UW forward Brianna Decker is familiar with North Dakota\’s talented Lamoreaux sisters, having played at Shattuck St. Mary\’s with the two.[/media-credit]The Badgers are not the only team with two returning Olympians who have turned their teams around. Surprised?After its second loss of the season, the Wisconsin women’s hockey team heads on the road to face a revamped North Dakota squad.Suffering their first loss at home to Minnesota-Duluth, Wisconsin has to regroup as it faces a North Dakota team that, previously not the strongest WCHA squad, welcomed sisters Jocelyne Lamoureux and Monique Lamoureux-Kolls, who turned the Sioux into a third place team.Knowing they are a tough team, the Badgers know they will have to keep their eyes on the Lamoureuxs.Head coach Mark Johnson coached the Lamoureuxs last year as part of the Olympic team.“They have great stick skills, can beat you one-on-one, and have the ability to get the puck in the net with great shots and scoring ability,” Johnson said. “Whether you’re playing defense or you’re one of the forwards on the ice, if you get in a battle with them you have to be prepared to make sure you don’t get beaten. Easier said than done. They’re very strong on their skates, they’re very strong physically.”Johnson is not the only one with some experience with the Lamoureuxs. Sophomore forward Brianna Decker skated with the sisters in high school.“I played with them for three years at Shattuck, so I kind of know how they play,” Decker said. “We know that they are their two main players and strength to their team. We’re just going to have to come out as a whole. I think our team as a whole should be able to handle them. They’re great players, so we’ll just have to prepare for their skills.”Despite being fresh off a loss and about to hit the road, the Badgers are confident they will be able to turn things around.UW feels it did not play its best last weekend, and the Badgers are hoping to make up for it.“It’s away, so the home team will have the advantage with the line changes and stuff like that, but hopefully we’ll be able to bounce back and maybe get some revenge for last weekend,” Decker said. “We know we didn’t play our best on Sunday so hopefully we’ll be able to come back against North Dakota with that power and strength we have on our team.”One thing the Badgers are focusing on is being more consistent. Wisconsin has had a strong season thus far, but last weekend, after a strong win on Friday, it looked very different on Sunday, scoring in the first minute only.Sophomore defender Saige Pacholok noted UW’s need to cut down on mistakes and continue to play confidently.“Consistency is key,” Pacholok said. “We’re not all going to have perfect games. Like Coach said, you can’t go a game without making mistakes, but we have to limit them as much as possible. Play confident, play as a team; communication is a big thing I think.”Even though it did not have quite the success it wanted last weekend, Wisconsin feels Minnesota-Duluth was a good way to prepare for North Dakota.With a strong offensive attack in the Lamoureaux sisters and the confidence a winning season has given the rest of the Fighting Souix squad, the Badgers know a tough fight is in store.“Us defensemen, especially, have been working on passing the puck quick, tape-to-tape passes; I think that’s key,” Pacholok said. “Moving the puck, let the puck do the work for us, I think it’ll be really handy for us this weekend.”
“I must say that this is the foremost sporting competition in this country and seeing some of the champions still connected to the championships showed the good organisation that the competition has continued to enjoy. I am pledging the support of the state to the tournament and we hope more top players can come through again like other top stars like Olufunke Oshonaike, Atanda Musa and a host of others,” Tinubu said. However, being the oldest sporting competition in the country, the 48th edition will commence on Monday November 21 with 22 titles expected to be jostled for by players in Lagos State. For Ayodeji Okoya-Thomas, the Okoya-Thomas family would continue to water the seed sown by their late father, while disclosing that this year’s the women singles title would be renamed and known as Lady Olivet Okoya-Thomas Women’s trophy after their departed mother. His words: “This of course will be the second, after 46 years, that is not being addressed by the initiator and sole sponsor of the tournament, Sir Chief Molade Okoya-Thomas. One of his greatest wishes while alive was that the family should continue the sponsorship of the tournament after his demise; we would therefore like to give God all the glory for giving us the enablement to continue this noble legacy for the second year running since he was called to glory.” The grand finale is schedule for Friday November 25 at the Molade Okoya-Thomas Hall of Teslim Balogun Stadium.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram As one of its unique sporting competition, the Lagos State Sports Commission (LSSC) has pledged its support to the annual Asoju Oba Molade Okoya-Thomas Table Tennis Cup as the 48th edition of the competition begins on Monday November 21.According to the chairman of LSSC, Deji Tinubu, it behoves on the state to continue to nurture the tournament which had produced stars for the state and the country.
Seattle Seahawks’ Russell Wilson holds the Vince Lombardi Trophy as he celebrates after the NFL Super Bowl XLVIII football game against the Denver Broncos Sunday, Feb. 2, 2014, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)Russell Wilson made history becoming just the second African-American quarterback to win a Super Bowl as he led the Seattle Seahawks to a dominating 43-8 win over the Denver Broncos in Super Bowl XLVIII on Feb. 2 at Met Life Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J.Wilson—whose grandfather, Harry B. Wilson, Jr. is a former president of the historically Black university Norfolk State University—now joins Doug Williams formerly of the Washington NFL franchise as the only Black men to win a Super Bowl as starting quarterback. The Richmond, Va. native is, at 25, also the third youngest quarterback to win a Super Bowl.Wilson didn’t put up eye-popping stats in the Seahawks’ victory. But the second-year quarterback delivered a mistake-free performance and made just enough big plays to help his team claim its first world championship in franchise history.Wilson finished 18-of-25 for 206 yards, two touchdowns and no turnovers.But while Wilson was solid, Seattle’s defensive unit made its case to be known as the greatest defense ever. Everyone was anticipating a great matchup between the Seahawks’ No. 1 ranked defense against future Hall of Famer Peyton Manning and the Broncos top-ranked offense. Manning set a National Football League (NFL) single-season record for touchdown passes this season with 55, but the Seahawks’ defense completely shut him down. Manning finished with just one touchdown with two interceptions and a fumble-sack.Seattle linebacker Malcolm Smith was named the Super Bowl MVP; the third-year veteran intercepted a tipped pass by Manning and returned it 69-yards for pick-6 defensive touchdown.Seattle’s victory is the most lopsided Super Bowl win since the Baltimore Ravens crushed the New York Giants, 34-7, in Super Bowl XXXV in 2001, and the largest margin of victory since the Dallas Cowboys beat the Buffalo Bills, 52-17, in Super Bowl XXVII in 1993.Reprinted from the AFROhttp://www.afro.com/sections/sports/story.htm?storyid=81355