Mavericks’ Harris signs 5-year deal

first_imgBEN SCHMIDT/Herald photoAlando Tucker may have taken Devin Harris’ title as the University of Wisconsin men’s basketball all-time single-season scoring champ, but Harris still has something on Tucker: a bigger paycheck.The former Wisconsin standout agreed Monday on the terms of a 5-year contract extension with the Dallas Mavericks, which is reportedly worth more than $42.6 million. The extension will be added on to the point guard’s current contract, which is set to expire at the conclusion of the upcoming season.“Devin, along with Josh [Howard], those guys will carry the baton for us into the future,” Mavericks President of Basketball Operations Donnie Nelson told the Dallas Morning News. “Devin’s deal was something we were hopeful of getting done so that it doesn’t have to be weighing on his mind this season.”This past season, Harris set career-bests for points (10.2), assists (3.7) and rebounds (2.5) and also pushed for more and more playing time as the season wore on.”I feel good about the commitment for another five years,” Harris told NBA.com. “Hopefully now we can run with it.”Harris, a Wauwatosa, Wis. native and former Mr. Wisconsin Basketball, was a starter as a freshman on UW head coach Bo Ryan’s first team at the university — a team that surprised many by winning a share of the Big Ten Championship despite entering the season picked to finish as low as ninth in the conference.As a sophomore, Harris clinched an outright Big Ten title for the Badgers by hitting a free throw with .4 seconds left in the season’s final game, sending a sold-out Kohl Center crowd into a frenzy.Over his three years at Wisconsin, Harris won or shared two Big Ten regular season championships and a conference tournament championship, establishing himself as one of the school’s all-time greats.Following his junior season, Harris declared for the NBA draft and was the No. 5 overall selection, going to the Dallas Mavericks.last_img read more

Sunday blog: New classification format will have little affect on Wellington – except driving

first_imgby Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The division of Class 4A for which Wellington is a part, drew what I thought was pretty much a collective yawn from local Crusader fans.And that is probably the way it should be.Last week, the Kansas State High School Activities Association Class 4A schools voted 43-22 to split the 64-team classification into two 32 team divisions for five sports: football, volleyball, basketball, softball, and baseball. All other sports will remain in the old 64-team format. Using last year’s enrollment figures, Wellington is currently No. 26 on the 64 team list (see list below) which means it will be Division 1 – competing against the bigger 32 4A teams in the post season. That could change over time because Wellington is just 50 high school students from dropping into the lower tier of the classification.The change begins the next 2013-14 school term with the exception of football which is currently on a two-year cycle and will begin in 2014-15.So how will this change affect Wellington? Probably not a lot. Not to sound rude here, but this change was about smaller Class 4A schools, like Holton, Pratt or Wichita Collegiate, which regularly compete for state championships in those five sports, but are denied because schools like McPherson and Rose Hill – twice their size – are standing in their way.By the same token, schools like McPherson and Rose Hill love the new plan because they no longer have to compete with Wichita Collegiate – that lovely recruiting private school to our north – for a state championship.Wellington may be able to shed Collegiate of post season play in those sports – at least for a while – but the Crusaders still have to beat the likes of Topeka Hayden, Mulvane, Rose Hill and McPherson if they want to win any kind of state championship glory.This is not to mention Andale, winners in everything, who is right now on the bubble at the top of Division two, but could easily move to Division one soon with a growth spurt.I don’t see this being any easier for Wellington no matter how you slice it. The sports for which Wellington has been most successful in the past: i.e. tennis, golf and girls track with potential success in wresting in the future are unaffected by the new format. Those sports will remain in the old Class 4A format.Will Class 4A be more watered down? Yes. Does it matter? Not really – unless you are a member of the eight or so schools, who are always competing for state championships in a multitude of sports.So what will change for Wellington?Logistics. Wellington will possibly be playing Ulysses – a hop and a jump away from Colorado – on a regular basis in regional and district tournaments. Get this: With the new format Wellington is the closest school to Ulysses in Class 4A Division 1 at 250 miles!Saddle up the busses boys for a four hour ride so we can play Clearwater in the first round of a regional basketball tournament hosted by Ulysses.One thing I do like about the new format, is the potential of eliminating that absurd Thursday-Tuesday-Saturday format in football in which the KSHSAA tries to sandwich three games in two weeks. With 32 teams instead of 64, there will be one less round of playoffs meaning everything can be played on Friday night. No more football playoff games on Tuesday night! I would love to see Wellington participate in such a playoff system.Nevertheless, Wellington will always still have to bat down someone of irritation whether its Andale or Wichita Collegiate or Tenbucktwo in the post season.For Wellington, getting better is the key to success. No new post season format is going to change that for the Crusaders.DIVISION 1                                         DIVISION 21.    Topeka Highland Park 729             1.     Andale 4342.     Pittsburg 710                                 2.     Eudora 4333.     Bonner Springs 708                       3.     Clearwater 3694.     Winfield 691                                  4.     Santa Fe Trail 3625.     McPherson 690                             5.     Iola 3616.     De Soto 681                                    6.    Parsons 3617.     KC Sumner Academy 674               7.    KC Ward 3548.     Paola 650                                       8.   Osawatomie 3539.     Buhler 642                                      9.   Pratt 35010.   Ottawa 636                                   10.   Columbus 34311.   Spring Hill 636                               11.   Girard 33512.   Basehor-Linwood 599                   12.   Perry-Lecompton 32813.   Tonganoxie 595                            13.   Garnett-Anderson County 32114.   Rose Hill 585                                14.   Chapman 32015.   Independence 576                        15.   Holton 32016.   Augusta 567                                 16.   Colby 31017.   Mulvane 565                                 17.   Clay Center 30718.   KC Piper 563                                 18.   Wichita Trinity 30519.   Fort Scott 562                               19.   Meriden-Jefferson West 30520.   El Dorado 561                               20.   Nickerson 29921.   Chanute 552                                  21.   Hugoton 29722,   Labette County 527                       22.   LaCygne-Prairie View 29523.   Towanda-Circle 525                      23.   Hoyt-Royal Valley 29024.   Louisburg 490                               24.  Lindsborg-Smoky Valley 29025.   Topeka Hayden 488                      25.   Larned 28826.   Wellington 487                             26.   Baxter Springs 28527.   Abilene 476                                   27.  Concordia 28228.   Coffeyville 462                              28.   Goodland 27529.   Atchison 460                                 29.   Hesston 27030.   Ulysses 457                                  30.  Collegiate 26731.   Baldwin 456                                  31.  St. George-Rock Creek 25832.   Wamego 451                                 32.   Frontenac 258 Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comment (1) Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings Sort by: Date Rating Last Activity Loading comments… You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. 0 Vote up Vote down Lost Crusader · 374 weeks ago It was a very sad day in the state when this agenda was passed. We will see a lot fewer in the seats come playoff time and on the road games. Sellars park used to be packed for all games. Now we are lucky to have half the seats filled and are usually empty by halftime. Report Reply 0 replies · active 374 weeks ago Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. 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Elche intends to transfer Gorka Guruzeta, from Athletic

first_img12 The Elche CF has decidedly launched into the winter market to get the main reinforcements it expects Potato To finish compensating your workforce. The objectives are a central defense, preferably to act in the left-handed profile, and a forward. For the attack, in addition to aiming to the discards of Cádiz, has also set its sights on the Athletic. Like, and much, Gorka Guruzeta. Gorka Guruzeta, son of the historical center of the Real Sociedad Javier Guruzeta, is a promising footballer of Athletic Club, 23 years old, to which only a serious injury in the crusader of his knee separated him from the dynamics of the first team. Last season he played nine official meetings with the first team, between League and Cup, and premiered as a scorer in the Sánchez Pizjuán stadium in Seville. In April he was injured in a duel of subsidiaries before the Sporting B and eight months later he returned to the competition in the Bilbao Athletic, where he has participated in the last five days.Athletic values ​​the option of leaving him in the second team to take another shoot, although he could also accept an assignment if he sees that the player has options to have some continuity in the lineups. Elche is not the only one who has knocked on the door of agent Luis Alonso, who represents Potato, a junior technician who already trains the loan from Lezama, Andoni López. Rayo Vallecano is one of those who have asked for. Gorka Guruzeta, 1.88 meters high that can act as a second point or fall to either of the two bands. It has a powerful shot that has allowed it to become known as a scorer in the Bilbao Athletic.last_img read more