Women’s hockey: Badgers dominate Syracuse in a convincing weekend sweep

first_imgIn a stunningly lopsided pair of contests this past weekend, the No. 1 Wisconsin Badgers (17-1-0, 7-1-0 WCHA) defeated the Syracuse Orange (4-12-1, 4-3-0 CHA) at LaBahn Arena. Similar to Syracuse’s past out-of-conference games this season, the Orange were completely outmatched by the offensive output of their opponent.While Syracuse is certainly no stranger to out-of-conference losses this season, the Badgers truly opened the floodgates in Madison unlike anything else the Orange had faced all season. This performance was a unique spot within the Badgers season as well. Scoring a grand total of 15 goals through the two games, they eclipsed their previous best offensive production of 11 goals against the Mercyhurst Lakers.Yet the full picture of Wisconsin’s dominance is not confined by their season-best goal production, as the Badgers also allowed just two goals over the extent of the two-game series.The Wisconsin defense has only allowed two or fewer goals during a weekend series four other times this season. Furthermore, the Wisconsin defense yielded just 21 Syracuse shots over six full periods of hockey. Even with an extremely efficient shot to goal conversion rate, Syracuse would have been hard-pressed to keep up with the offensive prowess of the Badgers.A perfectionist’s craft: Wisconsin kickers detail their training regimen, how they deal with outside stigmaIt’s 8 a.m. on a Tuesday morning in the McClain Center, and Wisconsin football spring practice is underway. The defensive Read…Multiple members of the Badger squad contributed to the 15 aggregate goals attained over the weekend, as eight different players put the puck in the back of the net at least once. The most notable scorer for the Badgers was senior Emily Clark who netted a hat-trick in Saturday’s 9–1 victory.The general takeaway from this series is that, while the Badgers certainly put on a unique performance in terms of the sheer amount of goals they scored, it’s simply a continuation of what the Badgers have done all season. With the second most goals scored in the nation and the No. 4 ranked scoring offense, high levels of goal output have certainly not been absent from the Badgers’ season.Moving forward, however, look for the Badgers to continue to improve on the defensive side of the ice. In their last nine games, half of the total number the Badgers have played this season, their defense has allowed only seven goals. Compared to a 13-goal total for the first nine games of the season, the Badgers have made impressive strides to fill any defensive gaps which previously existed.last_img read more


Fresh criminal proceedings opened against Sepp Blatter

first_imgThe Swiss attorney general has confirmed that criminal proceedings have been opened against Sepp Blatter for criminal mismanagement and misappropriation of funds.According to the Swiss criminal code, Blatter could, if convicted, face a custodial sentence of up to five years depending on the circumstances of the offence.The news broke on Friday afternoon, shortly after FIFA cancelled a planned press conference at which Blatter was set to appear to confirm the dates of the 2022 Qatar World Cup.At the time, media and FIFA members were baffled by the late cancellation; it is now clear that the press conference was axed as Blatter was being questioned by Swiss authorities in Zurich, with his lawyer Lorenz Erni having reportedly arrived at FIFA headquarters.The attorney general released a statement explaining the charges, alleging that Blatter “violated his fiduciary duties” with regard to a 2005 TV contract signed with the Caribbean Football Union, which at the time was headed up by Jack Warner.Swiss TV channel SRF reported earlier this month that Warner bought 2010 and 2014 World Cup TV rights for just under £400,000 in a deal that was signed off by Blatter, and sold them on for around £12 million. Blatter is also alleged to have made a “disloyal” payment to UEFA president Michel Platini of two million Swiss Francs (£1.35 million), “which was allegedly made for work performed between January 1999 and June 2002 ; this payment was executed in February 2011.”The statement also confirmed that Blatter’s office has been searched and data seized.FIFA issued a statement a few minutes later confirming the news, saying that they have been cooperating with the investigation since May, and that they will make no further comment.The 79-year-old Blatter has been in charge of FIFA since 1998. He has always maintained that he is innocent of any wrongdoing.Attorney Richard Cullen, Blatter’s US lawyer, said a contract the Swiss Attorney General said Blatter signed in 2005 with the Caribbean Football Union was “properly prepared and negotiated by the appropriate staff members of FIFA.” “Certainly no mismanagement occurred,” he said in an emailed statement. Investigative journalist Jamil Chade reported via Twitter that Blatter will not be suspended from the FIFA presidency.–Follow Joy Sports on Twitter: @Joy997FM. Our hashtag is #JoySportslast_img read more