The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Galveston District, is requesting input from industry and others parties for an upcoming emergency dredging of the San Jacinto River.According to the Corps, the Government has a requirement to dredge and remove shoal material within the West Fork of the San Jacinto River from Interstate 69 to the confluence of Lake Houston.“Dredging limits, production rates, completion time and liquidated damages will be determined by the H&H modeling,” USACE said. “Excessive debris from Hurricane Harvey is exacerbating and impeding the free flow of water down this portion of the West Fork of the San Jacinto River.”The Galveston District will be holding an Industry Day on the proposed work on 26 April 2018 at 10:00 a.m. Central Standard Time (CST) and the meeting will be broadcast via Web.
JEFF SCHORFHEIDE/Herald photo)For University of Wisconsin junior guard Michael Flowers, No. 11 Wisconsin’s (8-1, 0-0 Big Ten) game at No. 17 Marquette (9-1, 0-0 Big East) is more than just the annual in-state rivalry.Flowers, a graduate of Madison La Follette, will be going head-to-head against his high school rival in Wesley Matthews, who went to Madison Memorial and is currently a starting guard for the Golden Eagles.”We kind of built that rivalry of Madison Memorial versus La Follette,” Flowers said. “It goes way back, and it’s nothing but respect [between] me and Matthews.”Many thought Matthews spurned UW when he decided to attend Marquette two years ago, not only because he is a Madison native, but also considering his family ties to UW.Matthews’ mother, Pam Moore, competed in both track and basketball at Wisconsin, while his father, Wes Matthews, was a standout guard for the Badgers from 1977 to 1980 and went on to play nine seasons in the NBA.Nevertheless, Matthews is settling in at Marquette during his sophomore campaign this season, averaging 12.0 points, 5.5 rebounds and 2.6 assists per game through the Golden Eagles’ first 10 games.But it’s Matthews’ backcourt mate, sophomore Dominic James, who the Badgers will have to look out for.James, a preseason All-American candidate and last season’s Big East Rookie of the Year, leads Marquette with 17 points and 4.2 assists per game.And while Flowers may be matched up against Matthews to start the game, his defensive assignment may shift to James depending on how things shape out.”[I’ll be guarding] whoever’s hot,” Flowers said. “So if it’s James, he’s their leader, and if he gets off to a good start, they’ll throw me on him.”Whether Flowers is defending Matthews or James, it will be a test for the Badgers’ starting guards of Flowers and Kammron Taylor, whose goal before this season was to be among the elite backcourts in college basketball.”It’s going to be a good challenge for us, and [we’ll] definitely see where we’re at,” Flowers said. “A lot of people think Marquette has one of the best backcourts in the nation, so if we prove ourselves against them, we have our foot in the door to be one of the best.”Saturday’s rivalry goes much further than just Flowers and Matthews, however. UW sophomore forward Marcus Landry is married to Efueko Osagie, a senior forward on Marquette’s women’s basketball team, Badger junior Tanner Bronson’s mother is the Golden Eagles’ women’s tennis coach and former Wisconsin player Julian Swartz is currently a manager for Marquette.But the bottom line is state bragging rights are up for grabs.”It’s great for the state of Wisconsin,” UW senior forward Alando Tucker said. “Everybody’s looking forward to it, and we have a lot of players from Wisconsin, so whoever wins gets bragging rights.”And Wisconsin head coach Bo Ryan has been a longtime advocate of games between state schools. Having previously coached at UW-Platteville and UW-Milwaukee, Ryan knows about the importance of in-state rivalries. In fact, Ryan is well-experienced when it comes to the UW-Madison-Marquette game.In his five years as head coach at Wisconsin, Ryan is 3-2 against Marquette and head coach Tom Crean. But Ryan knew about this rivalry a long time ago as he first came to Wisconsin in 1976 as an assistant coach for the Badgers before accepting the head coaching position at Platteville.”I’ve been about Wisconsin basketball since 1976,” Ryan said. “It’s all about Wisconsin basketball, and the fact that you have two teams that are ranked and everything else that goes into it, that’s pretty good stuff.”This year’s matchup will be Tucker’s fifth, as he played in the game his sophomore year despite later taking a medical redshirt. With this being his last go-around, Tucker is still astounded by just how competitive the rivalry has grown to be.”Being here five years and seeing how highly anticipated it is within the state, I think it makes the players go out there and play even harder,” Tucker said. “Once the game comes, you can tell, you can feel the pressure from everywhere with these in-state rivalries.” read more
Azarenka, 27, is playing only her second tournament of 2017 after giving birth to her son Leo in December.The Belarusian, ranked 683rd, broke the Russian’s serve in the sixth game on her way to taking the opening set.Azarenka broke Vesnina’s serve twice more in the second set to secure a Vesnina, a Wimbledon semi-finalist in 2016, needed medical attention in the second set as she was struggling with a hip injury, but was able to complete the match.Sixth seed Johanna Konta, 26, won 7-6 (7-4) 4-6 10-8 against Croatia’s Donna Vekic in a tense battle on a hot Centre Court.Watson and Konta’s victories mean they have become the first two British women to appear in the same third-round draw since Jo Durie and Anne Hobbs three decades ago.Konta faces Greece’s Maria Sakkari, ranked 101, in the third round.Five-time Wimbledon champion Venus Williams survived a scare to beat China’s Wang Qiang and move into the third round of the women’s singles.Tenth seed Williams, 37, lost the opening set against the world number 55, but recovered to win 4-6 6-4 6-1.American Williams led 4-2 in the first set on Court One but then lost four consecutive games to fall a set behind.However, she broke Wang’s serve late in the second set and twice more in the deciding set for the victory.Williams, who last won the Wimbledon title nine years ago, will play unseeded Japanese player Naomi Osaka in the last 32 after she defeated 22nd seed Barbora Strycova of the Czech Republic 1-6 6-0 6-4.Eighth seed Dominika Cibulkova of Slovakia, who reached the last eight last year, also moved into the third round. The Slovakian defeated unseeded American Jennifer Brady 6-4 6-4 on Court 18.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Murray, three other Britons in Round of 32Former world number one Victoria Azarenka reached the third round at Wimbledon with a 6-3 6-3 win over 15th seed Elena Vesnina. Azarenka is to play Heather Watson in the third round.In the men’s draw, Murray, the world number one, defeated Dustin Brown of Germany 6-3 6-2 6-2 while his fellow Briton, Aljaz Bedene, 27, won 6-3 3-6 6-3 6-3 against Bosnia and Herzegovina’s Damir Dzumhur.Watson, 25, matched her best SW19 run with a stunning 6-0 6-4 win over 18th seed Anastasija Sevastova. This is Watsonâ€™s first Round of 32 qualification since 1986. read more