BERLIN (AP) — A commission in Germany has ruled that a painting by expressionist Erich Heckel that is in a German art museum was likely unlawfully obtained under the Nazis and should be returned to the heirs of a Jewish historian who once owned it. The commission said Heckel’s “Geschwister,” or “Siblings,” was owned by Jewish historian Max Fischer until 1934, the year before he fled Germany. The 1913 painting ended up back with Heckel, and the artist donated it to the Kunsthalle Karlsruhe museum in 1967. The commission said Tuesday that it had to assume Fischer lost possession of the painting due to Nazi persecution. His heirs have said they plan on donating the piece to the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts.
Press Association Watford boss Quique Sanchez Flores has heaped praise on captain Troy Deeney and backed the striker to score plenty of Premier League goals after he opened his account last weekend. ‘For me at this moment, Troy Deeney is really good,” he said. “The performances from Deeney generally are really good. From the first moment in this league he played like a striker. “Now he is settled, he has put in good performances. His impact on the team is very important. The team-mates, they say, it’s perfect for us because our strikers finally score.” Deeney will almost certainly feature when Watford entertain West Ham on Saturday as the Hornets look to add to the solitary goal they have managed at home in the league this season. Flores has backed Deeney to add to his tally over the course of the campaign and insists it was not something that was weighing on his mind when the goals were not coming. ‘He didn’t have an obsession with how he had not scored,” the Spaniard said. “He’s scoring in the natural way now. He’s scoring because he’s playing well, he’s scoring because he’s close to the box, so finally it comes good. “He is amazing, he is fast and passionate with the work. He is ambitious and he has everything we need. He is a big leader for the team and in the dressing room and has a connection with the strands. “It is important for the strikers to score, he has scored for the first time and we are confident now he will score a lot.” The 27-year-old has played in all 10 of Watford’s league matches this season but it took him until last Saturday’s 2-0 win at Stoke to grab his first top-flight goal having been a consistent scorer in the Championship. Flores always said he would be patient with Deeney, who signed a new deal at Vicarage Road in the summer, and now believes he is going to see the best of the Englishman in the coming weeks.
Following a statement victory against No. 11 Michigan (2-1, 0-1 Big Ten), the Wisconsin Badgers (3-0, 1-0) look to continue their hot start as they host defending Big Ten West champion Northwestern (1-2, 0-1).In a total team effort, Wisconsin dominated Michigan from the outset of last week’s matchup, rolling to a 28–0 halftime lead. Jonathan Taylor shouldered the offensive load, rushing for over 203 yards and two touchdowns.Football: Five takeaways from Wisconsin’s pummeling of MichiganThe University of Wisconsin football team welcomed Head Coach Jim Harbaugh and the Michigan Wolverines to Madison on Saturday and Read…Though cramps forced Taylor to ride the bench for most of the second quarter, the offense didn’t lose a beat. Jack Coan was stoic through the air, completing 13 of 16 passes and scampering for 2 touchdowns. The Badgers also received massive amounts of aid from their defense, sacking the quarterback two times while also causing four turnovers.It would be a mistake for the Badgers to overlook this weekend’s matchup. Northwestern brings a stout defense to Camp Randall, allowing just over 17 points per game. The Wildcats are also battle-tested, competing against power five teams in two of their first three matchups including an out of conference matchup against Stanford.Wildcat junior linebacker Paddy Fisher is the heartbeat of Northwestern’s defense. Starting since freshman year, Fisher is a tackling machine with consecutive seasons over 100 tackles. Fisher received second-team all Big Ten honors his freshman year and was named to the first-team all Big Ten lineup last year.Football: Previewing Big Ten West before major conference gamesThe University of Wisconsin football team (3-0) has looked like a complete team through their first few games of 2019. Read…The biggest area of concern for the Wildcats thus far is the replacement of four-year starting quarterback Clayton Thorson. Clemson transfer Hunter Johnson has struggled mightily trying to fill in for the Wildcats.The redshirt sophomore only completed 48.5 % of his passes for 308 yards with one touchdown and four interceptions through three games. The road doesn’t get easier for Johnson, traveling to Camp Randall to face the nation’s top defense in yards allowed per game with 171.3 and in points per game with 4.7.Badger senior linebacker Zack Baun has been a nightmare for opposing quarterbacks. Baun forced relentless pressure off the edge in early matchups, accumulating three sacks and forcing two fumbles.Wisconsin will be challenged in the secondary as the Badgers are forced to play the first half without two of their starting safeties — Eric Burrell and Reggie Pearson — due to targeting penalties that occurred within five plays of each other against Michigan.Wisconsin hopes to continue their success running the ball as they currently average a whopping 264 rushing yards per game. The return of wide receiver Quintez Cephus has also sparked Wisconsin’s air attack.Football: Return of Cephus brings vitality to Badger air attackBefore the 2019 season began, Badger fans knew little of what they could expect from newly reinstated junior wide receiver Read…The 6’1” junior from Macon, Georgia provides a vertical offensive threat to the Badger offense, catching 11 passes for 205 yards on the year, none bigger than his 26-yard drive-extending 4th down reception last week against the Wolverines.The Badgers cannot afford a letdown performance against Northwestern. With Big Ten powers such as Michigan State, Iowa and The Ohio State University lurking, it is paramount the Badgers take care of business Saturday in order to keep their momentum going.