CUNA backs amendment to keep NCUA out of appropriations process

first_imgCUNA is actively engaged and strongly supports an amendment to House appropriations legislation that would strike a section of the bill that would place NCUA under the appropriations process. The amendment was offered by Reps. Mark Amodei (R-Nev.) and Pete Aguilar (D-Calif.).Section 906 of the Department of the Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act for Fiscal Year 2018 (H.R. 3354) would bring NCUA under the appropriations process.We oppose Section 906 because it would jeopardize the independence of the federal credit union regulator and unnecessarily comingle credit union resources with taxpayer resources, potentially causing credit union resources to be used to pay for other areas of government,” CUNA President/CEO Jim Nussle wrote to Amodei and Aguilar Thursday in a letter supporting the amendment.“Maintaining a separate, independent federal credit union regulator and insurer is critically important to the credit union system, and the structural and mission-driven differences between credit unions and banks necessitate such a regulatory scheme: credit unions’ not-for-profit structure and their mission to promote thrift and provide access to credit for provident purposes are fundamentally different than other financial services providers,” the letter adds. 10SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading »last_img read more

Confident Wisconsin powered by 3 backs

first_imgBret Bielema and the Badgers await the announcement of their bowl destination and opponent, which will come this Sunday, Dec. 5 on the BCS selection show.[/media-credit]The regular season is over, and it’s time to rest for head coach Bret Bielema and the No. 5 in the BCS Wisconsin Badgers (11-1, 7-1). After securing a share of the Big Ten title and likely a Rose Bowl berth, Bielema will allow his squad a chance to recuperate and get conditioned this week. After that, with the Badgers having already compiled a strong recruiting class, the focus turns to bowl preparation – no matter which bowl they enter or opponent they face.“Whoever our bowl prep is, from a breakdown and analyzing it and just putting together a game plan,” Bielema said in his Tuesday press conference. “This is always a difficult time because our coaches are on the road with recruiting, our players are involved with finals and moving forward with the close of the semester, so it’s always a balancing act. But the good thing is you’re at Wisconsin, we’ve had a lot of opportunities to do that.”Playing with anybodyHe’s said it before, but Tuesday Bielema didn’t shy away from proclaiming Wisconsin as a team that can play with any other in the nation.“First off, we lead the nation in fewest penalized,” Bielema said. “That means we’re not beating ourselves. We led the Big Ten in turnover margin, but also led the country in fewest giveaways, which means you’re not killing yourself. As big as a giveaway is, bad thing for an offense, it’s really bad for a defense, because now you’re taking the field after a sudden change.Indeed, the Badgers have committed the fewest turnovers in the nation, with only 35 in 12 games. In penalty yardage, Wisconsin trails only Navy, who has played one less game, 358-320. Additionally, Wisconsin’s turnover margin was also one of the nation’s best – tied for second at +14. The Badgers also tied for first in the nation for fewest turnovers lost (9).Altogether, the Badgers’ efficient play has justified Bielema’s steadfast denial that UW hasn’t run up the score on opponents. In its four November games, Wisconsin has outscored opponents by a 235-84 margin.“Everybody wants to write Bielema or Wisconsin is running up the score,” Bielema said. “Those are our twos and threes that are going out there and playing very, very well, and that’s the guys that fill in for Lance Kendricks when he goes down the back of the end zone and can’t come back in the game. It’s the Montee Ball that started off as our third string running back and won games for us. That’s the stuff that gives me an indication that we could have success against a lot of people.”Running backs a special groupHeading into this season, it would be difficult to find anyone willing to wager that true freshman James White would be the Badgers’ leading rusher. But 12 games and 1,029 yards later, that was exactly the situation. Consequently, preseason Heisman favorite and reigning Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year John Clay finished second on the team with 936 rushing yards, and sophomore Montee Ball was third with 864 yards.“Well, I think when we do resume, John will be 100 percent,” Bielema said. “He just hasn’t been able to practice at the level we want…but the guy is one of the finalists for the Doak Walker [Award], he’s a second team All-Big Ten, and we’re having a conversation about getting him in the game. So it is difficult, but I think we’ll be set on things moving forward.”Amazingly, Wisconsin has a somewhat realistic chance to become the first team to have a quarterback pass for 2,500 yards and three running backs each rush for 1,000. Quarterback Scott Tolzien needs exactly 200 yards to reach that feat, while Clay and Ball need 64 and 136, respectively.“Those three guys are all a little bit unique, so they all kind of have their own little package,” Bielema said of White, Clay and Ball. “And all three of them, it’s funny, I came into film last week on Tuesday, and they’re all in there watching film. You go to dinner, and they’re all three sitting down there together, so it’s a special group.”last_img read more

Lonzo Ball targets 20 minutes in Lakers preseason debut

first_img Lakers, Clippers schedules set for first round of NBA playoffs Trail Blazers beat Grizzlies in play-in, earn first-round series with the Lakers LAS VEGAS — It’s been two weeks, Lonzo Ball said, since he’s felt pain in his knee.The hardest thing to deal with in that span has been patience.“Just anxious to get out there,” Ball said Wednesday morning, hours ahead of his preseason debut. “I knew I was gonna play shortly. I’m happy it’s before the season actually gets to start, so I’ll get two practice runs in, then go from there.”The 20-year-old point guard will come off the bench when the Lakers take on the Golden State Warriors at T-Mobile Arena. He’s expecting to play about 20 minutes, including some time with the starting rotation. Lakers practice early hoping to answer all questions AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersNotably, it will be the first time Ball plays with LeBron James, although neither could say for sure how much time they’ll share the floor. It’s likely James’ last game of the preseason (the Lakers also play the Warriors on Friday), and Ball is scheduled to play again Friday.James said he’s not expecting anything dramatic out of Ball, whom he called “Young King” in an Instagram post on Tuesday.“Just being on the floor, there’s nothing to it,” James said. “He plays basketball, he knows how to play basketball, he’ll be excited to get out there, just not looking too deep into a preseason game.”Sign up for Home Turf and get exclusive stories every SoCal sports fan must read, sent daily. Subscribe here.It’s a bit of a trial by fire for Ball, who figures to play some minutes against Warriors point guard Steph Curry.“He’s a terrific shooter,” Ball said. “But for me, just defensively, that’s what I gotta focus on. Just chasing him around trying to get the drop on him.” Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorcenter_img Trail Blazers, Grizzlies advance to NBA play-in game; Suns, Spurs see playoff dreams dashed After tweaking his hamstring Monday, Josh Hart participated in shootaround with the team. Coach Luke Walton said he’d make a decision at game time whether Hart, who has started two preseason games, will play. How athletes protesting the national anthem has evolved over 17 years Related Articleslast_img read more

Axed boss is ‘confident’ he WOULD have avoided drop with Newcastle

first_img1 Former England boss Steve McClaren was sacked by the Premier League strugglers on Friday Steve McClaren has expressed his disappointment after being relieved of his duties at Newcastle United.The former England boss was sacked by the Premier League strugglers on Friday, with the Magpies 19th and one point from safety.McClaren’s last game in charge was a home defeat to Bournemouth, with the writing on the wall in the aftermath of the loss.The 54-year-old took training on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday before he was replaced by Rafa Benitez on Friday.His position became untenable with his 28 league games bringing just six wins and 24 points despite an investment in the playing staff in excess of £82million.However, he remained insistent that he would have kept the club up given the opportunity.In a statement released through the League Managers’ Association, McClaren said: “I am obviously very disappointed with the decision.“I appreciate any frustrations relating to the team’s results and the club subsequently finding itself in a battle to avoid relegation. I remain confident, however, that we would have stayed in the Premier League with a view to building for next season.“Whilst there has been a lot of intense speculation surrounding my position over recent days, my sole priority has been to maintain my professionalism and carry on with my work to best prepare the team.“I would like to place on record what a privilege it has been to manage Newcastle United Football Club. It is a great a club – the embodiment of the city, with incredible supporters.“For every supporter of Newcastle United, I genuinely hope the club can produce the results I believe they are capable of, between now and the end of the season, to maintain their Premier League status.“Newcastle United is a club that must build for the long term to deliver what the supporters deserve – success and silverware.”Charnley paid tribute to McClaren’s dignity for the way he had handled a difficult situation.He said: “I would like to thank Steve personally for his services to Newcastle United. He is a man of integrity and class and he has conducted himself with great dignity during this difficult time.”READ: Joey Barton warns ‘top level’ manager Rafa Benitez: ‘If people don’t start putting the effort in, Newcastle United are in big trouble’last_img read more