Carroll trades spikes for mics

first_imgWith a school as competitive in sports as the University of Wisconsin, the word “student” in student-athlete is often overlooked. Fans sometimes forget that the athletes they cheer for and celebrate on game day attend classes during the week, take tests and have to worry about finding jobs after graduation just like any other student.The reality of the matter is that most collegiate athletes will not make the pros after receiving their diplomas. In fact, it is estimated that just 5 percent of student athletes become professionals in their sport.For Maya Carroll, that reality became clear this summer. The former walk-on volleyball player chose not to rejoin the team this year for her senior season, instead taking an internship with the Big Ten Network.Working as an intern, Carroll has been able to help with the production crew behind the scenes, prepare the on-screen talent before filming and write feature stories and blog entries on the network’s website.As much as she enjoyed her time with the Badgers, Carroll said the position with the Big Ten Network was too good to pass up.”I loved my three years on the volleyball team,” said Carroll, a journalism major. “I would not have traded them for anything in the world. … [But] when a great opportunity comes up and arises, an internship opens up, you have to jump on it.”Junior Audra Jeffers, one of Carroll’s close friends on the team, was the first of the teammates to find out the news. Jeffers said she was working as a referee at the Stadium Sports Bar’s beach volleyball league when Carroll stopped by to tell her about the internship.”I think my first reaction was so much excitement, because I knew it was a career goal of Maya’s, and I knew it’s just right up her alley,” Jeffers said. “She’d be great at it.”But once Carroll left, the thought of losing a teammate and close friend sunk in for Jeffers, causing her to postpone the game she was refereeing.”All of a sudden, the tears just came,” Jeffers said. “I call a timeout, I run off the ref stand and I chased Maya down the street. I gave her a big hug and I’m just crying because Maya and I, when she was on the team, we would always hang out when we didn’t play freshman year on the bench.”Senior setter Jackie Simpson, who started her career at Wisconsin the same year as Carroll, had bittersweet emotions as well when she heard of the decision. Like Jeffers, though, Simpson knew the chance to work with the Big Ten Network was perfect for Carroll.”Obviously we were all really sad because Maya’s a great friend and teammate,” Simpson said. “But it was such an amazing opportunity for her that we were all really excited, too. So it was kind of a big mix of emotions.”The choice did not come easy for Carroll, who said she agonized over whether to return to the team for her senior season or work with the up-and-coming Big Ten Network.”It was a very tough decision to leave the volleyball team so that I could take on this internship,” Carroll said. “I dreaded telling (head coach) Pete (Waite) because it’s really not an easy team or opportunity to walk away from.””She developed great relationships and had some great friends on the team, and went through a lot with them over the years,” Waite said. “It was difficult for her to do, but I think she’s happy that she’s made the move.”The opportunity to play for Wisconsin in the first place was a unique one for Carroll, who didn’t start playing volleyball until her junior year of high school. As a freshman, she was cut from the volleyball team and instead decided to play tennis for two years, until trying out again after hitting a growth spurt.Carroll was also a standout athlete in track as a high jumper. As the state high jump champion as a sophomore, she was recruited by several schools for track. But after visiting other colleges and meeting the coaches, Carroll had her heart set on being a Badger, even if that meant walking on with the team.”What I truly wanted to do was be part of a close-knit team and I really wanted to go to school in Madison,” Carroll said. “It was a dream come true for me to be a walk-on on the team.”When she finally told her coaches and teammates that she would no longer be on the team for her senior season, Carroll received nothing but support from them.The decision made sense in Waite’s mind, as he knew Carroll would be furthering her career by working with the network.”I was really trying to be supportive of her decision, because opportunities like this don’t come along very often,” Waite said. “It seemed to fit perfectly in her plans. I know she’s learning a lot this year and getting some great experience.”For Simpson, one of the team’s five seniors, the reality of life after volleyball has finally begun to sink in after seeing Carroll begin the first steps of her career.”It’s definitely starting to kick in,” Simpson said. “People have been talking about jobs and things like that, and ‘I’ve got 17 credits left, what am I going to do?'”Unlike sports such as basketball or football, volleyball provides little in the way of professional opportunities in the United States. Although it is an Olympic sport, volleyball only exists on the pro level in the beach form.”You can play overseas, so there are small opportunities, but it’s not the same,” Simpson said. “It’s definitely that aspect of being a student first [that] is really important in this sport.”Taking the next stepAlthough she is no longer a member of the team, Carroll has been able to provide her former teammates a boost during their 22-3 season. With the Big Ten Network, she has been in attendance for several of the team’s home games this year, giving a lift for her friends.”I think the biggest thing is just seeing Maya there,” Jeffers said. “She brings so much energy and so much life to the Field House. … It’s just great to have her presence there and to just feel her energy.”Carroll has helped broadcasters at some of the volleyball games, as well as women’s soccer games, by providing an insider’s prospective on the side.”I’ve gotten to sit with the broadcasters during the volleyball games and tell them about the players and interesting tidbits that viewers might want to know,” Carroll said.She also was able to interview and write a story about Reggie Torian, a former track star who has begun training again after graduating 14 years ago.”That was really exciting to sit down and talk to him,” Carroll said. “He’s a bit of a celebrity in the track world.”Perhaps one of Carroll’s favorite things about the Big Ten Network has been its coverage of women’s athletics. As a former female athlete, Carroll said she knows women’s athletics coverage is often lacking — something she hopes to change.”I definitely have empathy for women in sports, because sometimes they’re overlooked and trivialized by the media,” Carroll said. “I just really want to give women athletes a voice, and I guess that’s something I feel pretty strongly about.”I feel ready to do something about it.”last_img read more

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Sharks’ Erik Karlsson reacts to his suspension

first_imgSAN JOSE — Erik Karlsson will be watching the Sharks next two games from the press box.The Sharks defenseman received a two-game suspension Sunday from the NHL Department of Player Safety for delivering an illegal hit to the head of Los Angeles Kings forward Austin Wagner in Saturday’s matinee at SAP Center.Karlsson, who received a hearing with the department Sunday morning, was surprised by the suspension.“I’m not going to lie. I was very surprised,” Karlsson said. “I can’t really go into …last_img read more

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Photo: Jim Harbaugh Attended Class With 4-Star DT Recruit Boss Tagaloa Today

first_imgHead coach Jim Harbaugh of the Michigan Wolverines reacts to a first half call against the Maryland Terrapins.COLLEGE PARK, MD – OCTOBER 03: Head coach Jim Harbaugh of the Michigan Wolverines reacts to a first half call against the Maryland Terrapins at Byrd Stadium on October 3, 2015 in College Park, Maryland. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)We already know that Jim Harbaugh will go to many lengths in his recruitment of blue-chip athletes. Today, Harbaugh visited De La Salle High School in Concord, Calif., to check in a pair of four-stars: defensive tackle Boss Tagaloa and tight end Devin Asiasi. Not only did Harbaugh meet with both players, he also sat in class with Tagaloa, who posted a picture of the coach on his Snapchat account.  Here is Jim Harbaugh attending class with Boss Tagaloa @_BT75 today. pic.twitter.com/hhc7Ggcwlq— Tom VanHaaren (@TomVH) January 19, 2016Also, a screenshot of a Facebook post from a De La Salle faculty member also mentions Harbaugh’s presence.Apparently Jim Harbaugh participated in a class lesson at De La Salle while visiting Devin Asiasi and Boss Tagaloa pic.twitter.com/2diNOFBHei— The Victors News (@TheVictorsNews) January 19, 2016Looks like Coach Harbaugh had himself a nice day in school.last_img read more

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Advocacy group says workers hear about negative police attitudes every day

first_imgKathleen Martens and Brittany HobsonAPTN NewsMore women agreed Friday a young sexual assault complainant was not only treated like a criminal but her constitutional rights were violated in an RCMP interrogation video.“My heart goes out to this person,” said Elba Bendo, director of law reform for West Coast Women’s Legal Education and Action Fund (LEAF).“People who are doing anti-violence work hear about this every single day.”Bendo was responding to the way a Mountie in Kelowna, B.C., questioned a 17-year-old, Indigenous girl after she reported a sexual assault.The teen was part of the child welfare system at the time.Part of the video – filmed in 2012 – was obtained by APTN Investigates and broadcast this week to widespread condemnation.A former Mountie, victims’ advocates and federal politicians all denounced the officer’s tone and questions, including asking whether she was “at all turned on?”Rona Ambrose, the former interim leader of the federal Conservative party, said the exchange reminded her of the ‘knees-together’ judge, Robin Camp.“He made her feel like it was her fault,” Ambrose said of the Mountie. “This is unacceptable.“It took courage for her to come forward.”(Former Conservative cabinet minister and interim leader Rona Ambrose)Ambrose recently proposed a private member’s bill mandating judges receive mandatory sexual assault awareness training after Camp, a provincial court judge in Calgary, asked a sexual assault complainant in 2014 why she couldn’t keep her knees together.He acquitted the male suspect after finding his story more credible, questioned the complainant’s morals and said her attempts to fight off an attack were weak.Ambrose said myths and stigma around sexual violence need to be dissolved so victims can stop being “discouraged, dismissed and disrespected.”APTN News made another portion of the 2 ½ hour video public Friday.Here is that segment:Girl: “Well, it depends if he had like a knife or something, I’d probably just listen to what he had to say.”RCMP: Okay, that’s fair. This (NAME REMOVED) fellow didn’t have a knife.Girl: “But, we were in his house, he had anything he wanted.”RCMP: “And you also knew how to get up and run out of the house, right?Girl: “Yeah.”RCMP: “I mean, he’s taking your clothes off. How much of a fight did you put up for him not to take your clothes off?”Girl: “But, I don’t remember him taking my clothes off.”RCMP: “But, you told me- like I’m reading in your statement here where it says he took your pants and shirt off and your phone fell out of your pocket when your shirt came off.”Girl: “I remember that, but I don’t- like it’s hard to explain. Like I didn’t think. There’s a fight or flight response.”Read More:‘Were you turned on by this at all?’: RCMP officer asks Indigenous youth during sexual assault report‘It’s bias. It’s absolute bias’: Former RCMP trainer says interrogation video is ’embarrassing’ ‘Shocked and horrified’: Politicians respond to RCMP interrogation video Bendo feels the power dynamic between the older male officer and younger female complainant further traumatizes the girl.“It brings me back to so many of the stories that we heard when we did our report on dismantling the barriers to reporting sexual assault,” Bendo said.(Glori Meldrum, the founder and chair of Little Warriors.)Bendo said laws that appear progressive on paper are ineffective when police stick to old-school thinking.“They’re so deeply offensive but every one of the questions this police officer asked is outside of the legal test of consent,” she said.“…Our laws have for some time now said refusing consent does not include fighting back  – that you don’t need evidence of fighting back to prove that there was a lack of consent.”Meanwhile, the founder and chair of Little Warriors, a national child abuse survivor charity, said the RCMP needs help.Glori Meldrum offered – free of charge – to share her group’s online, trauma-informed, interviewing course with every police force in Canada.“I’m hopeful that they’ll reach out and we can have a conversation and that they know it’s not an attack it’s an offer,” she said from Edmonton.“That we just want to make sure when people are interrogated they’re treated the right way.”[email protected]@katmartelast_img read more

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History repeats itself OSU exits NCAA Tournament following Sweet 16 falter

NEWARK, N.J. — For the second consecutive season, Ohio State exits the NCAA Tournament in the Sweet 16 — and, for the second consecutive season, an SEC team showed it the door. Shooting a season-low 32.8 percent from the floor, the OSU men’s basketball team could not hold on, and fell to Kentucky, 62-60, on Friday in Newark, N.J., in the NCAA Tournament. “Some of the shots we missed are shots we have been making all year,” OSU senior guard Jon Diebler said. “It is one of those games you have to give them credit. … Those are shots that we make, and tonight they weren’t going in.” Though a 3-point basket from Diebler tied the game, 60-60, with 21.1 seconds left, Kentucky freshman Brandon Knight hit a jumper in the lane with 5.4 seconds remaining to give the Wildcats the win. “Today he struggled shooting, but he made that last one,” Kentucky coach John Calipari said. “If we are in another game and it is late, that coach will know we’re playing through Brandon.” The final attempt by OSU junior guard William Buford was off the mark. After averaging 18 points in the Buckeyes’ first two tournament games, Buford had just nine points on a dismal 2-for-16 shooting. “Will got a great look off, and we had enough time to make a play on it if it didn’t go in,” OSU coach Thad Matta said. “I don’t know who it was that tipped it away from us.” The contest opened with poor shooting from both teams in front of a crowd of 18,343. OSU and Kentucky had hit only one field goal each when the whistle was blown for the first media timeout with 15:35 remaining in the half. OSU had three turnovers to Kentucky’s two during that stretch, but the Buckeyes led, 4-2. Though OSU shot just 30.8 percent from the floor in the first half, it was able to remain in the game by putting multiple Wildcats in foul trouble and connecting on 12 of its 15 free-throw attempts. The teams went to intermission knotted, 30-30. “Well,” Matta said, “one of those games where we had a hard time putting the ball in the basket.” Kentucky entered the locker room with 11 team fouls — including two on starters Knight, freshman forward Terrence Jones, senior forward Josh Harrellson and junior guard Darius Miller. The Wildcats’ sixth man, junior guard DeAndre Liggins, also had two fouls at the break. OSU fifth-year senior forward David Lighty was able to stay in front of Kentucky’s dribble-drive offense, and drew three charges early, including one on each of Kentucky’s two leading scorers, Knight and Jones. Foul trouble aside, Harrellson led the way for Kentucky early with 12 first-half points to go along with seven rebounds. The senior finished the game with 17 and 10, respectively. Overall, the Wildcats used a balanced attack as all six players who logged minutes scored. Liggins nearly matched Harrellson’s output with 15 points of his own. The teams traded baskets and played evenly for much of the second half as the score was 53-53 with 5:38 remaining in the game. With Buford struggling, the team relied on Freshman of the Year forward Jared Sullinger, who tallied 21 points and 16 rebounds, both game highs. Diebler added 16 for the Buckeyes, while Lighty had 12. Nothing the seniors could do made up for the team’s overall poor shooting. Lighty leaves OSU as the program leader in wins, with 128, and Diebler’s 374 made 3-pointers are tops in Big Ten history. “(We had) an incredible season, an incredible run for these guys,” Matta said. “I told them I never had a team like this, and, you know, these two guys (Diebler and Lighty), as seniors, were incredible.” The 19-for-58 shooting from OSU was good for more than 20 percentage points below its average in its first two tournament games. “It hurts,” Diebler said, “just because we felt we could — we could make a run at the championship.” The Buckeyes will be forced to watch the remainder of the NCAA Tournament from home as they follow Duke and Pittsburgh as No. 1 seeds to make an early exit. read more

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Arrizabalaga discusses Real Madrid rumours

first_imgAthletico Bilbao goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga revealed that he tried to not listen to the rumours that were linking in with a move to Real Madrid back in January as he was still recovering from injuryThe 23-year-old was rumoured to have been close to joining Real in the winter transfer window before agreeing on a seven-and-a-half-year contract at Bilbao with a reported release clause of €80m.During the time of the speculation surrounding Arrizabalaga’s future, he was also nursing a Metatarsal bone bruise that saw him miss seven of Bilbao’s fixtures in a near three-month layoff period and he insists that his main focus at the time was returning to full fitness.“In the end, when you’re injured and you have hubbub going on, well… I didn’t think about the long term. I was focused on recovering well to get back playing and focusing on my future. I didn’t think so far ahead, I had much more immediate things to worry about.” he told Marca.Sergio Ramos, Real MadridZidane reveals Sergio Ramos injury concern for Real Madrid Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Zinedine Zidane has put Sergio Ramos’ availability for Real Madrid’s trip to Sevilla next weekend in doubt after withdrawing him against Levante.Zinedine Zidane had publicly revealed his admiration for Arrizabalaga back in January, but then ruled out any move for the Spain international in favour of keeping Keylor Navas as his number one for the rest of the season.But for Arrizabalaga, the Frenchman’s comments were of little importance to him.“They’re the words of a coach who wasn’t my coach at the time. I tried to isolate myself from all the noise. It was a time when there weren’t LaLiga games and there weren’t many other signings either so it was in the press a lot. I tried not to think about everything they were saying,” he said.Arrizabalaga is Spain’s second-choice goalkeeper for the World Cup this summer behind Manchester United’s David de Gea.last_img read more

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Nigel Clough I hope Guardiolas got more than a glass of

first_imgBurton manager Nigel Clough has elicited humor after his side suffered a humiliating 9-0 defeat to Manchester City.He admits he hoped Pep Guardiola had “more than one glass” of wine on offer for the post-match drink.Although Burtons hope of reaching the finals has been dashed by this heavy defeat, Clough is still in high spirits for reaching this stage of the competition and when asked what Guardiola told him at the end of the Match, Clough was full of nice words.Burton AlbionBurton boss wants to make history Manuel R. Medina – January 22, 2019 For Nigel Clough, a single goal against Manchester City would suffice to make his team very happy after losing 9-0 in the first leg…“He said: ‘Come in for a glass of wine.’ I hope he’s got more than a glass,” said the visiting manager  via The Guardian “Do I wish we hadn’t played? Not at all, we have made history in getting this far. It wasn’t about tonight it was about the achievement of getting here. We kept going right to the end, they were shouting: ‘We want 10’. And we stopped them, that’s a positive for us.“I told them that front five, if they reach the Champions League semi-final, will give Real Madrid or whoever they play a problem.”last_img read more

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Danny Ings lauds exceptional Southampton fans

first_imgSouthampton striker Danny Ings has attributed their 3-2 home win against Arsenal to their home support as they ended the Gunners’ 22-match unbeaten run on Sunday.Danny Ings scored a first-half brace, but Henrikh Mkhitaryan equalized twice to level the game.The former Liverpool striker then came off in the 71st minute for Charlie Austin who grabbed the winner five minutes before fulltime.“As you can imagine, the lads are buzzing,” Ings told the club’s website.Jadon SanchoMerson believes Arsenal should sign Sancho Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho might be the perfect player to play for the Gunners, according to former England international Paul Merson.“It went throughout the club today. Everyone in the stands was exceptional – getting behind us like that really helps.“When you’ve got a lead and you’re holding on towards the end, and you know you’ve got the crowd behind you, it gives you that little bit of energy to see out the game.“It’s down to us boys to do it on the pitch, but when you know you’ve got the crowd behind you with every press you do, and every ball you regain they’re cheering you on, it does make a massive difference. Today they were top drawer.”last_img read more

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