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​Skandia Liv fined €3.2m by Swedish watchdog

first_imgThe investigation, which covered the period Q4 2016 to Q3 2019,  also included the documentation the company was obliged to prepare when calculating commitments, FI said.“For several years, Skandia Liv has used an inaccurate assumption of the risk of premature termination of insurance policies, so-called lapse,” it said.As a result of this, the firm had not correctly and realistically calculated both its commitments and the capital set aside for these commitments, thereby impeding a fair assessment of the protection for customers and the company’s solvency, FI said.“The documentation for the calculation of commitments also demonstrated deficiencies that further impeded such an assessment,” it said.“Skandia Liv’s failure over a long period of time to correctly apply the rules is serious,” it said, but added that the company had taken steps to rectify the deficiencies.Therefore, the regulator said, it has decided to give the firm a warning and an administrative fine of SEK35m.Skandia cheif executive officer Frans Lindelöw said his firm had addressed the Swedish FSA’s criticism and took it very seriously.“It is important to point out that customers have always been safe and not exposed to any risk,” he said, adding that Skandia was a financially strong and well-managed company that lived up to its future commitments to its customers.Skandia said it had taken on board FI’s comments on the interpretation of the regulations, and that during the fourth quarter of 2019, it had implemented changes in the calculation of technical provisions and capital requirements related to cancellations.Overall, these changes had no significant impact on Skandia Liv’s capital strength, the company said, adding that it was a stable and secure company with a capital ratio of 465% at the end of 2019, giving it almost five times the regulatory capital required. Swedish occupational and private pensions provider Skandia Liv has been given a warning and a SEK35m (€3.2m) fine from the country’s regulator for not calculating its capital requirements and commitments to customers properly for several years.In a statement, Finansinspektionen (FI) said: “This has meant that the protection of the customers and the company’s solvency situation could not be assessed in a fair way.”Skandia has responded by saying it took the criticism very seriously but that customers were not exposed to risk.The Swedish regulator said it had investigated whether Skandia Liv complied with the rules for calculating its commitments to policyholders – the technical provisions – and the capital the company had to set aside to be able to manage the risks in its operations.last_img read more

MPs say yes to three-person babies (UK)

first_imgBBC News 3 February 2015MPs have voted in favour of the creation of babies with DNA from two women and one man, in an historic move.The UK is now set to become the first country to introduce laws to allow the creation of babies from three people.In a free vote in the Commons, 382 MPs were in favour and 128 against the technique that stops genetic diseases being passed from mother to child.During the debate, ministers said the technique was “light at the end of a dark tunnel” for families.A further vote is required in the House of Lords. It everything goes ahead then the first such baby could be born next year.Proponents said the backing was “good news for progressive medicine” but critics say they will continue to fight against the technique that they say raises too many ethical and safety concernsIn the Commons debate, Public Health Minister Jane Ellison told the House: “This is a bold step for parliament to take, but it is a considered and informed step. “This is world leading science within a highly respected regulatory regime. “And for the many families affected, this is light at the end of a very dark tunnel.” Fiona Bruce, the MP for Congleton, countered: “[This] will be passed down generations, the implications of this simply cannot be predicted. “But one thing is for sure, once this alteration has taken place, as someone has said, once the gene is out of the bottle, once these procedures that we’re asked to authorise today go ahead, there will be no going back for society.”The debate in Commons also repeatedly struggled with whether the move would constitute “genetic modification”. Robert Flello, who represents Stoke-on-Trent South, said he feared “families will be let down tragically” due to the uncertainties in the technique and that society would be “up in arms” if this was a proposal for genetically modified crops.Last week the Catholic and Anglican Churches in England said the idea was not safe or ethical, not least because it involved the destruction of embryos. Other groups, including Human Genetics Alert, say the move would open the door to further genetic modification of children in the future – so-called designer babies, genetically modified for beauty, intelligence or to be free of disease.http://www.bbc.com/news/health-31069173Three-parent babies explained in six questions: How does it work and who objects?  The Independent 3 February 2015What are the objections?Some people are opposed on religious or ethical grounds, particularly with pro-nuclear transfer technique which involves creating and then destroying a fertilised egg in order to treat another embryo. The scientific objections come down to safety, which is why germline modification was made illegal in the first place. Some fear that we do not know enough about “epigenetic” interactions between the mitochondrial genes and the nuclear genes. Others believe that there will be inevitable “carry over” of defective mitochondria from the affected mother’s fertilised egg to the donor egg. These mutant mitochondria could multiply during embryonic development to cause disease, perhaps in way we do not yet understand. This is why, they say, we need to do more research before allowing it to be used on people.Who are the big players in this debate?The Anglican church and the Roman Catholic Church are publicly opposed, as are pro-life groups. However, there are several senior scientists who have questioned the safety of the technique as it stands. Most would be happy to see it legalised in Britain but still want a lot more research, particularly on primates, before it is introduced as a clinical procedure.http://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/threeparent-babies-explained-in-six-questions-how-does-it-work-and-who-objects-10020636.htmllast_img read more

Adams a graduate and a PASS winner

Christian Rumsey took second, defending PASS champion Zach Newlin, Dave Grube II and Jones.  Devin Adams graduated to the ranks of Pennsylvania Sprint Series winners by taking the June 8 checkers at Port Royal Speedway. (Photo by Christi Baker) “I knew he was there the whole race,” Adams said, “and I knew if I could protect the bottom (in turns one and two), then I could hold him off, but I wasn’t sure. It was a little close at the end . . . closer than I’d like.” Adams, a Northern Lebanon High School graduate, took the lead from Jonathan Jones on the second lap and then held off repeated determined challenges from Jones to score the IMCA RaceSaver Sprint Car win. Jones electrified the crowd when he spun in the fourth turn during one last desperate pass attempt for the lead. His car did a complete 360 and kept going, with Jones still salvaging a top five finish. All 26 race starters completed the non-stop feature, with 21 finishing on the lead lap. There were 38 entries in all.  PORT ROYAL, Pa. (June 8) – Recent graduate Devin Adams worked hard for his high school diploma, then put that work ethic to good use on the race track, earning his first career Pennsylvania Sprint Series victory in Saturday’s 20-lap feature at Port Royal Speedway.  Next Saturday, the PASS sprinters return to Hagerstown Speedway for an interregional event co-hosted by the Virginia Sprint Series.  Feature results – 1. Devin Adams; 2. Christian Rumsey; 3. Zach Newlin; 4. Dave Grube; 5. Jonathan Jones; 6. Ken Duke Jr.; 7. Cale Reigle; 8. Kassidy Kreitz; 9. Drew Ritchey; 10. Doug Dodson; 11. Scott Ellerman; 12. Robert Garvey; 13. Kyle Ganoe; 14. Fred Arnold; 15. Nick Sweigart; 16. Larry McVey; 17. Mike Alleman; 18. Landon Price; 19. Michael Wenrick; 20. Kirsten Hess; 21. Jake Waters; 22. Kruz Kepner; 23. Erin Statler; 24. Dominic Melair; 25. Dave Graber; 26. Kurt Knepper. read more

Cedar County Fair show pays IMCA Modified winner $2,000

first_imgMore information is available by calling 563 889-2826. TIPTON, Iowa – IMCA Modifieds provide the blue ribbon fair entertainment in a $2,000 to win event Thursday, July 11 at Cedar County Raceway. A non-qualifier feature pays $300 to win and $75 to start; the winner of that event has the option of taking the $300 or starting in the back of the main event field. Pit passes are $30. Spectator admission is free with purchase of admission to the grounds, $8 before 4 p.m. and $12 after 4 p.m. Parking at the fairgrounds is free.center_img The grandstand at Tipton will be open all day. Pit gates open at 3 p.m. and racing starts at 6:30 p.m. The Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot qualifier pays a minimum of $130 to start; there is no entry fee for the draw/redraw show and IMCA Speedway Motors Weekly Racing National, Side Biter Chassis North Central Region and E3 Spark Plugs State points will be awarded.last_img read more

Moyes’ time may have come

first_img Press Association Certainly, Ferguson kept tabs on the up-and-coming North End manager and soon became a keen fan of a man who achieved remarkable success on extremely limited resources at Everton. Born in Glasgow, and like Ferguson earning a living as a moderate professional footballer, Moyes realised that his forte was going to be in management. Moyes and Ferguson both had less than successful spells at the Old Firm clubs – Moyes at Celtic, Ferguson at Rangers. Both had spells at Dunfermline but while Ferguson spent his playing career in Scotland, Moyes headed south of the border. He played for Cambridge, Bristol City and Shrewsbury, before returning to Scotland – Dunfermline and Hamilton Academical – and then finally settling down in Preston where he ended his career as player-manager. His first full season saw Preston reach the Division Two play-offs, and in his second North End won the title, and a year after that were in the Division One play-off final. That swift transformation caught the eye of Everton, and it was to Moyes the Merseysiders turned in March 2002 after Walter Smith was sacked. His first full season saw Everton finish seventh, a remarkable achievement that earned him the first of three League Managers’ Association manager-of-the-year awards. Moyes also showed he had bravery – it was he who decided to unleash a 16-year-old Wayne Rooney on to the Premier League. It was also Moyes who showed that Everton could survive and even flourish without their star player – for the first season without Rooney, 2004-5, was the one they finished highest: fourth place and another LMA award for Moyes. In 2009, Everton were beaten FA Cup finalists – having beaten United in the semi-final – finished fifth in the league to secure a fourth European qualification in five seasons and Moyes picked up a third manager-of-the-year award. To many it seemed just a question of when rather than if that those piercing blue eyes would be occupying the manager’s dug-out at Old Trafford. Now, it appears, that time has finally come. David Moyes had the chance to become Sir Alex Ferguson’s assistant at Manchester United 15 years ago but missed out – he believes because his fellow Glaswegian found him “too intense”.center_img Steve McClaren got the job instead, a decision Moyes says he was “fine with” as he was enjoying his first managerial job at Preston. Perhaps Ferguson had worried that Moyes was almost too similar, too much a chip off the same block? “When I went to speak to him about becoming his assistant years ago he thought me a little too intense,” Moyes said last year. “But I remember sitting on the bench at Celtic and watching him at Aberdeen with his veins bulging out of his neck!” last_img read more

Judge clears way for U.S. lawsuit, seeking $100M from Lance Armstrong

first_imgBy Timothy Mclaughlin(REUTERS) – A federal judge yesterday cleared the way for a U.S. government lawsuit seeking nearly $100 million (£79.85 million) in damages from disgraced former professional cyclist Lance Armstrong to go to trial, according to court papers.The U.S. Justice Department alleges that Armstrong defrauded the government by accepting millions of dollars in sponsorship money from the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) as he led the team to a string of Tour de France victories while doping.Armstrong was stripped of his seven Tour titles and banned for life from bicycle racing in 2012 by the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency after it accused him in a report of engineering one of the most sophisticated doping schemes in sports.Nicole Navas, a spokeswoman from the Department of Justice, declined to comment on the case.Eliot Peters, an attorney for Armstrong, did not immediately respond to a request for comment.Armstrong, who had long denied using performance-enhancing drugs (PEDs), admitted to doping in January 2013 during a much publicised interview with talk show host Oprah Winfrey.Armstrong’s former teammate, Floyd Landis, originally brought the lawsuit in 2010 under a federal law, the False Claims Act, that lets whistle-blowers pursue fraud cases on behalf of the government, and obtain rewards if successful.The Justice Department joined the case in February 2013. Armstrong who contends that the USPS benefits outweighed the sponsorship costs sought to have the case decided by summary judgment in April 2016.“Because the government has offered evidence that Armstrong withheld information about the team’s doping and use of PEDs and that the anti-doping provisions of the sponsorship agreements were material to USPS’s decision to continue the sponsorship and make payments under the agreements, the Court must deny Armstrong’s motion for summary judgment on this issue,” Judge Christopher Cooper of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia wrote in a 37-page ruling yesterday.The USPS paid around $32.3 million to Armstrong’s cycling team, the now-defunct Tailwind Sports Corp, from 2000 to 2004, looking to capitalise on Armstrong’s Tour de France victories in 1999 and 1998, as well as his “compelling personal story,” Cooper said in his ruling. The government has calculated damages at three times this amount.Landis stands to gain up to 25 percent of whatever sum the government recovers. Attorneys for Landis did not immediately respond to request for comment.last_img read more

Update on the latest in sports:

first_imgThe IOC says the games will be held “not later than summer 2021” but they will still be called the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.  The announcement was a nod to the reality that training and qualifying schedules have been ruptured beyond repair as the coronavirus spreads.Next up for the organizers is picking a date when it might be safe again to hold such a massive event. They’ll also have to rearrange the 2021 global sports calendar.SPORTS-VIRUS OUTBREAKTrack world championships could be delayed a year — The Chargers have agreed to a one-year contract with free agent linebacker Nick Vigil. He spent the last four seasons with the Bengals and started every game last year, finishing second on the team with 111 tackles.— The Cardinals have agreed to terms on one-year deals with offensive lineman Max Garcia and safety Charles Washington.— Receiver Isaiah McKenzie has reached an agreement to re-sign with the Bills.MLB-METS-SYNDERGAARDSyndergaard needs Tommy John surgery Toppin, Grant bring top honors to DaytonUNDATED (AP) — Dayton’s Obi Toppin and Anthony Grant have claimed top honors from The Associated Press after leading the Flyers to a No. 3 final ranking.Toppin was voted the AP men’s college basketball player of the year. Grant is the AP coach of the year. They led the Flyers to a program-record 29 victories.Toppin won the player award with 34 votes from AP Top 25 poll voters. Iowa’s Luka Garza was runner-up with 24 votes.Grant won the coaching honor with 30 votes in his third season at his alma mater. Baylor’s Scott Drew was second with 13 votes. UNDATED (AP) — The Cam Newton era is officially over in Carolina. The Panthers have released the quarterback after nine seasons.The move became a formality after the Panthers made it clear last week they were moving on from Newton, giving him permission to seek a trade before agreeing to a three-year, $63 million contract with free agent quarterback Teddy Bridgewater.In other NFL moves:— A person familiar with the situation says free agent wide receiver Robby Anderson has agreed to a two-year contract worth $20 million with the Panthers. He scored five touchdowns for the Jets last season and finished with 52 catches for 779 yards, both second-best totals for his career.— The Jets quickly responded to losing Anderson by giving speedster Breshad Perriman a one-year contract. The 26-year-old wide receiver had his best season in the NFL last year, setting career highs with 36 catches, 645 yards receiving and six touchdowns for Tampa Bay. The purchase abruptly wraps up the litigation fight and allows the Clippers to move ahead on their goal to open a new arena when their Staples Center lease expires in 2024. The Clippers currently share the downtown arena with the Los Angeles Lakers and the NHL’s Los Angeles Kings.COLLEGE SPORTS-KANSAS-MASSAGE THERAPISTKansas massage therapist accused of misconduct with athletesWICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A massage therapist charged with a sex crime involving a girl also engaged in inappropriate behavior toward at least six female athletes at the University of Kansas, including unwanted touching during massages.Chancellor Doug Girard and Athletic Director Jeff Long said in a joint statement that investigators also found an athletic trainer was aware of at least some of the alleged incidents involving Shawn P. O’Brien but failed to appropriately report the conduct. NBA-CLIPPERS-FORUMClippers own buying L.A. ForumLOS ANGELES (AP) — Los Angeles Clippers owner Steve Ballmer is buying the Forum for $400 million. That clears the way for the billionaire to build a new arena down the street in Inglewood, California.Ballmer, the former Microsoft executive, and Clippers vice chairman Dennis Wong are making the cash purchase through a newly formed corporation that will continue to operate the Forum as a live music venue.The Forum has been owned by Madison Square Garden Company, which had been in litigation to block Balmer and Wong from building a new arena nearby. UNDATED (AP) — The track world championships in Eugene, Oregon, could be moved from 2021 to 2022 after the Olympics were postponed.World Athletics says it is talking with organizers about “alternative dates, including dates in 2022.”The championships in Eugene are due to run from Aug. 6-15, 2021. That would conflict with the Olympics if the same July-August slot as originally planned for 2020 is used next year.In other news concerning the outbreak:— A Boston Red Sox minor league player has tested positive for the coronavirus, prompting the team to close down its training complex in Fort Myers, Florida. The team didn’t identify the player, but said he was doing well. The New York Yankees announced earlier this month that two of their minor leaguers had the virus. Associated Press Update on the latest in sports: — Oft-injured tight end Tyler Eifert has ended his seven-season run with the Bengals by accepting a two-year package with the Jaguars. Eifert played in 16 games last year for the first time in his seven NFL seasons, catching 43 passes for 436 yards and three touchdowns.— The Falcons have agreed to a contract with free-agent linebacker LaRoy Reynolds. Reynolds played in 15 games with Cincinnati in 2019. He is expected to add depth and contribute on special teams.— The Lions have agreed to terms with offensive lineman Oday Aboushi to add depth. Aboushi started two games and was a backup in five other games last season in Detroit.— The Seahawks have made a significant addition to their wide receiver group by agreeing to a one-year deal with Phillip Dorsett. Dorsett addresses another need for Seattle, providing depth and additional speed on the outside for quarterback Russell Wilson. — The 49ers have officially announced a deal to re-sign safety Jimmie Ward to a three-year contract. The sides came to an agreement on the deal worth a reported $28.5 million last week but the team had to wait until Ward passed a physical before announcing. The 49ers also have agreed to a one-year deal with free agent receiver Travis Benjamin, according to a person familiar with the contract.center_img — North Carolina freshman point guard Cole Anthony says he’s delaying any announcements about whether he’ll enter the NBA draft amid the spread of the virus. Considered a likely one-and-done prospect, Anthony averaged 18.5 points for the Tar Heels, though he missed 11 games due to knee surgery and UNC went just 14-19.— The NHL is extending its recommendation for players and staff to self-isolate and stay away from team practice facilities until at least April 6. Multiple people with knowledge of the update say the NHL has recommended players and staff extend their self-quarantine 10 days beyond the original March 27 timeline. The decision further pushes back the earliest date team facilities can reopen.— NASCAR has informed its staff that pay cuts will be imposed across the company until the series returns to racing. NASCAR President Steve Phelps announced the moves in a memo to employees, a copy of which was obtained by The Associated Press from a person who requested anonymity because of the sensitivity of the situation. The memo said series executives, including the presidents of NASCAR-owned tracks, will see a 25% reduction in salary. All other employees will have their salary reduced by 20%.NFL-BUCCANEERS-BRADYSix-time Super Bowl champ Brady looking forward, not behind March 25, 2020 NEW YORK (AP) — If the New York Mets ever start their season, they’ll do it without Noah Syndergaard (SIHN’-dur-gahrd).The flame-throwing right-hander will undergo Tommy John surgery Thursday after being diagnosed with a torn elbow ligament. General manager Brodie Van Wagenen says Syndergaard underwent an MRI after experiencing discomfort in his elbow before spring training was suspended due to the pandemic.The right-hander received a second opinion on the damaged ulnar collateral ligament from the Los Angeles Dodgers’ head team physician.The 27-year-old Syndergaard is coming off his worst major league season, going 10-8 with a 4.28 ERA and 202 strikeouts in 197 2/3 innings.COLLEGE BASKETBALL-PLAYER AND COACH OF THE YEAR TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Tom Brady says one day he’ll have time to reflect on a historic 20-year run with the New England Patriots.Right now the six-time Super Bowl champion and newest member of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers is focused on the challenge of helping the Bucs end the NFL’s second-longest playoff drought.The 42-year-old quarterback declined during a conference call to discuss specifics about his decision to leave the Patriots. Instead he reiterated that while he cherishes what he accomplished in New England, he’s just as committed to helping Tampa Bay be successful.NFL-NEWSAs expected, Panthers release Newton Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditTOKYO OLYMPICS POSTPONEDVirus forces postponement of Summer OlympicsTOKYO (AP) — The Tokyo Olympics have been postponed until 2021. The International Olympic Committee has decided that the Tokyo Games cannot go ahead as scheduled this year because of the coronavirus outbreak. The school says O’Brien provided free massages on campus to the general student population through the university’s Alumni Association’s finals dinner beginning in 2011 and as recently as last fall.COLLEGE BASKETBALL-OBIT-GREENEx-Red Storm player diesNEW YORK (AP) — A former St. John’s basketball player has died, reportedly of the coronavirus. Lee Green was a defensive standout who played on two NCAA Tournament teams.The Big East Conference school announced the death Tuesday without identifying a cause. The New York Post quoted former teammate and friend Lamont Middleton, linking Green’s death to the coronavirus. — Packers general manager Brian Gutekunst says he’s signed tight end Marcedes Lewis, who is back for a third year in Green Bay. The 35-year-old Lewis caught 15 passes for 156 yards and one touchdown last season.— Journeyman cornerback Rashaan Melvin and the Jaguars have agreed to terms on a one-year contract worth $2.25 million. Melvin had 68 tackles and 11 pass breakups in 13 games for Detroit last season.— Saints general manager Mickey Loomis says the club has agreed to free-agent contracts with defensive end Noah Spence and XFL interception leader Deatrick Nichols. Spence was a 2016 second-round draft choice by Tampa Bay and returns to the Saints after joining New Orleans for three regular season games and one playoff game last season.— The Chiefs have agreed to a one-year contract with Jordan Ta’amu, the highest-rated quarterback during the abbreviated XFL season. He will compete with veteran Chad Henne for a backup job next season.— Case Keenum has reunited in Cleveland with the coach who brought out the best in him. The veteran quarterback signed a three-year, $18 million free agent contract with the Browns. He’ll again be working with coach Kevin Stefanski. The pair spent 2017 together in Minnesota. Green was with St. John’s from 1991 to 1994. He played his first season under Lou Carnesecca and his final two for Brian Mahoney.Green was from New York City. He was 49 years old.,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6last_img read more

There should be consensus support for Bissoondyal Singh as DCB president

first_imgI WAS indeed pleased, likewise relieved, that finally the Demerara Cricket Board (DCB) will be having its election of office-bearers on 2019-08-11 following a Court Order.The prolonged absence of a legitimate Board certainly would have stymied the development of cricket in the county. Additionally, there were dire consequences to the effect that a faction of the DCB suffered tremendously, since players from that faction were denied selection, either to the Demerara squad or in other instances from the national set-up as well.It was quite evident therefore that only a few of the vast pool of budding cricketers were given the opportunities – an unacceptable motive that seemed deliberate.In all of this, the East Coast Cricket Board (ECCB) and the Georgetown Cricket Association (GCA) stood out admirably in the face of defiance, rejection and deprivation of funds to ensure their constituents were playing competitive cricket and being exposed to coaching programmes on a regular basis.It is in this context therefore that Mr Roger Harper and Mr Bissoondyal Singh should be highly commended for their astute leadership and perseverance of the highest order.At this critical time too and with the new dispensation of Cricket West Indies (CWC), I am of the firm conviction that Mr Bissoondyal Singh will be the ideal candidate for the post of president of the DCB with his wealth of institutional knowledge, vast experience as an administrator and generally someone who has the confidence of the majority of stakeholders, who would like to see a transformation in the local cricketing landscape and who will lead the fight in ensuring that our cricketers, umpires, scorers, grounds men etc. are deserving of elevation at the highest level.I therefore would appeal for consensus in electing Mr Singh on Sunday. Yours respectfully,Elroy Stephneylast_img read more

UW softball unable to find groove vs. Big Ten

first_imgView Gallery (2 Photos)Over the weekend, it was a tale of two teams for the Wisconsin softball team, as the Badgers blasted South Dakota State for 11 runs in one game but only mustered one run in the two games against Big Ten competitor Penn State.It was a microcosm of the Badgers’ entire season, as they have only won two games against teams with winning records this year and have failed to get a Big Ten win in six chances. The conference opponents Wisconsin (10-22) has faced are a combined 77-27 this year, and have outscored UW 47-9.The Badgers had 13 hits and five walks in their 11-2 blowout of the Jackrabbits (10-26) in their third game of the weekend, but could only manage ten hits and six walks total in their first two games against a much tougher opponent in Penn State (25-11).Wisconsin looked very confused at the plate against Penn State, but took advantage of some lesser competition, hitting two home runs against South Dakota State. The difference, the Badgers said, was the pitching.“The [South Dakota State] pitcher was way slower and didn’t have as much movement,” UW outfielder Ashley Hanewich said.Hanewich hit what was technically a walk-off homerun against SDSU, ending the game on the eight-run mercy rule as she ripped a line drive over the wall in the sixth.South Dakota State pitchers had very poor control and did not vary their pitches much if at all, allowing UW’s batters to be patient at the plate and choose their pitch.This was a luxury for the Badgers, as the Penn State pitchers threw hard with good command, taking the hitters off their rhythm. UW was much cooler at the plate in their last game, and the numbers reflect that.“I think that we brought our confidence,” freshman Molly Spence said following the South Dakota State game. “We knew we had to come out here and make a statement after struggling the last two games. It was big for us to get a win.“The pitchers were both very different; they both had their own style. We just seemed to like the second style better.”Spence herself was a good example of how things have gone for UW this season. She went 2-for-2 with two walks, two runs and five RBIs, three of which came on a bases-clearing triple against South Dakota State.It was her second at-bat of the game with the bases loaded, after she brought in a runner with a walk on the first occasion.“It was just me being patient at the plate,” she said of her two at bats. “I wanted to see what the pitcher was throwing. The ump had a small zone so I wanted to make the pitcher work in the first at bat. The second at-bat I was ready to attack.”“For the young hitters, confidence brings confidence,” head coach Chandelle Schulte said Saturday. “We’re capable offensively of much, much more.”While Spence hit fantastically against South Dakota, she struggled against Penn State’s stellar pitching, going 1-for-6 with three strikeouts and leaving two on base.Penn State’s Lisa Akamine got both of the Nittany Lions’ wins over the weekend, bringing her record to 14-3 on the season. She allowed only one run on a wild pitch, lowering her earned run average to 2.13.“[Akamine] just has a good mindset, a good attitude, she goes out there and throws what she wants to throw,” senior Letty Olivarez said of her pitching counterpart. “When she’s out there she’s focused on us, she just throws her game.”Base running errors also hurt the Badgers’ offense in their second game against Penn State. Wisconsin killed any momentum it had in the fourth inning after pinch runner Abby Gregory was thrown out at second base on her secondary lead.And in the ninth, when the Badgers were threatening with runners on second and third with one out and the top of the order up, Hanewich attempted to come home from third on a bobbled infield ball but was easily thrown out, stifling the last inning surge.Although the team was getting on base with some consistency, mistakes on the bases certainly destroy any chance the team has to compete with good teams.“We put the ball in play with runners on,” pitcher Meghan McIntosh said. “We just missed out on some opportunities against Penn State.”last_img read more

SWIM : Orange travels to Puerto Rico over break to prep for rest of season

first_img Published on January 30, 2011 at 12:00 pm Contact Stephen: sebail01@syr.edu | @Stephen_Bailey1 Comments Facebook Twitter Google+center_img As he remembers, Lou Walker and his Syracuse swimming and diving team have traveled to warmer climates during Winter Break ‘since the beginning of time.’SU’s head coach since 1976, Walker believes the winter excursion south provides his program with one element it can’t benefit from during the school year: downtime devoted completely to swimming, which in turn gives SU the timing to prepare properly for its late-season championship meets in February.‘It gives you a real opportunity to focus in, and your only obligation is your training,’ Walker said. ‘There’s no school requirement. It’s a great opportunity to do some good work.’For the past few seasons, the Orange has prepared early for Big East and NCAA championships by swimming in San Juan, Puerto Rico. In Walker and the program’s final season of existence, the team made its last trip to the island from Jan. 5 to Jan. 14.It was Walker and SU’s last opportunity to swim outdoors. Looking back on not just this year but all of the other trips, Walker reflected on the benefits.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text‘If you look at the amount of weeks from the semester break to your conference championships,’ Walker said, ‘the timing of the whole thing is outstanding in terms of getting some good work done.’Walker feels the prime reason such trips are so effective is because they occur during the break. He feels the amount of time between the trip and the Big East Championships is ideal for training purposes, and the team has more time to focus on swimming. It trickles down to the basic swimmer’s psychology. Walker has seen it occur for more than 35 years.‘Psychologically, it’s probably a positive thing to be somewhere where there’s not another student around,’ Walker said. ‘Somewhere where it’s not cold and snowy all the time.’Though some teams like to travel abroad, Walker prefers Puerto Rico because it is American territory, uses U.S. currency and is warm and sunny every day, unlike Syracuse.SU senior swimmer Kuba Kotynia backed Walker’s choice of destination. He said the warm climate makes a difference in a swimmer’s motivation.‘The whole atmosphere and the warm weather made it much easier to get up in the morning and get going,’ Kotynia said.The trip to the climate of San Juan wasn’t all fun and games for the Orange. The week of training prepared the team for the rest of the season.Unlike other SU programs, most members of the swimming and diving team don’t spend much time together during the semester, Walker said. SU freshman swimmer Alice Stejskal said the team took away extra training time with teammates from the last trip to the island.‘We spent a lot of time just hanging out at the beach,’ she said.Aside from giving them time to spend together, the trip provides the teammates the chance to swim against programs across the nation in friendly meets. This year, the team competed in meets Tuesday and Friday of the week, facing St. Mary’s, LaSalle and Harvard.In his last go-around, the seasoned Walker recognized that his dead-man-walking program fit the bill of any other collegiate swimming team one final time. Most teams make trips south for the winter. And just like they all benefit, Walker’s soon-to-be-extinct program benefited.Now SU has just a few weeks left of actual competition to make the most of it.Said Walker: ‘It’s an annual thing — swim teams all around the country travel during the holidays. It serves team purposes.’sebail01@syr.edulast_img read more