Twisters Battle Crusaders On The Diamond

first_imgOA vs. Whitewater Crusaders (home school team) (4-27).WC         000 102 3             6    5   4OA          120 213 x             9    6   2OA Hitting:  Adam Huber 1-2, 2 runs, 2 bb, sb; Chase Hogg 1-3, bb, rbi; Matt Sedler  1-4, run; Michael Hoff 0-1, run, sac fly rbi, 2 bb; Dalton Mooney 0-2, 2 bb; Zach Wegman 1-4, run, rbi; Jordan Stenger 1-3, 2 runs, sac fly rbi; Zach West 0-1, run, bb; Hunter Sullivan 1-2, rbi; Glenn Geraci 0-1, run, 2 bb, sac bunt.OA Pitching:  Michael Hoff  5 IP, 3 runs, 2 earned, 4 hits, 4 k, 4 bb, hbp.    Win.  Jordan Stenger 2 IP, 3 runs, 1 earned, 1 hit, 1 k, 4 bb.Varsity record: 5-7Next game: Saturday (4-29) vs. Madison Shawe.Courtesy of Twisters Coach Doug Behlmer.last_img read more

Usman Khan destroyss Sri Lanka as Pakistan secure whitewash

first_imgUSMAN Khan took five wickets in 21 balls as Pakistan secured a whitewashed series win over Sri Lanka with a fittingly dominant nine-wicket win in Sharjah.Making just his second one-day international appearance, Usman played a starring role, taking the third-quickest five-for since 2001.Three batsmen fell to Usman without scoring as Sri Lanka crumbled to 20-5 as their hopes of salvaging pride from a wretched tour dissipated swiftly.Sri Lankan 50-over cricket looks in dire straits, the team suffering a 12th-straight defeat and falling to their third 5-0 series defeat this year, but Champions Trophy winners Pakistan have the top-ranked bowler in Hasan Ali and will take a nine-game winning sequence to New Zealand in the new year.This contest was over almost as soon as it had begun.Usman bowled openers Upul Tharanga (8) and Sadeera Samarawickrama (0), had Dinesh Chandimal (0) caught behind, trapped Niroshan Dickwella (0) lbw and had Milinda Siriwardana (6) caught at cover point – all in the space of three and a half overs.Shadab Khan (2-24) and Hasan (2-19) took up the mantle after Usman’s destructive spell, only Dushmantha Chameera (11) and Vishwa Fernando (seven not out) putting on 18 for the last wicket to prevent Sri Lanka from falling all out below 100 for a fifth time at this ground.In a totally pressure-free chase, Pakistan’s openers Imam-ul-Haq (45 no) and Fakhar Zaman got the job mostly done, the latter nicking Jeffrey Vandersay behind two short of a fifty the only blot on an otherwise flawless Pakistan copybook.(Omnisport)SRI LANKA InningsUpul Tharanga b U. khan 8Sadeera Samarawickrama b U. khan 0Dinesh Chandimal c S. Ahmed b U. khan 0Lahiru Thirimanne c S. Ahmed b H. Ali 19Niroshan Dickwella lbw b U. khan 0Milinda Siriwardana c Zaman b U. khan 6Seekkuge Prasanna run out (S. Khan) 16Thisara Perera c Ashraf b S. Khan 25Jeffrey Vandersay lbw b S. Khan 2Dushmantha Chameera b H. Ali 11Vishwa Fernando not out 7Extras (lb-1 w-8) 9Total (all out, 26.2 overs) 103Fall of wickets: 1-1 S. Samarawickrama,2-1 D. Chandimal,3-8 U. Tharanga,4-8 N. Dickwella,5-20 M. Siriwardana,6-49 L. Thirimanne,7-63 S. Prasanna,8-85 T. Perera,9-85 J. Vandersay,10-103 D. ChameeraBowling: Usman Khan 7 – 0 – 34 – 5(w-5), Faheem Ashraf 4 – 0 – 12 – 0(w-1),Imad Wasim 4 – 1 – 12 – 0(w-2), Hasan Ali 5.2 – 0 – 19 – 2,Shadab Khan 5 – 1 – 24 – 2, Mohammad Hafeez 1 – 0 – 1 – 0.PAKISTAN InningsImam-ul-Haq not out 45Fakhar Zaman c Dickwella b Vandersay 48Faheem Ashraf not out 5Extras (lb-2 w-5) 7Total (for 1 wickets, 20.2 overs) 105Fall of wickets: 1-84 F. ZamanDid not bat: B. Azam, M. Hafeez, S. Malik, S. Ahmed, I. Wasim, S. Khan, H. Ali, U. KhanBowling: Dushmantha Chameera 4 – 1 – 13 – 0,Vishwa Fernando 4 – 1 – 21 – 0,Jeffrey Vandersay 6.2 – 0 – 30 – 1(w-1),Thisara Perera 2 – 0 – 18 – 0Seekkuge Prasanna4 – 0 – 21 – 0(w-4).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

Sani Čampara is the new Player of Real Madrid!

first_imgThe young BiH basketball player Sani Čampara is the new player of Real from Madrid.The former player of the Sarajevo Spars signed a contract with the most successful European club and as of next season he will be a member of Real Madrid.It is planned that the 17-year-old playmaker joins the preparations of the first team of the Kings and during the season plays for the second team and juniors, who are expected to fight for the title in Spain and the junior Euroliga.Čampara has been excelling in the younger categories of Spars for several years now. With this club, he dominated in the BiH league, while in the shirt of the national team of BiH he proved himself on the international scene as well.With Džanan Musa and Njegoš Sikiraš, he was the main player of the U17 national team of BiH in the hunt for the title of the European champion in Lithuania last year, and he also excelled at the recently completed U17 World Championship in Spain.(Source: radiosarajevo.ba/bljesak.info)last_img read more

New material converts invisible infrared energy into visible light

first_imgFlipping on a light whenever we want it is among the simplest, yet most valuable, benefits of modern life. That’s traditionally done by heating metal filaments in light bulbs until they glow a bright white. Now, researchers have come up with a more direct approach, by inventing a new material that converts photons from an infrared (IR) laser into visible light. The laser fires at a clear film of molecules consisting of tin and sulfur atoms arranged in a diamondlike pattern and surrounded by organic groups. The molecules in the film absorb the IR photons and re-emit that energy as higher-energy visible light photons. Much as piles of coins can be exchanged for a few crisp bills, the process uses the energy from many IR photons to produce fewer visible photons. This kind of conversion isn’t new. What is new is that the tin and sulfur film can direct the light into a single beam, the researchers report today in Science. Whereas most older conversion materials send out their visible photons in random directions, this new technique sends that light out in the same direction it came in. That gives it the ability to direct beams of the light in specific places, making the material useful for microscopes and novel projection systems.last_img read more