Wisconsin rewrites record books

first_imgUniversity of Wisconsin men’s basketball head coach Bo Ryan entered the post-game press conference with an ice bag in hand following his team’s 92-39 annihilation of Southern (0-2, 0-0 SWAC). The coach then joked about being hurt watching a play by guard Mickey Perry, who performed a dizzying succession of moves, feigning a neck injury. The laugher on the court was punctuated by laughter in the media room.”I actually hurt myself,” Ryan said, punctuating the statement with a several ooh’s and groans. “I have never seen 18 moves on one play in my life.”In what many are hoping will be a memorable season in Wisconsin basketball, the Badgers made a little bit of history early on in the season, as the 53-point margin of victory it was the second largest ever for UW, only trailing a 55-point win over Denver Dec. 14, 1988.The beating was so sound that Southern head coach Rob Spivery questioned how much the Badgers (3-0, 0-0 Big Ten) could’ve gotten out of such a win.”It is very disappointing for us to travel the distance we traveled so far and not compete,” Spivery said. “I’m not sure if Bo and his team got anything out of this tonight, because of the competitiveness of our team.”The Badgers took over the game early, jumping out to a 32-8 lead, making 13 of their first 18 shots and burying the Jaguars before they even had chance to refill their Gatorade bottles. UW built a 50-19 halftime lead by spreading the ball around and taking advantage of Southern’s flimsy ballhandling.The Jaguars coughed up the ball 13 times in the first half alone, and Wisconsin capitalized, outscoring Southern 20-0 off turnovers in the first half alone and 37-6 for the game. The Jags ended the game with just three assists and 25 turnovers.”We had too many unforced turnovers,” Spivery said. “For some reason, we did not protect the basketball.””[Southern] was young and some of the decisions they made obviously helped us,” Ryan said, adding that he was pleased that his team managed those turnovers without getting out of their regular defense. “It wasn’t because we were doing things that we don’t normally do defensively.”The Badgers didn’t take their foot off the gas in the second half, adding 22 points onto their lead and making a run for 100 points, before slowing down in the final minutes.Three Wisconsin players — Alando Tucker, Brian Butch and Michael Flowers — scored in double figures with 16, 12 and 11 points respectively, and four more chipped in eight points.The Badger offense was cruelly efficient, shooting 62.3 percent for the game. “A lot of time shooting percentages is what kind of shots you’re settling for,” Ryan said. “I thought we were settling for very good shots. And they were going in.”For their part, the Badgers believed that they gained valuable experience in game.”Some teams, a lot of times when they get up like that they start to lose focus,” senior guard Kammron Taylor said. “Even though we were up a lot, we still tried to work on things that are going to help us down the stretch against tougher competition.””I thought we stayed true to the game,” Ryan said. “When you have a lead like that, a lot of times you get bad habits and you do things that take away from what you’ve been working on.”The win over Southern was the first of four games Wisconsin will play this week as part of the South Padre Island Invitational, which will continue in Madison Tuesday night when UW takes on Delaware State before finishing in South Padre, Texas, over Thanksgiving Break. The busy week is welcomed by players.”I’d rather play games than practice. Our practices are hard,” Tucker said, also appreciating the experience factor that goes into playing in-season tournaments. “When you can play a tournament early on, it prepares you for what can happen in March.”last_img read more

Irish back in action at European Swimming Championships

first_imgBrendan Hyland goes in the 200-metre Butterfly while Sycerika McMahon returns to the pool for the heats of the 200-metre Individual Medlay.Nicholas Quinn and Dan Sweeney are both competing in the 200-metre Breaststroke while Danielle Hill goes in the 100-metre Backstroke.Also, Shane Ryan will also be back in the pool after competing in the final of the 100-metre Backstroke last night – the American-born swimmer will be in action in the heats of the 50-metre Backstroke. Doyle claimed the final place on offer in today’s final after recording the eighth fastest time during yesterday’s semi-finals.That race is due to start shortly before 7pm.But before that, there’s plenty of Irish interest in this morning’s Heats.last_img read more

Guess who’s dead? Rosencrantz and Guildenstern

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisIt’s the Alpena Civic Theatre’s final show of the season: Rosencrantz and Guilderstern are Dead. Opening day is May 10 at 7:30 PM. Can you identify one member of WBKB featured in this classic Shakespeare piece? We can.Facebook | https://www.facebook.com/WBKBTV/ Twitter | https://twitter.com/WBKB11 Instagram | https://www.instagram.com/wbkbtv/AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisContinue ReadingPrevious Expect travel delays near Second Ave. BridgeNext Fairview High School Seniors Return from Helping Families Affected by Hurricane Harveylast_img read more

FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup: Ghana to face USA

first_imgThe 2012 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup continues Monday in the Japanese city of Hiroshima with matches in Group C and D.Ghana’s Black Princesses are in action against Chile 2008 champions the USA. The Americans have finished among the top four at all but one of the previous editions.The Black Princesses held the USA to a 1-1 draw in their first group game in the Germany 2010 edition and will count on last two year’s experience to get a favorable result.Ghana is yet to progress beyond the group stage of any World Cup at any level. The other Group D game will see defending champions Germany take on Thailand 2004 and Russia 2006 runners-up China.Germany have not lost in any game at the U-20 Women’s World Cup since losing out in the 2008 semi-final, while China have become a powerhouse in recent years. In Group C, Korea DPR take on Norway while Argentina come up against Canada.Meanwhile opening day matches on Sunday August 19 saw hosts Japan starting on the high, beating Mexico by 4-1. New Zealand won by 2-1 against Switzerland in the other Group A game. Both games were played in the city of Miyagi. In the Group B games at Saitama, Nigeria reaffirmed their resolve to go for gold by beating Korea Republic 2-0 while Brazil settled for a 1-1 draw with Italy.last_img read more

Thibaut Courtois out for two months with knee injury

first_imgJose Mourinho has suffered another major setback after it emerged keeper Thibaut Courtois is expected to be out for at least two months after suffering a serious knee injury.Chelsea doctors were attempting to assess the full extent of the issue and although substantial swelling was preventing them from making an exact diagnosis, Courtois has already been warned he faces an extended spell on the sidelines.Chelsea’s initial fears that Courtois had suffered cruciate-ligament damage are believed to have been dismissed, but the 23-year-old Belgian international has been ruled out of Saturday’s trip to Everton.Mourinho is under mounting pressure at Stamford Bridge after just one win in the opening four Barclays Premier League games of the season and the loss of his first-choice keeper is another major blow.Courtois has established himself as one of the world’s best goalkeepers since his return to Chelsea from a loan spell at Atletico Madrid.Although he has had a difficult start to the season following his dismissal in the opening-day draw with Swansea, Mourinho needed his main man at Goodison Park. Summer signing Asmir Begovic will deputise. Chelsea have a tricky run of fixtures coming up and next week turn their attentions to Champions League action with a group game at home to Maccabi Tel-Aviv.After his return to the Chelsea team following suspension, Courtois conceded twice in the victory at West Brom and two more in the defeat at home by Crystal Palace before the international break.He started Belgium’s European Championship qualifying victories against Bosnia-Herzegovina and Cyprus before returning to Chelsea on Tuesday.The keeper trained on Wednesday, but suffered the injury during practice which immediately ruled him out of the Everton trip.– Follow Joy Sports on Twitter: @Joy997FM. Our hashtag is #JoySportslast_img read more