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After WNIT exit, UW fires Stone

first_imgLisa Stone led the Badgers to the NCAA tournament in 2010, but a mediocre 16-15 season this year didn’t meet most expectations.[/media-credit]Lisa Stone is out as Wisconsin women’s basketball head coach.Following a second-round exit in the WNIT Sunday, Stone was relieved of her duties, UW director of athletics Barry Alvarez said in a statement Monday.Stone was 128-119 (.518) in eight seasons as the Badgers’ head coach. In 2010, she led Wisconsin to its first NCAA tournament appearance since the 2001-02 season. The Badgers earned a No. 7 seed, but were upset by No. 10 Vermont, 65-55. This season, UW finished 16-15 and fell to Illinois State Sunday to end its season.Alvarez said the search for a replacement begins immediately.“I am appreciative of the hard work Lisa has put into being our women’s basketball coach the past eight seasons,” Alvarez said in the statement. “She is a good person and has been a loyal and enthusiastic representative of our athletic department and university. Off the court, Lisa and her program have contributed much to our community.“On the court, however, our women’s basketball program has not reached and maintained the level of success I believe is possible. Accordingly, I have decided to make a coaching change. We will immediately begin the search for a new women’s head basketball coach at Wisconsin.”Following Wisconsin’s NCAA tournament berth in 2010, Stone was named Big Ten Coach of the Year by league coaches. In that season, the Badgers won 21 games, reaching the 20-win mark for the eighth time in UW history and second under Stone. Wisconsin also was 12-6 on the road, setting the program record for most road wins.Entering this season, the Badgers faced high expectations. Yet, a grueling early non-conference schedule left UW with a 5-7 record entering Big Ten play. All seven of those losses came consecutively, as Wisconsin struggled against tougher competition, including Duke (ranked No. 5 at the time) Dec. 2. The losing streak began Nov. 18 at in-state rival Green Bay and continued until Dec. 9, when Wisconsin took down Drake, where Stone served as head coach from 2000 to 2003.Stone’s squad also endured hardships through injuries, as star forward Tara Steinbauer was lost for the season after tearing the ACL in her right knee Feb. 16 at Iowa. The 6-foot-1 forward was widely regarded as the team’s charismatic leader, and she also finished the season as the Badgers’ third-leading scorer and rebounder with 10.5 points and 5.5 rebounds per game.Co-captain and leading scorer Alyssa Karel (15.3 ppg) also missed the first three games of the season due to a leg injury. Karel also lead the team in assists with 3.0 per game. The Badgers went 2-1 without Karel, but after Steinbauer was lost for the season, they lost four of their last six games, including the WNIT.“I would like to thank Coach Alvarez and the administration for their support over the past eight years. I would also like to thank my staff and players for their hard work both in the classroom and on the court. This program has meant the world to me, and I have put my heart and soul into it. It has been an honor to be the head coach for the Wisconsin Badgers,” Stone said.last_img read more

Carty out of Connacht -Zebre clash

first_imgQuinn Roux could feature against Zebre despite a groin injury.MeanwhileChris Henry has agreed a two year extension to his deal with Ulster.The 32 year old back row forward has played 24 times for Ireland.Ulster face Exeter in the Champions cup this weekend needing a win to keep their quarter final hopes alive. The Roscommon out half picked up a low grade medial knee ligament sprain against Ospreys last week but could still be available for the game against Toulouse the weekend after next.Craig Ronaldson maybe available however having returned to training.Peter Robb is following return to play protocols after picking up a concussion while Jake Heenan is out with a knee injury but could be back for the group finale.last_img

Nike Unveil ‘Ordem,’ the Official 2014-15 Premier League, La Liga, Serie A Ball

first_imgNike have revealed the new Premier League, La Liga and Serie A ball for 2014-15.The three leagues will be using different colour variations of the Nike Ordem. The Premier League will be using the blue edition, La Liga the orange one andSerie A pink.Nike’s website lists some of the features on the new ball:High-contrast graphics for enhanced visibility.Perfect sphericity allows ball to fly faster, farther and more accurately.League crest for pride.To paraphrase: It’s colourful, round and has a logo on it. For all that innovation, it’s no surprise that the ball will run you £95 ($162.44).last_img

Who do the Dodgers, Angels have now? And what do they still need?

first_imgDODGERSWHO THEY ADDEDSP Dan Haren, RP Brian Wilson (re-signed), 3B Juan Uribe (re-signed), RP Scott Elbert (re-signed), C Drew Butera (re-signed), 1B/OF Mike Baxter, RP Seth Rosin Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error WHO’S STILL OUT THEREJ.P. Howell and Carlos Marmol can retire left-handers out of the bullpen. So could Chris Capuano, if he’s interested in long relief. Possible utility infielders include Elliot Johnson and Jayson Nix.ANGELSWHO THEY ADDED3B David Freese, SP Tyler Skaggs, RP Joe Smith, SP/RP Hector Santiago, RP Josh WallWHO THEY LOSTIF/OF Mark Trumbo, CF Peter Bourjos, SP Tommy Hanson, 3B Chris Nelson, RP Juan GutierrezWHAT THEY NEEDInsurance for the starting rotation in case a fourth and fifth starter can’t be found from among Skaggs, Santiago and Joe Blanton.WHO’S STILL OUT THEREBronson Arroyo and Matt Garza would help the rotation immediately and wouldn’t cost the Angels a draft pick. center_img WHO THEY LOST2B Mark Ellis, IF/OF Skip Schumaker, IF Nick Punto, IF/OF Jerry Hairston Jr., RP Ronald Belisario, IF/OF Elian Herrera, RP Shawn Tolleson, SP Ricky Nolasco, OF Alex CastellanosWHAT THEY NEEDA left-handed reliever and a veteran middle infielder. GM Ned Colletti would like to add another late-inning reliever, a long reliever and possibly a starting pitcher.last_img read more

76ers coach Brett Brown on Markelle Fultz trade: I’d be lying if I said I didn’t feel sad

first_imgThe 76ers moved on from the No. 1 pick in the 2017 NBA Draft on Thursday when they traded Markelle Fultz to the Magic.Fultz had a tumultuous time in Philadelphia where he dealt with a hitch in his jump shot, a couple of injuries and a fair amount of underachievement. “And I was pleased for him that, you know, he had a new start, he had a fresh start, another opportunity.” NBA trade deadline: 76ers send Markelle Fultz to Magic for Jonathon Simmons, draft picks Despite a lot of the negativity surrounding Fultz, coach Brett Brown seemingly never said a bad thing about the young player and said he felt sad when he learned he was traded.”I’d be lying if I didn’t (say I felt) sad,” he told reporters Friday, via the Philadelphia Inquirer. “And it was two emotions I felt, sad personally, selfishly I suppose that I never really felt like I got a chance to coach him. I never really felt like the city got a chance to see him. I felt sad for that. Related Newscenter_img #Sixers coach Brett Brown on the @MarkelleF trade to the #OrlandoMagic.— Keith Pompey (@PompeyOnSixers) February 8, 2019Fultz has been out since Nov. 19 and was diagnosed with thoracic outlet syndrome in mid-December. He’s averaging 8.2 points and 3.1 assists in 19 appearances in 2018-19.The 76ers acquired Jonathan Simmons in the deal for Fultz along with a couple of draft picks and now have one of the more formidable lineups in the Eastern Conference. NBA trade deadline: Magic believe ‘sky’s the limit’ for newly acquired Markelle Fultzlast_img read more

Jason Garrett on Randy Gregory’s fourth suspension: ‘Relapse is part of rehab’

first_img Cowboys DE Randy Gregory suspended indefinitely, report says “I don’t think you can count on him right now,” Garrett said. “Hopefully we’ve built our team up to the point where we don’t have these blatant needs. … There’s certainly a point [you cut ties] with different players. We don’t think we’re at that point with Randy right now.“He’ll continue to work and try to get professional help for his issues. I do believe he’s made great strides in this area and the way it’s been explained to me is sometimes, relapse is part of rehab. I think that’s something he’ll continue to work through.”It was reported Wednesday that Cowboys defensive tackle David Irving also is under evaluation by the NFL for a possible suspension. He is facing his third ban in three seasons after previously being suspended for violating NFL’s substance abuse policy and for violating the league’s policy on performance enhancing substances. “Our eyes were wide open about what Randy’s situation was when we drafted him,” Garrett said, via USA Today. “We fully support Randy. Randy is a good young man. He has some issues he has been dealing with … head on from Day 1. He spent a lot of time getting professional help.“We will continue to try to support him and provide a good structure.” Related News Jason Garrett can see one of his players needs help.Speaking Wednesday at the NFL combine in Indianapolis, the Cowboys coach reiterated the team’s support for defensive end Randy Gregory one day after he was suspended indefinitely.center_img The ban, Gregory’s fourth in his NFL career, was handed down after he violated the policy and program for substances of abuse and the terms of his conditional reinstatement.The 26-year-old has struggled with off-field issues since college and has played in just 28 games since being drafted by Dallas in 2015. He most recently had six sacks in 14 games for the Cowboys in 2018. Cowboys DT David Irving suspended indefinitely, report sayslast_img read more

Local mother arrested after baby overdoses on drugs

first_imgA Palm Beach County mother has been arrested after her toddler allegedly overdosed onThe incident occurred in Sunday at an apartment in West Palm Beach.According to the report, the mother 33-year-old Nicole Ciufi, contacted authorities on Sunday after she noticed that her 13- month-old was struggling to breathe.The toddler was rushed to the hospital where doctors used Narcan to revive them.Ciufi was then arrested on Monday, after doctors found cocaine in the child’s system.Doctors say they also suspected that the child ingested fentanyl but tests for the drug were not immediately available.  Ciufi is now facing child neglect charges.last_img

East finishes second on his Senior Amateur debut

first_img English Senior champion Stephen East finished runner-up in the Senior Amateur Championship, finishing four strokes behind the winner, American Brady Exber, at Ganton in North Yorkshire. East (Image © Leaderboard Photography), who won the English title at Matfen Hall in Northumberland in June, carded a closing 79 for 228, while Exber returned 78 for 224. Three players shared third spot, Americans Michael Mercier and John McClure and Northumberland’s Tony McLure. With the wind gusting up to 40mph, it proved a taxing final 18 holes for the entire field. But Exber, who was fifth on his debut in 2011 and sixth in 2012, was never seriously threatened. East, from Moortown in Leeds, admitted it had been “a tough battle” but was happy to finish second on his Championship debut. A newcomer to senior’s events after turning 55 last November, he has already won the Spanish Seniors Open beside English title this season. Exber, who started with six straight pars, had a poor run over the back nine, dropping several shot over the closing holes but his rivals were doing the same in the gusting winds. “I was playing great but then made the mistake of looking at the leaderboard at the 13th,” he said. “I was seven ahead and then I stupidly stopped playing the course and started to play the scoreboards. And that doesn’t work. “But I really think this is the hardest day I have had on a golf course. I said to my friend and caddie, Doug, going down the 15th ‘this is all the nasty stuff I’ve seen on TV.” George Zahringer, the defending champion, made an appearance on the leaderboard when he reached the turn in two-under-par. He had four birdies – at the second, fifth, seventh and ninth. But the American, who played in the 2003 Walker Cup at Ganton and won this title at Royal Aberdeen 12 months ago, came to grief in a second half of 44. He shot 81 and finished in a tie for 20th. Mercier moved into third place thanks to a 76, while John McClure had an 80 and Tony McLure an 82. McLure opened with a 70 and was the only man all week to break par. He looked set for second place when he stood just three shots behind playing partner Exber with two holes to play. But he had a double-bogey five after a wayward tee shot at the 235-yard par three 17th and also took a double-bogey at the 18th. It was a delighted and relieved Exber, who raised the trophy after the final round. “No one could be happier than me to win this title,” he said. “Ganton is a great course and I’ll definitely be back to defend at Royal County Down next year”. 9 Aug 2014 East finishes second on his Senior Amateur debut last_img read more

Fuhr rocks Royals for 24 in 70-59 Bomber victory

first_imgBy The Nelson Daily SportsSarah Fuhr started the season off with a bang scoring 24 points to lead the L.V. Rogers Bombers to a 70-59 victory over the Rossland Royals in West Kootenay High School Girl’s Basketball action Tuesday night in the Golden City. It was the first game of the 2010-11 season for both teams.After jumping to a 7-2 lead, the Bombers watched as the pesky Royals rallied to pull even later in the period. But LVR matched that run with another run to take a 20-14 lead into the quarter break.Leading 38-30 at halftime, LVR increased its margin to 66-50 before the Royals made the game close.Samantha Einarson added 10 points for LVR while senior center Rachael Moulson had nine. Kyndle Doolan had six points.Top scorer for the Royals was Brenna McKay with 12 points.LVR travels to Vernon to play in the Pitt Panther High School Girl’s Tournament while the Royals are in Hope.Junior Bombers Win ConsolationThe L.V. Rogers Junior Bombers started off the 2010-11 hoop campaign with a third place showing at the Pen-Hi Invitational Saturday in the South Okanagan.Matt Zukowski and McLain Sandeveland had 15 and 14 points, respectively, to lead the Bombers to a 58-54 win over Mount Boucherie of Kelowna in the consolation final.“The team had a great start to the season,” said coach Viv Kingdon. “Our first game of the tourney was our first game of the season, so we managed to get the jitters out.”Bombers fell 62-52 to Princess Margaret of Penticton in a game LVR led for most of the contest.“We were in the lead for most of the game but fell into a lapse that we came out of but fell just short,” Kingdon explained.Jack Sturrup paced the Bombers with 16 points while Sandeveland added 13.The Junior Bombers advanced to the consolation final by stopping Summerland Rockets 42-21. Eric Schepleski and Sandeveland each scored eight points to lead LVR.The Bombers, ranked 15th overall to start the season in the B.C. rankings, travel to Kamloops this weekend to compete in the Sahali Junior Boys Hoops tournament.sports@thenelsondaily.comlast_img read more

A different measurement of success

first_imgAt any other club that second measurement would be seen as a negative mark against the coach, but for Marum and the Hunters, it has been the modus operandi since the club’s introduction into the Intrust Super Cup three years ago.Currently sitting in third position on the ladder, the Hunters can have a major influence on the make-up of the top six in the coming fortnight with games against Ipswich and Burleigh at Port Moresby’s National Football Stadium.Easts’ position in the top six is now precarious after a 38-8 defeat at the hands of the Hunters last weekend and Redcliffe only escaped with the two competition points the week prior at Dolphin Oval courtesy of two tries in the final six minutes.The Hunters should have little trouble qualifying for the finals for the second season in succession, but Marum’s job description extends much further than simply wins and losses.The formation of the Hunters was primarily to help raise the standard of rugby league in Papua New Guinea and to elevate the national team into international relevance once again.Marum serves as both coach of the Hunters and coach of the Kumuls and knows that the latter of those two jobs will be made infinitely easier by players graduating from the Hunters program and going on to develop their skills overseas either in the NRL or in England.Last year’s captain Israel Eliab is now contracted to the London Broncos, Willie Minoga is in the backyard of the North Queensland Cowboys at the Blackhawks, Kato Ottio is edging ever closer to an NRL debut with the Raiders and winger Justin Olam has been offered a contract with the Melbourne Storm for the next two years.Olam scored a double in the win over Easts last week to take his tally to 10 in his first season in the Intrust Super Cup and Marum knows that the Hunters’ loss next year will eventually prove to be the Kumuls’ gain.“The more local players from PNG that go and play with the NRL sides that’s going to help with the national team,” Marum said.“In Justin’s case, he has gone to Melbourne and he will be under good coaches down there and really good training staff. He’ll come back with a lot of experience and for the team that’s something that we are really looking forward to.”Halfback Watson Boas – who starred for the Kumuls in their mid-year Test win over Fiji – is the next Hunters player Marum predicts will come under the eyes of NRL clubs.“There are a few boys that clubs are probably talking to. Maybe Watson Boas at his age. He’s still young and I think if he is given a chance he can probably compete at that level,” Marum said.“Apart from that we would probably look at the younger boys coming through. We had one player who was supposed to go to the Cronulla Sharks 20s but he didn’t travel this year due to other commitments but he has played all the games this year and is still there.”Titans fullback David Mead captained the Kumuls for the first time in May and having been disillusioned with the governance of the game in PNG previously is now excited about what the Hunters program has been able to achieve in not only winning games, but providing local players with a genuine opportunity to better themselves.“There are a couple of players that have been signed by NRL clubs through the Hunters system so I think they’re doing a pretty good job developing players over there and making sure they meet standards of the training requirements every week,” Mead said.“Obviously the players are doing that and being rewarded with contracts overseas.“Hopefully we can get more and more players playing in the NRL and getting that level of experience.”Which would mean that Marum has to go searching for even more local talent to play for the Hunters in the Intrust Super Cup next year?last_img read more