first_imgAfter losing their last five games in the Big Ten season, a break from the grueling conference schedule may be just what the Wisconsin women’s basketball team needs to get back on track.For the last non-conference game of the year, the Badgers will play host to the Panthers of Eastern Illinois Monday in the Kohl Center at 7 p.m.Eastern Illinois enters the game with a record of 8-10 overall and is coming off a 15-point win over Tennessee State Saturday. The Panthers played a difficult non-conference schedule and lost their first six games of the year.But since then they are 8-4, including 7-4 in the Ohio Valley Conference, and are just a game and a half out of first place in the conference.Eastern Illinois is led by a pair of Megans. Senior guard Megan Sparks averages 15.8 points and three rebounds a game; 5-foot-7 freshman Megan Edwards has scored in double figures in eight straight games and has been named the conference freshman of the week three weeks running. She also leads the team in assists with 3.3 per contest and had a career high eight in Saturday’s win over Tennessee State.The Badgers may benefit from their size advantage over Eastern Illinois, as the tallest player the Panthers can put on the court is 6-foot-2 while Wisconsin can put two forwards on the court that are both listed at 6-foot-4.This Wisconsin team has been hampered by injuries and is looking to get healthy with multiple starters out of the lineup.Senior forward Annie Nelson has been playing very few minutes since her right shoulder injury, and sophomore point guard Janese Banks has not played since early January. Banks, the second-leading scorer on the team, has been out with a left foot injury.”Without a true point guard out there right [now], we’re trying to run hits to get it to Jolene (Anderson) and kicks to Ashley (Josephson),” UW head coach Lisa Stone said. “Hopefully, we get Janese (Banks) back soon. We hope to hear more positive news. Hopefully she can start practice on Saturday or Sunday and get her out here on Monday night.”Replacing them in the starting lineup has been guard Shari’ Welton and center Caitlin Gibson.Gibson, a true freshman from Jefferson, Wis., is averaging 17 minutes a game while getting used to the physical play of the Big Ten.Welton has just five career starts under her belt but has played admirably filling in, averaging five points and an assist in her last five games.”Players have stepped up and Shari’ has done a great job for us,” Stone said. “They’re all stepping up to the challenge and they are not afraid of anybody and I’m proud of our kids.”The Badgers will also be without the services of backup guard Akiya Alexander, who was declared academically ineligible for the second semester.The Badgers have really relied a lot on Anderson, a preseason all-Big Ten selection, to carry the load. The sophomore has responded by leading the team in scoring eight out of the last ten games. She also has five double-doubles on the year while leading the team in scoring (17.4) and rebounding (7.1).Wisconsin will need Anderson and company to have a big day to end their current five-game skid.”Right now we’re mentally drained,” Stone said. “You have to regain some confidence and a mental edge.”A win Monday will definitely go a long way to helping the Badgers get some much-needed confidence for the stretch run of their conference season.last_img read more


first_img Share ITV secures three-year British racing broadcast deal August 5, 2020 Related Articles Submit Publishing its Q1 2019 trading statement (period ending 31 March), Toronto TSX-listed The Stars Group Inc details strong progress on its global objectives as an enlarged enterprise.Absorbing the assets of Sky Bet UK and BetEasy Australia, the Stars Group records Q1 2019 corporate revenues of $580 million (Q12018: $392m).“During the quarter, we delivered on key components of our 2019 objectives,” said Rafi Ashkenazi, The Stars Group’s Chief Executive Officer.Reporting on its ‘international division’, which operates its flagship asset of PokerStars division, the Stars Group details an ‘anticipated’ 5% constant currency poker revenue decline to $234 million (Q12018: $392m) impacted by regulatory adjustments and FX headwinds.In further areas related to PokerStars, the Stars Group was forced to withdraw services from Switzerland (gaming and betting) and Slovakia (gaming, betting and poker), complying with national regulatory codes.“We continued to see growth in most markets in our International segment on a constant currency basis during the quarter, despite challenging operational conditions, the cessation of operations in certain markets and foreign exchange headwinds having a significant impact on our reported results as compared to the first quarter in 2018,” Ashkenazi noted.Ongoing PokerStars adjustments would see Stars Group governance highlight that Sky Bet reported ‘record highs in new depositing customers’ during the period.Sky Bet would record combined revenues of $179 million, with Ashkenazi noting that its UK betting asset had been impacted by both ‘unfavourable Cheltenham Festival results’ and high investment in promotional activity primarily relating to the Cheltenham Festival.“Our United Kingdom segment continues to exceed our expectations operationally with record levels of new depositing customers, and an acceleration of growth in QAUs, Stakes and gaming revenue, although this performance was masked in the reported results by a record low Betting Net Win Margin of 5%,” he said.Elsewhere, the company detailed the completion of William Hill Australia migration onto the BetEasy platform, as the Stars Group’s Australia division reports revenues of $62 million. The Stars Group details that this asset will be supported with a new ‘rewards club’ loyalty programme.Emphasising the firm’s strong US prospects, the Stars Group governance would highlight the recently announced 50-50 joint venture agreement with Fox corporation, forming a new US multi-media betting alliance.“As we continue to lay the foundations to deliver sustainable long-term growth across the group, we are also now focused on positioning our new FOX Bet brand as a market leader in the U.S,” concluded Ashkenazi.“Our leading positions in attractive markets, strong brands, technology and operating expertise have been bolstered by the new partnership with FOX Sports and positions us well for long-term growth.” ‘Deal maker’ Rafi Ashkenazi ends Flutter tenure  August 27, 2020 Tabcorp expects $1bn hit as ‘COVID and retail contractions’ take effect August 3, 2020 StumbleUpon Sharelast_img read more


first_img“We’re kind of banged up,” Clarkson said after pouring in 33 points to go with seven rebounds and seven assists. “We didn’t have all our main guys and stuff. So I had to step up and I knew what I had to do tonight.”Odds were that the Lakers (16-29) would eventually win without Ball, having lost their first eight when he did not play. But few could have imagined it would come on a night like Friday, especially when the remaining Lakers shot just 2 for 14 from the foul line.They tied a franchise low for made free throws, and their 14.3 percent shooting was the worst in franchise history, shattering the 27.8 percent that was set in 2000.“It’s got to be the worst of all time from the free-throw line,” Coach Luke Walton said. “So it was all defense for us tonight.”The Pacers entered the night as the NBA’s fourth-best 3-point shooting team, knocking down 37.7 percent of their shots from deep this season. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersRelated Articles PreviousPacers center Domantas Sabonis, right, is fouled by Lakers guard Tyler Ennis during the first half of Friday’s game at Staples Center. The Lakers won a game without Lonzo Ball for the first time all season, having gone 0-8 without him before Friday. (AP Photo/Kyusung Gong)Los Angeles Lakers guard Jordan Clarkson, front, goes up for a basket past Indiana Pacers center Domantas Sabonis during the second half of an NBA basketball game Friday, Jan. 19, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Kyusung Gong)Los Angeles Lakers forward Corey Brewer, left, tries to catch a rebound over Indiana Pacers guard Lance Stephenson during the second half of an NBA basketball game Friday, Jan. 19, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Kyusung Gong) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsIndiana Pacers guard Victor Oladipo, left, drives toward the basket as Los Angeles Lakers guard Josh Hart defends during the first half of an NBA basketball game Friday, Jan. 19, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Kyusung Gong)Indiana Pacers guard Lance Stephenson, right, shoots as Los Angeles Lakers center Brook Lopez, center, and forward Corey Brewer defend during the first half of an NBA basketball game Friday, Jan. 19, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Kyusung Gong)Los Angeles Lakers forward Julius Randle, center, shoots as Indiana Pacers forward T.J. Leaf, left, and center Al Jefferson defend during the second half of an NBA basketball game, Friday, Jan. 19, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Kyusung Gong)Indiana Pacers center Al Jefferson, right, goes up for a basket past Los Angeles Lakers center Brook Lopez during the first half of an NBA basketball game Friday, Jan. 19, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Kyusung Gong)Los Angeles Lakers guard Jordan Clarkson, front, drives toward the basket past Indiana Pacers forward Bojan Bogdanovic during the second half of an NBA basketball game Friday, Jan. 19, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Kyusung Gong)Los Angeles Lakers forward Larry Nance Jr. dunks during the second half of the team’s NBA basketball game against the Indiana Pacers on Friday, Jan. 19, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Kyusung Gong)Indiana Pacers center Al Jefferson, right, and Los Angeles Lakers center Brook Lopez vie for a rebound during the first half of an NBA basketball game Friday, Jan. 19, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Kyusung Gong)Los Angeles Lakers forward Kyle Kuzma commits an offensive foul against Indiana Pacers guard Victor Oladipo (4) during the first half of an NBA basketball game Friday, Jan. 19, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Kyusung Gong)Indiana Pacers guard Victor Oladipo dunks during the first half of the team’s NBA basketball game Friday, Jan. 19, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Kyusung Gong)Indiana Pacers center Domantas Sabonis, right, is fouled by Los Angeles Lakers guard Tyler Ennis during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Friday, Jan. 19, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Kyusung Gong)Los Angeles Lakers forward Julius Randle, left, reaches for a rebound next to Indiana Pacers center Domantas Sabonis during the second half of an NBA basketball game Friday, Jan. 19, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Kyusung Gong)Los Angeles Lakers forward Kyle Kuzma shoots over Indiana Pacers center Domantas Sabonis during the second half of an NBA basketball game, Friday, Jan. 19, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Kyusung Gong)Indiana Pacers forward Bojan Bogdanovic, right, goes up for a basket past Los Angeles Lakers forward Corey Brewer during the second half of an NBA basketball game Friday, Jan. 19, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Kyusung Gong)Indiana Pacers center Domantas Sabonis dunks over Los Angeles Lakers forward Kyle Kuzma during the second half of an NBA basketball game, Friday, Jan. 19, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Kyusung Gong)Los Angeles Lakers guard Jordan Clarkson, center, celebrates his 3-pointer with guard Gary Payton II, right, and other teammates during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Indiana Pacers on Friday, Jan. 19, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Kyusung Gong)Pacers center Domantas Sabonis, right, is fouled by Lakers guard Tyler Ennis during the first half of Friday’s game at Staples Center. The Lakers won a game without Lonzo Ball for the first time all season, having gone 0-8 without him before Friday. (AP Photo/Kyusung Gong)Los Angeles Lakers guard Jordan Clarkson, front, goes up for a basket past Indiana Pacers center Domantas Sabonis during the second half of an NBA basketball game Friday, Jan. 19, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Kyusung Gong)NextShow Caption1 of 18Los Angeles Lakers guard Jordan Clarkson, front, goes up for a basket past Indiana Pacers center Domantas Sabonis during the second half of an NBA basketball game Friday, Jan. 19, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Kyusung Gong)ExpandLOS ANGELES — Jordan Clarkson stepped to the foul line with 4:06 remaining in a close game, took his dribbles and fired. The ball did something it had only done once before on Friday, and only at the hand of Clarkson.It went in.Clarkson completed a four-point play, giving the Lakers a seven-point lead as they went on to beat the Indiana Pacers 99-86.Clarkson had made only four shots in his previous two games, shooting 20 percent from the floor. On Friday, with Lonzo Ball, Brandon Ingram and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope all ailing from various injuries, Clarkson erupted for his best game of the season. The Lakers, somehow, held them to 8 percent.Indiana made just 2 of 25 attempts from beyond the arc.“Maybe they got to get some work in, too,” Clarkson said. “Shoot, we got to get some work in, too, that free-throw line. It’s like a virus or something, man.”Clarkson was the only Lakers player to make a free throw, going 2 for 3. Kyle Kuzma missed three foul shots, while Julius Randle, Tyler Ennis, Larry Nance Jr. and Brook Lopez all missed two.A fourth-year guard who has become the team’s sparkplug off the bench, Clarkson has endured an up-and-down season. He has been the source of several trade rumors, with many speculating that the Lakers will look to clear the two years, $25 million remaining on his contract before the Feb. 8 deadline.“I’m just hooping to be honest with you,” Clarkson said. “If I’m here, I’m going to help them win games, impact how I can. If I’m not, it is what it is.”Clarkson scored 16 points in the fourth quarter, including a 3-pointer with 1:53 remaining that took a high bounce before falling through the net and, on the next possession, a breakaway layup that put the Lakers ahead 97-82.The layup capped a 15-2 run as the Lakers shut down Indiana down the stretch.“You win games in this league by being able to get stops,” Walton said.For Clarkson, the outburst marked a season high and was his fifth career 30-point performance.Victor Oladipo, expected to make his first All-Star team next month, led the Pacers with 25 points but was just 1 for 5 from beyond the arc. Center Domantas Sabonis added 15 points and 14 rebounds for Indiana.Walton stressed before the game that it would take a collective effort to win with so many players in street clothes, and that’s exactly what he got.Nance contributed 10 points and 11 rebounds while shooting a perfect 5 for 5 from the field.Ennis, starting in place of Ball, tallied a Lonzo-esque seven points, five rebounds and five assists. And Randle, one game after pulling down only one rebound in a lopsided loss in Oklahoma City, finished with 14 points and four rebounds in a rare start at center.🎥 Luke Walton talks about winning despite missing three starters, and the performances by Jordan Clarkson and Julius Randle pic.twitter.com/XOCCGaOkgJ— Los Angeles Lakers (@Lakers) January 20, 2018 Brandon Ingram can lead Lakers by being ‘quiet alpha’ center_img 🎥 Jordan Clarkson got warmer as the game went on, finishing with 33 points, 7 boards, and 7 assists #LakersWin pic.twitter.com/9ZWjnv3NOB— Los Angeles Lakers (@Lakers) January 20, 2018 Julius Randle embraces coach’s challenge to be Lakers’ ‘bully’ Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more