Consider it a symptom of Impending Graduationitis or whatever you want, but a stark reality faces University of Wisconsin seniors this weekend.With the men’s hockey team stuck in ninth place in the WCHA, the responsibility for those truly spectacular, intoxicating moments that power the Kohl Center falls to the hardwood. Men’s basketball, as you many know, hosts the Buckeyes from The Ohio State University, and that’s a team that isn’t really liked around here – or anywhere else outside of Columbus, Ohio, for that matter.The last time the Buckeyes invaded the Kohl Center was Feb. 12, four months after John Clay and the Wisconsin Football Badgers ran Ohio State out of Camp Randall Stadium in a 31-18 victory. OSU was the country’s No. 1 team entering that weekend, and they were a perfect 6-0 before thousands of Badger faithful Jumped Around on them.More relevant, of course, is what transpired in the Kohl Center that February afternoon. Ohio State, again, was the nation’s top team. Again, they were also undefeated. This time, it was much farther into the season, and the Buckeyes had collected 24 straight wins.You remember what happened over the course of that game. A tight first half ended with a 2-point Ohio State lead. Then, Jordan Taylor and 21 second-half points happened. Then, despite trailing by as many as 15 points, despite battling a Buckeye squad shooting above 50 percent from the field, the Badgers won.Then, the floodgates opened for the student section, and Taylor, Jon Leuer and a whole bunch of Badgers were hoisted up off the ground and into Wisconsin lore.“It’s something that you’ll probably just remember forever,” Taylor said Thursday afternoon.He added to that by detailing the pleasantry of defeating the No. 1 team on your home court – and then stated that it has “zero impact” on this weekend’s game.Of course, the Buckeyes got a second chance with the Badgers last season on their home court. They made the most of it in a 93-65 trouncing of Wisconsin, a picking apart proverbial bone by proverbial bone. Jon Diebler rained fire from the skies, sinking seven of his eight 3-point attempts, while Ohio State collectively shot 68 percent from the floor and 93 percent from behind the arc.Taylor, as he’d be the first to recall, scored just eight points on 2-for-9 shooting in a full 40 minutes of playing time.That’s a very large reason why last year is meaningless now, but it’s not the largest.Simply put, a Wisconsin victory this weekend could propel the Badgers into first place in the Big Ten, just three weeks after a three-game losing streak brought doom and gloom clouds so thick that you’d think Bo Ryan’s pixie dust – the stock reserved for pulling his team into the NCAA tournament year in and year out – had been spoiled.But for sentiment’s sake, let’s expound on the rivalry talk. No matter how much Minnesota is perceived to be on the “upswing,” how long will it take until we see anything close to what Wisconsin-Ohio State has brought us? Minnesota hasn’t touched Paul Bunyan’s Axe since 2003, and in the past two years they’ve been outscored by a combined 47 points.Where else should we look? Iowa, a football rivalry at most, now lies opposite Wisconsin in the Big Ten’s Legends Division. So does Michigan, the second-most obnoxious team in the Big Ten, as well as newcomer Nebraska. In the Badgers’ Leaders Division, Penn State remains an awfully enormous question mark, while Purdue, Illinois and Indiana really pose zero semblance of anything close to a legitimate rival.That leaves Ohio State and Michigan State, and boy, those Spartans come pretty close. After all, they supplied the first Hail Mary Heartbreaker Wisconsin fans suffered this season, back in Spartan Stadium Oct. 22. The Badgers ultimately reaped sweet revenge in the Big Ten Championship Game in an absolute thriller that once again denied those bitter Spartans a BCS bowl berth, and you can bet this upcoming season’s matchup (an eerily timed Oct. 27) will be certified must-watch material.But who really makes your blood boil? Yes, Michigan State games seem to be developing a penchant for delivering truly remarkable drama and all-time classic moments, but who do you like beating the most? The Spartans have that indisputably vile bluster, but make no mistake – they’re second-fiddle rivals to the Buckeyes.Whether you’re a senior scratching off your last days in Madison on your bedroom wall or an underclassmen who’s still been unbelievably spoiled (in a truly fantastic way) by Wisconsin athletics these past two or three seasons, savor this Ohio State game this weekend.The players won’t say as much, but knowing what happened last year and even more so what can happen this year with sustained success, they sure will be as well.Mike is a senior majoring in journalism. Are you planning on packing the Kohl Center this weekend? Let him know on Twitter @mikefiammetta.
AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisA new disease is sweeping through the state of Michigan, Dog Flu. For your beloved pets, veterinarians are urging dog owners to get their 4–legged family members vaccinated.There have been over 100 cases of Dog Flu since August, but none of those cases have reached this region of the state. To prevent the spread of the virus, Dr. Jill is still recommending that dog owners get their dog vaccinated. Traveling, and being around multiple dogs puts both humans and dogs at risk.AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisContinue ReadingPrevious Annual Chili and Chowder Cook-Off a ‘Tasty Success’Next Besser Museum upholds Native American history on Columbus Day
Paralympian in alpine skiing Ilma Kazazic from Sarajevo, also known as BH Snowflake, brought two gold medals to BiH, Paralympic Committee and her ski club Ilmer.Alpine skiing is, as Ilma often emphasizes, the way of healthy lifestyle. Bosnian beauty surrounded with Bjelasnica, Igman, Jahorina and Vlasic that are just a few destinations where this young skier finds her strength, wins over melancholy and provides healthy lifestyle and freedom to herself.Therefore, she is not called BH Snowflake by chance, because to her friends in the urban environment, she really is a snowflake, because her appearance usually announces spring.Ilma won two medals yesterday in Ravascletto-Zoncolan (Italy) on IPCAS competition, in slalom and giant slalom.Ski club Ilmer announced, if they are enabled to financially support it, BH Snowflake Ilma Kazazic will represent her country with honor and dignity in the two other major European events in the Czech Republic and France, and by that time her school obligations in the Fifth Gymnasium, whose student she is, are waiting for her and IT Academy, to which she is also very committed.(Source: klix.ba)
Detroit Lions (No. 3 overall)Sporting News fleshed out why the Lions likely won’t trade former No. 1 pick Matthew Stafford despite the rumors. That dead cap hit drops from $32 in 2020 to $19 million in 2021, and Tagovailoa could have a chance to sit for a season before taking on the starting role, which would be the best-case scenario coming off hip surgery. Stafford played in eight games last season, breaking a string of eight consecutive seasons with 16 starts. It would be an aggressive move for Detroit to take Tagovailoa at No. 3 — perhaps too aggressive, given what Stafford is still owed. MORE: NFL free agent rankings for 2020 by positionMiami Dolphins (No. 5 overall)The Dolphins have been the most logical landing spot for Tagovailoa since mock draft season began earlier in 2019. Miami has drafted three quarterbacks in the first round in franchise history in Bob Griese (1967), Dan Marino (1983) and Ryan Tannehill (2012), and they have the No. 5 pick. Miami quarterbacks combined for 22 TDs and 18 interceptions last season, and Tagovailoa would be thrust into the starting job for second-year coach Brian Flores sooner rather than later.Tagovailoa also would be the most-hyped quarterback to play for Miami since Marino. That’s a lot of pressure for a franchise that has had one winning season in the last 11 years. Los Angeles Chargers (No. 6 overall)Philip Rivers is gone, and there is a void to fill at the quarterback position. Los Angeles’ win total dropped to five last season, but this is the team that would surround with Tagovailoa with the most offensive talent. Tagovailoa would be an ideal transitional piece paired with Melvin Gordon in the backfield if the free-agent running back decides to stay put. The Chargers also have a pair of 1,000-yard receivers in Mike Williams and Keenan Allen. Tagovailoa’s playmaking ability would be intriguing here, but the question is whether the Chargers would be willing to move up from the No. 6 spot. MORE: Where will Philip Rivers play in 2020?Carolina Panthers (No. 7 overall)The Panthers have a new coaching staff with Matt Rhule and offensive coordinator Joe Brady, who was the architect behind LSU’s record-setting offense this season. Brady did well with Burrow, and he could do the same with Tagovailoa in an offense that already features Christian McCaffrey. This would effectively answer the Cam Newton question and let the Panthers proceed with a new long-term franchise plan with no strings attached. Tagovailoa would have to fall to No. 7 to make this happen. Jacksonville Jaguars (No. 9 overall)The Jaguars are in the same situation as Detroit. Cutting ties with Nick Foles would create a $33.8 cap hit in 2020 versus a $12.5 million hit next year. He might not even be the starter. Gardner Minshew is still in the picture, and new offensive coordinator Jay Gruden could go either way.Would Jacksonville want to add Tagovailoa into that mix? Blaine Gabbert (2011) and Blake Bortles (2014) were first-round picks who did not live up to expectations, and those picks might be too fresh. Still, the Jaguars have the No. 9 pick. If Tagovailoa is there, it’s still worth the conversation. New England Patriots (No. 23 overall)Picture a scenario in which the injury concerns cause Tagovailoa to slide down the draft board, and it’s up to a franchise to save him from the green room. Who could it be? You already know the answer.Whether Tom Brady returns to the Patriots in 2020 or not would not affect this draft pick. Coach Bill Belichick knows Saban well, and if the Patriots pull this off then you know any concerns about Tagovailoa would be false. He would have the chance to either learn from Brady for a year or take a run at the starting job. It would share similarities to the 49ers’ transition from Joe Montana to Steve Young, in more ways that one. MORE NFL FREE AGENCY:Ranking Tom Brady’s best fits | Patriots’ salary cap crunch, explainedPittsburgh Steelers (trade)Pencil this is as the longest of long shots. The Steelers don’t own a first-round pick after the Minkah Fitzpatrick trade. They don’t have a third-round pick, either, which was traded to Denver. Pittsburgh will not pick until No. 49 in the second round, so trading up into the first round would require dealing players on the roster.Still, Tagovailoa could learn behind Ben Roethlisberger for a year, and the sneak peek at what life without Big Ben looks like in Pittsburgh showed that the future of the position needs addressed. That rings true with Lamar Jackson, Baker Mayfield and likely Joe Burrow in the AFC North for the foreseeable future. Getty Images https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/bd/43/tua-tagovailoa-0818188-getty-ftrjpg_1it41jvk152bf1faek9w8xfgbw.jpg?t=1044604822&w=500&quality=80 Tua Tagovailoa received the highest level of praise from Alabama coach Nick Saban.In an interview with Sports Illustrated, Saban compared Tagovailoa with two of the best quarterbacks in the NFL. “I think he’s a lot like Drew Brees. I always thought Aaron Rodgers was a lot like that as a player, too,” Saban told SI. “Not overly big, accurate with the ball, really good judgment, decision-making. Those guys are the style of player. I would never say the expectation should be he would accomplish what those guys have. I’d never want to put that on a guy. But that’s the style of player he is.” No pressure, Tua. Of course, Tagovailoa is coming off a gruesome season-ending injury that resulted in hip surgery. He closed his college football career as one of the most efficient passers ever with 7,442 passing yards, 87 TDs and just 11 interceptions. LSU’s Joe Burrow might be the No. 1 pick, but Tagovailoa is the most-interesting potential first-round pick in the 2020 NFL Draft. Here are seven teams worth watching that might take Tagovailoa — including four that have top-10 picks. Teams are based on order of pick, not likelihood of taking Tagovailoa. NFL MOCK DRAFT 2020:Patriots, Raiders, Cowboys, Giants go defense; Bucs, Chargers get in on QB
interviews Read more Read more Australia sport Reuse this content Hamilton and Vettel are the headline acts after their close scrap last season and both look to be in shape to repeat the struggle. Mercedes are ominously strong and Ferrari have carried their well-balanced car into 2018. But Red Bull, out of contention last season, have taken a major step. Testing suggested they may even have the edge on the Scuderia and Ricciardo is looking to enter a title contest for the first time.Given the chance to do so, the decisive and sometimes breathtaking overtaker is unequivocal his approach on track will stand him in good stead. “In the end you have to just pull the trigger,” he says. “Trust the car, trust the brakes, just go. It is a calculated but fearless approach – I am going to try and if it doesn’t work, it doesn’t work. I will be happier if I crash by trying than not trying and running around behind the same guy for 70 laps.” Hide It does not sit well with Ricciardo. The image may be that of the beaming Aussie but behind the grin there is steel, driven by ambition. “I still want to fight for that title,” he says. “Wanting it is one thing but just being in the fight is the minimum I would ask.”The team principal, Christian Horner, recognises that desire and that his driver is ready. “He is in that period of his career where he is in the purple sector,” Horner said. “Hopefully we can provide the car to realise his potential.”Now in his eighth season in F1, Ricciardo, too, believes his time has come. “I am in a window now where I still feel young enough to have the fearless approach, but old enough in terms of experience so that over a championship if I had the car, I could win when I could and take points when I could. In a fight I believe I have the tools to win. I believe I can get it done with the right material.” Should Red Bull deliver, he will also have to contend with the formidable talent of his team-mate Max Verstappen, who will offer as stern a challenge as Hamilton and Vettel. Horner says they have a genuine friendship but Ricciardo knows he can give no quarter to the young Dutchman. After Verstappen put him out in Budapest last year he was furious. “I wanted to wait until Max came round so I could give him the bird,” he says. “I wanted to do more. I wanted to throw my helmet at him.”It is indicative of a side of Ricciardo overshadowed by the boyish enthusiasm on show when drinking champagne from his boot on the podium. But he believes there is no sense he can be a pushover and that his contemporaries recognise this. “The reality is it was always in me,” he says. “The intensity and the fight I have shown was always in me.”When the new season begins, nothing would be better than if Melbourne raises the curtain on a three-team title fight. Hamilton, Vettel and Verstappen would revel in it and Ricciardo, who has been waiting some time for his chance to pull the trigger in that battle, has all three in his sights.“I know what I can do in the car,” he says, still beaming with optimism. “And even if there is a 10% possibility then I am going to do it.” Share on Pinterest Halo cockpit protection deviceIt has divided opinion but the safety benefits are clear. The better it is incorporated into the livery, the better it looks.New rubber rolePirelli’s seven slick compounds increase in-race strategy options and decrease one-stop races.Engine pressure With 21 races and only three engines to use, one fewer than last year, reliability is vital.Clearer penaltiesAny driver penalised 15 places or more will start from the back. Drivers who do so will be placed at the back in the order penalties were incurred.Returning racesThere is a French GP, at Paul Ricard in June, a decade after the last race at Magny-Cours. Germany, too, is back, at Hockenheim in July. In the end you have to just pull the trigger. Trust the car, trust the brakes, just go It is an attitude Ricciardo has displayed before, proving he has no fear of Hamilton or Vettel. His attempted pass on the German at Mexico in 2016 was extraordinary and he was relentless in not giving up when the two fought at China last year. He was ruthless passing Hamilton at Hungary in 2014. Another world champion, Fernando Alonso, fell to his decisive style in the same race.Last season at Baku, a gutsy and audacious late-braking manoeuvre on the Williams of Lance Stroll and Felipe Massa and the Renault of Nico Hülkenberg saw him move up three places and was named overtake of the year. It was matched, however, by a similar lunge on the anchors from eight-tenths back at Monza to claim Kimi Räikkönen’s scalp at turn one.That he has the chops is not in doubt and he has consequently proved to be one of the most entertaining drivers. Yet Ricciardo has yet to enjoy a shot at the title. Now 28, he joined Red Bull in 2014, the start of the turbo-hybrid era and Mercedes dominance. With their Renault engine lacking the power of the Mercedes, Red Bull have been unable to put themselves in contention. Share on Facebook Red Bull Share on LinkedIn Since you’re here… … we have a small favour to ask. 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We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Share on WhatsApp Quick guide What’s new in F1 for 2018 Formula One Show Motor sport Always suffused with conjecture and supposition, Formula One’s phoney war will end with the firing of engines in earnest at the Australian Grand Prix next Sunday. Expectations are it will herald another battle between Lewis Hamilton and Sebastian Vettel. Daniel Ricciardo, however, has other ideas – this is a fight the local boy desperately wants to join.The Australian has a point to prove and a combative hunger coupled with confidence he is reaching his peak. If Red Bull can give him the competitive car he desires, Ricciardo will be gunning for both world champions. Mercedes confidence is an ominous sign after Barcelona F1 testing Thank you for your feedback. 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