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Nigeria reports first coronavirus death

first_imgNigeria on Monday reported its first death from coronavirus as confirmed cases of infections in Africa’s most populous nation climbed further. “The 1st COVID-19 death in Nigeria has been recorded,” the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control wrote on Twitter.”The case was a 67 year old male who returned home following medical treatment in UK. He had underlying medical conditions — multiple myeloma & diabetes & was undergoing chemotherapy.” The agency said the confirmed number of infections in Nigeria had now risen to 36, with cases registered in largest city Lagos, the capital Abuja and four other states. Africa has so far registered lower numbers than the rest of the globe with around 1,500 confirmed cases and 50 deaths — but testing has been patchy. Nigeria has closed down all international flights for a month and shut schools and restricted gatherings in a string of regions in a bid to curb the spread of the virus. The country of 190 million people is seen as highly vulnerable to the spread of infectious diseases given its weak healthcare system and high population density. Topics :last_img read more

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Spring is the perfect time for Gold Coast families to upgrade their homes

first_imgBroadbeach Waters has been tipped as a hot spot for family buyers.A four-bedroom home at 12 Alaska Ave is on the market for more than $1.995 million.Kollosche agent Eoghan Murphy said families could not go wrong buying in Miami and Mermaid Waters.“You want to be close to the beach, close to the action and these suburbs provide the ability to do that at a reasonable price point,” he said.“The market outlook is positive. If anything, we could see some major growth over the next couple of years, so now is the perfect time to make the move.”Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 1:08Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -1:08 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD540p540p360p360p270p270pAutoA, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenWhy spring is the selling season!01:09Ray White Surfers Paradise CEO Andrew Bell tipped inner-city suburbs such as Sorrento, Benowa and Broadbeach Waters to perform well.“For those who are upsizing, now is the time to do it whilst the market is in consolidation phase,” he said.“Right now, with interest rates as low as they are, and before the market gets any degree of strong momentum, it is the ideal time for buyers to make their move.”Runaway Bay, Mermaid Waters and Burleigh Waters also made Mr Bell’s hot-spot list.Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 1:58Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -1:58 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD576p576p360p360p216p216pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenWhy location is everything in real estate01:59More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa10 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag1 day agoAmir Mian, of self-titled agency, tipped Sovereign Islands, Hope Island, Sorrento and Southport’s TSS precinct as the perfect areas for families.“I see good value in upsizing as the prices are very reasonable,” Mr Mian said.“There is a trend at the moment where buyers are selling their homes to secure better positions and larger homes without a big dent in their budget.”John Henderson Professionals partner Luke Henderson’s two hot spots were Broadbeach Waters and Mermaid Waters.“The population on the Gold Coast continues to grow and the working family will make up the most of that growth, so the demand will be strong going forward,” he said.Kylie Bastos and her two children, Tali, 11, and Luka, 13, at their Broadbeach Waters house. Picture: Glenn HampsonThe Bastos family are selling their Broadbeach Waters home at 12 Alaska Ave to regretfully relocate back to Melbourne for work.Kylie Bastos said the suburb was the “perfect family spot”.“I love that we are 600m from the primary school and our house is across the road from a children’s park,” she said.“I can get around so easily from that area, on to the M1, down to Burleigh and you’re on the beaches in a few minutes, plus there’s lots of public transport.”mikaela.day@news.com.au Local experts have said now is the time for families to upgrade their home. The Bastos family are selling their luxury Broadbeach Waters house. Picture: Glenn HampsonFAMILIES planning on upsizing their house are being encouraged to make a move thanks to low interest rates and a plateaued market.Real estate industry experts have mostly tipped central suburbs to be hot spots for families this spring.MORE NEWS: Hot spots for luxury homesMORE NEWS: TV renovators star again on property market last_img read more

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Some Notorious Murderers From The Area

first_imgDavid Ison pleaded guilty to the September 2011 murder of five people in Laurel.The Indianapolis Star released an article about some of the most notorious murderers in state history on Monday afternoon.It just so happens that five of the 20 stories documented in the article occurred in or has a connection to Southeast Indiana.The well-known killers were responsible for the deaths of at least four people in each instance:The Hanging Tree Murders- 1897Just after midnight on September 15, several men that were part of lynch mob broke into the Ripley County Jail. They beat and dragged five inmates that were part of a gang out of the jail to an elm tree two blocks away. Three of the men may have been killed in their jail cells.The mob carried out the act because the gang of inmates reportedly caused terror to the community.According to area historians, all five men were hanged on the same tree, with only one found to have actually died of strangulation. After questioning witnesses, who all supplied alibis for each other, the case was closed and no person was ever charged.Five Murdered In Lawrenceburg- 1941Virginius Carter, 33, confessed to murdering five people at a farmhouse that belonged to Johnson Agrue in Lawrenceburg in May 1941.According to the Indianapolis Star, Carter was responsible for killing Agrue and his wife, Nina Agrue, their two children, William and Leo, and granddaughter Mary Breeden.Carter was sentenced to death for the crime.Five Relatives Gunned Down in Napoleon- 1993An August 24 murder of five family members captured headlines throughout the Midwest in 1993. George Hardebeck was 31-years-old when he shot his mother, Martha Hardebeck, 73; brothers, James, 40 and Marlin, 33; his sister, Betty Powers, 42, and her husband Virgil Powers, 54 in Napoleon.Hardebeck pleaded guilty but mentally ill and was sentenced to 240 years behind bars.Man Murders Seymour Woman, Three Others -1998Robert Bassett Jr. was sentenced in 2006 to four lifetime prison sentences in the 1998 killings of Seymour resident Jamie Engelking, 20; her two children, Jessica Brown, 2, and Brandon Engelking, 1; and family friend Amanda Davis, 12.The victims were last seen alive during a camping trip in Bartholomew County in 1998. They were later found in shallow graves along the nearby White River.In 2003, the Indiana Supreme Court overturned Bassett’s first murder convictions trial, however, a Dearborn County jury convicted him in a retrial.The Laurel Five Murders- 2011A story that many of us will not forget anytime soon.Five people were gunned down on Stipps Hill Road near Laurel in Franklin County on September 25, 2011.David Ison, 46, of Glenwood, was arrested three days later and eventually charged for the deaths of Roy Napier, 50, his estranged wife, Angela, 47; their children, Melissa, 23, and Jacob, 18, and neighbor, Henry X. Smith, 43.Prosecutors believe Ison was upset because the price of prescription pills he was attempting to purchase went up. Ison pleaded guilty to five counts of murder and will spend the rest of his life in jail.last_img read more

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Rev. John Scudder

first_imgRev. John Scudder, age 90, of East Enterprise, Indiana, entered this life on January 6, 1928, in Switzerland County, Indiana, the loving son of the late, James Ora and Bessie (Reed) Scudder. He was raised in Switzerland County, Indiana and was a 1945 graduate of the Vevay High School. John was inducted into the United States Army on June 12, 1945, in Louisville, Kentucky, serving during World War II. John earned the World War II Victory Medal and was honorably discharged with the rank of Private First Class on May 28, 1947, at Fort Lawton, Washington. John was united in marriage to the love of his life, Paulina Sigmon on July 3, 1949, at the Long Run Baptist Church in Moorefield, Indiana. This happy union was blessed with a daughter, Susan and a son, Dennis. John and Paulina shared 66 loving years of marriage together until Paulina passed away on July 2, 2015. John was employed as an edge trimmer for the US Shoe Factory in Vevay, Indiana, for four years. He was employed in 1953 for the Indiana State Police Department as a trooper for 13 years, detective sergeant for nine years and first sergeant for seven years. John retired in 1983 after 29 years of service. John earned his pastoral degree from Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary in Evanston, Illinois. Rev. John served as a minister from 1985 – 2013 for the Holton United Methodist Church in Holton, Indiana, Fairview United Methodist Church, Pleasant Grove United Methodist Church and for the East Enterprise United Methodist Church. He was a Southeastern Indiana board member for the SCIOC and served on the merit board for the Switzerland County Sheriff’s Department and was a faithful member of the East Enterprise United Methodist Church. John was one of the beginning organizers of Harmony and Hymns on Tuesday’s at the Swiss Villa Nursing & Rehabilitation Center and was faithful until his health no longer permitted. John was passionate about the American Red Cross and had a very giving spirit and was a dedicated donor. John will be remembered for his love of reading and gardening and will be deeply missed by his loving family and friends. Rev John Scudder went to be with his Lord and Savior at 11:45 a.m., Sunday, April 8, 2018, at the Waldron Health and Rehab Center in Waldron, Indiana.Rev. John is survived by his son, Dennis Alan Scudder and his wife: Rachel of Shelbyville, IN; his daughter, Susan Diane Alexander and her husband: Rodney of Mesa, AZ; his grandchildren, Michael Alexander, Claire Scudder and Laura Scudder and his several nieces and nephews.He was preceded in death by his parents, James Ora Scudder, died March 8, 1990 and Bessie (Reed) Scudder, died May 20, 1975; his wife, Paulina (Sigmon) Scudder, died July 2, 2015; his brother, James Earl Scudder; his sister, Marjorie Stivers and his infant sister, Mary Hazel Scudder.Funeral services will be conducted Friday, April 13, 2018, at 11:00 am, by Chaplain Daniel Coffey at the Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home, 208 Ferry Street Vevay, Indiana 47043. Interment and full military rites will be conducted by the Honor Guard of the Vevay American Legion Post #185 & the Vevay VFW Post $5396 in the Vevay Cemetery, Vevay, Indiana.Friends may call 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm, Thursday, April 12, 2018, at the Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home, 208 Ferry Street Vevay, Indiana 47043. Memorial contributions may be made to the East Enterprise United Methodist Church or Keeping Pace Cancer Fund % CFSCI. Cards are available at the funeral home.last_img read more

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CSUB, UTRGV meet in WAC quarters

first_img Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditNo. 7 seed Cal State Bakersfield (12-19, 6-10) vs. No. 2 seed Texas Rio Grande Valley (14-16, 9-7)Western Athletic Conference Tourney Quarterfinals, Orleans Arena, Las Vegas; Thursday, 8 p.m. EDTBOTTOM LINE: A spot in the WAC semifinals is on the line as Cal State Bakersfield is set to take on Texas Rio Grande Valley. The teams split the regular season series at one win apiece. The teams last met on Feb. 27, when the Roadrunners shot 51.9 percent from the field while limiting Texas Rio Grande Valley’s shooters to just 35.7 percent en route to the 20-point victory. March 11, 2020 ___For more AP college basketball coverage: https://apnews.com/Collegebasketball and http://twitter.com/AP_Top25___This was generated by Automated Insights, http://www.automatedinsights.com/ap, using data from STATS LLC, https://www.stats.com STEPPING UP: Texas Rio Grande Valley’s Lesley Varner II has averaged 15.6 points and six rebounds while Javon Levi has put up 11.4 points, eight assists and 2.4 steals. For the Roadrunners, Taze Moore has averaged 11.5 points while Czar Perry has put up 8.4 points.FACILITATING THE OFFENSE: Levi has made or assisted on 47 percent of all Texas Rio Grande Valley field goals over the last three games. Levi has accounted for 17 field goals and 20 assists in those games.WINLESS WHEN: The Roadrunners are 0-10 when they allow 73 or more points and 12-9 when they hold opponents to anything under 73 points. The Vaqueros are 0-10 when they score 67 points or fewer and 14-6 when they exceed 67.ASSIST-TO-FG RATIO: The Vaqueros have recently used assists to create buckets more often than the Roadrunners. Texas Rio Grande Valley has an assist on 41 of 78 field goals (52.6 percent) across its previous three matchups while Cal State Bakersfield has assists on 34 of 71 field goals (47.9 percent) during its past three games.DID YOU KNOW: The Texas Rio Grande Valley defense has forced opponents into turnovers on an impressive 24.8 percent of all possessions, which is the seventh-highest rate in the country. Cal State Bakersfield has turned the ball over on 20.3 percent of its possessions (ranked 270th among Division I teams).center_img Associated Press CSUB, UTRGV meet in WAC quarterslast_img read more

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The Latest: World’s top eaters ready to chow down for hunger

first_imgThe Latest: World’s top eaters ready to chow down for hunger The Chicago Blackhawks have canceled their fan convention due to the COVID-19 pandemic.The annual event was scheduled for July 24-26 at the Hilton Chicago. It gives fans autograph opportunities as well as an audience with management, coaches and players. The team says refunds for convention passes and hotel rooms will be processed automatically.___Parma has become the second club in Italy’s top soccer division to announce cost-cutting measures in response to the coronavirus pandemic. Among the eight contestants are Joey Chestnut and Miki Sudo, the top-ranked men’s and women’s eaters in the world. They’ll face off via video from their homes in four first-to-finish rounds.In the qualifying round, contestants will need to consume two pounds of sliced bologna. The quarterfinals require one family pack of Oreo cookies and a half-gallon of milk, the semifinals involve 10 pounds of baked beans, and the finals will be 10 individual ramen noodle cups.The winner earns $5,000.MLE and event sponsor BetOnline will donate $10,000 to Feeding America, which has a COVID-19 response fund.___ Associated Press The medical commission has also recommended that when clubs resume training they do so in training camps with limited access and with strict screening protocols.Federation president Gabriele Gravina says “we are working without rushing, but without stopping so we will be ready when the relevant institutions give us the go-ahead.”___Speedway Motorsports, owner and operator of eight tracks that host NASCAR’s top Cup Series, has laid off 180 employees and furloughed 100 as part of a company restructuring during the sports shutdown.Speedway Motorsports owns the Atlanta, Bristol, Charlotte, Kentucky, Las Vegas, New Hampshire, Sonoma and Texas tracks. The coronavirus pandemic caused NASCAR to suspend the season just four events into a 36-race schedule. To date, Speedway Motorsports has had its races at Atlanta, Texas and Bristol postponed. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___Major League Eating is launching a bracket-style elimination tournament starting Friday that will air on MLE’s YouTube channel. The club says its first-team players, coaching staff and the sporting director have unanimously agreed to take a salary cut amounting to a month’s wages.Juventus players and coach Maurizio Sarri agreed in March to forgo four months worth of salary.___With no NBA games to watch during the sports shutdown, the Dream Team’s historic romp through Barcelona will be rebroadcast in its entirety.The Olympic Channel will begin weekly streaming of the U.S. basketball team’s victories in the 1992 Olympics, when Michael Jordan, Magic Johnson and Larry Bird headlined the team.center_img The 1992 Olympics were the first that featured NBA players, and the Americans stormed to the gold medal. They won by an average of 44 points per game and were credited with jump-starting basketball’s global growth. The team was inducted to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 2010.Full game replays will stream at Olympicchannel.com and its apps for mobile, Amazon Fire TV, Android TV, Apple TV and the Roku platform. First up is the Americans’ victory over Angola on Thursday night at 7 p.m. EDT.___Italian soccer will likely resume with the Serie A before the two lower divisions.The Italian soccer federation met with its medical commission and says it could consider a staggered start “with priority to Serie A.” April 15, 2020 Tracks receive a significant financial payout from NASCAR’s television contract, but that revenue has stopped without racing.Both NASCAR and Speedway Motorsports are hoping to restart the season May 24 with the Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway. ___Novak Djokovic has been praised by the director general of the local health authority in Bergamo for his donation to help control the coronavirus outbreak in Italy.Peter Assembergs says “we never expected to see on our bank account a donation from such a prestigious person.” Assembergs says “reading among the donators the name of the best tennis player in the world … made me emotional.”The money will be used to help buy ventilators and other medical equipment.Djokovic, his wife and their foundation recently donated 1 million euros (about $1.1 million) to help hospitals in Serbia.___This year’s Tour de France will start on Aug. 29 and finish on Sept. 20 and will be followed by cycling’s two other major races. The International Cycling Union announced the new dates after consulting with race organizer Amaury Sport Organisation. The Tour could not start as scheduled on June 27 because of restrictions related to the coronavirus pandemic.The UCI also says the world championships will go ahead as planned from Sept. 20-27 and will be followed by the Giro d’Italia and the Spanish Vuelta. No official dates were given for those two major races.The UCI says prestigious one-day road classics such as Paris-Roubaix and Liège-Bastogne-Liège will be maintained at dates still to be defined.___More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6last_img read more

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REVIEW: Netflix delivers with touching family drama ‘Uncorked’

first_img(Photo courtesy of Nina Robinson / Netflix) The joy that exudes from Elijah’s face is apparent every time he drinks a glass of pinot grigio, a Riesling or any other wine. From the moment he tastes the drink, he’s able to decipher the region it came from and the year the grapes were plucked. It’s a passion that he knows is hard for his family, especially his father, to understand. But it’s a love nonetheless that equals the one his father has for the restaurant. “Uncorked” blends comedy and drama in a film that champions people doing what they love and delving into why they love it. The true contrast in the movie isn’t just between wine and barbecue but between father and son. Dinner scenes between the family as well as Syliva and Louis’ banter are where the dialogue excels, playing out more like improvisation in the film’s funniest moments. But Penny’s screenplay manages to tread between balancing comedic bursts with quiet moments of family drama. When he finally garners the courage to tell his entire family, they look perplexed. The term sommelier is foreign to them, especially to his mother Sylvia (Niecy Nash), who mistakenly says “Somalian” and “sommely” instead. Penny never devolves scenes into melodramatic sequences of excessive anger. Most of the time, conversations are restrained, with the camera lingering on people holding back what they want to say. Louis and Elijah, in particular, can’t manage to hold a conversation that lasts more than a few minutes without having to pretend like they’re semi-interested. The room turns quiet — both have something on their mind, but they stop themselves, opting to say nothing instead.    Memphis-style barbecue and wines ranging from Napa Valley to Sicily aren’t the only things at odds with each other in Netflix’s latest film “Uncorked.” Writer and director Prentice Penny (“Insecure,” “Brooklyn Nine-Nine”), in his feature film debut, captures the struggle between father and son in a generational conflict between keeping tradition alive and pursuing individual passions.center_img The more time Elijah devotes to studying theory and wine tasting, the more the unspoken tension between him and his father evolve. That’s when Nash comes in as the caring mother who tells it like it is. Her performance becomes more engrossing and emotionally impactful as she sees the relationship between her husband and son falter. She, along with Elijah’s motivating girlfriend Tanya (Sasha Compere), are the beacons of rationale in “Uncorked.” They aren’t afraid to push their partners to confront their feelings head-on even when it’s uncomfortable. Elijah is naturally goofy and as a pickup line compares Riesling, a sweet white wine, to Drake because they’re both “in their feelings.” He’s corny but the likable type. His smile lingers on for too long, unsure of what to do or say next. But where he resembles his father most is in his inability to voice his thoughts in times of conflict. Athie and Vance’s father-son performances shine at depicting the stubbornness of men, who instead of giving in to their emotions, repress them instead. Although the film’s writing is strong, Penny does fall into the same faults that first-time directors typically make. At a 104-minute runtime, the film drags with an unnecessary amount of transition shots. Not only that, but an overabundance of song choices makes the film feel like it wants to blare whatever single is currently popular for no reason. Luckily, these are single issues that don’t hinder the plot. Elijah (Mamoudou Athie) works two jobs: one at his family’s long-standing barbecue restaurant and the other at a local winery. His father Louis (Courtney B. Vance) wants Elijah to eventually take over the restaurant to keep the family business alive. There’s just one slight problem: Elijah isn’t interested in spending the rest of his life buying hickory wood and cutting up ribs. What he wants is to become a master sommelier.  Their words can only go so far, as both Louis and Elijah do what they know best and focus on barbecuing and wine tasting. What follows are scenes detailing their respective crafts. Sommeliers deciphering that the red wine they’re drinking is a 2006 Alta Vista Single Vineyard Temis or chefs cutting up and smothering ribs with homemade barbecue sauce play out like scenes from “Chef’s Table.” Cinematographer Elliot Davis shoots these scenes extremely up close, capturing the marbling of raw meat and the pouring of wine into a glass. He’s able to highlight the level of precision that it takes to succeed in these respective fields.last_img read more

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Maria Tritou and Gabriella Knutson use backhand shot to elevate game

first_img Published on April 21, 2016 at 12:33 am Contact Jake: jafalk@syr.edu After Maria Tritou ripped a two-handed backhand down the sideline, Virginia Tech’s Kelly Williford stumbled while reaching for the ball. Her arms were fully extended as she couldn’t catch up with the rocket shot. Williford then approached the green tarp behind the court as the ball collided into it.All Williford could do is pick up the ball and walk back to the line for the next point. And even though Tritou eventually lost the match, her backhand is what helped make a comeback attempt. That same backhand is what’s helped elevate her game during Syracuse’s five wins in their last six conference games.Seventh-seeded SU (13-7, 7-7 Atlantic Coast) opens the ACC Tournament on Thursday at 10 a.m. in Cary, North Carolina against No. 10 seed North Carolina State (15-10, 6-8) and will look to Tritou and Gabriella Knutson to continue using their backhand shot to pay dividends in the postseason.Knutson says that going to the backhand gives her more velocity on her shots that she doesn’t have with other stances and moves. The move allows Knutson to adapt to in game situations and from player to player.“I definitely get more power (from the backhand),” Knutson said. “I feel much more confident in it. I have (the ability to use) two hands and the backhand gives me (more versatility).”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textWhen Knutson goes to her backhand, the velocity drastically increases. The speed of the ball has consistently frozen opponents and the control that Knutson has with her backhand has allowed for pinpoint placement of balls throughout the court. This versatility and ability to alter the approach of every shot with such consistency has lead Knutson to the best record on the team at 14-5.Tritou too has also developed a highly successful backhand that has allowed her to become another go-to option on the team when Knutson, Valeria Salazar or Anna Shkudun are off their game. She’s won three of her last six games to close out the regular season.Tritou echoed Knutson and feels that her backhand has a more natural feel to it. As a baseline player who likes to have quick returns down the lines of the court, the backhand has become a weapon that surprises opponents before they can react.“It depends on how you feel,” Tritou said. “… I feel more comfortable with my backhand.”Head coach Younes Limam said Tritou and Knutson simply have better backhands than other players on the team. By sticking to their strengths they’re successful by allowing them to transfer their weight and get off an effective, accurate shot.“They lean through the ball more (than others),” Limam said. “They hit through the ball more using less spin.”And with the postseason coming up, assistant coach Shelley George expects Tritou and Knutson to stick with what’s worked.“It will always be their favorite shot,” George said. Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

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Men’s basketball: Frontcourt paves the way for Wisconsin’s win over Illini

first_imgWisconsin’s bench did not provide many points – or minutes – for the No. 5 Wisconsin men’s basketball team Sunday afternoon at the Kohl Center.But they, along with Wisconsin’s backcourt, weren’t always needed in Sunday’s 68-49 stomping of Illinois thanks to the efforts of the usual prolific trio of forwards Frank Kaminsky, Sam Dekker and Nigel Hayes, who once again dominated, sending the Badgers to their eighth straight win.The trio combined for 47 of Wisconsin’s 68 points, going 20-for-32 (62.5 percent) from the floor. In the first half, Kaminsky, Dekker and Hayes had 29 of the Badgers’ 32 points, missing just three of their 16 field goal attempts.Kaminsky led all scorers Sunday, dropping his ninth 20-point game of the season, with 23 points. It was the seven-footer’s sixth 20-point performance in the Big Ten this year. He also hauled in a game-high 11 rebounds for his conference-best 10th double double.Seventeen of Kaminsky’s 23 points came in the first half as he was 8 of 9 (88.9 percent) from the floor over the first twenty minutes of play. He finished the day 11 of 16 (68.8 percent) overall.“I thought Kaminsky was terrific,” Illinois head coach John Groce said. “I thought that he scored it at all three levels from the court. He made very difficult shots. He passed it well, obviously had a double double. I’ve watched him play a lot. I think he’s certainly one of the country’s best players, and today he played like it.”Despite his strong performance overall, and especially in the first half, Kaminsky didn’t score his first points of the second half until four minutes and eight seconds were left in the game. But during that stretch, Wisconsin never wavered and let the lead dip below 10 points for just seven seconds.“It just says that anybody can step up at any time,” Kaminsky said. “Sam [Dekker] had a stretch, Bronson [Koenig] had a stretch where he was scoring. Nigel [Hayes] had some big buckets, so it just goes to show that we can beat you in a lot of different ways.”Hayes finished second on the Badgers with 14 points, scoring 10 of those in the second half while Dekker finished the game with 10 points. Both players added four rebounds.Wisconsin was able to take advantage of some early Illinois fouls in the first half when 6-foot-7 forward Leron Black exited the game with two fouls, forcing the Illini to put a smaller lineup on the floor.Kaminsky rattled off six straight points once Black exited before Dekker and Hayes collectively scored six straight points.Dekker’s final two points of that stretch provided a huge spark for the Badgers toward the end of the first half when he stole the ball from Illinois and took it the other way for a dunk. It put the Badgers up by four, 26-22, and helped the Badgers finish the half on a 10-2 run. Dekker had three steals for the game.“I didn’t think I played very well on the offensive end, so I turned it around and tried to be aggressive defensively,” Dekker said. “And just try to cause some havoc a little bit, and I got a few good steals there in the first half and kind of got us sparked, and then Frank [Kaminsky] took it from there on the offensive end.”Ryan reacts to Hall of Fame nominationSaturday, Wisconsin head coach Bo Ryan was announced as a finalist for the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame Class of 2015.Jason Chan/The Badger HeraldRyan’s collegiate coaching career spans five decades and includes stops at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville, UW-Milwaukee and Wisconsin. He’s amassed a 727-226 record (.763 winning percentage) in his career, winning four NCAA III championships at UW-Platteville in 1991, 1995, 1998 and 1999 in addition to one Final Four trip with the Badgers.“It would be a thank you to all the people that I’ve either played for, played with, all the administrators, all the faculty at all the schools where I were, and the players, obviously,” Ryan said on what it would mean to make the Hall of Fame.“I said ‘thanks for making this possible’ to any of the players or coaches or people that have responded to that announcement,” Ryan said as he became teary-eyed. “But, hey, if that would put a smile on the face of the 12th man that I had at Brookhaven Junior High School, Sun Valley [High School], Platteville, Milwaukee, Madison, I’d be pretty happy. I’d be real happy.”Ryan and the rest of the finalists – which includes current Kentucky head coach John Calipari, eight-time NBA All-Star Dikembe Mutumbo and three-time WNBA MVP Lisa Leslie, among others – will find out if they made it into the Hall of Fame Monday, April 6, at a press conference prior to the NCAA men’s championship game. A finalist needs 18 of 24 votes from the Honors Committee for election into the Hall of Fame.last_img read more