Πέμπτη, 5 Μαρτίου 2020

Bettor charged with violent threats to athletes

A 23-year-old sports bettor known as "Parlay Patz" faces federal counts related to transmitting threats of violence directed at professional and collegiate athletes and their friends and families.

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Tottenham's Eric Dier Confronts Fan in Stands After Norwich City Loss

March 05, 2020 at 02:19AM

Tottenham midfielder Eric Dier was caught on video climbing into the stands and confronting a fan who reportedly exchanged words with his brother.

Tottenham midfielder Eric Dier confronted a fan in the stands after his club's FA Cup loss to Norwich City on Wednesday.

Dier appeared to get into a heated argument as stadium officials tried to break up the incident. 

Spurs manager Jose Mourinho said after his team's penalty-shootout loss that the incident was a result of a fan insulting Dier's brother.

“I think Eric Dier did something that we professionals, we cannot do, but in these circumstances, I think every one of us will do,” Mourinho said. “Because when somebody insults you and your family is there and your family gets involved with the person insulting you, in this case a younger brother, I think Eric did what we professionals we cannot do. But I repeat, probably every one of us would do."

Mourinho was additionally asked if he thought Tottenham should take disciplinary action against Dier. 

“If the club does that I will not agree, but he did wrong," Mourinho said.

Tottenham was unsuccessful on its final two spot kicks as Norwich City advanced to the cup's quarterfinals. 

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No. 25 Michigan looks for better D vs. Nebraska

March 05, 2020 at 02:00AM

There's an obvious reason why No. 25 Michigan struggled last week.

In losses to Wisconsin and Ohio State, the Wolverines' normally stout perimeter defense allowed a combined 22 3-pointers.

Limiting those good looks from outside will be a point of emphasis when the Wolverines (18-11, 9-9 Big Ten) host Nebraska (7-22, 2-16) on Thursday in Ann Arbor, Mich.

"We have to do a better job of having a certain level of focus and making sure that we close all the way to those 3-point shooters," head coach Juwan Howard said. "I'd rather see a lot of these stickers (3-point shooters) be able to shoot the ball with no air space with a hand-ball contest. But we will improve in that area. I trust we will."

Prior to last week, Howard's club appeared to be picking up steam. It reeled off five consecutive Big Ten victories and had held opponents below the 70-point mark in nine consecutive games. During the winning streak, the Wolverines only gave up a combined 21 3-point baskets.

The Badgers racked up 81 points and the Buckeyes scored 77, with each team knocking down 11 shots from behind the arc.

"Everything has got to be better," freshman forward Franz Wagner told the Detroit News. "Everybody has to be closer to their man, more in his face and more ready to close out to the shooter. ... We weren't ready, we weren't communicating and not everybody was aware of that what was happening on the floor. If I had an explanation for this, I wouldn't let that happen. Nobody would on the team."

Wagner collected his first career double-double at Ohio State with 18 points and 10 rebounds but only one other Michigan player reached double digits in points.

Intensity shouldn't be an issue against the Cornhuskers on Senior Night at the Crisler Center. Starters Jon Teske and Zavier Simpson and key reserve Austin Davis will be playing their last home game.

The Wolverines also have a road game against No. 9 Maryland on Sunday prior to the Big Ten tournament.

Michigan expects a quick turnaround.

"The confidence is at the same point it was during the five-game win streak because we know we can do it," Wagner said. "We know we have everything we need. It's just a matter of if we're able to show what we can do."

The Cornhuskers are tied for last place in the league with Northwestern. They're saddled with a 14-game losing streak, all against Big Ten opponents. That includes a 79-68 home loss to the Wolverines on Jan. 28.

Nebraska had a golden opportunity to end its slide against the Wildcats on Sunday, but woeful free throw shooting led to an 81-76 overtime loss. Nebraska was just 8 of 30 at the line.

The Cornhuskers have only knocked down 58.6 percent of their free throws this season.

"It's contagious," Nebraska coach Fred Hoiberg said. "I've been around this game long enough, when you miss a few early, it just seems to get in everybody's head. Tempo gets quick, you don't trust your stroke. It's hard. We've been shooting better the last five games, about 65 percent. Then to have a night like this where you make a couple more and you're on the winning end."

--Field Level Media

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Resurgent No. 23 Illinois visits No. 19 Ohio State

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A good week for No. 23 Illinois potentially could become a great one with a victory at No. 19 Ohio State on Thursday.

The Illini (20-9, 12-6 Big Ten) have a chance to share the conference title with wins against the Buckeyes (20-9, 10-8) in Columbus and in their home finale vs. No. 18 Iowa on Sunday.

Maryland, Michigan State and Wisconsin also can finish at 14-6.

"We came here to win Big Ten championships," Illinois coach Brad Underwood said. "We've talked a lot about that. We're not out of it yet, and we're in the last week of the season. I feel great about that, and I'm so happy for our fans."

The Illini have a shot at their first regular season Big Ten title since 2004-05 and will finish above .500 in league play for the first time since 2009-10. They have the largest turnaround this season among the six major conferences, improving on last season's 12-21 record.

With Illinois poised make its first NCAA Tournament appearance since 2012-13, the school announced Monday that Underwood agreed to a contract extension, adding three years to the original six he signed in 2017 when he took over the program.

"There's no place I'd rather be," he told the Illini Inquirer. "We got the most passionate fans. We've got the most intelligent fans. Recruiting's on a great tick. We've got an unbelievable staff. There are just so many things that are positives."

Illinois rebounded from a four-game losing streak in February to win its past four games but faces a challenge in the surging Buckeyes.

Ohio State was 2-6 in the Big Ten but has won three in row and eight of 10 while overcoming adversity.

Guard D.J. Carton took a leave of absence to address mental health issues on Jan. 30 and has not rejoined the team. Starting forward Kyle Young has missed the past two games with an ankle sprain and his status for Thursday is unknown.

"Obviously, we need Kyle back," Ohio State coach Chris Holtmann said. "We're not a better team without Kyle."

The Buckeyes are coming off a 77-63 win over Michigan on Sunday in which they outscored the Wolverines 23-9 in the final seven minutes.

"We tell each other all the time that we're built for this and made for this," guard Duane Washington Jr. said. "This is why we came to Ohio State, for moments like this."

The Buckeyes will play a big role in deciding the conference champion, as they play at No. 16 Michigan State on Sunday.

But Ohio State is more concerned about being in top form heading into the tournament.

"I think we had to close ranks and find a way to try to come together and perform better and own why we were struggling and what we were doing to struggle," Holtmann said. "That goes back to the guys in the locker room, particularly our captains. They owned the fact we had to perform better."

--Field Level Media

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