Sainsbury’s this week joined the board of patrons for the Baking Industry Exhibition (BIE), which is set to take place on 6-9 April 2008 at Birmingham’s NEC.Bakery category manager Nick Townend will sit on the board, alongside baking industry figures, including Tesco’s Neil Franklin, and Trevor Mooney, joint MD of craft bakery Arthur Chatwin’s.Latest exhibitors signed up for BIE include ingredients supplier Bakels, equipment supplier Brook Food, Avoncourt Packaging, food processing company Robot Coupe and seasoning supplier Gordon Rhodes & Son. Bakels’ Joy Kellaway said BIE would attract core bakery as well as new customers.
Pigeons Playing Ping Pong Welcomes Lebo & Nat Keefe, Debut John Mayer Cover In California [Video/Photo]By admin on March 2, 2021
Photo: Must Have Media Pigeons Playing Ping Pong rounded out their West Coast run over the first weekend in October, including return shows to both San Francisco and Santa Cruz, Saturday, October 6, and Monday, October 8. After three nights in SoCal, including a two-night run at the Teragram Ballroom in Los Angeles, PPPP wrap their California run on Wednesday night in Arcata.Check out this video of the band debuting their cover of “New Light”, the latest single from John Mayer, in the Teragram Ballroom: Load remaining images [Video: Must Have Media]After two sold-out shows within eight months of each other at The Independent in San Francisco in 2017, Pigeons Playing Ping Pong have quickly risen rank as a favorite act to catch in the Bay Area. The upgrade to The Regency afforded the band three times as many seats available, serving as an unofficial late-night to the city’s free Hardly Strictly Bluegrass festival in Golden Gate Park.San Francisco showed up for Pigeons Playing Ping Pong. Adding to the crowd’s intense energy were two surprise sit-ins by a few hometown heroes from Animal Liberation Orchestra (ALO) and Hot Buttered Rum in set one and two, respectively.The first set opened with a trio of P4 favorites. “Upfunk”, “Something For Ya”, and “Porcupine” before inviting out the first guest of the evening, Dan “Lebo” Lebowitz from ALO. Lebo joined the stage for over fifteen minutes and two songs. After getting loose with the P4 original “Julia”, the band quickly transitioned into a familiar melody as lead singer Greg Ormont began singing the ALO original, “Living in a Plastic Bubble.”Lebo and P4 lead guitarist Jeremy Schon traded licks back and forth throughout the following jam section. An island-hopping whirlwind of energy between the guitarists even brought bassist Ben Carey into the middle of the stage before wrapping up “Julia”.Watch officially released pro-shot footage of the whole song here:[Video: Pigeons Playing Ping Pong]As if the entire show was going exactly to plan, the band next launched into “Whirled” before popping into “Poseidon”. The first set ended with “Funk in Funk” around 11:45 pm. Prior to the show, fans speculated on whether it would be a two-set show or not, but halfway through the set Ormont confirmed there will indeed be a second set.By 12:10, Pigeons Playing Ping Pong were back on stage with a tie-dye costume change. It couldn’t have been more obvious that this next set was going to get explorative. It began with “Walk Outside” before “Melting Lights” turned into “The Liquid.” The light design for these opening segments was of superb quality and absolutely added to the power of the band.“The Liquid” filled the cup of the Regency Ballroom until it was “Overrun” with gratitude and joy. “Overrun” is a brand new song, debuted only days before and during the two night run in Los Angeles. Watch an officially released pro-shot cut of the song here:[Video: Pigeons Playing Ping Pong]Following the new track, the band launched into Talking Heads’ “Psycho Killer”, a track that they also played during their SF debut in 2017. This wasn’t a typical “Psycho Killer”. Before the song was finished, the band eventually segued into “Say Cheese,” an original love song to cheese from Ormont’s side project, Scrambled Greg. By the time they finished “Psycho Killer”, Ormont was cheesing up the lyrics.As the crowd and band took a moment to breathe, Hot Buttered Rum’s singer/guitarist Nat Keefe strolled out on stage. Earlier in the day, Hot Buttered Rum headlined a craft beer and bluegrass music festival in Felton, CA, and Keefe still had the energy to haul himself to the second set of Pigeons Playing Ping Pong to sit in on the track, “Fortress”.The lights got dark, and once again Schon and the guest guitarist traded licks. Keefe also made sure to interact with drummer Alex Petropulos as well as Carey and Ormont, grooving with all of the parts of the song and diving deep into the moment. Once Keefe exited, the band ended the set with the track “Couldn’t We All”. With a standout two set performance like they had just delivered, Pigeons Playing Ping Pong had one more card up their sleeve. After releasing the debut video from the band’s DisNYE New Year’s Eve show encore, they returned with the same segment: “Zydeko” > “Tale As Old As Time” > Zydeko”. Yes, as in the from The Beauty and The Beast.Setlist: Pigeons Playing Ping Pong | Regency Ballroom | San Francisco, CA | 10/6/2018Set One: Upfunk, Somethin’ For Ya, Porcupine, Julia1 > Plastic Bubble1,2 > Julia1, Whirled, Poseidon, Fun In FunkSet Two: Walk Outside, Melting Lights > The Liquid, Overrun, Psycho Killer3 > Say Cheese4, Fortress5, Couldn’t We AllEncore: Zydeko > Tale as old as time > ZydekoNotes: 1 – featuring Dan LEBO Lebowitz of ALO; 2 – cover debut, ALO; 3 – cover, Talking Heads; 4 – cover, Scrambled Greg; 5 – featuring Nat Keefe of Hot Buttered RumThe band took one day off on Sunday to enjoy Hardly Strictly Bluegrass before heading to Santa Cruz for a single set extravaganza on Monday in the main room at The Catalyst Club. In October of 2017, a full year prior, Pigeons Playing Ping Pong performed in the front room, The Catalyst Atrium, and sold out the intimate venue with force. This time around, they did not fill out the main room (it was a Monday night) but the room was far from empty.The show kicked off with “Too Long” and “Burning Up My Time” before segueing into the jubilant original “Horizon” about the band going to see Lotus play. “Fade Fast” gave way to the standout of “Pigs (Three Different Ones)”, an ultimate highlight from the show. Following the Pink Floyd cover, the band busted into “King Kong”. Eventually, everyone sat back and let Petropulos drive for a thrilling drums segment before finishing the tune. A triple segue struck some of the strangest and most explorative sounds of the evening as Pigeons Playing Ping Pong flew through a “Sunny Day” > “The Hop” > “F.U.” combination, ending the set with “Dawn A New Day”. Last year in San Francisco, the band debuted “Dawn A New Day” during the release party for their fourth studio effort, Pizazz.For the encore, P4 didn’t let Santa Cruz go without squeezing every last drop of funk out of the crowd. They opened with a “Skipjack” > “Paint It Black” > “Skipjack” sandwich before unleashing a tidal wave of energy within “Ocean Flows” to cap the evening.Setlist: Pigeons Playing Ping Pong | The Catalyst | Santa Cruz, CA | 10/8/2018Set: Too Long, Burning Up My Time > Horizon, Fade Fast, Pigs1, King Kong > drums > King Kong, Sunny Day > The Hop > F.U., Dawn a New DayEncore: Skipjack > Paint It Black2 > Skipjack, Ocean FlowsNotes: 1 – cover, Pink Floyd; 2 – cover, The Rolling StonesPigeons Playing Ping Pong | San Francisco & Santa Cruz, CA | 10/6/2018 & 10/8/2018 | Photo: Must Have Media
51SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Heather Anderson Heather Anderson covers consumer financial news for CUInsight.com, offering readers tips on budgeting, setting and achieving financial goals, and developing a healthy relationship with money. She is co-founder of … Web: www.financialfeed.com Details If you and your partner are marriage minded, you may have recently become engaged. Valentine’s Day is the second most popular day of the year to get engaged, after Christmas Day. In fact, almost half of all engagements occur between Thanksgiving and Valentine’s Day, which is why it’s known as engagement season.If you’re currently planning a wedding, you may be experiencing sticker shock at how much it costs to say “I do.” According to a recent study conducted by online wedding planner The Knot, the average wedding cost was $35,329 in 2016. And that cost doesn’t even include the cost of a honeymoon, which could add several thousands dollar to the total.According to a recent article by Buzzfeed, here are 5 smart ways to save on the cost of a wedding.Don’t get married on a Saturday. Most venues charge much less for weddings on Friday or Sunday, and even less for mid-week ceremonies. Consider a Sunday wedding during a three-day weekend, when your friends and family will have Monday off to recover from the festivities.Rent a home for the wedding and lodging. A fun new trend ditches the church and catering hall model. Instead, couples rent a huge vacation home for a few days and throw a wedding house party. Bring in a caterer for a festive touch so nobody is stuck on dish duty.Get hitched on campus. Even if you and your fiancé didn’t attend the same alma mater, many universities have beautiful facilities you can rent for a fraction of the price of private venues. They also make excellent settings for photos.Don’t serve a sit-down dinner. Hors d’oeuvres and/or cake and champagne are plenty, especially if you have a night wedding. And honestly, nobody is going to miss the chicken or fish.Get married in December. Most places are beautifully decorated for the Holidays, which means you will save on flowers and other decor.
The unit price of toll in the off-season period is reduced by 10% for vehicles IA, I. and II. groups (motorcycles, personal vehicles, personal vehicles with trailers and campers) or returns to the old price. From 15 September (from midnight from Saturday to Sunday) for motorcycles and personal vehicles begins the application of off-season toll prices on motorways managed by Hrvatske autoceste doo (HAC) and Autoceste Rijeka-Zagreb (ARZ). Photo: HAC The summer toll calculation tariff is coming to an end.
Allianz Global Investors – The €535bn investment house has named Beatrix Anton-Groenemeyer (left) as its first chief sustainability officer. She is currently global head of product specialists for the company’s fixed income teams.In a statement announcing Anton-Groenemeyer’s new position, the company said it was in the process of embedding environmental, social and corporate governance (ESG) factors across all its strategies “with integrated ESG already applicable to €118bn” of its assets under management. It also runs €22bn in socially responsible investment strategies and €6bn in impact investing strategies.CEO Andreas Utermann said: “Our ability to improve investment outcomes for our clients by taking a holistic approach to sustainability is a core tenet of our value proposition.” PGB – Nico Meeuwisse, chairman of Dutch multi-sector pension scheme PGB’s supervisory board, resigned at the start of this year, according to the scheme’s annual report. His departure followed a dispute with the pension fund’s board about a reassessment of strategy and governance.A spokesperson for PGB attributed the issue to a lack of clarity about the demarcation of responsibilities between the scheme’s board and its governing bodies, adding that new arrangements had been made since. Currently, PGB’s supervisory board comprises Alfred Slager and Orpa Bisschop.RMC – Former Mercer CIO Herwig Kinzler has resurfaced at German consultancy RMC. He has been in charge of the Cologne office since 1 May, having left Mercer in January. RMC Risk-Management-Consulting has been advising institutional investors for almost 25 years. Its board consists of Patrik Bremerich, Hans-Jürgen Reinhart and Bernd Rose.Kempen – The €59bn Dutch asset manager has hired Eszter Vitorino Fuleky as senior responsible investment manager, specifically tasked with corporate governance.Since 2010, she worked at the Global Reporting Initiative, which develops guidelines for ESG reporting. She leaves as head of capital markets engagement.Fuleky was also a member of the expert group advising the European Commission on developing a European definition of sustainable investment.MN – MN, the €130bn asset manager and pensions provider for the Dutch metal and engineering sector schemes PMT and PME, has named Hanny Kemna as the new chair of its supervisory board. She succeeds Ella Vogelaar – a former minister for housing and planning – who stepped down recently after four years at the helm.Kemna, whose responsibilities include ICT, has been on the board since 2016. She has also been tasked with remuneration and appointments. Until 2014, Kemna was an IT auditor and partner at Ernst & Young.Separately, Fleur Rieter has been appointed chief financial, risk and compliance officer at MN as of 1 July. She joins from insurer ASR, where she was director of pensions since 2013. Prior to this, she held senior positions at insurers De Amerfoortse and Legal & General Netherlands.At MN, Rieter succeeds Liesbeth Sinke, who left on 1 February. ASR said that Pauline Derkman, its director of individual life insurance, would take over Rieter’s position and combine this with her current job.LifeSight – Willis Towers Watson’s defined contribution master trust has appointed Richard Everitt as head of implementations, responsible for overseeing the processes for bringing in new clients.Everitt was previously a vice president at Goldman Sachs, including 11 years as EMEA pensions manager. He has also held administration and consultancy rolls for Spicer & Oppenheimer, Headington, Aon and Gissings.LifeSight managing director Fiona Matthews said: “We’re expecting several large schemes with assets in excess of £1bn to come to market over the next 12 months, as more organisations review their pension provision. Richard’s extensive experience in the master trust industry will be invaluable as we continue to offer members the highest quality outcomes and communication.”NN/ING – The two Dutch collective defined contribution (CDC) pension funds of NN Investment Partners and ING Group have appointed Ingmar Minderhoud on their respective boards, tasked with overseeing finance and risk matters.Until the end of last year, he was a member of the accountability body of the NN CDC Pensioenfonds. Since 2005, Minderhoud held a position at Integrated Client Solutions – which offers fiduciary services for pension funds and insurers – at NN IP. Prior to this, he worked as a scenario specialist at Ortec for four years. Transparency Task Force (TTF) – The UK financial services lobby group has appointed former pensions minister Baroness Ros Altmann (right) as its 100th ambassador as it seeks to expand its work on improving cost disclosure and other industry practices. Baroness Altmann – now a member of the House of Lords, the UK’s upper chamber of parliament – is one of the country’s leading commentators on pension issues.She said: “I have spent many years trying to improve the way the pension system works and to make pensions work better for people. There have been significant steps forward over the years such as the creation of the Pension Protection Fund and, of course, pensions auto-enrolment, which has been a major success so far. “It’s now mission-critical that the pensions industry works harder to improve engagement and contributions, while building trust and confidence with products and services that offer good value for customers.”Kames Capital – The Edinburgh-headquartered investment management group has appointed Thomas Hanson as head of the high yield fixed income team. He joins from Janus Henderson where he was a high yield credit portfolio manager, and has also worked for Aerion Fund Management and Lazard Asset Management.In addition, Kames has also recruited Eleanor Price as high yield analyst. She was previously a high yield fund manager at Baillie Gifford, and has also worked at Insight and Barings.The appointments follow the departure of high yield manager Jack Holmes from Kames, who has left to “pursue other opportunities”, the company said.BNY Mellon – The $1.8trn (€1.6trn) asset manager BNY Mellon Investment Management has named Koen Hoogenhout as senior business development manager for the Netherlands.Hoogenhout joins from Vanguard Asset Management where he worked for eight years in a similar position, focusing on the Dutch, Belgian, Luxembourg, Swedish and UK markets. He has also worked at PwC, ABN Amro and AXA IM.Aon – Alison Cosadinos has joined the consultancy giant’s international retirement team as an associate partner. She joins after a short career break, having previously worked for the Royal Bank of Canada for 11 years, latterly as director of international pensions and benefits.At Aon, Cosadinos will advise multi-national companies on “a range of international retirement and benefit matters”, the company said, including issues around Brexit and financial wellbeing.Amundi – Richard Deutsch has joined Amundi’s London office as head of credit research. He was previously global head of credit research at HSBC Global Asset Management, and has ran the credit research and trading desk analytical units at BNP Paribas CIB, and fixed income research for Merrill Lynch.Haven Green – Wendy Mayall, former CIO at Unilever and Liverpool Victoria (now LV=), has been appointed chair of the board of Haven Green, a specialist alternatives asset management adviser and placement agent.Mayall, a co-founder of investment consultancy Stamford Associates, also holds non-executive positions at insurance groups Fidelity Life and Phoenix, as well as pension provider TPT Retirement Solutions.Haven Green was set up last year by David Hunter, an actuary and former consultant at First Avenue Partners, a UK-based placement agent. It aims to help institutional investors source infrastructure, real estate, private equity and private credit investments.State Street Corporation – Mark Westwell has been appointed to lead State Street’s UK trustee and depositary business, which looks after more than £254bn of pooled fund assets. He has worked for State Street since 2007 in a number of leadership roles and relationship management positions. He also chairs the group’s Brexit client communications group for Europe. Frédéric Janbon, CEO of BNP Paribas Asset Management, said Gambi would be “instrumental in enhancing our investment platform, including overseeing the integration of our global sustainability strategy”.Jupiter – The UK listed fund manager has appointed Phil Wagstaff as global head of distribution, replacing Nick Ring. Wagstaff joins from Janus Henderson where he was also global head of distribution and worked with Jupiter’s new CEO, Andrew Formica.Prior to joining Janus Henderson, Wagstaff held senior distribution roles at Gartmore, New Star and M&G. He will join Jupiter on 5 June.Ring has left the company to “pursue other executive opportunities”, Jupiter said in a statement.Separately, Jupiter has also appointed Wayne Mepham as chief financial officer. Subject to regulatory approval, he will join the £44.1bn (€50.5bn) asset manager on 2 September from Schroders, where he is global head of finance.Mepham has worked at Schroders for nine years, and previously held a number of senior positions at PwC. He replaces Charlotte Jones, who resigned from Jupiter earlier this year to take up the CFO role at RSA Insurance Group – although she will stay in her current role until the end of July. BNP Paribas Asset Management – The French investment house has hired Rob Gambi (pictured) as global head of investments. He joins the group’s London office and is responsible for management and performance of the €421bn group’s entire investment operation.Gambi previously worked at Henderson Global Investors – now Janus Henderson Investors – as chief investment officer. Prior to this he was global head of fixed income at UBS Global Asset Management. BNP Paribas AM, Jupiter, Janus Henderson, AllianzGI, PGB, RMC, Kempen, Mercer, MN, LifeSight, NN Investment Partners, ING, Transparency Task Force, Kames Capital, BNY Mellon, Amundi, Haven Green, State Street
Seismic services player Polarcus posted a loss of $19 million for the fourth quarter of 2019, but the company expects to benefit from an improving backlog.One of Polarcus’ seismic vessels; Source: PolarcusAccording to its financial statement on Thursday, Polarcus recorded revenues of $55.3 million in the fourth quarter of 2019, compared to $58.4 million in Q4 2018.Polarcus posted a $19 million loss for the last quarter of 2019 compared to an $18.1 million loss in the same period in 2018.The company noted that its current backlog increased to $240 million, the highest level since 2014.Polarcus added that there was a lower fleet utilization in the quarter of 71%, compared to 96% in Q4 2018, but was awarded seven new contracts since the end of Q3 2019.Full-year utilization in 2019 also dropped to 79 percent compared to 87 percent in 2018. Lower utilization resulted from the planned repositioning of the fleet, as well as a delayed contract award on one project and an extended yard stay for one vessel.Polarcus CEO, Duncan Eley, stated: “Polarcus delivered a substantial increase in earnings during 2019 with EBITDA more than doubling year-on-year and strong growth in operating cash flows. This result was driven by increased margins from improved pricing and continued focus on operational excellence and cost management.“We maintain a positive outlook for 2020, despite some recent fluctuations in global sentiment observed. Tender levels, multi-client activity, and pricing all continue to develop positively.“I am confident Polarcus is well-positioned to maximize value from the marine seismic market going forward.”The company pointed out that its financial results reflected a significantly improved seismic market resulting in substantially higher realized day rates year-on-year.In its outlook, Polarcus stated that the reshaping of the seismic industry that had occurred, resulting in an increased number of multi-client companies without vessels, provided a catalyst to drive further positive market developments assuming global energy demand is maintained.Opportunities to increase prices will be driven by healthy levels of exploration and production activity and sustained supply-side discipline. The company will continue to prioritize projects with superior margins reflecting its operational capabilities.The company’s fleet is 100 percent booked into late Q2 2020 and 65 percent booked for full-year 2020, with such a backlog – strongest since 2014 – Polarcus believes it is well-positioned to continue benefiting from an improving market.Offshore Energy Today StaffSpotted a typo? Have something more to add to the story? Maybe a nice photo? Contact our editorial team via email. Also, if you’re interested in showcasing your company, product, or technology on Offshore Energy Today, please contact us via our advertising form where you can also see our media kit.
New coaches, new drills, new season.With the 2006 season still officially 168 days away, the University of Wisconsin football team took its first snaps of the Bret Bielema era as spring practice opened Saturday.”It feels good,” said senior quarterback John Stocco, one of only three returning starters on offense. “We have been just working out for awhile now, and it feels good to get out here and practice. It’s exciting because you see so many younger guys, and we’ve got quite a few holes to fill, and you see them excited.”In the first of 14 practices that will lead up to the Spring Game April 22, UW worked out without pads, but in helmets on both Saturday and Sunday, and began to soak in the tutelage of a revamped coaching staff.As the players took the field for the first time since defeating Auburn 24-10 at the Capital One Bowl in what was Barry Alvarez’s swan song as Badger coach, it quickly was apparent that there was some new management in charge.Using a new timing system where practice is broken up into roughly 22 five-minute periods, the team began the first period with a special teams field goal kicking drill that had become commonplace during the Alvarez tenure.To commence Bielema’s career as head coach, the drill was a little more high octane. Rather than simply kicking two field goals from the left, middle and right side of the hash marks, the team set up for field goals in all three spots right away and ran the drill in a much more rapid-fire format.”We started off practice traditionally with the field goals. … The idea is that we have [one team on each side] so that its just boom, boom, boom, boom and then come together,” Bielema said. “That’s the first thing we do as a team, so it sort of sets the tone for [the] rest of practice.”The drill epitomized a movement of energy through the UW coaching squad and practices. “Energetic” was the word most often used by players when asked to describe the almost all new coaching staff and how they ran practice, very much befitting the style of Bielema.”The coaching staff that we have, they’re young and they bring the same intensity that coach [Bielema] does,” said junior receiver Marcus Randle El. “They bring so much intensity to the team, and it just goes through everything.”Bielema stalked from quarterbacks to receivers to linebackers and every other position group, monitoring practice in his trademark all-red running suit. Uncharacteristically quiet and tranquil, Bielema occasionally offered up advice for players while they stood aside waiting for their next repetition but otherwise was rather reserved.”He comes up and he gives pointers when he feels it’s necessary, but the individual coaches are great,” said senior linebacker Mark Zalewski.”I was trying to be a little conscientious of that, just letting coaches establish themselves and allow them to go about their business without me being there to influence the flow of the drill,” Bielema said. “I was just trying to stay at a distance and kind of look around and watch.”His coaches, on the other hand, were as feisty as Bielema has been in the past.”Big-time high energy,” Bielema said. “Today, I had to put a coach rule in there. I usually have players stay 15 yards back, but today I had to put up cones and say that players and coaches need to be behind that line. They like to get out there and mix it up, and I don’t mind it after the play, just not during.”The main theme of the first two days of spring practice was for players to become accustomed to the new drills, terminology and demands of their new coaches.”I think today was a big learning day for us,” Stocco said. “We want to get used to the drills and know everything that we are doing, but as we go along, we want guys to step up and make plays for us.”For example, one new drill to the UW program is the “chute” drill for defensive linemen, where linemen are forced to stay low when coming out of their stance because of a bar that is above them. The drill was brought in by new defensive line coach Randall McCray, who has already become one of the more recognizable coaches on staff. McCray has already begun to employ his extensive use of a football taped to a hockey stick, to simulate the snapping of the ball.”There’s a few things that are different, a few things that the new coaches are emphasizing, but for the most part, we have been able to keep a good sense of [normalcy],” Zalewski said.After the second day of practice, the players were all eager for the first day of full-contact practice, slated for Monday evening.”Once you get the pads on, it’s a much different, physical game,” Randle El said with a Cheshire cat grin. “And once you get physical, baby, it can get heated. … The linebackers want to hit the running backs, the safeties want to hit the receivers. That’s the way it’s going to be.”
If there were any questions whether or not the UW women’s hockey team improved their special teams units, they’ve been answered. Undefeated, and with only a single tie blemishing their record, the Badgers have played stellar hockey so far this season. UW head coach Mark Johnson, though, has been quick all year to comment on the need for strong special teams play, hoping the team could improve on both the power play and the penalty kill as the season progressed. Though they hadn’t topped three goals in any of their last five games heading into this weekend, the No. 1 Badgers put up 15 goals this weekend, six of them on the power play, and were able to kill off all nine of their penalties without allowing a goal during their sweep of visiting North Dakota. “It was pretty good, we created a lot of things; in games like this your power play has to be good,” Johnson said. “When you get power plays you want to capitalize on them.”Wisconsin certainly capitalized on their chances; the Badgers were a very impressive six of 12 on the power play. In comparison with the 31 percent rate they scored over their first eight games, the Badgers scored on half of their power play opportunities this weekend. Coming into the series, North Dakota had only allowed six goals in their 42 penalty kills, posting a formidable 86 percent penalty kill percentage. “The more time we spend on the power play the better we get at it,” UW forward Angie Keseley said. “I think we’re doing pretty well on it, and as we continue to go on this season we’ll keep getting better.”The Badgers’ first, and game-winning, goal Sunday came on the power play as the puck slid across the crease before deflecting off UW defender Meghan Mikkelson’s skate.”The puck just popped out, and it went off my skate, a lucky bounce,” Mikkelson said.While that goal may have been a fluke, Mikkelson too believes the team’s power play was very effective this weekend. “I think we did a good job this weekend, we communicated well.”Facing a North Dakota team that is just 1-33 on the power play this season, the Badgers played with complete control of the puck even when down a man. Though North Dakota had even power play opportunities this weekend, the Badger penalty kill was so effective that the Sioux only mustered a combined two shots on goal, and were held to no shots on six of the seven power plays. To put the Sioux’s power play struggles into perspective, Jinelle Zaugg scored more power play goals on Sunday (2) than North Dakota has all season (1).”The kill was good, we wanted to be aggressive all weekend and not let them set up,” Johnson said. The Badgers did just that as quick puck movement and constant pressure kept the Sioux off guard and allowed the Badgers to control the play. “I think [the special teams] did a really good job,” Mikkelson reiterated. “We’re working on being consistent with both our power play and our penalty kill.”Opponents surely can’t find the thought of the Badgers’ special teams becoming more consistent very encouraging. Whether Wisconsin’s success on the penalty kill and power play this weekend was more the product of playing a weak opponent or due to their own improvement will remain to be seen.But if the Badgers can continue their current level of play, it’s going to be tough to find the defending champions’ weakness, and even tougher to beat them.
The University of Wisconsin men’s basketball team (6-1) came from behind Tuesday to beat previously undefeated NC State (6-1) 79-75 at the Kohl Center.With just 25 seconds on the clock, and the Badgers up three points following a D’Mitirk Trice pull up jumper, Brad Davidson took a shoulder to the chest, went down, got the charge call (his fifth of the game) and sent the home crowd into hysterics. It may not have been as dazzling as a game-winning buzzer beater, but it was a beautiful play in its own right.Wisconsin got off to a slow start as NC State pressed high up the court on defense, pestering Wisconsin for the whole 94 feet. The Wolfpack’s high pressure caused trouble for the home side with the Badgers turning it over five times in the first seven minutes.“We knew that they were going to pressure full court,” Trice said. “Once we slowed down and we started playing Wisconsin basketball then that’s when we cut the lead down.”Women’s hockey: Pankowski leads Badgers to consecutive overtime wins against HarvardThis weekend, the Wisconsin Badgers (15-1-0, 7-1 WCHA) successfully challenged the Harvard Crimson (2-5-1, 1-3-1 ECAC) on Wisconsin’s home ice, Read…To compound their turnover issues Wisconsin also only shot 35% from the floor in the first frame and as a result, was trailing 36-29 at the half.Things turned around for the Badgers in the second half, as they were able to cut NC State’s lead — at one point as large as 12 — down to single digits. But despite Wisconsin’s efforts, NC State would keep them at an arm’s length for most of the second half, holding the lead until the final minutes.It may have been cold outside, but it was red hot inside the Kohl Center, with Wisconsin and NC State shooting 52% and 39% respectively from behind the arc.Midway through the second half, the teams traded three-pointers, with the Badgers and the Wolfpack combing for six consecutive three-point makes in a two-minute span. Each NC State three-pointer intermittently silencing the Badger crowd before it once again roared to life following a three from one of its own.Forward Ethan Happ and guard D’Mitrik Trice led in scoring for the Badgers. Happ had his seventh consecutive double-double with 19 points, 11 rebounds, and three assists, and Trice added 18 points of his own going four of five from three-point range.The Badgers also got some great production from their role players including Kobe King and Trevor Anderson, something Happ acknowledged postgame.“It was just a team win, it wasn’t relied on one or two guys,” Happ said.Another encouraging sign for Badger fans was the production of sophomore Aleem Ford upon his return from preseason knee surgery. After playing a total of 14 minutes across three games during the Badgers recent trip to the Bahamas, Ford featured far more prominently in this contest, finishing with 12 points in 21 minutes of action.For NC State, Markell Johnson was the leading man on offense with his 21 points, including three three-pointers. C. J. Bryce also added 18 points for the visitors.The Badgers will face Iowa Friday night.
Meanwhile former Tipp keeper Paul Fitzgerald says Tipp will need all players to perform at their best in Semple Stadium on Sunday if they’re to challenge the Munster and All Ireland champions.Throw-in is at 3.30 and the game will be broadcast live here in Tipp FM in association with O’Donovan Marquees, Birdhill. It’s now believed Kieran O’Leary has suffered a ruptured Achilles tendon. The Dr. Crokes forward will likely miss the entire Championship campaign after suffering the injury while playing a challenge match in Portugal.Paul Murphy is out of Sunday’s provincial semi-final with Tipp after suffering a shoulder injury.