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Men’s basketball: Hayes cements his legacy in final season

first_imgAfter a rough beginning, Nigel Hayes turned himself and his team around in route to a fourth consecutive sweet 16, capping his senior season with a game-winning shot and earning the title of the Badger Herald’s Male Athlete of the Year.Throughout the year, Nigel Hayes became one of the biggest question marks for the Badgers, struggling to find his jumper and proving to be a liability at the line. As the season wore on, Wisconsin fans longed for the player they saw in the second half of the 2015-16 season when he led a young team to the Sweet 16, or the sophomore who stole the show on the Badger’s run to the NCAA championship.Yes it was clear, Hayes no longer had the supporting cast of guys like Kaminsky, Gasser and Decker. But if his college career up until this point was any indication, the senior from Toledo, Ohio was more than ready to take the reins.Hayes: In ‘one-and-done’ era, Nigel Hayes’ return isn’t so simpleThere is no doubt Nigel Hayes’ decision to return for his senior season was one the best outcomes for the Read…As his final season in Wisconsin began, expectations peaked for a team whose leaders (Hayes and Koenig), have never lost in the first round of the NCAA tournament. With a talented group of young players including sophomore Ethan Happ who burst onto the scene in his freshman campaign, Hayes and company were poised to continue the streak of success deep into the playoffs.Living up to those expectations, the Badgers jumped out to one of their best starts in program history with a record of 22-3. With the team rolling behind the play of Ethan Happ and Bronson Koenig, Hayes struggled to find that elite talent we’ve known for three years.The biggest wakeup call came at the end of the season when Wisconsin lost five of their last seven, and a team built on success and consistency couldn’t find either. With the Big Ten and NCAA tournaments knocking at their door, the Badgers were scrambling for answers, and where better to look than Nigel Hayes.Despite Hayes’ struggles from the line, 59 percent, the Toledo native was not settling for a late season collapse to cap off his historic career.Men’s basketball: Experts see potential NBA futures for Hayes, KoenigWhile Nigel Hayes garnered most of the preseason attention regarding a future basketball career in the NBA, Bronson Koenig quietly Read…Like most great college and professional players, Hayes turned it on when it mattered the most. After falling to the Michigan Wolverines in the Big Ten Championship game, the Badgers had their confidence back, and a chip on their shoulder after being named an eight seed in the NCAA Tournament.Similar to past years, the tournament was where Hayes came alive. After breezing by Virgina Tech, the Badgers faced off against the No. 1 overall seed Villanova in just the second round. After a turbulent season from the line and the field, Hayes shot over 50 percent from the field against the Wildcats, scoring 19 points including a Jordan-esque baseline fake to seal the deal against the top seed.Top five sports moments this semesterThe University of Wisconsin Athletic Department had a lot to celebrate this semester, even if none of those involved a Read…The Villanova game, like Hayes’ season, was a rollercoaster. A run here, a slump there, but in the end the veteran proved his worth, cementing his legacy in Wisconsin basketball.Along with a career shot to take down a one seed, here’s a list of some of Hayes’ notable achievements in his final year as a Badger, making him our Male Athlete of the Year.2017 NCAA Tournament All-East Region Team• 2017 Wooden Award Midseason Top-25• 2017 Player of the Year watch lists (Lute Olsen and Naismith)• 2017 Karl Malone Power Forward of the Year Watch List• 2017 Big Ten All-Tournament Team• 2017 Third-Team All-Big Ten• 2017 Preseason Big Ten Player of the Year• 2017 Senior CLASS Award Final 10• 2017 NABC Division 1 All-District Second Team[UPDATE] Hayes blows up Twitter with #BlackLivesMatter discussionFor six hours Thursday evening, University of Wisconsin star basketball forward Nigel Hayes tweeted 44 times supporting the Black Lives Read…last_img read more

Clippers coach Doc Rivers says son Austin must do ‘homework’ for playoffs

first_img“That’s the only way because the game is going to be real fast for all the young guys, it just is. But the more prepared you are, at least the more comfortable you feel going in. So that would be my advice, I guess.”Working the perimeterBlake Griffin has made a concerted effort to improve his mid-range jumper, and he is shooting a career-high 40.7 percent from 16 feet and beyond. His previous best was 38.2 percent in 2011-12.Teammate Chris Paul suggests Griffin’s effort has been highly beneficial.“It makes us very hard to guard,” Paul said. “A lot of teams would try keep us on one side of the court, but you have to make a choice. If two (players) are going to guard me, then you are leaving Blake open. “When Blake is shooting and passing well, it makes us that much more dangerous.”Love for DukeDoc Rivers after Tuesday night’s victory over the Lakers was asked to talk about what Duke winning the NCAA men’s title might have meant to J.J. Redick, who played at Duke from 2002-06.“He was happy,” Rivers said. “Him and Austin (Rivers) were obnoxious as ever. But it was good for them. Duke did what they needed to do. Even Ryan Kelly was talking to me during the game. He now has two rings (in his family). His freshman year, and his brother’s a walk-on, which is really cool that Coach K (Mike Krzyzewski) did that and gave him a scholarship.“So the Duke love is pretty strong right now, that’s for sure.”Austin Rivers played at Duke from 2011-12, though neither he nor Redick won an NCAA title. Lakers forward Ryan Kelly played at Duke and the Blue Devils won a title while he was a freshman. Sean Kelly, Ryan’s brother, was a senior reserve this season for Duke.Another member of the Clippers, Dahntay Jones, also toiled at Duke, from 2001-03. Duke won a title in March 2001, but Jones did not begin playing for the Blue Devils until the fall of 2001 for the ’01-’02 campaign.This and thatThe Memphis Grizzlies are in town Saturday to play the Clippers at 7 p.m. at Staples Center (on Prime Ticket). Memphis was tied with Houston for the No. 2 spot in the West, both at 53-25, heading into Friday’s games. Both teams were on the schedule. … The Clippers have just two games left after Saturday. They host Denver on Monday and finish Tuesday at Phoenix. Neither team will be in the playoffs. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorcenter_img It is time to begin counting down the days to the beginning of the NBA playoffs, which will commence a week from Saturday on April 18. If the postseason began Thursday, the Los Angeles Clippers (53-26) would be playing the Portland Trail Blazers.But with teams in the second through sixth spots in the Western Conference standings tightly bunched together, that could change. Either way, the playoffs are nearly upon us and not everyone on this Clippers team has experienced them. Austin Rivers, son of coach Doc Rivers, fits into that category.Following Tuesday night’s 105-100 victory over the Lakers, Doc Rivers talked about how his son must be prepared for his first postseason experience, but he wasn’t sure if he had any advice for Austin.“I’m sure he’s excited,” Doc Rivers said. “But advice? Probably not. I just think you’ve just gotta do your homework and be prepared. I tell all our guys that.last_img read more

Sultan of Johor Cup: India beat Australia 5-4 to book semi-final berth

first_imgThe Indian junior men’s hockey team beat defending champions Australia 5-4 to record their fourth successive victory and qualify for the semi-finals of the Sultan of Johor Cup 2018.India made a dominating start to the game. Though their initial chance of scoring from a PC went amiss, Gursahibjit Singh scored a fine field goal to give India 1-0 lead in the 5th minute.The team built on a good start to score three more back-to-back goals in the 11th, 14th and 15th minute through Haspreet Singh, Mandeep Mor and Vishnukant Singh respectively. The 4-0 lead at the end of the first quarter was a major setback for the defending champions.The Indian Jr. Men’s Hockey Team showcase an impressive overall performance in their fourth pool-stage encounter at the 8th Sultan of Johor Cup 2018 to beat Australia by 5-4 margin and remain undefeated in the entire tournament.#IndiaKaGame pic.twitter.com/sKkvxgq1kGHockey India (@TheHockeyIndia) October 10, 2018However, India faltered in their defence in the second quarter only to give away an easy goal through a penalty stroke in the 18th minute. Damon Steffens, who scored the first goal for Australia, ended up scoring the second goal too when an Indian infringement inside the circle saw them concede a PC in the 35th minute, narrowing the goal deficit to 4-2.Though Shilanand Lakra scored in the 43rd minute to take India’s lead to 5-3, Australia put India through some tense moments as they appeared to make a late recovery, by stretching India’s defence.advertisementIn the 59th minute, the pressure to defend the scoreline saw India colts give away another penalty stroke which was easily converted by Steffans, taking the goal difference to just one. But India held their nerves to finish the match in their favour.India will next take on Britain in their fifth match on October 12.(With inputs from PTI)last_img read more