Local businessman splashes millions on Gold Coast beachfront house

first_imgIt hit the market in November. The property hit the market in November with the owners, who sold to downsize, seeking more than $3.49 million. It last sold for $2.775 million in September 2017 and was renovated soon after. Mr Massey said it was a turnkey property. “There was nothing to do, it was fully renovated throughout and you can walk to cafes and restaurants,” he said. “In Palm Beach, beachfront real estate is still powering on and securing some massive sales — there are still records being broken.” Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 1:58Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -1:58 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD576p576p360p360p216p216pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenWhy location is everything in real estate01:59 A local businessman purchased the four-bedroom home. Harcourts Coastal Robina principal James Massey, who sold the property alongside Shez Fraser and Vicki Barr, said the buyer plans to move into the fully-renovated home with his family. “He wanted to secure prime beachfront land and this home was exactly what he had been looking for,” Mr Massey said. “When he saw it he said “that’s the one”. “They aren’t building any more beachfront properties — it was all about position, location and owning that premium piece of real estate.” MORE NEWS: Dated house fetches more than $1m at auctionMORE NEWS: The Coast’s funniest street names 171 Jefferson Lane is the biggest sale for Palm Beach so far this year. It sold for $3.7 million in February. A luxury apartment at 2/1491 Gold Coast Highway also fetched an eye-watering figure, selling for $3.35 million in January. The sales of No. 160 and No. 138 Tallebudgera Drive were Palm Beach’s other two multimillion-dollar sales, they sold for $2.785 million and $2.025 million, respectively. The suburb has a median house price of $800,000 which has jumped 48.1 per cent in the past five years, according to CoreLogic. The median unit price sits at $425,000 and has increased 23.2 per cent across the same time period. Despite the hefty price it achieved, it is still not the highest price fetched for a house in Palm Beach this year. Leading the pack is the $3.7 million sale of a Cap Cod-inspired, six-bedroom beachfront house at 171 Jefferson Lane, which was notched in February. The house was fully renovated. More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa11 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag2 days ago This beachfront house at 440 The Esplanade, Palm Beach, sold for $3.3 million last week. A local businessman has splashed more than $3 million on a beachfront house in Palm Beach. The eye-watering $3.3 million sale of the four-bedroom house at 440 The Esplanade was penned last week. It is one of five multimillion-dollar deals inked in the suburb so far this year. last_img read more

Gas4Sea Partners Sign LNG Bunkering Deal with Equinor

first_imgThe Gas4Sea partners ENGIE, Mitsubishi Corporation and NYK have agreed with the Norwegian energy group Equinor to supply their four crude shuttle tankers with LNG as marine fuel in the port of Rotterdam.The four planned dual fuel vessels are scheduled to come into service in early 2020. The units will be operated by Equinor in Northern European seas.Marine LNG Zeebrugge, a joint venture of the Gas4Sea partners, will supply LNG using the LNG bunkering vessel ENGIE Zeebrugge, which started operations in 2017.The vessel is currently performing ship-to-ship LNG bunkering services in the port of Zeebrugge, in Belgium.ENGIE Zeebrugge holds an LNG capacity of 5,000 m3 and is designed to serve a full range of shipping customers.last_img

Five new attractions for Indiana State Fair goers this year

first_imgIndianapolis, In. — The Indiana State Fair is full of traditions and memories for Hoosiers statewide, and this year Fair organizers are adding additional exciting features to enjoy. With a new interactive animal exhibit, a new roller coaster and popular Big Top Circus entertainers, you won’t want to miss this year’s Fair!Fairgoers will get the chance to try out a new roller coaster, the BulletTrain. This thrilling ride climbs 33-feet high before launching riders into sharp turns and banking curves with fast transitions and drops.“North American Midway Entertainment is excited to bring a new coaster to this year’s Indiana State Fair,” said Danny Huston, owner of North American Midway Entertainment.  “From the very first ride we knew we had a winner on our hands.”Your Indiana State Fair ticket will also get you access to the Big Top Circus, presented by Bee Window. With three FREE shows daily at 1, 4 and 7 p.m. (no 1 p.m. show on Thursdays), you’re sure to be spectacularly entertained. Headlined by Bello Nock, this is a WOW experience that you won’t want to miss!To complement the Big Top Circus, a “Celebrating Indiana’s Circus History” exhibit will offer an interactive, educational experience based around the circus. The exhibit is offered free-of-charge.Animal Town, presented by Indiana Farm Bureau, allows fairgoers to learn about their favorite barn yard animals. Animal Town is an interactive exhibit featuring several species of animals every day of the fair from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., including beef and dairy cattle, chickens, goats, draft horses, llamas, rabbits, sheep and swine. This educational opportunity allows fairgoers the chance to see all of their favorite animals in one interactive setting. Animal Town is located at the east end of the Hoosier Lottery Grandstand.Also new to the 2018 fair is an appearance by world-champion competitive food eater Joey Chestnut. Chestnut will attempt to break the record for the World’s Ice Cream Eating Championship held at the Fair on August 5 at 2 p.m. At last year’s fair, the world record was broken by Miki Sudo. Chestnut currently holds the world hot dog eating record and is No. 1 in competitive eating according to Vanity Fair Magazine.Another celebrity appearance will be made by TV host and chef Ted Allen of the Food Network TV show Chopped. Allen is an Emmy and James Beard award winner and the host four Food Network shows, including a show about the best foods called Best. Ever., a newbie competition show called All-Star Academy and Chopped.Allen will also be this year’s keynote speaker at the Harvest Dinner, an Indiana State Fair Foundation fundraising event. The Harvest Dinner will take place on August 15 at 5 p.m. in the Indiana Farmers Coliseum. Harvest Dinner proceeds benefit the Celebration of Champions, which awards cash prizes to 4-H youth winners at the Indiana State Fair. Tables can be reserved at IndianaStateFairFoundation.org.last_img read more

Barca president Bartomeu says he won’t go to war anymore with Messi

first_imgFC Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu says he does not wish to have any more disputes with club captain Lionel Messi.This was after the Argentina captain reluctantly opted to stay at the club this month after failing to force through a move. “I won’t get into any conflict with him. He’s our captain and the leader of our team,” Bartomeu said before the team’s 1-0 friendly win over Elche on Saturday.“I couldn’t let him leave the club. He is the best player of all time and the team needs him. Having Messi is a guarantee of success.”Messi had complained earlier this month that Bartomeu had not fulfilled a promise to allow him to break his contract unilaterally and leave the club without a transfer fee.He had also lashed out at the president’s leadership.But Bartomeu chose not to fire back against Barca’s all-time top goalscorer. Instead, he praised Messi for turning a page and performing well in the team’s pre-season matches, including scoring twice in a 3-1 win over Girona last week.“We have seen him do his talking on the pitch and we have moved on from the saga,” Bartomeu added.“We should congratulate ourselves for getting Messi to stay with us and for how he has behaved in the last few days. The best player in the world should stay at our home.”Bartomeu has been in the firing line ever since Barca’s historic 8-2 defeat to Bayern Munich in the 2019/2020 UEFA Champions League quarter-finals last month.He came under renewed pressure after a campaign group gathered over 20,000 signatures from members to force a vote of no-confidence against him. In compliance with the club’s statutes, Barca are currently validating the votes and if over 16,520 are approved, then a referendum will be held in the next three months.Two-thirds of 150,000 members are needed to vote against Bartomeu to force his dismissal.Yet Bartomeu, who will be leaving the role after elections in March regardless of what happens with the motion of censure, ruled out resigning.“The board and I will keep working to ensure we have the most competitive team possible,” he said.RelatedPosts Vidal lands in Milan to complete move from Barca to Inter Messi wins court case against cycling company over logo Messi scores twice in Barca friendly “We will speak again after validating the votes, but right now no one wants to quit. The club won’t stop and we will keep working, we have lots of issues to sort out.”Reuters/NAN.Tags: FC BarcelonaLionel MessiPresident Josep Maria Bartomeulast_img read more

Palace target new strikeforce

first_img The 20-year-old Spaniard is Ian Holloway’s fourth summer signing, following the arrivals of Stephen Dobbie, Jerome Thomas and Dwight Gayle. However, the latter is the only out-and-out striker – a position in which the south Londoners are struggling with numbers. Glenn Murray netted 31 times for Palace last season but faces a long injury lay-off after sustaining a cruciate knee injury, while Wilfried Zaha has now started life with Manchester United. Veteran striker Kevin Phillips, who netted the decisive goal in the play-off final against Watford, has yet to officially pen a permanent deal and chairman Parish is well aware they need to strengthen in attack. “People have got to think we lost Wilfried Zaha and then Glenn Murray to injury, and we didn’t concede a goal in the three play-off games,” he told the Croydon Advertiser. “We’ve obviously lost in an attacking sense and we weren’t bad defensively anyway. I think it’s about getting your priorities first at the top end of the pitch because of being a bit thin there.” The rest of the Palace squad is shaping up nicely and the acquisition of Campana for an undisclosed fee is arguably the most impressive deal yet. After a foot injury restricted him to just five appearances for Sevilla last summer, Campana captained Spain at the Under-20 World Cup. The 20-year-old impressed as his side reached the quarter-finals, which helped the goal-scoring midfielder earn a four-year deal with the Premier League new boys. “I got the first interest through my agent, who said that Crystal Palace were interested and straight away I said ‘yes’ because for me it was a dream to play in England, especially in the Premier League,” Campana told Palace Player, speaking through an interpreter. “I hope to help the team stay in the league and then move forward. What I like to think are my best qualities are to keep the ball and to have good distribution. I have always been a typical Spanish midfielder and I like to move forward and score goals. “I scored a lot of goals when I was in the academy at Sevilla. That’s what I want, but especially to keep the ball and to organise the team.” For boss Holloway, such is Campana’s quality that he believes his recruitment could be key to the club’s ambitions of survival. “I’m absolutely delighted,” the Palace manager said. “Everybody knows the way I want to try and play football and how fantastic Spain have been over the past few years, so I’m delighted to get a lad of this quality. “I think he’s a fantastic player, his maturity is unbelievable, and the way he plays the game is the way I believe it should be played. He’s going to be a great star of the future and the present. We’re going to try and do as well as we can in this division and making signings like this is really going to help us.” Crystal Palace chairman Steve Parish is targeting attacking reinforcements after completing the signing of Sevilla midfielder Jose Campana. Press Associationlast_img read more

Mourinho mocks Chelsea critics

first_imgJose Mourinho has mocked the critics of Chelsea’s substance over style approach with a tongue-in-cheek speech at the club’s end of season awards dinner. Mourinho said: “I don’t think my players got the respect that they deserve after what they did from day one till the last day. “And these are words that I really feel, serious words.” Following the speech, Mourinho added: “The end of the story is just simple. We have to start believing that they learned the lesson and next season will be much, much more difficult for us. We have to be ready for that.” Mourinho’s story was accompanied by graphics at the dinner at Battersea Evolution. “This is a football pitch with two goals, one ball, but there is one team that would like to play without goals,” he said, of the plain red-shirted team. “That team plays really well and the ball goes and goes and goes and the quality of the ball possession is really beautiful, but no goals. “And they ask the international board of FIFA to play like this, but they were told that it was not possible, that the bigger percentage of ball possession doesn’t win matches and they were not champions. “After that there was another team (wearing sky blue shirts) that were less radical and they asked to play only with one goal. “They were fantastic and they scored a lot of goals and the goals were coming from every position and they score and they score and they score, but they never conceded goals, because no goal. Again, the international board told them ‘I’m sorry, you can’t be champions because football is with two goals’. “The third team (red shirts, white sleeves) was almost there, because they wanted to play with two goals. “They were scoring some, they were also conceding some. They were fantastic. They scored really beautiful goals, they concede some goals too and they were almost there. “But they asked the international board to play only between January and April. And they told ‘no chance, no chance’. “You have to play between August and May, so they couldn’t be champions. “Finally come another team (blue shirts). They wanted to play with the normal rules and they know that to win matches they had to score one more goal than the opponent. “How can you do this? By scoring a lot of goals or not conceding and scoring one. “And they did it both ways. Scoring a lot, conceding some. Scoring one goal and conceding no goals. “That was the option and lots of goals were conceding, they played from August till May and sometimes they brought the bus.” Press Association The self-proclaimed Special One has previously admitted the Blues opted for a more pragmatic approach to matches as they closed in on the Premier League title they won with three matches to spare. On Tuesday night he told a story about three other teams who had kits not dissimilar to Manchester United’s, Manchester City’s and Arsenal’s, but first had something to say to Chelsea’s critics and afterwards for his players. last_img read more

The Latest: Two Arizona relievers tested positive for virus

first_imgThe Latest: Two Arizona relievers tested positive for virus Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___Arizona manager Torey Lovullo says that relief pitchers Silvino Bracho and Junior Guerra have both tested positive for COVID-19. Associated Press Other people essential to the staging of events such as officials, coaches, medics, mechanics and incoming members of the media will also be permitted to travel without quarantine.In return, sporting authorities and event organizers must put in place stringent protocols to ensure that they have a minimal impact on public health during the coronavirus pandemic.___More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports July 5, 2020 ___The Oakland Athletics’ first full-squad workout was pushed back from Sunday following the July 4 holiday given the club hadn’t received results from position player intake testing done Friday, according to general manager David Forst. “We all know that being flexible and adjusting to the unknowns is going to be part of everything we do this season,” Forst said. Manager Bob Melvin is eager to get everybody on the field together at the Coliseum while understanding he must be flexible during this fluid time. ‘“It feels like we’re five days behind with position players,” said Melvin, who has slated the first live batting practice during a longer workout Tuesday. Bucks officials confirmed Sunday that they had closed the facility and that they aren’t planning to reopen it before leaving for Florida on Thursday to prepare for the NBA’s resumption of the season at Walt Disney World.The news of the closing was first reported by ESPN, which said the Bucks closed the facility after receiving results from Friday’s testing.The Bucks owned an NBA-leading 53-12 record when play was suspended in mid-March because of the coronavirus pandemic. Their magic number for clinching the Eastern Conference’s top seed in the playoffs is two as they chase their first NBA title since 1971.Milwaukee is scheduled to resume play July 31 against the Boston Celtics, its first of eight games to close the regular season.___center_img The Diamondbacks had previously revealed that three players on the 40-man roster had tested positive but Sunday was the first time any were identified.Lovullo said both players are doing well.“The two guys I mentioned are asymptomatic and feel great,” Lovullo said. “They’re in the protocol, doing what they can and taking care of what they can at home and healing up.”___The Milwaukee Bucks have closed their practice facility following the team’s Friday round of testing for the coronavirus. ___Washington Nationals manager Dave Martinez says two players out of 60 tested turned up positive for the novel coronavirus.Martinez says the two players took their tests Wednesday before reporting to Nationals Park and that some are still awaiting their results. Reliever Sean Doolittle minutes earlier lamented not having his COVID-19 test results back from Friday and implored baseball to “clean this up.”Doolittle, who was part of Washington’s World Series-winning team last season, said he’s still debating whether to play this season, weighing safety concerns and physical and mental health. The 33-year-old said the Nationals still haven’t received the respirator masks they were told were coming and expressed concerns about the situation.— Stephen Whyno reporting from Washington ___The Chicago White Sox say two players have tested positive for COVID-19 and are in isolation.The team said Sunday that the two unidentified players are asymptomatic, and contact tracing for both was conducted. They are being monitored by team medical staff and will receive follow-up testing in the coming days.They will be allowed to return to baseball activities after they test negative twice and pass other appropriate COVID-19 protocols.The White Sox say both players requested privacy, meaning the team isn’t able to comment further. ___The UK government says selected sports stars are to be exempt from quarantine requirements when competing in England.However, those involved will instead live and work in “bubbled” environments behind closed doors, UK culture secretary Oliver Dowden announced on Sunday.The new measures will allow Formula One, international soccer, golf and snooker events to take place. Competitors involved in these events will be granted quarantine exemptions.International cricketers are also now formally exempt, although individual special arrangements have already been made for the touring West Indies and Pakistan teams this summer. Lone Star Park, a horse track about 15 miles west of downtown Dallas that has been allowing fans to attend races, canceled eight of its nine scheduled races Sunday because of coronavirus concerns.“Due to an abundance of caution, all racing operations at Lone Star Park have been suspended due to (COVID-19),” read a statement on the track’s Twitter account. “Racing will resume at a date to be determined.”The announcement was made about 45 minutes after the first race was completed. Racing had been scheduled to resume Monday. There was no immediate announcement on a specific restart date or if the rest of the season, scheduled to run three or four days a week through Aug. 11, will be called off.Lone Star Park had been mandating that fans attending all must wear masks, except when eating or drinking.Texas reported a record daily increase of 8,258 confirmed coronavirus cases Saturday and has been retreating from what had been one of the country’s swiftest reopenings. Some officials in major cities such as Austin and Houston have been asking state leaders to restore previous stay-at-home orders.last_img read more

Linebacking corps thins with injuries

first_imgAdd one more to the injury list.Linebacker Hayes Pullard, who had been playing with a hurt knee during the past few practices, will have it scoped after an MRI revealed damage Wednesday. USC coach Lane Kiffin said Pullard will likely use his redshirt year this season.Need more pursuit · While starting linebackers Michael Morgan (center) and Malcolm Smith (right) are healthy, the already-thin depth chart below them just got thinner with the loss of freshman Hayes Pullard to a knee injury. – Eric Wolfe | Daily Trojan “Unfortunately [linebacker]’s not a postion very deep with us,” Kiffin said. “We were looking for him to be a backup linebacker and play on our special teams.”Kiffin said Pullard, a freshman from Inglewood, Calif., would be out for at least four to six weeks and that the chances of him returning to play this season before the  redshirt deadline would be slim.“It’d be tough to get him back, physically and mentally prepared,” Kiffin said. “It was already going to be tough [with] him being a true freshman.”The Trojans are thin at just about every position and linebacker is no exception.The starting linebacking corps seems to be set with sophomore Devon Kennard, senior Malcolm Smith and redshirt senior Michael Morgan. Redshirt junior Chris Galippo, who started last season at middle linebacker, will also see significant time backing up Kennard.But beyond the starters it’s a little hazy. Redshirt junior Shane Horton started three games last season, recording 30 tackles. Redshirt freshman Marquis Simmons could also contribute but is recovering from an appendectomy. Walk-on junior Ross Cumming, who received a full scholarship Tuesday, could also contribute.Defections have also hurt the linebacker unit. Uona Kavenga transferred last December. Glen Stanley, a junior college transfer, asked out of his letter of intent after USC was punished by the NCAA.Of course, Kiffin and the Trojans must go ahead with what they have. But as the injuries pile up, so does the aggravation.“It’s frustrating, it’s part of it,” Kiffin said. “We can’t change what happens. We can just continue to find ways to manage it.”Kiffin has limited full contact practice with his squad in hopes of preventing injuries, but the injury bug continues to infect the Trojans.“It’s gonna happen,” Kiffin said. “But hopefully the majority of the guys get back before the games count eight days from now.”Other key Trojans slowed by injuries are redshirt sophomore offensive tackle Matt Kalil (hamstring), redshirt sophomore defensive end Nick Perry (ankle) and senior cornerback Shareece Wright (hip).uSenior running back Allen Bradford, who many thought would take over as the starting running back after being eclipsed by other running backs last season, is still not counting himself out of the race after redshirt junior Marc Tyler was named the starter earlier in the week.Bradford is suffering from a knee bruise and said although he is only at about 90 percent strength, he expects to be good to go by Saturday.“The only thing I can do is just respect the decision and continue to play,” Bradford said.Although Bradford’s injuries have set him back, his coaches are also looking for more consistency out of the tailback.Bradford said he was told “it’s nothing that [Tyler’s] gonna be the starter for the whole year, it’s just that this game they feel more comfortable [starting Tyler].”“I wasn’t as consistent in fall camp,” he said.Kiffin made it clear he never said Bradford was the starter at the beginning of fall camp. In Kiffin’s eyes, Bradford has acted appropriately.“I think he responded really well,” Kiffin said.Bradford has struggled to assert himself in the crowded USC backfield in seasons past, and only got limited opportunities last season.This season has the potential to be his breakout year if he can stay healthy. The same could be said for Tyler, who has battled injuries throughout his career as well. As of now, Tyler has the upper leg.“Basically I just looked at myself in the mirror because I know I’ve been through a lot and it’s just another challenge that I have to embrace,” Bradford said.last_img read more

Q&A with Fresno State Collegian sports editor

first_imgWith the 2014 Trojan football team’s first game on the horizon, Daily Trojan sports editor Aubrey Kragen interviewed Fresno State Collegian sports editor Christopher Livingston to give USC fans a better picture of what to expect in Saturday’s game against the Bulldogs. DT: USC beat Fresno State 45-20 in last year’s Las Vegas Bowl to end the season. Do you think that will weigh on the Bulldogs at all?Collegian: Absolutely not. Fresno State has a new look offensively heading into the season, and even the veteran leadership on the team will not dwell on the loss. USC is by any means a tough opponent, and Fresno State is up to the challenge of facing the Trojans again.Fresno State has always had a philosophy of “one game at a time.” The loss at Las Vegas was a demoralizing end to an otherwise productive season, but now that it is a new season with a new squad, the focus is to be able to recover and press ahead. DT: How are you going to replace former QB Derek Carr, who led the nation in pass yards last year?Collegian: There is no way to replace Derek Carr. He had one of the best seasons a Fresno State quarterback could have and left the school with 27 school records and 41 conference records.What the Bulldogs can do, however, is try to balance their approach.As of right now, head coach Tim DeRuyter has not announced who will start Saturday’s game; in fact, he has said that it will be a game-day decision. However, we will see both junior Brian Burrell, who saw action in five games as Carr’s backup last season, and incoming transfer Brandon Connette on the field this Saturday.It is definitely a tough decision, and a big void that the Bulldogs will attempt to fill. DT: Prediction?Collegian: It will be a tough contest for the Bulldogs, no doubt. Even with “the cream of the crop” on the field, the Las Vegas Bowl turned out to be a sloppy contest for the team. With the season beginning against USC, add the fact that the Bulldogs are debuting a new core on offense, it looks like an uphill battle for Fresno State.Defensively, the Bulldogs have more experience and are looking to be stronger in that category. With safety Derron Smith and middle linebacker Karl Mickelsen maturing, I do believe that defense will be the strong point for Fresno State this season.As I said, the Bulldogs are up to the challenge and will not let the sting from a postseason loss get them down. But realistically, this is not the right time to experiment on offense. The question marks that surround the quarterback battle are too large to declare this an absolute victory for the Bulldogs:Fresno State 17, USC 28. DT: The 2013 Trojans heard the phrase, “If you have two quarterbacks, you don’t have any,” all too often at the beginning of last season. Do you have confidence that the current quarterback battle between Brian Burrell and Brandon Connette will turn out better than USC’s did?Collegian: My opinion is that we will see something similar to how the Fresno State running back battle went last year, when we saw a balance of playing time between both Josh Quezada and Marteze Waller. Obviously, with Carr, the Bulldogs had more of an aerial attack and did not use the ground game as much.Echoing that phrase, this year could be the return of a heavy ground game while the Bulldogs figure out who will be their consistent No. 1 signal caller. Chances are, the season could end with two quarterbacks still rated top of the depth chart. Will we see a total change in the depth chart by the middle of the season? I don’t doubt it.last_img read more

Badgers showcase ability to come back against No. 22 Iowa

first_img[media-credit name=”Andy Fate” align=”alignright” width=”336″][/media-credit]On its way to an unexpected No. 4 ranking and 15-0 record this season — the best since 1913-14 when UW also started 15-0 — Wisconsin has already had its fair share of impressive performances.Sunday’s 75-71 win over No. 22 Iowa, however, may be the victory that spurs them on to a successful Big Ten campaign, after they showed they could win even under challenging circumstances.“It was great to see,” junior guard Josh Gasser said. “ We haven’t really been in that situation yet this year, so it was great to see us respond. … It was really good to see the grit, toughness and composure we have as a team.”After entering the half down by 11 points, Wisconsin had been dominated in almost every category by the Hawkeyes — a team that has had UW’s number, winning three of their last four matchups.At half, the Badgers were shooting a measly 26.7 percent from the field and only 44.4 percent from the free throw line. Iowa had also accumulated 27 rebounds to Wisconsin’s 16 and had earned 18 second-chance points off 11 offensive rebounds.Meanwhile for Wisconsin, leading-scorer Sam Dekker had missed all six of his field goal attempts and senior Ben Brust had missed all three of his three-point attempts.But as has been the case all season for a team that has four players averaging over 10 points and no players averaging more than 14.5 points, a variety of key players at different times late in the game helped spur on a comeback from the first whistle of the second half, this time with Brust taking a turn leading Wisconsin to victory.The comeback came full circle for Wisconsin, with 11:52 still on the clock when Iowa coach Fran McCaffery was ejected after two technical coming out of a timeout.Brust would make four straight free throws to give Wisconsin a 43-41 lead, after Wisconsin struggled from the line earlier in the game.“Those were the four hardest free throws I have ever taken in my life,” Brust said. “They all really didn’t feel that good, but they went in anyway. It definitely swung [momentum].”Unable to compete with Iowa in the paint, McCaffery gave credit to Brust for converting a number three three-pointers and scoring all of his 19 points in the second half to help swing the momentum solidly in Wisconsin’s favor.From that point on, it was business as usual for the Badgers, as a combination of different players contributed the rest of the way to propel Wisconsin to its 15th-straight victory. On the night six different players scored at least 8 points.Free throws lead the wayAfter only getting to the line nine times in the first half and converting only four baskets, Wisconsin made the most of the charity stripe in the second half.Going to the line a whopping 26 times, the Badgers made 21 baskets — including Brust’s four to give them the lead — in the second half.While Ryan admitted that missing free-throws can be problematic, particularly freshman forward Nigel Hayes’ 6-for-10 performance where he came away from a number of trips to the line with one basket out of two, points are points and he is happy to come away with even one point on each possession.“I know people agonize and they go,’[Hayes] has to shoot free throws better,’ If we can get one point per possession, we can live with that,” Ryan said.last_img read more