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Missouri-Kansas City, due to budget reasons, travel, makes decision rejoining The Summit League


“I did a comprehensive review of our department, from a student-athlete welfare standpoint and from a financial standpoint. I thought it was important we make a decision on who do we want to be and where do we want to go. That’s a journey and it all begins with one step. This is a step.” – Brandon Martin, UMKC Athletics Director

After seven years as a member of the Western Athletic Conference, The University of Missouri-Kansas has accepted an invitation to return to the Summit League. UMKC said Thursday it has notified the Western Athletic Conference of its intention to withdraw after the end of the upcoming academic year. The school will begin play in the Summit League in the 2020-21 academic year.

It was a decision that UMKC AD Brandon Martin says will benefit the student-athletes and the university in a few ways.

“Our primary job is to best position our student-athletes to have great campus experiences, as well as to optimize their potential athletically. When UMKC joined the WAC, travel began to impact the student-athletes. When you travel to Bakersfield that’s 1,600 miles, to Seattle that’s 1,800 miles. In the Summit League, we don’t have to travel more than 1,000 miles.”

He tells CollegeAD with less travel comes a large amount of financial savings.

“We are going to save significant amounts of money by not having to put our kids on planes for every competition.”

Martin says those savings will be put to good use inside the athletic department and will benefit the student-athletes.

“This is all part of our comprehensive excellence agenda of building that championship culture. When we have cost savings, we are going to reinvest in the infrastructure of our sports programs. This was a critical move we had to make.”

UMKC will give the Summit League 10 schools, joining Denver, Purdue University Fort Wayne, North Dakota, North Dakota State, Nebraska Omaha, Oral Roberts, South Dakota, South Dakota State and Western Illinois. All of the participating schools are closer to home and will hopefully develop a more engaged fanbase.

“It allows us to build and traveling fan base and rivalries. Right now, we don’t have rivalries, who are we going to have a rivalry with? Chicago State? New Mexico State? Our fans remember the time we were in the Summit League, now we’ll have fans that can travel and we’ll have rivalries.”

When UMKC was a member of The Summit League from 1994-2013, the university captured multiple championships in men’s soccer (2001, 2003, 2010), men’s tennis (1998-2000, 2010-13), softball (2002, 2011) and indoor and outdoor track and field titles on both the men’s and women’s side from 1997-2000 during its first 19-year run.


Crew SC back to MLS action today hosting Sporting KC at 5:00 pm




Crew SC set to hold “Celebration of Women in Sports” and “Stuff the Stadium” backpack drive at MAPFRE Stadium on Sunday



COLUMBUS— Columbus Crew SC (5-9-2, 17 pts.) hosts Sporting Kansas City (3-5-7, 16 pts.) at MAPFRE Stadium tomorrow, Sunday, June 23.The match begins at 5:30 p.m. ET and is set to be televised regionally on FOX Sports Ohio and streamed on FOX Sports GO, featuring Neil Sika, Dwight Burgess and Katie Witham on the call. Coverage begins at 5:00 p.m. ET. Tomorrow’s match also airs locally on the radio in English on 97.1 The Fan and streaming online via “Listen Live” at, featuring Chris Doran broadcasting the contest. The club’s official website,, is set to stream Spanish-language audio broadcast with Juan Valladares behind the microphone. Ahead of the match, the Club is set to host its “Stuff the Stadium” backpack drive beginning at 2:30 p.m. ET on Sunday, in which Crew SC supporters who bring a new backpack stuffed with school supplies to Gate 5 of MAPFRE Stadium will receive a voucher for a free ticket (Tickets limited to first 1,500 participating supporters) to the match against Sporting KC. Additionally, Crew SC is also set to host “Celebration of Women in Sports” at MAPFRE Stadium on Sunday, featuring a guest appearance by former U.S. Women’s National Team player, three-time Olympic Gold Medalist and 2015 World Cup Winner Shannon Boxx.

After a three-week break from regular-season play, Columbus Crew SC (5-9-2, 17 pts.) are set to host Sporting Kansas City on Sunday, June 23 at MAPFRE Stadium.

The Black & Gold are coming off of a 3-2 loss against Atlanta United that eliminated the Club from the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup on Tuesday. While Crew SC did not get the result, head coach Caleb Porter was encouraged by the fight that his players showed.

“The group is really fighting and giving everything,” he said. “They are bought in. I am really pleased with that. We are going to need that in the games coming up.”

In the past two matches, Crew SC has been without some of its usual starting lineup, including Wil Trapp, Gyasi Zardes, Zack Steffen, and Jonathan Mensah, who are on international duty. This has provided the opportunity for some different players to step up and fill in.

“We are learning about guys who haven’t played a major role and see who is going to emerge. This group is really bought in right now,” said Porter. “We need to harness that a little bit. I want to see that in this next game.”

Along with different players stepping up, the Black & Gold also has some players returning from injury. After sitting out for two months with a fractured jaw, defender Harrison Afful has been able to gain some minutes in Open Cup play. Having him back, allows Crew SC to add more layers to the group.

“It is the same me. Getting forward. Putting in crosses. Trying to also to score,” Afful said. “I just have to be ready any time to help the Club.”

As for the opponent, Sporting Kansas City (3-5-7,16 pts.) currently sit in tenth in the Western Conference standings. They were eliminated in the Fourth Round of the Open Cup, when Minnesota United FC came back to beat them 4-1 on Wednesday, June 12.

Sporting KC provides Crew SC with an opportunity to continue the fighting spirit and relentless attitude as SKC has dropped 11 points from a winning position, the second most in the League.

“I think from now; every game is like a final,” said midfielder David Accam. “We have to treat every game like it is our last game of the season. I know we have quality in the group and for us, we need to be more aggressive and have the mindset that we can win every game.”

Sunday will be the Black & Gold’s second of three regular-season home matches in the month of June. The Club wants to treat these home matches as must-wins.

“We are not happy that we haven’t gotten three points in every home game,” Porter said. “It is important that we win the games we have. Can we go unbeaten in the last home games? That needs to be the goal. And we know we are going to win games on the road as well.”

Columbus Crew SC vs. Sporting Kansas City
Sunday, June 23 – 5:30 p.m. ET – MAPFRE Stadium (Columbus, Ohio)

Regional Television: FOX Sports Ohio, FOX Sports GO (Stream) | Coverage begins: 5:00 p.m. ET
Regional Television Channel Guide:
Crew SC Radio: 97.1 The Fan and streaming online via “Listen Live” at (English); (Spanish).
Promotional Schedule: Celebrating Women in Sports | Info

Columbus Crew SC (Soccer Club) is the first club in Major League Soccer. Crew SC is operated by The Edwards Family and The Haslam Family. The Black & Gold won their first MLS Cup championship in 2008 and also won the 2002 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup as well as MLS Supporters’ Shield titles in 2004, 2008 and 2009. The 2019 campaign is the Crew’s 24th season in MLS and the 20th season at historic MAPFRE Stadium – the first soccer-specific stadium in the United States. The Club has qualified for the MLS Cup Playoffs in four of the last five seasons, including winning the Eastern Conference Championship in 2015.

Website: | Twitter: @ColumbusCrewSC | Instagram: @ColumbusCrewSC | Hashtag: #Crew96 | | Snapchat: ColumbusCrewSC | Stadium: MAPFRE Stadium | Training Facility: Crew SC Training Center at Obetz



Wisconsin incoming freshman, Donovan and Lindmark selected in 2019 NHL Draft

Four Badgers selected at NHL draft for third time in four years


VANCOUVER, B.C. – Incoming freshmen forwards Ryder Donovan and Owen Lindmark were picked in the fourth and fifth rounds of the 2019 NHL Draft, respectively, on Saturday at Rogers Arena.

Donovan, from Duluth, Minnesota, became the first Badger drafted by the Vegas Golden Knights when he went 110th overall, in the fourth round.

Lindmark, a Naperville, Illinois, native, went to the Florida Panthers with the 137th overall pick in the fifth round. He joins current Badgers’ defenseman Tyler Inamoto with the Florida organization.


The 164th and 165th picks all-time for Wisconsin, the Badgers have had at least one player picked in 22 consecutive drafts dating back to 1998. A Badger has been picked in all but two drafts since the first Badger chosen, Jeff Rotsch, went in the 1970 draft.

On Friday, freshmen forward Alex Turcotte went No. 5 overall to the Los Angeles Kings, while forward Cole Caufield was chosen at No. 15 by the Montreal Canadiens. That gave the Badgers a pair of first-round picks for the third time in school history (2016, 2007).

Turcotte going at No. 5 made him the third-highest Badger drafted in school history behind No. 2 Dany Heatley in 2000 and No. 3 Kyle Turris in 2007.

The last time four Badger forwards were chosen in the draft was in 2004 when Jake Dowell, Robbie Earl, Matt Auffrey and Matthew Ford were picked.

Ryder Donovan, Duluth, Minnesota
The 6-3 and 184-pound center and Minnesota native led Duluth East High School in scoring with 17 goals and 47 points in 29 games during his high school season. Donovan helped his team advance to the Minnesota Boys State AA quarterfinals and was named to the All-State Second Team.


Owen Lindmark, Naperville, Illinois
The 6-0 and 192-pound center, and the third Badger from Team USA, finished his Under-18 season with 11 goals and 25 points in 56 games.

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Buckeyes’ Ahac drafted by Vegas Golden Knights



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COLUMBUS, Ohio – Layton Ahac, who will be a freshman for the Ohio State men’s hockey team in the fall, was selected by the Vegas Golden Knights in the third round of the 2019 NHL Entry Draft, No. 86 overall.


“It’s surreal,” Ahac said of hearing his name called. “So many emotions running through my mind. It was instant joy and excitement. I’m super excited for the future.”

Ahac, a defenseman from North Vancouver, British Columbia, spent the last two years with the Prince George Spruce Kings in the British Columbia Hockey League. He was ranked 62nd in the final rankings of North American skaters by NHL Central Scouting after an outstanding second of the season, including a postseason run that culminated in a BCHL championship.

Layton Ahac


Ahac is looking forward to starting his collegiate career with the Buckeyes.


“They have a great program and a winning culture. They also develop their players. With team success comes individual success and I’m super excited to get going there.”


In 2018-19 Ahac had 32 points, with four goals and 28 assists in 53 regular season games and earned Second Team All-BCHL accolades as well as was a finalist for BCHL Defenseman of the Year honors. He averaged a point per game through 17 postseason contests (5g, 12a), with the squad winning the BCHL championship with a 16-1 record and claiming the Doyle Cup. He was a BCHL All-Rookie Team selection after scoring 28 points (6g, 22a) in 57 regular season games in 2017-18. Ahac played for Canada West at the World Junior A Challenge.


“So much hard work,” Ahac said of what it took to rise to a third-round draft pick. “I’m passionate about this and want to make this a career and make a living from this game. Every single day I came to the rink or the gym with that attitude. It’s paid off so far, but the work doesn’t stop.”


All-time, 53 Buckeyes have been selected in the NHL Entry Draft, with three first round picks (RJ Umberger/No. 16 in 2001, Ryan Kesler/No. 23 in 2003, David Steckel/No. 30 in 2001). Other Buckeye draft picks on the 2019-20 squad include Miguel Fidler (Florida), Tanner Laczynski (Philadelphia), Carson Meyer (Columbus) and Ryan O’Connell (Toronto).



Penn State’s Ofotan qualifies for Pan American U20 Championships




MIRAMAR, Fla. - Freshman Justin Ofotan will represent team USA at the Pan American U20 Championships after his performance on Saturday in the 100m dash.

Ofotan, who recently competed his first season as a Nittany Lion, ran a blazing 10.24 seconds in the 100m dash prelims to qualify for the finals at the USATF U20 Outdoor Championships.

Justin Ofotan

Following up his personal-best performance, Ofotan placed second in the 100m final with an even faster time of 10.21 seconds to qualify to represent the United States at the Pan American U20 Championships.

Ofotan’s pervious personal-best mark was 10.38 seconds, which he set during the 2019 NCAA East Region Prelims in May.

The Penn State school record in the 100m dash is 10.32 seconds. This mark was set by Xavier Smith in 2018. Ofotan’s top time as a Nittany Lion of 10.38 seconds ranks fourth all-time.

Gianna Rao also finished as a finalist in the women’s hammer throw, placing fourth with a top distance of 56.34m on Friday.

Ofotan will represent the USA on July 19-21 in San Jose, Costa Rica at the Pan American U20 Championships.

Drew Maher will run Sunday, June 23, in the 1500m race with a chance to qualify for the Pan American U20 Championships.

For more information on the USATF U20 Championships, click here.


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