Impatience is a virtue

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Japan says Olympics on track as Abe, Trump hold talks on coronavirus

first_imgThe IOC stands for the International Olympic Committee.There were 1,334 confirmed infections in Japan, including 696 from a cruise ship that was docked in the port city of Yokohama for several weeks, according to public broadcaster NHK. The virus killed 22 in the country, including 7 from the ship, the tally showed.Japan has sought to quash speculation that the Games, which have cost it at least $12 billion in preparations and attracted more than $3 billion in domestic sponsorships, could be cancelled or postponed as the number of people infected has reached 127,000 worldwide.The outbreak has already crippled global travel and hit Olympic qualifiers and other sports events. Japan has shuttered schools. Public health officials have discouraged large gatherings to curtail the spread of the highly contagious disease, and major soccer tournaments, National Basketball Association games and other sports have been halted.The Tokyo 2020 organizing committee said it was monitoring the pandemic with the IOC, receiving advice from the World Health Organization, and coordinating with the government and the Tokyo authorities.Japan’s government and the central bank shared a “strong sense of concern” over the economic fallout from the coronavirus, economy minister Yasutoshi Nishimura said, suggesting major fiscal and monetary stimulus measures could be in the works.One of the more than two dozen members of the board of the organizing committee, Haruyuki Takahashi, told Reuters this week that if the Games could not be held in the summer, it would be most feasible to delay them by a year or two. He told other media the decision should be made before May.Takahashi also told Reuters organisers had started working on scenarios for how the virus could affect the Games. A sponsor representative said the plans were confidential and were not being shared with the companies.Tokyo 2020 chief Yoshiro Mori vehemently denied the Games would be cancelled, but added at news conference in the wake of Takahashi’s comments, “I am not saying there won’t be any impact. I think there will be. On that, specialists in each field are looking into what to do.”On Thursday, the prelude to the games got underway with the lighting of the Olympic Torch in a scaled-down ceremony behind closed doors.  Topics : Top Japanese government officials said Friday they were determined to hold “safe and secure” Olympics on schedule, a day after US President Donald Trump said Tokyo should consider delaying them for a year because of the pandemic.Japan’s Nikkei stock market benchmark tanked 10% as panic gripped financial markets, and the economy minister said the government “must take bold and unprecedented steps” to lessen the blow to households and companies from the health crisis.Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Trump talked by phone for about 50 minutes Friday morning and agreed to “strengthen cooperation” on fighting the novel coronavirus, but did not discuss postponing the Olympics or holding them without spectators, Japanese officials said.center_img Trump said in a tweet on Friday that he told Abe “that the just completed Olympic venue is magnificent. He has done an incredible job, one that will make him very proud. Good things will happen for Japan and their great Prime Minister. Lots of options!”On Thursday, Trump told reporters in the White House that he “just can’t see having no people there,” referring to the Tokyo Games.”Maybe they postpone it for a year… if that’s possible,” he said. Trump added that he liked “that better than I like having empty stadiums all over the place. I think if you cancel it, make it a year later that’s a better alternative than doing it with no crowd.”In response, Japan Olympic minister Seiko Hashimoto told reporters, “the IOC and 2020 organizers are not at all considering cancelling or postponing the Games. I’ve heard they are proceeding with preparations for safe and secure Games as planned toward the opening day of July 24.”last_img read more

Coronavirus sees UK dividends take record beating in Q2

first_imgSixty-one companies increased their payouts. In total Q2 dividends fell to £16.1bn (€17.5bn), almost £22bn less than the second quarter of 2019 on a headline basis.Excluding special dividends, which were exceptionally high this time last year, the decline is from £32.1bn to £16bn.According to Link this was the lowest second-quarter total since 2010, and the decline by far the biggest ever recorded.“The second quarter was truly a record breaker,” said Susan Ring, chief executive officer, corporate markets at Link Group. “Not by a whisker, nor by a nose, but by a mile. The whole of 2020 will, without doubt, see the biggest hit to dividends in generations.”Margot von Aesch, partner and lead on income research at research and execution firm Redburn, said Link Group’s analysis “illustrates clearly that the shareholder return destruction caused by the pandemic has been of historic proportions, leaving only a handful of companies untouched”.Of the £16.4bn of cuts in underlying dividends in the second quarter, half of the impact came from the financial sector after the Bank of England instructed banks to cancel all shareholder payouts for 2020 and leaned heavily on insurance companies to follow suit, with most bowing to the pressure.Link Group’s best-case scenario for 2020 is for dividends to fall 39% to £60.5bn on an underlying basis, down from £98.5bn. Its worst case scenario sees a fall of 43% to £56.3bn on an underlying basis.Commentators have observed that companies cutting dividends did so to protect balance sheets, with Ben Lofthouse, fund manager of Henderson International Income Trust, saying that the decline in dividends looked set to be similar to or worse than the decline in profits.“Notably, UK profits lagged behind the rest of the world, given the heavy weighting of oil companies on the UK market,” he said. “Naturally nobody wants to see their dividends get cut, but if it’s in the interests of protecting a company in such unusual times then it’s the right thing to do, allowing them to emerge stronger.”The UK pensions regulator reacted to the COVID-19-triggered economic shutdown by telling trustees that any reduction or suspension of deficit repair contributions would need to be accompanied by suspension of dividends and other forms of shareholder return.Last month it said around 10% of defined benefit schemes had sought to defer deficit contributions, with discussions ongoing for others.To read the digital edition of IPE’s latest magazine click here. The coronavirus pandemic triggered unprecedented cuts in dividends from UK companies in the second quarter of this year, with payouts down 57.2%, and 50.2% if special dividends are excluded.Thirty companies cut dividends and 176 cancelled their dividends completely, together making up three quarters of all the UK companies that usually pay in the second quarter, according to new research from financial administrators Link Group.Included in that batch was Royal Dutch Shell, which cut its dividend by two-thirds, the first reduction it had made since the Second World War.In the aftermath of the global financial crisis, the worst quarter – Q1 2009 – saw two-fifths of companies cut their dividends, and one-fifth cancelling them altogether, said Link Group.last_img read more

New Farm home’s architectural renovations take a modest Queenslander to the next level

first_imgThe vendor spends most of the year outside, by the pool.“Some of my best memories are times spent round the pool in summer,” Mr Dean said. “You can spend nine months of the year enjoying the indoor-outdoor lifestyle.” One of the home’s mutiple living rooms, ideal for big families.Mr Dean’s “larger family” comprises four children, with the youngest just 10 months old, and he said the house was now the perfect size and layout to accommodate everyone.“The house works well for a larger family, whether the children are younger or older.” More from newsFor under $10m you can buy a luxurious home with a two-lane bowling alley5 Apr 2017Military and railway history come together on bush block24 Apr 2019It has five bedrooms plus a nursery, with an emphasis on outdoor living that includes an outdoor kitchen. The home at 255 Moray St, New Farm, is for sale.WHEN Phoebe and Joseph Dean bought their New Farm property just a little over a year ago, they could see it was a house with the potential to be a city oasis for their growing family. The kitchen at 255 Moray St, New Farm.They engaged the services of architect Shane Marsh and set about tailoring the property to suit their needs.“It was a Queenslander that had previously been renovated in 2009,” Mr Dean explained. “It was in need of a little repurposing and reconfiguring to suit the larger family.” There is an outdoor kitchen overlooking to pool.The three-level home has most of its living spaces spread across the middle level, with an open-plan living, kitchen and dining room opening out to the back deck and the property is on a 524sq m block.center_img Indoors flows seamlessly to outdoor living.Protected by mature trees, and with no overlooking neighbours, Mr Dean said the property had a private feel that retains the charm of a Queenslander yet features all best of contemporary living. The master bedroom at 255 Moray St, New Farm.“We were very pleased with what Shane came up with,” he said.After completing such a fulfilling project, the family is set to embark on the building process all over again, having purchased another large block in New Farm. This is the walk-in robe of our dreams.Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 10:02Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -10:02 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD432p432p270p270p180p180pAutoA, 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 Rate1xFullscreenJune, 2018: Liz Tilley talks prestige property10:02last_img read more

Bolasie treble sinks Sunderland

first_imgYannick Bolasie plundered an 11-minute hat-trick as Crystal Palace boss Alan Pardew got his own back on Sunderland. There was, however, a lively finish with Fletcher and Zaha both teeing up late volleys, the first of which was saved easily by Julian Speroni and the second blocked by the vigilant Patrick van Aanholt. But the game was to take a decisive lurch in Palace’s favour inside six minutes at the start of the second half as Sunderland simply imploded. The visitors broke the deadlock three minutes after the restart when Bolasie was allowed to turn wide on the right edge of the penalty area and he floated a cross to the far post, where Murray timed his run to perfection to head inside the far post. Advocaat was furious that an offside flag had not been raised, although replays confirmed the officials had got it right, and the Dutchman’s misery had only just begun. Only three more minutes had elapsed when Murray rose to head a long ball down towards Bolasie who, after defender Santiago Vergini failed to cut it out, stabbed gleefully past the helpless Costel Pantilimon. The game was effectively over just nine minutes into the half when Bolasie easily out-muscled John O’Shea in pursuit of another ball over the top and lifted his shot over Pantilimon to spark an exodus from the stands. That grew in size within eight minutes when Murray got the better of O’Shea on the right and crossed for Bolasie, who slipped as he was confronted by Pantilimon, but still managed to stab the ball into the empty net to complete a quick-fire treble. It might have been even worse for the Black Cats had Pantilimon not clawed McArthur’s 66th-minute effort away with his defence in tatters, and Wickham’s 89th-minute strike prove scant consolation for what remained of a crowd of 42,073 despite Speroni tipping Van Aanholt’s injury-time shot on to the bar. The DR Congo international struck after 51, 54 and 62 minutes after Glenn Murray had opened the scoring to hand the former Newcastle manager a 4-1 victory at the Stadium of Light, Palace’s first ever top-flight win on Wearside. Connor Wickham scored the home side’s consolation. Pardew, of course, presided over four successive defeats by the Black Cats during his spell in charge at St James’ Park, and that run was a major factor in the deterioration of his relationship with the Toon Army. Victory took the Eagles through the 40-point barrier – 25 of their 42 have come in the 12 Barclays Premier League games since he took charge. By contrast Sunderland, who went into the game brimming with confidence following last Sunday’s derby success over Newcastle, find themselves back in the relegation mire after conceding four times at home for the second time in three attempts. They have made a habit of allowing the momentum of a derby victory to slip away in recent seasons with their previous three wins over Newcastle being followed by defeat in the game immediately afterwards, remarkably on each previous occasion at the hands of Hull. That had not been lost on head coach Dick Advocaat in the run-up to the game, but knowing about the situation and being able to do something about it are different things, and so it proved. The Black Cats were simply unable to reproduce the intensity they had summoned up last Sunday apart from an early flurry, and although strikers Wickham and Steven Fletcher were again prominent, along with returning midfielder Jack Rodwell, there was little to recommend in the opening 45 minutes. Palace had set up to concede little and after starting on the back foot, gradually worked their way into the game, disrupting Sunderland effectively and trying to hit them on the break with Bolasie and Wilfried Zaha threatening from wide positions. Chances were few and far between with Fletcher unable to direct Jordi Gomez’s pacy fifth-minute corner on goal and Eagles skipper Mile Jedinak on his return from suspension firing a 13th-minute free-kick wastefully into the defensive wall. An increasingly physical game – Rodwell, Lee Cattermole and Scott Dann were all booked in quick succession with the former Everton and Manchester City man perhaps fortunate only to see yellow for a challenge on James McArthur – meandered rather than thundered towards the half-time whistle. Press Associationlast_img read more

Rick Scott: ‘If you like Bernie Sanders, why don’t you go ahead and move to Caracas?’

first_imgSen. Rick Scott slammed Democratic  Sen. Bernie Sanders in an interview on Wednesday saying people who intend to vote for the Vermont independent in the 2020 election should instead move to Venezuela.“If you like Bernie Sanders, why don’t you go ahead and move to Caracas?” Scott said.The comment came as the former Florida governor discussed socialism among other topics including U.S.-China trade, Huawei, and taxes on CNBC’s “Squawk Box.”Scott also said Sanders has a legitimate shot of getting the Democratic nomination in the upcoming presidential election.Click here to watch full interview.last_img

La Liga Likely to Restart by End of May, Says Tebas

first_imgHe estimates clubs could lose 1bn euros if the current campaign is cancelled.Tebas revealed three start dates are currently being discussed with Uefa, saying: “Of all the different scenarios we have been looking at with Uefa to go back to competing, the most probable ones are 28 May, 6 June or 28 June,” he said.“We can’t say an exact date. This will be given to us by the authorities in Spain. But we still have time to get back to training before that.”Tebas says La Liga is not contemplating a failure to complete the domestic campaign, which still has 11 rounds of matches to play.However, having done the maths, Tebas is conscious that even if games are played with supporters in stadiums, a scenario he does not feel is likely in the short term, the losses will be extreme.He said: “If we are looking at the economic impact, including the money we would get from European competitions, the revenue Spanish clubs would miss out on if we don’t get back playing again is 1bn euros. If we do get playing but without spectators, it would be 300m.“Even if we get back to playing with spectators, the damage this situation has already caused would be 150m.”Uefa has urged individual leagues not to follow Belgium’s example by scrapping competitions – and warned they risk not being allowed into next season’s European competition if they do.A working group – which also includes representatives from the European Clubs’ Association and the European Leagues – expects to have a proposal to put forward by the middle of May.Tebas says two strategies are being worked on.One involves domestic league matches being played at weekends and European and general cup competitions in midweek. The second is to play blocks of fixtures, with domestic competitions being finished in June and July, before European games are played in July and August.With uncertainty over when the current restrictions across Europe will be lifted, Tebas said it was “logical” some leagues may start before others.“If they can start, they should,” he said, while stating some clubs may not be able to play games at their own stadiums due to planned construction work.Tebas was careful not to state any date by which the 2019-20 season must be finished.However, he spoke regularly about August being a finishing point and underlined why, no matter when the campaign eventually ends, scrapping and altering tournaments next season to create space for a full league programme is fraught with difficulty.“It is much more complicated than just making a decision,” he said.“Each country is different. In England, you have three competitions. In Spain and Italy it is two. There are 18 teams in the German league but all the others have 20.“The leagues who have problems in their calendar should look for internal solutions. If that is impossible, we might need some kind of co-ordination with Uefa but at the moment, we are not considering changing formats.“Think about the top leagues. We have sold our broadcasting rights based on certain formats. We have 20 clubs and 380 matches played during a specific period of time.“Uefa has also sold its rights based on a format, including the qualifiers and the group phase. This applies to everyone.”Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram La Liga could resume as early as 28 May in the best-case scenario as the league discusses its options, says its President Javier Tebas.No Spanish side has played a competitive game since 11 March, when Atletico Madrid knocked holders Liverpool out of the Champions League.Tebas says training will not return until emergency measures – in place until 26 April – are lifted in Spain.last_img read more

Women of Troy face tough conference challenges in doubleheader

first_imgIt’s quite the bang to open the conference schedule with.Pac-10 play begins for the No. 20-ranked Women of Troy (7-2-2) tonight at 7 p.m. at the Coliseum against No. 1 Stanford (9-0-2), and continues Sunday at 1 p.m. at McAlister Field against No. 21 Cal (6-1-4).Proven · Senior midfielder Alyssa Dávila, who is ranked ninth all-time in career points and career goals, will lead USC this weekend at home. – Photo courtesy of USC Sports Information “It is the most important part of the season,” senior forward Megan Ohai said. “Teams refuse to lose in conference play.”But because of that, Ohai said she believes the team is even more prepared for the looming challenge.“I think that we’re ready,” Ohai said. “Stanford is a big game. We’re at the Coliseum, they’re No. 1, it’s our first Pac-10 game and we’re coming off a tough loss. So it’s a lot, but I think that because of all that we’ll be especially motivated.”Motivation and focus, especially early in games, have been recurring issues for the team this year. USC has conceded the first goal in five of its 11 games, including one in the second minute to Eastern Washington.“We’ve been starting all of our games real slowly, digging ourselves a hole,” USC coach Ali Khosroshahin said. “We had been able to climb out of them, but you can’t force yourself to keep on doing that. And, finally, we weren’t able to climb out [against San Diego].”Last weekend the Women of Troy failed to avenge a season opening 1-0 loss to San Diego, falling again to the Toreros by the same score. The Toreros found the back of the net in the 34th minute last weekend. It was the third first-half goal allowed by USC in the last three games, although the Women of Troy had been able to come back and win the previous two.“We need to start harder, read the game more and be ready to go from the beginning,” Ohai said.Freshman midfielder Autumn Altamirano agreed.“Starting off strong has been the focus this whole week,” freshman midfielder Autumn Altamirano said. “I think we’ll be pumped. Pac-10 opener, at the Coliseum, No. 1 Stanford — it’s exciting.”Exciting, however, might not be the word Khosroshahin would use to describe Pac-10 play.“It is the toughest conference in the country in every sport, including women’s soccer,” Khosroshahin said. “If the ladies thought that San Diego was fired up to play them, wait for Stanford and Cal.”Ohai said her team was ready for the challenges ahead.“Preseason is over,” Ohai said. “That doesn’t matter anymore. Playing in conference is the most important part of the season.”The Women of Troy are a combined 15-8-4 in conference during Khosroshahin’s three years at the helm, including 6-2-1 in 2007, when they won the national championship.But no USC team has ever won the Pac-10 outright.To do that, Khosroshahin said his young team — which includes nine freshman and just three seniors — needs to be more consistent.“When a team lacks maturity, consistency is the first thing to go,” Khosroshahin said. “And we’re really getting thrown into the fire. So what a great opportunity to put a young group against two nationally ranked opponents and find out what we’re all about.”Despite the team’s youth, its objective is clear.“Our goal is to win the Pac-10,” Khosroshahin said. “It always is.”last_img read more

Syracuse women’s basketball roundtable: What to expect from both teams, how to handle Washington and keys for SU offensively

No. 4 seed Syracuse (29-7, 13-3 Atlantic Coast) has made history by reaching its first ever Final Four. The Orange will play Washington (26-10, 11-7 Pacific-12) on Sunday night in Indianapolis, with the winner moving on to the national championship game. The two teams met much earlier in the season, in November, and Syracuse came away with a 4-point victory.Our beat writers Connor Grossman, Jon Mettus and Paul Schwedelson discuss three questions surrounding Sunday’s game.1. What’s changed the most for each team since their last matchup in November? Is it even valuable to use that game as a reference point or has too much changed?Connor Grossman: When Syracuse and Washington squared off on Nov. 27, SU’s season was only three games old. So by that logic, everything’s changed. The Orange has smoothed out most of the bumps in it’s defensive press and is squeezing teams in the program’s biggest-ever games. Against Tennessee in the Elite Eight, Syracuse was fueled by 25 points off turnovers, and nine on the fastbreak. For the Huskies, Chantel Osahor has blossomed into a threat from behind in the arc with a .360 shooting-percentage from behind the arc in her first season as a starter.Jon Mettus: Syracuse and Washington are both much better than when the Orange slipped past the Huskies on Nov. 27. Keep in mind, SU was up 21 in that game and shot terribly, but still won. For Syracuse, the differences are in the press and its overall quality of play. That team could not have upset No. 1 seed South Carolina or made it to the ACC championship game. Alexis Peterson has had a stellar postseason and doesn’t look to be cooling off anytime soon. Washington has relied on Kelsey Plum slightly less as a scorer recently. Instead, she’s been the facilitator to players like Talia Walton and Osahor. Huskies starting guard Brianna Ruiz suffered a season-ending injury in January, but Alexus Atchley has stepped up in her place. More than four months separate this Final Four matchup from the first game and both teams have vastly improved. You’d get more value out of watching recent film on each team than the game in November.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textPaul Schwedelson: The first matchup between these two teams was on Nov. 27 and was SU’s fourth game of the year. At that point in time, we still hadn’t known which Brittney Sykes would show up the rest of the year. We didn’t know Alexis Peterson would emerge as one of the country’s best point guards. But looking back, UW’s Walton, Plum and Osahor were the Huskies’ three best scorers. Several months later, they still are. And one of the keys to beating Washington will be containing those three.2. Could SU possibly focus too much on defending Kelsey Plum?C.G.: The focal point of Syracuse’s defense should be to seal off Plum, and with good reason. Her 26.2 points per game is third-best in the country. But SU has gotten up against other Top 10 scorers this month in Shereesha Richards and Kelsey Minato, allowing them to score 23 and 10 points, respectively. The Orange won’t deviate from its defensive formula its leaned on all year, but expect an extra emphasis on getting the ball out of Plum’s hands.J.M.: For the Orange to beat Washington, it’ll have to shut down more than just Plum’s shot. She’s one of the nation’s top scorers, but the key will be to get the ball out of her hands before she even gets to the offensive side of the court. Syracuse thrives on pressure and keeping the ball out of the other team’s ball handlers’ hands. Turnovers equal points (and fewer points for the other team). Part of shutting Plum down in the half court includes also taking away her passes which lead to assists. If Syracuse can reduce her to having just a moderate impact, it’ll be tough to lose the game.P.S.: Syracuse will very likely use its typical full-court press, which falls back into a 2-3 zone once the opposition settles the offense. This is what the Orange has been doing all season and what has helped the program reach new heights. The biggest concern for SU would be if Plum gets hot from deep, Syracuse would have to decide how far to extend out to her in the zone. Against South Carolina in the Sweet 16, Tina Roy hit five first-half 3s. SU subsequently defended her tighter in the second half and the Gamecocks went 1-for-16 from 3 in the second half. Perhaps another in-game adjustment will be warranted but I wouldn’t expect any deviation from Syracuse’s standard defense to start the game.3. Other then Alexis Peterson, who’s the key offensively for the Orange? C.G.: Syracuse needs to lean on Briana Day and a strong presence under the basket to capitalize on second-chance opportunities. The Huskies average 29 defensive rebounds per game, 14th-best in the country, and will be an annoyance to SU on the boards. Even with Peterson shouldering a superhuman load for the Orange offense this postseason, it’s in the team’s best interest to spread out the production across Sykes and Brianna Butler. Butler’s capable of rescuing Syracuse from deep holes with her 3-point tendencies, and Sykes 24-point day against Albany proved she can still be a premier threat.J.M.: Butler. She’s the team’s best threat from 3-point range and can change the entire course of a game in just a few possessions. When she gets hot, Butler can hit six 3s in one half. But when she’s cold, she can hit just one in double-digit attempts during a game. At times, Syracuse lives and dies by the 3-pointer. No one influences that more than Butler. When she’s making shots and the press is working, SU becomes virtually unstoppable.P.S.: The beauty of this question is there’s no right answer. And that’s what has made Syracuse so dangerous on this recent hot streak. The player that most opposing coaches talk about is Butler. If the NCAA’s active career leader in made 3s gets hot, it’s nearly impossible to stop the Orange (see wins over South Carolina and Tennessee). But if Butler’s off, SU can still turn to Sykes, who is averaging 15.8 points in the NCAA tournament. And if not Sykes, you never know when a bench player like Cornelia Fondren, Maggie Morrison or Taylor Ford is going to go off for 15-plus points. But to answer the question, since Butler is so streaky and you never know which one you’ll get, Sykes is the key to balance the scoring off of Peterson’s shoulders. Comments Published on April 1, 2016 at 5:14 pm Facebook Twitter Google+ read more

Muldoon aiming for expanded role in Watt’s absence

first_imgView Gallery (2 Photos)Pat Muldoon showed flashes of potential last season in a limited role on Wisconsin’s defensive line.But the fact that he was on the field and contributing for the Big Ten champion Badgers was an accomplishment in and of itself.Muldoon suffered a major setback in November of his freshman year when he tore his right ACL as a member of the scout team during practice. But, to make matters worse, about three months later he felt discomfort in his other knee.Muldoon said his knee started “locking up,” and doctors found that “about half or three-quarters” of his knee cartilage was cracked off. Two screws were inserted, and Muldoon was on crutches for another two and a half months.“That just really set me back,” Muldoon said. “I lost basically all my leg strength. It’s been a long road back.”But Muldoon completed the long, tiresome hours of rehabilitation and worked his way into the D-line rotation last season as a redshirt freshman. He saw action in all 13 games and finished the year with seven total tackles and two tackles for loss.But he never felt completely healthy.Now, at the start of spring camp here in his third season, the 6-foot-3, 262-pound defensive end says he’s ready to compete with no limitations.“Finally in winter conditioning is when I’d say I felt 100 percent,” Muldoon said. “I got my strength back. I got stronger in my upper body, and had no real nagging pains or anything.”Muldoon’s complete recovery comes at a perfect time for the UW defense.Last year, Muldoon backed up junior standout J.J. Watt, but when you’re the back-up to a star player, you are not got going to see too much playing time.“I was definitely a role player,” Muldoon said. “But I was happy to get some good experience behind such a good player in J.J.”But even in the snaps he got, Muldoon could sense he wasn’t at his best.“Mentally the hardest thing was not being timid,” Muldoon said. “Sometimes I could feel myself leaning one way to protect the ACL knee more.”That trepidation no longer exists.The redshirt sophomore feels confident in his knees, and now the door is open for him to make a greater impact with Watt declaring for the 2011 NFL draft. He is currently battling junior defensive end David Gilbert for a starting spot on the line opposite senior Louis Nzegwu.Muldoon expects the competition for that spot to wage on all the way until the season opener, but regardless of who wins the starting job, there will be plenty of snaps to go around as UW employs a deep rotation to keep linemen fresh.“It’ll be great just to be given a shot,” Muldoon said. “I’m still competing with some other great players to win a role, and we should have a really good D-line this year.”One of the anchors and leaders of the D-line will be fifth-year senior Patrick Butrym, and he anticipates Muldoon playing a substantial role for the Badger defense.“Patty got some really valuable experience last year,” Burtym said. “There is no question I’m confident in his ability to step in next year and do a phenomenal job.”Like Butrym, the Wisconsin coaching staff has been excited about Mudloon’s skill set and potential ever since the Ohio native came to the program from St. Xavier High School.Muldoon is planning on finally putting those skills on full display.“I like to think I’m a technician. I work hard. I know the playbook well,” Muldoon said.“Just go 100 percent every play.”With the injuries now in the past, he finally can.last_img read more