Men’s basketball: No. 9 Wisconsin suffers first loss to No. 22 Creighton

first_imgNo Big Ten team has come into Creighton’s home court and escaped with a victory since 1978, and that streak stood Tuesday night as the No. 9 Badgers fell 79-67.First halfCreighton came out the gates and hit Wisconsin in the mouth before the reeling Badgers could find their feet. Less than two minutes from tipoff, the Badgers found themselves in an 8-0 hole after Creighton nailed back-to-back 3-pointers.Wisconsin senior point guard Bronson Koenig finally answered with a 3-pointer to put the Badgers on the board and slow down the Creighton tempo that had ignited a deafening Bluejay crowd.UW managed to tie the game at 11 behind a quick rally from Badger senior forward Nigel Hayes. Hayes hit his first three attempts from the floor, including back-to-back threes of his own to put the Badgers right back into the thick of it.Men’s basketball: No. 9 Badgers open 2016-17 with a complete win over Central ArkansasThe No. 9 University of Wisconsin men’s basketball team began their 2016-17 campaign Friday night at the Kohl Center, taking Read…The Bluejays would go pound-for-pound with Wisconsin through the 10-minute mark in the first half, keeping things close at 20-20. Creighton had a chance to get the crowd on their feet on a breakaway opportunity for a slam dunk, but an indecisive Marcus Foster couldn’t finish at the rim with a wide open look.Badger freshman guard D’Mitrik Trice gave Wisconsin a spark immediately off the bench when he cashed a 3-pointer to give his team the three-point edge with around eight minutes before the half.Hayes would follow suit on the next possession with another basket from behind the arc, which would count as the Badgers’ eighth 3-pointer of the first half. For those who are familiar with Wisconsin basketball’s traditional style of play, living by the deep ball is almost taboo for the Badgers.With five minutes left before the first half, Wisconsin had taken 17 total attempts with 13 of those being threes. While UW had made a remarkably high eight of these 13 attempts, that kind of offensive imbalance simply isn’t sustainable, and the Badgers would learn this the hard way.Creighton rallied from its biggest deficit of the game ­— eight points — to pass the Badgers 33-30 at halftime thanks to a momentous dunk by junior guard Foster on a failed defensive assignment by Hayes beneath the rim.Since their red-hot start with 8-13 from downtown, the Badgers closed the first half with 12 consecutive misses from three. The shooting drought rendered Wisconsin scoreless through the final four minutes and 42 seconds of first half. Meanwhile, Creighton built a 13-2 run over the last seven minutes before the whistle.Second halfThe second half was much of the same for both teams as Wisconsin and Creighton traded blows until nine minutes remaining. The one exception: Hayes’ offensive boost for the Badgers was contained, with his first bucket coming almost halfway through the second half.Wisconsin sophomore forward Ethan Happ was M.I.A. for the Badgers down low, largely in part to being called for two travels on offense in the second half and three on the night.Men’s basketball: Three impressive high school seniors sign letters of intent for 2017-18The Wisconsin men’s basketball team notched one of their most balanced recruiting classes in program history with high school seniors Read…The turning point in the game happened with seven minutes remaining, when Creighton snagged three consecutive offensive rebounds before kicking it out to the corner for an uncontested three ball. Only seconds later, Creighton’s Thomas picked Koenig’s pocket before converting on an and-one basket on the other end.On the next possession, it was Thomas again who all but sealed the Badgers’ fate after burying a contested three ball to give the Bluejays an 11-point advantage with five minutes and some change on the clock.The Badgers gave it their best shot to respond, but the deficit proved too much as Wisconsin’s deep ball simply wasn’t falling in the final two minutes. The Badgers finished 11 for 39 total from three-point range, with their leading scorer (Koenig) going 3 for 13 from beyond the arc.Wisconsin looks to rebound at home Thursday night against Chicago State University at 7 p.m. in the Kohl Center.last_img read more

Jose Mourinho’s top 10 Manchester United transfer targets this summer

first_img Andre Gomes (Valencia) – Juventus are interested in Gomes but the fact the midfielder is Portuguese and shares an agent with Mourinho could swing it in Manchester United’s favour. Gomes has also publically called Mourinho a ‘great coach’, further hinting that his future may lie at Old Trafford. 10 Joao Mario (Sporting Lisbon) – The Portugal attacking midfielder is in high demand after an impressive season at Sporting but Mourinho would need to activate his £45m buyout clause and offer wages of around £140,000 to seal the move. 10 Eric Bailly (Villarreal) – Bailly’s name came as a surprise to many United fans but despite being a bit inconsistent and rash, the Ivorian fits the quick and powerful mould Mourinho demands of his centre backs. It could be a gamble pairing someone as young and inexperienced as him with Chris Smalling however. 10 Zlatan Ibrahimovic (free agent) – Click the arrow, right, to see Mourinho’s other summer targets – Ibrahimovic looks set to be the first name ticked off Mourinho’s transfer wishlist as he looks to add goals and experience to a youthful attack. The Sweden striker will join on a one-year deal and will be the perfect player for the likes of Marcus Rashford to learn from. Raphael Varane (Real Madrid) – Mourinho brought Varane to Madrid and has a good relationship with the player. The French defender has fallen behind Pepe in the pecking order at the Bernabeu which could open the door for him to join United in the search of more regular football. Miralem Pjanic (Roma) – Mourinho is keen to bolster his midfield after Morgan Schneiderlin and Bastian Schweinsteiger disappointed last season. Pjanic has a buyout clause of around £35m and Roma’s president admitted if that is met then the Bosnian could well leave. 10 Paul Pogba (Juventus) – Pogba is one of the hottest properties in European football at the moment and United would face a lot of competition for his signature, especially considering they are not in the Champions League. They have only an outside chance of bringing the Frenchman back to Old Trafford and would have to stump up a fee in the region of £75m to do so. Jose Mourinho is due to meet with Manchester United executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward this week to discuss his list of transfer targets for the summer.The transfer window doesn’t open until July 1, but that hasn’t stopped the new Red Devils boss from identifying who he wants in his first team squad next season.Talks with a number of targets have reportedly already begun but whose names will be among those discussed between Mourinho and Woodward?talkSPORT has drawn up a list of ten targets the former Chelsea boss will ask Woodward to deliver for him – click the arrow above, right, to see who is on it! 10 10 10 10 James Rodriguez (Real Madrid) – The Colombian has fallen out of favour under Zinedine Zidane at Madrid and while he is not one of Mourinho’s priorities, his immediate availability may force United to put in an offer instead of pursuing other targets. 10 John Stones (Everton) – Mourinho fought tooth and nail to bring Stones to Chelsea last summer and failed so expect him to return for the Englishman this summer. Although Stones had a tough time last season he will still be a great centre back and a good partner for Smalling. 10 Nemanja Matic (Chelsea) – United have reportedly made an approach for the Chelsea midfielder who was a cornerstone in Mourinho’s 2015 title-winning side. The Portuguese would love a reunion with his former holding midfielder.last_img read more

Convicted killer Paul Bernardo facing weapons possession charge

first_imgOne of Canada’s most infamous killers, whose name became reviled across the country after he murdered two Ontario teens, is back before the courts for an offence allegedly committed from a maximum-security prison.Paul Bernardo appeared via video in a Napanee, Ont., courtroom on Friday facing one count of possession of a weapon, Ontario’s Ministry of the Attorney General said.It was Bernardo’s second court appearance on the alleged offence, which court documents show took place on Feb. 9 at the Millhaven Institution in nearby Bath, Ont.A spokesman for the ministry said the case was adjourned to May 18 for another video appearance. Bernardo’s lawyer did not immediately respond to request for comment.Bernardo has been a notorious figure since his arrest in the 1990s on allegations that he raped and murdered multiple teenage girls at his southern Ontario home.His 1995 trial for the deaths of 14-year-old Leslie Mahaffy and 15-year-old Kristen French sent waves of horror across the country as lawyers presented videotaped evidence of Bernardo’s repeated brutal attacks on both girls.Bernardo was ultimately convicted of first-degree murder, kidnapping, forcible confinement and aggravated sexual assault in both cases and sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole for 25 years.He was eventually also convicted of manslaughter in the death of Tammy Homolka, the younger sister of his wife Karla Homolka.She, in turn, was convicted of playing roles in all three killings and served a 12-year prison sentence after striking a deal with prosecutors.After admitting to raping 14 other women in and around Toronto, Bernardo was given a dangerous offender designation that all but ensures he will remain behind bars for life.Bernardo’s name has been largely absent from national headlines in the years since his sentence, though he did arouse national ire when it was revealed he had a self-published work of fiction available for sale on Amazon. The 631-page book, which supposedly told the story of a plot by a “secret cabal” to return Russia to a world power, was ultimately withdrawn.Bernardo became eligible for day parole in 2015, but it has not been granted.Homolka has faced more scrutiny since her 2005 release from prison and eventually settled in Quebec with her new husband and children. Last year it was revealed that she had been volunteering at a Montreal-area elementary school, prompting it to revise its policies.last_img read more