St. Louis VB Teams Knock Off Batesville

first_imgThe 8th grade BMS volleyball team lost to St. Louis in 2 games 10-25; 11-25. Kylie Wanninger had 3 service points. Kylie had 7 good hits and Kelsey Shupe had 5.The teams will be home on Thursday, September 18th as they face South Dearborn. The St. Louis 7th Grade Volleyball team defeated  Batesville in 3 games. 19-25, 27-25, 15-5.STL leading servers were: Harlee Masavage 10/12, 8 pts, 7 aces. Alexa miles 10/12, 8 pts, 5 aces. Phoebe Kroen 9/10, 7 pts, 6 aces & Regina Gerbstbauer with 9/10, 7 pts, 2 aces.Harlee also owned the net with 5/7 kills. Molly Wachsmann also contributed with 2/3 kills.For Batesville, Abby Westerfeld was 12 for 13 serving earning 7 points including 4 aces. Anna Bauer and Sydney Huffner chipped in with 6 and 4 points respectively. Anna had 2 kills on 7 good hits, while Ellie Cassidy had a kill in 4 good hits. Courtesy of STL Coach Julie Laudick and Bulldogs Coach Shelly Prickel.last_img read more

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DirtFest jump starts 2016 season at Salina Speedway

first_imgBy Dusty WiegertSALINA, Kan. — It’s been nearly four years since a spring special opened the season at the Salina Speedway in Salina, Kan.This weekend will mark the second time a special opens the yearly campaign as the April 1 and 2 DirtFest will jump start the sixth season since re-opening in 2011.Five divisions of racing will highlight both days of competition. The Long McArthur IMCA Modifieds, Coors Light IMCA Stock Cars, M&H Motors IMCA Northern SportMods, Auto House Mod Lites, and Budweiser IMCA Hobby Stocks are on the docket for the doubleheader.Friday night’s racing will be presented by Rib Crib of Salina, and will feature a full program of qualifying heat races and feature events. The pit area will open at 4 p.m., grandstands at 5 p.m., hot laps at 6 p.m. and racing at 7 p.m.Saturday’s finale will also feature a full program for all divisions. Everything starts an hour earlier on Saturday, with the pits opening at 3 p.m., grandstands at 4 p.m., hot laps at 5 p.m. and racing at 6 p.m.Admission for adults each day is $10 while kids 15 and under are free with a paying adult. Seniors 55 and older are half-price with ID. Military both current and retired are free with ID. Pit passes will be $30 each day.Long McArthur Ford of Salina will debut as the local IMCA Modified title sponsor for 2016. The division will be racing for $1,000 to win each night with $100 to start the Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot qualifying main event. They will have a $75 entry fee that will cover both days of racing, or a one-day entry fee of $40.The Coors Light IMCA Stock Car division will boast a $750 payday to the winner with $75 to start. There will be a $50 entry fee that will cover both nights or a $30 entry fee for a single night during the weekend.M&H Motors returns to the IMCA Northern SportMod division as the presenting sponsor for 2016. The SportMods, Auto House Mod Lites, and Budweiser IMCA Hobby Stocks will each run for $500 to win per night with $50 to start. They will have a $40 entry fee that will cover both nights of racing, or a one-day entry fee of $25.The last time a spring special kicked off the season was in 2012 when the Spring Fling ran one day out of the two scheduled on April 13th due to bad weather. Jeremy Mills of Garner, Iowa picked up the win in the IMCA Modified division while Jeremy Chambers won the IMCA Northern SportMod feature, Kyle Vanover triumphed in the IMCA Stock Car feature, and Pete Beaumont captured the IMCA Hobby Stock feature.For more information on the Salina Speedway visit www.racesalinaspeedway.com or call 785 292-9220.last_img read more

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Four Argos Named to All-GSC Teams

first_img Share Four Argos Named to All-GSC Teams April 20, 2007PENSACOLA, Fla. – The Gulf South Conference announced the 2007 All-GSC Men’s Golf Team today. West Florida had a league high four players selected to this year’s squad. Matthew Galloway (Valrico, Fla. / Durant HS), David Lingmerth (Tranas, Sweden), and Federico Damus (Posadas, Argentina) were named to the first team. Matthew Berzovich (Longwood, Fla. / Lake Brantley HS) were named to the second team.Galloway has posted five top 10 finishes this year. He has a 71.77 stroke average, which ranks sixth in the NCAA II. Lingmerth posted three top 10 finishes this year, with a 72.06 stroke average. He is ranked ninth in the NCAA II. Lingmerth won the Southeastern Collegiate. Damus posted four top 10 finishes this year, with a 72.78 stroke average. He is ranked 22nd in the NCAA II. Damus won the Nova Southeastern Fall Classic. Berzovich has a stroke average of 73.88. He is ranked 16th in the south region.Seven golfers were named to the first and second teams. This is the first year the All-GSC Teams were selected based on achievements made throughout the 2006-07 season. Previously, golfers made the team based on where they finished in the GSC Tournament. Galloway made the first team last year with his first place finish. Damus finished in a tie for 15th.The GSC Coach of the Year will be awarded to the head coach of the team that wins the GSC Tournament held this Monday and Tuesday, April 23-24 in Hot Springs, ArkPrint Friendly Versionlast_img read more

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Dybala tests positive for COVID-19 for fourth time in six weeks

first_imgRelatedPosts COVID-19: NCAA to revoke erring airlines licence over non-compliance FRSC to Schools: We’ll arrest, prosecute drivers who flout COVID-19 rules Sanwo-Olu: We’re committed to fulfilling promises to Lagosians Argentine international forward Paulo Dybala first revealed his COVID-19 diagnosis in mid-March, but has since tested positive for the virus a total of four times in the past six weeks, according to reports.Dybala confirmed on March 21 that he and his girlfriend Oriana Sabatini had contracted the potentially deadly virus and says that now, nearly six weeks later, he is still feeling the effects, according to Spanish media. The period in which a person is said to recover from the virus was thought to be around two to three weeks for most, but, per reports, Dybala is struggling to shake the virus.Previously he had provided an update on the symptoms he felt after he, along with Juve teammates Blaise Matuidi and Daniele Rugani, were diagnosed.“I had stronger symptoms, I got tired very quickly, when I wanted to train, I was short of breath after five minutes,” Dybala explained.“There we noticed that something was not right and through the tests the club did we were told that we were positive.“From there we had more symptoms, such as cough, tired body and when we slept I felt very cold, but from the club they had told us that we were going to be fine so we had to be calm.” However, he stresses that neither he nor his girlfriend are currently experiencing any symptoms.In contrast to Dybala, teammates Matuidi and Rugani have both been given the all-clear by doctors.Dybala’s new diagnosis comes just days before Serie A teams, including Juventus, are due to resume training amid the postponed season.It is understood that individual training may take place from May 4, with group training commencing on May 18.At that point, it will be decided if there is an opportunity for the season to be completed. “We need to complete all the discussions to ensure that if we do reach that stage, we’ll do so in the utmost safety and security,” former Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte said.“We are passionate about sport and don’t want our athletes to get sick. I’m passionate for football. Like many Italians, I initially found it strange that the championship could be interrupted or suspended but I think that even the most ardent fan understands that there wasn’t an alternative.”Tags: COVID-19ItalyJuventusPaulo Dybalalast_img read more

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Raheem Sterling and Wilfried Bony fire Manchester City to big win

first_img Kompany had been left out by manager Manuel Pellegrini, who was unhappy his captain played for Belgium earlier in the week after missing the five previous City games with a calf injury. But with Sevilla and Manchester United to play in the coming week, it may also have been a sensible precaution and, as City upped their game, that issue became irrelevant. Sterling made it 3-1 just before the half-hour after being released by a superb through-ball from De Bruyne. De Bruyne was then denied himself as Federici tipped a shot onto the bar but City still claimed their fourth before the break. Navas should have taken the honours after racing clear of the defence and rounding Federici but he took too long to shoot and the keeper blocked. Fortunately for City, Sterling was on hand to ram home the rebound. It marked quite a contrast from Sterling’s last appearance at the ground, when he was substituted in the 6-1 win over Newcastle after an ineffective first-half display. This time Yaya Toure made way at the interval, for reasons unclear, although he was recently troubled by a hamstring injury. De Bruyne was later given a rest. Zabaleta forced Federici to save early in the second half and Bony also picked out the keeper. Sterling had two more good chances but first failed to get a shot away and then poked wide. City then stepped off the gas and eased to a routine three points but Bony was not quite finished and tucked home another in the 89th minute. Substitute Kelechi Iheanacho wanted to get in on the act but had a last-gasp effort ruled out for offside. TWEET OF THE MATCH “Sterling is worth every Sterling” – Jan Aage Fjortoft @JanAageFjortoft PLAYER RATINGS Manchester City Joe Hart: 6 Pablo Zabaleta: 6 Eliaquim Mangala: 6 Nicolas Otamendi: 6 Bacary Sagna: 6 Fernandinho: 7 Yaya Toure: 6 Raheem Sterling: 8 Kevin de Bruyne: 8 Jesus Navas: 7 Wilfried Bony: 8 Subs Fernando: 6 Samir Nasri: 6 Kelechi Iheanacho: 7 Bournemouth Adam Federici: 6 Charlie Daniels: 5 Steve Cook: 5 Sylvain Distin: 5 Simon Francis: 5 Matt Ritchie: 6 Andrew Surman: 5 Dan Gosling: 5 Adam Smith: 5 Eunan O’Kane: 5 Glenn Murray: 6 Subs Shaun MacDonald: 5 Josh King: 5 Marc Pugh: 5 STAR MAN Raheem Sterling. What a difference an international break makes. Sterling was taken off at the interval in City’s last outing, the 6-1 home win over Newcastle, having failed to spark. Here – just over a week on from scoring for England – he made an emphatic return to club form, notching a first-half hat-trick to ensure Sergio Aguero’s absence was not so keenly felt. MOMENT OF THE MATCH City’s third goal. After doubts over the legitimacy of the hosts’ opener and an error being key to the second goal, genuine class was what put City 3-1 up as the excellent Kevin de Bruyne played a superb ball through to Sterling, who bamboozled Bournemouth’s defence with some trickery before slotting in. VIEW FROM THE BENCH Although there were some shaky moments, City manager Manuel Pellegrini will be satisfied with another very convincing attacking effort from his side after the demolition of Newcastle – this time achieved without the likes of Aguero and David Silva. Vincent Kompany also sat things out again, kept back as an unused substitute ahead of the midweek visit of Sevilla. As for Bournemouth, they had started the game with admirable fearlessness and their boss Eddie Howe may well argue they should have had a penalty before City’s first goal – and that that effort should have been ruled out for offside. Ultimately, his men were overwhelmed. MOAN OF THE MATCH With them having fallen behind as early as the seventh minute, things were already looking ominous for Bournemouth when goalkeeper Adam Federici – in the team at the last minute after Artur Boruc was injured during the warm-up – added another howler to that he committed for Reading in their FA Cup semi-final defeat to Arsenal in April. This spillage, pounced upon by Wilfried Bony, left the Australia stopper’s new club facing an impossible-seeming task with only 11 minutes gone. He actually pulled off some great saves thereafter, but the damage had been done. WHO’S UP NEXT? Manchester City v Sevilla (Champions League, Wednesday October 21) Bournemouth v Tottenham (Barclays Premier League, Sunday October 25) Raheem Sterling hit a first-half hat-trick and Wilfried Bony struck twice as Barclays Premier League leaders Manchester City overcame promoted Bournemouth 5-1 at the Etihad Stadium. There was a hint of offside about Sterling’s first goal and Bournemouth might have had an early penalty, but Eddie Howe’s side were ultimately overpowered. The first half was played at a frenetic pace and may have been different had referee Mike Dean pointed to the spot when Dan Gosling went down under a challenge from Nicolas Otamendi. But City scored from their first serious attack as Fernandinho’s crossfield ball was headed back by Pablo Zabaleta and helped in the direction of Sterling by Bony. There were suspicions of offside but Sterling swooped to tuck home from three yards. City soon had a second as Bacary Sagna, playing at left-back because of injuries to Gael Clichy and Aleksandar Kolarov, whipped in a cross that Adam Federici could not hold. Federici had only been called into the team at the last moment after Artur Boruc was injured in the warm-up and his unexpected opportunity quickly turned sour as Bony snaffled a gift from close range. City threatened more as Jesus Navas burst clear to tee up Sterling but Andrew Surman produced a fine tackle and Federici then saved from the outstanding Kevin de Bruyne. Bournemouth replied after 22 minutes when Murray let fly from the edge of the area as the City defence, again lacking authority in Vincent Kompany’s absence, backed off. City had needed someone to step up in the absence of injured star striker Sergio Aguero and £49million man Sterling duly rose to the challenge. He and Bony both struck inside the opening 11 minutes and the former Liverpool man added two more after a Glenn Murray reply. Bony wrapped up scoring in the closing minutes. Press Associationlast_img read more

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The Latest: Juventus says forward Paulo Dybala healthy again

first_imgThe money provides charity workers helping those at risk with protective equipment such as surgical masks, goggles, gloves, gowns, gels and thermometers.The Parc des Princes has been operating as a support base for the charity in the Greater Paris region.PSG says club volunteers have helped charity staff “make, assemble and store hygiene kits and health equipment for those most at risk.” More than 2,000 people have benefited from hygiene and household kits.PSG president Nasser al-Khelaïfi says the charity’s “wide-ranging work in many fields is more essential than ever.”___ Real Madrid players Gareth Bale, Luka Modric and Karim Benzema arrived without masks like most of their teammates.The training centers of all clubs were disinfected in the last couple of days. All players and members of the coaching staff are going to be tested for COVID-19 before training can resume.Players will initially train individually. The league wants a training period of about a month before it can restart in empty stadiums. It hopes to resume sometime in June.___Paris Saint-Germain has donated 100,000 euros ($108,000) to the Action Against Hunger charity amid the coronavirus pandemic. May 6, 2020 Two more international golf tournaments for amateurs have been canceled because of the COVID-19 pandemic.The International Golf Federation says the World Amateur Team Championships for men and women — scheduled over two weeks in October in Singapore — have been scratched. The tournament dates to 1958. It was moved in February from Hong Kong because of social unrest.The World Amateur Team is held every other year. The IGF decided not to postpone it until 2021 because of the effect it would create with scheduling problems. It next will be played in France in 2022.Also, the R&A says it has postponed until next year the inaugural Women’s Amateur Latin America Championship. It was scheduled for Sept. 3-6 in Buenos Aires. It now is scheduled for Sept. 2-5 in 2021.___ The Spanish soccer federation is proposing an end to this season’s women’s league because of the coronavirus pandemic.The proposal is expected to be approved by the federation’s board on Thursday.Barcelona was leading the competition at the time it was suspended in March and will be declared champion.No teams will be relegated but the top two from the second division will be promoted.There will be no relegation in the third and fourth divisions but the promoted clubs will come from the winners of playoff matches played without fans. Juventus issued a brief statement Wednesday saying that Dybala’s two latest tests came back negative for COVID-19. The club says Dybala has “therefore recovered and will no longer be subjected to the home isolation regime.”It was reported last week that Dybala was still positive for the disease after several weeks of tests.Juventus and most of the other Serie A clubs are resuming training this week on an individual basis before full team training restarts on May 18.___The New Jersey Devils are donating 10,000 tickets for next season to health care workers with RWJBarnabas. ___The Croatian soccer federation says it wants to restart the season on May 30 with the cup semifinals.The country’s 10-team league is set to resume with all games in empty stadiums on June 6 amid the coronavirus pandemic.The Croatian federation is led by former player and UEFA executive committee member Davor Suker. It says final approval must come from public authorities. Lower-level leagues will not be completed.Dinamo Zagreb leads the league by 18 points over Rijeka with 10 matches remaining. The Latest: Juventus says forward Paulo Dybala healthy again The league says “the working group’s proposals will be presented to the Pro League clubs at the general assembly on May 15.”Club Brugge stands to be awarded the title and qualify for next season’s Champions League if the advice is confirmed. Brugge is currently 15 points ahead of second-place Gent with one game to go before the season-ending playoffs.___The Russian anti-doping agency plans to resume testing this month.CEO Yuri Ganus says testing will start again in the last 10 days of May with a “balanced, selective and focused” approach as the agency tries to make up for a lengthy stoppage. The earliest the league can resume is May 16. The German soccer league is to hold a general meeting with the country’s 36 professional clubs in the top two divisions via video link on Thursday.The Bundesliga was suspended with nine rounds remaining on March 13. The clubs had committed to finishing the season by the end of June.___Belgian Prime Minister Sophie Wilmes says all sporting competitions in the country will remain suspended until July 31 because of the coronavirus pandemic.The Belgian soccer league says it will respect the national security council’s decision. The league recommended last month ending its season with the current standings declared final. The Devils also promised to donate two extra tickets for every season ticket member and plan holder who use credits they earned this year for next year.The NHL team plans to use social media to honor front-line workers fighting the COVID-19 pandemic in New Jersey and across the country. The tribute is called “Stick Taps at 7” and will be broadcast at 7 p.m. It will include videos of players, alumni, coaches, management, front office staff and others saluting doctors, nurses and health care workers.RJWBarnabas Health is a sponsor of the Devils.The owners of the team previously donated money and medical supplies to the RWJBarnabas Health Emergency Response Fund. Josh Harris and David Blitzer are the managing partners of the Devils.___ Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___Juventus has announced that forward Paulo Dybala has recovered from the new coronavirus. Inter Milan has postponed the return of its players to the training field because not everyone on the team has been tested for the coronavirus.Serie A players are set to resume practice this week under a strict set of guidelines amid the pandemic and Inter was slated to restart on Wednesday.But Inter’s Suning Center remains closed and is now expected to reopen at the end of the week.Inter’s team doctor was one of three Serie A physicians who were hospitalized with the virus.Most of the other Italian league clubs are resuming training on an individual basis this week before full team training restarts on May 18. A decision on this year’s U.S. Open is expected in June.___German Chancellor Angela Merkel says the Bundesliga can resume this month amid the coronavirus pandemic.Merkel announced a loosening of a range of containment measures after meeting with the country’s 16 state governors. Pressure to relax the rules had been growing as the rate of daily infections in the country has dropped.Soccer in the country’s top two divisions will be able to resume without spectators and with a range of other conditions designed to prevent another outbreak. Players will be tested and teams will also have to spend time in quarantine before games can restart. ___The head of the Australian Open says various contingency plans are being considered for the Grand Slam tournament scheduled for January 2021. They include scrapping it altogether because of the coronavirus pandemic or allowing just spectators from the host country.Tennis Australia CEO Craig Tiley tells the Australian Associated Press that the “worst-case scenario” is no tournament at all next year.Tiley is the Australian Open’s tournament director. He says organizers have “modeled everything” and tells AAP “our best-case scenario at this point is having an AO with players that we can get in here with quarantining techniques and Australian-only fans.”More than 30 sanctioned tennis tournaments have been postponed or canceled so far because of the COVID-19 outbreak. The French Open was moved from May to September and Wimbledon was called off entirely for the first time in 75 years. Associated Press Four clubs are in contention for the runner-up spot and a place in the qualifying rounds of the Champions League.___Soccer players in Spain are going back to their team’s training camps for the first time since the country entered a lockdown nearly two months ago because of the coronavirus outbreak.Players for Barcelona, Real Madrid and other clubs arrived for medical tests and to start preparing for the return to training this week.The majority did not wear masks or gloves. Lionel Messi and Luis Suárez were among those without masks when they drove into Barcelona’s training center. Antoine Griezmann, Arturo Vidal and Ivan Rakitic had masks on. Aston Villa chief executive Christian Purslow says Premier League clubs have yet to settle on protocols to ensure a safe return to playing during the coronavirus pandemic.The league is trying to find a way to resume in June but group practice sessions have not yet started.Purslow tells talkSPORT radio that “we haven’t got to the crucial protocols that relate to actually playing football. Until we crack the code of making our great contact sports safe then the conversation we’re having is hypothetical.”Aston Villa has joined Brighton and West Ham in expressing public opposition to the current “Project Restart” plan that would see all remaining games played at neutral stadiums.Purslow says “we have six home games left to play so any Villa fan would agree that giving up that advantage is a massive decision for somebody running Aston Villa and I certainly wouldn’t agree to that unless the circumstances are right.” The Turkish soccer league plans to resume on June 12, finish its season by the end of July and host the Champions League final in Istanbul in August.Turkey suspended its soccer, basketball and volleyball leagues because of the coronavirus outbreak on March 20.Turkish soccer federation president Nihat Ozdemir says “we are aiming to end the season on July 26 by playing seven weekends and one weekday game.”Ozdemir says the games will be played without spectators and the Turkish health ministry and its scientific advisory council will determine the conditions and guidelines under which the games will go ahead.___ Testing was suspended at the end of March when Russian President Vladimir Putin asked people to stay home unless they were working in designated essential sectors.Ganus says that during the stoppage “we have been carrying out all the work of a national anti-doping agency except for the testing.” That covers areas such as education, investigations and planning for future tests.Anti-doping work worldwide has come to a near-standstill during the coronavirus pandemic. That has raised fears that some athletes could take advantage and cheat.The Russian agency issued staff with disinfectant wipes and face masks before the stoppage and also offered athletes masks to wear while being tested.___ Villa is in next-from-last place in the Premier League and two points from safety with 10 games remaining.___More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6last_img read more

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Purdue returns to Madison searching for payback

first_imgMATTHEW KUTZ/Herald photoAlthough this weekend’s game between the Big Ten leading Wisconsin Badgers (6-1, 3-1) and the cellar-dwelling Purdue Boilermakers (2-4, 0-3) doesn’t appear to be the most interesting game on the Big Ten slate, it’s far from lacking in the storyline department.One would be hard pressed to find someone who doesn’t remember last year’s game between the two teams, when the No. 10 Badgers took their undefeated record into West Lafayette to battle the No. 5 Boilermakers in their homecoming game.Trailing by 10 points with only minutes left in the game, the Badgers staged an epic comeback, capped off by Scott Starks’ 40-yard touchdown return of Purdue quarterback Kyle Orton’s fumble with 2:36 to play.While Purdue has struggled this season, last year’s setting is somewhat reversed.On Saturday, it’s the No. 19 Badgers’ turn to host homecoming against the unranked Boilermakers.As one of the preseason Big Ten favorites, the Boilermakers have underachieved, going winless in conference play thus far. After opening up the season with two wins, the Boilermakers have lost four straight, including Big Ten losses to Minnesota, Iowa and Northwestern.Even though the Boilermakers are staggering at the moment, UW offensive lineman Joe Thomas is careful not to underestimate their ability.”They’ve had three really close games,” Thomas said. “They took Minnesota to the wire, Northwestern to the wire — they’re a really good team. Many people had them picked to win the Big Ten. They’ve had a few bumps in the road, but basically they have the same defense they had last year and a lot of the same guys back on offense.”It’s true that Purdue is returning a lot of starters on defense from last season — all of them to be exact. However, the defense has been the major weakness for the Boilermakers so far this season.In Big Ten play, the Purdue defense ranks last in pass defense, ninth in rush defense and at the bottom in total defense. That’s not good news for Purdue fans, especially with Wisconsin’s high-powered offense on their plate for this weekend.The Badgers, behind Brian Calhoun and the running game, along with the sudden emergence of John Stocco and the passing game, are second in the Big Ten in scoring at 40.7 points per game.Calhoun’s 959 yards on the ground is good enough for second in the Big Ten to go along with his 14 trips past the goal line.On offense, the Boilermakers are in the middle of a slight quarterback controversy. After a sub-par performance out of starter Brandon Kirsch in last week’s loss to Northwestern, head coach Joe Tiller and company have been practicing both Kirsch and backup Curtis Painter with the first team offense. Currently the Boilermakers have not named a starter for Saturday’s contest. For the Badger defense, which player is under center could play an important role.”They put over 500 yards on the board last week,” defensive coordinator Bret Bielema said. “With that offense in that particular scheme of things, it’s how the quarterback is playing: what he’s doing, what he’s doing well, what he’s not doing well.”For the Badgers, a depleted defensive line and overall struggles with the entire defense remain concerns going into Saturday’s game. In the last two weeks, the defense has surrendered 85 points combined in the loss to Northwestern and the come-from-behind victory in Minnesota.As a result of the now famous punt block by Jonathan Casillas in the closing seconds last weekend, the Badgers are riding a huge wave of momentum into Camp Randall this weekend as the team will try to at least remain tied at the top of the conference standings.So how much will last year’s memorable finish in West Lafayette impact this weekend’s showdown?”I think they remember what happened last year — they were winning with only a few minutes left of the clock,” Thomas said. “Had it not been for the fumble, they probably would have won that game and that’s probably a lot of motivation for them to come back in here for our homecoming and try and beat and get us for what we did to them down in their place last year.”The continually growing rivalry has a distinctive meaning for Bielema and the Badgers.”I think this rivalry is a unique one — it’s mutual respect between Coach Tiller and Coach Alvarez for the way they are,” Bielema said. “They both have a lot of similarities about how they want to build a program. I don’t see it as being a Northwestern rivalry or anything like that. I think it’s a rivalry about ‘Let’s see what you’ve got, I’ve got this.'”last_img read more

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3 things to know from this week in Syracuse athletics

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ 1. Men’s basketball upsets Notre Dame, beats ACC foe Georgia TechSyracuse enjoyed a perfect week against a pair of ACC opponents, soundly beating No. 25 Notre Dame, 81-66, on Thursday and scraping by Georgia tech, 60-57, on Saturday.Trevor Cooney led the way again against the Fighting Irish, finishing with a team-best 22 points against UND. He’s now scored 66 points in his last three contests against Notre Dame, and is shooting at a 53 percent clip in those games. Beat writer Jesse Dougherty offered up his thoughts on what we learned in the upset win, including some thoughts on Tyler Lydon holding the key to open up the Orange’s offense.After Jim Boeheim complained about “horrific” conference scheduling, SU played host again two days later to the Yellow Jackets. Malachi Richardson rose to the occasion and knocked down key free throws in the fourth quarter, and Syracuse received a spark off the bench from Frank Howard.The Orange’s only game this week comes against Virginia Tech at home on Tuesday at 7 p.m.MORE: What we learned from Syracuse’s 60-57 win over Georgia TechAdvertisementThis is placeholder text2. Men’s lacrosse season inches closer with first scrimmagesSyracuse will roll out a heavily revamped team this year after graduating nearly all of its starting lineup from last year. The Orange took the field on Saturday for its first organized games of 2016 and beat Hofstra, 9-8, and Le Moyne, 10-1, in shortened scrimmages closed to the public.Ben Williams appears recovered from his offseason shoulder procedure, and SU’s coaching staff is already toying with the idea of leaving him on the field longer during offensive possession. Last year he often departed the field in favor of an offense-first midfield group, all of which graduated in 2015. Dylan Donahue remains as the primary holdover from last year, in which he led the team in goals, but will be joined by two new faces on the first-line attack.Liam Sheehan | Asst. Photo Editor Comments 3. Women’s basketball splits a pair of conference games to remain in thick of ACC standingsComing off a 28-point loss to Notre Dame on Jan. 21, Syracuse couldn’t of gotten off to a worse start in its next game against No. 14 Louisville. The Orange sunk itself into a 29-point first-half deficit, and never recovered in its 71-53 loss. There were lapses all over the roster for SU, but compounded mistakes by centers Briana Day, Bria Day and Julia Chandler helped put the game out of reach quicker.The Orange rebounded two days later on Wednesday against Boston College, escaping with a 62-61 win. Veteran guards Brittney Sykes and Brianna Butler combined to pour in 35 points, but couldn’t hold off another slow start as the Eagles marched out to a 13-point first-quarter lead. But SU flipped the script by outscoring BC, 25-11, in the second quarter and Briana Day corralled key rebounds in the fourth quarter to allow the Orange to put in the go-ahead point on its last possession.Quick hits1. Terrel Hunt is on a mission to reclaim a sixth year of eligibility to play football.2. Syracuse beat its arch rivals in overtime on Saturday.3. Boeheim publicly addressed his support and appreciation for Dwayne “Pearl” Washington. Published on January 31, 2016 at 12:01 am Contact Connor: cgrossma@syr.edu | @connorgrossmanlast_img read more

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Wisconsin Scrimmage Notes – March 20

first_imgThe Wisconsin football program gave its first preview of the team that will take the field in Camp Randall this fall in a scrimmage open to the media Wednesday. It was a taste of how players are responding to the new coaching staff and scheme that team has experienced in the wake of the overhaul that commenced after the departure of Bret Bielema. Some units shined and a few players may have given an early boost to their stock just three weeks into spring practice.QuarterbackThere is no doubt that the biggest question mark on the offensive side of the ball comes from the quarterback position where head coach Gary Andersen elected to have an open competition for the starting spot.Curt Phillips started the scrimmage off with the first team. His first pass was a long completion to fullback Derek Watt near the sideline. Phillips looked sharp under center in his first drive, capping it off with a 20-plus yard rushing touchdown.Although the starting quarterback will likely not be named yet for some time, Phillips gained some confidence from getting the nod be the first to take snaps Monday.“I try not to make too much of it, but at the same time I look at it as my job until somebody takes it away from me,” Phillips said. “I definitely felt comfortable out there with those guys, I enjoy being out there and I plan on keeping it.”Danny O’Brien was the second gunslinger to take snaps for the offense. The fifth-year senior overthrew his receivers multiple times and seemed to struggle to gain any rhythm in the offense.Stave was next in line for the quarterbacks, starting his drive with an underthrown ball on an out-route that was nearly intercepted by defensive back Peniel Jean. Stave, similar to O’Brien, struggled to find a rhythm with the offense.Houston showed off his arm strength on a few nicely placed passes on 10-yard out-routes and was fairly accurate with his passing.Running BackThe big news in the backfield Monday was the injury sustained from up-and-coming redshirt sophomore running back Melvin Gordon. Gordon rolled his ankle during the scrimmage and spent a majority of his time on the sideline with ice on his ankle.With Gordon out, redshirt junior Jeffery Lewis was given the opportunity to take the bulk of the carries. Lewis took advantage of his chance, ripping off huge chunks of yardage, running right through the middle of the Wisconsin defense.UW offensive coordinator Andy Ludwig was among the people who were impressed with Lewis’ play in the scrimmage.“Yeah [Lewis] had a couple of nice runs up the middle,” Ludwig said. “He needs to be a little more physical at the point of attack, but he popped a couple.”Lewis also benefited from the coaching staff’s decision to give the less experienced players more reps in Monday’s scrimmage, which meant starting tailback James White spent the majority of the time watching.“Yeah, it was nice. I just tried to take advantage of each and every opportunity I got,” Lewis said. “I was taking it one play at a time and not trying to have any mental errors. A lot of credit goes to the offensive linemen for the blocks that they had.”Wide ReceiversWisconsin held a scrimmage that emphasized the ground game on Saturday which opened the door for the offense to put its focus on the passing game Monday and see what the pass catchers could do.With Jared Abbrederis not taking a single snap Monday because Phillips said “he had nothing to prove,” other wide receivers were given the chance to prove they deserve to run routes for the Badgers in the fall.Sophomore wide receiver Reggie Love and redshirt sophomore Jordan Frederick proved their worth on the first drive with both route runners catching long balls from Phillips.“A lot of the [wide receivers] played well today,” Phillips said. “Reggie Love is really coming along, he had a nice catch on the sideline and Jordan Fredrick was playing really well too.”It was a circling door of substitutions for the receivers giving anyone and everyone an opportunity to get some reps with the offense.Defensive LineA rarity in most football games, the defensive line for the Badgers forced back-to-back safeties in today’s scrimmage.“I thought [the pass rush] was better,” Andersen said. “For the first time, as live as we have been, there was a good push in the pocket.”Part of that push came from redshirt sophomore James Adeyanhu, who played in a large majority of the 70-plus snaps during the first scrimmage of the spring. A 6-foot-2, 259-pound defensive lineman from Chicago, Illinois, Adeyanhu is going to be a big part of what defensive coordinator Dave Aranda wants to accomplish this year. “[He has] different areas he has to work on,” Aranda said, “but he’s very talented and will hopefully be a very big part of our defense.”As far as the defense as a whole is concerned, Aranda was more than pleased with the way his team came out and performed.  “I applaud our guys for their want-to and their effort and the amount of time and study that they put into this,” Aranda said after the scrimmage. “A lot of concentration and teamwork goes into this – especially with new coaches and a new defense. It’s going to be a matter of time before we get it down, but today was a good step in the right direction.”LinebackersIf there was one area of concern for the Badger defense it was the fact that the offense, led by Lewis, found a great deal of success running the ball up the middle.“[Being beaten up the middle] really hasn’t been a concern for us,” Aranda said. “We’ve been pretty solid in that area, so I’m going to have to go back and look at the tape and see where our problem areas are.”Senior defensive back, Dez Southward, didn’t seem to think the gaps in the middle of the field were an area of much concern, however. “Come game time, once we’ve all been in the system a little more and know where exactly we are supposed to be a lot of those runs will go for negative yards and we’ll be celebrating on the other side of the ball instead of the offense,” Southward said.In the passing game, however, the linebackers thrived. With senior Conor O’Neill and redshirt junior Michael Trotter being aggressive and making tackles in the backfield as well as in the open field, the group seemed attentive and physical even without veteran inside linebacker Chris Borland, who did not participate in the scrimmage.The aggressiveness that the linebackers played with was also present in other positions on the defensive side of the ball. “I thought [the aggressiveness] was a step up today,” Aranda said. “I think it’s difficult to be aggressive when everything is new and you’re learning on the run because things are happening so fast. So coming out and being aggressive was something we accomplished and wanted to do so that’s something that we can build on as we bring in new things and put guys in new spots to be aggressive and let it rip and there was some of that today.”SecondaryThe most competitive and wide-open position battle on the defensive side of the ball lay in the secondary. Wisconsin’s coaches are still combing the ranks trying to find a player out a group that is generally inexperienced.“The secondary made some plays today and it was great to see,” Andersen said. “Their confidence is growing a little bit and they’re more comfortable in the man coverage which is a positive. The quarters coverage, which is the base coverage that we play, is not a departure at all from what they’ve done for years so there’s a ton of carry over.”As their confidence grows, so does their knowledge of the game and that is something that Southward noticed during today’s scrimmage. “They took some of the things that were really bad in the last scrimmage and improved on them,” Southward said. “We weren’t perfect, but we were a lot better and it’s extremely encouraging.”Redshirt freshman Nate Hammon scored the lone defensive touchdown of the afternoon after he stripped the ball away from fullback Derek Watt and ran it 75 yards for the score. “The ability for us to get the ball out and cause turnovers and score on defense is a big thing,” Andersen said of the touchdown. “I want us to have more energy and juice when that happens. I’d like to see us be a little more excited at times but it’s great when that can happen.”Another bright spot in the secondary was the play of Peniel “PJ” Jean, who is coming back from a broken foot. “I felt really comfortable out there. It’s good to get your confidence back after breaking a foot,” Jean said. In terms of how the secondary as whole can improve between now and the next scrimmage, Jean pointed to the need to working on eye-progression. “Instead of looking at the quarterback the whole time [we should be] keying the receiver because that’s typically how you get beat deep.”As for the competition as a whole, Jean couldn’t be happier with how things are developing. “The competition is fun,” he said with a big smile on his face. “There’s no starting spot for myself or for Darius Hilary yet, so we’re all competing everyday to be the best in the Big Ten and to be the best in the nation.”last_img read more

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Shorthanded Syracuse falls to Green Bay, 79-73, in overtime

first_img Published on November 30, 2019 at 11:10 pm Contact Danny: dremerma@syr.edu | @DannyEmerman Syracuse was 94 feet, a half-court heave and seconds away from escaping with a win. Two free throws by Alisha Lewis with two seconds remaining gave SU a three-point lead. But Green Bay’s Lyndsey Robson’s half-court buzzer-beater forced overtime and salvaged what would’ve been a game-winning 24-13 Syracuse run that started at the end of the third quarter. Syracuse, without leading scorer Kiara Lewis, backup point guard Taleah Washington and backup center Maeva Djaldi-Tabdi — who all fouled out — couldn’t keep up with Green Bay (5-3) in overtime. The shorthanded Orange (4-3) shot 21-for-32 (65%) from the free throw line in the 79-73 loss. Syracuse started the game out on a 6-0 run with back-to-back 3s from Emily Engstler and Gabrielle Cooper. But Green Bay responded with a 13-0 run leading SU head coach Quentin Hillsman to call a timeout. After their 6-5 lead early in the game, the Orange would trail for more than the next 30 minutes of game time. The Orange entered the second quarter behind 20-18, but their offense continued to struggle. Though Kiara Lewis went 3-for-3 from the field in the second quarter, SU scored just 12 points in the period, going into halftime down 37-30. AdvertisementThis is placeholder textA 14-0 Syracuse run between the end of the third and the start of the fourth quarter changed the game. During that stretch, Lewis, Digna Strautmane and Enstler all converted from deep to give SU a 55-49 advantage.While the Orange held Green Bay to one point for the first nine minutes of the fourth quarter, their offense couldn’t extend their lead enough. Two Green Bay 3-pointers with less than a minute left cut the deficit to 57-56. From then on, the teams exchanged free throws until Robson’s overtime-forcing half-court heave. With SU plagued by foul trouble, Lewis, a freshman, stepped up to play 13 minutes. But by playing with a shorter rotation, Syracuse struggled to contain Green Bay guard Caitlyn Hibner, who scored 30 points, including 10 in overtime. Throughout the game, both teams struggled on the offensive end. Green Bay shot 33% compared to Syracuse’s 32% from the field. The Orange coughed up 14 turnovers, which the Phoenix turned into 16 points.Engstler led Syracuse with her fourth double-double of the season, recording 12 points and 16 boards. Lewis and Strautmane both added 16 points.Saturday’s game was the Orange’s final contest in their trip to Victoria, British Columbia for the Greater Victoria Invitational. SU beat Houston in the first round, but lost to No. 3 Stanford, 77-59, on Friday night before falling to Green Bay.  Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

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