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  • Samiya Imad Farooqui, Maisnam Meiraba Clinch Junior Badminton Titles

    first_imgChennai: Telanganas No. 5 seed Samiya Imad Farooqui continued her meteoric rise as she clinched the U-19 girls singles title at the All-India Junior Ranking badminton tournament here on Sunday.The Asia U-15 champion, hailed as the new prodigy from the Pullela Gopichand Academy, comprehensively beat Delhi’s No. 16 seed Aashi Rawat in the final to make up for her friend and top seed P. Gayatri Gopichand’s shock exit in the semifinal.The U-19 boys singles final too proved to be one-sided with Manipur’s Maisnam Meiraba outplaying Aakash Yadav of Delhi before the latter retired hurt. The No. 2 seed Meiraba was leading 21-9, 12-7 when Yadav surrendered to his injury. IANSAlso Read: SPORTS NEWSlast_img read more

  • Cricket News BCCI Elections On Oct 23 Instead Of Oct 22: CoA Chief Vinod Rai

    first_img For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. New Delhi: The BCCI’s much-awaited elections have been rescheduled by a day to October 23 in the wake of assembly elections in Haryana and Maharashtra, Chairman of the Committee of Administrators (CoA) running Indian cricket Vinod Rai told PTI on Tuesday.Both the states will be voting on October 21 in a single-phase elections and to ensure that voter members from the two units are not inconvenienced, the Cricket Board poll, which was to be held on October 22, has been postponed by a day.“The BCCI elections are on track. It’s just because of the state polls, we have decided to reschedule by a day. So it will now be held on October 23 instead of October 22. Anything else that you read anywhere will be factually incorrect,” Rai said on Tuesday.The CoA also extended the deadline for conducting elections of BCCI’s state units by a week, to October 4.Another CoA member Diana Edulji said while she is “against any delay in conducting the BCCI elections”, she understands that a day’s extension is due to state polls.“As per the Supreme Court order passed on September 20, the state units may be granted a few days’ grace but BCCI elections should be on time. We may defer it by a day due to assembly elections in Maharashtra on 21st,” the former India women’s captain said.Rai was happy with the outcome of the Supreme Court hearing on the Tuesday during which its petition seeking clarification on the permission granted to the Tamil Nadu Cricket Association to hold elections, was admitted.“Today, the petition came up for hearing. The BCCI counsel was there, TNCA counsel and amicus curiae P S Narsimha was there. I am happy with the outcome,” he said.“The SC took cognisance of the fact that some state units are misinterpreting the order mischievously on ‘disqualification being confined to office-bearers only’,” said Rai.“Many felt that it meant that the 70-year clause (age cap), non-Indian passport holder clause have been done away with, which is not the case,” the former CAG added.The CoA, in its petition to the apex court, has also submitted the status of compliance of 38 state units of BCCI.There are 24 full members, who have registered their respective constitutions as per CoA’s approval. Three members—Railways, Services and Universities—will have an authorised representative as per the BCCI constitution.The CoA has also informed the court that seven full members have had their constitution approved by it but have not yet submitted the document.There are two members, who are in dialogue with CoA and are on their way to compliance.According to the CoA, only two members—Haryana and Tamil Nadu are “not compliant and failed to bring their constitution in line with the approved one.”The BCCI elections will mark an end to the tenure of the Supreme Court-appointed administrators, governing Indian cricket. last_img read more

  • Update on the latest sports

    first_imgUpdate on the latest sports July 5, 2020 Hamilton has spoken widely about racism in recent weeks following the death in Minneapolis of George Floyd in May. F1-AUSTRIAN GPBottas wins F1′s season-opening Austrian GP, Hamilton 4thSPIELBERG, Austria (AP) — Valtteri Bottas has won a chaotic season-opening Austrian Grand Prix which saw Formula One champion Lewis Hamilton finish fourth after getting a late time penalty.Hamilton’s penalty saw him drop from second to fourth on Sunday. That meant Charles Leclerc took second place for Ferrari and Lando Norris was third.The race was interrupted three times by a safety car and nine of 20 drivers abandoned. The Red Bulls of Max Verstappen and Alexander Albon both went out the race. Braves manager Brian Snitker says the 34-year-old Hernández chose to skip the season due to the coronavirus pandemic.A six-time All-Star in 15 seasons with Seattle, the player known as King Felix needed a fresh start following 2019, his worst season.The decision was made after Hernández participated in workouts Friday and Saturday at Truist Park.The Braves announced Saturday that four-time All-Star first baseman Freddie Freeman, reliever Will Smith and two more Atlanta players tested positive for COVID-19.In other virus-related baseball developments: F1 DRIVERS AGAINST RACISMF1 Drivers all wear “End Racism” T-shirts, but 6 don’t kneelSPIELBERG, Austria (AP) — Valtteri Bottas kneeled holding the winners’ trophy at Formula One’s season-opening Austrian Grand Prix on Sunday and the podium trio held up a black T-shirt with “End Racism” written on it.That message was delivered before the race when all drivers wore that T-shirt. World champion Lewis Hamilton, the only black driver in F1, had Black Lives Matter on the front and End Racism on the back.But six drivers did not join Hamilton and 13 others in taking the knee. One of the six, Charles Leclerc, later tweeted that behavior in everyday life matters more than “formal gestures that could be seen as controversial in some countries.” He said his failure to take a knee doesn’t mean he’s “less committed than others in the fight against racism.”center_img CLEVELAND (AP) — Manager Terry Francona believes it’s time for the Cleveland Indians to change their nickname. Francona says the Indians should “move forward” and consider a new name.The American League team has been called the Indians since 1915. On Friday, the team released a statement saying it was committed to determine a “best path forward with regard to our team name.” The move came hours after the NFL’s Washington Redskins announced plans to review their contentious logo and nickname.Last year, the Indians removed the much-criticized Chief Wahoo logo from their game worn caps and jerseys.In other news from baseball’s summer training:— Left-hander Andrew Heaney is expected to make his first opening day start for the Los Angeles Angels. Manager Joe Maddon confirmed his selection before the Angels’ third workout of summer camp. Los Angeles is expected to open the season July 24. The 29-year-old Heaney will be the Angels’ fourth different opening day starter in four years. He went 4-6 last season with a 4.91 ERA and 118 strikeouts while missing time with injuries to his left elbow and shoulder. — Washington Nationals manager Dave Martinez says two players out of 60 tested turned up positive for the novel coronavirus. Martinez says the two players took their tests Wednesday before reporting to Nationals Park and that some are still awaiting their results. Reliever Sean Doolittle minutes earlier lamented not having his COVID-19 test results back from Friday and implored baseball to “clean this up.”— The Chicago White Sox say two players have tested positive for COVID-19 and are in isolation. The team said Sunday that the two unidentified players are asymptomatic, and contact tracing for both was conducted. They are being monitored by team medical staff and will receive follow-up testing in the coming days. They will be allowed to return to baseball activities after they test negative twice and pass other appropriate COVID-19 protocols.— Milwaukee Brewers outfielder Christian Yelich acknowledges he benefited from fortunate timing in his contract negotiations. The Brewers held a March 6 news conference to announce that the 2018 NL MVP had agreed to a nine-year, $215 million contract. Spring training was halted less than a week later because of the coronavirus pandemic. Yelich’s deal was finalized before the loss of revenue from Major League Baseball’s shortened season and labor unrest created at least some uncertainty about the game’s financial future. He says everybody is in a unique situation this season.MLB-INDIANS-FRANCONAIndians manager backs name change Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditMLB-BRAVES-HERNANDEZFélix Hernandez opts out of 2020 seasonATLANTA (AP) — Former Cy Young winner Félix Hernández has opted out of the 2020 season, at least temporarily ending his bid to revive his career with the Atlanta Braves. Associated Press last_img read more

  • Jones leads Badgers to Wolverine Invite

    first_imgThis weekend the men’s golf team travels to Ann Arbor, Mich., to compete in the 2005 Wolverine Intercollegiate. The 15-team field includes Big Ten programs Indiana, Iowa, Penn State and host Michigan, with a variety of other teams from around the country.Wisconsin will be looking to improve after their 14th place finish last weekend at the 17-team Cleveland State Invitational where redshirt freshman Pat Duffy and true freshmen Nick Engen and Ben Herrera all made their collegiate debuts.This weekend’s tournament will be held at the University of Michigan Golf Course. The 6,704-yard, par-71 lay out was recently ranked as the third-best college course in the nation.”It’s an older golf course,” Wisconsin head coach Jim Schuman said. “You’ve got greens that are very elevated, lots of slope in there. There are some holes there that are short off the tee and they kind of bait you into picking the wrong golf club.”The course underwent a multi-million dollar renovation in the spring of 1994, which restored bunkers and tee boxes, and improved the irrigation system. In addition, a new practice range was constructed, complete with practice greens and sand traps.Scoring at the Wolverine Intercollegiate will be calculated in a five-count-four format. Five players from each team will play each round, and the four best scores from each round will then count toward the team total.This fall, Schuman will be challenged when selecting five players for each tournament, and this weekend is no exception.”It’s a totally different chemistry than we had last year,” Schuman said. “I think we’re much more even across the board. All five guys will be ready to contribute at any time. That’s how we’re going to do well, and that’s how we’re going to win golf tournaments.”The Badgers will be led by junior Garrett Jones, who set the UW record for season scoring average last year with 72.7 shots per 18 holes. Last weekend, he carded the lowest Wisconsin score in each of the three rounds en route to a fourth place overall finish.Jeff Kaiser will be the No. 2 golfer and will be looking to rebound from a 62nd-place finish last weekend.Accompanying Jones and Kaiser to Michigan will be true freshmen Tyler Obermueller, and redshirt freshmen Paul Jacobsen and Engen. These five earned the chance to play by beating their fellow teammates in qualifying rounds at practice this week.”We try to get in a minimum of at least three or four [qualifying rounds], and on a day-in and day-out basis you’re going to get your four or five best players out of there,” Schuman said.Although Schuman does not set his lineup for each tournament based on the course being played, he feels that this week’s course fits his team well.”The five guys that we’re taking this week, they all have decent short games and they’re all very good putters,” Schuman said. “If we can get that short game to overcome some of that inexperience then I would hope to see some good rounds out of the guys.””It’s paramount that the guys, when they are missing, that they miss on the correct side of the green. The greens tend to be very, very quick there, so you’ve got to really take care of your golf ball.”While Schuman concedes that his team is not as seasoned as most of the competition, he remains confident.”It’s a lot to expect out of some young, young guys,” Schuman said. “But I do know this: they’re up to the challenge and I’m really looking forward to it.”last_img read more

  • Steve Ishmael breaks two program records in his career finale

    first_imgFrom Section 128, row nine, Blessed and Darlene Ishmael watched their son play in the Carrier Dome for the first time. His father chuckled as he looked back to Steve’s early years, when a tall skinny kid in Miami tossed footballs around with kids sometimes 10 years older than he was. On Saturday afternoon, Blessed laughed about Steve’s childhood dreams to play big-time college football, then to make an NFL roster. It was the only life, the only dream, Steve ever wanted. Blessed knew it was possible, but never did it feel as real as it did Saturday.In Syracuse’s (4-8, 2-6 Atlantic Coast) 42-14 loss to Boston College (7-5, 4-4), Ishmael, making his 38th career start, finished with a career-high 187 yards receiving yards en route to breaking a pair of Syracuse program records. First, he surpassed Amba Etta-Tawo’s single-season receptions record of 94, which Etta-Tawo set a year ago in a rout at Clemson. Then, on the final touchdown catch of Ishmael’s college career, he broke Marvin Harrison’s career receiving yards record (2,728). Ishmael idolized Harrison as a kid, and he broke his idol’s record in his final game at Syracuse. Ishmael finished the day with 11 catches.A month ago, Steve’s parents watched him in Syracuse’s loss at Miami, the first time they had seen him play in-person since he was a senior at North Miami Beach (Florida) High School. The next time they saw him play, Saturday, he had the best game of his college career.“It meant a lot,” Ishmael said. “Just knowing they were in there in the stands gave me motivation. My last game, them getting a chance to really see me play. They got a chance to see me finish out the right way.” Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on November 25, 2017 at 6:31 pm Contact Matthew: | @MatthewGut21center_img Forty minutes after the loss, Ishmael held a game ball with both of his hands. Across the middle was a piece of tape. Written in black Sharpie read “#95.” It was his 95th catch of the season, breaking the program record Etta-Tawo set a year ago at 94.Breaking the record is of particular significance to Ishmael, who finished last season third on the team in receiving yards. He said his “disappointing” junior season, which followed a breakout sophomore season in which he led the Orange in receptions, receiving yards and touchdowns, hurt more because he did not pose as a downfield threat alongside Etta-Tawo. It bugged him.“Seeing what Amba did and going through that pain of not being able to help him as much as I wanted to last year,” Ishmael said, “that really inspired me. Especially coming into this year, it really helped me to never take anything for granted. I took that mindset into this season, a mindset I’m going to carry with me for the rest of my life.“I spoke with Amba in the summer,” Ishmael said. “He told me, encouraging me, ‘I know you good, just go out there and do your thing.’ I actually told him, ‘My bad, man, I didn’t get a chance to help you as much as I did last year.’ And he was like, ‘It’s cool, everything happens for a reason, just continue trusting God and go along with the process. Make the most out of this year.’ I took the words to heart.”And Ishmael delivered. He served as one of SU’s three captains Saturday, while eclipsing the program receiving yards record amid a historic season. With his performance at Florida State three weeks ago, Ishmael was named ACC Receiver of the Week because he caught 12 passes for a then-career-high 143 yards. After he caught the final touchdown pass of Syracuse’s upset over Clemson, he was named a midseason All-America Second Team honoree. Junior quarterback Eric Dungey said Ishmael is “hands down the best receiver in the nation.”On Oct. 21 against Miami, the Miami native played in front of his parents for the first time since his senior year of high school. He played this season ranked second on the ACC’s active receiving yardage list. By the ninth game of this year, he already had more catches and receiving yards than he had had in any of the previous three seasons.“He’s left a big mark on this program,” said fellow senior receiver Ervin Philips, who has the most career catches in program history. “He’s been through a lot personally, but I’m so proud of him because of his perseverance. Last year didn’t go the way he wanted it to go, but he exploded and had a great year.”Slightly more than three years ago, Ishmael arrived at SU as a tall and skinny receiver from South Florida. He chose the Orange over offers from Oregon, Louisville, Cincinnati and Illinois, hopeful his path at SU would lead to the NFL. After he graduates, Ishmael said he will go home and work out in the Miami area. He is projected to be selected in the fifth or sixth round of the 2018 NFL Draft, per“Even if you don’t buy in initially, if you can change your mind, and find some common ground, you can have an Ish type of year,” head coach Dino Babers said after the loss to BC. Babers said this week that he thinks Ishmael can play in the NFL.Growing up, Ishmael adored Harrison, who played at Syracuse in the 1990s and later for the Indianapolis Colts. Ishmael has never spoken with Harrison, but when he arrived at SU four years ago he asked to wear jersey No. 8. That’s what Harrison — who ranks ninth in NFL career receiving yards — wore as a Syracuse receiver.“Humble,” Ishmael said of Harrison. “Even when he scored, he didn’t want to celebrate … one thing I really model my game after is his humbleness.”After his final career touchdown reception, Ishmael slowly jogged to a fan in the first row behind the end zone. Ishmael, stoic, high-fived the fan and turned around, allowing a couple of teammates to celebrate around him. Commentslast_img read more

  • Finding strength in numbers

    first_imgThe Wisconsin softball team returns 10 starters for its 2012 campaign, with seven position players in addition to the whole pitching staff. In 2010, then-first year head coach Yvett Healy turned the softball program in the right direction, leading the Badgers to their first 30-win season since 2005 and their best conference finish (9-11) since that same year.[/media-credit]After her inaugural year at the helm for the Badgers, Wisconsin softball head coach Yvette Healy had plenty to smile about.The then-first year coach led Wisconsin to its best conference finish since 2005, going 9-11 in the Big Ten on its way to a 30-win season. The 30 wins in Healy’s first year marked only the sixth time in school history a Badger team won 30 or more games, as Healy’s squad became the first since 2005 to accomplish the feat.The number of wins was not the only historic aspect of Healy’s Badgers. The team won 10 more games in 2011 than they did in 2010 – the second-largest improvement in program history.Last year the Badgers were the 11th youngest team in the country. Now, with a core of returning players that features 10 starters, with seven position players and the entire pitching staff, the Badgers have the roster continuity, chemistry and familiarity under Healy to make the outlook on 2012 a bright one.Swinging for the fencesJust a year ago, the Badgers benefited from the long ball potential in their lineup, as they hit the fifth most home runs in the conference with 29. Leading the Badgers’ offensive power is the returning duo of 2011 First Team all-Big Ten selection senior Karla Powell and junior Shannel Blackshear. The duo combined for 18 of the Badgers’ 29 homers, often batting next to each other in the lineup.However, Healy and Powell both believe there is room for growth in the Badgers’ long ball game.“We have definitely done a lot of homework and nerdy statistics this offseason trying to see what makes the best teams the best,” Healy said. “One of the big things was home run production, and I think a lot of the best teams that made it furthest in the NCAA have the ability to hit more home runs per game. So we kind of studied it, analyzed it and then put a whole program in place with strength and conditioning, med balls and rotation and bat speed to try to amp that up.”“I’d like to break the home run record here in my last season,” Powell said. “I’d like to make all-Big Ten again and All-American this year. Coach [Randy] Schneider talked to me about what I need to do to stand out and be a leader this year as well, because I’m the only senior.”There’s truth to those beliefs. The best softball teams in the country have been traditionally teams who can belt the ball out of the park. Last year, for example, Michigan recorded 56 homers – a number good for the best in conference. Michigan also recorded the conference’s best record last season at 18-2 in conference play.Similarly, the two teams that made the NCAA championship game last season were both in the top 10 for home runs in the country.Former offensive MVP returnsBesides all the familiar faces from last year, the Badgers are happy to welcome back offensive dynamo junior Molly Spence to the team. After missing her entire sophomore season just a year ago due to injury, the Badgers will only benefit from adding the mighty bat of Spence. In her freshman year in 2010 with the Badgers, Spence was named the offensive MVP and the team MVP for her .347 batting average, eight home runs and 41 RBIs (a single season school record).Although Healy has never had Spence on her roster, the coach has some background with her junior from her days recruiting before she took the job at Wisconsin.“Luckily Molly’s from Chicago and so am I,” Healy said. “So I was fortunate to recruit her when she was a high school student athlete, so I know how good she is. I really even followed her career her freshman year. She was close to playing for me when I was at a former school, so we were one of her options. She takes the game to another level–she’s that elite of an offensive kid.”With Spence being one of five newcomers to Healy’s squad, the Badgers have the continuity and talent on their roster to be a challenger for one of the top places in the conference this year. Although many of the players are the same, the expectations for Healy’s second year are not.“Well we have more experience this year and we’re settled in with coach,” sophomore Stephanie Peace said. “We’re looking to perform well on all cylinders, offensively and defensively. We’re pretty proud of all the work we put in this offseason.”“I think this year will be harder than last year,” Healy said. “I think your first year [coaching] there’s a bit of a honeymoon and everyone’s excited and wants change, but the second year to sustain that kind of momentum is a bigger challenge than creating it, in my opinion. I think we could surprise people this year, but I think it’s going to be a bigger challenge than last year was.”last_img read more

  • Winless weekend not without lessons, competitive play for Badgers

    first_imgEven though the Wisconsin men’s hockey team failed to record a win this weekend against Minnesota, there was certainly no lack of thrill Friday and Saturday night at the Kohl Center.After Michigan swept the Badgers last weekend in a fairly uncompetitive series, the Badgers made things interesting both nights against the Gophers, even if their efforts only resulted in a loss and a tie.Wisconsin head coach Mike Eaves agreed that the crowd certainly got their money’s worth.“The people that came to the ice rink this weekend, they got their entertainment in two games,” Eaves said.Jumping out to a 3-1 lead on Minnesota Friday night, it looked like the Badgers were on their way to stealing a win from the more talented Gophers and possibly ready to turn their rough season around. However, whatever optimism there was to have for Badgers fans would vanish in the blink of an eye roughly six minutes later.Eleven minutes into the second period, Minnesota’s Vinni Lettieri scored to bring the Gophers within one goal. A minute later, Minnesota struck again when Jake Bischoff put in a rebound to tie the game, and just like that, the lead was gone. Twenty-six seconds later, the Gophers scored again. Just like that, the Gophers had the lead after scoring three goals in 39 seconds, rendering a shocked Kohl Center crowd completely speechless.Amazingly, Minnesota wasn’t done. Thirteen seconds later, the Gophers found the back of the net again. Scoring their 4th goal in 100 seconds, Minnesota not only silenced the Badgers, but also drove a dagger through any hope that Wisconsin could still pull out the win.The Badgers continued to fight for the remainder of the game, but Minnesota’s lead never appeared to be in serious doubt as they skated to a 7-5 win.Badger defenseman Chase Drake said he felt his team lost focus and got away from their game plan during that four-goal stretch for Minnesota. Teammate Grant Besse agreed, and vowed that the Badgers would get better result the next game, as long they stayed concentrated.“When we have a lead, we’ve showed that we get a little too excited and forget our game plan,” Besse said. “If we learn to stay focused throughout the rest of the game, then we’ll be fine.”Fortunately for Wisconsin, Besse words proved correct the following night in game two of the weekend series. While it would have been easy for the Badgers to lie on their back versus the Gophers after such a deflating loss, Wisconsin did the opposite.The Badgers came out guns-blazing, as freshman forward Ryan Wagner gave Wisconsin the lead nine seconds into the game with his first goal the season. Wagner’s goal also tied the record for fastest goal to start a contest in school history.While Minnesota put Friday night’s game to rest in the second period, Saturday night between the Badgers and Gophers was a tenacious battle throughout. The game included multiple scuffles with neither team ever appearing willing to back down.With the game tied 1-1, Corbin McGuire received a five-minute major kneeing penalty, giving Minnesota a prime opportunity to pull away. Despite being in a big hole against the top power play in the nation, Wisconsin gave up only one goal during Minnesota’s extended one man advantage and despite losing the lead, the penalty kill still felt like a success, according to Eaves.In the third period, the Badgers and Gophers took turns from coming back from one-goal leads. With 13 minutes to play, Besse tied the game at two for Wisconsin by firing a one-timer past Minnesota goaltender Adam Wilcox. Just 30 seconds later, Minnesota quickly responded to regain the lead.After a goal by Wisconsin’s Kevin Schulze brought the teams even once again, freshman Cameron Hughes thought he had saved the day for Wisconsin when he found the back of the net with just a minute and 13 seconds left in the game.With more than a minute to play, Wisconsin had the lead and the Kohl Center was the loudest it had been all season. However, just two seconds away from their first conference victory, Wisconsin gave up a heartbreaking goal and spoiled a win that Badgers seemed to truly earn.After a scoreless overtime, the Badgers won a shootout that does not count toward their overall record, but gives them an extra point in the Big Ten standings.Keeping up with this weekend’s drama, Wisconsin’s Corbin McGuire bounced from his costly five-minute major penalty in the second period to become the hero by scoring the winning shootout goal.Despite losses against Minnesota, the Badgers are hopeful they can grow from this rollercoaster weekend and finish this season’s story with a happy ending.“I think obviously we’ve had some ups and downs,” freshman forward Cameron Hughes said. “We’ll keep working on it and play our best hockey at the end of the year.”last_img read more

  • Wisconsin men’s water polo finishes season on high note at Big Ten Tournament

    first_imgThe University of Wisconsin men’s club water polo team wrapped up their fall season two weekends ago in Ann Arbor after placing third in the Big Ten Tournament. But since water polo isn’t an especially common sport in the Badger State, many students haven’t yet heard of the team.Brian Portland, a wing player for the water polo team, agreed that there can be a dearth of knowledge surrounding the sport.“I’ve had so many people ask me, ‘What is water polo, how would you describe it?’ And I say picture team handball in the water and that’s kind of what water polo is but a little more physical,” Portland said.The fall water polo season is typically when the Wisconsin team plays their most high intensity games and tournaments, traveling across the Midwest to compete. Before playing in their final game at the University of Michigan, the Badgers traveled to Purdue and Iowa’s campuses for both of their regular season tournaments to determine seeding for the conference bracket.Football: Stagnant offense, injuries lead to 22-10 loss at Penn StateTo keep Big Ten Championship hopes alive, Saturday’s showdown in Happy Valley was a must-win for Wisconsin football. In a Read…Usually Wisconsin would host their own tournament as well, but with last year’s Southeast Recreational Facility demolition, the Badgers will have to wait until the Nicholas Recreation Center opens in 2019. Though the team currently practices in the UW Natatorium, the pool is too shallow on its sides for water polo competitions, making Wisconsin the only school in the Big Ten without a regulation water polo pool.“I’m definitely looking forward to [The Nick opening] for the team,” Portland said. “I think it’ll allow us to have better practice and get more used to playing in a regulation size pool as opposed to kind of getting cramped in the Nat.”Portland is especially excited to see Wisconsin start hosting water polo tournaments as they haven’t played in a home tournament since 2016.With away tournaments usually being at least a several-hour drive from Madison, it can often be difficult for those not on the team to make the trip.“It’s always a different experience playing in front of your friends and family at a home tournament compared to away in front of a bunch of strangers,” Portland said. “I think it’ll be really cool to be able to host tournaments and have the Big Ten in our house rather than going away to them.”Wisconsin, like most Midwestern schools, lacks a varsity level for water polo — making the club team the school’s most competitive option for students looking to play.The Badger Hunting Club: What being an outdoorsman really stands forHunting has been a way of life throughout the history of mankind. From hunting and gathering for survival to a Read…Despite their non-varsity categorization, Portland contended that many of his teammates have the skills to compete in Division I programs.“I would say a lot of the guys on the team came to go to school first and then wanted to keep playing water polo,” Portland said. “Definitely there’s a lot of them that could have made it playing around the country DI.”The most skilled player on the team and perhaps in all of the Big Ten is Will Derdeyn. In the Iowa tournament preceding the Big Ten Tournament, Derdeyn led the Badgers in goals with 11, assists with eight and steals with nine. Derdeyn was also incredibly efficient even with this high volume, recording just five missed shots and two turnovers on the weekend.Other notable scoring performances in Iowa came from Austin Erben who had eight goals, David Komjathy with seven and Steve Leserman with six. Erben and Komjathy are both new to the team with Erben transferring and Komjathy entering as a freshman. Portland also showcased his unmatched speed in the opening period swim-offs, of which he won ten of eleven.The Badgers split their four games in Iowa to earn the five seed in the Big Ten Tournament, though they lost their two most challenging contests versus Michigan State and Indiana.While statistics haven’t been published for the Big Ten Tournament, Wisconsin performed well. In the first round, the Badgers defeated Illinois 7–4 before falling 15–8 in their rematch against No. 1 seed Michigan State. Wisconsin ended the day with a hard fought 11–8 win against Purdue, giving them a third place finish behind tournament winner Michigan and runner up Michigan State.Portland credited the Badgers early scoring surge against the Boilermakers as a key factor in the victory.“What we really focused on [in the match against Purdue] was getting out early,” Portland said. “We focused up before the game and wanted to come in with intensity and get out to an early lead. In that game we did a really good job of that and we came out strong.”Men’s basketball: Scalding hot takes for 2018-19 seasonIn anticipation of the upcoming Wisconsin men’s basketball season, I have been doing some thinking and now have some predictions Read…At the same time, Portland felt the team succeeded in the tournament as a whole by focusing on defense primarily and countering with their attack afterwards.Though their season is over, the club water polo team continues to practice regularly. The team is currently considering joining the Big 12 to compete in the spring while remaining in the Big Ten for the fall season.For more information regarding scheduling, match scores, statistics or any live streams of games feel free to consult the water polo team’s official Facebook page.last_img read more

  • Syracuse names Brien Bell head coach of cross country, track and field

    first_imgBrien Bell was named the full-time head coach of Syracuse cross country and track and field, SU Athletics announced in a news release Monday afternoon. Bell was named interim head coach when Chris Fox left Syracuse about a month ago.“I’m excited and honored to continue the legacy of success of Syracuse University cross country and track and field and understand the responsibility to continue making the Syracuse University community proud of the programs that we have built here,” Bell said in the release. “Now we can continue to TCB – Take Care of Business”Bell has been with the Orange for 13 years. He will continue to be assisted in the track program by Dave Hegland, who works with Syracuse’s sprinters, hurdlers and jumpers.Fox left Syracuse to pursue professional coaching. Since joining SU in 2005, he had led the Orange to nine conference championships and the 2015 men’s cross country national title. Bell came to Syracuse during the same year as Fox, and was a part of all of Fox’s success, as his assistant.Syracuse has already run in two cross country meets this season. On Sept. 21, the Orange will compete at the Battle in Beantown, an event which the SU men have won the last two times they have entered.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text Published on September 17, 2018 at 3:38 pm Contact Billy: | @Wheyen3 Commentscenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

  • Leinster Under 21 quarter-finals

    first_imgPick of the ties sees defending champions Dublin take on Kilkenny at Nowlan Park.Elsewhere, last year’s beaten Leinster finalists Offaly start with three players who played in Saturday’s senior win over Westmeath for tonight’s clash with Wexford.Westmeath themselves play host to Laois at Cusack Park. And Newbridge hosts the meeting of Kildare and Carlow.All four games throw-in at 7.30.last_img