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  • Badgers looking to bounce back

    first_imgComing off a season of “what-ifs” that led the team to their fourth consecutive losing season, the Wisconsin women’s basketball team finds themselves having remarkably high hopes for this upcoming season.With a talented recruiting class and a team that returns four of their top five scorers from a year ago, the buzz around this year’s team is legit, as the postseason is on the minds of all 13 women on the team.However, no player on the women’s basketball team, which begins its season in exhibition play tonight against UW-Stevens Point, is more vital to the team’s success than junior Jolene Anderson. It has been a productive off-season for Anderson, as she has been decorated with multiple high honors.Not only did Anderson win a gold medal with the U20 USA Basketball team, Anderson was named to the preseason all-Big Ten first team and as one of the top 20 players in women’s college basketball.”Coming from a small town in northern Wisconsin, it’s definitely a major accomplishment,” Anderson said. “I couldn’t do it without all the people helping me my first two years here to put me in that position to be successful. It’s something that I am proud of.”Other than Anderson, however, Wisconsin fans are going to need to refer to their program throughout the first few weeks of the season. Wisconsin brings in eight new players in hopes of recouping some of the talent of last year’s six departed seniors and underclassmen. Seven freshmen and one community college transfer join the five returning veterans in hopes of returning Wisconsin to prominence.Though the Badgers have only been playing with each other a few weeks, the coaching staff is beginning to see some chemistry being formed.”No question, [fans] are going to see a lot of new players on the floor,” head coach Lisa Stone said. “Looking at different combinations for our rotations, we feel pretty confident with a nine-to-ten-person rotation. The big thing this year is team chemistry, and we’re off to a great start. The kids like each other, they get along and are working hard.” “This first few weeks in practice, I can feel that the team is closer than in my past two years here,” Anderson said. “Hopefully that’s something that can build and will transfer to the court. We just need to find out who plays what position well. That’s going to be the hardest thing for us this year … finding five people who gel well together on the court is something we’re going to have to work at.”We know in the back of our minds that we can get some things done on the court if we want to,” Anderson continued. “Everybody wants to win, and it’s just a matter of breaking through the Big Ten conference. That’s something I think our team can achieve if we put our minds to it.”One of the most talented freshmen in the bunch is Minnesota native Sarah Ingison. Noted for her work ethic and defensive ability, Ingison brings in a talented shooting touch — 1,231 career points — along with a knack for stopping opponents. Earning an all-state selection in 2006, Ingison is looking forward to giving the Badgers a true point guard on the court and a hard-nosed defender.”The fact that I am a true point guard [means we’ll] be able to have Jolene and Janese [Banks] play the wings,” Ingison said. “For them to play their more normal position on the court and have that direction will help tremendously.”I like playing defense so much,” Ingison added. “The shooting can come and go, but anyone can always play good defense. It’s fun to stop people and make them frustrated.”But if the Badgers are going to shed their losing ways over the course of the past four years, they are going to have to remain healthy and learn to win close games. Last season, Banks missed five games with a left foot injury.Banks, who was the second leading scorer on the team and 15th in the Big Ten, was just one of the many injuries sustained by the Badgers last season.Without Banks and then-senior center Annie Nelson, the Badgers faltered late in ball games. In 33 games last season, Wisconsin was 2-8 in games decided by six points or less, and was 0-4 in games decided by three or less. With all the young faces competing for spots and the Badgers finishing last season strong, Stone has high expectations for achieving different results this year.”We finished 4-4 in the Big Ten down the stretch and made a nice little push,” Stone said. “Two of those games could have gone the other way and then we are looking at a 6-2 finish. We’re excited about that, and staying healthy, focused and being prepared are all huge. There’s a lot of competition for time this year, and that’s good, healthy competition.”We want to start to make a difference here,” Stone added. “We like our team, we like our chances and we’ll prepare and play. I’ve been coaching for 22 years and every team is different. This team is special in their own way, and I am pleased to be coaching them.”last_img read more

  • Five goalkeepers shortlisted for FIFA FIFPro World XI 2014

    first_imgFIFPro, the World Players’ Union, and FIFA today announced the five goalkeepers shortlisted for the FIFA FIFPro World XI 2014 as part of the final 55-man shortlist to be revealed on 1 December 2014.The FIFA FIFPro World XI is decided by the players, for the players. It involves votes from tens of thousands professional footballers worldwide. They select one goalkeeper, four defenders, three midfielders and three forwards.The shortlists for defenders, midfielders and forwards will be announced and published on FIFA.com on 26 November, 28 November and 1 December respectively.FIFPro and its national affiliates are responsible for gathering votes from professional footballers worldwide. It is the only global award that truly represents the views of those who play the beautiful game.The goalkeeper shortlist is:Manuel Neuer – was last year’s FIFA FIFPro World XI goalkeeper. Claudio Bravo – First nomination on the 55-man shortlist.Thibaut Courtois – he is making his debut on the 55-man shortlist.Iker Casillas – was the World XI goalkeeper for five straight years (2008-2012).Gianluigi Buffon – was the World XI goalkeeper in 2006 and 2007. He is the only goalkeeper to appear on all ten World XI shortlists since the introduction of the award in 2005last_img read more

  • DD Culture: Gypsy jazz, Gothic drama and Scottish Folk this Halloween……..

    first_imgDD CULTURE: Check out some of the great events coming up in Donegal over the next few weeks. Great American Country and Scottish Folk in Letterkenny: The Regional Cultural Centre Letterkenny has three great concerts by three leading international bands coming up in this month. The truly gorgeous Americana four piece Furnace Mountain from Virginia bring their acoustic country bluegrass to the RCC on Friday October 21st. Another leading American county act the Hot Club of Cowtown play the RCC on Wednesday 26th. This long established group have been setting stages ablaze, weaving together country, ragtime, big band jazz and blues to awesome effect for the past two decades. The final October concert is RANT featuring four of Scotland’s finest fiddle players, Bethany Reid, Jenna Reid, Sarah-Jane Summers and Lauren MacColl, on Thursday 27th.An Explosion of Donegal Teenage Creativity: The 21st annual County Donegal Suil na nOg Junior Cert Art exhibition presented by the Donegal Art Teachers Association is running at RCC Letterkenny until Saturday October 29th. Accurately described as an explosion of teenage creativity this very exciting exhibition features more than 100 pieces of Junior Cert Art made by students from twenty Secondary Schools across the length and breadth of County Donegal.The exhibition is open to the public from Tuesday to Saturday, 11am – 5pm, admission is free of charge and everyone is welcome and encouraged to attend. Major Live Film Events from around the world: Century Cinemas Letterkenny has an incredible programme of Live Film events in the coming weeks that allows Donegal audiences the chance to experience the best in opera from New York, and ballet and musical theatre from London without having to leave the county.Met Opera presents Don Giovanni (Live) on Saturday October 22nd featuring Simon Keenlyside in his Met role debut as the unrepentant seducer in Tony Award winner Michael Grandage’s staging of Mozart’s masterpiece. Kenneth Branagh and John Hurt star in John Osborneʼs explosive musical The Entertainer about the seedy glamour of the old music halls on Thursday October 27th.Royal Ballet present Anastasia (Live) on Wednesday November 2nd, one of Kenneth MacMillan’s first creations on becoming Director of The Royal Ballet in 1970. Described as a powerful, psychological challenge for the principal ballerina, this is a rare opportunity to see a landmark ballet by a major choreographer.Halloween and Christmas at An Grianán Theatre: A varied programme at An Grianán Theatre Letterkenny in the coming weeks gives a nod to both Halloween with the award-winning spine-chilling drama Female Gothic on Friday October 28th and to Christmas with Tchaikovsky’s classic ballet The Nutcracker on Sunday November 6th.The dark celebration of female gothic is performed by Rebecca Vaughan who brought us the marvellous Austen’s Women last year.A more warm hearted family friendly experience is guaranteed by the beauty and magic of Ballet Ireland’s Nutcracker, performed by an international cast of world-class dancers. Other upcoming highlights include Eddie Kerr’s Derry drama Packie’s Wake from October 20th to 22nd, award winning wildlife photographer and cameraman Doug Allan on October 27th and North West Opera’s Die Fledermaus on November 4th and 5th.Gypsy Jazz Festival in Ramelton: A great weekend’s music and craic is promised when Django Sur Lennon, the Halloween gypsy jazz festival, takes place in Ramelton from Thursday October 27th to Sunday 30th A brilliant line-up includes Romane (Paris), Dario Napoli (Italy), Kourosh Kanani (London), Irene Ypenburg (Amsterdam), Manouche (Belfast) and many more. There will be five concerts over the weekend, workshops in guitar and violin, and lots of pub sessions.Music and Drama at the Balor: Upcoming highlights at the Balor Arts Centre Ballybofey include a local production of the ever popular John B Keane classic Many Young Men Of Twenty from October 25th to 27th and the Frankie Valley musical Ragdolls on Thursday November 3rd.Featuring Seamus McCrudden, Daireen Laverty Niall McGonagle and Mickey McMahon, Many Young Men Of Twenty remains as relevant today as when it was originally written in 1961. Ragdolls features an amazing full 8 piece live band who recreate the iconic sound of The Four Seasons through classic songs such as ‘Sherry’, ‘Walk Like A Man’, ‘Oh What A Night’ and many more.An Alternative Halloween Weekend in Letterkenny: The Halloween Shindig returns to Voodoo Vintage on Friday 28th with an eclectic mix of entertainment, featuring celtic punk from The Pox Men, singer-songwriter Joel Harkin, ambient post-rock from clanns, circus performance artist Luna Belle, and a few seasonal surprises.On Saturday 29th, The Cottage Bar will host ‘Get Your Freak On’, featuring five local DJ’s and an evening of fancy dress and Halloween shenanigans. On Sunday the 30th, Stage Fright, a super-group consisting of a host of Donegal’s leading young musicians, will be putting on a Halloween themed night in The Cottage Bar, playing a set of upbeat songs from funk to Halloween classics and more.DD Culture: Gypsy jazz, Gothic drama and Scottish Folk this Halloween…….. was last modified: October 20th, 2016 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:DD CultureEntertainmentFeaturesGothic DramaGypsy JazznewsRCClast_img read more

  • Where Does Home Affordability Stand

    first_img Affordability Home Homebuyers HOUSING Millennials National Association of Home Builders 2019-02-08 Radhika Ojha February 8, 2019 847 Views According to the National Association of Home Builders’ fourth quarter Housing Trends Report (HTR), 2018 saw little change in how homebuyers perceived their ability to afford homes available in their markets. In Q4 of 2018, three out of every four buyers (76 percent) estimate they can afford fewer than half the homes-for-sale in their markets. That number is slightly lower than the 79 percent of buyers who shared that perception in Q4 of 2017. On the other hand, 23 percent feel they could buy the majority of homes-for-sale in their markets, just barely ahead of the 21 percent who had that view in the final quarter of 2017. In reality, affordability is an issue for all age groups: 75 percent to 78 percent of buyers in each generation can afford fewer than half the homes available in their markets.According to the report, millennials lead the pack as the generation planning to purchase a home within 12 months (22 percent), while seniors are the most unlikely (4 percent). It’s a seller’s market with a crunch in inventory affecting buyers of all generations. More than 60 percent of each group report fewer/same number of homes for-sale than three months earlier. Nearly 60 percent of each generation’s active buyers have been looking for three-plus months for the right home to buy. Buyers seem undeterred, 63 percent indicate that if they are still unable to find a home in the next few months, they will continue looking for the ‘right’ home in the same preferred location. Another 44 percent will expand their search area. In the final quarter of 2018, only 16 percent said they will give up trying to find a home to buy until next year or later.  Across generations, few buyers expect the search to get easier, 72 percent reporting their search will get harder or stay about the same: millennials (21 percent), gen X (21 percent), and boomers (15 percent). For more insight and to view the full report please visit: Housing Trends Report (HTR) Where Does Home Affordability Stand?center_img in Daily Dose, Data, Featured, News Sharelast_img read more