Cross country ready for ISU

first_imgA week after a relatively easy team victory and racing to a perfect team score in its first meet of the season at Northern Illinois University Invitational, the Wisconsin women’s cross country team, ranked 13th in the USTFCCCA Preseason National Rankings, returns to action this weekend at Iowa State University.While their initial meet offered challenges of its own, such as rain and atrocious course conditions, this weekend’s meet will see the Badgers go toe-to-toe with some national powerhouses, including the Colorado Buffaloes, ranked No. 6 in their region and No. 23 nationally. They will also face off against Oklahoma State, which is also ranked No. 6 in its respective region.  UW head coach Jim Stintzi notes the course should be rather challenging.  “The course should be pretty tough at ISU, with the earlier stages of the race being fairly flat, but with hills kicking in during the second half of the race when all the runners will be the most fatigued,” Stintzi said. “It should be a good preview of the course layouts for some of our bigger meets down the road, such as the Big Ten Championships, the Great Lakes Regional Meet and the National Meet.”Stintzi believes the team’s ability to react to poor conditions at NIU and still race well will suit it well when adverse weather strikes later on in the season and is happy his team had to overcome such an event early on. Stintzi also believes the Badgers will be rolling into their meet in Ames, Iowa with some confidence.When discussing what he hopes the team will take out of its opener at NIU, Stintzi said they need to compete as a unit, rather than against each other.“Running as a team needs to improve, as each runner ran too much as an individual,” Stintzi said. “This is common early on in the season when everyone is fighting for a spot on the traveling squad. … We need to learn how to run with more a pack mentality and work together as a cohesive unit in races.”Individually, junior top runner Hanna Grinaker has multiple goals for this meet.  “On an individual level, I would like to get a better feel for cross country racing, as last week was far from typical as far as weather and course conditions go,” Grinaker said. “I hope to be near the front of the race, maintain a positive mindset throughout the race and contend for a top spot overall.”Grinaker is also excited about the team’s chemistry as the season progresses.  “The team is gelling extremely well,” Grinaker said. “All of the girls are really close and extremely positive people.  We all genuinely want the best for one another.”Senior Gwen Jorgensen sees the meet as a huge steppingstone for the team and an early progression gauge.  “Each meet builds in importance from here,” Jorgenson said. “Pre-Nationals, Big Tens, Regionals and Nationals. Saturday will be a good test in determining our potential as a team come November.” While the meet on Saturday will not make or break the Badger’s season, it will be a huge day for the talented freshman class to prove itself under the heat of tough competition as well as a chance for Coach Stintzi to see what his team is made of.  The Badgers will be thrown into the fire this week at ISU and hope to walk away calloused and tough, prepared for even tougher battles that lie ahead.last_img read more

TV Best Bet: NBA season starts on Tuesday, Lakers play Thursday

first_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error October 15-21The Dodgers’ season has been a jagged line, like that of an EKG for someone – like the fans perhaps?  – going through a heart attack. For every two roses, their bouquet seems to always have one Birthwort. But as long as they have the MVB – Most Valuable Beard – in Mayfair High and Cal State Fullerton product Justin Turner, hope is always around the corner.Fox Sports 1 has the NLCS against Milwaukee, which thankfully means Joe Buck and John Smoltz and not the tedious TNT crew. Two things to watch for: Games 3, 4, and 5 in L.A. have funky start times – 4:30 p.m. Monday, 6 p.m. Tuesday and 2 p.m. Wednesday — which is sure to lead to some unfunny comments about empty seats and L.A. traffic.The other is the non-stop chatter about how teams are using pitchers, which means the announcers will genuflect once a starter goes six innings and over-emphasize the issue when it comes to the outcomes. The Dodgers played sloppy in Game 1 and Milwaukee produced fewer runs than their opportunities in Game 2. Yet all the yakking was about who’s pitching and in what order.Games 6 and 7 if necessary are back in Milwaukee (5:30 and 6 p.m. respectively). TNT has the ALCS Houston-Boston series, and all their games are in the prime-time slot except for Game 3 Tuesday (2 p.m.) because network officials think Boston (and New York) automatically attract eyeballs nationwide.NFLOctober 15, 18, 20There’s a bonus game on the NFL slate this week, but you’ll have to rise early Sunday to watch it. CBS has the Chargers-Tennessee game from London at 6:30 a.m. After getting comfortable playing in the tight, modest and friendly StubHub Center, will the Chargers be nervous playing in Wembley before 100,000 people who’d still prefer a friendly between Britain and France?ESPN has San Francisco-Green Bay on Monday (5 p.m.), Fox and the NFL Network share Denver-Arizona (Josh Rosen!) Thursday (5:20 p.m.), and the Rams-49ers (CBS, 1:30 p.m.) highlight three telecasts Sunday before the Cincinnati-KC Sunday nighter (NBC, 5:20 p.m.).College FootballOctober 18-20I don’t have an AP Poll ballot, but if I did I would rank Alabama with Tua Tagovailo at quarterback No. 1 and Alabama with Jaylen Hurts at quarterback No. 2. If the Crimson Tide had its own political party, they’d win the midterms.The Pac-12 continues to cannibalize itself. There’s no unbeaten team, the four best teams play in the North, and no one east of Salt Lake ever sees the conference play since most games that start after happy hour has become a fading memory.Saturday’s viewing recommendations: Michigan-Michigan State at 9 a.m. (Fox), Alabama-Tennessee at 12:30 p.m. (CBS), Oregon-Washington State at 4:30 p.m. (Fox) and Arizona-UCLA at 7:30 p.m. (ESPN2), just to see how many Bruin fans jump back on the bandwagon now that Chip Kelly has a win.Auto RacingOctober 21If you’re ever going to watch a F1 race, the U.S Grand Prix in Austin might be one to watch (10:30 a.m., ABC). UK star Lewis Hamilton is going for his seventh win in the race (2007, 2012, 20014-17); he’s racing for his fifth F1 title, which would make him one of three men with five or more (Michael Schumacher 7, 1950s star Juan Fangio 5); and it would be his fourth title in five seasons.Meanwhile, NASCAR’s contrived “playoff” reaches a key stage when the Sprint Cup Series resumes in Kansas Sunday (11:30 a.m., NBC). The field of drivers competing in the playoffs will be cut to eight, with the usual suspects (Kyle and Kurt Busch, Kevin Harvick et al) expected to move along.SoccerOctober 17The CONCACAF championship game will air Wednesday (5:15 p.m., FS1), and Starbuck’s really should make a drink called Concacaf and become a sponsor of the U.S. Women’s National Team, because nothing makes a soccer game more exciting than a drink with lots of expresso.The U.S. will play Canada in the final. Both teams have clinched a 2019 World Cup berth just by reaching the finals, and the winner of the third place game between Panama and Jamaica will also get a ticket to the party.Beach VolleyballOctober 21The FIVB Las Vegas Open final touch down Sunday (1 p.m., ESPN2), and while it may seem early to start thinking about the 2020 Olympic Games, the FIVB starts counting points for qualification this month, and with only two openings per country in both the men’s and women’s draw, every point is important.Plus, this is the week Kerri Walsh Jennings returns to the grind with new teammate Brooke Sweat. Kerri compares Sweat favorably with former teammate Misty May Treanor. Well, what else could she say?The women’s field for U.S. teams remains feisty with five good teams, including April Ross (Costa Mesa)-Alex Klineman, Sara Hughes (USC)-Summer Ross, and Brittany Hochevar (Long Beach State)-Kelly Claes. Two men’s team are far ahead of the U.S. competition, and one of them is former NCAA Player of the Year Taylor Crabb (Long Beach State) and the Old Man and the Beach, Jake Gibb, who will be 44 if he makes it to Tokyo in 2020. NBATuesday: Philadelphia at Boston (5 p.m.), Oklahoma City at Golden State (7:30 p.m.), TNT.Wednesday: New Orleans at Houston (5 p.m.), Dallas at Phoenix (7:30 p.m.), ESPN; Denver at Clippers (7:30 p.m.), Prime Ticket.Thursday: Lakers at Portland (7:30 p.m.), TNT.Reggie Miller, the pride of Riverside and UCLA and still despised by Knicks fan Spike Lee, is stepping out of the usual lanes when it comes to the NBA 2018-19 season. It starts this week with TNT airing a doubleheader Tuesday and ESPN Wednesday. The Lakers and LeBron James make their national TV debut Thursday when the Lakers visit Portland.Miller says Golden State is still the best team, but he’s bullish on the Lakers, projecting the team rising to the playoffs with LeBron. His two surprise teams in his playoff projections have as much to do with the past as the present.“Dallas is my surprise team in the West,’’ he said on a conference call of TNT announcers this week. “Rick Carlisle is one of the best coaches and he has a veteran team. This is probably the swan song for Dirk (Nowitzki), but they traded for Luka Doncic, who is supposed to be the second coming, have a great young player in Dennis Smith, and they finally got a center (ex-Clipper DeAndre Jordan).center_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with Packers“Two young players to build around, a coach who’s won a championship and a real effort to make a run for it for Dirk. I can’t say they’re going to win a championship, but it’s going to be a special year.’’Miller thinks Miami will be a surprise team for the same reason with Dwyane Wade in his last season. Plus, the obstacle that was LeBron is now in the West.“It’s a new lease on life in the Eastern Conference,” Miller said. “LeBron moving West opens a lot of doors for the better teams in the East. There are a lot of teams that now believe they can compete for a title.’’The Lakers’ opener at Portland will be on TNT and their first home game for LeBron at Staples is Saturday on SportsNet L.A., the Laker’s local outlet. The Clippers’ local outlet is Prime Ticket, and this is Ralph Lawler’s final season. Prime is honoring Lawler by having rotating analysts who worked with Lawler or have Clippers roots. Hopefully they can find someone from the Buffalo Braves to sit in.BEST OF THE RESTMLB League Championship Serieslast_img read more

WPB Fire Chief: First Responders Running out of PPE Supplies

first_imgWest Palm Beach Fire Chief Diana Matty told the 850 WFTL morning show that her paramedics and fire fighters have to reuse their disposable masks up to five times before disposing of them due to a shortage from the COVID-19 outbreak.Chief Matty PPE shortageChief Matty says usually, the first responders would wear the mask once per patient and throw it away.She says the supply of masks and other personal protective equipment (PPE’s) are being sent to areas such as New York and Washington State that have been hit hard by the virus. She says her requests for more supplies from the state have not been answered.Also, Chief Matty says three of her fire fighter paramedics are under quarantine after the hospital notified the department that a patient they transported tested positive for the coronavirus. The patient informed the paramedics in the ambulance that a family member had recently traveled.last_img read more