Guts lead to glory

first_imgView Gallery (4 Photos)IOWA CITY, Iowa – Decisions, decisions.For a head coach on the road in a tight game, the outcome isoften decided by a few nerve-wracking play calls. Do you take risks or play it conservative?Saturday in Iowa City, UW head coach Bret Bielema rolled thedice and as a result he walked off the field with his team carrying theHeartland Trophy.To earn that 31-30 victory over Iowa, Bielema trusted hisplayers to execute with pressure bearing down on them and the first of those pressure-packed, game-defining decisions came with UW down 13-10 in the third quarter.After forcing Iowa to go three-and-out on the openingpossession of the second half, UW drove down to the 2-yard line and the Badgerswere faced with a fourth-and-one. Initially, it looked as though Phillip Welchand the kicking unit was coming onto the field, as a field goal would have tied the game at 13. But Bielema held them back andstuck with John Clay and the running game.With the sold-out crowd in Kinnick Stadium on their feet,the Badgers ran left, and Clay pounded his way into the end zone for the momentumswinging score.“We as players, appreciate that, when the coaches are confident to make those risky calls,” quarterback Scott Tolzien said.Two players in particular along the UW offensive line putBielema’s mind at ease when making the decision to go for it.“I can not say enough about Gabe Carimi and John Moffitt onmy left side as a head coach to be able to go to them,” Bielema said. “Itwasn’t by chance we ran left.”But the hallmark, gutsy play call of the day came with undereight minutes left in the game. The Badgers were down six after giving up atouchdown. At his own 26-yard line on fourth down with four yards to go,Bielema saw the potential for a fake punt.He instructed his punt unit, and lineman Ryan Groy to makethe call at the line if Iowa came out with a certain look.The Hawkeyes presented the formation UW was hoping for andGroy called for the fake.“That was a deep breath,” Bielema said. “We just made thecall once I saw them put the punt return unit out there. We gave them the calland Ryan Groy, a second-string offensive guard is making that decision – a goodMiddleton kid with a good GPA – we trusted him and he went out there and madethe call. [Punter] Brad Nortman did the mechanics and took off running.”Nortman took off all right and he picked up 17 yards and acrucial first down as he sprinted down the middle of the field untouched on adesigned run.“Back there I was excited, I was nervous, I was all the abovebut I was going to do everything I could to get those yards,” Nortman said. “Mycoverage guys sold it perfectly and all I had to do is run.”“That was awesome,” said senior linebacker Blake Sorensen.“Luckily it worked, [Bielema] looks like a genius now and that was agreat call.”After Nortman’s first down run, the Badgers sill needed atouchdown to take the lead with time winding down. UW was playing withoutstarting tight end Lance Kendricks and starting wide receiver Nick Toon but theBadgers decided to utilize the shotgun formation with five receivers during thecritical drive.Bielema and the Badgers went with an empty backfield and putthe game in the hands of quarterback Scott Tolzien despite the injuries to hisplaymakers.“Scott has really showed me how well he responded toadversity,” Bielema said. “Who would have though we would be going empty asmuch as we did”?For a team that prides itself on running the football, itwas a shock to see such a drastic change in philosophy late in the game.But once again, the unconventional plan worked.Tolzien connected with three different receivers on thatgame-winning drive, including sophomore running back Montee Ball, who caught a7-yard reception on fourth and four at the Iowa 34-yard line.Another surprising decision came when Ball was asked tofinish the dramatic drive. Clay was a spectator as Ball remained in the gameand reeled off a punishing 8-yard, game-winning touchdown run to put theBadgers ahead by a point with just over a minute remaining.There were a lot of guts shown by Bielema and the BadgersSaturday. And at the end of the day there was plenty of glory to go along withit.“Whether we won this football game or not there were goingto be a couple critical decisions that had to be made,” Bielema said.“The guys justhad a tremendous amount of faith and executed.”last_img read more

CARICOM countries to get rid of incandescent bulbs

first_imgCaribbean Community (CARICOM) countries are expected to complete the phase out of the use of the old incandescent bulbs by September this year, the Guyana-based CARICOM Secretariat announced Wednesday.Objective is more energy efficiency The Secretariat said the regional countries are undertaking the project to become more energy efficient, on the basis of a mandate from the CARICOM Energy Ministers.Plans for the phase out program are now being developed by the CARICOM Secretariat and the CARICOM Regional Organization for Standards and Quality (CROSQ).The program will include a roadmap to reduce the import and sale of incandescent light bulbs within the region and guide and support countries in the establishment of regulations and actions for the phasing out exercise.Phase out period begins Jan. 2019“If all goes according to the plan, incandescent bulbs will gradually be phased-out as energy efficiency standards for lighting are phased-in. The phase-out schedule could begin as early as January 2019 with the 100-watt incandescent bulbs, with further restrictions on smaller lamp sizes entering into force in incremental stages over a number of years,” the Secretariat noted.The decision to develop the phase-out program was taken at the recently-concluded meeting of CARICOM Energy Ministers as part of the menu of quality measures that are being undertaken to steer the Community towards energy efficiency and sector regulation.Been around for over 130 yearsThe incandescent light bulbs have existed for 130 years and are inefficient because they waste most of their energy. They are very cheap to manufacture and purchase, but only five per cent of the input power is converted into visible light, with the remainder converted into waste heat.Cuba was the first country in the world to successfully complete the phase-out of incandescent bulbs. In 2007, the Caribbean country banned the import and sale of incandescent bulbs and implemented a program for their direct substitution with CFLs in households.last_img read more

Man United transfers: RVP replacement, Di Maria deal and more attacking deals in the offing

first_img 5 5 Robin van Persie – Click the right arrow above to find out which South American superstar could have a future at Old Trafford – The Dutchman’s deal to join Fenerbahce is due to be completed after he passed a medical with the club. The Red Devils won’t be getting a big fee for the player, just £4.7m is the reported price, but they will be ridding themselves of a star on huge wages, which will help them as they move for other targets. Nicolas Gaitan (Benfica) – Click the right arrow for the latest Angel di Maria news… – According to O Jogo in Portugal, a £21.5m fee has been agreed between Benfica and Manchester United as Ed Woodward continues his busy summer negotiating deals. The deal is below his current release clause, which is a remarkable bit of brokering considering the part he has played at the Primeira Liga club since 2010. Manchester United’s summer spending has increased significantly after they signed Bastian Schweinsteiger and Morgan Schneiderlin.The two moves combined are worth around £35million but it appears Louis van Gaal and executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward are plotting more transfers.With Robin van Persie heading to Fenerbahce the club are looking short of forward thinking players.Who will come in to replace the Dutchman? talkSPORT takes a look at all the news.Click the right arrow above to find out the latest Manchester United transfer rumours… As Manchester United continue their summer spree, Bayern Munich striker Robert Lewandowski may well be next on their hit list. Click the right arrow above for the latest news… – Louis van Gaal could be about to make another big raid on his former club but not for Thomas Muller, according to reports. This time the Dutchman wants Polish striker Lewandowski as he looks to bolster his attacking options. Having been signed on a free transfer from Borussia Dortmund a year ago, any deal would mean a profit for the Bavarian giants. They may still be wary about selling the 26-year-old, who hit 17 Bundesliga goals last season. Edinson Cavani (Paris Saint-Germain) – Find out which title winner has reportedly agreed a £21.5m deal, next… – talkSPORT were told yesterday by the Guardian’s Jamie Jackson, the Uruguayan is Manchester United’s ‘prime target’ as they look to replace Fenerbahce-bound Van Persie. There is a chance the two clubs could negotiate a swap deal that also involves Angel di Maria, who is wanted by the French side. 5 5 5 Angel di Maria – The future of the Argentine midfielder at Old Trafford looks pretty bleak with Man United keen to sell on the midfielder who joined from Real Madrid for a record £59.7m last summer. Le Parisien believe talks between PSG and the Red Devils are ongoing but suggest the player has agreed personal terms for the move already.last_img read more

Jeter’s Last Hit: Yanks Beat Bosox

first_imgBOSTON — The ball, marked and numbered for the occasion, bounced high off the dirt and down the third-base line, where a rookie who was 4 years-old when Derek Jeter made his major league debut leaped into the air to attempt a bare-handed play.It went off of his palm and onto the grass, and by that time Jeter was safe at first with hit No. 3,465 — sixth all-time, and the most in franchise history — along with the 1,311th RBI of a career in which he established himself as the New York Yankees’ consummate captain and, for two decades, the face of baseball.Jeter bid baseball adieu with an RBI single on a chopper, a dugout full of hugs and a final wave to the fans on Sept. 28th, concluding his Hall of Fame career by helping the Yankees beat the Boston Red Sox 9-5.“In an era where few heroes exist, over a 20-year span he represented the sport and himself in an absolutely magnificent way. It’s almost hard to believe,” Commissioner Bud Selig said this weekend when he stopped by Fenway for his own farewell tour. “He makes one proud.”Three days after an emotional farewell in New York, pinstripe-wearing fans filled Fenway Park for Jeter’s finale, chanting for him and the visiting Yankees and standing for each of his at-bats.After a hard line-drive out in the first inning, Jeter delivered his final hit as part of a four-run third inning, then left for a pinch hitter and headed into retirement.“I’m ready for it now,” Jeter said after the final out. “The plan was two at-bats. I was lucky I got a hit. I guess I hit the right part of the plate.”Jeter’s departure gave some import to an otherwise meaningless game between the longtime AL East rivals, who missed the playoffs together for the first time in 20 years.The last-place Red Sox — the defending World Series champions — are the first team in baseball history to go from worst to first and back to worst in three consecutive seasons.Michael Pineda (5-5) earned the victory as the Yankees finished in second place, 12 games behind the division-winning Baltimore Orioles and too far back in the wild-card standings to make the weekend series count.Clay Buchholz (8-11) gave up Ichiro Suzuki’s two-run triple before in the fourth, then entered trivia history as the last pitcher to give up a hit to Jeter.After a walk and a single and a wild pitch put runners on second and third, Suzuki lined the ball into the Fenway triangle, the deepest part of the ballpark, where it rolled under the 420-foot sign and stopped.Fans moaned that he was not waved home for an inside-the-park homer, but with Ichiro at third it meant that Jeter would be coming to bat with another RBI opportunity.The 40-year-old shortstop, in the lineup this weekend as the designated hitter, took a strike, took a ball and then fouled one off before bouncing a high chopper to third. Garin Cecchini, 23, tried to make a one-handed play but couldn’t.All eyes turned to the Jeter, safe at first, waiting to see if that was it. And when Brian McCann came out of the dugout to replace him as a pinch runner, the Captain’s career was over — 46 years to the day after Mickey Mantle ended his on the same field. The final hit raised Jeter’s lifetime batting average to .310.Jeter pointed at the applauding Red Sox, hugged pitcher Buchholz and then stopped in front of the Yankees dugout to tip his helmet to the crowd. Buchholz waited behind the mound to give the cheers a chance to subside, and then Jeter disappeared into the dugout.The Yankees scored five more in the top of the seventh inning and Boston put five across in the bottom half, but by that time the ballpark was half-empty.The fans had gotten what they wanted.The sun-soaked day began with a 30-minute ceremony in which Jeter was serenaded with “Respect” and presented with some local baubles: Second base emblazoned with his No. 2, a pair of Yankees-themed boots and a check for $22,222.22 to his Turn 2 Foundation.Former Red Sox players from Carl Yastrzemski to Fred Lynn came out to greet him along with captains from the other local teams: Bruins Hall of Famer Bobby Orr, the Celtics’ Paul Pierce and Troy Brown of the Patriots, followed by the entire 2014 Red Sox team.Jeter’s parents made the trip for his final series, along with thousands of New Yorkers who clogged the MassPike on their way to the game.Fans in Jeter’s No. 2 pinstripes milled unharassed inside the ballpark — a scene unimaginable a decade ago — mixing with Bostonians showing their esteem for a player who relished the rivalry as much as they do.“JETUH,” said one T-shirt in Red Sox colors and his name translated into the local dialect.And on the back: “WICKED RE2PECT.”(JIMMY GOLEN, AP Sports Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more