RelatedPosts Wrestling: Nigerians climb high on World ranking Igali praises Team Nigeria’s performance in Rome tournament Adekuoroye claims second world wrestling championships bronze medal The Nigeria Wrestling Federation on Friday said it was impressed with Odunayo Adekuoroye’s performance at the ongoing Matteo Pellicone Ranking Series tournament in Rome. The President of NWF, David Igali, told the News Agency of Nigeria on telephone from Rome that he was happy with Adekuoroye’s gold medal win. Igali said: “I was happy to see how Adekuoroye wrestled, she wrestled with a lot of composure. “She’s getting more experienced, she’s getting more confident, she is deciding the pace of matches and I like what I see.” Igali, who is also the Commissioner for Sports in Bayelsa State, said there were other few initiatives to be worked on by the federation. He said: “A few things that we need to add to our wrestling, but so far in January, I’m happy with the form she is in. “My goal for this year is to see that our athletes get ranked in the top four and get sitting at the Olympics and so far results prove that we are on the right track. “It is also our desire to see our athletes compete a few times this year and so far we’ve started on the right footing by competing in January.” NAN reports that Adekuoroye, a two-time Commonwealth champion, clinched gold in the 57kg. After convincingly taking out her opponents in the earlier rounds, Adekuoroye overpowered India’s Anshu Anshu 10-0 via technical superiority in the final to win the gold. On her way to the final, the former World Number One overcame Alina Akobii of Ukraine 12-0, before recording a 10-0 victory via technical superiority over home girl Arianna Carieri in the quarter-finals. In the semi-finals, she outclassed USA’s Allison Ragan 10-3 to advance to the gold medal match.Tags: David IgaliMatteo Pellicone Ranking Series tournamentNWFOdunayo Adekuoroye
Press Association Rodgers admitted signing the 24-year-old late in August was a gamble but, after such a lacklustre first half of the season, it seems unlikely he will even be able to offload him in January. Former club Inter Milan appear to have ruled out a move after club vice-president Javier Zanetti told Sky Italia: “A Balotelli return? We all know Mario is a great player but I think it’s difficult because he only just arrived at Liverpool.” Bournemouth, who scored five against Cardiff at the weekend, have not lost a match since September and Rodgers could not have envisaged the significance of such a game when the season began with him looking for a top-four place and playing in the Champions League. “We wanted to have a right go at all of the cup competitions this year and the game on Wednesday will be an opportunity for us to get into the semi-final,” he added, “It would obviously give us confidence to get through and then go into a two-legged semi-final. “We’re in competitions to win trophies, so if we can get the victory against Bournemouth and get through, the aim for us would be to hopefully go on and win the competition. “This is the first cup competition that you can win, so it was always a priority for me. “Of course, we’ve got a big game at the weekend (against Arsenal) on top of that but the idea is to go into the game tomorrow night to win and I’ll pick the team that I think can win the game.” However, there appeared to be more to read into what the Northern Irishman did not say rather than what he did as he twice declined the opportunity to publicly back striker Mario Balotelli over criticism he has upset the equilibrium within the Reds’ squad. Former Liverpool midfielder Paul Ince called for Rodgers to sell the Italian as he believes he is a disruptive influence and is partly responsible for the lack of team spirit. Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has dismissed claims of dressing-room unrest as “totally untrue”. “There are lots of opinions about Liverpool and Paul is someone who I respect and was a wonderful player and has managed himself so he knows the pressures of management,” said Rodgers. “Mario is here as a Liverpool player and as the coach and manager I need to work to maximise what I can get out of the player, but that is the same with every single player. “While he is here at the club that is all I will concentrate on. “I hear one or two bits and pieces about unrest – it is totally untrue of course. We are not happy we are not winning games. “These are competitive players who nearly won the league last year so they won’t be happy with losing, but the actual spirit in the group is very strong and that is one of the reasons why when we get that confidence back then we will go into the second half of the season and be much better. “Our dressing room is very strong. We are very fortunate we have a captain (Steven Gerrard) who is a strong leader and that has been something which has been very important in my time here.” Balotelli’s start to life at Anfield has been poor with just two goals, neither of which have come in the Premier League. He came off the bench in Sunday’s 3-0 defeat to Manchester United after more than a month out with a groin injury but that problem may prevent him being involved in what has become an increasingly crucial Capital One Cup quarter-final at Sky Bet Championship leaders Bournemouth on Wednesday.
For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. New Delhi: Former Pakistan pacer Shoaib Akhtar on Sunday slammed Jofra Archer for not showing the basic courtesy of checking on Steve Smith after the Australian batsman was felled on the ground by a nasty bouncer from the England fast bowler during the second Ashes Test.During his fiery spell on the fourth day of the second Ashes Test at Lord’s on Saturday, Archer struck Smith twice—first on his forearm and then on the unprotected back of his neck by a bouncer clocking 92.4 miles per hour.“Bouncers are a part & parcel of the game but whenever a bowler hits a batsman on the head and he falls, courtesy requires that the bowler must go & check on him. It was not nice of Archer to just walk away while Smith was in pain. I was always the first one to run to the batsman,” Akhtar tweeted on Sunday.The body blow forced Smith to retire hurt while batting at 80. After a concussion test, Smith, however, returned in less than an hour to take the crease even as a section of English crowd booed the batsman.The former skipper was eventually dismissed when he shouldered arms to a straight ball from Chris Woakes, just eight runs short of a century.
— Italy’s sports minister says it is increasingly unlikely the soccer season will resume. He says even though professional sports teams have been given the go-ahead to resume training on May 18, “resuming training absolutely does not mean resuming the season.” The French government called off the season in that country Tuesday.— UEFA’s (yoo-AY’-fahz) leading medical official at the Union of European Football Associations says soccer competitions should be able to resume this season. Tim Meyer says all soccer organizations planning for resumptions need to produce “comprehensive protocols dictating sanitary and operational conditions” to ensure the health of those involved in the games is protected. Meyer says “it is definitely possible to plan the restart of competitions suspended during the 2019-20 season” under these conditions and if local legislation is respected.— Serena and Venus Williams and Maria Sharapova are scheduled to compete in a video game tennis tournament for charity called the “Stay at Home Slam.” The IMG agency says Naomi Osaka and Kei Nishikori (kay nee-shee-KOHR’-ee) are also participating Sunday. Participants will each pick a charity to receive a $25,000 donation and the winner will choose who gets an additional $1 million donation.COLLEGE SPORTS-SULLIVAN AWARDIonescu, Lee share Sullivan — The Tampa Bay Rays are the first Major League Baseball team known to plan furloughs of some full-time employees because of the coronavirus pandemic. That’s according to a person familiar with the decision who told The Associated Press they temporary cost-cutting measures will take effect on Saturday.— The LPGA Tour is pushing back the restart of its season at least another month. The target now is a tournament in Michigan on July 15-18, and that depends on whether it’s safe to return. The tour was hopeful of resuming June 19-21 in Arkansas. Commissioner Mike Whan says it’s not about being the first sport to be back but being safe. And he says the next three events on the new schedule — in Michigan, Ohio and New Jersey — will only be played if the coronavirus situation allows for it. The season-ending event in Florida would end on Dec. 20.— International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach says the future of sports after the coronavirus pandemic might mean fewer international events. In a letter to Olympic officials and athletes worldwide, Bach says “the current health crisis will lead to a long and deep economic crisis” which will affect sports. He says “governments must include sport in their economic support programs” so it can be part of a worldwide recovery.— The head of the IOC’s coordination commission for the Tokyo Olympics says he disagrees with suggestions by some scientists and doctors that a vaccine for COVID-19 is needed to hold the games. John Coates says the advice from the World Health Organization is to continue to plan for the 2021 Olympics, and he says, “that is what we’re doing.” The president of the Japan Medical Association president said Tuesday that it would only be possible for the Olympics to go ahead in July 2021 if the infections were under control, not only in Japan, but globally.— Switzerland’s federal government says professional sports teams can resume training on May 11, with a view to playing games in empty stadiums four weeks later. The government is set to make a final decision on May 27 as to whether games can resume in June. Associated Press April 29, 2020 The Hall of Fame has announced that it has canceled the July 26 induction ceremony because of the coronavirus pandemic. Instead, the class will be included with any additional new choices at next year’s induction festivities on July 25, 2021.Jeter’s class includes outfielder Larry Walker and catcher Ted Simmons, along with former union head Marvin Miller.A record crowd of over 70,000 had been expected this summer at the small town in upstate New York to honor Jeter, the former Yankees captain who came within one vote of unanimous election in January.This will be the first year without an induction ceremony since 1960.NCAA-COMPENSATING ATHLETES Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditMLB-HALL OF FAME-POSTPONEMENTBaseball Hall pushes back 2020 induction ceremonyUNDATED (AP) — Derek Jeter was a first-ballot Hall of Famer a few months ago, but he’ll have to wait an extra year to be inducted at Cooperstown. NCAA board supports name, image and likeness compensationUNDATED (AP) — The NCAA has announced that its Board of Governors supports a plan that gives athletes the ability to cash in on their names, images and likenesses as never before and without involvement from the association, schools or conferences. Ohio State President and board chairman Michael Drake called it an “unprecedented” move by the NCAA.The next step is for membership to draft legislation by Oct. 30. Plenty of details still need to be worked out, including how to ensure that these sponsorship deals aren’t being used as improper inducements to recruits. A formal vote will be taken by schools at the next convention in January and new rules will go into effect no later than the 2021-22 academic year.NFL-NEWSAP Source: Goodell reduces salary to $0 — Chiefs cornerback Bashaud Breeland faces a total of five charges, including resisting arrest and drug possession, after he was seen smoking marijuana in South Carolina. A York County sheriff’s deputy drew his gun on Breeland, who is also charged with resisting arrest. He was released on $2,362.50 bond after spending more than nine hours in jail. He had an interception and a team-high seven tackles in the Chiefs’ Super Bowl win over San Francisco in February.— Former Packers quarterback Brett Favre (fahrv) says Aaron Rodgers was surprised by Green Bay’s decision to draft a quarterback in the first round. Favre said Wednesday on “The Rich Eisen Show” that he had spoken with Rodgers since the Packers traded up four spots in the first round to take Utah State’s Jordan Love with the 26th overall pick in the draft Thursday. Rodgers has four years remaining on his contract, but Favre also told Eisen that “my gut tells me” the two-time MVP won’t finish his career in Green Bay.— The Falcons say they are taking a “wait-and-see approach” with defensive end Takk McKinley’s future with the team. For now, the Falcons say they are declining their fifth-year option with McKinley for 2021. McKinley, a first-round pick in 2017, has 16 1/2 sacks through three seasons.— The Ravens have exercised the fifth-year option on All-Pro cornerback Marlon Humphrey, keeping him under contract through 2021. Humphrey was selected to the Pro Bowl in 2019 after a season in which he reached career highs with 65 tackles, three interceptions, two forced fumbles and three fumble recoveries.— The Cowboys have agreed to terms with free agent cornerback Daryl Worley after grabbing two corners in last week’s draft. Worley spent the past two seasons with the Oakland Raiders after playing his first two NFL seasons with Carolina. — Bryan Cox. Jr. has inked a one-year contract with the Bulls after splitting last season between Carolina and Cleveland. Bryan Cox Sr. was a 12-year NFL linebacker and best known in Buffalo for antagonizing the Bills and their fans during his five seasons with the Dolphins.— The Colts now have two kickers under contract for next season while the NFL’s career scoring leader, Adam Vinatieri, remains a free agent. Indianapolis signed Rodrigo Blankenship to join fellow kicker Chase McLaughlin.— Former Jaguars linebacker Telvin Smith has been arrested on a charge of unlawful sexual activity with certain minors. The 29-year-old Smith was booked into the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office Jail Wednesday and was being held on a $50,003 bond. No details or police report was immediately available.— The NFL has renewed its streaming deal with Amazon for Thursday night games for three years. Amazon Prime Video and Twitch also will have exclusive streaming rights to one additional regular-season game in 2020. Amazon Prime Video and Twitch will stream 11 Thursday night games broadcast by Fox, giving access to more than 150 million paid Prime members.COLLEGE BASKETBALL-NBA Verge turning proUNDATED (AP) — The list of underclassmen interested in the upcoming NBA draft continues to swell.Alonzo Verge Jr. has become the third Arizona State player to declare for the draft. The junior guard joined Remy Martin and Romello White among the 205 underclassmen so far on the league’s official list. Players have until June 3 to remove their names from the June 25 draft.Verge played 28 games and made nine starts for the Sun Devils last season, averaging 14.6 points, 3.5 rebounds and 2.3 assists.Also declaring Wednesday were Utah sophomore guard Timmy Allen, Creighton forward Damien Jefferson and Southern California guard Elijah Weaver. The 6-foot-6 Allen earned second-team All-Pac-12 honors from the AP after averaging 17.3 points, 7.3 boards and 3.0 assists for the Utes last season. NHL-RED WINGS MOVESRed Wings sign high-scoring SwedeUNDATED (AP) — The Detroit Red Wings have signed left wing Mathias Brome to a one-year contract, adding one of the leading scorers from the Swedish Hockey League last season.The 25-year-old Brome had a career-high 43 points last season, leading Orebro HK with 17 goals and 26 assists. Brome averaged 33 points over three seasons in the SHL.VIRUS OUTBREAK-SPORTS Leading plan for NHL return includes empty rinksUNDATED (AP) — The leading plan for hockey coming back this summer involves playing at a few empty NHL arenas to finish the season and award the Stanley Cup.Unknowns about the coronavirus have kept the league working on multiple scenarios. A person familiar with discussions tells The Associated Press the most aggressive timetable would have players returning to their home rinks as early as May 15, followed by a training camp in June. The regular season, featuring some if not all 31 teams would then begin in July, with the Cup awarded in September.In other developments related to the coronavirus pandemic:— Several Major League Baseball teams have announced ticket refund policies for games not played through May because of the virus outbreak. The Cleveland Indians have offered a 10% bonus credit for fans who want to apply what they’ve paid to future games. The Boston Red Sox extended a similar bonus credit to season ticket holders. Spring training was suspended on March 12 and the regular season was delayed from its scheduled March 26 start because of the new coronavirus pandemic. A revised schedule has not been announced. MLB is exploring many options to play this year if it’s deemed safe. Update on the latest sports UNDATED (AP) — NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell has reduced his salary to zero, according to a person familiar with the move. The person told The Associated Press that Goodell voluntarily had his salary reduced this month. He makes upward of $30 million a year from salaries and bonuses.Other NFL employees will be taking pay cuts or furloughs due to the coronavirus pandemic.The league is implementing tiered reductions in base salary, beginning with the pay period ending May 22. The reduction will be 5% for workers up to the manager’s level, 7% for directors, 10% for vice presidents, 12% for senior vice presidents, and 15% for executive vice presidents.In a memo sent to league office staffers, Goodell also said no employee earning a base salary of less than $100,000 will be affected by these reductions, and no employee’s salary will be reduced below $100,000 by the reductions.In other NFL news: UNDATED (AP) — Oregon women’s basketball star Sabrina Ionescu and Iowa wrestler Spencer Lee shared the Sullivan Award as the country’s top amateur athlete.Ionescu swept every major women’s basketball award, including being a unanimous choice as the AP player of the year. She had an NCAA-record 26 career triple-doubles and was the first NCAA player – men’s or women’s – to reach 2,000 points, 1,000 rebounds and 1,000 assists.Lee was 18-0 for the Hawkeyes this year as a junior before the season was stopped. The 125-pounder won NCAA titles his first two seasons.,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6
(BBC) – Britain’s Adam Yates lost the leader’s yellow jersey to Primoz Roglic as Tadej Pogacar won stage nine of the Tour de France.Yates was dropped on the final climb of the 153km route from Pau to Laruns on another punishing day in the Pyrenees.Marc Hirschi led for over 80km before being caught 1.5km from the finish, where Pogacar edged fellow Slovenian Roglic in a sprint.Mitchelton-Scott’s Yates drops to eighth in the overall standings.The 28-year-old crossed the line in 15th having looked resigned to the situation on the descent from the Col de Marie Blanque towards the finish.As well as losing 54 seconds to the leading group, which also contained defending champion Egan Bernal, Yates also lost time to the likes of Romain Bardet, Guillame Martin and Nairo Quintana.Bernal is now 21 seconds behind Roglic, who again justified his pre-race favourite tag with a series of accelerations on the final climb.“Everybody dreams of wearing the yellow jersey one day in his life so first off I’m just happy how things are,” said current Vuelta a Espana champion Roglic.“It’s a fight for every second now and lots of things will happen to each of us on the road to Paris.”After Monday’s rest day, stage 10 is a flat 168.5km ride from Ile d’Oleron to Ile de Re.‘It was fun while it lasted’Yates, who moves to Ineos Grenadiers next season, sits 62 seconds off the overall lead after Roglic benefited from time bonuses.The Englishman says he will revert to his original plan of targeting stage wins after four days in yellow.“I did my best,” he said. “I knew coming into the race I wasn’t 100%.“I gave everything I could to hang on. I think we can be pretty proud of what we did. We’ll freshen up with the rest day and go after some stages.“I did what I could but there were just some guys with better condition than me. It is what it is.“There are a lot of stages in the last week that suit me quite well so we’ll see what we can do. It’s a big honour to ride in yellow and it was fun while it lasted.”Pogacar makes historyDespite only being 21 years old, Pogacar arrived in France as an outside favourite to win the yellow jersey after finishing third in the Vuelta a Espana in 2019 – his maiden season as a professional.This victory saw him become the youngest stage winner at the Tour since Lance Armstrong in 1993 and also the youngest in the 21st Century.While he lost time in the crosswinds into Lavaur in Friday’s seventh stage, he has recovered 42 seconds in the Pyrenees to move up to seventh place from 16th, 44 seconds behind Roglic.“It was really crazy, and after that hard day to win the stage is incredible,” Pogacar said.“I just wanted to gain as much time as I could in the GC [general classification] but in the last 800m I knew that a stage win is also 10 seconds so I was focused on the sprint and it was just full gas.“Primoz is really good. He has won [stages] before and he will win again. I hope we can do great things.”Stage nine result1. Tadej Pogacar (Slo/UAE-Team Emirates) 3hrs 55mins 17secs2. Primoz Roglic (Slo/Jumbo Visma) Same time3. Marc Hirschi (Swi/Sunweb)4. Egan Bernal (Col/Ineos Grenadiers)5. Mikel Landa (Spa/Bahrain McLaren)6. Bauke Mollema (Ned/Trek-Segafredo) +11secs7. Guillame Martin (Fra/Cofidis) Same time8. Romain Bardet (Fra/AG2R-La Mondiale)9. Richie Porte (Aus/Trek-Segafredo)10. Rigoberto Uran (Col/EF Pro Cycling)General classification1. Primoz Roglic (Slo/Jumbo-Visma) 38hrs 40mins 01secs2. Egan Bernal (Col/Ineos Grenadiers) +21secs3. Guillaume Martin (Fra/Cofidis) +28secs4. Romain Bardet (Fra/AG2R-La Mondiale) +30secs5. Nairo Quintana (Col/Arkea-Samsic) +32secs6. Rigoberto Uran (Col/EF Pro Cycling) Same time7. Tadej Pogacar (Slo/UAE-Team Emirates) +44secs8. Adam Yates (GB/Mitchelton-Scott) +1mins 02secs9. Miguel Angel Lopez (Col/Astana) +1mins 15secs10. Mikel Landa (Spa/Bahrain McLaren) +1mins 42secs
David Huebner, a USC lecturer at the Gould School of Law, has been nominated as the new US Ambassador to New Zealand and Samoa by President Barack Obama.A member of the Sheppard Mullin & Richter LLP law firm, Huebner is no stranger to international affairs. He currently resides in Shanghai as a partner resident, and he heads the firm’s China Practice and International Disputes Practice.Though Huebner has not been at USC for the last two years, his involvement with Gould has had a lasting effect, said Deborah Call, associate dean at the law school.“He helped us when we began our [Master of Laws] program,” Call said. “He introduced us to a network of high power attorneys to promote our program and attracted a great number of students into our program from the Asia-Pacific region.”Huebner is also general counsel for the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation, has previously chaired the California Law Revision Commission and served as president of the Los Angeles Quality and Productivity Commission.Brian Hebert, a member of the CLRC who worked with Huebner, spoke highly of his time as chair.“He was an excellent commissioner,” Hebert said. “The work we do is complicated legal analysis and he was always very well prepared. As a chair, he was very effective and good at keeping everyone on task.”Hebert said he thinks Huebner will do will in his new role as ambassador.“He makes people from different backgrounds feel included and heard,” Hebert said. “I think that’s important in a diplomatic position.”Call also thinks Huebner will have a lot to bring to the table as an ambassador.“What he offers is not only depth of experience as a seasoned attorney, but he’s very familiar and well traveled,” Call said. “His expertise in international affairs, his work as an educator, and all of that combined will bring a lot to his position as an ambassador.”Having a member of the Trojan community in this international position will also benefit USC, Call said.“We have a great opportunity to have him work and teach here,” Call said. “I think it will enhance the relationships [USC] seeks with global partners around the world.”
The Office for Diversity and Strategic Initiatives held the third Campus Climate Open Forum on Wednesday which focused on the issues of space and funding for cultural resource centers. The Forum, titled “Funding, Space and Student Centers,” was moderated by George Sanchez, the vice dean for diversity and strategic initiatives, and featured Vice President for Student Affairs Dr. Ainsley Carry, Rosalind Conerly, assistant director for the Center for Black Cultural and Student Affairs, and Mary Ho, the assistant vice dean of diversity and strategic initiatives. They discussed their takes on the need for the improvement of existing student centers and the installation of new ones.Sanchez opened the discussion and said that the purpose of the forum is to create a safe space to talk about campus climate.“What we’ve tried to do is create both a safe space, so that we’re respectful of each other and the dialogue back and forth, but also a brave space, in which we can talk about serious issues that we’re facing here at USC in terms of diversity and campus climate,” Sanchez said.Conerly detailed the foundational history of cultural centers around the nation and USC cultural centers in particular.According to Conerly, student centers emerged at predominantly white institutions as a result of student activism in the 1960s and ‘70s.“We fast-forward to 2016, and we see that a lot of students are feeling a lot of the same things,” Conerly said. “They may be manifesting in different ways, but they’re still there.”Carry provided background information on the details of current cultural spaces. He highlighted the three requests from the student Campus Climate Resolution — to expand existing cultural centers, add new cultural centers and increase budgeting — and looked to the forum to help formulate solutions.Ho referenced her past experiences as the program director of Santa Clara University’s Office for Multicultural Learning and director of Asian Pacific American Student Services to emphasize the dissatisfaction she has had with the lack of progress in diversity talks.“I do get frustrated around the same conversations that occur over and over again,” Ho said.“We need to look at what we should do with what we have on this campus, and what do we need to add to what we have.”USG Senate-elect Sabrina Enriquez closed out the panel, representing the opinions of the Campus Climate Coalition and others in the student body.“The cultural centers we have are understaffed, underfunded and overcrowded,” she said. “Because certain groups haven’t been seen as worthy enough, students, especially students from these groups, have been exploited. All of these centers should be created at the same time.”Enriquez emphasized the discrepancy between the amount of funding for cultural resource centers and the salaries of top USC administrators such as President C. L. Max Nikias.Panelists then opened the floor for questions, which included discussions about spaces for cultural centers at the USC Village and special-interest floors in housing. Carry said that the agreement with the City of Los Angeles over the construction of the Village stipulated that a certain portion of it be set aside for retail space to replace the previous businesses in the old University Village.Sanchez criticized the lack of transparency with the project, which he said is mostly residential space and lacks collaborative spaces for students that could be used for cultural resource centers.Enriquez stressed that the conversation about increasing space should not create a competition between cultural centers for resources, but rather find a way to benefit all parties. She said creating a new facility for cultural resource centers could help alleviate the problem.The next Campus Climate Open Forum will be held at the Vineyard Room at the Davidson Conference Center on March 30.Sanchez said that these forums should generate action for campus climate issues on campus rather than inaction.“We want to make sure these sessions aren’t just talking sessions, but action sessions,” Sanchez said.
There was a football game Saturday night at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, but apparently Wisconsin’s invitation got lost in the mail.In a perfect storm of possibilities that snowballed into a disaster, the Badgers came out flat, finished miserably and got pummeled everywhere in between. But it wasn’t just a disappointing loss in the national spotlight. It was one of the worst losses in program history. In fact, it tied UW’s largest shutout defeat with the other being a 59-0 drubbing from 1979 against none other than the Buckeyes.And that’s saying something because the Badgers were awful for the better part of the last half century before the new millennium. In the time frame from 1960-1989 before Barry Alvarez took over as head coach in 1990 and resurrected the program, UW had just nine winning seasons of the 30 total. That includes the likes of a 1980 season where Wisconsin lost seven games and four of them came by way of shutouts by no less than 21 points.However, it’s one thing to have a disappointing game in a season and period where Wisconsin football was nonexistent and expected to underwhelm. It’s quite another to play in a high profile game where the Badgers were not only expected to do well, but win the game. Remember how Wisconsin entered Saturday night as a four-point favorite? It looks like those people setting the line need to be fired.But how were the people setting the odds or anyone who knew anything about football supposed to predict the outcome that actually occurred in the Big Ten Championship game? Wisconsin had won seven straight games coming into the title bout after losing its first conference game against Northwestern. They had dominated Nebraska in a 59-24 win at Camp Randall just three weeks before and were fresh off a 34-24 victory over Minnesota last weekend.Like the moves of Ohio State quarterback Cardale Jones though, this Wisconsin team was deceptive. Sure, the Badgers won 10 games in the regular season, but they weren’t as good as those 10 wins might have led you to believe. UW couldn’t hold on against what turned out to be a mediocre team in LSU in the first game of the season. The Badgers had a scare in the first half of week two against Western Illinois. Then they fell to the Wildcats, and after that barely escaped Illinois. They went on to narrowly escape Iowa City with a win and came back in the second half last weekend to nudge Minnesota.But the common theme throughout this season is that Wisconsin had yet to face a well-rounded team before Saturday. Of the 12 games the Badgers played in the regular season, their opponents were either subpar or decent teams with missing parts.The last three weeks of the regular season mirror that exactly. First there was Nebraska which had a strong rushing attack but a woeful passing game led by Tommy “Heave it to the Moon” Armstrong. Against Iowa, stopping the run didn’t prove as difficult, but the Hawkeyes’ passing attack gave Wisconsin fits. The regular season finale against the Gophers featured another quality running back in David Cobb, who went for 118 yards, but again very little in the line of a passing game.Wisconsin managed three wins in those three games, but there were flashes of ineptitude that should have pointed to the looming disaster that was Saturday night. Iowa’s Jake Rudock tore the Badgers’ defense to bits through the air with 311 yards and showed that Wisconsin, despite having what was at the time the number one overall defense in terms of yards allowed, was vulnerable.So, if a team could just pass and run the ball effectively in the same game, Wisconsin could be in trouble. And that’s exactly what happened against Ohio State. The Buckeyes started with the ball, mixed play calls with both runs and passes and scored a touchdown in a hurry. The Buckeyes then went on to repeat that formula on seven of their final 13 drives in the game.Wisconsin tried to come up with a solution to the problem but had little to no prior experience to work off of and failed miserably. Meanwhile, the offense had an early hole to try to climb out of and devolved back into the offense that came out to play against Northwestern minus 183 Melvin Gordon rushing yards.And it’s true that pretty much everything that could have possibly gone wrong, went wrong. But at some point Wisconsin’s luck was going to run out and it was going to meet its match. Unfortunately, that came on one of the biggest possible stages and in one of the most embarrassing fashions.But I’m not saying the Badgers were a team this season that is truly represented by a 59-0 loss. There were some well-played games and some solid comebacks from early deficits to earn the 10 wins. Maybe Wisconsin was even a good team this year.But it’s hard to think that now after the shellacking it got handed by the Buckeyes.Maybe it’s a good thing UW lost its first game of the season because then the Badgers wouldn’t have fooled us into thinking they were a National Champion, much less a Big Ten Champion.
Share Share LV BET celebrates Vanarama National League’s return July 17, 2020 Submit StumbleUpon Polish wagering report highlights STS market dominance August 17, 2020 Related Articles Mateusz Juroszek – Non-stop STS will expand amid industry disruptions August 12, 2020 LV BET has demonstrated its continued support for the so-called ‘White Star’ Polish football team, Wisla Kraków.Just over nine months into the original deal, LV BET has seen enough potential in the partnership to sign a three-year extension.The new agreement, which will include a number of joint projects between the sportsbook and the 13-times Polish champions, will come into force in July, lasting until the end of June 2021.The sponsorship deal will represent one of the biggest in Ekstraklasa, the top-level football league in Poland.LV BET has prepared numerous financial bonuses for the club, depending on their sports results, while the bookmaker’s logo will be emblazoned on clothing, LED bands and branding materials at Wisla’s stadium. The cooperation will also extend to activities on social media and the club’s website.Marzena Sarapata, President of the Management Board of Wisla Kraków, said: “Huge thank you, on behalf of myself and Vice-President Damian Dukat, to LV BET, a rapidly growing bookmaker on the Polish market – above all for trust and faith in the sporting success of Wisla Kraków football team.“It is much easier to build a club, having a partner as a brand that based itself on fresh ideas and enormous passion for sport.”From the beginning of the spring football season, LV BET markets will be boosted by special and long-term bets dedicated to Wisla Kraków, while loyal supporters of the club will be able to take advantage of bespoke promotions.Sponsorship will be at the forefront of this year’s Betting on Football, held at Stamford Bridge from 20-23 March. The invite-only SBC Sponsorship Forum, managed by former AC Milan Chief Commercial Officer Jaap Kalma, has been added to the #bofcon2018 agenda to discuss opportunities in football.
Formula 1’s summer break has been moved forward from August as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.The new season has been thrown into disarray by the virus and F1 is working on plans to run as long a season as possible once races can be held.Following unanimous agreement, the ‘break’ will be held in March and April, with teams choosing a three-week period in that time to close.It is normally held in August, when teams shut down for two weeks.The change, made to facilitate fitting in as many races as possible once the season starts, was approved by governing body the FIA’s legislative body, the World Motor Sport Council, on Wednesday.Further changes are expected in due course. Teams and F1 bosses are working on plans for a reshaped calendar with a reduced number of races from the 22 originally scheduled in 2020. The four opening races in Australia, Bahrain, Vietnam and China have all been postponed, and the three next events in the Netherlands, Spain and Monaco are expected to follow in the coming days.Red Bull said in a statement that they were planning to shut down for three weeks from 27 March but “there may be some flexibility around those dates due to the ever-changing nature of the pandemic”.The former champions said they “agreed with the measures being taken to reduce the risk of transmission and will support any further race postponements that are deemed necessary”.They said they were “taking every possible precaution to mitigate the spread of the virus” and were “implementing special working methods, guided by the UK government and medical professionals”.F1 bosses are currently working on a plan to start the season with the Azerbaijan Grand Prix on 7 June but that is dependent on the development of the coronavirus outbreak and related global travel restrictions. A number of races have been identified as the most likely to be left off a truncated scheduled, with Monaco, Brazil, Spain, China and Australia at the top of the list.Teams are trying to secure the required unanimous agreement on a plan to delay until 2022 the introduction of major regulations changes which are scheduled for next season.Nine of the 10 teams agreed to the proposal at a meeting on Tuesday, with only Ferrari asking for more time to consider it.The idea behind the plan is to keep costs under control at a time when teams are facing reduced revenue as a result of the expected lower number of races.A further meeting is scheduled for Thursday to discuss the matter again.