Ammerman sisters keeping each other in check

first_imgFreshman Brittany Ammerman has already had a huge impact on the Badger offense with four goals and three assists in four games.[/media-credit]Siblings are notorious for being competitive with each other in basically everything. But not the Ammerman sisters.Now in her third season, junior Brooke Ammerman has proven to be a huge asset to the Wisconsin women’s hockey team. Freshman forward Brittany Ammerman is suiting up in cardinal and white alongside her sister, showing talent on the ice runs in the family.Last year Brooke led the team with 38 points and 20 goals and carried a target on her back all season. This year she’s starting out almost where she left off, with four points through four games. But little sister Brittany may be stealing her thunder with four goals and seven points on the season already.While Brooke may not be the Ammerman scoring the goals right now, she’s still proud of her little sister and is having fun with the experience.“It’s really fun,” Brooke said. “I’m really happy that she’s doing well and got those goals out of the way so the pressure is off. It’s really fun to play together. We’ve only played together once before. It’s easy to find each other, it’s easy to talk to each other. We’re sisters so we don’t take anything personally, so it’s really fun that way.”These sisters may be on the same team now, but growing up they didn’t have the opportunity. They both fell in love with hockey and discovered their talent for the sport, but they didn’t want to compare themselves to each other so they made a pact.“We got pretty good at hockey when we were younger and we made a pact that we wouldn’t compare each other and our family understood that,” Brooke said. “It made it easier for us to play with each other. It’s been pretty fun. It’s always joking. I’m really happy she was able to get those goals and have a great start to her freshman year and her career her.”There’s no denying it, both of the Ammermans have impressive resumes.In Brooke’s freshman year Wisconsin claimed its third national title in four years. Brooke put up 54 points with 27 goals that year, opening the door for what is already an impressive college career.Head coach Mark Johnson noted their achievements and how impressive the sisters are.“When they were growing up and up until they came here they were good players,” Johnson said of the sisters. “They were able to score goals and score at different levels. Brooke came in her freshman year and obviously showcased that she can put the puck in the net. If you ask her last year probably wasn’t a great year but she still ended up with 20 goals.”Brittany played with the 2009 U18 World Champion Team USA where she scored the first goal of the gold medal game. Not only does she have a knack for putting the puck in the net, she grew up surrounded by hockey.“This year Brittany came in with a similar resume,” Johnson said. “When she played for me in the under-18 tournament she scored goals. She’s showing right now in the early part of the season that she can get the puck in the net. If you have that disease as a player it’s a pretty good one to have.”With impressive resumes in tow, the sisters hope to find themselves and their team fighting for a national title.But Brittany feels like she wouldn’t have had so much success in her career so far if it weren’t for her older sister leading the way.“I think it’s great. I mean I couldn’t have done it without her because I’ve learned so much from her and have been able to watch her and play with her,” Brittany said. “We’re competitive on the ice when we go out against each other and work together, but we don’t compare each other ever.”This isn’t Johnson’s first time coaching sisters. While he has yet to meet Alev and Derya Kelter he coached Jocelyne and Monique Lamoureux on the Olympic team last year.Johnson believes having a sibling in the same sport is helpful and makes things more competitive, and that pushes them and only helps make them better.“I think it’s helpful in regards if you have a sister playing or a twin sister playing because then you have somebody to hang out with, somebody that can push you, somebody that you can go to the rink with, somebody you can do off ice conditioning with,” Johnson said. “It probably makes it easier to have a sibling that’s close that likes what you like to do so you can push one another.”last_img read more

Roberson struggles in 1st career start, draws criticism from Boeheim

first_imgJim Boeheim has said it all along — Tyler Roberson isn’t ready to play big minutes for Syracuse.The freshman was forced into 23 minutes of action on Tuesday with Jerami Grant injured and managed just two points, three rebounds and one block.“He’s not ready to play,” Boeheim said after the Orange’s 67-62 loss to Georgia Tech (14-16, 5-12 Atlantic Coast). “The reason he didn’t play is because he’s not ready. He doesn’t know the defense, he doesn’t know the offense.”The forward made his first start for No. 7 SU (26-4, 13-4) after playing only 50 total minutes during the first 16 Atlantic Coast Conference games.Roberson came to Syracuse as the No. 55 recruit in the country, but has been stuck behind Grant, C.J. Fair, Rakeem Christmas and, to an extent, Michael Gbinije in the rotation of forwards.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textWith Grant injured, fans have recently started clamoring to see expanded minutes for Roberson and some have argued that he should’ve gotten more minutes all season. Boeheim dispelled that notion with blunt criticism of Roberson after the game.“He cannot help us right now. That’s why he didn’t play,” Boeheim said. “If anybody can help us, they’re going to play. He just cannot help us. He hurts us on defense and he’s not ready to help us out offensively. “Mike’s a better option. He better knows what we’re doing.”Until Grant returns, though, the Orange is out of options. Even if Roberson doesn’t start again, he’ll have to get some minutes since Gbinije is also the team’s backup guard. And Baye Moussa Keita, one of SU’s other starting options, was just as inept as Roberson on Tuesday, scoring just one point, grabbing three rebounds and committing four fouls in 16 minutes of action.The biggest issue, though, is that their expanded roles coincided with one of Syracuse’s worst defensive outings of the season.“Gbinije and Roberson, they’re not as experienced and comfortable as Jerami,” Fair said. “He knows that position in-and-out and they’re just new to it. It’s hard for Gbinije and Tyler to play at the level Jerami did.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on March 5, 2014 at 12:43 am Contact David: | @DBWilson2last_img read more

Bright future for USC might be knocked out

first_imgA new decade means new beginnings, and for the USC men’s basketball program, it could only signal a change from the bitter, not too distant past.Following the resignation of former coach Tim Floyd in 2009, the USC basketball team was in shambles.Former guard O.J. Mayo was found to have received improper benefits and the university decided to self-impose sanctions on a basketball program already trying to cope with the loss of starters DeMar DeRozan, Taj Gibson and Daniel Hackett, who declared for the NBA Draft.Not only did USC lose these three players, but eight recruits decided to bolt for a better situation than the one they originally had signed up for.The aforementioned sounds like the perfect recipe for a disaster, and that’s surely where it seemed like the Trojans basketball program was headed.Enter Kevin O’Neill (aka K.O.).“We’re thrilled to have Kevin O’Neill as our men’s basketball coach,” former athletic director Mike Garrett said in a release at the time of the hire. “Kevin is the consummate coach. He knows his Xs and Os, he’s an excellent recruiter and he is very in tune with the academic side of a player’s collegiate experience.”Though Garrett might have seen it a bit differently, O’Neill had often been known more for his maniacal character and his constant barrage of four-letter bombs than his coaching resume.But coming to USC, he had one job to do, and one job only.Don’t bleep this one up.For a program reeling from sanctions, the loss of NBA-eligible players and lost recruits, a .500 season in his first year at the helm would have been considered a success.With no pressure to fulfill any sort of expectations, O’Neill exceeded my wildest dreams, leading USC to a 16-14 record.And had it not been for a five-game losing streak to end the year, the Trojans would have been in the thick of the Pac-10 regular season title race.Talk about tempering expectations, but O’Neill also gave the Trojan faithful a glimmer of hope for a brighter future.Then, it was déjà vu all over again.Forward Leonard Washington was dismissed from the team right after the 2009-2010 season ended, and reports mentioned he and K.O. weren’t exactly buddy-buddy.A few months later, Washington announced his decision to transfer.Next up: Freshman center Davis Rozitis.Though Rozitis was a big work in progress, the 7-foot reserve’s intent to transfer wasn’t exactly clear-cut.But given the track record O’Neill has compiled over the years, it’s not a far-fetched idea to examine and see that he is well-known for more than just his crazy style of coaching, but also player turnover.Even at Arizona, it was well documented that he didn’t exactly see eye-to-eye with former Wildcats and current NBA players Jerryd Bayless and Chase Budinger.One player who spoke anonymously went as far as to label him bipolar.“He’s a great guy off the court, but he’s bipolar or something,” the player said. “On the court, he’s a madman.”Now with the news that freshman guard Bryce Jones is set to transfer, this can only mean one thing for the USC basketball program: Trouble.Jones’ transfer implies playing time was an issue, and it’s no wonder, since his minutes gradually decreased ever since receiving a technical foul against Lehigh.An already tight rotation shrinks from eight to seven, and that becomes an issue when your starting guards and forwards already average nearly 35 minutes per contest.I hate to say it, but before spring break, this current roster will be run into the ground, which is similar to what happened during O’Neill’s coaching stint in Arizona.But though the health of the players might seem like a big deal, a bigger impact might be felt on the recruiting trail.O’Neill managed to bring in a 2010 recruiting class that featured an ESPNU 100 player in Jones, along with freshmen forwards Garrett Jackson and Curtis Washington, who both ranked in the top 100 at their positions.Now we have one recruit gone, and two left sitting snug on the bench.For next year, K.O. nabbed forward Byron Wesley, who is the 43rd ranked player at his position, and for the 2012 class, three ESPNU Super 60 players are considering USC.That’s some top-notch talent, but who wants to play for a coach who doesn’t utilize that talent, and doesn’t have a good relationship history with his players?Not me — I’d rather take my talents to South Beach.A season that looked so promising after a convincing victory against crosstown rival UCLA has now made a 180-degree turn in just a week and a half.Two very disappointing losses at Oregon and Oregon State, combined with the news of Jones’ transfer surely isn’t helping.Kevin O’Neill, you came in and steered a program in the right direction.You put USC basketball back on the map in Los Angeles, reminding everybody we can compete on the hardwood too.And you recruited enough talent to make the future look bright.Now, my advice to you is simple:Don’t bleep this one up. “In The Zone” runs Thursdays. 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Mexican GP: Vettel Takes Pole, Hamilton Third

first_imgHamilton and team-mate Valtteri Bottas topped the first part of qualifying but the presence of Vettel and Verstappen just 0.1secs behind them, despite using one grade harder tyres, suggested it would be difficult to stay there, and so it proved.Hamilton said: “I gave it everything I could. The last lap could have been a couple of tenths quicker but I wouldn’t have been able to match those times [of the leading two]. We are still in for the win and I am hoping I get to have at least a battle with one of them.”Verstappen was under investigation by the race stewards for potentially impeding Bottas’ first lap in the final session in the stadium section, but after studying the incident, the stewards ruled Verstappen had not impeded Bottas.Verstappen said: “Which incident? I was on the inside and he was doing his line and so there is no incident.”Vettel claimed his 50th career pole and afterwards said: “We have to maximise every session. Today is really important and tomorrow [Sunday] we [will] see. It is not as much in my control as I would like it to be. We go all out and attack.“We deserve a good result. Ferrari deserves a good result. So we see what we can do tomorrow.”PREMIERSHIP RESULTS & FIXTURESMan United 1 – 0 TottenhamArsenal 2 – 1 SwanseaCrystal Palace 2 – 2 West HamLiverpool 3 – 0 HuddersfieldWatford 0 – 1 StokeWest Brom 2 – 3 Man CityBournemouth 0 – 1 ChelseaBrighton vs Southampton 2:30pmLeicester vs Everton 5pmShare this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel stole pole position for the Mexican Grand Prix from Red Bull’s Max Verstappen as Lewis Hamilton lines up third. Verstappen was quickest after the first runs of the last part of qualifying by a quarter of a second, but a superb effort by Vettel put him on top. He pipped the Dutchman by 0.086secs, saying on the radio: “What a lap.”Hamilton, who needs only to finish fifth in today’s race to be sure of the title, was 0.446secs off pole.last_img read more

Richard Ofori eyes FCPPL best player award

first_imgWa All Stars goalkeeper Richard Ofori has stated he deserves to be declared the best player in Ghana due to his output this year in the top flight. The local Black Stars goalkeeper has been nominated alongside Berekum Chelsea’s Kofi Owusu and Ashanti Gold’s Eric Opoku for the footballer of the season at the upcoming PLB awards. Ofori believes his performance this year makes him the suitable candidate for the coveted individual award “We thank God for the nomination but I am looking forward to winning the award. That’s my target.”“I worked very hard this season so it comes as no surprise to me. If I win, I will be glad, otherwise I will still feel privileged.”Ofori’s great form for his club side earned him a call-up to the Black Stars as well as being number one for the national Olympic team, Black Meteors, and local Black Stars.– Follow Joy Sports on Twitter: @Joy997FM. Our hashtag is #JoySportslast_img read more

Diego Costa strikes in injury time to rescue draw for Chelsea against Manchester United

first_imgDiego Costa’s injury-time equaliser robbed under-fire Manchester United boss, Louis van Gaal, of a vital victory as Chelsea maintained their unbeaten run under Guus Hiddink.The pre-match build-up was dominated by reports that the Red Devils had approached Jose Mourinho to become their next manager, but the visitors looked to have earned their Dutch coach a stay of execution courtesy of Jesse Lingard’s superb second-half opener.However, the Blues snatched a share of the spoils at the death as Costa continued his resurgence in front of goal under Hiddink with a composed finish from a tight angle.It was hard on United who had looked to have built upon one of their finest displays of the season against Stoke with another dominant showing. For long spells the Red Devils were left to lament the brilliance of Thibaut Courtois while at the other end David De Gea produced some magnificent late saves to ensure they didn’t leave the Bridge empty-handed.The result leaves United six points adrift of fourth-placed Manchester City, while Van Gaal’s hopes of a late title tilt look unlikely as they are now 12 adrift of leaders Leicester City.Chelsea will be delighted with the point and buoyed by stretching their unbeaten run under Hiddink to 10 matches as they aim to avoid the prospect of becoming the first Premier League champions to finish the following season outside the top seven. –Follow Joy Sports on Twitter: @JoyFMSports. Our hashtag is #JoySportslast_img read more

Take a Look at the Promotional Video for the Match B&H – Ireland (Video)

first_imgTonight at 8:45 p.m. in Zenica, our Dragons are playing the first match of the play-off for the Euro against the national team of Ireland.On this occasion, the Football Federation of B&H (NSB&H) prepared a promotional video in which we can see some of the past success and celebrations of our Dragons.Dzeko, Pjanic, Begovic and others tonight will try to win before the rematch in Dublin, and until the beginning of tonight’s match let’s remind ourselves to some of the goals of the Dragons from the previous period.Enjoy!(Source:

Saido Berahino says he ‘would jump at the chance’ to return to West Brom

first_imgSAIDO BERAHINO says he “would jump at the chance” to return to West Brom.The 26-year-old striker burst onto the scene with the Baggies and was believed to be on the verge of stepping up from the England Under-21 squad into the seniors in 2015.2 Saido Berahino says he would jump at the chance to return to West BromBut a sharp decline in form following a failed move to Tottenham that same year has led the once-feared frontman from the fringes of an international breakthrough and Champions League football to the Belgian backwaters.Berahino left the Hawthorns in 2017 for an unhappy two-year spell at Stoke which produced just three goals in 53 matches and relegation for the Potters.Now having kickstarted his career at Zulte Waregem with six strikes in 16 games he is open to returning to English football – especially ex-employers West Brom.If West Brom came back for me, I would jump back as soon as I can.SAIDO BERAHINOSpeaking on the Counter Attack podcast regarding that failed switch to Spurs, the Burundi international said: “I think the only thing that it changed was the way people viewed me. It brought in extra pressure that I didn’t need at the time.“I think if I had somebody around me that told me: ‘Look, Saido, you’re not going to move, forget about it – you’ve already done it, you’ve already proven that you can attract a big club, now let’s go and attract two or three big clubs’.“I never had that type of guidance. I just thought ‘wow, my life is ended’, really. “(I thought) ‘I want to play Champions League, I want to’… no disrespect to West Brom.“I loved my time at West Brom. Even if West Brom came back for me, I would jump back as soon as I can.”LATEST FOOTBALL NEWSTHE WIN CROWDFA Cup final ‘may see 20,000 at Wembley in trial allowing some fans at games’CommentPHIL THOMASDiving and whining was never a good look and will seem worse after lockdownExclusive’I’M IN A BAD WAY’Ex-England star Kenny Sansom talks for first time since being attackedExclusiveBOURNE AGAINHowe says Cherries are stronger after lockdown with FIVE fit-again starsExclusiveSWAN THAT GOT AWAYSwansea wanted £3m Davies three years ago but couldn’t get work permitNEXT STEPJonny Hayes set to move to English Championship having been let go by CelticWhen Berahino was asked to clarify that comment, he said: “100 per cent. I love West Brom.“I still support them, I still follow their games, my friend plays for them. If they came back for me, 100 per cent I would go back. 100 per cent.“But I just felt that at the time I’d had had a great season and Tottenham’s come in and that’s going to improve my level even more, playing with other good players.“Obviously the manager as well that they had at the time (Mauricio Pochettino) was really into young players, so I thought it would develop my progress fast if I went there. But obviously it didn’t work out that way so it is what it is.”2 Berahino has kickstarted his career at Zulte Waregem with six strikes in 16 Belgian top-flight gamesCredit: Getty[pod_component pod_component_config_id=”apEdj7MkN” pod_component_config_url=”” pod_component_config_loader_url=”″ src=””]last_img read more

Vaughan extends Dragons contract

first_imgPhoto: NRL (Paul Vaughan has been in great form for the Dragons this year. Credit: Grant Trouville). Vaughan has played every game for the Dragons since joining at the beginning of the year, having played 95 games in the NRL overall.The Italian international’s strong season so far has seen him play for the NRL All Stars and Country Origin, while he remains in contention to play State of Origin for New South Wales in the coming weeks.The 26-year-old said re-signing so soon after joining the Dragons has done wonders for his confidence. “At the start of the season I wanted to start afresh and prove myself all over again. That was one of the biggest things I needed to do,” Vaughan said.”I think I’m halfway to doing that – I just need to keep playing consistent football.”I’ve always said I wanted to stay here for as long as I can so with this deal I won’t be off-contract again until I’m in my 30s.”St George Illawarra Director of Rugby League Pathways Ian Millward said Vaughan’s extension was crucial for future success.”We’ve identified him as a future leader and we’ve also been impressed by the way he’s integrated and interacted with the younger forwards,” Millward said.”Paul has been a tremendous acquisition to the Dragons. By re-signing him, it was a good opportunity to get stability in our forward pack and have that platform there for our halves.”Vaughan’s re-signing is an additional positive for the Dragons following Russell Packer’s decision to take up a four-year deal at the Wests Tigers from next season.Millward said the Dragons’ decision not to match the four-year deal was largely due to the younger players coming through the club’s development pathways. Vaughan’s decision to remain follows the likes of Jack de Belin, Jacob Host, Blake Lawrie, Reece Robson, Luciano Leilua and Tyson Frizell re-signing with the Dragons in recent months.They will be joined by Tariq Sims, Hame Sele, Josh Kerr, Leeson Ah Mau, Cameron McInnes and Joel Thompson at the Dragons beyond the 2017 season.last_img read more