Beleaguered Dutch scheme PME weighing additional recovery measures

first_imgAccording to the pension fund, it returned 18.7% on its 31% equity allocation, but lost 3.1% on its fixed income investments, which account for 61% of assets.Property and alternatives generated annual returns of 1.3% and -4.8%, respectively.It added that it lost 2% on the 55% interest hedge on its liabilities, as a consequence of rising interest rates.Meanwhile, the €48.3% metal scheme PMT, which had to cut pension rights by 6.3% last year, said it would not apply a rights discount again.It based its decision on its current funding surplus of 0.2 percentage points, following an increase in its coverage ratio of 0.6 percentage points to 104.4% during January.PMT reported an annual return of 1%.The €38.5bn industry-wide scheme for the building industry, BpfBouw, did not publish its annual return but said its funding increased to 111.6% at year-end.However, the pension fund stressed that it remained cautious and had decided to refrain from indexation.“We have opted for a balance in dividing up the financial burden between current and future generations of pensioners,” the board said. The board of €30.6bn metal scheme PME said it was still assessing options for additional recovery measures after reporting a funding shortfall of 0.9 percentage points at year-end.“A rights cut would be the ultimate emergency measure,” it said in an explanation of its fourth-quarter report, adding that it would clarify its position further at the end of February.Last year, PME had to discount pensions rights by 5.1% to stay on course for recovery to the required minimum funding of 104.3%.The scheme attributed its annual result of 0.9% to its low-risk investment policy, adopted due its relatively weak financial position.last_img read more

Offshore workers stage strike on Statoil’s Mariner platform

first_imgOffshore workers on Statoil-operated Mariner platform located in the UK sector of the North Sea staged an unofficial strike over the weekend.Mariner is one of the largest projects currently under development in the UK continental shelf.BBC reported on Saturday that the workers had staged the unofficial industrial action over alleged poor working conditions.According to UK Telegraph’s report on Sunday, the workers downed tools over the weekend and threatened to ­escalate action unless their demands are met.Telegraph also reported that the four-hour sit-in happened on Saturday morning and again on Saturday evening, claiming that as many as 200 workers from Aker Solutions as well as 50 workers from Stork participated in it.In an e-mail to Offshore Energy Today, a spokesperson for Aker Solutions said: “Aker Solutions is aware that some workers based at the Mariner field chose not to work for a few hours on Saturday. The company was not informed of this unofficial activity and has reached out to relevant unions and employee representatives to gain a better understanding of the situation.”Offshore Energy Today has also reached out to Statoil but the Norwegian giant has not provided any further comment aside from referring us to Aker Solutions for comments on the action at Mariner “as this relates to their workers and suppliers.”Namely, Aker Solutions is handling the Mariner maintenance and modification services contract and Stork Technical Services is in charge of offshore services contract.The Mariner heavy oil field is located about 150 kilometers east of the Shetland Islands. The field’s recoverable reserves were estimated at 250 million barrels of oil. The final investment decision for the Mariner development was taken in December 2012, entailing a gross investment of more than £4.5 billion.The concept chosen includes a production, drilling and quarters (PDQ) platform based on a steel jacket, Mariner A, with a floating storage unit (FSU), Mariner B.Statoil started production drilling on the Mariner field in December 2016 using the Noble Lloyd Noble jack-up rig. Production is expected to start in 2018.Offshore Energy Today Stafflast_img read more

Stoned learner driver who killed motorist is jailed

first_imgNZ Herald 31 March 2017Family First Comment: When they try and tell you that cannabis is just a mellow substance that never harmed or killed anyone, remind them of this tragedy – just one of many. #saynopetodopeA learner driver under the influence of cannabis who killed a car enthusiast, father and grandfather asked to be sent to jail this afternoon.And Judge Kevin Phillips obliged.But he made it clear to the victim Stuart Ernest Windle’s family that his hands were tied by the charges the police laid – in this case careless driving causing death and five of causing injury.Warrick Delaney Taylor (23) was sentenced to five months imprisonment at the Dunedin District Court this afternoon.Judge Phillips told the family three months was the maximum he could impose on each charge.Taylor had smoked cannabis before and while driving his friend from Oamaru to Dunedin.He was a learner driver in an unlicensed and unregistered vehicle and was making the return leg when tragedy struck.“A tragedy you manufactured,” the judge said.READ MORE: read more

Mrs. Vera Marie (Schroeder) McSwain

first_imgMrs. Vera Marie (Schroeder) McSwain, age 88, of Indianapolis, Indiana, formerly of Switzerland County, Indiana, entered this life on March 5, 1931, in Patriot, Indiana, the loving daughter of the late, Cliva E. and Clara M. (Uhlmansiek) Schroeder. She was raised in Switzerland County where she was a 1949 graduate of the Patriot High School. Vera was united in marriage on July 24, 1954 at the Concord Community Church in Patriot, Indiana to the late, Russell David McSwain. This happy union was blessed with two sons, Kevin and Brian. Russell and Vera shared 61 loving years of marriage together until Russell passed away on August 16, 2015. In 1991, Vera was employed as the county extension director for the Switzerland County ASCS Office in Vevay, Indiana, retiring in 1998, after 30 years of service. Russell and Vera resided all of their lives in the Switzerland County community until moving in 2008 to the Indianapolis community to be near their son and grandchildren. She was a wonderful homemaker, devoted wife, loving mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister, sister-in-law, aunt and dear friend. Vera passed away at 2:31 p.m., Wednesday, May 1, 2019, at Aspen Trace in Greenwood, Indiana.Vera will be deeply missed by her son, Brian McSwain and his wife, Susie of Indianapolis, IN; her grandchildren, Heather Dornbusch and her husband, Ben, Benjamin D. McSwain, Brianna M. McSwain and Jenna M. McSwain all of Indianapolis, IN; her great-granddaughters, Clara and Abigail Dornbusch of Indianapolis, IN; her sisters-in-law, Marguerite Schroeder of Bedford, IN, Mary Lou Hart of Madison, IN and Charlene McSwain of Decatur, IN and her several nieces and nephews.She was preceded in death by her parents, Cliva E. and Clara M. (Uhlmansiek) Schroeder; her husband, Russell David McSwain, died August 16, 2015; her son, Kevin W. McSwain, died March 12, 1989; her brother, Harold C. Schroeder, died July 6, 2002; her sister, Irene Smith, died April 16, 1998; her brother-in-law, Harold Fels, died December 25, 2009; her sister-in-law, Wilma Jean Fels, died March 31, 2017 and her brother-in-law, James W McSwain, died January 20, 2018.Vera’s greatest hobby was her family. Their joy was her joy. She enjoyed watching college basketball and the Cincinnati Reds. Vera was especially involved in tractor pulling with Russell, Kevin and Brian and later with her grandchildren. Vera always looked forward to her ASCS retirement luncheons.Funeral services will be conducted Monday, May 6, 2019, at 11:00 a.m., by Pastor KC Banta at the Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home, 208 Ferry Street Vevay, Indiana 47043.Interment will follow in the Vevay Cemetery, Vevay, Indiana.Friends may call 4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m., Sunday, May 5, 2019, at the Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home, 208 Ferry Street Vevay, Indiana 47043.Memorial contributions may be made to the Mr. Kevin W. McSwain Memorial Fund for the Pacer Band c/o Community Foundation of Switzerland County. Cards are available at the funeral home or online at www.haskellandmorrison.comlast_img read more

Gerrard makes Hillsborough donation

first_img “It had been in the media a lot so I didn’t think it was needed where I had to step in and keep it on everyone’s lips and in everyone’s minds. “But now it’s gone a little bit quiet over the last couple of weeks, I think the timing’s really good to get it back out there – sending another message out about how much we really want this justice.” HFSGroup chair Margaret Aspinall said Gerrard’s donation would make a huge difference. “It’s a wonderful gesture by Steven and we cannot thank him enough,” she said. “It’s a lot of money he has donated and it will help all the families a great deal with our work. “It’s another sign of how good the people of Merseyside are – all they have done for us and continue to do. “The club itself has been a great help to the Hillsborough Family Support Group and we’ve had a lot of support from the players as well. “This money will help with the running costs of our office and the travel expenses of the meetings and talks we attend up and down the country.” The England midfielder’s cousin Jon-Paul Gilhooley was the youngest of the 96 supporters to die in the 1989 tragedy. “I think the timing’s right and having spoken to the club I’ve decided to do it now,” Gerrard told the Liverpool Echo ahead of the 222nd Merseyside derby at Anfield. Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard has made a personal donation of £96,000 to the Hillsborough Family Support Group.center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

Ireland coach Joe Schmidt: Ian Madigan as back-up scrum-half is calculated risk

first_img Press Association “It’s been in the back of our minds for a while, but probably not in the forefront. “I spoke to Ian about it last season, so it’s not suddenly something that’s sprung up. “And then he did some work on it in the off-season. “He’s been quietly preparing himself for that potentially to happen. “But honestly it probably wasn’t what we were going to do.” Boss and Marmion remain on injury-cover standby, with Ireland launching their Pool D campaign against Canada in Cardiff on September 19. Schmidt’s men face England in their final warm-up match at Twickenham on Saturday, with Leinster wrecking-ball prop Healy fit again after a frustrating absence. Munster flyer Keith Earls suffered a heavy blow to the head in last weekend’s 16-10 defeat to Wales in Dublin, and is now following the concussion protocols but will not feature against England. “Cian’s cleared to play, he’s fit to play,” said Schmidt. “He’s been in and out of sessions but not doing the whole session. “He’s acquitted himself well on his first two days, so we thought we’d have a look at how that goes on Thursday. “And Keith’s very good: he is following the return to play protocols. “He hasn’t trained with the team, he won’t be involved at the weekend but I’d say he’d be cleared to play by the weekend following the protocols because there are no recurring problems.” Ulster wing Andrew Trimble was the biggest fall-guy with provincial mate Darren Cave sneaking at centre thanks to Madigan covering scrum-half. Leinster’s 22-year-old bolter Tadhg Furlong will cover both loosehead and tighthead prop, with Schmidt keen to retain “specialist” centre Cave. “That was the most discussed position,” said Schmidt of Trimble missing out. “He’d played 34 minutes of a Test match and 80 minutes for Ulster but in between that he hurt his foot again, it interrupted his preparation and time ran out for him.” Ian Madigan has spent the last year working behind the scenes to prepare to cover scrum-half for Ireland at the Rugby World Cup. Ireland head coach Joe Schmidt has gambled on taking just two recognised scrum-halves to the World Cup, omitting Isaac Boss and Kieran Marmion. Fly-half Madigan has quietly beavered away at adding yet another string to his backline bow at Schmidt’s behest, and has now started to run in at nine in training this week. Confirming prop Cian Healy is finally fit after neck surgery in May but may not be risked against England this weekend, Schmidt insisted Ireland will only turn to Madigan at scrum-half in an emergency. “I’d like to think it’s a calculated risk,” said Schmidt of selecting two scrum-halves in his final 31-man World Cup squad. “We’ve given it as much thought as we could. “Isaac (Boss) did very well against Scotland. “That physical aspect of his game is something we’ll miss. “To a degree that risk is managed by the 48-hour rule and the opportunity to get someone in within that time frame before a match if there is an injury. “With the proximity of the tournament being hosted in England that definitely eased the scenario. “Ian has done a lot of individual training there, but it’s only in the last week he’s started to slot in and do a little bit at nine with the team. last_img read more

Bucksport boys’ basketball team threatens GSA’s undefeated streak

first_imgBLUE HILL — Even the Bucksport High School boys’ basketball coach didn’t expect to beat George Stevens Academy on Wednesday night.“I’m not happy with a loss,” Larry Deans said. “But to come in here and lose by four — I’m pretty happy.”And for good reason. The two Class C North frontrunners had met before in mid-December when No. 1-ranked GSA beat second-seeded Bucksport 62-41. It was a typical margin of success for the Eagles, who entered Wednesday’s rematch averaging wins by 23 points.But the Golden Bucks came closer than any team yet to snatching away GSA’s regular-season undefeated streak, which extended to 27 games with a 38-34 win over Bucksport.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textGSA improved to 12-0 while Bucksport dropped to 11-3.Though pleased with the outcome, GSA coach Dwayne Carter was less happy about his team’s performance.“We came out with the wrong mindset,” Carter said. “We were playing not to lose instead of playing to win.”Bucksport, however, started the game like a team with nothing to lose, notching an 11-7 lead at the end of the first quarter.Deans said a major part of the Golden Bucks’ strategy was to shut down the Eagles’ top scorer, sophomore guard Taylor Schildroth.“We went more into a box-and-one today,” Deans said. “I don’t think they’ve probably seen much of that.”Carter confirmed it was a different kind of defense, which involved man-to-man coverage of Schildroth.“We hadn’t faced that yet,” Carter said. “At first, we didn’t execute very well, but once we got going, we did.”GSA outscored Bucksport 20-11 in the second period. Schildroth hit a buzzer-beater from behind the 3-point arc to take GSA into halftime up 27-22.Bucksport senior guard Austin Mason opened the second half with a 3-pointer — one of his four — to cut GSA’s lead to 27-25. Mason ended the game with a game-high of 14 points, but that was the closest the Golden Bucks would get to closing the gap.GSA went on a nine-point scoring run before ending the quarter up 36-27.“I just told them to play good defense and the offense would come,” Carter said. “Let’s use our advantages.”One major advantage for the Eagles is their height. Max Mattson, a 6-foot-5 sophomore, finished the game with 14 rebounds and 11 blocked shots.Mattson scored the first, and the Eagles’ last, points of the final period with a field goal.From there, GSA’s strategy became simple: run down the clock. The Eagles managed to play keep-away for three and a half minutes before Bucksport stole back momentum.“After that, we didn’t handle it very well,” Carter said. “It was a great game because they challenged us, and we learned a lot from it.”A field goal, 3-pointer and a couple of free throws pulled the Golden Bucks within four points of GSA. But with just 17 seconds left, neither team scored again.“It’ll give the kids confidence for the next time we see them,” Deans said. “If we see them again. If we do, it will be in a much bigger venue.”Ellsworth 76, WA 59Ellsworth (8-4) notched a big win over Washington Academy (9-2) on Tuesday.Nick Bagley led Ellsworth with 22 points while Bruce St. Peter contributed 17.Sumner 50, Jonesport-Beals 28Alex O’Hara led a balanced effort with 10 points as Sumner (6-7) beat Jonesport-Beals (1-10) on Tuesday.Issiac Christiansen added nine points for Sumner.Sumner 50, Calais 42Sumner rallied from a six-point third quarter deficit to beat Calais (4-8) on Monday.Alex O’Hara had a game-high 19 points for Sumner. Max Ecklund chipped in with 10, and Jordan Bernier netted eight.Orono 62, MDI 52Nate Desisto led a trio of Orono Red Riots (12-2) in double figures to earn the point-worthy win over Mount Desert Island (9-3) on Monday.Riley Swanson paced MDI with 18 points, including five 3-pointers. Graham Good chipped in with 12.The Red Riots improved to 12-2 and the Trojans dropped 9-3.Bucksport 63, DI-S 26Bucksport beat Deer Isle-Stonington (1-11) on Monday.Old Town 64, Ellsworth 57Old Town (11-2) led by 11 points at the halftime, but Ellsworth came back, pulling within three in the third quarter en route to Friday night’s loss.Nick Bagley led Ellsworth with a game-high 20 points, and Zach Harris chipped in 10.Sumner 60, DI-S 57Max Ekland tallied 11 points and Jordan Bernier chipped in 10 to lead Sumner to the overtime win over DI-S on Thursday.Krisford Melanio scored a game-high 19 points to pace DI-S. Part 2: When the injury is inside your head, some “don’t get it” – July 26, 2016 Taylor VorthermsSports Editor at The Ellsworth AmericanTaylor Vortherms covers sports in Hancock County. The St. Louis, Missouri native recently graduated from the Missouri School of Journalism and joined The Ellsworth American in 2013. Latest posts by Taylor Vortherms (see all) Biocenter_img Part 1: Invisible, incapacitating concussions are sidelining high school athletes – July 19, 2016 Latest Posts EHS names new boys’ soccer coach – July 13, 2016last_img read more

The Latest: Baylor misses chances for title runs

first_imgMore AP sports: and,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6 The biggest events on the upcoming schedule are the road, time trial and criterium national championships scheduled for June 18-21 in Knoxville, Tennessee, and mountain bike nationals July 7-12 in Winter Park, Colorado. Both are crucial races for determining the U.S. team for the Tokyo Olympics.___7:10 p.m.Formula One organizers canceled the season-opening Australian Grand Prix hours ahead of the first official practice sessions because of concern over the spreading coronavirus.The sport’s governing body, FIA, issued a joint statement with F1 and the Australian Grand Prix to confirm the cancellation of the race. It followed McLaren’s decision to withdraw after one of its team members tested positive for the virus. USC and Notre Dame both announced they would suspended practice as their campuses shut down. The SEC’s suspension of sport through March will also take football teams off the practice fields.___1:45 p.m.The NHL is following the NBA’s lead and suspending its season.NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman announced the pause of the season amid concerns about the new coronavirus. The NBA announced Wednesday night it was suspending play, after a player tested positive for COVID-19. Several NBA and NHL teams share arenas. The NHL has not said any player has tested positive for COVID-19. The league is halting play with 189 games left in the regular season, sparking uncertainty about how many more, if any, could be played before the playoffs.Bettman said the NHL has tried to follow mandates of health experts and local authorities without taking premature or unnecessary measures.” Bettman’s statement said the NBA’s news made it “no longer appropriate to try to continue to play games at this time.”___1:05 p.m. March 12, 2020 The cancellations also extend to USA Gymnastics-sponsored workshops and clinics as well as any national team camps. The organization had already limited travel for USA Gymnastics staff and national team athletes.___4:30 p.m.The NCAA has canceled the men’s and women’s basketball tournaments because of the spread of coronavirus. The decision came one day after the NCAA announced games that were scheduled to start next week would be played in mostly empty arenas.That plan was scrapped as every major American sports league, beginning with the NBA, put the brakes on their seasons due to concerns about the pandemic. The No. 3 Lady Bears went into a holding pattern for about a half-hour and never got off the ground after the Big 12 men’s and women’s tournaments were canceled. The No. 5 Baylor men, who spent five weeks at No. 1 this season and set a Big 12 record with 23 consecutive wins, were already in Kansas City, where they had been scheduled to play Thursday. The NCAA later canceled its men’s and women’s tournaments, where both Baylor teams were likely going to be No. 1 seeds. The Lady Bears were set to host first- and second-round games.“These are unprecedented circumstances, and it’s just much bigger than athletics,” Rhoades said. “I think the right decisions have been made.”Rhoades said he felt for all of the players whose seasons suddenly ended, and had spoken to both coach Scott Drew and Mulkey. ___7:35 p.m.US Sailing has advised all American Olympic-class sailors who are training in Europe to return home and resume training domestically. The move came after the 470 World Championships in Spain were postponed until officials can re-evaluate the situation in April.“We strategically kept training boats stateside, so we will go home to train efficiently on our own,” Olympic head coach Luther Carpenter said.The postponement of the 470 World Championships and possible changes to the 2020 Finn Gold Cup in May will impact the U.S. Olympic Trials. US Sailing said it will re-evaluate the selection procedures for the Olympic team. ACC Commissioner John Swofford said in a statement that “this is uncharted territory and the health and safety of our student-athletes and institutions remains our top priority.”___3:15 p.m.IndyCar will open its season on the streets of downtown St. Petersburg, Florida, without spectators.The three-day event typically draws more than 130,000 fans. Local officials said earlier Thursday that no general admission would be permitted. Only essential personnel will be permitted inside the fencing that surrounds the course. ___7:25 p.m.USA Cycling is recalling its athletes, coaches and support staff from locations abroad and curtailing all international travel for teams and staff members as the national governing body responds to the coronavirus pandemic.Many of the country’s elite cyclists train in Europe, where the track cycling world championships were recently conducted.The organization also said that the collegiate BMX national championships April 4-5 have been postponed, but that the remainder of its national championship schedule will continue as planned. Love announced his intentions to make the donation through the Kevin Love Fund on Instagram.Love, who has been very open about his struggles with anxiety, said he appreciates how the outbreak can be “extremely overwhelming” to people and that the suspension of the NBA season has caused a “sudden life shift” for workers at Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse — home of the Cavs.The team announced plans to financially help staff during the interruption.Earlier, arena CEO Len Komorwski said despite the cancellation of the Mid-American Conference tournament that employees will be paid as if the event was held.6:27 p.m. Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta has tested positive for the coronavirus, forcing the club to close its training complex and put the entire first-team in self isolation.Arsenal was due to play at Brighton on Saturday, with the Premier League pushing ahead with a full fixture list and stadiums with fans — unlike most other major sports.However, Arsenal said “it is clear we will not be able to play some fixtures on their currently scheduled dates.” The club issued a statement quoting Arteta as saying: “This is really disappointing but I took the test after feeling poorly. I will be at work as soon as I’m allowed.” Arsenal’s game at Manchester City was called off on Wednesday after players came into contact with a rival team owner who announced Tuesday that he had contracted COVID-19. They met Olympiakos owner Evangelos Marinakis after the Greek team won at Arsenal in the Europa League on Feb. 27. The Big East Conference basketball tournament has been canceled at halftime of Thursday’s first game because of the coronavirus outbreak.As several other big conferences around the country canceled their postseason tournaments, the Big East resumed on schedule at New York’s Madison Square Garden. It started its second-round game between top-seeded Creighton and St. John’s at Madison Square Garden and not until halftime was the tournament called off with St. John’s leading 38-35.As the Bluejays and Red Storm were playing, a few subway stops away at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, the Atlantic 10 Conference was holding a news conference to called off its tournament.___11:40 a.m. The Latest: Baylor misses chances for title runs ___5:55 p.m.The LPGA Tour has postponed golf’s first major championship of the season and two other events because of the coronavirus.The tour called off the Volvik Founders Cup in Phoenix on March 19-22, the Kia Classic in Carlsbad, California, on March 26-29 and the major ANA Inspiration in Rancho Mirage, California, on April 2-5. LPGA Commissioner Mike Whan said in a statement he’s “fully committed to rescheduling these important events on our 2020 schedule,” especially the ANA Inspiration. ___6:17 p.m.NASCAR has put strict regulations in place for this weekend’s race at Atlanta, which will be held without spectators. Photographers will not be permitted at the event beyond a pool photographer, and media will not have access to the garage area or pit road. All driver availability will take place via teleconference, fed into the media center. The NASCAR Cup Series race winning team and second- and third-place finishers will be available via teleconference. In short, there will be no in-person competitor availability this weekend outside of live broadcast partners and NASCAR Productions.___6:09 p.m.The Colonial Athletic Association says an official who worked a game during its men’s basketball tournament has tested positive for the coronavirus.The league says the official did not exhibit symptoms of the virus until 72 hours after the game he worked. The conference says it has made the institution involved and tournament personnel aware of the situation so they can take proper precautionary measures. “I think the first (thing) was I’m sorry. I’m sorry because both both had such great seasons,” Rhoades said, when asked what he told them. “The decision is much bigger than me, or certainly any one person, but you just feel bad.”___7:58 p.m.Little League International has recommended that its leagues “exercise an abundance of caution and implement a temporary suspension of all league activities until no earlier than April 6.”Little League International operates more than 6,500 programs in more than 84 countries. The NCAA also canceled all of its championships in every winter and spring sport, including hockey, baseball, lacrosse and several others.___3:30 p.m.The Atlantic Coast Conference has suspended all athletic-related activities. That includes all games, practices, recruiting — and participation in NCAA championships until further notice.The NCAA has not — at this point — postponed the men’s basketball tournament that’s scheduled for next week, but several individual schools have announced they’re taking a break from sports due to the coronavirus pandemic. Races at Santa Anita Park and Golden Gate Fields in California, Aqueduct in New York, Gulfstream Park in Florida, Laurel Park in Maryland and Turfway Park in Kentucky will go on without spectators. The upcoming Dubai World Cup will be held at an empty Meydan Racecourse on March 28. Keeneland in Lexington, Kentucky, says when it opens for racing again in April there will not be fans allowed in.Churchill Downs said preparations to hold the Kentucky Derby on May 2 are up in the air. According to a statement from track officials: “With the event still seven weeks away, a decision will be made closer to that date with respect to postponing the event until later in the year, using the most recent information while working with and seeking guidance from public health experts and authorities.”___5:30 p.m.USA Gymnastics has canceled all sanctioned events through the end of March, which includes local meets scheduled at hundreds of USA Gymnastics-sanctioned clubs throughout the United States. Associated Press Further changes could be coming for the draft, scheduled to be held in Las Vegas from April 23-25.Major football issues, including playing rules, bylaws and resolutions, as well as other business matters on the agenda for the March meetings will instead be handled at the May 19-20 spring meeting in Marina del Rey, California.___2:30 p.m.Football season is months away, but spring practice for college teams was in full swing around the country. That is being put on hold in many places, too. The statement says discussions between F1 and the other nine team principals “concluded with a majority view of the teams that the race should not go ahead.”There had been two practice sessions scheduled Friday, with qualifying Saturday for Sunday’s GP. No fans had been allowed into the Albert Park circuit on Friday morning.___7 p.m.Cavaliers star forward Kevin Love is committing $100,000 toward helping arena workers in Cleveland who were impacted by the shutdown due to the coronavirus outbreak. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the coronavirus outbreak’s affect on sports around the globe (all times EDT):8:10 p.m.Defending women’s national champion Baylor was on a plane on the tarmac in Waco, Texas, preparing to leave Thursday for the Big 12 Tournament in Kansas City, Missouri, when coach Kim Mulkey got a call from athletic director Mack Rhoades. The event will also be shortened to two days, with Friday used for driver health screenings and determining who is considered essential.___3 p.m.The NFL has canceled its main owners meeting scheduled for later this month in Palm Beach, Florida.Commissioner Roger Goodell notified the 32 teams “after careful consideration and consultation with medical experts,” according to a league statement. Goodell said the decision was made out of “concern to protect the health of club and league employees and the public while enabling the league to continue with its essential business operations.” Major League Soccer is shutting down because of the coronavirus, according to Inter Miami owner Jorge Mas.Mas says the target period for the hiatus is 30 days.He told players and coaches, then held a news conference and says, “We’ve made a decision as a league this morning, as owners, that play will be suspended temporarily.”The expansion team owned by Mas and former England captain David Beckham had been scheduled to play its home opener Saturday in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.___ Earlier, the tour called off events in Thailand, Singapore and China.Two California events on the developmental Symetra Tour also were postponed, the IOA Championship in Beaumont from March 27-29 and the Windsor Golf Classic in Windsor from April 2-4.___5:40 p.m.Horse racing is continuing to operate in North America and abroad without fans in the stands.last_img read more

Football preview: Paul Bunyan’s Axe, Big Ten West title on line as Gophers come to town

first_imgThroughout this week, at the recommendation of the coaching staff, various seniors on the University of Wisconsin football team will stand in front of their teammates and explain what Paul Bunyan’s Axe, the prize for winning the Wisconsin vs. Minnesota game, means to them.No. 5 Wisconsin (9-2, 6-2 Big Ten) hosts Minnesota (8-3, 5-3) at Camp Randall Stadium Saturday at 2:30 p.m. A UW victory clinches the Badgers’ second Big Ten West division title in three years and sends the team to Indianapolis for the Big Ten Championship game.Fifth-year senior outside linebacker and captain Vince Biegel will be one of the players to speak. His recruiting class, a small group, endured two coaching changes during their tenure at Wisconsin. A victorious effort in their final home game can guarantee at least two more games for them in the cardinal and white uniforms.Geistlinger & Hayes: Everything you need to know about Saturday’s CFB lineup Nov. 12The Badger Herald Sports section’s weekly double feature is highlighting all of the weekend’s biggest games outside of Madison each Saturday. Read…The Axe represents so much more than individual. It represents victory. It represents excellence.And, lately, it has represented dominance.Wisconsin has kept the Axe for 12 consecutive years. The last time the Gophers beat the Badgers, George W. Bush was still serving his first term as president. Saturday’s situation will feel familiar for Wisconsin. Two years ago, it came down to the final game of the regular season to determine the West champion, and Wisconsin emerged on the winning side 34-24.“There’s always a lot on the line, a lot at stake,” Biegel said. “I know Minnesota is hungry to go in there and get a win. We’re obviously hungry as heck, so this week of preparation is going to be extremely important for us to stay focused and take it one game at a time. Our next game is Minnesota. This is the most important game of the season. It could be said the season would be in vain if we didn’t take care of business this week.”A perfect example of this is fifth-year senior running back Dare Ogunbowale’s story about a certain play during practice from his first Axe Week when he was just a freshman cornerback on the scout team.Travis Frederick, now with the Dallas Cowboys and one of the NFL’s best offensive linemen, cut him out of nowhere on a routine play. Confused, Ogunbowale asked Frederick why the sudden aggression.“It’s axe week,” the veteran reminded the rookie.Football: Wisconsin climbs to No. 7 in latest College Football Playoff PollWith the second College Football Playoff Poll in the books, the University of Wisconsin football team’s pathway to the 2016 playoff is Read…By kickoff Saturday, the Badgers will know if it is a truly must-win game to advance to the conference championship. If Nebraska loses to Iowa on Friday, then the Badgers will automatically clinch their berth to Indy. Leo Musso, another fifth-year senior, said UW’s focus is on only what it can control.“Everything will work out at the end of the day,” Musso said.Musso and the Badgers experienced the anguish of having a trophy taken from them last season against Iowa. It was the only trophy game the senior class has lost during their time at UW.Senior Sojourn Shelton, who grew up in Florida, wasn’t aware of the intensity of the rivalry. That changed quickly upon his arrival in Madison.“I don’t have any problems with people from Minnesota,” Shelton said. “But you know what? I dislike that team, just playing from here. It’s a big game. It’s a big rivalry.”After Wisconsin’s 20-7 win over Minnesota in 2013, bad blood between the two teams boiled over when UW tried to metaphorically chop down the Minnesota goal post with the Axe. Gopher players blocked them from doing do and an altercation ensued. Now, the trophy will be off the field until the conclusion of the game, when the winning team can grab it and bring it back on the field.During that 2013 celebration former linebacker Chris Borland carried Shelton, who was carrying a sign that simply read “10,” which marked the streak at the time, one of Shelton’s fondest memories of the rivalry.Rivalry week 101: Wisconsin vs. MinnesotaWhen the Wisconsin football team heads to Minnesota this weekend, it will be the 123rd time that the two teams Read…UW will have a chance to tie the all-time series record, which currently stands at 59-58-8.The Gophers boast one of the better defensive lines in the Big Ten and are rank third in rushing defense in the Big Ten. But they are second-to-last in passing defense.“They’re a good defense,” Ogunbowale said. “They’ve got some good players. It’s not going to be easy to run the ball against them.”Ogunbowale also said the offensive outbursts of the last two games (48 and 49 points) means the offense improved as the season progressed, which is a good sign. Over the last six games, UW is averaging 233.3 rushing yards per game, thanks in large part to the emergence of senior running back Corey Clement, who became the 17th player in UW history to break the 1,000-yard mark in a single season.Offensively, senior Mitch Leidner leads the way a dual-threat style quarterback. Leidner has nine rushing touchdowns compared to six scores through the air and has rushed for 294 yards on the year.Who would Wisconsin play in the Big Ten Championship Game?The picture in the East division is a little murkier than the clear path the Badgers possess in the West.The Michigan-Ohio State matchup (11 a.m.) will have serious implications. If the Wolverines win at The Horseshoe in Columbus, Ohio they will move on to Indianapolis. Penn State, who hosts Michigan State, will advance with a win and a Michigan loss. Ohio State needs to win and for the Spartans to pull off the upset to set up a rematch of the 2014 conference title game.Football: ‘Execution’ key not just in Saturday’s win, but down final stretchThe last time the University of Wisconsin football team played a game that finished with a margin of more than Read…Bumbaca’s PredictionIt’s been a heck of a season for the Badgers. They’ve proved the naysayers (me) very wrong, with a Big Ten West title as the ultimate metaphorical middle finger.Saturday will be a slugfest though, a classic rivalry game. Minnesota tends to start well in these games, and I see the same happening Saturday. The Wisconsin defense will have to punch back and adjust to Leidner and make him uncomfortable, in addition to taking away the run game.On offense, patience with running the football will be key in anticipation of breaking a big one and to set up the play-action pass to take advantage of the Gophers’ weak secondary.The Camp Randall grounds crew will be setting up a trophy presentation after the clock hits zero.Wisconsin vs. Minnesota: Cheat SheetWhen: Saturday, Nov. 26, 2:30 p.m. CTWhere: Madison, Wisconsin, Camp Randall Stadium (80,321)TV: Big Ten Network (Kevin Kluger, Matt Millen, Lisa Byington)Radio: Sirius/XM 135 (Matt Lepay, Mike Lucas, Mark Tauscher, Patrick Herb)Series Record: Minnesota leads 59-58-8Series Record in Madison: Wisconsin leads 33-22-6Trophy on the line: Paul Bunyan’s Axelast_img read more