Advantage on glass makes up for subpar shooting from field

first_imgJEFF SCHORFHEIDE/Herald photoEven against the likes of Idaho State, Bo Ryan’s brand of basketball is rarely pretty.The University of Wisconsin men’s basketball team squeaked by the Bengals last night despite shooting just 22.7 percent from beyond the arc and 37.7 percent overall.“We stuck it out,” senior Marcus Landry said. “We ended up on the left hand side, but like [Jason Bohannon] was saying, we have got to get a lot better. We have to focus on the things that we can get better at.”UW’s seventh win of the season came by the virtue of strong rebounding and out-hustling the Bengals.In other words, typical Badger basketball.“You win games by rebounding the ball better than we did tonight,” Idaho State head coach Joe O’Brien said. “Fifteen offensive rebounds is unacceptable.”Ryan’s team finished with a 33-26 rebounding advantage, including 15 offensive rebounds to the Bengals’ five. Part of the Badgers’ advantage can be attributed to the ISU zone, a defense O’Brien’s team rarely plays.“I just don’t think we were doing a very good job of blocking out,” O’Brien said. “It’s harder to block out in a zone than it is man-to-man. Every coach will tell you that, but we have played enough zone in our basketball career that at least we can make an attempt, and I didn’t think we made an attempt to put bodies on people in close.”UW was led by senior Joe Krabbenhoft with nine rebounds, while Landry and sophomore Jon Leuer chipped in eight and seven, respectively. Considering the Badgers were outrebounded by one against Marquette on Saturday, the turnaround on the boards shows significant improvement.“That was huge,” Krabbenhoft said about the rebound discrepancy. “I thought we did a great job. Marcus really set the tone, and Jon came off the bench and had some nice offensive rebounds.”Contributing to the advantage on the boards was a newfound aggressiveness in the second half. After shooting 15 3-pointers in the first half, the Badgers only shot seven after halftime, instead choosing to feed the ball into the post.“Just improvements made at halftime,” Krabbenhoft said. “We try to do that every game, and if you count the post touches in the first half, we had to have doubled it.“That is our mindset; inside-out, and I thought we did a better job of that in the second half.”Though UW rebounded the ball well throughout the game, Ryan called a timeout 1:38 into the second half noticeably upset with his team. Ryan said the timeout was used simply to emphasize the importance of hustling.“I didn’t say anything; I just wanted a timeout,” Ryan said. “It was just a little adjustment we had to make. Two times a ball was on the floor, and a white jersey didn’t dive on it. You can’t play for me. Those kind of guys can’t play for me.”According to Krabbenhoft, from that point on the Badgers played with a new sense of urgency.last_img read more

Betting on Sports announces eight conference tracks ahead of September event

first_img Related Articles SBC Events has increased its focus on industry leading content and thought leadership debate at this year’s Betting on Sports conference (#boscon2017 13-15 September) to meet the demands of organisations sending staff from multiple areas of the business.The second incarnation of the largest international sports and betting trade conference will introduce no fewer than eight conference tracks combined with a larger dedicated space for innovation showcase, product display and networking.To accommodate more than 1,000 senior executives, the event will be taking place at the Olympia Conference Centre in West London, incorporating three conference rooms, reception and exhibition area for 50+ exhibitors, meeting rooms, and a dedicated area for the newly integrated Betting on Esports event.Conference day 1 (Wednesday 13 September) opens with the ‘Leaders in Betting’ track that covers key aspects around sports betting business and management such as trading, marketing and affiliates, while ‘Betting on Esports’ – sponsored by Millennial Esports – will explore brand ambassadors, data issues and moving into a more regulated future. At the same time, ‘Betting on Racing’ will be assessing media rights and international racing from the UK perspective.After the break, delegates will be treated to more leadership updates around social media responsibility, as well as the best ways to embrace the challenge of an increasingly global industry. Betting on Racing, in conjunction with the Racing Post, will continue with a look at in-running opportunities and the future model for greyhounds, while ‘Betting on Innovation’ will take over from Esports to provide a detailed look at new themes and products across the industry.Conference day 2 (Thursday 14 September) will also feature four new tracks across the three conference rooms. The day starts out with ‘Sport in Focus’ which will cover integrity in tennis, cracking the cross-rugby code, courting appeal for basketball and the value of sponsorship and promotion around the biggest fights in boxing.However, for those delegates prepared to pass up this opportunity for specialist sports insight, the morning’s ‘Betting on Regulation’ will engage in a high level discussion around regulation, compliance and data protection, while ‘Betting on Esports’ resumes with a quest to stamp out the cheats, and figure out how to work with land based casinos in Las Vegas.Given the increased focus on political betting markets in 2017, with punters trading huge amounts of money around the elections in France, UK and the US, ‘Betting on Entertainment’ will provide a fittingly topical start to the final afternoon, before exploring the art of creating a good entertainment or ‘novelty’ market.The second afternoon will also see the bet365 sponsored ‘Betting on Affiliates’ track, focused on channel diversification and selling your affiliate business. For the affiliate and media companies, which accounted for more than 15% of the senior delegates at the Betting on Football conference at Stamford Bridge in May, this leads nicely into a data session covering the impact of the upcoming General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) on affiliate-based businesses.Tier 1 and Tier 2 operators such as Bet365, Betcart, BetStars, Betway, ComeOn, Danske Spil, EnergyBet, Intertops, Mr Green, Mybet, LeoVegas, Paddy Power Betfair, Sky Betting & Gaming and William Hill provided an example of how to embrace this range of content at the recent Betting on Football conference, by sending staff from multiple departments to attend concurrent sessions and make use of an exhibition area populated by more than 1,000 delegates from over 40 countries.Mr Green commented: “For us, SBC Events like Betting on Sports have become a platform for education, knowledge, business deals and networking. Their conference first approach has proven valuable to us, and we realise that we need to send several people to maximise ROI from all the content, as well as benefit from networking activities and explore new products and services available to us.”Andrew McCarron, SBC Managing Director, added: “It’s important for operators, supplier and industry stakeholders to embrace the Betting on Sports conference as a platform of opportunity. We emphasise the importance of high level content and knowledge, but this year we are also growing the number of networking activities and exhibition space. In short, this event has plenty on offer to satisfy the need of a number of divisions within your organisation, be it sales, marketing, product, trading, legal, finance or tech.”Tickets for Betting on Sports 2017 are on sale at a 50% off early bird rate until 15 JuneClick here to buy your ticket for an event covering everything related to sports and betting, which this year includes full day tracks dedicated to Betting on Racing and Betting on Esports. Submit Share Björn Nilsson: How Triggy is delivering digestible data through pre-set triggers August 28, 2020 ‘Deal maker’ Rafi Ashkenazi ends Flutter tenure  August 27, 2020 Share Kambi takes full control of LeoVegas sportsbook portfolio August 26, 2020 StumbleUponlast_img read more

Brumskine’s U-turn in Liberian Politics

first_imgCounselor Charles Walker Brumskine became politically prominent when he contested the first post-war elections in 2005 but lost to Madam Ellen Johnson Sirleaf.Posing himself at the time as a “Man of God” to get Christians and their sympathizers on his side, Cllr. Brumskine, however, dropped by the wayside not even in the second, but the third place. Still hoping to ascend to the country’s highest seat, the Liberian lawyer and politician decided to contest the 2011 elections despite the overwhelming weight of President Sirleaf, George Weah of the Congress for Democratic Change (CDC) and Prince Y. Johnson of the party in disarray – National Union for Democratic Progress (NUDP) dominated by Gio and Mano people.Interestingly that year (2011), Cllr. Brumskine had an interview with the Daily Observer in which he promised, “If Ellen Johnson Sirleaf wins this election, I will surely resign from politics.” With God on his side, Cllr. Brumskine fell from third place in 2005 to fourth in 2011, and he publicly resigned in accordance with his promise after that election in which Ellen Johnson Sirleaf won.Describing himself earlier as a “Man of God,” many Liberians held him to his word, believing that he would uphold the Judeo-Christian ethics of honesty and consistency. To my dismay and that of many others, the “Man of God,” lawyer and politician has overturned his decision again and is gearing up for 2017.When I heard about his ambition for the presidency a few months ago, I thought that Liberty Party was not capable of putting forward any political leader besides Cllr. Brumskine. When I inquired from some partisans, they told me, “A wise man changes and Brumskine’s word is not the Bible.”If this is the philosophy that the “Man of God” and his partisans are holding on to, then, what belief can we have in them? To look at the issue, the Bible that Cllr. Brumskine and most of his political followers believe says in the book of James 1:8, “A double minded man is unstable in all his ways.”Liberians, like people of feeble nations, are tired of hearing political rhetoric but are seeking for a leader who will inspire a spirit of patriotism in them. The Liberian lawyer, “Man of God” and politician, knowing that he had been in the game and would still surface in the field where the incumbent’s manipulation would be less, should have withheld his emotion and refrained from making such a public statement that he would withdraw from politics.Proverbs 13:3 says, “He that keepeth his mouth keepeth his life, but he that openeth his lips shall have destruction.” Liberians have known their politicians to be deceptive people with sweet words, but at the end when they obtain power, they become the bitterest fountain. They grab the country’s resources for their families, and leave the people deprived of their needs.With such inconsistency, there is no doubt that Cllr. Brumskine would be the same as other politicians, who promise constituents and the entire country, but fail to deliver the goods and become a thorn in their flesh.To remind the “Man of God” and politician about another danger, let us see other verses in the Bible. Proverbs 12:22 says “Lying lips are an abomination to the LORD: but they that deal truly are his delight.”Furthermore, Proverbs 13:5 says, “A righteous man hateth lying: but a wicked man is loathsome, and cometh to shame.” I know the conjunction ending this verse makes no impact on the “Man of God” having diverted from consistency to inconsistency; however, he should be aware that by his confession and decision, Liberians hold him now as a deceptive politician.In addition to his inconsistency, you will also recall that in 2011 during the day of the launch of voter’s registration in Liberia, Cllr. Brumskine went to Buchanan, Grand Bassa County to register.There he told the people of the county, “Bassa people, if you want development, elect a Bassa man and vote the Liberty Party. This is the only way you will get development in this county.”I do not know how fluent Cllr. Brumskine is in the Bassa language or how accustomed he is to its culture, but from time to time, he has been tribally sentimental and divisive in his politics.He was again recently heard urging the Bassa and a portion of the Kpelle people in Margibi to join Grand Bassa to produce the next President of Liberia. How sure can the Bassa people be that Cllr. Brumskine would deliver to them, considering his first confession to Christians of being a man of God and by making a u-turn?His statement simply indicates that getting power through the Liberian people’s votes would only yield into tribal divide and the long existing sectionalism that has torn this country apart.Cllr. Brumskine should know by now that Liberians are gradually becoming mature in the political game, unlike the past when many of them were swayed by a few bags of rice and dollars.He should know that even those who have failed to deliver at the level of the Legislature will all be retired in 2017 and 2020. To publicly say something and then later change your mind demonstrates a sort of inconsistency that goes to prove, as you may have realized, the reason for your declining popularity among Liberians.Until you set your record straight, Cllr. Brumskine, Liberians still hold you by your word and decision, and you must respect consistency in your word to them.About the authorJoaquin Sendolo is a senior student studying Mass Communication at the University of Liberia. He earned his first Bachelor’s degree in Management and attended several workshops and seminars both in Liberia and abroad. He has also covered key international events including the 49th annual meetings of the African Development Bank in Kigali, Rwanda and the US-Africa Leaders Summit in Washington, D.C. He participated in reporting tours both in the United States and China (PRC). He now serves as a diplomatic and business correspondent for the Daily Observer and can be reached at 0886838535/0777463853. Email: jmeahkeehsendolo@yahoo.co.uk. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more