Kristin Cavallari, Jeff Dye Shared ‘Long Kiss’ on Nashville Date: Photos

first_imgThe Better Late Than Never star, who has been flirting with Cavallari on social media since the summer, was also overheard discussing his Nashville Thanksgiving plans with the actress on Thursday.The True Comfort author, who shares three children, sons Camden, 8, and Jaxon, 6, and daughter Saylor, 4, with Cutler, 37, previously told Us that she plans to spend the holiday with her kids and ex “as a family.”The Hills alum added: “I’m looking forward to that. I’m happy that we’re able to spend it together and have these conversations even though we’re in the middle of getting a divorce. So, I’m thankful for where we’re currently at.”The reality star and the former NFL quarterback announced their split in April after 10 years together and seven years of marriage.Last month, Cavallari told Us that she’s “feeling really good” amid the breakup, noting that she found the adjustment to be “pretty smooth.”Scroll down to see exclusive photos from the couple’s cozy date night. “At one point during the intimate dinner, Kristin was seen leaning into Jeff and giving him a long kiss,” the eyewitness tells Us exclusively. “The couple had a very upbeat night with a lot of laughs.”Later in the night, the Uncommon James designer and the comedian, 37, shared a laugh with two guys at the bar, one of whom Cavallari previously went on a date with, the source adds.“When Kristin used the restroom, Jeff only had eyes for her at the trendy spot,” the source says.- Advertisement – The look of love! Kristin Cavallari and Jeff Dye were spotted on a romantic date in Nashville, one month after they were spotted kissing in Chicago, a source exclusively tells Us Weekly.According to an eyewitness, the pair were seen dining at “uber trendy” spot Bastion on Thursday, November 5, where the Very Cavallari alum, 33, complimented the staff on their duck pastrami dish.- Advertisement – Despite their PDA, the duo’s relationship isn’t “going to go anywhere series,” the insider adds. “Kristin and Jeff just have a casual dating situation going on. She’s not in the zone to move forward with a full-blown relationship of that level and is just keeping herself preoccupied and having fun.”An insider told Us last month that the Laguna Beach alum, who was first linked to Dye in early October, “isn’t trying to get serious right away” after her split from Jay Cutler six months prior.“Kristin and Jeff are totally a thing,” the insider told Us at the time. “She loves to laugh and Jeff is obviously so funny and playful. He is making her life lighter through this transition and deterring her away from feeling upset. Jeff has helped put her in a good headspace and he is stoked on her and thinks she’s so beautiful and sexy.”- Advertisement – – Advertisement –last_img read more

A record number of over 900 overnight stays was recorded in Vir in July

first_imgSlightly more than 900 thousand overnight stays is an increase of 1,1 percent compared to the figures from July 2018, ie a total increase of 1,2 percent for the entire seven-month period from the beginning of 2019. From the first day of January to the end of July this year 1.270.501 (1.255.428 last year) spent the night on the island with 93.707 tourist arrivals, which is 4,79 percent lower than last season in the same period (98.202 arrivals). This decline in tourist arrivals is primarily due to significantly weaker arrivals of Poles (minus 22,7 percent), Bosnians and Herzegovinians (14,2 percent) and Hungarians (13,2 percent), but higher growth was achieved by Slovaks as this year’s hit – 7,4 , 11,4 percent in arrivals and as much as 35,2 percent in overnight stays. There will also be some other tourist markets for the island of Vir, so since the beginning of the year there has been an increase of 43,5 percent of tourist arrivals and 12,2 percent of overnight stays by Ukrainians who gave additional July winds in the back of July, while the Dutch grew by 20 , XNUMX percent in arrivals, Italians XNUMX percent growth in overnight stays, etc. The big three of Vir tourism in arrivals and overnight stays are still led by Slovenes, Hungarians and Germans, while Slovaks have consolidated their fourth place with significant growth this year. “We had a weaker May due to bad weather, but since June we have gained momentum and achieved record numbers. They are not great if we talk about the overall growth of overnight stays, but we have been in a continuous positive trend for more than ten years. That is a great success “, says Srdjan Liverić from the Vir Tourist Board. The record of last year’s “crazy July” finally fell, when 891.732 domestic and foreign guests spent the night on the island of Vir! This year, as many as 901.537 overnight stays were recorded in July, which is a historical figure for Vir tourism, as more than 900 tourist overnight stays were realized in one month. Thus, instead of the so-called July hole – which has eroded many other elite tourist destinations this season – the narrative of the record season is being re-established on the island. Last year’s “crazy July” with 891.732 overnight stays was surpassed this year (901.537). Since the beginning of the year, Slovaks have had the highest growth in overnight stays and arrivals, but other tourist markets are also waking up – Ukraine, the Netherlands and Italy. Source / photo: Municipality of Virlast_img read more

Are Fights Ever Good for a Relationship?

first_img Share Share LifestyleRelationships Are Fights Ever Good for a Relationship? by: – August 6, 2011 Share Sharing is caring!center_img 24 Views   no discussions Tweet by Rich Santos, Marie ClaireOne of my biggest goals in life is to prove my friend Margaret from work wrong, and beat her in every single argument we ever have.We know so much about one another, it makes it easy for us to pick on each other and find advantages in battle. The sad thing is that when new employees join our group, they always assume: “Either they hate each other, or they are dating.”It’s weird that people can find such a fine line between hatred and dating, but I know plenty of couples who enjoy picking on each other in a playful manner.Then there are real arguments and fights. These are the ones that I wonder about. Is fighting actually healthy for a relationship?It seems like fights/arguments are just tests along the way for a relationship. Can your relationship get through an argument and become stronger for that argument? Are you both so compatible that you are able to have organized and healthy arguments?My history of arguments in relationships is not good. Every big argument I’ve had has lacked resolution. Without this resolution, we continue having spats until we just break up. And things are never the same after that initial argument, which leads me to believe that we are not arguing effectively.A serious girlfriend from college and I once drove up to Boston to visit my sister. After our visit, we decided to visit Salem and check out witch country. What a curse that turned out to be!When we hunted for the parking spot in the parking garage at the conclusion of our visit, cracks and fissures began to surface in our relationship. It was if a bunch of dormant volcanoes were all erupting at once. She pretty much lost her mind when we couldn’t find the car fast enough. My mood remained happy as though it was kind of funny that I was so stupid I forgot to remember whether we were on P5 or A8, or whatever.She was none too pleased. She berated me, and became even angrier when my blasé attitude persisted in the face of her yelling. When we finally found the car, I made a snide comment about her coming undone — probably not the smartest move.Driving back to the University of Delaware, we had five hours to mull over our first big argument. On top of this, she took umbrage with the fact that I said I wanted to stay together after college (we both had no idea where we were going to live or work at this point).Again, she lost her mind when confronted with the idea that I expected her to remain in the relationship after graduation. I was busy trying to figure out if she really meant this, or was just upset from our parking garage spat.For the next few weeks we were on-again-off-again until we finally broke up for good. We just could never get the relationship together again, with the same feelings or smoothness as it had before. From the moment of that argument in Salem, the feelings were lost. Steer clear of witch country!Perhaps arguing is just another form of communication that we have to learn with our significant others. Couples who can master this type of communication are another step closer to a long, healthy relationship. If you care enough to be with each other for the long haul, you will make it work — arguments and all.So, what role does fighting and arguing play in a relationship? It’s natural to argue when two people are connected so closely. But are there different tiers of arguments, ranging from playful fights to more serious arguments? Do arguments act as checkpoints that test the strength of your relationship: If you really want to stay together you will work it out? How has arguing and fighting affected your relationship?last_img read more

Palm Sunday

first_img 26 Views   no discussions FaithLifestyleLocalNews Palm Sunday by: – April 16, 2011 Share Share Tweetcenter_img Sharing is caring! Share Photo credit: SilknetPalm Sunday commemorates Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem, the citadel of Jewish religion, and the headquarters of his enemies. He goes there deliberately, though knows that more likely than not only trouble awaits. He’s also aware of the dictum or the axiom: it cannot be that prophets die anywhere but in Jerusalem. The entry thus includes inevitably a sense of foreboding. The passion doesn’t begin with his arrest. It begins more properly here.Three intersecting groups are involved in what follows. First, the crowd. The irony of the moment could hardly have been lost on Jesus. As he enters, he’s in one place and they in another. He gets a rousing reception, but before the week is over, the air will ring with a different shout. But Jesus had experienced the volatility of crowds before. His own townspeople wanted once to throw him from a cliff when his words challenged them; another crowd on another occasion wanted to take hold of him and make him king. That’s how crowds behave – corporate passion, corporate reversal.The second group are the authorities, the Romans first, and then the Jews.  As far as the Romans are concerned, the religious question, the burning issue for the Jewish leaders, is completely irrelevant. Rome was principally concerned about social order. Different groups could worship whomever or whatever they chose, as long as they didn’t imperil the conditions of civic peace. Even the hint of sedition (a rival to Caesar, being an obvious instance) would be brutally dealt with. Pilate will sanction the Jewish leaders’ call for execution for this reason, not for theirs.Finally, the Jewish leaders. They will condemn Jesus for blasphemy, but envy also has a lot to do with it. He’s a nobody from Nazareth, but he has a greater following than they, and he makes them look hollow. He has to go. It’s how envy operates. What I cannot have or cannot be, I will besmirch or bring low.Which brings us back to Jesus. He’s here because that’s where doing the will of the Father has led him; and it’s where he will remain until the end. He’s here, in other words, because he has always been faithful.Faithfulness is not a virtue that should be reserved only for spouses. We should all be faithful – to our loved ones, to our commitments, to our faith, to God.To be faithful is to keep faith, i.e. to be true to one’s word, whether explicit or implied. This means that we exhibit behavior and motivation in line with the nature of our commitment. I can be faithful to my gym practice, for instance, because looking good is important to me, or again because my doctor tells me that unless I exercise, my eating habits will kill me. Being faithful to such a commitment is hardly trivial, but it would not count, on the other hand, as plumbing the depths of faithfulness.Put faithfulness in another context, the context of another life, Nelson Mandela’s, say, or Mother Theresa’s, and at once you see something different. They were both faithful in a much more total and all-embracing sense, not only to themselves but to a vision that animated them.Faithfulness here does not mean being true to something pledged with trumpets and fanfare, but to a call in the deep recesses of your being. It means that you hand yourself over to that. Another word for it is self-surrender. That is why such persons give off the sense of something enshrined in them. What they give off is the animating ideal itself.You can say the very same thing about Jesus. His heart was always ruled by God. “I do always the things that please him,” he said on one occasion, or again, “My meat and drink is to do the will of his who sent me.” Meat and drink, in other words, my total sustenance. From quite early, we are told, he had this disposition. When his parents found him in the temple, the child they lost is not the young man they meet. Allowing for re-interpretation or embellishment after the Resurrection, what the episode establishes is that sense of self-disposal to God that would mark his entire life.So he is here in Jerusalem because faithfulness had led him here, and here, as the sequel showed, is where he will be vindicated, he and his way of life. That is the life to which we are all called, in our different individualities and vocations .Let us pray then as we begin this final week of the Lenten journey, for the grace to be true to our commitments, to our spouses, families, friends, and above all to the call we receive from God, that we may always strive to model our obedience and our lives on the example of Jesus Our Lord.Father Henry Charles Ph. dlast_img read more

Suarez – partnership bearing fruit

first_imgLiverpool’s Luis Suarez insists he and strike partner Daniel Sturridge are trying to progress “for the future of the club”. However, having slotted back into the side seamlessly after the end of his 10-match ban Suarez is looking to drive Liverpool into the Champions League alongside Sturridge. “We are trying for progression,” he said. “He is 24 and I am 26, so we are trying our best to progress for the future of the club. “We know in the last few seasons, Liverpool have been not been in the Champions League and we know we can help the team challenge for the top four. “We will try our best but Liverpool is not only Suarez and Sturridge – it’s the whole team.” Suarez has previously said there is no competition between him and Sturridge to score the most and he admits he is enjoying playing with someone who is in a prolific run of form, with the England striker having hit 20 in 26 appearances. “I am so happy because when you have a very good striker, and a very good partner, for defenders it is difficult because they have to give their attention to two players – not just one,” he told liverpoolfc.com. “If maybe two defenders come towards me, this creates space for Danny. “This is important not just for me, but for the team and our confidence. “He is a very good player. He had difficult moments at Chelsea and (Manchester) City, but this is a good time for him and I am so happy with him. “For a striker, it’s more difficult (to look for a team-mate). In the area, you’re concentrating on yourself and shooting at goal. “If he shoots or if I shoot, we are both strikers and we understand. We can discuss it on the pitch but we work really well together. “Maybe in a few years I will be able to say my best partnership was with Daniel Sturridge, especially if we can continue to progress.” The pair have scored 17 goals between them since the latter signed from Chelsea in January and have shown in their link-up play they are a pairing to be feared. Suarez’s future at Anfield seemed in doubt over the summer after a £40million plus £1 bid from Arsenal and the player claiming the club had reneged on a deal to allow him to leave for a Champions League side. Press Associationlast_img read more

Stoke to swap Jones for Odemwingie

first_img Press Association Nigeria international Odemwingie only joined Cardiff in September, moving from West Brom for a fee believed to be in excess of £2million. The 32-year-old signed a two-year contract and netted twice in his first four games for the Bluebirds – however, he has failed to add to that tally in 13 appearances since. Jones, a Trinidad and Tobago international once of Southampton and Sunderland, has fared better. The 29-year-old has netted five goals in 10 games. However, none of them have come in the Barclays Premier League, with four in the Capital One Cup and the other in the FA Cup defeat of Leicester earlier this month. Jones sent a text message to Hughes the night before Stoke’s 5-3 home league defeat to Liverpool on January 12 to say he was not available to play in the fixture. That resulted in the player being fined two weeks’ wages and not being considered for selection by Hughes for the next match, a 1-0 league loss at Crystal Palace. The manager had said on Friday that Jones was in his thinking again for Sunday’s FA Cup trip to Chelsea, but it would now appear likely he will not play another match for the Potters. The Potters have announced that the deal is subject to both strikers passing medicals and agreeing personal terms. However, Stoke hope to conclude their move for Odemwingie over the weekend. center_img Stoke have reached an agreement with Cardiff over a move for Peter Odemwingie, which will see Kenwyne Jones head to south Wales in a player-exchange transfer.last_img read more

Azhar, Aslam put Pakistan in control at Edgbaston

first_img(REUTERSs) – Azhar Ali’s patient century lifted Pakistan to 257 for three and a dominant position on the second day of the third Test against England at Edgbaston yesterday.Replying to the home team’s 297 all out, Azhar shared a second-wicket partnership of 181 with Sami Aslam on the way to an excellent knock of 139 as England endured a frustrating day in the field.Aslam was run-out for 82 after being called for a quick single by Azhar who was dropped twice before completing his 10th Test century.“It was a hard-working day,” said Azhar. “You come to England wanting to perform in English conditions so there’s always something to prove here.“I’m really pleased with the hundred I got. England bowlers don’t give you easy runs.”The hosts made an early breakthrough with the fourth ball of the day when Mohammad Hafeez cut James Anderson straight to Gary Ballance at point and was out for a duck.Anderson induced a rash stroke from Azhar shortly after lunch but Joe Root spilled a difficult catch at second slip and England’s anxiety increased.MAIDEN FIFTYAzhar, also dropped by Moeen Ali off his own bowling, drove Steven Finn off the back foot for three to bring up his 21st Test half-century and Aslam, 20, swept spinner Moeen for four to reach his maiden Test fifty in his third match.Azhar got to three figures by gloving a Stuart Broad bouncer to the fine leg boundary, celebrating the milestone with 10 press-ups.He continued to punish the England attack, hitting a total of 15 fours and one six, before edging the last ball of the day from Chris Woakes to Alastair Cook at first slip.Younus Khan was unbeaten on 21 at the close.Paceman Anderson said he had apologised to the umpires after showing dissent when he was warned for running down the wicket.“I’ve always had a bit of an issue running down the wicket … and I probably got a bit out of order with the umpires there,” he said.“I would rather have that competitiveness but I also want to play in the spirit of the game.”The four-match series is level at 1-1.ENGLAND 1st innings 297 (G. Ballance 70, M. Ali 63; S. Khan 5-96)PAKISTAN 1st inningsM. Hafeez c Ballance b Anderson 0S. Aslam run-out (, Vince) 82Az. Ali c Cook b Woakes 139Y. Khan not out 21Extras: (b-2, lb-12, nb-1) 15Total: (for 3 wickets, 90 overs) 257Fall of wickets: 1-0, 2-181, 3-257.Bowling: J. Anderson 19-6-32-1, S. Broad 19-3-49-0 (nb-1), S. Finn 16-3-44-0, C. Woakes 19-3-52-1, M. Ali 15-2-63-0, J. Vince 1-0-2-0, J. Root 1-0-1-0.last_img read more

The Latest: Milan’s Paolo Maldini, son Daniel test positive

first_img___The U.S. track federation added its name to a growing chorus of calls to postpone the Tokyo Games because of the coronavirus. In a letter to the CEO of the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Committee, USA Track and Field CEO Max Siegel urged the federation to advocate for the postponement of the Games, which are to start July 24. USATF joins USA Swimming, which sent a similar letter to the USOPC on Thursday. The USOPC leadership has been in agreement with the IOC, that it’s too soon to make any decisions regarding postponing the games. In all, Gulfstream’s stakes purses that day will be $1.55 million, down from $1.95 million as originally planned.Gulfstream was dark Friday while updating its safety protocols in response to the coronavirus pandemic. The track in Hallandale Beach, Florida resumed live racing on Saturday even while several top jockeys were choosing not to race because of health concerns.Gulfstream has closed live racing to all fans since March 13. It closed its casino on March 16.___The president of Mexico’s Liga MX soccer league has tested positive for coronavirus. Formula One champion Lewis Hamilton says he has been self-isolating for more than a week after meeting people who later tested positive for the new coronavirus.Hamilton was at a charity event in London on March 4 also attended by actor Idris Elba and Sophie Grégoire Trudeau, the wife of the Canadian prime minister. Both were later found to have the virus.In a message on social media, Hamilton says he’s shown “zero symptoms” but has been isolating himself from other people ever since March 13, when the Australian Grand Prix was called off.Hamilton said that “I did speak to my doctor and double checked if I needed to take a test but, the truth is there is a limited amount of tests available and there are people who need it more than I do.”___ On Monday, the NHL announced it will wait 45 days before it can provide guidance on when teams can potential reopen practice.“It’s really scary,” said Fasel, who lives in Switzerland. “Europe is just collapsed. It’s really a strange feeling. Our neighbors yesterday, the federal counsel decided to close all the restaurants and everything. It’s like war.”___The owners of the Boston Bruins say they have established a $1.5 million fund for employees of the team and TD Garden who have lost work because of the suspension of the NHL season.The Bruins were the last team in the league to commit to taking care of part-time and game-day employees. More than a dozen Serie A players have tested positive.___Paulo Dybala is the third Juventus player to test positive for COVID-19.Juventus says that the Argentina soccer playmaker is in “voluntary home isolation (in Italy) and he is asymptomatic and fine.”Dybala tweets that both he and his girlfriend Oriana Sabatini both tested positive but that “luckily we are in perfect conditions.” “If we want to save the (French) league we must absolutely finish before June 30,” Aulas told RTL radio. “You have to make choices, be brave. Drop the Champions League, the (domestic) cup finals and international matches. Concentrate only on the (French) league.”Aulas added: “I want the league to finish. Even in empty stadiums.”Lyon leads Italian champion Juventus 1-0 from the first leg of their last-16 match in the Champions League on Feb. 26. The return leg in Turin has not been played because of the outbreak.___Marseille President Frank McCourt wrote to reassure the French soccer club’s employees after they were put on temporary, technical layoffs. Milan says that the 51-year-old Maldini, who is the Italian club’s technical director, “became aware of contact with a person who subsequently tested positive for coronavirus and began to display symptoms of the virus himself.”Milan adds that Maldini was “administered with a swab test” on Friday and the result came back positive.Paolo Maldini retired from playing in 2009 after helping Milan to five European Cup and Champions League titles and seven Serie A championships.The club says that Maldini’s 18-year-old son, Daniel, who recently made his Serie A debut for Milan, also tested positive.Milan says that Paolo and Daniel Maldini “are both well and have already completed two weeks at home without contact with others. They will now remain in quarantine until clinically recovered, as per the medical protocols outlined by the health authorities.” Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effect of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___AC Milan great Paolo Maldini has tested positive for COVID-19. Juventus previously announced that defender Daniele Rugani and midfielder Blaise Matuidi tested positive for the coronavirus.___A second Ottawa Senators player has tested positive for COVID-19. The player was part of the recent road trip that included NHL games in San Jose, Anaheim and Los Angeles.The total number of people on the trip was 52, including players, staff, media, guests and flight crew. Of those on the trip, 44 have shown no symptoms, eight have been tested, and two positive results were received. The team is awaiting more results from tests given over the past three days. The team says the employee was last at club headquarters on March 13. The team remains in constant communication with doctors to determine the best course of action for ensuring the safety of other employees who have been in contact with the infected person.___The IIHF Council has confirmed that the 2020 Ice Hockey World Championship scheduled to take place in Zurich and Lausanne has been cancelled because of the ongoing coronavirus outbreak.The decision to cancel the tournament didn’t come as a surprise after IIHF President René Fasel acknowledged the likelihood of that happening following an IIHF executive committee conference call Tuesday.Fasel cited numerous challenges facing officials, ranging from health directives in place limiting attendance to travel bans making it difficult for nations to send their teams. Another issue was players lacking practice time, with most of world’s hockey leagues having either indefinitely suspended or canceled their seasons. “I am taking a few minutes to make sure you and your families are well,” McCourt said. “We are going through this difficult time together and we’re seeing governments getting better and better organized.”Marseille and other top-tier clubs have started putting players on temporary, technical layoffs, which translates to a cut in pay of 16 percent with the state picking up a portion of that to a monthly maximum of 5,400 euros ($5,810). A player earning 40,000 euros ($43,000) net per month would receive 39,000 (about $42,000).Therefore its impact is greater on those on the highest salaries, in terms of lost revenue. A player earning 300,000 euros net per month will only get 252,000 euros from the club plus 5,400 euros from the state for a monthly loss of around 42,600 euros per month. If the suspension lasts a year, this would add up to about half a million euros per year. Everyone on the California trip was instructed to self-quarantine on March 13. The team says it is actively monitoring the situation and following all appropriate and professional guidelines.___Gulfstream Park has dropped purses for its seven stakes races on Florida Derby day by 20.5%, saying the changes were necessitated by the loss of on-track handle and revenue from the track’s casino.The biggest hit went to the Florida Derby itself, which was to have a $1 million purse and now will be run next Saturday for $750,000. Purses for the Gulfstream Park Oaks and the Kitten’s Joy were trimmed by $50,000 apiece, now set to be run for $200,000.A pair of smaller stakes — the Cutler Bay and the Sanibel Island — will be run for $100,000 each, down from the originally planned purse of $125,000. The Orchid and the Sand Springs were unchanged, both offering $100,000 purses. March 21, 2020 League President Enrique Bonilla said in a statement Friday that he doesn’t have serious symptoms but will remain in isolation and keep up with the situation of Mexican first-division soccer. League matches were suspended this week until further notice to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus pandemic. Mexico has yet to declare legal bans on public gatherings but has encouraged citizens to maintain a healthy distance in crowded places.___A member of the Canadian Football League’s B.C. Lions operations department has tested positive for COVID-19. The Lions issued a statement Friday night announcing they were made aware of an employee who has the coronavirus. The person, who has not been named, is currently at home in isolation. Associated Press The Latest: Milan’s Paolo Maldini, son Daniel test positive According to a statement from the team, the Jacobs family would help workers “who will be financially burdened if the six remaining regular season Bruins games are not played.”The NHL suspended its season on March 12 in response to the coronavirus pandemic.___Even though his side could potentially reach the Champions League quarterfinals, Lyon President Jean-Michel Aulas wants the French league to take priority.Matches in both competitions are currently suspended because of the coronavirus outbreak. ___Brazil’s Olympic Committee has called for the Tokyo Olympic Games to be postponed until 2021. The Brazilian body said in a statement published on Saturday that the decision is a necessity due to the seriousness of the pandemic and “the consequent difficulty for athletes to keep their best competitive level.”It also said that it continues to “trust in the International Olympic Committee.” Brazil organized the 2016 Games in Rio de Janeiro, the first in South America.___ More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6last_img read more

Young feet kicking it for Badgers

first_imgBRYAN FAUST/Herald PhotoThe University of Wisconsin Men’s Soccer team is going through some growing pains. That is something of a given, as they are relying on so much youth this season. However, that youth is fast growing and at 3-3, the team looks primed for a strong season.Throughout the scoreless 90 minutes of regulation against the Creighton Bluejays Sunday, Badger freshman Brandon Miller controlled the ball effectively, repeatedly moving it down the field. “Brandon has been such a dynamic, elusive player for us,” said head coach Jeff Rohrman. “You know, he’s tenacious; he’s slippery. He’s a guy who can separate himself. He’s got great one-on-one skills. He can serve a good ball.”Asked about his transition to Big Ten soccer, Miller had several comments. “I’m still getting accustomed to the college game, but I’m getting it figured out,” Miller said. “The main difference is the habits I developed in high school — the competition, the bar is set much higher in college.”The players — there’s not a weak player on the field, which is much different than high school. Physically in high school, you usually have one or two standout players, but that was about it. Especially in the Division I level, every player on the field belongs there — they’ve earned their spot. They’re very strong.”In high school I could dribble and pretty much do whatever I wanted, but in college you have to be focused at all times and thinking ahead; what’s going to happen next. And you have to distribute the ball more, rather than dribble, because everyone’s good, and you can’t just dribble around everyone, which is what I was able to do in high school.”Rohrman expects Miller to be an influence on the Badgers’ success this year because he is such a smart and stealthy player on the field.”He’s so dynamic and athletic that he’s going to cause problems for defenders,” Rohrman said. “Whether it’s running at them, or with the ball, or trying to get in behind them with good, well-timed runs to receive the ball.”Not all of the freshmen have gotten as much playing time as Miller did Sunday, but that’s because he provides the team with a completely different style of play as a speedy forward.”I just thought with his speed and athleticism, that might give us a little bit of a different look against Creighton,” said Rohrman. “And he was dangerous. He looked like one of our most dangerous guys on the day.”Twelve of the Badgers’ 34 players this year are freshmen, but Rohrman discounted any potential imbalance on the team. “I think we have a good blend of youth and experience this year,” he said. “It’s nice to have eight seniors and those are certainly the players — from a leadership perspective — that we’re going to lean on as we move through the season.”In the Panther Classic soccer tournament in Milwaukee the prior weekend, freshmen players were influential. Sophomore Victor Diaz scored the winning points against Indiana-Purdue Fort Wayne, but then freshmen Brian Bultman and Eric Conklin ran up the board in the Badger 7-0 win, with Bultman scoring three and Conklin one goal.”We’ve known Brian for a few years,” said coach Rohrman. “He’s a guy who’s come to our camp and has done well. You know, he’s got a great nose for the goal. He still has to get a little bit better in a few areas, but I think that over time he’s certainly going to be a young man that is going to compete on a daily basis up top for us.”Eric was with us in the spring,” Rohrman continued. “I thought he had a really good opening weekend down in Tulsa. He helped set up a penalty kick and got a goal on a Zack Lambo free kick. Eric has some really good ideas.” For Conklin, soccer has been a vital part of his life ever since he was born.”I started playing soccer when I was five,” he said. “I think maybe my mom got me into it. We had a soccer ball around the house, and I was always dribbling it around. So she thought it would be a good idea to get me into the recreational league.”Conklin red-shirted last year and has netted four goals in exhibition matches and the first games of the regular season. “He’s just got a good knack for getting on the end of things and creating things in and around the box,” Rohrman said. “So he’s got himself in a position where he’s going to be considered into the rotation right now.”Pablo Delgado is also a freshman with the Badgers, although it may not seem like it.”I keep forgetting that he’s a freshman,” Rohrman sand. “He certainly plays like someone who’s a little bit older than 18. He brings a lot of maturity in his game — the sophistication that you don’t always see in young players.”As the Badgers head into the Big Ten season, Rohrman will certainly be relying on his young players if the team expects to take the next step this year. “I think the young guys that are competing and playing have done a good job,” Rohrman said. “They’ve earned it through training — impressing people in that environment. So hopefully we can get it going in the next couple of weeks.”last_img read more

Heart of a Lion: Alex Rosenberg leads Columbia in his return from a Jones fracture before last season

first_imgIn his home in Short Hills, New Jersey, Alex Rosenberg lay on his back, an uncomfortable position for someone who is normally a side sleeper. He couldn’t get up and go to the fridge or cook. He could only dress himself sometimes, when his foot would cooperate.When he wasn’t trying to sleep on his back, he was facing the ceiling, slinging a basketball up toward it. That was the closest he could get to the gym at Columbia, where he had played college basketball for the last three years.The littlest things, to take a shower, I had to take baths … for about four weeks. … The simplest things you do every day, you need help with.Alex RosenbergA Jones fracture in his right foot forced Columbia’s leading scorer from the 2013-14 season to elevate his leg for “90 percent” of the time. Rosenberg didn’t shoot a basketball for four months, the longest stretch he can remember because typically he shoots each day.Rosenberg not only missed last season but also withdrew from school. He maintains that it would have been too difficult to get around Columbia on crutches. Had he stayed in school, he would’ve lost a year of eligibility because of Ivy League rules, which do not allow players to redshirt.“The decision was primarily from an academic standpoint,” Rosenberg said. “… It would have been completely unreasonable. I can’t go to class, I can’t compete as an athlete, too, so I had to withdraw.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textRosenberg stopped, pivoted and planted as he guarded a teammate in practice on Oct. 24, 2014. He felt a crack in his right foot and pain rushing from the middle of it. Rosenberg had ankle sprains in the past, so he knew this wasn’t the case.Initially he thought he would miss a month of classes in the second semester, the rest of the first semester and most of basketball season. He talked to Columbia head coach Kyle Smith and his parents about withdrawing from Columbia, and they OK’d the move.“I’ve been coaching 23 years and there’s only a handful of guys that care as much as he does,” Smith said.About two weeks prior to Rosenberg’s foot fracture, NBA star Kevin Durant suffered the same injury. Rosenberg saw the Thunder rush Durant back, he said, and he didn’t want to do the same with his own injury.Doctor Jonathan Deland at the Hospital for Special Surgery gave Rosenberg deadlines to meet for rehab. Slowly, Rosenberg progressed from having his ankle elevated to walking around. The forward started doing upper-body lifts with a trainer when he couldn’t walk around.By the end of Columbia’s season, Rosenberg wasn’t even off his crutches, but he didn’t miss a single home game. He sat about 15 rows behind the Lions’ bench for each game. His dad would drive the hour-long trip because Rosenberg couldn’t and that meant his dad had to leave work early sometimes.Chloe Meister | Presentation Director Comments “Even when I was feeling down and just wanted to stay home,” Rosenberg said, “(My dad) was like, ‘Listen, let’s go,’ and he really got me trying to feel in a better mindset.”Because he had withdrawn, he was not allowed to be involved in team activities, but would wait for his teammates after games to talk to them. When he was healthy enough to be off crutches, Rosenberg started rehabbing and started interning at a wealth management firm in Midtown Manhattan.Rosenberg returned to the team once he enrolled again. His calf muscle had deteriorated from being in a boot and being elevated. It took another two to three months after he got off crutches to fully get back his jump shot back.Now, Columbia has a player back that has grown with the program. Four seasons ago, Rosenberg started molding into the player Smith wanted and expected. Columbia had amassed a 21-point lead against Yale at home, who went on to finish fourth in the Ivy League. The Bulldogs started pressing Columbia about midway through the second half.As one of the guards in a “press break,” he corralled a pass as a second defender trapped him. He tried lobbing the ball over the trap and it flew out of bounds. The next Yale possession started a run that ended with a 59-58 loss for the Lions.Smith reamed out Rosenberg in the locker room after the game for the mistake.He basically said, ‘Either it’s you’re all in or you can go somewhere else.’ You never expect to hear that from a coach, so when I heard that I’m not gonna lie, I broke down a little bit.Alex RosenbergThe chewing out pushed Rosenberg to start watching more film so he could read the game better.After the game, Smith said Rosenberg became more of a “team player.” That’s what Columbia missed out on in addition to the 16 points and 3.7 rebounds he averaged two seasons ago.Rosenberg’s return will help take pressure off of senior guard Maodo Lo, a potential NBA draft pick and scored 18.4 points per game to lead the Lions last season.“Yes (it takes pressure off me),” Lo said. “Now we have a low-post player with Alex who is able to score.”Now, Rosenberg can sleep on his side and dress himself. He’s been able to get back to class work. And on Nov. 13, when Columbia takes on Kean in its season opener, he’ll be suiting up for the first time in a year.center_img Published on November 12, 2015 at 8:19 am Contact Chris: cjlibona@syr.edu | @ChrisLibonati,“Even when I was feeling down and just wanted to stay home,” Rosenberg said, “(My dad) was like, ‘Listen, let’s go,’ and he really got me trying to feel in a better mindset.”Because he had withdrawn, he was not allowed to be involved in team activities, but would wait for his teammates after games to talk to them. When he was healthy enough to be off crutches, Rosenberg started rehabbing and started interning at a wealth management firm in Midtown Manhattan.Rosenberg returned to the team once he enrolled again. His calf muscle had deteriorated from being in a boot and being elevated. It took another two to three months after he got off crutches to fully get back his jump shot back.Now, Columbia has a player back that has grown with the program. Four seasons ago, Rosenberg started molding into the player Smith wanted and expected. Columbia had amassed a 21-point lead against Yale at home, who went on to finish fourth in the Ivy League. The Bulldogs started pressing Columbia about midway through the second half.As one of the guards in a “press break,” he corralled a pass as a second defender trapped him. He tried lobbing the ball over the trap and it flew out of bounds. The next Yale possession started a run that ended with a 59-58 loss for the Lions.Smith reamed out Rosenberg in the locker room after the game for the mistake.He basically said, ‘Either it’s you’re all in or you can go somewhere else.’ You never expect to hear that from a coach, so when I heard that I’m not gonna lie, I broke down a little bit.Alex RosenbergThe chewing out pushed Rosenberg to start watching more film so he could read the game better.After the game, Smith said Rosenberg became more of a “team player.” That’s what Columbia missed out on in addition to the 16 points and 3.7 rebounds he averaged two seasons ago.Rosenberg’s return will help take pressure off of senior guard Maodo Lo, a potential NBA draft pick and scored 18.4 points per game to lead the Lions last season.“Yes (it takes pressure off me),” Lo said. “Now we have a low-post player with Alex who is able to score.”Now, Rosenberg can sleep on his side and dress himself. He’s been able to get back to class work. And on Nov. 13, when Columbia takes on Kean in its season opener, he’ll be suiting up for the first time in a year.,Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.last_img read more