Nasa SpaceX mission: Dragon capsule docks with space station

first_img– Advertisement – “Low-Earth orbit for over 50 years was the domain of governments. Now, we’ve seen commercial companies, SpaceX being the first, take astronauts to the space station, with Boeing set to follow, hopefully sometime next year,” commented former Nasa astronaut Leroy Chiao. last_img

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Tournament or bust for UW softball

first_imgWisconsin head coach Yvette Healy (center) will have every starter from her 2012 team for the 2013 campaign. Among those returnees are pitchers Meghan McIntosh (left) and Cassandra Darrah (right). Darrah, just a junior, earned Second Team All-Big Ten honors as a sophomore after posting a 2.27 ERA. The fireball-throwing McIntosh, UW’s No. 2 on the mound, threw a no-hitter this fall.[/media-credit]The time is now for Wisconsin softball.With the weather Tuesday afternoon feeling more like spring than the middle of January, it seems fitting the beginning of the season for the Badgers is just around the corner.Already practicing in preparation for their opening tournament, the University of North Carolina Tournament, Feb. 8 in Charlotte, N.C., expectations surrounding the program have never been higher.“We expect ourselves to do even better than last year,” senior captain and third baseman Shannel Blackshear said. “Every year we’ve raised the bar a little bit.”And there’s no reason Blackshear should believe anything different. The Badgers are returning every starter from last year’s record-setting team in 2012, giving the group high hopes this is the year they reach the NCAA tournament for the first time since 2005.Building on a strong frameWhen Wisconsin head coach Yvette Healy took over the program in 2011, she inherited one of the youngest teams in all of college softball.But Healy and her staff mentored the team to success, as UW won 30 games for the first time since 2005 in her inaugural season at the helm.Yet there were brighter days down the road for Wisconsin just a year later, as the team posted the best record (34-19) in program history in 2012 while also shattering program records for team batting average, runs and RBIs.But the wins were all for naught, as Wisconsin lost their last two games of the conference schedule, sliding them from a potential second place finish to a tie for sixth in the conference, as the NCAA tournament selection committee chose just two teams from the Big Ten for postseason play.Highlighting the returning players, UW brings back two 2012 first team All-Big Ten performers in senior utility player Whitney Massey and senior outfielder Kendall Grimm. Massey shattered the Wisconsin single-season doubles record last year with 22 and Grimm clobbered the Big Ten with a .407 batting average in league play, good for fourth best in the conference.Rounding out the returning award winners for Wisconsin is junior pitcher Cassandra Darrah. Named second team All-Big Ten in 2012, Darrah posted a 22-13 record and 2.27 ERA (the fifth best in the Big Ten) as just a sophomore. Healy will hope Darrah and No. 2 pitcher senior Meghan McIntosh will not only show the dominance they showcased in the fall – Darrah threw a perfect game and McIntosh threw a no-hitter – but that they take on a new leadership role.“The team did voting for captains and they wanted to see the pitchers in that role,” Healy said. “They’re just two of the nicest kids. We’re getting on them to be a little meaner.”Healthy Spence ready for 2013Wisconsin will add another lethal bat to its lineup in 2013, as senior Molly Spence is once again set to return from injury.Spence, who missed all of the 2011 season and was limited to just 28 games last year due to injury, still provided a bang with 23 RBIs and a Wisconsin single season high of seven home runs.Spence, who was the Offensive MVP for the Badgers in 2010 as a freshman, could be the catalyst that sends an already deep offensive Wisconsin team to postseason play.“I’m very excited to finally be back and practicing and playing with the team to my full ability,” Spence said. “It’s a breath of fresh air.”Spence, who said her biggest individual goal remains to just stay healthy for an entire season, should take solace in knowing that her teammates are more than capable of picking up the slack if she does miss any games this season.“She’ll give us a burst of power, which is exciting,” Healy said. “It’s a bonus when [the injury] gets better. That’s the way we’re looking at it, we’re hoping to get her in the lineup but we have a solid core around her. We’re a balanced team.”New depth initiates competitionWith just her second recruiting class ever as the head coach, Healy has sprinkled seven freshmen among the ranks of the Badgers’ roster.And with at least one of those new faces poised to contribute in a big way for Wisconsin, Healy’s team has depth throughout the roster that was severely lacking in her previous two years.In Healy’s mind, the added competition breeds excellence.“I don’t think we’ve had this kind of depth before where truly you have people at multiple positions that could vie for the starting spot,” Healy said. “And that’s a whole different feel for the program. This group has never felt what it was like to say ‘get it done or someone’s behind you and they’re right on your heels.’”Healy will get plenty of chances to see what she has for talent in her new players and to find her starting lineup before the beginning of conference play, thanks to the team’s toughest nonconference slate in recent memory.The Badgers’ schedule includes No. 26 Notre Dame, No. 21 Stanford, No. 3 California, No. 22 North Carolina and No. 18 Louisville before finally starting Big Ten play at Illinois Mar. 23.With such a tough road in front of them, Healy and her players know it’s a matter of taking it one game at a time. But, for a program that has never finished higher than fourth in the conference standings, there are a few players who are looking at the big picture.“I think we have a great shot to win the Big Ten,” Blackshear said. “We have a great schedule and lineup, it’s being put in our hands and it’s up to us to finish it.”last_img read more

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LeoVegas gets ready for Spanish market launch

first_img Björn Nilsson: How Triggy is delivering digestible data through pre-set triggers August 28, 2020 StumbleUpon Related Articles Kambi takes full control of LeoVegas sportsbook portfolio August 26, 2020 Gustaf Hagman – LeoVegas ABStockholm-listed LeoVegas AB has confirmed that it will launch its services for the regulated Spanish online gambling market, as the European operator prepares to enter its ‘7th locally regulated market’.Issuing an update, LeoVegas governance confirms that it has secured DGOJ approved licenses for both Spanish casino and sportsbook provisions, with the company moving to launch its initial Spanish domain shortly.Closing 2018 accounts, LeoVegas governance disclosed that it would enter the Spanish online gambling market, targeting a product launch by Q1 2019.Gustaf Hagman, Group CEO of LeoVegas AB, commented: “With LeoVegas’ position as ‘King of Casino’, we are now entering Spain with the ambition to take the mobile position and offer the ultimate gaming experience.“The Spanish online gambling market have strong underlying growth with over 20% per year. The Spanish license is an important step in our continued expansion, in other Spanish-speaking countries, where we have already conducted test launches in Peru and Chile.”As a key corporate directive, Hagman underlined that the Stockholm enterprise will generate +50% of revenues from its regulated market profile in 2019.Supporting its regulated market growth, Leo Vegas’ licensing make-up sees the European operator hold gaming licences in Malta (EU), the UK, Denmark, Italy, Sweden, Ireland, the German state of Schleswig-Holstein, and now Spain. Share Share Winamax maintains Granada CF sponsorship despite bleak Spanish outlook August 19, 2020 Submitlast_img read more

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Whicker: Dodgers lose to Mets — the morning after

first_imgmark.whicker@langnews.com @MWhicker03LANG on TwitterMets 3, Dodgers 2, Game 5 of the Division Series, the morning after:• If you care, the sight of the Chicago Cubs trying to deal with the New York Mets’ natural gas is going to be fascinating. Noah Syndergaard threw seven 4-seam fastballs that averaged 99.4 mph Thursday night. He threw six 2-seam fastballs that averaged 99.9.• Jacob deGrom’s 48 four-seam fastballs averaged 96.4, and his 16 two-seamers averaged 95.6. • “It’s the wave of the future,” said Terry Collins, the Mets’ manager who, at 66, won the first playoff series he ever managed in the big leagues. “These kids now, they’re getting tremendous coaching. There are strength and conditioning guys doing a great job, because these guys (pitchers) are so big, they’re getting taught how to control themselves. They can repeat their deliveries now. I’m amazed by it A guy like Noah is 6-foot-7 and yet he never seems to let his body get out of control. It’s definitely the future.”• The Dodgers’ future? It probably wasn’t the right time to ask Thursday night, after an enervating, self-inflicted 3-2 loss that knocked them out of the playoffs once again. Zack Greinke begged off questions about his decision to opt out of his deal, although he praised the Dodgers organization. Neither Don Mattingly nor the players were in the mood to talk about Mattingly’s fate.• The Dodgers will look very different next season, just like they looked very different this season, and last season, and on and on. We do know that, as the front office team of Andrew Friedman and Farhan Zaidi continues its makeover, but the biggest question will be putting together a consistent rotation with or without Greinke.• The Dodgers were 2 for 13 with men in scoring position Thursday. For the season, they had the 10th-best batting average in those situations in the National League. Granted, that’s ahead of the Cardinals and Cubs. As Mattingly said, the important number is how many at-bats they actually had with men in scoring position. The answer is 1,236, fewest in the league.• Kiké Hernandez had only 13 chances in left field this season, until Game 5 of the Division Series. He fumbled Daniel Murphy’s double in the first inning, althought the run that it produced was earned. It emphasized just how unsettled the Dodgers were all season. A.J. Ellis had been a hot postseason hitter, yet the Dodgers went with Yasmani Grandal, and his shoulder problems, in Game 5. Is that the manager, or is that a front office that keeps an endless queue of players lining up at the clubhouse door? Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorcenter_img • It was the first time Greinke had allowed three runs in a Dodger Stadium start since April 29, against San Francisco.• Justin Turner was the first Dodger to get 10 hits in a postseason series since Steve Garvey, in the 1981 World Series. That was a 6-gamer, this a 5-gamer.• If this is 2014 or earlier, we’re still playing. Curtis Granderson was called out on his first-inning ground ball, but the play was reversed by replay and Granderson was free to score on Murphy’s double.• Murphy had 62 homers in 3,619 regular season plate appearances before this, his first playoff series. Then he hit three home runs in five games.• Chase Utley did make an appearance Thursday. He led off the ninth against Jeurys Familia and hit a hard liner that Granderson caught in right field. His appeal hearing on Monday has lost a bit of its charisma now.• The Mets won this series with a .208 batting average, primarily because they kept the Dodgers in the ballpark (two home runs) and hit seven home runs of their own.• The Dodgers have hit five homers in their past nine Division Series games.last_img read more

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