Hoolahan had a transfer request rejected last month after Aston Villa, managed by former Carrow Road boss Paul Lambert, had a bid rebuffed by Norwich. Hughton has spoken to the Republic of Ireland international this week, but declined to disclose the content of the conversation. The Canaries boss was adamant, though, Hoolahan will not be leaving on loan and is in contention for Saturday’s match at home to Manchester City. “Wes will be in the squad,” Hughton said. “There is only one thing that is certain now: Wes will be here. “Wes is very committed. We have a 14-game end-of-season run-in and he’s very much there for the challenge, very much part of the squad. “He’s very motivated. He’s knuckled down very well in training. He is a good player as we are all aware of and he will be fighting the same as everyone else for a place. “He’s trained very well and he’s very focused.” Hoolahan has not played since the New Year’s Day draw at Crystal Palace and made his wishes clear last month. But Hughton does not anticipate a negative reaction from supporters at Carrow Road on Saturday. Norwich manager Chris Hughton has insisted Wes Hoolahan is committed to the Canaries’ cause after the wantaway winger was denied a January move. Press Association “The only things I’m thinking about Wes at this particular moment are all positive,” Hughton added. “He’s a very popular member here. He’s done some wonderful things for this football club and we are very much looking forward to him being part of these past 14 games and giving everything he’s got.” Norwich, who are 15th two points clear of the relegation zone, will be aiming to make amends for their “worst performance of the season” when City visit this weekend, having lost 7-0 at the Etihad Stadium in November. City are looking to respond from their first home loss this season when Chelsea won on Monday after a seemingly irrepressible run of form. “There won’t be too many people that will expect us to beat Manchester City,” Hughton added. “The ones I’d like to think would think different to that is our players. “If we’ve got a committed group of players that are looking to play as a team, to defend well, but also have our really good moments of offensive play, that’s all that you can ask for. “It’s a really wonderful challenge for us.” Former Everton defender Joseph Yobo could make his debut against City at Carrow Road after signing on loan from Fenerbahce. Centre back Ryan Bennett (thigh) is a major doubt and faces a fitness test, while defender Michael Turner (hamstring) and midfielder Jonny Howson (back) are continuing their rehabilitation. Hughton vowed not to sit back against City, a team Norwich lost 4-3 to at home last season and beat at the Etihad Stadium last May. “It’s about getting the balance right,” Hughton said. “You have to be a solid enough team and you have to defend well. “But you have to be a threat. If you’re sitting back for 90 minutes there’s probably only going to be one result.”
Prior to last night’s matchup against Michigan, the Wisconsin women’s basketball team was 0-5 in games in which it trailed at the half. Now, the Badgers are 1-5 in that category after defeating the Wolverines by a final score of 73-60, completing the season series sweep.UW junior guard Janese Banks led all scorers with 20 points, on only 4-of-13 shooting from the field. It was her 10 free throws on 12 attempts that helped the Badgers slide past the Wolverines. She was particularly good down the stretch.”I’ve actually lately been practicing free-throw shooting,” Banks said. “The free-throw line is just about being confident and relaxing and knowing that you’ve shot that shot a thousand times in a week.”Banks wasn’t the only Badger guard to score in double figures Thursday night. In fact, both of her backcourt mates, junior Jolene Anderson and freshman Rae Lin D’Alie, reached double digits, scoring 19 and 11 points respectively.Momentum was the name of the game as the Badgers jumped out to a quick 4-0 lead, but Michigan responded with 12 unanswered points to take a 12-4 lead. Not to be outdone, Wisconsin went on its own 12-point run midway through the first half to regain the four-point advantage. But the final eleven-and-a-half minutes of the first half belonged to the maize and blue, as Michigan took a 32-28 lead into the locker room.Whatever UW head coach Lisa Stone said at halftime seemed to work, because her squad came out firing on all cylinders; they started the second half on a 15-2 run.”I think every coach will say that your players will do whatever you emphasize,” Stone said after the win. “We really emphasized rebounding at halftime and we got on the glass. [Anderson, D’Alie and Banks] all had six-plus rebounds. That’s a lot of boards coming out of our [backcourt]. It’s not just your [post players] that rebound, and I think people forget that.”UW won the battle of the boards by a 46-37 margin even after being out-rebounded by Michigan 20-15 in the first half. Stone attributed much of that turnaround to sophomore center Caitlin Gibson, who crashed the boards, nabbing eight of her nine rebounds after intermission. Wolverine center Krista Phillips, who is a staggering 6-foot-6, had nine first-half points on a few easy buckets for the Wolverines. After Gibson and UW’s post game stepped up, she got almost nothing after that, scoring just one point after halftime.”I think the way Gibson came out of the gates in the second half really caused Phillips to be a non-factor,” Stone said. “I thought [Gibson] did a great job on post defense.”Stone was also pleased with her team’s overall defense throughout the contest. Her Badgers held the Wolverines to just 24 percent shooting from the field and 17 percent from beyond the arc in the second half.With 6:02 left on the clock, D’Alie hit a jump shot while falling away on the baseline as the shot clock was winding down. It was a shot that seemed to take the wind out of Michigan’s sails. And it pushed Wisconsin’s lead to five.”I don’t know how it went in,” D’Alie said with a smile. “But it did.””I taught her that shot this summer,” Banks joked.Michigan guard Janelle Cooper performed well in a losing effort. In 40 minutes, she scored a team-high 19 points, collected eight rebounds and was 4-4 from the free throw line.With the win, the Badgers improve to 15-6 on the season, and stand alone in sixth place in the Big Ten at an even 4-4.Stone’s club will have a chance to immediately improve that standing as they will take on their archrival and fourth-place Minnesota in front of a sold out Kohl Center Sunday afternoon, as part of Stone’s “Raise the Roof” charity event. All proceeds will benefit Gilda’s Club Madison, a local support center for those affected by cancer.
A delegation from a Chinese college visited Brookdale Community College as part of a tour of U.S. institutions of higher learning. Associate Professor Yun Zhou of Zhejiang College of Construction meets Brookdale President Maureen Murphy during the Chinese delegation’s visit.LINCROFT – An 18-member delegation of directors, deans, and faculty from Zhejiang College of Construction in Hangzhou, China, was welcomed earlier this month to Brookdale Community College’s main campus, here, by new Brookdale president Maureen Murphy.The group also visited the Freehold campus to specifically witness the Brookdale-Rutgers partnership through which students holding associate degrees can earn a Rutgers degree at the Freehold branch.The visit to Brookdale focused on the delivery of academic and learning opportunities and how two-year degree programs transfer to four-year degrees. Brookdale professors Edward O’Neill and Mike Qaissaunee discussed Brookdale’s architecture, engineering and technology associate degree programs. A campus tour of the classroom and laboratory facilities followed, led by Dr. Janice M. Thomas, director of Brookdale’s International Education Center.The Chinese delegation also spent a week at Rutgers University, hosted by Mike Finkelstein, senior adviser for strategic partnerships, International School of Sports Marketing and Business.Yun Zhou, leader of the delegation, said through an interpreter that their monthlong study tour would provide participants a better understanding of the U.S. higher education system and the relationships between two- and four-year institutions. Zhou is library director and associate professor of library science at Zhejiang College of Construction.The delegation’s U.S. tour began at Tufts University in Boston, Mass. After visits to Rutgers and Brookdale, the delegation continued on to Philadelphia and Washington D.C. Their tour was to conclude at Washington State University, Bates Technical College, and St. Martin’s University, all in the state of Washington.