As seen in the photos in the tweet above, the three new suits — available in Marvel’s Spider-Man Remastered on November 12, and coming to Marvel’s Spider-Man in late November — are the Amazing Suit, the Arachnid Rider Suit, and the Armoured Advanced suit. These were previously exclusive to the PS5 remastered version but they are now being offered to PS4 owners of Marvel’s Spider-Man too, at no additional cost.This solves most of the pain points Marvel’s Spider-Man fans had with Marvel’s Spider-Man Remastered. Of course, there’s still the tiny matter of Peter Parker’s face being recast, but it doesn’t look like Insomniac Games is going to budge on that.Marvel’s Spider-Man Remastered is available as part of Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales Ultimate Edition, out November 12 alongside the launch of the PlayStation 5 in select markets and November 19 elsewhere. The free update to Marvel’s Spider-Man arrives in late November.- Advertisement – For the latest tech news and reviews, follow Gadgets 360 on Twitter, Facebook, and Google News. For the latest videos on gadgets and tech, subscribe to our YouTube channel. Further reading: Spider Man, Marvels Spider Man, Spiderman PS4, Spider Man Remastered, Insomniac Games, PS4, PS5, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Spider Man Miles Morales Ultimate Edition, Spider Man PS4 Akhil Arora Akhil Arora covers entertainment for Gadgets 360, interviewing stars such as Christian Bale and Anurag Kashyap, covering series premieres, product and service launches across the globe, and looking at American blockbusters and Indian dramas from a global socio-political and feminist perspective. As a Rotten Tomatoes-certified film critic, Akhil has reviewed over 150 movies and TV shows in over half a decade at Gadgets 360. When he is not completely caught up with new film and TV releases, Akhil …More We have heard you – in an upcoming update for #SpiderManPS4, we will add the ability to export your save to Marvel’s Spider-Man Remastered. This update will also add the three new suits from Remastered to the PS4 game. We expect to bring you this update around Thanksgiving. pic.twitter.com/EqoKnto3FV— Insomniac Games (@insomniacgames) November 9, 2020- Advertisement – Marvel’s Spider-Man on the PlayStation 4 will soon allow you to export your save game file to Marvel’s Spider-Man Remastered on the upcoming PlayStation 5. Sony-owned developer Insomniac Games made the announcement on Monday, in what marks an about-turn. Previously, Insomniac had taken the stance that PS5 players would have to start afresh with the remastered version of the 2018 critically-acclaimed superhero game, no matter how much they played on the PS4. But it’s now relented. The update to Marvel’s Spider-Man will be available around November 26.“We have heard you — in an upcoming update for #SpiderManPS4, we will add the ability to export your save to Marvel’s Spider-Man Remastered,” Insomniac Games said in a tweet on Monday local time in the US. “This update will also add the three new suits from Remastered to the PS4 game. We expect to bring you this update around Thanksgiving.”
Surprises in Indonesian defense procurement seem like a constant feature now.After initial clearance from the United States State Department to buy an MV-22 Osprey tilt-rotor aircraft, news broke that Defense Minister Prabowo Subianto intended to buy jet fighters from Austria.Austrian newspaper Die Presse reported on Sunday that Prabowo had sent a letter to his Austrian counterpart Klaudia Tanner offering to buy the country’s 15 Eurofighter Typhoon jet fighters. The letter was dated July 10 and arrived at the Austrian Defense Ministry late last week, Die Presse reported.The Austrian Defense Ministry, however, declined to comment on the offer, the newspaper said.“As I was always impressed by European technologies and know-how, I would kindly ask your support for the following proposal, which hopefully leads to a mutual benefit for our two countries,” Prabowo said in a letter circulated among various media WhatsApp groups on Monday morning.There has been no official confirmation from the Defense Ministry on the authenticity of the letter, though it is consistent with Die Presse’s report. Prabowo was referring to information he received from someone named WD Grosse that Austria had acquired 15 Eurofighter Typhoon jet fighters in 2002.“To achieve my target of modernizing the Indonesian Air Force, I would, therefore, like to propose to enter into official deliberation with you, your Excellency, on purchasing all 15 Eurofighter Typhoons from Austria for the Air Force of the Republic of Indonesia,” Prabowo said.Prabowo said he was fully aware of the sensitivity of Typhoons in Austria, which has been in a legal fight with European defense and aerospace giant Airbus over alleged overpricing.Austria bought the 15 Typhoons in 2002 in a contract worth €2 billion (US$2.28 billion) and has filed a lawsuit to recoup €1.1 billion against Airbus.Airbus is leading the Eurofighter Jagdflugzeug GmbH consortium in manufacturing Typhoons in cooperation with other European defense firms, British BAE System and Italian Leonardo.The consortium has four assembly lines in Germany, Italy, Spain and the United Kingdom as the four original users of Typhoon.Die Presse, however, said that selling Typhoons to Indonesia would be complicated, as it needed approval from the four countries.However, as the consortium did come to Indonesia for a roadshow in April 2015 offering the Typhoon, observers say it may not be that difficult to secure that approval.During the roadshow, in which the consortium brought a full-scale replica to state-owned aircraft maker PT Dirgantara Indonesia’s plant in Bandung, West Java, the consortium offered to move an assembly line from Spain to Bandung should Indonesia decide to procure the Typhoons.Austria’s Typhoons are from Tranche 1, a marker for basic operational capabilities, which focuses more on air-defense missions, while the consortium has offered upgrades to Tranches 2 and 3, which greatly improves the fighters’ ground attack capabilities.Earlier this year, news broke that Indonesia would buy Dassault Rafale fighter aircraft from France following Prabowo’s visit to the country in January.French newspaper La Tribune reported that Indonesia was interested in procuring 48 Rafale jet fighters, in addition to two Scorpene submarines and two Gowind corvettes.Both the Typhoon and Dassault Rafale (which translates to “gust of wind”) actually began as projects among the aforementioned European countries to build a common jet fighter in the late 1970s, before France decided to develop one on its own in 1985 due to differences in technical requirements — including whether a jet fighter should be carrier-capable.Currently, there are three major Rafale versions. The French Air Force uses the single-seater Rafale C and double-seater Rafale B, and the French Navy uses the Rafale M, which is carrier-capable.Meanwhile, Indonesia has yet to move forward with its $1.1 billion contract to buy 11 Su-35 Flanker-E “Super Flankers” from Russia due to financial complications and the possibility of facing sanctions from the United States through the latter’s Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act (CAATSA).Although President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo has instructed Prabowo to put a lid on all foreign procurement, local defense companies do not have the capabilities to produce a jet fighter just yet.Indonesia is currently working to make its own jet fighters by securing a 20 percent share in South Korean’s KF-X program, which Indonesia joined in 2010.Korean Aerospace Industries (KAI) is working with PT DI to design and manufacture the jet fighter, in which Indonesia is projected to buy 48 aircraft while South Korea is slated to buy 120.The KF-X jet fighter will have its first roll out in 2021 and the first flight is scheduled in 2022, The Korea Herald reported on July 8.The Herald reported that there will be six prototypes and one will be delivered to Indonesia.“The first batch of mass-produced KF-X aircraft is expected between 2026 and 2028. They will be equipped with limited air-to-ground weapons in addition to air-to-air weapons,” the Korean newspaper reported.Topics :
Singapore-based marine and offshore solutions provider AVIC International Maritime Holdings Limited (AVIC Maritime) has decided to dispose of its entire stake in AVIC Zhenjiang Shipyard Marine (AZM). On May 15, 2019, the company entered into a conditional sale and purchase agreement (SPA) with investment holding company High Beyond Corporation Limited for the disposal of AZM.As informed, the proposed transaction includes 60% shareholding in AZM or 3 million issued and paid-up ordinary shares in the capital of the shipyard.The stake would be sold for USD 2.2 million, according to AVIC Maritime.AZM is a joint venture company incorporated in Singapore with its core business being investing in vessels by taking up equity stakes in vessels for investment purposes.AVIC Maritime controls 60% in AZM, while the remaining 40% is owned by Jiangsu Zhengjiang Shipyard.As explained, the move comes following a strategic review of the financial position, operational needs and long-term strategy of AVIC Maritime as well as business prospects of AZM.According to AVIC Maritime, AZM “has been facing and continues to face challenging market conditions due to, among other things, reduced demand for offshore support vessels following the oversupply of such vessels in the global market.”Based in Hong Kong, High Beyond Corporation is a subsidiary of AVIC International Holdings Limited (AIHL). AIHL is also a controlling shareholder of AVIC Maritime.The completion of the transaction is subject to a number of relevant conditions.Also on May 15, AVIC Maritime published its financial results for the first quarter of this year which show that the company’s profit decreased to RMB 12.4 million (USD 1.8 million) from RMB 17.1 million seen in Q1 2018.Revenue also dropped by 5% year-on-year to RMB 133.9 million in Q1 2019 from RMB 140.8 million posted in Q1 2018. The decrease was attributed to the absence of shipbuilding construction revenue, while shipbuilding project financing and management, and ship design service generated higher revenue compared to a year ago.AVIC Maritime’s related shipyards, AVIC Dingheng and AVIC Weihai, continued to build up their orderbooks for niche products, which include small-medium size, dual-fuel chemical tankers and RoPax vessels.Deltamarin, another subsidiary of AVIC Maritime, grew its orderbook in Q1 2019 and extended its track record in the design of high-tech, green vessels.
BACOLOD City – Fourteen sachets of suspected shabu weighing about 10grams valued at around P150,000 were seized in a buy-bust operation in BarangayGuinhalaran, Silay City, Negros Occidental. Residents John Gallano, 42, and Eldefonso Gargallano, 19, yielded thesuspected illegal drugs around 3 p.m. on Feb. 18, a police report showed. Aside from suspected shabu, a P3500 marked money and cash amounting toP200 were also confiscated from the suspects. They were detained in the lockup cell of the Silay City police station,facing charges for violation of Republic Act 9165, or the ComprehensiveDangerous Drugs Act of 2002./PN
Madison, IN —Clifty Falls State Park opened to the public in 1920. Within a few years, the Clifty Inn opened, providing guests with a comfortable place to stay and wonderful views of the Ohio River. The first inn was a stone farmhouse that predated the park. Having been renovated and adapted, it was converted for use as the park’s hotel.Later, the park built a new structure, and the original inn became an annex for the newer hotel. This inn was replaced by modern motel-style lodgings in 1964. Only 10 years later, in 1974, a devastating Super Outbreak tornado tore through Madison and badly damaged the inn, but the park repaired and rebuilt the hotel. Clifty Inn underwent an upgrade in 2006 and continues to provide guests with a comfortable place to stay and picturesque views of the Ohio River.
On the downside, playmaker Samir Nasri, who suffered a groin injury soon after coming off the bench at White Hart Lane, will not play again this season. Pellegrini said: “This week – at least the last two days – we have had the complete squad working except Samir Nasri who has a muscle injury and he will be out from now until the end of the season.” Aside from injury problems which also saw him have a spell out in December, Kompany has not enjoyed a successful season. The normally reliable and influential defender has fallen below his own high standards and has made a number of high-profile errors in City’s failed title defence. Pellegrini hopes the recent enforced break might have done the player good. He said: “Vincent is always a very important player for us. He is just coming back from a muscle injury. “For him it is important to try to recover his normal performance. We will see what happens now until the end of the season.” City’s failure to challenge Chelsea for the title this season has led to considerable speculation about changes this summer. Manchester United’s signing of PSV Eindhoven’s highly-rated winger Memphis Depay this week has possibly underlined the need to act decisively in the transfer market. Pellegrini, whose own future may not be certain, claims that deal will not influence anyone’s thinking at the Etihad Stadium. He said: “We are doing things in the right moments, with what we think is better and not what the other teams do.” Midfielder Toure was at the centre of a bizarre row about cake last year after his agent claimed City did not do enough to mark the Ivorian’s 31st birthday. Toure turns 32 next Wednesday and Pellegrini was asked at his latest press conference if he had found a suitable cake for the occasion. “Are you sure it is next week?” he asked with a smile. “We will think what is the best thing for him. It is important to learn from the mistakes that you have (made) in the past!” Pellegrini, however, was otherwise in little mood to discuss matters relating to Toure’s outspoken representative Dimitri Seluk, who has been in the headlines again this week. Seluk has claimed Toure is “90 per cent certain” to leave City this summer after five years at the club. Pellegrini said: “Everyone can say what he thinks is better for him but we are all focused in our team, the players and managers, and what the agents think is not my problem. “We will talk about next season in the right moment. Everyone in this moment can say what they want about different rumours but I have never answered to Yaya’s agent so I will not do it now. “Yaya has a contract here for two years more so in this moment we are only thinking about the best way to finish the season then we will see what happens next season.” Toure is fit to return to action against QPR on Sunday along with captain Vincent Kompany. Toure missed last week’s Barclays Premier League win at Tottenham after pulling up with a hamstring injury against Aston Villa the previous week while Kompany has been out for three matches with a groin problem. Press Association Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini has joked that the club must celebrate Yaya Toure’s birthday properly this year.
BUCKSPORT — Athletes from three local high schools claimed Penobscot Valley Conference titles this weekend at the Small-School championships in Bucksport and Large-School championships in Old Town.For the Bucksport girls’ team, freshman Angelina Cotoni finished with a time of 17.14 seconds in Friday’s Small-School 100-meter hurdles to take home first place in the event. Cotoni also joined Addie Morrison, Britney Bussey and Johanna Stiles to give the Golden Bucks a first-place finish in the 4-by-100 relay.On the boys’ side, senior Carter Tolmasoff earned 100- and 200-meter dash titles for Bucksport with times of 11.28 and 23.13 seconds, respectively. The Golden Bucks’ 4-by-100 team of Tolmasoff, Nate Sawyer, Jade Smith and Logan Stanley finished 0.04 seconds behind Orono to claim second place.For George Stevens Academy, senior LeeAnn Varnum won the girls’ shot put with a throw of 31 feet, 5 inches. On the boys’ side, GSA got second-place efforts from Ian Howell (1,600-meter race walk), Ian Renwick (long jump) and its 4-by-800 relay team.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textIn Saturday’s Large-School meet, Mount Desert Island’s Marilyn Sawyer got an early event win with a time of 13.31 seconds in the 100-meter dash. Gilbert Isaacs won the shot put for the MDI boys with a distance of 52 feet, 1 3/4 inches.Ellsworth and Sumner didn’t win individual titles at their respective meets, but athletes from both schools still put forth notable performances; Ellsworth got third-place efforts from Beck Deeny (boys’ triple jump) and Emma McKechnie (girls’ high jump), and Sumner got a sixth-place finish from Logan Carter (boys’ 1,600-meter run).Qualified athletes are set to compete in the Class B and Class C championship meets, both of which begin at 10 a.m. Saturday, June 1. The Class B meet will be held at Brewer High School, and the Class C meet will be held at Mount Blue High School in Farmington.
Among the players involved were Bernardo Silva, João Félix, Nélson Semedo, Pepe and Renato Sanches.Ronaldo and Mendes had already funded other donations, including three intensive care units for coronavirus patients at hospitals in Portugal. They said they had also offered ventilators to officials in Madeira. ___Washington Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo says the team has completely left its spring training facility, which is now being used for coronavirus testing.The National Guard is using parking lots and back fields to check members of the public at the complex the Nationals share with the Houston Astros in West Palm Beach, Florida. Boston played the Utah Jazz on March 6. Five days later, Jazz All-Star Rudy Gobert announced he had tested positive for COVID-19, triggering rolling shutdowns of sports around the world.Smart tested positive on March 19. He had been in isolation since then and was being monitoring by Celtics medical staff. His teammates, coaches and staff members were also tested, but those tests have come back negative.___The British and Irish Lions and SA Rugby have delayed the ticket ballots in Europe and South Africa and the release of the supporters’ tour packages because of the coronavirus outbreak.Both were to be launched next month for the tour in July 2021. The franchise donated $550,000 last week and said that money was given to numerous nonprofit organizations that worked in food distribution and also helped support the children of health care workers. The new donation will help those causes in addition to more providing support for the medical and health care fields.“We are fortunate to not only be in a position to continue to give back, but to be in touch regularly with those in the medical field who can help distribute these funds in a meaningful way,” Diamondbacks President Derrick Hall said in a statement. “Whether it is personal protective equipment, critical resources to support health care personnel or technology to provide virtual visits for those currently receiving care, we believe this money can make an immediate impact.”___Soccer agent Jorge Mendes is donating more than 150,000 masks to a Portuguese hospital with the help of José Mourinho, Cristiano Ronaldo and other players.Mendes has raised the funds for the masks with the help of 25 people, most of them footballers. The donation will be made to the Hospital Santo António in Porto. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___The Arizona Diamondbacks are donating an additional $500,000 to help people and organizations affected by the coronavirus pandemic, bringing the organization’s total contributions to more than $1 million. Associated Press Rizzo also said on a conference call with reporters Monday that Nationals Park in Washington “is completely closed.”The GM said none of the World Series champions’ players has shown any symptoms of COVID-19, so none has been tested for the illness.___Augusta National is donating $2 million, split evenly to Augusta University to expand testing for the new coronavirus and to a local relief agency to help those affected financially by the pandemic.The gift is in partnership with the Community Foundation for the Central Savannah River Area (CSRA), the longtime charitable arm for the home of the Masters. League commissioner Randy Ambrosie says the pandemic has made it unsafe for players and coaches to gather as scheduled.The league has not given an indication of when camps might open.Postponing training camps increases the likelihood of the CFL delaying the start of its 2020 regular season.___The Pac-12 Conference has extended its suspension of organized team activities through May 31 because of the new coronavirus. Chairman Fred Ridley says the $1 million to Augusta University will help with telemedicine pre-screening, triple the number of drive-through testing lanes on campus and allow for more supplies and personnel to increase testing from 100 to 1,000 or more tests daily.The gift to the CSRA COVID-19 Emergency Response Fund goes directly to support relief efforts to those most vulnerable.“It is our hope these gifts will help address the many challenges brought about by the coronavirus throughout the city of Augusta and the greater region,” Ridley said. “We believe Augusta National has an important responsibility to support and protect the community who has so generously and consistently supported us for many years.”___The CFL has postponed the start of training camps due to the coronavirus pandemic. Virtual group activities, including film study, are allowed up to two hours per week in football and four hours per week in other sports. Coaches are allowed to recommend written, self-directed workout plans, and videos on workout plans are allowed to show proper form and technique.___Boston Celtics guard Marcus Smart says he has been cleared by medical officials after testing positive for the new coronavirus earlier this month.In a message posted late Sunday on Twitter, Smart says he was informed of the news Friday by the Massachusetts Department of Health. He thanked everyone for their support.“Stay safe and stay together — apart!” Smart wrote. European Tour chief executive Keith Pelley says “we will continue to evaluate all aspects of our 2020 European Tour schedule, and discussions on the rescheduling of postponed events will remain ongoing until we have clarity on the global situation.” ___The governing body of swimming welcomed the new Tokyo Olympic dates without giving any detail of how to reschedule its own world championships in Japan next year.FINA’s biennial worlds were planned for July 16-Aug. 1, 2021, in Fukuoka. That slot is now taken by the Tokyo Olympics.FINA says knowing the Olympic dates “is very helpful to federations and athletes everywhere.” ___The Irish Open has become the latest European Tour golf event to be postponed because of the coronavirus outbreak.The tournament was scheduled for May 28-31. There will now be no play on the tour until June at the earliest. The next possible tournament is the Trophee Hassan II in Morocco from June 4-7.The Irish Open is one of the high-profile events that make up the tour’s Rolex Series and had prize money of $7 million this year. It was due to be hosted by Graeme McDowell at the Mount Juliet Estate in County Kilkenny.Regular tour events in Kenya, India, Malaysia, China, Spain, Portugal and Denmark have already been postponed or canceled. Casado says “I am absolutely confident that we will have magnificent games in Tokyo next summer, with the help and support of all of us involved in the preparations for hosting the event.”The International Olympic Committee previously moved the marathons and race walking events to Japan’s northern city of Sapporo and scheduled most of them to start early in the morning to avoid the heat in Tokyo.Triathlon has remained in the capital even though it includes running.___The governing body of track and field says it supports the new dates for the Tokyo Olympics and is working with organizers in Eugene, Oregon, to move its world championships to 2022. The Latest: D’backs donate to medical field for virus relief Tokyo organizers say the opening ceremony will take place on July 23, 2021 — almost exactly one year after the games were due to start this year.The IOC and Japanese organizers last week postponed the Olympics until 2021 because of the coronavirus pandemic.This year’s games were scheduled to open on July 24 and close on Aug. 9. But the near exact one-year delay will see the rescheduled closing ceremony on Aug. 8.There had been talk of switching the Olympics to spring, a move that would coincide with the blooming of Japan’s famous cherry blossoms. But it would also clash with European soccer and North American sports leagues.___ “Everyone’s priorities are in doing everything they can to fight the COVID-19 pandemic, and we are no exception,” SA Rugby CEO Jurie Roux said in a statement on Monday. “We ask our passionate rugby supporters to please bear with us during this difficult time.”The eight-match tour is going ahead as scheduled despite clashing with the postponed Tokyo Olympics.The tests are on July 24 — the day after the games open — July 31, and Aug. 7.___Atlanta United President Darren Eales says Major League Soccer still intends to play a full 34-game schedule this season, even though the league will be shuttered for at least two months because of the new coronavirus. ___General manager Brian MacLellan says no Washington Capitals players have tested positive for COVID-19 or shown any symptoms after using the same locker room as NBA players who later tested positive.MacLellan says the team hasn’t had any sickness complaints from players related to the coronavirus pandemic that suspended the NHL season. The Capitals followed the NBA’s Utah Jazz in the visiting locker room at Madison Square Garden in New York in early March. Two Jazz players tested positive.MacLellan said on a conference call Monday that “we’re pretty much daily checking in with players to see if they’re exhibiting any” symptoms.Four NHL players have tested positive for the new coronavirus: two on the Ottawa Senators and two on the Colorado Avalanche. NHL chief medical officer Winne Meeuwisse said last week he was “thankful” the numbers have been low. The governing body of track quickly committed to pushing back its world championships to 2022. But FINA has the added complication of the 2022 Commonwealth Games because many top swimmers compete in both events.___The governing body of triathlon says it wanted the rescheduled Olympics to be held earlier in the year to avoid the summer heat but has accepted the new dates.World Triathlon president Marisol Casado says “even though we would have preferred to move the games to earlier dates, where the impact of the heat was a bit lower, we agreed that these dates are the best solution.”All sports federations involved in the Olympics signed off on the new dates. More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6 World Athletics says “everyone needs to be flexible and compromise.”The 2021 track worlds were scheduled to be next year from Aug. 6-15.World Athletics says it will consult with the organizers of the Commonwealth Games and the European Athletics Championships. Those are other major track events scheduled to take place in 2022.___The Tokyo Olympics will open next year in the same time slot scheduled for this year’s games. March 30, 2020 Eales says MLS is more fortunate than other leagues around the world that play the traditional fall-to-spring schedule and may have trouble completing their seasons in such a compressed time frame.MLS was just two weeks into its season when play was halted March 12 because of the pandemic. The league has set a tentative return date of May 10, though the growing death toll in the United States could force that date to be pushed back.Eales says everything is on the table, including the possibility of resuming league play in empty stadiums.“We’re fortunate that we had just started our season,” he said Monday during a teleconference with Atlanta media. “We have the whole calendar year to reschedule the games we missed. The emphasis is on playing all 34 games plus the playoffs.”MLS will likely schedule more midweek games and push back its MLS Cup championship game into mid-December in a bid to play a full season, according to Eales. He added that the playoffs could begin in mid-November — around the time MLS had been planning its title game.
FORMER West Indies captain Darren Sammy has advised regional governing body Cricket West Indies (CWI) to take note of increased player power and its impact on the modern game.Player versus board disputes have been a regular feature on the regional cricketing landscape for several years, with many of the team’s biggest players finding themselves out of contention for selection at various points.In addition to disciplinary issues a major bone of contention in recent times has stemmed from a conflict between the world’s various lucrative T20 leagues and the international schedule. For the past couple of years some of the Caribbean’s best players have opted to take part in the T20 leagues as they have stood out as a good way to earn a living.In response Cricket West Indies instituted a regulation which stated that players must take part in regional competitions before being selection for the West Indies team.The rule, which is currently up for revision, has in the meantime left the team without several of its most experienced players for the Test and One Day formats for several years.Sammy believes the struggle is a part of the new landscape that has seen players shift their focus from simply looking to represent a region.“Now players can see it’s not all about international cricket. When I grew up, the goal was to play for the West Indies and then maybe play county or league cricket in England,” said Sammy, who will serve as a pundit for OSN Television during the Champions Trophy.“But now, if you don’t get into the Indian Premier League, you can get in the Bangladesh Premier League or the Pakistan Super League or the NatWest T20. South Africa and Afghanistan now have one, there’s also the Big Bash in Australia. There are so many opportunities to make a living,” he added.“Cricket is changing. In this day and age, cricketers understand that they are the product and now boards can’t just boss them around anymore. It’s a different age, a different era,” he warned.“You only have to look at what’s happening in Australia (the dispute between players and the board). (Sportsmax)
JEFF SCHORFHEIDE/Herald photoThe future looks bright for the Badgers following Friday’s 3-0 home victory over the Broncos of Western Michigan.Wisconsin (2-1-0) was led by a pair of freshmen — Laurie Nosbusch and Erin Jacobsen — each netting their first collegiate goals.With the goalkeeper charging at her, Nosbusch scored the game-winner on a header in the 15th minute off an assist from sophomore Taryn Francel.“I was very excited for her to get her first goal as a Badger,” head coach Paula Wilkins said. “[But] most importantly, she showed some sacrifice. She put her body in harm’s way to get that goal, and I think that bodes well for the future here.”Jacobsen recorded her goal in the second half on a penalty kick and credited her teammate and fellow freshman for drawing the penalty.“It felt great, and it was great by Leigh Williams to get that PK,” Jacobsen said. “It was all her there.”In its first three games, Wisconsin has gotten a significant boost from the strong play of its freshmen. Along with Nosbusch, Jacobsen and Williams, Wilkins has commended the play of freshman Rita Keimakh.Also contributing for UW was senior Taylor Walsh, putting the game away with a goal in the final five minutes of play.Defensively, the Badgers played aggressively and prevented the Broncos from getting many good looks at the goal. Senior goalkeeper Jamie Klages made four saves on only four shots-on-goal, recording her second save of the season.Even with a strong 3-0 victory, Wilkins believes there is still a lot the team can do to improve, especially heading into conference play.“The Big Ten is going to be a lot faster,” Wilkins said. “[We need] good touches on the ball, our positioning needs to still be a little bit better and our anticipation and traveling defensively [needs to improve].”Wisconsin opened its home slate Aug. 26, with a 1-0 victory over in-state rival UW-Green Bay. Both teams played well defensively in the game, with the only goal coming early in the second off the foot of Walsh.“I was really happy to get that goal in,” Walsh said. “It felt really good. It was my first game of the season, so that felt really good.”Following a disappointing start in Milwaukee, the Badgers made defense a priority in their return home. The result was a game much more one-sided than the final score. Despite netting only one goal, Wisconsin recorded 22 shots to just one for UW-Green Bay.“My defense has been playing really well, so I haven’t had to do a lot,” Klages said. “I’m glad that when I get maybe one shot and I have to make one save, I’m glad I can handle that.”Defense was a weakness for Wisconsin in the season’s first game, with a 3-0 loss at UW-Milwaukee on Aug. 22. After a hard-fought scoreless first half, the Panthers wore down the Badger defense in the second en route to three goals, two coming on corner kicks.“As the game wore on, fitness was a problem for us,” Wilkins said. “On the corners, they were hitting to the back post area, and we didn’t have somebody in the back post area. I didn’t recognize it fast enough to let the team know to sort that out.”Adding to the team’s defensive woes was the absence of Walsh, its offensive leader, who sat out the season opener at UW-Milwaukee with a leg injury.Despite the lopsided result, Wilkins once again was impressed by the play of her freshman midfielders in their first collegiate action.“I thought there were great spots with the youngsters,” Wilkins said. “I think that’s part of our growth as a program, and I think that’s a good sign for us moving forward.”Men’s soccer opens season on the roadAs the women’s soccer team enjoyed the friendly confines of the McClimon Soccer Complex in Madison this weekend, the men’s team hit the road, opening its season at the Dayton Flyer Classic.Wisconsin squared off Friday with Wright State and Sunday with Denver in Dayton, Ohio.In Friday’s matchup with Wright State, UW secured a 2-1 victory on a Scott Lorenz header to the far post in the second extra period.Heading into the regular season, Wisconsin played exhibition games versus UW-Parkside and Edgewood College, resulting in a 0-0 draw and a 6-0 victory, respectively.Leading the way against Edgewood for the Badgers was junior Scott Lorenz, who notched a pair of goals.Wisconsin opens its home slate Friday against Santa Clara as part of the Middleton Sports & Fitness Invitational.