Pele celebrates Ronaldo as ‘modern athlete’ with incredible feat

first_img Behind the scenes it takes a lot of hard work. From his diet, to exercise routine to sleep and rest, the forward leads the most disciplined of lifestyles. He can eat up to six meals a day, with fish a big part of his diet. Once tucked up, Ronaldo will ensure he has eight hours of sleep each night. That’s in addition to FIVE naps he will take during the day. The gym and intense exercise are also a huge part of Ronaldo’s life – as shown by his incredible muscle definition and speedy recovery from injury. Manchester United star Jesse Lingard recently described Ronaldo as the Michael Jordan of football. He told Sky Sports: “Everything he has achieved in his career. He has been at plenty of clubs and won many trophies. “I believe he is a real icon of football, the Michael Jordan of football.” FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Loading… World football legend,Edson Arantes do Nascimento, popularly known as Pele, has described Juve striker, Cristiano Ronaldo as a real icon of football and modern athlete, who shows everyone that success always comes for those who are committed and love what they do. The FIFA Ambassador lauded Ronaldo for his incredible feat after winning the second title for Juventus. The 79-year-old wrote on Instagram: “Cristiano Ronaldo is the modern athlete. I want to pay tribute to the incredible Douglas Costa , Alex Sandro and Danilo. Congratulations on the championship, Juventus!” The Portuguese five-time Ballon d’Or winner won his second Serie A title in just two seasons since joining Italian giants Juventus. The 35-year-old extended his tally to 31 league goals during the Old Lady’s 2-0 win over Sampdoria that confirmed top spot. And Ronaldo came in for particular praise from Pele, who has previously named the ex-Real Madrid superstar as the best in the world. Despite entering the twilight years of his career Ronaldo has become the fastest man to net 50 Serie A goals.Advertisementcenter_img Promoted ContentThe Highest Paid Football Players In The World10 Of The Most Powerful Women Across The GlobeThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read MoreSuperhero Castings That People Hated But Were AmazingEver Thought Of Sleeping Next To Celebs? This Guy Will Show You10 Risky Jobs Some Women Do8 Things To Expect If An Asteroid Hits Our PlanetThese TV Characters Proved That Any 2 People Can Bury The HatchetBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever Made7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend Better2020 Tattoo Trends: Here’s What You’ll See This YearWhy Go Veg? 7 Reasons To Do Thislast_img read more

Kenneth Lee Bruner, 80

first_imgKenneth Lee Bruner, 80, Osgood, Indiana, passed away peacefully on Saturday, June 1, 2019 at Margaret Mary Hospital in Batesville.Kenneth was born on March 4, 1939 in to William and Madge Bruner.  He and his siblings, Bill and Betty grew up in Greensburg.He served in the Navy on the USS Saratoga and after returning home, married Louise Bruner on February 4, 1964.  They raised 5 daughters, Laurie Lynnette, Lisha Yvette, Mary Dianne, Kimberly Dawn, and Elizabeth Ann.  He moved to Snellville, Georgia in 1982 and lived there with his family until moving back to Indiana in 2007.  Kenneth was a General Contractor, owning his own business for many years and retired in 1992 due to failing health.  Kenneth made the time to go back to High School after retiring and he earned his GED.  He loved to hunt and spend time with his brother, sons-in-law and nephews at the hunting camp.  He was a gifted singer and guitar player with a love for the blues and gospel music.  Kenneth wanted everyone he ever met to know about the saving grace of Jesus Christ and led many people to salvation in his lifetime.  He was a grandfather to 8 grandchildren and 14 great grandchildren.Kenneth was preceded in death by his parents, William and Madge Bruner, sister, Betty Swegman, daughter, Elizabeth Bruner, and wife, Louise Bruner.He is survived by his brother, William Bruner, Lawrenceville, GA, daughters, Laurie (Edgar) Swain, Newport News, VA, Lisha Bruner, Loganville GA, Mary (Ray) Pirani, Snellville, GA, Kimberly (Chris) Shearer, Alpharetta, GA; grandchildren, Lee Stephen, Dillsboro, Kayla Boutte, Loganville, GA, Blake Sweat, Scottsdale, AZ, Chris Bruner, Snellville, GA, KJ Stephen, Monroe, GA, Joshua Pirani, Snellville, GA, Garrett Bruner, Bethlehem, GA, Benton Bruner, Middletown, OH, 14 great grandchildren, 7 nieces and nephews.Visitation will be held on Wednesday from 9 to 11:00 a.m. at Porter-Oliger-Pearson Funeral Home in Greensburg followed by Funeral Services at 11:00 a.m. with Rev. Roger Dean officiating.Burial and military graveside rites will follow at South Park Cemetery.Donations may be made in Kenneth’s honor to the American Lung Association.The family of Kenneth Lee Bruner wishes to extend our sincere thanks to all of his care giving family at Manderley Health Care Center in Osgood.Online condolences can be made to the family at www.popfuneralhome.comlast_img read more

Ellsworth softball team rallies to beat John Bapst

first_img Mike MandellMike Mandell is the sports editor at The Ellsworth American and Mount Desert Islander. He began working for The American in August 2016. You can reach him via email at mmandell@ellsworthamerican.com. MPA approves golf, XC, field hockey, soccer; football, volleyball moved to spring – September 10, 2020 Ellsworth runners compete in virtual Boston Marathon – September 16, 2020 Latest Posts Latest posts by Mike Mandell (see all)center_img Ellsworth’s Katelynn Bagley connects with a pitch during the fourth inning of a high school softball game against John Bapst on May 4 in Ellsworth. ELLSWORTH AMERICAN PHOTO BY MIKE MANDELLELLSWORTH — It wasn’t a strikeout or an extra-base hit that got the Ellsworth softball team going — in fact, it wasn’t even one that scored a run — but the Eagles still got just what they needed.With Ellsworth trailing 1-0 in the third inning of Thursday’s game against John Bapst, freshman Trinity Montigny stepped into the batter’s box. The Eagles hadn’t been themselves offensively early in the game, but that was all about to change.“You’ve got this, Trin,” Ellsworth’s head coach, Dottie Cameron, shouted to Montigny as she stepped into the batter’s box. “Let’s get a spark going.”On the first pitch she saw, Montigny laid down a bunt. The ball slowly rolled toward the pitcher’s circle before hooking slightly to the left. By the time someone picked it up, Montigny was already at first base.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textImmediately, the mood in the Ellsworth dugout reached a new level of exuberance. The Eagles are always a passionate bunch, but they had been in dire need of a breakthrough. This was it; the chants got louder, the offense found its rhythm and the runs kept coming.“These girls are so passionate and so united as a team,” Cameron said. “They play for each other, and when one of them gets going, they feed off that.”Ellsworth used sound baserunning and timely hitting to earn a 13-4 victory over visiting John Bapst on Thursday evening. It was the third win in a row for the Eagles after falling to Mount Desert Island to start the season.Ellsworth (3-1) trailed 1-0 after two innings but took the lead in the bottom of the third when a Hannah Sargent grounder and John Bapst error scored Montigny and another run. Sargent scored on a Mariah Young groundout after stealing second base and advancing to third on a passed ball. Callie and Katie Hammer both reached base and eventually scored the final two runs of the inning to put Ellsworth up 5-1.After John Bapst (2-3) scored two runs the following inning, Ellsworth responded with six in the fourth. A combination of passed balls and alert baserunning put the Eagles up 9-3 before the Hammer sisters capped of the inning with a pair of doubles that stretched the lead to eight runs. The Eagles would later add two more runs in the sixth to seal the win.“We’re a very aggressive team on the basepaths,” Cameron said. “You have to be able to take advantage in any situation, and sometimes that can happen when the other team might not expect it.”Offensively, Callie Hammer led the way for the Eagles with two doubles and two RBIs. Mackenzie Chipman pitched five innings before Sammy Mason finished off the game by pitching the final two. The two combined for 10 strikeouts and allowed only five hits.The win marked the third time in four games that Ellsworth had scored more than 12 runs. Ironically, the only time the Eagles failed to reach that benchmark came in one of their strongest performances of the young season: a 3-1 win against defending state champion Old Town on April 29.“That was a big win that will help us going forward,” Cameron said. “We were already confident, but to beat a great team like that is going to make us even more confident when we battle tough teams.”Ellsworth baseball beats Bapst, WAThe Ellsworth baseball team (2-2) stopped a two-game skid by beating John Bapst 11-1 on Thursday.Both the softball and baseball teams play their next games at home against Washington Academy at 4:30 p.m. tomorrow, May 5. Hospice volunteers help families navigate grief and find hope – September 12, 2020 Biolast_img read more

The Latest: Jordan, Hornets supporting part-time workers

first_img___4:49 p.m.The Texas racetrack that hosts the Formula One U.S. Grand Prix and other motor racing series announced it is closing indefinitely after a series of cancellations because of concerns about the coronavirus.The Circuit of the Americas was supposed to host the MotoGP Grand Prix of the Americas on April 5 and the IndyCar Challenge on April 26. Both races have been canceled. The track is also home to the USL soccer team Austin Bold and the league season has been suspended.The facility also has a concert amphitheater and hosts large concerts and other events. Austin city officials have banned gatherings of 250 people or more at least until May 1. One of the prep races for the Kentucky Derby has been canceled because of the coronavirus pandemic.The $700,000 Sunland Derby on March 22 in New Mexico was called off Sunday, according to a report in the El Paso Times.Officials at the track across the border from El Paso, Texas, also said it would be the last day of racing to comply with the request of the governor. The meet was scheduled to end April 21.The Sunland Derby winner would have earned 50 points toward qualifying for the 20-horse field in the Kentucky Derby. Track officials had previously said the race would be run without spectators.It’s the second time the Sunland Derby has been canceled. In 2016, an outbreak of an equine herpes virus among the horse population forced it to be called off. The men’s top-tier Brazilian championship is scheduled to begin in April. The decision does not affect state championships currently being played. Some matches were held without any fans this weekend in São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro. São Paulo, Rio and other state soccer bodies are set to decide Monday on their course of action.___2:50 p.m.The New York State Olympic Regional Development Authority says all of the ski areas and venues that it manages will suspend operation at the close of business Sunday. Gremio players and coaching staff arrived at the Rio Grande do Sul state championship game wearing the masks. Authorities in Brazil have not ordered the cancellation or postponement of sporting events because of the corona pandemic but recommended that games are held without fans. Grêmio beat tiny São José 3-2 with no fans present.___5:15 p.m. The Latest: Jordan, Hornets supporting part-time workers ___3:39 p.m.Texas general manager Jon Daniels says the team has “effectively” closed down its training camp in Arizona, with a bulk of players from the big league camp electing to go home. He says 15 to 20 players were headed to the Dallas-Fort Worth area, where they either have a primary residence or a place where they live during the regular season.A charter plane was scheduled Monday for players to return to Texas, though some still elected to drive their own cars from the Arizona camp that is just more than 1,000 miles from their new ballpark in Arlington, Texas. Daniels said five or six players would be staying in Arizona, along with some staff members who have their offseason homes in the area. Other coaches were returning home to be with their families. Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro said suspending sports in the country is “hysteria.” He directly mentioned Brazil’s soccer confederation for suspending its tournaments.Bolsonaro took part in protests that gathered thousands in his support on Sunday despite medical recommendations that he stay in isolation due to coronavirus contagion risks. Several people that traveled with him to the United States last week tested positive for the virus. He said Friday he had tested negative.___5:11 p.m.The Seattle Sounders say a member of the team’s support staff is in isolation after testing positive for COVID-19. NCAA President Mark Emmert has said postponing the tournament indefinitely was not feasible.___4:45 p.m.Brazil’s soccer confederation has suspended all competitions under its control due to the coronavirus outbreak.The tournaments affected include the men’s Brazilian Cup, the top two tiers of the women’s Brazilian championship, and junior tournaments. When asked what his biggest baseball concern was, Daniels responded: “I don’t really have one to be honest with you, my head’s not even there. It might have been a few days ago, but it’s been pretty solely focused on making sure everyone’s got what they need, and everyone’s family is taken care of, and that we can get everybody home. We’re going to have plenty of time to figure out the baseball piece.”___6:24 p.m.Keeneland announced it will be closed to all non-essential guests starting Monday. Only essential employees, owners, trainers, veterinarians, blacksmiths and stable workers will be allowed into the track in Lexington, Kentucky.The track will set up screening checkpoints to monitor those seeking access and everyone will have their temperature taken. Only people with a temperature less than 100.5 degrees and showing no symptoms of the COVID-19 virus will be admitted. The screening will continue indefinitely. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the coronavirus outbreak’s effect on sports around the world (all times local):9:45 p.m.Hornets owner Michael Jordan and the Hornets players have partnered to establish a fund to provide financial assistance to the team’s part-time employees adversely affected by the loss of games and events due to the coronavirus pandemic. The measure applies to the men’s top flight and second division as well as the fledgling women’s league. Soccer officials said in a statement that the suspension would remain in effect until it’s determined that it’s safe to restart play in coordination with Mexico’s Health Department.Mexico previously played soccer matches without fans for several weeks during the 2009 H1N1 influenza health emergency, an outbreak with Mexico as the epicenter.Federal health officials on Saturday night raised the number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the country to 41, up from 26 the previous day and 11 the day before that. On Sunday at least two more were announced by state-level authorities.___ The F1 US Grand Prix remains scheduled for Oct. 25 if the season resumes. Formula One has postponed all races until at least May. MotoGP has tentatively rescheduled its Texas race for Nov. 15.“The joy of creating memorable occasions has been replaced with the disappointing reality of a worldwide crisis,” track officials said in a statement. “We hope everyone stays healthy, heeds the caution advises by leaders and experts, and comes back to COTA when good times return.”__5 p.m.Major League Soccer has extended the moratorium on team training through Friday. MLS announced a 30-day suspension of match play on Thursday because of the new coronavirus.The league said Sunday that players should remain in the market of their team and exercise safe social distancing. MLS said it is working with its players’ association and other North American professional leagues on a protocol to allow players at training facilities for rehabilitation or individual training.___2:10 p.m.Professional soccer is shutting down in Mexico following Sunday’s matches, which were already being played with no fans present as a precaution due to the new coronavirus. The team says the staff member worked the club’s match against Columbus on March 7, but did not become ill until four days later. The team said the individual did not have access to the general public and “only had access to the team in controlled areas during the game.”The team said no players or coaches have reported having any symptoms related to the coronavirus.“We remain in constant communication with a number of regional and national health authorities, and based on the information we collectively have at this time, there is not felt to be a risk to any fans that attended our March 7 match at CenturyLink Field,” Seattle general manager Garth Lagerwey said in a statement. “The individual that tested positive for COVID-19 did not have access to the public on matchday, and fortunately we have no other confirmed cases within the club at this time. Alongside public health authorities, we are actively monitoring this situation, and should new details emerge, we will continue proactively communicating with our community.”___5:34 p.m. 4:05 p.m.NCAA vice president of men’s basketball Dan Gavitt says brackets won’t be created for the NCAA men’s and women’s basketball tournaments that were canceled due to coronavirus concerns. Gavit says he made the decision and it was supported by basketball committees.“There is not an authentic way to produce tournament fields and brackets at this point without speculating,” Gavitt said Sunday, the day the men’s NCAA Tournament field had been scheduled to be announced. “And, that isn’t fair to the teams that would be positively or negatively impacted by manufacturing March Madness. More importantly, in light of this global health crisis, I believe we need to keep college basketball in perspective.”College basketball’s showcase was canceled on Thursday, leading to suggestions from coaches and athletic directors to release brackets for the event even though it won’t happen this year.“Players and coaches want to see their school name on the bracket,” Gavitt acknowledges. “Members of the media want to dissect matchups. Bracketologists want to compare the work of the committees versus what they’ve predicted. Fans are curious for those same reasons. All of us want something to fill the void we’re feeling. However, anything less than a credible process is inconsistent with the tradition of the NCAA basketball championships. … There will always be an asterisk next to the 2020 NCAA men’s and women’s basketball championships regardless if brackets are released.” The Italian soccer federation is planning to ask UEFA to postpone the European Championship.Federation president Gabriele Gravina tells Mediaset TV that Italian officials want Serie A to be completed by June 30.The Stadio Olimpico in Rome is slated to host the opening match of Euro 2020 on June 12, plus three other games of the tournament.Gravina says, “The hope is to finish by June 30. … And we’ll need to insert the Champions League and Europa League also. The deadline is June 30, then we’ll eventually see if we need to exceed that.”He adds, “We’ll propose to UEFA that they postpone the Euros.” March 15, 2020 Closures include all Nordic and Alpine ski resorts including Mt. Van Hoevenberg in Lake Placid, Belleayre Mountain Ski Resort in the Catskills, Gore Mountain in North Creek and Whiteface Mountain in Wilmington, near Lake Placid. All Lake Placid Olympic sites will also be closing, including the Olympic Jumping Complex, Olympic Sports Complex, The Olympic Oval and the Olympic Center including its museum and retail shops.___6:45 p.m.Soccer players at Brazilian club Gremio have staged a protest of their own by wearing face masks on the field before the start of their game against São José on Sunday. Payments from the fund will assist more than 500 part-time staff.The fund will impact employees who serve in various capacities during games and events, including ushers, ticket takers, box office attendants, entertainers, public safety officers, retail staff, guest services personnel, technical operations and others.The part-time staff for the Hornets will be compensated through the end of the scheduled NBA season on April 13. There also will be assistance for part-time employees working Spectrum Center concerts and Greensboro Swarm part-time staff through the end of March.___10:10 p.m. Valencia’s Argentine defender Ezequiel Garay says that he has tested positive for the coronavirus, making him the first Spanish league player to become infected. “I have tested positive for the coronavirus,” Garay wrote on a social media account Sunday. “I feel well and now the only thing to do is to follow the instructions of health officials to remain confined.”Valencia added in a statement that a total of five members of its staff and team have the new virus, without specifying if Garay is the only player. It says that all are in good health and confined at their homes.Garay, who is recovering from surgery after tearing a ligament in February, said in a message posted on Instagram that “it’s clear that 2020 is starting on the wrong foot.”On Saturday, fellow Spanish club Alavés said that two members of its coaching staff had the virus. It said they are in good health. Serie A is currently suspended until April 3, along with all other sports in Italy, the European epicenter of the virus outbreak.UEFA has a meeting planned on Tuesday to discuss the calendar. The virus outbreak has also tested the limits of soccer’s World Cup schedule.___1:15 p.m. Associated Press The Spanish league has suspended play due to the pandemic. Most people quickly recover from the global virus after experiencing only mild or moderate symptoms, such as fever and cough. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness, including pneumonia.___More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6last_img read more

Big four? What about Warner?

first_imgBy Ian ChappellANY conversation about which batsmen are currently top-rated in Test cricket begins with the Big Three; in order of batting average that’s Steve Smith, Joe Root and Virat Kohli.It’s often noted that New Zealand captain Kane Williamson could easily make it a quartet. Indeed, Williamson should be included as his average is second only to Smith, but David Warner ought to also be there, to extend it to a quintet.The main reason for Warner’s exclusion is his record in India. It’s not great, but then Kohli’s record in the UK is far worse, and the two players’ overall average is only about five percentage points apart.It’s noticeable that on two tours of India, Warner regularly got starts but then lost his wicket. Admittedly he has got five single-figure scores, but in half of his 16 innings he got to double figures without scoring a half-century.On the three occasions he attained the half-century mark he wasn’t able to convert to three figures. That is in sharp contrast to his overall record, where he has converted 20 of his 123 Test innings into centuries.However, his recent performance against Bangladesh – a bowling attack that doesn’t match India’s in class – provided good results in testing conditions. He scored back-to-back centuries, the first one with the ball turning sharply and bouncing awkwardly.That hundred was scored in typically flamboyant Warner style; attacking the bowlers and reaching or clearing the boundary regularly. His next century, in Chittagong, was his Dr Jekyll impersonation. He only got to the boundary seven times in an extremely patient innings that underlined the thought that goes into his batting.I saw Warner bat in a Champions League game on a slow, low Delhi pitch, where he tried to bash balls to the boundary. That method didn’t work. In his next innings on that same pitch, he placed the ball into gaps, relying on timing to score his runs, and looked much more at ease.“Warner is a batsman who thinks deeply about his task and just happens to be ultra-aggressive in his approach – one reason why he should always feature in any conversation about the best current batsmen is his approach to the game”His failure to score a Test century in India might be playing on his mind, but there’s no reason he can’t achieve success there – he has the skills.It’s more just a case of him getting out when he’s set, which can happen to any player. Most cricketers experience periods of drought in their career, and with the number of games being played now, it’s a miracle if there’s only one such.Warner is a very skilful batsman and always has been. Early in his career the talk about him being a T20 hitter was misplaced. I first saw him bat on television in a T20 against South Africa. As he belted the likes of Dale Steyn around the park, I said to my wife, “This kid can bat.”She responded: “What, all the fours and sixes, you mean?”“No,” was my reply. “It’s the way he’s adjusted to good deliveries from Steyn.”It’s fascinating to discuss batting with Warner. He commentated with Channel Nine in 2015, while his injured thumb repaired, and provided interesting insights into Australia’s loss in the just completed Ashes series.He talked about Jimmy Anderson’s and Stuart Broad’s plans to dismiss him and the things he had done to try and overcome their tactics. He made sensible adjustments during the series.It was obvious this wasn’t a hitter who just trusted his eye and his luck; Warner is a batsman who thinks deeply about his task and just happens to be ultra-aggressive in his approach. That’s one reason why he should always feature in any conversation about the best current batsmen: his approach to the game.Opening is a demanding position and he is brave enough to take on new-ball bowlers in order to give his side an early advantage in the game. Succeeding with that approach deserves to put him among a list of the best batsmen. He’s certainly the most watchable.Now that he has experienced a breakthrough in Bangladeshi conditions, Warner’s next tour of India might well provide a twist in the tale.(ESPN Cricinfo)last_img read more

IPL changes could leave Gayle’s future in limbo

first_img(SPORTSMAX) – THE Indian Premier League (IPL) future of Windies star Chris Gayle remains a curiosity after new stipulations from the competition’s governing council confirmed that a team can retain up to a maximum of five players ahead of the new season.The 38-year-old seemed unlikely to be retained by the Royal Challengers Bangalore ahead of the new campaign following a disappointing last two seasons where he played 19 matches in total and only managed to score 447 runs. The 2016 season was particularly disappointing as Gayle played nine matches but only managed to score 196 runs with the highest score being 46.Gayle the all-time T20 runs-scorer was surprisingly omitted from this year’s Pakistan Super League (PSL), but rebounded with a strong performance in the Bangladesh Premier League) (BPL).Gayle force was in full effect in Dhaka during the 2017 final as Rangpur Riders beat Dhaka Dynamites to claim the title. Gayle scored 146 runs from just 69 balls. It was an innings glittered with 18 sixes, a world record for the number of sixes in a T20 match.Gayle also performed heroics in the eliminator match against Khulna Titans, where he amassed a 51-ball 126, including six fours and 14 sixes. Both Gayle’s centuries came after the IPL Governing Council (GC) confirmed the changes.Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers are expected to hold the team’s number one and two spots but, with such kind of innings coming from Gayle’s willow, RCB might be pondering on retaining the player if he was not previously in their plans as the third player for retention.last_img read more

IndyCar says it will open its delayed season June 6 at Texas Motor Speedway

first_img May 7, 2020 Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditINDIANAPOLIS (AP) — IndyCar says it will open its delayed season June 6 at Texas Motor Speedway.,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 center_img IndyCar says it will open its delayed season June 6 at Texas Motor Speedwaylast_img

Braun: Consistency, thy name UW

first_imgTo paraphrase Ben Franklin, only three things are inevitable: Death, taxes and the American League winning the All-Star Game.Over the past 13 seasons the AL has dominated its MLB counterpart in the exhibition that is supposed to determine which league is better than the other. Say what you will about the way the game is played and whether players take it seriously, but one thing is clear: Over the past 13 years, the best players from the AL have been better than those of the NL.Now, I’m supposed to somehow relate this to college and UW, telling you that us Badgers are like the American League. We have the best fans, we’re loaded with talent, and most importantly, we never lose, right?Well, sorry to burst your bubble, but I’m from Los Angeles, and that means I’m a Dodger fan — that makes me a National League supporter.So if I like the NL, then I support the losers, and if I support the losers, then I’m not a fan of consistency, at least in the good sense. So if I like a team that seems to always lose, then I can’t be a Badger fan, can I?Anyone who watched the UW football team last season knows that simply can’t be true. Two years removed from one of the best seasons in Badger football, head coach Bret Bielema, his coaching staff and most importantly the student athletes came out with perhaps the most disappointing season in recent Wisconsin history, posting a 7-6 record to go along with an embarrassing 42-13 loss to Florida State in the Champs Sports Bowl.But nevertheless, here I am less than a year later talking about UW football. You know why? Because I, like nearly every other Badger fan in the world, like consistency.Not the consistent weak arm that Dustin Sherer displays on Saturdays, or John Clay’s overpowering of smaller defensive players on a weekly basis. I’m talking about the fans that, for one reason or another, continue to come back to support this team through the thick and thin.Clearly, if you’ve been a Badger fan all your life, these morals have been implanted into your life since you were a young child. For me, like many of the new students coming to the UW, this was the first time in my life that I realized what being a fan really meant.We aren’t the Indiana Hoosiers, where more people go to a tailgate than the actual football game. This isn’t Michigan or Ohio State, where football recruits go simply because of a tradition. At Wisconsin, the tradition is still being built, and that is why Badger fans are so uncompromising when it comes to athletics.Usually, a team that has a winning record 12 out of 13 seasons can call itself a success. But with one mishap, you end up with the head coach on the hot seat and a beleaguered athletic department.I too have the flaw of being too demanding at times. I have called for Bielema’s firing, just as I have questioned his, as well as other UW coaches’ actions. But at the end of the day, I still have that one word in mind — consistency.So as much as I hate to say it, let’s be like the American League. For the players in the AL, winning the All-Star Game has begun to turn away from a friendly exhibition and into an annual tradition.Continuing that tradition doesn’t mean winning every game or even the Big Ten for that matter (both would be remarkable feats). But like the American League, if we stay consistent, the tradition will be completed. Continue to be critical. Hate the coaching staff. Demand success. Without that pressure, this program won’t go anywhereBut when it’s all said and done, why do we rally wake up at 8 a.m. to “get ready” for a football game? To stay consistent, and to bring the biggest amount of support we can to the team that needs us the most.And yeah, the winning is nice too.Jonah Braun is a junior majoring in journalism and Hebrew and Semitic studies. If you have any questions about sports reporting or just want to share your thoughts about Wisconsin athletics, email him at jbraun@badgerherald.com.last_img read more

Cramming for California: What to know about Syracuse-Cal

first_imgAhead of Syracuse’s round of 32 meeting with No.-12 seed California, The Daily Orange has prepared a full menu of stats, matchups and generally enjoyable facts.Stat to know10Number of California losses in which the Golden Bears have trailed at halftime. That is every single defeat except Cal’s 79-69 overtime loss to Utah in the Pacific-12 quarterfinals. The Golden Bears led by one at the break.Good statAdvertisementThis is placeholder text9 SU steals per gameIf Syracuse gets out, runs and doesn’t have to come up with half-court sets, Syracuse wins. That starts in Boeheim’s long 2-3 zone. By contrast, Cal averages 5.8 steals per game. There are very few teams the Orange doesn’t want to get into a track meet with. The Golden Bears are not one of those teams.Bad stat2, Syracuse’s losses to 10-plus loss teamsThe Orange plays in the Big East where conference foes beat up in each other regularly. The two suchs teams SU lost to were UConn and Villanova. The Wildcats are a No. 9 seed and the Huskies would be a Tournament team if they weren’t banned from the postseason. In its last recognizable go-around the conference placed eight teams in the tourney.Matchup to watchBrandon Triche vs. Allen CrabbeThough both teams run a zone, expect Triche and Crabbe to find themselves frequently matched up on the perimeter. Crabbe is a volume shooter – he attempts more than 14 shots per game – and shoots almost 35 percent from beyond the arc. Triche and fellow guard Michael Carter-Williams could be in for a taxing day on the defensive end. But Crabbe won’t have it easy either. Triche is coming off perhaps his best performance of the season and is firmly out of the slump that lasted the better part of the final six weeks of the regular season.Player to watchTyrone WallaceThe freshman is a difference maker for California. The 6-foot-4 Wallace is a key component of the Golden Bears’ three-guard offense and, while he’s failed to log more than three points in Cal’s last three games, he’s gotten stronger as the season’s gone on. The former Scout.com No. 88 recruit matched a season high with 16 points and grabbed a season best 11 rebounds against Colorado on March 2. He’s a capable ballhandler and scorer, which could make him an effective zone-buster against Syracuse’s stout defense, though Michael Carter-Williams should be able to match Wallace’s length.Free throwsSyracuse forward James Southerland drained just one 3-pointer in the Orange’s 81-34 win over No. 13-seed Montana in the first round of the NCAA Tournament, and it led to his second consecutive single-digit scoring outing. Before Thursday’s victory, the last time SU won a game in which the senior failed to crack 10 points was during his suspension. Syracuse defeated then-No. 25 Notre Dame on Feb. 4.C.J. Fair played perhaps the worst game of his career against Georgetown in the Big East semifinals when he scored just six points on 3-of-16 shooting. Since then, though, he’s been red hot. He’s made 5-of-6 3-point attempts, has scored 34 points and grabbed 10 rebounds.SU small forward Jerami Grant’s eight rebounds in the 81-34 win over No. 13-seed Montana led the team. It’s the first time Grant has led the team in a major category – points, rebounds or assists – since a Feb. 13 loss to Connecticut.Syracuse has never lost to California, but the school’s have only met once, on Nov. 19 2009. The Orange won 95-73.Big number20-1Syracuse’s record this season when point guard Michael Carter-Williams dishes out at least seven assists. The sole loss the Orange has suffered when Carter-Williams is distributing at this rate came in the Big East championship game against Louisville. The sophomore handed out nine helpers in that game, but just three during the disastrous second half.—Compiled by  Jacob Klinger and David Wilson, asst. sports editors Comments Published on March 22, 2013 at 7:53 pm Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

LA Lakers’ Julius Randle admits struggles with recent bench role

first_img“His energy hasn’t been the same,” Scott said. “I made the change with the first unit because the first unit was getting off to terrible starts. Now they’re getting off to real good starts and the bench is coming in and not sustaining.”Randle blamed that on the difficulty in building a rhythm off the bench.“When you sit nine or 10 minutes, you get in and try to feel out the flow of the game,” Randle said. “It’s a completely different feeling.”Another troubling trend has emerged through Randle’s occasional off-nights. In the nine games he has scored in single digits, Randle has averaged 3.88 fouls. “Some of it’s because he’s not ready to guard,” Scott said of Randle. “He waits until the guy catches the ball and then he wants to guard.” The highlight reels usually show Lakers second-year forward Julius Randle overpowering his opponents. But small cracks have emerged in his study frame ever since grudgingly accepting a bench role. After his 20-point, 12-rebound outburst in the Lakers’ overtime loss last week in Minnesota, Randle has followed up the next two games averaging 5.5 points on 20 percent shooting and 8.5 rebounds.“What did I do the previous two games?” Randle said. “I’ve made so many shots so many times that I’m not worried about it. They’re not going in right now. But I’ll keep attacking. They’ll go in.”The Lakers (3-21) enter Tuesday’s game against the Milwaukee Bucks (10-15) at Staples Center with Randle posting double-digit efforts in six of the past eight games. But Lakers coach Byron Scott has already noticed Ruggle’s recent struggles as a reserve. Randle noted most of his fouls happen during garbage time. But he sounded receptive on fixing the issue. “That’s something I’ll have to watch on the film,” Randle said. “That’s hard to tell when you’re in the game.” A fond farewellKobe Bryant sounded glad the Lakers ended their 13-day, eight-game trip. The experience did not just test the 37-year-old’s stamina. He also experienced the beginning of his fare-well tour surrounding his 20th and last NBA season.“It’s been crazy,” Bryant said. “It’s been different to me being on the road and experiencing what I experienced with the acceptances, ‘Thank you’s’ and things like that. It’s been wonderful.”Bryant’s highlight?“Philadelphia in the most pleasant way possible,” Bryant said, referring to his hometown. “I feel very fortunate to have that. All the hard work I put in over the years really feels worth it to have that appreciation.”Injury updateAfter missing the past two games because of a sprained right ankle, Lakers guard Jordan Clarkson is listed as doubtful for Tuesday’s game against Milwaukee. The Lakers were off on Sunday and plan to resume practice on Monday, making Clarkson’s status subject to change.Change of scenery The Lakers assigned second-year forward Tarik Black, rookie forward Anthony Brown and third-year forward Ryan Kelly to their Development League affiliate, the D-Fenders. All three played in Sunday’s game against the Austin Spurs at the Lakers’ practice facility in El Segundo. center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more