Skjei Leaves Gophers for Pros

first_imgSkjei was known for his speed on the ice and defensive ability on the blue line while with the Gophers, earning All-Big Ten honorable mention honors after his sophomore and junior seasons. In 109 career games at Minnesota, the Lakeville native recorded 27 points (eight goals, 19 assists) and helped the Gophers win three straight regular season conference titles and three trips to the NCAA tournament.””Brady had a terrific career here at the University of Minnesota, helping us earn three regular-season titles, a playoff title and three NCAA tournament berths,” head coach Don Lucia said in a statement. “He has beena great program guy – a guy who always put the team first – and we look forward to seeing him continue to develp as a professional player.”Skjei had the option of turning pro last year, but opted to stay at Minnesota along with teammates Hudson Fasching, Kyle Rau, Mike Reilly, and Adam Wilcox for a shot at a national title. The Gophers were not able to live up to lofty expectations this year, and several of Skjei’s former teammates may now join him in the professional ranks. Skjei is the fourth Minnesota player to sign a professional contract after the 2014-15 season after seniors Seth Ambroz, Travis Boyd and Rau. Skjei Leaves Gophers for Pros Ben GotzApril 1, 2015Jump to CommentsShare on FacebookShare on TwitterShare via EmailPrintUpdated at 3:20 p.m. with statement from Skjei.The Gophers have their first early departure of the last two years.Junior defenseman Brady Skjei will forego his senior season after agreeing to an entry-level contract with the New York Rangers on Wednesday. The news was first reported by Let’s Play Hockey.Skjei was the lone first round draft pick on the Gophers roster last season, after being selected 28th overall by the Rangers in the 2012 National Hockey League draft. Skjei will report to the Rangers’ AHL affiliate, the Harford Wolf Pack, on an amateur tryout.”I have had the best three years of my life at the University of Minnesota, and I will always be proud to be a part of the Gopher hockey program. I couldn’t have asked for better teammates, coaches and fans,” Skjei said in a statement.last_img read more

OliCargo in reactor run

first_imgThe company’s project cargo manager, João Ribeiro, explained that the unit, which measured 31.5 m long with a diameter of 4.8 m and weighed 194 tonnes, was loaded at the port of Leixões and shipped to the Argentinian port of Bahia Blanca onboard a heavy lift vessel.OliCargo is a member of the Project Cargo Network (PCN) in Portugal.  www.olicargo.ptwww.projectcargonetwork.comlast_img

Tigers still can’t quite believe that they will be dancing

first_imgBATON ROUGE – As far as an NCAA Tournament at-large berth, first, one must be asked to dance. And until that happens, the heart tends to go pitter patter.LSU’s basketball players on Monday were still all aquiver nearly 24 hours after receiving their invitation to the NCAA Tournament, where they will play North Carolina State at about 8:15 p.m. Thursday at the Consol Energy Center in Pittsburgh on TBS.“I, uh, yeah, I was still as thrilled as anybody when we got selected,” said LSU junior guard Keith Hornsby, who had trouble talking about it. “I wasn’t definite about it. I still had the butterflies when I was sitting there watching the brackets get unveiled.”Freshman guard Jalyn Patterson had trouble putting the feeling into words as well.“I really didn’t know what to expect, but when our name popped up, it was just kind of crazy, uh, it was kind of crazy,” he said. “This is what we’ve been waiting for, for really the whole season.”Actually, longer than that.LSU (22-10) received the No. 9 seed in the East Region after not making the field from 2010 through 2014. North Carolina State (20-13) is the No. 8 seed and in its fourth straight NCAA Tournament. The winner advances to a Saturday game against the winner of No. 1 seed Villanova (32-2) and No. 16 seed Lafayette (20-12), which play at 5:50 p.m. Thursday on TBS.“It’s something I looked at as a kid,” LSU sophomore guard Tim Quarterman said. “I never thought I’d be in the tournament as far as playing in it. But I just think everything happens for a reason, and it’s a blessing to have this opportunity. We have to take advantage of it.”Sophomore forward Jarell Martin grew up in Baton Rouge. The Tigers reached the NCAA Tournament and advanced to the Sweet 16 when he was 5 in 2000 and were eliminated in the first round when he was 8 in 2003 and 10 in 2005. When he was 11, LSU advanced to the Final Four in 2006 and reached the second round when he was 14 in 2009.“Growing up, this was one of my dreams coming to college and wanting to play in the Big Dance,” he said. “Finally accomplished that goal. I’m real excited and can’t wait to get it started.”LSU is in the NCAA Tournament for the 21st time in the history of the program, beginning in 1953. From 1979 through 1993 under former coach Dale Brown, the Tigers went 13 times. LSU present head coach Johnny Jones went once as a LSU player in 1981 and a then Southeastern Conference record 10 times as an assistant to Brown from 1984-93. As North Texas’ head coach, he went twice with automatic bids after winning the Sun Belt Conference tournament.“In terms of anxiousness, I’ve always tried to remain positive,” Jones said. “I was hopeful that something good would happen, and we would hear our name called.”LSU’s players were not so sure, particularly considering that on Friday they lost, 73-70, to Auburn, the 13th seed in the SEC Tournament which entered that tournament with a 12-19 overall record — 4-14 in the SEC.“I was a little nervous coming in Sunday at five o’clock. I was pretty confident we were going to make it, but you never know,” LSU sophomore forward Jordan Mickey said.“A lot of people were counting us out, but that’s good,” Quarterman said. “Because when that happens, that’s when you have a chance to prove them wrong. We’re playing for us as a team now and want to go out there and accomplish something.” NCAA TOURNAMENT NOTES: The Tigers are 24-23 all-time in the NCAA Tournament with its first win in its first tournament game on March 13, 1953, over Lebanon Valley, 89-76, in Raleigh, North Carolina, under Coach Harry Rabenhorst. … Coach Johnny Jones is the fifth LSU coach to take the Tigers to an NCAA Tournament after Rabenhorst, Dale Brown, John Brady and Trent Johnson. … Jones is the first LSU coach to take the Tigers to two tournaments in his first three years as coach as LSU reached the NIT last year. … LSU is 11-9 in NCAA Tournament openers.last_img read more

Cavin: What’s ahead for IndyCar offseason?

first_imgQuestion: So here we are again already entering the long seven-month span of time with no IndyCar racing. Last year the topic that kept the blogs alive was the topic of aero kits. What topic will we hear about over and over for the next seven months? I hope it is not canopies. (Robert, Los Angeles)How Mark Miles, IndyCar's CEO, organizes the staff will be the most interesting part of the long offseason.How Mark Miles, IndyCar’s CEO, organizes the staff will be the most interesting part of the long offseason.Answer: There certainly is about to be another round of aero kit talk once IndyCar determines what it will do with its wind tunnel results. As I noted in Pit Pass, IndyCar took the cars of Scott Dixon (Chevrolet) and Graham Rahal (Honda) to the wind tunnel in North Carolina, tested them and now have the results. The next step is to determine if the discrepancy is significant enough to allow for additional modifications. If that answer is yes, IndyCar will listen to Honda’s proposal and a determination will be made from there. Of course, Chevrolet will be watching this process extremely close, so that’s what will be going on behind the scenes for the next couple of weeks. After that outcome is set, the process of preparing the kits for 2016 will begin, and there will be some testing here and there. I know there’s a session at Sebring coming up (I believe that’s Oct. 16).One thing we won’t have a lot of is driver movement. Team Penske is set with its four entries, Ganassi is good with its three primaries, Josef Newgarden is now set with CFH, James Hinchcliffe is set with Schmidt Peterson, Graham Rahal is set with RLLR, Gabby Chaves is expected back with Herta, Sebastien Bourdais is nearly set to return to KVSH, and the Andretti lineup is mostly set.As for schedule talk, that should be settled in a week or two. It seems a formality that Phoenix will be added and that will be something to look forward to along with Road America. Still no word about Pocono, but how IndyCar fills August will be interesting to watch. Maybe a return Gateway (on the east side of St. Louis)?IndyCar’s biggest item on the to-do list is to set the organization chart, including how race control is managed on race weekends. Mark Miles has taken on a larger role as CEO, so I don’t expect we see someone else with as much stature as Derrick Walker had. But how Miles organizes the staff will be interesting to watch. Does that fill seven months? No, but I’m sure we’ll find something else for that gap.Follow Curt Cavin on Facebook and Twitter: @curtcavinlast_img read more

QPR pick up teenage forward on six-month deal

first_imgSee also:Oteh keen to make his mark at QPRChelsea youngster could face QPR after loan move QPR have signed teenage forward Deshane Dalling on a six-month contract.The 19-year-old was a free agent after being released by Huddersfield Town.West London Sport revealed in October that he was training with the R’s ahead of a possible move.AdChoices广告Prior to joining Huddersfield, Dalling played for non-League Staines Town. He has been signed to play for Rangers’ development side. Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more