Gophers set to play Wisconsin in final Big Ten gameThe rescheduling of the game will be the 130th meeting between the border rivals.Nur B. AdamGophers head coach PJ Fleck walks the sidelines at TCF Bank stadium on Saturday, Oct. 24. Brendan O’Brien, Sports ReporterDecember 13, 2020Jump to CommentsShare on FacebookShare on TwitterShare via EmailPrintAfter finishing the first eight weeks of the season, Minnesota will play at Wisconsin next Saturday during the Big Ten’s Champions week. The border battle for Paul Bunyan’s Axe was originally scheduled for Thanksgiving weekend, but was canceled due to a COVID-19 outbreak within Minnesota’s program. The Gophers were off for 22 days before they beat Nebraska 24-17 Saturday.The Big Ten originally planned on scheduling games between East and West division teams based on standings in the ninth week of the season. However, doing away with this plan and rescheduling the border battle extends the uninterrupted streak of this game to 130, the longest streak in college football. Before playing Nebraska, head coach P.J. Fleck was asked about the possibility of facing the Badgers instead of an East opponent. At the time, Fleck did not know of the chances of this happening but said he is always excited to play the historic rival.“The Minnesota and Wisconsin rivalry is one of the best in sports,” Fleck said in a statement. “This game means a tremendous amount to the student-athletes, coaches and fans of both schools. We are excited to play and extend this rivalry, as Saturday’s game will be the 130th meeting. In a year of constant change, we appreciate the Big Ten, both administrations and each conference member institution for preserving this rivalry.”
Matt Medley is co-editor at NEO Sports Insiders, covers the Cleveland Cavaliers, Cleveland Indians and high school sports in Northeast Ohio.Follow @MedleyHoops on Twitter for live updates from games. Matt Medley Related Topics Trade talks centered around Indiana Pacers forward Paul George continue to gain momentum, writes Sam Amico.#Cavs–#Pacers talk about Paul George is legit. This is more than a passing type of discussion, league sources tell AmicoHoops.— Sam Amico (@AmicoHoops) June 19, 2017 #Cavs and #Pacers talks have a feel of multiple players being involved. Indy wants a deal done before Thursday’s draft. #NBA— Sam Amico (@AmicoHoops) June 19, 2017Amico also reported the Cavs have been exploring the trade market for Channing Frye and the Celtics are trying to land George, as well.When the words “multiple players” come to mind, one of the first names that jumps out would be Kevin Love, who has been the subject of trade rumors over each of his three seasons in Cleveland.ESPN’s Dave McMenamin reported Sunday that any deal for George would have to involve either Love or Kyrie Irving.Indiana might have its sights set on other parts of Cleveland’s supporting cast, including Iman Shumpert, Tristan Thompson or J.R. Smith, but if Cleveland were to package any of them in a trade with Love, it’s possible the Cavs could look to address their bench with another piece from the Pacers rotation in addition to George.George’s desire to join his hometown Los Angeles Lakers is no secret, which could factor into the Lakers’ draft plans on whether to trade the No. 2 overall pick or wait a year for George to become a free-agent.We’re three days away from draft night and we’re sure to hear more about the progress of trade discussions in the coming days.
Last year, Excelsior walked away with top honours at the inaugural Americas Federation of Netball Associations (AFNA) tournament, which was held on local soil, after getting the better of Holmwood Technical 46-27.At this year’s staging, Gaynstead, the country only representative at the championships, which was held in St Maarten, following the withdrawal of Denbigh, made it two wins from two attempts for Jamaican teams, after a 37-21 win over Christchurch from Barbados.This year, Excelsior will by joined by Holmwood as the country’s representatives at the tournament after their recent ISSA Senior All-Island final, which Holmwood won 40-36 to avenge their 2017 defeat.Both coaches, Carline Graham-Powell of Holmwood and Christopher Smart of Excelsior, are already looking forward to the regional tournament, scheduled for next summer, as they hope to continue the Jamaican dominance.The Christiana-based Holmwood contingent will be determined to turn the tables this time around on their compatriots, and in their line-up will be at least three players, who were part of their second-place finishing team from two years ago.“The girls had been talking about this tournament before the Rural finals and this was really a big motivation factor on their success this season,” said Graham-Powell. “We will be taking a break from training for the rest of the year, while myself and the management staff put plans in place for this tournament.”The coach is confident that her team will take home the title this time around.“Now after playing against Excelsior in the All-Island final, we had a feel of them and now know what they have to offer and we will be working out on what we have to do to go all the way,” she said.For the 2017 champions Excelsior, it will be a brand new team which will be aiming for their second AFNA title. MORE CHALLENGING “We did not bring home the All-Island title this time around, but I am still proud of my girls, because they defied the odds and reached the final and are now motivated to try and regain our title. I know this time it will be more challenging as we are not looking on Holmwood alone who are our main challengers, but also on other Caribbean teams,” said Smart.Like his Holmwood counterpart, Smart stated that his team will be taking a break.“The girls will be taking a break for the rest of the year as we have some six months to go. It is an expensive trip, so I will sit down with my management team to plan on how we are going to realise the funds to make it possible,” Smart stated.