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first_imgThe company Air Pannonia, a phenomenal business and tourist story from Osijek, has strengthened its fleet with the new Cessna Citation 525A-CJ2 aircraft.AIR PANNONIA is a family business started by an airline with a tradition of 23 years, focused on the transport of business users and medical transport of patients, and actively participates in the development of health tourism and tourism in general in Slavonia.It is an aircraft that is one of the most comfortable aircraft in this class, in addition to safety and reliability, it has a higher capacity and speed when traveling to distant destinations and will help us in even better positioning in the European and world market.By expanding its services and penetrating the market, Air Pannonia has become a desirable company for cooperation with many people in the business, showbiz and sports world, and therefore the need has been created to buy a new aircraft, says Zrinka Vlašić Kujundžija from Air Panonia and adds “Consequently, the need to create new jobs is logical, so in addition to the existing capacities of the hangar, service, two aircraft, our air headquarters in Osijek, we hired three new pilots and established a sales center in Osijek.”Also, Air Panonia are one of the initiators and founders of the Health Tourism Cluster Pannonian Health in Osijek, which was established at the beginning of the year. Thus, at a time when Slavonia is mentioned mostly in the context of emigration, the company Air Panonia is another proof that Slavonia can succeed.In the meantime, there is no need to worry about it. ”RELATED NEWS:last_img read more

first_imgLIQVIS, a unit of the German utility Uniper, is set to commission a permanent public filling station with liquefied natural gas (LNG) in Freienbrink.The plant is one of the first permanent LNG filling stations in Germany and was built at a strategic traffic junction near Berlin, LIQVIS said in a statement.As soon as the filling station is opened for commercial operation, two LNG vehicles can refuel liquid natural gas in parallel. Depending on the tank size, a single refueling process only takes between four and eight minutes and can be sufficient for a distance of up to 1,600 km, the company said.With the plant near Berlin, LIQVIS is realizing the first filling station site within the framework of the EU’s Connecting Europe Facility (CEF) for Transport program. The company has received support in the amount of up to 9.6 million euros ($11.4 million) from the EU.Further filling stations are planned at central locations such as Hamburg, Hanover, Kassel, Munich, Kamen, Ulm and Cologne. Also in France and Belgium, three new filling stations each in the Metz, Calais, Vitrolles and Liege, Antwerp, Brussels areas will contribute to the supply of LNG for trucks.Silvano Calcagno, Managing Director of LIQVIS, said, “due, in particular, to unattractive political and economic conditions, the market in Germany has hardly developed so far.”He added that by building up a demand-oriented LNG filling station network in Germany and select neighboring countries, the company aims to further promote the expansion of LNG in commercial transport.last_img read more

first_img Loading… read also:Man Utd face competition from Inter Milan after initiating Tolisso talks The initial request of €4m plus bonuses has not been met, as Alfredo Pedulla claims Inter have agreed to pay an inferior amount to get the Switzerland Under-19 international. Males came through the academy at Luzern ahead of this season and has played 22 games in total, scoring twice and contributing four assists. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Inter have reportedly won the chase for FC Luzern forward Darian Males, beating Valencia and Atalanta at the finish line. Now at Inter Milan, Conte signed Moses on loan in January, much to the wing-back’s delight SportItalia claims the Nerazzurri are close to signing the youngster, who has played 16 times in the Swiss Super League this campaign. The 19-year-old center-forward can also operate on both sides of the attack and had according to the report been targeted by Atalanta as the long-term successor to Josip Ilicic.Advertisementlast_img read more

first_img He went on: “Estidkhaar ran no race whatsoever and he never travelled. Kool Kompany will come back in trip for the Jersey as I don’t think he quite saw out a strongly run mile. “Moheet had a bit of an issue at the gates and he lost about five lengths which he could never make up, while we also had some trouble in running. He could well go to Ireland now as he didn’t run a bad race.” Frankie Dettori was handed a three-day ban, which will run from May 17, after being found guilty of careless riding aboard Moheet. Andre Fabre is keen to have a rematch after his Godolphin-owned star Territories put up a fine performance to finish second. The master French handler was quick to admit his charge was beaten by a better horse on the day, but he was undeterred by the result, even though Gleneagles won with some authority by two and a quarter lengths. Press Association “He was not unlucky – he had a fair race. He has to come from off the pace, but the winner had some distance between us and we could not get that back,” said Fabre. “We were beaten by a better horse. It is the hardest thing to admit that you are beaten by a better horse, but today we do admit it. “One of his targets is the St James’s Palace Stakes. We will think about it. He will probably be better in a smaller field and going round a bend. Coming from behind off a bend will be easier for him. I expect we will meet again.” Richard Hannon was delighted with the performance of third-placed Ivawood, feeling he saw out the trip. The Marlborough handler was quick to point out potential targets for the son of Zebedee, along with his three other runners Moheet, Estidhkaar and Kool Kompany. He said: “He ran a super race and he got a mile, so it is conversation over as far as that is concerned. “He will probably go for the Irish 2,000 Guineas now, then the St James’s Palace Stakes. The winner won very well and we’ve got no excuses. “They still raced in two groups and looked as if they were always in front this side, and we probably finished first of those on the far side. We’re very pleased, he ran a super race.” Several of the horses behind Gleneagles in the Qipco 2000 Guineas at Newmarket could be sent to either the Curragh or Royal Ascot for another go at the Ballydoyle colt.last_img read more

first_img For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. New Delhi: If Sri Lanka has nightmares on their current tour of New Zealand, then it will be because of Tom Latham. The left-handed opener had created history by becoming only the second New Zealand player after Glenn Turner in history to carry the bat through the innings in Wellington. His score of 264 was the highest by an individual batsman while carrying his bat through the innings. In Christchurch, latham slammed his second century of the series as his magnificent 176, combined with Henry Nicholls’ 162* helped New Zealand reach 585/4 declared to set Sri Lanka an improbable target of 660 with two days to spare. Latham’s knock has shattered plenty of records in this two-Test series.Latham’s magnificent knock took his series aggregate to 450 runs in three innings, which is the 11th most by any player in a two-Test series. Sri Lanka’s Sanath Jayasuriya leads the tally with 571 runs in two Tests during the 1997 series. In that series, he scored 340 and 199 in two Tests at the Premadasa stadium and the Sinhalese Sports Club. Latham’s tally is the second-most by a New Zealand player in a two-Test series behind Brendon McCullum’s 535 during the series against India in 2014. In that series, McCullum blasted 224 in Auckland and had created history when he became the first New Zealand player to score a triple century with his 302 in Wellington.Read More | Bumrah takes career-best figures to decimate Australia in MCG TestLatham, though, became only the second opener in history to hit 450 runs or more in a two-Test series, the first being Jayasuriya. The left-hander became the first New Zealand opener to hit 600 runs in a calendar year three times while he also hit a score of 150+ on three different occasions, which is also the first for a New Zealand opener.Read More | Watch – Kohli tries to run four, Pujara barely manages threeLatham’s magnificent form has ensured New Zealand cannot lose the match in Christchurch. With Sri Lanka stumbling at 24/2, New Zealand need another eight wickets to win a fourth consecutive series but Sri Lanka will be hoping that they can produce a similar fightback like they did in Wellington when Angelo Mathews and Kusal Mendis slammed fifties to secure an unlikely draw. last_img read more

first_img— Aaron Judge hasn’t given up on being ready for the Yankees’ opener at Baltimore on March 26, but still doesn’t know the cause of soreness in his right pectoral muscle and shoulder. The star right fielder has undergone more than half a dozen tests, and more are scheduled. Judge stopped workouts about a week before spring training after experiencing soreness while swinging. Then he felt soreness on Feb. 28 while hitting in an indoor cage for the second consecutive day.— The Cubs have scratched pitcher Yu Darvish and second baseman Jason Kipnis because of illness. In a series of tweets in Japanese, Darvish said he had a cough yesterday and expressed reluctance about entering the clubhouse amid the coronavirus outbreak. He posted that he didn’t have a fever or the flu. Theo Epstein, the president of baseball operations for the Cubs, said he didn’t have “full information right now,” but said it was his understanding Darvish had a daily illness and should be fine by tomorrow.— Jerry Koosman’s No. 36 is being retired by the Mets, more than four decades after he threw his final pitch for the team. Koosman will be honored before the June 13 game against Washington. Koosman was runner-up for the 1968 NL Rookie of the Year and won 21 games for the 1976 Mets. His five-hitter beat Baltimore in the 1969 World Series for the Mets’ first title.NFL-49ERS-SIGNINGSNiners pick up options on Juszczyk, Williams — No. 25 Michigan blew out Nebraska, 82-58 as Jon Teske scored 12 points and Zavier Simpson added 11 in their home finale. Isaiah Livers had 18 points and 10 rebounds for the Wolverines.COLLEGE ATHLETICS-KANSAS-NCAAKansas denies NCAA accusationsLAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — The University of Kansas has forcefully objected to charges that its storied men’s basketball and its football programs had committed significant violations tied primarily to recruiting.The school let its objections be known in nearly 300 pages of documents it issued as a formal response to the NCAA’s notice of allegations Thursday night. Associated Press UNDATED (AP) — The NFL Players Association has sent ballots to members for voting on the proposed collective bargaining agreementThe NFLPA announced that votes would be accepted through March 12 at one minute before midnight. The more than 2,000 members will have a window of about 7 1/2 days to examine the 439-page document and cast a yes or no vote. Ratification requires a simple majority based on the number of returned ballots.The union says every player who was a dues-paying member during the 2019 season was sent a ballot. Votes will be confidential and received by an independent auditor.PGA-PALMER INVITATIONALEvery leads Palmer by 1 over McIlroy RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The Carolina Hurricanes have announced that defenseman Brett Pesce (PEH’-shee) had surgery on his right shoulder with a recovery time estimated at 4-6 months.The 25-year-old Pesce had four goals and 18 points in 61 games this season. He was hurt in the second period of the Hurricanes’ win at Toronto on Feb. 22.MLB-NEWSSale has a flexor strain, leading Bosox to get McHughUNDATED (AP) — Boston Red Sox ace Chris Sale has a flexor strain near his left elbow and will not be scheduled for Tommy John surgery — for now. — The 76ers’ nine-game road losing streak is over after Tobias Harris provided 28 point and 14 rebounds to lead them to a 125-108 win at Sacramento. Shake Milton scored 20 points and Al Horford added 18 points to help Philadelphia win without injured All-Stars Joel Embiid (joh-EHL’ ehm-BEED’) and Ben Simmons.NBA-CELTICS-SMARTSmart fined for abusing officialsNEW YORK (AP) — The NBA has hit Boston Celtics guard Marcus Smart with a $35,000 fine for confronting and verbally abusing the game officials at the end of Tuesday’s 129-120 overtime loss to the Nets.The league said the punishment reflected his history of misconduct on the court. The Celtics blew a 17-point lead in the fourth quarter of that game and were outscored, 11-2 in overtime.T25 MEN’S BASKETBALL-SCHEDULEAztecs reach MWC semisUNDATED (AP) — Fifth-ranked San Diego State has reached the Mountain West Conference semifinals by surviving a tough test from Air Force.Jordan Schakel scored 14 of his 17 points in the second half as the Aztecs rallied for a 73-60 win over the Falcons. Air Force led 44-39 until Schakel hit back-to-back 3s to give San Diego State its first lead since early in the first half. The long-range buckets ignited a 21-3 run that sent the Aztecs to their 13th consecutive victory. Yanni Wetzell and Malachi Flynn had 16 points each as San Diego State improved to 29-1 overall this season.In other top-25 finals:— Payton Pritchard furnished 20 points and 13th-ranked Oregon used an early scoring outburst to coast past California, 90-56. Anthony Matthis added 17 points on 5 for 6 shooting from 3-point range to help the Ducks move back into a first-place tie with UCLA in the Pac-12 with one game remaining.— No. 19 Ohio State prevented Illinois from moving into a four-way tie for the Big Ten lead by downing the 23rd-rated Illini, 71-63. Kaleb Wesson furnished 19 points in the Buckeyes’ fourth straight win, while teammate E.J. Liddell tied a career high with 17 points and had 11 rebounds.— Christian Vital had 26 points and James Bouknight had 17 as UConn notched its fourth straight win, 77-71 against No. 21 Houston. The 30-year-old left-hander felt discomfort in his pitching elbow Monday, a day after throwing his first batting practice of spring training. He had an MRI that was reviewed by team physicians and elbow specialists.Sale’s ulnar collateral ligament was treated with a platelet-rich plasma injection last Aug. 19 and did not sustain additional damage.With Sale’s season in doubt, the Red Sox and right-hander Collin McHugh have worked out a one-year contract worth a guaranteed $600,000, a deal that allows him to earn up to $4.25 million. The 32-year-old McHugh was 4-5 with a 4.70 ERA in 35 appearances for the Astros last season, working primarily out of the bullpen. He was a 19-game winner in 2015, but he’s won just 15 games over the last three seasons.In other MLB news:— The White Sox have agreed to a five-year, $70 million contract with Yoán Moncada, a deal that includes a $25 million club option for 2025 that would make the agreement worth $90 million for six seasons. The White Sox acquired the 24-year-old Moncada in the December 2016 trade that sent Chris Sale to the Red Sox. The third baseman broke out last season by setting career highs with a .315 batting average, 25 homers and 79 RBIs. Abuse allegations, calls for state inquiry build in MichiganYPSILANTI, Mich. (AP) — More men have come forward with allegations of sexual abuse by a late doctor at the University of Michigan in lawsuits and personal statements.The new allegations include three former athletes who filed lawsuits against the school alleging that Dr. Robert Anderson sexually assaulted them while the men were members of the football and hockey teams in the 1980s. At a separate news conference, two men said Anderson sexually assaulted them during medical exams. Update on the latest sportscenter_img Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditNBA-SCHEDULENuggets, Clippers winUNDATED (AP) — Stephen Curry returned to action Thursday against the Toronto Raptors, but the Golden State Warriors couldn’t win a matchup of last year’s NBA Finals. Kansas claims several facts involving Bill Self’s basketball program are in dispute, including charges that Kansas lacked institutional control and its Hall of Fame coach and his assistant, Kurtis Townsend, had committed a series of high-level violations.The NCAA issued last September its original notice of allegations which included five violations for men’s basketball and two lesser ones for football. The basketball violations are all Level 1, the most severe.NHL-SCHEDULEFlyers grab share of 1st when Caps lose in OTUNDATED (AP) — The Philadelphia Flyers have moved into a first-place tie with Washington in the NHL’s Metropolitan Division, with the Pittsburgh Penguins climbing within three points of the lead. — Craig Anderson turned back 37 shots as the Senators handed the Islanders their fifth consecutive loss, 4-3. Anthony Duclair’s 23rd goal of the season broke a 2-2 deadlock late in the second period.— Zach Parise (pah-REE’-say) and Ryan Suter (SOO’-tur) each had a goal and assist in the Wild’s sixth consecutive road win, 3-2 against the Sharks. Minnesota moved ahead of Vancouver for the second wild card in the West.— Filip Forsberg and Matt Duchene (doo-SHAYN’) each scored power-play goals as the Predators blanked the Stars, 2-0 to end a three-game losing streak. Juuse Saros (YOO’-see SAH’-rohs) made 32 saves for his third shutout this season and the 10th of his career.NHL-HURRICANES-PESCEPesce has surgery The Caps lost their division lead when Mika Zibanejad (MEE’-kuh zioh-BAN’-eh-jad) scored his career-high fifth goal of the night, beating Ilya Samsonov (sam-DOH’-nahv) at 33 seconds of overtime to send the Rangers past Washington, 6-5. Zibanejad is the first Ranger to score five times in a game since Mark Pavelich in February 1983.Artemi Panarin (ahr-TEH’-mee pah-NAH’-rihn) had three assists for the Blueshirts, who are just a point behind the Islanders for the second Eastern Conference wild-card.The Capitals lost for the ninth time in 13 games despite Alex Ovechkin’s (oh-VEHCH’-kihnz) two goals.The Flyers picked up their eighth straight win as Carter Hart turned back 28 shots in a 4-1 decision over the Hurricanes. Ivan Provorov (PROH’-vah-rahv), Michael Raffl (RA’-ful), Nicolas Aube-Kubel (oh-BAY’ koo-BEHL’) and Sean Couturier (koo-TOOR’-ee-ay) scored for the Flyers, who are 24-5-4 at home.Patric Hornqvist scored twice and the Penguins inched closer to the Metropolitan lead with a 4-2 win at Buffalo. Sidney Crosby and Marcus Pettersson also scored as Pittsburgh won its second straight since a six-game slide. SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) — The San Francisco 49ers exercised contract options Thursday to keep fullback Kyle Juszczyk (YOO’-chehk) and slot cornerback K’Waun Williams on the team for the 2020 season.Juszczyk is a valuable part of San Francisco’s offense as a blocker and receiver out of the backfield. He will earn more than $5 million in the final season of a four-year contract he signed in 2017.Williams will be paid more than $2 million next season as a key part of the defense that helped the Niners reach the Super Bowl this year.NFL-CBACBA ballots set to players Curry finished with 23 points, seven rebounds and seven assists in 27 minutes as the Warriors fell to the Raptors, 121-113. The two-time NBA MVP missed Golden State’s previous 58 games after breaking his left hand Oct. 30 versus Phoenix.Norman Powell poured in 37 points for the Raptors, who expanded their lead in the Atlantic Division to 1 ½ games over Boston. Kyle Lowry chipped in 26 points, 10 assists and five rebounds for Toronto.Checking out Thursday’s other NBA action:— Jamal Murray capped his 18-point performance by draining a running, off-balance 13-footer from the baseline with 5.1 seconds left to give the Nuggets a 114-112 win over the Hornets. Nikola Jokic (nee-KOH’-lah YOH’-kihch) added 14 points, 11 rebounds and eight assists for Denver, which trailed by eight in the fourth quarter before winning for the fourth time in eight games. The outcome keeps the Nuggets one game behind the Clippers for the second seed in the NBA’s Western Conference.— Los Angeles won its sixth in a row as Kawhi (kah-WY’) Leonard delivered 25 points in a 120-105 romp over the Rockets. Montrezl (MAHN’-trehz) Harrell added 19 points and 10 rebounds off the bench for the Clippers, who built a 67-44 halftime lead while the Rockets made just 2 of 22 3-point attempts. Russell Westbrook led the Rockets with 29 points and 15 rebounds, but James Harden added just 16 while shooting 4-for-17, including 0-for-8 from 3-point range. Elsewhere on NHL ice:— The Bruins continue to pace the Atlantic Division by nine points over the Lightning after Torey Krug (kroog) scored 4:08 into overtime to send Boston past the Panthers, 2-1. Jaroslav Halak (YAH’-roh-slahv hah-LAHK’) stopped 32 shots in the Bruins’ fourth straight win.— Tampa Bay won for just the second time in seven games as Andrei Vasilevskiy (va-sih-LEHV’-skee) posted his 21st career shutout by stopping 32 shots in a 4-0 win over the Canadiens. Victor Hedman scored twice and Nikita Kucherov (KOO’-cheh-rahv) added a goal and an assist for the Lightning.— Alex DeBrincat’s (deh-BRIHN’-kats) second goal of the game gave the Blackhawks a 4-1 lead late in the second period of a 4-3 victory against Edmonton. Leon Draisaitl (DRY’-sy-tul) had two more assists to run his league-leading point total to 110, but the Oilers failed to pull into a first-place tie with Vegas in the Pacific Division.— Adrian Kempe’s (KEHM’-pehz) shootout goal gave the Kings a 1-0 win over the Maple Leafs. Jonathan Quick stopped 36 shots in his first shutout of the season and 52nd of his career. ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Matt Every owns the first-round lead at the Arnold Palmer Invitational, one shot ahead of world No. 1 Rory McIlroy.The 309th-ranked Every played in the tough afternoon wind while firing a 7-under 65. Not only was it Every’s lowest round at Bay Hill, it was 20 shots better than his last round six days ago in the Honda Classic.McIlroy’s 66 came during morning play. He hasn’t finished out of the top 10 in any tournament since September.Talor Gooch and Scottie Scheffler share third at minus-5.UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN-DOCTOR March 6, 2020last_img read more

first_imgMAINSTAY Gold Stars came up golden when they defeated Charity Extreme 2-1 in the final of the Essequibo/Pomeroon Football Association (EPFA) knockout tournament and in doing so, have earned the right to represent the EPFA in the Guyana Football Federation (GFF) Super16 Cup 2019 which kicks off next weekend.Playing at the New Opportunity Corps ground on the Essequibo Coast, Mainstay drew first blood when Xavier Fernandez blasted the back of the net in the 10th minute. It was a lead that the lads from Mainstay held on to until the second half when Charity Extreme fired back to level things up.Stanley Holder was on target in the 49th minute for Charity. His goal injected new life into the match as both teams were now sensing that they had an equal chance of not only winning the match but going on to represent Essequibo in the GFF year-end tournament which promises lots of excitement.That slot would, however, be filled by the Mainstay Gold Stars side and they owe their victory to a well-crafted goal off the boot of Christopher Belfield who rocked the net in the 69th minute.Mainstay Gold Stars will now be stepping up their preparation game in order to be ready for their first test in the GFF Super16 Cup later this month.last_img read more

first_img* Rivers United through to Round of 32Duro IkhazuagbeThe usual drama associated with FA Cups around the world continued yesterday as 2018 Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) champions, Lobi Stars of Makurdi, was sent out of the Round of 64 stage of the AITEO Federation Cup.Lobi is to represent Nigeria in next season’s CAF Champions League after being declared winners of the 2018 NPFL season with over a dozen matches left to be played. Amateur clubside, Standard FC stopped Lobi from dreaming of a double this season when after a 1-1 result in regulation time, the Kaduna team triumphed 3-2 on penalty shootout.Interestingly, it was Standard that took the lead in the first half before the NPFL champions rallied to even score in the second stanza.The drama of topflight teams crashing did not stop with Lobi. Lagos church team, MFM FC, also exited the competition in shootout.Second-tier Bet9ja Nigeria National League team, Sokoto United defeated Coach Fidelis Ilechukwu and his NPFL campaigners 4-3 in the ensuing penalty kicks after regulation time ended goalless.However, it was not all bad news for NPFL teams as River United who struggled to escape drop to the lower league in the 2017 season crushed a hapless Gusau XI 6-0 to progress to the Round of 32 at the Lafia City Stadium in Nasarawa State capital.Bernard Ovoke was in fine form scoring four times as Rivers United totally annihilated Gusau Eleven.Frederick Obomate and Malachy Ohawume contributed the other two goals for the Rivers State own team.In another game whose second half was concluded yesterday morning, Kwara United defeated Ogun All Stars FC 3-1 to progress to the Round of 32 also.Earlier on Sunday, Shooting Stars Sports Club of Ibadan, Heartland Football Club of Owerri and Bendel Insurance FC of Benin City all crashed out of the competition.Shooting lost to Supreme Court while the Naze Millionaires were caged by Confine FC. Insurance lost to Remo Stars Feeder team.However, Cup holders Akwa United moved into next round of the competition with a comprehensive 7-0 drubbing of amateur club, Hope of Glory in their round of 64 tie.In Port Harcourt, Akwa United showed their form as they completely outclassed Hope of Glory with Aniekeme Asuquo grabbing a hat-trick while the duo of Victor Mbaoma and Ezekiel Bassey scored a brace apiece.Shooting Stars lost 5-4 on penalties to fellow Bet9ja Nigeria National League side, Supreme Court in Benin. The game ended in a 0-0 draw after 90 minutes.Nationwide League one side, Cofine FC created one of the biggest upsets of the round by edging out Heartland 4-2 on penalties after the game finished 1-1 at regulation time.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

first_imgAfter Saturday’s neck-and-neck 1–0 loss for the No. 1 Badgers, Sunday’s edition of the Border Battle rivalry proved to be a different narrative. Wisconsin (9-1-0, 3-1-0-0 WCHA) earned a convincing 4–1 victory over the No. 3 Minnesota Golden Gophers (7-2-1, 5-2-1-0 WCHA) to cap off a hard-fought weekend series at LaBahn Arena.Despite being outshot for the first time this season (31-29), Wisconsin was able to capitalize off its chances in the second and third periods to pull away from its Border Battle rival. It would not have been possible if not for Wisconsin goalie Kristen Campbell’s brave performance. Campbell recorded 30 saves, 18 of which came in the third period.“That was the most shots I’ve faced in my career here,” Campbell said of the third period barrage from Minnesota.On offense, though, the Badgers were able to flip the script from Saturday’s showing. Freshman Sophie Shirley, sophomore Natalie Buchbinder, freshman Britta Curl and senior Annie Pankowski all scored for the Badgers. Senior defense Maddie Rolfes recorded a career-high three assists and a +3 plus/minus rating, helping the Badgers earn their ninth victory of the season.Football: Wisconsin shredded 31-17 by NorthwesternInjuries rendered the Wisconsin roster nearly unrecognizable Saturday versus Northwestern, and the Wildcats pounced on the oportunity to shred an Read…Shirley, last week’s WCHA Rookie of the Week, continued the impressive opening stretch to her Badger career, finding the net at the 15:43 mark in the first period for the game’s opening goal for her sixth score of the season. Minnesota answered quickly, controlling the tempo and possession for much of the period. Gopher freshman Emily Oden added a goal at the 2:25 mark, leaving the two sides tied 1–1 to close the first.The second period belonged to Wisconsin, who outshot Minnesota 14-5 in the frame. In what was a prolonged display of offense, however, the Badgers could only tally one goal: A top-shelf beauty off the stick of sophomore Natalie Buchbinder, who earned her second-career game-winning goal in the process.Defending a 2–1 advantage heading into the third period, Campbell came out knowing what to expect from the No. 3 ranked team in the country.“I think we all knew that they were going to come out hard,” Campbell said. “Obviously, they were down a goal, they were hungry, so just being ready for that and knowing that we’ve been in this position before where we’ve had a one-goal lead. I just had to be ready for anything and having to kill a couple penalties, too, everyone had to have each other’s backs out there. It was great to get the win.”Campbell’s ability and the Wisconsin back-line to sustain the Gopher attack in the third proved to be the difference in the game. The Badgers were able to add a third goal off the stick of Britta Curl with 5:16 to go, followed by an empty-net goal from Pankowski to close the contest.Women’s hockey: No. 3 University of Minnesota serves Badgers their first loss of seasonThe No. 1 ranked Badgers (8-1-0, 4-1-0 WCHA) faced off against the No. 3 Minnesota Golden Gophers (8-1-1, 5-1-1 WCHA) Read…Head coach Mark Johnson credited the team for how they responded to their first loss of the season.“The coaching staff was interested in how they would respond after our first loss. I think we came out and played a real strong game,” Johnson said. “Every game presents its teaching moments and certainly in the third period. The effort was good, the crowd was good and we got to give the players a lot of credit for responding in a real positive way.”For Campbell, though, it was all about her teammates.“I think we just keep each other calm, especially when we’re up a goal and killing penalties,” Campbell said. “It’s all about communication as a team.”Up next for the Badgers: A trip to Mankato, Minnesota for a weekend against Minnesota State. Puck drops Friday at 6 p.m.last_img read more

first_imgWith 1:27 left in the Rose Bowl and his team needing a touchdown to even the score, Sam Darnold had a decision to make.USC, marching downfield quickly, had a first down at Penn State’s 27-yard line. Taking the snap out of the shotgun, the redshirt freshman quarterback surveyed the field. He surely must have seen junior wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster wide open in the left flat for an easy 10-yard pick-up. That would have been the safe, conventional play: A first down catch to temporarily stop the clock and set up in the red zone with plenty of time remaining to tie the game.Out over the middle in the end zone was another option. Sophomore wide receiver Deontay Burnett had run a post route through the teeth of the Penn State secondary, but he was well covered; linebacker Cam Brown was playing Burnett shallow and safety Marcus Allen was back deep. Any pass would have to be pinpoint accurate, or else it would be a sure interception and a comeback-that-wasn’t.Very few quarterbacks in the country at any level would have taken that throw over the conventional, no-risk first-down conversion.But if we’ve learned anything about Darnold, it’s that he’s hardly conventional, and that a high-risk, high-reward play is essentially his bread and butter.It didn’t take long for offensive coordinator Tee Martin to realize he had something special in Darnold.The redshirt freshman’s first career start was a 31-27 loss at Utah, but he had played well. Darnold completed 18 of 26 passes for 253 yards and had his team in position for a win until a last-second touchdown gave the victory to Utah.Listening in on his headphones upstairs, Martin saw a certain bravado in the way Darnold conducted himself both on the bench and on the field.“For me, listening upstairs from what he was saying on the sideline, he has this macho leadership about him, a sense of confidence,” Martin said. “I think the guys feed off that. I thought he did a good job of managing the offense and making plays, too. There were some decisions out there that he made that was next-level type stuff.”The following week, Darnold earned his first career win in a breakout performance at home against Arizona State. By halftime, he had 212 yards passing. He finished with 352w yards in the air for three touchdowns as the offense dropped 41 points on the Sun Devils.His teammates started coming around to him, welcoming a revamped offense after the early-season struggles under then-starting quarterback Max Browne. Darnold’s dual-threat ability had become apparent.“It was exciting to see a guy like [Darnold],” junior cornerback Adoree’ Jackson said. “He can run the ball, throw the ball and run while he’s throwing.”By now, head coach Clay Helton also probably knew the talent he had unleashed in Darnold. But the following week against Colorado, USC barely scraped by with a 21-17 win after the quarterback was responsible for three of the team’s four turnovers, fumbling twice and throwing his first career interception. Still, Darnold threw for 358 yards, his most of the season. And USC had just beaten the Pac-12 South leader.So Helton didn’t make turnovers too much of a concern. He knew a quarterback as aggressive as Darnold would commit errors. He didn’t want Darnold becoming a robot. After the game, Helton reinforced that message to his quarterback, telling him to “drive it like you stole it.”“You play the game with no fear and he does,” Helton said. “He does some things that people can’t do, so you let him do it.”Lo and behold, Darnold came back strong the following week against Arizona and proved his coach right. Under the scorching Tucson sun, Darnold torched the Wildcats for five touchdown passes, throwing, scrambling and running circles all over the defense. Up big in the fourth, Helton pulled Darnold and the starters and put in the second unit. He expected the first-year starter — fresh off the best performance of his young career — to come off the field and give him a smile. Instead, he got a promise.“Coach, there’s more out there,” Darnold said to Helton.Specifically, Darnold was upset at a few deep balls that didn’t connect with receivers.“You saw the long balls in the first half,” Darnold said. “Guys were open and I missed them.”“He’s a perfectionist,” Helton added. “He’d be a great coach one day. He’s one of those guys that expects perfection and demands it of himself — as well as his teammates — and that’s important.”Darnold answered his own call by dropping another five-touchdown performance the next week against Cal, and then led USC’s 45-20 rout over Oregon on Nov. 5.That set up a date on the road with then-No. 4 Washington, an unbeaten team looking to ruin Darnold’s darling season. But the redshirt freshman stood his ground, out-dueling Heisman Trophy contender Jake Browning and silencing the raucous Husky Stadium crowd.Both of his touchdown passes were vintage Darnold plays — tough throws to the back of the end zone and absolute lasers that were right on the money — but the one to redshirt freshman tight end Daniel Imatorbhebhe to give USC a two-score lead in the fourth quarter would be a harbinger of things to come. On third-and-goal, Darnold rifled a pass over multiple defenders right into the outstretched arms of Imatorbhebhe, who hauled it in.It was such a risky throw that redshirt junior defensive back Chris Hawkins thought it would be intercepted.“It was one of the most beautiful passes I’ve ever seen,” he told Darnold on the sideline.If he hadn’t by then, Imatorbhebhe definitely had gained complete faith in his quarterback.“I don’t question Sam anymore,” he said. “I know he’s going to put it right where I can catch it, so it’s my job to catch it. He can make pretty much every throw on the field.”The upset over Washington was the ultimate confirmation: This kid out of San Clemente was the real deal, and in a span of weeks, had gone from backup redshirt freshman to the quarterback of the future. But just for good measure, Darnold led the Trojans to blowouts over rivals UCLA and Notre Dame to end the season on an eight-game win streak.And before USC’s postseason game, Martin had one more prophetic quote on Darnold.“He’s going to push the defense and see how much he can get,” Martin said after the UCLA game. “He’s like a kid playing around the stove until he gets burned, but he’s going to pull his hand up. He’s like the kid who’s going to put his hand as close as he can again the next time.”If it wasn’t apparent already, it’s clear that Darnold wouldn’t just settle for a simple little dump-off to the flat. Not if he can help it. And definitely not in the fourth quarter of a one-score game in the Rose Bowl.No, Darnold didn’t care that he had plenty of time on the clock. Didn’t care that it was first down and not fourth down. Didn’t care that he was ignoring his best receiver for a wide-open reception and instead throwing to a well-covered sophomore who replaced the injured redshirt junior Steven Mitchell Jr. in the starting lineup earlier in the season.Of course, he was going for it all. And of course, the throw was perfect, right over the outstretched arm of Brown. By the time Allen entered the picture, Burnett already had the ball and a foot in the end zone.“How does he make this throw with that coverage?” marveled Kirk Herbstreit on the ESPN telecast.Burnett credited his chemistry with Darnold.“Me and Sam are always having talks,” he said. “I see what I see and what he sees around the field.”Ultimately, though, the decision rested with Darnold to look off his top receiver and go for the deep ball. He said Burnett was supposed to “keep a straight line” on the play instead of run a post route.“But just the player that he is, he made a play, and I saw him,” Darnold said. “So I’m happy I threw it to him and not the shallow (receiver).”With that, the game was tied, and the rest is history.If the Washington upset was the moment Darnold became a legitimate quarterback, the Rose Bowl was the game that propelled him to Heisman Trophy frontrunner next season. He broke Vince Young’s bowl record for total yards (473), along with the record for touchdown passes (5). He threw for 453 yards, eclipsing former USC quarterback Mark Sanchez’s mark of 400 yards in the 2009 Rose Bowl. He finished the season with multiple touchdown passes in nine straight games; the last USC quarterback to do that was Matt Leinart. And he’s just 19 years old.If Sam Darnold followed the script, he probably would have set none of those marks. If he didn’t consistently go for the home run over the safety valve, USC might not have even been in the Rose Bowl. If he didn’t have that quiet confidence, that calm demeanor, that sense to stay poised and deliver clutch throws on the biggest stage, then we’re definitely not talking “USC” and “national championship” in the same breath next season.Quite frankly, USC let Darnold be Darnold this season, and it was probably the best decision that could’ve been made.“Certain animals are born certain animals, and you can’t change it,” Martin said.In an ESPN interview after the game, Darnold was asked how he inspired a sense of belief in his teammates.“I think just staying poised. I’m never going to change for anyone,” he said. “That’s just who I am.”last_img read more