Crimson basketball shooting for top slot

first_imgIn the preseason Ivy League poll, the media tagged Harvard men’s basketball team to land the top slot. Last year was the first time in six years that Harvard failed to win at least a share of the Ivy championship, after losing to Yale 73-71 in the semifinals of the inaugural Ivy League Tournament.On Sunday Harvard Bryce Aiken ’20 netted 30 points, guiding the Crimson to a thrilling 70-67 overtime victory over the University of Massachusetts. Aiken poured in 12 of Harvard’s final 16 points, including the game-winning 3-pointer with just 1.9 seconds on the clock. Chris Lewis ’20 was in double figures for the second straight game with 15 points, while Corey Johnson ’19 pitched in 10 of his own. Mario Haskett ’21 dazzled on defense, posting a game-high three steals. For his efforts against UMass and MIT two nights earlier, Aiken was selected Ivy League Player of the Week.Harvard men’s basketball is off to a 2-0 start, and travels to Holy Cross on Thursday and New York City on Saturday. Tipoffs are set for 7 p.m. and 1 p.m., respectively.For more updates and the season schedule, visit read more

Three former UW women’s hockey players honored in ESPN’s annual body issue

first_imgIn this year’s Body Issue, ESPN featured three former University of Wisconsin women’s hockey team members in recognizing their fight for equal pay for all women who played on United States national teams.Brianna Decker, Meghan Duggan and Alex Rigsby were part of a six-woman team, all of whom were honored for their courageous efforts this year when it came to achieving fair compensation for both men and women’s national team members.Following a strike back in March, which almost resulted in the United States national hockey team missing the World Championship tournament, USA Hockey agreed to meet their players demands. Women’s hockey members would finally receive the same compensation as their male counterparts for their national team performances.A moe than two days later, the women won gold at the World Championships, which would be their fourth consecutive title, and their eight gold medal overall.Women’s hockey: Badgers fall short but leave impressive legacyEven though the season came to a bitter end, the University of Wisconsin women’s hockey team still has so much Read…Before Duggan, Decker and Rigsby — who are all currently on the roster to compete in the 2018 Olympic games — took a stand for equal pay, women’s hockey players were only compensated for the six-months prior to the Olympic Games. Any other games or tournaments that they participated in were usually funded by the athletes themselves.Decker admitted to ESPN that one of their biggest focuses with the boycott was how it would impact future generations of players. The U.S. team wanted to ensure that girls could continue to play the sport they loved after college, without having a financial burden over their head.“What we were doing had a bigger purpose,” Decker told ESPN. “Not only for our team, but for young girls around the country.”It was thanks to not only the national team members, but also to all of the players who refused to take their place in the World Championships, that women’s national team members will finally earn the same compensation as their male counterparts.Women’s hockey: No. 1 Wisconsin begins march to NCAA Frozen FourThe University of Wisconsin’s women’s hockey team returns home for the WCHA Playoff after a weekend of gridlock with border rival Read…The interview with ESPN also contained other information, such as misconceptions that the athletes face on a daily basis, and details on Duggan’s strict diet, which she started during her time at Wisconsin.Duggan, who is a firm believer in eating healthy ingredients, admitted that she has not eaten fast food since 2011. It all started with a dare Duggan made with her team, saying that if they won both an NCAA championship and a World Championship, she would eat McDonald’s.It wasn’t until Duggan and fellow teammate showed up for their NCAA win parade that she noticed her teammates carrying a McDonald’s bag.Duggan claimed to ESPN’s Morty Ain that one of the reason’s she chooses to eat to healthy is to heighten her athletic ability.“I take so much pride in my body,” Duggan said to ESPN’s Morty Ain. “We’re certainly shaping our body in a certain way, but, at the same time, it’s propelling us through our sport. And that just makes me really proud.”The full interview is available on ESPN’s website.last_img read more

Tarik Black impressing Walton, but can he limit foul trouble?

first_imgPHOENIX >> The noise sounds pleasant to Tarik Black’s ears when he hears his name called by the public address announcer. It’s another reminder Black has stayed in the Lakers’ startling lineup.Yet Black hardly sounds consumed with holding a position that Lakers coach Luke Walton granted him in the last month.“I never cared about starting,” Black said before the Lakers faced the Phoenix Suns on Thursday at Talking Stick Resort Arena. “I put more toward performance and how he has played me consistently this year. That’s more of a confidence builder and a boost in our relationship than putting me in the starting lineup.”That might make things easier for Walton, who plans to start rookie center Ivica Zubac eventually. He delayed that decision partly because Zubac had a right quadriceps contusion that kept him out of the previous two games. Still, the 25-year-old Black has also stated his case by averaging 5.6 points and 5.3 rebounds while shooting 45.3 percent in 18.2 minutes as a starter. Tough decisionsDavid Nwaba, who signed a 10-day contract with the Lakers last week, was encouraged by Walton’s recent compliments.But when the Lakers mull whether to grant Nwaba a second 10-day contract on Friday, the variables go beyond Walton liking Nwaba’s defense.“We want to look at a couple of people before the season ends,” Walton said. “Some of them aren’t available right now. (Nwaba’s) been good. But we have to decide if we want to wait or look at someone else.”Nwaba, an undrafted guard who starred at University High of Los Angeles and Cal Poly-San Luis Obispo, entered Thursday’s game averaging 2.8 points on 50 percent shooting in 10.8 minutes through four appearances.“Sometimes guys don’t really believe in me. It’s your job to prove them wrong,” Nwaba said. “I can do more. I have high expectations for myself. Getting to those expectations is the ultimate goal.” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with Packers“I’m happy with the way Tarik plays,” Walton said. “He’s out there and trying to play the right way. He’s not hunting shots. When he gets open looks, he takes them and gets us extra possessions.”Walton and point guard D’Angelo Russell also praised Black for setting screens and rolling hard to the basket. Regardless of whether he starts or comes off the bench to close out the season, Black is focused on reducing the number of personal fouls (three) he has averaged as a starter.“His reasoning is because he’s tired of giving up layups. That’s why he’s fouling,” Walton said. “I don’t think that’s the case all the time. A lot of times it’s on the guy he’s guarding. But it’s good for him.”Black agreed, arguing matter-of-factly that some of his foul issues stem from officials not giving him star treatment.“I like to be aggressive,” Black said. “I’d rather have the foul trouble now and dial it down as my career progresses and learn how to still be aggressive than to totally take away my aggressiveness.”center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more