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Swim teams ready for UW-Green Bay

first_imgThe University of Wisconsin men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams open their season at 2 p.m. Friday afternoon with a meet against the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay at the UW Natatorium. The Badgers will begin their quest to improve on last year’s impressive run, where the men finished 19th at the NCAA national meet and the women placed 11th. The road to improvement will be difficult, however, as both teams lost key members from a year ago, most notably Olympian Carly Piper.”We have a very young squad this year, especially on the men’s side. I’m looking forward to watching the younger kids especially to see how they handle certain situations,” said head coach Eric Hansen, who will take the first meet with a grain of salt, but believes his swimmers have the mindset that they will be in top form against Green Bay. “They are all business. I understand how long the learning process is going to take, but they will put a lot of pressure on themselves.”When the two teams met a year ago, Wisconsin’s men’s and women’s teams emerged from the pool victors, a feat Hansen is confident can be repeated Friday.”I like our chances. The women’s team is really impressive right now and the men’s team is just young,” Hansen said. “The thing we are really stressing is to be aggressive, but to implement the things we have taught here technically. The main purpose of this is to come together as a team, though.”Because the lineups and events that UW swimmers will race in are still very fluid, Badger swimmers will likely be subjected to a variety of races beyond their personal specialties.”Each kid will swim one primary event, but we are going to challenge some of them to swim events they don’t normally swim, early in the season, so it will be interesting to see,” Hansen said.The women’s team has high preseason expectations, with many of the swimmers able to swim competitively in many different events, epitomized by first-team all-Big Ten selection and Big Ten Freshman of the Year Susan Johnson, who will likely see work in the backstroke and butterfly, as well as the team medleys.”We have a lot of women with national and international experience and I don’t think anything is going to surprise them, and this is just the first step towards what we want to do for them, which is to climb into the Top Ten in the country,” Hansen said.The men only return two upperclassmen this season in senior Michael Hamm and junior Tom Molzahn, who also serve as team captains. Gaining experience will be priority one for the men’s team as they look to overcome their youth and surprise teams in the Big Ten and on the national scene.”The big theme of this year is going to be gaining experience, because we only have one junior and one senior,” Hansen said. “Our two upperclassmen are very much our leaders and other than that, our kids are very much in the learning phase right now. At the same time, I can’t remember ever having a more motivated group of people as a team. It’s very exciting.”last_img read more

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Heisman not out of reach for Barkley

first_imgRe-entering the Heisman Trophy race is more challenging for Matt Barkley now than in August, you might say.Though setting a Pac-12 and program record for career touchdown passes in USC’s last matchup, a 44-point home win over Colorado, the senior quarterback faces a rather stiff challenge in the hope of becoming the eighth Trojan to win college football’s most prestigious and coveted individual award.Not out · Senior quarterback Matt Barkley can get back in the Heisman trophy race against Arizona, who surrenders 30.4 points per game. – Sean Roth | Daily TrojanTwo months ago, Barkley was pitted as the clear frontrunner for the Heisman, as USC stood atop the Associated Press preseason top 25 poll, and was expected to finish the season playing in the BCS national championship game.But Barkley’s candidacy suffered a rather crushing blow by mid-September following a 21-14 loss at Stanford, the Trojans’ fourth consecutive defeat at the hands of the Cardinal and lone blemish this season.And so his stock dropped, rather considerably.“It was especially the style in which they lost,” said Chris Huston, a Heisman Trophy analyst for CBSSports.com and founder of Heismanpundit.com. “It wasn’t like a shootout where he was doing everything he could to keep his team in the game. It was a situation in which this mighty USC offense, with all this talent, was flummoxed.”Against the Cardinal, Barkley finished 20 of 41 passing, throwing for 254 yards and two interceptions, two plays USC coach Lane Kiffin called afterward “probably two of his worst decisions” at any point during the last three years.In the wake of the unexpected early season stumble in Palo Alto, USC has won four consecutive games, moving back into the top-10 of the polls, and so Barkley, who should own essentially every meaningful school passing record by the end of the season, is far from out of the running — at least according to the Trojans’ third-year coach.Kiffin suggested during his post-practice news conference Tuesday that Barkley could play his way back into the race provided he performs in a similar fashion as he did against the Buffaloes last Saturday.“Like I’ve said all along, the Heisman is a full body of work for the whole year,” Kiffin said. “Everyone wants to figure it out way early. There’s been a lot of Heisman runs, including here, late in the year.”The senior signal caller was near-perfect versus Colorado, completing 19 of 20 passes for 298 yards and six touchdowns, equaling the school single-game touchdown mark for the fourth time in his career.“We’ll wait and see,” added Kiffin. “Obviously, if he keeps playing the way he did, I think everybody will be happy.”Through seven games, Barkley has posted similar numbers at this point one season ago, when he would eventually finish sixth in the voting, along with 11 first-place votes, narrowly missing out on a trip to New York City as one of five finalists.This season, he’s thrown for 1,773 yards, 22 touchdowns and six interceptions, compared to the 2,006 yards, 19 touchdowns and four interceptions by this mark in 2011.Asked Tuesday if he had thought about the race much recently, Barkley offered a simple response: “Nah, it’s not my job.”But as Kiffin referenced, USC has had quarterbacks make a late push for the award, perhaps most evidenced by Carson Palmer during his Heisman-winning season in 2002. In Palmer’s final two games against rivals UCLA and Notre Dame, he threw for a total of  679 yards and eight touchdowns, catapulting him past Iowa’s Brad Banks.And so Barkley, who at the moment sits behind favorites Kansas State quarterback Collin Klein and West Virginia quarterback Geno Smith in most Heisman rankings, could face a similar opportunity for late resume-boosting performances. Both No. 4 Oregon and the No. 5 Fighting Irish come to the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum next month for primetime, nationally televised showdowns, as well as a potential Pac-12 championship game on Nov. 30, an opportunity the Trojans didn’t have last season because of a postseason ban.For the time being, USC has kept Barkley out in the weeks following the loss to Stanford. Entering the season, the school launched a mobile app titled “PROJECT TRO7AN,” playing off Barkley’s No. 7 jersey number, and has continued producing the online video series “Barkley Breakdown” and “Matt Versus.” Neither is technically Heisman promotional material, but instead ways to look at the team “through Matt’s eyes,” according to USC Sports Information Director Tim Tessalone.Still, how Barkley finishes will likely speak the loudest, especially when it comes to wooing voters.“You always have to just strike when the iron’s hot,” Tessalone said, “and it’s not hot quite yet.”So, with at least five games remaining on the slate, the toughest tests await the Pac-12’s newest career leader in touchdown passes. In short, his team will have to win and he’ll have to play particularly well to boot.As Huston explained, “Voters are waiting to see if USC is actually going to win anything with Matt Barkley, to give those numbers context and meaning. They’re impressed by the numbers but they want to see that these numbers led to X, Y and Z. If ‘SC wins out and does so in convincing fashion, those numbers start to look a lot better.”last_img read more

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THERE’S SOMETHING ‘SPECIAL’ HAPPENING AT WATSON HIRE

first_imgWatson Hire has come a long way when it first hired out drills, powertools and cement mixers.The store, which has outlets in both Letterkenny and Donegal Town, is now a leading supplier of everyday goods used by the consumer. The store is now running a series of ‘First Tuesday Specials” to coincide with children’s allowance day.The store’s one-off specials include 3 bags of coal for €19, 3 bales of briquettes for €11, a 40 pack of toilet roll for €10, a large box of Daz washing powder for €13.99, a large box of Bold washing powder for €14.99.As well as that there will be 20% off dare2b ladies running gear for busy mums looking to try and squeeze in a bit of exercise while there will also be 20% off al homeware.So if you are looking for your ‘First Tuesday’ money to go further on the essentials, drop into Watson Hire for a look. Watson Hire – a lot more than just a hire store. THERE’S SOMETHING ‘SPECIAL’ HAPPENING AT WATSON HIRE was last modified: February 3rd, 2013 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:coalFirst TuesdaysWatson Hirelast_img read more

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Azpilicueta knows there’s only one way to get to used to Sarri’s methods

first_imgChelsea lost 2-0 to Manchester City in the Community Shield and have one more pre-season friendly to play, against Lyon, before the Premier League season begins at Huddersfield on 11 August with the defender telling supporters the best way to bounce back is to head to Yorkshire and try and nab all three points.“We wanted to finish the [Community Shield] with a trophy and we weren’t able to do that so obviously we are disappointed and we have to come back strong in the Premier League,” Azpilicueta continued. Getty Images Sarri was only appointed manager of Chelsea in July 2 There is a lot of hard work to be done at Chelsea, Cesar Azpilicueta believes.The players have been trying to get used to new manager Maurizio Sarri’s style of play, but have only had a few weeks to train together, while some World Cup players have been on an extended break.“Well, what I can say is that from the first day we are working hard and we are working as a team,’ Azpilicueta told chelseafc.com.“He knows what he wants and he explains it to us. We have to replicate what he wants and the only way is to keep working in every training session, every game, to try to reach that.”center_img Sergio Aguero scored twice to give Manchester City their first trophy of the season 2 “We knew we were facing the best team in England last year, who broke every record. We have been working for the last few weeks in the best way possible to try to face them but we weren’t able to do it and we have to keep on improving.“The first target is Saturday against Huddersfield. We can’t think ahead of that. After being out of the Champions League we have to be focused, we have to go game by game to keep improving and then we will see how far we can go.“I trust in this team, I believe in what we are doing and the only way is to look forward.”last_img read more

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