Women’s basketball: Big Ten well-represented in postseason play

first_imgThe University of Wisconsin’s women’s basketball had a sub-.500 year for the sixth straight season, which means they will not be dancing in the NCAA Tournament nor the NIT Tournament.There are three Big Ten teams that will represent the conference in the NCAA Tournament this year: No. 3 seed Maryland, No. 5 seed Ohio State and No. 9 seed Michigan State. Four teams will represent the Big Ten in the NIT Tournament: Iowa, Michigan, Indiana and Penn State. The Badgers are hopeful they will break this streak next year and join the top of the Big Ten in their postseason escapades.The NCAA Tournament is headlined by No. 1 seeds University of Connecticut, Baylor University, Notre Dame University and the University of South Carolina. All four of these teams can be considered, at least recently, “blue bloods” of women’s basketball as they have all had plenty of success both in the regular season and in postseason play.Women’s basketball: Rebuilding effort continues as Tsipis enters first offseason with teamThe University of Wisconsin women’s basketball team suffered through another losing season, making it their fifth straight losing season and Read…The favorite among the majority of fans has to be the true Goliath of women’s basketball, the UC Huskies. The Huskies have been a dominant force both in the tournament and regular season as they went undefeated this year and are a consensus pick to appear in their fifth consecutive national championship game. They are also building on a 107-game winning streak as of March 6 and have won 10 championships since and including the 2000 season.But they don’t call it March Madness for nothing.Streaks are made to be broken and the glorious streak UC is on right now will be broken at some point. Who could do it this year? The other No. 1 seeds are the obvious first thought as they feature three good teams that are certainly no slouches. Baylor and Notre Dame probably pose the greatest risk to the undefeated reigning champions.But Baylor is coming off a shocking upset in the Big 12 Tournament to No. 6 seed West Virginia so there are lingering questions about the Bears going into the tournament.South Carolina also could pose a slight risk to the Huskies in the later stages of the tournament. Perhaps one of the more interesting matchups in UC’s bracket region is their potential matchup with Duke or Big Ten Tournament champion Maryland in the semifinals. Maryland especially is the type of high-flying team that could potentially pose a problem for UC should they both make it to that point in the tournament.The NCAA Tournament is the main dance in March, but those who were fortunate enough to make to the postseason through the NIT Tournament should also be evaluated for reaching the postseason. Big Ten teams Michigan, Indiana and Iowa were either on the bubble or in the last four out for the NCAA Tournament so one has to consider them among the top teams in the NIT this year.Women’s basketball: Badgers fall in second round of Big Ten tourney to end seasonThe University of Wisconsin women’s basketball team delivered an enthralling first-half performance before hitting a wall in the second. Following Read…The NIT features 64 teams, just like the NCAA Tournament, but has the team with the best record in each matchup host the game. This helps to promote excitement and attendance for NIT teams who were on the outside looking in for The Big Dance. There are 32 automatic qualifiers from all of the nation’s conferences based on who had the best record in each of these 32 conferences. The other 32 spots are filled by at-large bids scattered among the rest of the teams in those conferences.Michigan was the automatic qualifier from the Big Ten and they seem to be a major contender for the championship. They will host Kent State on Thursday, which promises to be an exciting prospect for Wolverine fans. PSU will have a chance to host a game as well against Ohio and could have a matchup with Michigan a few rounds later.Indiana and Iowa will also get to host games in the first weekend of the tournament. This is important for the Big Ten as it will help bring a little bit of respect and acknowledgement to the conference, even if it is the NIT Tournament and not the major March tournament.Badger fans will have to take solace in the amount of Big Ten teams in the tournament and try to root for them to advance deep into both tournaments. The NCAA Tournament will start Thursday and the NIT will start with one game Wednesday but most first round games are Thursday.last_img read more

Kilsheelan/Kilcash make history

first_imgThe final score in Monroe was Kilsheelan/Kilcash 13 points Carrick-Swans 10. Elsewhere, Moyle-Rovers have beaten Cahir in the South Tipp Under 21 ‘B’ Hurling semi-final in Goatenbridge. The final score was Moyle-Rovers 1-17 Cahir 0-9.last_img

Chris Murphy: Americas Outlook – New & Old worlds will collide in the development of US betting

first_img Submit StumbleUpon Kambi and DraftKings agree on final closure terms July 24, 2020 Simon Noy, Kambi: Revolutionising the bet builder July 20, 2020 Related Articles Kambi takes full control of LeoVegas sportsbook portfolio August 26, 2020 Chris Murphy – SBC AmericasFour months following the repeal of PASPA, intriguing partnerships have flourished as US and European gambling enterprises form strategic alliances seeking to crack world sports’ biggest market. Chris Murphy Editor of SBC Americas details US betting’s early movers, and why they will likely collide against old influencers…________________Last time we reviewed the newly regulated American sports betting market I described it as a curate’s egg – some of it good, some of it bad. Well, three months down the line from PASPA’s strike down and the egg has finally hatched. And so far it’s looking mostly good for those who dared to get in first. Where are we currently at? Outside of the established Nevada sportsbooks, betting is now legal in Delaware which was first to go live. New Jersey, second to open sports betting, has become a hive of activity, while Mississippi was third to go legal. Bettors in West Virginia can likely expect a September 1 start date, but Pennsylvania and Rhode Island, while having legislation in place, are expected to offer legal bets in October. New York made sports betting partially available in its upstate casinos but missed the legislative deadline to get statewide wagering onto the statute books.Next up are 14 states currently considering making the move to legal sports betting. In no particular order, they comprise California, Kansas, Oklahoma, Iowa, Missouri, Louisiana, Michigan, Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, Kentucky, South Carolina, Maryland and Connecticut. The latter, it transpired this week, is unlikely to make the cut before the end of this year, mainly due to disagreement among tribal gaming interests.So legal sports betting is, in the loosest sense of the phrase, up and running in America. It is perhaps a little more advanced than observers of this nascent market might have originally anticipated when SCOTUS struck its hammer blow against federal interference. The reason behind that turn of speed to market is open to speculation. But the prospect of turning black market bets into tax rich legal wagers simply has to be a mouthwatering incentive for states to encourage a thriving sports betting sector. As predicted by some of the more erudite industry thinkers, one of the key factors to this early success has been the willingness to forge partnerships and foster a collegiate approach to technology and knowledge sharing. Hence collaborations between the likes of MGM and the NBA, DraftKings and Kambi, Hard Rock and Kindred, FanDuel and Boyd Gaming and William Hill US with IGT and numerous casinos across West Virginia, Mississippi, Nevada and Delaware. What you know and who you know apply in equal measure in the new legal sports betting era so expect much more of this going forward.But while there is clearly an appetite for sports betting, there remain old influences at force, namely tribes who, having cut lucrative deals with state lawmakers, want to retain their exclusive compacts. Why wouldn’t they? In Connecticut, for example, they would like to see sports betting enshrined in law as a style of casino game which, under the current regime, is exclusive to them. In return for that exclusivity, the tribes hand over more than $200m a year in revenue to the state. No surprise then that Connecticut’s lawmakers are procrastinating with so much at stake.The short to mid-term outlook for sports betting in the US remains encouraging if a little unclear. There are serious questions, for example, over the WIRE Act which presents a challenging conundrum for incumbents looking to offer interstate sports wagering. Then there’s managing the expectations of those state tax officials who view legal sports betting as a lucrative new revenue stream to prop up their public finances. They’d do well to listen to those in the know who will testify that when it comes to sportsbook margins, there’s more meat on a butcher’s pencil.So interesting times ahead for American sports betting. Fingers crossed that policymakers strike that finest of balances between encouraging enterprise and raising revenue. Otherwise, that curate’s egg could well transmogrify into what we British amusingly refer to as a ‘bugger’s muddle’!_______________The ‘Betting on Sports Conference’ (#boscon2018 – Olympia London-17-20 September 2018) will have a dedicated track on US sports betting – ‘Betting on Americas’, detailing expert insights and knowledge on US market movements. Click on the below banner for more information… Share Sharelast_img read more

Deandre Ayton injury update: Suns rookie suffers left ankle sprain

first_imgThe 7-foot-1 center was the No. 1 pick in the 2018 draft.He is averaging 16.3 and 10.2 rebounds in his first NBA season. Suns rookie Deandre Ayton exited Saturday’s game against the Grizzlies after landing awkardly on his ankle in the third quarter.Ayton was helped off the court by trainers and eventually put into a wheelchair to go from the tunnel to the medical area near the locker room, The Athletic reported. Suns personnel put Deandre Ayton in a wheelchair to get him from the tunnel to the medical area near the locker room.— Bob Young (@BobYoungTHI) March 31, 2019The team later announced Ayton was diagnosed with a left ankle sprain, and he would not return.Injury update: Deandre Ayton will not return (left ankle sprain).— Phoenix Suns (@Suns) March 31, 2019The timetable for Ayton’s return is narrow. The Suns have just five regular-season games left and are well out of playoff contention with one of the league’s worst records.last_img read more

Wellington Police Notes: Friday, April 1 to Sunday, April 3, 2016

first_imgWellington Police Notes: Friday, April 1 to Sunday, April 3, 2016Friday, April 1, 2016•1:22 a.m. Stephen R. Stanford, 26, Houston, Texas was issued a notice to appear for speeding 41 mph in a 30 mph zone.•9:50 a.m. Officers took a report of suspicious activity in the 1000 block E. 7th, Wellington.•1:46 p.m. Officers took a report of a suspicious subject in the 1400 block W. 8th, Wellington.•2:45 p.m. Officers took a report of suspicious activity in the 500 block S. Washington, Wellington.•7:50 p.m. Officers took a report of suspicious ctivity in the 2000 block E. 16th, Wellington.Saturday, April 2, 2016•12:05 a.m. Peggy M. Labus, 53, Wellington was issued a notice to appear for defective headlight.•1:05 a.m. Meredith R. Lea, 28, Wellington was issued a notice to appear for defective headlight.•5:38 p.m. Officers investigated violation of a protection order in the 1000 block S. F, Wellington by known suspect.•5:47 p.m. Officers investigated possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of depressant and possession stimulants in the 1000 block S. Jefferson, Wellington by known suspect(s).•7:45 p.m. Officers investigated a theft of currency by known suspect in the 700 block W. 13th, Wellington.•8:14 a.m. Officers took a report of found jewelry and watch in the 300 block N. Washington, Wellington.•11:58 p.m. James C. A. Sena, 44, Wichita, Ks was issued a notice to appear for defective headlamp and driver’s license ciolation.Sunday, April 3, 2016•11:37 p.m. Officers investigated a theft of services in the 100 block W. 18th, Wellington.•1:59 p.m. Officers took a report of a mental subject in the 1600 block W. 8th, Wellington.•8:20 p.m. Officers took a report of a domestic dispute in the 1000 block S. Jefferson, Wellington by known subject(s).last_img read more

Hodgson expecting disgruntled Zaha to shine again for Palace

first_imgHowever, chairman Steve Parish would not countenance selling the club’s most valuable asset for anything less than £80 million, although some reports suggested he wanted as much as £100 million.Arsenal lost interest after they had a £40 million bid declined earlier in the summer. They then broke their transfer record to buy his international team-mate Nicolas Pepe for £72 million.Zaha’s frustration boiled over, however, as Thursday’s deadline for the summer transfer window approached and Palace batted away two bids from big-spending Everton, according to The Daily Telegraph.They first offered £55 million plus striker Cenk Tosun and then when that was declined they improved it to £60 million — still way off Parish’s valuation.Admitting defeat Everton filled the void by buying Arsenal winger Alex Iwobi for a fee that could rise to £35 million.In theory an opportunity still exists for Zaha as transfer windows are open across Europe, and the Telegraph reports that German side Borussia Dortmund are said to be interested.However, The Times says that Parish has also put a block on him leaving for a foreign club, risking an even smaller fee next summer should Palace fail to hold off relegation.Share on: WhatsApp FILE PHOTO: Wilfried ZahaLondon, United Kingdom | AFP | Crystal Palace striker Wilfried Zaha had hoped to be lining up on the opening weekend of the Premier League season for Everton against the London club.Instead Zaha is still at Palace amid reports of growing tension with his boyhood club after they blocked his big move to Merseyside over money.Coach Roy Hodgson admits that he had to send a sulky Zaha home early from training on Thursday and hopes a player who has led the battle against relegation the past two seasons snaps out of his funk in time for the new season.The 72-year-old said he was counting on Zaha delivering for Palace despite some reports saying Zaha — who last season signed a new five-year contract worth a reported £130,000 (140,056 euros) a week — has told the club he will not be available at Selhurst Park on Saturday.“We are looking forward to him doing this season, what he’s done for the last two seasons,” Hodgson told Sky Sports News.“His beef is with the chairman and owners of the club because he’s wanted to leave and they haven’t received the offer that they think is sufficient to allow him to leave.“He has to come to terms with that, when you sign long-term contracts you are expected to honour them and we expect him to do that.”Zaha had submitted a transfer request earlier this week hoping to move to a bigger club.last_img read more

Central Arkansas’ Anderson, Sam Houston State’s Wallace Named Volleyball Players of the Week

first_imgFRISCO, Texas – Central Arkansas’ Samantha Anderson and Sam Houston State’s Madison Wallace were named the Southland Conference Volleyball Players of the Week, league officials announced Monday. All weekly awards are presented by MidSouth Bank.Anderson boosted the Sugar Bears (20-5, 10-2 SLC) to a pair of victories over Lamar (6-17, 3-9 SLC) and McNeese (7-20, 5-7 SLC) dropping only one set on the week. Central Arkansas is now riding a four-match win-streak as they head into their final four regular-season contests.Wallace provided tremendous defensive poise for the Bearkats (19-5, 11-1 SLC) who picked up wins against Texas A&M-Corpus Christi (7-18, 6-6 SLC) and Houston Baptist (12-14, 5-7 SLC). The Sam Houston State defense currently ranks sixth in the nation limiting their opponents to a .149 hitting percentage.Offensive Player of the Week: Samantha Anderson, Central Arkansas – Sr. – Right Side – Tyler, TexasThe senior led Central Arkansas in kills (32), kills per set (3.2), and hitting percentage (.314) on the week, tallying double-digit kills in both matches. Anderson turned in 12 kills against Lamar before adding 20 at McNeese. The Tyler, Texas native also had nine blocks on the week. The weekly honor marks the second of the season for Anderson.Honorable Mention: Ann Hollas, Stephen F. Austin; Taylor Cunningham, Sam Houston State; Madison Green, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi; Hannah Brister, Northwestern StateDefensive Player of the Week: Madison Wallace, Sam Houston State – Sr. – Libero – Pasadena, TexasWallace turned in a huge week in helping the Kats to a pair of five-set road wins, running their win streak to eight in a row and keeping them within one match of first place in the league. Since taking the libero jersey on Sept. 8, Wallace and the Kats are 15-1 as she has surged to second in the SLC in digs per set. Wallace averaged 7.50 digs per set in the wins last week, posting consecutive matches with more than 30 digs. She went for 38 digs in a win at A&M-Corpus Christi on Oct. 25 and followed that up two days later with a 37-dig outing in a win at Houston Baptist. Those marks rank as the third and fifth most digs by a SLC player this season and each rank in the top seven for single-match performances all-time at SHSU. This marks the second Player of the Week accolade for Wallace this season.Honorable Mention: Andrea Nava, New Orleans; Haley Coleman, Stephen F. Austin; Samantha Anderson, Central ArkansasSouthland weekly award winners are nominated and voted upon by each school’s sports information director. Voting for one’s own athlete is not permitted. To earn honorable mention, a student-athlete must appear on 25 percent of ballots.last_img read more

Double stakes glory for Jamaican Nelson

first_imgWINNIPEG, Canada (CMC):Jamaican jockey Dale Nelson made two bold statements at Northlands Park Saturday when he snatched the CAN$50,000 Sonoma Stakes and $53,330 Sun Sprint Championship Stakes on the 13-race Derby Day card.Nelson scored by 5-1/4 lengths in the Sonoma in race three with the three-year-old bay filly Hero’s Amor, before returning in race 10 to win the Sun Sprint by half-length with 17-1 outsider Clear the Runway.In the feature $200,000 Canadian Derby in race 12, Nelson finished second aboard 9-1 chance Witt Six, as 3-1 chance Academic reached the wire first by eight lengths. The favourite, Blue Dancer, with Barbadian Rico Walcott aboard, was a disappointing fifth.Going a mile and 16th in the Sonoma, Nelson tracked from second with Hero’s Amor, as Eustacia set the pace with quick fractions of 22.62 for the quarter and 46.22 for the half. Nelson brought Hero’s Amor to challenge on the final turn, picked up the lead in the lane before getting the filly to the finish 5-1/4 lengths clear, to dismiss the three-year-old fillies.In a 6-1/2 furlong sprint in the Sun Sprint, Nelson brought Clear the Runway from last to beat the three-year-olds and upward by half length. Red Red Rose set the pace through the first quarter with 22.21, before Brackendale came to challenge and battled into the stretch.Almost last heading into the lane, Nelson brought the six-year-old bay gelding with a strong run along the rails to clinch a narrow victory ahead of Tiny Giant.last_img read more

New look La Salle to play in Taiwan, Korea as part of UAAP buildup

first_imgDave Chappelle donates P1 million to Taal relief operations For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Weinstein rape trial Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina LATEST STORIES Winfrey details her decision to withdraw from Simmons film La Salle’s preparation for the UAAP is kicking into high gear.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. center_img La Salle won’t be having the likes of Mbala, ABu Tratter and Ricci Rivero this time.Gonzales said the Green Archers will also play in a pocket tournament in Korea wherein they will go against teams from Russia, United States, Japan, Taiwan, and the host country. Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours China population now over 1.4 billion as birthrate falls View comments SMB import Gillenwater ejected after bumping ref MOST READ Newly-minted head coach Louie Gonzales said the Green Archers will go back to Taiwan this summer to play in the Buddha Light International Association (BLIA) Cup as they prepare for the 81st Season of the UAAP.The Green Archers went on an undefeated 5-0 run in the offseason tournament last year with Ben Mbala and former head coach Aldin Ayo spearheading the team.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownGonzales said his team would need all the preparation it needs, as almost half of its roster is new to the team.“This team, half of its players are new, and the more games we play it’d be better for us,” said Gonzales in Filipino Friday after their 83-51 rout of Emilio Aguinaldo College in the Filoil Flying V Preseason Cup. In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player awardlast_img read more

British Humanitarian Promises More Aid for Bong Hospitals

first_imgThe head of a British Charity organization, Maternal and Child Health Advocacy International (MCAI), Prof. David Southhall, has promised more humanitarian support for Bong County.Prof. Southall made the disclosure recently to the Daily Observer in an interview at his Mamba Point, Monrovia office.According to him, his organization will continue to support more effective health care delivery services to people in central Liberia.Prof. Southhall said his organization had recently donated a half million dollar worth of surgical medical equipment to Phebe and C.B. Dunbar hospitals in Bong County.He underscored that the donation is part of his organization’s way of strengthening the emergency health care program in the county.Beside the donation, he said MCAI is also training senior midwifery in rural Liberia where there are no doctors to cater to women.Mr. Southhall, who is also a professor of Pediatrics and Maternal Health, noted that the Charity was reasonably aware of the copious challenges facing the two hospitals in the county, particularly in the face of the Ebola virus disease that is claiming lives in the country.Professor Southall informed the county health authorities that some of the items were procured by his organization while other charities in the United Kingdom donated a substantial portion to identify with the two hospitals as they faced the human killer disease.Professor Southall named two oxygen generators, a huge assortment of antibiotics, oxygen concentrators as well as two emergency centers for the neo natal ward at the C. B. Dunbar Hospital as some of the equipment and supplies donated to the hospitals.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more