Badgers bounce back, defeat Penn State on Senior Day

first_imgNielsen Tennis Stadium was initially filled with disappointment and later celebration this weekend as the Wisconsin men’s tennis team competed in its final regular season home matches of the year.The Badgers got off to a rough start Friday when they were shut out by the Ohio State Buckeyes, but after the intimidating events of Friday, Sunday’s match began with a celebration.It was Senior Day at Nielsen, and the Badgers honored their sole senior captain, Marek Michalicka. Soon after his achievements were recognized, the Badgers began their battle with the Penn State Nittany Lions.Doubles play was bittersweet for UW, as Russell Bader and Eddie Bourchier of PSU upset Michalicka and Billy Bertha, 8-3. The No. 1 pair was forced to cheer its remaining teammates from the sidelines in hopes that they could pick up the slack to pull off the doubles point win.“We came out and expected to win,” Bertha said. “But they came out with a lot of energy and hopped on us early. We couldn’t come back from that slow start.”Fortunately, the Nos. 2 and 3 doubles pairs of Fredrik Ask and Rod Carey and Ricardo Martin and Alexander Teppert held their own, clinching the doubles point for the Badgers and kicking Sunday off to a good start.The Badgers’ good fortunes continued, as they had just one loss in singles play. No. 3 Petr Satral, who did not play in a doubles match, fell to Bader, 6-2, 6-2.After that, Wisconsin couldn’t be stopped. Ask, Carey and Michalicka sealed the win for the Badgers as they grabbed the remaining points needed for a victory. Bertha and Martin were the last matches to finish up, both ending on tie break points. Martin split sets and then dominated 10-6 in a super tiebreaker to secure the fifth Badger point. Both of Bertha’s sets were close, as he won the first 6-4 and the second went to a tiebreaker, where he defeated Jason Lee 7-3. “The doubles loss added some extra motivation for both me and Marek to go out there and win in singles,” Bertha said.Head coach Greg Van Emburgh was pleased with his team’s ability to bounce back from a tough loss Friday and finish up its last home weekend strong.“We responded really well and the guys fought today even though we were down in a couple singles matches,” Van Emburgh said. “They fought back and made a lot of balls. I think that shows their commitment to their games and what they are trying to achieve this season.”The downward spiral began with all three doubles teams losing. First to fall was the pair of Martin and Satral. The Buckeyes’ aggressive net play and strong serve returns resulted in the first Ohio State win of the day. Martin and Satral lost 8-1, holding serve only once late in the match.No. 1 doubles partners Bertha and Michalicka followed shortly thereafter, and the duo was able to stay in the matchup until 4-5. However, they didn’t win a game after that, losing 8-4 to Peter Kobelt and Matt Allare.The freshman pair of Carey and Ask was able to endure the longest, as their match went to a tiebreak. However, Ohio State gained the doubles point when Balazs Novak and Blaz Rola took down Ask and Carey, 8-7.Singles play ended almost as quickly as it had started for some Badgers. Martin was nearly swept in the No. 4 singles position, as he was defeated, 6-0, 6-1, by Novak. Satral was unable to hold his own in the No. 3 spot against Allare and lost, 6-2, 6-4, giving Ohio State three out of the four points it needed to seal yet another conference win. Bertha tallied the Badger loss that gave the Buckeyes the final point they needed for the win. Bertha had his usual strong service game, but he struggled with his backhand ground strokes and fell, 6-4, 7-6, to Rola.Ohio State’s Chase Buchanan spoiled Michalicka’s spotless Big Ten singles record, defeating him 7-5, 6-1. In the first set, things were going well for the senior, as he jumped out to a 4-1 lead. However, Michalicka let Buchanan back in and eventually won at 5-7. “He got mad, which helped me to break his serve,” Michalicka said. “Then I held 4-1. I was up, I had it right there, I just couldn’t do it.”Michalicka was unable to shake the disappointment of that first set loss and was handily defeated 6-1 in the quick second set.“It’s always like that,” Michalicka said. “You shouldn’t let it bother you. I just wasn’t that good at fighting through it today.”last_img read more

Angels to skip Shohei Ohtani’s next start because of ‘workload management’

first_imgSign up for Home Turf and get 3 exclusive stories every SoCal sports fan must read, sent daily. Subscribe here.Ohtani, who threw a career-high 110 pitches in his last start on Sunday, played catch Wednesday and Thursday, suggesting he is not injured.After the game, he said through his interpreter that his “body feels fine. I’m guessing (skipping a start) is probably because I threw 110 pitches and they are trying to take it easy on me. I will just do what I do, throw my bullpens and get ready for my next start.”Ohtani pitched as much as 160-2/3 innings in Japan, but in 2017 he pitched only 25-1/3 innings, missing much of the season on the mound because of an ankle injury.So far this season, Ohtani has pitched 40-1/3 innings, which is a pace for about 120. He has a 3.35 ERA, and the Angels have won six of his seven starts.Eppler wouldn’t go into the specific things they saw in Ohtani or the factors that led them to believe now was the time to give Ohtani a break. TORONTO — Citing “workload management” for Shohei Ohtani, the Angels announced on Thursday they will not pitch their two-way star Sunday in New York, scratching the much-anticipated matchup against Masahiro Tanaka.The Angels have not said when Ohtani will make his next start. Ohtani will be allowed to continue hitting, which means he could hit against Tanaka on Sunday at Yankee Stadium.General Manager Billy Eppler and Manager Mike Scioscia said there is nothing wrong with Ohtani, but they are trying to be careful with the volume of work for a 23-year-old rookie who is playing a virtually unprecedented role as a two-way player.“I have the utmost respect for what pitchers endure,” Eppler said. “They are the most tired people when the game is over. When you make 90, 95, 100, 105, 110, 115, 120 explosions, that is a lot in my opinion. Then you add on cage work and BP work and games and so on and so forth, there is a lot on this particular individual’s plate. We’re just trying to be mindful of that. We understand where we are in the calendar. Simple as that.” Angels’ Shohei Ohtani spending downtime working in outfield Angels offense breaks out to split doubleheader with Astros “Yesterday we kind of realized we should probably consider this,” Eppler said.Eppler did say the move had nothing to do with wanting to keep Ohtani’s bat in the lineup. The Angels have struggled at the plate for much of the season. Ohtani has been one of the team’s most consistent hitters, and each time he pitches, they lose his bat for three days, including the day before and after his start. Ohtani had two doubles and two walks in Thursday’s game, lifting his average to .319 and his OPS to .991.Ohtani’s chance to hit on Sunday against Tanaka takes some of the sting away from being unable to pitch against him, he said.“I’m not so disappointed because I have a pretty good chance of facing him as a hitter, so either way I’ll get to face him,” Ohtani said. “Down the road, I’ll probably have a chance to face him as a pitcher also, so I just need to think about my next game and not think too far ahead.”Without Ohtani starting this weekend, the Angels will go with Andrew Heaney on Friday and Garrett Richards on Sunday. They have not announced a starter for Saturday, but they could bring Jaime Barría back from Triple-A to pitch that game.ALSOMartin Maldonado is hitting .377 in May, after finishing April with a .156 average. He had his first three-RBI game of the season on Thursday. …Mike Trout stole his 12th base of the season, without being caught. Trout is on pace for 39 stolen bases and hit 49 homers. …Former Angel Wally Joyner was one of the analysts on the Facebook Watch broadcast of Thursday’s game. Joyner said it was his first time doing in-game analysis.UP NEXTAngels (Andrew Heaney, 2-3, 3.35) at Yankees (Luis Severino, 7-1, 2.35), Friday, Fox Sports West, KLAA (830 AM)Related Articles Mike Trout, with bat and glove, helps Angels end losing streak Jose Suarez’s rocky start sinks Angels in loss to Astros Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Clippers, Mavericks brace for the unknown in Game 4 last_img read more

Mason City man arrested after high speed chase on motorcycle in Clear Lake

first_imgCLEAR LAKE — A Mason City man is in jail after leading authorities on a high speed chase in Clear Lake earlier this morning.Shortly before 4:45 AM, officers attempted to make a stop on a motorcycle being driven by 19-year-old Crisstian Jacobs. Jacobs allegedly accelerated at a high rate of speed after turning onto US Highway 18. He continued to elude officers, turning on McIntosh Road before fleeing into Clear Lake.Jacobs was later apprehended and charged with eluding, failure to obey a traffic control device, failure to provide proof of insurance, not having a valid driver’s license, and three charges of speeding — two of those charges being 16-20 miles per hour over the posted speed limit, with the other charge being over 21 miles per hour over the speed limit.Jacobs is being held at last check in the Cerro Gordo County Jail on $2000 bond.last_img read more

Colin Kaepernick’s girlfriend not pregnant, but she is hot (photos)

first_imgWhat is true is that she is blazing hot and has the evidence to prove it — in abundance. Take a look at her hottest photos below: Renner also chimed in with her take on the alleged baby mama drama: Another day, another beautiful woman is linked to San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick. Only this time, rumors raged wildly that the woman in question, Brittany Renner (@BundleOfBrittany), was pregnant with the NFL star’s first child.She had recently posted a picture of the gridiron great on her Instagram. A screenshot then surfaced of her reportedly announcing that she’s expecting a baby by the baller.It didn’t take long for the two of them to shoot down the false reports.last_img read more

Virat Kohli: Double the points for each away victory in Test Championships!

first_imgAdvertisement 7NBA Finals | Brooklyn Vs1sql4Wingsuit rodeo📽Sindre Ebxa9h( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) z60zWould you ever consider trying this?😱zCan your students do this? 🌚nmRoller skating! Powered by Firework The highest governing body of world cricket, ICC, has recently introduced the World Test Championship and according to Indian skipper Virat Kohli, the tournament has added a lot of context to the longest format of the game. He also added that the championship demands a lot from the players and that the only change he would want to make to the existing format is double the points for away wins.Advertisement Concerns are being raised by cricket fans all around the globe over the lack of extra points for away wins, as most of the teams have been able to dominate at home conditions in the recent years. And now, Kohli has joined the debate saying,Advertisement “If you had asked me to make the points table. I would have doubled the points for an away Test win. That is something that I would have definitely liked to see but maybe after the first edition,” he said at the press conference prior to the 2nd Test between India and South Africa in Pune.“The importance of every game has become that much more. In situations like a 3-match series where teams would have played for a draw, teams are now go for a win and get those extra points. I think it’s great for Tests.”Advertisement “The matches are going to more exciting. We have to be absolutely professional in every session. It’s much more demanding on players now… which is a good thing because it will keep the standard of cricket high. These are the only things we have experienced so far when it comes to the changes in Tests after WTC,” Kohli added.India meanwhile, sit on top of the World Test Championships table with 160 points after thrashing West Indies away from home with a 2-0 margin and the 203-run win over South Africa in the 1st Test of the ongoing 3-match series.  Advertisementlast_img read more