LaJoie said in a statement. “When they see the car, hopefully it makes them race to the polls in November.” NASCAR driver Corey LaJoie’s No. 32 Ford car will debut a “Trump 2020” paint scheme in red, white, and blue this weekend at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.Go Fas Racing, LaJoie’s racing team, partnered with the Patriots of America PAC, a political action committee advocating for the reelection of President Donald Trump, for the sponsorship. LaJoie’s car appears to be the first dedicated to the 2020 presidential election. LaJoie’s car appears to be the first dedicated to the 2020 presidential election.,NASCAR driver Corey LaJoie’s No. 32 Ford car will debut a “Trump 2020” paint scheme in red, white, and blue this weekend at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.Go Fas Racing, LaJoie’s racing team, partnered with the Patriots of America PAC, a political action committee advocating for the reelection of President Donald Trump, for the sponsorship. LaJoie said in a statement. “When they see the car, hopefully it makes them race to the polls in November.”
February 7, 2020 DID YOU KNOW: New Mexico is ranked 22nd in the nation by scoring 78.9 points per game this season. Wyoming has only averaged 59.9 points per game, which ranks 310th.___For more AP college basketball coverage: https://apnews.com/Collegebasketball and http://twitter.com/AP_Top25___This was generated by Automated Insights, http://www.automatedinsights.com/ap, using data from STATS LLC, https://www.stats.com NM looks for home win vs Wyoming Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditWyoming (6-18, 1-11) vs. New Mexico (16-8, 5-6)Dreamstyle Arena, Albuquerque, New Mexico; Saturday, 6 p.m. ESTBOTTOM LINE: New Mexico looks for its fourth straight win over Wyoming at Dreamstyle Arena. The last victory for the Cowboys at New Mexico was a 70-68 win on Jan. 16, 2016. Associated Press SUPER SENIORS: New Mexico’s Corey Manigault, Zane Martin and Keith McGee have collectively accounted for 36 percent of the team’s scoring this season and have scored 57 percent of all Lobos points over the last five games.IMPROVING IN CONFERENCE: The Cowboys have scored 60.7 points per game to conference opponents thus far. That’s an improvement from the 57 per game they put up over 11 non-conference games.OFFENSIVE THREAT: Hunter Maldonado has either made or assisted on 44 percent of all Wyoming field goals over the last three games. The junior guard has accounted for 19 field goals and 10 assists in those games.LONG-RANGE THREAT: Wyoming’s Jake Hendricks has attempted 195 3-pointers and connected on 31.8 percent of them, and is 12 of 51 over his past five games.ASSIST-TO-FG RATIO: The Cowboys have recently used assists to create baskets more often than the Lobos. New Mexico has an assist on 34 of 76 field goals (44.7 percent) over its past three outings while Wyoming has assists on 35 of 66 field goals (53 percent) during its past three games.
LONDON (Reuters) – Rose Chelimo, a Bahraini who switched allegiance from her Kenyan homeland, sprinted away from her former compatriot Edna Kiplagat to win the women’s marathon at the World Athletics Championships after a tactical battle and exciting finish on Sunday.Chelimo, who had looked beaten, fought back over the last few hundred metres approaching the Tower Bridge finish after Kiplagat struck for home too soon with two kilometres left.Forging away to victory, the 28-year-old, who acquired Bahraini citizenship two years ago and was cleared by the IAAF last year to run for her adopted country, denied Kiplagat what would have been an unprecedented third world marathon gold.Chelimo finished strongly in 2 hours 27 minutes 11 seconds, seven seconds clear of Kiplagat.American Amy Cragg made a tremendous final burst to overhaul another Kenyan Flomena Daniel, who had looked set for the bronze medal.Cragg also closed in swiftly on the tiring 37-year-old Kiplagat but had to settle for third place in the same time of 2:27:18.Chelimo had enough energy to wave to the crowd as she approached the line and took the Bahraini flag offered by her team officials.This, though, was the sort of scene that the IAAF want to see ended. Earlier this year, they froze new transfers of allegiance to stop oil-rich countries luring talented athletes from poor countries with offers of school and financial rewards.Chelimo was one of those athletes, who has achieved success particularly in half-marathons since switching allegiance, and she was effusive in her praise of Bahrain.“My life will change because I am a world champion for my country now. It is so special for Bahrain, the country is so happy for me to be the winner in 2017. They support me a lot,” Chelimo said.“I am feeling good and am happy to be the winner. This is one of the best days in my life and, hopefully, there are more to come.”This was only Chelimo’s fourth marathon. Having won on her debut in Seoul, she finished eighth at the Rio Olympics before her runner-up spot behind Kiplagat in Boston in April.Chelimo’s victory stopped Kenya celebrating a marathon double alongside men’s champion Geoffrey Kipkorir Kirui on the first occasion both races had been held on the same day.Chelimo proved a worthy winner of a race that only came alive in the final few kilometres over a tricky, tight-cornered four-lap circuit of central London around some of the city’s most famous sights.Watched by huge and enthusiastic crowds, British stalwart Aly Dixon, at the age of 38 and with no chance of winning, was the unlikely home starhe opened up a 32-second lead by the half-way point as she gestured cheerily to the crowd to give her more support.The real race, though, had not even started. A pack of 14 were still only edging up the pace gradually, allowing Dixon, who eventually finished 18th, to lead until the 18th mile.Even when caught, she managed to hold on to the main contenders until the two-hour mark as they held off making the first move.American Cragg eventually broke but, when the field splintered, Chelimo pushed for home only for the more rangy Kiplagat to storm past her.She had, though, made her move too early with a deceptive uphill stretch towards the finish.“I think that last 2km was the most difficult. All the way I worked so hard, but the last 3km was too long for me. I think I was too tired after the previous sprints (to try to break Chelimo),” Kiplagat said.Of her distinguished rival, Chelimo said: “Edna is strong. At 35km I pushed, after some time Edna came and I said to myself ‘let her go’. I already accepted to be second.“But then I caught her, I was encouraged and thought ‘maybe I can try’ and I succeeded.”
College football opener won’t be played in IrelandANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — The college football season opener between Notre Dame and Navy has been moved out of Ireland because of the coronavirus pandemic.The Fighting Irish and Midshipmen were scheduled to meet in Dublin on Aug. 29, but instead will seek to play at the Naval Academy during the Labor Day weekend.The decision to move the venue came after discussions between the Irish government, medical authorities and the leadership teams at Navy and Notre Dame.Navy athletic director Chet Gladchuk says decision to forego the overseas trip is to ensure the health and safety of the players, coaches and fans. RUTGERS-SOFTBALL ABUSE REPORTReport: Rutgers softball needs change, but not disciplineNEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. (AP) — A law firm released a report Tuesday on allegations of physical and emotional abuse in Rutgers University’s softball program that described inappropriate behavior by coaches and a lack of communication on the part of administrators but stopped short of recommending discipline.The release of the report, which had been requested by Rutgers after an investigation by NJ Advance Media, ended a seven-month probe by the Lowenstein Sandler law firm of allegations by players that coach Kristen Butler and volunteer assistant coach Marcus Smith, her husband, fostered a climate of fear, intimidation and abuse after they took over in the 2019 season. The report said 10 of 22 players left the program after the 2019 season.BOWLING GREEN-BASEBALL SAVED The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame is considering new dates for the induction of its star-studded Class of 2020. Hall president John Doleva says dates to replace the postponed August ceremony include mid-October and next spring. With Kobe Bryant due to be enshrined posthumously, it’s certain to be a big event. Kevin Garnett and Tim Duncan also are members of the induction class. So is college coach Eddie Sutton, who died last month. The Hall in Springfield, Massachusetts, is also getting ready to unveil its completely renovated museum.TENNIS-BLAKE-FLOYD PROTESTSFormer tennis star says he’s saddened by police tacticsUNDATED (AP) — In the wake of George Floyd’s death in Minneapolis, former tennis star James Blake says it’s sad to see the type of policing that is still going on in America.Blake, who is black, was mistakenly identified as a suspect in a credit card fraud scheme in 2015, when an undercover New York City officer threw him to the sidewalk and handcuffed him. The experience intensified Blake’s reaction to video of Floyd’s death shortly after being detained by Minneapolis police last week. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditOBIT-WES UNSELDWes Unseld, NBA Rookie of Year and MVP in 1969, dies at 74WASHINGTON (AP) — Basketball Hall of Famer Wes Unseld, who led Washington to its only NBA championship, has died at age 74. At 6-foot-7, Parkinson is another tall target for quarterback Russell Wilson, especially in red-zone situations. Parkinson had 48 receptions and just one drop in his final season at Stanford. He had just one touchdown last season but had seven TD catches in 2018.,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6 Associated Press June 2, 2020 COLLEGE ADMISSIONS-BRIBERYFormer exec pleads guilty to bribing son’s way into collegeBOSTON (AP) — A former technology executive pleaded guilty Tuesday to paying $300,000 to bribe his son’s way into Georgetown University as a tennis recruit — even though the son didn’t play tennis.The U.S. Attorney’s office in Boston said Peter Dameris, a resident of Pacific Palisades, California, pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit mail fraud and honest services mail fraud.Under the terms of Dameris’ plea agreement, federal prosecutors will recommend a sentence of time served plus 21 months of home confinement, a fine of $95,000 and restitution. Sentencing has been set for Oct. 5. Safe: Bowling Green baseball saved by donors after being cutCLEVELAND (AP) — Thrown out, Bowling Green baseball is now safe.The school said Tuesday it is immediately reinstating its baseball program, which had been dropped last month due to financial hardships caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. Bowling Green was facing a $2 million athletic budget shortfall due to the coronavirus outbreak, and baseball was cut in hopes of saving other sports from a similar fate.However, soon after the school’s announcement, a fundraising effort led by former BGSU players and donors brought in enough money to save a program that produced former Dodgers and Indians All-Star pitcher Orel Hershiser.Bowling Green has said previously it costs $750,000 per year to run the baseball program. — Pac-12 schools have agreed to perform COVID-19 and coronavirus antibody tests on all athletes upon their return to campuses for voluntary workouts. Commissioner Larry Scott says athletes will continue to be tested regularly for COVID-19 as long as they are under the supervision of the schools. The Pac-12 schools are scheduled to begin allowing athletes back into their facilities for voluntary workouts starting June 15.NFL-SEAHAWKS -PARKINSONSeahawks sign fourth-round pick TE Colby ParkinsonRENTON, Wash. (AP) — The Seattle Seahawks have signed tight end Colby Parkinson, the first of the team’s 2020 draft picks to sign.Parkinson’s signing was listed on the official NFL transactions on Tuesday. Seattle made eight picks in the April draft. Parkinson was taken with the first of Seattle’s two fourth-round selections. Unseld is one of two players in NBA history to win Rookie of the Year and MVP awards in the same season.He died Tuesday after a series of health issues, most recently pneumonia, according to a statement from his family released by the Wizards.Unseld was a powerful 6-foot-7, 245-pound center who dominated as a rebounder and led Washington’s team — then known as the Bullets — to the 1978 NBA championship, earning Finals MVP honors. He was a five-time All-Star who played all 13 of his NBA seasons with the franchise that drafted him in 1968 out of the University of Louisville.HALL OF FAME-BRYANT INDUCTIONHoops Hall mulls date for Bryant, Class of 2020 induction Brewers officials say the man was apprehended by law enforcement shortly after gaining access to the field. Milwaukee police said a 40-year-old man was arrested in the burglary and noted that the incident occurred shortly after 7:30 a.m.Police said criminal charges will soon be referred to the Milwaukee County District Attorney’s Office.Both the Brewers and the police said the incident resulted in “minor damage” to Miller Field’s playing surface. The team provided no additional details.Miller Park has served as the Brewers’ home stadium since 2001. While speaking to the Greater Milwaukee Committee last week, Brewers owner Mark Attanasio said he would prefer that the Brewers hold their preseason workouts in Milwaukee rather than their spring training home in Arizona if Major League Baseball decides to go on with its season.COLLEGE FOOTBALL-NOTRE DAME-NAVY MOVED The laws of the game prohibit “any political, religious or personal slogans, statements or images.” But the English FA has given the green light for players using games to protest against social and racial inequality.The Premier League is due to resume on June 17.MLB-BREWERS-MILLER PARK BREAK-INBrewers: Miller Park sustains ‘minor damage’ after break-inMILWAUKEE (AP) — The Milwaukee Brewers say a man illegally entered Miller Park and caused minor damage to the playing field Tuesday morning. Blake said the scars from his own experience probably can’t be erased.ENGLAND-FLOYD PROTESTSPremier League players can show support for protestersUNDATED (AP) — English Premier League players are able to show solidarity with the George Floyd justice campaign during games without facing sanctions.The Football Association has endorsed FIFA’s new stance that common sense would be applied when assessing the context of on-field messages on players’ equipment. Update on the latest in sports: Soon, the NFL is hopeful of having club complexes fully open, but under strict medical guidelines including social distancing protocols.In other virus-related sports developments:— Formula One will finally get underway with back-to-back races at the Austrian Grand Prix in July as part of an eight-race European swing. Governing body FIA says the Red Bull Ring in Spielberg will host races on July 5 and 12. The next race will be in Hungary on July 19 followed by consecutive races at the British GP on Aug. 2 and 9.— South Carolina men’s basketball coach Frank Martin says he has recovered from a case of COVID-19. Martin said he tested positive last month. He detailed his experience with the virus for the first time Tuesday.— North Carolina State athletic director Boo Corrigan says the school has begun a schedule allowing student-athletes to return in phases to campus, with the first wave of football players permitted to return to student housing by June 20. NFL-TRAINING CAMPSNFL tells teams they must hold training camps at homeUNDATED (AP) — All 32 NFL teams have been told by Commissioner Roger Goodell to hold training camps at their home facilities this summer because of the COVID-19 pandemic.Most NFL teams stay at their training complexes year-round, but Dallas, Pittsburgh, Kansas City and Buffalo are among those that stage training camp elsewhere.The Cowboys and Steelers are scheduled for the Hall of Fame game in Canton, Ohio, on Aug. 6 and will be the first two teams to report in late July. Dallas usually trains in Oxnard, California, and Pittsburgh in nearby Latrobe, Pennsylvania.
Barbados beat Guyana in all four matchesREIGNING champions Barbados made it four wins from four matches in the Colonial Medical Insurance Women’s Super50 Cup yesterday in round four at Guyana National Stadium, Providence.The poor domestic structure at the female level was again evident, as the Guyanese suffered a five-wicket defeat.The victory was first set up by the visitors’ bowlers, led by captain Hayley Matthews before Deandra Dottin smashed an unbeaten 56-ball 76, with 12 fours and a six, to complete the run chase in just 25.2 overs.Opting to field, the defending champions produced an excellent effort in restricting the Guyanese to 159 in 42.3 overs, as they failed to bat through their full quota of overs. Extras contributed a healthy 30 runs to the total.Earlier, the home team batters found it difficult to exploit the batting-friendly conditions, with captain Shemaine Campbelle top-scoring with 40 while Shabika Gajnabi made 24, the only two batters to pass the 20-run mark. They got little support from their other team-mates.Off-spinner Matthews claimed 4-25, while medium pacers Dottin (2-26) and Shakera Selman (2-32) snared two wickets each in a good bowling effort.The home team made a disastrous start with opener Sheneta Grimmond being dismissed, leg-before to Shanika Bruce without scoring, at 1-2.After losing her opening partner Mandy Mangru (16) was joined by Campbelle, and the duo stitched together 40 runs for the second wicket.The right-handed Mangru struck two sweetly-timed boundaries before she was removed by Shakera Selman for 16. After Mangru’s dismissal, Shabika Gajnabi joined forces with 26-year-old Campbelle to carry the momentum forward.The right-handed Campbelle was particularly destructive as she took the attack to the bowlers to accelerate the flow of runs. However, a double blow from Deandra Dottin, saw the dismissal of both batters in the space of 13 balls.Campbelle faced 62 balls, hitting six eye-catching boundaries, while Gajnabi’s innings lasted 45 balls for three boundaries. The duo shared a third-wicket stand of 48 runs.The run rate never really moved up from there, with the home team losing their last six wickets for just 60 runs.Matthews removed Lashuna Toussaint (18) and Akaze Thomspon (2), Melanie Henry (1), and Cherry Ann Fraser without scoring. Tremayne Smartt made 19 towards the back end of the innings.The run chase started poorly for the visitors, losing both openers Danielle Small and Matthews, along with Kyshona Knight, at 28-3.The pace-spin combination right from the start proved fruitful for the Guyanese as left-arm seamer Erva Giddings (2-52) bowled Small (4) before off-spinner Grimmond (2-23) had the dangerous Matthews (11) taken on the lone-off boundary, and Knight for two.However, Kycia Knight and Dottin stabilised the chase in an attacking fourth-wicket stand. The pair added 91 runs in 11.4 overs, and took the game completely away from the hosts.Knight made 45 off 45 balls, counting eight boundaries before she was caught and bowled off Thompson (1-38).Giddings then returned for a second spell and immediately removed Aaliyah Alleyne (0), at 121-5. But at the other end, Dottin continued unperturbed to reach her fifty off just 37 balls.The 27-year-old Dottin and Charlene Taitt (12 not out) then confirmed the formality with an unbroken sixth-wicket stand of 43 runs.The final round is billed for tomorrow. Guyana will play Windward Islands at GCC, Leeward Islands face Jamaica at Providence while Barbados play Trinidad and Tobago at Enmore to determine the winners.
c) WAFU Cup Tournament (staged in Cote d’Ivoire): Allowance of $500 paid to each player. But the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) denied last night that it was not owing the players.“We have paid the players and officials the entitlements due them for the tournament and other outstanding bonuses and allowances were settled before the team arrived at the World Cup finals,” Shehu Dikko, NFF 2ndVice President said in a statement released late last night.One of the players claimed they are owed bonuses amounting to N2 million from two games against The Gambia and Senegal, from as far back as two years ago.The same player admitted that they have only been paid N1million, leaving a balance of another N1 million plus five days daily allowance at the World Cup in France.“They paid us 1 million (Naira) and said that is all. We want them to pay the balance,” one player told ESPN. “Part of that money is from two years ago, the other is from three years ago. And they are also owing us five days’ daily allowance here in France.“Before the World Cup, we asked them for a meeting so that we could discuss our World Cup bonuses, like they did with the men’s team last year. They ignored the letter and nobody said anything about it until now.”The players are also demanding their share of the World Cup participation fee from FIFA, even though the tournament’s organisers are not scheduled to pay those until September.However, Nigeria Football Federation President Amaju Pinnick told ESPN that the federation was not owing the players as all the outstanding allowances have been paid.“We have paid them everything they are being owed,” Pinnick declared.“The only thing outstanding is the participation fee from FIFA, which is not expected to come until after the tournament. But they insist that they want to get paid, as they have spoken to players from Cameroon and France, who told them they have already been paid,” stressed the NFF chief.This is not the first time Nigeria’s women team has staged a protest over bonuses. After winning the 2016 African title in Cameroon, the squad returned home and staged a public demonstration on the streets of the capital, Abuja, to demand payment of their outstanding allowances.In 2004, the team also sat in for three days at their hotel in South Africa after winning the African title until the allowances were settled.The Federation in the statement last night went further to clarify in detail as follows:The monies for the Super Falcons’ preparation and participation at the FIFA Women’s World Cup finals in France (and indeed the Super Eagles’ preparation and participation in the AFCON 2019in Egypt) were recently approved by His Excellency, President Muhammadu Buhari (GCFR). But the release of the funds is still being processing by the Federal Ministry of Finance and will be concluded soonest.Inspite of the delay in release of funds, the NFF made huge sacrifices including borrowing to ensure it gave the Falcons the very best of preparation for the World Cup in France with about 15 test games, with camps/games held in China, Cyprus, Spain, CIV, and Austria (a fact that even the team duly appreciated and agreed it was the best-ever for any Nigerian team going to the Women’s World Cup and even wrote to thank the NFF). The NFF is indeed encouraged by results achieved by the Super Falcons in France, being the first time the team qualified to the knockout rounds in the last 20 years with credible performance against some of the world’s best teams.The NFF duly ensured it addressed all the issues raised by the team captain Desire Oparanozie via an email prior to the team resuming in camp in Austria and used it best efforts, to settle all the players’ claims and bonuses to so as to provide an enabling platform for the players to perform without any distractions in France for the World Cup.To this end, payments made to the players at the pre-World Cup camp in Austria and France (World Cup proper) are set out below:a) 2016 Women Africa Cup of Nations Qualifier: Nigeria Vs Senegal (Home Match) played in Abuja – Win bonus of N500,000 paid to each player. c) Camp and Friendly matches played in Spain – 7 days’ daily allowance of $700 paid to each player. WOMEN’S WORLD CUPSuper Falcons players reenacted their 2016 sit-in protest at the weekend shortly after they suffered 3-0 defeat against Germany to crash out of the FIFA Women’s World Cup in France.According to reports from the France, the Thomas Dennerby coach players refused to vacate their hotel rooms for the return trip to their respective bases unless all their outstanding bonuses are paid in full. b) 2018 Women Africa Cup of Nations Qualifier: Nigeria Vs Gambia (Home Match) played in Lagos – Win bonus of N500,000 paid to each player. e) Refund made to players on visa procurement, train, bus and airport taxi from their different bases in Europe to the camp in Austria. d) Pre-World Cup camp in Austria: 14 days’ daily allowance $1,400 paid to each player. f) $4,400 paid to each player, being win bonus for the World Cup match against Korea Republic ($3,000) and 14 days’ daily allowance for the World Cup ($1,400). This was paid direct to each of the players’ domiciliary accounts by NFF fund managers, Financial Derivatives Company and by Friday most of the players had started receiving alerts depending on their banks.Nigeria reached the knockout stage of the Women’s World Cup in France before losing 3-0 to Germany in the round of 16 on Saturday in Grenoble.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram
For part of the 2009 season, Matt Barkley gave USC fans reasons to cheer.Dieuwertje Kast | Daily TrojanThere was the game-winning drive he led against Ohio State on the road. There was his three-touchdown pass performance that helped the Trojans top Oregon State.But for other parts of the season, the true freshman quarterback gave the Trojan faithful many reasons to groan, namely because of inconsistent outings against Oregon, Stanford and Arizona.Saturday night at the Emerald Bowl, Barkley stayed true to form this year and gave fans a little bit of both.The boy-wonder that was at first paraded around as the best thing to hit college football since the forward pass — then swiftly swept under the rug when he showed his age — had his moments both spectacular and youthful in USC’s 24-13 win over Boston College at AT&T Park in San Francisco.For the most part, Barkley was stellar, finishing the game 27-of-37 for 350 yards and three touchdowns (one rushing). But on more than a few occasions, like on his two interception throws, the 19-year-old showed that he could still be a teenager.Barkley started fast, hitting on 12 of his first 13 passes and two quick touchdown passes to fullback Stanley Havili by the early portion of the second quarter. Barkley looked as confident and on-target as he had all season.Then, coming out of the halftime, the freshman dropped back and glued his eyes to his intended receiver, telegraphing in an ill-advised pass that was intercepted on USC’s first play of the third quarter.But it turned out to be one of the few lapses for Barkley Saturday. Although many USC fans turned on him just as quickly as they crowned him, he left no doubt that he was the right choice to be the Trojans’ quarterback of the present and the future.Since USC finished the regular season 8-4, USC fans did what all fans do when things go wrong: they second-guessed. Barkley was the primary focus of the attack. I lost count of the number of times I overheard someone say that USC coach Pete Carroll’s decision to start the youngster was ludicrous, and backups Aaron Corp or Mitch Mustain should have been given the nod.These opinions, as they always do, changed in accordance with which side USC ended up in the win-loss column that week. When USC won, Barkley was the hero, a man beyond his years, a true prodigy. When it lost, he was too young and not ready.Let’s get this straight. Age by itself counts for very little. Experience, on the other hand, goes a long way.For proof of this, look no further than the Boston College sideline at the Eagles’ quarterback. Like Barkley, Dave Shinskie is also a freshman at the helm of a Football Bowl Subdivision college football team.The difference? Shinskie is 25.Yet before the season, Shinskie had started the same number of college football games as Barkley: 0. And the two ended up with very similar statistics. Shinskie threw 14 touchdowns against 13 interceptions during the regular season, while Barkley threw an almost identical 13 and 13. Both led their teams to 8-4 records.See how much of a difference six years makes.The lesson here is that Barkley was the best option for USC this season despite his youth because in terms of experience, he was practically even with Corp and Mustain.Corp took very limited snaps in his first two years and played pitiful in his only start against Washington. Even though Mustain started and won eight games as a freshman at Arkansas before he transferred to USC, something more must have been lacking for him to fall to third on the depth chart.So although he has not been perfect, Barkley’s up-and-down play this season has come to symbolize the entire year for the Trojans as a whole. At times, it had you making a double take, unsure if what you just saw really happened. Yet at others, it had you throwing your hands up in disgust.And the Emerald Bowl was no different. The Trojans were still only able to hold off an inferior Boston College team by 11 points, and it took a few big breaks and late into the fourth quarter to do so, but in the end, the Trojans got it done.All in all, the sky did not fall and cause Armageddon at Heritage Hall this season. Sure, the team did not live up to unreasonable expectations and the true freshman could not match unfair hype.But what Barkley gained in experience — a bowl game victory, hard-fought victories on the road and gut-checking losses in the Pac-10 — is going to go a long way in righting the USC ship that had briefly lost its way.
What’s the best way to bounce back from a last-minute loss? A first-minute goal would be a good suggestion.The Wisconsin women’s soccer team (8-1-0, 2-1-0 Big Ten) took on Nebraska (4-4-1, 0-2-1 Big Ten) in the Badgers’ Big Ten home opener Saturday, and redshirt senior forward Kodee Williams was clearly ready to get back on the pitch after last Sunday’s debacle at Michigan. Fifty-eight seconds into the first half, following a Nebraska turnover and subsequent breakaway, Williams took it all the way past the keeper, chipping it into the net on the far post for her third score of the season.Looking back on the quick strike, Williams said she believed the early aggression not only paid off early, but it set the tone for the rest of the match.“Well to be honest, it was all in the game plan, and I really have to give credit to [head coach] Paula [Wilkins] for this,” Williams said. “We have sort of been playing a restraining line that’s been out by the center circle, and this game we knew we had to press, so we pressed the first minute of the game and it worked.”Following that wild first minute of the match, Nebraska seemed to settle down defensively and figure things out for the next 15 minutes. While the Badgers dominated possession on the attacking half, they were unable to finish multiple opportunities and also drew multiple offside penalties that squashed some accurate lobs into the box from midfielder McKenna Meuer. The score remained 1-0 Badgers going into the 18th minute.After continuing to control the ball, the Badgers managed to find a breakthrough again in the 19th minute. After a series of offensive miscues, Meuer connected with redshirt junior forward Marisa Kresge on a perfectly placed lob pass. What followed was a race to the ball between Kresge and Nebraska goalkeeper Kelly Shatz. Kresge finished the job by getting there first for the lob shot to make it 2-0, her third goal of the season.By no means did the Huskers have a silent showing offensively in the first half, outshooting the Badgers 7-3 and putting redshirt senior goalkeeper Genevieve Richard to the test for one of the first times at home this season. Nebraska’s star forward sophomore Jaycie Johnson led the charge with three shots on goal in an attempt to add to her six goals and two assists already in the season. Richard, however, had different plans for the Huskers, playing the role of spoiler to the tune of six saves on the night. A diving-save in the upper left corner following a Nebraska breakaway at the end of the first half highlighted Richard’s performance.In any given Big Ten game, the competition tends to become a bit chippy at times. Saturday night was no exception, with Wisconsin committing nine of the night’s 13 fouls. Wilkins credited Nebraska’s style of play for being able to draw so many penalties.“I think that’s one thing that Nebraska always does. That’s one thing I have great respect for is they are invested in their attack and their defending,” Wilkins said. “They don’t do anything really slow, and so I think that’s something I really respect about them. They have a culture on their team to do that and I think that makes the game a bit physical.”Similar to the past victories at home, the defensive backline of junior Brianna Stelzer; redshirt senior Alexandra Heller; sophomore Kylie Schwarz; and junior Molly Laufenberg helped secure the lead with consistent clearances on balls in the box and accurate passes to the midfield for eventual scoring opportunities.In five home games this season, the Badgers have allowed just one goal. Stelzer credits the experience of the backline for their success.“We’ve been playing together for so long that we just know what each of us is capable of doing, and we just know each other and communicate well,” Stelzer said.The second half started with the Huskers coming out strong, dominating possession and essentially camping out in the attacking half. The scariest moment for Wisconsin came five minutes into the second half following a loose ball in the Badger’s box. With an open look past Richard, the Huskers had what was sure to be their first score of the night, but with a combination of good fortune and instinct, the shot was saved right at the line by Laufenberg.The rest of the game consisted mostly of a battle for the ball in the middle part of the field. Despite being down 2-0, the Huskers appeared unaggressive for most of the half and didn’t chase too hard after crosses into the box. Their formations were more conservative, as if they were trying to play the counterattack and get breakaways off Badger miscues.Junior midfielder Kinley McNicoll had an open look at the net following a ricochet in the Huskers’ box off Williams for the easy close-range shot, her seventh goal of the year. With one last chance to salvage something positive from the match, Nebraska had a breakaway in the 89th minute. The shot got past Richard, but sailed wide right. It basically summed up the night on offense for the defending Big Ten Champions.The one word Wilkins chose to sum up the night? “Serendipity.”The outcome was certainly a pleasant surprise for Wilkins and the Badgers, considering UW hasn’t beaten Nebraska, one of the Big Ten premier squads, since 2011.The Badgers will be on the pitch next against Indiana, Sep. 26 and Purdue, Sep. 28 as they continue their Big Ten stretch on the road.
Usian Bolt (r) and Chris Gayle send prayers for victims of Manchester attack Two of the Caribbean’s biggest sports stars — sprinter Usain Bolt and West Indies batsman Chris Gayle — offered condolences to victims of Monday’s bombing in Manchester, England.The terror attack, which took place following an Ariana Grande concert at the Manchester Arena, left 22 persons dead and 59 injured.“Thoughts & prayers goes out to people of Manchester and all those who are affected,” Bolt said via Twitter.“Thoughts and prayers goes out to Manchester! #VerySad”, Gayle said, also on Twitter.Indian captain Virat Kohli, Gayle’s teammate at Indian Premier League (IPL) team Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) also expressed his condolences.“I wish a lot of courage & strength to all those affected in the Manchester bombings last night. Heartbreaking to hear the sad news,” Kohli said.The Islamic State (ISIS) has claimed responsibility for the attack.
Related Articles Share GVC reprices and relocates its corporate debt holdings February 11, 2020 6 of the Best – Mark Jarvis Racing’s Paul Graham June 20, 2019 StumbleUpon Submit Share GVC Holdings transfers corporate control to London HQ February 6, 2020 Following a complete and comprehensive renewal of its platform, Betstudios has announced the launch of its new mobile betting offering.The Maltese based software suppliers, has detailed that a particular focus has been placed upon making the new system intuitive and flowing for consumers.Amongst the changes are revamped casino lobby and sports betting sections, showcasing an enhanced UX designed to reflect “the changing way people perceive and use mobile devices.”In addition to this, a new retail version of its sports betting application is also set to be introduced, with all changes to be unveiled at next months ICE London. Andre Genovese, Managing Director of Betstudios, explained: “Our modern architecture brings a lot of flexibility which is hard to find anywhere else.“Our main target is for Betstudios to become a household name in the provision of sportsbook and gaming platforms, as we know we have a competitive and complete product.“ICE is a great opportunity for us to get together with our peers and encourage them to experience our products and how they have evolved since last year.“We are trying to attract businesses that are looking for personal attention and the ability to make use of a software product that is tailor-made for their needs.”Betstudios states that a number of landmarks have been reached over the past 12 months, with Genovese also outlining the firms brief 2018 goals: “2017 was a year of success, where we witnessed a growth that exceeded our plans.“Over the last 12 months we have teamed up with a number of resellers in strong emerging markets, allowing us to adapt further our product to different parts of the world.“In 2018 we will continue certifying our product in different jurisdictions, giving our customers a broad range of licensing options, whilst adding more content to our games portfolio.”