The Danish Parliament (Folketinget) has approved the expansion of the Østerild and Høvsøre wind turbine test centers.The Act, which will take effect on 1 July, will allow the test centers to be expanded with two additional wind turbine stands respectively, making a total of nine stands in Østerild and seven in Høvsøre.The expansion will also enable Østerild to test turbines up to 330 meters tall, compared to the center’s current capacity of testing turbines 250 meters tall, and Høvsøre will be able to test turbines of up to 200 meters in height, compared to its current capacity of accommodating turbines 165-meters tall.The works at Østerild are expected to be completed by 2019, while Høvsøre is waiting for the final approval of Natura 2000, EU Commission’s governing body of protected sites.According to DTU Wind Energy, which operates the centers, the reason for the pending approval is that Høvsøre’s new test stands will be located in a Natura 2000 area, which is subject to EU protection, meaning there will be fewer expropriations.
Wuhan: Indian javelin thrower Shivpal Singh on Thursday won the gold medal while Gurpreet Singh clinched the bronze in shooting at the ongoing 7th CISM Military World Games in China. Shivpal, who is serving in the Indian Air Force, threw 83.33m to clinch the top honours. The 24-year-old had won the silver medal at the 2019 Asian Championships held in Doha with a personal best throw of 86.23 metres. Meanwhile, Gurpreet, who is currently serving the Indian Army, won bronze in the men’s 25m center fire pistol event with a score of 585. The 31-year-old, who hails from Amritsar, had won two gold medals at the 2010 Commonwealth Games held in India.Earlier, Aneesh Pillai (Disabled Men’s Shotput IF1 event), Virender (Disabled Men’s Shotput IF5 event) and Anandan Gunasekaran (Disabled Men’s 200m IT1 event) had also won the gold medal in the ongoing tournament. IANS Also Read: Annu Rani Shatters Own National Record to Reach Javelin FinalAlso Watch:Fake pro-talk ULFA member apprehended in Digboi
Senior linebacker Mike Taylor holds up the B1G Championship trophy for the second-consecutive year after Saturday’s win. Taylor, an anchor of Wisconsin’s defense, finished with five tackles – one of them for a loss – and a sack in the Badgers’ shockingly dominant victory over Nebraska.[/media-credit]In the weeks leading up to the Big Ten Championship Game, the Wisconsin football team had made a habit of starting fast and finishing slow.No. 12 Nebraska (10-3, 7-1 Big Ten), meanwhile, had built up a penchant for comeback victories – not the best combination for the Badgers (8-5, 4-4).But, it turns out if you start fast enough, it might not matter how you finish.In their 70-31 Rose Bowl-clinching victory, the Badgers forced the Huskers into catch-up mode so soon they had to abandon a running game that featured two of the conference’s best athletes – running backs Ameer Abdullah and Rex Burkhead – before first quarter’s end.That allowed the Wisconsin defense to concentrate on and contain the elusive quarterback Taylor Martinez and twist Nebraska’s offense into tricky third-and-long situations.“The biggest thing was getting them in third down,” defensive end Brendan Kelly said. “We knew if we could get them into a third-down situation, we could cause some confusion, some pressure up front and get loose.”The Huskers faced a 14-0 deficit by the time they took their second offensive snap and by the time four minutes had gone by in the second quarter, the gap widened to 18 points.With Wisconsin scoring swiftly, Abdullah and Burkhead practically became afterthoughts as Nebraska sought to keep pace by abandoning the read-option attack.Nebraska handed the ball off just five times in the first half. Abdullah, a small but fleet-footed back, received just one carry for no gain while Burkhead, the power I-back of the Husker offense, took four carries for 32 yards.The pair entered the game averaging a combined 30.8 carries a game.Burkhead eventually finished with 11 carries for 61 yards and Abdullah with five attempts for 18 yards. They totaled three catches for 29 yards.Martinez, whom Wisconsin players praised after the game, threw the ball 14 times for 96 yards on nine completions and opted to run 11 other times in the first half. Take away a stunning, zig-zagging 76-yard touchdown run, and the junior quarterback averaged four yards per carry in the period.That simply wasn’t enough to keep up with a Badger team that assembled a game-sealing 42-10 lead at halftime.“Anytime you can get a team like that down, that loves to run the football and they got to rely on their passing game – and not necessarily their play-action pass game but their drop-back pass game – you feel a lot better,” UW defensive coordinator Chris Ash said.With Burkhead and Abdullah both non-options, Wisconsin focused on sending constant pressure against Martinez.In the two teams’ previous meeting on Sept. 29, Wisconsin failed to establish a presence in the backfield, collecting a sack and two other tackles for loss. This time around, however, the Badgers penetrated the Husker frontline for five sacks and three other TFLs. Defensive ends Tyler Dippel and Kelly each posted a pair of sacks, with linebacker Mike Taylor nabbing another for himself.Martinez, always willing to run, was continuously chased out of the pocket. Multiple times, with no man open, he elected to run but had little room to make anything happen. His No. 1 target, wide receiver Kenny Bell, had a quiet two catches for 14 yards on the night.With few options to utilize, Nebraska found itself facing a third-and-10 or longer in four of its seven first half drives. The Huskers converted only one of them, when Martinez scored from 76 yards out. The other three drives ended in a field goal, a Martinez fumble and a pick-six for UW’s Marcus Cromartie.Wisconsin frequently jostled its players around in the box, with some defensive linemen standing upright in a two-point stance, disguising blitzes with zone coverage as well.“We were trying to back off the ball and not really show what we were doing there,” Dippel said of the defense’s third-down tactics. “They have a very good system [with] their cadence; they like to get people to show their blitzes. We tried to disguise as much as we could.”More turnovers only made matters worse. With Nebraska approaching midfield late in the second quarter, defensive end David Gilbert popped the ball loose from Martinez’s grasp with Taylor pouncing on it soon after.And on Nebraska’s first drive of the second half, Martinez threw an off-balance pass under significant pressure, giving cornerback Devin Smith an easy interception return to the 9-yard line and setting up another score.“I thought we had one of the best weeks of preparation on the defense,” said middle linebacker Chris Borland, who returned from a two-game absence to lead the team with eight tackles. “Really proud of the defensive effort from the D-line, to the linebackers, to the secondary.“It’s one of our best we’ve put forth all year in the first half, especially.”Follow Elliot on Twitter
Last Updated: 30th December, 2019 10:31 IST Steelers’ Season Ends In Heavy Rain And With Sea Of Mistakes How appropriate that the Pittsburgh Steelers’ season ended on a soggy, ugly Sunday when they couldn’t move the ball or stop the Baltimore Ravens on offense. SUBSCRIBE TO US First Published: 30th December, 2019 10:31 IST LIVE TV COMMENT Written By How appropriate that the Pittsburgh Steelers’ season ended on a soggy, ugly Sunday when they couldn’t move the ball or stop the Baltimore Ravens on offense.Even if they beat the Ravens, the Steelers weren’t going to the postseason. Tennessee’s win over Houston finalized that outcome. But to conclude the season with a 28-10 loss to a team that rested seven starters was pretty tough to take.“We didn’t finish the way we wanted to finish,” safety Minkah Fitzpatrick said. “There were a lot of things we could have done better.”Before the Steelers (8-8) get around to doling out the blame for their shortcomings, they will first look in the mirror introspectively to determine exactly what went wrong during a three-game skid that cost them an invitation to the postseason party.“Not going out and winning these last three is most definitely frustrating because we had a chance to make the playoffs,” linebacker Mark Barron said. “It hurts, but it is what it is. It’s on us. We got to point the finger back at ourselves because we just didn’t make plays.”Sure, losing veteran quarterback Ben Roethlisberger to injury early on made it tough on Pittsburgh. The Steelers were 1-4 before using a 7-1 streak to get back into it, but the final three weeks left them on the outside looking in at the playoffs for a second year in a row.“I’m looking forward to Ben hopefully coming back healthy,” receiver Diontae Johnson said. “So it can get back to the way it used to be.”Coach Mike Tomlin had no interest in dissecting the season just a few minutes after it ended.“We’re not going to assess it too much to make broad statements. We will have time for that in the days that follow,” he said.Pittsburgh struggled in almost all phases of the game. The Steelers couldn’t generate any offense and failed to contain backup running backThere were paths to the postseason even if Pittsburgh lost, but depending on other teams is never a good option. Sure enough, Tennessee’s win over Houston dashed the Steelers’ hopes.Having already clinched the top seed in the AFC, the Ravens rested quarterback Lamar Jackson and were without top running back Mark Ingram, who sat out with a calf injury. But Pittsburgh was unable to slow the Baltimore ground game, which rolled up 223 yards, including 50 by backup QB Robert Griffin III, who was making his first start since 2016.“We didn’t do a good enough job today defensively at stopping the run,” Barron said. “So I’m sure there’s some mistakes being made somewhere, because when you see people having success at the run, somebody’s probably out of place.”Aside from running back Benny Snell, who ran for 91 yards, the Steelers had trouble sustaining any offense. TheirHodges went 9 for 25 for 95 yards.“Going home in January is not fun,” he said. “This is my first year, so I am sure it hits the older guys a lot different.”Asked to analyze the problem with the Steelers on offense, Hodges was succinct.“Execution,” he said. “Got to be better. Execution. Turning the ball over. Just little things, little things in the game that will cost you.”___More AP NFL: WATCH US LIVE Associated Press Television News FOLLOW US