Car passengers wait for COVID-19 tests in Auckland in mid-June after two people returning to New Zealand tested positive. A review has found the country’s managed isolation and quarantine facilities are under ‘extreme stress.’ GETTY IMAGES Webb said the man was a New Zealand citizen who recently returned from India. WELLINGTON, New Zealand – New Zealand authorities said they will press charges against a coronavirus patient who escaped quarantine in Auckland and went shopping at a supermarket. Air Commodore Darryn Webb, the head of managed isolation and quarantine, said the 32-year-old man escaped through a fence at the Stamford Plaza hotel and was gone for just over an hour before returning. The man later tested positive for the virus. New Zealand has eliminated community transmission of the virus and is trying to contain cases at the border by placing new arrivals into a 14-day quarantine at various hotels. Depending on exactly what charges are brought, the man could face a fine or a maximum of six months in jail if found guilty. (AP)
The 52-year-old looked on in dismay as his star man was sold to Paris St Germain in January, with the club unable to strike a deal to plug the chasm his departure created. However, having already started the planning process for what promises to be a crucial closed-season recruitment drive – detailed talks with owner Mike Ashley are yet to take place – the main focus will be replacing the man who made the Magpies tick more than most during his two and a half years on Tyneside. Asked if Cabaye’s exit had forced the club to re-calibrate its ambitions for the remainder of the season, Pardew said: “It’s fair to say that the transfer made it harder to qualify for Europe – and I don’t think anyone would disagree with that – because we couldn’t replace him. “But that doesn’t mean to say we can’t replace him in the summer. “We know we have got good players here, but we do need that controller of the ball, that manoeuvrer, that clever player, and we will get one in the summer, for sure.” Newcastle retain an interest in Montpellier midfielder Remy Cabella, who they tried to sign during the final few days of the winter transfer window, although chief scout Graham Carr is currently running the rule over a series of potential targets. Newcastle boss Alan Pardew is adamant Yohan Cabaye will be replaced this summer. Press Association
New Delhi: Australia batsman Steve Smith was forced to retire hurt after being hit on the side of the head by a Jofra Archer bouncer on the fourth day of the second Ashes Test at Lord’s on Saturday. Smith was in sight of his third successive Ashes hundred when, on 80, he turned his head away from an express delivery from England fast bowler Archer timed at 92.4 mph.The star batsman fell face forward onto the ground and received several minutes of on-field treatment involving both Australian and England medical staffs amid concerns he could be concussed.He eventually got to his feet and then, after a prolonged conversation with Australia team doctor Richard Saw, decided to retire hurt with Smith receiving a generous round of applause as he walked back into the pavilion.Australia were then 203-6, 55 runs behind England’s first-innings 258. World Cup-winner Archer, making his Test debut, had previously struck Smith on his unprotected forearm with another bouncer.This innings saw Smith become the first batsman to post seven consecutive Ashes scores of fifty or more.His half-century at Lord’s followed the 30-year-old Smith’s superb scores of 144 and 142 in Australia’s 251-run win in the series opener at Edgbaston last week — his first Test since he completed a 12-month ban for his role in a ball-tampering scandal in South Africa that cost him the Australia captaincy.(With AFP inputs) For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.
The public will have limited access to view the flame, and organizers hope to limit the crowd size because of restrictions in place for the coronavirus.The flame arrived in Japan from Greece on March 20 and the torch relay was to have started last week from Fukushima. The flame has remained in the prefecture with Wednesday’s event merely ceremonial.The Fukushima prefecture is the region of Japan that was devastated in 2011 by an earthquake, tsunami, and the subsequent meltdown of three nuclear reactors.Olympic officials have postponed the Tokyo Games until next year with the opening now set for July 23, 2021.___ International players’ union FIFPro says players in Belarus have reached out with concerns about playing during the coronavirus pandemic.___English soccer authorities say there are “no quick answers” to the question of when play can resume following the coronavirus outbreak.The Premier League, English Football League and Football Association say in a joint statement there will be play “only when it is safe to do so.”They say clubs and supporters have a role to play in the meantime “in supporting the government’s guidance and ensuring community strength and solidarity.” April 1, 2020 The most recent update from soccer authorities said there will be no play until April 30 at the earliest.___A hockey team and a soccer club in Russia face being removed from their leagues after government financial support was diverted to fight the coronavirus.The sports ministry in the far eastern region of Primorsky Krai says it sees no point in funding player contracts for another season if it’s not clear when competitions will resume. It wants the Admiral Vladivostok hockey club to drop out of the Kontinental Hockey League and the Luch Vladivostok soccer team to drop down two divisions into the amateur leagues.The ministry says regional funding earmarked for professional sports will instead go into an anti-coronavirus fund. The Curtis Cup was to be played June 12-14 at Conwy Golf Club in Wales. The R&A and USGA say the matches for female amateurs from the U.S. against a team from Britain and Ireland will move to 2021. The dates were not decided.The R&A says the British Amateur and the British Women’s Amateur will move from June to August, but that depends on the status of the COVID-19 pandemic in the U.K.The British Amateur had been scheduled for June 15-20 at Royal Birkdale. The British Women’s Amateur was to be played June 23-27 at Kilmarnock on the west coast of Scotland.The Curtis Cup captains, Sarah Ingram of the U.S. and Elaine Ratcliffe for GB&I, will remain for the 2021 matches. The teams had not been decided. Players were to have been selected later this month.___ ___UEFA has postponed the Euro 2020 playoffs for the second time because of the coronavirus pandemic.The games were originally scheduled for March 26-31 and have now lost their June 4-9 dates.The playoffs will decide the last four places in the 24-nation lineup for the postponed European Championship.The decision was made in a conference call with officials from the 55 UEFA member federations. It is the first top-flight team to announce such a measure by its coach.Bournemouth said Howe’s pay cut was “significant,” without disclosing exact figures. Key members of his backroom staff as well as club chief executive Neill Blake will also have their salaries reduced.Bournemouth says it has also advised a number of staff across all areas of the club that they will be furloughed “to safeguard the financial stability of the club during what is such an uncertain period.”___Wimbledon has been canceled for the first time since World War II because of the coronavirus pandemic. Soccer fans from two clubs in Belarus say they will stop going to games because of the coronavirus.A leading fan group at Neman Grodno says its members will stop attending games and they have urged supporters for other teams to do the same.The fans have called on the national soccer federation to “draw on some courage and stop the Belarusian championship, as the rest of the world has done.”Fans of Shakhter Soligorsk have also said they will stop going to games “until the epidemiological situation allows us to return to the stands.” But they stopped short of calling for the season to be suspended.Belarus is the only nation in Europe still hosting professional soccer games with fans in the stadium. Many Russian sports team rely heavily on regional governments and state-owned companies for much of their funding. Primorsky Krai is the first region to impose such drastic cuts.All major sporting events in Russia are currently suspended.___The Olympic flame will be on display until the end of April in Japan’s northeastern prefecture of Fukushima.Tokyo Olympic and prefecture officials held an official “handover ceremony”on Wednesday at the J-Village National Training Center in Fukushima. It’s the only time that Uerdingen will sell tickets for the Grotenburg Stadium this season. Its home arena is being rebuilt so the club has been playing home matches at the ground of nearby Fortuna Düsseldorf.Uerdingen was one of the powerhouses of German soccer in the 1980s with a best finish of third place in the Bundesliga and a run to the semifinals of the Cup Winners’ Cup in 1986. More recently it has dropped as low as the sixth division.The club hasn’t played a game since March 8 because of the virus outbreak.___The R&A is postponing three amateur golf championships scheduled for June, including the Curtis Cup. 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 6 UEFA says “all other UEFA competition matches, including the centralized international friendly matches, remain postponed until further notice.”___A German soccer club is raising funds amid the coronavirus pandemic by selling tickets for a fictional game.Third-division club Uerdingen hopes to virtually sell out its 34,500-capacity Grotenburg Stadium in Krefeld with the offer of souvenir tickets for fans.Tickets start at 5 euros ($5.46) and go all the way to 19.05 euros ($20.80) for VIP tickets. The club says “panic buying for friends and family is definitely allowed.” Associated Press The Latest: Bournemouth’s Howe takes voluntary pay cut ___Major League Baseball has canceled a two-game series in London between the Chicago Cubs and the St. Louis Cardinals because of the coronavirus pandemic.The teams had been scheduled to play at Olympic Stadium on June 13 and 14.Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred made the announcement in a memorandum send to MLB employees. MLB said on March 19 that it had scrapped series in Mexico City and San Juan, Puerto Rico.MLB played in Europe for the first time last June when the New York Yankees swept a pair of games from the Boston Red Sox in London. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___Premier League club Bournemouth says manager Eddie Howe has taken a voluntary pay cut during the coronavirus outbreak. The All England Club announced after an emergency meeting that the oldest Grand Slam tournament in tennis would not be held in 2020.Wimbledon was scheduled to be played on the outskirts of London from June 29 to July 12.It now joins the growing list of sports events scrapped in 2020 because of the COVID-19 outbreak.That includes the Tokyo Olympics, the NCAA men’s and women’s college basketball tournaments and the European soccer championship.The last time Wimbledon was called off was 1945.
… Chairman Dr Donovan Bennett along with Dr Renee Best quitsKINGSTON, Jamaica (CMC) – Cricket West Indies’ medical panel has been struck by two further resignations, including that of chairman Dr Donovan Bennett.The Observer newspaper here reported yesterday that Bennett and Dr Renee Best had both stepped down, following in the footsteps of Dr Akshai Mansingh who resigned as chief medical officer last month, citing an untenable relationship with the CWI board.Bennett, who had previously warned that more resignations were likely to follow Mansingh’s, said he had also found difficulties in properly discharging his duties.“It (the resignation) has to do with some difficulties in carrying out our responsibilities. I don’t think we got the type of support or respect that was due to voluntary professional people,” Bennett told the Observer, without going into specifics.“It’s the appropriate move to make to give the president (Dave Cameron) room for him to have the type of panel that he is comfortable with.”A frayed relationship has existed between CWI and the medical panel for some while, stemming from differences with the board.At the time of his resignation, Mansingh said obstructions had increasingly been put in the panel’s way, preventing it from functioning properly. He had also indicated that enough input was being garnered from medical personnel in arriving at decisions.Bennett, a Jamaican Cricket Association vice-president and CWI director, said his relationship with Cameron remained “cordial”.“I wouldn’t say the relationship with the president is great, but I would say that it is quite good and cordial,” Bennett explained.“Having said that, when you have professional people working for you, you should basically respect their professional ability and allow them to do the job you ask them to do.“I don’t have any bitter feelings. I’m still hoping one day to be able to serve West Indies cricket. There’s a vacuum now, I hope they can fill it. I’m even prepared to help in whatever way I can until they reconstitute a panel.”Dr Anyyl Goopesingh is the last remaining medical doctor on the panel which also comprises West Indies team physio CJ Clark; strength and fitness coordinator Ronald Rogers; CWI chief executive Johnny Grave; COO, Verlyn Faustin; and Director of Cricket Jimmy Adams.
— Kentucky has signed former Rhode Island forward Jacob Toppin (TAH’-pihn), the brother of consensus national player of the year Obi (OH’-bee) Toppin of Dayton. Toppin averaged 5.1 and 3.9 rebounds per game while starting three of 30 contests as a Rams freshman. He must sit out next season per NCAA transfer rules but will have three seasons of eligibility remaining.NFL-MOCK DRAFTNo major problems as GMs run mock draftUNDATED (AP)— There were no major snafus as the NFL held a practice draft Monday to test technology and communications for the real thing beginning Thursday night.Several people involved in the test said there were some technical glitches, including when the Bengals were making the first selection and at various other spots. A few of them spoke anonymously because they were not authorized to comment publicly. Poll shows fans leery of returning to stadiums, arenas without vaccineUNDATED (AP) — The possibility of professional sports resuming without fans is growing. And a recent poll suggests a majority of fans wouldn’t feel safe attending games anyway without a vaccine for the new coronavirus.One sports business expert says losses of fan-related revenue will be substantial even if clubs begin cashing in on lucrative media rights deals again. Losses could reach $3 billion among the NBA, NHL, Major League Baseball and Major League Soccer.The Seton Hall Sports Poll found that 72% of Americans wouldn’t feel safe attending games without a vaccine. The number drops to 61% among respondents who identify as sports fans.Seventy percent said the NFL shouldn’t start in the fall to ensure the safety of players, even if some form of social distancing is still in place. Just over three-quarters said they would have the same interest watching a broadcast of live sports played without fans.TENNIS-VIRUS OUTBREAK-DJOKOVICDjokovic says he won’t take vaccineUNDATED (AP) — Novak Djokovic (JOH’-koh-vihch) says he won’t take any anti-coronavirus vaccination if it becomes compulsory for tennis players to return to the world tours.The world’s top-ranked men’s tennis player said in a live Facebook chat he wouldn’t “be forced by someone to take a vaccine in order to be able to travel.” Djokovic and his wife have two children and have spoken previously against vaccinations. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditVIRUS OUTBREAK-MLB TEAM STAFF CUTSMLB wants to cut player salaries if games are played without fansNEW YORK (AP) — Major League Baseball players are bracing for a battle with owners over the possibility of reduced salaries caused by the coronavirus pandemic. Commissioner Roger Goodell earlier this month warned team executives not to be critical of the process, nor of the league’s decision to go ahead with the draft as scheduled April 23-25. Broncos general manager John Elway and 49ers GM John Lynch said they were satisfied with the proceedings.Packers general manager Brian Gutekunst remains confident the unusual nature of this year’s event will still allow for plenty of trade talk.NFL-JAGUARSJags cut Lee, eye deal for FournetteJACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — The Jacksonville Jaguars have waived oft-injured receiver Marqise Lee to create nearly $5 million in salary cap space, parting with a player who had just three receptions the last two years combined. The Jaguars were waiting for Lee to get fully healthy before letting him go, giving him the best chance to pass a physical with another team. He missed the entire 2018 season following a major knee injury and injured his shoulder last October, causing him to miss the final eight games. Associated Press — New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio says there is a chance for large public gatherings later in the summer, which could lead to games at Yankee Stadium and the Mets’ Citi Field. De Blasio announced Monday that parades and city-permitted events had been canceled through June because of the novel coronavirus but said progress in fighting the pandemic will determine what’s allowed after that.— A Japanese professor of infectious disease says he is “very pessimistic” the Tokyo Olympics can be held next year. Kobe University professor Kentaro Iwata says the Olympics could only be held if Japan can control the COVID-19 infection and if all other countries control it.— The soccer team based in the epicenter of the coronavirus pandemic in Wuhan, China has returned home. Wuhan Zall is back nearly four months after it left for a preseason tour and got stuck in Spain. It returned home over the weekend after the government lifted the last restrictions on movement in Wuhan.— The president of the German soccer federation says resuming league play will not mean taking resources away from healthcare workers amid the coronavirus pandemic. The German league has been more bullish than other major European competitions about the chances of resuming in May or June with widespread coronavirus tests for players.— The company that makes Louisville Slugger wood baseball bats has closed its factory, furloughed 90 percent of its employees and shut its popular museum. Hillerich & Bradsby Co. says it has continued to cover all health care benefits for its 171 furloughed workers. The remaining 10% of employees have taken 25 percent pay cuts. He was provisionally suspended in January, but the ITF is back-dating his ban to December. Jarry can return to action in November.KOBE BRYANT CRASH-LAWSUITFamily members of four victims sue over Kobe Bryant crashLOS ANGELES (AP) — Family members of four of the people killed in a helicopter crash with Kobe Bryant and his daughter are suing the companies that owned and operated the aircraft.The wrongful death lawsuits were filed electronically Sunday in Los Angeles Superior Court on behalf of three members of one family and a woman who helped coach Bryant’s daughter in basketball. The group was heading to a basketball tournament Jan. 26 when the chopper crashed in thick fog northwest of Los Angeles.The suits allege that Island Express Helicopters Inc. was careless and negligent in the crash that killed nine.OBIT-BLACKNeil Black, British track and field official, dies at 60LONDON (AP) — A British track and field official who worked closely with Mo Farah and many of the country’s best athletes has died. Neil Black was 60. Players are upset over the prospect teams may seek additional pay cuts if games are played in empty ballparks. Their anger was stoked last week when New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said he was told by Mets chief operating officer Jeff Wilpon that the union would have to agree to lower salaries if games are played without fans.A March 26 deal between the sides states “the Office of the Commissioner and Players Association will discuss in good faith the economic feasibility of playing games in the absence of spectators or at appropriate substitute neutral sites.” The union points to another passage covering salaries in which players agree to give up 1/162nd of base pay for each regular season game lost.Meanwhile, Commissioner Rob Manfred has made a move that allows teams to lay off or cut the pay of major and minor league managers, coaches, trainers and full-time scouts starting May 1.Manfred has suspended uniform employee contracts that cover about 9,000 people, including general managers on some teams. Manfred cited the inability to play games due to the national emergency caused by the pandemic.VIRUS OUTBREAK-SPORTS POLL All-Big 12 sophomore guard Jared Butler announced his intentions Monday on Twitter. Junior guard MaCio Teague said last month that he was exploring the NBA draft. Butler was third in the Big 12 with 16 points a game, while Teague scored 13.9 points a game.And Washington State star CJ Elleby plans to go through the NBA draft process. Elleby led the Cougars in scoring and rebounding this past season as a sophomore, delivering 18.4 points and 7.8 boards a game. He can still return to Washington State for his junior season as long as he withdraws his name by 5 p.m. on June 15.In other college basketball news:— Arkansas guard Isaiah Joe has declared himself eligible for the NBA draft, but he has not hired an agent in a decision that would allow him to return to school next season. The 6-foot-5 sophomore averaged 16.9 points and 4.1 rebounds per game this past season and led the SEC in 3-point goals. He missed five games after having surgery on his right knee.— Memphis says it has added guard-forward Landers Nolley II as a transfer from Virginia Tech. Nolley was on the Atlantic Coast Conference all-freshman team this past season after averaging a team-high 15.5 points and 5.8 rebounds with the Hokies. He started 29 of 32 games with Virginia Tech and ranked 12th nationally among freshmen in scoring. And the Jaguars are ready to cut ties with running back Leonard Fournette just three years after making him the fourth overall pick in the NFL draft. A person familiar with the situation said Fournette could get moved before or during the draft, which begins Thursday.TENNIS-DOPING-JARRYJarry gets 11-month doping banUNDATED (AP) — Top 100 tennis player Nicolas Jarry has been given an 11-month doping ban by the International Tennis Federation. The punishment stems from a failed drug test at the Davis Cup Finals in November.Jarry is a 24-year-old from Chile who is currently ranked 89th in singles. He has been as high as No. 38. April 21, 2020 — An open conflict has broken out between Tokyo Olympic organizers and the IOC over who will be paying for the unprecedented year-long postponement. A Tokyo spokesman says the organizing committee has asked the Switzerland-based IOC to remove a comment from its website suggesting that Prime Minister Shinzo Abe had agreed that Japan would pay most of the postponement costs. Media reports in Japan estimate the year-long delay caused by the coronavirus pandemic will cost $2 billion to $6 billion.— Six Super Bowl rings may get you special treatment in a lot of places but former Patriots quarterback Tom Brady learned Monday that it won’t get you anything when you’re caught working out in a park that is closed to the public due to the coronavirus pandemic. Tampa Mayor Jane Castor said during a news briefing that the new Buccaneers quarterback was spotted working out by himself at a park downtown by staff patrol. The staffer went over to tell him he had to leave and she recognized the man to be the 42-year-old Brady.COLLEGE BASKETBALL-NBA DRAFTButler ready to bolt BaylorUNDATED (AP) — Baylor’s top two scorers are entering their names in the NBA draft while keeping open their options to return to the Bears. Djokovic won the Australian Open in January for his 17th grand slam singles title.In other virus-related sports developments:— Texas Gov. Greg Abbott tweeted Monday that NASCAR was working with Texas Motor Speedway on a plan to race there in the near future. Speedway President Eddie Gossage said after Abbott’s tweet that his track was working on the rescheduling of its Cup Series event, one of eight races NASCAR has postponed because of the pandemic. Abbott said the race would be held without fans.— A person familiar with the discussions says Miami Marlins CEO Derek Jeter has told team employees in a conference call he is forgoing his salary during the coronavirus pandemic. The person said other members of the Marlins’ executive team agreed to take pay cuts, while baseball operations personnel will continue to receive their full salaries through at least May 31.— Syracuse men’s basketball coach Jim Boeheim and football coach Dino Babers are taking voluntary pay cuts to help the university cope with the drain of financial resources due to the new coronavirus pandemic. Also taking the voluntary 10% pay cuts are women’s basketball coach Quentin Hillsman, men’s lacrosse coach John Desko, and women’s lacrosse coach Gary Gait. Update on the latest in sports: British Athletics says Black died suddenly over the weekend.He was performance director of British Athletics from 2012 until last year. He stepped down after coming under pressure because of the organization’s handling of a controversy involving Alberto Salazar after the coach was banned for four years for doping violations.Black has worked with Britain’s top athletes since the 1990s. He was the chief physiotherapist and head of sports science at British Athletics before becoming performance director.,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6
As the national hype surrounding Wisconsin continues to grow with UW’s Brian Butch and Alando Tucker gracing the cover of the Sports Illustrated issue hitting stands today, the Badgers will find themselves in a decidedly local battle. Wisconsin (1-0, 0-0 Big Ten) will tip off its annual impromptu state tournament when UW-Green Bay (0-1, 0-0 Horizon) visits the Kohl Center Wednesday. The Badgers have gone out of their way to schedule games against the other Division-I schools in the Dairy State — UWGB, UW-Milwaukee and Marquette — preaching it is beneficial for basketball in Wisconsin.”I think it’s good for basketball in the state,” UW head coach Bo Ryan said. “I’ve said that for how many years now, said it when I was an assistant here.””It’s great for the state,” UW-Madison assistant coach Howard Moore said. “The state wants to see these games played. … We embrace it, we really enjoy playing the state schools.”There’s no question the Phoenix will come into the Kohl Center and play like they are on fire, as the energy opposing in-state schools bring to Madison is always top-notch since everybody wants to knock off the Badgers. “These are the guys we see in the summer time, these are our friends, so anytime we see each other we want to be able to say, ‘I got one up on you,'” Madison native and UW guard Michael Flowers said. “Everything’s about bragging rights and pride and respect.”But the competitive fire is not one-sided at all, as Badger players can’t help but get a little excited for the matchups. “Any time we get an in-state rival in here, we play a little harder, play a little tougher,” Flowers said.”There’s a lot of in-state guys, and the competitiveness and the energy that’ll be expended in a game like this will be very similar to all the other [games against Wisconsin schools],” Ryan said.UW-Green Bay was tabbed by many as a preseason favorite in the up-and-coming Horizon League, as the Phoenix bring back all five starters from the squad that finished third in the conference with an 8-8 record and 15-16 overall. More important for the Badgers, however, is the fact UWGB brings back all five starters from a team that gave them quite a fight a year ago.In last year’s meeting, UW-Green Bay took the lead very early in the second half, giving Wisconsin all it could handle up to that point, before Ryan’s team regrouped and went on a 22-5 run en route to a 20-point victory.”They were real scrappy,” Flowers said. “They are experienced, they are talented and have some good players. “They gave us a fight last year, no doubt,” Moore said. The Badgers will face the most dynamic player to date this season in UWGB guard Ryan Evanochko, who averaged 15.8 points and 5.2 assists last season and led the Phoenix in their season-opening loss to Oakland with 21 points. “Green Bay’s got inside, outside, a guard (Evanochko) that’s as good as any in that conference and could play for a lot of Big Ten schools,” Ryan said. Sharing the backcourt with Evanochko is former Randolph High standout Ryan Tillema, who averaged 8.7 points and shot over 37 percent from beyond the arc. Tillema was a teammate of UW center Greg Stiemsma on Randolph’s championship squads. The young guard hit a low point in Madison last year, however, when he was held scoreless and went 0-8 from the field.”I played with him in high school, and we all know what he is capable of,” Steimsma said. “He’ll be ready.””Tillema and Evanochko, they’re good guards. They’re experienced,” Moore said. “They’re going to bring their A-games.”As will the Phoenix as a whole, with the chance to knock off Wisconsin’s premiere college basketball team. “We’ll take their best shot, for sure,” Stiemsma said. “We take everyone’s I think, but we’ll need to be ready for them.”
DT: You wanted to be at USC, and you have an interesting recruiting story. You had to wait a year, can you talk about why it was so important to come to USC specifically?KG: I just knew that they were number one, and that there was no other place I’d rather be. DT: I heard a story where you emailed coach Vavic and reached out to him first.KG: Yeah, I graduated a year early, when I was 17, and I e-mailed coach Vavic and a bunch of other schools but [Vavic] wasn’t really interested in the beginning. Then, that summer I played in the European Championship with the Greek Junior National team, and I had the letter of intent from LMU in my hand right before the European Championships but I decided to wait a little bit.I went to the European Championships and played really well, my team got second place, we lost in the penalties to Italy. I won MVP of the tournament, and as soon as I got home I emailed Jovan. He asked me for my number and he immediately gave me a call, and he asked me if I could wait for a year and I said, ‘Yeah, I would love to.’”DT: You’re in your last year. Do do you have any plans after you graduate, athletically or otherwise?KG: I definitely want to go back home to Greece and try to play professionally for a couple years and try out for the Olympics with the national team.DT: Diet is really important for all athletes, but especially water polo players. What does your average meal look like?KG: In the morning I go to the Athletic Department where I can get breakfast burritos and bagels … I try to combine carbs and protein most of the time; carbs for energy for practice later on and proteins later on in the day. At the end of the days, after practice, I eat protein for the recovery process. Sometimes I burn too many calories, sometimes I go for a little dessert, like ice cream. One of my guilty pleasures. With the graduation of USC’s all-time leading scorer Nikola Vavic last season, the main man for the Trojans has been senior driver Kostas Genidounias. Hailing from Athens, Greece, the 6-foot-1 Genidounias has been an absolute scoring machine for the Trojans, posting 64 goals on the season.Top Dog · Though he scored a remarkable 80 goals last season, then-junior driver Kostas Genidounias still could not match Nikola Vavic’s team-leading 81. This year, Genidounias’ 64-goal output is tops among Trojan scorers. – Brian Ji | Daily TrojanFollowing the Trojans’ tough 10-8 loss to UCLA last weekend, Genidounias found some time in his busy schedule to give an interview to the Daily Trojan and talk about his pursuit of the school’s all-time scoring record, his “recruitment” and his least favorite exercise in practice. DT: Do you have any advice for club-level or high-school water polo players as far as what it takes to succeed and move onto the collegiate level?KG: Commitment. Dedication. If you’re not all-in, if you’re not passionate about it, you can’t do it. Water polo is a sport where you really need to be committed and it takes a lot of effort to get to the next level. DT: My first question would be that this season’s been called a “rebuilding year” because Nikola Vavic graduated and you’re taking over, but here you guys are again in the hunt for a national title. Would you characterize this as a “rebuilding year” for you guys?KG: We have eight freshmen players playing significant minutes, so on the one hand it is a “rebuilding year,” but on the other hand we are contenders for a national championship. We feel like we’re there and we can win it. So we’re rebuilding because there are so many players, but we’re contending for a national title. DT: Does coach have a specific diet for you guys?KG: He doesn’t have something specific for us day-to-day, but throughout the season when we go to tournaments and games, we always stick to pasta and light red sauce, or rice and potatoes. He always goes for chicken, you know, no red meat. DT: You’re 11 goals away from passing up Nikola Vavic for the all time scoring record at USC. Was this one of your goals going into the year?KG: Yeah, it is one of my goals, but I try not to let it affect my game and make me selfish or make me not pass the ball. It’s not as important as winning another championship. DT: What’s your least favorite thing to do in practice?KG: I would say leg workouts with weight belts. Jovan loves his weight belts. Even though it’s a necessary thing, I’d say that’s my least favorite thing.
The 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang will feature four former Badger Women’s Hockey players representing the USA Olympic Team.Forwards Meghan Duggan, Brianna Decker and Hillary Knight, as well as goaltender Alex Rigsby, have all been named to the U.S. women’s national hockey team competing in South Korea.In the 2010-11 season, all four played for the Badgers and helped secure Wisconsin’s fourth NCAA Women’s Hockey National Championship. Playing under Coach Mark Johnson, the future Olympians enjoyed one of the greatest seasons in the history of the NCAA.They reached the 37-win mark in their final game, eclipsing the previous record for NCAA Women’s Hockey wins in a single season of 36 wins. To finish the year, the Badgers went on an absolute tear and won a ridiculous 27 games straight.Women’s hockey: No.1 Wisconsin to end fall campaign against St. CloudThe University of Wisconsin women’s hockey team will close out their 2017 fall campaign in St. Cloud, Minnesota. The Badgers Read…Along with their team accolades, all of these players have incredible personal resumes to boot.Though she is only 25 and has no Olympic experience, Rigsby is the veteran net-minder on the roster. Of the three goalies selected for the Olympics, Rigsby is the oldest and the most accomplished. She is the all-time leader in saves (2,530) at UW and second in career shut-outs (23) and wins (83).Decker is no slouch either. She was named to three All-American teams over her career and is tied for first all-time in short-handed goals (8) and is second all-time for career game-winning goals (25) at Wisconsin. Decker will be playing in her second Olympics this year.Knight is the greatest scorer in the history of Wisconsin hockey. Her 143 career goals make her the all-time leader in goals for men and women at UW. This will be the third Olympics for the three-time All-American.Women’s hockey: Badgers draw weekend series in DC, come home to face Minnesota-DuluthAll good things come to an end, or at least that seems to be the case for the University of Read…Duggan holds the Badger record in career points (238) and is second all-time in goals and assists. In the 2010-11 season Duggan was named the WCHA Player of the Year. This will be her third Olympics, following her two silver medal appearances for Team USA in 2014 and 2010. In 2014, Duggan was named the Team USA captain – a role which she still holds today.The foursome were all members of the U.S. team that boycotted last year’s world championship tournament. The team held out of the tournament, taking a stand for equal pay for women athletes and increased investment for youth infrastructure for girls interested in the game.“U.S. WNT will not play in 2017 World Championship due to stalled negotiations over fair wages and support from USA Hockey,” Duggan said on Twitter.Women’s hockey heads to D.C. for exciting post-Thanksgiving seriesAs we all begin clearing the turkey and stuffing from our table, the University of Wisconsin women’s hockey team will Read…This came in conjunction with the U.S. women’s soccer team’s public filing of a complaint against U.S. Soccer over fair pay issues in 2016.These Badger greats are poised to make huge impacts on and off the ice, hopefully leading the U.S. team to a gold medal – their second in history (1998). Hopefully, with the media attention surrounding the Winter Olympics, they will be able to use their platform to continue the fight for equality in sports.
Arsenal boss, Emery’s team selection for their opening match against FC Vorskla won their first Europa League match by 4-2.However, Chelsea boss, Maurizio Sarri on the other hand chose to go with a relatively strong line-up against Vidi FC.In a game the Blues dominated, Chelsea laboured to a meagre 1-0 win. After two very competitive match-ups against Liverpool, Sarri will likely dig a little deeper into his squad’s rotational possibilities.It was not all hurray for the big clubs in the Europa League, as Sevilla, which recently walloped Spanish giants, Real Madrid 3-0, Bordeaux, Anderlecht and Besiktas were all stunned by their opponents.According to StarTimes, football lovers will continue to enjoy the thrills and actions of the games on ST World Football (Channels 244 and 254), ST Sport Premium (channel 246) and on the Mobile App. Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram StarTimes subscribers were on Thursday treated to live matches of the 2018 Europa League as some European power house, AC Milan, Arsenal, Chelsea made appearances in match day 2.Italian giants, AC Milan came from 0-1 down to score three goals in the last 10 minutes against a Yaya Toure inspired Olympiacos side to the delight of their fans at the San Siro Stadium.Arsenal made it eight straight wins in all competitions as they defeat Azerbaijani champions, Qarabag FK 3-0, at the 69,000-seater Baku Olympic Stadium, which has been selected to host this season’s final but now provides the backdrop for Gunners’ second match in Group E.