The University of Wisconsin men’s soccer team (6-4-2, 3-1 Big Ten) beat fellow Big Ten opponent Rutgers (2-8-1, 1-4 Big Ten) 4–2 Sunday, extending their unbeaten streak to five games.The slippery conditions at the McClimon Complex didn’t slow down the players on offense — both teams combined for 26 shots (14 on goal) and six goals during the match.The four goals scored by Wisconsin are the most they have managed in any match this season.In a post-match conversation with UW athletics, Wisconsin head coach John Trask commended his team for their scoring output and ability to play to the dismal conditions.Women’s hockey: Badgers sweep Mercyhurst to continue impressive start to seasonAfter last weekend’s sweep of the Lindenwood Lions at home, the Badgers (4-0-0) looked to continue their success on the Read…“On a day like today, obviously conditions play a part. Sometimes it’s just about getting the ball down the field and we did that,” Trask said. “We knew it was going to be an absolute battle, but the guys listened to the message and it paid off.”The scoring began early as junior Robin Olofsson scored his first goal for the Badgers this season with a fifth-minute strike.The goals would continue to flow for Wisconsin as freshman Noah Melick, in his first start for the Badgers, scored his first goal in Wisconsin colors in the 28th minute. Melick wasn’t done either, as he would add to his tally later in the match with a second goal shortly after halftime.Freshman and the Badgers’ leading goal-scorer Andrew Akindele also joined the onslaught, scoring shortly after Melick’s second. That was Akindele’s third goal of the season, which accompanies his three assists — also a team high.Volleyball: Badgers fall in five sets to underdog HawkeyesThe University of Wisconsin volleyball team fell to the Iowa Hawkeyes 2–3 in Iowa City for their fourth away match Read…Despite the Badgers’ dominance, Rutgers wouldn’t go down easily. The Scarlet Knight’s Jordan Hall scored a pair, the second of which came in the 84th minute, shaving the Badger lead to just two and boosting his season tally to an impressive nine goals.Post-match, Trask also spoke highly of the performance from Wisconsin captain Noah Leibold.“He is one of the best players we have,” Trask said. “I don’t talk about him often, but I wouldn’t trade him for anyone in the conference.”The Badgers now head to an out-of-conference matchup against Green Bay (5-4-2, 2-2-1 Horizon).The Green Bay Phoenix began the season hot, winning five of their first seven matches but have struggled recently — having only been able to secure one victory in their past six outings.The Badgers will be looking to keep Green Bay out of the win column and continue their good run of form — Wisconsin has not lost the last five matches where the two sides have meet.The match will be broadcast on BTN Plus and kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m Wednesday from the McClimon Complex.
Barcelona forward Neymar has been ordered to appear in a Spanish court next month as one of the defendants in a fraud case brought by Brazilian investment fund DIS.The firm alleges it was the victim when Barca signed the player, third in the latest Ballon d’Or poll, from Brazilian club Santos.A judge in Madrid, acting on a request from the state prosecutor, ordered Neymar, his parents, former Barca president Sandro Rosell, incumbent Josep Maria Bartomeu and two former Santos officials to present themselves on February 1 and 2.Javier Faus, a former Barca vice president, was called to appear as a witness.”The judge … believes that the prosecutor’s requests are ‘relevant, necessary and balanced’ for them to require an examination of the facts,” a court statement read.Neither Barcelona, Neymar or any of the other defendants could immediately be reached for comment. The club has said it acted “fully within the law” and rejected the accusations contained in the DIS suit.The fund, which owned 40 per cent of Neymar’s rights when he was at Santos, alleges it was paid far less than it was entitled to when the player agreed to join Barcelona in 2013.The complaint was the latest twist to a saga that has also led to Barca, Rosell and Bartomeu facing trial for tax fraud. Bartomeu was a vice president under Rosell when Neymar was signed in a complex deal involving multiple contracts.Bartomeu, Rosell, who resigned following the allegations, and the club have been accused of defrauding the tax office of some €13m (£9.77m). All three have denied any wrongdoing.Prosecutors have asked for a prison sentence of two years and three months for Bartomeu and seven-and-a-half years for Rosell, plus fines and payments of outstanding taxes totalling more than €60m. The tax probe was launched after a club member questioned the figures given for the Neymar deal. Barca initially said they paid €57.1m but later admitted the cost was nearer €100m.–