UW feeling mile-high after Denver series

first_imgUW\’s Jordy Murray scores on a wrap-around attempt to give the Badgers a 3-1 lead Saturday. Wisconsin would hang on to win 4-3.[/media-credit]In the biggest game of the season, in front of the biggest crowd of the season, Michael Davies helped the Wisconsin men’s hockey team earn its biggest win of the season so far.Davies’ tip of Justin Schultz’s shot from the right boards gave the No. 3 Badgers a 4-3 lead with 6:30 left to play against the No. 1 Denver Pioneers. UW withstood a final barrage by DU to preserve the win Saturday night, breaking a six-game winless streak against the Pioneers.So once the sellout crowd of 15,237 finished counting down the last five seconds of the game, it meant a number of things.First, the Badgers took three of four points from the Pioneers, after skating to a 3-3 tie the night before. It also kept the Badgers in the thick of the WCHA regular-season title race; UW (14-6-4, 10-5-3 WCHA) is one of five teams separated by two points or fewer atop the standings.And as senior tri-captain Ben Street said, it was redemption for blowing a 3-2 lead with 1:56 to play to Denver the night before, and for coming out flat against Colorado College last Saturday.“I think taking three out of four points from Denver is always a good weekend. We had a bit of a sour taste in our mouth coming back from Colorado Springs,” he said. “We just wanted to play our game, we talked before the game, it was about us. We felt [Friday] night that we kind of were a little bit hesitant and wanted to see what they brought.”The Badgers’ win looked much more certain early in the second period.After a Jordy Murray wrap-around goal at the 6:25 mark in the period, UW had a 3-1 lead over DU, a head of momentum and a raucous crowd behind it.But Denver’s Rhett Rakhshani got the Pioneers to within one with an easy goal around a sprawled Brett Bennett to cut the lead to 3-2. An early third period interference penalty on Ben Grotting allowed DU to tie the game when Tyler Ruegsegger ripped a shot that went five-hole on Bennett.The intensity of the game was apparent in the easily visible momentum shifts.More often than not, it seemed either Denver or Wisconsin had the other team on its heels for extended periods of time.“In a game like this, there are these flow and ebbs where one team’s trying to get up, get the advantage, then the other team fights back,” UW head coach Mike Eaves said. “We had to battle back and stop doing those things and get the momentum back on our side.”“It’s about managing those swings and not getting uptight, not getting too nervous,” Street, who scored the Badgers’ first goal of the game, added. “If you need to take a few icings, take a few icings to slow it down. Definitely tonight with us being up and then them coming back to tie it, there was definitely those momentum swings. I thought we did a good job managing that.”The Badgers also managed something they hadn’t been able to accomplish since last February: they scored on DU goaltender Marc Cheverie.Until Blake Geoffrion was able to redirect a Davies tip at 4:31 of the third period in Friday’s game, Cheverie had a 183-minute shutout streak — spanning parts of four games — going over the Badgers.“I think it was good for our confidence; we had a lot of chances there, a lot of shots. After the first period we talked about getting more bodies to the net because Cheverie was seeing the puck too easy,” Geoffrion said. “It was just good to finally see a puck get by him.”That goal would open the floodgates for the Badgers. Down 2-0 early in the third, UW scored two unanswered goals following Geoffrion’s redirection to take a 3-2 lead. Davies took a beautiful feed from Derek Stepan to tie the game at two, and Geoffrion scored his WCHA-leading 17th goal of the season to give the Badgers the advantage.Seemingly just the sight of a puck getting past Cheverie was enough to spark UW’s confidence.“After their first goal, the building started rocking again,” DU forward Anthony Maiani said. “You knew they were going to get momentum going and it’s a tough thing to do. … It was tough, they took us right out of it.”Maiani tied the game with under two minutes and the teams ended up skating to a tie after overtime. UW goaltender Scott Gudmandson made some crucial saves in the extra period to ensure the Badgers would escape the game with at least a point.“I think the result was what you might expect from two top college teams in the hockey world,” Eaves said. “It was an interesting game, I thought we came out and played pretty well, had some good life, had some good scoring chances.”After breaking Denver’s five-game win streak over UW with Friday’s tie, the Badgers made a statement by hanging on for the win Saturday. Wisconsin’s success over the top-ranked team should mean it gets at least a share of first-place votes in the updated USCHO poll for the first time this season.Eaves made references after the win about national title-caliber play from the Badgers, while Street was content to just comment on the team’s growth.“I thought we responded real well tonight, to win the game like that is huge for our team; it shows maturity.”last_img read more

Men’s Basketball: Badgers knock off No. 6 Purdue Boilermakers on Frank Kaminsky night

first_imgThere really is just something special about this Frank Kaminsky guy.On the night the University of Wisconsin men’s basketball team honored Kaminsky by raising his iconic No. 44 jersey up into the rafters, the Badgers managed to produce an even better tribute to Frank The Tank: Upsetting No. 6 Purdue University.From the onset of the first half, things looked completely different than has been the norm during this downtrodden 2017-18 Badger campaign.Half way through the first half, Brevin Pritzl launched a three-pointer from Waukesha that tied the game at 12. Riding the wave of momentum, Pritzl notched a steal on the next play and scored a transition layup to take the lead from the Boilermakers.Men’s Basketball: Badgers look to derail Boilermakers on ‘Frank Kaminsky Night’Wisconsin (11-16, 4-10 Big Ten) will host Purdue (23-4, 12-2 Big Ten) on Thursday night in Madison.  The game will Read…The first half ended with the score all knotted up, 21 a piece.A half time speech from Frank Kaminsky got the crowd going, and the energy wouldn’t leave the building until the last fan left the arena.The second half started off with a huge block by Khalil Iverson, to the delight of the Kohl Center crowd in Madison. With 13:03 remaining in the game, Brad Davison drew a key charge. This signaled much of what was to come as Davison would play a significant role in the underdog victory.Aaron Moesch came up clutch a few minutes later with a hard fought offensive board, which he served up to Davison for an outside shot that set the score at 32-29, Badgers ahead.Men’s Basketball: Badgers leave weekend with mixed results, comeback falls short against MichiganThe University of Wisconsin men’s basketball team (11-16, 4-10 Big Ten) broke a five-game losing streak Thursday, beating Illinois (12-14, Read…Carsen Edwards responded with a three-pointer on Purdue’s next trip down the court to tie the game back up. It seemed like Edwards, who ended the game with 22 points, was able to return fire with the Badgers all night.With 4:58 left, Davison made the play of the night, and one of the smartest plays in NCAA basketball this season. Davison rose up and brought the ball to his shot-pocket, lining up for a three-pointer – then fooled everyone in the building with a brilliant half-pass-half-shot down low to Iverson who flushed it home. This tied the ball game at 43.A travel by Purdue’s big man Isaac Haas led to a smooth Ethan Happ layup, which was followed by a Davison step-back shot that gave Wisconsin a three point lead.With two minutes left, it became clear the Badgers were not losing this game.Men’s Basketball: Wisconsin prepares to take on Illinois in Big Ten matchupWisconsin (10-15, 3-9 Big Ten) will play Illinois (12-12, 2-9 Big Ten) in Urbana-Champaign Thursday at the State Farm Center. Read…Happ called for the ball in the post, and worked the Purdue interior defense down low before laying in a massive layup. Iverson then blocked a Carson Edwards three-point attempt and the game was all but over.Shaky free throws from Happ made things interesting, but after a missed Purdue three with 12 seconds over the game was clinched.Happ led the way for the Badgers with another double double, he would finish the game with 21 points and 12 rebounds.While tournament hopes are still mostly dashed at this point in the season, excitable Badger fans may start to look at Thursday’s effort and wonder if the Cardinal and White can’t bottle this performance and save it for the Big Ten tournament.The University of Minnesota will head to the Kohl Center for the Badger’s next game on Monday.last_img read more

Top seniors named for England’s Euro challenge

first_img Senior champions Cath Rawthore and Jackie Foster are in the six-strong England side for the European senior ladies’ team championship at Siarra Golf Club, Poland, from 30 August to 3 September.  Rawthore, from Cheshire (image © Leaderboard Photography) and Foster, from Hertfordshire, will be joined in the team by Julie Brown of Staffordshire, Karen Jobling of Yorkshire, Helen Lowe of Leicestershire and Katherine Russell of Sussex. Caroline Berry of Bromborough, Cheshire, is the reserve. England’s recent record in this event is excellent, winning the gold medal in 2014 and the silver last year. Brown and Rawthore were members of both those teams and Lowe played in 2015.  The team is composed of the top four players from the senior order of merit and two selectors’ picks. The automatic places were taken by Rawthore, Foster, Jobling and Russell. The players Julie Brown (Trentham) is the British senior champion and topped the England Golf senior order of merit last year. She won the English senior championship in 2014. Jackie Foster (Bishops Stortford) is the English senior stroke play champion and was a semi-finalist in this year’s English senior amateur.  Karen Jobling (Richmond) was runner-up in the English senior amateur and finished 13th in the stroke play. Last year she also figured strongly in both championships. Helen Lowe (Scraptoft) won the 2015 English senior amateur championship and had a top ten finish in the British seniors for the second year in succession. She was seventh in this year’s English stroke play. Cath Rawthore (Sale) is the English senior amateur champion and a past winner of the stroke play title. She won the 2014 British seniors and topped the senior order of merit that year. Katherine Russell (Royal Ashdown Forest) won the 2012 British senior championship, and has played for England in two senior home international matches, helping the team to victory in 2014. She led the qualifiers at this year’s English senior amateur and was ninth in the stroke play. 22 Jul 2016 Top seniors named for England’s Euro challenge last_img read more

Fishing the North Coast: Shelter Cove salmon starting to show

first_imgThe Shelter Cove salmon bite is finally starting to show signs of life. On Monday, a private boater landed four kings just outside the Hat in roughly 150 feet of water. The kings were caught close to the surface and were loaded with krill. On Tuesday, Captain Jake Mitchell of Sea Hawk Sport Fishing boated his first four kings of the season. “There’s a lot of krill showing up and all the fish were plugged with it. If all the bait sticks around, the fishing should only get better,” he said. If …last_img

22-year-old runner collapses at marathon, dies

first_imgKylian Mbappe hints at move away from PSG Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue ‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFP View comments A message seeking comment was left for race officials.Walsh University in North Canton said the Medina woman graduated this spring and had been a member of the women’s soccer team. DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Two-day strike in Bicol fails to cripple transport Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting LATEST STORIEScenter_img CLEVELAND — A 22-year-old woman running in the Cleveland Marathon has collapsed and died.University Hospitals spokesman George Stamatis says Taylor Ceepo collapsed at Sunday’s race and was dead on arrival at the hospital. He couldn’t provide further information because of patient privacy.ADVERTISEMENT Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. The Cuyahoga (cy-uh-HOH’-guh) County Medical Examiner’s Office says the cause of death hasn’t been determined.The Akron Beacon Journal reported that Cristine Torek, a public relations specialist for the marathon, said Ceepo had nearly finished the race when she collapsed. The race’s estimated 15,000 runners were told they could run or walk as temperatures reached into the 80s.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics MOST READ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Catholic schools seek legislated pay hike, too Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess last_img read more

10 months agoReal Madrid coach Santiago Solari: Isco can play anywhere

first_imgReal Madrid coach Santiago Solari: Isco can play anywhereby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveReal Madrid coach Santiago Solari insists he has no set position for Isco.Solari was happy with the midfielder for the 2-2 draw with Villareal.He said, “I believe that Isco’s a player with that much quality that he can operate anywhere on the pitch. “Sometimes it’s not all about making the difference with pace, but rather by using your quality, creativity and technique. “Each player has their own qualities.” About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your saylast_img

Natural Resources minister says new pipelines the answer to oil price problems

first_imgCALGARY, A.B. – Natural Resources Minister Amarjeet Sohi says he shares Albertan’s “frustration” at billions of dollars being lost to the Canadian economy due to oil price discounts linked to export pipeline capacity constraints.But he says Ottawa is focused on finding long-term solutions by getting approval for new export pipelines such as the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion project it bought in August and by pursuing Bill C-69 to reform the National Energy Board.Following a speech at an Energy Council of Canada forum in downtown Calgary, Sohi told reporters the key to building pipelines is building trust in regulatory processes and engaging affected parties early on so that approvals aren’t overturned, as was the case with Trans Mountain. The judge that overturned that project’s NEB approval cited a lack of meaningful consultations with Indigenous people and failure to consider marine environmental impacts.An NEB reconsideration of the identified issues is expected to conclude by February but Sohi said he won’t put a deadline on new Indigenous consultations now underway.Asked about an Alberta request in October for the federal government to support crude-by-rail shipments, Sohi said the Alberta request is being examined by his department but he hasn’t actuallyseen it.“My administration has been engaging with the province of Alberta, their officials and the officials from other provinces to explore options, options that can work, options that are practical to implement and options that will actually give us the ability to transport Alberta resources in a way that needs to be done,” he said.“Those are short-term solutions but the long-term solution ismaking sure pipeline capacity is expanded.”Asked then what options are being considered, he said: “I don’t know what those options are. Officials are engaging with the provincial officials.”last_img read more

Saudi oil cuts deeper than promised IEA

first_imgParis: Saudi Arabia has slashed its oil production by more than promised as part of a pact to boost oil prices, the International Energy Agency said Thursday, while warning of mixed signals for global demand. In its latest monthly oil market report, the Paris-based IEA said production by OPEC kingpin Saudi Arabia dropped to its lowest level in two years in March after the cartel agreed to cuts with Russia and other ex-Soviet states. However the IEA warned that demand fell in developed OECD countries by 0.3 million barrels per day (mbd) in the last three months of 2018 — “the first such fall for any quarter since the end of 2014”. OECD demand “is likely to have fallen again” in the first quarter of this year, it added, “due to weakness in some European economies, with perhaps more to come if there is a disorderly Brexit”. While demand in China, India and the United States grew, the OECD warned that “the oil market shows signs of tightening” amid “mixed signals” over the global economic outlook. In recent months the forecasts for global economic growth have been trimmed back on concerns about the impact of trade disputes, which come as export powerhouse China has been experiencing slower rates of expansion. OPEC production meanwhile fell by 0.55 mbd in March to 30.13 mbd — a four-year low — largely due to cuts in Saudi Arabia and crisis-hit Venezuela, the IEA said. Venezuela is an OPEC member but exempt from the cuts as it struggles with political turmoil, sanctions and repeated power blackouts. After a production glut lead to prices dropping last year, OPEC members and allies including Russia agreed in December to trim production. OPEC states have complied by 153 percent to their pledged production cuts made under the so-called Vienna Agreement, the IEA said. However non-OPEC states in the group have complied at a rate of 64 percent, with Russia lagging behind its target cuts. “Russia continues to adjust output gradually,” the IEA said, adding that “if the producers deliver on their promises, the market could return to balance” in the second quarter of this year. The concerted push to lower prices has been successful, with the price of Brent crude rising from 50 a barrel in December to above 71 in early April.last_img read more

Brazilian Costa defends Spain choice

first_imgMadrid- Atletico Madrid striker Diego Costa defended his decision to represent Spain rather than his homeland Brazil, claiming it was the right thing to do.The 25-year-old’s choice to play for the world champions was confirmed on Tuesday and Costa is now expected to be named in Vicente del Bosque’s squad for two friendly fixtures in November next week.“It was quite a difficult decision to choose between the country where you were born and the country that has given you everything, which is Spain,” he said on Atletico’s website. “I looked at it, weighed it up and the correct thing is to play for Spain because here I have done everything, all that I have in my life and that I have been given has been in this country.“I feel a special love for this country, here I feel very valued for what I do every day and I feel the love of the people.”Costa had also been included in Brazil coach Luiz Felipe Scolari’s preliminary squad for their two friendlies against Honduras and Chile next month.However, Scolari confirmed on Tuesday that Costa was no longer part of his plans and slammed the player’s decision to “turn his back on the dream of millions.”Costa had represented Brazil twice as recently as March in friendly games against Italy and Russia.However, as he hadn’t played a competitive international he was still able to switch his allegiance to Spain.“I want the people to understand that in no moment was I giving up on Brazil,” he added.“I don’t see it like that. Simply that here I feel very valued and played my whole career.“I have family in Brazil, it is where I was born and where, hopefully, I will live once I stop playing football. I hope that the people understand and respect that.”The demand for Costa’s services from two of the favourites to lift next year’s World Cup represents a huge turnaround in the career of a player that only became a first-team regular at Atletico last season.Although he came up through the youth ranks at Barcelona Esportivo Capela in Sao Paulo, his first professional contract was with Sporting Braga in Portugal, whom he joined in February 2006.After joining Los Rojiblancos in 2007, he was farmed out on loan to Celta Vigo, Albacete, Valladolid and finally Rayo Vallecano.However, on his return to Atletico from Rayo last July, he was imbedded into a side on the up since the arrival of coach Diego Simeone in December 2011.Costa struck up a fine partnership with Radamel Falcao and was the top scorer in the Copa del Rey as Atletico won the competition for the first time in 17 years.This season, with Falcao having left to join Monaco, he has become Atletico’s focal point and leads the league with 11 goals in 10 games, three more than Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo.And he also made a huge impact on his Champions League debut last week with a double, including one sensational solo effort, as Atletico continued their 100 percent record in the competition with a 3-0 win at Austria Vienna.last_img read more

Commentary Tressel stands tall against NCAA critics attacking his credibility

Inside and outside of Columbus, there is a crusade-like movement to put an end to the Jim Tressel era at Ohio State. Like King Leonidas in the movie “300,” I’ll lead the charge of the outmanned against the mass of millions who want to take out the OSU football coach. This much is clear already: Tressel is not going to step down neither because of withholding information from the NCAA nor because of any punishment levied against him. If anything, he’s now entrenching himself even deeper as an OSU football coach by refusing to step down while simultaneously increasing the pressure on the administration to fire him. Fortunately for him, athletic director Gene Smith and university President E. Gordon Gee gave him their full support during their press conference March 8. Imagine banning OSU from the inaugural Big Ten Championship Game and a bowl game. Can the NCAA bring itself to do it? So far, the only hit the program as a whole has taken is its reputation in the media. And the media onslaught isn’t forgiving toward Tressel. Sports Illustrated’s Stewart Mandel wrote Monday: “Tressel’s tenure at Ohio State is numbered. It may even be over before the end of the calendar year.” This isn’t really a fresh take. It should have been evident since the original story came out that Tressel intentionally misled investigators in an effort to protect his players and their eligibility. If you didn’t believe he should have been fired a month ago, there’s no reason why Monday’s findings should change your mind. Nor should it increase the likelihood that he gets fired. He did violate his contract, and that is a fireable offense by the terms of his agreement with the university. It’s hard to say that’s honorable. Yet, in defiantly standing against the NCAA, he is honorable. Tressel had the option of sending a dagger into the dreams of a potential national championship season last year. Instead, he’s now daring the NCAA to slam the Buckeye football program. Is he putting the program in jeopardy? Not at all, considering the NCAA’s tendencies. If it proves to be as gutless as it usually is in handing out punishments, then the only one who should — and probably will — get hit hard is Tressel himself. Some media members are speculating that a bowl ban is a potential penalty. That would equate this situation to USC, which received a two-year bowl ban after former running back Reggie Bush received improper benefits. If OSU compliance has been as up-front about the situation as it leads on, there is no lack of institutional control here, unlike at USC. OSU athletics is a sacred cow and a huge moneymaker for the NCAA. With the slew of victories and Big Ten titles under Tressel’s watch, that hit isn’t even enough to make a dent to the people who matter most: potential recruits and current players. To them, Tressel’s legacy and the program’s reputation are as sterling as ever. I know Leonidas and his soldiers meet death in the end, but Tressel will survive this NCAA onslaught. read more