After being held scoreless for 10 consecutive periods – including all three in Friday night’s 1-0 loss to Bemidji State – the Wisconsin women’s hockey team turned its play around with three goals in Sunday’s 3-3 tie.While senior forward and captain Brianna Decker finally snapped the streak in the second period Sunday, it was the Badger defense’s work that kept the team alive.Defensemen Courtney Burke and Jordan Brickner each contributed a goal Sunday, allowing Wisconsin (3-3-2, 1-3-2 WCHA) to take the lead over the Beavers (2-3-1, 1-2-1-0) on each score.“Our forwards have been having chances but haven’t been able to put them in,” Decker said. “But to have our D step up and get a couple goals, that is huge. It’s not often that the defense scores, so to have two of them score today is awesome.”Wisconsin certainly was not at a loss for scoring opportunities in either game, as the Badgers recorded 72 shots this weekend. With 45 shots on goal Sunday in comparison to Bemidji State’s 21, the Badgers dominated play throughout the game.Friday night was a different story for Wisconsin in terms of scoring. The team opened play at LaBahn Arena for the first time with a tough 1-0 loss. Despite attempting 75 shots, 27 of them on net, UW left the game scoreless and frustrated with its lack of ability to finish scoring opportunities.Decker said although she and her teammates wished they could have converted one of their countless chances, she knew her team had played a quality game.“Overall I think we played a good game; I think we outplayed them,” Decker said Friday. “Shots were pretty even, but I think our opportunities were overall a little bit more quality.”The frustration continued until Decker’s backhanded shot into the back of the net in the second period Sunday, tying up the game 1-1. From then on, Wisconsin appeared more energetic and greedy for more scores.Entering the third period with the score tied, head coach Mark Johnson told his team it had one period to go out and win the hockey game. The pressure and frustration with not scoring was clearly in the past for Wisconsin, as it came out on the prowl and put up 19 shots alone in the third period and kept the puck out of its defensive third for most of the period.“It’s a situation where the game is tied and you can go out and win a hockey game and we looked like we were in a good position to do it,” Johnson said. “And then a couple of penalties hurt us.”Beavers capitalize on power playsBemidji State did not give up without a fight Sunday, but six penalties against the Badgers also worked in their favor.Three of the penalties alone came in the third period, erasing all the momentum the team had built up from Decker and Burke’s goals. Bemidji State capitalized on a power play with five minutes and 28 seconds left to play in regulation and just 32 seconds later found itself on another power play.“It hurts the whole flow of the game; we had great momentum. You take one [penalty] here or there and you have a pretty good chance of killing it off,” Johnson said. “But with multiple [penalties] and especially when you give an extended five versus three, that makes it that much more challenging.”While giving up that power play goal, the Badger defense found great success on the penalty kill during their home-opening weekend. The defensive unit, backed by goaltender Alex Rigsby, managed to kill five of six penalties Sunday, including a two-man advantage for Bemidji State late in the third period.Friday night, UW also managed to not give up a goal on Bemidji State’s two power play opportunities.The veteran defensive group, with seven returning skaters, has been the backbone for Wisconsin through the start of this season. In the first eight games, the Badgers have given up just three goals on 27 penalty kills.Even on the penalty kill, Wisconsin’s defense found success with Brickner’s short-handed goal to give UW the 3-2 lead with less than five minutes remaining. The defense took a combined 10 shots in Sunday’s game, providing support to a young offensive unit that holds eight underclassmen, five of whom are freshmen.For Brickner, the backline’s ability to kill more than 10 minutes of game time a man down is something her team should be proud of.“Killing them off is good and it gives us, and the team, a boost of confidence,” Brickner said. “We are looking pretty good defensively I think.”However, for Johnson there is always room for improvement, and Sunday’s performance in the back was not worthy of praise. The three goals UW surrendered Sunday is the most it has given up in a single game so far this season.“It was a good third period, energy was high and we were in the offensive zone quite a bit,” Johnson said. “The end result is we gave up a late goal for them to tie, which is the disappointing part of the whole thing.”Though taking the game to overtime and coming away with a tie, UW earned an extra point by winning the shootout. Looking ahead, Johnson said he remained optimistic, seeing progress in his team after each game. The ability to battle back, both from a one-goal deficit Sunday and from the three-game scoreless streak, showed him this team is making the right strides forward.“The overall commitment by the players has been good, so from a coach’s standpoint we are happy with it,” Johnson said. “If we continue to grow that is all we can ask the kids to do.”Follow Caroline on Twitter
Source: Yahoo.com Former Arsenal playmaker Santi Cazorla has signed with Al-Saad, the Qatari club has disclosed.The club said on Twitter it “reached an agreement” with the former Spain international and he will “soon” arrive in Doha to “complete the formalities and join the team.”Al-Saad is coached by former Barcelona great Xavi Hernández.The 35-year-old Cazorla had been playing with Villarreal, which finished fifth in this year’s Spanish league.Cazorla missed several seasons because of a series of injuries that threatened his career.
This was just Halep’s second time ever beating Williams, bringing her all-time record in the series to 9-2. This marks the first time Williams has ever lost three major finals in succession since she made her first final in 1999. The 37-year-old also lost last year’s WImbledon final to Angelique Kerber.MORE: Follow live scores from every match at Wimbledon 2019″She literally played out of her mind,” WIlliams said on the telecast after the match. “So congratulations, Simona.”With the win, Halep is now 2-3 in Grand Slam finals, including her 2018 French Open title. This was her first Wimbledon championship, and her first appearance.Sporting News tracked the match from start to finish. How Halep scored a dominant upset for her first Wimbledon title:Serena Williams vs. Simona Halep live score, resultsBelow are live scores and results from the 2019 Wimbledon women’s singles final.WimbledonFinalSaturday 13 JulyEndSerena Williams (11)22-Simona Halep (7)66-All start times are estimatesClick here or refresh the page if you don’t see a live scoreboard.Match updates, highlights from 2019 Wimbledon women’s finalSet 2: Halep 6, Williams 210:08 a.m.: And there it is. Halep holds Williams to love for the championship point. A completely dominant, masterful performance for the Romanian.The moment @Simona_Halep became Romania’s first ever #Wimbledon singles champion 🇷🇴 pic.twitter.com/bny53dP8AL— Wimbledon (@Wimbledon) July 13, 201910:08 a.m.: It’s 40-love Halep with a chance at Wimbledon right here.10:07 a.m.: It’s 30-love Halep.10:06 a.m.: It’s 15-love Halep.10:06 a.m.: And another break point for Halep. She’ll serve for the championship.Within touching distance…@Simona_Halep gets the break in the second set and is just three games away from a first #Wimbledon title pic.twitter.com/aPjExdjbBr— Wimbledon (@Wimbledon) July 13, 201910:04 a.m.: Advantage Halep with a chance at a break point (again). 10:02 a.m.: Advantage Williams with a chance to get a desperately needed game.10:01 a.m.: Advantage Halep with a chance at a break point. 9:59 a.m.: Double fault by Williams. She’s completely out of her game right now.9:59 a.m.: Another error by Williams results in another game for Halep, who’s up 4-2.9:55 a.m.: A horrendous unforced error by Williams at the net gives Halep a double break point to go up 3-2.9:52 a.m.: Halep is completely in her game. Her court coverage has been incredible. She’s up 30-love. 9:51 a.m.: Halep returns the favor, holding Williams to love to tie it at 2-2.9:48 a.m.: Williams holds Halep to love to make it 2-1.9:45 a.m.: Halep ties it at 1-1 in the second set.9:42 a.m.: Williams up 1-0 in the second set. A very loud, intense game right there.9:39 a.m.: Williams screams after tying it 15-15 in the first game of the second match. Venting some frustrations, seems like.Set 1: Halep 6, Williams 29:36 a.m.: Halep gets the set point, winning 6-2. A masterful start for her, and her first set against Williams in four tries.Lift-off for @Simona_Halep 💨The Romanian takes the opening set 6-2 against Serena Williams, breaking twice and making just two unforced errors #Wimbledon pic.twitter.com/g8Qn851x4a— Wimbledon (@Wimbledon) July 13, 20199:32 a.m.: Williams holds Halep to love to make it 5-2 in the first set.9:31 a.m.: And Halep counters, winning the sixth game to go up 5-1.9:30 a.m.: Advantage Halep.9:29 a.m.: Advantage Williams with a chance at a break point.9:26 a.m.: Williams wins the longest rally of the match so far, at 12, to make it 15-love.9:23 a.m.: Williams’ finally on the board, holding Halep to love to make it 4-1 in the first set.9:22 a.m.: Wow. Halep goes up 4-0 in the first set with an ace for the final point.9:20 a.m.: Halep is placing her shots beautifully while Williams is making a lot of unforced errors. Halep is up 30-love in the fourth game.9:18 a.m.: Halep with the double break point — her second of the match. She’s up 3-0 in the first set.9:17 a.m.: It’s 30-30 after traded points, and Williams’ starting to show some emotion. Misfiring early a little.9:16 a.m.: Williams had Halep sprinting the entire court and still came away with the point. It’s 15-15 in the game three.9:15 a.m.: Halep held Williams to love in the second game. She’s up 2-0 in the first set.9:14 a.m.: Halep up 45-love in the second game. Looks like Williams’ a little tight to begin this match.9:13 a.m.: First game to Halep.9:13 a.m.: Halep rallies and has an opportunity at a break point.9:12 a.m.: Traded points make it 30-30.9:11 a.m.: Halep gets her first break on the next point. 15-15. Serena Williams’ quest to match Margaret Court’s all-time Grand Slam singles record has been delayed yet again — in emphatic fashion.Seventh-seeded Simona Halep beat Williams in 56 minutes, winning 6-2, 6-2 in the 2019 Wimbledon final on Saturday. It’s unlikely she could have played a better match, blanketing the court, placing her shots beautifully and committing just three errors. 9:10 a.m.: And Williams goes up 15-love.9:03 a.m.: Halep loses the coin toss, and Williams elects to serve without hesitation. Here we go.9:01 a.m.: The players are making their long walk toward the court.