After only averaging eight minutes and one point a game as a junior, Ashley Thomas now averages close to 30 minutes and six points a game as a senior.[/media-credit]With a 5-12 record as of Jan. 21 and a season full of heartbreaking losses, perhaps no player has played a more crucial role in keeping the Badgers fighting for every win than Ashley Thomas.A forward now in her final year suiting up for the Wisconsin women’s basketball team, Thomas’ voice can often be heard echoing through the Kohl Center during practice and booming into the bleachers during games. While rather reserved off the court, the Glenview, Ill., native is well known for her energy and enthusiasm on the hardwood.“She’s definitely outspoken on the court,” Kelsey said. “She talks probably the absolute best of anybody we have. … She’s communicating out there and helping people get to the right spot. She’s by far our most aggressive player, and that’s all because she’s conscientious of what she’s doing out there and trying to help others.”A natural post player at 6-foot-2, Thomas – along with fellow forwards Anya Covington and Cassie Rochel – was part of the group attempting to fill the void of last year’s dominating inside duo of Lin Zastrow and Tara Steinbauer. As seniors in the 2010-11 season, Zastrow and Steinbauer both ranked among the team’s top three scorers.Never averaging more than 10.5 minutes per game in her first three years in Madison, Thomas now averages close to 30 minutes a night. A solid scorer in her first year as a starter, the senior posts six points per contest but proved she was a true offensive threat in a career high 14-point, seven-rebound performance against Saint Louis.“She’s really taken on that responsibility of being a vocal leader, and it’s definitely helped us out a lot,” guard Jade Davis, also a senior, said. “Especially losing three starters last year, we needed someone to really step into that role and take responsibility for that, and she’s done a great job of it.”But it’s not just Thomas’ tireless communication on the court that has earned her a starting spot. Seeing most of her floor time due to her strong defensive presence, she has now stepped in as one of the Badgers’ more skilled post players.The numbers are not eye-popping, but teammates note that her ability to find the bottom of the net has improved dramatically since arriving in Madison as a freshman.“In the past, I knew what my role was on offense: … more or less a screener, a passer, just more of a low player,” Thomas said. “The main area I’ve gotten better at is being able to score on the block and being a scoring presence. Obviously, I’m not as consistent as I wish I could be.”Though best known for making her voice heard on the court, Thomas has also become a model for success away from the Kohl Center’s hardwood. An active member of the faith-based group Athletes in Action and a recipient of the 2009-10 Big Ten Sportsmanship award, Thomas has a sense of responsibility and purpose that spreads to her teammates.For Kelsey, the senior tri-captain is the player every coach hopes to have on their team – one who can keep the team together and motivated through the tough losing streaks and lengthy practices.“It’s easy to coach kids like her because you know what they are going to bring to the table 99 percent of the time,” Kelsey said. ” … She’s confident in herself as far as basketball goes, and I know every coach would want someone that they don’t have to poke and prod to be ready to go and beg to play hard and be aggressive. That’s just her nature.”Graduating this spring, Thomas says she doesn’t have a detailed plan for the future but is committed to going to seminary and getting involved in youth ministry. It’s a career that seems to suit her perfectly when considering the part she plays for the Badgers.As the emotional and vocal leader of Wisconsin all season, she sees communication as a major thing she can provide every day, whether in practice or the heat of a game. The floaters may not always drop and the ball may not always bounce off the glass to collect rebounds, but teammates can help compensate for that.Her real talent is not one that can be substituted easily – directing people to their spot on the floor and lighting players up in huddles is what her teammates and coaches have come to expect from the wise veteran.“It’s always been something that’s easy for me to do – I know I can talk, and if I’m talking I know that I’m going to help myself be doing the right things because I’m saying it,” Thomas said.
Editor of Kotoko Express believes management’s decision to ask David Duncan to step aside has been hugely vindicated following their 3-1 win over Liberty Professionals at the Kumasi Sports Stadium.Micheal Osei, who is now the interim head coach of the club, secured only the club’s second win of the campaign and Otchere believes it was a fantastic decision.“The management of the club are now vindicated by the decision they took by telling Duncan to step aside,” he told Asempa Sports“All the same, we have to be very careful and see what Michael Osei will bring on board because Duncan’s problem was inconsistency in team selection.”“There are two things that led to the win against Liberty Professionals and one of them is the freshness that came around the team when Otumfuo visited the team at Adako Jachie”.“Some people were calling on the management to be dissolved. So with all these problems around the club, when you take out CoachDuncan, you take out poison around the club and again Otumfuo’s visit inspired the team as a whole.” Kotoko’s next league game is away to Dreams FC. –Follow Joy Sports on Twitter: @JoySportsGH. Our hashtag is #JoySports
Authorities are currently investigating a the death of a man who was found deceased on the sidewalk of a Miami neighborhood.Not much as been released about the incident at this time, however, it was said that body was found Thursday just before 9:30 pm near the 17600 block of Northwest 27th.This is a developing story.
Facebook9Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Adopt-A-PetMeet Kane! Shelter volunteers call his coat-coloring, “Buckskin” and we think he likes the sound of that. To compliment his nifty coloration, he has a black muzzle and handsome dark markings around his eyes. Kane is 8-years-young, weighs 57 pounds, knows basic commands (including “sit” and “shake”) and enjoys going for leash walks. Kids and people make him happy and he enjoys greeting everyone who comes to visit him at the shelter with an upturned face and happy tail-wag. If you can provide him with a fenced yard, exercise, a grain-free and chicken-free diet, and your time, he would love to apply for the position of your loving and loyal, forever lap-dog.If you have further questions or would like to schedule an appointment to meet me in person, please contact the adoption team at Shelton Adopt-a-Pet. Emails are the preferred method of communication.Adopt-A-Pet has many great dogs and always need volunteers. To see all our current dogs, visit the Adopt-A-Pet website, our Facebook page or at the shelter on Jensen Road in Shelton. For more information, email [email protected] or call 360-432-3091.
Image Courtesy: Getty/Instagram(@royalnavghan)Advertisement w9spNBA Finals | Brooklyn Vs7ha56Wingsuit rodeo📽Sindre Elfy( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) h6Would you ever consider trying this?😱iyr5Can your students do this? 🌚ag0Roller skating! Powered by Firework Ravindra Jadeja is famous for his swordplay celebration with his bat whenever he achieves a half century on the pitch. His incredible celebration has gathered so much attention that even Aussie cricketer David Warner mimicked the celebration in one of his videos on Instagram. However, now without a bat to hold, Jadeja gets to the real deal, picks up an actual sword and swings it around! Fans rush to see the Team India icon’s sword skills on his recent Instagram clip, but there is Michael Vaughan in the comments pulling off a hilarious joke!Advertisement Image Courtesy: Getty/Instagram(@royalnavghan)The superstar all rounder, currently in self isolation amidst the nationwide lock down due to the novel Coronavirus pandemic, has teamed up with his fellow sportspersons of the country to entertain the fans through social media, and for Jadeja, it was his swordplay video that he posted yesterday on his official Instagram, along with the caption: “A “SWORD” MAY LOOSE IT’S SHINE,BUT WOULD NEVER DISOBEY IT’S MASTER. #rajputboy” Check out the video here-While the netizens were crazy excited to see the Men in Blue stalwart showcase his finesse with the sword, it was the former English cricketer Michael Vaughan who came up with a witty comment, making a reference to the growing grasses in Jadeja’s lawn. “Your grass needs a mow Rockstar !!! 😜 😜” Vaughan commented.Jadeja agreed to it, coming back with an equally hilarious reply to the former England skipper, saying that the job of mowing grass was unknown to him: “🤪 🤪 yes but I don’t know how to cut it 😤 😤 #coronaeffect”Image Courtesy: Instagram(@royalnavghan)Like Jadeja or Vaughan, many current and former cricketers are now in their homes, as all cricket fixtures have been either cancelled or postponed due to the COVID-19 crisis.The 2020 season of the Indian Premier League had already met with a postponement from its earlier inaugural date of 29th March to 15th April, as the lock down was supposed to be in effect until 14th April.However, the central and state governments of the country are all seeking an extension of the lock down, as the number of victims rises day by day. This will see a further postponement of IPL this year, or even a possibility of hosting the cash rich cricket league in winter.Also read-Bored? Watch Roger Federer and co. pull off blistering shots in this 2010s ATP compilation!Virender Sehwag reveals which mythological Ramayana character inspired his batting! Advertisement
Forever Unbridled – Charles Fipke’s homebred multiple Grade I winner Forever Unbridled left Barn 59 at 5:30 a.m. and galloped an easy 1 1/4m under the watchful gaze of trainer Dallas Stewart. Stewart will try to win his second Breeders’ Cup Distaff with a daughter of Unbridled’s Song, having landed his lone World Championships victory with Roger Devenport’s Unbridled Elaine in 2001 at Belmont Park. I’m a Chatterbox – The 4yo Munnings filly I’m a Chatterbox, ridden by her trainer Larry Jones, went to the track at 7:50 a.m. for an easy 1m gallop and then visited the paddock for the third straight day.Jones is seeking his first Breeders’ Cup victory, but did found success with two other fillies he brought to the event. In 2007, Proud Spell finished second in the Juvenile Fillies before winning the Kentucky Oaks the next spring and in 2011, Havre de Grace finished fourth against the males in the Breeders’ Cup Classic en route to Horse of the Year honors. When asked how I’m a Chatterbox stacked up against those two fillies, Jones replied, “She’s always been an overachiever. She was overlooked at the sales, maybe because she was from the first crop of Munnings and her dam hadn’t produced much. But, she always tries so hard and definitely matches up to them.”The only time I’m a Chatterbox was worse than second this year was when she was fourth behind Cavorting in the Personal Ensign Stakes (G1) at Saratoga in late August. She then was a dominant winner of the Spinster Stakes (G1) at Keeneland in her last race.“If there was a bias that day at Saratoga, it definitely worked against us,” Jones said. “No one was going to catch the winner. We feel our filly has only gotten better since then. But, this is tough race. There’s going to a Grade 1 winner finishing sixth in here.” Beholder – Champion 6yo mare Beholder went to the track at 7 a.m. and galloped 1 1/2 mile over the main track in preparation for the Longines Breeders’ Cup Distaff.“She’s feeling great, really moving good across the track,” said regular exercise rider Janeen Painter, who was in the irons. “She’s been really focused, behaving herself well, so I think she is ready to give her best shot.”Before the main track opened, Painter reflected on her time with the two-time Breeders’ Cup heroine and three-time Eclipse Award winner Beholder.“I galloped her a little bit at 2, mostly at late 4, 5 and 6. She’s much bigger and stronger that we ever thought she would be. When she came in her 4-year-old year, wow. You could see how much she had developed during the time she had off. ”Painter recalls the 2015 Pacific Classic as her favorite Beholder moment. “Of course the Pacific Classic, that was pretty special. The Kentucky Oaks race, that was a great race too, even though she ran second that is up there too. I get excited every time she runs and I know she runs her heart out every time she runs. You can’t say that about every single racehorse there is, but she does, she gives it 100 percent.”Asked about how he wanted see the Distaff unfold, Hall of Fame trainer Richard Mandella said, “My job is just looking to see if there’s anything wrong. Everything is right, right now, so my job is to see if there is anything wrong between here and there. Hopefully, I am not going to find it or there is nothing to find.”Hall of Fame jockey Gary Stevens, who rode Beholder to victory in the 2013 Distaff at Santa Anita, expressed happiness with his Distaff post position (post eight), and also pointed out the 2015 Pacific Classic as his favorite Beholder memory.“The Pacific Classic is my favorite Beholder moment. She beat the boys, it was a huge race and very memorable,” Stevens said.“On paper, this is the best Distaff I’ve ridden in, but I can go back to 1988 with a great filly and a great mare in Winning Colors and Personal Ensign, I’ve been in some good Distaffs before. I don’t want to take anything away from years past, as I’ve said before, Beholder is the best horse I have ever ridden.” Songbird – Now just a little over 24 hours away from the year’s filly and mare championship-deciding race of the year, the Longines Breeders’ Cup Distaff, trainer Jerry Hollendorfer watched his prized pupil, 6-5 morning line choice Songbird, walk in front of his barn.“You really can’t plan for how to run the race, because the moment the gates open, it could all change,” he said. “We know she can go to the front or sit off the pace; we’re comfortable with her versatility. This really becomes a riders’ race so you need to have confidence in your jockey. Mike (Smith) has ridden her in all of her starts and knows her very well.”Added the hall-of-fame conditioner, “She’s been so consistent, I really can’t pick out one race that really stands out. With her, they’re all special. But she was really good in her last start in Pennsylvania (the Cotillion Stakes) and she’s even better now.”Songbird went to the track for the final time Thursday morning in advance of Friday’s Distaff, galloping 1m under Edgar Rodriguez. The Kentucky bred is scheduled for a schooling session in the paddock after Thursday’s first race. Stellar Wind – Stellar Wind went through her usual 5 a.m. routine of standing quietly before a 1 1/2m gallop Thursday.“She’ll school in the paddock between races this afternoon,” trainer John Sadler said.Sadler is undecided about what Stellar Wind will do Friday morning, the day of the race.“She might jog, or she might just walk,” Sadler said.Asked what it would take for Stellar Wind to win, Sadler said: “She needs a good trip. I don’t know what that trip is, but just a nice, smooth one and she should do well.” Land Over Sea – Land Over Sea was joined by Team O’Neill Breeders’ Cup entrants Ralis (Turf), Gomo (Filly and Mare Sprint) and Term of Art (Juvenile) for morning gallops leading up to the two-day Breeders’ Cup Championships at Santa Anita.Trainer Doug O’Neill, who watched the stablemates’ exercises from the apron at mid-stretch said, referring specifically to Land Over Sea, “She’s been second to Songbird on three occasions and was runner-up in the Kentucky Oaks. So, despite her long odds, we feel like she deserves this chance, especially here on her home track.”Obviously having watching ample amounts of pre-election coverage, O’Neill added with a smile, “However, our path to victory might require us turning red states blue and blue states red.” Corona Del Inca – The 5yo Luhuk mare strolled to an easy gallop one lap around the main track at 7:45 a.m. Uruguayan jockey Pablo Falero, a legend in his native country and in Argentina, was in the irons.“For me, it is a great honor to be here, and is a very important commitment and a life-long dream,” Falero said about his first Breeders’ Cup participation.Corona Del Inca earned an automatic berth into the Distaff after annexing the Gran Premio Criadores by the smallest of margins at Palermo on May 1.Curalina – Eclipse Thoroughbred Partners’ Curalina galloped 1 1/4m at Santa Anita Thursday in preparation for Friday’s Distaff, which will be her first start since finishing second in the Personal Ensign at Saratoga Aug. 27.“We felt like if we were going to take our best shot at the Breeders’ Cup, bypassing the Spinster and the Beldame like we did last year with (2015 Distaff winner) Stopchargingmaria was the correct approach for her,” trainer Todd Pletcher said. “She does run well fresh. It takes a lot of discipline to pass up the Beldame or the Spinster, races like that where you’d be favored or certainly one of the favorites.”
13 March 2013 South African technology company Tellumat has opened a fully modernised electronics factory in Atlantis north of Cape Town, following a multi-million rand investment supported by the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) and the Industrial Development Corporation. Speaking at the opening event on Tuesday, Trade and Industry Minister Rob Davies reiterated the government’s commitment to support companies that contribute to the South African economy and job creation. “This state-of-the-art facility that we see today was made possible amongst others by the manufacturing investment grant of R2.64-million for a capital outlay of R12-million to resuscitate the old Tedelex factory,” Davies said. “The company has also benefited from an Industrial Development Corporation loan of R8.2-million for surface mounting technology expansion for this facility.” According to Tellumat CEO Rasheed Hargey, the factory was modernised with new production equipment in 2012, enabling it to produce electronics for brands such as Sony, Mecer and HiSense. Tellumat acquired the assets of the old Tedelex television factory in Atlantis in 2010, and continued to operate from the old facility until the end of last year, when it moved into the new facility. Hargey said the facility represented a significant investment in South Africa’s manufacturing sector and would be a major boost for the development of Atlantis. “We currently have a staff complement of 116, and we wish to have more as we grow as a company,” Hargey said. “The factory is an illustrative example of co-operation between the government and business partners to attract private sector investment through an enabling environment and industry-supporting incentives.” Western Cape Premier Helen Zille, also present at Tuesday’s opening, said it was wonderful to see South Africans on the cutting edge of technology, where the future of job creation lay in the country. “Technology is an important field with the potential to improve education and government and generally to transform the way we live,” Zille said. “We must make sure that government steps up to the plate to assist business to take advantage of strong and growing export markets in Africa, which the Western Cape is well poised to do.” According to the DTI, the electrotechnical sector accounts for at least 12.5% of South Africa’s gross domestic product (GDP). SAinfo reporter
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Several Ohio FFA chapters had a busy schedule last week with the National Land and Range Judging Contest in Oklahoma where 600 4-H and FFA members gathered.Austin Wood of the Northwestern-Wayne FFA Chapter said it was a busy one, competing in the OK state before quickly flying back for the last day of the 89th Ohio FFA Convention on Friday.“Our team placed fifth at state which qualified us to go out there,” Wood said. “We signed in Tuesday morning and we went out and did six pits. That was really cool. The red dirt is completely different than what we do here in Ohio, but a lot of the textures and stuff are the same. The following day, we went out and did two more pits then Thursday was the actual contest.“We each just went there more as a fun thing for us to do. It was our first year doing this and to me it was just an amazing experience being able to go out and represent our chapter in a national contest.”Other teams from Ohio included the Buckeye Central FFA, taking 4th place overall. Tallawanda placed 19th, Centerville in 38th, Northwestern-Wayne at 46th place, and right behind them the McClain FFA Chapter in 47th.
TraditionalGC4VKVRby WVTim The first step is to slide out the xylophone and play the notes given on the cache page. There’s no musical skill required, so even if you didn’t pay attention during music class in school, this cache is still for you! Simply match the numbers in the cache description with the numbers painted on each note of the xylophone. Image by WVTimOnce you figure out the tune, that’s where your geo-skills and riddle playing come in. The last four notes of the melody correspond to the numbers needed to open the combination lock on the side of the cache.Image by Ump35 & BeeThis clever cache is only one of the many sharp caches that are a part of WVTim’s forte:I’m blessed to have over 50 caches with over 100 Favorite points. Finders are so generous with their time and many write amazing logs. Reading the logs of their finds takes me there with them. Let’s be honest, the reason cache creators spend so much time in their shops is so they can read these great logs.For those of you out there interested in making your own birdhouse-based gadget cache, the cache owner has you covered. Watch him explain how he made this cache in the video below. Here he walks through not only through the process behind his different caches, but also how to convert an ordinary birdhouse into an extraordinary geocache.Continue to explore some of the most amazing geocaches around the world.Check out all of the Geocaches of the Week on the Geocaching blog. If you would like to nominate a Geocache of the Week, fill out this form.Share with your Friends:More Difficulty:2Terrain:1.5 Along a Berkeley County trail in West Virginia are thirteen unique geocaches. Each is a unique gadget cache which, combined, have earned over 5000 Favorite points. Along this trail lies our Geocache of the Week. Lovingly constructed, Name that Tune certainly won’t fall flat, and is sure to test both your musical and geocaching skills.When you sing you begin with Do Re Mi, and when you make a creative cache like this, you start with the basics: a birdhouse.Image by Ump35 & Bee In cache owner WVTim’s own words, “I look at everything through the eyes of a cache builder. As I walk the aisles of hardware and toy stores, etc. I’m always thinking, ‘How can I use that to make a gadget cache?’ While in the toy store, I saw this xylophone and inspiration hit.”When you arrive at the cache, it looks like a home for a songbird, covered in carefully painted musical notes. Location:West Virginia, United StatesN 39° 30.146 W 077° 57.916 SharePrint Related
2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting Tennis has struggled to take off in South Korea, partly because of the expense and a relative lack of facilities and coaches.Also missing has been a role model with success on the international stage to inspire a new generation of players. Until Monday, the best performances by Korean players came from Lee Hyun-taik, who reached the round of 16 at the U.S. Open, and Lee Duk-hee, who made the women’s fourth round at the 1981 U.S. Open.Chung’s success could be a game-changer.“If we have all the right support then there is the potential for Korea to produce enough good players,” Son Sung-ri, a coach who works with Chung, told Seoul’s CBS Radio. “It is good if Chung can have success and if people start to have more interest in the Australian Open and tennis in general.”“Of course, our target is always to try and win,” Son added. “We shouldn’t count our chickens however as there is still a lot of hard work to be done.”ADVERTISEMENT Djokovic was full of praise for Chung, who turned professional in 2014 and climbed 122 places in the rankings in 2015. Injures in 2017 limited Chung’s appearances but gave time to make changes to his grip and other technical adjustments.“He definitely has the game to be a top 10 player, without a doubt,” Djokovic said. “How far he can go? That depends on him. I’m sure that he’s going to get some really good results in the future.”The 12-time Grand Slam champion was impressed by the improvement of the bespectacled, softly-spoken Chung, who took up tennis as a boy in an attempt to improve his eyesight.“There’s a big difference. Obviously, he’s physically stronger. I think he got some big matches in the past 15 months on the big stage.”Chung’s previous Grand Slam best was the third round of the 2017 French Open, but he made headlines last November for winning the inaugural edition of the Next Generation ATP finals.As well as having a great opportunity to reach the last four, Chung is making waves at home.“Today, victory is for my country, I think tennis is coming up,” he said. Read Next South Korea’s Chung Hyeon, left, is congratulated by Serbia’s Novak Djokovic after winning their fourth round match at the Australian Open tennis championships in Melbourne, Australia, Monday, Jan. 22, 2018. (AP Photo/Andy Brownbill)SEOUL, South Korea — It took something unique to make tennis the center of sports attention in South Korea, where the Winter Olympics are only weeks away from opening.Hyeon Chung’s win over six-time Australian Open champion Novak Djokovic did the trick. The headlines ran “Sensation” after Chung became the first Korean to reach the quarterfinals of a major.ADVERTISEMENT The No. 58-ranked Chung beat his childhood hero on Rod Laver Arena to secure a spot in a quarterfinal against No. 97-ranked Tennys Sandgren, who had never won a match at a major until last week. So expectations are growing.“For the Korean fans watching me live in Korea right now, I sincerely thank you for cheering me on and for watching me this late.” Chung, speaking in Korean, said in an on-court interview broadcast live. As he spoke, he looked the direction of his parents and brother who were in the crowd.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“I am still not finished in this tournament and I will show you a better performance on Wednesday.”The mainstream media was full of praise, and social media was buzzing — former President Lee Myung-bak issued a post saying “I am supporting the ongoing challenge of the beautiful young man Chung Hyeon.” Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH LATEST STORIES Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC MOST READ Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Belangel jumps to top 3 in second week of NBTC 24 View comments