Women’s hockey: Roque takes home Rookie of the Week honors at right time

first_imgThe University of Wisconsin women’s hockey team just keeps collecting regular season accolades as freshman forward Abby Roque earned Rookie of the Week honors after her three-point performance in the weekend sweep of Bemidji State University.This is Roque’s third Rookie of the Week award this season and second multigoal game with her first also coming against BSU in early November.The freshman’s outstanding play comes at the most opportune time for the No. 1 Badgers as they host the No. 2 University of Minnesota Duluth Bulldogs in their home season finale this weekend and look to go into the WCHA playoffs as the top seed. Head coach Mark Johnson spoke in a press conference Monday on how highly he looks at this freshman class and their poise going into their potential first WCHA and NCAA tournament.Women’s hockey: Top two matchup awaits Badgers at homeAfter two solid wins against Bemidji State University (9-16-3) last weekend, the University of Wisconsin women’s hockey team extended their Read…Even with a dominant underclassman unit, the Badgers have an absolute wealth of talent as Roque is tied for fifth on the team in total points (22) and is one of 12 players with double-digit assists. The Michigan native’s third weekly award, however, simply speaks to how deep this Wisconsin team is and how much potential they have in the postseason to snag the program’s first-ever national championship.Roque’s leadership on Friday helped the Badgers to something even better than a weekly honor as they earned the program’s 500th win, a mark that even more impressive considering the program has only been around since 1999. After it was revealed early last spring Johnson would remain as the UW women’s head coach and pass up the UW men’s coaching job, it became clear to most of the country Wisconsin hockey was here to stay.Women’s hockey: No. 1 Wisconsin hits the road for Bemidji State seriesWith a 10-game winning streak behind them, the University of Wisconsin women’s hockey team heads out to face the Bemidji Read…Now, with one of the biggest match ups of the year only a few days away and the allure of holding onto the number one ranking from the duration of the season, the intensity is beginning to build and those around women’s hockey are starting to take notice. Johnson and the Badgers will need underground players like Roque to step up and send their seven seniors off the right way in what should be another rowdy crowd in Labahn Arena.The matchups are set for 2 p.m. on Saturday and noon on Sunday.last_img read more

Bears’ Akiem Hicks believes NFL blackballed Colin Kaepernick: ‘We signed Mike Glennon’

first_imgAkiem Hicks didn’t want his NFL career to end during the 2016 season. He thought if he took a knee during the national anthem it would all be over, so he stayed standing. Colin Kaepernick famously took a different approach. Four years later, Hicks is coming off his eighth season (plus a Pro Bowl appearance in 2018), and Kaepernick hasn’t taken a snap in the league since the 2016 season ended. The Bears acquired Nick Foles from the Jaguars in a trade this offseason to compete with Trubisky for the starting QB job. If he takes over, then Foles will be the fourth different quarterback to start for the Bears since 2017. Kaepernick hasn’t had a personal workout for a team since he became a free agent after the 2016 season. Hicks said he feared that’s what would happen to him if he took a knee. “I had the same thought that 85-90 percent of the league felt at that moment: If I get down on one knee in front of this stadium, I am fired; my job, my life, my career is over. I will be blackballed,” Hicks said. “And then, to come out on the other end and watch it actually happen to Kaepernick just tells me that my feelings were real. It was the reality, and hopefully, it won’t be going forward.” IYER: Pete Carroll’s comments on Kaepernick fail to revise historyHicks doesn’t think that’s a coincidence. “All I will say is this: We saw it. We watched how it unfolded,” Hicks said Wednesday, via the Chicago Sun-Times. “And we see that he doesn’t have a job now. This call isn’t to advocate for Kap getting a job, but he did sacrifice his position for where he is now. His career was ended because of it, in my opinion. We signed Mike Glennon.”Hicks brought up Glennon, a quarterback who signed a three-year deal worth $45 million with Chicago in 2017, after going 5-13 as a starter in Tampa Bay. Glennon went 1-3 in his first four starts in Chicago before Mitchell Trubisky, who was drafted in the same offseason, took over as the starter. last_img read more

He will be popular the fans will listen to him and love

first_imgWed 11 Jun 2008 19.01 EDT ‘He will be popular – the fans will listen to him and love him’ Share via Email Nigel Spackman summed up the mood among former Chelsea players last night when he said that Luiz Felipe Scolari’s appointment as Avram Grant’s successor at Stamford Bridge “has been worth the wait”. Although the timing of the announcement came as a surprise, there was almost universal support for the club’s decision to turn to the current Portugal manager, with Scott Minto predicting that Scolari would be “loved” by the Chelsea supporters.”He’s got a fantastic CV and he’s doing a brilliant job at the moment for Portugal,” said Minto, the former Chelsea left-back. “I think he will be popular. I think the only thing is – and I’m not sure how good his grasp of English is – that he will have to learn the language pretty quickly. But Fabio Capello has done that and I think once Scolari does that he can communicate his thoughts to the Chelsea fans and they will listen to him and love him. He’ll be as controversial as [Jose] Mourinho.” Minto was not the only person to draw comparisons with Mourinho. Colin Lee, who enjoyed seven years as a player with Chelsea in the 1980s and remains in close contact with several of the backroom staff at Stamford Bridge, including Steve Clarke, predicted that Scolari would be keen to spend as much time as possible on the training ground, much like the “Special One”. “I would think he will be hands on like Mourinho was,” said Lee. “And I think the players will respond to that.”Sometimes it’s very difficult to judge a person unless you work with them, but the impression you get from the new manager is that he’s a very passionate person who wants his players to show that same passion. I like that type of thing. He’s got masses of experience and you would imagine that he’s got a tremendous knowledge of players worldwide so that can only be good for Chelsea. For the club to progress further, I think it’s a wise appointment.”Spackman agreed, with the former Chelsea and Liverpool midfielder expecting Scolari’s arrival to prompt the disenchanted players at the club to reconsider their future. He pointed to the “attacking football” Portugal have played during his time as the national coach as another reason to be encouraged and, citing the period the 59-year-old spent in charge of Brazil, claimed Scolari would be more than equipped to handle Roman Abramovich’s expectations. “It’s about time they got someone but I think it has been worth the wait,” said Spackman. “I am sure there have been other managers Chelsea have tried to tempt but in the end I think he’s the right man at the right time to take Chelsea forward. The pressure will be on Scolari to do well but he’s had that pressure before and he’s stood up to it. I think it’s a great signing. You only have to look back a couple of years and England wanted him.”I am sure he will have laid down the law and said, ‘I’m responsible for this and that’s the way it’s got to be’,” continued Spackman. “He’s his own man. He doesn’t worry about people’s reputations. I think that’s what’s good about him as well. He makes his own decisions, because leaving the likes of [Luis] Figo out, who was an icon to many Portuguese people, showed that he believes that the team is more important than one player.” David Speedie is also impressed with Scolari’s track record, which includes winning the World Cup with Brazil, but he did sound a note of caution. “He’s got great credentials, and obviously he’s going to take the job because he’s going to get paid probably six or seven million a year, but what more has he got to do than the previous managers?” asked the former striker. “What does Abramovich want? Has Scolari got to win the quadruple to keep his job?” Time will tell. Share on WhatsApp Share on Pinterest Share on Twitter Share on LinkedIn Luiz Felipe Scolari Share on Facebook Share via Email Share on Facebook Share on Messenger Premier League Stuart James Share on Twitter @StuartJamesGNM Topics Shares00 Chelsea Chelsea First published on Wed 11 Jun 2008 19.01 EDT Reuse this contentlast_img read more