Different world for Zaha

first_img Although Zaha joined the Old Trafford outfit in January, in the process becoming Sir Alex Ferguson’s last signing as Red Devils boss, he spent the remainder of the season on loan back with his previous club Crystal Palace. It meant when he linked up with his team-mates for their current tour to the Far East and Australia he did not really know what to expect. But after three days in Bangkok, Zaha is now acutely aware of how big United are. Wilfried Zaha has admitted his eyes have been opened to a whole new world following his move to Manchester United. Press Associationcenter_img “It’s my first time on a tour like this,” he told MUTV. “I’m not used to it. To have so many fans coming to watch a pre-season game is different.” The England Under-21 star is making a positive impression, though. He might only have featured for the final half-hour of Saturday’s surprise defeat by the Singha All Stars but he was one of the better players on view and came closest to grabbing an equaliser for the Old Trafford outfit when he smacked a shot against the post. “I really just put my head down and tried to connect with the ball properly,” he said. “It would have been a different story if it had gone in. “I’m glad I had a go and it would have been a great day for me if I’d scored one. But it doesn’t matter now. Just knowing I was on the pitch with Rio (Ferdinand), Ryan Giggs and Anderson was good enough for me.” United flew straight out of Bangkok in the early hours of the morning and have now reached Sydney, where they will spend a week before facing the A-League All Stars in the second game of their five-match tour on Saturday. last_img read more

Besse a rare bright spot during difficult men’s hockey season

first_imgIn a season that the Wisconsin men’s hockey team has taken a step backwards with just a 2-15-3 overall record and a 0-5-1 record in Big Ten play, sophomore forward Grant Besse has taken a big step forward on his way to quietly having a breakout season.Besse began his career as a Badger last year with a promising freshman season, compiling eight goals and six assists, playing in 36 of the team’s 37 games. A year later, with Wisconsin’s top five goal scorers from last season no longer on the team, Besse has elevated his game to a much higher level and stepped into a leadership role for this year’s young Wisconsin team.Not being a top-line guy last season took some getting used to for Besse since he had never played a role like that before in his hockey career. Coming out of Plymouth, Minnesota, Besse was named 2013 Mr. Hockey in Minnesota, thus when he came to Madison he was unaccustomed to a reserve role. However, it ended up being a beneficial learning experience for Besse that allowed him to learn from the veteran Badgers on last year’s team.“It was a bit frustrating at first obviously coming from high school where you’re the go-to guy,” Besse said. “But I’m glad it was like that. I learned from those older guys.”Just 20 games into this season, Besse is leading Wisconsin in goals (seven) and his six assists are tied for second most on the team, making him only one goal away from matching his goal and assist total from all of last season.Besse believes that increased playing time and having more chances to make plays has been a major factor in his emergence as a go-to guy for the Badgers.“I’m getting a lot more opportunities,” Besse said. “Being on the top line and on the power play, you just have more opportunities and more ways to show what I can do.”Wisconsin head coach Mike Eaves credited much of Besse’s improvement to gaining strength and using it to keep defenders from taking the puck from him.“Having a year under his belt, he’s bigger, stronger and knows what to expect,” Eaves said. “He’s stronger over the puck, so he has it a lot more.”Eaves also praised Besse for his impressive shooting ability that even caught their attention back when they recruited him out of high school. Eaves called Besse a “sniper” in reference to his gifted ability to shoot with pinpoint accuracy and overall knack for finding the back of the net.“He’s got a great gift to shoot the puck, something that’s not taught,” Eaves said. “When you shoot like that, you want him to shoot the puck as much as possible because not everybody can shoot like that.”Much like Eaves, Wisconsin senior goaltender Joel Rumpel has seen the improved play in Besse. Anytime Besse gets the puck is a reason to get excited due to his wide-ranging skillset that can threaten defenses in different ways.“Grant’s one of those special players that, when he gets the puck, you’re excited because he can make things happen,” Rumpel said. “He can turn a nothing play into something, whether it’s using his quick hands to get through guys or his deceiving shot to beat a goalie from a bad angle. He just brings that energy and that offensive dynamic that we need this year.”With so many leaders from last year’s team gone this season, Besse has not only taken a bigger role on the ice but has welcomed a bigger role off the ice as a leader of the team. Despite being new to the leadership role for this team, and just a sophomore, it hasn’t been an issue for him.Rumpel sees Besse’s maturity level as the main reason why he has been able to handle being a leader on a team with 11 true freshmen.“When you’re a young team, we’ve got to have guys like Grant, who’s mature beyond his age, and guys can look to him in the dressing room, whether it’s modeling our play after him or the things he does off the ice,” Rumpel said.But despite Besse’s strong play this season, the Badgers have been unable to have the same success as a team on the ice, as they’re still looking for their first Big Ten win of the season.The team will be looking for the sophomore forward to step up his game even more to get that first win. Besse said he feels he can do that by becoming a player who always delivers night in and night out.“I’d say consistency is probably the biggest thing I’ve been working on,” Besse said of where he could improve. “Coming game in and game out and being able to produce and not get beat defensively.”Only a sophomore, Besse has plenty of time to continue writing his story as a Badger. Regardless of where that story goes, it will undoubtedly serve as a bright spot amid a season of considerable darkness.last_img read more

HFG Pavaso Collaborate on Successful Digital Closing in Arizona

first_img in Headlines, journal, News, Origination, Technology April 9, 2018 821 Views Company News eClosing HFG Homeowners Financial Group Pavaso 2018-04-09 David Wharton HFG, Pavaso Collaborate on Successful Digital Closing in Arizonacenter_img Share Homeowners Financial Group (HFG) is one of the first Arizona-based mortgage lenders to complete an eClosing with Pavaso, a leading eClosing technology provider.“Pavaso was tasked with supporting HFG’s National Builder Division by making the entire homebuying experience easier and more efficient,” said Pavaso CEO Mark McElroy. “In providing a superior digital closing experience, HFG is better able to attack one of the traditional pain points in the homebuying process—the closing—and transform it into the gateway to homeownership.”HFG’s primary goal and focus is to make dramatic improvements to the client experience for consumers that come to Homeowners for their mortgage needs. Potential homebuyers have seen virtual reality being used to see what their new house will look like, and even what their view will be when their house is completed. In keeping with this high-tech experience, HFG and Pavaso are continuing to provide the consumer with a great high tech and just better experience in the lending process also. With Pavaso Digital Close, HFG can now continue to offer a more convenient digital process to their clients from start to finish.Pavaso’s cutting-edge technology provides a single NPI secure portal for all parties to the transaction—lender, title, and consumers, which promotes collaboration, transparency, and improved business processes. Its technology is flexible enough to apply in all environments and enables users to conduct the full breadth of digital closings ranging from hybrids to eNotes and eVault.“There are two ways to implement great technology that enhances the client experience: build it yourself or trust an experienced vendor that can work with you to offer the best solution,” said Patrick Lamb, President, Homeowners Financial Group. “We firmly believe that Homeowners provides the best experience to our clients by focusing on what we do best—offering the best service and a competitive price across a broad range of mortgage products. We rely on Pavaso to give us the digital process they have developed to enhance that experience because they are the experts in offering the tools that make eClosing seamless.”last_img read more