The Latest: Klopp welcomes ‘massive lift’ for reunited squad

first_imgThe training camp will be conducted under strict health guidelines and the players will not be allowed to venture out of the training venue or their hotel for personal purposes during the camp, the board said.There are 1,630 COVID-19 cases reported from Sri Lanka so far with 10 deaths. Authorities say these come from identifiable clusters and from among those returning from overseas.___The coach of Italian soccer club Atalanta says he acquired COVID-19 and was concerned for his life in mid-March.Gian Piero Gasperini tells the Gazzetta dello Sport that he started feeling sick on March 9, a day before Atalanta played at Valencia in the second leg of the Champions League round of 16. The Latest: Klopp welcomes ‘massive lift’ for reunited squad “We never had nine weeks without football training in our lives – since we played football, pretty much,” Klopp said.___Sri Lanka’s national cricket squad will start training from Monday after more than two months of restrictions.Sri Lanka Cricket announced Sunday that 13 players for the men’s team — selected across the three formats of the game — will undergo a 12-day residential training camp at Colombo Cricket Club.Bowlers dominate the squad. They will need more time for conditioning before going into matches, the cricket board said. May 31, 2020 English football has been on hold since mid-March due to the coronavirus pandemic but “Project Restart” is well underway and the Premier League is set resume on June 17.Liverpool has a massive 25-point lead over nearest rivals Manchester City.Liverpool stepped up preparations by resuming contact training in recent days, with Klopp looking to hit the ground running in the postponed Merseyside derby.“We don’t have to be match-fit now,” he told Liverpoolfc.com. “We try it with increasing intensity, day by day, but we have to be fit on the 19th or 20th, whichever day they will give us against Everton, I think. That’s the moment when we want to be at 100%.”Klopp noted the length of the break was unprecedented.center_img Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___Liverpool manager Juergen Klopp says having the squad back together is a “massive, massive lift” as his team prepares to wrap up a first league title in 30 years. He says that when he returned to Bergamo, which was quickly becoming the epicenter of the pandemic, “I didn’t have a fever but I felt destroyed and as if I had a 40-degree (Celsius, or 104 Fahrenheit) fever.”He adds, “Every two minutes an ambulance passed by as there’s a hospital nearby. It seemed like a war. At night, I would think, ‘If go in (the hospital), what will happen to me?’”Gasperini said he quickly recovered without checking into the hospital and didn’t confirm he had the virus until the entire Atalanta team was tested 10 days ago. ___More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6 Associated Press last_img read more

Badgers continue to dominate with pair of weekend victories

first_imgComing into the weekend with an undefeated record, the No. 19 Wisconsin women’s soccer team kept the good times rolling with a pair of impressive wins in front of their home crowd at the McClimon Soccer Complex.The home stand opened Friday with a less-than-dramatic 5-0 thumping of South Dakota State (0-2-0). Senior Forward Cara Walls made a statement early as she scored the first goal for the Badgers (4-0-0) in the 5th minute off of an impressive assist from junior midfielder Rose Lavelle, one of three setups Lavelle had on the night.Any chance for a Jackrabbit comeback was put to rest after Junior Midfielder Kinley McNicoll buried her second goal of the night in the 47th minute to put the Badgers up 3-0. The combination of a staunch defense and effective passing game on offense put Wisconsin in the driver’s seat for the remainder of the match as they tacked on two more goals in the second half en route to the 5-0 victory.Building off of their momentum from Friday, the Badgers again looked like a team on a mission against Northern Iowa (1-3-0) Sunday afternoon at McClimon. Paying respect to the Badger’s attack, the Panthers put forth a more conservative, defensive approach, which tried to clog passing lanes to prevent the set up of high-percentage shots despite giving Wisconsin a good portion of the possession. Unfortunately for Northern Iowa, Wisconsin had their cake and ate it too, tallying eight shots with plenty more scoring opportunities in the first half alone. Walls again got on the board early with a goal seven minutes in, thanks to perfectly-placed cross from fellow senior forward Kodee Williams. Walls received the feed and booted it into the upper half of the net for the quick lead.Entering their fourth year together as teammates, Williams explained how she and Walls have had plenty of time to perfect their chemistry on offense.“We are constantly watching film, talking, and obviously at practice everyday we’re just trying to improve our chemistry with really all of the front six we have up there, so it’s been really great so far,” Williams said.While the 11-goal offensive output in 4 games has been noteworthy for the Badgers this season, the defensive efforts of the team have been just as eye-popping. With a defensive unit that has given up only one goal so far, eighth year head coach Paula Wilkins credited the improvements in communication by the defense, resulting in little to no turnovers or costly mistakes.“I think in a game where you know the opposing team isn’t going to put you under that much offensive pressure, we have to make sure on transitions that we’re still good defensively and that we don’t have any mental lapses.”The defense, anchored by junior Briana Stelzer and redshirt senior Alexandra Heller, looked very sharp Sunday, passing and clearing out opportunities confidently and limiting the Northern Iowa attack to just four total shots. Both goalkeepers who played for the Badgers – senior Genevieve Richard and redshirt freshman Caitlyn Clem – had the day off to an extent, as no saves were required throughout the 90 minutes.While the fist half provided plenty of excitement, the combination of missed opportunities and impressive play in net by the Panthers’ Whitney Blunt, who had three saves, including a memorable diving stop in the 35th, kept Northern Iowa in contention after one half with a 1-0 score line. The Panther’s defense also did an effective job of recognizing plays, knowing when to draw the Badgers offside, leading to three calls by the linesman that prevented UW scoring opportunities.But the Badgers kept their foot on the gas in the second half. The team continued to communicate well with each other, as junior midfielders McNicoll and McKenna Meuer continued to generate opportunities for the offense. The Badgers came through again in the 52nd minute after Walls dribbled around Blunt and found a window to score through on the left side to go up 2-0. While the maneuver itself was impressive, Walls was quick to point out the setup on the play.“That goal was all McKenna Meuer because she kept the ball alive of the corner kick and I was kind of just there”, Walls said. “I knew she was going to win it, so I just wanted to get on the end of it and be in a position to score.”As the minutes wore on, Panther’s defense appeared worn out and began drawing more and more fouls, finishing with 11 to UW’s three. The most notable one was committed in the in the box, which lead to the third and final goal off a penalty kick by McNicoll in the shutout victory.While the Badgers have their best start to a season since 2004, the wheels are still always turning in the mind of Wilkins as they look ahead to their future matchups.“I still think we can be a little bit more dynamic in the final third,” Wilkins said. “I think we have to get numbers and advance to the ball a little bit more; we were only attacking with two at times and that’s going to be a little more work.”The Badgers will be on the pitch again next weekend with a pair of road matches in Seattle. UW faces off against Washington Friday night and then finishes off the trip west with a Sunday noon game against Portland.last_img read more