Tennis falls in conference opener

first_imgIn the first tennis match to ever be broadcasted on the Big Ten Network, the No. 34 Wisconsin men’s team could not secure a victory against No. 11 Illinois, losing 4-3.In its conference season opener, Wisconsin (10-5, 0-1) seemed to be on its way to an impressive win after claiming the doubles point and winning four first sets in singles.From there, however, the Badgers lost momentum and allowed the Illini to sneak right past them.Head coach Greg Van Emburgh expressed extreme displeasure with how his team finished the game after positioning themselves so favorably to win.“I’m just really disappointed,” he said. “We didn’t close out matches — just an unfortunate day. Hats off to [the Illini], they had a good match and they found ways to dig a little deeper today in the third sets and get the wins.”After again making it a point to cultivate the doubles teams in practice all week, Van Emburgh was impressed with his team’s performance in that regard.Junior Marek Michalicka and senior Moritz Baumann reunited to take on No. 68 Marek Czerwinski and Stephen Hoh in doubles. The Badger duo, ranked No. 11, marched through the game of fastballs and precise placement to win 8-4.On the neighborly court, seniors Luke Rassow-Kantor and Michael Dierberger traded blow after blow with Illinois’ Abe Souza and Connor Roth. In a game of smart, advantageous play, neither pair separated themselves by more than one point from their opponent. Down 7-6 against the Illini, Rassow-Kantor and Dierberger were able to rally by winning two consecutive sets to clinch the doubles point.“I thought they (Rassow-Kantor, Dierberger) played great in doubles,” Van Emburgh said. “Illinois is good in their doubles and they actually favor that point. We came out and played really well and we won that point today — I thought we did a great job in doubles.”Momentum didn’t fade during the short break between singles and doubles as four Badgers won their opening sets. Ranked No. 11 for a reason, however, Illinois was able to force an extra set in three of those matches. One of the quicker singles matches saw Michalicka stretch his singles winning streak to 11 consecutive.Michalicka showed tremendous hustle as he turned away Illinois’ top ranked player, No. 36 Dennis Nevolo in two sets, 6-2, 7-5.“I think that was probably the best match I have played all season,” Michalicka said. “I couldn’t even believe how I played.”Meanwhile, freshman Billy Bertha and Dierberger dropped their three-set matches while Rassow-Kantor was ousted in two.With Illinois in need of one more singles victory to secure the win, the weight of the match fell on the shoulders of Baumann and sophomore Patrick Pohlmann at the No. 2 and 3 positions.Baumann struggled to find rhythm against Illinois’ Marek Czerwinski. After Baumann prevailed in the first set, the two hardly allowed the other to score two times in a row until Czerwinski topped out and won the tiebreaker to force a third set. Baumann never recovered, losing the third 6-3.With the match already decided, Pohlmann remained intent on upsetting No. 77 Abe Souza.Driven to a third set tiebreaker, Pohlmann repeatedly made his emotions audible as spectators and teammates continued to cheer him on. Feeding off the noise, Pohlmann was able to outlast a small comeback from Souza and close up the win.“I was up two match points, I was kind of disappointed that I didn’t really close it,” he said. “But then at the end I found a way to tie six-all and then in the tiebreaker, it’s almost like a lottery, and in the end I was the more lucky guy.”Pohlmann gave credit for his win to the fact that he put his confidence on display for his opponent. Though he stated he was unable to watch the other matches, he suggested that perhaps a lack of exhibiting confidence may have been a factor in the team’s losing three out of four three-set matches.When asked if the loss would harm team confidence in later matches, Pohlmann was quick to reject the idea.“No, definitely not,” he said. “They’re a top-15 team, so we knew that it was going to be a tough match.”In the meantime, though, the team understands there still remains more to be built on in order to beat highly ranked teams like Illinois.“We need to get back to work,” Van Emburgh said. “We’ve got to, obviously, learn from this match and then put this match aside. We need to work, work it hard and keep believing in our team. We have a great team, and Illinois is a great team and they found ways to win today. That’s really the difference, so slight.”last_img read more

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Rockets series win was historic

first_imgI should probably open this column by stating that I am from Houston, or Clutch City, and have been a Rockets fan my entire life. The team’s recent performance, however, is historic and deserving of praise from more than just Rocket fans.Only eight other teams in the NBA have ever come back from a 3-1 series deficit, as the Rockets did against the Clippers. Furhermore, the Rockets held the home court advantage, but forfeited it in the Game 1 blowout loss to the Clippers. The Rockets won Game 2 at home, but lost Games 3 and 4 in Los Angeles. The Rockets won Game 5 in Houston, but the series went back to the Staples Center for a must-win Game 6.The Clippers had a 92-79 lead heading into the fourth quarter. It seemed the Clippers had all but punched their ticket to the Western Conference Finals. James Harden, the runner up for the MVP Award, was on the bench and Dwight Howard was in foul trouble. Josh Smith checked into the game, Corey Brewer and Trevor Ariza got hot, and the Rockets came back to win,      119-107 and force a Game 7.The Rockets’ momentum from Game 6 carried into Game 7 and Houston led the entire game. According to ESPN, in their biggest deficit in the third quarter of Game 6, there was a .1 percent chance that the Rockets would come back to win the series. Only eight teams before them had ever come back from a 3-1 deficit, making their series win not only improbable but historic.The MVP runner up will now have to face the reigning MVP Steph Curry and the Golden State Warriors. The Warriors, who rarely drop games at home, will have home court advantage in the Western Semifinals. The Rockets will need all of their momentum to take a game in Oakland and win the series.The Warriors are an explosive offensive team accompanied by a top-ranked defense. James Harden will be without Patrick Beverley, who suffered a broken wrist. Brewer, Smith and Ariza will need to repeat their Game 6 performance if the Rockets have any chance of advancing to the Finals. Even if the Rockets route the Warriors, they’ll likely have to face LeBron James and the Cavaliers out of the East.Whether or not Houston can repeat its historic performance will likely be the deciding factor in the Western semifinal series.Reagan Estes is a sophomore majoring in public relations. She is also the sports editor of the Daily Trojan. Her column, “Wild Wild Westes,” runs every other Wednesday.last_img read more

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Black Satellites touchdown in Istanbul for quarter final clash against Chile

first_imgThe Black Satellites have touched down in Istanbul, the setting of their first two games against France and Spain for their quarter clash against Chile. The two teams advanced to this stage of the competition after defeating Portugal and Croatia respectively their Round of 16 games played on Wednesday.The Satellites are brimming with confidence after a disastrous start to the competition where they lost their opening two games against the French and the Spaniards at Galatasaray’s Turk Telekom Arena.Two phenomenal performances against the United States and Portugal coupled with some element of luck and divine intervention if you like have got the side back on course and with a strong chance of making it all the way incidentally under the same manager in 2009. The Satellites cored two late goals in quick succession in a drama filled encounter at the Kadir Has Stadium to edge out the Portuguese by 3-2 with star striker Richmond Boakye-Yiadom on target for the all important winning goal.By this phenomenal achievement, Ghana in all 6 participations at FIFA U-20 World Cup have reached at least the quarterfinals.Chile on the other hand also advanced to this stage of the competition at the expense of another European side I Croatia who they defeated by 2-0 in their Round of 16 clash in Bursa. There is a white moon flying over the heads of the Satellites Camp at the moment and with confidence restored after those back to back wins against the United States and Portugal, the Chileans will be the first to admit that it might just not be a good time to play the Satellites never mind the sides inability to achieve results at the Turk Telekom Arena in their first two games. Times have changed indeed.The 4th and final quarter final clash is scheduled for Sunday at 18:00 GMT with the winner coming up against either France or Uzbekistan in the Semi-Finals.last_img read more

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Kenichi: “Hearts has improved since I took over”

first_imgHearts of Oak coach Kenichi Yatsuhashi says he has seen massive improvement in the team as he prepares for the upcoming Ghana Premier League season.The Japanese-American became a major talking point following his appointment as head coach of Hearts two months ago with many doubting his credentials.Keni, who has so far won two pre-season games, in an exclusive chat with Joy Sports noted that things are getting better at the club. “My job is to improve the players we have and that is exactly what i have been doing since I came,” he said.“I can say that since I joined I have seen massive improvement in the team, I am working on every aspect but the biggest changes so far is their focus level, seriousness and discipline. In these areas they have improved massively.”The league is tentatively slated to begin on December 20.– Follow Joy Sports on Twitter: @Joy997FM. Our hashtag is #JoySportslast_img read more

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No. 16 Pitt routs Bulls 41-14 behind Stull, Lewis

first_imgby Alan RobinsonPITTSBURGH (AP)—Bill Stull rarely hears himself mentioned in the same sentence as Dan Marino. He is now. Stull is one of college football’s biggest surprises and, if Pitt Panthers keep playing this way, they might be, too.Stull threw for two touchdowns, Dion Lewis ran for two and No. 16 Pitt scored on all five possessions in the first half to rout South Florida 41-14 Saturday and extend its best start in 27 years. MILESTONE—Pittsburgh freshman running back Dion Lewis breaks 1,000 yards on the season with this run past South Florida cornerback Jerome Murphy during the second quarter at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh, Oct. 24. The Panthers (4-0 in Big East) opened up a 31-7 lead at halftime in improving to 7-1 for the first time since 1982—Marino’s senior season and the last time Pittsburgh was ranked No. 1.“I don’t how it could have come together any better than what happened today,” coach Dave Wannstedt said.Pitt made what was expected to be a difficult game look easy as Stull completed his first 11 passes against a Bulls defense that appeared geared to stopping Lewis, a freshman who came in No. 3 nationally in rushing. After that, Lewis took over and ran for 111 yards in three quarters to push his season’s total to 1,029 yards.“A defense cannot serve two masters,” Stull said. “If you try to stop our running game, we’re going to be able to make some big plays through the air and vice versa.”Stull, whose senior season statistics to date exceed Marino’s, hit Jonathan Baldwin for completions of 40, 34 and 35 yards while repeatedly finding receivers open by several steps behind South Florida defenders. Baldwin made six catches for 144 yards, while Stull was 18 of 25 for 245 yards and two scores and wasn’t sacked once.Stull, a senior who played so poorly at the end of last season he was forced to compete for his starting job during spring ball, has 16 touchdown passes and only four interceptions. Marino threw for 17 TDs as a senior.“It’s his confidence,” tight end Dorin Dickerson said. “He goes out there every game, straight-faced, and doesn’t worry about nothing else but playing, and it shows.”Pitt leads the Big East and is in position to win 10 games for the first time since the 1981 Panthers went 11-1. However, the three biggest games of the season await in Notre Dame and No. 22 West Virginia next month and No. 5 Cincinnati on Dec. 5.“We always talk about wanting to get all cylinders rolling and today we took a first step toward that,” Stull said. “It’s great that we’re starting to play better and better toward the end of the season.”Lewis and Stull were pulled along with most of the Panthers’ regulars with Pitt ahead 34-7. Lewis, who has five 100-yard games, is only the fourth Pitt freshman to rush for 1,000 yards in a season, joining Tony Dorsett (1973), Curvin Richards (1988) and LeSean McCoy (2007).“It’s nice, but I’m not really thinking about that stuff,” Lewis said.“They just whupped up. They whupped us,” coach Jim Leavitt said. “They’re a better team than we are right now. We’ve got to play defense, and we didn’t play defense. “Stull was repeatedly given time to throw by an offensive line that effectively controlled Bulls pass rushers George Selvie and Jason Pierre-Paul. He found Dickerson for 20 and 22 yards on Pitt’s first possession to set up his 2-yard scoring pass to backup tight end Mike Cruz, the freshman’s first college catch. Dickerson later made his ninth TD catch of the season.By winning, the Panthers assured themselves of a second consecutive bowl appearance, the first time they’ve done that since 2003-04.last_img read more

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Pivotal Game 3 awaits with Pens, CBJ tied at 1-1

first_imgColumbus Blue Jackets goalie Sergei Bobrovsky (72) grabs a rebound on a shot by Pittsburgh Penguins’ Sidney Crosby (87) in the first overtime period of a first-round NHL playoff hockey game in Pittsburgh, Saturday, April 19, 2014. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – Not so long ago, the Columbus Blue Jackets were the worst team in the NHL.Now they’re heading home for Monday night’s Game 3 of their first-round Stanley Cup playoff series with the star-studded Pittsburgh Penguins hoping to make even more history.“For our fans, it’s been 14 years and they haven’t seen a playoff victory,” budding star Ryan Johansen said after Saturday night’s stunning 4-3 win in Pittsburgh in two overtimes. “To be able to go back to Columbus now tied 1-1 with the momentum we have, it’s a great feeling.”The Blue Jackets, cellar dwellers for most of the franchise’s existence, got the first playoff victory in their 13 seasons when undersized pest Matt Calvert banged in a second-chance rebound 1:10 into the second overtime.It led to a writhing, laughing pile of humanity on the ice at Consol Energy Center – and also set in motion a lot of doubts and criticism of the mighty Penguins.Stocked with hockey celebrities such as Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin, the Pens have come up short in the last four years since winning the Cup in 2009. Callers to sports-talk shows and those on social media are already questioning the club’s heart and commitment.“Our failed attempts to get it behind their defense kept our players on the ice,” coach Dan Bylsma said after the loss. “They got into the offensive zone, put it in there, hemmed us in.”Here’s five things to watch as the scene shifts to Nationwide Arena for Game 3:GOLDEN CROWD: Usually when the Penguins play in Columbus, their fans all but take over the place. When the teams met late in the regular season in Ohio’s capital city, as much as half of a sell-out crowd of 18,908-plus was rooting for the guys in gold and black.But when the seventh-seeded Blue Jackets drew the Penguins in the first round, the club’s front office sold tickets to fans with Ohio addresses first.That doesn’t mean that a large contingent of (owner and ex-Pen star) Mario Lemieux jerseys still won’t be seen. Just maybe not thousands of them.PENS MINDSET: After an injury-filled regular season, about the last thing the Penguins needed or expected was a major struggle early in the playoffs against a hard-working, physical team.Yet this has become a worst-case scenario for Pittsburgh, a finesse team that relies on its star power instead of gritty play, checking and greasy goals – like the Blue Jackets.Will the Penguins match the Blue Jackets’ effort?“We have to be better,” Crosby said. “That’s really, I think, the bottom line.”BUMPS AND BRUISES: The Blue Jackets may get yet another blue-collar player back for Game 3. Nick Foligno, who scored 18 goals and had 21 assists in the regular season, has missed the last seven games (knee) but has been cleared to play.Perhaps the team’s top defenseman, Fedor Tyutin, left after taking two big hits in the first period of Game 3. Coach Todd Richards would not discuss his availability.The Penguins have gotten a huge lift from forward Brian Gibbons, a 5-foot-8 rookie who finds open spaces. Bylsma moved him to the top line in the series opener and he responded by scoring their first two goals.But he was hurt on an awkward hit in Saturday night’s opening period and didn’t return. Lee Stempniak will replace him on the top line.LAST LINE: Columbus’ Sergei Bobrovsky and Pittsburgh’s Marc-Andre Fleury have been excellent for the most part although each had shaky moments in Game 1 but recovered.Neither can afford any more soft goals, that’s for certain, in what has turned out to be a tight series in which each team has scored seven goals.“He’s the Bob when we need him to be the Bob,” Blue Jacket Artem Anisimov said of his Russian counterpart, last year’s Vezina Trophy winner as the NHL’s top goalie.Fleury made several sterling saves in Game 2 to keep the Penguins alive, at least for a while.“There’s times where we get hemmed in our own end and he comes up huge and just gives us a chance to win,” Stempniak said.SUPPORTING ACTS: The loudest cheers at most Blue Jackets home games go to the singer of the National Anthem and a fat guy who tears off his shirt and dances suggestively while pouring beer over himself.Leo Welsh will again be greeted by thousands of fans screaming, “LEO!” when he’s introduced.And Kevin Schroeder, a portly fellow with inspirational sayings scribbled all over his massive frame, will undoubtedly get the crowd roaring when he pretends he’s Magic Mike late in the game.___Follow Rusty Miller on Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/RustyMillerAPlast_img read more

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The community is invited to attend a Lacey Museum open house

first_imgFacebook0Tweet0Pin0 For additional information, please contact Lori Flemm, Parks and Recreation Director, at (360) 491- 0857, or email at lflemm@ci.lacey.wa.us. LACEY, WA, July 22, 2013:  The community is invited to attend a Lacey Museum open house on Monday, August 5, from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. The Lacey Museum is located at 829 Lacey Street SE in the historic neighborhood of Lacey. During individualized tours, guests will have the opportunity to view local heritage and Lacey historical artifacts. The Lacey Museum is located in a historic structure that was originally built in the later 1920s by Fred Russell as a private residence. In the late 1940s, the building was used by the Lacey Volunteer Fire Department. After Lacey incorporated as a city in 1966, it became the first city hall. In 1979, the decision was made to create a local museum on land donated by the Lacey Women’s Club. The building was moved from Pacific Avenue to its current location on Lacey Street. In 1981, the Lacey Museum opened to the public. The museum, typically open Thursdays and Fridays from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., and Saturdays from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., is opening its doors on a special day for this event. The Lacey Historical Commission will hold their August monthly meeting following the open house at 6:00 p.m. Meetings are usually held in Lacey City Hall Council Chambers.last_img read more

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