Statewide —On Wednesday during the Covid-19 press briefing, Governor Eric J. Holcomb announced the Indiana COVID-19 Rental Assistance Program, which will use $25 million in federal CARES Act funding to help Hoosiers struggling to pay rent due to the impact of COVID-19.The program will provide up to $500 in assistance for four months, totaling a maximum of $2,000 in assistance to eligible renters to help cover past and ongoing rent payments or late fees. Rental assistance through this program is available to residents in all Indiana counties except Marion, where a local $15 million CARES Act-funded program will provide aid to Marion County renters.To be eligible, renters must meet the following criteria:• Lost their job or part of their income due to COVID-19• Current household income, including unemployment, is less than the household income on March 6• Have not received rental assistance from another sourceApproximately 12,000 Indiana households could be helped. Payments will be made directly to the landlord, and the landlord must agree to participate.Applications will be accepted online( click here) beginning at 9 a.m. on Monday, July 13.
Alan Irvine revealed his relief after a vital win over Aston Villa lifted the pressure on the West Brom head coach. “I’m so glad for him, he came so close last week with the free kick which looked a goal from the moment he struck it.” Defeat ended a five-match unbeaten run for Villa and Christian Benteke twice fired wide in the closing stages. But Richardson’s dismissal was key and manager Paul Lambert did not argue about the decision. “I can see why the referee sent Kieran off, but he’s not a malicious footballer,” he said. “His second touch overhit the ball, but in the modern game if you raise your studs the referee will give a red card. His enthusiasm probably got him sent off. “I thought we were the better team at that stage and it’s a big compliment to the team because for 70 minutes you wouldn’t have known we were down to 10 men. “In the last 15 minutes Christian had two good chances. There’s a way to lose in football and we did that today.” Lambert also dismissed claims of a bust-up between Gabriel Agbonlahor and ex-Villa assistant Roy Keane ahead of Keane’s exit last month and denied that the former Manchester United midfielder created a bad atmosphere. He added: “I commented at Crystal Palace and I said there was absolutely no issues whatsoever. It’s absolute nonsense being written about him. “To label it poisonous is shocking, absolutely shocking. Ask any of the squad that.” The visitors’ challenge ended with Richardson’s dismissal and Gardner, who started his career at Villa, struck with 18 minutes left to seal victory. Irvine had been under pressure after just one win in nine Barclays Premier League games and admitted victory was huge. “Relief is one of the emotions,” he said, with Albion up to 14th on Saturday. “Obviously I’m delighted first of all. We probably deserved to win some of the other games recently. “We’re always looking for more, but I felt as long as we made the right decisions and kept patient the chances would come. “I thought the crowd were fantastic and it didn’t surprise me to be honest. I’ve not been involved in this derby before, but I’ve been involved in enough to know the place would be bouncing. The fans were great and right behind us all the way, but like the rest of us they got anxious towards end.” Gardner, a Birmingham City fan, ran to the bench to celebrate his goal with the head coach in a display of unity and Irvine was delighted for the midfielder. “My hand is still stinging so I might ask him to go somewhere else next time – he’s been a great professional since he first came in,” said Irvine. “He’s been absolutely desperate to score, it means so much for him to score. I think he was a West Brom fan today. The Baggies beat their local rivals 1-0 at The Hawthorns thanks to Craig Gardner’s first goal for the club. Kieran Richardson was sent off after just 22 minutes for Villa following a reckless tackle on Stephane Sessegnon. Press Association
Three men linked to the murder of an off-duty firefighter are expected to appear in court on Saturday.The Broward County Sheriff’s said the suspects were also involved in an attempted murder, which occurred the same evening.BSO worked closely with the Lantana Police Department to identify the suspects and link them to each crime.The suspects have been identified as Torrey Holston, 19, of West Palm Beach, Marco Rico, 32, of Royal Palm Beach, and Jose Garcia Romero, 20, of Greenacres.Holston was taken into custody on Thursday, according to BSO.Marco Rico, 32, of Royal Palm Beach, and Jose Garcia Romero, 20, of Greenacres, were arrested Friday on an attempted murder charge.BSO identified Holston as the alleged shooter and Romero and Rico as suspected accomplices in the murder of 39-year-old firefighter and paramedic Christopher Randazzo.They are facing multiple charges, including first-degree murder, armed robbery, and conspiracy.It is unclear what charges the suspects will face in the separate attempted murder case at this time.Related content:Arrests Made in Murder of Broward County Firefighter
Sale went 6-11 last season with a 4.40 ERA in 25 starts, the fewest in his career for a full season since 2012.In other MLB news:— Indians reliever Emmanuel Clase (klah-say) is expected to be out 8-12 weeks with a strained back muscle. Clase has a 100 mph fastball and was the centerpiece of an offseason trade that sent two-time Cy Young Award winner Corey Kluber to Texas.— Cubs reliever Brad Wieck has had surgery for an abnormal heart flutter and is out indefinitely. The team says an irregular heartbeat was discovered during the 28-year-old left-hander’s spring training physical.— Freddie Freeman hopes to return to the Atlanta Braves lineup next week after his surgically repaired right elbow swelled and forced him out of action a few days ago. The four-time All-Star had three loose bodies removed from his elbow in October to address years-long pain that caused an ill-timed slump last season. February 27, 2020 Filip Petrusev (peh-TROO’-shehv) had 21 points and nine rebounds for the Bulldogs in a 94-59 dismantling of San Diego. Corey Kispert scored 16 points and Ryan Woolridge had 15 for the 28-2 Zags, who rebounded from Saturday’s loss at BYU.Gonzaga has won 38 consecutive home games, the longest streak in the country. The Bulldogs are also seeking to play the first two rounds of the NCAA Tournament in Spokane.In other top-25 finals:— D’Mitrik Trice hit his first five shots and scored 28 points as Wisconsin topped No. 19 Michigan, 81-74. Aleem Ford and Micah Potter each had 18 points to help the Badgers improve to 18-9 overall and 11-6 in the Big Ten. Zavier Simpson scored a career-high 32 points for the Wolverines, who were without guard Eli Brooks because of a broken nose.— Matt Bradley matched his career highs of five 3-pointers and 26 points in leading California’s 76-62 upset of 21st-ranked Colorado. Kareem South had 19 points and Paris Austin added 12 as the Golden Bears beat the Buffaloes for the first time in six tries. Tobias Harris scored 34 points to lead the short-handed Sixers to a 115-106 victory over the Knicks. Harris had 23 points in the opening half to help Philadelphia to a 61-46 lead at the break.Shake Milton scored 19 points and Al Horford added 15 as the 76ers handed New York its sixth straight loss.Embiid sat out with a shoulder injury and Simmons missed his third straight game with a back ailment that will keep him off the court for at least two weeks. The Sixers will have more information concerning Embiid’s injury on Friday.The win puts the 76ers in a tie with Miami for fourth place in the Eastern Conference.Checking out Thursday’s other NBA action: NEW YORK (AP) — Some key Kobe Bryant memorabilia, including two of his Los Angeles Lakers uniforms and cement handprints from his induction into the Grauman’s Chinese Theater hall of fame gallery, are going up for sale in April.Julien’s Auctions aid Thursday that the items would be up for sale on April 30 as part of its annual sports auction that also includes a silver medal from the 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles and a 2002 FIFA World Cup gold winner’s medal.Bryant’s items were already being planned for auction when he, his daughter Gianna and seven others were killed in a helicopter crash on Jan. 26. — Danilo Gallinari scored 24 points and the Thunder rallied from 19 down in the third quarter to beat the Kings, 112-108. Shai Gilgeous-Alexander contributed 20 points and Chris Paul added 17 as Oklahoma City won its fifth in a row and 14th in its last 17 games.— Domantas Sabonis (doh-MAHN’-tahs sah-BOH’-nihs) had 20 points and 11 rebounds to lead the Pacers to their fourth win in five games, 106-100 versus the Trail Blazers. Malcolm Brogdon had 17 points, eight assists and six rebounds, while T.J. Warren and Victor Oladipo (oh-lah-DEE’-poh) scored 15 points each for Indiana.T25 MEN’S BASKETBALL-SCHEDULEGonzaga hammers San DiegoUNDATED (AP) — Third-ranked Gonzaga has nailed down its eighth consecutive West Coast Conference regular-season title. — Kaleb Wesson scored 16 points and had a career-high 18 rebounds in No. 23 Ohio State’s 75-54 thumping of Nebraska. Duane Washington Jr. made three straight 3s to open the game and finished with 14 points for the Buckeyes, who led 26-12 after hitting nine of their first 11 shots.NHL-SCHEDULEB’s win, Bolts fallUNDATED (AP) — The Boston Bruins have widened their lead in the NHL’s Atlantic Division.David Pastrnak’s (PAHS’-tur-nahks) 46th goal of the season was the eventual game-winner as the Bruins topped the Stars, 4-3. The game was deadlocked, 1-1 until Brad Marchand and Nick Ritchie tallied 77 seconds apart late in the second period. — Bobby Ryan returned from a three-month injury absence and recorded a hat trick in the Senators’ 5-2 verdict over the Canucks. Ryan tallied twice in the final 2:08 for his fifth hat trick and first since December 2014.— Matt Dumba had two goals and an assist as the Wild blew out the Red Wings, 7-1 for their fourth win in five games. Kevin Fiala (fee-AH’-lah) also had a three-point night with a goal and two assists.NHL-CANUCKS-MARKSTROMMarkstrom out after ‘minor’ procedureVANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) — Canucks goaltender Jacob Markstrom had a “minor lower body procedure” and will be reevaluated in two weeks. Update on the latest sports Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditNBA-SCHEDULESixers win without Embiid, SimmonsUNDATED (AP) — No Joel Embiid (joh-EHL’ ehm-BEED’). No Ben Simmons. No problem for the Philadelphia 76ers as they improved to an NBA-best 28-2 at home. — Colton Parayko’s wraparound goal in overtime capped the Blues’ comeback in a 3-2 win against the Islanders. Vince Dunn tied it with 1:44 left in regulation before Parayko sent St. Louis to its sixth straight win and a five-point lead over Colorado atop the Central Division. Jean-Gabriel Pageau (pa-ZHOH’) and Jordan Eberle had first-period goals for the Isles, who are two points ahead of Columbus for the first Eastern Conference wild card.— Winnipeg’s three-game skid is over after Connor Hellebuyck (HEH’-leh-buhk) stopped 34 shots in a 3-0 shutout of the Capitals. Kyle Connor and Mark Schiefele (SHY’-flee) each had a goal and an assist to support Hellebuyck’s fifth shutout of the season and 19th of his career. Washington’s lead in the Metropolitan Division remains four points over the Penguins, who have two games in hand.— William Nylander (NEE’-lan-dur) snapped a 3-3 tie with 11 minutes left in the Maple Leafs’ 5-3 victory over the Panthers. Auston Matthews, Kasperi Kapanen (kas-PEHR’-ee KAP’-eh-nehn), Mark Hyman and Justin Holl also scored and Frederik Andersen stopped 24 shots in Toronto’s third win in four games.— Ryan Strome’s (strohmz) two goals and one assist carried the Rangers to their fifth consecutive win, 5-2 at Montreal. Phillip Di Giuseppe, Adam Fox and Mika Zibanejad (MEE’-kah zih-BAN’-eh-jad) also tallied after New York fell behind, 2-0.— Mikael Granlund provided the tying and winning goals in the Predators’ 4-3 overtime victory against the Flames. Granlund knotted the score with less than a second left in regulation and ended it at 1:20 of OT to give Nashville its third straight win. Associated Press Markstrom was hurt during a 9-3 win over the Boston Bruins on Saturday, causing Vancouver to acquire veteran Louis Domingue (doh-MIHNG’) from New Jersey. Markstrom is 23-16-4 with a 2.75 goals-against average, a career-high .918 save percentage and two shutouts this season.MLB-NEWSSale to start season on injured listUNDATED (AP) — Boston Red Sox left-hander Chris Sale will start the season on the injured list. Manager Ron Roenicke (REHN’-ih-kee) says Sale will be placed on the 15-day injured list and will remain in Fort Myers, Florida, for extended spring training when the team breaks camp. Sale reported to camp with pneumonia and is behind schedule.Sale ended last season on the injured list with elbow inflammation, making his last appearance Aug. 13 at Cleveland, where he gave up five runs with 12 strikeouts in 6 ⅔ innings. Roenicke emphasized this trip to the injured list is not related to Sale’s elbow. — Kerwin Danley has been named the majors’ first African American umpire crew chief. The 58-year-old Danley has worked two World Series and been on the field for 10 other postseason rounds, including the AL Championship Series last year. MLB also says Alfonso Marquez is being elevated to the first Hispanic crew chief born outside the United States.— Members of Congress have sent a letter to the Baseball Hall of Fame asking that former major league outfielder Curt Flood be elected in December by the next golden era committee. The recognition would coincide with the 50-year anniversary of Flood’s defiant letter to baseball Commissioner Bowie Kuhn in which he wrote, “I do not feel that I am a piece of property to be bought and sold irrespective of my wishes.” Flood was traded by St. Louis to Philadelphia after the 1969 season and refused to report to the Phillies, instead sitting out the 1970 campaign and challenging the reserve clause.— Former Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz is selling some baseball memorabilia and plenty of household items at a weekend estate sale. The baseball-related items for sale include framed jerseys, bobbleheads, commemorative Coca-Cola bottles, signed Red Sox photographs, and a Boston Bruins jersey with the name Ortiz and his No. 34 on the back.PGA-HONDA CLASSICLewis, English share Honda lead Jaroslav Halak (YAH’-roh-slahv hah-LAHK’) turned back 31 shots to help Boston end its first two-game losing streak in over a month.The Bruins now pace the Eastern Conference and Atlantic Division races by seven points over Tampa Bay.The Lightning dropped their fourth straight since a team-record, 11-game winning streak. Dominik Kubalik (koo-BAH’-lihk) recorded his first career hat trick with three goals in the third period of the Blackhawks’ 5-2 victory at Tampa. The Blackhawks trailed 2-0 before scoring three times in the final period, including three in a 5:20 span.Slater Koekkoek (KOO’-koo) scored his first goal of the season and Brandon Saad (sahd) added his 20th as Chicago beat the Lightning for the first time in regulation since Dec. 13, 2009.Elsewhere on NHL ice: PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. (AP) — Tom Lewis and Harris English each fired 4-under 66s to take a one-shot lead in the first of the PGA’s Honda Classic at Palm Beach Gardens.Lewis and English each made the field on sponsor exemptions after failing to qualify for the event.Zach Johnson shares second with J.T. Poston, Brian Stuard, Cameron Tringale (trihn-GAH’-lee) and Lee Westwood, who also made the field on a sponsor exemption.KOBE BRYANT-AUCTIONKobe Bryant handprints, other memorabilia up for auction
Group-BSparta BossAlbouystown-BAlexander VillageCharlotte StreetGroup-CLeopold StreetTiger BayFuture StarsAlbouystown-A Fixtures:Friday(1)North East vs Rising Stars(2)Charlotte St vs Albouystown-B(3)LA Ballers vs Broad Street(4)Leopold Street vs Albouystown-A(5)Tiger Bay vs Future Stars(6)Gold is Money vs John Street(7)Back Circle vs Sophia(8)Sparta Boss vs Alexander VillageSaturday(1)LA Ballers vs John Street-19:00hrs(2)Tiger Bay vs Albouystown-A-19:30hrs(3)Alexander Village vs Albouystown-B-20:00hrs(4)Back Circle vs Rising Stars-20:30hrs(5)Leopold Street vs Future Stars-21:00hrs(6)North East vs Sophia-21:30hrs(7)Sparta Boss vs Charlotte St-22:00hrs(8)Gold is Money vs Broad Street-22:30hrs Group-DNorth East La PenitenceBack CircleSophiaRising Stars FOLLOWING two pulsating nights of eliminators in the Guinness ‘Greatest of the Streets’ Georgetown Championship, the group stage will officially commence this Friday (July 19) at the National Cultural Centre Tarmac.After starting out with 32 teams, the 16 eliminator winners have been divided into four groups of four.According to tournament coordinator– Three Peat Promotions, “The impending group stage might be the most competitive in the history of the event as several teams have already displayed their championship quality and aspirations during the elimination round.”They further said, “We envisage a highly-competitive group round where any of the teams can progress to the quarter-final stage due to their quality. The fans will certainly be treated to pulsating action.”The round-robin stage will also be hosted on Saturday (July 20) and July 26. The top two finishers from each section will advance to the quarter-finals and the subsequent semi-final rounds. Winners of the event will collect $500,000 and the championship trophy, with the second, third and fourth place finisher copping $300,000, $200,000 and $100,000 respectively and the corresponding trophy.They will also automatically seal a place in the National Championship in August.To date, Beacons [Bartica Champion], Melanie-B [East Coast Demerara winner], Brothers United [West Demerara/East Bank Demerara winner], Trafalgar [Berbice champion] and High Rollers [Linden champion] are the teams to have secured automatic berths to the national championship.Below features the group assignments and complete fixtures for the group stage Group-AGold is MoneyBroad StreetLA BallersJohn Street
Divine Oduduru (centre) ran a personal best of 20.34 in the 200m event of the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio, Brazil behind Olympic and World Record holder, Jamaican Usain Bolt. The best the reigning Nigeria 200m champion could reach was a semi final finish at the Games.Nigerian International Athletes Association (NIAA) 2016 Convention slated for October in California, USA is to focus on the state of athletics in Nigeria.NIAA is a union of former Nigerian star athletes based in the United States of America.According to the President of NIAA, Grace Apiafi, the NIAA is worried that Nigeria today still struggles with the development of talented young athletes.Apiafi was a shot put and discus thrower who represented Nigeria at the 1988 Seoul Olympics. she is currently a professor in the Health Science Department of Pasadena City College, California. “The last Olympic was an eye-opener for us all. This is a time for action and NIAA is ready to lead the charge and we need the support of all stakeholders in athletics. There are a number of ways to make an impact on improving the standard of education, sports and health care in Nigeria,’’ stressed the NIAA president.Apiafi revealed that the 2016 NIAA Banquet and Gala will bring together some of the most influential minds in the area of medicine, coaching, and athletics.She also disclosed that the event will be used to raise fund and accept donation in kind to support kids from disadvantage homes with their education and help talented young athletes to combine sports and education,“This convention is a significant fundraiser for NIAA to be effective in making the necessary changes needed to improve sports and education in Nigeria and around Africa.Beyond making the impact on the future of the youth, the gala is a fun-packed event with great entertainment, live band and dancing,” she hinted.Apiafi said this is an opportunity to enjoy the company of friends and to meet new peoplewho are united in the mission of making necessary changes to the lives of talented but socio-economically disadvantage youths in Nigeria and other parts of Africa.She also revealed that NIAA will honour four physicians and a former college coach. “Ourgoal is to recognise their accomplishments and honour them for the exemplary services that have positively influenced the lives of several individuals here and abroad.”Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram
“The 19th Hole” runs Tuesdays. If you would like to comment on this story, visit DailyTrojan.com or email Joey at email@example.com. I almost wrote this column two years ago.I wanted to respond to the launch of the Lost Angeles blog, the brainchild of 29-year-old Zack Jerome. The blog went on to spawn an on-campus “Arrogant Nation” movement, which I wanted to point out perpetuated the outdated stereotype that USC was stocked with bigheaded rich kids.The Bearfighter · “Arrogant Nation” founder and Lost Angeles blogger Zack Jerome emceed the Fall 2012 Sports Rally at the Galen Center. – Corey Marquetti | Daily TrojanThen the wave of T-shirts reading “You Can’t Sanction The End Zone” and “Bowls Are For Salad” hit Saturday tailgates and flooded my Facebook newsfeed. At first, it irked me, but I waited, with my pen tucked away — or more accurately, my keyboard.Oddly enough, the popular site grew on me. It made sense.Eventually, I decided to contact Jerome, a 2005 USC graduate, to research a column I was writing about the blog and his message. Eventually, I would concede the following: His blog was a remedy — in fact a powerful one — for distraught fans in the wake of NCAA sanctions that kept USC out of the postseason for two years. That was important, so I listened, which is what they teach you in journalism school nowadays.“I didn’t want people to get down on the fact that we couldn’t win a fake national championship,” Jerome explained to me.He was right, and his message fit its niche to a T. The students, the alumni and the fanbase needed a sort of rallying point in the face of what were, at the time, the harshest sanctions since the 1987 SMU Death Penalty.“I am here to re-focus the Nation of Troy on the eve of battle,” Jerome wrote in his first post prior to the 2010 season. “I am here to explain to you what this season is about and why you need to push for it.”Amid probation, this fanbase faced an existential crisis, wondering openly if playing games even mattered if the Trojans couldn’t land in a January bowl game.Jerome and the newborn “Arrogant Nation” resoundingly answered, “Yes.” That was the site’s impact. That’s why it was made, and because of that, its value shouldn’t be understated.Fast-forward two years later: Circumstances paint a brighter picture for the football program. Though USC, as coach Lane Kiffin so often puts it, is playing with 10 fewer guys this season, it’s ranked in the top five of virtually every top-25 poll imaginable. Its quarterback is the favorite to win the Heisman Trophy, college football’s most prestigious and coveted individual award. And seemingly all offseason long, media members and fans alike heaped praise at the feet of Kiffin for “beating the sanctions.”So for all intents and purposes, USC boasts a good football team again, which begs the question: Do we still need an arrogant nation? Do we need a unifying message for fans and students that chastises an opposing team’s mascot for “looking like a pedophile,” as many did last week in reference to Otto the Orange, Syracuse’s mascot?Spoiler: This all screams patented, good ole ’SC snobbery — a stereotype that’s subsided but one that will always be tough to shake.“UCLA is the nice school and USC is located in a sh-t dump and populated exclusively by dumb rich kids,” wrote Deadspin’s Drew Magary earlier this month. “It’s the SMU of the Pacific region.”Of course, this is Deadspin, Gawker Media’s sports site which is always a little tongue-in-cheek, but that perception still very much lingers.Unfair? A bit, yes. But, of course, it doesn’t help when arrogance, more or less, has become the unwritten manifesto for the student body rooting on an undefeated, second-ranked football team, winner of its last six games spanning to last November.It also doesn’t help when the athletic department props up Jerome in front of students at various rallies, which encourages that same tiresome manifesto of arrogance.USC is above that.Arrogance is far from pride — what fans and students should instead save for their school. Arrogance is flashing your middle finger at someone wearing opposing colors. Pride is raising two fingers to say “Fight On” to players after an impressive performance, or a return trip from Haiti after building houses for earthquake victims.The difference, however small, is also stark.During the bowl ban years, arrogance didn’t exactly move the needle much as USC mostly puttered around outside the top 25. It was a way to hang on.But now, as the wins and the wins by double digits pile up, the line between the two blurs.So in the interest of clearing up the confusion and creating some civility, it’s not, “Fight The F-ck On.” It’s just “Fight On.” It’s not “Arrogant Nation.” It’s the “Trojan Family.”It’s time we admit it.
Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on March 27, 2017 at 11:12 am Contact Charlie: firstname.lastname@example.org | @charliedisturco Another one-goal overtime victory has pushed Syracuse up to No. 4 in this week’s Inside Lacrosse rankings, SU’s highest rank this season.Syracuse (6-1, 2-0 Atlantic Coast) stormed back after a four-goal run by Duke in the fourth quarter, tying the game with 1:26 to go. The score stayed knotted at 11 until freshman midfielder Jamie Trimboli intercepted a pass intended for senior attack Nick Mariano and shot top shelf from 15 yards out.It marked Syracuse’s sixth straight one-goal game, a program record. Trimboli’s game-winner is SU’s fourth this year. Trimboli made his first career start and his lone point in the game proved most important for Syracuse. Mariano finished with a hat trick while Nate Solomon, Brendan Bomberry and Sergio Salcido each finished with a pair of goals.Scott Firman caused a game-high three turnovers and picked up three ground balls in the win. He has been a steady contributor for SU, often tasked with guarding the opponent’s best player. Duke’s Justin Guterding had a pair of goals and assists but turned the ball over five times.Senior faceoff specialist Ben Williams is coming off his career-worst game at the X, going 4-of-18 against Duke’s Kyle Rowe. He was replaced by freshman Danny Varello, who finished the game 6-of-8, including a win on the only faceoff in overtime.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textAll five ACC teams are ranked in the poll released Monday: No. 1 Notre Dame, No. 4 Syracuse, No. 12 Duke, No. 14 Virginia and No. 18 North Carolina.The Orange travels to South Bend, Indiana, for a date with top-ranked UND Saturday at noon. The Fighting Irish’s (5-1, 1-0) only loss came to Denver. UND beat Virginia and No. 5 Ohio State earlier this year. Comments
The Wisconsin volleyball team is on the verge of history.The No. 4 Badgers (22-2, 13-1 Big Ten) have won 13 consecutive matches, three shy of the record-setting 16 straight winning matches the 1997 Badgers accomplished. In addition to their 13-match win streak, the Badgers have maintained their No. 4-ranking in the AVCA poll for the last three weeks.Wisconsin continued its streak this past weekend with two victories against Michigan, who took them five sets, and Michigan State, who the Badgers disposed of in straight sets.Friday’s match against Michigan (11-13, 6-8 Big Ten) marked the first time the Badgers had played all five sets in a match since Sept. 19, whey they fell to then No. 5 Washington, 3-2. UW head coach Kelly Sheffield thought the tough match against the Wolverines was important for his team as they had been sweeping through their opponents of late.“It was important for us to be tested like that,” Sheffield said. “We didn’t play particularly well, but we survived. And to win at the highest level, you’re going to have nights where things just aren’t going your way, and are you able to battle and stay together and fight and all those things, and I thought we did a really good job with that.”When the Badgers dropped the second set to Michigan Friday, it was the first set the team had lost dating back to Oct. 4 in a string of 26 straight sets. The mark is one shy of the school record of consecutive conference sets won which was set back in 2001.Junior libero Taylor Morey said the team’s mentality isn’t affected by dropping a set here or there.“At the end of the day we just focus on the next point, winning the next ball and executing our game plan,” Morey said. “It’s not necessarily losing sets that gets into our head because ultimately we’re gonna battle and that’s our mentality.“Right now we have to focus on one match at a time.”The Wolverines come to town for a rematch against the Badgers Wednesday night, led by sophomore middle blocker Abby Cole. Cole amassed 20 kills in Friday’s matchup against Wisconsin. On the season, Cole averages 3.64 kills per set and hits at a .384 clip.“We really had a tough time slowing her down. We didn’t slow her down at all,” Sheffield said. “When she didn’t kill, it was almost always because of her own error rather than anything we did.”In that matchup, Wisconsin out-blocked Michigan 14-5. The Badgers’ frontline will have to keep up their blocks to deter the Wolverine attack Wednesday. Senior Dominique Thompson will be responsible for shutting down the 6-foot-5 Cole, while Thompson stands at only 5-foot-11.“We get a scouting report, and we try to follow it and execute it,” Thompson said of stopping Cole. “We train blocking all the time, and we want to do better this next matchup.”Thompson also echoed Morey’s sentiments on focusing on the task at hand despite the impressive winning streak.“We just have a big goal of winning a championship,” Thompson said. “It’s amazing, it’s a great feeling to be able to do what we’re doing, but we’re really just thinking about the final goal and thinking about it one game at a time.”The Badgers and their 13-1 Big Ten record currently sit in first place in the Big Ten standings, one game ahead of Penn State, who are 12-2 in Big Ten play.Wisconsin has already surpassed last season’s conference win total, while they are one win shy of matching the previous season’s regular season win total when they finished 23-9.The Badgers take on Michigan Wednesday night at 6:30 p.m. at the UW Field House. The match will be televised live on the Big Ten Network.
Hideki Matsuyama is up to twelfth following his playoff victory in Scottsdale. Rory McIlroy stays second in the world after his tie for sixth at the Dubai Desert Classic. Jordan Spieth remains the man to catch.