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

LeBron James stands above as Lakers hold off Kings

first_img How athletes protesting the national anthem has evolved over 17 years PreviousLakers forward Anthony Davis, right, blocks a shot by Sacramento Kings forward Harrison Barnes on the final play of Friday’s game at Staples Center. The Lakers won 99-97. (AP Photo/Alex Gallardo)Los Angeles Lakers guard Rajon Rondo, right, shoots over Sacramento Kings guard Yogi Ferrell during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Los Angeles, Friday, Nov. 15, 2019. (AP Photo/Alex Gallardo) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsLos Angeles Lakers guard Rajon Rondo, left, steals the ball from Sacramento Kings guard Bogdan Bogdanovic during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Los Angeles, Friday, Nov. 15, 2019. (AP Photo/Alex Gallardo)Los Angeles Lakers center JaVale McGee, left, shoots over Sacramento Kings forward Richaun Holmes during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Los Angeles, Friday, Nov. 15, 2019. (AP Photo/Alex Gallardo)Sacramento Kings guard Bogdan Bogdanovic, left, and Los Angeles Lakers forward Kyle Kuzma watch the ball during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Los Angeles, Friday, Nov. 15, 2019. (AP Photo/Alex Gallardo)Sacramento Kings guard Yogi Ferrell, left, passes the ball over Los Angeles Lakers guard Rajon Rondo, center, and center Dwight Howard, right, during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Los Angeles, Friday, Nov. 15, 2019. (AP Photo/Alex Gallardo)Los Angeles Lakers guard Quinn Cook drives to the basket between Sacramento Kings forward Richaun Holmes, left, and guard Cory Joseph during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Los Angeles, Friday, Nov. 15, 2019. (AP Photo/Alex Gallardo)Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James, center, drives to the basket against Sacramento Kings forward Nemanja Bjelica, left, forward Richaun Holmes, right, and guard Cory Joseph (9) during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Los Angeles, Friday, Nov. 15, 2019. (AP Photo/Alex Gallardo)Sacramento Kings guard Bogdan Bogdanovic, right, drives past Los Angeles Lakers guard Alex Caruso during the second half of an NBA basketball game in Los Angeles, Friday, Nov. 15, 2019. (AP Photo/Alex Gallardo)Sacramento Kings forward Harrison Barnes, right, fouls Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James during the second half of an NBA basketball game in Los Angeles, Friday, Nov. 15, 2019. (AP Photo/Alex Gallardo)Sacramento Kings guard Buddy Hield, center, drives to the basket between Los Angeles Lakers center Dwight Howard, left, and forward Anthony Davis during the second half of an NBA basketball game in Los Angeles, Friday, Nov. 15, 2019. (AP Photo/Alex Gallardo)Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James, right, blocks a shot by Sacramento Kings guard Yogi Ferrell during the second half of an NBA basketball game in Los Angeles, Friday, Nov. 15, 2019. (AP Photo/Alex Gallardo)Sacramento Kings coach Luke Walton, right, talks with referee Derrick Stafford during the second half of the team’s NBA basketball game against the Los Angeles Lakers in Los Angeles, Friday, Nov. 15, 2019. (AP Photo/Alex Gallardo)Sacramento Kings forward Richaun Holmes, left, shoots over Los Angeles Lakers guard Alex Caruso during the second half of an NBA basketball game in Los Angeles, Friday, Nov. 15, 2019. (AP Photo/Alex Gallardo)Sacramento Kings guard Yogi Ferrell (3) celebrates a three-point play by guard Bogdan Bogdanovic (8), of Serbia, against the Los Angeles Lakers during the second half of an NBA basketball game in Los Angeles, Friday, Nov. 15, 2019. (AP Photo/Alex Gallardo)Los Angeles Lakers forward Anthony Davis, right, lays up a shot as Sacramento Kings center Dewayne Dedmon fouls him during the second half of an NBA basketball game in Los Angeles, Friday, Nov. 15, 2019. (AP Photo/Alex Gallardo)Sacramento Kings forward Harrison Barnes, right, drives past Los Angeles Lakers center Dwight Howard during the second half of an NBA basketball game in Los Angeles, Friday, Nov. 15, 2019. (AP Photo/Alex Gallardo)Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James celebrates after making a 3-point shot against the Sacramento Kings during the second half of an NBA basketball game in Los Angeles, Friday, Nov. 15, 2019. (AP Photo/Alex Gallardo)Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James celebrates after making a 3-point shot against the Sacramento Kings during the second half of an NBA basketball game in Los Angeles, Friday, Nov. 15, 2019. (AP Photo/Alex Gallardo)Los Angeles Lakers forward Anthony Davis, right, blocks a shot by Sacramento Kings forward Harrison Barnes, left, in the last second of an NBA basketball game in Los Angeles, Friday, Nov. 15, 2019. The Lakers won 99-97. (AP Photo/Alex Gallardo)Lakers forward Anthony Davis, right, blocks a shot by Sacramento Kings forward Harrison Barnes on the final play of Friday’s game at Staples Center. The Lakers won 99-97. (AP Photo/Alex Gallardo)NextShow Caption1 of 20Lakers forward Anthony Davis, right, blocks a shot by Sacramento Kings forward Harrison Barnes on the final play of Friday’s game at Staples Center. The Lakers won 99-97. (AP Photo/Alex Gallardo)ExpandLOS ANGELES — Age comes for us all. But as LeBron James insisted Friday morning, “it’s not the end of my story.”Friday night showed just how far away that ending might be.James’ ability to dominate a game can be measured a myriad of ways: the 13 points the Lakers outscored Sacramento by when he was on the court, or the number of times he shot his fingers off like pistols after making jumpers.Perhaps the number that spoke the loudest for the King’s continued prime was the distance from the hoop he took off – just a step inside the free-throw line, as he hammered a dunk over a helpless Nemanja Bjelica, who had stepped up to take a charge but had sorely miscalculated just how high James can still soar. Lakers, Clippers schedules set for first round of NBA playoffs Trail Blazers beat Grizzlies in play-in, earn first-round series with the Lakers Sore ribs didn’t prevent the Lakers’ star forward from making a read on Barnes on the final inbounds play, as the forward stumbled into the paint. Davis finished with four blocked shots.“The team was trying to get me going, I just missed some shots,” Davis said. “And I tried to take it out on the defensive end, making plays for my team and making sure the other team didn’t score.”Sacramento wasn’t at full strength either, playing without young centerpieces Marvin Bagley and De’Aaron Fox. But Buddy Hield gave the Lakers enough to handle, leading the Kings with six 3-pointers as the team attempted 41 from deep (making 16), and Bogdanovic took over late, scoring seven points in the last three minutes of the game.A familiar plotline played out: Experience gave the Lakers a late edge.It was also a redemptive night for Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, whose shooting frustrations reached a crescendo against the Warriors with a point-blank layup wedgie. While Caldwell-Pope missed early shots in a start for Bradley and was replaced by Alex Caruso to begin the second half, he also had strong plays: hitting a late pair of fourth-quarter 3-pointers and finishing a fastbreak layup from James to wind up with 16 points (12 in the fourth).Teammates and coaches were quick to offer him praise and support postgame.“When you have a guy who plays as hard as he does, it impacts the energy on the floor, it’s part of our identity of making the whole group a play-harder type of team and he’s an excellent defender,” Coach Frank Vogel said. “We’re the No. 1 defense in the league and he’s a big part of that, so I don’t feel like he’s really had an up-and-down type of season.”Davis came back from a rib injury after skipping Wednesday’s game to heal, but he couldn’t rise to his usual offensive game. He was 5 for 12 from the field with 17 hard-fought points. Defensively, however, he was key late, helping lock down the floor in half-court sets.Languishing starts have become a defining characteristic of the team so far, and the Lakers were again slow out of the gate: Sacramento led by as much as 13, and the home team missed its first six attempts from 3-point range.Related Articles Lakers practice early hoping to answer all questions center_img That turned around with a 14-0 run led by Kyle Kuzma, who scored 10 of his 13 points in the second quarter alone. The neck-and-neck affair continued for the rest of the first half, including James’ and-one dunk over Bjelica that briefly made the Staples Center crowd lose its collective mind.As the Lakers pulled ahead in the second half, what had been the Kings’ trump card became their lifeline. Their 3-point shooting buoyed them, led by Hield’s 6-for-12 night from beyond the arc. The Lakers’ lineups without James also underwhelmed, going through scoring droughts without their floor leader.Veteran point guard Rajon Rondo, in just his second game back in action, had a particularly rugged shooting night, going 0 for 3 from the field.There’s always more to improve, and for the Lakers and James, it seems like there’s plenty of time to improve it.“If you’re not working on a certain thing and then you go out and do it in the game on the floor, then we’re not going to be OK with that as a ball club,” James said. “But (Caruso, Caldwell-Pope), everybody, these guys work on their game every single day. So go out there and do the same thing. I don’t care if you miss two, three, four, five, 10 shots in a row. If guys are leaving you open, keep on taking them. That’s how much confidence we have in our group.” Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersThe Lakers needed every ounce of youthful energy from James in a 99-97 victory over the Kings. With 5.5 seconds left, James scored the winning points at the free-throw line, the place where he’s arguably been most shaky late in games the last few seasons. On Friday, he was perhaps most proud of going 7 for 7 at the line.“It’s something I worked on extremely hard this offseason, getting my free throws better,” he said. “And I kind of struggled the last couple of games, especially in Phoenix. To be in the position where  I can make some clutch free throws for our ball club and A.D. coming with a clutch block on the end, it’s pretty cool.”Ah yes, the block.The Kings beat the Lakers last season, when their new coach, Luke Walton, was on the other bench, when Bogdan Bogdanovic hit a 3-pointer at the buzzer. But those Lakers didn’t have Anthony Davis, who swooped upon a driving Harrison Barnes like a hawk, blocking him and going to reclaim the strip as time expired.With Davis making a timid return from injury, and without their defensive tone-setter Avery Bradley, James (29 points, 11 assists) elevated the Lakers just enough to keep them rolling for their 10th win in 11 games. Trail Blazers, Grizzlies advance to NBA play-in game; Suns, Spurs see playoff dreams dashed last_img read more

West Hancock, St. Ansgar, Clear Lake stay steady in this week’s Radio Iowa football poll

first_imgClass 2A1. Waukon (6-0), LW #1 @ #4 Waterloo Columbus2. Clear Lake (6-0), LW #2 @ Forest City3. Algona (6-0), LW #3 vs Estherville Lincoln Central4. Waterloo Columbus (6-0), LW #4 vs #1 Waukon5. Des Moines Christian (6-0), LW #5 vs PCM Monroe6. Greene County (6-0), LW #6 @ Atlantic7. OABCIG (6-0), LW #8 @ Shenandoah8. Nevada (5-1), LW #10 @ West Marshall9. Benton (5-1), LW #7 vs Roland-Story10.Monticello (5-1), LW (X) vs Anamosa Class 3A1. Western Dubuque (6-0), LW #1 vs #3 Xavier2. Solon (6-0), LW #2 @ Mount Pleasant3. Cedar Rapids Xavier (6-0), LW #3 @ #1 Western Dubuque4. Lewis Central (6-0), LW #4 @ Harlan5. Dallas Center-Grimes (5-1), LW #5 vs Boone6. North Scott (5-1), LW #6 @ Clinton7. Sergeant Bluff-Luton (5-1), LW #7 vs Spencer8. Independence (6-0), LW #9 vs Charles City9. Norwalk (5-1), LW #10 vs Bondurant-Farrar10.Glenwood (5-1), LW (X) @ Adel ADM Class A1. West Hancock (6-0), LW #1 vs West Fork2. Saint Ansgar (6-0), LW #2 @ #7 South Winneshiek3. North Tama (6-0), LW #3 vs GMG Garwin4. South O’Brien (6-0), LW #7 @ LeMars Gehlen5. Grundy Center (5-1), LW #5 @ Mason City Newman6. MFL MarMac (6-0), LW #8 @ Lisbon7. South Winneshiek (5-1), LW #9 vs #2 Saint Ansgar8. Earlham (5-1), LW #10 vs Southwest Valley9. Edgewood-Colesburg (5-1), LW (X) vs Alburnett10.Woodbury Central (5-1), LW (X) vs Logan Magnolia Class 4A1. WDM Valley (6-0), LW #1 vs C.B. Abe Lincoln2. Dowling Catholic (5-1), LW #2 @ Sioux City East3. Cedar Falls (6-0), LW #3 vs Waterloo West4. Bettendorf (5-1), LW #4 @ #5 CR Kennedy5. Cedar Rapids Kennedy (5-1), LW #5 vs #4 Bettendorf6. Ankeny Centennial (5-1), LW #6 vs Fort Dodge7. Southeast Polk (4-2), LW #7 vs Sioux City West8. Ankeny (3-3), LW #8 @ DSM Lincoln9. Waukee (3-3), LW #10 vs Ottumwa10.Des Moines Roosevelt (5-1), LW (X) vs Marshalltown Class 1A1. Dike-New Hartford (6-0), LW #2 @ Jesup2. Van Meter (6-0), LW #3 @ #10 Panorama3. West Branch (6-0), LW #4 vs Northeast Goose Lake4. West Lyon (6-0), LW #5 @ #7 West Sioux5. Western Christian (6-0), LW #7 @ Sibley-Ocheyedan6. South Central Calhoun (6-0), LW #6 @ Madrid7. West Sioux (5-1), LW #1 vs #4 West Lyon8. Iowa City Regina (5-1), LW #8 vs North Linn9. Treynor (6-0), LW #10 @ Missouri Valley10.Panorama (6-0), LW (X) vs #2 Van Meter Radio Iowa High School Football Poll 10/7/19 Eight-man1. Don Bosco (6-0), LW #1 vs Dunkerton2. Turkey Valley (6-0), LW #2 @ West Central (Maynard)3. Remsen St. Mary’s (6-0), LW #3 @ West Bend-Mallard4. Audubon (6-1), LW #5 @ West Harrison5. Easton Valley (6-0), LW #7 vs Lansing Kee6. CAM (6-0), LW #10 vs Boyer Valley7. Coon Rapids-Bayard (5-1), LW #4 vs Glidden-Ralston8. Newell-Fonda (5-1), LW #9 vs #10 Harris-Lake Park9. AGWSR (5-1), LW (X) vs Baxter10.Harris-Lake Park (5-1), LW #8 @ #8 Newell-Fondalast_img read more

Tottenham boss gives verdict on state of Wembley pitch for Man City clash

first_img Pochettino played down fears over the Wembley turf Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino expects the Wembley pitch to be in playable condition for their Premier League clash with Manchester City on Monday.Spurs face the champions under the arch just 24 hours after the NFL match between the Philadelphia Eagles and the Jacksonville Jaguars on Sunday. Playing the game on Monday night was Tottenham’s only option as their new stadium is not ready, with the club today announcing further delays until 2019.NFL games have left the Wembley turf in bad condition in the past, but the Spurs boss is confident the groundstaff can do a good job, though he joked it might benefit his team if they do not.“Maybe it is good for us because we are going to face one of the best teams in Europe and the world in Manchester City and maybe it will help us,” he said. “It wasn’t a plan for us to play in that period at Wembley and now we cannot complain.“Only we need to accept the reality and know that we cannot change that.“We hope that the weather will be good and not kill the pitch and we can play in a very good condition. Wembley will host the NFL on Sunday City boss Pep Guardiola accepts the solution is not ideal but will not hold back any players, including Kevin De Bruyne, who only made his first start after two months out injured in midweek.Speaking at his pre-match press conference, the City boss said: “It’s what it is. I’m pretty sure Tottenham have a good greenkeeper.“I’m pretty sure the Premier League don’t like it, Tottenham too, but hopefully Tottenham can finish the stadium as quickly as possible. It’s not necessary to complain, we have to adapt quickly, try to figure it out. It will not be perfect but we have to adapt and play in that way.” Guardiola will not alter his team selection center_img “I am sure all the people that are involved in the pitch are going to work so hard to get it in a really good condition. That is my wish and I hope it can happen.”The rearranged fixture comes just 48 hours before Spurs have to go to West Ham in the Carabao Cup and is one of five games in 12 days.Pochettino accepts the packed schedule is in part due to their stadium delay and is not making excuses.“That is not the ideal situation to compete, we have a problem, we create the problem and we need to sort the problem,” he added. “We can’t complain, we are a little bit unlucky that the stadium is not finished.“It was not the plan to be at Wembley, different things can happen like the NFL and you cannot change the date and we need to accept that as reality and not complain.” 3 3 3last_img read more