For the entire first half against Saint Louis, it looked like University of Wisconsin women’s basketball team had a case of the Mondays. Heavily outrebounded on the boards by a scrappy Saint Louis team and shooting as cold as the weather outside, Wisconsin went into the locker room looking like it could do no right.But in a tale of two halves, Wisconsin emerged from the locker room on fire, as the Badgers (4-5) rode their hot shooting in the second half and a career game from forward Ashley Thomas to beat the Billikens (2-6) 48-46 Monday night at the Kohl Center.Thomas scored a career-high 14 points and brought in seven rebounds. Taylor Wurtz was another Badger who came out in the second half with something to prove. Wurtz scored 11 of her team-high 16 points in the second half to go along with her nine rebounds. The junior guard scored only five points in the first half, going 2-of-9 from the floor and 1-for-3 from beyond the arc.In the second half, Wurtz showed Saint Louis why she leads Wisconsin in points per game, shooting 4-of-8 from the floor and making all three of her three-point attempts.The Badgers as a team shot 59 percent from the floor in the second half. In the first half, UW shot just 25 percent.“I think we were getting the same [shots in the second half],” head coach Bobbie Kelsey said. “We had [short shots] in the first half that just didn’t go in. In the second half, I think people really concentrated and slowed down and really tried to use the backboard and things like that to help themselves. The rebounding is what really concerned me.”The Badgers allowed the Billikens to best them in total rebounds 45-33 and offensive boards 21-6. The 21 offensive rebounds translated directly into 14-second chance points for Saint Louis.“We worked on boxing out in practice and turning the correct way,” Kelsey said. “Sometimes you turn to box out, but you don’t turn the right way and the player goes around you. [Saint Louis] understands the importance of rebounding; that’s probably the way they’ll stay in a lot of their games.”Leading the Billikens offensively was forward Lorreal Jones. The sophomore forward scored 13 points and corralled a career-high 16 rebounds. The double-double for Jones was her second in a row and third on the season. The double-figure rebounding total was the seventh for Jones in eight games.The play of Jones and the rebounding for the Billikens bolstered the team on a night where the squad shot 19-of-67 (28 percent) from the floor. The rebounding also gave the Billikens a chance to win in the game’s final minutes, as the team closed out a 43-36 deficit with five minutes left to a two-point UW lead with one minute remaining.“We pride ourselves on our rebounding,” Saint Louis head coach Shimmy Gray-Miller said. “The last couple of years, we’ve been consistently high in [our conference] in rebounds, part of that because we’re such bad shooters, so we have a lot of opportunities to get them. But rebounding is definitely something we pride ourselves on. We talk about it everyday; we haven’t been out-rebounded once this entire year. The 21 offensive rebounds isn’t too far away from our average this year.”Kelsey said she knows that if her Badgers hope to continue their winning ways, they must correct their rebounding issues.“The rebounding is something we’re going to address; otherwise it’s going to be a problem the whole year,” Kelsey said. “People can look at the Colorado game and this one, and they can say that we don’t box-out or rebound, send five to the glass; don’t worry about them getting a layup because we can get the ball and score. So we have to take care of that.”
Although the Wisconsin softball team had its 13-game winning streak snapped Wednesday at the hands of No. 19 Nebraska, the Badgers feat of rattling off 13 straight wins was no small task. At the nucleus of that run were the pitching duo of senior Cassandra Darrah and sophomore Taylor-Paige Stewart.Wisconsin (31-16, 13-6 Big Ten) got run-ruled in the opening act of the double header, with Darrah getting lit up for 12 runs over five innings, leading to a 12-0 defeat. But Stewart righted the ship in the finale, allowing four runs in a complete game outing, which turned out as a 6-4 Badger victory.Throughout the winning streak, Wisconsin starters Darrah and Stewart posted a combined 13-0 record for the team, scattering 34 runs across those 13 contests. In only two of those games did either hurler allow more than two runs, giving up eight against UW-Green Bay on April 16 and five against Purdue on April 26. Darrah was on the mound for both.“Having the team back me up many times when I was struggling [was helpful],” Darrah said of her squad’s offensive efforts throughout that winning streak. “It was nice to see our team on a roll. Our team hadn’t had that all year. Even when I was struggling they came back and scored a lot of runs for me.”This season, only one other Badger, Sara Novak, has entered the circle for UW. She has made two appearances for a total of 1-2/3 innings. This means that just Stewart and Darrah carry the pitching load for the Badgers. Heading into Wednesday’s double-header against Nebraska, Stewart had tossed 118 innings in 22 appearances, while Darrah has amassed 172 innings in 26 appearances this season.The two have combined for all of Wisconsin’s 31 wins this season. Stewart has posted a 13-5 record, while Darrah has 18 wins and 11 losses.The 31 wins by UW is the fourth straight season it has reached the 30-win plateau, coinciding with the first four years of head coach Yvette Healy’s tenure in Madison.Prior to Healy’s arrival at UW, the program had only reached the 30-win mark five times.“I think that they, the pitchers, have been complementing each other all year,” Healy said.Since the doubleheader is the common scheduling format in collegiate softball, Healy says it is always nice to have the first pitcher test the waters in the first game, allowing whoever is next in the rotation to exploit the other teams’ offensive weaknesses in the second game.“You’re facing the best teams in the country,” Healy said. “You just have to manage your expectations. You can’t go into an offense, like the one we just faced [Nebraska] and think that you’re going to shut them out. You just have to contain them, and that’s what Taylor did in that second game.”Other than the disparity between the two in wins and losses, both have similar statistics otherwise. Stewart has a 2.73 earned run average, while Darrah has a 2.81 ERA. Stewart has struck out 110 batters this season, while Darrah has set down 113 batters whiffing. Darrah has completed three complete-game shutouts, while Stewart has blanked her opponents twice this season.Darrah has long been a key contributor on the pitching staff for the Badgers. This season she continued her role of staff ace, and is having her best season at Wisconsin. On March 20 against Detroit, Darrah tossed her second career no-hitter.Darrah, a Corydon, Iowa native, is second on the Badger all-time wins list, with 83 career victories. She is just four wins shy of Andrea Kirshberg’s 87 wins, a feat she hopes to break between now and the conclusion of the season.Darrah is also currently second all-time for the Badgers in games started (119), innings pitched (788.0) and shutouts (22).She explained that while chasing records is exciting, she is more focused on winning ball games and being part of a team effort.“It would be cool,” Darrah said. “Breaking the records as a team is huge, and that’s the most important thing.”It is different story for Stewart. The sophomore from Calabasas, Calif. appeared in only 12 games last season, starting 5 games for Wisconsin. She was 4-0, including three shutouts. This season, she has stepped into a much larger role on the Wisconsin pitching staff, and has relished the opportunity.“It’s nice being part of the team and knowing that you play a part in the wins, and even the losses,” Stewart said. “I think that since our team is really coming together, and that’s what bringing me a lot of confidence, it’s not necessarily that a lot of things have changed, but I think everybody is on the same page.”With Stewart’s emergence, Darrah has taken the opportunity to groom the future ace for the next two seasons following her imminent departure.“I try to relay my knowledge that I’ve used in my experiences here,” Darrah said. “I definitely think that I can help her along the way, and she helps me too. We help each other along the way.”As the Badgers head into a key three-game series against Michigan this weekend and the postseason next week, the focus will be on pitching. Darrah and Stewart will have to be stronger than ever for Wisconsin to make any postseason run and defend their Big Ten tournament title.
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Tiémoué Bakayoko starts for Chelsea in the Champions League game at Stamford Bridge.Marcos Alonso has been rested, joining the likes of Willian and Pedro on the bench.The Blues, already sure of a place in the knockout stage, will finish top of Group C if they win tonight.Chelsea: Courtois; Azpilicueta, Christensen, Cahill; Zappacosta, Fabregas, Kante, Bakayoko, Moses; Hazard, Morata.Subs: Caballero, Rudiger, Alonso, Drinkwater, Willian, Pedro, Batshuayi.Atletico Madrid: Oblak, Gimenez, Savic, Lucas, Luis, Koke, Thomas, Gabi, Saul, Torres, Griezmann.Subs: Moya, Godin, Vrsaljko, Carrasco, Correa, Vietto, Gameiro. Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook
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If youâ€™re looking to compete in the richest Touch Football knockout in Australia, travelling to, playing in and staying at the event and location just got a whole lot easier!Touch Football Australia and Queensland Touch Football have partnered with local travel and accommodation operators making it easier and more affordable for you and your team to not only play in this yearâ€™s Bundaberg Cup, but also stay and enjoy the great tourism destination options synonymous with the Southern Great Barrier Reef region.The more streamlined process to get to and compete in the event has been made possible through the great support and collaboration of event partners, Tourism and Events Queensland (TEQ), Bundaberg North Burnett Tourism, Bundaberg Regional Council and Queensland Rail. Following the success of the inaugural Bundaberg Cup in 2015, teams from around the country are registering now in pursuit of the $20,000 prize purse across menâ€™s, womenâ€™s, mixed and junior divisions. The event will be held at the Greg Duncan Touch Fields on the weekend of 19 and 20 November 2016.With less than 50 days to go, check out the top 50 things to do in location in coming weeks: see 41-50 of the best tourism experiences in the Bundaberg-North Burnett region on the event website and to continue up to the event date. We will provide you with the hottest tips on things to do and places to stay while you are participating and for all your friends and family to consider as well. Event Ambassador and ex-NRL star, Scott Prince will be in location sampling the local tourism sights and delights on Tuesday, 18 October to give you an insiderâ€™s view of the best attractions on offer. With an exciting event format planning for this second instalment of the Bundy Cup, Prince is looking forward to returning to Bundaberg to compete in the eventâ€¦and stay for a few days. â€œIâ€™m really excited to be returning to Bundaberg to not only take part in the Bundaberg Cup but also to re-visit what the Bundaberg and North Burnett Region has to offer,â€ he said. â€œit’s a great time of year as the turtles are coming to shore to lay their eggs – a moment the family and I and Iâ€™m sure others would love to see,” Prince said.â€œThe prizemoney on offer is outstanding which should see the best of the best in town but also a strong social contingent as well. â€œI am hopeful that our team can go back-to-back,â€ Prince added.The Bundaberg Cup is supported by the Queensland Government through Tourism and Events Queensland in partnership with the Bundaberg Regional Council, Bundaberg and North Burnett Tourism and promoted as part of the Itâ€™s Live! in Queensland event calendar.To register your team and take advantage of the many accommodation and travel offers, download the Bundaberg Cup Offers PDF here , or visit the Official Bundaberg Cup website. Hurry, registrations close soon, and this touch tournament is not one to miss! Discover 50-41 top tourist attractions in Bundaberg now!Related LinksBundaberg Cup
TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Redknapp insists no chance Spurs will sack Pochettinoby Paul Vegas11 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveHarry Redknapp says there is no chance Spurs will sack Mauricio Pochettino.The Argentine is under pressure to keep his job after a spluttering start to the Premier League season.But former Tottenham boss Redknapp believes Pochettino’s future at the North London club is secured.”Yeah, absolutely, that is not going to happen,” Redknapp told the Daily Mail. “I don’t know if they’ve overachieved. They should be finishing in the top three with that squad, that’s where they should be, there’s no doubt about that in my opinion.”But to get to a Champions League final was great for them. It was great to see them reach the final. “At the start of the year I really thought Spurs would push Man City and Liverpool a lot, lot closer. Tottenham have got a great team, with Harry Kane, Dele Alli, Son – I thought this could be their year. “But it’s been a disappointing start for them for sure and they need to turn it around quickly, but I still think they’ll finish third.”
oregon bill simmons failed trollFormer ESPNer Bill Simmons – now the owner and operator of The Ringer – attended college at Holy Cross, which landed a 16-seed in this year’s NCAA Tournament. Friday, the Crusaders take on 1-seed Oregon for the right to play in the round of 32. As such, Simmons attempted to poke fun at the Ducks’ program – but somehow failed miserably in the process.Simmons took to Twitter this morning, posting a photo of the 1947 Holy Cross squad that won the national title, asking Oregon fans to show him a photo of their national championship team. Clearly, he didn’t they they’ve ever had one. Except they do – Oregon won the first NCAA Tournament, back in 1939. Simmons quickly admitted defeat.Where is Oregon’s NCAA championship team photo? pic.twitter.com/BP12ahS4kE— Bill Simmons (@BillSimmons) March 18, 2016@BillSimmons Here it is. See you at 4:27 PST. Game On!! pic.twitter.com/TnRhcz6mOd— William (John) Moore (@akajtg) March 18, 2016Touche!!! 1939 vs. 1947 – tonight at 7:30! RT @akajtg: @BillSimmons Here it is. See you at 4:27 PST. Game On!! pic.twitter.com/wYfchlL2Tt— Bill Simmons (@BillSimmons) March 18, 2016The two programs may have the same number of national championship teams, but we don’t think tonight’s game will be anywhere close to even. Simmons probably should have done some quick research before firing off his tweet.
The Duke of Cambridge addressed a symposium of leading conservationists gathered together by his United For Wildlife umbrella organisation yesterday in support of ending the illegal wildlife trade which is threatening a number of endangered species.The Duke of Cambridge attends a symposium at ZSLCredit/Copyright: DukeAndDuchessOfCambridge.orgThe Duke made a speech at a conference held at the National History Museum last night and today will join his father The Prince of Wales at an international summit which aims to address the threat to animals like tigers, elephants and rhinos.Their Royal Highnesses have already released a video message calling on the world to turn its back on illegally traded animal parts like ivory and rhino horn.Video: Unite for wildlifeThe Duke told the symposium which met at the headquarters of one of its members the Zoological Society of London: “The Forces that are currently destroying some of the world’s endangered species are sophisticated and powerful. But this week, we are seeing the creation of an equally powerful alliance, coming together to help fight them.“The commitments set out today will begin to address the challenges of protection, enforcement and demand reduction. We will use our combined resources to ensure they succeed.”Will Travers, President of the Born Free Foundation founded by his parents the actors Bill Travers and Virginia McKenna, also attended the symposium.Source:dukeandduchessofcambridge.org
For updates on road conditions in Alberta, visit 511.alberta.caThe full warning from Environment Canada is below.Issued at 2018-12-17 03:46 UTC by Environment Canada:Freezing rain warning issued for:Co. of Grande Prairie near Beaverlodge Hythe and Demmitt, Alta. (077111)Co. of Grande Prairie near Sexsmith and La Glace, Alta. (077112)Co. of Grande Prairie near Grande Prairie and Wembley, Alta. (077113)Current details:Freezing rain is expected or occurring.An area of freezing rain is forecast to develop over the Grande Prairie and southern Peace River regions overnight. The freezing rain will move eastwards into portions of the Red Earth and Slave Lake regions by Monday morning. Freezing rain will end by noon.Surfaces such as highways, roads, walkways and parking lots may become icy and slippery. UPDATE – The warning ended at 10:30 a.m. on December 17.GRANDE PRAIRIE, A.B. – Environment Canada has issued a freezing rain warning for Grande Prairie, Sexsmith and the rest of the Alberta Peace.Freezing rain could develop overnight Sunday into Monday before moving into the Slave Lake region. Freezing rain warnings are issued when rain falling in sub-zero temperatures creates ice build-up and icy surfaces. Take extra care when walking or driving in affected areas.Freezing rain warnings are issued when rain falling in sub-zero temperatures creates ice build-up and icy surfaces.Please continue to monitor alerts and forecasts issued by Environment Canada. To report severe weather, send an email to ABstorm@canada.ca or tweet reports using #ABStorm.