first_img Promoted Content7 Reasons It’s Better To Be A Vegan6 Ridiculous Health Myths That Are Actually True2020 Tattoo Trends: Here’s What You’ll See This Year9 Facts You Should Know Before Getting A TattooLook Up At The Most Fascinated Ceilings In The World7 Mind-Boggling Facts About Black HolesA Guy Turns Gray Walls And Simple Bricks Into Works Of ArtCan Playing Too Many Video Games Hurt Your Body?14 Hilarious Comics Made By Women You Need To Follow Right NowWho Earns More Than Ronaldo?Who Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?Couples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable Way Great Britain’s heptathlon world champion, Katarina Johnson-Thompson, was among those to speak out on Tuesday, questioning advice from the IOC asking them to prepare “as best they can” for the Games despite social contact and travel being placed under severe restrictions across the world because of the virus. Johnson-Thompson pointed out the difficulties she and other athletes are facing and wrote in a social media post: “I feel under pressure to train and keep the same routine, which is impossible.” The IOC said: “This is an exceptional situation, which requires exceptional solutions. “The IOC is committed to finding a solution with the least negative impact for the athletes, while protecting the integrity of the competition and the athletes’ health.Advertisement “No solution will be ideal in this situation, and this is why we are counting on the responsibility and solidarity of the athletes.” Olympic pole vault champion Katerina Stefanidi said the IOC was risking the health of athletes, who feel obliged to continue training despite advice to reduce contact. Hayley Wickenheiser, an IOC member, said the organisation’s conviction that the Games would go ahead was “insensitive and irresponsible given the state of humanity”. The former Canada ice hockey star added: “This crisis is bigger even than the Olympics.” Read Also:IOC: Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games will hold  as planned The IOC had said on Tuesday it was fully committed to staging the Games, and that with four months to go there was no need for any drastic decision to be taken. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Loading… International Olympic Committee (IOC) has told athletes “no solution will be ideal” after a number of competitors raised concerns over its plans to press ahead with Tokyo 2020 despite the coronavirus pandemic.last_img read more

first_imgOne down, one to go.That’s the mentality of the University of Wisconsin women’s basketball team this week as they prepare for their final regular season game.After knocking off the Big Ten-leading Michigan State Spartans, the Badgers have another shot at the No. 14 Ohio State Buckeyes, who took over the conference lead following the Spartans’ loss and can clinch the conference title Thursday with a win.“We have to look back at the Michigan State game and see what we did well, and we have to continue doing that,” forward Lin Zastrow said. “We’ve got to go in there with confidence, but respect too. They’re a great team and they know how close they are to a conference championship.”After earning their biggest win of the conference season at home over the Spartans, the Badgers will face their biggest challenge yet in Big Ten play, facing the 14th-ranked Buckeyes on the road at Value City Arena.Ohio State enters Thursday’s contest with a three-game winning streak, with their last win coming Sunday on the road at Indiana by a 79-67 margin.Senior forward Star Allen tied a career high Sunday with 22 points on 9-of-15 shooting en route to being name Big Ten Player of the Week for her efforts.Allen will present plenty of matchup problems for the Badgers with her size and quickness at the post position, something they struggled against when the teams first met back in January at the Kohl Center.“Like any Big Ten post players, it’s tough; it’s a really physical game against Jantel Lavender and Star Allen,” forward Tara Steinbauer said. “What they are really good at is they sprint the floor in transition and not all post players in the Big Ten do that. They’re both really skilled at doing that, so getting back in transition is going to be key for us.”When the two teams previously met, the Buckeyes were held to a season low 33.9 percent from the floor, but that wasn’t enough to stop Allen and Lavender. The two each recorded double-doubles in the game with 11 points, 12 rebounds and 16 points, 15 rebounds for the duo, respectively.If Wisconsin hopes to come away with a victory Thursday, it will be imperative for Zastrow, Steinbauer and anyone else matched up on Allen and Lavender to keep the Buckeyes’ forward duo off the boards on a consistent basis.“Star Allen certainly is going to be someone to make sure we keep her off the boards,” UW head coach Lisa Stone said. “And if you’re guarding her, it’s not so much that you have to get the rebound, you have to make sure you keep her off the boards. Jantel Lavender is obviously one of the best in the league (as well).”The other thing that the Badgers need to do better than last time sounds pretty simple: shoot the ball well. When the Buckeyes came to Madison, they held UW to a Kohl Center record low 25.5 percent shooting from the floor.Leading the way for Wisconsin in that game was Zastrow who scored 11 points and grabbed six rebounds on a night when leading scorer Alyssa Karel was feeling a bit under the weather, resulting in a 1-for-11 shooting performance.Zastrow will likely need another strong performance Thursday for the Badgers, something she has done quite consistently over the Badgers’ last month of play.“I like the urgency I see out of Lin Zastrow. I thought she had just a great game [Sunday] handling the basketball, scoring for us,” Stone said. “I think she’s one of the best post defenders in the league, and she’s going to go against [two] of the best post players. So it’s certainly a boost of confidence for us going into Thursday, and we’re hoping to carry over.”When it comes down to it, the Badgers may not be able to improve their position in the Big Ten standings with a win, but they will take all the momentum and confidence they can get going into the Big Ten Tournament just one week from Thursday.“It’s going to be a gritty game,” Steinbauer said. “I expect it to be hard-fought, and I know it’s going to be very physical. It’s going to be a long 40 minutes, but I think if we bring our ‘A game,’ there’s a really good opportunity for us in the game.”last_img read more

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on January 18, 2017 at 11:36 pm Contact Tomer: [email protected] | @tomer_langer Syracuse trailed for much of the game at Georgia Tech last Sunday afternoon until, with about five minutes left in the fourth quarter, Alexis Peterson tied it.After clawing all the way back, head coach Quentin Hillsman expected his team to finish the game off. Syracuse ended up losing by nine.“If we just give it another 20 percent, 25 percent more, I think we win the game,” Hillsman said. “That was a game that I was very disappointed in our effort.”Syracuse (13-6, 4-2 Atlantic Coast) has a sparkling 9-0 record at the Carrier Dome this season. But the Orange has almost as many losses on the road this year (six) as it had total losses all of last year (eight). SU needs to rectify its woes outside of the Dome when it goes to Tallahassee, Florida, to play No. 7 Florida State (17-2, 5-1) on Thursday night.Sunday wasn’t the first time coaches have noticed a less-than-stellar effort from the Orange. Hillsman said his team just came out flat during a 108-84 loss to DePaul on Nov. 27 at a neutral site in Florida.Assistant coach Tammi Reiss has likened the issues to a lack of effort, specifically on the defensive end and on the boards.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“We love offense,” Reiss said sarcastically. “We don’t want to guard anybody, and we don’t want to rebound.“And that’s what our program’s about. Defending, turning people over and second chance points. And we’re not doing that.”The Orange allows 56.3 points per game at home, but gives up 77.7 points on the road. Part of that massive disparity is thanks to early-season games against weaker opponents, such as giving up only 30 points to Coppin State on Dec. 7.But the outliers don’t account for the more than 20-point difference. The Orange hadn’t given up more than 100 points in a game in either of the last two seasons. SU has done it twice this year.“It’s all about the kind of energy we come on the court with,” senior forward Isabella Slim said. “(Sometimes) we come on the court with a lot of energy and it just goes well and just goes in a positive spiral, and sometimes it just goes the other way around.”Reiss thinks that it’s an issue of having the proper mindset for playing on the road, making the trip an easy experience and feeding off the “chirping” opposing fans. Hillsman, though, pointed to the fact that it’s simply harder to win games away from home.Still, he’s disappointed that his team hasn’t finished close away games down the stretch. It’s something he knows his team will have to change going forward in order to find consistency no matter where the game is played.“That’s what we’re trying to do,” Reiss said. “Give that same effort we give at home, on the road.” Commentslast_img read more