After a rampaging climax to Sunday’s race provided by Alaphilippe, this stage was a more leisurely run through a national park located between the Mediterranean and the foot of the Alps, winding through oak and pine-forested hills.With around a third of the peloton nursing grazes and bumps from that bruising first stage, and with Sunday’s speedy stage in their legs, the teams took it slowly before the Tour was treated to its first real sprint.”Today was one of the few real sprint opportunities, so we weren’t going to give that up,” Ewan said after stepping from the podium.Superstar sprinter Peter Sagan was again in the mix and gleaned enough points from his fifth position to take the green jersey he has won a record seven times. Ewan, known as the ‘Pocket Rocket’ and standing 1.65 meters, bided his time and overtook Bennett right on the line.The timely win gave Lotto a double boost after the team was reduced from eight to six riders on stage one when Philippe Gilbert broke a knee while John Degenkolb was thrown off the race for missing the time cut after a nasty fall.”It worked perfectly to plan, I had to move just at the right moment. It was disappointing to lose two riders on day one, but everyone has pulled together and we’ve done quite well,” Ewan said.”The world is watching and everyone would like to be here at this, it’s the biggest race in the world and I’m delighted.” Sweet moments for Alaphilippe Despite the Covid-19 resurgence in France, the roadsides in this pastoral part of France were packed with fans on Tuesday.Schoolchildren were out in force chasing the sweets and goodies thrown from the publicity caravan, which is about 70 percent smaller this year, and many were cheering home hero Alaphilippe.”Winning yesterday really relaxed me,” said Alaphilippe. “It’s a great honor to wear the jersey and I’ll be defending it day by day.”Tuesday’s stage features a summit finish and a tricky hill-laden route from Sisteron to Orcieres where Alaphilippe faces a real fight from British rider Adam Yates for the overall lead. Just four seconds separate the two.”I know it’ll be interesting with Adam Yates tomorrow,” said Alaphilippe, who now surpasses former winner Geraint Thomas in days wearing the yellow jersey.”It’s a difficult stage, I hear. I haven’t really studied it yet, but we’ll keep an eye on him [Yates],” Alaphilippe added.Yates, who has signed a deal to switch to Ineos, came fourth in the 2016 Tour de France where he also won the white jersey for the best under-25 rider.Frenchman Anthony Lopez broke a shoulder in a collision with a Cofidis team car that is being investigated, but amazingly, given how many falls there have been each day, he was just the fourth of the original field of 176 to leave the Tour so far. Australian rider Caleb Ewan produced an irresistible late burst of speed to pip a stunned Sam Bennett of Ireland on the finish line of stage three of the Tour de France on Monday.France’s Julian Alaphilippe retained the leader’s yellow jersey after the 198-kilometre stage from the Nice football stadium to the hilltop town of Sisteron in Provence.Ewan, 26, won three stages on the 2019 Tour but started this edition on his backside after a fall on the crash-strewn opening stage. Topics :
Wouter Koolmees, the Netherlands’ social affairs minister“Current financial problems of pension funds are not to be solved through a different pensions contract,” he said.“However, a new pensions contract can provide clarity in order to reduce the gap between participants’ expectations and results, and about how to deal with investment windfalls and economic headwinds.”Life-cycle investmentsThe minister indicated that the government wanted to come up with legislation instructing pension funds to introduce life-cycle investments, with risk profiles matching the specific needs of younger and older participants, rather than the usual uniform collective investment mix.Koolmees also announced legislation for the transition from the current average pension accrual to an degressive one, indicating that the social partners were to decide on the compensation for affected older workers.Costs are expected to range between €25bn and €100bn, depending on the degree of compensation.Citing earlier studies, the minister suggested that the transition could be financed through a temporary increase of contributions, the use of financial buffers or a transition to a defined contribution (DC) plan without financial reserves.State pensionKoolmees said he would also assess whether the scheduled increase of the retirement age for the state pension (AOW) could be slowed down as the social partners had insisted. However, he reiterated that he wouldn’t address possible benefit cuts, arguing that “pensions results strongly relied on the reality of financial developments” and that measures had to be part of an overall approach. Dutch parliament buildings in the Hague, the NetherlandsThe government had already decided to raise the pensionable age to 67 in 2021, with a subsequent one-year increase for every year of additional life expectancy.In his letter, Koolmees also announced that the cabinet would look into the option of taking out a lump sum of no more than 10% of accrued rights at retirement for paying off a mortgage. The government would also investigate how transparency around accrued pension rights could be harmonised across the range of different pension contracts.The minister also made clear that the cabinet – contrary to the position of the social partners – did not support mandatory pensions accrual by self-employed workers (known as zzp’ers), but it would investigate how they could voluntarily join a pension fund.Although a large majority of zzp’ers did not save for an additional pension, they usually accrued a pension in other ways, for example through their company or paying off their mortgage, he said. The Dutch government is to push on with pension reform despite trade unions and employers failing to reach an agreement on occupational pension rules in November.Social affairs minister Wouter Koolmees said the government would press ahead with its earlier plan to facilitate the transition to a system with individual pensions accrual.The social partners had preferred collective pensions accrual – albeit without nominal guarantees – combined with a degree of risk-sharing between generations.The minister said that the government would be open to consultations with the social partners, pension providers and supervisors, as well as to the views of organisations representing youth and elderly.
Tunisia’s Bardo Museum to reopen after deadly attackTunisia is set to reopen the Bardo Museum to the public with a grand ceremony on Tuesday less than a week after gunmen killed at least 20 people including tourists.The move comes as the government continued a crack down on suspected militants and beefing up security.Many members of the public have welcomed President Essebsi’s move to fire top Tunis security chiefs following last week’s jihadist attack, in which 20 people lost their lives.A concert and a public rally are expected, with museum officials saying they want to show the world that the gunmen “haven’t achieved their goal”.On Monday, Tunisia’s prime minister dismissed six police chiefs.Two of the gunmen were killed by the security forces during last Wednesday’s attack, while a third is on the run, officials said.The attack was the deadliest in Tunisia since the uprising which led to the overthrow of long-serving ruler Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali in 2011.Suspects have been arrested over the attack but just two gunmen were thought to have raided the museum.They are said to have been trained in Libya in an area controlled by Islamic State (IS) militants.
Metamora, IN—Tickets are available at the Franklin County Welcome Center for the Feeder Dam Trail- Phase I Grand Opening. The event will be held Sunday, October 13 from 3 pm until dark. Tickets include wood-fired pizza from Third Place tavern, cold beverages, a cash bar, trail tours, and a ribbon-cutting at 5:00 pm. There will be a guided trail tour to lock #26 at 3:30 pm and a 2nd tour right after the ribbon-cutting. The tour is roughly 2 miles of easy walking and will take about an hour. The trail that opens at this event is Phase 1 of the Feeder Dam Trail. Phase i is about halfway to the feeder dam. There are 2 canal locks along the way.
Liverpool striker Luis Suarez insists “nothing is going to happen” to him in regards to his future at the club as he focuses on making a dream come true by winning the title. “Now we have to win the next two games and it is not going to be easy.” Suarez, who in December 2011 was banned for eight matches after being found guilty of racially abusing Patrice Evra, was pictured with team-mate Philippe Coutinho earlier in the week showing his support for Dani Alves after the Barcelona defender had a banana thrown at him during the match at Villarreal. “The picture with Coutinho was because I didn’t like what happened,” he added. “So we had to do something with Phil. I felt I had to do something for my friends.” While Liverpool will watch events at Goodison Park with keen interest this weekend, they have to wait until Monday to play their penultimate match at Crystal Palace as they remain in the hunt for a first title since 1990. The club have taken the step of issuing a specific warning to travelling fans about counterfeit tickets. “Liverpool Football Club has been contacted by a number of fans voicing concerns over supporters who intend to travel to Selhurst Park for Monday night’s sell-out fixture against Crystal Palace without tickets,” said a statement. “The club is reminding its supporters to be aware of counterfeit tickets and to only travel to Selhurst Park if they have an official ticket. “The club is working closely with Crystal Palace to ensure that fans with official tickets can access the stadium, with extra LFC stewards on hand to assist with security at Selhurst Park. “Merseyside Police will also be supporting the Metropolitan Police with any illegal ticketing issues around the stadium prior to kick-off. “All tickets purchased are the responsibility of the supporter whose name is on the ticket. “Any breach of regulations may be subject to further investigation that could ultimately result in the club pursuing a ban for each person involved for future LFC games.” Press Association When Suarez was asked in an interview with Uruguay television station Canal 10 whether they should be contacting him in England or Spain next season he replied: “I’m very happy here and my family is happy here. “Don’t worry nothing is going to happen to me. If we could win the Premier League and bring the trophy home it would be incredible, a dream come true.” That dream may rest with this weekend’s visit of Manchester City to Liverpool’s near-neighbours Everton. Should Manuel Pellegrini’s side drop points then the Reds’ destiny would be back in their hands, having let it slip with a 2-0 defeat at home to Chelsea last Sunday. “I’m still upset, it was so frustrating, we couldn’t find spaces and we made a mistake and it was hard to deal with,” said Suarez of the defeat. “We knew the game was going to be hard and tight but it was frustrating when they were using up time. “I was upset because of our mistake; we all got nervous and lost control. It was impossible to find spaces to get in. “We are hoping Man City loses some points but in the Premier League you never know, anything is possible. The newly-crowned Professional Footballers’ Association’s player of the year has scored 30 league goals this season and that has only enhanced his reputation as one of the world’s best players. Despite only signing a new lucrative contract at Anfield in December the 27-year-old is still being linked with the likes of Real Madrid.
“His game is about making and creating the goals, but as he gets more experienced he will understand better and there will be other players to make those final passes and that will allow him to penetrate further forward,” Rodgers added. “He has a wonderful strike on him, so it will be about arriving into areas where he can make movements without the ball. “There are areas to improve in the accuracy on his shooting; he has a wonderful move to work the space but at times you see him dragging the shot. “At the minute I don’t have too many complaints about him as he’s pressing the game really well, he is being aggressive in hunting the ball and his two assists at the weekend were sublime. “Hopefully in years to come the goals will come more readily for him.” Coutinho could find himself rested for Wednesday’s FA Cup fourth-round replay at Sky Bet Championship side Bolton as Rodgers is conscious not to burn out one of his brightest attacking talents. Liverpool have played virtually twice a week since Christmas, with their involvement in the Capital One Cup two-legged semi-final defeat to Chelsea, and there will be no let-up with European football returning this month with a home and away tie against Besiktas in the Europa League. While he did not bolster his squad in the transfer window, Rodgers is confident there is enough depth to see them through to a strong finish to the season. “I think we played 42 games last year and we’ve played 39 up to now,” he said. “The idea (in the summer) was to bring in a squad which could cope with that. “Of course there is a lot of development to take place with those players, but we brought them in because we want to be in competitions until late on and challenging for league titles, and for that you need to have a good squad. “It was a difficult start to the season for other teams with full squads playing well, but for us we needed to find our identity again and we’ve got that and I think our best football is ahead of us. “After that (Chelsea) game there was maybe a feeling as to whether it would provoke a negative reaction to our season, but it has only prompted our momentum. “It has given us great encouragement.” Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers thinks Philippe Coutinho has all the attributes to become a playmaker similar to Real Madrid duo Luka Modric and Toni Kroos. “If you look at that type of player he is, you look at Modric,” the Reds boss said. “He doesn’t have a big goalscoring record, but he is a world-class player, a continuity player. “He can make passes and put the ball in behind and he gets the odd goal from outside the box. “He is a top-class player who can create the game who is so important in opening up doors for the team. “Toni Kroos is another of that type; a wonderful footballer and great passer. “They maybe don’t get as many goals for what their technique is, but their role is to sit behind the ball and create goals for others. “Their role is not to score 20 a season. Phil’s numbers will improve, but it is not the be all and end all if he doesn’t get 20 a season.” Rodgers believes Coutinho’s threat in the final third will increase with experience, but he is now starting to take a greater responsibility in the team’s attacking endeavours. Over the last couple of months the Brazil international, who signed a new long-term contract on Tuesday until the summer of 2020, has enjoyed arguably his best spell since arriving in the 2013 January transfer window. And, while the one area he has struggled in is on the goal front – the 22-year-old has two goals and four assists this season – Rodgers is not concerned if he develops into a player like either of those currently running the midfield of the reigning European champions. Press Association
Our Sports ReporterGUWAHATI: A FIFA delegation accompanied by the LOC officials will visit Indira Gandhi Athletic Stadium and practice arenas in the city tomorrow to evaluate the progress made towards the preparation for the Women’s U-17 World Cup.Oliver Vogt from FIFA Tournaments and Events division will lead the team.Indira Gandhi Athletic Stadium is already in FIFA’s map after the stadium hosted the U-17 Men’s World cup matches in 2017. This time also it was shortlisted for the Women’s U-17 Championship which will be held from November 2 next year in India.Apart from the Indira Gandhi Athletic Stadium the delegate will likely to visit the practice arenas which included LNIPE campus at Sonapur and SAI Sports complex in the city.It may be mentioned here that earlier today the team visited Kolkata to inspect the Yuba Bharati Krirangan Stadium. Later they will travel to Bhubaneswar (November 29), Ahmedabad (November 30) and Navi Mumbai (December 1) for same purposes.Also Read: FIFA delegation to be in Guwahati for infrastructure inspection for U-17 Women’s World CupAlso Watch: Dokmoka Mob Lynching: Abhi-Neel case awaits justice after 1 ½ years
— The Lions have agreed to terms with offensive lineman Oday Aboushi to add depth. Aboushi started two games and was a backup in five other games last season in Detroit.— The Seahawks have made a significant addition to their wide receiver group by agreeing to a one-year deal with Phillip Dorsett. Dorsett addresses another need for Seattle, providing depth and additional speed on the outside for quarterback Russell Wilson. — The 49ers have officially announced a deal to re-sign safety Jimmie Ward to a three-year contract. The sides came to an agreement on the deal worth a reported $28.5 million last week but the team had to wait until Ward passed a physical before announcing. The 49ers also have agreed to a one-year deal with free agent receiver Travis Benjamin, according to a person familiar with the contract.— Packers general manager Brian Gutekunst says he’s signed tight end Marcedes Lewis, who is back for a third year in Green Bay. The 35-year-old Lewis caught 15 passes for 156 yards and one touchdown last season.— Journeyman cornerback Rashaan Melvin and the Jaguars have agreed to terms on a one-year contract worth $2.25 million. Melvin had 68 tackles and 11 pass breakups in 13 games for Detroit last season. Toppin won the player award with 34 votes from AP Top 25 poll voters. Iowa’s Luka Garza was runner-up with 24 votes.Grant won the coaching honor with 30 votes in his third season at his alma mater. Baylor’s Scott Drew was second with 13 votes.COLLEGE SPORTS-KANSAS-MASSAGE THERAPISTKansas massage therapist accused of misconduct with athletesWICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A massage therapist charged with a sex crime involving a girl also engaged in inappropriate behavior toward at least six female athletes at the University of Kansas, including unwanted touching during massages. — Saints general manager Mickey Loomis says the club has agreed to free-agent contracts with defensive end Noah Spence and XFL interception leader Deatrick Nichols. Spence was a 2016 second-round draft choice by Tampa Bay and returns to the Saints after joining New Orleans for three regular season games and one playoff game last season.— The Chiefs have agreed to a one-year contract with Jordan Ta’amu, the highest-rated quarterback during the abbreviated XFL season. He will compete with veteran Chad Henne for a backup job next season.— Case Keenum has reunited in Cleveland with the coach who brought out the best in him. The veteran quarterback signed a three-year, $18 million free agent contract with the Browns. He’ll again be working with coach Kevin Stefanski. The pair spent 2017 together in Minnesota.— Receiver Isaiah McKenzie has reached an agreement to re-sign with the Bills.— The Cardinals have agreed to terms on one-year deals with offensive lineman Max Garcia and safety Charles Washington. March 24, 2020 Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditTOKYO OLYMPICS POSTPONEDVirus forces postponement of Summer OlympicsTOKYO (AP) — The Tokyo Olympics have been postponed until 2021. The International Olympic Committee has decided that the Tokyo Games cannot go ahead as scheduled this year because of the coronavirus outbreak. Update on the latest in sports: UNDATED (AP) — The track world championships in Eugene, Oregon, could be moved from 2021 to 2022 after the Olympics were postponed.World Athletics says it is talking with organizers about “alternative dates, including dates in 2022.”The championships in Eugene are due to run from Aug. 6-15, 2021. That would conflict with the Olympics if the same July-August slot as originally planned for 2020 is used next year.NASCAR-VIRUS OUTBREAKPay cuts coming to NASCAR staffers The IOC says the games will be held “not later than summer 2021” but they will still be called the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. The announcement was a nod to the reality that training and qualifying schedules have been ruptured beyond repair as the coronavirus spreads.Next up for the organizers is picking a date when it might be safe again to hold such a massive event. They’ll also have to rearrange the 2021 global sports calendar.SPORTS-VIRUS OUTBREAKTrack world championships could be delayed a year UNDATED (AP) — NASCAR has informed its staff that pay cuts will be imposed across the company until the series returns to racing.NASCAR President Steve Phelps announced the moves in a memo to employees, a copy of which was obtained by The Associated Press from a person who requested anonymity because of the sensitivity of the situation.The memo said series executives, including the presidents of NASCAR-owned tracks, will see a 25% reduction in salary. All other employees will have their salary reduced by 20%.NFL-BUCCANEERS-BRADYSix-time Super Bowl champ Brady looking forward, not behind The 27-year-old Syndergaard is coming off his worst major league season, going 10-8 with a 4.28 ERA and 202 strikeouts in 197 2/3 innings.COLLEGE BASKETBALL-PLAYER AND COACH OF THE YEARToppin, Grant bring top honors to DaytonUNDATED (AP) — Dayton’s Obi Toppin and Anthony Grant have claimed top honors from The Associated Press after leading the Flyers to a No. 3 final ranking.Toppin was voted the AP men’s college basketball player of the year. Grant is the AP coach of the year. They led the Flyers to a program-record 29 victories. UNDATED (AP) — The Cam Newton era is officially over in Carolina. The Panthers have released the quarterback after nine seasons.The move became a formality after the Panthers made it clear last week they were moving on from Newton, giving him permission to seek a trade before agreeing to a three-year, $63 million contract with free agent quarterback Teddy Bridgewater.In other NFL moves:— A person familiar with the situation says free agent wide receiver Robby Anderson has agreed to a two-year contract worth $20 million with the Panthers. He scored five touchdowns last season and finished with 52 catches for 779 yards, both second-best totals for his career.— The Falcons have agreed to a contract with free-agent linebacker LaRoy Reynolds. Reynolds played in 15 games with Cincinnati in 2019. He is expected to add depth and contribute on special teams. MLB-METS-SYNDERGAARDSyndergaard needs Tommy John surgeryNEW YORK (AP) — If the New York Mets ever start their season, they’ll do it without Noah Syndergaard (SIHN’-dur-gahrd).The flame-throwing right-hander will undergo Tommy John surgery Thursday after being diagnosed with a torn elbow ligament. General manager Brodie Van Wagenen says Syndergaard underwent an MRI after experiencing discomfort in his elbow before spring training was suspended due to the pandemic.The right-hander received a second opinion on the damaged ulnar collateral ligament from the Los Angeles Dodgers’ head team physician. TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Tom Brady says one day he’ll have time to reflect on a historic 20-year run with the New England Patriots.Right now the six-time Super Bowl champion and newest member of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers is focused on the challenge of helping the Bucs end the NFL’s second-longest playoff drought.The 42-year-old quarterback declined during a conference call to discuss specifics about his decision to leave the Patriots. Instead he reiterated that while he cherishes what he accomplished in New England, he’s just as committed to helping Tampa Bay be successful.NFL-NEWSAs expected, Panthers release Newton Associated Press Chancellor Doug Girard and Athletic Director Jeff Long said in a joint statement that investigators also found an athletic trainer was aware of at least some of the alleged incidents involving Shawn P. O’Brien but failed to appropriately report the conduct.The school says O’Brien provided free massages on campus to the general student population through the university’s Alumni Association’s finals dinner beginning in 2011 and as recently as last fall.COLLEGE BASKETBALL-OBIT-GREENEx-Red Storm player diesNEW YORK (AP) — A former St. John’s basketball player has died, reportedly of the coronavirus. Lee Green was a defensive standout who played on two NCAA Tournament teams. The Big East Conference school announced the death Tuesday without identifying a cause. The New York Post quoted former teammate and friend Lamont Middleton, linking Green’s death to the coronavirus.Green was with St. John’s from 1991 to 1994. He played his first season under Lou Carnesecca and his final two for Brian Mahoney.Green was from New York City. He was 49 years old.,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6
SUERIA Manufacturing Inc. of Eccles Industrial Estate, East Bank, Demerara last Tuesday joined hands with the RHTYSC MS to make a positive difference in the lives of Berbicians during the upcoming festive season.Chief Executive Officer of the Company, Frank Sukhu, a Berbician by birth expressed delight at joining hands with Guyana’s leading youth and sports organisation to put smiles on the faces of less fortunate children and the elderly.The company handed over a cheque valued $170 000 towards the hosting of the 3rd Annual Christmas Village which would be held in the compound of the Rose Hall Town Primary School from the December 21 to 24 December, 2017.The funds would be used to provide music for four nights, television commercials and the purchasing of toys for less fortunate children.Sueria Manufacturing Inc also handed over a large quantity of food items and children snacks towards the Senior Citizens Hampers Project and Kiddies Christmas Party valued at hundreds of thousands of dollars.The ten cricket teams of the RHTYSC MS – King Solomon Logistics Under-12, Poonai Pharmacy Under-13, Farfan & Mendes Under-15, Bakewell Under-17 and Second Division’s Pepsi Under-19 and Intermediate, Metro Females and Gizmos & Gadgets Under-21.First Division would be organising the Charity Programme and the Christmas Village as part of their Annual Outreach Programme which targets youths, the elderly and less fortunate.The RHTYSC Secretary/CEO Hilbert Foster proudly stated that the only cricket club in the whole of the Caribbean which mandates its cricketers to make positive difference in the lives of others as part of efforts to develop all-rounded personalities.The 2017 Christmas Village would see the transformation of the Rose Hall Town Primary School compound into a fantasy dreamland for children with over 10 000 fairy lights, a 20-foot Christmas Tree, the Nativity scene, Christmas star, numerous inflatable Christmas characters, Santa and his sleigh, plyboard cut-out Christmas characters, Christmas house, toys store, children’s games, trampoline and bouncy castles among others.Children would also benefit from toys, free Christmas cake, compliments of NAMILCO, while lucky families visiting the Village would be given the opportunity to win some very attractive prizes.Vice-president Mark Papannah and Asst Organising Secretary Ravin Kissoonlall both expressed gratitude to Mr Frank Sukhu and Sueria Manufacturing for their support while hailing Sukhu as an outstanding friend of Guyana’s leading youth and sports club.Kissoonlall committed the RHTYSCto organising a Christmas Village and Charity Programme of the highest standard while assuring Sueria Manufacturing that every item donated would be used for the intended purpose.
The University of Wisconsin women’s volleyball team just got their season underway following the Big Ten/ACC Challenge against Florida State and North Carolina this past weekend.While the Badgers fell in the Elite Eight in last season’s NCAA Tournament, they head into this season with high expectations and a No. 5 ranking in the preseason American Volleyball Coaches Association poll. The ranking marks their fifth straight season with a ranking in the top 10, and their highest ranking since 2016.Led by junior Dana Rettke — who earned All-American honors in both of her first two seasons with Madison — the Badgers will look to make a push further into the NCAA Tournament this year.Rettke’s absolute domination of all competition through this point in her career makes her look all but unstoppable heading into her junior year.Her season stats last year included nearly four kills/set and nearly five points/set, both of which led the team. Rettke’s season highs last season included 30 kills and 32 points against Minnesota on Halloween, a match in which she obliterated Minnesota offensively.Volleyball: Badgers close spring slate with sweep over PurdueThe University of Wisconsin volleyball team scheduled three high-quality opponents for their spring schedule — dropping only one set in Read…The U.S. National Team also gave Rettke the opportunity to train with them this summer, as she competed in five FIVB matches, playing with some of the best volleyball players in the country and the world.With the FIVB team, Rettke also had the chance to play with former standout Badger Lauren Carlini. The two Badger stars, as well as the rest of the team, will look to earn a spot in the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo, Japan.“When a player has that type of opportunity and experience, they can go one of two ways — they can become complacent or they can lead with their work ethic and composure,” said head coach Kelly Sheffield. “We just need Dana to be the best player she’s capable of being — no more, no less.”Rettke’s offensive and defensive will be supported by redshirt senior Madison Duello and redshirt junior Molly Haggerty.Volleyball: Wisconsin closes out regular season with critical road victories against Rutgers, Penn StateThe No. 8 University of Wisconsin women’s volleyball team (22-6, 15-5 Big Ten) wrapped up their regular season with an Read…The trio of Rettke, Duello and Haggerty proved to be lethal last season, as the Badgers managed to finish 25-7, including 15-5 against an extremely strong Big Ten conference that has five teams in the top 10 and seven teams in the top 20 in the preseason AVCA poll.Duello earned third-team All-American honors last season, averaging 3.25 kills and nearly three points/set, both good enough for second on the team.Duello’s farewell season will have her looking to set new career-highs after setting several new ones last season, including 24 kills and 43 attacks against Penn State in November.Haggerty averaged over two kills and nearly three points/set last season, both good enough for fourth on the team.After a freshman season in 2016 in which she earned third-team All-American honors, Haggerty’s role regressed with the addition of Rettke. She still managed to tie her career-high in assists as she continued to play a supporting role for the team.Volleyball: No. 6 Badgers fall in Elite Eight heartbreaker to No. 3 IllinoisThe University of Wisconsin women’s volleyball team’s season ended Saturday night after losing to No. 3 Illinois in the Elite Read…This trio, combined with a crop of players who have all matured by a year, will look to improve on last season’s results and make a deeper run in the NCAA Tournament. The team only lost one major player in Tionna Williams, meaning much of their core remains.The Badgers have a tough season ahead of them, as they will face eight teams ranked in the preseason top 25, including all six ranked Big Ten teams as well as No. 13 Washington and No. 20 Baylor.The Badgers’ first home game will be Thursday against Marquette at the UW Field House. Big Ten play will open Sept. 27 when the Badgers take on Purdue at the UW Field House.