Bielema evaluates home opener, prepares for ASU

first_imgDespite a spotless 2-0 record, the Badgers remain far from satisfied as inexcusable mistakes against San Jose State leave the team in a hurry to clean up its act before tougher competition arrives.[/media-credit]A record of 2-0 is a record that any football coach would like to have two games into a season.But when those two wins come against opponents with inferior talent and your team makes major mistakes in both games, it’s a cause for concern. Bret Bielema understands however, that this can be a learning tool.“A great teaching film,” Bielema said. “Because there were some things that popped up that we can clean up.”The Badgers have quite a bit of cleaning up to do but there were plenty of positives to pick up from the Badgers performances so far this season. J.J. Watt, the 6-foot-6-inch, 292-pound junior defensive lineman, has been on fire through the first two games of the season and he’s fulfilling the preseason hype that was draped on him.“He’s been all over the place. High motor, high intensity, doing everything we asked him to do” Bielema said.John Clay has also played up to his high expectations coming into the season, with 260 yards and four touchdowns in the first two games. Bielema called his attitude and play on Saturday “encouraging” and added that San Jose State “came up and supported the run very well.”The Badgers have one of the most respected power running games in the country, but Bielema admitted his running backs had an off-day. When considering mistakes such as James White’s crucial fumble in opposing territory, as well as errors in footwork, such as Montee Ball being tripped on Tolzien’s feet, the picture Bielema was trying to paint in his statements becomes clearer. Also, much of the performance offensively has been positive, but the team has made small errors in crucial situations that have negated much of their success.“The main issue I’ve had is with the red zone inconsistencies,” Bielema said.The red zone is where offenses succeed or fail, and Bielema knows it.The missing menOne thing that will hopefully help the badgers for the Arizona State game at Camp Randall Saturday will be the possible return of some key players that were absent last week due to injury. Nick Toon and Chris Borland, both of whom were missing from Saturday’s game, may play against Arizona State, as well as Josh Oglesby, who missed much of last weeks game due to a knee injury midway through the game.“You really saw the loss of No. 44 (Borland) out there pressuring the passer,” Bielema said.Bielema described Borland as being day-to-day, and perhaps the most encouraging injury news of the day was that senior receiver David Gilreath was released from the hospital with just a concussion. The bone-jarring tackle in which a second San Jose State defender made incidental helmet-to-helmet contact with Gilreath appeared much worse than it actually was. Gilreath was carted off the field, and though his concussion will likely keep him out of the next game, the news is definitely better than expected.The Badgers are a deep team, mostly thanks to Bielema’s emphasis on second team reps in practices. He told his players that eight of the Badgers current starters, including Lance Kendricks, John Moffit, and Oglesby, and Borland made their first collegiate start because of injury to the man above them in the depth chart.A Worthy OpponentBielema has spoken with reverence of ASU coach Dennis Erickson leading up the Saturday’s matchup.“He’s a football coach who has had success in so many different areas,” Bielema said. “Someone who’s helped make this profession what it is today.”Bielema compared ASU’s spread offense to the Big Ten attacks utilized by Northwestern, Indiana and Michigan. If the Badgers want to truly prepare for the grind of their hearty Big Ten conference schedule, Saturday’s game may be a good place to start.last_img read more

Lewis Hamilton wins F1 world title

first_imgLewis Hamilton clinched his second drivers’ World Championship with a comfortable victory in the season-ending Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.The 2008 champion became only the fourth Briton to win two world titles.Hamilton, second in qualifying, took the lead at the start and controlled the race, as Mercedes team-mate and title rival Nico Rosberg suffered car trouble and finished 14th.”This is the greatest day of my life,” the 29 year-old said.”2008 was a great year in my life. The feeling I have now is way, way past that. The greatest feeling ever.”Hamilton moves level with Britons Jim Clark and Graham Hill on two titles, and is one behind Sir Jackie Stewart. Play media The moment Hamilton clinched the titleHe joins a number of other drivers on two titles, including his great contemporary rival Fernando Alonso. Michael Schumacher is the all-time record holder with seven, while the most successful current driver is Sebastian Vettel on four.Rosberg, who started on pole, was left struggling by the failure of his hybrid system. With two laps to go, he was told to retire by his engineers at Mercedes but said: “I would like to go to the end.”As Hamilton crossed the line, Prince Harry, attending the race, took to the team radio to say: “Lewis, well done for not making the British public sweat. You are an absolute legend.” Hamilton stood on his car to celebrate after he returned to the pits and then went over to embrace girlfriend Nicole Scherzinger and his family, who had flown in for the race day to support him.Watch race highlights, tonight, Sun 23 Nov, 19:00-20:00 GMT, BBC ThreeThe Englishman’s win was his 11th of the season, compared to Rosberg’s five, and he finished 67 points clear at the top of the title standings. It was the 33rd win of Hamilton’s career, moving him clear of his great rival Fernando Alonso into fifth in the all-time list.Rosberg, who entered the race needing to win and hope Hamilton finished lower than second in order to win the title, was never in the position he needed to overhaul his rival. Play media Lewis Hamilton: Second championship doesn’t feel realWhile Hamilton made a perfect start to the day-night race under the setting sun at the impressive Yas Marina circuit, Rosberg’s Mercedes bogged down and the Briton was into the lead well before braking for the first corner.Hamilton completed the first lap 1.2 seconds in front, and inched clear until he was 2.7 seconds in front by the time he made his first pit stop on lap 10, always giving the impression of being in control.The gap stayed at about that margin until lap 23, about half-distance, when Rosberg suffered a failure of the energy recovery system on his Mercedes. From then on, it was a matter of damage limitation for Rosberg, who asked his team to tell him what he needed to do to finish in the top five – the result that would give him the title should Hamilton retire.Lewis Hamilton shares a kiss with girlfriend Nicole Scherzinger”How’s it looking, to be in the position I need if Lewis has a problem?” Rosberg asked after about 34 laps.”It’s not looking good, Nico,” his engineer Tony Ross told him. “What the hell does that mean?” Rosberg replied plaintively. “What times do I need to do?””Just drive flat out,” he was told.But lacking 160bhp for 33 seconds of the lap, Rosberg was helpless as he slipped down the field, battling problems with his brakes, which were put under extra strain as a result of his problems.Hamilton is only the fourth British driver to win more than one world title Williams took a double podium with Valtteri Bottas taking third, ahead of Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo, who drove brilliantly to take fourth after starting from the pit lane because both Red Bulls were found to be illegal after qualifying.Jenson Button took fifth for McLaren in what could be the final race of an illustrious career – the team have yet to choose whether Button or team-mate Kevin Magnussen will partner Fernando Alonso, who is moving from Ferrari, in 2015.Play media Rosberg hopes hit by mechanical problemThe Force India team used an inverted tyre strategy to take a strong sixth and seventh with Nico Hulkenberg and Sergio Perez.Ricciardo’s team-mate Sebastian Vettel, who also started from the pit lane, was eighth.Alonso, in his last race for Ferrari took ninth, ahead of team-mate Kimi Raikkonen and Magnussen.Hamilton said he needed to go for a run to clear his head after waking up earlyAs the sun set on the Yas Marina Circuit, Hamilton’s lightning start saw him take the lead early onHopes of a tense battle between the Mercedes drivers were dashed as Rosberg hit technical problemsHamilton went on to win the race and ended the season 67 points ahead of his team-mateIt was “hammer time” for the Mercedes driver as he flew the union flag on his slow-down lapHamilton thanked his engineers for sticking by him throughout his title winning seasonHamilton said on the podium it was “the greatest day of my life”Non-alcoholic champagne was flowing freely on the podium – drinking alcohol in public is banned in Abu When Rosberg hit trouble, Mercedes put Hamilton’s car into conservative settings and the tension he was feeling as he neared his goal became apparent when he said: “Please don’t turn up the car – I am comfortable. I can go faster if I need to.”Williams took a shot at beating Hamilton to the race win by putting second-placed Felipe Massa on to super-soft tyres for a short final stint at his final stop with 12 laps to go.Massa closed to within nine seconds of Hamilton with eight laps to go and kept reducing the gap but Hamilton controlled his pace to ensure he had plenty of margin in hand to keep Massa at bay.last_img read more

WPIAL pre-season preview: Gateway, Thomas Jefferson, Aliquippa and Sto-Rox favorites

first_imgSTANDINGS ELIJAH ZEISE, N. Allegheny MONTAE NICHOLSON, Gateway AAAA Preseason rankings1.    Gateway2.   Woodland Hills3.    North Allegheny4.    Central Catholic5.    McKeesportAAAA Player of the YearJ.J. Cosentino Central CatholicAAA Preseason rankings1.    Thomas Jefferson2.    West Allegheny3.    New Castle4.    West Mifflin5.    Central ValleyAAA Player of the Year—Jimmy Wheeler West MifflinAA Preseason rankings1.    Aliquippa2.    Washington3.    Shady Side Academy4.    South Fayette5.    Beaver FallsAA Player of the Year—Shai McKenzie WashingtonMILES SANDERS, Woodland Hills The Woodland Hills Wolverines won 10 or more games in three of the last four seasons, reaching Heinz Field three times. The Wolverines features one of the state’s top two-way players in Harry Randall, a receiver/defensive back, and he’s joined by other rising seniors, including Chris David, Trevon Mathis and Daechaud Ausbrooks on defense. One name to keep an eye on offensively is running back Miles Sanders. Only a sophomore, Sanders rushed for 738 yards and 11 touchdowns in 2012.Central Catholic is led by quarterback and Florida State recruit J.J. Cosentino. Cosentino will be throwing to Shafer Swann, the son of Steelers Hall of Fame receiver Lynn Swann. He will hand the football off to Luigi Lista-Brinza and Grant Foster, the son of Steelers single-season rushing record holder Barry Foster.center_img It seems so hard to believe that we’ve not seen Thomas Jefferson with a PIAA playoff appearance since its last state championship in 2008. TJ will field a very experienced group. The team’s five leading rushers’ return, including Jake Farrell, who rushed for more than 800 yards in 2012, and Michigan recruit Chase Winovich spearheads the defense.West Mifflin has the fastest running back in the WPIAL in Jimmy Wheeler, who rushed for more than 2,000 yards and scored 29 touchdowns in 2012.Malik Hooker, of New Castle, should garnish a lot of All-American votes at the end of the season. Hooker is an Ohio State recruit and plays receiver and defensive back.The Aliquippa Quips, winners of 648 games and 15 WPIAL championships, have only a state championship on their minds. Dravon Henry and Terry Swanson return in the offensive backfield, as does star two-way lineman Jaleel Fields, tight end Donovan Cobb, and Andrew Barton and Tyler Turner defensively, among others. A Preseason rankings1.    Sto-Rox2.    North Catholic3.    Rochester4.    Monessen5.    ClairtonA Player of the Year—Brendan Blair Sto-Rox Gateway, Thomas Jefferson, Aliquippa and Sto-RoxTERRY SWANSON and  DRAVON HENRY – Aliquippa Before a block was thrown in preseason camp, the Gateway Gators had more than their share of pressure. The resignation of Athletic Director, coach and offensive guru Terry Smith marked the end of an era and now a new regime begins headed by Donnie Milizer. Coach Milizer inherited perhaps the most talented Gateway team in school history.The talent includes Temple recruits Delvon Randall, Anthony Davis and Brenon Thrift, West Virginia recruit Ricky Rogers and highly prized Division I prospect Montae Nicholson.SHAI MCKENZIE, WASHINGTONlast_img read more

Tiger starts British Open with 3-under 69

first_imgTiger Woods of the US plays a shot off the 8th tee during the first day of the British Open Golf championship at the Royal Liverpool golf club, Hoylake, England, Thursday July 17, 2014. (AP Photo/Peter Morrison)HOYLAKE, England (AP) — Tiger Woods is back at the majors.Seems like he was never away.After a shaky start to the British Open, Woods ripped through Royal Liverpool on Thursday much like he did eight years ago, when he won the claret jug for the third time. A 30-foot birdie from the fringe of the 11th green got him going. Four more birdies in the next five holes carried Woods to a 3-under 69, leaving him just three shots behind Rory McIlroy.Not bad for a guy playing his first major of the year, who went months without being able to swing a club after back surgery.“I’m only going to get better,” Woods said. “I’m getting stronger, I’m getting faster, I’m getting more explosive. The ball is starting to travel again. And those are all positive things.”For McIlroy, it was another blistering start.The question now: Can he keep it going?McIlroy took advantage of the prime scoring conditions more than anyone, a 66 putting him in the familiar position of first-round leader. He has played the opening round in a cumulative 55-under par this year, including three 63s and a course-record 64 at last week’s Scottish Open.But McIlroy failed to win any of those events, largely because of what he calls his “second-round thing,” an acknowledged mental block that he’s struggling to overcome.His total score on Fridays — 15 over.“Maybe it’s having higher expectations going out on a Friday because you shot a low round,” said McIlroy, whose goal now is “to put those expectations aside.”Woods, who has been stuck on 14 major titles for more than six years, is just happy to be playing after March 31 surgery kept him out of the Masters and the U.S. Open.He bogeyed the first two holes on a mild, sunny day with only a hint of a breeze rippling the flags. Down the stretch, he looked more like the player who went 18 under the last time golf’s oldest major was held at this course along the Irish Sea.“I felt good about a lot of things I did out there,” said Woods, who played the back nine in 4-under 33. “Especially coming back after that start I had today, to fight myself back into the championship. I feel pretty good about it.”The conditions were a far cry from 2006, when he won on dry, fiery course that made the grass more brown than green. This time, Royal Liverpool was lush and relatively soft after intermittent rain on Wednesday.Matteo Manassero made only one bogey and also shot 33 after the turn, taking advantage of a quirk in the course which puts three par-5s in the closing nine. He birdied them all for a 67.He wasn’t the only Italian in the thick of things. Brothers Edoardo and Francesco Molinari opened with matching 68s.“I saw the leaderboard,” said Francesco, the younger of the siblings. “But it’s a tough course, so you have to focus on what you are doing rather than the others are doing — even if it’s your brother.”Also at 68 were Spain’s Sergio Garcia and a pair of Americans, Jim Furyk and Brooks Koepka. Another shot back, Woods was joined at 69 by countrymen Rickie Fowler and Jimmy Walker; Japan’s Hideki Matsuyama, Koumei Oda and Yoshinobu Tsukada; Sweden’s Robert Karlsson; and Marc Leishman of Australia.“I didn’t play fantastic, but the course is out there to make some birdies on,” said Karlsson, who teed off in the first group of the day at 6:25 a.m.Defending champion Phil Mickelson and the world’s top-ranked player, Adam Scott, had afternoon tee times.Scott got off to a strong start, following up at birdie at the fourth with an eagle on the par-5 fifth.Woods returned to action three weeks ago at Congressional, but missed the cut. It looked as though he might be headed to a similar fate when his second shot of the day settled in one of the treacherous pot bunkers, leading to bogey. At No. 2, he knocked a long putt about 6 feet past the hole, and then missed the comebacker to take his score to 2 over.Woods took advantage of the only par-5 on the front side for his first birdie. But it was that long putt at the 11th that seemed to spark his round, the first of three straight birdies. After another bogey at the 14th, set up by an errant tee shot into the hay, Woods made two more birdies.The last three Open champions have all been in their early 40s, but there were a bunch of 20-somethings — McIlroy, Manassero, Koepka, Fowler, Matsuyama — in the mix on Thursday.Koepka, a 24-year-old who began his pro career in Europe, is ready for a youth movement.“I hope someone in their 20s wins,” he said. “I hope it’s me.”___Follow Paul Newberry on Twitter at read more

Intercity Transit Wants You to get Noticed this Season

first_imgFacebook0Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Intercity TransitThe season’s short, wet days make pedestrians and bicyclists less visible to drivers. To help you be safe and be seen, Intercity Transit is providing free, reflective-safety lights this December when you buy your monthly pass at the Olympia Transit Center.Your safety is a top priority at Intercity Transit. Reflective clothing and lights can help make you more visible. Help ensure your safety by using:Lights:Waiting at a bus stop: Use a flashlight, light up your cell phone, or wear a flashing safety light to ensure that our drivers can see you.Bicycling: State law requires the use of a white headlamp and a red rear reflector or tail light when it’s dark.Walking or running: Wear a headlamp, carry a flashlight, or wear flashing safety lights.Flashing lights appear brighter and draw attention faster than steady lights. Add them to shoes, backpacks, coats or jacket sleeves, purse straps and anywhere else you can think of.Reflective clothing and gear:Jackets, vests, caps, gloves and more with reflective features are great options to increase your visibility.Reflective tape or bands are inexpensive options that can be added to outfits, backpacks umbrellas and more.Highly-visible umbrellas help you stand out (and keep you dry).Reflective backpack covers help keep contents dry and make you more visible.Safety lights will be available free with the purchase of a monthly bus pass at the Olympia Transit Center during December while supplies last. After December, safety lights may be purchased for $2last_img read more

Wild ride for Bombers as Mt. Baker wins LVR tournament

first_imgThe L.V. Rogers Bombers wasted a complete-game pitching performance from Austin Tambellini against Mount Baker Wild in the final game of the Bomber Invitational High School Baseball Tournament Saturday at Queen Elizabeth Park.Tambellini tossed a five-hitter during a 4-0 loss to the Wild.The win allowed the Cranbook-based squad to capture the tournament title with a 3-0 record.LVR was second at 2-1 with Selkirk Storm of Kimberley third and Mt. Boucherie Bears of West Kelowna fourth.Tambellini finished the contest surrendering three earned runs while walking two and fanning 12 batters.Eric Hurley picked up two hits while Tambellini, Casey Harrison and Braeden Zarikoff each collected one hit.The Bombers advanced to the Wild contest undefeated after edging out Mt. Boucherie 4-3.Zarikoff threw a complete game for the win giving up four hits while striking out 13 with no walks or earned runs. Hurley, Mathew Brind’Amour, and Zarikoff had two hits each with Tambellini, and Geon Woo Park chipping in with one hit each.LVR opened the tournament Friday with a convincing 15-1 pasting of Kimberley’s Selkirk Storm.Hano Southam went the distance to register the win for the Bombers giving up two hits and three walks and fanning eight batters.Zarikoff went four for four at the plate while Reese Tambellini, Lincoln Rosenblood, Hano Southam and John Barabonoff were all 3 for 4.The Bombers season record improves to 10-5.Bombers sweep RangersLVR entered the tournament on a winning note after scoring a doubleheader sweep of the Selkirk Rangers from Metaline Washington.Braeden Zarikoff pitched very well for the Bombers in Game 1, 6 – 1 win. Zarikoff helped himself with two singles and a double, while Hano Southam had a solo homerun and a single. Zarikoff gave up two hits one earned run and struck out 10 for the win. In Game 2 Austin Tambellini took the win also only giving up one earned run, striking out 11 and giving up four hits. The Bomber gave up an early lead and needed a four run rally in the seventh for the win, Casey Harrison had a big two run single in the seventh. Reese Tambellini and Keaton Roch chipped in with singles in Game 2.last_img read more

Leyva, offense power Toros to win

first_imgMichael Craig went 3 for 5 with two doubles, a home run and four RBI to help spark the Toro offense. Houston Hernandez went 4 for 4 with a double, two RBI and four runs scored. Other contributors included Dustin Hicks (double, three RBI), Cody Puckett (2 for 4, double, three runs), Chris Hunter (3 for 4, double, two runs, RBI), Scott Moore (3 for 5, double, run, RBI) and Jerit Coleman (2 for 4, double, two runs, RBI). The Master’s College 9, Biola 8 David Leyva allowed one run on four hits over seven innings, leading the Cal State Dominguez Hills baseball team to a 14-1 victory over Southern Utah in a nonconference game at CSDH. Leyva walked one and struck out six in improving to 1-1. James Dodson and Buddy McNeill each pitched an inning in relief to wrap up the victory. Nick Dietzen hit a home run and double and drove in five runs for the visiting Eagles (4-4, 1-3), but they fell in a Golden State Athletic Conference game. Biola led 8-6 after 7 1/2 innings before The Master’s (5-6, 2-2) got a run in the last of the eighth and two in the ninth to win. Steve Shaver had two homers and a double for the winners and Pete Goeman had three hits. Phil Crane (2-0) came on in relief to earn the win for The Master’s. center_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Warriors 3 Big Things: Kevin Durant shines in Finals preview

first_imgIn what was billed as an NBA Finals preview, Kevin Durant delivered as the Warriors beat the Celtics 115-111 to earn their 10th-straight victory.Here are the biggest takeaways from the game:Durant delivers Durant finished with 33 points, nine rebounds in 39 minutes, including eight points in the fourth quarter. Unfortunately, he almost lost the game on an errant pass to Andre Iguodala with 30 seconds left but was great all night aside from the lone error.DeMarcus Cousins’ …last_img

‘Africa, draw lessons from Mandela’s life’

first_img15 December 2013Speaking at Nelson Mandela’s funeral in Qunu in the Eastern Cape on Sunday, three of Africa’s leaders called on the people of the continent to draw lessons from Mandela’s life in order to take his legacy forward now that he is gone.In a moving tribute, Malawi President and Southern African Development Community (SADC) chairperson Joyce Banda recalled her first meeting with Mandela, saying his courage and love for his people had inspired and prepared her to be her country’s first woman president.“I was inspired by Mandela, who was focused, calm and who had a spirit of forgiveness,” Banda told over 4 000 mourners gathered in a specially constructed dome on Mandela’s farm.Apart from family members and South African dignitaries, Zimbabwe’s Movement for Democratic Change leader Morgan Tsvangirai, Britain’s Prince Charles, US civil rights activist Reverend Jesse Jackson, US media personality Oprah Winfrey and businessman Sir Richard Branson are in attendance.Banda said Africa should take stock of the things Madiba taught, such as serving the people. “Tata believed that all people are created equal. He saw no boundaries. He championed the freedom of all of us Africans.”Banda, who is also a friend of Mandela’s widow, Graca Machel, said the SADC would remember Madiba for his wisdom and his tireless efforts towards peace. “We will strive to emulate Mandela’s stature.”African Union chair and Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn said Mandela’s life struggle in the face of unparalleled odds was a mirror of the continent.“His life has been a record of all the trials the African countries on the continent had to endure under colonialism,” Hailemariam said, adding that he was humbled to be present at the funeral of one of Africa’s greatest sons and an icon to humanity.Hailemariam said Mandela had gone out of his way to preach a message of endurance, equality, justice and reconciliation. “As we bid farewell to this great man, we should find consolation in the knowledge that his legacy will live on forever.”Tanzanian President Jakaya Kikwete recalled the ties the African National Congress (ANC) and Tanzania had forged during the struggle against apartheid. “The people of Tanzania have lost a great friend, a great comrade in arms.”He said that Madiba was very much the hero and the father of the continent too, adding that his charisma remained unmatched in modern times. “Madiba lived his life well. You should live his legacy.”Following the funeral service, Mandela will be buried next to his relatives at the family gravesite in a private, more intimate ceremony.Source: read more