Bosnia coach changes mind on resignation, stays in charge

first_imgRelatedPosts Quadri Aruna leads Africa to World Cup I will see out my contract at Arsenal, Oezil says FIFA World Cup Asian qualifiers postponed Bosnia coach Robert Prosinecki has rescinded the decision to resign after the Balkan nation’s football association asked him to stay in charge of the team, the governing body has said. “The NFSBiH executive board lends full support to Prosinecki to stay in charge until the end of the national team’s Euro 2020 campaign, as stipulated by his contract,” it said on Tuesday. “We are certain that changing the coach at this point in time will not have a positive effect. Our chances of reaching the European Championship via the qualifiers are still realistic.” Prosinecki had said he was stepping down after Sunday’s 4-2 defeat at Armenia in their Euro 2020 Group J qualifier. He however told reporters in Sarajevo that his change of heart had been a “difficult decision”. “It wasn’t easy because I try to stand by my decisions in life,” said the 50-year-old Croatian, who won the 1991 European Cup with Red Star Belgrade and finished third with Croatia in the 1998 World Cup as a player. “I changed my mind because of all the people who extended their support. It will be easy to run and say it’s over, but I decided to stay and I now hope we can turn things around.” The defeat left the Bosnians fourth in Group J on seven points from six games, 11 behind leaders Italy who have won all of their matches. Second-placed Finland have 12 points and third-placed Armenia are on nine after their impressive home win over the Bosnians. Although they have only a slim chance of reaching Euro 2020 by finishing in the top two in their group, Bosnia could still advance to the finals via the Nations League. They topped their League B group ahead of Austria and Northern Ireland. This means that they have qualified for the playoffs also including Denmark, Sweden and Ukraine, the winners of the second tier’s other three pools. The playoff winners will qualify for Euro 2020, which will be held across Europe next year. Reuters/NAN.Tags: Euro 2020European ChampionshipRed Star BelgradeRobert ProsineckiWorld Cuplast_img read more

Men’s basketball: Badgers look to exploit mismatches in game versus Houston Baptist

first_imgThe University of Wisconsin men’s basketball team will welcome Houston Baptist to the Kohl Center for their match tomorrow night.The Badgers are coming off an impressive road win against the Xavier Musketeers, where they scored 40 points within the paint. In addition to the low-post success, Wisconsin was also shooting 56.3 percent on 3-pointers.  The Badgers will be looking for more production from the bench in the upcoming game against the Huskies, as only five players made the box score, with the Badger big three of Ethan Happ, D’Mitrik Trice and Brad Davison combined for 71 points.  Houston Baptist is 1–1 following their three-point victory over Fordham. The leading scorer for the Huskies averaging 13.5 points and two assists per game is Ian DuBose, a 6 foot 4 guard out of Durham North Carolina.Volleyball: Badgers to take crack at Buckeyes in Columbus this weekendWith their home season coming to an end, the University of Wisconsin volleyball team will pack up for yet another Read…Houston Baptist started their season with a trip down to Tuscon Arizona where they got routed by the Wildcats 90–60. The Huskies had major difficulty defending anything down low as they let the Wildcats put up 42 points in the paint. The Badger front court led by the forward Happ will look to take advantage of the Huskies’ weak low-post presence.Happ is averaging 20 points per game while shooting 60 percent from the field, with all of his production coming from the low-post. Here the forward is also dominating the glass with 12 rebounds per game. Even if the Huskies can give Happ trouble in the low-post, he will be looking for open shooters on the perimeter, which he has been adept in finding his first two games, averaging 8.5 assists.Wisconsin’s starters are shooting 67.7 percent from beyond the arc this season, making 21 of 31 3-point field goals. If Wisconsin can connect from long-distance, that will force teams to retreat from double teaming Happ in the low-post and play straight up man to man defense.Football: At Purdue, Wisconsin looks to extend win streak to 12 gamesThe University of Wisconsin football team (6-4, 4-3 Big Ten) will travel to West Lafayette, Ind., this weekend to take Read…Once teams go man to man on the Badgers it creates mismatch nightmares that Happ can take advantage of all day long. In the upcoming game against Houston Baptist, Happ will be matched up with the 6-foot-10, 245-pound center Edward Hardt, who’s averaging seven points per game on 46 percent shooting in the early season. As long as players like Trice and Davidson stay consistent with their jumpers, Happ should have a field day down in the low-post.  The Badgers take on the Huskies Saturday at 7 p.m. with live television coverage available on the Big Ten Network and radio play by play on the Badger Sports Network, 100.9 FM.last_img read more