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Current Wisconsin Badgers, Burke, Pankowski, Ryan earn spots at USA Hockey camp


August 3, 2015

MADISON, Wis. – Wisconsin senior Courtney Burke, junior Jenny Ryan and sophomore Annie Pankowski are among the 83 players invited to the 2015 USA Hockey Women’s National Festival, which takes place Aug. 11-16 in Lake Placid, New York.

In addition, former Wisconsin stars Brianna Decker, Meghan Duggan, Hilary Knight, Alex Rigsby, Karley Sylvester and Jessie Vetter will participate in the six-day camp.

The festival is an annual training session that will also be used to select a U-18 team and U-22 team that will compete in a pair of series against Canada, Aug. 19-23, at the Lake Placid Olympic Center.

Burke, who will serve as the Badgers’ captain this season, has been named the program’s Defensive Player of the Year in each of her three years at Wisconsin. Burke ranks sixth in school history in defenseman scoring with 73 points after tallying 24 points during her junior year. Her 0.60 points per game average ranked 20th nationally among defensemen.

The 2015 NCAA Elite 89 winner for women’s hockey, Ryan, appeared in all 40 games for UW last year, scoring three goals while adding 19 assists. A native of Victor, New York, Ryan also had a +30 plus/minus rating for the Badgers last year and earned an invitation to the USA Hockey Winter Camp. Ryan will serve as an assistant captain for UW this year.

Pankowski, the USCHO Rookie of the Year, led UW with 21 goals and 43 points during her freshman campaign at Wisconsin. The Laguna Hills, California, native is no stranger to the U.S. program, as she represented her country at the 2013 and 2014 Four Nations Cup and helped Team USA win gold at the 2015 International Ice Hockey Federation World Championship last April.

Burke, Ryan and Pankowski aren’t the only current Badgers who will be participating at a national camp in August. Mellissa Channell, Emily Clark, Sam Cogan, Ann-Renee Desbiens, Sydney McKibbon and Sarah Nurse earned invitations to the 2015 Hockey Canada National Women’s Development Team Selection Camp, Aug. 6-16, in Calgary, Alberta.




Mets teammates Lucas Duda, Noah Syndergaard named NL Co-Players of the Week

Lucas Duda at bat on October 3, 2010by slgckgc on Flickr Licensed under CC BY 2.0 via Wikimedia Commons


Noah Syndergaard pondering on July 25, 2015 by slgckgc on Flickr Licensed under CC BY 2.0 via Wikimedia Commons


First baseman Lucas Duda and starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard of the New York Mets have been named National League Co-Players of the Week for July 27th-August 2nd.

In recognition of their National League Player of the Week Awards, Lucas Duda and Noah Syndergaard will each be awarded a watch courtesy of Game Time, the leader in licensed sports watches, available at

Other noteworthy performances last week included Colorado’s DJ LeMahieu (.481, 7 R, 13 H, .548 OBP); San Diego’s Yangervis Solarte (.444, 4 R, 12 H, .464 OBP); Miami’s Jose Fernandez (1-0, 0.75 ERA, 15 SO, 12.0 IP); and Hector Rondon (0-0, 1.80 ERA, 4 SV, 4 SO, 5.0 IP) of the Chicago Cubs.

Duda led the Majors with seven home runs last week, a 1.632 slugging percentage and 31 total bases while tying for the NL lead with 10 RBI and seven runs scored. The left-handed-hitting slugger posted a .474 batting average (9-for-19) last week, good for second in the NL with a .524 on-base percentage, which ranked fourth. Duda powered the Mets to a three-game sweep of the Washington Nationals over the weekend, helping his club earn a share of first place atop the NL East. On Sunday night, his home run and pair of RBI led the Mets to a 5-2 win in the series finale at Citi Field. His second hit of the night, a lead-off single to start the sixth inning, ended his stretch of 10 hits that each went for extra bases and drove in a run. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, it was the longest such sequence since 2005, when Cleveland Indians slugger Travis Hafner accomplished the same feat. In Saturday’s matchup between the division rivals, Duda drove in all three of New York’s runs in a 3-2 victory. The California native hit two home runs as part of a 3-for-3 outing, giving him a Major League-best five multi-homer games on the season. The multi-homer performance was Duda’s second of the week after clubbing a career-high three long balls in Wednesday’s 7-3 loss to the San Diego Padres. His 21 home runs are tops on the club this season. This is his first career weekly honor.

Syndergaard, a rookie right-hander, was a perfect 2-0 in two starts last week while fanning a Major Leagueleading 18 in an NL-best 16.0 innings of work. His 1.13 ERA (2 ER/16.0 IP) was tied for 10th among qualifying NL pitchers last week. The 22-year-old flamethrower scattered seven hits across 8.0 innings of work on Sunday night while striking out nine Nationals without issuing a walk en route to his sixth win of the season. The performance came on the heels of another 8.0-inning, nine-strikeout, no-walk effort in his previous start on Tuesday in which he held the visiting Padres scoreless while allowing only three hits in a 4-0 win. His 18 strikeouts last week give the Texas native 100 in his 15 starts this season. That total is the fourth-most in Mets history for a pitcher in his first 15 career games behind Dwight Gooden (113), teammate Matt Harvey (109) and Nolan Ryan (106). Syndergaard currently ranks third among Major League rookies in strikeouts behind Tampa Bay’s Nate Karns (106) and San Francisco’s Chris Heston (101). This is his first career weekly award.




White Sox teammates Jose Abreu, Adam Eaton named AL Co-Players of the Week

Jose Abreu White Sox running May 2014 by EricEnfermero - Own work. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons

First baseman Jose Abreu and outfielder Adam Eaton of the Chicago White Sox have been named the American League Co-Players of the Week for the period ending August 2nd.

Other noteworthy performances last week included Didi Gregorius (.480, 7 R, 12 H, 11 RBI) and Mark Teixeira (.364, 1.091 SLG, 5 HR, 9 RBI) of the New York Yankees; Jose and Adam’s teammate Melky Cabrera (.483, 14 H, 5 2B, 8 RBI); Chris Davis (.292, 5 R, 4 HR, 12 RBI) of the Baltimore Orioles; Sonny Gray (1-0, 0.56 ERA, 1 CG, 1 SHO) of the Oakland A’s; R.A. Dickey (2-0, 0.00 ERA, 15.0 IP, 10 SO) of the Toronto Blue Jays; and Nelson Cruz (.387, 12 H, 2 2B, 4 HR) of the Seattle Mariners.

Adam Eaton (courtesy

In recognition of their American League Co-Players of the Week Awards, Jose Abreu and Adam Eaton will each be awarded a watch courtesy of Game Time, the leader in licensed sports watches, available at

Abreu batted .400 (10-for-25) with seven runs scored, three doubles, three home runs and 10 RBI, while Eaton hit .517 (15- for-29) with 10 runs scored, three doubles, one triple, a home run, four RBI and three stolen bases. This marks Eaton’s first career weekly honor and Abreu’s second, last winning with the White Sox on April 27, 2014. Among AL leaders, Jose finished the week third in RBI and slugging percentage (.880), tied for fourth in on-base percentage (.500), tied for fifth in total bases (22), tied for sixth in home runs and tied for eighth in batting average. Adam completed the period first in batting average, hits, on-base percentage (.600) and runs, tied for second in stolen bases, fourth in total bases (23) and seventh in slugging percentage (.793).

Entering play today, Abreu is enjoying a 13-game hitting streak, dating back to July 21st. During this recent hot stretch, the 2014 AL Rookie of the Year Award winner is batting .367 (18-for-49) with 10 runs scored, three doubles, four home runs and 16 RBI. It is already the sixth streak of 10-or-more hits in his two-year career. Within his streak, Abreu, who made the 2014 AL All-Star team in his rookie season, delivered an RBI in a career-high six consecutive games from July 27th – August 1st. In the midst of his own seasonhigh hitting streak, Eaton has recorded a hit in 11 straight games, dating back to July 22nd. During this time, the Springfield, Ohio native is batting .455 (20-for-44) with 14 runs scored, four doubles, a triple, two home runs, five RBI and five stolen bases, while recording multi-hit games in each of his last five outings. Additionally, Eaton has scored a run in a career-high 10 straight games, the most by a White Sox player since Jim Thome scored in a franchise-record 17 straight games to open the 2006 season. Led by Abreu and Eaton, the White Sox have won seven of their last 10 and now sit just 3.5 games back of the Minnesota Twins for the second AL Wild Card.




Opening Round of 40th Junior PGA Championship led by Yujeong Son (Girls) and Philip Barbaree (Boys)



The 40th Junior PGA Championship presented by Under Armour and Genesis Networks is one of the nation’s premier events in junior golf. An elite field of 156 junior golfers is competing this week at Miramont Country Club in Bryan, Texas.


BRYAN, Texas – Yujeong Son of Norman, Oklahoma, is the 18-hole Girls’ Division leader, while Philip Barbaree of Shreveport, Louisiana has the Boys’ Division lead at the 40th Junior PGA Championship presented by Under Armour and Genesis Networks.


Son’s 7-under-par 64 in the morning equaled Ellen Takada’s women’s course record at Miramont Country Club in Bryan, Texas. Takada’s 64 came during the third round of last year’s Junior PGA Championship, which was also played at Miramont.


“It was a good round overall and my putting was great,” said Song. “I was hitting my iron shots really close and I had chances for birdie that I eventually made.”


She later admitted to being “excited” to match the course record, but cautioned that three rounds remained to be played.


Son, 14, is making her debut in the Junior PGA Championship. She qualified by winning the South Central Section Junior PGA Championship in June at Shawnee (Okla.) Country Club.


Thanks largely to eight birdies, Son leads Fai Khamborn (Cincinnati, Ohio) by three shots. Son’s only blemish of the round was a bogey on the par-3 13th hole.


Kaitlyn Papp (Austin, Texas) and Elizabeth Wang (San Marino, California) are tied for third place, four strokes off the pace.


The 72-hole Championship will feature a 54-hole cut to the low 30 boys and 30 girls, including ties.


Barbaree, who finished with a 5-under-par 66, started strong. He reached 4-under by the eighth hole, but then bogeyed consecutive holes,  No. 9 and 10. From there, he surged to the top of the leaderboard by carding three straight birdies on holes 12-14.


According to Barbaree, the back-to-back bogeys, of all things, locked him back in. “I told myself just to learn from it and to remind myself not to do that again,” he said. “Today, I learned.”


Austin Eckroat (Edmond, Oklahoma) and Jack Snyder (Phoenix, Arizona) are tied for second, one shot behind Barbaree. Four others are just two strokes back at 3-under par: Brad Dalke (Hart, Oklahoma), Wilson Furr (Jackson, Mississippi), Nate Menon (Wyomissing, Pennsylvania) and Davis Shore (Knoxville, Tennessee).


Barbaree, who is verbally committed to play collegiate golf at LSU, finished off a historic 37-hole come-from-behind win in the U.S. Junior Amateur on July 25. But, this week, his memories go back further.


He finished fifth in this Championship last year and watched his good friend from Shreveport, Sam Burns, take home the hardware.


Barbaree hopes to duplicate Burns’ win here at Miramont. When asked about their connection, Barbaree acknowledged that he’d like to “keep it [the Jack Nicklaus Trophy] in Shreveport, for sure,” he said. “That’s definitely a motivation for me.”


In addition to claiming the Patty Berg Trophy in the Girls’ Division and the Jack Nicklaus Trophy the boys’ side, the elite field of 156 players at the Junior PGA Championship is vying for an exemption to compete in a PGA Tour or an LPGA Tour event in 2016.


The 2016 Girls’ Division champion will receive an exemption into the 2016 Swinging Skirts LPGA Classic, April 18-24, at Lake Merced Golf Club in San Francisco. The winner of the Boys’ Division will compete at the 2016 Valero Texas Open, April 18-24, at TPC San Antonio in Texas. The agreement was reached between the PGA of America, which annually conducts the Junior PGA Championship, the Valero Texas Open, and the Swinging Skirts LPGA Classic.

For information, updates and scoring, visit us at 40th Junior PGA Championship.





Tom Brady’s 4-game suspension upheld by Commissioner Goodell after appeal

Tom Brady 2011 by Jeffrey Beall - Own work. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons


NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell upheld today the four-game suspension imposed on New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady on May 11. Brady’s appeal ‎from that discipline was heard for more than ten hours on June 23.


In the opinion informing Brady that his appeal had been denied, Commissioner Goodell emphasized important new information disclosed by Brady and his representatives in connection with the hearing.


On or shortly before March 6, the day that Tom Brady met with independent investigator Ted Wells and his colleagues, Brady directed that the cell phone he had used for the prior four months be destroyed. He did so even though he was aware that the investigators had requested access to text messages and other electronic information that had been stored on that phone. ‎During the four months that the cell phone was in use, Brady had exchanged nearly 10,000 text messages, none of which can now be retrieved from that device. The destruction of the cell phone was not disclosed until June 18, almost four months after the investigators had first sought electronic information from Brady.


Based on the Wells Report and the evidence presented at the hearing, Commissioner Goodell concluded in his decision that Brady was aware of, and took steps to support‎, the actions of other team employees to deflate game footballs below the levels called for by the NFL’s Official Playing Rules. The commissioner found that Brady’s deliberate destruction of potentially relevant evidence went beyond a mere failure to cooperate in the investigation and supported a finding that he had sought to hide evidence of his own participation in the underlying scheme to alter the footballs.




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