The Croatian National Tourist Board is participating in the largest annual meeting of the North American Tour Operators Association “2018 USTOA Annual Conference & Marketplace”, which is being held in its 40th edition this year in Phoenix from November 27 to 30. In addition to the Croatian National Tourist Board, the Tourist Board of the City of Zagreb, the Tourist Board of the Dubrovnik-Neretva County and the Tourist Board of the City of Dubrovnik are also participating in this important gathering. Croatia is one of the fastest growing destinations on the American market, said the director of the CNTB Head Office, Kristjan Staničić, and added: “It is a very important and important gathering which, in addition to North American tour operators, ie active members of the USTOA, also attracts many other associate members and representatives of tourist offices and the tourism industry of countries from around the world. This was also an opportunity to meet key partners such as TravelZoo, Collette, Holiday Vacations, Cox and Kings, The Travel Corporation and Stride Travel. “, said director Staničić, PWC / Off the Beaten Track TOP 5 The excellent status of our country in the large American market is confirmed by the results of market research by PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC), whose representatives were one of the speakers at the forum. According to the research, Croatia is included in the top five “Off the Beaten Track” destinations, right after Iceland and Cambodia, and before Colombia and Vietnam.CNTB: We expect growth from US trafficThe CNTB expects the continuation of double-digit growth in traffic from the USA in 2019, in which the new direct flight of American Airlines on the route Philadelphia-Dubrovnik will significantly contribute. According to the eVisitor system, 578 thousand arrivals and 1.6 million overnight stays were made from the US market so far this year, which is an increase of 23 percent in arrivals and 18 percent in overnight stays compared to the same period last year. Top destinations for American tourists by overnight stays are Dubrovnik, Split, Zagreb, Hvar and Rovinj. Related news:FROM 2019 DIRECT FLIGHTS FROM DUBROVNIK TO THE USACOMING SOON WITHOUT VISA AND DOUBLE TAXATION WITH THE USA?
France has decided to refuse the proposal of Italian shipbuilder and ship designer Fincantieri to acquire the majority stake in STX France shipyard. By using its right of preemption, France will control 100% of STX France in the next few months.The decision will give the country time for better negotiation and agreement, Bruno Le Maire, French Minister of Economy and Finance, tweeted on July 27.However, the nationalization of the shipyard is temporary as the country does not intend to remain the sole shareholder, STX France said in a statement. France would set up in the long term a round table aimed at forming STX France’s new shareholder structure.The country will continue to negotiate with Italian partners in the coming days, Le Maire added.Specifically, France plans to offer Italy to expand shipbuilding cooperation into naval ships, Reuters reported citing Le Maire as saying.World Maritime News Staff
Aug. 7 IMCA Speedway Motors Weekly Racing National Point Standings Xtreme Motor Sports IMCA Modifieds – 1. Chris Abelson, Sioux City, Iowa, 1,189; 2. Ricky Thornton Jr., Chandler, Ariz., 1,179; 3. Brandon Beckendorf, Danube, Minn., 1,152; 4. Zane DeVilbiss, Farmington, N.M., 1,146; 5. Kelly Shryock, Fertile, Iowa, 1,144; 6. J.D. Auringer, Waterloo, Iowa, and Jimmy Gustin, Marshalltown, Iowa, both 1,137; 8. Michael Densberger, Lincoln, Neb., 1,124; 9. Justin Jones, Bemidji, Minn., 1,123; 10. Nick Roberts, Des Moines, Iowa, 1,122; 11. Ricky Stephan, South Sioux City, Neb., 1,119; 12. Troy Cordes, Dunkerton, Iowa, 1,116; 13. Kyle Brown, State Center, Iowa, 1,113; 14. Keith Jack Lamphere, Monroeton, Pa., 1,109; 15. Scott Hogan, Vinton, Iowa, 1,105; 16. Brian Schultz, Casa Grande, Ariz., 1,104; 17. Ronn Lauritzen, Jesup, Iowa, 1,103; 18. Carter VanDenBerg, Oskaloosa, Iowa, 1,096; 19. Alexander Wilson, Salinas, Calif., 1,095; 20. Van Gemmill, Ponca City, Okla., 1,089.IMCA Late Models – 1. Justin L. Kay, Wheatland, Iowa, 795; 2. Matt Ryan, Davenport, Iowa, 784; 3. Ryan Griffith, Webster City, Iowa, 753; 4. Todd Cooney, Des Moines, Iowa, 750; 5. Andy Nezworski, Buffalo, Iowa, 744; 6. Jeremy Grady, Story City, Iowa, 735; 7. Darrel DeFrance, Marshalltown, Iowa, 731; 8. Paul Nagle, Nevada, Iowa, 716; 9. Ben Nading, Ankeny, Iowa, 710; 10. Jon Merfeld, Dubuque, Iowa, 703; 11. Curt Schroeder, Newton, Iowa, 689; 12. Nate Beuseling, Silvis, Ill., 686; 13. Charlie McKenna, Clear Lake, Iowa, 680; 14. Curtis Glover, Des Moines, Iowa, 661; 15. Daulton Maassen, Avoca, Iowa, 656; 16. Ben Seemann, Waterloo, Iowa, 651; 17. John Emerson, Waterloo, Iowa, 649; 18. Jerry King, Waterloo, Iowa, 643; 19. Gary Webb, Blue Grass, Iowa, 639; 20. Tyler Bruening, Decorah, Iowa, 636. IMCA Eagle Motorsports RaceSaver Sprint Cars – 1. Chad Wilson, North Richland Hills, Texas, 769; 2. Marcus Thomas, Corsicana, Texas, 751; 3. Clint Benson, Papillion, Neb., 746; 4. Logan Scherb, Paradise, Texas, 730; 5. Kyle Jones, Kennedale, Texas, 674; 6. Josh Hawkins, Whitehouse, Texas, 672; 7. Jeremy Schultz, Hutchinson, Minn., 650; 8. Chase Brewer, Springtown, Texas, 644; 9. Tucker Doughty, Heath, Texas, 626; 10. Trevor Serbus, Olivia, Minn., 620; 11. Zach Newlin, Millerstown, Pa., 616; 12. Dustin Woods, Forney, Texas, 606; 13. Brandon Allen, St. Peter, Minn., and Jesse Cripe, South Haven, Minn., both 604; 15. Matt Ziebarth, Flandreau, S.D., 595; 16. Michael Stien, Ceylon, Minn., 577; 17. Chris Kelly, Oklahoma City, Okla., 573; 18. Regan Hawkins, Troup, Texas, 572; 19. Mark Klis, Waxahachie, Texas, 567; 20. Casey Abbas, Lennox, S.D., 565.IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars – 1. Mike Nichols, Harlan, Iowa, 1,200; 2. Travis Van Straten, Hortonville, Wis., 1,196; 3. Damon Murty, Chelsea, Iowa, 1,183; 4. Jason Rogers, Selden, Kan., 1,170; 5. Matt Guillaume, Haslet, Texas, 1,162; 6. Donavon Smith, Lake City, Iowa, 1,154; 7. Dan Mackenthun, Hamburg, Minn., 1,150; 8. Kirk Martin, Weatherford, Texas, 1,149; 9. Nathan Wood, Sigourney, Iowa, 1,147; 10. Kevin Opheim, Mason City, Iowa, and Brian Blessington, Breda, Iowa, both 1,139; 12. Luke Sathoff, Jackson, Minn., 1,138; 13. David Smith, Lake City, Iowa, 1,136; 14. Jay Schmidt, Tama, Iowa, 1,133; 15. Nick Tubbs, Colby, Kan., 1,116; 16. Chad Bruns, Wayne, Neb., Ron Pettitt, Norfolk, Neb., and Devin Smith, Lake City, Iowa, each 1,104; 19. Rod Snellenberger, Pulaski, Wis., 1,102; 20. Casey Woken, Ogallala, Neb., 1,100.IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks – 1. Shannon Anderson, Des Moines, Iowa, 1,191; 2. Cory Probst, Worthington, Minn., 1,184; 3. Cody Nielsen, Spencer, Iowa, 1,176; 4. Jeremy Oliver, Chilton, Texas, 1,167; 5. Andy Roller, Waco, Texas, 1,161; 6. Justin Luinenburg, Reading, Minn., 1,159; 7. Austin Luellen, Minburn, Iowa, 1,154; 8. Chanse Hollatz, Clear Lake, Iowa, 1,139; 9. Justin Nehring, Storm Lake, Iowa, 1,138; 10. Brandon Nielsen, Spencer, Iowa, 1,136; 11. Eric Stanton, Carlisle, Iowa, 1,134; 12. Tiffany Bittner, Norfolk, Neb., 1,127; 13. TeJay Mielke, Norfolk, Neb., 1,126; 14. Andrew Borchardt, Plymouth, Iowa, 1,121; 15. Scott Dobel, Manly, Iowa, 1,117; 16. Tyrel Smith, Goodland, Kan., 1,107; 17. Jacob Olmstead, Overton, Neb., 1,105; 18. Kyle Pfeifer, Hill City, Kan., 1,103; 19. Jeremy Wegner, Graettinger, Iowa, 1,102; 20. Malik Sampson, Worthington, Minn., 1,086.Scoggin-Dickey Parts Center Southern SportMods – 1. Jeffrey Abbey, Comanche, Texas, 1,171; 2. Justin Long, Haslet, Texas, 1,022; 3. Chad Hertel, Abilene, Texas, 1,001; 4. Jesse Baldwin, Aztec, N.M., 993; 5. Taylor Florio, Copperas Cove, Texas, 992; 6. Robert Scrivner, Woodway, Texas, 900; 7. Damon Hammond, Burleson, Texas, 885; 8. Dustin Robinson, Post, Texas, 878; 9. Jon White Jr., Red Oak, Texas, 850; 10. Jeffrey Kaup, Woodward, Okla., 823; 11. Thomas Bennett, Bastrop, Texas, 770; 12. Michael Maraschick, Midland, Texas, 751; 13. Jake Upchurch, Grand Prairie, Texas, 737; 14. James Skinner, Burleson, Texas, 715; 15. John Freeman, Runaway Bay, Texas, 695; 16. T.J. Green, Robinson, Texas, 693; 17. Brad Shirley, Springtown, Texas, and Logan Ellis, Wagoner, Okla., both 686; 19. Levy Galmor, Elk City, Okla., 663; 20. Cory Williams, Slaton, Texas, 661.Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMods – 1. Tyler Frye, Belleville, Kan., 1,195; 2. Tony Olson, Cedar Rapids, Iowa, 1,188; 3. Fred Ryland, Brentwood, Calif., 1,182; 4. Clinton Luellen, Minburn, Iowa, 1,174; 5. Nick Meyer, Whittemore, Iowa, 1,173; 6. Matthew Looft, Swea City, Iowa, 1,171; 7. Lucas James Lamberies, Clintonville, Wis., 1,164; 8. Doug Smith, Lanesboro, Iowa, 1,162; 9. Clay Money, Penokee, Kan., 1,154; 10. Jared VanDeest, Holland, Iowa, 1,141; 11. Cody Knecht, Whittemore, Iowa, 1,115; 12. George Nordman, Mason City, Iowa, 1,113; 13. Sam Robert Wieben, Dysart, Iowa, 1,112; 14. Nelson Vollbrecht, Stanton, Neb., 1,100; 15. Tyler Soppe, Sherrill, Iowa, 1,098; 16. Brayton Carter, Oskaloosa, Iowa, and Bryce Garnhart, Shannon, both 1,097; 18. Johnathon D. Logue Boone, Iowa, 1,086; 19. Nate Whitehurst, Mason City, Iowa, 1,083; 20. Brandon Williams, Des Moines, Iowa, 1,066.Mach-1 Sport Compacts – 1. Nate Coopman, Mankato, Minn., 1,200; 2. Ramsey Meyer, Pierce, Neb., 1,187; 3. Cody Thompson, Sioux City, Iowa, 1,157; 4. Jay DeVries, Spencer, Iowa, 1,153; 5. Kaitlyn DeVries, Spencer, Iowa, 1,135; 6. Lance Mielke, Norfolk, Neb., 1,124; 7. Shannon Pospisil, Norfolk, Neb., 1,119; 8. Tyler Thompson, Sioux City, Iowa, 1,101; 9. Dalton Kron, Algona, Iowa, 1,085; 10. Joe Bunkofske, Armstrong, Iowa, 1,061; 11. Bill Whalen Jr., Riverside, Iowa, 1,038; 12. Devin Jones, Clear Lake, Iowa, 1,036; 13. Oliver Monson, Clear Lake, Iowa, 1,032; 14. Drew Johnson, Sioux City, Iowa, 1,024; 15. Brooke Fluckiger, Columbus, Neb., 997; 16. Nikki Taylor, Welcome, Minn., 892; 17. Alan Lahr, Nicollet, Minn., 887; 18. Colby Kaspar, Columbus, Neb., 837; 19. Jacob Kofoot, Bode, Iowa, 831; 20. Trent Orwig, Wayland, Iowa, 830.
COLBY, Kan. (July 7) – With night one of the Summer Sizzler Tour in going to Nebraska’s Toby Chapman, United Rebel Sprint Series drivers are preparing to finish out the four-race series with the final three races this weekend in pursuit of the $1,000 winner’s share for the overall championship.Tonight (Friday) the Rebels make their appearance at Thomas County Speedway in Colby, Kan., after being rained out there earlier this spring. A great field of cars are expected for this event as, along with the URSS regulars, there will be a good contingent of Colorado, Nebraska and Oklahoma cars to begin the three-day run.Oklahoma’s Ty Williams will be on hand to defend his win last year in this event as will current Jake Martins. Other heavy hitters will be Kansas drivers Steven Richardson, Brian Herbert, Zach Blurton, Jed Werner and J.D. Johnson, among others.Nebraska hot shoes will include Darren and Nate Berry, John Webster, Matt Richards and Shane Sandiest to name a few. Mark Wander, Scott Cochran and Cobi Pearce and a host of others will represent Colorado. Racing starts at 8 p.m.On Saturday, July 8 the Rebels head to Nebraska when they return to Lincoln County Raceway in North Platte for the second annual Ron Williams/Dick Myers Memorial.Last year, Blurton bested a field of 32 cars in front of a packed stands to claim the $1,500 winner’s share. Look for a larger field this year as it has became a favorite among the drivers and fans with many contingencies and added money. Racing starts at 6:30 p.m.On Sunday, July 9, Rebels will head east one hour down I-80 to one of their favorite tracks as they visit Lexington Raceway to end the Summer Sizzler Week and crown a champion. The wide sweeping corners of the track always put on a very close blistering fast race. Racing starts at 6pm.More than $3,000 has been donated to make Summer Sizzler Week possible by Myers Engines, Hiker Trucking, Evans Buildings, Downey Drilling, Colby Automotive, Bottle Gallery, S & W Supply, Commercial Sign, Wagoner & Sons, Colby Country Trader Gun Shop, Momentum Suspensions, Destiny Trucking, Herbs Towing and Big Boys Toy StorageFor more URSS information visit www.unitedrebelsprintseries.com.
Detectives from the Directorate of Criminal Investigations have arrested five individuals impersonating Kenya Defence Forces and the National Police Service officers.The five Sharoq Afzal Shah, Jamal Hassan Ali, Fred Ngusare, Francis Saitabau and Junaid Mehmood Osman are in lawful custody awaiting arraignment were nabbed within the Nairobi CBD.Also Read President Uhuru to make remarks in the 75th Session of UNGAAccording to the DCI, the impersonators were conducting their activities before they were arrested. The four who were driving two motor vehicles registration numbers KBN 433C and KCX 732L were intercepted at T-Mall area in Langata.Get breaking news on your Mobile as-it-happens. SMS ‘NEWS’ to 20153 “Upon searching the said vehicles a pair of handcuffs, Fake NIS Cards, KDF Cards and gate passes, and pocket phones among other items were recovered,” said the DCI.Also Read Uhuru calls for rebuilding of the UN to better address emerging challengesThe DCI has further called upon the members of the public who may have fallen victim to the activities of such individuals to visit DCI Lang’ata.Also Read SRC moves to address pay disparities
“Do not bring us into it,” Warnock said. “We were there but that is where it ended. We were not together as a group. “You notice how there was nothing else mentioned about Crystal Palace. “I do not know why it was on the front page.” Palace host Stoke on Saturday, looking to register their first win in four matches and extend a two-point gap between themselves and the relegation zone. Damien Delaney is likely to make his first start for the Eagles since injuring his calf against Liverpool last month and there has been positive news too for the club regarding the defender’s future. “One of the press guys told me this morning that on Delaney’s Instagram he says he’s agreed (to sign a new contract) so somebody at the club will tell me eventually,” Warnock said. “Unfortunately Damien can’t tweet me but no doubt he’ll let me know. It’s good news if it is true. “He’s an important player for the club on and off the field. He’s one of our leaders and it’s good to tie him down. It’s a reward for him as well.” The club are also in talks with Joel Ward over a new deal and Warnock is hopeful an agreement can be struck before Christmas. Palace secured a hard-earned draw at Tottenham last Saturday but face a tough test against a Stoke side arriving in London on the back of a 3-2 win over Arsenal. “Stoke have got a number of good players in their side,” Warnock said. “I was looking forward to seeing Victor Moses but he is injured. “Bojan Krkic looks a hell of a player and I know Mark Hughes likes him but they have got others, like Peter Crouch and Jon Walters. It will be tough.” Warnock added: “We have been playing well for a few weeks, without scoring goals. “The players have been quite buoyant this week in training and I had to hold them back a little bit but that is a good sign.” Crystal Palace manager Neil Warnock is adamant none of his players were involved in the incident which saw QPR defender Steven Caulker taken to hospital last Sunday. Caulker suffered a cut to the head during a squad get-together although QPR dismissed reports of a fight breaking out, insisting the defender had “slipped”. Palace players were also in attendance at the lunch but Warnock claims none of his team were at fault. Press Association
Latest posts by Hugh Bowden (see all) Bio GSA surges in 4th to win Northern Maine title – February 26, 2017 Hugh BowdenExecutive EditorHugh writes editorials, covers Hancock County sports and helps out where needed in The American’s editorial department. When he’s not on the sidelines, he enjoys playing jazz and tennis. firstname.lastname@example.org Catcher Dakota Chipman of the George Stevens Academy Eagles reaches for the ball as a Washington Academy runner scores.BANGOR — “Get me one run,” junior righthander Gabe Feeney urged his Washington Academy teammates in the first inning of Tuesday’s Eastern Maine Class C baseball final.That run, which came in the second inning, prove to be all that Feeney would need as he pitched a four-hit, 3-0 shutout over the George Stevens Academy Eagles at Mansfield Stadium.The fourth-seeded Eagles, who split with the second-seeded Raiders in two regular season games, mounted a major threat in the first inning.Freshman Garrison Looke stroked a one-out double to center field and Anthony Bianco reached base on the Raiders’ only error of the contest.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textFeeney struck out the next batter, but walked junior Will Ricker to load the bases before getting junior Hank Vinall on a fly ball to center.The Raiders to a 1-0 lead in the second inning as sophomore Cameron Varney doubled off GSA righthander Kesley Allen.Varney moved to third on a sacrifice bunt by junior Jared Taylor and scored on an infield groundout by senior Ethan Sawyer.In the fourth inning, the Raiders added two more runs, with plenty of help in the form of three GSA errors.Senior Fred MacLean drew a leadoff walk and went to second on an errant pickoff throw.Junior Colin Pineo then reached base on a fielding error, and one out later, Jared Taylor singled to drive in MacLean.Sawyer followed with a grounder to short and the throw to second was wide of the base, allowing Pineo to race home with the second run of the inning.Allen beat out an infield single to ignite another threat by the Eagles in the top of the fifth.After senior Finn McMahon-Allwine flied out to center, Looke singled for his second hit of the game, sending Allen to third.But the GSA pitcher was cut down at the plate when he tried to score on a grounder to third and Feeney struck out the next batter to end the inning.In the bottom of the fifth, junior Kyle Taylor had a leadoff double for the Raiders and went to third on a wild pitch.But Allen retired the next three batter, and it was three up, three down for both teams the rest of the way.Allen pitched well in defeat, scattering just five hits over six innings and walking just one batter.With good control of both his hard fastball and an overhand curve, Feeney struck out nine GSA batters and walked just two in his winning effort.The Raiders upped their record to 15-4 in moving on to Saturday’s state final, and GSA closed out its season with a 14-5 record.Find in-depth coverage of local news in The Ellsworth American. Subscribe digitally or in print. Is this the kind of government we deserve? – July 10, 2017 Latest Posts Like he did in the ’60s, Noel Paul Stookey sings out in troubling times – December 27, 2017
New Delhi: The ongoing India vs Australia series has been a true thriller. India won the first ODI in Hyderabad by six wickets and they held their nerve in the Nagpur ODI when they won by eight runs to take a 2-0 lead in the series. Australia withstood the brilliance of Virat Kohli with the Indian skipper slamming a record-breaking 41st century as they won the Ranchi ODI by 32 runs. In the Mohali ODI, Australia were boosted by a century from Peter Handscomb and a brilliant 84 off 43 balls by Ashton Turner as they chased down 359, which is the highest by a visiting team in ODIs in India. The performance in Mohali has given the Australian team immense belief, who have not won a bilateral series since 2017 and it gives them a chance to win an ODI series for the first time since 2009 in India. Heading into the Delhi ODI, India are still firm favourites due to the home advantage and having not lost a series since 2015 in their own backyard. India have played four ODIs against Australia in Delhi, winning three and losing one game. Australia’s only win at the venue came in 1998, when they won the tri-series final against India by four wickets in a tournament which also involved Zimbabwe. However, with Australia bouncing back from 0-2 down to tie the series 2-2 with one game left to play, Aaron Finch’s side are on the cusp of creating a are slice of history. A win in Delhi for Australia will make Finch’s side the first Australian side in ODI history to win a series after being 0-2 down in the five-match series. Australia has never achieved this feat in their 48-year ODI history. The closest Australia ever got from winning after a 0-2 deficit was against South Africa in 2006. After losing the Centurion and Cape Town ODIs by six wickets and 196 runs respectively, Australia bounced back and won the Port Elizabeth and Durban matches by 24 runs and one wicket respectively. In the final game in Johannesburg, Australia notched up 434/4 thanks to Ricky Ponting’s brilliant 164. At that time, Australia notched up the highest ODI score in history but South Africa spectacularly chased the total down to win by one wicket and clinch the series 3-2. In fact, there are very few instances when teams have bounced back from 0-2 down in the five-match series to win 3-2. In ODI history, there has been 64 instances of a series scoreline reading 3-2. Only twice in history have teams bounced back from 0-2 down to win the series 3-2. The first instance was between Pakistan and South Africa in the 2003 series played in Pakistan. The hosts won the first two games in Lahore by eight runs and 42 runs respectively but South Africa staged a remarkable comeback. The Proteas won the third match at Faisalabad by 13 runs while they leveled the series with a six-wicket win in Rawalpindi. The final match was won by seven wickets at the same venue and South Africa had achieved a first. The next instance was between Bangladesh and Zimbabwe in the series in 2005. Zimbabwe won the first two games by 22 and 31 runs but Bangladesh staged a great comeback. They won the next two games by 40 runs and 58 runs and heading into the final game, Bangladesh chased down 199 to win their first-ever bilateral ODI series. The next instance was the series between South Africa and England in 2016. England won the first two ODIs by a comfortable margin but South Africa roared back in the contest with three straight wins, including one match by one wicket as they registered a 3-2 win in the series.Australia are the only team in Test history to have bounced back from a 0-2 deficit in Tests to win the series. In the 1936/37 Ashes against England, Australia lost the first two Tests but under the captaincy of Sir Don Bradman, Australia spectacularly reversed their fortunes and went on to win the series 3-2. highlights Australia won the Ranchi and Mohali ODIs to level the series.Only twice in ODI history have teams won a series after trailing 0-2.Australia has not won an ODI series in India since 2009. For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.
For the third straight season, the Wisconsin volleyball team has advanced to the second weekend of the NCAA tournament.After defeating unranked Oregon and Iowa State in the first two rounds last weekend, the No. 6 Badgers will take a significant step up in competition as they travel to Austin, Texas.Wisconsin (26-6) faces No. 11 Florida (25-8) in what should be a barnburner between two elite teams. Head coach Kelly Sheffield discussed Monday the success of the Florida program and its head coach Mary Wise.“There are not too many people that have had more success than [Wise] has,” Sheffield said. “She’s been doing it year-in and year-out for more than 20 years. That’s something that you admire as the people that are great consistently. There are so many people that have just kind of been here one, two, three years or something, but there are few coaches in any sport that can keep their teams up toward the top every season. She’s one of them.”Sheffield also noted the difficulty in playing a team as deep and talented as Florida.“They they might be as talented of a team [or] the most talented team in the country,” Sheffield said. “They’ve got four returning All-Americans and that doesn’t include the National Freshman of the Year from a few years back. So a lot of talent on the other side of the net. We’re starting to break down film and putting together a game plan. But we’re excited about still playing.”Despite the daunting task in front of them, Wisconsin knows they are peaking at the perfect time.The Badgers relied on a sound defensive effort throughout the first weekend of the tournament to position themselves in the Sweet 16.“I think defensively we were really good,” Sheffield said. “We got great touches against Oregon. We didn’t get a lot of stuff blocks against them, but we got positive touches and ran down the back court. I thought our back court was fantastic against Iowa State. So I would say defensively I’m really impressed with and really proud of the direction that we’re heading.”Should the Badgers win Friday, their Elite Eight matchup would be another prizefight. In the other Sweet 16 matchup, No. 3 Texas faces No. 14 UCLA in a battle between two traditional powerhouses.Wisconsin fans should remember their last matchup against Texas, a Final Four thriller, as one that propelled Sheffield’s first team to the national title game in 2012.Despite their recent history, Sheffield knows his program has matured since that first meeting.“That was a big match for us two years ago,” Sheffield said. “It was an important match for our program. But we’ve played, whatever, 70 matches since then to now against some really good teams.”
Join DAZN and watch Canelo plus more than 100 fight nights a yearFury concluded that press conference by leading a singalong of Don McLean’s “American Pie,” dropping the microphone before his team followed him out the door. Moments later, Lou DiBella said it best.“Comeback Fighter of the Year? Tyson Fury is the Comeback Person of the Year,” the promoter proclaimed following the war.Three years ago, Fury reached the apex of the sport when he traveled to Dusseldorf and beat Wladimir Klitschko to become the lineal heavyweight champion, ending a decade-long reign. Fury reached his Everest, but felt a deep sadness wash over him — the glorious moment failing to fill a gaping hole within himself.Come summer, Fury sunk to rock bottom. Engulfed by depression, he approached 200 miles per hour in his Ferrari, intent to drive it into a bridge near his home. A voice popped into his head: “Don’t do this, Tyson. Think about your kids,” Fury told Joe Rogan. “Think about your family and your little boys and girls growing up with no father. And everyone saying [to them], ‘Your dad was a weak man. He left you. He took the easy way out because he couldn’t do anything about it.’”Fury pulled his car over. He vowed never to try and take his own life again. His father, John, went with him to be examined by a leading mental health doctor in the UK. Fury was diagnosed as a suicide risk; John stayed at his son’s home for a stretch just to keep an eye on him.On Halloween Night 2017, Fury went to a posh party. Dressed in a skeleton outfit — virtually 400 pounds — he looked around and felt like the old man who didn’t belong. He was just 29-years-old.“What am I doing here?” Fury said to himself, as told to Rogan. “Is this what you want for your life? This is not me.”Fury went home, shed his costume and fell to his knees. With tears streaming down his face, he prayed to God to give him the strength necessary to overcome this downward spiral.Just 13 months later, Fury is back atop the mountain. On Saturday night, after showcasing elite boxing skills, he climbed off the canvas following two hellacious knockdowns in the ninth and 12th rounds, respectively. Though he didn’t win Wilder’s WBC title, he remains the lineal heavyweight champion.People are still questioning how he rose up from the right hand, left hook combination that seemingly removed Fury from his senses in the opening minute of the final round. As referee Jack Reiss reached the count of five, Fury hadn’t moved an inch. Then, the 6-9 heavyweight rose to his feet, via what he later called “the hand of God.” He didn’t just survive the round; he landed some crushing blows that had Wilder in trouble. He persevered like a man who realized getting up off the canvas against Wilder was nothing compared to pulling himself out of a two-year untenable personal hell.“I didn’t do this fight for myself, I done it for the people suffering,” Fury said Sunday. “And that’s why I rose. That’s why I rose to the occasion after such a long time out. All the weight loss. All the problems. To fight like that was the best performance of my life.”It wasn’t just the best performance in Fury’s career, but one of the best comebacks in boxing history. Fury ended a 30-month layoff in June, fighting two lackluster opponents in a three-month span before signing off to face a man who had knocked out everyone he’s faced — traveling to his home country for the fight.There were long stretches Saturday night when Fury dominated Wilder, using movement to make him look silly as the American whiffed at air with sloppy overhand rights. But the danger of one of those big right hands finding a home always loomed. In the ninth, Wilder cracked Fury with a shot above the ear and put him on the canvas. Fury not only returned to his feet, but stopped Wilder’s onslaught in its tracks when he uncorked a fight-saving left hook. Wilder had to go into retreat and focus on survival rather than go for the win.One of the biggest surprises was Fury seemed to be in better condition down the stretch. There was concern whether he had done too much damage to his body during his respite from the ring, but that didn’t show on fight night. It was Wilder who looked utterly gassed in the championship rounds, while Fury was still utilizing triple-feints to sucker him in for jabs and right hands.Everybody at the Staples Center thought the fight was over when Wilder’s left hand caught Fury on the way down to the canvas in the 12th — Wilder included. He celebrated as Fury lay motionless. “The Gypsy King” then sprung to his feet to everyone’s shock. It was life-imitates-art-imitates-life as Fury fought as though he was the real-life version of Brad Pitt’s traveler boxing character in the film Snatch. In that movie, Pitt gets knocked down so hard that it shows him immersed in water before rising up and scoring a knockout.“That’s what true champions do,” Fury said of the 12th round. “You have only two decisions on that floor — stay down or get up. And as long as there’s life left in this body, I’ll keep continuing to fight. It’s very easy to nail me to the canvas, but it’s just like [sings Chumbawamba’s “Tubthumping”] ‘I get knock down, but I get up again, you’re never gonna keep me down.’ Good shots that put me down, credit to him, he caught me flush. I got up, I don’t know how. It was like a phoenix rising from the ashes.”He again forced Wilder to abandon his killer instinct when he got up in the 12th. This isn’t an ordinary guy who Fury survived. Wilder is one of the sport’s best finishers. It’s why he’s been able to overcome considerable technical deficiencies that were earlier exposed by Fury.Though he notes that he out-boxed Klitschko when they squared off in 2015, he admits the fight was a stinker to watch. The fight against Wilder on Saturday was anything but, and will be remembered as one of the most memorable heavyweight fights of the post-Evander Holyfield era — even if Fury laughed when asked if it felt good to have taken part in a war like that.“It takes two to tango,” Fury said. “I’m a good salesman, I sell fights good, but Deontay Wilder played his part as well. I think we had the best buildup of any fight in the last 15 to 20 years, me and Deontay Wilder. We really did do a good job of exciting and entertaining people in the buildup and then the fight lived up to the buildup. Very rare do you get a fight that lives up to the buildup. We give it the big time, but we put it all on the line. We really did.”This is a fight that could have been in front of tens of thousands of people in the U.K., were it staged there. But that wouldn’t have fit the narrative that Fury’s life has crafted. As he did in traveling to beat Klitschko, the road warrior went to America and gave an unbeaten champion a boxing lesson and survived two major scares. He did so in front of a crowd packed with British and Irish fans cheering him on, making it feel like a home fight on the road.“All the big fights I’ve ever known in history, every fight I’ve ever waited up for were always in America,” Fury said. “All the big Lennox Lewis fights, Bruno, everybody were all over here. This is the big time of boxing, innit? Although in England we do sell out big stadiums and whatever, but I’ve always found that all the way through, generations history of boxing, all the massive fights have always been in the USA.” Bruised and battered after enduring 12 physically and mentally draining rounds, Tyson Fury held court at his press conference with a smile on his face. Though the fight was declared a draw, Fury wore a look of content. One year earlier, a feeling of fulfillment was a distant dream for “The Gypsy King.”Fury surprised observers when he out-boxed Wilder for lengthy stretches of the fight. He left spectators bewildered when he twice rose from calamitous knockdowns at the hands of the sport’s hardest puncher. After all, when you’ve withstood the personal anguish Fury has faced, what’s getting up before the count of 10? Join DAZN and watch Canelo Alvarez vs. Rocky Fielding on Dec. 15Fury has said during this comeback that he fights for all the people dealing with struggles similar to the ones he’s faced head on. Perhaps some of those very people were Brits rallying support for their hero from home, cheering their man up from the canvas at approximately 5:30 in the morning their local time. That image of him doing so and fighting back is why boxing is such a good portrayal of life in general. It’s something people can watch and draw strength from.Tyson Fury — Comeback Person of the Year. It has a good ring to it.