16 Sep
2020

Making waves: New swimming coach Yuri Suguiyama already has championship aspirations

first_imgEvery dominant athletic program begins somewhere — pieces of a puzzle that came together somehow to create a dynasty. What is it that flips the switch? What makes a team turn the corner and become unstoppable?The University of Wisconsin women’s swimming team has never won a single Big Ten championship or NCAA title in school history. While the team has seen many amazing individual careers, they’ve never been able to put the pieces together and become a dominant force in the swim world.Other schools like Stanford, Georgia and Auburn hold five or more NCAA titles in women’s swimming alone. But this season for the women’s swim team may be the turning point we’ve all been waiting for.Former three time Pac-12 championship swim coach from the University of California Yuri Suguiyama has been named the new head coach for Wisconsin. After a mess of new coaching staffs for the past four years, it seems as if Badger Swimming has finally found what it’s been looking for in Suguiyama.Volleyball: Wisconsin comes off win against Illinois, heads to Iowa CityThe kills rained down on the Illinois defenders Wednesday night as Sophomore Dana Rettke went for a career-high 23 kills Read…“At the beginning of the year, we sat down as a staff and made a list of all of the characteristics and qualities of the best athletes we’ve worked with,” Suguiyama said. “Out of all of the most successful teams that I’ve been a part of, there’s been two dominant characteristics: one being trust and the other resilience.”Suguiyama’s positive outlook comes from this list of swimmers who he knew carried these traits — those of champions.UW senior Jess Unicomb has had undeniably one of the best swimming careers at Wisconsin over the past four years. Last year she qualified for three events in the NCAA championships — finishing in the top ten for both the 200 and 100 meter backstroke.Football: Zander Neuville suffers season ending injuryWisconsin Badgers tight end Zander Neuville is likely to miss the remainder of the season after suffering a serious left Read…Unicomb has been a part of countless dominant relay squads in the Big Ten and has even more career awards under her belt. Coming from Australia, she had never thought of traveling to the United States to swim until she was recruited by the Badgers.“We’ve got a really great freshman class,” Unicomb said. “I am excited to leave the team in a better place than when I joined it and I’m jealous of the freshman that they get four years of this coaching staff. They’re awesome.”Eleven freshmen will get that opportunity to work closely with Suguiyama, a group the head coach helped recruit.When asked about her expectations for the future of Badger swimming Unicomb expressed her utmost optimism.“I truly believe this group could win a Big Ten championship and, hopefully, a national one,” Unicomb said. “I have no doubt in my mind that they will reach great things.”Women’s soccer: Wisconsin finishes home stand with draws versus Rutgers, MarylandThe No. 22 University of Wisconsin women’s soccer team (8-2-3, 2-1-3 Big Ten) tied both Rutgers (7-1-4, 3-0-2 Big Ten) Read…For these goals to be met, Wisconsin will rely heavily on their star swimmer, Beata Nelson.Nelson, a junior, has been in the swimming spotlight her entire career. In high school, she was a 12-time state champion and received multiple offers from across the nation.In fact, she never thought she would end up a Badger. But after an unofficial home visit, Nelson was left convinced that Madison was the way to go.With plans for a new pool and facilities at the now under construction Nicholas Recreation Center and a solid team of hardworking individuals she grew up watching, Nelson couldn’t see herself anywhere else.In her freshman year, Nelson was a four-time Big Ten freshman of the week and appeared at both the Big Ten and NCAA championships. By her sophomore season, she qualified for the NCAA championship in three individual events, medaling in two.All eyes had turned on Nelson rapidly, but what did she believe was going to make this program great?“Toughness,” Nelson said. “We are some of the toughest people I’ve ever been around.”Nelson explained that with all the great experiences she has had as a Badger she has no regrets in choosing Wisconsin.Cross Country: Badger men’s, women’s teams impress at Nuttycombe InvitationalThe University of Wisconsin men’s and women’s cross country teams enjoyed successful finishes to Friday’s Nuttycombe Invitational. The event took Read…In just her junior year, Nelson has already raised the expectations for women’s swimming to a completely new level. She has set a high bar with the program but she believes in her freshman class.Though unable to name one single person who will take over the team, Nelson believes that they, along with the new coaching staff, will be exceptional in the years to come.“There is nowhere but up that this program will go,” Nelson said. “This team has the mentality and the work ethic to make anything happen.”Both Nelson and Unicomb have extremely high expectations for not only this season but seasons to come. According to them, all the pieces of the puzzle are there, they just need to be put together. With an exceptional new coaching staff, brand new pool, and solid incoming class of swimmers, what will stop this Badger powerhouse from rising to the top?last_img read more

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16 Sep
2020

O’ Donnell and Foley to face Leinster

first_imgO’ Donnell is part of a back row with CJ Stander and Robin Copeland for the Aviva Stadium encounter, while Foley partners Paul O’ Connell in the second row with Cronin , Casey and Archer in the front row .Elsewhere, the half-back pairing are Ian Keatley and Conor Murray and Felix Jones is full back, with Conway and Zebo on the wings and Smith and Hurley in midfield.Anthony Foley has also named Peter O’Mahony and Damien Varley on the bench. Meanwhile, Leinster have made 3 changes from their win over the Cardiff Blues-  Jack Mc Grath and Mike Ross come into the front row, while Mike McCarthy replaces Kane Douglas in the second row.Munster XV v Leinster (Sat, Aviva, 6:30pm): Felix Jones (Capt.), Andrew Conway, Andrew Smith, Denis Hurley, Simon Zebo; Ian Keatley, Conor Murray; James Cronin, Duncan Casey, Stephen Archer; Dave Foley, Paul O’Connell; CJ Stander, Tommy O’Donnell, Robin Copeland.Replacements: Damien Varley, Dave Kilcoyne, BJ Botha, Billy Holland, Peter O’Mahony, Duncan Williams, JJ Hanrahan, Gerhard van den Heever.last_img read more

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17 Dec
2019

Vanilla report day from USDA

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest No major changes. Boring. No big price spikes up or declines. This comment was heard following the report, “That has to be one of the most subdued post report actions I have seen in a long time.”USDA put US corn ending stocks for 2016-17 at 2.403 billion bushels, unchanged from last month. U.S. soybean ending stocks for 2016-2017 were 480 million bushels also unchanged from last month. U.S. wheat ending stocks were also unchanged at 1.143 billion bushels. U.S. soyoil ending stocks did decline as recent biofuel announcements suggest more soyoil being used.World ending stocks for corn, soybeans, and wheat did increase, no surprise there.Brazil corn production was increased three million tons while Argentina corn production was unchanged at 36.5 million tons. Nobody should be surprised with the Brazil corn production increase.Soybean production in Brazil was estimated at 102 million tons while Argentina soybean production was pegged at 57 million tons. Both are unchanged from November.Prior to the report corn was up 1 cent, soybeans were up six cents, wheat was down two cents. At 12:20 p.m. corn, soybeans, and wheat were all down one cent.Traders were expecting little changes to today’s USDA supply and demand report. This report is a demand report for U.S. grains. There will not be any changes to the 2016 corn and soybean production numbers. USDA will report the final 2016 corn and soybean production numbers on Jan. 12, 2017. That same day USDA will detail US grain stocks as of Dec. 1, 2016. Trade estimates prior to the report had corn and soybean ending stocks changing very little. Those estimates had U.S. corn ending stocks at 2.413 billion bushels, up just 10 million bushels from November. Corn ending stock estimates ranged from 2.364-2.584 billion bushels. Trader estimates had soybean ending stocks at 470 million bushels, down 10 million bushels from November. The soybean ending stocks had a trader estimate of 428-500 million bushels.Weather has once again emerged as a dominant market feature the last two weeks. Now South America weather is capturing lots of attention. Earlier in the week on Tuesday when soybeans were up double digit gains for the first half of the day, producers were active sellers of both old and new crop soybeans. Tuesday soybeans closed up just four cents while earlier in the day they had been up as much as 18 cents. Yesterday, soybeans were down 22 cents as ideas of normal rains for Argentina the next two weeks overshadowed current dry conditions in Argentina and the southern half of Brazil. Corn continues to struggle in a 30 cent trading range, having great difficulty to hold significant daily gains. Wheat is wheat as sellers continue to emerge on higher price activity.With U.S. production numbers not changing this month, we could see the market focus more attention on world grains stocks. Traders were expecting world corn stocks to increase from November. In addition, wheat has been seeing pressure this week due to larger production expected from Canada, Argentina, and Australia.Traders are expecting Brazil soybean production to come in at 102 million tons, up from last year’s 96.5 million tons. Argentina soybean production estimates were 57 million tons, last year they produced 56.8 million tons.One emerging trend we have observed the past few months is that when soybeans are trading higher at the 8:45 am pause, they often have great difficulty closing with those same gains at the 2:20 pm settlement. That trend is even more prevalent when the 8:45 am pause has soybeans up 10 cents or higher. Some would suggest it is a very different crowd that trades grains in the night session from 8:00 pm to 8:45 am compared to the trader activity in the day session from 9:30 am to 2:20 pm.The U.S. Climate Prediction Center forecasts that La Nina will likely remain in the Pacific deep into the winter, fading away by spring. Those conditions will likely bring colder and wetter conditions in the northern U.S. That walks side by side of forecasts all fall calling for a colder than normal winter in the northern U.S. Producers had fantastic weather for harvest activity with normal to above temperatures and below normal rainfall. Today central Ohio has bone chilling temperatures when you factor in the wind. We are seeing temperatures in the teens for lows. Daily highs are struggling to reach 30 degrees easily reminds us that winter is certainly here. Brrrr!Now that the U.S. Presidential election is behind us it is most exciting to see all of the outstanding business people being appointed to cabinet positions. Granted many of those positions will need to be approved by Congress. These appointments seem to be breaking the mold of career politicians holding cabinet positions.Look for the markets to focus on weather, export activity, and what the U.S. Fed does with interest rates later this month. South America weather will keep traders and producers watching with great intensity.It is December. Enjoy all of the Christmas activity with your families!last_img read more

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1 Dec
2019

Offshore casinos to be shifted from Mandovi river: Goa CM

first_imgGoa Chief Minister Pramod Sawant on Tuesday said the State government has decided to shift the offshore casinos out of the Mandovi river here, though no alternative site has been finalised.In a written reply submitted in the Assembly over a question tabled by Leader of the Opposition Digambar Kamat, Mr. Sawant said the government was also considering to formulate a casino policy for the State.Six off-shore casinos are currently anchored in the Mandovi river in Panaji. The State government granted a six-month extension to them in March this year.There has been a demand from a section of people to shift the vessels from the river.“The government has decided to remove casinos out of the Mandovi river, but till today no alternate feasible site had been finalised,” the Chief Minister said.He said the government was also considering amending rules under the Goa, Daman and Diu Public Gambling Act, 1976.“Once the rules are finalised, the same would be notified,” he said.last_img read more

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18 Nov
2019

RCA hopeful of better treatment by BCCI post Lalit Modi’s resignation

first_imgWith the resignation of maverick administrator Lalit Modi from Nagaur district cricket association set up, the Rajasthan Cricket Association (RCA) is hopeful cricket in the desert state will get much needed boost.CP Joshi, RCA president, while speaking with India Today, mentioned, “Just after the elections, we had written a letter to BCCI to remove Lalit Modi because he was no more the RCA president but they wrote back asking the association to fulfill the condition put by the BCCI.”RCA have been in dire need of funds for the upliftment of the game in Rajasthan for a long time. The BCCI had decided to stop the association with the body till the time Lalit Modi was a part of it. ODI and IPL matches were also not being allocated to Rajasthan for quite sometime now.But after CP Joshi defeated Lalit Modi’s son, Ruchir Modi, for the post of the president during elections held in May this year, it was believed things could change for the better at the RCA. However, the BCCI has been reluctant in allocating funds and doing away with the shoddy treatment being meted out to the RCA.After CP Joshi became the president, Nagaur district association, headed by Lalit Modi, was suspended, as the cricketing body wanted cordial relations with BCCI.”We have suspended the Nagaur District Cricket Association alongwith the secretary and the president. So, on our part, we have already taken action against Nagaur District Cricket Association and have communicated the same to BCCI. The Lalit Modi resignation is a different matter and BCCI will look into it,” Joshi stated.advertisementCP Joshi claimed that working with men who are considered to be from Modi’s camp is not an issue for him. Even though Joshi became the president, the posts of treasurer and secretary went to the Modi camp. “In my last tenure as president, I worked with. For me, it is not an issue because I do not consider any individual as obstacle. There was a perception difference in the RCA headed by Lalit Modi and RCA headed by me. That’s all,” Joshi said.Even after the tussle between Lalit Modi and BCCI seems to have ebbed after Modi’s resignation, only time will tell whether cricket in Rajasthan will see an upward swing or not.last_img read more

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