Women’s soccer: Wisconsin junior midfielder Rose Lavelle named semifinalist for MAC Hermann Trophy, called up for U.S. National Team stint

first_imgThe Wisconsin women’s soccer team may have suffered an abrupt end to a promising season, but the shortcomings of the team haven’t deflected any attention to the quality season of midfielder Rose Lavelle. As the only unanimous selection to the all-conference team, Lavelle once again showed the Big Ten why she is considered among the country’s elite players.Coming into the season on the MAC Hermann Trophy watch list, which honors the best male and female soccer player in the NCAA, Lavelle managed to lead a depleted Wisconsin attack to an unlikely regular season conference crown, scoring seven goals and tallying three assists along the way. In addition to her impressive stat line were the intangible benefits she brought to the team, which include her ability to draw multiple defenders to the ball and maintain her spring speed while dribbling like few others can.Women’s soccer: Lavelle, unsure at start of college career, has found home at WisconsinAs a two-time all-conference selection and national player of the year candidate, it’s hard to imagine a player of Rose Read…It was a 2015 campaign that left no one surprised at her being selected one of the 15 semifinalists for the Hermann Trophy, joining Penn State star forward Raquel Rodriguez as the only Big Ten players to earn the nomination. Lavelle is the first Badger semifinalist since goalkeeper Heather Taggart in 1991, who went on to finish as the runner up.The next cut of nominees will occur on Dec. 11, which will leave three women left for consideration. If Lavelle were to advance, she would earn the chance to become the first woman in school history to walk away with the award.Certainly helping her case for the award will be her call up to the U.S. Women’s National Team. As a member of the squad’s last four matches of their Victory Tour, Lavelle will suit up for her first match Dec. 6 against Trinidad and Tobago at Aloha Stadium in Hawaii.Noting a mix of nerves and excitement in reaction to the promotion, Lavelle said playing with some of her childhood idols will be a surreal experience, namely legend Abby Wambach, who will play her last game as a professional at the tour’s end in New Orleans.“I’ve grown up watching her,” Lavelle said. “It will be really exciting to be there to send her off in person. It still seems a little unreal that I’ll be there for that.”last_img read more

Alabama, Avery Johnson agree to ‘part ways’

first_img“Finally, and most importantly, I’d like to thank all of the players and parents. It was an honor and privilege to work with these young men and their families. This was an opportunity of a lifetime, and we truly enjoyed our experience at Alabama. I also want to thank my family for all of their support and contributions to the program.”Associate head coach John Pelphrey will take over at an interim level until a new hire can be made.The Tide went 18-16 this past season and lost to Norfolk State Wednesday in the NIT Tournament. March Madness 2019: Ja Morant emotional after Murray State falls out of NCAA Tournament “After meeting with Coach Johnson, we made the decision to mutually part ways,” Byrne said. “This was not an easy decision, and we thank him for his contributions over the past four seasons. We wish Coach Johnson and his family the very best.”#Confirmed Avery Johnson out as men’s basketball coach at The University of Alabama pic.twitter.com/jDUZdSlbYa— Parker Branton (@ParkerBranton) March 24, 2019During Johnson’s four seasons at Alabama, the team went 75-62 and advanced to the NCAA Tournament in 2018. Related News March Madness 2019 wrap: Kentucky, Gonzaga, LSU other favorites thwart upset-minded teamscenter_img Avery Johnson is out as Alabama’s head coach.According to Alabama director of athletics Greg Byrne, the school and Johnson agreed to “mutually part ways.” “I would like to thank The University of Alabama, Bill Battle and the Board of Trustees for providing me the opportunity to serve as the head basketball coach,” Johnson said. “I’d also like to thank President Bell and Greg Byrne, our assistant coaches, support staff, the fans and student body for making this such a special experience for me and my family.last_img read more

Lee Westwood responds to spectator’s ringing phone with simple tutorial

first_img Four plead guilty to 2019 Masters ticket scam, agree to pay $275K in restitution Putting your phone on silent.A fan tutorial with @WestwoodLee 🤳 pic.twitter.com/lW8Z5hEuks— The European Tour (@EuropeanTour) June 21, 2019Westwood, a 24-time European Tour winner, is in good position heading into the weekend. He is currently tied for fifth place (7 under) and just four strokes back of the solo leader Martin Kaymer.Westwood last won at the Nedbank Golf Challenge in November and is currently ranked as the eighth winningest golfer across the pond. The European Tour event features some notable international players including Lee Westwood, who had to stop mid-swing during the second round of the tournament after hearing a patron’s ringer.While he seemed visibly upset on the course, Westwood said “that’s all right, just turn it off,” and continued his round. Related News There’s quite a few rules in golf, but one of the biggest rules spectators must follow is turning their phones on silent while following their favorite golfers at a tournament.One fan forgot to do that at the BMW International Open. Phil Mickelson’s realization: ‘Probably … not going to win the U.S. Open’ After he completed play at Golfclub München Eichenried in Moosinning, Germany, he gave a quick tutorial in case anyone was confused on course etiquette.”Much like golf, people overcomplicate things, but it really is this simple,” Westwood says before silencing his own phone. Gary Woodland’s U.S. Open win puts Americans close to first major sweep since 1982last_img read more