This week in Gophers’ sports: 6/22-6/28 Emily PolglazeJune 22, 2015Jump to CommentsShare on FacebookShare on TwitterShare via EmailPrintAs Minnesota athletes from many sports begin summer training, a couple of Gophers Athletics alums have been finding success in their pro careers.Trevor Mbakwe victorious with Brose Baskets—June 22Former Gophers power forward Trevor Mbakwe helped lead Brose Baskets Bamberg to a championship title on June 20.In an 88-84 victory over Bayern Munich, Brose Baskets Bamberg became the Beko BBL champions for the seventh time.Mbakwe made quite an impact in the final game, scoring 20 points. Mbakwe also served as the captain for the Baskets this season.Following the victory, the Brose Baskets clinched a spot in next season’s EuroLeague. Mbakwe is likely to be highly sought after by many teams throughout the European league after his standout season.Seth Rosin makes MLB debut—June 22The Philadelphia Phillies called up right-handed pitcher and Gophers alum Seth Rosin for their matchup against the St. Louis Cardinals on June 20. Rosin allowed seven hits and five runs through two innings. The Phillies fell to the Cardinals 10-1.Rosin played with Triple A club the Lehigh Valley IronPigs this past season, pitching 26 games with a 2.65 ERA. Rosin had 28 strikeouts and 10 walks on the season. Rosin was originally called up for one game with the Phillies, but may see more action in the near future as the club faces difficulties with their bullpen.Gophers freshmen prepare for draft—June 26-27Two Minnesota freshmen could seal the deal to eventually become professional players this week.The NHL Entry Draft takes place on June 26 and 27 in Sunrise, Florida. The draft consists of 7 rounds.Incoming freshmen Tom Novak and Jack Sadek are likely to be taken early in the draft process.Novak, a forward, is currently ranked 28th in prospects by the NHL, a possible first round pick.Defenseman Sadek is ranked 79th, which would set him up to be chosen in the third round.At least one member of the Gophers has been selected in the draft for the past 40 events, 2001 being the only exception. The Gophers currently have nine draft picks on the roster.The first round of the draft will be televised on Friday at 6 p.m. CST and the following five rounds will be aired starting at 9 a.m. on Saturday.
Sir Peter Hendy, who had served as Commissioner of Transport for London since February 2006, took over as Chairman of UK infrastructure manager Network Rail on July 17, replacing Prof Richard Parry-Jones. Former Eurostar Chairman Richard Brown has been appointed as Special Director, and will report directly to Secretary of State for Transport Patrick McLoughlin.
The five-time Ballon d’Or winner has scored 23 goals in all competitions this season.Ibrahimovic, 38, has scored three goals since returning to Milan last month.The Swede headed in the second goal on Sunday after setting up the first, but Inter hit back with four second-half strikes.“I showed that I can still make a difference, even at 38,” he said.But Inter striker Romelu Lukaku will be looking to upstage the two other former Manchester United players against Napoli in the other last-four first leg on Wednesday.Gennaro Gattuso’s Napoli, despite their current slump, ousted holders Lazio in the quarterfinals.“There’s a new king in town,” a jubilant Lukaku wrote on Twitter after scoring the fourth goal for Inter in Sunday’s derby.“We run this town.”The Belgian was replying to Ibrahimovic’s pre-derby post saying that “lions don’t compare themselves to humans”.Juventus coach Maurizio Sarri has reason to be worried by his side’s away form, with the defending Serie A champions having lost their last two games on the road.“I hope that someone will help me, it’s something we have to resolve,” Sarri said after the loss to Verona.“Right now we have a difference in performance between home and away.”Juventus are bidding to reclaim the trophy which they held for four seasons until losing to eventual runners-up Atalanta in the quarters last year.Antonio Conte’s Inter are the only one of the four semifinalists to win in Serie A at the weekend, with Napoli crashing to a 3-2 defeat by lowly Lecce.Inter’s victory lifted them ahead of Juventus on goal difference at the top of the table, as they target their first Scudetto since 2010.FIXTURESSemifinals, first legTODAYInter Milan v NapoliTHURSDAYAC Milan v JuventusShare this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Cristiano Ronaldo and Zlatan Ibrahimovic are set to go head-to-head in Thursday’s Italian Cup semifinal, first leg between Juventus and AC Milan at the San Siro.Both Ronaldo and Ibrahimovic scored at the weekend in defeats as Juventus fell 2-1 at Hellas Verona, while AC Milan threw away a two-goal lead in a 4-2 defeat by city rivals Inter.“It wasn’t the result we wanted,” said the 35-year-old Ronaldo despite becoming the first Juventus player to score in 10 successive league games, just one game short of the Serie A record.