Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Secretary of State Hillary Clinton receives football helmet on her first day back in the office. (State Department photo by Nick Merrill)Now let’s see if she’ll spike the ball on her way out.Secretary of State Hillary Clinton reportedly received a rousing ovation Monday when she returned to work after a series of ailments that ultimately landed the former First Lady in the hospital.But the most poignant moment seemed to come when Clinton’s staff presented her with a white football helmet during a light-hearted moment following significant health issues that kept her from working.The moment was captured by a photographer and posted on the state department’s Flickr account. Another photo shows Clinton smiling as she displays a blue football jersey that was also presented as a gift. The No. 112 on the jersey represented the number of countries Clinton visited during her tenure, The Associated Press reported.Clinton, the country’s most traveled secretary of state in history, collapsed and suffered a concussion while battling a virus. She was reportedly suffering from dehydration.When she went back for a follow up, doctors discovered a dangerous blood clot located between her brain and her skull. Clinton was released last week after three days in New York Presbyterian Hospital Columbia.Her ailment prevented Clinton from testifying during a congressional hearing about lax security measures during the Benghazi attacks that killed Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans on Sept. 11, 2012.On Monday, the state department announced that Clinton plans to testify about the security failures at a later date.Clinton’s tenure as the country’s top diplomat will soon come to an end. Clinton has said she’s looking to relinquish her post this year. President Barack Obama has nominated Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.) as her successor. A confirmation hearing date has yet to be announced.
Wisconsin’s running game was tremendous all year long as the Badgers compiled 46 rushing touchdowns. The UW offensive line was a force, paving the way for a trio of tailbacks who consistently produced.[/media-credit]Every week during the year Herald Sports has assigned grades to the various position groups on the Wisconsin football team, but now with regular season over its time to hand out the season scores as UW preps for the bowl game. Here is rundown of the cumulative regular season grades on a scale from 0 to 5 for the 2010 Big Ten champions.Quarterbacks – 5 out 5The case could be made that Scott Tolzien is having the best season ever by a quarterback here at the University of Wisconsin. The senior captain has been resilient under center and has led the Badgers’ disciplined and balanced offensive attack. Tolzien has compiled 2,300 yards through the air, and he’s tossed 16 touchdowns while only throwing six interceptions. But the most impressive statistic on Tolzien’s resume is his nation-leading 74.3 completion percentage. He’s been extremely efficient all year, and UW really can’t ask for much more from the quarterback position.Running backs – 5 out of 5The Badgers’ three-headed monster in the backfield has been virtually unstoppable this season. John Clay, the 2009 Big Ten offensive player of the year, was slowed by injuries but still managed to put up 952 yards and 13 touchdowns. True freshman James White emerged as the team’s leading rusher with 1,029 yards to go along with 14 scores, but it’s Montee Ball who reached the end zone more than anyone this season. The sophomore tailback scored 17 touchdowns and has been a workhorse for UW down the stretch.Wide Receivers – 3 out of 5Nick Toon was poised to have a breakout year and become an elite Big Ten receiver this season, but injuries hindered the junior wideout. Toon caught two of his three touchdowns against Northwestern and struggled to create any big plays downfield. Redshirt freshman Jared Abbrederis filled in nicely and David Gilreath has been a reliable target, but it’s been a pretty average year for the receivers overall.Tight ends – 5 out of 5Lance Kendricks has been named one of the three finalists for the award given to the nation’s best tight end and for good reason. Kendricks has evolved into a prolific all-around tight end, running routes like a receiver and blocking like an offensive lineman. The senior captain has been nothing but productive, leading UW in receptions, yards and receiving touchdowns. Jake Byrne and Jacob Pedersen also showed promise throughout the year in backup roles.Offensive line – 5 out of 5If you are trying to find the identity of this Wisconsin squad look no further than the offensive line. UW’s success has been based on the tremendous work at the line of scrimmage by the likes of Gabe Carimi and John Moffitt, and the Badger offense has been dominant thanks to the elite blocking up front.Defensive line – 4 out of 5J.J. Watt alone makes a defensive line solid. The junior defensive end has filled up the stat sheet all season long, blocking kicks, making plays in the backfield and making quarterbacks’ lives miserable. Patrick Butrym, Jordan Kohout and Ethan Hemer have held their own inside as the Badgers are the fourth best Big Ten team against the run. A little more was expected of Louis Nzegwu and David Gilbert, but the two defensive ends haven’t been a liability opposite Watt.Linebackers – 3.5 out of 5Wisconsin’s linebackers have been consistent all season, but we just haven’t seen too many impact plays. Blake Sorensen and Mike Taylor have made the most of a couple arid passes and tipped balls turning them into interceptions and Culmer St. Jean has been stout against the run. Sorensen leads the team in tackles with 60 as the senior has played a big role in Chris Borland’s absence.Secondary – 3.5 out of 5The much-maligned UW secondary has been vastly improved under new secondary coach Chris Ash this season. Niles Brinkley and Antonio Fenelus have made huge strides at cornerback and Aaron Henry has made a smooth transition to the free safety position. The secondary has room for improvement, but this group is no longer holding this team back.Specialists – 3.5 out of 5Phillip Welch and Brad Nortman have had decent years for Wisconsin. Welch has only missed four field goal attempts, and all of those were from 40-plus yards out. Nortman has struggled with inconsistency at times, but he will always be known for his first down scamper on a fake punt against Iowa.
Construction crews will likely dig deeper into the Salmon Creek interchange Project this week — if the weather stays dry that is.Workers from Rotschy Inc. of Vancouver could start excavating the northwest corner of Northeast 10th Avenue and 139th Street as part of the second stage of the project. If it rains, work could be delayed another couple of weeks, according to Rotschy’s project manager, Darin Kysar.“We don’t want to go mucking around in the rain,” Lyle Uskoski, Rotschy’s on-site project manager, said Friday.Road access to all businesses in the construction zone will remain open, even during the excavation process, according to the company. Within the next couple of months, crews will start excavating 139th Street down to bare earth. Only half of the street will be done at a time, leaving two lanes of traffic open.“The traffic impact is slow and minimal,” said Jeff Mize, spokesman for Clark County Public Works. “This is a significant project, and there will be some delays.”Rotschy, hired for the project in January by the county, has been laying drainage pipes west along 136th Street since March 22. By the end of this week, it should have reached 10th Avenue. Piping then moves north to 139th Street. Kysar gave an approximate completion date of April 13.