Men’s hockey kicks off WCHA schedule

first_imgJEFF SCHORFHEIDE/Herald photoLast weekend, the Wisconsin men’s hockey team was thrown abruptly into the opening of the 2008-09 season. Facing No. 1 Boston College and then-No. 7 New Hampshire was not the easiest way to start the year.Things won’t be getting much easier for the Badgers (0-2) this weekend as they travel to Denver to face the No. 4 Pioneers (1-0).The two teams have a bit of history behind them. It was this past January when UW’s Matthew Ford appeared to score a goal with fractions of a second remaining. But referee Randy Schmidt viewed the replay and disallowed the goal, saying time had expired.As bitter as the situation may have been then, goaltender Shane Connelly said he and the team have put it behind them.“I think everyone’s moved on from that,” Connelly said.Even if they’ve moved on, that’s not to say that game is completely forgotten.“You always remember from last year Ford’s goal that got disallowed,” sophomore forward Patrick Johnson said.Instead, it may be a more recent meeting between these two schools that could add intensity to the weekend series — if any additional incentive was needed. Wisconsin ousted Denver from last year’s NCAA playoffs with a 6-2 win at the Kohl Center in late March. The win kept UW alive but ended DU’s season.“They could be using that for motivation,” Connelly said. “I just think the natural element of two WCHA teams starting league play is enough motivation for anybody.”While Connelly is in his second year between the pipes for the Badgers, the Pioneers have a new man in net after the graduation of goalie Peter Mannino. Sophomore Marc Cheverie has assumed that role for the Pioneers and stopped 23 of the 25 shots he faced in DU’s opening weekend win against Notre Dame.For the Badgers, putting the puck on the net to pressure the young netminder will be the goal.“Just fire shots on him; that’s all you can do,” Johnson said. “See where he’s weak and see where you can tire him out.”On the offensive side of the puck, Denver boasts a potent scoring attack, led by Tyler Bozak, whose 34 points were a team high a year ago. The Pioneers lost Brock Trotter, a 13-goal scorer last season, but they return junior Rhett Rakhshani (28 points).“They’re highly offensive,” Connelly said. “They’re talented all over, but they’ve got a lot of forwards who can put the puck in the net. They’re dangerous on the attack.”For a unit that gave up 10 goals in its first two games, Wisconsin knows it needs to shore up its defense.“Our ‘D’ meetings we had before the season started, we don’t want to give up two or three goals a game, so that was definitely something we took note of,” sophomore defenseman Ryan McDonagh said. “We have to look at what happened on each play and learn from it and make sure everybody’s on the same page.”Part of the defensive struggles in the opening weekend may have been a result of inexperience. Three freshmen blueliners — Jake Gardiner, Ryan Little and Eric Springer — all saw action in at least one of the two games. While all three contributed offensively, there were lapses on the other end that Connelly knows will improve with time.“Everyone knew we were young and there were going to be some mistakes, but at the same time, I thought there were some good strides,” Connelly said. “We really looked like the better team and the more experienced team at times during the game. Our youth showed against two upperclassmen-filled teams.”UW’s freshmen don’t have the luxury of being eased into the WCHA season by playing a handful of exhibition games. Instead, they’ve been thrown right into the fire, having just one week to prepare.“It’s a tough place to play in their first weekend of college hockey,” Connelly said. “They have a ton of talent. I trust that they’re going to get better. We just need to be patient.”After Denver, Wisconsin returns home to take on Minnesota. Then, they’re back on the road against North Dakota. Not an easy first month in any sense, but the Badgers are just fine with how the schedule is set up.“We want to see where we’re at right now,” McDonagh said. “We’re playing right next to these top teams in the league, so we want to continue to get better and start winning these games.”last_img read more

Attorney: Shelly Sterling wants to keep Clippers

first_imgShelly Sterling, left, wife of Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling, watches from a courtside seat during the second half of Game 4 of an opening-round NBA basketball playoff series between the Clippers and Golden State Warriors, April 27, 2014: (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)LOS ANGELES (AP) — The estranged wife of Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling will fight to retain her 50 percent ownership stake in the team, her lawyer said Thursday, adding an unwanted twist to the NBA’s plan to force new ownership on the franchise.Shelly Sterling’s attorney, Pierce O’Donnell, said his client “will not agree to a forced or involuntary seizure of her interest.”“As her lawyers we will fight vigorously to defend her property rights,” he said.O’Donnell said Mrs. Sterling has no interest in managing the Clippers and wants a new investor group to come in with a professional management team.O’Donnell also told The Associated Press that Shelly Sterling has been separated from her husband for the last year and is considering divorce. There is no record of legal separation documents being filed, though O’Donnell said the couple is living apart.Last week, NBA Commissioner Adam Silver banned Donald Sterling from the NBA for life and urged league owners to force him to sell the team. The move came after a recording surfaced in which Sterling made racist comments, telling friend V. Stiviano that he didn’t want her to bring black people to Clippers games.At a news conference announcing the decision, Silver said no decision had been made regarding whether Mrs. Sterling or any other members of the Sterling family will be allowed to retain an ownership position.O’Donnell said he spoke with NBA officials Thursday morning but declined to elaborate. He said Mrs. Sterling has been working cooperatively with Silver and his staff and supported his announcement seeking a new chief executive officer for the team and the NBA’s decision to place longtime team President Andy Roeser on leave.O’Donnell said Mrs. Sterling “abhors” her husband’s comments and that Silver had “exonerated” Mrs. Sterling in his statement last week. Silver said the decision only involved Donald Sterling and his actions.“We abhor guilt by association in America,” O’Donnell said. “The sins of the husband cannot be imputed to the wife or children.”Shelly and Donald Sterling faced allegations that they discriminated against tenants based on race in Los Angeles according to a lawsuit filed by U.S. Department of Justice in 2006. The Sterlings, who at the time owned and managed about 119 apartment buildings or 5,000 apartments throughout Los Angeles County, agreed to settle the suit for $2.725 million.The settlement also included two suits filed by former tenants at one of the properties, including an African-American family and an interracial married couple with biracial children, who alleged the Sterlings demolished their private yards among other actions because of their race, according to the Justice Department.“The charges against her by former tenants are false, unfounded and were never ever determined to be valid in a court of law,” O’Donnell said. He said the case was settled without any admission of liability. “She doesn’t have a racist bone in her body,” O’Donnell said.Clippers coach Doc Rivers said Thursday at the team’s training facility that “it would be a very hard situation” if Shelly retained her portion of ownership in the team.“I guarantee you every person wouldn’t be on board with that,” Rivers said. “Whether I would or not, I’m not going to say.”O’Donnell said Mrs. Sterling hasn’t been asked to stay away from games and will not. She is an ardent Clippers fan and plans to attend Friday night’s playoff game against Oklahoma City. Rivers said “that’s her choice. She can be a ticket buyer or whatever.”Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson, a former NBA All-Star guard who was asked to serve as a spokesman for NBA players after the Sterling scandal broke, did not immediately return a call seeking comment on Mrs. Sterling’s plan to remain an owner.___AP Sports Writer Beth Harris in Los Angeles, and AP writers Anthony McCartney in Los Angeles and Juliet Williams in Sacramento contributed to this report.___Tami Abdollah can be reached at http://www.twitter.com/latamslast_img read more

Watch: Andres Iniesta pulls off a stunning half field pass on the full volley!

first_imgSagan Tosu forward Fernando Torres played the farewell match of his career yesterday against fellow J-league side, Andres Iniesta’s Vissel Kobe, and the latter honoured his former Spanish international teammate’s final 90 minutes on field with a goal and a spectacular volley. Soon after scoring from the penalty spot, the former Barcelona legend volleyed a marvellous lofted pass into the Sagan box, which ultimately found the back of the net by Junya Tanaka in the 22th minute. Watch the 35 year old’s incredible piece of work below, courtesy to Goal.com’s official Twitter. Nicknamed ‘El Niño’, Torres joined Tosu in 2018, after a two season returning spell at his boyhood club Atletico Madrid.  The 35 year old four seasons each at Premier League rivals Liverpool and Chelsea, and even won the UEFA Champions League in 2012 with the Blues. Iniesta and Torres both were crucial members of the Spanish international squad that lifted the 2010 FIFA World Cup trophy, beating Netherlands in the final. The Ushies duo Hotaru Yamaguchi and Kyogo Furuhashi both were able to strike braces, as Kobe scored a total of 6 games in the match. Sagan Tosu were satisfied with just a single goal, and that also came in form of a same side by Kobe defender Thomas Vermaelen, another former Nou Camp player.Advertisement d9fkNBA Finals | Brooklyn Vs6x9i2Wingsuit rodeo📽Sindre E6s7( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) z4idWould you ever consider trying this?😱5ok11tCan your students do this? 🌚7gdlqRoller skating! Powered by Firework Sagan Tosu forward Fernando Torres played the farewell match of his career yesterday against fellow J-league side, Andres Iniesta’s Vissel Kobe, and the latter honoured his former Spanish international teammate’s final 90 minutes on field with a goal and a spectacular volley.Advertisement Image Courtesy: Getty ImagesSoon after scoring from the penalty spot, the former Barcelona legend volleyed a marvellous lofted pass into the Sagan box, which ultimately found the back of the net by Junya Tanaka in the 22th minute.Watch the 35 year old’s incredible piece of work below, courtesy to Goal.com’s official Twitter.Advertisement Nicknamed ‘El Niño’, Torres joined Tosu in 2018, after a two season returning spell at his boyhood club Atletico Madrid.The 35 year old four seasons each at Premier League rivals Liverpool and Chelsea, and even won the UEFA Champions League in 2012 with the Blues.Iniesta and Torres both were crucial members of the Spanish international squad that lifted the Euro Cup twice in 2008 and 2012, and also the 2010 FIFA World Cup trophy, beating Netherlands in the final.The Ushies duo Hotaru Yamaguchi and Kyogo Furuhashi both were able to strike braces, as Kobe scored a total of 6 games in the match.Sagan Tosu were satisfied with just a single goal, and that also came in form of a same side by Kobe defender Thomas Vermaelen, another former Nou Camp player. Advertisementlast_img read more