Louisville’s Punishment

first_imgRecently the NCAA handed down its punishment to the University of Louisville for its basketball “sex scandal”.  Most people feel that because Ric Pitino is a Hall of Fame Coach the NCAA just gave them a slap on the wrist rather than a severe punishment.The Cardinals will lose some basketball scholarships and Pitino must sit out 5 conference games next year.  My opinion is that they should have received a penalty similar to that which was handed out to SMU a couple years ago.  That punishment was referred to as the Death Penalty.  In those cases, the school’s program involved is literally shut down for a period of time.  Louisville’s punishment was simply too lenient.last_img

Wright-Phillips ‘could go for free’

first_img Press Association Harry Redknapp believes QPR would grant Shaun Wright-Phillips a free transfer if he found a new club. Rangers boss Redknapp has claimed the 33-year-old midfielder is happier sitting on a “fantastic contract” than leaving the club for first-team football. Redknapp revealed Wright-Phillips has rejected a host of potential loan moves, telling the former Manchester City midfielder he “needs to move on”. “He played for me when I first came here in the Premier League. I’ve got no problems with him, I like him an awful lot. If I didn’t, I’d say so. “When he’s had a chance on loan – Blackburn, Bolton, Charlton, they’ve come in for him – and he’s said ‘I’m not interested’, he didn’t want to know. He wouldn’t consider it. He doesn’t want to go on loan. “But even a permanent deal, who’s going to pay the same money he has here? It’s difficult. “But let’s be honest – you can’t blame the boy. “No-one’s blaming him; he’s got a great contract. “In the long term he needs to move on and play football, and I’ve said that to him many times.” Wright-Phillips hit back at Redknapp by pledging to fight for his future at the west London club. “I’m not at QPR to go back and forth. I’m fit and ready to do my bit in this relegation fight as they may need me at some point. I believe in myself and know what I’m capable of,” he tweeted. Rangers host Manchester United at Loftus Road bidding to ease out of the Premier League relegation zone on Saturday. Former Arsenal and England striker Ian Wright leapt to the defence of his adopted son Wright-Phillips, criticising Redknapp’s comments on Twitter. “Ridiculous statement about not wanting to go on loan!!! You get paid the same money when you’re on loan,” Wright posted. Wright-Phillips has vowed to “do my bit in this relegation fight” despite Redknapp deeming him surplus to requirements at Loftus Road. “He would be allowed to go on a free; the club would do a deal with him, I’m sure,” Redknapp said. “Shifting him if he’s not in your plans, that’s difficult. “I’ve told Shaun, of course I’ve told him, he needs to go on loan or move permanently. “But he’s not going to move when he’s got a fantastic contract. “Let’s all sit and talk straight: when you’re earning X amount of pounds, and someone wants to give you money that’s nowhere near that, you’re not going to go, are you? “It’s no-one’s fault that Shaun’s got a great contract. Good luck to him – someone gave it to him. “It’s all about opinions. Someone else could come in and put Shaun straight in the team. That’s the game. last_img read more

Women’s soccer: Badgers surprise in NCAA, fall short in second round to Gators

first_imgThe University of Wisconsin Badgers women’s soccer team hoped to continue their impressive run in Gainesville, Florida as they took on the University of Florida Gators in the second round of the NCAA tournament, but they came up short in double overtime.The loss came a week after the Badgers advanced past the first round with a win over Marquette University. Their reward, facing the number one-seeded Gators. In a back and forth battle, the Badgers’ (9-5-8) season came to an end in a 3-2 double overtime loss.Women’s soccer: Wisconsin takes on No. 1 seed Florida in second round of NCAA TournamentSports can be cruel, and sometimes to a certain extent it almost appears as if the game taunts the players Read…The game would go into halftime scoreless as the Badgers managed to keep the high scoring Gators in check. Wisconsin’s goalkeeper, Caitlyn Clem, recorded eight saves — a career high for Clem. The match proved to be a defensive battle throughout, but by the time the second half started, it seemed like a different game.Florida would break the scoreless tie 53rd minute on a penalty kick goal by Meggie Dougherty Howard. Thirteen minutes later, the Badgers would earn a penalty kick of their own. Senior midfielder, Micaela Powers, confused Gator goalkeeper, Kaylan Marckese, who dove for the left goal post while Powers sent it for the right side, delivering the equalizer at one. The goal was Powers’ fifth of the season.For a brief moment in the second half, the Badgers had the advantage and the top-seeded Gators on the ropes. In the 77th minute, Wisconsin took a 2-1 lead on a goal from freshman forward sensation, Dani Rhodes. The goal served as Rhodes’ fourth of the year, delivered in from junior forward, Sydney McGinnis.Florida outshot Wisconsin 18-13 in the game, besting the Badgers in shots on goal 11-5 and winning the corner kick battle, 7-1. Despite all this, the Badgers were less than 14 minutes away from completing a remarkable upset and moving on to the third round.The excitement of an advantage would almost immediately be shattered as the Gators scored just over a minute later. On a corner kick, Florida managed to tie the game on an own goal by Wisconsin in the 78th minute. The game would go into overtime knotted up at two apiece.Both teams would go scoreless in the first overtime and forced the game into to a double overtime period, the last stage before penalty kicks. The game was decided in the 107th minute when Brooke Sharp of Florida beat Clem from five yards out to send the Gators to the Sweet Sixteen.With the loss, six seniors will say goodbye to the Cardinal and White, including star player Rose Lavelle, Powers, Meghan Ledin, Holly Heckendorf, Morgan Taylor and Kylie Schwarz. This season saw a number of successes. The appearance in the second round marked Wisconsin’s 10th time to accomplish such a feat. Head coach, Paula Wilkins, also completed a milestone of her own getting her 100th win with Wisconsin.Women’s soccer: Late-season collapse costs Badgers NCAA BidWith five teams receiving bids, the Big Ten conference will be well represented in the upcoming NCAA tournament for women’s Read…In what some would call a rebuilding year, the Badgers showed some positive signs that could convince the biggest skeptics that the Badgers have a bright future on the horizon. Wilkins and Wisconsin now approach spring play with a lot to hang their hat on after a remarkable postseason run this fall.last_img read more