Badgers burned in battle with Phoenix

first_imgJunior guard Alyssa Karel scored a game-high 21 points Tuesday night for the Badgers, but it was not enough as UW came up short against UW-Green Bay.[/media-credit]Wisconsin never led Tuesday night as the women’s basketball team lost its first game of the year, 60-58, to in-state rival UW-Green Bay at the Kohl Center.Despite trailing from the first minute and falling behind by as many as 14, the Badgers had the momentum, the ball and a chance to tie the game with 12 seconds left. Unfortunately for UW, junior guard Alyssa Karel, who led the team with a game-high 21 points, missed a runner along the baseline, and UWGB held on for its first win in Madison since 2002.Though the Badgers couldn’t convert in the late-game situation, head coach Lisa Stone said the focus shouldn’t be on just that one play.“There’s a lot of plays in a game,” Stone said. “This has nothing to do with 12 seconds or two seconds left to go in the game–we can’t dig ourselves that big of a hole. We have to come out swinging right from the get-go and execute.”It was the second game in a row that the Badgers fell behind by double-digits and clawed their way back into the contest. On Sunday, the Badgers overcame a 15-point deficit against Cleveland State to survive 70-68.While Stone said she was proud of the way her team again fought back, she noted that it can’t continue to put itself in those situations and be successful.“Courageous comeback by our team, but we can’t put ourselves in that kind of hole and expect to come out on top,” she said. “When you’re trailing you fight because that’s what you have to do. And we have to have that same fight from the tip when it’s 0-0.”Wisconsin fell behind 8-0 to start the contest, but cut the lead to three by the half. Early in the second half, however, fouls plagued the home team, as the Badgers found themselves over the limit with over 14 minutes remaining and allowed the Phoenix to make a living at the charity stripe.For the game UWGB shot 26-of-31 from the charity stripe, including 18-of-22 — 82 percent — in the second half. Wisconsin was 17-of-22 (77 percent) on the night.In addition to foul trouble, the Badgers struggled throughout the game to establish an interior presence. Starting forwards Tara Steinbauer and Lin Zastrow combined for just nine points, on 2-of-8 shooting, and just four rebounds, all by Zastrow.Luckily for Wisconsin, Karel kept the team within striking range with her hot hand. She poured in 13 of the Badgers’ 28 first half points and finished 10-of-16 from the floor, on an array of short jumpers and runners in the lane.The Phoenix held a 13-point lead with just over eight minutes remaining when a Karel layup, her first basket of the second half, jump-started a 12-0 run by the Badgers. Fellow guard Rae Lin D’Alie capped the surge with a fast-break layup with 1:32 remaining.The senior from Waterford, Wis., provided key defensive pressure and emotional intensity throughout the Badgers comeback, yet was noticeably unhappy with her night’s performance.“I’m disappointed with myself in particular because I had [energy] at the end of the game, but not at the beginning,” D’Alie said. “And that’s something I’m going to definitely change for this next game.”That next game for the Badgers will come Friday at the BTI Tip-Off Tournament in Eugene, Ore., where the team will face Portland State, Oregon and Cal-State Fullerton on three consecutive days.The tournament begins a stretch where the team will play eight games in 18 days prior to Big Ten play.As for Tuesday night’s emotional loss, Stone said one game does not a season make.“I believe in this basketball team. We played a really good team tonight who came in here and beat us, but this is one game. It doesn’t [change] my thoughts on what this team can do.”last_img read more

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Men’s Soccer: Badgers look to right the ship following disappointing week

first_imgThe Wisconsin Men’s Soccer team dropped two critical non-conference games last week to Butler and Portland, mainly due to a painful 180-minute, unrelenting offensive shortage.In last week’s losses, Wisconsin failed to score, ultimately losing both matchups 1–0.Men’s Soccer: Badgers fall to Butler, Portland without scoring a goalThe first true road test for the University of Wisconsin men’s soccer team (2-4-0) ended in disappointment, a shutout defeat Read…The schedule does not soften for Wisconsin as the Badgers travel to Bloomington to take on the defending 2018 Big Ten champion, Indiana, on Friday.The star-studded Hoosiers enter play undefeated and ranked fourth in the country with a 3-0-1 record. With their early season success, the Hoosiers are firmly poised for another national championship run.In their lone matchup against Wisconsin last year, the Hoosiers controlled the game offensively, accumulating 17 total shots en route to a 3–1 victory.Badger soccer looks to gain momentum heading into Big Ten playThe University of Wisconsin men’s soccer team looks to bounce back following a disappointing performance at the Lakeside Classic in Read…A key player to watch for Indiana will be redshirt junior, Ian Black. After contributing  to Indiana’s deep tournament run the year prior, Black became more assertive offensively in his third year.The junior from Fort Wayne leads Indiana with three goals on the year. Black displayed his flare for heroics in Indiana’s previous contest against Denver, notching a game-winning overtime goal.Following this battle against one of the nation’s best, the Badgers will host in-state rival Marquette on Tuesday. The Golden Eagles have started strong with a 2-1-1 record but face a grueling week with three games in the next seven days.Marquette relies heavily on senior leadership. They are led by three-year starters Josh Coan and Connor Alba who are tied for the team lead in goals with two apiece. After finishing the year under .500, Marquette is looking to rebound with a successful 2019 season.Men’s Soccer: Sluggish start dampens post season hopesThe University of Wisconsin men’s soccer team came into this regular season with what were certainly high expectations following a Read…In the past week, Badgers senior goalkeeper Dean Cowdroy was a machine as he allowed just two goals and saved six out of eight shots on target. Unfortunately for Cowdroy, the offense struggled to score and ultimately wasted his great play between the bars.Even after this weekend of tough competition, things won’t get any easier for the Badgers. Next week, another Big Ten powerhouse awaits as defending National Champion Maryland comes to Madison. In order for the Badgers to salvage their season, it’s critical for the team to gain momentum at the onset of this challenging part of their schedule.last_img read more

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Betway announces new £25,000 football promotion for the upcoming season

first_img Betway and Dafabet grow La Liga sponsorship portfolios August 14, 2020 Submit StumbleUpon Share Share ESI Digital – No Drama Please… Esports growth should be treated as business as usual  August 20, 2020 Real Betis selects Betway as its official shirt sponsor August 10, 2020 Related Articles Alan Alger, BetwayHeading into the new Premier League season, Betway has announced a new promotion giving football fans the chance to win £25,000.In order to be successful in the free to enter game, punters are required to successfully pick the first four teams to score in the three o’clock kick-offs across each of English football’s four leagues. Betway’s Alan Alger, commented on the promotion: “Watching the goals fly in up and down the country has always been a staple of any Saturday, but with ‘4 to Score’, fans can add even more excitement to their afternoon.“By simply picking the first four teams to score, regardless of whether they win or lose, punters could win big by ten past three – something that will certainly add a lot more interest when watching Soccer Saturday or Final Score.”The new promotion debuts this Saturday 12 August, with the eagerly anticipated start of the 2017/18 Premier League season.The new promotion is the latest in Betway’s efforts to use new marketing and promotions to stay a step ahead of its competitors, discuss this and more on the Marketing panel at (BOSCON 2017 – 12-13 September- Olympia London). To find out more about the conference click here.last_img read more

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Andy Ruiz Jr. and the 15 biggest boxing upsets in history

first_imgBelow are the 15 biggest upsets in boxing history, including Ruiz’s stunner, listed in reverse chronological order.Join DAZN and watch Gennadiy Golovkin vs. Steve Rolls on June 8The 15 biggest upsets in boxing historyAndy Ruiz Jr. TKOs Anthony JoshuaJune 1, 2019The bout was supposed to bring fight fans one step closer to seeing Joshua battle Deontay Wilder for the undisputed heavyweight crown. Instead, it crowned a new unified world heavyweight champ.Ruiz knocked Joshua down four times en route to a seventh-round TKO that not only ruined the British boxer’s U.S. debut, but flipped the state of the heavyweight division upside down.Andy F—ING RUIZ JR. #JoshuaRuiz pic.twitter.com/bjjNhWlbTD— DAZN USA (@DAZN_USA) June 2, 2019Antonio Tarver def. Roy Jones Jr.May 15, 2004At this time, Jones was regarded as the pound-for-pound best fighter on the planet with a record of 46-1 and his only loss coming on a questionable disqualification to Montell Griffin in March 1997. (Jones won the rematch almost five months later.) Jones was coming off becoming the first middleweight champion to win a heavyweight title when he defeated John Ruiz to win the WBA title in March 2003.In his next time out in November 2003, Jones went back down to light heavyweight and won the WBC belt from Tarver by majority decision. Tarver felt he got robbed and demanded they fight again. The rematch took place six months later.Tarver left no doubt who won this time around, as he connected on a flush counter left hook to end Jones’ amazing run.Lamon Brewster KOs Wladimir KlitschkoApril 10, 2004Klitschko was regaining his strength, getting two wins under his belt following his shocking loss to Corrie Sanders more than a year prior when he stepped into the ring with Brewster. Klitschko was the favorite entering the fight and looked to be on his way to victory, dropping the American in the fourth round.But Brewster began sitting on his punches in the fifth and wobbled Klitschko up against the ropes, prompting the ref to register a standing-eight count to the Ukrainian. Klitschko’s legs were completely gone, and the ref stopped the fight seconds later, allowing Brewster to claim the then-vacant WBA heavyweight title.Klitschko wouldn’t taste defeat for another 11 years, further proving how big Brewster’s upset was.Corrie Sanders def. Wladimir KlitschkoMarch 8, 2003Klitschko was 40-1 and looking to make his sixth defense of his WBO heavyweight title. Meanwhile, Sanders was a solid 39-2 but had only fought twice in the past two years entering the fight. That, and the fashion that Sanders disposed of Klitschko, made the upset all the more mind-boggling.Sanders knocked Klitschko down four times en route to the jaw-dropping, second-round TKO.Hasim Rahman KOs Lennox LewisApril 22, 2001Rahman chased Lewis across the ring with four jabs before he unleashed a thunderous overhand right that dropped the unified heavyweight champion of the world flat on his back with a thud, unable to beat the count.Just like that, a new champ was crowned in South Africa via a stirring fifth-round KO.Evander Holyfield def. Mike TysonNov. 9, 1996Holyfield and Tyson were supposed to face each other in 1991, but Tyson had to pull out due to injury and then went to prison in 1992. Five years later, they met for Tyson’s WBA and WBC heavyweight titles.Holyfield was a 25-1 underdog after losing by knockout for the first time in his career in the trilogy fight against Riddick Bowe and a lackluster win over Bobby Czyz. But Holyfield defied the odds and bullied the “bully” throughout to stop Tyson in the 11th round and become a three-time heavyweight champion.George Foreman def. Michael MoorerNov. 5, 1994Moorer was coming off winning the IBF and WBA heavyweight titles from Holyfield. He wanted a big name for his first title defense. Look no further than the 45-year-old Foreman.For nine rounds, Moorer was running laps around Foreman. But in the heavyweight division, all a fighter needs to do is land one punch, and Foreman did just that in the 10th round when he landed a short right hand straight to the jaw to drop Moorer.Referee Joe Cortez waved the fight off, and Foreman became the oldest heavyweight champion in boxing history.Frankie Randall def. Julio Cesar Chavez by split decisionJan. 29, 1994Chavez had come into the tilt on a 90-fight unbeaten streak (89-0-1). Randall was no slouch, as he was 49-2-1. But Chavez was expected to run through Randall and continue his record streak.Randall had other plans. He dropped Chavez in the 11th round, and Chavez got two points deducted for low blows that allowed Randall to pull off the upset.Michael Bentt KOs Tommy MorrisonOct. 29, 1993Morrison was the reigning WBO heavyweight champion, a title he claimed after beating Foreman in June of 1993, and was riding a 10-fight winning streak when he faced Bentt, a heavyweight who was relatively unknown at the time. But the underdog Bentt shocked Morrison and dropped him three times in the first round before a nationally televised audience on HBO for the improbable first-round TKO.The stunning upset derailed Morrison’s immediate plans for a fight with Lennox Lewis, although the scrap would happen about two years later.Buster Douglas KOs Mike TysonFeb. 11, 1990Douglas was a staggering 42-to-1 underdog against Tyson back in February 1990 at the Tokyo Dome in Japan for their heavyweight title fight. But having lost his mother 23 days before the fight lit a raging fire inside Douglas, who took it to Tyson en route to pulling off a shocking 10th-round KO of “The Baddest Man on The Planet” and becoming the new undisputed heavyweight champion of the world.What started as a foregone conclusion that Douglas would lose wound up being the biggest upset in the history of boxing and, perhaps, all of sports.Muhammad Ali def. George ForemanOct. 30, 1974Foreman came into “The Rumble in the Jungle” 37-0 and had just ran through Joe Frazier and Ken Norton in two rounds. Ali’s own battles with Frazier and Norton had taken their toll, and Ali at this point was starting to lose his patented speed and reflexes.Instead of trying to outgun Foreman, Ali used the “rope-a-dope” strategy that ended up tiring his opponent. Ali took advantage of a weakened Foreman to knock him out in the eighth round and put an end to the vaunted winning streak.Cassius Clay stops Sonny ListonFeb. 25, 1964Liston had tasted defeat only once before in his career and had built himself up to being one of the most feared heavyweight champions in boxing history when he faced a 7-to-1 underdog in a brash, 22-year-old Clay.While Liston went for the knockout early, Clay avoided the early damage and blinded Liston with speed, pummeling the champ to the point that he couldn’t continue following the sixth round. He then dismissed any notion that the upset was a fluke by scoring a first-round KO of Liston in their rematch in May of 1965.MORE: Join DAZN and watch more than 100 fight nights a yearRandolph Turpin def. Sugar Ray RobinsonJuly 10, 1951Robinson was a ridiculous 128-1-2 when Turpin handed him his second pro loss and took his middleweight title in a grand upset.Robinson exacting revenge with a 10th-round TKO a couple months later didn’t negate the magnitude of what Turpin was able to do in their first meeting.Max Schmeling KOs Joe LouisJune 19, 1936Louis defeating Schmeling was considered to be all but a formality back in 1936. So imagine the shock when the underdog controlled the fight at Yankee Stadium before emphatically ending it with a 12th-round KO.James Braddock def. Max BaerJune 13, 1935The 2005 biopic “Cinderella Man” told the life story of Braddock, who had a staggering 25 losses on his record when he went up against Baer as a 10-to-1 underdog in June of 1935 in New York. Not only did Braddock prove critics wrong, but he smothered Baer en route to a unanimous decision after 15 rounds, cementing one of the biggest upsets in boxing history.-(Sporting News boxing writer Steven Muehlhausen contributed to this list.) Andy Ruiz Jr.’s shocking, seventh-round TKO of Anthony Joshua to become the new unified world heavyweight champion on Saturday night instantly went down as one of boxing’s biggest upsets.It also made Sporting News recall some of the other massive upsets in boxing history.last_img read more

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NHL trade news: Flyers acquire Kevin Hayes from Jets

first_imgHayes, 27, will become an unrestricted free agent in July and Philadelphia already has plans to work on a new contract with him.BREAKING: We have acquired forward @KevinPHayes12 from Winnipeg in exchange for a fifth-round pick in the 2019 NHL Draft. https://t.co/LhPG1pvcmP— Philadelphia Flyers (@NHLFlyers) June 4, 2019″By gaining the rights to Kevin at this time, it provides us with an opportunity to negotiate with him prior to July 1 when he is due to become an unrestricted free agent,” Flyers general manager Chuck Fletcher said in a statement. Erik Karlsson nearing decision on future with Sharks, report says Philadelphia has made a roster move.The Flyers traded a fifth-round pick in this year’s NHL draft to the Jets in exchange for Kevin Hayes, the team announced Monday. Stanley Cup Final 2019: Vince Dunn, Oscar Sundqvist back for Game 4 — just in timecenter_img Related News Hayes was acquired by Winnipeg in a trade with the Rangers in February for a 2019 first-round pick and a conditional 2022 fourth-round pick. He signed a one-year deal worth a little more than $5 million in July 2018 and went on to play in 20 regular season games for the Jets.Winnipeg was eliminated by the Blues in six games in the first round of the NHL playoffs.Hayes posted a career-high 55 points in 71 appearances in 2018-19. He played for current Flyers head coach Alain Vigneault during the first four years of his career in New York.last_img read more

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Henry Cejudo: How ‘The King of Cringe’ can usurp Conor McGregor’s best year in UFC history with title win at UFC 238

first_imgView this post on Instagram Ever since he ascended to the top of the UFC flyweight division, Henry Cejudo has embraced his standing as MMA’s undisputed king of cringe-worthy self-referential social media.Cejudo is to try-hard posting what Derrick Lewis is to NSFW videos and Tony Ferguson is to aggressive capitalization, with his efforts ranging from thirsting after Nikki Bella and dancing with his championship belt to making sure everyone knows he’s an Olympic gold medalist and dubbing himself “the greatest combat sports athlete of all time.” Join DAZN and watch more than 100 fight nights a yearMuch like nicknames, such a distinction isn’t something you can bestow upon yourself, even if a case can be made for it being true.Earlier this week at his media lunch engagement in Los Angeles, the 32-year-old standout broke out a rehearsed speech about all the nasty things he’s been called in the past, rattling off a list of distinctions and forced descriptors that highlight his accomplishments before ending by declaring that he’s never been called the pound-for-pound champ and that his aim is to change that this weekend at UFC 238 in Chicago.It was a top-shelf offering from “The King of Cringe,” especially given that he posted the exact same thing on both Instagram and Twitter two days earlier. Moraes could end the conversation before it starts by taking Cejudo to the woodshed and claiming the bantamweight title for himself, dashing the flyweight titleholder’s hopes of being a two-weight world champion.But if the 32-year-old try-hard emerges victorious, his 12-month run from UFC 227 through UFC 238 this weekend in Chicago has to go down as one of the individual stretches in UFC history.Maybe even the best, period. I’ve been called a lot of nasty things in my life, Gold Digger, Son of a gold, Olympic Champion, UFC Champion, Hall of Famer, record breaker, 1 of 1, dream catcher, Dream snatcher, Snake killer, Mouse trap, goat killer, and The King of Cringe. “But never” have I been called Pound for Pound! That will all change come Jun. 8th #andnew #p4pA post shared by Henry Cejudo (@henry_cejudo) on Jun 1, 2019 at 11:45pm PDTAll of this would be difficult to endure if it wasn’t clearly being done with a wink and a smile.Cejudo has clearly embraced being a guy who tries too hard and is probably never going to get the credit that he deserves for his accomplishments. Instead, he’s amplified it into a persona for the sake of promoting himself, his fight with Marlon Moraes on Saturday and his place in the pantheon of all-time greats. This approach makes a great deal of sense in today’s “This is so bad — you have to watch it” world.And it’s working too.Cejudo has gone from being the earnest dude who didn’t get much love from fans when he was first working his way up the divisional ladder to a thwacked a stuffed snake on the ground a couple of times as he readied to face-off with T.J. Dillashaw and was applauded for his efforts. He’s decided to go with the current rather than trying to swim against it and it has elevated him to a new level of exposure and recognition, which is crucial in this sport, even if it takes a little tongue-in-cheek self-deprecation.The ironic thing, however, is that while the reigning flyweight champion has been getting recognition for embracing this amplified caricature of himself, it has taken away from the fact that with a win on Saturday, Cejudo could complete one of the greatest 12-month stretches in UFC history.Fighters like Donald Cerrone and Neil Magny have won more fights in a calendar year than Cejudo, and other champions have enjoyed similar stretches where they have won and/or defended their belts in impression fashion three times or more in a 12-month span.Frank Shamrock posted four championship victories between December 1997 and October 1998, winning the light heavyweight title from Kevin Jackson before successfully defending it against Igor Zinoviev, Jeremy Horn and Jon Lober.Jon Jones went 4-for-4 with four finishes over an 11-month span in 2011, defeating Ryan Bader and stopping Mauricio “Shogun” Rua to claim the light heavyweight title before successfully defending it against Quinton “Rampage” Jackson and Lyoto Machida.Between April 2008 and January 2009, Georges St-Pierre avenged his upset loss to Matt Serra to unify the welterweight titles, crafted a masterpiece against Jon Fitch and dominated B.J. Penn in the first “Champion vs. Champion” fight in UFC history. In the middle of her dominant run atop the bantamweight division, Ronda Rousey needed just 96 seconds combined to dispatch Sara McMann, Alexis Davis and Cat Zingano and she did it all in the span of 53 weeks.Those are all incredible achievements by a collection of incomparable talents. However those dominant runs, as impressive as they were, don’t compare with what Cejudo could achieve with a victory on Saturday.With a win over Moraes this weekend in Chicago, Cejudo would become just the second fighter in UFC history to capture titles in two different weight classes within the same calendar year and he’ll have done so with a victory over another UFC champion in between.For a long time, winning championship gold in two different weight classes was one of the most impressive feats a fighter could accomplish inside the Octagon. Only a handful of fighters had fought for titles in two different divisions and for the longest time, only two did so successfully, Randy Couture and B.J. Penn.Over the last several years, however, reigning champions challenging for a title in a second weight class has become the norm and three athletes have been able to accomplish the feat, starting with Conor McGregor in 2016, followed by Daniel Cormier and Amanda Nunes earning the “Double Champ” distinction in 2018.Cejudo has the opportunity to become the fourth fighter to join the exclusive club on Saturday and if he’s successful, his three-fight run from UFC 227 through UFC 238 may go down as the best one-year run of any fighter inside the Octagon.Of the three fighters to earn the “Double Champ” distinction, only McGregor achieved the feat in the same calendar year, having claimed the featherweight title from Jose Aldo on December 12, 2015 and the lightweight belt from Eddie Alvarez on November 12, 2016 at UFC 205. Both were electric performances, but it’s what transpired in between those championship victories that could position McGregor behind Cejudo in the “Best Year Ever” discussion.After winning the featherweight title, McGregor was supposed to immediately challenge Rafael dos Anjos for the lightweight belt, but a broken foot forced the Brazilian out of the contest and opened the door for Nathan Diaz to step in on short notice to face the Irish superstar at UFC 196.Diaz surprised a lot of people (though not himself) by weathering McGregor’s early offensive barrage and rallying to submit the featherweight champ in the second round. The loss ate at the SBG Ireland product, who requested an immediate rematch and briefly retired from the sport when some of his demands surrounding pre-fight media obligations weren’t met.Ultimately, McGregor and Diaz ran it back at UFC 202, with the former garnering a majority decision to draw level in the personal series before returning his focus to winning the lightweight title, which he did three months later at Madison Square Garden.While McGregor went 1-1 in a pair of riveting bouts with Diaz, a wildly popular, but enigmatic and inconsistent fighter throughout his UFC career, Cejudo stepped into the Octagon with TJ Dillashaw, the reigning bantamweight champion at the time who was coming off back-to-back knockout wins over former champ Cody Garbrandt. And where McGregor initially stumbled, Cejudo shined, clipping Dillashaw in the first real exchange of the fight and collecting the finish just 32 seconds after the bout began.Now, this is far from an apples-to-apples comparison, as McGregor went up in weight to fight Diaz on short notice at welterweight while Cejudo welcomed Dillashaw to the flyweight ranks, but on the basis of whom each man fought and how those fights went, it’s hard to argue against the UFC 238 headliner having the edge.There is no denying each of the bouts between McGregor and Diaz were bigger fights and did astronomically better numbers or that Diaz is a far more popular fighter than Dillashaw, but this isn’t a popularity contest or an exercise where box office returns have carry any real weight.From a strictly achievement standpoint, Cejudo posting a 12-month run with championship wins over Johnson and Moraes sandwiched around a 32-second knockout of Dillashaw is a greater accomplishment than McGregor’s “Champ-Champ” run bracketing his two-fight series with Diaz.Johnson is considered one of the best fighters on the planet and in the tier just below the small group in the running for being the greatest fighter of all time, while Dillashaw entered their meeting as a two-time world champion with a 16-3 record. Though Moraes has never worn UFC gold, he’s clearly a Top 5 bantamweight and may even prove to be the best in the world on Saturday if he beats Cejudo and renders this entire endeavor moot.As much as McGregor’s 13-second blasting of Aldo to win the featherweight title remains one of the most incredible championship performances in UFC history and winning the lightweight title from Alvarez is an impressive feat, splitting the two fights with Diaz — and the second fight being incredibly close — has to give the edge to Cejudo because he walked into the Octagon and blitzed a fellow UFC champion in 32 seconds.If you want to argue McGregor was fighting in a third weight class, so registering three wins across three divisions in a 12-month span with title victories on either end is a greater achievement, it’s an angle worth exploring, but does it carry as much value if the B-Side to those two fights isn’t Diaz?Additionally, how much credit would Cejudo get for venturing to featherweight and getting finished by a comparable opponent before eking one out on the cards in the rematch five months later? Few people would give the “King of Cringe” much love for splitting a pair of bouts with Cub Swanson the same way McGregor did with Diaz, but it feels like that has far more to do with Diaz being one of the most popular fighters in the sport, not his achievements inside the Octagon.Thought exercises like this never have one right answer — they’re meant to spark debates and discussions, get people thinking about the ramifications of a specific performance, especially when there are championship talents involved.last_img read more

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Phillies bring back ex-manager Charlie Manuel as hitting coach

first_img Alex Rodriguez loses $500K in items stolen from SUV in San Francisco, report says Manuel, 75, was the Phillies’ manager from 2005-13 and led the team to a World Series title in 2008, on top of five consecutive division titles. He has a 780-636 record in that timespan before he was fired in 2013.Manuel also has served as a hitting coach for the Indians, who he managed from 2000-02, in two different stints.Heading into Tuesday, the Phillies sit two games behind the Nationals for a wild-card spot and are nine games behind the Braves for first place in the NL East. Related News The Phillies are bringing back former manager Charlie Manuel to help with the team’s struggles in the second half of the season.Philadelphia announced Tuesday that Manuel will take over as the hitting coach after it fired John Mallee from the position. MLB wrap: Indians inch ahead in AL Central race with win over Red Sox Phillies’ Jake Arrieta unsure if he can keep pitching through pain #Phillies have announced the following coaching change: pic.twitter.com/RfZ554XAZN— Philadelphia Phillies (@Phillies) August 13, 2019Since the All-Star Break, the Phillies have been sluggish and have won just three of their last 10 games. In the second half of the season, Philadelphia ranks last in the National League in batting average (.240), RBIs (109) and extra-base hits (82).Mallee, who has been the Phillies’ hitting coach since the beginning of the 2018 season, might not be the only staff member the team is letting go. NBC Sports reported other changes are being “discussed.”last_img read more

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World Juniors 2020: Top five storylines to watch

first_imgJubilant on-ice celebrations only a few feet away from the disappointed and dejected. The thrill of success and the agony of underachievement. Cinderella stories, overtimes heroics, last-minute suspense and unheralded teenagers going from hero to zero and back to hero — all against the backdrop of national pride.These have become the shared experiences for the millions of viewers worldwide who take in the IIHF World Junior Championship that starts every Dec. 26. This year’s tournament in the Czech Republic shouldn’t be any different as support for junior-age hockey transitions from casual and tame to obsessive and fervent. Not only will the cream of NHL prospect pools be participating but the field is more wide open than in year’s past. With the 2020 edition just around the corner, Sporting News gives you five good reasons to pay attention to this year’s games.Top Storylines for 2020 IIHF World Junior Championship1. Group BOn the surface, it looks like the IIHF purposely stacked Group B with nothing but powerhouses; but remember, the groupings are derived from the previous year’s standings and last year the Canadians and Czechs were bumped to sixth and seventh, respectively, after Switzerland’s upset of Sweden in the quarterfinals. Therefore, the usually lower-seeded Swiss squad has moved to Group A which adds an extra superpower to Group B. Additionally, by sheer coincidence, the Germans — the lowest-ranked team in this year’s tournament — will ice a lineup featuring three potentially high 2020 draft picks and two former first rounders: Moritz Seider and Dominik Bokk.World Juniors 2020: Time, TV channel, livestream, where, when, scheduleTo put it bluntly, every matchup in Group B will be a bitter struggle for supremacy, and there is a significant chance that in the end, a traditional WJC power will be forced to the relegation round. It will also be interesting to see how the expected high 2020 draft picks, and run-and-gun attacks, fare against the tournament’s three premier goalies — Russia’s Yaroslav Askarov, Team USA’s Spencer Knight and Lukas Dostal of the host Czech Republic.Group AGroup BFinlandUnited StatesSwitzerlandRussiaSwedenCanadaSlovakiaCzech RepublicKazakhstanGermany2. 2020 draft prospects aplentyA good way to judge the strength of a draft class is to see how many prospects in their first year of eligibility are invited by their respective nations to participate in a tournament where they could be up to two years younger than the majority of participants. This year, you should expect to see 15 to 25 first-year eligibles suiting up for action at the world juniors.Team USA has opted to exclude any late-2001 or 2002-born players while Canada is bringing four: Alexis Lafreniere, Quinton Byfield, Dawson Mercer and Jamie Drysdale. That represents the most draft-year prospects to don the Maple Leaf at the world juniors since 2008 — when Steven Stamkos, Drew Doughty, Luke Schenn and Zach Boychuk helped bring home a gold medal before being drafted in the first round in June.Sporting News has Lafreniere and Byfield ranked as the top two prospects for June, and Drysdale should be the top defenseman to be called, but there are several other draft hopefuls with star potential who are expected to play key roles for their respective nations. Sweden has a pair of outstanding prospects in wingers Alexander Holtz and Lucas Raymond, and explosive German forward Tim Stutzle is so dynamic, some feel he might actually leapfrog both of them into the top three on draft night.Russia is banking its medal hopes on 17-year-old netminder Askarov, who steered them to gold at the Ivan Hlinka tournament and could be the first goalie drafted in the top five since Carey Price in 2005. Another potential first-round caliber participant is excitable Czech forward Jan Mysak.WJC 2020: Dustin Wolf | Dylan Cozens | Alexis Lafreniere3. Is this Russia’s year?Russia has always been considered a hockey superpower but the breakup of the Soviet Union in 1991 effectively ended its dominance at the world juniors. Since winning eight gold medals and three silvers between 1977 and 1991, the Russians have won only five golds, with the last coming in 2011. To their credit, the Russians usually come away with a significant consolation prize, capturing silver or bronze in seven of the last eight tourneys.This Russian team, made up of players born between the years 2000 and 2002, has been successful in international competition; something that was evident in their suffocating style against all three Canadian major junior leagues — without Askarov — in each of the last two U20 Super Series. Winning gold at the world juniors is never easy, but Russia’s strength in net, along with a physical and mobile defense and two lethal scoring lines, should make them slight favorites to win Group B and ultimately the tournament.4. The Germans are ComingThe Germans earned the right to participate in this year’s tournament by winning the Division 1A World Championship a year ago; however, the reward is being placed in one of the toughest groups in recent history.Germany will arrive in the Czech Republic with one of the best rosters they’ve ever assembled for a junior tournament. They’ll lean on Stutzle to carry the offense, along with Bokk and wingers J.J. Peterka and Lukas Reichel. Bokk, selected 25th overall by the St. Louis Blues and now a Carolina Hurricanes prospect, is more of a goal scorer while Peterka and Reichel have been productive as teenage dual threats in Germany’s elite league. The German will also be solid defensively led by Seider, the Detroit Red Wings 2019 sixth-overall pick.The 2010s: Crosby named NHL Athlete of the Decade | NHL All-Decade Team5. Canada’s Power PlayIt always seems like a national day of mourning in Canada when the country fails to medal, which has been the case in four of the last seven tournaments. While having some of its best under-20 players locked in as NHL regulars seems like a popular excuse, the truth is the failure of the power play — especially last year — has had a profound impact on Canada’s ability to medal with consistency. But the CHL is loaded with skilled players capable of delivering, so the NHL excuse can only go so far. MORE: How to watch Canada’s games in the 2020 tournamentA quick glance at the roster for this year’s tournament, however, makes it clear that Hockey Canada has identified power-play ineffectiveness as a serious concern. Five of the seven defensemen — Ty Smith, Calen Addison, Bowen Byram, Drysdale and Jacob Bernard-Docker — are offensive-minded quarterbacks with playmaking capabilities while every forward, including neophytes like Lafreniere and Byfield, are capable of running a lethal man advantage.The up-tempo and aggressive style the Canadians employ always leads to a high number of power-play opportunities in their favor, especially with whistle-happy IIHF referees. However, if they want to survive Group B, let alone come home with a medal, the power play must succeed.last_img read more

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Stephanie Schwartz Named October Bowler of the Month

first_imgLeague StatisticsFRISCO, Texas – Stephen F. Austin standout senior Stephanie Schwartz is the Southland Bowling League Bowler of the Month for October, the league announced Monday. Southland monthly awards are presented by UniversalCoin.com. October 2017 Bowler of the Month – Stephanie Schwartz, Stephen F. Austin – Sr. – Racine, Wis.The three-time First Team NTCA All-American got off to a strong start this season, posting a top individual finish at the Sugar Bowl Invite in Kenner, La. Schwartz was the top bowler in the three-day event, averaging a 245.6 score in the five traditional games Saturday for a pin total of 1,228 en route to earning MVP distinction. In the Ladyjacks’ competition at the Bearcat Open, she finished the tournament as SFA’s top bowler, placing 14th among 177 total bowlers with a 203.20 game average. SFA competed in Sam Houston State’s Track Kat Klash to kick off November last weekend and next heads north to Schwartz’s home state for the Wisconsin-Whitewater Warhawk Classic in Kenosha, Wis., from Nov. 10-12 to cap the fall season. Honorable Mention: Kaitlyn Eder, Louisiana Tech; Stephanie Zavala, Sam Houston State.Southland Bowlers of the Month are voted upon by the league’s sports information directors. Voting for one’s own bowler is not permitted. To receive honorable mention, a player must appear on 25 percent of ballots. Schwartz led the nationally ranked No. 6 Ladyjacks in both of their opening competitions of the 2017-18 season, earning MVP honors at the Allstate Sugar Bowl Collegiate Invitational and pacing the team to a fourth-place finish out of 23 teams at the McKendree Bearcat Open.last_img read more

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De Jong: “If they give me a choice, I’ll keep the Champions League”

first_imgFrenkie de Jong attended an advertising event on Thursday at one of the Nike stores in Barcelona, where he presented the brand’s winter training clothes. The Dutch midfielder answered questions from the media and prioritized winning the Champions League rather than raising LaLiga, perhaps fruit of the bad experiences of his companions in past seasons. The last Champions: “To get to the final you need luck too. It was a very hard time for Ajax for not playing the final. It would have been a great final. I hope this season we can arrive.”Setién arrives: “He has not asked me anything in particular, but he is a coach who also has the philosophy of Barcelona. We all know what we have to do. We are all very happy with him, I am very happy.”Self demand: “I have played many minutes, but I can do much better. The team is doing well, but we can improve a lot and we will do it because we are training well and I see that we are improving. We will be better and better during the season.” Go for the Champions League: “We want to win all the titles, of course. If you have to choose, everyone wants to win the Champions League. I try to be careful about the things I say, but it is clear that the Champions League is the title that everyone wants. If I you choose, I keep the Champions League, but we also want to win the League and the Cup. “last_img read more

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