Former Wisconsin standout Sam Dekker traded to LA Clippers

first_imgIn an unsuspected deal, former University of Wisconsin men’s basketball player Sam Dekker was traded to the Los Angeles Clippers Wednesday.As part of the trade deal, all-star point guard Chris Paul was traded from the Los Angeles Clippers to the Houston Rockets.Houston, thanks for welcoming me with open arms. I gave my all every time I was on the court. Time to get to work for LA! #Clips— Sam Dekker (@dekker) June 28, 2017Dekker, a Sheboygan Wisconsin native, was initially drafted by the Houston Rockets with the number eighteen pick in the 2015 draft following an illustrious three-year career with the Badgers. During his three years, Dekker made the All-Big Ten freshmen team as well as the All-Big Ten second and third teams in his sophomore and junior seasons, respectfully.Along with making the All-Big Ten teams, Dekker made back-to-back Finals Fours and was an integral part of Wisconsin’s run to the 2015 national championship that included a win over a previously undefeated Kentucky team that included future NBA all stars Karl-Anthony Towns and Devin Booker.Final Four breakdown: Wisconsin vs. KentuckyINDIANAPOLIS – The Wisconsin men’s basketball team handed the once-undefeated Kentucky Wildcats their first loss of the season in Saturday Read…Unfortunately, Dekker’s first season in Houston was riddled by injuries, and he only appeared in three games total. In his second season, Dekker began to breakout as he played in 77 games and averaged more than six points a game for a Rockets team that finished third in the incredibly competitive western conference.With the move to LA, Dekker will be taking his talents to the west coast to play for a perennial contender in LA who just traded away the face of their franchise. What exactly the roster around Dekker will look like is largely unknown with the free agency period yet to begin.That being said, it will interesting to watch how this move affects Dekker’s development and if he can continue to build off his positive second season in the league.Dekker, now going into his 3rd season, will have expectations to be a major contributor on the new look Clippers and it will be interesting to see how he adjusts.last_img read more

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Ballon d’Or 2019: The three players that made Africa proud

first_imgBarcelona and Argentine international, Lionel Messi might have won the 2019 Ballon d’Or but some five African stars made the continent proud.Five footballers from the African continent were nominated for this year’s award with Liverpool’s attacking duo of Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah leading the pack.Napoli’s Kalidou Koulibaly, Manchester City winger Riyad Mahrez, and Arsenal forward Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang were among the nominees for the prestigious award.Among the nominees, Senegal’s Sadio Mane, Egypt’s Mohammed Salah and Algeria’s Riyad Mahrez placed the highest of those from Africa.Sadio Mane and Mohammed Salah were ranked fourth and fifth respectively with Mahrez finishing in the tenth classification.With this and for the first time in the history of the award, three African players had been ranked in the top 10 for the coveted Golden Ball.However, none of the continent’s stars were able to break into the top three with Lionel Messi, Virgil van Dijk and Cristiano Ronaldo making the final podium list.For the first time ever, three African players were included in the top 10 of the Men’s #BallondOr Sadio Mané Mohamed Salah Riyad Mahrez🌍 pic.twitter.com/cIX6eo5aou— Squawka Football (@Squawka) December 2, 2019Here is how Africa’s finest placedSadio Mane – 4th position.Mohamed Salah – 5th position.Riyad Mahrez – 10th position.Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang – 20th position.Kalidou Koulibaly – 24th position.last_img read more

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Amel Tuka became the Balkan Champion

first_imgAthletic team of Bosnia and Herzegovina won two medals at the Balkan Indoor Championship in Istanbul.The most successful was Amel Tuka who won a gold medal on 800 m with the result of 1:48:86.Young Mesud Pezer won the bronze medal in a shot put with the result of 19,36 meters.His club colleague Hamza Alic had a slightly weaker performance than it was expected and with the result of 18,91 m finished at the 5th place, was announced from the Athletic Federation of BiH.A young high jumper Nikolija Stanivukovic had also won the 5th place with the result of 1,73 m.From the other three representatives from BiH (Damir Redzepagic, Svjetlana Graorac and Srdjan Samardzic), who haven’t achieved significant placements, young Redzepagic should be set aside. Redzepagic has run 400 m for solid 50,29 s, which was enough for the 10th place.Around 250 competitors from 15 countries have participated at the Balkan Championship.(Source: klix.ba)last_img read more

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