Sanchez double lifts Arsenal gloom, United make it sweet 16

first_imgBy Neil RobinsonLONDON, (Reuters)-Arsenal put two Premier League defeats – and days of uncertainty about manager Arsene Wenger – behind them to post a workmanlike 2-0 victory over Hull City that lifted them above Manchester City into third place.With none of the other top four teams playing on Saturday afternoon, Manchester United beat Watford 2-0 to move ahead of Liverpool in fifth place and Southampton’s new striker Manolo Gabbiadini scored twice in their 4-0 thumping of Sunderland.However welcome Arsenal’s victory was, it owed much to luck after a controversial handball goal from Alexis Sanchez and did little to lift the mood at the Emirates where Wenger was non-committal about his future.The game turned on Sanchez’s 34th-minute opener when the ball went into the net inadvertently off the Chilean’s hand after popping up from a goalline save by the keeper.“The referee apologised to us after halftime and said it was a handball,” Hull defender Andrew Robertson said. “He obviously realises he was in the wrong.”Sanchez’s second also came via a goalline handball, this time from Hull’s Sam Clucas in stoppage time, which led to a penalty and sending-off. Sanchez’s spot-kick took his tally to 17 goals in 25 league games, including four against Hull.When Wenger, who watched the game from the stands after completing a four-match touchline ban, was asked about his future, he said: “I focus on what is important, winning football games and getting the team to perform. The rest, I cannot influence.”At Old Trafford, Manchester United looked unrecognisable from the side who spluttered through the early months of the season and extended their unbeaten league run to 16 games.Anthony Martial responded to a rare start with this third goal of the season after Juan Mata had given United the lead. The win put United one point behind fourth-placed Manchester City, who play on Monday.“Sixteen games unbeaten is an amazing record,” United manager Jose Mourinho said. “It was a difficult match and a very important win for us.”INSTANT RETURNElsewhere, Southampton are getting an instant return on the 14 million pounds ($17.5 million) they paid Napoli for Italy striker Gabbiadini on transfer deadline day, and his brace, including a brilliant turn and shot, means he has now scored three in two games.A week remains a long time in football and two more late goals for Southampton left Sunderland on the wrong end of the same 4-0 result they inflicted on Crystal Palace seven days earlier.Sunderland and Palace remained rooted to the bottom on 19 points after Joe Allen’s sixth league goal of the season for Stoke – his best-ever haul – was enough to see off Sam Allardyce’s side 1-0.With Middlesbrough taking a point from a 0-0 draw with Everton, the day’s real winners at the bottom were Swansea City and Leicester City, neither of whom played.Yesterday’s other afternoon game saw West Bromwich Albion secure a 2-2 draw at West Ham United thanks to a controversial stoppage-time equaliser. Home manager Slaven Bilic and his assistant were both sent off.Liverpool host second-placed Tottenham Hotspur in the late game. Leaders Chelsea, nine points clear at the top, play at Burnley today.last_img read more

The Latest: Euroleague suspends all games because of virus

first_imgThe Latest: Euroleague suspends all games because of virus The International Basketball Federation says it is suspending all competitions indefinitely from Friday.FIBA says the decision was made “in order to protect the health and safety of players, coaches, officials and fans.”The suspension includes games in the Basketball Champions League, which is a rival competition to the better known Euroleague, and the second-tier FIBA Europe Cup. The Champions League is part-way through its playoffs.Men’s qualification for the Tokyo Olympics is expected to resume in June with a series of qualifying tournaments overseen by FIBA. Women’s qualifying has already concluded.___ Juventus announced late Wednesday that defender Daniele Rugani and “those who have had contact with him” are being isolated. It also said Rugani is not showing any symptoms of the disease.Rugani sent a post on Twitter overnight in Italian.“You’ll have read the news and that’s why I want to reassure everyone who is worrying about me. I’m OK. I want to remind everyone to respect the rules, because this virus doesn’t make distinctions! Let’s do it four ourselves, for those dear to us and for those around us,” he wrote.Rugani is the first player in the country’s top soccer division to test positive for the virus.___ 10:25 a.m.The hockey-like game of bandy has postponed its world championships in Russia because of the spreading coronavirus.The Swedish Bandy Association says the tournament, scheduled to be played from March 29-April 5 in Irkutsk, has been postponed until October.International Bandy Association president Boris Skrynnik says “we know that there are concerns in other countries when it comes to travel and spending time with larger groups.”The under-15 world championships in Arkhangelsk, Russia, at the end of the month will also be played at a later date. ___10:10 a.m.The Swiss hockey league has ended the season in the top two divisions before the playoffs because of the spreading coronavirus.The league’s decision comes less than two months before Switzerland is due to host the world championships in Zurich and Lausanne.The league says decisions on awarding titles, and promotion and relegation places, will be decided at a special meeting on Friday. ___More AP sports: and Associated Press ___10:15 a.m.Denmark’s top soccer leagues are shutting down for at least two weeks because of the spreading coronavirus.The Danish league made the move a day after the national government announced a lockdown. The small Scandinavian country has 514 cases of people testing positive.“We will look at exactly what this will mean for the running of the tournaments for the weeks to come,” said Danish league director Claus Thomsen, adding more information on what will happen with the postponed matches and the rest of the season will be announced later. March 12, 2020 “Euroleague and the participating clubs cannot ask from players to put their health and that of their families at risk,” the Euroleague Players Association said.The players’ union asked for the season to be suspended “until health, safety and freedom of movement can be guaranteed.”___10 a.m.The Juventus player who tested positive for the coronavirus says he’s “OK” and wants “to reassure everyone who is worrying about me.” The Swiss soccer leagues have been suspended through March, and Basel is unable to host a Europa League game next week against Eintracht Frankfurt.___10:05 a.m.After the NBA suspended its season, the Euroleague is considering doing the same.The league says it is consulting with clubs about a suspension, something which its players are demanding. “The health and welfare of the athletes and all other participants, as well as the general public are in the forefront and the priority of FIS and all stakeholders,” the governing body said Thursday.Kilde’s runner-up finish in what proved to be the season-ending race — a downhill last Saturday in Kvitfjell, Norway — lifted him to the overall title above French rival Alexis Pinturault.Pinturault also finished runner-up to Kristoffersen in giant slalom. Another Frenchman, Clement Noel, was runner-up to Kristoffersen for the season-long slalom title by only two points, 552-550.Kristoffersen had an outside chance of winning the overall title if the final two races had gone ahead.Kilde succeeds Austrian great Marcel Hirscher, who won eight straight overall titles before retiring in the offseason. 9:55 a.m.The season-ending men’s World Cup ski races were canceled Thursday to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, giving Norwegian skier Aleksander Aamodt Kilde his first overall title.Giant slalom and slalom races were scheduled for this weekend in Kranjska Gora, near Slovenia’s border with Italy.The cancellations mean Henrik Kristoffersen, another Norwegian, becomes the season champion in both disciplines by tiny margins.A four-race finals week in Cortina d’Ampezzo, Italy, was canceled last week by the International Ski Federation. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditLONDON (AP) — The Latest on the coronavirus outbreak’s affect on sports around the globe (all times local):___10:55 a.m. The Euroleague says it is suspending all games indefinitely because of the coronavirus outbreak.Europe’s main club basketball competition says it made the decision because of “the increased risks for participants in games, the vast amount of traveling disruptions causing the impossibility to reach certain destinations, and the different recommendations by the health authorities.”The league was scheduled to hold regular-season games in Moscow, Istanbul, Madrid and Tel Aviv on Thursday.___10:30 a.m.last_img read more

Update on the latest sports

first_img— NASCAR heads to Talladega Superspeedway Sunday with new rules and more fans. The Alabama track will admit up to 5,000 fans, just 48 hours after Stewart-Haas Racing confirmed two of its employees tested positive for the new coronavirus. The new rules are in response to Ryan Newman’s crash in the Daytona 500, but there is no practice or qualifying scheduled, so drivers won’t have a feel for the adjustments until the race begins. NASCAR also will be on the lookout for the newly banned Confederate flag.— The NASCAR Cup race at Texas will have thousands of spectators in the stands. Texas Governor Greg Abbott has approved a comprehensive action plan submitted by the track to allow fans for the July 19 race. While the state allows 50% capacity for outdoor sporting events, track president Eddie Gossage says it’s too early to know how many fans will be able to attend. With social distancing protocols in place, the speedway first must reassign seating for people who had already purchased tickets for the race that was originally scheduled for March 29. The track capacity is about 135,000.— The Chinese basketball league has restarted after an almost five-month shutdown for the coronavirus pandemic but is going ahead in empty stadiums and with fewer foreign players. The CBA was suspended on Jan. 24 after the virus outbreak in Wuhan. The semifinals stage has started with 20 teams divided into two divisions and limited venues to reduce travel. All stadiums are closed to fans. League chairman and former NBA star Yao Ming praised the work of the clubs and health authorities for helping get the season restarted. He says as the first national large-scale sports event to be restarted in China the CBA is of “strategic significance.”— French soccer authorities will allow fans back into stadiums starting July 10, with an initial limit of 5,000. The president of the French Football Federation says it is possible more spectators will be allowed into the French Cup final at the end of July and for the resumption of top-tier Ligue 1 play at the end of August. The French government called off the country’s 2019-20 soccer season on April 28 as part of efforts to contain the coronavirus pandemic.NFL-REDSKINS-HONORING MITCHELL Redskins retire Mitchell’s jersey, rename stadium levelUNDATED (AP) — The Washington Redskins will retire the jersey of Hall of Famer Bobby Mitchell. They will also rename the lower level of FedEx Field for him, replacing the section named for former owner George Preston Marshall.The team, which is under pressure to change its name during the ongoing national reckoning over racism, said Saturday that Mitchell’s No. 49 will become only the second jersey in the franchise’s 88-year history to be retired. The other is the No. 33 of Hall of Famer Sammy Baugh.Mitchell, Washington’s first African American player, died in April. The Redskins were the last NFL team to integrate the roster.Significantly, dropping Marshall’s name from the lower bowl of the stadium follows by one day the removal of his statue at RFK Stadium, the team’s former home. Marshall moved the team from Boston to Washington and resisted integrating the roster with Black players until “forced to do so” in 1962. The Yankees originally had intended to base at their spring training complex in Tampa, Florida. The Mets had said they were undecided between Citi Field and their training camp in Port St. Lucie, Florida. But positive cases for COVID-19 in Florida have increased markedly in recent days, while the percentage of positive tests in New York City has dropped sharply.All 30 MLB teams have closed their spring camps in Florida and Arizona this weekend over virus concerns.MLB had hoped to start the season during the first week of July, but teams and the players’ association are engaged in a bitter fight over how to apportion revenue losses caused by the pandemic. Both sides agree that players need three weeks of training before the increasingly slight season could start.In other developments related to the COVID-19 pandemic:— Three members of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers organization have tested positive for the novel coronavirus at the team’s training facility, and the team has closed affected areas of the building. Management says the affected areas will remain closed until extensive sanitizing is completed. All individuals who may have been exposed have been notified and are following the established protocols, the Bucs said in a statement. That includes a 14-day quarantine period. The team did not identify the people who tested positive. The NHL’s Tampa Bay Lightning closed their facility earlier this week after three players and two staff members tested positive. More tests results pending, Watney positiveHILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. (AP) — Packed restaurants and a lack of social distancing on Hilton Head Island are leading to concerns that the PGA Tour might have more players test positive for the coronavirus. Nick Watney became the first player to test positive on Friday and withdrew from the RBC Heritage.The tournament is the second since the tour resumed play after a three-month break because of the COVID-19 pandemic.The tour has tested 11 people who came into close contact with Watney and all initial tests came back negative.Justin Thomas is one of several players to note how busy the island has been. He says, “It’s an absolute zoo around here.” In other PGA news:— Chris Kirk won the Korn Ferry Tour’s King & Bear Classic on Saturday at World Golf Village, a year after taking a leave of absence from the PGA Tour to fight alcohol abuse and depression. Kirk birdied the par-5 18th hole for a 5-under 67 and a one-stroke victory over Justin Lower in the PGA Tour’s developmental circuit’s second straight one-time event to make up for events lost to the COVID-19 pandemic shutdown. Kirk says it gives him a deeper sense of appreciation and gratitude for everything, adding that he’s a completely different person than he was two years ago”.VIRUS OUTBREAK-SPORTSYankees, Mets to train in New York if MLB resumesUNDATED (AP) — The Yankees and Mets would train in New York if Major League Baseball and its players try to start the coronavirus-delayed season. New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo made the announcement Saturday, and the teams confirmed the decisions. June 20, 2020 The 3-year-old colt from upstate New York charged to the lead turning to the front stretch and now can set his sights on the Sept. 5 Kentucky Derby and Oct. 3 Preakness. All three legs of this year’s Triple Crown schedule were postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic. Belmont, usually the series capper, was initially scheduled for June 6.Tiz the Law gave New York a hometown champion in its first major sporting event since the coronavirus pandemic seized the area. He’s the first New York-bred horse to win the Belmont since Forrester in 1882.This Belmont States was unlike any of the 151 that preceded it. The Long Island track can pack in nearly 100,000, but this race only had about 100 on hand, including jockeys, media and park staff.Masks were mandated for all but the horses — even the jockeys wore face coverings.PGA TOUR-NEWScenter_img Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditHORSE RACING-BELMONTTiz the Law wins BelmontNEW YORK (AP) — Tiz the Law has won an unprecedented Belmont Stakes, claiming victory Saturday at the first race of a rejiggered Triple Crown schedule and crossing the finish line in front of eerily empty grandstands. Associated Press Update on the latest sports — The Toronto Maple Leafs aren’t commenting on reports that star player Auston Matthews has tested positive for the coronavirus. The Leafs say a player’s medical information is private. The Toronto Sun and The Toronto Star report that the center tested positive. According to the Sun, the 22-year-old Matthews has self-quarantined in his Arizona home and hopes to be ready to play if the NHL season resumes. The NHL hopes to open training camps next month and finish off the 2019-20 season later this summer.— Canada’s approval of the NHL’s return-to-play proposal has led the league to consider designating one or more cities north of the border to serve as hubs for its 24-team playoff format. Officials say Canada’s top public health officer as well as the top health officers of Alberta, British Columbia, Ontario and Toronto worked closely with the NHL to approve the plan. It required an exemption because the U.S.-Canada border is currently closed to all non-essential travel until at least July 21 and those who enter Canada must self-isolate for 14 days.— The NBA has firmed up the schedule for what will be a hectic time for teams this fall. The league has set Oct. 16 as the date for this year’s draft and says clubs can begin talking to free agents two days later. The annual moratorium will begin at 12:01 a.m. Eastern time on Oct. 19 and continue through noon on Oct. 23. The league told teams of the plans Saturday in a memo obtained by The Associated Press.— Kansas State has paused all voluntary workouts for football student-athletes for two weeks following the most recent COVID-19 test results. As of Friday, 14 student-athletes had tested positive for active COVID-19 following testing of more than 130 student-athletes. The school says those who tested positive are being medically managed according to current health guidelines. That includes self-isolation for 10 days and until a patient is without fever for 72 hours without medication, whichever takes longer. Athletics director Gene Taylor says the university feels that temporarily pausing all football workouts and access to facilities is the best decision for everyone. — As universities begin the process of playing sports through a pandemic, some are requiring student athletes to sign waivers acknowledging the risks for COVID-19. Ohio State and Missouri have pledges they are requiring athletes or their parents to sign before the players can take part in voluntary workouts. How much legal protection any of these forms provide schools is up for debate, along with the ethics of requiring unpaid students to sign them. Athletes have already tested positive at more than a dozen schools from Boise State to Clemson, though some schools are not releasing details. The team’s announcement of the change did not mention Marshall, who was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1963 and died in 1969.last_img read more

Nigeria’s Ighalo late goal breaks down debutants Burundi

first_imgALEXANDRIA, Egypt (Reuters) – Nigeria needed a late goal from substitute Odion Ighalo to claim a 1-0 win over a brave Burundi side playing their first-ever match at the Africa Cup of Nations yesterday.Ighalo was set free by Ola Aina’s clever flicked pass and side-footed the ball past Burundi goalkeeper Jonathan Nahimana in the 77th minute, four minutes after coming on in the opening Group B match.It was tough on Burundi who refused to be overawed and enjoyed slightly the better of the first half, with Frederic Nsabiyumva heading against the crossbar from a set-piece.Nigeria took control after halftime but were struggling to create chances until Aina’s moment of inspiration finally unlocked the Burundi defence.Madagascar, also making their debut at the tournament, were facing Guinea in the second half of a double bill later yesterday at the same stadium.last_img read more

Syracuse defense makes 2nd-half adjustments to shut down hot shooting Cotton

first_imgPROVIDENCE, R.I. — The start resembled last year’s game: a hot-shooting Providence team and an uncharacteristically slow start by Syracuse. It produced an early Friars lead over the No. 7 team in the country, a lead that grew as large as nine, and energized an animated crowd inside the Dunkin’ Donuts Center with each successive 3-pointer from Bryce Cotton.The junior guard from Tucson, Ariz., who is listed generously at 6-feet-1-inch, connected on his first five shots from beyond the arc — some that seemed to be launched from his home state — and finished the first half with 17 of his team’s 33 points.“There was just absolutely no excuse for that,” Syracuse head coach Jim Boeheim said.The inexcusable led to the Orange’s first halftime deficit of the season, though it was short-lived. The Syracuse defense responded in the second half, stifling Cotton — and in turn the Providence offense — and limiting him to only seven points after the break and zero 3-pointers. With its offensive leader smothered, Providence struggled to score points and couldn’t keep pace down the stretch in a 72-66 loss to the Orange.Boeheim opened his press conference by explaining that Cotton was the one player his team had been told to focus on going into Wednesday. He is the league’s second-leading scorer at more than 21 points per game, and a very proficient outside shooter.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textSo when Cotton opened the game 5-for-5 from beyond the arc, the oft-irritable Boeheim nearly blew a gasket.“Defensively we started the game not finding the one guy that we talked about making sure we found,” Boeheim said. “And Cotton had five 3s in a row.”Though he was dwarfed by the taller Syracuse guards atop the zone — Brandon Triche and Carter-Williams are both 6-feet-4 or taller — Cotton’s quick release on fadeaways proved lethal from the game’s opening tip. He hit all five of his 3-pointers in a 10-minute span during the first half, propelling the Friars to a 24-21 lead by the 7:56 mark.He drained shots off of dribble penetration, as he did with his first attempt when guard Josh Fortune drove inside and kicked the ball out. Cotton nailed shots over defenders, as he did with a fadeaway from right of the circle with the zone rotating outward. And he connected in transition, as he did to tie the game at 16-16 on a beautiful feed from Vincent Council.Wherever he went, he shot. Whenever he shot, he scored. All while avoiding the trees like Rakeem Christmas, C.J. Fair and James Southerland inside.“We had to stop Cotton from getting easy shots,” Syracuse senior Brandon Triche said.Cotton’s only miss in the first half was a forced 3-pointer from the top of the key in the closing seconds. It hit the backboard, the rim and caromed away, which seemed to surprise a crowd that expected nothing but makes.And though the miss merely made the difference between a 3-point or 6-point Providence lead at the break, it foreshadowed the struggles to come.Cotton couldn’t shake loose from the Syracuse defenders in the second half, as the Orange extended its zone deeper beyond the 3-point line and rotated hard in his direction. The result was a pair of missed 3s in the second half and zero makes.“The rest of the game we found him, and I don’t think he made another 3,” Boeheim said. “That was a defensive key. I thought inside we played pretty well defensively.”The solid interior defense was paired with increased attention to Cotton, and Providence was handcuffed. The Friars lacked a consistent scoring threat to pair with Cotton, as LaDontae Henton was the only other player to reach double figures, and he managed just 10 points.Council, the Friars’ pass-first point guard, did his best to pick up the slack. He scored all eight of his points in the second half, including a double-clutch fadeaway that brought Providence within one with about six minutes to go.“They came down and we did a great job I thought defensively and Council — I don’t know how he made that shot,” Boeheim said. “He just threw it up there.”And that’s what it took to keep Providence close without Cotton — a shot that was just thrown up there. They cut the lead to four on another wild shot by Fortune that banked in off the glass in the closing moments, but nothing came as easy as it did in the first half.Syracuse adjusted after its first halftime deficit of the season, and Providence never countered.“We just keep our heads in it and came out and had to keep our composure,” Christmas said. “We just came out and played our game.” Comments Published on January 10, 2013 at 12:28 am Contact Michael: | @Michael_Cohen13 Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Badgers unexpectedly split road series with Gophers

first_imgTyler Barnes got the Badgers on the scoreboard first each night, catapulting Wisconsin’s offense Friday night to a four-goal effort and scoring UW’s lone goal Saturday night on a power play.[/media-credit]MINNEAPOLIS – The Wisconsin men’s hockey team was primed to play the ultimate spoiler with only one period of hockey left to play in the regular season.With a 1-0 lead and 20 minutes left to play on the road in Minneapolis, the Badgers (16-16-2, 11-15-2 WCHA) had to keep up their rugged defense and try to hold on to what momentum they had over the WCHA’s conference leader, the No. 4 Minnesota Golden Gophers (24-12-1, 20-8-0 WCHA). But even on the power play, the Badger couldn’t hold back the Gophers.But after a brawl put the Badgers on the power play – surprisingly late in the game, considering the palpable intensity that filled Mariucci Arena for the entire game – the Gophers’ Erik Haula notched a shorthanded goal 4:47 into the third, making it a tie game.“[We] definitely had them where we wanted,” junior defenseman Justin Schultz said. “We thought we were getting under their skin and you know, they just needed 20 minutes there. It’s only going to make us better.”With full rights to the WCHA regular season title on the line for the Gophers – and the MacNaughton cup as a result – sophomore defenseman Nate Schmidt gave Minnesota its first lead of the weekend and the game winner at 7:40 into the third.“It was very similar to what we had in Madison,” head coach Mike Eaves said. “It was a turnover that gave them their first goal and let them back in. … It was good fortune, but you create that by working hard and they worked hard. We didn’t create enough on offense tonight.”Eagan, Minn., native Tyler Barnes knocked in the Badgers’ lone goal of the game, just more than halfway through the second period.On Wisconsin’s second power play of the game, Barnes cleaned up a rebound off a Michael Mersch deflection to give the Badgers the initial advantage. The goal was Barnes’ second of the series against his hometown team.“We played hard together, especially towards the end there,” Barnes said. “We battled through the adversity and got a few opportunities. That’s always good to see.”Heading into the series, next to nothing was expected of the road-wary Badgers.Despite riding a three-game win streak, facing off with Minnesota did not bode well for a Badger squad that had only won three road games up to that point in the season.But Wisconsin didn’t care much for what anyone had to say and gave one of its best performances of the season in game one, pummeling Minnesota, 4-1.“We played Denver at home a couple Saturdays ago, and that was a pretty complete game,” Eaves said. “This ranks in that area.”While it was one of the greatest team efforts the Badgers have given this season – perfect on the penalty kill, 2-3 on the power play and solving one of the WCHA’s best goaltenders – the effort can be summed up in the play of a single player: sophomore forward Mark Zengerle.Zengerle assisted on each of the Badgers first three goals before finally notching his own power play goal singlehandedly at the 15:43 mark of the second period.On a coast-to-coast affair, Zengerle brought the puck through neutral ice before he slipped it through Gopher defenseman Seth Helgeson’s legs for a one-on-one shot at Patterson, sliding it through the five-hole on the senior goaltender and giving the Badgers an unexpected 4-0 advantage.“It’s fun to watch,” Barnes said. “He’s got good enough vision that he saw the lane and he took advantage of it. He went down and scored. That’s a fun one to watch.”Zengerle not only powered the offense but made key defensive plays that kept Minnesota out of sync.But while the sophomore centerman’s play stood out all night long on both offense and defense, it was Wisconsin’s defense overall that didn’t allow Minnesota much of a chance to even things up.“We give a hard hat out to who ever played the hardest … and coach Eaves gave it to the defense as a unit tonight,” Zengerle said. “They did a great job. They had a goal at the end which sticks for Joel, but Joel played unbelievable too, he’s right in there with the defensive core.”Minnesota tested Rumpel often, but he stayed solid, making 26 saves – many through traffic – and just missed out on his third shutout of the season as Gophers’ Nico Sacchetti would score with 1:02 left in the game.Despite splitting the weekend, the Badgers feel they’re exactly where they need to be going into the playoffs next weekend at Denver.“This is the way we need to play,” Eaves said. “It’s going to be an environment like this no matter where we go. It’s going to be contested; every race for the puck is going to be like somebody’s trying to steal the bread. This kind of weekend steps it up for us.”last_img read more

Men’s tennis: Badgers show glimpses of greatness in loss to Michigan

first_imgWisconsin men’s tennis was reminded that it still has to continue improving after splitting this weekend’s matches against No. 21 Michigan and Michigan State.Coming off two losses on the road the weekend prior, the results are a step up. But with only four matches remaining in the regular season, No. 44 Wisconsin (14-3 overall, 4-3 Big Ten) would surely like to cap off a prolific season with higher seeding in postseason tournaments.Men’s tennis: Badgers blanked in back to back matchesUniversity of Wisconsin men’s tennis was blanked this weekend in consecutive matches, but by no means is its season in Read…The Badgers will remain at home this weekend, welcoming No. 33 Penn State Friday and No. 5 Ohio State Sunday to the Nielsen Tennis Center with a tough, hard-fought loss to Michigan in the back of their minds.Wisconsin 7 – Michigan State 0Friday night was a good one for the Badgers, who allowed the Spartans to take only two sets during the match.Doubles play breezed through, with the first pairing of Josef Dodridge/Lamar Remy winning 6-1, followed by Chema Carranza/Jakhongir Jalalov taking their match 6-3.With the doubles point secured, Wisconsin never took its foot off the pedal.Remy, Alexander Kokorev, Osgar O’Hoisin and Carranza each won in in straight sets, while Dodridge and John Zordani each narrowly lost sets. Dodridge dropped his second set 5-7, while Zordani dropped his second 6-7 by way of a 7-5 tiebreaker.Singles:Dodridge (UW) def. Mac Roy (MSU), 6-2, 5-7, 6-2Remy (UW) def. Michael Dube (MSU), 6-3, 6-2Kokorev (UW) def. Jasper Koenen (MSU), 6-1, 7-5O’Hoisin (UW) def. Alexander Kim (MSU), 6-2, 6-4Carranza (UW) def. Billy Shisler (MSU), 6-3, 6-2Zordani (UW) def. Ivan Rakic (MSU), 6-3, 6-7 (7-5), 1-0 (10-4)Doubles:Dodridge/Remy (UW) def. Roy/Dube (MSU), 6-1Carranza/Jalalov (UW) def. Koenen/Shisler (MSU), 6-3Mackenzie/Zordani (UW) vs. Kim/Rakic (MSU), 4-3, unfinishedOrder of finish: Doubles (1, 2); Singles (5, 2, 4, 3, 1, 6)Michigan 5 – Wisconsin 2After handedly beating Michigan State, Wisconsin looked poised to carry its momentum into Sunday afternoon, and in many ways the team did.After Carranza/Jalalov were quickly dispatched 6-2, Darius Mackenzie/Zordani brought the Badgers to within striking distance with a 6-3 win on court 3. But Michigan’s first doubles paring, ranked No. 73 in the country, took down Dodridge/Remy 6-4 despite their late charge.In singles play, both Remy and Kokorev lost in straight sets. Remy’s valiant effort resulted in a narrow (6-4, 6-4) defeat to No. 81 Jathan Malik at the second spot, which marked his third appearance this season at the position, where he is 2-1.Dodridge also hung around in his match, but ultimately fell (6-3, 0-6, 6-1) in the third set to No. 104 Alex Knight. The sophomore was not the only Badger to fall in three sets, as O’Hoisin rallied from a 4-6 first set loss to take the second 6-2, but lost the third 4-6.Despite the bad luck up to that point in three-set matches, Carranza, after taking his first set 7-6 (7-1) and dropping the second 0-6, rallied behind his teammates cheering around his court to win the third 6-4. The win pushed the sophomore one win past O’Hoisin as the team’s leader with a 14-2 record this spring.Mackenzie, a fellow sophomore, rounded out the afternoon with a straight-set win on court six. His (6-4, 7-6 (7-2)) victory was also his first-career Big Ten win.Singles:No. 104 Knight (MICH) def. Dodridge (UW), 6-3, 0-6, 6-1No. 81 Malik (MICH) def. Remy (UW), 6-4, 6-4Carter Lin (MICH) def. Kokorev (UW), 6-1, 6-2Runhao Hua (MICH) def. O’Hoisin (UW), 6-4, 2-6, 6-4Carranza (UW) def. Davis Crocker (MICH), 7-6 (7-1), 0-6, 6-4Mackenzie (UW) def. Myles Schalet (MICH), 6-4, 7-6 (7-2)Doubles:No. 73 Knight/Hua (MICH) def. Dodridge/Remy (UW), 6-4Malik/Gardiner (MICH) def. Carranza/Jalalov (UW), 6-2Mackenzie/Zordani (UW) def. Schalet/Cuba (MICH), 6-3Order of finish: Doubles (2, 3, 1); Singles (3, 2, 6, 1, 5, 4)last_img read more

FBI rubbishes Trump’s wiretap accusation

first_imgOn Saturday morning, during one of his frequent weekend visit to his Palm Beach County estate, Mar-a-Lago, President Donald Trump confounded the country again with a flurry of tweets.Within five minutes Trump sent out five tweets accusing his predecessor, President Barack Obama of orchestrating the wire-tapping of the phones at Trump Tower during last year’s presidential campaign. Trump Tower in Manhattan, New York, is the location of Trump’s personal residence,   the site of his main campaign office during the elections, and his transitional office following his presidential victory last November.Trump’s accusations were found extremely consternating because no president has the right to order wiretapping of the phone, or any other electronic surveillance, of any private American resident, including presidential candidates.A law, passed by Congress in 1978, created the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA). Under this Act, the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC), entertains applications made by agencies with the United States Government for approval of electronic surveillance, physical search, and certain other forms of investigative actions of private residents and entities for foreign intelligence purposes.Subsequent to Trump’s surprising tweets, several people, including JamesTapper, former Director of National Intelligence; James Comey, Director of the FBI, and Kevin Lewis, a spokesman for President Obama denied any application was made to the FISC for the surveillance or tapping of phones in Trump Tower.Some reports are suggesting that the FBI could on its own accord have had a warrant approved by FISC to conduct electronic surveillance into alleged relations between of members of the Trump campaign and the Russian government. However, since Saturday, FBI director Comey has denied the FBI conducted any such surveillance. Comey has requested the US Department of Justice to issue a statement refuting Trumps’s allegations of President Obama authorizing any wire-tapping of Trump’s campaign offices.Hours after Trump made his allegations, President Obama’s spokesman, Lewis, said via a statement, “A cardinal rule of the Obama Administration was that no White House official ever interfered with any independent investigation led by the Department of Justice.”South Florida’s Marco Rubio, US Republican senator, appearing on a Sunday morning talk show said he had no knowledge what Trump was referring to in making the wire-tapping allegations, and urged the White House to explain this.Several Trump administration representatives also appeared on Sunday talk shows, but were unable to explain Trump’s allegations. In fact, White House press secretary Sean Spicer issued a statement that Trump is requesting Congress to investigate if the Obama administration had ordered surveillance of Trump’s campaign office.This is not the first time, Trump has accused Obama of interfering in this administration. In a recent interview, Trump accused Obama of being responsible for leaks to the media from within the White House. He also accused Obama of responsibility for orchestrating protest rallies against the administration, and particularly protests at town-hall meetings held by Republican congressional representatives and senators.Some commentators regard Trump’s turn against the former president as contrary to his praise of Obama for his advice and cooperation during the transition period after Trump was elected.last_img read more

Thieves Steal Christmas Lights from Alpena Home

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisAlpena- It’s hard to believe that someone would steal Christmas lights only a few days before the big day but it happened.An LED Christmas Light Machine was stolen from the house on the corner of Blair and S 3rd Ave. The light projector was stolen sometime between the hours of 11:00pm and midnight on Tuesday. Matt Fitzpatrick was shocked when he went outside to discover his lights had been taken. Anyone with information or tips on the stolen lights is asked to contact the Alpena Police Department or email tips to news@wbkb11.comAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisContinue ReadingPrevious Lincoln Elementary Students Deliver Christmas Letters to SantaNext Boys and Girls Club Alpena Get ‘Silly’ With Stringlast_img read more

Gerrit Cole, former UCLA, Orange Lutheran star, feels at home in Pittsburgh

first_imgPITTSBURGH — Against the backdrop of the Roberto Clemente bridge, Gerrit Cole was giving the Pittsburgh Pirates hope Sunday.It was a humid afternoon, and the Pirates’ game against the Dodgers was more than three hours away. The PNC Park bullpens were empty save for Cole, a catcher, a coach, and a trainer watching the former UCLA and Orange Lutheran star throw off a mound for the first time in weeks.As much as the world noticed Cole a year ago, when he went 19-8 with a 2.60 earned-run average, Pittsburgh notices his absence even more right now. A balky right triceps sent Cole to the disabled list on June 11. The Pirates have since gone 5-10, further reducing their chances of catching the Chicago Cubs in the National League Central.In baseball as in life, absence can make the heart grow fonder. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error So Sunday was a bullpen day. Pirates pitching coach Ray Searage said Cole will have a couple more bullpen days, then be re-evaluated for a possible rehab assignment.Still looming on the schedule is the Pirates’ only trip to Southern California this year: August 12-14 at Dodger Stadium. Cole plans to visit home once before then, during the All-Star break. He’ll be racing time to pitch in the July 12 game in San Diego; more likely he’ll be busy helping his fiancee Amy plan their offseason wedding.Talk of the future inevitably rested on where Cole will call home. He then gave the Pirates hope again.“I am going be pitching here for a long time,” said Cole, who can become a free agent after the 2019 season. “I love my teammates, I love the people that they surround us with, from the clubhouse attendants to the training staff. The coaching staff. Everyone’s so friendly. What a great environment to play in.”That’s the expected response when you’re still wearing your team’s colors. Dodgers pitcher Joe Blanton was in the other clubhouse Sunday, but he understands. He spent the final two months of last season in Pittsburgh.“They have a good thing going there with team chemistry and the way they play the game,” Blanton said of the Pirates. “It’s fun to watch, fun to be a part of.”Searage, Blanton said, “is able to differentiate and relate to both veterans and rookies, I think, so he’s able to teach the rookies from what I saw, and the veterans he’s able to let ’em do their own thing but throw in a little tick here or there that they may be off before they get too far.”On a small-market team accustomed to reloading, Cole might become the rare pitcher Searage mentors as both a veteran and a rookie.For now the 25-year-old will try to be patient, with a wedding and a next start looming in the near future, offering hope one bullpen session at a time.center_img “The manager likes when he goes out there,” Pirates skipper Clint Hurdle said, “because usually not everybody else has to work too much.”This is the chapter in the Gerrit Cole story where he sounds very much at home in Pittsburgh. Since he was picked first overall in the 2011 draft, the Pirates have had one manager, one bullpen coach, one pitching coach, one bullpen catcher, one video coordinator, one medical director, one team physician, one head athletic trainer and one clubhouse manager.By now, they all understand Cole’s value to the club as the staff ace, and Cole understands their value to him. In the summer of 2014, he spent 70 days on the disabled list with shoulder trouble. The downtime taught him a lesson in patience. Ask him now when he thinks he’ll be back on a mound, Cole says he doesn’t know. He doesn’t want to know.“The last time I went on the DL, I got caught up in that,” he said. “I tried to get ahead of myself. I’ve told those guys (on the medical staff) not to tell me anything, let me know what I’m doing today, that way I can stay focused on what I have to do and ultimately take it one day at a time.”last_img read more