Wisconsin in hunt for MacNaughton Cup

first_imgThere were no typos on the score sheets this weekend when the Wisconsin men’s hockey team took on Michigan Tech.It was the rookie Shane Connelly who notched his first career shutout Friday night with a resounding 5-0 win which saw the Badgers plaster the Husky net with 64 shots. And it was junior Brian Elliott, who had missed a month of action due to a left knee injury, that returned to his post in what turned out to be a 4-4 tie.But despite the recent success of Connelly, UW head coach Mike Eaves said at his Monday news conference that there would be no goalie controversy between the freshman and Elliott, who leads the country in both save percentage and goals against average.”I think it’s a very positive situation in the fact that we now know what Shane can do. He’s a college goaltender as of now — bona fide,” Eaves said. “It was a nice way to end this first chapter of his career by having a shutout. Going 3-5 and getting shutout in his last game we know what we have.”But we also know what we have in Brian Elliott. Probably our main task is to get him back to where he was before he got injured and that will be a priority for us.”It is no secret that Elliott put the team on his back, carrying them to an 18-2-2 record before he went down in a practice the week before UW’s series against Denver.The Badgers will need him to return to that form over the next four games as they close out the regular season before entering the postseason. Despite its recent struggles, Wisconsin is still eyeing a Frozen Four appearance and national title opportunity in Milwaukee to end the year.On the league front, UW finds itself in need of some help if it wants to challenge for the MacNaughton Cup, given to the WCHA’s regular season champion. Though the Badgers had an eight-point lead in the standings when Elliott went down, they now sit two points behind Minnesota, which faces the league’s two worst teams — as far as standings are concerned — in the final two weeks.”The MacNaughton Cup is an intermediate goal on our way up to the top of the mountain. We’ve got to focus on the things we can control,” Eaves said. “We’re 3-1-1 in this month right now. We’re getting back to where we want to be. It’s still about pushing to the end of the year and playing our best hockey.”Though if Wisconsin can get that help from Alaska-Anchorage and Minnesota-Duluth, anything is possible.”I think they’re excited about getting Brian back,” Eaves said. “They know what this team is capable of doing and we just want to end out this month on a high note.”Badgers face another injury: Fresh off getting Elliott back, Wisconsin will now have to deal with another injury as assistant captain Andrew Joudrey limped off the ice during the second period of Saturday’s game and left the arena on crutches, according to The Capital Times.Eaves said that the junior forward would undergo an MRI Monday afternoon, which would allow them to figure out a time frame on how long he would be out of the lineup. But he also said that if he were to make an analogy, he thought the injury might be similar to that of Elliott’s, which sidelined the net-minder for a month.Though Joudrey’s offensive numbers aren’t stellar this season — he has seven goals and eight assists in 31 games — Eaves acknowledged that he has perhaps been the most consistent forward for the Badgers this year.”He’s not going to give you fantastic offensive flare, but he’s never going to let you down defensively,” Eaves said. “I wish he gave us more offensive flare, but I don’t think that’s who he is.”Badgers move up in poll: Despite the three-point weekend against Michigan Tech last weekend, Wisconsin moved up to the No. 2 ranking in the latest USCHO.com poll, receiving two first-place votes.The Gophers solidified their spot atop the national polls with a sweep of Denver. They snagged all but three first-place votes and hold a 45-point advantage over the Badgers.Miami (Ohio) and Boston University are third and fourth, respectively, while Michigan State made the biggest jump of the week, leaping from the No. 10 spot all the way up to round out the top five.last_img read more


SUPERSTAR MARE BEHOLDER WORKS BULLET SIX FURLONGS WITH STEVENS UP, TWO-TIME ECLIPSE WINNER SET FOR GRADE I ZENYATTA STAKES SEPT. 26; TRIPLE CROWN CHAMP AMERICAN PHAROAH GALLOPS 1 ½ MILES FOR BAFFERT

first_imgARCADIA, Calif. (Sept. 18, 2015)–Under the watchful eye of trainer Richard Mandella, two-time Eclipse Champion mare Beholder worked a bullet six furlongs in 1:12.80 under Gary Stevens this morning at Santa Anita–her final work in preparation for the Grade I, $300,000 Zenyatta Stakes on Sept. 26.Owned by B. Wayne Hughes’ Spendthrift Farm, Beholder came on the track at 6:30 a.m. and galloped under the wire, around the Club House turn and was set down by Stevens at the five furlong pole, four lengths behind a stablemate. In-hand throughout, Beholder took command at the sixteenth pole and galloped out seven furlongs as planned.A 5-year-old mare by Henny Hughes, Beholder seeks a record third consecutive win in the Zenyatta, a Breeders’ Cup Challenge “Win & You’re In” prep. Should all go well in the 1 1/16 miles Zenyatta, it is expected Beholder, a smashing 8 ¼ length winner versus males in the Grade I Pacific Classic Aug. 22, will take on Triple Crown winner American Pharoah and others in the $5 million Breeders’ Cup Classic at Keeneland Oct. 31.“She’s super fit coming off the Pacific Classic,” Stevens told Xpressbet’s Millie Ball this morning. “But she needs to run.”Mandella was simply in awe. When asked for his “take” on the six furlong move, he responded, “I haven’t overcome the goosebumps in my eyes, because when I watch her work, it gives me that.”Beholder Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LeBH443oY0sWith trainer Bob Baffert away in Kentucky, Triple Crown Champion American Pharoah took the track at 6:30 a.m. under exercise rider Manny Avila and backtracked to the half mile pole. As is his wont, “Pharoah” took a moment to take in his surrounds and on Avila’s cue, turned and galloped a strong 1 ½ miles.Owned and bred by Ahmad Zayat, American Pharoah, who followed up his Triple Crown run with an authoritative 2 ¼ length win in the Grade I Haskell Invitational Aug. 2, has not worked since running a close second in the Grade I Travers Stakes Aug. 29.American Pharoah Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-sCYrF23tcMlast_img read more


[Video] Apple’s iPad Mini & More

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Eyes Wide Open: Teens and Parenting

first_imgBy Kiara McNair and Eveny Griffinpixabay [girl-869205_1920 by Foundry, June 24, 2015]Taking the first steps, starting school, making friends. These are some of the things associated with children growing up. One of the scariest parts of growing up in the eyes of parents is teenage dating. Most parents think of what the appropriate age to begin dating is, what time to set curfew, and who they want their child to date. Dating violence is less thought of, but a very important topic concerning teenage dating. Largio (2007) states “eighty-one percent of parents did not know or did not believe that teen dating violence was a problem”[1]. He also describes teenage dating violence as “(1) acts or threatened acts of some form of abuse; (2) young people; (3) and some form of intimate or romantic relationship. Thus, any form of abuse or threat of abuse that occurs between young people who are in a dating relationship constitutes teen dating violence” [1]. So why is this so important to discuss with teenagers of all ages? Teenage dating violence affects a large population of teenage students. Knowing the signs, symptoms, and preventive methods can be influential in protecting your teen from becoming a victim.Imagine yourself as a parent receiving a phone call from the school principal informing you that your child has been a victim of dating violence. Thoughts immediately begin to fill your mind including the feeling of self-doubt. Why would this be important to service professionals? As a service professional, the teen will need services to cope with the abuse as well as the parent. In order to fully be able to support the teen, the parent must move past the feeling of self-guilt. How can this be done? To begin, the service professional must know the signs of dating violence. Once the parent identifies these signs in their child, the service professional can identify how their child purposely hid the signs. The next step would be providing the parent tips for communicating with the teens concerning the abuse. As service professionals, we understand that teenagers often shut down when parents attempt to talk to them about difficult topics. The service professional can help the parent develop skills to overcome these communication barriers.What about the teenage victim? Think about how the teen must be feeling: self-blame, insecurity, and possibly what they think is love towards the abuser. It is critical for the service professional to know the effects dating violence has on a teenager whether they are the victim or perpetrator. Being knowledgeable of the possible feelings the teenage victim can be experiencing will assist the service professional in having empathy which leads to establishing a great rapport. Having an understanding of how this topic affects everyone involved can greatly influence the success of intervention.As we did research on Teen Dating violence, we learned that teens use violence as a means to control their partner and coerce them into doing what their significant other wants them to do. According to Largio (2007), one in five girls will become victims of domestic violence during their high school years [1]. As service professionals, we must be aware of the signs and symptoms that both teens and parents should look for when teens get involved with significant others. Parents and teens can work together by having open communication. How can parents have open communication? By actively listening to the teen, engaging in their story and not blame the victim/client.We must learn to actively listen to our clients, build rapport and validate their stories, especially our teen clients because they are even more susceptible to the opinion of others during this time of constant transition in their lives. We must actively listen and engage in a way that doesn’t push our biases and personal beliefs onto our client but allows us to work together with the client, and help them to work through the abuse and talk openly about their dating life. How would you encourage your child to talk to you about dating violence?References[1] Largio, D. M. (2007). Refining the Meaning and Application of “Dating Relationship” Language in Domestic Violence Statutes. Vanderbilt Law Review, 60(3), 939-981.This post was written by Kiara McNair and Eveny Griffin, guest bloggers for the MFLN Family Development (FD) team which aims to support the development of professionals orking with military families. Kiara and Eveny are masters-level marriage and family therapist (MFT) in training enrolled in the Marriage and Family Therapy Department at Valdosta State University. They also work as MFT interns at VSU’s FamilyWorks Clinic, a community-based family therapy clinic. You may find more about the authors, here. Find out more about the Military Families Learning Network FD team on our website, on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and on LinkedIn.last_img read more


Amateur boxing president steps aside during IOC inquiry

first_imgFILE – In this Saturday, Nov. 3, 2018 file photo, president of the amateur boxing federation Gafur Rakhimov speaks to the media upon becoming the head of AIBA in Moscow, Russia. The president of the international boxing association says he is stepping aside to let an interim leader take charge while the sport is under investigation by the International Olympic Committee. Rakhimov issued a statement Friday March 22, 2019 in which he does not commit to resigning as AIBA president. Nor does he call for new elections. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko, file)LAUSANNE, Switzerland — With Olympic boxing under investigation by the IOC, the president of the sport’s governing body said on Friday he was stepping aside to let an interim leader take charge.Gafur Rakhimov sai d he was not resigning as AIBA president, however, and did not call for new elections.ADVERTISEMENT PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Google Philippines names new country director Rakhimov’s status on a U.S. Treasury Department sanctions list as an alleged heroin trafficker is part of an inquiry by an International Olympic Committee-appointed panel.The panel will update the IOC executive board next week in Lausanne, Switzerland. AIBA could be derecognized by IOC members in June.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsThe IOC halted planning for the 2020 Tokyo Olympic boxing tournaments and blocked AIBA officials from contacting organizers in Japan.“The allegations against me were fabricated and based on politically motivated lies,” Rakhimov said. “I trust that the truth will prevail. Nevertheless, I have always said that I would never put myself above boxing, and as president, I have a duty to do everything in my power to serve our sport and our athletes.” Colombia protesters vow new strike after talks hit snag Wintry storm delivers US travel woes before Thanksgiving Under AIBA statutes, an interim president is picked from among the five vice-presidents, who include several Rakhimov supporters. The executive committee is due to meet by telephone this weekend. The interim leader can serve only a maximum 365 days before fresh elections, however, meaning that arrangement can’t last through to the Tokyo Olympics.When Rakhimov was elected last year, his supporters pushed for a plan to allow the president to step aside while still retaining key influence and being able to return at any time, but that was defeated.It’s not clear if Rakhimov’s departure would be enough to calm the IOC, which has also criticized AIBA over how fights are judged, anti-doping measures, and its debts.The IOC could try to host an Olympic boxing tournament without AIBA, and some national boxing officials have tried to form a group which could help the IOC stage the event.ADVERTISEMENT Bloomberg: US would benefit from more, not fewer, immigrants Serena Williams, Naomi Osaka win opening matches in Miami Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextcenter_img Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Miguel Romero Polo: Bamboo technology like no other SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Trump tells impeachment jokes at annual turkey pardon event LATEST STORIES View commentslast_img read more


Lizzie Durack: from economics at Harvard to Everton goalkeeper

first_img Read more Stanway’s stunner earns Manchester City a point against WSL leaders Chelsea Intellectual footballers are considered a rarity. As teams scoop primary school-age talent into their glistening academies, the lives of young players become consumed with football and education often becomes secondary at best – despite the low chances of ‘making it’.Yet in the women’s game it is different. Because professionalism is relatively new, most of those playing football at the top level today have had to have a plan B from the off. Pinterest However, that did not kill off Durack’s international career. England coaches were on the hunt for players and emailed US universities asking if they knew of female goalkeepers who would be eligible. Durack, born in Australia to an English mother, was put forward by Harvard. And, with eight months to kill before she headed to the States, she flew to the UK to join an England Under-19s camp. “I spent a week in camp and they asked me to stay in the UK.“They said Everton were looking for a goalkeeper. Rachel Brown-Finnis was there and I would have been playing and training with Brownie, so I went to Liverpool for the next six to seven months. Unfortunately for Brownie, but fortunately for me, she got injured and I ended up playing most of the league that year and got myself into the England Under-19s squad.”Then she left for Harvard. “The American style of play is a lot more direct and a lot more physical over technical and tactical. I would say it’s not WSL1 level but it would be competitive at WSL2 level. It was the most fun environment I’ve ever played in. The Americans get so competitive and enthusiastic about everything. In the Ivy League you have got to come top of the table to make it through to the national championship play-offs, so you’ve got to play every game as though it’s a must-win.”Once her four years at Harvard were done, Durack had eyes only for coming back to the WSL. However, the Everton the 23-year-old has rejoined are very different from the one she left. “When I was playing there before I was on hardly anything – I can’t even remember being paid to be honest – and now the whole team are on professional contracts. We’re training fully at Finch Farm and all the infrastructure is there for us to be professional athletes. There’s still a long way to go but it’s fantastic to see how far it’s come.”Everton are starting to find their feet in the top flight. This year they have lost narrowly to Chelsea, Manchester City and Arsenal (1-0, 3-2 and 1-0, respectively), chalked up a good win against Reading and are progressing in the FA Cup. There is a confidence that suggests taking points off a big team will not be far away.Durack is studying for level one of the chartered financial analyst programme – part-sponsored by the PFA’s educational programme; the PFA represents her – and watching her boyfriend, who does the job she turned down, gives her an insight into the life she has delayed. “I sometimes miss the intellectual stimulation of what he’s doing but at the same time his hours are pretty gruelling and he’s not playing football every day. That’s something I’ve always dreamed of doing. It wouldn’t have been fair to my younger self to give that up just for the gratification of getting a bit more money.”Talking points• Houston Dash’s Rachel Daly and Manchester City pair Abbie McManus and Georgia Stanway have been drafted into England’s squad for the SheBelieves Cup after Steph Houghton, Jordan Nobbs and Karen Carney withdrew through injury. Lucy Bronze has been given the captaincy, with Houghton and Nobbs out. England play France in Thursday’s opener.• Crystal Dunn is leaving Chelsea for North Carolina Courage one year after joining from Washington Spirit. Dunn won the WSL Spring Series with Chelsea and scored on her competitive debut.• Georgia Stanway came off the bench to equalise as Manchester City salvaged a point against a dominant Chelsea in their 2-2 WSL1 draw. Chelsea, the league leaders, were 2-0 up at half-time left regretting missed chances as a depleted City fought back through Nikita Parris and Stanway’s stunning strike. Topics blogposts Share via Email Women’s football Facebook Share on Facebook Sportblog Share on WhatsApp Share on Pinterestcenter_img Lizzie Durack saves from Bethany England during Everton’s match against Liverpool last September. Photograph: Paul Currie for FA/Rex/Shutterstock Manchester City celebrate after Georgia Stanway’s equaliser. Photograph: Tom Flathers/Man City via Getty Images However, as in the men’s game, there are a few who do not regard education as a back-up or side project but as an integral – if not equal – partner to their football.So when Australian-born Lizzie Durack finished college and had to choose which path to focus on, she sought to do both. Now a professional footballer in England’s top tier with Everton, she majored in economics and minored in neurobiology at Harvard University before turning down a job at Goldman Sachs to head for Merseyside.“I’ve always valued my education pretty highly,” she says. “In Australia, like how it is here, you have to choose whether you want to play high-level sport or want to do a really good uni degree and I didn’t want to choose. I had friends in the States on sports scholarships, so I looked into that and I ended up, in a hopeful but unrealistic way, emailing some Ivy League coaches – Harvard, Yale, Princeton – and Harvard were really interested. I sent over a video of me playing and they recruited me.”The goalkeeper’s football story has not been an easy one but she has exhibited a never-say-die attitude that has mirrored her academic drive. She played in her school’s all-boys team before being spotted by the coach of a local girls’ club and spent time with the Australia Under-16 and under-17 sides, including going to the Asian Cup, before falling out of favour with the international set-up.“At the time they told me they didn’t think I was good enough. As a 16-year-old I thought that was a bit harsh but that’s how football goes sometimes – it’s a subjective sport. I can look back on it now and calmly talk about it but it’s a very tough thing to deal with.“And I didn’t quite give up on Australia immediately. I played for another three years in Australia, played for the Western Sydney Wanderers in the W-League and then I actually called up the under-20s Australia coach and was like: ‘Any chance of me getting in any of these squads?’ And it was still a no.” Share on LinkedIn Twitter Share on Twitter Facebook • The FA has announced a rebranding of tiers one to four of the women’s football pyramid. The top tier will be the FA Women’s Super League (changing from WSL1); tier two the FA Women’s Championship; tier three the FA Women’s National League – Northern Premier Division/Southern Premier Division; and tier four the FA Women’s National League – Division 1 North, Midlands, South East, South West. The top tier will be professional and the second tier semi-professional from next season.• Crystal Palace will apply for a place in the second tier for next season. Palace are currently an amateur side who play in South Division of the Women’s Premier League (third tier). 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