Hosted by popular late-night show hosts Jimmy Fallon, Stephen Colbert and Jimmy Kimmel, the special will be featuring big names and legends spanning all musical genres like Alicia Keys, Andrea Bocelli, Billie Eilish, Billie Joe Amstrong of Green Day, Celine Dion, Chris Martin, Eddie Vedder of Pearl Jam, Elton John, Jennifer Lopez, John Legend, Paul McCartney, Pharrell Williams and Sam Smith.It will also feature appearances by stars such as Ellen Degeneres and Oprah Winfrey, as well as Idris Elba, Kerry Washington, Lupita Nyong’o, Matthew McConaughey, Priyanka Chopra Jonas and Shah Rukh Khan.Aside from the star-studded special, ONE Championship’s own superstar fighters will take part in the show, with Aung La N Sang, Angela Lee Brandon Vera, Demetrious Johnson, Martin Nguyen and others sharing their “at home” workouts and answering questions from fans. ONE Championship, dubbed “Asia’s leading sports media property”, has partnered with Global Citizen to produce a “no-contact” livestream concert called “One World: Together At Home”, offering one more reason for people around the world to contribute to the fight against the pandemic by staying at homeThe eight-hour free “music special” also aims to raise funds for the COVID-Solidarity Response Fund of the World Health Organization (WHO) through a new merchandise store, ONE.SHOP, with 10 percent of net proceeds to be donated to the global health fund.The concert will be live streamed globally on ONE Championship’s Facebook page and ONE Super App on Sunday, April 19, at 2 a.m. Singapore Time, or 1 a.m. Western Indonesia Time (WIB). The recorded concert will then be replayed for 24 hours after the live stream on the sports promoter’s Facebook page and bespoke app, as well as its YouTube channel and Twitter account (@ONEChampionship). Topics :
Governor Wolf Launches Resurface PA (Round-up) May 29, 2018 SHARE Email Facebook Twitter Infrastructure, Round-Up, Transportation Last week, Governor Wolf announced a new statewide initiative, Resurface PA, that will patch potholes and accelerate repaving work on interstates across Pennsylvania. A significant portion of this program’s funding is through savings that have accumulated since the governor took office in 2015.Governor Wolf directed PennDOT to dedicate as many resources as possible to pothole and pavement repairs. The department has prioritized $22.3 million for immediate pothole repairs through June 30, which translates into nearly 30,000 tons of patching material. An additional $7 million will be invested in seven interstate maintenance projects covering potholes and other repairs on 78 miles of roads this year.“PennDOT has been at work on this problem for many months, but the severe temperature swings through the winter have created ideal conditions for continued pavement challenges,” Governor Wolf said. “We are further increasing our focus on pothole repairs and also accelerating much-needed work on our interstates.”Motorists can report potholes and other highway-maintenance concerns on state routes at www.customercare.penndot.gov or by calling PennDOT’s toll-free hotline at 1-800-FIX-ROAD (1-800-349-7623).Take a look at the coverage below: Beaver County Times: Wolf allocates $180 million for pothole repair, interstate resurfacingWolf has told PennDOT to spend whatever possible on pothole and pavement repairs, and it has pushed $22.3 million toward pothole repairs through June. An additional $7 million is steered into seven interstate maintenance projects that will address potholes and other repairs on 78 miles of road this year.Penn Live: PennDOT will be taking aim at potholes with cash and asphaltWith this winter producing a plentiful crop of potholes, PennDOT will be spending $22.3 million to repair them through the end of June.Because “severe temperature swings through the winter have created ideal conditions for continued pavement challenges,” Gov. Tom Wolf said the state will be increasing its focus on pothole repairs and accelerating work on interstates.Associated Press: Pothole relief is coming: Wolf launches ‘Resurface PA’ to tackle winter’s effects throughout PennsylvaniaPennsylvania drivers will be getting some relief from pockmarked roadways in the form of $180 million to fill in potholes and perform other work after the ravages of a tough winter. Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf was announcing Thursday $22 million for pothole and pavement repairs, enough to buy nearly 30,000 tons of paving material. By: Governor Tom Wolf’s Office of Communications
35 Chirio Dr, Redlynch“The layout of my new home is going to be quite similar. It will be so sad to go but people’s plans change in life,” he said. “The thing I will probably miss the most is the Redlynch area. “I’m a keen runner and the suburb is made for recreation, with all its walking tracks and similar things.”The property at 35 Chirio Dr, Redlynch is listed for $1.39 million and open for inspection by appointment. The median sale price for Redlynch houses, according to CoreLogic, was just under $470,000 as of December. Selling agent Sue Clyde-Smith of Elite Real Estate Services said the home was of outstanding quality. “It’s just built to perfection and there is nothing left to do to it. My mind is blown whenever I walk inside,” she said. “The garden is just wonderful … there is plenty of room for children to run around and play.” Mrs Clyde-Smith described the property as an “executive family home”. The home is listed for $1.39 million.IF it wasn’t for the irresistible tropical setting, this grand Redlynch manor could be mistaken for a Beverly Hills palace. Set on about 4370sq m, the majestic five-bedroom house has been the pride and joy of Dr Derrick Coetzee since it was built in 2005. Giant timber doors open on to a living space adorned with dazzling Egyptian artefacts and a chandelier-clad towering ceiling.The kitchen is best described as gargantuan. “I’m quite a perfectionist and wanted to make sure I had everything covered,” said Dr Coetzee, who spent several years designing his “dream home” while living at Brinsmead in the early 2000s. “When drawing up the plans I was focusing on maximising views and keeping the house cool with shading.“From about 3.30pm there’s no more sun on the block, and it’s just a lovely place to stay cool while looking across the valley to the mountain.”Dr Coetzee has tweaked the property’s gardens to perfection over time.“There was nothing on the block, just grass, but I carved out pathways and created a kind of botanical garden,” he said. The neat pool adjoins a timber deck from where the view can be soaked up in tranquillity.“Every Saturday and Sunday, I sit on the deck with a coffee and spend hours looking at the beautiful garden and listening to the waterfall,” Dr Coetzee said.“The home is great for entertaining but is also absolutely ideal for families.”Other features include built-in speakers, built-in wardrobes, a fireplace, comprehensive “man shed”, alarm system and spa.Comfort is further maintained in the 580sq m house by 10 airconditioning units. More from newsCairns home ticks popular internet search terms3 days agoTen auction results from ‘active’ weekend in Cairns3 days agoNow building a new home at City View, closer to his work, Dr Coetzee said he would dearly miss the Redlynch property.
Eastwood became vice-chancellor of the University of Birmingham in April 2009. Former posts include chief executive of the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE), vice-chancellor of the University of East Anglia (UEA) and chief executive of the Arts and Humanities Research Board.He was originally appointed by the Universities UK organisation, the representative group for USS sponsoring employers.Retired Harris joined the UK’s largest scheme as a director in April 1991, when he served as vice-chancellor of the University of Essex.He became deputy-chair of the £41.6bn (€57bn) pension fund in 2004, taking over as chairman two years later.In his final months as chair of the scheme, Harris oversaw a debate between the employers group and trade unions over the future of the scheme.The current proposals, set to be implemented by the USS board, include fully closing the final salary section of the DB fund and moving all members’ future accrual to career-average benefits.USS opened a career-average section for new employees in 2011, accounting for one-third of the scheme’s members.In addition to dropping final salary benefits for academics, the fund will become a hybrid scheme with defined contribution accrual for all entitlements above a £55,000 earnings cap. The Universities Superannuation Scheme (USS) has appointed a chairman after the retirement of Sir Martin Harris last week.Sir David Eastwood will now move from being a director on the trustee board of one of the UK’s largest defined benefit (DB) schemes to chairman.Harris stepped down at the end of March after nine years as chairman and 14 years on the board.Eastwood, vice-chancellor at the University of Birmingham, joined the USS board in 2007 and will now be replaced by Anton Muscatelli of the University of Glasgow.
“Dapat malaman ng publiko kung ano ‘yung mga guidelines kung ikaw ba ay puwedeng pumasok o hindi,” Eleazar said. “Nagiging problema pa rin. One week ago hindi natin mai-imagine na puwedeng gawin ito. Pero dahil sa pangangailangan, kaya natin gawin,” Eleazar said. Social distancing is a term applied to certain actions that are taken by public health officials to stop or slow down the spread of a highly contagious disease. It is a form of mitigating measure to hopefully contain the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic. Eleazar admitted in a media interview that social distancing were still not being observed by many when he made an inspection in Valenzuela City on Monday morning. MANILA – Two days after the implementation of “community quarantine” in Metro Manila, the “social distancing” is still not properly observed, Philippine National Police deputy chief for operations Police Lieutenant General Guillermo Eleazar said. He added that drivers of vehicles, whether private or public, should be the one responsible in imposing social distancing among their passengers. “Pag mayroong hindi gumagawa (social distancing), pababain. Huwag papasukin,” Eleazar said. The Philippine government implemented community quarantine in Metro Manila in an aim to contain the spread of the disease. This move has been restricting the movement of people going inside and outside the region. DRY RUN. MRT3 implements ‘social distancing’ prompting long lines at the train stations. Photo from MRT3 Eleazar also reminded cops to strongly prevent the entry of individuals who have no important matters to attend to in Metro Manila. Curfews have also been implemented by various local government units starting last night to prevent individuals from roaming around the metro amid the threat of COVID-19./PN
The Batesville Boys 9th Grade Basketball team fell to 7-5 on the season with a 39-27 loss at Greensburg.The Dogs started slow and never seemed to get going. Tyler Myers led The Bulldogs in scoring with 7 points.The team is in action again Saturday when they host Rushville.Score by quarter vs Greensburg: BHS: 11 18 24 27. GHS: 13 21 35 39.Scoring: Lane Oesterling 4, Sam Giesting 2, Gus Cooper 3, Nathan Eckstein 4, Devin Scripture 2, Alex Westerfeld 5, Tyler Myers 7, Kevin Salatin 0, and Charlie Prickel 0.Courtesy of Bulldogs Coach Michael Lanning.
Darren Lehmann resigned after the ball-tampering scandal in Cape Town.Steve Smith and David Warner were banned for one year.Australia has not won a bilateral ODI series for over two years. highlights New Delhi: The ball-tampering scandal in the Cape Town Test between South Africa and Australia rocked the cricketing world for a couple of months. Cameron Bancroft was caught on camera removing yellow sandpaper to alter the condition of the ball. Along with Bancroft, Steve Smith and David Warner were also guilty and they were banned by Cricket Australia for one year. The other notable casualty in the list was Darren Lehmann, who was the coach of the Australian cricket team and resigned in tears following the scandal. Australia went on to lose the four-Test series 3-1 and it was their first loss in South Africa after 48 years. Almost a year after the scandal, Lehmann is back as coach but this time it will be for the Brisbane Heat franchise in the Big Bash League. The former Australian left-handed batsman had helped the Heat win the Big Bash League title in 2013 and it was this experience that helped him secure the post of Australia’s head coach for the 2013 Ashes following the acrimonious exit of Mickey Arthur. “I think you learn a lot about yourself during the dark times and for me it’s all about enjoying the game. I’ve fallen in love with the game again, so I’m really looking forward to getting back working with some young guys with a lot of talent,” Lehmann said. Lehmann, along with much of Australia’s senior management, accused of overseeing a toxic culture that allowed a win-at-all-costs mentality to flourish. “That hurt a lot of people didn’t it, all of us involved. Obviously it’s time to move on though isn’t it? That’s the thing.” The 49-year-old was emphatic when asked if he had any desire to return to international coaching. “No. I’m not travelling 300 days away a year again and I don’t think my wife would let me,” he said. Recently, Steve Smith had opened up about the ball-tampering scandal during a press conference in Sydney. “Something happened out on the field and I had the opportunity to stop it at that point rather than say I don’t want to know anything about it, that was my failure and I’ve taken responsibility for that,” Smith said. The Australia skipper, whose ban ends in March, admitted that watching the Australian team struggle after he was banned was the hardest thing he had faced. For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.
The Sabres had 13 games remaining and had fallen out of playoff contention.Krueger believes there is still much to be gained for the Sabres to continue playing, but adds he’ll abide by whatever decision the NHL reaches on whether to resume the regular season.As for the possibility of the NHL holding its playoffs in the summer and awarding the Stanley Cup as late as September, Krueger said “there’s nothing that I cannot imagine as an option.”___The president of the Portuguese Olympic Committee says he hopes the Tokyo Games are postponed. March 23, 2020 Associated Press Russia was faced with sending a neutral team to the Tokyo Olympics under sanctions from the World Anti-Doping Agency. But those measures can’t be implemented until there’s a ruling from the Court of Arbitration for Sport, where hearings have been delayed by the coronavirus outbreak. It’s unclear whether CAS could still rule before the Tokyo Olympics are scheduled to start July 24.___The Spanish soccer federation and the Spanish league say the suspension of professional soccer in the country will continue until government officials “consider that they can be resumed without creating any health risk.”The soccer competitions had been initially suspended for two weeks, but on Sunday the government said the country’s state of emergency would likely be extended, meaning the entire nation may have to remain in lockdown until at least April 11.Spanish authorities say more than 33,000 people have been infected with the coronavirus in the country, with 2,182 deaths. ___The Azerbaijan Grand Prix has been postponed because of the coronavirus outbreak.The latest postponement means there will be no Formula One races until the middle of June at the earliest.The race at the Baku City Circuit was scheduled for June 7.The first seven races of the Formula One season had already either been postponed or canceled. Berit Kjøll says “it will not be possible to carry out a Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics in July as planned” because of the growing coronavirus outbreak.Kjøll says she respects the IOC’s request to “come up with a well thought-out and good plan for when the games can be completed.”The Norwegian federation previously had said the Tokyo Olympics should only to take place once the coronavirus outbreak “is under firm control” worldwide.The Canadian Olympic Committee has said it will not be sending athletes to the Olympics unless the games are postponed by a year. Australia says it was advising its athletes to prepare for an Olympics in 2021.___ The group says more than 4,000 athletes have responded to a survey it conducted, with a large majority favoring postponement.Dina Asher-Smith, the world champion in the 200 meters, has also called for a quicker decision by the IOC.The British sprinter writes on Twitter “does this mean that athletes face up to another FOUR weeks of finding ways to fit in training – whilst potentially putting ourselves, coaches, support staff and loved ones at risk just to find out they were going to be postponed anyway.”___The Australian Olympic Committee has advised its athletes to prepare for an Olympics in 2021. ___A group representing track and field athletes has called for the Tokyo Olympics to be postponed because of the coronavirus outbreak.The Athletics Association’s statement comes a day after the International Olympic Committee set itself a four-week deadline to decide on a delay.Athletics Association president Christian Taylor and vice president Emma Coburn say “we’re imploring the IOC to announce the postponement of Tokyo 2020 Olympics much sooner than in four weeks’ time.”Taylor is a long jumper and Coburn is a runner. Both competed for the United States at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics. The Latest: Germany joins calls for postponing Olympics UEFA says no decision has been made finding a new date, amid a shutdown of European soccer due to the coronavirus pandemic that has no end in sight. Only four teams advanced to the Champions League quarterfinals before the remaining Round of 16 games scheduled on March 17-18 were postponed.UEFA says the Europa League final, due on May 27 in Gdansk, Poland, and the Women’s Champions League final, scheduled for May 24 in Vienna, Austria, are also postponed.___South Carolina men’s basketball coach Frank Martin isn’t sure athletes from winter sports should get another year of eligibility despite missing the sport’s premiere event, the NCAA Tournament. Martin said Monday that only a small percentage of college seniors are included in the sports’ postseason tournaments. He says the vast majority completed their seasons before conference tournaments and other postseason events were canceled because of the coronavirus pandemic.Martin’s Gamecocks had their opening game of the SEC Tournament called off two weeks ago.The NCAA is expected to vote on granting eligibility for athletes affected by COVID-19 on March 30.Martin says he’s struggling with giving another full season to players simply because they missed out on the championship phase of college basketball’s year. He says: “I get that’s a hard decision and a decision that eventually has to be made.”___ Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effect of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___Germany wants the Olympic Games postponed until next year at the earliest due to the coronavirus outbreak. Buffalo Sabres coach Ralph Krueger is trying to remain patient while biding his time back home in Switzerland and hoping the NHL’s regular season will resume eventually.Krueger says he’s “still hanging on to the possibility,” and adds he’s been trying “not to let my brain go there until that plug is actually pulled on us.”Krueger spoke to Buffalo-area reporters during a conference call Monday, 12 days after the NHL postponed its season because of the coronavirus pandemic. The Sabres were waiting to play a game in Montreal on March 12 when the league announced its decision. The team then flew home.The first-year Sabres coach and the players remained in Buffalo through the weekend in anticipation that teams would eventually be allowed to hold practices. He booked a flight to Switzerland once the NHL pushed back its timeline from a two-week break to 45 days.Krueger keeps in touch with players and team management by text, and says he has no knowledge of any Sabres testing positive for COVID-19. Basketball governing body FIBA is telling players around the world to stay inside.FIBA president Hamane Niang and secretary general Andreas Zagklis says that in “no circumstance should our passion to play basketball surpass the importance of following the instructions of the public authorities” when it comes to helping ensure public health.FIBA says it plans to make decisions soon about the Basketball Champions League, the Basketball Champions League Americas and the Basketball Africa League — as well as all suspended international competitions.FIBA also is monitoring the Olympic developments as the world begins bracing for — and in some cases, advocating for — a postponement of this year’s Tokyo Games. Since qualifying is not yet completed, FIBA says “there is a growing need for answers to be provided quickly.”Niang and Zagklis added that “we will not ask our players to go somewhere, where we would not send our own children.” Abe, speaking at a parliamentary session, ruled out the possibility of a cancellation.Whether Tokyo can hold the Olympics as planned from July 24 has been a major international concern as the COVID-19 pandemic has spread globally.____More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6 ___Pacaembu Stadium in São Paulo is being turned into an open-air hospital to help fight the coronavirus outbreak.The 45,000-seat stadium that was built for the 1950 World Cup is expected to have more than 200 beds and should be ready in 10 days. Construction began on Saturday.___The president of the Norwegian Olympic Committee is recommending that athletes from the country are not sent to the Tokyo Games if they take place as scheduled. ___Russia has backed the International Olympic Committee’s approach of taking time to consider postponing the Tokyo Games and condemned the body’s critics.The IOC says it will make a decision within four weeks and the Russian Olympic Committee endorsed that plan by calling for “complete support.”The ROC says “we view as unacceptable any attempts to bring pressure on the organizations in charge responsible of staging the games and to force them to take rash decisions.”Canada has said it will boycott the Tokyo Olympics unless they are postponed and Australia has called for athletes to prepare for a 2021 event. Ian Chesterman, Australia’s team leader for Tokyo, says “it’s clear the games can’t be held in July.”“Our athletes have been magnificent in their positive attitude to training and preparing, but the stress and uncertainty has been extremely challenging for them,” Chesterman said in a statement released Monday by the Australian Olympic Committee.AOC chief executive Matt Carroll says Australia has athletes based overseas and training in central locations around the country.“With travel and other restrictions this becomes an untenable situation,” Carroll said.The Canadian Olympic Committee earlier said it won’t send athletes to the Tokyo Games unless they are postponed for a year, becoming the first country to threaten such a move in the face of the coronavirus pandemic. José Manuel Constantino says “the most reasonable thing is for the IOC, the Tokyo organizing committee, the Tokyo government and the Japanese authorities to find a consensual solution to allow the Tokyo Games to take place on another date.”Constantino was speaking to Rádio Observador.He says “I hope the games are postponed.”Constantino’s comments come a day after the IOC said it was considering a postponement and would make a final decision within four weeks.Constantino says Portugal’s Olympic team is not prepared at the moment, adding “some athletes found alternative ways to prepare themselves, but others don’t have the conditions to do so.” The committee sent out a statement Sunday evening saying it was willing to help the IOC search for alternatives, but that it was not safe for athletes, “their families and the broader Canadian community for athletes to continue training for these games.”The IOC says it is considering all options. The Tokyo Games are scheduled to start July 24.___Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe says a postponement of the Tokyo Olympics would be unavoidable if the games cannot be held in a complete way because of the coronavirus impact.He was commenting on the International Olympic Committee plan to examine the situation over the next few weeks and make a decision, which could include a postponement. German Olympic Sport Federation president Alfons Hörmann tells news agency dpa he would have liked a clearer stance from the IOC, one day after the governing body said it would make a final decision on postponement within four weeks.“We would have liked a clear statement now that the games definitely won’t take place on the scheduled dates and that discussions on alternative dates were being held,” Hörmann says. “We would prefer a postponement until next year at least.”The Olympic Games are due to begin in Tokyo from July 24.___UEFA has formally postponed the Champions League final scheduled to be played on May 30 in Istanbul. Cleveland Browns owners Dee and Jimmy Haslam are pledging $1.5 million to relief funds in Ohio combating the coronavirus pandemic.The team announced that the Haslams have earmarked $1 million to the Greater Cleveland COVID-19 Rapid Response Fund and $500,000 to the Columbus Foundation’s Emergency Response Fund.The Haslams also own the Columbus Crew in the Major Soccer League.Their gift follows contributions by Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield, who donated $50,000 to the Greater Cleveland Food Bank and defensive tackle Larry Ogunjobi’s donation of 100,000 meals to the food bank.___
By Pedro FonsecaRIO de JANEIRO, Brazil (Reuters) – Organisers of the 2016 Rio Olympics denied yesterday that vote-buying helped to Brazil secure the Games after a French newspaper reported that a Brazilian businessman made payments to the son of an International Olympic Committee (IOC) member before the vote.Le Monde reported that a company linked to Brazilian businessman Arthur Cesar de Menezes Soares Filho paid $1.5M to Papa Massata Diack the son of Lamine Diack, the then-president of the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) three days before a 2009 decision on the host city for the 2016 Games.Rio lost the first vote to Madrid but bounced back to win the nomination on a third ballot, by 66 votes to 32.Le Monde also said that Papa Massata Diack had paid almost $300 000 to prominent IOC member Frankie Fredericks, who said he has done nothing wrong and that the money was for “services rendered” to promote the sport in Africa.The IOC said yesterday that its commission has started investigating the claims.“The IOC remains fully committed to clarifying this situation, working in cooperation with the (French) prosecutor,” the organisation said in a statement.A spokesman for the Rio 2016 Games said the allegations did not affect the choice made by IOC delegates to award the Games to Rio.“Rio’s victory was very clear,” Mario Andrada told Reuters. “The French investigation concerns six members of the IOC and six members would not have changed the result at all. The vote was clean.”Le Monde said that three days before the October 2009 vote in Copenhagen, Pamodzi Consulting, a company owned by Papa Massata Diack received the $1.5M payment from Matlock Capital Group, a holding company based in the British Virgin Islands.Diack, whose father Lamine is currently awaiting trial in France on aggravated money-laundering and corruption charges, also received $500 000 from Matlock Capital Group through a Russian bank account, Le Monde added.Papa Massata Diack was banned for life from athletics last year over multi-million dollar corruption claims.Le Monde said Papa Massata Diack transferred almost $300 000 to a company linked to Fredericks, a multiple Olympic and world medallist over 100 and 200 metres.Fredericks, now a member of the IAAF’s ruling Council, told Le Monde the money was paid for work he did to promote athletics in Africa between 2007 and 2011.“The payment has nothing whatsoever to do with the Olympic Games and I was not an IAAF board member at the time and did not breach any regulation or rule of ethics,” he told Le Monde.The IOC said: “As far as Mr Fredericks is concerned, he informed the IOC and explained the situation and emphasised his innocence immediately upon being contacted by the journalist.“The IOC trusts that Mr Fredericks will bring all the elements to prove his innocence against these allegations made by Le Monde.“Immediately after a link was made between this contractual payment and the vote for the host city of the Olympic Games 2016, Mr Fredericks himself also turned to the IOC Ethics Commission which is now following up on all the allegations in order to fully clarify this matter.”Andrada said the ongoing investigation by French authorities was focused on Lamine Diack and did not have any connection with Rio’s candidacy.“The Rio Games have already taken place and filled Brazilians with pride, and only when the French have concluded their investigation will it be possible to say who are the beneficiaries of this scheme,” he said. “Already, however, it’s clear that the Rio Games have nothing to do with this.”Rio became the first South American city to host the Olympic Games in August.Despite concerns over the city’s ability to host the Games during Brazil’s worst recession, the Games were held without any major problems. However, many of the venues and installations have since been abandoned.
JEFF SCHORFHEIDE/Herald file photoScott Gudmandson had every right to lose a bit of confidence earlier this season.After surrendering 12 goals in his first two starts — a 5-1 loss to New Hampshire and a 7-4 drubbing at the hands of Denver — the sophomore goaltender had looked anything but solid for the Badgers.But anyone watching Gudmandson Saturday night against Michigan Tech would have never known about his early struggles as he earned his first career shutout by stopping all 34 shots the Huskies threw at him while the Badgers swept the series with a 6-0 victory.“Something that’s always going to be in the back of my mind is giving up 12 goals in two games,” Gudmandson said. “I worked with (goalie coach) Mike Valley a lot, and we had quite a few talks about what I need to do to get that out of my head.”Whatever Valley told the Alberta, Canada native, it must have worked.Gudmandson — the backup to senior Shane Connelly — never looked rattled against the Huskies, directing pucks away from the net and making a few nice glove saves in the shutout effort. It helped when his team got on the board first as junior captain Blake Geoffrion put UW up 1-0 late in the first period.“It’s great when your team scores first,” Gudmandson said. “You’ve got something to lay back on.”“It takes a little pressure off,” Wisconsin head coach Mike Eaves said of the first goal. “But you could tell right away he was sharp. He was quick, which is his strength. He was taking space away with his body. … I’m sure getting a goal is like, ‘OK, I don’t have to be perfect now.’”It appeared that the Huskies had tied things up early in the second period when senior forward Justin St. Louis poked a loose puck past Gudmandson. But play had been whistled dead by officials before St. Louis’ shot found the net, keeping the game at 1-0 in favor of Gudmandson and the Badgers.“There’s always turning points in the game, and that very well could have been one of them,” Eaves said.The near-goal didn’t seem to affect Gudmandson, as he continued to stand on his head for the Badgers. The Huskies peppered him with 17 shots in the second period, all of which he turned away.Simply put, it was a different goaltender than Eaves saw earlier in the season.“When he started in New Hampshire, he was really good in the first period. He was good, and I think he’s such a perfectionist. It’s something that a lot of athletes have to learn to deal with and let it go,” Eaves said. “When one goes in, you let it go. You get ready for the next shot. Hopefully tonight was a big boost for confidence in that area for him.”Gudmandson was also aided by the defensive corps in front of him — a group that had allowed five or more goals in five of its first six games. Saturday night, they limited Michigan Tech to 34 shots and were 6-for-6 on the penalty kill.“I think all of our players — that’s where we want to start with them — we want them to do what they do best,” Eaves said. “For our defensive corps, they’re a very talented group of people. Now what’s growing is the fact that they’re learning that without the puck [they should] take time and space away, and shut things down and do some of the simple things that will make their overall game as good as it is [on offense].”As the game clock in the Kohl Center neared zero in the third period, Gudmandson naturally had one eye on the time as he approached his first shutout.“Obviously, that’s in the back of your mind,” Gudmandson said. “It’s my first career shutout and it’s something that’s going to be in the back of my head. But I’m trying my hardest out there to not even think about it. I just want to play and get the ‘W.’”