Sweden’s AMF posts ‘stable’ 9.3% return as funding ratio breaks 200% barrier

first_imgAMF, the Swedish pensions provider, has announced asset returns of 9.3% over the course of 2013, achieved on the back of rising stock markers in Sweden and across Europe.The largest owner of Sweden’s national stock exchange said its 2013 result, which put its 10-year average at 7.4%, showed good and long-term stable returns, essential for its members.AMF’s 2013 performance was marginally below last year’s at 8%, as it saw its solvency ratio rise from 190% to 219%.The insurer also saw premiums for its traditional insurance products rise by 3.2% compared with 2012, as revenue hit SEK17.7bn (€2bn). Funds under management at the pension provider hit SEK86bn, up SEK4bn from 2012, as 10 of the 12 funds outperformed their respective indices.Johan Sidenmark, chief executive at the Swedish provider, said he classed the average 10-year return of 7.4% as more significant than the 2013 performance.He said it showed a return to stock market rises and that things were recovering from the 2008 financial crises.The fund’s vice-president and investment officer Peder Hasslev said the returns came on the back of rising stock prices, which was impressive given the overall economic environment.He said a lot of the stable growth in equities was due to euro-zone crises being consigned to the past, and central banks improving liquidity in the markets.Hasslev added that an improvement in the world economy was a prerequisite for 2014, and for savers within the fund to further grow their savings.last_img read more

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Siemens Gamesa Settles in Taiwan, Calls Dibs on Taichung Port Site

first_imgAs announced on 5 December, Siemens Gamesa today issued more details on its new Asia Pacific office, which has been opened in Taipei, and also revealed another plan. Namely, the company is looking into setting up a manufacturing and pre-assembly site at Taiwan’s Taichung port.Image: Siemens GamesaSiemens Gamesa signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Taiwan International Ports Corporation (TIPC) on 5 December, under which the two parties will embark on a collaborative investigation into the development of areas of the Taichung port for a potential manufacturing site for offshore wind components, office facilities, and staging areas including storage, pre-assembly, and quayside load-out.“Signing the MoU demonstrates our strong desire to contribute to the development of offshore wind in Taiwan. We fully believe in the potential of this emerging market, and wish to support it with our vast knowledge as an industry leader,” said Andreas Nauen, CEO Offshore, Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy.The new office in Taipei is aimed at increasing offshore wind customer responsiveness in APAC region excluding mainland China, and will act as the offshore wind regional hub, Siemens Gamesa said. Together with other regional offices in Japan and Korea, the new office in Taiwan will deliver the latest offshore wind and service portfolios.Andreas Nauen said: “The offshore wind industry in Taiwan is today looking at over 10 GW of projects under planning according to official information. During 2017, strong supportive signs were shown by the Taiwanese government, with detailed grid capacity planning, and an increase of the long term ambitions.”“Similarly, significant milestones have been completed in the rest of the region. Japan is developing the first utility-scale projects, and Korea has now commissioned their first commercial-sized offshore wind power plant. We look forward to helping ensure that the right infrastructure is in place, as well as maintaining efforts towards further cost reductions,” Nauen said.The first two operational offshore wind turbines in Taiwan, installed as the first phase of the Formosa 1 project, have been delivered by Siemens Gamesa.last_img read more

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Ryan Douglas Giesting

first_imgRyan Douglas Giesting, age 48 of Indianapolis, Indiana passed away at his home on Tuesday, May 7, 2019.  The son of Gary and Carlyn (nee: Steinkamp) Giesting was born on February 5, 1971 in Batesville, Indiana.Before becoming ill, Ryan worked as a pizza delivery driver.He is survived by his father, Gary Giesting of Martinsville and his sister, Shelly Giesting of Indianapolis.  He was preceded in death by his mother, Carlyn in 2015.Private graveside services will be at a later date in St. John UCC Cemetery (Huntersville) in Batesville, IN.Online condolences www.meyersfuneralhomes.com.last_img read more

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Alli relishing Spurs switch

first_imgDele Alli is excited by the prospect of playing under Mauricio Pochettino next season and believes Tottenham are the “perfect” club for him. This has been a whirlwind season for the 19-year-old, with his exceptional performances for MK Dons earning a £5million move to White Hart Lane in February. Alli has yet to feature for Spurs having been immediately loaned back to his boyhood club, where he has continued to impress – so much so that on Sunday he was crowned the Football League Player of the Year. “For a few years now there have been rumours of me going places. I’ve been speaking to my agent to see what it is all about. “Obviously the last year really it has picked up a bit and there has been a lot more speculation about me going other places. “In this transfer window, towards the end, it was a bit of a rollercoaster, to be fair. “When it came that I could come to Tottenham, obviously I had a look and I spoke to my agent. We had to think about the manager and all the pros and cons about it. “We couldn’t think of anything wrong, really, about it – it is the perfect club for me, hopefully. I am just going to do the best I can.” The chance to work with Pochettino is clearly one of the positives for Alli, given the former Argentina international’s willingness to give young players a chance. “That’s the big thing for youngsters,” he said. “When you go, you don’t want a manager that’s not going to have any trust in young players. “I think with him you can see already that he has a lot of faith in youngsters and I think as a young player you need that, just for confidence in yourself. “You need a manager that believes in you and shows that he believes in you by playing you.” The midfielder was quick to credit MK Dons upon picking up the award and is determined to repay their faith by helping them secure promotion to the Championship. “MK has got a special place in my heart but obviously I have signed to Tottenham,” Alli said. “Whilst I am at MK, I am just going to be focused on them, right until the end of the season. “To get promotion would be the perfect ending to a fairytale, really. “Obviously, being from MK and playing for MK my whole life, to get us promoted would be a dream come true.” The Dons sit third in League One and have three matches to make up the one-point gap Preston hold in the final automatic promotion spot. Alli has been key to Karl Robinson’s side, scoring 16 goals in 41 appearances, but admits it has not always been easy to concentrate as the speculation mounted. “I am not going to lie and say it hasn’t been hard because it has,” he said. Press Associationlast_img read more

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GSA Dismantles Vikings

first_img admin Bio Latest Posts State budget vs. job creation – January 22, 2015 House fire in Winter Harbor – October 27, 2014 Hancock County Court News Nov. 3 thorugh Dec. 11 – January 22, 2015 Latest posts by admin (see all) SEARSPORT — Nate Hines’ grand slam home run in the fifth inning was the big blow for the Eagles in an 11-1 win over the Vikings on Friday. Peter Dickinson also contributed a pair of doubles and Nick Saunders singled twice for GSA. For more sports stories, pick up a copy of The Ellsworth American. This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textlast_img read more

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England, Venezuela book tickets to maiden FIFA World Cup U-20 final

first_img… Solanke fires Three Lions to first World Cup final since 1966ENGLISH football’s 51-year wait to be world champions could finally end this weekend thanks to the nation’s exciting youngsters.England Under-20s have become the country’s first international side to reach a World Cup final since Bobby Moore lifted the Jules Rimet trophy in 1966. A 3-1 victory over Italy secured the young lions a meeting with Venezuela on Sunday.In a pair of continental clashes today, La Vinotinto and the Young Lions both came from a goal down to secure their places in Korea Republic 2017’s 52nd match – England with a three-goal fightback, and Venezuela courtesy of a last-minute equaliser and some nail-biting penalties.Samuel Sosa and goalkeeper Wuilker Farinez were the heroes for the South Americans in defeating Uruguay, while Dominic Solanke and Ademola Lookman orchestrated the fightback for Europe’s final representatives.Liverpool’s new recruit, Dominic Solanke, scored twice either side of Everton’s Ademola Lookman turning the semi-final the way of Paul Simpson’s side.Now Simpson is calling on the teenagers to take a last step to prove the country is on the threshold of a thrilling era at international level.“We have to go and win to really put our name into the history books of English football,” said Simpson. “I am the proudest man I could ever be. It is just a dream to take an England team to a World Cup final. I was born in 1966 and that is the last time we did it.“We now want to go and make sure we do ourselves justice in the final. We are delighted to be in it. I have said from the first day I got with these players how greedy we are. I said we want to go and win the final. I don’t just want to make the numbers up. I want to go and win it.“The preparation for the final started the minute we finished the huddle on the pitch. That was the thing said to all the players: ‘Yes let’s enjoy this but let’s get our heads on it now’.“At the time I didn’t even know who we would be playing in the final because our heads were so focused on this today. Now I know it is Venezuela we will get back to the hotel and get into the Venezuelan performances on my lap top as will the other staff and we will then start preparing.”England endured a dreadful start in the game in Jeonju in South Korea – falling behind to a Riccardo Orsolini goal after two minutes – but the response was emphatic, especially in the second half.Simpson’s side dominated possession, but initially this was part of their opponents’ choreography as the Italians were stereotypically obstinate, the emphasis on sturdy defence accompanied by rapid counter-attack. For 45 minutes it worked.The England midfield, elegantly led by Bournemouth’s Lewis Cook, needed to quicken the tempo.There were some openings before the break, but not clear-cut. Everton’s Kieran Dowell struck over from close range after a clever pass from his clubmate Lookman on 16 minutes.Solanke also tested Italian keeper Andrea Zaccagno from distance, but there was a growing frustration when patience was demanded.last_img read more

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Update on the latest in sports:

first_imgUpdate on the latest in sports: May 12, 2020 Associated Press — The club that hosts the Wimbledon tennis tournament says it has made donations worth about $1.5 million to emergency services and charities amid the coronavirus pandemic. The All England Club says it has also made contributions to a relief program to support players whose income is particularly affected by the virus outbreak. This year’s grass-court Grand Slam event was canceled on April 1. It is the first time Wimbledon has been shelved since World War II.— The NCAA has canceled both sessions of the NCAA Basketball Academy in July because of the COVID-19 pandemic. The sessions were scheduled for July 20-26 at Utah, Winthrop, Wichita State and Connecticut. Up to 1,600 players from the high school graduating classes between 2021 and 2023 were to be selected to the academy, with up to 400 assigned to each region during the two sessions.— USA Gymnastics will not hold any top-tier events the rest of this year. The organization announced Tuesday it is scrapping the U.S. Classic and the national championships because of the COVID-19 pandemic. The organization had initially hoped to reschedule the events for later in 2020 after Tokyo Olympics were pushed back to the summer of 2021.— On the day they were supposed to hold a parade to mark their 2019 WNBA championship, the Washington Mystics have revealed plans for what the team is billing as a “virtual celebration.” The Mystics originally planned to take to the streets of the nation’s capital on Tuesday, but that was scrapped because of the coronavirus pandemic.— The Diamond League event in London is the latest track meet to be canceled because of the coronavirus pandemic. The meet had been scheduled for July 4-5 at the Olympic Stadium. British Athletics says “the decision has been made in light of the ongoing global pandemic.” Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditMLB-VIRUS OUTBREAK-MARINERSMariners say some on staff taking 20% pay cutsSEATTLE (AP) — The Seattle Mariners have informed its personnel working under uniform employee contracts that certain employees will have a five-month reduction in pay, but there will be no furloughs or layoffs through Oct. 31. GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Arizona Coyotes president and CEO Ahron Cohen is no longer with the organization, a person familiar with the move told The Associated Press.The person spoke Tuesday on condition of anonymity because no formal announcement has been made. No other details were provided.Cohen has been with the Coyotes since being hired in 2015 as chief operating officer and chief legal officer by previous owner Andrew Barroway. Cohen was named president and CEO in 2017 after Steve Patterson stepped back to serve as a consultant and adviser after a year on the job.Alex Meruelo purchased a 95% stake in the team less than a year ago and signed general manager John Chayka to a long-term contract extension early in the 2019-20 season.The Coyotes were still in contention for a Western Conference playoff spot when the NHL season was put on hold due to the coronavirus pandemic.center_img —London Mayor Sadiq Khan says he believes it is too early for the Premier League to be planning a resumption of the season amid the coronavirus pandemic. Premier League clubs Arsenal, Chelsea, Crystal Palace, Tottenham and West Ham all play in the capital. The mayor’s office says the league should resume only “when it is safe to do so.”— Swedish soccer players will not be required to take a test for COVID-19 before practice sessions or matches. Players will instead have to fill in a self-assessment form each morning before arriving at training or a match. The club doctor will then assess whether the player is healthy enough to take part. Players must stay at home if they have any symptoms.NFL-CARDINALS-PETERSONTEMPE, Ariz. (AP) — The Arizona Cardinals have re-signed cornerback Kevin Peterson to a one-year contract.The 26-year-old Peterson played in 14 games last season and started three. He was pushed into a bigger role because of Patrick Peterson’s six-game suspension and Robert Alford’s season-ending injury. He had 16 tackles, two passes defended and six special teams tackles after joining the team off waivers from the Rams in September.In other NFL news:—Offensive lineman Danny Pinter has become the first of Indianapolis’ nine draft picks to sign his rookie contract. The 6-foot-4, 306-pound Ball State alum was selected in the fifth round last month, No. 149 overall. Pinter played high school and college football in Indiana and now will have a chance to play in the NFL with his home-state team. Pinter signed a four-year deal worth roughly $3.6 million. NHL-COYOTES-COHEN OUTAP Source: Coyotes president Cohen no longer with team The pay reductions of at least 20% are for staff making $60,000 or more. The UEC covers employees on the major league coaching staff, coaches and coordinators in the minor league system, scouts and performance coaches. Those with larger salaries are expected to take a cut more significant than 20%. UEC employees will receive full benefits through October.Approximately half of its employees working under a UEC will not have any reduction in pay. The team had previously told employees working under the UEC that they would receive full pay through May 31.In other virus outbreak-sports news:—The Mid-American Conference is eliminating postseason tournaments in eight sports, including baseball and softball, and men’s and women’s basketball are among nine sports that will have postseasons scaled back. The MAC’s announced the cost-cutting move in response to the financial crisis being brought on by the coronavirus pandemic. Champions in the 12-team conference will be determined by regular-season results in sports without postseason tournaments.—As Pac-12 football coaches pitched an NCAA-mandated uniform start to the season, some of the latest plans to fight the coronavirus in California further muddled how college teams will return to play in the West. Washington coach Jimmy Lake said Tuesday in a video conference with reporters that he would prefer for all major college teams to begin six weeks of preparation for the season at the same time. Cohen practiced as a corporate attorney in Phoenix before joining the Coyotes.,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6last_img read more

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The Latest: Vinícius Júnior tests negative for coronavirus

first_imgSome players and staff members at Valencia and Alavés tested positive in March. They have all recovered. No player has tested positive since the competition resumed in empty stadiums.Madrid leads the Spanish league with four games left.___More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___Real Madrid forward Vinícius Júnior has tested negative for the new coronavirus and has joined the squad for the Spanish league game against Alavés on Friday. ___The plan to have fans at the World Golf Championships event in Memphis has been scrapped.Officials announced Thursday that the FedEx St. Jude Invitational at TPC Southwind will not have any spectators due to what they call “an abundance of caution.” Tournament officials have been talking extensively with both the PGA Tour and local and state health officials. Executive director Darrell Smith says they had a safety plan for limited spectators but ultimately felt it was best to host without any fans. Ticket purchases will be refunded automatically.The PGA Tour and the Memorial announced Monday a reversal of their plan for a limited amount of spectators next week in Dublin, Ohio, because of the COVID-19 pandemic. This means that every PGA Tour event through at least July will be held without fans since play resumed June 11 in Texas. In a letter to season ticket holders on Thursday, the team said choosing to pause a season ticket will release the seats for the 2020 season only, and the ticket holder will be able to purchase the same seat again in 2021.Fans who choose to keep their tickets for the 2020 upcoming season will have priority if there are schedule changes or changes in stadium capacity.The Seahawks did not say how many fans would be allowed inside CenturyLink Field. Earlier this week, the Baltimore Ravens said they’ll seat fewer than 14,000 fans at M&T Bank Stadium.___Dartmouth is eliminating five varsity sports teams and several staff positions. Associated Press ___Brazil’s soccer confederation said Thursday its main national championship will be played between Aug.9 and Feb.21. The Brasileirāo tournament usually starts in May and ends in December but was delayed by the COVID-19 pandemic. The confederation also said it expected World Cup qualifiers to be played in the same dates decided by FIFA. The earliest fixtures are scheduled for September. More than 68,000 people have died from COVID-19 in Brazil, and another 1.7 million are confirmed to have the disease. The Ivy League school announced Thursday that men’s and women’s swimming and diving, men’s and women’s golf, and men’s lightweight rowing, have been cut, effective immediately. That drops to 30 the number of varsity teams and will reduce the number of recruited athletes in incoming classes by 10%. A total of about 110 student-athletes are affected. Jobs for 15 staff, including eight coaching positions, also will end.The change in the number of teams does not alter the college’s compliance with federal Title IX regulations, which require equal opportunities for women and men in varsity athletics, Dartmouth President Philip J. Hanlon said in an email to faculty, students, staff, and undergraduate families.Dartmouth also is permanently closing its Hanover Country Club, which has deficits expected to swell to $1 million a year.The cuts are projected to save more than $2 million as the school addresses a projected $150 million deficit caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.___ The Latest: Vinícius Júnior tests negative for coronavirus ___Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane says forward Vinícius Júnior will need to have another coronavirus test after an initial test result came out “wrong.”Zidane says “the doctor informed me that the test had come out wrong and we were going to repeat it.”Zidane says the Brazilian’s test was not positive. He says “sometimes there are errors. It wasn’t negative or positive.”Spanish league players have undergone regular testing since the competition resumed last month. Coach Zinedine Zidane had said earlier Thursday that the Brazilian forward needed to have another coronavirus test after an initial result came out inconclusive.Madrid needs a win to regain a four-point lead over second-place Barcelona with three rounds to go. The Catalan club defeated Espanyol 1-0 on Wednesday.Spanish league players have undergone regular testing since the competition resumed last month.___Cleveland Indians outfielder Franmil Reyes apologized for putting himself and his teammates at risk by not wearing a mask or practicing social distancing at a weekend holiday party. Planning for a season they acknowledge will be “very different,” the Cleveland Browns told their season-ticket holders they can opt out of the 2020 season without penalty and other plans related to the COVID-19 virus and its impact on the NFL.The Browns sent a letter to their fans on Thursday that outlined some new policies due to the pandemic. Anyone attending a game at FirstEnergy Stadium will have to follow physical-distancing guidelines and wear “mandated facial coverings.”The team did not say how many fans will be allowed in the 67,000-seat stadium, which has been the Browns’ lakefront home since 1999.Earlier this week, the Baltimore Ravens said they’ll seat fewer than 14,000 fans at M&T Bank Stadium. The Browns are scheduled to open the season there on Sept. 13. If Cleveland season-ticket holders decide not to attend games in 2020, they can retain their same seat location in 2021. ___The Atlantic Coast Conference is putting fall competitions on hold until at least Sept. 1 due to the coronavirus pandemic, a move that won’t affect football as of now.The league announced the decision Thursday impacting non-revenue sports such as soccer, volleyball, field hockey and cross country. North Carolina State and Louisville meet on Sept. 2 in the first football game involving any league teams.Schools won’t be able to hold exhibitions or regular-season competition before that date, and it will be up to the schools to determine whether to reschedule any affected events. But the ACC isn’t barring teams from holding workouts and preseason practices “in anticipation of a fall season.”___ North Carolina State says five people tied to Wolfpack sports have tested positive for the new coronavirus.Athletics spokesman Fred Demarest said Thursday those positives came after the school tested 315 athletes, coaches and staff starting May 29. That’s a positive rate of roughly 1.6%.N.C. State athletic director Boo Corrigan had announced in early June that the school had begun a schedule of allowing athletes to return in phases to campus.That plan started with testing of members of the football, men’s basketball and women’s basketball programs who live locally. Athletes who were cleared were then allowed to participate in voluntary workouts in small groups.On Wednesday, rival North Carolina said it was pausing football workouts for at least a week. That came after 37 positive results among 429 tests administered to UNC athletes, coaches and staff as they returned to campus in phases starting in June. The club kept Reyes away from its training camp after he was spotted on social media attending a Fourth of July get-together. Reyes had to be re-tested for the new coronavirus and cleared by Indians medical personnel before he was allowed to practice.“I really apologize, because I was not protecting myself and my teammates,” Reyes said on a Zoom call from Progressive Field. “I learned from it and it won’t happen again. I really don’t want to stop practicing. I really apologize and I swear it won’t happen again.”This will be his first full season with the Indians, who acquired him last year in a trade with the San Diego Padres. The 25-year-old slugger hit a combined 37 homers last year for San Diego and Cleveland and may get some playing time in right field.___The Seattle Seahawks are allowing season ticket holders the option to pause their season tickets and receive a refund for the upcoming NFL season or keep a credit in their account for the 2021 season. July 9, 2020last_img read more

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Seychelles Get Presidential Boast Ahead of AFCON Qualifier against Nigeria

first_img• President, vice to attend Pirates/Eagles clashPresident of the Republic of Seychelles, Danny Faure and the Vice President, Vincent Meriton will attend today’s 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier between the Pirates of Seychelles and the Super Eagles of Nigeria in Victoria.The General Secretary of Seychelles Football Federation, Mr. Georges Bibi confirmed this at the match coordination meeting which took place at the SFF Secretariat in Victoria on Friday evening. Seychelles number one and number two men will be joined at the pre-match formalities by the President of Seychelles Football Federation, Elvis Chetty and the 1st Vice President of Nigeria Football Federation, Seyi Akinwunmi.At the meeting, attended by the match officials from Mauritius, Tanzania, Uganda and Kenya, it was decided that Seychelles would dorn their traditional red –top-and-shorts with white stripes, while the Super Eagles will turn out in the green top over white shorts.The match referee is Omweno Devis from Kenya, to be assisted by compatriot Cheruiyot Gilbert (assistant referee 1) and Ugandans Isorlko Mark (assistant referee 2) and Muhabi Alli (reserve referee). Mustapha Chitbahal from Mauritius is the match commissioner while Leslie Leonard Liunda from Tanzania is the referee assessor.The match will kick off at 4.30p.m. Seychelles time (1.30p.m. Nigeria time), and Bibi has confirmed that about 6,000 spectators will attend the game at the 10,000 –capacity Stade Linite.Meanwhile, the Super Eagles had their last training session at the Stade Linite on Friday evening, with all 21 players fit for selection to garner the three points on offer for Nigeria.Available for selection to safeguard the goalpost are Francis Uzoho, Ikechukwu Ezenwa and Daniel Akpeyi, with Leon Balogun, Kenneth Omeruo, Bryan Idowu, Chidozie Awaziem, Semi Ajayi and Jamilu Collins to battle for rearguard positions.Ogenyi Onazi, Wilfred Ndidi, Oghenekaro Etebo, John Ogu, Kelechi Nwakali and Joel Obi are available in the middle, while Ahmed Musa, Kelechi Iheanacho, Simeon Nwankwo, Henry Onyekuru, Odion Ighalo and Samuel Kalu will contest for slots in the frontline.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

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Badgers confident en route to Indy

first_imgSophomore forward Anya Covington will look to lead the Badgers to a Big Ten tournament title.[/media-credit]Even with a season-ending overtime loss Sunday to Iowa, the Wisconsin women’s basketball team (20-9, 10-8 Big Ten) heads to Indianapolis for the Big Ten tournament with as much confidence and promise as any team in the Lisa Stone era.However, although at least three bracketologists currently foresee the first Badger NCAA berth since 2002, leading scorer and second-team All-Big Ten selection Alyssa Karel said the team is not getting ahead of itself.“This tournament probably has a good amount to do with if we’re going to make the NCAA or not,” Karel said. “We kind of set [the NCAAs] as the standard … but I think that’s not our sole purpose. We’re going in there to win a Big Ten championship, and if we make the NCAA Tournament as a result, great.”Also great for the group is the fact that the first step in its quest to win the conference showdown will come a day later than usual, as, after earning the No. 4 seed with its best conference finish since 2000-01, the team will receive a bye and face No. 5 Purdue Friday.The rubber match between the two (the teams split in the regular season with both protecting home court) presents Wisconsin with an opportunity for vengeance.In the last meeting, on Feb. 7, the game ended controversially as Karel blocked a Purdue shot with 11 seconds remaining, gathered the loose ball as she fell to the floor and tried signaling for a timeout. Instead, the referees called Karel for traveling, and the Boilermakers’ Chelsea Jones put the game away with a jumper with three seconds left.Though the matchup was in the books nearly a month ago, UW head coach Lisa Stone reported that the end sequence is still “fresh in their minds.”Sophomore forward Anya Covington agreed.“It’s not good to allow the game to be decided by the referees,” Covington said. “We have to take care of business throughout the game so that doesn’t happen. … And because of how the call went at the end of the game [in February], that really left a bitter taste in our mouth. But it’s just motivation, because we get them on Friday.”Despite being the higher seed, the Badgers are well aware they will have their hands full. Purdue has reached the Big Ten championship game in each of the past four seasons and boasts a record seven conference tournament titles.Led by second-team All-Big Ten pick Brittany Rayburn, a 6-foot sophomore guard averaging 14.6 points, and All-Defensive team member FahKara Malone, a 5-foot-3 senior who ranks fourth in the league in assists, the Boilermakers will be playing to salvage a mediocre season, as they currently stand just 14-15 and 9-9 in the conference.Compounding the challenge, according to Stone, is the inherent intimacy involved when playing a team for the third time.“We know each other inside and out,” said Stone, who was named the coaches’ Big Ten Coach of the Year on Monday. “You have to execute your gameplan perfectly. It’s about the details, it’s about the little things, the ‘X-factor,’ the hustle, getting those 50-50 balls, limiting second-chance points, taking care of the basketball, shot selection. … When you play a team three times, you know who they are — we can’t have breakdowns.”If Wisconsin survives against Purdue, more chances at redemption could lie ahead. Hypothetically, the team could meet No. 1 Ohio State — which will first face the winner of the 8/9 match-up between Indiana and Illinois — in the second round, and possibly Iowa, the No. 3 seed, in the championship.The Buckeyes and the Hawkeyes represent the only two conference teams the Badgers didn’t beat at least once in conference play. OSU and Iowa, along with No. 2 seed Michigan State — which UW beat twice this season — are the likely favorites for the Big Ten title.“If we get a chance to play either of those teams along the line, we have a lot of bitterness from those two teams because they both beat us twice,” Covington said. “But one game at a time, so Purdue’s first, and if we get that opportunity then we’re going to put it all out there.”Following a Big Ten season in which parity was the rule (just four games separated third from 11th-place), one game at a time is an appropriate motto.“We just want to go in there and play our best basketball,” Karel said. “Regardless of who we play, we know it’s going to be a good game. The Big Ten is so close this year; it’s kind of fun to look at the bracket and say, ‘Anything could happen, really.’ So I mean we’re going in there with the mindset that we want to win it and we’re going to take one game at a time.”last_img read more

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