The Wisconsin softball team returns home today for a doubleheader against the University of Northern Iowa. Wisconsin (20-20, 6-8 Big Ten) is riding high after a split against a strong Purdue team and a sweep of Indiana last weekend. The Badgers boosted their record to the .500 level for the first time since April 3 when they were 12-12. Northern Iowa (20-19, 8-13 Missouri Valley) is riding a five-game winning streak coming into tonight’s game after sweeping South Dakota State in two games and conference opponent Indiana State in three. The doubleheader today is the third mid-week doubleheader of the season for Wisconsin. The Badgers played North Dakota State and Loyola-Chicago Monday and Tuesday of last week, sweeping both. Head coach Karen Gallagher says the extra games are a nice break from the Big Ten season. The Badgers are scheduled to play the rest of their remaining Big Ten contests on the road.“We’re winding down here, so the more you can play at home the better,” Gallagher said. “And I would rather be playing than practicing at this point. The games give us good experience. You get an opportunity to play a lot of players, and it keeps everybody sharp.”The Badgers will also have to play in some adverse weather conditions, as the Madison area has been hit by some cold weather as of late. Players will endure a forecasted high of 53 degrees and a possibility of rain. After enjoying temperatures in the seventies and eighties, the Badgers will have to adjust for the poor conditions.“I don’t think it fazes our kids,” Gallagher said of the adverse weather. “This isn’t that bad. We played in some treacherous winds last weekend, and that was less conducive to playing than this weather right now.”The Badgers, bad weather or not, should look to go deep in this game. Wisconsin’s power streak still lives on, as the softball team went deep five times last weekend to bring their season total to 37 home runs. That total far surpassed the previous team record of 23 home runs set two years ago, and the Badgers show no signs of stopping. They have hit dingers in four straight games, and their average of 0.93 homers per game entering last weekend was ranked 22nd in the country.“They’re stronger [this year]. They’ve worked hard in the weight room, and I think that becomes a factor,” Gallagher said of the power surge. “I think we’re looking for better pitches to drive and being a little more patient.”Everyone in the lineup seems to be hitting these days. Second baseman Athena Vasquez has struggled this season, but last week she enjoyed a 9-for-22 stretch with four RBIs, her first RBIs of the season. Natalie Phillips is also hitting well, going 6-for-15 with three doubles last weekend.But the hottest bats belong to senior captains Kris Zacher and Boo Gillette. Zacher is hitting at a phenomenal .407 clip, good for fourth in the Big Ten. Add to that her five home runs and four triples, and the visiting Panthers have a player to watch out for. Gillette, meanwhile, is hitting .383, tenth in the Big Ten, but she has power to go along with her average. Her nine home runs and her .656 slugging percentage are both good for seventh in the conference.UW’s hitters will face a Panther pitching unit that won’t give up any easy runs. Northern Iowa’s staff is led by Amanda Hess. The freshman has taken the majority of the workload for the Panthers this season, but she has done it well, posting a 10-8 record and a 2.19 ERA. Hess is also holding opponents to a .222 average this season. Liz Adams will also be tough for the Badgers. Adams has a 2.36 ERA and a 5-2 record thus far, and she has walked only 16 batters all season.The Panthers also have some good hitters, but they are lacking in the power department. Senior Erin Strellner leads the team with a .387 batting average, with eight doubles and 20 RBIs. Senior Tracy Davis leads the team with 21 RBIs while hitting .301 with three triples and two home runs. As a team, however, Northern Iowa has hit only 10 homers all season.Today’s matchup marks only the second time these two teams have ever met. The Badgers bumped heads with the Panthers for the first time last year in Cedar Falls, Iowa, where Wisconsin came away a 6-2 victor. A sweep today would give the Badgers a four-game winning streak and some momentum heading back into Big Ten play this weekend.
Syracuse (13-6, 2-4 Atlantic Coast) faces Boston College (13-7, 3-4) on Wednesday in the Carrier Dome. Last season, the Orange visited Conte Forum on New Year’s Day and got a bloody nose from Ky Bowman and the Eagles, losing 96-81. Less than two weeks later, BC came to the Dome and lost, spoiling its chance to sweep the season series with SU. The two sides haven’t faced off this season, but our beat writers are split about who will get a win.Matthew Gutierrez (17-2)Eye of the EagleBoston College 64, Syracuse 57Remember last year at Conte Forum, where Ky Bowman drilled 7 of 8 3s in BC’s 96-point outburst against the Orange? There’s no way the Eagles will reach the 90-point threshold this time, especially on the road against a solid defensive team.But Boston College will shoot it. Jim Christian’s offense is more efficient than it has been in years past — the Eagles went 10-62 in ACC play over the past four seasons. That’s been enough to beat Duke, Wake Forest and Florida State, as well as nearly beating Virginia and Clemson.Jerome Robinson and Jordan Chatman are taking care of the ball while seeing upticks in their 3-point shooting percentages. Wednesday evening, the Eagles will knock down open 3s for a road victory.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textSam Fortier (15-4)Bye Eagles ByeSyracuse 63, Boston College 58The Orange will burst out of its longest layoff of the season and get the best of an Eagles team playing its second tough road game in four days. Boston College, for all its growth, is still one of the youngest teams in the country — though still older than Syracuse, on average — and it will take a near-flawless night to beat Syracuse in the Dome.SU head coach Jim Boeheim called BC one of the country’s best 3-point shooting teams and, though statistics don’t necessarily support that, it would be one way for BC to take advantage of the Orange’s 2-3 zone and its struggles to defend the perimeter this season. Still, fresh legs will prevail as Syracuse locks down on the outside and grinds out a victory.Tomer Langer (14-5)Going streakingSyracuse 68, Boston College 61It’s true that Boston College is improved and has a good young core of Bowman and Robinson, with the former being an all-around threat and the latter being absolutely lethal from beyond the arc. There are two problems for the Eagles, though. The first is that they’re just 2-6 away from home. The other is that BC lacks a true scoring threat in the paint.Last year, when the Eagles obliterated the Orange at Conte Forum, SU spent too much time scrambling toward the posts, even though those weren’t serious threats to score.The Orange is well rested, as Sam mentioned. Center Paschal Chukwu, who has seen a large uptick of minutes in ACC play with Bourama Sidibe limited, probably needed the break more than anyone and should be fresh defending the paint. Syracuse should be able to push out its zone to limit BC’s guards, and expect Tyus Battle and Frank Howard to be more effective on offense with the extra rest. Comments Published on January 23, 2018 at 9:27 pm Facebook Twitter Google+
Photo © Thurles Crokes Athletic Club The Dave Fogarty 4-mile Road Race takes place in Thurles this evening.It’s starting at 8 o’clock and organisers are expecting a huge crowd – from serious athletes, to joggers and walkers.The race follows the well known Leugh route – beginning at Thurles Crokes Athletic Club. Vice Chairperson of Thurles Crokes Athletic Club Kathleen Durney says there’s no better way to remember their former chairman.
Prime Minister Dr. Timothy Harris of St. Kitts/Nevis says the Barbados based Regional Security System (RSS) has been invited to deploy forces across the federation.In an address to the nation late Saturday, Harris said this is yet another initiative undertaken by his administration to enhance the safety and security of all persons on St. Kitts and Nevis.Aim to reduce crime“ We are concerned that there must be a reduction in the incidences of criminal acts in our country. In this regard, we have over time engaged civil society and our security forces in conversations about what can and should be done,” the Prime Minister said.He also disclosed that after consultation with the police high command and other technocrats in the Ministry of National Security, the Cabinet approved a recommendation to invite the RSS.Additional manpower“The High Command of the Police has advised that the Force would benefit from additional manpower at this time. The shortage of manpower affects the ability of the Police to properly execute their strategic plan and has prompted the call from them for the RSS to augment the number of security personnel on the ground.”The RSS forces began arriving last week “and will continue to arrive into St. Kitts and Nevis in sufficient numbers to assist our ongoing efforts at ensuring citizen safety and security,” Harris said. He said RSS members are already deployed throughout the communities with local national security personnel, and it is believed that their presence will help local law enforcement to expand the extent of their coverage of the country.Will remain as long as needed “This deployment of the RSS to St. Kitts and Nevis demonstrates yet another example of the Team Unity Government’s commitment to ensure the safety and security of you, our beloved citizens and residents of St. Kitts and Nevis. The RSS will remain in St. Kitts and Nevis for as long as necessary until the security forces advise that their presence is no longer required,” he said. St. Kitts Nevis is a member of the RSS and financially contributes to support the functioning of the regional security mechanism. “That membership and financial contribution oblige the RSS to assist the Federation when necessary. It is yet another available security asset and my Government will not hesitate to utilize all assets at our disposal to further the peace and security of our country,” Harris noted. The Prime Minister also said that the Government continues to appeal to young Kittitians and Nevisians to take advantage of the career opportunities in Serving their Country as police officers.He assured citizens that public safety and security “are my Government’s highest priorities and no stone shall be left unturned and no effort or expense spared in ensuring that all Kittitians and Nevisians and all who call St. Kitts and Nevis home are safe and secure.”
LOS ANGELES — Clayton Kershaw has put himself on the line for the Dodgers every fall for the past five years, pitching on short rest, pitching in relief – memorably marching down to the bullpen in Game 5 against the Washington Nationals two years ago without his manager’s knowledge.But when the Dodgers decided Monday evening to start Hyun-Jin Ryu in Game 1 of this year’s National League Division Series against the Atlanta Braves instead of Clayton Kershaw, he got a phone call.Manager Dave Roberts and pitching coach Rick Honeycutt delivered the news on a conference call. GM Farhan Zaidi said he spoke with Kershaw the next day.“I wouldn’t really consider it a gut punch,” Kershaw said of the impact the decision had on him. “I don’t really think of it like that. I think of it as I get to pitch in another playoff series for the sixth year in a row and I’m looking forward to it.” Dodgers’ Max Muncy trying to work his way out of slow start Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error How Dodgers pitcher Ross Stripling topped the baseball podcast empire Cody Bellinger homer gives Dodgers their first walkoff win of season Dodgers hit seven home runs, sweep Colorado Rockies Fire danger is on Dave Roberts’ mind as Dodgers head to San Francisco The three-time NL Cy Young Award winner acknowledged that he questioned the decision – though he wouldn’t get into specifics about the discussion that ensued.“It really wasn’t an agree-or-disagree type of thing,” he said. “They had their reasons and I accepted them.”Kershaw’s mood during Wednesday’s workout was “good,” said Roberts, who spent some time standing with Kershaw in the outfield talking during batting practice. Roberts said he was confident Kershaw would not let the change “influence his mind or psyche.”“You know the player and you’ll bet on the player,” Roberts said Thursday. “Once it comes to the day of his start, he’ll be ready to do what he’s always done.“At the end of the day, when you win the World Series, going back to Game 1 – no one’s going to be talking about that. So how do you get there? What is the best way, you feel, to get there? That’s our responsibility.” Kershaw had carried the responsibility of starting Game 1 in eight of a possible 10 playoff series before this, missing only in the 2013 and 2016 NL Championship Series when he pitched in the closeout game of the previous round. Ryu’s start Thursday was his first in a playoff series since 2014.But over the past month, Ryu outpitched Kershaw. While Ryu posted a 1.50 ERA in five September starts, Kershaw had a 3.89 ERA in the month.“I don’t really need to prove myself to anybody,” Kershaw said. “I want my teammates to want me out there. I think that’s the biggest thing. Hyun-Jin has had a great season and he’s pitched really well for us. I’m looking forward to watching him tonight. And I’ll get my turn tomorrow.”ROSTER CHOICESBoth teams announced their rosters for the NLDS with injured shortstop Dansby Swanson left off the Braves’ roster and All-Star pitcher Ross Stripling left off the Dodgers’ roster.Stripling went 8-2 with a 2.08 ERA in the first half of this season, rescuing a rotation riven with injuries. But he made two trips to the DL in the second half of the season and struggled after returning in September, posting a 6.75 ERA over his final five appearances (four starts).“I think the toughest one (roster decision) was the one with Stripling,” Roberts said. “Obviously he’s pitched very well for us.”Roberts said the decision came down to Dylan Floro making the team over Stripling. Floro had a 1.63 ERA and 1.05 WHIP with 31 strikeouts in 27-2/3 innings for the Dodgers after being acquired from the Reds in July.Players not on the NLDS roster can be in uniform, work out with the team and stay in the dugout during games. Chase Utley, Kyle Farmer, Julio Urias, Josh Fields, Rocky Gale and Stripling were in uniform for Game 1 and will likely travel to Atlanta. Others – such as Andrew Toles, Alex Verdugo, Zac Rosscup, Tony Cingrani, John Axford, Yimi Garcia, Tim Locastro, J.T. Chargois and Pat Venditte – will work out at the Dodgers’ Camelback Ranch complex in Arizona in case they are needed.Teams can change rosters in response to an injury or at the start of a new playoff round.CLOSING TIMERoberts said he planned to speak with closer Kenley Jansen before the start of the NLDS “and just confirm that he’s in a good head space, which I expect he is” after a difficult regular season.Roberts said his confidence in Jansen remains high. But he did acknowledge he will almost certainly throttle back on his aggressive use of his closer, a big part of last year’s postseason plan.“I would say that was pretty intense last year,” said Roberts, who used Jansen 13 of a possible 15 postseason games last year and for more than one inning five times. “I would take the under on the workload compared to last year.“I do like the guys that we have around him in the ’pen. But to see him try to do what he did last year, unlikely.”GAMES TIMES SETIf Games 4 and 5 become necessary in this series, Monday’s Game 4 in Atlanta will start at 1:30 p.m. PT and Wednesday’s Game 5 at Dodger Stadium will start at 5 p.m. PT. Both games would be broadcast on FS1.Related Articles
Tobias Harris has drawn interest ahead of the trade deadline.Multiple teams have inquired about dealing for the 26-year-old Clippers forward, according to a report from ESPN, which cites unidentified league sources. Harris will become an unrestricted free agent this summer. NBA trade rumors: Kings ‘willing to talk about’ moving center Willie Cauley-Stein The 19th pick in the 2011 draft has also played for the Bucks, Magic and Pistons during his eight-year career.The Clippers dropped to 29-25 on the season after a loss to the Raptors on Sunday. Los Angeles, however, has “so far shown no inclination” to trade Harris, the report says. Instead, it is hoping to re-sign him in the offseason.Harris is having his best statistical season. He entered play Sunday averaging a career-high 20.8 points and 7.9 rebounds in 34.6 minutes per game this season. Related News Kristaps Porzingis tells Knicks fans ‘the city deserves better than that’ Harris is also shooting 49.8 percent from the field and 42.6 percent from 3-point range.
MLB trade rumors: Todd Frazier would be ‘OK’ if Mets dealt him The third best team in the American League might actually be the Athletics.Oakland defeated the Twins 7-2 on Thursday to take two out of three games in the series from the American League Central leaders and move to 48-40 on the season. Meanwhile, the Athletics have won five of their last six.After starting the year 15-21, Oakland is on the precipice of getting home-field advantage in the wild-card game.There’s still a lot of baseball to be played but the Athletics are now in a fight for the first wild-card spot.Studs of the NightJose Ramirez went 2 for 5 with two home runs in the Indians’ 8-4 win over the Royals.Matthew Boyd gave up nine hits and four runs, but he recorded 16 outs, 13 of which came via the strikeout in the Tigers’ 11-5 win over the White Sox. That’s an impressive ratio.Kris Bryant went 4 for 5, finishing a triple shy of the cycle in the Cubs’ 11-3 win over the Pirates.Dud of the NightYasmani Grandal went 0 for 4 with two strikeouts in the Brewers’ 1-0 loss to the Reds. HighlightLourdes Gurriel made a spectacular diving play on Mookie Betts.Glove Man Makes Play 👏@yunitogurriel | #PiñaPower 🍍 pic.twitter.com/MIzmc0OTC5— Toronto Blue Jays (@BlueJays) July 5, 2019What’s NextRockies (44-42) at Diamondbacks (43-45), 9:10 p.m. ET — Both of these teams are absolutely in the National League wild-card race and this series, which is the last before the All-Star break, could go a long way in determining whether one, or both of these teams, are buyers or sellers at the trade deadline. MLB trade rumors: Could Yankees target Diamondbacks’ Robbie Ray? Marcus Semien hit a grand slam to lead the Athletics to the win and Oakland, all of a sudden, is just two games back of the Rays for the first wild-card spot in the American League.Love a good grand finale at the fireworks show💥#RootedInOakland pic.twitter.com/nwglTzKITW— Oakland A’s (@Athletics) July 4, 2019Tampa Bay lost to the Yankees 8-4 on Thursday and has now taken losses in 10 of its last 17 games. Related News MLB trade rumors: Dodgers interested in Brad Hand, Ken Giles, several others MLB trade rumors: Mets will ‘have no issues’ sending Zack Wheeler to Yankees
BiH judo players Aleksandra Samardzic and Larisa Ceric won gold medals, while Harun Sadikovic won the silver on the first day of competition at the 11th European Cup for seniors “Sarajevo Open 2016”, which is held in the hall of KSC Ilidza.In the category up to 78 kg, Aleksandra Samardzic defeated representatives of Turkey and Croatia in eliminations, and she was better than Mathilde Gil from France in the match for the gold medal.Best BH judoka Larisa Ceric defended her title in the category over 78 kg in the final match against the representative of Serbia Milica Zabic, and she was better than two Turkish competitors in eliminations.After he was defeated by Slovenian Vito Dragic in the final category over 100 kg, Harun Sadikovic failed to defend gold in this tournament.On Sunday, the second day of the European Cup, the competition is starting with qualifying matches from 10 am, while the final matches are on the program from 4 pm.More than 250 judokas from 23 countries are participating at the European Cup.(Source: novovrijeme.ba)
NFL Week 11 Weather Updates: Cold, rain, wind (and elevation) could impact fantasy start ’em, sit ’em calls
Chiefs vs. Chargers (in Mexico City). My favorite game of the week comes on Monday night in Mexico. The “weather” likely won’t be overly impactful — light winds, a chance for showers and storms — but the elevation will be. This game is being played at an elevation of 7,200 feet, which is 2,000 feet higher than Denver. High elevation means a few things. First it means a bump to kickers. The NFL record-long FG is 64 yards (in Denver), there’s also been four 63-yard field goals (two in Denver). That elevation matters for distance, and with the elevation of Mexico City, we might see teams line up for a FG in the 65-70-yard range. Obviously, the game situation would have to bring us there, but the point is that kickers will be given every opportunity to bang through some 50-plus yarders. The second important note is that high elevation can impact your ability to get your “wind” or breath. It’s generally the defensive side of the ball that wears down first, and I expect the elevation to exacerbate that issue in this game. I love the offense in general here — passing, running, and kicking. All the conditions are lined up to help. WEEK 11 DFS LINEUPS:Y! cash | Y! GPP | DK cash | DK GPP | FD cash | FD GPPAs always, all forecasts are subject to change prior to kickoff. You can follow me on Twitter (@KevinRothWx), check out the hourly automated NFL weather forecasts on RotoGrinders, or take a look at WeatherEdge for updates. We’ve also added automated College Football Weather for those NCAA football fans looking for a little weather insight. The temperatures are starting to drop a bit as we hit Week 11, but there aren’t any sub-freezing games on the schedule. A handful of games in the mid-Atlantic are in the “worth watching, but not worth worrying about” zone, as they could see colder temperatures and rainy/windy conditions. Perhaps the game impacted by the “elements” will be the Chiefs-Chargers Monday night matchup in Mexico City, which could impact fantasy start ’em, sit ’em decisions for at least one position.Before we break down the Week 11 forecast, here’s a reminder that if you have any questions about sports weather or how weather could impact play (and, potentially, your fantasy, DFS, and gambling decisions), don’t hesitate to reach out on Twitter @KevinRothWx or check our hourly NFL weather forecasts on RotoGrinders. To take your game to the next level, subscribe to RotoGrinders’ exclusive WeatherEdge tool and see how different weather conditions have impacted historical scoring. WEEK 11 NON-PPR RANKINGS:Quarterback | Running back | Wide receiver | Tight end | D/ST | KickerNFL Week 11 weather updatesMid-Atlantic games (Jets @ Redskins, Texans @ Ravens, Patriots @ Eagles). These three games are all ending up with pretty much the same weather forecast. It will be cold (around 40 degrees), but not cold enough to be an issue. It will be a little breezy (10-15-mph sustained winds), but not windy enough to impact passing. There’s a chance for rain, but not a high enough chance or heavy enough rain to impact play. I’ll keep a watch on all of these games and update as necessary, especially if it looks like rain may be a bigger issue than it appears now, but for the time being I wouldn’t fade any players due to weather.
RED BANK – The students of Little Silver’s Mastro Montessori will stage Harlequin at 2 p.m. Saturday, June 23, at the Two River Theater, 21 Bridge Ave.The story takes place a little Italian village during the Renaissance before carnival, the last day of Lent. Harlequin, the son of a poor widow, is encouraged by his friends to participate in the celebration, but has no costume to wear. His friends all try to help by contributing a small scrap of cloth with which to make a costume. He falls asleep and has a whimsical dream.Adults and children alike will enjoy the lively performance performed by current Mastro Montessori students and a few of its illustrious alumni. Youth Opera International will guide the cast through word, song, and dance.Tickets are $50 for premium reserve seating. General seating prices are $25 for adults, $15 for seniors and $10 for children.Tickets may be purchased by calling 732-842-5816.Mastro Montessori Academy, located in Little Silver, serves students in primary and elementary grades. A Montessori education, known worldwide for its unique teaching methodologies, instills lifelong learning and socialization skills.Additional information about Mastro Montessori is available by calling Kristin De Rose at 732-842-5816.