Walk-on Winkel makes the most of his chances in the lineup

first_imgThis season, he has made his presence felt in the opportunitieshe’s been given.Winkel finished in second place and earned a 14.500 on theParallel Bars in the Arnold Challenge, the team’s most recent meet. The scorewas the best for any Gophers gymnast on Parallel Bars this season.  “Last year was a littlebit frustrating knowing that I had the potential to benefit the team,” Winkelsaid. “It’s nice this year to reach my potential.” Head coach Mike Burns said the other Gophers gymnasts were sohappy for him after the performance at the Arnold Challenge, they “went crazy”and crowded around him. Winkel had a different reaction.“[Winkel] was just like ‘I Still didn’t do a very good [peachbasket], though,’” Burns said.Winkel, an Afton, Minnesota native, said he always had a goal tocompete with Minnesota gymnastics. Winkel walked on to the team last year.“Growing up, I’ve always came to the meets,” Winkel said. “I wasjust always a fan of gymnastics, so it was nice to see the collegiate-levelguys [growing up].”Winkel cracked the lineup for the first time during the WindyCity Invite this season. He earned a seventh-place finish and a 13.700 on theParallel Bars. The sophomore made the starting lineup in the dual after the WindyCity. Winkel scored a 13.450 this time, but he finished in fifth as Minnesotadefeated Air Force.Winkel still does not have a scholarship. Burns was also a walk-ongymnast in college when he competed for Penn State. The team has just 6.3 full-ridescholarships to allocate to gymnasts. Burns said about 16 of the 19 gymnasts onroster receive some sort of scholarship. Walk-on Winkel makes the most of his chances in the lineupWinkel mostly competes in the Parallel Bars for the Gophers. Jack WhiteMarch 11, 2017Jump to CommentsShare on FacebookShare on TwitterShare via EmailPrintSophomore Ben Winkel didn’t crack the lineup a single time hisfirst year with the Gophers. “I’ve got a soft spot for guys like [Winkel],” Burns said. “[Awalk-on starting] is just a feather in the cap of a kid who’s willing to putthe time and effort in.”Winkel’s specialty is the Parallel Bars. He has made the lineupin that event four times. He has also made the lineup for Still Rings,competing twice in that event.The sophomore earned a 13.100 on the Still Rings in Minnesota’sloss to Illinois. The performance was actually a personal best for Winkel,however, he finished in 12th place out of 12 gymnasts. Junior Ryan Bergman also specializes in Parallel Bars. Bergmansaid it was nice to see Winkel succeed as of late.“I work pretty close with [Winkel] on P Bars, and we work everyday,” Bergman said. “It was really cool to see him go out there and do what weall knew he could do.”Winkel balances his collegiate sport with his electricalengineering major. The sophomore said he chose his major because of his passionfor renewable energy. “I think solar energy is going to be big in the future,” Winkelsaid. “I kind of want to get into that field.”Winkel competed in six duals this season and now he will look to compete in two straight meets when Minnesota hosts No. 8 Iowa and No. 15 Arizona State. He said his main goal for this year is to be a consistent memberin Gophers meets.“Keep being a solid competitor,” Winkel said. “Compete in Big Ten[championships] and NCAA [championships].”last_img read more

Petrobras Signs Agreement in Principle to Settle Class Action in the…

first_img Author: Priyanka Ann Saini Petrobras announced yesterday that it has signed an agreement in principle to settle the securities class action lawsuit filed in the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York.The agreement, which is subject to approval by the court, is intended to resolve all pending and prospective claims by purchasers of Petrobras securities in the United States and by purchasers of Petrobras securities that are listed for trading in the United States. It eliminates the risk of an adverse judgment which, as Petrobras has previously reported, could have a material adverse effect on the company and its financial situation, and puts an end to the uncertainties, burdens and costs of protracted litigation.Under the proposed settlement, Petrobras has agreed to pay USD 2.95 billion to resolve claims in two installments of USD 983 million and a last installment of USD 984 million. The first installment will be paid within 10 days of preliminary approval of the settlement by the court. The second installment will be paid within 10 days of final approval of the settlement. The third installment will be paid by the later of (i) six months after final approval, or (ii) January 15, 2019.  The total settlement amount will be recognised in the fourth quarter of 2017.The agreement does not constitute any admission of wrongdoing or misconduct by Petrobras. In the agreement, Petrobras expressly denies liability. This reflects its status as a victim of the acts uncovered by Operation Car Wash, as recognised by Brazilian authorities including the Brazilian Supreme Court.  As a victim of the scheme, Petrobras has already recovered R$1.475 billion in restitution in Brazil and will continue to pursue all available legal remedies from culpable companies and individuals.The agreement is in the company’s best interest and that of its shareholders, given the risks of a verdict advised by a jury, particularities of US procedure and securities laws, as well its assessment of the status of the class action and the nature of such litigation in the United States, where only approximately 0.3% of securities-related class actions proceed to trial.The agreement will now be submitted to the district court in the SDNY for review. If preliminary approval is granted, the court will notify the members of the class of the terms of the proposed settlement. After considering any objections and a hearing on the fairness of the proposed settlement, the court will decide whether to grant final approval.As a result of the agreement, the parties will ask the United States Supreme Court to defer consideration of Petrobras’s petition for a writ of certiorari, which was scheduled for January 5, 2018, pending final approval of the proposed settlement.Sea News, January 4last_img read more

Solskjaer won’t use 1999 triumph for motivation ahead of Nou Camp return

first_imgOle Gunnar Solskjaer will not hark back to the 1999 Champions League final in his team-talks when Manchester United attempt to overturn their deficit in Barcelona on Tuesday.The Nou Camp holds a special place in the hearts of United supporters as well as Solskjaer, whose last-gasp strike at the ground helped United to their second European Cup and an unforgettable treble haul.What happened nearly 20 years ago is almost certain to be a point of reference ahead of the return leg of United’s quarter-final against the Spanish champions.But Red Devils manager Solskjaer feels there are few parallels to draw from and will instead use the current crop’s wins at Juventus and Paris St Germain this season in an effort to motivate his side, who lost 1-0 at Old Trafford last Wednesday.Asked whether he will speak to his players about 1999, the Norwegian said: “No I won’t because it was against Bayern Munich, it was a final, it was different.“We will use the PSG (match), we will use Juventus away, we have beaten some good teams away from home this year, and played against some great players.“We had (Barcelona) flustered at times here as well. Yes, they controlled the game towards the end, they had the possession but they never really bothered us in our own half.”United trailed by two goals at the halfway stage against PSG but rallied at the Parc des Princes to book their spot in the last eight and a showdown against Barca.And Solskjaer is confident that, with the likes of Marcus Rashford, Anthony Martial and Paul Pogba at his disposal, there is enough quality within United’s ranks to spring another surprise.He added: “You look at the quality of those players and that gives us a threat, we carry a goal threat.“But of course what we did against PSG as a team must give everyone a huge confidence boost because that experience was probably the best they have had for many years, those players.“They are probably dreaming about another one of them again at the Nou Camp.”last_img read more