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COVID-19: Medical workers in East Nusa Tenggara opt to stay in hospital amid gear shortage

first_imgA team of doctors and nurses in Ben Mboi Regional General Hospital in Ruteng, East Nusa Tenggara is working around the clock against all odds to take care of the province’s first patient suspected to have been infected with COVID-19.Amid a shortage of protective gear plaguing almost all medical workers in the country, eight nurses and two doctors have opted to stay at the hospital to treat the patient.The hospital’s public relations head Laurens Guntur said the doctors and nurses were staying in a dormitory specifically designated for health workers.”Some of the doctors and nurses have spouses and children at home, but they opt to temporarily stay at the hospital to treat the patient,” Laurens said.Maggarai regency, where the hospital is located, does not have a referral hospital for COVID-19, however the Manggarai administration decided to establish an isolation room at Ben Mboi hospital to accommodate COVID-19 suspects transferred from local health community centers (Puskesmas).Laurens said a lack of protective gear had forced several medical workers to take creative measures to protect themselves.”Some Puskesmas health workers used plastic raincoats to protect themselves from the coronavirus when they transferred the COVID-19 suspect to the hospital several days ago,” he said.Ben Mboi hospital is also struggling to find protective gear for the team of doctors and nurses treating the COVID-19 suspect at the hospital.”We ordered protective gear for our medical workers some time ago, but due to limited supply we only managed to get 10 sets,” he said.Laurens explained that despite the limitations, the hospital’s health workers always tried to wear protective gear according to the standard implemented by the Health Ministry.”The team members wear several layers of protective gear. Besides overalls, they also wear a raincoat, operation gown, and disposable apron underneath,” he said.Local authorities have reported that 254 residents in East Nusa Tenggara are under general monitoring and have been ordered to self-quarantine. There has been only one patient under close monitoring amid no confirmed cases yet in the province. (nal)Topics :last_img read more

Trump says will bar TikTok from US

first_imgRead also: Microsoft weighs TikTok purchase as ad business flattens outQueried by AFP, TikTok declined to comment on the reports of the forced sales, saying only: “We are confident in the long-term success of TikTok. “Hundreds of millions of people come to TikTok for entertainment and connection, including our community of creators and artists who are building livelihoods from the platform.”The firm this week pledged a high level of transparency, including allowing reviews of its algorithms, to assure users and regulators.”We are not political, we do not accept political advertising and have no agenda — our only objective is to remain a vibrant, dynamic platform for everyone to enjoy,” TikTok CEO Kevin Mayer said in post this week.”TikTok has become the latest target, but we are not the enemy.”The popularity of the platform surged after ByteDance acquired US-based app Musical.ly in 2017 and merged it with its own video service.James Lewis, head of the technology policy program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, said he believes the security risk of using TikTok is “close to zero” but that ByteDance could face pressure from China to engage in censorship.”It looks like ByteDance may be getting squeezed by Beijing, so making them divest makes sense,” Lewis said. “They could start censoring stuff.”Lewis said US authorities under CFIUS have the power to unwind an acquisition previously approved and that a similar action was taken in 2019 with the dating app Grindr after it was bought by a Chinese firm.Topics : President Donald Trump said Friday he will bar fast-growing social media app TikTok from the United States as American authorities have raised concerns the service could be a tool for Chinese intelligence.US officials and lawmakers in recent weeks have voiced fears of the wildly popular video platform being used by Beijing for nefarious purposes, but the company has denied any links to the Chinese government.Media reports circulated earlier Friday saying that Trump would require the US operations of the app be divested from its Chinese parent firm ByteDance, but the president announced a ban. Speaking to reporters on Air Force One, Trump said: “As far as TikTok is concerned, we’re banning them from the United States.”He added he would take action as soon as Saturday using emergency economic power or an executive order.Trump’s move comes following a review by the Committee on Foreign Investment (CFIUS) in the United States, which investigates deals affecting US national security.TikTok, especially popular with young audiences who create and watch its short-form videos, has an estimated billion users worldwide. last_img read more

Ophir finds buyer for Fortuna FLNG gas

first_imgOphir Energy has informed that Gunvor Group has been nominated as the preferred buyer of LNG for offtake from the Fortuna FLNG project, offshore Equatorial Guinea.According to Ophir, principal commercial terms subject to finalizing a Sale and Purchase Agreement (“SPA”) for the offtake ahead of the Final Investment Decision (“FID”) on the Fortuna FLNG project have been agreed.Gunvor is committed to taking the full contract capacity of the Gandria FLNG vessel of 2.2 MMTPA, which will be purchased on a Brent-linked, Free on Board (“FOB”) basis for a 10 year term, Ophir said.The contract structure allows flexibility for up to 1.1 MMTPA of the Fortuna capacity to be marketed on an alternate basis. Consequently the agreement gives the Fortuna partners, alongside the State of Equatorial Guinea, the potential to sell volumes to higher priced gas markets in Africa and beyond, whilst retaining a share in the profits of such sales, Ophir added.With a preferred LNG Buyer now nominated, Ophir said the last significant milestone remaining prior to FID for the Fortuna FLNG project is the completion of project funding, with FID remaining on track for later in 2017.Gabriel Mbaga Obiang Lima, Minister of Mines and Hydrocarbons for the Republic of Equatorial Guinea, commented: “The selection of Gunvor sets a landmark moment in the development of the Fortuna Project. The partnership with Gunvor also paves the way for the government’s objective to deliver important projects that monetize our gas, promotes local content and brings world-class petroleum technology to Equatorial Guinea. The Fortuna Project will target becoming the first choice supplier of LNG for the LNG to Africa initiative, furthering Equatorial Guinea’s leadership position in Africa as an LNG exporter.”Nick Cooper, Chief Executive of Ophir, commented: “We thank those parties that participated in the competitive tender process for the offtake and welcome Gunvor to the Fortuna FLNG Project. Gunvor’s involvement is a further addition to a strong partnership along the Fortuna value chain. Our focus is now on completing the financing package and debt facility. With Golar’s sister vessel, the Hilli, nearing completion and with Petronas FLNG having recently delivered commercial cargoes, FLNG is now entering the mainstream.”Jeff Goodrich, CEO OneLNG SA, commented: “OneLNG, along with the State of Equatorial Guinea and Ophir, would like to take the opportunity to welcome Gunvor to the Fortuna family. We look forward to working together to set the new performance benchmark in FLNG.”last_img read more

World Rugby tasks NRFF on grassroot development

first_img Loading… Promoted Content7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend BetterThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read MoreWe’re Getting More Game Of Thrones: Enter House Of The Dragon!A Guy Turns Gray Walls And Simple Bricks Into Works Of ArtA Hurricane Can Be As Powerful As 10 Atomic BombsTop 7 Best Car Manufacturers Of All Time10 Celebrity Dads Who Don’t Get Along With Their KidsBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever Made7 Black Hole Facts That Will Change Your View Of The Universe10 Risky Jobs Some Women DoWhat Is A Black Hole And Is It Dangerous For Us All?Who Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth? World governing body for the sport of rugby, World Rugby has urged Nigeria Rugby Football Federation (NRFF) to make the development of the game from grassroot a top priority. World Rugby Services Manager (Africa), Steph Neil made the appeal during an interactive session with the media at the Rugby House, Giwa Ayinde, Masha on Tuesday. Neil, who was accompanied by Rugby Africa Regional Development Officer; Charles Yapo from Ivory Coast, said he was on a working visit to Nigeria to access the level of development of Rugby and to also see the facilities on ground. According to Neil, Nigeria could develop the game through grassroots engagements in schools and catch them young initiatives, adding that the driving force of the development of the sport lies with the office of the National Technical Director an office he reckoned had a lots of influence on planning for the games. “There are layers of development which has worked for other countries which can equally work for Nigeria which is developmental plans of the games especially participating in regional competitions.Advertisementcenter_img “In Rugby, the first development structure starts with the players and then we take a look at the infrastructure, the referees and the coach. There are investment from the players to officials and the coach. “The first thing the coach should get is the experience; it is a clear path for progress. The coaches will get to improve as they get to officiate more. World Rugby Services Manager, Steph Neil (c) while briefing the media “Rugby players can be targeted in schools as part of grassroots development. They should be scouted for in primary, high school and tertiary institutions. These are processes for talent identifications,” he said. Read AlsoRugby’s Hong Kong, Singapore Sevens postponed over virus Neil however praised the NRRF under the leadership of Kelechukwu Mbagwu, for providing a strong leadership structure which he said is on right path to development of the game. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 last_img read more

Laporta confirms run for Barcelona presidency, seeks Guardiola return

first_imgFormer Barcelona president Joan Laporta has confirmed he intends to run in the club’s presidential elections next year and he wants Pep Guardiola back as Coach. Laporta – who was president of the Catalan giants between 2003 and 2010 – was speaking to Catalan station TV3, cited by Cadena Cope and said it was his ‘dream’ to return to the role and also spoke of his desire to be reunited with the current Manchester City boss. “I would very much like Guardiola to come back, but now he is at City and it is a decision that Pep should take. He is a benchmark for Barcelona and many Catalans would like him to train Barça again. “At the right time, I will speak to the person we think should be a Barça Coach from 2021.” Guardiola was selected as Barcelona boss by Laporta in 2008 ahead of a hopeful Jose Mourinho, providing one of the most significant moments in modern European football. Guardiola won two Champions League titles and three La Liga titles across four years as the club’s Coach, having previously been at the helm of the club’s B team. Xavi Hernandez – the Barcelona captain during the Guardiola years – is now managing Al-Sadd in Qatar and Laporta admitted the former midfield maestro was another option for the Camp Nou hotseat. “Xavi is already a Coach, he lives football and it is he who must decide what his moment is,” Laporta added. “In 2021 there will still be players who were Xavi’s teammates, and he must think if he is prepared to lead former teammates, which is not an easy thing.” Joan Laporta Read Also: Messi donates €500k towards the fight against COVID-19 Current club president Josep Maria Bartomeu’s rein ends in 2021 and as things stand, the businessman Víctor Font is the only official pre-candidate in the running. Laporta was replaced in 2010 by his electoral rival Sandro Rossell, who was himself replaced by Bartomeu in January 2014. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Loading… Promoted Content7 Universities In The World With The Highest Market Value6 Incredibly Strange Facts About HurricanesWhat Are The Most Delicious Foods Out There?This Guy Photoshopped Himself Into Celeb Pics And It’s HystericalDisney’s Live-Action Simba Was Based On The Cutest Lion Cub EverBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For ThemFantastic-Looking (and Probably Delicious) Bread ArtTop 7 Best Car Manufacturers Of All Time6 Interesting Ways To Make Money With A DroneWhat Is A Black Hole And Is It Dangerous For Us All?6 Extreme Facts About HurricanesGreat Entertainer Became A Milestone In The History Of Censorshiplast_img read more

Diouf names Okocha Africa’s most talented footballer, hails Eto’o, Drogba

first_img Diouf, who was a former teammate of the Super Eagles legend at Bolton, admitted he has never seen a player as talented as the midfielder since he was born. The Ex-Senegal international also clarified the comment he made recently where he claimed he was the greatest striker from the continent, which has generated debate lately. Okocha was renowned for his dribbling abilities, especially his skills in the use of step-overs, however, the midfielder failed to clinch the Africa Player of the Year or any top individual award during his playing years.Advertisement Promoted Content10 Risky Jobs Some Women Do2020 Tattoo Trends: Here’s What You’ll See This YearThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read MoreAwesome Caricatures Of 23 Marvel HeroesYou’ve Only Seen Such Colorful Hairdos In A Handful Of AnimeBoys Deserve More Than Action-Hero Role ModelsThe Models Of Paintings Whom The Artists Were Madly In Love WithWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?10 Phones That Can Work For Weeks Without RechargingInsane 3D Spraying Skills Turn In Incredible Street ArtWe’re Getting More Game Of Thrones: Enter House Of The Dragon!8 Things To Expect If An Asteroid Hits Our Planet Loading… center_img Diouf explains the best players in the last decade are four-time African Player of the Year, Cameroon legend Eto’o and former Ivory Coast star Drogba.“When I said that I am the most talented I did not say that I was the best. I spoke French. The most talented does not mean the best,” Diouf told RSI, as per Press-Sport.“The two best African players of this decade are Samuel Eto’o and Didier Drogba but on the other hand the most talented one cannot say that it is Diouf, It is impossible.“The most talented African football since I was born is Okocha. He’s the most talented player I’ve ever seen, but he didn’t win a trophy, he didn’t win a gold ball.”Diouf enjoyed success during his playing years and won a number of individual prizes, including the African Player of the Year award in 2001 and 2002.The 39-year-old forward also clinched the Scottish Premiership title and Cup trophy with Rangers and the League Cup diadem with Liverpool.Read Also: La Liga: Spanish Prime Minister confirms restart dateHis heroic displays propelled Senegal to the quarter-finals of the 2002 World Cup and helped the Teranga Lions finish as runner-up at the Africa Cup of Nations that same year.Diouf featured for Sochaux, Rennes, Lens, Liverpool, Bolton, Sunderland, Blackburn Rovers, Doncaster Rovers, Leeds United and Sabah FA before his retirement from professional football.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Former Liverpool and Bolton Wanderers forward El Hadji Diouf has named Jay-Jay Okocha as the most talented African footballer while picking Samuel Eto’o and Didier Drogba as the best players from the continent.last_img read more

Zoubek takes first win of season Saturday at Eagle

first_imgBy Greg Soukup EAGLE, Neb. (June 21) – Bob Zoubek put the problems behind him and won his first Kaplan Univer­sity IMCA Modified feature of the season at Eagle Raceway.Zoubek took the Saturday checkers ahead of Clint Homan, Shane Hiatt and Johnny Saathoff. “This was my first win anywhere this year. We’ve been having big problems all year,” Zoubek said. “I got a good start, moved to the top where nobody was running and found a smooth line.” Jason Martin raced from 12th starting to his fourth Mud In America IMCA RaceSaver Sprint Car feature win of the season at Eagle. Trent Roth also started 12th and took over the lead with three laps left in winning his first NAPA IMCA Northern SportMod outing at Eagle.Jason Kohl’s first Eagle win in nine years of racing came in the Valentino’s IMCA Hobby Stocks.Brandon Thornton was best in the Sam’s Club IMCA Sport Compact feature.last_img read more

Lampard hopes Blues sign Rooney

first_img Mourinho has made it clear Rooney is his only transfer target this summer, but United are insistent the 27-year-old is not for sale. There might have been a chance for Lampard and Rooney to discuss the prospect of becoming team-mates at club level when they were away with England before Wednesday’s match against Scotland, but the Chelsea midfielder insists the topic never came up. Press Association Yet there has been no avoiding the speculation linking Rooney with a move to Stamford Bridge. “I think Chelsea have made their interest known. That’s a decision for them and Wayne to come to,” Lampard told Sky News. When it was suggested to Lampard that Mourinho usually gets his way, Lampard agreed, saying: “Yes he does, I think that has shown, but when you’re talking about us here we’ve got a big squad, we’ve got three or four strikers already. “We’re going into the season strong, but if the manager wants to add another player we all hope he gets his man.” Lampard is unwilling to speculate on whether Mourinho will have his wish to sign Rooney fulfilled. “I’m really not sure. I don’t know enough about it,” he said. “I didn’t speak to Wayne about it when I was with England last week. He was training and he was focused. “I’m not privy to transfer stuff. That’s for clubs to decide. I’m a player. I just keep my mouth shut, and train and play.” Frank Lampard would welcome Wayne Rooney to Chelsea and hopes manager Jose Mourinho gets his way if he continues to pursue the Manchester United and England striker. Lampard, in the twilight of his England career at the age of 35, will be hoping to play at the World Cup in Brazil with Rooney next summer. While it promises to be warm in South America, the heat will be nothing compared to Qatar at the same time of year. The 2022 World Cup in the Arab state is pencilled in for summer, but it could be moved to autumn or winter dates due to concerns over player and spectator safety in severe high temperatures. Lampard fancies the idea of England taking over hosting duties, although that is an unlikely prospect and one the Football Association has stressed it will not be pushing for. Lampard is all in favour of the World Cup being taken to all parts of the world, providing the conditions are suitable. He said: “It’s always going to be different for us but I don’t think anybody wants to be playing in 50-degrees heat. I don’t know what the answer is … whether it’s possible … I wish the World Cup would come to England at that stage and be done with it. We’ll see, you never know.” last_img read more

The Latest: Auburn’s Wooten redshirts amid COVID-19 fears.

first_img Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___Auburn senior linebacker Chandler Wooten has decided to take a redshirt season amid fears about COVID-19. “I support the protocols in place by the CDC and NASCAR and plan on taking the correct steps to come back to the track,” Davis said. Davis is 18th in the Truck Series standings after nine races. His best finish this season was 12th at Las Vegas in February.Davis is the second full-time NASCAR driver in the sport’s top-three national divisions to receive a positive coronavirus test. Seven-time NASCAR Cup Series champion Jimmie Johnson tested positive in July and missed one race, at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. NASCAR does not test for COVID-19. Davis got the test on his own.___ Moore made the announcement with a farewell note posted on Twitter.The 5-foot-9, 180-pound junior became one of the most electrifying players in the country two years ago when he caught 114 passes for 1,254 yards and 12 touchdowns. He also had 21 carries for 213 yards and two more scores and helped the Boilermakers pull off a stunning upset of then top-ranked Ohio State. His reward — first team All-American honors as an all-purpose player.Moore entered last season billed as a potential Heisman Trophy candidate. But after being hobbled early that season with a hamstring injury, he hurt it again in the Boilermakers fourth game and missed the rest of the season. It turned out to be his final appearance in a Purdue uniform.Moore wrote that is on course to graduate in December.____ —Penn State says it is not expecting to have fans at home football games this season, a decision forced by the pandemic that will cost the schools millions in revenue.Athletic director Sandy Barbour said during a conference call she has taken a 15% pay cut on her salary.Penn State has one of the largest stadiums in the country, holding more than 107,000 fans for big games. Students typically camp out in “Nittanyville” around the stadium leading into football Saturdays.Statewide policies are limiting gatherings in Pennsylvania to fewer than 500 people. Barbour said if the policies change, plans for fans might as well. Wooten announced his decision on Twitter Thursday, citing the pending birth of a son in November and “recent events regarding social injustice.”Wooten had 27 tackles and 4.5 tackles for loss last season.“As a soon-to-be father, my number one priority is the safety and well-being of my family,” Wooten said. “Unfortunately, playing this season was ultimately not arisk I was willing to take.”___The New Orleans Saints have placed two players on their COVID-19 reserve list. Second-year linebacker Kaden Ellis and veteran long snapper Zach Wood are the first two Saints players to receive the designation since players began reporting to team headquarters early last week.The designation does not necessarily mean the players have had a positive COVID-19 test. They also could have been asked to isolate because of potential exposure. NFL clubs do not have to specify which is the case.Ellis was a seventh-round pick out of Idaho in 2019. He played in three games as a rookie before a season-ending knee injury.Wood has played in every game for the Saints the past three seasons.___ More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports Associated Press August 6, 2020 Clemson starting defensive end Xavier Thomas has been medically shutdown since March because of several illnesses, including COVID-19.Tigers coach Dabo Swinney said Thomas, who is a junior this year, lost weight and was mentally not ready to go as the team opened summer camp practices on Thursday. The coach said Thomas will regain his health and try and play the maximum four games so he can redshirt and return to the team next season. Thomas started eight games last season, finishing with two sacks and 31 tackles. Swinney said Thomas attended practice to support his teammates.___Louisville has dismissed three men’s soccer players and suspended three others as discipline for their roles in an off-campus party last weekend that resulted in 29 positive tests for COVID-19 and four sports being paused. In a letter to season ticket holders, Penn State provided options for this season, including refunds or making payments a donation to the school.___BYU will play at Navy on Labor Day night in a matchup of teams that had openers against traditional rivals canceled as Power Five leagues rearranged their schedules.The Cougars were originally slated to open their season on Sept. 3 at Utah, but the Pac-12 has gone to a conference-only schedule to deal with potential disruptions from the coronavirus pandemic. Navy’s opener against longtime rival Notre Dame was at first scheduled to be played in Dublin, Ireland, on Aug. 29. The pandemic halted those plans and the game was rescheduled for the weekend of Sept. 5 at Annapolis, Maryland. Then Notre Dame joined the Atlantic Coast Conference for this season and the conference prohibited its teams from playing non-conference games outside their home state. The Notre Dame-Navy game was canceled. The teams had played every season since 1927.BYU, which lost a total of six games against Power Five teams, will play Navy for just the third time and first since 1989. The game will be televised by ESPN.___NASCAR driver Spencer Davis says he has tested positive for COVID-19 and will miss Friday night’s Truck Series race at Michigan International Speedway. Davis said he tested positive Thursday and his team’s entry has pulled out of the Michigan race. A release on Thursday did not mention the players disciplined but stated that the three dismissed were primarily responsible for organizing the party. All three had prior team violations, the release added. Men’s soccer coach John Michael Hayden that “They have demonstrated with their actions now and previously that they do not echo the culture of this program.” Louisville on Wednesday paused workouts for men’s and women’s soccer, field hockey and volleyball following the positive tests among members of those programs. Others that may have been exposed are quarantined due to contact tracing. Athletic director Vince Tyra had warned that dismissal was an option and said he supported Hayden’s decision. He added, “Ignoring the safety protocols issued by federal, state and local officials, as well as the athletic department, is unacceptable and dangerous.”___All-American receiver Rondale Moore of Purdue says he will opt out of this college football season and will prepare to enter next year’s NFL draft. The Latest: Auburn’s Wooten redshirts amid COVID-19 fears. Miami defensive end Gregory Rousseau, who was second in the nation with 15.5 sacks last season, has opted out of this college football season.Hurricanes coach Manny Diaz said during a conference call that Rousseau would not play. He would have been a third-year sophomore and is eligible to enter the NFL draft next year.Rousseau is the fourth prominent player, joining Penn State linebacker Micah Parson earlier in the day, who has decided not to play in a season filled with uncertainty because of the pandemic. Virginia Tech cornerback Caleb Farley and Minnesota receiver Rashod Bateman, both expected to be high draft picks, have previously announced they are opting out.Rousseau played two games in 2018 as a freshman before breaking his ankle and taking a redshirt. He had a breakout season in 2019, finishing strong with 10.5 sacks in the second half.The 6-foot-6, 260-pounder is projected as a possible first-round draft pick. The Green Bay Packers say they won’t have any fans for at least their first two home games this season due to the coronavirus pandemic.The game are against Detroit on Sept. 20 game and the Atlanta Falcons on Oct. 5, a Monday night game.Green Bay’s third home game is Nov. 1 against the Minnesota Vikings. Packers officials say any decision on whether to admit fans would depend on the status of the pandemic.The announcement comes two weeks after Packers CEO Mark Murphy had said that any Packers home games this year would include no more than 10,000-12,000 spectators, if any fans were allowed at all.___ ___Middle Tennessee is making up for losing three games by scheduling a very rare for football home-and-home with Troy.Athletic director Chris Massaro announced the agreement Thursday.Under the deal, Troy will visit Middle Tennessee either Sept. 5 or Sept. 19, when the Blue Raiders would have either opened visiting Duke or hosting Virginia Tech, games that were canceled when the Atlantic Coast Conference decided to go to a league-only schedule this season. Middle Tennessee will visit Troy on Nov. 21. That’s the date the Blue Raiders would have visited UConn, which became the first FBS program to cancel its season Wednesday.Massaro says they anticipated this scenario. Contracts have not been signed yet, and Massaro says this agreement works for both of the former Sun Belt Conference rivals with no guarantees involved and bus trips for both teams. Middle Tennessee also will keep future schedules intact.last_img read more

UW celebrates 25 years

first_imgThe Wisconsin women’s soccer team wanted to make this past weekend a memorable one. As the program commemorated its 25th anniversary, things got off to a rocky start with a 1-1 tie against Michigan Friday night, but the Badgers bounced back with an impressive 3-0 victory over Michigan State. The victory provided the finishing touch on a weekend that saw former players come together to watch the current squad give head coach Dean Duerst his 150th career win.”I don’t think it could’ve come on a better day,” Duerst said. “Just how it was capped off by this weekend is just something I’ll never forget.”Wisconsin’s attack was quick and decisive Sunday afternoon as the Badgers scored all three goals on their first three shots within the first 16 minutes. The Badgers never looked back, improving their record to 6-4-3 overall and 3-2-1 in Big Ten play. The first strike came in the sixth minute as Wisconsin junior defender Ann Eshun took a free kick and sent it into the penalty box. With her back facing the net, Wisconsin senior midfielder Kara Kabellis headed the ball and flicked it over Michigan State junior goalkeeper Nicole Galas for her fourth goal of the season. Just under seven minutes later, the Badgers were at it again. Senior midfielder Allison Preiss took a throw-in and threw the ball toward the net as Sheri Ferron eluded her defender. Ferron then sent a crossing pass to Walsh who beat Galas for her fourth goal of the season.Walsh struck again less than four minutes later, again getting assists from Ferron and Preiss. This time, Ferron sent a through ball to Taylor Walsh into the box. Galas charged out from the goal to snare the loose ball, but was unable to get a hold of it. Walsh gained possession and buried the ball into a wide-open net.”We came out really hard today and we really wanted to win today,” Walsh said after the game. “We seem to do a lot better on Sundays, which is weird, but we played a lot better today.” The Badgers were able to hold off the Spartans for the remainder of the game as Wisconsin junior goalkeeper Lynn Murray notched her third shutout of the season. With the game in control, Duerst was able to use more players off the bench than he normally would. “The nice thing about it was that they kept the quality of the play up,” Duerst said of those that came off the bench. “They played quickly, worked hard, really hustled out there and you want a pretty good, seamless transition. It was a great boost for the team.”While Sunday’s finish was nearly perfect, things didn’t get off to a great start on a chilly Friday night as the Badgers rallied to force a 1-1 tie against Michigan.Michigan struck early and it appeared as though the anniversary weekend was going to kick off on a sour note, but Preiss’ goal in the 72nd minute tied the game at 1-1. Overtime wouldn’t solve anything as neither team could muster much offense in the two 10-minute sessions, as both Wisconsin and Michigan got off two shots each.The Wolverines took control of the match early and, within 15 minutes, had the lead. Michigan senior midfielder Judy Coffman took a pass from junior forward Melissa Dobbyn and blasted it passed Murray, who, despite her diving attempt, was unable to stop it.Trailing 1-0 at the start of the second half, the Badgers came out looking stronger and more aggressive than they had in the first stanza. While the new aggressive play didn’t pay off initially, the Badgers finally broke through in the 72nd minute. On a free kick just beyond midfield, Eshun launched a pass into the penalty box. Preiss found herself 1-on-1 against Megan Tuura, and beat her to the far post. “The ball just sort of popped out to me, and I just turned and tried to put it on goal and it worked out,” she said. While the weekend looked as if it may not live up to its potential after Friday’s game, the Badgers more than made up for it Sunday.”The whole weekend just brought back a lot of memories,” Duerst said after Sunday’s game.”The thing I encouraged this team for today was to honor those past successes,” he added.last_img read more