Women’s Basketball: Ogunbowale leads Notre Dame on incredible tournament run

first_imgLeading the University of Notre Dame women’s basketball team to a championship last weekend in Columbus, Ohio, Arike Ogunbowale secured her place in NCAA tournament history.Ogunbowale hit game-winning jump shots in both the Final Four game versus UConn and the championship game against Mississippi State. She is also former Badger running back Dare Ogunbowale’s sisterUntil the Final Four, the women’s tournament lacked the upsets we saw on the men’s side this year. All four No. 1 seeds— Notre Dame, Mississippi State, UConn and Louisville—advanced out of their regions with No. 6 Oregon State being the only non-top three seed to even reach the Elite Eight.But the excitement began when Notre Dame upset basketball’s greatest dynasty — the University of Connecticut — to hand them their first loss of the season in the Final Four.After going back and forth for most of the game, it appeared Notre Dame had secured a win in the last few seconds. It was the forced overtime from Notre Dame’s Jessica Shepard’s two costly turnovers at the end of regulation, and a near-loss after UConn’s Gabby Williams missed a last-second jumper, that would have given the Huskies the win.March Madness: Villanova, DiVincenzo dismiss Michigan for national titleSitting atop the College Basketball world for the second time in three seasons, Villanova University defeated the University of Michigan Read…Fortunately, the Irish were able to maintain their intensity in the extra period. Ogunbowale had an opportunity to lock the game up for Notre Dame but missed a free throw in the final minute that allowed UConn to tie the game at 89–89 with a three-pointer from Crystal Dangerfield.In the next play, Ogunbowale redeemed herself and avoided a trip to double overtime — nailing a deep two-pointer on an isolation play to win the game for Notre Dame 91–89.On the other side of the bracket, Mississippi State, who upset UConn last year in the Final Four, beat Louisville 73–63 to give the Bulldogs a chance at avenging last year’s championship loss against South Carolina.In the championship game, Mississippi State led early up 30–17 at halftime. But Notre Dame would come back and had an opportunity to win the game tied 58–58 at the end of regulation.Bo is back: talking Coaches vs. Cancer, Badger BasketballFor almost 15 years, Coach Bo Ryan was at the helm of the University of Wisconsin men’s basketball team. Over Read…But after a steal from Mississippi State’s Morgan William in the final 10 seconds, the Bulldogs had a chance to win the game on a fast break score. As players scrambled for position, William would miss an open Victoria Vivens and turn the ball over herself.This forced Mississippi State to foul at half-court to avoid giving Notre Dame an easy last-second layup as the Irish still had several players around the rim from their last turnover.Ogunbowale got the pass on the inbound from the foul and the rest is history.  The guard hit a heavily contested three over Vivens to end a miraculous tournament run for Notre Dame and give the program their second-ever national championship.last_img read more

Malouda banished to spend final year with youth team

first_imgFlorent Malouda was Wednesday night turned into Chelsea’s latest £4million-a-year outcast – after being banished from any involvement with the Blues first team.Just months after similar treatment of Nicolas Anelka and Alex fanned the dressing room flames that helped bring down Andre Villas-Boas, former France skipper Malouda was told he must train with the youth team for the last year of his £80,000-per-week stay at Stamford Bridge.Malouda announced his internal exile on his Twitter feed, posting a picture of the under-21 block at the club’s Cobham base with the message: “This is where I’ll train for my last season with the Blues!!!”And last night Chelsea confirmed the 32-year-old had been told he has no place in Roberto Di Matteo’s thoughts for the rest of the season, despite being named in the club’s 25-man Premier League squad – he was omitted from their Champions League players – only on Tuesday.Chelsea insisted that Malouda – a £13.5million signing from Lyons by Jose Mourinho and who has scored 45 goals in 230 appearances – had been dumped because he wanted to leave the club.Potential moves back to Lyons and also Brazilian side Santos fell through over the midfielder’s personal terms, with Malouda reluctant to take a pay cut. Malouda, who signed a four-year deal in 2009, has consistently frustrated the Blues hierarchy with his contribution since the last few months of the Carlo Ancelotti era.But his high wages have prevented the club offloading him, with Chelsea unwilling to help sweeten any possible deal.Even so, the treatment of a seasoned international who played in the Champions League Final triumph over Bayern Munich runs the risk of upsetting the dressing room, as Villas-Boas’ decision to exile Anelka and Alex did last season.While Chelsea maintained the cases were different, the club were adamant in December that both Anelka, who went to Shanghai Shenhua, and Alex, who joined Ancelotti at Paris St Germain, had been cast aside because of their desire to quit Stamford Bridge.Di Matteo has revamped the squad over the summer, with Didier Drogba, Jose Bosingwa, Salomon Kalou, Michael Essien and Raul Meireles all leaving and Eden Hazard, Oscar, Cesar Azplilcueta, Victor Moses and Marko Marin all arriving. Malouda, though, looks like being lucratively-rewarded passenger until the transfer window reopens in January and while the majority of the Francophone block at the club have departed, Di Matteo’s decision could backfire if there is internal resentment at the treatment of the Frenchman.last_img read more

Boxing news: Tagoe suffers malaria setback to push fight against Reyes to April 24

first_imgThe WBA International Lightweight Championship contest between Ghana’s Emmanuel ‘Game Boy’ Tagoe and Filipino Joebert Delos Reyes has been postponed to April 24.The postponement was made necessary due to a bout of Malaria suffered by Tagoe.The fight night which also features another cracking bout between George ‘Red Tiger’ Ashie and Ronald Pontillas was originally scheduled to be staged on March 27.The postponement will ensure that the lead boxer of the Baby Jet Promotions makes a full recovery and will be in top shape for the bout which will take place at the Lawn Tennis Court of the Accra Sports Stadium.Preparations and logistics are being put together to stage the fight – which will be beamed live to over 50 countries in Africa by SuperSport – on the new date.Baby Jet Promotions will be issuing a release of event timelines in the build up to the fight in due course.last_img read more

COLEMAN STILL A MAJOR DOUBT FOR CLASH AGAINST GERMANY

first_imgDonegal soccer star Seamus Coleman is still a major doubt for Ireland’s crunch Euro games with Germany and Poland.The Killybegs man, who has been out for almost a month, didn’t feature for Everton in Sunday’s 1-1 draw with rivals Liverpool.Coleman is battling a hamstring injury he picked up in the game against Chelsea three weeks ago but is back training and made himself available for selection. Ireland Manager Martin O’Neill has named him in his squad but it is doubtful that he will feature in that game.COLEMAN STILL A MAJOR DOUBT FOR CLASH AGAINST GERMANY was last modified: October 5th, 2015 by StephenShare 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:donegalIrelandKillybegsseamus colemanlast_img read more