Junior forward Jon Leuer tied for the team lead with 14 points against Illinois, but scored just three in the second half of the loss.[/media-credit]INDIANAPOLIS — The Wisconsin basketball team forced 17 turnovers, grabbed 11 offensive rebounds to Illinois’ two and showed poise coming back in the final minutes befitting their senior leadership.And none of it matters if you can’t hit shots.Wisconsin fell 58-54 at the hands of the Fighting Illini in Friday’s quarterfinal matchup almost solely because the Badgers failed to put the ball in the basket.Sounds like an oversimplified explanation? With statistics this appalling, it is not that hard to argue.UW missed 27-of-33 field goal attempts in the first half (18.2 percent shooting), hit merely 28.6 percent for the game, started the second half with a five-and-a-half minute scoreless stretch and only scored eight points in the second frame’s first 10 minutes.Making matters worse, the Badgers played virtually turnover free, only giving the ball away five times. They simply missed too many shots.“You know, we were getting some decent looks and they just weren’t falling,” UW junior Jon Leuer said. “But we had to work a little harder to finish inside. Obviously we missed some bunnies, but for the most part we were getting good shots. It was just a matter of us finishing.”While certainly not the only culprit, Trevon Hughes’ inability to finish in the lane may have been the most damaging.The senior guard finished the contest with a respectable 14 points, but shot only four-of-16 from the field and missed all six of his two-point attempts.Four times Hughes found the lane and four times the senior left the layup attempts short.“How many shots did he miss around the basket?” Ryan asked after the game. “A couple times he could have pump faked, could have been at the free-throw line for a few more… but he didn’t. I think he was expecting some contact. He didn’t get it.”Still, despite the Arctic cold shooting, UW had a chance to tie the game with 26 seconds left on the strength of a harassing defense and sheer will.So could the Badgers have pulled the game out even with grade-school shooting percentages?According to Ryan, absolutely — as long as they were given a little free help.“When you’re in a game like that where you’re not hitting shots, you need 20-plus free throws, and you need to turn the ball over anywhere between five and nine times,” Ryan said. “We lost by four, and you look at the two statistics that I just gave you, the five to nine we took care of. We didn’t get to the line enough (8-for-14).”Tisdale explodesD?j? freaking vu.As Wisconsin fell to Illinois in the two teams’ first matchup at the Kohl Center, the Illini exploited the matchup problem of a sweet shooting big man by finding 7-foot forward Mike Tisdale early and often for midrange jumpers.One month later, nothing had changed.The formula is a simple one. First team all-Big Ten guard Demetri McCamey starts with the ball at the wing and, using Tisdale for a pick, drives middle toward the lane. Tisdale pops out and waits for McCamey to draw the defense in far enough, before finding himself open for an 18-foot jumper.At the Kohl Center, Tisdale finished the game with 19 points on 8-of-11 shooting. This time around it was 21 points on 8-for-10 from the floor.“We gave him too easy of looks and let him get comfortable. He just got on a roll, and he’s a good player,” Leuer said. “He knocked out some shots. Sometimes you’ve just got to tip your hat when a guy can do that.”
The Irish squad will train at Carton House today as preparations continue for Saturday’s final November international with Australia.Ulster Hooker Rory Best has returned to training and will be available having missed the wins over South Africa and Georgia.Not such good news for his provincial teammate Chris Henry however. The 30 year old was forced out of the Springboks game with what has now been diagnosed as a blockage to a blood vessel in his brain.Henry is now recuperating at home and will visit a specialist to determine the extent of the problem.
SAN FRANCISCO — The Giants have some banged up players right now. Alex Dickerson’s back is bothering him. Brandon Belt’s knee isn’t fully healthy. Others have the type of aches and pains usually associated with suiting up nearly every day for close to four months.It all feels better after a win, though. And after their third extra-inning victory in four days Sunday, this one courtesy of Mike Yastrzemski’s solo home run in the bottom of the 12th inning, the Giants remain 2 1/2 games back of the …
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Lampard happy for Pulisic as he inspires Chelsea winby Paul Vegas6 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea boss Frank Lampard praised Christian Pulisic after he came off the bench to help them to a 1-0 win over Newcastle United.Pulisic replaced Mason Mount just after the hour mark, with the hosts struggling to find a way past a determined Toon defence, and played a key part in setting up Marcos Alonso’s 73rd minute winner.”I’m really pleased for him,” Lampard said. “He’s a hot topic because of the price tag. Because of his status in his national team, and his world status through that. And everyone has got a little bit carried away with the short term.“The long term is that he’s come here and he’s just turned 21 and to see him play like he did today, and there’s a lot more to come.“It’s not the end story. You can see his balance and awareness and you can see how he can play.“And there’s improvement to come as with all the young players, but delighted for him because he will feel good about that. And he should do because he was a big part of us winning that game.”
The costs come as delays continue for all three major proposed oil pipelines to export more oil from Western Canada, including Kinder Morgan’s Trans Mountain expansion, Enbridge’s Line 3 replacement, and TransCanada’s Keystone XL.Canadian producers would need Line 3 and at least one of the other pipelines to go forward or face indefinite pipeline constraints that would have an impact on Canada’s well-being with consequences that extend well beyond Alberta, said Perrault.“The elevated discounts come with a steep economic cost, and represent to a large degree a self-inflicted wound,” he said.The latest economic impacts of the pipeline constraints come as Alberta and British Columbia continue to quarrel over the construction of the Trans Mountain project, pitting arguments of economic impact against the importance of protecting coastlines and limiting greenhouse gas emissions.The current squeeze in pipeline capacity has been expected for some time, but the leak and temporary shutdown on TransCanada’s Keystone pipeline last November sped up the problem, said Perrault.The shutdown led to oil storage tanks in Alberta to fill to record volumes and sent the spread between Western Canadian and U.S. crude to more than US$30 a barrel, while the regulator-imposed 20 percent reduced capacity on Keystone has continued to limit a recovery. The discount on Western Canadian oil production since the spill has hovered around US$24 a barrel, much higher than the US$13 spread for the past two years, and Scotiabank expects it to average US$21.6 a barrel for 2018.Western Canadian production is discounted somewhat both by quality and transportation costs, but has spiked several times in the past decade as pipeline space runs tight. CALGARY, A.B. — Delayed oil pipeline construction is causing a steep discount for Canadian crude prices that is costing the economy roughly $15.6 billion a year or about 0.75 percent of GDP, according to Scotiabank.“Pipeline approval delays have imposed clear, demonstrable and substantial economic costs on the Canadian economy,” said Scotiabank’s chief economist Jean-Francois Perrault in a report Tuesday.The discount, however, is expected to ease through the year as more rail capacity becomes available to ship oil, bringing the expected cost to roughly $10.7 billion or 0.5 percent of GDP for 2018 and then $7 billion or 0.3 percent of GDP a year until more pipeline capacity comes online.
“When you’re looking at US$40 to $50 differentials on WCS (Western Canadian Select bitumen-blend oil) versus WTI, whether it’s in this administration or the next administration, XL is a project that the industry needs and is a valuable piece of infrastructure for the North American economy.”TransCanada told investors it expects to raise its dividend at an average annual rate of eight to 10 percent through 2021, an outlook supported by expected growth in earnings and cash flow.The pipeline operator has increased its dividend on common shares in each of the last 18 years.Comparable earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization are expected to grow to about $10 billion in 2021, a 35 percent increase from the $7.4 billion in 2017, TransCanada said.(THE CANADIAN PRESS) CALGARY, A.B. – TransCanada Corp. says it doesn’t know when it will be able to build its Keystone XL pipeline after a Montana judge stopped it last week but it is confident the project will make money once it is built and in service.It’s too soon to say what the decision by U.S. District Judge Brian Morris last Thursday will mean to the timeline and cost of the pipeline, Paul Miller, liquids pipeline president, said at TransCanada’s investor day in Toronto on Tuesday.The project was proposed in 2008, denied by former president Barack Obama in 2015 (leading to a $2.9-billion non-cash write-down for TransCanada) and resurrected by President Donald Trump in 2017. “It’s important to remember our commercial model on XL has not changed materially,” Miller said.“All historical costs, plus (cost of construction), since 2009 are captured for toll determination. The writedown we took in 2015 does not remove these costs from rate-making purposes. We share capital cost variances equally with our shippers.”He said the pipeline capacity, minus an amount that must be reserved for spot shipments, is now fully committed.Indigenous and environmental groups sued TransCanada and the U.S. State Department after Nebraska authorities approved an alternative route to the one TransCanada had proposed through the state, arguing it hadn’t properly studied it.In his decision, Morris agreed the analysis didn’t fully cover the cumulative effects of greenhouse gas emissions, the effects of current oil prices on the pipeline’s viability or include updated modelling of potential oil spills.The proposed 1,897-kilometre pipeline would carry as much as 830,000 barrels a day of crude from Hardisty, Alta., to Steel City, Neb., where it would meet up with other pipelines to the U.S. Gulf Coast. TransCanada is examining the deficiencies identified by the judge to determine what affect meeting them will have on the schedule and its last cost estimate of about $10 billion, Miller said.The lack of export pipeline access from Western Canada has been blamed for steep discounts for crude oil compared with New York-traded West Texas Intermediate, prompting some producers to reduce oil production and leading to record levels of crude-by-rail shipping.Oilsands producer Cenovus Energy Inc. has called on the Alberta government to impose production cuts to bring supply in line with takeaway capacity and protect royalties but companies with refineries that benefit from lower prices or contracted export pipeline space oppose the move.“As far as timing around the pipeline, the need for Keystone XL has never been greater,” Miller said at investor day.