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

Short-handed Lakers make short work of New Orleans Pelicans

first_imgPreviousLos Angeles Lakers guard Kentavious Caldwell-Pope (1) and New Orleans Pelicans guard Ian Clark (2) during the first half of an NBA basketball game in New Orleans, Sunday, March 31, 2019. (AP Photo/Tyler Kaufman)Los Angeles Lakers guard Rajon Rondo (9) drives to the basket in front of New Orleans Pelicans forward Cheick Diallo (13) during the first half of an NBA basketball game in New Orleans, Sunday, March 31, 2019. (AP Photo/Tyler Kaufman)Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (23) and New Orleans Pelicans forward Anthony Davis (23) after an NBA basketball game in New Orleans, Sunday, March 31, 2019. The Lakers won 130-102. (AP Photo/Tyler Kaufman) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsLos Angeles Lakers center JaVale McGee (7) is defended by New Orleans Pelicans forward Cheick Diallo (13) during the first half of an NBA basketball game in New Orleans, Sunday, March 31, 2019. (AP Photo/Tyler Kaufman)Los Angeles Lakers guard Kentavious Caldwell-Pope (1) drives up to the basket in-between New Orleans Pelicans forward Cheick Diallo (13) and guard Ian Clark (2) during the first half of an NBA basketball game in New Orleans, Sunday, March 31, 2019. (AP Photo/Tyler Kaufman)Los Angeles Lakers guard Rajon Rondo (9) drives past New Orleans Pelicans guard Elfrid Payton (4) during the first half of an NBA basketball game in New Orleans, Sunday, March 31, 2019. (AP Photo/Tyler Kaufman)New Orleans Pelicans forward Christian Wood, left, is defended by Los Angeles Lakers guard Rajon Rondo (9) during the first half of an NBA basketball game in New Orleans, Sunday, March 31, 2019. (AP Photo/Tyler Kaufman)Los Angeles Lakers center JaVale McGee (7) dunks in front of New Orleans Pelicans center Jahlil Okafor (8) during the first half of an NBA basketball game in New Orleans, Sunday, March 31, 2019. (AP Photo/Tyler Kaufman)Los Angeles Lakers center Moritz Wagner (15) drives to the basket in front of New Orleans Pelicans center Jahlil Okafor (8) during the first half of an NBA basketball game in New Orleans, Sunday, March 31, 2019. (AP Photo/Tyler Kaufman)Los Angeles Lakers guard Alex Caruso (4) during the first half of an NBA basketball game in New Orleans, Sunday, March 31, 2019. (AP Photo/Tyler Kaufman)Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (23) and Los Angeles Lakers guard Rajon Rondo (9) during the second half of an NBA basketball game in New Orleans, Sunday, March 31, 2019. The Lakers won 130-102. (AP Photo/Tyler Kaufman)New Orleans Pelicans forward Christian Wood (35) and Los Angeles Lakers guard Rajon Rondo (9) during the first half of an NBA basketball game in New Orleans, Sunday, March 31, 2019. (AP Photo/Tyler Kaufman)Los Angeles Lakers guard Alex Caruso (4) during the first half of an NBA basketball game in New Orleans, Sunday, March 31, 2019. (AP Photo/Tyler Kaufman)Los Angeles Lakers center JaVale McGee (7) dunks the ball during the first half of an NBA basketball game in New Orleans, Sunday, March 31, 2019. (AP Photo/Tyler Kaufman)Los Angeles Lakers guard Kentavious Caldwell-Pope (1) and New Orleans Pelicans guard Ian Clark (2) during the first half of an NBA basketball game in New Orleans, Sunday, March 31, 2019. (AP Photo/Tyler Kaufman)Los Angeles Lakers guard Rajon Rondo (9) drives to the basket in front of New Orleans Pelicans forward Cheick Diallo (13) during the first half of an NBA basketball game in New Orleans, Sunday, March 31, 2019. (AP Photo/Tyler Kaufman)NextShow Caption1 of 14Los Angeles Lakers guard Rajon Rondo (9) drives to the basket in front of New Orleans Pelicans forward Cheick Diallo (13) during the first half of an NBA basketball game in New Orleans, Sunday, March 31, 2019. (AP Photo/Tyler Kaufman)ExpandNEW ORLEANS – A purple exercise ball in the visiting locker room was as good a seat as any to watch the must-see game of Sunday afternoon.As Michigan State and Duke tipped off, LeBron James leaned back on top of the ball, lounging in shorts, flip-flops and socks. Moments later, Kyle Kuzma pulled up a chair a few feet away, eyes focused on the screen as he grazed at an early dinner.Neither would play in the game that would tip off nearly an hour later – a 130-102 Lakers win that was much less compelling viewing, albeit a gritty effort.It was the first game the Lakers played since announcing James won’t play for the rest of the season. The Pelicans, who have limited Anthony Davis’ minutes since he requested a trade in January, did not play their All-Star either. Kuzma was a late scratch with apparent left ankle tendinitis. Trail Blazers, Grizzlies advance to NBA play-in game; Suns, Spurs see playoff dreams dashed Lakers, Clippers schedules set for first round of NBA playoffs AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersThat left a group of mostly role players to scrap against another Western Conference team well out of the playoffs. And to that group’s credit, they delivered as James sat courtside dressed in black from head to toe.“This time of the season, a lot of guys are trying to get stats,” coach Luke Walton said. “But if someone was open we were making the extra pass and guys were cheering for each other and having a good time.”It was a stage for second-year guard Alex Caruso to showcase a career-best 23-point performance. That included a third-quarter sequence in which he hit a long three, notched a breakaway dunk off a steal and took a charge as the Lakers outscored the Pelicans by 22 in the pivotal frame. The team totaled 30 assists on the night.Since joining the regular rotation, Caruso is averaging 10.7 points while shooting 47 percent from 3-point range. Sitting with his feet in an ice bath post game — a common media set-up for James when he plays — Caruso said he’s looking for more than a few good games: He’d like a permanent roster spot rather than a contract that splits his time between the G League.“Every game for me is a job application,” he said. “It’s me going out there and showing this is where I’m supposed to be. I’m one of the best 350, 400 players in the world and I want to be in this league.” How athletes protesting the national anthem has evolved over 17 years Lakers practice early hoping to answer all questions center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Trail Blazers beat Grizzlies in play-in, earn first-round series with the Lakers Rajon Rondo – who left the game temporarily in the second half to stitch up a cut on his forehead – finished with a 24-point, 12-assist double-double, his second straight strong game for the depleted Lakers.A recent ESPN report cited that James made a raspberry sound to express disapproval of how the Lakers’ experiment went this season, with the front office surrounding him with playmakers instead of shooters. After the win, in which the Lakers scored more points in regulation than only other one game this season, Rondo spoke up for the other argument: That there wasn’t enough time with a healthy roster to come to a more definitive conclusion.“I just don’t think we had a fair opportunity,” he said. “That experiment didn’t work, probably because we had probably 100 games total missed of court appearances. I can’t really comment on whether it was a good or bad thing. I’m not really sure.”On Sunday night, it was probably as much about the caliber of competition: No Pelican scored more than Julius Randle’s 17 points. Davis wore a suit as well, and he stopped to talk to James on his way out of the arena after the game.It was the Lakers’ fourth win in their last five games, and with 35 wins, they’ve matched last season’s total with five games remaining on the schedule. Walton has, at times, seemed unable to explain why his team is suddenly playing well with nothing on the line, but he’s also enjoying some aspect of it as well.“For where we’re at,” Walton said, “it’s been fun to coach this group lately, and the way they’ve been playing out there.” Job applications may also be on the minds of some other veteran Lakers who will see their contracts expire at the end of the season.JaVale McGee added 23 points and 16 rebounds, his fourth double-double in his last five games. Kentavious Caldwell-Pope (19 points), Reggie Bullock (19 points) and Mike Muscala (10 points) all found ways to make an impact.Related Articleslast_img read more

Closing updates: Courthouse is closed, sub-state basketball game schedule in chaos

first_imgThe following are postponements and closings in Sumner County. If you have an event that is being changed due to the weather, e-mail us at sumnernewscow@gmail.com or place it in the comment section below.•The Sumner County offices closed today at noon at the courthouse. State offices are also closed.•The Fitness Center and the Wellington Rec Center is closing at 1:30 p.m. Rec officials say they will try to open the fitness Center at 10 a.m. The rec board meeting for Tuesday has been postponed. No makeup date has been made at this time.•All Turning Pointe Studio classes will be cancelled for tonight. •The Wellington Housing Authority will be held Thursday, Feb. 28, 2013 at noon at the Wellington Capital Manor.•Sumner County schools are out today. There is no word at this time whether there will be school tomorrow.•The schedule for the first round sub-state basketball games are currently as follows and can change in a millisecond:-Wellington boys at Wichita Trinity Academy is currently rescheduled for Tuesday, 7:30 p.m.-Winfield at Wellington girls is still on as scheduled for Tuesday, 7 p.m.-Douglass boys at Conway Springs, 7:30 p.m., Tuesday.– Belle Plaine at Independent boys, 7:30 p.m. Tuesday.-Cedar Vale-Dexter vs. Caldwell boys, 7:30 p.m. Thursday.-Bluestem at Conway Springs girls, 6 p.m. Tuesday.-Garden Plain vs. Belle Plaine girls at Sedgwick at 6 p.m. Tuesday.-South Haven at Udall girls, 6 p.m. Thursday.-Cedar Vale-Dexter vs. South Haven-Udall winner girls 6 p.m. Friday.-Flinthills vs. Caldwell at Udall, 3 p.m. Thursday.-St. Paul vs. Caldwell-Flinthill winner, 3 p.m. Friday.There are more closings below: Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments (5) Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings Sort by: Date Rating Last Activity Loading comments… You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. 0 Vote up Vote down Elizabeth Shimer · 389 weeks ago All classes at Turning Pointe dance studio canceled tonight. Report Reply 0 replies · active 389 weeks ago 0 Vote up Vote down Janette Moser · 389 weeks ago No Monday night bowling Report Reply 0 replies · active 389 weeks ago 0 Vote up Vote down Friend · 389 weeks ago No LB School of Self Defense classes tonight. Report Reply 0 replies · active 389 weeks ago 0 Vote up Vote down Phylis Vincent · 389 weeks ago No tuesday bingo at the VFW Report Reply 0 replies · active 389 weeks ago 0 Vote up Vote down Phylis Vincent · 389 weeks ago No bingo at VFW, tuesday 2/26 Report Reply 0 replies · active 389 weeks ago Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new commentslast_img read more

Pharma Billionaire Arrested on Charges of Fraud to Prescribe Opioid Painkiller

first_imgJohn N. Kapoor, the billionaire majority owner and founder of Insys Therapeutics Inc., was arrested on Oct. 26 in Phoenix. Kapoor faces charges of using bribery and fraud to promote prescription of an opioid pain medication to patients.Kapoor, 74, who had stepped down as the CEO of the pharmaceutical company in January this year, was charged with RICO conspiracy, conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud, and conspiracy to violate the anti-kickback law. Six other former executives of the firm were charged and arrested in the same case in December last year.Kapoor’s attorney said his client “is innocent of these charges and intends to fight the charges vigorously,” CBS News reported.“In the midst of a nationwide opioid epidemic that has reached crisis proportions, Mr. Kapoor and his company stand accused of bribing doctors to overprescribe a potent opioid and committing fraud on insurance companies solely for profit,” William D. Weinreb, acting U.S. attorney, said in a statement. “Today’s arrest and charges reflect our ongoing efforts to attack the opioid crisis from all angles. We must hold the industry and its leadership accountable — just as we would the cartels or a street-level drug dealer.”Subsys PainkillerInsys is accused of bribing several doctors to push the fentanyl spray called Subsys, and market it to patients who did not need it. Subsys was meant to use spray technology to administer fentanyl, a narcotic said to be 80 times more potent than morphine, under the tongues of cancer patients to ease the intense pain they suffer from. Kapoor lost his wife Editha to metastatic breast cancer in 2005.However, the company was accused of achieving huge sales by getting Subsys prescribed to patients who did not have cancer. Last month Deborah Fuller, who has been leading the accusations against Insys, after her daughter Sarah died in March 2016 following usage of the medicine, told a Senate roundtable in Washington: “The only thing that keeps us going at this point in our lives is that the people who did this to my baby will be held accountable for their actions.” She added: “Losing a child is agonizing, but then learning that [daughter] Sarah died from a drug that she should never have been prescribed has caused us so much more anguish and outrage,” according to ABC News.Checkered PastKapoor, who is estimated to have a net worth of $1.8 billion, remained on the Board of Directors after stepping down from the CEO’s post. Born in Amritsar, India, Kapoor earned an undergraduate degree in pharmacy from Bombay University, followed by a doctorate in medicinal chemistry from the State University of New York at Buffalo in 1972. During his four-decade career in the pharmaceutical industry in the United States, Kapoor has been at the center of several controversies, including a $100 million lawsuit filed against him in 1990 by Japanese drug major Fujisawa Pharmaceutical. Kapoor made a settlement for an undisclosed amount in 1999.The accusations of racketeering against Insys started in 2015, when Heather Alfonso, a nurse practitioner in Connecticut, pleaded guilty to charges of federal anti-kickback laws. She was accused of receiving speaking payments worth $83,000. Prosecutors alleged she prescribed $1.6 million worth of Subsys, mostly of patients who did not have cancer. The same year, Insys paid doctors $6.3 million for activities including giving talks, according to data collected by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, Forbes reported. Four other doctors were given fees of over $100,000, while 11 more were shown to receive about $75,000.In December 2016, six Insys executives were arrested and charged: Former CEO Michael Babich; Alec Burlakoff, the former vice president of sales; Richard M. Simon, the former national director of sales; former regional sales directors Sunrise Lee and Joseph A. Rowan; and former vice president of managed markets, Michael J. Gurry.“As alleged, these executives created a corporate culture at Insys that utilized deception and bribery as an acceptable business practice, deceiving patients, and conspiring with doctors and insurers,” Harold H. Shaw, the special agent in charge of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Boston Field Division, said in a statement. “The allegations of selling a highly addictive opioid cancer pain drug to patients who did not have cancer, make them no better than street-level drug dealers. Today’s charges mark an important step in holding pharmaceutical executives responsible for their part in the opioid crisis. The FBI will vigorously investigate corrupt organizations with business practices that promote fraud with a total disregard for patient safety.” Related ItemsInsys fraudJohn Kapoor arrestJohn Kapoor InsysJohn Kapoor opioid fraudJohn Kapoor pharma scandalJohn N. Kapoor subsyslast_img read more

NRI Jailed in London for Wife’s Murder to be Moved to Amritsar Prison

first_imgA Non-Resident Indian (NRI) man, serving a jail term of 28 years in London for planning the brutal killing of his estranged wife, will be repatriated to India and shifted to Amritsar jail for the rest of his sentence, the BBC reported.A UK court sentenced Harpreet Aulakh, a resident of Greenford, in 2010 to a minimum of 28 years for ordering the killing of his wife, Geeta Aulakh, a receptionist in Sunrise Radio, in 2009. He decided to get her murdered as she was seeking divorce from him.Aulakh’s repatriation to India will take place under the Repatriation of Prisoners Act signed between India and United Kingdom. He will be shifted to India on Aug. 28.“All arrangements are in place. According to the plan, the UK authorities will bring him to Delhi from where a team of Punjab police officers will bring him to Amritsar,” IPS Sahota, a top prison official in Punjab, told BBC Punjabi.“In the first week of July, we got a communiqué from the ministry of external affairs that Aulakh wanted to be shifted to Amritsar to serve the remaining term of his punishment. After completing the formalities, the jail department issued the NOC, and now he will be shifted to the Amritsar Central Jail,” Punjab’s Jails and Cooperation Minister Sukhjinder Singh Randhawa told the Hindustan Times.Aulakh’s men hacked Geeta to death with a 14-inch machete on the street of Greenford, London, when she was going to pick up her two sons from a childminder. Geeta’s right hand was amputated and she suffered severe injuries on her head. She was declared dead a few hours later in the hospital.At the time of murder, Harpreet Aulakh, also known as Sunny, himself remained in a city pub before the CCTV camera to convince the police that he was not present at the site of the murder. His trick could not help him much as he was caught on the CCTV of a store, buying the machete a few days before the murder, BBC had reported earlier.Two other men, Sher Singh, 19, of Southall, and Jaswant Dhillon, 30, of Ilford, east London, were convicted of murder and sentenced to serve a minimum of 22 years in jail. Related ItemsAmritsarLondonlast_img read more