Regulatory myopia driving German institutionals out of equities – Union Investment

first_imgYet Schmidt said he was still convinced regulation was at least partly to blame for institutionals’ withdrawal from the asset class. “Static risk-parity models are telling investors not to hold too much equities because of the historical data that includes the financial crisis – but this is not the scenario we are expecting for 2014, and mark-to-market valuations prevent long-term equity investments,” he said.And while Schmidt recommends adding infrastructure and other real assets to portfolios as a diversification, he said he was concerned some investors might lose sight of the right risk balance. “Equities’ main risk is short-term market volatility, and while single infrastructure investments are more stable from a valuation perspective, there is counterparty risk and liquidity risk,” he said. “In the end, investors need to make a deliberate choice of the risks they want to take on. A prudent approach would suggest diversifying across all kinds of risks.”Pointing out that equity markets are often criticised for the “fragmented” liquidity caused by short-term traders, Schmidt argued that the increase in short-term trading filled a void left behind by “the strong long-term investors who have left the markets”. “Half of the German DAX is now in foreign hands because German investors, institutions and private savers alike have divested drastically from it,” he said. According to figures released by the European Investment Bank, the de-risking trend among institutional investors worldwide has brought down equity exposures from 60% in 2001 and 2006 to 47% in 2012. Schmidt argued that regulations were focusing too much on one particular theme, such as high-frequency trading, instead of looking at the big picture. “Regulators do not support long-term equity investors or encourage them, despite their important role for the capital market,” he said. Regulators’ failure to consider “the bigger picture” has driven institutional investors into risk imbalances, according to Michael Schmidt (pictured), managing director at Union Investment. He said a growing number of German institutional investors had reduced their equity exposure in recent years and were instead increasing exposure to real assets such as infrastructure and real estate. “The fact is, last year was the first year since the crisis in which investors could not afford not to be in equities, and we expect 2014 to be similar,” Schmidt told IPE. “But still not many are making new investments in equities.”Among German insurers, the average equity allocation is currently in the lower single digits, despite the fact German insurance law allows for greater exposure.last_img read more

These giant silos are Australia’s biggest fixer-upper

first_imgA two bedroom home has already been built into the side of the silos. Inside one of the four giant silos for sale together for a bargain price of $252,000.Australia’s biggest fixer-upper — the last of the giant silos left standing in QLD — is being flicked for a “bargain” and there’s government money to help.In a bid to save the last of Queensland’s silos from fading away into history, a home was built into the side of these massive structures — but the inside of them is still the same as they ever were.“These are the only big silos still standing in Queensland,” agent Kath Johnson told The Courier-Mail. You don’t want to be scared of heights here. The view at the top must be amazing.The size of the silos are jawdropping, and Ms Johnson acknowledges: “A lot of people may daunted by the size of the silo”.But nevertheless “there has been quite a bit of interest” already.“The heritage register is there to help you not hinder you. They want to see the silo maintained.”The property including the current house attached to the outside of the silos is listed by Main Street Real Estate at “a bargain” price of $252,000. In terms of what you can do with all that ceiling height, the restrictions were expected to centre around the facade, not the inside.“It’s a matter of putting a plan forward to the Heritage Register and Regional Council for approval. As long as it’s not changing the facade of the building, I don’t think there would be too much problems there.“The internal structure they could pretty much do whatever they liked as long as council approves.” Inside the current residence on site. The silos were originally owned by the Tableland Maizegrowers. There are four big silos attached to the property and more than enough room inside of them to create whatever your heart desires.“The four silos are untouched and remain in original condition with the counter weight lift still in place,” she said.“Being Heritage Listed the new owner can access grants available to expand on the opportunity on offer here.”She said there was “potential for the silos to become a gallery, accommodation, cafe, restaurant, museum”.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus14 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market14 hours agoMs Johnson said the heritage funding came by way of a grant that owners applied for.“They would be for the maintenance of the property.” Four of these are part of the deal. That’s got to be the tallest reno in the country. Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:58Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:58 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD432p432p216p216p180p180pAutoA, 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 Rate1xFullscreenHow much do I need to retire?00:58 FOLLOW SOPHIE FOSTER ON TWITTERlast_img read more

Sam Allardyce seeking to shore up Sunderland’s defence

first_img The Black Cats have already shipped 26 goals from their opening 12 fixtures this season. Only newly-promoted Bournemouth have conceded more. And Allardyce, appointed at the start of October following the departure of Dick Advocaat, says their defensive record must improve in order to retain their top-flight status . Sam Allardyce insists Sunderland must shore up their leaky defence if they are to have any chance of staying in the Barclays Premier League. “My philosophy has always been you start from the back, and it goes without saying every team which wins the league has the best defensive record,” said Allardyce. “When we are a conceding on average over two goals a game, that is the first thing which we have to stop and the players have to understand that. “If they think it is a negative, it is not, it is a massive positive because as soon as you don’t concede a goal you don’t lose the game, then you have got a point and of course afterwards you only need one goal to win it. “So it should be the most positive thing in their mind, because if they achieve a clean sheet as often as they possibly can it will give them a very, very good chance of winning more and more football matches and getting safer up the league as quickly as possible.” Allardyce oversaw Sunderland’s 3-0 victory against Newcastle last month, but has since seen his side slump to successive defeats at Everton – where they conceded six – and a 1-0 loss at home to Southampton prior to the international break. Sunderland, second-from-bottom in the table and four points adrift of safety, will head to Selhurst Park on Monday night to face Crystal Palace. “I am still experimenting because I need to find the system which suits the players to get results, and we are not getting those results,” added Allardyce. “I don’t like to keep changing personnel or systems, but on the basis of not knowing my players that well at the moment and having two international windows since taking over when you lose the players to international duty means you get to know them even less. “But trying to find the right system for a particular game and opposition is very important in trying to evolve the players and if we can find the system which gets us a result on a regular basis, then we won’t have to change it as much. “But until then I am still looking and hoping we can achieve the system to help us produce more victories.” center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

President Trump Tweets, Visits WPB Golf Club After Christmas

first_imgThe commander-in-chief then shifted his attention to the impeachment with this statement:Despite all of the great success that our Country has had over the last 3 years, it makes it much more difficult to deal with foreign leaders (and others) when I am having to constantly defend myself against the Do Nothing Democrats & their bogus Impeachment Scam. Bad for USA!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 26, 2019 Nancy Pelosi’s District in California has rapidly become one of the worst anywhere in the U.S. when it come to the homeless & crime. It has gotten so bad, so fast – she has lost total control and, along with her equally incompetent governor, Gavin Newsom, it is a very sad sight!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 26, 2019 Florida Atlantic University Professor of Political Science Kevin Wagner believes that is a fair concern, adding, “Maybe he is having difficulty focusing on international problems because of his domestic conflicts.”Wagner explains that he is not surprised to see the president express himself online during the impeachment process. He also does not think it will sway the public’s opinion on impeachment, which currently stands just above 50 percent in numerous polls.According to Wagner, “Probably one of the more amazing things about the President when you look at public opinion is how little it moves when you look at what the facts are, no matter what comes out.”Trump, First Lady Melania and their son Barron are scheduled to stay in town until January 5.center_img President Trump has been spending the day after Christmas in our area by tweeting and visiting his Trump International Golf Club in West Palm Beach.While on the greens, he tweeted:“Nancy Pelosi has no leverage over the Senate. Mitch McConnell did not nose his way into the impeachment process in the House, and she has no standing in the Senate.” Brad Blakeman. Crazy Nancy should clean up her filthy dirty District & help the homeless there. A primary for N?— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 26, 2019last_img read more

Update on the latest sports

first_img July 5, 2020 — Washington Nationals manager Dave Martinez says two players out of 60 tested turned up positive for the novel coronavirus. Martinez says the two players took their tests Wednesday before reporting to Nationals Park and that some are still awaiting their results. Reliever Sean Doolittle minutes earlier lamented not having his COVID-19 test results back from Friday and implored baseball to “clean this up.”— The Chicago White Sox say two players have tested positive for COVID-19 and are in isolation. The team said Sunday that the two unidentified players are asymptomatic, and contact tracing for both was conducted. They are being monitored by team medical staff and will receive follow-up testing in the coming days. They will be allowed to return to baseball activities after they test negative twice and pass other appropriate COVID-19 protocols.— The Oakland Athletics’ first full-squad workout was pushed back from Sunday following the July 4 holiday given the club hadn’t received results from position player intake testing done Friday, according to general manager David Forst. Manager Bob Melvin is eager to get everybody on the field together at the Coliseum while understanding he must be flexible during this fluid time. — Milwaukee Brewers outfielder Christian Yelich acknowledges he benefited from fortunate timing in his contract negotiations. The Brewers held a March 6 news conference to announce that the 2018 NL MVP had agreed to a nine-year, $215 million contract. Spring training was halted less than a week later because of the coronavirus pandemic. Yelich’s deal was finalized before the loss of revenue from Major League Baseball’s shortened season and labor unrest created at least some uncertainty about the game’s financial future. He says everybody is in a unique situation this season.— Houston Astros shortstop Carlos Correa is so serious about not contracting the coronavirus that he’s asked wife Daniella, a former pageant queen, to stay out of beauty salons until the season is over. Correa’s wife was Miss Texas in 2016. The pair wed in the Dominican Republic in December. Correa spoke at length after Sunday’s workout about the importance of personal responsibility among the players if they hope to get through this 60-game season. It’s scheduled to begin July 23 or July 24. Associated Press In other news from baseball’s summer training:— Left-hander Andrew Heaney is expected to make his first opening day start for the Los Angeles Angels. Manager Joe Maddon confirmed his selection before the Angels’ third workout of summer camp. Los Angeles is expected to open the season July 24. The 29-year-old Heaney will be the Angels’ fourth different opening day starter in four years. He went 4-6 last season with a 4.91 ERA and 118 strikeouts while missing time with injuries to his left elbow and shoulder.F1-AUSTRIAN GPBottas wins F1′s season-opening Austrian GP, Hamilton 4thSPIELBERG, Austria (AP) — Valtteri Bottas has won a chaotic season-opening Austrian Grand Prix which saw Formula One champion Lewis Hamilton finish fourth after getting a late time penalty. Braves manager Brian Snitker says the 34-year-old Hernández chose to skip the season due to the coronavirus pandemic.A six-time All-Star in 15 seasons with Seattle, the player known as King Felix needed a fresh start following 2019, his worst season.The decision was made after Hernández participated in workouts Friday and Saturday at Truist Park.The Braves announced Saturday that four-time All-Star first baseman Freddie Freeman, reliever Will Smith and two more Atlanta players tested positive for COVID-19.In other virus-related baseball developments: That message was delivered before the race when all drivers wore that T-shirt. World champion Lewis Hamilton, the only black driver in F1, had Black Lives Matter on the front and End Racism on the back.But six drivers did not join Hamilton and 13 others in taking the knee. One of the six, Charles Leclerc, later tweeted that behavior in everyday life matters more than “formal gestures that could be seen as controversial in some countries.” He said his failure to take a knee doesn’t mean he’s “less committed than others in the fight against racism.”Hamilton has spoken widely about racism in recent weeks following the death in Minneapolis of George Floyd in May.center_img MLB-INDIANS-FRANCONAIndians manager backs name changeCLEVELAND (AP) — Manager Terry Francona believes it’s time for the Cleveland Indians to change their nickname. Francona says the Indians should “move forward” and consider a new name.The American League team has been called the Indians since 1915. On Friday, the team released a statement saying it was committed to determine a “best path forward with regard to our team name.” The move came hours after the NFL’s Washington Redskins announced plans to review their contentious logo and nickname.Last year, the Indians removed the much-criticized Chief Wahoo logo from their game worn caps and jerseys. Update on the latest sports Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditMLB-BRAVES-HERNANDEZFélix Hernandez opts out of 2020 seasonATLANTA (AP) — Former Cy Young winner Félix Hernández has opted out of the 2020 season, at least temporarily ending his bid to revive his career with the Atlanta Braves. Hamilton’s penalty saw him drop from second to fourth on Sunday. That meant Charles Leclerc took second place for Ferrari and Lando Norris was third.The race was interrupted three times by a safety car and nine of 20 drivers abandoned. The Red Bulls of Max Verstappen and Alexander Albon both went out the race.F1 DRIVERS AGAINST RACISMF1 Drivers all wear “End Racism” T-shirts, but 6 don’t kneelSPIELBERG, Austria (AP) — Valtteri Bottas kneeled holding the winners’ trophy at Formula One’s season-opening Austrian Grand Prix on Sunday and the podium trio held up a black T-shirt with “End Racism” written on it.last_img read more

Haiti trample Guyana 6 – 0 at CONCACAF U-17 Championship

first_imgGuyana suffered their heaviest defeat at the CONCACAF U-17 Championship when they fell hard to eventual Group G winners, Haiti, 6 – 0, when the two met yesterday at the IMG Academy, Bradenton, Florida.With defeats suffered against El Salvador (4 – 0) and Honduras (3 – 0), the Guyanese unit were hoping for a better performance against the Haitians, but, with the French-speaking Caribbean Island hammering their way through the group, Guyana would’ve had to play an almost perfect game if they were to secure their first win, or, secure their first point in the tournament.Haiti, who will now play the Dominican Republic in the round-of-16, didn’t spare Guyana, especially in the first half, when they scored five goals; Michael Pierre netted twice (12th and 28th minutes), Captain Kervens Jolicooeur (21st), Kurowskybob Pierre (27th) and Omire Etienne (43rd) all scored.Coached by Sampson Gilbert, Guyana showed some signs of promise in the second half, but the Haitians were too good, as they scored their sixth goal in the 82nd minute through Thero Rhinvil.Guyana conceded 13 goals at the championship; the most by any team, while failing to find the net.last_img read more

Former IBB Golf Club Captain Loses Mother

first_imgLady Cecelia Nwaezekaibea Azogu, mother of former Captain of the IBB Golf Club, Tony Azogu, is no more. Lady Azogu passed away in Oguta, Imo State, on May 11, 2016. She was aged 87.According to a statement from the Azogu family, burial rites will begin with Vigil Mass on June 3 at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Oguta.“This shall be followed by a Burial Mass on June 4 while interment will hold same day at her No 59, Agunze Road Oguta,” observed the statement. Azogu said of his late mother: “Mama was kind to all and she exhibited undying love for her children. She was a rallying point for about every woman in our community. I shall miss her so much. When the burial rites are over, I intend to arrange a special Golf Kitty for her. I want friends from the golfing world to know how much I really appreciate my mom.”Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

How broadcasters keep up with Syracuse’s up-tempo offense

first_img Published on September 12, 2016 at 12:32 am Contact Matthew: mguti100@syr.edu | @MatthewGut21 Facebook Twitter Google+ From inside the television production truck snuggled between the Carrier Dome and Sadler Hall, Ed Placey shook his head at what had just transpired: A replay but no snap.In the Carrier Dome less than 100 yards away, Syracuse quarterback Eric Dungey had run up the middle for a first down across the Louisville 22-yard line in the first quarter. But viewers watching the game on ESPN did not see the snap live. They saw only a replay of running back Moe Neal, who four plays earlier ran for 16 yards, and the end of Dungey’s run, a mass of players piled on him.“That shouldn’t happen,” said Placey, an ESPN senior coordinating producer for college football.Opposing defenses aren’t the only ones tasked with adjusting to Syracuse’s fast-paced offense. Television producers, directors and broadcasters are challenged to keep up, altering how they deliver the game to viewers. Outside of the broadcast booth, the effects of speedy offenses are just as significant. Scoreboard and clock operators, public address announcers and spotters — those who assist the public address announcer — are all forced to be quicker.Syracuse averaged one play every 18.4 seconds Friday night, several seconds faster than the NCAA average, which usually hovers around 24 seconds. SU ranks fourth in the FBS in plays per game, with 97. And, in recent years, a growing number of teams have implemented hurry-up offenses, including Oregon, Clemson and Syracuse. Auburn, Houston, Baylor and Arizona are among top programs that have run no-huddle offenses for years.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textTelevision producers have to pick their spots to show replays, and broadcasters save player backstories for breaks in the action. In some cases, they ditch them altogether.“No-huddle offense are not TV friendly at all,” said Anish Shroff, a broadcaster for ESPN. “You just gotta be on your toes a little more because you don’t want to miss anything.”center_img For broadcasters, hurry-up offenses mean economy of words, efficiency and more generalizations. With less time to talk between plays, it’s not uncommon for analysts, who break down plays, to not speak at length for several plays — even entire drives — at a time.On Friday, ESPN sideline reporter Molly McGrath provided analysis mostly in and out of commercial breaks. With Syracuse and Louisville playing up-tempo, there was little time for McGrath to speak during the action.“She can give us something that has meat, build off that instead of (me) starting out of a break,” said Adam Amin, an ESPN broadcaster who called Friday’s game. “When teams up the tempo, we can get good information in that way.”There’s also a focus on prepared packages. With a team such as Nebraska that has an average-paced offense, ESPN can run a short montage directly after a play that breaks down the Xs and Os and intricacies of a scheme.Shroff uses only 5 to 10 percent of his notes on air. For games with fast offenses, he may use only about 2 percent of his prepared notes. And while Shroff prepares the same way no matter the offenses, he’s tasked with speaking in brevity: He meshes more into shorter periods. For example, he may say:“Three-star recruit Eric Dungey with the 5-yard gain,” as opposed to, “Dungey, with the keep, a gain of five. The three-star recruit…”“You’re not giving the 505 story but rather the 101 version of the story,” Shroff said.Dennis Deninger, a professor of sport management at SU, said the time pressure for radio is probably more intense because broadcasters have to describe the action to listeners. Matt Park, the radio play-by-play voice for Syracuse IMG Sports Network, calls SU football and men’s basketball.During pauses in the game, Park breaks down what happened in the previous series. Sneaking themes of the game or bigger picture ideas is “probably not wise,” he said. Substitutions provide a chance to slide in a little more commentary between plays.In the end, what’s relevant in the moment is paramount. Between plays, he might jump in and note that Ervin Philips has tied the SU record for catches in a game. But when the game picks up in cadence and flow, so does Park.“If the game is slow, we’ll sound slow,” he said. “If the game is up tempo, we’ll sound snappy.”Before each game they broadcast, ESPN producers, directors and broadcasters meet with each team’s coaching staff. Bryan Jaroch, a producer with the network, asks what type of tempo he can expect for the game. If a team plans to run up-tempo, producers may prepare fewer graphics because they likely won’t have the time to air them during the game.“Graphics — you just can’t do it,” said Bryan Ryder, an ESPN producer. “It’s annoying. It drives me nuts when a graphic is in there for two seconds and you can’t read it.”On the bottom right of the screen, ESPN places a “bug,” or the square that shows the score, down, clock and yards to go. Ryder calls it an asset for ESPN, as producers can flash third down conversion rates, total yardage and other simple measures.Courtesy of ESPN3Deninger compared hurry-up offenses to hockey, where viewers don’t see as many replays and graphics. Graphics are limited to the lower third because full screen graphics take time to process. Producers use natural breaks, commercials, to integrate what are called in-bumps, or analysis and graphics.“It’s a completely different approach,” Deninger said. “You just have to cover what’s happening. For most of us in television sports, that runs counter to what we want to do.”What ESPN crews execute to fit more replays into telecast is a “two-box.” One box on the screen shows the live picture, or what’s happening on the field. The other shows the replay. This lets producers and directors squeeze in replays, even in high-paced action.The screens are condensed, limiting in the variety of shots directors can choose. Only certain angles fit in a downsized box. Often, producers scrap replays on no-huddle drives.Courtesy of ESPN3When full-screen replays are shown, they’re sometimes shortened. Shots may include only the final stage of the play. In the first two weeks of college football, however, ESPN has occasionally cut to full-screen replays, missing out on snaps, producer Andrew Bock said. Missing snaps is a “cardinal sin” because it cuts down on action for viewers.“It’s really taken us a few years to get it down to a science,” Bock said. “It still hasn’t been perfected. Even the Houston-Oklahoma game, I know the guy producing that game (and) there were some phenomenal plays, but he missed some snaps early on.”The results are amplified in the red zone. Choosing to cut to a shot away from the main action for a third or fourth time between plays might lead to a missed snap. All the viewer is left to see is the player walking into the end zone, rather than the entire play.On Friday night, Michael Veley and Patrick Ryan were stationed near Amin. Veley, SU’s public address announcer, and Ryan, his spotter, changed the way they prepared for the Orange’s season opener against Colgate — they didn’t.Typically, Ryan marks up the starters, second string team and captains. But once the Colgate game started, he knew he would never look at the sheet. There was simply no time.“My head’s still spinning,” Ryan said four days after the Colgate game, slightly joking. “It’s craziness.”Ryan, an instructor of sport management at SU, works beside Veley with the rosters and a pair of binoculars. After each play, he tells Veley what happened — the players involved, yards lost or gained, the ball’s spot on the field, the down and yards to go.Ryan is especially important with the fast offense, as Veley had no rehearsal. There were no exhibition games for him to practice announcing the offense. Veley has to describe everything that happens plays before the team lines ups the next snap.“It’s just rush, rush, rush,” Bock said. “You want to enhance the game but you also don’t want to interrupt that. Remembering the game is sacred is even more important when covering high-speed offenses.“It’s really difficult.” Commentslast_img read more

Badgers embrace 3 new assistants

first_imgAlex Laedtke/Badger Herald designCross brings NFL experience to UWTo have once coached in the National Football League, it’s certainly implied that you have a great knowledge and understanding of the game of football.But for newly appointed special teams and safeties coach DeMontie Cross, it’s his grasp of the game as well as his moxie that makes him an effective coach.“His voice – it’s a lot to know X’s and O’s but sometimes that voice and that confidence – I think the kids, they see DeMontie up in front of them and realize he knows this business, and he’s been a nice addition to our staff,” Wisconsin head coach Bret Bielema said.Cross, a former free safety at Missouri from 1994-96, spent the last five seasons as an assistant coach for the Buffalo Bills in various capacities, including special teams and linebackers, before joining the UW staff in February.According to Bielema, Cross has been floating around on the head coach’s radar for quite a while, saying he first tried to hire Cross three years ago.The two became acquainted years ago when both were coaching in the Big 12. From 2002-03, Bielema stood as Kansas State’s co-defensive coordinator while Cross acted as Iowa State’s outside linebackers coach and special teams coordinator.The two crossed paths a few other times after Cross accepted a job at Purdue in January, and he couldn’t decline an opportunity to join Bielama at Wisconsin when a position on the staff opened.So Cross left West Lafeyette for Madison.“I got to know him through the Big 12 conference and some other things and playing against him and then … those things carried on, and then we got to know each other a little bit and talk ball and when an opportunity came for me to join his staff, I couldn’t pass it up,” Cross said.Cross has definitely thrown himself into his new job. During team scrimmages, Cross can be found standing about 40-50 yards behind the line of scrimmage, eyeing the safeties and barking words of encouragement or critique above the usual cacophony of coaches.Cross said one of the biggest differences in going from the NFL to the college game is practice time. Time is limited in college football for practice time, whereas in the NFL practice can go on as long as the coaches want.Nevertheless, after about two and a half weeks of his first spring camp at UW, Cross already believes he’s got a harmonious relationship going with his players.“I’m loving it,” he said. “I think the chemistry is there from the guys. … I just want to come in and do my role and do my part to help us continue the success.”-Elliot HughesHuxtable drawn to Badgers’ style When University of Central Florida defensive coordinator Dave Huxtable decided to leave the Golden Knights to become the linebackers coach at Wisconsin, many wondered why.Why would a coordinator of a top-25 ranked defense with 29 years of coaching experience choose to become a position coach at this point in his career?For Huxtable, the answer to that question stems from the brand of football Wisconsin has to offer.“Wisconsin has been one of the top football programs in the nation,” Huxtbale said. “I just love the kind of football that Wisconsin plays. It’s smash mouth football – it’s a physical brand of football … its what I think sets this place apart from other programs in the country.”The Badgers are coming off a Big Ten title and Rose Bowl appearance – two accomplishments that made the opening appealing to numerous coaches around the nation.But Huxtable was drawn to Wisconsin football’s collective identity – an identity that matches perfectly with his coaching style.“The toughness of the program, the discipline of the program and that whole style of play is attractive to me because that is my personality,” Huxtable said.From the moment Huxtable stepped foot in Madison, he was ready to make his mark on the UW defense.He wants his linebackers – and the defense as a whole – to be more aggressive in 2011. Members of the defensive coaching staff – led by co-coordinators Chris Ash and Charlie Partridge – have already begun to make some changes to the defense, intending to make the Badger ‘D’ a more physical, fast-flowing unit.“We all hope that’s what the defense will be,” Huxtable said. “Chris [Ash] is doing a great job, along with Charlie [Partridge]. We are trying to instill that state of mind in these guys, and I think they’ve bought into it.”Count middle linebacker Chris Borland as one of the players who’s bought in to Huxtable’s style.“He’s just a football man, and everybody likes him,” Borland said. “He’s brought a lot of energy to the program.”Senior defensive tackle Patrick Butrym can tell you all about that energy and enthusiasm.“I remember the first day I met Hux he was watching film, and I was in on a play and he called me out,” Butrym said. “I actually appreciated that. That’s the kind of stuff you’re looking for, and that’s definitely the sign of a good coach who wants everybody to do better.”-Max HensonBack where he started, Hammock aiming to preserve tradition For a running backs coach, it doesn’t get much better than Wisconsin.Well, the opportunity to coach the Badger running backs opened up when John Settle decided to leave UW for the same position in the NFL with the Carolina Panthers.With Settle gone, potential candidates to fill the spot saw this: a chance to coach two of the best young tailbacks in the country, with Montee Ball and James White returning after stellar seasons, and a chance to manage those running backs in one of the most run-heavy offenses around.In the end, UW head coach Bret Bielema appointed a familiar face to the highly sought-after position when he hired former Wisconsin graduate assistant Thomas Hammock, who most recently coached the running backs at Minnesota.The running back tradition at Wisconsin is tremendous, and it was a definite draw for Hammock, but he says he was equally excited to work in conjunction with the other aspect of UW’s impressive running game – the massive offensive line.“It starts with those guys up front. They keep getting bigger and bigger and better and better, and it makes my job easier,” Hammock said. “I just need to make sure my guys are making that last guy miss and working on finishing plays, and I think we’ll be where we need to be.”As far as the running backs are concerned, Hammock expected to see plenty of skilled tailbacks in cardinal and white when he arrived, but he didn’t expect to be so impressed with their collective work ethic.“I knew there was talent here, but I didn’t know how hard they worked,” Hammock said. “That’s the thing that really surprised me – just how hard they work to get better. And that’s what you want as a coach – good players that want to work to be great.”Hammock spent the last four seasons coaching the running backs at Minnesota and served as the play-caller last season before taking the job with UW.He had to make the difficult decision to leave new Gopher head coach Jerry Kill, and he admitted the move was tough for both parties, but Hammock wanted to continue his career in Madison – the place where his life as a college coach began.“I started my career here and had a bunch of positive experiences here,” Hammock said. “Wisconsin is a program built on tradition. It’s something that intrigued me to come back.”-Max Hensonlast_img read more

Women’s water polo snaps 52-game streak

first_imgAfter a year and a half of winning, the Trojans’ streak is officially over.The No. 1 women’s water polo team brought a record-breaking 52-game win streak into their game against No. 2 Stanford on Saturday. But the Cardinal came out swinging and never let up, holding on to an early lead to break the Trojans’ streak in a 12-8 final.From the start, Stanford took advantage of every opportunity for a mismatch on offense. The Cardinal scored off their first 6-on-5 power play, then quickly stretched out to a 3-1 lead in the first quarter. With the Trojans on their heels, Stanford found the pulse of play and kept a hold on their lead through smothering defense.The Trojans found some success in the second quarter, attacking the net to bring the deficit back to only two goals at the end of the half. That momentum carried into the second half with senior Ioanna Haralabidis slotting a shot into the top right corner of the Stanford goal to bring the Stanford lead to 7-6.But from there, the Cardinal clamped down on defense, showing a new defensive structure with two defenders closely flanking the goalkeeper to efficiently block any chance at a USC attack. Meanwhile, the Stanford offense found quick rhythm and jumped ahead to a 12-6 lead. Although the Trojans were able to find the back of the net two more times when Stanford rotated in younger players, it was simply too little, too late for the top-ranked team.The difference between the two teams was a solid stand on defense by the Cardinal, which thwarted the Trojans’ ability to attack both down low and from farther out. Stanford goalkeeper Gabby Stone was at the heart of this defense, recording 11 blocks on the night. Although USC is used to pounding the ball down low through Games, Stanford was stalwart in playing physically — yet within the rules — in the post. The Cardinal also effectively shut down the Haralabidis twins, holding the dynamic duo to a combined 3 points.For the Trojans, sophomore keeper Amanda Longan did her part by notching seven blocks throughout the game. But the Cardinal remained clean in their attack, moving the ball consistently to find open looks at the net. The Trojan defense didn’t have a solution for the Stanford attack from mid-range, and without an answer on offense, the loss was inevitable. Now, the Trojans have fallen to No. 3 in the Pac-12 standings. The team didn’t lose for the entirety of the 2016 calendar year, including last year’s NCAA championship title game. The 52-game streak was the longest in NCAA women’s water polo history, beating out the previous record set by UCLA from 2007 to 2009.The team will return to face off against Cal next weekend in search of redemption for Saturday’s rare loss. The game against Stanford was the the Trojans’ final home stand of the regular season, and with the Pac-12 championships and the NCAA playoffs looming, the team will look to rebound quickly. Although this was the final game for the Trojans in their home pool, it most likely won’t be their last game against Stanford if this season follows the course of past years. The teams are expected to face off as the No. 1 and No. 2 seeds for both the Pac-12 championship and the NCAA championship. The next time they meet, the Trojans will be building toward a new streak and looking for one thing — redemption.last_img read more