An undefeated record in Big Ten volleyball is a tall task. There are currently six Big Ten teams in the AVCA Coaches’ Poll and four of them, including the University of Wisconsin women’s volleyball team, are in the top-10. However, Big Ten powerhouses like No. 5 Minnesota or No. 6 Nebraska didn’t end the Badgers’ perfect conference record. It was the young The Ohio State University Buckeyes, who had zero wins against ranked opponents this season. A day after their loss to OSU, the No. 7 Wisconsin volleyball team (17-5, 13-1 Big Ten) rebounded with an emphatic sweep of the Maryland Terrapins. The trouble for the Badgers began in the first set. UW held late leads 21–17 and 24–21, but the Buckeyes responded with runs both times to take the set 27–25. That sparked OSU offensively as they hit .344 in the second set and won 25–20. Wisconsin rebounded to win the third set but fell in four with a Molly Haggerty hitting error eliciting a 25–23 loss in the fourth set. The Buckeyes (13-13, 6-8) dominated the service line — a usual strong suit for Wisconsin. OSU rattled off 10 service aces. The Badgers had not allowed more than five in their first 12 games in Big Ten play. Volleyball: Badgers look to extend historic Big Ten runThe No. 4 Wisconsin volleyball team (16-4, 12-0 Big Ten) remains on the road to face The Ohio State University Read…Senior middle blocker Elle Sandbothe, a transfer from Kansas State, finished with 12 kills at a .409 hitting percentage.OSU also held the Badgers to their lowest hitting percentage all season at .202. The loss ended the Badgers’ 12-game winning streak, but UW quickly re-entered the win column against Maryland (12-14, 4-10) with a 25–18, 25–13, 25–13 sweep. The Badgers dominated all three facets of the game. UW hit a blazing .406, held the Terps to .045 and won the serving battle with six aces to Maryland’s one. Setter Sydney Hilley had her entire arsenal of hitters going as she totaled 43 assists. Their .406 hitting percentage was the Badgers’ highest mark of conference play thus far. Middle blocker Danielle Hart posted a .778 hitting percentage with seven kills on just nine swings. Volleyball: Badgers record team’s best start ever in Big Ten playThe Wisconsin volleyball team (16-4, 12-0 Big Ten) has started 12-0 in conference play for the first time in Badger Read…The Terrapins’ Rebecca Rath was the only attacker with a hitting percentage above .067 and First-Team All-Big Ten outside hitter Erika Pritchard registered a .000 hitting percentage. Wisconsin forced Maryland into season-lows in hitting percentage, kills, points and assists. The Badgers once again won the battle of service aces as they have in 12 of the 14 Big Ten matches they have played thus far. Molly Haggerty and Lauren Barnes each recorded two aces against Maryland.
Update: 12:17 pm on 15/06/2018 – SPONSORs has reported that Deutsche Telekom will also provide financial support to SK Gaming. The organisation is applying for a permanent spot in the EU LCS’ franchised league and has received a six-figure amount from its latest partner.After departing the competitive League of Legends scene in 2016, SK Gaming has partnered with German telecommunications company Deutsche Telekom alongside its re-entry.Acting as SK Gaming’s official telecommunications and technology partner, Deutsche Telekom will provide support to the entire organisation as it continues to establish itself in Germany – the telecoms company will mainly focus on the League of Legends roster.SK Gaming’s new roster will compete in the recently-announced League of Legends Premier Tour, a tournament series for teams based in Germany, Austria, and Switzerland. The Premier Tour is seen as a path to the European Masters that caters to both professional and amateur teams.SK Gaming’s official League of Legends roster is as follows:Daniel “Scarface” AitbelkacemGerrit “Phrenic” StukemeierHicham “SozPurefect” TazrhiniTim “Keduii” WillersMads “Doss” SchwartzAccording to The Esports Observer, this is a one-year deal but discussions have already taken place regarding an extension to the partnership. Deutsche Telekom is also a prominent jersey sponsor for SK Gaming, appearing on all jerseys excluding Counter-Strike: Global Offensive and Rainbow Six Siege.While this is the first esports venture for Deutsche Telekom, it’s US subsidiary T-Mobile is a sponsor of the Overwatch League and the Houston Outlaws. It plans to be involved when SK Gaming opens its own practice facility in 2019.SK Gaming is also partnered with the likes of lifestyle brand Razer, audio specialists Sennheiser, and soft drink brand Mountain Dew. In addition to League of Legends, the organisation houses competitors in Clash Royale, Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, FIFA, Hearthstone, Paladins, Rainbow Six Siege, and SMITE.Esports Insider says: SK Gaming has deep roots in League of Legends so it’s lovely to see it make a return, and bringing along Deutsche Telekom for the ride seems like a good move. We’re interested to see how, if at all, the telecoms giant gets more involved with esports over time.Sign up to our newsletter!
Dodgers hit seven home runs, sweep Colorado Rockies How Dodgers pitcher Ross Stripling topped the baseball podcast empire Hill said his throwing session “felt like a typical second day after you pitched in a game.” His start in Baltimore on Thursday was his first since June 19 when he suffered a strained flexor tendon in his pitching elbow. He didn’t make it out of the first inning against the Orioles due to the injury to the same knee ligament he injured in spring training, forcing him to miss the first four weeks of this season.“I’ll probably do that again tomorrow — play some catch and long toss and hopefully continue to get the symptoms down and feel good about getting off a mound,” he said.Hill acknowledged that one possibility is finding a way to manage the knee issue long enough for him to be effective in a relief role if not as a starter.“Possibly. We haven’t really discussed that,” Hill said. “But I think that’s something we can talk about as we try to figure out bypassing this mechanically, try to figure out a way to get around that symptom mechanically.”Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said he had not spoken with Hill about any of his mechanical schemes to get around the knee injury. While calling Hill “determined,” Roberts sounded skeptical about the possibility. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Fire danger is on Dave Roberts’ mind as Dodgers head to San Francisco “I would never underestimate Rich and I haven’t talked to him about his delivery adjustment,” Roberts said. “But where you’re at right now and you’re already compensating something to change your delivery to mask or appease another part of your body — I haven’t wrapped my head around that concept. So like I said, Rich, you can never underestimate. But I’ll adhere to the MRI once we get it.“I think he’s going to do what he’s going to do. But right now it’s in the training staff’s court, medical and training staff. Once they come to me and tell me he’s ready to pitch then there will be a conversation.”PreviousNew York Mets’ Michael Conforto (30) and Brandon Nimmo celebrate after the team defeated the Los Angeles Dodgers in a baseball game, Saturday, Sept. 14, 2019, in New York. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Hyun-Jin Ryu delivers against the New York Mets during the fifth inning of a baseball game, Saturday, Sept. 14, 2019, in New York. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)New York Mets first baseman Pete Alonso (20) forces Los Angeles Dodgers’ Matt Beaty out during the first inning of their baseball game, Saturday, Sept. 14, 2019, in New York. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsNew York Mets’ Brandon Nimmo scores on a three-run double pinch hit by Rajai Davis during the eighth inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Dodgers, Saturday, Sept. 14, 2019, in New York. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)Los Angeles Dodgers catcher Russell Martin, left, chases the ball as New York Mets’ Jacob deGrom runs to first after bunting during the sixth inning of a baseball game, Saturday, Sept. 14, 2019, in New York. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Joc Pederson reacts after striking out during the sixth inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Dodgers, Saturday, Sept. 14, 2019, in New York. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)New York Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom delivers against the Los Angeles Dodgers during the first inning of a baseball game, Saturday, Sept. 14, 2019, in New York. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)Los Angeles Dodgers’ A.J. Pollock hits a single during the seventh inning of a baseball game against the New York Mets, Saturday, Sept. 14, 2019, in New York. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Corey Seager watches the ball after hitting a single during the seventh inning of a baseball game against the New York Mets, Saturday, Sept. 14, 2019, in New York. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)New York Mets’ Michael Conforto (30) and Brandon Nimmo celebrate after the team defeated the Los Angeles Dodgers in a baseball game, Saturday, Sept. 14, 2019, in New York. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Hyun-Jin Ryu delivers against the New York Mets during the fifth inning of a baseball game, Saturday, Sept. 14, 2019, in New York. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)NextShow Caption1 of 9Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Hyun-Jin Ryu delivers against the New York Mets during the fifth inning of a baseball game, Saturday, Sept. 14, 2019, in New York. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)ExpandBELLINGER BATTLEOn May 21, Cody Bellinger was batting .404 with a 1.271 OPS 49 games into the Dodgers’ schedule. But his average and OPS dipped in each of the next three months and he entered Saturday’s game batting .306.The idea that he would maintain those early numbers for a full season was unrealistic, Bellinger said.“I mean, I think people that expected me to maintain that all year aren’t real baseball fans and don’t understand how hard this game is and how long the season is,” Bellinger said earlier this week. “For some people that don’t know the game and how hard it is, yeah, maybe (that was unrealistic).”Bellinger hit .256 though with a robust .945 OPS through June, July and August His numbers have rebounded recently. In 14 games before Saturday, he was 14 for 48 (.292) with 10 walks.“There’s been an adjustment this last month where I think teams are crowding him more,” Roberts said of opposing pitchers. “He’s just got to continue to stay in the strike zone, because as you get to playing playoff teams and in the postseason, they’re going to pitch around him. You have to really be stubborn in the strike zone, and it’s going to challenge Cody from here on out.”UP NEXTDodgers (RHP Walker Buehler 13-3, 3.14 ERA) at Mets (RHP Zack Wheeler 11-7, 4.21 ERA), 4:05 p.m. ESPN, AM 570Related Articles Cody Bellinger homer gives Dodgers their first walkoff win of season Dodgers’ Max Muncy trying to work his way out of slow start NEW YORK — The way Rich Hill sees it — his season isn’t over until he says it’s over.The knee brace Hill wore for his first three starts this season was shipped to New York, and he wore it Saturday afternoon while throwing on flat ground at Citi Field.The extent of the injury to Hill’s medial collateral ligament won’t be fully known until an MRI in Los Angeles on Monday. But Hill has an idea — that the combination of that brace and an adjustment in his delivery (primarily related to his foot placement) that puts less stress on his left knee when pushing off the rubber might allow him to pitch again before the end of the regular season despite the injury.“If this is something that works, then I want to see it, and then I’ll believe it,” Hill said. “But for right now, I think it’s a good step in the right direction as far as trying to come up with some kind of answer and move forward.”