first_imgIt has been a tough month for the University of Wisconsin women’s tennis team.During the last three weeks, the team has had to deal with the challenge of playing four consecutive matches while dealing with injuries to key players senior Caitlin Burke and junior Nicole Beck.It has been especially trying on head coach Patti Henderson. “[This past month] has been the first time for me where my team has literally only been able to field six players,” Henderson said.Because of their injuries, both Burke and Beck have been playing more doubles matches until they are healthy enough to resume the more grueling singles competition. While this move does temporarily create issues with matching up other players for doubles spots, it has made the Badgers very strong at the No. 2 doubles spot, as shown by their hard-fought win over Notre Dame’s Katie Potts and Kelcy Tefft last Thursday.The then-No. 3 Irish squad ended up winning the match, but Henderson saw the final score as a poor indicator of how the team played considering the circumstances.”After a stretch like we had, playing four away matches and then finishing it up with a match against one of the best teams in the country, [Burke and Beck’s win] was really important for not only their individual confidence, but for the team’s confidence as a whole,” Henderson said.Luckily for the Badgers (3-11 overall, 0-5 Big Ten), the road that lies ahead of them is much less treacherous than the stretch they have already covered. In fact, aside from a regular season finale at Michigan State, Wisconsin will play the rest of its games at home.First one on that list: Purdue. The Boilermakers have had quite the season, as they are currently undefeated in conference play on a seven-match winning streak.Henderson believes the good week of practice the squad has had will bode well for the team in Saturday’s match.”Purdue has managed to find their confidence this season as evidenced by their record, but I feel that our players will be very well prepared for them,” she said. “Everyone has done a great job at staying positive, and a couple of our players have really elevated their game in that time.”But Purdue isn’t the only conference foe Wisconsin will have to face this weekend.Sunday, the Badgers will face a struggling Illinois squad, which, like Wisconsin, is still searching for its first Big Ten win.Henderson said the team will be able to use the lessons learned from playing such a tough schedule to their advantage against the Illini, who are currently 4-9 on the season and 0-2 in the Big Ten.”It will be important for us to capitalize on the strength of our schedule and the quality of the opponents we have played if we want to have success,” Henderson said. “When a player learns how to win the little battles in a match, winning the whole thing becomes much easier.”With the chance to grab two conference wins at home in one weekend, Wisconsin hopes to capitalize on the chance to start the last leg of the season on a high note.As Henderson said, “A big conference win would really bring credence to what we have been working on all along this season and would certainly create a lot of positive energy to feed off of.”last_img read more

first_imgManager Martin O’Neill has called up Aberdeen forward Adam Rooney and Brentford’s Alan Judge while Colorado Rapids Kevin Doyle is also included.The game against England is a friendly but the match against the Scots is a must win Euro qualifier.last_img

first_imgMario Tama/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — Chief Justice John Roberts of the U.S. Supreme Court delivered a rare public rebuke of a sitting member of Congress on Wednesday, accusing Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer of making “dangerous” threats against two justices by name.Schumer, speaking at a rally earlier Wednesday outside the court, which was hearing a case on abortion, called out the two justices appointed by President Donald Trump — Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh — saying, “you have released the whirlwind, and you will pay the price. You will not know what hit you if you go forward with these awful decisions.”The comments were delivered before a raucous crowd of several hundred abortion rights activists who had assembled at the steps of the high court as the justices heard oral arguments over a Louisiana law requiring abortion providers to have hospital admitting privileges within 30 miles of their clinic.The case marks the first time Gorsuch and Kavanaugh will weigh in on the issue of abortion since being confirmed.“We know what’s at stake. Over the last three years, women’s reproductive rights have come under attack in a way we haven’t seen in modern history,” Schumer shouted as the crowd roared. “We will tell President Trump and Senate Republicans who have stacked the court with right-wing ideologues that you’re going to be gone in November, and you will never be able to do what you’re trying to do now ever, ever again.”Several hours later, after Schumer’s comments ricochetted across social media, Roberts issued a statement through a court spokeswoman.“Justices know that criticism comes with the territory, but threatening statements of this sort from the highest levels of government are not only inappropriate, they are dangerous,” Roberts said in the statement. “All Members of the Court will continue to do their job, without fear or favor, from whatever quarter.”Roberts has said he feels an obligation to defend members of the federal judiciary who typically cannot defend themselves from intense public criticism in order to remain impartial; but he has also deliberately sought to avoid the spotlight and public statements that might politicize the court.In 2018, Roberts issued an extraordinary direct response to Trump’s criticism of federal judges, but did not mention the president by name.Roberts did not respond last month when Trump, for the first time in the White House, directly attacked Justices Sonia Sotomayor and Ruth Bader Ginsburg, accusing them of bias.Schumer spokesman Justin Goodman said the Democratic leader’s comments were “a reference to the political price Senate Republicans will pay for putting these justices on the court, and a warning that the justices will unleash a major grassroots movement on the issue of reproductive rights against the decision.”He accused conservatives of “deliberate misinterpretation” of Schumer’s remarks.“To me this sounds like he’s talking about a physical price, violence,” said Sen. John Barrasso, R-Wyo., in an emotional statement from the Senate floor. “These are members of the Supreme Court — he the minority leader of the United States. … I believe these statements are outrageous. They’re uncalled for. They’re out of bounds. And on their face, they appear to invite violence against members of the Supreme Court.”Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

first_imgRay Rice, right, and his wife at a press conference in suburban Baltimore to explain what happened without going into detail. The public now has access to the very graphic video showing the details Rice desperately tried to skirt around.A few NFL players spoke up loudly and publicly soon after the video showing Ray Rice actually throwing a devastating close-fist punch that knocked his then-fiance Jonay Palmer unconscious in a New Jersey casino elevator.That man should be thrown out of the NFL and thrown in jail” exclaimed Broncos defensive tackle Terrance Knighton tweeted a few moments ago. “Shame on those deciding his punishment. Smh.”Knighton continued, calling his fellow players to action.Longtime linebacker Scott Fujita, a former vice president of the NFLPA’s executive committee, shared Knighton’s sentiments about what he’d do to Rice.“I’m glad no one this morning seems to care about yesterday’s games,” he wrote. “This piece of s*** needs to be out of the league. Period.”The Ravens are also wiping the egg off their faces because they played a big part in protecting Rice’s honor, to the extent of live-tweeting his wife’s apology for getting knocked unconscious. But it’s good to know that members of Rice’s own fraternity of players are willing to say what the rest of the world is thinking.Here are Knighton’s thoughts in full:last_img read more