Junior Declan Sullivan died Wednesday when a film tower fell over during football practice. He was 20. The accident happened around 4:50 p.m. at the LaBar Practice Complex, located on the southeast side of campus, according to a University press release. Sullivan was a resident of Fisher Hall. He was filming a football practice at the LaBar Practice Complex as part of his job for the Department of Athletics’ video crew. Sullivan was a writer for The Observer and frequently contributed to the Scene section. University President Fr. John Jenkins notified students in an e-mail Wednesday night. “No words can convey the shock and grief we all are experiencing. Declan was a well-liked, bright and enthusiastic film and marketing student and a valued member of the Notre Dame family. His death is a tremendous loss that will be felt very deeply and we share in your grief during this incredibly difficult time,” Jenkins said. Sullivan was filming from a hydraulic scissorlift when the incident occurred. He was transported to Memorial Hospital in South Bend, where he later died. “We are deeply saddened by this tragic loss,” Jenkins said in an earlier statement. “Our hearts go out to the student’s family and friends and our prayers and profound sympathies are with them during this incredibly difficult time. The loss of someone so young is a terrible shock and a great sadness. Our entire community shares in the family’s grief.” The cause of the accident is being investigated. The University will gather tomorrow for a Mass of Remembrance at the Basilica of the Sacred Heart at 10 p.m.
DEREK MONTGOMERY/Herald photoThe University of Wisconsin softball team swept its second doubleheader in as many days Tuesday, taking out Loyola-Chicago 4-1 and 10-3 at Goodman Diamond despite not having the services of star senior shortstop Kris Zacher, who aggravated her back in Monday’s doubleheader against North Dakota State.The Badgers improved their overall record to 17-19 (3-7 Big Ten) in their final tune-up before hitting the road this weekend for four Big Ten games.Despite a very strong wind blowing out toward the fences, Wisconsin starting pitcher Katie Layne controlled the Ramblers from the opening pitch in game one, allowing only one run on four hits while striking out five. Layne faced more than four batters in an inning only once, coming in the fourth when Loyola manufactured its only run of the game.Despite Layne’s strong performance, Rambler hurler Katie Schupbach held the Badger offense in check, and the score was tied at 1-1 when Wisconsin came to bat in the fourth. With two outs, freshman Ricci Robben came to the plate with pinch runner Melissa Trainor at first and singled, moving Trainor to second and setting the stage for second baseman Kaitlin Reiss. Reiss, who entered the game with only three hits in 27 at bats this season, came up big for Wisconsin, lacing a single to center field to score Trainor and put the Badgers up 2-1.“That was a big hit for us,” Wisconsin head coach Karen Gallagher said of Reiss’ RBI single. “She’s got the heart of a lion, and she got up there and made a hit that I think will help her get some confidence and feel better about her game.”Wisconsin went on to add insurance runs in the fifth and sixth, but Reiss’ RBI proved to be all the run support Layne needed, as she cruised through the last three innings. Layne ended the game with a strike out on a picture-perfect third strike, painting the corner and freezing the batter to put a stamp on the Badgers’ 4-1 victory.The wind picked up even more before game two and dark skies threatened to rain on the Badgers’ three-game winning streak. Lightning began to pepper the horizon in the bottom of the second inning, and the sky became more and more ominous with each passing minute, prompting the umpires to briefly convene with the two managers before deciding to play on, and the weather turned out not to be a factor.Wisconsin drew first blood, taking a 1-0 lead after the first inning when freshman Katie Hnatyk looped a single to left field, scoring sophomore center fielder Sam Polito from third base.Wisconsin again benefited from outstanding pitching, as sophomore Eden Brock breezed through the Rambler lineup, mowing down the first 11 batters in order en route to an effective five-inning performance, giving up only one run on four hits.While Brock cruised, Loyola starting pitcher Andrea Wise had all sorts of trouble with her control. In the bottom of the third, Wise loaded the bases with no outs on a walk and two hit batsmen. Wise went on to walk three more batters, throw a wild pitch and give up an RBI single to Badger shortstop Athena Vasquez, the only hit of the inning, before finally being replaced by Schupbach. When the inning finally ended, Wisconsin had totaled four runs with only one hit and assumed control of the game, 5-0.After four innings, the score was 6-1 before Loyola reinserted Wise at pitcher. The Badgers scored two runs in each of the final two innings and coasted to a 10-3 victory. Wise ended the game having pitched four-and-one-third innings, giving up nine runs on eight hits, eight walks, two hit batsmen and a wild pitch.“That is the first thing we told [the players] tonight, that this team has a lot of walks and that we need to be patient at the plate,” Gallagher said of her team’s discipline at the plate. “We really made them work and pitch themselves out of trouble instead of helping them out.”Brock won her 12th game of the season, equaling her total from all of last year.On the field, Wisconsin did not commit an error in either game of the doubleheader, a promising sign for a team that has struggled defensively all year.“It felt great,” Gallagher said of her team’s defense. “I’m ecstatic that we played great defense and we are capable of doing that. The kids stayed focused, and the infield especially was very quick to react to the ball and make the plays.”Wisconsin will look to carry the momentum from its four-straight wins on its first road trip in conference play, where UW will try to improve on its 3-7 Big Ten mark.“We just needed to have fun, and I think it will really help us feel better going in and prepare us to play the game at a high level because that is what we are going to see,” Gallagher said. “These games today were just great for us.”
A former Celtic gave the Lakers a reason to celebrate in TD Garden on Thursday.Los Angeles guard Rajon Rondo made a 20-foot buzzer beater to lift the Lakers over the Celtics, 129-128. Rondo, who began his career in Boston, finished with 17 points, shooting 7 of 11 from the field and 3 of 4 from 3-point range. He also chipped in 10 assists. #LeBronJames saves it. #LeBronJames drills it.WATCH on @NBAonTNT pic.twitter.com/6Grzc3lKhB— NBA (@NBA) February 8, 2019Los Angeles set a franchise record by knocking down 22 3-pointers in the win.🚨 Record Alert 🚨 pic.twitter.com/dIMt3IZkOO— Sporting News (@sportingnews) February 8, 2019Kyrie Irving had a team-high 24 points for Boston in the losing effort. Jayson Tatum pitched in 22 points and Daniel Theis had 20 points off the bench.The loss snapped the Celtics’ five-game winning streak.Studs of the NightBojan Bogdanovic helped the Pacers to their fourth straight win. He scored a game-high 29 points in a 116-92 victory over the Clippers.Terrence Ross had another high-scoring game off the bench for the Magic. The sixth-year guard finished with a season-high 32 points in a 122-112 win over the Timberwolves.Russell Westbrook notched his eighth consecutive triple-double for the Thunder. Oklahoma City beat Memphis at home, 117-95, behind Westbrook’s 15 points, 13 rebounds and 15 assists.Pascal Siakam again improved on a career best this season. He had 33 points in the Raptors’ 119-101 win over the Hawks. Dud of the NightPatrick Beverley was minus-23 in the Clippers’ fourth loss in six games. He finished with nine points, five rebounds and three assists.HighlightsVince Carter’s still got it. NBA trade deadline: Magic believe ‘sky’s the limit’ for newly acquired Markelle Fultz Anthony Davis to return to Pelicans’ lineup, will play out rest of season VINCE spinning and slamming! 👀😮 #TrueToAtlanta💻📱: https://t.co/Bq24jKOTFm pic.twitter.com/fq5xd5XCvF— NBA (@NBA) February 8, 2019You don’t want to be in Karl-Anthony Towns’ way.KAT with authority for the @Timberwolves ! 💥💻📱: https://t.co/Bq24jKOTFm pic.twitter.com/qUCC9j218R— NBA (@NBA) February 8, 2019What’s Next?Nuggets (37-17) at 76ers (34-20), 7 p.m. ET — The Nuggets will travel to Philadelphia hoping to snap a two-game losing streak and inch closer to the top spot in the Western Conference. Denver trails the Warriors by 1 1/2 games while the 76ers are also on a two-game losing skid. Rajon Rondo buries the #TissotBuzzerBeater to win it for the @Lakers in Boston! #ThisIsYourTime #LakeShow pic.twitter.com/SuGZSzrZGE— NBA (@NBA) February 8, 2019The Lakers were trailing by as many as 18 in the first half, but they rallied with 42 third-quarter points. The Celtics came back in the fourth quarter to go toe-to-toe with Los Angeles. LeBron James helped the Lakers catch up to the Celtics in the final minute with an impressive save and ensuing 3-pointer that tied the score at 124. He finished with a game-high 28 points. James also notched his fourth triple-double of the season, adding 12 rebounds and 12 assists. Related News