After beating Maryland 2–1 and Marquette 1–0, the University of Wisconsin men’s soccer team (5–4–1, 2–1 Big Ten) faced a grueling road test against No. 5 and previously undefeated Michigan State (8–1–2, 2–1 Big Ten). The Badgers stunned the Spartans in overtime through a 96th-minute golden goal from sophomore Alex Alfaro, handing them their first loss of the season.“Huge win against an extremely talented Michigan State team,” Badger Head Coach John Trask said in a conversation with UW Athletics post-match. “They are very well coached. It was a battle.”The first half saw the Badgers struggle to get anything going, managing only one shot. On the other side, the Spartans managed to get off five shots in the half, including two quality chances from their leading goal scorers Ryan Sierakowski and DeJuan Jones. However, they were denied by goalie Dean Cowdroy, who ended the match with five saves and his fifth shutout of the season.Men’s soccer: Badgers grind out road win over Marquette, look toward Michigan StateThe University of Wisconsin men’s soccer (4–4–1, 1–1 Big Ten) claimed their second consecutive road win with a 1–0 victory Read…The second half saw the Badgers manage three more shots compared to two by the Spartans, but either side failed to break through, forcing the game into overtime after 90 minutes of play.In the 6 minute mark of overtime, the Badgers played the ball towards the penalty area of Michigan State. After several deflections and failed clearances from Michigan State, Alfaro took the ball from the edge of the box and struck it with his right foot, sailing it past Spartans goalkeeper Jimmy Hague into the left corner of the goal for his first goal of the season and the winner.Volleyball: Badgers falter in tough matchup versus No. 6 Gophers, Purdue up nextThe University of Wisconsin women’s volleyball team had a tough start to their brutal road trip on Wednesday night. No. Read…“We figured we were going to have to score on that type of play,” Trask said. “Fair dues on the goal, and props to Isaac and Alex for keeping it alive. Great goal by Alfaro—what a timely goal for his first one of the season.”Up next, the Badgers will host a trio of games, including local derbies with Milwaukee (6–3–1, 2–0–1 Horizon) and Green Bay (5–4–1, 2–2–0 Horizon) on Oct. 3 and 10, respectively, with a Big Ten game against Rutgers (2–6–1, 1–3–0 Big Ten) sandwiched in between on Oct. 7.
(This is the latest in a series of quick profiles on players who fit for the Angels to add over the winter. They are purely “informed speculation,” based on what we know about the Angels’ roster needs along with General Manager Billy Eppler’s preferences and history. We’ll have a new one every weekday, until the GM Meetings, which are the unofficial start of the hot stove season.)KYLE GIBSON, RHP, Minnesota TwinsThe basics: Gibson has been one of the mainstays of the Twins rotations in recent years, bouncing between pitching like a No. 2 or 3 to a No. 5. He has been durable, though. He’ll be 31 next season.2018 season: Gibson had his best season, posting a 3.62 ERA in 32 starts, over 196-2/3 innings.Contract status: Gibson has one more year of arbitration before free agency. He is due to earn about $8 million in 2019. Angels’ Shohei Ohtani spending downtime working in outfield Jose Suarez’s rocky start sinks Angels in loss to Astros Angels’ Mike Trout working on his defense, thanks to Twitter Angels offense breaks out to split doubleheader with Astros Angels’ poor pitching spoils an Albert Pujols milestone Why he makes sense: Although Gibson has been somewhat inconsistent throughout his career, he’s taken the ball. Over his five full seasons, he’s averaged 30 starts and 175 innings. He’s now been surpassed by José Berrios as the leader of the Twins rotation, and the Twins are down to his final year, so they might choose to sell high on him and get something before risking losing him to free agency. Because he’s got just one year left and has a spotty history, he wouldn’t cost as much in prospect capital as one of the premium pitchers on the trade market. Gibson is also a pitch-to-contact guy, so maybe he does even better with the Angels’ exceptional defense behind him. If he fares in his walk year as well as he did in 2018, the Angels would have a solid right-handed starter to go alongside Tyler Skaggs and Andrew Heaney, and in front of Jaime Barría, Matt Shoemaker, Felix Peña, etc. And even if he’s more of a mid-rotation inning-eater, that’s still worth his relatively modest salary.Why he doesn’t: Sonny Gray and Lance Lynn were examples of pitchers on whom the Angels could buy low, hoping for bounce-back seasons. Gibson is the opposite. He had back-to-back seasons with an ERA over 5.00 in 2016 and 2017. His career ERA is 4.47. Although the innings seem like a relatively safe bet, if he reverts to the form of 2017, the Angels would be paying a lot for a fifth starter, and giving up a prospect to do it.Previous players: C J.T. Realmuto, RHP Nate Eovaldi, RHP Sonny Gray, LHP Patrick Corbin, LHP CC Sabathia, UT Daniel Descalso, RHP Julio Teheran, LHP Gio Gonzalez, UT Marwin Gonzalez, LHP J.A. Happ, LHP Will Smith, 3B Mike Moustakas, OF Jon Jay, RHP Lance Lynn.Related Articles Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error read more