Thompson leads No. 13 Kentucky women past Colorado

first_imgLEXINGTON, Ky. — Janee Thompson scored 17 points and added seven assists as the No. 13-ranked Kentucky women’s basketball team got off to a fast start to defeat Colorado 86-61 inside Memorial Coliseum on Sunday.Kentucky has now won 53 consecutive regular season non-conference games inside Memorial Coliseum, dating back to Dec. 19, 2008.“I was really proud of our team and their commitment to preparation for this game,” head coach Matthew Mitchell said. “They really worked extremely hard the last three days. … Coming into the game, we really wanted to get something out of it.”The Wildcats (4-0) belted out a 14-0 run over the last five minutes of the first quarter for a 22-7 lead then scored the last eight of the first half to make it 42-21 at the break. Defensively they scored 22 points off 21 turnovers, 16 of which came in the first half.Maci Morris added 13 points and three players had 10, including Evelyn Akhator, who also tallied nine rebounds.Kentucky's Janee Thompson drives the ball up court. Dec. 7, 2014Kentucky’s Janee Thompson drives the ball up court. Dec. 7, 2014Kentucky hit 7 of 10 3-pointers in the second half to finish 11 of 18. The Wildcats led for 37:50 and never trailed.“We’ve spent a lot of time on our offense the last three days,” Mitchell said. “And I think it’s the best that we’ve executed in a very long time.”Kennedy Leonard had 13 of her 15 points in the second half for the Buffaloes (2-1), who gave coach Linda Lappe her 100th career win in their previous outing. Leonard, a freshman also had 10 assists.last_img read more

The Chelsea v Fulham quiz

first_imgGet your thinking cap on ahead of tonight’s derby and see how many of these five questions you can answer correctly.[wp-simple-survey-81]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 AdChoices广告Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Ukrainka got confused, brought a Bulgarian triumph in a marathon

first_imgPHOTOS: Ilian Telkedzhiev A fatal mistake of the Ukrainian Yulia Tarasova brought the title of Mirinela Nineva in the first marathon in Kyustendil, which was valid for the national championship, as well as for the prizes of the Balkan Athletics Association.In the last 3 kilometers Julia confused the route and went around a lot to return. Marinela was so surprised by her triumph, explaining that she had not overtaken the Ukrainian. Tarasova tried to put the blame on the judges and the marking of the track, but his knowledge is the duty of the competitors. In the end, she finished 1.50 minutes after the Bulgarian. Third was her compatriot Svetlana Sovetchenko.Thus, the mistake led to three titles for Mirinela – in the marathon of Kyustendil, the Balkans and Bulgaria and over BGN 3,000 from the prize fund.For Tarasova, the consolation remained that together with Sovetchenko she won the team ranking in the Balkans, as Bulgaria remained second and Romania was in third place.After Marinela, Hristina Kozareva and Nadezhda Angelova remained in our national championship.In the men’s event, Ukraine’s Artyom Kazban and Turkey’s Yuzeir Soylemez ran together up to 10km before the final, where Kazban attacked and took the victory with 1.44 minutes ahead of his opponent. Third was the player of “Ever” (Varna) Ismail Senaji. He was left with the national title before Iliya Kutsarov and Dimcho Mitsov.Ahmed Alkanoglu came third in the Balkan Championship, which turned out to be decisive for Turkey’s team title over Ukraine and Romania.Senandji and Marinela Nineva also received telephones as the best performing Bulgarian athletes from the sponsor of the A1 federation.There was a family triumph in the half marathon. Rosen Lilov won the men’s match against Georgi Gergov and Alexander Vassilev. Among women, Lilov’s wife Anna Stefanova was first, followed by former 24 Chasa staff Jane Dimitrova and Svetla Staneva.The mayor of the town Petar Paunov also took part in the mass distance of 2 km. Emil Krastev, the son of our famous athlete Tsvetelina Kirilova, whose club was a co-organizer of the event, triumphed among the men there. Dimcho Mitzov’s graduate Romina Nikolova from Blagoevgrad became the first among the girls. Among the participants was the daughter of TV presenter Lara Vaya.last_img read more

Magic’s Ross shows reserve strength in win over Wolves

first_img(Field Level Media) Terrence Ross came off the bench to score a season-high 32 points and lead the Orlando Magic to a 122-112 win over the visiting Minnesota Timberwolves last night. Nikola Vucevic added 21 points and 10 rebounds, and Aaron Gordon scored 19. The Magic came into the game having lost five of their last seven, but with the win they are only 3 1/2 games behind the eighth seed in the Eastern Conference.Orlando made headlines earlier in the day by trading for former No. 1 pick Markelle Fultz. The Magic sent Jonathon Simmons, a first-round draft pick (via Oklahoma City) and a second-round pick to Philadelphia for Fultz, who was the first pick of the 2017 draft.Karl-Anthony Towns had 27 points and 11 rebounds, and Andrew Wiggins added 23 points and nine rebounds for the Timberwolves. Minnesota has lost three straight and five of its last six. The Wolves were missing point guards Jeff Teague (foot), Derrick Rose (ankle) and Tyus Jones (ankle). Jerryd Bayless started in place of the injured guards and went scoreless on 0-for-6 shooting in 27 minutes. Orlando had just a one-point lead after the first quarter, but took control of the game in the second. The Magic outscored Minnesota 39-27 in the period and continued to pad their lead in the third quarter.Wes Iwundu hit a 3-pointer in the final seconds of the third, giving Orlando a 102-85 lead. Ross then opened the fourth with another 3, and the Magic extended their lead to 20 points, their largest of the night.Towns cut the lead to nine with 2:39 left to play, but Ross ended any hopes of a Timberwolves’ comeback with his sixth 3-pointer. Ross caught fire in the first half leading Orlando to a season-high 71 points at halftime and a 71-58 lead.Ross scored 11 straight, including three consecutive 3-pointers, over a two-minute stretch midway through the second quarter. That came as part of a 13-4 run that helped Orlando build a double-digit lead.The Magic shot 73.9 percent in the second quarter, while holding the Timberwolves to just 37 percent.last_img read more

Mike Sorensen: College hoops not big draw

first_imgIt really struck me a couple of weeks ago when I was covering the Utah-Wyoming basketball game at the Arena-Auditorium in Laramie, Wyo.The Double-A, as it’s called, is a 15,000-seat arena in a town with a little more than twice that many people. The day I was there, it was barely one-third full, leaving vast open spaces of yellow and brown seats.It’s not much different here in the Salt Lake valley where nearly a million people live. The University of Utah’s Jon M. Huntsman Center, a near-replica of Wyoming’s arena, though built a decade earlier, has been losing fans for the past dozen years from a high of 14,200 to the present 9,500. Even though the Utes are fighting for a Mountain West Conference title this year, they can’t even draw 10,000 fans to many games.Down in Provo, 10,000 seats sit empty for most BYU games. The Cougars have won back-to-back MWC titles, but averaged 12,073 and13,518, respectively, those two seasons and have fallen back to 12,185 this year in an arena that seats 23,000.Or how about Weber State, where the first-place Wildcats draw 4,412 fans per game in an arena that seats just under 12,000? Only once in 31 years since the Dee Events Center opened, has the average attendance topped 8,000.The exception is the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum in Logan, which opened in the same period as the Huntsman Center and Marriott Center, 38 years ago. It is the smallest of the three, with a capacity of 10,270, but now it looks like Utah State got it right with a cozy rectangular arena that has been 70 to 85 percent full throughout its existence.My question is, what is the future for these large, cavernous arenas, which often have as many empty seats as occupied seats for games? We can’t do like professional sports, where stadiums and arenas are regularly replaced with newer and bigger venues, and bulldoze these arenas in favor of newer, fancier, smaller venues.When the Huntsman Center was built in the late ’60s, it cost less than $10 million for the arena and surrounding athletic complex. These days it would cost more than 10 times as much just for a new arena. Look at New Mexico, which is merely renovating The Pit. Cost? $60 million.I asked Utah athletic director Chris Hill and BYU athletic director Tom Holmoe last week about their basketball attendance challenges and about any plans to downsize or renovate. Holmoe calls the Marriott Center “a great arena” and reminisces about the days he went to school in the early 1980s when it would regularly get sellout crowds.He remembers well. From 1979-80 to 1983-84, BYU averaged between 20,000 and 22,500 and ranked either second or third in the nation each year in attendance. However, only twice since 1984 has the Marriott Center averaged more than 20,000 for a season.But the Marriott Center is different than a lot of sports arenas in that it is used for a lot more than basketball, including weekly student convocations that sometimes draw capacity crowds. For graduation ceremonies each spring, “every single seat” is filled, according to Holmoe.”We have absolutely no plans for a smaller venue,” Holmoe said.At Utah, the university does have plans for renovation of basketball offices and practice facilities next to the Huntsman Center over the next three years. However, Hill can’t see much possibility of building a smaller arena or making big changes to the Huntsman Center.”We’ve talked from time to time about what kind of improvements we could make with the building, whether it’s the right size, or whatever,” Hill said. “I’m not going to say we need to make any major changes in the Huntsman Center just yet, but I’d be open to it if it made sense.”Both Holmoe and Hill believe they can get fans to come back and fill their arenas if they do the right marketing and produce winning teams. However, winning teams in recent years at BYU haven’t made much difference and a winning team and the best home schedule in school history this year, hasn’t spiked Utah’s attendance at all.I’m afraid it’s all a part of a trend in sports and that college basketball may never get back to the glory days of packed houses.If you look at the crowds at local college basketball games, the majority of the fans are people 40 and older with a fair amount of folks over 65, who have held their season tickets for 25 or 30 years.Younger fans are flocking to see sports us older folks never dreamed of, such as Motocross, X-Games and Ultimate Fighting. Just the other night, the E Center hosted indoor beach volleyball competition, complete with sand.The other culprit is television. Nowadays nearly every game is televised and instead of a handful of stations we now have hundreds.Last Wednesday, local fans could have started watching the BYU-Colorado State game at 6 p.m. on The mtn., switched over to the Jazz-Lakers game on KJZZ at 7 when the Cougars game got out of hand, switched back and forth between the Jazz game and the Utah-San Diego State game, which started at 8. After the Jazz game ended, there was still 45 minutes of action in the Utah-SDSU game.Why bother going out on a cold winter evening when you can watch three different local games on your new 50-inch Plasma HD-TV?There are other factors that may be keeping fans from coming out and filling our big college arenas. But I fear that someday we may have to find other uses for these large buildings we use to watch men and women throw balls into a hoop.e-mail: sor@desnews.comlast_img read more

Morata’s superstition to be Euro 2016 goal machine

first_img The Juventus forward has looked for all types of ways to help his cause, and has revealed that Sergio Ramos has shaved his hair to repeat a ritual that worked wonders when they played together at Real Madrid. The player arrives at the tournament with plenty of enthusiasm and determined to consolidate himself in a position which has been a hot topic for debate in recent times.  09/06/2016 at 20:50 The frontman was critical of the team’s defeat to Georgia, in a game he missed due to some soreness: “That game shows you can never relax.” Regarding the rumours about a return to Real Madrid, Morata advised: “I feel very calm because I am under contract at Juve. I feel at home there and I will stay there until somebody tells me differently. The European Championship is important, this is my first one and it is a dream to play for Spain. It starts soon, and I am only thinking about the tournament.” Morata explained: “He did it two seasons ago and both of us scored goals. It brought us luck. We are both superstitious and let’s see if it brings the same luck it did two years ago”.center_img Regarding his role as No. 9 in the team: “It is a great responsibility, with a lot of pressure, but I am prepared to be one of the national team’s strikers. Having been accustomed to how they play in Italy, this is marvellous. Here there are team mates like Koke (who was sitting next to him at the press conference) who provide great service.” CEST Alvaro Morata will be the centre forward for Spain in their opening game of Euro 2016, against the Czech Republic in Toulouse. J. Gil and A. Callejaslast_img read more

Real Madrid snap up ‘next Neymar’

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Arsenal, Liverpool and Manchester United on alert as midfielder nears Dortmund exit

first_img Jakub Blaszczykowski Arsenal, Liverpool and Manchester United have been put on alert after reports suggest Jakub Blaszczykowski may leave Borussia Dortmund.The Pole has not featured in any of Dortmund’s opening three games of the season, sparking rumours he may be on his way out of the club.According to Bild, Real Betis are considering a move for the midfielder but may struggle to match his wage demands.Blaszczykowski is apparently after an increase on his £1.8m yearly salary, which could price out Betis and bring Premier League heavyweights into the equation. 1last_img read more

$115 million budget before school board

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2Steve Bradley, the district’s assistant superintendent of business services, attributes the growth in part to a program that allows students with parents who work full time in Burbank to transfer to Burbank schools. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! BURBANK – The Burbank Unified School District board is expected to approve a $115 million general fund budget tonight, a jump of nearly $4 million over last year. Under the financial plan, officials could add salaries for nearly five teaching positions and set aside $1.3 million for anything from restoring school campuses to adding custodians. While neighboring Glendale has seen declining enrollment, Burbank expects to have a jump of 45 students, bringing the estimated total student enrollment to 15,373. That flies in the face of last year’s projection that predicted declining enrollment as housing prices have skyrocketed, pricing many young parents out of the market. last_img read more

Pro-immigration groups plan rallies

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2Protestors centered their anger on a House bill by James Sensenbrenner, R-Wisc, that would have made all illegal immigrants criminals and created a 700-mile wall along the Mexican border. The bill garnered support from many House Republicans. But other observers say more marches could create even further division between both sides of the red-hot immigration debate. “All it does is solidify the people that are for them, and those that are against them; it’s unclear how it impacts people on the fence,” said Ricardo Ramirez, an assistant professor of political science at University of Southern California. Since the marches, dozens of groups – from immigrant rights activists to political associations – have launched citizenship and voting drives to focus the momentum created by the mass protests into political clout. House Republicans have even created their own immigration road show – holding hearings in more than a dozen states over the summer – aimed at forcing President George Bush to cave to the House’s more restrictive legislation. “The experience is that these marches have backfired,” said Ira Melhman, spokesman for the Federation for American Immigration Reform, a group advocating tighter border controls. “The American public look at these and they are outraged. There are millions of people breaking the law and they are being rewarded for it.” (818) 713-3741160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Organizers of the Los Angeles pro-immigration march that drew half a million people and attracted international attention have plans for more street demonstrations in September to urge Congress to pass an immigration reform bill. Similar marches were organized in Chicago this month drawing 10,000 protestors. With pressure mounting on both sides of the debate, immigration reform could once again come to center stage. “We are out there pushing for better and real immigration reform … People are out there waiting, they want to march,” said Javier Rodriguez, an organizer with the March 25 Coalition. Rodriguez said a Labor Day weekend march would follow the same route as the pro-immigrant march downtown on March 25. Another march is planned for that weekend in Wilmington by the newly formed Liberty and Justice for Immigrants Coalition – comprising Teamsters, Hermandad Mexicana and the Mexican American Political Association. “We prefer no bill this year (over) a bad bill. We can go out there and demonstrate that people are willing and encouraged to defeat both pieces of legislation this years,” said Nativo Lopez, president of MAPA. last_img read more