Advertisement Advertisement Arsenal midfielder Granit Xhaka posts cryptic message following return to action Metro Sport ReporterSaturday 16 Nov 2019 4:38 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link322Shares Xhaka featured for the first time this month last night (Picture: Getty )Granit Xhaka sent out a cryptic message from his Instagram following his return to action for Swizterland.The midfielder has not played for Arsenal since his explosive reaction to fans booing him at the Emirates last month.Xhaka completed 90 minutes for Switzerland against Georgia in their European qualifier and posted the following message in his native tongue after the game.He said: ‘Happiness is when you are satisfied with yourself and do not need the confirmation of others.’ADVERTISEMENTArsenal fans debated what the post could have meant on social media, with some reading the message as a potential dig at Unai Emery.AdvertisementAdvertisementXhaka has faced intense criticism for his actions and was stripped of the captaincy by Emery.The Switzerland international has defended himself since the armband was taken from him and insisted he is ready to play for Arsenal again.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityEmery has refused to say if he will recall Xhaka and admitted there were ongoing discussions about whether to sell him in January.‘You can be sure that I’ll keep fighting and putting myself out there in every training session,’ Xhaka said in response to Emery’s most recent comments.‘I feel that last week has been dealt with and now I’m ready.’ Comment Xhaka played in his country’s win over Georgia (Picture: Getty)Newcastle have shown an interest in singing Xhaka on loan, while Serie A has been named as another possible exit route.Arsenal resume club action on 23 November with a home game against Southampton.MORE: Unai Emery made two decisions which convinced Laurent Koscielny to quit ArsenalMORE: Arsenal and Man Utd eye January transfer move for Juventus defender Merih Demiral
n On December 20 Conrail’s board of directors voted to reject Norfolk Southern’s hostile all-cash bid for the business, after it had been raised to US$10·5bn to match CSX’s improved cash and stock offer of US$9·35bn. Conrail shareholders were due to vote on January 17 on a proposal to opt out of a Pennsylvania anti-takeover law and allow CSX to purchase a further 20% of the company’s shares for cash; CSX already owns 19·9% and intends to offer its own stock in exchange for the remaining 60·1%.n German chemicals company BASF has obtained a licence to operate freight trains over the DB network including carriage of merchandise for third parties.n Swiss Federal Railways’ tunnelling engineers have confirmed from test bores at Polmengo that the Piora strata formed of ’sugar dolomite’ extends to the depth of the planned Gotthard base tunnel. Special techniques will be needed to cut through the Piora rocks which are likely to contain high pressure water.n Myanma Railways is completing a major new station at Bagan, located at the end of an extension to the Kyaukpadaung branch which opened to passenger traffic in September. The site of important Buddhist relics, Bagan is generating increasing amounts of tourist traffic.n Under an agreement signed with trade unions in November and effective until April 1998, Netherlands Railways has secured more flexible working practices from drivers, conductors and station platform staff. With a 36h week in force and more frequent peak-hour services planned around Amsterdam, Den Haag, Rotterdam and Utrecht from September, NS is recruiting 150 extra conductors.n Britain’s Association of Train Operating Companies, Banestyrelsen of Denmark (p113), NSB BA and Jernbaneverket of Norway joined the Community of European Railways in January. British Rail will leave the organisation this year as its last operating functions are transferred to the private sector.n Completion of North Korea Railway’s 80 km electrified Wonsan – Kumgangsan route is expected to by the end of March. A new line from Wonsan to the resort of Mount Kumgang was completed in November after 11 months of work.n Since December 14 trams have been running between Karlsruhe city centre and Baden Baden using a new DM12·5m link from the Albtalbahnhof which joins the DB main line west of the main station. LRVs from Bretten to Karlsruhe Marktplatz now continue hourly to Baden Baden, replacing DB’s local services.n German Transport Minister Matthias Wissmann announced on December 19 that a finance agreement had been signed for the Nürnberg – Ingolstadt – München Neubaustrecke. This provides for DB to borrow funds from a private banking consortium; once the DM9bn line is complete, the government will redeem the debts and pay them off over 15 years. Target date for opening is 2003.
The €18.7bn Dutch pension fund for the agricultural sector plans to increase its property allocation by more than a quarter, with a focus on sustainable residential property.In its annual report for 2018, BPL said it wanted to increase its allocation to the asset class from 12.8% to 16.5% of its overall portfolio.The scheme added that it also intended to include care homes within the new allocation in an effort to improve diversification and achieve higher returns. It had already cut its exposure to retail and office properties to 4.5%.Last year, the scheme’s real estate allocation generated a 17.8% return. However, this did not help BPL avoid an overall loss of 0.3% for the year. It attributed the loss to its small caps and emerging market debt allocations, as well as the scheme’s decision to overweight equity at the expense of fixed income.BPL’s equity holdings lost 6.9%, an underperformance of 25 basis points, while fixed income gained 0.9%, outperforming its benchmark by 6bps. The Dutch agriculture sector scheme lost 0.3% in 2018 despite double-digit gains from property investmentsAlternatives gained 7.4%, with infrastructure producing a profit of almost 11%. The latter asset class had reached its final stage and had delivered a high yield on divestment, according to the pension fund.A spokesman for the scheme said BPL was preparing to divest a €20m stake in an agricultural land lease financing fund, as other stakeholders wanted to exit. The investment had returned at least 3.5%, he said.Mixed results from hedgingDue to the appreciation of the euro relative to other currencies, BPL lost 0.9% on its currency hedge of dollar, sterling and yen, and its hedge of global high yield, infrastructure and emerging market debt investments, it said.In contrast, its partial hedge of interest rate risk on its liabilities – enacted through government bonds, residential mortgages and interest swaps – gained 0.7%.BPL said there was a real chance that it would have to cut pension rights and benefits in the near future. Its funding ratio was 102.1% at the end of 2018, and has since dropped to 98.4% as of the end of July.The scheme reported administration costs of €102 per participant. It spent 24bps and 7bps on asset management and transactions, respectively.The industry-wide pension fund has 116,435 active participants, 488,110 deferred members and 68,260 pensioners, affiliated with 14,700 employers.
Sherry Ann Strittholt, age 47, of Cedar Grove, Indiana died Sunday afternoon June 2, 2019 at Arbor Grove Village in Greensburg, Indiana after a lengthy illness.Born August 26, 1971 in Jacksonville, Florida she was one of three children born to Eddie Emmett & Shirley (Hendrix) Faulk. Sherry worked as an electrician until her health began to fail.In her leisure time she enjoyed watching movies, going to the beach, and her grandchildren. She particularly enjoyed taking her grandchildren on trips to the Aquarium.Survivors include her mother, Shirley Faulk of Chipley, Florida; two daughters, Sarah (Nicholas) Hoff of Whitcomb, Indiana, and Rebecca Ann Strittholt of Cleves, Ohio; three grandchildren, Madison Hoff, Easton Hoff, Emmalyn Hoff; two brothers, Gene Faulk & Eddie Faulk both of Jacksonville, Florida.She was preceded in death by her father, Eddie Emmett Faulk, as well as a son, Casey Edward Strittholt.Private services will be conducted at the convenience of the family. The staff of Phillips & Meyers Funeral Home were honored to serve the family of Sherry Strittholt, to sign the online guest book or send a personal condolence please visit www.phillipsandmeyers.com
City face a fight to retain their Barclays Premier League crown having fallen seven points behind the Londoners at the top of the table. The champions had looked to be wavering after failing to win in four league games but they returned to form with an impressive 4-1 win at Stoke on Wednesday. It did not cut into Chelsea’s lead, and Jose Mourinho’s men remain firm favourites, but Nasri is convinced they could still be vulnerable. The Frenchman said: “I’m a big fan of Mourinho, but I am not impressed with his team, not at all. We have played them twice, one time with 10 men, and we were better than them. “Then we played them at the Bridge, we were better than them. “When I have seen some of their games, I don’t think they are that fantastic – they are just strong and have a good striker up front. “For me they are not special at all, and I think they are going to make some mistakes. We just have to perform, to win our games, and see what’s going to happen. “This title will be like this until the end of the season. No-one will win the league 10 games before the end of the season.” City famously overturned deficits to win both of their Premier League titles in 2012 and 2014 by narrow margins. They have also recovered from eight points behind to pull level with Chelsea once this season, only to fall back again in the past month. Press Association Nasri believes history shows that opportunities will arise and City, who have 13 games to play, have to be ready to pounce. They might even have taken two points off Chelsea’s lead already, but for Willian’s last-gasp winner against Everton on Wednesday. Nasri, who scored City’s fourth goal at the Britannia Stadium, said: “We know that the two times we won the league, we were behind at this time of the year. “Two months ago we were eight points behind Chelsea and came back and went level with them. Now we are seven points behind, but are not going to make big talk about it. “We will just try to get as many points as possible and wait for the mistake. “They won in the last minute against Everton, so maybe next time they will draw. We just have to win our games and see what will happen. “The season is still long, they have the Champions League and the final of the Capital One Cup as well, so have a lot of games to play.” Nasri, in a separate interview, admitted he can sometimes be a “little jerk” but has vowed to continue speaking his mind. The Frenchman has been surrounded by controversy at various times during his career and developed a reputation for making forthright comments. However, Nasri has stressed he is not about to change. The 27-year-old was quoted by L’Equipe as saying: “From time to time (I can be) a little jerk. “Sometimes it is better to shut up, but it’s something I cannot do. “I managed when I was younger and I would sometimes come home with a lump in my stomach. Next, you explode but not at the right person. “So I prefer to say what I think – even not being loved, even sounding arrogant, even being a little s***. “At least the people I love do not suffer.” Nasri has been quoted hitting out at his former boss Roberto Mancini – the manager who signed him for the Blues – and fans of his old club Arsenal over the last few years, as well as the French media. He also reportedly quit playing for France after falling out with his international team-mates and coach Didier Deschamps. Manchester City playmaker Samir Nasri has turned up the heat in the title race by claiming Chelsea are “not special”.
By Frederick HalleyTORONTO, Canada – All-rounder Mark Montfort is the lone Guyana-born player in a squad of 21 shortlisted by Cricket Canada in preparation for the International Cricket Conference (ICC) World Cricket League Division Three tournament, scheduled for Uganda from May 21-31, 2017.According to Cricket Canada, the players are currently going through intense training as Canada aim to once again reach the top as an associate member.An elated Montfort told Chronicle Sport:“I’m extremely excited and grateful for this opportunity to represent Canada. I’m satisfied with the work that I’ve put in leading up to this tour;working here in Canada with the coaching staff and spending a month in India at the Institute of Sport (IOS) academy. I’m very confident I’ll make the touring squad to the tournament.”Montfort, son of umpire Peter Montfort, migrated to Canada in 2010 and has been an integral member of JB Brampton Masters ever since;churning out several outstanding all-round performances in the Toronto & District Association Premiere, Elite and Super Six tournaments.The all-rounder’s performances obviously impressed the selectors and during the 2016 Spring trials he was identified from among players throughout Canada for the one-week High Performance camp where strenuous fitness drills and simulating games were the key to success. He went through these exercises with flying colours and duly earned a place in the side to play against the touring Bermudans.Montfort grabbed the opportunity with both hands, slamming a brilliant 69 in the first game and grabbing five for 40 in the second, bowling medium pace instead of his customary off-spin.The sudden change came about after bowling coach Henry Osinde observed him “trying out” in the net sessions and advised that he do the same in the actual game.In an interview with Chronicle Sports shortly after playing against Bermuda, Montfort disclosed that his immediate goal was to help Canada get back into Division One of the ICC championships and ultimately into the World Cup tournament.The former Guyana National Industrial Company (GNIC) player, who hails from Victoria Village, East Coast Demerara,credited his development to current Guyana manager and assistant coach Rayon Griffith and former Guyana and West Indies off-spinner Clyde Butts who played major roles as mentors while he was at GNIC.The training squad reads: Ammar Khalid, Bhavindu Adhihetty, Cecil Pervez, Dhanuka Pathirana, Dilraj Atwal, Durand Soraine, Hamza Tariq, Jimmy Hansra, Junaid Siddiqui, Mark Montfort, Navneet Dhaliwal, Nikhil Dutta, Nitish Kumar, Rizwan Cheema, Ruvindu Gunasekara, Saad Bin Zafar, Salman Nazar, Satsimranjit Dhindsa, Shihan Kamileen, Srimantha Wijeyeratne and Varun Sehdev.
Published on February 26, 2013 at 11:55 pm Davante Gardner always stuck out in middle school. The teenager who would eventually develop a 6-foot-8-inch, 290-pound frame towered over his classmates when he walked through the halls.Though he stood out physically, Gardner struggled to express himself in the classroom because of a cautious and shy personality.“He was very quiet, usually had one-word answers,” Gardner’s middle school physical education teacher and high school basketball coach Joshua Worrell said. “He was shy and passive, and it lasted throughout most of high school.”Now a junior at Marquette, Gardner comes off of the bench as one of the elite reserves in the Big East. His efficient play has helped Marquette climb to second place in the Big East standings.Defense and stamina limit Gardner’s playing time, but his size, offensive skill set and on-court communication make him an indispensible part of Marquette’s rotation this season.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textGardner first flashed his athletic ability in middle school gym class, Worrell said. He saw Gardner dominate in gym class games. Worrell even witnessed him channel his height into a volleyball skill.When he made the varsity basketball team at King’s Fork High School in Suffolk, Va., Gardner had a big body and basic post skills, Worrell said. He had his way with opponents around the rim and, despite his size, showed a soft touch with his shot.“If you put him in a three-point shooting competition in high school, he’d probably win every time,” Worrell said.Gardner’s shyness dissolved before his senior year, Worrell said. Gardner led King’s Fork to a state championship his junior year, and he established himself as a vocal leader shortly thereafter.His vocal expression helped Marquette this season, Worrell said. A fiery competitor, he brings out intensity in his teammates.Gardner’s development as a vocal leader has come with his development into a balanced player. Gardner has refined specific skills at both ends of the court this season, Marquette head coach Buzz Williams said. Prior to this season, Gardner provided scoring in short spurts, he said.Gardner scores efficiently in limited playing time at Marquette. In his freshman year, he scored 4.6 points in nine minutes per game. Last season, he scored 9.5 points in 19.1 minutes per game.This year, Williams plays Gardner more, and he’s responded with 12.1 points in 21.3 minutes per game. He ranks second on the team in scoring, despite coming off of the bench.In each season of his college career, Gardner has shot better than 56 percent from the field and more than 75 percent from the free-throw line, a combination rarely seen from a player his size.Gardner had to score more frequently early in the season due to a lack of perimeter scoring, Williams said. As the season progressed, guards Junior Cadougan, Trent Lockett and Todd Mayo asserted themselves offensively, and the Golden Eagles relied on Gardner’s scoring less often.Reduced offensive pressure gave Gardner the opportunity to work on other aspects of his game, including defense.“He’s much better defensively, he plays harder,” Williams said in the Big East coaches’ teleconference on Thursday. ”He’s a lot better in ball screen coverages. All of the things he’s been deficient at in his first two years, he’s improved at.”Gardner showed his ability to take over games Monday night against No. 12 Syracuse. Gardner dominated the offensive glass, shrugged off contact and showed his deft shooting touch on the way to a career-high 26 points along with eight rebounds. He made all seven field goals he took, as well as 12-of-13 free throws.The Marquette crowd chanted “Automatic!” when Gardner shot free throws Monday.“I like when they do that, it doesn’t distract me,” Gardner told reporters Monday with a laugh.The gawky, shy kid has developed into a physical force in college basketball. While his game has improved by leaps and bounds, Williams knows he hasn’t seen the best of Gardner.“I don’t think he’s hit his ceiling yet,” Williams said. “I think he’s a guy that can have a presence on both ends of the floor, as opposed to one, like he has the past two years.” Comments Related Stories DROPOUT: Gardner scores 18 2nd-half points for Marquette, Syracuse fades down stretch in 2nd-straight loss Facebook Twitter Google+
USC alumnus Nate Kaplan is educating voters this midterm election with SeePolitical, an organization he founded with the goal of creating clear and entertaining videos to explain ballot propositions for voters. On Tuesday, Kaplan expects to see the impact SeePolitical has had in the form of increased voter turnout.Get out the vote · Nate Kaplan, USC alumnus and founder of SeePolitical, created the organization with the intent of educating the voting population with nonpartisan informational videos about ballot measures. – Photo courtesy of Nate Kaplan“We’re very firm in our belief that we’ll have more educated voters at the ballot,” Kaplan said. “Studies show that the more that a population knows about an issue, the more likely they are to vote, so there’s a direct correlation there.”SeePolitical’s main goal is accessibility for all voters, which is why their videos are available in both English and Spanish. Their explanations are also very brief and are given in simple terms rather than the more complex legal language often seen in other voter guides. This simplicity, employees hope, will make viewers feel more confident in making political choices and in encouraging them to vote.“One of the biggest complaints that we hear about the ballot process is how complicated some of these issues can be, so the real added value of a project like SeePolitical is to present the information in an unbiased way but in a much more accessible way as well,” said Dan Schnur, executive director of USC’s Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics and a SeePolitical board member.SeePolitical is not necessarily aimed at only college students and young voters, and its founders describe the service as “a voter tool for the modern lifestyle.” Employees are confident in young voters’ desire and ability to participate politically. SeePolitical wants their organization’s videos to assist them in making informed decisions.“It’s easy for older people to dismiss young people as not caring about politics, but what my time at campus has taught me is that students are not uncaring, they’re not unintelligent, but they’re very, very busy,” Schnur said. “So finding a way to engage their attention in a respectful rather than a condescending way is a really important thing to what we do.”College students are also involved behind the scenes of SeePolitical. Students from Otis College of Art and Design create the animations, and SeePolitical employees, including interns from USC, work on content.“It’s easy to be a college-aged kid and be cynical about America and politicians, but I think that the fact that we’re using college kids to help push us forward and that we have such a creative say in marketing and advertising that it’s going to reach out to a younger crowd to get involved,” said Ryan Bernstein, a SeePolitical intern and junior majoring in philosophy, politics and law.Besides educating voters about propositions, SeePolitical employees also believe that discussing the benefits of voting, such as changes in the community, can help encourage more people to vote.“Telling a young person you should vote because it’s important is not a particularly compelling argument,” Schnur said. “To tell them to vote to better public schools, to create higher paying jobs or to protect public safety is more likely to get their attention.”Multiple SeePolitical videos have been viewed more than 1,000 times, and the organization has received requests from different communities to include translations to other languages, which will happen soon, Kaplan says. The videos have also recently been featured on ABC news channels in California. The organization hopes its recent success will lead to further growth.“Our demand is growing, which we’re really happy to say,” Kaplan said. “We want to start doing it in other states next year, we want to host official candidate statements on our platform, and by 2016, we hope to be in every U.S. household.”
USC’s women’s tennis team capped off a tumultuous season on May 15, ending its 2014 campaign with a 4-3 loss to Georgia in the NCAA Round of 16.The No. 16 Women of Troy (18-8, 7-3 Pac-12) laid it all out on the line against the No. 1 Bulldogs (24-5, 11-2 SEC), taking them down to the wire in a five-hour match on their home court in Athens, Georgia.“They’re a tough team, they’re on their home courts, they were well-coached, they were well-conditioned,” said USC head coach Richard Gallien of Georgia. “And yet as the 16th seed — much undeserved, but the 16th seed — our girls I thought were remarkable today.”USC fought tooth and nail, but put itself in an early hole but dropping the doubles point. On the top court, USC’s senior Kaitlyn Christian and junior Giuliana Olmos, ranked No. 49 in the nation together, stood up against Georgia’s No. 2 Lauren Herring and Maho Kowase. The Women of Troy put up quite a fight, but fell 8-5 to the Bulldogs.Caroline Brinson and Lilly Kimbell clinched the doubles point for the Bulldogs with an 8-6 win over USC’s duo of junior Gabriella DeSimone and freshman Zoë Katz, suspending play on court two where the score was locked at 7-7.“We didn’t play our best in doubles,” Gallien said. “And the team came out and just was terrific in singles.”Though Georgia’s No. 102 Kimbell topped #118 DeSimone, 6-1, 6-2, coming out of the break, the Women of Troy showed great resolve in fighting out of a 2-0 hole.Senior Brynn Boren, who transferred to USC from Tennessee this season, utilized her three years of experience in the SEC to crush her opponent, No. 15 Silvia Garcia, by a 6-3, 6-0 score.The Bulldogs fired back with a straight set win of their own, though, when No. 20 Kowase topped USC’s No. 60 Olmos, 6-4, 6-0. With the win, Kowase extended her win streak to 11 consecutive matches and snapped Olmos’ nine-match win streak.With Georgia ahead 3-1, the Women of Troy surged to tie up the score.USC’s No. 92 Katz topped Georgia’s Mia King, 6-3, 6-0, on court six before Christian pulled off a grueling 7-5, 7-5 victory over Georgia’s Kate Fuller on court five.With the win, in which Christian fought back from a 5-1 deficit, Christian finished off her career at USC as a three-time Pac-12 doubles champion and an NCAA doubles champion with junior Sabrina Santamaria, whose 2014 season was cut short by an ACL injury.Christian’s efforts shifted attention to the top court, where No. 19 Scandalis was battling it out with Georgia’s No. 6 Herring. Scandalis had managed to win the first set, 7-5, but Herring bounced back and took the second set 6-1.The third set went to a tiebreak, where Scandalis coolly fought off a handful of match points. But Herring, who had won her last 11 singles matches, pulled off the clincher for the Bulldogs by a 5-7, 6-1, 7-6 (5) score.“I believed I could win until the very last ball that went by me,” Scandalis said. “I’ve come back from match points and won other matches in my life and I know how hard it is to close out a match, especially on a stage like this, so I knew anything could happen as long as I just kept fighting and kept competing.”Though Scandalis was visibly upset in her post-match press conference, her head coach sang her praises and insisted he was proud of his team’s season.“The level of pride I have in [Scandalis] and the rest of the girls is immeasurable,” Gallien said. “I think you have to be able to see the big picture and have to be able to not actually focus on tonight and this particular match but the whole year and how hard they practiced.”Though USC’s season ended in the Round of 16, the Women of Troy had no time to wallow in defeat, as four players had been selected to compete in the individual NCAA tournament.Both Scandalis and Olmos represented USC in the singles and doubles draw, while Boren and Katz also showed their stuff in doubles competition.In the first round on May 21, Olmos topped South Florida’s No. 71 Loreta Alonso, 6-4, and Scandalis beat Duke’s No. 36 Hanna Mar, 6-4, 6-2.In the Round of 32 on May 22, both Women of Troy faced higher-ranked opponents. Olmos matched up against Saint Mary’s’ Jenny Jullien, who is ranked No. 11 in the nation. Jullien was a familiar foe for Olmos, as USC faced off against Saint Mary’s twice this season, coming away with two victories.Olmos didn’t play against Jullien in either of those matches, but surely got advice from her teammates who did. Olmos hung tough with the Perpignan, France native, but eventually fell 6-4, 7-6 (4) to end her junior season.Scandalis went up against the No. 1 player in the country in North Carolina’s Jamie Loeb, and fell 6-3, 6-2. The San Diego native finished up her junior season with a 25-11 overall record after heroically stepping into the top singles slot following Santamaria’s injury.Olmos and Scandalis continued to fight on in doubles play that day, going up against Alabama’s No. 4 Maya Jansen and Erin Routliffe. Despite only being ranked seven spots below the Crimson Tide duo, Olmos and Scandalis fell 6-3, 6-2. Olmos and Scandalis finished the season as USC’s most successful doubles pair, going 22-8 overall. Jansen and Routliffe went on to win the NCAA doubles championship on May 26.Boren and Katz had better luck against their higher-ranked opponents in the first round. USC’s 16th-ranked pair bested Virginia’s No. 7 Julia Elbaba and Rachel Pierson by a 6-3, 7-6 (8) score.The senior-freshman tandem advanced to face Auburn’s Pleun Burgmans and Emily Flickinger in the Round of 16. The Women of Troy fell, 7-5, 7-5, to finish their season 20-7 overall.Though the Women of Troy were unable to repeat as NCAA doubles champions (a feat Santamaria and Christian accomplished last season), Gallien remained proud of his team.“If we had gone out and competed poorly and were sort of satisfied with just getting here, then I would be sitting here rather disappointed,” Gallien said. “But I’m not at all.”
Dec. 22 at California: Wisconsin 68 – California 56After a nine-day layoff for finals, the then-No. 6 Badgers handed the Golden Bears just their second loss of the season thanks to a 17-point, 13-rebound effort from Nigel Hayes.The Badgers were a little slow coming out of the gates, and California scored eight straight points about halfway through the first half to cut Wisconsin’s lead to 17-16. After the run by Cal, UW found its rhythm and took a 32-20 lead into halftime.In the second half, UW controlled the game and Cal never got within nine points. The Badgers opened up an 18-point lead with more than four minutes to go in the game that put a win out of reach for the Golden Bears.Both Frank Kaminsky and Sam Dekker added 14 points for the Badgers, while Kaminsky also hauled in eight rebounds and Dekker added six.Dec. 28 vs. Buffalo: Wisconsin 68 – Buffalo 56In its final game before Big Ten play began, Wisconsin went up against a Buffalo team that gave it a tougher test than it might have expected. Nevertheless, UW pulled out a 68-56 victory behind senior forward Frank Kaminsky’s stellar night where he posted 25 points, 11 rebounds and 6 blocks.The Badgers struggled early on, shooting a low 31 percent from the field in the first half and the Bulls took full advantage, going into halftime with a 27-26 lead over the then-No. 6 Badgers. Wisconsin junior forward Sam Dekker did not score in the first half. This was a Buffalo team that also had a halftime lead against No. 1 Kentucky in just its second game of the season.However, the second half was a much different story. The Badgers regained control of the game with a 14-0 run that put them in the lead for good, and the team shot a much-improved 55.6 percent from the field in the second half. Dekker was able to get going along with the team, as he scored 13 points in the final 20 minutes. No other Badgers scored in double figures.Dec. 31 vs. Penn State: Wisconsin 89 – 72Wisconsin opened up Big Ten play at the Kohl Center with a dominant 89-72 victory over Penn State. The Badgers were led by their starting frontcourt of senior Frank Kaminsky, junior Sam Dekker and sophomore Nigel Hayes.Kaminsky posted yet another double-double, scoring 18 points and grabbing 14 rebounds, while Hayes was the team’s leading scorer with 21 points. Dekker rounded out the frontcourt’s stellar performance with 17 points of his own. En route to combining to score 56 of UW’s 89 points, the three forwards shot an impressive 21-32 (65.6 percent) from the field. Their shooting was contagious, as the entire Badger team shot an astounding 30-47 (63.8 percent). Senior guard Traevon Jackson rounded out the Badgers in double figures scoring 16 points.Defensively, Wisconsin was unable to stop Penn State’s senior guard D.J. Newbill, as he scored a game-high 29 points on 11-18 (61.1 percent) shooting from the field. Fortunately, the Badgers didn’t need to stop him, as they were able to stop everyone else, holding three Penn State starters to four points or less.Jan. 4 at Northwestern: Wisconsin 81 – Northwestern 58Wisconsin’s first road test in the Big Ten was another dominant victory with another Frank Kaminsky double-double. The senior posted 16 points and 10 rebounds in just 24 minutes of play, his seventh double-double of the season, en route to a 23-point victory over Northwestern.Wisconsin did a great job sharing the ball and spreading the wealth, recording 23 assists on 30 made field goals. After opening up a 22-9 lead in the first eight minutes of the game, UW never looked back and continued to build on its lead. For the game, Wisconsin shot 30-57 (52.6 percent) from the field and 12-25 (48 percent) from three-point range.UW also had three other players score in double figures with Sam Dekker matching Kaminsky’s 16, Nigel Hayes scoring 10 while shooting a perfect 5-5 from the field, and Duje Dukan scoring 14 points off the bench for the Badgers.Jan. 7 vs. Purdue: Wisconsin 62 – Purdue 55Wisconsin received a strong test from Purdue and the Boilermakers’ talented frontcourt in its third Big Ten game of the season, but 21 points from Kaminsky and a proficient effort from the free throw line sent UW to its eighth straight win, giving head coach Bo Ryan his school-record 159th Big Ten win.The game was tied at 45 in the second half but the Badgers went on a 9-2 run to take a 54-47 lead with 3:19 left. Wisconsin knocked down its free throws in the final stretch to pull out the victory, making 25 of 31 attempts overall and 15 free throws in the final 9:11. Wisconsin struggled shooting the ball, making only 43.6 percent of its total shots and only 21.4 percent (3-14) from three-point distance.Gasser scored a season-high 15 points for the Badgers including 2-for-4 from three and 5-of-6 from the charity stripe. Jackson rounded out the Badgers in double-figures with 13 points. Dekker added six points which included a dunk that put him over the 1,000-point mark for his career.Jan. 11 at Rutgers: Wisconsin 62 – Rutgers 67The Badgers’ winter break schedule will likely be remembered by their stunning upset loss to the Scarlet Knights in Piscataway, New Jersey. The then-No. 4 Badgers took a 35-23 lead into halftime, but Rutgers stormed out of the gates in the second half thanks to some hot shooting from beyond the arc to earn their biggest win in program history. Rutgers came into the game last in the Big Ten in three-point shooting but went 5-for-7 (71.4 percent) from three in the second half and 16-for-24 (66.7 percent) overall. Rutgers guard Myles Mack scored 19 of his game-high 21 points in the second half while forward Kadeem Jack finished with 20 points.After relinquishing the lead to the Scarlet Knights, the Badgers made a final run, pulling within two at 64-62 after a Bronson Koenig jumper with less than 30 seconds left in the game. But Rutgers hit its free throws over the next stretch and grabbed a 67-62 win over UW.The Badgers were without two starters in the final 12 minutes of the game. Kaminsky did not play due to a concussion and Jackson was forced out of the game after rolling his ankle. Both Hayes and Dekker led the Badgers in scoring with 15 points each. Hayes also added a game-high 10 rebounds for his fourth double-double of the season.Jan. 15 vs. Nebraska: Wisconsin 70 – Nebraska 55Wisconsin returned to form with a double-digit defeat of the Cornhuskers at the Kohl Center. After missing the Rutgers game due to a concussion, Kaminsky returned and scored a game-high 22 points on 7 of 11 shooting while going 4-for-5 from three. Five Badgers scored in double figures while the team shot 52.4 percent from the floor and 48.8 percent from beyond the arc for the game.UW pulled away from Nebraska in the second half using a 22-4 run to open up a 62-40 lead on the Cornhuskers after they closed the UW lead to four with 16:46 left in the second half. Wisconsin was able to slow down preseason All-Big Ten selection Terran Petteway in the second half. Petteway scored 20 of Nebraska’s 27 points in the first half but managed only seven points on 3 of 7 shooting in the final 20 minutes.Bronson Koenig made his second start of his career as he took over the starting point guard role from Traevon Jackson who is out for six weeks with a fractured foot. Koenig played 37 minutes including all 20 minutes in the first half, scoring 11 points on 4 of 5 shooting, going 4-for-5 from three.