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Melania Trump brings compassion on pandemic, immigrants at Republican convention

first_imgMelania Trump put a kinder, gentler sheen on Donald Trump’s reelection campaign with a star turn at the Republican convention Tuesday where she broke ranks to speak compassionately about coronavirus victims and recalled her own immigrant story in an appeal for racial harmony.Unlike often aggressive speeches by two of Trump’s children from previous marriages, Eric and Tiffany, the first lady brought a soft touch to her keynote address from the White House’s Rose Garden.The coronavirus, which has killed 178,000 Americans and wreaked economic chaos, was almost entirely ignored by other speakers — and the president himself. Melania Trump began by offering prayers for the “ill and suffering.””My deepest sympathy goes out to everyone who has lost a loved one,” she said.The simple acknowledgement of the tragedy shaking the United States was a jarring change in the mood of the convention, which has mostly been a steady drumbeat of attacks on what Republicans call a “radical left” under Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden.”I don’t want to use this precious time to attack the other side,” she said. The 26-minute speech, which she delivered in her heavily accented English, also was remarkable for her defense of the immigrant experience and acknowledgement of soaring racial tensions — two combustible topics that her husband is often accused of stoking for political gain.”I have reflected on the racial unrest in our country. It is a harsh reality that we are not proud of parts of our history,” she said.”I call on the citizens of this country to take a moment, pause, and look at things from all perspectives,” she said. “We still have so much to learn from one another.”The first lady followed a controversial speech by heavy hitting Trump supporter and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, who broke with longtime tradition to campaign openly for the president while on diplomatic business in Israel.One person who didn’t address the nation on Tuesday, however, was a so-called “angel mom,” Mary Ann Mendoza. She had been due to tell the story of her son’s death after he was hit by a drunk driver who was in the country illegally.Mendoza was yanked from the schedule at the last minute after it emerged that she had just retweeted an elaborate anti-Semitic conspiracy theory about Jews taking over the world. ‘Suburban housewives’ The campaign is also hoping that Melania Trump’s appearance will reach the women voters that opinion polls show are turning to Biden.Trump, who has been dogged by more than a dozen accusations of sexual assault and harassment, as well as multiple claims of extramarital affairs, is working hard to get what he calls the “suburban housewives” on his side.Almost daily, he warns that Democrats will bring a scary combination of violent crime and lower house prices to those women.Melania Trump, 50, again offered a softer approach, directly addressing mothers who are worried about their children’s social media habits.And after a torrent of speculation about the state of her marriage to the billionaire — and biting criticism of his character from other family members — she mounted a strong defense.”We all know Donald Trump makes no secret about how he feels,” she said in a possible nod to the president’s loud and often brutal way of expressing opinions on other people.”Total honesty is what US citizens deserve,” she said. “Whether you like it or not, you always know what he’s thinking and that is because he’s an authentic person who loves this country.”center_img ‘American dream’ speech The role of Mendoza had been meant to highlight Trump’s relentless, hardline focus on illegal immigration, a policy at the heart of his popularity with the Republican right.However, Melania Trump was there to try to humanize a president seen by Democrats as cruelly exploiting anti-immigrant feelings.She recounted her arrival in the United States from Slovenia as a 26-year-old fashion model, saying she’d “always heard about an amazing place called America.”After 10 years in “the land of opportunity” she said she became a citizen, “still one of the proudest moments in my life.”Trump has made his political career in part on demonizing illegal immigrants, depicting the huge numbers of undocumented people working and sometimes living for many years in the country as a horde of rapists and murderers.However, with Biden leading in opinion polls, the Trump campaign is seeking to claw back some of the middle ground.Before Melania Trump spoke, the president sprung a surprise with a video played to the convention of him attending a naturalization ceremony for immigrants at the White House earlier that day.  Topics :last_img read more


Grand Fond Primary School holds literacy and skills day

first_imgStudents of the Grand Fond Primary participating in activites.Roseau, Dominica – The Grand Fond Primary School on Thursday hosted its first Literacy and Skills Day aimed at improving reading among the male student population of the institution.The activity was held under the theme “Boys on the Move,” and was developed after an assessment revealed that, in many cases, boys were performing below class level.“The focus is on the boys. We are trying to get them motivated to read more and to read better. We see this activity as a stepping stone for them to perform better not only in reading but in all aspects.“We named the event ‘Boys on the Move’ because we want them to be participatory in their own learning so that they begin to feel invested in their own success,” said Hatty Leslie, Principal of the Grand Fond Primary School.The event began with a special assembly led by the boys and culminated with a motivational march led by cadets from the area, to which the entire Grand Fond community was invited.During the assembly, the school honoured those boys who read at or above their level, using the opportunity to emphasize the importance of learning to read well.Parents were also invited to view exhibits prepared by the students, depicting “all things boys” like cricket bats, kites and trucks. The boys benefitted from motivational talks from elders in the community and demonstrations in agriculture, cooking, carpentry, use of computers and art & craft.By: Dionne Durand Share Share Tweet Sharing is caring!center_img 30 Views   no discussions Share EducationLocalNewsPrimary Grand Fond Primary School holds literacy and skills day by: – October 14, 2011last_img read more


Indiana Announces Elementary Robotics Program

first_imgElementary schools throughout Indiana will get a chance to win free robotics kits for afterschool programs.Governor Mike Pence and the Indiana Department of Workforce Development announced the program is a partnership with NASA, TechPoint Foundation for Youth and other entities.The governor’s office said Friday that 400 schools will be picked to participate in the program, which aims to shepherd students in fourth and fifth grades into career paths related to science, technology, engineering and math.The initiative will begin in the fall.It’s based on an Indianapolis program that started in 2013 as an effort to expose more high school students to STEM careers.last_img


Greensburg man in custody with ties to rape and assault cases from the 80’s

first_imgShelbyville, IN — Police have arrested a Greensburg man who is believed to have been connected to a series of rapes and assaults in Shelby County between 1982-1985.  Steven Ray Hessler, 57, of Greensburg is in custody and awaiting charges from the Shelby County Prosecutor’s Office.  No further details are available at this time.   According to a 1985 newspaper article from the Indianapolis Star, police allege that the investigation into the assaults had been hampered by the fact that the victims waited over 48 hours to report the crime, fearing that the assailants would return.  At that time, the rapist was described as 5’8″ or 5’9″ tall, weighing around 180-190 lbs., and in his mid-30s.   In the first two rapes, a knife was used in the crimes, but victims of later assaults allege a revolver was used.last_img read more


Few chances to experiment – Schmidt

first_imgIreland only have five realistic chances to blood new players ahead of the Rugby World Cup 2015 run-in, according to boss Joe Schmidt. The RBS Six Nations champions have 10 Test matches before the traditional summer World Cup warm-ups, and the tournament proper starting in September 2015. Head coach Schmidt believes the relentless Six Nations schedule offers no opportunity for squad rotation. The former Leinster coach remains unfazed by the challenge to anoint Brian O’Driscoll’s successor for Ireland’s 13 shirt in that time-frame, with the talisman centre retiring at the end of the season. “There are 10 Tests to go ultimately towards the World Cup, five of those are the finals we play week to week in the Six Nations,” said Schmidt. “For us personally the Six Nations is massive, because it happens every year and that’s the one tournament you’ve got to be repeatedly good at. “The World Cup is once every four years. “It’s got to be kept in mind because it’s the peak, but those five Six Nations Tests, it’s probably the amount of pressure for those, it’s hard to go outside of the players who are in form and to keep continuity because it’s played over seven weeks. “So you don’t even get chance to catch breath. “I thought that we would have been able to give a little more opportunity without losing continuity during the Six Nations. “If we hadn’t played people against Italy they would have had two full weeks off, and that wouldn’t have been the best preparation for the deciding game against France.” Press Association Rejecting outside accusations of Leinster bias, Schmidt said he never even considers provincial background when selecting Ireland squads. Buoyed by the return to fitness of Stephen Ferris, Tommy Bowe and Donnacha Ryan, Schmidt said he would not rule out taking Johnny Sexton on the summer’s Argentina tour. Robbie Henshaw, Darren Cave and even Jared Payne, who qualifies through residency in November, can fight to succeed O’Driscoll next term, said Schmidt. The Kiwi coach said there is still time for fast-developing provincial stars like JJ Hanrahan at Munster to force their way into the picture ahead of Rugby World Cup 2015 to boot. “I don’t think the circle is as tight as people probably perceive it to be,” said Schmidt. “We would have discussed 55 to 60 names, now you can’t select that many but they are certainly part of discussions. “We are very open-minded, and we want there to be real competition for places, and we want to be able to keep an open mind in so far as the form of some of those younger players. “I don’t think the Argentina tour is the only time to try things, we will have the Guinness Series that follows it too. “They are the five Test matches that really give us an opportunity to get together a squad to try to defend the Six Nations now we’re in that position.” Former players and outside commentators have questioned whether Schmidt’s Ireland selections have weighed too heavily on his former club Leinster. The ex-schoolteacher himself is in no mood to agree. “For me I select Irish players: if people want to differentiate, if people want to divide that provincially, that’s their prerogative,” said Schmidt. “But as a group we’re just trying to select the Irish national team. “If people are going to be distracted by provincial loyalties, then that’s certainly something that’s not happening within the group. “There’s been a super unity within the group, and it’s probably always disappointing to get criticised. “I can totally understand the perception, but what I could guarantee is that we have all the stats, we watch all the games, and we try to do as much homework as we possibly can.” last_img read more


Irish Champion-bound Golden Horn sparkles in Newmarket gallop

first_imgGolden Horn is on course to run in next Saturday’s Qipco Irish Champion Stakes as long as the Leopardstown ground does not turn soft. The Derby and Eclipse hero suffered a shock defeat on good to soft ground in the Juddmonte International at York last month and trainer John Gosden would not want to run his stable star in testing conditions in Ireland. Connections will be eagerly monitoring the weather forecast after the three-year-old pleased in a warm-up spin on Newmarket’s Rowley Mile course on Saturday morning. Golden Horn, who was partnered by big-race jockey Frankie Dettori, worked over seven and a half furlongs with Dick Doughtywylie, accelerating towards the end of the gallop and finishing comfortably clear. Gosden said: “It was either come here or the July Course, it was lovely ground out there, just on the easy side of good. “I just wanted him to do some work where he joined with him (Dick Doughtywylie) at the two and a half and stayed with him in the dip, then quickened up the hill, which is what he did. “I just wanted to hold him down into the dip and then lengthen away when he met the rising ground, which is what he did as it was a piece of work not a race “It was a satisfactory piece of work and they went a solid clip as usual. “I’m very happy to run him on good to soft, but if it goes soft he will not run. They’re calling it good at the moment and I think it will remain that way no matter what, but Leaopardstown drains better than any o ther track in Ireland. “It’s not too dissimilar to Sandown, particularly the last two furlongs up the rising ground.” Dettori was also satisfied with Golden Horn’s effort and expects the spin to have primed the Classic winner for next week’s assignment. He added: “It all went well and, just like John said, it was good to do something different with him. That will put the edge on him for Saturday.” center_img Press Associationlast_img read more


The Latest: Spanish league offers coronavirus tests to clubs

first_img___11:45 a.m.Soccer in Russia has been suspended until April 10.The Russian league was the best attended sports competition still operating in Europe last weekend with more than 33,000 fans at one of its games.The Russian Football Union says its board agreed to immediately suspend all competitions at a meeting Tuesday. Kosovo has had 16 coronavirus cases. All sports and other entertainment or cultural activities have been suspended in the country and schools, cafes, restaurants, gyms and pools have been closed.___9:55 a.m.The Diamond League has called off its first three track meets of the season.The Diamond League was scheduled to start in Qatar next month. Two meets in China in May were to follow. The Diamond League says travel restrictions and disrupted preparations caused by the coronavirus outbreak have made it impossible to stage those competitions on time. That follows a wave of tighter restrictions on public gatherings and events across Russia and a decision by CSKA Moscow to cancel its upcoming game against Zenit St. Petersburg.Fans made ironic references to the virus outbreak at games last week. Fans of Zenit chanted “we’re all going to die” on Saturday and CSKA supporters displayed a banner on Sunday with the club crest and the message: “This virus is inside me. I’m its carrier.”___10:35 a.m.Hertha Berlin’s players and coaching staff are going into quarantine for 14 days after one of the players tested positive for the coronavirus. The tests have been distributed prioritizing teams that traveled to risk areas or already have players infected.Valencia defender Ezequiel Garay on Sunday became the first Spanish league player infected with the virus.The distribution of tests began last Thursday as part of the league’s actions to support its clubs during the pandemic. ___1:05 p.m. Associated Press The women’s championships were due to be held in Paris from April 30-May 3, and the men’s championships in Baku, Azerbaijan, from May 27-31.Also called off are European rhythmic gymnastics championships in Ukraine and the European trampoline championship in Sweden, both in May.The UEG says it hopes the events can be rescheduled for the second half of the year.___12:10 p.m. More AP sports: and,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6 Formula One CEO Chase Carey has apologized to fans for the early part of the series being called of by the coronavirus outbreak.The Australian Grand Prix in Melbourne wasn’t canceled last week until teams and drivers forced it. A McLaren team member had tested positive and some drivers had already flown home, but F1 still waited to cancel until just before practices were scheduled to start.The following three races in Bahrain, Vietnam and China have all been postponed.In an open letter on the F1 website, Carey wrote: “We apologize to those fans affected by the cancellation in Australia, as well as the postponement of the other races to date. These decisions are being made … in rapidly changing and evolving circumstances, but we believe they are the right and necessary ones. We also want to extend our thoughts to those already affected, including those in the Formula 1 family.”On Monday, tire provider Pirelli said one of its staff tested positive for the virus and was undergoing treatment in Melbourne. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditLONDON (AP) — The Latest on the coronavirus outbreak’s effect on sports around the world (all times local):1:10 p.m.The Spanish soccer league has offered about 500 coronavirus tests for its clubs.center_img ___1 p.m.The men’s and women’s European gymnastics championships have been canceled.The European Gymnastics Union says it tried to find ways to keep its events going despite the spread of the coronavirus but found it impossible because of government restrictions and travel bans.The events offered Olympic qualifying spots. The Latest: Spanish league offers coronavirus tests to clubs The Bundesliga club doesn’t say which player was affected.The team had been due to return to training on Tuesday after three days of individual exercise.Hertha doctor Uli Schleicher says “the player complained about the usual symptoms and we immediately separated him from the group. A test then produced a positive result for the virus. All players in our squad must now stay at home for the next two weeks.”Hertha general manager Michael Preetz says “it was to be expected that the virus would reach the team sooner or later. The most important thing now is that everyone sticks to the rules.”___ The season is now tentatively set to begin in Stockholm on May 24.Only one of the three canceled meets has been rescheduled. The event in Shanghai is now set for Aug. 13. The meet in Qatar and the second Chinese meet have been postponed indefinitely but could be restaged after the Diamond League final in September.The 2020 season was supposed to see a shift in how the Diamond League is run with an extended 15-meet season and fewer events at each.China has already resumed a partial track and field schedule after the virus outbreak subsided. It was supposed to host the world indoor championships this month in Nanjing but that event was moved to 2021.___ All horse racing in Britain will be suspended starting Wednesday.It was the last remaining major sport to be continuing in the country amid the coronavirus outbreak.But the British Horseracing Authority says the race meetings in Wetherby and Taunton — being staged without fans on Tuesday — will be last until the end of April.The BHA says the decision was taken “to protect essential emergency services and the health and welfare of staff working in the racing industry.”BHA chief executive Nick Rust says its “first duty is to the health of the public, our customers and to racing industry participants and staff,” while saying it will do its best to support those whose livelihoods depend on what Rust said is a “4 billion pound industry.” March 17, 2020 10:10 a.m.The Kosovo judo team has been self-isolating as it prepares for the Tokyo Olympics.Olympic champion Majlinda Kelmendi, four other judokas and five staff members have closed themselves in at a training center in Peja, 85 kilometers (50 miles) west of Pristina.Kelmendi is the first athlete from Kosovo to win an Olympic gold medal.Coach Driton Kuka is among the group. None of them has been infected by the virus.last_img read more


Basketball seating vouchers needed

first_imgHeed my words, Athletic Department, for I offer you the onlysolution to what amounts to a clumsy, onerous, egregious, and, dare I say,elitist seating policy in the Kohl Center. Like some sort of performance-enhancing,drug-dealing sports pharmacist, I proffer you a prescription for what ails yourunderperforming seating policy. The men’s basketball student section has afever, and the only prescription is vouchers.While the ticket lottery itself benefits from the fairness ofa set of criteria that includes year in school and number of times applying fortickets, its utility stops there. Applying those same criteria to where astudent sits once he or she has survived the lottery is folly.The current UW men’s basketball student section seatingpolicy rightfully rewards those students who have faithfully applied fortickets year after painstaking year. However, the current system wrongfullyrewards those students who selectively craft an elitist group of upperclassmenwho have had the wherewithal to apply for tickets every year. It furtherconsigns less fortunate ticket holders to wallow in their 3rd tier seats forthe entirety of the season. In this way, the current seating policy serves tohandcuff students to a specific section for the entire year, with little hopeof ever viewing the game from another, perhaps more advantageous vantage point,and precludes the chance to sit next to a variety of friends and acquaintances.With all due respect to the eclectic and vibrant group offans who fill out our student section, I like the flexibility of being able tosit with different or even the same group of friends even if I was somehowunable to get into their initial group. The current seating system has withinit no room for variety. Such a system does not allow for the spontaneity of thefootball seating policy, which allows for students to pick and chooseacquaintances or friends whom they wish to sit next to, or areas they wouldlike to sit in, by simply showing up with said acquaintances to any given gameat a certain time.Perhaps you are one of those poor souls who somehow beat theodds and procured student tickets for the basketball season. Half season orfull, you dreamed of Marcus Landry dominating opposing defenses withspectacular, acrobatic dunks. You dreamed of beholding firsthand Greg Stiemsmaplaying at a level consistently commensurate with the flashes of emotion anddominance he has so coyly exhibited at moments through his tenure. You lookedforward to joining in the disparaging chants hurled at teams foolhardy enoughto dare set foot upon the Kohl Center’s hallowed hardwood. You anticipatedbeing able to question Michael Flowers on his mysterious “medical” leave viawell-timed and amply shouted queries.But somehow — perhaps you had too few points, or yourfriends’ groups were all already full — you managed not to end up in a group offriends. Alone and destitute, you were forced to sell your tickets, your onlysolace the opportunity to watch the game with a group of friends while crowdedaround a TV blessed with Big Ten Network.The biggest and most obvious foible of the current system isexactly this: How do you sit with who you want to sit with and choose remotelywhere you’d like to sit on a game-to-game basis? Were it not for a sophomore’sinability to find friends who had won tickets and could commit to sitting nextto them on a game-to-game basis, I’d be without basketball tickets. But even Iwas frustrated in my search for someone willing to accept my first-year-sophomore-standingapplying for tickets status. By the time I had worked out arrangements to buythe tickets, my fellow seniors had already formed their groups. And I was leftwith few options, and began to wonder: how would this work with vouchers?The voucher system allows for people who win tickets to sitwith exactly who they want to sit with on a game-by-game basis. Imagine thefreedom of being able to contact a friend in order to sit next to him or her. Withvoucher in hand, you can rest assured that you will find friends willing toshow up at the Kohl Center extra early for the Michigan State game in order toprocure front row seats, or stroll in during the third quarter for the Edgewoodscrimma — er, exhibition game.Further, vouchers allow for the most diehard of Wisconsinfans to get the most coveted seats, much as the ticket policy in years pastallowed students to indicate their “fanness” by waiting in line for days forthe best tickets in the student section. The Athletic Department’s currentpolicies indicate their desire to reward those diehard fans by giving thembetter seats and a better chance at tickets via their distribution and seatingpolicy. But a voucher system does just that. With vouchers, the fans sitting inthe front or near it are those who value the seats enough to ensure they are atthe game on time.Fairness? Convenience? Do those words describe the men’sbasketball seating section now? Hardly. But they could, if only the AthleticDepartment would take a lesson from their very own Camp Randall, where thevoucher is used to great effect. If it works so well there, why not in the KohlCenter?In the meantime, I guess I’ll see you in the sophomoreseats!Gerald Cox ( is a senior majoring in economics.last_img read more


VB : Freshmen step up as Syracuse makes postseason push

first_img Comments After Syracuse took on Georgetown on Oct. 9, Kelly Morrisroe looked down at her clipboard. The statistics she read only confirmed what she already knew: October is the month that freshman players show their inexperience.‘This month is notorious for spotty freshman play,’ interim head coach Morrisroe said. ‘Freshmen play like freshmen in October.’For a team with nine freshmen, October wasn’t as spotty as Morrisroe once thought. SU had two bad losses against Georgetown on Oct. 9 and West Virginia last weekend, but the losses can’t be pinned solely on the first-year players’ inexperience.For the most part, the Orange’s freshmen stepped up in October. Four of nine freshmen have seen significant playing time this season. They have been major contributors as SU (17-9, 6-4 Big East) makes its final push for the postseason. The Orange is currently tied for fifth place in the Big East with four matches remaining in the regular season. To secure its place in the top eight to qualify for the Big East tournament, Syracuse will need its freshmen to continue to perform in November.Outside hitter Andrea Fisher has been the most reliable of the rookies. Playing opposite Noemie Lefebvre, Fisher has become a viable offensive threat with 228 kills on the season.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textAgainst Cornell, Fisher thrived. The Burlington, Ontario, native had career highs of 18 kills and 16 digs. At one juncture against Georgetown, Fisher dug a spike attempt before connecting for a kill herself.Through those standout performances, Fisher has emerged as a top offensive threat for the Orange.‘She’s stepped in and she was very, very strong with a good jump,’ Lefebvre said. ‘So it’s always good to have her in the front row.’Other freshmen have also made more contributions since Morrisroe took over for Jing Pu.Outside hitter Nicolette Serratore uses her height to block shots at the net and has a dangerous serve.Serratore throws the ball higher before her serve than any of her SU teammates, and the end result is a high-velocity serve that confounded Seton Hall more than one weekend ago in a four-set win. Her high-flying serve backed up Pirates defenders to set up her teammates for kills on offense.Defensive specialist Julia Mindlina has provided a spark for SU off the bench. Mindlina is often brought in to end an opposing team’s scoring streak. Against Villanova, Mindlina recorded 12 digs to help the Orange to victory.Morrisroe uses Serratore and Mindlina in a rotation depending on the situation.‘That’s something we’re comfortable with,’ Morrisroe said. ‘They both bring something different to the table.’Setter Emily Betteridge stands as the freshman with the most to gain from a specialized rotation, though. Though Pu rarely used his backup setter, Morrisroe has made Betteridge a staple in the lineup.The Pickering, Ontario, native averages nine assists per set this season, with most of her production coming since the coaching change.When SU needs a boost on offense — as it did after losing a hotly contested third set against Seton Hall — Morrisroe turns to Betteridge.Starting setter Laura Homann sees Betteridge’s potential as a complement to her game.‘We have really different styles, so it’s really nice to have a change up,’ Homann said. ‘Especially when the other team starts stacking up on your players.’Outside hitter Ying Shen hasn’t shared in her teammate’s success, though. The highlight of Shen’s season so far came in late August, when she had 22 kills over a two-game span to help SU capture a Big Orange Tournament title.Since then, Shen has trailed off. The strength of her game — serving — has been a weakness lately, as a crucial serve against Georgetown failed to go over the net at the end of the match.The error gave the Hoyas the victory in the deciding set.Though Shen has struggled, Morrisroe expects to see her improve like the rest of her teammates in these final four games. Shen and the Orange can only get better in their final month of play.‘Other teams were keying on her a little bit,’ Morrisroe said. ‘She’ll get her confidence back.’ Facebook Twitter Google+center_img Published on November 1, 2011 at 12:00 pm Contact Nick: | @nicktoneytweetslast_img read more


Women’s hockey: Pankowski, former Badgers bring home title for US

first_imgThe 2016 IIHF Women’s World Championship ended Monday night in Kamloops, Canada in agonizing fashion for the host nation.In the 18th-consecutive meeting in the championship game between the U.S. and Canada, the two squared off for 72 minutes before Alex Carpenter netted the game winner and gave the U.S. team a 1-0 win. Now with its seventh title, the U.S. is closing in on Canada’s 10 IIHF titles — with the help of one current and five former Badgers.Annie Pankowski, who narrowly missed a spot on the 2014 USA Olympic roster, got her first taste of international play as a member of the gold-medal team. The Wisconsin sophomore saw action in all five of the United States’ games, recording a goal against Russia and three assists.Women’s hockey: Pankowski chasing Olympic dreamsWisconsin women’s hockey player Annie Pankowski was sitting in a science class at the North American Hockey Academy when she Read…She was joined by former Wisconsin standouts Hilary Knight, Meghan Duggan, Brianna Decker, Jessie Vetter and Alex Rigsby.Knight ended the tournament as leader in points (nine) and goals (seven), three ahead of second place Christine Hueni (four) of Switzerland. Decker tallied two goals and four assists for a ninth-place finish in points, as part of the United States’ first line.Both Knight and Decker played vital roles in the United States’ preliminary-round game against Canada, a 3-1 comeback win.Canada struck first with an early third-period goal, but Knight tied the score seven minutes later and Decker scored a power-play goal six minutes after that. An empty-net goal by Knight sealed the game and gave the United States an important win that handed them a first-place seeding and the chance to play Russia in the first elimination game, a 9-0 win.Rigsby was solid between the pipes throughout the tournament, allowing just a single goal on 73 shots, a 0.31 goals against average. Vetter saw action in only one game, posting a 2-1 win over Finland while facing seven shots.But they were not the only Badgers to represent their country at the tournament.Emily Clark, along with Meaghan Mikkelson and Blayre Turnbull, helped Canada reach the title game.Women’s hockey: Badger underclassmen usher in new era of dominanceLast year, University of Wisconsin women’s hockey meshed the old and new with success. Its offense relied heavily on experience Read…Clark tallied a single goal and no assists, while Turnbull had one goal and two assists and Mikkelson had two goals.The stellar performances of Wisconsin’s current and former players during the tournament backed up its standing as one of the top collegiate programs in the nation. Coming off a Frozen Four loss was tough, but if there’s one bright spot, the tournament served as a reminder of how talented its players are.last_img read more