No more Moore for now

first_imgBy Brett Portnoy and Michael BleachWisconsin football head coach Bret Bielema announced Monday wide receiver Maurice Moore is suspended indefinitely from the team following the UW senior’s arrest on suspicion of operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated.According a Madison Police Department report, Moore, 22, was taken to the hospital following a single vehicle car crash to be treated for minor injuries Sunday morning.The Wisconsin senior — a redshirt junior eligibility-wise — was suspended by Bielema for last season’s Champs Sports Bowl.“With Maurice Moore, Mo, I’m sure a lot of you has remembered, was suspended for the last year’s bowl game,” Bielema said Monday at his press conference. “And at different times, he and I have had discussions. I made him very aware that every day was going to be monitored from here on out, and obviously after [this] incident, he’s indefinitely suspended. He won’t be with us. And you know, right now actually, I haven’t had a chance, and Mo is still in the hospital. Everything’s checking out, but they’re keeping him there for some supervision. Should be out of there later today, and then we’ll have an opportunity to sit down and talk. We’ll give him all the support we can academically and in anything else that he needs to make sure he can have success. Right now it looks like he could possibly graduate by the end of this summer, so he might have an option further down the road with one year of eligibility left.”Injury UpdatesThe Badgers sustained two injuries to very significant players Saturday at Indiana. Sophomore running back John Clay and sophomore right tackle Josh Oglesby were forced to leave Saturday’s game with a head injury and a knee injury, respectively.“John Clay should be able to practice tomorrow,” Bielema said. “He basically got a little bit, I don’t know if it was a concussion, but he felt and was a little bit out of it in the first half. … He was sick to his stomach, and then at halftime, everybody said he was good to go, and when we were walking out, he wasn’t in a good situation to go out there. If we had to, he probably could have played the second half. I know he wanted to, but they kept him out. So he should be back full go.”“Josh is getting some further tests done today on the knee that he injured Saturday, so we’ll know a little bit more about him later in the day. But he assured me he’s going to play … unless something pops up on those tests later today.”Saturday’s Notable Performances As happens after every UW win, the Badgers handed out game balls for offense, defense and special teams. Two youngsters picked up the award on offense with sophomore receiver Nick Toon and freshman running back Montee Ball carrying the slack on offense throughout the second half.“Nick Toon probably played his most complete game since becoming a Badger and really did some good things for us, especially, obviously, the big play at the end of the game that solidified that last drive,” Bielema said. “And then Montee Ball for his performance, being able to step in there and do what he did.”On defense, Bielema was particularly impressed with the performance of another true freshman, linebacker Chris Borland, who made nine tackles, including seven solo tackles, and recorded the first interception of his college career.“[Borland] continues to make impressive strides each week as a football player, and then played his most complete game as a linebacker,” Bielema said.Finally, on special teams, sophomore kicker Philip Welch was named MVP for his performance, which included one field goal, four extra points and several impressive kickoffs which prevented returns and put the Hoosiers back on their 20-yard line at the beginning of drives.last_img read more

NBA All-Star Saturday Night: Come see if another man can fly … over a car

first_img NBA All-Star weekend: L.A. is already the center of the hoop world AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersGriffin won the Slam Dunk Contest at the 2011 All-Star Weekend with the greatest stunt in the history of the NBA’s annual midseason celebration. Technically, it was just another dunk off a lob pass from one Clipper to another. The car added an element that catapulted Griffin to superstardom, though.Griffin went on to become Rookie of the Year, a five-time All-Star, a pitchman, the face of a franchise that was on the rise and, ultimately, a tradeable asset. The Clippers dealt him last month to the Detroit Pistons in a franchise-altering move.So much has changed in the seven years since that career-defining moment. Griffin won’t be a participant in either the dunk contest Saturday or the game Sunday at Staples Center. A new generation of dunkers has emerged, including former Lakers leaper Larry Nance Jr., now with Cleveland.Larry Nance Sr., won the 1984 dunk contest in Denver, the NBA’s first.Victor Oladipo of the Indiana Pacers, Donovan Mitchell of the Utah Jazz and Dennis Smith Jr. of the Dallas Mavericks also are entered in the premier event on All-Star Saturday Night. The NBA also will conduct a skills contest and a 3-point shooting contest. For NBA All-Star Weekend, here’s our lineup of All-Southern California NBA All-Stars Spencer Dinwiddie of the Brooklyn Nets, Andre Drummond (Detroit Pistons) Joel Embiid (Philadelphia 76ers), Buddy Hield (Sacramento Kings), Al Horford (Boston Celtics), Lauri Markkanen (Chicago Bulls) and Jamal Murray (Denver Nuggets) also will compete in the Skills Challenge.Harris averaged a career-high 18.1 points before the Clippers acquired him from the Pistons. Overall, he’s averaging 18 points on 45 percent shooting, plus 5.3 rebounds and 2 assists in 54 games in 2017-18, including six with the Clippers.In addition to Harris, Bradley Beal (Washington Wizards), Devin Booker (Phoenix Suns), Wayne Ellington (Miami Heat), Paul George (Oklahoma City Thunder), Eric Gordon (Houston Rockets), Kyle Lowry (Toronto Raptors) and Klay Thompson (Golden State Warriors) will compete.Gordon is the defending champion. The younger Nance would have been a hometown favorite, but the Lakers traded him and Jordan Clarkson to the Cavaliers in exchange for Channing Frye, Isaiah Thomas and a first-round draft pick at the trade deadline Feb. 8. Nance is still likely to get a lot of support, though.Two Clippers highlight the other events.Guard Lou Williams will participate in the Skills Challenge and forward Tobias Harris, acquired along with Avery Bradley and Boban Marjanovic and two draft picks in the Jan. 29 deal that sent Griffin to Detroit, will compete in the 3-point Contest.Williams is the league’s leading scorer while playing n a reserve role, averaging 22 points. Overall, he’s averaging career-bests of 23.2 points and 5.3 assists while shooting 37.8 percent on 3-point shots and 89.5 percent from the free-throw line.Related Articles LOS ANGELES — The last time it was here a man jumped over a car and dunked a basketball.Baron Davis piloted a KIA onto the Staples Center court as a choir assembled at midcourt to sing, “I Believe I Can Fly.” Blake Griffin accepted a lob pass through the sun roof from Davis, soared over the hood and slammed the ball through the basket as the raucous sellout crowd roared.Charles Barkley then dared on TNT to say it wasn’t that great of a dunk.Come on, man. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more