Volleyball pulls off weekend sweep, win Inn Towner Invitational

first_imgIn a grand return to the UW Field House, the Wisconsin volleyball team dominated the opposition this weekend as it captured the Inn Towner Invitational title without dropping a set.Junior outside hitter Julie Mikaelsen was crowned MVP of the tournament, recording double-digit kills in all three matches. Twelve of those put-aways came in a 25-15, 26-24, 25-23 sweep of the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Panthers Saturday night to clinch the tournament title.Senior middle blocker Alexis Mitchell also contributed a dozen kills for the Badgers (8-1) against Milwaukee, leading the team with a .435 hitting percentage.Head coach Pete Waite knew the final match against the gritty Panthers would be a dogfight, as Milwaukee has earned the Horizon League championship in eight of the last nine years.“I’m really happy with the win tonight against Milwaukee,” Waite said. “It’s traditionally a very strong team, often conference champions and a very, very scrappy team and well-coached.”The battle with the Panthers came down to a tough Badger defense. Wisconsin kept the Milwaukee hitting percentage to a lowly .113, which had risen significantly from .030 in the opening set.The tournament’s MVP explained that communication is key when facing a persistent squad.“The players in the back row are doing a really good job talking to the blockers,” said Mikaelsen. “We’re working together really well compared to what we had done earlier. We’ve been working a lot with this in practice and it’s showing out in matches.”Earlier in the day, Wisconsin wrapped up its second win of the weekend by sweeping the North Dakota State Bison by a score of 25-22, 25-20, 25-23.In the first set, the Badgers found themselves at a difficult 10-point disadvantage with the score at 6-16. But the deficit quickly shrank as junior libero Annemarie Hickey ripped six consecutive serves to help cut the lead to four. Five kills apiece from senior outside hitter Bailey Reshel and sophomore outside hitter Ellen Chapman in the set gave Wisconsin the 1-0 lead in the match by ending the set on a 19-6 run.The Badgers found themselves down in every set of their match against the Bison, but managed to battle their way back to win in straight sets. Waite has been impressed with his team’s ability to rebound from early deficits.“We’re not getting flustered, and they’re keeping their composure and bit by bit, they’re fighting their way back,” Waite said. “It’s important – sometimes your game isn’t quite there or the other team is just hot or they’re getting some breaks. As long as you hang in there and keep fighting, good things happen.”A ubiquitous force for Wisconsin in the match was sophomore setter Courtney Thomas, who contributed on both the offensive and defensive side of the net with 36 assists, 10 digs and six kills. She achieved a double-double in all three matches this weekend and, along with Hickey, was named to the all-tournament team.Thomas said that the fluidity of ball movement and offensive chemistry were the elements that put the Badgers past the opposition.“Our passing was really good – we were digging a lot of balls this weekend,” Thomas said. “As a setter, if it’s up in the middle of the court, I’m happy. I’m not really too picky about where it’s up. As long as we dig, we’re going to get a kill out of it.”The first match of the weekend came against the Drake Bulldogs Friday night in the highly-anticipated home opener. Wisconsin found itself down by three points in each of the first two sets, but was once again able to win cleanly in straight sets, 25-17, 25-17, 25-19.The Badgers’ attack was again led by Mikaelsen, who finished with 10 kills at a season-high .588 hitting percentage. Chapman added nine kills of her own while contributing a personal best in service aces with three.Although Wisconsin has posted perfect records the past two weekends, Waite believes the team has much to improve on. He hopes to advance the front row’s blocking and expand the playbook on the offensive end to prepare for the nearing conference season.“We need to be closing the blocking and getting our hands across the net,” Waite said. “Offensively we hope to put a few new wrinkles in the offense. … As we get closer to conference people get our tapes and they’ll be reading what we’ve done, so we need to bring some new things in.”last_img read more

Frissora leadership departure sees ‘Caesars in play’

first_img StumbleUpon John Williamson to oversee UK Tote Group’s international growth August 28, 2020 Revenues down 11% but product depth helps GVC through lockdown July 16, 2020 Share Jason Ader – No Boogeyman… Activism will play a vital part in reshaping gambling August 20, 2020 Share Submit Related Articles The confirmed departure of Mark Frissora as President & Chief Executive of Caesars Entertainment has triggered fresh rumours regarding the future of the legacy US casino operator.This morning, the New York Post reported that the governance of MGM Resorts had hired Morgan Stanley and law firm Weil, Gotshal & Manges to act as corporate advisors, examining a potential $20 billion merger.‘Everyone knows that without Frissora, Caesars is in play’ details a source to The Post.An MGM-Caesars merger would certainly please Caesars Entertainment’s long-suffering debt holders who have stuck with the company through its 2-year Chapter 11 bankruptcy restructure (2015-2017).Nevertheless, an MGM-Caesars tie-up would face extreme competition scrutiny from the US Federal Trade Commission, as the merged entity would operate more than half the casino and entertainment properties of Las Vegas and Atlantic City.Furthermore, an MGM merger would have to appease the numerous private equity firms invested in Caesars, with business insiders detailing potential conflicts related to any transaction.Despite its troubled history and a credit to Frissora’s leadership, Caesars remains an attractive proposition with multiple options.With Caesars’ governance seeking to expand the firm’s footprint beyond it’s the Vegas strip, Caesars may well be tempted to partner with US rival Wynn Resorts (current value $18 billion) securing a significant Asian market presence.Further rumours see Asian giant Genting Malaysia eyeing Caesars as its US market platform, or Caesars continuing to act alone but targeting strategic investments in Canada and Japan, whilst further diversifying its business ‘beyond gambling’ as an entertainment property.last_img read more

Coyotes captain Oliver Ekman-Larsson bitten by dog, hospitalized

first_imgJust wanted to let everyone know that I’m fine. This happened earlier in the summer, and sadly we had to put our dog down. I got four stitches that are healing up nicely. Thanks @sportexpressen for giving me something to do today. https://t.co/JQY5HxJGb0— Oliver Ekman-Larsson (@OEL23) July 31, 2019Ekman-Larsson said because he has family friends who have small children and younger cousins, he would never forgive himself if the German Shepherd bit one of them.Last summer, he signed an eight-year extension with Arizona that earns him an average of $8.25 million per year.He scored 14 goals with 30 assists in 81 games last season. The upcoming 2019-20 season will mark Ekman-Larsson’s 10th year with the Coyotes organization. Chris Kunitz announces retirement, will join Blackhawks’ staff Oliver Ekman-Larsson’s offseason isn’t going exactly as planned.While home in his native Sweden, the Coyotes captain was bitten on the hand by a family dog and needed stitches, according to Swedish news outlet Kvälls Posten. He went to the hospital, where he received a tetanus shot and antibiotics, as well. Alex Meruelo purchase of Coyotes finalized, making him NHL’s first Latino majority owner The incident happened in May shortly after the end of the World Championship.Per the Swedish publication, Ekman-Larsson put the German Shepherd down after he was bitten and was quoted saying similar incidents had happened with the dog in the past and he had to be put down. Related News Wild oust GM Paul Fenton after disappointing 2018-19 season Ekman-Larsson took to Twitter to confirm the story, adding that he needed four stitches and he is healing.last_img read more

Female Volleyball Players of B&H Against Austria Tonight

first_imgFemale Volleyball Players of B&H representation continue qualifications for the European Prevention 2015 in Belgium and Netherlands.After the tournament of the second round of qualifications in Vienna, another tournament will be held in Romania, which will last from today until 1 June. In addition to B&H, representations of Romania, Austria and Slovakia will participate as well.B&H female volleyball players will play the first match of this tournament today at 16:00 against Austria. A day later they will play against Romania (18:30) and against Slovakia, on Sunday (16:00).The winner of the group after this tournament will qualify for the European Championship and the second placed team will participate in the third round of qualifications.Representation of B&H ended its first tournament in Austria without a victory and it remains only two more chances for placement.Romania with 9 points is the best representation of the tournament in Vienna, followed by Slovakia with 6 points and Austria with 2 points. B&H got one point.(Source: Fena)last_img read more

Bowl season betting guide: Odds, lines, picks for Saturday’s college football games

first_imgCelebration BowlNorth Carolina A&T -2.5 vs. Alcorn State, O/U 51.5Florida A&M would have been the MEAC representative in this game if not for a postseason ban levied by the NCAA in the summer. Instead of seeing the Rattlers in the Celebration Bowl for the first time, we will see the North Carolina A&T Aggies making their fourth trip in five years, and they will be facing the Alcorn State Braves for the third time in that span.North Carolina A&T has had its way with the SWAC champion in the Celebration Bowl, winning all three of its previous appearances here. However, the Aggies are the weakest they have been in some time. They no longer have extremely gifted athletes like Lamar Raynard or Tarik Cohen, and the offensive line is not as strong without Brandon Parker holding down left tackle. The third time should be the charm for Alcorn State provided Felix Harper doesn’t turn the ball over, making the Braves a nice moneyline play.New Mexico BowlSan Diego State -3.5 vs. Central Michigan, O/U 40.5Buyer beware … this game is going to be tough to watch. The New Mexico Bowl has the lowest total of any game during bowl season, as San Diego State pairs the 127th ranked offense in the nation with the 11th best defense by SP+. Central Michigan is ranked outside the top 70 in both phases of the game by SP+, but there’s a good reason to like the Chippewas here.Aztecs’ head coach Rocky Long is 4-9 all-time in bowl games during his coaching career. Many of those losses weren’t against great teams, and San Diego State is 3-5 ATS under Long in bowl games.MORE: Picking all 40 bowl games in 2019-20Cure BowlGeorgia Southern -4 vs. Liberty, O/U 58.5Hugh Freeze has taken Liberty to a bowl game for the first time in school history, but the Flames played the softest schedule in the country to get to Orlando. Only their win against Buffalo looks good, as their other six victories came against two FCS schools, UMass, New Mexico, and New Mexico State (twice).The conventional wisdom is that triple option teams underachieve in bowl season considering opponents have time to prepare for the scheme, but that hasn’t played out. Since 2007, the true triple option teams (Army, Air Force, Navy, Georgia Southern, and Paul Johnson’s Georgia Tech) are 28-18 ATS.Boca Raton BowlSMU -3.5 vs. Florida Atlantic, O/U 68.5The Owls have the benefit of playing a home game on Saturday, but it’s hard to know how motivated Florida Atlantic will be for this game. Teams that are playing under an interim coach have a mixed track record in bowl season, and FAU played in the weakest conference in the FBS this season.We should see plenty of points since SMU is involved though. Sonny Dykes has built the Mustangs in his image, and the average SMU game has seen almost 75 points scored in 2019. Lane Kiffin may have left Boca Raton, but plenty of offensive minds remain and this game is the most likely shootout on the board.Camellia BowlArkansas State -2.5 vs. Florida International, O/U 60.5We have yet to see a blowout in the Camellia Bowl. The largest margin of victory in the history of this bowl was five points, and the five bowl games played thus far have a total MOV of 17 points. Accordingly, the college football betting line for this game is under a field goal, and this is the biggest toss-up on the board for Saturday.Las Vegas BowlWashington -3 vs. Boise State, O/U 49Chris Petersen will call it a career in Sin City on Saturday with a fitting final game. He will be facing the program he helped put on the map in Boise State, and there are sure to be emotions displayed on the sidelines and in the stands. This Saturday is the busiest day remaining for college football. The Division II Championship Game between West Florida and Minnesota State and the FCS Semifinals will be broadcast on the ESPN family of networks, but the games most people are jonesing for are the seven bowl games scheduled to take place throughout the day. This is one of the last days to lean back in your recliner and let the college football wash over you all day, so here’s a primer for those games.MORE: Get the latest NCAA odds & betting advice at Sports Insider The Huskies will be short-handed though with tight end Hunter Bryant declaring early for the NFL Draft and star left tackle Trey Adams sitting out his final collegiate game. Adams has kept Jacob Eason relatively untouched in the pocket, while Bryant has been his favorite receiver throughout 2019, leading to questions surrounding Washington’s offense.New Orleans BowlAppalachian State -17 vs. UAB, O/U 47.5When the opening bowl game betting odds were released two weeks ago, Appalachian State was the biggest favorite on the board. UAB looked lost in the Conference USA Championship Game against Florida Atlantic, and the Blazers sputtered over the second half of the season.Although Eli Drinkwitz left Appalachian State after one season to take the job at Missouri, the Mountaineers are still heavy favorites in this game. They have an elite defense that made App State one of the best Group of Five teams in the country, and Zac Thomas is a very good dual threat quarterback. App State has continually showed up in bowl games, winning four straight bowl games coming into the New Orleans Bowl, and their last two victories were by a combined 66 points.last_img read more