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PATRICK STATZ-BOYER/Herald photoThe University of Wisconsin’s women’s basketball team was 0-4 in games decided by three points or less last season. Tuesday’s 80-77 victory over Western Michigan puts the Badgers 1-0 (2-0 overall) in that same category for this young season.”To endure a late rush by a good team, with a tremendous player in Carrie Moore (29 points), is something that we take as a lesson learned,” Badgers head coach Lisa Stone said. “I think our team in the past couple years would be unable to close the door on a team like Western Michigan. This year, we did.”Stone’s crew finished last year’s campaign at 11-18. But veterans returning from last year would agree that there’s a different feeling in the Kohl Center this season.”[This team is] unique,” Stone said. “They’re unique in their energy. They’re unique in their unity off the court. They really got to get to know each other in the offseason.”The phrase “Team Unity” is spelled out across the back of their practice T-shirts, a motto that really seems to be paying off. In their first two games, the Badgers are averaging more than 20 assists per game.”The team as a whole is a lot closer,” sophomore forward Caitlin Gibson said. “We spend a lot more time together off the court.”A team without any seniors on its roster would generally lack leadership. This is certainly not the case with this group.”We have some great leaders in Janese (Banks) and Jolene (Anderson),” Stone said. “We’re just not going to use age as an excuse this year. We refuse to do that. Good teams continue to get better and rise to the occasion. We just want to keep trying to improve.””[The veterans have helped me out] tremendously,” freshman point guard Rae Lin D’Alie said. “I couldn’t ask for anything more. If it wasn’t for [Janese’s mentoring], I don’t know where I’d be right now.”D’Alie has been a main reason this team is playing as well as they are right now.”I try to be a distributor, try and run the offense at [my] pace,” noted the 5-foot-3 guard from Waterford. “[I feel] very comfortable [already].”She did point out that the biggest difference between high school and college ball is the tempo of the game.”Even when you’re slowing [the game] down, it’s still fast-paced,” D’Alie said.But it hasn’t seemed to affect her game in the least, according to Stone.”[Rae Lin] has certainly been a big surprise for us,” Stone said. “She’s a small person with big surprises.”But with their schedule as demanding as it is, the Badgers have no time to bask in the glory of Tuesday night’s win. Central Connecticut State will challenge Stone’s squad tonight at the Kohl Center. The Blue Devils finished 9-20 last season and lost this season’s opener to Virginia Commonwealth 68-47 last Friday at home.CCSU does have a star forward in senior Gabriella Guegbelet. The 6-footer from the Central African Republic ranked 15th in the nation in rebounding last season, averaging 10.9 boards per game and an impressive 17.8 points per game.”[Guegbelet] is a tremendous athlete and a great player,” Stone noted. “We need to know where she is at all times and particularly we need to keep her off the glass.”She will likely be paired against Gibson underneath, a matchup Gibson is looking forward to.”I just need to box out,” said Gibson, who is coming off a career-high 15-point performance against Western Michigan.Gibson is aware of her responsibilities on the defensive end of the court, but she also looks for the ball in the offensive post.”I look to score because that’s what my coaches want me to do,” Gibson added. [We] want to [establish] an inside threat.”If she can repeat her performance from Tuesday, the Badgers should be all set down low.The schedule gets no easier after tonight, as UW-Milwaukee comes to town Monday. Then the Badgers will fly to Las Vegas for a Thanksgiving tournament.Even with so much on their plate, Stone and her Badgers seem focused on the task at hand, making reference to the famed UW football mentality this year.”We’re taking the Bret Bielema ‘1-0’ philosophy,” Stone claimed.
The top of the ladder clash is expected to attract a huge crowd as Hunters host their second home game.As usual, the home team had a morning walk and is based in camp at the PNG Institute of Public Administration while the Panthers are based at the Holiday Inn Hotel.PNG Rugby Football League chief executive officer Bob Cutmore said previously that it is tradition that teams take time off from training to prepare mentally and maintain team spirit before a game.Blackhawks arrived in Port Moresby yesterday (Saturday) and both teams had a successful captains’ run later that afternoon as they build up to today’s big clash.The match kicks off at 3pm and will be televised live on TVWAN Sports.PNG Hunters1. Stargroth Amean 2. Justin Olam 3. Noel Zeming (c) 4. Adex Wera 5. William Aquila 6. Watson Boas 7. Wartovo Puara Jnr 8. Henry Noki 9. Warren Glare 10. Esau Siune 11. Ishamel Baikawa 12. Tuvi Lepan 13. Brandy Peter 14. Adam Korave (c) 15. Enock Maki 16. Philimon Kimisive 17. Edward Goma 18. Timothy Lomai 19. Benjamin Hetra.Coach: Michael MarumTownsville Blackhawks1. Jahrome Hughes 2. Hezron Murgha 3. Moses Pangai 4. Delouise Hoeter 5. Samsen O’Neill 6. Kyle Laybutt 7. Michael Parker-Walshe 8. Glenn Hall (c) 9. Anthony Mitchell (c) 10. Corey Jensen 11. Lona Kaifoto 12. Rhyse Martin 13. Lorenzo Maafu 14. Nathan Norford 15. Kieran Quabba 16. Willie Minoga 17. David Munro.Coach: Kristian Woolf
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This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenFacebook’s ambitious plan to release its own cryptocurrency dubbed Libra has been met with an avalanche of concern from regulators worldwide.House Financial Services Chairwoman and U.S. Rep. Maxine Waters (D.-Calif.) called for Facebook (FB) to pause work on Project Libra, which is slated for release next year, for further regulatory scrutiny. Markus Ferber, a German member of the European Parliament warned the social media giant could turn into a shadow bank. Bank of England Governor Mark Carney noted that if it takes off, “it will have to be subject to the highest standard of regulation.”But the CEO of Tala, a mobile lending company that focuses on the under- and unbanked around the world, sees a more optimistic possibility.“The promise of it is exciting. What it could do for a company like ours is it could accelerate our ability to go horizontally very quickly,” Tala CEO Shivani Siroya said at the Fortune Brainstorm Finance conference in Montauk, N.Y. on Wednesday. “Right now when going into a new country, we are having to build all our own connections.”Tala offers loans as little as $10 to the unbanked and underbanked populations. Thus these lines of credit go to consumers in Kenya, Tanzania, Philippines, Mexico, and India. And each country has different regulatory requirements—making it harder for companies to port platforms internationally.Through Project Libra, Facebook plans to release the new cryptocurrency to its billions of users on platforms including Messenger and Instagram. This new borderless virtual currency could then be transacted not only within the app, but also with the partners on the project, such as Uber and Spotify.And similar to Siroya, Project Libra’s plan it to reach some 1.7 billion people worldwide who cannot access banks, and may also see an opportunity to cheapen cross-border money transfers.“What would be interesting for us is to see how they can execute on it, with managing regulators and intra-country regulation,” said Grab Financial Managing Director, Reuben Lai. “At Grab, that is the problem we are trying to solve. How can we move money across borders in the most seamlessly and the cheapest way possible. We could do that using crypto, or we could do that with our own closed system and integrating with multiple providers that offer the same functionality.”Already, Facebook-owned WhatsApp is already being used by many low-income users as part of the remittances process, Libra Association’s Head of Policy Dante Disparte told Fortune in a recent interview—which could make Libra a natural fit.“I never understood why they didn’t do it before,” says Softbank Partner Paulo Passoni of Libra, adding the caveat that he’s still getting his head around the project.”If you go to Latin America, every person there uses WhatsApp thirty times a day. Everything is on WhatsApp. I never understood why they didn’t monetize that.”More must-read stories from Fortune Brainstorm Finance:—Brainstorm Finance 2019: Watch the livestream of the inaugural conference—Bank of America CEO: “We want a cashless society”—Western Union and Zelle dish on the competition and talk mobile payments—Charles Schwab CEO: Actually, we’re killing it with millennials—Listen to our new audio briefing, Fortune 500 DailySign up for The Ledger, a weekly newsletter on the intersection of technology and finance.You May Like by Disney Institute HealthFormer GE CEO Jeff Immelt: To Combat Costs, CEOs Should Run Health Care Like a BusinessHealthFor Edie Falco, an ‘Attitude of Gratitude’ After Surviving Breast CancerLeadershipGhosn Back, Tesla Drop, Boeing Report: CEO Daily for April 4, 2019AutosElon Musk’s Plan to Boost Tesla Sales Is Dealt a SetbackMPWJoe Biden, Netflix Pregnancy Lawsuit, Lesley McSpadden: Broadsheet April 4