Volleyball keeps bags packed

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first_imgBRYAN FAUST/Herald photoAfter nearly a month of fine-tuning in early-season tournaments, the Wisconsin Badgers volleyball team is ready to tip off the real season with the start of conference play.Wisconsin will travel to the Land of Lincoln this weekend for a match against Illinois Friday and Northwestern Saturday as Big Ten action gets underway.The Badgers have stressed the need for improvement ever since opening the season at home with the AVCA Volleyball Showcase. After dropping a match to top-ranked Texas and squeaking by unranked teams in later tournaments, several key areas to develop were exposed, such as passing and defense.”I think we’ve definitely picked up our serving,” senior floor captain Maria Carlini said. “We’ve been working really hard on our defense as well and it shows. We’ve been outdigging teams that we haven’t in the past.”Head coach Pete Waite, on the other hand, is still looking for his team to get better in a different facet of the game — one that doesn’t involve skill so much as energy.”We’ve definitely improved since the AVCA Showcase, but there are still things we need to work on,” Waite said. “We need to try to push hard right away to get the jump on teams. This is a very good come-from-behind team, but it’s not a situation I’d like us to be in.”This weekend will provide the Badgers with a test to see where they are in their progression since the start of the year as both Illinois and Northwestern have drastically improved since last year.In 2005, the Fighting Illini and Wildcats finished in the middle of the conference at seventh and sixth, respectively. Despite being predicted to finish at just about the same spots, the two figure to be the conference dark horses.Illinois acquired two transfers in the off-season — outside hitters Stephanie Alde from Northwestern and Amy Palash from Valparaiso — something Waite believes makes the Illini a respectable team instantly.”Illinois has two transfers coming so they automatically have two veteran players stepping into their lineup that would’ve been holes with inexperienced players,” Waite said. “That alone makes them stronger already.”Illinois also has a very balanced team with two players hitting more than four kills per game — middle blocker Vikki Brown and outside hitter Kayani Turner.Freshman Ashley Edinger, ranked as the No. 1 incoming libero in the nation by PrepVolleyball.com, has stepped in for Illinois and provided the team with some much-needed defense, averaging 5.03 digs per game.The toughest part about traveling to Champaign, Ill., will undoubtedly be adjusting to Huff Hall. Its student section is one of the largest in the nation, as 1,682 students packed in for one of last weekend’s games, more than half of the 3,129 total fans in the arena. Furthermore, Huff Hall’s court is a tad bit shorter than most others so there is much less space to serve.”Their crowd has gotten stronger every year, so it’s a tough place to play,” Waite said.As for Northwestern, the Wildcats are coming off an upset win over then-No. 24 Arizona at home, going on to win its Wildcat Classic last weekend in dramatic five-game fashion. NU is undefeated at home so far this season.”Northwestern definitely has improved from last year,” UW outside hitter Audra Jeffers said. “They’re doing a lot more out of the back row with three hitters out of the back, so that’s going to be huge with our blocking.”We’re really going to have to seal up the block across the net, get all three blockers in to stop that.”Defensively, Northwestern is somewhat similar to Illinois.”Both Illinois and Northwestern are really good defensive teams,” said Carlini. “The main thing with those teams is they’re really scrappy, they play great defense so we need to outdig them.”Either way, starting the Big Ten season out on the road will be difficult, but the Badgers are used to traveling lately. After opening the season at home with the AVCA Volleyball Showcase and the following InnTowner Invitational, Wisconsin has been away from the Field House ever since, going as far as San Diego last weekend.”You’ve got to start somewhere,” Waite said. “We’ve been on the road the last two weekends so this will be three in a row for us, and in ways I think we’re prepared for it because we’re just packing up the suitcases again and hitting the road. We’re ready to go.”last_img read more

Adrian Marsh u-turns on joining William Hill as CFO

Posted on August 30, 2020Categories foxhpqlgTags , , , , , , , , , , ,   Leave a comment on Adrian Marsh u-turns on joining William Hill as CFO

first_imgShare William Hill has confirmed that it will recommence the executive search for its Group Chief Financial Officer (CFO) after Adrian Marsh revealed his intentions to remain with his current employer.Marsh, who intended to join William Hill’s executive team during Q1 2020, informed the operator that he would remain as Group Finance Director of international packaging business DS Smith.In his notice, Marsh emphasised that his decision was undertaken due to the ‘current unprecedented circumstances’ in which he would remain in his current role.Roger Devlin, Chairman of the Board at William Hill, said: “Whilst we note the reasons for Adrian’s decision, William Hill is focused on taking the necessary steps required in these unprecedented times to protect the interests of its stakeholders. We will provide an update in due course.”The update means that Ruth Prior, who is currently serving out her notice period, will continue to serve as William Hill’s group financial lead. Prior joined William Hill in 2017 as a member of the Board and Group Executive team, and announced her departure in January 2020Issuing a COVID-19 guidance this March, William Hill  took the drastic option of suspending 2019 shareholder dividends, seeking to bolster the group’s cash reserves.William Hill  underlined that it was too early to determine COVID-19 long-term impacts, but had anticipated that sporting disruptions would reduce group-wide EBITDA performance by £100-110m range. Gamesys tops list for GambleAware Q1 donations July 10, 2020 Share Related Articles Submit StumbleUpon William Hill accelerates transformation agenda to overcome COVID realities August 5, 2020 SBC Magazine Issue 10: Kaizen Gaming rebrand and focus for William Hill CEO August 25, 2020last_img read more

New Accomplishment for Edin Dzeko

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first_imgAs throughout the season, Dzeko played very well last night at the Europa league match, in which he managed to achieve the new season’s hat-trick.In celebration of Roma over Villarreal, Dzeko earned his place in the team side by side with some of the best world striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic.Dzeko has reached the incredible statistical success, and last night with three goals, he rounded his personal score to eight goals in European competitions, and a total of 28 goals scored in a season.Besides him and Ibrahimovic, good play was also seen by BiH’s national team player Danijel Milicevic, who has provided a great game in the victory of Gento over Tottenham.(Source: radiosarjevo)last_img

Mike Fiers receiving death threats for whistleblowing on Astros cheating scandal

Posted on August 14, 2020Categories foxhpqlgTags , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,   Leave a comment on Mike Fiers receiving death threats for whistleblowing on Astros cheating scandal

first_imgAs for Manfred, he supports Fiers’ decision to say something.“I want to be really clear about this: Mike, who I do not know at all, did the industry a service,” Manfred said. “I do believe we will be a better institution when we emerge at the end of this episode, and without a Mike Fiers, we probably would have a very difficult time cleaning this up. I think we would have done it eventually, but it would have taken a lot longer.”I have a real problem with anyone who suggests that Mike did anything but the right thing.” Despite all of the negative attention the Astros have received for their sign stealing scandal, the person who made everyone aware of the cheating is also receiving hate.Mike Fiers, who played for the Astros from 2015-17, revealed Thursday he has received death threats for whistleblowing on his former team. Fiers, who played for the Tigers in 2018 and is now with the A’s, told The San Francisco Chronicle he is not too worried about the threats. “Whatever, I don’t care,” Fiers said. “I’ve dealt with a lot of death threats before. It’s just another thing on my plate.”MORE: Why MLB needs more players like FiersFiers was the one who told The Athletic in November that the Astros were using outfield cameras to steal signs during the 2017 season. Houston ended up winning the World Series that season, which has elevated the severity of the cheating.A day before his interview with the Chronicle was published, Fiers provided quotes to The Athletic saying he wasn’t too concerned about getting hit by opponents’ pitches.”I’m not asking for extra security. I’m here to play baseball and I can defend myself, if anything,” he told The Athletic. “We do have National League games, and I’m going to have to get into the box (to hit) just like everybody else. It’s part of the game. If they decide to throw at me, then they throw at me. There’s nothing much you can do about it.”I’ve dealt with a lot in my life. I’ve dealt with people hating me before. I’ve dealt with a lot of life problems. It is what it is. And if someone’s going to retaliate then by hitting me with a pitch, it’s not a big deal.”MORE: Only players can stop cheating in real timeOn Tuesday, MLB commissioner Rob Manfred addressed Fiers’ safety: We will take every possible step to protect Mike Fiers wherever he’s playing, whether it’s in Houston or somewhere else.”In addition to the safety issue, Fiers also addressed a common complaint he has received — that he benefited from the cheating, earning a World Series ring from the year the Astros were using their sign-stealing system; and that he didn’t say anything until after he was gone from the team. One of the people with that mindset is MLB legend David Ortiz, who talked to media Thursday.”I’m mad at this guy, the pitcher who came out talking about it,” Ortiz said, referencing Fiers. “And let me tell you why. Oh, after you make your money, after you get your (World Series) ring, you decide to talk about it. Why don’t you talk about it during the season when it was going on? Why didn’t you say, ‘I don’t want to be no part of it?’ So you look like you’re a snitch. Why you gotta talk about it after? That’s my problem. Why nobody said anything while it was going on?”Fiers wasn’t responding to Ortiz directly, but his comment to the Chronicle addresses this topic.“I said from the beginning, ‘I’m not away from this. I was part of that team, I was one of those guys.’ Suspensions, fines — I’m willing to take as much punishment as they do. If they ask me to (return the ring), it’s not the end of the world,” Fiers said. “I couldn’t tell you why (I didn’t say anything). We were all in a weird spot. Everyone was in a weird spot.”last_img read more