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first_imgKeaton Nankivil scored 25 points and hit 7 of 8 three-point attempts last time UW played at Mackey.[/media-credit]In the world of college basketball, there’s never enough time to bask in the euphoria of a win.The No. 10 Wisconsin men’s basketball team (19-5, 9-3) is forced to put the delight of upsetting then-No. 1 Ohio State at the Kohl Center as they hit the road to clash with No. 11 Purdue (20-5, 9-3) at the Mackey Arena.Including this game, both teams have five conference games remaining before the Big Ten Tournament. The winner will gain sole possession of second place and will stand two games behind first-place Ohio State.Back-to-back games against the Big Ten’s top two teams in the standings put Wisconsin in a precarious spot. With games against its top competition in matter of days this late in the season, the Badgers’ conference title hopes could have been significantly improved or dashed quickly.And after passing the first test, the Badgers need to ensure there’s no let down to keep their hopes alive.In a somewhat similar situation a year ago, Wisconsin visited UW-Green Bay on the heels of a 72-69 victory over No. 6 Duke at the Kohl Center. Wisconsin fell to the Phoenix four days later 88-84 in overtime.“The Duke game, can’t forget that, the fans stormed the court … but when we went up to Green Bay, their fans stormed the court when they beat us,” senior forward Jon Leuer said. “It was kind of like a reality check for us; it brought us back down to earth.”But after learning from that experience, Leuer and the rest of his teammates are hoping that the momentum from the Ohio State games carries over to this game, in one of the toughest environments to play.Wisconsin has won just twice in the Mackey Arena over the last 40 years.“We got to go into one of the toughest places in the country to play at Purdue and [against] a team that’s playing really well right now, so we kind of have to harness the energy we had from that crowd and that atmosphere and take it to West Lafayette,” Leuer said.The Boilermakers responded well after suffering their third conference loss of the season at the Kohl Center just over two weeks ago. Purdue knocked off Indiana and Illinois by a margin of 14 and 11 points, respectively.Meanwhile, Wisconsin dominated Michigan State at home, 82-56 and squeezed in an overtime victory at Iowa before playing Ohio State. The Badgers are currently on a four-game winning streak.In their last meeting, the two teams traded the lead 12 times in front of a loud audience in Madison. Wisconsin took control for good when sophomore forward Ryan Evans hit a jumper from the free throw line with 50 seconds remaining.Following the game, though, UW head coach Bo Ryan expressed disappointment with the way the team defended in the paint.Purdue scored 20 of 40 second-half points there, much of which came from forward JaJuan Johnson, the Big Ten’s leading scorer. 17 of Johnson’s 23 points came in the final period.Protecting the rim will be vital against the Boilermakers, but as UW associate head coach Greg Gard mentioned, stopping Johnson only begins at stopping him in the paint.“JaJuan is more polished offensively in terms of being able to face up and make some plays from there he’s really evolved from where he [began] as a freshman,” Gard said. “You didn’t have to guard him at the three-point line when he was a freshman or sophomore; now you do. You have to find him in transition, they use him in pick-and-pop situations, he’s a shot-blocker.”Johnson isn’t the only Boilermakers who can score, though. Guard E’Twaun Moore is seventh in the Big Ten in scoring during conference with 16.6 points per game He scored 15 last time he saw the Badgers.Wisconsin has a pair of top scorers as well. Junior guard Jordan Taylor is second with 20.8 ppg and is coming off an impressive showing against OSU, in which he scored 21 of his 27 points in the second half when UW marched back from a 15-point deficit.Leuer is fifth with 18.3 ppg and understands that even though Wisconsin will mark Moore and Johnson, they won’t be expected to slow down much.“Obviously those are two of the best players in the country, and they’ve proven that over their careers,” Leuer said. “You try to limit what they can do and limit JaJuan’s touches and make it tough for each one to score but they usually get there.”last_img read more

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first_imgIt’s been confirmed that Sadio Mane’s season is now over.The Liverpool winger will undergo knee surgery in London tomorrow, keeping him out of action for at least two months.Mane has been one of Liverpool’s star performers this season, and the side struggled for form when he was absent in January for the African Cup of Nations.last_img

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first_imgHERO: JASON MCCLAYSIX DONEGAL men behind dramatic near-death incidents have been recognised at the Irish Water Safety’s National Awards Ceremony at City Hall, Dublin. Minister John Perry presented the “SEIKO Just in Time Rescue Award” to these rescuers in appreciation for saving so many lives.The Donegal people honoured included Jason McClay (19) from Kinnegoe, Buncrana; Patrick Moss (20) of Rosbeg; John Patton, Hugh-John McGonigle, the late PJ Patton and the late Larry McGonigle, all of Ballyshannon. “Tragically an average of 140 drownings occur in Ireland every year,” commented Minister Perry, “and although that’s 140 too many, the figure would be even higher but for the dramatic efforts of these individuals who saved others from drowning and the ongoing work of volunteers teaching swimming and rescue skills.“Last year, the 128 drownings in Ireland were lower than the annual average, reason enough to be confident that the work of Irish Water Safety Volunteers and partners in the public and private sector is having the desired outcome – more people enjoying our wonderful aquatic facilities more safely. That said complacency is not an option”, he added.THE DONEGAL SEIKO JUST IN TIME AWARD RECIPIENTS:Mr Jason McClay Around midnight, on the 2nd June 2012, a car had left the road, careered fifty yards through a field and went off a steep drop into the Crana river near Buncranna. Nineteen year old Jason McClay from Kinnego, had been at a friend’s house when he heard the screeching of tyres followed by a loud bang. He left the house and ran down through a field and saw that a car was submerged in the water. Without hesitation, Jason jumped off the 40 ft Ravine. Upon entering the water he noticed a girl who had managed to escape out of the car. Jason swam in through the car window. Visibility was poor as it was very dark and he could not see anyone else in the car. On leaving the car, he noticed a boy and dragged him over to the bank. He then went back and got another boy out and dragged him to safety. There were four passengers in total, all teenagers. Only two were swimmers. Emergency services arrived to the scene. Due to the quick thinking and selfless courage of Jason’s actions, four lives were saved, a story which Donegal Daily first revealed at the time.Mr Patrick MossOn the afternoon of the 27th of December 2011, twenty year old Patrick Moss was taking a walk along the Rosbeg pier when he saw a car enter the water. He assessed the situation and ran to the shore where he entered the water and swam out towards the car which was sinking. He grabbed onto the driver of the car and took her to safety. He placed her into the recovery position until the emergency services arrived.Mr PJ Patton (posthumous award), Mr Larry McGonigle (posthumous award), Mr John Patton, Mr Hugh-John McGonigleIn June of 1955, two men from Ballyshannon set out to bring up their fishing punt, which they had anchored the previous evening. One of the men, Mr McCusker, waded out to it, but he suddenly found himself out of his depth. He tried to swim against the strong current but he could not, his friend tried to reach him but it was too dangerous. Mr McCusker found himself sucked down by the swirling water yet he continued swimming until he broke the surface. He tried to swim towards the “Black Rock” but was taken by the current again. He spotted an old boat wreck and he managed to grasp it and pull himself up. It was extremely cold. He saw men in the distance and waved. He could feel his feet go numb and he knew he had to try to get his circulation back. Four young men, John Patton now age 78, Larry McGonigle R.I.P., Hugh John McGonigle age 78 and P.J. Patton R.I.P., went to the rescue of Mr McCusker. Upon assessing the situation they got a boat and went out into the channel where the water was bubbling up around them. They dropped an anchor and then let the boat out on a rope trying to get close to the wreck. It took them four attempts before they managed to reach Mr McCusker and eventually managed to get him into the boat. The rescue took over one hour.LIFE-SAVING DONEGAL HEROES RECOGNISED AT NATIONAL AWARDS CEREMONY was last modified: November 27th, 2012 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:BallyshannonbuncranaLIFE-SAVING DONEGAL HEROES RECOGNISED AT NATIONAL AWARDS CEREMONYrosbeglast_img read more

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