“A lot of things are different, but the goal is the same — trying to compete in the Big Ten, get to the [NCAA] tournament and make some noise” said Lindsey Whalen.As one of her first decisions as a coach, Whalen plans to move the team away from the use of a zone defense in favor of playing a man-to-man scheme. Redshirt senior Kenisha Bell had high praise for the decision.“I think this is the best thing to do,” Bell said. “Last year, we struggled with 2-3 zone, and I think we could have beat more teams if we weren’t playing a 2-3 zone defense. In [high school], all we played was full court man-to-man or half court man-to-man. Being able to get back to that, I think it will be more fun.”Conversely, coach Whalen has already come to appreciate Bell’s feel for the game, and her potential to have a professional career in the WNBA or overseas.“Every practice, she’s trying to bring something different. She’s trying to reach a goal,” Whalen said. “When I started taking practicing at that level — where I almost treated it game-like — was when my game … went to another level.”This year’s team has lost an important player to graduation in Carlie Wagner, the third all-time leading scorer in team history. It will be tough for the team to fill the void left behind by Carlie Wagner’s departure. Wagner was drafted by the Minnesota Lynx with the final pick in the 2018 WNBA Draft, and is now playing professionally overseas. However, the Gophers remain optimistic they will be able to grow from their successes last season.Practices will continue for the team ahead of their Maroon and Gold Showcase on Oct. 20, where the team will take on a male scout team coached by some of Lindsay Whalen’s former WNBA teammates. Whalen brings familiar face, memories back to the BarnThe Gophers are excited to prove themselves this year under a Hall of Famer’s watch.Tony SaundersCoach Lindsay Whalen watches a play intently at the Gopher women’s basketball practice on Monday, Oct. 9, 2018 in the Cunningham Basketball Performance Center. Babatunde JinaduOctober 18, 2018Jump to CommentsShare on FacebookShare on TwitterShare via EmailPrintThe Minnesota women’s basketball team began their first official practices of the season earlier this month. A familiar face is back on the sideline for the first time since 2004.There has been a rise in season ticket sales this offseason — a jump of 1,100, to be specific. The cause for excitement is the hiring of Minnesota hoops legend Lindsay Whalen as the team’s head coach, following the departure of Marlene Stollings in April.For several months following her hire, Whalen managed to balance duties between playing for the WNBA’s Minnesota Lynx and coaching the Gophers at the same time. After retiring as a player in August, Whalen is now ready to turn her whole attention to coaching.As a player for the University of Minnesota from 2000-2004, Whalen became Minnesota’s all-time leading scorer until Rachel Banham unseated her in 2016. The average attendance at women’s basketball games rose to nearly 10,000 spectators by the end of Whalen’s collegiate career.Whalen averaged about 20 points per game during her collegiate career. Minnesota missed the NCAA tournament her freshman year, but the team made it to the NCAA Second Round her sophomore year, the Sweet Sixteen in her junior year and the Final Four in her last season.Whalen reflected on what has changed and what has stayed the same in the 14 years since she played for the Gophers.“I didn’t have a car when I was here, I had a bike. So I’m driving … every day through the traffic. That’s one difference — I don’t have to bike and walk through the rain and cold.”While some things have changed for Whalen in the years since she led the Gophers, one thing has not.
Able UK, a specialist for decommissioning and disposal of offshore oil and gas structures, has said that the receipt of the Shell Brent Delta topside at Able Seaton Port is imminent. The company said on Monday that it anticipates the arrival will take place in early May but this is subject to a number of variables, including tide and weather.To recall, Able was awarded a contract for the disposal of four offshore structures from the Shell operated Brent field in the North Sea back in February 2014. The field comprises four large platforms: Alpha (a steel jacket), Bravo, Charlie and Delta (concrete gravity-based structures).According to the contract, three platform topsides, as well as a 138 meters high steel platform jacket, will be transported from the Brent field 100 miles north east of Scotland to Able Seaton Port on Teesside.Meanwhile, to accommodate the arrival of the single piece large-scale elements of the contract, Able has designed and constructed a new quay, investing £28 million in the new Quay 6 and associated developments. This process involved 193,000 man hours.According to the company, the decommissioning contract features new techniques, specifically the deployment of the Pioneering Spirit, a dynamically positioned vessel for single lift removal of large offshore facilities.The Allseas-owned Pioneering Spirit vessel was chosen for the removal of the Brent platforms in 2013 while it was still under construction.Able’s work for Shell will achieve a recycling rate of 97% and create/safeguard around 50 jobs with associated apprenticeships. The re-cycling of the Brent Delta topside is expected to be completed within 12 months.Shell submitted its decommissioning program for the Brent oil and gas field to the authorities this February kicking off an extended 60-day public consultation period. The decommissioning program proposed the removal of the the upper steel jacket on the Brent Alpha platform, along with the topsides of the four Brent platforms, debris lying on the seabed, and the attic oil contained within the concrete storage cells of the gravity base structures.The proposed program sparked outrage from the environmentalist groups that rejected the plan citing “insufficient information” as the reason.Offshore Energy Today Staff
“Thomas is an exceptional talent and an outstanding teammate, who is impactful both on and off the ice. He is the type of player that can develop into a core member of a championship-level team in the National Hockey League,” general manager Pierre Dorion said in a press release. “He is an NHL All-Star, an elite skater and puck-mover who plays with pace and determination.”We are convinced Thomas will have a significant impact on the Ottawa Senators as we develop and grow into a highly competitive team in the coming seasons and we are extremely proud that Thomas will continue to be a key part of our team’s future success moving forward. Today is a great day of the Ottawa Senators franchise.”w8 for it… pic.twitter.com/PQbT9F0gzB— Ottawa Senators (@Senators) September 19, 2019The 22-year-old blueliner made major strides last season; after putting up nine goals and 25 points in his rookie campaign with the Senators back in 2017-18, he avoided the dreaded “sophomore slump” and thrived in his second year, posting 14 goals and 55 points in 2018-19. He was the highest-scoring defenseman on the team and third in scoring among all Ottawa skaters.His play earned him a trip to the 2019 NHL All-Star Game, and he finished 18th in Norris Trophy voting.SENATORS OFFSEASON GRADE: Ottawa ready to turn a new leaf after productive summerChabot is a proven offensive defenseman who has a knack for the net and can start the breakout. Last year, he grew more confident in his game and added more of an emphasis on scoring and getting pucks on net, putting up 185 shots. He’s also a great passer and can log a lot of minutes while playing versatile roles at even strength and on special teams. Thomas Chabot quickly became the Senators’ top defenseman, and now he’ll be staying in Ottawa for a long time.The Sens inked Chabot to an eight-year, $64 million deal, the team announced on Thursday. The deal buys out four years of unrestricted free agency and carries an AAV of $8 million. There are no bonuses on the deal and a modified NTC (10 team no-trade clause) in the final four years of his deal. The 6-2, 196-pounder is strong at both ends of the ice, able to block a lot of shots, hustle on the backcheck and force turnovers.Thomas Chabot pick pockets Ryan Johansen, snipes it and celly with thr crowd 🔥🔥 pic.twitter.com/cqbGiFKTzj— Bar South N Celly™ (@BarSouthNCelly) December 18, 2018Still, he has room for improvement. Chabot must use his size to his advantage and become more physical, and he needs to take better care of the puck.Considering the Senators are pushing toward redemption and in the hunt for a playoff spot — while also changing the culture and rebuilding the roster completely — keeping a player like Chabot gives them security on defense, as well as a rising star who has a lot of upside and is just entering the prime of his career.