Women’s soccer: Wisconsin treks to Iowa for last away game

first_imgThe University of Wisconsin women’s soccer team will take on the Iowa Hawkeyes Saturday night for their final road game of the season. Coming off a disappointing 2-0 loss to Penn State on Sunday, the Badgers  are looking to get back on track as they round out their Big Ten Conference schedule.The Badgers are now 10-4-2 overall and 4-3-2 in Big Ten play while the Iowa Hawkeyes are just 8-6-1 overall with a 3-4-1 conference record. But after a 0-3-1 start in the Big Ten, the Hawkeyes have won three of their last four games, which is a promising turnaround with the Big Ten Tournament approaching.The Hawkeyes are led in scoring by Devin Burns with eight goals and five assists, Kaleigh Haus with five goals and four assists and Olivia Fiegel with six goals. This combination of offensive firepower has led the Hawkeyes to have the fifth best offensive team in the Big Ten.The Hawkeyes are currently ranked No. 9 in the Big Ten and look to potentially leap Purdue or Nebraska in the standings with wins in their final two conference games.The Badgers sit at No. 6 in the Big Ten and trail Rutgers and Northwestern by one and two points, respectively. The Badgers have two games to make up ground with their final two matchups of the year in Iowa and their last home game against Penn State next Wednesday.This is an important final stretch for Wisconsin with the upcoming Big Ten Tournament. They started conference play red hot and were riding a seven-game winning streak, but have been 2-3-2 ever since.This is a perfect opportunity for the Badgers to turn around their recent struggle and get their offense rolling with the help of Dani Rhodes as the most challenging part of the season approaches.The Badges will take on the Hawkeyes at 7 p.m. in Iowa City on Saturday night. The game will be available to watch on Big Ten Network Plus. Tune in to watch the Badgers play their final road game of the season.last_img read more

A decade on, Danilo Gallinari and Devin Booker enjoy another meeting

first_imgLOS ANGELES — The first time Devin Booker met Danilo Gallinari, the Italian forward was a teenage phenom luring NBA scouts to Europe. He was the up-and-comer who had a memorable nickname – “The Rooster” – and got all the calls (too many if you asked the American players.)And Booker was, as Gallinari recalls, “a little kid.”The Phoenix Suns’ now-22-year-old shooting star was 12, in fact. He went to visit his father, Melvin, who was a professional basketball player in Milan, Italy – and a teammate of Gallinari’s.“I didn’t know much about him until he got over there and my dad was like, ‘Watch this young kid play, he’s only 18,’ ” Devin Booker said before Wednesday’s game between the Suns and Clippers. “He had an unbelievable game the game I went to, and then I went to the practice the next day and we messed around, played a little one on one. Clippers vs. Mavericks Game 5 playoff updates from NBA beat reporters What the Clippers are saying the day after Luka Doncic’s game-winner tied series, 2-2 “I was just happy to be on the court with him ‘cause that was after the game. He’d had a really good game and ended up winning.”Sign up for Home Turf and get exclusive stories every SoCal sports fan must read, sent daily. Subscribe here.Booker remembers Gallinari – who would soon be drafted sixth overall by the New York Knicks – sending him home with a pair of signed Reebok basketball sneakers.He also remembers Gallinari receiving superstar treatment on the court: “The other American players on the other teams overseas used to get mad, they used to think he got too many calls, ‘They think he’s Michael Jordan!’ And he was at the time. He was the guy over there, and I followed his career ever since then. He’s somebody I’ve enjoyed watching – an unbelievable player.”Gallinari said he’s kept in contact with his former teammate Melvin Booker, “I’ve always been in touch with him. I’m close to his dad because I’ve known his dad a long time.”And even though he remembers Devin as a little guy, and knows him mostly now as an opponent, he says they’re friendly, too. “We talk when we see each other, here or in Phoenix,” Gallinari said.SCOUTING REPORTSindarius Thornwell has been one of a trio of Clippers working double time this season, shuttling between the L.A. Clippers and the Agua Caliente Clippers of Ontario, with whom he’s been working on improving his in-game shooting while averaging 15.3 points in three G League appearances. He’s also been getting a good look at a couple of other young talents in the Clippers’ camp.Jerome Robinson, the Clippers’ rookie shooting guard, also has been splitting time between the NBA team (for which he’s scored 23 points in 40 minutes of play) and the G League (where he’s averaging 25.2 points per game through six games).Related Articles Clippers hope they can play to their capabilities, quell Mavericks’ momentum center_img For Lakers’ LeBron James, Jacob Blake’s shooting is bigger issue than a big Game 4 victory Kristaps Porzingis ruled out as Clippers, Mavericks set for Game 5; Follow for game updates Scout Thornwell – who’s appeared in seven NBA games this season – said he’s liked what he’s seen from Robinson.“He looks good. Real aggressive. He’s play-making, scoring, shooting the ball real well. His confidence is there. He’s real shifty and draws a lot of fouls. I think the main thing with Rome is continuing to learn how to guard NBA players and just learning that side of the ball. Because offensively, he’s good. He’s great at it. He can score at the rim, mid-range, 3s.”As for G League Player of the Week Johnathan Motley, the 6-foot-10 two-way forward who’s averaging 24.9 points and 9.5 rebounds for Agua Caliente?“Mot is ready,” Thornwell said. “He’s ready to play to play for teams in the NBA right now. He can play for us (in L.A.) right now. He’s dominating every night. He’s proven himself. He’s ready to be in the big leagues.” Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more