Men’s Tennis: Badgers fall to Princeton before dominating Green Bay, IUPUI in tournament

first_imgThe University of Wisconsin men’s tennis team (7-1) suffered their first loss of the season to Princeton (4-1) before bouncing back Saturday, winning a doubleheader against Green Bay (1-2) and IUPUI (1-5). The Princeton Tigers came out strong Jan. 31 at Nielsen Tennis Stadium. Despite the undefeated Badger duo Jesper Freimuth and Leonard Soha thrashing Justin Barki and Thomas Bosancic 6–3, Princeton ultimately took the doubles point.The singles score didn’t look much better for the Badgers — Princeton chalked up five more points — but there are some tales numbers can’t tell. Wisconsin’s Gabriel Huber made Karl Poling fight for his win, forcing their set to a third game tie-breaker before falling. Wisconsin’s Robert Krill then stopped what otherwise would’ve been a Princeton sweep, demolishing Bill Duo 6–4, 6–4—a welcome salve for the Badgers first loss of the season as Princeton won 6–1.Men’s tennis: Wisconsin falls to Minnesota in first round of Big Ten tournamentThe University of Wisconsin men’s tennis team (10-12, 4-7 Big Ten) fell in the first round of the Big Ten Read…If Friday belonged to Princeton, Saturday was all for Wisconsin. Soha and Freimuth opened the Feb. 1 doubleheader by destroying Green Bay’s Teddy Razafindratsima and Kentaro Mizushima 6–1. Chase Colton and Jared Pratt clinched the Badgers doubles point when they dispatched George Botha and Dipin Wadhwa 6–4. Singles play continued the fireworks as sophomore Martim Vilela won his singles debut 7–6, 6–2 against Razafindratsima as Huber, Colton and Krill all won their games without dropping a set.The Badgers used IUPUI’s weird trident logo as a fork Saturday night, eating their opponents alive 7–0. Soha and Freimuth tacked another win onto their doubles record (5-0) by handily beating IUPUI’s Reed Plunkett and Michael Koch 6–0. Colton and Pratt gave the Badgers the doubles point when they defeated Nicholas Moody and Alex Jochim 6–2. Daniel Nuzhny initiated the Badger’s singles sweep by beating Reed Plunkett 6–0, 6–0. Colton, Huber, Soha, Krill and Robin Parts racked up five more points, all beating their opponents in consecutive sets.The Badgers have their next match Thursday Feb. 6 at 5:30 p.m. They will take on their in-state rivals —Marquette — at Nielsen Tennis Stadium.last_img read more

Camp Notes: Key defenders talk COVID-19 concerns, 3-3-5 defense

first_imgThe Daily Orange is a nonprofit newsroom that receives no funding from Syracuse University. Consider donating today to support our mission.The media won’t have access to Syracuse’s training camp practices this year due to the coronavirus pandemic. Instead, the football team is organizing regular Zoom interviews with head coach Dino Babers and select players while also providing film from the Ensley Athletic Center. With “Camp Notes,” The Daily Orange’s beat reporters bring the latest news, observations and analysis as the Orange gear up for an unprecedented 2020 season. Follow along here and on Twitter.As of now, Syracuse is one of 77 college football teams set to play this fall. The Orange is also one of 77 teams with NFL hopefuls vying to impress pro scouts and with seniors who have one last chance at competitive football. “I feel like it’s a blessing for sure, especially for me as a fifth year,” redshirt DL Josh Black told reporters. “I need this extra year for film, for scouting purposes. My ultimate goal is to play in the NFL. This extra year will be huge for me.”The 2020 fall football season is still far from guaranteed — an NCAA chief medical advisor likened the handling of fall sports to the Titanic — but SU’s season opener in Chapel Hill, North Carolina is about one month away. Black and junior defensive back Trill Williams largely struck a cautiously optimistic tone while addressing the media via Zoom on Thursday, reiterating that they’re controlling what they can and taking everything one day at a time.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“As a whole team, we just want to be safe,” Williams said. “That’s the main goal, is to keep us safe and go out there and play and know that we’re going to be alright.”Williams, who started last season at nickelback, said he believes he should be “in the conversation” for the best defensive backs in the Atlantic Coast Conference and in the nation. His strip-and-score in overtime against Wake Forest put a bow on the 2019 season, though he said he doesn’t dwell on the past. And nor should he. After 2018’s Camping World Bowl victory, the Orange went 5-7 after an offseason filled with media hype. “We let that 10-3 season get to our head,” tight end and defensive lineman Chris Elmore said Aug. 11. The 2019 season was “really disappointing,” Williams said, and Elmore added that the team is more humble and working harder this year.  “We wanted to make everybody happy, and the fans happy and the coaches happy,” Williams said. “But that year’s over with. It’s gone. It’s in the past. And we’ve got new coaches here and we’re going to be ready to go this year.” A key to avoiding a 2019 retread is the implementation and effectiveness of new defensive coordinator Tony White’s 3-3-5 defense. Without spring practices, Syracuse had to try to learn the scheme through Zoom meetings over the summer.Even now, Black said, installing the defense is “more mental than physical.” They’re still learning terminology and adjusting to the concept, he said.Black, who played nose tackle last year, believes he’s a perfect fit as a defensive end in the 3-3-5. As a freshman in 2016, Black started nine games at defensive end. He said he was “scrawny” then — he was 235 pounds, according to 247 Sports — and put on weight to play in the interior. His player profile now lists him at 282 pounds.“I’m lining up all over the place, moving well,” Black said. “I feel like it’s going to be really successful for the personnel we have as well.”The FSU issueFlorida State players are frustrated with how their program has handled testing for COVID-19, according to ESPN. The players allege weekly testing hasn’t happened and that athletes who test positive are told to keep it private.Though FSU isn’t on Syracuse’s 2020 schedule, when Black learned about the situation in Tallahassee, he had a few questions. The main one: Are other teams following guidelines as well as Syracuse?SU’s players sat out their first practice of training camp due to concerns with the health protocols of other schools. Head coach Dino Babers and every player who’s spoken to the media this summer have maintained that Syracuse’s protocols are top-notch and have kept the team safe. Syracuse athletes and athletics staff account for about 400 of the 1,344 COVID-19 tests the university administered between Aug. 2 and Aug. 11. Stopping the virus is a “team effort,” Black said, and SU wants to push the rest of the ACC to match its safety guidelines, including those concerning third-party testing.“It’s not just about us at Syracuse. It’s about the entire conference,” Black said. “You hear teams talking about things but they’re actually looking out for everyone in the conference. They’re not just trying to be selfish about their team, and that’s how we feel. We’re looking out for everyone in the conference and all over the country, too.”Other notesThe NCAA is expected to rule on whether players who opt-out will retain a year of eligibility, a decision that could greatly impact what college football looks like this year. Babers has previously said there are players on his team still deciding on whether to opt-out, but Black and Williams said they expect everyone to play. Black, Williams, Elmore and quarterback Tommy DeVito have all committed to playing unless the ACC cancels the season. Black posted a video of himself performing a backflip off a wall earlier this summer, which Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson retweeted. The social media recognition led Black’s phone to blow up with notifications. “I was definitely fanboying a bit off that for sure,” Black said. “It gave me a burst of motivation, having someone of his stature reach out to me. That kind of helped me realize I haven’t reached my potential in anything I’ve done.” Comments Published on August 13, 2020 at 3:48 pm Contact Danny: | @DannyEmermancenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Whicker: When it comes to LeBron James, follow the drama

first_imgIf basketball was the only consideration, Philadelphia would already be roping off his parking space(s). Joel Embiid turns 24 Saturday. Ben Simmons is still 21. They comprise the best center-point guard combo in tomorrow’s NBA. This is the ideal Messiah script. With James, Philly would be the automatic Eastern favorite.But the Lakers have their own advantages, and it all goes back to the drama.For one thing, the Lakers can sign James and another Max. In the past two months they have resembled an nascent contender, with chemistry and identity they never had before. Lonzo Ball, Brandon Ingram, Julius Randle, Kyle Kuzma and Josh Hart look like a nucleus now. Sure, they’ll be fishin’ early this spring, but James could bring the fission.In doing so James could be the Restorer Of Tradition. Despite some remarkable individuals over the years, the 76ers are just another franchise. The meaning of the Lakers is self-explanatory.Add the fact that James already has a house here, and his movie ambitions are also here, and it’s a greenlight in search of a project. LOS ANGELES — Only three-and-a-half months, give or take, until the signature moment of the NBA season.Not the Finals. We’re talking about Max Day.July 1 is the first day that free agents can officially sign and either destroy a franchise or certify it.When Kevin Durant pumped the white smoke through the chimney and signaled he was signing with Golden State, that clinched the 2017 NBA championship and maybe many more to come. Oram: LeBron James steps up to win MVP and spares us another indefensibly sterile All-Star Game AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersLeBron James has become the Bob Barker of Max Day, the master of ceremonies. In 2010 he turned it into a 30-minute TV special, called The Decision (as opposed to Howard’s choice of the Lakers, which became The Incision).The Miami Heat won the Showcase Showdown that day and also won two NBA championships and played for two others.In 2014 James took the NBA through the same wringer. This time he chose to return to Cleveland, calling it The Homecoming, committing himself to win a championship for the city that burned his jerseys when he left.Sure enough the Cavaliers won the championship in 2016 and got to the Finals in 2015 and 2017.Now Kyrie Irving is gone, seeking the oxygen that James never left in the room, and James has clashed with owner Dan Gilbert and watched helplessly as General Manager David Griffin was fired. It seems that Cleveland is only home whenever James gets to run it. NBA All-Star LeBron James tells commentator ‘I will not shut up and dribble’ Heisler: Lakers get their newest, littlest franchise player center_img And James is approaching another Max Day with the league at full attention. The pins and needles no longer hurt.The Cavaliers played the Clippers on Friday night and meet the Lakers here on Sunday. James arrived as a 33-year-old at the peak of his powers. He is fourth in the NBA in scoring and second in assists, and is a couple of bounces a game away from averaging a triple-double.“Of all the great ones, LeBron and Tiger (Woods) were the ones who came in with the biggest buildup and then overachieved,” said Doc Rivers, the Clippers coach. “And he’s probably having his best year.“You tell your guys not to overreact to greatness. If he gets 20, be happy. If he gets 40, you don’t care. You can still win that way, but everyone tries to guard LeBron unsuccessfully.”Billboards in L.A. and Philadelphia plead for James. He said he realized there is a “frenzy” for the best free agents, but he is focused on nothing but the Cavaliers, who will likely have to beat Boston and Toronto without home-court advantage during the playoffs to make the Finals again.The four favorites to land his services this summer are supposed to be Cleveland, the Lakers, Houston and Philadelphia.Keep in mind that James, in his other two Max Days, went for the most dramatic result possible. By enticing Chris Bosh to join Dwyane Wade and himself in Miami, he conjured a Superteam and showed his powerful influence.By returning to Cleveland, James came up with an ingratiating scenario of personal redemption and growth. Circle of life, and all that.Staying in Cleveland would be not a plot line. The Cavaliers figure to get a premium college player with the first-round pick they got from Brooklyn, and they’ll be contenders as long as they have James. But it isn’t much of an ongoing saga.Playing in Houston would be appealing if the Rockets fall short of this NBA championship and feel they need that 212nd degree. Whether James Harden will find it appealing to have another ball-demanding Bigfoot is not as certain.Related Articles #LABron: LeBron James to Los Angeles billboards appear before Lakers-Cavaliers matchup Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Heisler: Lakers don’t trust the process, they live to short-cut it last_img read more