Texas bound: Wisconsin punches ticket to Final Four

first_imgANAHEIM, Calif. — It took 13 seasons and an extra five minutes, but Wisconsin is taking head coach Bo Ryan to the Final Four.The Honda Center was the site of a true heavyweight fight between the No. 1 and No. 2 seeds in the West Regional, playing for the right to go to the Final Four.Wisconsin (29-7) and Arizona (33-5) exchanged haymaker after haymaker in a regional final that couldn’t be decided in regulation.“It was just a knuckle-on-knuckle fight,” Wisconsin forward Sam Dekker said. “If I wasn’t wearing my mouth guard my teeth would have been gone again.”The bout would be extended by five minutes after junior point guard Traevon Jackson missed a 17-footer in the final seconds of the second half to leave the score tied at 54.In overtime, forward Frank Kaminsky would not be denied as the 7-foot junior put Wisconsin’s fate on his back, scoring six of the Badgers’ 10 points in the extra period, leading his team to a 64-63 win. Kaminsky flashes his a one handed ‘W’ to celebrate Wisconsin’s win over Arizona into the Final Four.Joey Reuteman/The Badger Herald“Frank Kaminsky is the reason Wisconsin’s in the Final Four,” Arizona head coach Sean Miller said.Arizona tried to limit Kaminsky’s production by matching him up with its own 7-footer, Kaleb Tarczewski, but the junior out of Lisle, Ill. took his game to a whole new level connecting on 11 of his 20 shots — three from beyond the arc.“Frank’s the man. He can score on anyone,” Dekker said. “We run our stuff through him for a reason, because he is so good.”Kaminsky finished with a game-high 28 points and posted a double-double with 11 rebounds.“He’s a difficult match-up,” Miller said. “Got to be one of the best offensive players who plays college basketball, for sure.”It was an ominous start, though, for Wisconsin playing in a hostile crowd for the first time in the tournament as Arizona fans made a large majority of the 17,000-plus that filled the Honda Center.The ‘Cats daunting defense lived up to the hype to start the game, forcing the Badgers to eat a lot of shot clock and pull the trigger on difficult looks that resulted in a 5 for 18 (27.7 percent) shooting effort through the first 12 minutes of the half.“Those first ten minutes I was very, very — internally there was a lot of gnashing going on,” Ryan said. “Sometimes you can want it too much for your team.”Wisconsin was down and needed a wake up call. Coach Ryan obliged, earning a technical foul with 7:59 left in the first half for game misconduct.“At the time, when coach got the technical, I was kind of mad at him,” Dekker said. “But it kind of woke us up in a sense that said ‘alright calm down, we got the refs’ attention little bit, let’s go out and play.’ It worked for us.”Wisconsin would respond with an 11-6 run to close out the half and cut Arizona’s lead to three, 28-25, going into halftime.Despite not attempting a free throw until there was 2:26 left in the half and taking seven fewer shots from the line than Arizona, Wisconsin was able to come within a possession thanks in large part to its rebounding.The Badgers out-rebounded the Wildcats 22-14 in the first half. Coming into the Elite Eight, Arizona owned the 6th best rebounding margin in the country, grabbing 7.2 more boards per game than its opponent.“Wisconsin was killing us on the glass in the first half,” Miller said. “It was amazing that we were winning.”It was a back-and-forth battle in the second half as, for all but 2:12 in the half, it was a one-possession game until the final buzzer sounded in OT.Wisconsin didn’t own a lead until the 15:12 mark in the second half when freshman guard Bronson Koening nailed a three from the top of the key to give the Badgers a 36-34 edge.For the rest of the second half, the lead would be exchanged twice and the game tied up four times.Ben Brust would put Wisconsin ahead in overtime with his first three-pointer of the game and from then on the Badgers would not surrender their lead.Arizona, down 64-63, owned possession with 11 seconds left in the extra period with a chance to win at the buzzer.With three seconds to go, Nick Johnson drove to the basket and was called for a charge to give Wisconsin possession.On the inbounds play, Gasser looked to get the ball in to Jackson. Arizona’s Rondae Hollis-Jefferson made a play on the ball and it was tipped out of bounds.The referees initially signaled Wisconsin possession, but went to confirm the call with instant replay and took several minutes to make a decision.Ryan didn’t bother wondering what the refs would call, he was preparing his team to seal the game on the defensive end.“If it’s going to be that long, we’re not getting the ball,” coach Ryan said. “But as long as it took them, we said okay. If it’s their ball, here’s what we’re going to do…mainly we spent most of it knowing that it wasn’t going to be our ball.”The ball was awarded to the Wildcats and the No. 1 seed would have one more chance to leave California with a win.The ball was inbounded to T.J. McConnell, who was 2 of 9 from the floor to that point. Jackson guarded McConnell who used a screen to work across the key and get a clean look at the rim. But the second team-All Pac-12 selection didn’t get the shot off in time and the Wisconsin players ran to celebrate with their teammates, knowing they had just punched its ticket to Dallas.The Final Four berth marks the first for Wisconsin since 2000 and the first in the 13-year tenure of Ryan.On what would have been his father, Butch’s, 90th birthday, Ryan put the finishing touches on his already sparkling coaching resume.“He wanted this so bad for us and we wanted to get this for him,” Dekker said. “He said, ‘just so you guys know, this would have been my dad’s 90th birthday.’ And he had a little tear in his eye, so you know his dad was smiling down on him at that time.”The Badgers will now head to Dallas where it will take on the Midwest Regional Champion Kentucky Saturday at Dallas Cowboy’s Stadium.And though Wisconsin has been striving to break the Elite Eight ceiling and advance to the Final Four, that doesn’t mean it is at all ready to stop wanting more.“We’ve got 40 more minutes,” Kaminsky said. “We want a national championship now.”last_img read more

Bad night for British teams in Europe

first_imgEverton are Britain’s only team in today’s draw for the last-16 of the Europa League.They beat Young Boys of Switzerland 3-1 last night to go through 7-2 on aggregate.Other than that, it was a horrible night for British clubs. Liverpool went out on penalties at Turkish side Besiktas.Celtic battled hard with 10-men after Virgil van Dijk was sent off, but went down 1-nil at Inter Milan to go out 4-3 overall.And Tottenham slumped to a 2-nil defeat at Fiorentina to lose 3-1 on aggregate.The last-16 draw is due to take place at midday.last_img read more

Adopt-A-Pet Dog of the Week

first_imgFacebook0Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Adopt-A-Pet of SheltonThis lovely young girl is Coco. She is a 3 year old Pit mix who is super sweet. She has been spayed and is current on her vaccinations.  Coco is a very loving and gentle girl who is good with kids of all ages. She prefers a home with no other dogs or cats so she can enjoy all your love and attention.Coco enjoys snuggling up in bed and likes to sleep under the blankets. She is always ready to go for car rides and leisurely walks on sunny days. Her previous owner says she does not like being in the rain!  Coco usually only barks when someone comes to the house or knocks on the door. She is a good watchdog who will alert you when someone is around.We have many great dogs and always need volunteers.  To see all our current dogs, visit www.adoptapet-wa.org , our Facebook at “Adopt-A-Pet of Shelton Washington” or at the shelter on Jensen Road in Shelton.  Our contact information is www.adoptapet-wa.org or contact us at thedoghouse3091@hotmail.com or (360) 432-3091.last_img read more

Excited to lead India in Olympic Test event: Harmanpreet

first_imgHaving debuted for the Indian team in May 2015 against Japan during a Test Series in Bhubaneswar, Harmanpreet Singh has come a long way in the Indian men’s hockey team and has gained a repute of being a reliable drag-flicker, defender in the current squad.On being named the captain of the team for the Olympic Test Event in Japan where India will take on nemesis Malaysia, New Zealand and hosts Japan starting August 17, Harmanpreet, 23, feels he is ready for the new challenge.”When I was told that I would be leading the team, it was a pleasant surprise. It is an honour and a big responsibility. I am excited and looking forward to the challenge,” said the ace Indian drag-flicker who was part of the India colts that won the FIH Junior Men’s World Cup in 2016.Harmanpreet said the team will be leaving for Japan with an intent to win the tournament. “Malaysia, Japan and New Zealand are good teams to play against and see where we stand as a unit ahead of the Olympic Qualifiers. Malaysia recently beat Germany in a match and Japan too are doing well while New Zealand is coming into the event with good exposure from the FIH Pro League.””In the absence of senior players who are rested, it is important we step-up our game. We are well-prepared, having attended a special goalkeepers camp and defenders camp. We will be playing every match with the intent to win,” he stated.Also See:last_img read more

In Other News Airport Serving Ft Leonard Wood to Double Passenger Service

first_img Dan Cohen AUTHOR The Waynesville-St. Robert (Mo.) Regional Airport, a joint use airport located on Fort Leonard Wood, announced new daily commercial jet service to St. Louis on Contour Airlines beginning next month. Local officials have made securing additional passenger service at the airport a priority as a way to enhance the mission of Fort Leonard Wood and improve quality of life for the surrounding region. The civilian airport serves families attending military graduations as well as military members on official travel, according to a Sustainable Ozarks Partnership news release. … Kern County, Calif., will use a $900,000 grant from DOD to begin carrying out recommendations from a recent study of ways to diversify the economy of the eastern portion of the county from a reliance on Naval Air Weapons Station China Lake in Ridgecrest and Edwards AFB in California City. Funds will be distributed to multiple economic development organizations to hire personnel, as well as promote tourism, strengthen the STEM curriculum in public schools and consider new development opportunities, reports the Mojave Desert News.last_img read more

TinyOwl to cut 112 more jobs in fresh round of layoffs to

first_imgTinyOwl, an online food-ordering startup, is reportedly cutting 112 jobs in another round of layoffs, as the company undertakes restructuring to reduce operating costs.The latest layoffs will mostly take place in its sales division in Delhi, Hyderabad, Chennai and Pune. In its last round of layoffs, the Mumbai-based firm had cut nearly 200 jobs in September, mainly in its sales and delivery divisions.”It was a tough decision,” cofounder and chief executive of TinyOwl Harshvardhan Mandad, told The Economic Times.”Going forward, our operations will have to be more tech-oriented because margins are thin in the food business as compared to other online marketplaces,” said Mandad.Following the latest retrenchment, the startup expects its total headcount to come down to 650 from 1,000 employees it had earlier this year.Amid a slowdown in the fundraising market, many food-ordering startups are looking to initiate cost cutting measures and concentrate on setting up sustainable business models.Last month, global online food ordering firm Foodpanda Group was reportedly in plans to sell its Indian arm as the competition has become fierce in the food-ordering business.Backed by Rocket Internet, Foodpanda was looking to change its strategy as the going was becoming increasingly tough in the Indian market due to intense competition from TinyOwl, Swiggy and Zomato. TinyOwl said that it was running a new operational structure in Mumbai and Bengaluru on a pilot basis. Under the new structure, the company has “automated” the processing of orders and delivery.TinyOwl’s existing investors Matrix Partners India and Sequoia Capital have recently infused Rs 50 crore into the company as it is in the process of restructuring operations.In September, an ET report said that Rocket Internet was looking to sell its top e-commerce firms Jabong, Foodpanda and FabFurnish amid intense competition in the Indian online retail sector.last_img read more

Pretty Little Liars Will Be Unavailable to Stream Until HBO Max Launch

first_img ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15 Related Popular on Variety ‘Orange Is the New Black’ Creator Jenji Kohan and Star Uzo Aduba Bid Farewell Sorry #PLL fans: “Pretty Little Liars” is rolling off Netflix in the U.S. later this month — and the teen mystery drama will not be available on any streaming platform in the States until WarnerMedia’s HBO Max officially launches in early 2020, Variety has learned.All seven season of “Pretty Little Liars” are leaving Netflix’s U.S. streaming service as of July 27. This week, WarnerMedia announced that “PLL” would be coming exclusively to HBO Max — its newly monikered subscription-streaming service set to launch commercially in spring 2020 — along with “Friends” and other shows.Until HBO Max debuts, “PLL” will be be unavailable in the U.S. on any subscription VOD or ad-supported VOD service, according to sources familiar with the situation. Fans of the show will still be able to purchase the full run of “Pretty Little Liars” on DVD and from digital storefronts including Apple iTunes, Google Play and Amazon Video. “Pretty Little Liars” will continue to be available on Netflix in some international territories, including the U.K. and Ireland. The same applies to “Friends,” which WarnerMedia is pulling off Netflix U.S. at the end of 2019 for exclusive U.S. distribution on HBO Max, with Netflix continuing to offer “Friends” in certain international markets.Netflix first inked a deal for “Pretty Little Liars” with Warner Domestic Television Distribution back in 2012, starting with season 1 with new seasons added about a year after their TV premiere. The show aired on ABC Family and Freeform from 2010-17. It’s not clear whether Netflix tried to negotiate an extension for “PLL” U.S. streaming rights through the end of 2019.“Pretty Little Liars” was developed by I. Marlene King, adapted from the book series of the same name by Sara Shepard. The series follows the lives of five high-school girls whose clique falls apart after the leader of the group, Alison, goes missing — and is discovered dead. One year later, the ex-BFFs are reunited as they begin receiving messages from a mysterious figure named “A,” who threatens to expose their darkest secrets.The show’s ensemble cast included Troian Bellisario, Ashley Benson, Lucy Hale, Shay Mitchell, Sasha Pieterse and Janel Parrish. “PLL” was produced by Alloy Entertainment, Long Lake Productions and Russian Hill Productions in association with Warner Horizon Scripted Television.Earlier this year, Freeform aired “The Perfectionists,” a 10-episode spinoff of “Pretty Little Liars” from King based on Shepard’s novel. The series starred Sasha Pieterse and Janel Parrish from the original show. What’s Coming to Netflix in September 2019last_img read more

By WVUA 23 Web Writer Sarah Westmoreland Unexplain

first_imgBy WVUA 23 Web Writer Sarah WestmorelandUnexplainable things happen during Haunted Tuscaloosa Tours: You’ll visit 16 different spots, learn a lot of history and maybe find a ghost or two.The tour combines the town’s history and paranormal activity. Each spot during the tour has its own unique story.The historic Drish House is one of the more significant stops along the tour.“There’s been a lot of crazy stuff we’ve been seeing. On one of the tours, we had one of the doors over here closed by itself,” said Tuscaloosa Paranormal Research Group Founder David Higdon.Paranormal Investigator Laura Lineberry said she’s skeptical about claims that some people make about their houses being haunted. Sometimes she said she believes their homes are actually haunted, but otherwise she thinks they are a little paranoid.Greenwood Cemetery is another spot located on the tour that claims to be a little more un-nerving. Several people have experienced flickering lights, the voice of a little girl, and a baby crying in the cemetery.Whether or not ghosts are real, Lineberry said she would have to agree.“Absolutely. Absolutely no question. I’ve seen, I’ve heard, I’ve smelled thing in these locations that cannot be explained in any other fashion,” said Lineberry.Regardless of its spooky claims, Lineberry said that those on tour laugh and have a good time. She said, overall she is proud of what they have accomplished.To book a tour, visit hauntedtuscaloosatours.com.last_img read more