Bulldog Wrestlers Battle Pirates

first_imgThe Batesville High School Wrestling team opened the new year travelling to Greensburg to face the Pirates in a dual. Though The bulldogs fought hard they lost 42-24 while missing some key parts of the line-up.Sophmore Jonah Chase got the teams only pin. Also getting wins for the team was Tyler Schaeffer, Jacob Weigel, and Drew Garbirini. Jonathan Lamping, Dallas Lamping Nick Nobbe, Axel Garcia, and Abram Garcia also had varsity match.The Bulldogs will travel to Franklin County on Saturday to compete in their Invite.Courtesy of Bulldogs Coach Curtis Miller.last_img read more

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Ole! La Liga fires up again after old foes unite

first_imgAfter an almighty push by all parties concerned, Spain’s La Liga roars back into action next week after a three-month pause due to the COVID-19 pandemic, with matches taking place every day and with everything to play for.The season resumes on Wednesday in bizarre circumstances with the second half of a Segunda Division match between Rayo Vallecano and Albacete that was abandoned in December due to offensive chanting. The (re)starting gun will be properly fired with Thursday’s derby between Sevilla and Real Betis, while champions Barcelona play their first game on Saturday away to Real Mallorca, with title rivals Real Madrid hosting Eibar on Sunday.All matches will be played without spectators for safety reasons, although broadcasters plan to replicate crowd noise for television viewers, which will include a minute of applause for Spain’s more-than 27,000 COVID-19 victims.While clubs such as Eibar and Racing Santander expressed their disquiet about returning and a Cadiz player at first refused to turn up for training, Spain has been largely united by a desire for football to return to lift the mood in one of the worst-affected countries in the world by the virus.La Liga president Javier Tebas has led the campaign to get the season back on track, warning early on that not completing the campaign could lead to a collective loss of one billion euros ($1.13 billion) in forfeited broadcast revenues and prize money.Old wounds between Tebas and federation president Luis Rubiales resurfaced in the early stages of negotiations. But after an eight-hour meeting organised by junior sports minister Irene Lozano in April, they finally pledged to work together to ensure the season was completed.“How we act in this pandemic and the measures we take will determine how the world looks in the next few years and they were conscious of that and their need to co-operate,” said Lozano of the unlikely meeting of minds.As part of the commitment, La Liga increased its funding to the ministry and federation, while the latter lifted a ban on matches on Mondays and Fridays, paving the way for matches on every day of the week.Spain’s footballers have welcomed the return of the season, although they concede it will not be the same without the supporters.“It’s going to be a very strange sensation. Football is all about the fans,” said Atletico Madrid’s Marcos Llorente. Spain coach Luis Enrique went further: “Playing matches without supporters is sadder than dancing with your sister.”“But we have to understand this is a global business and even though the spectacle will be very different, it can help us pass the time and get through this moment.”Barcelona led the table by two points over Real when the season was paused in March and the two rivals are braced for one of the tightest title races in recent memory.The fight for Champions League football is even closer, with five teams vying for third and fourth place.RelatedPosts COVID-19: NCAA to revoke erring airlines licence over non-compliance FRSC to Schools: We’ll arrest, prosecute drivers who flout COVID-19 rules Sanwo-Olu: We’re committed to fulfilling promises to Lagosians Reuters/NAN.Tags: COVID-19La LigaResumptionlast_img read more

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Agent: Toure deserves more praise

first_img Dimitri Seluk said the Ivory Coast international would have finished higher than third place in the PFA and FWA Footballer of the Year awards, and higher than 12th in the Ballon d’Or voting, if he was white. Toure was beaten to both English awards by Luis Suarez, while Eden Hazard and Steven Gerrard came second in the PFA and FWA voting respectively. The agent of Yaya Toure has claimed the reason the Manchester City midfielder has failed to win any of football’s top individual awards is because he is black. Press Associationcenter_img Seluk told The Times: “If he was white, 100 per cent he would have won one of those top awards. “I don’t want to talk too much about racism or the politics of football, but he does not get the praise he should get. Yaya has three times in a row won the African Player of the Year, but it is different with the other awards. “I agree with Jose Mourinho when he said that the Player of the Year should come from the team that wins the title. I have very much respect for Suarez and Gerrard, but what Yaya did from midfield, not often a player can do this. “Who was the best team this year? Manchester City? Who was their best player? Toure. Gerrard is really good but Liverpool finished second in the league and Yaya is third (in the FWA vote).” Cristiano Ronaldo won the Ballon d’Or ahead of Lionel Messi and Franck Ribery. Seluk added: “He is a bit upset about the situation. Messi is the top player in the history of football and I respect Ronaldo and Ribery a lot. Yaya respects all these players. But for an African in these awards it is hard. FIFA needs to change something.” Seluk also refused to guarantee his client would remain at City this summer, saying: “If an important club like PSG (Paris St Germain) or Real Madrid made a big offer it would be for Manchester City to decide what happens.” last_img read more

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South Africa close to knowing World Cup squad but doubts remain

first_imgBy Nick SaidCAPE TOWN, South Africa (Reuters) – South Africa coach Ottis Gibson knows the players he wants to travel to England for the Cricket World Cup, but injuries and loss of form have complicated his 15-man selection.South Africa, who are due to name their squad on April 18, have not lost a 50-over series in the last 12 months, winning home and away against Sri Lanka, in Australia, and at home to Pakistan and Zimbabwe.Captain Faf du Plessis has previously described what they see as their blueprint for success – six specialist batsmen, an all-rounder at number seven, three fast bowlers and a spinner.The bowling lineup picks itself with Imran Tahir providing his controlled leg-spin, and a seam attack of Kagiso Rabada, Lungi Ngidi, and one of veteran Dale Steyn or newcomer Anrich Nortje.Ngidi (side strain) and Nortje (shoulder) are currently out with injuries though, missing the Indian Premier League (IPL), and both have a history of breaking down in the recent past.“I’ve had 15 (players in mind) for a while now, but we’ve got to sit with fingers crossed,” Gibson recently told reporters.“We’ve asked the guys who have gone off (to the IPL) to make sure that they still remember what the biggest picture is with regard to the Proteas setup.“We have a camp on May 12, and we want to make sure that there are no niggling injuries. We don’t want to be taking injuries into a World Cup, so hopefully that will take care of itself.”Opening batsman Hashim Amla has been a stalwart at the top of the order for the last decade, but his form in all formats has been called into question in the past year.In ODI cricket he has managed a single century in his previous 16 innings, dating back to the start of 2018, at an average of 35.26.Counting in his favour though is an impressive average of 63.44 in England.Those who have been given a run of games to contest his opening spot, Reeza Hendricks and Aiden Markram, have not grasped their opportunities despite hugely impressive domestic form.There are also questions over the number three position, with the same duo also in contention for that along with the inexperienced, but in-form, Rassie van der Dussen.Dussen made his debut less than three months ago but could be asked to play a pivotal role in one of the key batting positions in the lineup.JP Duminy, who provides a second spin option as well as being a frontline batsman, is undergoing strength training on a troublesome shoulder.South Africa open their World Cup against England at The Oval on May 30.last_img read more

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UW falls flat in Border Battle loss

first_imgIn the third game of a Gopher invasion of Madison, the Wisconsin women’s basketball team was unable to uphold its end of the bargain Wednesday evening as it fell to Minnesota 63-50. The Border Battle is now in full swing, as Minnesota’s men’s basketball squad takes on the Badgers tomorrow evening, with the Gophers’ women’s hockey team in town over the weekend.With the loss, Wisconsin (10-14, 3-9) has lost three in a row and eight of its last nine.It was an ice-cold start for the Badgers, who scored only five points in the first 13 minutes and 35 seconds of the game. Nicole Bauman opened the scoring for Wisconsin with a three from the left wing just more than three minutes into the game. That basket put the Badgers up 3-2, which would be their only lead of the game.Morgan Paige went strong to the hoop for a layup with 12:46 remaining in the half, which cut Minnesota’s lead to 10-5, but Wisconsin would not score for the next six minutes and 21 seconds, even though its players attempted nine shots in that time span.The Badgers hung with the Gophers (16-9, 5-6) because Minnesota hit a bit of a dry spell as well. After a put-back by Gopher Micaella Riche, the Gophers did not score for the next five minutes and 10 seconds. A layup by redshirt freshman Amanda Zahui ended their run of missed field goals, and a three-pointer from senior Sari Noga extended their lead to 17-5.“We didn’t shoot very well in the first half,” head coach Bobbie Kelsey said. “Which was not for lack of being open, the kids just didn’t knock them down … the shots are there, we just didn’t knock them down. Maybe that’s people getting in the gym a little more.”That run prompted Kelsey to call a 30 second timeout, and following the timeout, Taylor Wurtz ended the drought with a three-pointer from the left wing with 6:25 to go in the half.From there, UW would pick up the pace. Dakota Whyte knocked down a jumper from the elbow, and Jacki Gulczynski netted two shots inside on the next two possessions. However, UW was trading baskets with Minnesota and could not amount any sort of comeback before the first half ended.The Badgers went into halftime trailing 25-16, which was the lowest point total in any half this season for the Wisconsin offense. The Badgers shot 21.4 percent from the field, making just 6-of-28 shots, including 2-12 from beyond the arc.A major problem for Wisconsin was its inability to get Michala Johnson the amount of touches she is used to receiving.Kelsey said Johnson was being double and triple-teamed in the post and made the right decision to kick it out to her open teammates. The only problem was her teammates could not put the ball in the hoop.Turnovers were a problem for both teams in the first half. Minnesota committed 12 turnovers through the first 20 minutes, while Wisconsin beat them by one with its 13.The Badgers had more turnovers (11) than points (10) until the 2:49 mark in the first half.“I don’t think that they [Minnesota] did anything special,” Whyte said. “I think we can handle any defense, but most of the turnovers we’ve had this season are definitely our own turnovers.”The second half moved at a much quicker pace than the first. Paige hit a three, and junior forward Michala Johnson converted inside, cutting Minnesota’s lead to six at 27-21. After trading baskets for about seven minutes, Minnesota led 41-30 with 11:25 to play.Wisconsin proceeded to go on a 9-0 run. Johnson knocked down two free throws, and then Wurtz connected on a three. She then popped one from the foul line to cut the lead to Minnesota’s lead to 43-37. Then, Whyte pulled up from 11 feet out and was fouled on the made basket, bringing the Badgers within four. She would not make her foul shot, and 43-39 was the closest the Badgers would come the rest of the game.“It’s frustrating, but we dug ourselves into that hole,” Wurtz said. “If we can figure out a way just to come out and be ahead we’ll be in good shape.”Now it was the Gophers turn to punch. They went on a 10-2 run, highlighted by the shooting of Big Ten leading scorer Rachel Banham and the post play of Zahui, and the Gophers had a 53-41 with 5:04 to play.Banham, a potential All-American, took control of the game in that stretch. She finished the game with a game-high 19 points, while Zahui finished with 17 points.The Badgers managed to whittle the lead down to seven when Bauman netted a three with 3:04 to play, but it was once again too little too late for Wisconsin.A bright spot for the Badgers was Wurtz, who led the team with 15 points and narrowly missed achieving her fourth straight double-double, grabbing nine rebounds. Whyte also had a decent game coming off the bench, scoring eight points.“I know these kids are disappointed, and I am too,” Kelsey said. “But we’re going to continue to fight and see if we can get one of these wins.”last_img read more

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Champions League qualifier draw

first_imgThe Europa league draw has pitted Shamrock Rovers and UCD against teams from Luxembourg while Cork City travel to Iceland to play KR Reykjavik and St Pats meet Skonto Riga of Latvia.Those ties placed on the 2nd and 9th of July. The first leg is on the 14th or 15th of July with the second leg taking place a week later. BATE reached the group stages last year winning one of their five games.Celtic will play Stjarnan of Iceland in their qualifier.last_img

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McGrath Cup finalists to be decided today

first_imgA place in the final of the McGrath Cup is at stake in Mallow as old rivals Cork and Kerry lock horns in their third round tie.Elsewhere, Limerick know that a victory against Waterford will seal their place in the decider.Cork and Limerick will lock horns in Round 2 of the Munster Hurling League at the Gaelic Grounds. Elsewhere, Donal Moloney and Gerry O’Connor’s first match in joint charge of the Clare senior hurling team sees them make the trip to Tralee for a clash with Kerry.last_img read more

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Tipico boosts online casino content with EveryMatrix’s CasinoEngine Direct

first_imgShare StumbleUpon German sports betting operator Tipico has furthered its existing relationship with industry platform and software provisions provider EveryMatrix, agreeing to integrate the firm’s CasinoEngine Direct systems.Bookmaker Tipico forms that new partnership in order ot significantly boost its online casino capabilities.Moving forward EveryMatrix will be delivering games via CasinoEngine from more than 20 casino providers considerably boosting Tipico’s casino options with more RNG games and premium live casino from Evolution and others.“We are impressed by CasinoEngine’s gaming portfolio and its ability to integrate with our digital platforms. The partnership with EveryMatrix is an important step to revamp our gaming offering, as we are looking to provide our customers a state of the art entertainment experience.” stated Marlon van der Goes, Tipico Chief Commercial Officer.Ebbe Groes, EveryMatrix CEO, commented on the partnership: “We are proud to add a considerable casino portfolio into Tipico’s platform and we look forward to work with their highly professional team. Jointly this will lead to one of the most competitive casino offerings in the region.”CasinoEngine is one the largest and foremost casino gaming aggregator in the industry. With a direct integration, operators can gain access to a continuously growing library of close to 5,000 casino games from over 60 game providers seamlessly integrated into a single casino lobby & wallet.“With CasinoEngine Direct, operators may integrate the CasinoEngine directly into their own platform and in-house wallet. CasinoEngine Direct secures minimum latency and optimal game speed while giving operators complete freedom to develop and host their own website or build together with EveryMatrix.” added Ebbe Groes. Related Articles Submit Share MoneyMatrix boosts wire transfer options by integrating Klarna’s Sofort August 24, 2020 PartnerMatrix drives user engagement with two new deals August 13, 2020 Erik Nyman joins EveryMatrix as US lead August 6, 2020last_img read more

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Bosna defeated Leotar

first_imgBasketball players of ”Bosna” from Sarajevo defeated the basketball club Leotar with 82:51 in the match of the 20th round of League 12.First quarter of the match brought poor game on both sides, and in the first ten minutes Bosna led with 10:8 , however in the second part the game became much better, and Bosna achieved the lead with 25:13, and finished half-time with 35:21.The most efficient player for ”Bosna” was Eldin Čamdžić with 17 points, followed by  Sindis Demić and Ramo Rizvić with 15 points. Marko Rikalo was the most efficient player for Leotar with 13 points and 8 jumps.last_img read more

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