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first_imgGREG DIXON/Herald photoAfter breezing through its non-conference schedule, the UW men’s soccer team starts its Big Ten season against one of the conference’s best teams in Indiana. The game, scheduled for 2 p.m. Sunday, is the first big test for Wisconsin.Indiana, currently ranked 14th nationally in the NSCAA/Adidas poll, will also be playing in its first Big Ten game. Although Indiana will be one of Wisconsin’s main threats for the conference title, Wisconsin has extra motivation to beat the Hoosiers. Since 1995, the Hoosiers have not lost to the Badgers. In fact, before last year’s 0-0 tie, Indiana had actually beaten Wisconsin 14 consecutive times.Although this year’s team has never tasted any success against Indiana, the defeats have only made the Badgers more motivated.“I love playing against Indiana; they’re a very competitive team,” senior forward Victor Diaz said. “You learn from that, and it’s a great feeling to play against a team that is going to be there and going to be competitive.”Early in the season, Wisconsin appeared to be in top form, going undefeated in the first five games of the season, including a shutout of Santa Clara. Although Sunday’s 1-0 loss to Binghamton broke the unbeaten streak, the team still appears to be heading in a positive direction.“I think we’ve been doing pretty well,” Diaz said. “This is the best start we’ve had so far since I’ve been here, so it’s a good sign to head into the Big Ten.”The loss to the Bearcats in the UW-Milwaukee Panther Classic temporarily dropped Wisconsin out of the national polls from its 21st ranking. Despite not getting the national attention Indiana has this season, the Badgers feel they are up to par with the Hoosiers.“Rankings don’t really mean anything to me because it’s just a number,” senior defenseman Andy Miller said. “Any team can be beaten that day.”Miller’s approach is especially fitting in light of Indiana’s early season loss. Despite being ranked third in the national polls after their first game, the Hoosiers suffered a humiliating 4-0 loss to an unranked Dartmouth team.“We just treat this like any other match,” Diaz said. “We know Indiana is a very good team, but I think we have a chance to beat them.”To beat the Hoosiers on the road, Wisconsin is going to have to play even better than it did during its successful early season stretch. Indiana’s Chay Cain has recorded three shutouts in the first six games of the season en route to giving the Hoosiers the second best goals against average in the Big Ten. The key to the match, according to head coach Jeff Rohrman, is to be aggressive.“I think there’s some things we can do that can give them some problems in terms of our ability to get forward transition,” Rohrman said. “Indiana’s a team that likes to play in the midfield so we have to present that as a challenge and try to win things through our good defending and then be good in transition as far as getting out of that.”Although the Badgers have been unable to defeat the Hoosiers recently, last year’s 0-0 tie only serves as a reminder that the teams are starting to even up.“I thought last year we played them well here,” Rohrman said. “I thought that game could have gone well either way.”In addition to being a rivalry game, the match will also serve as a strong indicator of how these teams will do in Big Ten play.With the teams more evenly matched this year, the difference maker could very well come in a single play.“It’s going to come down to one or two moments in the game when we just have to be prepared to take advantage of our opportunities,” Rohrman said. Whenever that moment may come, expect the Badgers to be prepared to take advantage of it.“We know we got to come out real hard,” Miller said. “Nobody’s going to be not ready to play.”last_img read more

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first_imgAfter losing two of three games to Arizona last weekend, the USC baseball team has now lost three consecutive series and four of its last five series overall.But unlike those other series losses, they didn’t get swept thsi time around.Slump city · Senior catcher Kevin Roundtree hit a homerun against Arizona on Sunday. But it was not enough to help the Trojans win. – Corey Marquetti | Summer TrojanHaving not won a game in the month of May, the Trojans (23-27, 8-19) entered a three-game home stand against No. 14 Arizona on an eight-game losing skid: three against Washington, three against No. 5 Oregon, and singular midweek losses at No. 20 Cal State Fullerton and at Washington State.That eight-game slide extended to nine with an 11-1 throttling at the hands of the Wildcats Friday night at Dedeaux Field.But on Saturday the Trojans hit their stride with an 8-4 victory over the Wildcats (36-16, 18-9).Making his second-to-last start as a Trojan and his last at Dedeaux Field, senior Andrew Triggs made it count. The four-year fixture in the Trojans’ rotation went seven strong innings, allowing just three runs on nine hits.But down 3-2 in the sixth inning, the Trojans were in danger of squandering yet another quality outing from their pitching ace as they have done numerous times this season.The Trojans were being no-hit into the sixth, but responded with seven knocks in the sixth, including five in a row at one point to vault to an 8-3 lead.Arizona did get one back in the ninth, but it was no matter as the Trojans coasted to an 8-4 win.After regaining some momentum Saturday, the Trojans hoped to steal the series from the Wildcats on Sunday’s senior day.Eleven seniors were honored in what was the Trojans last conference home game of the season.USC took an early 1-0 lead on senior catcher Kevin Roundtree’s leadoff homer in the bottom of the first inning.But Roundtree allowed the Wildcats to tie the game on a passed ball in the top of the second, the first of the Trojan errors on the day.After giving up back-to-back singles to lead off the second, freshman pitcher Stephen Tarpley committed a throwing error — the second Trojan error of the day — on a sacrifice bunt attempt to load the bases with no outs.Following a  strikeout, Tarpley walked in the go-ahead run and gave up a two-RBI single to give the Wildcats a commanding 4-1 lead.Freshman second baseman Andres Rodriguez proceeded to boot a grounder to give another score to the Wildcats. He had not committed any errors up to that point this season.Tarpley rebounded, going six strong innings with just two earned runs (but five in total).For the first time in nine games, the Trojans outhit their opponent (9-8 on Sunday), but could not parlay those baserunners into runs, with Roundtree’s homer serving as the lone run in a 6-1 defeat at the hands of Arizona.The Trojans play their final home game of the season tonight at 6 p.m. when they host UC Riverside at Dedeaux Field, and they wrap up their season with three games against crosstown-rival No. 3 UCLA in Westwood over the weekend.last_img read more

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first_img Related Stories 2016 NCAA Tournament: Dayton beat writer breaks down what Syracuse fans should watch forSyracuse basketball opponent preview: What to know about No. 7 seed DaytonFormer SU Provost Eric Spina: ‘I have a new love and that’s Dayton’2016 NCAA Tournament: Beat writers hand out superlatives2016 NCAA Tournament: Beat writers fill out their own brackets Facebook Twitter Google+ Comments Published on March 16, 2016 at 2:52 pm Contact Chris: cjlibona@syr.edu | @ChrisLibonaticenter_img Do you remember the last time Syracuse played an NCAA Tournament game in St. Louis?I sure hope not. Syracuse has never played an NCAA Tournament game in St. Louis.Do you remember the last time Syracuse was named a No. 10 seed in the NCAA Tournament?Second verse, same as the first. SU’s never been a No. 10 seed or a double-digit seeded team, for that matter. There’s a first time for everything.Do you remember the last time Syracuse played in the Midwest region?Syracuse last played in the Midwest region back in 2001. The fifth-seeded Orange beat 12th seeded Hawaii, 79-69, but were drubbed in the Round of 32 by fourth-seeded Kansas. Check out all of SU’s results from when it has played in the Midwest since the NCAA Tournament expanded to 64 teams in 1985:2001 (San Antonio, Texas)First Round — No. 5 SU beats No. 12 Hawaii, 79-69Second Round — No. 4 Kansas beats No. 5 SU, 87-582000 (Auburn Hills, Michigan)First Round — No. 4 SU beats No. 13 Samford, 79-65Second Round — No. 4 SU beats No. 5 Kentucky, 52-50Sweet 16 — No. 1 Michigan State beats No. 4 SU, 75-581995 (Kansas City, Missouri)First Round — No. 7 SU beats No. 10 Southern Illinois, 96-92Second Round — No. 2 Arkansas beats No. 7 SU, 96-941989 (Minneapolis, Minnesota)First Round — No. 2 SU beats No. 15 Bucknell, 104-81Second Round — No. 2 SU beats No. 10 Colorado State, 65-50Sweet 16 — No. 2 SU beats No. 3 Missouri, 83-80Elite 8 — No. 1 Illinois beats No. 2 SU, 89-86Do you remember the last time Jim Boeheim and Tom Izzo were placed in the same region?That would be 2005, also the same year T.J. Sorrentine went Steph Curry on the Orange and splashed a 3 “from the parking lot,” in the words of Gus Johnson, to sink the dagger in Syracuse’s NCAA Tournament appearance. Boeheim and Izzo never got a chance to face off and Michigan State rolled all the way to the Final Four, where the Spartans lost to North Carolina.Do you remember the last time Syracuse was placed in the same bracket with a No. 1 seed from its conference?You’d have to go back to 1985, the first time the tournament expanded to 64 teams. Syracuse was the No. 7 seed in the East bracket while Georgetown was tabbed as the No. 1 seed. The Orange beat future Big East foe DePaul in the first round of that tournament, but No. 2 seed Georgia Tech beat SU, 70-53. With Syracuse (19-13, 9-9 Atlantic Coast) set to face Dayton (25-7, 14-4 Atlantic 10) on Friday at 12:15 p.m., check out whether you remember some of Syracuse’s NCAA Tournament history. Do you remember the last time Syracuse played in the 7-10 matchup?Both times Syracuse has played in a game between the No. 7 and No. 10 seeds, it was the No. 7 seed. In 1995, Syracuse beat 10th-seeded Southern Illinois, 96-92. That season, Lawrence Moten scored 19.6 points per game and John Wallace scored 16.8. Wallace led the team with 8.2 rebounds per game. That team went 20-10 overall and finished 12-6 in Big East play.The Orange went on to lose in overtime to No. 2 seed Arkansas, 96-94, in the next round. SU played those games in Austin, Texas and were in the Midwest region, which was hosted by Kansas City, Missouri. Arkansas went to the NCAA championship game, which it lost 89-78 to UCLA.Do you remember the last time Syracuse played a No. 7 seed?AdvertisementThis is placeholder textFive years before Syracuse played No. 10 seed Southern Illinois in 1995, the Orange faced No. 7 seed Virginia in the second round of the NCAA Tournament. Then the No. 2 seed in the Southeast regional, SU crushed 15th-seeded Coppin State, then slipped past UVA, 63-61, in the next round.That team also used a seven-man rotation and only five SU players scored against Virginia. Syracuse’s Derrick Coleman and Billy Owens combined for 35 points and 18 rebounds. Virginia’s Bryant Stith scored 30 points against the Orange. Syracuse lost in the next round to sixth-seeded Minnesota.SU is 1-1 against No. 7 seeds, having lost to Navy in the 1986 NCAA Tournament, when the Orange was pegged as a No. 2 seed.MORE COVERAGE:Dougherty: 1 of Syracuse’s defining characteristics will no longer be enoughSyracuse basketball roundtable: Dayton rematch, what SU needs to do to win and Trevor Cooney’s legacyBeat writers predict mixed outcomes for Syracuse’s NCAA Tournament matchup with Dayton 2016 NCAA Tournament: Play The Daily Orange’s bracket challengelast_img read more

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first_imgAtletico’s Antoine Griezmann,Madrid, Spain | AFP | Atletico Madrid reported Barcelona to football’s governing body FIFA over illegal contact made to star forward Antoine Griezmann, Atletico club sources confirmed on Tuesday.“The complaint has been presented for repeated contact between Barcelona, the player and his team,” an Atletico source told AFP.Griezmann renewed his contract until 2022 in June and Atletico consider contact made by Barcelona not only breaks FIFA’s rules, but could also affect the integrity of La Liga.Barcelona lead the league with Atletico their closest challengers six points behind in second.“He is a player under a long contract and this can’t happen. Moreover, the club considers that it could affect the competition where Barca are currently top and Atletico second,” added the Atletico source.Barca were slapped with a one-year transfer ban for the illegal recruitment of foreign minors by FIFA that was served in 2015.Should the Catalan giants be found guilty, they could be handed another ban on registering new players.“We can confirm that we have received a complaint from Atletico de Madrid concerning the said matter,” a FIFA spokesperson told AFP.Barcelona-based sports daily Mundo Deportivo reported on Sunday that Barca’s president Josep Maria Bartomeu had recently met with Griezmann’s family.The Catalan giants are expected to be willing to pay the French international’s 100 million euro ($117.8 million) buyout clause at the end of the season to avoid negotiating with Atletico.Barca’s director of institutional relations Guillermo Amor turned down the opportunity to deny a meeting had taken place later on Sunday after Barca’s 4-0 thrashing of Deportivo la Coruna. “If the paper says it then it is possible it is like that,” Amor told Movistar TV. “There could have been a coming together.”Griezmann, 26, agreed to sign a new contract with Atletico in June after the club had an appeal against a transfer ban rejected.Top scorer at Euro 2016, Griezmann said it would have been “dirty” to walk out on the club when they couldn’t replace him until January.However, Atletico coach Diego Simeone accepted last week that Griezmann’s departure at some point in the future is inevitable.“Of course Griezmann will be able to leave at some point, as Diego Costa, Diego Ribas and Arda Turan have gone,” Simeone told French sports daily L’Equipe.“If a player comes to me and says, ‘coach, I have a chance of a lifetime and want to leave’, and if he’s left everything on the pitch for me like Griezmann, I’ll say, ‘no problem’.”Griezmann has scored 90 goals in 179 games for Atletico since joining from Real Sociedad in 2014 and led Los Rojiblancos to the 2016 Champions League final, scoring twice to eliminated Barca in the quarter-finals.However, he was also caught up in a Twitter storm on Sunday after posting a picture of himself blacked up and mimicking a Harlem Globetrotter basketball player from the 1980s.“I recognise that it was clumsy of me. If I have offended people, I apologise,” he wrote shortly after and deleted the photo after receiving a wave of criticism.Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more

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