The No. 2 University of Wisconsin women’s hockey team (31-4-2, 20-2-2 Big Ten) will take on a challenge with the No.3 Colgate Raiders (33-5-1, 19-3-0 ECAC) in the Frozen Four semifinals Friday night from Ridder Arena in Minneapolis.The game versus Colgate will be a single elimination match held at a neutral site and will be the first time the two teams have faced each other all season. Wisconsin has struggled on neutral ice this season comparative to their overall record, going just 2-2-0 in these games.Wisconsin has already had an incredible year, as they were ranked No. 1 for most of the season until their loss last week in the WCHA Final Faceoff.Colgate’s Jessie Eldridge will be the player for the Badgers to look out for in this match. The junior leads her team in both goals with 21 and points with 43 on the season.Women’s Hockey: Badgers looks to finish season strong at WCHA Final Faceoff before NCAAsThe Badgers are getting ready to face the Bemidji State Beavers for the Western Collegiate Hockey Association Final Faceoff as Read…Wisconsin goaltender Kristen Campbell will be the final line of defense against Eldridge. Campbell has been impressive on the year, recording 12 shutouts this season with her last one coming just a week ago versus Minnesota.On offense, Baylee Wellhausen could be valuable for Wisconsin in this match as the senior has scored five of her 10 goals this season from Minneapolis, a location the Badgers have frequented four times on the year.This game comes on the heels of an impressive victory in the NCAA Quarterfinals against rival Minnesota in Madison. Badger star Abby Roque was the leading scorer in the game with two goals for a 4-0 route. While the Badgers fell to Minnesota just a week earlier in the WCHA Final Faceoff, they were able to once again take care of business in the LaBahn Arena to finish off an undefeated home season at 17-0-0.Women’s Hockey: Roque, Campbell named WCHA Players of the YearThe No. 1 University of Wisconsin women’s hockey team’s (29-3-2-0, WCHA 20-2-2-0) spectacular season has yielded two end-of-season Western Conference Read…Roque has been phenomenal all season, earning WCHA Offensive Player of the Year honors leading the team with 40 points and 29 assists.If the Badgers can win tomorrow, they will advance to the championship game for the seventh time in less than two decades since the tournament began. The championship will be on Sunday versus the winner of Ohio State and Clarkson, who the Badgers lost to 3-0 in last year’s finals.Puck drop will be at 7 p.m. with live coverage available on the Big Ten Network.
Akiem 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.