When the University of Wisconsin’s women’s hockey team won the national championship two years ago, it was an impressive feat. Following that up with a second straight title last season was even more amazing.Now the Badgers prepare to go for what would be a record-tying third straight national championship as their season kicks off with two games this Friday and Saturday against Union College in Schenectady, N.Y.The Badgers were ranked as the preseason No. 1 team in the USA Today/USA Hockey magazine poll Tuesday, earning all 19 first-place votes. The WCHA announced that the team is the preseason favorite to win the conference title as well.The Badgers will likely go into this season with a target on their backs every game, but head coach Mark Johnson stressed that it is all part of dealing with the success the team has enjoyed the past few seasons.“Teams get excited to play us,” Johnson said. “We don’t necessarily see [a target], but there is going to be one.”When asked about Union College’s team, Johnson said the Badgers are currently focusing more on what is going on with themselves.“Right now we are looking more so at line combinations and areas within our own team,” Johnson said. “The opposition is not as important early in the season.”The team will undoubtedly miss Sara Bauer, who last year led the with 72 points before concluding her career at Wisconsin in March. Despite the loss, the team still figures to be formidable and experienced with 17 players returning from last year.Junior goaltender Jessie Vetter is going to be key to the team’s success this season. The First-Team All-American allowed just 0.83 goals per game last season and was a huge reason why UW only lost one game last season.“It’s nice to have her back,” Johnson said. “You need a good goaltender to make runs in hockey.” Johnson also mentioned Vetter played for the U.S. U-22 team in a three-game series against Canada. The unique experience should benefit her going into the college season.Another player on the U-22 team was senior defender Emily Morris, who was named team captain this year. She played in all 41 games last season and will be an important component of UW’s defense this time around.On the other side of the puck, the Badger forwards look deep and talented. Assistant captain Jinelle Zaugg returns for her senior year after leading the team in goals last season with 29.Even without Bauer, scoring goals should not be a problem for the Badgers. They return five of their top eight point scorers from last season, including sophomore Meghan Duggan, who was second on the team in both goals and points.Other returning forwards include juniors Erika Lawler and Angie Keseley as well as sophomore Kyla Sanders, who finished last year with the fifth, seventh and eighth highest point totals on the team last year.The returning players are joined this season by seven incoming freshmen. The most prominent of the newcomers is Hilary Knight, a 5-foot-11-inch forward from Hanover, N.H. Knight was named by the WCHA coaches as the preseason WCHA rookie of the year. She looks to follow in the footsteps of Duggan, who won the award after last season.The process of integrating the freshmen into the Badgers’ game plan is already underway. The team is working to figure out which roles are best for which players.“It’s gone well so far,” Johnson said. “We’ve only had three full practices, but the journey has started. The picture will start to take shape as we move forward with the season.”Indeed, the picture will become clearer starting with this weekend’s series against Union College. Suzy Pocock, last season’s leading point scorer for Union, returns for her junior year, but the team finished last season with a dismal 4-26 record.If things go as planned, the Badgers hope to return after this weekend’s games in Schenectady with two victories. Doing so would start the defending champions off on the right foot on their quest for their third national championship in a row.
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Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Jon Miller, Fairfield CountyWe ran a little on Thursday and got rain on Friday. We had a pretty good day on Saturday before a rain came through in the evening. The good ground has good yields, but the soil types have made a huge difference so far. The lighter soils really took a hit with the stretch of dry weather this year. We are not running yet today. It was a pretty heavy dew this morning but we will hopefully get back out here soon.I don’t think the standability is going to be very good this year if we get any type of wind event. Some of the corn that died prematurely already fell over. We had pockets of corn already down here and there.Yields were a little lower than expected. It was still good corn, but lower than what we were thinking. It is too early to get a handle on yield numbers, but moisture-wise we were around 21% to 26%. For this early in the season that is not bad so we’ll hit it pretty hard this week if the weather cooperates. We have 300 to 400 acres of 108-day corn and after that if we stay dry and warm we’ll just keep at it.I expect the beans ought to do fairly well, but I don’t want to get my hopes up too high. It will be a week and a half or two weeks until beans are ready. The double-crops look pretty good too. The first crop beans are laid over pretty bad so they are tough to walk through right now.We’ll plant wheat this fall. I’d plant more if the price was more promising. We’ll stick with our normal rotation because of our straw market and the potential for double-crop beans. Otherwise wheat won’t pay the bills, but corn is not looking so great at paying the bills either.We did some test plots in some of the corn we ran. They are tough to learn much from so far. I think running out of water trumped anything we did to add bushels with fertility.For the rest of this week”s reports click here.
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(Eds: Updating with Arjuna Awards recommendations) New Delhi, Sep 17 (PTI) Indian cricket captain Virat Kohli and world champion weightlifter Mirabai Chanu were Monday jointly recommended for the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna award, while star javelin thrower Neeraj Chopra was among 20 sportspersons picked for the Arjuna Awards. Besides Chopra, other prominent names recommended for the Arjuna Awards were junior world champion sprinter Hima Das and Asian Games gold-medallist middle distance runner Jinson Johnson, cricketer Smriti Mandhana, hockey players Manpreet Singh and Savita Punia, multiple Commonwealth Games gold-medallist Manika Batra and Asian Games doubles gold-medallist tennis player Rohan Bopanna. These recommendations are subject to approval by Sports Minister Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore. Once ratified by him, President Ram Nath Kovind will present the awards on September 25 at the Rashtrapati Bhawan. Kohli will become the third Indian cricketer after the legendary Sachin Tendulkar (1997) and the talismanic former captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni (2007) once the sports ministry officially accepts the committee’s recommendation. “Yes, Virat Kohli and Mirabai Chanu’s names have been recommended by the awards committee,” a top source told PTI on condition of anonymity. It is learnt that India’s top male shuttler Kidambi Srikanth was also in Khel Ratna contention for his good show in the Super Series Circuit last year but lost out to the 24-year-old Chanu, who is the reigning world champion in the 48kg category. Asian Games gold-medallist boxer Amit Panghal was discussed but the committee decided against against recommending him due to a failed dope test back in 2012, a source told PTI.advertisement Former Asian Games bronze-medallist and Commonwealth Games silver-medallist Satish Kumar was the lone boxer to get the Arjuna honour this year. Three shooters — Ravi Rathore, Ankur Mittal and Shreyasi Singh — also figured in list of 20 recommended sportspersons while there were two from para-sports — Ankur Dhama and Manoj Sarkar. This year’s award ceremony was postponed to September 25 from the usual August 19 National Sports Day event due to clash of dates with the Asian Games in Jakarta and Palembang in Indonesia. The Khel Ratna awardees are entitled to a cash prize of Rs 7.5 lakh, while the Arjuna winners are given Rs 5 lakh. Kohli, the world’s No.1 Test batsman as per the ICC rankings, has been in stupendous form for the past three years and missed out despite nominations in the years 2016 and 2017. The 29-year-old currently has 6147 runs in 71 Tests with 23 centuries and 9779 runs in 211 ODIs, including 35 tons. With a combined 58 tons in international cricket, he is second only to Sachin Tendulkar (100) in the list of India’s top century-scorers in international cricket. The BCCI has been nominating Kohli for the Khel Ratna for the past three years but in 2016, it was given to Sakshi Malik, PV Sindhu and Deepa Karmakar for their good show at the Rio Olympic Games. Last year, the Khel Ratna was awarded to former India hockey captain Sardar Singh and para-athlete Devendra Jhajharia. Kohli is one of those rare sportspersons, who has received Padma Shri award (2017) before Khel Ratna. This year, Kohli was a favourite after having led India to victories against England and Australia at home and away wins against West Indies and Sri Lanka. The Indian team has also won limited-overs series in South Africa under Kohli’s leadership. He is a member of the 2011 ICC World Cup and the 2013 ICC Champions Trophy winning team. He also led the team to the finals of the 2017 ICC Champions Trophy. Kohli has also been the recipient of ICC’s ‘ODI Cricketer of the Year’ in 2012 and 2017 along with the sport’s highest honour — the ICC Cricketer of the Year. Kohli has won the Indian Cricketer of the Year on five occasions. He ended the recent England series with a phenomenal 593 runs even though it was not considered in the selection cycle. For Chanu, the award comes as a massive morale-booster as she is currently recovering from a lower back injury, which forced her to skip the Asian Games in Jakarta. She is the current Commonwealth Games gold-medallist and India’s only medal hope in weightlifting going into the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Recommendations: Virat Kohli (cricket) and Mirabai Chanu (weightlifting). Arjuna Award Recommendations: Neeraj Chopra (Athletics); Jinson Johnson (Athletics), Hima Das (Athletics); N Sikki Reddy (Badminton); Satish Kumar (Boxing); Smriti Mandhana (Cricket); Shubankar Sharma (Golf); Manpreet Singh (Hockey); Savita (Hockey); Ravi Rathore (Polo); Rahi Sarnobat (Shooting); Ankur Mittal (Shooting); Shreyashi Singh (Shooting); Manika batra (Table Tennis); G Sathiyan (Table Tennis); Rohan Bopanna (Tennis); Sumit (Wrestling); Pooja Kadian (Wushu); Ankur Dhama (Para athletics); Manoj Sarkar (Para badminton). PTI KHS SSC PDS PM PMadvertisement