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“I don’t want to project beyond that period,” he said. “One month is a long time.”The announcement came on the eve of the implementation of a directive mandating New Yorkers wear face coverings in public places where they cannot stay six feet (about two meters) apart.Jamie O’Reilly, owner of a dog-walking business, said the continued shutdown was “stressful” but “you just have to roll with the punches.””That’s what New Yorkers do,” the 31-year-old told AFP. ‘Health first’ Also on Thursday New York Mayor Bill de Blasio issued a frank appeal to the White House for federal assistance, as he unveiled a shaved budget for the city where coronavirus has slashed revenue.His $89.3 billion budget for the fiscal year starting July 1 is $6 billion less than his initial proposal in January.De Blasio said the city estimates a massive drop in tax revenue due to the coronavirus shutdown: $7.4 billion over the current fiscal year and the next.”That is a horrifying figure,” the mayor said.”No New Yorker is responsible for this horrible crisis, but New York has borne the brunt — we are the epicenter,” de Blasio continued”I made clear to the president his hometown needs him,” the mayor of America’s economic engine continued. “Anyone who wants that national recovery better take care of the places that will have to build this recovery.””If President Trump raises his voice, the Republican Senate will follow, period.”The mayor’s proposed budget cuts included keeping the city’s outdoor pools closed for the summer, which he estimated could save New York $12 million.Job losses from the coronavirus pandemic in the United States hit 22 million Thursday, according to government data, and the president has vowed to lay out plans for re-opening the world’s largest economy.But like Cuomo, de Blasio warned that “it would be a huge mistake” to re-open “too early” the city that has most of its more than 8 million residents sheltering at home.Both leaders have emphasized that mass testing is key to re-booting economic activity.O’Reilly, who owns the dog-walking business, said the coronavirus shutdown has been particularly painful for those in the city who have lost income, but that “I really trust in our governor for putting people’s health first.””Why does the economy matter if we’re not around to spend any money because we’re all sick?” New York Governor Andrew Cuomo on Thursday extended his shutdown order in the US coronavirus outbreak epicenter until May 15, citing data showing improved conditions but insisting on the need to maintain vigilance.The governor pointed to falling rates of hospitalizations and intensive care admissions, but said infection rates would have to decrease significantly before the economy could begin re-opening.”I would like to see that infection rate get down even more,” Cuomo said, reporting that 606 more people had died in the last day, the lowest daily toll in 10 days. Actress Christine Rowan agreed, saying she’d be “pleasantly surprised” if the city was up and running by September.”I’m keeping my expectations low and just trusting the process,” she said.”It’s a pain in the ass but it’s sort of the new normal, for at least a little while.”In a hopeful sign, Cuomo said New York state — where more than 11,500 people have died from COVID-19, with more than 213,700 confirmed infections — would donate 100 ventilators each to hard-hit New Jersey and Michigan and 50 to Maryland.Less than a month ago, the state of some 20 million people was sounding desperate appeals for the life-saving devices.”We understand about sharing resources like we’ve never understood before, and we understand about sharing among states and how good people were to New York when we needed it,” Cuomo said. Topics :
Promoted ContentWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?Couples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable Way13 kids at weddings who just don’t give a hootCan Playing Too Many Video Games Hurt Your Body?Plus-Size Girls Who Set The Catwalk On Fire2020 Tattoo Trends: Here’s What You’ll See This YearBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever Made8 Most Interesting Sylvester Stallone Movies10 Risky Jobs Some Women Do5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme ParksThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read MoreBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For Them The announcement was closely followed by the postponement of the Six Nations rugby match between France and Ireland scheduled for Saturday in Paris. They are the most high profile sporting events in France to be hit by the coronavirus outbreak. France’s sports minister, Roxana Maracineanu, said that the final matches of an ongoing four-team women’s international football tournament involving France, the Netherlands, Brazil and Canada will also be played behind closed doors on Tuesday. According to the French Football Federation, 12,000 tickets have been sold for the game between France and the Netherlands in the northern town of Valenciennes. Elsewhere, this week’s Paris-Nice cycling race is going ahead, but no spectators will be allowed at the start and finish lines for the remaining stages. “This is an exceptional situation,” Maracineanu said at a press conference. “What I advise is that sports events continue to take place.” Maracineanu said that the ban on gatherings of more than 1,000 people would also be applied to the France men’s football team’s scheduled games against Ukraine in Paris on March 27 and Finland in Lyon on March 31. Loading… Read Also: Man Utd open to Pogba exit as PSG, Juve plot £100m bids“We were prepared for this eventuality and have made the appropriate preparations,” Dortmund said in a statement.Dortmund won the first leg of their tie 2-1 at home last month, leaving PSG requiring a second-leg comeback to avoid a fourth straight exit in the first knockout round of the Champions League.Tuesday’s Champions League clash between Valencia and Italian side Atalanta in Spain will also be played behind closed doors, with the visitors travelling from Bergamo in the Lombardy region which is amongst the worst hit parts of Italy by the virus. No journalists will be allowed to attend that game either.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 “If they can be postponed, they possibly will be postponed, otherwise they will have to respect the limit of 1,000,” Maracineanu said at a press conference.PSG had already had their Ligue 1 match at Strasbourg on Saturday postponed due to the extent of the outbreak in the Alsace region of eastern France.The state of North Rhine Westphalia, where Dortmund is situated, has been the worst hit in Germany, with close to 500 confirmed infections, according to official data. Paris Saint-Germain’s Champions League last 16 second leg at home to German club Borussia Dortmund on Wednesday will be played behind closed doors because of the coronavirus outbreak, Paris police said on Monday. Paris Saint-Germain’s home Champions league tie against Dortmund will be held behind closed doors The decision comes after the French government on Sunday announced measures to cope with the spread of the virus, including banning all gatherings of more than 1,000 people. France has so far seen almost 1,200 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 21 deaths. “In accordance with the measures announced…last night, the police chief has decided that the match…will be played behind closed doors,” said Paris police in a statement late on Monday morning. PSG, who would have expected a full house of more than 45,000 fans at the Parc des Princes for the game, issued a statement of their own, saying: “In this context, the club remains fully mobilised to organise the match in the best possible conditions.”Advertisement The view from outside the Parc des Princes, where PSG and Dortmund will meet behind closed doors on Wednesday
Area Basketball Scores.Thursday (1-26)Girls Scores.Franklin County 52 Batesville 49FC JV won 34-28Jac-Cen-Del 60 SW Hanover 38South Ripley 57 Switz. County 16Milan 37 Waldron 26Lawrenceburg 53 Madison 41Shelbyville 47 Hauser 43Rushville 55 Heritage Christian 49Morristown 63 Indy Lutheran 50SW Shelby 52 Greenwood Christian 43Boys Scores.Greensburg 69 Lawrenceburg 58
Statewide — The Indiana State Department of Health has reported that 1051 additional Hoosiers have been diagnosed with COVID-19 as of Thursday. A total of 71,015 Indiana residents have tested positive for the coronavirus. To date, 804,345 individual tests have been reported to ISDH at an 8.8% positivity rate and 6 new deaths were reported for a total of 2,811 Hoosier deaths to-date.Locally, Dearborn County has a total of 479 cases and 28 deaths reported (up 2 new cases), Decatur County has a total of 324 positive cases and 32 deaths (up 2 new cases), Franklin County has 234 positive cases and 13 deaths (up 3 new cases), and Ripley County has 194 positive cases and 7 deaths (no change). This is an increase of 7 new positive cases locally.
“So we are waiting for this match (on Monday). We are in the top half of the table before Saturday’s games and we are very positive along with the players. “It is our power that we are consistent; we have our rules when we play. We work together – as a block, as a unit. “Of course we have had some sweet moments earlier in December but I never saw anyone start to think about not working hard or doing his job. “There were some great matches at Christmas time and we have had a busy programme, just like all the other clubs.” Flores is determined not to let heads drop and had nothing but praise for his players ahead of the Swans clash. He added: “I’m enjoying the experience – this journey. It’s important to keep the morale high within everyone. “It’s very important to keep positive. There is no reason for us to be thinking any other way. The players have performed amazing. “We are very positive about our next performance.” The Hornets’ dip in form came during a tricky run of games against Chelsea, Tottenham and Manchester City before the 2-0 loss at St Mary’s, and Flores is confident they will get back on track at struggling Swansea on Monday night. “Except for the Southampton match, we are playing very well against amazing teams,” Flores told Hornets PlayerHD. “We have played to a high level for a long time in this category so it is normal that just one time. Watford will have defender Nathan Ake available again following suspension for the trip. The on-loan Chelsea full-back has completed a three-match ban following his red card against Tottenham on December 28. Flores could freshen up his side, with defender Craig Cathcart, midfielder Ikechi Anya and Colombia forward Victor Ibarbo all coming off the bench in midweek. Defenders Tommie Hoban (groin) and Joel Ekstrand (knee) remain unavailable. Head coach Quique Sanchez Flores believes there are plenty of positives to take from Watford’s season so far, despite the midweek defeat at Southampton making it four Barclays Premier League games without a win. Press Association
— Kentucky guard Immanuel Quickley will enter the NBA draft and sign with an agent, leaving school after a breakout season in which he was an honorable mention All-America selection by The Associated Press. Southeastern Conference coaches voted the 6-foot-3 sophomore Player of the Year after he wasn’t picked for any preseason all-conference teams. Quickley averaged a team-high 16.1 points per game last season with double-figure efforts in his final 20 contests.NASCAR-LARSON SLURKyle Larson suspended for racial slur in virtual raceCHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Kyle Larson’s racial slur cost him his two primary NASCAR supporters. It likely will cost him his job soon.McDonald’s and Credit One Bank ended their sponsorship of Larson on Monday, a day after he used the N-word during a live stream of a virtual race. The decision came hours after NASCAR and Chip Ganassi Racing suspended Larson indefinitely, his team doing so without pay. Update on the latest in sports: The WWE-backed XFL canceled the rest of its return season last month because of the coronavirus pandemic. It suspended operations and laid off its employees Friday.The XFL had eight franchises this season and played five games out of a planned 10-game schedule. It drew decent TV ratings early on and had deals with ESPN and Fox.NBA-BULLS-FRONT OFFICEBulls fire Forman, announce Karnisovas hire, reassign PaxsonCHICAGO (AP) — The Chicago Bulls fired general manager Gar Forman on Monday, while officially hiring Denver Nuggets GM Arturas Karnisovas as their executive vice president of basketball operations and moving John Paxson into an advisory role. In other NFL news:—Former NFL quarterback Tarvaris Jackson has died in a one-car crash outside Montgomery, Alabama. He was 36. The 2012 Chevrolet Camaro that Jackson was driving went off the road, struck a tree and overturned at 8:50 p.m. Sunday. Jackson was hired as quarterbacks coach for Tennessee State last season after a 10-year NFL career with the Seattle Seahawks, Minnesota Vikings and Buffalo Bills.—The NFL and its players union have agreed to conduct “virtual” offseason workout programs until every team is permitted to open its facilities. Teams can hold classroom instruction, workouts and non-football educational programs using online platforms. The three-week virtual offseason starts on April 20 and runs through May 15. Teams with a new head coach have the option to also hold a fourth week for a voluntary veterans minicamp.—ESPN and NFL Network will join forces for this year’s NFL draft. They will produce a broadcast that will air on both networks over all three days. The April 23-25 draft was originally scheduled to be in Las Vegas but has been moved due to the coronavirus pandemic. It will now originate from ESPN’s headquarters in Bristol, Connecticut.—The San Francisco 49ers have re-signed cornerbacks Dontae Johnson and Jason Verrett to one-year contracts. Johnson and Verrett played sparingly for San Francisco last season but were brought back for depth in the secondary. Without funding from McDonald’s and Credit One Bank, Ganassi seemingly will be forced to dump Larson in favor of a different driver.McDonald’s has partnered with CGR for nearly a decade and sponsors the team’s No. 42 Chevrolet in the Cup Series. Ending its relationship with Larson would make it next to impossible for Ganassi to stick with Larson behind the wheel. NASCAR ordered Larson, who is half Japanese, to complete a sensitivity training course before he can be eligible for reinstatement.Larson apologized in a video posted on his social media accounts.VIRUS OUTBREAK-SPORTSGet ready for the Madrid Virtual Open —The Los Angeles Rams have signed kickers Lirim Hajrullahu and Austin MacGinnis as potential replacements for longtime incumbent Greg Zuerlein. Hajrullahu has spent the past six seasons playing for three Canadian Football League teams. MacGinnis kicked in the defunct Alliance of American Football and in the defunct XFL over the past 14 months.XFL-BANKRUPTCYXFL files for bankruptcy, cites COVID-19 crisisUNDATED (AP) — The XFL has filed for bankruptcy, likely spelling the end of the second iteration of the league.The filing Monday in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Delaware estimates the organization has between $10 million and $50 million in both assets and liabilities. Former coaches Bob Stoops and Marc Trestman are among the creditors with the largest unsecured claims. The team agreed to a four-year, $64 million contract extension with McCaffrey on Monday, a person familiar with the contract negotiations told The Associated Press.The person spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity because the Panthers have not announced the extension. Details on how much of the contract is fully guaranteed were unavailable.The $16-million-a-year deal eclipses Ezekiel Elliott’s contract with the Dallas Cowboys that is worth $15 million per season.The extension keeps McCaffrey, 23, tied to the Panthers through the 2025 season. The coming season would be the final year of his rookie contract, and Carolina had the option to pick up a fifth year in 2021.It appeared to a matter of when, not if, the extension was coming after Panthers coach Matt Rhule made it clear last week that he viewed McCaffrey as a vital part of the franchise moving forward. The Bulls handed the keys to the 48-year-old Karnisovas last week, hoping he can spark a struggling franchise.Paxson is moving into a background role after nearly two decades as the top basketball decision-maker. He took over as general manager for Jerry Krause in 2003 and was promoted to vice president of basketball operations in May 2009 with Forman — who joined the Bulls as a scout in 1998 — becoming GM.But now, Forman is out. And the future of coach Jim Boylen remains unclear.The Bulls thought they were ready to contend for a playoff spot after combining for just 49 wins the past two seasons. Instead, they were 11th in the Eastern Conference at 22-43 when the NBA suspended play because of the COVID-19 pandemic.In other NBA news: — Athletes completing doping bans over the next year will be eligible to compete in the postponed Tokyo Olympics. It’s an unintended effect of the coronavirus pandemic that has some crying foul. Irish race walker Brendan Boyce says, “It doesn’t seem like a fair punishment.” The 2020 Olympics were officially postponed last month for one year, with the opening ceremony now set for July 23, 2021.— Premier League soccer club Tottenham has reversed a decision to use government money to fund some staff salaries during the coronavirus pandemic. Staff put on furlough during the pandemic receive 80% of their salaries up to a maximum of 2,500 pounds ($3,000) per month from the government. And Tottenham had said non-playing staff not being furloughed would have their pay cut 20%.— A lower-level German soccer team has sold more than 125,000 tickets to a fictional game. Fourth-division club Lokomotive Leipzig says it has set an “attendance record” by selling so many tickets for a “virtual game against an invisible opponent on May 8.” The former East German league club has been selling symbolic tickets for 1 euro ($1.10).— Tokyo organizers say they have no “PlanB” for the Olympics if they need to be postponed again. They say they are proceeding under the assumption the Olympics will open on July 23, 2021. That date was set last month by the IOC and Japanese officials after the spreading coronavirus pandemic made it clear the Olympics could not be held as scheduled.— More than 40 figure skaters from nine countries will take part in a fundraiser Friday to help healthcare workers on the front lines battling the new coronavirus. Olympic and world champions such as Scott Hamilton, Michelle Kwan and Brian Boitano have compiled videos as part of the one-hour event “Blades for the Brave.” It will be streamed on Bladesforthebrave.org as well as Americares, Facebook and Twitter feeds and its YouTube channel.,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6 —The mother of Minnesota Timberwolves center Karl-Anthony Towns has died due to complications from COVID-19. Jacqueline Cruz-Towns had been fighting the virus for more than a month. The native of the Dominican Republic was a fixture at Timberwolves games from the start of her son’s NBA career in 2015. Karl Towns Sr., the father of the two-time All-Star, was also hospitalized with the virus but has since recovered.—The NBA has been sending evaluations to players considering leaving college early and entering the draft. The league will do so for all underclassmen who ask before Thursday’s deadline. The task falls to the league’s Undergraduate Advisory Committee, which understands that what it says in these uncertain times may carry even more weight than usual. No date has been set for the draft.—Houston Rockets star Russell Westbrook has donated 650 computers to children in need so they can continue learning with schools shut down because of the new coronavirus. Westbrook’s Why Not? Foundation teamed with Comp-U-Dopt and Houston mayor Sylvester Turner’s office of education to provide computers to underprivileged children across the city.In NBA draft news:— Kansas guard Devon Dotson is entering the NBA draft after leading the Big 12 Conference in scoring his sophomore season. The 6-foot-2 guard averaged 18.1 points, 4.1 rebounds, 4 assists and 2.1 steals while helping Kansas go 28-3 and win its final 16 games. UNDATED (AP) — Rafael Nadal and Andy Murray are among 12 players confirmed to play in the virtual Madrid Open tennis tournament, April 27-30.The online competition will be played from players’ homes and is expected to be broadcast live on TV and social media channels.There will be 150,000 euros ($164,000) distributed in prize money for each of the men’s and women’s events. The winners then decide how much they want to donate to tennis players who are having a hard time financially without any tournaments to play.Another 50,000 euros ($55,000) will be donated to reduce the social impact of the pandemic.In other virus-related developments: Associated Press —Washington State athletic director Pat Chun, head football coach Nick Rolovich and men’s basketball coach Kyle Smith are taking voluntary 5% pay cuts through the end of the 2020-21 academic year due to revenue reductions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. Chun says all Washington State coaches will voluntarily forgo all bonuses or incentives through the end of the next academic year.— New York Post sports photographer Anthony Causi has died from the coronavirus at age 48. Causi was an exceedingly popular sports photographer who covered the city’s teams for 25 years. He was married with two young children. Many of New York’s professional teams and several players posted messages on Twitter expressing sadness, condolences and paying tribute to him.— The Cleveland Browns will donate net proceeds from sales of their new jerseys to a fund aiding health care professionals, first responders and others who have selflessly served during the COVID-19 pandemic. The team launched the Hats Off to Our Heroes Fund on Monday, two days before it will reveal the new uniforms. The Browns said the team will commit 100 percent of the proceeds “for a significant period of time” to the fund.— Spanish soccer club Real Sociedad (ray-AL’ soh-see-ay-DAHD’) is going back on its plan to resume practicing at the team’s training center during the coronavirus pandemic. The club says it made the decision after discussions with the Spanish government. Spain is starting to loosen some of its lockdown measures this week by allowing non-essential workers to return to their activities while observing social-distancing guidelines.— IOC President Thomas Bach tells a German newspaper that the Olympic body will face “several hundred million dollars” of added costs because of the postponement of the Tokyo Games. Estimates in Japan place the overall cost of the postponement at between $2 billion-$6 billion. All of those costs will be borne by the Japanese side except for the IOC portion. Bach says he is confident the Olympics could be held in 2021 despite the current pandemic caused by the coronavirus. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditPANTHERS-MCCAFFREYAP source: Panthers make McCaffrey highest-paid running backCHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — The Carolina Panthers have rewarded Christian McCaffrey for his production and versatility, making him the highest-paid running in the NFL. April 14, 2020
KINGSTON and Basseterre hosted the second week of CPL 2019. New highs were reached and the competition’s traditional superpowers extended their dominance. Here’s a recap of the week gone by.Record for highest CPL total – broken three times in 72 hoursEntering the week, 226 – made by St Lucia Stars last season – was the CPL record for highest total. It was smashed twice by the end of the week’s first match.Chris Gayle’s 22nd T20 hundred, in a 162-run stand with Chadwick Walton – a CPL record – lifted Jamaica Tallawahs to 241 on Tuesday, but St Kitts and Nevis Patriots rode on Evin Lewis’ 17-ball fifty – another CPL record – to chase it down with seven balls to spare. Devon Thomas contributed to the Patriots win with 71 and the 37 sixes struck by the two sides were the joint-most in a T20 game.Three days later, Trinbago Knight Riders (TKR) hammered 267 against Tallawahs, batting first, snatching the CPL record en route to posting the highest total in the history of franchise cricket. Colin Munro struck 96 in 50 balls and Lendl Simmons made 86 as Knight Riders smashed 171 runs in the final ten overs. In response, Tallawahs made a valiant 226 for 5, but suffered their fourth straight loss of the season.There were other concerns for Tallawahs this week. Andre Russell played no part against St Lucia Zouks after retiring hurt following a blow to his helmet, and was forced to miss Tallawahs’ next game too. A win later in the week earned Tallawahs their first points, but Gayle’s side remain last on the points table. Knight Riders are unbeaten after four games, tied at the top with Guyana Amazon Warriors.Mixed results for PatriotsWith four of the seven games being played at Basseterre, Patriots had the opportunity to consolidate their position in week two, but they lost half their matches.Patriots failed to ride on the momentum of chasing down 241 on Tuesday, losing to Barbados Tridents by 18 runs on Wednesday.They were then bowled out for 121 against the unbeaten Guyana Amazon Warriors(GAW), taking a big dent to their NRR as their opponents chased their target down with 25 balls to spare. But Patriots made up for that in the week’s last game by downing St Lucia Zouks with 31 balls to spare, courtesy another Lewis half-century. Patriots discovered fast bowler Akeem Jordan, whose four-wicket haul on CPL debut restricted Zouks to only 138.Bowler of the weekZouks’ Fawad Ahmed, CPL 2018’s highest wicket-taker, conceded 2.75 runs per over in a match where Patriots scored at nearly 10. Although it came in a losing cause, Flawad’s 2 for 11 was the Zouks highlight in an innings where the rest of their bowlers were ducking for cover. A legbreak that brought Laurie Evans forward before spinning across him and flattening his off-stump was a sight for sore eyes. Fawad played a crucial role in Zouks’ first win of the season too, his 2 for 28 helping restrict Tallawahs to 170 on a flat deck.Batsman of the weekGayle’s 116 was a close contender, but Munro’s 96 in Knight Riders’ record-smashing 267 could not be ignored. Playing his first game of the season after joining the side from international duty, Munro – CPL 2018’s highest run-scorer – picked up from where he left off last season, cracking eight sixes and six fours to finish four short of a fifth T20 ton.Tallawahs’ left-arm wristspinner Zahir Khan was troubling Knight Riders when Munro walked in, but he started the innings with a cut through point before reverse-sweeping the bowler for six. To negate Zahir’s googly, and take lbw out of the equation, Munro took guard beyond off stump. Against the pacers, Munro was in his element, muscling slogs through midwicket or aiming sixes over the bowler’s head. From 22 off 19 balls at the end of ten overs, he drilled 74 runs off his next 31 deliveries to help Knight Riders post the third-highest T20 total of all time.
The Los Angeles Police Department took a slightly different approach to Wednesday’s traffic enforcement operation near USC’s campus than it took during its September effort.At least six LAPD officers were patrolling Jefferson Boulevard throughout the day, rather than staking out the intersections of McClintock Avenue and Hoover Street, as they did last time and initially said they would this time.Some students who biked through the designated intersections said they didn’t see much change in behavior.“I biked across Hoover a bunch of times today and didn’t see anyone,” said Andrea Santos, a junior majoring in theatre. “People were biking across the whole time and usually when someone sees LAPD there’s a chain reaction and everyone gets off their bike.”By noon, LAPD had issued just 15 citations, according to Department of Public Safety Capt. David Carlisle. During the September enforcement effort, LAPD issued a total of 120 citations.Carlisle said when he visited the intersection of Jefferson and Hoover there were four LAPD officers, and he noticed students complying with the posted road signs.“I saw lots of students walking their bikes,” Carlisle said.Carlisle said LAPD reported that it noticed many motor vehicles failing to yield to pedestrians in the crosswalk, and it plans to return Thursday to address the issue.“It appears they will be back tomorrow to monitor areas such as Hoover and 28th [Street] and Hoover and Adams [Boulevard] because of the number of vehicles ignoring pedestrians in crosswalks,” Carlisle said.
SUNDEEP MALLADI/Herald photoUniversity of Wisconsin athletics holds one of the best home advantages in the nation. While the Badgers men’s basketball team won all 19 of its home games this past season, it’s not the Kohl Center. Nor is it Camp Randall. However, it is located just off of Breese Terrace.Since 1930, the UW Field House has provided Wisconsin volleyball with one of the top home-court advantages in the country. And believe it or not, the Field House is nationally recognized.”The size of our crowds and the history of the building are known nationwide,” said UW volleyball head coach Pete Waite in a statement. “The Field House and the fans are two of the major reasons top recruits say they want to play for Wisconsin.”It’s even listed on the National Register of Historical Places.As of late, the Field House has been one of the best places to catch an NCAA volleyball match. Mainly due to its high attendance numbers (second in the nation with 4,328 per contest last season), the Field House hosted the prestigious AVCA Volleyball Showcase last fall, playing host to top-ranked Ohio, Texas and Washington. Furthermore, Wisconsin has hosted the NCAA tournament’s first and second rounds for the past three seasons. While some of that has to do with the Badgers’ success in recent seasons (UW has reached at least the Sweet 16 the past three years), most of it has to do with the Field House itself. Some of the best volleyball teams in the nation have missed out on hosting the first and second rounds due to subpar home venues.Even though Waite has been satisfied with having the start of the tournament at home, he wants a little bit more in 2007. For next season, he is pushing strong for Madison to be one of the regional sites.With one of the best classes to come through Wisconsin volleyball becoming seniors (starters Jackie Simpson, Taylor Reineke, Jocelyn Wack, as well as key contributors Amanda Berkley, Megan Mills and Maya Carroll), Waite knows having potential Sweet 16 and Elite Eight games at the Field House would be an ideal situation.”We’re going to be putting in for regionals next year,” Waite said at a Dec. 4 press conference. “That’s something you look at for your team and their strength and their maturity, because had we put in for this year, then we probably wouldn’t get it next year, and we’ve got a group that will hopefully get even stronger next season.”The only thing better would be to host the NCAA championships, as the Field House did in 1993.But the Field House isn’t just the home to Wisconsin volleyball. The UW wrestling team also holds its home matches at the Field House. Like volleyball, the Badgers’ wrestling team has enjoyed success at home in recent years. Last season, Wisconsin’s only home losses came to No. 1 Minnesota and No. 9 Illinois.While only volleyball and wrestling call it home today, the Field House’s history includes many more UW teams under its roof.Prior to the opening of the Kohl Center in 1998, the UW Field House was the premiere sporting venue on campus after football season as both the men’s and women’s basketball teams played there. Before Alando Tucker outdid him by 70 points, ex-Badger and current San Antonio Spurs guard/forward Michael Finley became the school’s all-time leading scorer in Camp Randall’s backyard.Also, from 1933 to 1960, Wisconsin dominated the NCAA boxing ranks in the Field House. Since the program’s beginning, John Walsh set the standard for coaching in collegiate boxing. In 25 seasons (1933 to 1958), Walsh produced 38 NCAA individual champions and made the Field House the hot ticket on UW’s campus.Wisconsin’s boxing team regularly put 15,000 in the seats of what was then known as “The Barn.” According to Doug Moe’s book “Lords of the Ring: The Triumph and Tragedy of College Boxing’s Greatest Team,” on the same night 11,000 people went to see heavyweight champion Joe Lewis defend his belt in New York’s Madison Square Garden, 15,200 were in attendance for Wisconsin’s home dual match with Michigan State.While the boxing team was cut from UW athletics in 1960, its numerous banners still hang inside the Field House to this date, outnumbering both wrestling and volleyball’s awards combined.And although it may be not be noticeable in the shadows of Camp Randall, the UW Field House remains as one of the most historic athletic facilities in the country.