Zoom earnings soar as video meets become pandemic norm

first_img“The COVID-19 crisis has driven higher demand for distributed, face-to-face interactions and collaboration using Zoom,” founder and chief executive Eric Yuan said in a release.The quarter ended with Zoom having approximately 265,400 paying customers with at least 10 employees each – an increase of 354 percent from the first quarter in 2019, according to the company based in the Silicon Valley city of San Jose.Zoom shares that ended the formal trading day up slightly gave back the gain in after-market trades, apparently due to concerns that its popularity will decline when restrictions on movements ease and people can get back to seeing one another in person.Zoom told analysts that about half the growth in paid use was customers paying month-to-month, and those types of subscribers are more likely to leave than those who commit to annual memberships. “It’s a reminder that Zoom is seeing an unusual spike during what we hope will be a relatively short term event,” independent tech analyst Rob Enderle said.”Once you don’t have to socially distance as aggressively anymore, a lot of folks are going to want to go back to meeting in person.”It is too soon to tell if monthly customers are abandoning Zoom in places where pandemic shelter-in-place rules are being eased because “even there people are taking their time to go back to work,” according to chief financial officer Kelly Steckelberg.‘Hard lesson’The earnings come with Zoom under pressure to deal with security and privacy as the platform faces scrutiny from rising usage.It has taken heat over uninvited cyber guests disrupting online meetings with a tactic called “zoombombing.” Zoom was originally built for businesses with dedicated IT teams to handle implementing security features, but first-time users flocked to the service to work or socialize from home due to the pandemic.”As CEO, I should have done a better job,” Yuan said on an earnings video call with analysts.”We should have played the role of IT for first-time users. We learned a hard lesson; this was a mistake I made.”As a result the company has poured resources into privacy and security.Zoom is also working on encrypting video meetings end-to-end, saying the feature will be made available only to its business customers and not at the free version of the service.Zoom recently launched a philanthropic foundation with initial grants to San Jose Digital Inclusion Fund, Destination Home, the CDC Foundation, the World Health Organization and the CDE Foundation.Topics : Zoom on Tuesday reported that its earnings soared as its video-meeting service became a popular way to work or socialize while hunkered down due to the coronavirus pandemic.Zoom said it made a profit of US$27 million on revenue that leapt 169 percent to slightly more than $328 million in the fiscal quarter that ended April 30.In the same quarter a year earlier, Zoom reported zero dollars per share in net income for stockholders.last_img read more

EU talks with Pfizer, Sanofi, J&J on COVID vaccines hit snags: Sources

first_imgEuropean efforts to secure potential COVID-19 vaccines from Pfizer, Sanofi and Johnson & Johnson are mired in wrangles over price, payment method and potential liability costs, three EU officials told Reuters.The bloc is in talks with at least six vaccine makers to acquire up front doses of potential shots against the novel coronavirus, officials told Reuters earlier in July, in a strategy meant to increase the chances of having COVID-19 vaccines for its population.Despite the urgency to seal deals amid a global race to secure the most promising shots, the EU is struggling to reach swift agreements, said the officials, who are involved in the talks, and declined to be named because the negotiations are confidential. The United States, meanwhile, has already inked two supply agreements with AstraZeneca and Pfizer among other major funding deals.The EU’s negotiations with Johnson & Johnson are among the most advanced but have yet to conclude amid a back-and-forth over how to share liability costs if the potential vaccine showed unexpected side-effects, two of the officials told Reuters.Johnson & Johnson had no immediate comment.France’s Sanofi is negotiating to supply 300 million doses of the potential vaccine it is developing with British drugmaker GlaxoSmithKline Plc to the EU and wants an immediate upfront payment for the entire stock, two officials said. But the EU wants to pay in tranches and delay some payments until the vaccine has passed large clinical trials, the officials said.This has caused “some hurdles,” one of the officials said.A spokesman for Sanofi declined to comment.A spokesman for the Commission, which is leading EU talks with drugmakers, declined to comment.Aside from the Pfizer, Sanofi and Johnson & Johnson discussions, the EU is also in talks with biotech companies Moderna and Germany’s CureVac, officials told Reuters earlier in July.Moderna and CureVac were not immediately available to comment.A deal with AstraZeneca for its vaccine under development with Oxford University was struck by four large EU countries in June and is now about to be completed for the whole 27-nation bloc, officials said.One official said the EU was seeking to seal three or four advance purchase deals.”OVER BUDGET”The most complex talks appear to be with Pfizer and BioNtech which are developing a vaccine using an experimental technology known as messenger RNA, or mRNA, which has not been approved for commercial use by medical authorities.The two firms want the EU to pay them for 500 million doses only if their COVID-19 vaccine is authorised, one official told Reuters.This might eliminate the EU’s risk of losing money should the shot prove unsuccessful. But the bloc fears that if it waits for the vaccine to be proved effective, the bill could be much higher and they risk going “over budget,” one of the officials said.In a further potential complication, some EU negotiators have raised doubts about mRNA, which is also used in the potential COVID vaccines developed by Moderna and CureVac.Pfizer and BioNtech are also discussing liability issues with EU negotiators, a fourth person familiar with the talks told Reuters.Pfizer and BioNTech declined to comment.The US government last week agreed to pay nearly $2 billion to buy enough of the vaccine being developed by Pfizer and BioNTech to inoculate 50 million people, but with payments conditional on their vaccine being successful in large clinical trials.The price agreed under that deal of nearly $40 per course of treatment is considered too high by the EU, officials told Reuters last week.The EU is relying on about 2 billion euros ($2.3 billion) from an emergency fund to finance its possible deals with vaccine makers, which could be topped up with payments from EU governments.For instance, the agreement with AstraZeneca initially negotiated by Germany, France, Italy and the Netherlands cost the four countries 750 million euros for 300 million doses of the potential shot, an Italian official said, with an option to buy a further 100 million doses.That works out at 2.5 euros per dose.It is not clear whether under ongoing talks that money will now be provided by the EU emergency fund. Topics :last_img read more

UK COVID-19 daily death count could be scrapped: Telegraph

first_imgBritain paused its daily update of the death toll last month and the government ordered a review into how Public Health England reports coronavirus deaths, after academics said the daily figures may include people who died of other causes.Academics in a blog post had warned that the way the government health agency calculated the figures was skewed as patients who tested positive for coronavirus, but are successfully treated, will still be counted as dying from the virus “even if they had a heart attack or were run over by a bus three months later”.England’s death figures vary substantially from day to day due to this reason, the academics had argued.In contrast, the other parts of the United Kingdom do not follow the same approach. There is a cut-off threshold of 28 days in Scotland after a positive test, after which a patient is not automatically considered to have died from the virus.Britain, one of the countries hardest hit by the virus, reported more than 1,000 new COVID-19 infections on Sunday, its highest daily increase since June, taking the total number of cases past 310,000.  Topics : The UK’s official COVID-19 daily death count could be scrapped following an investigation into Public Health England’s method of counting the toll, The Telegraph newspaper reported.The conclusions of the investigation, which was ordered by Health Secretary Matt Hancock after it emerged officials were “exaggerating” virus deaths, are expected this week, the newspaper said.One recommendation could be to move to a weekly official death toll instead, a government source told the Telegraph.last_img read more

Arsenal legend Alan Smith backs David Luiz to unlock Gunners attacking potential

first_imgEmery’s main task must be to get Arsenal back into the Champion League (Picture: Getty)Emery had already identified the defence as an area that required major improvement after a season when the north Londoners recorded joint-worst top-flight season defensively since 1984 with 51 league goals conceded: the only year they matched that was the season before.But former striker Smith is convinced that Arsenal will outscore teams, especially once Pepe settles into the team alongside Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette.‘Even though Aubameyang is not really a wide player, the pace and mobility and ability to change positions across the front line gives them a natural way of playing in a three,’ Smith added.‘It might take a little bit longer than the price tag suggests for Pepe to adapt but he is alongside two team-mates who will, I am sure, be anxious to help and incorporate him into the system, hopefully it won’t take too long. Comment James GrayFriday 23 Aug 2019 10:20 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link Arsenal legend Alan Smith backs David Luiz to unlock Gunners attacking potential Smith was a potent attacker for Arsenal in his heyday (Picture: Getty)‘When they signed Pepe it addressed the fact Arsenal have lacked that bit of natural width.‘There has been an over-reliance on Aubameyang and Lacazette, so it will be nice if Pepe can contribute like he did in France.‘Goals win you games.’But if goals do not win Arsenal games, fans can expect the manager to re-enter the transfer market to strengthen the squad once again.Arsenal director Josh Kroenke told the BBC earlier this week: ‘We’ve got to evaluate some things in the short term and figure out where we might need to address going forward, so when January does roll around we’re going to be proactive again.’More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenalcenter_img Advertisement Advertisement Luiz is a defender who is known for his range of attacking passes (Picture: Getty)Arsenal signed David Luiz to strengthen their defence but Gunners legend Alan Smith reckons the Brazilian will be the man to turbo-charge their new-look attack.Unai Emery’s outfit added some much-needed experience to their back-line when they signed Luiz for just £8million from rivals Chelsea.The 32-year-old was part of a busy summer of signings for Arsenal who spent more than £130m, including £72m on Ivorian winger Nicolas Pepe to break their club-record transfer fee.‘When Pepe signed, you did think that’s well and good but we do need a centre half,’ Smith told The Athletic.ADVERTISEMENTMore: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City‘Luiz coming in has eased some of those concerns as well as being a great exponent of the diagonal pass.AdvertisementAdvertisement‘When you have such quick targets to chase after these balls it’s a good way of getting from back to front. It is nice to have that mixture.‘There is that sense for opponents that if you press and squeeze Arsenal in midfield you can stop them building up, so that’s a nice weapon in the armoury to have.’Arsenal are desperate to break into the top four once again as they begin a third consecutive season without Champions League football.last_img read more

Seaway Offshore Cables Nets Yunlin Deal

first_imgSeaway Offshore Cables (SOC) has won a substantial contract for the supply and installation of the export and inter-array grid cable systems at the Yunlin offshore wind farm in Taiwan.SOC, an entitiy in Subsea 7’s Renewables and Heavy Lifting Business Unit, will also provide the pre-installation of horizontal drilling conduits, submarine cable route surveys, post-lay trenching, as well as termination and testing services.The associated materials will be provided including the supply of submarine composite cables and cable protection systems, the company said.Project engineering will commence immediately from SOC’s offices in Leer, Germany, and Taipei, Taiwan, with offshore activities planned in 2020.“Along with the Coastal Virginia Offshore Wind Project, this is the second supply and installation contract that SOC has been awarded since being acquired by Subsea 7, both of which are located outside of Europe showing how this sector is becoming increasingly global,” said Steph McNeill, Subsea 7 Senior Vice President Renewables and Heavy Lifting.“Combining Asian and European project teams will ensure the transfer of knowledge and assist in developing local capabilities in offshore wind development.”The Yunlin offshore wind farm comprises 80 8MW turbines of which half will be commissioned by 2020 and the remainder the year after.The 640MW project is being developed by the wpd group some 8km off the coast of the Yunlin County within the Taiwan Strait.last_img read more

Gravity out to defy rivals

first_img Trainer of the two ‘Beaus,’ Ado McGuinness is hopeful that he has unearthed another decent performer for the syndicate in the shape of Specific Gravity. Formerly trained by the late Sir Henry Cecil and most recently by Mike De Kock, Specific Gravity will face just three rivals in the Peter Hook & The Light Race at Leopardstown on Thursday. Press Association Beau Michael, and latterly Beau Satchel, have given their owners, the Total Recall Racing Club, many days to remember over the last few years.center_img Jim Bolger’s News At Six will be a tough nut to crack as he bids for a hat-trick in this ten furlong event but McGuinness is anticipating a good showing from the Shane Foley-ridden Specific Gravity nonetheless. The County Dublin trainer said: “He came to me through my former assistant Stephen Thorne (also McGuinness’ nephew). He worked with Mick De Kock in Dubai before Christmas and that’s how we got the horse. “Stephen was on the Darley Flying Start course and he graduated last week. “This horse needs a little dig in the ground and we basically bought him to go hurdling. We’re just not getting ground to suit him at the moment to do that job. “He’s a fair horse and we’re expecting a big run but he does want a bit of juice in the ground. “He holds an entry in the Ebor as well and we have get to get him started – he’s been off for six months and he’ll definitely come on from this run.” Specific Gravity is the sole McGuinness runner on the Leopardstown card, which kicks off at 5.50, whilst Patrick Prendergast, who trains in the neighbouring county of Kildare, has two runners, starting off with Windward Passage in the 7.25, the Leopardstown Summer Membership Handicap. The Melitta Lodge Stables operator stated: “He has come out of his last race well (a Tipperary success). He’s 7lb higher in the handicap but I’m hoping for another good run. “He’s behaving a lot better since he’s been gelded and he took to the blinkers well last time.” Meanwhile in the Follow Leopardstown On Facebook Apprentice Handicap Prendergast has secured a good pilot in young Sean Corby, for the ride on Madam Mo and he said: “She is a good each-way bet. If you backed her each-way every time she ran you’d be well in front. She just finds it hard to win.” last_img read more

No. 3 Oregon routs Utah in Pac 12 quarterfinals, 79-57

first_imgWhile the Utes’ bench actually outscored Oregon’s, 25-20, the Ducks had a 15-7 scoring advantage with their fast break and converted 16 Utah turnovers into 16 points.“They turn your mistakes into points quickly,” Utah coach Lynne Roberts said. “Usually those things go hand-in-hand, you turn it over, you give their playmakers and shooters a chance to just sprint and line it up. I know it was correlated with our transition D, it is hard to get back on defense off of a live ball turnover, especially with their speed. So that was part of it.”Utah, which has been led by underclassmen all season, including in its 72-63 opening-round win over Washington, was paced by freshmen Lola Pendande and Brynna Maxwell, who finished with 15 and 12 points, respectivelyOregon, which swept the regular-season series by a combined 64 points, shot 29 of 58 (50%) in the game. The Ducks were 12 of 23 from 3-point range, falling one 3-pointer shy of tying the Pac-12 Tournament single-game record.With a third straight Pac-12 regular-season title in hand, the Ducks will ride a 17-game winning streak into their fourth successive Pac-12 Tournament semifinal, where they’ll meet Arizona, a 73-86 winner over Cal in an earlier quarterfinal. Taylor Chavez started the run of eight straight 3-pointers by Oregon to end the first half. Ionescu added three baskets from beyond the arc during that stretch, including the final one just before intermission. Like Ionescu, Erin Boley finished 3-of-6 from 3-point range for the game. SCOUTINGWith several potential draft picks playing for Oregon, a handful of WNBA scouts were in the stands for the quarterfinal.INCOMINGNevada’s Gatorade Player of the Year, Taylor Bigby, an Oregon-commit, was in attendance with her father, Lamar, to watch the Ducks. Bigby helped Centennial High School make history last month, as the Bulldogs won the Class 4A state championship for an NIAA-record sixth straight time. It’s the school’s 12th championship, all of them in the past 19 seasons. No. 3 Oregon routs Utah in Pac 12 quarterfinals, 79-57 Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditLAS VEGAS (AP) — Oregon coach Kelly Graves expects a masterpiece in every game.“And when we don’t — and I think that’s why it is a testament to the greatness of these guys — we don’t feel well,” Graves said. “You know, we don’t feel good about that.”Considering Graves wasn’t entirely pleased his third-ranked Ducks cruised to a 79-59 victory over Utah in the Pac-12 quarterfinals on Friday after a sluggish first quarter, the rest of the conference could be in deep trouble. Sabrina Ionescu had 19 points, 11 rebounds and eight assists to lead Oregon, which erased a six-point first-quarter deficit and used a 20-4 run in the second quarter to seize momentum. Igniting the run with a 3-point barrage, Oregon (29-2) connected on eight consecutive shots from beyond the arc to close the half ahead 45-29.“We came out in that second quarter and, you know, played like we’re capable of playing,” Graves said. “I think we outscored them 18, 19 points that quarter. I don’t know. We have been actually a really good starting team. We just weren’t today. So we’ll have to figure out why and hope to fix it.” Satou Sabally added 17 points, Jaz Shelley chipped in 10 and Ruthy Hebard had eight points and nine rebounds for the tournament’s top seed.Oregon shot 10 of 16 from the floor in the second quarter, including 8 of 12 from 3-point range, while limiting the Utes (14-17) to a bleak 18.8% (3 of 16) shooting.“We were getting stops on the defensive end and, you know, our bench players that came in helped us tremendously,” said Ionescu, the three-time Pac 12 player of the year, who picked up her 57th career double-double. “They were getting in passing lanes, getting steals that helped us get transition shots, and our guards were shooting the ball well. Defensively really fueled our offense, our offensive shots. And, I mean, we were getting shooters in the right position, and they were shooting it like we normally do. So defense played a huge role in that.” March 7, 2020 Associated Press Oregon, which has played for the last two Pac-12 championships, is looking for its second conference tournament title after winning in 2017-18. Stanford defeated the Ducks in last year’s title game.BIG PICTUREUtah: The Utes’ underclasswomen accounted for 73% of the team’s offensive production this season, including 42% from their three freshmen: Maxwell, Pendande and Kemery Martin. In all, there are eight underclasswomen on Utah’s roster, making the future bright for coach Lynne Roberts’ group.Oregon: Shelley, just a freshman, continues to impress off the bench, as she now has six double-figure scoring games. The Australian is a Pac-12 all-freshman honorable mention after averaging 6.3 points. Shelley broke Oregon’s single-game record for 3-pointers in the 10th game of her college career when she went 10 for 14 from deep in a 32-point performance against UC Riverside on Dec. 16.SHOOTING UP NEXTUtah: Utes season comes to an end.Oregon: Will play Arizona in Saturday’s semifinals.___More AP women’s basketball: https://apnews.com/Womenscollegebasketball and https://twitter.com/AP_Top25last_img read more

Lyon Defiant ahead of Juve Challenge

first_imgUEFA CHAMPION LEAGUEMaxime Gonalons said sightseeing is off the menu when Lyon faces Juventus in Turin looking to salvage their Champions League campaign this evening.Lyon went down 1-0 at home to 10-man Juve two weeks ago after Alexandre Lacazette had a penalty saved by Gianluigi Buffon, with Juan Cuadrado scoring the winner for the visitors.The defeat left Bruno Genesio’s men third in Group H, four points behind both Juve and Sevilla, and needing all three points on Wednesday to maintain a realistic chance of reaching the last 16.A Juventus victory, coupled with a Sevilla win over Dinamo Zagreb, would see the Italians and the Spaniards advance to the last 16, and leave Lyon battling with Dinamo for third place and a Europa League spot. Gonalons, however, was defiant at the same time as he labelled Buffon a “monument” ahead of what will be the veteran goalkeeper’s 100th Champions League appearance.“Buffon is a monument in Turin. In the home game he broke our hearts. He’s class, and we have a lot of respect for him,” Gonalons said.“It’s going to be difficult. They’re top of Serie A and they’re doing well in the Champions League, but we’ll do everything we can to cause problems for Juventus.”Lyon have struggled this season but arrived in Italy fresh from a morale-boosting 2-1 win away at Toulouse at the weekend in Ligue 1.Gonalons added: “We’re not coming here as tourists, we’ve come to try and win this match. Football can throw up a few surprises, sometimes when you’re the underdog you come up with a great performance just when you need it.”History is not on Lyon’s side – they have lost their last four games against Italian opponents and were beaten home and away when the sides met in the Europa League quarterfinals in 2014.Juventus, meanwhile, are unbeaten in their last 18 home matches in Europe but Genesio believes his side can cause the Italian champions problems.“I don’t see why we can’t have the same game plan as we did against Toulouse,” said Genesio.“But I want to see improvements in terms of our technique, our passing and ball control.“I have faith in my players. The home game (against Juventus) comforted us in the sense it showed us we can put them in danger.“We lacked a few, important details in that game on Wednesday (today) we’ll be going for it.”Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Eben-Spiff Lifts FirstBank Lagos Open Trophy

first_imgThe Chief Executive Officer of FirstBank of Nigeria Limited, Dr. Adesola Adeduntan, who was represented by Olusegun Alebiosu, the Chief Risk Officer of FirstBank of Nigeria Limited, while congratulating the winners said the shared attributes of golf for which the Bank was noted for helped FirstBank sustained the relationship.“FirstBank has been in the business of supporting sports in Nigeria throughout its 125 years of existence. We have partnered with individuals and institutions to provide support not only in sports arena but also in other areas of human endeavors,” he said.Apart from Eben-Spiff who replaced Kenyan Sam Njoroge on the top of winners chart, Abiodun Oyewoga, Sola Ologun and Ewi Akpata are others in the tournament’s top 4.All Set for 14th Coronation Anniversary Golf Tourney in Abeokuta Arrangements towards successful hosting of the 14th Coronation Anniversary Golf Tournament scheduled to take place today at the Abeokuta Golf Club, Oke Mosan, Abeokuta has reached an advanced stage.The competition being promoted by the club and sponsored by the Oil Giants, Oando Plc, will feature no fewer than 100 amateur golfers coming from different golf clubs within the South-west zone, and other parts of the country.At a recent media briefing held at the club house, Captain of the club, Adewale Adeogun revealed that the tournament was organised to commemorate the 14th coronation anniversary of His Royal Majesty Oba Adedotun Gbadebo Okukenu IV CFR, Alake and Paramount Ruler of Egbaland.Furthermore, the captain emphasised that the golf course was in good shape for all golfers participating at the event, adding that this edition would be better organised than the previous editions. “We have received enormous support from Oando, being the main sponsor of the tournament, and it is anticipated that to whom much is given, much is expected.“Over 100 golfers across Nigeria are taking part because of its uniqueness and has over the years become a sought after tournament due to the hospitality of the club. Our course is very unique and spectacular to play on. We have the best golf course in the whole of South-west, which is undulating, unlike others that are flat. Golfers always feel at home playing in Abeokuta, due to its peculiarity.“The tournament is to honour and celebrate Kabiyesi, who also is an ardent golfer 14th coronation anniversary of ascending the throne.”Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Playing like someone infused with the winning bug, Ikoyi Club’s Peter Eben-Spiff, a perpetual contender in the annual FirstBank Lagos Amateur Open Golf Championship proved he has what it takes to win at the highest level of amateur golf anywhere in the world with his triumph in the 58th edition of the Championship. Eben-spiff, who had maintained a top five-finish in the last two editions, won after shooting a closing score of 76, for 16-over par, over 56-holes. The four-handicapper opened his account with a 76, a second-day score of 77 and a closing 76 to win the R&A and USGA sanctioned Championship.The excited Eben-Spiff, in a chat with newsmen adduced his victory to his consistency, noting that just like the sponsor, FirstBank, he had remained a consistent golfer.“When you keep doing the same thing over and over again, you get better just like you see in FirstBank, that has sponsored this event consistently for 58-years”, the excited Eben-Spiff said. “Consistency to me is the keyword, so we must give credit to FirstBank, for being consistent and for being there for 58-years”, Eben-spiff added.last_img read more

Ryan on brink of tying Wisconsin legend

first_imgAs the Wisconsin men’s basketball team gears up for the Chicago Invitational Challenge and takes on three nonconference teams in the next five days, there will be more on the line than just another non-conference win for head coach Bo Ryan.With his next victory (which could come as soon as Tuesday with a victory over the University of Missouri-Kansas City), Ryan can tie legendary University of Wisconsin coach Doc Meanwell for No. 2 on the program’s all-time win list. In his 11 years in Madison, Ryan has racked up 245 wins, putting him just one win away from Meanwell, who coached the Badgers from 1911-1917 and again from 1920-1934.For Ryan, a self-proclaimed basketball historian, reaching Meanwell’s historic number Tuesday would be a major personal accomplishment.“Doc Meanwell was one of those guys who really had his players making the proper cuts, proper reads – he was way ahead of his time, it was the early Princeton offense,” Ryan said at his weekly Monday press conference. “It’s nice to be a part of a program where players can get those kind of numbers, whatever those numbers add up to, and I’ll let everybody else decide what those mean. But to be listed with Doc Meanwell for anything to me is quite an honor.”After playing Missouri-Kansas City at the Kohl Center Tuesday, UW travels to the Sears Centre Arena outside Chicago Friday to take on Bradley, followed by a matchup the next day against either Nevada or BYU.Ryan compared the odd setup of the tournament, with one home game and two road games, to the South Padre Invitational in Texas, which Wisconsin competed in during the 2006-07 season. Such tournaments serve as a chance for the Badgers to see how they stack up against other, smaller programs from around the country, the men’s basketball head coach explained, and often they face new, unfamiliar opponents there.Tuesday, Ryan will be looking for his squad to continue its impressive team defense, as Wisconsin surrendered just 33 points to Wofford Saturday. Holding the Terriers to 20 percent shooting from both the field and behind the arc, Ryan has been pleased by what he has seen on the defensive side of the ball.“I just like the way [the defense has] looked for each other, I like the way they’ve played off of one another, knowing that things are going to be changing here from the other side of the ball,” Ryan said. “Things can’t change with us; we have to still execute, we still have to get in position, we still have to do what we try to do better than other teams.”Ryan said he is also excited about the development of forward/center Jared Berggren, as the redshirt junior is averaging 11 points per through the first three contests of the season. Though he’s still proving that he has the physical presence and ball skills to build a formidable inside game, Berggren has turned into one of the Badgers’ biggest post threats thus far.Ryan said Berggren already had some solid post moves coming into this season, and that he is counting on the Princeton, Minn., native to blossom into one of the Badgers’ top scoring threats in his final two years.“He had a decent feel around the basket, but he’s worked at it, he really has,” Ryan said. “He really was held back with the shoulder problem, but that shoulder problem’s been taken care of, and I think these next two years, his last two years, he’s going to be a good player in the Big Ten.”last_img read more