04.01.2013- Netizen begins serving two-year jail term, journalist freedReporters Without Borders has learned that Sayeed Haeri, a netizen and member of the Human Rights Reporters Committee, was arrested on 12 December after responding to a summons to Tehran’s Evin prison and has begun serving a two-year jail sentence on a charge of anti-government propaganda. Iran: Press freedom violations recounted in real time January 2020 ——–Press freedom violations recounted in real time (January-July 2010) News – Hossein Yaghchi, a journalist with the weekly Aseman, freed on 20 February- Keyvan Mehregan, a contributor to various reformist newspapers, freed on 23 February- Emily Amrai and Nargus Jodaki of the newspaper Arman, freed on 25 February- Akbar Montajabi of the weekly Aseman and Rihaneh Tabtabai of the newspaper Bahar, freed on 26 February – Milad Fadai Asl of the news agency ILNA and Porya Alami of the daily Shargh, freed on 27 February.There were released on bail, which in most cases was set at 200 million toman (about 250,000 euros). Five other victims of the latest wave of arrests are still held. They are Sasan Aghai, Nasrin Takhayori, Saba Azarpik, Pejman Mousavi and Soliman Mohammadi.Reporters Without Borders calls for the immediate and unconditional release of all the journalists and netizens detained in Iran. Help us to achieve this demand by signing our petition. ——————13.02.2013- Recently arrested journalist freed on bailReporters Without Borders has learned that Ali Dehghan, a journalist with the daily Bahar who was arrested at his home on 30 January in a new crackdown on media personnel, was released on bail on 6 February.At least 17 journalists have been arrested since 26 January and warrants have been issued for the arrests of others. Only one other is so far known to have been released. It is Motahareh Shafie of the newspaper Arman, who was freed the day after his arrest on 27 January.Reporters Without Borders is very concerned about the conditions in which the 15 other journalists are being held in Evin prison’s Section 209, which is controlled by the intelligence ministry. They are still in solitary confinement and are being denied all their rights, including family visits and access to a lawyer.——————22.01.2013-Two journalists get provisional releaseReporters Without Borders has learned that Rahim Sarkar, the editor of the weekly Hadiss Ghazvin, was released provisionally on 11 January pending trial after being held since 25 December. And Mohammad Kimyai, one of the weekly’s reporters, was released on bail of 100 million toman (100,000 euros) on 14 January after being held for two weeks.———————–11.01.2013-Six-month jail sentence for talking to foreign mediaReporters Without Borders has learned that, Hossein Karoubi, executive director of the banned daily Etemad Meli and son of its owner, Mehdi Karoubi, was sentenced to six months in prison in July 2012 for talking to foreign media about the mistreatment of prisoners in Kahrizak prison.He was convicted on a charge of “disseminating false information designed to upset public opinion.” Normally reserved for non-political prisoners, Kahrizak was used to hold government opponents after the disputed June 2009 presidential elections and several young detainees reportedly died of their injuries after being mistreated.Etemad Meli was banned on 17 August 2009 for publishing articles about torture and rape in Iranian prisons. Three weeks earlier, on 29 July 2009, Mehdi Karoubi had released an open letter in which he said young detainees were being subjected to grave forms of mistreatment including rape.————– IranMiddle East – North Africa to go further December 20, 2013 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Press freedom violations recounted in real time ( January-December 2013)from 1st January 2013) Organisation —————–Press freedom violations recounted in real time (January-December 2012)———-Press freedom violations recounted in real time (January-December 2011)—–Press freedom violations recounted in real time (July-December 2010) March 18, 2021 Find out more Information and communication technology minister Mohammad Hasan Nami has meanwhile announced that all citizens will be assigned an email address along with their postcode. “With the assignment of an email address to every Iranian, government interactions with the people will take place electronically,” the Guardian newspaper quoted him as saying. A former PhD student in government strategy at Pyongyang University and supporter of outgoing President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, Nami is expected to be replaced soon. News IranMiddle East – North Africa June 9, 2021 Find out more News 20.12.2013 – Six more arrests in continuing crackdownReporters Without Borders has been told that Alireza Darvish, a journalist working for the weekly Amrdad, was arrested at his Tehran home on 9 December by plainclothes policemen, who carried out a search. It is not yet known why he was arrested or where he is being held. RWB has also learned that Revolutionary Guards arrested five young netizens– Roya Irani, Amir Golestani, Fariborz Kardar, Massoud Ghasemkhani and Seid Massoud Seiad Talebi – in early September. Charged by the Tehran prosecutor’s office with “meeting to conspire against national security,” they are still being held in Section 2A of Tehran’s Evin prison and, according to the information obtained by RWB, are being subjected to a great of pressure to make confessions that can be used against them in a trial.—————————-23.10.2013 -Coverage of protests in far-south province censoredReporters Without Borders condemns reinforced media censorship and harassment of news providers in connection with a wave of protests involving thousands of demonstrators in several cities in the far-south province of Hormozgan since 10 October. The media have had to ignore the protests, which were triggered by a decision by President Hassan Rouhani’s government to separate part of the province off into a new administrative entity. More than 100 people, including several news providers, have been arrested in the course of the demonstrations.The demonstrators have also been denouncing the failure of the official media, especially state radio and TV, to cover the protests. The international media present in Iran have also chosen to ignore them for fear of government reprisals. ————————————17.10.2013-Two journalists released on completing jail termsReporters Without Borders has learned that Alireza Roshan, a journalist who worked for the Tehran-based Sufi website Majzooban Nor and the book review section of the newspaper Shargh, was released on 15 October on completing a one-year jail sentence.Arrested during a raid on the website’s office on 8 September 2011, Roshan was also given a four-year suspended jail sentence to follow his year in prison.Several other people who worked for Majzooban Nor – including Reza Entesari, Hamidreza Moradi, Mostafa Abdi,and Afshin Karampour – are still in prison. Four of their lawyers – Amir Islami, Farshid Yadollahi, Mostafa Daneshjo and Omid Behrouzi – were also arrested and jailed.Reporters Without Borders has also learned that Mojtaba Daneshtalab, the editor of the Daneshtalab (http://daneshtalab.ir) blog, was released on 6 October on completing a six-month jail sentence for insulting government officials and Supreme Leader Ali Khameini. He was arrested on 9 April to begin serving the sentence, which was imposed by a court in Apple in January and which also included a fine of 100,000 toman (70 euros). Help by sharing this information RSF_en ———Press freedom violations recounted in real time (June-December 2009) ————————09.10.2013-Two journalists freed, pro-Rouhani journalist arrestedReporters Without Borders welcomes the recent release of a number of prisoners of conscience, including two journalists, and other signs of a political opening since the moderate conservative Hassan Rouhani became president in August.But Reporters Without Borders continues to monitor the situation in Iran closely and to demand the immediate and unconditional release of all the other 40 or so journalists and netizens who are still serving unjust prison sentences.Several prisoners of conscience have been freed or had their sentences considerably reduced since the start of September. Most of them were arrested after Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s disputed reelection as president in June 2009 and some were serving their last months in prison.Reporters Without Borders is particularly relieved to learn of Issa Saharkhiz’s release on 3 October. The editor of several independent newspapers including the now-closed monthly Aftab (Sun), Saharkhiz was arrested on 4 July 2009 and was sentenced two months later by a Tehran revolutionary court to three years in prison on a charge of anti-government propaganda. In August 2011, Saharkhiz was given an additional two-year jail term in connection with his journalistic activities prior to his arrest. He had serious heart problems while detained in Rajishahar prison and had spent the past 20 months in Tehran’s Shariati Hospital. According to Iranian law, he should have been freed in August.Reporters Without Borders has also learned that the journalist Masa Amrabadi was officially released on 18 September. Originally arrested on 14 June 2009 and freed on bail of 200 million toman (150,000 euros) on 22 August 2009, she was sentenced to a year in prison by a Tehran revolutionary court on 14 October 2010. Sentenced to another two years in prison on 9 May 2012, she had been on parole since late June. Her husband Masoud Bastani, a journalist who used to work for the daily Farhikhteghan, is still in Rajishahar prison.Arrested on 4 July 2009, he was tried along with many other journalists in the Stalinist-style mass trials that the government began holding in Tehran in August 2009 and was given a six-year jail sentence.Mostafa Faghihi, the pro-Rouhani editor of the Tehran-based news website Entekhab, was meanwhile arrested on 7 October after responding to a court summons.The summons was issued in connection with a complaint about comments posted on his website referring to the rapprochement between Iran and the United States. He was released on bail of 100 million toman (90,000 euros) yesterday.———————————–16.07.2013-Total of 56 years in prison for seven netizensReporters Without Borders roundly condemns the harsh sentences ranging from seven and a half to 10 years in prison that a Tehran revolutionary court passed on seven contributors to the Sufi website Majzooban Nor on 13 July on charges of anti-government propaganda, insulting the Supreme Leader and endangering national security.Hamidreza Moradi was sentenced to ten years in prison, Reza Entesari was sentenced to eight and a half years, and Mostafa Daneshjo, Farshid Yadollahi, Amir Islami, Omid Behrouzi and Afshin Karampour were each sentenced to seven and a half years.The court also banned all of them from practicing any kind of political or journalistic activity during the first five years after their release. The defendants, who have been held in Tehran’s Evin prison since September 2011, and their lawyers refused to attend the trial on the grounds that it was unfair—————-12.07.2013- Freelance journalist Fariba Pajooh arrested at her Tehran homeReporters Without Borders condemns the arrest of Fariba Pajooh, a freelance journalist who works for reformist newspapers and edits a blog (http://www.after-rain.persianblog.ir). She was arrested at her Tehran home on 9 July after a search by intelligence ministry officials and was taken to Evin prison.Pajooh was able to contact her family to say she was “all right” but did not explain the reason for her arrest. She was previously arrested on 22 August 2009 and was released pending trial on 23 December of the same year after 120 days in solitary confinement in Evin’s notorious Section 209. When finally tried, she was given a one-year suspended sentence for her journalistic activities.—————–08.07.2013-Two netizens arrested for insulting officials on FacebookReporters Without Borders condemns the arrest of two netizens, a 35-year-old woman and a 45-year-old man, by the Iranian cyber-police, the FTA, in the southern city of Semnan for insulting government officials on their Facebook page. “They confessed to their criminal actions under interrogation,” the city’s police chief, Ali Mir Ahmadi, told the Mehrnews agency. February 25, 2021 Find out more Follow the news on Iran News Receive email alerts Call for Iranian New Year pardons for Iran’s 21 imprisoned journalists Detainees who had been let out of prison on various grounds have been told to report back to prison. They include the following journalists and netizens: Bahaman Ahamadi Amoee, Masoud Bastani, Shiva Nazar Ahari and Hossein Ronaghi Maleki. All of them have been told to return to prison by today at the latest.Most of these prisoners had been given medical leave. Maleki, a human rights activist who was arrested on 13 December 2010 and was given a 17-year jail sentence, has undergone several kidney operations and is in extremely poor health. Nonetheless, he has been ordered to return to Tehran’s Evin prison today.A court in Tabriz, the capital of the northwestern province of East Azerbaijan, sentenced Maleki to an additional five months in prison and a fine of 50,000 toman (32 euros) on 29 April on a charge of “endangering public health” for something he did while on medical leave.On 11 August 2012, Maleki participated in an initiative by civil society activists and Internet users aimed at helping the victims of an earthquake in East Azerbaijan, after the authorities blocked the circulation of any information about the disaster for several days. Ten of them were arrested a week later.—————–10.04.2013 – Two bloggers arrestedReporters Without Borders has learned of the arrests of two bloggers in the past two weeks. Mojtaba Daneshtalab, a blogger Daneshtalab, who supports President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, was arrested yesterday to begin serving a six-month sentence on a charge of insulting regime officials and the Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Ali Khameini.Daneshtalab was originally summoned and tried by a Tehran revolutionary court on 10 May 2012, but the prosecutor objected to the outcome. It was when he was tried again in January 2013 that he given the six-month jail term and was fined 100,000 toman (70 euros).He is one several pro-Ahmadinejad journalists and bloggers who have been questioned or prosecuted at the behest of the Tehran state prosecutor for criticizing Ayatollah Khamenei’s allies or taking controversial positions as part of their support for the president. More and more conservative news providers are falling victim to the rivalry between Khamenei and Ahmadinejad factions.Reza Akvanian, a blogger based in the southwestern city of Yasoj who edits the Good Dog Years blog , was arrested on 29 March. After visiting him on 6 April, his family reported that he was in a “deplorable state” and that “his body bears the marks of blows.” It seems he has been mistreated since his arrest with the aim of extracting a confession. He was previous arrested in February 2010 and was given a six-year sentence on a charge of insulting senior government officials.——————-11.03.2013 – Paper closed, journalist arrested, another freed on bailReporters Without Borders condemns the closure of the daily Maghreb today, one day after it published an open letter to the Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, protesting against “illegal and arbitrary newspaper censors.”The closure was ordered by the Press Authorization and Surveillance Commission, an offshoot of the Ministry of Culture and Islamic Guidance.It came five days after Maghreb managing editor, Mohammad Mehdi Emami Naseri, and its political editor, Alireza Aghairad, were arrested at the newspaper by officials from the Tehran prosecutor’s officer, who released them on bail the next day pending trial.Reporters Without Borders has learned that Masoud Kurdpour, a contributor to the Mokeryan news website, was arrested on 8 March after being summoned for interrogation by the intelligence ministry in the northwestern city of Mahabad.This was one day after his brother, Mokeryan editor Khosro Kurdpour, was arrested at his home in Mahabad for still unknown reasons and was taken to a still unknown place of detention.Reporters Without Borders has also learned that Etemad journalist Ehssan Mazandarani, who was arrested at his Tehran home by intelligence ministry officials on 20 February, was released on bail yesterday pending trial.——————————-08.03.2013 – Kurdish journalist arrested, newspaper editor and netizen releasedReporters Without Borders condemns yesterday’s arrest of Kurdish journalist Khosro Kurdpour, the editor of the Mokeryan news website. His family said intelligence ministry plainclothes men with a court warrant arrested him at his home in the northwestern city of Mahabad after carrying out a search.Kurdpour is accused of “publishing reports about the situation of prisoners and human rights.”Mohammad Mehdi Emami Naseri, the editor of the daily Maghreb, was meanwhile released on bail yesterday in Tehran pending trial.Reporters Without Borders has also learned that Hanieh Sate Farshi, a netizen detained since July 2010 and sentenced to seven years in prison on 16 April 2011, was released on 24 February because she is very ill.—–28.02.2013- One journalist arrested, ten “Black Sunday” detainees freed on bailReporters Without Borders has learned that Ehssan Mazandarani, a journalist with the newspaper Etemad, was arrested at his Tehran home on 20 February by intelligence ministry officials, who searched his home and confiscated his computer, hard disks and CDs. Mazandarani was taken to Evin prison.At the same, Reporters Without Borders is relieved that 10 of the “Black Sunday” detainees have been released during the past 12 days pending trial. They are:- Fatemeh Sagharchi, a journalist with the Jamaran website, freed on 16 February- Javad Daliri, the editor of Etemad, freed on 18 February After Hengameh Shahidi’s pardon, RSF asks Supreme Leader to free all imprisoned journalists Originally arrested on 20 December 2009, he was released conditionally on 11 March 2010 on bail of 500 million toman (500,000 euros). In September 2010, a Tehran revolutionary court sentenced him to two and a half years in prison and 74 lashes. An appeal court reduced the sentence to two years in prison six months later.Two other members of the Human Rights Reporters Committee are already in prison. They are Shiva Nazar Ahari, who was arrested on 8 September 2012, and Sayeed Jalali Far, who was arrested on 30 July 2011. Ahari is serving a four-year sentence while Far is serving a three-year sentence.Reporters Without Borders has also learned that Reza Ansari Rad, a journalist who worked for several reformist news outlets, was released on 15 December after being deemed to have completed a one-year sentence on a charge of anti-government propaganda.Imposed in 2010, the sentence was upheld by a Tehran appeal court in March 2012 and Rad began serving it on 4 May. The US Internet surveillance company Blue Coat has again been criticized in a report released by Citizen Lab on 9 July. The Washington Post quotes the report as saying Blue Coat devices used for Internet monitoring have been detected on government and commercial computer networks in Iran, in violation of US regulations banning the sale of such technology to authoritarian regimes.For more information, read: The Enemies of the Internet—————-04.07.2013- Arrested arbitrarily, held incommunicadoReporters Without Borders condemns freelance journalist and netizen Ahmad Asghari’s arbitrary arrest by intelligence ministry officers on 20 June when he tried to interview a political prisoner’s brother in a Tehran park.Asghari, who writes for several Tehran media, was escorted to his home, where the intelligence officers carried out a search and seized personal documents. They then took him away to an unknown place of detention. It is still not known where or why he is being held.Arbitrary arrest and illegal detention are commonplace in Iran. Khosro Kourdpour, a Kurdish journalist who edits the news website Mokeryan, and his brother, Masoud Kourdpour, who writes for the site, were finally brought before a court in the western city of Mahamabad on 26 June after being held incommunicado by the intelligence services for three and half months.After being charged with “publishing information on the situation of prisoners and human rights,” they were transferred to the city’s main prison. They were arrested on 7 and 8 March, respectively.Reporters Without Borders has also learned that Fatemeh Khardmand, a journalist who used to work for the monthly Gozaresh Sanat Chap, has received a one-year jail sentence from a Tehran revolutionary court. Arrested by plainclothes men at her Tehran home on 7 January 2012, she was released on bail of 50 million toman (45,000 euros) three weeks later.——————-27.06.2013 – Blogging cleric released, now faces internal exileReporters Without Borders has learned that Ahmad Reza Ahmadpour, a theologian and editor of the “Silent Echo” website, was released on 22 June after serving almost two years of a three-year jail sentence.Known as the “Blogging Mullah,” Ahmadpour will now have to serve the second part of his sentence, which is ten years of banishment from his home town, the religious city of Qom.Arrested on 18 July 2011, he was given the two-part sentence – three years of jail followed by ten years of internal exile – on 26 September 2011 on a charge of spreading false information about the government.Ahmadpour was previously arrested in December 2009 and was given a one-year sentence on a similar charge. While held, he sent an open letter to UN secretary-general Ban Ki-moon to draw attention to his arrest.24.06.2013-One journalist released, another sentenced to six years in prisonReporters Without Borders is relieved to learn of journalist Jila Bani Yaghoob’s announced release after the authorities deemed that she had completed the one-year jail sentence she received from a Tehran court on 22 October 2010.Bani Yaghoob had been held since 2 September 2012, when she was summoned to Tehran’s Evin prison to begin serving the sentence. She is now subject to a 30-year ban on working as a journalist, the second component of the sentence imposed in October 2010.Bani Yaghoob and her husband, fellow journalist Bahaman Ahamadi Amoee, were originally arrested together on 20 June 2009. Yaghoob was released on bail on 24 August 2009 but her husband remained in detention and was given a five-year jail sentence for articles critical of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s administration.Bani Yaghoob’s “We are journalists” blog was awarded the “Reporters Without Borders Freedom of Expression” prize in 2010 in the BOBs (Best of Blogs) competition that German public broadcaster Deutsche Welle organizes in Berlin. In 2009, she won the International Women’s Media Foundation’s “Courage in Journalism Award” as well as the International Press Freedom Award from “Canadian Journalists for Freedom of Expression.”Reporters Without Borders has meanwhile learned that Foad Sadeghi, the editor of the Baztab Emrooz news website, was released provisionally on 16 June, a month after his arrest on 18 May. Ali Ghazali, the site’s publisher, who was arrested on 4 May, has also been released.Said Madani, a sociologist who had written dozens of articles for independent media, was sentenced by a Tehran court on 18 June to six years in prison followed by 10 years of internal exile in the southern city of Bandar Abass.Madani has been held since 7 January 2012, when plainclothes men arrested him at his Tehran home. He spent a year in solitary confinement in Evin prison’s notorious Section 209.——————————22.05.2013-IRAN – Crackdown on newsWebsites blocked, journalists and netizens under pressureReporters Without Borders condemns a week-old wave of censorship targeting Iranian and international websites in the run-up to the 14 June presidential election. Websites that support various presidential candidates and online services such as Google and Yahoo! have been blocked.The site blocking was indicative of the tension among the various conservative factions prior to yesterday’s announcement by the Guardian Council of the list of approved candidates. The regime began reinforcing its system of Internet filtering on 4 May and network cuts have been becoming more and more frequent since then.Four websites that support outgoing President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s government and provide information about his top aide and preferred candidate, Esfandiar Rahim Mashaei – Meyarnews (http://meyarnews.com/), Roshanaee (http://roshanaee.ir/), Baharana (http://www.baharna.ir/) and Bahaaronline (http://www.bahaaronline.ir/) – were closed on the orders of the Working Group for Determining Criminal Content.The Working Group also ordered the closure of two websites – Aftabnews (http://aftabnews.ir/) and Ayandenews (http://www.ayandenews.com/) – which support former reformist president and current Expediency Council chairman Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, another would-be candidate. The daily newspaper Bar’s website (http://www.baharnews.ir/) has also been inaccessible since yesterday.At the same time, many journalists based in both Tehran and the provinces have been summoned for questioning by the Revolutionary Guards or the intelligence ministry. Most of them support either Mashaei or Rafsanjani, the two most prominent figures whose candidacies were blocked by the Guardian Council yesterday.Journalists who support other independent candidates or government opponents were also summoned and questioned for several hours. During interrogation, they were asked to stop supporting “candidates who do not follow Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei’s line.” Other journalists – mostly former political prisoners – were summoned by the intelligence ministry and told to “choose between prison or taking a vacation until the elections are over.”Foad Sadeghi, the editor of the news Baztab Emrooz, was arrested on 18 May after being summoned by the Tehran prosecutor’s officer. Ali Ghazali, the site’s manager, was already arrested on 4 May.
Ranked third in the nation in multiple preseason polls, the University of Wisconsin wrestling team has a great chance to build on the limited success they found in the NCAA Tournament last year.With a plethora of returning talent, excitement for Wisconsin wrestling leading into the 2019 season is the highest it has been in recent memory. The source of this excitement is Chris Bono, who is entering his second season as head coach for the Badgers.Bono has quickly become one of the Big Ten’s preeminent recruiters with his 2019 recruiting class ranked seventh nationally and third in the Big Ten behind only Rutgers and The Ohio State University — by flowrestling.org.The feature recruits from the 2019 recruiting class include Peter Christensen, Eric Barnett and Kyle Burwick. Flowrestling.org ranked these three wrestlers No. 23, 36 and 48 in the class of 2019. But, top recruits weren’t the only highly sought after wrestlers Bono added to the Badger roster in the offseason.In a blockbuster transfer decision, senior Seth Gross, a star at South Dakota State under former Head Coach Bono, transferred to the Badgers. Gross sought out a transfer after a medical redshirt last season. After much speculation on where he might land, he announced in May he would be reuniting with his former coach in Madison.Other notable transfers joining the Badgers this year include senior Johnny Sebastian, two-time NCAA tournament qualifier for Northwestern, and senior Taylor Watkins from Mizzou. Sebastian was granted a sixth year of eligibility by the NCAA after medically redshirting last season.Wrestling: Two All-American Badgers take on NCAA Championships to cap off successful seasonThe University of Wisconsin wrestling team’s season came to a close this past weekend at the NCAA Championships. Six wrestlers Read…Practice for the Badger wrestlers started Oct. 10, and their first tournament is Battle on the Midway in San Diego against Army, Fresno State and Navy on Nov. 1.The Badgers landed at No. 3 in the Wrestling Insider News 2019-2020 NCAA Tournament Pre-Season Rankings. Let’s take a weight-by-weight look at the Badgers’ potential line up for this upcoming year. Individual rankings referenced are from flowrestling.org’s pre-season rankings.125: At 125, the Badgers have two options — senior Michael Cullen or freshman Eric Barnett. Cullen is a redshirt senior with a career record of 26-28 and the likely starter. Barnett would be more competitive for the Badgers but is likely redshirting this season, in preparation for his self-described quest for four individual national titles.133: Returning national champion and two-time finalist Gross will seek another title to end his storied career. Gross currently holds the No. 1 rank at 133. Gross’s path is slightly easier than it could be as defending 133-pound champion Nick Suriano of Rutgers is moving down to 125 in preparation for the 2020 Olympics.141: Senior Tristan Moran was the starter last year at 141 and managed to qualify for the NCAA Championships. Tristan is ranked No. 11 in preseason rankings but should be a significant threat for All-American status due to his dangerous style and notable wins last season over current No. 2 Nick Lee of PSU and overtime barn-burner pin of No. 3 ranked Mitch McKee of Minnesota.Wrestling: A conversation with Chris Bono in his first offseason as head coachSometimes you don’t have to sit down long with someone to tell what they are all about. For the University Read…149: Senior Cole Martin is another returning starter and mainstay of the Badger roster. Martin is coming off his third NCAA tournament and fourth-place finish at the Big Ten Championships. Ranked No. 12 in the preseason rankings, Martin looks to end his career on a high note with an All-American finish at the NCAA Championships.157: This is one of the big question marks on the Badger roster. Most signs point to sophomore Devin Bahr getting the start for the beginning of the season, but sophomore Garrett Model will be competing for his spot as well. Both have limited varsity experience.165: Two-time All-American junior Evan Wick has been a mainstay for the Badgers at 165 the past two seasons. Wick finished fourth and third at the 2019 and 2018 NCAA Championships respectively. He is ranked third in the nation to start the year and looks to make the finals to best his previous NCAA tournament finishes.174: Redshirt freshmen Tyler Dow and Jared Krattiger are likely contenders for the starting spot at 174 this season. Both posted competitive records in open competition last season with Dow finishing 27-3 and Krattiger 10-2. It will be interesting to see which one secures the starting spot come Nov. 1.184: Johnny Sebastian’s college resume is filled with competitions at 174, but he’ll shoot for success with a new team at a new weight. Sebastian transferred to UW for his sixth season and looks to contest for All-American status in his lone season with the Badgers.197: Taylor Watkins transferred to UW from the University of Missouri, and is likely to lock down the starting spot. It is unclear if freshman Peter Christensen will redshirt or not, but he would likely be competitive at 197 if he competed as he was the No. 1 high schooler in the country at 195 last year.285: Returning All-American sophomore Trent Hillger, who goes by the nickname “Thor,” is looking to improve on his eighth place finish at the NCAA tournament a year ago. Hillger is ranked sixth in the preseason rankings and should be very competitive this year.Wrestling: Head Coach Chris Bono already has eyes set on national titleChris Bono was introduced as the new head coach of the University of Wisconsin wrestling team last month, replacing Badger Read…The Badgers look to have an exciting year. There is plenty of action to watch in person, as the Badgers duel No. 1 Penn State, No. 4 Ohio State and No. 7 Michigan at the UW Field House this year. Hopefully, the Badgers will come away with a top four team trophy to go with their first individual champion since 2010.
Buss is the business whiz behind the branding and sponsorships of the Lakers, the keeper of the glamour franchise she and her five siblings inherited when their father, Jerry Buss, died in February 2013.Her fingerprints are on the reported $3 billion television deal with Spectrum SportsNet and the 120,000-square foot practice facility the team will move into next season. She is admired by executives throughout sports and entertainment.“Everything you look for in a CEO, she has,” Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban said.Yet, when it comes to the most visible and closely watched half of the family business, the Lakers themselves, she has remained hands-off. Her brother, Jim, and general manager Mitch Kupchak run basketball operations, while she handles everything related to the business of the Lakers.It’s a fulfillment of her father’s road map for the Lakers, one that has led the franchise down a rockier path than anyone could have imagined. Now, approaching three years since her brother pledged in an interview to resign in “three or four years” if the Lakers were not “contending for a championship,” Jeanie Buss is on the clock, facing a dramatic decision. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Does the promise shown by coach Luke Walton and the Lakers’ young core absolve Jim Buss and Kupchak for three years of losing, the sort of streak Jeanie Buss said her father “just wouldn’t have tolerated”?For those three years, Jeanie Buss has honored her brother’s timeline.“That’s what he said, so I have to give him his time,” she said. “I have to.”It’s a pledge that might prove to be Jim Buss’ undoing. He said he “wasn’t referring to a certain playoff position” and that the deadline “really wasn’t as clear as people say it is.”“This was quotes from three or four years ago,” he said. “Those were what the path was supposed to be.”On that front, Jeanie Buss has been unequivocal. She said as recently as February that anything less than the second round of the playoffs would qualify as falling short.Therein lies the stark divide between the siblings.Jim Buss said injuries and the Kobe Bryant farewell tour derailed what were otherwise reasonable expectations. He now believes in a different measuring stick.“If I feel that the strides have been made,” Jim Buss said, “and the team is going in a very positive — not just a positive direction — a very positive direction, I don’t see a switch happening.”The two most prominent Buss siblings agree that the season needs to play out before any decisions can be reached.“We’re like every other team that we will play a season and we will assess that season when it’s over,” Jeanie Buss said. “No reason to speculate on any possible changes. It’s a waste of time to speculate.”There is, however, no avoiding the elephant in the room.Few dispute that the Lakers finally have some positive momentum. Walton guided a core of young players to a 10-10 start this season before suffering a December drop-off.They enter their Christmas Day showdown with the Clippers at 11-22, losers of 12 of their past 13 and seemingly headed for a fourth consecutive sub-.500 season.Jeanie Buss, the ultimate decider, has watched this section of history unfold, both from her prominent, lower-bowl seat at Staples Center and from her nest inside the El Segundo headquarters; overlooking, but not overseeing.What comes next is downright Shakespearean.She will decide the professional futures of her brother and Kupchak, who has spent more than 30 years with the organization. She might remove one or both or coerce their resignations. She might be tasked with hiring replacements.Or she can maintain the status quo, effectively making her just as culpable for the basketball decisions from which she has been so strategically separated.Which path best honors the vision of her father? Which option is in the best interest of the Lakers?“To have a decision like that, that is the core of your being,” said Jeff Shell, the chairman of Universal Filmed Entertainment Group and a longtime confidant of the Lakers president. “It’s your family and your business. It’s really tough.“The one thing I’m confident about is she’ll make the decision from a pure standpoint. In other words, what’s best for the long-term health of the Lakers brand in Los Angeles.”Buss is the figurehead of a family enterprise. She leans heavily on those she trusts, but ultimately, she is the boss. One way or another, her fingerprints will soon be all over the team that takes the court at Staples Center.“I think she understands that she has to make decisions that are important for the future of the franchise, for the growth of the franchise,” said Jerry West, who ran the Lakers front office alongside Kupchak until the summer of 2000 and is currently an executive board member with the Golden State Warriors. “She knows she has to do that. And I don’t think she’d be afraid to do that.”Conscience of the fanTo watch Jeanie Buss watch the Lakers is a study of Los Angeles itself. The entire city seems to flow past her seat, one row behind courtside and directly across from the Lakers bench. She is uniquely accessible. Actors stop to chat. Floyd Mayweather pauses for a hug. On one night she is joined by David Hasselhoff, a friend of her father’s; another, it’s Larry David, the “Curb Your Enthusiasm “ star.While some owners hide out in suites, or are escorted to their seats by a ring of beefy security dudes, Buss is among the people, honoring requests for selfies, just another fan who loves the home team.“She’s not wearing a big crown that says, ‘I’m the owner of the Lakers,’” said Tim Harris, the Lakers chief operating officer. “She’s sitting there saying, ‘You want to come up and talk to me? I’m sitting here, season ticket holder in Section 117.’”Her accessibility is reflected in the way she conducts business.“Jeanie is kind of the conscience of the fan,” Harris said. “She’s kind of like the person who’s always going to make sure the fan is represented in the room.”Buss frets over things most wearing suits might not. She laments fans who spent money on Dwight Howard jerseys, only to watch the mercurial center bolt for Houston a year after he arrived. She struggles with the Lakers losing seasons because that isn’t what the organization promised its massive support base.“We created a product that we got our fans used to,” she said, “and now we’re not delivering that same product.”Buss projects an image of comfort, speaking a language that is easily understood. She is someone people you feel you would trust with something you love.“She is very, very kind and very, very nice,” said Shell, who was an executive at Fox when the broadcasting giant held the Lakers television rights, “but she can be tough in business. In the business world, if you try to take advantage of that kindness, you’ll see a tough side to Jeanie that she also has.”Like so many of her traits, that comes from her father.She learned at the feet of Jerry Buss, managing professional indoor tennis and roller hockey teams at The Forum before she became the arena’s president.“I know she watched and paid attention and learned from her dad in every way possible,” said Casey Wasserman, whose sports marketing and talent management firm, Wasserman Media Group, has represented former Lakers. He also counts Jeanie Buss as a close friend.In 1995, Jerry Buss tabbed his daughter an alternate governor, allowing her to attend NBA meetings on behalf of the Lakers. Soon, West was stopping by her office to discuss the direction of the team and explain why certain moves had been orchestrated.“There was a point in time where she sort of went to University of Lakers,” Harris said, “and she started getting her Ph.D. in Lakers.”Over time, she has become one of the most prominent women in sports business.Kathryn Schloessman first met Buss when both were undergraduate students at USC. They sat together in a physics class for non-science majors.Years later, when Schloessman became the president of the Los Angeles Sports & Entertainment Commission, she and Buss teamed up for an annual all-access event at Staples Center.“It’s pretty unique to have somebody who’s so approachable,” Schloessman said. “Sometimes it’s hard to get to the CEO or the president of a team and she’s open all the time.”With the Lakers floundering last season, Schloessman anticipated their event would struggle to sell tickets. Knowing this, Buss, who sits on the commission’s board, recruited Shaquille O’Neal to appear. Tickets sold out.“In what would have been the worst year for our event she made it the best year,” Schloessman said.Buss is not down in the weeds, negotiating the nuts and bolts of contracts, but she is a strong voice in the boardroom. At one point deep in negotiations for the groundbreaking broadcasting deal with what was then Time Warner Cable, Harris said, some within the Lakers organization were arguing over extra provisions that protected the franchise.Buss shut it down and said: “If we’re not going to trust them, then let’s just not be partners.”“It illuminated everything,” Harris said, “because it was very clear-cut. Either we’re going to go with them and trust them and conduct business, but if we don’t think we can trust them, then let’s just not do it.”He said she uses her authority in a responsible, cerebral way.“There’s no bigger, better hammer than Jeanie when it comes to getting something done,” Harris said.When the Lakers partnered with UCLA Health for the new practice facility, it was Buss who went to the team’s medical staff to make sure everyone understood the deal meant changing team physicians and ensured they were comfortable.It’s the same within broader NBA circles.“She has a great relationship with every owner,” Cuban said, “which allows her to discuss issues with any of us and figure out how to get things done. She can relate to people and is a great listener. She is far from mild-mannered. She has no problem taking a position and sticking to her guns, even if it means a lot of owners disagree with her.”Buss sits on the league’s labor committee, which just approved the contentious new Collective Bargaining Agreement with players.“Her dad carried a ton of weight because he wasn’t like the jack-in-the-box, up and down, up and down, up and down, to say things,” Harris said. “The owners know that when she stands up she’s wearing a Laker hat, but she’s not just hammering what’s good for the Lakers is good for the Lakers. Her points often are this is what’s good for the league.”Patient but decisiveOn the day she spoke in her office, Buss had to choke back tears.“It’s hard to hear anybody be critical of my family,” Buss said, “and especially so quickly after losing my father to go …”Her voice began to quiver. She took a long pause.“It just wasn’t what I expected to happen.”She is referring to the losing. The dramatic demise of the supposed super team assembled in the final months of Jerry Buss’ life, the flops that were the moves for Howard and Steve Nash.“She has been patient when lots of others wouldn’t have been with her brother and others during one of the toughest periods in her family’s ownership, which is difficult to do.” Wasserman said. “And she doesn’t get enough credit for that.”She does, however, believe in the future.Jeanie Buss was running holiday errands while the Lakers played in Sacramento the night before, so she wasn’t watching when Walton earned his first career ejection for an entertaining but profane eruption at the officials. She heard about it, and does not mind.“I know his moral compass so well that if he felt that way, he was right,” she says.Walton has visited Buss’ office at least a dozen times, she said, a dramatic shift from the distance kept by former coaches Byron Scott and Mike D’Antoni. The strain was palpable after the Lakers made the surprising, 11th-hour hire of D’Antoni in 2012 when Jackson was anticipating an offer.“I have the ultimate faith in Luke Walton,” she said. “I think he brings the joy of the game, and when you see players play with that joy and that competitiveness, that’s what you fall in love with. He’s just brought all of that.”Walton was hired by Jim Buss and Kupchak. And those two, along with their staffs, were responsible for drafting D’Angelo Russell, Julius Randle and Brandon Ingram in the lottery, and mining Larry Nance Jr. and Jordan Clarkson with later draft picks.On the flip side, the duo has consistently struck out in free agency and struck questionable long-term deals with Timofey Mozgoz and Luol Deng.It presents a quandary for Jeanie Buss.“Obviously, everybody wants to know what she’s going to do,” Wasserman said.Said Schloessman: “She’s not just sitting back waiting for something else to happen. She has a plan and she’s working her plan.”“Her dad was known for making kind of the aggressive, tough decision and not waiting too long,” Shell said. “Jeanie’s like that, too. She doesn’t dither. She makes the decisions pretty quickly.”Jim Buss said he does not believe his sister is concentrating on the future of the front office, but, like him, is waiting to see how the rest of the season plays out.“That’s what she’s supposed to do,” he said, “see the direction of how the front office is going.”He said he and his sister will sit down at the end of the season, like any other year, and evaluate.“It’s hard to comment on something that hasn’t even happened yet,” he said. “We’re assuming that the Lakers will not be in a position for me to stay confident about me staying in that position. You’re trying to predict where we’re going to be. If we end up being the worst bottom three teams, I can say you’re right. But I don’t think we are.”If the Lakers show progress, Buss said, and “the coach is happy with everything the front office is doing,” he does not expect he will be going anywhere. With those caveats, Buss reinforced his earlier point: “I think it would be a big mistake on the Lakers’ part to make any switches.”The organizational structure was designed so Kupchak and Jim Buss could operate freely, that they wouldn’t feel like business dictated basketball, that they were under any pressure to sell tickets. The Lakers lost a franchise-worst 65 games last season, yet 97 percent of the season ticket holders renewed.“What was difficult for me was changing coaches every 18 months,” she said, “changing players. It’s like, OK, where are we going? I can’t find a direction.”When the Lakers are accused of relying only on their history, Buss is mindful of one more lesson from her father.“He was always clear,” she said, “in wanting the organization to evolve and never to be stuck in the past. Keep the standards of the past, but that the game was always going to evolve.”When Jerry Buss first bought the Lakers from Jack Kent Cooke in 1979 and he began doling assignments to his daughter, she said he often told her, “Do things with your touch, Jeanie.”“He gave us freedom,” she said, “and I imagine he said the same thing to my brother. It’s keep moving forward.” EL SEGUNDO >> Beyond the bay window that looks onto the Lakers practice court, the Buss family’s second team was beginning to practice. Jeanie Buss likes to watch the Development League’s D-Fenders from up here, in the office that once belonged to her dad. She knows the players’ stories if not their names, and has a particular fondness for No. 7, Troy DeVries. The 34-year-old shooting guard’s entire professional career, before this season, was spent overseas.She looked out past the 10 championship trophies that line the window, standing sentry for all that happens below.Pointing to an open spot on the credenza, she said, wistfully, “There’s room for one more.”Her voice was scratchy, the remnants of an illness that nearly kept her from attending the Lakers’ loss two nights earlier to the New York Knicks, run by her fiancée, Phil Jackson.