After starting their season off with a successful outing at the Scrapyard Tournament in Houston last weekend, the University of Wisconsin softball team (4-1) will travel to Raleigh, North Carolina, to compete in the Atlantic Coast Conference-Big Ten Challenge. The Badgers will once again look for their young core of players to put out a successful showing.All five Badger freshmen saw the field in Houston and made meaningful contributions to Wisconsin’s dynamite offense.Freshman Ally Miklesh added four hits, four RBIs and scored five of Wisconsin’s runs for the tournament. Jolie Fish drew four walks and Tyra Turner scored three times with one stolen base.Softball: Hot Badger offense starts off season with a bangIt had been 265 days since the University of Wisconsin softball team (4-1) played their last game of the 2018 Read…Pitcher Maddie Schwartz had a brilliant pitching debut for the Badgers, tossing a five-inning shutout against Lamar that proved she can be an important member of Wisconsin’s pitching rotation moving forward.Taylor Johnson went 9-16 with a .563 batting average to lead the team. Jordan Little and Melanie Cross showed their power with two home runs each.Keeping the younger Badgers active alongside numerous experienced upperclassmen at the plate and in the field will be crucial in the ACC-Big Ten Challenge.Wisconsin will face two teams twice during the upcoming tournament. The challengers include ACC foes North Carolina State Wolfpack (3-2) and the Pittsburgh Panthers (1-4).The Badgers will first play Pittsburgh Friday at 9 a.m. and then Saturday at 11 a.m.After underperforming in the Cougar Classic in Charleston, South Carolina, last weekend, the Panthers are looking to redeem themselves against the Big Ten this weekend.Pittsburgh showed their ability to put runs on the board in their previous tournament, scoring a total of 25 runs over five games. But they also presented defensive deficiencies by giving up 43 runs in just one win over five games.A common opponent for both Pittsburgh and Wisconsin would be Purdue. The Boilermakers outscored the Panthers 13–9 in eight innings.In two games against Pittsburgh, the Badgers will need to continue producing runs while holding off a powerful Panther offense, especially freshman Katlyn Pavlick, who is currently hitting .429 and has already hit two home runs.Softball: Badgers seeking third consecutive NCAA Tournament bid in 2019After making the NCAA tournament for the second year in a row in 2018, the University of Wisconsin softball team Read…Wisconsin will then face off against NC State Friday at 2 p.m. and Sunday at 11:30 p.m.While the Badgers hold a better opening record than the Wolfpack, NC State has an early advantage, as they’ve already played three games against ranked teams this season.Losses to No. 19 Michigan and No. 5 Florida and a victory against No. 7 Arizona give NC State some early experience against some of the top teams in the country.Since most of their games in the University of South Florida Opening Weekend Invitational were low scoring, the Wolfpack relied heavily on two of their star pitchers to carry them.Junior Devin Wallace and freshman Sydney Nester took on a large share of the pitching in NC State’s opening tournament. The pair struck out a total of 26 batters over the weekend.A continued firepower offense and a strong defensive outing should prove successful for the Badgers.As the Badgers look to improve their record this weekend, it’s crucial they maintain consistent offensive production while holding their ground in the field in order to come out victorious.The games can be followed with live stats on uwbadgers.com or on Twitter @BadgerSoftball. Both matchups with NC State can be viewed on the WatchESPN app or ACC Network Extra.
Amazon plans to eventually make Alexa Cast available to third-party developers as well, a spokesperson confirmed Thursday. The spokesperson wasn’t able to share any specifics on timing yet. Opening up Alexa Cast will allow Spotify and others to add playback control for Echo speakers to their mobile apps as well.Update: 1:15pm: This post was updated with a statement from an Amazon spokesperson. Popular on Variety Amazon is taking a page from Google’s playbook: The company is adding a new feature to its Echo speakers and other Alexa-enabled devices that allows users to control media playback from their phone. Alexa Cast, as the feature is being called, is launching with Amazon Music — but a company spokesperson confirmed plans to add support for other apps in the future as well.Amazon Music customers have access to Alexa Cast after updating their Android or iOS mobile app. Once they have done so, they’ll be able to launch the playback of a song, playlist or album with the press of a button, and also skip individual tracks, directly from their phone.The feature closely mimics Google’s Cast technology, which has been offering much of the same ever since Google first introduced its Chromecast streaming adapter five years ago. In fact, Amazon Music got Chromecast support some time ago. Alexa cast simply allows users to interact with their Echo speakers, and third-party devices with Alexa support, in the same way as with Chromecast devices. ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15
New Delhi: The BJP on Thursday expelled its jailed Uttar Pradesh lawmaker Kuldeep Sengar, who is accused of raping a minor girl from Unnao. The party has expelled Sengar, BJP sources said. The action came days after the girl was critically injured and two of her aunts died in an accident in Uttar Pradesh. The family alleged that the accident was an attempt to kill her.
RIO DE JANEIRO— Eleftherios Petrounias of Greece has won the Olympic gold medal in men’s still rings on August 15, the AP reported.The reigning world champion put together a precise routine, finishing with a stuck dismount to post a score of 16.000. Arthur Zanetti of Brazil captured silver, delighting the home crowd inside Rio Olympic Arena. The crowd repeatedly shushed itself during Zanetti’s set then exploded when his score of 15.766 flashed.Denis Abliazin of Russia earned bronze.TweetPinShare0 Shares