Women’s basketball looks for upset win against No. 17 Iowa in ‘Pink Game’ for breast cancer awareness

first_imgFollowing four straight losses in Big Ten play, the Wisconsin women’s basketball team finally got back on track as they took care of business on the road with a win against a struggling Illinois squad this past Sunday. Making it two in a row, however, will be an uphill battle against the 17th-ranked Hawkeyes. Prior to being handed a narrow five-point loss loss by No. 5 Maryland this past Sunday, Iowa had been riding a commanding six-game win streak.Here are ‘three-pointers’ to know for each team going into Sunday’s matchup:WisconsinLeft in the dustIn the Badgers’ last home game against a high-powered offense in Ohio State, Wisconsin struggled for the first four minutes, starting 1-7 from the field as the Buckeyes racked up a 15-2 lead and never looked back. Going up against a formidable Hawkeyes scoring attack averaging 76.9 points per game, another slow start for head coach Bobbie Kelsey’s squad could end this one before halftime.Putting the team on her backIt took a historically great 31-point performance from Nicole Bauman against OSU to avoid a blowout. Bauman’s stat-line for the past 2 games: 18-30 (60%) shooting from the floor, including 13 for 22 (59%) from the 3-point line. The rest of the team has been averaging just 35-89 overall (39%) and 6-20 from behind the arch (30%) in those games.OneThe number of wins the Badgers have earned this season against teams with a winning record, with the lone victory coming Dec. 28 at home against Michigan. In all three previous games against ranked opponents this season (No. 1 South Carolina, No. 24 Rutgers and No. 16 Nebraska) the Badgers suffered double-digit losses.IowaLast time outIowa’s effort in its 93-88 loss on the road to No. 5 Maryland last week was impressive enough to voters that it actually moved them up three spots in the new rankings from 20th to 16th, and without an 8-0 run near the end of the game by the Terrapins, likely would’ve pulled off the upset win to force a tie atop the Big Ten Standings. Now that they trail by two games, expect a Hawkeye team playing with a lot of motivation.Four ScoreOne of the major reasons Iowa has experienced consistent success this season has been their depth on offense. The Hawkeyes boast four different players with double-digit scoring averages. While the one-two punch of guards Melissa Dixon and Ally Disterhoft have lead the way with 18.0 and 16.0 points per game in conference play, respectively, center Bethany Doolittle (14.5 ppg) and guard Samantha Logic with (11.4 ppg) provide significant scoring depth.HomesickAlthough the Hawkeyes have a perfect home record over halfway into the season (12-0), they haven’t been as dominant on the road, posting just a 4-3 record away from the Carver-Hawkeye Arena going into Sunday’s matchup. The Hawkeyes are capable of playing well on the road, like in their narrow No. 5 Maryland loss and their 77-72 victory at then 16th-ranked Rutgers last month, but they can also turn in some questionable performances, including a 34-point blowout loss early in the season to then 7th ranked Louisville, and a 73-61 upset defeat on Jan. 8 to last place Illinois.Who: Wisconsin (8-13 Overall, 4-7 Big Ten) vs. No. 17 Iowa (17-4, 8-2)Where: Kohl’s Center, Madison, WIWhen: 2 P.M.Wear Pink: To raise awareness for Breast Cancer, students and fans are encouraged to wear pink.last_img read more

GPL Preview: Ashgold, Medeama top liner as Yatsuhashi begins life with Hearts

first_imgAfter a long period of delay and uncertainty about the domestic league, the first games for the new season will be played across the country this weekend. With very important signings made during the transfer period by many clubs, this may yet be one of the most competitive seasons ever. The league also welcomes three new sides to replace Heart of Lions, Great Olympics and B. A. United.ASHGOLD v MEDEAMAThe biggest game of the weekend will be at the Len Clay Stadium in Obuasi where the defending champions will host the FA Cup winners. The last time the two sides met was a fortnight ago in the curtain raiser Super Cup match. On that occasion, the boys from Tarkwa emerged winners. Despite winning the FA Cup, Medeama were woeful in the league eventually finishing 11th. AshGold will be hoping to avenge that defeat in the battle of mining towns.HEARTS OF OAK v NEW EDUBIASEThe Accra Sports Stadium will host Hearts of Oak and New Edubiase despite recent concerns about the state of the stadium. However, the venue is not the only thing on test in this game as this will also be the first league fixture for Hearts’ coach Kenichi Yatsuhashi. How will the latest signings of Hearts fare in the league? Both sides struggled last season; narrowly escaping relegation on the last match day. As such they will each be in search of a positive result to appease aggrieved fans. TECHIMAN CITY v BEREKUM CHELSEAAfter securing a place in the top division for the first time, Techiman City are being thrown out almost immediately. Winning games will not be the only headache of the club as they also have to focus their energies on winning an appeal against a decision from the football association to demote them on allegations of bribery and match fixing. The weight of possibly being thrown of the league at any time should work in favour of Chelsea. Last season, Chelsea lost a vital opportunity to claim the league title following a flurry of shocking defeats to the disappointment of their expectant fans. BECHEM UNITED v LIBERTY PROFESSIONALSThe journey from Dansoman to Bechem will be long and weary. But fatigue will not be the only concern for administrators and players of Liberty as they would also need to be worried about the safety of their possessions. This follows a break-in into the visiting team’s dressing room at the Bechem Park where robbers made away with items belonging to members of the AshGold team during a pre-season friendly match. While Liberty finished 5th last season, Bechem really struggled to keep themselves afloat finishing 12th. DWARFS v DREAMSEbusua Dwarfs will be based at the Robert Stadium this season and will be hoping that it would being them the form they had in the divison one league. This game is a battle of newcomers after both sides gained promotion from the second tier last season. Unlike Dwarfs, this would be the first time Dreams would be playing top flight football and it would be a dream come true (pun intended) to get a win in this fixture. The club is famous for being the place where Black Stars and Chelsea defender Baba Rahman was groomed.WA ALL STARS v HASAACAS Hasaacas will make the much dreaded journey from the very south-west of the country to its north-west. The Sekondi-based side were impressive last season managing to finish 7th on the table. Conversely, All Stars did not produced consistent results especially in the second half of last season. The home fans would be expecting an improved performance this time round as they trope to the Wa Park this weekend.INTER ALLIES v ADUANA STARSAduana Stars travel south to Tema to face Inter Allies in this equally exciting game. The two sides finished among the top sides last season. The decision by Allies to sell many of their good players to European clubs would be put to the test as they face a formidable opponent which finished third last season. This would be Herbert Addo’s first game as coach for the Tema-based side in the league.Commentary of key games from around the country will be on the Joy Sports Arena from 3pm, Sunday on Joy 99.7FM.  There’ll be live social media updates on our Twitter: @JoySportsGH. Hashtag is #joysports Commentary of key games from around the country will be on the Joy Sports Arena from 3pm, Sunday on Joy 99.7FM.  There’ll be live social media updates on our Twitter: @JoySportsGH. Hashtag is #joysports – See more at: http://www.myjoyonline.com/sports/2016/February-20th/gpl-preview-wafa-kotoko-set-to-dismiss-doubts-with-football-artistry.php#sthash.GU1VVQe9.dpuflast_img read more

Grants encourage 16,000 youngsters to get into golf

first_img Almost 16,000 boys and girls received golf coaching in the year to the end of March, thanks to an investment of nearly £90,000 by England Golf.Of those, just over 2000 youngsters have gone on to become junior members of golf clubs.The total of £87,900 was paid as Junior Development Grants to GolfMark clubs and stand-alone driving ranges which hold the RangeMark accreditation. Altogether, 293 facilities each received grants of £300, which they matched.The money was spent on a range of opportunities for members and non-members – one-off tasters, structured courses and regular coaching sessions – and encouraged 15,891 juniors to take part in golf.Almost a quarter of the youngsters taking part were girls (24%) and most of those involved were not club members (68%). The under-14 age group accounted for 76% per cent of the total. Almost 1000 juniors (6%) came from ethnic groups other than white British, while 365 (2%) had a disability.This year, England Golf has launched a new ‘Play More Golf’ fund, offering grants of between £500 and £1500 for projects which encourage people of all ages to play the game more often and which promote club membership.The grants are available to all affiliated clubs and to driving ranges which have been awarded RangeMark. The closing date for applications is 30 May 2014.The money must be spent on activities, coaching programmes or offers which encourage regular participation and lead to club membership. These must take  place between 1 July 2014 and 31 December 2014 and should include follow-on opportunities. Activities supported by the fund should be focused on one or more of the following areas:•    Supporting new adult players or returners to golf to play regularly•    Sessions to attract women and girls, with emphasis on the social aspect of golf•    Regular, structured coaching, playing and competitive opportunities within clubs for juniors, both members and non-members•    Sessions to encourage disabled people to play golfImage © Leaderboard Photography 22 May 2014 Grants encourage 16,000 youngsters to get into golf last_img read more


first_imgTHERE has been a massive increase in the number of people learning Chinese in across Co Donegal.Just last week twelve people graduated from the first intensive Mandarin Chinese language and culture course which took place at Letterkenny Institute of Technology.Course facilitator, Ms Jill Murphy, said she was delighted at how well the course went and said a second course will begin later this month, to cope with the huge number of people who want to take part . “We had business people and people with a general interest in learning more about China and travelling to China. There was a good mix of people and I think they learned a lot from it.”The demand for the course has been such that a second course will be running from July 30 to August 3.“I have had dozens of enquiries from people interested in taking part but I didn’t want to have too large a group so we decided to run the second course later this month.”For the past year, the Letterkenny-based Chinese teacher has been giving private lessons and has taught evening classes in mandarin Chinese at LYIT. The strengthening of ties between Ireland and China has led to a surge in interest from people in Donegal wishing to learn more about the language and culture and this prompted Ms Murphy to establish the course.“During the course, people learned the basics of what they need to know about China, its language, culture and traditions. I think it definitely sparked interest and gave an understanding of this very interesting country.”Ms Murphy continued: “My hopes for the course were to not only teach people some of the language basics which they will need to know, but also provide an insight into the traditions and customs. And I think I managed to cover all of these aspects and enlightened people as to what to expect when visiting China as tourist or for business.”Ms Murphy explained further: “China is a fascinating and complex country and I gave an overview of the history and an insight into how China has become the global super power that it is today. The rise in the popularity of Chinese is unsurprising, given the links being forged by governments and businesses worldwide. Now, more than one billion people speak Mandarin Chinese. Indeed, it is quickly becoming an essential skill for business people and world travellers alike.”Ms Murphy added: “As more people have become aware of the course and the Chinese evening classes I have been teaching there is a lot of interest in people hoping to travel to China in the future. I am now looking at the possibility of putting together an escorted tour which can be tailored for tourists or business people.” The second one week intensive course will start on July 30 and there are still some places left. It is suitable for business people, teachers, students (leaving Cert and above) and anyone with an interest in China. To register contact Jill Murphy at [email protected] and intermediate Chinese lessons will be starting in September.“HEN RONGYI” ……….AS THEY NOW SAY AT THE LYIT! was last modified: July 20th, 2012 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more