North End Neighborhood Drainage Project Update

first_imgThe intersection of Sixth Street and Bay Avenue is one area under construction for the drainage project. Work to be completed in the week of Feb. 11-15:Feriozzi Concrete will continue construction on the west side of Bay Avenue, working between Fourth Street and Sixth Street.Lafayette will be working on the pump station in the 200 block of Bay Avenue as well as the pump station in the 500 block of Bay Avenue.Project Design:See Design Presentation for Detaillast_img

Fresh off offensive explosion, Badgers host Coyotes

first_imgWisconsin’s Jon Leuer is the top-scoring Badger at 18.7 points per game and his size (6-foot-10) will help against South Dakota.[/media-credit]Any questions the Wisconsin Badgers (5-2) had regarding their offensive ability were probably answered in Wednesday night’s 87-48 smackdown of N.C. State.So now, the question becomes, can they keep it going?The Badgers will get their first chance to answer that question Saturday afternoon, as the South Dakota Coyotes (3-4) come to Madison for the second of a three-game UW homestand. In three games down in Orlando for the Old Spice Classic, where the Badgers finished second, UW averaged only 55.3 points per game, shot a rough 38.97 percent from the field and an abysmal 24.3 percent from three-point range.Yet, against the Wolfpack Wednesday night, the Badgers shot exactly 50 percent from the field and sunk 55 percent of their attempts from behind the arc. Come Saturday against South Dakota, Wisconsin will look to carry that offensive rhythm forward.“We don’t talk about winning and losing,” UW head coach Bo Ryan said. “I don’t use the language. You have to be resilient in this sport. As soon as something happens on one end of the floor, something is instantly happening somewhere else. You have to get back, make the next play, stop somebody, get a charge.”For Wisconsin, most of the plays have come from two sources: point guard Jordan Taylor and forward Jon Leuer. The latter leads the Badgers in points (18.7 per game), rebounds (7.6) and blocks (1.7), while Taylor is second in scoring (14.4 ppg) and first in assists (3.86).“He knows what makes a team more effective than not,” Ryan said of Taylor. “He’s always had the green light to do that. It’s not like we tell him to take it down [the court] methodically, get it into the post. When it doesn’t happen in the game, it’s because the other team took it away from us defensively. Jordan Taylor understands what it takes.”In addition to Taylor and Leuer, the Badgers have also received valuable production from freshman guard Josh Gasser. The Port Washington, Wis. native was just the third true freshman to start a game under Ryan – Nov. 16 against North Dakota – and he is third on the team with 8.3 points per game. As a 6-3 guard, Gasser has impressed Ryan and his coaching staff with not only his court vision and offensive skills, but also his rebounding – he’s second on the team with 5.0 boards per game.While Gasser has emerged to provide Ryan and the Badgers solid backcourt depth, Wisconsin’s frontcourt has been steady, as well. Keaton Nankivil is averaging 7.1 points, 4.6 rebounds and 1.43 blocks per game, while Mike Bruesewitz has contributed 5.4 points and 3.1 boards per game. The 6-6, 220 lb. forward affectionately known as “Brueser” by Badger fans has also proved to be a threat from outside, as he leads the team in three-point shooting at 60 percent.“I don’t think any team really shot too well down in Orlando, including us,” Bruesewitz said. “I think a lot of guys just got into the gym and got some jump shots up.”Against South Dakota, Wisconsin figures to face a squad fairly similar to itself, at least on paper. The Coyotes have scored slightly less – 69.6 points per game and they’ve shot nearly the same – 45 percent. Yet, the Badgers should be able to find some mismatches on defense and on the boards. South Dakota has allowed opponents an average of 71.4 points per game – the Badgers have only given up 53.1 – and Wisconsin boasts a favorable size advantage. Leuer and Nankivil are 6-foot-10, 228-pounds and 6-foot-8, 240 lb. respectively, while the Coyotes big men, center Trevor Gruis and forward Ricardo Andreotti are 6-foot-9, 238-pounds. and 6-foot-8, 225-pounds, respectively.Additionally, the Coyotes have been starting three guards while the Badgers have been starting three forwards – Bruesewitz is 6-foot-6, 220-pounds and South Dakota’s next biggest starter is Charlie Westbrook – their leading scorer at 15.9 points per game and a Milwaukee native – at 6-foot-4, 208-pounds.“[Against N.C. State], we kept guys out of the lane, and for the most part, when they got in the lane we did a good job of keeping our hands off them and making them shoot over us,” Taylor said. “We just played solid team defense…and forced tough jump shots.”last_img read more

Holt: Taylor snub mind-boggling

first_imgAdam is a senior majoring in journalism. Think Taylor got snubbed, or is the list of finalists correct? E-mail him at [email protected] or Tweet @AdamJSHolt If you’re an athlete at Wisconsin, it’s all right to be underrated, fly under the radar and to be under appreciated on a national scale. It comes with the Motion W you wear.But at a certain point, it’s nice to get recognition. And even if it doesn’t always come in the form of a SportsCenter shoutout, it manages to manifest itself in some other way – like inclusion in the list of finalists for some kind of award.Go ahead; think of almost any major award in sports and think about the finalists. More often than not, you see some guys who you’ve never heard of, yet a further look says they deserve the accolades they’re in the running for. Maybe someone shouldn’t be included (think John Clay as a Doak Walker finalist).And then you have Jordan Taylor.The Wisconsin junior point guard was inexplicably not one of the 10 finalists for the Bob Cousy Award, given to the best collegiate point guard.Some of the guys on the list – Kemba Walker of Connecticut, Jimmer Fredette of Brigham Young, Nolan Smith of Duke – are no-brainers. Others, like D.J. Gay of San Diego State, Brandon Knight of Kentucky or Demetri McCamey of Illinois are there because someone had no brains.Usually, if a player is snubbed, it’s because he’s playing for a team that is either playing in a crummy conference or struggling to win.Taylor is helping the No. 13/14 Badgers to a 18-5 record and share of second place in the Big Ten, which has re-established itself as one of the top conferences.I don’t have any explanation as to why Taylor is not on that list.The junior averages 17.7 points per game, 4.4 rebounds and 4.7 assists. He shoots 45.1 percent from the field and 40.9 percent from 3-point range. He hits 86.1 percent of his free throws. He leads the nation in assist-to-turnover ratio at a 3.89 mark and according to stats guru Ken Pomeroy, is tops in the country in offensive rating among players used in at least 24 percent of his team’s possessions.Compare those numbers to this guy: 19.5 PPG, 4.3 rebounds, 4.4 assists, 45.9 FG percentage, 37.3 3PT percentage, 79.2 FT percentage and a 2.1 assist-to-turnover ratio. Pretty even matchup – you might take Taylor based upon the lack of turnovers and slight edges from behind the arc and from the free throw line.That mystery player happens to be former Badger and current NBA pro Devin Harris, with the stats coming from Harris’ junior year. Harris is generally considered the top UW basketball export in recent memory.I haven’t seen much of Gay or Knight this season. But I have seen their stats.Gay averages 11.9 points, shoots 41 percent from the field, has a 2.8 assist-to-turnover ratio and is on the list because San Diego State is 24-1. Knight averages 17.5 points and an unsightly three turnovers per game and is on the list because he plays for Kentucky.Let’s make the biggest beef with McCamey though. He’s the only other Big Ten guy on the list, ergo, he and Taylor share the most common opponents.The Illini senior shoots 45 percent from the field and hits an excellent 48.5 percent  from behind the arc. He averages 6.7 assists per game as well. All great numbers.But he averages a pedestrian 14.7 points despite being used 25.4 percent of the time (Taylor is used 26.1 percent). He checks in at No. 42 in offensive rating.McCamey was expected to have a great season – and sometimes he has. But Illinois has fallen from the rankings and is in the midst of a 2-5 tailspin. McCamey has five, six and six points in three of his last four games.I decided to take a look at how Taylor and McCamey performed in games against teams ranked at the time, and against unranked conference foes.Taylor has played in five games against teams ranked at the time. He averaged 19.8 points, four rebounds and 4.4 assists, as well as 1.2 turnovers in those games.Meanwhile, McCamey averaged 16 points, 3.4 rebounds, 6.9 assists and three turnovers in games against ranked foes.Both players performed admirably against quality opposition; Taylor never scored less than 15 points in those games, while McCamey’s only dud came in a five-point, four-turnover loss to OSU.You could then predict that against the bottom of the Big Ten, the two guards’ stats would look even better. You would be half-right.Taylor’s line against unranked Big Ten foes looks like this: 20.7 points, 5 rebounds, 4.7 assists and 1.2 turnovers.McCamey somehow managed to regress against such competition. In those six games, he averaged 11.7 points, 3.2 rebounds, 5.7 assists and 3.8 turnovers.This seems to say that A) McCamey isn’t a consistently dominant player, and B) Illinois isn’t a consistently good team.Based upon this examination, there should be no question which Big Ten point guard is having the better season – and should be on that list. Freddette or Walker will likely win the actual award – and probably rightly so. But the exclusion of Taylor is an insulting oversight, especially when you compare what the Minnesota-native has done in comparison – individually and for his team – to some of his peers who were named finalists.last_img read more

Reliving the epic 2005 college football season with ‘NCAA Football 06’: Sweet 16 bracket

first_imgWelcome back to “The Tournament,” a 32-team college football bracket reliving the incredible 2005 season through one of the best sports video games produced in the mid-2000s.After a first round filled with huge upsets ,  the heavyweights largely came to play in the Sweet 16. The top three seeds — Texas, USC and Ohio State — won by a combined margin of 82 points. Only one team outside the top 11 seeds remains alive. (SN illustration) ‘NCAA Football 06′ tournament bracket 1 Texas 28, No. 16 West Virginia 20If this had been the 2006 or 2007 version of Pat White and Steve Slaton, perhaps West Virginia would have been able to pull off this upset. But with each star in their freshman form in 2005 — still great in real life but not as respected in the video game — it was too tough of a task.Until midway through the third quarter, it appeared as if the Mountaineers could cause problems. White and Slaton ran the option effectively while mixing in the occasional quick hit wide receiver screen, and their defense kept Vince Young in check.It couldn’t last, though: A deep throw to Limas Sweed gave the Longhorns an 11-point fourth-quarter advantage they would hold comfortably the rest of the way. West Virginia’s offense struggled to run the ball in the second half and outside of a late desperation touchdown heave with the game out of reach did very little to threaten.No. 8 Oklahoma 52, No. 24 Texas A&M 42Adrian Peterson is an unstoppable force. After obliterating Cal in the opening round and outplaying counterpart Marshawn Lynch in the process, he slayed a Texas A&M defense with future NFL linemen Johnny Jolly and Michael Bennett. His 221 rushing yards and four touchdowns against the Aggies put him in position to claim MVP of the competition; he’s up to 369 yards and seven scores in just two games.It’s worth noting that Peter Thompson — who we’re giving the keys to the quarterback position over Rhett Bomar — has also been much better than expected and could be an X-factor in Oklahoma’s upcoming tilt with Texas.We’re going to miss playing as Texas A&M. Reggie McNeal is an amazing dual-threat talent in the game and his surrounding pieces (namely Courtney Lewis and Jason Carter) made for a fun experience.No. 4 Penn State 31, No. 13 Oregon 20Trash. Clownish. Rigged.That’s how we feel about the third-quarter pass interference call that bailed out Penn State in the red zone and allowed them to take the lead. In no world was Jordan Norwood impeded here.Oregon fell apart thereafter, unable to move the ball in the snow against a defense featuring Paul Posluszny and Tambi Hali.No. 28 Iowa 27, No. 21 Virginia Tech 21Iowa continued to make the Big Ten proud by reaching the Elite 8 behind its legendary linebacker duo of Chad Greenway and Abdul Hodge.In the biggest case of a team being much stronger in video game form than in real life, the Hawkeyes actually put together a much more complete performance than they did in the first round at Georgia. Rather than relying exclusively on their defense, they moved the ball well under the guidance of quarterback Drew Tate.That didn’t mean Marcus Vick and Virginia Tech were without moments of brilliance.Virginia Tech almoooost pulled off a wild comeback with Vick in inferno mode. Then Chad Greenway happened.No. 2 USC 26, No. 18 Michigan 10We learned from giving up 79 points to USC in round one and made this one competitive until late.The biggest rule we implemented was to under no circumstance kick the ball anywhere near Reggie Bush, who brought back three kicks for touchdowns against Clemson. That definitely helped and worked to negate the impact of Bush, one of the most explosive college football players ever.Chad Henne and Steve Breaston linked up nicely throughout the contest for Michigan, while Lamarr Woodley was an absolute monster defensively. Mike Hart averaged just 3.5 yards per carry but did deliver his team’s lone touchdown.USC ultimately took charge in the fourth quarter. Matt Leinart found tight end Dominique Byrd in the end zone to send the Trojans on their way to the Elite 8, but it was nonetheless a respectable effort from a Wolverines squad that went 7-5 in real life.No. 7 LSU 24, No. 10 Florida 21This was the juiciest matchup of the round on paper, and it lived up to the hype.Chris Leak and the Gators moved the ball without issue for much of the game. This pretty pass to Chad Jackson on a post pattern provided an early lead and momentum in Death Valley.LSU responded well despite JaMarcus Russell playing like he was on the Raiders for the second straight game. Running back Alley Broussard delivered a trick pass for a score before punching in another touchdown on the ground.Safety LaRon Landry made the play of the game with a pick-six — his second game-changing interception in as many contests.No. 3 Ohio State 48, No. 14 UCLA 0The Buckeyes are crazy good and haven’t even needed to be at their best so far in this competition. They sacked Drew Olson nine times and intercepted him five times. They burned UCLA with a steady dose of Antonio Pittman on the ground and Ted Ginn Jr. and Santonio Holmes through the air. They’re definitely the biggest obstacle to Texas or USC winning the whole thing.Maurice Jones-Drew and Marcedes Lewis deserved better.No. 11 Miami 10, No. 27 Georgia Tech 7Even though Calvin Johnson mostly disappeared, Georgia Tech had every opportunity to beat their ACC foe. But outside of one strong drive, quarterback Reggie Ball was at his most erratic, costing his team a trip to the Elite 8.With under two minutes remaining, Ball threw three straight incompletions. A punt and hope the Yellow Jackets’ defense could come through then proved the wrong decision, as Miami quarterback Kyle Wright hit tight end Buck Ortega for a game-clinching first down.Stats leaderboard for ‘The Tournament’Passing (top 10)PlayerTeamGames PlayedComp/AttPass YardsPass TDINTChris LeakFlorida227 of 5055951Vince Young*Texas217 of 3447051Kyle Wright*Miami230 of 5445230Reggie McNealTexas A&M228 of 4543231Kellen ClemensOregon227 of 4741813Paul Thompson*Oklahoma224 of 5341031Brian BrohmLouisville116 of 4438403Drew Tate*Iowa219 of 4137823Matt Leinart*USC219 of 3636252Michael Robinson*Penn State222 of 4235952*Team still alive in competition Still, there continued to be surprises, including the struggles of LSU quarterback JaMarcus Russell and the strength of Iowa’s defense.This story will take you through the Sweet 16 results. We’re also logging game stats throughout “The Tournament” and sharing them at the end of each story.(Basic competition rules: Games are being played in “NCAA Football: 06” by manually controlling the underdog team on sliders that provide generally realistic results (though obviously not perfect). Home field is given to the higher seed. We’re recording game play and posting highlights on YouTube and in our articles summarizing each round.)Here are all results from the Sweet 16, followed by player stats and Elite 8 matchups: Rushing (top 10)PlayerTeamGames PlayedRush YardsRush TDScrim YardsAdrian Peterson*Oklahoma23697369Alley Broussard*LSU23503390Antonio Pittman*Ohio State22394239Maurice Jones-DrewUCLA22040217Courtney LewisTexas A&M21894209Reggie Bush*USC21861220Tony Hunt*Penn State21832224Robert MerrillTCU11801210Mike HartMichigan21763177Terrence WhiteheadOregon21733213*Team still alive in competitionReceiving (top 10)PlayerTeamGames PlayedReceiving YardsReceiving TDJason CarterTexas A&M22953Jordan Shipley*Texas22461Chad JacksonFlorida22202Joel FilaniTexas Tech12061Andre CaldwellFlorida22043Steve BreastonMichigan21990Calvin JohnsonGeorgia Tech21792Dwayne Jarrett*USC21782Michael DePriestTCU11721Joshua TinchLouisville11640*Team still alive in competitionElite 8 matchupsHere are the matchups for the next round:No. 1 Texas vs. No. 8 OklahomaNo. 2 USC vs. No. 7 LSUNo. 3 Ohio State vs. No. 11 MiamiNo. 4 Penn State vs. No. 28 Iowalast_img read more

English Town Mourns Victims of Suspected Terror Attack

first_imgLONDON (AP) — The English town of Reading mourned Monday for three people stabbed to death in what is being treated as a terror attack, gathering for a moment of silence as police questioned the suspected lone attacker.More than 100 students lit candles and laid flowers in memory of history teacher James Furlong, who was named as one of the victims. A flag in the courtyard of the Holt School, where he taught in nearby Wokingham, had been lowered to half-staff.“He was so passionate and enthusiastic about history and about learning, and anything that was boring, anything you didn’t find interesting, he would make it interesting,″ former student Molly Collins told the BBC. “He would spend time with you, he got to know people individually, and he just always went the extra mile for everyone.”Furlong’s friend, Joe Ritchie-Bennett, 39, was named by his family in Philadelphia as the second victim. The identity of the third victim has not been released.The stabbing rampage took place Saturday evening as groups of people relaxed in Forbury Gardens park in Reading, a town of 200,000 people 40 miles (64 kilometers) west of London. A 25-year-old man who is believed to be the lone attacker is in custody but officials said the motive for the carnage was unclear.Chief Constable John Campbell of Thames Valley Police said officers were called to reports of stabbings just before 7 p.m. and arrived to find a “horrific” scene. Unarmed officers detained a 25-year-old local man.Police have not identified the suspect, but Britain’s national news agency, Press Association, and other media outlets named him as Khairi Saadallah, a Libyan asylum-seeker living in Reading.The BBC reported that Saadallah was investigated by British security services last year over concerns he planned to travel abroad to join a jihadi group, but that he was not determined to be a major threat.The Philadelphia Inquirer quoted the father of Ritchie-Bennett as saying his son had moved to England from the U.S. around 15 years ago. His father, Robert Ritchie, said his son worked for a law firm in London before taking a job about 10 years ago at a Dutch pharmaceutical company that had its British headquarters in Reading.There was no immediate update on the conditions of the three people seriously wounded in the attack.Britain’s official terrorism threat level remains at “substantial” after the attack.last_img read more