UW ready to say ‘aloha’

first_imgThe Wisconsin secondary has struggled all year and Hawaii will offer up a stiff challenge with star wide receiver Greg Salas.[/media-credit]Looking at almost any college football bowl predictions, experts will tell you the Wisconsin football team is headed to the Outback Bowl for a matchup with Auburn.Assuming they beat Hawaii this Saturday.This assumption should not be taken lightly as the Warriors will be fighting for their bowl lives in Aloha Stadium Saturday.After losing its first six conference games to start the season, Hawaii is rolling on a four game winning streak including a momentum-building 24-17 win last weekend.“Well, they were a 2-6 football team that has revived themselves very, very well,” UW head coach Bret Bielema said. “They were 2-6 and … regrouped and have played very well offensively and defensively. They have done some really good things in the kicking game. All four of these last games, none of them have really come easy, so they have earned each one of those victories.”As one of only two teams not to have clinched a bowl or been eliminated from contention — with Army being the other — the Warriors will have plenty of motivation on senior day.Currently on a 3-year bowl streak, the WAC school so far away from everyone will also be fighting to keep alive its hard-earned reputation as a decent football program.“Bottom line, if they win this game they are going to become bowl eligible for a very big bowl themselves,” Bielema said.Averaging 456.1 yards of total offense, including 348.7 yards through the air, the Badger corners will be tested once again. Exposed through mental mistakes against Northwestern two weeks ago, UW’s secondary will have to bounce back fairly quickly.Its first challenge? Stopping junior wide receiver Greg Salas, an offensive dynamo responsible for 103 receptions, 1,559 yards and eight touchdowns this season.“Our front four has to give pressure to help out our back end,” Bielema added.Given a bye week, Wisconsin has taken the same approach to fixing mistakes that they have all season.Hard work, hard work and, well… you know the rest.“Just like in the offseason we just know we have to work harder,” UW running back Zach Brown said. “It was a tough loss, but we are using the bye week time to get better.”Playing in a stadium four time zones away, the Badgers will face a host of challenges trying to stay prepared.Besides exams and warm weather serving as distractions, UW will also have to avoid looking toward the looming bowl game.“Honestly, we aren’t thinking about no bowl game,” Brown said. “We are worrying about Hawaii. That is our biggest game and we can’t look ahead. We just got to make sure we take care of Hawaii.”Not to be all business and no fun, Bielema has designated time for the players to relax and see the sites.Perhaps to inspire leadership, he mentioned going to Pearl Harbor.“The hard part for us is, because it is an extended stay, it has similarities to a bowl game,” Bielema said. “But obviously the game is going to be on us very, very quick. So we told our guys it is about focusing on the details of what we need to do to win Saturday.”“I am really excited,” Brown added. “Growing up, I was never a real big traveler and I never thought I would have a chance to go to Hawaii, so being able to do this is great and I am looking forward to it.”last_img read more

3 Indians in LPGA event for 1st time; Aditi, Diksha, Tvesa to play at Ladies Scottish Open

first_img COMMENT WE RECOMMEND 4 weeks ago Indians are the most confident in world to travel after coronavirus pandemic: Study 4 weeks ago 114 stranded Indians brought back from UAE in AI flight First Published: 12th August, 2020 11:06 IST LIVE TV SUBSCRIBE TO US 3 weeks ago Over 10 lakh Indians have returned from abroad under Vande Bharat Mission: MEA In a first for Indian women’s golf, three leading players of the country — Aditi Ashok, Diksha Dagar and Tvesa Malik — will tee up at an LPGA event together, the Ladies Scottish Open later this week.The Ladies Scottish Open, a premier event on the Ladies European Tour, has been co-sanctioned with the LPGA since 2017 and this is the fourth time the two Tours are coming together. The Ladies Scottish Open, has however, been around since 1986.Diksha plays with Stephanie Kyriacou and Yu Liu early in the morning at 7.15 am while Aditi plays with Scottish star Carly Booth and South African Lee-Ann Pace at 9.58 am local time. Tvesa has been drawn with Yealimi Noh and Emily Kristine Pedersen, who won the Hero Women’s Indian Open years back and they tee off at 12.22 pm.Diksha and Tvesa arrived in the UK on Friday and then travelled to Edinburgh on Monday.Aditi and her mother arrived on Monday. They had also reached the venue and Aditi had a good look at the course.Col Naren Dagar, father and caddie of Diksha, said, “We were tested at the airport and then again in Scotland by the Tour.”Dagar said, “It was a different kind of a trip. We were helped in India by many people as we got all papers and permissions to travel. Honestly, there was some tension because this is not a normal situation, but the officials back home and the LET here were helpful.”Diksha added: “I have been waiting for this for long. Back home I practiced for a long time and maintained all safety measures on account of the COVID outbreak. We wore PPE suits and took all measures on travel and have been wearing masks, maintaining distance and staying away from crowded areas.”Diksha won the Women’s South African Open last year, which was also her rookie season.While the Ladies European Tour makes a return to golf with the Scottish Open, the LPGA has played two events in the United States.The LPGA Tour arrived in Europe after two events, the LPGA Drive On Championship and the Marathon LPGA Classic. Those two tournaments in Toledo provided back-to-back wins for Danielle Kang as the LPGA returned after the COVID-19 interruption. The two wins gave Kang three wins in the last 10 months.The field this week also includes Minjee Lee, who comes off on the back of two top-four finishes.In 2019, Mi Jung Hur came out on top with six birdies in her final nine holes to earn her first victory since 2014. But she will not defend her title this week at The Renaissance Club, opting to remain home in Korea due to travel concerns related to the COVID-19 pandemic.However, past champions Moriya Jutanugarn (2018) and Mi Hyang Lee (2017) have made the trip to The Renaissance Club, as have 2019 major champions Hannah Green (KPMG Women’s PGA Championship) and Hinako Shibuno (AIG Women’s Open).  The 144-player field also includes 15 of the top 20 in the LET’s Race to Costa del Sol, who are competing for the USD 1.5 million purse, as well as Rose Ladies Series Order of Merit winner Charley Hull.The Scottish Open is the first of two consecutive events in Scotland. The Scottish Open will be followed by next week’s AIG Women’s Open at Royal Troon, and the event is also the final opportunity to qualify for the AIG Women’s Open.Image credits: AP center_img Koushik Narayanan Last Updated: 12th August, 2020 11:06 IST 3 Indians In LPGA Event For 1st Time; Aditi, Diksha, Tvesa To Play At Ladies Scottish Open n a first for Indian women’s golf, three leading players of the country — Aditi Ashok, Diksha Dagar and Tvesa Malik — will tee up at an LPGA event together 4 weeks ago Francona returning to manage Indians after week of rest 4 weeks ago Indians joined by Vietnamese, Tibetans in anti-China protests at Capitol Hill Written By FOLLOW US WATCH US LIVElast_img read more