Badgers hope power play unit ready for WCHA stretch run, postseason

first_imgBrendan Smith\’s late goal in the Camp Randall Hockey Classic gave Wisconsin renewed faith in its power play unit.[/media-credit]The Wisconsin power play looked anything but powerful in the weeks leading up to the Culver’s Camp Randall Hockey Classic.In their previous six games, the Badgers were converting on just 8 percent of their opportunities with the man-advantage, going 2-for-25. And early season losses to Colorado College (3-2), Minnesota (5-2) and Michigan (3-2) saw the Badgers go a combined 1-for-14 on the power play.But in the final minutes of Saturday’s meeting with UM, it was the UW power play unit that held the game in its hands.And suddenly, skating on chopped-up ice and staring at a one-goal deficit, the Wisconsin power play came alive.“As a unit we felt it was our time,” junior defenseman Brendan Smith said. “We were all excited to go out and convert and change the whole game. We thought we were going to score.”Just 10 seconds after Michigan captain Chris Summers took a tripping penalty, Smith found the back of the net to tie things up. Four minutes and 10 seconds later, after Summers took another minor penalty, Smith scored the eventual game-winner.According to head coach Mike Eaves, the power play unit had devised a plan earlier in the game, and in the third period it got a chance to execute the plan.“After the first period we took a look on film at the power play we had in the first period and then we knew what we had to do,” Eaves said. “The boys adjusted and executed to a ‘T’.”The plan was so nice it worked twice.Both goals began with a faceoff win in the offensive zone by tri-captain Blake Geoffrion, and as any coach will tell you, immediate possession of the puck with the man-advantage is critical to power play success.“Every time they ice the puck it costs you 25 seconds, and if you lose the faceoff then you have to dump it in, then you have to work to get it back,” Eaves said. “Controlling the puck off the faceoff saves you all that energy.”Geoffrion knew the importance of those late-game draws, and he wasn’t about to waste time chasing the puck down in his own end.“I think I tried the hardest on those faceoffs because I really hate skating down and having to set the power play back up,” he said.Following both faceoff wins was a series of tape-to-tape passes that eventually found the stick of senior forward Michael Davies.On both possessions, Davies received the puck and sent it cross-ice to Smith. The result was two perfect one-timers fired by the defenseman that beat Michigan goaltender Bryan Hogan.But UW’s point leader was quick to applaud the flawless passing by Davies, who set up both tallies.“Sometimes when you don’t get that pass in your wheelhouse you have to stop, and that gives the goalie a chance to get better position, so the passes [Davies] made were big for our power play,” Smith said. “I just got ready and he put it right in the most perfect spot.”The puck movement was impressive, but Eaves was most impressed with his struggling power play unit’s ability to break through with the game on the line.“They did it when we needed to have it and that was the most impressive part,” Eaves said. “Down in the critical times of the game it was nice to see those guys execute.”So the Badgers found some power play success against UM on Saturday, but can they duplicate that same success for the stretch run of the season?Sophomore forward Derek Stepan is certainly hoping that clutch performance will propel them forward. Stepan got the second assist in both of Smith’s goals Saturday.“As a unit we’ve been a click off,” Stepan said. “But to go out and execute when the team needed us was huge.“It’s a good start, and we’re looking for that snowball effect.”With critical WCHA clashes and post-season matchups looming, the Badgers know they need to maximize their opportunities with the man-advantage — because in tight games against quality opponents, those power play chances carry even more weight.Smith knows the power play will need to carry that load.“Late in the season your power play has to be pretty good, because teams are so tough and they’re going to take away a lot of the five-on-five chances,” Smith said. “If we can keep our power play rolling it’s going to help us out that much more.”last_img read more

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McIlroy main attraction at French Open

first_imgRory McIlroy is the main draw for the tournament at Le Golf National on the out-skirts of Paris.Padraig Harrington, Graeme McDowell, Paul Dunne and Darren Clarke are also in this week’s field.Meanwhile, Shane Lowry is in the field at the W-G-C Bridgestone Invitational. The 29-year-old returns to action following his US Open disappointment and he’ll be playing alongside Bubba Watson and Hideki Matsuyama this evening in Ohio.last_img

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Bottas fastest in practice for 70th Anniversary Grand Prix

first_img First Published: 7th August, 2020 18:01 IST WATCH US LIVE Associated Press Television News Valtteri Bottas set the fastest time in the first practice session for the 70th Anniversary Grand Prix at Silverstone on Friday, just ahead of his Mercedes teammate Lewis Hamilton.Bottas posted a lap of 1 minute 26.166 seconds, beating Hamilton’s best time by .138 seconds. Max Verstappen was third-fastest for Red Bull in 1:26.893.Nico Hulkenberg placed fourth as the German stands in at Racing Point for Sergio Perez, who has tested positive for the coronavirus.Ferrari was again off Mercedes’ pace, with Charles Leclerc fifth-fastest and Sebastian Vettel seventh. Mercedes has won every race so far this year.The race marks the 70th year since the Formula One championship began. The first race of the 1950 season was held at Silverstone. It’s the second race in Britain after the calendar was reshaped by the coronavirus pandemic.The second practice session is later Friday.(Image Credit Pixabay) Written By FOLLOW UScenter_img SUBSCRIBE TO US LIVE TV COMMENT Last Updated: 7th August, 2020 18:01 IST Bottas Fastest In Practice For 70th Anniversary Grand Prix Valtteri Bottas set the fastest time in the first practice session for the 70th Anniversary Grand Prix at Silverstone on Friday, just ahead of his Mercedes teammate Lewis Hamilton.last_img read more

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Norwich frustrate Manchester City in 0-0 draw

first_imgManchester City’s title hopes suffered a major blow as Norwich secured a goalless draw that could enhance their bid for survival.Manuel Pellegrini’s side bossed the proceedings for long spells but they rarely troubled Canaries stopper John Ruddy and are now nine points behind leaders Leicester having won just two of their last 11 league matches on the road.It was a real missed opportunity for the Citzens who had hoped to crank up the pressure on the frontrunners ahead of their match with Rafael Benitez’s Newcastle United on Monday night.Instead, the Foxes can extend their lead to 12 points over City with a victory against the Magpies, which would surely be too much ground for them to make up with nine games to play.—last_img

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Dodgers’ bullpen problems surface again in loss to the Padres

first_img“It’s actually pretty simple,” Roberts said after Saturday’s loss. “If you look at the past 10 days when they did struggle, it was getting behind hitters and the walks. So the three days when they did pitch well, they got ahead of hitters and didn’t walk them.“The stuff is there. It’s the same guys and it’s a simple formula.”It is not a formula the Dodgers have been able to follow. Over the past 13 games – starting with the Marlins series and including the three-game run of competence – Dodgers relievers have a 5.60 ERA and an unsightly 1.71 WHIP. Twenty-eight walks and six home runs in 45 innings have inflated those numbers.The Dodgers could stress their weakest link even more Sunday. After Saturday’s game, Roberts announced that left-hander Rich Hill would not be coming off the DL to start Sunday. Instead, long reliever Ross Stripling will make another spot start. Stripling lasted four innings in his first start.Roberts cited concerns that the humid conditions in Monterrey could exacerbate Hill’s relentlessly familiar finger problems. PreviousSan Diego Padres’ Eric Hosmer tags out Los Angeles Dodgers Matt Kemp during the third inning of a baseball game on Saturday, May 5, 2018, in Monterrey, Mexico. Kemp was caught off first after a fly-out by Joc Pederson. (AP Photo/ Eduardo Verdugo)San Diego Padres starting pitcher Bryan Mitchell delivers a pitch during a baseball game against Los Angeles Dodgers, Saturday, May 5, 2018, in Monterrey, Mexico. (AP Photo/ Eduardo Verdugo)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Alex Verdugo bats during a baseball game against San Diego Padres, Saturday, May 5, 2018, in Monterrey, Mexico. (AP Photo/ Eduardo Verdugo) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsSan Diego Padres starting pitcher Bryan Mitchell throws to a Los Angeles Dodgers batter during a baseball game Saturday, May 5, 2018, in Monterrey, Mexico. (AP Photo/ Eduardo Verdugo)Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Kenta Maeda throws during the team’s baseball game against the San Diego Padres, Saturday, May 5, 2018, in Monterrey, Mexico. (AP Photo/ Eduardo Verdugo)San Diego Padres starting pitcher Bryan Mitchell throws to a Los Angeles Dodgers batter during a baseball game Saturday, May 5, 2018, in Monterrey, Mexico. (AP Photo/ Eduardo Verdugo)Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Kenta Maeda throws to a San Diego Padres batter during a baseball game Saturday, May 5, 2018, in Monterrey, Mexico. (AP Photo/ Eduardo Verdugo)San Diego Padres’ Eric Hosmer tags out Los Angeles Dodgers Matt Kemp during the third inning of a baseball game Saturday, May 5, 2018, in Monterrey, Mexico. Kemp was caught off first after a fly-out by Joc Pederson. (AP Photo/ Eduardo Verdugo)San Diego Padres’ Eric Hosmer tags out Los Angeles Dodgers Matt Kemp during the third inning of a baseball game on Saturday, May 5, 2018, in Monterrey, Mexico. Kemp was caught off first after a fly-out by Joc Pederson. (AP Photo/ Eduardo Verdugo)San Diego Padres starting pitcher Bryan Mitchell delivers a pitch during a baseball game against Los Angeles Dodgers, Saturday, May 5, 2018, in Monterrey, Mexico. (AP Photo/ Eduardo Verdugo)NextShow Caption1 of 8San Diego Padres starting pitcher Bryan Mitchell delivers a pitch during a baseball game against Los Angeles Dodgers, Saturday, May 5, 2018, in Monterrey, Mexico. (AP Photo/ Eduardo Verdugo)ExpandMONTERREY, NL, Mexico – The Dodgers can flee the country. But they can’t run away from their problems.A one-run lead in the sixth inning disappeared into another bullpen breakdown as reliever Josh Fields gave up a two-run home run to Raffy Lopez and the San Diego Padres added two more runs in the eighth, snapping the Dodgers’ modest three-game winning streak with a 7-4 defeat Saturday night in Monterrey.Over the previous three games, the Dodgers’ untrustworthy bullpen had teased Manager Dave Roberts with a hint of reliability. The relievers allowed only one earned run over 14-2/3 innings during the winning streak, including three hitless innings to complete Friday’s combined no-hitter.But Fields, Adam Liberatore and Daniel Hudson allowed nine baserunners in three innings Saturday. Four of them scored. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorcenter_img “We just felt to give Rich some extra time with the finger, with the humidity where we’re at, (we) decided to go the other way,” Roberts said.“The thing is if Rich’s finger is not right it could be the same thing essentially (a bullpen game).”Hill insists his finger is right. He has thrown each of the first two days in Monterrey and said he had no issues with the area that became infected last week.“I’m good to go,” Hill said. “Nothing’s wrong. They just decided to go with Strip. I’ll just wait to hear when my next start is.”Roberts wouldn’t say that either, declining to outline the rotation beyond Clayton Kershaw on Tuesday against the Arizona Diamondbacks. Roberts wouldn’t even commit to Alex Wood starting Wednesday. Wood pitched through some hamstring cramping in his most recent start, Thursday in Arizona.“Right now, we’re just going to buy Rich some extra time,” Roberts said. “We just kind of came together and thought that was prudent.”Despite the fact that the Dodgers are carrying nine relievers, Roberts’ problems Saturday were compounded by his heavy use of the bullpen recently. Three relievers – Tony Cingrani, Yimi Garcia and J.T. Chargois – were unavailable. Roberts didn’t want to use closer Kenley Jansen either unless the Dodgers had a lead to protect.That issue was decided in the sixth inning. He chose to go with Fields and watched the right-hander walk the first batter in the sixth inning then give up the homer to Lopez two batters later. Fields has now given up homers in three of his past four appearances.“I think it’s a getting-behind-hitters issue,” Roberts said, returning to his theme. “When you pitch off your fastball and you’re getting behind hitters and they can cheat on your fastball, that’s not good. When you walk the leadoff hitter, that’s not good either.Hudson got Liberatore out of a bases-loaded jam in the seventh but then created his own mess in the eighth by walking the first batter and giving up three singles, including RBI singles by Chase Headley and Carlos Asuaje.That left Roberts with another headache caused by his bullpen – on a night when the Tylenol bottle should have been popped open in the other clubhouse. Weary of Bryan Mitchell’s command issues, Padres manager Andy Green pulled his starter in the third inning.The Padres’ bullpen followed that by holding the Dodgers to one run on five hits over the final 6-2/3 innings.“Yeah. Absolutely,” Roberts said when asked if the early hook should have worked in the Dodgers’ favor. “There was that inning with (Kirby) Yates on the mound and we stressed him. With (Alex) Verdugo up, we thought we had a chance to break the game open and didn’t capitalize. Had a situational at-bat in the middle of the game and didn’t convert.“Then the at-bats in the sixth, seventh and eighth kind of started to go south. Empty at-bats. Then you have (Padres closer Brad) Hand to deal with.”last_img read more

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NBA, Kings conclude investigation into assault allegations against Luke Walton

first_img Lakers, Clippers schedules set for first round of NBA playoffs AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersRelated Articles Trail Blazers beat Grizzlies in play-in, earn first-round series with the Lakers Lakers practice early hoping to answer all questions Trail Blazers, Grizzlies advance to NBA play-in game; Suns, Spurs see playoff dreams dashed center_img How athletes protesting the national anthem has evolved over 17 years The Sacramento Kings and the NBA have concluded an investigation into the assault allegations against coach Luke Walton, finding insufficient evidence to support the claims of former Spectrum employee Kelli Tennant.While Tennant’s civil suit filed in April remains ongoing, neither the league nor the Kings will take disciplinary action against Walton. The 39-year-old coach was hired by the Kings in April after his three-year stint coaching the Lakers.Investigators commissioned by the NBA interviewed more than 20 people to determine the validity of Tennant’s allegation that Walton forcibly groped her in a 2014 incident in a Santa Monica hotel room and made inappropriate comments when she covered the Lakers. While Walton was interviewed, the NBA and Kings reported in a Friday morning release that Tennant declined to be interviewed through her legal counsel.In the release, the team said the investigation is considered closed “unless new evidence becomes available.” Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

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Miami Police: Man Kills Wife, Takes Children Hostage in SWAT Standoff

first_imgA domestic standoff ended tragically in Miami on Saturday night.According to Miami-Dade police, investigators received a call around 9 p.m. in reference to a person being shot at a home near NW 60th Street and 23rd Avenue.Upon arrival, they discovered that a man had shot and killed his wife, then had taken his two children hostage and barricaded himself with the kids, while he was armed with a rifle.Miami Police Detective Alvaro Zabaleta says officers attempted to make contact, but were unsuccessful.Special Response Team officers rescued the children through a window, and their father was found with a self-inflicted gunshot wound, according to the police report. He was taken to the hospital where his condition is currently unknown.last_img

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108-Year-Old New Jersey Woman Survives 1918 Flu, Coronavirus

first_imgSylvia Goldsholl calls herself a “survivor.”The 108-year-old New Jersey resident has lived through both the 1918 flu pandemic and the current coronavirus pandemic.Goldsholl, who lives at a nursing home in Allendale, New Jersey, has recovered from the virus, after being diagnosed last month, New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy said at a press conference on Thursday. “A tremendous life, a tremendous spirit, and a tremendous show of strength,” the governor wrote in the tweet about Goldsholl.Meanwhile, she told a television station, “I survived everything because I was determined to survive.”Rather than discussing the virus, she focused on her family.“The oldest of four children and I was the smartest one from the bunch,” she said. “I am a survivor. I’ve got to come out on the top of every list.”The staff at Allendale Community for Senior Living shared her story on Facebook, describing her as the “model of positive perseverance.”last_img read more

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Lumberjacks Sweep Weekly Men’s Indoor Track & Field Accolades

first_imgFRISCO, Texas – Stephen F. Austin’s Jeremiah Curry and Branson Ellis are the Southland Conference Men’s Indoor Track & Field Athletes of the Week, the league announced Wednesday.Curry closed out a strong weekend in Fayetteville, Ark., with a first-place finish in the 200-meter dash and a fourth-place performance in the 400m event at the Tyson Invitational. The Jacksonville, Ark., native crossed the line with a 21.03 in the 200m race and a 47.47 in the 400m event.Ellis closed out an impressive weekend at the USA Track & Field Championships in Albuquerque, N.M., with a Southland record-setting performance in the pole vault. The sophomore captures his third weekly honor of the season after taking second place with a 19-00.25 vault, a mark that ranks third nationally.Men’s Track Athlete of the Week – Jeremiah Curry, Stephen F. Austin – So. – Jacksonville, Ark.Curry performed well for the ‘Jacks over the weekend at the Tyson Invitational, grabbing gold-medal honors in the 200m dash with a personal-best 21.03 clip. He also registered a PR in the 400m race with a time of 47.46 in order to take fourth place distinctions. Curry now ranks second in the Southland in the 200m race and third in the conference for the 400m event.Honorable Mention: Ryan Linton, Abilene Christian; Jordan Atkins, Central Arkansas; Kobe Nevills, McNeese; Timor Barrett, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi.Men’s Field Athlete of the Week – Branson Ellis, Stephen F. Austin – So. – Tyler, TexasEllis set a Southland Conference record and concluded a second-place finish in the pole vault event at the USA Track & Field Indoor Championships over the weekend, clearing the bar with a 19-0.25. The mark came on his sixth jump of the afternoon and finished second at the prestigious event. He currently ranks tied for third nationally. Ellis’ conference record-breaking performance bests fellow Lumberjack Adam Keul’s mark of 18-07.50, set in in the 2001 season.Honorable Mention: Jacob Mechler, Abilene Christian; Tylen Guidry, Lamar; Aaron Worrell, New Orleans; Quindarrius Thompson, Northwestern State; Zach Johnson, Sam Houston State.Southland weekly award winners are nominated and voted upon by each school’s sports information director. Voting for one’s own athlete is not permitted. To earn honorable mention, a student-athlete must appear on at least 25 percent of ballots.last_img read more

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Champions League draw live stream FREE: How to watch group stage draw

first_imgTHE eyes of Europe are on Monte Carlo as the 2019/20 Champions League group stage draw gets underway.Manchester City, Chelsea, Spurs and defending champions Liverpool are all set to learn their fate as 32 teams go into the hat in the south of France.1 Liverpool go into Pot 1 as they defend their titleCredit: PA:Press AssociationHow can I live stream for free?THE group stage draw for the 2019/2020 group stages takes place TODAY, August 29.As ever, it’s set to be a lavish ceremony in Monte Carlo as stars of past and present jet in for the formalities.BT Sport 2 is the place to head for TV coverage, which begins at 4.30pm.Whilst BT customers can also watch wherever they are by downloading the BT Sport app on their mobile, tablet or PC.There are two ways to watch the draw from the south of France for free.Head to the Uefa website, where a free live stream will be provided by the federation.It will begin at 4.55pm, five minutes before the ceremony starts at 5pm.Or go to BT Sport’s Youtube, where coverage has already begun of the ceremony.This is Uefa, so expect the actual draw sometime after 5.15pm BST. 26 teams given direct entry to the group stage will be joined by the six winners of the play-off ties.The teams will then be split into four seeding pots.Pot 1 consists of the holders, Europa League winners and the champions of the six highest-ranked nations. Pots 2 to 4 are determined by the club coefficient rankings.No team can play a club from their own association, with the exact draw procedure to be confirmed before the ceremony.The draw also establishes the groups for the UEFA Champions League path of the UEFA Youth League. MOST READ IN SPORTTHROUGH ITRobbie Keane reveals Claudine’s father was ’50-50′ in coronavirus battle’I ACCEPT’McGregor accepts Silva fight at UFC catchweight of 176lbs in huge super-fightTOP SELLERGavin Whelan has gone from League of Ireland to David Beckham’s InstagramExclusiveRIYAD RAIDMan City’s Riyad Mahrez has three luxury watches stolen in £500,000 raidPicturedA CUT ABOVEMike Tyson shows two-inch cut ‘picked up in training’ ahead of boxing returnPicturedAN EYEFULMeet Playboy model and football agent Anamaria Prodan bidding to buy her own clubChampions League potsPot 1Liverpool (ENG, holders)Chelsea (ENG, UEFA Europa League winners)Barcelona (ESP)Manchester City (ENG)Juventus (ITA)Bayern Munich (GER)Paris Saint-Germain (FRA)Zenit (RUS)Pot 2Real Madrid (ESP)Atletico Madrid (ESP)Borussia Dortmund (GER)Napoli (ITA)Shakhtar Donetsk (UKR)Tottenham Hotspur (ENG)Benfica (POR)Ajax (NED)Pot 3Lyon (FRA)Bayer Leverkusen (GER)Salzburg (AUT)Valencia (ESP)Inter Milan (ITA)Club Brugge (BEL)Dinamo Zagreb (CRO)Olympiakos (GRE)Pot 4Lokomotiv Moscow (RUS)Genk (BEL)Galatasaray (TUR)RB Leipzig (GER)Atalanta (ITA)Lille (FRA)Red Star Belgrade (SRB)Slavia Prague (CZE)Draw ruleslast_img read more

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