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UW fired up to play in-state rival Milwaukee

first_imgIn response to the tough conference loss to Michigan last Sunday, the Wisconsin men’s soccer team is preparing to fight harder and dig even deeper Wednesday when they take on in-state rival UW-Milwaukee.The matchup will be one of the most evenly-matched competitions of the season, as both teams have garnered success despite a few bumps along the way. The Panthers (10-2-1) currently occupy third place in the Horizon League, while the Badgers (9-3-1) have earned impressive wins including defeating Indiana, last year’s NCAA champion. The two teams have played some of the same names and saw similar outcomes for many. Both UW and Milwaukee defeated DePaul, Marquette, Western Illinois and Western Michigan in 2013.But while it remains unclear who has the upper hand in Wednesday’s meeting, one thing is certain: Both teams want the win and want it badly.“I know these guys were disappointed in the results [Sunday],” head coach John Trask said.  “I like to think they’re going to come out with 110 percent effort, and it’s going to take that to get the win against Milwaukee.”As the regular season is beginning to wrap up, with only five games remaining for Wisconsin, the countdown to playoffs makes every point in each game count that much more. Adding to the hype is the tension between the two Wisconsin schools that comes around every year.“[Wednesday] will be a heated rivalry game,” Trask said. “We know their players, and they know our players. It’s going to be a classic battle.”And for junior defender AJ Cochran, looking back at last year’s matchup makes it more than your average in-state rivalry.“Last year we played a very good game against them and they beat us 1-0,” Cochran said.  “That’s still burning inside us, and it’s going to be a fire we have with us on Wednesday.”For Wisconsin, their advantage will continue to be what has helped them progress all season long.“[On] our team, [the advantage] is our experience and maturity,” Cochran said.  “We have a lot of seniors, we’ve played [Milwaukee] a lot, played at their field a lot too, which helps for an away game. We know what their atmosphere is like and know their players.”Wisconsin’s roster this year consists of 13 seniors, most of whom have been playing together for the entirety of their college careers.The Badgers are also very familiar with junior Panther Luke Goodnetter, who spent his freshman year at Wisconsin before transferring to Green Bay and finally ending up in Milwaukee.  This season is Goodnetter’s first year on the field with the Panthers, and he has started most games for Milwaukee as a midfielder, proving himself a key player on the team.Going head-to-head with a former teammate may give Wisconsin a little extra incentive come Wednesday, but if there’s one thing the Badgers pride themselves on, it’s the fight they have shown in each game, regardless of the opponent.“We believe that we are a good team, and the whole season we’ve had a mentality that we’re going to make teams beat us,” Senior Nick Janus said.  “We bring the fight we know we have in us and that we’ll need to beat a team like Milwaukee.”last_img read more

FIBA World Cup: Celtics excited for new season, extra time with new teammate Kemba Walker

first_img“I’m just excited,” Jayson Tatum said here Thursday at Team USA’s practice session at the Mendenhall Center on the UNLV campus. “We’ve got a good team, it’s a new season, everybody’s kind of ready to just get going. Last year didn’t finish how we wanted, so it makes guys hungry and excited for next season.”[email protected] goes glass at the buzzer. #USABMNT pic.twitter.com/XGGlfJYIlS— USA Basketball (@usabasketball) August 8, 2019Walker joined the Celtics this offseason as a part of a sign-and-trade with the Hornets in which Boston sent Terry Rozier to Charlotte and Walker made his way to Boston. He promptly signed a four-year, $140 million deal with the Celtics and will be taking over the point guard spot left vacant by Kyrie Irving, who went to the Nets in free agency. Related News FIBA World Cup 2019: Khris Middleton, Brook Lopez wish Giannis Antetokounmpo the best, just not against U.S. FIBA World Cup 2019: Hawks’ Trae Young leaves Team USA camp with ‘minor injury’ FIBA World Cup 2019: Heat’s Kelly Olynyk suffers leg injury during exhibition game No Celtics player would say a bad word about Irving, but they are eager to turn over a new leaf going into next season.“We’re going to be positive,” Jaylen Brown said. “Last year, I can’t say it can be any worse than that, so coming out and being positive is everybody’s mindset.”The Celtics were picked to win the Eastern Conference one season after going 55-27, finishing second in the East and losing in seven games in the conference finals to LeBron James and the Cavaliers. Things didn’t work out the way they planned though in 2018-19 as Boston slid to 49-33, fourth in the East and lost in the second round to the Bucks, narrowly averting a sweep.“I think on the outside — because there’s not much to talk about for two months in the summer — that’s kind of been a consistent story, and, you know, on the inside we moved on past it a long time ago,” coach Brad Stevens told NBC Sports Boston on Wednesday. “And so it’s been a great vibe in our building, we have a great group of workers.“Jaylen and Jayson are here (in Las Vegas), but they were in Boston last week working all the way up until this point. Obviously we’ve had a ton of our young guys through, we turned that page a long time ago and that’s what you should do after a season. I mean, I think whether you had success or it wasn’t as good as you want, you learn from it and move on.”Brad Stevens on last season: ‘We’ve moved on past it a long time ago, and so it’s been a great vibe in our building’ pic.twitter.com/aVLDnLQmPh— Celtics on NBC Sports Boston (@NBCSCeltics) August 8, 2019Walker didn’t have to deal with the disappointment in Boston’s locker room last season. His disappointment has been Charlotte missing the playoffs in six of his eight seasons on the roster. Despite that, Walker made the Hornets his priority in free agency but simply couldn’t get a deal done with the team that drafted him. He has always stated his love for the city of Charlotte and Hornets fans and for his teammates and the organization, but it ultimately turned out it was time for him to move on.But loyalty like that —and a more talkative manner than new Celtics teammate Marcus Smart expected — already has endeared Walker to his new running mates. And while the four Celtics teammates have only had so much time to develop relationships, it sounds like it’s off to a good start.“We talked a little bit about basketball, but mostly just getting to know each other,” Smart said. “Knowing things that we probably didn’t know about one another and just laughing and joking and building that camaraderie up.”The #USABMNT Blue Team starts out 8-0 on the @usabasketball Select Team. pic.twitter.com/ueRpRd2z7j— NBA (@NBA) August 6, 2019Walker echoed Smart’s sentiments, but he made it clear he still has a way to go before he’ll be guaranteeing any titles in Boston’s future.“I’m the new guy, they already know each other, so it’s just kind of really me and getting acclimated to them and how things go,” Walker said.The Celtics will once again be one of the favorites for a high playoff seed in the East this season and the addition of Walker — and, the Celtics hope, the continued improvement of Gordon Hayward — will go a long way in making that happen.Boston’s success though could start here in Las Vegas and further on in September in China at the FIBA World Cup. Every second these four men spend on the court together can only help going forward even if they are in a different system than the one Stevens runs with the Celtics. LAS VEGAS — There is a consensus among the four Celtics players on Team USA’s FIBA World Cup roster — they can’t wait for next season to start.But the three players on the FIBA roster who are returning from the 2018-19 Celtics share another sentiment — they are looking forward to playing with Kemba Walker. But as Smart will tell you, these teammates will take every moment they can get with each other.“It’s tremendous for us because not a lot of guys get to do this,” Smart said. “Not a lot of guys, not a lot of teams have more than two or three guys out and just working with each other even before the season started.”I think that gives us a little step up on other guys.”last_img read more