first_imgClint Luna and his family have avoided large energy bill rises during COVID-19 because they have solar and battery power. Photo: Mark Cranitch.Thousands of Australian households will face eye-watering energy bills this winter as a result of COVID-19. Since the start of the pandemic, energy usage across the country has increased by 105 per cent, according to data from Natural Solar — Australia’s largest installer of solar panels and batteries.Average daily energy consumption has skyrocketed to 33.9kWh, compared with 16.5kWh at the same time last year. RELATED: Homes designed to reduce energy bills during summer and winter 1. Turn appliances off at the power point when they are not in use.2. Keep your air conditioner or heating at a stable temperature; in summer keep it above 18 degrees, and below 24 degrees in winter. 3. Turn off unnecessary lighting during the day or invest in energy-efficient bulbs. 4. Use your clothes drier sparingly, it uses a lot of energy. 5. Be mindful of the energy star rating when buying appliances. Paying more for an energy-efficient appliance will make you a more significant gain over time.6. Only use the washing machine when you have a full load.7. Consider portable solar lighting in your outdoor areas.8. Monitor your electricity usage. There are cost-effective tools you can buy that can show your consumption.9. Shop around for the best possible energy deal.10. If you can afford it, invest in solar panels and a battery storage system; it could save you up to $2000 a year. Source: Natural Solar Working from home and COVID-19 lockdowns have caused energy bills to skyrocket.As a result household energy bills for the past quarter could be more than double, with the average household paying $800, up from $406.75. Those households with higher than average power usage can expect bills of up to $1800 a quarter. Natural Solar chief executive Chris Williams said during COVID-19 Australians got a taste for what it was like to work and study from home, which had created a generational shift in where, how and why we use electricity.“We envisage the trend for higher usage is going to continue, and while it may be at a lesser rate than during COVID-19, even a 30 or 40 per cent rise will have a significant impact on household bills,” Mr Williams said. While the majority of Australian families will be hit hard by the increases, he said there were pockets of homeowners set to make it through the ‘COVID Quarter’ unscathed. Natural Solar’s Chris Williams with the SonnenBatterie that can save residents $2000 a year in electricity bills.Homeowners using solar power, combined with batteries to store unused power, have less reliance on the grid and greater chance of reducing or eliminating their electricity bills.For Clint and Christina Luna, who own a four-bedroom family home and have three children aged six, four and two, installing solar panels and a battery has allowed them not only to eliminate their energy bills but to earn money back.Mr Luna, who has two electric cars, said that with the cost of solar and battery power falling over the years, he realised that upgrading to a 40kWh solar system would allow him to run his house and the two cars at minimal to no cost.“My post COVID-19 energy bill was $200 in credit, so I actually made money back,” he said.“Solar is a bit of a no-brainer. It will give you payback in about three to four years. Clint Luna also has two electric cars. Picture: Mark Cranitch.Where else can you get a 70 per cent return on your money? If you add battery power to that, the payback is a little bit longer, but it’s still going to pay for itself in about five or six years.”Mr Luna, who runs an international business from his home office, said having alternative energy sources had other benefits beyond monetary savings, including the security of uninterrupted power.“If the area has a blackout, for instance, we still have power. We can just carry on as normal, which is really important, especially in these times when more people are working from home and relying on having power, no matter what.“Anyone who has the roof space and doesn’t have solar is pretty crazy.“I don’t have to worry about fluctuations in anything, not power prices, nor energy bills, nothing.” Solar panels help the Luna family charge their two Tesla cars as well as their household energy needs. Photo: Mark Cranitch. With the increased frequency of natural disasters — such as the recent bushfires and floods, followed by the coronavirus pandemic — Mr Williams said that there has been a general shift in people wanting self-sufficiency when it comes to powering their homes.He said improvements in technology had made power sources such as solar and battery more affordable, with households saving money almost immediately.“If the use of solar power reduces energy bills by even 10 per cent and bills rise by 3 or 4 per cent per annum, it makes absolute sense,” he said. 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first_imgMillhousen, In. — The Marion Township Volunteer Fire Department invites the public to a series all you can eat fish dinners. The dinners will be held on March 22 & April from 5 to 8 p.m. at the firehouse in Millhousen.The menu will include whitefish, tenderloins, hot dogs, French fries, baked beans, applesauce and a drink.For more information please call 812-222-0029last_img

first_imgDaniel Allen Crosby, 66, of Greendale, Indiana, passed away Sunday May 12, 2019.He was born April 10, 1953 in Cincinnati, OH, son of Glenda Irwin and the late Frank A. Crosby.He served his country as a member of the United States Army.Daniel was a self employed general contractor.Daniel enjoyed arts and crafts, he was highly creative and artistic. He loved to tell stories. Daniel loved the outdoors, fishing, camping and spending time with his family. He kept his family close by keeping in touch with them on a regular basis. Daniel was also a big animal lover. He was a man of faith and he instilled it in his family as well. Daniel was a good father and grandpa and he will be greatly missed.Daniel is survived by his children, Nikki (Michael) Klein of Milan, IN, Terry (Heather) Crosby of Lawrenceburg, IN, Amber L Crosby of Aurora, IN; his mother Glenda Irwin; wife, Tammy Crosby; siblings, Mary Hoerst, Sara Knigga and Marie Stephanolius; half brothers and sister, Jeff, Scott, Steve and Amy Crosby; several grandchildren, 1 great-grandchild.He was preceded in death by his father, Frank A. Crosby, and a son, Adam Crosby.A celebration of life and memorial service will be held on Thursday 5/16/19 from 4-7 pm at eldest daughters home, 7190 E. County Road 125 N, Milan Indiana.Final resting place will be in Mt. Sinai Cemetery, next to his son Adam.Contributions may be made to defray Funeral Expenses. If unable to attend services, please call the funeral home office at (812) 926-1450 and we will notify the family of your donation with a card.last_img read more

first_img In April last year, Zarate was supposed to be in Argentina receiving treatment for a skin condition after presenting the club with a doctor’s note, only to be spotted on holiday in the Maldives. At the time Zarate was not training with the first team due to persistent disciplinary issues. It was at the end of the 2012-13 season, after spending four years with Lazio that included a spell on loan with Inter Milan, that Zarate returned to his first club Velez. In his first spell, Zarate scored 28 goals in 99 appearances, and then last season he finished as leading scorer in the Clausura with 13 goals in 19 appearances, prompting Allardyce to bring the forward to Upton Park. West Ham boss Sam Allardyce has made his first signing of the summer with the capture of Argentinian striker Mauro Zarate from Velez Sarsfield. The Hammers’ big-money buy last summer, Andy Carroll, spent half of the campaign on the sidelines through injury to leave Allardyce short of options up front and then, on his return, the England international only scored two goals. Allardyce, however, has wasted no time in finding support for Carroll with the deal for Zarate. It will be Zarate’s second taste of top-flight football in England having played on loan for Birmingham for four months in 2008, scoring four goals in 14 appearances, but he was unable to prevent the Blues from being relegated at the end of that season. “This is a new chance for me and I want to play,” added Zarate, who scored 20 goals in 35 matches in all competitions for Velez last season. “I think I played well for Velez this season and that was important for me. I had some good team-mates and they helped to make it a fantastic season for me. “I know English football from my time at Birmingham and I hope I will play well and reach the highest possible level.” Zarate is a controversial figure as in 2010 while with Lazio, and on suspension for two games for insulting a referee, he was photographed giving a fascist salute. Standing with Lazio’s infamous ‘Ultras’ section of fans in watching a loss to Bari, Zarate’s spokesperson claimed the player was unaware of the significance of his actions. Press Association The 27-year-old has signed a three-year contract, with the option of a further year, as Allardyce strengthens his forward options after a troubled 2013-14 campaign in that department for the Hammers. “My reaction is that I am very happy to be at West Ham,” said the forward in a press release. last_img read more

first_imgTHE Guyana Telephone Telegraph company (GTT) has signed on to the Fruta Conquerors Football Club’s Youth Football summer camp by donating 20 footballs during a small session yesterday.The Telecommunications giant handed over the balls to the Club’s secretary Daniel Thomas on Tuesday and according to Public Relations Officer Allison Parker, the company has always fostered a good relationship with the football club.The camp began on July 10 and is scheduled to end on July 28 at the club’s Tucville location.According to Parker, following a request for six footballs, the company decided to donate 20 footballs instead, adding that the company is looking to assist in further avenues where possible.Meanwhile, Thomas, who is also the facilitator of the Youth camp noted that the club’s mandate is to ensure that those students on school break are involved in positive activities objective to gainfully occupy the youths of the surrounding community during the school break.The programme, Thomas noted, is not just focused on pure football drills but also on academics with remedial lessons in English and Mathematics being taught during the morning sessions.He explained that two teachers volunteer to teach the children but are paid a stipend by the club. In addition to these teachers; volunteer lecturers from the University of Guyana will be holding interactive sessions with the older adolescents/teens and parents of the children as well, in an effort to better equip them with knowledge of nurturing and guiding their children at home.The Youth Camp initiative, which was started by the current Guyana Football Federation (GFF) president Wayne Forde 10 years ago, was taken over by Thomas in 2012.He noted that while the programme started off humbly, the club is now able to provide hot meals for the children through assistance from the National Sports Commission (NSC) and Scotiabank.The participants of the camp who are 50+ in number are merely asked to walk with their gear and no fee is required.last_img read more

first_img2:30 p.m.South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster gave a brief welcome over video to NASCAR in a virtual version of the traditional pre-race driver meeting.The meeting was streamed on, and McMasters thanked the stock car series for coming to Darlington for its restart.McMasters said he was disappointed not to be at the track but vowed to be at Darlington’s first race with fans.“I love ‘The Lady in Black,’” McMasters said. “Our drivers, race teams and officials have been eagerly awaiting the opportunity to get back to the race track and we want to assure you that we have taken the return to racing very seriously,” Phelps wrote.NASCAR chose Darlington, the oldest speedway on the Cup circuit, as the safest place to restart the season after eight events were postponed and the series sat idle for 10 weeks amid the global coronavirus pandemic. NASCAR was facing a financial collapse if live races didn’t resume on national television. So the sanctioning body had its health plan approved in South Carolina and North Carolina and released an aggressive schedule that included 20 races across seven Southern states between now and June 21. The first event is called the “The Real Heroes 400” and is dedicated to health care workers fighting COVID-19. Health care workers will give the command to start the engines.Darlington is hosting three events over four days. Roughly 900 essential people have been approved to be inside the gates. After a video saluting healthcare workers, the rules for Sunday’s race were laid out. NASCAR used graphics to present virtual explanations for the racing procedures and the images included simulated fans in the stands. There are no fans permitted to attend a NASCAR race through at least June 21.At least one vehicle attempted to enter the property but was turned away at the only open gate outside the speedway.___1 p.m.Kevin Nobles wasn’t going to miss a race at Darlington Raceway. It didn’t matter that he couldn’t get near the track. Ricky Stenhouse Jr. calls his opening-lap crash “pretty embarrassing.”Stenhouse crashed exiting the second turn on the first lap at Darlington Raceway. His crumpled car was spitting flames as he drove to the garage. He retired from the race without completing a lap. He finished last in the 40-car field. “Not really sure a whole lot what to say there about our first lap, first corner,” he said. “Pretty embarrassing for myself, our team, our crew guys. I feel awful for them. They put a lot of hard work into getting our cars ready.”Stenhouse said he’s looking forward to trying again at Darlington on Wednesday night. ___ “I don’t want one single person to get down,” said Johnson’s crew chief, Cliff Daniels. “We’ve got a great race car, so don’t you get down.”William Byron won the opening stage.Ryan Newman and Chase Elliott were called for speeding on pit road following Johnson’s accident.___4:45 p.m 12:45 p.m.The first sign that Sunday’s race wasn’t a normal one for NASCAR was the lack of traffic on the four-lane highway outside of Darlington Raceway.Traffic is always one of NASCAR’s biggest issues as thousands of fans descend on often rural areas not equipped for the overflow of cars. Participants then turned onto a gravel road guarded by four state trooper vehicles and entered a health screening area. NASCAR officials there checked names, administered a temperature check with a device pointed at the forehead and logged the reading on a chart.Ryan Newman was in the car behind The Associated Press in the screening line. He leaned out his window for the temperature check and removed his hat so the thermometer could scan his forehead. Newman, wearing a camouflage face mask, was cleared to enter the track to prepare for his first race since he suffered a head injury on Feb. 16 in the season-opening Daytona 500.___ ___11:30 a.m.NASCAR Chairman and CEO Jim France is at Darlington Raceway and will remain outside the infield.The 75-year-old France is considered high risk to contract the coronavirus. NASCAR executive Steve O’Donnell posted audio on Twitter in which France grabs the public address microphone in the scoring tower and thanks “the entire industry for their efforts to get us back racing.”Roughly 900 essential people have been approved to be inside the gates. Ryan Newman is running in the top 10 in his first race back since a horrific crash during the final lap of the Daytona 500.Newman suffered a head injury as he skidded across the finish line in the season opener. His return comes exactly three months after the Feb. 17 accident.Newman started 21st in a Ford for Roush Fenway Racing.Meanwhile, Ricky Stenhouse Jr. crashed exiting the second turn on the very first lap of the race. His crumpled car was shooting flames from the back as he drove to the garage. He retired from the race without completing a single lap. He finished last in the 40-car field. ___ Seven-time champion Jimmie Johnson posted a photo of all the things he had to do himself at Darlington.“One of the perks of making it to the big time is showing up to the car with everything ready,” Johnson posted on Twitter. “Times R different right now & some of the responsibilities R mine again. Hopefully the drink bag won’t leak, visor doesn’t fall off, cool shirt is primed correctly & so on. #NascarIsBack”Brad Keselowski, the 2012 champ, also took to Twitter to show his new normal, a pre-race lunch he had to make for himself. It included a few raviolis, two hard-boiled eggs and a roll. He asked if water boiled differently in South Carolina. “Help me, guys. I’m lost,” Keselowski said. “Let’s go racing.”___ 2:40 p.m.Kyle Busch’s car failed inspection twice before Sunday’s race at Darlington Raceway and the reigning Cup champion will drop to the back of the field at the start.Busch is planning to run the first seven of NASCAR’s races resumed schedule over the next 11 days. His No. 18 Toyota from Joe Gibbs Racing was originally slated to start fourth. Busch is winless in Cup through the first four events held before the season was suspended March 13.His only victory of the season was a Truck Series race at Las Vegas the second week of the season.___ 3:55 p.m.NASCAR is back! The Real Heroes 400 is underway at Darlington Raceway, without fans and with masks and social-distancing mandates all around.The new protocols should matter little to the 40 guys who took the green flag for the first live NASCAR race in 10 weeks.Drivers, crews and officials wore face masks during pre-race ceremonies, which were performed remotely. The Fox Sports booth, featuring Mike Joy and four-time champion Jeff Gordon, also was being broadcast remotely from Charlotte, North Carolina. Driver Clint Bowyer wore a mask during a pre-race TV interview. Here’s a quick primer of other things to know: Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditDARLINGTON, S.C. (AP) — The Latest on NASCAR’s return at Darlington Raceway (all times local):___5:15 p.m. May 17, 2020 Holland flew in from Chicago to tailgate with friends from Darlington. The group was at a home directly across from the track. Holland said he didn’t hesitate when the opportunity came up. He says he’ll be back to watch the Southern 500 here in September. ___3 p.m.Because only essential personnel are allowed to attend Sunday’s race, drivers were on their own to prepare for 400 miles of action. They typically have a staff that manages their schedules, prepares their beverages for the race and other important details. 5 p.m.Seven-time NASCAR champion Jimmie Johnson wrecked while leading on the final lap of the first stage at Darlington Raceway.Johnson had passed Hendrick Motorsports teammate Alex Bowman for the lead with 10 laps remaining in the opening stage of NASCAR first race in 10 weeks. Johnson was trying to earn his first stage victory of the season — and only his third ever under this system.“I felt like I was going to be able to exit the corner side by side with them and things just went horribly wrong there,” Johnson said. “I feel terrible for my team and everybody at Hendrick Motorsports. We’ve got great race cars and things are coming in the right direction, but things just really didn’t turn out there on Turn 2.”Johnson arrived at Darlington with just 13 laps led in the first four events of the year. He is scheduled to retire from full-time competition at the end of the season. Johnson crashed as he was trying to put Chris Buescher a lap down. It ended his day. Nobles was part of a five-person group setting up a tailgate at an RV park outside the venue known as the the track “Too Tough To Tame.”Nobles, 56, from Aynor and on his way to Myrtle Beach, says he wanted to be close enough “to hear the engines and smell the gas fumes.”Nobles was excited that races were going live and believes it could be a big lift for fans following a 10-week hiatus amid the global coronavirus pandemic. William Coats, another member of the group, said the fellowship they’ll share Sunday is important.___ — Ryan Newman is returning after a suffering a head injury in a last-lap crash in the Daytona 500 on Feb. 17.— Matt Kenseth is out of retirement and driving for Chip Ganassi. He replaces Kyle Larson, who was fired in April for using a racial slur. The 48-year-old Kenseth is racing in the Cup Series for the first time since the 2018 season finale. He is the oldest driver in the field.— NASCAR chose the oldest speedway on the Cup circuit as the safest place to restart its season after eight events were postponed because of the coronavirus pandemic. NASCAR had been facing a financial collapse if races didn’t resume on national television.— This is the first of 20 races across seven Southern states between now and June 21. Darlington is hosting three events in four days.— Roughly 900 people have been approved to be inside the gates, all considered essential. Associated Press The Latest: Stenhouse calls early exit ‘pretty embarrassing’ — Teams are allowed 16 employees per car, including the driver and owner. Most owners gave up their spot because they are either over the age of 65 and at high risk for COVID-19 or their role at the track is not considered critical to competition. Several team members are helping remotely, offering a peek into how sophisticated NASCAR’s technology has become.— The first race back is called The Real Heroes 400 and is dedicated to health care workers. Names of health care workers across the country have been substituted for the drivers’ name above car doors.___3:30 p.m.John Holland might have traveled the farthest to not watch a NASCAR race. NASCAR is returning to racing following a 10-week layoff amid the global pandemic. The Real Heroes 400 begins at 3 p.m.___11 a.m.NASCAR President Steve Phelps is promising “the best race and racing experience possible every time we hit the racetrack.”Phelps released a letter to NASCAR fans Sunday, hours before the racing series returns to the track for the first time in more than two months. 12:30 p.m.Darlington Raceway President Kerry Tharp says he’s amazed at how quickly every part of NASCAR came together to bring back the sport.NASCAR’s top Cup series returns to the track later Sunday after 10 weeks off because of the coronavirus pandemic.Tharp was visiting the Raceway Grill outside Turn 2, where team owners were setting up for a watch party. He says the cooperation in NASCAR was essential in setting up three races over four days.Xfinity drivers race Tuesday night, with Cup series racers going again at Darlington on Wednesday night. ___More AP auto racing: and,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6last_img read more

first_imgTHE Trinbago Knight Riders (TKR)  are a formidable squad, not just a starting XI, as Kieron Pollard rested both himself and Sunil Narine from an experimental lineup that was still far too good for St Kitts & Nevis Patriots. Lendl Simmons found form, Sikandar Raza and Pravin Tambe were excellent with the ball, and Patriots are all but out of Hero Caribbean Premier League (CPL) semi-final contention.Patriots paired Sheldon Cottrell and Alzarri Joseph with the new ball, but they leaked boundaries to Simmons and Amir Jangoo. But Jangoo’s senior T20 debut was cut short by an excellent pick-up and throw off Cottrell’s own bowling to run him out.Joseph hit Colin Munro on the hand, and when play resumed after a short shower Munro was unable to continue. Simmons took 11 off Rayad Emrit including a Hero Maximum, and then lofted Jon-Russ Jaggesar over midwicket. He followed up with a cut for four, and Knight Riders were well set at 52-1 off the Powerplay.Jaggesar and Dominic Drakes kept Knight Riders boundary-less between the Powerplay and drinks, and Darren Bravo edged just short of Chris Lynn at short third man. At halfway Knight Riders had only progressed to 68-1.Simmons and Darren Bravo managed only singles off Emrit. Joseph hit Darren Bravo in the head, but all was well, and Bravo ended a 35-ball streak without a boundary with a pull for four. Simmons too broke free, pulling Emrit for another Hero Maximum, before bringing up 50 off 42 balls with a single.Simmons hitting Jaggesar straight over his head for his fourth Hero Maximum to bring up the Knight Riders hundred then cut for four as Knight Riders took 15 off the over. Emrit went to Cottrell, but he went for 17 as Darren Bravo lofted a Hero Maximum and Simmons picked up two fours. After 15 overs, TKR were 125-1.Darren Bravo also hit Drakes for six, bringing up the 100-partnership off just 66 balls. Simmons pulled another Hero Maximum and Bravo creamed a four through extra-cover, making the 16th over another productive one.Emrit went for just four off his last, and Joseph started the 18th well, but Simmons bludgeoned two Hero Maximums to take himself into the 90s and Knight Riders past 150.A Patriots bowler finally got a wicket, Cottrell getting Darren Bravo caught down the leg-side in a good 19th over that went for just 3. Drakes got two wickets in two balls, as Simmons pulled Cottrell to fall short of a century and Tim Seifert’s leading-edge was well caught by Lynn. Raza survived the hat-trick ball, and stand-in captain DJ Bravo smashed the last ball of the innings for a Hero Maximum.Akeal Hosein and Khary Pierre took the new ball for Knight Riders, and the latter picked up the dangerous Lewis, Tambe, belying his 48 years, took an athletic catch. Lynn and Joshua da Silva broke free off Pierre, each hitting a Hero Maximum with Da Silva also sweeping for four. But even an over of 18 took the Patriots to only 34-1 after six.Tambe and Anderson Phillip put the squeeze back on, with only one boundary between the Powerplay and drinks, and at halfway the Patriots needed almost 12 an over. A Tambe maiden pushed that above 13, and with Da Silva going at barely a run-a-ball and Lynn going at well under four an over there had to be an acceleration soon.It didn’t come off DJ Bravo, and while Da Silva drove Tambe for four, he was deceived by the Indian leg-spinner and drove a catch back to the bowler. At the end of Tambe’s outstanding spell, Patriots were 67-2 off 13 and needed well over 15 an over.Lynn climbed into a DJ Bravo full toss, but then sliced high in the air and was well caught by Raza to end a disappointing innings. Ben Dunk smashed Raza’s first ball for four but off his second got a reverse sweep all wrong and popped up a simple catch to Seifert. With five overs left, Drakes and Ramdin were staring at a required run rate of 18.That figure jumped above 20 as Pierre’s last over went for just seven, and Ramdin could only find midwicket when he tried to take on Raza, who did the work himself to pick up his third, taking a good diving caught-and-bowled as Drakes toe-ended an attempted straight hit. After 17, Raza had figures of 3-8 and Patriots needed 27 an over.Hosein picked up a deserved wicket late in his spell, getting Joseph stumped with one flung wide of off-stump. He celebrated by running to hug his childhood friend Khary Pierre. Imran found himself with three slips for company as Hosein finished off the 18th over, and the game was now officially unwinnable.Emrit added to the Hero Maximum charity fund off Phillip’s 20th, but Patriots didn’t come close to winning this one, and the Knight Riders had made it eight wins from eight without breaking sweat.last_img read more

first_imgThe No. 8-ranked UW wrestling team has a lot to be excited about going into the Cliff Keen Invitational in Las Vegas on Friday.The 4-0 Badgers are coming off one of the biggest wins in recent memory, coming from behind to win at Penn State. The then-No. 15 ranked Badgers came out of Happy Valley with a thrilling 19-15 win after being down early.”I think that win was good, especially for the young guys,” UW head coach Barry Davis said. “You’re going into a hostile environment with their fans being very verbal and the young guys reacted very well in that situation.”One such “young guy” is sophomore Craig Henning. At 7-1 this season, the 157-pound Henning has already emerged as one of the team leaders.”I think a big part of (his success) has been his poise,” Davis said. “It can be tied, he can be losing, or he can be winning, but he’s always got the same expression on his face. He’s very poised.”Davis isn’t the only one who’s been impressed with Henning.”He’s got a lot of talent and he works hard,” junior tri-captain Tyler Turner said. “A lot of people have a lot of talent and don’t work very hard or work hard but don’t have a lot of talent. You put those together and you’ve got a darn good wrestler, and that’s what Craig is.”There are compliments going around for the 4-0 Turner as well.”He’s a leader,” said Davis. “He’s shown it by dedication, sacrifice for the team, and he’s a leader off the mat, which is just as important as in the room.”Added Turner: “I love having guys look up to me. I just try to be a leader on the mat for all the guys to see, and off the mat, try to make myself available for everyone.”The Cliff Keen Invitational will feature some of the top teams across the country. Of the 50 teams competing, 10 are in the top-25 of the national rankings. Among those teams are Big Ten rivals No. 2 Illinois and No. 3 Michigan. Regardless of how the Badgers fare against the tough competition this weekend, Davis is impressed with how his team has performed thus far.”Mentally we’re a little further than I thought we’d be,” Davis said. “We’re not there yet, but we’re progressing pretty well.”Despite the formidable opponents they’ll be facing, the Badgers aren’t making any adjustments.”The (Cliff Keen) Invite will be good to see where we’re at as a team,” Turner said. “But we’re not approaching it any different than any other meet.”Added Henning, “We’re just going to do what we do best. We’re going to force our style on our opponent and hope it comes out all right.”Although the season is barely underway, hopes are high on the team after the blistering start to the year.”(By the end of the season), we should be way up there,” Turner said. “I don’t know if that means best in the nation, but definitely one of the best.”Davis is hoping to see his program take another step forward, and with the tough competition present this weekend, it should be a perfect opportunity to do so.”With the talent and the depth that we have, this is probably one of the better teams we’ve ever had here,” Davis said. “It’s an exciting time now for Wisconsin.”last_img read more

first_imgEarlier this season, Frank Howard called playing on the road “our dream.” He relishes the travel because it’s an opportunity to fly cross country and just focus on basketball. More than midway through the season, Syracuse’s record has reflected its “love” of playing away from central New York.“Get to step away from classes a little bit, just straight focus on basketball,” Howard said. “We get excited for that stuff, and we just want to protect our name on the road.”Syracuse (17-7, 8-3 Atlantic Coast) will put its 5-1 true road record on the line Wednesday night at North Carolina State (17-7, 5-6). The Orange is one of 11 teams with one or fewer road losses this season, per Two of SU’s biggest wins this season — then-No. 1 Duke and then-No.16 Ohio State — came away from the Carrier Dome. For SU to secure a spot in the NCAA Tournament, Syracuse will need to continue its hot play on the road in Raleigh, N.C. and in its four remaining road games.“When you go on the road in this league and you can get a win, you go home happy. Period,” SU head coach Jim Boeheim said.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textAnna Henderson | Digital Design EditorSU’s first trip away from the Carrier Dome took it to neutral Madison Square Garden, where the Orange lost to Connecticut and Oregon. But those losses made Syracuse’s first true road game — in Columbus to take on the Buckeyes — that much more important. The Buckeyes had yet to lose, and OSU was No. 1 in the NCAA’s initial release of the NET rankings. But even a quick start from Ohio State was overcome by dominant play from Oshae Brissett in Syracuse’s second ranked game of the year.The Orange was home for the remainder of nonconference play, but two more losses made the ACC opener, on the road at Notre Dame, another momentum-swinging contest. T.J. Gibbs hit four first-half 3s for the Irish, putting SU at risk of a conference-opening loss. But the Orange adjusted in the second half to get stops and win that game, too.“To get an away win in ACC starting off,” Tyus Battle said on Jan. 5, “it’s good momentum for us.”That set up SU for its win at then-No. 1 Duke nine days later, when the Orange weathered an early 14-2 deficit and triumphed in overtime. Syracuse’s only road loss at then-No. 10 Virginia Tech was followed by wins at Boston College and Pittsburgh to keep its play away from the Dome a strong suit.Syracuse’s road success often shows at the foul line, with its best free throw shooting day coming at Ohio State. In four of the Orange’s six road games, they’ve hit at least 11 3s, a total that’s only been reached twice at home in 16 games. Battle’s two highest-scoring games have come on the road — 32 points against the Blue Devils and 31 points at BC.“It’s better walking off and hearing boos but we’re smiling,” Brissett said.It matters, too. Road wins can be the difference if the Orange are going dancing, or not. The selection committee has used road victories as a part of its past criteria, a big part of the reason that SU’s 2016-17 team didn’t make the NCAA Tournament.That year’s Orange, led by Tyler Lydon, John Gillon and Andrew White III, beat three top-10 teams in the Carrier Dome, inciting three court stormings. But a 2-8 road record cost them. There’ll be at least two top-10 teams coming to the Dome in the coming weeks in Duke and Virginia, but wins against them might not be necessary if the Orange can keep up their play on the road.“We find joy if a team is cheering against us,” Brissett said. “It really turns us up. It’s better walking off the floor, like I said, walking off the floor with a smile on our face and they’re going home mad.” Published on February 12, 2019 at 10:51 pm Contact Billy: | @Wheyen3 Commentscenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

first_imgSwansea have taken to twitter to confirm that Wilfred Bony’s move to Manchester City has yet to be completed.Bony is on African Nations cup duty with the Ivory Coast who’s FA said the deal was done however Swansea says it will confirm the news through proper channels when it’s complete.Staying with transfer news and Sunderland have agreed a deal to sign Jermaine Defoe from Toronto FC. The 32 year old former Spurs and West Ham forward’s contract is said to be worth 70 thousand euro a week.last_img read more