Badgers to host Lady Northern

first_imgComing off one of its best performances in school history, the Wisconsin women’s golf team is set to host its first home tournament this season, as all 11 Big Ten schools will compete in the Lady Northern Invitational at University Ridge this weekend.While four additional teams will participate in the tournament, this weekend’s results will be an early indication of which are the top teams in the Big Ten.The Badgers first tournament of the season — the Cougar Classic in Charleston, S.C., on Sept. 13 — was heralded by head coach Todd Oehrlein as “a great success.”“I thought we had an excellent weekend,” Oehrlein said. “We set a number of scoring records, had very balanced, consistent scores and, overall, it was a great start to the season.”UW carried Oehrlein’s feelings, as the Badgers strung together three consecutive sub-300 rounds for the first time in school history, spurring them to a sixth-place finish out of a nationally competitive 18-team field.Along with the 54-hole, school-record 878 stroke total, sophomore Jessie Gerry finished tied for seventh place with a 2-under-par 214. The mark topped her own 54-hole school record she set as a freshman last September when she won the Badger Golf Invitational.According to Oehrlein, the team’s success at the Cougar Classic was no fluke but was rather a result of what he attributes to an “outstanding offseason.”“I think the players worked hard this summer,” Oehrlein said. “You know, they played a lot, got themselves in a bunch of good, competitive events and we even had two girls qualify for amateur nationals.”Oehrlein is excited about the balance his squad brings to the golf course this year, and according to Monday’s press conference, that balance leads him to believe this team is “potentially the best” he’s ever had.A key member of the team is veteran leader Kelsey Verbeten, a senior who was one of the two women’s amateur qualifiers from the 2008-09 season. She brings the fifth-best scoring average in school history into a season full of goals and expectations.“I thought my offseason was pretty productive,” Verbeten said about her fall preparation. “I stayed injury-free, worked on a few swing changes and played in quite a few events with some good finishes.”While the Badgers have started strong this year, Verbeten is excited for the team to finally match up against Big Ten opponents this weekend.“Basically, I think we just want to go out and put together three good rounds,” she said. “We’ve played well so far, and, hopefully, we will be able to carry that momentum through this weekend.”Verbeten leads a group of returning scorers, including the top five from last year’s event. The Badgers have a veteran group this year as Verbeten and four other seniors add to a handful of talented underclassmen.The Badgers will play host at the Big Ten Championship later this season and are thrilled to be playing at home on their new-and-improved course on Sunday as a preview for the conference championship. The team hopes to keep the ball rolling through this weekend and is looking to come out confident and satisfied with the tournament.Until the rainy weather comes in in the next two days, the local University Ridge Course is in peak condition, which brings additional excitement to the event.The players are set to tee off at 8:30 on Sunday morning with the weather calling for blue skies and 75-degree weather.last_img read more

Women’s hockey: Badgers look to carry winning mentality into second semester

first_imgWith only six series and 12 total games remaining in the regular season, the Wisconsin women’s hockey team finds themselves as the No. 2 team in the entire country in the USCHO.com poll, and as the No. 1 team in the WCHA.Following back-to-back victories over Minnesota-Duluth last weekend, the Badgers hit the 20-wins mark this season, bringing them to an impressive total record (20-1-1 overall, 14-1-1 WCHA).This season has been a star-studded, record-breaking and exhilarating journey for UW thus far. One can only expect this semester to bring even more excitement and intensity to the ice. But it hasn’t been without its lessons.There have been a few undeniably pivotal games, performances and finishes that can be reflected upon when defining this season so far. Johnson has stressed the importance of learning and building from each game, especially from losses.Two series in particular have served as those learning experiences through which the Badgers will need to extract key gains from as this semester’s campaign rolls forward.The first came as a crucial series sweep of the No. 3 Minnesota Gophers, a team that Wisconsin lost its previous 18 matchups against.For as good as the Badgers have been the past few years, losses to Minnesota always showed that they were not the team to beat.Winless against their neighbor since 2011 and hungry to eradicate that enormous losing streak, along with the team’s No. 1 ranking needing legitimacy, Wisconsin struck in overtime to break Minnesota’s hearts.Women’s hockey: No. 1 Wisconsin validates top ranking with sweep of No. 3 Minnesota in weekend Border BattleThis singing of “Varsity” had a unique feel to it at LaBahn Arena Saturday night. This time, the Wisconsin women’s Read…Wisconsin would win the following day as well, completing the series sweep.The win legitimized Wisconsin, it showed they were capable of sticking out a long, hard-fought game and coming out victorious. Among other things, the wins also showed how good this team can be — what they need to work toward every week, no matter the opponnent.Sitting at 18-0-0, Wisconsin held women’s college hockey in its hands. But as the saying goes, all good things must come to an end.One week after their triumph over archrival Minnesota, a tough series against North Dakota dealt the Badgers their first loss and tie of the season.It was a necessary loss to halt the numbness that constant winning can bring about. The Badgers needed to be humbled and reminded of what losing felt like in order to make sure they continued to dominate in this coming semester, with a chip on their shoulder.The small blemishes on Wisconsin’s record have seemed to only motivate the team, as shown in their 5-1, 3-1 sweep of Minnesota Duluth during the opening week of this semester.As UW head coach Mark Johnson put it, there’s a renewed energy surrounding the team.“It’s like the beginning of the season, there is that little bit of step in their skating, the smiles on their faces, they’re excited to come back and certainly excited to start our second half,” Johnson said.Johnson also highlighted how his players will have to knock the rust off in respect to bringing last semester’s play and intensity back to the ice for 2016.“It’s like riding a bike,” Johnson said. “It doesn’t take long to get back to where you need to get back to, now with our ability to do it against an opponent.”The first challenge of this semester comes at home for the Badgers in a rematch against North Dakota set in the La Bahn Arena Jan. 23 and Jan. 24 — where that renewed energy will be tested against a bigger, more physical team.And while North Dakota may be the sole team the Badgers have fallen to, Minnesota certainly gave UW the biggest stumble during the team’s hot start.Earlier this season in the first battle with the Gophers, an abrupt score by Sarah Nurse ended both a gritty overtime struggle on the ice and a six-year winless drought for Wisconsin against their border rivals.But in this semester’s upcoming clash Feb. 19 and Feb. 20 in Minneapolis, the Badgers are going to have to hit the road to battle Minnesota on their home ice.Given that this series will serve as the final two regular season games for both teams, it would be hard to imagine the Gophers dropping even just one of those two games without putting up a real fight.For the Badgers, two players to keep on high alert as the team skates into the New Year are sophomore forward and leading goal scorer Annie Pankowski, as well as standout junior goaltender Ann-Renée Desbiens.Whenever these two play to their full capacity at the same time with Pankowski attacking on offense and Desbiens protecting the net, Wisconsin becomes one of the toughest teams to beat in the country.last_img read more

Belgium approves tough directives on online gambling advertising

first_img Share Belgium becomes the latest European jurisdiction to serve industry leadership more headaches, confirming that it will move ahead with its planned decree to implement a stringent advertising code on gambling/betting verticals.Directives for a tougher advertising framework on online gambling and betting services have been under review by Belgium’s Parliament since October 2017, when CDV (Christian Democrats) Justice Minister Koen Geens won cross-party support to forward the mandate.In its November update, the Belgian government confirmed that it would move to install a number of CDV’s directives, including implementing a complete ban on online casino TV advertising.The TV advertising ban is supported by a tougher digital advertising framework for online casino operators, who will be restricted to promoting services on government approved websites, with a limited scope on messaging.As anticipated, the Belgian government will further impose an 8 pm TV watershed on sports betting advertising, with no marketing coverage allowed during live sports broadcasts.Further sports betting restrictions see the government support a ban on celebrity or athlete endorsements of gambling products/services.Since 2011, Belgium has operated its online gambling/betting regulatory policy under the directives of its revamped ‘Belgian Gaming Act’, a mandate challenged by online incumbents stating that the government has placed number of provisions favouring established land-based operators, which have led to restrictive market conditions. Submit Belgium BAGO adopts EGBA code of conduct on advertising  May 18, 2020 EU research agency demands urgent action on loot box consumer safeguards July 29, 2020 Belgian Pro League live betting streaming deal for Stats Perform August 21, 2020 Share StumbleUpon Related Articleslast_img read more

Close game exposes lack of setup man for Dodgers

first_imgThanks in large part to Gordon’s speed, Morrow was ultimately charged with a run when Gordon came around to score with Jansen on the mound. It was only the fourth run Morrow has allowed in 16 appearances this season. Is he the Dodgers’ setup man now?No, Roberts said. Besides Baez, there’s right-hander Josh Fields, who pitched the sixth inning Sunday.“Even Ross (Stripling) … I like Ross in that spot too, as far as his ability to execute four pitches,” Roberts said.While Roberts framed his wealth of options as “the beauty of our ’pen,” it also highlighted the possibility that the Dodgers could acquire a more traditional eighth-inning pitcher.They have been linked in published reports to Baltimore Orioles closer Zach Britton, whose 125 saves since 2014 rank fifth in baseball. Jansen endorsed the idea of adding Britton to form a peerless eighth/ninth-inning combo. MIAMI >> The Dodgers led the Miami Marlins 3-1 when the eighth inning began Sunday. It had been nine days since the Dodgers held such a slim margin that they needed to turn to a traditional setup man — a drought so long, the game served as a reminder that the Dodgers do not have a traditional setup man.Brandon Morrow got the call Sunday. Fellow right-hander Pedro Baez had been warming up too, but Baez pitched two-thirds of an inning the day before and manager Dave Roberts only wanted to use Baez for one batter.“The way Morrow’s been for us, just has really given me a lot of confidence to start the inning,” Roberts said. “I felt more comfortable with Morrow.”So Morrow started the eighth and faced three batters. That might have been enough to retire the side, but Marlins leadoff man Dee Gordon beat out a ground ball that handcuffed Dodgers shortstop Corey Seager. The play was ruled a single. Other options include San Diego Padres lefty Brad Hand, Detroit Tigers lefty Justin Wilson and Chicago White Sox right-hander David Robertson.Two potential late-inning options left the market Sunday when the Oakland A’s traded Sean Doolittle and Ryan Madson to the Washington Nationals.Down timeThe Dodgers endured a grueling stretch of 26 games in 27 days leading into the All-Star break. Now, after most of the team enjoyed four days off at midseason, down time abounds. The schedule calls for six off-days in the next five weeks.That, plus the Dodgers’ 10 1/2-game cushion in the National League West standings, could mean more equitable playing time in the coming weeks. In three games against the Marlins, Roberts started every position player except for veteran Chase Utley. Every reliever besides Sergio Romo appeared in at least one game.“It’s going to be a fight to get some of these starters rest because the off-days are there,” Roberts said. “I’m going to have to find a way to manipulate these guys, to convince them that they need an off-day to get their teammates an off-day too. We have 25 good players. I know we need to keep ’em all current.”Gonzalez updateFirst baseman Adrian Gonzalez increased his workload to 60 swings Sunday, adding soft toss to his tee work. Gonzalez, who hasn’t played since July 11 because of a lingering back injury, was planning to fly back to Los Angeles to continue his rehab. The Dodgers play in Chicago on Tuesday and Wednesday.The Dodgers are treating Gonzalez’s rehab with caution. Roberts said it would be “a couple weeks” before Gonzalez begins a minor league rehab assignment, after which he’d have up to 20 days before rejoining the active roster. That projects to mid-August, roughly, but an exact timetable is yet to be determined.“I’m really reluctant to put a timetable on there,” Roberts said. “We are going to take the time to make sure he’s right. If something unforeseen does happen, then we can feel comfortable we can go to him early.”Gonzalez, 35, is hitting .255 with one home run and 23 RBIs in 49 games this season.Buehler’s day upRight-handed pitcher Walker Buehler was promoted from Double-A Tulsa to Triple-A Oklahoma City. Some within the organization have long considered Buehler, the Dodgers’ first-round draft choice in 2015, a candidate to join the major league bullpen this season.Before being promoted, Buehler had 91 strikeouts and a 2.89 ERA in 65 1/3 innings between Class-A and Double-A. He has pitched exclusively as a starter to this point in his first full season back from Tommy John surgery.A predetermined innings limit would likely relegate Buehler, 22, to the bullpen before the season ends, regardless of where he is pitching. His immediate role at Oklahoma City hasn’t been defined.center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more