It may have been adrenaline, or it might have been redemption, but it was apparent that Alando Tucker could play through pain.Tucker, who suffered a nasal injury toward the end of the first half against Wake Forest, sought vindication by scoring 24 points in the second half, the most by any player in that half. Tucker also reached the millennium milestone Tuesday by achieving 1,014 career points.”Honestly, I don’t even remember [how it happened]. It was during the course, and there was a bunch of bodies,” Tucker said of his injury.”It wasn’t Halloween, so I think he was wearing it for a reason,” head coach Bo Ryan said. “It didn’t improve his looks any. I think he is a pretty sharp-looking guy.”Due to his injury, Tucker will sport a protective facemask Saturday when Wisconsin (4-1) hosts Pepperdine (2-1).Tucker started the second half of the Wake game wearing a protective mask, but quickly threw it to the side of the court for its lack of comfort.”[The facemask] is something that takes time to get used to, but I’ve adjusted quickly,” Tucker said. “Once you get going, you can’t tell.”Injury aside, Tucker and the rest of the Badgers will also seek revenge against the Waves after they suffered a 75-61 loss last season.Though the Badgers may have suffered from cross-country jetlag on their journey to Malibu a year ago, they will hold the advantage by hosting the Sunshine State team at the Kohl Center.”It’s always good to play in front of your home base,” Tucker said. “It will be a great opportunity for us to get a lot of confidence, building some things that we can prepare for the Big Ten season.”Along with Tucker’s appearance, the Waves will also sport a new look after losing four of last year’s top scorers. The Pepperdine foursome was also the top-four point-scorers during last year’s match up, accumulating 62 combined points against the Badgers.”Obviously, they are a different team,” Tucker said. “They lost four of their key guys. Their style is going to be the same. They will come in up-tempo, shoot shots and hope to get offensive rebounds. Last year, they outworked us, and we never like to admit we’ve been outworked.””We didn’t play very well last year, so we definitely want to come out and have a better performance against them than we did last year,” sophomore Jason Chappell said.Chappell, who redshirted last season and thus never played in last year’s game, has been on a roll as of late, scoring a career-high 11 points in Tuesday’s game.”It felt good to be out there, especially being where it was, at Wake Forest, where my dad used to play,” he said. “It felt good to be out there and contribute and try to help the team win. Unfortunately, it didn’t happen.”Chappell also saw the most minutes of his career (24), something he feels will benefit him come Saturday.”Any minutes we get out there means more experience,” Chappell said. “It also helps me feel more comfortable on the court.”Along with Chappell, sophomore Brian Butch had a stellar performance at Wake despite the loss. During the game, Butch recorded a career-high 10 rebounds and put up 19 points. It was the first career double-double for the 6-foot-11 big man. Butch is now third on the team, averaging 15.4 points a game. Tucker leads the team with a 20 point-per-game average, followed by Kammron Taylor, with an 18.4 average.Michael Gerrity leads the Pepperdine team with 17.3 points a game. Pepperdine has been hurting most of the season, winning only one game against UC-Irvine. Pepperdine did have a close run against Connecticut, staying with the powerhouse most of the game. However, the Huskies were able to pick up momentum during the last five minutes of the matchup and ended up defeating the Waves 75-56.”They can play. They proved that last year,” Ryan said. “They have had a little bit of an up and down season, but there were nights when they looked really, really good and nights that the other team looked a little better.”Right now, everyone is trying to find out what their team is all about and what they are going to bring to the table come conference season. We know they can play, and they are not coming here for anything other than trying to get it done for their side, too.”Added sophomore guard Michael Flowers: “We are just going to go out there and try to execute our game play and get the win. We are just going to play Wisconsin basketball.”
Sports or just games? And why does it matter?Nick Poggenklaas, Van Diepen Van Der KroefThis is the second article in a series of guest posts by Nick Poggenklaas, who is a sports lawyer at Van Diepen Van Der Kroef Law Firm Are esports ‘just games’? Or are esports real sports, just like football and tennis?Many people have argued the former. One of the oft repeated arguments to support this view is that esports players are often not physically participating. The action is mostly happening in a virtual world.I disagree with the people who claim esports is just a game and you do too, don’t you?In my opinion sport is not by definition an activity which necessarily involves physical action. I think sports such as chess prove this point. Moreover, esports do have all the other ingredients which see traditional sports qualify as sports. Such an ingredient is, for example, that there are organised competitions for esports too. I don’t want to elaborate too much on the answer to the first question, because there are already a lot of articles on this matter.“Esports are more than a game, they are sports!”I want to focus on the question of why it’s important that esports are – also in the eyes of the courts – sports and not just games. In order to answer this question I would like to return to the so called ‘Bosman- case’.Bosman was a professional football player who wanted to transfer from a Belgium club to a French one in 1990. Due to the transfer system which was enforced by FIFA at the time Bosman wasn’t allowed to make this transfer. After five (!) years of lawsuits the European Court of Justice ruled that FIFA’s transfer system was an illegal restraint on the right of free movement of workers, which is laid down in the EU Treaty of Rome. Bosman won the case. FIFA almost immediately changed the transfer system after the European Courts’ ruling, and this re-worked system remains in place today. “A restraint on right of free movement of workers remains.”It’s still questionable if FIFA’s current transfer system is in line with EU law. FIFA however states that the transfer system is a just and much needed instrument in order to keep (international) football competitions fair. Most legal professionals are of the opinion that FIFA’s view is correct and more recent cases more or less also confirm this.But what do we learn of the Bosman case and the cases that followed? The law is not made for sports. Judges thus sometimes have to make exceptions to the laws which apply to a specific case, because this might be beneficial to a sport.“At some point a judge shall have to make such an exception for an esports related case. But in order for that judge to make this much needed exception, he or she first has to realise esports are sports and not just games.”Having mentioned why it’s important that the community and judges agree that esports are sports, I would like to make one final plea. This plea is in favour of Arbitration Courts which focus on esports, such as WESA’s Arbitration Court. A specific esports related appeal court is, in my opinion, not needed. It is my view that the Court of Arbitration of Sports (CAS) is a great legal institute which could handle esports related cases after a party appeals to the Arbitration Court’s ruling.This is the second article in a series of guest posts on the legal challenges and issues currently at play in the esports industry. You can read the first, on sponsorship agreements, here. Any questions about esports related contracts or disputes? Feel free to reach out to Nick at [email protected]
In organisation of Sports Association of Novi Travnik Municipality, the manifestation ”The Best Athlete of 2012” was held in the premises of Novi Travnik Municipality building.The best sportsman is boxer Armin Kukić, and the best sportswoman is football player Tatjan Stanić.The best women team in Women football club ‘‘Mladost’’ , while the best men team is karate club ”Orhideja”The most promising sportsman is Karlo Šimičić, while the most promising sportswoman is Antonela Radeljić.The best coach is Velimir Suban, and the best disabled sportsman is Davor Adžaip.The best sports workers are Edin Kahvedžić,Josip Blaž,Hivzija Bešović and Belma Krajišnik.