Wisconsin bench instrumental in Sunday win

first_imgThe Wisconsin men’s basketball team walked away from the Kohl Center Sunday with a season-opening victory over nonconference foe Southeastern Louisiana, thanks in large part to plenty of help from the bench. Wisconsin (1-0) thumped Southeastern Louisiana (0-1) 87-47, and UW’s bench players pitched in 34 points and 15 rebounds.Lions head coach Jim Yarbrough said he liked the way Wisconsin’s bench approached the game and hopes his team can learn from it.“I was very impressed by how motivated their bench was,” Yarbrough said. “Every kid who came in for them was really motivated to play hard and that’s great commentary and great credit to [UW head] coach [Bo] Ryan. That’s the sort of thing that you try to establish at your own program when you’re building it up, try to get kids to play with that kind of motivation.”Wisconsin’s bench was led by senior forward Mike Bruesewitz, who made a surprisingly quick return to the floor after suffering a severe leg laceration that sidelined him for just more than a month during the preseason.“When you see your bone and a freak thing like that happens, a lot of stuff runs through your head,” Bruesewitz said. “I’m definitely recharged and refocused. I was really excited to come into the season before the injury and now it’s about 10 times more. I was really excited that I got cleared to play today. I was all smiles today and this morning and all through pregame, so I’m really excited to be back. That’s the only way to describe it.”Bruesewitz showed little rust in his first action of the season, as the senior finished the game perfect from field, hitting all three of his shots for 10 points while also collecting three rebounds.Ryan said he knows what Bruesewitz can do for the team and was pleased to have him on the court Sunday.“It’s Mike,” Ryan said of his senior’s strong performance. “Just to see a guy like that back with that kind of experience, it was so obvious in practice on Friday and Saturday what he gives us, so now to have that back, we are very thankful.”Yarbrough joked he was hoping Bruesewitz would not be able to play against Southeastern Louisiana, knowing how big a piece he is for Wisconsin’s team.“I was extremely disappointed to see [Bruesewitz] out there today,” Yarbrough said with a smile. “They have enough weapons without him. He’s so rugged and tough. He was terrific.”UW also saw contributions from several new faces. Freshman forward Sam Dekker took advantage of his 17 minutes on the floor, hitting two three-pointers and finishing the game with eight points and a rebound.The highly-touted freshman received the most game time among bench players, with sophomore guard Traevon Jackson close behind after logging 15 minutes of action. Despite making two of his three long range attempts, Ryan was not happy to see Dekker launching shots behind the three-point arc early in the shot clock.“Sam’s learning what I like and what I think is a good shot, just like everybody else has had to,” Ryan said. “It’s a little different.”Jackson contributed during his time on the court at guard, pitching in with four points, a rebound and an assist.After transferring from the Air Force and sitting out last season, redshirt junior forward Zach Bohannon – the brother of former UW basketball standout Jason Bohannon – made the most of his nine minutes Sunday, racking up five points and five rebounds and hitting all three of his shots on the night. Wisconsin’s bench shot just better than 57 percent from the field, compared to the team total of 52.5 percent, and did not miss a shot from the charity stripe.With more than half of UW’s bench players being underclassmen, Ryan said he is happy with the way the young players preformed but still sees room for improvement.“We’ll take what they give us on the defensive end, rebounding, points, screens,” Ryan said. “It’s about the whole process that matters to us. When we break the film down, I’m sure there are some things where they can improve.”last_img read more

Fortuna Entertainment confident of hitting 2017 targets

first_img Share StumbleUpon The governance of Eastern European gambling group Fortuna Entertainment NV has detailed that it is confident of hitting its full-year 2017 corporate guidance, following a strong end to 2017 trading.Issuing a short market update, based on its preliminary unaudited 2017 results, Fortuna entertainment expects to generate total group corporate revenues of €1.9 billion.Furthermore, the company has raised its full-year EBITDA growth range to +135-155%, from its original guidance of 80-95% on FY 2016 results.The gambling operator, detailed a strong Q4 2017 closing period, in which its sports betting margin was bolstered by a series of favourable sporting results, recorded during the period.Closing its statement, Fortuna governance detailed that it expects to deliver a 2017 group capital expenditure in the range of €11-14 million.This January, Fortbet Holdings the largest shareholder in Fortuna Entertainment (80% equity), detailed that it had entered a binding agreement allowing the investment fund to acquire the gambling group outright.Gaining approval, Fortbet seeks to turn Fortuna into a private enterprise delisting the firm’s placement on the Prague and Warsaw Stock Exchanges. Related Articles BetFan sets top five target for Poland’s online betting market May 16, 2019 Fortuna completes Playtech IMS upgrade for Polish profile May 7, 2020 Share Submit Polish trade body urges ministers to rethink gambling regime for a modern economy March 4, 2020last_img read more

Lakers hope they’re better off without Howard

first_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error A towering presence loomed over the Lakers last season, and it didn’t just involve Dwight Howard.It included everything around him.There was never-ending uncertainty on whether he’d remain a Laker or just use his lone year in Los Angeles as a pitstop before pursuing something else; Howard’s constant frustration that Mike D’Antoni’s fast-paced, pick-and-roll-heavy offense contradicted his hope for a larger post and defensive presence; personality clashes between Howard’s cheerful demeanor and Kobe Bryant’s demonstrative personality. “Dwight wanted to do it one way, which he felt like was effective. I wanted to do it another way,” Bryant recalled this week. “There was constant tension.” Even with a surgically-repaired back and a torn labrum in his right shoulder, Howard led the league last season with 12.4 rebounds per game and he also had 2.45 blocks per game, fifth-highest in the NBA. That contributed to the Lakers averaging 44.8 rebounds per game, fourth best in the NBA.Through eight preseason games, opponents have outrebounded the Lakers by an average of 49-41.“That’s a big absence for Dwight leaving,” Lakers forward Jordan Hill said. “We got to keep moving. He made his decision. I respect him for it. But we got to focus on the guys we got now. We’re not letting that bother us or letting it get it to us.” The Lakers’ front office operated the same way. Things didn’t work out for the Lakers this offseason when Howard ignored their billboards all around Los Angeles pleading for him to stay. But despite limited resources stemming from harsher luxury-tax penalties for high-spending teams, the Lakers still found a number of players on one-year deals that filled specific needs.The Lakers acquired speed in the form of former Cleveland High and USC product Nick Young and former Woodland Hills Taft and UCLA standout Jordan Farmar, both of whom had strong friendships stemming from their Los Angeles roots. The Lakers gained length by signing swingman Wesley Johnson. The point guard depth with Farmar and Steve Blake makes D’Antoni more inclined to rest Nash as he tries to avoid last season’s injury-plagued campaign in which he missed a combined 32 games because of a broken left leg and ailments in his back and right hamstring.Young’s ability to score in bunches gives the Lakers another player capable of creating his own shot for however long Bryant stays sidelined as he rehabs his left Achilles’ tendon. “We filled the holes where we were weak at with the length, athleticism and to cover the ground, especially defensively,” Bryant said. “You have guys with length and speed that can close out shooters that can shut down and close out on penetration. It makes a big difference.”The Lakers also expect that their frontline production will make a big difference by pairing veteran center Chris Kaman with Pau Gasol, who posted career lows last season in points (13.7) and field-goal percentage (46.6 percent) because of ailing knees and a reduced role as a facilitator both to mitigate Howard’s post limitations and appease him to stay.A healthier Gasol will have a bigger role inside with Kaman, who remains dependable in the post, on mid-range jumpers and pick-and-rolls.“He’s not just a big guy who will be in the middle of the lane operating in the post or the elbows,” Gasol said of Kaman. “So his versatility, knowledge of the game and unselfishness really helps our combination work well.”Meanwhile, the Lakers describe themselves as a closer-knit group. With exception to Gasol training in his native Spain, all players participated in informal workouts at the Lakers’ facility leading into training camp. The Lakers’ nine-day trip last week to China featured chances to bond, including an array of team dinners and walk through the Great Wall. Can the diminished drama, a full training camp under D’Antoni, a healthier roster and a deeper bench offset the Lakers’ drop in talent stemmed from Howard’s departure?“We’ll see. That’s what we got to go in and prove,” Lakers guard Steve Nash said. “It’s definitely going to make a difference. It’s just a matter of how much if it’s enough. We have to go out and prove it and play with a chip on our shoulder.”And with the Lakers encountering another tough situation with a drop-off in talent, they remain determined in overcompensating elsewhere.“We’re having great communication with each other and understanding the weaknesses of each other,” Bryant said. “Chemistry is always the biggest thing. It’s always the most important thing. If chemistry is not there, no matter how much talent you have, it’s going to be a struggle.”center_img That tension evaporated as soon as Howard left this offseason via free agency to the Houston Rockets. But with the Lakers lacking a franchise player following Bryant’s career and a defensive presence that once earned Howard the NBA’s Defensive Player of the Year three times, the purple-and-gold’s championship prospects may have evaporated too.The Lakers may have a good-riddance attitude toward Howard’s departure. Bryant claimed, “I really don’t give a (hoot)” on whether he stayed.When a reporter asked D’Antoni a question about Howard during training camp, the Lakers’ coach answered “Who?” Lakers guard Steve Nash noted both the franchise’s fan base and the team immediately “moved on” from Howard’s departure. Yet, the Lakers have shied away from arguing they’re experiencing an addition-by-subtraction scenario.“I don’t think you can blame one guy. We’re all in it together. It was just a tough situation,” D’Antoni said. “But when the chemistry is right, roles are defined and everybody accepts their roles, then you have a chance to win. When things aren’t accepted or there’s not a great chemistry, it makes it very difficult, I don’t care how talented you are. In that aspect, we hope to be better.”For that to happen, the Lakers have plenty of work in filling Howard’s void.last_img read more

U.S. Olympic coach John Underwood to kickoff ‘Life of an Athlete’ seminar in Wellington tonight

first_img Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments (4) Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings Sort by: Date Rating Last Activity Loading comments… You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. +1 Vote up Vote down Ted Logan · 329 weeks ago How much? Report Reply 0 replies · active 329 weeks ago -1 Vote up Vote down whsfan · 329 weeks ago Sounds like a great event! My only issue is why was word not spread about this event much sooner than the day of the event? We want to encourage both parents and students to be involved in great opportunities like this, but we wait till the day of the event to spread word about it. Many people plan their jobs, and their lives around things and they would love to attend these events if they were given better notice than the day of the event. Shame on both the school district and the community as a whole in not spreading the word on this event days earlier. Glad to hear the great feedback that this speaker provided to all that were able to attend. Report Reply 2 replies · active 329 weeks ago +1 Vote up Vote down CueballSumnernewscow 94p · 329 weeks ago It was my fault, whsfan. I did the interview a couple of weeks ago and it was a story I was meaning to get written. Unfortunately, it got lost in the shuffle. I saw the text alert the morning of the event and realized I still hadn’t written the story. This one is on me. My apologies. Report Reply 0 Vote up Vote down whsfan · 329 weeks ago Cue, I do not believe you alone should take sole responsibility for this. I am furious of the lack of attention placed by the other news sources and more importanly the school district as a whole! USD 353 district office should be ashamed, this event is not even mentioned on the district website, or on their calendar!!! They wait till the morning of to send a reminder or what I consider an announcement. This is an issue that happens to often and thankfully you are usually on top of all things happening. If anyone should take fault the district office of USD 353 should apologize, if they truly care about this community, it’s students and the parents that truly appreciate these type of events then they should have been steer fronting the drive to spread the word!!! 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Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — John Underwood, Director of the the nationally renowned program Life of an Athlete, is coming to Wellington tonight to kickoff a two-day training seminar for area high school and college coaches and student athletes.The public is invited to attend the kick-off party which starts at 6:30 p.m. tonight and will include a free hamburger dinner. The program is sponsored by the Sumner County Community Drug Action Team. The kickoff party tonight will include a town hall meeting.Gerald Gilkey, Director at SCCDAT, said he expects 68 high schools and eight college coaches from a four-county region to converge on Wellington for the two-day event. Underwood is an Olympic coach, who lives in Lake Placid, the site of the 1980 Olympics. His program “Life of an Athlete” contains an anti-drug message and how coaches can incorporate that philosophy into its athletic endeavors. The program encourages athletes to make better choices, to improve their performance in sports and other aspects of everyday life.Gilkey has been working on this project since October.He said he was trying to find an anti-drug program for which students and adults could rally around and he stumbled across a program called “Life of an Athlete.”“I thought that was kind of interesting,” Gilkey said. “I estimated there were about 75 percent of the student body, who participated in athletics or some form of extra curricular programs. This would be an excellent way to get out the anti-drug message through athletics.”He thought originally of sending area coaches to Lake Placid to participate in Underwood’s seminar. But then it occurred to him it would be cheaper for him to come here.“I then started thinking that Sumner County should not be so selfish,” Gilkey said. “So I spoke to coaches from a four-county area. We started partnering with Reno County.”The two-day event will start tonight and run from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. tomorrow.The goal of Life of the Athlete is to experience better results in athletic performance and also a change of school and community culture, where pursuing a healthy lifestyle is the norm for kids, coaches, and parents.Underwood is a former NCAA All American distance runner and world masters champion. An athlete all is life, Underwood has been an Olympic level coach, teacher, trainer, and scientist and is a crusader for drug-free school.Follow us on Twitter.last_img read more

Kenya stripped of 2018 CHAN hosting rights

first_imgKenya would have been the second successive east African country to stage the CHAN after Rwanda in 2016.Other hosts since the 2009 inception of the Nations Championship were the Ivory Coast, Sudan and South Africa.Angola, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Congo Brazzaville, Equatorial Guinea, Guinea, Ivory Coast, Libya, Mauritania, Morocco, Namibia, Nigeria, Sudan, Uganda and Zambia have qualified for the 2018 finals.Kenya completed the line-up as the host nation — a position they now forfeit.Meanwhile, Egypt have replaced Zambia as hosts of the 2019 Africa U-23 Cup of Nations, which doubles as qualification for the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games.Zambia said they could not afford to stage the eight-nation competition. Some CAF officials cited political uncertainity as one of the issues that led to the CHAN cancellation.  A presidential election re-run is set for next month between Kenyatta (left) and OdingaJohannesburg, South Africa | AFP |  Kenya were stripped Saturday of the right to host the 2018 African Nations Championship (CHAN) after a CAF executive committee meeting in Accra.The decision was announced at a media conference after a one-day gathering of the African football “cabinet” headed by president Ahmad Ahmad from Madagascar.Slow preparations for the January 12/February 4 tournament led to a decision widely anticipated for several weeks.“It was decided to withdraw the hosting rights of the (CHAN) competition from Kenya in the light of accumulated delays from reports of the various inspection missions conducted in the country,” a CAF statement said.Nations wishing to replace Kenya have until October 1 to submit bids with the new hosts to be named next month.There has been media speculation that Morocco or South Africa could take over the running of the tournament.A CAF inspection team departed Kenya on September 17 to report that only one of the four venues was ready to stage the tournament for home-based footballers.Some CAF officials also expressed concern about the political situation in Kenya, where recently annulled presidential elections are set to be rerun late October.It is the second time the regional economic powerhouse has lost the right to stage a CAF competition after being replaced by South Africa as 1996 Africa Cup of Nations hosts. Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more