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Wisconsin heading to Sweet 16 with win over KSU

first_imgView Gallery (2 Photos)TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) – Jordan Taylor couldn’t hit a thing, missing open shots and contested ones from just about everywhere on the court.He did so much more when it mattered, though, and Wisconsin is headed back to the round of 16 because of him.Taylor hit two big free throws and blocked Jacob Pullen’s 3-point attempt in the closing seconds to overcome a rough shooting night, lifting the Badgers to a 70-65 win over Kansas State on Saturday in the third round of the NCAA tournament.Taylor shot just 2 of 16 but came up with the biggest play of the game, swatting Pullen’s tying attempt in the final seconds with Wisconsin (25-8) up three. Josh Gasser then hit two free throws to seal it, sending the fourth-seeded Badgers into the round of 16 for the fourth time since 2000.Jon Leuer led Wisconsin with 19 points and Keaton Nankivil added 12. Taylor finished with 12 points, six assists, no turnovers and one big block.Wisconsin moves on to face upset specialist Butler, a winner over top-seeded Pittsburgh, in the Southeast regional semifinals Thursday in New Orleans.Pullen matched a career high with 38 points to break Mike Evans’ school career scoring mark (2,115 points), but walked away wiping tears with his jersey after a stellar four years in the Little Apple. Curtis Kelly (11 points) was the only other player to score in double figures for No. 5 seed Kansas State (23-11).Kansas State and Wisconsin met in the second round of the 2008 NCAA tournament, though only a handful of current players saw playing time in the Badgers’ 17-point win.The rematch, of sorts, was going to be all about which team could get the other to play at its pace.Wisconsin wanted the game slow, to squeeze its opponent defensively and milk its deliberate, ball-control offense until late in the shot clock, the goal to either set up one of its multitude of shooters or allow Taylor to get into the lane for a layup or dish.The Wildcats, with their slew of long, athletic players, wanted to turn the Badgers frenetic with pressure to set up easy baskets at the other end.Kansas State had some speed-’em-up success against Utah State in its opener, hounding the Aggies in the first 20 minutes before holding on for the win in a sloppy second half.Doing it against Wisconsin wasn’t going to be easy.The Badgers are on pace to set an NCAA record with 7.56 turnovers per game and are led by Taylor, whose 4.03 assist-to-turnover ratio was best in the nation. Wisconsin is also the best free throw shooting team in the country, close to another NCAA mark (Harvard, 82.2 percent in 1984) at 82.3 percent.The Badgers played their deliberation operation to perfection in their NCAA opener, grinding down Belmont with 12 3-pointers while putting a spoke in the wheel of the Bruins’ offense.After a get-a-feel-for-it start, Wisconsin was able to establish its tempo in the first half against Kansas State, working the ball – deliberately, of course – around to set up shots along the perimeter. The Badgers made most of ’em, too, hitting 5 of 10 3-pointers in the first half to lead 36-30.Pullen was a freshman when Wisconsin ran over the Wildcats in 2008 and seemed intent on getting payback four years in the making, firing up jumpers even with a hand in his face and dashing into the lane, scoring 17 points in the first half.Other than an early flurry by Kelly, Pullen didn’t get a lot of help, the rest of the team combining to miss its six shots in the first half.Pullen got the Wildcats back in it quickly in the second half.He opened by pulling up for a 3-pointer, then faked a pass behind his back to set up a layup and added another 3-pointer to cap a 9-0 run. K-State was back to its swarming ways at the defensive end to complement Pullen’s shooting, forcing Wisconsin to miss its first six shots of the half.The Badgers rallied, went through another string of missed shots and rallied again to set up the tense finish capped by Taylor’s game-saving swat.last_img read more


Ayana smashes 10,000m world record, Chekwel collapses

first_img231267Alia Saeed MOHAMMEDUAE31:56.74 30866Veronica INGLESEITA32:11.67 POSBIBATHLETEMARKDETAIL 1641Almaz AYANAETH29:17.45WR 31418Tatiele Roberta DE CARVALHOBRA32:38.21 261134Carla Salomé ROCHAPOR32:06.05 10344Eloise WELLINGSAUS31:14.94PB 8642Gelete BURKAETH30:26.66PB 71257Yasemin CANTUR30:26.41PB 17801Alexi PAPPASGRE31:36.16NR 22501Natasha WODAKCAN31:53.14SB 25482Lanni MARCHANTCAN32:04.21SB 351011Marisol ROMEROMEX35:33.03 91068Karoline Bjerkeli GRØVDALNOR31:14.07PB 121227Sarah LAHTISWE31:28.43NR Share on: WhatsApp 241387Sitora HAMIDOVAUZB31:57.77NR 271176Salome NYIRARUKUNDORWA32:07.80 18922Yuka TAKASHIMAJPN31:36.44 4953Alice Aprot NAWOWUNAKEN29:53.51PB 321008Brenda FLORESMEX32:39.08SB 16694Jess ANDREWSGBR31:35.92PB 281044Jip VASTENBURGNED32:08.92 211169Dominique SCOTTRSA31:51.47PB Vivian Cheruiyot of Kenya took silver while defending champion Tirunesh Dibaba took bronze.It was a blistering pace for the other runners, with Uganda’s Juliet Chekwel fading in the opening laps. in the confusion after being over-lapped, she apparently thought she had finished in the 24th lap, yet she had one lap to go. She got a Did Not Finish (DNF) result. 2946Vivian Jepkemoi CHERUIYOTKEN29:32.53NR 141036Susan KUIJKENNED31:32.43 5956Betsy SAINAKEN30:07.78PB Rio de Janeiro, Brazil | AFP |Ethiopia’s Almaz Ayana smashed one of the longest-held records in athletics here Friday to win the 10,000m and claim the first gold of the Olympic track and field competition.The 24-year-old pulled away from the field midway through the race and never let up before powering home in 29min 17.45sec.Her winning time was nearly 14 seconds quicker than the previous world best over the distance of 29:31.78 set by Wang Junxia in Beijing in 1993. 34720Beth POTTERGBR33:04.34 19962Darya MASLOVAKGZ31:36.90NR 111350Emily INFELDUSA31:26.94PB 331346Marielle HALLUSA32:39.32 61349Molly HUDDLEUSA30:13.17AR 29622Trihas GEBREESP32:09.67SB 15717Joanne PAVEYGBR31:33.44SB 20919Hanami SEKINEJPN31:44.44 3645Tirunesh DIBABAETH29:42.56PB 1269Juliet CHEKWELUGADNF 1393Ekaterina TUNGUSKOVAUZBDNF 13371Diane NUKURIBDI31:28.69NRlast_img read more


When Temps Drop, A Refuge For the Homeless

first_imgBy Christina Johnson |RED BANK – For homeless people living under bridges, in cars, or in the woods, a wintery nor’easter or freezing cold snap can be deadly.But now, thanks to the efforts of several community leaders, the homeless will find a safe haven in a “hope and comfort” warming center next door to Pilgrim Baptist Church on Shrewsbury Avenue.“We here in Red Bank are setting the standard of responding to human need in a special way,” said Rev. Terrence K. Porter of Pilgrim Baptist Church at the ribbon cutting Thursday, speaking before a crowd of local benevolent organizations and religious leaders in the church basement. Among them was Jon Bon Jovi and his wife Dorothea, Middletown residents whose foundation provided the financial resources to make the vision a reality at Pilgrim Baptist’s facilities, a partnership also supported by Lunch Break and numerous others.According to Red Bank Police Chief Darren McConnell, there are about a dozen homeless individuals living in Red Bank. That’s more than its neighbors, but much less than in some other Monmouth towns. Overall, there are 325 homeless in Monmouth, as recorded by the annual Point in Time survey conducted by the U.S. Dept. of Housing and Urban Development in January.When snow or rain falls in freezing weather, or when wind chill temperatures are headed to 20 degrees or below, Code Blue alerts are issued by the county Office of Emergency Management to remind officials to look out for the most vulnerable in their communities. There have been several in recent years, said McConnell.“There was nothing we could do. We could try to help people and get them someplace, but there was no “someplace” to go. It ended up being the lobby of the police station or our emergency room waiting room. It just wasn’t anything appropriate.”Recently, the state and county asked municipalities to come up with an action plan for Code Blue, without offering any funding. The innovative warming center initiative that has emerged in Red Bank is the only one in the area and may be used by other local towns with smaller or occasional needs.When a Code Blue is announced, the warming center schedule will kick in as follows: From Sunday through Tuesday, individuals are invited to check in at the Pilgrim Baptist Church at 172 Shrewsbury Ave., in the building associated with the warming center. The check in takes place between 3:30 and 7:30 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday, the check in location will be at the JBJ Soul Kitchen facility, at 207 Monmouth St., where a free hot meal will be provided until 8 p.m.Because the overnight warming center is only open to men at this time, women will be offered transportation to a facility in Asbury Park.The men will be transported from Monmouth Street to the Shrewsbury Avenue warming center by First Baptist and United Methodist churches of Red Bank. There they can find hygiene packages, take a shower in one of the two shower areas, or change out of wet clothing. “What’s unique, we’re also providing a washer and dryer,” said Porter, crediting “Sister Bongiovi” with the idea. If they want to discard wet clothing, Lunch Break of Red Bank will provide new or gently used clothing.About 7 a.m. the next day, hot beverages and a morning snack will be offered before the warming center must close at 8 a.m., lest it fall under the description of a shelter, which it is not authorized to be.At that time, the guests will be transported to Lunch Break, where they can have a hot breakfast, as well as a hot lunch. And stay long enough to be transported back to either Soul Kitchen or the warming center again. “We tried to bridge the gaps, so there was really no gaps where someone could be exposed to the inclement weather,” said Porter.Mayor Pasquale Menna praised those who created the program, saying they were “inaugurating the heart of Red Bank.”“All of us know there is a need. I see it every day from my own regular office, looking at the bridge at wintertime, overlooking the parking lot by the Oyster Point Hotel,” he told the crowd. But while it is not realistic to think all problems can be solved everywhere, Red Bank can be proud of its citizens who have done their best to create this “welcomed first step” in the diverse community, he added.In recognition of the creative solution and leadership in creating a Code Blue warming shelter, the Monmouth County Freeholder Board will provide Pilgrim Baptist Church with a $6,500 grant annually for the next three years for providing overnight space to at-risk individuals.The event concluded with an invitation to tour the modest but cozy warming center, as fat snowflakes fell on a day that would later turn to rain, and result in an unforgettable freezing, treacherous and slushy mess in the streets of Red Bank and around the state.When it opens at the next Code Blue, the center will surely be a welcome refuge for people without means.“We are hoping the warming center is another shining example of what can happen when people work together,” said Bon Jovi. “In the beginning of this holiday season, let us remember what matters most. We all have a lot to be thankful for and the good Lord gave us this opportunity to be here, together, to make our community, and then ultimately this state, this place we call home, just a little bit better.”This article was first published in the Nov. 22-27, 2018 print edition of The Two River Times.last_img read more



first_imgAbout Breeders’ Cup Contact: Jim Gluckson, Breeders’ Cup, 212-230-9512 The image is available for purchase at: BreedersCupShop.com.“Daniel has produced a splendid rendition of the Breeders’ Cup at Santa Anita, bringing to life, in bold fashion, the color, drama and excitement and many facets of Thoroughbred racing,” said Craig Fravel, Breeders’ Cup President and CEO. The 2016 official Breeders’ Cup image is the artist’s unique expression of iconic racing scenes and traditional racetrack nomenclature splashed near the top, with bisecting lines dividing space among shots of a woman in a fedora, a swirl of Breeders’ Cup Classic winners’ racing silks and the Breeders’ Cup trophy. A Thoroughbred and jockey race across the far right side of the image through the Breeders’ Cup logo while the Breeders’ Cup tagline, The Best is Yet to Come, is written in Latin near the bottom. The lower part of the image depicts a sepia and yellow sweep of the homestretch at Santa Anita Park. LEXINGTON, Ky. (September 16, 2016) – The Breeders’ Cup today announced that Daniel Dawson has been named the official artist for the 2016 Breeders’ Cup World Championships. Dawson has created a vibrant mixed-media piece of art encompassing various aspects of Thoroughbred racing in celebration of the Breeders’ Cup World Championships at Santa Anita Park in Arcadia, Calif., on November 4-5.The Breeders’ Cup is Thoroughbred racing’s most prestigious international event, consisting of 13 races and purses and awards totaling $28 million over two days. It is also an annual gathering of stars from entertainment, business, sports and celebrities from all walks of life, and held at one of the world’s most picturesque horse racing venues. The Breeders’ Cup will be televised live by the NBC Sports Group. “I was honored and humbled by the assignment to create the official artwork for such a prestigious global event as the Breeders’ Cup,” said Dawson, who grew up in Bolton, England and resides in Manchester and New York City.  “I wanted to capture the art-deco design and colors of Santa Anita in the composition, allied with a representation of the Breeders’ Cup as a world leading sporting event and the excitement that it evokes, and hopefully doing justice to both.”Dawson’s contemporary oil paintings, acrylics, watercolors and mixed media pieces are influenced by British and American popular culture and where the two converge.His work is becoming highly collected, as evidenced by many private collections in New York, London and Los Angeles. He has produced work for large corporate companies and sports teams, including Manchester United, and for high-profile screen writers and film industry producers. Dawson has current works on display in Chelsea gallery in New York and in California at LA River Studios, Los Angeles and Pasadena art gallery.Dawson lists his personal influences among Northern England artists such as L.S. Lowry, and Harold Riley. He has been inspired by Americans Edward Hopper, Jasper Johns, Steve Penley and Andy Warhol for their style, composition or use of material. Dawson’s works may be viewed at www.NYseeArt.com The Breeders’ Cup administers the Breeders’ Cup World Championships, Thoroughbred racing’s year-end Championships. The Breeders’ Cup also administers the Breeders’ Cup Challenge qualifying series, which provides automatic starting positions into the Championships races. The 2016 Breeders’ Cup World Championships, consisting of 13 grade I races and purses and awards totaling $28 million, will be held November 4-5 at Santa Anita Park in Arcadia, Calif., and will be televised live by the NBC Sports Group. Breeders’ Cup press releases appear on the Breeders’ Cup Web site, www.breederscup.com. You can also follow the Breeders’ Cup on social media platforms Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat and YouTubelast_img read more