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first_imgThe 2019 University of Wisconsin softball team (31-8, 8-5 Big Ten) has already had an outstanding, record-breaking season that’s put Madison back on the map within the NCAA softball world. As worry from fans grew after last year’s team lost so much of its leadership and seniority, within the program, a quiet, calm confidence began to grow.This belief grew not only in the leadership that emerged from new upperclassmen but in the trust Head Coach Yvette Healy had in her incoming young core of freshmen and sophomores.As a whole, Wisconsin athletic teams are not ones where fans can expect to see a lot of true freshman or underclassmen take the court or field. The idea of earning your spot and training under a leading scorer has always been the mentality of Wisconsin athletics. But Healy’s lineup seems to break from that norm as she consistently starts two true freshman and three sophomores in her regular lineup.The young Badger team made their presence known in the opening tournaments of the season where they posted a 17–2 record that included upsets over then No. 9 Texas and No. 15 Arizona State.Ever since their opening tournaments and since entering Big Ten play, this young core’s firepower has only intensified, and their confidence continues to grow.Much of this young core’s success falls onto the shoulders of freshmen Ally Miklesh and Jolie Fish.Miklesh is a true freshman center fielder from Stevens Point Area High School in Stevens Point, Wisconsin. Miklesh routinely finds herself in center field due to her canon of an arm, speed to burn and unwavering will to win. During her high school career, Miklesh led the Wisconsin Valley Conference in hits, batting average, runs scored, stolen bases and triples in 2017. Goodman Diamond is also a familiar place for the center fielder, as she led her high school team to two state appearances and one state title in 2016 — she regularly attended camps to catch the eyes of the Badger coaching staff.Softball: Konwent leads Badgers to best start in program historyAs the University of Wisconsin softball team teeters in and out of the top 25 rankings, being ranked at all Read…Though Miklesh found success in high school, the transition to Division I softball can cause trouble for incoming freshmen. Luckily for both Miklesh and Healy, Miklesh seemed like she didn’t skip a beat.“Ally is a local kid and she’s been coming to camp for years,” Healy said. “So I think that helps her a lot that she really knew our offense and our defense coming in.”Miklesh said the philosophy that sometimes grit and hustle outweigh talent was one thing she took from her high school career into her Badger career. Coming from and in-state high school also meant a lot to the transition and passion Miklesh carries with her each game.“I just really want to be a part of this team,” Miklesh said.As a Badger, Miklesh has posted a .289 batting average with 26 hits in 90 plate appearances. She currently has the fifth-best batting average on the team and has outperformed many of her seasoned teammates as she acts as the turnover in the lineup, batting ninth.“My personal goals are just keep producing, keep turning over for the top of the lineup and doing my job,” Miklesh said. “I really think the sky’s the limit for this team.” Humility radiates from Miklesh when you meet her but in the field, she takes no prisoners. She does not hold back, she does not stutter and she credits many of her characteristics to her coaching staff at Wisconsin, especially the coaches who have helped develop her as a contact hitter.Miklesh also sports an impressive .333 slugging percentage and a nearly perfect .947 fielding percentage.While her talent is undeniable, Miklesh isn’t the only freshman Wisconsin has up their sleeve.Softball: Badgers pull off home sweep over visiting Iowa HawkeyesThe University of Wisconsin softball team (30-5, 7-2 Big Ten) hosted the Iowa Hawkeyes (15-18, 1-8) in their Big Ten Read…Fish is a true freshman from Carl Albert High School in Oklahoma. There, Fish was a part of four state-qualifying teams and stole more bases than any of her teammates for four years straight. As a junior, she was named All-District Offensive Player of the Year. “Jolie has speed, power, and athleticism,” Healy said. “She can hit for average and put the ball over the fence.”As a Badger, Fish has already notched a home run under her belt and has a respectable .245 batting average with 23 hits in 94 plate appearances. Along with being a freshman and going through the transition of high school to Division I softball, Fish has also had to make a position adjustment due to a change in rotation to make up for a hand injury to senior catcher Melanie Cross. Due to Cross’s injury, sophomore Taylor Johnson has taken over behind the plate for the Badgers which moves Fish from a comfortable middle infielder position to the hot corner of third base.“She’s got double the learning curve because she played second base and then had to switch over with the injury to Mel Cross to play third,” Healy said. “She’s just up for learning and she’s a kid that doesn’t get down on herself.”But, making that transition to third and earning a starting sport off of injury didn’t change the mentality that Fish brought to Wisconsin.“I just wanted to come in and make an impact,” Fish said. “Growing up in Oklahoma, I always saw teams coming and playing in the world series, and I always knew I was going to come back and win a world series with this team.”Why baseball should be brought back to UWThe University of Wisconsin hasn’t had a baseball team in 28 years. The last time the Badgers fielded a team Read…Fish currently has nine RBIs as a Badger and had an impressive showing against Iowa where she tallied three hits — two of which brought runs home.Most impressive, Fish has posted a .955 fielding percentage even after her position transition.Both Miklesh and Fish are extremely humble even amidst great success and contribution to the winning Wisconsin softball team. Both freshmen have stepped up tremendously to fill the shoes of the players who came before them. Wisconsin has three other freshman — Tyra Turner, Savanna Rainy and pitcher Maddie Schwartz.Schwartz holds a 1.38 ERA on 18 appearances for the Badgers. Turner is a reliable pinch runner and outfielder when called upon and had totaled seven stolen bases on the season.After losing Cross to injury, the Badgers have only two contributing seniors in Kelly Welsh and Stephanie Lombardo in the usual lineup. As both are major contributors, Welsh and Lombardo’s shoes will have to be filled by the underclassmen and future freshmen to come. It truly is an exciting time to be a Badger — as the true freshman athlete is being redefined by Wisconsin softball, Fish and Miklesh are setting the bar high for those to come. What a freshman is expected to accomplish to be a part of the Badger program grows every day as Fish and Miklesh improve. While the next four years hold a lot of questions and variables that could influence the Badger softball program, it is clear that Miklesh and Fish are ready to lead the way.last_img read more

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisALPENA, Mich. — Michigan’s new auto insurance law goes into effect today.  The new law makes auto insurance more affordable by giving drivers the choice to opt out of personal injury protection altogether or by lowering their PIP limit.  Industry experts encourage motorists to carefully weigh all their options before making a change to their auto insurance policy.“You certainly want to educate yourself on what the risks are potentially by choosing a lower PIP limit or lower liability limits,” said Quintin Meek, an account executive with the Lappan Agency in Alpena.Under the new law, drivers will now be able to choose from up to six different options for personal injury protection coverage.“What are your insurance costs?  Understand that if you do nothing. you will still see some savings,” said Meek. “The other things to evaluate are your liabilities. Do you have a house, a couple cars?  All of these things can come into play when you think about a liability scenario,” he said. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisContinue ReadingPrevious Alpena man finally turns himself inNext Gov. Whitmer signs bill extending the expiration of driver’s licenses, state ID cards, vehicle registrations to Sept. 30last_img read more

first_imgHerro wrote, in part, on Facebook: “Today we lost a Legend and a man I consider family. … Thank you for believing in me.”The cause of death wasn’t immediately clear.WWE tweeted a statement Tuesday morning saying it was “saddened to learn that King Kong Bundy has passed away.”WWE is saddened to learn that King Kong Bundy has passed away.https://t.co/SNrSunQYeQ— WWE (@WWE) March 5, 2019Listed at 6-4, 458 pounds and jokingly known as “the walking condominium,” he made his WWF debut in 1981, wrestling under the name Chris Canyon.He was best known, after changing his ring name to King Kong Bundy, for an iconic steel cage match he lost to Hulk Hogan at WrestleMania 2 in 1986.It was during that era Bundy wrestled with or against opponents who were a who’s who of one of the sport’s golden eras, including Hogan, Andre the Giant, Bobby “The Brain” Heenan and The Undertaker. Former professional wrestler King Kong Bundy, a WrestleMania star in the 1980s, died Monday, promoter and longtime friend David Herro said in a Facebook post overnight.Bundy, whose real name was Christopher Alan Pallies, was 61. Hogan tweeted Monday: “Overwhelmed by King Kong Bundy’s passing, only great memories. RIP big man until we meet again.”Overwhelmed by King Kong Bundy’s passing, only great memories,R.I.P. big man until we meet again. HH— Hulk Hogan (@HulkHogan) March 5, 2019Another semi-retired WWF wrestler, Brutus “The Barber” Beefcake referred to Bundy as “a kind soul.”Although he had been semi-retired since 1995, he was planning to appear next month at WrestleCon in New York City, according to The Associated Press.last_img read more

first_imgBibi Shaheada Thakur’s $20 million lumber yard at Lot 40 Alliance, Canal # 2 Polder, West Bank Demerara was on Saturday evening set ablaze, allegedly by her ex-husband Ramesh Thakur; and all that remains now are ashes.The 39-year-old separated from the suspect about a year ago, and a matter concerning division of property has been filed in the High Court.The victim has said she was at home on Saturday when, at about 22:00h, she heard a knock on the window; and as she looked outside, she saw the suspect using a knife to destroy her car, PXX 509.Soon after that incident, he jumped into his Canter and allegedly drove to the lumber yard and set it on fire.The victim summoned the Guyana Fire Service upon realising that the business was engulfed in flames, but by the time they arrived on scene, sections of the lumber yard had already been destroyed.The suspect was arrested, and is expected to be charged shortly.last_img read more

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The ruffed grouse is one of the most prized game birds in North America and the hills of Ohio are part of its southernmost habitat range. An elusive and difficult bird to hunt due to its flighty craftiness and habitation in dense undergrowth that reduces hunter visibility and accessibility, the ruffed grouse is a real trophy for hunters in the Buckeye state. But its numbers in Ohio are drastically declining,A brown/gray-brown bird with a fan-shaped black banded tail and barred flanks, the grouse physically resembles a chicken, but the comparisons stop there. This beautiful, wary bird that prefers and needs thick, impenetrable cover — such as clear cutting regrowth — to survive, is a constantly alert master of its domain that is a revered symbol of the American forest.American author and avid bird hunter Robert DeMott, of Athens, has stalked the hills of southeastern Ohio in pursuit of grouse for nearly five decades and has harvested hundreds of the species over his hunting career. Beyond a long list of academic publications and titles, DeMott has written prolifically about bird hunting and bird dogs over the years. He edited and contributed to the book, “Afield: American Writers on Bird Dogs,” and frequently writes for upland hunting magazines such as “Gray’s Sporting Journal,” “Upland Almanac,” and “The Contemporary Wingshooter.” His writings demonstrate the author to possess a reflective, intellectual pursuit of all things wild and winged and a keen, perceptive attention to his environment, his dogs, and his quarry.In a recent discussion, DeMott shared his views on the pursuit of Ohio’s ruffed grouse and the bird’s status in the state. He said that he enjoys hunting this bird because of the challenge and difficulty that they present to even the best wingshooters.Preferring to hunt grouse accompanied by his beloved English Setters, DeMott said, “The grouse is not considered the number one game bird for nothing. Killing a grouse requires patience and determination and stamina. The success rate on grouse is extremely low. They are wily and always have some trick up their sleeves to fool the hunter or the dog. The flush is always explosive; it really gets your blood going.”This sentiment is echoed in DeMott’s article, “Early Birds,” when he writes about his appreciation of “the physical immediacy of the upland moment, with its intense points, flushes, shots.”Another aspect of grouse hunting which appeals to DeMott is the physically demanding nature of the chase.“Part of the challenge and value of the hunt is that it is very strenuous, especially down here in southern Ohio, where you will walk miles in pretty rugged terrain and on steep side hills that can twist your ankles and make for a hard hike. There were times that I’d get to a dog on point and be almost too tired to lift the gun! Because we live in such a hilly part of the state, it is better if the bird dog hunts close; if it doesn’t, you have to do a lot of trekking to get to a dog on point,” he said. “Back in the day when the grouse numbers were high, it was worth it because there was a promise of action, and with my best dogs for a couple of years, I never had a grouse flush wild. We would get into the woods at 10 and quit by three or four, and that was a pretty full day. The dogs would get a little tired and lose their edge after that.”As anyone who has hunted alongside trusted canine hunting companions for years can attest, the truest joy of upland game hunting comes from observing one’s dog in the field, doing what is in its instinctive nature and breeding to do. DeMott concurs.In “These Among Many: A Gallery of Good Fortune,” DeMott writes that “A day afield with bird dogs, even when they are acting badly and not themselves and even when birds are scarce, is still preferable to most other kinds of recreation I can name.”When interviewed, DeMott expanded on this.“The older you get, the less interested you are in bagging birds. I just enjoy watching the dogs work cover, watching them go through their moves,” he said. “They are tremendous athletes. It’s all about watching and appreciating the dog’s athletic ability, its intelligence, and its gracefulness. That is more important to me than killing birds, especially given the fact that the numbers of grouse in Ohio are so low.”Though there are pockets of grouse still to be chased in Ohio, their numbers are dwindling, which makes for some tough hunting with little to show for it these days.“I started hunting southeastern Ohio for grouse the first year I moved to Athens in 1969. I kept at it through the ‘90s. The 1970s and 1980s was the heyday for us. The height of the grouse population was in 1983 or 1984, and then it gradually subsided after that. In the ‘70s, ‘80s, and ‘90s, it was possible to find birds, but probably in the last eight or nine years, hunting for grouse has become quite fruitless around Athens, Meigs, Vinton, and Morgan counties where I hunt. People still harvest a few over the year, but it is no longer regular,” DeMott said.As DeMott notes in an essay about some of his favorite bird dogs entitled “Four Queens,” “According to the 2009 Ohio DNR survey, the range-wide flush rate for ruffed grouse in Ohio is 0.38 per hour, which is to say that something close to three hours of hunting are needed to flush the equivalent of one whole grouse. To put it another way, thirty-three hours of hunting are required for each bird bagged.”“Southeastern Ohio never had the grouse numbers as the northern tier states, but it was ample,” DeMott said. “ I always prided myself on that fact that I didn’t have to go up to Wisconsin or Michigan to grouse hunt like a lot of guys did, because I could find grouse around home. However, since 2009, I have had to take trips north to really get into birds. It is disappointing that with all of the open territory we have down here, there is not as much habitat for grouse as there once was.”DeMott said that without the fall woodcock season, when good numbers of resident and migrating timber doodles can still be found, there would be little very little game bird life in his neck of the woods for his dogs to work.“The woodcock have really taken up the slack for the dogs. Looking back through my hunting diaries, there are so many entries where I was recording flushes and harvests of both grouse and woodcock during woodcock season. Now, I am only encountering woodcock. You don’t see them mixed together as we once did, which always made for a really fine upland trip,” he said.There is far less clear cutting being done in the Appalachian foothills around Athens and that means a lot more mature forests, which is a habitat in which grouse do not thrive.Anecdotally, DeMott also thinks that the increase in wild turkeys throughout the state may contribute to the decline. Turkeys may scratch up grouse nests and maybe eat some of the same foods that grouse feed upon. Certainly, the rebound of turkeys seems to coincide with the diminishment of grouse numbers. The “National Audubon Society Field Guide to North American Birds” points out that “many areas forests are maturing, eliminating the undergrowth this species needs; where this is happening, reintroduced Wild Turkeys are increasing and grouse are decreasing.”About the future of grouse hunting in Ohio, DeMott is not optimistic. Grouse numbers are down due to habitat loss and not hunting pressure. The grouse season has been shortened by one month in the state due to the population decline and the birds continue to be few and far between.“The days are gone when we could follow multiple grouse tracks through newly fallen snow in early December or hunt some mild days in February and get into some birds. The decline in birds sure has been precipitous, and there doesn’t seem to be any rebounding,” DeMott said.Nonetheless, he holds out hope that despite the loss of habitat and disappearance of large numbers of ruffed grouse in the state, there will remain some vestiges of this regal and charming bird into future, as it adds diversity, beauty, and wonder to southern Ohio’s natural ecosystems.As DeMott tells his readership in one memoir, “Truth to tell, I can live without bringing another Buckeye state grouse to hand, but not without believing there is another bird for the dogs to find and point.”last_img read more

first_imgA lot of people complain about being bored at work. They suggest the reason they’re bored is the nature of the work. That is to place the responsibility for your level of engagement on something external, instead of recognizing that it is internal.  How you feel about your work is a decision. The difference between work being boring and work that engages you—or even inspires you—is your willingness to bring your best self to that work.If you decide to make any project or task a passion project, giving yourself over that work, that work will not be boring. By the very nature of the energy you bring the work, it simply cannot be boring. Your effort, your energy, and your imagination are the variables when it comes to the quality of the work—and whether or not you are bored.The fact that you infuse the project with your talents and energies magically transforms something that might have been boring into something spectacular. Or maybe even better than spectacular, maybe something exceptional. It could set a new bar for what good looks like.The more challenging the project, the more interesting it becomes. If a project causes you to stretch and grow to obtain some outcome, it cannot be boring. This is true even if what you’re doing is not your favorite thing to do. The truth of the matter is much more in line with what Martin Luther King said:“If a man is called to be a street sweeper, he should sweep streets even as a Michelangelo painted, or Beethoven composed music, or Shakespeare wrote poetry. He should sweep streets so well that all the hosts of heaven and earth will pause to say, ‘Here lived a great street sweeper who did his job well.”The Buddhists would agree with Dr. King but say it in a different way. They would tell you that how you do anything is how you do everything.If the work is not challenging, then change the outcome to set a new standard that others will struggle to follow. Raise the bar on yourself and do work that is extraordinary. If you are bored, challenge yourself. Essential Reading! Get my first book: The Only Sale Guide You’ll Ever Need “The USA Today bestseller by the star sales speaker and author of The Sales Blog that reveals how all salespeople can attain huge sales success through strategies backed by extensive research and experience.” Buy Nowlast_img read more

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ Read Next Already, Syquia is being eyed to represent the Philippines in the Asian Games next year. Rhezie Aragon cops silver in taekwondo Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics PLAY LIST 00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH00:50Trending Articles01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games LATEST STORIES Colin Syquia of the Philippines. Photo taken from the official Twitter account of the 2017 Southeast Asian Games @KL2017KUALA LUMPUR — John Colin Syquia was already rethinking his decision of competing in the Southeast Asian Games because of a long flight from Florida.His mount Adventure L took the flight from Florida to New York to Amsterdam, Netherlands to Baku, Azerbaijan before coming here.ADVERTISEMENT Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnessescenter_img LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension READ: Syquia wins PH’s 23rd gold, rules equestrian show jumpTeam manager Daniella Virata said the horse may have travelled 36 hours.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“Imagine what the horse went through, standing on the pallet all those hours,” said Virata.But Syquia remained cool through it all, “he was smiling and sharing the same personality as Adventure, they really jibed together,” she said. Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief View commentslast_img read more

first_imgCaen 0 Paris Saint-Germain 0: Stalemate closes Emery tenure as Caen survive Dom Farrell Last updated 1 year ago 04:53 5/20/18 ChristopherNkunku - cropped Getty Images An experimental PSG line-up featuring Timothy Weah and Christopher Nkunku played out a 0-0 draw that ensured Caen’s Ligue 1 survival. Paris Saint-Germain closed their title-winning campaign and the Unai Emery era with a 0-0 draw at Caen that preserved their hosts’ Ligue 1 status.Emery makes way for Thomas Tuchel with a domestic treble to his name but there were few of the thrills his team have provided throughout the season after he named an experimental line-up.Timothy Weah, son for former PSG and AC Milan star and current Liberian president George, was handed a first Ligue 1 start and turned in a lively performance, although a lack of fluency in an unfamiliar PSG attack hindered the 18-year-old. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now Caen enjoyed a smattering of chances – most notably for Romain Genevois and Ivan Santini late in the first half and Ronny Rodelin inside the final 10 minutes – but generally demonstrated why they have been the most shot shy team in Ligue 1 this season, with only 27 goals.Patrice Garande’s team will at least get the chance to improve that return next time around, with the point good enough to condemn Toulouse to the relegation play-off despite a 2-1 win over Guingamp.We are witnessing Thiago Motta’s final match with PSG tonight #SMCPSG #GRAZIETHIAGO pic.twitter.com/rAx3Oefwpi— Paris Saint-Germain (@PSG_English) May 19, 2018Javier Pastore should have converted Weah’s cutback in the fourth minute following a poor clearance from Caen goalkeeper Brice Samba.Caen almost took a fluke lead when an over-hit cross from left-back Adama Mbengue hit the top of the crossbar.In the 13th minute, Christopher Nkunku should have given PSG the lead but fired Thomas Meunier’s cross too close to Samba.PSG’s experimental line-up resulted in an open game, with home forward Santini smashing a loose ball in the box wide before veteran holding midfielder Thiago Motta – named captain on his farewell appearance for the champions – forced Samba into action with a low drive.Alphonse Areola saved a powerfully struck effort from Caen right-back Genevois in the 43rd minute and was out quickly to deny Santini on the stroke of half-time.An uneventful start to the second half suited Caen in terms of their survival requirements, although Toulouse surging into a 2-0 lead increased the pressure on Garande’s side.Rodelin’s ambitious and wayward long-ranger suggested news might have reached the pitch, although PSG were doing little to threaten.Motta powered a header wide as he sought to make a forgettable game one to remember personally in the 71st minute.Rodelin showed fine technique to swivel and fire goalwards, but Areola – called up to France’s World Cup squad this week – dealt with the shot in unfussy fashion to preserve his 17th clean sheet of the Ligue 1 season. read morelast_img read more

first_imgArsenal boss Emery: I’ll enjoy my first Premier League Christmas – if we winby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveArsenal boss Unai Emery is sure he’ll enjoy his first Premier League Christmas – if they win their games.Having worked in Spain, Russia and France, Emery is more used to spending time with his family over the festive period. Instead, he was with his squad on Christmas Day finalising plans for this evening’s visit to Brighton.The Spaniard said: “Usually the holidays come around perfectly for us every time, but I am still going to enjoy it working.”I think it’s very important for the supporters (to see teams play over Christmas). “Playing against Brighton is perfect, Liverpool (Saturday) is perfect and playing on January 1 against Fulham is perfect. We are going to enjoy it… but only if we win.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

first_imgChelsea striker Abraham breaks Hazard record with trebleby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea striker Tammy Abraham broke a record held by Eden Hazard in victory at Wolves.He is now the youngest player to score a hat-trick at the club.The 21-year-old was on fire against Wolves, netting his first on the 34-minute mark before bagging two more either side of the half time break.Hazard previously held the record for being the youngest player at Chelsea to score a hat-trick in a professional game against Newcastle back in 2014.But Hazard was 23 at the time in the 3-0 win, meaning Abraham has beaten the record by a staggering two years.Abraham has also become the first English player to score a hat-trick for Chelsea since Frank Lampard all the way back in 2011. About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more