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Amber Alert For Missing Fishers Girl

first_imgSophia Snow and Jennifer Ansari(Photo: Fishers Police Department.)A statewide Amber Alert has been issued for a missing child and her mother.Detectives believe the 8-year-old child, Sophia Snow, is with her mother, Jennifer Ansari.Police learned that Ansari, 37, took Snow from their Fishers home after she found out that she was losing custody to her ex-husband.The Fishers Police Department are concerned for the child’s safety.Ansari was last seen driving a 2012 burgundy Honda Civic passenger car with Kentucky license plate number 779NZJ.Police said she may be on her way or already in Louisville, Kentucky.Anyone with information should contact their local police department.last_img read more

Farmer Lends Donation To Area Scholarship Fund

first_imgFranklin County farmer David Rosenberger will give $2,500 to a local scholarship, funded by America’s Farmers Grow Communities.Rosenberger, of Bath, was selected as a winner in the program which is sponsored by the Monsanto Fund. The program encourages farmers to enter to win $2,500, which is then directed to the farmer’s nonprofit of choice. He chose the Chris Haas Memorial Scholarship Fund as a recipient of the donation.Chris Haas Memorial Scholarship Fund, David Rosenberger and a Monsanto representative will participate in a ceremonial check presentation in Union County on Tuesday afternoon.America’s Farmers Grow Communities, sponsored by the Monsanto Fund, is part of the America’s Farmers initiative, which highlights the important contributions farmers make every day to our society. For a complete list of Grow Communities winners and morelast_img read more

Thursday Dirt Track checkers fly for Sanders

first_imgThe Thursday night IMCA Modified feature winner at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway Dirt Track was Rob Sanders. (Photo by Ron Olds)LAS VEGAS, Nev. (March 1) – After solid showings at the Duel In The Desert each of the last two years, Rob Sanders got the best of his Las Vegas Motor Speedway Dirt Track foes for a $750 IMCA Modified feature win Thursday night.Sanders started outside Randy Brown on the front row and took charge from the opening green. Alex Stanford was scored second on all 20 circuits and kept the race close after a caution waved with two laps left, but couldn’t catch the leader.“It was amazing,” Sanders said after career win number two in the division and his first victory racing for the Bill Henderson team out of Bakersfield, Calif. “I’ve had a lot of seconds and a lot of top fives. It felt good to finally get the monkey off my back.”After “stumbling on” the right setup, Sanders finished sixth in the 2016 Duel and was ninth last year.He’d also finished ninth in the Wednesday event at LVMS.“I literally had the same car I had last year at the Duel. It was a rocket ship,” said Sanders, pilot­ing a Victory Circle ride. “I held my line, I stayed on the bottom and I stuck with it.”“My mother flew out from New Hampshire to watch me race so she got to see me win,” he added. “That was pretty amazing, too.”R.C. Whitwell worked his way to third on lap 12 and stayed there to the finish. Cody Laney and Chaz Baca completed the top five.Feature results – 1. Rob Sanders; 2. Alex Stanford; 3. R.C. Whitwell; 4. Cody Laney; 5. Chaz Baca; 6. Randy Brown; 7. Jessie Hoskins; 8. Zach Olson; 9. Casey Delp; 10. Joey Price; 11. Jerry Bailey; 12. Hunter McDonald; 13. Chris Comp Jr.; 14. Chad Reichenbach; 15. Chris Delp; 16. Don Martin; 17. Billy Wormsbecker; 18. Terry Hershberger; 19. Brenda Kirby; 20. Brad Hop­kins; 21. Dave Spears; 22. Andy Strait; 23. Justin Miller; 24. Blake Lyle; 25. Josh Dingman; 26. D.J. Shannon; 27. Tyrone Yazzie; 28. Hunter Marriott; 29. Ron Moser; 30. Dave Boardman.last_img read more

Holcomb visits France, fosters economic relationship

first_imgIndianapolis, In. — Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb and the Indiana Economic Development Corporation (IEDC) delegation wrapped up their time in France, concluding a productive series of meetings with global business leaders, industry associations and government officials aimed at strengthening economic ties between Indiana and France. France is the largest European importer of Hoosier-made goods, and the new, nonstop transatlantic flight between the Indianapolis International Airport and Charles de Gaulle Airport in Paris provides even more opportunity to connect with partners abroad.“Nearly 29,000 Hoosiers have careers with French companies, making France the third-largest source of international jobs in Indiana,” said Gov. Holcomb. “We’re here to strengthen those relationships and work to move France even higher up the list.”last_img read more

FIFA bans ex-Tanzania FA boss for 10 years

first_imgRelatedPostsNo Content Available Former Tanzania Football Federation President Jamal Malinzi has been banned by FIFA for 10 years after he was found guilty of misappropriating a “significant amount of funds”.In its decision, published on FIFA’s new legal portal, the Adjudicatory Chamber of the Ethics Committee said Malinzi had misappropriated money from FIFA, the Confederation of African Football and the TFF between 2013 and 2017.Malinzi – a former member of the FIFA Development Committee, which helps to allocate funding worldwide – was also found to have falsified an official document.He has been fined CHF500,000 (£391,000/$503,000/€456,000) in addition to his 10-year ban.The Adjudicatory Chamber said Malinzi, who also served on FIFA’s Committee for Fair Play and Social Responsibility, had received $528,000 (£411,000/€478,000) during a four-year period.The money was to used to repay alleged loans he made, which FIFA found “lack proper justification or explanation”.A sum of $55,000 (£43,000/€50,000), prize money won by Tanzania’s under-17 team at the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations, was also given directly to Malinzi.Malinzi denied any wrongdoing during an appearance in a Tanzanian court last year, which came two years after he was arrested on suspicion of various offences including embezzlement.He insisted he had provided loans to the TFF to help with the running of the organisation.“His conduct was highly detrimental to his association, resulting in the misuse of significant amounts which could have benefitted all its stakeholders, but also to the development of football in Tanzania,” the Adjudicatory Chamber said in its decision.“It must also be borne in mind that Mr Malinzi committed the offence on various occasions and over a course of several years.” Tags: FIFA< TanzaniaJamal Malinzilast_img read more

Manchester City cruise to victory over Sunderland

first_img Mannone managed to stop one effort early in the second half from David Silva after a clever flick from the brilliant De Bruyne, who was soon on the scoresheet himself before the hour. He had intended to tee up Bony and although Sebastian Coates’ slide tackle took the ball away from him, it rolled into the Belgian’s path and left him with a simple finish for his 10th City goal. The home side were able to introduce Kompany just after the hour, yet only after they conceded once again without him on the pitch. Substitute Lee Cattermole’s scuffed shot found its way through to Borini and, at the second attempt, he beat Hart at the near post Kompany was then introduced to cheers from a record attendance and he did hang around long enough to see Bony blaze a penalty over after Silva was tripped by Coates, seemingly outside of the area. That crowd then fell silent as Kompany’s number four was flashed on the fourth official’s board when Martin Demichelis came on with 19 minutes to go, and the captain shook his head before heading straight down the tunnel with home fans once again fearing the worst. TWEET OF THE MATCH @markbooth_mcfc: “Heartbreaking for Vincent. Made perfect sense to give him some minutes in this low pressure situation but the man has no luck at the moment.” A mixed afternoon for Manchester City. https://twitter.com/markbooth_mcfc/status/680788645931036672 PLAYER RATINGS MANCHESTER CITY Joe Hart: 6 Bacary Sagna: 6 Eliaquim Mangala: 6 Nicolas Otamendi: 6 Aleksandar Kolarov: 6 Fernandinho: 7 Yaya Toure: 8 Kevin De Bruyne: 9 David Silva: 9 Raheem Sterling: 8 Wilfried Bony: 7 Substitutes: Vincent Kompany: 4 Fabian Delph: 6 Martin Demichelis: 6 SUNDERLAND Vito Mannone: 4 Billy Jones: 4 Sebastian Coates: 4 John O’Shea: 4 Patrick van Aanholt: 4 Adam Johnson: 5 Yann M’Vila: 6 Jordi Gomez: 5 Fabio Borini: 7 Steven Fletcher: 5 Danny Graham: 6 Substitutes: Lee Cattermole: 5 Jeremain Lens: 5 Duncan Watmore: 5 STAR MAN Kevin De Bruyne. There were a number of outstanding candidates on the City side but the Belgian caught the eye throughout. He was full of running, his crosses were dangerous and hit the target, and his general passing and vision were excellent. He was involved in a lot of City’s good work and claimed a deserved goal in the second half. MOMENT OF THE MATCH City pieced together a number of good moves throughout of the match and might have been rewarded with more goals than they managed. One such move that did not bear fruit came early in the second half as De Bruyne picked out a brilliant run from David Silva with an inch-perfect rabona-style pass. Silva’s shot looked to be curling inside the far post but Vito Mannone produced a fine one-handed save. VIEW FROM THE BENCH This was just what City boss Manuel Pellegrini required – injury to Vincent Kompany aside – after the frustration of Monday’s loss to title rivals Arsenal. Admittedly Sunderland were poor, but his side did not lack motivation and were at their destructive best in attack – and it is probably a bonus that they did that without Sergio Aguero. There were occasional moments of worry in defence, but Pellegrini always says that matters little if the rest of the team are functioning. For Sam Allardyce, this was one to write off. There is still plenty of time for his side to haul themselves out of trouble but they are starting to slip behind and performances like this will drain confidence. MOAN OF THE MATCH The attendance of 54,523 was a record for the recently enlarged Etihad Stadium and the fans were in a good mood from the off after what proved a popular unveiling of the club’s new badge. The team lived up to expectations too, delivering a fine performance. Sadly the atmosphere was killed by Kompany’s injury. The Belgian, coming off the bench after eight games out, had been on the field just nine minutes when he trudged off, apparently injured again. His shake of the head said it all, and the crowd were stunned into silence. It ruined what had been a good day for City. WHO’S UP NEXT? Leicester v Man City (Barclays Premier League, Tuesday, December 29) Sunderland v Liverpool (Barclays Premier League, Wednesday, December 30) Three goals in 11 first-half minutes helped Manchester City sweep aside Sunderland 4-1 at the Etihad but captain Vincent Kompany’s return from injury lasted only nine minutes to take the gloss of the victory. And although Kompany was brought on for his first appearance since November 8 shortly afterwards, that comeback proved to be short-lived as the Belgian was forced off again after appearing to injury himself when he tried to poke the ball away from Borini. It casts his availability for the clash at high-flying Leicester on Tuesday in doubt and City then travel to Watford, Everton and Norwich in a tricky run of four successive away games. Like Kompany, Sergio Aguero started on the City bench, but it was Sunderland’s starting line-up that included more surprises. Forwards Danny Graham, Steven Fletcher and Borini all started and Vito Mannone was selected ahead of ex-City goalkeeper Costel Pantilimon for his first Premier League start of the campaign. It proved to be a decision that backfired as Mannone was beaten on three occasions early on. Sterling had earned an early caution for diving when he cut past Billy Jones in the area, but the full-back was not close enough to stop the England international breaking the deadlock after 12 minutes with a header from De Bruyne’s fizzing right-wing cross. Mannone was picking the ball out of his net again five minutes later when Toure trotted forward and steered a 25-yard left-foot try into the far corner, a nd it was 3-0 soon afterwards as De Bruyne’s free-kick was glanced beyond the hapless Mannone from 15 yards by Bony’s downward header. However, City did once again look shaky at the back in Kompany’s absence and Graham should have scored when heading wide, while Joe Hart was forced into his only save of the half from Borini. Raheem Sterling, Yaya Toure and Wilfried Bony all struck in the opening 23 minutes before Kevin De Bruyne got in on the act early in the second half when Kompany was still on the bench. City’s defensive fragility without the skipper was evident once more, though, as Fabio Borini’s effort denied them a clean sheet – the 10th time in the Barclays Premier League they have failed to shut the opposition out when their captain has not been present. Press Associationlast_img read more

Arsene Wenger expects busy January transfer window for Arsenal

first_imgArsene Wenger admits he expects to be busy throughout the January transfer window as he looks to recruit players who can help keep his Arsenal side top of the table. “I maintain what I said that he could make it back for February or even earlier,” the Frenchman said of Wilshere. “He will be available again. Considering England play the Euros on June 10, that is a long way.” While much has been made about who will arrive in north London during the window, Wenger admitted France international full-back Mathieu Debuchy may be allowed to leave the club. The 30-year-old has fallen below Hector Bellerin in the pecking order having missed a large portion of last season due to two serious injuries. Debuchy, who has started just twice in the league this season and been substituted both times, said earlier in December that he needs to play to get back into the France set-up ahead of the Euros and that he was seeking talks with Wenger to clarify his future. But the Arsenal boss suggested on Wednesday that he was open to offers for the former Newcastle man. “It’s not impossible,” he said when asked if Debuchy may leave the club in January, adding: “I’m happy if he stays but we’ll see.” The Gunners sit at the Barclays Premier League summit but it is only goal difference keeping them ahead of the season’s surprise package Leicester. Wenger’s side recovered from a Boxing Day hiding at Southampton to beat Bournemouth on Monday and face struggling Newcastle at the Emirates Stadium this weekend looking to keep hold of top spot. Press Association By then the January transfer window will have opened and, although refusing to confirm the club were close to signing Basle midfielder Mohamed Elneny, Wenger did say he will be looking for new faces – especially as the likes of Danny Welbeck, Jack Wilshere and Francis Coquelin remain sidelined for some time through injury. “I’ll be busy, that’s for sure,” he replied when asked about his January transfer business. “I’m already busy and I said already one month ago we are a bit short to deal with all the competitions we face, especially in midfield. We will be busy, yes.” When asked specifically about Egypt international Elneny, Wenger was more coy amid speculation the 23-year-old had already undergone a medical: “You know more than I do,” he said. “Unfortunately we cannot announce anything at the moment about this player because nothing has been concluded.” With a squad still suffering the effects of injuries to key personnel, Wenger has also been linked with moves for the likes of former Manchester United striker Javier Hernandez and Victor Wanyama of Southampton. While revealing he hopes to have Alexis Sanchez fit for the FA Cup third-round clash with Sunderland on January 9, the prognosis on Wilshere and Welbeck has been fluctuating for some time. Both England internationals are now due to be back in late February – but Wenger dismissed claims Wilshere could miss the European Championship in the summer as he continues his comeback from a broken leg suffered in pre-season. last_img read more

BC-BBO–This Date in Baseball

first_img2001 — Houston’s Craig Biggio had five hits to tie a major league record for a season opener, leading the Astros past the Milwaukee Brewers 11-3.2006 — Seattle’s Kenji Johjima became the first Japanese catcher to start a major league game and also homered for his first hit in the Mariners’ 5-3 loss to Los Angeles.2008 — Kansas City the Tigers 4-1 at Detroit to complete a season-opening three-game sweep. It was the first time the Royals started the year with a sweep on the road since 1977.2011 — Ian Kinsler and Nelson Cruz became the first set of teammates to homer in each of the first three games in a season, and Matt Harrison pitched the Texas Rangers to a 5-1 victory over the Boston Red Sox.2015 — Miami Marlins pitcher Jarred Cosart was fined an undisclosed amount for violating Major League Rule 21(d)(3), which “prohibits players from placing bets with illegal bookmakers or agents for illegal book makers.” BC-BBO–This Date in Baseball Associated Press 2015 — Corey Hassel hit a three-run homer in the bottom of the 18th inning to lead Oklahoma State to a 6-3 victory over Texas in a game that ended after 6 hours, 51 minutes.Chicago Cubs 8-2 in baseball’s first season opener away from the United States and Canada.END,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6 2012 — Matt Cain and the San Francisco Giants agreed to a $127.5 million, six-year contract, the largest deal for a right-handed pitcher in baseball history.2017 — Madison Bumgarner hit two homers but the Arizona Diamondbacks scored twice with two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning off new San Francisco closer Mark Melancon to beat the Giants 6-5 in a wild season opener. Bumgarner retired his first 16 batters and became the first pitcher to hit two home runs on opening day. He struck out 11 with no walks in seven innings.April 31923 — Expelled “Black Sox” players Happy Felsch and Swede Risberg sued their former club for back salary and $400,000 in damages. They were among eight members of the Chicago White Sox team charged with fixing the 1919 World Series.1966 — The New York Mets won the right to sign Southern California pitcher Tom Seaver when Commissioner William Eckert pulled the team’s name out of a hat. Eckert had voided Seaver’s contract with Atlanta, when the Braves signed him during his college season. Cleveland and Philadelphia were the other two teams that had a chance, matching the Braves’ original $40,000 offer. April 11931 — Pitcher Virne Mitchell, 17, signed with the Chattanooga club of Tennessee, becoming the first woman to play for an otherwise all-male baseball team.1972 — The first collective players strike in major league history began. The strike lasted 12 days and canceled 86 games.1996 — Umpire John McSherry, 51, who planned to see doctors the next day about an irregular heart beat, collapsed seven pitches into Cincinnati’s opener and died at a hospital about an hour later.1970 — An investment group headed by Bud Selig bought the Seattle pilots for $10.8 million. 1995 — Major league baseball players end their strike when Federal judge Sonia Sotomayor of U.S. District Court in Manhattan rules against the owners in the labor dispute.1996 — The Seattle Mariners beat the Chicago White Sox 3-2 in 12 innings in major league baseball’s season opener, the first major league game played in March.1998 — The Tampa Bay Devil Rays and Arizona Diamondbacks looked like expansion teams in their first games. The Devil Rays fell behind 11-0 in an 11-6 loss to Detroit at Tropicana Field, and the Diamondbacks dropped a 9-2 decision to the Colorado Rockies at Bank One Ballpark. Milwaukee dropped a 2-1 decision at Atlanta in the Brewers’ first game since becoming the only team to switch leagues this century.2003 — The Cincinnati Reds played their first regular season game at the Great American Ballpark. The Pittsburgh Pirates spoiled the day with a 10-1 win.2013 — The Houston Astros, coming off consecutive 100-loss seasons, made an impressive debut in the American League, trouncing the Texas Rangers 8-2 in the major league opener. Having switched from the National League to the AL in the offseason, the Astros earned their first opening day victory since 2006 and the 4,000th regular-season win in franchise history. March 26, 2020 1931 — Virne Beatrice “Jackie” Mitchell, the first woman in professional baseball, pitched against the New York Yankees in an exhibition game in Chattanooga. Babe Ruth waved wildly at the first two pitches and took a third strike. Lou Gehrig timed his swing to miss three straight pitches. Tony Lazzeri, after trying to bunt, walked and Mitchell left the game.1952 — Hall of Fame outfielder Monte Irvin of the New York Giants broke his ankle in an exhibition game. Irvin played just 46 games that season.1984 — The New York Mets lost to the Cincinnati Reds 8-1 for their first opening-day defeat in 10 years.1996 — St. Francis of Illinois pummeled Robert Morris 71-1, with Robert Morris coach Gerald McNamara ending the after four innings.1997 — For the first time, the salary of one player — Albert Belle — exceeded the payroll of an entire team — the Pittsburgh Pirates. Belle, the game’s highest-paid player for 1997 at $10 million, made $928,333 more than the whole Pirates payroll of $9,071,667. 2001 — Roger Clemens became the AL strikeout king, getting five to pass Walter Johnson as the Yankees beat Kansas City 7-3 in their season opener. Clemens fanned Joe Randa for his 3,509th career strikeout.2003 — Alex Rodriguez became the youngest player to hit 300 home runs, connecting for a three-run drive in the Texas Rangers’ 11-5 loss to the Anaheim Angels. Rodriguez at 27 years, 249 days old, surpassed Hall of Famer Jimmie Foxx (27 years, 328 days).2003 — The Detroit Tigers became the first team to have four pitchers make their major league debuts in the same game — Jeremy Bonderman, Wilfredo Ledezma, Chris Spurling and Matt Roney. The Tigers lost 8-1 to the Minnesota Twins.2007 — Tampa Bay’s Elijah Dukes homered in his first big league at-bat in a 9-5 loss to the New York Yankees.2011 — Ian Kinsler of Texas became the first major leaguer with leadoff homers in each of his team’s first two games. Kinsler hit the first of four homers by the Rangers in a 12-5 victory over the Boston Red Sox. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditMarch 311961 — The Pacific Coast League’s proposal to use a designated hitter for the pitcher was rejected by the Professional Baseball Rules Committee by a vote of 8-1.1968 — Seattle, the American League’s second new team, announced its nickname — the Pilots. 1989 — A. Bartlett Giamatti took over as baseball commissioner.2001 — The Toronto Blue Jays beat the Texas Rangers 8-1 when the major league baseball season opened in San Juan, Puerto Rico.2013 — Bryce Harper homered in his first two at-bats, Stephen Strasburg retired 19 batters in a row and the defending NL East champion Washington Nationals opened the season with a 2-0 victory over the Miami Marlins. Harper, the reigning NL Rookie of the Year, hit solo shots over the out-of-town scoreboard in right-center field off Ricky Nolasco in the first and fourth innings.2013 — Clayton Kershaw launched his first career home run to break a scoreless tie in the eighth inning, then finished off a four-hitter that led the Los Angeles Dodgers over the San Francisco Giants 4-0 on opening day. Kershaw became the first pitcher in the majors to homer on opening day since Joe Magrane of St. Louis in 1988. He was the first pitcher to throw a shutout and hit a home run in an opener since Bob Lemon for Cleveland in 1953.April 2 1985 — The Players’ Association agreed with the owners to expand the 1985 League Championship Series from best-of-five to best-of-seven.1994 — The St. Louis Cardinals beat the Cincinnati Reds 6-4 in the first Sunday night opener, sending baseball into a new era with three divisions and a new playoff format.1998 — Milwaukee’s Jose Valentin hit three homers and drove in five runs to lead the Brewers to a 7-1 victory over the Florida Marlins.2000 — Andres Galarraga made a triumphant return to Turner Field. Out all of last season because of a cancerous tumor in his back, Galarraga hit a tiebreaking home run in the seventh inning that lifted the Atlanta Braves over Colorado 2-0.2000 — Savannah State’s baseball team set an NCAA record for consecutive victories. The Tigers beat Claflin 8-0 and 21-1, extending its streak to 42 and eclipsing the record of 40 by Marietta College of Ohio, a Division II school, last year.last_img read more

Caz girls tennis defeats J-E; Chittenango beats Marcellus

first_imgThough Nova Berger lost 7-5, 7-5 to Anisa Bort in first singles, Nina Royer got Cazenovia on the board, beating Meghan Whalen 6-2, 6-3 as Clare Douglas routed Wendy Carter 6-1, 6-1.The Lakers also won three of the four doubles matches. Alex Galle and Baylee Pierce handled Lexi Delfavero and Delaney Dunham 6-0, 6-1, with Julia Knutsen and Emma Schwartz defeating Maddie Green and Maria LaFleur 6-1, 6-1. Katie Pavelchak and Mae Sayre beat Skylar Crysler and Hayley Holland 6-1, 6-3.Other matches last week were rained out, and so Cazenovia and Chittenango were set to close the regular season against each other on Monday afternoon and make up other contests before the Section III playoffs start.Share this:FacebookTwitterLinkedInRedditComment on this Story Tags: CazenoviaChittenangogirls tennis It proved quite a good week for area high school girls tennis teams, with Cazenovia continuing to play well and Chittenango ending a long win streak by the Marcellus Mustangs.Chittenango’s big moment against Marcellus came last Tuesday afternoon, the Bears leaning on its strong singles play and snatching a point in doubles to edge the Mustangs 4-3.Anna Rooney started the Bears’ singles run with a 6-0, 6-3 victory over Danielle Copp. Brooke DiFlorio won over Colleen Marsh 6-2, 6-4, while Delaney Dawkins claimed a 6-1, 6-2 decision over Kaitlyn Kemp.center_img Twice in doubles, the Bears fell in three sets, with Abbie Austin and Allison Soulier unable to hang on in a 5-7, 7-5, 6-4 defeat to Megan Mitchell and Morgan Walsh as Brianna Crystal and Keelin Davie met the same fate, falling to Bella Clarke and Isabella Demeis 4-6, 6-1, 6-2.Thus, Leah DeMauro and Jessica Hallock had to win – and after dropping the first set, they rallied past Sophia Shaw and Maddie Vetsch 3-6, 6-4, 10-3 to claim the clinching point.Cazenovia had met Jordan-Elbridge last Tuesday, relying on its overall quality to turn back the much-improved Eagles 5-2.last_img read more

Men’s soccer starts Big Ten play against former coach

first_imgAaron Nichols and the Wisconsin men’s soccer team open Big Ten play against Indiana, who is led by UW’s former head coach.[/media-credit]As the Wisconsin men’s soccer team enters Big Ten play, the Badgers will square off in Bloomington against their heated rivals, Indiana, now led by UW’s former head coach.Sunday’s game at Indiana (5-3-0, 1-0-0 Big Ten) will be a chance for Wisconsin to showcase its talent in front of current Hoosiers head coach Todd Yeagley, who ended his one-year tenure at UW to take the spot at his alma mater.Senior goalkeeper and captain Ryan Vint says squaring off against Yeagley should serve as more of a motivation than a distraction for the team.According to Vint, the Badgers will try to show they are better without Yeagley. Instead, his presence will further promote a sense of competitiveness to a game that is already of utmost importance to UW.Current Wisconsin head coach John Trask wants to downplay that element of the matchup.“Is there going to be extra emphasis from us…because Todd was our coach a year ago? If that’s what it takes for us to get up for a game – to prove the coach wrong for leaving – that’s not what we’re trying to build here,” Trask, a former Indiana coach and player, said.Wisconsin (1-6-1) has struggled recently against Indiana, dropping last year’s Big Ten opener to IU 1-0 and then losing again to the Hoosiers 2-0 in the Big Ten Tournament to end UW’s season. Indiana leads the all-time series with Wisconsin 32-3-4.“It’s not going to be tough to get prepared for it,” Vint said. “It’s just one of those games that you just naturally come ready to play. Being voted last in the Big Ten polls was a pretty big reason for me to show all of the Big Ten that we are not here to just get stepped on.”Like last season, Wisconsin has scored only five goals eight games into the season and has not converted on many scoring opportunities.Vint said the team could benefit from taking all the “half chances,” or opportunities that do not give players a perfect shot on goal but still put pressure on the opposing defense and goalkeeper.Freshman Chris Prince may soon be a solution as he has impressed coaches and teammates so far this season, already earning a starting position at forward in six games. While Prince is tied for third on the team in total shots and shots on goal this season, he has yet to connect for a goal.“Any goal scorer will tell you a lot of it is confidence, and confidence comes from hitting the back of the net,” Trask said. “If Chris Prince could tickle the back of the net, all of a sudden, he becomes a much more dangerous threat every time we move down the field as a unit.”The IU squad boasts a high-powered offense featuring forwards Will Bruin and Andy Adlard, who have each scored 15 points and combined for 10 goals this season. Additionally, Hoosier midfielders Nikita Kotlov and Harrison Petts each have assisted in three goals thus far.“Obviously, we’ll have to keep an eye on Will Bruin; he’s a great player,” senior defender and captain Aaron Nichols said. “I think it’s going to come down to being focused for the entire 90 minutes…and never making those small mistakes. Keeping good principle defensively and working together as a team, knowing that we have each others’ back [on tackles will be key].”The Badgers are coming off a discouraging loss at Marquette Tuesday, a game Trask said was not the most motivating environment for the players.According to Trask, Wisconsin’s loss against Marquette was the first game in which the team failed to surpass its performance form the prior game.“Hopefully to me there is a level of excitement going into the Big Ten season that we didn’t see [Tuesday] night,” Trask said. “Hopefully it was a ‘one off’ and we’ll be ready to really put our best foot forward this weekend.”last_img read more