Tour of Croatia announced. Vladimir Miholjevic in court with the organizers

first_img“The Croatian Cycling Federation supports every promotion of our sport, and TOC has already established itself as a top international cycling race of professional teams. I am glad that we will open a new chapter of cooperation with the organizers of this excellent sports event, primarily through helping young and promising Croatian cyclists. “, said HBS President Tomislav Zadro. The most trophy-winning and most successful Croatian cyclist of all time, Robert Kišerlovski, after a serious injury at this year’s Tour de France, concluded a rich sports career and decided to stay in the world of cycling, taking over the position of sports and technical manager of the Tour of Croatia. “Although I was involved in the project from the very beginning, due to my professional cycling skills, I could not participate more actively in the realization of the race. Now it is a special honor, but also a great responsibility, to focus my knowledge and experience on the best possible Tour of Croatia in the future. “, said Robert Kišerlovski and added that it is certain that TOC will continue to promote Croatia and cycling very well. Tour of Croatia in its fifth edition in 2019 will territorially unite Croatia with six stages and tell a special story involving some of the cities that have not hosted TOC so far, and all the details of the project, participants and stages will be announced to the public soon . However this case ends, the biggest tragedy would certainly be a possible slowdown in development or cancellation of the entire project, which would be an incalculable damage for Croatia as well as for the development of cycling and tourist promotion. Ivan Črnjarić, one of the founders of the Tour of Croatia, was the event and marketing director in the first 3 editions, and from next year he will take over the position of race director.  The correct information is as follows: As “the most beautiful postcard of the Republic of Croatia in the world”, it will again be shown on TV stations on all continents in more than 190 countries, writes Vecernji list. Photo: Tour of Croatia The Tour of Croatia bicycle race will be held for the fifth year in a row, from April 23 to 28, 2019. center_img Some of the world’s best cycling teams will cover 1.000 kilometers throughout the Republic of Croatia, from the far east to the last stage, which will end in the south. Tour of Croatia is included in the world calendar of cycling races by the UCI (World Cycling Federation). From his idea of ​​launching the TOC as we know it today through a finished project to TV broadcasts in 190 countries on all continents of the world, now the fifth TOC has profiled itself as a top race at the world level, where the entire Republic of Croatia is the competition arena. luxury. “For the fifth time in the world, we will send the most beautiful postcard of the Republic of Croatia and witness the performance of some of the world’s best cyclists. We will once again show that Croatia is the most beautiful when it unites, when the race covers all its parts and I am sure that all citizens will breathe together again in those days and be proud of this unique combination of sports and tourist-economic promotion of Croatia. “, said Ivan Črnjarić and with special satisfaction pointed out the future project and strong cooperation with the Croatian Cycling Federation and the investment of part of the revenue of TOC in the development of cycling and younger categories, especially children. Following the press release entitled “Tour of Croatia continues! The Fifth Tour of Croatia will be held in April 2019 “sent to the media on December 17, 2018, said Vladimir Miholjević, director of Top Sport Events doo and we react sharply because the statement is untrue in order to deceive the public, says Mihaljević.  Below is the reaction signed by Vladimir Miholjević, director of Top Sport Events doo Photo: Tour of Croatia Vladimir Miholjević: Tour of Croatia for 2019 has nothing to do with Tour of Croatia, and the case of “Tour of Croatia” is in court Tour of Croatia for 2019 has nothing to do with Tour of Croatia which was started and organized by my company Top Sport Events doo in which I was the sole owner from the beginning in 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018.Except 13 words which are contained in the name of Tour of Croatia, the new race has nothing to do with previous editions of Tour of Croatia. It is true that the name of the race was not registered with the Intellectual Property Office, which was unfortunately used by former associate Ivan Črnjarić and in May this year he protected the name Tour of Croatia as his private property. Unfortunately, this is my naive omission because from the very beginning I thought that this race should contribute to everyone, and the Tour of Croatia in the first four years of its organization under my organization received numerous awards, was named sporting event of the year and the most beautiful Croatian postcard in the world.The claim of the new organizer that this is the 5th edition of the race is a deception and a lie, because he (the new organizer is the company Thorax doo) registered the race as the first edition, which he can do, considering that all the content and results of the previous four editions undoubtedly belong to the company Top Sport Events. Since May this year, the new organizer has only a name, 13 letters, but not experience, organization, knowledge, awards, etc. On the contrary, the new organizer has never organized a single bike race, and the company Thorax doo, which appears as a new organizer, is registered for production and fashion design according to official data in the Court Register, and in addition is in a pre-bankruptcy settlement, and repays its obligations to the Republic of Croatia and public institutions through 48 installments.The statement of HBS President Tomislav Zadar is, to put it mildly, scandalous, because Mr. Zadro is familiar with the whole case for which the HBS also reacted to the sports inspection. The statement in which Mr. Zadro connects the previous results and experience of the TOC, which has “established itself as a top international cycling race” with new organizers who have no experience of organizing a cycling race or cooperation with HBS, is unprofessional and it is unfortunate that such a thing can be said. someone who heads a national alliance.The “Tour of Croatia” case is in court.last_img read more

Savills hits shares high

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S.Korea’s defiant churches face backlash for hampering COVID-19 response

first_imgTopics : South Korea’s latest COVID-19 outbreak has triggered a public backlash against conservative Christian churches for defying government orders aimed at preventing the disease’s spread.At least a third of the 4,500 COVID-19 cases confirmed in the greater Seoul area over the past three weeks have been traced to church members and others who attended a Aug. 15 anti-government rally, the country’s largest cluster in months.Authorities said quelling the outbreak was hampered by some 650 church members and 7,700 protesters avoiding or refusing testing as of Tuesday, and more than 300 congregations breaching a ban on in-person gatherings. Church members said they never intended to disrupt government efforts to contain the outbreak.South Korea’s Christians have a long history of political activism, with many mega churches founded by evangelicals who fled North Korea’s communist rule ​​before and during the 1950-53 Korean War.But, the churches’ current grassroots movement, consisting largely of mid-sized Protestant congregations, has formed into a radical conservative faction that is opposed to Moon. Some of these church leaders say Moon is “communizing” the country by practicing a pro-North Korean and anti-US ideology.Public and political backlashThe churches’ movement is led by Rev. Jun Kwang-hoon, the Sarang Jeil founder and an outspoken critic of Moon.Jun was re-imprisoned on Monday for attending the Aug. 15 rally since it violated his bail in April from an indictment earlier this year for breaking election laws.Jun’s influence is bolstered by the support of people that officially attend other churches but revere him. There are more than 4,000 of these “wilderness believers,” according to Park Yoon-sik, a senior Sarang Jeil member.Park called Jun the “greatest prophet of the time” who is risking his life to protect the country.Ko Jeong-ae, one “wilderness believer” who attends a major church in southern Seoul, said she was previously not politically active.”One day I happened to watch Rev. Jun’s eye-opening sermon on YouTube – I realized that Moon’s pro-North socialist forces are manipulating my country,” she said. “I had to go out to the street.”But such views have failed to win over mainstream Christian and non-religious voters.A petition with Moon’s office calling for Jun’s arrest has garnered 480,000 signatures.”The churches face a backlash because they now serve as more of a political group rather than a community of faith. And with their political inclination, they are seen confronting the government which is spearheading the battle against the coronavirus,” said Kwon Yon-gyong, a professor of Christian studies at Soongsil University in Seoul.However, Jun remained defiant as he was led back to prison, saying his church was being scapegoated for political reasons.”The Republic of Korea is degenerating into a totalitarian country,” he said.center_img Mainstream Christian figures and conservative opposition lawmakers have criticized the Sarang Jeil Church at the center of the latest COVID-19 outbreak and other churches for spreading fake news, aggravating the COVID-19 outbreak and depleting public resources.As the second wave of infections in mid-August emerged, conservative political parties are keeping the churches at arm’s length, wary that aligning with them is scaring away independent and center-right voters who are key to broadening their support and helping them win the next presidential election in 2022.”Those radical groups are different from us,” Joo Ho-young, who leads the main opposition People Power Party, said last week. “Their extreme arguments made us look as if our party shares such thoughts, and that clearly makes it difficult for politically neutral people to support us.”The People Power Party’s approval ratings surpassed those of liberal President Moon Jae-in’s ruling party for the first time since 2017 prior to the Aug. 15 rally but fell afterward.last_img read more

British Ports Association: Spotlight on Open-Loop Scrubbers in Ports

first_imgReproduced from British Ports Association Cutter Suction Dredger 650 ‘Ural River’, Image source: DamenThe words ‘port infrastructure’ usually conjure up images of quay walls, breakwaters, roads and cranes. But some of the most critical infrastructure to port operations is below the water – berths and navigational channels maintained at safe depths, according to Mark Simmonds, British Ports Association’s Head of Policy and External Affairs.All UK harbor authorities, regardless of size or focus, share a common duty to act as guardians of this infrastructure and with it, enable the entire maritime economy. Dredging campaigns are an expensive but unavoidable reality for most ports and can on occasions be a challenging and even emotive issue.The British Ports Association has been following the growing debate on the use of open-loop scrubbers with interest.“Our calls for a grown-up debate between ports and the shipping industry has been met with some understandable concern from certain quarters,” said Mr Simmonds in one of the latest British Ports Association’s articles.Mark Simmonds, Head of Policy and External Affairs, Image source:“But we are determined to ensure that any potential impacts that affect port operations should be properly explored. To date, the focus has been firmly on water quality in the open ocean and coastal areas and latterly, ports. The main concern for most ports, however, is impact on sediments in harbor areas and enclosed waterways.”The debate on the effect of open-loop scrubbers on water quality continues. But the more specific debate on the impact on sediments in port areas – particularly ports with enclosed systems – has barely begun.Mr Simmonds added that “Our concern is that the contaminants being removed from ships’ exhaust emissions in ports could build up in sediments, perhaps over many years, making future dredging campaigns more problematic.”“Clearly it is in the ports industry’s best interests that its customers can continue to call regularly, but we have seen some ports around the globe ban the use of open-loop scrubbers and that has not gone unnoticed here.“We are not taking an interest in this because it is fashionable but because it is wholly necessary. We are keen to have a sensible conversation with shipping industry, scrubber manufacturers and regulators. It’s not a bandwagon or fad but a genuine concern around a potential risk to the future viability of port operations.”Dredging is not cheap and disposing of contaminated sediments increases costs ten-fold. It also makes the process of obtaining consents for disposing of spoil much more time-consuming, difficult and on certain occasions almost impossible. Berths and navigational channels are key infrastructure for harbors and any potential risk to their viability is treated as a top priority for ports.“It may be that the risks are minimal, and that is our hope, but this remains an unknown,” said Mr Simmonds.“We are keen to see robust evidence that placing these contaminants in the water at berths and in harbor areas will not build up and pose a risk to dredging operations.“A precautionary approach is not unreasonable when the potential risks are so high. The ideal solution is that the shipping industry can reassure UK ports that our industry will not be picking up the environmental and economic cost for scrubbers in years to come.”Image source: Royal IHCEnvironmental regulations are moving in one direction: they are becoming ever more restrictive and challenging. The view of UK regulators as to what constitutes a contaminant in sediments, or how much is tolerable, develops over time with advances in science and public attitudes.Ports must bear that in mind when considering whether to allow pollutants to be discharged into their infrastructure.“We take no view on the viability or use of open-loop scrubbers outside of harbor areas. But within their limits UK ports have statutory duties to maintain and improve their harbors and that includes keep channels and berths at their advertised depths,” said Mr Simmonds.“We understand that the stakes are high in this debate, but we do not believe that the business case for open-loop scrubbers is fatally undermined by turning them off and switching to compliant fuel when in harbor areas, and some operators are looking at this.”The UK government’s position is that open-loop scrubbers are an important part of the picture when complying with the sulphur cap and that ports should take decisions individually on a case by case basis.“Our concern is that introduces commercial considerations into the decisions and pits ports against one another, where they may lose business because of behavior beyond their control. As an industry association we are beginning to question if that remains a viable position in the face of a lack of robust evidence that these systems will not create long-term issues for critical infrastructure,” concluded Mr Simmonds.last_img read more

Floyd Mayweather’s ex-girlfriend Josie Harris, found dead

first_img Loading… Floyd Mayweather’s ex-girlfriend, Josie Harris, was found dead in a car at her home in California. “I have no idea why, but I get really overwhelmed when I know that I have to be around him.” Mayweather denied the allegations in an interview with Katie Couric. “Did I restrain a woman that was on drugs,” he told her, according to TMZ. “Yes, I did. So if they say that’s domestic violence, then, you know what? I’m guilty. “I’m guilty of restraining someone.” The couple reportedly dated from 1995 to 2010. The 43-year-old Mayweather won 15 major world titles during his career and was named “Fighter of the Decade” for the 2010s by the Boxing Writers Association of America. Many believe he is the best defensive boxer in history and one of the most accurate punchers. Read Also:Floyd Mayweather reacts to questions over Newcastle takeover bid He emerged from retirement in 2017 to take on MMA star Conor McGregor in a much-anticipated crossover bout. Mayweather won by technical knockout in the 10th round. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Mayweather and Harris had three kids together and the boxing champ was convicted of attacking her in a 2010 incident, serving time behind bars in the case. Law enforcement sources told TMZ that she was found unresponsive in her car on Monday night at her home in Valencia. She was pronounced dead at the scene. Investigators are not treating her death as a homicide and do not believe foul play was involved, according to TMZ. Mayweather served two months behind bars after he was convicted for attacking Harris. She said in 2014 that she suffered physical abuse from the the boxing champ on “six occasions,” according to USA Today. She said during the interview that she was happy that she did not have to see Mayweather often. “[It means] I don’t have to take a Xanax before he comes, otherwise I will be sweating bullets,” she told USA Today in 2014. “For some reason I still get anxiety when I know that he is on his way. Promoted Content14 Hilarious Comics Made By Women You Need To Follow Right Now8 Superfoods For Growing Hair Back And Stimulating Its Growth7 Truly Incredible Facts About Black Holes5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme ParksThe 10 Best Secondary Education Systems In The WorldThe Highest Paid Football Players In The World6 Extreme Facts About Hurricanes6 Ridiculous Health Myths That Are Actually True13 kids at weddings who just don’t give a hoot7 Universities In The World Where Education Costs Too Much9 Talented Actors Who Are Only Associated With One Role10 Phones That Can Work For Weeks Without Recharginglast_img read more

Reds complete Can deal

first_imgLiverpool have made their second signing of the summer after agreeing a deal for Bayer Leverkusen midfielder Emre Can. “We wanted to keep Emre at Leverkusen but the release clause is part of his contract. “So we wish him all the best and lots of success in his time in the Premier League.” Rodgers is trying to get most of his transfer business done early – a take-it-or-leave-it offer of £25million for Lambert’s team-mate Adam Lallana remains on the table – but Liverpool are looking at alternatives should Southampton refuse to lower their £30million asking price, compounded by the 25 per cent sell-on clause agreed with Bournemouth. The club are also trying to push through a deal for Sevilla left-back Alberto Moreno but are wary the Spanish club are trying to create an auction for the 21-year-old to inflate the asking price, which Liverpool currently believe is about £16million. Away from team affairs Liverpool have taken another step towards the redevelopment of Anfield by submitting a formal planning application. The club have sent extensive details of how they want to expand the Main and Anfield Road Stands to Liverpool City Council and a planning committee will consider the proposals later this year. Residents, businesses and fans overwhelmingly backed the plans during a public consultation earlier this year and should they be approved it would see the capacity of a new Main Stand rise by 8,500 to nearly 21,000 and the Anfield Road end by 4,800, taking the total stadium capacity to 58,800. The club has also appointed Tom Doyle, an experienced project director who worked on the London 2012 Olympic programme and more recently the SSE Hydro Arena in Glasgow, to manage the project. “Over the past 18 months and as part of this approach, we have worked closely with the community, local residents, Liverpool City Council and Your Housing Group and we are delighted to be able to bring forward a planning application at this stage,” Ian Ayre, who has been promoted to a more wide-ranging role as chief executive by owners Fenway Sports Group, told “A lot of good work has been done and we still have more work to achieve certainty; however, the planning application is another step in the right direction.” If planning consent is granted construction will begin on the Main Stand early next year and will be completed in time for the 2016-17 season. Can had a 12 million euro (£9.75million) release clause effective for foreign clubs and it is reported Bayern will receive £1.2million as compensation for waiving their buy-back option. The 20-year-old follows Southampton striker Rickie Lambert, who completed his £4million move on Monday, to Anfield as manager Brendan Rodgers’ summer strengthening continues ahead of a Champions League return next season. A deal for the German progressed significantly on Wednesday when Leverkusen confirmed Liverpool had made an official bid and it was concluded late on Wednesday night. “Until Tuesday, it was a rumour,” Leverkusen chief executive Michael Schade told German newspaper Bild on Wednesday. “Now I can confirm that an official offer from Liverpool is received by mail.” In a short statement Liverpool said: “Liverpool have today agreed a deal in principle with Bayer Leverkusen to sign 20-year-old Emre Can, subject to documentation being completed.” Schade, in confirming Can’s depature, said the club were powerless to keep the player once his release clause was met. “Emre Can has developed very quickly at Bayer 04 Leverkusen over the past 12 months,” he told the club’s website. The Reds have been chasing the Germany Under-21 international for some time but the process was held up by complications associated with a buy-back clause Bayern Munich inserted into the deal which took the 20-year-old to Leverkusen for £4.4million 12 months ago. Press Association Sport understands Can will officially join Liverpool on July 1 when all the relevant paperwork can be completed but the player has already signed a contract with the club. Press Associationlast_img read more

Porterfield guides Ireland to win

first_imgCaptain William Porterfield scored an unbeaten half-century to lead Ireland to a seven-wicket victory in their ICC World Twenty20 qualifier against Namibia at Stormont on Friday. Jason Davidson was responsible for opener Paul Stirling’s early dismissal and Kevin O’Brien also fell cheaply to Bernard Scholtz but Porterfield and Andrew Balbirnie (18 no) saw Ireland to victory. Earlier on, after Ireland won the toss and chose to field, t he visitors made 124 for eight with JJ Smit top-scoring at the tail end with 21 that included two sixes while number four Jean-Pierre Kotze a close second with 18 runs. John Mooney claimed figures of three for 23 off his four overs for Ireland, with Alex Cusack and George Dockrell picking up two wickets apiece. The total proved little challenge to Ireland, with the winners of the the 2012 and 2013 edition sprinting over the line in the 18th over. Press Associationcenter_img The 30-year-old left-handed batsman finished a dominant innings with successive fours as the hosts successfully chased down a victory target of 125 with 16 balls to spare in the third Group A match in Belfast. Porterfield struck a 44-ball 56 not out which included seven fours and one maximum and shared in a second-wicket stand of 71 with Niall O’Brien, who fell five runs short of his half-century having struck with three fours and a six. last_img read more

Qatar to host 2019, 2020 FIFA Club World Cup

first_imgParis: FIFA has appointed Qatar as the host of the FIFA Club World Cup in 2019 and 2020 to function as test events for the next FIFA World Cup in 2022.Qatar will host the 2019 and 2020 editions in its existing seven-team format, with a revamped edition of the tournament featuring 24 teams to be played from 2021 onwards, reports Xinhua news agency.For FIFA, the 2019 and 2020 editions of the competition will serve as “valuable test events in the build-up to the FIFA World Cup 2022”.The world football governing body added that the timing of the tournament, usually around early December, corresponds with that of the next FIFA World Cup, allowing for testing under similar climatic conditions.“There is no doubt that the Club World Cup will be a very important test event for us,” Hassan al-Thawadi, secretary general of Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy of Qatar, told reporters following the meeting.The FIFA administration will analyze and approach potential hosts of the expanded FIFA Club World Cup in 2021 before making recommendations at the next FIFA Council meeting in Shanghai in October.The FIFA Council also approved amendments to the organisation’s code of ethics, disciplinary code and regulations on the status and transfer of players. IANSAlso Read: SPORTS NEWSlast_img read more

McIlroy Chasing Home Glory in Dubai Duty Free Irish Open

first_imgWorld No 3 Rory McIlroy admits it would be “huge” if he could improve on his poor record on home soil and win this week’s Dubai Duty Free Irish Open.The tournament host has recorded just two top-10 finishes in nine tournament appearances and has missed the cut in his home event three years running. McIlroy heads to the K Club off the back of a tied-fourth finish at the Wells Fargo Championship and a tied-12th showing at last week’s Players Championship, where the Northern Irishman missed a chance to break the TPC Sawgrass course record.The 27-year-old is the only player in the world’s top five yet to register a worldwide win in 2016, but McIlroy feels his game is in good shape to challenge for victory this week.“My performances in this event, obviously over the past three years, but going beyond that, haven’t been what I would want,” McIlroy said.“I want to really change that this week with a good performance and I feel like my game is in good enough shape to do that.“I’m coming off a couple of decent weeks in the States where I felt like I played better than what the results suggested, so I’m looking forward to the week.“The K Club here is a golf course where I feel like I can do well on. It sets up well for me. It would be huge (to win). I think anyone that plays professional golf, they dream of winning their home open.“You don’t get very many opportunities to do it, so it would be very special. It’s definitely one tournament that is missing from my CV that I would love to add.”McIlroy tees off alongside Andy Sullivan and defending champion Soren Kjeldsen for the opening two rounds in Kildare, while Masters winner Danny Willett has been grouped with Lee Westwood and Rafa Cabrera Bello.The four-time major champion posted an opening round 80 and missed the cut at Royal County Down 12 months ago, but feels he has learnt from last year’s first stint at tournament host.“I think there was times where I spread myself a little bit too thin last year with a lot of commitments and we’ve tried to scale that back a little bit this year,” he added.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Henson: Blue’s decision bad for UW basketball

first_imgI admire the Wisconsin basketball program, I really do.Each year, few outside of Madison give the Badgers the respect they deserve, and every season they prove just how good they actually are.Head coach Bo Ryan has built an exceptional basketball program, and he has built it on a foundation of defensive principles and sheer toughness. The Badgers outwork teams and come March, you can expect to see UW near the top of the Big Ten and in the field of 64.5.I expect the Badgers to compete for the Big Ten title year after year, and Ryan’s astounding conference winning percentage speaks volumes. But to be honest, I don’t expect much from UW come tournament time — not with the players currently on the roster.But Wisconsin doesn’t need to scrap its identity to see increased tournament success. And by no means does Ryan need to change his coaching philosophy. He does, however, need to find a player who can take the Wisconsin program to the next level.He almost had one.If Badger fans want to see this team reach new heights, UW will need more than just the gritty, hardnosed players. To make a run in the tournament or dare I say a Final Four, they need a player like Vander Blue.Blue — the five-star point guard from Madison Memorial High School who has been just about the most talked about athlete in the state of Wisconsin — committed to UW early in the recruiting process, and for a short while it looked like UW had found a prospect with the potential to be that go-to scorer.But, as we all know, Blue changed his mind, de-committed from UW and gave his most recent pledge to Marquette.Now as Golden Eagle fans celebrate the arrival of a premier recruit, many Badger fans have tried to find excuses for Blue’s decision to play for Marquette and head coach Buzz Williams.“He won’t fit in our offense,” “He’s not a team player” and “He isn’t the type of player UW is looking for” are all common Wisconsin fan criticisms of the newest Golden Eagle, but that is all meaningless. The truth is only one man’s opinion matters, and that man is Ryan.Ryan knows what he wants, and he understands what type of player will work for his program. It was Ryan and his staff that recruited Blue from the beginning and it was UW who enlisted the services of the great Devin Harris to aid the recruiting efforts.Now Blue’s academics and his ability to meet UW standards have been a touchy topic that is rumored to be a reason as to why Blue is not a Badger. But I don’t know a thing about his grades and I won’t pretend to. All I know is that Ryan wanted Blue and at one point Blue was sold on becoming a Badger.The legendary coach believed the elite prospect could thrive at UW, even with the tough academics, but the recruiting battle was lost in the end.As unsatisfying as it may be, I follow UW recruiting and I follow it closely. I accept that UW will not land the nation’s top recruits, and I know that the state of Wisconsin is not exactly the most fertile recruiting ground.But when a high caliber player comes out of a Wisconsin high school, the state university must take advantage. Elite in-state prospects don’t appear very often, but when they do, UW finally has a chance to land a top prospect.That’s what makes Blue’s commitment to Marquette hurt so much.The five-star player from our own backyard was within UW’s grasp and he got away.Blue said he was drawn to the Big East and the level of competition it provides, but it’s not like he just recently discovered the Big East Conference. Blue has known all along how explosive and competitive the Big East is, but that didn’t stop him from committing to UW and its swing offense in the first place.Even after exploring options like UCLA and Arizona, where he received the star treatment at some of the nation’s proudest programs, Blue narrowed it down to UW and Marquette. It truly became a recruiting battle for the in-state superstar.There are just some recruiting opportunities you have got to win — some instances where you need to spend the house, throw everything you’ve got to secure a commitment from your state’s top player.Williams’ effort paid off, and now UW is scrambling to locate plan B.Like it or not, in college basketball one player can take a program to the next level. I’m confident UW will remain a solid program without Blue (though the future guard depth now looks pretty scary), but think of what could have been. With a guy like Blue, the Badgers can still play solid defense, they can still maintain sound fundamentals — one player won’t change all that.What a player of Blue’s caliber can change is the capabilities of a Wisconsin offense that needs someone who can create a shot every now and then. Wisconsin has accomplished so much in the past two years without a player on offense they could rely on — adding that go-to guy to mix would make this team that much better.We saw how dynamic the Badgers were when Harris ran Ryan’s offense, and it was that combination of team defense and a dynamic scorer that made that squad so dangerous.Look, I enjoy watching the Badgers compete for Big Ten titles, but after winning multiple conference championships, it’s time to bring in some top talent and take that next step to legitimately compete with the best of the best in college basketball.It’s all about the NCAA Tournament, and without the talents of Blue, a trip to a Final Four looks an almost insurmountable hill to climb.Max is a junior majoring in journalism. Think the Badgers will be fine without Vander Blue? Do they need players like him to take the next step as a program? Let him know at read more