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September 17, 2020

UW tennis heads to East Lansing

first_imgStarting today, the University of Wisconsin women’s tennis team will travel to East Lansing, Mich., to compete in the ITA Midwest Regional Championship. This tournament will feature some of the region’s best players, all of whom will be vying for a chance to go to the ITA National Championship. Players will be able to participate in the singles or the doubles competition, with several Badgers participating in both.UW sophomore Alaina Trgovich will be one of the Badgers competing in both singles and doubles this weekend.“I like playing singles, but I enjoy playing doubles as well,” Trgovich said. “I think it’s more fun.”Her teammate, freshman Angela Chupa, expects Trgovich to continue her success this weekend. Chupa and Trgovich also expect big things out of Liz Carpenter.“Liz is a senior; she has experience and heart, and she wants her last year to be her best,” Trgovich said.Chupa also hopes to continue her recent success this weekend. After winning her flight in Evanston last week, she now sets her sights on succeeding in the singles tournament in East Lansing. She will have a tougher road than most, however, as she will be playing in the single elimination qualifier to earn her spot in the final field.Trgovich and Chupa have been working along with their teammates to improve their conditioning in preparation for the tournament — as well as the rest of the season.Individually, the players have all been working to eliminate weaknesses in their game. Chupa has put emphasis on “staying aggressive, good shot selection and eliminating mental errors.”Trgovich, on the other hand, has been more focused on her forehand and has been working on her doubles game as well.After putting in hard work off the court, the Badgers believe they belong among the best.“If we can stay focused, we can compete with anyone,” Trgovich said. “There’s not a huge difference between the best player and the worst player out there. It just comes down to how bad you want it.”Wisconsin also hopes to use the ITA Regional to gain some momentum moving into the team play portion of the schedule.“Overall, it’s experience that matters,” Trgovich said. “Matches are the key to improvement … even for the seniors.”Chupa echoed the belief of her teammate.“You’re put in different situations, and you learn how to react to them,” she said.Though the Badgers want to win now, they also know that gathering experience is an integral part on the path to victory.Trgovich and the rest of the Badgers are eager to go head-to-head against some of the region’s best competition as they prepare for the spring season.“[I’m] excited to see what we’ve got,” Trgovich said.last_img read more

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August 26, 2020

Alexander: For Dodgers’ Rich Hill, no taking it easy in a rehab stint

first_imgThat might have been the lone Lake Elsinore highlight in Hill’s four innings and 54 pitches, because this was not a man who took a casual approach to facing Class-A hitters.From a stuff standpoint, he looked absolutely ready to face National Leaguers. He threw 36 of his 54 pitches for strikes, retired the last 10 men he faced and struck out eight, getting up to 92 mph on the radar gun and throwing some nasty curveballs that not only befuddled the opposing hitters but tested plate umpire Harrison Silverman.If it were his choice, Hill would be facing the Chicago Cubs in Wrigley Field next week. But, of course, his will not be the final call. The thought early on was that he might need a second rehab stint, and the brain trust will be pondering the possibilities as they go over the reports of Wednesday’s start.“I feel extremely ready,” Hill said. “But that’s somewhat not up to me. As much as I want to get out there and get going, we’ll see.“I felt great the way the ball came out, (and) got stronger as the innings went along. I don’t know what the numbers were, spin rate or whatever you want to call it, but I can tell when it’s coming out of my hand the way I did today that it was good.” How Dodgers pitcher Ross Stripling topped the baseball podcast empire The major leaguer returning to the minors can create a positive experience for all concerned. Hill said he didn’t get a sense the youngsters were awestruck Wednesday night, but he felt his job was to lead by example.“Go out there and show them, ‘Look, it doesn’t matter where you are or where you’re playing,’ “ he said. “You bring the same attitude and the same effort no matter where it is, whether it’s in the back fields of Arizona or an inner city men’s league game. To be honest with you, it’s going to be the same. … It’s about your attitude and your effort, and being in the moment. The more times you can build that up, and the more times you can consistently have that attitude, you learn to keep yourself in the moment and stay in the moment.”The Quakes’ youngsters might have absorbed some lessons. They had a 2-0 lead when Hill left, gave up the tying runs to the Padres’ farmhands in the eighth but rallied in the ninth to win 4-2.The predetermined limit for Hill was going to be 60 pitches, followed by the equivalent of another inning in the bullpen. After finishing the fourth, he got in another 15 or so pitches in the ’pen, at the same intensity and velocity.He figures his level of readiness is such that he can throw “100-plus” pitches his next time out.From all indications, we shouldn’t have to worry about him fielding his position, [email protected]@Jim_Alexander on Twitter Dodgers hit seven home runs, sweep Colorado Rockies There are major league pitchers who worry less about results and more about process when it comes to a rehab start. For Hill, there is no difference. Remember, this is a guy who was willing to go back down to the independent Atlantic League in 2015, at age 35, to keep pitching and somehow find a way back to the big leagues. Which he did.You want a clue as to his intensity Wednesday night? You could hear his grunts of exertion all the way up in the press box. Yeah, it was a small crowd, but you didn’t hear anyone else on the field putting that much energy into it in such an audible fashion.“I approach it (a rehab start) like any other time I get on the mound: Just attack and pitch with conviction and bring a high level of intensity,” he said. “It’s not really a matter of where it is, it’s just how you’re going to go about your business and what’s your identity when you go out there on the mound … a professional, major league pitcher who is going to continue as hard as I can for as long as I can.“It’s not something that’s gonna change whether it’s a rehab start or in the bullpen or in the playoffs or World Series.”Related Articles PreviousThe Dodgers’ Rich Hill is welcomed into the dugout after throwing a four-inning rehab start for the Rancho Cucamonga Quakes against Lake Elsinore during in Lake Elsinore on Wednesday, April 17, 2019. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)The Dodgers’ Rich Hill throws to the plate during a rehab start for the Class-A Rancho Cucamonga Quakes against the Lake Elsinore Storm on Wednesday night in Lake Elsinore. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)The Dodgers’ Rich Hill throws to the plate against Lake Elsinore during a rehab start for the Rancho Cucamonga Quakes in Lake Elsinore on Wednesday, April 17, 2019. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsThe Dodgers’ Rich Hill throws to the plate against Lake Elsinore during a rehab start for the Rancho Cucamonga Quakes in Lake Elsinore on Wednesday, April 17, 2019. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)The Dodgers’ Rich Hill warms up for his rehab start for the Rancho Cucamonga Quakes in Lake Elsinore on Wednesday, April 17, 2019. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)The Dodgers’ Rich Hill laughs in the dugout during his rehab start for the Rancho Cucamonga Quakes in Lake Elsinore on Wednesday, April 17, 2019. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)The Dodgers’ Rich Hill throws to the plate against Lake Elsinore during a rehab start for the Rancho Cucamonga Quakes in Lake Elsinore on Wednesday, April 17, 2019. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)The Dodgers’ Rich Hill sits in the dugout before his rehab start for the Rancho Cucamonga Quakes in Lake Elsinore on Wednesday, April 17, 2019. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)The Dodgers’ Rich Hill prepares for his rehab start for the Rancho Cucamonga Quakes in Lake Elsinore on Wednesday, April 17, 2019. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)The Dodgers’ Rich Hill warms up for his rehab start for the Rancho Cucamonga Quakes at Pete Lehr Field in Lake Elsinore on Wednesday, April 17, 2019. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)The Dodgers’ Rich Hill signs an autograph for Devin Harrington, 7, of Murrieta, before his rehab start for the Rancho Cucamonga Quakes in Lake Elsinore on Wednesday, April 17, 2019. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)Under the watchful eyes of fans, the Dodgers’ Rich Hill warms up for his rehab start for the Rancho Cucamonga Quakes in Lake Elsinore on Wednesday, April 17, 2019. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)The Dodgers’ Rich Hill smiles after trying to field a bunt during a rehab start for the Rancho Cucamonga Quakes against the Lake Elsinore Storm in Lake Elsinore on Wednesday, April 17, 2019. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)Fans get an up-close view as the Dodgers’ Rich Hill warms up for his rehab start for the Rancho Cucamonga Quakes in Lake Elsinore on Wednesday, April 17, 2019. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)The Dodgers’ Rich Hill warms up for his rehab start for the Rancho Cucamonga Quakes in Lake Elsinore on Wednesday, April 17, 2019. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)The Dodgers’ Rich Hill talks with Physical Therapist Jonathan Erb in the dugout during his rehab start for the Rancho Cucamonga Quakes in Lake Elsinore on Wednesday, April 17, 2019. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)The Dodgers’ Rich Hill is welcomed into the dugout after throwing a four-inning rehab start for the Rancho Cucamonga Quakes against Lake Elsinore during in Lake Elsinore on Wednesday, April 17, 2019. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)The Dodgers’ Rich Hill throws to the plate during a rehab start for the Class-A Rancho Cucamonga Quakes against the Lake Elsinore Storm on Wednesday night in Lake Elsinore. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)NextShow Caption1 of 16The Dodgers’ Rich Hill throws to the plate during a rehab start for the Class-A Rancho Cucamonga Quakes against the Lake Elsinore Storm on Wednesday night in Lake Elsinore. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)ExpandLAKE ELSINORE — Lake Elsinore’s leadoff man put Rich Hill and his left knee to the test almost immediately Wednesday night.On the fourth pitch, Storm left fielder Robbie Podorsky dropped a bunt down the third base line. Dodgers fans who made the trek to The Diamond might have cringed a little bit, recognizing that Hill, making a rehab start for the Rancho Cucamonga Quakes, would have to put some stress on a knee recovering from a Grade I strain of his medial collateral ligament.No worries. Hill fielded the bunt, planted and threw, although Podorsky beat it out. Then he turned and smiled toward the home dugout.“I was laughin’,” Hill said. “A.J. (Ellis, a former Dodgers catcher and now a Padres special assistant in baseball operations) was over there, and I said, ‘Thank you for testing it out right away, right out of the gate.’ ”center_img Cody Bellinger homer gives Dodgers their first walkoff win of season Dodgers’ Max Muncy trying to work his way out of slow start Fire danger is on Dave Roberts’ mind as Dodgers head to San Francisco Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

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August 13, 2020

Des Moines Police kneel in solidarity with group of protesters

first_imgDES MOINES — A moment of prayer and solidarity in downtown Des Moines on Sunday night diffused a tense situation.A few hundred protesters gathered outside the Des Moines Police station, kneeling in silence to honor George Floyd, the black man who died a week ago in Minneapolis police custody. Then they began chanting at police on the other side of barricades to do the same.WHO Television’s livestream on Facebook showed a black officer and a white officer behind the barricades kneeling in prayer, drawing a positive roar from the crowd. People in the crowd yelled that they’d leave if every officer on the scene knelt. For two minutes, police in riot gear joined the protesters, symbolically taking a knee, to cheers.The crowd then left.A rally for change is scheduled for tonight (Monday) on the Iowa Capitol grounds.  A handful of protesters peacefully gathered in Central Park in Mason City late last night.last_img read more

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December 28, 2019

My Donegal – with Relay for Life Donegal chairperson Robert O’Connor

first_imgRelay for Life Donegal chairperson Robert O’Connor has had a huge impact on the Donegal community in recent years as a key person behind the fundraising event.Robert is well known to all who organise and take part in Relay for Life Donegal – the annual 24-hour event that brings the community together to celebrate the lives of cancer survivors, to remember those who have died from the disease, and to raise money for the Irish Cancer Society.Robert and the Relay committee’s successful efforts this year saw funds being raised to go directly to a major research programme at Letterkenny University Hospital for cancer survivors. Although he admits he isn’t a Donegal native by birth, this Antrim man has been here for many years and is admired greatly by the people of Donegal.This is Robert O’Connor’s My Donegal…Robert O’ConnorWhat is your favourite place in Donegal and why?Gaoth Dobhair — Happy times spent there living and workingIf you could change one thing about Donegal what would it be?Better infrastructure. Seamus Coleman or Michael Murphy?Having never met Seamus Coleman it has be Michael MurphyWho is the one person in Donegal who you look up to and why?Late Jim Kennedy who was really welcoming to me in Letterkenny Rotary Club.What’s your happiest memory in Donegal?First Relay for Life Event in 2012 – seeing so many inspirational Survivors in LYIT was truly amazing and humbling.Your nomination for Donegal’s most stylish person?The one and only GabrielleFavourite journey in DonegalLetterkenny to Gaoth DobhairFootball Special or Kinnegar Beer?Football Special What has been Donegal’s proudest moment in recent years?Second All Ireland in 2012What is your favourite Donegal-made product?McGarvey’s curryWho is Donegal’s greatest ambassador around the world and why?Daniel O’Donnell — so down to earth, genuine person who freely gives his time to others. So proud as Chairperson of Relay for Life Donegal that Daniel is our Patron. Daniel promotes Donegal in a way no one else can on Global stage.Who is your favourite Donegal sportsperson of all time?Toss up between Packie Bonner and Jim McGuinness What is your favourite Donegal restaurant?SONDERWhat is your favourite Donegal saying or expression?Wile craic hiWhat is the biggest challenge facing the people of Donegal today?BREXIT uncertaintyWhat is your favourite food that you associate with Donegal?Naked BurritoIs there anything that really annoys you about Donegal or its people?Way some tourist chiefs undersell this wonderful countyIf you had a million euro to improve something in Donegal, what would it be?Better infrastructure – although €1m would be only a drop in the ocean as to what this county needs and deserves,Where’s the most unusual place you’ve logged on to Donegal Daily?SingaporeIs there anything about Donegal that you are very proud of?The way Donegal people have treated me and my family since 1987.Do you want to take part in our My Donegal feature? Email [email protected] Donegal – with Relay for Life Donegal chairperson Robert O’Connor was last modified: June 23rd, 2017 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:MY DONEGALRelay for LifeRobert O’Connorlast_img read more

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