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

Football: Wisconsin survives Iowa 28-17, salvages hope for Playoff season

first_imgMost games following a season-altering loss are automatically labeled as a chance at redemption, a chance to reassert the program’s winning identity. Saturday night in Iowa City was that chance for Wisconsin football. Wisconsin’s non-conference schedule had faced scrutiny considering the established high caliber the Badgers had proven in recent years, but suddenly they had to re-earn the nation’s respect.I’m not sure they succeeded.Before the season began, Hornibrook’s ability to carry the offense and an unproven secondary were the preconceived sore spots for the top five ranked Badgers. A lackluster pass rush and flimsy offensive line were supposed to be the reliable portions of Wisconsin’s identity.Yet Iowa quarterback Nate Stanley had a surplus of time in the pocket — Hornibrook was attacked from all angles.Yet a Wisconsin defense heralded as elite across the FBS were consistently embarrassed by simple misdirections.Yet Wisconsin defenders proven as gifted tacklers let Iowa slip through their fingers at every turn.Football: Meet Wisconsin’s newest defensive star, Scott NelsonAfter a demoralizing loss to the BYU Cougars, it’s easy to forget the University of Wisconsin football team still has Read…Wisconsin punted their first drive, Iowa’s first drive ended deep in Wisconsin territory only to be stifled on a gutsy but blown fourth down conversion attempt. Iowa surrendered five yards to penalty in the first half, Wisconsin coughed up 28. Passes downfield for Iowa seemed to always find the open receiver, rare Wisconsin heaves were broken up almost easily.By all accounts, unranked Iowa looked the better team at the half, yet the score was tied 7-7. But the once clear shot at redemption had begun to fade. A close victory would prove nothing — if anything it would show Wisconsin didn’t deserve their preseason ranking.Out-gaining Wisconsin was a figment of many opponent’s imagination historically, but midway through the third quarter, Iowa had a 64-yard advantage.But the universe was bent on giving Wisconsin a chance to save face. An unassuming Wisconsin punt somehow resulted in a red zone opportunity after an Iowa defensemen unknowingly kicked the ball. The eventual Danny Davis touchdown was undeserved, but Wisconsin lead 14-10.The lead felt hollow, like it was inevitable Iowa would counter, like the second touchdown should’ve never happened. A few short minutes later, Iowa had comfortably worked their way into the red zone, almost automatically. On queue, it was 17-14 Iowa.AP Poll, you haunting oracle of truthLast week was a very different era. We have all changed so much during this time. I myself was foolish, Read…Wisconsin’s defense no longer felt like an advantage, they felt like a liability. Jonathan Taylor feels out of the Heisman conversation, not the 150+ yard per game workhorse he’d become.The script was there, the chances were frequent, and Wisconsin waited until the last possible moment to take it. A final Wisconsin drive, one we’d been waiting on for more than four quarters, ended in an AJ Taylor touchdown that gave Wisconsin the late lead that took too long to attain.Maybe the preseason critics we called too eager to pass judgement were right — Saturday night proved Wisconsin was still far from earning national respect.A win is a win, but Wisconsin’s late surge cannot be remembered fondly for the team to improve. This was a sloppy game, and one Wisconsin should have handled with more composure than they exhibited.28-17 is your final in Iowa City. Wisconsin heads into a bye week with plenty to mull over.last_img read more

Safer Gambling Week 2020 to focus on customer intervention

first_img StumbleUpon Share Submit BGC lauds success of whistle to whistle ban August 21, 2020 UK gambling adopts toughest online advertising code to protect underage audiences August 27, 2020 BGC calls for updates to ‘outdated’ payment regulations August 21, 2020 Safer Gambling Week 2020 will take place from 19 – 25 November, once again championing responsible gambling standards, behaviours and education initiatives across the country. Led by the Betting and Gaming Council (BGC), The Bingo Association (BA) and the British Amusement Catering Trade Association (bacta), this year’s campaign will feature the tagline ‘Let’s talk about safer gambling’. Michael Dugher, Chief Executive, Betting and Gaming Council, said: “As the new body representing the betting and gaming industry, the BGC is committed to driving up standards and promoting safer gambling.“Safer Gambling Week is a fantastic initiative which the BGC are proud to play a leading role in. This awareness campaign is now in its fourth year and it has achieved a significant increase in engagement at all levels on the tools and support available to customers. We achieved over 25 million impressions on social media in 2019, setting a new benchmark for the campaign, which demonstrates the breadth and reach of the campaign.“Our members are determined to raise standards and as part of this year’s campaign can point to significant changes that we have introduced, including new cooling-off periods on gaming machines, substantially increased funding for research, education and treatment; a ‘whistle to whistle’ ban on advertising during sport; new ID and age-verification checks and a ban on betting with credit cards.“And during the covid-19 outbreak, we have published a 10-pledge action plan to promote safer gambling, while our members also voluntarily agreed to remove TV and radio gaming advertising, replacing their slots with safer gambling messages or donating them to charity.“As businesses emerge from lockdown, I’m looking forward to this year’s Safer Gambling Week being a tremendous success.”Safer Gambling Week will give operators the opportunity to ‘start a conversation about safer gambling’ with customers, staff, friends and family. Promotional and messaging materials for the campaign will include posters, web banners, social media collateral, contact cards and leaflets which will be made available free of charge for all participants. Miles Baron, Chief Executive, The Bingo Association, added: “Safer Gambling Week is an important part of the bingo industry’s commitment to social responsibility and provides a useful focal point for highlighting activity and support that is available throughout the year. “As businesses with venues, the sector recognises the important opportunity we have to promote safer gambling messages and engage directly with customers.”Promotional materials will use a range of six key messages to engage with audiences, with each item providing details of free and confidential contact points for further information and advice, and of social media platforms. The key messages:Ask yourself…  have you carried on past your spending limit?Just a heads up… it’s good to set yourself limitsJust a heads up…  it’s easy to lose track of time when gamblingPlay smart…  know when to stopRemember…  friends and family are more important than gamblingRemember…  gambling is not a way to make moneyJohn White, Chief Executive of bacta, concluded:“Safer Gambling Week allows bacta members to highlight their year-long commitment to safer gambling, the safer gambling tools available to customers and the quality of the staff that engage with our customers on a daily basis.” Related Articles Sharelast_img read more