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DeGale weighs in ahead of Zúñiga clash

first_imgJames DeGale weighed in a shade under the 12-stone super-middleweight limit ahead of his clash with Fulgencio Zúñiga of Colombia.Harlesden’s European champion will be looking to end 2012 on a high by seeing off Zúñiga at the Sports Arena in Hull on Saturday night.His 35-year-old opponent has plenty experience, having faced former world champions Kelly Pavlik and Lucian Bute.Zúñiga also challenged Tavoris Cloud for the IBF light-heavyweight crown two years ago.The WBC silver title will be up for grabs and adding that to his European belt would represent another step on the road to a world title shot for DeGale.He weighed 11st 13lbs 8oz, while Zúñiga came in well under the limit at 11st 10lbs 8oz.“I’m feeling good and am ready to go,” DeGale told West London Sport.“I’m expecting him to be tough but I know what I need to do. I’m looking to show off my boxing skills and put on a really good performance.”See also:DeGale aiming to end the year in 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 Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

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Warriors’ culture has been a perfect fit thus far for Jonas Jerebko

first_img(CLICK HERE, if you are unable to view this photo gallery on your mobile device.)* * *Subscribe to the Mercury News and East Bay Times for $40 a year and receive a free Warriors championship coffee table book* * *OAKLAND – The conversation started with Steve Kerr and Jonas Jerebko praising each other.Ever since viewing one of Jerebko’s pre-draft workouts in 2009 as the Phoenix Suns general manager, Kerr became impressed with Jerebko’s toughness and outside shooting. Meanwhile, Jerebko has …last_img read more

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Evolutionists Debunk Basis for Title IX

first_imgThere are innate biological differences between men’s and women’s sports interests, say evolutionary psychologists.Title IX is big in the news these days, as the Obama administration seeks to use the provision of the 1964 civil rights law to force colleges into compliance with his agenda for promoting the normalization of transgender status (hear FRC’s Washington Watch May 5 about how Obama has redefined “on the basis of sex” to include gender confusion).The rationale for Title IX in 1964 came not only from a desire for fairness to women and girls in sports programs, but from “the assumption that females’ sports interest is intrinsically equal to that of males,” the American Psychological Association says in a piece posted on Science Daily. How sound is that assumption?Because the assumption has “policy implications,” three psychologists studied sex differences in sports in 3 ways. First, they found that females generally have less interest in sports – and this applies to all cultures and all times. Second, they considered four “adaptive, functional hypotheses” for this observation. Finally, they looked into whether the difference is due to cultural conditioning. Has any program been able to reverse the difference? “In particular, no experimental manipulation or systematic historical comparison has ever shown a decrease in the sex difference,” they say. “Moreover, several studies indicate that prenatal hormones contribute to males’ greater sports interest.” Men and women, surprisingly, are different!The take-home points from this review are that the sex difference in sports interest is (1) substantial and widespread, (2) partly due to evolutionary pressures that differentially affected males and females, and (3) unlikely to be fully overturned by socialization. These points challenge the bedrock assumptions of many scholars and policy makers. Most notably, Title IX is a U.S. law that prohibits sexual discrimination in educational opportunities, including sports, and Title IX is generally implemented under the assumption that females’ sports interest is intrinsically equal to that of males. The present research indicates that this implementation may require revision.They’re not saying that opportunities for female involvement in sports should be diminished. But if the interest in sports for boys and men is truly “substantial and widespread” – and has been throughout history and across cultures – then the basis for Title IX lacks empirical support, putting liberals and evolutionists at cross currents in this instance. How this could impact the current policy dispute about transgender accommodation remains to be seen.The paper by Deaner, Balish, and Lombardo is published in Evolutionary Behavioral Sciences. where, even from “an evolutionary perspective,” they find that “females’ underrepresentation generally reflects lesser interest, not merely fewer opportunities for engagement. Moreover, there is mounting evidence that male and female athletes generally differ in their motivation, specifically their competitiveness and risk taking.”The headline of Science Daily’s article is revealing: “Sex difference in sports interest: What does evolution say?” Where does our culture go for answers? They go to their idol, Darwin-Baal. The Bearded Buddha is their Guiding Guru, their Delphic Oracle. “Please, Mr. Darwin, grant unto us wisdom who seek your favor. Are men and women different?” Their critics on the sidelines wag their heads, replying, “Open your eyes, idiots.”Exceptions prove the rule. For every female Olympian, there are many more males. Men are, on average, larger and stronger. That doesn’t mean better, superior, or more worthy – just different. Where are the female powerlifters? It’s true that some sports are female dominated (rhythmic gymnastics, etc.), but even when both sexes have equal opportunity to compete, far more males will step up to the plate; by nature, they are much more interested in sports, being competitive by nature, more willing to take risks, and built usually stronger and more muscular. There are good biological reasons for policies that make men compete against other men in the pool and on the track, rather than against women. The authors found, “this sex difference occurs in all societies described thus far, from hunters and gatherers to large contemporary societies. For example, in every society with available data, males participate in sports at least twice as much as females in terms of frequency or duration.” It takes decades of brainwashing to blind people to the obvious.What the article implies is that Title IX does not provide fairness for female athletes as much as it discriminates against males. If the empirical evidence these psychologists amassed were to drive policy, there should be twice as much federal funding for male sports as for female sports. Would that ever fly in this politically correct world? The International Olympic Committee is equally embroiled in controversy about alleged “fairness” and now has to decide if biological men should be allowed to compete against women if they declare themselves transgender females. Political correctness could cause the implosion of the Olympics.Republicans get a bad rap as “anti-science” but ask yourselves, who is being rational and empirical here? Conservatives affirm biological differences between men and women. They know you can’t declare yourself to be what you biologically aren’t. Watch the absurd extremes that PC-brainwashed college students go to in allowing a male interviewer to declare himself a six-foot-five Chinese woman in this video clip on Townhall.com. Who trained these students to let everyone declare themselves to be whatever they wanted to be? It wasn’t Republicans, conservatives, or Christians. It was Democrat progressives who posture themselves as champions of science.We’re glad these three psychologists had the courage to question a popular leftist position, but we contend that evolution has nothing to do with male-female differences. Examine the 4 mutually exclusive just-so stories they offered up:Two hypotheses seem relevant for both males and females. One hypothesis focuses on the importance of needing to ally with coalitions in between-group contexts…  [irrelevant to the issue]…while the other emphasizes the need to develop social and motor skills. [irrelevant to the issue]Another hypothesis holds that individuals compete in sports to gain status and that nonparticipants monitor sports performances so they can evaluate potential competitors and allies. The evidence indicates that this hypothesis applies chiefly to males. [But this could equally apply to females in an Amazon-style culture, so it explains nothing.]A fourth hypothesis is that sports serve as courtship displays that advertise participant quality to the opposite sex. This hypothesis effectively explains some aspects of females’ sports interest. [Well, then, give all the federal funding to male sports! Let the guys strut their stuff for “female choice” (a favorite evolutionary meme).]None of these hypotheses improves on the Stuff Happens Law in explanatory power. The Bible’s creation account, though, makes perfect sense: God intelligently designed two equal yet different individuals for complementary roles, to ensure the reproduction of the human race and the expression of His image and attributes in their respective unique ways. For elaboration on this theme, read the novel Perelandra by C. S. Lewis.(Visited 27 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

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Proteas in history-making series win

first_imgCoach Mickey Arthur admitted to being disappointed with his bowlers. They had, at one stage, reduced England to 104 for 4 but, said Arthur, they failed to show patience and build pressure, which let the home side off the hook. As in most test matches, there were crucial sessions that could have tilted the contest in favour of either of the teams and South Africa played them better to win the game. In fact, it is an aspect that the Proteas have dominated throughout the series since they staged a stunning fightback in the first test. Scenes of unrestrained joy played out among the South African team after SA skipper Graeme Smith struck the winning boundary. The opening batsman had played a vital knock – one that he agreed could be his best yet – in making an unbeaten 154 to guide the Proteas to an impressive victory. He and Boucher made it look easy in difficult conditions and the captain, fittingly, struck the winning runs to wrap up the win. It has been a remarkable performance; England had thrown everything they could at him, but Smith had provided an answer to every question. The reasons why South Africa could challenge Australia Down Under have been on show during the past year, which has been among the most successful in the history of South African cricket. The bowlers, too, have shared the wicket-taking load around. With Dale Steyn out of the third test with a broken left hand, Andre Nel picked up the slack by starting England’s slide in the home side’s first innings. Batting with circumspection, the Proteas ended day two on 256 for 6. McKenzie was out for 72, while Kallis made 64 before Flintoff bowled him after a magnificent duel between the two men. The advantage was slightly in South Africa’s favour. InroadsNel made early inroads by dismissing Andrew Strauss and Michael Vaughan. He went on to capture 3 for 47 after also claiming the wicket of Cook, while Jacques Kallis led the way with a haul of 3 for 31, seeing off Kevin Pietersen, Paul Collingwood, and Tim Ambrose. After Ashwell Prince was caught by wicketkeeper Tim Ambrose off James Anderson, South Africa were in trouble on 93 for 4. The victory target looked a long way away. AB de Villiers, however helped steady the ship by making 27 in a partnership of 78 with Smith. The fielding has been, for the most part, excellent with some superb catching aiding the effort of the bowlers. After Michael Vaughan won the toss and elected to bat, the home side struggled to make much of an impression on what appeared to be a decent batting wicket. They managed just 231 all out, with Alastair Cook making 76 and Ian Bell 50. Only three other players made it into double figures, however, as England were all out on the first day. Flintoff bowled well to pick up 4 for 89. His Yorkers also troubled some of the South African batsman, who lost the ball in flight and failed to play a shot. James Anderson also performed well, claiming 3 for 72. All-round contributionSince SA’s readmission to international cricket they have, on a number of occasions, taken a series lead in England only to relinquish it. This time around they secured the win before the final test and it was the all-round contribution of the team stood out. Since the first Twenty20 World Championships, the Proteas have beaten New Zealand, the West Indies, Pakistan, Bangladesh, and England. The victories over Pakistan, Bangladesh and England were all achieved away from home. In addition, SA also shared a series against India in India after the Indians leveled the series in the final test on a pitch that drew the ire of the International Cricket Council. Recipe for successAt Edgbaston, in the third test, the recipe for those successes was on show as South Africa delivered a mature, composed and confident performance. Further cause for optimism is that South Africa’s success against England has been achieved without the side’s best batsman and bowler playing the decisive roles; consider that they won the third test without Steyn to lead the bowling attack. Also consider that despite SA’s superiority they have outplayed England without Kallis dominating the English bowlers. Together they advanced the South African score to within sight of the victory target. With England’s bowlers tiring, Smith then claimed an extra half-an-hour of play so that the Proteas could, hopefully, score the runs they needed to win. Both Neil McKenzie and Jacques Kallis fell LBW to Yorkers from Flintoff that they didn’t see, while Hashim Amla was harshly given out LBW to Panesar, especially when one considers the bounce and turn that he was achieving. Surprise performanceThrough three matches of the series, Morne Morkel leads the way with 15 wickets, but Steyn claimed eight victims in his two games. Makhaya Ntini and Jacques Kallis have seven each, and Paul Harris four. The performance of Kallis with the ball, especially, has been a welcome surprise. It was a case of mission accomplished on Saturday at Edgbaston when South Africa claimed victory by five wickets in the third test over England to secure an unbeatable 2-0 lead in the four-match series. Challenging totalOn day four, England took their total to 363, with Collingwood the last man out for a classy 135. Together with Ryan Sidebottom, he added a useful 65 for eighth wicket. First innings leadOn day three, South Africa were bowled out for 314, with Mark Boucher hitting 40 and Ashwell Prince 39. That gave Smith and company a lead of 83 over England. Ironically, the solution, most pundits believe, lies with South Africa; SA-born Kevin Pietersen is the favourite to take over as captain in both forms of the game. 4 August 2008 By stumps, England had done a good job of batting themselves back into the match, reaching 297 for 6, with Collingwood unbeaten on a superb 101. Kevin Pietersen had done his bit by making 94 before he fell to Paul Harris. In the past, much has been made of South Africa’s ability to challenge the long-time world number one Australia, but that challenge has relied on a select few players; now, it seems, the Proteas have the ability to produce a decisive performance from any number of players and that augurs well for the future. England’s resolute and stubborn second innings batting effort left South Africa requiring 281 runs for victory. Worryingly, the highest successful run chase in the history of tests at Edgbaston was just 208 runs. With so much progress made in the state of the match, it was clear that a result would be delivered in Birmingham. Special inningsThe Proteas needed a special performance to win the test and secure the series victory and they got it from their captain, Graeme Smith, who played with measured assurance and telling effectiveness to guide his team to victory. The pitch was anything but easy. It offered good bounce and movement for the fast bowlers, while spinner Monty Panesar was able to extract bounce and turn from it. SupportWhen he was dismissed with the total on 171, a further 110 runs were still required for victory. Mark Boucher joined Smith in the middle. Demonstrating his well-documented fighting ability, he gave Smith the support he needed. Morne Morkel captured 4 for 97, while Makhaya Ntini and Paul Harris took two wickets apiece. One versus twoSmith and company will have the opportunity to test their ability against the best in December when the Proteas tour Australia. It will be a showdown of the two highest ranked teams in world cricket. By stumps, South Africa had reached 38 for 1, with Smith out for seven, caught by Strauss off the bowling of Flintoff. While South Africa’s star appears to be on the rise, the defeat left England in disarray. On Sunday, England captain Michael Vaughan announced that he was stepping down from his post with immediate effect. Paul Collingwood also vacated his position as captain of the England one-day international team. GrinningThe only thing he was unable to do was to wipe the grin off his face after the series victory was claimed; even some time after the game, the big smile and shining eyes would not go away. Smith and his team were, obviously, ecstatic. The South African victory was a triumph for the depth of the squad. A positive and focused performance also helped Mickey Arthur’s charges tighten their grip on second place in the world rankings. On the batting front, incredibly, while South Africa’s top batsman, Jacques Kallis, has failed to score a century in the series, the rest of the batsmen have performed superbly, with Smith, Neil McKenzie, Hashim Amla, Ashwell Prince, and AB de Villiers all making hundreds. Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

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Steps for a successful lambing or kidding season

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Goat and sheep lambing season is here and well underway for some producers. It is always important to review your last lambing/kidding season and its successes and failures as you prepare to raises lambs and kids during the current year. The following article offers some helpful tips for goat and sheep producers.Take some time to read the tips below. Some of them may be review, but you never know when you will learn something new that could help your herd or flock.6 steps for a successful lambing or kidding seasonBy Tom Earleywine, Ph.D., director of nutritional services for Land O’Lakes Animal Milk Products Co.The health, growth and early performance of a lamb or kid crop directly impact’s future performance in the milking parlor, pasture or showring. As a result, long-term successes can be driven by success during the lambing and kidding season.Nutrition is essential in giving lambs and kids a solid start. High quality milk replacer can be a solution to success; however, success is not guaranteed on milk replacer alone. Here is a look at six steps to a successful total management program shared at the 2015 Dairy Sheep Association of North America Symposium.Step 1: Set obtainable goals.Before the first lamb hits the ground, analyze past performance of the flock, set tangible goals and determine a path for achieving these goals.Consider a 200 percent lamb or kid crop as an attainable goal. Mature and well-conditioned ewes and does should be able to lamb at least two lambs or kids. Strive for less than 5 percent pre-weaning mortality. The industry target is less than 5 percent, but it’s estimated that 20 percent of lambs are lost before weaning, with 80 percent of those losses in the first 10 days.[1]Step 2: Provide newborn care.Within the first few minutes after a lamb or kid is born, they are exposed to bacteria and pathogens. Two ways to protect against these pathogens are: navel disinfection and quality colostrum.Dip the newborn’s navel in 7 percent tincture iodine immediately after birth, ensure the disinfectant covers both the outside and inside of the navel.Colostrum or the first milk in lactation is the primary protection newborns receive against environmental pathogens and bacteria. Lambs and kids should receive 10 percent of their body weight in colostrum by 18 hours of age, fed at 105 degrees F. For example, a 10 pound lamb should be fed 1 pound or 16 ounces of colostrum in the first 18 hours of its life.Keep in mind that fluctuations in colostrum quality and quantity are probable; a colostrum replacement can be used to ensure all lambs and kids receive a high-quality, disease-free colostrum.Step 3: Select a species-specific milk replacer.After newborns are fed high-quality colostrum or colostrum replacer for the first feeding, they can be transitioned to a milk replacer.Look for a milk replacer made specifically for lambs or kids. Many options of milk replacer may be available to you, but calves, lambs, kids, pigs, alpacas, puppies and kittens all have different nutrient requirements. Milk replacers formulated for lambs are better able to provide the nutrients lambs require because they closely mimic the composition of ewe’s milk. The same is true with kid-specific milk replacers for kid goats.Step 4: Choose the right feeding system.Bottle feeding, free-choice feeding or an automated system are the three primary means of feeding lambs and kids on milk replacer.Select which system is the best fit by considering the facilities, size of operation, labor situation and performance objectives. Make sure the system provides enough nutrition so lambs and kids at least triple their birth weight by 28 days of age. Clean and disinfect the system as often as possible.Step 5: Stimulate rumen development.The rumen is the main site for nutrient breakdown and absorption in mature ruminants and in other species has been highly correlated to health and performance of the animal.When a lamb or kid is born, the rumen is not fully developed and neither are the papillae inside the rumen. Growth of the rumen papillae and rumen development can be correlated with what the lamb or kid eats pre-weaning.If the rumen is not developed appropriately, weaning can be delayed or unsuccessful. Water is a critical ingredient in the development of bacterial growth and the beginning of rumen fermentation. Always provide free choice water.Step 6: Promote a smooth weaning transition.Lambs and kids are ready for weaning when they consume an equivalent of 1.5 percent of their body weight in high-quality creep feed along with adequate water. Usually this will occur near 30 days of age or 35 pounds of weight. At weaning time, each lamb should have consumed at least 25 pounds of lamb milk replacer powder.Follow these steps to weaning:Plan weaning protocol, timing and facilities 14 to 21 days prior to weaning.Ensure animals are consuming creep feed and utilizing water.Gradually remove milk replacer or remove ewe.Feed a high protein ration (18 to 25 percent crude protein).Following these six steps provides a total management system for successfully raising lambs or kids, especially when on milk replacer. Setting goals, providing a high-quality colostrum and milk replacer, comfortable housing, and ready access to high quality feed and water will help lambs and kids thrive.For more information on lamb and kid nutrition, contact Tom Earleywine, Ph.D., at (800) 618-6455 or [email protected], visit www.lolmilkreplacer.com or like We Care for Lambs or We Care for Kids on Facebook.  [1]S. Schoenian, University of Maryland, Care of Newborn Lambs, July 24, 2014last_img read more

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Kickstarter’s Best of 2010 is Super Inspiring

first_imgTop Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Tags:#Real World#web Related Posts A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…center_img marshall kirkpatrick Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Crowdfunding platform Kickstarter is publishing a look at the best projects the flourishing site has seen over 2010 and the award winners are really uplifting for the spirit. Journalist/cartoonist Ted Rall, for example, used Kickstarter to fund a month of reporting inside Afghanistan. His cartoons from the field were sent first to the 211 Kickstarter supporters who funded his trip.Kickstarter helps people fund a project, almost any kind of project, by using its site as a platform for collecting donation pledges, publishing videos and updates and more. More than 380,000 people have now pledged over $30 million to fund home-recorded music projects, independent films and books and many other creative projects, in just 20 months since the site launched. Below are three of my favorite videos from Kickstarter’s Best of 2010 collection.Note that all the below examples are projects that exceeded their funding goals, in some cases raising well over $100,000. It’s hard not to imagine a future where a site like this helps fund a cultural renaissance. How do projects like these pull it off? See our write-up of some lessons learned by people who used Kickstarter this year with success. last_img read more

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Bucks have Milwaukee dreaming of first title since ’71

first_imgView comments Trimmel, 37, was among hundreds of fans flocking to the plaza outside Fiserv Forum last week before the Bucks faced Boston in Game 5 of the conference semifinals. The plaza, with plenty of bars and jumbo TV screens for fans who can’t get inside, is part of an atmosphere that Trimmel — a Bucks fan since 1992 — said is a new experience.“I hate to say it but we felt like a minor league team for a while,” Trimmel said.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsIt’s a golden era in Milwaukee: The Bucks are in contention just a year after the Brewers came within one game of going to the World Series, shifting the focus of this sports-crazed state from the beloved Packers to two long-neglected teams suddenly on the rise.The last Wisconsin professional sports team to win it all was the Packers in 2011. MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue Leading the Bucks’ resurgence is MVP candidate Giannis Antetokounmpo, a fan favorite and a source of pride for Milwaukee’s Greek community. Antetokounmpo was born in Athens, Greece. He is just 24.“It’s important for the Greek community to be able to gather together as a unit and celebrate him. And he in turn celebrates us,” said Tim Stasinoulias, 61, a Bucks fan since the team came to Milwaukee in 1968.The Bucks host an annual “Greek Night” event where fans get a Q&A session with Antetokounmpo. Since his arrival in Milwaukee in 2013, Antetokounmpo’s been known to sing the Greek national anthem during those events.“It’s a bit of a renaissance in Milwaukee sports, just in general with the success recently of the Brewers and now we have the Bucks,” said Stasinoulias. “Who would have thought that the Packers would be third on the totem pole at this point?”Rather than ranking each team’s success, others take another view.“This is the best Wisconsin sports has ever been as a whole,” said Steven Slack, 35, a resident of Sun Prairie who was waiting for the game outside the arena.“We’ve never had three teams actually in contention before simultaneously. Because we have, we literally have the MVP in all three leagues,” he said, referring to reigning National League MVP Christian Yelich, Antetokounmpo’s potential to win it this year, and Aaron Rodgers, the Packers quarterback who has won two MVPs and is in frequent contention.The Bucks’ success is also a financial boon for the city. Each playoff game is estimated to have a $3 million economic impact on downtown businesses — everything from hotels to transportation and food and beverage, according to Visit Milwaukee, an agency that promotes tourism to the city. It only helps that the Bucks are playing in their new half-billion-dollar arena for the first time this year, attracting dedicated and casual fans alike to the restaurants and bars in the plaza outside the stadium. Taxpayers contributed about $250 million to the arena’s construction.Away from the arena, the city has been expressing its pride for the team, too, with buses and streetcars flashing “Fear the Deer” and “Go Bucks” on their digital displays. The city’s Public Market has a banner under its name with the same phrase, which is the team’s rallying cry. Billboards on the highway are counting down the number of victories needed to win the championship.Longtime season-ticket holder Rod Johnson, 55, went to games with his father back when tickets cost $5 and the Bucks played in what was called the MECCA Arena. He saw Abdul-Jabbar play and remembers the 1971 championship season. It’s been an agonizing wait for another title. SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Giannis Antetokounmpo powers Bucks in bounce back win over Celtics PLAY LIST 02:29Giannis Antetokounmpo powers Bucks in bounce back win over Celtics00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss “We’re hoping for one more now,” he said. “This could be the year.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next The Bucks’ success has been a long time coming. Their only NBA title came in 1971, when a team featuring legends Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Oscar Robertson beat the Baltimore Bullets.The Bucks were solid in the 1980s, putting up several 50-win seasons behind stars like Sidney Moncrief, Marques Johnson and Junior Bridgeman before things got brutal in the ’90s — six losing seasons, including four where they didn’t win more than 30 games.“There was a generation when they stumbled through the wilderness, and a lot of fans lost interest,” said Drew Olson, a longtime Milwaukee sports reporter who now hosts a sports talk radio show on 97.3’s The Game. “It was almost to the point that people went to the Bucks games to see the other team.”Olson traced the turnaround to Herb Kohl selling the team in 2014 to Wes Edens and Marc Lasry, two hedge fund managers from New York, and said it paralleled the Selig family’s sale of the Brewers to Los Angeles investor Mark Attanasio in 2005.“In both cases the locals were skeptical whether we should trust these guys — whether they’re buying the team to move the team,” Olson said. “As it turns out, they’ve been really good stewards of these franchises.”ADVERTISEMENT In this May 8, 2019 photo, Hunter Trimmel, 37, a Milwaukee resident who has been a Bucks fan since 1992, poses for a photo outside the Milwaukee Bucks’ Fiserv Forum stadium before last Wednesday’s game. (AP Photo/Ivan Moreno)MILWAUKEE— Hunter Trimmel couldn’t give away his season tickets to Milwaukee Bucks games five years ago.Losing season after season made the Bucks almost an afterthought in Wisconsin, where most teams live in the shadow of the Green Bay Packers. But now the Bucks are the hottest ticket in town, with a glittery new arena and a young superstar that has the team knocking on the door of the NBA Finals. Game 1 of the Eastern Conference final against Toronto is Wednesday night.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated Serena Williams wins clay opener; sister Venus next in Romelast_img read more

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