UW eyes first two B1G wins in inaugural conference home series against PSU

first_imgA new era of hockey falls upon the Kohl Center Friday night as the No. 17 Wisconsin men’s hockey team opens the inaugural Big Ten conference at home with a matchup against hockey newcomer Penn State.“We have something that we are excited about. Hopefully we will get our first Big Ten win and be back home here for a while,” senior forward Mark Zengerle said.The Badgers (4-5-1, 0-2 Big Ten) will be looking to pick up that first set of wins in the conference after falling to No. 1 Minnesota (11-2-1, 2-0 Big Ten) on the road last weekend in back-to-back games of the B1G’s inaugural series. Follow a 4-1 loss Friday — despite taking an early 1-0 lead — the Badgers returned to the ice Saturday only to find a heartbreaking 4-3 loss in the final seconds of regulation.“We did more good things than poor things,” head coach Mike Eaves said. “We weren’t in our zone very much. We did a lot of good things but we got beat by our mistakes.”Though losses are never taken lightly, especially against the team’s biggest rival, Eaves was especially pleased with the pace his team skated at for the 120 minutes of ice time across the border. He believes that, alongside eliminating the fatal mistakes, maintaining that pace will be the key to Wisconsin victories moving forward.“Hopefully we will be able to play at the same speed and pace that we did and execution other than those four mistakes,” Eaves said. “If you can play with that same speed and pace that we did last weekend at Mariucci [Arena], that is top-level hockey and that is where we want to be.”Eager to get back on the ice to avenge their losses, the Badgers will play on back-to-back weekends for the first time since their opening two series’ of the season back in the middle of October. Having to maintain focus in a peculiar week-on week-off schedule with three bye-weeks has been a challenge both players and coaches have acknowledged.Now, with the recent losses, the Badgers are more ready than ever get back on the ice and collect a pair of wins.“A lot of guys are looking forward to it, especially after last weekend with the couple of losses. You get to go back out and try to get a couple of wins. It’s fun to have something to play for,” junior goaltender Landon Peterson said. “This first half is coming to an end, and I think a couple of big wins especially in the Big Ten is huge. Two wins is a big deal for us.”Aiding UW in its preparation for the Nittany Lions (3-7-1, 0-0 Big Ten) is a not too distant memory of the first time Penn State rolled into Madison last year. Riding a momentous win against the Gophers at the Hockey City Classic, the Badgers entered their first-ever series with the newly-formed Penn State hockey team, soundly winning 5-0 in game one.But a different fate fell upon UW as it saw a 2-0 lead fall to force an overtime period, eventually losing 4-3 to close out the season at the Kohl Center.“That was a pretty emotional killer for us last year. We ended up turning it around in the end but yeah the feelings we had after that game were pretty bummer-like,” Zengerle said. “We definitely don’t want to have that repeated.”Penn State will debut in the B1G conference this weekend after a mediocre start to its second season as a Division I program. Opening with a 3-3-1 record, the Nittany Lions have dropped four-straight games against then-No. 13 Massachusetts-Lowell and then-15 Union.Returning are most of their key players, including goaltender Matthew Skoff and redshirt junior forward Taylor Holstrom, who recorded two goals against UW last season including the game-winner in overtime.Under the direction of head coach Guy Gadowsky, Penn State finished its first Division I season with a near-. 500 record and went 3-2 against its new B1G opponents, splitting series’ with UW and Michigan State and trouncing Ohio State in a single-game meeting.“They shoot from everywhere. They play a simple solid game and can rely on their goaltending to make saves when they need them,” Eaves said. “It will be very similar to last year.”Skoff and the PSU defensemen will be warding off a UW offense that averages three goals-per-game this season, led by a deep and experienced offense. Led by a strong upperclassman core of senior forwards Michel Mersch, Tyler Barnes and Zengerle and junior defenseman Jake McCabe, the veteran Badgers account for 43 percents of the team’s scores and nearly half of all assists this season.Last Saturday, Zengerle recorded his 100th career assist for UW. He will carry the accomplishment into the weekend as momentum, looking to even translate a few of those goal-making opportunities to scores of his own, having notched just one goal so far this season.“It was nice… I’ve got to start shooting the puck more and scoring some goals but it was cool,” Zengerle said. “It just shows how many good players have come through here in my past few years.”The Badgers and Nittany Lions will face off at 7 p.m. Friday and 8 p.m. Saturday at the Kohl Center.last_img read more

After Giancarlo Stanton clobbers baseball, Dodgers clobber Marlins 11-1

first_imgThe Dodgers’ rotation has been in a state of flux all season. Hyun-Jin Ryu and Brandon Beachy haven’t appeared in a game as they recover from shoulder and elbow injuries, respectively. Neither is expected back before June at this point. When Brandon McCarthy underwent season-ending elbow surgery on April 30, the arms shortage intensified.Rookie right-hander Carlos Frias slotted into one starting job. He can further solidify that job at 4:50 p.m. Wednesday, when the Dodgers try to sweep the three-game series. It would be the Dodgers’ fourth series sweep of 2015; they swept four home series all last year.Now Bolsinger, whom the Dodgers acquired from the Arizona Diamondbacks for cash last November, seems to have the other job locked up. The right-hander was officially recalled from Triple-A Oklahoma City on Tuesday afternoon. Unlike the last time he was recalled from the minors, Bolsinger probably doesn’t have a return flight booked.“We’re still sitting with one less player and one extra bullpen guy, so we still have things to do, but yeah,” Mattingly said. “We know that we’re running out of off days, that time of year when every five days somebody’s going to have to post up. We’re pretty much getting there.”Said Bolsinger, “It gives you a little confidence when they start believing in you, the team and the guys, so I’m happy. Things are going well right now. I’m locked in right now. We’ll see where it goes from there.”Yasmani Grandal has caught both of Bolsinger’s major-league starts this season. The catcher said Bolsinger’s slider control was better this time around, even to the surprise of the Marlins.“I think the fact that he came up and went back down and nobody really saw him in between, and then he came back up, kind of helped because the scouting report is not around,” Grandal said. “They had no clue he was throwing a slider right now. That’s what Michael Morse said — ‘Does he throw a slider?’ I’m like, ‘Yeah.’ They’re like, ‘Oh, they were telling me in there it was a curveball.’”Bolsinger retired nine outs via ground balls, eight in the air and three via strikeout. Stanton’s home run was the only blemish on Bolsinger’s record. The rest of the game was all Dodgers.Their 21 hits were a season high. Two cleared the fence — Howie Kendrick’s fourth home run of the season in the third inning and Andre Ethier’s fifth home run of the season in the fourth.Ethier tied a career high with five hits in five at-bats. Kendrick had four hits and Alex Guerrero and Scott Van Slyke had three each.Haren (4-2) was charged with 11 hits and six runs in 4 1/3 innings in his first game against his former team. The Dodgers dealt Haren to Miami in December, part of a three-team trade that brought Kendrick to the Dodgers from the Angels. • Video: See Vin Scully’s call on Stanton’s home runSo while it seems anyone can win a game for the Dodgers these days, manager Don Mattingly promised he will not give the ball to any old bum off the streets of Oklahoma City. Bolsinger (1-0) was not chosen for Tuesday’s start because the Marlins were a good matchup for the 27-year-old right-hander, although ultimately they were. He allowed five hits and only one run in 5 2/3 innings — an identical line to his only other start for the Dodgers, back in April.Mattingly indicated that Bolsinger was chosen because he has a chance to be the Dodgers’ fifth starter for a while.“We’re past the point where we can pick a lefty for this spot knowing that we’re going to switch the next day, pick a righty for this team because we know we’re going to switch the next day,” Mattingly said. “We’re past the switching-the-next-day point. He’s the guy at this point getting the opportunity to try to stay around.” It almost doesn’t matter who pitches for the Dodgers at home anymore. When you can pay the opposing starter his entire salary and still win 11-1, as the Dodgers did to Dan Haren and the Miami Marlins on Tuesday, the game does not seem fair.This time, Mike Bolsinger was tasked with winning a game at Dodger Stadium. Few tasks in baseball have looked easier in 2015; the Dodgers have won 15 of their first 17 games at home. Bolsinger was even generous enough to spot Miami the longest home run hit by anyone this season, a 483-foot blast off the bat of Giancarlo Stanton in the first inning. That wasn’t nearly enough.• Photos: Dodgers score 11 runs on 23 hits to beat Marlinscenter_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

UI president wants new security plan before next Cy-Hawk football game

first_imgIOWA CITY — University of Iowa president Bruce Harreld tells the student newspaper he doesn’t want to play the Cy-Hawk football game again until there are some guidelines set down for security of the band and everyone involved.Harreld spoke with the Daily Iowan after some Hawkeye band members say they were assaulted following the September 14th game in Ames. “I’m not convinced at all that we should play this game again, here, there or anywhere and of course our athletes,” Harreld says.Harreld says he has reached out to Iowa State University President Wintersteen and University of Northern Iowa President Mark Nook to ask them to discuss the issue. “I think all three of us need to sit down and have a series of conversations with our athletic directors, with our band directors, with our campus security and safety people and say ‘how do we ensure that something like what happened… eight days ago doesn’t happen again?’,” Harreld says.He says they need to discuss several things and have them written down. “How large should our security forces be, where should the van bus park, what tunnel should tunnel should we have a group of officers and security people protecting them. I think there’s a lot to document here,” Harreld says.It became a public issue after Iowa Athletic Director Gary Barta released a statement the Monday after the game saying the University had been made aware of inappropriate actions toward members of the band and staff during the football game in Ames and they were investigating. Iowa State A-Director Jamie Pollard said the next day it was “tough to comment on this situation, because all we know is that Iowa issued a press release. I couldn’t tell you what happened, when it happened or where it happened. No one has been able to ascertain that information and provide it too us.”The athletic directors of both schools issued a joint statement Wednesday that said:” Unfortunately, both the Hawkeye and Cyclone marching bands have been the target of unacceptable behavior at football games in Iowa City and Ames in recent years. Some of the conduct directed at the students in our respective marching bands recently has been rude, vulgar, and in some cases, violent. We should all feel embarrassed when students in the bands don’t feel safe when performing at an away game.” The statement said both athletic departments are committed to doing whatever is necessary to improve the environment for visiting school marching bands in the future. Harrold told the Daily Iowan the schools need to address the issue and be sure it doesn’t happen again. “Something happened and it isn’t right and we can all do better,” Harreld says. “And I’m not just talking about in Ames — I am talking about in Iowa City too. it works both ways, we can all improve and we should take this opportunity to improve from it.” The University of Iowa said it had re-opened the investigation after the issue caught fire on social media and band members posted information on how they say they were attacked or injured in Ames.Harreld expressed concern that it appears his school was being criticized for pointing out the issue. “I’m a little frustrated right now that this happened not in Iowa City, not in Kinnick, it happened at another stadium. All the sudden now, it’s like victim blaming. All the sudden now, the University of Iowa is part of the issue because we start or stop the investigation,” Harreld says, “Please. We’re going to get to the bottom of this, we’re going to get through it all, and then we’re going to learn from it and move forward. If it means we’re not going to play again, we’re not going to play again.”Harreld told the Daily Iowan he believes they can work through this. He says it is part of the larger issue nationwide of fan behavior.last_img read more

Lets greet Trump with joy not bitterness

first_imgShare on Facebook Share via Email Support The Guardian Since you’re here… Topics Reuse this content Donald Trump Share on Twitter Let’s greet Trump with joy not bitterness As people rightly prepare to unite on the streets around Trump’s visit to the UK in July (Report, 27 April), please can NGOs and social movements coordinate the most joyful, inclusive and visionary side of our democracy – rather than ape the bitter and demonising protest vote that has been the hallmark not just of US politics in recent years, but sadly the UK’s as well? Less carnivorous, more carnival? #lovetrumpshate.Simon Bateson Creative director, Take One Action, Edinburgh• We know that Donald Trump loves crowds. So the most effective protest against him and his 13 July visit is surely for everyone to stay away. Or, instead, to stand absolutely silently, with backs turned against him. (I believe this stance is often used by US protesters to convey opposition, so the attitude would have meaning and, even for him, be hard to misrepresent.)Susannah EveringtonBridport, Dorset• Join the debate – email guardian.letters@theguardian.com• Read more Guardian letters – click here to visit gu.com/letters Share on Twitter Shares44 Protest … we have a small favour to ask. The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.More people are reading and supporting The Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we have chosen an approach that allows us to keep our journalism accessible to all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford. But we need your ongoing support to keep working as we do.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism, to maintain our openness and to protect our precious independence. Every reader contribution, big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Share via Email Share on Pinterest Share on Messenger Share on LinkedIn Simon Bateson says the UK should show the inclusive, visionary side of democracy, butSusannah Everington suggests we just turn our backs on the US president Share on Facebook letters French President Emmanuel Macron and President Donald Trump in Washington #lovetrumpshate.Photograph: Ludovic Marin/AFP/Getty Images Fri 27 Apr 2018 11.43 EDT Donald Trump Share on WhatsApp Last modified on Fri 27 Apr 2018 17.00 EDT Letterslast_img read more