By Paul Lecker Sports ReporterASHWAUBENON – The Marshfield girls soccer team pulled off a big playoff win Thursday, upsetting No. 3 seed Ashwaubenon 2-1 in a WIAA Division 2 regional semifinal.The sixth-seeded Tigers, who had lost to Ashwaubenon 4-3 during the regular season, improve to 6-16-1 and will move on to a D-2 regional final at No. 2 seed Rhinelander (17-3-1) at 7 p.m. Saturday. The Hodags shut out Merrill 4-0 on Thursday.Marshfield lost to Rhinelander 5-2 at the Hodags’ home tournament on May 13.Julia Urban scored off an assist from Olivia Haessly just 2:26 into the game, and Kendra Tremelling added another goal at the 12:35 mark to give the Tigers an early 2-0 lead.Marshfield’s Andrea Carolfi had eight saves in goal, giving up just one to the Jaguars’ Sakora John 5:02 into the second half.“The defense played particularly great in shutting down Kayla Minor, who had a hat trick in their win against us earlier this season,” Marshfield coach Steve Lindner said. “The whole team had a great week, and even though the rotation was smaller for the players, it was a team victory.“Emily Critelli played outstanding, her greatest game as a Tiger. She saved two goals with kicks that were heading in the net to preserve the win.”(Hub City Times Sports Reporter Paul Lecker is also the publisher of MarshfieldAreaSports.com.)Tigers 2, Jaguars 1Marshfield 2 0 – 2Ashwaubenon 0 1 – 1First half: 1. M, Julia Urban (Olivia Haessly), 2:26; 2. M, Kendra Tremelling (O. Haessly), 12:35.Second half: 3. A, Sakora John, 50:02.Saves: M, Andrea Carolfi 8.Records: Marshfield 6-16-1; Ashwaubenon 9-9-6.
Recently at Intel, we were faced with an important question: Are our data centers driving up our software costs?After several rounds of research and testing, we found our answer. When running software that is licensed on a “per-core” basis, the answer is probably “yes.” In the past few years, many enterprise applications, such as Microsoft Windows Server 2012, have started licensing based on computing power. Rather than licensing based on users or physical processors, some software providers are now offering the option to purchase licenses based on the number of cores you’re using in your server cluster.By upgrading to single-socket servers, companies are experiencing a modest increase in performance while significantly decreasing their software costs. As Intel CIO Kim Stevenson revealed in a recent interview, we know from experience:We are seeing up to 35% performance increase in our Electronic Design Automation application workloads. We have deployed more than 5,000 of these servers, achieving better rack density and power efficiency, while delivering higher application performance to Intel silicon design engineers.By moving from one two-socket server to four single-socket servers, we have reduced the number of cores in use while retaining equal throughput. Since there are fewer cores in a single-socket server cluster than there are in a two-socket cluster, the cost of any per-core software licensing can be dramatically reduced.It’s a win-win: By upgrading to single-socket clusters, we’re seeing a 35 percent increase in performance while reducing the need to add software licenses. If your data center seems to be causing higher software costs, it might be time to re-think your server clusters.For more information on optimizing your data center, check out the Intel Server Configurator tool. To join the conversation on Twitter, please follow us at @IntelITCenter or use #ITCenter.
New Zealand clinched a 4-1 series victory over Sri Lanka by winning Sunday’s sixth game of the seven-match one-day series by 120 runs.Kane Williamson made 97, Ross Taylor 96 and Corey Anderson scored 40 and took 3 for 37 as New Zealand defended their total of 315 for 8, dismissing Sri Lanka for just 195 in 40.3 overs in a match laced with umpiring controversy.New Zealand’s strong form bodes well for the upcoming World Cup, which they co-host with Australia. Their six innings in the series so far, including the rained-out second match in Auckland, have contained four centuries by four different batsmen and five half-centuries by five different players.New Zealand and Sri Lanka meet in the opening World Cup match in Christchurch on February 14.Williamson and Taylor provided the foundation of the New Zealand innings with a partnership of 117 for the third wicket which lifted the home side to 176 for 3 and ended when Taylor ran out Williamson in the 35th over.Taylor atoned by going on to make a large score but also fell with a century in sight. New Zealand were on target for a score close to the 360 for 5 they achieved on the same pitch in the fifth match on Friday but the innings fizzled with three run outs.There was some early controversy when New Zealand opener Martin Guptill (28) had two let-offs: one when he was surprisingly given not out to an lbw appeal when the Decision Review System was out of order, and another when the TV umpire ruled an edged delivery had not carried to Kumar Sangakkara despite the Sri Lanka wicketkeeper appearing to get his gloves under the ball.advertisementGuptill fell soon after, given out caught behind on replay review after the field umpire initially said not out. Tillakaratne Dilshan (21) and stand-in captain Lahiru Thirimanne (29) gave Sri Lanka a slow but sound start in their run chase, putting on 56 in 13 overs for the first wicket.Kumar Sangakkara then took over the leadership role and scored 81 from 66 balls in an effort to propel Sri Lanka to a win which could keep alive chances of squaring the series. But he was party to two of the three run outs that blighted an innings that rapidly deteriorated from 146 for 3 to all out for 195.Left-arm spinner Daniel Vettori, returning to the side for his 284th one day international to overtake Stephen Fleming as New Zealand’s most-capped one-day player applied the brakes in the middle overs, bowling eight overs for 22 runs.Kyle Mills also returned to the New Zealand lineup after missing the previous matches in the series while recovering from injury. He bowled six overs for 29 runs. Anderson took the role of the wicket-taker and dismissed Dilshan, Mahela Jayawardene (9), Dimuth Karunaratne (9) and Thisara Perera (2) to enforce New Zealand’s claim to a series victory.”It was a thorough performance today against a very good Sri Lankan team,” New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum said. “The way we went about posting 315 and the partnerships we built along the way was very clinical and the bowlers did a very good job as well on a very true surface.”Sri Lanka’s third-straight loss to New Zealand may cause some concern with only one match remaining in the series in Wellington on Thursday and with the World Cup fast approaching.”Our concern is death bowling,” Thirimanne said. “We bowled 30 or 35 overs very well but the last 15 overs but we couldn’t get wickets and we also leaked runs.”Our fast bowlers don’t have much experience so it’s a learning curve for the younger bowlers and hopefully we can make it right in the World Cup.”
Sachin TendulkarSachin Tendulkar presented the Player of the Match and Player of the Series awards at the closing ceremony of the 2015 World Cup at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) here on Sunday.Australia defeated trans-Tasman rivals and co-hosts New Zealand by seven wickets to clinch their fifth World Cup trophy.All-rounder James Faulkner was named the Player of the Match for his figures of 9-1-36-3. The pacer took the key wickets of Ross Taylor, Grant Elliott and Corey Anderson.Fast bowler Mitchell Starc etched his name in the record books as he was named Player of the Tournament for taking the most wickets, 22.Tendulkar, who was member of the 2011 World Cup-winning Indian team, is the brand ambassador of the International Cricket Council’s (ICC) showpiece event.