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Minimus vs. Maximus

first_imgMinimus vs. Maximus It seems as if a line in the sand of the running world has been drawn: minimalists who want a barefoot feel from their running shoes, and traditionalists who still crave more cushion for the pushin’. We take a look at two new minimal running shoes and two new hyper-cushioned shoes.Minimal1. New Balance – Minimus Trail It’s more of a transitional barefoot shoe than the Vibram Five Fingers. The Minimus looks like a trail racer and has a 4mm drop from the heel to toe, as opposed to the coveted “zero drop” of most other barefoot shoes. But the Minimus Trail has no insert and a minimal midsole and outsole for a supremely flexible package. 7 ounces. $100; newbalance.com 2. Inov-8 – Bare-Grip 200 Long before Born to Run became a bestseller, Inov-8 was focused on simple, lightweight trail shoes. Their latest innovation, the Bare Grip 200, highlights the qualities that Inov-8 has always done best: low-profile simplicity and super-grippy traction. The Bare Grips have zero drop from heel to toe, and the knobby cleats grip the ground better than any trail shoe on the market. 7 ounces. $110; Inov-8.comCushioned3. Montrail – Fairhaven This hyper-cushioned shoe has Montrail’s new FluidPost midsole that adjusts to the amount of pronation “on demand.” When you’re running on flat surfaces like roads, your foot strikes the softer center of the midsole. As you move to uneven trails, your foot occasionally strikes the edges of the midsole, where the foam is denser and offers more support. 11 ounces. $110; montrail.com 1 2last_img read more

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Leuer stars in 1st half, Taylor finishes for Badgers

first_imgThe superhero set the tone early, and the sidekick finished it late. Together, they combined for 49 points, 20 rebounds and 11 assists.That was the story for the Wisconsin Badgers (5-2) Saturday afternoon, as forward Jon Leuer scored 20 of his game-high (and career-high) 29 points in the first half against South Dakota. In the next half, point guard Jordan Taylor cemented the Badgers’ 76-61 win by contributing 14 of his 20 points in the game’s final 15 minutes. Taylor missed the first triple-double in UW history by one assist, finishing with nine and 11 rebounds.“How about that performance”? UW head coach Bo Ryan said of Taylor’s game. “Jordan was definitely the difference-maker.”In the first half, Leuer and the Badgers came out on fire on the offensive end. Against a South Dakota team that it knew would frequently push the ball up the court and take quick shots, Wisconsin took advantage of the many opportunities it saw on the offensive end. The Badgers shot 48.5 percent from the field in the first half, taking three more shots than South Dakota did en route to shooting 46.7 percent.Leuer converted seven of his 13 first-half shot attempts, including five of eight from behind the arc. The 6-10, 228 lb. senior also pulled down three rebounds in the first half, finishing with nine, and equaled his career-high with four blocks.“I definitely worked on [my shot] in the offseason, just trying to improve my shot and make it more consistent,” Leuer said. “But basically, just taking the looks that the defense gives me and trying to make the right reads. Jordan was finding me in some spots, and he penetrates the lane so well that a lot of times, the defense has to collapse on him. It’s mainly just spotting up and getting my feet set and getting down ready to shoot it. I think that’s the biggest difference.”Each team had seven turnovers in the first half, but the Badgers had only two in the second half and the Coyotes had five. Wisconsin also finished with 20 assists, and as a result, the Badgers’ assist-to-turnover ratio of 1.80 on the season surpassed Kansas’ 1.78 as the nation’s best.“We haven’t been one of the best teams in the country as far as taking care of the ball by accident,” Ryan said. “You just follow the rules.”While Ryan was unhappy with the Badgers’ first-half turnovers, the defense surely assuaged those concerns in the second half. The Coyotes scored only 24 points in the second half, and they shot a poor 28 percent from the field and 28.6 percent from three-point range. For the game, South Dakota finished 38.2 percent from the field and 38.9 percent from behind the arc.Taylor was also a big reason for the Badgers’ second half improvement. After shooting 3-6 from the field and 0-2 from behind the arc, Taylor continued his hot shooting with 4-9 and 2-4 in the second half, respectively. The 6-1, 195 lb. point guard also finally got to the foul line in the second half, sinking all four of his attempts.“I was trying to be aggressive and trying to create other opportunities for myself and for my teammates, whatever the defense allows,” Taylor said. “I think we were attacking a little bit.”For Leuer, Taylor’s complete game effort was remarkable.“He showed tonight just how he runs the show,” Leuer said. “Like I said, he’s just able to get in the lane, just cause so many different problems for the defense that they have to help on him. He just makes great decisions with the ball, too. He finds the open guy; he’s just a fun point guard to play with. I’m glad we have him on our side.”last_img read more

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Fred VanVleet injury update: Raptors guard to have thumb surgery, report says

first_imgFred VanVleet is expected to miss more time than originally thought.The Raptors guard is set to have surgery to repair ligament damage in his left thumb, according to The Athletic, and he is expected to miss five weeks.  Toronto Raptors guard Fred VanVleet will undergo surgery for ligament damage in his left thumb and miss approximately five weeks, league sources tell @TheAthleticNBA @Stadium.— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) February 13, 2019The team initially expected the 24-year-old to miss three weeks after suffering the injury in the second quarter of Saturday’s win against the Knicks, however, it appears his time away from the court will be at least two weeks longer. VanVleet, in his third season with the Raptors, is averaging 10.5 points and 4.6 assists in 26.8 minutes per game this season. He had been holding down a key role in Toronto’s rotation as the team continues to manage Kyle Lowry’s recurring back issues.  Related News NBA free agency rumors: Lakers, Rockets, Raptors interested in forward Markieff Morrislast_img read more