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Spring Running Shoe Guide

first_imgFitsok ISW socks – 3-pack for $25ISW_crew_gr_rgbLooking for socks that can handle the muddy, wet mess of spring running in the South? Fitsock’s ISW sheds moisture and regulates temperatures in any condition. They’re made from a blend of wool and polypropylene, with a small amount of nylon to ensure a snug fit. Patagonia Tsali 3.0 – $110tsali 3.0This is the ideal mountain trainer. Lightweight and durable, this neutral-cushioned shoe with a 10mm drop is built for long-distance, multi-surface training runs. The upper sheds weight and minimizes seams for comfort, and the sticky runner outsole is super-grippy on singletrack. This is our wear-tester’s go-to shoe for logging mega training mileage leading up to big spring races. Sure, there’s still snow on the ground, but that doesn’t stop runners from training for big spring races. If you’re aiming for a PR this spring, here are three top training and racing shoes to get you across the finish.Pearl Izumi E:Motion Trail N2 – $120pearl izumi N2Toeing the starting line at most of the major trail races are runners in Pearl Izumi motion n2, and for good reason: the lightweight N2 is built to handle the rugged trails of Southern Appalachia without compromising speed or durability. It’s not just the elite athletes wearing the N2; mid-packers like our shoe tester found them well suited for his training runs on muddy, squishy singletrack. We’re not the onlyones who dig the N2; Trail Runner named the N2 its 2013 Shoe of the Year.center_img Asics DS Trainer 19 – $120asics673374_331703_jbRunning shoes come and go faster than . For many runners, it’s frustrating to finally find an ideal shoe only to have it discontinued a few months later to make room for the next latest and greatest model. Fortunately, there’s the DS Trainer. It’s been a favorite for nearly two decades. Asics has tweaked the design occasionally, but the DS Trainer always stayed true to its lightweight, versatile, durable roots. It’s perfect for long distance training and even racing. It can handle big mileage but is lightweight enough to provide quick turnover in your next PR chase. This classic is a reliable, durable trainer that gets our nod for best road shoe.last_img read more


December 30, 2020 0

Panamanian President Meets With SOUTHCOM, Interagency Leadership

first_imgBy U.S. Southern Command Public Affairs Office January 11, 2019 Panamanian President Juan Carlos Varela visited the Joint Interagency Task Force – South (JIATF South) in Key West, Florida, on January 4, to meet with U.S. Navy Admiral Craig Faller, commander of U.S. Southern Command (SOUTHCOM), and other SOUTHCOM leaders and partners. The trip was Varela’s first to JIATF South as Panama’s leader and provided an opportunity for President Varela and Adm. Faller, who took command of SOUTHCOM in November 2018, to meet for the first time. President Varela saw firsthand how JIATF South coordinates with interagency and international partners to illuminate transnational organized crime networks and support interdiction and apprehension by U.S. and partner nation law enforcement agencies. The multinational, interagency organization conducts detection and monitoring operations throughout their joint operating area to facilitate the interdiction of illicit trafficking in support of U.S. and partner nation security. In 1999, JIATF South, originally located in Panama, was merged with JIATF East to form the agency that exists today. “The relationship between Panama and JIATF South has withstood the test of time”, said Adm. Faller. “We’re here today because relationships only get better and stronger by working together, as evidenced by our daily collaboration at JIATF South and years of co-hosting Panamax, our largest multinational exercise”. President Varela was eager to visit the facility where a Panamanian officer is one of 25 military officers from 20 partner nations who serve on the team. Each country provides valuable contributions and shares in the successes of countering transnational crime and strengthening regional security. “There’s a change in the security of citizens as a result of the increase in narcotics-trafficking groups competing for distribution networks,” President Varela said, describing the concern shared by countries working together to counter the threat. “An increase of 60,000 hectares in coca production (in the region) is affecting all our countries. The efforts of JIATF South are critical for our countries, which are unaccustomed to confronting such sophisticated and well-armed criminal networks.” President Varela’s first trip of 2019 signified the strength of the bilateral relationship between the United States and Panama. SOUTHCOM is one of the nation’s six geographically-focused unified commands with responsibility for U.S. military operations and security cooperation in the Caribbean, Central America, and South America.last_img read more


December 20, 2020 0

In Practice

first_imgJames W. MartinIn the closing days of the 2003 session, the Florida Legislature adopted Senate Bill 1286 to require homeowners to give contractors 60 days written notice before filing a lawsuit for construction defects. If the governor signs the bill into law, it will immediately apply to all claims accruing after he signs, even if the contract was entered into before.The legislative staff report says the bill “creates a process to give homeowners…the opportunity to settle legal claims related to construction defects…before a lawsuit is filed.” It applies to new construction as well as remodeling. It only applies to dwellings.It is apparent from reading the bill’s process that it favors the construction industry in many ways:• The homeowner cannot file suit for damages until first giving the contractor 60 days written notice specifying the defects. The homeowner is supposed to send the notice within 15 days after discovering the defect.• The contractor then has five days to inspect the home, but it is not required to. The homeowner must give access during normal working hours, apparently even if the remodeling work was done at night and on weekends for the homeowner’s convenience.• After that the contractor has another five days to notify subcontractors and suppliers of defects it thinks they are responsible for, and each of them has five days to inspect the home, again during normal working hours.• The contractor is given 25 days after receipt of notice of defects to respond to the homeowner in one of three ways: a) the contractor may offer to “remedy” the defect at no cost to the homeowner; b) the contractor may offer to “compromise and settle” the claim by monetary payment within 30 days; or c) the contractor may dispute the claim.• All of the above is an arguably fair process, but here is where it tips to favor the contractor: The homeowner is given 15 days to reject the contractor’s offer, otherwise it is deemed accepted. The only method of rejection is to return the offer to the contractor with the word “rejected” printed on it. Thus, mere inaction by the homeowner results in acceptance of the contractor’s offer.This is only the tip of the iceberg. The bill is filled with ambiguities and inconsistencies. It precludes filing suit for damages, but not for specific performance. So, in theory, if the defect is of an emergency nature and if the only contractor who could repair it is the contractor to be sued, then the homeowner could sue for specific performance without going through the pre-suit notice procedure. The problem with this is that the homeowner’s claim for damages may be waived by doing so. And the homeowner could not sue for both damages and specific performance and just abate the damages portion because the bill specifically abates the “action” which is the entire suit.The bill even requires pre-suit notice before arbitration, and it even controls over arbitration provisions in contracts. Therefore, even if the parties planned their own alternative dispute resolution mechanism by contract, this bill would take that contracted right away and require the homeowner to follow the pre-suit claims process before seeking arbitration.There are a few words in the bill that broaden its reach beyond the usual construction situation. For example, the bill includes in its definition of “contractor” anyone that is engaged in the business of selling dwellings or attachments thereto. This is a very broad definition. It could include someone who buys and sells houses and does not live in them. It could include someone who sells interior decorations that are attached to houses.Any suggestion that this bill creates a process for homeowners to settle claims prior to litigation without the need to hire a lawyer is misleading. From now on, every homeowner who has a construction defect must hire a lawyer to take them through the pre-suit claims process.The legislative staff report notes that the bill’s process is similar to the pre-suit screening process for medical malpractice actions. It is unlikely that any patient has ever pursued that process without a lawyer.The bill can be read online at www.flsenate.gov. Only one senator voted against it. James W. Martin has written legal forms, books and articles for West, ALI-ABA, and The Florida Bar Journal . Martin consults from his St. Petersburg law office on contract, business, corporate, probate, wills, trusts, real estate and lawsuit matters. He may be reached at jim@jamesmartinpa.com. Law limits homeowners’ rights to sue contractors June 1, 2003 Regular Newscenter_img In Practicelast_img read more


December 19, 2020 0

Governor Wolf Signs Bill to Combat ‘Peeping Tom’ Drones

first_img Bill Signing,  Press Release,  Public Safety Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf today signed House Bill 1346 into law, now Act 78 of 2018. The primary intent of the bill is to protect the public by increasing the criminal penalties for using unmanned aircraft, often referred to as drones, to spy on or conduct surveillance of someone in a private place.“Signing this bill protects the personal privacy of Pennsylvanians,” said Governor Wolf. “With the rise in popularity of drones with video cameras, this is a commonsense step to prevent the use of drones to invade someone’s privacy. Drones should not be a tool to spy on someone in their yard or through their window.”The legislation makes using an unmanned aircraft to intentionally or knowingly conduct surveillance of another person in a private place or to place another person in reasonable fear of bodily injury a summary offense. Using an unmanned aircraft to deliver, provide, transmit or furnish contraband to a person in a prison or in a mental hospital is a felony of the second degree.There are exceptions for law enforcement officials, first responders and utility company employees and some government employees for using unmanned aircraft in their official duties. October 12, 2018 Governor Wolf Signs Bill to Combat ‘Peeping Tom’ Dronescenter_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more


October 16, 2020 0

People moves: AP3 fills investment team vacancies [updated]

first_imgAP3, Icelandic Pension Funds Association, Elo, Finanstilsynet, Robeco, IIRC, Willis Towers Watson, BNPP AMAP3 — Swedish state pension buffer fund AP3 has now filled both of the vacancies that opened up last month as part of the investment team revamp spearheaded by incoming CIO Pablo Bernengo.Sharish Aziz has been appointed as credit manager within the SEK394bn (€37.3bn) pension fund’s new fixed income and currency group led by Joakim Blomkvist, and Rikard Forssmed has been hired as senior equity manager within the equity group which is headed up by Magnus Tell. Aziz will join the Stockholm-based operation from her current credit sales role at Danske Bank where she focuses on high yield bonds. Before that, Aziz worked in Oslo for Cubera Private Equity – which was taken over by Storebrand last year – as an analyst.Forssmed, meanwhile, will come to AP3 from his job at Swedbank Robur where he has been portfolio manager of the firm’s US fund. He has worked at the bank’s funds arm for 18 years in total, during which time he has managed the commodities fund (Swedbank Robur Råvarufond) and also been in charge of trading and equities execution. At AP3, Forssmed will be managing an active equities mandate with a global focus, the fund said. Aziz will begin work in her new role in mid-August, and Formed will start in mid-September, AP3 said.Last month the buffer fund said it was looking for an equities manager as well as a credit manager as it sought extra skills in an operational overhaul. The changes follow AP3’s new portfolio structure implemented at the end of 2019 after Bernengo joined as permanent CIO last November.Icelandic Pension Funds Association – Hilmar Harðarson was elected at Tuesday’s annual general meeting of the Icelandic Pension Funds Association (Landssamtök lífeyrissjóða) to become a new member of the lobby group’s board, where he represents the Birta Pension Fund. Harðarson currently chairs both Samiðn, the association of industrial companies, and trade union FÍT.Elo — Finland’s third largest pensions insurance company Elo announced the election of a new member to its board of directors and six new members to its supervisory board. Annika Rönni-Sällinen, president of trade union Service Union United (PAM), was elected by the supervisory board to be the newest member of Elo’s board of directors, for a term lasting until 31 December 2022.Meanwhile, on the supervisory board itself, chair Ilkka Brotherus has been re-elected along with first deputy chair Pekka Kampman at Monday’s annual general meeting.New members taking up seats on the supervisory board are Martti Ala-Härkönen, Caverion Corporation’s chief financial officer; Pekka Eloholma, Sitowise chief executive officer; Leena-Mari Lähteenmaa, CEO of CGI Finland; Jussi Niemelä, Kotikatu Group CEO; Ville-Veikko Rantamaula, Professionals of Business and Technology (TRAL) CEO, and Olli Sarekoski, Veikkaus CEO. The meeting also saw several members of the supervisory board being elected to serve new terms.Danish FSA — The chair of the Danish FSA’s (Finanstilsynet) supervisory board David Lando is to step down from the role on 1 July, having told the ministry for industry, business and financial affairs he did not wish to be considered for re-election.Lando, a professor and leader of Copenhagen Business School’s (CBS) Centre for Financial Frictions (FRIC),  has chaired the regulator’s panel of overseers for two years and worked as its vice chair for four years before that. During those six years, Lando said the board had defined a good model for how it should work, and dealt with a number of major issues.“This is a good time for a new chair to take over,” he said. With two years left to go as FRIC’s leader, Lando said he looked forward to devoting all the time necessary to research that made a difference.Robeco – Peter Ferket, head of investments and member of the executive committee and the management board, is to leave Dutch asset manager Robeco for “personal reasons” as of the end of May. Until a successor has been appointed, Ferket’s responsibilities will be taken over by Victor Verberk, deputy head of investments and member of the executive committee.Ferket joined Robeco in 1997 and has been in his current role since 2016. He has also been chief investment officer for equities, co-head of Robeco’s quantitative equities team and portfolio manager of the Rolinco Fund. Commenting on his departure, Ferket said that, following “a personal challenge, my perspective on what is most important and valuable in life has changed”.International Integrated Reporting Council (IIRC) – Conor Kehoe, former McKinsey & Company senior partner, has been appointed chair of the IIRC and will work with its board and executive to achieve a global consensus on the structure and implementation of a comprehensive corporate reporting system.Kehoe led a McKinsey review of the corporate reporting system in 2019. He replaces Dominic Barton who chaired the council between 2018-2020 and stepped down to take up the post as Canada’s Ambassador to China.The IIRC Council is a global coalition of regulators, investors, companies, standard setters, the accounting profession, academia and NGOs promoting communication about value creation as the next step in the evolution of corporate reporting. It is working on addressing confusion in the reporting landscape through convergence.Willis Towers Watson — Johan Forsgård has been appointed as Willis Towers Watson’s (WTW) head of the Nordic region, managing the consultancy’s newly-formed geographical business area of Sweden, Finland, Denmark, and Norway. Forsgård was already head of Sweden and Finland for the firm, having held that post since 2016, and was head of Sweden for four years before that. He originally joined WTW back in 2005.Forsgård, who will continue to work out of Stockholm, started work in his expanded role on 20 May. He said the firm was well positioned to accelerate its existing strategy and deliver value to clients “in the shape of a more integrated Nordic team”.BNP Paribas Asset Management – Philippe Boulenguiez has been named global chief operating officer at the French asset manager, where he was most recently global head of BNP Paribas dealing services and responsible for the global trading function, including trading activities across Europe, the US and Asia, managing sell-side relationships, and treasury and exposure management.With his new appointment, Boulenguiez also joins BNPP AM’s executive committee.Looking for IPE’s latest magazine? Read the digital edition here.last_img read more


September 29, 2020 0

Shell CFO: first Prelude LNG cargo set for Q2

first_imgLNG World News Staff Image courtesy of ShellThe Hague-based LNG giant Shell expects to ship its first cargo of the chilled fuel from its giant Prelude floating LNG facility located offshore Western Australia.The facility has already shipped the first cargo of condensate in March.Speaking to the media during the presentation of the first-quarter results, Shell’s chief financial officer, Jessica Uhl said, the company expects to ship the first cargo of LNG in the second quarter this year.The company opened the wells in the fourth quarter last year, supplying gas to the Prelude FLNG, the largest of its kind.Earlier in February, Shell Australia chairman Zoe Yujnovich, said the company is taking its time with the commissioning process leading up to stable production of LPG and subsequently LNG.The FLNG facility is expected to stay moored at the Prelude gas field offshore Western Australia for 25 years. It is designed to produce 3.6 mtpa of LNG, 1.3 mtpa of condensate and 0.4 mtpa of LPG for export.last_img read more


September 28, 2020 0

Agger committed to Reds

first_imgLiverpool centre-back Daniel Agger has pledged his future to the club and is happy to shoulder greater responsibility in the wake of Jamie Carragher’s departure. Manager Brendan Rodgers’ defence may need significant surgery over the summer with Sebastian Coates seemingly destined for the exit and the future of Martin Skrtel – who lost his place to Carragher in January – uncertain. However, Agger is happy at Anfield and the 28-year-old insists he is committed to his contract, which does not expire until 2016, despite him being linked with the likes of Manchester City and Barcelona 12 months ago. “I still have three years left and I intend to fulfil them,” the Denmark captain said. Press Associationcenter_img “There are always rumours, but who is creating them? I don’t know. “It is not a bad thing to be linked with top clubs but you have to take 70 per cent (of the speculation) off and then you have the reality.” Carragher retiring at the end of this season leaves Agger as the most experienced defender at the club, having moved to Anfield in January 2006. While he may not be the most vocal on the pitch, Agger believes he has done – and will do – plenty in terms of leadership but admits he cannot replace Carragher. “Jamie speaks for himself. To be at that level for that long, it’s not impossible but really close,” he added. “You learn from every single player you play with in training. If you want to be the best you have to learn from the best. I don’t think you have to replace him because every footballer is not the same. Every person is different. “When someone steps down, someone else has to take over. I play the way I do. I am the person I am and I’m doing the things I’m doing and I won’t really change. I am taking the responsibility I need to take. I enjoy it and there are a few players who are taking a lot of responsibility.” last_img read more


September 21, 2020 0

Cricket News World Left Handers Day – Here is News Nation’s cricket squad on this special occasion

first_img For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. August 13 is World Left Hander’s Day.Sourav Ganguly helped India win consistently in overseas conditions.Yuvraj Singh is considered as India’s greatest match-winner. highlightscenter_img New Delhi: August 13 is World Left Hander’s Day. The day was first observed in 1976 by Dean R. Campbell, founder of the Lefthanders International, Inc. International Left Hander’s Day was created to celebrate sinistrality and raise awareness of the advantages and disadvantages of being left-handed in a predominantly right-handed world. It celebrates left-handed people’s uniqueness and differences, a subset of humanity comprised of seven to ten percent of the world’s population. In cricket, there are plenty of left-handed cricketers who have made their mark on the international stage. Be it bowling, battinr or fielding, left-handers have made their mark impeccably on the global stage. Here is News Nations squad of left-handers who make it to the playing XI. The criteria is one or two players from the top 10 Test playing nations which will feature in the squad. The rest of the players have gotten notable mentions. Here is News Nation’s left-handers playing XI with a 12th man.1) Sourav GangulyThe Prince of Kolkata and the god of the off side. When one talks about Sourav Ganguly, one can only think of those off drives. In ODIs, he was a brilliant opener while in the Tests, he was a solid option. Throw in the weight of captaincy and Dada becomes the ultimate player in the squad. 2) Adam GilchristIt was this left-hander which changed the way how wicketkeepers bat in ODIs. Even MS Dhoni was in awe of this cricketer. Adam Gilchrist of Australia added a different dimension to batting and keeping with his aggression. In World Cup finals, Gilchrist’s two fifties and a century put him in a different league altogether. 3) Brian LaraHe was like a Bharatnatyam dancer on the wicket. But, Brian Lara was an artist when it came to batting. His sublime prowess in tackling the spin bowling of Shane Warne and Muttiah Muralitharan was legendary. His knocks of 375 and 400 in Tests and 501 in First Class matches made him a batsman for big scores. 4) Alastair CookHe used to open the batting in conditions which were incredibly tough for openers. Yet, he prospered for 13 years. Sir Alastair Cook scored a fifty and a hundred in his debut match and it ended the same way in his last match. In between, he helped England reach the top of the Test rankings and was part of four Ashes winning contests. His 766 runs in 2010/11 in Australia was key in England winning a series there after 24 years. 5) Sanath JayasuriyaThe Matara Mauler was devastation personified. The Indian bowlers bore the brunt of Typhoon Jayasuriya during the 90s. His aggressive hitting in the first 15 overs of the powerplay was a consistent blueprint which was earlier laid down by New Zealand’s Mark Greatbach in 1992. His partnership with Romesh Kaluwitharana was legendary in Sri Lanka’s 1996 World Cup winning campaign.6) Graeme SmithHe captained South Africa in over 100 Tests. When it came to the fourth innings of a Test, he was the Go-to man. He took over when South Africa were at their lowest ebb. Graeme Smith was calmness, aggression and brilliance personified. Smith was key in South Africa’s twin successes in Australia and England in 2008 and 2012 and played a big part in South Africa not losing an away series for eight years. 7) Andy FlowerA left-handed wicketkeeper was a rare commodity in the 90s but Andy Flower of Zimbabwe was sublime. He employed the sweep effectively and even now, he is considered the gold standard of Zimbabwe cricket in terms of sheer contribution with the bat and behind the stumps. 8) Kumar Sangakkara The word greatness can be easily attributed to Kumar Sangakkara, who was the bedrock of the Sri Lankan batting for over a decade. Sangakkara’s consistency and appetite for big runs on a big occasion is testament to his average of 58 in Tests. In the 2015 World Cup, Sangakkara smashed four consecutive centuries which only enhanced his greatness.9) Wasim AkramHe could swing the ball in, swing the ball away and also was a master of nailing the yorkers in the death. Wasim Akram of Pakistan revolutionised the way bowling evolved in the 90s. His partnership with Waqar Younis formed one of the most destructive bowling combinations in world cricket. Wasim was the first left-handed bowler ever to reach 400 wickets in Tests.10) Mitchell StarcAt 6’4″, this guy bowls in excess of 90 mph and is deadly accurate – a very rare factor. Mitchell Starc learnt the trade from Wasim Akram and he has many attributes, including nailing the perfect yorker in the death overs and also troubling the top batsmen of the team with his nagging accuracy.11) Trent BoultIn many ways, New Zealand’s upswing fortunes in Tests and ODIs can be attributed to the swing and accuracy of Trent Boult. His Test numbers are amazing and in the World Cup 2019 semi-final, he got the big wicket of Virat Kohli. In the 2015 World Cup, Boult was the joint highest wicket-taker with Starc. Boult’s brilliance on the World stage makes him a terrific asset.12) Shakib Al HasanThe individual who put Bangladesh cricket on the World map. Shakib Al Hasan is the leading run and wicket-taker in Tests for Bangladesh and has played a massive part in Bangladesh becoming a major force in cricket. When the exploits of Shakib are mentioned in Bangladesh’s cricket history, it will be enormous. The other notable players to miss the list are Matthew Hayden, Yuvraj Singh, Saeed Anwar and Arjuna Ranatunga. Since a squad can be of 16 players and 11 can play, these brilliant names miss out. However, their contributions are immense. Yuvraj Singh is acknowledged as the greatest match-winner India has produced while Ranatunga changed the global cricketing world’s outlook towards Sri Lanka. Anwar held the highest individual score in ODIs for 13 years when he hit 194 against India in Chennai in 1997. Hayden, on the other hand, was a brute at the top who decimated bowlers with ease.News Nation’s Left-handed SquadSourav Ganguly, Adam Gilchrist, Brian Lara, Alastair Cook, Graeme Smith, Sanath Jayasuriya, Andy Flower, Kumar Sangakkara, Wasim Akram, Mitchell Starc, Trent Boult, Shakib Al HasanNotable omissions – Matthew Hayden, Arjuna Ranatunga, Saeed Anwar and Yuvraj Singhlast_img read more


September 19, 2020 0

Russell, Endicott take hold of kicking game

first_imgJack Russell took the field Saturday night late in the first quarter to kick an extra point, and the changing of the guard was complete.Redshirt junior Kyle French, the starter for the last year-and-a-half, was out of the game and the unproven sophomore was in.But the move was a long time coming.Head coach Gary Andersen established a weekly kicking battle between French and Russell during the first few weeks of the season. It was after French missed a 38-yard field goal against Northwestern that Andersen decided to jump ship and give Russell the start against Illinois.Russell did not attempt a single field goal in that game, and he has yet to make a field goal — missing all three of his chances spread over the last two seasons.The plot thickened Monday when French announced via Twitter he would be leaving the program at the end of the season, in a mutual decision with the coaching staff, to pursue other professional interests.But that is only half of the story when it comes to the kicking game this year. The other half’s name is Andrew Endicott.Endicott, a true freshman and walk-on from Roseville, Calif., has been taking kickoffs for the Badgers since week four, a role that he never thought he would fall into so quickly.“Obviously as a true freshman, it’s been great just trying to make the seniors proud,” Endicott said. “At the beginning of the season, I said whether it’s on the scout team or giving the return team a good look, that’s fine. It worked out to where it is and it feels good.”On the season, Endicott is averaging 60.3 yards per kickoff — the lowest average of the three kickers — but special teams coach Jeff Genyk says what has really impressed him is the amount of hang time the first-year player has gotten on his kicks.“He has higher hang time, which allows us to get better coverage downfield on their returner and that is important,” Genyk said.Together Endicott and Russell make up Wisconsin’s kicking game this season.Some kickers might see it as a lack of trust from the coaching staff that they have to share the role, but both young Wisconsin kickers seem to have embraced it as they try to hone their skills at the college level.“I definitely think it helps us to focus on just one aspect of the game,” Endicott said. “He doesn’t have to worry about kickoffs and then, same for me, I don’t have to worry about field goals. It’s one less thing in the back of our minds.”With all of the drama now behind them — the weekly starting battles, French’s misses and recent departure — the two kickers will try to get back to what’s important: making field goals and perfecting kickoffs.It hasn’t been easy.Russell is the first to admit that any kicker’s confidence can’t help but be shaken when you see how easily a player can be traded in for someone new when things go wrong.“It has [affected our confidence] a little bit,” Russell said. “Having that competition week in and week out, not really knowing who is going to be playing what position, but come Saturday we just have to be ready to play. It can be tough.”No room for errorWith their starting position on the line each week, Russell and Endicott’s relationship is competitive by nature.Practicing while mostly separated from the rest of the team, their preparations are built on one-on-one competition, which Endicott says is one of the few ways to replicate the stress and tension of a game-like scenario.Further exacerbating that competition is the very nature of the position. Evaluation of kickers is stats-driven to a much greater extent than many of the other positions on the field, and for a field goal kicker in particular, there isn’t much of a gray area; you either make the kick or you don’t.For a kicker, a down week in practice won’t just earn him a slap on the wrist, but could easily lead to him losing a starting spot, as Andersen seems to have indicated in his decision to remove French.And yet, despite the harsh reality of kicking, Russell and Endicott have a friendly relationship. The pair prefer to look at how they can grow and learn from each other, rather than worry about being displaced by the other in the starting lineup.“We get along really well,” Endicott said. “It’s been fun. Obviously we are competing, but we both feel pretty good with where we are at.”While it may not be perfect, the ragtag team of Endicott and Russell has done the job asked of it on a team that has not required a field kicker’s services all too often, as Wisconsin has only taken nine field goals through the first seven games. While some of this seems to have to do with the coaching staff’s reluctance to attempt a field goal, it also has to do with the efficiency of the offense this year — an offense that has scored a touchdown on 72 percent of its trips to the red zone.Still, Russell will be the first to point out that he is content when redshirt sophomore Melvin Gordon and senior James White are running the opponent ragged and scoring touchdowns, even if it means he only comes on for extra points.“Like at Illinois this past week, if all I’m kicking are extra points because we are scoring touchdowns, I’m OK with that,” Russell said. “I just want us to win.”last_img read more


September 16, 2020 0

First Deepwater Stun Dolphin, Meet First Bank in Final

first_imgZENITH WOMEN B’BALL LEAGUEFirst Deepwater recorded a surprise result in the semifinal of the Zenith Women Basketball League thursday by beating favourites, Dolphins, to qualify for the final.The impressive Deepwater girls won 70-57 to set up a crunch final with defending champion First Bank, that defeated IGP Queens 93-64 in the first semifinal also decided on Thursday. Deepwater were also no pushovers but in the past three seasons, it has always been Dolphins, First Bank final. The Aboderin ladies won two seasons back while the Elephant Girls won last year.Dolphins team apparently lost due to their inexperience as they filed to control the game when it mattered most especially towards in the third and final quarter of the match.First Bank coach Peter Ahmedu said the final would be an explosive encounter on Saturday at the National Stadium in Lagos.He said the two semifinal matches on Thursday were very interesting and the fans were also well entertained.Ahmedu said: “This is a very keen contest. I am happy we are in the final but it is not yet over because our target is to win.“We still have a big game ahead. Deepwater is a strong opposition and we are going to give our best. They have quality players and the battle is not won until we finish the match on Saturday.”The All Star match is scheduled to take place today with many officials of the sponsors, Zenith Bank, expected to be in attendance.The competition started April 10 in Abuja after which the second and third phases took place in Kaduna and Asaba respectively.Ibadan hosted the fourth edition of the competition before the Final Phase which draws to a close on Saturday.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more


September 9, 2020 0