UW men’s soccer team going with youth to replace star players

first_imgIn the wake of losing 14 seniors, the University of Wisconsin men’s soccer team is raising its expectations of its underclassmen.Last season, AJ Cochran earned Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year, while Tomislav Zadro was awarded Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year. However, both Cochran and Zadro have departed. In addition to those players, 12 other seniors graduated last year and left holes to be filled by much younger, and less experienced, players in 2014.Wisconsin head coach John Trask responded by playing eight of the team’s 13 freshmen in UW’s first four games, which he understands can be a difficult way for the players to begin the season.“It’s going to take a while to replace those guys,” Trask said. “We are asking a lot out of freshmen, but having said that, we have an extremely talented freshmen class who is not only healthy defensively, but they are putting numbers on the board as well.”Wisconsin’s freshmen have scored all but one of UW’s goals so far this season, led by Mark Segbers with a team-high three goals. The early experience should bode well for the future of Wisconsin soccer as the team heads into Big Ten play. As the season continues, the Badgers and Trask hope the young players can come together and compete at a high level.Trask said he believes the team is in a good place right now with the improvements he has seen since the beginning of camp, especially from his younger players. He knows that putting the younger players in early games will prepare them for future games and get them up to college speed and skill levels.Improvement on both sides of the ball has come from paying attention to details during practice. If the Badgers cannot control the minor details during practice, they will certainly not compete at the highest levels during games.Wisconsin has been trying to transfer that attention to detail from practice into their games, which has not shown strong results yet. Despite this, the team is coming together and improving at every opportunity on both the offensive and defensive ends.As for changes to the team because of the loss of so many seniors, the Badgers’ offensive strategy has changed because of the loss of Zadro and other offensive players.“Offensively, on free kicks and corner kicks, we have to rely on timing and getting numbers in the box because the crosses aren’t going to be as perfect every time, like when Tomislav was crossing it,” redshirt junior Carl Schneider said.That’s not the only change that has to be made. With Cochran not on the defensive end, the defenders have had to work harder this season to make sure opponents have fewer opportunities for headers and scoring chances.“AJ [Cochran] was a dominant force in the air,” Trask said. “We never had to worry about a head ball dropped in our end of the field when AJ was on the team. So that’s just going to be something that’s ongoing to get better at that by committee rather than one player.”On goal kicks, Cochran was counted on to win headers consistently and to distribute the ball to his teammates. Now that he is gone, the Badgers lack a player that can always go up and win headers, so they have placed more players around the ball in order to fight to take possession of the next ball.All aspects of the game have come down to the numbers of Badgers around the ball. If they have more players surrounding the ball, they will have a better chance of stopping teams from converting on those scoring chances.The last place where Cochran and Zadro will be missed, is their ability to lead by example through their experience, which made it easy for the team to remain levelheaded.“AJ [Cochran] and Tomislav [Zadro] were both just really experienced,” sophomore Brian Hail said. “They played in big games before, and no matter if we went down or it was a very crucial game, they were always levelheaded. They never got too high or too low emotionally.”Trask looks to use his time with new players early on in the season to see which ones step up into leadership positions and which ones steps up as consistent, go-to players.“Younger players, such as myself, need to step up as leaders on and off the field,” Hail said. “I think it’s very important to set a culture and mature in our ways and lead the younger guys into a good season, and hopefully seasons to come.”last_img read more

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Mallard’s Team of the Week — Nelson Nordic Skiers

first_imgIt’s time to give a shout-out to the Nelson Nordic Ski Club — the club that hosts the cross-country ski trails at Apex. While most of the region was digging out from Mother Nature’s winter season, the ski club was busy gliding on top of the white stuff en route to capturing the Kootenay Cup Trophy. Nelson edged out Kimberley and rival Black Jack from Rossland for the title. Staff and management at Mallard’s Source for Sports would like to honour the achievement with Team of the Week status. The team includes, back row, L-R, coaches Doris Hausleitner, Roger Pratt and George Edney. Front, Quinn Barron, Sabine Edney (pink hat), Ira McKimm (purple hat), Maddy Digby (white striped hat), Jack McKimm, Keiran Marchand, Sophie Edney, Kluane Peabody, Ruby Creighton, Arianna Murphy-Steed, Alec Digby, Denise Uhrynuk and Loki Wickman.last_img read more

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SANTA ANITA AUTUMN MEET TO OPEN FRIDAY, SEPT. 30, GREAT RACE PLACE TO HOST BREEDERS’ CUP WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS FOR AN UNPRECEDENTED NINTH TIME ON NOV. 4 & 5

first_imgF, 2 YO (CA) $70,000+ 6 F LA WOMAN STAKES (G III) Sat, Oct 8 GOLDIKOVA STAKES (G II) $200,000 F/M, 3 & UP $200,000 $300,000 2 YO (CA) 2 YO Breeders’ Cup $70,000+ F/M, 3 & UP $300,000 3 & UP 1 1/8 M 1 M (T) $200,000 Sat, Nov 5 1 1/8 M (T) JUVENILE TURF SPRINT STAKES $100,000 $200,000 RODEO DRIVE STAKES (G I) ZENYATTA STAKES (G I) BC Challenge 1 1/4 M (T) abt 6 1/2 F (T) Sat, Oct 1 AWESOME AGAIN STAKES (G I) CHANDELIER STAKES (G I) 1 1/16 M Sun, Oct 16 Fri, Nov 4 ANOAKIA STAKES F/M, 3 & UP Sun, Nov 6 $100,000 Fri, Nov 4 3 & UP Fri, Sep 30 FRONTRUNNER STAKES (G I) 2 YO 3 & UP (CA) BC Challenge Sat, Oct 29 Sat, Oct 1 CALIFORNIA DISTAFF HANDICAP 3 & UP 3 & UP F/M, 3 & UP LURE STAKES ® MARATHON STAKES (G II) 2 YO 6 F Sat, Nov 5 Sat, Oct 8 1 1/16 M 1 M (T) AUTUMN MISS STAKES (G III) $300,000 6 F Sat, Nov 5 1 1/16 M $100,000 SWINGTIME STAKES ® CITY OF HOPE MILE (G II) ZUMA BEACH STAKES 1 1/4 M (T) F, 2 YO GOLDEN STATE JUVENILE BC Challenge SURER GIRL STAKES F/M, 3 & UP (CA) abt. 6 1/2 (T)center_img 1 M (T) abt 6 1/2 F (T) Sat, Oct 1 F, 2 YO Sat, Oct 1 BC Challenge $70,000+ $200,000 F, 3 YO 7 F Sun, Oct 2 abt 6 1/2 F (T) F, 3 YO Sat, Oct 15 JOHN HENRY TURF CHAMPIONSHIP (G II) $200,000 F, 2 YO Sun, Oct 9 $100,000 Sat, Oct 1 SEN. KEN MADDY STAKES (G lll) 3 & UP $100,000 $100,000 $300,000 Sat, Oct 8 Sun, Oct 30 abt 6 1/2 F (T) Sun, Oct 23 Fri, Nov 4 1 M (T) 3 & UP $70,000+ SANTA ANITA SPRINT CHAMPIONSHIP (G I) GOLDEN STATE JUVENILE FILLIES 1 M (T) Sat, Nov 5 $70,000+ 2 YO Mon, Oct 10 NEW TURF COURSE AWAITS FANS & HORSEMEN AS SANTA ANITA OFFERS SIX GRADE I BREEDERS’ CUP PREPS OVER FIRST TWO WEEKENDS & A TOTAL OF 28 GRADED STAKES OVER COURSE OF 23-DAY MEET 3 YO $300,000 Fri, Nov 4 Sat, Oct 22 $300,000 Fri, Nov 4 1 M (T) TWILIGHT DERBY (G II) 3 & UP Sat, Oct 1 BC Challenge 7 F UNZIP ME STAKES $100,000 7 F ARCADIA, Calif. (Aug. 15, 2016)–Santa Anita Park, which will host the Breeders’ Cup World Championships for an unprecedented ninth time on Nov. 4 & 5, has announced it will offer a total of 28 graded stakes, including 13 Breeders’ Cup events over the course of its 23-day Autumn Meet, which begins Friday, Sept. 30. (A total of 41 stakes, graded and non, have been scheduled.)The Grade III Eddie D. Stakes, for 3-year-olds and up, will serve as the meet’s initial stakes offering on opening day and will be contested at 6 ½ furlongs down the hillside turf course, which now consists of a newly installed Bandera Bermuda hybrid.The Great Race Place will offer six Grade I Breeders’ Cup “Win and You’re In” Challenge races over the first two weekends as horsemen will be afforded ample opportunities to prepare their horses for a wide array of Breeders’ Cup assignments on Nov. 4 & 5.“We’re excited to be getting everyone back as we anticipate some great racing in advance of the Breeders’ Cup in November,” said Santa Anita’s Vice President of Racing, Rick Hammerle.The Autumn Meet will get off to a fast start, as five Grade I Breeders’ Cup preps will be offered on the first Saturday, Oct. 1: The FrontRunner Stakes for 2-year-olds at 1 1/16 miles, the Awesome Again Stakes for 3-year-olds and up at 1 1/8 miles, the Rodeo Drive Stakes for fillies and mares going 1 ¼ miles on turf, the Zenyatta Stakes for fillies and mares at 1 1/16 miles and the Chandelier Stakes for 2-year-old fillies at 1 1/16 miles.The following Saturday, Oct. 8, the Grade I Santa Anita Sprint Championship will serve as a springboard to the Grade I Breeders’ Cup Sprint on Nov. 5.In addition to the Santa Anita Sprint Championship Oct. 8, Santa Anita will again partner with one of the nation’s leading cancer research and treatment centers, as the track will present the Grade II City of Hope Mile (turf) for 3-year-olds and up. World renowned City of Hope is headquartered just east of Arcadia in neighboring Duarte.“In addition to our graded stakes, our state-bred program is of great importance to us and we’re happy to again offer, in conjunction with the CTBA, the $200,000 Golden State Juvenile Fillies on Nov. 4 and the $200,000 Golden State Juvenile on Breeders’ Cup Classic Day, Nov. 5,” said Hammerle. “Both of these stakes are part of the Golden State program. We’ll also card a couple of Cal-bred races at 6 ½ furlongs down the hillside turf course–the California Distaff Handicap for fillies and mares on Oct. 15 and the California Flag Handicap on Oct. 22.”“We’re thrilled to have these races scheduled on the two biggest days in racing,” said Doug Burge, CTBA Executive Vice President and General Manager. “The Golden State program offers our owners and breeders tremendous opportunities and we’re confident they will attract competitive fields for our fans to bet on.“Getting national exposure for our breeding and incentive programs is a big priority and we achieve that by running in conjunction with the Breeders’ Cup on Nov. 4 and 5.”The complete 2016 Autumn Meet Stakes Schedule is below: $100,000 $100,000 CALIFORNIA FLAG HANDICAP F/M, 3 & UP DAMASCUS STAKES 3 & UP EDDIE D STAKES (G III) BC Challenge SPEAKEASY STAKES Breeders’ Cup F/M, 3 & UP $200,000 abt 6 1/2 F (T) 6 1/2 F Mon, Oct 10 1 3/4 M $100,000 1 M (T)last_img read more

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‘Let’s all laugh at Tottenham’ – Gooners remind Spurs fans about their special day

first_img Arsenal fans celebrate against Liverpool 2 2center_img Arsenal gave their fans plenty to smile about with a 4-1 hammering of Liverpool and their Easter weekend was made even better when Tottenham played out their drab 0-0 draw with Burnley, widening the gap between the north London rivals.It means the Gooners’ annual ‘St Totteringham’s Day‘ celebration – when the club guarantee themselves a higher Premier League finish than Spurs – is getting closer.It might not be silverware, but qualifying for the Champions League every season and finishing above a side who have never finished higher than fourth in the Premier League is as good as a trophy to most fans, right?last_img read more

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SA cyclist shatters 10-second barrier

first_img22 January 2013 Making full use of the Mexican high altitude conditions, the London 2012 Olympian obliterated the old record by 0.448 seconds to record a masterful 9.786 seconds. Cycling’s world governing body, the UCI, will shortly confirm the qualified riders for the UCI World Track Championships, which take place in Minsk, Belarus from 20 to 24 February. Esterhuizen’s name is expected on the list following his superb showing in Aguascalientes. Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo material It was an excellent weekend for Esterhuizen, who also finished in 11th place in the Keirin event after progressing to the second round with ease. The 20-year-old became the first South African rider to break the magical 10-second barrier over 200m, which could be equated to breaking the 10-second barrier for the 100m in athletics. Juan Peralta Gascon of Spain was the fastest qualifier in a time of 9.633 seconds. Kevin Sireau of France holds the World record of 9.572 seconds. SAinfo reporter Denis Dmitriev of Russia was the overall winner with Max Niederlag of Germany in second and Juan Peralta Gascon of Spain rounding out the placings. Significant stridesHis performances show the significant strides he has made since placing 11th in the sprint at London 2012. Esterhuizen is working with a new coach, having in December joined up with Andy Sparks, who coached him to the Junior 1Km World Time Trial title in 2010. Esterhuizen, however, won all three of his subsequent rides to win the B-final and finish in a credible ninth position overall. QualifyingAfter qualifying in eighth position out of 49 starters (only the fastest 16 riders qualify) he had a tough ride in the first round, narrowly losing to experienced Frenchman Michael D’Almeida who qualified in ninth position. South Africa’s Bernard Esterhuizen turned in a scintillating display of sprint cycling at the UCI Track World Cup in Aguascalientes, Mexico on the weekend, smashing his own national record of 10.234 seconds in the 200m sprint qualifying event. Nolan Hoffman, the winner of a silver medal in the 15km scratch race at the 2012 World Championships, has already qualified for the World Champs, which should mean South Africa will be represented in the endurance and sprint disciplines.last_img read more

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SA makes presence felt at Cannes

first_img22 May 2013 South Africa is making its presence felt at the 66th Cannes International Film Festival, where three SA features have been well received, the first image of the highly anticipated Nelson Mandela biopic has gone public, and crime thriller Zulu, set and filmed in SA, is due to close the festival. Backed by the National Film and Video Foundation (NFVF), three South African films receive market screenings at Cannes this week: Diprente Productions’ comedy Blitz Patrollie, Triggerfish Animation’s new feature Khumba, and Ten10Films ‘Black South Easter. Speaking to the NFVF after the screening of Khumba, an animated story about a young zebra’s quest to “gain his stripes”, Australian attendee Veronique she said she was deeply touched. “It’s an emotional, heart-warming story which will resonate with all the audiences. I also noticed that the stripes on all the zebras are uniquely different. Congratulations to South Africa on this beautiful story”. Kirsten Barwise of producers Triggerfish said the attention that both Khumba and Adventures in Zambezia, the company’s first animated feature, were receiving in Cannes had been phenomenal. “Both the films have been bought by France, and Adventures in Zambezia will be releasing in France in August 2013,” Barwise told the NFVF. Blitz Patrollie, for its part, has caught the attention of Germany, according to the NFVF. “This partnership comes as outstanding news, as South Africa and Germany have a co-production treaty, which could open doors to Diprente Production’s future co-production projects with Germany.” South African company Videovision Entertainment, meanwhile, has had a busy week at Cannes. On Monday, the company released the first image of Idris Elba as Nelson Mandela in Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom, the highly anticipated big screen adaptation of Nelson Mandela’s autobiography. The teaser poster, the first of a series of images that will be rolled out in the coming weeks, was released at an event at Cannes attended by producer Anant Singh and Harvey Weinstein, co-chairman of The Weinstein Company, which has acquired the film for distribution in the United States. The film is due for release in South Africa later this year. Videovision has also acquired, for distribution in South Africa, two films that are in competition at Cannes – The Immigrant and Only God Forgives – as well as Blood Ties, which is screening out of competition. In February, Videovision also acquired distribution rights for the film selected to close this year’s festival, the crime thriller Zulu. Starring Forest Whitaker and Orlando Bloom as two policemen called in to investigate the gruesome murder of a national rugby hero’s daughter in post-apartheid South Africa, Zulu was filmed on location in Cape Town. SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

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Pacman finding his groove

first_imgLike a jigsaw puzzle, the pieces are slowly coming together for Manny Pacquiao’s training for his defense of the World Boxing Organization welterweight crown.Trainer Freddie Roach watched Pacquiao spar three rounds each against lightweight Leonardo Doronio and light welterweight Sonny Katiandagho and was contented with what he saw.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES BSP survey: PH banks see bright horizon amid dark global recession clouds Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students PLAY LIST 01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast After grading Pacquiao a 4 during a listless sparring session Tuesday, Roach gave his ward a passable 6 this time.And with Pacquiao’s title bout against Australian Jeff Horn still on July 2, Roach knows the jigsaw puzzle will be completed in time.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Every 18 seconds someone is diagnosed with HIV Palace: Duterte to hear out security execs on alleged China control of NGCP Batang Pier, Kings score Cayetano dares Lacson, Drilon to take lie-detector test: Wala akong kinita sa SEA Games Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments MOST READlast_img read more

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Toronto graffiti artist Skams work sells for thousands at Waddingtons

first_imgAdvertisement Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Twitter Login/Register With:center_img Graffiti artist Skam’s murals are all over downtown Toronto – he’s been painting alleys, laneways, commercial walls and rooftops in solo works and collaborations since the early 90s. On Wednesday (April 12), auction house Waddington’s hosted an intimate reception in honour of his work, sold for several hundred to a few thousand dollars each.“Graffiti art is therapy for me. I come from a very rough childhood,” he says. “Graffiti, in all honesty, has saved my life. When I paint, I don’t even know where I am. All my problems go away.”Skam produces street art weekly and estimates to have produced 1500 to 2000 pieces, from Toronto to Paris, and which are often wholly financed by himself and for free public consumption rather than profit. Advertisement Facebooklast_img read more

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