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UW travels to Indiana for weekend series

first_imgFreshman midfielder Kinley McNicoll has started all 16 matches for the Badgers and is tied for first on the team in assists (5).[/media-credit]With a bid to the Big Ten Tournament and the NCAA Tournament in the balance, the UW women’s soccer team heads south for a weekend series in Indiana.After earning two wins last weekend against Big Ten opponents, Wisconsin (10-5-1, 3-4-1 Big Ten) moved up four spots to the No. 6 position in the conference.As of right now, the Badgers would qualify for the Big Ten Tournament, with the top eight teams in the conference getting a bid. Wisconsin, which is ranked 40th in the NCAA, is also eligible for the NCAA Women’s Soccer Tournament at this time, with the top 64 teams making the tournament.Senior defender and team captain Lindsey Johnson said she knows Wisconsin’s last three games are crucial.“We know we have to win these next games in order to make sure that we are into the NCAAs and the Big Ten Tournament,” Johnson said. “That’s in the back of all of our heads, so we are just trying to get there and finish all of these games one game at a time.”Wisconsin will travel to Indiana Friday to take on Purdue (7-7-2, 2-5-1), which is second to last in the conference standings and has not won a game in October.The Badgers’ defense looks to continue its solid play of late against a Boilermaker offensive attack that has failed to score in its last three games. That bodes well for UW’s defense, which has held opposing teams to just two goals in the last three games.Johnson said she is pleased with the way her defensive unit has been playing and expects the defensive squad to continue playing well.“I think we’ve really just been on,” Johnson said. “We’ve been working on trying to find forwards deep, playing as a unit and sticking together so we always have each other’s back and playing the ball has really been helping us too.”Something that has been aiding the defense in the past month is head coach Paula Wilkins’ strategy to go with a platoon at the goalkeeper position, deciding who to start based on matchups.Wilkins has been switching between senior Lauren Gunderson, who began the year as Wisconsin’s starting goalkeeper, and junior Genevieve Richard, who has allowed only four goals in her four starts.Wilkins said she has not yet decided who will start at goal for the Badgers Friday and will make her decision based on the way the two keepers practice leading up to the match.“[Who starts] is going to be based on training this week,” Wilkins said. “I think Lauren Gunderson and Gen have done a great job and made it really hard for us. I think they have provided us with really good goalkeeping so again it’s going to go back to training.”UW’s offense has been stepping up as well lately, scoring two goals in each of its last four games.Sophomore forward Cara Walls has been a big part of the Wisconsin attack recently, scoring three goals in two games over the weekend, giving her a team-high eight goals on the season.Walls said the pressure the offense has been able to produce lately is a big part of the team’s success.“[The offense has been] going together,” Walls said. “We’ve been getting people up and attacking with numbers, so if it beats me there Paige (Adams) is behind me. I think just getting a larger number of people up and forward.”Walls and the Badgers’ offensive attack look to continue their success against a Purdue defense that has allowed six goals in its last three games.Wisconsin will head to Bloomington, Ind. Sunday where they will match up with Indiana (8-7-1, 3-5-0),, which is ranked eighth in the Big Ten.IU is riding a two-game winning streak and has won three out of its last four games.The Hoosiers bring an offensive attack that has scored eight goals in its last four games. The unit is led by junior midfielder Lisa Nouanesengsy, who has seven goals and three assists on the season.Wilkins said she is focused on the Purdue game but expects a battle with Indiana Sunday.“We want to focus on Purdue,” Wilkins said. “I think both (Purdue and Indiana) are very good. They’ve had some good games and have been close in every single game in the Big Ten, so it’s going to be challenging.”last_img read more

What should Lakers, Clippers fans do in the age of the coronavirus?

first_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersFortunately for Linn, the video game “MLB The Show 20” was released for PlayStation 4 on Thursday: “So I played that till 5 in the morning,” he said.If he ever puts down the controller, Linn expects he’ll find himself watching more Lob City highlights than even before.Pete Zayas, the creator of Laker Film Room, said he’ll use the down time to tackle projects he didn’t have time for during the NBA’s busy season – including breaking down some of his favorite Kobe Bryant games on his YouTube channel.“My videos are six or seven minutes long but it takes six or seven hours to make the video, so I’m entertained for six or seven hours,” Zayas said. “I was built for times like these.”He said he anticipates launching some “group project type stuff” online to help his fellow basketball obsessives get through the hiatus. He also encouraged fans to experiment with the kind of video analysis he’s known for. “I started because I was bored,” Zayas said. “I had stopped coaching basketball to help my girlfriend at the time start her private practice, so I didn’t have anything to do and I wanted to scratch that basketball itch and I said, ‘Oh, what’s this iMovie app on my laptop?’“And the thing about basketball, there’s so much meat on the bone. I could watch a game five or six times, it’s like a great movie, watching it again, you’re like, ‘I didn’t catch that last time!’”In that spirit, Francois “Frenchy” Nicolas, an actor, sports entertainer and host familiar to those who’ve attended L.A. Sparks and Clippers games at Staples Center in recent years, said instead of live action this week he watched a documentary on the three-peat Chicago Bulls.“If you’re a true fan, this is your time to brush up, to use this opportunity to look at a lot of older historic moments,” Nicolas said.Otherwise, fans said that beside video games, amid the coronavirus news they’ll distract themselves with Netflix, with “bad reality TV,” with replays of old games, and by spending virtual time together online as they collectively experience “this weird cabin fever we’re all about to have,” as hoops fan Payman Benz put it.But even as fans find productive ways to fill the hole where live sports should have been, it won’t be the same without the outlet that offers reliable escapism for so many.“Life can suck sometimes,” Linn said. “But you can sit down and unplug and just invest in a game … and it’s like a whole ’nother reality. Not having that for a while is going to be hard.”Zelasko recounted covering baseball on Fox Sports after the Sept. 11 attacks, and how much the game meant to a grieving nation.“It was important,” she said, remembering conversations then about how to find the balance between showing respect and providing distraction. “Sports have always been therapy; now it’s very odd not to have the outlet.”Mary Dacuma, a Clippers and Chicago Bears devotee living in Glendale, said she thinks it’s especially tough for NBA fans in Southern California.“It really looked like the Lakers or the Clippers were gonna be the ones who took it this year,” said Dacuma, who noted that her husband logged in to check on his fantasy team out of habit. “It would have been great if the Clippers did it, and they were performing super strong. Or if the Lakers won the championship, that would’ve been such a poetic thing to happen this year of all years. But now we’ll never know now.”Or perhaps we will, if the NBA extends the season and is able to return to the court to finish the season? No one can say yet.“The majority of the text messages I got (after the season was suspended) were, ‘I’m so sorry, (the Clippers) were on their way to a title,’” said Benz, a comedy director and writer and Clippers’ season-ticket holder who began attending games in 2007.“Even if it’s all erased, regardless, it’s been a fun year,” he said. “I had a moment of, ‘Oh man! The playoffs!’ But then I thought, ‘Wait a minute, this is a pandemic. Zoom out, this is not important.’”If anything, Dacuma said, following developments related to “the larger existential crisis” will be what helps distract her from missing sports.And whenever the games get going again, Benz predicts they’ll be cherished as never before.“The arenas are going to be louder than ever, there’s going to be such a relief and appreciation for what we had,” he said. “Across the board, I think maybe this is a time when we start to learn what we do need and don’t need and what are we focused on way too much, and to just enjoy stuff.”center_img “What is on TV on a Friday?” wondered Jeanne Zelasko, the longtime sportscaster and sports fan who said she honestly didn’t know what else people watch.Zelasko, a host for “Clippers Live,” the team’s pregame and postgame show on Fox Sports West, wasn’t the only one already experiencing “withdrawals” without games.“I’ve realized it’s a big part of my life,” said Anaheim’s Joey Linn, a dedicated Clippers and Angels fan who also works as the color commentator for his Biola University basketball teams. “So far it’s been really difficult.”But Linn, like every other sports fanatic, is going to have to find other ways to spend his time after the NBA and virtually every other sport in the United States suspended or canceled play this week in an effort to curtail the spread of the COVID-19 virus.last_img read more

Clarksville man sentenced to federal prison time for attempting to destroy meth during search of his home

first_imgCLARKSVILLE — A Clarksville man has been sentenced to five years in a federal prison after attempting to destroy methamphetamine. The US Attorney for the Northern District of Iowa’s office says 38-year-old Drew Johnson admitted that in February 2019 that he was in possession of meth when officers arrived at his home to search it. Johnson, who was outside at the time, admits running into the house and throwing the meth into a wood-burning stove and then fighting with officers. Johnson has an extensive criminal history, including two prior convictions for domestic assault and multiple theft convictions. US District Court Chief Judge Leonard Strand last week sentenced Johnson to 60 months in prison, to be followed by a four-year term of supervised release.last_img