Planning: Mixing it up

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Mikel Arteta plans to build Arsenal midfield around Houssem Aouar

first_imgMikel Arteta plans to build Arsenal midfield around Houssem Aouar Houssem Aouar is Arsenal’s top target for the rest of the transfer window (AFP via Getty Images)Mikel Arteta is planning to build his Arsenal midfield around Houssem Aouar, according to reports.The 22-year-old has established himself as one of the best young midfield prospects in Europe following his performances for Lyon.Aouar has attracted interest from Juventus, Real Madrid and Manchester City.But according to ESPN, Arsenal have made Aouar their priority target for the remainder of the transfer window.ADVERTISEMENTThe report claims that Arteta views Aouar as a key part of the midfield trio he plans to use in a 4-3-3 system with Arsenal.Arsenal have already had an bid for Aouar rejected by Lyon as the Gunners offered cash plus Matteo Guendouzi. Advertisement Comment Arsenal have offered Matteo Guendouzi to Lyon but the French club refused (Getty Images)‘We spoke on the phone. Houssem Aouar is really appreciated by Arteta. There have been some discussions for Matteo Guendouzi who is also a good player. ‘He was mentioned during the discussion, but this is not the profile we need, we were very clear. If it is like that, it does not interest us at all… it is, and we stopped.’Arsenal are currently unable to match Lyon’s valuation, although their transfer will now be boosted following Emiliano Martinez’s £20m move to Aston Villa on Sunday.More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing ArsenalArteta, meanwhile, has said this week that he is keen to bolster his squad even further before the end of the transfer window.‘We are still active in the market, we are looking at different options,’ said the Arsenal manager.‘I would say we are active in the market for players in and out, at the moment the squad balance is not the ideal we want to achieve so there is still some work to do.‘Some positions are overbooked, I said some others, in terms of specific qualities that we need, they are still not there.‘We have to bear in mind the complication with this transfer market and the complexity and the timing, because you can see that clubs are behaving in many different ways and it is a little bit uncertain how this will work in the next few weeks.’Follow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page.center_img Lyon are demanding €60m (£55.5m) for Houssem Aouar (Getty Images)Lyon, however, are not interested in a deal that includes Guendouzi and are demanding a €60 million (£55.5m) fee.AdvertisementAdvertisementSpeaking earlier this week, Lyon’s sporting director, Juninho, confirmed Arsenal’s first offer for Aouar had been turned down.‘I get along very well with their sporting director [Edu],’ Juninho said. Metro Sport ReporterSunday 13 Sep 2020 5:54 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link17.7kShares Advertisementlast_img read more

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Battered northern property market offers great value

first_imgAreas in north Queensland, such as Townsville still represent good value according to Haesley Cush.I TRAVELLED up to North Queensland this week where many of the locals were still basking in the warm glory of the mighty Queensland Maroons win only a week ago.I started in Airlie Beach where the victory was a welcome reason to celebrate after cyclone Debbie had crashed into town soaking the green shoots that had just started to sprout in the real estate market following the resources boom fall out.From Airlie we drove to Townsville. It managed to dodge the Debbie bullet but with some hard industrial closures last year the town’s road back to recovery was one of the slowest in the far north.Surely any person interested in property is looking for the next big thing. So when I was talking to the agents in both towns I was digging for value or any indicators to help gauge what the next few months might have in store.In Airlie there are some really strong investment signs.More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home3 hours agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor3 hours agoThe signs are looking positive for north Queensland according to Haesley Cush (pictured).In most natural disasters there are usually two sides to the situation. The devastation of Debbie has meant an increase in jobs. Trades people are flocking to the town and there is a huge amount of work to be done to get the town back to its previous glory.The extra people coming to town, combined with a decrease in available properties (as a consequence of the storm damage), has seen rental prices increase.House prices have obviously been low in north Queensland in recent years. So these low prices when matched to low vacancy and rising rents are very good signs. These indicators should interest savvy and local investors looking to take advantage of the value.Property investment explained…Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 1:15Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -1:15 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD540p540p360p360p270p270pAutoA, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenProperty Investment Explained01:15Similarly, Townsville prices have stayed low. The only indication of market movement has come from a decrease in the days a property is on the market.Townsville currently has construction and jobs coming too. There is talk of the building of a new stadium, a solar plant, a battery factory, and staff for the Adani mining company and its associated work is starting to be recruited.While some pockets of Australia are significantly over stimulated, far north Queensland still represents great value and with the available work in many of the area’s towns, in my opinion it won’t be long before these regions start to see price rises.last_img read more

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Gold Coast records several million-dollar sales

first_img2503 Cressbrook Drive, Hope Island. 208 Wongawallan Drive, Wongawallan.THE Gold Coast’s million-dollar club is growing with several big sales recorded last week.A riverfront mansion at Hope Island was one of the highest sales, changing hands for $1.9 million.Hope Island Resort Realty agent Warren Hickey said an Asian family bought the home at 2503 Cressbrook Drive on Friday. 2503 Cressbrook Drive, Hope Island.The two-storey home has four ensuited bedrooms, a study, a pool overlooking the river and pontoon.Also on Friday, the $1.12 million sale of a Wongawallan home was cemented after a two month settlement period.Wise Choice Realty Oxenford principal Pauline OBrien-Wise said a couple based in England bought the 4ha mountain-top property at 208 Wongawallan Drive.She said the house’s panoramic coastline vistas from Moreton Bay to Tweed Heads framed by floor to ceiling windows made it special.“It’s more of a lifestyle property,” Mrs OBrien-Wise said.“It’s the sort of property that wasn’t going to be everyone’s cup of tea.” 2503 Cressbrook Drive, Hope Island. 2503 Cressbrook Drive, Hope Island.“They have an existing property portfolio in Australia (but) I believe they are going to reside here,” Mr Hickey said.He said several buyers were interested in the property, which was on the market for about three months.“We had multiple offers,” Mr Hickey said.More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa17 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag2 days agoHe said its position on the Coomera River overlooking Thompson Island was one of its most appealing features.Prospective buyers also liked that it was secure within the gated Gracemere Island prescient of Hope Island Resort. 208 Wongawallan Drive, Wongawallan.center_img 2503 Cressbrook Drive, Hope Island. 208 Wongawallan Drive, Wongawallan. 2503 Cressbrook Drive, Hope Island. 208 Wongawallan Drive, Wongawallan.She received a couple of offers not long after it hit the market on November 1 but said they were “dreamers”.She said the man who bought the property knew instantly he wanted to live in the home with his wife once his two-year contracted ended overseas.“He said, ‘I’ve just got to have this, it’s just beautiful’,” Mrs OBrien-Wise said.“He’ll move over, just him and his wife, and live in it and put their own stamp on it.”She said it will be rented out until they moved in.A modern Burleigh Heads house and family home at Helensvale also sold for more than a million on Thursday at $1.13 million and $1.05 million respectively.last_img read more

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​Nordic quintet backs $1bn investment in US mid-market loans [updated]

first_imgAnders Stensbøl Christiansen, CIO at Velliv, told IPE: “We are investing in private market loans to these smaller US companies because they provide higher yields than broadly syndicated loans to larger companies, and because they typically carry lower default risk due to more conservative underwriting practices.”He said the partnership with Nuveen should deliver attractive risk-adjusted returns for its customers.“Private credit is an attractive alternative to the more liquid, traditional fixed income market for our portfolio,” he added.Per Frederiksen, head of Nuveen’s Nordics advisory business, said: “One thing we are focused on is that we don’t want to overburden Churchill – we want them to stay in the sweet spot they are in now.”Of the two unnamed Nordic institutions in the investor group, one is Danish and the other is a large Finnish pension insurer, he said. “TIAA knows what it means to be a long-term investor and has the same needs as these pension funds, including a balance sheet that is aligned with theirs,” Frederiksen said. “This opened a lot of doors – they need strong partners and not only do we have the management capabilities but we also provide our own capital.”The US middle market company sector was so large it equated to the third largest economy in the world when seen in isolation, according to Nuveen.Churchill Asset Management is a specialist middle-market US loans manager that was established in 2015.In December last year, PenSam struck a deal with TIAA and Nuveen to invest DKK1.2bn (€161m) in US private equity.This article was updated on 3 October to amend the fundraising target. It was amended again on 9 October to correct details about Churchill Asset Management. Five Nordic pensions institutions have allocated $550m (€475m) to a fund investing in senior secured loans to middle-market US companies.The providers include Denmark’s PFA Pension, PenSam and Velliv (formerly Nordea Liv & Pension Denmark), and the fund aims to raise $1bn in total.The fund has been created and is managed by Churchill Asset Management, a subsidiary of Nuveen, the asset management arm of US pension fund TIAA.The five pension funds acted as seed investors in the fund, which cannot be named due to US marketing restrictions. Nuveen said it was talking to other institutions about investing in the fund.last_img read more

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Carroll hoping to find English club

first_imgNorthern Ireland goalkeeper Roy Carroll is crossing his fingers an English club takes a chance on him this summer. The former Manchester United number one, now 36, is a free agent after the end of his contract with Greek champions Olympiacos and is eager to return to familiar shores. Carroll has not played in England since leaving Derby five years ago, instead opting to take the route less travelled – first in Denmark with OB Odense, then with OFI Crete before being snapped up by Olympiacos in 2012. “Everybody asks me why it was so long but it wasn’t my idea but it makes be appreciate every day now. “I still enjoy life as a footballer even when I’m not playing but all I want to do now is play games.” Should any potential suitors need a reference for Carroll, O’Neill is on hand with a glowing appreciation. “Roy Carroll would be a good goalkeeper for any club on the lookout,” O’Neill told Press Association Sport. “He’s really focused now, he wants to maximise what he has left in his career and he has a goal in his head to get 50 caps for his country. “He’d be a fantastic signing for anyone in the Premier League or the Championship.” The Enniskillen man was at his very best in the 1-0 friendly defeat in Uruguay on Friday, catching the eye with a stunning double save from Edinson Cavani and Diego Forlan. The second of those stops saw him collide with the post, clattering his shoulder, but he never considered going in half-hearted despite the fact injury could harm his chances of finding new employers. “We lost the game and that’s the worst thing but it is nice to make a double save from two players like Cavani and Forlan, that’s not bad,” Carroll said. “When I hit my shoulder I didn’t think about an injury or trying to find a club if I had got injured; I’m playing for Northern Ireland and all I wanted to do was play on and it was no problem. “No matter if I play in a friendly, a qualifier or an FA Cup final, I give it everything. “I’m enjoying every moment of being back playing for Northern Ireland, it’s fantastic. “I don’t have too many years left but I will enjoy every minute of it.” He established himself as a fan favourite when, with his first touch for the club, he saved a penalty in a Europa League victory over Rubin Kazan. Carroll went on to play for the club in the Champions League the following year, his first appearance in the competition since lining up for United in 2005, but a change of management saw him drop down the pecking order this term. The veteran is now ready to move his family back home and is eager for regular football as he looks to retain his place in the national side. Carroll struggled with injuries and depression following his time at Old Trafford, and his spells at West Ham, Rangers and Derby were little to cheer about, but he has been a strong performer since being recalled from a six-year international exile by Michael O’Neill. “I hope somebody gives me a chance. I had a few bad years in England but I want to come back and play at the highest level I can,” he said ahead of Wednesday’s friendly clash with Chile. “It is great playing for Northern Ireland again because I haven’t played for quite a while for my club. But I am finished with Olympiacos now and I’m looking for a new club. “Hopefully someone will take a chance on me and give me a year or so. “I’d been out of international football for a long while, six years, and that is a long time in football. Press Associationlast_img read more

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FBI Seeks to Monitor Social Media in Real Time for Mass Shooting Threats

first_imgThe FBI is planning its next steps following the recent mass shootings in Texas and Ohio.The agency wants to monitor social media in real time for such threats with the help of private contractors who can gather and send them the posts.FBI Agent Stuart Kaplan says, “With these mass shootings and these active shooting scenarios, the person may tend to post a manifesto or last will and testament online and immediately go out and carry out a horrific act.”Without the use of a third party, the FBI would need to obtain warrants or wait for tips.According to Kaplan, “If the FBI or government has to jump through those hoops, the delay may in fact be too late.” He acknowledges that some privacy would have to be taken away from social media users, but thinks it is necessary in order to address the threat.Kaplan adds, “Domestic terrorism has become more of the forefront, our national security is more front and center with respect to homegrown, and I hate to say this, United States citizens acting as lone wolves.”In this month’s Dayton, Ohio shooting, FBI agents say the shooter had concerning posts on Twitter that hinted he was violent. The El Paso shooter also posted a manifesto in an online message board.last_img read more

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Holder relishes ‘aggressive West Indies’

first_img(CMC) – CAPTAIN Jason Holder said the aggression displayed in yesterday’s seven-wicket victory over Pakistan was a blueprint of the type of cricket West Indies hoped to produce going forward in the ICC World Cup.Bowling with pace and hostility, the Caribbean side needed less than two hours to crush Pakistan for 105 off 21.4 overs then raced to their target in the 14th over with veteran opener Chris Gayle lashing a stroke-filled 33-ball 50.“I think our style was just to be aggressive. We just want to be aggressive against whoever we’re playing. It’s just something that we need to do in order to pick up wickets,” Holder told a post-match media conference.“I think with the modern-day game, if you are not picking wickets up throughout the innings you’re going to struggle to contain teams. So we just want to be aggressive even if we give up a few runs up front, trying to get wickets.“One of the things we’ve spoken about in the recent past is just trying to have that mindset to take wickets, because if you’re not taking wickets you’re going to struggle.”He continued: “I think for every single team in the competition, looking to pick up wickets throughout the entire innings has been a common trend. If you don’t get wickets continuously throughout the innings, you’re going to struggle to contain teams at the very back end.“It’s something you have to do, whether it be through spin, which is the way a lot of teams have gone, or through good fast bowling, which is the direction we’ve been going.”Rookie speedster Oshane Thomas revelled in a fresh pitch and overcast conditions, roughing up the Pakistani batsmen to end with four for 27 while Holder picked up three for 42.Andre Russell was sensational in a pacey three-over burst, taking two for four to initiate the Pakistan collapse.“I thought we bowled really well. We got wickets with the new ball and really set them back, slowed their momentum and quite fortunately for us we were able to keep picking up wickets and they never recovered from the position they were in at the very beginning,” Holder said.“I think when we batted it was a clinical performance as well, obviously Chris starting nicely. He put the accelerator on them and was supported by (Nicholas) Pooran in the very end.”He added: “Thomas has been excellent. The last game he got five wickets then he comes and follows it up with four wickets here today. It was great to see him running in and bowling fast. That’s one thing we ask of him, just to be aggressive in those middle overs, as I said before.“He’s working out quite nicely for us. It’s just a matter for us to be consistent with it, and at times not get carried away in terms of overdoing it.“Andre’s spell had great impact, obviously. It started the slide for Pakistan, and again, he’s one of those players who run in and give it their all. He has a lot of force going through his body, and he’s one player who will give you 110 per cent every time he steps up to the plate.”West Indies, rated underdogs in the tournament, will now face title-holders Australia in their second match next Thursday also at Trent Bridge.And despite yesterday’s convincing victory, Holder said West Indies would remain grounded, especially with a long way to go in the tournament.“I’m not thinking too far ahead. We’ve got Australia in the next encounter. As I said to the guys, we’ve got a long tournament here; it’s just a matter for us to take it game by game and I’m not getting ahead of myself,” he pointed out.“We just want to be consistent. The only thing we can focus on and control is cricket, and we’ve got three departments to make sure we’re clinical in – our batting, bowling and fielding, and I just want us to be the best we can in terms of performing our roles for the team.”last_img read more

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J-E cross country earns sweep of Marcellus

first_img Tags: cross countryJ-EMarcellusskaneatelesWest GeneseeWesthill A string of races across the area marked the start of Onondaga High School League Liberty division competition for a quintet of area high school cross country teams.Two local sides met each other on Wednesday, and Jordan-Elbridge got the best of it, defeating Marcellus 27-31 in the boys meet and 23-31 in the girls meet.The Eagles went 1-2 in the boys race as Kenny Williams, in 18 minutes, 34 seconds, edged Sean Dristle (18:35) for the top spot and Lee Jewell finishing fourth in 19:09. Share this:FacebookTwitterLinkedInRedditComment on this Story K Huss led the Mustangs, getting third place in 18:48 as Aiden Shea (19:13) was fifth and Caeden Cox sixth in 19:16.Four Mustangs followed as Kevin Huss, in 18:48, beat out Jewell, Aiden Shea (19:13) and Caeden Cox (19:16).Eli Hart was eighth in 20:27, just ahead of Jaiden Capozzi (20:32) and Tom Hoey (21:10).J-E’s 23-31 win over Marcellus in the girls race started with Vassianna Klock winning the individual race in 21:38 over the 22:19 by the Mustangs’ Anelia Bolster (22:19) and Meghan Strempel (22:51) in the next two spots. Hannah Fichter was fourth in 23:21, with Coral Uhle fifth in 24:16 as Tatiana Parkolap was sixth in 24:43 and Kendall Shaw was seventh in 25:17. The Mustangs had Sophia Maum (25:32), Violet Lucchetti (25:55) and Amy Francesconi (26:18) round out the top 10.Skaneateles had a clean sweep of its three-team meet against Hannibal and Altmar-Parish-Williamstown at the Polo Grounds Course. The boys Lakers, no. 10 in the state Class C rankings,  defeated the Warriors 21-39 and the Rebels 15-50.Caleb Bender won the individual race in 15:48 as Matt Persampieri, in 16:43, beat out Joe Norris (16:52) for third place. Will Girzadas was sixth in 18:02, ahead of Josh Reed (18:14) and Seamus Fogerty (18:39) as Nolan Gryzlo, in 18:59, also had a top-10 finish.The Skaneateles girls swept the top six spots against Hannibal and APW, Sarah Tallerico prevailing in 20:49 over the 21:20 from Hope Cross-Jaya. Elyse Osmun (21:34) beat out Lily Yengo (21:37) for third place as Georgia McSwain was fifth in 22:03 and Sophia Aurdeen was sixth in 22:28, Ellie McSwain taking eighth place in 23:36.Westhill took a pair of close defeats to Christian Brothers Academy. The boys race, a 22-33 loss, had the Warriors’ Jacob Fricano finish in 17:47, six seconds behind the Brothers’ Mike McMahon, while Mike Ferrara was fifth in 18:16. Will Thornton got sixth place in 18:35 and Brandon Mulholland was seventh in 18:49.The Westhill girls’ 23-32 defeat to CBA involved Liz Kessler leading the Warriors, her time of 22:17 third behind the Brothers’ Olivia Morganti (21:14) and Lea Kyle (22:01).Kessler was followed by Addie Lowery, getting fourth place in 23:17, while Emily O’Reilly was seventh in 23:50, just ahead of Catherine Dadey (23:59) and Angie Mesa-Espinosa (24:25).Solvay was swept by Cazenovia, though the 22-37 boys race proved close as Luke Dwyer finished third in 18:54. Adam DeLucia got fifth place in 19:09 as Ryan Trendell finished sixth in 19:30. The girls Bearcats lost 15-51 to the Lakers.Up in the SCAC Metro division, West Genesee was swept by Liverpool, though in the boys race the Wildcats’ Matt Bartolotta was victorious, his time of 16:39 well clear of the 17:02 by the Warriors’ Carter Rodriguez.Despite this and Peter McMahon’s fourth-place clocking of 17:37, the Wildcats fell 23-38 to Liverpool, who claimed the next five spots after McMahon before WG’s Aiden Walsh took 10th place in 19:08.WG’s girls lost, 15-46, to Liverpool, no. 5 in the state Class A rankings. Hannah Craybas finished in 21:07, but that trailed five Warriors, led by Jenna Schulz, who won in 19:03. Natalie Buckhout was seventh in 21:09.last_img read more

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Women’s hockey: Mikayla Johnson embraces, navigates family legacy at UW

first_imgComing to Wisconsin meant dealing with higher expectations for Wisconsin women’s hockey redshirt sophomore Mikayla Johnson.Following in her family’s footsteps in Madison, Mikayla has to overcome some of the difficulty of following the “Johnson” legacy throughout Badger history but it was always a goal of hers to wear the cardinal and white of a Wisconsin women’s hockey sweater.“It’s been my dream,” Mikayla Johnson said. “It’s hard not to. It’s my hometown. The campus is awesome. And the program here is unbelievable, so I was pretty jacked.”Bob Johnson, Mikayla’s grandfather, coached the men’s hockey team for 16 years and is a member of the Wisconsin Hockey Hall of Fame.Mikayla’s father, Mark Johnson, was a Badgers men’s hockey player from 1976-79 before becoming a national sensation as a member of the 1980 United States Olympic team when he scored the tying goal against the Soviet Union as part of the “Miracle on Ice.”Mark Johnson also played in the NHL for 10 seasons with five different teams.Patrick Johnson, her brother, played for the Badgers from 2007-11, before being picked by Montreal in the 2008 NHL draft. He has had to deal with many of the same issues her sister now faces.“They need to understand all of the parameters of being on the team being a part of Wisconsin and maybe dealing with some of the things that other student-athletes don’t have to deal with,” Mark Johnson, now the Wisconsin women’s hockey team head coach, said. “In her case, the dad is the coach, and my son’s case, trying to follow in my footsteps and my dad’s footsteps and being a ‘Johnson’ and understanding all that goes into that. It’s probably harder on her, and certainly harder on Patrick because of those situations they were in.”Mark Johnson had to deal with a similar situation in his time as a member of the Badger men’s hockey team. He played in Madison with his father coaching him during that time, so he understands the complexity of coaching a child.His responsibilities as a coach are to put the team first, a line that Mark Johnson believes he has dealt with well.“I had played for my dad here and gone through that,” the elder Johnson said. “So the shoe is on the other foot, so now I’m the coach. So you take each day at a time and each situation at a time and handle it the best, knowing you have the best interest of the team.”He understands that having your father around practice every day could be difficult for a college student to get used to.But Mark Johnson has been impressed with how his daughter has handled the situation, especially now that he gets to see her on a daily basis and can see how she interacts and fits in with her teammates.“I think the resilience of playing for your dad at the university and dealing with some of the things a coach’s daughter or a coach’s son has to deal with and conduct themselves on a daily basis,” Mark Johnson said. “Some days are hard, but I’ve been impressed with the way she has handled it. I think she has matured and grown and learned a lot about herself in that situation.”The recruiting started normally, with assistant coach Jackie Friesen starting the conversation with Mikayla about playing for the cardinal and white. In fact, her in-house recruiting visit was in her house. She was sitting at home when Mark Johhson walked in and asked her to play for Wisconsin.She knew what she was getting into when she took the offer from her father to play at Wisconsin, but she also could not turn down the opportunity to succeed where her family has made such a name.But it was not exactly what Mikayla expected when she decided to play in Madison.After red-shirting her freshman season, she played in 27 games last season for Wisconsin, tallying just a goal and an assist. This year Mikayla has seen limited game action, as well, playing in more than half of the 32 total games thus far. But she’s doubled her goal scoring output this season with a goal on the road at Lindenwood Sept. 27 and adding another on the road at New Hampshire on Nov. 29.Dealing with the family name can be difficult at times for her, but she also sees a different side to her father now.“It’s also been a lot more fun than I expected,” Mikayla said. “He’s goofy and fun to be with. I didn’t get to see him every day until I came to play here.”For some people, dealing with a parent daily, especially in front of friends, could prove to be difficult, but Mikayla has taken everything in stride. Playing for the Badgers has strengthened their relationship in ways she could not previously imagine, she said.“Some people would think it could make it awkward between us, but I think we’ve gotten a lot closer between us actually,” Mikayla said. “It’s goofy and weird, and serious at other times. It’s fun because I get to see him all the time.”last_img read more

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