ALMS/GRAND-AM synergy will be seen at Le Mans

first_imgREAD: Full coverage from Charlotte “I believe that endurance sports car racing devotees the world over will take this historic occasion as another sign of the great momentum and true partnership the ALMS and GRAND-AM have achieved since the announcement of our merger.”—ALMS President and CEO Scott Atherton READ: Johnson wins Sprint All-Star Race READ: Faulty transmission KO’s Keselowski DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (May 24, 2013) — North American sports car racing resides on the cusp of change, with the opportunity for greatness beckoning. What better place to amplify that conversation than the most renowned sports car race in the world? This year’s 90th running of the 24 Hours of Le Mans on June 22-23 will serve as the facilitator, showcasing some of the best drivers from both the American Le Mans Series presented by Tequila Patrón (ALMS) and GRAND-AM Road Racing — 31 to be exact. Next year, ALMS and GRAND-AM will become one, known as United SportsCar Racing. The man heading the board of directors guiding USCR, GRAND-AM founder Jim France, will wave the French flag on the afternoon (9 p.m. ET) of June 22 to start the race. Let the talk begin. Storylines abound regarding America’s two, formerly competing sports car entities coming to the Circuit de la Sarthe this summer — starting with France, the son of Bill France Sr., the man who founded both NASCAR and the International Motor Sports Association (IMSA).  Bill France Sr. — known as “Big Bill” — may have loved stock car racing, but sports cars weren’t far behind. When he built a massive 2.5-mile track in 1959 in Daytona Beach, Fla., the facility’s name was no accident. Daytona International Speedway was intended to be just that: a track with worldwide cachet that attracted the world’s top sports car teams on certain weekends — mainly the running of the Rolex 24 At Daytona, which will be held for the 52nd time in January.From the time the first shovel of dirt was unearthed in the late 1950s, Big Bill envisioned hosting major international sports car races at Daytona, and was always enchanted by Le Mans’ twice-around-the-clock test.Enchantment led to enterprise.In 1976, Big Bill worked with the Automobile Club de I’Ouest (ACO) to bring a special stock car class into the 24 Hours of Le Mans. The one-time-only Grand International class had two cars — a Ford Torino driven by Richard Brooks, Dick Hutcherson and Frenchman Marcel Mignot; and a Dodge Charger driven by Hershel and Doug McGriff. Neither car finished — but who cared? There were stock cars on the course and in the flag stand at the start was another France waving the flag, Bill France Jr., Jim France’s older brother who at the time was NASCAR’s president.Bill Jr.’s wife Betty Jane France made the trip. Thirty-seven years later, the memories are vivid.“That was very special,” she recalled. “We brought the French flag back to America and then put it on display at Bill Sr.’s favorite restaurant in Daytona Beach, a French place called Chez Bruchez. They kept the flag up for as long as the restaurant was in business.”This June, history comes full circle as for the first time in the 90-year history of the 24 Hours of Le Mans, the start will have been given by two members of the same family.*           *           *          *           *           *Appropriately on June 20 at Le Mans the starting flag will be presented to Jim France by Dr. Don Panoz — founder of the ALMS — in the presence of ACO President Pierre Fillon. Synergy and symbolism: Panoz is the vice chairman of the new sports car board of directors. The ACO recently gave official endorsement of the new United SportsCar Racing platform.Linkage to the French event was what Panoz had in mind in 1999 when he created the ALMS, which provided competitors with direct access to competing at Le Mans. The ALMS schedule includes the Mobil 1 12 Hours of Sebring and the Petit Le Mans, a season-ending 10-hour race at Road Atlanta designed by Panoz in 1999 to capture the spirit of the European classic.With 24 Hours of Le Mans invitations annually given to its top competitors, the ALMS tradition at Le Mans continues next month, when seven cars representing five teams and a total of 23 full-time ALMS drivers are entered.“The significance of this honor bestowed by the ACO cannot be overstated,” said ALMS President and CEO Scott Atherton. “It’s a reflection of the great relationship that’s been forged with Le Mans over the last 15 years and that I’m sure will continue to grow in the years ahead.”This year, Corvette Racing will chase its eighth class victory since 2001. Antonio Garcia, Oliver Gavin, Jan Magnussen, Tommy Milner, Jordan Taylor and Richard Westbrook will drive for the two-car team competing in the GTE Pro class.  SRT Motorsports will also field two cars in GTE Pro, a pair of Viper GTS-Rs, while Level 5 Motorsports competes for the third consecutive year in LMP2. Other single-car entries are from Rebellion Racing in LMP1 and Dempsey Del Piero-Proton, with a lineup including racer/actor Patrick Dempsey, in the GTE Am class.The GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series will be represented by one team — 8Star Motorsports in GTE Am — and eight full-time drivers including Ryan Dalziel, Bill Auberlen and Taylor.Some final perspective from Atherton: “I believe that endurance sports car racing devotees the world over will take this historic occasion as another sign of the great momentum and true partnership the ALMS and GRAND-AM have achieved since the announcement of our merger.”READ MORE: Jim France will start race, like brother Bill Jr.; ALMS’ link to race has rich 15-year history WATCH: Danica Patrick Press Pass ___________________________________________________________________________________________Comments are currently unavailable. We’re working on the development of a NASCAR fan forum – please stay tuned.last_img read more

Frying Turkeys

first_imgFried turkeys continue to be a popular holiday option in the South, but if they’re cooked wrong, they can result in a burnt bird or an unexpected trip to the emergency room.Follow these guidelines from University of Georgia Cooperative Extension to successfully deep-fry a turkey for the holidays or any day.”People who fry turkeys say it produces a moister turkey, and it’s quicker,” said Elizabeth Andress, a UGA Extension food safety specialist. “But in the eyes of safety experts, the typical propane-fueled turkey fryer is a major accident waiting to happen. There are definitely safety issues to consider.”These concerns include the stability of the fryer, uninsulated pot handles and lids, and the potential for oil spillovers and overheating.A common cause of turkey fryer accidents is caused by filling the pot too full of oil. This causes the oil to spill over when the turkey is placed in the pot. Aside from creating a mess, oil spillovers at cooking temperatures can result in severe burns for the cook.To determine the right amount of oil, follow these steps from the National Turkey Federation:Put the turkey in the fryer basket and then place the basket in the pot. Add water until it reaches 1 to 2 inches above the turkey. Remove the turkey. Now mark the water level using a ruler to measure the distance from the top of the pot to the surface of the water. Pour out the water and dry the pot thoroughly. Now fill the pot with oil to your mark. Be sure to measure for oil before you marinate the turkey.Andress says there are also food safety issues connected with frying turkeys.”You have to be sure all the harmful bacteria have been killed,” she said. “The only way to do this is to measure the temperature of the cooked turkey with a food thermometer in several places.”First, heat the oil to 365 to 375 degrees Fahrenheit. Depending on the amount of oil, this usually takes 45 minutes to an hour.Next, add the turkey and allow the oil to return to 365 to 375 F. Whole turkeys require approximately 3 minutes per pound to cook thoroughly. To be sure that the bird is safely cooked, the temperature of the whole turkey must reach 180 F in the innermost part of the thigh, she said.No matter which type of fryer is used, Andress recommends following these safety steps:Use propane-fired turkey fryers outdoors at a safe distance from buildings and anything else that can burn.Never use turkey fryers on wooden decks or inside garages.Place the fryer on a flat surface to reduce accidental tipping.Never leave the fryer unattended. Most propane-fired units don’t have thermostat controls.Never allow children or pets near the fryer while it’s in use. Even after use, keep children and pets away from the turkey fryer. The oil inside the cooking pot can remain dangerously hot for hours.To avoid spillovers, don’t overfill the fryer.Use well-insulated potholders or oven mitts when touching the pot or lid handles. If possible, wear safety goggles to protect your eyes from oil splatter.Make sure the turkey is completely thawed before adding it to the oil, and be careful with marinades. Oil and water don’t mix, and water causes oil to spill over, which could cause a fire or explosion hazard.Keep an all-purpose fire extinguisher nearby. Never use water to extinguish a grease fire. If the fire can’t be managed with an all-purpose fire extinguisher, don’t hesitate to call 911 for help.For more information on cooking turkeys, visit spock.fcs.uga.edu/ext/pubs/fdns/FDNS-E-108.pdf.last_img read more

GAW High-Speed Internet acquires APC Services wireless network

first_imgOn March 17th, GAW High-Speed Internet (GAW) of Brattleboro acquired the fixed wireless network of APC Services (All Pro Communications, Inc) of Rutland, Vermont. With coverage over much of Rutland County, the acquisition compliments GAW’s existing network, and offers enhancements for APC Service’s existing customers.APC Services has been a trusted source for Rutland County companies for many years, specializing in a complete line of telecommunications products and services. Through their partnership with Go2Web Internet Services, APC Services became a local leader in complete advanced Internet solutions for home and business and implemented an extensive wireless network in Rutland County.As Vermont’s largest Wireless Internet Service Provider (WISP), GAW continually enhances its wireless network. Acquiring the APC network extends GAW’s wireless network into central Vermont. What is more, GAW will be increasing service offerings, including cost-effective high-speed data and voice combination plans for consumers and businesses. “Given the challenges our communities face in the current economic climate, GAW continually looks for ways to bring increased value to its customers by leveraging its innovative talent and infrastructure,” states Josh Garza, CEO of GAW.  Brian Ferguson, Manager of APC Services, also sees the move as a benefit for the Rutland area:  “GAW’s acquisition of our wireless infrastructure will bring additional products and services currently unavailable to Rutland County residents.  In addition we are convinced that GAW can deliver the high level of customer service that our customers depend on.”Area residents and businesses looking to stay competitive and technologically up-to-date will benefit from GAW’s services, which include:More cost-competitive service offerings for customersImproved broadband speedsVoice and Internet bundled services, offering better value alternatives to separate voice and Internet plansEnhancements to the back-haul infrastructure that feeds the wireless towersBetter support for customers through access to a state-of-the-art customer service centerLocal call center in Vermont–offering Vermonters the peace of mind that they are speaking with VermontersCurrent APC Services customers may go to www.GAW.com(link is external) for complete details of new and enhanced service offerings. For new customers seeking information or to sign-up for service, visit the site or call 877-220-2873 and speak with a GAW Customer Support Specialist. Anyone who is not able to receive service currently in their area may add themselves to the list of people who wish to receive service by submitting a request through the community application (http://GAW.com/community(link is external) ). This information will be used for evaluation of any future expanded coverage.About GAW High-Speed InternetGAW High-Speed Internet (GAW) was formed in 2005 by Josh Garza and partners. GAW (www.GAW.com(link is external) ) currently operates a successful wireless Internet service to subscribers in Vermont and New Hampshire. GAW offers subscribers broadband wireless Internet access on a network that defies rough terrain and topography in areas not currently served by standard cable or telephony-based broadband services. With more than $5 million committed in network infrastructure and deployment, GAW is committed to the future of rural High-Speed Internet access in areas under served or not served at all by traditional cable or DSL services. For more information about GAW or to find out how to get deployment of GAW service, visit www.GAW.com(link is external), call 1.877.220.2873 or email info@gaw.com(link sends e-mail).last_img read more

Construction starts at U.K.’s Dogger Bank, world’s largest offshore wind farm

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享CNBC:Construction work for a huge offshore wind farm in the North Sea is underway.In an announcement Friday, energy firm SSE said that onshore work for the 3.6 gigawatt (GW) Dogger Bank Wind Farms project had begun near Ulrome, a coastal village in the East Riding of Yorkshire, England. Dogger Bank Wind Farms – which SSE described as “the world’s largest offshore wind farm” – will be made up of three 1.2 GW offshore sites: Creyke Beck A, Creyke Beck B and Teesside A. The project is a joint venture between SSE Renewables and Norwegian energy major Equinor.The scheme is set to use GE’s Haliade-X wind turbine, which has a 12-megawatt generator and stands 260 meters tall. According to SSE, the project will have the capability to produce enough renewable energy for more than 4.5 million homes per year. “Getting the first spade in the ground is a significant milestone on any project, but for what will be the world’s largest offshore wind farm, this is a major moment for a project that has already been over a decade in the making,” Steve Wilson, who is managing director of Dogger Bank Wind Farms, said in a statement.The U.K. is a major player in the offshore wind sector. It is home to projects such as the 659-megawatt Walney Extension facility, in the Irish Sea, which was officially opened in 2018.Europe as a whole is home to a significant offshore wind sector. According to industry body WindEurope, 409 wind turbines were connected to the grid in 2018. The average size of offshore turbines in 2018 was 6.8 MW, which represents a 15% rise compared to 2017.[Anmar Frangoul]More: Work starts on world’s ‘largest offshore wind farm’ that could power 4.5 million homes Construction starts at U.K.’s Dogger Bank, world’s largest offshore wind farmlast_img read more

Coronavirus: cautious Brisbane developers forge ahead to meet demand from overseas buyers

first_imgBruce Goddard, the director of Place Projects, said that although developers remained reasonably positive there would no doubt be a drop in inquiries. However, those they did receive were solid leads.“Any inquiries we are getting in these conditions is a quality inquiry, there’s no flippant buyers,” Mr Goddard said.“It’s an opportune time to come in, with fewer buyers in the market, low interest rates and stock market issues,” Mr Goddard said.He said Australian property was appealing to the offshore market, especially among expatriates, who consider home soil as a good place to come back to. Developers will carry on with projects under construction such as Queens Wharf where a multimillion dollar penthouse sold this week. Photo: AAP/David Clark“We are affordable for the offshore market and developers are taking advantage of that,” Mr Goddard said.Peter Chittenden, managing director of residential at Colliers International, said that on a national level the company has had a sharp increase in online inquiries, but foot traffic had dropped.He said that the appetite for investment in residential apartments remained, and people were still selling, but the employment issue was a concern for many. “The reality is that anyone who bought during the GFC and 9/11 events saw that after three years the market lifted and they were rewarded. It didn’t happen immediately.”He agreed there was renewed interest from the offshore marrket, an increase of up to 15 per cent, from buyers wanting to take advantage of the exchange rate.NGU Corp property developer Emil Juresic said he still had properties under construction.His latest development, a five-bedroom, six-bathroom home in Ascot will be launched to the market in April, priced at more than $3.5 million.Mr Juresic said: “A lot of developers are full-steam ahead with projects, but they see a three to five-month hurdle in front of them. We hope by that time coronavirus will be gone.“You don’t build in one month, it takes time,” he said. “I don’t think (COVID-19) will have a massive impact on development at this stage. “But yes, developers will be more cautious because we don’t know how long these times of uncertainty will last. We don’t know what we are dealing with.”Despite this, Mr Juresic said he was about to kick off two new development schemes.More from newsCOVID-19 renovation boom: How much Aussies are spending to give their houses a facelift during the pandemic3 days agoWhizzkid buys almost one property a month during COVID-197 days ago“We will keep building and selling, but how much we expose ourselves in borrowing and the risks we take is still unfolding.”Tony Pennisi, the owner of Hub Projects Beenleigh, said he has received a growing number of inquiries for acreage blocks over the past couple of weeks. There has been a spike is in interest in acreages such as those at Evergreen Ridge in Jimboomba by the developer Terry McKinnon.Mr Pennisi, who is marketing lots at Evergreen Ridge in Jimboomba, attributed the spike of inquiries to COVID-19, saying people were keen to find either vacant land or a house on a large block of land. “People are definitely keen to put space between themselves and their neighbours. Self-isolation makes people think about the important things in life and being confined in suburbia is not their focus now,” Mr Pennisi said.“Acreage gives people more options for a self-sufficient lifestyle, where families can live in larger homes. They can grow food and have space to park their boat or caravans on the block or build a bigger shed.”He said a lot of the inquiries were from the greater Brisbane area and mostly via Facebook and their website. Destination Brisbane Consortium project director Simon Crooks said their contractors were onsite and working safely and tirelessly to progress the construction of Queen’s Wharf Brisbane. “Our workforce is strictly following government guidelines, but otherwise its business as usual as concrete continues to be poured onsite to build the basements of the integrated resort,” Mr Crooks said.“Interest in the residences remains strong and following government guidelines we have introduced additional measures such as adopting a one appointment only at a time at our display suite.” QLD property industry adapts to new ways of buying and selling amid COVID-19 crisis NGU Corp’s new-build project, a five-bedroom, six-bathroom home in Ascot, will launch to the market in April, priced at more than $3.5 million.Brisbane developers are lapping up opportunities to sell new homes and off-the-plan apartments, particularly to offshore buyers, before the COVID-19 crisis takes full effect.A multimillion-dollar penthouse was sold last week at Queens Wharf Residences and inquiries have been strong from multi-generational families looking to build a “family compound”. MORE CORONAVIRUS NEWS: Millions in home sales as virtual reality auctions kick offcenter_img What next for our housing market?last_img read more

Argonauts Prepare for Crucial Conference Action

first_img March 30, 2007PENSACOLA, Fla. – With 21 games remaining, West Florida will look to improve in the Gulf South Conference standings this weekend. West Florida will (22-17, 2-4) will host 13th ranked Alabama-Huntsville (30-9, 3-3 GSC) on Saturday and North Alabama (24-10, 5-1 GSC) on Sunday. Double header action on both days at the UWF Softball Complex will begin at 12:00 p.m. CST.West Florida is coming off a 2-2 road trip last weekend to West Alabama and West Georgia. The Argonauts are in search of consecutive wins over NCAA Division II opponents since sweeping a double header from Rollins on Feb. 11. West Florida is currently in fifth place in the GSC East Division.Ashlee Simpson (Decatur, Ala./Jefferson State CC) leads the Argonauts with a .339 batting average. She is on a season-high seven-game hitting streak and is batting .565 (13-23) during the streak. In the center circle, Emily Burge (Pace, Fla./Pace HS) and Taren Walton (Pensacola, Fla./Daytona Beach CC) have each compiled 10 wins. They have combined for a conference-high 330 strikeouts and a .202 opponents batting average.Alabama-Huntsville is coming off a double header split against North Alabama on Wednesday. Jenny Hess leads the Lady Chargers with a .358 batting average, six home runs and 22 RBI. Sage Woodham (14-3) has posted a conference-low 0.50 earned run average. North Alabama will play at fifth-ranked Valdosta State on Saturday before traveling to Pensacola.Saturday and Sunday’s games will be broadcast on Stretch Internet. To listen, click on the Stretch Internet icon on the front page of www.goargos.comPrint Friendly Version Share Argonauts Prepare for Crucial Conference Actionlast_img read more

Min-imal fuss for Supreme favourite at Punchestown

first_img Well backed for the Cheltenham Festival opener before he had even set foot on a racecourse for Mullins, he had impressed at this track last month. Stepped up in class to Grade Two company, he was following the successful footsteps of stablemates Vautour and Douvan, who also took this race before glory at the Festival in March. Willie Mullins’ hotpot Min strengthened his grip on the Supreme Novices’ Hurdle with an effortless win in the Sky Bet Moscow Flyer Novice Hurdle at Punchestown. For the first couple of furlongs, Ruby Walsh tracked Tongie but soon sent the 1-7 favourite into a lead which he was never to relinquish. Attribution tried to make a race of it turning into the straight, but Walsh pressed the button approaching the last and shot clear to win by nine and a half lengths. While the race lacked any strength in depth, it was hard not to be taken with his performance and not surprisingly the bookmakers took evasive action for Cheltenham, with Betfred going 7-4 for the Supreme. Walsh said: “I didn’t have much of a say in that, he took a fair grip and was pinging his hurdles so I couldn’t pull him back. “I slowed it up running to the second-last, hoping to get a breath into him but they were on my tail pretty quickly so I had to go again. But he quickened up really impressively and won comfortably. “He’s learning as he goes, but you never want to get left behind at Cheltenham anyway as you’ll never get back into the race. “I think he’s like Vautour and Douvan, raw and immature, but he’s doing his talking on the track.” Mullins said: “You could not ask for any more, and he’s living up to all the chat about him. He does his best work at home on better ground, so to do that on this ground is a big plus. “I don’t know if he will run again before Cheltenham, probably not. He’s a very easy ride at home, but he seems to grow horns or wings on the race track. He took a hard hold today. “I was very impressed that he could pull so hard early on, then Ruby gave him a breather and when the other two came to him I said ‘we’ll see what’s in the tank now’. But he just eased right away.” center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

FHP Increases Patrols Following “Doughnut” Stunt on I-95 in Boynton

first_imgParty on the highway? Sounds different and dangerous, and it happened on I-95 in Palm Beach County last weekend.Now, the FHP plans to step up its patrols.According to arrest reports, 26-year-old Alef Almeida and his passenger, 32-year-old Leonardo Lopes de Almeida, joined a large group of vehicles to do “doughnuts” early Saturday morning in the northbound lanes in Boynton Beach.Traffic was backed up for several miles, as the video obtained by The Palm Beach Post shows several vehicles spinning in circles and narrowly missing people standing feet away.The stunt led to Alef Almeida being charged with reckless driving, stopping traffic for a race competition and driving a motor vehicle while racing on a highway, parking lot or roadway.Meanwhile, Leonardo Lopes de Almeida faces one charge of riding as a passenger in a race competition.Both men, who are from Broward County, left the Palm Beach County Jail several hours later on their own recognizance.The other vehicles involved left the scene before FHP arrived.FHP Lt. Yanko Reyes told The Post, “We’re increasing our vigilance through the midnight shifts to make sure we deter these individuals.”Watch the video, obtained from The Palm Beach Post and our news partner, WPTV NewsChannel 5:last_img read more

Everton Aim to Halt Chelsea’s Title Charge

first_imgAntonio Conte has a full squad to pick from for Chelsea’s crucial trip to face Everton on Super Sunday. The Blues play at Goodison Park in the first installment of Super Sunday before Premier League title rivals Tottenham take on north London rivals Arsenal at White Hart Lane.Chelsea, who are four points clear of Spurs with five games remaining game, face arguably their toughest game of the run-in at Everton and Conte is not underestimating the Toffees pose.“Everton are a really good team, a strong team with great players in their squad, good quality. A physical team also,” said Conte. “They have a good manager and play exciting football. For sure it will be a really tough game for us but at the end of the season, I think every game becomes tough for many different reasons. “When they play at home they are strong. For us it is very important to look at ourselves, to prepare very well for this type of game.”Meanwhile, Everton manager Ronald Koeman has called on his side to refocus and finish the season strongly after a poor performance in a 0-0 draw with West Ham last weekend.“Maybe we need to change our mentality a bit because I felt a bit less intensity in the game last week, maybe a bit less motivation.  It is always difficult if you have already the seventh position in the pocket and maybe they get a little bit more holiday or end-of-season feeling.“That is what I don’t like. We like to keep momentum at home, we are strong at home and we know what we need (to do) to face the best team of the Premier League.”Conte is expected to continue with his tried and tested regulars as his side edge ever close to the Premier League title, and that means Hazard and Costa look set to start.Chelsea have won 78 points from their 33 Premier League games so far. This is the eighth occasion that a side has won 78+ points from 33 games in the competition and half of those have been by Chelsea (Chelsea – four times, Manchester United – three times, Arsenal – once).Should Chelsea win their remaining five Premier League matches of the season, they will finish the campaign on 93 points. This would be the second-best points tally by a side in a Premier League season, after Chelsea in 2004-05 (95).Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Sweet Senior Day

first_imgIt was the storybook ending in Wisconsin’s 52-50 victory over Michigan State Saturday for Jason Chappell, Kammron Taylor and Alando Tucker on Senior Day.Chappell provided solid post-defense, chipping in with a game-high two steals.Tucker shouldered the Badgers’ scoring load all game with 26 points — half of Wisconsin’s total points.Taylor, however, struggled to find his shooting touch. Thirty-one minutes into the game, UW’s senior point guard hadn’t hit a field goal, but that quickly changed.With 8:15 remaining in the second half, Taylor knocked down a 3-pointer in transition to give Wisconsin a 38-34 lead. Yet, his most important field goal came in the closing seconds of the game.Down 50-49, the Badgers called a timeout with 11.7 seconds left in the game. The last play was designed to have Taylor roll off a Tucker screen at the top of the key and then to make the best decision. His choice: shoot it.Taylor sank the 3-pointer with 3.9 seconds remaining to end his Kohl Center career on a high note.”[Taylor] made a heck of a shot,” MSU head coach Tom Izzo said. “He hasn’t been making many lately, but I guess that’s the way it’s written in Hollywood when you’re a senior.”The shot certainly got the monkey off Taylor’s back that has been bothering him over the past three games. After a 0-for-6, two-point performance at Michigan State and the Ohio State game that saw him miss a crucial free throw and the last shot, Saturday looked like it was going to be much of the same for Taylor. However, one shot may have changed it all.”This week has been rough,” Taylor said. “But it ended on a good note — to go out on a win on your home court and the way just everything played out. This makes everything worth it.”Despite his recent struggles, Taylor still had the confidence to take the last shot.”I’m not that type of person to lose confidence in my shot,” Taylor said. “It would be a lie if I said I didn’t want to take the shot.”Wisconsin head coach Bo Ryan didn’t lose confidence in Taylor, either, as he put the ball in his point guard’s hand at the end of the game.”That’s Kam — he’s not going to let [missed shots] deter him,” Ryan said.Following the game, the sellout crowd at the Kohl Center was treated to a video montage honoring the Badgers’ senior class of 2007.The seniors each had their own highlight reel and segment thanking various people for helping them over their respective careers. Most thanked family, coaches and fans, but Taylor had a particular person he had to show his appreciation to.”I’d like to thank Devin Harris for leaving and giving me a chance to play,” Taylor joked about the Badger legend who declared for the NBA a year early after Taylor’s freshman season.The post-game ceremony brought up some old memories for Wisconsin’s three seniors, but they said there is plenty to more to come as the trio has yet to reach their goal.”It might be a bold statement, but a national title (is the goal),” Tucker said.last_img read more