Volleyball: Sheffield believes grittiness earned through losses led to upset at Nebraska

first_imgDespite the success the Wisconsin women’s volleyball team has seen this season, head coach Kelly Sheffield believes they could be doing better.The team is currently 14-6 overall, 6-4 Big Ten, ranked No. 11 in the nation and No. 3 in the Big Ten, which Sheffield explained during his weekly news conference isn’t where they’d like to be.But Sheffield believes the Badgers can benefit from a lack of disparity among the top teams in the Big Ten. Conference rankings can change any night, and that kind of change is something that he has seen happen before in the Big Ten.In fact, competition is so close right now that all the Badgers would need is another team to acquire two five-set loses in order to be ranked first.The Badgers’ continued improvement throughout 2015 has the veteran coach impressed and convinced his team can take advantage of this position. While Wisconsin might not have a perfect record, Sheffield is firm in his belief that they’ve come a long way since their opening defeat to Western Kentucky.Volleyball: Western Kentucky upsets No. 5 Wisconsin in season openerGrowing pains don’t come without disappointment and the No. 5 ranked Wisconsin volleyball team was no exception to that sentiment Read…Even with strides forward earlier in the season, losses acquired against Arkansas, Penn State and Ohio State hid the underlying improvement.“When you’re getting better and you’re losing, it leaves a bitter taste in your mouth,” Sheffield said.Sheffield credited his team’s spirits during these weeks for helping them to come back from losses and become stronger overall. The team’s refusal to give up on themselves was one of the most important aspects for them to keep going this season.Two players that Sheffield accredited for their determination and grit were sophomore outside hitters Lauryn Gillis and Kelli Bates. Sheffield acknowledged that while both women have struggled during the season, they have always worked on their problems and pushed themselves to be better.“They’ve continued to believe in the fight and I think that’s when you really show your character,” Sheffield said.Looking toward the Badgers’ next match at 7 p.m. Friday at the UW Field House against No. 22 Purdue (17-4, 8-2 Big Ten), they will face a team that is second in the Big Ten in hitting percentage (.279) and assists per set (13.22) and third in the Big Ten in kills per set (14.21). In spite of a high-powered Purdue offense, Sheffield desires to keep the team’s current momentum going to finish their Big Ten homestead on a high note. He believes his team’s newfound grittiness is sure to help.“[Wisconsin is] feisty and that grittiness is coming more to the surface,” Sheffield said. “They’re not giving up — they haven’t given up on themselves or each other. I think they’ve embraced the learning process.”last_img read more

Women’s basketball blows out Hawaii in opener

first_imgOn Friday night, the women’s basketball team opened up the 2016-2017 season with an impressive 76-44 win over Hawaii.The Trojans played efficiently in all aspects of the game recording, 12 steals and shooting 50 percent from the field.“I thought it was a good chance for us to get a lot of people playing,” head coach Cynthia Cooper-Dyke said. “We’ve had a few players out with injury (Sadie Edwards and Valerie Higgins) and we wanted to get them some minutes on the court.”In total, Cooper-Dyke played a whopping 13 players (the bench scored nearly half of the team’s points), including four freshmen in the season debut. The first-year players in particular were given an opportunity to shine and they did not disappoint. Guard Minyon Moore scored 8 points and forward Ja-Tavia Tapley recorded 10 points and five rebounds.“Our freshmen are very talented and it was great to see them gain some confidence,” said Cooper-Dyke. “With every minute that they were on the court they gained a little bit of confidence.”In particular, Cooper-Dyke was complimentary of Tapley’s game.“Ja-Tavia is fantastic because she plays both the 3 and the 4 (positions), and by the time she’s out of here she’ll be playing the 2 and 3 (positions),” Cooper-Dyke said. “That’s just how talented she is.”The Trojans got off to a fast start thanks to Kristen Simon’s pounding play on the inside. She scored eight first quarter points and finished with 16 points and 10 rebounds. After gaining a commanding 38-18 lead in the second quarter, the Rainbow Wahine went on a mini run clawing to within 13 points of the Trojans.However, Hawaii would never get that close again. Even when USC was struggling on offense, as it sometimes did in the second half, the defense picked up the slack forcing frequent turnovers late in the shot clock.“I was very pleased with our defensive pressure,” Cooper-Dyke said. “We want to continue to build in that area so that we can do the fun things like run in the fast break.”In addition to excellent play from Tapley and Simon, senior guard Jordan Adams played efficiently going 5-of-6 from the field with 11 points. Fellow senior and 3-point specialist Courtney Jaco nailed a 3-pointer from downtown for 9 points while also adding 5 assists, showing that her transition from shooting guard to primary ball handler has been a smooth one. Jaco had the highlight play of the game when she nailed a contested three at the buzzer to end the first quarter.“I think we are striving to be more consistent every day,” Junior Kristen Simon said. “I think this game we came in a little more focused, with a little more drive and a little more intensity. Hawaii was physical — we saw it on film and they were physical tonight. That kind of kept everyone motivated.”Next up, the Women of Troy continue non-conference play against UC Riverside on Wednesday at the Galen Center. After that matchup, the team will have to deal with an intense travel schedule as they head to Las Vegas and then Alaska for a tournament in Anchorage.last_img read more

County Under 21 football titles to be decided

first_imgMoyle Rovers and JK Bracken’s meet in the Under 21A football final.Throw-in is at 12 noon in Golden.The Under 21 B final gets underway at the same time in Templetuohy where Killenaule face Upperchurch Drombane. Meanwhile the Mid U21 Hurling games between Loughmore Castleiney & Thurles Sarsfields and Boherlahan v Moyne Gaels are both off due to unplayable pitches.last_img

New Tropical Wave off Africa Could Become TS Josephine

first_imgWEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — A tropical wave moving away from the African Coast has been given a 60 percent chance for development.Over the next few days, as this tropical wave moves west, it will be in an environment that is favorable for development and may become Tropical Depression No. 11 or possibly Tropical Storm Josephine.However, computer models say it could run into some problems by the end of the week.As the system approaches the Eastern Caribbean, it will encounter some pretty intense wind shear, and at present all the models have it falling apart by Friday or Saturday.So, we’ll continue to watch it, but at the moment it does not look like a threat of any kind to anyone.last_img read more

Innovation agency board appointed

first_img10 July 2009 The board of South Africa’s Technology Innovation Agency, a new public body to stimulate the development of technology-based products and services in the country, has been appointed. Announcing the members of the board in Johannesburg this week, Science and Technology Minister Naledi Pandor said the agency would use South Africa’s science and technology base to develop new industries, create sustainable jobs, and help move the country from a commodity-based to a knowledge-based economy. The agency will eventually incorporate the existing Innovation Fund, Biotechnology Regional Innovation Centres (BRICs), and Tshumisano Trust, a Department of Science and Technology agency that provides support for Technology Stations based at the country’s universities of technology. It will also build on capacity that exists in the department’s Council for Scientific and Industrial Research, Advanced Manufacturing Technology Strategy implementation unit, and Advanced Minerals Initiative. Dr Ramphele Mamphele, former vice-chancellor of the University of Cape Town and former managing director of the World Bank, will be the agency’s chairperson. Board members include Peotona chairperson Cheryl Carolus; SA Veterinary Council member Dr Steven Cornelius; Cape Biotechnology Trust board chairperson Prof Susan Harrison; SA Society of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology president Nhlanhla Msomi; and legal expert Alan Lax. Other members include CKS investments Unisys Africa director Dr Patrick Ngwenya; South Africa Bioproducts chairperson Ross Norton; Altech CEO Craig Venter; and Helen Brow, senior project manager at the Manufacturing, Engineering and Related Sector Education Training Authority. R720-million has been allocated to the Technology Innovation Agency for 2009/2010. Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

Rhiza Babuyile: supporting development

first_imgRhiza Babuyile imparts marketable skills and entrepreneurship know-how to people living in some of Johannesburg’s toughest environments. (Image: Rhiza Babuyile, via Facebook)“Our vision is to eradicate extreme poverty in South Africa’s township communities by giving historically disadvantaged individuals the tools to become completely self-sustaining” Rhiza Babuyile mission statement.By giving people the skills and tools necessary for them to take their wellbeing into their own hands, Rhiza Babuyile hopes to make a lasting and meaningful difference in the lives of those in underprivileged communities.“If we keep on helping people without giving them the tools to, in the future, help themselves, then we are not sustainable,” Rhiza Babuyile founder Alef Muelenburg told CCTV Africa. “So the business hub is there for people to create an income for themselves so that at the end of the day we are not needed anymore.”Watch the work of Rhiza Babuyile:RHIZA DRIVING ENTREPRENEURSHIPRhiza Babuyile has community development projects established in Orange Farm and Diepsloot, two of South Africa’s youngest and fastest growing townships.Unemployment is commonplace in both and this is one of the many reasons why the organisation has put such a huge focus on entrepreneurship and skills development, in the hopes of creating a sustainable solution to poverty by getting people actively involved in their own development.Perhaps the most important part of its involvement is its enterprise development hubs, which offer training in the fields of entrepreneurship, business administration and other factors that go into starting and successfully running a small-scale business.Commenting on the aim of the business hub, Muelenburg says: “It’s about promoting entrepreneurship in the township because there’s so much talent in the township and, through that talent, we can ensure sustainability and a long-term good future for South Africa.”Diepsloot entrepreneur Khabelo Tau says he managed to get his business off the ground with the help of the Rhiza Babuyile Enterprise Development programme. “I came up with a business plan, and then it went through,” Tau explains. “They got me a tent and 50 chairs for start-up.“So (from now on) it’s really from my side that I have to push up and grow the business.”Rhiza Babuyile’s clinics, while catering to a wide range of illnesses and injuries, dedicate most of their resources to mother and child care, dental care, TB and HIV/Aids. (Image: Rhiza Babuyile, via Facebook)OTHER PROGRAMMESApart from entrepreneurship and enterprise development, Rhiza Babuyile also runs programmes in the fields of education, healthcare and skills development, all as a means to help reduce some of the most common symptoms of poverty.Through its education programme, it focuses on early childhood development (ECD). Most ECD programmes in townships are informal, meaning that children often only receive a formal education from the age of seven or higher.Rhiza Babuyile has also established mobile clinics and what it calls semi-fixed clinics in various townships, including Diepsloot and Orange Farm.These clinics, while catering to a wide range of illnesses and injuries, dedicate most of their resources to mother and child care, dental care, TB and HIV/Aids.Much like the entrepreneurship and enterprise development programmes, the organisation’s skills development programme aims to equip people in townships with the knowledge and marketable skills they need to compete in the job market.“They’re doing a great job providing us with such opportunities,” Tau says. “We as Diepsloot youth, here we don’t have facilities, we don’t have information. We don’t have many things here.”PLAY YOUR PARTEveryone can make a positive difference in their own way. How are you working to support the development of those less fortunate?Are you playing your part to help improve the lives of those around you through your everyday actions? Do you know of anyone who has gone out of their way to help improve South Africa and its people?If so, submit your story or video to our website and let us know what you are doing to improve the country for all.last_img read more

23 days agoBVB chief Watzke mocks Aubameyang over Arsenal move: Champions League on TV!

first_imgBVB chief Watzke mocks Aubameyang over Arsenal move: Champions League on TV!by Freddie Taylor23 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveBorussia Dortmund CEO Hans-Joachim Watzke has taken aim at Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.The Gabon international left Dortmund in January 2018 for a lucrative move to Arsenal. And Watzke has laughed at Aubameyang spending the last two seasons watching the Champions League on television.”Of course it is hard to keep a player in the face of such sums,” Watzke told Suddeutsche Zeitung. “Some go to clubs because of this money, where they have not played Champions League for years.”Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, who plays great at Arsenal, will probably be warm-hearted when he looks at his bank account, but on Wednesdays, will be saddened when he has to watch the Champions League on television.” About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

5 hours agoMan Utd fullback Wan-Bissaka: I idolised Thierry Henry

first_imgMan Utd fullback Wan-Bissaka: I idolised Thierry Henryby Ansser Sadiq5 hours agoSend to a friendShare the loveAaron Wan-Bissaka aspired to emulate Arsenal legend Thierry Henry when he was a youngster.The 21-year-old instead developed into a promising fullback, earning a 50m move to Manchester United over the summer.”Growing up I looked up to Henry,” the Englishman told Joe.”I just like goals, I liked the way he scored goals. I always pictured myself scoring goals when I was younger.”I trained there (at right-back) a few times because Palace needed players in that position, that’s when they noticed how good I am at tackling and defending.” About the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Kentucky Basketball: Potential No. 1 Pick Karl-Anthony Towns Fulfilling “Childhood Dream” Of Appearing On Sport Science

first_imgSportsScience basketball floor with logo.IG/karltownsLater this month, Kentucky star Karl-Anthony Towns may be the No. 1 pick in the NBA Draft. We have to imagine that is some serious dream fulfillment for him. Before that happens, Towns will have another dream come true—he is set to appear on ESPN’s Sport Science, based on a recent Instagram post.We’re just going to go ahead and say it: this makes us feel VERY old. Sport Science began in 2007, and didn’t come to ESPN until 2010, when Towns was just 14 years old. Sorry for making this too real.last_img read more