Badgers trounce Chanticleers in home opener

first_imgThe men’s basketball team did not need its lead swingman Alando Tucker to help defeat Coastal Carolina 92-54 in its home opener Saturday. The Badgers instead turned to guardKammron Taylor to help lead the unblemished team (3-0) to a blowout victory.”I don’t really look at the margin [of victory],” Badger head coach Bo Ryan said after the game. “I’m just looking at ball movement and how we handled their scorers.””It was 40 minutes of effort.”Tucker, who had been averaging 22.7 points per game, was held to an abominable five points. Tucker now averages 18.3 points per game, which ranks second on the team, courtesy of Taylor’s 20-point effort Saturday. Taylor now leads UW with 18.5 points per game.Taylor jump-started the game for the Badgers with a 3-pointer and never looked back. In the first half, UW went on a 26-5 run and outscored Coastal Carolina 29-4 to open the second half. Wisconsin also had a season-low 11 turnovers. “If we’d have played [Friday] it probably wouldn’t have looked as crisp,” Ryan said, referring to the day after a Thanksgiving feast. “When you come back from some of these tournaments and you travel awhile and you come through all these time zones and you get in different hours; some teams struggle with that. I thought tonight our guys kept focused on the things we have to do.”Brian Butch joined Taylor to lead the way for Wisconsin. They were the only two Badgers who scored in double figures. Butch put up 17 points and came within one rebound of his first career double-double.Picking up Tucker’s slack were nine UW players who scored five or more points, with 11 players in all scoring for UW.”[Tucker] didn’t have to shoot a lot. [Tucker] was getting a lot of attention,” Ryan said, adding that the performance from the rest of the team was also encouraging. “Our guys were active.”The Badgers shot 54 percent from the field, while holding the Chanticleers (Chanticleer: A rooster who rules the barnyard with cunning and wit) to only 38 percent shooting, and a witless 28 percent in the first half.Wisconsin also was dominant from the free-throw line, making 20 of 30 while Coastal Carolina only managed seven points from the charity stripe.Early in the game Wisconsin built up a lead with solid outside shooting, making three of their first four shots from beyond the arc. As the game progressed, the team asserted their authority in the post more and more against an undersized Chanticleer team whose tallest player was a generous 6’7,” ending the game with 48 points in the paint, compared to Coastal Carolina’s 14.”The littler guys, the smaller guys who are in there against the taller guys and haven’t played against taller teams, they tend to chest up and get their elbows in there and it isn’t as easy as it looks,” Ryan said of his team’s size advantage.Coastal Carolina was lead by forward Moses Sonko who contributed 19 points and five rebounds in the losing effort. Swingman Pele Paelay was the only other Chanticleer to reach double digits.Wisconsin also gave impressive sophomore Jack Leasure a night to forget. Leasure, the 2005 Big South Freshman of the Year, struggled to only seven points on 2-16 shooting, and had seven turnovers.”This young man can shoot, but this night he just had one of those nights,” Coastal Carolina head coach Buzz Peterson said.Sophomore reserve point guard Michael Flowers also had a very impressive game, scoring nine points on 3-4 shooting, with five rebounds, five steals, two assists and a block and also had what was certainly the play of the game. Flowers blocked a shot by Leasure, who recovered the ball. Flowers then stole the pass from Leasure to a Coastal Carolina teammate. Flowers then pushed the ball up the floor and lobbed the ball up to a trailing DeAaron Williams, who punctuated the play with a fierce slam.”[Flowers] was just huge,” Ryan said. “He just refused to get discouraged on some screens, on positioning … he’s a great defensive player.”last_img read more

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Caring for the Caregiver

first_imgCaregivers often forget that in order to provide proper care to their loved one they must first care for themselves. Caring scenario #1–on an airplane, an oxygen mask descends in front of you. What do you do? As we know, the rule is to put on your oxygen mask before you assist anyone else. Why is this? Only when we first help ourselves can we effectively help others–same with caregiving.When your needs are taken care of, your wounded warrior will benefit, too. Consider the following tips for staying healthy and learning to ask for help.Staying HealthyStart by taking care of yourself first!Attend regular medical checkups.Take your medications.Eat healthy.Exercise.Establish a regular routine.Get plenty of sleep and rest.Find ways to take breaks from caregiving.Look for humor in caregiving moments. It is important to be able to laugh, even if moments are heartbreaking.Asking for HelpAsking for help is not easy but may be the best way for you to stay healthy and continue giving care. Help others understand your needs by letting them know what they can do to help out and how often you want their assistance.Be honest about what you can and cannot do. Think about everything you do each day.What tasks can other people do to ease your workload?What can others do to make your caregiving responsibilities easier?Run errands.Fix a meal.Clean.Provide child care.Do yard work.Drive wounded warrior to appointments.Caregiving can be both challenging and satisfying. To continue to provide the care your wounded service member needs,  you must care for yourself. Remember to stay healthy and ask for help when needed.last_img read more

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Shorter season? Shorter games? Silver ponders NBA format

first_imgCayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess If it even keeps an 82-game season.Silver mentioned everything from shorter games to a shorter season Friday as ways the NBA could make its future product better for players and fans.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics“The format we have in place now — I’m a traditionalist on one hand, but on the other hand it’s 50 years old or so, presenting an 82-game season, and there’s nothing magical about it,” Silver said.“I think it’s on the league office to always be challenging the way we do things, to be paying attention to changing viewer habits, a changing marketplace, a new world of the way media is presented, often on smaller devices, less on screens, people having shorter attention spans, and saying, ‘This is an incredible game, it’s never been more exciting, the athleticism has never been greater, fantastic players coming from all around the world, but what’s the best way to put the season together?’” SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte “That’s why I’m particularly interested in looking at different kinds of formats — at midseason tournaments, for example, play-in tournaments — because even accepting that players have so many miles on their bodies, there may be better ways to present it,” Silver said. “Assuming guys are going to play 82 games, maybe there should be a certain number of games in the regular season and then there should be two tournaments throughout the season.”He acknowledged that model would require a change of thinking in American fans, who are used to only caring about the winner of the NBA Finals.Silver also mentioned the possibility of trimming games from 48 minutes to 40, which is the length of college and international games.He cautioned that none of the changes he discussed after the league’s Board of Governors meetings were close to being implemented, and would continue to be studied within the league, perhaps for a few years.“Part of it is just the formality that they need to be negotiated with the Players Association, but even if the Players Association came to us and said, ‘You guys know best, what is it you want,’ I wouldn’t know how to answer it,” Silver said. “I think it’s going to require a lot more research, a lot more thoughtfulness on behalf of the teams, players and the league working together.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Luke Walton out as Lakers coach after 3 losing seasons Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:43Who are Filipinos rooting for in the NBA Finals?02:11’Not just basketball’: Circumcisions, pageants at Philippine courts02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Silver has focused on player health as commissioner, opening the regular season earlier to reduce the frequency of back-to-back games, and lengthening the All-Star break.But players are still sitting out games throughout the season — either by their choice or because their teams are requiring it — often for reasons being listed as load management.“I think a fair point from fans could be if ultimately the science suggests that 82 games is too many games for these players, maybe you shouldn’t have an 82-game season,” Silver said. “I accept that, and that’s something we’ll continue to look at.”Fewer games could mean less revenue, unless they could be replaced by something that would generate as many or more viewers. Tournaments could be an answer, even if 82 games remains the format.Silver has pointed to European soccer as something that could bring new interest to the NBA by offering teams more opportunities to win something, instead of just having one champion.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIEScenter_img Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue MOST READ FILE – In this Feb. 16, 2019, file photo, NBA Commissioner Adam Silver speaks during the NBA All-Star festivities in Charlotte, N.C. Silver spoke to the media on Friday, April 12, 2019, in New York after a meeting of the NBA’s Board of Governors. He mentioned shorter games or a shorter season as ways the NBA could make its future product better for players and fans. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome, File)NEW YORK — The future of NBA basketball could look like European football.Tournaments that take place during the season along with league games intrigue Commissioner Adam Silver as a way to change the format of the NBA’s 82-game season.ADVERTISEMENT Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew View commentslast_img read more

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Dele Alli’s Spurs return against Real Madrid adds spice to Wembley meeting

first_img The Fiver: the Guardian’s take on the world of football Share on WhatsApp Barney Ronay Read more Share on Twitter Topics Pochettino said he had been happy with Alli’s last three performances – against Liverpool, West Ham United in the Carabao Cup and Manchester United, although he missed a golden late chance at Old Trafford, when the score was 0-0. United would win 1-0.It seemed to sum up the stop-start nature of his season, in which he has also served a one-match international ban for making a middle-finger gesture during England’s World Cup qualifier against Slovakia. Pochettino maintained he would not want to remove the fire from Alli and flare-ups such as the one with United’s Ashley Young on Saturday were inevitable. The Real tie promises drama and opportunity.“I think Dele needs to enjoy playing football,” Pochettino said. “He is a special player. With time, improvement and not repeating his mistakes, he can, for sure, become one of the best players in the world.” Share on LinkedIn Read more Share on Messenger Dele Alli Real Madrid Alli travelled with the Tottenham squad for the tie in Madrid, even though he could not play, and he trained with his team-mates the night beforehand at the Bernabéu. It was quite an experience but watching the 1-1 draw from the stands was an altogether more testing one.Now Alli is back for Real’s visit to Wembley and it is impossible to ignore the impression that he is on a mission to make up for lost time.Harry Kane, the in-form striker and another reported Real target, has seemingly shaken off the hamstring injury that ruled him out of Saturday’s defeat at Manchester United. He trained well on Tuesday and Pochettino said he is “very confident” he will start. Alli’s return supplies the intrigue.“For the player that is not involved from the beginning in a very exciting competition, you always feel a little bit down,” Pochettino said. “Of course it can affect the motivation about preparing yourself to compete. Sometimes you stay alone at the training ground and it’s not easy. Maybe Dele was affected a little bit by that.“But we are so happy now in how he is doing. His internal motivation is higher to compete at his best level. It’s true that maybe he is disappointed with himself because he’s not been at his best but it is coming – like the winter is coming.” Deep-lying or forward-thinking, Dele Alli is Tottenham’s total footballer Pochettino ‘very confident’ Kane will feature for Spurs against Real Madrid Champions League Read more Share on Facebook features Share on Pinterest The admission that there has been a problem for Alli was the serious bit and Pochettino was a little vague, at first, when he attempted to explain why. “I think it’s normal after two very successful seasons, or one-and-a-half …” the manager started, before trailing off. “It was a strange pre-season for Dele, a difficult pre-season for him for different reasons.”It was over the summer that Alli parted company with his agent, Rob Segal, and his search for fresh representation has made the headlines at Europe’s biggest clubs – chief among them Real Madrid. It should be noted that Alli remains under contract to Segal for the next two transfer windows, meaning that he could be in line for a payday if the attacking midfielder were to sign a new contract at Tottenham or get a move. In that event, the agent used by Alli would most likely have to reach a settlement with Segal.Alli is not the sort of guy to worry at night about who represents him but Pochettino did note in his book that it was important the player does not “forget what has got him to his point”.Pochettino continued: “Dele’s WhatsApp photo of a cartoon of a boy surrounded by people who all want a piece of him suggests that he needs to be surrounded by the right people. I often think about that WhatsApp photo. John McDermott [the head of the Tottenham academy] says that when the trough is full, the pigs come from all over to feed.”Pochettino would alight upon a more concrete reason for Alli’s relative splutters – the 21-year-old’s frustration at the Champions League suspension that ruled him out of Tottenham’s first three Group H ties, the last of them the trip to Real two weeks ago. It was the result of his sending off in the Europa League against Gent at Wembley last season and it is fair to say that the consequences of the lunge on Brecht Dejaegere have stayed with him for a disproportionate length of time. Share via Email Tottenham Hotspur It has been apparent to everyone that Dele Alli has suffered, at times, over the early months of the season, that his stars have not been aligned, and Mauricio Pochettino is well aware of it. “I think [it has been] for many reasons that maybe you must read in my next book,” the Tottenham Hotspur manager told his audience before Wednesday night’s Champions League tie against Real Madrid, which got few laughs.The joke threatened to run away from him when the Uefa translator relayed it back in Spanish – on a literal level – for the benefit of the Madrid media. Pochettino was forced to butt in and clarify that he was not about to write a sequel to Brave New World, his diary of last season which has just been released. Reuse this contentlast_img read more

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