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CVPS nears end of storm restoration and cleanup, Bennington County hit hardest

first_imgCVPS crews restored power to about 14,000 customers after strong winds coupled with heavy rains pushed through the state. Restoration efforts in the Bennington County area from Sunday night’s strong winds were pretty much complete at 5 am Tuesday morning. CVPS reported that it is wrapping up some end-of-the-storm clean-up, and a few individual customer services. Crews also restored power to customers in Rutland and Addison counties and to an additional 900 customers in Windsor County, who lost power due to continued strong winds Monday.The wind damage in Bennington County was extensive. Transmission lines in Arlington were brought down by trees, breaking crossarms and insulators and causing two substations to lock out through the night, and crews spent much of Moday working to repair those lines in off-road locations. CVPS is continuing to patrol its transmission lines in that area as well.‘There are a lot of tree limbs on lines, broken wire, and a lot of scattered tree damage, where each repair is only bringing back a handful of customers,’ said Storm Manager Geno Balestra.Up-to-date outage numbers (by town) can be found at: is external)Source: CVPS. 8.24.2010last_img read more


first_imgStresslines May 1, 2004 Regular News Shoveling smoke: Legal culture and motivated teamscenter_img Ronald F. Pol What’s the culture like in your organization right now? In your department? In other teams? And in the firms of your outside counsel? Are they dominated by extrinsic motivators in which bonuses follow success and time equals money? And do your teams or the firms that you use have gaps, often at the all-important mid-level experience, as people leave to pursue a more satisfying career elsewhere?For corporations and law firms alike, the legal culture is often defined by intense pressures and competitive success norms. This legal culture starts at law school, with punishing entry requirements and the battle for ever higher grades to secure places with prestigious law firms and corporations. The situation hardly abates. Law firm budget pressures are legion, as are processes for attaining and holding partnership. Within corporations, the spread of success-based performance targets and bonuses to legal departments ensures that in-house counsel experience similar competitive norms.For teams, the issue is more complex. You are part of many teams, as leader or member. The legal department is one such team. Others include in-house lawyers and business unit representatives. Many teams include outside counsel, with the cultural overlay of their own firms. Time adds further complexity. Not only do individual and team motivating factors change over time, but also many teams are transaction-driven, with members joining and leaving as transactions evolve.Intense pressures and competitive cultures are not bad per se, yet recent research suggests that the way that people meet these pressures may affect motivation, satisfaction, and professionalism.Professors Kennon Sheldon of the University of Missouri-Columbia and Lawrence Krieger of Florida State University’s College of Law recently completed a multiyear study (forthcoming in Behavioral Sciences and Law, 2004), which found that incoming law students were happier, more well-adjusted, and motivated by intrinsic factors, such as service to the community, than when they graduated and entered the profession. Their intrinsic values and motivations shifted significantly toward more extrinsic orientations, such as money and prestige. Yet this shift combined with a marked fall in their well-being and life satisfaction.The study focused on the first stage of the legal profession: law school. Similar research at later stages would be valuable. Yet it might be reasonably safe to assume that a lack of satisfaction, despite apparent trappings of success, is endemic within the profession and that it applies equally to corporate counsel and their law firm colleagues. This assumption should be cause for concern for organizations that employ lawyers.The success of any team is affected by individual motivation and job satisfaction of its members, yet organizations seldom seem to connect directly with the intrinsic drivers of their teams, instead applying “motivational” tools aligned with extrinsic motivators more easily linked with superficial measures of “success.”For some organizations and your outside counsel, the application, perception, or effect of existing retention and motivation tools might, ironically, erode the most powerful intrinsic motivators of your people and may ultimately turn away some of those who could make positive contributions to an organization’s ability to achieve its goals—and the self-worth and perceived value of the profession.So what can you do about it? From an organizational perspective, the goal is to help develop teams of highly motivated people, with the organization connected to their drivers, enabling it more effectively to meet organizational goals.From an employment perspective, do you have systems and processes enabling your people genuinely to thrive and be satisfied, irrespective of, or even leveraging from, a culture dominated by extrinsic motivators?From a personal perspective, do you let the pressures of extrinsic factors sap your more powerful intrinsic motivators, such as doing a great job with competence, integrity, respect for and from others, authenticity, meaning —and fun?Your answers to these questions and perhaps even the fact that you ask them might help keep externally imposed “motivators” in perspective and may help you and your team retain the fundamental essence of key intrinsic drivers that caused you to enter law school in the first place. Ronald F. Pol is president of the Corporate Lawyers’ Association of New Zealand, general counsel of start-up software company Simultext Limited in Wellington, New Zealand, and a member of the governing council of New Zealand’s Law Society. He is available at This column originally appeared in the ACC Docket , a publication of the Association of Corporate Counsel. For more information about the ACC visit This column is published under the sponsorship of the Quality of Life and Career Committee. The committee’s Web site is at The Quality of Life and Career Committee, in cooperation with the Florida State University College of Law, also has an interactive listserv titled “The Healthy Lawyer.” Details and subscription information regarding the listserv can be accessed through the committee’s Web site or by going directly to read more

ONE 5.0 Bluetooth wireless earbuds offer noise cancellation and hands-free calls » Gadget Flow

first_imgWith a comfortable in-ear design, the ONE 5.0 Bluetooth wireless earbuds give you all the functions you need. In fact, these Bluetooth earbuds offer noise cancelation so you’re never distracted by annoying sounds around you. Plus, you’ll love the hands-free calling experience you get thanks to their integrated microphone. Compatible with both Android and iOS gadgets, these earbuds use Bluetooth 5.0 wireless connectivity for efficient transmission. What’s more, they offer 3D surround sound, so you’ll love them for gaming. Simply take your earbuds out of their box, and they automatically pair with the last device. When you put them in their charging case, they power off automatically. You can use these Bluetooth wireless earbuds together or separately, and you can take them everywhere thanks to their portable size. Finally, made of silicone, these earbuds fit so comfortably that you can wear them for hours on end. – Advertisement –last_img read more

Former Egyptian president Mohammed Morsi sentenced to life in Prison

first_imgMorsi was found guilty on charges of espionage.Former Egyptian president Mohammed Morsi has been sentenced to life in Prison.Morsi will have to spend 25 years in jail which is the maximum sentence for life imprisonment .He was found guilty on charges of espionage.The court still has to decide whether to confirm or commute death sentences it handed down against Morsi in a separate case related to a 2011 prison break.General guide of the Muslim Brotherhood Mohamed Badie was also sentenced to 25 years in jail on spying charges on Tuesday. The court handed town a total of 17 life sentences on charges of spying.Muslim Brotherhood leader Khairat el-Shater and two others were sentenced to death in the same case.Death sentences were also handed to 13 other defendants in absentia.Deposed President Mohammed Morsi had been preliminarily sentenced to death on charges of escaping from prison.The Court has referred the papers of Morsi and 104 others to the Grand Mufti, Egypt’s top Islamic scholar, for confirmation of the death sentences.Morsi was officially ousted as president by Egypt’s armed forces on July 3, 2013.Following the army’s announcement, which was televised, millions of protesters celebrated countrywide, reportedly shouting phrases like “God is great” and “Long live Egypt.”Not long after the announcement was made, Morsi stated that the Egyptian military’s measures “represent a full coup categorically rejected by all the free men of our nation” via his Twitter page.Morsi’s removal from power led to unrest across Egypt with clashes taking place between his supporters and detractors. The Egyptian government killed some pro-Morsi Muslim protestors during this time.The government also arrested and tried some of his supporters as well. That November, Morsi himself was put on trial for allegedly inciting the murder of several protestors in December 2012.He told the court that “this trial is illegimate,” according to a report in The New York Times. Morsi claimed to still be the rightful president of Egypt. After only one day in court, the trial was postponed until early 2014.last_img read more

Struggling Man Utd must improve quickly, says James

first_img Loading… Daniel James admitted Manchester United’s performance against Burnley “simply wasn’t good enough” after an embarrassing defeat that darkened the mood at the troubled club.Advertisement Burnley triumphed at Old Trafford on Wednesday for the first time since 1962, with Chris Wood and Jay Rodriguez scoring in a 2-0 win.United have now lost more Premier League games than they have won since Solskjaer’s permanent appointment in March and are 30 points behind leaders Liverpool, who also have two games in hand on their rivals.The Norwegian boss reportedly retains the backing of the United hierarchy despite the club’s dismal run, but Wales winger James knows they must improve quickly.“Obviously disappointing,” James said following the defeat. “Today obviously wasn’t good enough. We know that and obviously the fans know that as well.“We need to, as a team, take chances better. Today we had quite a number of shots.”James bemoaned a lack of cutting edge during a promising United start that quickly unravelled, with Solskjaer’s side mustering little response to Burnley’s goals either side of half-time.Rodriguez’s stunner early in the second half led to renewed, furious chants calling for owners the Glazers and executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward to leave, with thousands of fans rising to their feet as “Stand up if you hate Glazers” echoed around the ground.There were jeers at the final whistle but there was still support for Solskjaer and the players between songs aimed at the club hierarchy.“I think every week, home and away, they cheer us on and stick by us,” said James. “We’re obviously going to react to this. We know that wasn’t good enough today.”United have a frantic fixture schedule coming up, with an FA Cup fourth-round tie against Tranmere or Watford on Sunday.A trip to Manchester City for the second leg of the League Cup semi-final, a match they head into 3-1 down, follows on Wednesday, before attention turns to narrowing the gap to the top four, with United still fifth.Struggling Man Utd must improve quickly, says James— CLEANSHEET (@Cleansheet) January 23, 2020Read Also: Man United Launch £30m Bid For 16-Year-Old Bellingham“I think that’s obviously still up for grabs,” James said of the Champions League spots. “We’ve got to keep fighting.“We’ll reflect on this game and then see what obviously went wrong today. Then we’ve got two big cup games coming up. We’ve got to go into that with heads held high.”FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 center_img Promoted Content7 Black Hole Facts That Will Change Your View Of The UniverseWe’re Getting More Game Of Thrones: Enter House Of The Dragon!Which Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?Best Car Manufacturers In The WorldCrazy Expensive Things That Taylor Swift Owns5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme Parks5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme ParksTop 10 Most Romantic Nations In The World6 Incredibly Strange Facts About Hurricanes7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend Better7 Facts About Black Holes That Will Blow Your MindThe Models Of Paintings Whom The Artists Were Madly In Love Withlast_img read more

NegOcc sets up more sweeper flights for stranded residents

first_imgAfter that, the Bacolod-Silay Airport will already be opened to commercial flights. BACOLOD City – The provincial government has arranged sweeper flights with the Philippine Airlines (PAL) for the repatriation this week of residents stranded in Metro Manila due to travel restrictions brought by coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).On Monday, Gov. Eugenio Jose Lacson and Bacolod-Silay Airport manager Percy Malonesio led the inspection of the installation of thermal scanners and swab-testing booths for COVID-19 at the airport located in Silay City. Magallanes-Tan said the provincial government organized these sweeper flights to ensure that LSIs and returning Negrenses will be given priority in all flights until June 15. Passengers on the special flights are paying for their own fare, she added. Locally stranded individuals (LSIs) in Negros Occidental and Bacolod City can also book for seats on a return flight scheduled at 1 p.m. On Monday also, eight overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) who are residents of Bacolod and 13 others from this province were repatriated aboard an AirAsia sweeper flight from Manila around 12:50 a.m. Magallanes-Tan said those who have previously bought tickets from PAL for Bacolod-bound flights need to rebook to take either of the sweeper flights. The provincial government warned that anyone misrepresenting his or her identity, residence and other personal details to obtain a ticket will be blacklisted and subjected to criminal and administrative action.center_img Some 21 OFWs and a child – all from Negros Occidental – also landed at the Bacolod-Silay Airport around 2:50 a.m. on June 7. Twelve Bacolodonons were also on the same flight.Later that day, a total of 102 LSIs who are residents of this city arrived on a PAL special flight around 3 p.m. “PAL will just refund the payments made for commercial flights,” she added. The trips from Metro Manila depart around 11 a.m. and arrive in Bacolod-Silay Airport around 12:30 p.m. A new batch of repatriated Negrense Overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) who arrived at the Bacolod-Silay Airport in Silay City, Negros Occidental on June 9 undergo swab testing for coronavirus disease 2019 at the booths of the airport arranged by the provincial government. More residents of the province who are stranded in Metro Manila are set to be repatriated this week. PROVINCIAL GOVERNMENT OF NEGROS OCCIDENTAL Charina Magallanes-Tan, spokesperson of Provincial Incident Management Team for COVID-19, said the three-day repatriation flights started yesterday. On June 6, a PAL sweeper flight carrying 14 Negrense and three Bacolodnon overseas workers landed at the airport around 2:15 a.m.(With a report from PNA/PN)last_img read more

The Latest: Germany plans to test soccer players for doping

first_imgMaracineanu is a former Olympic swimmer. She says “it wouldn’t be the end of the world” if the Tour de France has to be canceled.___UEFA has postponed next year’s women’s European Championship soccer tournament to July 2022.The UEFA executive committee decided the new dates for the 16-nation tournament in England will be July 6-31.The switch was made after UEFA and the IOC decided last month on one-year postponements for Euro 2020 and the Tokyo Olympics. Britain, the Netherlands and Sweden will play in the women’s soccer tournament at the Olympics. April 23, 2020 Hungarian lawmakers approved a state of emergency on March 30 without an end-date. That gave the government the right to rule by decree on issues related to the pandemic for as long as it considers it necessary.___More AP sports: and,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6 The former Manchester United coach says he saw a sign in the window of a local shop asking for volunteers to be delivery drivers.Moyes answered the call and says “all I was doing was dropping (the packages) at the door, knocking and then going away. It was beautiful big boxes of fruit and veg.”He also had to ask some residents for payment if they hadn’t done so online.Moyes says one incident “with this particular older lady, I think it was 16.80 pounds ($20.70) for one box of fruit and veg. She gave me a 20-pound note and said, ‘Here son, just keep the change.’”The Premier League has been suspended since March 13. That was the day after Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta tested positive for the virus. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___The German anti-doping agency says it plans to test soccer players if the season resumes in empty stadiums. Associated Press The Latest: Germany plans to test soccer players for doping ___German soccer could resume on May 9 if regional politicians sign off on the league’s plan.The state governors of Bavaria and North Rhine-Westphalia have said May 9 would be acceptable but other state officials have signaled they would prefer the middle or end of May.League CEO Christian Seifert says “if the state governors and the federal government decide that this day is May 9, then we would be ready on May 9.”Seifert says games could be held with a limit of 213 people in the stadium and up to 109 in the surrounding area. Baseball and soccer officials both agreed nothing could begin until a state of emergency was lifted in Japan. The earliest that can happen is May 6. They are expected to wait until that date before moving forward.The J-League’s top two soccer divisions were suspended in February. Japanese baseball played some preseason games without fans before all play was stopped.___Three more Diamond League meetings will not go ahead as scheduled because of the coronavirus pandemic.The Prefontaine Classic in Eugene, Oregon, on June 7 and the meet in Paris on June 13 have both postponed with no new dates set. The Bislett Games in Oslo on June 11 will be rebranded as the Impossible Games and turned into an exhibition event. ___UEFA is sharing almost 70 million euros ($75.5 million) among 676 clubs that released players for European Championship qualifiers and Nations League games in the past two years.UEFA says it’s releasing the money early to help “in light of the current crisis and the financial difficulties many clubs are facing” during the coronavirus pandemic.A long-standing agreement between UEFA and the European Club Association guarantees clubs at least 200 million euros (216 million) from Euro 2020 revenues to compensate for releasing players to national duty in the 2018-20 cycle.Payments were due after Euro 2020 but are now sending much-needed cash to clubs after the coronavirus outbreak forced the tournament to be postponed by one year. Wembley Stadium in London will stage both the men’s and women’s European finals.UEFA says the rescheduled women’s tournament will retain the same 10 stadiums. It opens with England playing at Old Trafford in Manchester.___A decree issued by the Hungarian government allows most professional sports clubs and soccer teams to cut the salaries of players and other personnel like managers and trainers by up to 70%.The decree signed by Prime Minister Viktor Orban says the wage cuts can be implemented for as long as the state of emergency declared because of the coronavirus pandemic remains in effect. The first nine scheduled events of the 15-meet season have all now either been postponed, rescheduled or downgraded. The Anniversary Games in London on July 4 are now the earliest scheduled competition of the season.There is a larger window to reschedule meets in the second half of the year because the Tokyo Olympics have been postponed to 2021.Organizers said the meet in Oslo would still offer prize money from a $50,000 contribution by World Athletics. It will feature 400-meter hurdles world champion Karsten Warholm attempting a world record in the rarely raced 300 hurdles.___French Sports Minister Roxana Maracineanu says the resumption of sporting events in the country is not among the government’s priorities. Moyes had to self-isolate after that because he had come into close contact with Arteta days earlier.___It’s still not clear when baseball or soccer will resume in Japan but it will likely be without fans when it does.That was the decision when the heads of Japanese professional baseball and soccer met in online meetings.Japanese baseball commissioner Atsushi Saito says “my feelings that I want to start the season without spectators haven’t changed.” NADA spokeswoman Eva Bunthoff tells The Associated Press the agency has “developed concepts” for urine and blood tests at games.The German league hopes to resume next month after a two-month shutdown because of the coronavirus pandemic.Bunthoff adds the agency is talking with the German soccer federation and the men’s league. She says “most important are the security measures to make sure there is a proper prevention system in place to prevent infections with the virus.“___Churchill Downs will recognize the first Saturday in May with a “Kentucky Derby at Home” online party, highlighted by a virtual Derby featuring 13 former Triple Crown winners in an effort to raise $2 million for COVID-19 relief. The highest-earning club will get 630,000 euros ($680,000) calculated pro rata per player named on a national team’s match sheet. That club was not identified.UEFA says 2.7 million euros ($2.9 million) of the money will go to clubs after the 16-nation Euro 2020 playoffs later this year.Players selected for the Euro 2020 tournament will earn at least 130 million euros ($140 million) more for their clubs from UEFA.___West Ham manager David Moyes has been delivering fruit and vegetables to elderly residents in his village during soccer’s lockdown amid the coronavirus outbreak. The 146th Kentucky Derby was postponed from May 2 to Sept. 5 because of public health concerns about pandemic, the first time horse racing’s marquee event won’t run on its traditional day since 1945. The computer-generated Derby created by Inspired Entertainment will feature past Triple Crown champions using data algorithms, including historical handicapping information for each horse to determine the probability of potential finishing positions.“Our fans will be captivated by the realistic view of the virtual race,” Churchill Downs president Kevin Flanery said in a release, “and we can debate, as we do each year, our favorite to win.”Fans can choose their horse on starting April 30 and donate to COVID-19 relief efforts. Churchill Downs will match donations up to $1 million for the Team Kentucky Fund and Direct Relief.Participants who choose the winner will have the chance to win a Kentucky Derby VIP Experience. The virtual Derby will be shown May 2 on NBC during a special broadcast featuring the 2015 Kentucky Derby, when American Pharoah began his Triple Crown run.___ UEFA says it will allow leagues to determine the final places for Champions League and Europa League qualification on “sporting merit” if they can’t resume during the coronavirus pandemic.The governing body of European soccer says qualification from a “prematurely terminated domestic competition” can be rejected if “there is a public perception of unfairness in the qualification of the club.”UEFA says it is ideal for countries to complete seasons but acknowledges that might not be possible because of government orders banning sporting events.UEFA also accepts “insurmountable economic problems” could make finishing seasons “impossible because it would put at risk the long-term financial stability of the domestic competition and/or clubs.”UEFA’s own club competitions remain incomplete. German clubs are being urged not to bank on ticket sales for much of next season.League CEO Christian Seifert says “we don’t know if there will be games without fans in February or March still. We asked the club to plan without spectator income for the first part of next season.”German clubs are hoping to resume games next month after a two-month shutdown because of the coronavirus pandemic and to finish in time for many players’ contracts to end June 30. But a restart needs agreement from regional governments.Seifert says most of the league’s broadcast partners have agreed to pay up front to help clubs continue operating until the end of June. Some of that money may have to be paid back if the 2019-20 season can’t be finished.___ France is locked down until May 11 because of the coronavirus pandemic and speculation has increased recently as to whether the country’s soccer league could resume in late June.Maracineanu says “what’s certain is that sports won’t take priority in our society.”The Tour de France cycling race has been rescheduled to start Aug. 29 and end Sept. 20. The final day coincides with the same day the rescheduled French Open tennis tournament is to begin.Maracineanu was speaking in an interview with Eurosport television on Wednesday night. She says leagues could potentially start in September or have their remaining games canceled altogether. There are 10 league games left to play in France’s top two soccer leagues. Rugby’s Top 14 league has reached the semifinal stage.Public gatherings are banned in France until at least mid-July but Maracineanu says they could be extended until “at least September.”last_img read more

Hamilton disappointed with past champions’ comments on racism

first_imgLONDON (Reuters) – Lewis Hamilton has hit back at past Formula One champions Mario Andretti and Jackie Stewart for their comments on his anti-racism stance and push for greater diversity in the sport.Andretti, who won his title in 1978 and is now 80, was quoted by the Chilean newspaper El Mercurio as saying he had a lot of respect for the six times world champion but asked why he had ‘become a militant’.The American great also spoke, in comments translated into Spanish, of “creating a problem that doesn’t exist” and added that “in motor racing colour doesn’t matter; you have to win your place with results, and that’s the same for everyone.”. Triple champion Stewart, 81 and Britain’s most successful driver until Hamilton came along, had told ITV’s Good Morning Britain that he did not think Formula One had as big a problem as it might seem.Hamilton is the only Black driver in a sport that is heavily white and male. “This is disappointing but unfortunately a reality that some of the older generation who still have a voice today cannot get out of their own way and acknowledge there is a problem,” Hamilton said in an Instagram story. “Again, this is plain ignorance but that will not stop me from continuing to push for change,” he said of Andretti’s comments.“It is never too late to learn and I hope that this man who I’ve always had respect for can take the time to educate himself,” added the Mercedes driver.Of Stewart’s comments, the Briton wrote: “Again, another one. Just disappointing.” Championship leader Hamilton has taken a knee before all three of the season’s races so far, wearing a Black Lives Matter T-shirt and using his platform to speak out against racial injustice.In Hungary last weekend, where the drivers’ pre-race anti-racism gesture appeared hurried and disorganised, the 35-year-old called on Formula One in general to do more in the fight against racism.last_img read more

No. 1 Trojans look to keep their record perfect

first_imgThe top-ranked USC men’s water polo team (3-0) will play in its first home match of the season Saturday against No. 17 Cal Baptist (0-2).Leading the pack · Senior two-meter Matt Burton is one of the captains on this year’s squad. He was a third-team All-American in 2011. – Mannat Saini | Daily TrojanThe match is scheduled to begin at 10 a.m., while the annual Alumni Game that follows is scheduled for 11:45 a.m.USC’s McDonald’s Swimming Stadium is hosting both the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation and NCAA tournaments  this year, so Saturday’s match could be the first of many Trojan home victories this season.USC steamrolled the competition over the weekend, winning their three games by a combined score of 65-10.The Trojans squared off against Cal Baptist in the second weekend of the season in 2011 as well, and defeated the Lancers easily, 14-3.Captain and senior two-meter Matt Burton, however, gave praise to the Lancers’ goalie, Austin Ramer.“He’ll hit a man in stride at any time to create a quick goal,” Burton said. “He’s really dangerous on the counter attack.”While the game will not have the intensity or competition that a matchup against a conference rival brings, it still provides valuable early-season experience.“We did not execute high percentage opportunities enough,” USC coach Jovan Vavic said. “Some of our returning players did not play their best last weekend, and we want to see improvement on Saturday.”Burton echoed Vavic’s attitude on how the team views Saturday’s game.“It’s kind of like a dress rehearsal,” Burton said. “We’re going to test out plays and make sure we don’t make mental errors. We can get away with those here, but Cal and Stanford will punish you for those [mistakes].”Additionally, these early non-conference matchups give the coaching staff more time to sort out positional battles before the level of competition and pressure increases during conference play.For example, the race is between sophomore Ely Bonilla and freshman James Clark to replace Cutino Award Winner Joel Dennerley in goal.Clark has yet to receive game time, but the talented backup for the Australian Olympic squad this summer is sure to see some action in the non-conference slate.Additionally, the games leading up to MPSF play will give a better insight into who can fulfill the second half of a 1-2 scoring punch with junior driver Nikola Vavic after 2011’s leading scorer Peter Kurzeka’s graduation.Vavic leads the team so far with 10 goals, while sophomore driver Kostas Genidounias is second with six goals. Redshirt junior driver Stephen Siri is third with five goals, while five other players are tied with four goals apiece.In fact, 19 players already have notched a goal this season after 21 individual players put the ball in the net at least once last season.Whether it’s balance or simply a slate of lower-caliber opponents that allow the backups and third-string to play significant minutes, this trend of variety in scoring will be sure to continue this Saturday, as well as throughout the non-conference schedule.last_img read more

Style clash awaits Badgers in Sweet 16

first_imgIf Wisconsin hopes to beat Syracuse’s 2-3 zone, players like Josh Gasser will need to make shots from the outside. Gasser currently shoots a ridiculous 45.6 percent from downtown.[/media-credit]Part of the fun in the NCAA men’s basketball tournament is the pairing of teams that do not often see each other, creating unique matchups and the clashing of one league’s brand of basketball versus another.The last time Wisconsin crossed paths with Syracuse was in 1999, and the time before that: 1927. Now, both teams are to face something not often seen in their respective conferences.Over the course of Bo Ryan’s 11-year tenure at Wisconsin, the program has become notorious for its patient, halfcourt offensive strategy, which feeds into the Big Ten’s image as a slow-paced and low-scoring conference.Meanwhile, Syracuse’s 2-3 zone defense is a signature of head coach Jim Boeheim and it serves as a starting point for its faster, full court length offense often seen in the Big East.And on Thursday, the two trademark methods of Ryan and Boeheim will clash for the first time.The No. 4-seeded Badgers (26-9) have not seen a defense quite like that of No. 1-seeded Syracuse’s (33-2), even though UW has already faced opponents that have switched in-game from man-to-man to zone.Wisconsin faced a 2-3 zone in the closing minutes of its victory against Vanderbilt last weekend in the Round of 32 and struggled to penetrate near the rim, “settling” instead for three-pointers, according to guard Jordan Taylor.“They (Syracuse) force people where they want them to go and I think when you back down from that and go back into a shell … that’s when they kind of impose their will on teams and get their way,” Taylor said. “You just have to stay aggressive and keep attacking them.“You have to be able to penetrate the zone.”But the Orange’s zone is more kinetic than most.“Some zones are more compact, more stationary,” assistant coach Gary Close said. “This one tries to make things happen for them offensively so it’s very aggressive.”Syracuse’s defense is an especially thievish one, standing at third in the nation with 9.4 steals per game and second with a plus-5.8 turnover margin. The Orange like to quickly turn their takeaways into scoring opportunities in transition, too.And they also happen to be third in country with 7.1 blocks per contest.Like Wisconsin being replete with potential shooters, the Orange have light fingers all across its roster and Dion Waiters is a prime example of the size and depth Syracuse has at its disposal. The 6-foot-4 guard doesn’t even start for the Orange but leads the team with 65 steals on the year.The Orange have five other players with between 31 and 49 steals and only three have started regularly this season. Four of them are forwards standing 6-foot-7 or 6-foot-8 and the other is a 6-foot-4 guard.“They’re the [No. 3] team in the country in steals and you don’t think that’s going to happen with teams playing a zone ‘D’,” Close said. “That’s how aggressive they are; that’s how long they are, athletic they are, how well they anticipate.”That Wisconsin plays a more methodical game, dedicated to finding the best possible shot, may help the Badgers from getting their pockets picked by the Orange. UW has protected the basketball as well as anyone this year, posting nine turnovers a game, good for second-best in the country.A 2-3 zone defense is more geared toward protecting the rim and leaves the perimeter susceptible – which fits neatly into Wisconsin’s offense. Just under 40 percent of Wisconsin’s shots this year have come from behind the arc with 36.2 percent of those shots connecting.But Syracuse’s defense is big and athletic enough to contend shots from outside and Wisconsin will have to remain just as alert.“You might think a shot is open but they’ll close quickly, so you just got to be ready for that – use shot-fakes, ball-fakes,” said guard Josh Gasser, who averages 7.7 points per game and has a team-best 45.6 shooting percentage from three.Syracuse also is vulnerable on the offensive boards. The Orange has been liable to miss out on defensive rebounds all year due to its defensive configuration.Back in the Round of 32, Kansas State, one of the better rebounding teams in the country, had more offensive boards, 25, than Syracuse had defensive, 23.In the meantime, the Badgers were a middling rebounding team in Big Ten play, coming out with a minus-0.1 rebounding margin.But although Wisconsin struggled to score against Vanderbilt’s 2-3 zone, the win might not have happened if not for two offensive rebounds by forward Jared Berggren and Gasser in the game’s last minute. Both boards gave Wisconsin a brand new shot-clock and allowed UW to drain precious time.“You talk about zones and offensive rebounds, those were two huge ones – Berggren and Gasser’s two rebounds that were able to get us another shot-clock reset,” associate head coach Greg Gard said.While the Badgers can count on more opportunities to put back second chances against the Orange, UW still needs to remain conscious of the way SU compensates via steals and blocked shots.“Any zone, that’s always kind of the Achilles’ Heel,” Gard said. “They do give up some [offensive rebounds] … but they also create a lot of havoc … shot blocking, they get a lot of offense out of their defense, jumping passing lanes, deflections, disrupting offensive flow.“There’s things they trade off for it but they’ve obviously gained a lot more than they’ve given up.”last_img read more