Badgers split weekend series with Gophers, suffer 1st loss of season

first_imgAll the good things eventually came to an end Sunday, as the Wisconsin women’s hockey team ended its 32-game unbeaten streak in a 3-2 loss to Minnesota at the Kohl Center.The fierce rivalry against the Gophers (5-1-0) remained strong from the teams’ last meeting in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association final face-off last season. The Badgers (5-1-0) fought hard but could not keep up with their border foe Sunday afternoon, despite winning Friday night, 3-2. Saturday’s loss was Wisconsin’s first since Nov. 28, 2010.“It’s no fun to lose; we’re not in the business of losing,” head coach Mark Johnson said. “We had the opportunity to win, and that’s all you can ask for. Unfortunately, we came up a little bit short in [Sunday’s] game.”After falling behind 2-0 in the second period, the Badgers fought back to tie the game. Both goals were scored by senior forward and assistant captain Brooke Ammerman. Just 1:11 after the Gophers’ second goal in the second period, Ammerman found the back of the net, chipping the puck in from the right side.In the third period, Ammerman again got one in from inside the slot at 2:40, making the score even at two. However, Wisconsin could not hold onto the momentum as Gopher forward Amanda Kessel put the puck past UW goalie Alex Rigsby to seal the Badgers’ fate.“I thought we had great momentum. We just had a defensive breakdown and they scored on it,” Ammerman said. “It’s something to learn from.”The ultimate demise of the Badgers came from the lack of energy they displayed on the ice in the first half of the first period, being out-shot 11-2. They struggled to connect and stay composed on the ice, giving way to Minnesota’s first goal.Gophers’ junior defenseman Megan Bozek scored on a shot that sailed past Rigsby at the 11:20 mark in the first period. Freshman forward Meghan Lorence gave the Gophers a two-goal lead at 5:18 in the second period.“The first eight, 10, 12 minutes, it didn’t look like we were going to show up,” Johnson said. “I talked about it before the game that they were going to come out and they were going to push us and be very aggressive, and we didn’t react very well.”Despite the slow start, the Badgers did settle down and generate a comeback. But Minnesota’s defense gave little opportunity to score. With 28 blocks in Sunday’s game and five successful penalty kills, Wisconsin came up short.“We have a lot of young players; we still have to get it all together,” junior defenseman Stefanie McKeough said. “It’s early in the season, so I don’t think anyone is nervous or getting scared about it. They were blocking a lot of our shots. We just needed to find a way to beat their penalty kill, and we get to play them again later in the season.”Friday night was a different story for the Badgers, as they came out strong from the beginning by scoring three goals in the first period. Freshman forward Katy Josephs scored the first goal at the 2:30 mark. Two of the goals came from senior forward and assistant captain Carolyne Prevost. The first goal came off a shot from inside the slot at 3:58 in the first period, and the latter goal from a similar shot inside the right circle that gave the Badgers a 3-0 early lead.“I’m just trying to put the puck on the net, and usually good things happen from that,” Prevost said. “I thought we had a great first shift, and I think we built off that momentum through that whole first period.”Minnesota did fight back and managed to put two goals away. The first came in the second period at 11:11 on a wraparound shot by senior defenseman Anne Schleper that UW goalie Alex Rigsby could not adjust to, and the latter was provided by sophomore forward Kelly Terry at 8:23 in the third period.Nevertheless, the Badgers held onto their lead in a physical battle with their blood rivals to allow them to emerge victorious.“What we talked about between the second and the third period is an opportunity [to] do the little things that are necessary to win a hockey game in the next 20 minutes,” Johnson said after Friday’s game. “Early in the season, it’s nice to see we are able to have a victory. We have points in the bank, and they can’t take them away from us.”last_img read more

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Man City hope to narrow Premier League gap

first_imgIt’s been claimed some of the members of his squad reacted angrily to being told they weren’t playing for him.But Rodgers says that’s not true. Manchester City will hope to narrow the gap on Premier League leaders Chelsea back to six points tonight.They travel to Crystal Palace, with the game kicking off at 8 o’clock.Elsewhere Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has dismissed reports of a “crisis meeting” at the club’s training ground following their 4-1 Premier League defeat to Arsenal at the weekend.last_img

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Liverpool bid for Shane Long reportedly rejected

first_imgThe Reds have offered 8 million pounds sterling for the striker, which Southampton are said to have turned down.   The Merseysiders are ninth in the Premier League table, 8 points off the top four following yesterday’s 1-0 defeat to Manchester United at Anfield.Former Liverpool captain Phil Thompson says the Reds could do with a new forward as they need to improve up front.last_img

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US Open: Venus Knocked out, Djokovic Through to Q-finals

first_imgWorld number 11 Pliskova had three match points on serve to seal the match, but double faulted on the first and went on to lose the game and require a tie-break to progress to the quarter-finals 4-6 6-4 7-6.Also yesterday, Novak Djokovic moved to a 10th successive US Open quarter final with an entertaining straight sets 6-2, 6-1, 6-4 victory over Britain’s Kyle Edmund.Edmund often troubled the world number one with his trademark huge forehands but it wasn’t enough to stop the Serb from cruising to a two set lead in dropping only three games.The third set was a far tighter affair, Edmund hanging in gamely to twice break Djokovic from 2-0 down to move 3-2 ahead.But the Brit couldn’t quite maintain the high level of intensity against such a good retriever. Djokovic responded to break back twice to seal victory.He now moves on to face Jo Wilfried Tsonga the man who he beat to lift his first grand slam title in Melbourne.Tsonga earlier progressed after a 6-3 6-3 6-7(7) 6-2 win against American 26th seed Jack Sock.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Karolina Pliskova came from one set down to knock Venus Williams out of the US Open and ended hopes of a Williams’s sister’s semi-final later in the week.Williams had looked on course for a comfortable straight sets win when she breezed into a one-set lead six games to four.But Pliskova found a way to combat Venus’ game in the second set, producing two consecutive breaks of serve to force a third and deciding set.last_img read more

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Dodgers rally to beat Atlanta Braves in 10 innings

first_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error “It was just a grind for him today,” Roberts said. “It wasn’t that his stuff wasn’t good. But to see the bullpen pick him up, it was a huge win for us.”Adam Liberatore relieved Stripling and struck out Freddie Freeman on four pitches. J.P. Howell threw 1 2/3 innings without allowing a baserunner, matching his longest outing since July 2013. Chris Hatcher (1 1/3 innings), Yimi Garcia (one inning) and Joe Blanton (one inning) got the ball into extra innings while the Dodger offense did its work. The bullpen retired 19 of the 21 batters it faced.Braves starter Julio Teheran was unusually stifling for 5 1/3 innings, giving up only an RBI single by Joc Pederson among six hits.Dodgers third baseman Justin Turner finally knocked out Teheran with a one-out single in the sixth inning. Left-handed reliever Eric O’Flaherty was summoned to pitch to left-handed slugger Adrian Gonzalez and hung the aforementioned sinker. Gonzalez pounded the pitch just to the right of dead-center field, his second home run of the year tying the game, 3-3.Neither team scored again until the 10th inning when Chase Utley led off with a single against Jason Grilli. Then Utley, as is his custom on the basepaths, noticed something he could use to his advantage.“(Grilli) was pretty slow to the plate,” Utley said. “George made us all aware that he could be slow at times. That time we took advantage of it.”Utley stole second and then scored on a line drive to left-center by Turner. The ball, Turner’s second hit of the night, hung up just long enough for rookie center fielder Mallex Smith to fool himself into attempting a diving catch; it dove just quickly enough for Smith to miss the ball off the end of his glove.“Nobody out, you’ve got to tag in that situation,” Utley said. “That was a tough one. That was a tweener. Worst-case scenario it falls in and maybe you get to third. If he catches it, you’ve got to be on third base. That was kind of the mindset.”Yasmani Grandal provided an insurance run with an RBI single and Kenley Jansen locked down his sixth save in as many chances with a 1-2-3 10th inning.Clayton Kershaw can lift the Dodgers to a series win by beating the Braves on Thursday. Roberts knew he had the luxury of going to his bullpen early because he had the game’s best pitcher ready to start the next game. After its performance Wednesday, the Dodger bullpen could use a day off work. ATLANTA >> A hanging sinker over the inside corner. A stolen base in the 10th inning, followed by a rookie mistake. Six and one-third innings of near perfection by the bullpen.Call it a comeback.The Dodgers were rewarded for their persistence on several fronts Wednesday in a 5-3, 10-inning win over the Atlanta Braves. The win wasn’t particularly emotional or even pretty. The teams combined to commit three errors for the second consecutive night.Yet for the Dodgers it served as a reminder of how a little veteran savvy and a good bullpen can go a long way.center_img “It’s just kind of keeping the line moving,” manager Dave Roberts said, his preferred phrase for multi-faceted efforts like Wednesday’s.The Braves jumped on rookie right-hander Ross Stripling for three runs in a short outing. One of the runs was unearned because it was the result of shortstop Corey Seager’s second error in as many days.Though he fell behind in the count more often than he wanted, Stripling wasn’t overly self-critical after the worst of his three major league starts. He gave up six hits, including five singles, and walked two batters in 3 2/3 innings.“My curveball was great,” Stripling said. “Some of the best ones I threw, they fouled ‘em off. That’s how it goes. These guys are major-league hitters.”When Daniel Castro shot a low curveball to the opposite field with the bases loaded, giving Atlanta a 3-0 lead in the fourth inning, Roberts decided he’d seen enough. Stripling handed the game over to his bullpen after a mere 76 pitches. last_img read more

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Villanova isn’t defending NCAA title, but still makes use of championship experience

first_imgINDIANAPOLIS — The team that Tuesday evening walked into Hinkle Fieldhouse wore the uniforms of the team that walked of out the Alamodome last April with the 2018 NCAA championship trophy. Which is not to say this Villanova team is the same one that won the 2018 NCAA Tournament.There are glimpses, though, that remind us of what the Wildcats have been. And then, less than a minute later, Gillespie found himself on the visitors’ bench, yanked from the game as quickly as Wright could turn and tell Booth he’d rested long enough. Because almost immediately after he’d made the game’s decisive buckets, Gillespie rushed upcourt with the basketball in what amounted to a one-man fastbreak, encountered a bit of traffic as he approached the lane and dribbled the ball off his foot and out of bounds.“Just do not get sloppy, and every possession counts,” Wright said. “I didn’t yell at him. We just reminded him and then put him back in. He’s a sophomore, and he really didn’t play a whole lot last year. He’s still learning. Collin’s very coachable. If I thought it would blow his mind I wouldn’t do that.“We’re 6-0, but we would slip because we’re not that dominant. But if we keep getting better … that’s all we can really concentrate on.” NANTAIS: Gonzaga’s Rui Hachimura setting new standard for Japanese basketballPower forward Eric Paschall airballed his first 3-point attempt, then hit four of his next five tries from long distance in only the first dozen minutes of the game. The last of those elevated Villanova from a back-and-forth scuffle against the Butler Bulldogs into a lead the Wildcats never surrendered.Paschall, shooting guard Phil Booth and point guard Collin Gillespie, who played a combined 66 minutes in last year’s NCAA title-game victory over Michigan, contributed 22 of the team’s first 26 points in what eventually became an 80-72 Villanova victory. In a road environment where even the best Villanova teams since the reformation of the Big East have either struggled or fallen, their experience appeared to coerce Butler into playing like the visiting team.Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski, who has a fair amount of experience with moving on after a championship season, always insists there is no such thing as a defending champion, because the title won the previous season is no longer being contested.  But he cannot deny there are reigning champions, and the confidence and understanding Paschall, Booth and Gillespie gained in last season’s biggest games is reflected in the Wildcats’ surprising 6-0 start in conference play.Paschall and Booth, especially.“It’s huge. Even the first few games, they just totally carried us,” coach Jay Wright told Sporting News. “It was old-school, ‘put the team on your shoulder and win it for us.’ Recently it’s gotten to be a little bit more — we’re playing through them, but everybody’s making plays.“Those two, we were playing them 40 minutes and shuffling the young guys in and out, seeing who could give us anything. It’s getting to be different now.”A 6-8 senior, Paschall has scored in double figures in 14 consecutive games, topping the 20-point mark in half of them. He had 14 rebounds in a victory over Providence and 5 assists in a destruction of Connecticut. For the season, he is shooting 38.2 percent from 3-point range.Booth, who played in two NCAA championship games for the Wildcats and was the star against North Carolina in 2016 — he scored 20 points on 6-of-7 shooting after Wright noticed the Tar Heels couldn’t guard him in isolations — is averaging 18.4 points and has topped 20 in four of the six Big East wins.They knew following the title game last April that this season would be different. There was no doubt Jalen Brunson would be leaving after he became the unanimous college player of the year in 2017-18, and Mikal Bridges rose up the mock drafts all throughout the season. But just how dramatic the changes would be was revealed when big man Omari Spellman and 2018 title-game hero Donte DiVincenzo also left for the draft.“It’s just a whole new journey. We’ve got a whole new team, so many different freshman,” Booth told SN. “It’s a great experience because it’s so different. We don’t know where we’re going to get in the season, but we’re just trying to focus on getting better each day, each practice. And these guys buy into it.”MORE: SN’s 2018-19 midseason All-AmericansIt does seem as though this team is more focused on the business of being ready to win each Big East game than even its glorious predecessor. Those Wildcats could better afford to write off a night like they had at St. John’s, or Providence, or Creighton: They still were going to be a No. 1 seed. They were better than everyone else. These Wildcats need every win they can get to build toward a Big East championship, and to paper over the damage from an 8-4 start that included losses to Penn and Furman and a November evisceration administered by last year’s NCAA runner-up, Michigan.“We don’t really like to talk about last year. It’s a new team. It’s a different team. We’re younger,” Gillespie told SN. “We’re looking for our team to just keep growing. Even tonight, we can get better from this.”Among the three most experienced Villanova players, Gillespie has had the most ground to cover, not only because he plays the most important position but also because, with Brunson on the roster last season, he was needed the least. He still, at times, is trapped between what can be produced through a combination of his talent and experience and the mistakes that filter through because this is his first opportunity to run a major-college team.Over the course of 2½ minutes near the start of the second half against Butler, Gillespie assured Villanova would leave Hinkle with another Big East victory.16:29: Gillespie 3-pointer, Villanova up 5.14:54: Gillespie 3-pointer Villanova up 8.14:07: Gillespie 3-pointer, Villanova up 11.last_img read more

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Bob Achemire, 76, Wellington: April 20, 1939 – April 6, 2016

first_imgBob AchemireBobby Achemire, 76, of Wellington died on Wednesday, April 6, 2016 at his home surrounded by his family in Wellington.Funeral Services will be held at 10:30 a.m., Saturday, April 9, 2016 at Hillside Baptist Church in Wellington. Visitation will be held on Friday, April 8, 2016 from 12 until 8 p.m. with the family present from 5 until 7 p.m. at the Shelley Family Funeral Home in Wellington.Graveside services will be at 2 p.m., Monday, April 11, 2016 at the Alva Municipal Cemetery in Alva, Okla. Memorials have been established with the Wellington Fire Department and the Sumner County Sheriff’s Department and may be left with the Shelley Family Funeral Home in Wellington. Arrangements are pending with Shelley Family Funeral Home of Wellington. For further information please visit www.shelleyfamilyfh.com.Bobby Lee Achemire was born on April 20, 1939 the son of Lester and Leota (Lyons) Achemire in Alva, OK. He graduated from Alva High School and attending Northwester College. On October 13, 1987 Bob was united in marriage to Elaine Gamble in Wellington. He worked for Booth Plumbing and Chew Plumbing. Bob enjoyed woodworking, reading, genealogy and spending time with his family.Bob is survived by his loving wife, Elaine of the home; children: Lester Achemire, Charles Achemire, Bertha White and husband Luke, Ruby Achemire, Ruby Klick and Lucy “Dink” Brewer, stepsons: Virgil Giddings Jr. and wife Linda and Albert Giddings; 29 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren.He is preceded in death by his parents, a brother, Tommy Phil Achemire, and two grandchildren: Coltin White and Houston Giddings.last_img read more

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A Unique Valentine’s Day Experience! Silent Movie: ‘Lucky Star’ With World-Class…

first_imgFacebook6Tweet0Pin0Curated by the incomparable world-class theater organist Dennis James, the Center’s Silent Movie Series bring to life the golden age of cinema. A treat for the eyes and ears, each movie shines with live music played on an Olympia treasure from 1924, the Mighty Andy Crow Wurlitzer Organ.“Lucky Star” is a powerful romance starring Janet Gaynor and Charles Farrell, known as “America’s Favorite Lovebirds.”  Make your Valentine’s Day a unique experience to remember!Tickets are on-sale now!DATE: Friday, February 14TIME: 7:30 pmVENUE: Washington Center Main Stage, 512 Washington St. SECOST: Tickets: $23 | General AdmissionFor more information about upcoming events please visit www.washingtoncenter.org or call the Box Office at 360-753-8586.last_img

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Relentless Ceres rules Asean zonals of AFC Cup

first_imgEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano CONTRIBUTED PHOTO/STEPHEN TANBACOLOD CITY – Ceres Negros delivered another performance to remember when it mattered to oust Home United, 3-2, on aggregate and claim the AFC Cup Asean zonal title before a huge crowd at Panaad Stadium here.The Busmen leaned on goals from OJ Porteria and Manny Ott in the first half, while Stephan Schrock provided the flash of inspiration at midfield as the Bacolod-based club made history by becoming the first team to claim the regional crown.ADVERTISEMENT The Busmen could have wrapped up the tie as early as the first half, but Fernando Rodriguez missed a 13th minute penalty and also wasted a glorious one on one chance minutes later.Just four minutes before the break, Ott gave the Busmen breathing room with an inch-perfect free kick that sailed into the top corner, beating the experienced Singapore international Hassan Sunny to make it 2-0.“It wasn’t easy when you miss so many chances because when that happens, you usually lose,” said Vidakovic. “It was very hard for the players to stand up again. We could have finished the game in the first half.”INSPIRED FORMSchrock was in inspired form, putting challenges and pressing when the Busmen didn’t have possession. He showed vision and lovely feet as he instigated quick transition plays that allowed the Busmen to put Home on their heels.“It was a very important game and I’m just honored to be given a starting place,” said Schrock, who was added to the roster for the zonal finals.“I had to prove that I deserve to start because my teammates have been sacrificing the past six months to get us to this stage (of the competition).”Schrock summed up the Busmen’s performance: “We left it all out there, the heart and the sweat. We put in the performance of our life in this final. We deserve to make history for the club, the country and Southeast Asia.” Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ Albay to send off disaster response team to Batangas Teen gunned down in Masbate Filipinas shrug off first-game jitters vs Hong Kong After dropping the first leg, 1-2, at Jalan Besar Stadium last Wednesday, the Busmen returned to the comforts of home needing just a 1-0 victory.But they did just that and more as they put in a disciplined performance on defense , while relying on their class and quality up front.CLEAN SHEETFEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’Roland Muller kept a clean sheet for the first time in six matches as the Ceres backline proved equal to every Home United attack.Twice, Muller was rescued by the crossbar, including one on Stipe Plazibat’s strike with 10 minutes remaining. Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’center_img Ceres players broke down in tears as the referee blew the final whistle as Ceres’ campaign in the second tier continental competition that started in Hanoi last February rolled on with another memorable win in front of the Negrense faithful.With the victory, Ceres advanced to the inter-zonal semifinals where it will meet Istiklol of Tajikistan in another two-leg affair. The first leg is slated Aug. 22 in Dushanbe, while the return leg is set Sept. 9 at Panaad.“My players gave everything,” said coach Risto Vidakovic.DREAM STARTCONTRIBUTED PHOTO/STEPHEN TANEnergized by the home crowd, the Busmen got off to a dream start when Porteria bundled home a cross from Iain Ramsay in the second minute.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ LATEST STORIES Vilma Santos, Luis Manzano warn public of fake account posing as her 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 2 nabbed in Bicol drug stings Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respitelast_img read more

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