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first_imgThe program cuts, along with additional department and program operating reductions, will reduce the overall athletic budget by nearly $3 million.The school said all scholarships for athletes in the affected programs, including incoming 2020 signings, will be honored.In other sports news affected by the virus outbreak:— Finishers of the virtual Boston Marathon will receive their medals in an Amazon package instead of having a volunteer drape it around their necks on Boylston Street. Runners will have from Sept. 7-14 to complete the 26.2-mile distance and submit proof. There is no time limit, but it must be completed in one continuous run. – Soccer-starved Argentines have found a way to play their beloved sport while social distancing during the coronavirus pandemic. The rules have been altered, and the dazzling end-to-end dashes produced by national legend Diego Maradona are impossible. The system has been dubbed “metegol humano,” or “human foosball.” It involves dividing the field with white chalk into 12 rectangles and restricting each player to a defined space. The ball can be passed across rectangles, and players can dribble inside their areas, but leaving one’s rectangle incurs a penalty. The modified game emphasizes passing and shooting over running and fancy footwork. Flyers’ Lindblom completes treatment for rare bone cancerPHILADELPHIA (AP) — Philadelphia Flyers forward Oskar Lindblom has completed radiation treatments for a rare form of bone cancer. He rang the bell at Abramson Cancer Center at Pennsylvania Hospital, which signifies that he has completed his radiation treatments. The 23-year-old was diagnosed in December with Ewing’s sarcoma, a cancerous tumor that grows in the bones or in the tissue around bones. Lindblom says he’s grateful the cancer was caught early and he’s happy to be alive.COLLEGE FOOTBALLTexas A&M, Jimbo Fisher handed recruiting penalties by NCAACOLLEGE STATION (AP) — The NCAA has put Texas A&M’s football program on probation and coach Jimbo Fisher has been given a six-month show-cause order. MONACO (AP) — World Athletics has frozen the program allowing Russian track athletes to compete internationally after the country’s federation failed to pay a fine on time. The Russian track federation owes a $5 million fine and another $1.31 million in costs for various doping-related work and legal wrangles. World Athletics says it will freeze the work of its Russia task force and its panel for vetting those who want to compete internationally. They will remain shut down until the World Athletics council meets at the end of July.RACIAL INJUSTICE-OKLAHOMA STOklahoma St finds ‘no signs’ of racism in football programSTILLWATER, Okla. (AP) — Oklahoma State’s athletic director says an internal review has found “no sign or indication of racism” in the football program under coach Mike Gundy. Two weeks ago, star running back Chuba Hubbard criticized Gundy for wearing a T-shirt promoting a far-right news channel that has been critical of the Black Lives Matter movement. Gundy apologized. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditMLB NEWSTigers announce partnership with sportsbook operatorDETROIT (AP) — The Detroit Tigers have become the first Major League Baseball team to reach a deal with a sports gambling company, announcing a multiyear partnership with PointsBet. Detroit said the agreement will enhance fan engagement and game-day excitement. Johnny Aitken, CEO of PointsBet USA, says it is the first legal sports betting operator in U.S. history to partner with a Major League Baseball franchise.In other baseball news:– All 30 Major League Baseball teams will train at their regular-season ballparks for the pandemic-shortened season after the Toronto Blue Jays received a Canadian federal government exemption to work out at Rogers Centre. Toronto will move training camp from its spring training complex in Dunedin, Florida. This exemption does not cover the regular season and player travel between the U.S. and Canada. MLB required an exemption to a requirement that anyone entering Canada for nonessential reasons must self-isolate for 14 days. The U.S.-Canada border remains closed to nonessential travel until at least July 21.— The Boston Red Sox are getting ready to open their spring training reboot at Fenway Park. The team is scheduled to hold its first workouts Friday. Weights and exercise equipment were set up in the concourse Thursday to allow players to work out with more social distancing than the usual cramped facilities would allow. Masked grounds crew members worked to get the field ready. Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker was at Fenway to sign an order allowing the Red Sox to open the ballpark without fans.— The Philadelphia Phillies have placed infielder Scott Kingery and pitchers Hector Neris, Ranger Suarez and Tommy Hunter on the 10-day injured list with no specified injuries. The team opens camp on Friday but the four players won’t be eligible to return until late next week at the earliest. The Phillies had seven players test positive for Covid-19 last month, but manager Joe Girardi couldn’t answer whether any of the players were among them because of medical privacy. — Pelicans rookie Zion Williamson says he feels like he’s in good shape as he prepares to help lead New Orleans’ eight-game push to make the NBA playoffs. Williamson says his top priorities include bonding with teammates after the NBA this week allowed team facilities to reopen for mandatory workouts. Williamson says the Pelicans can be “really special” if they are healthy and in sync when the season resumes July 30 in Orlando. Williamson has averaged 23.6 points in 19 games since coming back from a preseason knee injury.— Ja Morant has taken advantage of the NBA’s hiatus and added 12 pounds of muscle, and the NBA’s likely rookie of the year knows exactly what he wants when the Grizzlies go to Orlando. With Morant leading the way, the Grizzlies won four of their final six before the NBA stopped play March 12. Memphis goes into Orlando’s seeding games sitting in the eighth spot in the Western Conference with a 3 1/2-game lead trying to clinch the franchise’s first playoff berth since 2017. The extra pounds not only make Morant stronger, but the guard listed at 6-foot-3 and 174 pounds when play stopped expects he will be able to absorb contact better. – The sudden suspension of the NBA season was a double disappointment for Anthony Davis because it happened on his birthday. Davis is back at work with the Lakers on achieving their interrupted goals after a few homebound months spent largely improving his video game skills. The Lakers were leading the Western Conference and preparing for their first playoff run together when the season stopped. Davis still loves the Lakers’ chances of contending for the franchise’s 17th championship largely because his team is healthy. Davis, LeBron James and the Lakers are gathered for individual workouts this week in preparation for their trip to Orlando.— The coronavirus numbers are rising in Florida and across the NBA. The league says a total of 35 players and staff from the 22 teams that will take part in the rebooted season have tested positive since such checks became mandated on June 23. And statewide, Florida reported more than 10,000 new cases in a single day for the first time. All that news comes less than a week before teams begin arriving at the Disney complex near Orlando.NHL-FLYERS-LINDBLOM — Townsend Bell is putting his own unique twist on “double duty” this weekend. The NBC Sports analyst will call the IndyCar race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway on Saturday before jetting off to Florida to compete in the IMSA sports car race at Daytona. When the IndyCar race ends, a police escort will take him and car owners Jimmy Vasser and James Sullivan to a chartered plane to make it back to Daytona for the 6:10 p.m. start. SOCCER-EQUAL PAYAmerican women hire appeals lawyers in equal pay lawsuitLOS ANGELES (AP) — American women players suing the U.S. Soccer Federation for equal pay have hired a pair of appellate lawyers, even before a trial. Nicole Saharsky and Brian Netter of Mayer Brown joined the legal team on today. Netter is a former clerk of Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer. Players sued in March 2018 under the Equal Pay Act and Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, and they asked for more than $66 million in damages. U.S. District Judge R. Gary Klausner threw out the pay claims in May but allowed discriminatory work conditions allegations to go to trial. That’s scheduled for Sept. 15.FORMULA ONE-HAMILTON-RACISM July 3, 2020 Associated Press Update on the latest sports — “Lift Ev’ry Voice and Sing” will be performed live or played before “The Star-Spangled Banner” prior to each NFL game during Week 1 and the league is considering putting names of victims of police brutality on helmet decals or jersey patches, a person familiar with the discussions told The Associated Press. The person said the league is working collaboratively with players to recognize victims of systemic racism throughout the season in a variety of ways. The person spoke to the AP on Thursday on condition of anonymity because discussions between the league and the NFL Players Association are ongoing.NBA-76ers-SIMMONS76ers’ Simmons recovered from back injury for restartPHILADELPHIA (AP) — Ben Simmons says he’s finally healthy and ready join the Philadelphia 76ers for the NBA restart. Simmons says he’s feeling better now than he did at the start of the season. His last game was Feb. 22 when he took such a hard fall in Milwaukee that he was left lying on his back, vomiting from the pain. He is good to go now and can help the Sixers resume their push to win their first NBA title since 1983. The NBA resumes July 30 at Disney’s ESPN Wide World of Sports complex in Florida.In other NBA news:center_img — Chicago Cubs left-hander José Quintana had surgery to repair nerve damage in his pitching thumb Thursday after he cut himself washing dishes and is out indefinitely. The Cubs said Quintana lacerated his thumb at his home in Miami on Saturday and needed five stitches. He had surgery in Chicago on Thursday morning. The 31-year-old Quintana is expected to resume throwing in about two weeks. The Cubs will then get a better idea of how much time he will miss.— New York Mets hitting coach Chili Davis will keep on working remotely when the team opens summer training camp Friday. 60-year-old Davis won’t be on site at Citi Field for the beginning of practices because of concerns about the coronavirus. Assistant hitting coach Tom Slater will substitute on site for Davis, who lives in Arizona during the offseason. Minor league hitting coordinator Ryan Ellis will assist Slater— Infielder Breyvic Valera has been claimed by the Toronto Blue Jays off waivers from the San Diego Padres. Toronto also placed four players on the 10-day injured list in moves retroactive to Tuesday: right-handers Elvis Luciano and Hector Perez, third baseman Brandon Drury and center fielder Jonathan Davis. The 28-year-old Valera hit .234 in 17 games last season for the New York Yankees and the Blue Jays, who claimed him off waivers on Sept. 20. He hit his first career home run on the final day of the regular season. San Diego claimed him from Toronto on Feb. 12.— Right-hander Max Meyer has agreed to a $6.7 million signing bonus as part of a minor league contract to join the Miami Marlins, and he’ll take part in training camp starting Friday. The deal was for less than his slot value of $7,221,200 as the No. 3 overall pick in last month’s amateur draft. Meyer had a 2.07 career ERA at the University of Minnesota. He’s in the Marlins’ 60-man player pool and could crack their rotation at some point this year.NFL-WASHINGTON REDSKINS-FEDEX TENNIS-FRENCH OPENFrench Open to allow fans in stands at the tournamentPARIS (AP) — The French Open will allow fans to attend this year’s postponed tournament.The French Tennis Federation says up to 60% of the stands can be filled with fans when play starts in September at Roland Garros. Tickets will go on sale on July 16 for the Sept. 27-Oct. Oct. 11 tournament.In other tennis news: Hamilton feels responsibility to push for more F1 diversitySPIELBERG, Austria (AP) — Formula One champion Lewis Hamilton feels it’s his responsibility as a global star to keep pushing for more diversity in his profession and beyond. Hamilton has attended a Black Lives Matter march in London and is setting up a commission to increase diversity in motorsport.RUSSIAN DOPINGWorld Athletics freezes Russia panels because of unpaid fine — The PGA of America is removing Horton Smith’s name from one of its awards because of his history opposing Blacks. Smith is best known as the first winner of the Masters. The Hall of Famer was president of the PGA of America from 1952 to 1954. The PGA of America board decided to rename the Horton Smith Award after a review found that Smith defended the “Caucasian-only” clause while PGA president. The clause was rescinded in 1961. The honor will now be called the PGA Professional Development Award. It’s given to a member for outstanding contributions to professional education.— Chase Koepka gave up a rare chance to play on the PGA Tour by withdrawing from the Travelers Championship out of safety involving the coronavirus. Now the younger brother of Brooks Koepka is being rewarded . The tour is adding Chase Koepka to the field next week for the Workday Charity Open at Muirfield Village. Koepka got into Travelers as a Monday qualifier. He played a practice round with his brother and Graeme McDowell. Their caddies tested positive for the virus. That led Chase Koepka to withdraw to protect the field in case he wound up with the coronavirus.— Cameron Champ was added to the field in the Rocket Mortgage Classic under a modified PGA Tour policy that allows players who test positive for the coronavirus to be eligible if they had no symptoms and get two negative test results at least 24 hours apart. Champ says he does not believe he ever had COVID-19 based on what specialists have told him. The decision to let Champ play on the eve of the tournament was the latest change to an evolving plan as the tour enters its fourth week back from the pandemic-induced shutdown.NASCAR-WATKINS GLENWatkins Glen open again, optimistic for NASCAR weekend UNDATED (AP) — Watkins Glen International is open again for racing in upstate New York.Track president Michael Printup says most furloughed employees have returned to work.Printup says it’s too early to speculate, but if all goes according to plan he estimates the track could host at least 20,000 fans for NASCAR weekend in mid-August. That will snap a string of five consecutive sellouts that has attracted more than 90,000 fans annually. It would still be a welcome boost for the local economy.In other racing news:– NASCAR and IndyCar have come together for an unprecedented weekend of racing at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.IndyCar will start the racing on Saturday afternoon, followed by the Xfinity Series making its debut on the road course. Then NASCAR’s elite Cup Series will race on the oval on Sunday. Fans aren’t allowed to attend what is considered a major milestone for American motorsports. The Aggies were found to have violated recruiting and other rules beginning in January 2018. The NCAA says Fisher and an assistant coach had impermissible contact with a recruit.Fisher was banned from phone calls, emails and texts with prospects for nine days in January. The school was fined $5,000 and given other recruiting restrictions.SPORTS-VIRUS OUTBREAKBoise State cuts baseball, women’s swimmingUNDATED (AP) — Boise State is cutting its baseball and women’s swimming and diving programs as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. — Novak Djokovic says he and his wife have now tested negative for the coronavirus. The top-ranked player tested positive for the virus after playing in an exhibition series he organized in Serbia and Croatia with zero social distancing amid the pandemic. His media team says both had no symptoms and that they were in self-isolation in the Serbian capital since testing positive 10 days ago. Djokovic was the fourth player to come down with the virus after participating in matches held in Belgrade and Zadar, Croatia. GOLF-ROCKET MORTGAGE CLASSICDoc Redman in 3-way tie for lead at Rocket Mortgage ClassicDETROIT (AP) — Doc Redman took a step toward remaining among those to make the cut in every event since the PGA Tour resumed, opening with a 7-under 65 to share a one-shot lead with Scott Stallings and Kevin Kisner in the Rocket Mortgage Classic. Redman closed his first round Thursday with four straight birdies and seven over the last eight holes at the Detroit Golf Club. He went from being a Monday qualifier to finishing second at the inaugural Rocket Mortgage Classic last year. The 22-year-old Redman is shooting to take the next step with his first PGA Tour victory.Elsewhere in the PGA: FedEx asks Redskins to change their nameWASHINGTON (AP) — The title sponsor of the Washington Redskins’ stadium wants the NFL team to change its name. In a statement today, FedEx said they “have communicated to the team in Washington our request that they change the team name”. The company paid the team $205 million in 1999 for the naming rights to FedEx Field in Landover, Maryland. In addition to the stadium name and sponsorship agreement, FedEx CEO Frederik Smith is a minority owner. Majority owner Daniel Snyder has shown no indications he’ll change the name since buying the team in 1999.On Thursday night, Nike appeared to remove all Redskins gear from its online store. The other 31 NFL teams were listed and a search for “Redskins” came up with no results. Nike did not immediately respond to an email message seeking comment.Elsewhere in the NFL:— Fewer preseason games following an offseason without on-field workouts creates more challenges for new coaches, players who changed teams and rookies. The NFL is cutting the exhibition schedule in half and pushing back the start of the preseason to allow teams more time to train because the coronavirus pandemic forced the cancellation of organized team activities and minicamps. Players are strongly considering asking for even fewer exhibition games. Athletic director Mike Holder says Gundy needs to invest more time building relationships with his players. But he says he is confident in his coach.last_img read more

QPR assess strike trio

first_imgQPR are assessing the fitness of forwards Heidar Helguson, DJ Campbell and Jay Bothroyd today.Rangers are hopeful that Helguson will be available for Saturday’s game at Blackburn following a groin problem, which would a timely boost for them given that Djibril Cisse is suspended.Manager Mark Hughes is hoping Bothroyd and Campbell, who have had hamstring problems, will also be able to join the squad.AdChoices广告Hughes should have a clearer idea by this afternoon whether the trio are likely to be fit in time for the match against his former club.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img

Bobb’s double spurs Guyana 5-1 past Antigua and Barbuda

first_imgTRAYON Bobb, netted a double, while Sheldon Holder, Pernell Schultz and Kadel Daniel netted a goal each, as the Golden Jarguars roared past the visiting Antigua and Barbuda last evening at the National Track and Field Centre ,Leonora.It was a ‘must win’ game for Guyana following their back-to-back defeats against Jamaica at home and away in Antigua, but coach Marcio Maximo and his troops showed a glimpse of their destruction once firing on all cylinders last evening.More details in tomorrow’s edition.last_img

Women’s hockey tops Gophers

first_imgAfter losing in their first-ever shootout on Friday, the Wisconsin women’s hockey team (9-0-1) captured some redemption on Sunday, beating rival Minnesota (5-2-1) in a come-from-behind fashion by a score of 2-1.Following a scoreless first period, the Gophers seized the lead on a wrister from the right faceoff circle by freshman center Jocelyne Lamoureux off an assist from senior defenseman Melanie Gagnon. In the period, Wisconsin’s senior goaltender Jessie Vetter stopped 15 shots, as the Gophers outshot the Badgers 16-3.Between the second and third periods, UW head coach Mark Johnson gave the team an ultimatum, according to senior forward Angie Keseley.“Coach gave us the option of whether we wanted to win or lose, and it was up to us,” Keseley said. “He gave us 15 minutes to decide what we wanted to do, so I guess we decided to win the game.”Four-and-a-half minutes into the final period, Keseley received a pass between the circles from senior center and captain Erika Lawler and dropped the puck down to sophomore forward Hilary Knight. Knight’s 13th goal of the year evened the game at one apiece. Keseley was credited with her seventh assist of the year, and Lawler earned her team-high 11th.“I was out in the slot and I got a nice pass from Erika. … I saw Hilary on the back door, and she did a really good job finishing,” Keseley said. “Hilary’s obviously a very good goal scorer, and the [defender] was kind of taking me, so I didn’t think I was going to get my shot through, so I just thought that was the better option.”Then, with 9 1/2 minutes left in the period, sophomore defender Malee Windmeier found Lawler streaking down the ice during a shorthanded situation. Lawler maneuvered around the sole Gopher defender and beat the goaltender to give the Badgers the lead.“I didn’t really have much time to think about it,” Lawler said about the play. “We were killing a penalty and, all of a sudden, the puck was turned over in the middle of the ice and Malee Windmeier [got] it to me right away. The quick transition is really what did it for us; that was a great pass.”Lawler knows that although it’s early in the season, getting the series win was significant for the Badgers.“I think it was really important,” Lawler said. “No one ever likes to get swept, especially by the Gophers. I think it was just good for us because … it shows us we’re right up there with the top teams.”On Friday, 60 minutes of regulation and five minutes of overtime were not enough to determine a victor, leading to the first-ever shootout for UW.In the shootout, in which three players from each team are selected to alternate one-on-one opportunities with the opposing goalie, Minnesota freshman forward Sarah Erickson snuck a wrister by Vetter to win the shootout. All three Badger participants — Knight, freshman center Brooke Ammerman and junior forward Meghan Duggan — were unable to best Minnesota freshman goalie Alyssa Grogan.According to the new shootout rules, the game will be officially recorded as a tie, but Minnesota will receive an extra point in the WCHA standings.The Badgers took the lead late in the first period on Duggan’s fourth goal of the year. Duggan fired a slap shot from the blue line and the puck found its way through heavy traffic in front of the goal. Lawler and Knight were credited with their 10th and fifth assists, respectively.“Their penalty kill had been playing us pretty well,” Duggan said. “I think we just had to work with it a bit, and try to adapt to what they were doing and try to open up some better seams. I just shot it and there was a lot of chaos in front. I think one of their players went down to block it and it got kind of redirected into the back of the net.”The next 30 minutes saw a back-and-forth affair highlighted by superb goaltending. In the second period alone, Vetter stopped 12 Minnesota shots, finishing with 33 saves for the game. Minnesota’s Grogan blocked 14 total shots for the Gophers. It was the first time all season the Badgers were outshot.In the third period, Minnesota freshman forward Monique Lamoureux lit the lamp in a short-handed situation off helpers from her sister, Jocelyne, and senior defenseman Dagney Willey.“In the third period, it seems like we kind of hit a wall a little bit,” Lawler said. “I don’t necessarily know why, but we have to take away that we have to play a full 60 minutes next time, instead of just going out there playing two really solid periods and then an iffy third.”In the extra session, the Badgers were outshot six to one, but neither team was able to capitalize, forcing the shootout. Even though they didn’t come away from the shootout with a win, Duggan said the team enjoyed the new format.“The shootout is a great addition to the WCHA,” Duggan said. “It’s more fun to have a game decided in a win and a loss. I think now that we’re used to the shootouts. … They’ll be fun, and I think it’s a good way to determine a winner and a loser versus just leaving it at a tie.”Vetter, who recorded 60 saves on the weekend, got to see the shootout from a different perspective, but said she enjoyed the experience.“It was fun,” Vetter said. “We didn’t win it, but it was definitely a lot of fun. They got the extra point, and they definitely earned it. But, it’s a good experience and it definitely gets the crowd into it more.”last_img read more

Volleyball: Four straight wins propel Wisconsin toward series with Minnesota

first_imgThe No. 15 Wisconsin volleyball team put on a show this weekend during their East Coast road trip consisting of matches against Rutgers and Maryland.For the seventh and eighth time this season, the Badgers (12-4, 4-2 Big Ten) refused to allow either opponent to win a single match in each of the 3-0 shutout victories.Head coach Kelly Sheffield approved of his team’s performance in the successful campaign.“We got a great weekend again from Lauryn Gillis and Romana Kriskova,” Sheffield said. “For those two, the numbers just keep getting better and better.”As the pair’s numbers have been increasing, so have the numbers in UW’s win column.Thanks to last weekend’s performance, UW is powering forward holding a four-game winning streak, including a victory over a strong conference rival, No. 13 Illinois. The Badgers have now clawed into a three-way tie for third place in the Big Ten standings.As of this week, the Big Ten has eight of the top 25 teams in the entire country, which has led to an excitingly unpredictable and competitive season.Wisconsin’s next matchup will certainly be a challenge as the Badgers look to make it five in a row.Wisconsin will host No. 11 Minnesota (13-3, 5-1) this Wednesday night at 7 p.m. at the UW Field House.When asked about the talent of the Minnesota team during Monday’s news conference, Sheffield described the upcoming battle as a big challenge.“They’re probably playing as well as anyone in the country,” Sheffield said.Similar to the Badgers, Minnesota has been playing well as of late and is also riding a four-game winning streak heading into Wednesday’s night duel.Sheffield said the team’s confidence has grown over the last few weeks.“Confidence is a powerful thing, and when you have it you feel like you can conquer the world,” Sheffield said. “When you watch them, this team believes in themselves.”Wednesday night’s game will be the first meeting of a two-game series between the Badgers and the Gophers. The second game will be at Minnesota and is set to start 8 p.m. Saturday night.last_img read more

Badgers drop two games against tough North Dakota squad

first_imgThe Wisconsin Badgers men’s hockey team (4-4-0, 0-0-0 Big Ten) has been off to a great start in the 2018-19 campaign but was left searching for answers against No. 14 North Dakota (4-2-1, 0-0-0-0 NCHC) this past weekend. The No. 16 Badgers fell to the Fighting Hawks in both games of their doubleheader, getting shut out 5–0 Friday and falling 3–2 in an overtime showdown Saturday night.In the series opener, North Dakota was getting everything they wanted and more, jumping out to an early 1–0 lead on a shot from senior forward Rhett Gardner in just the third minute.Wisconsin closed out the first period nicely, outshooting North Dakota eight to seven. But while Wisconsin was taking shots, the Fighting Hawks were taking open shots. There was no hope for Wisconsin goalkeeper Jack Berry, who gave up another goal to round out the first period, eventually allowing another two in the second period before being pulled.The fault shouldn’t fall solely on Berry, who finished with 11 saves — rather, this was a collective flop from a young Badger defense that has played well as of late. In both games, they simply gave up too many open looks.When asked by University of Wisconsin Athletics about pulling Berry, Head Coach Tony Granato expressed the same view.Men’s Basketball: Badgers victorious despite strong UW-Oshkosh effort in exhibitionThe University of Wisconsin Badgers men’s basketball team defeated their division three opponents, the UW-Oshkosh Titans 82–70 in their lone Read…“We just needed to get him out of there,” Granato said. “The fourth goal obviously wasn’t his fault, so we didn’t want to pull him after that and make it seem like we were blaming him. We waited a couple whistles and wanted to get Daniel [Lebedeff] in there to get some action and get him ready for tomorrow.”The game was pretty much settled by the time Lebedeff entered the game, with Wisconsin trailing 4–0, but North Dakota’s Gardner tacked on one last goal to complete a hat trick and stretch the Fighting Hawk lead to five.Even though Friday night’s opener wasn’t competitive, the series heated up in game two, as Saturday’s entertaining matchup came down to the final seconds of overtime.The Badgers came out firing, as senior Will Johnson netted a crafty pass from senior Seamus Malone within the game’s opening five minutes to give UW a 1–0 lead. The rest of the first period went back-and-forth, with no team earning a clear edge, but the one standout was the absolute wizardry of UW freshman goalkeeper Lebedeff. He finished the game with 30 saves, the highest from a Badger goalie this season, and a .914 save percentage, while making a number of game-changing plays.But it just wasn’t quite enough to keep the lead, as North Dakota got a huge goal in the opening minute of the second period to knot things up at 1–1. The tug-of-war continued into the third, where UW sophomore Tarek Baker tipped in a shot from K’Andre Miller to put the Badgers up 2–1 before North Dakota’s Nick Jones quickly answered to make it 2–2.Football: To spice up midterm election, add referendum on Alex HornibrookVoter turnout among young people has been simply abhorrent, particularly in midterms. Could it be because the last thing a Read…The frustration of the Badgers was obvious, and at the end of the third period, that frustration lead to a five-on-three power play for the Fighting Hawks. Those penalties carried over into OT, and North Dakota took advantage. In the final seconds of the power play, the Fighting Hawks capitalized and got a game-winner out of Jacob Bernard-Docker.In the end, the Badgers couldn’t take an important series on the road against a tough team, but they should not hang their heads. Saturday night’s overtime thriller proved that Wisconsin belongs in the conversation with NCAA hockey’s eliteThe men’s hockey team will be in action again Nov. 9 against No. 8 Minnesota in the first of a two-game set against their Border Battle rival. The series opener can be seen on FOX Sports Wisconsin and heard on 1310 WIBA radio at 7 p.m.last_img read more

Women’s soccer heads to San Jose for College Cup

first_imgThe women’s soccer team heads to San Jose this week for the start of the College Cup, the final two rounds of the NCAA tournament. The No. 7 Women of Troy are among the final four teams standing — winning at home against Eastern Washington, Utah, Texas A&M and Auburn in their earlier ties — and they will face No. 5 Georgetown on Friday for a berth in the championship game.The semifinal against the Hoyas will mark just the second time in program history that USC has competed in the College Cup. The first time came in 2007, when the Women of Troy defeated Florida State in the final to win the National Championship, which remains their only title to date. Finally back in the Cup now, USC will look to make it two-for-two this weekend.The Women of Troy played their final home game of the season last Friday, edging Auburn 1-0 in the quarterfinals. But after playing to a stellar 10-1-1 mark at McAlister Field in 2016, they will now have to leave their friendly confines for their final match (or matches) of the season. Thankfully for them, Avaya Stadium is only a 350-mile-or-so trip from the USC campus. The Hoyas, on the other hand, will have to fly cross-country to attend the Final Four.The Women of Troy will certainly hope the travel slows Georgetown down. Head coach Keidane McAlpine praised the Hoyas’ sharpness on both offense and defense, calling them “the best of both worlds.”“We’re going to have to be on our game for sure,” he said. “They’re on a great run. They bought in and made history, so their energy is way up.”Indeed, Georgetown is in the midst of a very impressive year, having earned its first-ever appearance in the College Cup. Key matches during the regular season included the  double-overtime victory over current No. 1 West Virginia in Morgantown in September, but also the Hoyas’ 0-3 loss to Stanford in August (USC beat the Cardinal 3-0 a month later. In the NCAA tournament, Georgetown edged St. Francis, Rutgers, Virginia and Santa Clara — who beat USC in its season opener three months ago.Given the Hoyas’ impressive list of wins this fall, McAlpine expects a significant challenge for his side on Friday.“They are very, very good in the pressure that they bring to you,” he said. “Their attacking players can beat you by themselves, [and] they can beat you in combinations.”No matter what happens, however, the marathon 2016 season will soon come to an end. So close to the finish line, McAlpine said coaches and players alike were taking time to appreciate the support around them.“As long as the season is sometimes … We enjoy playing and getting back to the root of it all — and that’s each other,” he said. “[We’re] enjoying the ride we’re on.”USC-Georgetown is the second of Friday’s semifinal games and will kick off at 4:30 p.m. After No. 1 West Virginia faces No. 6 North Carolina at 2 p.m. Both matches will be televised on ESPNU. Two sides will then play for the National Championship on Sunday, and the Women of Troy will hope to be there, gunning for their second title.last_img read more

Ampadu Kyei bows out of 4 Garrison Officers Mess Tennis Club

first_imgNew executives have been elected to steer affairs of the 4 Garrison Officers Mess Tennis Club in Kumasi for the next two years.The five- member team, sworn into office over the week-end, is led by Seidu Salifu Abebe, Operations Manager for Activa International Assurance Company, as President. He takes over from Samuel Ampadu Kyei who had been in office for the past four years.Under the leadership of the out-gone President, membership of the club rose from thirty- five to over one hundred.Mr. Ampadu Kyei has asked members of the club to support education of ball boys and girls while seeing to the completion of a changing room and the installation of flood lights at the club court. The upgrade of the court saw it hosting the maiden edition of the National Ranking Tournament, organized by the Ghana Tennis Federation.Mr. Ampadu Kyei is happy about his legacy, as President.‘‘During my time, I have been able to see to the construction of a new club house which will be commissioned soon, and the installation of flood lights at the courts,” he emphasized. He continued,”I am happy to have been able to rebrand the game of tennis in Kumasi, making the club attractive to respected men and women in society.”Meanwhile, the new executives have, resolved to improve on the achievements of their predecessors.last_img read more

March Madness bracket 2019: Final NCAA Tournament field of 68 predictions

first_imgLowdown: Washington didn’t win the Pac-12 tournament, which opened the league up for a second bid with Oregon. That also cost the Huskies any chance of seed respect. They could be lower.  Rest of field No. 9: UCF 23-8, N.C. State 22-11, Baylor 19-13, Ole Miss 20-12  No. 10: Murray State 27-4 (Ohio Valley*), Utah State 28-6 (MWC*), Louisville 20-13, St. John’s 21-12No. 11: Belmont 26-5, Arizona State 22-10, New Mexico St. 30-4 (WAC*), Oregon 23-12 (Pac-12*) No. 12: Saint Mary’s 21-11 (West Coast*), St. Louis 23-12 (Atlantic 10*), Ohio State 19-14, Temple 23-9, Florida 19-15, Seton Hall 20-12No. 13: Liberty 28-6 (Atlantic Sun*), Northeastern 23-10 (Colonial*), Vermont 27-6 (America East*), UC-Irvine 29-5 (Big West*)No. 14: Northern Kentucky 26-8 (Horizon*), Georgia State 24-9 (Sun Belt*), Yale 22-7 (Ivy*),  Old Dominion 26-8 (C-USA*) No. 15: Bradley 20-14 (Missouri Valley*), Colgate 24-10 (Patriot*), Montana 26-8 (Big Sky*), Abilene Christian 27-6 (Southland*)No. 16: Fairleigh Dickinson 20-13 (Northeast*), Iona 16-15 (MAAC*), Gardner-Webb 23-11 (Big South*), North Dakota State 18-15 (Summit*), North Carolina Central 18-15 (MEAC*), Prairie View A&M 21-12 (SWAC*)Bubble teams Oklahoma 19-13, Clemson 19-13, TCU 20-13, Alabama 18-15, South Carolina 16-16, Dayton 21-11, Xavier 18-15, Georgetown 19-13, UNC-Greensboro 28-6; Lipscomb 25-7; Indiana 17-15; Creighton 18-14, Texas 15-15 Sporting News will update these projections as the conference tournament action unfolds. SN’s MARCH MADNESS HQOfficial NCAA Tournament bracket field | Printable bracket(* Denotes automatic bid that has clinched a tournament berth). March Madness 2019 bracket projectionsProjected No. 1 seedsGonzaga 30-3Duke 29-5 (ACC*)Virginia 29-3 North Carolina 27-6Lowdown: Three No. 1 seeds out of the ACC? That seems to be the best bet after Duke won the ACC tournament. The Blue Devils and Cavaliers will be No. 1 seeds. The only question is whether the committee takes North Carolina Michigan State. Projected No. 2 seeds Tennessee 29-5 Michigan State 27-6 (Big Ten*)Michigan 28-5Kentucky 27-6Lowdown: These are the leftovers from the No. 1 line. Michigan State has the best case for a No. 1 among the group. The Spartans have a regular-season and conference tournament championship.CONFERENCE TOURNAMENT BRACKETS:ACC | Big 12 | Big East | Big Ten | Pac-12 | SEC | WCC | AACProjected No. 3 seeds Houston 31-3LSU 26-6Texas Tech 26-6 Florida State 27-6 Lowdown: Houston lost the AAC tournament, but that likely won’t affect their seeding much. Florida State should be on this line ahead of Big Ten regular-season champion Purdue. Projected No. 4 seeds Kansas 25-8 Purdue 24-8 Kansas State 24-8 Auburn 26-9 (SEC*) Lowdown: Of course, Kansas is in position to grab the automatic bid in the Big 12. Florida State also can jump up a line if it beats Duke in the ACC championship game. The Seminoles showed in the victory against Virginia why they are one of the hottest teams in the country. Printable 2019 NCAA Tournament bracketProjected No. 5 seeds Iowa State 23-11 (Big 12*)Virginia Tech 24-8Wisconsin 23-10Villanova 25-9 (Big East*)  Lowdown: The Cyclones shot up the board with a Big 12 conference tournament championship. Projected No. 6 seeds Marquette 24-9Maryland 22-10Cincinnati 28-6 (American*)Buffalo 31-3 (MAC*) Lowdown: Buffalo should be a No. 4 or No. 5, but this is where we think they will end up. Cincinnati does not have a great KenPom ranking, but the Houston win presented an opportunity to move up to that No. 5 line. MORE: When does March Madness start?Projected No. 7 seeds Mississippi State 23-10Nevada 29-4Wofford 29-4 (Southern*)Iowa 21-11Lowdown: Nevada takes the biggest hit for not winning its conference tournament, which likely puts it on the same line as Wofford, which did. The Terriers have a case to be a No. 6. Projected No. 8 seeds Washington 26-8 VCU 25-7Minnesota 21-13Syracuse 22-11 Selection Sunday for the 2019 NCAA men’s college basketball tournament is here. All 32 conference champions have punched their ticket to the NCAA Tournament. The race for the No. 1 seeds is over — it’s all up to the selection committee at this point. Will the ACC get three No. 1 seeds? That’s the big question. last_img read more

Las Vegas native Stephen Zimmerman returns home with Lakers one week after massacre

first_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error EL SEGUNDO — He saw the posts on social media. Friends were running, trying to hide from a hail of bullets that he would later learn were being fired from the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino, into a crowd of 22,000 people.“It’s intimidating,” Stephen Zimmerman said. “It’s scary to think about (the fact) that someone you know has seen something like that. It hurts.”A native of Las Vegas, Zimmerman feverishly texted friends he thought could have been at the outdoor country music festival that on Sunday became the most deadly mass shooting in modern American history.“It feels way more personal,” said Zimmerman, a Lakers center. “It’s one of those things that’s like you never know how it feels until it happens to you and it feels like it happened to me.” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersZimmerman moved to Las Vegas when he was 6 and attended Bishop Gorman High and UNLV before leaving after his freshman year to declare for the draft. He was selected 41st overall by Orlando. After the Magic waived him this summer, the Lakers invited him to training camp, where he is trying to earn a roster spot.A perk of playing for the Lakers was their annual preseason trip to his hometown. On Sunday, the Lakers will face Sacramento at T-Mobile Arena on the Las Vegas Strip, one mile from the site of the shooting that left 58 people dead.Zimmerman’s parents already planned to be at Sunday’s game. What should have been a happy reunion for the Lakers hopeful will instead be a somber return to his city.“That’s something that’s going to affect Las Vegas forever,” he said. “We just want to keep it in our minds and let people know what’s going on to help make a difference.”Word of the shooting first reached Zimmerman on Sunday night when his sister texted to make sure he was safe. Of course, he was hundreds of miles away, preparing for the next morning’s Lakers practice. When he and his girlfriend awoke Monday morning, they began to understand the scale of the rampage.center_img “The first thing I did was text everybody see if everyone was OK,” he said. “I didn’t really have a lot of time because we came here (to practice).”That morning, Coach Luke Walton spoke to the team about the shooting.“We just wanted to keep it in our minds that outside of basketball there are things going on,” Zimmerman said.On Friday, the Lakers and Kings announced that all proceeds from Sunday’s game will be donated to aid efforts for victims and their families, as well as first responders. The donation will be made through MGM Resorts Foundation.“While no one can erase the horrific actions of last Sunday,” Lakers controlling owner Jeanie Buss said in a statement, “we are committed to doing everything we can to help the people of Las Vegas who were affected by this tragedy.”Kings owner Vivek Ranadive added, “To say we are united in grief does not fully convey the sadness we feel as we offer our deepest sympathies and support to those impacted.”GOING FOR BROOKWhile Lonzo Ball’s status for Sunday remains uncertain, the Lakers will be one step closer to full strength. Center Brook Lopez will be in the starting lineup after missing the first three preseason games due to back spasms.Acquired in the pre-draft trade for D’Angelo Russell, Lopez, 29, averaged 20.5 points per game last season while shooting 34 percent from 3-point range.“Brook was showing us that 3-point shot in some of the scrimmage,” Walton said following practice Friday.Ball called him “one of the best big men in the league.”“Any team he goes too,” Ball said, “he’s going to change it. So I’m excited to see him out there.”The Lakers have three exhibition games remaining before opening the regular season against the Clippers on Oct. 19. While Walton has shown a willingness to be patient with the health of veterans like Lopez and Andrew Bogut, he acknowledged Friday a need to integrate them.“We need to get guys gaining some chemistry together,” he said.last_img read more