Peery scores huge Wild West Shootout win at Siskiyou

first_imgBy Ben DeatherageYREKA, Calif. (June 14) – A quick decision late in the race paid off for Travis Peery.Originally from nearby Fort Jones, the North Dakota transplant won Sunday’s Wild West Modified Shootout feature at Siskiyou Motor Speedway.Peery started outside pole but the $1,000 Xtreme Motor Sports IMCA Modified victory was sealed un­til he made a split second decision and chose the right lane that took him through lapped traffic with two circuits left.After taking the lead at the drop of the green, Peery set a rapid pace interrupted only by cautions on laps 15 and 18.The second yellow involved Colorado pilot Ryan Gaylord, running second at the time. He spun into the infield and the second spot was inherited by North Dakota chauffeur Troy Heupel.Heupel nearly caught Peery on a couple occasions but each time Peery was able to pull away. Heavy lapped traffic came into play with just a few laps remaining and that’s when Peery picked the right line to work his way through.The win was Peery’s tour career second and his first at Siskiyou. He was already on the ballot for the Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational. Heupel, opening night winner Jesse Williamson, Jon DeBene­detti and Rob Ireland completed the top five.Eight states – Arizona, California, Colorado, Montana, Nevada, North Dakota, Oregon and Washing­ton – were represented by the 36 drivers signed in for the second event of the 2015 tour.Round three takes the Wild West Modified Shootout to Coos Bay Speedway on the Oregon Coast on Monday, June 15. This will be the first WWMS race at the facility since 2013 and Williamson was the winner that year.Feature results – 1. Travis Peery; 2. Troy Heupel; 3. Jesse Williamson; 4. Jon DeBenedetti; 5. Rob Ireland; 6. Danny Lauer; 7. B.J. Wild; 8. Alex Stanford; 9. Mark Wauge; 10. Troy Foulger; 11. Craig Cassell; 12. Paul Stone; 13. Joe German; 14. Troy Morris; 15. Collen Winebarger; 16. John Campos; 17. Nick Trenchard; 18. Zach Olson; 19. Ryan Gaylord; 20. Brian Poppa.last_img read more

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Midweek checkers pay big for DeYoung

first_imgAUBURN, Mich. (Aug. 24) – Myron DeYoung raced his way onto the Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot and picked up a bonus doing it at Tri-City Motor Speedway’s midweek special.DeYoung earned $1,225 for his Main Street Seed and Supply IMCA Modified victory and picked up bonus money on top of that check for ending A.J. Ward’s winning streak.The IMCA Modifieds had 28 drivers check in for the opportunity to win big money by winning their 40-lap feature.Todd Matheson and Chaz Pray brought the field to the initial green flag. Matheson set the early pace before Matt Szecsodi reeled him in and made the pass by lap nine.Defending champion DeYoung eventually overtook Szecsodi just past the halfway point of the race. The 12th starting Ward was having difficulty getting to the front but by the closing laps found himself in the top five.Ward’s run to the front ended when he got tangled up with the lapped car of Rusty Zeigler, went off the top of turn three and was sent to the rear with just three laps remaining.On the restart, DeYoung pulled away from the field to pick up the win and the bounty on Ward.  DeYoung was followed across the stripe by Szecsodi, Brenten DeYoung, Craig Vance and Joe Fowler.last_img read more

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BCEF announces 2019 scholarships

first_imgCaleb RaabBatesville, In. —The Batesville Community Education Foundation (BCEF) is pleased to announce the recipients of its 2019 scholarships to Batesville High School (BHS) graduates. These scholarship awards total $18,500, according to BCEF executive director Anne Wilson.Thanks to the fundraising efforts of the family of BHS alumnus Sgt. Chad Keith, who was killed in Iraq during Operation Iraqi Freedom, a new scholarship was established this year. The $500 scholarship was awarded to Caleb Raab.The Mary C. Horstman Scholarship was established from money donated to BCEF by Horstman, who wished for the funds to be used to assist students with post-secondary expenses. A $1,000 scholarship was awarded to each of the following BHS graduates: Hope Flaspohler, Monica Gerstbauer, and Grace Lamping.BCEF’s top scholarship, worth $5,000 each to three recipients this year, is the James E. Fritsch Memorial Scholarship. Fritsch left a sum of money upon his passing to assist students who are pursuing post-secondary study. This year’s recipients included Ashlyn Czerniak, Daniel Gutzwiller, and Trey Heidlage.The Batesville Community Education Foundation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, was established to provide additional funding for innovative learning opportunities that go beyond the basics in academics, athletics, and the arts in the Batesville public schools, enhancing the educational environment for all students.  More information about BCEF may be found online at BatesvilleEducationFoundation.org or by calling Wilson at (812) 934-2194.Ashlyn CzerniakGrace LampingTrey HeidlageHope FlaspohlerDaniel GutzwillerMonica Gerstbauerlast_img read more

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Martin wins again

first_imgGreg MartinBANGOR — Husson University junior Greg Martin of Ellsworth continued his winning ways last weekend, taking the individual title at the North Atlantic Conference golf championship at the Black Swan Country Club in Georgetown, Mass.Martin carded a 75 in round one but finished strong with a one-under-par 71 for a 146 total.Husson’s Eagles finished as tournament runners-up, six strokes shy of Salem State.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textlast_img

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Cricket News Rohit Sharma all set to join special club in Hamilton ODI against New Zealand

first_imghighlights For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. The Hamilton ODI also represents Rohit a chance to become a six-hitting giant of Indian cricket. The right-hander has currently blasted 215 sixes, level with MS Dhoni. Although Dhoni has hit seven more sixes for Asia XI, Rohit has the chance to become the leading six-hitter in ODIs. Dubbed the ‘Hitman’ for his ability to hit sixes at will, Rohit needs five more sixes to become the sixth batsmen to smash 350 sixes in international cricket.Rohit recently smashed a record for the most sixes against a single opposition during the 2019 ODI series against Australia. Rohit took his tally of sixes against Australia to 66, which is the most by a batsman against a single opponent in ODI history, breaking the record of 63 set by Shahid Afridi of Pakistan against Sri Lanka.With India already taking an unassailable 3-0 lead in the series against New Zealand, Rohit has a great chance to smash plenty of records. Rohit Sharma has hit 215 sixes in ODIs, the joint-most with MS Dhoni.Rohit Sharma will become the 14th Indian player to play 200 ODIs.India have taken an unassailable 3-0 lead in the five-match series. New Delhi: The Hamilton ODI will be special for Rohit Sharma. He will take over the captaincy of the Indian cricket team as Virat Kohli is being rested for the remaining two ODIs and also for the three Twenty20 Internationals. The Mumbai right-hander is all set to become the 14th Indian player to play 200 ODIs, putting him in a special list of players. Sachin Tendulkar leads the tally with 463 ODIs, followed by Rahul Dravid with 340. MS Dhoni can also go past Mohammad Azharuddin’s record of 334 ODIs if he is selected for the Hamilton ODI, having missed the third ODI in Mount Maunganui due to a hamstring injury.Rohit will captain India for the ninth time in ODIs and he has a fabulous record as captain. In eight ODIs prior to Hamilton, he has scored 534 runs in eight games at an average of 106 and a strike-rate of 102. His highest was 208* which he achieved in Mohali against Sri Lanka. It was a record as he became the first individual to hit three double centuries in ODIs. He also has a fabulous record as captain, winning seven out of the eight games with his only loss coming in the Dharamsala ODI against Sri Lanka in 2017.last_img read more

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Update on the latest sports

first_img— Reigning American League MVP Mike Trout participated in the Los Angeles Angels’ first workout of summer camp, but says he hasn’t made a final decision on playing this year. Trout and wife Jessica are expecting the couple’s first child in August. The outfielder said his mindset is to play in the virus-delayed season, but a lot will hinge on how he feels the next couple weeks. The three-time AL MVP continues to have discussions with general manager Billy Eppler and manager Joe Maddon. Trout wore an N-95 mask throughout the two-hour workout at Angel Stadium on Friday. Trout did leave open the possibility of possibly not playing until the baby arrives.—Tampa Bay Rays ace Blake Snell reported for work after all. The 27-year-old Snell made headlines in May when he said he opposed the idea of players taking further pay reductions to start the season during a pandemic. But he says it wasn’t difficult to start playing again after the players’ agreement with Major League Baseball included their full pro-rated salaries. Snell says most of what he said in May was “correct.”— Atlanta Braves left-hander Cole Hamels is feeling good as a long layoff has helped him recover from a sore left shoulder. Hamels hopes he’ll be ready for the start of the 60-game season i less than three weeks. He says he is interested in logging quality innings, even if he’s not able to pitch deep into games. The Braves opened their summer training at newly renamed Truist Park. A sore left shoulder could have forced Hamels to miss two months if the season started on time. Instead, the coronavirus pandemic ended spring training in mid-March and allowed Hamels to have a more relaxed approach to his rehabilitation.— The Texas Rangers have opened their summer camp in their new home. Their first official workout in their new stadium with a retractable roof came three weeks before they expect to finally play a game there. Left-hander Brett Martin was away from the team after he tested positive for COVID-19 during intake testing this week. Martin was already at higher risk because he has Type 1 diabetes. The pitcher had some mild symptoms with congestion and fatigue.— Prized shortstop Fernando Tatis Jr. wore a facemask throughout the reboot of spring training for the San Diego Padres, who reported that outfielder Tommy Pham tested positive for COVID-19 and is asymptomatic. Pham will be able to return when he clears the protocol. Pham was obtained in an offseason trade with Tampa Bay in exchange for outfielder Hunter Renfroe. Tatis and outfielder Franchy Cordero appeared to be the only players who wore a mask through the whole workout at Petco Park. -A person familiar with the request says agent Drew Rosenhaus has asked the Cleveland Browns to trade tight end and former first-round draft pick David Njoku. The person who spoke on condition of anonymity says the Browns have no plans to move Njoku. Rosenhaus told ESPN that “it is in David’s best interest to find a new team at this time.” Njoku has caught 93 passes and scored nine touchdowns in three seasons.MLB NEWSMLB cancels All-Star Game for first time since 1945LOS ANGELES (AP) — Dodger Stadium’s 40-year wait to host the All-Star Game is going to last even longer. The game scheduled for July 14 has been canceled because of the coronavirus pandemic, and Dodger Stadium was awarded the 2022 Midsummer Classic. The 2021 game is set for Atlanta’s Truist Park, home of the Braves since 2017. The Sept. 12 game between Lafayette College and Navy is the latest game to be canceled. Navy is seeking to fill the date with another opponent. Several other games have already been wiped from the schedule. Those include the Southern-Tennessee State game in Detroit on Sept. 5 and the annual Southern Heritage Classic in Memphis on Sept. 12, featuring Jackson State versus Tennessee State.RACIAL INJUSTICE-OKLAHOMA STATEOklahoma State’s Gundy takes pay cut in wake of T-shirt flapSTILLWATER, Okla. (AP) — Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy has taken a hit financially as part of an internal review prompted by sharp criticism from his star running back for wearing a T-shirt promoting a far-right news channel. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditNFL NEWSRedskins, Indians to review nicknames amid race debateWASHINGTON (AP) — -The Cleveland Indians have announced that they too are reviewing their contentious nickname. The team released a statement on Friday night saying it is committed to making a positive impact in their community and that they embrace their responsibility to advance social justice and equality. Athletic director Mike Holder says it was Gundy’s idea to take a $1 million pay cut and shorten his contract by a year. The rollover deal now covers four years instead of five. Two weeks ago, Chuba Hubbard lashed out at Gundy on social media for wearing a T-shirt promoting One America News Network.F1-HAMILTONHamilton picks up where he left off on 1st day of F1 seasonSPIELBERG, Austria (AP) — World champion Lewis Hamilton has picked up where he left off on the first day of the Formula One season, by setting the fastest times in the first two practices for the Austrian Grand Prix. The previous time Hamilton drove competitively was on Dec. 1 when he dominanted and won last season’s finale at the Abu Dhabi GP. He had already secured a sixth title to move one behind Michael Schumacher’s F1 record. Seven months later, including a four-month suspension because of the pandemic, Hamilton looks typically assured. The British driver twice finished ahead of his Mercedes teammate Valtteri Bottas while rival Ferrari lacked speed. Update on the latest sports Associated Press Bryson DeChambeau tied for early 2nd-round lead in DetroitDETROIT (AP)— Bryson DeChambeau chose to compete in the Rocket Mortgage Classic while many of the PGA Tour’s top players skipped the tournament in Detroit. He’s aiming to take full advantage of the relatively weak field and course. DeChambeau had four birdies on his back nine Friday to close with a 5-under 67, giving him a share of the lead among the early starters in the second round. Matthew Wolff, Seamus Power and Mark Hubbard also were in front at 11-under 133 after the first wave of players finished their second round.COLLEGE FOOTBALL-VIRUS OUTBREAK CANCELATIONSNavy-Lafayette joins lists of college football cancellationsUNDATED (AP) — The coronavirus pandemic is already impacting the 2020 college football schedule. — The Seattle Mariners kicked off summer camp trying to figure out how to get pitchers ready in just three weeks. One way the Mariners hope to combat worries about putting strain on pitchers’ arms is by going with a six-man rotation for the full 60-game season. The Mariners most likely already have the six starters set between Marco Gonzales, Yusei Kikuchi, Kendall Graveman, Justus Sheffield, Justin Dunn and Taijuan Walker. They may end up averaging just one start per week during the shortened season. — A top Canadian government health official says the Toronto Blue Jays aren’t guaranteed to get an exemption for the regular season. The Blue Jays got one to hold training camp in Toronto this week. But the regular season will require players to frequently travel back and forth between the United States. The official noted that a lot of American states that have teams are seeing a surge in COVID-19 cases. — The Chicago Cubs were glad to be back on the field. . New manager David Ross said he felt like a “12-year-old thinking about baseball” and how much he missed it. With the season cut from 162 games to 60, the Cubs are gearing up for a sprint they hope ends in the playoffs after missing out for the first time since 2014. Chicago went from 95 wins in 2018 to 84 last season and finished behind St. Louis and Milwaukee in the NL Central. The Cubs kept their roster largely intact. But they made one big change when they hired Ross to replace Joe Maddon. — Baseball’s return to Comerica Park meant Michael Fulmer was back on the mound in Detroit. The right-hander had Tommy John surgery and missed the whole 2019 season. He said this was his first time throwing off the game mound at Comerica Park in about a year and a half. — Chicago White Sox pitcher Michael Kopech missed the start of the team’s summer camp due to a personal matter. General manager Rick Hahn said he doesn’t have a timeline for the return of the 24-year-old right-hander. Kopech is coming back from Tommy John surgery in September 2018. He hit triple-digits on the radar gun during his first spring training appearance.center_img The pandemic had already delayed opening day from March 26 to July 23 or 24. This will be the first time since 1945 that no game will be held. Travel restrictions because of World War II kept the game scheduled for Boston’s Fenway Park from taking place that year. It was pushed back to the next season. In other MLB news:— The Washington Nationals showed up to training camp hoping to follow manager Dave Martinez’s mantra on the way to winning the World Series: go 1-0 every day. Baseball’s defending champions got camp underway with 57 healthy bodies and a 2020 first-round pick on the way. Martinez learned depth catcher Welington Castillo was joining Ryan Zimmerman and pitcher Joe Ross in opting out of the 60-game major league season. But aces Max Scherzer and Stephen Strasburg looked sharp on the first day of workouts, and there’s plenty of hope ahead as long as the Nationals can remember all the protocols in place.— New Yankees ace Gerrit Cole is busy on and off the field this week. Cole and his wife, Amy, celebrated the birth of their first child on Tuesday. Cole has been working out at Yankee Stadium. After a near-miss in the World Series last year with Houston, the All-Star right-hander is hoping to help pitch the Yankees to their first championship since 2009. He signed to a $324 million, nine-year contract that set a record as the highest for a pitcher. Cole says the delay caused by the pandemic might benefit the Yankees because it allowed many to heal. The Yankees open on July 23 at Washington. NBA RESTART-TOP SEEDSBucks, Lakers look to shed rust or rest for playoffs?MILWAUKEE (AP) — The Milwaukee Bucks and Los Angeles Lakers have all but guaranteed themselves the top two playoff seeds and face a balancing act when the NBA returns to action. While other teams will be fighting for a postseason berth or playoff seedings when they play the final eight regular season games in Florida, the Lakers and Bucks will be looking to shake off the rust after a 4 ½-month hiatus and staying as healthy as possible. Milwaukee owned the NBA’s best record at 53-12 and the Lakers were No. 1 in the West at 49-14 when the pandemic halted play in mid-March. The club said it plans to review a nickname it has had since 1905. In 2018, the Indians removed their Chief Wahoo logo from caps and jersey worn by the team. The red-faced mascot, however, remains on some team merchandise.The move mirrors one made by the NFL’s Washington Redskins, who Friday said they are embarking on a “thorough review” of their name. FedEx on Thursday called for the Redskins to change their name, and Nike appeared to remove all Redskins gear from its online store. In other NFL news: -The Green Bay Packers are optimistic they will have fans at Lambeau Field this season, but they note that seating capacity would be cut significantly and spectators must wear face coverings. The NFL club acknowledges the “possibility that Lambeau Field will be unable to host fans for games this season” because of the pandemic. Training camps across the league are to begin in mid-July. In other NBA news:— Plenty of aches and pains around the NBA have healed in the almost-four-month span since the league had to suspend its season because of the pandemic. That means the 22 teams that will be arriving at the Disney campus near Orlando, Florida next week should be coming in with mostly healthy rosters. Keeping players healthy once they get to Disney will be another challenge, as workloads ramp up quickly for the July 30 resumption of games. But at least at the start of camps, rosters will be deeper than they were when the league shut down on March 11.— A person with knowledge of the situation says that the Miami Heat have closed their training facility after a second player tested positive for coronavirus. The Heat will have players at the arena over the coming days to satisfy their NBA-mandated testing requirements but will not reopen the gym for individual workouts before leaving for the Disney complex near Orlando on Wednesday. The second player’s identity was not released by the team. Heat guard Derrick Jones Jr. tested positive for coronavirus last week.— The Indiana Pacers will finish this season without Victor Oladipo after the two-time All-Star decided to sit out because of the risk of re-injuring his right knee. Pacers president of basketball operations Kevin Pritchard said Friday in a statement that the timing of the league’s restart and Oladipo’s lack of 5-on-5 activity makes it difficult for the guard to commit to play “at the high level he expects with regards to further injury.” GOLF-ROCKET MORTGAGE CLASSIC July 3, 2020 _The Cincinnati Reds resumed with a familiar scene: hitters slapping batting-practice pitches around Great American Ball Park while a mash-up of disco, rap and Motown reverberated. It looked and sounded like baseball but felt very different in many ways. Manager David Bell hadn’t slept well the last few days, anxious over how to hit a restart button on a shortened season while keeping players safe from COVID-19. Outfielder Nick Senzel is worried about whether major league players will be cautious when they go out in public, so not to catch and spread the coronavirus.— Carlos Carrasco is making another comeback. The popular Indians pitcher is eager to get back on the mound after missing most of last season while battling leukemia. The 33-year-old is in remission but he’s at a higher risk of contracting COVID-19. Carrasco has the blessing of the team’s medical staff to play as baseball resumes, and he’s thankful his teammates will look out for him. Carrasco spent the months since baseball was paused by working out at his home in Florida. He even installed a mound near his front yard so he could throw.— Indians outfielder Delino DeShields Jr. has tested positive for the coronavirus and is being quarantined from his teammates and has only had “very mild symptoms” at this point. He will have to twice test negative before he’s permitted to re-join the ballclub.— Most of the Los Angeles Dodgers were masked men when they gathered to restart spring training. Players arrived and departed Dodger Stadium at staggered times. They worked in groups divided between pitchers and position players while maintaining a safe distance. Clayton Kershaw says he trusts his teammates to take precautions when they’re away from the ballpark in order to complete the shortened 60-game season. Testing has shown an increase in COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations in California. -Mets’ Cy Young Award winner Jacob deGrom ran sprints by himself in shallow right field and then grabbed his personal bag of baseballs to throw off a bullpen mound. No hugs or handshakes or good-natured ribbing with teammates close by — because there weren’t any. Players kept a safe distance even while simply walking across the diamond at Citi Field, adapted from home ballpark to spring training site as the Mets prepare for opening day in three weeks. Welcome to Major League Baseball in the age of the coronavirus. Elsewhere in F1 Racing: — Rival teams still want answers about whether Ferrari’s engine last season was legal or not, after an investigation was closed following a private settlement with governing body FIA. Questions were raised as to whether Ferrari’s fuel-flow exceeded its maximum permitted amount of 100 kilograms per hour. Teams argued that this may have been a key reason for Ferrari’s notably superior speed on long straights and its remarkable run of six straight pole positions. The FIA is now prepared to share its conclusions but needs Ferrari’s permission and the Italian manufacturer is refusing.last_img read more

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Badgers looking to captain for guidance in team’s early struggles

first_imgRAY PFEIFFER/Herald photoOne night after dropping its 2006 National Championship banner, the Wisconsin men’s hockey team played its worst period of hockey in four years. After losing the series opener in overtime, the Badgers were on the verge of being swept by North Dakota in their home opening series. Tied 0-0 after two periods, senior captain Andrew Joudrey took it upon himself to motivate his spiritless squad.”It was one of those moments, it wasn’t planned, and after last year and the years we have had in the past, you come to expect a certain level of play and we know our potential. When that’s not happening because of a lack of effort and intensity, then something has to be done,” Joudrey said of his intermission speech. “I didn’t quote Shakespeare or anything like that, but we needed to make a change and it has to come now and it worked out.”The rousing speech was clearly effective as the Badgers went on to score the game’s only goal to defeat the Fighting Sioux 1-0. The win was of course satisfying, but perhaps more important for the Badgers was the leadership qualities Joudrey demonstrated. The Bedford, Nova Scotia native has always led by example, but unlike last year’s team captain, Adam Burish, Joudrey has relied on his assistant captains to help with the vocal leadership.”Everybody leads in different ways. [Burish] was a hard worker, and he was really vocal in the locker room … Andrew is kind of the same way but he does it a little differently in terms of being a little more reliant on me and Jake (Dowell),” senior defenseman Jeff Likens said. “Getting the guys going as far as emotionally was a big part of Adam’s job but Andrew is not doing a bad job … he’s doing a great job.”Since arriving in Madison, Joudrey has always had a knack for coming through in the clutch, helping his team to victory in desperate situations.As an assistant captain for the Badgers’ national championship team, Joudrey collected three game-winning goals, including winners against North Dakota, Ohio State at the Frozen Tundra Classic and Minnesota at the WCHA Final Five.”I haven’t scored like some of the other guys have, like Robbie (Earl) or Joe (Pavelski), but I try to make them count,” Joudrey said of his timely goals. “I am not going to score the highlight ones, but I just try to keeping working hard and give myself the best opportunity to be in the right place at the right time.”Although Joudrey’s statistics at Wisconsin are not jaw dropping by any means, he remains one of the team’s most versatile players. During his tenure with the Badgers, Joudrey has played center, winger and defenseman in addition to being a consistent contributor on the power play.Although Joudrey has always been a pass-first player, the coaching staff is looking to expand his offensive role.”I always grew up a pass-first guy, but [the coaches] have been working on it for four years, and I finally realized I need to shoot the puck more,” Joudrey said. “Hopefully I’m moving toward being even not just a pass-first kind of guy.”As captain it is Joudrey and the rest of the seniors’ responsibility to unite the team and establish camaraderie similar to last year’s championship team. The Badgers’ lineup currently features a number of freshmen who have been asked to take bigger roles due in large part to injuries suffered by Kyle Klubertanz, Jack Skille and Ross Carlson. Despite their inexperience, the freshmen have responded quite well and, according to freshman forward Mike Davies, the team’s captain has contributed greatly to their success.”[Joudrey] just leads by example … everything he says in the locker room, he goes out on the ice and demonstrates it. He’s a great leader, not just on the ice or in the locker room, but away from the rink, too,” Davies said. “Every time we hang out, it’s as a team and nothing else. He is always trying to include everybody and gel everyone together and that has really helped [the freshmen].”Joudrey’s leadership is imperative now more than ever as the Badgers are in a state of turmoil after being swept at home this past weekend against Boston College.Nevertheless, Joudrey, the levelheaded leader, is confident in his team’s ability to right the ship and return to its winning ways.”There is always pressure especially after you lose two games in a row at home,” he said. “The biggest thing right now is we need to get back on the wining track and, like they say, there is no time like the present.”last_img read more

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Madison in need of baseball team

first_imgFor just about two years now, I’ve been saying that if itweren’t for the near-unbearable winters, the University of Wisconsin would beperfect. The “work hard, play hard” mentality present here in Madisonis truly something special, something we may take for granted on a daily basis.But upon further review, I was wrong.UW has one more glaring blunder that until recently, I’vefailed to recognize. As Badger fans, we’ve been pampered with a trio of top10-caliber men’s sports programs, something very few collegiate fans get toenjoy.But to be quite honest, I’m greedy. This school has about30,000 undergraduate students. This school is part of the Big Ten Conference.This school, for crying out loud, should have a baseball team.In case you were wondering, the reason for the absence of abaseball team revolves around something called Title IX.Sort of.Title IX is a United States law enacted in 1972 to eliminatesex discrimination in schools. In its original form, the amendment nevermentioned discrimination in collegiate athletics; that came later.In 1979, the U.S. Department of Health, Education andWelfare instituted a three-prong test, which tested the compliance ofinstitutions’ compliance with Title IX. According to the test, institutionsmust either 1) provide athletic opportunities substantially proportionate tothe student enrollment, 2) demonstrate a continual expansion of athleticopportunities for the underrepresented sex or 3) provide full and effectiveaccommodation of the interest and ability of the underrepresented sex.Because of the ambiguity of these three prongs, Title IXprovides great room for interpretation. To me, it seems like as long as anygiven athletic department makes significant strides to expand its women’ssports programs, it is in compliance with Title IX.Proponents of Title IX are in favor of equity amongcollegiate athletics; that is clear, and I am all for it. Despite thedifferences in the level of play or revenue generated from sporting events,women’s teams should receive an equal amount of scholarships as men’s teams.Women’s teams should have the same practice opportunities and the same travelaccommodations as men, too. But let’s be honest — as of right now, women’ssports fail to create the excitement men’s sports create.If I sound pompous and chauvinistic, I’m sorry; I’m reallynot trying to be. Last year I covered the UW women’s basketball team andenjoyed every minute of it. I enjoyed going to games and watching JoleneAnderson shoot the lights out. The Badger women’s hockey team won back-to-backnational championships coming into this season, too. So obviously, WisconsinAthletics is doing something right on the women’s side of things.Again, I’m all for the expansion of women’s sports, just aslong as it’s not at the expense of the men’s, which it is currently doing.The funny thing is, Title IX advocates frown upon thedeletion of men’s sports to compensate for attention given to women’s. In nopart of the amendment does it require athletic departments to eliminate men’ssports programs, if you read the three-prong test. So my question is: Why can’tUW have a baseball team, a piece that’s been absent from the athletic puzzlesince 1991?Madison is one of only six Big Ten schools to field a men’shockey team and one of eight Big Ten schools to have a men’s soccer team. Thatsaid, in order to institute a baseball team, UW Athletics would need to getcreative, economically speaking. The fact that there is no equivalent forfootball in women’s sports makes things tricky as well.But it can be done. After all, Michigan pulls it off. J.J.Putz was a Wolverine.In a world dominated by males in the early 1970s, I applaudthe founders of Title IX, as equality among sexes in sports should be a desiredgoal for all.In a perfect world, the slogan for the professional softballleague, like Major League Baseball, would be “I live for this.”Unfortunately, we don’t live in a perfect world. Until then,UW Athletics, bring back Wisconsin baseball.When the weather gets nice, I like to sit out at the Terraceand enjoy the company of Lake Mendota. But quite frankly, I’d rather be in thestands, enjoying web gems with a bag of peanuts in hand.?Derek is a sophomore majoring in economics. If you missbaseball as much as he does, you can e-mail him at dzetlin@badgerherald.com.last_img read more

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FB : Last time they played: Syracuse 13, Rutgers 10

first_img Published on September 28, 2011 at 12:00 pm Comments Anthony Perkins rolled his helmet across the Rutgers turf in front of the end zone. Syracuse was finally going bowling.In head coach Doug Marrone’s second season, he saw his vision come to fruition when Ross Krautman kicked a 24-yard field goal with 1:07 remaining in the fourth quarter. The field goal sealed a 13-10 SU victory over Rutgers in front of 49,911 at Rutgers Stadium in Piscataway, N.J., last season. The victory gave the Orange a 7-3 record and clinched the team’s first bowl berth since 2004.Krautman supplied SU with just enough points to get the win. The freshman kicker also drilled a career-long 48-yarder with 3:19 left in the third quarter to tie the game at 10-10. And a 66-yard drive late in the game placed Krautman directly in the spotlight. Krautman remained calm and cool to send the kick through the uprights.‘I’m off on my own,’ Krautman said to The Daily Orange on Nov. 13, 2010.Ryan Nassib was sacked six times as the Syracuse offense struggled to find the end zone. The Orange defense limited Rutgers to 280 yards on 73 plays and sacked RU quarterbacks Tom Savage and Chas Dodd twice apiece. Syracuse turned the ball over three times and RU lost the ball once.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textAfter the Scarlet Knights struggled to score in the first half, RU head coach Greg Schiano benched the freshman Dodd in favor of Savage in the second half. Savage supplied some energy, leading an eight-play, 85-yard drive to put Rutgers in front 10-7 in the third quarter.SU couldn’t put much together offensively, picking up just 242 yards prior to the game-winning drive. And the Orange’s incompetence on offense was driving Marrone mad.‘I kept thinking, ‘Why is this happening?” Marrone said. ‘‘Why can’t we go out there and execute?”In an ugly game, the specialists played a crucial role. SU punter Rob Long averaged 44 yards on his consistent line drive punts. Krautman made each of his two field goal attempts and Rutgers kicker San San Te was 1-of-3.Long explained that the important thing wasn’t drilling his punts deep, but limiting any possible negative outcomes.‘It wasn’t about the punts this game,’ Long said. ‘It was about not getting one blocked.’And the end result rested on the shoulders of Krautman, who delivered one of the season’s defining moments.Long knew how important Krautman’s kick and the victory were for the Orange. After Marrone spent months stressing the goal of attaining a winning season and a bowl berth, SU’s objective was finally met.Said Long: ‘Everybody knows what it means when he made that.’—Compiled by Andrew Tredinnick, asst. copy editor, adtredin@syr.educenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

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Barcelona arrive in Bangkok

first_imgBarcelona players have arrived in Thailand where they will play against the national team on Wednesday.Barça will be combining training with commercial and charity events, such as the visit to the Unicef offices in Thailandm, club’s official website said.Malaysia is the club’s next stop within pre-season tour.last_img

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