There might be no Under Armour advertisements at Goodman Diamond. There might not have been a lot of success at home in the early portion of the season.But there certainly is a strong will from the team to protect their house.It is something head coach Chandelle Schulte has been stressing all year and a subject she wished the team felt more passionate about.Well it looks like the team listened.Wisconsin (16-27) swept Wednesday’s doubleheader against North Dakota (13-33), winning game one 4-3 after scoring the game-winning run on an error committed by North Dakota in the bottom of the eighth. Game two didn’t go to extra innings, but the ending was equally, if not even more, exciting.With two on and one out and the score knotted at two, backup catcher and Madison native Dana Rasmussen lined the ball over the left field fence for the game-winning three-run homer. Rasmussen sprinted around the base paths and was pummeled by her teammates at home.The seldom-used backup is a team favorite, and the team rejoiced with her as if they had just won the College World Series.Rasmussen sharply fouled off two previous pitches and knew the third time was the charm.“Before I even got into the box, I knew I was going to hit a home run,” Rasmussen said. “I knew [Grimm] was going to get on, and I knew I was going to hit a home run. After I fouled that [last] one off pretty far, I was like ‘Alright, the next one is going to go out.’ And it did.”The spectacular moment by Rasmussen, witnessed by her parents, lifted the Badgers to their second win of the day over the Fighting Sioux.UW now has a five-game home winning streak, protecting what they feel is their right to win at home.“I don’t want to say it’s more pressure to win here, but we should be winning here,” Soderberg said with a smile. “This is our field not theirs. We should be winning here. What else can you say about that?”Although all five wins registered at home have come against sub-.500 non-conference teams, it gives the team confidence to know they can win at home.“It’s our home diamond,” Rasmussen said. “We need to show Madison and the university that we can win here.”While offensive and defensive balance has generally eluded the Badgers, the team was finally to combine solid pitching with clutch hitting.Interestingly enough, the hits came from unlikely sources, such as Rasmussen and Soderberg.“It actually works out because our bigger hitters have not being coming through as much,” senior Letty Olivarez said. “We’ve all been working on trying to stay relaxed, and I think that’s what they’ve been doing.”Olivarez cited a more relaxed practice regiment as a reason the team has been playing well of late.Another reason has been the stellar play from Soderberg, who went a combined 3-for-7 against UND with four runs while leading off.Soderberg, who was moved up in the order Wednesday after playing down in the lineup for most of the season, has provided the top of the order with a much-needed facelift.“I think it’s really important to have the top of lineup [produce], especially the first and second batters,” Soderberg said. “If your first and second hitters are roping the ball, then the bigger hitters think they should be roping the ball too.”The Badgers also exploited some slow pitching seen from North Dakota pitchers, as they accumulated 10 runs and 19 hits in two games on the day against the Fighting Sioux.“Their first pitcher was really slow, so it was more of a patience game,” Soderberg said. “And when you’re more patient at the plate, you usually choose better pitches to hit. I think that’s how we produced more runners on base, just taking the pitches we wanted to.”Despite the strong wins the team does not have much time to relish their success, as they travel Thursday to South Bend, Ind., to face the No. 25 nationally ranked Notre Dame Fighting Irish.The team hopes these two victories will help propel them into wins today and this weekend against Indiana.“We’ve just got to stay positive, look at all the good things we had and the small game we were able to play,” Olivarez said. “All the clutch hits we had… as long as we stay positive as to what we did here hopefully we can carry it on.”
The Board of directors of Accra Hearts of Oak will meet on Thursday to decide on the vacant position of Chief Executive at the club.Hearts have been without a substantive CEO after Fred Crentsil refused to continue after the expiration of his contract at the end of last season.The meeting will draft the criteria and terms of reference for the next administrative head and also open applications from interested candidates.Three key names have emerged in running for the job with Former supporters chief Neil Armstrong-Mortagbe reported to be the leading candidate for the job.Also, former management member Randy Abbey and AshantiGold CEO Kudjoe Fianoo are all reported to be in the running.
I doubt very many DFS players will be thrilled to roster Tony Finau for a hefty price after three straight missed cuts, but he may be worth the risk. His recent struggles should keep his ownership very low, and he’s more than talented enough to do damage in this field. Finau is not a flash in the pan, having had plenty of success on the PGA Tour well before this season. Furthermore, Finau has only missed one other cut in 18 tries this season outside of this slump, not to mention three solo No. 2 finishes, an additional top-10 finish, and five other top-25s.While Finau may continue to slide, his track record suggests otherwise. Slumps don’t last forever, and I will side with his longterm results over one poor stretch. Finau is likely to fly completely under the radar this week due to a double dose of recency bias. That should lead to especially low ownership and particularly appealing leverage.Aaron White graduated from Northwestern University with a B.A. in Economics. He has played DFS professionally for several years and has won featured NFL, NBA, MLB, NHL and golf GPPs on both FanDuel and DraftKings. After a surprising result at the Rocket Mortgage Classic last week, this week’s inaugural 3M Open presents a fantastic opportunity to pounce on inefficiencies created by recency bias.Last week featured not only a shocking winner in Nate Lashley, but also a finish in which none of the four runaway odds leaders placed in the top 10 — and only 1 in the top 25. Two of those four missed the cut, including Dustin Johnson, who was the odds leader by far at 15.4 percent. MORE ROTOQL: Lineup BuilderThe field for the 3M Open has a similar look to that of the Rocket Mortgage Classic, with a few elite golfers at the top followed by a steep dropoff. Due to the ineffectiveness of a strategy built around high-priced golfers last week, I think expensive premier golfers will see an unjustified dip in ownership this week due to recency bias.This can be leveraged by targeting a studs-and-duds approach, and investing heavily in some of the best golfers in the field.*If you are interested in taking your DFS golf lineup building strategy to the next level, you should consider using a lineup optimizer, and RotoQL offers the best optimizer available in the industry.3M Open picks and PGA DFS strategyTarget GolfersBrooks KoepkaIt’s hard to characterize a golfer who leads the field in odds as under the radar, but I don’t think Koepka will be as popular as he should be this week. With 11.8 percent odds, Koepka essentially fills the role Johnson played at the Rocket Mortgage Classic. Given Johnson’s monumental flop, I think many DFS players will hesitate to roster the most expensive golfer available. Also working against Koepka is his tied-for-57th finish in his last tournament, the Travelers Championship.Of course, preceding that was a solo second-place at the U.S. Open. But given his price and his most recent result, one could dissuade players from using him. Ultimately, if Koepka is on his game, there’s no golfer in this field who can compete with him, even despite the presence of a few other stars. Koepka’s raw odds combined with lower-than-deserved ownership make him an unmatched play this week.Jason DayDay is one of the few other golfers in the field who’s in Koepka’s stratosphere, and yet I also anticipate lower ownership than what some may expect for him. At such a high price, Day will see slightly diminished interest due to recency bias — just like Koepka — despite having played quite well recently. However, what may keep Day’s ownership down even more is focus on alternatives in his price range. Hideki Matsuyama has been more consistent than Day and is priced similarly, while Bryson DeChambeau has been just as good and is cheaper.I expect both to carry more ownership than Day. With DFS players struggling to find cheap value plays, even options like Patrick Reed, who is certainly a step down from Day, could be higher-owned for no reason other than the discount he offers. Of the four runaway odds leaders in this week’s field, Day will likely be the least-owned. Leverage the opportunity and grab some exposure.Tony Finau
Netherlands 2, Canada 1 South Africa 0, Germany 4 South Korea 1, Norway 2 June 28USA 2, France 1 SATURDAY, JUNE 29Italy 0, Netherlands 2 France 2, Norway 1 SATURDAY, JUNE 8Germany 1, China 0 MORE: Watch the Women’s World Cup live with fuboTV (7-day free trial)USWNT scores, TV schedule at Women’s World Cup 2019All USA games will air on either Fox or Fox Sports 1 with Spanish broadcast available on Telemundo and NBC Universo.Group stageDateMatchupJune 11USA 13, Thailand 0June 16USA 3, Chile 0June 20USA 2, Sweden 0Knockout stageDateMatchup Germany 1, Spain 0 TUESDAY, JUNE 18Jamaica 1, Australia 4 United States 13, Thailand 0 Italy 0, Brazil 1 England 2, Scotland 1 Jamaica 0, Italy 5 SUNDAY, JUNE 16Sweden 5, Thailand 1 THURSDAY, JUNE 20Cameroon 2, New Zealand 1 Chile 0, Sweden 2 TUESDAY, JUNE 11New Zealand 0, Netherlands 1 Spain 3, South Africa 1 WEDNESDAY, JUNE 12Nigeria 2, South Korea 0 SUNDAY, JUNE 23R16: England 3, Cameroon 0 TUESDAY, JULY 2USA 2, England 1 July 2USA 2, England 1 TUESDAY, JUNE 25R16: Italy 2, China 0 THURSDAY, JUNE 27England 3, Norway 0 Germany 1, Sweden 2 TeamWDLPointsEngland3009Scotland0121Argentina1114Japan1114GROUP E – bolded advancedTeamWDLPointsCanada2016Cameroon1023New Zealand0030Netherlands3009GROUP F – bolded advancedTeamWDLPointsUnited States3009Thailand0030Chile1023Sweden2016Win = 3 pointsDraw = 1 pointLoss = 0 pointsFull 2019 Women’s World Cup scheduleFRIDAY, JUNE 7France 4, South Korea 0 Brazil 3, Jamaica 0 Canada 1, Cameroon 0 The United States women’s national team has booked its spot in the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup final, looking for back-to-back championships for the first time in history.Here’s everything to know about the USWNT at the Women’s World Cup, including how to watch USA matches on TV and stream online, plus a full schedule and updated standings. Canada 2, New Zealand 0 WEDNESDAY, JUNE 19Japan 0, England 2 MONDAY, JUNE 17China 0, Spain 0 MONDAY, JUNE 10Argentina 0, Japan 0 Scotland 3, Argentina 3 SATURDAY, JULY 6England vs. Sweden11 a.m. ETFoxSUNDAY, JULY 7USA vs. Netherlands11 a.m. ETFox SUNDAY, JUNE 9Australia 1, Italy 2 Norway 3, Nigeria 0 FRIDAY, JUNE 14Japan 2, Scotland 1 Nigeria 0, France 1 Sweden 0, United States 2 R16: Norway 1, Australia 1; Norway adv. on PKs SATURDAY, JUNE 22R16: Germany 3, Nigeria 0 Thailand 0, Chile 2 England 1, Argentina 0 R16: France 2, Brazil 1 MONDAY, JUNE 24R16: USA 2, Spain 1 R16: Sweden 1, Canada 0 South Africa 0, China 1 R16: Netherlands 2, Japan 1 FinalDateResultTime (Channel)July 7USA vs. Netherlands11 a.m. ET (Fox)How to watch USA World Cup games live onlineAll of the USWNT’s matches will be streamed on FoxSports.com, the Fox Sports app or by signing up for fuboTV, which offers a free seven-day trial.USA’s Women’s World Cup 2019 rosterThe 23-player roster for the USWNT is headlined by veteran leadership and young talent. Forward Carli Lloyd leads the team, making her fourth World Cup roster. Following close behind Lloyd with three tournaments are six World Cup winners: Megan Rapinoe, Alex Morgan, Tobin Heath, Becky Sauerbrunn, Kelley O’Hara and Ali Krieger.Eleven of the 23 players are heading to their first World Cup tournament.PlayerPositionClub TeamAdrianna FranchGoalkeeperPortland Thorns FCAshlyn HarrisGoalkeeperOrlando PrideAlyssa NaeherGoalkeeperChicago Red StarsAbby DahlkemperDefenderNC CourageTierna DavidsonDefenderChicago Red StarsCrystal DunnDefenderNC CourageAli KriegerDefenderOrlando PrideKelley O’HaraDefenderUtah Royals FCBecky SauerbrunnDefenderUtah Royals FCEmily SonnettDefenderPortland Thorns FCMorgan BrianMidfielderChicago Red StarsJulie ErtzMidfielderChicago Red StarsLindsey HoranMidfielderPortland Thorns FCRose LavelleMidfielderWashington SpiritAllie LongMidfielderReign FCSamantha MewisMidfielderNC CourageTobin HeathForwardPortland Thorns FCCarli LloydForwardSky Blue FCJessica McDonaldForwardNC CourageAlex MorganForwardOrlando PrideChristen PressForwardUtah Royals FCMallory PughForwardWashington SpiritMegan RapinoeForwardReign FCMORE: A complete guide to the 2019 Women’s World CupFIFA Women’s World Cup standingsThe 24 competing teams are divided into six groups. The four teams in each group play each other once in the group stage of the tournament. The two teams finishing first and second in each group automatically advance to the knockout rounds. The top four best third placed teams also advance to the knockouts.From there, with 16 remaining teams, the competition is single elimination: survive and advance. GROUP A – bolded advancedTeamWDLPointsFrance3009South Korea0030Norway2016Nigeria1023GROUP B – bolded advancedTeamWDLPointsGermany3009China1114Spain1114South Africa0030GROUP C – bolded advancedTeamWDLPointsAustralia2016Italy2016Brazil3016Jamaica0020GROUP D – bolded advanced FRIDAY, JUNE 28USA 2, France 1 United States 3, Chile 0 WEDNESDAY, JULY 3Netherlands 1, Sweden 0 THURSDAY, JUNE 13Australia 3, Brazil 2 June 24USA 2, Spain 1 SATURDAY, JUNE 15Netherlands 3, Cameroon 1