UW riding confidence into Denver, postseason

first_imgRyan Little is one of the Badgers few upperclassmen, but noted the team’s confidence headed into the playoffs is more important this year than the small amount expereinced leadership they have.[/media-credit]The facial hair has made its traditional – and somewhat disgusting – return, meaning only one thing: It’s playoff time.The Wisconsin men’s hockey team (16-16-2, 11-15-2 WCHA) journeys to Denver to face off with the Pioneers (21-11-4, 16-8-4 WCHA) in a best-of-three series – in what UW hopes to be the start of a lengthy post season.But for the Badgers, the difference between this weekend and the last half of their season is small and insignificant – if even existent at all.Essentially, since the start of the second half, Wisconsin has faced a do-or-die series almost every weekend, first fighting for home ice advantage in the first round, then – after losing that possibility – the simple hope for a higher seed.“It’s been playoff time a long time for us,” head coach Mike Eaves said. “We’re fighting for our lives in terms of RPI and trying to gain ground there so we keep our hopes alive. So nothing really changes.”The Badgers haven’t had the most outstanding season, drawing a .500 overall finish in the regular season. But in its final three series, Wisconsin pulled off a 4-2 record, with three wins on the road – sweeping Bemidji State on the road Feb. 23-24, and scoring a 4-1 victory March 2 at Minnesota.Kicking off their four-game win streak, the Badgers dominated the Pioneers 5-2 in their final home game of the season Feb. 18. With such recent success against Denver, Wisconsin is confident it has the No. 3 seed figured out.“That Denver weekend we put together a pretty solid weekend with a win on Saturday,” junior forward Ryan Little said of finally turning the corner on their season. “The next couple weekends we were more consistent; that’s what we were looking for.“With all the scouting we do, we know their tendencies and stuff so that helps. Just knowing that we match up well and we had success against them earlier is a big thing.”Freshman defenseman Jake McCabe spoke specifically about DU’s power play – which is the best in the WCHA with a 24.1 percent success rate. In its lone series this season against No. 9 Denver, Wisconsin killed all four of the Pioneers’ power play attempts.“It was especially great to see our penalty kill do so great against them,” McCabe said. “They’re first in the league and top five [in power plays]. For us to shut them down like that, we had been struggling on the penalty kill, it was a really good thing for us and provides confidence for us. That’s one of their special teams and how they win so many games, knowing that we can shut that down and adjusting to their game, they might be adjusting to ours – it’s going to be a whole new series … we’re pretty evenly matched up and we think we’ve got a pretty good handle on them.”Wisconsin’s on-ice success doesn’t only apply to this season. While Denver tends to get the best of Wisconsin in the regular season (the Badgers are 10-19-4 against Denver under Eaves), the Badgers hold a stiff 12-1 record over the Pioneers in post-season play.Normally, heading into big game situations, teams rely on their upperclassmen and experience. Well, on a Badger squad that has been pegged as youth-ridden, young, inexperienced and everything in between, that sort of experience simply doesn’t exist.“I think the confidence feeling has to be huge for us because experience doesn’t exist,” Eaves said. “I think that the way that we feel – to play the last four games in the environments that we’ve had … those are good experiences for our people … it’s just more of the same.”“It helps but I think confidence is a bigger thing right now,” Little said. “We’ve established some of that in past few of weekends. Experience obviously helps but it’s not everything.”Riding that confidence and a successful end of the season, for the first time this year, the Badgers can firmly state that they are playing their best hockey of the entire year.“It’s funny, Coach always tells us to tell you guys that’s our goal when we talk to media,” Little said. “Ironically enough, we are.”last_img read more

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Potential for sweep of UCLA is epic

first_imgI am giddy with excitement — a ruthless, vengeful, maniacal excitement. I haven’t felt this much evil excitement since I was probably 13, in the stretch of puberty and teenage angst.I’ve been blessed to grow up with some great years of USC sports. But I’ve never seen what could potentially happen today. It’s never happened in my generation.USC could complete a full sweep of UCLA in football and men’s basketball. And end UCLA’s basketball season. The city title would so clearly, indisputably, hang in Heritage Hall for a full year. The Victory Bell would ring loud and clear all the way until November.I’d like to think of myself as a nice, happy person. And I’m not that competitive either. I’d rather play a game of FIFA with a partner against the computer than go head-to-head.But I hated UCLA in middle school. OK, “hate” is a strong word, but I really, really, really didn’t like UCLA. I think I genuinely enjoyed beating UCLA as much as I enjoyed watching USC win at that age. I proudly displayed as my Facebook profile picture in 2009 — back before Facebook even had cover photos — the glorious, triumphant picture of two UCLA employees trying to scrub off a coat of red and gold paint from a campus Bruin Bear statue.Middle school is always a crucial phase in the coming age of a sports fan. For me, it meant a new school with new friends, and I needed an identity to latch onto. I had been raised during the height of the Pete Carroll era in football, but I had plenty of growing up still to do with USC sports, allegiances to form, pointless arguments to wage over the superiority of a couple football national champions to 100 non-revenue sport national championships, realizations to have that I wouldn’t be able to root for any other college football team five or so years before checking boxes on the Common App. The rivalry — and personally identifying as a Trojan — was a huge part of the social dynamic between me and all my friends.I had been indoctrinated by USC football very early. But to achieve true Trojan fandom, I had to jump in on basketball. For USC basketball, it was the perfect time to become a fan.Though maybe it does not quite warrant the distinction of being referred to as an era, the height of Tim Floyd’s tenure as the men’s basketball coach, between 2007 and 2009, was the pinnacle for the program. USC made the tournament three years in a row, had a couple wins in the tournament and, overall, was just fun to watch.But most importantly, we competed with UCLA.Of course, UCLA basketball was one of the premier national programs at this time. With future NBA stars like Russell Westbrook and Kevin Love gracing the floor of Pauley Pavilion for the blue and gold at the time, they were a consistent national title threat and put together a string of Final Four appearances — though as I loved to remind my Bruin friends, none of those Final Fours actually added up to a ring.So anytime we could pull off an upset against UCLA, it was a big deal.Of course, we established our dominance on the gridiron. In my entire early fandom, the only time USC lost to UCLA was in 2006. It was just a given that we would beat them every year.And it was great. I loved that stepping on them was a rite of passage at the end of the season.But it wasn’t quite as special as every time the basketball team would steal one away in the rivalry. Winning in football was kind of like getting money from the tooth fairy. Obviously great, but only really memorable those times you got a $5 bill instead of the usual single — or in this case, when we beat UCLA 50-0. Winning in basketball was like growing up without an Xbox but still being able to take your friend down in Madden.At the root of the rivalry, beneath all the animosity, there was a genuine admiration for the Bruins. In the spirit of Anchorman, I might have hated the Bruins, but I sure did respect them. Almost as vividly as I remember the Trojans’ upset win over UCLA in the 2009 Pac-10 Tournament, I remember UCLA’s epic comeback win over Adam Morrison and Gonzaga in the 2006 NCAA Tournament.So it’s with a weird, almost verging on empathetic feeling that I go into tomorrow’s game. I never imagined there’d be a day when USC basketball could beat UCLA three times in one season and guarantee them a spot in the NIT instead of the real one. The rivalry is always better when both programs are at their strongest, so I gave up rooting against them every game a while ago.But the 13-year-old in me will absolutely be back in full force tonight. I’ll be very bummed if the chance for the sweep passes ‘SC by because it might not present itself for a while.And with me on track to graduate next year, it’ll almost definitely be last time it’ll potentially be socially acceptable to get a serious Facebook trash talk debate going.Luke Holthouse is junior majoring in policy, planning and development and print and digital journalism. His column, “Holthouse Party,” runs on every other Wednesday.last_img read more

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Coach praises Tipp minor hurling panel

first_imgThey face Limerick in the provincial decider and are looking to win the county’s second consecutive title at this grade.Coach Mikey Beevans is full of praise for the Tipp panel’s willingness to work and take direction from the management teamTipp FM will bring you live coverage of the match from 1.30 on Sunday with thanks to O’Connell’s Centra, Church Street, Templemore.last_img

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Gripping Rainoil Clay Court Tennis Final Shows Potential of Nigerian Tennis Â

first_imgIn a clash of power and skill versus experience and guile, it was the former that won on Sunday as Benue State star Henry Atseye crushed Nigerian No. 2 and Davis Cup player Joseph Imeh in the final set of the maiden Rainoil Clay Court Tennis Tournament at the Lagos Country Club. Spectators were in raptures as the hard-hitting Atseye pounded his higher-ranked opponent, winning the decider 6-2 after earlier taking the first set 6-3 and dropping the second 7-5. Trundling around the court with the deceptive speed of a grizzly bear, the in-form Atseye, who had won the doubles crown a day earlier, had an answer for everything his opponent threw at him. It was an inspired display that drew gasps and cheers from an appreciative audience. I f you missed this year’s event, you can expect to see more fascinating contests again next year as the tournament sponsor, and CEO of Rainoil, Gabriel Ogbechie, committed to a bigger and better second edition. That’s high fives for the downstream energy player as our tennis stars need more of these tournaments if they are to emulate the feats of legends like Nduka Odizor, Tony Mmoh, David Imonitie, Veronica Oyibokhia and other top Nigerian stars of the 80s and 90s. There is too much money in the global game today for our best talents not to be taking a healthy slice of the cake.I followed the match with a number of friends who themselves are tennis buffs, comparing notes as we digested the more memorable moments. Mostly though I watched from a different perspective. As ferociously struck winners and brilliant passing shots rained down both sides of the court it amazed me that there were boys who could play the game this beautifully in Nigeria, yet outside the industry they were unknown to anyone. I thought, a tad sadly, that given the on-court passion and the delight in the stands, the show put up by both players deserved a wider audience.I could visualize a proper filming of the match on national television, and was sure it would create a decent buzz. Like we did at the arena, fans would have debated about who the better player was; what the winner did best and what the loser could have done better; whether the surface influenced the outcome or whether the rankings made any sense; and why Nigerians were not making a bigger impact on the world stage. Then, invariably, attention would have switched to the next tournament with all sorts of themes playing up in the media, including those of revenge and the bounce back of fallen favourites.Indeed there were a few surprises. Top players like Sylvester Emmanuel, Thomas Out and reigning CBN men’s champion Abdulmumuni Babalola fell by the wayside. The same would have played out in the women’s side of the draw where reigning CBN Open champion Sarah Adegoke avenged her defeat at the Dala Open to Blessing Samuel, by taking the crown in straight sets.Still I cannot stress the need for more money in our domestic sports. More sponsors need to realize that getting behind tournaments like this is a way of building lasting value within. A healthier wealthier society is good for everyone as well as their businesses. The players particularly need to earn more money to be able to finance their careers. While Atseye headed home with about N800,000 for his double singles-doubles win, Adegoke got N300,000. In the way we view sports in Nigeria that is ‘big money’ for the winners, but in the reality of a sports career that buys you little.This is no attempt to take any shine off the magnanimity of Rainoil, who must be thanked for investing a good few millions in the game in these austere times, but a call for others to follow their lead. I am sure the players would have been very appreciative, especially as national tournaments are even fewer. The reality is that the making of sports champions involves a whole lot more than our players can afford. Many times I see people compare our players to foreign professionals and conclude that ours are lazy and unserious. I vehemently disagree with that view, and I have said here in the past that such arguments are akin to comparing the Nigerian army with those of the United States, the UK, and Russia.If our players can perform at the level that Atseye and Imeh displayed, then imagine how much better they can be if they could afford personal physical trainers, dieticians, physiotherapists, top class coaches, the right nutrition, the right facilities to train, and the mentality that comes with knowing your next meal or kit or house rent or mode of transportation is not a problem. Calculate how much it would take to pay for these and you would get a fair picture of what our players should earn in a year.Ogbechie himself alluded to that when he noted that international players like Roger Federer and Rafa Nadal have earned over $100m (N3.6b) just playing the game and that Nigerian stars deserved more. He is right. Even small time players from Europe, America, Asia and South America, dwarf our players in earnings. They also have better facilities, better coaching, and a better all-round support system.Well paid stars are also great for the marketability of the sport. I have often argued here that no sport can succeed without them. While fans love sports, it is the stars they follow and are preoccupied with. If 100 people follow Rainoil Tennis on Twitter, Atseye and Imeh would probably have about 3000 followers each. Cristiano Ronaldo has almost 20 times more followers on Twitter than La Liga. Wayne Rooney has more Twitter followers than the English Premier League. Same trend is reflected across all social media hubs. Major sponsors go where the fans are, and the fans follow the stars.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

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Pirlo: Balotelli could be crucial to Italy’s World Cup bid

first_imgAndrea Pirlo believes Italy’s bid to win the FIFA World Cup could be dependent on the form of Milan striker Mario Balotelli.Cesare Prandelli’s charges booked their spot in Brazil by finishing top of UEFA qualifying Group B, winning six and drawing four of their 10 matches.Balotelli was an integral part of Italy’s unbeaten qualifying campaign, scoring five goals, and the 23-year-old will be looked upon to help Italy through a tricky World Cup group featuring Uruguay, England and Costa Rica.Experienced Juventus midfielder Pirlo feels the form of Balotelli could be crucial to Italy’s success, but warned that the whole squad will have to be at their best.“We know it’s a difficult group, but I really like the atmosphere in Brazil,” he said in an interview with La Gazzetta dello Sport.“Do we depend on Mario Balotelli? Partly yes, but we are all important to the cause. Mario is old enough now, so he doesn’t need advice any more. “He just needs to focus on finding his form in the summer, concentrate on the football and leave the rest alone.”Closer to home, Pirlo is hoping to lift the UEFA Europa League in addition to a third straight league title.Juve earned a Europa League semi-final tie with Primeira Liga leaders Benfica by defeating Lyon 3-1 on aggregate in the last eight, and the club would have the added bonus of playing on home turf should they reach the final.“Benfica did well to reach the semi-final, they have had a great season and are technically gifted,” Pirlo added.“(But) we had a clear objective when we went out of the Champions League and that was to reach the final in Turin. The tournament is not a distraction, as we want it as much as the Scudetto.”last_img read more

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How will NBA’s new television deal affect Lakers’ free agency?

first_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error The NBA’s projected salary cap will balloon to record numbers in the 2016-17 season because of the league’s new television deal with ABC/ESPN and Turner through 2025 worth $2.67 billion per year.That money will trickle down to the players with an increased salary cap ($67.1 million this season to $89 million next year). That will give free agents the chance to add amenities to their luxurious mansions, cars and yachts. But instead of valuing a maximum contract worth either four or five years, top free agents could pursue a one-year deal so their next contract coincides with the television deal’s start date.“It used to be, ‘Let’s try to get as much as we can for as many years as we can,’” Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak said. “I’m not sure players will look at it that way during the offseason.”That money will also trickle down to team owners with a larger luxury tax threshold ($76.8 million this season to $108 million next year). That will give front offices more room to spend without writing more checks to the NBA for exceeding spending limits. But instead of going on a shopping spree, teams also seem mindful they might have to save those resources for when players anticipate a bigger payday next season. “We do have to balance how you use that money,” Kupchak said. “You have to change the way you think about evaluating players.” The phone calls between NBA executives and agents will soon become endless both late at night and early in the morning. Shortly after free agency begins on Tuesday at 9:01 p.m. PST, NBA teams will host elaborate sales pitches to marquee free agents. They could dine them at a five-star restaurant. They could present a well-produced video tribute praising their greatness. The owners, executives, coaches and players alike could argue on how that prized free agent will elevate the franchise into a championship contender. Those players will enjoy all those parties massaging their egos. They will talk among their agents and family on how to process the information overload. They will then decide on something that will drastically affect their NBA careers. Through it all, one variable may emerge that has nothing to do with a potential owner’s vision, a potential coach’s playbook or a potential teammate’s personality. It will partly involve a medium that once only influenced the game through tipoff times and commercial breaks. center_img Amid these two dynamics, Kupchak acknowledged, “I’m not sure how it’s going to play out.” Various executives and agents share that same sentiment. Weighing the riskOnce LeBron James announced last summer he would return to the Cleveland Cavaliers, the repercussions went beyond pushing Miami into a lottery team and Cavaliers into a championship contender. The narrative also went deeper than James returning to his hometown and receiving a warm ovation from the same fans who once burned his jerseys in disgust. James also declined to sign a max contract with Cleveland, opting for a two-year, $42.1 million with full awareness that his contract would expire once the new television deal would raise the salary cap. He also opted out of his contract Sunday to presumably take another one-year deal.Will other superstars follow suit?“For any of the top guys that don’t have durability issues, they would have a tremendous amount of flexibility to do a one-year deal,” an NBA agent said. “Some of those guys will be well suited not to go for four or five years. Instead, they would be better off to do a deal that gives them some options.”The Lakers will have enough money for one marquee free agent amid their $23 million in cap space assuming they decline a $9 million team option on Jordan Hill. But would Kupchak show a willingness to offer a one-year deal to that big-name player?“Sure,” Kupchak said.Yet, various league sources believe that logic will not apply to every marquee free agent. Portland’s LaMarcus Aldridge and Memphis’ Marc Gasol are both expected to pursue either a five-year deal worth $109 million with their respective teams, or a four-year deal worth $80 million with any of their many suitors. After all, Aldridge, 29, and Gasol, 30, are nearing Father Time, and any injury that happens next season could derail their chances at maximizing their fortunes. That concern appears less likely to apply to Clippers center DeAndre Jordan, his age (26) and lack of injury history giving him more reason to sign a one-year deal with any team. With Kevin Love opting out of his contract with the Cleveland Cavaliers, thoughts seemed mixed on whether he will seek a one-year deal or a max contract with either Cleveland or the Lakers. Those concerns have less to do with his season-ending left shoulder injury. Instead, they have more to do with Love’s uncertainty with his role with Cleveland and how quickly the Lakers will rebuild. Lastly, Chicago forward Jimmy Butler hopes to take his talents elsewhere and take advantage of the new television deal after his career year coincided with Tom Thibodeau’s firing and Derrick Rose’s chemistry issues. Although Butler wants to sign a one-year deal with the Lakers, according to a league source familiar with his thinking, the Bulls are expected to match any offer for the restricted free agent. “There is no definitive answer on what each marquee free agent should do,” another NBA agent said. “It depends on each player and their set of circumstances.” Dominoes fallThose circumstances should ripple throughout the rest of the league. Few believe any middle and lower-tier free agent will pass on any long-term deal. Those players have often considered long-term security their biggest priority in a league driven by superstars. But many predicted NBA teams will try to secure various players next season to extensions, mindful that a hefty pay raise will pale to what will come when the new television deal becomes official. In the 2017-18 season, the NBA will enjoy increases again to its salary cap ($108 million) and luxury tax threshold ($127 million). Kupchak called the Lakers’ current financial flexibility “a strategic advantage,” something that could become more pronounced amid these evolving circumstances. But despite having only $15 million allocated in guaranteed salary against the 2016-17 cap, a league source familiar with the Lakers’ thinking argued the new television could hurt the franchise long term. After all, every one of the 30 NBA teams can increase spending without depending on a lucrative cable deal to finance it. “Just give us the rules and give us the numbers and that’s all the general managers need,” Kupchak said. “We’ll do the best we can under the existing rules and numbers.”Other thoughts emerged from outside the Lakers. Some also believe the new television contract will benefit the Lakers considering it correlates with a promising rebuilding process. The Lakers have a flush of young talent (D’Angelo Russell, Julius Randle, Jordan Clarkson). Kobe Bryant’s $25 million contract also will expire after this season just when the new television deal will bring in more money. That led some to argue this dynamic will only hurt small-market teams despite their stronger ability to spend. “The small-market teams are always going to lose recruiting battles to big-market teams when it comes to free agents,” said a league source on an opposing team. “On top of that, you also have lost the ability to harbor money for assets.”AnticipationThis whole issue has prompted Kupchak and the rest of the Lakers’ front office to spend a significant chunk of time studying spreadsheets. That way, the Lakers can anticipate free-agent behavior well before it begins late Tuesday night. Yet, no amount of preparation made Kupchak sure what lies ahead, sparking him to echo a sentiment that many in the NBA share.Said Kupchak: “I’m curious to see how that plays out this summer.”Fact boxNBA’s new television deal: starts 2016-17 through 2025 worth $2.67 billion a yearSalary cap in 2015-16 ($67.1 million), in 2016-17 ($89 million), in 2017-18 ($108 million)Luxury tax threshold in 2015-16 ($76.8 million), in 2016-17 ($108 million), in 2017-18 ($127 million)last_img read more

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Freak storm blows through Wellington with high wind and .8 inches of rain

first_img Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comment (1) Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings Sort by: Date Rating Last Activity Loading comments… You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. -3 Vote up Vote down Guest · 214 weeks ago “Reports that a fireworks stand has lost all of its fireworks.” Tracy. THIS Is an incomplete sentence and quite irresponsible. Please extrapolate, as this is pertinent information. Report Reply 0 replies · active 214 weeks ago Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Now that was quick. Wellington got drenched with a strom that nobody hardly saw coming. Wellington Public Works Director Jeremy Jones issued the latest statement:Due to the strong winds this afternoon, the Wellington Compost Site will remain open this evening until 8 p.m.  The City will determine hours for tomorrow later tonight.  City crews are out cleaning up storm damage.  Please contact the Street Department at 326-7831 to report any trees blocking streets.  For trees in overhead power lines please contact Electric Production at 326-2561. There was .8 inches of rain that fell on Wellington between 4 and 4:30 p.m. in a storm that barely registered on the weather radar on various weather Internet sites. In fact, The Weather Channel was saying it was partly cloudy at the time pure chaos was occurring. The storm developed in the south and came though with tremendous wind. It then left town about as quickly as it started. Wellington is now a colossal mess of tree limbs and other debris.There have been several reports of damage. Free Will Baptist, which is constructing a new church in the old Theurer’s auction building, received some damage. There were reports that a fireworks stand has lost all of its fireworks.A pear tree at 721 E. Lincoln at the Jim Miller residence landed on a USD 353 car. Another tree limb fell at Sellers Park damaging the outside fence.Follow us on Facebook.Follow us on Twitter.last_img read more

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FS1 finally airs Daytona 500 ‘Radioactive’ featuring reactions to Ryan Newman crash

first_imgMORE: Ryan Newman’s recovery timeline, from crash to returnNewman’s car was destroyed after being spun by Ryan Blaney’s car just before the start-finish line and then smashed at full speed by Corey LaJoie’s car. Denny Hamlin sneaked through for the win. Hamlin’s elation at his third Daytona 500 victory quickly went away after he was told that Newman was still in the car and hadn’t responded. (Go to 5:50 for the film sequence.) NASCAR people knew immediately that Ryan Newman’s violent crash at the end of the Daytona 500 was bad. Now we can hear how concerned everyone was in the moment.FS1 on Wednesday aired teams’ radio transmissions during and after the incident for the first time, in its “Radioactive” segment on “Racehub.” The concern came through clearly. “Radioactive” never aired after the Daytona 500. Following Ryan Newman’s miraculous recovery and return to the track, we’re able to bring it to you now. pic.twitter.com/pzMpLlVq6f— FOX: NASCAR (@NASCARONFOX) June 3, 2020Newman, 42, was taken to Halifax Medical Center in Daytona Beach, Fla., and released two days later. Fox’s segment ended with the stirring image of him walking out of the hospital with his daughters.He returned to racing in May, at the same time NASCAR returned from the COVID-19 hiatus. He has competed in all five Cup Series races since the resumption.last_img read more

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Now is the time to get your tax info ready for filing

first_imgMASON CITY — You still have weeks before you need to file your federal tax returns — but an IRS spokesman says now is the time to be sure you have all the paperwork ready.Chris Miller says organize the 2019 tax documents you already have and add to them as the other year end information comes in.“Gather up your canceled checks, your property tax bills, any forms you get from your employer or your bank — like W-2’s and 10-99’s — and put those in one place,” Miller says. “Make sure they are altogether, so when it comes to file your taxes into the new year, you’ll have it all in one place. You won’t need to go looking for any paperwork.”He says it’s also a good idea to get a copy of your 2018 income tax filing as you may need it to file this year. “For example, anyone using a tax software product for the first time may need to use their adjusted gross income — their AGI — from last year’s tax return to file their 2019 return electronically,” Miller says.Miller says by having everything together, you will know what you have and don’t have for tax filing. Another suggestion for the start of 2020 is that you be sure your withholding from you paycheck is correct. Miller says if you get a bigger refund than expected — or got back less than expected — it’s a sign your withholding is not right. “Then you’re going to want to be someone who checks their withholding as quickly as possible in the new year to be sure that the amount that’s being withheld from your paycheck by your employer is correct for your situation,” according to Miller.He says you can check it online. “It’s called the withholding estimators. It’s a lot more improved than earlier versions — and you simply put in some information like your filing status and how much you earn — and you’ll be able to find out whether or not the amount you withhold is correct for your situation,” Miller says.He says you may’ve been happy with the withholding last year — but have had things happen in your life that impact your tax status. “Checking your withholding is always a really good idea — especially if you have had a change in your life situation,” Miller explains. “If you have gotten married, or divorced, or had a baby or adopted children. These are some of the reasons you would want to check your withholding to be sure the right amount is being withheld for your situation.”Miller says you can go to the IRS website and use the withholding tool to see if those life changes require a withholding change.last_img read more

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Humanitarian Mission trains 98 Berbicians to become entrepreneurs

first_imgNinety-eight persons are now equipped with the necessary skills to earn additional income and for those who are not working – the skills to be able to set up their own businesses.Some of the persons who were trained by the Humanitarian Mission of Guyana (HMG) in BerbiceThe 98 persons successfully completed six months’ training in information technology, cake decoration, garment construction and cosmetology.The programme was held by the Humanitarian Mission of Guyana (HMG) and classes were held in Port Mourant, Babu Jaan, Region Six (East Berbice-Corentyne).The Mission continues to put methods in place to enhance and empower the lives of Berbicians. The organisation’s aim is to break the cycle of poverty through education and skills training.The programme seeks to create a level of entrepreneurship for the students.Those who graduated are now eligible for a grant from the HMG to launch their own business.Founder of the Mission, Suresh Sugrim told this publication that the goal of the programme is to enable persons to make a change in life since education is the key to unlock the door to success.“A lot of individual who have been a part of this programme are now going well in life… Sitting down and now willing to make the change.”He added that some of those who participated are persons with careers who just want to enhance themselves while others have already started their own businesses.The Mission will fund equipment which might be needed if those who have completed the programme want to venture off into business.In addition to that, arrangements will also be put in place for persons to receive grants to start up their own business.last_img read more

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