Badgers shoot for repeat

first_imgJEFF SCHORFHEIDE/Herald photoWhen the Wisconsin women’s hockey team won the national championship last season, it marked one of the finest seasons that the program had ever seen. It was the first time a team outside of Minnesota’s borders had won the national championship, in addition to head coach Mark Johnson receiving Coach of the Year honors and Sara Bauer being named Player of the Year. All of that happened in just one season. And now the Badgers have the opportunity to do it all again.The Badgers are just two victories away from another national title this weekend, as Wisconsin will take on St. Lawrence Friday in Lake Placid, N.Y. The winner will then take on either Minnesota-Duluth or Boston College in the national championship game Sunday.Sandwiched in the middle of the two games is the Patty Kazmaier Award presentation, which recognizes the best player in the country. UW senior forward Bauer, the reigning Kazmaier winner, is one of three finalists. Bauer, who has 66 points on the season, would become the first player to win the award in back-to-back seasons.While Wisconsin (34-1-4) has plenty going in its favor this weekend, the Badgers come off a tiring quadruple-overtime 1-0 victory over Harvard in the quarterfinals.”It was very difficult to stay in the game,” sophomore goalie Jessie Vetter said after last weekend’s game, which lasted 120 minutes. “It was hard for both teams to stay in it, but it was a really fun game, and we’re just glad that we came out with the win.”Whether Vetter or senior Christine Dufour starts, Wisconsin will have to look out for St. Lawrence’s leading scorer, junior forward Sabrina Harbec. She has racked up 70 points so far this season, good for second most in the nation. On top of that, the Saints are coming off a big upset from last weekend when they topped New Hampshire 6-2, and the team will certainly be playing with some confidence. “Right now, I don’t think there are really any concerns about St. Lawrence,” team captain Bobbi-Jo Slusar said. “Playing our game and recognizing situations on the ice and doing things [are what] we need to do.”However, history hasn’t exactly been on the SLU’s side. This will be the fourth consecutive year St. Lawrence has made it to the Frozen Four, but the Saints haven’t been able to make it past the semifinal game.”Their defense is very strong, and their forwards on the powerplay can do a lot of good things,” Slusar said. “But five-on-five is going to be important for us.”While many are looking for the UW women’s hockey team to defend its national title this weekend, the Badgers aren’t looking past the first game one bit.”I don’t think [we’ve thought about the second game],” Slusar said. “Right now, we’re concentrating on the first game against St. Lawrence.”It’s going to be a tough battle.”last_img read more

William Ekong Launches Campaign against Tropical Diseases

first_imgAHEAD OF AFCON 2019Super Eagles central defender, William Troost-Ekong, has started a campaign to draw attention to neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) that affect more than 120 million Nigerians. In partnership with the END Fund and Common Goal, William appears in a 48 seconds public service announcement where he calls on affected Nigerians to seek free treatment.Neglected tropical diseases are a group of parasitic and bacterial infectious diseases that affects more than 1.5 billion of the world’s most impoverished people, including 869 million children. They include intestinal worms, schistosomiasis (bilharzia), river blindness, trachoma, and lymphatic filariasis. William Troost-Ekong Preparing to represent the Super Eagles at the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt, William is hoping that every Nigerian will participate in the free treatment campaigns from several END Fund partners across the country.“Like the rest of the team, I joined Common Goal because I wanted to use football as a tool to make a difference. I’m proud that we’re partnering with the END Fund to challenge every Nigerian to tackle neglected tropical diseases or NTDs,” said William.“600 million people in Africa need treatment for these diseases with over 120 million living in Nigeria alone.“Football is a powerful force in Nigeria and as a footballer and parent, I believe we should do everything we can to end these preventable and treatable diseases that stand between you and your goals.‘So the next time a health worker comes to your school, community or place of worship make sure you take the free medicine that they are giving out. Keep the ball rolling – spread the word to your family and friends and let’s be the generation to beat NTDs,” he concluded.Dr. Chukwuma Anyaike, Director and National Coordinator of the Neglected Tropical Diseases Elimination Programme, Federal Ministry of Health Nigeria, described the campaign as an important opportunity to bring attention to NTDs in the country.“We are very delighted to have William join the Federal Ministry of Health and our partners in Nigeria’s fight against neglected tropical diseases, we hope that this campaign helps to highlight the importance of the fight against NTDs in Nigeria and across the continent,” Dr. Anyaike said.The campaign will run on local radio and television stations during the months of June and July across the following states: Ekiti, Ondo, Osun, Gombe, Akwa Ibom, Bauchi and Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory. It will also feature on digital platforms nationwide as well and include targeted SMS messaging.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

5 questions as the Angels begin Summer Camp

first_img Angels’ Shohei Ohtani spending downtime working in outfield Jose Suarez’s rocky start sinks Angels in loss to Astros Angels offense breaks out to split doubleheader with Astros Angels’ poor pitching spoils an Albert Pujols milestone Or opening day.In advance of the opening of Summer Camp, a list of the five most pressing issues starts with the obvious:How many players will test positive?Every player and staff member who has direct access to the players – a group of about 180 people – will be tested for the coronavirus before camp begins.Angels general manager Billy Eppler said the team isn’t permitted to disclose who tests positive, because of privacy concerns. However, it’s going to be difficult to hide, from a practical standpoint.Players who test positive will not be participating, and their absence is certain to be noted. If Manager Joe Maddon or Eppler are unable to explain a player’s absence, that will be telling. Major League Baseball plans to periodically issue statistics on the number of positive tests, without identifying the individuals. No one is certain what number of positive tests MLB is willing to tolerate before suspending or cancelling the season.How will the players handle the restrictions?A team always relies on its members to be disciplined in order to succeed, but that will be taken to a much higher level this year.Not only do all the players need to do their work on the field and in the weight room, but they will need to be disciplined about the way they go about their lives to prevent the spread of the virus.Is everyone going to wear his mask in the clubhouse? Will they maintain social distance? Also, will they be disciplined about doing all of that when they are away from the ballpark?This applies not only to the players, but to all of the support staff who have access to the players. If one person from the group is careless, it could lead to an outbreak within the team.The document outlining the health and safety measures had no restrictions for behavior away from the ballpark, instead leaving it up to the players. The manual went so far as to suggest that each team produce its own written “code of conduct.”How are Shohei Ohtani and Griffin Canning?The Angels would love to have both pitchers in the rotation when the season begins, so they will be watched closely throughout camp.So far, both have thrown to hitters several times, with the sessions getting up to around 50 pitches, so they aren’t far from passing the final tests before pitching in the regular season.Ohtani isn’t really coming off an injury, since he completed his rehab from Tommy John surgery in December. The only reason he wasn’t pitching in spring training was because the Angels wanted to start him late to limit his innings.Canning had an elbow issue in the spring and received a platelet-rich plasma injection.What about development?Players like Jo Adell and Brandon Marsh were on the cusp of the majors in spring training, and over the past three-plus months they haven’t had any games to take those final steps in their development.In summer camp, they’ll get to work out and play in intrasquad games. Although intrasquad games don’t provide the same competition as a normal minor-league game, or even a major-league exhibition game, they do allow situations to be manipulated more. For example, the Angels could ensure that a hitter gets more at-bats against a certain type of pitcher.How will the bullpen look?Bullpen usage may be the element that is most different this season compared to a normal year. The starters will probably not be built up to their normal level out of the gate, leaving more innings for the relievers. Teams will also start with 30-man rosters, with relievers getting most of the extra spots.Any team that has two or three reliable multi-inning relievers who can work two or three innings as a bridge to the late-inning relievers could have a huge advantage.Felix Peña and Matt Andriese are the two pitchers who seem best suited for that role, but the Angels could also try some of their younger starters, like Jaime Barria, Jose Suarez or Patrick Sandoval.Related Articles The Angels and the other 29 teams are about to embark on a baseball season that will be about far more than baseball.On Friday, pitchers and catchers will hit the field at Angel Stadium and begin formal workouts for Summer Camp, the sport’s three-week training period to prepare for a season amid a pandemic.Unlike most seasons, in which the questions are about performance and avoiding injuries, this season all of those normal questions will also be beneath the overarching issue of whether the coronavirus will even allow them to make it to the end of the World Series.Or the end of the regular season. Angels’ Mike Trout working on his defense, thanks to Twitter Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more