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Exclusive: Kevin Davies desperate for fresh investment for former club Bolton

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first_imgFormer Bolton striker Kevin Davies admits he is desperate for his old club to find fresh investment as another crucial deadline looms ever closer.In 14 days’ time Wanderers face a winding-up hearing that was issued by HM Revenue and Customs following an unpaid tax bill for November.It is understood the Sky Bet Championship club owe a seven-figure sum and although they could try and have an extension granted, time is once again against them.Bolton’s coffers are empty after owner Eddie Davies stopped his financial support – although he is willing to wipe out £185million of debt owed to him as part of any takeover – and it is understood they had to sell an office and call in funding from the PFA just to pay their players last month.Separate consortiums led by ex-Bolton players Dean Holdsworth and Stelios Giannakopoulos have been unable to satisfy the criteria needed to take control, but Davies knows something needs to give to prevent the situation from getting bleaker still.“I just want somebody to come in and get control, it doesn’t matter who really,” he told talkSPORT. “Nothing’s happened yet which is worrying.“Nobody, as far as I know, has got the amount of money up front to even get to the table to start looking into the books – the income, expenditure, the debt, there’s quite a lot of sketchy figures and numbers out there.“As far as I know nobody’s come up with the right business plan which is right for the club or is right for the new owners. At the moment it’s come to a stumbling point for all the parties concerned.”England cap Davies spent a decade at the Macron Stadium between 2003 and 2013 and played for the club in Europe before seeing them lose their top-flight status in 2012.He believes it is their inability to adapt to life below the top table that has resulted in such financial turmoil.“They are running still as a Premier League club – obviously now Eddie’s pulled his money out, that’s why they find themselves in such trouble,” Davies added. “It’s clear to see it’s not being run in the right way.”last_img read more

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Giants reliever thrust into spotlight, expecting ‘outrageous’ cheering section in St. Louis

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first_imgST. LOUIS — When Sam Coonrod earned his first major league win for the Giants, it was easy to see why the organization believed in his abilities.The rookie right-hander blew through the heart of the Chicago Cubs order, striking out Javier Báez with a 97-mile per hour fastball, punching out Kris Bryant with a 99-mile per hour fastball, and inducing a weak groundout from Anthony Rizzo.In the 13th inning of a 4-4 game, Coonrod stared down three All-Stars and earned three consecutive outs. In …last_img

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Preview: 2010 World Cup Group A

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first_img They will be appearing at the World Cup finals for the fifth time in succession and for the thirteenth time in total. They will also be South Africa’s opposition in the tournament opener. France End of 2009 Fifa ranking: 20Appearances: 11Best results: champions 1930, 1950Players to watch: defender and captain Diego Lugano, and strikers Diego Forlan and Luis Suarez Mexico’s coach Javier Aguirre told Fifa.com: “It is an honour to play against South Africa in the opening game. To know that the whole world will have eyes on us during the game is huge. There will be a lot of emotion and pressure.” Based on their ranking, South Africa shouldn’t progress beyond the first round, but host nations invariably perform pretty well; in fact, no host nation has previously failed to advance beyond the first round. At times, host nations have performed well beyond expectations too. One of the best examples of this, and a recent one to boot, is the performance of South Korea in 2002 when they reached the semi-finals. In their past four appearances in the Fifa World Cup finals, the Mexicans have always made it to the round of 16. It should also be pointed out that the French go into the World Cup as the beaten finalists from 2006. If they had come out on the right side of a penalty shootout, it would have been their second title in three World Cups. The big question is whether or not they can perform as well outside of Europe. Mexico showed good form in the latter half of 2009 with eight wins, one loss, and two draws. Overall, in a very busy year, they played 20 matches, won 11, lost six, and drew three. Veteran striker Cuauhtemoc Blanco, at the age of 37, will likely lead Mexico’s front line. Despite being ranked seventh in the Fifa World Rankings, France was unseeded for the draw. Their qualification was very controversial, thanks to an overtime victory over the Republic of Ireland in Paris in which the winning goal was set up by a deliberate hand ball by striker Thierry Henry. France finished second in their qualifying group behind Serbia, but booked their place with their controversial two-leg win over the Republic of Ireland. It marked the first time the French had qualified for the World Cup four times in succession. The only group containing two former Fifa World Cup winners: France (1998) and Uruguay (1930 and 1950). Hosts South Africa will have their work cut out for them! Benni McCarthy’s move from Blackburn Rovers to West Ham United in February could be a big plus for South Africa. Bafana’s all-time leading goal scorer needs match practice and if he gets it, it would help coach Parreira’s charges find a cutting edge. They have qualified only twice over the course of the last five World Cups. Even then, in 2002, they failed to make it out of the group stages. Uruguay snatched the last available qualifying place for the 2010 Fifa World Cup by qualifying fifth among South American teams and then beating Costa Rica in a playoff for a place in South Africa. It was the third time in succession that they had been involved in a playoff for a World Cup place. They have an enviable World Cup record, having won the tournament the first two times they entered it, in 1930 and 1950. In 1954 they finished fourth. Since then, apart from reaching the quarterfinals in England in 1966, Uruguay has found the going tough at World Cup level. While they may have been the last team to qualify, they have two quality strikers in Diego Forlan and Luis Suarez, which makes them a dangerous prospect for any opposition. Uruguay Previously Aguirre led the team to South Korea/Japan in 2002 before moving to Spanish club Osasuna, which he helped qualify for the Uefa Champions League. He then moved to Atletico Madrid and helped them to fourth in La Liga before he moved back to take over as Mexico’s coach once more. During 2009, the Uruguayans played 12 internationals. They won five of them, lost four, and drew the remaining three. They will look to Everton midfielder Steven Pienaar for inspiration. He showed during the Fifa Confederations Cup that he is able to excel among the world’s best players. End of 2009 Fifa ranking: 85Appearances: 3Best results: first round 1998, 2002Players to watch: midfielders Steven Pienaar and Teko Modise, and striker Benni McCarthy Mexico To reach the last 16, Bafana Bafana are going to have to recapture the form that they found during the Confederations Cup and maybe a little more than that. It will be tough, but then every group should be tough; this, after all, it is world football’s biggest and most important event. Despite having Henry – now his country’s leading international goal scorer of all time – leading the attack, they have at times struggled to find the back of the net. In fact, during 2009, they went through seven matches in succession in which neither team managed to score more than one goal. They played 12 matches, won seven, lost two and drew three. South Africa End of 2009 Fifa ranking: 7Appearances: 12Best results: champions 1998, third place 1958, 1986Players to watch: defender William Gallas, midfielders Franck Ribery and Lassana Diarra, and strikers Thierry Henry and Karim Benzema While they are still a team to be reckoned with, the French are no longer the free flowing skilful side that they were when the great Zinedine Zidane patrolled their midfield. Unfortunately for the hosts, 2009 was not a good year on the field. After an encouraging showing in the Fifa Confederations Cup in mid-year, the SA national team went through a run of eight losses in nine outings, resulting in coach Joel Santana being fired and replaced by his predecessor Carlos Alberto Parreira. No coach will have more World Cup finals experience than Parreira in 2010. Bafana Bafana are one of the lowest ranked teams in the tournament. However, as hosts, there was no need for South Africa to qualify for the World Cup. They will be contesting the event for the third time. In total, South Africa played 18 matches in 2009. They won only five games, lost 10, and drew three. Among their defeats were five losses to top 10 ranked teams Spain (twice), Brazil, Portugal and Germany, but to be successful at the World Cup those are the kinds of teams that Bafana Bafana will have to beat. End of 2009 Fifa ranking: 17Appearances: 13Best results: quarter-finals 1970, 1986Players to watch: defenders Rafael Marquez and Carlos Salcido, midfielder Andres Guardado, and striker Cuauhtemoc Blanco Uruguay is coached by Oscar Washington Tabarez, known as El Maestro. He previously led Uruguay to the round of 16 at Italy 1990. He has been in charge of the team since they exited qualification for the World Cup in Germany in 2006 after a penalty shoot out loss against Australia. Their most impressive performance of all came in the Gold Cup final in July when, after being level at nil-nil with the USA at half-time, they crushed the USA 5-0. If they can show a similar ability to step up their game on the World Cup stage, the Mexicans could be dangerous. Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

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Orlando Pirates capture PSL title

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first_imgGoal differencePirates’ 60 points trumped Ajax’s 60 by four goals on goal difference. Interestingly, Chiefs, in third, had a better goal difference than either team, and Sundowns, in fourth, had the best goal difference in the league, further underlining how tight the title race had been. PromotedJomo Cosmos, after only a year in the First Division, are headed back to the PSL after beating Bay United 5-4 in a penalty shootout at the Makhulong Stadium on Sunday. Black Aces, who will be playing in the First Division next season, ended their campaign with a 2-0 home loss to Moroka Swallows. Vasco Da Gama, meanwhile, thumped fellow Cape Town club Santos 3-0. Despite the win, they still finished second from bottom on the log and will go into the promotion/relegation playoffs. Ajax will be gutted to have missed out on the title after managing only one point from their last two matches in which there were six points on offer. A 4-0 defeat at the hands of Chiefs in their penultimate match was regarded by many as a temporary setback as they faced Maritzburg United, who had barely escaped relegation, in their final game, with home ground advantage. Cosmos topped the Inland Stream of the First Division by a healthy 10 points over Pretoria University, while Bay United edged Thanda Royal Zulu by a single point in the Coastal Stream. In other results, BidVest Wits and Platinum Stars drew 1-1, while three-time champions SuperSport United finished their season on a high with a 1-0 win at Free State Stars. Pirates’ coach Ruud Krol told the club’s website that the victory was one of the finest moments of his coaching career. He said: “From my experience the teams who are on top of the log heading into the last match never win their last matches and that happened today. It was good for us. Of course what it means is that I’m happy and I’m happy for my players. RockyHowever, less than 20 minutes into the second half their chances of finishing top of the table looked decidedly rocky after Maritzburg United took a 2-1 lead. The Urban Warriors appeared on course for the title, and a fairytale ending for coach Foppe de Haan in his last match before retiring, when they took lead in the 43rd minute through Khama Billiat. When the dust had settled on a fascinating day’s action, the Buccaneers were the champions on goal difference over Ajax, with Chiefs only a point behind them and Mamelodi Sundowns two points off the pace. PSL CHAMPIONS The Sea Robbers had taken the lead in the 38th minute through Bongani Ndulula, but it lasted only three minutes. Collins Mbesuma, a nemesis for Pirates in the past while with their great rivals Chiefs, headed past Senzo Meyiwa to level matters. Pirates’ victory and title suddenly leaves the club with the possibility of a season for the ages. They have won the PSL title and earlier in the season claimed the MTN 8 crown. Next up, they face First Division side Black Leopards in the final of the Nedbank Cup on Saturday. Win and they will secure a sparkling treble.center_img “I saw my team this season bouncing back after some big defeats and we were coming back in the race for the championship and only big teams can do that and that is the consistency that you need to win something.” One of the most famous sayings in sport is attributed to New York Yankees’ legend Yogi Berra, who said: “It ain’t over till its over.” And so it proved on a thrilling final day of the PSL season as Orlando Pirates came from behind to snatch the title from Ajax Cape Town on Saturday. 23 May 2011 Heading into the final round of matches, three teams were in with a shot at claiming the honours. Ajax were in the pound seats, leading Pirates, in second, by two points, while Kaizer Chiefs were three point adrift and needed the two front-runners to trip up to lift the silverware. ‘We deserved it’“I told my players that we deserved it because we worked hard. They worked hard for 11 months. Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo material Chiefs, Sundowns victoriesChiefs finished their season with a victory away from home, downing AmaZulu 2-1 at the Moses Mabhida Stadium. Fourth-placed Sundowns completed their season with a 3-1 win over fifth-placed Bloemfontein Celtic at the Peter Mokaba Stadium. The Urban Warriors pulled one back in the 87th minute through Sameehg Doutie. It wasn’t enough, however, as Pirates claimed a 2-1 win over Golden Arrows at the Orlando Stadium. Late goalThe game was decided only six minutes from time by a stunning long range shot from Isaac Chansa. 2010/11: Orlando Pirates2009/10: SuperSport United2008/09: SuperSport United2007/08: SuperSport United2006/07: Mamelodi Sundowns2005/06: Mamelodi Sundowns2004/05: Kaizer Chiefs2003/04: Kaizer Chiefs2002/03: Orlando Pirates2001/02: Santos2000/01: Orlando Pirates1999/00: Mamelodi Sundowns1998/99: Mamelodi Sundowns1997/98: Mamelodi Sundowns1996/97: Manning Rangers Gert Schalkwyk pulled the visitors level after goalkeeper Hans Vonk made a mess of a back pass and eight minutes later, in the 63rd minute, Maritzburg were awarded a penalty when a shot by Schalkwyk struck Nazeer Allie’s hand. Diyo Sibisi netted against his former club to seriously dent their title hopes.last_img read more

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Africans doing business with Africans: conference explores continent’s trade potential

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first_img23 May 2016A range of challenges must be overcome to ensure better trade and investment between African countries, as well as with the rest of the world. This was one of the conclusions of a panel discussion led by Dr Petrus De Kock, Brand South Africa’s general manager for research, at the Tshwane International Trade and Infrastructure Investment Conference (Titiic) held at the city’s CSIR International Conference Centre last week.The panel included Thomson Wilks Attorneys director Safiyya Akoojee, Portia Gumbu-Dube, head of business development at the Export Credit Insurance Corporation of South Africa, the Department of Trade and Industry’s chief director for Africa Lerato Mataboge, and Catherine Grant-Makokera of Tutwa Consulting.In his introduction, De Kock highlighted research indicating positive trends in African trade, particularly the dynamic growth of trade and investment between the Middle East and Asia region and African countries on the continent’s eastern seaboard.He also drew attention to the latest Ernst and Young (EY) Africa Attractiveness Survey, which revealed a huge boost in foreign direct investment (FDI) into traditionally small markets such as Rwanda – recent host of the 2016 World Economic Forum on Africa – and Botswana.South African remains the top destination for investment, according to the EY survey, with Tshwane playing a vital role. The city ranked first for South Africa, out of 74 African metropoles, in the 2015 MasterCard African Cities Growth Index, thanks to its robust infrastructure investment and the access it provides to government structures.The panel was asked to offer workable ways to solve challenges to ensure these rankings were maintained and improved, across the whole continent.Lerato MatabogeThe DTI’s Mataboge said there were three main problems facing intra-African trade: lack of infrastructure, fragmented markets and inadequate diversity of industries. But, she said, solutions were being explored in partnership between private and public enterprises, including the DTI.The DTI, she said, worked with three key pillars to find solutions:Further integration of free trade between more African countries by reducing red tape. This meant more efficient border control processes, visa regulations and trade permissions.More cross-border infrastructure development, including improving road and rail systems.Building more capacity in regional and urban industrialisation, where municipalities were well positioned at micro level to engineer ways of doing business.The Trade Africa programme, a DTI initiative, is currently working to grow and strengthen bilateral trade between African countries. Mataboge said the ultimate goal was to involve all African countries, not only the larger regional players, in the continent’s economy. Vital to this was to inspire confidence in emerging economic players on the continent.Portia Gumbu-DubeGumbu-Dube of the Export Credit Insurance Corporation offered an innovative way to improve efficiency of cross-border trade in Africa. There should be an emphasis, she said, on language and cultural skills training, to supplement conventional trade, law and economics education. Graduates and new entrants into business in Africa should be proficient in the language, and have good knowledge of the culture and history, of countries they want to trade with. This would help them gain an upper hand in the market.Improved technical knowledge, particularly in new digital technologies, should also be ingrained during tertiary education. These were the kind of soft skills needed to complement the harder, more traditional business skills that lead to success, according to Gumbu-Dube. “We need to educate each other on how to do good cross-border trade,” she said.Catherine Grant-MakokeraAs a director at Tutwa Consulting, one of the Africa’s top trade consulting firms, Grant-Makokera emphasised the importance of cross-border trade facilitation – essentially helping all parties speak the same business language. Differing trade and business processes drove up costs and inhibited the production processes, reducing profits and jobs.Trade in Africa, she said, should not be done in isolation. Infrastructure should be uniform and automated across the board as “one line of communication that helps neighbours communicate and trade more effectively”.The key to this was more robust interaction between public and private enterprise, not only making mutually beneficial policies but ensuring these policies are properly put into practice.Safiyya AkoojeeA director at Thomson Wilk Attorneys, Akoojee outlined the role of international trade law and corporate litigation in improving trade between African countries. One challenge, in her experience, is that there was no longevity in investments. There had to be more security and assured confidence from partners in Africa to inspire international investors. Professional auditing and good legal assistance were key to making that happen.Akoojee agreed that there had to be more cultural understanding between African partners. While English remained an important business language, French- speaking Africa held a lot of potential for more business, so understanding the history and language of these territories would be an advantage. She added that conferences like Titiic were great opportunities for businesspeople to find out what was going on at grassroots level across the continent, with the added benefit of finding new opportunities to invest in projects.De Kock explained that there were more avenues for business to speak to governments about investments, to build and sustain strong relationships through individual business chambers or each country’s trade missions.The Titiic conference also included presentations on global trade and investment trends by Gaung Zhe Chen representing the World Bank, and thoughts on Africa’s business trends at ground level from CNN’s Africa business correspondent Eleni Giokos.SouthAfrica.info reporterlast_img read more

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Aurangabad vegetable seller ends life after receiving electricity bill for ₹8.65 lakh

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first_imgA vegetable seller in Maharashtra’s Aurangabad district allegedly committed suicide after the Maharashtra State Electricity Board (MSEB) sent him an electricity bill exceeding ₹8 lakh.Jagannath Nehaji Shelke, a resident of Bharatnagar area, took his own life by hanging himself after receiving his bill for the month of April amounting to ₹8,65,020. Police sources said the incident occurred between 4:30 and 5 a.m. on Thursday.Shelke had to pay the bill by May 17. His bill amount, if paid after May 17, read as ₹8,75,830.“The deceased was apparently under severe stress after getting a bill with such figures. He pinned a note to his body saying he was extremely distressed with the humungous electricity bill and hence was forced to take his own life. We are in the process of lodging a complaint,” said an officer from the Garkheda police station, adding that further investigations were on.Mr. Shelke’s kin have demanded that a case be lodged against the Electricity Board for causing his death and have refused to take possession of his body.They further alleged that Shelke had apparently tried to bring this matter to the notice of MSEB authorities, but was ignored by them and asked to pay up by the line man.The MSEB office in Aurangabad said that a clerk had wrongly computed the bill as the vegetable seller had recently installed a new meter. The clerk in question, Sunil Koli, has been suspended for negligence, said sources.last_img read more

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10 months agoBayern Munich chiefs Kovac, Salihamidzic concerned after Liverpool draw

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first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Bayern Munich chiefs Kovac, Salihamidzic concerned after Liverpool drawby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveBayern Munich coach Niko Kovac believes getting Liverpool in the Champions League round of 16 is the toughest draw they could land.The Bundesliga champions will travel to Anfield for the first leg on February 19 with the second leg at the Allianz Arena on March 13.Kovac said, “Liverpool got to the final last year, they’re top of the Premier League and one of the favourites for the Champions League.“We’re FC Bayern München, though, and I’m sure Liverpool know they’ve got to come here to Munich for the second leg. The chances are 50-50. We’ll see what happens. I’m very confident we’ll get through.”Bayern sporting director Hasan Salihamidzic added: “They’re the team of the hour, they’re the league leaders in England.“They play good football, they’re very physical and they’re full of energy.“You need two good days. They were in the final last year, they’re a top side, it’s a tough one but these are the challenges that you look forward to as a player and that you have to overcome in your career.”Winger Arjen Robben was also gushing in his praise of Jurgen Klopp’s side.“It’s an epic match. Liverpool are a super team who have gone through a great development,” Robben told Bayern’s website.“They have big players, a lot of pace and creativity in attack and they’re a real unit. The atmosphere will be phenomenal. It’s just a great draw. It’s a dream for every player to be involved in a game like this.”However, Bayern keeper Manuel Neuer claimed that the Reds can still be “vulnerable” defensively having shipped seven goals in the group stage.“They’re having a very good season and we know they were in the Champions League final last year,” Neuer said.“They certainly won’t be delighted with the draw, either. They can counter quickly and they’re dangerous in front of goal, but they’re also vulnerable, as we’ve seen, and they’ll be up against a good Bayern attack.” last_img read more

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9 days agoNorwich fullback Max Aarons admits he’s loved past year

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first_imgNorwich fullback Max Aarons admits he’s loved past yearby Paul Vegas9 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveNorwich City full-back Max Aarons admits he’s loved his past year.Aarons was speaking before England U21’s thumping Euro qualifier win against Austria.”I’ve had a lot of ticket requests,” he said. “I think there’s going to be a lot of people there, family, friends and stuff like that. Because I play in Norwich, it’s not easy for everyone to see me play much, but this is going to be good. I can’t wait. I think Austria will be tough, but we’re a really good group too, so I think we can come into the game with confidence.”Asked about his career at Norwich City since breaking into the first team against Ipswich Town last season, Aarons has seen the time fly by.”It’s gone so quickly,” he added. “It’s been such a turnaround from jumping up through the age groups and then into the first team at Norwich, but I’ve relished it and loved it. Hopefully I can just keep the progression going and playing and performing with my club.”The target here with England is to keep pushing and hopefully reach the senior squad one day, but to do that I need to do well with the U21s and we’ve got some good games coming up.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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College Football Playoff Rankings Unveiled By Selection Committee For Week 11

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first_imgCollege Football Playoff bracket.Twitter/@Adam_Longname None of last week’s top four teams lost, but that doesn’t mean the week was without its College Football Playoff drama. Baylor, ranked sixth last week, fell to No. 12 Oklahoma at home, giving the Sooners a big boost this week. Stanford, which was ranked seventh last week, fell to Oregon, all but knocking the Pac-12 out of the running for one of the four spots, barring some extreme craziness. LSU’s loss to Arkansas also makes the SEC a two horse race, as far as playoff berths are concerned.The selection committee just unveiled its third rankings of the year on ESPN. Here is the full Top 25:1. Clemson 2. Alabama 3. Ohio State 4. Notre Dame pic.twitter.com/ayBIEp6c4E— CFBPlayoff (@CFBPlayoff) November 18, 20155. Iowa 6. Oklahoma State— CFBPlayoff (@CFBPlayoff) November 18, 20157. Oklahoma 8. Florida 9. Michigan State 10. Baylor— CFBPlayoff (@CFBPlayoff) November 18, 201511. Stanford 12. Michigan 13. Utah 14. Florida State 15. LSU— CFBPlayoff (@CFBPlayoff) November 18, 201516. Navy 17. North Carolina 18. TCU 19. Houston 20. Northwestern— CFBPlayoff (@CFBPlayoff) November 18, 201521. Memphis 22. Mississippi 23. Oregon 24. Southern California 25. Wisconsin— CFBPlayoff (@CFBPlayoff) November 18, 2015How’d they do this week, football fans?last_img read more

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Video: Maryland Beat Wisconsin On Melo Trimble’s 3-Pointer With 1.2 Seconds Remaining

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first_imgMelo Trimble hits game-winning three-pointer as time expires.Melo TrimbleWe just had a Big Ten thriller in Madison. No. 3 Maryland defeated Wisconsin 63-60 on a long three-pointer by point guard Melo Trimble with 1.2 seconds remaining.Trimble’s triple came after Wisconsin’s Bronson Koenig buried a three of a his own to knot the score at 60. Maryland head coach Mark Turgeon elected not to signal for a timeout, instead trusting his All-American point guard to win the game.Good decision.  That shot is the definition of long range. Note ESPN color commentator Dan Dakich saying “Too late” in the background. Dakich thought Trimble took too long before trying to attack.Looks like he knew what he was doing.last_img

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