Gophers blown out by Notre Dame in second game of seriesMinnesota won the first game of the series 1-0 in overtime, but lost the second 4-1.Max OstensoSophomore defenseman Ryan Zuhlsdorf fights for the puck during a game against Notre Dame on Friday, Jan. 26 at 3M Arena at Mariucci. Drew CoveJanuary 28, 2018Jump to CommentsShare on FacebookShare on TwitterShare via EmailPrintMinnesota got the same offensive production Saturday, but not the result they wanted.No. 13 Minnesota (16-13-1, 7-10-1 Big Ten) fell to No. 1 Notre Dame (20-5-1, 14-2-0 Big Ten) 4-1 in the series finale.“We just didn’t do enough,” head coach Don Lucia said. “[We] couldn’t get there to get another win tonight.”In the second period, Notre Dame got out to a 2-0 lead and that would be enough to seal the victory.Minnesota’s players and coaches said this week that going down to the Fighting Irish would be tough. The Gophers got a fast start early, but that quickly dwindled in the first period. Notre Dame came back after Friday’s defeat to score the first and second goals of the game.Forward Brannon McManus took a shot that soared by Notre Dame goaltender Cale Morris and the Fighting Irish lead was cut in half before the final 20 minutes of play. After the goal, there was new life in the Gophers’ offense.“Anytime you can go in with any sort of momentum, it’s obviously big,” McManus said. “It’s just penalties that led to the loss.” Though the Gophers trimmed the deficit to one goal, a costly turnover changed the game in the third period. The hero in Friday’s game, forward Casey Mittelstadt, left the puck open in front of goaltender Mat Robson and Notre Dame forward Dylan Malmquist capitalized on the chance.Notre Dame lost its first two Big Ten conference games ever in Friday’s loss to Minnesota and the game before the Minnesota series to Wisconsin.“It’s just a mindset,” Notre Dame head coach Jeff Jackson said. “It was a tough loss last night and those type of losses, generally, it is hard the second night. I give our guys a lot of credit. [They] showed some mental toughness and maturity.”Minnesota allowed Notre Dame costly power plays. Minnesota took six penalties in the game and Notre Dame’s 18th-ranked power play converted on half, notching three goals from those opportunties.With the team’s loss to the Fighting Irish, Minnesota misses out on three pivotal points in the Big Ten standings. Minnesota came into Saturday’s game tied for fifth in the conference. After Penn State and Wisconsin went into a shootout Saturday, the Gophers now sit alone at sixth place, just one point behind Penn State and Michigan.The Minnesota offense mustered two goals in two games this weekend, which continued the trend of offensive struggles.“In some ways, [you are] lucky to get a win when you score one goal a night,” Lucia said.
DR Congo Ebola outbreak moves into Goma BUTEMBO, CONGO – JULY 27: A healthcare member inoculates a man for Ebola suspicion to take precautions against the disease in Butembo, Democratic Republic of the Congo on July 27, 2019. (Photo by JC Wenga/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images) BUTEMBO, CONGO – JULY 27: A healthcare member inoculates a man for Ebola suspicion to take precautions against the disease in Butembo, Democratic Republic of the Congo on July 27, 2019. (Photo by JC Wenga/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)The World Health Organisation said it will support the Ministry of Health of the Democratic Republic of Congo to roll out the ring vaccination around the Ebola cases in Goma to protect the contacts and the surrounding community as part of its response efforts.A ring vaccination tracks the epidemic, recruiting individuals at high risk of infection due to their connection to a patient confirmed to have the virus, according to the WHO. A ring may be composed of an average of 150 people.Contacts, and contacts of contacts of confirmed Ebola virus disease patients, health care and frontline workers in affected areas, and health care and frontline workers in areas at risk of spread of the outbreak are eligible for the vaccination.The WHO’s announcement comes as a fourth case of Ebola was confirmed in the capital of North Kivu province, Goma, in eastern DR Congo.Tucked in a hilly country at the foot of an active volcano, Goma, with a population of more than a million people, lies just 7 km (4.5 miles) from Rwanda’s main border town of Gisenyi.A gold miner is said to have contaminated several people, including his wife and one of his 10 children, with the virus before succumbing to it.Seven relatives of the deceased miner have been vaccinated and returned to a hotel in Goma where they are being monitored, according to the WHO. The relatives had travelled from Goma to Birava in South Kivu province causing panic.Health workers are attempting to track people who may have come into contact with the miner.Meanwhile, Rwanda had already reopened its border with the DR Congo hours after it was closed on Thursday following news of a third death from the virus in Goma.More than 2,700 people have been infected with Ebola while more than 1,800 people in other parts of Democratic Republic of Congo have died since the outbreak a year ago, making it the second-worst on record. Between 2014 and 2016, more than 11,000 people were killed by an Ebola outbreak in West Africa.Related Teams all set for crucial Ebola vaccination in DR Congo Ebola vaccination resumes in DR Congo after security incidents
FILE PHOTO: Kenya’s Timothy Cheruiyot poses on the podium during the medal ceremony for the Men’s 1500m at the 2019 IAAF Athletics World Championships at the Khalifa International stadium in Doha. (Photo by MUSTAFA ABUMUNES / AFP)With the athletics season set to resume in August, Kenya’s Timothy Cheruiyot returned to training following months of disruption due to the coronavirus pandemic.The World 1,500m champion told Reuters that he plans to return to competitive running next month. Cheruiyot and other teammates were forced to break their training camp in Rongai in Kenya’s Nakuru County.The athletics season is expected to restart next month with the Monaco Diamond League kicking off the calendar on August 14.“My focus is to be there and compete to run, at least, my personal best,” Cheruiyot said.While Cheruiyot, like several other athletes were left frustrated by the disruptions, he noted that there have been some positives to take away from his time out from the track.Kenyan athletes have previously said that they had lost unknown amounts of income in the form of prize money and allowances with the cancellation of several events.Cheruiyot said that he was able to spend time with his family and even recover from an unspecified injury he had suffered.With international flights in Kenya also to return at the start of next month, Cheruiyot, and other athletes, hope that they will be able to travel and compete as part of their preparations for next year’s Olympic Games.Rongai Athletics Club coach Ben Ouma said earlier this month that all athletes going to Monaco must be tested for COVID-19 at least 72 hours before travelling and must be issued with COVID-19 clearance certificates.The Kenyan government has opened negotiations with countries in the European Union to allow Kenyan athletes to compete in the Diamond League series in Europe when international flights resume.Related Kenya wins Women’s 5000m at the London Diamond League Uganda’s star athlete Cheptegei set for Eugene Diamond League Mikel rules out premier league return