Improvement areas arise for women’s hoops

first_imgRebounding and boxing out will be the main focus for the Wisconsin women’s basketball team following a disappointing 70-62 loss to Alabama last Thursday.After holding a 13-point lead in the first half and taking a 38-33 lead into halftime, the Badgers (3-1) did not come out strong in the second half.“We just went cold in that game,” head coach Bobbie Kelsey said. “We couldn’t really hit a basket, and we gave up (offensive) boards. So that hurts you, that’s a double-whammy right there.”Alabama took the lead with about 16 minutes left in the game and never really looked back from there.In that loss, the Badgers gave up 19 offensive rebounds, which turned into just a few too many extra possessions as the differential in the second half as Alabama got their first win of the season against Wisconsin.“They saw the ball and went and got it,” Kelsey said. “We didn’t keep them from getting it. That was kind of our Achilles’ heel in that game.”Kelsey believes that the team has it in them to rebound and box out better if they just showed a little more aggression during the games. Rebounding and attacking the rim are the two main points where she would like to see improvements as the season moves on.“We felt like we could have played a lot better, and we could have boxed out,” Kelsey said. “The game changed on the second-chance points that Alabama was able to get and going to the free-throw line.”Kelsey had nothing but positive things to say about senior Morgan Paige, who had an overall productive game. Although Wisconsin was perfect from the free throw line, Paige shot all 13 of them while Alabama went 18 of 22 from the line.“She’s a great free-throw shooter. But other people need to create offense by going to the basket and getting fouls,” Kelsey said. “We need to cause them to foul us a little bit and get more people to the free throw line.”She also praised Paige’s play during the game as one of the only bright spots for the team in the loss. Paige was able to mix up shooting and driving perfectly to be successful against Alabama.“She’s really crafty getting around the basket,” Kelsey said. “She did a nice job of shooting her three and then creating stuff off the dribble. You have to be able to do both. You can’t just do one thing and be one-dimensional.”Thursday’s game was the first time so far this season that Paige has played extremely well. Kelsey hopes Paige will continue this attacking style of play in which she was so successful.Another factor in how the team will play once conference play begins is getting their other key players back on track to score.“Hopefully, we can keep Morgan going, get (Michala Johnson) back on track, get Taylor (Wurtz) — you know, you’ve got to have two or three scorers out there that make it hard for the defense,” Kelsey said.Wisconsin has until just after New Year’s to figure out their scoring and defense before B1G play opens.Morgan was not the only Paige family member with a big game this weekend. Her younger brother Marcus played a crucial role in helping North Carolina knock off No. 3 Louisville on the men’s side of the ball.“I said, ‘must be something in the Paige water they’re drinking at home,’” Kelsey said.The Badgers are looking forward to heading down to Nashville to play in Vanderbilt’s Thanksgiving Tournament. Their first game Friday will be against Mercer (3-2), and then they will either play Elon or Vanderbilt Saturday.The tournament will also be a time for all the players to sit down and bond with the other players and their families.“A lot of families are going to be there, and they’re going to celebrate with us,” Kelsey said. “So it’s just a time to bond and be together as a group. We’re excited about the opportunity to just go to Vandy and play two worthy opponents.”Nashville is going to be a little escape from the cold weather of Wisconsin, but Kelsey said she can’t help but be a little bit jealous of the men’s team being down in Cancun.“It will be a fun trip for us,” Kelsey said. “I’m jealous, the men are in Cancun. Nashville’s not quite Cancun.”last_img read more

When do NFL training camps start in 2020? League tells players when to report

first_imgWhen do NFL players report to 2020 training camp?Rookies: July 21Quarterbacks and injured players: July 23All other players: July 28NFL training camp newsReigning Super Bowl champions the Kansas City Chiefs, along with the Houston Texans, have been granted permission to start camp earlier because they kick off the season on September 10, three days before other teams are in action. Rookies for both those teams will report on Monday, NFL Media said.Even with camps set to open, discussions are ongoing between the NFL and NFL Players Association (NFLPA) regarding health and player safety protocols amid the coronavirus pandemic.One of the biggest requests from the NFLPA is daily player testing for COVID-19 as opposed to every other day. The NFLPA said on Thursday that 72 players were known to have tested positive, as of July 10. The NFL told its 32 teams on Saturday that training camps can start on schedule in the coming week.NFL Media’s Tom Pelissero added that teams are still taking additional health protocols. Pelissero says “only 20 players would be allowed in the facility at a time, until the NFLPA signs off on infectious disease emergency response plans for each club. If protocols aren’t met, a grievance could follow. But clubs have the right to set reporting dates within CBA rules.” MORE: Madden 21 features five 99 overall playerslast_img read more

Solskjaer says ‘smiles back on Man Utd faces’ ahead of derby

first_imgManchester, United Kingdom | AFP | Ole Gunnar Solskjaer says smiles are back on the faces of his Manchester United players after their victory against Tottenham as he prepares to take on defending champions Manchester City.United ruined Jose Mourinho’s Old Trafford return on Wednesday, winning 2-1 to end their former manager’s perfect start to his reign at Spurs.They are sixth in the table, still eight points adrift of fourth-placed Chelsea, but Solskjaer said the win was a shot in the arm for his team after two disappointing draws.“Confidence is a strange thing in football,” he said at his pre-match press conference on Friday. “You can get performances and results like Wednesday night and it boosts it so much.“And I know our boys will be up for it, energy-wise they should be fine, 24 hours less recovery time shouldn’t matter (City played on Tuesday), go on adrenaline. I expect them to have had a good night’s sleep and the smiles are back on faces.”The Norwegian described City as “arguably the best team in England” even though they trail Premier League leaders Liverpool by 11 points.“I said it before (Spurs) that this is a chance for everyone. It was doom and gloom, but it’s a chance to turn that doubt into belief and, for us, if we can manage to get another performance the confidence, the way we played against Tottenham, if we can do that at the Etihad we can come out of it with a result.“People say ‘why do you not have better results in other games?’. But the Premier League is hard.“No matter who you play, it’s margins, I think it’s a compliment to the league. You’ve got City, Liverpool, Leicester consistent, but the other games are really tight.”– In-form Rashford – One man playing at the top of his game is forward Marcus Rashford, who has scored 12 goals in his past 13 games for club and country.“He’s consistently now scoring, but it’s not like four in one and two or three without,” said Solskjaer.“It’s not just in spurts, but he’s consistently getting chances, into better positions, and on Wednesday night he was unbelievable and hope to see that again.”Solskjaer moved to Old Trafford in 1996, just after City had been relegated to the second tier of English football.And it was not until 2001 that the Norwegian faced them in a 1-1 home draw.“At least we play every year now,” he said about his derby memories. “Took many years before I played a Manchester derby myself, it’s changed in a way.“Man City are a better team now than when I was playing. Football has changed quite a lot, was allowed a few more proper tackles.“With every little angle everything is being scrutinised now. It’s more of a technical, tactical game than physical or mental. A derby should be played as a derby. We don’t play basketball and we’re ready if that happens.“Manchester derbies are always special games, but you can’t say it matters more. For the fans, of course. We’re up for it.”Paul Pogba will be absent again following his ankle injury but Anthony Martial returns to the squad.Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more

Carnival Cruises to lay off hundred of workers

first_imgCarnival Corp.  One of the world’s largest cruise companies says that it will be forced to layoff hundreds of workers due to the coronavirus.The line’s CEO Arnold Donald made the announcement Friday saying that cutbacks in the form of layoffs, furloughs, and pay cuts will be made across the company.Some cruises are scheduled to resume in July, however, as the pause on the industry continues into it’s third month, Donald says these actions are necessary to maintain the corporation going forward.The corporation did not say how many positions it plans to retire, however, they did report that the majority of the jobs that would be affected in the US will be in Florida, Washington, and in California.last_img read more