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Wisconsin men’s track and field nudge Missouri, win Tom Botts Invitational

first_imgWith victories in nine of 18 events, the Wisconsin men’s track team took home top honors Saturday against host Missouri 92-90 at the Tom Botts Invitational.The Badgers and Tigers were the only two teams in the invitational making it a duel between the two squads; however, Wisconsin eventually came out on top thanks to a balance in both the track and field events, winning four of the track events and five field events.On the track, UW was led individually by Babatunde Awosika, a senior sprinter from Milwaukee. Awosika garnered wins in the 200 and 400 meters and not only won both races, but set personal bests in the two events as well. In his first race in the 200 meters, Awosika finished first in a time of 21.44 seconds, which was the fastest time in the event for a Badger this season and the fastest time for Awosika in the 200 in his career. Awosika followed that performance up in the 400 meters with a first-place finish in a time of 47.17, once again the fastest time for a UW athlete in the event this season.A pair of other Wisconsin sprinters outside of Awosika also finished strong in the 200 and 400 meter races, as freshman Ryan Davis and junior Garret Payne finished right behind Awosika in both races coming in second and third, respectively.The other wins for Wisconsin in the track events came via the relays, and the two victories near the end of the invitational in the 4×100 and 4×400 meter relays helped the Badgers just outpace the Tigers. In the 4×100 meter relay, Wisconsin won the event with a trio of freshmen running along with Payne. The quartet consisting of Payne, Brandon Kappel, Justin Rabon and James Stecker finished the distance of the track in 40.90 seconds, just under a second ahead of Missouri, which finished in a time of 41.73.Then, in the last event of the day in the 4×400 meter relay Wisconsin came in first place once again, toppling Missouri in a time of 3:13.94. The Badgers second relay team of Shawn Michels, William Ottow, Aaron Thompson and Justin Rabon also outpaced the first relay team of the Tigers, finishing in a time of 3:19.94, just under two seconds ahead of Missouri’s first relay team.Meanwhile in the field events, Wisconsin was led yet again by Japheth Cato who had two of the Badgers’ five victories in those events. The decorated UW senior had the top marks in the pole vault (17-1 1/2) and the long jump (24-1). Another Badger also came out near the top in the pole vault, as freshman Jesse Johnson also cleared 17-1 1/2, which led him to a second place finish and was also a personal best in the outdoor season.Wisconsin’s other three wins in the invitational came in the throws, where the Badgers had individuals who won the shot put, hammer throw and discus. In the shot put, UW sophomore Andrew Brekke finished in first place with his throw of 51-6 1/2. Then in the hammer throw, Wisconsin’s Scott Erickson tossed a season-best 190-foot-10 inches, while Alex Thompson threw 178-11 in the discus, which was a personal best on the season for him.Wisconsin has just one meet left — the Wisconsin open in Madison next weekend — before the Big Ten Outdoor Championships begin May 16 in West Lafayette, Ind.Uwbadgers.com contributed to this story.last_img read more

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Marcelo Huertas returning to LA Lakers on two-year deal

first_imgThe Lakers made another move by adding more backcourt depth. Reserve guard Marcelo Huertas revealed on his Instagram account that he has agreed to return to the Lakers on a two-year deal“Purple and gold for 2 more years!” Huertas said. “Couldn’t be happier to stay with this organization and people that have welcomed me so well last season! Looking forward to it!”It is not immediately clear what the terms are of Huertas’ contract. The Lakers did not confirm the deal. But Huertas’ presumed return will entail competing with reserve guard Jose Calderon for minutes behind second-year guard D’Angelo Russell. The Lakers acquired Calderon from Chicago on Wednesday.The 33-year-old Huertas played in his first NBA season in 2015-16 after a 14-year career in South America and Europe. Huertas averaged 4.5 points and 3.4 assists, and often received praise for running a team-oriented offense and his hustle. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Housekeeping itemsThe Lakers signed to contracts Thursday second-year guard Jordan Clarkson (four years, $50 million), veteran forward Luol Deng (four years, $72 million) and rookie center Ivica Zuvac (three years).“Jordan is an important piece of our young core and resigning him was a priority of our offseason,” Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak said in a statement. “He has displayed a tremendous work ethic over the last two seasons, and we expect him to continue to develop. Luol is a versatile defender as well as offensively talented and is a high character individual who will be invaluable mentoring our young players on the court and in the locker room. Ivica is a player we feel has a bright future in this league and we are excited to see him grow alongside our group of young players.”The Lakers officially announced their acquisition of Calderon from the Chicago Bulls. The Lakers also received two future second-round picks in exchange for the draft rights to Ater Majok, whom the Lakers selected 58th overall in the 2011 NBA Draft.“Not only is José an elite shooter, he is also an established and versatile player whose skill and professionalism will supplement the talent on our roster,” Kupchak said in a statement.center_img The Lakers have not yet announced the signings of center Timofey Mozgov, rookie forward Brandon Ingram, forward Tarik Black and Huertas. The Lakers have 14 players on their current roster. They can field up to 21 during training camp before having to reduce the roster size to 15 before the 2016-17 season.last_img read more

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