Chinese tourists welcome to extend their stays: Bali deputy governor

Chinese tourists welcome to extend their stays: Bali deputy governor

first_img“Our immigration will be more flexible toward Chinese tourists who overstay their visits,” said the deputy governor.Moreover, Tjokorda said he would do his best to prevent discrimination against Chinese tourists, in light of the coronavirus.“By installing thermal scanners in the airport, as well as other methods, we hope the public will stop worrying about the virus, which could lead to discrimination against Chinese tourists in hotels or other places in Bali,” he said. Bali has prepared anticipatory measures against the spread of the coronavirus by implementing a monitoring system, which has been used since the Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) outbreak in the early 2000s. The Bali administration has allowed Chinese tourists in the island to extend their visas despite the government’s travel restrictions to prevent a coronavirus outbreak. Bali Deputy Governor Tjokorda Oka Artha Ardhana Sukawati said he welcomed Chinese tourists with open arms if they felt safer in Indonesia.The Chinese tourists in Bali did not have to return to their country because of the temporary restrictions, he added. “We believe that the government will be able to handle the coronavirus case properly so that the relationship between Indonesia and China, especially in the tourism sector, will be able to return to its previous state,” Tjokorda said as quoted by Antara, adding that the province, also known as the Island of the Gods, would hold mass prayers at Pura Batur temple in Bangli, hoping for an end to the outbreak.Meanwhile, Chinese Consul General in Denpasar Gou Haodong said he felt touched by the Bali administration and the public’s friendly attitude toward Chinese residents in light of the coronavirus outbreak. He also appreciated the Indonesian government’s efforts to protect the country. “We hope for everyone’s support if the Chinese government picks up the Chinese tourists to return to the country,” Haodong said. (dpk)Topics :last_img read more

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Arsenal blow as Atletico Madrid offer Thomas Partey to Liverpool in deal for Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain

first_imgArsenal blow as Atletico Madrid offer Thomas Partey to Liverpool in deal for Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain Advertisement Comment Metro Sport ReporterSunday 10 May 2020 11:27 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link1.6kShares Advertisement Thomas Partey is expected to leave Atletico Madrid this summer (Picture: Getty)Arsenal’s hopes of signing Atletico Madrid star Thomas Partey have suffered a blow after the La Liga giants offered the midfielder in an exchange deal for Liverpool ace Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, according to reports.Mikel Arteta is keen on signing a defensive midfielder and Partey is rumoured to have made Arsenal his first choice destination.Partey’s dad appeared to reveal as much in April but Partey’s agency quickly shut down the claims.Nevertheless, Partey’s £45m release clause means he’s a viable target for a host of Premier League clubs and Arsenal had been willing to offer Alexandre Lacazette in a swap exchange move.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTHowever, the Sun claim Atletico are the aggressors in the deal and that it’s the La Liga giants that have initiated talks with Liverpool over Partey. Oxlade-Chamberlain is valued between £35-£45m (Picture: Getty)They believe they can use the midfielder as a makeweight in a deal to sign Oxlade-Chamberlain, with the 26-year-old facing an uncertain future at Anfield.The former Arsenal star has battled back from a career-threatening knee injury to regain his place in Arsenal’s squad but he’s made no secret of his desire to sample football abroad.Atletico’s preference remains to keep Partey and they’d be willing to double his £65,000-a-week wages for him to sign an extension.But his release clause poses a looming problem and it’s clear Atletico are trying to control the situation before it’s taken out of their hands.MORE: Bernd Leno tips Arsenal star Gabriel Martinelli to become ‘world class’ under Mikel Artetalast_img read more

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European Champions Cup final postponed

first_img “EPCR remains committed to completing the 2019⁄20 Heineken Champions Cup and Challenge Cup season,” it said in a statement. https://twitter.com/IndoSport/status/1242384044135981056/photo/1 Read Also: World Athletics call on IOC to postpone Tokyo 2020 “And it is planned to reschedule the quarter-final and semi-final matches, as well as the Marseille finals, in line with fixtures in the professional league competitions, subject to advice from government and local authorities.” Domestic competitions across Europe, which has become the epicentre of the virus, have already been put on hold. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Loading… The Champions Cup and Challenge Cup semi-finals and finals have been postponed due to the coronavirus, European rugby chiefs announced on Tuesday. Saracens beat Leinster to lift the Champions Cup last seasons The finals of the two competitions were due to have been played on the weekend of May 22⁄23 in the French city of Marseille. The quarter-finals had already been postponed. Tournament organisers European Professional Club Rugby said it was working with leagues and unions to restructure the conclusion to the season.Advertisementcenter_img Promoted ContentBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever MadeBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For ThemPortuguese Street Artist Creates Hyper-Realistic 3D GraffitiYou’ve Only Seen Such Colorful Hairdos In A Handful Of Anime7 Reasons It’s Better To Be A VeganA Soviet Shot Put Thrower’s Record Hasn’t Been Beaten To This DayWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?2020 Tattoo Trends: Here’s What You’ll See This YearCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable WayWhy Do Americans Consider Him To Be The Best President?10 Phones That Can Work For Weeks Without Recharging20 Facts That’ll Change Your Perception Of “The Big Bang Theory”last_img read more

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Updated: Adebayor denies rubbishing CAF awards, slams fake news

first_img Salah picked up the award in 2017 and 2018, before Mane became the latest player to win the prestigious accolade last year.Advertisement Read Also: Adebayor shows off nine exotic cars after COVID-19 donation refusal “My attention was recently drawn to comments, shared by certain media on social networks, made on CAF and on my colleagues Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane,” Adebayor said in a statement on Twitter. “I would just say that these statements are not mine. I have not granted any media interviews. Always be careful not to post false information.” Adebayor also captioned his tweet with the quote saying: “Friends watch out for #fakenews!” Promoted ContentTop Tastiest Foods From All Over The WorldBelieve It Or Not, Paul Rudd Is Turning 50 This YearThe 10 Best Secondary Education Systems In The WorldThis Guy Photoshopped Himself Into Celeb Pics And It’s Hysterical8 Weird Facts About Coffee That Will Surprise YouIs This The Most Delicious Food In The World?Which Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?Birds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For Them6 Ridiculous Health Myths That Are Actually True6 TV Shows That Got Better After A Major Character Had LeftTop 10 Most Romantic Nations In The World7 Interesting Facts About GoT Star Maisie Williams FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Loading… center_img Adebayor has leapt to his own defence to deny that he made the comments, using his own Twitter account to address the claims. Emmanuel Adebayor denies controversial comments about Liverpool duo Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane Former Arsenal striker Emmanuel Adebayor has denied that he made any negative comments about Liverpool duo Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah. It had been reported that Adebayor had criticised Africa’s football governing body, the Confederation of African Football (CAF), along with the Reds duo. It was claimed that Adebayor was unhappy with players winning the CAF Player Of The Year award when not playing in the continent, and was quoted taking a dig at Mane and Salah.last_img read more

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Covid-19: WTA Suffers New Blow With Japan’s Premier Women’s Event Scrapped

first_imgChances of any professional tennis tournaments taking place in Asia this year is looking increasingly unlikely with the Toray Pan Pacific Open in Tokyo becoming the latest event to be axed. Japanese officials confirmed in a statement on Tuesday that the event has been cancelled over safety concerns with fears of a second spike in COVID-19 cases in the country later this year. Making it the third tennis event in Japan to be cancelled after the WTA Hana-Cupid Open and ATP Rakuten Open. The Premier event has been set to get underway during the week commencing November 2nd after being delayed from its original date of September. It is the first time the Pan Pacific Open has been cancelled since its birth back in 1984. Outside of China, Tokyo is the only Asian city to host a Premier event on the women’s Tour. Last year it offered a prize money pool of $823,000. “The Executive Committee looked at every possible way to make this tournament happen, including the idea of holding matches without audiences or restricting admissions in order to prioritize the health and safety of everyone involved,” tournament organizers said in a statement.“However, after a series of deliberations, the Executive Committee made a heartrending decision to rule out the postponement, and concluded that the cancellation of the tournament was the best decision in the interest of public health, especially in light of the concern about the second wave of infection spreading in Japan.”Advertisement The announcement comes less than a week after the WTA and ATP officially cancelled all their tournaments set to be played in China due to a ruling by the government. A huge blow for women’s tennis which had planned to stage seven events in the country, including the year-end WTA Finals. Last year the China swing offered roughly $30 million in prize money. read also:July 8: On This Day In The History of Women’s Tennis Former world No.1 Naomi Osaka is the reigning champion in Tokyo after powering her way to the title without dropping a set in 2019. The triumph made Osaka the first Japanese player to win the event since Kimiko Date back in 1995. Other previous winners include Karolina Pliskova, Caroline Wozniacki and Maria Sharapova. Following the removal of Tokyo from the Calendar, only three WTA tournaments have so far been given a provisional the green light to take place after the French Open. They are in Seoul, Linz and Moscow. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Loading… center_img Promoted ContentBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever MadeA Hurricane Can Be As Powerful As 10 Atomic Bombs7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend Better10 Risky Jobs Some Women Do27 Animals That Don’t Need Color To Be CoolTop 10 Most Romantic Nations In The WorldWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme Parks10 Of The Dirtiest Seas In The World7 Mind-Boggling Facts About Black Holes10 Most Evil Female Characters In Disney Movies6 Best 90’s Action Movies From Your Childhoodlast_img read more

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Hamilton wins Tuscan Grand Prix

first_imgLewis Hamilton won a chaotic, dangerous, heart-pounding Tuscan Grand Prix after red flags twice halted the drama in Mugello.The victory takes the Briton to within one race victory of Michael Schumacher’s record of 91 – a landmark he could equal in Sochi, Russia, a week next Sunday. The most dramatic scenes came during the first re-start, just after the safety car pulled in, having been deployed for a smash on the second corner of the race. Valtteri Bottas, the then leader, waited until the last permitted moment to put his foot down.But behind him, some of the pack were overeager and effectively restarted the race before those in front had done so.As a number of the overzealous got on and off the throttle in a few frantic seconds, madness ensued.Williams’ Nicholas Latifi sped up and slowed down, Alfa Romeo’s Antonio Giovinazzi went into the back of him.Carlos Sainz then careered into Giovinazzi, lifting him into the air. Haas driver Kevin Magnussen was also caught up in the accident.All four were sent into the barriers.A cloud of smoke hid the scene.Sainz hurt his hand.But all four amazingly walked away. Romain Grosjean, watching the dodgems from the cockpit of his Haas, was furious, aiming his disapproval at Bottas.“That was f****** stupid from whoever was at the front,” said the Frenchman. “They want to kill us or what? This is the worst I have seen ever.”Before that, Bottas had taken the lead from pole-sitter Hamilton, who made a terrible start.The safety car almost immediately came out, after just two corners, when Red Bull’s Max Verstappen and AlphaTauri’s Pierre Gasly, last week’s surprise winner at the Italian Grand Prix, ended up in the gravel.RelatedPosts Pierre Gasly stuns Hamilton to win Italian Grand Prix Lewis Hamilton wins Spanish Grand Prix Hamilton wins Styrian Grand Prix Tags: lewis hamiltonMichael SchumacherMugelloTuscan Grand PrixValtteri Bottaslast_img read more

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Football News UCL Final, Real Madrid vs Liverpool Preview: Battle of heavyweights guarantee tactical masterclass

first_img For all the Latest Sports News News, Football News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. New Delhi: Fans, players and viewers are breathlessly waiting for this sensational moment – the faceoff between Real Madrid and Liverpool at the UEFA Champions League final in Kyiv.The mega clash offers tactical masterclass by both the managers Jurgen Klopp and Zinedine Zidane, as two different approaches set to light up the final club game of the season.The Champioooooonsss! – the iconic Champions League theme song, the shriek of the crowd, the kickoff whistle by the referee are the minute elements which leads to an unforgettable final of the biggest club game in this world. And it becomes even more special when two teams with astonishing history in the competition face each other for the ultimate prize – The UEFA Champions League trophy. Real Madrid are the experienced lot in this competition, they have been constantly playing in the final stages of the tournament, winning the last two ones and 12 in total – second comes AC Milan with seven. This stat is enough to stomp their dominance in the European completions. They have the personality, the class and the experience to deal with the nerve wracking moments of such a high-profile fixture.   And, the five-time winners of the Champions League, Liverpool are energetic, fearless and brimming with confidence – the Merseyside outfit have come a long way under the guidance of Jurgen Klopp. The tactical changes which he has made, the motivational pep talks and the ever-present charm, barking instructions with passion and love for the players and the club have really taken Liverpool to a new high.Two different philosophies – ONE GOALThe Spanish giants Real Madrid have tweaked a lot of formations under manager Zinedine Zidane this season. Their La Liga campaign was a disaster and the same outcome was predicted during the knockout stages of the Champions League, but this Real outfit have shown a different face and different hunger in the UCL. Their patience, dedication, and their ability to finish up games have surprised many this season. Their clinical prowess to convert a single chance into a match winner is commendable. The understanding between Casemiro, Modric and Toni Kroos is unbelievable and the emergence of Isco, Marco Asensio and Lucas Vasquez have been more or less a dream for the Madridistas. The lethal Cristiano Ronaldo continues to touch new heights and already lead the UCL goal scoring charts with 15 goals.Liverpool’s journey till the final has been a pure team effort and a joy to watch for a neutral football fan. Nobody thought this team could reach the final, but football is a game of uncertainty and it lived up to its name. The troika of Mane, Firmino and Salah has wreaked havoc throughout the tournament, with the experience of underappreciated James Milner unleashing the chains of this squad whenever possible with 9 assists, which is a tournament record. Liverpool fans can proudly say that they have their front three in the top five goal scorers of the tournament, with Salah and Firmino bagging 10 each and Sadio Mane with a handy nine goals, while Real Madrid has only one player in the top five, with Cristiano Ronaldo (15 goals). This Liverpool outfit has scored 40 goals till now in the UCL, the highest. And with their fearless personality, they are guaranteed to see eye-to-eye with Real Madrid in the much-anticipated final. Tactical ViewpointReal Madrid have changed few formations this season under Zidane with their evergreen 4-3-3 still being the main formation for the Los Merengues. Ronaldo takes the LW spot in this formation with Benzema being the hardworking CF, the RW spot is the one which is up for grabs for the likes of Gareth Bale, Marco Asensio and Lucas Vasquez with Isco being the other main contender. The midfield three is settled with Casemiro, Luka Modric and Toni Kroos being the heartbeat of the system. The defence is headed by one of the most important players of this team Sergio Ramos with Marcelo, Carvajal and Rafael Varane being the rock for the Madrid side. But this formation does leave a bit of a gap to dominate big games and that is why Zidane has opted for the 4-4-2 (Diamond) in the big games of UCL, with Isco being at the tip of the diamond and Ronaldo-Benzema playing upfront. The 4-4-2 allows Real Madrid to control the game a bit more and they have done it clinically in this journey till now. But in front of the Liverpool’s ‘gegenpressing’ this formation could look a bit pale. However, this Real side knows how to deal with pressure situation and the individual quality is too high to finish off games in a flash, so Liverpool have to be cautious and have to take their chances because Real Madrid have weakness – they sometimes lose concentration as we have seen a lot of times this season, and Liverpool have to be at their best to hurt Madrid whenever ‘the chance’ comes. Liverpool on the other side have been a joy to watch this season. The addition of Virgil Van Djik has only strengthened their case, with his mountain of a personality bringing the almost perfect balance in the defence. The development of Andy Robertson from a relegated Hull City side to the UCL finalist is one story to tell in the future. His defensive inputs have been solid and the attacking quality which he is providing to the Reds is brilliant. Trent Alexander Arnold has been another player which has surprised many with his maturity and calmness at such a tender age. The midfield has been amazing with Jordan Henderson leading the pack and dictating the game when needed, he has been criticised numerous times but his team mates know his value and James Milner silenced his critics with a record nine assists in the campaign. Liverpool have played 4-3-3 throughout their journey and are expected to go by the same, with Mohamed Salah sticking to the wide right. The Egyptian is the one who can stop the ever-present Marcelo from bombing forward and explore his defensive weakness. His diagonal runs to the center can be the turning point in this fixture, and if Real manages to stop him then they have the Brazilian flavour of Roberto Firmino to deal with. The Brazilian has created panic among defences with his clever running, his off the ball positioning and his hunger to win the ball back and produce something magical with it and his 10 goals sum up the brilliant season he has had. Liverpool’s pressing can create problems for Madrid but they have to be very careful about the fact that their opponents can open up their defence within a blink of an eye. But this Liverpool team will be very optimistic of winning their sixth Champions League against two-time Champions League defenders.With two footballing giants locking horns to win the ultimate prize in club football, a cracker of a game is guaranteed and the fans can’t wait for the match to start.  last_img read more

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City ease past Vale, United and Wolves stalemate in FA Cup

first_imgBy Martyn HermanLONDON, England (Reuters) – Holders Manchester City began their assault on the FA Cup with a 4-1 victory over fourth-tier Port Vale but Manchester United and Wolverhampton Wanderers face an unwanted replay after drawing 0-0 at Molineux yesterday.Goals from Oleksandr Zinchenko, Sergio Aguero, Taylor Harwood-Bellis and Phil Foden made it a routine day for City, although Tom Pope had equalised for a Vale side sitting 74 places lower in the standings.Manchester United, like City, made multiple changes to their starting lineup at Wolves in a tie that never caught fire.United failed to land a single attempt on target although Marcus Rashford struck the bar before Matt Doherty had a goal ruled out for Wolves. Leicester City, second in the Premier League, beat Wigan Athletic 2-0, Bournemouth beat Luton Town 4-0 and Portsmouth won 2-1 at Fleetwood in the day’s other late kickoffs.Earlier, third-tier Rochdale held Premier League Newcastle United to a 1-1 draw with 40-year-old substitute Aaron Wilbraham grabbing a late equaliser at Spotland. Goals by Connor Jennings, Emmanuel Monthe and a late Paul Mullin penalty earned third-tier Tranmere Rovers an unlikely 3-3 draw at Watford after they trailed 3-0 at halftime.There were two top-flight casualties. Last season’s beaten semi-finalists Brighton & Hove Albion went down 1-0 at home to Sheffield Wednesday and Aston Villa lost 2-1 at Fulham. As has become customary in the FA Cup, Watford and Villa both nine changes to their starting lineups, one less than Southampton who avoid an upset as they beat Huddersfield 2-0 to reach round four.Although the FA Cup has lost some lustre, Port Vale’s Pope provided one of the day’s memorable moments.When Zinchenko’s long-range effort put Manchester City in front the floodgates looked set to open. Instead, the 34-year-old Pope powered a thumping header beyond Claudio Bravo from David Amoo’s cross to spark wild scenes of celebration among Vale’s 8 000 visiting fans.They were only level for seven minutes, however, before Aguero finished off good work by Foden. DEFLECTED SHOTCity needed a VAR intervention to have Harwood-Bellis’s goal ruled legal, the youngster deflecting in John Stones’ shot despite initially being ruled offside before Foden completed the scoring.Vale manager John Askey said his team were “fantastic”.“I was worried before the games that teams have come here and got annihilated,” he said. “When our goal went in you started to dream a little bit.”Wolves, playing their 36th game of a marathon season, will have another match to prepare for after their stalemate with a United side who face neighbours Man City in the League Cup semi-final first leg on Tuesday.Both sides lacked intensity in the first half in which the only save was Sergio Romero’s from Doherty’s rasping volley.There was more urgency after the break and Rashford almost made an immediate impact when his shot was blocked by Wolves’ Conor Coady and looped against the woodwork. Raul Jimenez hit the outside of the post for Wolves and Doherty’s goal was disallowed after his header went in off his arm, but excitement was in short supply.Despite the fixture pile-up, United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer said he was happy with the draw.I’m happier to be in the replay than going out – it’s a tough place to come,” he said.Leicester, also in League Cup semi-final action next week, made 10 changes to the side who won at Newcastle on New Year’s Day. They needed an own goal by Wigan debutant Tom Pearce to go ahead before Harvey Barnes added their second.last_img read more

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Madison native brings leadership, skill to UW

first_imgGREGORY DIXON/Herald photoWhen it comes to soccer, Taylor Walsh does it all.The junior forward has been a leader offensively for her hometown team, the Badgers, this season. Statistically, Walsh leads Wisconsin with three goals and six points in 10 games played this season. She also leads by example and exudes confidence, which rubs off on the rest of the team.”Taylor is awesome,” freshman forward Darcy Riley said. “She is a leader on and off the field and has the best touch [on the ball] that I have ever seen. She leads well by showing what to do, and her calmness with the ball gets us everywhere.”Walsh’s excellent touch led the team to a 1-0 victory Sunday against Ohio State as she scored the Badgers’ only goal on a difficult shot over the charging Buckeyes’ goalkeeper early in the first half.”She brings composure and the ability to finish,” head coach Paula Wilkins said. “That is a tough goal to hit with the goalkeeper running at you. She did very well to finish and give us that early lead.”The win for Wisconsin was its first since Sept.16 at Northern Arizona and the goal by Walsh was the team’s first since winning the same game against the Lumberjacks 1-0.”We were in a bit of a slump,” Riley said. “[However], we have been playing better and better, and we have not gotten down on ourselves. [Taylor’s goal] pumped us up.”For Walsh, the goal was her second game-winner of the season and her third goal overall. What makes it even more special for Walsh is that she is a Madison native and grew up watching the Wisconsin women’s soccer team when she was young.”The best part is that I am from Madison,” Walsh said. “I have grown up loving the women’s soccer team. They were my idols when I was a kid, and now I get to do what I have always wanted to do.”Walsh is not the only member of the team that hails from Madison. Senior co-captains Katy Meuer and Ann Eshun are also Madison natives. The three have grown very close over their years at Wisconsin, something that has helped Walsh.”I knew Ann and Katy pretty well growing up through soccer,” Walsh said. “They especially helped me my freshman year when I was hurt. They even brought me peanut butter M&Ms when I could not really do anything, and I was stuck in my dorm room.”Another major influence on the team for Walsh has been the addition of Wilkins this season. Wilkins has helped Walsh expand her game and become more confident in her abilities.”Paula has definitely seen things in me that I kind of lost sight of,” Walsh said. “Paula has taken me to a different level. She believed in me and believed that I am capable of even more than I am doing this year.”As Walsh has grown more confident and improved her level of play, she has in turn helped her teammates improve and become more confident in their own abilities. In particular, Darcy Riley is among those that have learned from Walsh.”I have learned how to keep myself relaxed,” Riley said. “[Taylor] makes my confidence go up. If I am just anxious about something, she settles me down and gives me a few little pointers.”Even with her recent success and her ability to raise her teammates’ level of play, Walsh still feels as though she can continue to improve before she leaves the University of Wisconsin.”I definitely need to keep scoring goals,” Walsh said. “I just want to expand my game. I think I can do a lot more than I am even doing now. I want to work on doing everything I can to help the team.”last_img read more

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Hard work helped Gudmandson evolve into elite goalie

first_imgView Gallery (2 Photos)In a perfect world, hard work pays off. An athlete puts in the hours and effort and is rewarded with tangible results.Scott Gudmandson’s world is not perfect – but it’s getting close.The senior goaltender has backstopped the Wisconsin men’s hockey team to a 15-8-3 record, starting 19 games and going 11-6-1 in the process. This is notable because last season the Badgers were 13-6-3 at this point and picking up steam. With a veteran team that ended up in the national title game, there was little doubt UW would gain momentum as the second half started with its experienced forwards and elite defensemen.Gudmandson himself finished the season with a 2.34 goals-against average and .913 save percentage, which ranked 13th and 27th in the nation, respectively.Fast forward to 2011 and Gudmandson is one of the big reasons the Badgers began the second half with two sweeps. This team’s group of forwards is not nearly as deep, and while its blueline is continuing a tradition of excellence, the group as a whole may not be as talented as last season’s.So it might be even more impressive that Gudmandson’s 1.79 goals-against average is third in the nation and tops in the WCHA. His .932 save percentage is also tops in the conference and good for sixth in the country.To put it simply, it’s the result of hard work being rewarded.“[Gudmandson] works hard; he’s one of the hardest workers when he gets on the ice,” senior defenseman Craig Johnson said. “When he gets out there, he’s got a ritual he does before games. He’s the first one at the rink; he’s got that mindset that he’s ready to go.”And while Gudmandson’s not the loudest guy on the rink – he tends not to say more than he needs to on any subject – he hopes his effort is rubbing off on his teammates.“I just try to work hard,” he said. “I’m not the most vocal guy on the team, but I think I lead by example by working hard.”That hard work has fueled Gudmandson’s evolution from a player who just a year ago was only a co-starter to someone who Wisconsin turned to as it made a run to the Frozen Four.During his freshman and sophomore years, the Sherwood Park, Alberta, native saw only limited action as he backed up Shane Connelly. Gudmandson went just 2-3-2 in 10 games played, with a pedestrian 3.16 GAA and .881 save percentage.The biggest issue however, was letting goals go. Mentally, being scored on would seem to rattle his confidence.“It’s definitely, goaltending is one of those positions… Being a goalie is 90 percent mental,” fellow senior goaltender Brett Bennett said. “Honestly, just being ready for games… there’s things there’s nothing you can do on sometimes, on goals.”However, that seems to be a thing of the past.“It was that adjustment he had to make between his ears,” head coach Mike Eaves said. “It’s really fun to see; he’s matured into a really fine athlete – not just a goaltender, but an athlete.”Even last season’s weaknesses – playing the puck with confidence and controlling rebounds with authority – have improved in the past year. Eaves thinks it can be chalked up to experience.“I think the maturity level that Goody has shown, the confidence he’s shown in all aspects of his game – the handling of the puck, the rebound control,” he said. “His mental focus right through the game has been a real asset for him and has allowed him to play at the level he’s at.”Coming into this season, it was evident Eaves was going to need to rely on Gudmandson and Bennett. The duo have responded splendidly, as the Badgers are tied for ninth in the PairWise rankings, which mimics the formula the NCAA uses to select the 16-team field for the postseason tournament.Should the Badgers make any kind of postseason run, they have a group of young talent that got big-game experience just a year ago. Maybe more importantly, the guys between the pipes are more seasoned – Bennett likens goaltenders to fine wine: getting better with age.In that case, UW may have a decisive advantage come the WCHA playoffs. Wisconsin is the only team in the conference relying on old goaltending, with Minnesota’s Alex Kangas – who is out for the season – the only other senior netminder that gets any significant amount of playing time.“I think that will come to show later on in the year, once playoffs comes, NCAA tournament, if we’re lucky enough to get there,” Bennett said. “I think more later on, those big tight games, where pressure goes up, I think guys that have been there, guys that are older, have been through all those situations before, that’s more when that will show up.”“Experience is huge,” Gudmandson added. “Getting to go to the Frozen Four last year and getting that experience, you can’t replace that.”So while the Badgers have relied on the rock in between the pipes up to this point, the guys up front are eager to return the favor.“Last year we had a lot of skill on our team, we had a very, very good team. We’re a younger team and we depended on him at the beginning of the year. We put a lot on his shoulders and he knew that coming in,” Johnson said. “But now we’ve got to the second half of the season now; our young team has grown.“So we’ve helped him out, and he’s extremely helped us out.”last_img read more

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