Women’s hockey: Badgers tie Buckeyes 1-1 in regulation, win overtime shootout

first_imgThe Wisconsin women’s hockey team ended its home-opening weekend in a dramatic fashion, tying the Ohio State University Buckeyes 1-1 in regulation, before winning the game in an overtime shootout.The Badgers (3-0-1, 1-0-1 WCHA) started off Saturday’s contest in a much less aggressive approach than Friday’s, and with far fewer penalties acquired by either team. The Badgers and the Buckeyes (2-1-1, 0-1-1 WCHA) were so evenly matched that the first goal was not scored until 12 minutes into the second period, when Ohio State would manage to slide a puck past Wisconsin goaltender Ann-Renée Desbiens.The Badgers would take some time to rally from that goal, but it seemed to motivate them all the same. Wisconsin played harder and better than they did during the first period of play. Still, the majority of the third period elapsed without the Badgers netting a goal.This new motivation is something that Wisconsin head coach Mark Johnson is looking for in his team, and he was satisfied with the results that he saw on the ice, even if they didn’t necessarily finish with the desired outcome.“After [Ohio State] scored, we got better,” Johnson said. “We responded and we had a couple great chances to finish out the second period. We did a great job of killing, we didn’t give them anything. It was a matter of were we going to score or not.”It seemed as if the No. 1 Badgers would be handed their first loss of the season. UW was still trailing the Buckeyes 0-1 well into the third period before a penalty by Ohio State’s Lauren Boyle allowed Wisconsin to go on a much needed power play. This power play gave sophomore forward Sam Cogan the chance to tie the game up 1-1 with 1:51 left in the period.Women’s hockey: Behind expat goaltender Desbiens, Badgers awarded No. 1 rankingComing off of their ninth Frozen Four appearance, high expectations are nothing new for the Wisconsin women’s hockey team and Read…The Badgers survived a scoreless five-minute overtime before taking the ice for one final push in the shootout. Wisconsin’s Abby Roque was the only player who managed to find the net, and her score gave Wisconsin the edge as the victors of the afternoon.This weekend stretch was UW’s sole week at home for the rest of October, and the Badgers now begin a three-week road stretch. During this stint, Wisconsin will see the likes of Clarkson University, the University of North Dakota, and Minnesota State University–Mankato. As short as it was, this time at home was still critically beneficial to Johnson, as it allows him to identify things that the team did well, while also helping him to identify areas for improvement.“You’re looking for little things early in the season,” Johnson said. “I think our effort was strong, and we’re looking to build on that.”Despite the incredibly high expectations for the Badgers this season, the squad has yet to disappoint and will look to remain undefeated in the approaching road trips. Johnson and Desbiens have the team in a confident place, but the season is still young, and the next few weeks will be a big test to see what the potential for the Badgers truly is.last_img read more

Clayton Kershaw may not be happy with Dodgers’ plan for his return

first_imgHis tone made it obvious that “the plan” was not his plan.“I don’t feel like I missed much time,” he said of the need to build back up slowly. “I kept throwing all the way through. I guess it’s a luxury we have as a team.”Indeed it is. That’s why Kershaw’s simulated game was followed by a 32-pitch bullpen session by Yu Darvish. The right-hander is taking a 10-day break on the DL because of back spasms that hampered him in his most recent start — and because his starts in August are meaningless for a team with a 20-game lead and big plans for October.Darvish worked with pitching coach Rick Honeycutt on some mechanical adjustments in his delivery during Monday’s throwing session and reported no further issues with his back. He will throw another bullpen session on Thursday and is then penciled in to rejoin the Dodgers’ rotation on Sunday at home against the Milwaukee Brewers.Kershaw will take his restraints partially off on Saturday when he is scheduled to make a rehab start with Triple-A Oklahoma City. But even the prospect of that final step before returning to the majors — most likely during the Dodgers’ series in San Diego Sept. 1-3 — didn’t seem to excite him. “You can’t simulate a big-league game. You’ve just got to go do it,” he said about testing his readiness to return. “Even a rehab game. You’ve just got to go pitch in the big leagues.”Kershaw threw 55 pitches Monday to hitters Chase Utley and Kiké Hernandez and hitting coach Turner Ward. He satisfied everyone but himself, calling his pitches and execution “all pretty average.”“Sim games are really hard,” he said. “You try to create intensity but you can’t. It’s really not a good recipe, but I guess that’s what you have to do.”Honeycutt acknowledged that Kershaw was “not perfectly happy with every pitch — at the same time, I’m not sure that’s ever the case” and said the left-hander’s recovery has gone more quickly than anticipated.“If anything, we could have bumped this (four-inning sim game) up even sooner because he hasn’t lost much arm strength or endurance,” Honeycutt said.Austin Barnes caught Kershaw during the sim game and said any dissatisfaction on the left-hander’s part was “just Kershaw being the perfectionist he always is.”“He looked really good,” Barnes said. “Catching his bullpen (session Friday in Detroit), he looked like the same Kersh as always.“He threw all his pitches (Monday) and looked good. There was no tail-off in his pitches. That’s a good sign.”Kershaw is scheduled to throw four innings or approximately 60 pitches for the OKC Dodgers on Saturday.Bellinger breakRookie Cody Bellinger was not in the starting lineup for the second consecutive day since suffering a mild ankle sprain Saturday in Detroit. Dodgers Manager Dave Roberts said Bellinger still has slight swelling in his right ankle and will be held out of the lineup again today.“With the torque he creates with his swing and the instability created with a sprain, it just doesn’t make sense right now,” Roberts said. “It’s sort of day by day. I don’t see him in the lineup tomorrow (today), and that’s as far as I want to go now.”AlsoThe Dodgers will recall right-hander Brock Stewart from Triple-A Oklahoma City to start today in Pittsburgh. Darvish was originally scheduled to start the game before going on the DL. PITTSBURGH >> Clayton Kershaw should be happy.His back injury was less serious than might have been feared when he left his July 23 start. He has returned to health relatively quickly. And his team is so far out front that it can afford to take it slowly with him, giving him a long runway to return to the rotation with bullets saved for October.Oh, yeah — that last part doesn’t seem to sit well with the Dodgers ace.“Health-wise, I could have pitched in the big leagues 10 days ago. But that’s not the plan obviously,” Kershaw said Monday after throwing a four-inning simulated game at PNC Park.center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

Ansu Dulleh Pulls Out of LFA VPO Election

first_img“Mr. Bility has asked me with respect and dignity to step aside for Mr. Sekou Konneh to go unopposed,” Ansu Dulleh. Barrack Young Controllers president Sekou Konneh will go unopposed for the vacant vice president for operation post during the 22nd extraordinary congress of the Liberia Football Association due to the withdrawal of Director of Competition, Ansu Dulleh.Dulleh yesterday announced his withdrawal with less than three days to the congress scheduled to be held at the PA’s Rib House in Lakpazee this weekend. The constituted LFA Elections Committee recently qualified the two candidates to contest for the vacant post.The vacant post was created due to the resignation of LFA’s former VPO Cassell Anthony Kuoh, who is currently behind bars in the United States.According to Dulleh, his withdrawal was done in the best interest of the development of the game. He said he expressed interest after he was told that no club president was contesting.“I was overwhelmed by the many calls from club presidents who continue to encourage me to contest for the post since no club president was vying for the post at the time,” he said.“I’ve always said that I will give the opportunity to any club president who wants to contest for the position.”Dulleh said he reconsidered his decision after a series of meetings with the LFA president and his supporting club presidents.Following talks with Konneh, Dulleh said he had no option but to withdraw to give him a chance to form part of the administration.“We all agree that Liberian football is facing difficult time and needs new ideas so we as club presidents need to take a decision for the betterment of a league and our teams.”Konneh earlier this week announced his ambition to contest for the vacant post highlighting the introduction of new ideas to contribute to the growth of football in the Liberia after his ambition was endorsed by some club presidents.“I am bringing new creative ideas involving stakeholders to see themselves as the FA by participating or contributing to key decisions that affect them. The clubs are the ones that are affected by good or bad decisions taken by the LFA and we must take the lead to bring about development in Liberian football,” he told a local daily.In another development, the LFA has disclosed that 39 clubs and affiliates have been qualified for the LFA bye-elections this weekend.According to a release, three teams from the ongoing LFA 3rd Division Playoffs will be admitted at the Congress and will be allowed to participate in the voting process.List of clubs and affiliates:Member ClubsMonrovia Club Breweries FCBYC IBYC IINimba United F CFC FassellLISCR FCGardnersville FCKeitrace FCJubilee FCInvincible ElevenMighty BarrolleLPRC Oilers FCELWA UnitedNPA Anchors FCSmall Town FCNimba FCTony FCJai FCNimba Kwado FCBea Mountain FCWatanga FC Professional SistersSenior ProfessionalEarth AngelsBlanco FCDetermine GirlsNaskid FCWorld GirlsIsland QueensAffiliatesLONABAASALVARSITYLIFICOABEACH SOCCERACADEMICALLIFFRAShare this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window) Women’s Footballlast_img read more

DONEGAL JIU-JITSU GIRLS HEAD TO AMSTERDAM FOR TRAINING CAMP

first_imgTwo Donegal Jiu-Jitsu competitors Katie Sweeney and Mairead Coyle are preparing for their next fight by heading to Amsterdam for an intensive three-day training camp.The girls will be exposed to top-class training over the three-day period from a series of revered teachers from the world of Jiu-jitsu.It is expected that fifty other girls from all over the world will also attend the high profile camp. The camp will help prepare both Donegal girls for their upcoming fights in the third leg of the Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu League.The competition will be held at the Radisson Blu Hotel, in Letterkenny on Sunday the 14th of September.The girls fight out of the Rillion Gracie academy in Letterkenny, and are taught by Brian Coyle.Katie Sweeney spoke to Donegal Daily about the forthcoming trip to Amsterdam, and said she was both excited and nervous about the training camp. Katie said, “It’s a fantastic opportunity for me and Mairead to learn the arts of Jiu-Jitsu from some of the most revered teachers in the whole world.“It’s going to be an intense camp, but I can’t think of a better way for us to prepare for a fight.“Over fifty girls are expected to attend from all over the world and that just shows you how highly revered the teachers are that so many want to attend the camp.“We’re both excited about the opportunity to get to train with and learn from some of the top BJJ females in the world.“We will get the opportunity to grapple(spar) with these girls from different BJJ ranks which will really test our skills. “It’s going to be a great experience, and we will learn so much from it.The camp in Amsterdam runs from the 22nd-24th of August and the girls will receive expert advice from Yasmin Sewgobind, 2013 European Black Belt Champ.Also in attendance at the camp will be Yasmine Wilson, part of the International Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Federation World Championships at brown belt featherweight, now black belt, plus Jen Flannery- Brown Belt and Female head instructor of BJJ in the USA.DONEGAL JIU-JITSU GIRLS HEAD TO AMSTERDAM FOR TRAINING CAMP was last modified: August 18th, 2014 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:AmsterdamJiu JitsuKatie SweeneyNoticesSportTraining Camplast_img read more

Former Kasasiro Ntege signs for URA FC

first_img Tags: Ashraf MandelaBrian MajwegaDouglas KisemboHassan Kalega.ivan ntegeIvan SserubiriKCCA FCMikidadi SsenyongaMutundwe LionsNtege Anwaru MustafaSam SsimbwaSiraje Ssentamutownship rollersURA FC Ntege puts pen to paper on a two-year deal with URA FC. (PHOTO/URA FC)By Innocent OjaraKAMPALA – Former KCCA FC midfielder Ivan Ntege has made a shocking return to the Uganda Premier League after putting ink on paper for the free-spending tax collectors, Uganda Revenue AuthorityIvan Ntege popularly known as “Kojja” by his fans has joined URA FC on a two-year deal as a free agent following the expiration of his contract at Botswana outfit Township Rollers and no effort was made towards renewing it.The holding midfielder is expected to fill the disconnect that was created by Siraje Ssentamu in the heart of URA’s midfield following his return switch to Kitende based side SC Vipers.The dynamic and energetic midfielder completed his move to Township Rollers in 2017, winning the Botswana Premier League twice and one Mascom Top 8 cup with the club.URA FC coached by Sam Simbwa has been very busy in this transfer market and has already captured the signatures of eight players with Ivan Ntege making a total of 9 new recruits.Ntege has previously played for Mutundwe Lions before joining the Kasasiros where he featured for 6 years; he has also been a key figure for the Uganda Cranes in both African cup qualifiers and African Nations Championships campaigns.Ntege will join the list of new recruits with other players like Mikidadi Ssenyonga, Ivan Sserubiri, Douglas Kisembo, Brian Majwega, Ashraf Mandela, Ntege Anwaru Mustafa and Hassan Kalega.Player Profile Date of Birth: Sep 8, 1994Place of Birth: Kampala UgandaAge: 24Height: 1.66 mCitizenship: UgandaPosition: Midfielder – Defensive MidfieldFoot: rightCurrent club: URA Kampala URA KampalaJoined: Jul 12, 2019Contract until: – 2021Comments last_img read more