Feeling the love? Teresa Giudice’s new relationship with boyfriend Luis “Louie” Ruelas is off to a great start, according to her sister-in-law, Melissa Gorga.“Teresa’s good. She’s got her little boyfriend,” the Envy designer, 41, said with a wink to Real Housewives of Salt Lake City’s Jen Shah via Instagram Live on Wednesday, November 11. “She’s good.”Melissa Gorga, Teresa Giudice and Luis Ruelas. Shutterstock (2); Courtesy Digital Media Solutions/Instagram- Advertisement – Us Weekly confirmed earlier this week that Giudice, 48, has moved on with Ruelas, 46, following her split from ex-husband Joe Giudice. A source revealed that the courtship is “very new, but they are happy.”The Real Housewives of New Jersey star, for her part, spoke out amid speculation surrounding her new romance. “Excited to reveal my new boyfriend,” Teresa wrote on Monday, November 9, alongside a pic of the twosome attending a football game.In December 2019, Teresa and Joe, also 48, announced their plans to separate after 20 years of marriage. The longtime pair share daughters Gia, 19, Gabriella, 16, Milania, 14, and Audriana, 11.Joe Giudice. Courtesy Joe Giudice/Instagram- Advertisement – Less than one year after announcing their split, Teresa and Joe’s divorce was finalized in September. “They are supporting each other 100 percent as they each pursue their happiness,” an insider told Us at the time. “Joe is in Italy for now, and Teresa is in New Jersey. Their primary focus is and will remain their four beautiful daughters.”Joe returned to his native Italy in October 2019 following his release from prison. When Teresa and their four daughters visited him in the European country last November, a source told Us that the now-exes “talked about their future” and “neither of them wanted to be in a long-distance relationship.”Joe recently confirmed that he is dating an attorney. “She’s helping out a lot out here,” he explained on The Wendy Williams Show in October. “It’s good because I have a lot of things going on out here and she’s putting together a lot of deals for me.”- Advertisement – The businessman continued, “We’ve been seeing each other, you know what I mean? I wouldn’t say that we’re boyfriend, girlfriend, but we’re kind of like hanging out a lot.”Listen to Getting Real with the Housewives, your one-stop destination for Housewives news and exclusive interviews – Advertisement –
One week into the season, the Wisconsin men’s swimming and diving team is already excited to see how its season will culminate. With strong leadership from the seniors and a solid foundation of freshman and transfer swimmers, the program looks more ready than ever to be a force in the Big Ten.Last weekend the Badgers fell to powerhouse Georgia 179-139 despite a hard-fought effort in in their first event of the season. Third year head coach Whitney Hite hopes to use the strong finish last season as motivation for his team as they face one of the toughest schedules in the country.The Badgers finished 13th overall at the 2013 NCAA Championships, their highest finish for the program in more than a decade and the third best in team history. The highlight of the championship was then-sophomore Drew teDuits’s victory in the 200-yard backstroke, finishing in 1 minute, 38.27 seconds. He became the first national champion for Wisconsin in 54 years, and the performance earned him a spot on the U.S. National Team along with teammates Nick Caldwell and 2013 graduate Michael Weiss.“Having the leadership of these national-level swimmers on a younger-based team is really beneficial to us moving forward and getting better,” Hite said.Since his arrival to UW in the 2011-’12 season, Hite has been successful in recruiting top swimmers and rebuilding the program.“Hite is a very knowledgeable coach, and you can tell how much he cares about everyone on the team,” sophomore transfer Zach Wagner said.Wagner is pleased with how easy the adjustment has gone for him after leaving USC and joining the Badgers. He is now focusing his excitement on the direction his new team is headed.“The guys are great, all of them are down-to-earth and really focused. It’s an awesome environment to be in for swimming,” Wagner said.Wagner also emphasized the importance of setting goals, both individually and as a team, in order to motivate swimmers and maximize potential. With the talent on the team and the conditioning from long, two-a-day practices, Wagner believes these goals definitely look attainable.“The main team goals are to finish in the top three at the Big Ten Championships and in the top 10 at NCAA’s,” Wagner said. “Individually, I hope to break 20 seconds in the 50 yard-free and 44 seconds in the 100 yard free.”Now entering his junior season, teDuits is taking on a larger leadership role. He believes the loss against Georgia was a hard-fought competition and a good indicator of what the team has started to improve on.“A lot of our freshman have already stepped up and did an awesome job, especially in the freestyle events, which were a weak spot for us last year,” teDuits said. “We’ve lost some key pieces after last year, but I think we’ve done a good job of replacing what we’ve lost and gaining what we didn’t previously have.”Other key additions to keep an eye on besides Wagner include freshman diver Andrew Suchla, freshman butterfly standout Cannon Clifton, Florida transfer Nick Caldwell and freshman freestyler Brett Pinfold.Pinfold won Big Ten Freshman of the Week honors Tuesday for his dominating performance against Georgia, recording six top-three finishes, including a win in the 50-yard freestyle with a time of 20.74.When it comes to practicing and working towards his goals, teDuits feels confident the underclassmen fully understand the expectations of the team.“A huge factor of success is believing in what you’re doing and giving your all to it,” he said.teDuits and the rest of the upperclassmen also believe reminding the team of the goals they set for the season will help them through the hardest workouts.Coming up on the Oct. 18 and 19 is a meet against conference rival Minnesota. As it is the only home meet of the season, Hite and the rest of the team are excited to see how they match up against their competitive foe.“Minnesota is a very good team. They’re very well coached — they prepare well — and that’s why they’re as successful as they are,” he said. “We look to build off of last week at Georgia and continue to improve as the season progresses.”Wagner, teDuits and the rest of the team are eager to get into the pool and look to hand the Gophers a loss.“They’re tough, and it’s been a while since we’ve beaten them, but I think we have a chance to come out on top. I can’t wait to see how it turns out,” he said.Wagner added the team is looking forward to seeing a lot of fans at the team’s annual Pack the Nat event for what should be a close but winnable meet.The Badgers will take on the Gophers Oct. 18 and 19 at the Natatorium beginning at 3 p.m.
MORE: Opening Day schedule for all 30 MLB teams“He’s handled the game action flawlessly,” Counsell said. Moustakas hasn’t done much of anything with the glove during spring games, actually. He’s played 40 innings at second this spring, and the ball’s been hit to him only 14 times. He’s made three putouts and has 11 assists so far this spring. In four innings Monday, a couple of hours after he was officially named the starter, he didn’t have a single defensive opportunity. And then there’s this nugget: He has yet to see a double-play opportunity this spring. Think about that. Milwaukee’s starting second baseman on Opening Day has, with about two weeks left in spring, never attempted to turn a competitive double play as a second baseman. And please don’t take this as any sort of criticism of Moustakas or Milwaukee’s defensive vetting process. It’s far from that. Counsell made the observation that Moustakas’ lack of opportunities at second this spring are more of a reflection of the state of the game than anything else. So we decided to dig a little deeper. As you surely know, strikeout numbers have soared in recent years. MLB batters struck out a record 41,207 times last season — the record was only 29,937 heading into 1998, as a point of comparison — and for the first time major league history in 2018 there were more strikeouts than hits. Home runs are up lately, too. Three of the four highest season home run totals have come in the past three years.So with those two “true outcomes” (walks being the third “true outcome”) skyrocketing, the number of chances for a second baseman such as Moustakas are dwindling. The days of just trying to make contact and hit the ball on the ground are, for the most part, long gone.”That goes into the equation,” Counsell said. “The ball’s not being put into play a ton. It’s just not.” Let’s take a look at the numbers. Here are the average chances for a second baseman per nine innings by decade going back to 1968.1968: 5.281978: 5.511988: 5.271998: 5.082008: 4.992018: 4.29That 4.29 number is easily the lowest in MLB history. And it might not seem like a huge drop at first glance — on average, second basemen saw roughly one fewer fielding chance per game in 2018 compared with 1988 — but that’s a significant percentage drop. Second basemen last year saw 18.6 percent fewer chances than 30 years ago. MORE: Brewers teammates lead cheers for Jimmy NelsonAnother way to look at this: In 1998, Fernando Vina led MLB second basemen with 5.75 chances per nine innings and 884 total chances in 1,382 2/3 innings. In 2018, Scooter Gennett led MLB second basemen (with at least 1,000 innings at the position) with 4.95 chances per nine innings and 665 total chances in 1,210 innings. It’s the same thing for shortstops. They’re seeing fewer chances per nine innings than at any point in MLB history.1968: 5.081978: 5.081988: 4.811998: 4.762008: 4.53 2018: 4.01So Milwaukee’s vetting process on Moustakas has had more to do with what they know of him and what they’ve seen on the practice field than what has happened in games thus far. “He’s got very good feet. He’s got very good hands. He’s not going to have high-end range,” Counsell said. “But he’s got very good feet and very good hands, and that can accomplish a lot. And he’s very instinctual as a player.” PHOENIX — Mike Moustakas has played 8,070 defensive innings in his major league career, and an additional 3,057 in the minors. He’s not spent a single moment as his team’s second baseman in the regular season, but that will soon change. On Monday afternoon in his office at Milwaukee’s spring training facility in Maryvale, Brewers manager Craig Counsell made it official: Moustakas will be his club’s starting second baseman this season. It’s not a surprise, of course. That was the intention when the Brewers brought the man known best as Moose back to Milwaukee on a one-year free-agent deal, and it’s not like the career third baseman had done anything this spring to show he wasn’t capable of making the switch to second base. But the lack of spring opportunities? “There are,” Counsell admitted, “going to be things that’ll happen during the season that happen to him for the first time.”But only 4.29 (or fewer) chances for something new to happen to him for the first time during the season, which is less concerning than the 5.27 chances that would have been coming his way in 1988.