Welcome to the Herald Sports live blog! I’m Mike Fiammetta, and I’m here at the Kohl Center with Herald Sports editor Elliot Hughes.We’re set for what’s sure to be a fantastic night of hoops as the No. 25 Badgers (16-5, 5-3) are set to host the No. 16 Indiana Hoosiers (16-4, 4-4) in a conference battle with plenty at stake in the Big Ten race.Wisconsin is coming off a strong performance on the road Sunday that resulted in a 67-63 win over Illinois. Point guard Jordan Taylor continued his stellar play of late, dropping 19 points while pulling down nine rebounds and dishing out five assists. Taylor’s improved play since the non-confernese season and early Big Ten play has been vital to the Badgers, who are now riding a 4-game win streak.Indiana, meanwhle, has seen its fortunes fade in January, where the Hoosiers are 3-3. Despite losing three of their last four games, the Hoosiers do have a tendency to be somewhat tricky on the road. IU is 3-3 on the road this season, though the Badgers have, as usual, been hard to beat here at the Kohl Center. Despite losing two games at home earlier this season, Wisconsin has rebounded with a 10-3 home record.Tonight’s matchup will be a a battle of clashing strengths, as Wisconsin boasts the Big Ten’s (and the nation’s, at that) stingiest scoring defense at 49.6 points allowed per game. Indiana, meanwhile, is the conference’s top scoring offense (No. 15 in the country) at 79.8 points per game.Anyway, thanks for joining us on the live blog below (we’ll also be on Twitter @BHeraldSports) and have a great Thursday night.&lt;a href=”http://www.coveritlive.com/mobile.php/option=com_mobile/task=viewaltcast/altcast_code=cb9541f7ae” &gt;Wisconsin vs. Indiana&lt;/a&gt;
Hamilton and team-mate Valtteri Bottas topped the first part of qualifying but the presence of Vettel and Verstappen just 0.1secs behind them, despite using one grade harder tyres, suggested it would be difficult to stay there, and so it proved.Hamilton said: “I gave it everything I could. The last lap could have been a couple of tenths quicker but I wouldn’t have been able to match those times [of the leading two]. We are still in for the win and I am hoping I get to have at least a battle with one of them.”Verstappen was under investigation by the race stewards for potentially impeding Bottas’ first lap in the final session in the stadium section, but after studying the incident, the stewards ruled Verstappen had not impeded Bottas.Verstappen said: “Which incident? I was on the inside and he was doing his line and so there is no incident.”Vettel claimed his 50th career pole and afterwards said: “We have to maximise every session. Today is really important and tomorrow [Sunday] we [will] see. It is not as much in my control as I would like it to be. We go all out and attack.“We deserve a good result. Ferrari deserves a good result. So we see what we can do tomorrow.”PREMIERSHIP RESULTS & FIXTURESMan United 1 – 0 TottenhamArsenal 2 – 1 SwanseaCrystal Palace 2 – 2 West HamLiverpool 3 – 0 HuddersfieldWatford 0 – 1 StokeWest Brom 2 – 3 Man CityBournemouth 0 – 1 ChelseaBrighton vs Southampton 2:30pmLeicester vs Everton 5pmShare this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel stole pole position for the Mexican Grand Prix from Red Bull’s Max Verstappen as Lewis Hamilton lines up third. Verstappen was quickest after the first runs of the last part of qualifying by a quarter of a second, but a superb effort by Vettel put him on top. He pipped the Dutchman by 0.086secs, saying on the radio: “What a lap.”Hamilton, who needs only to finish fifth in today’s race to be sure of the title, was 0.446secs off pole.
NORCO – The awards just keep piling up for Toby Gerhart. The Norco High School senior running back’s latest award came Monday, as he was named as California’s Mr. Football, the Cal-Hi Sports’ State Player of the Year. “It’s an unbelievable honor,” Gerhart said. “They keep adding up this year.” Gerhart already had been picked as a Parade All-American and was the Gatorade State Player of the Year as well. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan Clarkson “I thought I had a pretty good chance. I was one of the front runners,” Gerhart said of the latest award. “That (award) and winning the finals means a lot.” When the 6-foot-1, 228-pound Gerhart won the Gatorade award, Norco hadn’t yet won its CIF-Southern Section Division V championship. But since then, he has put the final touches on the state career rushing record with 9,662 yards. He led the state in rushing with 3,233 yards in 2005, scoring 39 touchdowns and finishing with 108 in his career. Gerhart is the first Inland Empire player to win the award in 10 years, since Riverside J.W. North’s Chris Claiborne won it in 1995. The last Inland Valley winner of the award was Pomona’s Marty Keough in 1951. “I think the Inland Empire is underrated in football,” Gerhart said. “Everyone talks about Orange County and L.A. teams, but they don’t think Inland Empire.” Gerhart edged out six other finalists to win the award: Colton’s Allen Bradford, Lemoore’s David Ausberry, Los Angeles Crenshaw’s Darian Hagan Jr., Oakland McClymonds’ Derrick Hill, Compton Dominguez’s Marvin Johnson and El Cajon Valley’s Abrahim Muheize. Gerhart was the only finalist who played almost exclusively on one side of the ball, and Bradford was the only fellow finalist whom Gerhart had met. “I thought he (Bradford) had a little bit of an advantage playing on both sides of the ball,” Gerhart said. “(Setting the record) and the fact our team won in the finals, that made a difference I think.” Gerhart, also a top prospect in baseball, has not made his college decision yet, but UCLA and Stanford appear to be the front runners. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!