Lockdowns, Round 2: A New Virus Surge Prompts Restrictions, and Pushback

first_img“But it’s also much worse than the spring because this virus is now much more widespread,” she said. “It’s not just one region of the country experiencing the surge. It’s every state.”As in the spring, the latest moves to buckle down have frequently been led by Democratic officials, who have tended to be more willing than Republicans to place restrictions on businesses and issue mask mandates. The governors of Michigan, New Mexico, Oregon and Washington who have announced new restrictions in the last few days are all Democrats.So is Gov. Gavin Newsom of California, who said on Monday that his state was “pulling the emergency brake” on its reopening plan.He moved most of California’s more populous counties back into the most restrictive tier in the state’s tiered reopening plan, meaning that indoor dining and some other businesses that had been allowed to reopen with limits would have to shut down again. Mr. Newsom added that the state was studying options for imposing a curfew. The virus killed about 1,700 people in Philadelphia in the early months of the pandemic, overwhelming the city’s funeral homes. With Covid-19 hospitalizations soaring again in the city, Dr. Farley warned that the virus could kill a similar number of Philadelphians this fall and winter if left unchecked. Dr. Atlas said later on Sunday that he did not mean to incite violence.The fraught political atmosphere is a return to an earlier era of the pandemic, when protesters who were angry about business shutdowns screamed without masks on at state capitols and Mr. Trump encouraged right-wing protests demanding the reopening of the economy. Those tensions faded in the summer after viral outbreaks cooled in many states. Governors made plans to open up businesses and restaurants, and some of the millions of jobs lost in the pandemic came back. But the new restrictions are meeting resistance, and it has been especially fierce in Michigan, where Governor Whitmer, a Democrat, said on Sunday evening that she would shut down indoor dining, shutter casinos and movie theaters, and halt in-person learning at high schools and colleges for three weeks. A Republican state legislator quickly called for her to be impeached, and Dr. Scott Atlas, President Trump’s coronavirus adviser, urged people in the state to “rise up” in protest. – Advertisement – – Advertisement – But now, the arc of the pandemic has returned to crisis levels nearly everywhere.The country is now recording more than 150,000 new cases each day on average, more than ever before. More than 69,000 people are in the hospital with the virus, the highest number of the pandemic. Reports of coronavirus-related deaths are up 64 percent in the past month, to more than 1,100 people a day. And governors and mayors are returning to the lecterns and video streams where they held daily briefings in the spring, this time to announce urgent new restrictions and plead for compliance.“It feels very similar to the spring,” said Crystal Watson, a senior scholar at the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security. Dr. Watson said she worried that hospitals in many cities would soon become overwhelmed, as they were in New York City and other places on the East Coast during the spring peak. Under the new rules, outdoor gatherings will be limited to 10 people for every 1,000 square feet of space, which Dr. Farley said meant barring fans from football games. Youth, community and school sports will be canceled. High schools and colleges were told to shift to remote learning, but child care centers and elementary and middle schools will be allowed to remain open.“The bottom line is this: If we don’t do something to change the trajectory of this epidemic, the hospitals will become full,” Dr. Farley said. “They’ll have difficulty treating people, and we’ll have between several hundred and a thousand deaths by just the end of this year.”Reporting was contributed by Kathleen Gray, Marie Fazio, Jill Cowan, Simon Romero and Bryan Pietsch. But as the pandemic penetrates far and wide, reaching more rural areas and wide swaths of Republican-led states than it touched in the spring, Republican officials who had been hesitant about government overreach have also been wielding their authority more forcefully. The Republican governors of North Dakota and Utah imposed mask mandates last week; Iowa’s governor did the same on Monday, also announcing curfews at restaurants and bars and restrictions on the size of indoor and outdoor gatherings. So far, few officials have returned to the most restrictive measure used in the spring, a complete stay-at-home order. But the Navajo Nation reinstated its stay-at-home order after health officials warned of uncontrolled spread of the virus in dozens of communities in the vast reservation.The order, one of the most aggressive antivirus measures in the nation, took effect on Monday and is to last three weeks. During that time, all roads in the Navajo Nation are closed to visitors, residents must stay at home except for urgent trips, and most government offices will be closed. Essential businesses like gas stations and groceries are allowed to open, but only from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.Warning that serious action was needed to prevent a new wave of deaths, officials in Philadelphia announced sweeping measures on Monday to shut down indoor dining, gyms, museums and libraries, close down in-person learning at high schools and colleges through the end of 2020 and ban all indoor gatherings of people from multiple households, even in private homes.“That means no indoor parties, group meals, football watching groups, no visiting between households, no indoor weddings, funerals, baby showers,” Dr. Thomas Farley, the city’s health commissioner, said. “We know that is a very strong policy, but this gets at the most important sites of spread.” “The only way this stops is if people rise up. You get what you accept,” Dr. Atlas wrote on Twitter. On Monday, Ms. Whitmer said the statement left her “breathless.”“It’s just incredibly reckless, considering everything that has happened,” said Ms. Whitmer, who faced fierce opposition for her coronavirus restrictions in the spring: Mr. Trump tweeted a call to “liberate Michigan” and protesters at the State Capitol chanted, “Lock her up.” She was later the target of an alleged kidnapping plot by an antigovernment extremist group, the authorities said.- Advertisement – The scene was familiar: Gov. Gretchen Whitmer of Michigan, addressing a rapidly escalating coronavirus surge in her state, stood at a lectern and somberly announced new restrictions meant to stop the virus from spreading out of control.Within hours, the backlash began.- Advertisement – As the coronavirus crisis mounts with renewed force in the United States, surpassing 11 million total cases and threatening to overwhelm hospitals across the country, governors, mayors and other officials are ordering restrictions, and once again finding themselves in the crosscurrents of public health and economic crises.California, Washington State, Michigan and Oregon have shut indoor dining back down, among other measures. In Chicago, a new stay-at-home advisory went into effect on Monday. In Philadelphia, Mayor Jim Kenney introduced a sweeping new set of coronavirus rules, including a ban on most indoor private gatherings, with a plea for understanding: “We do not take any of this lightly,” he said. “Believe me, more than anything in the world, I wish none of this was necessary.”The new wave of restrictions comes at a time when health officials across the nation are reporting more new cases and more hospitalizations from the virus than ever before, and experts are warning that another 100,000 to 200,000 Americans could die from the virus in the next few months if significant action is not taken.last_img read more

Children’s flu cases turn deadly after bacterial infection

first_imgJul 11, 2007 (CIDRAP News) – Health officials in Perth, Australia, last week advised parents to seek medical care quickly for young children with respiratory symptoms, after three children under age 5 died of pneumonia as a complication of “mild” influenza A infections.Paul Van Buynder, director of communicable disease control for Western Australia’s health department, said in a Jul 6 press release that officials were surprised by how quickly the illness developed in the children. “While we do not want to create unnecessary panic, it is important for parents to be aware that the disease can cause serious illness within 24 hours,” he said.The children who died had a streptococcal pneumonia infection, but health officials have not announced what type, according to a recent report from Australian Broadcasting Corporation News.The cases started out as “mild influenza A infection,” Van Buynder told the Australian Associated Press. He said the health department found no links between the children’s cases. Australia is at the peak of its flu season, and the report said hospitals in the Perth area were inundated by anxious parents bringing children with flu symptoms.News of the Australian cases comes as infectious disease and public health experts are worrying about the threat of a flu pandemic associated with H5N1 avian flu. In past flu pandemics, bacterial coinfections have contributed substantially to deaths.The Australian report also is a reminder of recent worries US health officials have had about rising numbers of young flu patients who have suffered coinfections with the sometimes-fatal Staphylococcus aureus pneumonia, in some cases involving drug-resistant strains.S aureus can cause a severe, necrotizing pneumonia that has a relatively high case-fatality rate—33% during the 1968-69 flu pandemic, the CDC said in an Apr 13 Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report article that detailed some of the recent fatal cases.Evidence points to a synergistic relationship between S aureus and influenza, according to an article in the June 2006 issue of Emerging Infectious Diseases. Flu viruses appear to increase S aureus adhesion in the respiratory tract, and S aureus-specific enzymes (proteases) appear to increase flu virus replication. Also, influenza A virus strains appear to decrease destruction of S aureus by immune cells called phagocytes, making patients more susceptible to bacterial coinfection.In May the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued an alert after noticing an increase in the number of S aureus infections in children with flu. The CDC said that from October 2006 through early May, 55 influenza deaths in children had been reported. Twenty of the children (out of 51 for whom relevant data were available) had bacterial infections, and 16 of these were infected with S aureus.Though the number of pediatric flu deaths this past flu season was similar to the two previous years, the CDC said the 16 deaths from S aureus pneumonia or bacteremia recorded so far reflected a sharp increase over those years. Only one S aureus coinfection was identified during the 2004-05 season, followed by three in 2005-06.Further, of the 16 children who had S aureus infections, 11 had methicillin-resistant (MRSA) strains that are typically associated with MRSA skin infection outbreaks, the CDC advisory said.The CDC also noted that the children who had S aureus infections had been in good health before they got sick, but progressed rapidly to serious illness.Anthony Fiore, MD, a medical epidemiologist with the CDC, told CIDRAP News that because childhood flu deaths have been nationally notifiable only since 2004, it’s difficult to make definitive statements about pneumonia death patterns. “It is concerning, and there is a surge in awareness, particularly with the antibiotic resistant strains of Staphylococcus,” he said.The CDC has other ways to track pneumonia trends in children with influenza, he said. For example, the Emerging Infections Program and the New Vaccine Surveillance Network are two systems that can capture clusters of severe infections in children that lead to hospitalization.Edward Septimus, MD, an infectious disease expert who is medical director of clinical integration at Methodist Hospital in Houston, told CIDRAP News that the clinical picture of the Australian cases possibly suggests a Group A Streptococcus organism. “It’s a severe clinical picture and it can act a lot like MRSA. The necrotizing effects are very similar,” he said. Jim Henson, the creator of the Muppets, died of a Group A streptococcal pneumonia, Septimus added.He said that without more information, it’s difficult to predict whether the Australian cases point to any troubling trends. Sometimes, he commented, patients are simply unlucky: Their risk of developing a serious pneumonia rises if they are colonized with a bacterial organism such as MRSA or Streptococcus when influenza viruses are circulating.See also:Western Australia Department of Health news releasehttp://www.health.wa.gov.au/press/view_press.cfm?id=711May 9 CDC health advisoryCDC. Severe methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus community-acquired pneumonia associated with influenza—Louisiana and Georgia, December 2006-January 2007. MMWR 2007;56(14):325-29 [Full text]Hageman JC, Uyeki TM, Francis JS, et al. Severe community-acquired pneumonia due to Staphyococcus aureus, 2003-04 influenza season. Emerg Infect Dis 2006 Jun;12(6):894-99 [Full text]last_img read more

Gold Coast mansion with a price tag close to $10 million hits the market

first_img17 Southern Cross Drive, Surfers Paradise, has hit the market with an almost $10 million price tag. A waterfront mansion with an almost eight-figure price tag is set to make waves on the property market.The impending sale of the Surfers Paradise property would be the highest sale on the Coast this year if the eye-watering $9.8 million price tag is reached. Designed by renowned Gold Coast architect Bayden Goddard, it is the first time the five-bedroom house has hit the market since it was built about 10 years ago. Boaties will be a fan! MORE NEWS: Make the most of the Coast’s enviable lifestyle It has a $9.8 million price guide. Mr Ward said interstate and international buyers had shown a lot of interest in the property. “The seller is a local, he is going to move from the big house now the family is all grown up and potentially go to a penthouse in the area,” he said. The house was designed by Bayden Goddard. More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa12 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag2 days ago If its price tag is achieved it will be the Coast’s top sale of 2019 to date. The Agency partner Ryan Ward said the house at 17 Southern Cross Drive was one of the Glitter Strip’s finest residences. “There’s no property currently on the market that can compete with it,” Mr Ward said.“It’s a quality built home in a great location and the design will stand the test of time. “Cronin Island is an exclusive little enclave and highly desirable for people — there are less than 40 houses on the island.” MORE NEWS: Home of skating icons who gave away $500k hits marketcenter_img The house has an open-plan design with high ceilings and the floor plan will accommodate a large family with a games room, gym, media room and office. A lift, CCTV, a basement garage for 10 cars, infinity pool with waterfront views and city skyline vistas are all part of the luxury package. Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:51Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:51 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD576p576p432p432p270p270pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenStarting your hunt for a dream home00:51 A lift services the four levels. Despite the hefty price hopes, it won’t be the street’s priciest property — an accolade held by its neighbour at 18 Southern Cross Drive. The record price was set in 2016 when the opulent six-bedroom, 10-bathroom mansion was bought for $11 million after just seven days on the market. How about those skyline views. Mr Ward said lavish listings, like No. 17, were still performing well despite challenging market conditions. “We have really good and positive movement through the top end of the market,” he said. “The middle market has been affected a bit more through finance and the lower end, they are busy as well.”last_img read more

Young Labour declares abortion reform imperative

first_imgScoop 13 May 2013“Young Labour is excited to begin our campaign on abortion law reform,” said Young Labour President, Jessie Lipscombe. “Young Labour members from all over the country have been organising at Labour’s Regional Conferences to make decriminalisation of abortion Labour Party policy.”“Young Labour members are proud to be standing up for women and the need to ensure their access to safe and decriminalised abortion services,” said Lipscombe, “it is important that we fight for those currently denied that by outdated laws and inequity of access.”“Anti-abortion groups like Right to Life need to catch up with where young people are on this issue and allow women to lead the discussion on their bodies and choices,” said Young Labour’s Women’s Organiser, Chelsea Torrance.http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO1305/S00164/young-labour-declares-abortion-reform-imperative.htmlast_img read more

Man Utd striker Greenwood wants to emulate RVP

first_img Greenwood has drawn comparisons to Robin Van Persie among Manchester United supporters this season. And the 18-year-old admits he is flattered by those comparisons. Even Van Persie recently spoke about Greenwood having a similar style of scoring goals to him. United’s teenage sensation has 10 goals in 32 appearances this season, with many of them coming from the bench. Greenwood told the Premier League: “I like taking people on, doing skills. “Obviously people think that I’m similar to Van Persie, so I want to be like him one day.”Advertisement Loading… Manchester United striker Mason Greenwood wants to emulate the last left-footed attacker to grace the first team. Greenwood has drawn comparisons to Robin Van Persie among Manchester United supporters this season. And the 18-year-old admits he is flattered by those comparisons. Even Van Persie recently spoke about Greenwood having a similar style of scoring goals to him. United’s teenage sensation has 10 goals in 32 appearances this season, with many of them coming from the bench. read also:Solskjaer says Mason Greenwood needs to focus Greenwood told the Premier League: “I like taking people on, doing skills. “Obviously people think that I’m similar to Van Persie, so I want to be like him one day.” FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Manchester United striker Mason Greenwood wants to emulate the last left-footed attacker to grace the first team. Promoted ContentThe Highest Paid Football Players In The WorldDid You Know There’s A Black Hole In The Milky Way?The Biggest Cities In The World So Far7 Worst Things To Do To Your Phone11 Most Immersive Game To Play On Your Table Top12 Flicks That Almost Ended Their Stars’ CareersHere Are The Secret Origins Of Famous FoodsA Hurricane Can Be As Powerful As 10 Atomic Bombs8 Weird Facts About Coffee That Will Surprise YouCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable WayWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?7 Reasons Why You Might Want To Become A Vegetarianlast_img read more

Hawkeye State Speedweek sports three XSAN Hawkeye Dirt Tour dates

first_imgVINTON, Iowa (July 11) – Following in the tire tracks of the high-paying Hogan Memorial, three XSAN Hawkeye Dirt Tour events are scheduled over the course of just five nights during the Hawkeye State Modified Speedweek. Touring IMCA Xtreme Motor Sports Modifieds race for $1,000 to win and a minimum of $150 to start on Monday, July 14 at Lee County Speedway in Donnellson and Tuesday, July 15 at Southern Iowa Speedway in Oskaloosa. Top prize is $2,000 at the Thursday, July 17 Harris Clash at Knoxville Raceway. That event pays a minimum of $250 to start. IMCA Modifieds race for as much as $4,000 to win when Hawkeye State Speedweek starts Sunday, July 13 with the Hogan Memorial special at Benton County Speedway.Pit gates open at 4 p.m. and racing starts at 6 p.m. at Vinton, where IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars, Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMods and IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks complete the program.Lee County opens the pit gates at 5 p.m. and waves the first green flag at 7:30 p.m. Monday. IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars, Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMods, IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks and Mach-1 Sport Compacts are on the program at Donnellson as well. Southern Iowa opens the back gate at 5 p.m. and starts racing at 7:30 p.m. for a Tuesday show that also includes IMCA Late Models, IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars, Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMods and IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks.Another $1,000 to win Speedweek race for the Modifieds is Wednesday, July 16 during the Mahaska County Fair at Oskaloosa. And at Knoxville, pit gates open at 3 p.m. and racing starts at approximately 7 p.m. Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMods race for $1,000 to win that evening.July 13-17 Speedweek features are all qualifying events for this year’s Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot. The Harris Clash is the final qualifier for the 2014 All-Star ballot.Fifty-nine drivers from five states have seen XSAN Hawkeye Dirt Tour action thus far in 2014.XSAN Hawkeye Dirt Tour top 20 point standings – 1. Tim Ward, Gilbert, Ariz., and Mike Van Genderen, Newton, both 74; 3. Jacob Murray, Hartford, 64; 4. Jesse Sobbing, Glenwood, 62; 5. Levi Nielsen, Mason City, 60; 6. J.J. Wise, Garner, 59; 7. Jeremy Mills, Garner, 55; 8. Mike Jergens, Plover, and Tyler Heetland, Bancroft, both 54; 10. Cayden Carter, Oskaloosa, and Jeff Joldersma, McClelland, both 53; 12. Kyle Brown, Kellogg, 52; 13. Jeff Waterman, Quincy, Ill., 49; 14. Ronn Lauritzen, Jesup, and Richie Gustin, Gilman, both 45; 16. Clayton Christensen, Spencer, 44; 17. Jimmy Gustin, Marshalltown, 40; 18. Mark Elliott, Webster City, and Eric Dailey, Armstrong, both 38; 20. Kelly Shryock, Fertile, and Ryan Ruter, Kanawha, both 37.last_img read more

Police Blotter 03-31-2020

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Xenophobia: Madagascar cancel friendly match against South Africa

first_imgRelatedPosts CAF gives date for resumption of AFCON 2021, Qatar 2022 qualifiers Madagascar herb not cure for COVID-19, FG declares CAF, NFF salute Chukwueze at 21 Madagascar has pulled out of Saturday’s planned friendly match hastily arranged by the South African Football Association after their initial opponent Zambia pulled out of the friendly a few days ago. The Bafana Bafana were originally set to face Zambia in Lusaka, the capital of Zambia, as part of their warm-up fixtures before their Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers in November, but the match was cancelled on Tuesday after Zambia withdrew, citing xenophobic attacks on foreign nationals in South Africa. The South African Football Association hastily arranged a replacement with Madagascar and even announced free entry for supporters attending the fixture at Orlando Stadium in Soweto. However, the Malagasy Football Federation in a statement on Thursday afternoon said it is pulling out of the planned friendly, citing security reasons. The statement reads: “The Malagasy Football Federation (FMF) has been approached by the South African Football Federation (SAFA) to organize a friendly match between the national team of Madagascar and that of South Africa. “Honoured by this consideration, and finding the interesting opportunity to prepare the Malagasy national team for the different deadlines that await them, the FMF initially gave its agreement in principle for the organisation of the meeting. “However, after having agreed with Malagasy national institutions in particular regarding the security of the delegation of Madagascar and Malagasy nationals in South Africa, it was found necessary and judicious to decline the invitation. “The Malagasy national team will continue its reunion in Madagascar and will see its elements return to their respective clubs after the FIFA date. “Finally, the FMF apologises to SAFA for the efforts they have begun to organise the meeting, and also supporters of Malagasy football who looked forward to the match.” Bafana Bafana confirmed the cancellation of the match in a tweet by the South African FA.Tags: Africa Cup of NationsMadagascarMalagasy Football FederationSouth Africa Football AssociationZAMBIAlast_img read more

MBB : SELECT COMPANY: Syracuse defeats Wisconsin to advance to Elite Eight for 1st time since 2003

first_img Published on March 22, 2012 at 12:00 pm Contact Michael: mjcohe02@syr.edu | @Michael_Cohen13 Comments Facebook Twitter Google+center_img BOSTON – The last 3-pointer would have brought Dion Waiters to tears. Wisconsin couldn’t really hit a 15th shot from beyond the arc, could it?So as Waiters flew through the air, right arm extended to contest Jordan Taylor’s shot from the top of the key with three seconds remaining, he prayed. Sixty times the Syracuse sophomore guard said he prayed to God that Taylor’s shot wouldn’t fall through like so many of Wisconsin’s attempts already had.He snapped his head back around just in time for the moment of truth, with the ball a mere inches from the rim.Waiters didn’t shed a tear.‘If he would have made that shot, I probably would have cried,’ he said. ‘I haven’t cried in so long but I would have cried if he made that shot, I’m going to be honest.’AdvertisementThis is placeholder textTaylor’s final shot came up short and a putback attempt by Josh Gasser went awry, as No. 1 Syracuse (34-2) hung on for a 64-63 win over Wisconsin in front of a sold-out TD Garden. A dazzling shooting performance by the fourth-seeded Badgers (26-10) fizzled during the game’s crucial moments, as SU’s zone defense forced five consecutive misses from 3-point range to close out the game.The Orange withstood 14 3s to advance to the Elite Eight for the first time since winning the national championship in 2003. Syracuse will play No. 2 Ohio State at 7:05 p.m. on Saturday after the Buckeyes knocked off Cincinnati later Thursday night.It was no secret coming in to Thursday night’s game that the Badgers had the personnel to bust Syracuse’s 2-3 zone, with five players shooting better than 30 percent from 3-point range. And in SU’s two losses this season, white-hot shooting from long range was a key component in knocking off the Orange.But the clinic put on by the Badgers in the second half was something from another world. Wisconsin hit nine of its 16 attempts, including a stretch of six consecutive makes.‘It was crazy,’ Syracuse forward James Southerland said. ‘They had one of the greatest shooting nights I’ve seen in the second half all year.’The Badgers finished the game with twice as many 3-point field goals (14) as two-point field goals (seven). But by the end of the game, they had turned into a one-dimensional team.The two guards at the top of the Syracuse zone defense and the two wings along the back line began to step out further on the Wisconsin shooters, pushing them off their spots, as SU head coach Jim Boeheim called it.With no interior threat to worry about, the Orange felt comfortable leaving sophomore center Baye Keita alone inside to shoulder the defensive load.Wisconsin managed just 10 points in the paint during the game, only two of which came after halftime.‘It starts with the guards,’ Waiters said. ‘You saw how far we extended the zone. We were not letting them shoot. Especially Jordan (Taylor). We were not letting him shoot anymore.’Taylor orchestrated the brilliant shooting stretch that kept the Badgers in the game throughout the second half, but he also led the ice-cold final seven minutes that sent Wisconsin packing.Taylor nailed a 3 from the left wing with 7:05 to go, giving a Michael Jordan-esque shrug to teammate Ben Brust as he jogged back down court following his fifth made triple of the game.It would be his last.The Badgers failed to hit another 3-pointer the rest of the way, with their last field goal coming on a tough, contested jump shot by Ryan Evans. Four different players missed from long range during that stretch, including a pair of misses from Taylor, who finished with 17 points.‘We knew if you live by the 3, you’re going down by it some day,’ Syracuse guard Scoop Jardine said. ‘And today they died by it.’But as Boeheim noted in his postgame press conference, the Badgers nearly lived. Their 14 made 3-pointers were tied for the fifth-highest total a team has ever tallied against the Orange.They copied the recipe of success put forth by Notre Dame and Cincinnati, the only two teams to beat Syracuse this season, yet still came up short.‘This is one of the best games I’ve been involved with in a long time,’ Boeheim said. ‘I think the best game anybody has ever played against us and didn’t beat us.’Yet as Taylor’s final shot was in the air, Waiters was still unsure. Sure he’d contested the shot, but that hadn’t stopped Wisconsin before.This particular closeout required more than a hand in Taylor’s face. Waiters sought help from above, and his prayers were answered with a trip to the Elite Eight.‘I think I prayed 60 times in two seconds, man,’ Waiters said. ‘It was – I’m glad he missed it.’mjcohe02@syr.edulast_img read more

Mersch leads Badgers to Big Ten Tournament Championship game

first_imgMichael Mersch has been a goal scoring machine during his Wisconsin career, but for whatever reason he has struggled to produce in the playoffs. That all changed Friday afternoon in the Big Ten tournament semifinal against Penn State at the Xcel Energy Center. Propelled by two goals from Mersch, the Wisconsin men’s hockey team trumped the Nittany Lions by a final score of 2-1 in St. Paul to move onto the Big Ten Tournament championship game Saturday.Mersch had tallied just four points in his career during the postseason with just one goal to his credit in 10 career postseason games, but in the midst of just one period he doubled his goal output to deliver the game-tying and what proved to be the game-winning goals for Wisconsin (23-10-2).“He’s been great against us,” Penn State head coach Guy Gadowsky said of Mersch. “That’s not a surprise to us. He’s been great against us all year. He’s a tough, big body to handle. He’s great on the power play. But he’s also a confidence guy, five-on-five, and tough to handle in defensive zone.”All of the scoring in the game in fact was contained in just the one period, the second period, in which Mersch tallied both of his goals. It was Penn State (8-26-2), though, which struck first in a bid to continue its season after eking out a double overtime victory over Michigan Thursday.After the two teams played to a scoreless draw in the first 20 minutes, Penn State came out eager in the second frame and finally broke the scoring drought just 55 seconds into the second period when Curtis Loik chopped a centering pass from Kenny Brooks over Wisconsin goaltender Joel Rumpel.According to Wisconsin head coach Mike Eaves, it took his players almost the whole first period to get their feet under them after having a week off since playing their last game and having a goal scored just moments into the second period could have set the Badgers back. But Mersch and the second line picked the Badgers back up after falling down and quickly equalized the game just 32 seconds after the Nittany Lions had taken the lead.“Penn State was playing at a higher level, quicker pace. They were making decisions with the puck before they got it. And we started to pick it up a little bit in the second period,” Eaves said.Badgers’ redshirt freshman Morgan Zulinick started the play when he dug for the puck at the blue line up against the right wing boards and came up with possession. Zulinick slid a pass to center Jefferson Dahl at the far edge of the left circle who then found Mersch at the right goal line. After Mersch was denied by PSU goaltender Matthew Skoff on his first attempt to stuff the biscuit home, he put away the rebound chance into the back of the net to tie the game at one.The rest of the second period remained rather uneventful, although Penn State did get the first power play advantage of the game a few minutes after the Wisconsin equalizing goal at the 3:11 mark. After failing to score on the man advantage, Penn State took a penalty at the tail end of its first power play to send Wisconsin on its first power play chance of the game. The Badgers came up empty on their first chance and were thwarted on their second opportunity as well with around five minutes left in the second period.But the third time was the charm for Wisconsin as with just over a minute left in the frame Wisconsin came into the zone on an odd man rush and with only one Penn State defenseman back another Nittany Lion jumped off the bench into the play, resulting in a penalty for too many men on the ice. Mersch and the Wisconsin power play jumped on the chance, and with 10.5 seconds left in the period Mersch sent home another rebound, after the initial shot came from Zengerle at the right goal line, into the back of the net to put Wisconsin up 2-1, a lead that would hold up for good.Penn State had several quality chances in the final period and had nine shots on goal, but Rumpel stood tall to the task and came up with all nine shots to give him 24 saves in the game.The Badgers helped out their goaltender in the waning moments of the game by keeping the puck in the offensive zone and not allowing Skoff (32 saves) an opportunity to get to the bench for an extra attacker. Wisconsin held offensive possession for almost the last minute of the game and as the Nittany Lions finally broke out of their zone for one last opportunity, the Wisconsin defense forced them into a turnover at the Badger blue line and took the puck back as the horn sounded on the Badger victory.With his two goals in the game, Mersch has 22 goals on the season which includes 10 power-play goals.“It was a matter of time. Because of his work ethic, this flow and ebb thatoffense has, he works through it, shortened the time he was down in the valley and he’s back on top,” Eaves said about Mersch ramping up his postseason scoring.“Michael [Mersch] knows that one of his responsibilities on our team is to be on the score sheet. He takes great pride on that. It’s nice for him. That gives him confidence, and he gets that confidence, maybe he can stay up there for a while.”Wisconsin will play the winner of the Ohio State-Minnesota game at 7 p.m. Saturday night at the Xcel Energy Center.last_img read more