To signify its first day of operations at Damen Shipyards Mangalia in Romania, Damen has held a ceremony at the yard on Monday. The celebrations mark Damen’s completion of the transaction with Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering (DSME) for the Mangalia shipyard, formerly known as Daewoo Mangalia Heavy Industries (DMHI).The yard, which will be renamed Damen Shipyards Mangalia, will be operated as a joint venture with the Romanian Government. Damen will assume operational control.The yard is located on the Black Sea coast, has three drydocks with a total length of 982 meters and 1.6 kilometers of berthing space. The docks, with a width of 48 and 60 meters, will provide Damen with capacity to cater for larger maritime vessels and structures.The celebration introduced the Damen Shipyards Mangalia management team under the leadership of managing director Chris Groninger to the yard’s employees.Damen Shipyards Group executive board member Eggink, CFO, said, “We will face a challenging period, considering the yard’s current condition. However, with the full support of the Romanian Government, 2MMS, the shipyard’s experienced workforce, and the local community, Damen aims to restore the financial health of the yard, stabilize employment and pursue fitting commercial opportunities internationally that will contribute to rebuilding activity levels. In the meantime, Damen will facilitate a smooth transition and keep talented and skilled resources meaningfully employed.”According to the newly appointed managing director of Damen Shipyards Mangalia, Chris Groninger, “The impressive shipyard facilities and in-depth shipbuilding knowledge and craftsmanship in Mangalia, in combination with the design and commercial power of Damen, should position the venture for a successful future.”
September 20, 2020
Esteban Cambiasso’s own-goal two minutes into the second half proved decisive at the King Power Stadium as Leicester struggled to convert pressure into clear-cut opportunities. The defeat means Pearson’s team are without a win in their last five fixtures – a run that included games against Swansea, Newcastle, Crystal Palace and Burnley. “If you’re looking at the baseline performance, I wouldn’t be too displeased with how the players have gone about trying to get the right result,” Pearson said. “Ultimately though it’s going to be about quality at times and we’ve not really shown enough in the final third whether it be the final ball or the finish. “In a game of very few chances we probably had the better openings but we haven’t been able to take them.” It was a scrappy goal that won the contest as Leicester captain Wes Morgan headed Saido Berahino’s cross into Cambiasso and the ball deflected off the midfielder’s body into the net. Leicester could have snatched a point had Jamie Vardy or Andy King taken good chances in the second half but Ben Foster was largely untroubled in the West Brom goal. “You could argue we were slightly unlucky today,” Pearson said. “On the back of our results we needed a more solid performance. “I thought we had that, we didn’t quite create enough clear-cut opportunities but we were playing against a side who do defend deep and are very disciplined in the way they defend. Leicester boss Nigel Pearson bemoaned his side’s lack of quality in the final third after the Foxes lost 1-0 at home to West Brom in the Barclays Premier League. Press Association “I could argue we were slightly unfortunate today but that’s sometimes how it is.” The result means Leicester have nine points from their opening 10 games and the Foxes could slip into the relegation spots if Sunderland beat Crystal Palace on Monday. Despite the club’s inconsistent start to the campaign, Pearson is adamant his players do have what it takes to survive in the top flight. “We do have a group of players who are capable at this level,” Pearson said. “What we haven’t found is a way of consistently picking points up. “I’ve got a very strong belief in the players we have but ultimately it’s about finding a consistent level of performance that allows you to be in a game to win it. “We were in a game today – we weren’t last week against Swansea – and it was just an unfortunate series of events that allowed West Brom to win.” The Baggies’ victory means they have now lost just once in their last six league games and Alan Irvine was thrilled with the victory, despite his side’s scrappy winner. “I’m absolutely delighted with the result and I’m quite happy to take goals like that,” Irvine said. “It was fortunate the way the goal went in but it was a good move to get there. “When you consider Manchester United, Arsenal, Everton and Burnley have all been here and none of them have won, I’m delighted. “It was always going to be a really tough place to get a victory and while that wasn’t the way I anticipated getting the victory, it was certainly welcome.” Leicester defender Marcin Wasilewski could face punishment after the defender appeared to deliberately elbow Saido Berahino. Referee Stuart Attwell did not see the incident and Irvine admits he was also unaware anything untoward had taken place. “I haven’t seen the replay but somebody else will deal with that (if it was deliberate),” Irvine said. “I didn’t think any of it at the time so I certainly wouldn’t have expected Stuart Attwell to see it either.”
September 19, 2020
They didn’t identify him, but Smart confirmed it was him in a video posted on Twitter. He added that he is not exhibiting any symptoms and is feeling well thus far. Boston played the Utah Jazz on March 6. Since then, Jazz All-Star players Rudy Gobert and Donovan Mitchell have both tested positive for the virus. The Celtics said Smart will continue to be in isolation for several days and will be monitored by team medical staff. The statement said the team is awaiting further testing results and says it will communicate the results. — Kyle Hightower, reporting from Boston The Swedish soccer association says the start of the top professional leagues in the country have been postponed with the aim of playing again in late May or early June.The decision comes a day after a request from clubs in Sweden’s top two men’s leagues to delay the start of the season until the beginning of June because of the coronavirus outbreak.The season was due to start on the weekend of April 3-4.The federation says a detailed program of games will be presented after UEFA clarifies dates for rearranged European club tournaments.___ Associated Press Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effect of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___Conference USA is canceling all formal and organized practice for the spring, effective immediately. It is not yet clear when the first race of the season can be held.___The first player under the PGA Tour umbrella has tested positive for the new coronavirus.The tour says Victor Lange of South Africa was diagnosed with COVID-19 upon returning home to Johannesburg on March 9 from playing a PGA Tour Latinoamerica event in Mazatlan, Mexico. He was tested as a precaution while going to a non-virus related doctor’s appointment with a friend. Lange received the diagnosis on Tuesday.The tour says Lange has no symptoms and is expected to make a full recovery while under quarantine at home in South Africa. ___Players from German soccer club Borussia Mönchengladbach have accepted pay cuts during the coronavirus pandemic.Gladbach sporting director Max Eberl says the players approached the club with an offer of voluntary pay cuts, and the coaching staff, directors and executives have joined in.Eberl says “I am very proud of the boys. A clear signal: we are standing together for Borussia in good and bad times.”Gladbach is fourth in the German league and was on course to qualify for a spot in next season’s Champions League. Gladbach CEO Stephan Schippers says the club and Bundesliga are in their toughest financial situation in more than 20 years because of lost revenue from tickets, TV and sponsorship. The team says in a statement the person had mild symptoms, is feeling well and is observing appropriate isolation protocols.Players, staff and people believed to have come in close contact have been instructed to self-isolate and report any symptoms.NYC is majority-owned by City Football Group, the parent company of England’s Manchester City.___Cleveland Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield and his wife, Emily, are donating $50,000 toward food during the coronavirus outbreak. The International Weightlifting Federation says it has changed its Olympic qualifying criteria in response to the coronavirus outbreak but won’t say how the new system works.Olympic qualifying in dozens of sports has been thrown into chaos as continental championships around the world have been postponed.The IWF says it has drawn up a replacement set of qualifying rules and submitted them to the International Olympic Committee but it won’t tell athletes or national federations about the changes until the IOC signs off on the plan.The IWF says it has ruled out extending the qualifying period beyond April 30. That means any rescheduled continental championships won’t count.Weightlifting’s long-standing problems with doping caused the IWF to demand top lifters competed more regularly at international events to be eligible for the Olympics — and to be subject to more doping tests. They were required to compete at least once between November and April. Foundation For The Carolinas and United Way of Central Carolinas launched the fund March 16 to support a range of nonprofit organizations assisting members of the community, particularly those most vulnerable. Donations have come from various sectors: corporations, local governments, individual philanthropists and foundations.Foundation For The Carolinas president and CEP Michael Marsicano says that Tepper “has emerged as one of our most influential leaders and a champion in the philanthropic field” and that “this generous gift is an expression of his heartfelt commitment to the well-being of our citizens. Now is the time for us all to come together to help one another.”___Celtics guard Marcus Smart says he has tested positive for the coronavirus. The Celtics said in a statement Thursday night that they received word of a positive COVID-19 test by a player who had been exposed to a known positive case. Gladbach played a game last week in an empty stadium. The club estimated it lost about 2 million euros ($2.16 million) in revenue by playing without fans.In Scotland, Hearts has asked all its players and other fulltime employees to accept a 50 percent pay cut, or contract termination.___The Olympic flame has been handed over, by proxy, to Tokyo organizers in Athens.The coronavirus outbreak forced a bare-bones version of the usual elaborate ceremony in the stadium where the first modern Olympics were staged in 1896. The soccer league had been continuing without spectators after most other leagues in Europe stopped. Turkish soccer federation president Nihat Ozdemir had argued that the country was one of the least affected by the virus.Some players and coaches had complained about the league going ahead, expressing concerns for their health.Trabzonspor announced this week that it had “mutually agreed” to part with former Nigeria captain John Obi Mikel after the former Chelsea player said he did not feel comfortable playing amid the pandemic.___UEFA is giving European soccer clubs extra time and leeway to comply with financial monitoring rules during the coronavirus outbreak. UEFA says it has extended a March 31 deadline by one month for clubs to show they have no outstanding debts for taxes and transfer fees.The shutdown of European soccer has deprived clubs of match-day income and many risk getting less revenue from broadcasting contracts if games cannot be played.The “Financial Fair Play” system monitors at least three years of accounts for hundreds of clubs which qualify to play in the Champions League and Europa League. Clubs which fail to break even on commercial income and spending on transfers and wages risk sanctions which include being expelled from competitions in the most severe cases.UEFA says the established rules allow for unforeseen circumstances which “is taken into account as part of the clubs’ assessment on a case by case basis.”___ The event drew so many professional drivers it will now be aired on Fox Sports 1. The main booth of Mike Joy and Jeff Gordon, along with analyst Larry McReynolds, will call the event. The 90-minute, simulation-style eSports program includes a cross-section of competitors who will virtually race at Homestead-Miami Speedway. The group of drivers participating is headlined by Dale Earnhardt Jr., Hall of Famer Bobby Labonte, two-time and defending Cup champion Kyle Busch and three-time Daytona 500 winner Denny Hamlin.___Major League Soccer’s New York City team says a member of its sporting department has tested positive for the new coronavirus. The move, announced Thursday, comes after discussions among C-USA athletic directors, with the approval of the Board of Directors.The conference said that all other team activities will be governed by NCAA rules within each school’s discretion.___Carolina Panthers owner David Tepper and Bank of America announced Thursday they’re each donating $1 million to the Covid-19 Response Fund, a community-wide effort in the Carolinas to assist those affected by the coronavirus pandemic.The fund has collected more than $7.8 million in donations in just four days. The Latest: Conference USA calls for end to spring practice The teams involved were Maine at Vermont (Burlington, Vermont); UIC vs. Wright State; (Indianapolis); Manhattan vs. Fairfield and Manhattan vs. Siena (Atlantic City, New Jersey).The American East Conference says it continues to adhere to the guidance issued by the CDC and federal and state governments and encourages fans to do the same.___The Monaco Grand Prix is among three Formula One races postponed because of the coronavirus outbreak.The Dutch and Spanish GPs in May were also called off by governing body FIA. ___Seattle’s expansion NHL franchise will “look for the right time,” before revealing the team’s nickname and brand, according to CEO and team president Tod Leiweke.In a statement posted on the team’s website on Thursday, Leiweke said the “unprecedented times” with the coronavirus outbreak is changing plans for the team. They are delaying general seat selection for fans and are deferring payments due in April, May and June for those that bought and selected premium seating in Seattle’s home arena.The team nickname, logo and colors have been highly anticipated for months and were expected to be unveiled in the first quarter of this year. The unveiling continued to be delayed as the team worked with the league on the name and an announcement was expected sometime in April.The team also announced it’s continuing to work on its charitable foundation and is making a $100,000 donation to Youth Care to help address youth homelessness in the Seattle area. USA Cycling has an ambitious goal of bringing home seven medals from the Summer Olympics, which at this point are still scheduled to begin in July.The organization says it will adjust its schedule if the International Olympic Committee alters the date of the Tokyo Games.___The American East Conference announced that two people on the floor during recent tournament games have tested positive for the coronavirus.The conference and the Collegiate Officiating Consortium issued a joint statement saying the games involved teams in the America East, Horizon League and Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference during play from March 7-11. The PGA Tour Latinoamerica is one of six circuits the tour runs. It says in a statement Lange’s diagnosis will allow the tour to alert those with whom he might have come in contact.Lange has played three events this year — two in South Africa in January and February, and Mexico two weeks ago.___Turkey has suspended its soccer, basketball and volleyball leagues because of the coronavirus outbreak.Youth and Sports Minister Muharrem Kasapoglu made the announcement after meeting with the heads of the three sports federations. The 80,000-seat marble stadium was empty apart from a handful of officials and participants. The Japanese delegation was absent because of travel restrictions and Tokyo organizing committee head Yoshiro Mori delivered a speech by video from Japan. But his message was upbeat.Mori says “I hereby pledge that on 24 July this flame will be lit at the Olympic Stadium in Tokyo.”Greek Olympic committee president Spyros Kapralos handed over the flame to a Japanese Unicef official in Athens and former Olympic swimmer Naoko Imoto. It was then headed for the airport to board the flight for Japan.___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 March 19, 2020 The Mayfields announced on Instagram that they’re making their donation to the Greater Cleveland Food Bank, an organization they’ve worked with in the past. Mayfield says they “wanted to give back and help out any way we can.”They asked others to donate and pledged to match those contributions. The No. 1 overall pick in 2018 has recently been working out at his high school in Lake Travis, Texas.___USA Cycling is tweaking its selection timeline for the Tokyo Olympics after the UCI, the sport’s global governing body, instituted a freeze on points accumulation and results due to the outbreak of the coronavirus.The first deadline for the American team is May 1 for track cyclists. The BMX freestyle team will be May 15, followed by the mountain bike and road racin teams on June 1. The BMX racing team will be June 3. Soccer in England will stay suspended until at least April 30 because of the coronavirus outbreak and the season could be finished in June.The Football Association and Premier League say they have agreed to extend the suspension from April 4 to April 30. The FA board has waived a regulation which would normally oblige leagues to finish by June 1.That means the English leagues can continue playing in space that opened up when UEFA postponed the European Championship to 2021.The FA, Premier League and English Football League say they are “united in their commitment” that the season should be resumed.___ ___The Philadelphia 76ers say three members of the organization have tested positive for the coronavirus. The Sixers did not identify the members. They say players, coaches and specific basketball operations support staff were tested for COVID-19. The tests were secured and processed privately. All other tests results are currently negative.The individuals are in self-isolation and will be monitored closely by medical professionals.___ Only jockeys scheduled to ride in races will be allowed in the jockeys’ room and they will have their temperatures tested daily. Lockers will be spaced a minimum of six feet apart and all jockeys must wear riding gloves at all times.Only licensed trainers and essential personnel who have horses running that day are allowed on the track in the afternoon. Owners, fans and media have been barred from the premises.Jockeys will mount their horses in the saddling barn, not the paddock. All starting gates will be disinfected between every race and gate crew will have to wear gloves.Horses shipping into either Santa Anita in suburban Los Angeles or Golden Gate in the San Francisco Bay area must stay with a trainer who currently has a barn at one of the tracks.___ The San Jose Sharks and their foundation have announced a plan to donate $300,000 to a local food bank in response to the spread of the new coronavirus.The Sharks say the donation to Second Harvest of Silicon Valley will provide enough food for more than 600,000 meals for those in need.The Sharks are also partnering with food service provider Aramark to donate more than 2,000 pounds of perishable food items from SAP Center to a local nonprofit that feeds the underserved in the community.___At least 35 NASCAR drivers will compete in the inaugural “eNASCAR iRacing Pro Invitational Series” event on Sunday. CBS will air classic NCAA Tournament games on Saturday and Sunday afternoon to offset last week’s cancellation of March Madness.Saturday’s schedule starts at noon Eastern with the 1982 title game between North Carolina and Georgetown followed by North Carolina State vs. Houston in the 1983 championship and the Duke vs. Kentucky 1992 East Regional final.Sunday’s games are all championship matchups. The day also starts at noon Eastern with Kansas vs. Memphis (2008) followed by last year’s game between Virginia Tech and Texas Tech and finishes with Villanova vs. North Carolina in 2016.___Santa Anita and Golden Gate Fields are tightening restrictions on jockeys, trainers and stable areas in California.
September 18, 2020
— Michael Wacha (WAH’-kuh) has been placed on the injured list because of right shoulder inflammation three starts into his one-year contract with the New York Mets. Manager Luis Rojas said before Sunday’s game with Miami that Wacha felt pain in his shoulder after allowing four runs in five innings on Friday. Wacha is 1-2 with a 6.43 ERA this season. He pitched five innings of one-run ball in his debut July 27 in Boston, but has allowed nine runs over nine innings in his past two starts.NFL-NEWSReferees group has agreement with NFL on virus protectionsUNDATED (AP) — The NFL Referees Association has reached an agreement with the NFL for health protections along with a program allowing game and replay officials to opt out of the season.The association announced Sunday that the NFLRA’s board of directors unanimously endorsed the plan. Members will review the details Monday in a video conference call. August 9, 2020 Associated Press Monday’s home opener of a three-game series with the Pittsburgh Pirates has been called off. It’s the Cardinals’ 11th game to be derailed by the outbreak. It’s unclear whether the other two games in the series will be salvaged. The Cardinals haven’t played since July 30. In other MLB news:— Pittsburgh Pirates utility infielder Phil Evans will miss the remainder of the season after suffering a concussion and fracturing his jaw in a collision with teammate Gregory Polanco in foul territory. Evans was injured when Polanco’s right elbow hit Evans in the face while the two were chasing down a flyball hit by Detroit’s Miguel Cabrera. Evans briefly lost consciousness on the play, but director of sports medicine Todd Tomczyk says he is expected to make a full recovery. Evans was placed on the 45-day injured list, but the shortness of the 2020 season means he will not return this year.— The New York Yankees have placed slugger Giancarlo Stanton on the 10-day injured list with a left hamstring strain. The move was announced before Sunday’s game against the Tampa Bay Rays. Stanton was hurt in Game 2 of Saturday’s doubleheader with the Rays while advancing from first to second base on a wild pitch. He hurt his right calf during spring training and had spent time during the coronavirus-caused shutdown rehabbing at the Yankees’ spring training complex in Tampa. Stanton was limited to 18 games in 2019 due to several injuries. Infielder Thairo Estrada was recalled from the alternate training site. Officials will be given until Thursday to opt out for a $30,000 payment with jobs guaranteed for 2021. The deal also gives officials protections if they test positive during the season or show symptoms after arriving for a game. In other NFL news:— The Washington Football Team has activated linebacker Reuben Foster off the physically unable to perform list. The team made the move days ahead of the start of on-field training camp workouts. Foster, now 26, tore the ACL in and caused additional damage to his left knee during offseason workouts in May 2019. He missed the entire 2019 season. Washington claimed him off waivers in November 2018. The San Francisco 49ers released Foster after a domestic violence incident at the team hotel on the road in Tampa, Florida. Prosecutors decided to drop charges citing insufficient evidence, and the NFL fined Foster but did not suspend him.— Wide receiver Chester Rogers has signed with the Miami Dolphins, providing a reinforcement at a position where two players earlier opted out for the season. Rogers started 22 games from 2016 to 2019 with the Indianapolis Colts. He has 111 career receptions for 1,221 yards and five touchdowns. Miami earlier signed receiver Ricardo Louis. Receivers Albert Wilson and Allen Hurns opted out because of the coronavirus.NBA-GREEN FINED NBA fines Draymond Green $50,000 for Devin Booker commentsLAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green’s suggestion for Devin Booker’s future did not amuse the NBA. The league fined Green $50,000 on Sunday for violating the league’s anti-tampering rule with comments about Booker, who is the Phoenix Suns’ star guard.Green said Saturday during an appearance as an analyst for TNT: “Get my man out of Phoenix. It’s not good for him. It’s not good for his career.” Booker has not been to the playoffs with the Suns, who have not made the postseason in 10 years. The Suns are 5-0 so far inside the so-called bubble at Walt Disney World, which is playing host to the NBA’s restart, and that streak has moved Phoenix into playoff contention.The league tightened its rules before this season when it comes to matters such as player tampering. The 26-year-old Krueger, who is based in Texas, is ranked 195th.F1-70TH ANNIVERSARY GPVerstappen storms to unlikely victory over Mercedes duoSILVERSTONE, England (AP) — Max Verstappen has sprung what could be the surprise of the Formula One season by beating Lewis Hamilton to win the 70th Anniversary Grand Prix. The Red Bull driver crossed the line at Silverstone 11.3 seconds clear of Hamilton, with Valtteri Bottas third. Mercedes had been expected to cruise to their fifth win from as many rounds this season. But both Hamilton and Bottas struggled with their tires to clear the way for Verstappen to take an unlikely win. Charles Leclerc finished fourth for Ferrari ahead of Red Bull’s Alexander Albon. Racing Point’s Lance Stroll was sixth. Hamilton will head to next week’s Spanish Grand Prix with a 30-point championship lead over Verstappen. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditPGA CHAMPIONSHIPDustin Johnson tops a tight leaderboard for final round of PGASAN FRANCISCO (AP) — As if the final round of the PGA Championship didn’t have enough possibilities, Jordan Spieth (speeth) says to expect fireworks on the back nine. TENNIS-US OPEN-WITHDRAWALSPopyrin withdraws from US Open; Krueger gets wild-card spotNEW YORK (AP) — Alexei Popyrin withdrew from the U.S. Open on Sunday, allowing 2012 champion Andy Murray to move into the main draw.That means Murray can relinquish the wild-card invitation he received from the U.S. Tennis Association, which now will be given to American Mitchell Krueger.Popyrin is a 21-year-old Australian who is ranked 103rd. He joins Australians Ash Barty and Nick Kyrgios as players who are skipping the U.S. Open, which is scheduled to be played without spectators amid the coronavirus pandemic in New York starting on Aug. 31. Spieth says he wouldn’t be surprised if someone shot a 30 on the back nine at Harding Park. He says except for the pin at the par-3 11th, most are in spots where birdies can be made. So what happened next? Byeong Hun An made a hole-in-one on the 11th hole. Dustin Johnson goes into the final round with a one-shot lead. Twenty players are separated by five shots. MLB-NEWSPirates-Cardinals game slated for Monday postponedUNDATED (AP) — Another Cardinals game has been postponed while the team continues dealing with a COVID-19 outbreak. Update on the latest sports
September 17, 2020
All is set for the fourth edition of the Fast Moving Consumers Good Games slated to begin on Sunday, July 9 at the Digital Bridge Institute, Oshodi, Lagos. “We are also going to ensure that the fans and families are not left out of the fun, as there will be fans engagement and other exciting activities at the event,” he assured.Nestle Nigeria Plc emerged overall champions, Unilever Nigeria Plc won the football event, while Friesland Campina made an impressive debut with impressive displayÂ in all the events, just as they won bronze medal in football in the last edition of the Games.Shogbesan also disclosed that about 400 athletes will vie for honours in football, athletics â€“ 100m and 200m, table tennis, scrabble and chess.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram The Chief Operating Officer, Media Vision, Jimi Shogbesan, who are the organisers of the Games, informed that about 400 athletes will vie for honours in five events of the competition.“Itâ€™s yet another exciting season of one of the biggest sporting event in Corporate Nigeria as the FMCG Games is set to be more exciting with BUA Group and UAC foods making their debut.
September 16, 2020
With football season still a seemingly long way down the road and basketball now a distant afterthought, the sports scene on campus is rather barren. That’s not such a bad thing.For more than three-quarters of the school year, football and basketball, even hockey to an extent, dominate the thoughts and minds of the students on campus, or at least the sports fanatics, for seven months. A run to the Final Four or a berth in the Rose Bowl can bring together the entire campus community in a period of sustained school pride.And although there’s nothing inherently bad about those moments, which provide many in the student body with lifelong memories, the revenue sports have a tendency to overshadow the nonrevenue sports that receive little to no press coverage along with mediocre — at the best — attendance at their events.But this time of year is different. Spring marks a new beginning and a new sports season, and for most schools throughout the country and all the other Big Ten schools it means baseball season. But not in Wisconsin. Although it’s been written about and discussed by a wide variety of people throughout the years — even I succumbed to the urge to discuss the topic in one of my first columns last year — UW does not have a baseball team at present and most likely will not have one for a long time, if ever.Not having America’s supposed national pastime on campus is disheartening for a fair amount of students, myself included. But the absence of a baseball team allows the Wisconsin softball team to step into the limelight, something that most likely would not happen at a lot of other schools that claim ownership to a baseball team.This weekend the softball team hosted Purdue in a three-game set at Goodman Diamond, and arguably more resounding than the sweep by the Badgers was the fact that 1,371 fans made their way out to the second game of the Saturday doubleheader. It was the second largest crowd to ever take in a Wisconsin softball game behind the 2,007 in attendance at the May 5 game last season against Michigan State. Wisconsin is not only creating a culture of winning around the softball program but a solid fan base behind the team.A lot of the success of the fan base surrounding the team though is due to the culture of success that Wisconsin has created over the last few seasons, linked directly to the change at the top. When head coach Yvette Healy was hired a little less than four years ago, Wisconsin was by no means a bad program, but the Badgers were just average, nothing less and nothing more. Upon Healy’s arrival, however, Wisconsin has gone from mediocrity to an NCAA tournament team and Big Ten tournament champion.Although the success of last season may be tough to match, when Wisconsin achieved both of the aforementioned tasks on the way to winning a school-record 44 games, the Badgers have certainly put up another strong effort this season with five games remaining in the regular season. The 30 wins to this point in the season for Wisconsin marks the fourth-straight year in which it has attained that milestone, all of which have come under Healy.This season’s start actually made it look like it would be a rebuilding year under Healy. After losing to Minnesota April 6, which dropped the Badgers’ overall record to a rather average 17-15, they have since reeled off 13-straight wins to match the longest winning streak in school history that came in the middle of last season.Senior pitcher Cassandra Darrah has led the charge for Wisconsin on the mound with her 18-10 record, but after losing Meghan McIntosh to graduation after last season, there was a question mark as to who would step up into the second spot in the Badgers’ rotation. After seeing limited time last season, sophomore Taylor-Paige Stewart has answered the call for Wisconsin and given Healy a viable option in the circle outside of Darrah and is a big part of why Wisconsin has been so hot as of late.But the offense has come up huge lately in its own right and seniors Michelle Mueller and Mary Massei have been at the forefront of the offensive explosion. After having the third-most RBIs in a season last year, Mueller has set the UW record for the most RBIs in a season this year  along with 11 round-trippers to her credit with games still left to play. Massei, who set seven individual records a year ago, may not reach that level this year but still has been a key piece of the offensive puzzle as of late with her eight home runs and a batting average just a shade under .400.If the Badgers are to match their season from a year ago when they made it to the NCAA tournament after winning the Big Ten tournament title, they will need to keep up the torrid pace they have played at lately. But with Healy in charge, such high expectations have now become the norm for the softball team.And because the sports scene at Wisconsin is lighter come spring time, the softball team’s success and newly formed culture can be appreciated for what it’s worth.Dan is a sophomore with an undeclared major. Do you agree with him that not having a major sport during spring time is beneficial? Let him know by sending him an email at email@example.com or shooting him a tweet @DanCoco7.
September 16, 2020
The University of Wisconsin men’s basketball team will close its four-game home stand Wednesday night against Idaho State at the Kohl Center.Over the last week and a half, home has been kind to the Badgers. They blew out Prairie View A&M and won handily against half of last season’s Final Four field — Syracuse and Oklahoma.The No. 17 Badgers (7-2) will try and avoid a massive letdown this Wednesday against Idaho State (1-7), who ranks 272nd in the nation according to kenpom.com before setting their sights on an in-state matchup against Marquette Saturday.Men’s basketball: Senior scorers lead No. 17 Wisconsin to victory over No. 22 SyracuseThe University of Wisconsin men’s basketball team showed massive improvements for the second consecutive game with a hot start riding Read…UW assistant coach Howard Moore said he thinks the team, despite impressive wins last week, has yet to play their best ball.“We didn’t play our best game last Saturday,” Moore said. “Obviously against an opponent that can be dangerous, like Idaho State, they can expose you on some of the things we didn’t handle well for 30 minutes [against Oklahoma].”The Bengals have allowed 80 points per game to begin the season, which is tied for 304th in the nation. Wisconsin has averaged 87.3 points per game on the home stand while giving up an average of 60 points across those three games.Despite playing in just five games this season, senior guard Ethan Telfair leads Idaho State’s offensive attack with 19.8 points per game. Freshman guard Brandon Boyd (14.3 ppg) is the team’s second-leading scorer. The Bengals shoot 39.7 percent from 3-point range, which is nearly five percentage points higher than what the Badgers shoot from beyond the arc (34.8 percent).Men’s basketball: Second-half surge carries Badgers over SoonersThe University of Wisconsin men’s basketball team won their third straight game Saturday, outscoring the University of Oklahoma Sooners by Read…Given the tough non-conference slate Wisconsin has run through to begin this season, it will be important to handle business as usual, even if the opponent has a dramatic drop-off in talent.“We just got to treat this game like any other one — just like a North Carolina or an Oklahoma,” sophomore forward Charlie Thomas said. “We can’t take any steps back, so go out here, don’t underestimate them. Just play this game like a championship.”Senior forward Nigel Hayes, who has averaged 18 points and 5.7 rebounds over last three games, is trending up for UW and demonstrating his ability to impact the game in nearly ever facet.Idaho State will have their hands full with him, but a team with nothing to lose always poses a challenge, Moore said.“We just have to make sure that we’re playing in a mold where it’s all about our principles, our style of play, what we do well,” Moore said. “And it’s all about staying away from what we don’t do well.”
August 28, 2020
General Secretary of the Ghana Rowing Federation, R.O Lamptey is calling on the National Sports Authority and the Ministry of Youth and Sports to aid his outfit clear equipment donated to them by the International Rowing Federation at the Ghana- Togo Border.Ghana was part of the countries that benefited from the massive donation exercise which is aimed at developing the sport on the continent.Beneficiaries received 2 single rowing boats, 2 double rowing boats and six sets of scull.The federation however have being unable to clear the equipment for use since it arrived at the Ghana -Togo border in April last year citing inadequate funds.Speaking to JOY Sports, R .O Lamptey explained that an initial promise of tax exemption for clearing the equipment was suddenly overturned and that has made it difficult for his outfit to raise the sums of money needed to clear the equipment.“After the international body donated the equipment, we had a memorandum of understanding between the international body, national sports authority and the ministry of sports that the clearance of the equipment was duty free. We suddenly had a response from the national revenue authority that the facility could not be extended to sports” he said.The International Rowing Federation has threatened to re assign the equipment to another country around the West African region if Ghana is unable to clear the equipment for use in the not too distant future. R.O Lamptey is calling on major stakeholders to provide some respite as soon as possible.“We want appeal to the national sports authority, and the honorable Minister of youth and Sports who has just taken over to come to their aid and help us clear the equipment so that we can be registered for international events which is another condition for the clearance” he added.
August 28, 2020
Kotoko’s Chairman Opoku Nti has told sportscrusaderonline.com in an interview that he believes it is improper for football fans and a section of the Ghana media to blame Coach Maxwell Konadu for including 8 players of Kotoko in his CHAN squad.According to him including 8 players from Kotoko should only tell the rest of the World that Kotoko has the best of materials in the local league which buttresses their position on the Premier League table.Opoku Nti says criticizing Coach Maxwell Konadu is simply unfair because both Hearts and Aduana Stars once upon a time enjoyed monopoly in the Black Stars team under coaches Jones Attuquayefio and Herbert Addo.“8 players from Kotoko only mean our players are the best on the local scene and are in a world of their own which cannot currently be matched by any team. Rather than criticize Coach Konadu we must appreciate him better for not being bias but choosing only the best for the CHAN team” Opoku Nti said.