Men’s basketball breakdown: Badgers continue hot streak with dominant win against Penn State

first_imgIf the last two games serve as the totality of the sample size, it’d be safe to declare the University of Wisconsin men’s basketball team as a second-half squad.No. 15 Wisconsin (17-3, 6-1 Big Ten) followed a road overtime win over Minnesota with a 82-55 victory over Penn State (11-10, 3-5) at the Kohl Center Tuesday night.UW saw an early 10-point lead established during the first six minutes and 30 seconds of the game nearly evaporate by halftime, when it led 36-33. In the second half, Penn State’s shooting cooled off and UW’s heated up, when Wisconsin shot 55 percent compared to PSU’s 27 percent.Haley Winckler/The Badger HeraldWisconsin Player of the Game: Bronson KoenigBronson Koenig was his usual self Tuesday night, pacing the Badgers with a consistent scoring effort and a mixture of buckets in the paint and 3-pointers. He finished with 20 points on 8-of-13 shooting. Koenig made all of his shots from inside the 3-point arc and went 4-for-9 from three.Haley Winckler/The Badger HeraldKoenig added two rebounds and three assists.Penn State Player of the Game: Tony CarrTony Carr and Payton Banks each scored 12 points to lead Penn State. Carr’s efficiency, 4-for-7 overall from the field and 2-of-2 from three gives him the edge here. Carr also led his team in assists (four), minutes played (32) and steals (two).Honorable Mention: Vitto BrownIt’s not like Brown was absent during the first half, scoring seven of his 16 points during the game’s first 20 minutes, but his presence was especially felt in the game’s second frame. After a bad turnover, Brown dialed up his intensity — scrapping for loose balls and fighting for offensive rebounds the rest of the night.Haley Winckler/The Badger HeraldBrown did not miss a shot in the second half, going 4-for-4. He also hit on both of his 3-pointers. Overall, Brown was 6-for-8 from the field and accumulated six rebounds, with three of those coming on the offensive glass.Men’s basketball: Happ caps off massive week with Oscar Robertson Trophy Watch List honorUniversity of Wisconsin men’s basketball’s sophomore standout Ethan Happ continued to rake in national notoriety this week as he was Read…Turning Point: First five minutes of the second halfThe first half was uninspiring for the Badgers. They had shot just 39 percent from the field. This season, Penn State is 7-0 when holding opponent under 40 percent from the field. Luckily for UW, found its hot hand early in the second half.Happ scored two quick buckets inside after going 1-for-5 in the first half. Three-pointers from Koenig, Zak Showalter and Brown fueled a 16-5 run that led to a 52-38 lead and UW kept PSU at bay the rest of the game.Haley Winckler/The Badger HeraldWhen You Knew It Was Over: Khalil Iverson’s dunk, 3-pointerThe sophomore forward and Koenig caught the PSU defense sleeping when Koenig lofted an inbounds pass from under the basket to Khalil Iverson, who tomahawked the ball through the cylinder. That surely got the UW bench fired up.Following a D’Mitrik Trice lay-in , Trice fed Iverson for a 3-pointer from the left wing in front of the Badger bench. Iverson connected and gave UW its largest lead of the night, 62-41, with 9:21 to go.Haley Winckler/The Badger HeraldMen’s basketball: D’Mitrik Trice’s success at UW thanks to confidenceIf he could lead an offense of 11 guys on a football field with ease, University of Wisconsin men’s basketball Read…NotesPenn State has never won in Madison. Tuesday night’s loss drops the Nittany Lions to 0-18 in Madison and 0-15 in the Kohl Center.Wisconsin has now won 22 of its last 24 games over Penn State.Koenig’s 20 points places him 21st on the UW all-time scoring list, passing Joe Franklin and Kammron Taylor on Tuesday. It was the sixth time this season Koenig has scored 20 or more points.UW tied its season-high in free throw attempts at 29, the first of which came at Marquette.Men’s basketball: With Minnesota victory locked in, Badgers are ready to take shots at Penn, RutgersThe University of Wisconsin men’s basketball team prevailed Saturday with a thrilling overtime win against the University of Minnesota, but Read…QuotablePenn State head coach Patrick Chambers on Wisconsin pulling away during second half: “They made a bunch of shots early [in the second half]. They scored in bunched. Again, we need to learn how to respond to runs by great teams. I don’t think we responded like we normally have.”Brown on his knee injury affecting his play: “I’m not going to use that as an excuse for my lazy play against Minnesota. That was definitely a point of emphasis for me. What the coaches told me to do was go out there and play with a lot more energy.”Ethan Happ on offense rolling: “Anytime you’re hitting shots from the outside it obviously helps. Most times what opens that up is us to produce on the inside. We didn’t do that as much in the first half and we tried to make that a point of emphasis in the second half. That opened up a lot of shots for our guys and they were knocking them down.”Greg Gard on transition defense in the first half: “It’s one thing if they come down and hit a three that’s highly contested. But we had totally lost guys in transition. Typically we just didn’t communicate well enough in transition, or we subbed – who had who – they had subbed, we had not done a good job of matching that up and aligning with who we had. We had to address those issues then and we addressed them at halftime and obviously got things much better figured out.”Haley Winckler/The Badger Heraldlast_img read more

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Fire on Ice! … Mayhew looks forward to historic bobsled competition

first_imgMeet 17-year-old Daniel Mayhew.He cannot drive a car, but he is quite competent, and on evidence, very comfortable guiding a bobsleigh downhill at 110km/h.The Charlemont High school student will head off to a training camp next week before taking his place as Jamaica’s first representative at the Winter Youth Olympic Games where he will feature in the Monobob competition.Remember that movie Cool Runnings?Well this is yet another version of Jamaicans defying logic and excelling on ice.Mayhew’s case becomes even more outstanding when the fact that he only stepped in a bobsleigh for the first time a mere 11 months ago at a Swiss training camp is taken into consideration.”I can’t recall exactly what I was feeling, but I know I was very nervous at first. They started me at the middle of the track, so that I didn’t get as much speed as I would if I started at the top,” Mayhew recollected during a recent chat with The Gleaner.HEARD HORROR STORIESHe heard many horror stories before that maiden voyage, but his first few runs were incident free, and as his confidence grew, so did his popularity among the other young athletes at the camp.The Jamaican, who lives in the St Catherine community Orange Field, which was also home to former 100m world record holder Asafa Powell, went on to win two ‘B’ finals and book his place among the qualifiers for the February 12 – 21 Winter Youth Olympic Games in Lillehammer, Norway.”I am a little bit surprised. I was the underdog and coming out on top in the B finals shows that I am going somewhere and I can see that I am improving my driving skills and my overall performance,” Mayhew added.”Going to the Olympic Games is a really extraordinary feeling. When I finished my qualifying run and knew that I qualified, it was an overwhelming feeling. I am hoping to get a medal possibly even the gold. The potential is there for me to do it, all I have to do is listen to my coach and I know I can come out on top,” he said.It was that well-rounded coach Harry Nelson, his eighth grade physical education teacher, who took the academic enthusiast out of a class one day and greeted him with the words: “I am have mission for you. You are going to compete in the bobsled.”Hard words to process for a teenager, who had little interest in actually competing in sports. But Nelson, who was impressed with the form shown during eight grade PE, was convinced he had the potential.”At first I was not attracted to the sport, it all happened really suddenly … I really wasn’t that interested at first; who wants to do that (bobsled)?” he laughed. “It’s a very different experience, but it has been extraordinary.”Mayhew, who has passed eight subjects all with ones and twos has hopes to become a commercial pilot in the future but is, however, happy that he decided to take the leap in the bobsleigh and is looking to do his best in Norway.But has he seen the movie Cool Runnings?”I saw that movie before. It was really just like any other movie to me. It really wasn’t that interesting to me at first, but before I left I watched it again because I had a feeling people were going to ask me about it,” he laughed.Maybe his story will play a part in a sequel.last_img read more

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Most consecutive games played in NHL history — Top 10

first_imgPatrick Marleau is set to become just the sixth player in NHL history to play 800 consecutive games Tuesday when the Sharks play the Chicago Blackhawks. Here are the top 10 longest games-played streaks in league history. Numbers listed are for before Tuesday’s games.Rank    Name           Position    Streak     Start date       End date  1. Doug Jarvis            C               964        10/08/1975    10/10/19872. Garry Unger           C              914         02/24/1968    12/21/19793. …last_img

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How to: Add Keyboard Navigation to Facebook

first_imgmarshall kirkpatrick Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Once you’ve done that, try the Facebook Fixer script. These are all remarkably easy to use and they make life so much better! Related Posts 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Tags:#How To#NYT#web A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Firefox users can now add and customize keyboard navigation to Facebook with just a few clicks using a new plug-in added to Userscripts.org this afternoon. Want the ability to jump to your friends’ photos, your groups, or any other page on Facebook with a single keystroke? This simple script is really handy and is already helping me access parts of Facebook that have always been a few too many mouse-clicks away for them to show up regularly in my visits to the site.Called simply Facebook Keyboard Navigation, the tool requires the Firefox plug-in Greasemonkey – a powerful browser customization tool you can learn to make even more advanced use of in 5 minutes.After you install Greasemonkey, installing Keyboard Navigation takes two mouse clicks. Now you can jump around Facebook in Firefox by simply pressing some keys, like:B – Go to list of birthdaysC – Go to photosD – Find friendsE – Go to your list of events There are 15 keystroke shortcuts out of the box, but by going through your Firefox menus Toolkits, Greasemonkey, manage scripts then select that script and hit edit – then you can make some additional customization. It’s a remarkably simple script, just look at the format in the file and either change or add to it in the same way. I assigned the letter “R” to jump to my Facebook list of “real friends” by grabbing the part of that list’s URL that follows facebook.com, pasting it into the edited script and saving. I then had to reload Facebook but sure enough, it works great.last_img read more

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Lessons from the Second Successful Humble Bundle

first_imgTags:#start#tips Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market audrey watters A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Related Posts The Humble Bundle ended its second pay-what-you-want deal on Saturday. After running for just 11 days, the startup, newly backed by Y Combinator sold over $1.8 million in video games, outperforming the great success the first bundle had earlier this year. The Humble Bundle lets customers choose the price they wanted to pay – anything from a penny up – to download a package of 5 indie video games. And even though they could have paid just a cent, the average customer spent $7.83 to download the bundle. Some companies, in order to have their names listed as top contributors on the Humble Bundle site, paid several thousand dollars for the bundle. (And for those keeping score at home, Linux users again paid twice as much as Windows users – $13.76 to $6.67.) Making the Pay-What-You-Want Business Model WorkPay-what-you-want has become an interesting alternative business model online, with bands like Radiohead demonstrating that it can be an even more successful than traditional pricing. The key to success, however, may be the amount of attention you can generate for your campaign. Pay-what-you-want is often a trade-off between a making small number of full-price sales and a large number of sales at what’s likely a far lower price. One of the games in the bundle Machinarium, for example, normally sells for $20. But by being part of the Humble Bundle, certainly it sold many times more copies than normal. Of course, not everyone can generate quite the buzz of Radiohead or Humble Bundle for that matter, and a recent study pointed to another option for helping make pay-what-you-want endeavors successful: combine it with a voluntary payment to charity, and people then tend to give more. Indeed, Humble Bundle customers can flag some of the money to go towards charity – either Child’s Play or the EFF – and some of it towards a tip for the Humble Bundle itself. Venture Beat estimates that tip might’ve brought in around $90,000 for the startup’s tip jar. Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Adding a BitTorrent OptionOne of the interesting decisions that the Humble Bundle made this year was to make the games available for download via BitTorrent. Bundle co-founder Jeffrey Rosen asked people why they pirated the Bundle, rather than purchasing it for a penny. Many responded that they simply wanted to be able to access the games via BitTorrent as, for example, they had a poor Internet connection and couldn’t sustain the download. So Rosen added BitTorrent to the download options. He notes, “The most common search term for the Humble Indie Bundle is ‘Humble Indie Bundle torrent’, so we hope that by supporting BitTorrent we can help convert at least some of the pirates into legitimate users, or at least give one less reason to pirate it.”With the pay-what-you-want pricing, the DRM-free content, and the embracing of BitTorrent, the Humble Bundle seem to be trailblazing a very different model for selling and distributing online content. What are your thoughts on their ability to make this work so well?last_img read more

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‘New’ sports are bringing the glory

first_imgIt may be tempting for armchair critics to rubbish India’s campaign in the Guangzhou Asian Games as the gold medal tally has been abysmally low till now, with the shooters and lifters being the culprits.However, having traversed many miles from one venue to the other in Guangzhou, Foshan and Dongguan to the rowing complex outside the city, it is clear there is something positive which has emerged for India from these Games. Unlike the Commonwealth Games in New Delhi, where venues were in clusters and travel was easy for the average fan, it has been a different experience in this part of China.Just to jog the readers’ memory, when we saw empty stands at venues in New Delhi, the first question was whether tickets had been hoarded, or printed in fewer numbers.A 100 Yuan ticket may not seem a big price, but not every venue in Guangzhou has reported high attendance. Questions on this subject were posed to the Olympic Council of Asia bosses, but their answers were evasive as they spoke of more tickets being put up on sale and how sponsors had perhaps bought blocks of tickets.Without going into the nittygritty, one thing is certain and that is how there are several sports for India where gains have been tangible. An assortment of gold , silver and bronze in rowing, silver in wushu, bronze in tough sports like swimming and gymnastics plus good results till now in volleyball have been eye-openers.At the risk of sounding invidious, I am convinced that it is the new individual sports where India has done well that we need to take a hard look at.advertisementWay back in 1994, when pistol prodigy Jaspal Rana won the standard pistol junior gold medal in at World Championship in Milan, nobody knew what this sport was all about. Agreed, we had maharajas shooting for the country.But the way shooting has evolved as a sport in India and how shooters have been performing in a plethora of championships is praiseworthy.There is no doubt, India have failed in shooting this time at the Asian Games. This should serve as a wake-up call for those who run the sport in the country, where their fetish for holding trial after trial for shooters is ridiculous.Agreed, present performances should be given weightage, but a comprehensive selection policy is a must where one does not rely just on trial scores to pick teams.The second aspect relates to quality of coaching. While in rifle we had Stanislas Lapidus as coach and Marcelo Dradi to help in shotgun, the pistol shooters, barring Vijay Kumar, were orphaned. The National Rifle Association of India needs to urgently address the pistol shooters’ demands.Look at sport like swimming, rowing, wushu, gymnastics and even hockey. The pattern is very clear. Either you get the best coaches from abroad or ensure at home you have committed coaches, like Ismail Baig in rowing, who work with the team like a father figure.In fact, one of the oarsmen was saying that when the rowing team trains in Hyderabad, Baig will even cook up a meal if required.Enough has been written on how coach Vladimir Chertkov ditched our star gymnast Ashish Kumar. But the fact remains Chertkov has made a huge difference and we need to find the right replacement.As for wushu, it is indeed amazing how in a sport where speed, technique, reflexes and style matter, India won a medal through Sandhyarani Devi.What this means is that there is obviously talent at home in these sports and we need not weep that all is lost. From now to the 2012 London Olympics, we need harder training for our athletes. And it is medals from the ‘unknown’ sports which need further encouragement as from rowing to swimming, the cry is for more exposure and training abroad.If in an expensive sport like shooting, the government can spend crores of rupees, some planning has to be done for a pool of athletes who can aim for glory at the 2012 London Olympics.Minus funding, Olympic and Asian Games sport in India will be dead. Since the government has now more or less made up its mind that it will not host the Asian Games in 2019, the least which can be done is invest in Indian sport.We need to get rid of this pessimism. Reality is, today Indian athletes do not go abroad just for exposure. There are talented people in various sports yearning for more encouragement.advertisementSince we cannot adopt a Chinese model for sports promotion, the Indian government needs to fund sport with tight controls in place.Hopefully for that, one will not need to wait till the 2011 budget for getting more money!last_img read more

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