Two games into a season chalk full of high expectations and the Wisconsin women’s basketball team sits at 2-0 and is happy to have gotten off to a fast start.The Badgers have already beaten the St. Louis Billikens on the road and the William & Mary Tribe at home.This preseason, head coach Lisa Stone and her players have said how close-knit this team is and that no one player is going to be above the team. The Badgers probably didn’t expect to have that theory tested so early in the season, but they have, and the Badgers have responded like the cohesive unit they claim to be.Senior captain Alyssa Karel and junior guard Tiera Stephen both missed Wisconsin’s first two games of the regular season. That has meant increased minutes for young players such as freshman guard Morgan Paige. Paige has started both games in Karel’s absence and according to Stone played with a calmness about her you wouldn’t expect from a freshman.“We are finding some personality traits in these early games with the absence of some players,” said Stone after Sunday’s win against the Tribe.Morgan Paige isn’t the only player stepping up. Despite the voids in the lineup due to injury, senior forward Tara Steinbauer feels like leadership is a team effort.“There is the idea that every game someone has got to step up, [and] I think the team as a whole has done a great job compensating for the leadership [that may be missing],” said Steinbauer. “This year it is like all of us take on a big leadership role. For me in particular I just like to be a leader on the court, and hopefully that transcends to my teammates.”Steinbauer has definitely let her play speak for itself. She has two double-doubles already, shooting 64 percent from the floor and averaging 11.5 rebounds.There are two statistics that Stone looks for after each game. One is the field goal percentage of the other team, and the other is turnovers. In its two victories thus far, Wisconsin has held opponents to under 30 percent shooting in both games.UW held St. Louis to 21 percent shooting from the floor on the road Friday and held William and Mary to 27 percent on Sunday. Wisconsin won both games by 28 points and 27 respectively. Playing that type of defense can cover up some of the mistakes a team makes, such as Wisconsin’s 16 turnovers against Saint Louis. Stone was very happy with the improvement from Friday to Sunday where the Badgers only turned the ball over eight times and just three in the second half.Another important aspect to Wisconsin’s game is its ability to get points at the free throw line. The Badgers have gotten to the charity stripe 42 times in their first two games, hitting almost 74 percent.“I love the fact that we are getting to the free throw line 20-plus times, taking care of the ball,” said Stone, “but probably most importantly is the fact that our players are understanding we’re nowhere near where we need to be yet, but we’re showing progress and that is the best part of this.”It might seem curious that holding two opponents to less than 30 percent shooting may not be good enough, but Stone recognizes how tough the Badgers’ schedule will be down the stretch. Wisconsin has a difficult non-conference matchups it hopes will prepare it for a run at the Big Ten Championship. Wisconsin will play non-conference foes UW-Green Bay, Kansas, Oklahoma State – all of which have received votes in the rankings – and most notably No. 6 Duke all in the next month.The early adversity the Badgers are facing will give some of their younger players a chance to gain important experience and develop the fundamentals that will help their depth later in the season. Wisconsin will look for all of its players to get back from injury and try to continue demonstrating why the basics of basketball win games. Tough defense, protecting the ball and getting to the free throw line may not sound like the flashiest kind game, but it is what Wisconsin needs to do if the Badgers want to meet their expectations of hanging a conference championship banner.
On Tuesday afternoon, Syracuse head coach Quentin Hillsman stood adjacent to the practice courts at the Carmelo K. Anthony Basketball Center and spoke about how his team plans to replace the production of graduated star center Kayla Alexander.It’s not an easy task, he said, but the team has the pieces to do so.On Sunday, Syracuse opens its regular season with a trip to Pullman, Wash., for a 4 p.m. matchup at Beasley Coliseum against Washington State (1-0, 0-0 Pac-12). It will be the first time in 140 games that SU will take the floor without Alexander, the eighth pick of the 2013 WNBA draft by the San Antonio Silver Stars.“She was the team, you know, mostly,” forward Taylor Ford said. “I just think, as for me, I need to get a lot of rebounds and try to pick up the slack.”One of the main components of the group who will be looked upon to replace Alexander’s production is Shakeya Leary, the 6-foot-3 center who came off the bench as Alexander’s backup in 31 of the team’s 32 games last year.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textAfter watching Alexander start Syracuse’s last 104 games at center and guarding her in practice for four years — starting during Leary’s redshirt freshman season in 2009 — it’s now Leary’s turn to step into the starting center position.Hillsman said that Leary is very skilled and can score the basketball one-on-one in the post. But Leary possesses a different skillset than Alexander. Rather than relying on a back to the basket low-post game, Leary prefers to face the basket and kick the ball out to 3-point shooters.“She’s a great passer out of the double team,” Hillsman said, “so there’s not a huge concern for us to be productive out of that spot.”For Leary, though, it is about a team effort.“We have a lot of talent,” she said. “I just need to be an offensive threat. We plan to play team basketball. I feel if we do, everything will fall into place. We just need play hard and compete.”Ford, who averaged just more than five minutes a game last season, is the only forward on this year’s roster that remains from last season.“Everyone knows their roles,” Ford said. “I think as a team we understand that we all have to rebound.Everyone knows exactly what to do. No one’s trying to do anything extra. We just know what we need to do to win, and we’re going to continue to do that.”Ford said the main thing she learned from Alexander was how to “feel a defender.”“A lot of the time you don’t want to make a fast move,” Ford said. “That may not turn out well. Kayla always said to feel out your defender first and then make your move.”Although Syracuse’s frontcourt is less deep than it was a year ago, SU will gain considerable frontcourt talent with the addition of freshmen twin sisters Briana and Bria Day, both of whom stand 6 feet 4 inches.Hillsman said Tuesday he has yet to determine a starting lineup or rotation, but it’s likely that Briana Day, who was ranked No. 57 on the 2013 ESPN HoopzGurlz recruiting rankings, will start. Both sisters are expected to receive starting minutes.“We still have a few more days to go and a few more things to work out,” Hillsman said. “For us, it’s about seven players starting, it’s not about five. We have seven players that can play double figure minutes, big minutes for us every night.”When asked whether he thinks this season’s group of forwards can fill the void Alexander left, Hillsman expressed confidence.“We’re looking for this group to do the same,” he said. “We have some young players on that back line that are going to really be able to help us out and play hard.” Comments Published on November 8, 2013 at 5:30 am Contact Josh: email@example.com Facebook Twitter Google+
StumbleUpon LeoVegas hits back at Swedish regulations despite Q2 successes August 13, 2020 LeoVegas has pointed to the tax rate in Denmark as evidence that a 21 per cent remote gaming duty on games of chance will not impact the sustainable running of its UK business.This week, Chancellor Philip Hammond confirmed to Parliament that UK Remote Gaming Duty would rise from 15 per cent to 21 per cent, effective from 1 October 2019 – the same time that the long-awaited stake reduction on B2 machines (FOBTs) will come into play.Details released by the Treasury following Hammond’s announcement have forecast a £1.22 billion increase in income for the government across the first five years.Irena Busic, Communications Director at LeoVegas, said: “We are active in other regulated markets with a tax rate in that region, for example the 20% tax in Denmark where we are still able to run a sustainable and healthy business.”The revised RGD rate, brought in to make up for the huge shortfall from cutting FOBT stakes to £2 in the first place, has been criticised because the true fiscal impact of the B2 ban will not have been established by the time of its introduction.However, the government has at least given gaming operators a 12-month period to find ways to “absorb this increased tax”, while sparing the sports vertical from a similar ruling.“The decision to increase the tax was no surprise since the discussion has been ongoing for quite some time,” Busic admitted. “It is also a year ahead before the tax is implemented, which is good since the market dynamics have some time to settle – for example the suppliers, affiliates and media partners take their part of the tax – meaning it is not just the operator that take the full effect of the tax.“Of course, we want to use our size to find economies of scale to absorb this increased tax. For sports, it is the same level of tax as before so that product vertical will not be affected.”The point here is that while LeoVegas has built a business to offset this tax hike, the UK market will become less attractive to small operators hoping to turn a profit through low-expense differentiation, and in all likelihood increase the pace of consolidation.It is also possible that this penalty increase could pre-empt a player leakage to the black market if licensed operators are forced to squeeze margins on prices, reassess bonus incentives or pull back on affiliate marketing.LeoVegas uses the word channelisation to define the proportion of online gambling that occurs within the licensing system. Two years ago, a report commissioned by the Swedish government found that 15-20 per cent was the optimal tax rate for high channeling and favourable tax returns – which perhaps explains its decision to adopt an 18 per cent tax on gross profits within the country’s new regulatory framework from 1 January.“There is a clear correlation between channelisation and tax rate,” explained Busic. “A high tax rate means a lower level of channelisation. We believe a high channelisation is very important in order to retain an attractive market for professional and sustainable operators, and one in which player protection is high up on their agenda.” Share Submit Share Kambi takes full control of LeoVegas sportsbook portfolio August 26, 2020 Björn Nilsson: How Triggy is delivering digestible data through pre-set triggers August 28, 2020 Related Articles
Rafael Benitez challenged his Chelsea players to end the season on a high after securing a place in the Europa League final with victory over Basel.Although they are third in the Premier League and in a good position to book a spot in next season’s Champions League, the European trophy is the Blues’ only chance of silverware this campaign.“It is important to show this character and keep the momentum,” Benitez said.“We have difficult games left but hopefully we can do it.”Chelsea return to Premier League action on Sunday with a trip to champions Manchester United before they host Tottenham, who are three points behind in the race for a top-four place, on Wednesday.“Now they realise how important every single game is,” added interim manager Benitez. “The reaction in the second half [when Chelsea fought back from a goal down] showed their character and now I think they will be like that until the end. “To get three points in every game will be massive because we are so close. We have to do our job and hopefully other teams will make mistakes.”Benitez, who has led Valencia and Liverpool to European titles, said the Europa League finalists now had the perfect opportunity to wipe away the disappointment of losing in the semi-finals of both the League Cup and FA Cup.“I have been in a lot of finals, and a lot of games in this kind of situation, but another one with another club means you have good staff and good players,” he continued, looking ahead to their final clash against Benfica on 15 May in Amsterdam.“It’ll be tough because Benfica are a very, very dangerous team and hard to play against, but at least we are there. With the commitment and the quality, we’ll have a chance for sure.”Chelsea reached a European final for the second successive year thanks to second-half goals from Fernando Torres, Victor Moses and David Luiz after Basel had made it 2-2 on aggregate when they scored just before the interval. “We had two clear chances in the first half but did not take them, we conceded the late goal at the end of the first half and the players had to react,” said Benitez, who confirmed in March he would be leaving Stamford Bridge in the summer.“Credit to them [the Chelsea players] because they did. We scored three and controlled the game.“I am very pleased to be in the final. We have been working so hard to reach another one.“I came to do a professional job with the commitment of the players. I am pleased for them and everyone here.“We have had a very good atmosphere inside, the players have always worked hard, they have always done their job. I was pleased with them before this game and I am pleased with them now.” When asked whether reaching the Europa League final made him feel like staying on as manager, Benitez said: “I feel fine, I feel happy, I’m enjoying the moment.”Basel coach Murat Yakin said his players were “caught out ice cold” by Chelsea’s second-half sucker-punch.“We played well in the first half and I think we caused Chelsea many problems,” said the former Switzerland international.“In the second half it went too fast and we were caught out ice cold, but I have to compliment my players for their performance.”
Robin van Persie has told Radamel Falcao he should not expect to walk straight into the Manchester United first team.United pulled off the most eye-catching transfer of deadline day when they signed the Colombia forward on loan from Monaco for £6million.Despite the sale of Danny Welbeck to Arsenal, United still have some formidable options in attack, including Van Persie and Wayne Rooney.For that reason, the Dutch striker believes the club’s new Colombian import will need to work hard to earn his place in manager Louis van Gaal’s starting XI.”I welcome his arrival, he makes us better,” Van Persie told Fox Sports NL.”At a top club you should always go for the best, which also fits my philosophy. Falcao must fight for his place, as I also have to. We must duke with Wayne Rooney and James Wilson to see who is playing.” Some speculated United signed Falcao as a replacement for Van Persie, who was rumoured to require knee surgery.Van Persie dismissed that speculation, adding: “I am impressed that people can pick up the imagination to invent something like that.”I do not know where it comes from and can say with my hand on my heart that I won’t be in a hospital to have the operation.”United, meanwhile, confirmed on Wednesday that their 21-year-old right-back Guillermo Varela has joined Real Madrid on loan until the end of the season.David Moyes made Varela his first signing as United boss, but the defender is yet to play for the Red Devils and will feature in Madrid’s reserve team.
Michael Hermosillo, one of the top prospects in the system, could fit the role, but the Angels prefer for him to continue his development by playing every day in the minors.The Angels also signed infielder Jose Miguel Fernandez to a minor league deal. Fernandez, 29, hit .306 with a .367 on-base percentage in the Dodgers’ system last year, playing at Double-A and Triple-A. He had previously spent his career playing in Cuba. The Angels have agreed to terms on a minor league deal with Eric Young Jr., bringing the popular outfielder back to the organization for a second season.Young, who will compete for the fourth outfielder spot on the opening day roster, hit .264 in 125 plate appearances with the Angels last season.A 32-year-old switch hitter, Young has played parts of nine seasons in the majors, hitting .248 with a .316 on-base percentage. Last year, Young helped fill in while Mike Trout was injured. He provided a few dramatic, emotional moments, playing the season following the death of his newborn son a year ago.Rymer Liriano, also on a minor-league deal, is the other top candidate to win the bench spot. The Angels are looking for a fourth outfielder who can play center. It is unlikely they would be a destination for an established free agent like Jarrod Dyson or Rajai Davis because there is such limited playing time available behind Trout, Justin Upton and Kole Calhoun. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error
“I want him to feel most comfortable. That’s the most important thing, what he feels he can most function at, being the all-purpose back he’s been and that’s where we’re at,” McVay told reporters, via NFL Media. “So he says, ‘I’d rather play five, 10 pounds lighter,’ and he’s going to feel better about that, then that’s exactly what we’ll do. He’s earned the right to be able to tell us how he’s feeling with the give and take. As long as he’s got a why, which I know he does, we’re always receptive to those things.”Both Gurley and McVay insisted the rusher was healthy for the postseason despite missing the Rams’ final two regular season games with knee inflammation. However, Gurley didn’t have many touches in the NFC championship game and played a limited role in the Super Bowl, which caused many to speculate whether he had fully recovered from his injury. Related News NFL free agency news: Panthers sign Gerald McCoy to 1-year deal Todd Gurley has shed a few pounds on his specialized offseason plan.While speaking to reporters Monday, Rams coach Sean McVay addressed the running back’s health as he continues to rehab his knee, discussing his weight loss and desire to play at a smaller size. Jets’ Le’Veon Bell makes appearance at mandatory minicamp The Athletic later reported in March that Gurley is dealing with arthritis in his knee, though McVay categorized the injury as “wear and tear” instead.Given his recovery, Gurley’s return to “all-purpose” form might not be so simple. “The days of Todd Gurley just being the straight-up, every-down bell cow are probably over, just based on his knee, his age, the position, the amount of carries he’s had,” NFL Insider Ian Rapoport said on Monday’s edition of NFL Total Access. “It’s probably not going to be like that, which by the way is maybe why the Rams drafted a running back in the third round, someone they really like a lot. This is a team that is clearly ready to spread the ball around.”Of course, Gurley’s knee, the wear and tear on that knee, the surgically repaired knee, is something that everyone knows has been concerning to the team for some time. All they really want is for Gurley to come back when the season begins when it’s really time to go to be 100 percent. What they don’t want is to have all those questions they had leading up the Super Bowl repeat before Week 1.”Gurley, 24, finished with 1,251 rushing yards and 17 touchdowns last season after becoming the highest-paid running back in the NFL in April 2018.
‘LAST DANCE’: Seven topics we wanted more ofJordan’s Bulls defeated Malone’s Jazz in back-to-back Finals to complete a second three-peat over an eight-year span. Those were Malone’s best opportunities to win rings in his Hall of Fame career, but as he said in the above clip, he still holds his head high.”Everybody says this person was a bad man and all that. Well, yes, I give them respect. But I’ve got a setup. I’m a man, and I was a bad son of a bitch, too, so that’s how I look at that, and that’s who I am,” he said. Let’s just say that Malone was . . . sparse with his praise for Jordan.Now we know what Karl Malone thinks of Michael Jordan pic.twitter.com/Q7a7QdFHZp— E60 (@E60) May 20, 2020″I have the utmost respect for Michael, but I never thought I was playing Michael Jordan. I was playing the Chicago Bulls,” he said. Karl Malone did not agree to an interview for the ESPN documentary “The Last Dance,” which told the story of Michael Jordan’s life and the 1997-98 Bulls. Now, magically, there’s footage from last year of some film crew asking Malone about Jordan and those Bulls.ESPN’s “E60” tweeted a clip Wednesday of Malone being asked about Jordan and the ending to Game 6 of the 1998 Finals, in which both men were pivotal figures. It went up ahead of the network’s film presentation of that clinching game.
Mauricio Pochettino asked about the performances of Dele Alli and Christian Eriksen after Champions League draw with Olympiacos 🎂 Atleti Family, be sure to wish @trippier2 a happy birthday! 😉🎉 The Englishman turns 29 today! 🎁😀 Have a great one, Kieran! 🙌🏼#AúpaAtleti pic.twitter.com/PJFxzX8Ii7— Atlético de Madrid (@atletienglish) September 19, 2019 SPURS fans regretted letting Kieran Trippier go as the Atletico Madrid defender starred against Juventus last night.The right-back, 29 today, put in a fine display to keep Cristiano Ronaldo off the scoresheet – and then set up the late equaliser.3 Kieran Trippier put in a strong performance for Atletico Madrid against Juventus, setting up the late equaliserCredit: Getty Images – GettyTrippier was a constant threat down the Atletico right, with Diego Simeone using him almost as a winger and a full-back with Koke drifting infield.The result was seven chances created – more than any other player in the Champions League this week – and six crosses from open play.But crucially the most important of his 96 touches was the corner in the 90th minute which Hector Herrera headed past Wojciech Szczesny to rescue Atleti a point from 2-0 down.And it left Tottenham fans questioning why the club did not hold on to the England man, especially with Serge Aurier and Juan Foyth unavailable to take on Olympiakos.Trippier insists he was pushed out by manager Mauricio Pochettino and chairman Daniel Levy before Poch hit back that before signing, the full-back was a second-division player.Some supporters on Twitter could not resist blaming Juventus’ goals on the former Burnley man but one wrote: “Trippier having a masterclass in the big league. And we sold this man smh.”Another said: “Trippier had one bad season like a lot of players do. People gave him s***! Trippier was a good player and would still be better then aurier and KWP.”A third tweeted: “We’re playing a centre-back, who’s not even that good at centre-back, at right-back. You, as they say, love to see it.”And a final fan fumed: “Trippier pocketing Ronaldo whilst we have to witness Sanchez get spun round like a yo-yo at every given opportunity.”3 Ex-Spurs man Trippier managed to keep Cristiano Ronaldo off the scoresheet in a Champions League matchCredit: AFP or Licensors3 Trippier, left, was acting like a winger against Juventus while Davinson Sanchez, right, played a more reserved roleCredit: Opta Meanwhile, we’re playing a centre-back, who’s not even that good at centre-back, at right-back. You, as they say, love to see it. https://t.co/iWh7k3Gzq4— Joe Lewis’ Yacht Collection (@bankruptspurs) September 19, 2019 Latest Champions League newsREF RELEASEDChampions League ref Vincic released by cops after arrest in prostitution raidREF RAIDChampions League ref Vincic ‘arrested in raid into drugs and prostitution ring’CITY SITUATIONChampions Lg & Europa Lg to be played in ONE host city from quarters onwardREDS TEST2005 Champions League final quiz – How well do you remember Istanbul 15 years on?CRYING SHAMEPoch couldn’t stop crying after CL final as he talks for first time since axeEUR JOKINGCity, Chelsea & Man U’s dreams in jeopardy as govt impose quarantine on arrivalsRevealedLUK RAN OUTLukaku says he will NEVER forgive Chelsea flop AVB for 2012 Champ League axeRevealedRUSSIAN ROULETTEMan Utd’s 2008 Champions League Moscow heroes and where they are nowSpurs also drew 2-2 in their opening Champions League game of the season – but unlike Atletico they squandered a 2-0 lead.Davinson Sanchez was deployed at right-back but put in just two crosses and created one chance.He was slightly more solid defensively with two tackles to Trippier’s one and, unlike his former team-mate, made one block.Trippier having a masterclass in the big league. And we sold this man smh pic.twitter.com/7fFoyZWZjg— rat a tat tat (@THFCgod) September 19, 2019 Trippier pocketing Ronaldo whilst we have to witness Sanchez get spun round like a yo-yo at every given oppotunity. https://t.co/ea8mkrCDqt— Hotspur Edition (@HotspurEdition) September 18, 2019
Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. The Azkals will also go into the Asian Cup as a heavy underdog as they are the lowest ranked team in their group, behind Korea, China and Kyrgyzstan.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next “It’s going to be a daunting task, but if Korea can do it, I think the Azkals can,” said team manager Dan Palami.“The defending champions eliminated by our Asian counterpart,” said Palami. “Mixed emotions of pride and of course a cause of concern.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownAlready eliminated after two straight losses to start the World Cup, the Asian powerhouse was actually given little chance to upset Germany, which needed a win to move into the next round after a sloppy start.But two injury time goals propelled the Koreans to the famous victory that sent shockwaves all over the world. In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Taal victims get help from Kalayaan town View comments Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Harvey Weinstein rape trial Cloudy skies over Luzon due to amihan LATEST STORIES Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Bicol riders extend help to Taal evacuees Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netThe Philippine Azkals can take inspiration and encouragement from the achievement of the same team they’ll be facing when they try to pull off an upset in their first foray in the AFC Asian Cup starting Jan. 7 in the United Arab Emirates.South Korea’s stunning win over defending champion Germany, 2-0, in the World Cup on Wednesday in Russia has given the Azkals a ray of hope that anything can happen particularly when they try to buck the odds in Dubai next year.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Christopher Tolkien, son of Lord of the Rings author, dies aged 95 Porteria brace props Ceres-Negros