LUKAS KEAPPROTHFollowing a successful preseason, the Wisconsin men’s basketball team begins its regular season with a non-conference game against Long Beach State on Sunday at the Kohl Center.Behind 21 points from senior forward Marcus Landry, the Badgers easily won their first exhibition game over Augustana 81-57. It took a bit more effort in the second game against UW-Whitewater, but Wisconsin got the job done, defeating the Warhawks 64-47.“I thought our guys played hard; we just didn’t make all the best decisions,” Wisconsin head coach Bo Ryan said. “But you know, it’s early for everybody.”With only two games and a few weeks of practice under its belt, Wisconsin will face the 49ers after playing a sloppy game compared to what Ryan is used to. Against Whitewater, the Badgers finished with an uncharacteristic 12 turnovers.“Some of the decisions that were made with the ball shocked me,” Ryan said. “We just have to get better.”“There’s always room for improvement,” junior guard Jason Bohannon added. “Last year we got tremendously better as the year went on, and that’s what we’re trying to do right now, just keep getting better every day. Coach Ryan won’t settle for anything less, so I think we’re expecting a lot of improvement as the season goes on.”In the two exhibition games, Wisconsin did get a big boost from its freshmen, particularly guard Jordan Taylor. Forwards Ryan Evans and Rob Wilson contributed to the mix as well in both preseason games.Taylor has impressed the UW coaching staff with his resiliency and strong defense. After starting the game against Whitewater with three turnovers and no assists, he came back to force a turnover and provide three assists for Wisconsin.“[Taylor] did a great job,” Ryan said. “We knew he was a player, and he just keeps showing us different ways that he’s a player. He’s smart, tough, never reacts negatively to anything, but he’ll take your lunch money in a second.”Going into the game against Long Beach State, the Badgers are huge favorites with their .939 home-winning percentage since Ryan took over coaching seven seasons ago. After winning both preseason games, however, Landry and UW know they still have much to work on as the season progresses.“We need to get better as a team,” Landry said. “You have been watching Wisconsin basketball for a long time. That’s what we try to do here. We just want to keep on improving.”Though the Badgers won’t be too severely threatened by the 49ers, they will face a difficult task in defending Donovan Morris, who averaged 21.2 points per game last season and was picked as a preseason mid-major All-American by the Big West’s media.Wisconsin will also see its first team with a starter at 6 feet 10 inches, giving the Badgers a slight height disadvantage if Keaton Nankivil starts in place of Jon Leuer, as he did in the team’s first two exhibition games.For now though, Ryan simply hopes someone will step up into a leadership role.“When I look at things like this, you’re always looking for someone to pop up,” he said. “We’re looking, we’re just looking for some players.”
I know, there wouldn’t have been a dry eye in the house.Happily for the Lakers, no free agent was named in the script. With “Lakers” now all but synonymous with “tampering,” it’s not a good time to further annoy Commissioner Adam Silver.Sign up for Home Turf and get exclusive stories every SoCal sports fan must read, sent daily. Subscribe here.Fortunately, James no longer takes presentations so they don’t have to do a video for him and risk seeing it in some media outlet.The problem in sorting the real from internet clickbait is not that we don’t know anything.We’re just not sure what it means amid all the posturing, even by sources free to talk on the condition that they’re not named. Tick … tick … tick.We’re down to the final hours before the start of free agency (Saturday, 9:01 p.m. PT) when all the LeBron James scenarios, from informed to yearning to clueless, meet real life.In past years team officials popped up on stars’ doorsteps at the stroke of midnight ET, or in the case of James, vied for appointments to make presentations, with props like the five championship rings Miami president Pat Riley dumped on the conference table … or heart-tugging videos like the one the Lakers were making for Paul George, but leaked to Sports Illustrated with its script calling for the narrator to be “less Morgan Freeman/Denzel Washington, and more Jamie Foxx.”Faux Jamie would read a pitch entitled “Two Dreams,” about “a kid in your room, dreaming from Palmdale” – obviously George who’s from there – while the Lakers dreamt, too, while building for his arrival. “The LeBron operation, I don’t know how else to put it, but they have basically thrown cold water and vehemently denied everything that has been out there the last couple of days,” said ESPN’s Brian Windhorst, a long-time James insider.“They have denied that he is communicating with Kawhi Leonard. They have denied he is communicating with Kevin Durant about joining up in Los Angeles. They have denied there is a three-way conversation going on between Paul George, Kawhi and LeBron. They have denied that Kawhi being traded to the Lakers would clinch LeBron going to the Lakers.”In other words, with new attention on James’ pattern of orchestrating player moves, his people are terrified of a tampering bust … the monkey wrench in the process LeBron knows so well of selecting just the right place with just the right people.Nevertheless:• James still looks like he’s the Lakers’ to lose.LeBron is formally separating from the Cavaliers with his agent, Rich Paul, informing the team Friday that LeBron would opt out of the final year of his contract, according to the Cleveland Plain Dealer.Insiders, led by the stellar ESPN reporting team of Adrian Wojnarowksi, Ramona Shelburne and Windhorst, say LeBron wants to decide quickly – hopefully by July 4 – but doesn’t want to be the first star to sign.That dovetails with reports that he’s looking at the Lakers – but wants to make sure they secure another star so he doesn’t come alone.It also dovetails with a little-noted Black Sports Online interview of Gary Payton, who said that LeBron’s oldest son, 13-year-old Bronny, a top prospect in his age group, has tentatively decided to attend Sierra Canyon High in Chatsworth.The school is a hotbed with the sons of former NBA players Scottie Pippen, Kenyon Martin, Duane Washington and Tellis Frank there.The operative word, of course, is “tentatively.”If Dad decides to play elsewhere, the family will easily find another hoops hotbed for Bronny.• The likelihood of Kawhi Leonard coming to the Lakers dropped from “improbable” to “no way.”I thought all along that Spurs boss Gregg Popovich wouldn’t want to trade Leonard to the Lakers, which appears to be the case.The Lakers called up last week. An unnamed Lakers source told Shelburne that the Spurs “basically shut the door on us.”It would be a more difficult decision for the Spurs to make if the Lakers had the best prospects and No. 1 picks to offer. They don’t and it’s not close.There were subsequent reports that the Spurs had resumed talking to the Lakers along with Boston – but prefer the Celtics’ young players, especially Jaylen Brown, another thing that looked likely all along.On Friday, Boston GM Danny Ainge called the possibility of a blockbuster deal “unlikely” … suggesting that he and the Spurs hadn’t found an easy deal to make.• Wherever Leonard is going, it might not be soon.James’ desire to move fast prompted last week’s stories about “pressure on the Lakers to make a deal for Kawhi.” Pressure on them to make a deal with a team that doesn’t intend to trade Kawhi to them?Yeah, right. Someone (James?) was hoping for something (Kawhi to the Lakers) that wasn’t happening.• George’s likelihood of coming to the Lakers continues to rise as Leonard’s falls.ESPN reported Friday that he will opt out of his last season in Oklahoma City … ending any Thunder scenario in which he waited another year for his maximum extension and helped them rebuild. Nevertheless, insiders say George might still opt to return to OKC.Of course, the Lakers could also give this slot to Chris Paul if James insists.If LeBron leaves it up to the Lakers, they figure to prefer maxing out the 28-year-old PG to the 33-year-old, oft-injured CP3.The Lakers might even be able to get three stars with sign-and-trades … with the proper flexibility and orchestration, of course.• Showing there’s no limit to where this story can go, ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith, who sounds like he has a line to someone who’s involved, said Thursday that James has been texting Kevin Durant, a free agent who’s expected to re-sign with Golden State, to ask if he would team up on the Lakers.• Houston remains an option for James, albeit a problematic one.With no young players to send the Cavs in a sign-and-trade, the only path would be slashing their roster for cap space – and asking James to join a talented skeleton crew.• The 76ers remain eager to get into this.As one of two teams with the cap room to sign James, Philadelphia was the other potential destination that gained when LeBron opted out. Nevertheless, it remains to be seen what interest LeBron has in them.• Cleveland made the top two, anyway. Insiders think it has come down to the Lakers and Cavaliers – but opting out put the Cavs even more at arm’s length than James already had when he told them he wouldn’t be available to them before the draft.LeBron orchestrates. It’s what he does. But as much as he loves Ohio, he’s not orchestrating anything with the Cavaliers.This was yet another easy call after an agonizing season in which the Cavs changed out almost half their roster in a desperate attempt to rebuild on the fly.Their last hope was a miracle finish that tempted James to entrust the rest of his career to owner Dan Gilbert, who couldn’t build a great team around him before he left or after he returned … and, oh, yes, once excoriated him, vowing revenge on the “cowardly … so-called King.”Actually, the Cavs did pull off a miracle, reaching the Finals. It just wasn’t a big enough miracle.Relative to their competition in the East, they’re in worse shape than in 2010 when James left.That season they were coming off a first-place finish with the aged Celtics their only competition.Last season they finished fourth, nine games behind the rising Celtics who didn’t have Gordon Hayward or, after mid-March, Kyrie Irving.So much for the months of speculation. Finally, happily, real life awaits.Mark Heisler has written an NBA column since 1991 and was honored with the Naismith Hall of Fame’s Curt Gowdy Award in 2006. His weekly column runs regularly on Sundays for Southern California News Group print editions. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error
Box Score DES MOINES, Iowa – The Drake University women’s basketball team opened the 2015-16 season with a 74-70 win over Iowa State on Sunday afternoon at the Knapp Center in front of 4,251 fans.Drake (1-0) led by 10 points with 2:42 to go after junior Caitlin Ingle (Runnells, Iowa) made a layup, but had to fight off a late charge from Iowa State (1-1) to earn its first victory over the in-state rival since 2009.”This is a big win for us,” said Drake head coach Jennie Baranczyk. “Everyone stepped up, did their part and played together. I’m so proud of our team today.”The Cyclones pulled all the way to within two points at 72-70 with six seconds left after redshirt sophomore Jada Buckley knocked down three free throws after being fouled attempting a three-pointer.However, Bulldog freshman Nicole Miller (Walker, Iowa) calmly made a pair of her own free throws to stretch the lead back to 74-70. Miller also hit two free throws with 24 seconds left to help hold off Iowa State. Buckley and Seanna Johnson had last second attempts fall short after Miller’s final free throws.Miller finished with 13 points, including making 5-of-6 from the free throw line, in 24 minutes played along with two rebounds, two assists and one block in her debut.Junior Lizzy Wendell (Blue Springs, Mo.) paced Drake with 16 points after being limited to just two points at halftime. Wendell added four rebounds, four steals and three assists in 27 minutes. Freshman Sara Rhine(Eldon, Mo.) had 15 points and four rebounds in 25 minutes in her first career game as a Bulldog. Sophomore Maddy Dean (Jordan, Minn.) recorded a double-double with 10 points and 11 boards for her ninth career double-double.The Bulldogs and the Cyclones played a tough first two quarters with several lead changes for both sides. Opening the second period the Bulldogs had a 12-0 run and led by as many as nine points before Iowa State closed the quarter on an 8-0 run to only trail 36-35 at halftime.Iowa State carried its momentum to the start of the third quarter opening with a 5-0 run. However, the resilient Bulldogs answered the run, led by Wendell who scored six straight points, as part of an 11-0 run to snatch the lead back. A lead the Bulldogs never relinquished the remainder of the game as they won for just the second time in the previous 10 games in the series.Buckley finished with a game-high 18 points while Johnson added 16 points and 16 rebounds for the Cyclones.Drake travels to Madison, Wis. for its next game with the Bulldogs taking on the Wisconsin BadgersWednesday at 7 p.m. The contest will be shown on BTN2Go (subscription required). Print Friendly Version
“The Magic of Bubbles” will showcase someof the most palatable sparkling winesproduced in the Franschhoek valley.(Image: Franschhoek Tourist Association)MEDIA CONTACTS • Pippa PringleFranschhoek festival spokesperson+27 21 851 5193 or +27 82 859 7740RELATED ARTICLES• Wine route celebrates 40 years• SA wine farms invest in biodiversity• Soweto wine fest set for record crowd• SA, France toast to wine exchange• SA’s first wine tourism exhibitionShamin ChibbaThe Western Cape town of Franschhoek will host the fifth “The Magic of Bubbles” Cap Classique and Champagne Festival this summer.The event, which takes place from 2 to 4 December, will showcase some of South Africa’s best Cap Classiques as well as some of France’s famous champagnes.According to festival spokesperson Pippa Pringle, the reason the festival particularly highlights Cap Classique is because it is a uniquely South African varietal of sparkling wine that originates from Franschhoek.At least 12 prominent South African wineries will be showcased, including Backsberg, Colmant, Graham Beck Wines, Krone, La Motte and Simonsig.The inclusion of French champagnes is a tribute to the town’s Huguenot roots.“This is to show Franschhoek’s French heritage because this was where the French Huguenots settled when they came to South Africa,” said Pringle.Billecart Salmon, Tribaut and Veuve Clicquot will represent of the French champagne industry.A sophisticated and intimate affairSince its inception, the festival has been an intimate affair that caters for those who enjoy lifestyle events.“The typical festival-goer is a sophisticated mover and shaker who likes the finer things in life,” said Pringle.She said this year’s theme carries a hint the recent British royal wedding as festival-goers are encouraged to emulate wedding guests by donning their finest hats. The best dressed couple for each day will receive a prize.“We are encouraging people to dress to the nines,” said Pringle.Though the event is open to all, its ticket price of R180 (US$23) per person is indicative of its target market – individuals from the middle and upper classes who are 25 years of age and older.Pringle said organisers are expecting up to 1 000 visitors this year, the same number as previous festivals.She added that the opening day attracts mostly Franschhoek locals. However, she said visitors from as far as Johannesburg are expected to make up the rest of the numbers on the final two days.Attendees will be surrounded by history as the festival hub will be situated on the lawns around the town’s famous French Huguenot Monument.South Africa’s food and wine capitalSome of Franschhoek’s finest restaurants will also be given the opportunity to serve up a feast.According to Pringle, the town, with its award-winning restaurants, is considered to be the gourmet capital of South Africa. According to Wine magazine, at least eight of South Africa’s top 100 restaurants are in Franschhoek.Le Quartier Français, which currently occupies 36th place on the latest San Pellegrino annual list of the world’s top 100 restaurants, will open its doors to festival-goers. The restaurant was also voted the best in the Middle East and Africa category. It serves all its dishes with wines from Franschhoek.About FranschhoekNestling in the mountain range which bears its name, Franschhoek is situated in the Western Cape province about 75 kilometres from Cape Town.The town’s name is Afrikaans, meaning “French corner”.In 1688, the occupying Dutch government gave a parcel of land, known then as Olifantshoek, to 176 French Huguenot refugees.It later changed to Le Coin Français, until it eventually took on the name that we know today.
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The Ohio Farm Bureau Federation Board of Trustees has named Adam Sharp the organization’s new executive vice president.Sharp succeeds Jack Fisher, who has served as executive vice president since 1996. Last October, Fisher made public his intention to retire from the organization.The Ohio Ag Net’s Ty Higgins visited with Sharp shortly after the announcement on Tuesday.
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About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp named Premier League manager of the monthby Paul Vegas14 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has been named Premier League manager of the month for September.The Reds perfect start continued in September, with three wins.They claimed a home win over Newcastle United as well as away victories at Chelsea and Sheffield United.Klopp topped a four-man shortlist of Eddie Howe, Frank Lampard and Brendan Rodgers to take the award.The European champions entered this week’s international break eight points clear at the top of the table after victory over Leicester.
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Green says Hudson-Odoi can match Hazard Chelsea successby Paul Vegas11 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveRob Green says Callum Hudson-Odoi can match Eden Hazard’s success at Chelsea.Green played alongside the 18-year-old at Chelsea last season, and saw the youngster left out on a regular basis by Maurizio Sarri.Green told BBC Sport when asked if Hudson-Odoi can match Hazard’s legacy at Chelsea: “He’s got the potential, he’s got to work on his power, once he’s got the ball he needs to stay on the ball, just the strength around his pace.“I think when he grows up and matures, that’s when you’ll see it.“He’s got such a long time in the game now, he’s not the same player as Eden Hazard, but there’s no reason when he cannot do what Hazard did at Chelsea in the last seven or eight years.”
FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The North Peace Ride for the Disabled (NPRD) held its annual Country Dinner Fundraiser and was hailed a success.Elizabeth Calder, a board member for the NPRD, shares Fort St. John came through again with a significant turn out to the door, purchasing tickets for dinner.Saturday, September 28th, 2019, approximately 180 people attended the event raising around $8000 for the group. The community support and donations towards the silent auction and cash donations as well were outstanding, shared Calder.Monies raised from this fundraiser go towards the operational costs such as horse boarding, arena rental, horse feed and care (chiropractic, farrier, etc.), coordinator fees, insurance, and any other expenses that come up during the year.Calder continues to say, the entertainment was donated, and a big thank you to the new Colt “45, Tom Cole, Brian Salmond, Jay Stafford, and Darion Wray.
New Delhi: The Finance Ministry has asked CPSEs identified for strategic sale to immediately prepare a list of assets and initiate dialogue with potential investors and bidders so that their non-core assets can be monetised quickly.Such CPSEs will have an option to either hive-off non-core assets to a Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV) or transfer sale proceeds of non-core assets to an escrow account to ring-fence the realised amount from the rest of the business, an official said. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscalThe government has already identified about 35 CPSEs for strategic sale. These include Air India, Pawan Hans, BEML, Scooters India, Bharat Pumps Compressors, and Bhadrawati, Salem and Durgapur units of steel major SAIL. The other CPSEs for which approvals are in place for outright sale include Hindustan Fluorocarbon, Hindustan Newsprint, HLL Life Care, Central Electronics, Bridge & Roof India, Nagarnar Steel plant of NMDC and units of Cement Corporation of India and ITDC. Also Read – Food grain output seen at 140.57 mt in current fiscal on monsoon boostThe central public sector enterprises (CPSEs) have also been asked to ensure proper housekeeping of all assets with a view to ensuring better realisation at the time of sale. “The CPSEs will be required to immediately start making an inventory of all assets, and ensure proper title deeds are available for sale. They will have to also interact with potential investors and other stakeholders, including state government,” an official said. They will also be required to give suggestions regarding the mode of monetisation of the identified non-core assets. The official further said that non-core assets should ideally be hived off to an SPV, specially created through a demerger to hold and monetise such assets. However, since the transfer of assets to an SPV may involve time and issues like stamp duty, the CPSEs would be permitted to dispose the identified non-core assets on a case-by-case basis with the approval of the inter-ministerial group (IMG), chaired by Secretary in the Department of Investment and Public Asset Management (DIPAM). “In such cases, the CPSEs may create an escrow account to park the sale proceeds so as to ring-fence these from the rest of the business which is under strategic disinvestment,” the official added. In the case of Air India, which is undergoing the process of strategic disinvestment, the government has already created an SPV — Air India Assets Holding Ltd (AIAHL). The government has transferred Rs 29,000 crore debt of Air India, out of the total debt of Rs 55,000 crore of the airline, to AIAHL. Besides, proceeds from the sale of four subsidiaries — Air India Air Transport Services (AIATSL), Airline Allied Services (AASL), Air India Engineering Services Ltd (AIESL) and Hotel Corporation of India (HCI)– too would be transferred to AIAHL. Also, non-core assets – painting and artefacts – as well as other non-operational assets of the national carrier too will be transferred to the SPV. The DIPAM had earlier this week come out with guidelines for monetisation of non-core assets of CPSEs and immovable enemy properties, following a Cabinet decision in February. According to the guidelines, state-run companies will have 12 months to monetise non-core assets identified by a ministerial panel, headed by the finance minister, failing which the finance ministry may restrict budgetary allocations to CPSEs. The guidelines also provide CPSEs with an option to seek relaxation from the IMG of the 12-month deadline for the sale of non-core assets. “Any budgetary support for the CPSEs will be considered by the Department of Expenditure and DEA only if asset monetisation target is achieved by the CPSEs unless an exemption has been taken”, say the guidelines. The ministerial panel will also decide on the threshold over which non-core assets of CPSEs and immovable enemy properties would be taken up for monetisation under the asset monetisation framework. Non-core assets below the threshold would be sold by the state-owned entities themselves. The amount raised through the sale of non-core assets would form part of the disinvestment proceeds. The government has set a target of Rs 90,000 crore to be raised through CPSE disinvestment in the current financial year, up from the Rs 85,000 crore mopped up in the previous financial year. pti