Mason: Coach’s errors costly for UW

first_imgI think everyone watching Saturday’s Badger football game experienced a few “what are you doing?” moments.No, viewers weren’t wondering what the players on the field were doing or how they managed to let another fourth-quarter lead slip away. Let’s face it: After everything that has happened this point in the season, was anyone really surprised with the outcome?What was a bit more puzzling, however, were the actions of Wisconsin head coach Bret Bielema.Bielema has caught a lot of heat this year for his team’s — for lack of a better description — disappointing showing. But following a few obvious coaching blunders Saturday in East Lansing, the temperature of his hot seat may have been turned up a few degrees.The first of the questionable coaching calls came at the end of the first half. After UW quarterback Dustin Sherer hit redshirt freshman Nick Toon for a 26-yard completion that moved the ball to the MSU 14-yard line, the Badgers opted to run up to the line of scrimmage and spike the ball to stop the clock with 21 seconds remaining before halftime. On second and third down, Sherer was unable to connect with tight end Garrett Graham and Toon on consecutive passes, forcing Wisconsin to settle for a field goal.I couldn’t quite understand why Bielema wouldn’t call for a timeout — his team had two remaining at that point. He must have forgotten they don’t carry over into the second half.Granted, it takes the officials a bit longer after a long pass completion to get the chains moved, but if you’re Wisconsin and you’re already hurrying up to the line of scrimmage, why not run a play? The Badgers had the Spartans’ defense on its heels. Running another play after gaining big yardage on the Sherer-to-Toon connection could have caught them off-guard.Instead, Bielema and company burned a down, giving themselves just two shots at the end zone instead of three. Look at the 25-24 final score, and the importance of that potential four-point swing becomes obvious.Another Bielema boo-boo that was a bit more blatant to Wisconsin fans was the 15-yard unsportsmanlike penalty handed to the UW head coach as MSU was about to take the field following a John Clay touchdown. The Badgers were flagged for a five-yard delay of game, which Bielema clearly didn’t agree with.The official explained to Bielema that the delay of game — when Jay Valai accidentally bumped into him — interfered with his ability to do his job. Bielema supposedly responded by telling the ref that, in his opinion, the official wasn’t doing a good job.I wonder if the referee retorted by telling Bielema the exact same thing.Regardless of what words were exchanged, the Spartans had the ball on the Badgers’ 44-yard line to start the drive. That’s not exactly fair to the defense when they’re expected to hold the offense on such a short field, and the players only had their coach to blame.These two miscues by Bielema resulted in a potential 11-point swing for the cardinal and white. It’s understandable when the players on the field change the momentum of the game by such a margin. It’s unacceptable when that blame falls on the shoulders of the coach.Oh, and let’s not forget what happened at the end of the fourth quarter. When the Spartans moved the ball to the Badgers’ 37-yard line with about half a minute remaining, it was clear they were going to attempt the game-winning field goal on fourth down.With no timeouts remaining, the MSU special teams unit had to rush onto the field to get set up. Bielema decided to call a timeout with 12 seconds on the clock — letting nearly 20 seconds elapse and giving Michigan State a chance to regroup.If you’re going to call a time out at that juncture in the game, why let the time drain off the clock? Give your team a chance to do something if (and when) they get the ball back after the kick. Instead, the Badgers attempted a failed lateral-palooza a la Cal-Stanford to end the game.As if these three reasons weren’t bad enough, there were numerous times in Saturday’s contest — and the entire season, for that matter — when UW players were running on or off the field late, looking confused as to which personnel was supposed to be in the game. Most of this seems to take place on special teams plays, which happens to be the unit Bielema coaches.I’m not saying Bielema deserves to be fired for this season’s many miscues, which were magnified against Michigan State. But something needs to be done to limit these slip-ups. A start would be for Bielema to take himself away from the special teams duties. He already oversees a team of over 100 players.Trying to decide which of those players should be on the field is obviously too tall a task for him to handle.Tyler is a senior majoring in journalism. What do you think should happen to Bielema? Let Tyler know at [email protected]last_img read more

Hospital denies throwing out old man and leaving him to die

first_img80-year-old Christopher Phillip died on the front lawn of a Trinidad hospital Following the posting of a disturbing video on social media which showed an 80-year-old man left to die outside the Port of Spain General Hospital, staff at the institution claim they followed all protocols and did everything to help the man.The elderly man, 80-year-old Christopher Phillip, suffered and died on the grounds of the hospital on Wednesday.The North West Regional Health Authority (NWRHA) issued a statement to disclose that a full investigation has been launched into the circumstances surrounding the death of Phillip.“Preliminary reports indicate that Mr Phillip was brought into the hospital yesterday evening via ambulance and was seen at the Accident and Emergency Department. He was treated following all protocols of care and was later discharged.  Subsequently, Mr Phillip was seen lying on the floor outside the department and was assisted by members of staff back into the department to be seen a second time. Mr Phillip then left on his own accord. His body was later discovered on the front lawn of the hospital’s compound,”. The NWRHA stated.The NWRHA extended condolences to his relatives.“We would like to assure them and members of the public that every effort is being made to complete the investigation within the shortest timeframe.  The NWRHA remains committed to the provision of quality and compassionate health care to all”.Former Health Minister Dr Fuad Khan has called for an full investigation into the death of Phillip and is questioning whether protocol has changed at public health institutions since the September 2015 general elections.He said, “I am now asking whether the protocol has changed since 2015 where people are no longer receiving medical treatment at the hospital but being manhandled and thrown out and left to die.”Khan said the incident involving Phillip was clearly a case of medical negligence and brutality. “That is a case of medical negligence and the family should sue the system. That man died. And he didn’t die just so. He went for medical assistance and they missed something. That man could have suffered greater injury when he was manhandled by two security guards,” he said.Khan said the death of the elderly man should be investigated and action taken against those responsible.The video showed the final hours of the life of the elderly man as he lay writhing in pain on the grass outside the hospital’s Accident and Emergency Department.Phillip, who lived in Laventille, was apparently removed from the Port of Spain General Hospital and placed outside the compound where he soiled himself and died overnight.The six minute, 50 second long video was posted Facebook has been shared multiple times.It is unclear whether the man had received medical treatment.A conversation between two women indicated that Phillip was asked to leave the compound, but was unable to walk as he appeared to be in pain.“I witnessed this at the Port of Spain General hospital this afternoon. Two MTS security officers lifting a very sick gentleman and placing him on the ground in the carpark. The gentleman was unable to stand or walk but he was discharged and they were instructed to remove him,” one woman said.The women attempted to seek help Phillip who complained that his legs were paining.His pants were soiled with blood, the women said.One of the women left to get help, but returned seconds later saying that she was told by security that the man was discharged and could not be taken back inside the A&E Department. She was advised to call an ambulance from the hospital to take him back to the facility.“When I enquired about him being given some sort of medical care, I was told by the security he cannot be taken back inside unless an ambulance brings him, because he was discharged. This is total madness . What is our country coming to? This gentleman is 80 years old and this is how he was treated.,” she said.The man was never removed and he died at the entrance of the hospital on Wednesday.He was found lying face down on the grass near the walkway to the casualty department at daybreak.last_img read more

Lonzo Ball-De’Aaron Fox duel doesn’t emerge as Kings top Lakers

first_imgPreviousLos Angeles Lakers’ Julius Randle, left, and Brook Lopez watch the closing moments of the Lakers 113-102 loss to the Sacramento Kings in an NBA basketball game Wednesday, Nov. 22, 2017, in Sacramento, Calif. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)Los Angeles Lakers forward Julius Randle, center, goes to the basket between Sacramento Kings’ Kosta Koufos, left, and Willie Cauley-Stein during the first quarter of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, Nov. 22, 2017, in Sacramento, Calif. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)Sacramento Kings center Willie Cauley-Stein, center, hangs from the rim after stuffing dunking against the Los Angeles Lakers during the first quarter of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, Nov. 22, 2017, in Sacramento, Calif. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsLos Angeles Lakers forward Brandon Ingram, center, goes to the basket between Sacramento Kings’ Garrett Temple, left, and De’Aaron Fox during the first quarter of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, Nov. 22, 2017, in Sacramento, Calif. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)Sacramento Kings forward Zach Randolph, left, drives against Los Angeles Lakers center Brook Lopez during the first quarter of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, Nov. 22, 2017, in Sacramento, Calif. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)Sacramento Kings forward Zach Randolph, center, grabs a rebound between Los Angeles Lakers’ Lonzo Ball, left, and Brook Lopez during the first quarter of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, Nov. 22, 2017, in Sacramento, Calif. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)Los Angeles Lakers forward Julius Randle, right, goes to the basket against Sacramento Kings center Willie Cauley-Stein during the first quarter of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, Nov. 22, 2017, in Sacramento, Calif. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)Los Angeles Lakers forward Kyle Kuzma shoots over Sacramento Kings forward Skal Labissiere during the first quarter of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, Nov. 22, 2017, in Sacramento, Calif. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)Lakers forward Kyle Kuzma, right, drives against Kings forward Skal Labissiere during the first quarter of Wednesday’s game in Sacramento. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)Sacramento Kings forward Zach Randolph, right, goes to the basket against Los Angeles Lakers forward Kyle Kuzma during the second half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, Nov. 22, 2017, in Sacramento, Calif. The Kings won 113-102. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)Sacramento Kings center Willie Cauley-Stein, right, hangs from the rim after dunking over Los Angeles Lakers forward Julius Randle, left, during the second half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, Nov. 22, 2017, in Sacramento, Calif. The Kings won 113-102. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)Sacramento Kings guard Frank Mason III, right, drives against Los Angeles Lakers guard Jordan Clarkson during the second half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, Nov. 22, 2017, in Sacramento, Calif. The Kings won 113-102. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)Los Angeles Lakers head coach Luke Walton questions referee Leon Wood about a call during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Sacramento Kings, Wednesday, Nov. 22, 2017, in Sacramento, Calif. The Kings won 113-102. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)Sacramento Kings guard Bogdan Bogdanovic, of Serbia, gestures after scoring against the Los Angeles Lakers during the second half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, Nov. 22, 2017, in Sacramento, Calif. The Kings won 113-102. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)Los Angeles Lakers head coach Luke Walton, right, talks with Los Angeles Lakers guard Lonzo Ball during the second half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, Nov. 22, 2017, in Sacramento, Calif. The Kings won 113-102. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)Sacramento Kings guard Bogdan Bogdanovic, left, of Serbia, drives against Los Angeles Lakers guard Lonzo Ball during the second half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, Nov. 22, 2017, in Sacramento, Calif. The Kings won 113-102. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)Sacramento Kings’ Buddy Hield, left, and Bogdan Bogdanovic exchange high fives in the closing moments of the Kings 113-102 win over the Los Angeles Lakers in an NBA basketball game Wednesday, Nov. 22, 2017, in Sacramento, Calif. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)Los Angeles Lakers’ Julius Randle, left, and Brook Lopez watch the closing moments of the Lakers 113-102 loss to the Sacramento Kings in an NBA basketball game Wednesday, Nov. 22, 2017, in Sacramento, Calif. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)Los Angeles Lakers forward Julius Randle, center, goes to the basket between Sacramento Kings’ Kosta Koufos, left, and Willie Cauley-Stein during the first quarter of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, Nov. 22, 2017, in Sacramento, Calif. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)NextShow Caption1 of 17Los Angeles Lakers forward Julius Randle, center, goes to the basket between Sacramento Kings’ Kosta Koufos, left, and Willie Cauley-Stein during the first quarter of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, Nov. 22, 2017, in Sacramento, Calif. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)ExpandSACRAMENTO – Drafted three spots behind Lonzo Ball in June, Kings point guard DeAaron Fox understands pressure.He played at Kentucky, after all. Still a teenager, he is the starting point guard for a moribund NBA franchise desperate for a savior.Not even Fox, however, can relate to what Ball faces with the Lakers.Related Articles Yes, the LaVar Ball, Donald Trump feud is still going and now Don King and LeVar Burton have been sucked in too Julius Randle continues to make case for bigger role with Lakers After Ball snatched 29 rebounds over his previous two games, the Kings (5-13) limited him to just six boards.Kentavious Caldwell-Pope led the Lakers with 20 points, while Kings reserve center Willie Cauley-Stein led all scorers with 26. Veteran center Zach Randolph added 22 points.It was a more efficient, though quiet, night offensively for Ball (4 for 8 from the field) whose 30.8 field goal percentage entering the night remains cause for concern. He did, however, record the highlight of the night when he cut backdoor to receive a lob from Corey Brewer and dunked with one hand over Kings center Willie Cauley-Stein with 8:17 left in the second quarter. Fox has been among those studying Ball’s every move. It’s not so much that the Kings rookie seeks out the latest updates on LaVar vs. Donald Trump, or Lonzo’s haircut.It’s that they can’t be avoided.“I wake up in the morning, it’s 8 a.m. and the first thing that’s trending is that,” Fox said. “So you see it.”He toed the line of equating the Life of Lonzo to that of members of another reality TV family.“It’s basically a famous family,” Fox said. “I was going to compare it to the Kardashians. Just necessarily saying how famous the family is, not what you do to get famous or anything like that. They are all being watched.”Fox has had a more sheltered NBA experience than his Lakers’ counterpart. Though he started Wednesday, he has come off the bench in all but five of his first 18 games.The Lakers have not had the same luxury with Ball, who was declared the star and starter from the beginning.“Being a rookie you usually have more time to adjust to NBA life,” Coach Luke Walton said. “You get little opportunities here and there and you grow from those, you have vets that kind of take you under their wing and show you how it’s done at this level.“It’s more of a patient process. I think he (Ball) is handling it well, so I think this way is working for him.”A night earlier, Ball checked into a game with the Lakers trailing by seven against the Chicago Bulls. He keyed a rally that completely flipped the game and saw the Lakers emerge with a 103-94 win.There was no such comeback magic on Wednesday. The Lakers simply could not stop the Kings offense, which ranks last in the NBA at 94.3 points per game.“It’s tough to win on the road in the NBA,” Walton said, “and I think our guys are still learning that.” Put LaVar Ball in Parent Hall of Shame: Letters AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersWith four days until their next game, the Lakers, who did not lead after the first quarter, saw their two-game winning streak snapped as they fell to 8-11.After Ball missed scheduled matchups with Fox in summer league and the preseason due to minor injuries, the two rivals finally met on an NBA court Wednesday night, their first tilt since Fox scored 39 points in a victory over Ball and UCLA in a regional semifinal of the NCAA Tournament last spring.Earlier in their freshman seasons, Ball scored a victory over Kentucky at Rupp Arena.In Chapter 3 on Wednesday, Ball finished with 11 points, 11 assists and seven rebounds in 37 minutes, while Fox recovered from two ugly airballs to score 13 points on 5-of-11 shooting.“It was a lot of fun playing against him,” Ball said. “It’s always fun. Everybody in the crowd loves it and all the fans and stuff, so it’s good for basketball.” Fox has also been criticized for his shooting. Before Wednesday he was shooting just 26.1 percent from 3-point range. Against the Lakers he made both his attempts.Fox, who was among the players the Lakers considered drafting with the No. 2 pick, has been friends with Ball since he was starring at a high school in suburban Houston and Ball was at Chino Hills. This was before LaVar Ball became a presidential nemesis; before Big Baller Brand molded its first prototype.“He is the same kid that I met,” Fox said. “I mean, you just got more followers, you got more money and people really look upon everything that you do now. He is still the same chill, laid-back, doesn’t-say-much guy that I met in high school.” In the Donald Trump vs. LaVar Ball exchange, does one brand help another? Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error “The expectations are out of this world for him,” Fox said before the Kings’ 113-102 win over the Lakers. “I couldn’t imagine it.”last_img read more

Wellington Leadership team to hold service day on Earth Day; needs help with hunger outreach

first_imgSubmitted to Sumner Newscow — This year’s service day will be on Wednesday, April 22 – Earth Day!  The Wellington Leadership team will be serving in a number of ways around the community, including a few new ones.  Sophomores, Juniors, and Seniors will be placed off campus, while freshmen will be working at WHS on a variety of projects.The one project the leadership team really needs some help with is a project regarding hunger in Wellington.“We will be working on a meal packaging event to benefit the Meals-on-wheels-for-kids summer program,” said Karla Defore, Wellington Leadership instructor. “Students will be working assembly line style to package meals for children in Wellington who may not have access to meals in the summer time.  The leadership team will be working with Outreach, Inc (outreachprogram.org) to package high quality, easy to prepare meals for children.The cost is only $0.25 per meal.  We have a goal of providing 8000 meals at a cost of $2000.  If you could put this message out there for the community, we would really appreciate it.  Individuals, businesses, or organizations may donate.  They can make their checks payable to WHS Leadership.“If we should happen to raise more money than our goal we plan to donate the excess to the Wellington Food Bank,” Defore said.If you have any questions about our meal packaging event or about Service Day, please feel free to email Defore at [email protected] us on Twitter. Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. There are no comments posted yet. Be the first one! Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new commentslast_img read more