Wausau East holds off Marshfield boys basketball in final seconds

first_imgBy Paul LeckerSports ReporterMARSHFIELD — For the third game in a row, the Marshfield boys basketball team went down to the final possession.And, unfortunately for the Tigers, they were not able to pull out a victory.Marshfield was unable to get a shot attempt during two late possessions and came up a basket short Friday night, losing 40-38 to Wausau East in a Wisconsin Valley Conference matchup at The Boson Company Fieldhouse at Marshfield High School.Marshfield trailed 38-34 after a 3-pointer and a steal and basket by East’s Ben Schubring.Adam Fravert scored with 2:54 to go and added a pair of free throws with 1:24 left to tie the game.JP Lacy made one of two free throws with 37.9 seconds to go to put East back up by one, and Marshfield tried to run the clock down for a final attempt at winning the game. However, the Tigers turned the ball over as a pass sailed high, which Fravert caught it out of bounds.After a foul Jaden Rutkowski made one of two free throws to give the Lumberjacks a two-point lead, and Marshfield called a timeout with 1.2 seconds to go.A long pass down court to Fravert again sailed out of bounds, and East (7-13, 3-8 Wisconsin Valley Conference) was able to run out the clock to complete a season-sweep of the Tigers (6-15, 2-9 Wisconsin Valley Conference).“What I wanted was to draw some help and kick the ball out and get a decent 3-point attempt,” Marshfield coach Bill Zuiker said. “We struggle to make teams help because we don’t get to the rim very effectively. We weren’t able to draw anybody out, and we end up throwing the ball out of bounds.“I told the guys, ‘After a while you start to wonder if this is just who we are.’ I have a hard time wrapping my head around that. There are some things that can’t control, but some things you can. Free throw shooting is one of those things. It’s tough for us to play, even down two points late in a game, because we struggle to make one-on-one plays.”The game was tight throughout as Marshfield led by five in the second quarter, and East pulled in front by five in the third quarter.A 3-pointer by Tanner Boson, who led the Tigers with 12 points, brought Marshfield to within two at 30-28 heading into the fourth quarter.A basket by Caleb Alexander and two free throws from Boson put Marshfield ahead briefly.The lead changed hands twice before East pulled ahead on Schubring’s five points midway through the fourth.Following Fravert’s basket at the 2:54 mark, the Tigers were only able to attempt one shot from the field as their offense wilted.“We’ve had so many changes to get leads in the first half of games, and we flitter it away,” Zuiker said. “We don’t seem to be able to stand prosperity. There is a little bit of timidity out there, and I think that occurs sometimes when you get that ‘Here we go again’ mentality. I talked to them about playing harder tonight. We play at times that we’re afraid to take it, and that’s a surefire recipe for not getting it.”Marshfield was 10 of 17 from the free throw line and shot just 33 percent (12 of 36) from the field as it dropped its third game in a row, all decided by three points or less.The Tigers will wrap up their regular-season schedule with a home game against Wausau West at 7:30 p.m. Thursday. The game will be broadcast on WDLB-AM 1450 and wdlbwosq.com. The pairings for the WIAA boys basketball playoffs, which begin March 6 in Division 1, will be announced Sunday.(Hub City Times Sports Reporter Paul Lecker is also the publisher of MarshfieldAreaSports.com.)Lumberjacks 40, Tigers 38Wausau East 9 7 14 10 – 40Marshfield 9 8 11 10 – 38WAUSAU EAST (40): Dylan Hamlin 3-4 2-2 8, Thomas Dunbar 0-1 2-3 2, Jaden Rutkowski 2-8 1-3 6, Charlie Keefe 0-1 0-0 0, JP Lacy 4-11 4-6 13, Jordan Heiting 0-2 0-0 0, Tim Nass 1-3 0-0 3, Ben Schubring 3-5 0-0 8, Adam Petersen 0-0 0-0 0, Joe Artz 0-1 0-0 0. FG: 13-36. FT: 9-14. 3-pointers: 5-14 (Schubring 2-3, Nass 1-2, Lacy 1-3, Rutkowski 1-4, Keefe 0-1, Heiting 0-1). Rebounds: 28 (Lacy 7). Turnovers: 13. Fouls: 13. Fouled out: none. Record: 7-13, 3-8 Wisconsin Valley Conference.MARSHFIELD (38): Caleb Alexander 2-5 2-5 6, Tanner Boson 3-12 4-4 12, Kegan Fassler 0-1 1-2 1, Alec Hinson 2-4 0-0 6, Will Spindler 2-4 1-4 5, Jordan Schlinsog 0-2 0-0 0, Adam Fravert 3-8 2-2 8. FG: 12-36. FT: 10-17. 3-pointers: 4-12 (Hinson 2-4, Boson 2-7, Fravert 0-1). Rebounds: 21 (Fravert 7). Turnovers: 8. Fouls: 13. Fouled out: none. Record: 6-15, 2-9 Wisconsin Valley Conference.last_img read more

Updated: Drones close London’s Gatwick Airport a second time

first_imgGatwick Airport; Credit Wikipedia Flights through London’s busy Gatwick Airport have been suspended for a second time after briefly re-opening early Thursday morning.Authorities closed the airfield for five hours from 11:03 pm London time on December 19 to 3:01 am on December 20.The closure caused passengers to be delayed at Gatwick and flights diverted after two of the unmanned devices were spotted near a runway.Some passengers tweeted that they were stuck on planes at Gatwick while others said they were diverted to Heathrow and Manchester.Read: World’s Best Airlines for 2019Airport authorities said a further drone sighting after the airport re-opened had forced the runway to be closed again from 3:45am  and it was investigating the sighting with Sussex police.“We will update when we have suitable reassurance that its is appropriate to re-open the runway,” they said.The authorities advised anyone traveling on December 20 or collecting someone from the airport to check the status of their flight.“Unfortunately, this has led to a number of flights being diverted to other airports while aircraft have also been unable to depart from Gatwick,” the authorities said.“Our airlines are working to provide passengers with hotel accommodation or transport passengers landing at airports other than Gatwick by other means, and Gatwick staff are looking after passengers in our terminals.”Flightradar 24 said earlier that over two dozen flights inbound to Gatwick had been diverted at that stage with others continuing to divert or hold pending an all clear.gatwick averages 780 flight movements and 125,000 passengers per day but this would be a particularly busy time ahead of Christmas.Some of the public response:Ben Clewer‏ @BenClewer 1h1 hour ago More More Ben Clewer Retweeted Gatwick Airport LGWThis is an enormous risk to safety and the idiot flying the drone should face serious criminal repercussions. Further laws on #drone ownership must be debated #gatwickairportAnd another:NdotP‏ @NdotP1 44m44 minutes ago More Imagine being that much of a sad act, that you’d actually fly a drone over one of the countries busiest airports. I hope the old bill make an example of you, and you get what you deserve ya noncey fruitcake #gatwickairport #droneAnd….Danuta Merry Keanmass #FBPE‏ @Danoosha 1h1 hour ago To the idiot who thought flying a #drone over #gatwickairport would be a good idea, I hope they find you and charge you for every penny it has cost the airport and people flying and waiting to meet friends and family.Developing story.last_img read more

Opinion: Tackle fixing menace first in domestic circuit

first_imgBaron Paul Condon, former head of the ICC’s Anti Corruption Unit (ACU), has set the cat among the pigeons with his disclosure that match-fixing and spotfixing in cricket was not only rampant in the 1990s and the first decade of this millennium, but also that most international teams were involved in this.He has also been emphatic that spot-fixing has its roots in county cricket, and was further fuelled by the growth of T20 cricket.It would not be impertinent to ask what Condon did to arrest this problem in his near-decade long stint as chief of the ACU. Indeed, why did it take him so long to make these observations public even as the game was being torn asunder by corruption? It would be a disservice to the sport if his research findings and assessments had been stored away as memorabilia for posterity, not affirmative action when he was heading the ACU.Nevertheless, Condon’s revelations have busted the myths that match/spot fixing is essentially a sub-continental phenomenon to which players from other countries are only innocent (or silent) bystanders.Ever since late Hansie Cronje’s nefarious activities were accidentally exposed by the Delhi police in 2000 (Condon’s appointment as ACU chief was a consequence of this), there has been sustained typecasting that the sub-continent is the hub of match-fixing.While the rise of the Asian illegal betting mafia has been well documented and is a fact, the assumption that only players from this region would be largely corrupt is ill-founded: it doesn’t take a degree to understand that greed is independent of race, colour or nationality.advertisementWith cricket boards ranged against each other in a power struggle, or for reasons of dubious national interest, the collective will to fight the menace was lacking and many offenders went scotfree. While a relook at some old cases (as the Delhi police has claimed it will in the Cronje matter) would still be worthwhile, in a broader sense, I think the second aspect of Condon’s revelation – where he mentions domestic cricket as the springboard for corruption – may be more significant in salvaging the future.Condon talks of how corruption is perhaps commonplace in English county cricket. Sharp practices on the county circuit (Imran Khan using a bottle cap to scuff the ball, others like John Lever using vaseline to get extra shine from Essex to Test matches in India) are well known, but Condon says that cheating for money too had crept in via spot-fixing.Domestic cricket in other countries too has not been above suspicions. The early part of this season has been engaged in unraveling the mystery behind Goa captain Swapnil Asnodkar inexplicably declaring his team’s innings in the sixth over when the victory target was 130 from 19. Corruption, it is widely believed, is institutionalised in Pakistan’s domestic cricket. Unsavoury reports have also emerged about problems in Australian cricket.Players who get away by cheating at the domestic level are more likely to be emboldened to do it at the global level too. The flip side is that players who don’t make it to the highest level and miss out on the massive financial rewards, could be tempted into hanky-panky because nobody is watching. The decision by the Australian and Pakistan boards to have an anti-corruption unit monitoring domestic cricket has not come a day too soon. It might not help in eradicating corruption completely. But every little bit helps.last_img read more

WWDC 2019 WatchOS 6 gets a noise app activity and cycle trackers

first_img Share your voice Apple unveiled HealthKit during its Worldwide Developer Conference in June 2014. The software lets consumers track health-related data, such as how many steps a person takes, and serves as a hub for that information. It also includes a corresponding app called Health, which can be used with third-party fitness devices. Other apps also can draw from that information and send data collected on their apps back to HealthKit. The hope for Apple is that HealthKit will enable a whole new generation of health apps.Health has become a big focus area for companies across the tech sector. Several have introduced health-centric gadgets, and countless others are working on smart glucose meters and similar products. Other companies see an opportunity to mine patient data or collect readings on individuals to predict when they’ll get sick and tailor treatment. Apple has been pushing the Apple Watch as a health device. It’s expected to become even more health centric as it gets updated.CNET’s Shara Tibken contributed to this story. Apple’s annual developer convention kicked off Monday at the McEnery Convention Center in San Jose, California. The confab is in its 30th year, and it’s the third year Apple has held its developer conference in San Jose. WWDC is where Apple details its newest software and services that will arrive on devices later in the year. The company may be best known for its hardware, but the seamless integration of its hardware with its software is what sets Apple apart from rivals. Apple’s ability to control every aspect of its products — something that began when Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak founded the company in 1976 — has been key in making it the most powerful company in tech. Aug 19 • iOS 13 and iPadOS: How to join the beta, use the best new features on your iPhone and iPad Apple introduces cycle and noise tracking for Apple Watch 0 46 Photos Now playing: Watch this: WWDC 2019: A quick visual recap of Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference keynote WWDC 2019 Apple Event WWDC 2019 Apple iOS 13: New Siri voice, camera tools, Dark Mode for iPhone New Mac Pro makes its debut, starts at $5,999 Apple gives the iPad its own OS Returning to Apple’s WWDC after 20 years, now with 5 OSes instead of 1 Get all the latest from WWDC reading • WWDC 2019: WatchOS 6 gets a noise app, activity and cycle trackers • See All See also 2:44 Wellness Apple Watch gets a Noise app and other health features with WatchOS 6. James Martin/CNET Apple overhauled WatchOS 6 on Monday with a lineup of new health features including a Noise app. With the Noise app for Apple Watch, you’ll get information about the decibel level at concerts and other events where the noise level might be too loud and potentially damaging to your hearing. WatchOS 6 will also support Activity Trends and a menstrual cycle tracker. Read more: All of the WatchOS 6 updates | Complete guide to Apple’s Health app | 18 devices that sync with Health App Activity Trends show your progress over time and give you custom tips based on your fitness. The cycle tracker, which will be available on both Apple Watch and iPhone, lets you log details about your period — and get notifications about your estimated fertility window. Jun 14 • Apple Music vs. Apple Podcast vs. Apple TV: What’s the difference? Post a comment Tags Jul 5 • RIP, iTunes. This is what happens to your Apple music now Jun 30 • iOS 13 and iPadOS public betas: How to download and install them now iOS 13 Apple WatchOSlast_img read more

No compensation even after 22 years of Magurchhara tragedy

first_imgA destructive gas well blowout event occurred close to midnight at Magurchhara gas field in Kamalganj, Moulvibazar on 14 June 1997. Photo: UNBToday is the 22nd anniversary of possibly the first real man-made disaster affecting the environment to occur in Bangladesh, as a consequence of contracts signed between the government and the powerful set international oil companies, or IOCs.On 14 June 1997 a destructive gas well blowout event occurred close to midnight at the Magurchhara gas field in Kamalganj, Moulvibazar.US oil company Occidental was drilling the well at the time. Later, the company sold its interests in Bangladesh to Unocal, which in time merged with Chevron.Although an investigation report into the incident blamed the irresponsibility, negligence, and mistakes of those operating the well for the tragedy, neither Occidental nor the IOCs has ever provided any compensation for the explosion.From then, various organisations have been observing 14 June every year through different programmes.The area affected by the explosion included reserved forest, part of the Akhaura-Sylhet railway, Fulbari tea garden, part of the Kamalganj- Sreemangal highway, Magurchhara Khasia punji and the main power line of PDB.Besides, 28 tea gardens of the area were affected in the heavy shake. Trees, environment, and above all the biodiversity over an area of nearly 700 hectares of nearby forest area were severely damaged.Besides, around 200 billion cubic feet of gas was wasted whose market value stood at 500 million USD.The total loss caused by the explosion has been estimated between Tk 90 billion and Tk 140 billion. But no pragmatic step has been taken yet to collect the compensation from the perpetrators.A probe body, led by a senior official of power, energy and mineral resources ministry was formed which submitted their 500-page report on 30 July of the same year.Later, the Parliamentary Standing Committee on the power, energy and mineral resources ministry formed a three-member sub-committee to find out the extent of damages, collect the compensation and distribute it.The probe body told the sub-committee that the accident happened due to the failure of Occidental to perform their duties as planned. The investigators pointed out 15 to 16 errors of the company.Although the officials of Occidental objected about two or three errors, they acknowledged the others and signed the investigation report.But without paying the compensation, the company left the country after handing over the responsibility of the gas field to another US company Unocal. The second company later handed over their interest to US company Chevron and left Bangladesh.However, the total loss in the forest area has been counted over Tk 98.58 billion. Additionally 2,000 feet railway track was damaged which cost over Tk 8.1 million. Furthermore, Tk 210 million for road and Tk 1.3 million for gas pipeline were reported as loss.Meanwhile, local organisations, including environmentalists, have been protesting for a long time demanding compensation.Several organisations are set to observe the day through discussion programmes, human chain and various other programmes on Friday.Hill Protection and Development Society’s Kamalganj upazila unit president Monayem Khan said that they have a plan to stage a human chain from Kamalganj upazila complex to Magurchhara area.last_img read more