The company has also reviewed its commercial marine segment which, since 2015 it responded to weak demand for products and services for the offshore oil and gas market, which significantly impacted its profitability.It has divested non-core businesses and reduced the number of sites from 27 to 15 – an overall reduction in footprint of 40 percent.With footprint reduction, as well as workforce reduction, the company has focused on investing in new facilities and technologies and has made progress that prompted a strategic review to be undertaken during 2018.Regardless of the outcome of this strategic review, Rolls-Royce will retain the marine operations which supply complex power and propulsion systems to naval customers, including the Royal Navy and US Navy.During the first quarter of 2018, these naval operations will become part of an enlarged defence business named Rolls-Royce Defence, comprising the current defence aerospace business and the nuclear submarines operation.Rolls-Royce will also continue to have run the engine business serving marine customers within power systems. Rolls-Royce said it has embarked on a simplification of its business that will see the evaluation of strategic options for commercial marine operation. It will also include a reduction from five operating businesses to three core units based on civil aerospace, defence and power systems, the company said in a statement.Rolls-Royce plans to consolidate it naval marine and nuclear submarines operations within its existing defence business which will facilitate a more fundamental restructuring of support and management functions in particular.These actions are designed to align Rolls-Royce business more closely with its strategic vision to pioneer cutting-edge technologies that deliver vital power.The company said it will allow it to better capitalize on its relationships with defence customers and the market leading widebody position within civil aerospace, while strengthening the technology capabilities across a broad range of power generation applications.“We would expect the subsequent restructuring to deliver an additional reduction in costs and assist us in improving performance from our core businesses and the whole Group,” the statement reads.Further details of the restructuring will be given at the time of the company’s 2017 financial results on March 7, 2018.
Paragon is an international driller with a fleet of 32 drilling units as per January 2018. This fleet includes two modern units of the JU-2000E design, the Prospector 1 and Prospector 5 built in 2013 and 2014 currently located in the North Sea.Borr noted that these rigs in particular will complement its fleet and further consolidate its position in the premium jack-up segment. Additionally, it provides a solid base for growth in the recovering North Sea rig market, the company said.Paragon’s portfolio also includes a semi-submersible MSS1 scheduled to go on a long-term contract for TAQA in the North Sea starting in March. The Prospector 1 and five of Paragon’s older jack-ups are currently working in the North Sea, India and Middle-East, with four additional jack-ups under contract or committed, including Prospector 5. In addition, there are 21 older uncontracted jack-ups stacked in different locations.Borr’s fleet comprises 15 jack-up drilling rigs and 11 units under construction with deliveries scheduled from 2018 to 2020.According to Borr, following completion of the transaction, Borr will own 24 premium jack-ups built after 2000, and become the world’s largest premium jack-up rig operator. Becoming the world’s largest premium jack-up rig operator Case for consolidation With the current oversupply in the market, Borr said that consolidation and divestment to non-drilling activities is needed and anticipated. The board views the four older units that are stacked in Scotland to be non-core. During the first quarter of 2018, Borr is planning to divest at least one of these rigs to a counterparty on terms that it will be used for non-drilling activities.Commenting on the announcement, Borr CEO, Simon Johnson, said: “We are acquiring an experienced organization, solid management systems, and quality assets at attractive prices. By integrating a very capable operating platform, Borr will be qualified based on the historical track record to tender, win contracts and operate in most jurisdictions.”Chairman Tor Olav Troim commented: “As almost 50% of the global rig fleet is more than 30 years old, responsible owners should take steps to rationalize their fleets and consolidate the fragmented market. Borr wants to be at the forefront of this initiative. Borr will, as communicated, focus on operating modern, high-spec assets.“In view of this strategy the board will evaluate the future of the uncontracted older jack-ups which are part of the Paragon fleet. Based on the anticipated high reactivation cost, safety standards and drilling efficiency it is likely that most of these units will not be marketed for new drilling contracts.”Also on Thursday, Borr Drilling posted operating revenues for 4Q 2017 of $0.1 million and total operating expenses of $62.4 million.At the end of 2017, the company had total assets of $1.67 billion compared to $158.1 million at the end of 2016.The increase in total assets of the company is primarily driven by the acquisition of ten jack-up drilling rigs and five newbuildings under construction at Keppel from Transocean, the completed asset acquisition of the two Hercules jack-up drilling rigs and the acquisition of nine jack-up drilling rigs from PPL.Offshore Energy Today Staff Borr Drilling, a newcomer in the offshore drilling services sector, has made a binding tender agreement to offer to purchase all outstanding shares in Paragon Offshore.Total acquisition price for all outstanding shares is estimated at $232.5 million, Borr Drilling said on Thursday.Borr has received commitments from holders of 67.9% of Paragon’s shares for its tender offer which will be made to all shareholders in Paragon. Paragon has approximately $180 million of cash and approximately $215 million of liabilities linked to debt and working capital.Paragon had as of January 31, 2018 a revenue backlog of $204 million. The takeover will include certain costs relating to change of control and termination of personnel contracts.Borr said the acquisition will be financed through cash on balance sheet and issuance of equity and/or debt instruments. Borr currently has authorization to issue 46.7 million shares within its current mandate. The board of the Borr has approved the transaction and major shareholders have expressed support for the deal.Borr is expected to start the offer on February 26 and the offer will remain open for 20 business days, unless extended.Under terms of the tender offer agreement, each shareholder of Paragon will receive, for each outstanding share validly tendered and not properly withdrawn in the offer cash in an amount equal to $42.28 per share.The acquisition is expected to close in March 2018, and is subject to customary closing conditions.Jay Swent, Paragon’s President and Chief Executive Officer, said, “We believe this is an excellent outcome for Paragon’s stakeholders. Although Paragon is well positioned to manage through the cycles of the intensely competitive offshore drilling industry, this opportunity minimizes the risk of the investment outcome for our stakeholders at an attractive price.”When it comes to Paragon’s financial position, the driller in July 2017 completed its corporate and financial reorganization and emerged from Chapter 11, eliminating approximately $2.3 billion of secured and unsecured debt.
Games will continue tonight at the Lindo park with two games; 26 Views no discussions Tweet Share Share NewsSports Defending Champs Wesley Raptors Thru to Finals by: – August 20, 2011 Game 1 in the Kiubuli/Vitamalt Division 1 game between Wesley Raptors and Element Agency Ole Skool proved to be exciting and tense as it was a do or die game for Ole Skool and a sweep by Raptors who had a 1-0 lead in the best out of three series. At the end of regulation the game was tied at 45 points to 45 points, causing the game to go into an extra 5 minute period (overtime).During this time Ole Skool could not maintain and Wesley Raptors had a 11 to 1 run to win the game easily. Final scores Raptors 55 points to Ole Skool 46 points, top scoring for Raptors were Steve Hypolite 15 pts, Clem Telemaque 14 pts and Devon Barton 12 pts while Cedric Hypolite had a game high 22 pts for Ole Skool. Raptors qualify for the finals and waiting on the winner of the series between Starz and Pistons. By: Mickey Joseph Game 2 – 9.0pm – United Insurance Sharks vs. Dragon Stout Pros, this game is a knockout format winner goes on to play Gatorade Blazers. Share Sharing is caring! Game 2 in the Domlec Premier Division proved to be less exciting as the No Look team had an easy night against Dr Mac Prowlers of Trafalgar. Final score in the game was No Look 80 pts to Prowlers 51 pts winning by a margin of 29 pts. Top scoring for No Look were Garth Joseph 23 pts , Bernard Mills 20 pts and Shamba Leblanc 14 pts while Fitzgerald Daniel 16 pts, Craig St Rose 15 pts and Julien Aisles 12 pts. No look will move on to face the defending champions Signman X-Men in a best of 3 series. LIME 1st Division ChampsResults of games played in the Lime National Basketball League last night(Friday) at the Lindo Park saw two teams moving to the next stage in the championship round. Game 1 – 7.00pm – Goodwill Starz vs. Pichelin Pistons, Starz lead series 1-0,
Statewide—Celebrate Presidents’ Day by escaping back in time. Indiana’s story stretches well into history, with significant events happening before statehood was granted in 1816. With Visit Indiana’s fifth list of The 20 IN 20 featuring historic sites, visitors can experience the people and places of the past firsthand.“Indiana boasts a surprisingly rich history. Three presidents and six vice presidents have called Indiana home or have Indiana ties,” Lt. Governor Crouch said. “Our great state is also home to two national memorials, 11 state historic sites and hundreds of landmarks and significant homes.”The Lincoln Boyhood National Memorial was voted as Indiana’s Best Historic Destination in 2017. Indiana is where Abraham Lincoln spent the formative years of his life before becoming our 16th president. At the memorial in Lincoln City, you can walk in Lincoln’s footsteps on the Trail of Twelve Stones. The trail begins at the Lincoln Living Historical Farm and ends near Pioneer Cemetery where Lincoln’s mother is buried. You can also spend time at the Memorial Visitor Center, which features five sculptured panels, marking significant periods in Lincoln’s life.The Indiana State Museum and Historic Sites have 12 locations around the state, offering something for every interest, including gardens and nature to explore, gorgeous mansions, a stop on the Underground Railroad and more.“Visitors from all 50 states come to the Indiana State Museum each year,” said Misty Weisensteiner, director of Indiana Office of Tourism Development. “At the historic sites, enjoy the grounds and tour the sites for free on February 17 in honor of the holiday.”The Indiana State Museum is also free to visitors.Currently open historic sites around the state include Angel Mounds State Historic Site in Evansville, Corydon Capitol State Historic Site in Corydon, Culbertson Mansion State Historic Site in New Albany, Lanier Mansion State Historic Site in Madison, Levi and Catharine Coffin State Historic Site in Fountain City, Limberlost State Historic Site in Geneva, T.C. Steele State Historic Site in Nashville and Vincennes State Historic Sites in Vincennes.
Manager Arsene Wenger maintains Arsenal are “still working” to improve the squad – but insists his young Gunners will be stronger next season regardless of whether there are any new additions ahead of the transfer deadline. A move for Gonzalo Higuain from Real Madrid never materialised as the striker eventually signed for Napoli instead, while the Gunners’ pursuit of Liverpool’s wantaway striker Luis Suarez appears to have hit the buffers following their £40m+£1 bid. Despite reports of interest in Brazil goalkeeper Julio Cesar, Swansea defender Ashley Williams and Everton midfielder Marouane Fellaini, not to mention England frontman Wayne Rooney, so far France Under-20 forward Yaya Sanogo is the only confirmed new recruit – and that on a free transfer from Auxerre. Wenger, though, stressed everyone remains busy behind the scenes looking to bring in the right type of player to supplement a squad full of promise as Arsenal aim to end the best part of a decade without silverware in 2013/2014. Speaking during the Emirates Google+ Hangout with Arsene Wenger, the Gunners boss said: “We are still working on improving our squad, but we have a base of young players who get a chance here, who started in the Premier League, like (Wojciech) Szczesny, Jenkinson, (Alex Oxlade-)Chamberlain, (Jack) Wilshere, (Aaron) Ramsey, (Theo) Walcott – that is unique, nobody else has done that. “These players can have a special bond and they are on the way upwards, they are not over the hill. “They will be better next year and that is why I am confident we will be stronger next season.” Wenger continued: “We had a fantastic end to the season, because we won eight of the last 10 (league) games. “We have had a good pre-season and for the first time in recent seasons we have not lost (sold) any player. “Our target now is to transfer that confidence into the start of the new season and it is vital for us to have a good start.” Wenger has at least managed to trim the wage bill with the departures of Andrey Arshavin and Sebastien Squillaci, while Ivory Coast forward Gervinho is expected to join Roma and Nicklas Bendtner Malaga, if they can meet the Denmark international’s pay demands. While of course there is still plenty of time for Arsenal to bring in some fresh blood ahead of the closure of the transfer window at midnight on Monday September 2, Wenger is likely to face some tough questions at tomorrow’s scheduled pre-tournament media conference as to why he has so far not dipped into a reported £70million war-chest with which to bolster the squad for a long overdue sustained assault on the Barclays Premier League title. The Arsenal squad bonded well in Asia, where they won all four matches – including a historic game in Vietnam and two following a training camp in Japan. However, it took a late goal from teenage striker Chuba Akpom to help beat Urawa Red Diamonds last week. Defender Kieran Gibbs accepts the team have to raise the intensity levels again this weekend, with only a friendly against Manchester City in Finland then left before the new campaign kicks off at home to Aston Villa on August 17. “This is where we are really looking to start preparing properly, in terms of full competitiveness on the pitch,” the England international said on Arsenal Player. “It is our target to treat the Emirates Cup like the season is fast approaching and really go through the gears. “We missed it last year, so it is good to be coming back and getting a good pre-season game at our home ground. “If you don’t take it seriously then you are not going to take the season seriously. “It is really important that we are fully switched on.” Press Association The Gunners have returned from a successful Asia tour to host this weekend’s Emirates Cup, which did not take place last year because of the London Olympics, with matches against Rafa Benitez’s Napoli and Galatasaray. However, while chief executive Ivan Gazidis talked up the club’s new “financial firepower” at the end of last season, that has yet to be transformed into any concrete deals.
Danny Rose has praised the response from Tottenham as they came from behind to beat Sunderland on Saturday and keep their title hopes alive. The victory means Tottenham will definitely finish the weekend in the top four and Rose believes the team are now showing a level of consistency to stay up in the fight for the Barclays Premier League title. “We need to put teams away in the first half to make the game easier in the second half and we’ll get a lot more space if we do that,” he said. “It was a great response to going behind today, though, and if you want to be where we are in the table and even higher you have to show consistency and great ‘bouncebackability’ from upsets. “We had an upset against Leicester on Wednesday and we’ve shown a great ability to respond today. The gaffer has made changes and everyone that came in justified the manager’s decision, which shows great character from the team. We’ve shown that throughout the whole season.” Rose came into the side against the Black Cats as Pochettino continued his policy of rotating his full-backs on a regular basis. Kieran Trippier was also recalled as Kyle Walker and Ben Davies dropped out but Rose feels that, even with constant changes at full-back, Spurs are a much sterner defensive unit this campaign. “What I will say is that we’ve made a massive improvement from last season in terms of not leaking two or three goals and needing to score more than that to win a game,” he said. “In terms of being solid at the back, people who are not playing regularly coming in and doing ever so well is a massive achievement. “We’re all over the moon with how the season is going but if there’s a message that we can all take from it so far then it’s to not get carried away and take each game as it comes.” Sunderland remain mired in the bottom three after surrendering their lead with very little fight – with Premier League debutant Jordan Pickford their man of the match, despite the England Under-21 goalkeeper shipping four goals. Manager Sam Allardyce was full of praise for the 21-year-old, who was preferred to Vito Mannone. “Jordan Pickford has a bright future ahead of him,” he said. “Playing a ‘keeper at a young age is not an easy decision to make. But I thought he handled it well today. “He might not play too many more games this season because Vito Mannone has done a fantastic job. The rest of the team up to 65 minutes were doing the job right but in the last 20 they failed miserably.” Having lost at home to Leicester on Wednesday night, Mauricio Pochettino’s side fell behind to struggling Sunderland when Patrick van Aanholt’s goal silenced White Hart Lane. But the hosts hit back immediately and levelled just 91 seconds later through Christian Eriksen, who completed a brace after Mousa Dembele had put Spurs ahead, with a late Harry Kane penalty sealing a 4-1 win. Press Association
MATTHEW KUTZ/Herald photoIt’s difficult not to notice University of Wisconsin wide receiver Brandon Williams. No, it’s not his personable nature, his straight-forward answers to questions or even his trademark No. 1 jersey that sticks out when you see him play.It’s the way he carries himself. Though only 5-foot-10, 185 pounds, the presence he exudes makes him seem larger than his frame would leave you to believe.”When he walks in the door, he just has that swagger to him. It’s not really cocky, but it’s confident, and it rubs off on people,” fellow senior wideout Jonathan Orr said.But it wasn’t always that way for Williams, who actually started his career struggling to rein in his fiery temperament.”Brandon, he’s grown so much,” Orr said. “He just matured a whole lot with things like controlling his emotions. I remember his freshman year, people would try and beat him up just about every game.”Needless to say, no one is trying to beat him up anymore. Instead, teams are just trying to contain UW’s multi-purpose threat and all-time leading receiver.”He knows he’s the best, and he wants to go out and prove it,” Orr said.So far this season, Williams has done just that — proven he’s one of the best. He has blossomed in the fresh passing attack implemented by new co-offensive coordinator Paul Chryst, finding a knack for getting open, making him a favorite target for second-year starter John Stocco.”I think he caught 52 balls his freshman year, and he’s got 37 to date, but it’s been a real good 37,” wide receivers coach Henry Mason said. “He hasn’t had any wasted reps out there, so just the fact that he knows how, with his ability, to work [defensive backs] and get open, that’s been real fun to watch in his development.”His development, combined with the new offense, a familiarity with Stocco and a more-than-capable supporting cast have led Williams to what he describes as his best season ever — perhaps even one that could place his name in another place in the record books.”I think I’m trying to get a G this year, 1,000 receiving yards,” Williams said. “That’s the goal I think I set it up in the off-season, but it’s coming into reality right now. It’s definitely within reach.”It’s quite a lofty goal, considering the history working against him. A 1,000-yard season would make Williams only the second player in UW history to amass that total. Only current Buffalo Bill wideout Lee Evans accomplished the feat, doing so twice in his career. Not to mention, Williams still has to average 92.5 yards per game for the final four games to reach the goal.But Williams isn’t one to shy away from lofty goals. At the beginning of the season, the senior wideout said the team’s goal was to make it to the Rose Bowl for the National Championship. He also said that Stocco, who just barely missed passing for 2,000 yards last season, would throw for more than 3,000 this season — not exactly popular beliefs at the beginning of the season.Williams himself admitted most people probably didn’t believe either statement would actually occur at the beginning of the season. But Williams just can’t help himself from being the team’s catalyst, something his teammates have grown to respect.”Brandon creates that spark, and he’s emotional and that’s great. Sometimes you need that. You can’t have everyone be monotone all the time,” senior tight end Joel Nellis said.Oftentimes this season, Williams’ biggest spark has come not from his receiver position, but from his special-teams play. The senior has already brought back two punts for touchdowns this season and is currently fourth in the nation in both kick returns and punt returns. “We’re just putting a lot more emphasis on it,” Williams said. “Guys are really buying into it more and getting done what needs to get done, and we’re just hitting it at full stride. I just think that we’ve taken a big step up in that area.”Williams’ ability has been evident in recent weeks as teams have avoided kicking to the St. Louis native, instead pooching kickoffs short and sending directional punts out of bounds to keep the explosive senior at bay. Though he’s not seeing as much action at the position as he did earlier in the year, his ability to return both punts and kicks as well as being a dangerous receiving threat has made him a more complete player.”He’s a guy that you can depend on both in the pass game and in the run game,” Orr said. “He’ll do whatever you ask him to do. He’s a team player and he’s a guy you can count on week in and week out.”
Published on April 23, 2017 at 10:21 pm Contact Matthew: firstname.lastname@example.org | @MatthewGut21 Last week, Michigan football coach Jim Harbaugh applauded Colin Kaepernick in Time Magazine. “His willingness to take a position at personal cost is now part of our American story,” he wrote. It reignited debate over national anthem protests, as some argue they are disrespectful to the country.It’s been nearly eight months since Kaepernick first knelt during the national anthem. The former NFL star is still without a team. Whether that’s a result of the baggage that comes with his politics or his on-field performance is unclear. But how sports leagues, teams and administrators address athlete demonstrations is still very much alive, Syracuse included.Last month, U.S. Soccer adopted a policy stating all players must stand for the national anthem or face disciplinary action. At Syracuse, Director of Athletics John Wildhack said this month that SU has not adopted a policy toward protests, nor does it intend to. None of the more than 600 Syracuse student athletes has outwardly protested during the national anthem, either by kneeling, sitting or staying in the locker room. Last fall, Wildhack and each of the coaches sat down and discussed how to address such protests, if they were to occur at SU.“What we would ask is if anyone did plan to protest,” Wildhack said, “they do it in an appropriate manner. We would like an inkling if someone has a concern. We respect their right to exercise free speech.”Wildhack declined to say the steps SU would take if an athlete expressed he or she wanted to protest. Men’s basketball head coach Jim Boeheim said last fall that he believes it’s important to stand during the national anthem and that he isn’t a “protest guy.” He said SU players are welcome to talk about it. Football head coach Dino Babers declined last fall to elaborate on the topic.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textJessica Sheldon | Staff PhotographerThe former San Francisco 49ers quarterback, Kaepernick and his teammates knelt in protests against racism and police brutality. It sparked a debate that over the last few months has hardly faded. Other NFL players have protested in similar manner. East Carolina University’s marching band refused to stand at a football game, and WNBA players and youth athletes alike have knelt in protest.Bach Avezdjanov is a program officer at Columbia Global Freedom of Expression, a New York City offshoot of Columbia University that studies the implications of free speech. He studies rights and freedoms and said while it is a subjective matter, the consequences of such actions must first be considered. He said only if an act of speech directs violence can it be regulated.“Symbolic speech is a slippery slope,” Avezdjanov said. “It’s not about the way you do it. It’s what comes out of it in the moment that the speech occurs.“Teams look at you as a commodity, as a brand,” he added. “Anything you do someone might find offensive.”The recent protests conjure those of the 1960s and 1970s, when college and professional sports teams demonstrated inequality. Back in 1972, the Louisville men’s basketball team did not leave the locker room for the national anthem. The same year, Northern Illinois’s president said “tensions are high” with black students. When UCLA played at Oregon and Cal in 1970-71, large groups of black fans did not stand during the national anthem, according to the Los Angeles Times. And in 1972-73, cheerleaders at Creighton walked off of the court before the anthem and returned when the song ended.In 1970, a group of Syracuse football players known as the “Syracuse 8” boycotted the football season in an effort to demand change and promote racial equality within the program. Later that year, former Syracuse football and lacrosse legend Jim Brown infuriated the Orange when he supported the boycotters, according to the book “Leveling the Playing Field: The Story of the Syracuse Eight.” They signed a petition demanding starting assignments based on merit rather than race and a discernible effort to racially integrate the coaching staff, which had been all white since 1898. Brown backed the players and blasted his old coaches.Brown also stood alongside Muhammad Ali in the 1960s, when the boxing champion protested going to Vietnam. In 2015, former SU basketball star Carmelo Anthony marched in Baltimore in Freddie Gray protests. And, in November 2015, the Missouri football team threatened to boycott its season.Daily Orange File PhotoNearly all of the major acts of athlete activism are to protest police brutality, criminal justice, education reform or income inequality. Today, across the Atlantic Coast Conference, member schools vary on how they approach athlete protest.A Louisville spokesman said in an email that the ACC school allows each of its student athletes to protest the way Kaepernick did, though none have done so to his knowledge. Its men’s basketball coach, Rick Pitino, said he would discuss any issues with players.“It’s a free country. You just get up there and you just say your piece,” Pitino said in October. “It’ll go national. And if there is something bothering you socially, go ahead and say it.”Roy Williams, head coach of 2017 NCAA champions North Carolina, switched his view in the weeks after Kaepernick kneeled. The 66-year-old Williams originally was angered, according to CBS Sports. He softened his stance and has said he is open to discussing the topic as long as players notify him beforehand. Williams spoke with his players the day after Kaepernick’s first demonstration.“I told them, ‘Come on, tell me what you’re thinking, feeling got any questions about it?’” Williams told CBS Sports.Last fall, Wake Forest held an open forum for all student-athletes. The students decided that it’s up to each team whether players can protest by refusing to stand for the anthem. The university has maintained that policy. During the national anthem, the Demon Deacons’ men’s basketball team interlocked arms.Even as the 2016-17 athletic year nears its end, the athlete-protest debate persists.“If anyone is going to choose to protest,” Wildhack said, “they really should think, ‘What is the appropriate way to do that?’” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+
After an upsetting loss Friday against the Vanderbilt Commodores on their home turf, the Wisconsin women’s soccer team heads back out on the road this week as it faces Loyola Wednesday at 7 p.m.The Badgers had a strong start to their season, winning their first four away games, which they have not done since 2005, before stumbling at home to Vanderbilt. Now, with six games under their belts, they are ranked No. 23 as they prepare for yet another road trip, this time heading to Chicago for their bout with Loyola.As they begin diving back into waters away from home, head coach Paula Wilkins is looking to her younger players to carry the team.“The players have been dynamic in flashes,” Wilkins said. “We have been talking a lot about consistency in practice and what their roles are.”While the season may be young, it is quickly becoming apparent that sophomore McKenna Meuer will play a vital role if the team is to be successful.Meuer was a member of the U18 USYS National Champion FC Milwaukee club team, a three-time all city team honoree and a 2011 National Champion. As part of the Badgers, she has appeared in 20 matches and started 19 in her young career. Last year she finished the season tied for the lead in game-winning goals, scoring one against Wednesday’s opponent, Loyola.Redshirt junior defender Alexandra Heller says she is excited about what Meuer and the other young players will have to offer this season.“They have all been doing really well,” Heller said. “They are really stepping up to the plate and we are all getting along great.”As an added bonus heading into Wednesday’s match, Wisconsin will play with a chip on it’s shoulder after the disheartening loss at home in the annual PAC the MAC event.“It was pretty bad,” Heller said. “Now our team is really looking forward to going out and winning tomorrow. We need to put that game behind us and continue on the winning streak we had at the beginning of the season.”The biggest thing Wisconsin will need to remedy if it is to steal a victory away from home Wednesday will be patching up a defense that allowed four goals in its last showing.“Team defending is going to be our biggest strength,” Meuer said. “We have been working a lot on it in practice. If one person gets beat, the next person is going to be able to step up.”Excluding last week’s loss, the Badgers have been playing strong and have had no trouble scoring goals. Meuer believes the game against Vanderbilt will not indicate the direction of their season.“We owe it to each other to make a statement that this was a fluke of a game, and that’s not the way we are going to let our season go,” Meuer said.Meanwhile, Loyola has not had quite the track record that Wisconsin started with this season. With a total of two wins, two ties and two loses, Loyola has struggled to win consistently so far this fall. This upcoming match could be a game changer for both teams.For the Badgers, last week’s loss could not have come at a better time, and Wilkins said it will provide inspiration for the team not to slip up again.“We talk about whenever you have a loss if you don’t use it to get better, then obviously it is going to beat you twice,” Wilkins said. “So I think paying more attention to details [and] taking moments from this past game will help us prepare for this game and help us prepare for games in the future, especially in the Big Ten.”
View this post on Instagram Entering the third major championship of the year, it seems foolish to put your money on anyone other than Brooks Koepka (15/2), who has won four majors in the last two years and is going after a U.S. Open three-peat this weekend at Pebble Beach.However, several other marquee names are playing well and should garner your attention and, if you’re the gambling type, your wagers. Betting tips for the 2019 U.S. OpenWhich metric means the most when forecasting U.S. Open success?Aside from its breathtaking views, Pebble Beach is a relatively short course known for its miniscule greens. So it doesn’t matter if you can hit a golf ball a country mile if you can’t dial in your second shot and land it on putting surfaces barely big enough to park a car on.“It’s virtually impossible to win a U.S. Open without being among the field leaders in greens in regulation,” Ray told Omnisport, mentioning the often brutally difficult setups used by the USGA for this event. “Each of the last four winners were in the top five that week in greens hit, and the average rank in greens hit for the last 20 champions is about 7.0. Winners typically hit 13 percent more greens in regulation than the field average.”YearU.S. Open championGIR %Tournament rank2018Brooks Koepka68.14th2017Brooks Koepka86.11st2016Dustin Johnson76.41st2015Jordan Spieth76.4T-5th“That mirrors trends of Pebble Beach Pro-Am winners in recent years, too,” Ray added. “Each of the previous eight winners of that tournament were ranked in the top 10 in the field in greens in regulation.“Iron play is always significant in championship golf, but that trend should be exacerbated a bit at Pebble Beach.”Patrick Cantlay posted a video on Instagram last week showing just how much trouble a player can find himself in if his approach shots lands off the greens. U.S. Open 2019: Jack Nicklaus tabs Tiger Woods as his favorite to win at Pebble Beach U.S. Open 2019: 5 storylines to follow at Pebble Beach U.S. Open 2019: Odds for Tiger Woods, favorites to win at Pebble Beach “Three players are a combined double-digits under par through the first two majors of the year: Koepka, Dustin Johnson and Patrick Cantlay,” Ray said. “He’s second in strokes gained tee to green and scoring average, first in scrambling and first in bogey avoidance. His win at Memorial was big, but I think he might have an even bigger breakthrough to come this summer.”Full 2019 U.S. Open oddsPlayerOddsBrooks Koepka15/2Dustin Johnson8/1Rory McIlroy8/1Tiger Woods9/1Jordan Spieth16/1Patrick Cantlay16/1Justin Rose22/1Jon Rahm25/1Rickie Fowler25/1Xander Schauffele25/1Francesco Molinari28/1Jason Day28/1Justin Thomas28/1Adam Scott33/1Hideki Matsuyama33/1Tommy Fleetwood35/1Tony Finau35/1Bryson DeChambeau45/1Matt Kuchar45/1Brandt Snedeker50/1Paul Casey50/1Phil Mickelson50/1Shane Lowry50/1Henrik Stenson55/1Gary Woodland66/1Marc Leishman66/1Webb Simpson66/1Martin Kaymer75/1Sergio Garcia75/1Bubba Watson80/1Louis Oosthuizen80/1Matt Wallace80/1Patrick Reed80/1Graeme McDowell90/1Ian Poulter100/1Emiliano Grillo125/1Haotong Li125/1Jim Furyk125/1Keegan Bradley125/1Kevin Kisner125/1Kevin Na125/1Matthew Fitzpatrick125/1Tyrrell Hatton125/1Aaron Wise150/1Alex Noren150/1Billy Horschel150/1Branden Grace150/1Byeong-Hun An150/1C.T. Pan150/1Cameron Smith150/1Charles Howell III150/1Danny Willett150/1Erik Van Rooyen150/1Jason Dufner150/1Jimmy Walker150/1Lucas Glover150/1Luke List150/1Rafa Cabrera Bello150/1Rory Sabbatini150/1Si Woo Kim150/1Zach Johnson150/1Daniel Berger175/1J.B. Holmes175/1Thomas Pieters175/1Kiradech Aphibarnrat200/1Lucas Bjerregaard200/1Scottie Scheffler200/1Thorbjorn Olesen200/1Aaron Baddeley250/1Abraham Ancer250/1Chez Reavie250/1Jhonattan Vegas250/1Kyle Stanley250/1Viktor Hovland250/1Justin Harding300/1Luke Donald300/1Matthew Jones350/1Anirban Lahiri400/1Brian Stuard400/1Chesson Hadley400/1Ernie Els400/1Kyoung-Hoon Lee400/1Marcus Kinhult400/1Oliver Schniederjans400/1Adri Arnaus500/1Alex Prugh500/1Collin Morikawa500/1David Toms500/1Dean Burmester500/1Luke Guthrie500/1Nathan Lashley500/1Nick Taylor500/1Roberto Castro500/1Ryan Fox500/1Sam Horsfield500/1Shugo Imahira500/1Chan Kim600/1Andreas Halvorsen750/1Brandon Wu750/1Brendon Todd750/1Carlos Ortiz750/1Chun An Yu750/1Clement Sordet750/1Devon Bling750/1Joseph Bramlett750/1Nick Hardy750/1Patton Kizzire750/1Sam Saunders750/1Sepp Straka750/1Tom Hoge750/1Zac Blair750/1Austin Eckroat1000/1Billy Hurley III1000/1Brett Drewitt1000/1Callum Tarren1000/1Cameron Young1000/1Chandler Eaton1000/1Charlie Danielson1000/1Chip McDaniel1000/1Cody Gribble1000/1Daniel Hillier1000/1Jovan Rebula1000/1Julian Etulain1000/1Justin Walters1000/1Kevin O’Connell1000/1Lee Slattery1000/1Luis Gagne1000/1Marcus Fraser1000/1Matt Parziale1000/1Matthieu Pavon1000/1Michael Thorbjornsen1000/1Mike Weir1000/1Mikimu Horikawa1000/1Renato Paratore1000/1Rhys Enoch1000/1Richard Lee1000/1Rob Oppenheim1000/1Stewart Hagestad1000/1Brian Davis1500/1Connor Arendell1500/1Eric Dietrich1500/1Hayden Shieh1500/1Kodai Ichihara1500/1Matthew Naumec1500/1Noah Norton1500/1Ryan Sullivan1500/1Spencer Tibbits1500/1Odds via VegasInsider.com. Odds updated June 10 at 3:30 p.m. ET.15th Club describes itself as a “passionate team of golf professionals, data experts and software engineers” that provides comprehensive data for professional golfers, brands and media outlets. Follow Justin Ray on Twitter here. Pebble beach going to show its teeth next week💨A post shared by Patrick Cantlay (@patrickcantlay) on Jun 6, 2019 at 9:06am PDTSo, which players should be able to tame these greens and stay out of the thick stuff? You may like the name at the top of this list of tour leaders for 2019.RankPlayerGIR %1Tiger Woods72.92James Hahn72.73Matt Kuchar72.44Justin Thomas72.15Charles Howell III72.0Which metric means the least when forecasting success on this course?Like we said earlier, the most important club in a golfer’s bag at this tournament, and especially at Pebble Beach, is not the driver.“Rough is almost always penalizing at the U.S. Open, but driving accuracy numbers have not been a harbinger of victory in recent years,” Ray said. “The driving accuracy rank of the last 12 U.S. Open winners is about 29. None of the last eight AT&T Pro-Am winners at Pebble Beach were in the top 10 that week in driving accuracy, either. It’s no coincidence that Phil Mickelson – who’s never been one to show restraint off the tee – has won five times at Pebble.”Not that we doubted him, but Ray’s research is sound. Check out the driving accuracy for the last four U.S. Open winners referenced above:YearU.S. Open championDriving accuracy %Tournament rank2018Brooks Koepka64.3T-55th2017Brooks Koepka87.5T-4th2016Dustin Johnson64.3T-18th2015Jordan Spieth62.5T-68thWhich of the betting favorites has a game best suited for Pebble Beach?This is one those questions where you almost have to take Koepka off the table. Ray mentioned he’s 54-under-par in majors since the beginning of 2017 — 21 shots better than any other player in that span. Absurdity.Brooks Koepka is -54 in majors since the beginning of 2017, 21 shots better than anyone else in that span. #USOpen pic.twitter.com/7Ddt07ccnK— Justin Ray (@JustinRayGolf) June 10, 2019But the lurking giant that is Woods, who won the 2000 U.S. Open at Pebble Beach by a whopping 15 strokes, may still have the skillset tailor-made for this weekend.“If I had to pick one for course fit alone – I’m taking Tiger,” Ray said. “He’s arguably the best iron player on the planet right now – his greens in regulation percentage is the highest it’s been entering the U.S. Open since 2008. As we saw at Augusta National – and even to an extent last summer at Carnoustie – master tactician Woods is still a strategic force to be reckoned with.”Where Tiger ranks in 2019StatPGA Tour rankGreens in regulation1stStrokes gained: Approach to green13thStrokes gained: Tee to green9thStrokes gained: Around the green8thWho’s someone we’re not talking about who could surprise us and be near the top of the leaderboard Sunday?The most surprising name to some near the top of betting boards is Cantlay at 16/1. But Ray thinks that’s right where he belongs after winning the Memorial Tournament and finishing in the top 10 in both the Masters (T-9) and PGA Championship (T-3). Can Rory McIlroy (8/1) follow his record-breaking performance in Canada with another masterpiece? Can Phil Mickelson (50/1) finally tame the U.S. Open and complete the career grand slam? And, possibly most intriguing, can Tiger Woods (9/1) continue his incredible comeback with another major?To help us answer these questions and better allocate a bit of capital, we’ve enlisted the help of Justin Ray, Head of Content for the golf analytics company 15th Club. Related News