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Weekend split for women’s tennis

first_imgHistory teetered on repeating itself for the Wisconsin women’s tennis team this weekend, as it played host to Penn State and Indiana. A year ago to the week, the Badgers beat the Nittany Lions 4-3 in a lengthy road match before dropping 5-2 at the hands of the Hoosiers two days later.The setting seemed to make little difference, as Wisconsin disposed of Penn State 4-3 at home this year, with the Saturday match weighing in at a remarkable five and a half hours, before No. 26 Indiana dampened the weekend festivities with a 5-2 victory over the Badgers.”For us, I felt like Michigan [last Saturday] was a low. … We made some adjustments, we talked about it, and I feel like Michigan State [last Sunday], Penn State [Saturday] and [Indiana] today — three matches in a row — we’ve competed hard and we’ve fought hard,” head coach Patti Henderson said. “Indiana is very good, and we fought hard. … If we continue to compete like that, we’re very close.”Saturday’s win snapped an eight-game losing streak for a Badger squad that has been riddled by injury for the bulk of the spring season. But with Sunday’s defeat marking the ninth loss in 10 matches, once realistic hopes of the team making its third trip to the NCAA tournament in as many years began to fade.”It’s really hard to say. We still have Purdue, and we still have Iowa, and those two teams are ranked teams,” Henderson said. “I’d say it’s slim, but pride is a pretty big thing.”Sophomores Morgan Tuttle and Chelsea Nusslock did each claim their second individual victories in a trifecta of efforts over the weekend, with both having notched singles wins over Michigan State last weekend before the former athlete claimed a 6-4, 6-1 come-from-behind victory against Indiana’s Alba Berdala Sunday after the latter athlete proved Saturday’s hero with a victory-clinching 6-7(3), 7-5, 7-5 win over Penn State’s Andreea Niculescu.”It feels wonderful,” Tuttle said, “[e]specially coming back from behind and knowing that I can come back.”Notably, Saturday’s Hoosier win did mark the 300th career Big Ten win for coach Lin Loring, who has racked up some 674 total victories in 29 years at the helm of Indiana.”I’m most proud of our consistency. We only have 61 conference losses with those 300 wins, so it’s just year in and year out, we’ve been pretty competitive,” Loring said. “A lot of people get the credit. I’ve just been driving the ship for 29 years.”Meanwhile, this weekend looks to be the final frame in which the Badgers will be forced to compete sans team ace Caitlin Burke, who has been out of action since February with a rib injury she sustained in play against Notre Dame. When the Badgers travel to Iowa and Minnesota next week, Burke looks to be off the sidelines and back on the court.”I’m practicing [Monday] for the first time in a while, so we’ll see how my rib is feeling and go from there,” Burke said. “And if it’s feeling good, I’ll be playing this weekend.”last_img read more

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Women of Troy Can’t Get Past Washington

first_imgWith an impending matchup against No. 4 Stanford on Thursday, the USC Women of Troy had hoped to carry a three-game winning streak into the clash in Palo Alto.However, a 67-61 loss to Washington halted the Women of Troy as they fell to sixth place in a tight Pac-12 conference at the Galen Center on Sunday.The Huskies (12-9, 4-6) held a one-point lead entering the final minute before capitalizing on five free throws and a second-chance layup while holding USC (12-10, 6-5) scoreless for 40 seconds.USC senior guards Ashley Corral and Briana Gilbreath both drained 3-pointers in the final 16 seconds, but Washington sank another four free throws to guarantee the victory and snap USC’s two-game winning streak.Guard Jazmine Davis led a trio of Huskies in double-digits with a game-high 26 points.USC, on the other hand, had four Women of Troy in double-digits. Corral headed the team with a 19-point performance alongside a double-double by sophomore forward Cassie Harberts, who had 12 points and 11 rebounds.Despite the healthy balance of scoring, a stuttering late offense and porous defense allowed Washington to pull away with the victory.“We just weren’t executing our defense,” Corral said. “I think we killed ourselves tonight.”Midway through the second half, Corral led an 8-0 USC run with two 3-pointers, followed by an alley-oop pass to Gilbreath, who finished to give USC a nine-point advantage with 12:12 remaining.But for the next ten minutes, USC scored only four points while the Huskies responded with 18, and the Women of Troy fell behind by five with two minutes remaining.“We have to develop that killer instinct, and until we get that, we’ll have games like this where we’re in them, and then we lose them down the stretch,” USC coach Michael Cooper said. In the beginning of the game, USC had jumped out to a 9-0 lead with jumpers by three different players, but Washington quickly whittled the lead with 18 first-half points by Davis.After the Huskies briefly pulled ahead 21-20, sophomore forward Desireé Bradley scored eight consecutive points in less than two minutes to give USC a 28-24 lead.In the first half, the Women of Troy shot 46 percent behind Harberts’ 10 points. Both sides drained 5-for-10 from behind the arc in the first 20 minutes.However, USC’s shooting percentage dipped to 24 percent in the second half, with Harberts adding only two more points to her total in the latter 20 minutes.“We always come in a game with the mentality to get inside, and I didn’t get my team the presence that it needed,” Harberts said.The team hopes to rebound in their next matchup against the formidable Stanford Cardinal, who have yet to lose a conference game.“Stanford’s not going to come in and play lightly,” Corral said. “Everybody on this team has to show up, and against Stanford we just have to be ready.”USC will face off against the Cardinal in Palo Alto at 6 p.m. on Thursday.last_img read more

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DeAndre Jordan’s reversal makes Clippers contender for NBA title — or does it?

first_imgWhen the Clippers’ wild, crazy, head-spinning summer train pulled into the Staples Center depot Tuesday, a head count was in order.Mostly, to make sure DeAndre Jordan didn’t jump off somewhere in the middle of Texas and wind up with the Dallas Mavericks.But there was Jordan, safe and sound, front and center and still very much the anchor of a Clippers team that looks decidedly like a championship contender.• Photos: Jordan is all smiles at Clippers press conference Not as good as the NBA champion Golden State Warriors, mind you.Maybe not even the San Antonio Spurs, who added LaMarcus Aldridge.Or the Oklahoma City Thunder, who figure to be vastly improved with the return of a healthy Kevin Durant and Serge Ibaka.But certainly better than last year — thanks primarily to the surprising return of Jordan and the heady personnel work of Doc Rivers, who shrewdly pieced together a transformative offseason by dramatically improving the Clippers’ depth and bench with the additions of Lance Stephenson, Paul Pierce, Josh Smith and Wesley Johnson.“The sky is the limit,” Jordan said. Said Rivers: “On paper, I like us against anyone.”Whether it finally gets them over the hump remains to be seen.Even with Jordan staying and the rebuilt bench, you’d be hard-pressed to think the Clippers gained enough ground on the Warriors, or are on par with the Thunder.And does anyone else agree the Spurs seem poised for at least one more championship run with the addition of Aldridge?Considering the alternative — life without Jordan, that is — the Clippers are just happy to still be in the discussion.It got hairy there for a second. For a couple of intense, nerve-racking days, Jordan looked like he ditched the Clippers for a mid-career life change with the Mavericks.We keep climbing that ladder and climbing that ladder, thinking happiness and professional contentment rest with rising and moving and taking chances. Sometimes we lose sight of the great situations we have right in front of us.Jordan looked at the Mavericks and saw a team willing to offer him a bigger role in the offense, a bigger stage to flex his muscles. A greater chance to show he’s the best big man in the league.It was enticing for a player who, let’s face it, sits behind Blake Griffin and Chris Paul in the Clippers’ pecking order.“And I was ready to embrace it,” said Jordan, who verbally committed to the Mavericks.Only to wake up soon after in a cold sweat, believing he just made the biggest mistake of his life. Los Angeles is home for the big Texan, who arrived here as a raw, 19-year-old, second-round project out of Texas A&M.The Clippers are the only NBA family he’s ever known. And there was so much unfinished business after the epic second-round collapse against the Houston Rockets — yet another prematurely stalled Clippers playoff run.But with the league-mandated buffer zone between the start of the free-agent period and signings becoming official, Jordan had time to look hard and deep at himself.And figure out what he wanted.What his priorities were. And what the Clippers didn’t just mean to him, but what they were capable of doing.“When I factored back coming to the Clippers, I thought about being on one team my entire career,” Jordan said.Then, with the help of Clippers coach Doc Rivers and teammates like Paul and Griffin, who practically kidnapped Jordan in his Houston home and held him hostage, Jordan committed back to the Clippers.It wasn’t quite as dramatic as all that, of course. Social media has a knack for blowing these things out of proportion, but once Jordan had a chance to breathe, think and assess, the change of heart wasn’t all that difficult.“I know this city. I know these fans,” Jordan said, “I love this city.”With a revamped bench and renewed hope, the Clippers resemble a championship contender.Thing is, they play in a Western Conference in which at least four other teams can say the same thing.But that’s a problem for another day.Technically Jordan never left, but the Clippers got their big man back.center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

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Matt Kemp is the Dodgers’ first designated hitter of 2018

first_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Dodgers’ Justin Turner looking rejuvenated on defense Tony Cingrani threw a light bullpen in the 20-to-25 pitch range, Roberts said. His next stop: Arizona, where he will continue his left shoulder rehab at the Dodgers’ facility.HOT MESSWith temperatures in the triple digits and no shade to hide under, the Dodgers limited their on-field reps during batting practice Friday.“Instead of 15 minutes, 10 to 12 minutes,” Roberts said. “Helps the coaches, helps the players get in and out. It doesn’t take a whole lot to get these guys loose. Where we’re at in July, it just makes sense.”UP NEXTDodgers (RHP Ross Stripling, 6-2, 2.27 ERA) at Angels (RHP Deck McGuire, 0-1, 7.56 ERA), Saturday, 4:15 p.m. PT, Fox/11Related Articles Dodgers’ Dave Roberts says baseball’s unwritten rules ‘have changed, should change’ ANAHEIM — Matt Kemp served as the Dodgers’ first designated hitter this season in the Freeway Series opener on Friday.Kemp has spent his entire career in the National League, limiting his DH time to 61 career plate appearances. He’s adapted to the role nicely, batting .250 with a .311 on-base percentage and a .571 slugging percentage. That’s comparable to his career slash line of .287/.339/.491.The role of a designated hitter is simple enough, but it involves a lot of waiting between plate appearances. As Dodgers manager Dave Roberts has learned, not everyone is suited to that task.“I’ve tried it with Yasiel in years past and it doesn’t work well with him. He’s very antsy. He likes to be out there and defend. We like to run him out there a lot, but I don’t see him being a DH this series.” Dodgers bench slumping Cody Bellinger for a day Dodgers’ hot-hitting Corey Seager leaves game with back injury Roberts said that Justin Turner will be the Dodgers’ designated hitter on Saturday. Sunday’s DH is to be determined.Kemp has a negative Wins Above Replacement this season as a fielder, according to both BaseballReference.com and Fangraphs.com. Joc Pederson drew the start in left field in his stead.“It’s a big left field” in Anaheim, Roberts said. “I just felt like today’s a day that makes sense to get him off his feet when we get an opportunity.”INJURY UPDATESWalker Buehler will throw a five-inning simulated game against major league hitters on Sunday. Buehler is eligible to be activated from the 10-day disabled list Monday.That would line up Buehler to start next Friday at home against the Angels, though that hasn’t been determined yet. He threw a “normal, minimal bullpen” on Friday at Angel Stadium. Whicker: Dustin May yet another example of the Dodgers’ eye for pitching last_img read more

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BC Premier John Horgan hopes legislature is turning a page on spending

first_imgSURREY, B.C. — British Columbia Premier John Horgan says he hopes the retirement of the legislature’s sergeant-at-arms will mark a turning of the page for the institution after allegations of misspending were first raised almost a year ago.Gary Lenz, who was embroiled in the spending scandal, announced Tuesday he is retiring, saying the damage to his reputation can no longer be fully repaired after he was placed on administrative leave last year.Horgan says Canada and the province have strong democratic institutions and although those working at the B.C. legislature have had a cloud hanging over them for the past year, he has confidence in those who work there. Former clerk of the house Craig James announced his retirement in May after Beverley McLachlin, the former chief justice of the Supreme Court of Canada, released a report into overspending allegations against him and Lenz.She concluded James improperly claimed benefits and used legislature property for personal reasons, but Lenz did not engage in misconduct.Both Lenz and James have denied any wrongdoing.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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