After ending last season on such a high note, the University of Wisconsin’s men’s soccer team is coming into this season with the utmost confidence.The team ended the 2017 season 12-5-5, the best record they have had in years. Winning the Big Ten Tournament against Indiana in a penalty kick showdown near the end of the season left the players satisfied as they move forward to train this spring.Reaching the Sweet 16 in the NCAA Tournament was another big accomplishment for the men’s team. Beating a team like No. 12 Notre Dame in the second round was extremely exciting for the Badgers as they hadn’t even participated in the tournament since 2013.The team was so sought after last season that four of our key members were drafted into Major League Soccer (MLS). Two players, Chris Mueller and Mark Segbers, were chosen in the Top 10 of the MLS draft, a huge deal for Wisconsin athletics. While this looks positive for the school and athletic department, it leaves a ton of weight on the shoulders of the returning players.Men’s golf: Six Badgers will play in Colleton River CollegiateSix golfers from the University of Wisconsin men’s golf team will compete in Bluffton, South Carolina on the Colleton River Read…Head coach John Trask, who was inducted into the Wisconsin Soccer Hall of Fame last week, gave us the inside scoop on how the players have been preparing for the upcoming season.“The guys have been working very hard this spring, both with our strength and conditioning staff and our soccer staff. We just finished the first of five spring contests with a good hard fought result (3-3) against UWGB who won the Horizon League regular season,” he said. “We improved during the match and many younger players gained valuable experience — which is the key during the spring.”The games played during the spring are just a sneak peak of the action we will get this fall.Because the team played so well last year, the players are hoping to prove themselves again this season. They want to come back from the off-season raring to go, with some new fresh faces added to the mix.The first few games will be non-conference matches, leading up to the first Big Ten game against Indiana. This game is crucial after winning against the Hoosiers last season down to the wire, as well as for the rest of the Big Ten season.There are some players Trask said we should keep our eyes on.“While losing some exceptional talent, some returning guys, like senior captain Isaac Schlenker, Robin Olofsson Elan Koenig will be counted on to lead the team this coming fall,” he said. “The partnership of Mitch Guitar and Noah Leibold gives us dominant center midfield and … quite a bit of experience in the back half.”It seems as though the coaching staff is ready to tackle the season with both seniors and newbies on the field. With the leadership of the older players and the enthusiasm of the younger ones, the team is ready to take the NCAA by storm.Men’s hockey: Wisconsin season comes to end after disappointing loss to MichiganThe University of Wisconsin men’s hockey team (14-19-4, 8-13-3 Big Ten) dropped the first two games 5-6 and 4-7 in Read…While some might worry that this is going to be a rebuilding season for the Badgers, Coach Trask is sure the 2017 season left them wanting more. The 2018 season is a season of “reloading” rather than rebuilding for Wisconsin, and is the perfect opportunity to show the rest of the country what they’ve got.The next spring game to catch will be versus University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee April 8 at the McClimon Complex. The Milwaukee Panthers ended last season 10-5-4, so the Badgers hope to defeat them in their next home match-up.After a remarkable 2017 season, the Badgers are back and stronger than ever. They are ready to take on their next four exhibition games this spring, after having time to rest and prepare. With months of off-season training, the players are determined to make this year as memorable as last.
2018 Windies tour of India 2nd Test…– Roach, Holder return to sideAfter a humbling defeat at the hands of the Indians, a shaken up Windies will look to rebound in a major way as they prepare to lock up in the second Test which bowls off from October 12-16 at Hyderabad.The Windies were crushed by a whopping innings and 272-run margin after a number of centuries were scored by India Captain Virat Kohli, debutant Prithiv Shaw and all-rounder Ravi Jadeja who scored his maiden Test ton.The second Test will be crucial for the Windies after they have been outplayed in virtually both departments. It was important for the visitors to have a first-hand look at the ruthless Indians in their own backyard as they would have learnt a little when it comes to reassessing their approach for over the weekend.Kohli and his men, namely the two other centurions will be itching to carry on from their respective hundreds in the last game while a solid middle-order with Cheteshwar Pujara, Vice-Captain Ajinka Rahane and possibly both KL Rahul could suffice for the batting players.Jason HolderIndia flexed their ultra-potent bowling attack primarily dominated by the spinners in the skillful Kuldeep Yadav, veteran Ravi Ashwin and Jadeja who will seek to feast upon the Windies weakness to spin in the subcontinent. The spinners were lethal in the first game but India will want to see a bit more venom from their fast-bowlers on the Hyderabad surface.The visitors showed a decent amount of fight with a few individual surprises from the likes of Kieran Powell who scored 80 odd, Guyanese Keemo Paul who scored a resurgent 47 in the first innings and bagged a few scalps, spinner Devendra Bishoo who snared 4 wickets and Roston Chase who battled for his half-century, stood out as the main performers.Cheteshwar PujaraA number of expectancies will be looming in the second Test as the likes of Shai Hope, Shimron Hetmyer, Sunil Ambris, Kraigg Brathwaite and Shane Dowrich will need to play more responsible innings this trip around. The Caribbean side will also want more out of their bowlers, who were lackluster in the first game with Holder and country-man Roach set to return to the side which will allow the Windies to reform their seam department along with Shannon Gabriel and PaulKuldeep YadavBishoo’s 4 overs went for more than 100 runs while a Kemar Roach and Jason Holder-less Windies bowling unit, toiled in the pace department. Recently Windies Captain Holder, who missed the first game due to recovering from an injury, said that his team was in India to win despite the pressure of playing in such a hard cricketing district. The all-rounder further pointed out that the aim was to abolish memories of the last game and perform better in the second Test. (Clifton Ross)