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UW’s defense starts with Davis

first_imgLaura Hill/The Badger HeraldWisconsin women’s basketball guard Jade Davis possesses the key characteristics of a defensive-minded player: intensity, energy, aggressiveness and a sense of pride in her ability to defend. The junior out of Lone Tree, Colorado may not have the offensive statistics that senior stars Alyssa Karel, Lin Zastrow and Tara Steinbauer have, but she is one of the Badgers’ strongest defensive players. Davis, who spent part of the year coming off the bench, has solidified a starting role and is often faced with the task of guarding the best players in the Big Ten. “She’s arguably our best defender; we 90 percent of the time put her on the other team’s best player,” assistant coach John Barnes said. “She’s done a great job of taking that role, of trying to shut down the opposing team’s big scorer … We expect her to play great defense and make open shots.”Davis averages 4.5 points per game, the lowest of any starter, but ranks second on the team with 1.14 steals per game. Her defensive intensity is quickly apparent in any of Wisconsin’s games, as she can always be heard yelling “ball” from the sidelines.While other player’s measure their performances on how many points they score or how many rebounds they collect, Davis focuses on the statistics of the player she defended. Her list of achievements include keeping Purdue’s star guard Brittany Rayburn from scoring a single point in their matchup earlier this year.“I pride myself on defense sometimes,” Davis said. “Some people feel good scoring 17 points; I feel good when [the player I’m defending] doesn’t score 17 points. So I think there’s just some sort of difference there.”The junior guard has truly had a breakout year as she has averaged more points and almost doubled her minutes from last season. Setting career highs in essentially every category, Davis seems to have found a comfortable role for the Badgers this season. Having started just one game coming into this year, UW fans may not have expected to see such improvement in Davis. However, coaches and teammates had confidence that she was ready to become a major contributor for the Badgers. “In preseason…we expected her to be in this role,” Barnes said. “She’s improved on [her game] throughout the year, and that’s the way you win the Big Ten, is if you can get better every day in practice, and learn from your mistakes and use the game situations to get you better. And hopefully at the end of the year you’re playing your best basketball, and that’s the way she’s headed.”Like many players coming in as freshmen, Davis admits that her expectations may have been a little ambitious coming in. A player who won three state championships in high school, she averaged just 14.1 minutes a game during her first year in a Wisconsin uniform. “Every player comes in as a freshman thinking, ‘Oh I’m going to get this, I’m going to get that,’” Davis said. “I mean, it was kind of a reality check at first, but I think I’ve kept working, and I just wanted to be better every single day. So I think that’s helped.” Much of Davis’ development can be traced to the game-like intensity that she maintains during practice. A fierce competitor, her teammates realize that there is never an easy matchup if she is facing up with them. Although she may not fill up the box score, it is hard to deny that Davis’ presence on the court encourages the whole team to play strong defense. “She comes to every practice just battling, and just working as hard as she possibly can,” sophomore guard Taylor Wurtz said. “I think Jade has a really solid defense, and she brings that ‘X-factor’ to our team…Jade’s a hard worker, and I expected great things from her.”Beyond her defense, Davis is one of the most enthusiastic and vocal members of the Badgers’ squad, something that certainly has a positive effect on her teammates. A crucial aspect of her defense, the junior guard seems glued to the ball and always has a hand in the defender’s face. On a team that is built around defense, Davis seems to be the perfect player to have on the Wisconsin roster. Her love for stopping the best players from scoring appears to have rubbed off on her teammates, and since she has become a regular starter, the Badgers have been winning a lot more games.“You don’t want Jade to guard you,” Wurtz said. “She gets up in your shorts, and she just plays great defense and she’s always talking out there too, which communication is a big part of defense.”The rest of the Big Ten is hoping it won’t be guarded by Davis, too.last_img read more

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For second straight week Selkirk player earns league recognition

first_imgHe opened the scoring at the 12 minute mark of the first period on a Selkirk power-play and helped set up another man-advantage tally less than three minutes later.Then, with the Saints up a pair midway through the second period, he sent team captain Jordan Wood in alone on TWU starter Harry Fredeman. Wood made no mistake to extend the home lead to 4-1 and earn Proulx his third point of the game and first-star honours. The Trail, B.C. product leads the Saints in scoring through three regular season games with six points (two goals, four assists).Those totals are also good for second in the BCIHL behind Player of the Week winner Ben Van Lare. “Logan’s had an excellent start to the season and made big contributions at both ends of the ice,” said Saints head coach Jeff Dubois.”He’s formed a productive partnership with his linemates (Wood and former BCHL, 50-point winger Jackson Garrett) and been named an assistant captain on account of his strong leadership skills.” The Saints return to home ice at the Castlegar Recreation Complex on Friday in a battle of unbeaten teams when Thompson Rivers University (Kamloops, B.C.) visits for the first of two weekend games.Faceoff is set for 7:30 p.m. For more information on Saints single game tickets and passes, visit GoSaints.ca.SAINTS NOTES: This is the second consecutive week that a Selkirk player was tabbed as an Honourable Mention for BCIHL Player of the Week. Defenceman Lucas Hildrebrand was recognized last week after his OT goal lifted the Saints to a win over the University of Victoria. The Selkirk College Saints Men’s Hockey program is pleased to announce that first-year centre Logan Proulx has been named an Honourable Mention for the British Columbia Intercollegiate Hockey League’s Player of the Week award. The 21-year old continued his hot start to the 2012/13 BCIHL regular season on Friday in the Saints’ home opener, scoring a goal and adding a pair of assists in his team’s 6-1 victory over Trinity Western University.last_img read more

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Sloan is confident as Harlequins gear up for 7s final

first_imgThe battle to win club rugby’s first silverware of the season draws to a close on Friday – and Harlequins’ Harry Sloan says his side are eyeing glory.Quins join Worcester Warriors, Saracens, Newcastle Falcons, Leicester Tigers and Gloucester Rugby in the final of the J.P. Morgan Asset Management Premiership Rugby 7s Series after qualifying from the group stage at Sarries’ Allianz Park.Speaking at Bath Rugby’s The Recreation Ground – which will host the final – Sloan was adamant Quins can be crowned champions.“Even in the group stages you are playing Premiership clubs so any 7s team is going to be brilliant,” he said.“They have got all the youngsters coming up so it is always going to be a fast game and you have to be aware of what is going on.“All three competitions so far through to the final have been tough so we are going to have to up our game because all of the best teams have gone through, but we are confident.”Click here to buy tickets to the J.P. Morgan Premiership Rugby 7s Final at Bath.See also:Harlequins coach eyeing 7s title Ward eyes 7s triumph after Quins progressDominant Quins progress to 7s finals after winning 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 Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

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Time for CCA of the Year nominations

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Now is the time to nominate your favorite CCA, that’s certified crop adviser. Many producers may not know that they have a CCA at their local retailer, as their seed sales person or in the SWCD or NRCS office, or even at the county Extension office. But CCAs are almost everywhere in Ohio where crop growing advice is needed. The Ohio CCA Board has an annual program to highlight and give thanks to the best in the state. The CCA of the Year will also be recognized at the Conservation Tillage Conference in Ada on March 2, 2016: http://ctc.osu.edu.For information on the CCA of the Year Award and to see a list of past winners: http://www.oaba.net/aws/OABA/pt/sp/cca_award. Chuck Gates of Seed Consultants, Inc. was the winner last year. Nominations can come from growers or co-workers. The nomination form is a list of short-answer questions that we try to make easy for the submitter. For a nomination form for your favorite CCA go to http://go.osu.edu/CCAofYear2016.last_img read more

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Hontiveros returns to action, joins Alab Pilipinas

first_imgView comments Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC PBA legend Jimmy Alapag, who replaced Mac Cuan, is also making his head coaching debut for Alab Pilipinas. BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Read Next Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City The 40-year-old guard, one of the deadliest sharpshooters in the PBA, fortifies the Philippines’ roster that already features the likes of import Ivan Johnson and Bobby Ray Parks Jr.Hontiveros, who had a colorful 17-year career in the pros, is just one of six former PBA players in the lineup.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutJoining Hontiveros are ex-PBA veterans Rico Maierhofer, Josh Urbiztondo, Pamboy Raymundo and Rob Celiz. Oping Sumalinog, who briefly played for TNT is also part of the team.Completing the team are gritty point guard Pao Javelona and the returning Lawrence Domingo.center_img Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:18Sangley airport to be operational in 7 days – Tugade01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Alab Pilipinas new recruits Oping Sumalinog (left) and Dondon Hontiverors. Photo by Mark Giongco/INQUIRER.netBarely a month after announcing his retirement from the PBA, Dondon Hontiveros is lacing up his kicks again to write the next chapter of his basketball career.Hontiveros has been tapped to play for Alab Pilipinas in the Asean Basketball League.ADVERTISEMENT LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  Cavs, Warriors gear up to begin championship quests againlast_img read more

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9 days agoMan Utd hero Ince questions move for Juventus striker Mandzukic

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Man Utd hero Ince questions move for Juventus striker Mandzukicby Freddie Taylor9 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United hero Paul Ince does not believe Mario Mandzukic would be an astute signing. The Juventus striker is being linked with a January move to Old Trafford.”I don’t think Mandzukic is the answer,” Ince told the Mirror.”I feel that you never get your best players in January, clubs don’t sell their best players in January, so whoever Manchester United are going to get is going to be a stop-gap.”If they’re looking to go down the young route then they should be looking at young strikers, not Zlatan [Ibrahimovic] or Mandzukic.” last_img read more

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Scheer Mulcair join to press Trudeau on official appointments process

first_imgOTTAWA – The leaders of both the Conservatives and New Democrats say the prime minister needs a new system for choosing officers of Parliament.In a joint letter, Andrew Scheer and Tom Mulcair say they want Justin Trudeau to clarify how he plans to handle other vacant positions in the wake of the controversy around his pick for official languages commissioner.Madeleine Meilleur withdrew her candidacy this week, saying she didn’t think she would be able to do the job properly given the uproar since her name was put forth by the Liberal government.Meilleur, a former Liberal member of the Ontario legislature and provincial cabinet minister, told a House of Commons committee she’d talked to Trudeau’s advisers about her interest in the job prior to the nomination, though the government disputes that.The Liberals had said Meilleur’s selection was based on merit, experience and a track record of defending francophone rights and reiterated that Thursday in defending both her and the process.But Trudeau has tainted the process of selecting what are supposed to be completely independent officers of Parliament, Scheer and Mulcair wrote in their Thursday letter.“By attempting to appoint someone with such a highly partisan background to a position which is supposed to be free, not just of partisanship, but even the hint of being susceptible to political influence or partisan interests, you have shown a great lack of judgment on the role of an officer of Parliament and its interaction with Parliament,” the letter says.“As leaders of the recognized parties in the House, we demand that you refrain from turning such appointments, which are supposed to be non-partisan, into havens for political patronage.”The two leaders want Trudeau to follow the law and consult them about future appointments, but the Liberals offered no signs Thursday that’s in the cards.“Our government promised Canadians a rigorous, open and merit-based process for public appointments and we are keeping that commitment,” Sean Casey, parliamentary secretary to the Heritage minister, said during question period.The opposition said the Meilleur appointment could have been a watershed.“You can bet that had this appointment occurred, the dominoes would have fallen quickly to fill the other vacant, non-partisan positions with Liberal insiders,” Conservative MP John Brassard said.Casey said more information on next steps to fill the languages commissioner position would be unveiled in the coming days.In addition to the official languages commissioner, there are seven others traditionally referred to as “offices of Parliament,” known as such for their arms-length and independent work assisting Parliament and holding government and bureaucrats to account.The Liberals are currently looking for replacements for the access to information commissioner, the conflict of interest and ethics commissioner, the lobbying commissioner and the chief electoral officer, in addition to the languages commissioner.The three other posts — auditor general, commissioner of public integrity and privacy commissioner — have a few years left on their termslast_img read more

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Income tax and GST offices to stay open today

first_imgNew Delhi: Tax offices, for both income tax (I-T) and GST, will remain open on Sunday as the departments race against time to meet the revenue collection targets. “As per past practice, all field offices of CBIC (Central Board of Indirect Taxes and Customs) will remain open during the last weekend of the current financial year also on March 31, 2019, for assisting the taxpayers in all matters,” CBIC said in an office memorandum.In an office order, the Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) asked its field offices to facilitate filing of tax-returns by the taxpayers by opening additional receipt counters, wherever required, on 31. “The last date for filing belated/ revised tax-returns for assessment year 2018-19 is March 31, 2019.” “The financial year 2018-19 also closes on (March) 31. In view of the closed holidays March 30 and 31, being Saturday and Sunday, I-T offices throughout India (including the ASK Centres), shall remain open on March 30 and 31 during normal office hours,” the CBDT said.last_img read more

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NonBJP opposition parties unlikely to meet on May 21

first_imgAmaravati: The non-BJP opposition parties are unlikely to meet on May 21 as Trinamool chief Mamata Banerjee has requested TDP president N Chandrababu Naidu to fix a date after the declaration of results on May 23 for it, at the convenience of other parties.”Our leader is yet to take a call on this. It depends on the outcome of the elections. The meeting, though, is bound to happen after the 23rd,” a member of the TDP politburo said here on Monday. Also Read – 2019 most peaceful festive season for J&K: Jitendra SinghDuring their meeting on Thursday last, the AP Chief Minister reportedly suggested to his West Bengal counterpart that a meeting of the non-BJP opposition parties be convened on May 21 to discuss the post-poll strategy. She, however, expressed reservations over this, citing the impending counting of votes on May 23. TDP sources here aver that Mamata Banerjee expressed apprehensions over the safety of the EVMs stored in strong rooms across the country and, as such, there was a need for all opposition parties to keep a constant vigil to thwart the BJP’s “nefarious plans.” Also Read – Personal life needs to be respected: Cong on reports of Rahul’s visit abroadShe also felt that opposition leaders should remain in their respective states to monitor the counting arrangements, as well as safety of the strong rooms. “Hence, she wanted the opposition meeting to be held after May 23. Anyway, the opposition meeting has to happen after the results are out,” the TDP leader said. Meanwhile, Chandrababu Naidu continued his tirade against Prime Minister Narendra Modi, saying a certain despondency has crept in in the latter. “His latest utterances are an indication of Modis despondency. He is talking about Rajiv Gandhi, who died 28 years ago. He is also trying to derive mileage from the sacrifices of Army men,” the TDP chief said at a meeting of the partys Nandyal Lok Sabha constituency leaders here Monday.last_img read more

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