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Road trip: Badgers prepare for Alaska

first_imgAfter a stressful month of play, the Wisconsin men’s hockey team will travel over 3,000 miles in hopes of recapturing their championship glory from last season. Saturday, the Badgers were officially swept by Boston College in a rematch of last year’s Frozen Four title game, and this weekend, they will resume conference play when they travel to Anchorage, Ala. Despite the Badgers daunting trek, UW head coach Mike Eaves believes a road trip is just what his team needs. “I’m looking forward to [the trip]. It’s exactly what we need right now; we need to get out of town,” Eaves said in his weekly press conference. “It’s early in the season, and it’s basically a five day trip for us; and we get to be on the road and get to know each other. … It’s going to be a great opportunity for us to become closer as a team.”The Badgers were outscored 7-1 this weekend due in large part to the Eagles’ edge in experience. B.C. returned 16 players from last year’s title bout, while UW returned nine, losing major contributors to graduation and the NHL. Their rookie replacements, most notably Jamie McBain, Mike Davies and John Mitchell, all seemed to be overwhelmed by the magnitude of a championship rematch.”The whole coaching staff, we were disappointed in the way we played; we wondered what happened with this young group … I think our kids were too tight Friday night, they wanted to play so well and they were outside their ideal performance state and they were too tight and didn’t play the way they were capable of,” Eaves said. “On Saturday we saw them play the way they were capable of, and because of their youth, when we go into another big weekend, we can be more sensitive to that fact and get them to loosen up a little bit.”The talented freshman class has shown flashes of greatness this season, but Eaves knows it is a long process before they reach their full potential.”We’re a younger group, and we have to get these younger guys up to speed with the older guys and upperclassmen as quick as we can,” Eaves said. “Last year, we were an all upperclassman team for the first time, and as coaches, we could sit back and let the team do the work. This year, we have to work with our captains and everybody else to bring them up to speed as quickly as we can.”Despite the disappointing result, Eaves has found a number of bright spots in the Badgers’ forgetful weekend. Eaves attributes much of Boston College’s success to stellar goaltending from Cory Schneider while crediting his team for bouncing back in the series finale. “I watched the [Boston College game Sunday], and by our count, we out-chanced them and we played pretty well,” Eaves said. “We talked Saturday night about how [Boston College] scored on their scoring chances and on our chances (Cory) Schneider was pretty good and he made some terrific saves.”Regardless of the Badgers’ disappointing .500 record, Eaves maintains that the team’s spirits are high, dismissing the idea that a championship repeat is unattainable. Eaves sees the upcoming road trip as a chance for Wisconsin to build on past performances as well as afford them the opportunity to discover who they are as a team.”This is a growth process, and there are a lot of good things we can take away from this weekend even though we lost,” Eaves said. “It’s early in the season, and now we kind of find out where we’re at as a group … can we regroup ourselves here with a direction and an attitude that will help us in the upcoming weekend.” Injury ReportUW forward Jack Skille is continuing to participate in skating drills, and Eaves is hopeful the sophomore standout will be able to increase mobility in his injured elbow. “He is going to have a stick in his hand this week and hopefully get to the point where he can do some skill drills with us, but the contact is a little bit away,” Eaves said.last_img read more

Change of heart: Goalkeeper Anghel rekindled her love for soccer to become standout at SU

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on October 24, 2012 at 2:56 am Contact Josh: jmhyber@syr.edu She loved the sport. She loved being active, and she especially loved diving in the mud. But for reasons unknown to this day, 6-year-old Brittany Anghel walked to the middle of the soccer field one day, crossed her arms and made a definite declaration: “I’m not playing this sport anymore.”Her mother asked the reason for the sudden change of heart, but Brittany simply said she didn’t want to play.“I said, ‘I just paid for you to play the whole season,’” Karen Anghel recalled. “She said, ‘Well get your money back because I’m not going to play.’ I realized there was nothing I could do. The whole object is for her to have fun and exercise, and I realized she wasn’t going to have any fun. So she didn’t play.”How times have changed.Anghel has rediscovered her love of soccer and “couldn’t be happier” as the goalkeeper for Syracuse. While she’s had her ups and downs, Anghel, now a junior, has become a celebrated keeper at SU. She ranks second on the school’s all-time list with 18 shutouts and her 21 wins are tied for third all-time.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textAnghel returned to soccer at 11, playing recreationally in East Meadow, N.Y., for coach Pete Galantino. Galantino saw her potential and invited her to play as a guest on his travel team. She made the team full time the next year.“In August they had a neighborhood clinic at the local park and on the last night they had goalkeeper training. And they taught the girls how to dive,” Karen Anghel recalled. “She loved it. I mean she was like diving all the way to the car, diving on the concrete. She was like, ‘Oh, this is so much fun.’”Even in her first travel game she shined. The tournament she played in had a strange rule that goalkeepers couldn’t take more than six steps in the goal box, and Anghel didn’t know this. She was continuously penalized and her opponent took penalty kick after penalty kick.“Somehow the ball would get through the wall and every time she’d come out with the ball on the other side,” Anghel’s mother said. “It was amazing. And this kept on happening because she kept on taking more than six steps.”Anghel’s success continued with stints on various travel and school teams, including the renowned Albertson Fury.“Over the years she always came up with saves that were just mind boggling,” Fury coach Phil Casella said. “She’s just perfected the position as well as anyone could have done at her age on Long Island or in New York.”Although she took over the starting position at SU early in her freshmen season, her success didn’t come easily. She struggled with the team’s fitness standards.“I got pretty down on myself,” she said. “After that, after I dug myself out of that little rut, I stopped complaining and being negative and became this really positive person. Every day I kind of just tell myself to be happy and just seize the moment.”About three years ago, Anghel began keeping a journal. She chronicles everything in life, soccer and not. She tries to do it three times a week, and says it’s a great way to clear her mind. She goes into games “lighthearted” and relaxed, and it’s a big reason for her success.“When I came back to school (for sophomore year), I came from a spring where I was struggling, wasn’t fit, wasn’t ready for the standard,” Anghel said. “I came back after the summer I was killing all the fitness tests. The coaches were so proud of me.”SU head coach Phil Wheddon said one thing that’s impressed him about Anghel is her never-ending drive to get better, specifically with fitness. Anghel ranks in the top eight on the team in fitness and Wheddon said she’s set a standard for field players as well.Wheddon, who was also a goalkeeper and has experience as an assistant coach with the men’s and women’s national teams, has mentored Anghel. Wheddon works with her for an hour each practice and the two occasionally meet to watch film.“He strives for perfection, and that’s what I want. I want to be perfect,” Anghel said. “He’s the best of the best, he really is. He’s trained Hope Solo, Tim Howard, been to the highest levels, World Cups. He’s seen the world. And to have him coaching me, teaching me how to play the game, that’s pretty special.”Wheddon rewarded Anghel for her play when he invited her to the U.S. national camp in May.“He’s so cheesy,” Anghel said. “He was like, ‘Do you have sunscreen?’ I’m like, ‘What, what are you talking about, Phil?’ And he’s like, ‘Well, you just got invited to L.A. to train with the (U-23) national team.’ And I was like, ‘Whoa.’”Wheddon said a roster spot opened up and he naturally recommended Anghel. Wheddon said she performed so well in camp that if there were an international game to be played at that point, she would have been the starting keeper.Wheddon said he sees the competitive drive in Anghel that Solo and U.S. goaltending great Briana Scurry have, and that will help her as she improves.Anghel has five shutouts this year and is a big reason for the team’s nine wins. As the team preps for the postseason, Anghel is ready to take another step in her career.“Although it was hard at the beginning, it was all worth it,” she said. “I’ve learned valuable things here that I wouldn’t have learned anywhere else. I really think these girls have an opportunity to do something not only this year, but in years coming. I really think that Syracuse is going to be a powerhouse.”SU’s turnaround strongly correlates with Anghel’s arrival. She’s a main character in a narrative that could have a fairytale ending this season. A story Anghel would surely make room for in her journal. Commentslast_img read more

Lakers’ sluggish start results in 114-96 loss to Timberwolves

first_img 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 PackersAdd to that the fact they were coming off a double-overtime loss in Houston the night before, and the fatigued Lakers were not in the best place to begin with. Tyler Ennis played 45 minutes in Houston, Brandon Ingram played 44 and Kyle Kuzma played 43.Julius Randle scored 15 points and Ingram had 14 for the Lakers, who fell behind 16-0 to start the game. Kuzma, the team’s leading scorer at 17.9 points per game, played just 18 minutes and scored all six of his points in the third quarter.“I’ve been banged up the past four games. It’s a reoccurrence,” he said. “It’s my thigh … been getting hit same part every game.”After scoring a franchise-best first 17 points Sunday against the Pacers, Minnesota nearly broke the record.Wiggins scored nine of their first 16 points this time, adding an alley-oop feed for a dunk by Butler and grabbing a couple rebounds during the run. The Lakers, who had eight of their 24 turnovers in the opening 12 minutes, got within 30-18 by quarter’s end. All of the Lakers’ first-quarter points came from the bench after the starters were pulled 3:36 into the game.“The turnovers are the most frustrating part,” Coach Luke Walton said. “I can’t blame just turnovers on them going up 16-0 and us not playing with energy, and us not putting pressure on the defense even though that was the whole message going into the game.”With their early lead whittled to as little as five points early in the third quarter, the Timberwolves went on a 13-0 run late in the quarter to seemingly put away the Lakers.Towns started it with a dunk and jumper, and Wiggins added a pair of jumpers. A 3-pointer by Tyus Jones gave Minnesota a 91-72 lead with 1:11 to play.The Lakers got within nine early in the fourth before Butler scored the next six Minnesota points to help push the lead to 103-88.TIP-INSLakers: They wore their light blue throwback uniforms with MPLS on front. … Ball (left shoulder sprain) missed his fifth straight game. … Caldwell-Pope likely missed his last road game due to a legal travel restriction stemming from a March 2017 incident. The Lakers are not away from Staples Center until Jan. 13. … The Lakers open a five-game homestand on Wednesday against Russell Westbrook, Paul George and the Oklahoma City Thunder.Timberwolves: Butler has at least 20 points in eight straight games. … Center Gorgui Dieng had 17 points off the bench. … Towns had four fouls (three offensive). … Minnesota is 11-1 at Target Center against Western Conference foes; 2-5 vs. Eastern Conference teams.center_img PreviousLos Angeles Lakers’ Vander Blue, left, tries to work around Minnesota Timberwolves’ Jamal Crawford in the second half of an NBA basketball game Monday, Jan. 1, 2018, in Minneapolis. The Timberwolves won 114-96. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)Minnesota Timberwolves’ Jimmy Butler, left, drives around Los Angeles Lakers’ Josh Hart in the first half of an NBA basketball game Monday, Jan. 1, 2018, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)Los Angeles Lakers’ Corey Brewer, right, shoots over Minnesota Timberwolves’ Jimmy Butler in the first half of an NBA basketball game Monday, Jan. 1, 2018, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Jim Mone) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsMinnesota Timberwolves’ Jimmy Butler, right, shoots as Los Angeles Lakers’ Jordan Clarkson, left, and Corey Brewer look on in the first half of an NBA basketball game Monday, Jan. 1, 2018, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)Minnesota Timberwolves’ Tyus Jones, left, gives chase as Los Angeles Lakers’ Alex Caruso drives in the first half of an NBA basketball game Monday, Jan. 1, 2018, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)Minnesota Timberwolves’ Karl-Anthony Towns defends against Los Angeles Lakers’ Brandon Ingram, right, in the first half of an NBA basketball game Monday, Jan. 1, 2018, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)Minnesota Timberwolves’ Karl-Anthony Towns, left, attempts a layup as he is fouled by Los Angeles Lakers’ Larry Nance Jr. defends in the first half of an NBA basketball game Monday, Jan. 1, 2018, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)Minnesota Timberwolves’ Karl-Anthony Towns goes up for a shot against the Los Angeles Lakers in the first half of an NBA basketball game Monday, Jan. 1, 2018, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)Minnesota Timberwolves’ Taj Gibson,right, tries unsuccessfully to block a shot by Los Angeles Lakers’ Kyle Kuzma in the first half of an NBA basketball game Monday, Jan. 1, 2018, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)Minnesota Timberwolves’ Jimmy Butler, right, tries to reach the ball as Los Angeles Lakers’ Brandon Ingram drives in the first half of an NBA basketball game Monday, Jan. 1, 2018, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)The Timberwolves’ Andrew Wiggins, right, shoots as the Lakers’ Josh Hart defends during the first half of Monday’s game in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)Minnesota Timberwolves’ Jimmy Butler, right, gets off a pass as Los Angeles Lakers’ Jordan Clarkson defends in the second half of an NBA basketball game Monday, Jan. 1, 2018, in Minneapolis.The Timberwolves won 114-96. Butler led the Timberwolves with 28 points while Clarkson led the Lakers with 20. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)Los Angeles Lakers’ Larry Nance Jr. plays against the Minnesota Timberwolves in the second half of an NBA basketball game Monday, Jan. 1, 2018, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)Minnesota Timberwolves’ Tyus Jones plays against the Los Angeles Lakers in the second half of an NBA basketball game Monday, Jan. 1, 2018, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)Los Angeles Lakers’ Kyle Kuzma plays against the Minnesota Timberwolves in the second half of an NBA basketball game Monday, Jan. 1, 2018, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)Los Angeles Lakers head coach Luke Walton watches his players in the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Minnesota Timberwolves, Monday, Jan. 1, 2018, in Minneapolis. The Timberwolves won 114-96. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)Los Angeles Lakers’ Vander Blue plays against the Minnesota Timberwolves in the second half of an NBA basketball game Monday, Jan. 1, 2018, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)Minnesota Timberwolves’ Jimmy Butler plays against the Los Angeles Lakers in the second half of an NBA basketball game Monday, Jan. 1, 2018, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)Los Angeles Lakers’ Josh Hart dunks against the Minnesota Timberwolves in the second half of an NBA basketball game Monday, Jan. 1, 2018, in Minneapolis.The Timberwolves won 114-96. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)Los Angeles Lakers’ Jordan Clarkson, left, lays up as Minnesota Timberwolves’ Karl-Anthony Towns defends in the second half of an NBA basketball game Monday, Jan. 1, 2018, in Minneapolis. The Timberwolves won 114-96. Clarkson led the Lakers with 20 points. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)Minnesota Timberwolves’ Andrew Wiggins plays against the Los Angeles Lakers in the second half of an NBA basketball game Monday, Jan. 1, 2018, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)Minnesota Timberwolves’ Jimmy Butler, right, shoots over Los Angeles Lakers’ Julius Randle in the second half of an NBA basketball game Monday, Jan. 1, 2018, in Minneapolis.The Timberwolves won 114-96. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)Minnesota Timberwolves head coach Tom Thibodeau shouts instructions to his players in the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Los Angeles Lakers Monday, Jan. 1, 2018, in Minneapolis.The Timberwolves won 114-96. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)Los Angeles Lakers’ Vander Blue, left, tries to work around Minnesota Timberwolves’ Jamal Crawford in the second half of an NBA basketball game Monday, Jan. 1, 2018, in Minneapolis. The Timberwolves won 114-96. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)Minnesota Timberwolves’ Jimmy Butler, left, drives around Los Angeles Lakers’ Josh Hart in the first half of an NBA basketball game Monday, Jan. 1, 2018, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)NextShow Caption1 of 23Minnesota Timberwolves’ Jimmy Butler, left, drives around Los Angeles Lakers’ Josh Hart in the first half of an NBA basketball game Monday, Jan. 1, 2018, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)ExpandMINNEAPOLIS — A game that didn’t set up well for the Lakers on paper quickly got out of hand, and they never could recover from another early deficit.Jimmy Butler scored 28 points and the streaking Minnesota Timberwolves started fast and held off the struggling Lakers 114-96 on Monday night.Karl-Anthony Towns recorded his 30th double-double of the season with 16 points and 13 rebounds to help Minnesota win for the seventh time in eight games and 10th time in 13.Jordan Clarkson scored 20 points off the bench for the Lakers, who have lost seven in a row and 10 of 11. The Lakers were once again missing three starters: center Brook Lopez (ankle), and guards Kentavious Caldwell-Pope (legal) and Lonzo Ball (shoulder).last_img read more