Turkey face Croatia as Euro 2016 Group D gets underway at the Parc des Princes this afternoon. Both sides arrive at the tournament in good form and will be looking to make a winning start in Paris to boost their chances of reaching the knockout stages.Croatia are unbeaten since last September and hit double figures in last Saturday’s 10-0 demolition of minnows San Marino.A late surge saw Turkey win four of their final five qualifying games to secure third spot and book a place in a major tournament for the first time in eight years.Both sides are likely to go with one striker, meaning this game could well be settled in the middle of the park. Croatia can boast the inclusion of experienced La Liga duo Luka Modric (Real Madrid) and Ivan Rakitic (Barcelona), who have both shone on the international stage in the past decade.Rakitic, 28, said: “It is true that we have a lot of years together. I was talking to Luka and saying that it was time to do something serious. This Euros will be the best quality in recent years. We will do our best. We believe in our team, we have a nice mix of old and young players in big clubs.”Turkey defeated Croatia on penalties in the quarter-final in Euro 2008 before eventually going down 3-2 to Germany in the semis. They were managed back then by Fatih Terim, who returned to the national hotseat for a second spell in 2013 and is determined to repeat his previous success in France.Terim told uefa.com: “Expectations are always high when it comes to me, but I’m used to it and have almost always lived up to them. You need to take these tournaments step by step. First, let’s get out of this group if we can. Then, after surviving a group with Spain, Czech Republic and Croatia, I feel Turkey should climb much higher.”Terim’s big selection dilemma is whether to go with Cenk Tosun or Burak Yilmaz up front in a one-man attack. Mario Mandzukic of Juventus is likely to lead Croatia’s front line.Both sides arrive in France at full strength so neither manager has any injury headaches.This is Turkey and Croatia’s third encounter at the European Championships. Croatia won 1-0 in the Euro 1996 group stages whilst Turkey won on penalties in the quarter-finals at Euro 2008 (1-1, 3-1 on pens).Turkey have won none of their six games against Croatia (D4 L2). They knocked them out in the Euro 2008 quarter-finals but that was after a penalty shoot-out.Turkey are appearing in their fourth Euro, with those four qualifications coming in the last six tournaments. They had failed to qualify for any of the previous nine European Championships.Turkey have improved on their position each year they have qualified for the European Championships. They were knocked out in the group stages in 1996 before reaching the quarter-finals in 2000 and the semis in 2008.This is Croatia’s fifth appearance at the European Championships. They have failed to qualify for the tournament just once in their history (2000).In their four previous appearances Croatia have reached the quarter-finals twice; however they finished third in the group stage four years ago.EURO 2016 RESULTS & FIXTURESSwitzerland 1-0 AlbaniaWales 2-1 SlovakiaTurkey v Croatia 2pmPolandv N/Ireland 5pmGermany v Ukraine 8pmShare this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram
Press doesn’t phase BadgersFor the first time this season, exhibition games included, the Badgers were faced with full court pressure as the Tigers attempted to make up for their lack of size with an on-and-off press.”We were calm, we were cool customers,” guard Trevon Hughes said of how UW responded. “We practiced [the press], we know that’s what [Savannah State] was going to do.”We handled it pretty well.”Though UW was ultimately able to break through with ease in the second half, the press did slow the team down initially, and even forced a couple of Badger turnovers. Still, Ryan didn’t seem too concerned.”We were fine,” Ryan said. “We had some guys at some spots simply because the way we were subbing that wasn’t the most normal positions.”We did okay.”Bench sees playing time in routWith the game in hand late in the second half and with two more on tap over the next couple of days, the Badgers were able to go deep down the bench to get players in.Freshman Tim Jarmusz saw his first action of the season and ended speculation that the newcomer would redshirt this year.”What Tim showed the last few days of practice determined for him and his family and also coach Ryan that a redshirt isn’t needed for him and that he is ready to play,” Krabbenhoft said. “He proved to all of us early on, even in the summer that he was ready to play. … He made some huge strides the last couple of weeks.”In three minutes of play the guard committed one foul and did not take any shots. Jarmusz’s lack of shots may likely have come from the late-game entrance of redshirt freshman J.P. Gavinksi. The 6-foot-11 center launched three shots in just four minutes of action, including a 3-pointer that could not find its way in.”That’s a record number of shots in the shortest period of time in the history of the University of Wisconsin,” Ryan joked after the game. “We had a good chuckle in the locker room.”J.P.’s got a good sense of humor.” Towering over its opponents, it is no surprise the Wisconsin men’s basketball team had little trouble dominating Savannah State Thursday night.The Tigers’ tallest starter, forward Lazarius Coleman, stands at just 6-foot-8. Compare that to Badger starters Greg Stiemsma and Brian Butch, who each measure 6-foot-10. Marcus Landry and Joe Krabbenhoft are also 6-foot-7. The Tigers’ leading rebounder from Thursday night, with six, Joel Davilla is just 6-foot-3.”Right out from the start, looking at the matchups, we had definite size advantage,” Stiemsma said.Over the next 40 minutes Wisconsin proceeded to exploit its decided size advantage, out-rebounding Savannah State 51-27 and notching nine blocks to one for its counterpart.”They were pretty athletic, they were quick, but I think overall our size and overall length over took their athleticism,” Stiemsma said.By attacking the basket with size, UW was able to pick up early fouls from its overmatched opponent, allowing the team to get to the line often. The Badgers shot 35 free throws over the course of the game.”That’s our first goal, to score inside and get free throws early,” Steimsma said.Really, the only surprise was the inside play of Butch, who struggled for the second-straight game in putting baskets in down low.”He’ll be fine,” Ryan said of Butch, showing little concern over his big man’s shooting.The senior shot just 4-of-12 from the field for the game with two of his missed shots coming from behind the 3-point line.
Mets ‘still have faith’ in struggling Edwin Diaz, says Mickey Callaway Joe Maddon believes he’ll be with Cubs for ‘a couple more years at least’ A Little League homer for the lead! pic.twitter.com/V2Rws9ZEWv— MLB (@MLB) August 11, 2019Impressive.😱 pic.twitter.com/ZGCIwAlhcG— Chicago White Sox (@whitesox) August 11, 2019What’s nextRed Sox (62-58) at Indians (71-47) — The Red Sox are running out of time to make a playoff push while the Indians are right in the middle of a race for the division. Boston will send Eduardo Rodriguez (13-5, 4.17 ERA) to the mound while the Indians will counter with Zach Plesac (6-3, 3.13 ERA). Kevin Plawecki led off the frame with a single, Francisco Lindor followed with a walk and Greg Allen reached on a bunt single, setting up Santana’s heroics.’Los doing the most.#RallyTogether pic.twitter.com/HdCmn9kA6T— Cleveland Indians (@Indians) August 11, 2019“We were on the top step as the inning was unfolding,” Cleveland infielder Jason Kipnis said, via Cleveland.com. “We always say Carlos doesn’t leave here without hitting at least one (home run). He always seems to hit a home run in Minnesota and they’re usually big ones. If there was ever a time to do it, this would be it. As soon as he hit it we were all jumping on top of the railing. What a big hit that was.” Related News Carlos Santana came through for the Indians in a big way Sunday.The first baseman blasted a grand slam in the top of the 10th inning to help Cleveland come away with a crucial 7-3 win over the Twins at Target Field. Braves’ Sean Newcomb has meltdown, sets off fire extinguisher after blown lead Hunter Wood threw a scoreless bottom of the 10th to secure the victory for Cleveland. Indians starter Aaron Civale scattered one run and four hits over six innings.Designated hitter Luis Arraez finished with two RBIs for the Twins.The Indians took three of four from Minnesota. Sunday’s victory moved Cleveland into a tie with the Twins for first place in the American League Central. Both hold 71-47 records.Studs of the nightHyun-Jin Ryu threw seven shutout innings and allowed five hits in the Dodgers’ 9-3 win over the Diamondbacks.Paul Goldschmidt went 4 for 5 with a home run and three RBIs in the Cardinals’ 11-9 victory over the Pirates.Duds of the nightEdwin Diaz continues to struggle as the Mets reliever gave up a two-run homer in his team’s 7-4 loss to the Nationals.The Brewers’ Yasmani Grandal went 0 for 4 with two strikeouts in a 1-0 loss to the Rangers.HighlightsYou don’t see this every day.