Hugh BowdenExecutive EditorHugh writes editorials, covers Hancock County sports and helps out where needed in The American’s editorial department. When he’s not on the sidelines, he enjoys playing jazz and tennis. firstname.lastname@example.org Issiac Christiansen struck out 18 batters in seven innings and allowed just five hits in pitching the Tigers to a 9-6 win over the Narraguagus Knights on Friday in Harrington.Christiansen also helped his own cause with a three run double, Jacob Shorey doubled twice to drive in two runs and Dylan Whitten had three singles for the Tigers.Spencer Thompson led the Knights with a two-run homer and a run-scoring single, Nick Kennedy singled twice and Devin Schoppee had a run-scoring double.Find in-depth coverage of local news in The Ellsworth American. Subscribe digitally or in print. Latest posts by Hugh Bowden (see all) Is this the kind of government we deserve? – July 10, 2017 This is placeholder textThis is placeholder text Like he did in the ’60s, Noel Paul Stookey sings out in troubling times – December 27, 2017 Latest Posts GSA surges in 4th to win Northern Maine title – February 26, 2017 Bio
As soon as the 2008 NCAA football schedule was released,many circled the week three matchup between Wisconsin and Fresno State, markingit as an early road trap for the Badgers against a tough WAC opponent.Saturday night, the Badgers (3-0) went into a sold-out Bulldog Stadium andemerged with a 13-10 victory, ending Fresno State’s (1-1) hopes of becomingthis season’s BCS buster.During his weekly press conference Monday, UW head coach Bret Bielema discussedwhat the win meant to the team.“[Fresno State] was the first non-conference opponent thatwe beat that was ranked in the last 50 years,” Bielema said. “It was a greataccomplishment not only for our team, but for our program, and the Universityof Wisconsin.”The last time the Badgers recorded a road win over a rankednon-conference opponent was in 1958.When asked what this win meant for the remainder of the season, Bielema wasquick to point out the team’s next road test in Ann Arbor.“I think it’s just the phrase ‘been there, done that,’”Bielema said. “We are going to be going on the road to Michigan. It’s been along time since we’ve been able to win up there as a program. … I think there’ssomething you want to draw from the way our kids handled the road. Theyembraced the environment.”Hill, Shaughnessy earn game honors from coachBielema handed off the offensive game ball to running back P.J. Hill, whorushed for 112 yards. “Although he didn’t get in the end zone, I don’t know ifI’ve seen him play better,” Bielema said of Hill. “The way that he handled thegame, the situations that came at him, he really did a good job to hang ontothe football.”Despite senior linebacker DeAndre Levy being named Big Ten Defensive Player ofthe Week with an interception, a sack and nine total tackles, Bielema awardedthe defensive game ball to senior defensive lineman Matt Shaughnessy.“Matt Shaughnessy was outstanding in the game,” Bielemasaid. “He obviously created the big play.”Shaughnessy only finished with two tackles, but the big playBielema referred to was a deflection in which Shaughnessy got his hand on apass from Fresno State quarterback Tom Brandstater. The ball was batted intothe air and was intercepted by Levy.Injury reportSophomore defensive back Aaron Henry has missed the first three games of theseason, but Bielema is optimistic that he may be available for next Saturday’smatchup against the Wolverines.“Our goal [for Henry] has always been to be back for Michigan,”Bielema said.Junior linebacker Javery McFadden suffered an injury in Saturday night’s winand had to leave the game with a clubbed hand. He will undergo surgery thisweek and is expected to be back next Tuesday.Both quarterback Allan Evridge and Jason Chapman experienced cramps during thegame. Though Evridge did not return, Bielema said his signal caller is in goodhealth and ready to practice. Bielema noted that Chapman, however, also “hadsome ligament damage to his hands. He will be casted and ready to play.”The Badgers welcomed back senior tight end Travis Beckum and senior outsidelinebacker Jonathan Casillas from injuries. Beckum caught four balls for 51total yards, while Casillas recorded seven tackles. Bielema said havingCasillas and Beckum back was “huge.”“I think just for the energy during the course of the week,” Bielema said. “Agame on Saturday may have been won during the course of the week when Travispracticed the way he did.”Effects of overturned fumble call still lingerThe Badgers managed to hang on despite officials overturning what looked to bea Fresno State fumble. It appeared Levy recovered the ball on the Bulldogs’26-yard line, but a challenge resulted in the call being overturned.“Obviously as a Wisconsin fan, a Wisconsin coach, anybody that has a W on theirheart, they felt that was one that should have stayed with the ruling on thefield,” Bielema said of the call. “But the officials, you’ve got to trust whatthey say.”The ensuing drive ultimately resulted in a missed field goal attempt by FresnoState kicker Kevin Goessling.
Everyone remembers what Leonard can do and, beyond that, what he made of himself. It’s difficult to believe that a player who so dramatically reshaped his own offense has suddenly lost the taste for self-improvement.The Clippers are a shiny bag of clubs in search of a driver. They got deeper, younger and more cooperative when they traded Griffin. They have Lou Williams, a volcanic scorer. They have Tobias Harris and Montrezl Harrell, both ascending.Getting Patrick Beverley back and healthy might be a high draft pick in itself. He played 11 games in 2017-18.Chris Paul, now in Houston, was the Clippers’ leader. Leonard might not be what sportswriters used to call a “holler guy,” but neither was Tim Duncan. He also would give the Clippers the kind of perimeter defense that left with Paul and wasn’t provided by Beverley.The Clippers haven’t picked higher than 25th since 2010. With any change in the buzzard’s luck that continued into Tuesday night, they’ll show up in October with two decent newcomers, or one great one. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error They need to learn, indisputably, that Leonard has retained his competitive instincts, is healthy and would have no problem coming home (he’s from Riverside), especially with a $218 million contract awaiting him at some point.If the answers are right, they can pursue Leonard, although they were hoping for more plump trade bait than they received in Tuesday night’s NBA draft lottery.As Jerry West sat there gamely, the Clippers got the 12th and 13th selections. It’s supposed to be a deep draft. We’ll see how deep on June 21, but it might be too shallow to land Leonard, at least not without enhancement.The mock drafts have several players slotted for 12-13, and there’s more than a month of evaluation, and paralyzing analysis, to go.The most common name is Kentucky freshman Shai Gilgeous-Alexander. He’s 6-foot-6, and his mother Charmaine was a sprinter for Antigua in the 1992 Olympics. He also emerged as the most reliable leader on Kentucky’s band of yearlings, which won the SEC Tournament and made the NCAA Tournament regional semifinals. He’s praised for his length and his knowledge.His teammate Kevin Knox also comes up in those slots, as does Texas A&M power forward Robert Williams, whose motivation hasn’t matched his gifts. You can find a mock that has Alabama’s Collin Sexton drifting into the Clippers’ sights, which would thrill them to no end but isn’t likely.If the Clippers had gotten lucky they might be picking at No. 6 or No. 7 and would give the Spurs a more persuasive menu. Now they might have to consider waiting to see if DeAndre Jordan exercises his player option for 2018-19 and then offer Jordan and one of those picks.Another option would be a sign-and-trade involving Jordan, who seemed to flourish after Blake Griffin was traded but is basically a rim-bound center with offensive limits. That might not be completely Jurassic in today’s NBA, but it’s not the trend.Or the Clippers could map out any other permutation that the Spurs want.Related Articles For Lakers’ LeBron James, Jacob Blake’s shooting is bigger issue than a big Game 4 victory Kristaps Porzingis ruled out as Clippers, Mavericks set for Game 5; Follow for game updates Clippers hope they can play to their capabilities, quell Mavericks’ momentum What the Clippers are saying the day after Luka Doncic’s game-winner tied series, 2-2 There is no Camelot in the NBA, not anymore.For 20 years San Antonio was the shining city. It checkmated the argument that the NBA was a breeding ground for the selfish, the self-absorbed, the mercenaries and the slackers. The Spurs were idealized but real, sort of a Leave It To Beaver, and the closest thing to Eddie Haskell was Gregg Popovich, their coach. Their five championships seemed like virtue rewarded, the way it happens in the movies.Now the Spurs are everyone else.They spent most of the season without Kawhi Leonard, thanks to a dispute over how badly his quadricep was hurt, whether the Spurs’ doctors misdiagnosed it, who should be taking care of it, and whether Leonard, the NBA’s best two-way player in 2016-17, was willing to risk playing. Clippers vs. Mavericks Game 5 playoff updates from NBA beat reporters Popovich and some veterans were clearly unhappy with Leonard, an opaque personality even in placid times. You can imagine Leonard was clearly unhappy with them with their public allusions about his want-to, considering how buttoned-up the Spurs usually are.Then San Antonio began sinking in the standings and probably shouldn’t have made the playoffs. As someone in the league said the other day, the Spurs find themselves in the bottom of the ninth.So the teardown begins. Whether Popovich wants to be part of it, especially after the passing of his wife Erin, will be learned later, probably in a statement.Even if the bridges between Leonard and the Spurs weren’t aflame, San Antonio would have to think about trading him and getting younger.That’s where the Clippers come in.