Women’s hockey ready to kick off 2012 campaign

first_imgForward Brianna Decker returns for her senior season after winning the Patty Kazmaier award last season. She scored 37 goals and tallied 45 assists in her junior season.[/media-credit]Fresh off a national runner-up finish to Minnesota last season, the Wisconsin women’s hockey team drops the puck on its season Sept. 28 against Minnesota State-Mankato. Head coach Mark Johnson and the No. 2 Badgers are hoping to avenge the loss and build off the four national championships Johnson has won in his 11 years at the helm of the program.Wisconsin had its first scrimmage of the year recently, and Johnson ensured the scrimmage had a “game-like atmosphere” with referees, introductions and the use of the Jumbotron. The Badgers added eight new freshmen to the roster this year – including Johnson’s own daughter Mikayla – to replace last season’s graduating seniors.Johnson stressed the importance of giving each freshmen a glance into the atmosphere they will be seeing much of throughout the season. The coach is excited for the new crop of Badgers in the program.“It’s a fun part of our business; the expectations stay the same as a group but the fun part is to see them develop,” Johnson said. “If they’re willing to commit, if they’re willing to do the little things to prepare themselves when the opportunities present themselves, hopefully they’ll respond.”One of the most glaring holes to fill will be graduated captain Hilary Knight, who left Wisconsin as the all-time leader in points (262), goals (143), power-play goals (37) and short-handed goals (8).Though the loss of Knight will be felt throughout the program, a huge boon to the Badgers is the return of Brianna Decker, who led the team with 37 goals and 45 assists en route to winning the Patty Kazmaier Award, annually given to college hockey’s best female player.Decker will wear the captain’s “C” on her Badgers jersey, and Johnson cited the importance of her return, likening her to former stars like Knight and Meghan Duggan by noting that Decker has followed their example by refusing to change her daily routine and approach to the game.In addition to Decker’s talent, Johnson pointed to her experience playing for the national U-22 team in Calgary as an added bonus to the team. As a senior captain, the head coach hopes her presence and motivation will assist the freshmen.But Decker won’t be doing all the leading for the Badgers. She will be joined by junior goaltender Alex Rigsby, who will serve as assistant captain along with senior defender Stefanie McKeough. Rigsby led the nation in total saves with 1,044 and compiled a sterling 33-5-2 record with a .949 save percentage. Johnson is pleased that though the program lost several key players, there is ample experience to provide guidance as the season begins.When it does, Wisconsin will be moving into the brand new LaBahn Arena and will open at home against Bemidji State Oct. 19. Johnson is excited to have a new place to call home noting, “there definitely is a ‘wow’ effect when you walk in.”Johnson mentioned athletic director Barry Alvarez and others as the notable proponents in pushing for the new facility, and said it shows the athletic department is “committed to our athletes and giving the coaches the best resources possible.”Johnson also spoke about coming back after a national championship loss, and how it was different from coming back after winning a national championship.“Obviously, winning is nice, but the process doesn’t change,” Johnson said. “It continues today the same way it did 10, 11 years ago when I started.” If the past is any indication, Johnson and the Badgers appear to be in good shape to once again contend for a national title.last_img read more

Scottish bookies warn of job losses without government support

first_img Submit BGC calls for updates to ‘outdated’ payment regulations August 21, 2020 Share Share UK gambling adopts toughest online advertising code to protect underage audiences August 27, 2020 Related Articles Scottish bookmakers have warned First Minister Nicola Sturgeon that hundreds of jobs could be at risk if the government does not implement a business rates relief to help them cope with the cost of the Covid-19 pandemic.Unlike in England, Holyrood opted to exclude betting shops from its business relief scheme, which was designed to support businesses which had seen a drop in income during the pandemic.Despite objections, Scottish Ministers have refused to offer grant support to betting shops, which according to John Heaton, Chairman at Scotbet, hits businesses at a time when takings are already down.Reported on Politics Home, Heaton explained that the decision to not offer business rates relief will cost his business over £400,000. He said: “We feel very frustrated that we haven’t had the financial support independent bookmakers in England and others in the betting and gaming sector here in Scotland have received.“The sums involved are not material to the large bookmakers but, for us, it is about survival. The likely impact is that the independent sector will die and the big bookmakers carry on regardless, grateful that their independent competitors have been removed for them.”The Government’s retail, hospitality and leisure support grant had been offered to a number of betting and gaming industry establishments including amusements, bingo halls, entertainment centres and racetracks, but not betting shops.After reopening on 29 June, Scottish betting shops had also previously been told that they could not have chairs, gaming machines or show live racing to stop crowds congregating indoors. These restrictions, which were only applicable in Scotland, are expected to be lifted from 22 July following intervention from the Betting and Gaming Council (BGC).BGC chief executive Michael Dugher said: “We were delighted when the Scottish Government listened to us lifting the restrictions, which had led to a fall in turnover of up to 95 per cent compared to pre-lockdown in some shops.“We are now calling on them to apply the business rates relief and grant support that others in our industry have received to betting shops.“These businesses employ thousands of men and women across Scotland, and they deserve their government’s full support now that they are back at work. If they don’t get it, many will sadly lose their jobs as their shops are forced to close.“The Scottish Government needs to pull out all the stops to prevent that from happening and ensure betting shops can play their part in getting the economy back on its feet.” StumbleUpon BGC lauds success of whistle to whistle ban August 21, 2020last_img read more

England win Nations Cup at Spanish championship

first_img5 Mar 2012 England win Nations Cup at Spanish championship The England team of Holly Clyburn, Charley Hull and Meghan MacLaren won the Nations Cup at the Spanish women’s amateur championship at El Valle. Their team score was six-under par for the two strokeplay qualifying rounds and they pipped France A by one stroke. Germany A was a further two shots back in third place. The Nations Cup was decided on the best two scores returned by each team of three on each qualifying day. The counting scores came from Charley Hull (Woburn), who was five under par for the two rounds (68, 69), and Holly Clyburn (Woodhall Spa) who was one under (71, 70). Both players went on to the matchplay stages of the championship, alongside English U15 champion Gabriella Cowley (West Essex) and Emilee Taylor (Holme Hall). The Lincolnshire pair of Holly and Emilee were both beaten in the first round, while Charley, the number two seed, and Gabriella bowed out in the second knockout round. The championship was won by Karolin Lampert of Germany. Nations Cup leading scores: 278 (-6) England – Holly Clyburn (Woodhall Spa), Charley Hull (Woburn), Meghan MacLaren (Wellingborough) 279 France A 281 Germany A 283 Spain, Sweden C 284 Wales Image copyright leaderboardphotography.comlast_img read more