65 Barlow St, Clayfield.More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home6 hours agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor6 hours agoA long hallway flows to the open-plan dining and living room, first passing a spacious formal lounge, secluded study and bathroom.Centrally located, the open-plan kitchen is well-appointed with timber finishes and streamlined white cabinetry. Caesarstone benchtops, a pantry, integrated fridge and European appliances, and kitchen island bench with breakfast bar create an enriching environment. Sliding glass doors extend the dining and living area out to a covered tiled patio with VJ walls and ceiling. It overlooks a backyard with an established garden with lawn, native plants and trees. 65 Barlow St, Clayfield.A QUEENSLANDER in one of the Brisbane suburbs most sought after by families has undergone a major lift after renovation.The four bedroom, four bathroom, double garage home at 65 Barlow St, Clayfield, is in the much sought-after Ascot State School zone.Listing agent Damon Warat of Ray White Ascot was marketing it as being “ahead of the competition” because of its newly completed renovation.“Filled with natural light and presented with consummate style, this three level home offers a low maintenance lifestyle well suited to everyday modern family needs,” according to Mr Warat. 65 Barlow St, Clayfield.The second floor, reached via a blackbutt timber staircase with white balustrade, houses four bedrooms including the main bedroom. This generous retreat has multiple windows, a built-in wardrobe and ensuite with double vanity and glass-enclosed shower. Two of the other bedrooms boast built-in wardrobes, while the remaining bedroom features a vaulted ceiling. These sleeping quarters share a modern bathroom. 65 Barlow St, Clayfield.Additional storage space is available on the ground floor in a tandem two-car garage and utility room with custom built-in closets. The laundry doubles as a fourth bathroom and has its own paved drying courtyard. Located on an elevated block in Ascot, this family residence is close to the Racecourse Rd dining and entertaining precinct, and Brisbane CBD. “The free-flowing layout presents exemplary style across all three levels, which offer a no-fuss and comfortable lifestyle suited to everyday family needs.” The home will be open for inspection from 11.45am to 12.15pm on Easter Saturday. 65 Barlow St, Clayfield.Large windows, thoughtfully-placed sunlights and high ceilings flood the residence with natural light, illuminating polished blackwood timber floors, decorative cornices and plantation shutters. Contemporary luxuries, such as ducted and zoned airconditioning and state-of-the-art Cbus lighting, compliment these elegant traditional features.
PensionsEurope is in talks with a number of companies in Europe and abroad to join its newly launched multinational advisory group, which aims to give large companies a voice on pensions-related issues.Speaking with IPE, Matti Leppäla, chief executive at PensionsEurope, said multinationals were an important part of the debate around pensions, confronted as they are by capital, reporting and governance requirements set under the revised IORP Directive, and the shift from defined benefit (DB) to defined contribution (DC).“We at PensionsEurope need to engage with many actors, including European social partners, financial market organisations and multinationals,” Leppäla said.“We have done so over the past two years, but that will now be done on a regular basis. That will help us create some alliances and strong relations.” Leppäla said PensionsEurope wanted to be “fully aware” of multinationals’ issues and the problems they faced as early as possible and on a wide variety of topics.“This group will enable multinationals to have a place within PensionsEurope with the view to discussing these issues on a regular basis,” he said.“They will be able to give us their opinion and their advice.”While Leppäla stressed that all the policy decisions would remain within PensionsEurope and its members, the advice received from multinationals would be “highly valued”.So far, five multinational pensions funds including Shell have joined the advisory group, which will be based in Paris.According to Leppäla, PensionsEurope is now in talks with other companies to join.Under the agreement set with PensionsEurope, the group will meet twice a year.One meeting will be in connection with the JP Morgan Pension Forum that takes place every year in Paris, while PensionsEurope will organise the other this spring.“The secretary of PensionsEurope will help the group organise its meetings and set its own agenda,” Leppäla said.“Once up and running, the multinationals within the group will meet to elect their own chair, who will hold the role for a period of two years, with the possibility of being re-elected at least once.” read more
Impending cyclical cost inflation could raise break-even costs in an otherwise healthy deepwater industry, energy analytics company Wood Mackenzie said in its latest report.Illustration; Image by: Berardo62; Source: Wikimedia – under the CC BY-SA 2.0 licenseIn a report published on Tuesday, WoodMac said that the deepwater industry appears in good health, following a sustained cost reduction through the downturn.However this hard work, according to the company, is in danger of being undone, as impending cyclical cost inflation could raise break-even costs once again.WoodMac’s data indicates that the cost of developing new deepwater barrels has fallen over 50% since 2013.The most important steps deepwater operators have taken to achieve lower costs, and therefore better returns, include downsizing projects, a greater focus on subsea tiebacks and brownfield developments over greenfield, reduced project lead times, reduced well counts, and more phasing of larger developments.Other steps include faster well completions, better project execution, and lower rig/service sector costs.The most competitive region is the Americas and in particular Brazil, Guyana, and the Gulf of Mexico, where over 50 billion boe of pre- and post-sanction deepwater developments are now profitable under an oil price of $60/bbl, based on break-even costs.Angus Rodger, research director at WoodMac, said: “One of the key drivers in cost reduction in deepwater projects is lower rig costs, which is a cyclical factor.“But more importantly, there have also been big structural changes, such as the faster drilling of wells. For example, in the US Gulf of Mexico, it now takes half the time to drill a deepwater well compared to 2014.”Also, better project execution reduced overspend and improved returns. The average deepwater project sanctioned between 2014 and 2016 has started-up around 5% under budget, compared to projects from 2006 to 2013 when cost overruns between 10 and 15% were the norm.WoodMac added that, encouraged by this progress and the growing importance of deepwater projects for future growth, the industry was increasing investment in the sector. Total annual deepwater capital expenditure is expected to rise from around $50 billion currently to nearly $60 billion by 2022. The company predicts that the rise will be driven by big projects in Guyana, Brazil, and Mozambique.But the increase in spend and activities will accelerate a return to cyclical cost inflation in the offshore sector. With total deepwater rig capacity expected to fall over the next few years – as older, less efficient units are scrapped – rig day rates could double by the early 2020s.“The return of cyclical inflation could see this epic period of deepwater cost reduction come to a close. The question now is how much of the ‘structural’ cost savings we have seen through the downturn will prove sustainable through the investment cycle, and which are just short-term company adaptions,” added Rodger. read more
NewsRegionalSports St Lucian named youth sports ambassador by: – May 24, 2012 Sharing is caring! Share Tweet Share 21 Views no discussions Share Delroy Alexander during an afterschool Junior Visionaries ProgrammeCASTRIES, St Lucia — The International Alliance for Youth Sports (IAYS) has officially selected Delroy Alexander of St Lucia as an international youth sports ambassador. By becoming an ambassador, Alexander joins a growing worldwide consortium comprised of dedicated individuals who are strong advocates of the power of sports in making a positive difference in the lives of children. “I feel so honoured to be part of the International Ambassador program,” said Alexander, who is chairman of the Sacred Sports Foundation, Inc. “Our team and our partners have been fortunate to have worked with so many great young people. It is their tremendous talent and drive that keeps us all focused on developing and working toward building sports programs that can continue to offer life affirming opportunities. It is great to feel part of a worldwide network, so we can learn from our peers around the world and share our experiences as we play together in sport.”IAYS is the international division of the National Alliance for Youth Sports (NAYS), America’s leading advocate for sports for children. IAYS is committed to building the value of sports in countries around the world by uniting like-minded individuals as ambassadors for their respective countries. Along with the efforts of these specially selected ambassadors, IAYS utilizes strategic partnerships with worldwide organizations such as the Peace Corps and Children International to help make a positive difference in young lives through sports.“The innovative work that the Sacred Sports Foundation is undertaking in St Lucia and the Caribbean is something with which we are proud to be associated,” said John Nauright, director of the Academy of International Sport at George Mason University. “SSF chairman Delroy Alexander has been a valuable member of our inaugural Global Advisory Board and continues to be an active advocate for youth development in the Caribbean.” “The Sacred Sports Foundation has been a key factor with regards to the technical development programs that have been implemented by the St Lucia Football Association in recent years,” said Dick Howard, FIFA technical advisor. “A professional approach both on and off the field has ensured that players of all ages and ability have had the opportunity to be the best they can be in all aspects of the game.”It remains IAYS’ goal to identify individuals who are committed to the belief that sports play an important and positive role in the physical, emotional and social development of children. IAYS believes that sports activities have immense value and can be the ultimate outdoor classroom for some of life’s greatest lessons – and the individuals selected as ambassadors will have a united and powerful voice in making that vision become a reality.Individuals chosen as an ambassador will also be given opportunities to attend NAYS’ annual Youth Sports Congress held in the US in order to learn about the state of youth sports from US administrators as well as share ideas and gain insight from other ambassadors worldwide. “Sports truly are the outdoor classroom of life because they give children the opportunity to learn many important values that they will carry with them throughout their life,” said Fred Engh, founder and president of NAYS. “All children, regardless of the environment they’re living in or the adversities they’re facing, love to play and we have a responsibility to help every single one of them experience the true power of sports. By being identified as an international youth sports ambassador one becomes a vehicle for promoting this message and bringing quality youth sports experiences to the millions of children who so desperately need it.”Ambassadors will have access to an array of training materials to help local organizations in their country learn how to promote the value and importance sports can have in children’s lives; the importance of quality education and effective strategies educating youth sports administrators; and ways to help sustain and obtain the necessary resources in order to continue youth sports initiatives in one’s country and respective communities.For more information on being recognized as an IAYS Youth Sports Ambassador, visit www.iays.org or email email@example.comCaribbean News Now read more
Both teams were strong on the mound on Thursday, but Connersville was just a little bit stronger at the plate in a victory over the Bulldogs on Thursday. Riley Zink started the game for Bulldogs, only gave up three hits and struck out six.One bright spot for Batesville was a single by Quinn Werner in the first inning, which did not result in any runs.Huffman was the winning pitcher for Connersville. He lasted four innings, allowing three hits and zero runs while striking out one. Ura hrew three innings in relief out of the bullpen. He recorded the last nine outs to earn the save for Connersville.Zink took the loss for the Bulldogs. He lasted six innings, allowing three hits and two runs while striking out six.Brayden Linkel, Quinn Werner, Sam Voegele, and Brayden Linkel each managed one hit each to lead Batesville.The loss results in the Bulldogs being 3-1 on the year and 1-1 in the EIAC.Courtesy of Bulldogs Coach Justin Tucker.The Batesville JV Baseball team got back in the win column Thursday evening when they beat Connersville for the second time this week scoring double didgits in runs. They won by a final score of 16 to 12.The Bulldogs had a multi hit game from Travis Lecher, Nolan Williams, Cole Werner, Lleyton Ratcliffe, Zach Wade, and Jacob Meer each getting two hits. Travis Lecher accounted for the team leader 3 RBI’s in the contest.Nolan Williams got the win in relief. He went a solid 5.1 innings striking out 6 Spartans.The JV Baseball team will be back on the diamond on Saturday with a doubleheader against Union County.Courtesy of Bulldogs Coach Jason Meyer. read more
“I am the first one that wants the team to play well but we have to win competitions. “This team is a young team with lots of years in front of them, but we are trying this season to make some history by winning something.” Mourinho said he felt for his opposite number Garry Monk, who was without three midfielders in Leon Britton, Jonjo Shelvey and Ki Sung-yueng and who was forced to play Gylfi Sigurdsson in an unfamiliar deeper role. Swansea also appeared to carry a hangover following the £25million midweek sale of top scorer Wilfried Bony and Monk later apologised for a performance which never recovered from Sigurdsson losing possession inside the first minute for Oscar to open the scoring. “I said sorry to Jose that I couldn’t give him a game today,” Monk said. “It was a horrible performance and the first 45 minutes was our worst of the season. “It’s difficult to make those mistakes continuously and against a Chelsea side like that it magnifies it even more. “We didn’t give fans the performance we wanted and I can only apologise because it’s my team and I take full responsibility for that.” But Monk insisted that Swansea’s heaviest home defeat since a 6-1 thrashing to Wigan in April 1991 would not derail a league campaign which has seen them placed in the top 10 all season. “The good thing is we’re still in a good position and I don’t worry about the long-term because I know the characters in that dressing room,” Monk said. “It’s one performance we have to reflect on and learn from but every time we’ve had a disappointment we’ve reacted straight away and this defeat won’t define our season.” “To score a goal in the first minute makes an immediate difference. To be 4-0 up at half-time is not game over, especially in the Premier League, but it’s a good situation to control and we did that in the second half. “I was on the bench saying they were similar goals in terms of principles as the one we scored against Burnley in the first game of the season. “The team is playing with high quality and has a clear identity of playing. Sometimes teams are good and play well without the clear identity, but all this season we are going in a certain direction and have a certain kind of way to play football.” Chelsea’s win opened up a five-point lead on their nearest challengers Manchester City, who entertain Arsenal at the Etihad Stadium on Sunday, but Mourinho felt the victory would not increase the pressure on Manuel Pellegrini’s chasers. “I don’t think they feel it (pressure),” Mourinho said. “They have to win but they know that. “We don’t feel pressure, we feel responsibility, and for them it’s not a problem. “A team like them with the experience they have – much more than us – it’s not a problem. “I keep saying the same to my players and they have to understand it, there is no history without titles so if we play fantastically well and we don’t win cups in 20 years time no one will remember this team. Jose Mourinho hailed the “perfect game” after his Chelsea side underlined their Barclays Premier League title credentials by sweeping aside Swansea 5-0 at the Liberty Stadium. Oscar and Diego Costa both scored twice in the first half to put Chelsea in cruise control before substitute Andre Schurrle grabbed a fifth goal 11 minutes from time to ensure Swansea suffered their heaviest home defeat for 24 years. “It was a perfect game, everything went in our direction,” Chelsea manager Mourinho said. Press Association read more
Press Association Arsenal reclaimed top spot in the Barclays Premier League with a goalless draw at Stoke on an afternoon when both goalkeepers earned the plaudits. His heroics were then emulated by a man 11 years his senior as Petr Cech kept out Joselu and Bojan Krkic in quick succession before saving with his feet from the former late on to record the 172nd Premier League clean sheet of his career. The Gunners were without German midfielder Ozil, the man leading the Premier League in assists, due to a foot injury while Alexis Sanchez was not included either despite nearing a return from a hamstring problem. Ozil posted a picture on Twitter of him watching the game from a sofa and it was clear his team-mates were missing his guile in the opening 45 minutes in Staffordshire. And while Stoke are a far different proposition from the Tony Pulis sides which used to cause the Gunners such problems, there was also little evidence of the attacking verve that had dismantled both Manchester clubs and Chelsea here this term. The only early glimpse of their creativity came 20 minutes in when Marko Arnautovic’s flick around the corner was blasted wide by Ibrahim Afellay. Moments later Joel Campbell’s incisive pass at the other end set Giroud through one-on-one and Butland rushed out and made himself big to block the Frenchman’s left-footed try. Joe Hart’s England deputy was needed again before the interval to help Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain’s shaped shot over the crossbar, with the Southampton academy graduate seeing a shot from the resulting corner diverted wide by an unsuspecting Laurent Koscielny. The two sides entered the break on level terms, after Stoke had been 3-0 ahead at the same point in last season’s fixture, and only another fine Butland save prevented Arsenal from taking the lead 66 seconds after the restart. The Gunners needed just a point to nudge back ahead of Manchester City and Leicester at a stadium where they have only won once in the Premier League era, and they were attempting to break their Britannia Stadium hoodoo without injured playmaker Mesut Ozil. Only the brilliance of Stoke keeper Jack Butland stopped them entering the half-time interval ahead as he spread himself to thwart Olivier Giroud in a one-on-one situation. From Aaron Ramsey’s corner Giroud lost Ryan Shawcross and guided his header down towards the near post only to see Butland get across and frustrate him once more. Referee Craig Pawson was keeping his cards in his pocket in an increasingly scrappy game, and he remained unmoved for half-hearted penalty shouts against Philipp Wollscheid on Giroud and Theo Walcott. Butland’s counterpart Cech then came to the fore with a brilliant double save as Arnautovic led a four-on-three break from Stoke’s midfield. The Austrian fed Joselu, who cut on to his right foot, took aim from the edge of the box and forced Cech into a terrific one-handed save, with the 33-year-old then springing back up to prevent Bojan from squeezing the rebound in at the near post. The Potters nearly mustered a late winner when Jonathan Walters’ header from a corner was cleared off the line by Ramsey before Cech stopped Joselu once more, this time with an outstretched leg. TWEET OF THE MATCH “#Goalkeepers showing their class tonight, @PetrCech @JackButland_One” – former Arsenal and England keeper David Seaman knows a thing or two about the art and enjoyed what he saw ( https://twitter.com/thedavidseaman/status/688774986484576256). PLAYER RATINGS Stoke Jack Butland: 8 Glen Johnson: 6 Ryan Shawcross: 7 Philipp Wollscheid: 6 Erik Pieters: 6 Glenn Whelan: 7 Ibrahim Afellay: 7 Jonathan Walters: 6 Bojan Krkic: 5 Marko Arnautovic: 5 Joselu: 8 Subs: Mame Diouf: 7 Charlie Adam: 6 Marco van Ginkel: 6 Arsenal Petr Cech: 8 Hector Bellerin: 6 Laurent Koscielny: 7 Per Mertesacker: 7 Nacho Monreal: 6 Aaron Ramsey: 6 Mathieu Flamini: 6 Joel Campbell: 6 Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain: 7 Theo Walcott: 5 Olivier Giroud: 6 Subs Alex Iwobi: 5 Calum Chambers: 5 STAR MAN Jack Butland. Arsenal counterpart Petr Cech ran him very close in the end, but it was the Stoke and England goalkeeper – not for the first time this season – who produced the real stand-out performance. Made three key saves, twice denying Olivier Giroud either side of keeping out an Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain shot. MOMENT OF THE MATCH Cech saves from Joselu. Having done a great job of containing Arsenal, Stoke almost stole a victory in the closing seconds of the game – but after Aaron Ramsey cleared off the line from Jonathan Walters, Cech stuck out a vital foot to block Joselu’s rebound effort. VIEW FROM THE BENCH This really has been a bogey ground for Arsenal over the years, so while possibly frustrated that his side could not make the most of their chances, Gunners boss Arsene Wenger will surely be content enough with a point that takes them back to the top of the Premier League. Stoke manager Mark Hughes will be delighted to have seen his men once again cause problems for high-profile opponents. MOAN OF THE MATCH Stoke fans booing Ramsey. Abuse directed towards Wenger from the Britannia Stadium stands might be understandable to a degree given some of his comments, but the grief Ramsey gets at this ground is not. It relates to an incident in which the Arsenal midfielder suffered a horrific broken leg – and that incident was six years ago. WHO’S UP NEXT? Leicester v STOKE, Premier League, Saturday January 23. ARSENAL v Chelsea, Premier League, Sunday January 24. The goalkeepers were the focus of the post-match discussion and Hughes told Sky Sports 1: “They had to make key saves, but that’s why you have top-class keepers. “Cech’s been a top-class keeper for many years and we’ve all seen the potential of Jack – I think he’ll be at the stature of Cech in the future.” Cech said: “We did well in the first half and had the chance to score but Jack made a good save. “The second half the momentum shifted a little, they had some chances but he made another good save from the (Giroud) header. “I was pleased with my contribution, in the second half I managed to keep it 0-0. “We could have won, we could have lost so we’ll take the point. We were coming here hearing we were going to lose again, but we showed we can compete and we’ll take the point and move on. We’re in the position we wanted to be.” Butland said of his first-half save from Arsenal’s frontman: “Giroud got in a good position and you’ve got to assess whether you can make the ground up and make the block. I thought I could impact his decision and thankfully I got a block on it. “The second one, at the start of the second half, you’re not wanting to lose that momentum.” On his opposite number, he added: “His record speaks for itself but what impressed me was that in the first half he had no saves to make, but in the second half when they came under pressure he was there when they needed him. “It’s not just the saves, it’s how you relieve the pressure on your defence.” read more
ST JOHN’S, Antigua, ( CMC) – A familiar batting meltdown thwarted West Indies A’s pursuit of a modest total and sent them crashing to a disappointing 65-run loss to India A, in the opening 50-over clash here Thursday.Chasing 191 for victory at Coolidge Cricket Ground, the hosts collapsed for 125 in the 36th over with left-hander Jonathan Carter hitting a defiant unbeaten 41 and Rovman Powell hammering a breezy 41.They were the only specialist batsmen to reach double figures and only two of three overall. Windies A were slumping at 30 for four in the 10th over before recovering to reach 95 without further loss.And they looked to be regaining their composure when a second collapse followed, with the last six wickets falling for 30 runs.West Indies A were hurt by the outstanding left-arm seamer Khaleel Ahmed who claimed three for 16 while left-arm spinner Axar Patel (2-16), leg-spinner Rahul Chahar (2-32) and 19-year-old off-spinner Washington Sundar (2-37) chipped in with two wickets each.Captain Roston Chase had earlier snatched four for 19 with his steady off-spin as India also found the going difficult and were dismissed for 190 with seven balls remaining in the innings.Shreyas Iyer, batting at number three, top-scored with 77 in a knock requiring 107 deliveries and including eight fours and a six.He put on 95 for the fourth wicket with Hanuma Vihari (34) to dig his side out of trouble at 22 for three in the eighth over.Fast bowler Akeem Jordan, who took three for 43, was behind West Indies A’s strong start, removing Ruturaj Gaikwad (3) and captain Manish Pandey (4) cheaply.Vihari had faced 63 balls and counted four fours in the rebuilding effort when he played back to one that turned and was bowled by Cornwall in the 31st over.Chase then ran through the lower order as India A lost their last six wickets for 56 runs.Any hopes West Indies A harboured of an uncomplicated victory were then ruined with a clatter of early wickets. With only three runs on the board, Sunil Ambris shuffled across to the third ball of the innings from seamer Deepak Chahar and was unfortunate to be adjudged lbw to one sliding down leg.Left-handed opener John Campbelle followed in the fourth over, missing a pull at Khaleel Ahmed and playing on for four while Shane Dowrich nicked one that left him to be caught at the wicket for nine off the bowler’s next over.When Chase was also squared up by Khaleel Ahmed and caught at the wicket for seven in the 10th over, Windies A were in dire straits.But Carter and Powell came to their rescue, posting 65 for the fifth wicket to put the contest back into the balance.While Carter exercised caution in a 98-ball knock that included a single boundary, Powell was more cavalier, striking three fours and two sixes in a 40-ball cameo.However, once Powell slashed at one tossed up by Rahul Chahar and was taken at first slip on the second attempt by Vihari, the Windies A resistance ceased.The second match of the series is scheduled for the Vivian Richards Cricket Ground on Sunday.INDIAR Gaikwad c Pierre b Jordan 3S Gill c Chase b Shepherd 10S Iyer run out 77*M Pandey b Jordan 4H Vihari b Cornwall 34+I Kishan c Chase b Jordan 16Axar Patel c Powell b Chase 17W Sundar not out 10D Chahar lbw b Chase 0R Chahar c Powell b Chase 8Khaleel Ahmed c Jordan b Chase 9Extras (lb1, w1) 2TOTAL (all out, 48.5 overs) 190Fall of wickets: 1-11, 2-18, 3-22, 4-117, 5-134, 6-153, 7-167, 8-167, 9-177, 10-190.Bowling: Shepherd 7-1-13-1, Jordan 10-1-43-3, Powell 3-0-16-0, Reifer 6-1-30-0, Cornwall 10-0-41-1, Pierre 6-0-27-0, Chase 6.5-0-19-4.WEST INDIES AJ Campbell b Khaleel Ahmed 4S Ambris lbw b D Chahar 0+S Dowrich c wkp Kishan b Khaleel Ahmed 9*R Chase c wkp Kishan b Khaleel Ahmed 7J Carter not out 41R Powell c Vihari b R Chahar 41R Reifer b Sundar 1R Cornwall c Khaleel Ahmed b R Chahar 0R Shepherd c Pandey b Sundar 1K Pierre c wkp Kishan b A Patel 1A Jordan lbw b Axar Patel 0Extras (lb1, w4, nb4) 9TOTAL (all out 125, 35.5 overs) 125Fall of wickets: 1-3, 2-13, 3-18, 4-30, 5-95, 6-96, 7-97, 8-102, 9-125, 10-125.Bowling: D Chahar 5-0-23-1, Khaleel Ahmed 8-1-6-3, R Chahar 7-0-32-2, Axar Patel 5.5-0-16-2, Sundar 10-1-37-2. read more
Trevon Hughes and the Wisconsin Badgers hope to knock off their third straight ACC squad tonight.[/media-credit]Wisconsin basketball senior guard Jason Bohannon assured reporters Monday after practice that while the Duke game Wednesday night will be a great competition, in the end, it is just another game on the schedule.Yeah, right.In hosting the Blue Devils as part of the Big Ten/ACC Challenge — an event the Big Ten conference has lost every year since its inception in 1999 — the Badgers get the chance to score a major nonconference win, along with gaining a little revenge from the last time these two teams met.Facing off at Cameron Indoor Stadium for the aforementioned challenge in 2007, the Badgers left Duke with an embarrassing 82-58 loss — by far their largest deficit in any defeat that season.Still, UW head coach Bo Ryan refused to acknowledge how the past could affect his team Wednesday night.“You know, I really haven’t looked at that one that much because this is a different team,” he said. “We got into a foul trouble. [Duke] shot lights out. … You look at, and you can’t; if you overreact to one game or underplay a game, it’s probably not very good for the overall psyche of your players.”At the very least, senior point guard Trevon Hughes conceded he was looking forward to the rematch with one of the ACC’s perennial top two teams.“I was surprised, I didn’t think we would get Duke again, playing them two years ago,” Hughes said. “I’m glad we did — I need to redeem myself. The guys that are here, we lost at their place and we feel like we owe them something.”Coming in as the No. 6 team in the nation, the Blue Devils have already scored strong wins over Arizona State and, most recently, then-No. 13 Connecticut in the NIT Season Tip-Off last weekend.Holding opponents to an average of 58.2 points per game, Duke boasts its usual sound defense.Usually known as an extreme ball pressure team, however, this version of the Blue Devils relies less on quickness and more on length into bothering their opponents for tough shots.“Well, they do a lot of different,” Ryan said. “They can extend if they want, or they can give a lot of help. So we prepare for everything. We prepare for zone. We’re not going to go into a game not running in our practices, which is all you can do — a little bit of everything.”Much like the Badgers, the Blue Devils boast a starting five all capable of going off on any given night, and utilize a balanced attack that has four players averaging double digits in points.A beneficiary of multiple options on the wings and down low, 6-foot-5-inch point guard Jon Scheyer has racked up an impressive 31 assists compared to only three turnovers through six games.After winning the battle against Maryland’s Greivis Vasquez last Wednesday, Hughes will most likely draw the task of limiting Scheyer’s effectiveness.“They have a point guard that is really a ‘two’ guard and he can really stroke it,” Hughes said. “Before Connecticut, I don’t believe he had any turnovers (Editor’s note: he had one), so you know he is going to take care of the ball.“That is tremendous; a shooting guard might win the national point guard of the year.”Having already beaten one ACC foe in Maryland, and holding on for a classic ugly-but-strong win over Arizona in the Maui Invitational last week, Wisconsin feels the trip to Hawaii helped prepare them for a challenge like Duke in a way no game tape and practice ever could.Playing three games in three nights, the Badgers were mentally and physically tested to help prepare them for the challenge of a top 10 team.“We learned a lot as a team,” Bohannon said. “We did a lot of back-cutting, a lot of good things away from the ball. We got the ball in the post and we stuck with our game plan during games. … Oftentimes when we stray from the game plan that is when we lost games, and we didn’t.” read more
Photo © – Tipp FM It was his first tournament since pulling out of the US Masters with injury – McIlroy says his resilience is incredible. Rory McIlroy says there’s no sign of Dustin Johnson’s gap at the top of the world golf rankings narrowing.He leads McIlroy by nearly five points, with the five players below them separated by just over half a point.Johnson narrowly missed out on a fifth straight win at the weekend.