on opportunities across our industry.” Share Submit Amit Ben Yehuda steps down from XLMedia August 13, 2020 XLMedia feels strain of Google deranking July 23, 2020 StumbleUponlast_img read more

PGA commend Ghanaian trio for impressing at Mongomo Open

first_imgThe Professional Golfers Association of Ghana (PGA), has congratulated three of Ghana’s professional golfers for their encouraging performance at the just ended 2017 Mongomo Professional Golf Open Championship in Equatorial Guinea.The three professional golfers, Vincent Torgah, the 2017 West Africa Champion from Tema Country Golf Club, Emos Korblah of Achimota Golf Club and Kojo Barnni, who won the just ended 4th edition of the Gold Fields Championship in Damaang, Tarkwa placed 15th, 16th, and 21st positions respectively.Public Relations Officer (PRO) for PGA, Nana Prempeh, said the competition which was to run for four days, had the third day disrupted by a heavy downpour.Vincent Torgah on the first, second and third days played 73, 73 and course par respectively making a total of 218.Emos Korblah scored four over par in the opening day but bettered his play on the second and third days with one under and course par respectively which brought his three days to 219.Kojo Barnni started with four over, continued with one under in day two and finished by scoring course par with 221 in total. Nana Prempeh said PGA congratulated the trio for their performance considering the number of countries that participated and the calibre of golfers at the championship.Peter Karmis from South Africa won the championship whereas Follet Smith from Britain claimed the second position.He said the three-day championship, saw golfers drawn from over 34 countries from Europe, Africa and Asia and I can confidently say we are proud of the performance of the team that represented Ghana.Meanwhile, Torgah and Barnni will move to Nigeria to participate in another championship which will tee-off on Wednesday, December 20, 2017.Emos Korblah is expected to return to Ghana today (Tuesday) December 18, 2017. Nana Prempeh used the opportunity to appreciate the support from the media and has encouraged them to do more in support of golf in the country.‘’We [PGA] will like to appreciate the media for their enormous role in promoting golf in the country. The contribution has been great and fantastic. However, we will appeal to the media to do more in supporting golf in Ghana,’’ he added.last_img read more