The Batesville JV Volleyball team pick up its first win in the EIAC and their third win in three tries this season defeating Connersville in 3 games. Scores were 25-16, 18-25, 15-13. Belle Wolters was the leading server scoring 8 points including 3 aces while making good on all 14 of her service attempts. Nikki Fox also contributed with 8 points and 3 kills in the match. Kerigan Haskamp led the front line attack with 4 kills in 13 attempts.In the varsity match up batesville commanded leads throughout the night but could never put the spartans behind enough to close out the match. It was one of those matches as a coach where you want to be angry, but you are proud of the learning and perseverance that you just witnessed.In the end it was straight out mental fatigue that kept us from the victory. We made crucial errors when the momentum was ours; for large point swings… IF one facet of the game got us behind tonight it would have to be our discipline at the net. We were called in the net over 10 times, and only scored about six points from the block. We were lead offensively bey #16 Caitlyn Broering, with key line shots that gave us wins hitting 10 kills and the fewest errors.Varsity is now 1-2 overall and 0-1 in the EIAC. Full box scores and stats will be posted on Maxpreps within 24 hours.Dogs lost: 17-25, 26-24, 23-25, 25-21, 15-12.The ladies will play their first road game vs. Shelbyville on Saturday with a JV tip off @ 10:00 AM.Courtesy of Bulldogs Coach Jody Thomas.
PARIS St-Germain (PSG) have signed Brazil forward Neymar for a world record fee of 222 million euros (£200M) from Barcelona.The deal for the 25-year-old smashes the previous record set when Paul Pogba returned to Manchester United from Juventus for £89M in August 2016.Neymar will earn 45 million euros (£40.7M) a year – 865 000 euros (£782 000) a week – before tax from the initial five-year deal, a total outlay of £400M.Barcelona told French club PSG they must pay the transfer fee “in full”.A LATE SNAG?After weeks of speculation, Neymar arrived for training with Barcelona on Wednesday with his father and representative, and told the Spanish club he wanted to leave.He was then given permission by Barca manager Ernesto Valverde to leave to “sort out his future”.In Spain, a release clause can only be activated by a player buying himself out of his contract.But when Neymar’s lawyers attempted to make the deposit yesterday, La Liga officials rejected the payment. Further statements followed from all sides as the negotiations continued.La Liga believes PSG are violating UEFA’S Financial Fair Play (FFP) rules and Barcelona previously said they would report PSG to European football’s governing body UEFA for a FFP breach.PSG believes La Liga was acting unlawfully, while the French league (LFP) said it was “surprised” and urged its Spanish counterpart to “abide by the FIFA rules”.So later yesterday, Neymar’s representatives paid the 222 million euros (£200M) fee at Barca’s offices instead.FFP rules, first implemented during the 2011-12 season, stipulate that European clubs cannot outspend what they earn by more than 30 million euros.PSG is backed by money from Gulf state Qatar and La Liga president Javier Tebas has accused the French club of “financial doping”.Neymar joined Spanish giants Barca in 2013 and has won two La Liga titles and one Champions LeaguePSG reached the last eight of the Champions League last season – knocked out by a Neymar-inspired Barcelona – and were beaten to the French title by Monaco.
Devin Smith left Wisconsin’s 35-0 win over Oregon State due to a left ankle injury he sustained during the first quarter of the game. Smith posted one tackle before the injury.[/media-credit]Following Wisconsin’s convincing 35-0 victory over Oregon State Saturday that earned the Badgers their first shutout victory since 2009, UW football coach Bret Bielema emphasized the amount of depth and talent the Badgers have.Some of the Badgers are even getting recognized by the Big Ten for their achievements. In the past two weeks, both Mike Taylor and Russell Wilson have been named Big Ten players of the week for their respective performances against OSU and UNLV.“I thought it was interesting the Big Ten came out with Mike Taylor as their MVP, he played a good game as well, kind of like last week … [the Big Ten] gave it to Russell Wilson,” Bielema said at his Monday press conference. “It’s great to see the players getting recognized.”Unfortunately for Bielema, UW’s depth is already being tested early in the season after multiple injuries have affected a few key starters for the Badgers. After suffering a left foot/ankle injury Saturday, cornerback Devin Smith is the newest Badger to be added to this growing list.Still, Bielema expressed confidence in the ability of other players to step up and fill the hole Smith’s absence leaves in the defense.“One of the good things of this [situation],” Bielema said. “[Smith] went through a two-week window during fall camp that he was kind of a limited rep guy with an abdominal strain, so [Marcus Cromartie] worked with the ones [first team] for an extended period of time.”Bielema said after Saturday’s game that X-rays on Smith were negative, though he tweeted Sunday that the senior cornerback “looks like [he] will be out for a [sic] extended amount of time moving forward.”Bielema believes Cromartie’s previous experience eased his transition into the game on Saturday and allowed him to fill in “extremely well” for Smith after his injury took him out of the game midway through the first quarter.Northern Illinois facing significant adversityLooking ahead to Saturday, the Badgers will face the Northern Illinois Huskies, a team that faced a near tragedy this preseason when linebacker Devon Butler was shot in a drive-by shooting last April.Since then, NIU has started the 2011 season with a 1-1 record. But questions still remain as to how coaches can help their players deal with these types of off-field issues, while also trying to prepare them for the rigorous football season.“When you’re dealing with kids aged 18 to 22, often times the most common tragedy you have to work a young man through is the death of a grandparent or someone that’s close to them,” said Bielema. “I think you [need to] rely on your own life lessons. You know, it has been well documented that I lost a sister when I was in college, so I can always go back to the trials and tribulations that I had [at Iowa] as a player. I think you just have to go back to who you are and be compassionate and realize the bigger picture of things.”The game against NIU has also brought new uncertainty surrounding the location of the game at Soldier Field in Chicago. The site was chosen to allow extra seating, as NIU did not have a stadium large enough to support such a big event. This is nothing new to college football, as this event follows a similar contract in 2007 that led to a sold-out game between NIU and Iowa.Yet this season, ticket sales have been slow despite initial expectations that the game would be a sellout like the Iowa game.“I know when this thing presented itself, it was basically a carbon copy off of the contract that Iowa signed,” Bielema said. “I think the thing that is different is that prices have changed significantly, and so I think that is as big a factor as anything. I’m sure we’re probably higher ranked than Iowa was, and Northern Illinois is probably, maybe, a little better ball club than they were that year, too. It probably gets down to the finances and what people can afford or not.”