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U.S. Juniors on thehorizonAs is the case every season, the Badgers will face the potentialfate of losing several players to the U.S. World Junior Championship for sometime in late December and early January.”The way I look at it, if a young man has an opportunity torepresent his country, that is an unbelievable event in the big picture ofthings,” Eaves said. “So I hope for all of them that they have a realisticchance of doing that because it is very special.”Last season, Jamie McBain, Blake Geoffrion and Jack Skille tookpart for team USA, causing them to miss games with Wisconsin.”We went out to Denver last year with a [smaller] lineupand, you know, we played pretty well out there, and I think people will graspthat opportunity and go with it,” Eaves said of last year’s team.When looking at the possibility of having to play withoutsome of his squad, Eaves sees it as a chance for some of the other players onthe roster to step up.”What that does is it opens up opportunities for otherpeople,” Eaves said. “History has proven that, when you’re put in this type ofsituation, that people do respond.” BEN CLASSON/Herald photoWhen asked at his press conference Monday which of hisforwards he thought had been most consistent, Wisconsin head coach Mike Eavesresponded with perhaps a surprising answer: Ben Grotting.Grotting’s numbers haven’t particularly jumped out so farthis season, with just two goals in 11 games. But the things he has done thathaven’t shown up on the stat sheet have impressed Eaves.”In terms of his role and his ability to get things done inthat role, one of the guys that comes to mind is Ben Grotting,” Eaves said. “Ithink that Ben’s strengths lie in the fact that he’s a tremendously powerfulskater, can get there and can create turnovers and create hits with his speed,and I think, for the most part, that he has done that for us.”Eaves said Grotting — who picked up an assist in Saturday’s4-4 tie with Michigan State — needs to be comfortable with the level of playhe’s attained.”If he tries to do any more than that, then he’s going to bein trouble,” Eaves said. “What you try to tell a young man like Ben Grotting isyou need to build on your strengths, be careful of what weaknesses you work outbecause the chances of improving to any great degree are not awesome.” Podge provides energyAlthough Eaves has juggled UW’s top line throughout thebeginning of the season to find a third man to play alongside Kyle Turris andBen Street, he seems happy with the way freshman Podge Turnbull has produced. “If Podge Turnbull can play with that energy and with hisabilities like he did Saturday night, that could be a real good line for us,”Eaves said. “I think the thing that he brought to the table was his energy. Andif he plays with that energy, his skill and such will take over for him.”Despite inconsistent play earlier in the season, Eaves hasnoticed an increase in energy in Turnbull’s game.”The times that he has been ineffective, he’s not playedwith that energy, and as a result, he’s not involved,” Eaves said. “But withthat energy that he had Saturday night, boy, that really gives us a nice look.”Turnbull has now recorded five points on the season andnotched a goal in Friday’s 3-2 loss against Michigan. Huskies on deckThe Badgers travel to St. Cloud, Minn., to take on the St.Cloud State Huskies in a two-game series this weekend. If history is any indicator,the Badgers are destined for success against the Huskies — a team they’ve beatenin their last 11 meetings.”I am surprised by that,” Eaves said of the streak. “I knowthat we have played some decent hockey against them.”Despite their past triumphs over the Huskies, the Badgers willhave their hands full, facing an opponent with a higher ranking.The Huskies were ranked No. 10 in the latest poll, while theBadgers dropped one spot to No. 13 after the weekend.
Wilder’s co-manager Shelly Finkel wants to resume negotiations for the Joshua fight provided that terms remain private and Matchroom Boxing boss Hearn is determined to agree on a blockbuster bout with all the world titles at stake.“I won’t talk about the negotiations we’re having at the moment, because I did that last time and it bit me in the bottom,” Hearn told Sky Sports News.“I’m going to stay quiet, keep this mush peeled and shut, and try and make the undisputed heavyweight fight. That’s the priority, it’s always been the priority, always been the plan.”Joshua has also welcomed a British battle with Fury, who climbed off the canvas twice during the Wilder fight, only to be denied victory by the judges’ scorecards in Los Angeles.But Hearn believes the Joshua-Wilder fight must happen next instead of an immediate rematch for Fury.“Josh still likes the Tyson Fury fight. I’ve spoken to him numerous times,” said Hearn.“Josh is in camp now in America, and he would love to fight Fury, he would.“I’ve spoken to Fury yesterday, just said well done. I take my hat off to him. I was wrong. He proved me wrong against (Wladimir) Klitschko, he proved me wrong against Deontay Wilder. I think what he’s done is remarkable.“I still believe Anthony Joshua is hands down the best heavyweight in the world. I believe he knocks out Deontay Wilder and Tyson Fury, but maybe I’ll be wrong again, but it’s a brilliant time for the heavyweight game.“There is a rematch that could happen between Wilder and Fury. But if Wilder really wants to be the undisputed heavyweight champion of the world, he must fight Joshua next, otherwise, we may just all miss the boat on that one. But anything can happen.”Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram GLOBAL SOCCER\\OTHER SPORTSPromoter Eddie Hearn said that Anthony Joshua’s top priority remains an undisputed heavyweight fight against Deontay Wilder at Wembley on April 13.The British star has reiterated his desire to face Wilder in his next scheduled fight at the national stadium after the American retained his WBC belt in a split decision draw with Tyson Fury at the weekend.
Titus RybergAt the early age of just 2 months, Titus Michael Ryberg died on Wednesday, October 28, 2015. He was born weighing 8 pounds and 11 ounces at 12:49 p.m. on Monday, August 24, 2015 to Katie Ryberg and Gary Palmer in Wellington. Titus was all boy and loved being able to move around. He just started rolling over and kicking his legs like a runner. Titus had big smile and he wore it often. Although he only had 2 months, it was spent with lots of smiles and lots of love. He will be deeply missed.Titus joined his grandparents in Heaven: grandpa, Jeffrey Ryberg; great-grandmother, Florence Denwalt and great-grandfathers, Gary Dean DeSpain and Delbert Palmer.Â He leaves behind his mother, Katie Ryberg of Wellington; father, Gary Palmer of Oxford; grandparents: Melissa Ryberg, Charlotte and Fred Barnes, Jim Palmer all of Wellington, Kansas, Mindy and Bronson Griffen of Wichita, Kansas; great-grandmothers: Janice Palmer of Mulvane, Kansas and Renita Ream of Wichita, Kansas; uncle, Jon Ryberg of Wellington, aunts, Tori Thornton and Hailey Thornton of Harper; uncle James Thornton of Harper; uncle, Wesley Palmer of Belle Plaine; aunt, Megan Palmer of Oxford, along with a large extended family.Visitation will be held at the funeral home from 1 to 8 p.m., Tuesday, November 3, 2015 with the family present from 6 to 8 p.m.Funeral services for Titus will be held at 10 a.m., Wednesday, November 4, 2015, at First Free Will Baptist Church, 1219 North Plum, Wellington, Kansas.Private interment will be held later that day.In lieu of flowers, the family asks that contributions be made to the Titus Ryberg Memorial Fund, c/o Cornejo|Day Funeral Home & Crematory. Contributions will be used to assist the family with funeral expensesTo share a memory or leave condolences, please visit www.cornejodayfuneralhome.com.Arrangements are by Cornejo|Day Funeral Home & Crematory, Wellington, Kansas.