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Women’s basketball: Badgers seek statement postseason win after year of turbulence

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first_imgOn Wednesday, the No. 11-seeded University of Wisconsin women’s basketball team (8-21, 3-13 Big Ten) will face No. 14 Rutgers (6-23, 3-13 Big Ten) in the first round of the Big Ten Tournament. The winner of the matchup will advance to play No. 6 Michigan State the following day.Despite a 71-60 loss on the road to Iowa in their last game of the regular season, the Badgers ended things on an overall high note. Wisconsin won three of its last six outings with each of its wins coming on the Badgers’ home court. One of those late-season wins came against the Scarlet Knights.Wisconsin ended up splitting the season series with Rutgers, with each team triumphing when they were at home. In both of their meetings, the winner went on to defeat their opponent by double digits.Women’s basketball: Badgers take last home game en route of consecutive winsThe University of Wisconsin women’s basketball team (8-20, 3-12 Big Ten) capped off their home campaign Wednesday evening by beating Read…The end of the season was not as kind to Rutgers as it was to Wisconsin. The Scarlet Knights dropped their last 10 regular season games; two ugly blowouts against Northwestern and Ohio State to close things out marked their breakdown.With Rutgers holding the conference’s third-best defense in points allowed per game and the worst scoring offense, Wednesday’s matchup will presumably be low-scoring, especially considering Wisconsin is the second-lowest scoring offense.While the Badgers have been far from great from the 3-point range this season, no team has been as ineffective as the Scarlet Knights from deep. They have been the Big Ten’s least efficient at shooting the long ball and have posted a 3-point field goal percentage of 28.6 percent.Women’s basketball: Badgers have chance at victory in final home game of season against IllinoisThe University of Wisconsin women’s basketball team (7-20, 2-12 Big Ten) will face off against Illinois (8-19, 3-11 Big Ten) Read…It will be up to head coach Jonathan Tsipis’ squad to take advantage of their opponents on the glass, seeing as Rutgers only pulls down just more than 20 defensive rebounds per game. The Badgers’ top rebounder, senior forward Avyanna Young, is now 12th in the Big Ten in rebounds per game and has continued to carry the load for her team on the boards.If Wisconsin can get the kind of offensive contributions it’s gotten out of its scorers recently, the Badgers should be on their way to the next round. Per usual, cutting turnovers will be vital because Rutgers averages the second-most steals per game in the conference. Forcing the Scarlet Knights into taking jumpers will further enhance the Badgers’ chances in light of their opponent’s dreadful shooting.Tip-off is slated for 3 p.m. CT at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis.last_img read more

Senators’ Bobby Ryan scores emotional hat trick in first home game since rejoining team

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first_imgHis fifth career three-goal game started off with a redirect of a Nikita Zaitsev shot over the shoulder of Canucks goalie Thatcher Demko. An emotional Ryan potted his first goal since opening night on Oct. 2 against Toronto.His first game back at home and Bobby Ryan has a goal.Welcome back‼️ pic.twitter.com/J2HNcviPQ0— NHL (@NHL) February 28, 2020Fans at the Canadian Tire Centre gave him a standing ovation and started chanting his name, “Bobby, Bobby!”Bobby Ryan getting an ovation from the Ottawa crowd after scoring in his first home game since entering the NHL Players Assistance program pic.twitter.com/ZIJbHZLHsz— Brady Trettenero (@BradyTrett) February 28, 2020Chants of “Bobby, Bobby!” inside CTC after Bobby Ryan scores.Terrific feeling inside this rink.— Ian Mendes (@ian_mendes) February 28, 2020Then in the third period with just over two minutes remaining, Ryan scored on a snapshot off a feed from forward Chris Tierney from behind the net to restore a two-goal lead for the Senators. It was his first multi-goal game since Jan. 4, 2016 against the Blues.There are no words for moments like these.It’s great to have you back, Bobby! pic.twitter.com/JYdcMIpCuj— NHL (@NHL) February 28, 2020With Demko pulled for an extra attacker, Brady Tkachuk stole the puck in the corner and fed a charging Ryan to complete the hat trick. 🧢 THE HAT TRICK 🧢What a night for Bobby Ryan! pic.twitter.com/ny4e9XDnNf— Sportsnet (@Sportsnet) February 28, 2020Ryan’s fellow teammates stick-tapped the boards and the fans stood and cheered as the veteran forward was overcome with emotions after netting his first three-goal night since Dec. 29, 2014 against the Sabres. Bobby Ryan was emotional on the bench after recording the hat trick in his return and getting huge applause from @Senators fans. 👏 pic.twitter.com/fJYJ8IAJdd— Sportsnet (@Sportsnet) February 28, 2020In just his 18th game of the season, Ryan was fittingly named the first star of the game.Welcome home Bobby 👏👏👏 pic.twitter.com/wIVFlUkGVI— Ottawa Senators (@Senators) February 28, 2020After the game, “The fans, the ovation when I went out at the end… I can’t say it enough. It’s an incredible community of people.”Bobby Ryan was emotional as he spoke to media after the game. pic.twitter.com/ibWIdqkJXJ— Ottawa Senators (@Senators) February 28, 2020″ target=”_blank”>Ryan spoke with the media. He said as the reception got louder, it was harder to keep his emotions in check.”It was incredible,” he said. “They supported me and I guess to contribute … you can’t write that the way that went. It was just an incredible evening.” Welcome home, Bobby Ryan.In his first game in Ottawa since rejoining the team after entering the NHL/NHLPA assistance program, the Senators forward notched a hat trick in a 5-2 win over the Vancouver Canucks. Ryan was also asked if he believed in the hockey gods.”I do, but I didn’t think I would be on their good side for everything that’s gone on in my personal life the last little while,” he said. “I guess they granted me some reprieve and gave me a good night.”last_img read more

How to pair sneakers with western outfits for women

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first_imgNew Delhi: Experiment and pair up your sneakers with a cocktail dress, tulle skirts or a pencil skirt to make a fashionable statement, say experts.Experts share some tips. Pair your sneakers with your tulle skirts: Summer sandals with tulle skirt are way too mainstream. Be unique and be a showstopper! Pair your sneakers with your tulle skirt and get everyone complimenting you for your fashion taste. Don your sneakers cocktail dress: Cocktail dresses are generally worn with high heels, why not try something different this time? Your cocktail dress and sneakers are just the perfect pairs to go with. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfFormally informal: A great way to change things up while still strutting in your sneakers is matching them with your formal look. Formals and sneakers make a good combination and are noticeable enough because it is not the monotonous wear. With pencil skirts: Pencil skirts and sneakers are a fabulous match. The fashion of summer sandals is out of fashion now. Everyone seeks comfort. Pencil skirts no more mean pencil heels, they’re sneakers now. Match your sneakers and pencil skirt and get all eyes on you. It is a completely different match. A pair of sneakers could simply change the whole look and transform you into something new and unique.Go floral: Sneakers can be paired with cute floral dresses and a chic sling bag for the perfect summer look which is effortless, stylish and very feminine.last_img read more

Long Live Your Laptop Battery

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first_img Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals March 24, 2010 By Lincoln SpectorLaptop batteries are like people–eventually and inevitably, they die. And like people, they don’t obey Moore’s Law–You can’t expect next year’s batteries to last twice as long as this year’s. Battery technology may improve a bit over time (after all, there’s plenty of financial incentive for better batteries), but, while interesting possibilities may pop up, don’t expect major battery breakthroughs in the near future.Although your battery will eventually die, proper care can put off the inevitable. Here’s how to keep your laptop battery working for as long as possible. With luck, it could last until you need to replace that aging notebook (perhaps with a laptop having a longer battery life).I’ve also included a few tips on keeping the battery going longer between charges, so you can work longer without AC power.Don’t Run It Down to EmptySqueezing every drop of juice out of a lithium ion battery (the type used in today’s laptops) strains and weakens it. Doing this once or twice won’t kill the battery, but the cumulative effect of frequently emptying your battery will shorten its lifespan.(There’s actually an exception to this rule–a circumstance where you should run down the battery all the way. I’ll get to that later.)The good news: You probably can’t run down the battery, anyway–at least not without going to a lot of trouble to do so. Most modern laptops are designed to shut down before the battery is empty.In fact, Vista and Windows 7 come with a setting for just this purpose. To see it, click Start, type power, and select Power Options. Click any one of the Change plan settings links, then the Change advanced power settings link. In the resulting dialog box, scroll down to and expand the Battery option. Then expand Critical battery level. The setting will probably be about 5 percent, which is a good place to leave it.XP has no such native setting, although your laptop may have a vendor-supplied tool that does the same job.Myth: You should never recharge your battery all the way.There’s considerable controversy on this point, and in researching this article I interviewed experts both for and against. But I’ve come down on the side of recharging all the way. The advantages of leaving home with a fully-charged battery–you can use your PC longer without AC power–are worth the slight risk of doing damage.Keep It CoolHeat breaks down the battery, and reduces its overall life.When you use your laptop, make sure the vents are unblocked. Never work with the laptop on pillows or cushions. If possible, put it on a raised stand that allows for plenty of airflow.Also, clean the vents every so often with a can of compressed air. You can buy this for a few dollars at any computer store. Be sure to follow the directions on the can, and do this only when the notebook is off.Give It a RestIf you’re going to be working exclusively on AC power for a week or more, remove the battery first.Otherwise, you’ll be wearing out the battery–constantly charging and discharging it–at a time when you don’t need to use it at all. You’re also heating it up (see “Keep It Cool,” above).You don’t want it too empty when you take it out. An unused battery loses power over time, and you don’t want all the power to drain away, so remove it when it’s at least half-charged.Never remove the battery while the computer is on, or even in standby or sleep mode; doing so will crash your system and possibly damage your hardware. Even inserting a battery into a running laptop can damage the system. So only remove or reinsert the battery when the laptop is completely off or hibernating.If you’ve never removed your laptop’s battery and don’t know how, check your documentation. (If you don’t have it, you can probably find it online.) The instructions generally involve turning the laptop upside-down and holding down a button while you slide out the battery.Myth: Refrigerate your battery.Some people recommend you store it in the refrigerator, inside a plastic bag. While you should keep a battery cool, the last thing you want is a wet battery, and condensation is a real danger in the fridge. Instead, store it in a dry place at room temperature. A filing cabinet works fine.You don’t want the battery to go too long without exercise or let it empty out entirely. If you go without the battery for more than two months, put it in the PC and use it for a few hours, then remove it again.Also, before you take the laptop on the road, reinsert the battery and let it charge for a few hours before unplugging the machine. Allow the battery time to get a full charge before you remove the AC power.Heal a Sick BatteryMyth: You can rejuvenate a worn-out battery.This isn’t, strictly speaking, the case. You can’t make old lithium hold more electrons than it can currently manage.But if the battery is running out unexpectedly fast, or if your laptop is having trouble figuring out how much power it has left, you might be able to fix the battery’s “gas gauge,” so it at least gives a more accurate reading.If you suspect the battery can’t tell if it’s charged or not, run it through a couple of cycles. Drain it of all its power (yes, this is the exception to the “don’t drain the battery” rule mentioned above), recharge it to 100 percent, and then repeat.But how do you drain the battery when Windows won’t let you do just that? Don’t bother with the settings described above. They’re not safe (you might forget to change them back), they may not be getting an accurate reading, and they quite possibly won’t let you set the critical battery level to 0 percent. (If they did, it would crash Windows.)Instead, unplug your AC power and keep your laptop running (you can work on it if you like) until it automatically hibernates. Then reboot your PC back and go directly to the system setup program.I can’t tell you exactly how to get there; each computer is different. Turn on your PC and look for an onscreen message (one of the first you’ll see) that says something like “Press the X key for setup.” Immediately press the designated key.It may take a couple of times to get the timing right. If there isn’t enough power to let it boot, plug in AC until you’re at the setup program, then unplug it.Leave the notebook on until it shuts off. This can take some time (45 minutes on my laptop); setup uses a lot less power than Windows.Once the PC is off, plug in the AC power, then wait a few hours before rebooting to Windows and making sure you’ve got a full recharge.Repeat the process once or twice.With luck and proper care, your battery will still be useful when you’re looking for a new laptop.Longer Life Between ChargesMyth: Adding RAM saves battery life.True, more RAM means less hard drive access, and the hard drive uses a lot of electricity. But RAM uses electricity as well, and unless you’re doing a lot of multitasking (not a good idea when you’re on battery power), more RAM won’t reduce hard drive use.The tips above should lengthen the time before you need to replace your laptop’s battery. But on a daily basis, we’re far more concerned with another type of battery life: how long we can keep our laptop running without AC power. You may know most of the following tips already, but it never hurts to refresh (or recharge) your memory.Dim your screen: Your laptop’s backlight requires a lot of juice. Keep it as dim as you can comfortably read it.Shut off unneeded hardware: Turn off your Bluetooth, and if you’re not using the internet, turn off your Wi-Fi receiver, as well. Don’t use an external mouse or other device. And muting the PC’s sound system not only saves power, it avoids annoying everyone else in the café.Avoid multitasking: Run as few programs as you can get away with. If possible, stick to the one application (word processor, browser, or whatever) you’re currently using, plus your antivirus and firewall in the background.And if you’re not on the internet, you don’t need those two.Avoid multimedia: Save chores like photo editing and watching old Daily Show videos for when you have AC power. And if you must listen to music, use your iPod (or similar device).Know when to sleep and when to hibernate: You need to think about when you want to save power by sending your laptop into Standby or Sleep mode, and when you want to hibernate it.There’s a difference. XP’s Standby and Vista and Windows 7’s Sleep modes keep your PC on, using some power, but less of it than in normal use. Hibernate saves the PC’s state to the hard drive, then shuts it off entirely, so that no power is used.On the other hand, Windows takes much longer–sometimes minutes–to go into and come out of hibernation. And those are minutes that the battery is draining heavily and you can’t work.XP’s Standby mode isn’t really all that efficient. If your laptop will be inactive for more than about half an hour, hibernate it. Otherwise, use Standby.But Vista and Windows 7 do a much better job with their Sleep mode. Don’t bother hibernating your PC unless you think you’re going to go more than two or three hours without using it.Juiced for more battery life tips? Check out our other battery life tips or post your favorites in the comments! 9 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Register Now »last_img read more