The University of Wisconsin men’s hockey team looks to extend their season-long three-game win streak as they continue their road trip and head to East Lansing to take on the Michigan State Spartans Friday and Saturday.The Badgers (13-8-1, 6-2 Big Ten) are coming off a weekend sweep against then-No. 8 Ohio State, earning a spot in the national rankings for the first time since October of 2014. The pair of victories also propelled Wisconsin into a first-place tie with Minnesota atop the Big Ten, the first and only time the Badgers have led the conference since its inception in 2013-2014.Men’s hockey: Badgers claw their back into top 20 after weekend win over BuckeyesThe University of Wisconsin men’s hockey team beat No. 8 Ohio State in overtime at Madison Square Garden Saturday to Read…Now, Wisconsin heads into East Lansing with the hopes of bringing home six points and possibly sitting alone atop the Big Ten, as Minnesota faces No. 6 Penn State over the weekend as well.Though the Badgers delivered a convincing series sweep against the Spartans (5-15-2, 1-6-1) at the Kohl Center last month – winning each game by a score of 5-1 – they won’t be paying attention to that.“We’ve known from earlier in the season that whoever you play, you gotta be ready to play and play your best or you’re putting yourself in a position to get beat,” head coach Tony Granato said. “[The Spartans] played real well against Michigan in their previous Big Ten Games. They tied and beat them at Michigan, so I’m sure they’ll be ready to give us everything we can handle.”Men’s hockey: Wisconsin scores a Big win in the Big Apple, closes sweepThe University of Wisconsin men’s hockey team (12-8-1, 5-2-0-0 Big Ten) continued their impressive play Thursday night, upsetting No. 8 Read…Despite only having four conference points this year, all four coming last weekend at Michigan, the Spartans hope to carry their momentum back home with them.Wisconsin is also looking to carry their momentum, as they look for their first season-series win over MSU since the 2013-14 season.Elliot Moormann/The Badger Herald“We like where we’re at, we like where we’re going and we’re gonna have to prepare the same way we’ve prepared for these other teams and be ready to battle,” Granato said.The Big Ten matchup of first-vs-last will take place Friday and Saturday in East Lansing, with face-off set for 6 p.m. CST both nights.
DES MOINES — Republican Congressman Steve King Friday afternoon said he wishes he had phrased a recent statement about abortion differently, but he said the statement “was objectively honest and accurate.”Two weeks ago, King told a central Iowa group that given “all the rape and pillage” over the centuries, there might not be any population of the world left if all the “products of rape and incest” were removed from “all the family trees.” King hosted a news conference in Des Moines to discuss the topic.“I would point out that genealogists have contacted me and said that’s 100% correct,” King said. “I’d rather deliver that in a little softer way, though.”King said the movie “It’s a Wonderful Life” carries that message, as an angel showed the film’s main character what life in his community would have been like had he not been born. King was joined at the news conference by a handful of people who, like King, support an abortion ban without exceptions for rape and incest. “Save the 1” president Rebecca Kiesling thanked King for his comments and accused King’s critics of classifying those who are conceived in rape as she was as “sub-human.”“You just throw it around like it’s some kind of political game and you throw out these headlines like it’s a frickin’ joke. It’s not. You’re talking about real people, about our lives and you’re so callous and flippant,” Kiesling said. “And I am so grateful that there are others who are willing to put themselves out there when they don’t have a personal stake go like I do.”Personhood Iowa executive director Tim Overlin said King is among the few politicians who have “gone to the wall” on the abortion issue.“If we’re not going to back them up, then I don’t know how we can expect them to keep fighting against the folks in and outside of the party,” Overlin said.Tamara Scott, host of a program called “Truth for Our Time” on YouTube, said the evidence of rape and incest is destroyed if there’s an abortion.“Crimes go unnoticed, criminals go unpunished, predators run free, women and children remain in danger,” Scott said. “..The media and lawmakers have it within their means to put an end to this tragedy.”Scott is also the Iowa Republican Party’s National Committeewoman and a lobbyist for the Iowa Faith and Freedom Coalition, but Scott said she was not at the news conference to endorse King or get involved in King’s Republican Primary. Three Republicans in the fourth congressional district are challenging King’s bid for a 10th term in the U.S. House.
Damon Salesa, an associate professor of Pacific Studies at Auckland University, said rugby should have more Pacific people involved in its decision-making.Fifty years ago there were 56,000 people described as Pacific living in New Zealand but by 2013 that figure had increased to almost 300,000.In Auckland, more than one in four babies is Pasifika.During the recent Rugby League World Cup, two Pacific nations, Tonga and Fiji, made the semi-finals, while the Kiwis missed out.Damon Salesa said better decisions would be made by sports bodies if they had the input of Pacific people.”If there were Pacific people on the New Zealand Rugby Union, do you think they’d make the same decisions for instance, to admit a Japanese team to the Super 15 and not a Pacific team, to admit Argentina and not a Pacific team to the rugby championship.”They would actually make different decisions, and I think they would be better decisions.”Last month, about 1000 Tongan league fans marched down Queen Street in Auckland after fans said a decision by the referee during the Rugby League World Cup semi-final against England robbed Tonga of the win. While an online petition calling for a review of the same decision to disallow a late try to Tongan player Andrew Fifita gathered more than 50,000 signatures.Mr Salesa said the Tongans’ ability and power to organise a major parade through Auckland should make people wake up to the potential of these communities.”In order to organise the Christmas parade in Auckland you spend months and probably get sponsored by AT to hundreds of thousands of dollars. Tongans organised almost as bigger parade in Auckland in a few hours on social media.”Mr Salesa said he found it moving that many players opted to play for their countries of heritage.He said former Kiwis forward Jason Taumalolo was called a ‘traitor’ and a ‘turncoat’ when he played for Tonga rather than New Zealand.He said New Zealand rugby and league has been built on the assumption that the team of choice will always be Australia or New Zealand, even for those Pacific players who only have fleeting relationships with these countries.”These guys showed that actually no, the place they were dreaming of playing for was Tonga and actually what we’ve seen is going to pose a real threat to the global rugby codes because now a whole lot of players look at what Taumalolo and Andrew Fifita did and their only regret is they didn’t do it too.”Mr Salesa said it raises questions of eligibility for rugby and league as sport is one of the last places where you have to choose between nations.He said it was possible to have a Samoan and Tongan passport, or a Samoan and a New Zealand passport but it was only possible to play for one rugby team now due to the eligibility rules, particularly in rugby union.