Clifford A. Doerflein, 88, Brookville

first_imgClifford Andrew Doerflein, age 88, of Brookville, Indiana died Thursday, February 22, 2018 at McCullough Hyde Memorial Hospital in Oxford, Ohio.Born April 8, 1929 in Franklin County, Indiana he was the son of the late George & Nora (Sturwold) Doerflein. He was a U.S. Army Veteran of the Korean Conflict, having served with the Medical Corps.Cliff was retired, having worked at Seagrams in Lawrenceburg for many years. He was a member of St. Michael the Archangel Catholic Church, the Veterans of Foreign Wars, and a member of the Knights of Columbus.Survivors include several nieces & nephews.Friends & family may visit from 10:00 A.M. until 11:00 A.M. on Friday, March 2, 2018 at Phillips & Meyers Funeral Home, 1025 Franklin Avenue, Brookville.The Very Rev. Sean R. Danda will officiate the Funeral Liturgy at 11:00 A.M. on Friday, March 2, 2018 at Phillips & Meyers Funeral Home in Brookville. Burial with Full Military Graveside Honors by the Bernard Hurst Post #77 of the American Legion will follow in St. Michael Catholic Cemetery in Brookville.Memorial contributions may be directed to the Bernard Hurst Post #77 of the American Legion. Phillips & Meyers Funeral Home is honored to serve the Doerflein family, to sign the online guest book please visit .last_img read more

Boys Area Basketball Sectional Semi-Final Scores (3-1)

first_imgBoys Area Basketball Sectional ScoresFriday (3-1)Class 3A-Sectional 29 @ GreensburgGreensburg  82     South Dearborn  44Batesville  61     Rushville  58Class 2A-Sectional 45 @ South RipleyMilan  56     North Decatur  55Southwestern  36     South Ripley  31Class 1A-Sectional 60 @ SouthwesternMorristown  63     Southwestern  38Hauser  38     Oldenburg  37  (OT)Class 4A-Sectional 14 @ Columbus NorthBloomington South  57     Columbus East  36Shelbyville  62     East Central  46last_img

EPL: Man City face Wolves hurdle

first_imgRelatedPosts Pirlo not out to copy anyone after Juventus’ comfortable opening win Arsenal, Wolves want Michael Olise Aguero could be out of action until November, Guardiola says Wolves vs. Man City Venue: Molineux Kick off: 8:45PMWolverhampton Wanderers welcome Manchester City to Molineux this evening looking to do the double over the champions. Nuno Espirito Santo’s side dealt a major blow to Man City’s hopes of retaining the title with a shock victory at the Etihad Stadium in October, and Pep Guardiola’s men will no doubt be out for revenge as they look to close the gap on the two teams above them in the table. It could prove to be a blue Christmas for the kings of English football if results go Manchester City’s way this week, having already secured a crucial victory over second-placed Leicester City on Saturday. Even a Liverpool defeat coupled with a Man City win would still leave an eight-point deficit to make up, but Guardiola’s side recovered from a similar position at the turn of the year last season and so belief would just start to grow again should that double-header occur. It is not an easy trio of fixtures either, with high-flying Sheffield United next up after Wolves and then a New Year’s Day meeting with an Everton side sure to be boosted by the arrival of Carlo Ancelotti in the dugout. Wolves themselves could prove to be the toughest of the lot, having already beaten Man City at the Etihad this season on what was another pivotal weekend at the top, with Liverpool beating Leicester City late on a day before that. Should a repeat of those results happen then City would be back to 14 points adrift of Jurgen Klopp’s side having played a game more, making today’s tricky trip another must-win fixture for their title hopes. The two-time defending champions do seem to be back in good form, though, winning four consecutive matches across all competitions since their derby defeat to Manchester United, including back-to-back impressive league triumphs over Arsenal and Leicester. Man City have only won three consecutive league games on one previous occasion this season, though, which is a wildly inconsistent run of form for a team that won their final 14 games of 2018-19. Guardiola’s side are, however, unbeaten in their last five away outings across all competitions, including victories in each of their last four while scoring 14 goals. Wolves will know exactly how difficult their task is having engineered a smash-and-grab victory in the reverse, seeing just 24% of the ball but scoring with both of their shots on target. It was ultimately Adama Traore’s pace on the counter-attack that undid Man City – a problem they have had in all of their defeats this season – but Nuno will be aware that Man City’s own tally of two shots on target when boasting 76% of the ball is a very rare occurrence. An exact repeat of October’s contest is unlikely, then, but Wolves still have plenty of cause for optimism ahead of the game, not least given the difference in league position since these two last met. Nuno’s side had only just picked up their first win of the campaign in the previous match before beating Man City, going into that game 13th in the table compared to their current standing of sixth. Indeed, Wolves have now lost just two of their last 20 outings across all competitions and have tasted defeat on fewer occasions in the league this season than their visitors this evening. Just five points now separate them from the Champions League places as they sit above the likes of Manchester United, Tottenham Hotspur and Arsenal in the Premier League table. Despite that, they have only recorded back-to-back wins on two previous occasions this season, so consistency is definitely an area for improvement looking ahead to the second half of the campaign. The likelihood of ending 2019 with their first three-match winning streak of the season looks bleak, though, considering a trip to Anfield follows this match against the champions, leaving Wolves with arguably the toughest possible finale to the year. Saturday’s win over Norwich City means that Wolves have picked up more points away from home than they have in front of their own fans this season, in addition to losing fewer games and conceding fewer goals. Nuno’s side have already proved that they have the tools to hurt Man City should the champions suffer an off-day, though, and the visitors are one of few teams the home fans will accept another counter-attacking performance against at Molineux.Wolves possible XI: Patricio, Bennett, Coady, Saiss, Doherty, Dendoncker, Neves, Moutinho, Vinagre, Traore, Jimenez. Man City possible XI: Ederson, Walker, Otamendi, Fernandinho, Zinchenko, De Bruyne, Rodri, Gundogan, Mahrez, Aguero, Sterling.Tags: ChristmasEtihad StadiumManchester CityPep GuardiolaWolverhampton Wandererslast_img read more

Pitch was ‘big concern’ – Van Gaal

first_img Sounders and organisers of the International Champions Cup – a pre-season tournament which United won last season – held talks before the match about placing a layer of turf on top of the artificial surface at the stadium. It is not known who made the final call to add the layer of turf, but it was clear that Van Gaal was not happy with the quality of the surface. “It was not good. It was difficult,” the United manager said. “The first surface is artificial and natural grass over (the top). “It is always moving. You have seen a lot of players were… It is not so easy. You can get more and more injuries. It was a big concern.” An official from the Sounders admitted the turf may have been laid before the sell-out One Direction concert took place at the 67,000-seater venue on Wednesday night. Van Gaal feels organisers of the International Champions Cup have failed to provide adequate playing surfaces for his team for the last two seasons. “It was also (like that) last season against Real Madrid,” said Van Gaal, referencing United’s pre-season match in Ann Arbor last summer. Press Association Louis van Gaal criticised the state of the pitch at the CenturyLink Field in Seattle after Manchester United beat Club America on the same surface that hosted a One Direction concert earlier this week. “We also played (there) in such circumstances. That is the difference in the USA. “In American Football that kind of stuff is more important. In England we have Old Trafford and it is only for football. No One Direction entertainment. That is the difference. “But in England we live for football. Here they live for American Football, baseball and basketball. It is different.” The surface was nothing like the ones the Seahawks have provided for United at their training base in Bellevue this week. Van Gaal said: “The training facilities are fantastic. “We have been really well received by Seattle Seahawks and also the football club. “Everybody is fantastic. The pitches are fantastic. We have to play football on such a pitch. Tonight we could not play on such a pitch. “That is a pity because the ball and the pitch are very important.” Sam Johnstone started in goal for United, who made 11 changes at half-time, as David de Gea was injured. Van Gaal said the injury to the Real Madrid target was not serious. “De Gea and (Antonio) Valencia have minor injuries,” he said. “We cannot take any risk in the preparation.” There was praise from the Dutchman for Schneiderlin, who looped a header into the far corner of the net in the fifth minute from Juan Mata’s cross. “We have practiced this with him,” Van Gaal said. “He scored five goals last season. “I was very pleased with the performance. But it is also a fact that Club America don’t have many good headers. “We could know in advance our benefit was there.” Having ditched Robin van Persie and Radamel Falcao this, Van Gaal appears short on numbers up front. On Saturday he played Depay, usually a winger, in the number 10 position just behind Wayne Rooney in a 4-2-3-1 formation. Van Gaal does not seem in a rush to buy a new striker, but Van Gaal also hinted he could enter the market for a forward if he deems it necessary. “I am not worried about depth of forwards. We still have Rooney. He can play in the striker’s position,” Van Gaal said. “We also have Chicharito (Javier Hernandez), (James) Wilson and maybe a surprise, you never know. It is a process. I am not worried about that position.” United made a solid start to their defence of the International Champions Cup in the United States with a 1-0 win over their Mexican opponents thanks to a fifth-minute header from new boy Morgan Schneiderlin. Schneiderlin and fellow debutants Memphis Depay, Bastian Schweinsteiger and Matteo Darmian played well in an otherwise uninspiring game that was not helped by the state of the playing surface at the home of MLS side Seattle Sounders and NFL franchise Seattle Seahawks. last_img read more

Refugee Olympic team walk into Rio opening ceremony to a deafening roar

first_img…’These refugees have no home, no team, no flag, no national anthem,’ says IOC president Thomas BachTHE Rio 2016 Olympics officially kicked off with a magnificent opening ceremony at the Maracana stadium in Rio de Janiero on Friday night. A total of 206 nations displayed their strength for the games. While some nations received some huge cheers, one new entity stole the show and made the moment special.When Zimbabwe were the last country to enter the Athletes Parade, the name of the Refugee Olympic Team entered and the Maracana stadium exploded in loud cheers.The Refugee Olympic Team, competing in the Olympics for the first time, also witnessed a standing ovation which became the symbol of the Olympic opening ceremony.The Refugee Olympic Team are participating as Independent Olympic athletes. It was created to show solidarity with the world’s refugees.The team consists of 10 participants. The key players include 18-year-old swimmer Yusra Mardini, who moved from Syria to Germany and will participate in the 200m freestyle swimming event. Refugees from Democratic Republic of Congo and other places that have been affected by humanitarian crises are part of the team.International Olympic Committee (IOC) president Thomas Bach also praised the Refugee Olympic Team. Speaking in the Opening Ceremony, Bach said, “The Refugee Athletes are sending a hope to the millions of refugees.Having to leave home because of hunger, violence and just because you are different. Because of your human spirit, you are making a great cause to humanity. In this Olympic world, we welcome you as an enrichment to our diversity.”last_img read more

The Latest: Cristiano Ronaldo playing at park OK’ed

first_img___Florida State offensive lineman Andrew Boselli says he had the coronavirus and detailed some of what his famous father went through in his own fight against COVID-19.The son of former NFL lineman Tony Boselli says in a first-person account he wrote for Florida State’s athletic department website that he dealt with the worst of the virus for about three days.The Seminoles’ lineman wrote that he wants “everyone to know just how hard it was. I spent days feeling miserable” and his healthy 47-year-old father with no underlying health conditions “spent three days in the intensive care unit.”Tony Boselli is now back home and Andrew Boselli says he and his family are recovering from the massive scare. He says his brother and mother also dealt with the virus. On what would have been the final day of the Masters, ESPN will show some masterful spellers.The network says it will broadcast a seven-hour marathon of the Scripps National Spelling Bee on Sunday.This year’s spelling bee has been postponed indefinitely because of the coronavirus pandemic. It had been scheduled for late May at its usual location, a convention center outside Washington. Scripps hopes to reschedule the bee at an undetermined time this year.ESPN has televised the bee since 1994. On Sunday, it will first show the 1997 bee, which was memorably won by Rebecca Sealfon of Brooklyn, New York. Sealfon’s excitement when she was given her winning word of “euonym” — a name well suited to the person, place or thing named — became a classic spelling bee moment when she yelled out each letter.ESPN will also show the 2004 bee won by David Tidmarsh of South Bend, Indiana, and the 2008 bee won by Sameer Mishra of Lafayette, Indiana. The incident occurred on the island of Madeira, his birthplace. He was observed shooting a ball at a goal with someone playing goalkeeper, along with two other people. They all appeared to be several meters apart.“Cristiano did solely a few minutes of exercize and from that comes no harm to the world,” regional health authority Carlos Ramos said.“All citizens can go out and do some physical exercize as long as they do not gather in big groups and keep their distance from other people they may encounter while exercizing,” Ramos said. “So I think that Cristiano did only what we have seen.”Portugal has been under a state of emergency for three weeks. People are confined to their homes, but they can leave to exercize individually. The country has more than 15,000 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 435 deaths. ___ Basketball’s Sabrina Ionescu, soccer’s Carli Lloyd and swimming’s Katie Ledecky are among the athletes who will help young girls and women stay mentally and physically fit during the coronavirus pandemic.The Women’s Sports Foundation and Yahoo Sports are launching #WeKeepPlaying, a live-stream event on Saturday at 4 p.m. EDT. They’ll join tennis great Billie Jean King and former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice in taking questions from young athletes and providing tips on resilience and training.King says it’s about “bringing together our community of prominent women athletes and leaders to empower, support and inspire young girls — and each other -– during this unprecedented time.”Sports broadcaster Cari Champion will moderate the hour discussion, streamed on The Latest: Cristiano Ronaldo playing at park OK’ed Andrew Boselli says he’s looking forward to being around fellow students and teammates again but added a word of caution by writing “the only way for that to happen is listen to the experts and follow their guidance.”___Turkmenistan is set to restart its suspended soccer league amid the coronavirus pandemic.The Central Asian nation will become part of a small group of countries around the world where professional soccer is being played despite the virus outbreak. That includes the former Soviet nations of Belarus and Tajikistan, as well as Burundi and Nicaragua.The eight-team Turkmenistan league was suspended on March 24. The national soccer federation says it will resume on April 19. Fans will be allowed to attend games. Associated Press center_img ___ The French tennis federation has set up a support plan worth 35 million euros ($38 million) to help professional players facing financial problems because of the coronavirus pandemic.The FFT says it has approved the scheme that will also benefit clubs, coaches, instructors, officials and tournament organizers affected by the health crisis.The FFT says practical arrangements for the allocation still need to be discussed.The ATP and WTA announced this month that the men’s and women’s professional tours would be suspended until at least July 13. Wimbledon has been canceled because of the deadly virus while the start of the French Open has been postponed from late May to late September. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___Portuguese officials have defended Cristiano Ronaldo after he left home and was seen training with other people at a soccer pitch amid a national lockdown to stem the coronavirus outbreak. Turkmenistan has not reported any cases of the coronavirus.___The Russian sports minister says it’s time for international authorities to “turn a new page” and forget the country’s Olympic doping ban because of the coronavirus pandemic.The World Anti-Doping Agency barred Russia from the Olympics for four years after ruling last year that doping data from a Moscow laboratory had been manipulated. The Court of Arbitration for Sport is to rule on whether the ban is valid but hearings have been delayed because of the health crisis.Sports Minister Oleg Matytsin says the virus outbreak means the parties in the legal proceedings should avoid a ruling against Russia because it would fracture the Olympic movement. He adds that “when you see that everyone is isolated and everyone is at home … people understand that now there are priorities and there are issues which go on the backburner. The priority is the future of the Olympic movement.”Matytsin says sanctioning Russia would damage the Olympic movement and says the country is prepared to host more international sports events once the virus outbreak recedes.___More AP sports: and,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6 April 10, 2020last_img read more

Windies Women bundled out for 63 in final warm-up

first_imgOAKHAM, England (CMC) – A sensational batting meltdown left West Indies Women with a crushing six-wicket defeat to South Africa Women in their final official warm-up game, and teetering on the brink of turmoil just five days before their opening game of the ICC Cricket World Cup next Monday.Opting to bat first at Lime Kilns ground yesterday, West Indies stunningly collapsed to 63 all out off 23.5 overs, with opener Hayley Matthews top-scoring with 19 to be one of just three baters in double figures.The Caribbean side were 60 for three in the 16th over but lost their last seven wickets for three runs in the space of 49 balls, in an astonishing slide.Seamer Masabata Klaas grabbed four for 14 to be South Africa’s best bowler.In reply, the Proteas lost four wickets en route to their target which they achieved in the 19th over with Laura Wolvaardt hitting 26.She put on 45 for the first wicket with Lizelle Lee who made 18 but South Africa then lost four quick wickets for 11 runs, to take some shine of the victory.Veteran off-spinner Anisa Mohammed finished with two for six.The defeat for West Indies was their second in three days and fifth since they arrived in England nearly four weeks ago to prepare for the June 24 to July 23 showpiece.Both captain Stafanie Taylor and batting coach Stuart Williams had underscored the importance of winning both warm-up games but their urging went unheeded as West Indies failed to show any enterprise.There was no sign of the collapse to come when the in-form Matthews put on 35 with rookie Felicia Walters (14) for the first wicket in good conditions.But once the 19-year-old Matthews played on to left-arm seamer Moseline Daniels in the 11th over after facing 38 balls and striking three fours, the innings fell apart spectacularly.Walters followed in the 16th over, playing on to Klaas and three balls later in the same over, Reniece Boyce departed for 10 to a catch at extra cover.West Indies had crawled to 60 for three when Deandra Dottin played across one from Klaas and was bowled in the 18th over for six.Four balls later in the following over without addition to the total, Chedean Nation drove left-arm speedster Chloe Tryon to extra cover to fall for three and Shanel Daley (0) and former skipper Merissa Aguilleira (1) both perished via run-out as the Caribbean side capitulated.They face Australia in their opening game of the campaign in Taunton.last_img read more

PCP: Better 2008: Jets or Pack?

first_imgMason: No athlete made more headlines this summer than quarterback Brett Favre. First, he retired in March, then several months later had the “itch” to play again and eventually decided to un-retire. Turns out the Packers didn’t want him back, so they shipped him to the New York Jets.One man’s trash is another man’s treasure, as the saying goes, and Favre is easily the Jets’ treasure.Let’s face it, the J-E-T-S were going nowhere with either of their options for starting quarterback — Chad Pennington or Kellen Clemens — before making the deal for Favre. Now, with No. 4 in the Big Apple, the Jets have instantly become a much better squad.Looking at the offenses both Favre and his successor Aaron Rodgers will be playing with, it’s actually a pretty even fight. Both have veteran offensive lines, a solid running game and dependable receivers. The edge may in fact go to Green Bay as far as talent is concerned at most positions.Except quarterback.The three signal callers on the Packers roster have combined to start as many NFL games as I have. (Hint: zero.) Meanwhile, that Brett guy has started his fair share — 253 in a row, to be exact.With a 13-3 record and a berth in the NFC Championship game last season, the Packers exceeded everybody’s expectations. The Jets, on the other hand, limped to a 4-12 finish. There’s no way Rodgers will lead the Pack to a repeat performance of that magnitude, and with Favre at the helm, the Jets are destined for more than four wins.The better 2008 season? B-R-E-T-T and the J-E-T-S — JETS JETS JETS.Zetlin:Oh Mason, when will you learn? I’ll agree, today Favre is light years ahead of Rodgers, but don’t expect greatness from No. 4 like last season. Don’t underestimate the adjustment from the land of cheese to the Big Apple in terms of lifestyle, media and playbooks. Plus, the Jets’ supporting cast is nothing to write home about, either. They’ll put up some points on the Favre-to-Cotchery/Coles connection, but the loss of Jonathan Vilma will prove to hurt them a great deal on D.Oh, and did I mention they have to play the Patriots twice?Other than Favre, the Packers are essentially bringing back the same team that got them a play away from the Super Bowl a season ago. Ryan Grant will take a lot of pressure off Rodgers, who has looked great in the preseason thus far, by the way. Donald Driver, Greg Jennings and Donald Lee are great options for any quarterback, especially one looking to get settled in. The Pack will again boast one of the stingiest defenses in the NFC, which will allow them to beat up on a weak North division.Experience is great, but when your arm is fatigued during training camp, and you say, “I’m not gonna lie: I feel like I’m 38,” you might as well bring Bart Starr out of retirement.Favre had the “itch” to play football, assuming he’d be donned in Packer green and gold. Now that he’s sporting a darker shade, don’t expect a surplus of Meadowland Leaps (man, that sounds bad) this season.Take the geezer. I’ll take the young gun with the better squad. Go, Pack, Go!last_img read more

McCue: B1G tourney run demonstrates UW’s mediocrity

first_imgINDIANAPOLIS – It was a nice run, but most Badgers fans knew it was headed for a premature close.After taking down a dangerous Indiana team in front of a Bankers Life Fieldhouse crowd full of Hoosiers fans, a sense of cautious optimism developed around Bo Ryan’s squad. Maybe this team was better than we thought, maybe Jordan Taylor and Co. could string together several wins and amount an improbable run at the program’s first conference tournament title since 2008.But then the Badgers played a Michigan State squad – one that may be the best in the Big Ten – and realized they simply couldn’t match the size, athleticism and talent of one of Tom Izzo’s best teams in years. Fans and analysts alike learned this weekend that not only they can count on the Spartans to make a deep NCAA tournament run, but also that Wisconsin remains outside the Big Ten’s top echelon of Michigan State and Ohio State.Although the Badgers sat just one win (or an Iowa home loss) away from a tie with MSU, OSU and Michigan for the conference title, the Spartans’ dominance Saturday proved UW didn’t deserve a piece of the crown. This year’s Wisconsin squad is certainly a quality team, but its lack of game-changing stars outside of Taylor and inconsistent shooting restrain it from the elite category.As Big Ten Player of the Year and Michigan State forward Draymond Green pointed out after Saturday’s game, a speedy, athletic defense like that of the Spartans that can limit the Badgers’ open looks from outside will almost always come out on top against this team.“I think when we play Wisconsin … they shoot a lot of threes, and one thing that our coaching staff really hits on is stopping them from shooting threes – they’re going to beat you from the 3-point line,” Green said. The majority of the time [Taylor’s] penetrating in, he’s looking to kick out to those shooters.”Not every team has the athleticism to keep UW’s array of 3-point threats at bay, but the conference’s best certainly do. It’s no secret that the Badgers live and die with their shooting, and that major vulnerability was as apparent as ever in Indianapolis.Hitting 48 percent of their shots from the field and 50 percent from beyond the arc against Indiana, a Rob Wilson-powered team was able to sink just enough shots to bring down a Hoosiers squad that itself had a nice outing. However, against a Michigan State team boasting three legitimate post threats in Green, Derrick Nix and Adreian Payne, the Badgers were clearly overmatched.Ryan’s team has built wins this year on a foundation of never surrendering easy looks to opponents – an emphasis that places them third nationally in field goal percentage defense – but against well-rounded teams with dominant big men, such a strategy isn’t sufficient for victory.In the 79-71 win over the hometown favorite, the Badgers allowed Indiana to sink 49 percent of their shots and relied on 30 bench points (all came from Wilson) to carry them to victory. The 13 3-pointers Wisconsin hit tied a Big Ten tournament record, as Wilson’s hot-handedness from outside came at the perfect time.But the UW defense then allowed the Spartans to finish 6-of-9 from 3-point land and 50 percent from the field, numbers that doom them against the teams Big Ten Commissioner Jim Delaney is counting on to make deep runs come March. Ryan admitted postgame that this is a team that relies on a slew of players to step up and score on a per game basis. From Ryan Evans to Jared Berggren to Ben Brust, the lack of a consistent scorer aside from Taylor is a major weakness of this team, yet another piece of the unfinished puzzle that keeps this year’s team away from the same caliber of play of the Buckeyes or Spartans.“We had some guys that didn’t score,” Ryan said. “We need it from everybody, we need bunches of scoring, and when we get that, we’ve proven 24 times that we can get some things done.”To put it simply, laser-like three-point shooting carried the Badgers to victory in the quarterfinals, and when such success stopped against the Spartans, it crushed the growing but unrealistic dreams of a tournament championship.Some will point out that Michigan State, who has now defeated Wisconsin three times this season, is nothing more than a poor matchup for this year’s team. But the issue is more than how Ryan’s squad matches up with this particular Spartans team, one that extends into the disparity between these two squads in the greater Big Ten picture.Despite a comeback close to the midway point in the second half that brought Wisconsin within six, an 11-0 run by the Spartans proved what was already becoming clear – Izzo had the best team on the floor. Just when Wisconsin seemed to have enough to regain the lead, Michigan State answered with a stellar post move to the hoop or sunk another 3-pointer, and the run quickly became indicative of the gap between where these two rivals stand.By pushing the ball up the court and capitalizing of his advantage close to the hoop by outscoring the Badgers 22-6 in the paint, UW showed they lack the tools to dismantle such an elite squad.Michigan State did have more, and along the way they helped prove why the Badgers fell into the perfect spot this season as a Big Ten title contender that couldn’t overcome the speed bumps that prevented them from holding a piece of the regular season title.Ian is a junior majoring in journalism. Think the Badgers are actually a better team than they proved against Michigan State? Let him know by emailing him at read more

COLUMN: In Olympic host race, LA stands on its own

first_imgOn Wednesday, Budapest withdrew its bid to host the Summer Olympics in 2024, widening the very real possibility of the Games coming to Los Angeles in seven years. With other potential venues such as Boston, Rome, Stockholm and Oslo also bowing out recently, the only other bidder for the Games is Paris.On the surface, the prospect of hosting the Olympics these days seems to scare constituents rather than excite them. It’s why the 2022 Winter Games will be held in Beijing — a city where it doesn’t really snow — because the only other option was Almaty, Kazakhstan. The International Olympic Committee, which decides the bids, has been accused of corruption and excessive demands from host cities. The cost to host the Games is almost never worth it; every Olympics since 1960 has gone over budget by an average of 156 percent, according to a University of Oxford study. Look at the images of empty, decrepit and abandoned stadiums from past Games — Rio, Sochi, Beijing, Athens — and it’s easy to understand how, for most cities, the Olympics result in a mere three-week economic boon before everyone leaves, the cameras go away and the host country is left in the red.And on the surface, just the mere thought of the millions of athletes, spectators and media from around the world descending upon Los Angeles for three whole weeks and slowing the world-renowned dreadful traffic from a crawl to a parking lot should be enough to make locals vomit. So, one proper inference to make here for the city would be to let Paris have the Games so we don’t have to deal with either the headache of hosting or the economic heartbreak that presumably follows. But in a time where public support for the Olympics in potential host cities is waning rapidly — there was so much backlash in Boston that the city literally struck down its own bid  — the mood in Los Angeles is decidedly different: A Loyola Marymount University poll conducted last year found that more than 88 percent of Angelenos are in favor of hosting the Games in 2024.OK, so maybe Californians are just objectively cooler. But on top of that, Los Angeles’ bid doesn’t appear to have the same potential missteps as other cities. It seems to be economically sound, low-risk and a true window to bring the Olympics back to the United States for just the second time since Los Angeles last hosted the Summer Games in 1984 (have you ever wondered how Café 84 got its name?)Given how tarnished the IOC’s reputation has become (see: “doping, Russia”), holding the Olympics in a world-class city with a feasible plan wouldn’t be a bad idea. For most Olympic bidders, their blueprint for the Games revolve around proposals for massive new arenas and plans to build a shining city on a hill from scratch. But for 2024, Los Angeles has a different — and simple — idea. Rather than spending billions to build grandiose stadiums from scratch for the purposes of three weeks of competition, Los Angeles is proposing to use the plethora of venues already at its disposal for the Games.And there are plenty of them, some of them on or near the USC campus. The Coliseum, fresh off a $270 million renovation project, would hold the opening and closing ceremonies, giving the historical venue — which has opened both the 1932 and 1984 Olympic Games — another chance to shine on the world stage. The Galen Center would play host to badminton. Dedeaux Field would turn into a temporary hub for swimming and diving, while the soon-to-be-completed University Village would serve as the media village.That’s just the USC area. The city intends on utilizing just about every venue suitable for sports in the Southern California region: the Rose Bowl for soccer, the StubHub Center for rugby, the Staples Center and Pauley Pavilion for basketball, the Santa Monica Beach for volleyball. Remember in Sochi in 2014, when athletes and media dealt with contaminated water in their half-built, shoddy rooms? This time around, the athletes’ village would simply be at UCLA. There would be no huge investments, no last-second rush to make sure the stadiums are built on time (as was the case in Rio last summer) because everything’s already there.In all, the bill for Los Angeles if it were to host the 2024 Games is projected to be just $5.3 billion, which pales in comparison to the $12 billion spent on the Rio Games, the whopping $50 billion spent for Sochi and the $30 billion that Tokyo is projected to spend on the 2020 Summer Olympics.The Los Angeles proposal definitely isn’t sexy, but that’s not what the IOC needs right now. They don’t need another before-and-after comparison showing how a shiny, sleek, expensive stadium was used for all of three weeks before becoming an unused, glorified hunk of concrete. They don’t need to put the Games in countries plagued with issues far greater than hosting a sporting event — Rio’s budget for the 2016 Games was 16 times higher than the budget to fight the Zika Virus, according to Public Radio International. So while you were watching Michael Phelps end his career on a golden note or Usain Bolt run like the wind, people were dying of Zika because money was being funneled toward making Brazil look good in front of the world instead of fighting the life-threatening virus.This should never happen, and the IOC needs to come up with a more viable procedure for poorer countries such as Brazil to host the Olympics. For now, it needs a break, a controversy-free Games to rehabilitate its image. And what better place than Los Angeles, a city that is open to welcoming the world to its hospitality and that actually has a reasonable, fiscally responsible plan to pull off a mega-event that no one else seems to want anymore?Eric He is a sophomore majoring in journalism. He is also the associate managing editor for the Daily Trojan. His column, “Grinding Gears,” runs Fridays.last_img read more