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  • Women’s Soccer: Early season success offers chance at redemption

    first_imgAfter a 2018 fall defined by regular season promise that ultimately failed to play out in the postseason, the Badgers (4-1-1) are off to a characteristically hot start in 2019.In 2018, the Badgers failed to advance past the first round of the Big Ten postseason tournament following a heart-breaking overtime penalty kick loss to Illinois.But despite the disappointment felt towards their loss to the Illini, a team they previously beat in the regular season, the Badgers soldered on to the NCAA tournament where they handily defeated their first two opponents.Women’s soccer: Badgers earn their stripes in dominant NCAA Tournament showing versus MemphisThe University of Wisconsin women’s soccer team (13-3-4, 6-2-3 Big Ten) beat the Memphis Tigers (17-4-0, 7-2-0 AAC) in Memphis, Read…Only the No.1 ranked team at the time — the Stanford Cardinals — managed to stop the Badgers in the middle of their late-season heater.Defeated by a score of 0–1, the Badgers put up a formidable fight to the Cardinals who, in turn, advanced all the way to the semifinals of the NCAA tournament before falling to Florida State 0–2.The Badgers showed promise in the end of their season even as they ultimately failed to advance past the sweet sixteen of the NCAA tournament.Perhaps most crucial to the hope that the Badgers can build upon this feat is the fact that they returned four of their top five goal scorers from their previous season’s squad.Lauren Rice, Cameron Murtha, Maia Cella and leading-scorer Dani Rhodes all return for either their junior or senior seasons with the team.These four players constituted the core of offensive production for the Badgers in 2018, and the majority of them certainly did not let their foot off the gas pedal coming into 2019.Rhodes and Murtha are tied for a team-leading two goals through just six games of the season. Rice also scored a goal this season, one of only five players on the team to have done so up to this point.The Badgers’ offensive prowess most clearly demonstrated itself in their two wins at the end of the season versus Memphis and Hofstra University who they defeated 3–0 and 6–0, respectively.Women’s soccer: Wisconsin hung tight with nation’s best in NCAA Tournament, Coach Paula Wilkins excited for next yearThe No. 15 Wisconsin Badgers women’s soccer team fell 1–0 to then No. 1 ranked Stanford just before Thanksgiving. With Read…Luckily for the Badgers, the players who both drove this stunning performance to cap the season returned and are back in business for 2019.On the other side of the field, returning for the Badgers following her opening season is junior goalkeeper Jordyn Bloomer.Despite her lack of experience coming into the 2018 season, Bloomer performed impressively as she attempted to follow in the footsteps of the previous goalkeeper Caitlyn Clem.Head coach Paula Wilkins spoke of Bloomer after the 2018 season.“She stepped up to the task,” Wilkins said. “She did everything we could have asked her to do.”Bloomer is once again filling the shoes of her predecessors in 2019. Off to a blazing start, she has allowed just three goals in the first six games of the season.Furthermore, Bloomer’s save percentage is 81.3% — already higher than the total she managed to acquire at the end of 2018.The Badgers, led by Bloomer, also tallied a highly impressive three shutouts in just their first six games of the year.All the pieces are in place for a Badger squad ready to build upon the success it reached for in the 2018 season.From a set of returning offensive threats who power their offensive to a stalwart keeper who shows no signs of weakness, the Badgers are set to make another postseason run in 2019.Women’s soccer: Dani Rhodes is Big Ten Player of the Week after impressive weekendThe No. 17 University of Wisconsin women’s soccer team (7–1–1, 1–0–1 Big Ten) tied Northwestern(6–1–2, 0–1–1 Big Ten) 1–1 Friday Read…The season is still in its early stages, but the Badgers already improved their performances against top ranked opponents.In just their second game of the season, the Badgers faced Florida State, the team that defeated Stanford in the 2018 NCAA tournament and ultimately went on to win the national title.In 2018, Florida State defeated the Badgers 3–0 early in the season. The scoreline this season? Just 1–0 in favor of the No. 1 ranked Seminoles.Women’s soccer: Rhodes reflects on team’s high expectations, early season challengesThe University of Wisconsin women’s soccer team came into the 2018 season with significant expectations alongside a slew of obstacles Read…The Badgers, currently ranked No. 15 in the nation, still fell to FSU, but their loss came after a hard fought game that ended in the first half of overtime play.It’s possible this game was an anomaly. Yet with such a strong set of experienced players, it doesn’t seem likely.The Badgers certainly proved they have the talent and experience needed to compete with the best teams in the nation. Now, they must go out and execute down the stretch as they failed to do in 2018.last_img read more

  • NHL playoffs 2019: Stars’ Jason Dickinson taken to locker room after hit by Predators’ Brian Boyle

    first_imgDallas Stars center Jason Dickinson was baptized into the NHL postseason Wednesday night with a shoulder to the face from Nashville Predators forward Brian Boyle. The 6-6 245-pound Boyle popped the unsuspecting Dickinson as he turned the corner along the boards halfway through the first period. NHL PLAYOFFS:Stars-Predators predictions | West predictionsDickinson went to the locker room under his own power and was able to return to the game the following period. The Predators led the Stars in hits, 19-11, through two periods in a contentious Game 1 of their first-round series.last_img read more

  • Andre Iguodala ejected in Warriors-Blazers game

    first_img* * *Subscribe to the Mercury News and East Bay Times for $40 a year and receive a free Warriors championship coffee table book* * *PORTLAND, Ore. – Warriors forward Andre Iguodala was ejected in Saturday’s game against the Portland Trail Blazers after throwing the ball into the stands following the first half. Officials gave Iguodala both a technical and an ejection for what they considered a “hostile act.”Iguodala threw the ball out of frustration after mishandling the ball and failing to …last_img read more

  • Celebrate May 5 with Mexican food

    first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Hola! My family loves ethnic food but Mexican holds a special place in our hearts. Let’s face it, it’s probably more Tex-Mex or Americanized Mexican food, but it’s still one of our family’s favorites. Every Sunday after church we head to El Vaquero to enjoy our favorite chips, beans, rice, burritos, enchiladas all covered in glorious cheese. (Cheese, that’s a story for next month). Mexican food has also been a highlight of our travels. I have been able to tag along on Paul’s last two business trips to Texas, where we really enjoyed the border flavors. The foodie, that’s me, researched to find good local places to enjoy Mexican flavors in Houston, San Antonio, Navasota, College Station and everywhere between. In January, we were able to spend a few days in Dallas, where we enjoyed the local flavors, eating maybe the best taco I have ever eaten…in a gas station. That’s right, a gas station!I admit to knowing next to nothing about Cinco de Mayo (The fifth of May) and along with most Americans it’s just another reason to enjoy Mexican food. I thought it was time to see what this holiday is all about. Latinamericanhistory.com has Seven Facts about Cinco de Mayo. A common misconception is that this is the Mexican Independence Day. It’s not. That is September 16…hey, another reason to go Mexican! The reason to celebrate this important Mexican holiday, is that it celebrates a most unlikely victory. It celebrates a victory of underdog Mexican soldiers with little training and inadequate weapons over the well armed and well trained French army. (Doesn’t this sound reminiscent of our own Revolutionary War?)In 1862 the French Army met the Mexicans in the town of Puebla on their way to the capital to collect a debt and the rest is history. Although losing the battle, the French Army regrouped, got reinforcements, took over Mexico City and then brought in the new Emperor of Mexico. This must be why it’s not that big a deal in Mexico. Although to Mexicans living in the United States, the celebrations are very important. The world’s largest Cinco de Mayo takes place in Los Angeles, California. Hundreds of thousands attend and is even bigger than the celebration in Puebla, Mexico. So, now you know what you are celebrating when you enjoy your chips, salsa and your favorite Mexican beverage on May 5.Here are tips to improve the health of your next Mexican meal.Go easy on chips and dips — Choose salsa over cheese dip. Take just a handful of chips. No refills.Skip the Crunchy Shells and other fried foods — They are delicious but high in fat and calories. If you must have a crunchy taco, skip the tortilla chips. Skip the fried chimichanga, taquitos, chalupas and chile rellenos. Choose soft tortillas, which are baked.Customize Your Order — Beans are full of fiber and a great choice. Choose black or pinto beans. Avoid refried beans, which are usually cooked with extra lard and cheese. Go light on cheese and sour cream or leave off. Add more veggies or a fresh salad.Don’t be afraid to ask — Check out traditional Mexican restaurants and their regional entrees that don’t involve frying at all. Ask if brown rice, whole wheat tortillas, low-fat cheese or steamed veggies are availableIt’s hard to beat local Mexican, but if you host your own fiesta this Cinco de Mayo, give some of these non-traditional Mexican flavors a try. Avocado Ice Cream       http://www.eatingwell.com/ You might be turning up your nose at this and it’s not a dairy product but it is really awesome! Give it a try. 1 1/2 cups water1 1/3 cups sugar1/4 cup lime juice1/3 cup tequilaLime zest for garnish 1      1/2 cups avocado puree (see Tip), from about 3 ripe large avocados After making avocado puree, add water, sugar, lime juice and tequila to the food processor with 1 1/2 cups of the puree; pulse until well combined. Refrigerate the mixture for 1 hour or overnight.Transfer the avocado mixture to the canister of an ice cream maker. Freeze according to manufacturer’s directions. If desired, place the ice cream in the freezer to firm up before serving. Garnish with lime zest, if desired. Nutrition Per 8–1/2-cup serving : 224 Calories; 7 g Fat; 1 g Sat; 4 g Mono; 0 mg Cholesterol; 38 g Carbohydrates; 1 g Protein; 3 g Fiber; 5 mg Sodium; 225 mg Potassium; 2 1/2 Carbohydrate Serving; Exchanges: 2 1/2 other carbohydrates, 1 fatMake Ahead Tip: Prepare through Step 1 up to 1 day in advance. Store ice cream, airtight, in the freezer for up to 1 week. | Equipment: Ice cream makerTip: To make avocado puree, peel and pit 3 ripe large avocados and process in a food processor until smooth. Measure out 1 1/2 cups for the ice cream. Reserve any extra for another use.Mexican Meatball Soup                                          Marcela Valladolid at www.foodnetwork.com  1 tablespoon vegetable oil1/2 small onion, chopped (about 1/2 cup)1/3 cup uncooked long-grain rice2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro1 pound ground sirloin beefSalt and freshly ground black pepper1 carrot, cut into rounds (about 3/4 cup)1 serrano chile, whole1 Yukon gold potato, skin on, diced (about 1 cup)2 tablespoons tomato paste8 cups vegetable stock2 zucchini, diced (about 1 cup)  In a heavy large pot, heat the vegetable oil over medium-high heat. Add the onions and cook until translucent, about 5 minutes. Cool slightly.In a medium bowl, mix together the onion, rice, cilantro, ground meat, 1 teaspoon salt, and 1 teaspoon pepper. Using wet hands, shape the meat mixture into 20 to 22 (1-inch) meatballs.Combine the carrots, serrano chile, potato, tomato paste, and vegetable stock in a saucepan and bring to a boil. Add the meatballs and zucchini and simmer on low heat until the meatballs are cooked through, about 20 minutes. Season the soup with salt and pepper, to taste. 6-8 servings   Five Layer Mexican Dip      2007, Ellie Krieger www.foodnetwork.com  2 teaspoons olive oil1 medium onion, diced2 cloves garlic, minced1 (15.5-ounce) can black beans, preferably low-sodium, drained and rinsed1 Tbsp. minced chipotle pepper in adobo4 tablespoons lime juice1/4 teaspoon ground cumin1 tablespoon water1/2 teaspoon salt2 cups fresh or 10 oz. corn kernels1/4 cup chopped cilantro leaves2 ripe avocados4 medium tomatoes, seeded and diced (about 2 cups)1/4 cup thinly sliced scallion1 tablespoon finely diced jalapeno pepper, optional3/4 cup shredded extra-sharp Cheddar  Heat the oil in a skillet over medium-high heat. Add onions and cook until they soften, about 3 minutes. Stir in the garlic and cook for 2 minutes more.Put half of the onion mixture into a food processor with the black beans, chipotle pepper, 2 tablespoons of the lime juice, cumin, water and salt. Puree until smooth. Set aside.Add the corn to the skillet with the remaining onion mixture and cook for about 3 minutes. Remove from the heat and stir in the cilantro leaves.In a small bowl mash the avocado with the remaining lime juice. In a medium bowl toss together the tomatoes, scallion and jalapeno, if using. Season tomato mixture with salt and pepper, to taste.Spread the black bean dip into the bottom of an 8 by 8 glass baking or serving dish. Top with the corn mixture, spreading it out to form a single layer over the beans, repeat with the avocado, then the tomatoes. Top with cheese. Serve with baked chips.  Serves 12 with ½ c serving. Per Serving:Calories 140; Total Fat 8 g; (Sat Fat 2 g, Mono Fat 3 g, Poly Fat 0.7 g) ; Protein 5g; Carb 16 g; Fiber 5g; Cholesterol 6mg; Sodium 245 mglast_img read more

  • ODNR urges Ohioans to report beech leaf disease

    first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) urges Ohioans to identify and report signs of beech leaf disease to minimize risk of disease spread.Beech leaf disease (BLD) is a newly observed disease affecting American and possibly non-native beech trees. BLD was first discovered in Lake County in 2012 and has quickly spread across northeastern Ohio. Infestations have been found in nine Ohio counties and parts of New York, Pennsylvania, and Ontario, Canada. Government and university scientists are currently working to learn more about BLD, but no causal agent has yet been identified for this disease. The ODNR Division of Forestry has received funding from the U.S. Forest Service to work with various partners within Ohio, other states and Canada to monitor the spread and document the impact of BLD to help inform research efforts and create management tools.Symptoms of BLD include dark striping or banding on otherwise healthy-looking leaves; shriveled, discolored or deformed leaves; and reduced leaf and bud production. Disease progression varies with tree size, but BLD appears to kill small trees within several years. No infected tree has ever been known to recover. BLD is not to be confused with beech blight aphids or eriophyid mites.Reports of BLD will be documented to inform future research and to monitor changes in forest composition and structure. Landowners in northeast Ohio are encouraged to report any signs of BLD and report healthy beech trees. Additionally, landowners are urged to avoid moving beech trees or tree parts to prevent BLD from potentially spreading to new areas.To report BLD, contact ODNR Forest Health Program Administrator Tom Macy at [email protected] or use the BLD section of the NE Ohio Parks app available at parkapps.kent.edu.last_img read more

  • Pitching To VCs? Make Sure To Do Your Homework

    first_imgchris cameron Related Posts Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Tags:#start#StartUp 101 A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…center_img 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… As the new year gets underway, venture capital firms have returned to reviewing possible candidates for new investments. If your startup has a meeting with VCs coming up, be sure to do your homework and research the firm that you are pitching to before you show up without any prior knowledge of their past investments.In a blog post yesterday, Grotech Ventures partner Don Rainey wrote about his Top 5 Rookie Mistakes in Pitching VCs and at the top of his list was not reviewing the firm’s portfolio. Rainey says while it’s not necessary to become an expert of their history, it is important to have a general knowledge of the kinds of companies the firm invests its money in.“If I’ve had three companies in Internet Advertising, for example, you can probably skip explaining simple concepts related to it,” writes Rainey on his blog VC in DC. “If one lacks that awareness, it wastes time AND undermines credibility.” Having a basic knowledge of a firm’s prior deals is not only good for learning about their habits, it also shows that you came prepared and are responsible to do what it takes to succeed. On another level, taking the time to learn about the people you are asking for money from is just a respectful thing to do and will save time for both parties.Also on Rainey’s list was a more straightforward tip: don’t be late to your meeting. But a less obvious mistake he says startups often make is attempting to get the VCs to sign a non-disclosure agreement (NDA) – a topic we recently covered.“Venture Capitalists don’t typically sign non-disclosure agreements,” he says. “Really, we don’t. Best not to ask.” Photo by Flickr user scubasteveo.last_img read more

  • Updates to Gmail Give You Better Control of Your Contacts

    first_imgHaving better control over your Contacts is helpful in terms of organization, no doubt. But it may also represent an important shift as Google adds more social features. One of the longstanding problems with a Google (social) network is that it’s been a mish-mash of relationships – the differences between who you want in a professional address book versus a personal address book, the differences of who you follow on Buzz or on Reader and who’s an email contact. More finely tuned control of Contacts may be one “small tweak,” to use Google’s words, as it moves towards a purported social service. A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Tags:#Google#web Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Google has unveiled a few changes to Gmail, describing the updates as “small tweaks.” Indeed the changes seem like fixes to some of the minor annoyances with the email service. Gmail will now have fewer annoying pop-ups when you receive an error message, for example. Even better, you’ll get a warning when there’s a typo in an email address, such you left out the “.” in “.com.”Perhaps the most interesting and important new feature is the ability to turn off the “auto-save to contacts.” Gmail’s ability to automatically save every email address you send messages to has long been a double-edged sword. On one hand, it makes it easier to find contact information, particularly when that contact is obscure or infrequent. The feature then auto-completes when you type people’s name or address. But on the other hand, when every address from every person you’ve ever emailed ends up there, it can make Contacts cluttered. Now, you can turn that feature off, giving you more control over whose address is stored there. To do so, go to Mail settings page and toggle the button under the General tab. audrey watters Related Posts 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more