Starting forward Nate Reuvers has quietly been having a stellar season for the University of Wisconsin men’s basketball team. Perhaps overshadowed by the scalding hot start of D’Mitrik Trice or the always impressive play of Ethan Happ, Reuvers has been a developing presence for the Badger frontcourt.On the year, Reuvers is tied for the Big Ten lead in blocks with Maryland forward Bruno Fernando and Michigan center Jon Teske with 18 total. That being said, Reuvers has this lead playing in only 18.8 minutes per game, over six fewer than Fernando and Teske, and dominates the Big Ten lead in blocks per 40 minutes with 4.26. Compare this start to last year, when Reuvers had 26 total blocks over the course of the entire season with 2.2 per 40 minutes.A large part of this may be Reuver’s weight gain this year. The forward, standing at 6 foot 11, bulked up from 215 pounds last year to 240 pounds coming into this season. This has allowed Reuvers to be more physical on the defensive side and increase pressure on inside shots.Men’s basketball: Late game threes give Badgers victory in Big Ten opener over No. 14 HawkeyesThe No. 22 University of Wisconsin men’s basketball team put their money where their mouth is after being tested in Read…“I’m able to hold my ground and you can contest shots a lot better. Before they would be able to back me down right to the rim but now I’m able to hold my ground and make them take a tough shot,” Reuvers said.His most impressive performance came in the first round of the Battle 4 Atlantis tournament versus Stanford, where Reuvers tied Brad Sellers’ Wisconsin record with nine blocks in a single game. Facing some early game turnovers, Reuvers staunch defense kept the Badgers in what could have been a much tighter matchup than the 62–46 result.While Reuvers was happy to tie the school record he was most proud about his ability to back up and help his teammates after some defensive mistakes in the contest.“Helping my guys out when they get beat and playing help defense that’s something we talk about all the time. When one guy breaks down another guy’s going to step up,” Reuvers said.If he keeps up the current pace, Reuvers could break Sellers’ single-season mark of 60 blocks as well. Assuming a 35 game season, Reuvers would finish with 70 blocks on the year, though those numbers are certainly inflated from his performance against Stanford.Offensively, Reuvers has also been impressive, shooting 50 percent from deep while increasing his point totals slightly from 5.3 to 6.8 per game.Badger fans love him, but the rest of college basketball? Not so muchIt was only a matter of time before the University of Wisconsin produced yet another player unconditionally loved by Badger Read…Despite this, Reuvers still has limited playing time with the team, getting around 20 minutes per game compared to his counterpart Happ who will play over 30 a contest. But with Happ graduating at the end of the year, Reuvers’ turn at the helm of the Badger frontcourt will likely come sooner rather than later.In recent history, Badger big men have been the face of the Wisconsin basketball program, from Jon Leuer to Frank Kaminsky to Ethan Happ. These are enormous shoes for Reuvers to fill — both literally and figuratively — but the sophomore realizes that his play style differs from his predecessors.Leuer and Kaminsky were cut from a similar cloth as Badger big men, with solid footwork and perimeter shooting. But Kaminsky, arguably the best player in program history, was the total package for the Badgers. Dominant inside and out, Frank the Tank could work the post and nail a deep three with ease.Happ departed from this mold a bit. Though he has some of the best — if not the best — footwork in college basketball, the forward’s inconsistencies in developing a jump shot or in hitting free throws have caused problems for the Badgers in floor spacing and late game situations.Reuvers praised Happ’s inside play and hopes to use him as an example for improving his own post moves.“A lot of the moves [Happ] does in the post I can’t even do those yet. Just being able to watch and see how he gets his position definitely helps me in making moves by myself,” Reuvers said. “I think in the coming years, especially next year without him, someone’s gotta step up and I think I can fill that role.”Men’s basketball: Badgers win in nail-biter come-back against NC StateThe University of Wisconsin men’s basketball team (6-1) came from behind Tuesday to beat previously undefeated NC State (6-1) 79-75 Read…Though he can’t play inside or rebound quite as well as Happ, Reuvers’ shooting abilities at forward have been an enormous asset for Wisconsin offensively this year. Reuvers’ threat from mid-range and deep has drawn bigger defenders away from the basket, giving Happ more opportunity to score down low.While this is an especially helpful compliment for Happ, who lacks outside scoring abilities, Reuvers’ presence will improve the entire team’s inside efficiency even after Happ’s departure.It would be unfair to put the expectations of past Wisconsin greats on Reuvers’ shoulders, but if he can sharpen some of his existing skills the future looks incredibly bright for the young forward.
The Astros’ sign-stealing scandal has made huge waves in MLB in recent weeks as players continue to criticize commissioner Rob Manfred and the way he handled the situation. The story’s reached the point that players in other sports are taking notice, with NBA superstar LeBron James weighing in via Twitter on Tuesday. Even Mike Trout, the game’s brightest, albeit often dullest and least quotable star, voiced displeasure over the lack of punishment for the Houston players.”I don’t agree with the punishments, the players not getting anything,” Trout said. “It was a player-driven thing. It sucks, too, because guys’ careers have been affected, a lot of people lost jobs. It was tough.”And now the controversy has caught the attention of the NBA’s most well-known player. Manfred’s made it a point of emphasis to bring more attention to the game of baseball, but this likely isn’t what he had in mind, and it seems like it’s going to keep coming for the foreseeable future. Listen I know I don’t play baseball but I am in Sports and I know if someone cheated me out of winning the title and I found out about it I would be F*^king irate! I mean like uncontrollable about what I would/could do! Listen here baseball commissioner listen to your…..— LeBron James (@KingJames) February 18, 2020players speaking today about how disgusted, mad, hurt, broken, etc etc about this. Literally the ball(⚾️) is in your court(or should I say field) and you need to fix this for the sake of Sports! #JustMyThoughtsComingFromASportsJunkieRegardlessMyOwnSportIPlay— LeBron James (@KingJames) February 18, 2020The Astros, of course, won the World Series in 2017, a season they cheated by relaying signs through trashcan banging and other means. MLB punished members of the club’s front office and docked draft picks, but players were not reprimanded nor was their championship stripped. James’ comments are more negative publicity for Manfred, who has become an unpopular MLB figure amid this scandal. Earlier this week, Dodgers third baseman Justin Turner went took on Manfred by name after the commissioner referenced the Astros’ 2017 World Series trophy — which is called the Commissioner’s Trophy — as “a piece of metal.”“Calling the World Series trophy a piece of metal,…..the only thing devaluing that trophy is that it says commissioner on it,” Justin Turner to me today about the MLB Astros cheating crisis and Ron Manfred’s explanation. #Dodgers pic.twitter.com/Sq3XHWE8W6— Liz Habib (@LizHabib) February 17, 2020MORE: MLB players rip Astros over sign-stealing scandalAtlanta Braves veteran outfielder Nick Markakis, who’s long been one of baseball’s quietest players, didn’t hold back his frustration.“To see something like that, it’s damaging to baseball. It’s anger. I feel like every single guy over there needs a beating,” Markakis told reporters Tuesday morning as he reported to spring training.“I know as players we do not agree with what they did. We don’t stand behind them and never will we support them for their actions. I think they got off pretty easy. They are going to be able to go out there and compete with no ramifications at all,” Markakis said of the lack of punishment for players. “I think the commissioner completely handed it the wrong way, but that’s the way he did it. That’s the way we got to live with it. I know a lot of people disagree with him. The way he handled the situation he should be embarrassed of himself.”
MSC Cruises has announced today the first of its next generation “Seaside” class of ships, which is set to debut in November 2017.The new ship will be named MSC Seaside and sail year-round from Miami to the Caribbean.In addition, MSC Cruises announced that its Miami-based cruise operations will benefit from a newly renovated and expanded dedicated berth and terminal at PortMiami.Following the first ship’s delivery from the shipyard, MSC Seaside will make her way to Miami for MSC Cruises’ first ever christening ceremony in the U.S. to take place in late 2017.MSC Cruises chief executive officer Gianni Onorato, said the Seaside class of ships is part of MSC Cruises’ expansion plans.“Today is a very exciting day for the company as this is the first major announcement related to the company’s new builds and demonstrates our enthusiasm and long-term commitment to continuing to expand our presence in North America,” Mr Onorato said.The ship has the ability to accommodate up to 4,140 guests at double occupancy, making MSC Seaside will be the largest cruise ship ever built by Fincantieri shipyards.As part of a first look at what MSC Seaside will offer on board, the company also unveiled that the ship will boast the most interactive and originally-designed aqua park at sea with five water slides and attractions for all ages.MSC Cruises operates a fleet of 12 modern ships cruising year-round in the Mediterranean and seasonally in the French Antilles, northern Europe, the Atlantic Ocean, South Africa, South America, as well as in Dubai, the Emirates and Oman.Source = ETB Travel News: Lewis Wiseman