Wisconsin’s special teams had another up-and-down afternoon against Northwestern, at times making contributions, and at others, detracting from UW’s 41-9 victory. What started as an apparent strength for Wisconsin has developed into a looming question mark over the course of the season.On the plus side, kicker Taylor Mehlhaff has developed into a reliable option for the Badgers, hitting six of eight field goal attempts on the year–including five of his last six tries — and nailing each of his 24 point after attempts as well.Coming into Saturday, Mehlhaff had only split the uprights on one kick of more than 40 yards. That all changed when the junior connected on 40-yard and 42-yard attempts at Camp Randall Stadium.”I feel pretty good right now,” Mehlhaff said. “I was kind of upset last week at that longer one [a 47-yard miss at Indiana], I feel like I’m at the level now where I should make those.”Mehlhaff has also done his part in pinning opposing offenses deep, knocking five of eight kickoffs into the end zone for touchbacks against NU. Mehlhaff has now sent 21 out of 37 kicks for touchbacks on the season.”It’s easy to kick touchbacks when it’s warm out,” Mehlhaff said. “I’m feeling more comfortable, and I’m real confident right now.”However, the UW returning game couldn’t say the same against Northwestern. Punt returner Zach Hampton fumbled away his second ball of the season, although co-returner Ben Strickland was there to recover. Bielema attributed this latest miscue to Hampton being unable to find the ball in the sun.”I was very concerned about the sun,” Bielema said. “We talked about it during pre-game warm-ups, and lo-and-behold, we’re put right in that situation, he lost it right away on that first one.”Hangover gameWide receiver Paul Hubbard was flying high after Wisconsin’s 52-17 win over Indiana Sept. 30. To say the least, the junior crashed and burned against Northwestern.Just seven days removed from a six-catch, 122-yard performance that was his breakout game of the season, Hubbard didn’t fare quite as well in his homecoming against the Wildcats. The junior wide receiver caught three balls for 45 yards, but fumbled twice after a catch, losing both drops to the Northwestern defense.Worse, Hubbard stumbled off the field after his second lost fumble. On the play, Hubbard juked toward the middle of the field after the catch but dropped the ball on contact. Afterward, a woozy Hubbard failed to make it to the sideline before collapsing to the turf in front of the UW training staff. Hubbard did not return to the game.Bielema said he was unsure of Hubbard’s condition, but confirmed that the wideout was held out for medical reasons for the remainder of the contest.”I think he was just trying to create some yards,” Bielema said. “It looked like he probably got knocked out and just dropped the ball.”Hubbard was on the sideline for the rest of the game but was not available for comment.After Hubbard’s last catch, tight end Travis Beckum carried the load for the Wisconsin passing game. Beckum, who led the Badgers with eight catches and 107 yards, has emerged as a favorite target of UW quarterback John Stocco despite good showings from Hubbard and receiver Luke Swan early in the season. Swan also added an impressive 14-yard touchdown catch, coming down with a lofted Stocco pass in the end zone to give the Badgers a 17-9 halftime lead.Game NotesThe combined age of Bielema and Northwestern coach Pat Fitzgerald is 77 years old. By contrast, the combined age of New York Yankees pitcher Randy Johnson and Detroit Tigers pitcher Kenny Rogers, who faced off in Game 3 of the ALDS, is 84 years old … Northwestern won the toss, deferred, then failed to convert an onside attempt as Wisconsin’s Sean Lewis hauled in the attempt … the Badgers held the ball for 37:07, leaving the Wildcats with just 22:53 to control the clock.
The close games prove SU has struggled against what Boeheim calls good zone-offense teams. But SU’s veterans, including Kris Joseph, were impressed with Michigan’s approach. They even said it is good SU is facing deliberate offensive attacks early in the season. After those first four minutes, Melo’s fellow freshman center Baye Moussa Keita replaced Melo. From there on out, Melo sat on the bench while Moussa Keita played 26 of the game’s final 36 minutes. Moussa Keita finished the game scoreless as well, but was second on the team for rebounds, with nine. He added two blocks and didn’t turn the ball over once. ‘It helps us, especially when we play zone,’ Joseph said. ‘Teams are going to run offense against us, running the shot clock down to five seconds and then getting the shot. And that will do nothing for us but help us.’ For the first time Friday, though, that job included starting the second half at center. Through SU’s five games Moussa Keita has been entrusted with the bulk of the minutes at center, logging 21 minutes to Melo’s 12.6. Melo is averaging 1.6 points-per-game, as he has taken only eight shots on the season. Every time down for Michigan, Jim Boeheim expected the same thing against his 2-3 zone. Michigan head coach Jim Beilein drilled it into his young team. For the fifth consecutive game, the soft-spoken Moussa Keita said he was merely doing Boeheim’s prescribed job. The Wolverines would work the ball until the final five seconds of the shot clock. It would come thanks to Darius Morris passes around the perimeter, and Tim Hardaway Jr. slashes to the baskets. As a result, gaps would open up in the Orange defense. The Michigan guards would then occupy them, and pass the ball back out for an Evan Smotrycz or Stu Douglass 3-pointer. Joseph’s fellow junior, Scoop Jardine, was impressed as well. But not only about how well-executed the Wolverine offense was. Rather, the maturity of the approach of Michigan — despite its three freshmen and one sophomore starters – didn’t correlate with the senior-less team. For the fifth straight game, Syracuse shot below 50 percent from the field… Former NBA players Tim Hardaway, Allan Houston and Glen Rice were in attendance at Boardwalk Hall. Hardaway’s son plays for Michigan. Rice’s son played for Georgia Tech in the other semifinal. Hardaway Jr. scored eight points in the win… Georgia Tech defeated UTEP 71-61 in the earlier semifinal… Rick Jackson led SU with 12 rebounds… Jardine and Brandon Triche combined to go 5-of-17 from the field… No SU player had more than three fouls, yielding only four Michigan free throw attempts… SU walk-on junior guard Nick Resavy recorded a trick-shot video that hit the Internet Friday. It is a YouTube clip lasting 3:37 (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D-5PH70VVGo) featuring Gerry McNamara. It’s the same story the SU veterans, including Kris Joseph, are expecting. Michigan’s brooding offense another example of team playing well against zone Said Joseph: ‘We are going to need that from Baye.’ Moussa Keita has attempted 12 total shots, but is averaging 7.4 rebounds-per-game to Melo’s two. That is how the first half played out. Michigan led 32-29. It wasn’t a surprise to Boeheim, though. Teams have been doing it all year. He expects it, because the team’s Syracuse has faced play against his zone well. ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. –– Jim Boeheim swears he doesn’t hand players minutes in order for them to progress. He reiterated that Friday after Syracuse’s 53-50 win over Michigan. ‘You can’t give people minutes. They have to earn them,’ Boeheim said. ‘And (SU freshman center) Fab (Melo) is not earning them right now. He has got to be good on defense. The guy beat him twice on two simple little moves. We can’t have that.’ In what is starting to become the same old story for the Orange after its first five games, the SU head coach mentioned his philosophy when speaking of Melo. Again, the much-lauded freshman failed to score. Melo earned four of Boeheim’s minutes Friday, without tallying a single statistic. The four minutes were the first four of the game, as the preseason Big East Freshman of The Year started in his fifth consecutive game. [email protected] ‘Everytime that (Boeheim) calls me, I am ready to play,’ Moussa Keita said. Then, Michigan would crash the glass for one of their 13 first half offensive rebounds thanks to the exposed holes in the SU zone. ‘In a game like that, no matter if a team has no seniors, they can be patient because we are in the zone,’ Jardine said… ‘Michigan is a patient team and they found their shooters. They are a hard team to play against.’ Published on November 26, 2010 at 12:00 pm This and that Two was also the number of blocks Moussa Keita tallied Friday. And following his first second half start of the year, the freshman cemented his importance with a Boardwalk Hall-pleasing block. Over 20 minutes after Melo started the game whiffing on an offensive rebound attempt, Moussa Keita pinned a Wolverine lay-up against the backboard. The SU head coach said again Friday that the Orange is playing against smart zone-teams to start the season. He was most impressed in SU’s game last week against William & Mary, as the heavy underdog lost by only three. Comments AdvertisementThis is placeholder text ‘We are playing teams that are playing good against us,’ Boeheim said. ‘They have a good formula against us. They are teams that match up well against us with what we do.’ Facebook Twitter Google+
Matches of the 23rd round of BiH Premiere League were played this weekend.Travnik hosted Olimpic Sarajevo and lost 2:3, Zvijezda defeated Rudar with 4:1 and Borac defeated Gradina with 1:0.In Sarajevo, on Grbavica, Željezničar and Čelik played 1:1., and Slavija defeated Radnik in East Sarajevo.Zrinjski was defeated by GOŠK with 0:3, and there were no goals in the match of Leotar and Velež and Široki Brijeg defeated Sarajevo with 2:1.Željezničar is still the first team with 52 points, followed by Sarajevo with 45, Borac 42, Olimpic 40, Široki Brijeg 37, Slavija 36, Čelik 34, Leotar 34, Zrinjski 33, Rudar 28, Velež 27, Zvijezda 26, Radnik 26 and the last three teams are Travnik with 23, Gošk 19 and Gradina with 5 points.(D.J.)(photo:wikipedia)
Rishabh Pant’s photo with Tim Paine’s kids shared by the Australian captain’s wife, Bonnie Paine is certainly winning the internet on the New Year’s Day.After a week of intense on-field action in Melbourne, members of India and Australia cricket teams found some time to unwind on the New Year’s Day and its eve in Sydney. Captain Tim Paine and his Indian counterpart Virat Kohli along with their teammates were spotted at the party hosted by Australia Prime Minister Scott Morrison.Tim Paine’s wife, who had accompanied her husband to the party, shared a photograph of Rishabh Pant with her kids and captioned it: “Best babysitter”.The photograph has gone viral on social media as it comes after some intense on-field banter between Paine and Pant in the ongoing four-Test series. The Australia skipper had asked Pant if he was willing to babysit for him during the third day of the Boxing Day Test after chirping at him using some MS Dhoni references.”Tell you what big MS is back in the one-day squad. Should get this bloke down to Hurricanes… They need a batter,” Paine was heard saying from behind the stumps on December 28, 2018.”Fancy that extend you Aussie holiday, beautiful town Hobart too… get him a waterfront apartment,”Have him over for dinner. Do you babysit? I can take my wife to the movies while you watch the kids.”Best thing I have seen all year lol. But seriously, this will be hard to top. Adorable kids and wife, and great guys all round. Love it. I’ve fallen in love with cricket again.advertisementJ Roe (@JRoe42180297) January 1, 2019When they finish their playing careers it’s moment like these that will remain forever. The taunting can happen on the field with in the boundaries once outside there should be only mutual respect and love. Thanks gentleman for playing it the right way ??????Guruprasad sekar (@GuruprasadSekar) January 1, 2019Pant is a keeper. Not surprised Mrs Paine trusts him with her children. Easily winning the internet today. pic.twitter.com/lXlEr0lfXFcricBC (@cricBC) January 1, 2019Best picture & gesture of year 2019 so far…Umair Usmani (@Usmani81) January 1, 2019This brought a wide smile on my face! Kudos to cricket. ????Tejas Parkar (@TejasParkar45) January 1, 2019This is AWESOME!CRICKET is ?? pic.twitter.com/IjyD7cF5TnNikhil ?? (@CricCrazyNIKS) January 1, 2019This is absolute goldesh! ?? pic.twitter.com/sSjoQ086oMSrini Mama (@SriniMaama16) January 1, 2019Lovely picture that speaks so much. This is the kind of bonhomie we would like to see between the teams off the pitch, even when they compete hard on the pitch. Trading rude insults that cause bad blood is juvenile stuff that must be relegated to history books.Fair_Nationalist (@FairNationalist) January 1, 2019Best thing I have seen on this #NewYearDay ??Alamztweet (@alamjeet1) January 1, 2019That’s really sweet, a beautiful gesture. Loved it.M Bilal Ghauri ???????? (@MBG360) January 1, 2019Intensity and aggression inside the ground!!!! outside human beings!!!! @tdpaine36 @RishabPant777 good sportsmanship?? (@targaryen_wolff) January 1, 2019Greatest sport ever??Aaqib Raza (@ShahEZaman7) January 1, 2019That’s respect good to see well done sirGreg Brady (@partygab) January 1, 2019Totally ? this!Hird my hero???#5 (@Salsa005) January 1, 2019This is 100% what cricket should be about. Well done Mr Pant!!Pat Minister (@mistermouse666) January 1, 2019Absolutely classic! Such great sportsmanship. Well done! ????Vivianne Rees (@vivianne_rees) January 1, [email protected]_M_FOX Does it get any better than this?Matthew Rowland (@Matt_R_Golf) January 1, 2019The two wicketkeepers took the banters to a whole new level during the Melbourne Test as the host broadcasters decided to turn the stump mic volume on and relay their running commentary instead of the expert commentary.Pant responded by calling Paine a “temporary captain” when the Australian skipper walked out to bat in the second innings. The hosts went on to lost the Boxing Day Test by 137 runs and conceded an unassailable 2-1 lead to Virat Kohli’s Team India.”We have got a special guest here. Have you heard the word temporary captain ever. You [Jadeja] don’t need anything to get him out. Come on lads,” Pant said as he was keeping wickets to Ravindra Jadeja.”He loves to talk, that’s the only thing he can do. Only talking talking.”The banter started during the MCG Test when Tim Paine tried to needle Rohit Sharma in the first innings, saying he would pledge allegiance to Mumbai Indians if their skipper hit a six during his knock. Rohit did not fall for the trap as he scored a half-century without hitting a maximum.Rohit had hit back, saying he would buy Paine for Mumbai Indians if the latter hits a century during the MCG Test. As Paine failed to go past 30, let alone reaching the three-figure mark in both the innings, Mumbai Indians took to Twitter and joined the banter.advertisementExpect more such banters as Australia will be battling to avoid their first-ever series defeat against India at home when the two sides met in Sydney for the fourth and final Test of the series.Also Read | The Pant and Paine show at MCG: When light-hearted banter turned offensiveAlso Read | Pant’s banter with Lyon caught on stump mic: “You don’t want to come tomorrow for nothing”Also See: