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One week into the season, the Wisconsin men’s swimming and diving team is already excited to see how its season will culminate. With strong leadership from the seniors and a solid foundation of freshman and transfer swimmers, the program looks more ready than ever to be a force in the Big Ten.Last weekend the Badgers fell to powerhouse Georgia 179-139 despite a hard-fought effort in in their first event of the season. Third year head coach Whitney Hite hopes to use the strong finish last season as motivation for his team as they face one of the toughest schedules in the country.The Badgers finished 13th overall at the 2013 NCAA Championships, their highest finish for the program in more than a decade and the third best in team history. The highlight of the championship was then-sophomore Drew teDuits’s victory in the 200-yard backstroke, finishing in 1 minute, 38.27 seconds. He became the first national champion for Wisconsin in 54 years, and the performance earned him a spot on the U.S. National Team along with teammates Nick Caldwell and 2013 graduate Michael Weiss.“Having the leadership of these national-level swimmers on a younger-based team is really beneficial to us moving forward and getting better,” Hite said.Since his arrival to UW in the 2011-’12 season, Hite has been successful in recruiting top swimmers and rebuilding the program.“Hite is a very knowledgeable coach, and you can tell how much he cares about everyone on the team,” sophomore transfer Zach Wagner said.Wagner is pleased with how easy the adjustment has gone for him after leaving USC and joining the Badgers. He is now focusing his excitement on the direction his new team is headed.“The guys are great, all of them are down-to-earth and really focused. It’s an awesome environment to be in for swimming,” Wagner said.Wagner also emphasized the importance of setting goals, both individually and as a team, in order to motivate swimmers and maximize potential. With the talent on the team and the conditioning from long, two-a-day practices, Wagner believes these goals definitely look attainable.“The main team goals are to finish in the top three at the Big Ten Championships and in the top 10 at NCAA’s,” Wagner said. “Individually, I hope to break 20 seconds in the 50 yard-free and 44 seconds in the 100 yard free.”Now entering his junior season, teDuits is taking on a larger leadership role. He believes the loss against Georgia was a hard-fought competition and a good indicator of what the team has started to improve on.“A lot of our freshman have already stepped up and did an awesome job, especially in the freestyle events, which were a weak spot for us last year,” teDuits said. “We’ve lost some key pieces after last year, but I think we’ve done a good job of replacing what we’ve lost and gaining what we didn’t previously have.”Other key additions to keep an eye on besides Wagner include freshman diver Andrew Suchla, freshman butterfly standout Cannon Clifton, Florida transfer Nick Caldwell and freshman freestyler Brett Pinfold.Pinfold won Big Ten Freshman of the Week honors Tuesday for his dominating performance against Georgia, recording six top-three finishes, including a win in the 50-yard freestyle with a time of 20.74.When it comes to practicing and working towards his goals, teDuits feels confident the underclassmen fully understand the expectations of the team.“A huge factor of success is believing in what you’re doing and giving your all to it,” he said.teDuits and the rest of the upperclassmen also believe reminding the team of the goals they set for the season will help them through the hardest workouts.Coming up on the Oct. 18 and 19 is a meet against conference rival Minnesota. As it is the only home meet of the season, Hite and the rest of the team are excited to see how they match up against their competitive foe.“Minnesota is a very good team. They’re very well coached — they prepare well — and that’s why they’re as successful as they are,” he said. “We look to build off of last week at Georgia and continue to improve as the season progresses.”Wagner, teDuits and the rest of the team are eager to get into the pool and look to hand the Gophers a loss.“They’re tough, and it’s been a while since we’ve beaten them, but I think we have a chance to come out on top. I can’t wait to see how it turns out,” he said.Wagner added the team is looking forward to seeing a lot of fans at the team’s annual Pack the Nat event for what should be a close but winnable meet.The Badgers will take on the Gophers Oct. 18 and 19 at the Natatorium beginning at 3 p.m.
View this post on Instagram Steph Curry congratulating Drake on Toronto’s championship over the phone!! #respect via @closeup360 pic.twitter.com/lSKf9azNSa— Ballislife.com (@Ballislife) June 14, 2019MORE: Jeremy Lin is an NBA champion and Twitter wants to talk about MeloBut even putting all of that aside, there’s a deeper message to be learned here from the Raptors’ win as it relates to the Drake curse. For a better understanding, let’s go through the history of Drake’s sports fandom and see why the curse existed in the first place.Drake was known as a fair weather fanBefore the curse existed, people would just make fun of Drake for switching teams so often. There were multiple stories written about how he’d always find a new team to cheer on, even if they didn’t make much sense.One of the more famous teams connected to Drake are the Kentucky Wildcats. Why does Drake like Kentucky? There’s no obvious answer anywhere on the internet other than the idea that Drake likes winners, and Kentucky won a lot before the curse revealed itself.There was even a weird moment when Drake nestled himself under DeMarcus Cousins’ arm while donning a Kentucky jacket.MORE: 7 key stats from the Raptors’ NBA Finals winAnd who can forget Lonely Drake?why drake look like he got left alone at the mall and can’t find his mom pic.twitter.com/paE83mPsmn— بِجال القاسم (@bxjv) April 8, 2014In addition to the Wildcats, Drake has connected himself to Texas A&M (for Johnny Manziel), Alabama (no real reason), Serena Williams (the two reportedly kissed at least once), Connor McGregor (again, no real reason), Anthony Joshua (still no reason) and almost every European soccer team.During the NFL playoffs conference championship round earlier this year, Drake joked by wearing a shirt with logos of the Patriots, Chiefs, Rams and Saints on it as a way not to curse any of the teams. But both conference championship games went into overtime for the first time in NFL history. A true showing of power for the curse.What does this all tell us about the Drake curse? Got one. 👌🏽A post shared by champagnepapi (@champagnepapi) on Jun 14, 2019 at 12:19am PDT Many were quick to celebrate the death of the Drake curse following the Raptors’ Game 6 victory over the Warriors on Thursday night. But is the curse really broken?After all, Drake has strong connections to the Warriors. He has referenced them in many songs, and he even has tattoos of Stephen Curry and Kevin Durant on his arm. Drake is so close to Curry, the Warriors star talked to the rapper on the phone after Curry’s team lost the NBA Finals. The Drake curse is telling the rapper to quit hopping on the bandwagons of other teams. Be true to yourself, Drake. Root for the teams you were meant to root for, and good things will happen. If he continues to just celebrate other people’s accomplishments without also traveling on the road to success, he’ll just end up cursing them. For now, go ahead and celebrate that Finals win. MORE: 3 reasons why the Raptors beat the WarriorsThe Raptors were one of the few (perhaps the only) teams/people that actually made sense for Drake’s fandom. He is a huge basketball fan and is from Toronto. No one can question why he’s loyal to the Raptors. And perhaps that’s exactly why they won the NBA Finals. (Getty Images) https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/69/74/drake-toronto-raptors-ftr_1lfm4yzb2vxz91f7oh1vc24u07.png?t=1442335275&w=500&quality=80
A state-of-the-art cricket stadium designed on the lines of the iconic Lord’s Cricket Ground in England, the SCA Stadium is home to the new IPL team Gurjarat Lions.Initially built to host Ranji Trophy matches, the stadium is part of a larger sports complex that will also host other sports such as badminton, basketball and volleyball.With a seating capacity of 28,000, the stadium has an outfield of 90 yards. It hosted its first One-day international match in January, 2013 when India played England and is known as a batting paradise.The stadium, which is home to India players Cheteshwar Pujara and Ravindra Jadeja, has also played host to a T20I game between India and Australia in October 2013.
Share on Facebook England beat South Africa by 104 runs to win Cricket World Cup opener – as it happened Was this helpful? … we have a small favour to ask. More people are reading and supporting The Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many new organisations, we have chosen an approach that allows us to keep our journalism accessible to all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford. But we need your ongoing support to keep working as we do.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. 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His first intervention was to deliver a bouncer, which struck the head of Hashim Amla – who was compelled to retire and undergo extensive examinations – though he was fit enough to come back later. Photograph: Tom Jenkins Stokes then took what will almost certainly be the catch of the tournament on the same boundary, sticking out his right hand as the ball appeared to be sailing over his head after a mighty thwack from Andile Phehlukwayo off Adil Rashid. Somehow the ball stayed in Stokes’s hand as he fell to earth, producing the first victim in World Cup history for an English wrist-spinner.South Africa’s resistance with the bat came primarily from Quinton de Kock, who had the good fortune of witnessing a delivery from Rashid hitting the base of his stumps without removing the zing bails; they lit up but did not fall. There was a blemish from Jos Buttler behind the stumps when he dropped Van der Dussen off Moeen but otherwise England sparkled in the field. That was not quite the case when they batted after Du Plessis won the toss – which, contrary to expectation, gave his side little or no advantage. Cricket World Cup 2019 Pinterest Twitter Ben Stokes Eoin Morgan England’s innings was not the cavalier romp which has become almost customary and there were good reasons for that. The pitch was not an absolute belter; the light green grass hid a dry surface on which the ball sometimes stuck thereby hindering carefree strokeplay. Moreover this was a World Cup match, not the first outing in a five-/seven-match series. And England did lose a wicket to the second ball of the day, delivered by the wrist spinner Imran Tahir. Jonny Bairstow pushed forward, edged to the keeper and tucked his bat under his arm almost as swiftly as Alec Stewart used to do as he made the long trip back to the pavilion with a golden duck to his name. Share on Twitter Facebook Share on WhatsApp Hide Cricket World Cup 2019: final group stage standings Ben Stokes’s feat joins a long list of contenders for the title. Among English cricket’s other finest recent catches:Paul Collingwood England v Australia, third ODI, Jun 2005As Matthew Hayden produces a powerful cut, Collingwood soars high, arched back, and holds the ball tight. Hailed as one of the best catches of all time. Andrew StraussEngland v Australia, fourth Test, Aug 2005 Adam Gilchrist pushes at an Andrew Flintoff delivery, Strauss flings himself to his left and clings on. England win by three wickets and edge a stunning series 2-1. Sarah TaylorEngland v Australia, third ODI, Aug 2013 Wicketkeeper Taylor spots Jodie Fields attempting to reverse-sweep Dani Hazell and moves to right, sticking out a glove at full-stretch. A stunning take. Chris JordanWest Indies v England, first Test, April 2015 Having already taken one fine catch, Jordan throws himself to his right to take another off Darren Bravo when it appeared the ball had gone past him. Ben StokesEngland v Australia, fourth Test, Aug 2015 The moment that created the social media meme #Broadface. Stokes soars almost in slow motion to take a stunner. Bowler Stuart Broad is left astounded. James TaylorSouth Africa v England, third Test, Jan 2016Hashim Amla flicks a leg glance towards short-leg and Taylor, staying low, clings on just before the ball hits the ground. He takes another fine catch later on. Ben FoakesSri Lanka v England, second Test, Nov 2017 Short-leg Keaton Jennings anticipates batsman Adil Rashid’s flick behind square, dives to meet it one‑handed and parries it back towards Foakes. Jofra Archer looked completely at home in England’s World Cup opener. Photograph: Tom Jenkins/The Guardian Ben Stokes flies through the air after taking a spectacular catch on England’s boundary. Photograph: Stu Forster-IDI/IDI via Getty Images Soon afterwards Archer found the edge of Aiden Markram’s bat – the batsman was caught at slip – and then he induced Faf du Plessis to mishook a bouncer to Moeen Ali at long-leg. For good measure his second spell was also productive, dispatching Rassie van der Dussen during the first maiden over of the day.It is not just Archer’s pace that brings an added dimension to this side; it is his command of line which offers batsmen no width. It may also help that he is unfamiliar to a fair number of international players, who may be surprised that he can conjure pace with such an easy, effortless action.Moreover he looks so comfortable out there. Any notion that his presence might disrupt the unity of the team has long since vanished. Eoin Morgan has acquired another high-value trump card who will also be of considerable interest to Joe Root, the Test captain, later in the summer. Read more Thank you for your feedback. Support The Guardian Read more The magic in the field came from Ben Stokes, who had been England’s main contributor with the bat earlier in the day. First there was a howitzer throw from the boundary, which surprised Dwaine Pretorius who was run out by a couple of inches. Root and Jason Roy calmly restored England’s equilibrium, batting as smoothly as any pair throughout the day with some silky smooth strokes that brought them 106 together over the next 18 overs. But within four deliveries both were back in the pavilion: Roy miscuing to mid-off and Root slicing to cover.Another rebuilding exercise was required and Morgan and Stokes provided it. The England captain played the more memorable shots in another 106-run partnership. In the 26th over of the innings he hit the first six of the tournament over long-off off the bowling of Lungi Ngidi; next ball he hit another over long-leg. Later England’s solitary six-hitter would pop a Markram off-break over the rope before seeking another off Tahir. This time the timing was not perfect and Du Plessis held a superb diving catch at long-on, an example of the excellent out-cricket produced by South Africa. Facebook Buttler only flickered so that it was left to Stokes to glue the innings together. After Root he is now the sensible man in the middle order who bats pragmatically, quite a change in style from the younger Stokes, and on this occasion England were very grateful for his pragmatism.Seventy-nine runs came from the last 10 overs of England’s innings, which hardly qualifies as carnage in this era, and it included a sweetly timed boundary from the first ball that Archer had received in a proper international match. But it was his bowling that will have the England camp salivating at what he might be able to contribute in this tournament – and beyond. Show Cricket Quick guide Catch of the day Twitter England cricket team Pinterest Since you’re here… Share on Pinterest South Africa cricket team match reports Reuse this content