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Badgers beat Illini, continue climb toward top of Big Ten

first_imgSenior forward Tara Steinbauer scored 10 of UW’s first 20 points en route to finishing with a game-high 19 points and five rebounds.[/media-credit]The state of Wisconsin gave Illinois quite a series of beatings on Sunday, ending the day with a 3-0 record versus rival Illinois teams. The Packers are headed to the Super Bowl after beating Chicago, the UW men’s basketball team crushed Northwestern and got its first ever triple-double from Josh Gasser and the women’s basketball team gained sole possession of second place in the Big Ten with a 60-47 victory over Illinois (7-13, 2-5 in the Big Ten).Second place is quite a few rungs up the ladder when you consider where the Badgers – now at the midpoint of Big Ten play – began the season. Wisconsin (11-9, 6-2 Big Ten) had a 2-7 record in early December but has since gone 9-2 overall and 6-2 in conference play, trailing only the No. 12 Michigan State Spartans. “We are at the midway point. We’re 6-2; we’re at a good position for a bye week. The kids have earned a couple days off, but we haven’t done anything yet,” head coach Lisa Stone said. “We have 8 games left, and we’re on a mission. I have a great senior class that wants to go out with something that hasn’t been done here in a long time.”Senior forward Tara Steinbauer had a terrific game, leading all scorers with 19 points. Steinbauer scored 10 of the Badgers’ first 20 points and also contributed five rebounds and three assists over the course of the game.The first half was a back and forth battle between the two teams, as well as Steinbauer and Illinois forward Karisma Penn. Penn, only a sophomore, entered the game averaging 17.1 points per game and 10.9 rebounds per game and scored 13 points in the first half on an electric 6-of-7 shooting. Illinois led at the break 29-28.The second half looked poised for a down-to-the-wire finish until Penn – who hadn’t picked up a foul the entire game – picked up three in a span of less than two minutes.“Those fouls changed the whole complexion of the game. I don’t understand it,” Illinois head coach Jolette Law said. “You have no fouls and you blink your eyes, and in less than two minutes, a minute and 37 seconds to be exact, you pick up three fouls. I don’t understand it; it’s just the way it goes.”Penn left the game with Illinois leading 33-32 with 16:30 left to play. Unfortunately for the Illini, they would only score 14 more points the rest of the game. The lack of Penn’s inside presence allowed the Badgers to dominate the paint the rest of the night.While the loss of Penn was a huge advantage for the Badgers, their execution of all facets of the game was what really propelled them to a victory. Wisconsin committed a season-low in turnovers – only six – and shot 94 percent from the free throw line, making 16-of-17.“I challenged our team to shoot a minimum 80 percent from the line today, and they answered the call,” Stone said. “Free throws are going to be something particularly [important] in the Big Ten. These games are not going to be blowouts. They are going to be close, and you have to capitalize at the free throw line.”Senior forward Lin Zastrow and sophomore guard Taylor Wurtz joined Steinbauer in the double-digit points category for Wisconsin. Zastrow had 10 points to go along with a team-high eight rebounds and game-high four assists. Wurtz had 12 points and was 2-of-5 from behind the arc, along with a game-high two steals.“It’s a collective effort, and I like what I am seeing develop. We have a ways to go, but [the girls] kind of know where they are at now, and that’s what you want this time of the year,” Stone said. “Keep getting better and keep that chemistry headed in the right direction.”last_img read more


Cherry iGaming’s subsidiary obtains UK gaming licence

first_img StumbleUpon Related Articles Share The CherryCasino brand will be launched in the UK after Cherry iGaming’s subsidiary PlayCherry Ltd was granted a local UK licence for gaming operators from the Gambling Commission.The company will initially use the licence for CherryCasino.com as its flagship brand. EuroSlots, a recently-relaunched white-label gaming website, will also be rolled out shortly after. Meanwhile, Sunmaker, an iGaming brand that has always been popular with international players, will be the third one launched into the UK gaming market.This latest announcement comes as part of Cherry iGaming’s strategy to expand into new regulated jurisdictions. The online gambling operator will use its brands to reap benefits from the UK market, known to be among the largest regulated markets in the world.Jonas Wåhlander, CEO at Cherry iGaming, said: “This is an additional step in the evolvement of Cherry iGaming. Through a wide offering we will have a brand for every key customer segment in the UK market, encompassing all types of products to engage with them.“With the current presence and insight we have, combined with ComeOn’s experience, we expect a positive entry into the market and are excited about the potential of this very important market.”The licence covers both casino and sports betting, and means that the company can engage the entire UK market. Cherry iGaming already holds gaming licenses in Malta, Curacao and Schleswig-Holstein. UKGC hails ‘delivered efficiencies’ of its revamped licence maintenance service  August 20, 2020 Submit Genesis to appeal UKGC’s ‘disproportionate suspension’ July 23, 2020 Share TVBET passes GLI test for five live games in Malta and Italy August 25, 2020last_img read more


Shohei Ohtani’s outs on the basepaths critical in Angels’ loss to Twins

first_img“It was a bang-bang play and I felt like maybe if I had a better secondary lead or if I had another step, I could have been safe,” Ohtani said. “I will try to work on that from now on.”Manager Brad Ausmus said he didn’t bother to use one of his replay challenges because their looks at the replays indicated Ohtani was out, and Garver hadn’t blocked the plate illegally.“When you have the ball you’re allowed to block the plate,” Ausmus said. “You can’t question that. He was just out.”That was as close as they could come to tying the score. They came up empty in the ninth.With a runner at first and one out, Ausmus sent Justin Bour to pinch-hit for David Fletcher. Bour, who was optioned to Triple-A after the game, struck out.Related Articles Jose Suarez’s rocky start sinks Angels in loss to Astros Ausmus said he picked Bour because he was trying to take the lead right there, with a homer, rather than taking his chances on simply tying the score. Ty Buttrey, one of the Angels’ best relievers, was not available after throwing two innings the night before, further encouraging Ausmus to go for two runs instead of one.“Bour has a better chance of hitting the ball over the wall,” Ausmus said.With the loss, the Angels are now 3-3 in the six games when they’ve started with an opener.In the previous five, the reliever had started the game with a scoreless first. This time Cam Bedrosian gave up an infield hit – when shortstop Simmons was a split-second slow releasing the throw – and it led to a run.Félix Peña then took over and was not quite as sharp as he had been when he pitched seven scoreless innings last Thursday in Detroit. Peña gave up a two-run homer to Garver in the third and then a run on doubles by Marwin Gonzalez and Buxton in the fourth.After that, though, Peña settled down and retired seven straight hitters, finishing five innings. Angels’ poor pitching spoils an Albert Pujols milestone PreviousLos Angeles Angels’ Mike Trout watches as he grounds out to Minnesota Twins pitcher Kyle Gibson in the first inning of a baseball game Tuesday, May 14, 2019, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)Angels starting pitcher Cam Bedrosian throws to the plate during the first inning of Tuesday’s game against the Twins in Minneapolis. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsMinnesota Twins pitcher Kyle Gibson throws against the Los Angeles Angels in the first inning of a baseball game Tuesday, May 14, 2019, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)Los Angeles Angels’ Shohei Ohtani of Japan swings at a pitch by Minnesota Twins pitcher Kyle Gibson to ground out in the first inning of a baseball game Tuesday, May 14, 2019, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)Minnesota Twins’ Eddie Rosario hits an RBI single off Los Angeles Angels pitcher Cam Bedrosian in the first inning of a baseball game Tuesday, May 14, 2019, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)MINNEAPOLIS, MN – MAY 14: Felix Pena #64 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim delivers a pitch against the Minnesota Twins during the third inning of the game on May 14, 2019 at Target Field in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)MINNEAPOLIS, MN – MAY 14: Jorge Polanco #11 of the Minnesota Twins steals second base against Andrelton Simmons #2 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim during the first inning of the game on May 14, 2019 at Target Field in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)Los Angeles Angels’ Tommy La Stella, left, congratulates Luis Rengifo after Rengifo scored on a double by David Fletcher off Minnesota Twins pitcher Kyle Gibson in the sixth inning of a baseball game Tuesday, May 14, 2019, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)MINNEAPOLIS, MN – MAY 14: Shohei Ohtani #17 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim is out at third base as Marwin Gonzalez #9 of the Minnesota Twins applies the tag during the sixth inning of the game on May 14, 2019 at Target Field in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)MINNEAPOLIS, MN – MAY 14: Shohei Ohtani #17 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim is out as Mitch Garver #18 of the Minnesota Twins defends home plate during the eighth inning of the game on May 14, 2019 at Target Field in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The Twins defeated the Angels 4-3. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)Los Angeles Angels’ Mike Trout watches as he grounds out to Minnesota Twins pitcher Kyle Gibson in the first inning of a baseball game Tuesday, May 14, 2019, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)NextShow Caption1 of 10Los Angeles Angels’ Mike Trout watches as he grounds out to Minnesota Twins pitcher Kyle Gibson in the first inning of a baseball game Tuesday, May 14, 2019, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)ExpandMINNEAPOLIS — By giving Shohei Ohtani 56 plate appearances against live pitching over the last couple weeks of his rehab, the Angels could essentially replace what he missed at the plate by not having spring training.They could not replace the experience running the bases, however.Ohtani was thrown out on the bases twice on Tuesday night, each time representing the tying run, in the Angels’ 4-3 loss to the Minnesota Twins.Ohtani said he practiced running the bases, but there were no game situations for him to get reads. Angels’ Mike Trout working on his defense, thanks to Twitter center_img Angels offense breaks out to split doubleheader with Astros “I need to keep on playing in the game and get that feeling back on the basepaths,” Ohtani said through his interpreter.Ohtani had singled to drive in the third run of the sixth inning, turning a 4-0 deficit into a one-run game. He was on first when Andrelton Simmons dropped a single into right field. Ohtani hesitated after hitting second base, and then by the time he started again, the Twins had time to get him at third, for the second out of the inning.Ohtani said he thought right fielder Max Kepler had bobbled the ball. Also, he thought because Kepler is a left-handed thrower that it would make the play more difficult for him.“I was trying to be aggressive, trying to get to third base with less than two outs,” Ohtani said. “I thought I had a chance to make it to third, but once again the results weren’t there.”Two innings later, with the Angels still down by a run, Ohtani reached on an infield hit with one out. He went to second on an Albert Pujols single with two outs. Brian Goodwin then singled to center field. Gold Glove center fielder Byron Buxton fielded the ball on a hop and uncorked a perfect throw to catcher Mitch Garver, who dropped the tag on Ohtani as he slid feet-first into the plate. Garver came up limping and left the game with a left ankle sprain. Angels’ Shohei Ohtani spending downtime working in outfield Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more


Warriors-Blazers cheatsheet: How will Portland fare in round 3?

first_imgBlazers stock report: Portland has lost three of their last four games heading into Thursday’s 110-109 … The Blazers beat the Warriors in overtime Thursday evening in dramatic fashion. Two days later, the two teams will play again – this time up the I-5 highway in Portland.Here’s everything you need to know about the matchup.When/Where: Oracle Arena, 7:00 p.m. (NBCSBA)Blazers projected starting lineup: Al-Farouq Aminu, Maurice Harkless, Jusuf Nurkic, Damian Lillard, CJ McCollumlast_img read more


What we learned at Raiders HQ: DeShone Kizer elevated to backup quarterback

first_imgALAMEDA — The next man up at quarterback for the Raiders is DeShone Kizer.The third-year player out of Notre Dame has jumped Mike Glennon on the depth chart and will suit up for his first regular-season game as a Raider on Sunday as the backup to Derek Carr against the Tennessee Titans at the Coliseum.“I was informed the other day I’d be given an opportunity to jump in and help the team,” Kizer said Thursday following practice.That doesn’t mean Kizer will play, given that Glennon has made …last_img read more


Transasia crash kills 47

first_imgA Transasia ATR-72, registration B-22810 performing flight GE-222 from Kaohsiung to Makung on the island of Penghu (Taiwan) with 54 passengers and 4 crew, has crashed was on final approach to Makung’s runway 02 in strong gusting winds killing 47.The aircraft on its second attempt to land crashed about 3000ft short of the runway, struck buildings and burst into flames. According to reports 11 people received injuries and were taken to hospitals.Website Aviation Herald says according to Taiwan authorities the ATR-72-212A registration B-22810 was 14 years in service. The captain of the flight was 60 years of age with 22,900 hours of experience and his first officer was 39 with 2,300 hours of experience. Taiwan’s DGCA said that the crew had decided to go around and positioned for a second approach, but contact was lost during the second attempt to land. The weather conditions for landing were suitable at 5000ft visibility and two other aircraft had successfully landed just prior to the accident aircraft.Aviation Herald said that emergency services reported that the crew had aborted the first approach due to heavy rain reducing visibility.Two people aboard the plane were French citizens and the rest Taiwanese.Typhoon Matmo had just passed across the island, causing heavy rains.Over 200 airline flights had been canceled earlier in the day due to rain and strong winds.Penghu, is a scenic chain of 64 islands and a popular tourist site about 90 miles southwest of Taipei.last_img read more


A Century Farm perspective better than reality television

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest I look forward to them every year — the stories from visits to Ohio Century Farms.In my estimation, taking a couple of hours to step back in time to the earliest days of Ohio agriculture is time vastly better spent compared to watching any reality television, soap opera or televised sporting event that can be conjured up. And, the stories are real — not a statement that applies to reality television.Seriously, there could be some really good “based upon actual events” movies made from Century Farm stories that were instrumental in shaping the state’s top economic driver today. The stories of these seldom-noticed gems of Ohio history are sitting right under our noses and are vastly more entertaining, informative and incredible than the most dynamic sporting matchup or even a hotly debated interview with a man who decided he wanted to be a lady.The Ohio Century Farm program started in 1993 as a joint effort between the Ohio History Connection, Ohio’s Country Journal and the Ohio Department of Agriculture. As you read the stories, take a few moments to put into perspective what these people actually did to make a new life on an Ohio farm. It is truly amazing to think about leaving everything you have known behind to hop on a ship and carve out a life for yourself and your descendants amid the some harshest conditions imaginable. They left what they knew for a chance of success in the unknown. Put yourself in their well-traveled shoes. Would you do it? Could you do it?My guess is that most people in our modern society would have a pretty tough time matching the determination, grit and work ethic of the founders of these farms who — let’s face it — had to be half crazy to do what they did. What drove them to seek out such hardship and sacrifice? What gave them the strength to carry on?Without fail, every Century Farm has a story that offers a perspective that seems to be increasingly rare in today’s society. The Blausey family farm started out in the middle of a terrible swamp that few others were determined enough to inhabit. The Good-Woodruff Farm has its roots in an incredible love story that spanned an ocean and defied the conventions of the day.These stories are fascinating to hear in person and I hope their value and the perspective they offer comes through the pages of this publication. Hopefully you get the chance to let these stories take you to a time and place that offers stark contrasts to our modern lives.Think about how our forefathers lived. Even once they settled on the farms after daunting journeys to get there, there was drama in simply surviving from one day to the next through most of their lives. Food didn’t come from a take out window or a store — it came from the garden and the barn and the cellar. They didn’t need to seek entertainment via the remote control or a trip to the movie theater. They lived real life movies against the elements every day. They faced head on the struggles of life and death, love and loss, heat and cold, and rain and shine that we have been working hard to insulate ourselves from ever since. They toiled endlessly because their very survival depended upon it.After hearing the arduous tales of Century Farms, it never fails to make me appreciate all that we have today a little bit more. We are incredibly fortunate that our ancestors worked so hard to create better lives for their children. Now we get to enjoy the fruits of their labor and hopefully we can heed the lessons they teach us that are more valuable than anything that can be learned on reality TV.last_img read more


Ohio Crop Progress: Summer finally arrives

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Last week was the single best week for fieldwork of the 2019 growing season, according to Cheryl Turner, State Statistician, USDA NASS, Ohio Field Office. There were 4.5 days suitable for fieldwork for the week ending June 30. The week was the warmest week in the 2019 growing season and most areas saw their first 90 plus degree day this year. Farmers pushed themselves and their equipment hard to try and make up for time lost to an otherwise cold and very wet planting season. Through the whirlwind of activity, farmers were able to make progress on cutting an overly ripe first cutting of hay, plant soybeans at a fast pace, spray for weeds, and apply much needed fertilizer. Wheat harvest began in earnest for some growers in southern Ohio, while growers in northern Ohio readied themselves for the impending harvest. Wheat condition going into harvest was much worse than last year. Growers dealt with poor stands and downed-out spots. Corn planted last week was noted to be for silage and some farmers had abandoned hope for getting all of their corn for grain planted. Some earlier planted soybeans that were flooded out got replanted.Click here to read the full report.last_img read more


A legal look at wind farm setbacks

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Evin Bachelor, Law Fellow, Ohio State University Extension Agricultural and Resource Law ProgramThe Ohio Power Siting Board’s approval of new wind-turbine models in facility’s certificate does not constitute an amendment to the certificate for the purposes of triggering current turbine-setback requirements. In 2014, the Ohio Power Siting Board approved an application by Greenwich Windpark to construct a wind farm in Huron County with up to 25 wind turbines. In the initial application, all of the wind turbines would have used the same model of turbine. Just over a year after the application was approved, the wind farm developer applied for an amendment to add three additional models to the approved wind turbine model list, noting that the technology had advanced since its initial application. Two of the three newer models would be larger than the originally planned model, but would occupy the same locations and would comply with the minimum setback requirements at the time the application was approved.The issue involved whether the new setback requirements, which were put in place by the state between the initial approval and the requested change, should apply. An amendment to a certificate would trigger the current wind turbine setback requirements. Greenwich Windpark wanted the less restrictive setback requirements in their initial application to still apply to the newer models, but a local group wanted the more restrictive setback requirements to apply. The Ohio Power Siting Board said that adding the new wind turbine models would not be an amendment, and would not trigger the more restrictive setbacks. The Ohio Supreme Court sided with the Ohio Power Siting Board, explaining that the Ohio General Assembly wanted the Ohio Power Siting Board to have broad authority to regulate wind turbines.last_img read more


Pune institute begins digitisation of rare books, manuscripts

first_imgPrecious manuscripts in Sanksrit and its derivatives, Pali and the Prakrits, are soon to be preserved for posterity with the Bhandarkar Oriental Research Institute (BORI) launching an e-library and commencing on a major digitization process of its treasure trove in Indology.Unperturbed by the tumult of Pune’s dramatically changing landscape, the institute, named after legendary Indologist Ramkrishna Gopal Bhandarkar, was set-up in 1917 and remains a fixture of the city’s historic-cultural fabric and a veritable researchers’ paradise. Its venerated walls house one of South Asia’s largest and most invaluable agglomeration of rare manuscripts.“The move to digitise rare books had begun in earnest since September last year. The institute has formed a three-member committee to examine the institute’s repository of 1.35 lakh books and 28,000 manuscripts,” said Dr. Shreenand Bapat, registrar and curator-in-charge, BORI.While a Zeutschel high-resolution German scanner has been specially procured by the institute at the cost of Rs. 15 lakh, the restoration promises to be a painstaking and laborious process and promises to stretch on for the better part of five years.The scanning process, according to Dr. Bapat, poses particular challenges owing to the age of the manuscripts, some of which are more than a millennium old. “A team of four researchers are working on this project comprising of Prof. Shrikant Bahulkar, Dr. Maitreyee Deshpande and their two assistants. Each day, around 4,000 pages of the manuscripts which have to be digitised and pass it on to an IT company in Mumbai specializing in digitization,” he informed, adding that almost 12 lakh images of pages have to be digitized.At present, around 12,000 manuscripts and books – the rarest of the rare – have been scanned.The Government of Bombay State had first begun a pan-Indian manuscript collection project in the mid-1860s under which eminent scholars like R.G. Bhandarkar and German Indologists Johann Georg Buhler and Lorenz Franz Kielhorn among others collected several thousand manuscripts.This treasure trove, which is to be digitized, was first deposited at Mumbai’s Elphinstone College, from whence it was moved to Pune’s Deccan College for better preservation facilities.There were permanently housed in 1918 in BORI with Lord Willingdon [Major Freeman-Thomas], the then Governor of the Bombay Presidency and the first president of institute, authorizing for the valuable government collection to be transferred there.Among the notable publications that have emerged from this grand collection is a critical 19-volume edition of The Mahabharata, collated with copious critical material, out of nearly 1260 old manuscripts.Apart from the ageing process, the manuscripts have also fallen prey to petty political bickering, most notoriously in 2004, when the institute was shaken by the vandalism committed by the pro-Maratha Sambhaji Brigade, protesting against American scholar’s James Laine’s book on King Shivaji. Several manuscripts were destroyed while Dr. Bahulkar was manhandled by Brigade activists for allegedly explaining the meaning of Sanskrit references to Prof. Laine.The move to build a metadata has always been mired in financial stress, and while baby steps were taken since 2011, the digitization process gained momentum only recently after the Centre approved of a revised budget outlay for the same.In 2003, the National Mission for Manuscripts (NAMAMI) had selected BORI as one of the 32 manuscripts’ resource and conservation centres across the country.last_img read more