Northern Ireland’s World Cup qualifier against Russia tonight is in some doubt due to the weather in Belfast. Overnight rain and snow has left the city in wintery conditions, making the Windsor Park pitch a major concern. Linfield’s stadium is among the more basic in international football and it does not have much in the way of defences to the elements. Press Association The Irish Football Association this morning released the following statement: “The referee (Norway’s Tom Hagen) will inspect the pitch at 10am this morning as part of his normal duty. “We will keep you updated throughout the day.” The snow has also forced the closure of the runway at George Best Belfast City Airport.
The University of Wisconsin men’s basketball team (3-4) will take on Big Ten rival Ohio State (5-2) as they begin their conference schedule at the Kohl Center Saturday.While the Badgers have showed glimpses of promise at times this season, the team has been thus far unable to close out close games in what has been a disappointing start to the year. Wisconsin has capitalized on subpar competition, beating South Carolina State, Yale and UW-Milwaukee, but have lost all four games against major conference opponents this year.The player to look out for on Ohio State will be dynamic forward Keita Bates-Diop. The junior has one of the most unique skillsets in the Big Ten as he leads the Buckeyes in points, blocks, rebounds, three-pointers and three-point percentage while having only turned the ball over seven times all year.Men’s Basketball: Badgers run out of ammo in battle with CavaliersThe University of Wisconsin men’s basketball team fell short yet again in their ACC/Big Ten Challenge matchup against Virginia Monday Read…Fortunately, Wisconsin has their own dynamic defender in Khalil Iverson to take on Bates-Diop. Iverson’s athleticism and hustle has made him one of the Badgers’ most impressive defenders with a defensive plus-minus of 3.9 points per game while he is on the floor.On the other side of the ball, Wisconsin will look to rebound after a dismal 37-point offensive performance against Virginia. While this was in part due to opposing coach Tony Bennett’s slow style of play, the team needs to convert on their attempts with greater efficiency as they only shot 31.3 percent from the field and 15.1 percent from three against the Cavaliers.For the Badgers to win this game, they will need scorers like Brad Davison and D’Mitrik Trice to hit their shots and hopefully draw some of the heavy coverage off of star forward Ethan Happ. The young backcourt duo will look to get back on track this game after shooting just 1-9 from deep in the last contest.Ohio State will be an important challenge for Wisconsin to prove themselves as a contender in a Big Ten conference that is loaded with parity. As of now the only ranked teams in the conference are No. 3 Michigan State and No. 12 Minnesota who the Badgers will not face until late January and February.Tip-off is at 7 p.m. this Saturday in Madison with live coverage available on FOX.
Five players were sent off as Fenerbahce beat Besiktas in an Istanbul derby featuring two goals and three red cards in the final five minutes.Giuliano gave the hosts the lead and Vincent Janssen – on loan from Tottenham made it 2-0, before ex-Liverpool striker Ryan Babel pulled one back. Besiktasâ€™ Ricardo Quaresma was sent off for two yellows before Luis Neto was dismissed for bringing down a player through on goal just before half-time.The visitors had Atiba Hutchinson sent off with five minutes left for two bookings.Ismail KoybasÄ± of Fenerbahce was then shown a red car for a dangerous tackle, before Oguzhan Ozyakupâ€™s second yellow card deep into injury time meant the visitors ended with eight players.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram