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New-look Badgers rout Warriors

first_imgGREGORY DIXON/Herald photoWhen a team shoots 50 percent from the field and forces 34 turnovers on defense, it’s pretty hard to lose.That’s what happened Sunday afternoon as the University of Wisconsin’s women’s basketball team crushed Division II opponent Winona State 87-37 at the Kohl Center. The win ended the Badgers’ short-lived preseason, in which they finished a perfect 2-0.The Badgers dominated all facets of the game. They jumped out to an early 12-8 lead, followed by a 24-0 run that lasted just under 10 minutes. Winona State guard Shelby Krueger broke up the scoring drought with a pair of free throws. The Warriors didn’t hit a field goal for another four minutes.Badgers forward Danielle Ward had a game-high 21 points while shooting 9-of-11 from the field. She also chipped in on the glass with eight rebounds.Ward was not the only Badger post player to put up impressive numbers Sunday. Caitlin Gibson, Brittany Heins, and Mariah Dunham had 12, 11, and eight points respectively.”The post play has arrived,” UW head coach Lisa Stone said excitedly. “When you have [three] post players in double figures, that’s great.””[Danielle] is a quick, unbelievably fast, athletic post, and I’m more of a big, ‘sit on the block, muscle my way around’-type of post,” Gibson said.This tandem, along with Heins coming off the bench, should be a lethal combination throughout the season.Stone did say she will entertain the idea of putting all three on the court at the same time.Preseason Big Ten Player of the Year Jolene Anderson had a modest eight points, but added six assists in only 24 minutes.”Jolene was very unselfish today and did a great job sharing the ball,” Stone said.Freshman Rae Lin D’Alie played well both offensively (6 points, 3 assists) and defensively (2 steals) in a starting role.The 5-foot-3 point guard applied intense on-ball pressure all game long, forcing countless Warrior turnovers, which is why Stone inserted her in the starting lineup before Thursday’s first preseason game.D’Alie is one of many impressive newcomers on this Badger squad, but the team’s depth is making it hard for Stone to solidify a consistent rotation.”I like our starting lineup right now,” Stone said. “It may be the same, and it may change.”Though a 50-point blowout can lift a team’s confidence, Stone knows her team has a lot of work to do, especially from the free-throw line, where they shot just 60 percent.However, Stone was not the only coach impressed with the Badgers’ play on Sunday. Warriors head coach Scott Ballard had no answers for the onslaught of cardinal and white.”I thought [the Badgers’] depth is probably better than a lot of people might think,” he said.Along with forcing 34 turnovers, the Badger defense compiled 19 steals and two blocks, while allowing the Warriors to grab only eight offensive rebounds.”We really focused on ball pressure and just denying reversal passes,” Gibson added. “That was really crucial for our defense. That’s how we’re going to break teams down.”Despite being on the losing end of such a lopsided score, Ballard sees some positives from the trip to Madison.”It was a great experience to come to the Kohl Center [and play in a] hostile environment,” he said.last_img read more

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Garrett Richards leaves Angels to ink deal with Padres

first_img Angels offense breaks out to split doubleheader with Astros Jose Suarez’s rocky start sinks Angels in loss to Astros Richards, 30, was 45-38 with a 3.54 ERA with the Angels, who had been his only team since they took him in the 2009 draft. He was the Opening Day starter in 2016 and 2018.Injuries began to derail his career when he tore ligaments in his knee late in 2014, which was his breakout season. He then missed most of 2016 season after damaging his ulnar collateral ligament. He avoided Tommy John surgery by using stem-cell therapy, beginning 2017 healthy.  He then missed much of that season with a biceps nerve injury. In 2018, he re-injured his elbow and opted for surgery.Related Articles Angels’ poor pitching spoils an Albert Pujols milestone Angels’ Mike Trout working on his defense, thanks to Twitter After missing most of the past three seasons with a variety of injuries, Garrett Richards is going to continue his career – in 2020 – with the Padres.The Angels made a serious bid, including at least two concrete offers, but came up short in the bidding, according to a source.The Padres reportedly guaranteed Richards $15 million over two years, even though he won’t be able to pitch next season, as he rehabs from Tommy John surgery.Sign up for Home Turf and get exclusive stories every SoCal sports fan must read, sent daily. Subscribe here.Richards released a statement on Thursday night about his decision: “The emotions I’m feeling are bittersweet. While we’re excited to start a new chapter as a Padre, it’s not easy to say goodbye to the only team I’ve known.” Although Richards won’t be able to pitch in 2019, it is not unusual for teams to sign players to multiyear deals at a reduced rate to have them when they are ready to return.The Tampa Bay Rays signed Nathan Eovaldi to a two-year, $4 million deal prior to the 2017 season, and he didn’t pitch until May 2018.Richards’ deal is worth much more, indicating the competition for his services. Besides the Angels, the Dodgers also pursued him, according to a source. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Angels’ Shohei Ohtani spending downtime working in outfield last_img read more

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Wellington Leadership Summit gets students rocking

first_imgBoys fill the WHS gym to hear motivational speaker. Full student bodies from five county high schools were in Wellington for Leadership Summit.Wellington High School student gets rewarded for knowing a song. Miss Kansas Theresa Vail.By Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The 2014 Sumner County Leadership Summit was in full swing today at Wellington High School.The event featured two speakers: Bill Cordes, a motivational speaker (in video above); and Miss Kansas Theresa Vail, who spoke to high school students from Wellington, Oxford, Caldwell, Belle Plaine, South Haven and Argonia from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.The Summit is organized by Karla Defore’s Leadership Classes and partnered with the Sumner County Community Drug Action Team. There will also be leadership seminars and luncheons in which schools will be broken down into small groups for team building and ice-breaking activities.Some of the sights seen during the day.Small leadership group sessions were featured at the start of the day.center_img 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 (2) 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. +6 Vote up Vote down Caldwell Fan Forever · 342 weeks ago Thank you for your awesome hospitality, Wellington High School and staff. We enjoyed it. Report Reply 0 replies · active 342 weeks ago +6 Vote up Vote down sad day · 342 weeks ago That is awesome! Way to go guys. We need more students to be leaders. Report Reply 0 replies · active 342 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

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Ducks topple Avalanche, add to lead

first_imgThe Pacific Division-leading Ducks ended their three-game losing streak and extended their lead over the second-place San Jose Sharks to five points. The Ducks (36-17-10) and Sharks (38-23-1) play tonight in San Jose and again Friday in Anaheim. ANAHEIM – Swapping inertia for momentum, the Ducks earned a bounce-back victory Sunday night over the Colorado Avalanche as general manager Brian Burke worked the phones in search of a rent-a-veteran before Tuesday’s trade deadline. Andy McDonald scored two goals and added an assist and Scott Niedermayer had a goal and two assists to lead the Ducks to a 5-3 victory over the Avalanche in front of a sellout crowd of 17,174 at the Honda Center. “What we need to do is just keep going no matter what.” Niedermayer was one of several veteran players who met with coach Randy Carlyle on Saturday, the day after a dispiriting 4-1 loss to the third-place Dallas Stars. Carlyle asked for bigger contributions from the veterans. They certainly responded Sunday, led by Niedermayer. In addition to scoring the go-ahead goal, Niedermayer assisted on goals by Pronger and Teemu Selanne. Pronger and Selanne also had strong games, with a goal and an assist each. “The response from our veteran group was probably the key,” Carlyle said. Meanwhile, Burke kept his cell phone handy during the game. He said he is determined to stay involved in any and all negotiations. It’s believed he is in pursuit of a veteran forward who can bolster the Ducks’ scoring depth. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!center_img “You’ll hear a lot of GMs say after the deadline has passed that `I still believe in this group.’ I’ve been saying that for three weeks,” Burke said. “I think we’re in the doldrums a little bit right now, but I still believe in this group and what they can do.” In the end, the Ducks rewarded Burke’s faith in them, but not before squandering leads of 2-0 and 3-2 and taking three minor penalties in the game’s final 11 minutes. Niedermayer’s goal gave the Ducks a 4-3 lead at 16:37 of the final period, less than two minutes after Colorado’s Milan Hejduk tied it while the Ducks’ team captain was seated in the penalty box. Chris Pronger added a power-play goal at 17:25 for a 5-3 lead. “You never want to take three penalties like that,” Niedermayer said. “It’s obviously unacceptable no matter what you thought of the calls. We needed this game because the standings are getting pretty tight. last_img
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