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Flowers, Krabbenhoft combine to shut down MSU’s Neitzel, Morgan

first_imgJEFF SCHORFHEIDE/Herald photoMichael Flowers, take a bow.Joe Krabbenhoft, you take one too.No individuals were more influential in Wisconsin?s 57-42 win over Michigan State than those two players. To judge their full effect, look no further than the stat sheet.But not at Flowers? nine points, three rebounds and three assists, or Krabbenhoft?s five points, six rebounds and three assists.Instead, look at the lines of the Michigan State players those two were responsible for covering.Flowers and Krabbenhoft held MSU?s Drew Neitzel and Raymar Morgan ? a duo that averages 29 points per game for the season ? to just 10 points combined.Neitzel: three points, one-of-10 shooting, two rebounds, three assists.Morgan: seven points, seven rebounds.?If you looked at everything else in this game plan, we did a pretty good job,? Michigan State head coach Tom Izzo said. ?Yet our two best scorers didn?t score, and that makes a big difference.?Morgan scored the Spartan?s first field goal of the game, a basket that would yield the pair?s only two points in the opening half.Neitzel was held scoreless for the first 30 minutes of the game, before notching his first points with 9:52 left in the game on a 3-point basket. That was the senior?s only made shot on 10 attempts, a statistic no doubt influenced by the fact he was relentlessly hounded by Flowers whenever the Spartans had the ball.?Flowers is a good defender. He was on me,? Neitzel said. ?When I did get some open looks, he kept me out of rhythm, running at me and things like that.?The Wisconsin senior was tireless in his pursuit of Neitzel, weaving in and out of screens set to free the Michigan State shooter and forcing him to catch the ball well away from hoop, in no position to attempt a shot.?It?s amazing ? he never stops,? UW guard Trevon Hughes said of his teammate. ?He?s got a motor. I think he feeds off of oil. He don?t eat regular food.?When Neitzel finally did free himself from Flowers, the Spartan was hesitant to shoot.The same player who nearly single-handedly beat the top-ranked Badgers a year ago with a 28-point outburst, making 6-of-11 threes, looked totally off his game. Numerous times Neitzel turned down good looks, instead opting for passes to less offensively-inclined teammates.?He did a good job of keeping me off balance,? Neitzel said. ?Sometimes coming off screens I was open, but I thought he would be right there on me, so I hesitated a little bit.?Trailing by 15 with 2:31 remaining and unable to spring his shooting guard for much-needed offense, Izzo pulled Neitzel, essentially waving a white flag on the game.Morgan didn?t fare much better.Krabbenhoft, Wisconsin?s ?glue guy,? according to Izzo, was tabbed by Ryan to match the physical Morgan and guarded the Michigan State sophomore for most the game.The two banged and fought for rebounds and position on the block throughout the contest, a matchup of two aggressive bodies determined not to give an inch.Morgan?s a very great player, a very physical and strong player, so we put Joe on him,? Wisconsin forward Marcus Landry said. ?Joe?s never going to give up. ? (Krabbenhoft) did a great job on [Morgan], and he?s just a great defender.?After that first Spartan field goal of the game, Morgan didn?t score again until making the second of two free throws with just over eight minutes left in the game. By the time he made his next field goal, a dunk with four-and-a-half minutes left, the game was already well out of hand.Morgan?s own ineffectiveness seemed to get to him as the game wore on. After a tie up with Brian Butch led to a timeout, Butch tried to give Morgan a pat on the back, but an irritated Morgan slapped Butch?s hand away.When he did have good looks, Morgan was unable to convert.?It was just us making shots and making plays,? Morgan said.That, and tremendous defensive efforts by two of Wisconsin?s toughest players.last_img read more

Mainz 05’s brilliant response to fan who complained of “too many black players” in the team

first_img Source: Goal.com Mainz have published an exchange with a fan who cancelled his membership because of the presence of black players in the team.While protests against racism and police brutality have swept the United States and various countries across the world in response to the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis, several Bundesliga players have expressed solidarity with demonstrators on the field.As tensions remain high, Mainz received a message from a supporter complaining about the multi-racial make-up of the squad and arguing German players are being denied a chance.“For several months now I have been unable to identify myself with this club (professional football)! I’ve since gotten the impression that I’m at the Africa Cup, instead of in the German Bundesliga. I know what’s coming, but no – I’m not racist in any way. I resent that. But, too much is enough,” Mainz quoted the fan as saying.“But when the starting line-up for the past weeks has featured nine (!!!) Black players and German talents are being given fewer and fewer chances of their own, then this is no longer the club that has been near and dear to my heart over all these years.”However, Mainz replied to inform the now former member that they are happy to cut ties with a racist and stated their conduct goes against the club’s mission statement.The response read: “While we usually regret to hear of anyone wanting to cancel their membership and fight passionately for each of our members, in this instance we cannot begin to express any regret.“Racism is born when racist thoughts are spread, not only when someone calls themselves a racist – something which rarely happens.“And yes, you are right: you cannot identify yourself with our club. For us, skin colour or any other characteristics simply do not play a role. All that matters to us, is that someone is human and that they share in our values.“Those are the kinds of people we welcome in our community. In light of this, we welcome your cancellation as the reasons you’ve given clearly prove that you do not share those values that our club is based on.“Our position is clearly defined in our statutes and in our mission statement, which was developed in partnership with our fans and members.”last_img read more

LFA National League Kicks Off with Super Cup on Sunday

first_imgThe 2019 Liberia Football Association national league kicks off with two Super Cup matches at the Antoinette Tubman Stadium (ATS) on Sunday.Female defending champions Earth Angels will meet Blanco FC in the first game at 2:15 PM.First division defending champions Barrack Young Controllers (BYC) will battle LISCR FC in the second game at 4:00 PM.This will be the latest meeting in which the teams will renew their rivalry.Since the arrival of LISCR’s Gambian coach Tapha Manneh, the Shipping Boys and Go Blue Boys have met on four occasions.They drew goalless in the 2017 season at the Blue Field before Trokon Myers, who was dressed but bizarrely watched from the stands due to a transfer saga, came to hunt his former club by scoring the only goal at the ATS in the return leg.LISCR were 4-2 winners on penalties after a goalless draw in their pre-season Unification Cup.BYC got a good measure of revenge when they spectacularly hammered LISCR 4-0 in the finals of the 2018 LFA Cup at the ATS.Myers, this time, was the architect of the victory, grabbing a brace to the disbelief of Manneh.All teams have received their financial packages plus five Caf-approved match balls.First division clubs received US$3,500 while second division and female clubs received US$1,500 respectively.Few of the Head-to-head matches: LISCR FC VS BARRACK YOUNG CONTROLLERS07.05.17 FD LISCR FC Barrack Young Controllers 1 : 022.03.17 FD Barrack Young Controllers LISCR FC 0 : 010.06.16 FD LISCR FC Barrack Young Controllers 2 : 010.02.16 FD Barrack Young Controllers LISCR FC 1 : 030.03.14 FD LISCR FC Barrack Young Controllers 0 : 018.12.13 FD Barrack Young Controllers LISCR FC 1 : 1Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Pepsi to get the lead out of painted bottle labels

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREOregon Ducks football players get stuck on Disney ride during Rose Bowl eventThe settlement was reached with state Attorney General Bill Lockyer and Los Angeles City Attorney Rocky Delgadillo, whose offices found that labels printed in Mexico can contain up to 45 percent lead. The lead can rub off and be ingested, their studies found. It can lead to birth defects, learning disabilities and cancer, and requires a warning label under California’s Proposition 65. “It’s a labeling thing, not a safety issue,” said Pepsi spokesman Dave DeCecco, noting the bottles with the lead-based ink were brought illegally to California. Pepsi will pay another $500,000 toward keeping the leaded bottles out of California and discouraging lead exposure, and $750,000 to cover investigative costs and attorneys’ fees. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! SACRAMENTO – PepsiCo Inc. on Friday agreed to end its practice of using labels containing lead-based ink on soft drink bottles sold in Mexico. The bottles had begun turning up in California and violated the state’s strict toxic substances law. PepsiCo, based in Purchase, NY, also will eliminate 95 percent of lead-painted bottles in Mexico within seven years and phase them out in 10 years. The settlement was filed in Los Angeles County Superior Court. It requires the company to pay a $1 million civil penalty and another $4.25 million if it doesn’t meet the seven-year phase-out target. last_img read more