Badgers ready for Big Ten foes

first_imgDEREK MONTGOMERY/Herald photoAs the weather begins to turn cool, the No. 15 University of Wisconsin women’s soccer team readies itself for the start of Big Ten play.”The Big Ten is almost like restarting the season again,” UW assistant coach Carrie Barker said. “Once the Big Ten starts, it’s like starting from scratch. The Big Ten is like a different life.””Anyone can beat anyone on any given day in the Big Ten,” Baker added. “It’s very competitive and the most important thing right now.”With two losses already credited to their record, the Badgers are slightly off the pace they established last year.”Last year, we went 10-0 non-conference,” sophomore goalkeeper Lynn Murray said. “It was huge because we did not have the same strength of schedule that we have this year. Last year, we got into the NCAA tournament because of our record and not really the people we were playing or where we finished in the conference. As a team goal, we are trying to get to the same place we were last year.”Though the Badgers’ record currently stands at 5-2-1, the road to the NCAA tournament won’t be easy with a tough conference season ahead. Several Big Ten schools have found success early in the year.No. 2 Penn State leads the Big Ten with eight victories, as the Nittany Lions have outscored their opponents 24-6. Senior forward Tiffany Weimer has managed to score in all eight games — racking up 11 goals.Penn State is the only Big Ten school besides Wisconsin with a national ranking. En route to their unblemished record, the Nittany Lions have already defeated four ranked teams. The Badgers will have home-field advantage against the Lions Sunday, Oct. 2, and will be out for revenge after last season’s 4-0 loss in Madison.”Last year we lost pretty badly to them,” Barker said. “I think we need to have a recap and let them know that we are going to remember last year’s game and not be afraid to play them again. It’s important for us to evaluate ourselves.””We are a year older, more experienced and more driven to prove to them that last year’s game was an embarrassment and we will not let that happen again.”Northwestern is also off to a booming start. The Wildcats have won six contests, losing one road game to No. 23 Marquette, but have a history of losing away games. Last season they fell in seven of their nine road contests and were outscored 28-9.”The biggest lesson we learned last year was that we need to be as prepared to compete on the road as well as at home,” Northwestern head coach Jenny Haigh said. “We have a lot of pride playing on our home field, but we need to carry that same pride as competitors at any facility against any opponent.”Wisconsin will travel to Northwestern Oct. 28.The Badgers will open Big Ten play this weekend when they travel to Iowa and Illinois.The Hawkeyes have not had the same early season success, recording only one win, which came in overtime against Air Force. Over the last two years, Iowa has failed to win a conference game. Its last conference win occurred Oct. 25, 2002, against Illinois. Wisconsin has won three out the last four meetings between the two teams.”Iowa’s record does not mean anything,” Barker said. “You could have a horrible non-conference season and get that one win that will change the whole season around. We are concerned about playing them and after we are through with them, we will concentrate on Illinois.”Inconsistency has plagued Illinois this season. After advancing to the quarterfinal round of the 2004 NCAA Tournament, the Illini began the season with a No. 13 national ranking but have since fallen out of the rankings. Sunday, Illinois lost 2-1 to Indiana State. The win was the first for the Sycamores against a Big Ten or nationally ranked opponent. However, the Badgers lost to the Illini last year, 1-0.”Illinois haven’t had the season they’ve wanted,” Barker said. “We can’t think they’ve had some bad losses and they are done. Anything can happen in the Big Ten.”last_img read more

3-star offensive tackle Ward commits to Syracuse

first_imgSyracuse picked up a big signing Wednesday – literally.Six-foot-8, 290-pound offensive tackle Denzel Ward from Simeon Vocational High School in Chicago signed with the Orange. Ward is a three-star recruit and is ranked No. 79 at his position by his decision on Campus Insiders, Ward reached first for a South Florida hat before redirecting his arm to his left over a Vanderbilt cap and grabbing a hat with Otto the Orange’s face on it.Going into national signing day Wednesday, Ward had narrowed his teams down to Syracuse, South Florida and Vanderbilt after turning down offers from other programs including Florida, Michigan, Nebraska, Ohio State, Oklahoma and Wisconsin.He joins two-star guard Aaron Roberts – another Chicago product – as the second offensive lineman in the Orange’s Class of 2014. Ward also becomes the seventh recruit from the Midwest to pledge to SU in the incoming class.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text Comments Published on February 5, 2014 at 11:06 am Contact Phil: | @PhilDAbb Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Sumner Newscow poll: The Wichita vote to lessen marijuana possession question

first_imgWichita voted to lessen penalties on marijuana possession. What’s your opinion? I agree. Seems silly to put people in jail when it’s legal in Colorado. Drug abuse is a problem. I think the current state law is proper. We should go the other way and make marijuana laws stiffer. View Results  Loading …Follow us on Twitter. 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 (8) Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close 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. +2 Vote up Vote down Home Town Boy · 278 weeks ago From the early vote seems more people are opening their eyes to the corruption going on around the myth being told about the evils of smoking pot. In favor of losing running a 5-1 margin and just think what would happen if put to a vote statewide. Report Reply 2 replies · active 278 weeks ago 0 Vote up Vote down Ted Logan · 278 weeks ago Math is hard when you’re high. Report Reply -4 Vote up Vote down JustMe · 278 weeks ago It wouldn’t pass statewide. Voting isn’t groovy so pot heads wouldn’t get out in mass. Report Reply 0 Vote up Vote down Home Town Boy · 278 weeks ago 2-1 for marijuana time to bring this matter up for a state wide vote. Report Reply 1 reply · active 278 weeks ago +3 Vote up Vote down Ted Logan · 278 weeks ago Swing and a miss. Report Reply +6 Vote up Vote down WellMom · 278 weeks ago I’m not sure there is a greater understanding about marijuana, but I would much rather have a violent criminal taking up space at the jail than someone caught with pot on them. Report Reply 1 reply · active 278 weeks ago -1 Vote up Vote down Choose Neither · 278 weeks ago Isn’t that a bit like saying: “I would much rather have a sprained ankle, than a broken leg.” First of all, no one presented anyone with a choice between the two.. and secondly, if you really had a choice, wouldn’t you choose neither?! I think a big question that’s missing from this conversation would be: will decriminalizing possession of and usage of something that leads many of it’s users to criminal behavior really be a viable solution to the problem of those jails needing space to be filled in the first place? The statistics coming out of states that have already done so seem to point toward… no. There’s a much larger problem here than “this is so much worse that that.” None of it is good. Report Reply -1 Vote up Vote down Samson · 278 weeks ago No, marijuana isn’t “evil”… but, it has rightly been labeled a great “gateway drug” that certainly leads to other “worse” things in many cases. People say that there’s no harm done with marijuana… reality says differently. Are there people who can smoke pot and be “just fine?” Sure, I know some who seem to be able to… but, it’s in the same way that some people can ingest any other kind of mind-altering substance and be “just fine.” Is this the rule, or the exception? I was almost killed by a person who was high on marijuana, and he had a good amount of marijuana with him at the time. If I had been smoking weed at the time, I’m sure I’d be dead right now because I wouldn’t have been able to react quickly enough to avoid the oil tanker that suddenly entered my lane barreling straight at me going 70 mph on the highway! Is it useful for some? There certainly are those who have made a convincing argument that it is… but I submit to you, that the whole debate surrounding the issue has nothing to do with helping those people and more to do with simply “getting high.” It’s selfish, and it’s uninformed nonsense to say that it doesn’t harm anyone or anything. Just look around our own little town at all the people who, after becoming bored with marijuana, just have to go higher… oh, and the argument that it “Seems silly to put people in jail when it’s legal in Colorado.” is an interesting one to make… The problem with that logic (or lack thereof), is that laws tend to change.. and I’m sure there are- or may be- many laws out there that people wouldn’t want to have here just because it “seems silly to put people in jail when it’s legal in…” Why do I even care? Other than the truck incident above- because I have family and friends whose lives have been mangled through the hold that marijuana and the activities and behaviors that come along with it has gained over their lives- and the fact that my own children are going to have to grow up with all the great “benefits” (i.e. consequences) of making it so easy and acceptable to engage in these helpful and harmless behavior. 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Pirates hire Clint Hurdle as manager

first_imgPITTSBURGH (AP)—Clint Hurdle has been hired as the Pittsburgh Pirates’ manager, saying he’s not intimidated by the franchise’s record 18 consecutive losing seasons.Hurdle replaces John Russell, who was fired the day after completing a 105-loss season—the Pirates’ worst in 58 years. CLINT HURDLE Hurdle, previously the hitting coach for the AL champion Texas Rangers, is the sixth full-time Pirates manager since the club last had a winning season in 1992.“This will eventually get done, and I don’t have a doubt it will,” Hurdle said. “I wanted to be here when it turns. … It’s a wonderful and perfect fit. It’s the right organization at the right time.”The Pirates identified Hurdle as a candidate from the start, but could not talk to him until Texas’ season ended with a loss to San Francisco in Game 5 of the World Series. He also was being considered for the Mets’ job, but was hired by Pittsburgh before having a second interview in New York, where he once played.Hurdle was attracted to the Pirates because of their core of young talent led by center fielder Andrew McCutchen, third baseman Pedro Alvarez, second baseman Neil Walker and left fielder Jose Tabata.His interview with owner Bob Nutting, president Frank Coonelly and general manager Neal Huntington was two-way — he had questions about the major league-low payroll and the commitment to winning. Apparently, he was satisfied with the answers he received.“They asked difficult questions and I asked tough questions,” he said. “They defended the fort. … I looked in their eyes and said, ‘Are you all in?’ “he said. “And they said they’re in.”The 53-year-old Hurdle turned down a second interview with the Mets, the only other club seeking a manager.Hurdle managed in Triple-A, Double-A and Single A before going 534-625 as the Rockies’ manager from 2002-09, leading them to the 2007 World Series. Before being swept by the Red Sox, the Rockies won 14 of their final 15 games, and then won seven consecutive postseason games.Under Hurdle the Rockies finished second in the NL West once, third once, fourth four times and last twice, with only one winning season.Hurdle compared the Pirates’ situation to what he faced when he arrived in Colorado, saying “Kids in my neighborhood got beat up for wearing Rockies’ jerseys.”“I’m proud to be a Pirate, and we’re not going to back down from anybody,” he said.Hurdle inherits a team that, despite promoting four everyday players to the majors since 2009, has minimal talent surrounding it. Last season, Pittsburgh had the majors’ worst ERA (5.00), second-lowest team batting average (.242) and tied for the most errors (127).Hurdle said improving the pitching staff immediately is his top priority, and he believes there is help available outside the organization.Hurdle said he didn’t demand the right to hire his entire coaching staff, and he will consider some who currently work in the organization.He also pulled out a quote he said he has carried with him for a dozen years, from Penn State coach Joe Paterno: “You’ve got to believe deep inside you’re destined to do great things.”last_img read more