Andress returns to Chiefs

first_img“Exeter, I know, are a great club and one which is moving in the right direction.  Even before the start of this season I said to a few people that they would be alright in the Premiership because not only do I rate Rob as a coach, but they’ve got some great players, some great coaches and the facilities down there are great.“For me, my initial aim is simply to report in for pre-season, train hard, work hard and take it from there. I know Paddy [Anson] and the conditioning staff will work us hard over the summer, so I just want to get my head down and get myself in a good position come the start of the season.” “Craig Mitchell looks like he’s going to play in the World Cup so I was keen to add another prop to make sure we’re strong in those first six-eight weeks when Craig could be away,” explained Baxter. “John is a guy our crowd know all about and I’m looking forward to having him back here and working with him. I know he’s looking forward to coming back and playing for Exeter again and he adds real competition for us.“We have got various options there. Chris Budgen has played loose-head for us and Hoani Tui has played a lot at loose-head as well, he played European Cup games at loose-head when he was in Italy.”Having made 44 appearances during his previous two-year stay with the Chiefs, Andress says the chance to return to Exeter was something he is clearly relishing.“I’m really looking forward to coming back to Exeter,” said Andress, who first joined the Chiefs from Ulster. “I obviously had two really good years down there and I loved every minute of it. The people at the club, the supporters, the whole community was something I really took to, so it was a pretty easy decision to make once I knew Rob was interested in bringing me back.”A proven performer during his first stay with the club, it was no surprise that his on-field displays drew the attentions of clubs in the Premiership, most notably Harlequins.“When I moved on it was purely because it was the chance to go and play in the Premiership,” he said. “But since I left the Chiefs have got there themselves and you only have to look at this season to see how well they have done.  As I said, I really enjoyed my time at Exeter and coming back to quite a few familiar faces will certainly help me settle back in. LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS LONDON, ENGLAND – NOVEMBER 28: John Andress of Harlequins charges forward during the Guinness Premiership match between Harlequins and Gloucester at The Stoop on November 28, 2009 in London, England. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images) Adress heading back to Sandy ParkChiefs head coach Rob Baxter says he looking forward to welcoming prop John Andress back into the Exeter ranks after two seasons away with Aviva Premiership rivals Harlequins.The Irish prop, who has agreed a one-year deal with the Devon club, is Baxter’s seventh new addition as he looks to bolster his squad for next season’s assault on the top flight.Welcoming the 27-year-old back into the Sandy Park stable, Baxter said: “I worked with him closely as forwards coach when he was here before. At that time he was probably the best scrummaging tight-head in the league. I have always said players who perform well in the Championship have the ability to perform well in the Premiership.“Last season he played in some big games for Harlequins and he’s a guy I am comfortable working with and I think he can push on again. He’s more of a modern prop who does more than just the set-pieces, he gets around and makes tackles and likes to carry the ball.“I think he’s a good signing for us and I think there is going to be a lot of competition in the squad. I like the look of the front five, I think it’s an area we’re going to have a lot of strength.”Certainly Baxter will have no shortages of options to choose from in the front-row as Andress, plus fellow newcomer Craig Mitchell, will have to vye for a starting spot alongside current squad members Chris Budgen, Hoani Tui, Brett Sturgess and Ben Moon, all of whom have excelled for the Chiefs this season.“I’m delighted with how Chris and Hoani played this year,” added Baxter. “The way Hoani played on Saturday against an England prop [Tim Payne] was fantastic, we pretty much dominated the scrums on our put in, so that shows Craig Mitchell and John Andress have got a big job on their hands to get in the 23 and that’s fantastic for us. We have now got six really good props and that’s a great position to be in going forward.”With Welsh international Mitchell likely to be heading to New Zealand for the World Cup, Baxter explained the need to add another prop to the ranks was seen as crucial.last_img read more

Finally Congress is taking action against sexual harassment

first_imgAs I continue to hear accounts of the victims of various powerful men, I am shocked and horrified, but no, I am not surprised. For too long society has allowed our most powerful industries to hinder the ability of victims to come forward and take action against abusers. Finally, Congress is taking some action. New legislation was recently introduced focusing on “the system for filing and settling harassment claims from congressional employees,” on Capitol Hill, appropriately titled the “Me Too” Act.The process that stands now is a systematic approach to suppressing the rights of victims, yet another example of an institutional practice meant to protect abuses of power. Currently, staffers who wish to report sexual assault must go through a harrowing 90-day counseling and mediation process before they are able to file a federal complaint; during which, the staffer is required to work with their assaulter, not tells anyone, and self-pay for legal proceedings. In comparison, the legislator gets house counsel, paid for by the American taxpayer. If at any point in the process a settlement is reached – the settlement is paid for by the US Treasury Department, which since 1997 settlements has totaled $15 million. Meaning, we the American taxpayer have paid the bill. (Imagine if that money was spent on legislation protecting athletes, or earmarked towards ending sexual assault on campus, or funded sex-ed programs.)I am hopeful that change is imminent – Senate has already passed The Me Too Act and the House hopefully will soon. This Act would require sexual harassment awareness training and reform the process for staffers to file complaints.Government is supposed to protect American citizens, keep us safe, and help us when wrongs have been done. For decades, our government has not just failed sexual assault victims, but failed us all in its inability to be a model. I am inspired to see change and saddened that it took so long. Various new administrations are about to take power in governments across the US. I implore upon them to do the same analysis as Congress and for us all to: * Review our workplace policies to ensure they are comprehensive, supportive, and feasible. If they aren’t, revise them, with a plurality of voices in the room. *Call your representatives to voice your support for the Me Too Act.Finally, thank you to the Members of Congress forcing action; the 1,500 former staffers demanding change; and the brave victims who have come forward in hopes of creating change for us all. Sincerely,Rachel HodesHoboken Democratic CommitteeWard 6, District 6 Dear Editor,Recently, when asked if I was surprised at the amount of men being accused of sexual assault, I quickly answered, “not even a little.” I recalled the moment where I had to tell my boss that a donor of our organization was sending me sexually laced text messages at 4 am during a multi-day conference and remember being worried that I might lose our organization money.last_img read more

VR 101: What Virtual Reality Looks Like Today

first_imgVirtual Reality (VR) – what does it really mean? What does it encompass? Is everyone of the same mindset when it comes down to describing exactly what VR is and, more importantly, is not?I know it is bad form to start a topic where you are looking for answers and then more questions come at you right off the bat, but in a world with a lack of definitions currently. The Association for Educational Communications and Technology has a great academic explanation for classifying VR and hopefully we can distill that down even further as we go through the musings.There are several different experiences available on the market which give a range of different experiences. Hopefully, the overview outlined here will give you a better understanding of what to expect from each device and to have the correct expectation of performance. Is it unreasonable to think that a phone encased in cardboard and held onto your face by your own hands is going to yield the same experience as a full headset with inbuilt audio and full room tracking immersion being driven by a full-fledged PC? The short answer is yes. For a longer explanation and to see the ‘working out rationale’ then please – continue reading.At this moment in time there are three ways of consuming VR content with differing levels of experience – phone-based, console-based and PC-based.Phone-Based VRPhones are ubiquitous. They are now such a part of our everyday lives that they do far more than just keep us in voice contact with the rest of the world. They now tell us what is involved in our day, traffic conditions to make sure we are on time for a meeting, ordering takeaways and filling our social calendars with suggestions and recommendations. It makes sense then that the highest volume of VR ready devices are phones. The most common example is 360 video, and this forms the gateway to VR – a user can pan around inside the video and experience more than just a limited area flat screen.For other forms of VR the phone would normally reside inside a housing using two lenses to give separation of the left and right view and immerse the user that way. This increases the load on the phone as it is now doing far more than just answer calls and so can dramatically use up precious battery life and heat up the phone considerably. To some this is a trade off of experiencing VR on the move at a low price point and without cables or wires and is a good starting point in the VR journey. However, to others, this is a half-way house to experiencing immersive VR which requires higher spec equipment.I always find it an interesting data point when it is said phone VR starts at $15 (about the price of a Google Cardboard for instance) and that VR is too expensive further up the chain as it requires a headset and PC to drive it. This makes an assumption that the user already has a phone and yet the same assumption is not made that a user already has a gaming PC that is capable of driving VR. If we compare like-to-like, then VR on a phone is the price of a phone plus a headset which significantly reduces the price differential.Console-Based VRImage courtesy Creative Commons by Marco Verch.The Playstation VR offering has been available for some time now and offers an experience above that of a phone. Increased resolution, a more immersive experience driven by better graphics and central processing unit (CPU), as well as the introduction of external controllers can increase interactivity and thus immersion.If you are already a Playstation 4 user, the addition of PlaystationVR headset, camera and controllers can be a good option if you are not looking to purchase a PC-based solution. It also has a certain family acceptance value in that you are not dedicating space in the house to a VR setup and can be accessed in the family TV space relatively easily. However, for full immersion and the ability to look, aim and shoot behind you quickly then we need to look at other solutions.PC-Based VRThe top level of VR offering is the PC-based experience and here you can have multiple different offerings, again giving some unique benefits and limitations. Windows Mixed Reality has recently been announced by Microsoft and this supports both augmented reality (Hololens) and virtual reality devices. It is important not to be confused by the name of the technology and think that anything that uses Windows Mixed Reality is indeed a device where you are overlaying graphics on your view of the real world. This assumption could be costly as family heirlooms, the TV set, and possibly the pet dog, fall foul of the thinking that the inside of the spaceship you are liberating was in fact your living room.Several PC manufacturers have announced headsets to work on Windows Mixed Reality including Dell, Acer, Asus, Lenovo and HP. These were all based off the Microsoft design and unique touches have been made by each vendor. However, remember, these are VR devices.The resolution of the Dell Visor (which I wrote about previously) is increased over console and phone based VR and also offers the six degrees of freedom controllers (up/down/left/right/forwards/backwards) for full immersion. Simple things were also taken into account to increase comfort for the wearer such as making sure the cables exit the rear of the unit to help with balance and that the visor can be lifted without removing the headset. If you are having a group VR session with friends then you also have the removable/replaceable foam surround for comfort and also an easy to use tension wheel for head adjustment.One area of VR that can cause friction in households is the placement of the cameras/lighthouses/trackers to detect movement of the user in 3D space. Whilst some may think they are a talking point of interest and fall in the same category as photos on the mantle or the artistic arrangement of twigs in a tall glass vase, then others in the household may beg to differ. The Dell Visor operates through inside out tracking by examining the environment via two cameras in the headset and mapping spatial location to fixed points in the room. This means no external cameras or sensors to clutter the environment. The controllers are also tracked via the cameras and so the whole unit is contained to the space of the user – as you turn the cameras work out the difficult stuff and ensure you have a smooth, immersive experience. The one drawback to this is that if the controllers are out of view of the headset cameras for an extended period of time then the tracking on the controllers is lost.Oculus Rift and the HTC Vive are the top devices on the market today. Offering two lighthouses, in the case of Vive, and three USB sensors for the Rift then full 360 tracking can be achieved. This comes at the expense of a dedicated space to set up the cables and play area but offers the best overall experience. The screens are based on OLED technology, rather than LCD, and this can give a better image via the refresh and latency advantages.So, in summary, every experience comes with tradeoffs and it is important to consider budget, the experience you want, and the impact to others around you. Costs and experience generally track each other – the more you spend the better the end result – seems to be an immutable fact of life. All the way from the entry level costs of a phone device as an affordable entry point, all the way up to the highest end today – the HTC Vive.How To Choose PC ConfigurationNow we come to the question of ‘You want to go with a PC experience but how do you choose which PC configuration is right for your needs?’There are lots of stickers, logos, marketing statements that basically say ‘VR Ready’ or ‘Certified’ for individual components in VR. However, the solution is only as strong as the weakest part. If you put a GPU into an underpowered system then the CPU cannot feed the pipeline quick enough to give a good experience.  This would be like putting an 800BHP engine into a small family car. Sure, it might fit, but then as soon as you press the accelerator expect it to look and feel like a clown car as the tires melt and bits and pieces fall off or break off the chassis. Not a funny experience if it is your car.At Dell we have put a lot of work behind our new ‘Ready for VR’ testing and logo and it spans both consumer and commercial products. By choosing a system that is labelled ‘Ready for VR’ then you can be assured of a great experience whether you choose a Windows Mixed Reality headset, an Oculus Rift or an HTC Vive – we are making the choice easier and eliminating confusion and doubt that the system may not be able to take full advantage of the new wave of VR functionality. The logo will be displayed on the website against all systems so buyers can purchase with confidence.The More You KnowWith all that said, then hopefully this has helped in positioning some of the key technologies available today. Ultimately it is your choice as to which experience is right for you and how much time, space and finance you want to put into it.VR is maturing and the ecosystem is growing, product offerings are continuing to increase and, as they do, so does complexity. All of the choices can lead to analysis paralysis – the fear of choosing the wrong path. At the same time, the technology is growing in the consumer space as well as the commercial and there is a FOMO effect – the fear of missing out on this new technology.My advice in all this? Try them all.There are location based experiences, stores, tech shows, friends who have already taken the plunge, VR Centers of Excellence for our commercial customers – there are places you can see and touch (and in some cases smell) various levels of VR experience and work out what is right for you. Do not believe that if you have tried a phone VR experience that that is as good as it gets and also do not run away with the notion that the entry cost for VR runs into the thousands of dollars. Dell and the market at large are working to reduce the entry costs of VR to give more access and experiences to all and we are seeing the fruit of that labor starting to appear today.Above all, whichever path you choose, have fun! It is, quite literally, a different world out there waiting to be explored and all that is missing is you.last_img read more

Gabriel Ebert & More Complete the Cast of Harvey Fierstein’s Casa Valentina

first_img Star Files Casa Valentina will feature Ebert as Jonathon/Miranda, Winningham as Rita, Birney as Isadore/Charlotte, Cullum as Terrence/Terry, Page as George/Valentina, Lisa Emery as Eleanor, Tony nominee Tom McGowan as Albert/Bessie, Larry Pine as Judge/Amy and Nick Westrate as Michael/Gloria. Patrick Page Related Shows Gabriel Ebert Ebert won the 2013 Tony Award for his role as Mr. Wormwood in Matilda and also appeared on Broadway in Brief Encounter and Red. Winningham made her Broadway debut in last season’s Roundabout revival of Picnic, which also featured Birney. He also appeared on Broadway in Gemini. Set in the idyllic Catskills mountains in the early 1960s, Casa Valentina is a discrete venue for men who enjoy dressing up and acting as women. When the opportunity to become an official organization arises, Casa Valentina must decide whether this would help gain their clientele recognition in society or wreck havoc on their personal lives. Show Closed This production ended its run on June 29, 2014 Casa Valentinacenter_img Reed Birney Emery has appeared on Broadway in Relatively Speaking, The Smell Of The Kill, The Women, Present Laughter, Jackie, Rumors and Burn This. McGowan earned a Tony nod for his performance in 1991’s La Bête. His other Broadway credits include Chicago, Ivanov and Wicked. Pine’s Broadway credits include The Seagull, End of the World, A Day in the Death of Joe Egg, Angels in America, Private Lives and Bus Stop. Westrate has appeared on Broadway in A Moon for the Misbegotten. The gang’s all here! Tony winner Gabriel Ebert, Emmy winner Mare Winningham, Broadway vet Reed Birney and more complete the star-studded cast of Casa Valentina, a new play written by Tony winner Harvey Fierstein. The Manhattan Theatre Club production features previously announced Tony nominee John Cullum and Patrick Page. Directed by Tony winner Joe Mantello, Casa Valentina begins previews April 1 at the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre. Opening night is set for April 23. View All (4) View Comments The creative team for Casa Valentina includes scenic design by Scott Pask, costume design by Rita Ryack, lighting design by Justin Townsend, sound design and original music by Fitz Patton, hair and makeup design by Jason Hayes and fight direction by Thomas Schall. Mare Winninghamlast_img read more

“Vermont in Transition: Social, Economic and Environmental Trends” released today

first_imgAs Vermont is poised to make major financial decisions with far reaching policy implications, new research may prove instrumental in shaping the discussions. The Council on the Future of Vermont and St. Michael s College just published Vermont in Transition: Social, Economic and Environmental Trends, a comprehensive study of the major trends that are impacting life in the state. Over 300 graphs are included in this 150 page research book which documents and explains the key transitions that have occurred in Vermont in areas as diverse as education, the economy, agriculture, demography, crime, energy, climate and civic engagement. The study was commissioned by the nonpartisan Vermont Council on Rural Development as a facet of its two-year Council on the Future of Vermont program. This report is important for legislators, reporters, community leaders, advocates, philanthropists, and any citizen who wants to better understand the Green Mountain State. It provides critical data that will help decision makers as they plan ahead, explains CFV Program Manager Sarah Waring. The research, along with polling, public forums and listening sessions are helping to build a comprehensive picture of the aspirations of today s Vermonters and the place they would like our state to be in the future. The Council releases its final findings this spring.To look back at trends over time, The Council on the Future of Vermont (CFV) partnered with the well-respected Saint Michael s College Center for Social Science Research and Drs. Vince Bolduc and Herb Kessel. The project drew upon the work of analysts in federal and state government, other educational institutions, the non-profit sector, and the business community, including sources such as the Vermont Economy newsletter, the Congressional Quarterly, the Vermont Campaign to End Childhood Hunger, and the Vermont Land Trust. This joint writing effort combines the expertise of sociologists, economists, biologists, physicists, and other specialists. This project is unique in many ways, says Dr. Bolduc, who teaches Sociology at St. Michael s College. It is holistic in its broad spectrum of subjects covered; historical in its focus on change over time; quantitative in its reliance on objective data, and it presents each topic in the context of regional or national developments.Dr. Kessel, a professor of Economics, noted The project brings together in a single document well over 300 charts and tables, which provided the basis for us to identify 160 of the most important trends in Vermont. When historians try to understand what life was like in Vermont at the turn of the millennium, we hope that they will turn to our study and the broader one being prepared by the Council on the Future of Vermont.Vermont in Transition is available online for free at www.futureofvermont.org(link is external), or by calling 802-223-6091 to request a hard copy. The Council on the Future of Vermont is a project of the Vermont Council on Rural Development through a special partnership with the Vermont Community Foundation.last_img read more

The missing link in CEO succession planning

first_imgCommunication strategy in CEO succession is often a critical but missing element in managing the transition of leadership. Practically, the board’s focus is on answering the question “Who should be our next CEO?” and misses an opportunity to strategically manage the communication strategy. The most effective approach is to design a strategic succession process, and communication is one step in that process.Here are some examples to illustrate the collateral damage of mismanaging communication.Brett is the EVP of a well-run organization and has been told by his CEO that he is the de facto successor. Monday morning he learns the board did an external, confidential CEO search. Brett now has a new boss and was never presented the opportunity to interview for the position.Mary is the current CEO and is developing two executives as potential CEO candidates with whom she has created the expectation that there is no need for the board to go external. The board, however, has a different agenda. Mary has done well as the CEO, but the board is reflecting that the competencies needed in the next CEO may be materially different from Mary. In the meantime, the internal candidates are being developed as a Mary look-alike. The board is not sure what it wants in a CEO, and Mary is retiring in nine months. continue reading » 5SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Jombang woman sells goat to pay for children’s online learning

first_imgIn an incident that highlights how the pandemic has heightened economic disparities, a woman in Jombang, East Java, has resorted to selling her goat in order to buy a mobile phone for her children’s online learning.Karlik, a 41-year-old housewife from Marmoyo village in Kabuh district, bought the phone for Rp 1.5 million (US$102.73). “All lessons have been held online ever since the coronavirus [outbreak]. I had to sell the goat and use my children’s savings to buy a cellphone,” Karlik said on Wednesday as quoted by kompas.com.Karlik’s children also have to go to a neighbor’s house to be able to participate in online learning, since her house does not have internet coverage.Karlik said that she and her husband previously never considered buying a cellphone since internet reception was limited in her village.Read also: Teachers, activists decry educational disparities exacerbated by outbreak “We hope that schools will reopen soon. Studying online is very difficult here since there is no internet coverage,” she said. Marmoyo village secretary Sumandi said that online learning was not efficient for students in his village due to the poor internet.Prior to the COVID-19 outbreak, only a few villagers possessed mobile phones, he said.A 2019 report issued by global mobile communications organization GSMA demonstrated there was a wide digital gap between people living in urban and rural areas. About 45 percent of Indonesians live in rural areas. (dpk)Topics :last_img read more

Connersville man injured in crash fleeing police

first_imgFayette County – A Connersville man was injured this morning when he was struck by a police vehicle as he fled from his vehicle on foot.  The events started Monday morning around 6 a.m. when a Rush County Deputy clocked an eastbound Jeep Cherokee on East SR 44, in Rush County, at 72 M.P.H. in the 55 M.P.H. zone.The Deputy activated his lights and turned around on the vehicle, but the Jeep Cherokee refused to stop.  The pursuit wound around northbound on numerous county roads and was joined by a second Rush County Deputy. The pursuit ended up eastbound into Fayette County onto County Road 600 North, which is a gravel road.  Shortly after crossing Fayette County Road 450 West, the Jeep became disabled in the middle of the dusty gravel road.The preliminary investigation shows that the first pursuing deputy was able to swerve at the last second in the heavy dust to avoid hitting the Jeep. The suspect, who exited his vehicle and began to flee north, was in the roadway when the second pursuing deputy came upon the vehicle in the heavy dust and swerved to miss it.  As the Deputy’s SUV swerved left to avoid the vehicle he struck the suspect, who was in the roadway. The deputies performed first aid and EMS was summoned to the scene.The suspect, Brandon Van Blair,  34, of Connersville, who was found to have a suspended license, was flown from the scene by medical helicopter to a hospital in Indianapolis with what is believed to be non-life-threatening injuries.last_img read more

Wurtz doing things differently

first_imgSenior Taylor Wurtz began the season much like the rest of her career, averaging 12.6 points over the first five games, but was forced to redshirt after having back surgery.[/media-credit]When Taylor Wurtz entered the 2012-13 season, it was okay that she held high hopes. It was her time; her moment as the leader of the Wisconsin women’s basketball team.Senior guard Wurtz was named one of three captains for the season and was coming off her second team all-Big Ten campaign in 2011. An elevated outlook was by no means unfair. She treated those high expectations to a quick start this season, averaging 12.6 points in the Badgers’ first five games.Wurtz’ 11 points and six rebounds helped Wisconsin topple Evansville 73-55 and turn their record over .500, and she was just getting started. Those first five games hold back some of the story, however.The Ripon native had missed the Badgers’ first two exhibition matches due to a nagging injury that just wouldn’t go away. She sternly looked forward to a great senior season to remember, but there was always something behind her, holding her down. She had herniated discs in her back.Wurtz hasn’t played since.She needed surgery and was forced to take a medical redshirt for the season. Wurtz could have dropped into a gloomy state of helplessness. After all, herniated discs can make general movement a less-than amusing excursion. Her best friend and co-captain and senior guard Tiera Stephen cracked the starting rotation and the two would finally play significant minutes. It was the first significant injury of her lengthy basketball career.It would have been easy to wallow, but she took a different route. When asked about her personal injury, the first thought to her mind was how nice it has been to see her teammates fill the void she left in the lineup. Once the on-court leader of the offense, Wurtz is now a leader on the sidelines.Wurtz traded in her jersey for a blouse. Her basketball shoes were switched out for heeled boots. If you didn’t know that she was an all-Big Ten performer a season ago, you would peg her as an assistant coach. In the end, that’s not an awful assumption.She may not be wearing a uniform but she is helping those that are. One of them is freshman guard Nicole Bauman, the player that replaced Wurtz once she left the lineup.While the New Berlin native has made a solid transition into the role of a starter, the once-nervous frosh attributes some of her success to Wurtz’ help.“She always tells me to keep my head up and keep working,” Bauman said. “She says that ‘everything will come, my shot will come.’”Her free will and experience helps her encourage her teammates, and many times that’s exactly what her coaches need from her in this redshirt year.Just because Wurtz isn’t an authoritative figure for Wisconsin doesn’t mean she can’t influence her teammates. Assistant coach Alysiah Bond appreciates Wurtz’ experience on the court and lavished about her ability to fill in the gaps for the coaching staff off the court.“It’s different when you hear it from your peers. As coaches, we can say the same message,” Bond said. “When it comes from a different voice, they receive it differently, and people often follow those that they respect.”Although Wurtz has made a great transition off the court, it would be unfair to say the Badgers haven’t needed her at some point. Wisconsin has undergone an up-and-down season with their best performances being quite fantastic and their biggest struggles running rather rank. With three years of varsity experience, it hasn’t been easy for Wurtz to watch the dips and climbs.“You want to be out there, helping them,” Wurtz said. “When you go from playing almost the whole game to not even seeing the court, it’s a big adjustment and you want to be struggling with them.”Wurtz noted that she still feels a part of the team and reminds herself of that fact from time to time. As the season has continued without her, the Badgers have been reminded of this as well.Of Wisconsin’s 15 losses this season, nearly half – seven – have come by single digits. Wurtz’ 10.3 career points per game would certainly help their cause.But apart from her on-court presence and game averages, the Badgers actually miss Wurtz in practice quite a bit too.When Wisconsin lost Wurtz for the season, “[We lost] an example, on a daily basis, of the difference that work ethic makes,” according to Bond.“She is consistently someone that you could always look to and know they are going all out on every play,” Bond continued. “For a team that is filled with young people, they need that example.”And when the Badgers leave Madison, they lose Wurtz’ example and encouraging presence. As a redshirt, Wurtz misses out on the luxury and team camaraderie of road trips. Wisconsin unfortunately is forced to leave one of their captains behind.Add that to the list of adverse developments Wurtz has been forced to deal with in redshirting her senior season. But not all is lost and bleak for Wurtz.She has enjoyed the company of teammate AnnMarie Brown and men’s player Josh Gasser in the training room – both are out with torn ACLs. Those two have aided her progress through her own rehab and have helped her look forward to each pit stop on her lengthy journey back to the court.“I try to take it day-by-day,” Wurtz said after noting excitement that she can now do pool workouts. “I’m usually looking forward to the next step in rehab, but I’m going to be happy when I can start shooting again. Then I’ll be satisfied.”last_img read more

Jimmy Butler injury update: 76ers star’s groin strain ‘nothing significant,’ doubtful to play vs. Nets

first_img“In regards to what are we guessing or what are we thinking going forward, we really can’t make that prediction,” Brown said, via the Philadelphia Inquirer. “What we can say is that the MRI revealed, as I said, nothing significant.”Butler suffered the injury Monday in the first half of the 76ers’ matchup with the Pistons. He missed all three of his shots and grabbed four rebounds in 10 minutes of action before leaving the game. Related News Jimmy Butler underwent an MRI on Tuesday that revealed no structural damage to his injured groin, according to ESPN. But, he is still listed as “doubtful” to play in the 76ers’ next game Wednesday against the Nets.Philadelphia coach Brett Brown told reporters the “MRI came back favorable.” Jimmy Butler responds to 76ers star Joel Embiid’s comments about being frustrated with role Philadelphia acquired the 29-year-old forward from the Timberwolves in mid-November in exchange for a package centered around Robert Covington and Dario Saric. He has averaged 19.8 points and 5.2 rebounds in 13 games with the 76ers so far. Butler has also shot 48.7 percent from the field and 41.9 percent from 3-point range during his time in Philadelphia.The 76ers will enter their matchup with the Nets on Wednesday having won six of their last seven games.last_img read more