Statement Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf released the following statement:“Our thoughts are with the officers and other victims of this horrifying violence. This is a reminder of the danger that those who seek to keep us safe face every day and we are thankful for the law enforcement personnel who put themselves in harms way to protect the people of our commonwealth.”Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: Facebook.com/GovernorWolf September 17, 2016 Governor Wolf Statement on Shooting in Philadelphia SHARE Email Facebook Twitter
With the spring semester at UW-Madison comes the beginning of Madison’s spring sports, as well as the continuation of several sports that began in the fall semester.While football and volleyball — two of UW’s most popular and successful sports — are obviously over, Wisconsin’s spring sports have also seen success in recent years, and they’ll seek more success this year.Without further ado, let’s take a look at the sports happening this semester, beginning with the ones that have already started.Men’s Basketball:With the exception of football, men’s basketball is the epitome of Wisconsin sports. Following a decade of success which resulted in NCAA Tournament appearances in nine out of ten seasons, Wisconsin will look to continue that success as they delve deeper into their conference schedule.Following a surprisingly good start to their Big Ten schedule — including wins against The Ohio State University and Indiana — the Badgers still have several high-profile games remaining on their schedule, including Michigan State and a rematch with OSU.If Wisconsin can hold their own through the last half of their schedule, expect to see them return to the NCAA Tournament in March.Men’s Basketball: Wisconsin upsets Ohio State University in marquee road winThe University of Wisconsin men’s basketball team (9-5, 2-1 Big Ten) upset No. 5 Ohio State University Buckeyes (11-3, 1-2) Read…Women’s Basketball:Despite not having finished with a record above .500 since the 2010-11 season, the Badgers have taken strides toward being a winning program in the last few years, including a 15-16 finish last season under third-year Head Coach Jonathan Tsipis.Tsipis’ team has stayed above .500 thus far, including great play in their non-conference schedule. If the team can remain consistent the rest of the way, expect a return to at least the NIT Tournament, if not the NCAA Tournament.Wrestling:The Badger wrestling team has reached expectations thus far, going a strong 7-1 to this point with their lone loss coming to Iowa in conference play. The Badgers have played high-quality opponents but performed well in each match besides the loss.Wisconsin will face a string of Big Ten opponents between now and March, leading up to the Big Ten Championships and NCAA Championships in March.Wrestling: Catching up with Wisconsin as they begin conference playThe wrestling team has dominated all season, standing at 6-0 before visiting Iowa City this week. They wrapped up November Read…Men’s Hockey:After a promising start to the season, the men’s hockey team collapsed late in the fall semester, losing to weaker opponents despite strong leadership from freshman duo Cole Caufield and Alex Turcotte.If the Badgers want any chance at returning to the NCAA Tournament in a couple of months, they must be consistent and perform well in conference matchups with several high-quality hockey programs.Men’s Hockey: Sitting down with star freshman Alex TurcotteThe University of Wisconsin men’s ice hockey team (7-10-1, 2-7-1-1 Big Ten) is having a rough go at the dish Read…Women’s Hockey:The women’s hockey team had high expectations going into the season, coming off of an NCAA Championship victory last March. The Badgers managed to exceed those expectations in the fall semester, going 18-1-1 with their only two losses coming to Big Ten rival Minnesota.The Badgers will face off with Minnesota again later this week in a matchup at LaBahn Arena. Currently sitting at No. 1 in the WCHA rankings, the Badgers will need to win at least one game against the Gophers in order to remain at the top nationally.Wisconsin will certainly make a run for another NCAA Championship in March’s NCAA Tournament.Women’s Hockey: Offensive weapons key in No. 1 Badgers’ continuing successThe University of Wisconsin women’s hockey team (18-1-1, 10-1-1 WCHA) is off to another predictably hot start. With little loss Read…Men’s and Women’s Tennis:While the men’s tennis team didn’t have a great season last year, they did have at least one promising player in then-freshman Jared Pratt, who went 14-7, including a 9-2 record in Big Ten play. Expect Pratt to take another step forward this season on an all-around young team.The women’s tennis team had a great season last year, finishing 18-6 with a 9-2 record in Big Ten play. The team made an NCAA Tournament appearance as well, falling to Syracuse in the first round. Wisconsin will look to repeat that performance this season with most players returning from last year.Men’s and Women’s Golf:Both the men’s and women’s golf teams had disappointing seasons last year, with the men’s team finishing at the bottom of the Big Ten and the women’s team finishing in ninth out of 14 teams.In the fall season, however, bright spots emerged on each team from young players on each squad. If both teams can build on their successful fall seasons, it is certainly possible for each team to improve on last year’s results.Softball:Last season’s softball team performed extremely well, going 43-14 and 15-8 in the Big Ten en route to an NCAA Tournament berth, where the team fell to No. 1 Oklahoma.The Badgers will look to return to form this season as they battle for another NCAA Tournament appearance against a tough schedule that includes Oklahoma and top-notch Big Ten squads.Flocking to the field: Forward Madison FC, fans take Madison by stormSaturday mornings, Badgers deck out in red and head over to Camp Randall, ready to jump around with 70,000 fellow Read…Forward Madison FC:Following a successful inaugural season in 2019 that resulted in the No. 4 seed in the USL League One playoffs, the Flamingos will look to carry some of that success into 2020.The ‘Mingos have already announced several re-signings, including Don Smart and Christian Díaz. FMFC’s schedule gets underway Mar. 28 on the road before their home-opener Apr. 11 in an expanded USL League One schedule.
Australia overcame Steve Smith’s absence and survived another venomous spell from Jofra Archer to draw the second Test with England and retain their slim advantage in the Ashes.An intriguing, rain-affected encounter at Lord’s concluded with neither side able to forge a positive result, despite England bidding to force the issue when declaring on 258-5 in the second session after Ben Stokes (115 not out) had posted a century. Joe Root’s attack had enough incentive with 48 overs remaining, while a target of 267 was also encouraging for the tourists, even if Smith was unavailable having displayed concussion symptoms on Sunday after copping an Archer bouncer on the third day.Archer (3-32) dismissed David Warner and Usman Khawaja inside the opening six overs, but Smith’s concussion replacement Marnus Labuschagne’s gritty half-century effectively ended England’s hopes, despite Jack Leach (3-37) striking with back-to-back deliveries and Joe Denly’s brilliant catch, as Australia ended on 154-6.20 – This is the first drawn Test in England since June 2016 (Eng v SL); ending a run of 20 matches without one. Wait. #Ashes pic.twitter.com/FU0VnByQM2— OptaJim (@OptaJim) August 18, 2019Rain prevented play from starting for 70 minutes, Stokes and Jos Buttler (31) continuing their fifth-wicket stand in the first session to increase England’s lead to 165.Buttler top-edged Pat Cummins (3-35) to Josh Hazlewood at long leg after lunch before Stokes, then on 55, survived a review following an lbw appeal from Nathan Lyon.Alongside Jonny Bairstow (30 not out), Stokes pushed on, dispatching Lyon over the ropes from successive deliveries as the advantage increased past 200.A single to square leg gave Stokes his seventh Test century and Root called his batsmen in at the end of the following over to give Archer and his bowling colleagues an opportunity to level the series.One innings one fifty for Marnus Labuschagne!Not a bad replacement for Steve Smith at all #Ashes pic.twitter.com/6lBPY1GRdK— ICC (@ICC) August 18, 2019Archer provided early optimism when he snared Warner (5), who prodded to Rory Burns at gully to continue his dreadful Ashes, and then drew the edge of Khawaja (2), bringing Labuschagne, the first concussion substitute in Test history, to the crease.There was no gentle introduction to Archer’s searing speed as Labuschagne was caught flush on the helmet grille from his second delivery, a 91.6 mph rocket that knocked him off his feet before he bolted back up.Cameron Bancroft (16) was trapped in front by Leach but Labuschagne and Travis Head put on 85, with second slip Jason Roy shelling a chance to remove the latter when the alliance was worth 49.Labuschagne (59) eventually fell in controversial circumstances, Root diving forward at midwicket to take a catch and benefiting from a soft signal of out when replays proved inconclusive.As he walked off, the batsman expressed his disapproval to England’s captain, whose team were soon celebrating again when Matthew Wade picked out short leg from Leach’s next ball.That gave the spinner three wickets — and Archer matched that total when Denly produced a fantastic one-handed catch to remove Tim Paine — but Head (42 not out) and Cummins (1 not out) ensured Australia held on.STOKES STARS AT LORD’S AGAINThe home of cricket is quickly becoming Stokes’ stage to shine.At the venue where his heroics helped secure the Cricket World Cup last month, England’s all-rounder made the only century of the contest, digging deep during a tricky spell on Saturday before opening up to give his side a chance, albeit slim, of victory on the final day.MARVELLOUS MARNUS STANDS UP TO ARCHERHaving seen his team’s talisman taken down by one vicious delivery, Smith’s replacement Labuschagne was given a baptism of fire, only coming in to bat for the second innings and facing a fired-up Archer straight away.He came back from being floored by a shorter ball himself to produce a crucial knock — one that helped to ensure Australia remain in front. Labuschagne may be needed at Headingley if Smith cannot return, and here he showed he is up for the fightMOMENT OF THE DAY A diving Denly plucking the ball out of the sky with his left hand after Paine had pulled Archer to the midwicket region. It deserved to be more than just a mere footnote in the contest.KEY OPTA FACTS:— No bowler has taken more Test wickets since the start of 2018 than Pat Cummins (71 — same as Kagiso Rabada).— None of England’s previous 20 Tests on home soil had ended in a draw — the last was against Sri Lanka in 2016.— Warner has been dismissed for single figures in all four innings so far in this Ashes series.— Australia opener Bancroft was dismissed lbw twice in a Test for the first time in his international career.— Stokes recorded his second century at Lord’s — he made 101 against New Zealand back in May 2015.
London, United Kingdom | AFP | Jurgen Klopp will be desperately hoping Chelsea can slow down Manchester City’s title charge this weekend as he balances his Premier League ambitions with a Champions League decider against Napoli.Unbeaten Liverpool are clinging on in the title race — scoring deep into added time against Everton last week and recovering from a goal down to beat Burnley on Wednesday to move just two points behind City.Elsewhere, all eyes will again be on the next instalment in the Old Trafford soap opera, with stuttering Manchester United hosting bottom club Fulham.Tottenham — yet to register a single draw in the Premier League this season — are away to Leicester. Arsenal play lowly Huddersfield.AFP Sports picks out some of the main talking points ahead of the weekend fixtures in the Premier League.Chelsea seek to arrest slideChelsea were unbeaten in their first 12 Premier League games, determinedly hanging on to the coat-tails of Manchester City and LiverpoolBut if they lose to Pep Guardiola’s league leaders at Stamford Bridge on Saturday they will be looking at a yawning gap of 13 points — and it would be their third defeat in four league games.Chelsea defender Marcos Alonso has urged his teammates to forget about the gap, which already looks ominously big.“If we lose we are going to be 13 points from the top and that’s a lot of points but we have to think, prepare for the game well and not pay attention to the table at the moment,” he said. “It’s the perfect opportunity to come back.” Does Mourinho know his best team?Jose Mourinho is desperately casting around for solutions to the malaise at Old Trafford — but is all the chopping and changing hindering, rather than helping?Manchester United have made a total of 46 changes to their starting XI in the Premier League so far this season, including seven changes on Wednesday against Arsenal — more than any other team in the competitionFormer United defender Rio Ferdinand is concerned over the tinkering.“Something needs to be done,” Ferdinand said in his role as a pundit for BT Sport. “The common thing that we’ve seen with this team under Mourinho is changes every week — changes, changes, changes.“That doesn’t bode well for me in terms of the players and for the team because you need to form relationships within a team and you can’t do that when there’s chopping and changing, week in and week out.”Will Klopp ring changes again?Jurgen Klopp made seven changes for his side’s midweek match against Burnley — starting without any of the front three of Sadio Mane, Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino for the first time since September 2017.Despite a scare at Turf Moor, Liverpool won 3-1, taking their tally to 39 points after 15 matches — more than any other Anfield side in history.On Tuesday they face Napoli at Anfield with the prospect of crashing out of the Champions League group stage just over six months after reaching the final — but first they must negotiate a trip to high-flying Bournemouth.Share on: WhatsApp Pages: 1 2
Leaked diplomatic cables that were published Sunday in a British newspaper reveal that Kim Darroch, Britain’s ambassador to the United States, described President Trump’s administration as deeply divided, incompetent and unlikely to show any meaningful improvement while dealing with international issues.Darroch writes in one of the documents published in the newspaper, which is called The Mail on Sunday, “We don’t really believe this administration is going to become substantially more normal; less dysfunctional; less unpredictable; less faction riven; less diplomatically clumsy and inept.”The United States and the U.K. have maintained a strong relationship since World War II.Additionally, the memos refer to Trump’s policy on Iran as “incoherent, chaotic.” Darroch also doubts whether the White House “will ever look competent,” adding that he believes the only way to communicate with President Trump is through simple and blunt language.Darroch does not expect Trump to shift his “America First” strategy, even though the President seemed “dazzled” by British pageantry last month during a state visit hosted by Queen Elizabeth II. He writes, “This is still the land of America First.”Britain’s Foreign Office has not challenged the authenticity of the leaked documents, which cover the past two years. However, it called the leak “mischievous behavior,” adding that the British public expects diplomats to offer honest assessments about the politics of the countries in which they are posted.President Trump has not commented regarding the leak.