“We want to thank Jordan for his dedication to our program and congratulate him on getting his degree,” Gard said to uwathletics.com. “We wish him well and will do whatever we can to help him both on and off the court moving forward.”Football: Ramczyk, Watt headline Badgers 2017 NFL Draft classWith the 2017 NFL Draft fast approaching April 28, ESPN’s foremost NFL draft analyst, Mel Kiper Jr., chimed in on Read…Hill appeared in 76 games throughout his career with the Badgers, including 35 appearances in the 2016-17 season.“I am so grateful for the opportunity to spend four years studying and playing at Wisconsin,” Hill said to uwathletics.com. “In May, I will be graduating with an incredible degree from a world class institution.”What to watch for in Badger sports as summer approachesThe 2016-17 year of University of Wisconsin sports is only weeks away from a close, but that doesn’t mean there Read…Spanning all three seasons, Hill averaged 11.1 minutes per game along with 1.9 points per game.“Making the decision to leave the program was one of the hardest things I’ve had to do in life, but I had to make the best decision for myself,” Hill said. University of Wisconsin men’s basketball junior guard Jordan Hill has decided he will not be returning to Madison for his final year of eligibility, per UW Athletics.This Wednesday, men’s basketball head coach Greg Gard announced the redshirt junior has been granted a release to explore transfer options following his expected graduation later this May.
England beat Scotland 4½-2½ in the third place match to secure the bronze medal as Spain won the European Men’s Team Championship in Linna, Finland. But the Scots took revenge in the boys’ competition. Having lost their grip on the title they won last year when they were beaten by Ireland in the semi-finals, England’s men were determined to come away with something and they took a firm grip by winning both the foursomes. Ryan Evans and Paul Howard overwhelmed James Ross and Jack McDonald 7 and 6 while Ashley Chesters and Ben Stow added to England’s solid start with a 2 and 1 win over Grant Forrest and Bradley Neil. With Evans (image © Leaderboard Photography) beating Amateur champion Neil 4 and 3 in his single, England were almost home but Jamie Savage and Ross kept the Scots in the hunt with one-hole victories over Howard and Toby Tree respectively. However, with Jordan Smith beating Graeme Robertson by two holes and Stow gaining a half with Forrest England were home and dry. Spain were crowned European champions when by beating Ireland 5-2. England boys went into their third place match in the same situation in Oslo but this time Scotland emerged victorious 4-3 after the foursomes were shared, Ashton Turner and Marco Penge beating George Burns and Calum Fyfe at the 19th while Bradley Moore and Haydn McCullen were beaten 2 and 1 by Ewen Ferguson and Murray Naysmith. Burns won the top single, beating Penge 4 and 3 but McCullen kept England in the hunt with a 2 and 1 win over Ben Kinsley. But with Ferguson overcoming Jamie Dick by one hole and Robert MacIntyre beating Moore by the same margin, the Scots could not be beaten even though Turner got the better of Naysmith by two holes. The title went to the powerful Italians who beat Sweden 5½ – 1½ in the final 12 Jul 2014 England men beat Scots to Euro bronze but boys are beaten
England’s Marco Penge was just pipped in the French men’s international amateur championship when he lost a title play-off on the second extra hole in heavy rain at Chantilly.The honours went to Ivan Cantero of Spain but Penge, who holed a 50-footer to birdie 18 and get in the play-off, was not disappointed. “It’s a learning curve for me,” he said.“I gave it a good go and tried my best,” said the 18-year-old international from Golf at Goodwood in Sussex. “This time it wasn’t enough, but next time, you never know.“I’ve had good start to the year and I’m really happy with the way I’m playing and looking forward to the St Andrews Links Trophy,” he went on. Penge, from the England Golf men’s squad, has proven good form north of the border, having previously won the 2015 Scottish men’s open stroke play.Penge was five-under par and leading the French championship after 36 holes, surging to the top of the leaderboard with a second round of five-under 66, which included an eagle and five birdies. But the third round was washed out by heavy rain and the championship reduced to 54 holes.When play resumed, Penge had to play through heavy rain on his final nine holes, losing at least one shot to the bad weather when he had to putt through puddles. “I wasn’t happy with that, but the putt on the last gave it back to me,” he remarked, after holing the monster putt for a level par last round – and five-under overall.The Chantilly green staff made a tremendous effort to prepare one hole for the play-off, the short 16th. The green was squeegeed and the bunkers were pumped out and, first time round, both players halved in three. Cantero also managed another three at the second attempt to win the championship and the Coupe Murat.Chantilly will host the European men’s team championship this summer and this event attracted an excellent quality field of players keen to gain course knowledge.England Golf’s Men’s Performance Manager, Steve Burnett, watched the final round and commented: “This is a really good result for Marco in a very strong field.”Marco also had the support of his girlfriend, England women’s international Sophie Lamb, who caddied throughout, despite the drenching rain.Click here for full scoresImage © Filipe Farinha 22 May 2016 Marco is pipped in French championship play-off
Doug O’Neill312286%39%$135,062 John Sadler121218%33%$70,880 -30- FINISH LINES: Dressed in Hermes, 7-2 second choice on the morning, was scratched from today’s Sham Stakes due to a fever . . . Leading trainer Richard Baltas plans to enter three horses in the Grade III Megahertz Stakes on the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday card Monday, Jan. 18: Beat of the Drum (Flavien Prat), Journey On (Mario Gutierrez) and Tiz a Kiss (Santiago Gonzalez). Named for the diminutive stretch-running mare trained by the late Bobby Frankel, the Megahertz is for older fillies and mares at one mile on turf . . . Triple Crown-winning jockey and Eclipse Award finalist Victor Espinoza hopes he’s on another Triple Crown candidate next Saturday at the Fair Grounds when he pilots impressive maiden winner Z Royal in the Grade III LeComte Stakes at a mile and 70 yards for D. Wayne Lukas and Ahmed Zayat, who campaigned American Pharoah to Triple Crown glory last year . . . Award-winning author Gary West will be on hand at Clockers’ Corner Sunday morning to sign “Ride to Win, An Inside Look at the Jockey’s Craft.” Proceeds from the sale of the book go to the Permanently Disabled Jockey Fund (PDJF) . . . On Monday, Jan. 18, Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Santa Anita offers another of its popular Dollar Days, with draft beers, hot dogs and sodas on sale for just a buck. TOEWS ON ICE WORKS FOR THREE-YEAR-OLD DEBUTToews On Ice (pronounced Taze), winner of three straight stakes for Bob Baffert before running second to stablemate Mor Spirit in the Grade I Los Alamitos Futurity, worked five furlongs in company Saturday morning in 1:01.20 for his three-year-old debut in the Grade III Robert B. Lewis Stakes at 1 1/16 miles on Feb. 6.With Martin Garcia up, Toews On Ice worked with Undeniable U and set fractions of 24.80, 37.40 and 49.20, with a six furlong gallop-out time of 1:14, according to Santa Anita clocker Dane Nelson.Undeniable U was given the identical time of 1:01.20.Also prepping for the Lewis Saturday was Delta Jackpot and Saratoga Special winner Exaggerator for trainer Keith Desormeaux. The Curlin colt was timed in 1:01.40 under Keith’s brother Kent Desormeaux.Beset with an erratic weather pattern that has brought recent rains, horsemen took advantage of a fast track Saturday morning, with 262 recorded workouts, including 11 on the dirt training track. Steve Knapp820025%25%$46,590 JockeyMts1st2nd3rdWin%ITM%Money Won Joseph Talamo3467318%47%$308,930 Patrick Gallagher1031130%50%$206,684 Rafael Bejarano45128427%53%$581,110 Michael Machowsky612017%50%$53,120 Tiago Pereira211505%29%$109,952 Steven Miyadi1033130%70%$75,730 Brice Blanc1010110%20%$131,210 Ty Kennedy171226%29%$55,330 Santiago Gonzalez51108320%41%$410,350 Martin Pedroza2431113%21%$58,310 Jeff Bonde921022%33%$64,860 Kent Desormeaux232459%48%$235,590 Tyler Baze413787%44%$202,918 Jorge Gutierrez420050%50%$32,410 Mario Gutierrez353639%34%$140,874 Drayden Van Dyke1821011%17%$86,360 Philip D’Amato2235714%68%$277,350 Craig Dollase411125%75%$48,120 Abel Lezcano1221017%25%$77,340 GONZALEZ ATTEMPTS TO DETHRONE BEJARANOTOEWS ON ICE PREPS FOR ROBERT B. LEWISBALTAS HAS THREE FOR GRADE III MEGAHERTZ Jack Carava720029%29%$32,500 Martin Garcia211255%38%$130,044 Jose Verenzuela710114%29%$14,930 Kristin Mulhall831138%63%$133,550 TrainerSts1st2nd3rdWin%ITM%Money Won Richard Baltas1752129%47%$301,080 SANTA ANITA STATISTICS Gary Stevens1431021%29%$358,270 Edwin Maldonado3161419%35%$175,820 Agapito Delgadillo911111%33%$39,020 Bob Baffert2231414%36%$209,310 Mike Smith2042220%40%$380,790 Victor Espinoza181216%22%$106,300 Richard Mandella1011210%40%$58,138 Peter Eurton1325115%62%$79,970 GONZALEZ CONTINUES ON A ROLL AT SANTA ANITAIt’s not a stretch to call Santiago Gonzalez an overnight sensation, at least since he began riding in the United States just over a year ago.The 32-year-old native of Maracaibo, Venezuela, has made an impact with bettors and horsemen alike, and early on is giving perennial Southern California kingpin Rafael Bejarano a run for the money nine days into Santa Anita’s Winter Meet where he is second behind Bejarano in the standings with 10 victories, only two behind the front-runner.“This kid will ride the card,” said his agent, former trainer Craig Stephen, alluding to the fact that Gonzalez will ride all eight races if the opportunity presents itself. To date, he leads all jockeys in mounts accepted this meet with 51, six more than Bejarano.“And,” Stephen was quick to add, “he’ll work 10 horses in the morning. He’s that hungry. The success we’ve had together so far has been a huge surprise to me. When he first came out here, I thought I was really up against it.“I thought the odds were stacked so far against me. He wasn’t a bug boy, he didn’t speak English, and nobody knew his name. He had a great reputation in Venezuela, but that doesn’t transfer to the U.S.“Thanks to all the trainers and owners who have helped us along the way, especially Jim Cassidy. We couldn’t have done it without them.” Fernando Perez362186%31%$128,858 Alex Solis520140%60%$103,424 Karen Headley430075%75%$127,450 Peter Miller2541116%24%$124,630 Clifford Sise, Jr.612117%67%$53,340 Flavien Prat2732511%37%$181,552 Alonso Quinonez1424114%50%$83,100 Robertino Diodoro312033%100%$28,600 Jerry Hollendorfer272447%37%$155,122 David Lopez2552620%52%$159,820 William Spawr842050%75%$101,100 (Current Through Friday, Jan. 8)