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Brazzoni: Badgers beginning to thrive with nothing to lose

first_imgAfter the Wisconsin men’s basketball team’s thrilling 77-76 victory over Michigan State last weekend, there was a familiar feel in the postgame press conference.After both Spartans head coach Tom Izzo and UW interim head coach Greg Gard answered questions in the postgame press conference, three Badger players strolled in with an air of confidence, happiness and pride that they hadn’t been able to show for the majority of this disappointing season.Nigel Hayes, Bronson Koenig and Ethan Happ — all of whom had just completed their most memorable performances of the season — sat behind the microphones with giant grins on their faces, realizing what they had just accomplished as they waited to be questioned.Happ was asked what his emotions were after hitting the game-winning layup and celebrating within a crowd of his teammates at half court.“Just pure joy, really,” Happ said.Pure joy. An emotion these Badgers had grown so used to last season after their historic run to the national championship game, but a feeling they have lacked in this 2015-16 season where they are off to just a 10-9 start.But now, that joy brings to light who these Badgers are, and it appears they are starting to figure that out as well. Last season, everyone was out to get the top-ranked Badgers, but this season, the tables have turned, and they are out to get everyone else.Expectations are now lower than they have ever been since Bo Ryan took over as head coach, and now, instead of accepting defeat and disappointment, they’re embracing their underdog status.This team is playing with nothing to lose.It started against one of the nation’s most talented teams in then-No. 3 Maryland Jan. 9. The Badgers hung with the Terrapins for nearly all 40 minutes until All-American guard Melo Trimble hit a game-winning three as the buzzer sounded. While moral victories don’t count for anything, the game showed the Badgers could compete.But just three days later, when the Badgers traveled to Northwestern, expectations dropped even lower again, as UW lost an ugly game to the Wildcats.No one believed in this team, as no one really had a reason to do so. They had lost three conference games in a row and four of their last five. It was the low point of an already poor start to the Big Ten season, and now, this team really had nothing to lose.Enter No. 4 Michigan State, a team led by one of the country’s best all-around players in Denzel Valentine, and a team that matches the Badgers’ size and overmatches their talent. But they were also a team with so much to prove after falling 76-59 to Iowa just three days prior.With nothing to lose, Wisconsin gave Michigan State, who had everything to lose, all they could handle, and in the end, more than they could handle. And those smiles, that confidence and that overall sense of joy came as a result.Men’s basketball: Happ’s game-winning layup pushes Wisconsin over No. 4 Michigan StateIt was another game for the Wisconsin men’s basketball team and another down-to-the-wire finish, and for the first time in Read…Now, with a road win at Penn State giving them two conference victories in a row and a 3-4 record in the Big Ten, the Badgers appear to be in a groove, and they’re looking to turn this season around, behind their nothing to lose mentality. This mentality puts all the pressure on their Big Ten opponents and leaves the Badgers at ease, knowing they have an opportunity to play spoiler.And those opportunities will not be few and far between as they hit the final stretch of the regular season. They still have games against Maryland, Iowa and Michigan State, all of which currently find themselves in the top 10 and will feel the pressure of defending their home courts against a now-dangerous Wisconsin team.With nothing to lose, it will allow preseason All-Big Ten players Koenig and Hayes to play to their best ability. It will allow for young players like Happ and freshman Alex Illikainen to develop in a year where they aren’t expected to contribute on a championship level.Simply put, expectations aren’t at the degree they were last season, and the team is starting to adapt to that and embrace who they are.Because while this year’s team may not have the talent or the resume of last year’s, the personality and culture of the program remains the same, and these Badgers are finding a way to enjoy themselves and look to be finding their stride at the perfect time.last_img read more

Alex Edler injury update: Canucks D diagnosed with concussion, will miss at least one week

first_imgVancouver faces the Stanley Cup champion Capitals on Tuesday.Edler, 32, is in his 13th season with the Canucks. He has totaled 20 points, tops among Vancouver defensemen, on five goals and 15 assists in 2018-19 but means much more to the team. Entering Monday’s game, he was leading the Canucks in average ice time (23:24) and blocked shots (109) and was fifth in hits (80) to go with manning the first power-play unit. Canucks defenseman Alex Edler did not suffer any broken bones but needed stitches after suffering a scary fall against the Flyers on Monday, according to Sportsnet.The Canucks later announced he will miss at least one week with a concussion. Edler underwent X-rays and remained in Philadelphia overnight after the game as his teammates traveled on to Washington D.C. to take on the Capitals, the Vancouver Sun reported. He returned to Vancouver on Tuesday, the Canucks later announced. He was taken from the ice on a stretcher after landing face first when his stick got caught in Jakub Voracek’s skate midway through the third period of the Canucks’ 2-1 loss.“You see that blood on the ice and it shakes you for sure,” teammate Brandon Sutter said after Edler’s fall.“That was scary,” Bo Horvat said. “You never want to see a teammate go down like that, especially your best defenseman. You see a guy get knocked unconscious like that and then you see all the blood. We wanted to get that (win) for him and we deserved better tonight.”Fans gave Edler a standing ovation as he left the ice.“It’s obviously scary when you see something like that happen,” Voracek said. “You don’t want it to happen but unfortunately it happens sometimes. I was just driving the net and I felt his stick on my skate and after that I didn’t even see him fall. It was not a good look after. Hopefully he’s all right.”last_img read more

Bill Bryce receives Micklem Award

first_img Bill Bryce, who has spent over 40 years at the highest levels of golf administration, has received England Golf’s Gerald Micklem Award for his outstanding contribution to the game. He was presented with the award by England Golf’s outgoing President, Nigel Evans, at the organisation’s annual meeting today. “I feel honoured and delighted to receive this award and to join such a distinguished list of former recipients,” said Bill. “Golf has been a huge part of my life and it has given me so much. A great deal of that is due to my involvement with the English Golf Union and England Golf, for which I am very grateful.” Bill is a Scot who has been one of the most prominent figures in England golfing life, having been President of the former English Golf Union and, most recently, chairing the England Golf Partnership for ten years until his retirement last year. But his contribution to the game extends far beyond England, for he has been a member of the R&A since 1974, chairing three of its committees, and has also represented England on the European Golf Association council and been a member of its championship committee.  As a referee he has officiated at 10 Open Championships, three US Masters, one Ryder Cup and two Walker Cups as well as the St Andrews and Jacques Leglise Trophies. He has also visited the United States and Japan on many occasions representing the R&A. Bill began playing golf in Glasgow, where he was born. He was reserve for the Scottish Boys’ team v England Boys in 1951 and later captained the Glasgow University team, receiving a “Blue” and going on to play for Scottish Universities. Bill qualified as a Scottish solicitor in 1957 and after two years in practice in Glasgow joined the Distillers Company in London as a legal adviser. When Distillers was taken over by Guinness in 1986 Bill continued with that company until his retirement in 1994. Bill joined Royal Mid-Surrey Golf Club in 1960 and was club champion in 1963 and 1974, the year in which he became the youngest-ever Captain, apart from H R H The Prince of Wales who was Captain in 1926. He still holds that distinction. He was President of the club from 2003 to 2013 and on his retirement was elected a Life Member Bill played for Surrey during the 1970s and was county captain for three years, going on to be County President from 1986 to 1988. He represented Surrey on the EGU Council and was Chairman of the Championship and National Coaching committees. Bill was elected a Vice-President of the Artisan Golfers’ Association in December 1992. He was elected President in November 2003 following the death of the previous incumbent Sir Anthony Hollis, a month or two earlier. He is still President of the AGA. Bill no longer plays competitive golf but still enjoys a few holes with friends at Royal Mid-Surrey and Walton Heath, of which he is an Honorary Member. He tries to get to the other clubs of which he is a member at least once a year: Prestwick in Scotland, The R&A in St Andrews and Merion in the United States. Bill Bryce (right) receives the Micklem Award from Nigel Evans (image © Leaderboard Photography) 14 Apr 2016 Bill Bryce receives Micklem Award last_img read more

Healing Gardens: Fill Your Wellness Prescription at SCJ Alliance

first_imgFacebook14Tweet0Pin0 Submitted by SCJ AllianceBetter sleep. Reduced aggression. Shorter hospital stays. Reduced need for pain medication. An 84 percent drop in hip fractures.These may sound like the promises of a drug company or an overeager fitness nut, but one thing that has been linked to all these benefits is free, easy and accessible to everyone: The Great Outdoors.Miranda Estes, PLA, ASLA, is a landscape architect at SCJ Alliance. Photo courtesy: SCJ AllianceSCJ’s landscape architecture team has long understood the nurturing aspect of Mother Nature and recently sent one team member to Chicago for an intensive, eight-day professional development course on therapeutic landscapes.“It’s a consideration that will add value to any facility, new or existing, that incorporates care,” said Miranda Estes, landscape architect at SCJ. “Hospitals, schools and senior living centers can all realize significant benefits from this kind of thinking,” she said, noting she recently worked on a therapeutic garden for a memory care facility under construction in Olympia. These intentionally designed garden environments maximize the effectiveness of clinical treatments for illness and disabilities, reduce staff stress and absenteeism, improve patient health, increase client satisfaction, and strengthen the bottom line.At the pioneering Martin Luther Alzheimer Garden in Michigan, nursing records were examined for eight variables: aggressive and nonaggressive behavior, physician-ordered and as-needed medications, pulse rate, diastolic and systolic blood pressure and weight change. When these variables were compared to the amount of time people spent outside, residents showed significant improvements on virtually every parameter with as little as 10 to 15 minutes of programmed outdoor activity per day. “Even a small amount of time outside has been linked with dramatic improvements in patient health, and providing a safe and inviting place for that to happen can lead to noticeable savings,” Miranda said.By planning a therapeutic landscape during the initial design phase, builders can ensure outdoor spaces are easily accessible and inviting to residents. Photo courtesy: SCJ AllianceA 2003 study found that elderly stroke patients who received as little as 15 minutes of sunlight per day had 84 percent fewer hip fractures than those who were not regularly exposed to sunlight. A separate study showed women 50 years or older who gardened at least once a week had higher bone density readings than those who walk, jog, swim or do aerobics. The weight-bearing motions like pulling weeds, turning soil and pushing a wheelbarrow build strong bone and muscle and improve overall balance.Studies have also shown better sleep patterns and reduced aggression among Alzheimer’s and dementia patients after they spent a short time each day outside in natural light. Such changes can lead to lower costs in staff time, both during the day and night, and a smaller demand for medications.“Staff can benefit from access to therapeutic landscapes on many levels,” Miranda added, and some studies show that gardens in hospitals are predominantly used by staff.“Healthcare is stressful not only for the customer, but also for the provider,” she said. “Stress and burnout lead to high turnover. So, it is worthwhile to consider how a garden might assist in improving staff health, satisfaction, and retention.” From a marketing standpoint, quality outdoor space is a powerful selling feature that evokes a sense of peace and normalcy for prospective residents at retirement communities. Gardens and outdoor living areas become the backdrop of marketing materials and family decisions on where their loved ones should live.In June 2014, SCJ President Perry Shea cut the ribbon for the grand opening of SCJ Alliance’s expanded headquarters in Lacey.“It is imperative we start this conversation early in the project planning process,” Miranda said. “Even decisions like siting the building and placing doors and windows can affect usability and access for differently-abled patients. A person is much more likely to use a garden if they can see it, if they know it’s within reach.”SCJ Senior Vice President Jean Carr said, “We are always looking for ways to better serve our clients, and incorporating therapeutic landscape design is a smart, cost-effective way for our clients to do the same for theirs.”last_img read more

Swantown Marine Fueling Station Open for Business

first_imgFacebook0Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Port of OlympiaThe long anticipated Swantown Marine Fueling Station is now open for business. The state-of-the-art Fueling Station will be open seven days a week and will accept cash and major credit cards (checks not accepted).“The Port is committed to creating infrastructure to support and significantly expand recreational opportunities and regional visitation. This same infrastructure will also broaden the Port’s support of commercial maritime activities in the area. Swantown is now a full-service marina, which will not only make access easier for local boaters, but help promote tourism in Thurston County. The fact that we also will operate the most environmentally friendly facility in Puget Sound is a particular source of pride,” Ed Galligan, Executive Director.All safety compliance features meet, or exceed, those required by regulatory agencies as well as those identified by the Petroleum Equipment Institute for marina fueling systems.  Signature features include emergency shut-off buttons, emergency shutoff valves along the delivery system, a leak detection system that provides automatic notifications of abnormalities, dedicated monitor and security cameras, and staff training that exceeds mandated requirements.Since 1999, there has been no option for marine fueling services in the downtown Olympia area. In 2008, the Port received a petition signed by about 800 citizens requesting the Port to install a fueling facility at Swantown Marina.  As a result, in 2011, the Port Commission directed Port staff to develop a Marine Fueling Facility Feasibility Study.Over the past six years, the Port has undertaken a comprehensive evaluation and engagement process to determine the feasibility of constructing a financially viable marine fueling facility.  Key activities and milestones include:·        Twenty public open houses, meetings and briefings.·        Marine Fueling Station Feasibility Study.·        Local Boater Fuel Consumption Survey.·        Development of alternative financial evaluation scenarios.·        Secured permits from ten different federal, state, and local agencies.The Port evaluated and developed a comprehensive project that shows the facility will, over time:·        Generate new revenue for the Port.·        Meet or exceed the Port’s financial goals.·        Complete the evolution of Swantown into a full-service marina.·        Meet or exceed environmental and safety requirements.·        Meet the needs of local and visitor boaters.·        Help to stimulate tourism and local tax revenue.After six years of planning, permitting, design and public involvement, the Port Commission approved the construction of a Marine Fueling Station at Swantown Marina at its September 12, 2016 Commission meeting.For information about the fuel dock project including presentations, reports and studies, and information on project public outreach and participation, visit the Port’s website.last_img read more