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Worth the wait

first_imgGREG SCHMITZ/Herald illustrationIt’s often said that good things come to those who wait. For the Wisconsin football team’s pair of first-year starters at wide receiver, that adage couldn’t ring any truer.Juniors Luke Swan and Paul Hubbard are almost polar opposites on every level. Swan is a homegrown Wisconsin boy from the small town of Fennimore (pop. 2,387), just a short 90-minute drive west from Mad-town. Hubbard, on the other hand, had to really pack his bags, coming to UW from the more urbanized city of Colorado Springs, Colo. Swan was only recruited sparingly and not much at all from major D-I schools, so he resorted to walking on at Wisconsin, despite being a superstar at the high school level. Hubbard was heavily sought after and came to UW as a touted scholarship athlete — but in track and field, not football.The two are about as visually alike as Chris Kattan and Michael Clarke-Duncan. Swan (6-0, 196 lbs.) is dwarfed by Hubbard (6-4, 217) physically.They aren’t even similar on the field as receivers.”They are two very dissimilar situations,” said UW wide receivers coach Henry Mason. “Luke knew how to play, [he] just had to develop his body, had to get a little faster and get a little bigger. Paul was just the opposite, he knew how to run and could do all those things (athletically) but he just had to learn to play football.”Yet for all their differences, the two share an uncanny common bond.In 2003, both joined the Wisconsin football team as walk-ons, and have spent the past three years doing little more than practicing, with both playing very sparingly, totaling one catch between them pre-2006.Now, after three years on the sidelines, the two are not only playing together, they are starting together, side by side.”Last week we were in practice, and Luke said to me ‘this is crazy man, you and I were both walk-ons three years ago, we were down on the scout team and now we’re starting.'” Hubbard said. “We’ve got a really good bond because our freshman year, we were on the scout team … so a lot of guys didn’t really look at us as big-time football players.”Just being here with him and sticking through it, we have a bond together.”Hubbard and Swan are the last two athletes left out of a freshman group of about nine other receivers, according to Hubbard.”Paul and I came in together,” Swan said. “We’ve been together from the beginning, coming in as walk-ons. We’ve had a close relationship ever since we been here, and it’s been a good thing to have him along the road with me.”After three years of languishing on the sidelines, Swan and Hubbard have finally made it to the top of the depth chart, a journey that was by no means a cake walk.”It’s been a hard road, but a road that has really paid dividends for me,” Swan related.”My first year I was still immature, I was like ‘I want it now, I want it now,'” Hubbard said. “Finally, I said you know what? I’m just going to take my time and learn from the guys that are here.”Finally, my chance has come, I just need to capitalize on it.”Understandably, both receivers would have to fight their own demons about whether football at Wisconsin was right for them.”There were definitely times when you question yourself, but this is when you have to find within yourself if this is what I want to do, is this [my] passion,” Swan said. “I realized that football is a passion. I love to do this.””A lot of times I really considered [walking away]. I’ve never quit anything in my life and I don’t plan on doing it now, but there were times where I was like ‘Man, I don’t know if I want to do this, I don’t know how it’s going to turn out or pan out,'” echoed Hubbard, who credits his track coaches and teammates for pushing him to stick with football and believing that he could become the explosive receiver he is today.While most players would rather submit themselves to an origami concentration camp than wait three years before getting a real chance to show what they could do on game day, there were positives to sitting, the most important being the opportunity both players had to learn from future NFL receivers Lee Evans, Jonathan Orr and Brandon Williams.”Playing under guys like Lee Evans and Brandon Williams, you really learn from their tutelage,” said Swan. “It definitely goes against your competitive nature, because anybody that comes here wants to play. But you just have to come in here and understand your role at that time.”In fact, even today the receivers still learn from their predecessors, as they are constantly in contact with the Badger alums. Hubbard created a close bond with Orr, as the two share thoughts about things both on and off the turf.”There were a lot of times that I’d go to Jonathan Orr, he’s ‘preacher man’ basically, and he’s really in touch with God, he’s got a lot of faith and I go to him with all my problems, not just football,” Hubbard said. “If I have something to talk about, he responds and if he doesn’t have an answer right away, he goes home and thinks about it and takes his time … he goes out of his way for us.”With Orr gone, Hubbard noted that Swan has somewhat taken over the role of spiritual leader for Wisconsin.”He’s really deep into the faith, he’s a guy who’s like Jonathan Orr on and off the field. We can go to him with some problems too, because he’s just like [Orr].”The two receivers have paid their dues, playing for the practice squads and participating in countless practices over three years without any real hope of seeing significant playing time.Now it’s their time and they aren’t wasting it. In the Badgers’ first two games, Swan and Hubbard have been weapons on the field for Wisconsin and have helped move along the still-inexperienced UW passing game.”Luke Swan did a great job getting his first couple catches and being able to convert that into positive yardage for us,” head coach Bret Bielema said Monday, a couple days after Swan caught three balls for 49 yards against Western Illinois. The complete effort he gave, as he also delivered several key blocks on running plays, earned him UW’s Offensive MVP of the week.Hubbard has shown his big-play ability, and currently leads the Badgers in receiving with five catches for 105 yards; a 21.2 yard average. However, he can only remember the three drops that plagued him from Saturday’s contest.”If it touches your hands, you should make the play, that’s the way all receivers look at it,” expressed Hubbard. “People come up and ask me ‘How many catches did you have?’ I really don’t know, but I know I have three drops and that’s what I tell them.”For all their early successes, however, both still feel they have a lot to prove. Hubbard, a Big Ten champion in the long jump in 2003, has been fighting since his first days on the field to get rid of the label that he is a “track guy” instead of a football player.”A lot of people look at me as a track guy, even into this year, [saying] ‘He’s not going to go out there and make the plays a regular receiver would’ and ‘I don’t know if he’s going to be able to take hits,'” said Hubbard, who believes he took a step toward disproving that thought when he got clocked by at Western Illinois defender last weekend, but held onto the ball. “I just wanted everybody to know that I was still out there to play football. I had to show them that I was tough and I could take those hits.”Swan had to prove a much more serious fact: that he was worthy of a scholarship.And now, Swan has finally been awarded a scholarship.”Man, I was jacked up, I was excited,” Swan said of starting for the first time as a scholarship player. “I couldn’t wait to be out there and compete and do what I love to do.”But now, the players have more to prove. They are set out to prove that they are the right guys to carry the torch as the next great Badger receivers.”But we aren’t all the way done yet,” Hubbard stated. “We’ve still got a whole season ahead of us. If we work hard, I think we definitely will be satisfied at the end of the season.””When you start catching eight, nine balls a game and start helping each other out on the field, then you can start to say [that they compliment each other well on the field], but I don’t think we’re quite there yet,” Mason said, before adding the words that probably could best sum up the careers thus far of Swan and Hubbard. “Still room to grow, you know?”All it takes is time. At least now, they don’t have to wait on the sidelines.last_img read more

Chiefs send Leafs to fifth straight loss, double the Green and White 6-3 in Central Okanagan City

first_imgBefore the weekend, like any optimistic coach, Leaf skipper Frank Maida said the Heritage City squad was gunning for six points as the club set out on a three-game road trip through the Okanagan Conference of the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League.Now the Leafs will be lucky to get two.Shawn Holliday scored four times to spark the Kelowna Chiefs to a 6-3 victory over the Leafs Saturday in the Central Okanagan City.The loss is the fifth consecutive defeat as a once promising season for the Leafs looks to be in jeopardy. Kelowna defeated Nelson September 23rd, 4-3 in overtime.During the opening tilt of the weekend Friday in Princeton, a 4-2 loss, a poor start proved costly to the Leafs.Saturday it was a second period that turned the tables on Nelson as the Chiefs broke open a 1-1 game by scoring three times — two of the markers coming on the power play.Nelson opened the game out shooting the Chiefs 13-9 before Kelowna regained control of the game, finishing the contest with a 32-30 advantage.Kirk Reeve and former Leaf Landon Andrusiak also scored for Kelowna, winners of four straight after going through a steak the team lost six of seven games.Matti Jmaeff, with his first goal in seven games, Colton Schell and Max Mois replied for Nelson.The Leafs have little time to regroup to try to stop the bleeding as Nelson travels to Osoyoos today to meet the defending KIJHL champion, Coyotes.Nelson completes the six-game road trip Thursday in Fernie against the Ghostriders.Next home game for the Leafs is Saturday, November 12 when winless Grand Forks Border Bruins visit the NDCC Arena for a 7 p.m. contest.LEAF NOTES: The losing streak has dropped the Leafs out of the Murdoch Division penthouse as Nelson, 12-8-0-1, trails the Beaver Valley Nitehawks by three points. The Leafs are now in danger of falling deeper in the division as third-place Castlegar Rebels are now only one point behind the Leafs with three games in hand. . . .Nelson’s leading goal scorer Patrick Martens registered a pair of assists in the game. Martens had his 14-game point streak snapped Friday in Princeton. However, Martens has only scored once in four games. . . .Nelson is minus forward Nik Newman for the weekend. Newman had points in seven previous games. . . .If Leaf defenceman Blake Arcuri didn’t have any bad luck, the second-year player would have no luck at all. After missing the first month of the season with off-season shoulder surgery, the Nelson native suffered a fluke thumb injury during an October 19th game victory against Beaver Valley. Arcuri finished the game despite the injury. But further diagnosis revealed the Leaf defenceman would be out of the lineup for at least six [email protected]last_img read more

Kyler Murray giving up football for A’s? It’s complicated

first_imgOAKLAND — When Kyler Murray was selected ninth overall by the A’s in June’s MLB Draft, the thought of him actually having a shot to play in the NFL was a mere fantasy.He was the heir to 2017 Heisman Trophy winner Baker Mayfield, taking over as quarterback for a traditionally high-powered Oklahoma squad. But listed at just 5-foot-11 and around 195 pounds, there was no chance of Murray playing on Sundays unless it was a 1:05 matinée with the A’s. The only real concern on Oakland’s side of things …last_img

Perlas rebounds, routs Myanmar by 90 points

first_imgLIST: Class, gov’t work suspensions during 30th SEA Games UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension View comments Read Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Tough routine wins Capellan another gymnastics gold Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games Cindy Resultay of Perlas Pilipinas. Photo from Fiba.comPerlas Pilipinas needed only the first few minutes of the game to put Myanmar away en route to a 123-33 win in the 2017 Southeast Asian Games women’s basketball tournament Tuesday at MABA Stadium in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.The Filipinos, who raced to a 33-8 lead at the end of the opening period, had six players in double-digit scoring with Clare Castro leading the way.ADVERTISEMENT SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief MOST READ The 6-foot-4 Castro out of Far Eastern University posted a double-double with 21 points and 12 rebounds with four blocks to boot.Cindy Resultay and Raiza Palmera-Dy added 16 points each for the Philippines, which got back on track after bowing to Indonesia, 78-68, Monday.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutPerlas padded on to its lead as the game progressed as it widened the gap to 50, 64-14, by halftime.The Philippines, which is eyeing its first-ever gold medal in women’s hoops after finishing fourth in the 2015 SEA Games, improved to 2-1. LATEST STORIES WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding SEA Games: PH’s Alisson Perticheto tops ice skating short program PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games PLAY LIST 03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH00:50Trending Articles01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesseslast_img read more

Jared Goff, Rams’ electric offense shorts out in Super Bowl defeat

first_imgJust like everyone in the Rams’ locker room, Cooks took the blame on himself.“I’m great enough to make that play,” Cooks said. “I’ve still got to make it, no matter what.” Goff’s ability to execute McVay’s offensive innovations and clever play-calling put the Rams (15-4) back in the Super Bowl for the first time in 17 years. His highs have been outstanding, but his lows are frequently disheartening — and this game appeared to be among his worst.The Rams all seemed to know exactly what New England had done against them defensively. The Pats showed deceptive fronts before the snap, and they frequently retreated into zone pass defenses that forced Goff to find open receivers in a confusing coverage.Although McVay strenuously blamed his play-calling for putting his players in untenable positions, Goff realized he needed to make more consistent throws and better decisions, particularly at the line of scrimmage. His underthrown pick near the New England end zone crushed the Rams’ hopes for a tying touchdown with 4:17 to play.Goff had only nine completions in the first three quarters before getting 10 more in the fourth while the Rams’ rally fell short.“We were moving the ball well at times, but we just couldn’t get that one play,” Goff said. “We know what type of offense we have, and to not be able to show that, it’s tough.”The Rams’ first eight drives in the Super Bowl ended in punts and resulted in only 72 net yards. Johnny Hekker punted for the eighth time early in the third quarter, a record for punts in a game during McVay’s two seasons.Despite their ineptitude, the Rams’ defense was playing brilliantly. Los Angeles still could have taken the lead late in the third quarter when Brandin Cooks broke wide open on a post route, but he stood waving in the end zone while Goff saw him too late and uncorked a throw that took far too long to get there, allowing New England to knock it down.“I was surprised he was that wide-open,” Goff said. “I tried to get it to him as quickly as I could. It was too late.”Goff was in the midst of his best drive right before his interception. He hit Josh Reynolds in perfect stride for an 11-yard gain and a first down with just over five minutes left, and he found Robert Woods with another beautiful long pass on the next snap.But under pressure from blitzing Duron Harmon, Goff wound up and flung a high pass in the general direction of Cooks. The ball was underthrown, and Cooks lost a fight for the ball with Stephon Gilmore, who picked it off. New England Patriots’ Kyle Van Noy (53) sacks Los Angeles Rams’ Jared Goff (16) during the second half of the NFL Super Bowl 53 football game Sunday, Feb. 3, 2019, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)ATLANTA — Jared Goff trudged to the Los Angeles Rams’ bench, his face a mask of confusion and despair while the Patriots celebrated their interception behind him.Sean McVay left the sideline and leaned into his ear. The coach didn’t say much, but he encouraged his quarterback to learn from the Rams’ offensive flop.ADVERTISEMENT Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations McVay and Goff are likely to be together for many more years, and they hope they’ll remember their embarrassing 13-3 loss in the Super Bowl on Sunday night as a springboard to the future, not the crushing flop that it felt like immediately afterward.Goff’s 19-of-38 performance for 229 yards and a key fourth-quarter interception played a large role in the Rams’ defeat, but almost nothing went right for a team that has been frequently brilliant with the ball in its hands. A remarkable year ended with a big-game performance that looked nothing like most of the past two seasons while the Rams matched the lowest-scoring performance in Super Bowl history.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesThe Rams led the NFL in points per game over the past two seasons, yet they became just the second team in NFL history to fail to score a touchdown in the Super Bowl.“It’s the toughest loss I ever had,” Goff said. “It kills. It’s terrible. It’s a game I wish I would have played better. I wish I could have a million plays back.” Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Donald Trump: NFL people thankful he signed criminal justice bill Casual football fans who hadn’t watched the Rams during the past two years would have no idea how they got to the Super Bowl after watching this tentative, inconsistent performance.All of Los Angeles’ recent success came to a weird anticlimax at Mercedes-Benz Stadium with its lowest-scoring performance in 36 games under the 33-year-old head coach.Los Angeles managed just 260 yards, got only 14 first downs — just six in the first three quarters — and punted a season-high nine times. But even putting the raw numbers aside, the Rams’ miserable execution left them looking unprepared for a stellar defensive game plan from Bill Belichick.“I’m pretty numb right now, but definitely I got outcoached,” McVay said. “I didn’t do nearly a good enough job for our football team. … This one is going to stick with you. It just stings in your gut.”Though Goff’s teammates and coaches refused to blame him, Los Angeles’ 24-year-old quarterback had one of the rougher performances in Super Bowl history. Along with his 19 incompletions, he was sacked four times and finished with a 57.9 passer rating.ADVERTISEMENT US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. center_img PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss LATEST STORIES ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte PDEA chief backs Robredo in revealing ‘discoveries’ on drug war Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View commentslast_img read more

8 days agoCarlos Vela: I’m happy again with LAFC

first_imgAbout the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your say Carlos Vela: I’m happy again with LAFCby Ansser Sadiq8 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveCarlos Vela has stated that he is happy with his present circumstances at Los Angeles FC.Vela was in a difficult place in his career when he came to Los Angeles, as he struggled for game time in his final season in Spain with Real Sociedad.But the past two MLS campaigns have seen him return to his best form, especially this season.It appears the 30-year-old is pleased with how the team is progressing as they look set to mount their playoff campaign.”I’m really happy, first of all, to be part of this team because it returned to me the happiness I was seeking. I maybe didn’t have as much excitement about playing like I have now, and after that I have to thank my teammates,” Vela told TUDN.”It’s an individual achievement, but it’s a full-team job. Without them, I wouldn’t be able to have all the goals I have or everything I was able to do.”I think it’s a success we’ve created because we started from nothing with this team, so I feel like I really participated in everything we’re getting. I’m thankful for everything that’s happening.” last_img read more

Photos/Video: Ohio State Kicked Off Spring Practice Tuesday

first_imgOhio State spring ball poster.It’s been less than two months since Ohio State shocked the college football world by upending Oregon in the College Football Playoff National Championship game. The Buckeyes are already back at it. Tuesday was the first day of spring practice for the squad, which will look to defend its title in 2015.Here are some notes, photos and clips from the event. It’s noted that quarterback Braxton Miller was able to do some light throwing, but that Cardale Jones was the only signal-caller able to participate fully. In the background of a few of the videos, you can see the National Champions 2014 banner hanging in the team’s practice facility.Braxton Miller off to the side at Ohio State spring practice throwing a little. Short stuff. Not throwing too hard.— Andy Staples (@Andy_Staples) March 10, 2015Just got out of Ohio State’s first spring practice, where the QB saga continues. Cardale Jones, J.T. Barrett, and Braxton Miller all dressed— Dave Briggs (@DBriggsBlade) March 10, 2015Interesting start of spring for Ohio State. Braxton Miller can run but not throw. JT Barrett can throw but not run. Cardale Jones full go.— Tim May (@TIM_MAYsports) March 10, 2015pic.twitter.com/y7mJ06XXT4— Urban Meyer (@OSUCoachMeyer) March 10, 2015The CHAMPS are here! #GoBucks pic.twitter.com/3S2IzDKHW2— Ohio State Buckeyes (@OhioStAthletics) March 10, 2015Safety Dance! Sophomore @TheVonnBell7 & the DBs run through drills on 1st day of spring practice. #GoBucks pic.twitter.com/AD5O8UGEMS— Ohio State Buckeyes (@OhioStAthletics) March 10, 2015Defensive line coach @Osurushmen1 leads the #Buckeyes DL on the 1st day of spring practice. #GoBucks pic.twitter.com/VUioZQZXAK— Ohio State Buckeyes (@OhioStAthletics) March 10, 2015The Buckeyes begin their title defense on September 7 against Virginia Tech.last_img read more

Video: OSU Football Players Had A Very Intense Dodgeball Match Yesterday

first_imgA dodgeball goes flying as the Ohio State football team plays dodgeball.Ohio State Football DodgeballOhio State held its Champions Club dinner yesterday, and the team took part in a slew of activities as well, including softball, cornhole and dodgeball. The dodgeball game got really intense, and the action was captured via a GoPro worn by defensive lineman Tommy Schutt. Schutt seems to be pretty good at the game. The Buckeyes may be all business on the field but they can still have fun together off of it.last_img

Canadian firm says it has found largest diamond ever unearthed in North

first_imgCompanies in this story: (NYSE: DDC-N)The Canadian Press YELLOWKNIFE — A Canadian mining firm says it has unearthed the largest diamond ever found in North America.Dominion Diamond Mines says the 552-carat yellow diamond was found at its Diavik mine in the Northwest Territories in October.It says the stone “far surpasses” the previous record-holder, known as the Diavik Foxfire, which was found at the same mine in 2015.Dominion, which owns 40 per cent of the Diavik mine, says in a statement that the find “is completely unexpected for this part of the world and marks a true milestone for diamond mining in North America.”It says the gem will not be sold in its rough form, and the company will find a partner in the coming weeks to cut and polish the stone.The company says it’s too early to determine a value for the giant diamond, but the Diavik Foxfire eventually yielded two stones that sold for US$1.3 million.“The colour and texture of the diamond are a unique example of the journey that natural diamonds take from their formation until we unearth them,” Kyle Washington, chairman of Dominion Diamond Mines, said in a statement Thursday.“Our Diavik Mine has produced some of the most beautiful diamonds in the world, and this one certainly tops the list.”last_img read more

China upbeat ahead of US trade talks but differences large

first_imgBEIJING — China sounded a positive note ahead of talks with Washington this week on a sprawling trade dispute that threatens to chill global economic growth, but the two sides face lengthy wrangling over technology and their future relationship.Talks were due to start Monday but there was no word from the American Embassy or China’s Ministry of Commerce on whether they were under way or details of their agenda.Both sides have expressed an interest in settling their tariff fight over Beijing’s technology ambitions. Yet neither has indicated its stance has changed since a Dec. 1 agreement by Presidents Donald Trump and Xi Jinping to postpone further increases.Envoys will have “positive and constructive discussions,” a Chinese foreign ministry spokesman, Lu Kang, said on Friday.The American side is led by a deputy U.S. trade representative, Jeffrey D. Gerrish, according to the U.S. government. The delegation includes agriculture, energy, commerce, treasury and State Department officials.The Chinese government gave no details of who would represent Beijing.The talks are going ahead despite tensions over the arrest of a Chinese tech executive in Canada on U.S. charges related to possible violations of trade sanctions against Iran.Trump imposed tariff increases of up to 25 per cent on $250 billion of Chinese imports over complaints Beijing steals or pressures companies to hand over technology. Beijing responded by imposing penalties on $110 billion of American goods, slowing customs clearance for U.S. companies and suspending issuing licenses in finance and other businesses.Washington, Europe and other trading partners complain Beijing’s tactics violate its market-opening obligations.The clash reflects American anxiety about China’s rise as a potential competitor in telecommunications and other technology. Trump wants Beijing to roll back initiatives like “Made in China 2025,” which calls for the state-led creation of global competitors in such fields as robotics and artificial intelligence. American officials worry those might erode U.S. industrial leadership.The ruling Communist Party is reluctant to give up initiatives it sees as a path to prosperity and global influence.China’s leaders have tried to defuse complaints by emphasizing its potential as an export market. Over the past year, they’ve promised to increase foreign access to their auto, finance and other industries.Some Chinese officials suggest the technology initiatives might be opened to foreign companies. But they have given no details, leaving it unclear whether that will satisfy Washington.Trump and Xi agreed to a 90-day postponement of additional tariff increases to take effect Jan. 1. But economists say that is too little time to settle all the disputes that bedevil U.S.-Chinese relations. They say Beijing’s goal probably is to show enough progress to persuade Trump to extend his deadline.During that 90-day period, agreements “may not be reached until the last day,” said Tu Xinquan, director of the China Institute for World Trade Organization Studies at the University of International Business and Economics in Beijing.This week’s talks will focus on technical details before higher-level leaders “make hard political decisions,” Tu said.In the longer term, the final tariffs might “remain for several years,” Tu said. “I don’t think it will proceed that fast. It must take time.”Cooling economic growth in both countries is turning up the pressure to reach a settlement.Chinese growth fell to a post-global crisis low of 6.5 per cent in the quarter ending in September. Auto sales tumbled 16 per cent in November over a year earlier. Weak real estate sales are forcing developers to cut prices.The U.S. economy grew at an annual rate of 3.4 per cent in the third quarter, and unemployment is at a five-decade low. But surveys show consumer confidence is weakening because of concern that growth will slow this year.Beijing has tried in vain to recruit France, Germany, South Korea and other governments as allies against Trump. They criticize his tactics but echo U.S. complaints about Chinese industrial policy and market barriers.The European Union filed its own challenge in the World Trade Organization in June against Chinese rules that the 28-nation trade bloc said hamper the ability of foreign companies to protect and profit from their own technology.For their part, Chinese officials are unhappy with U.S. curbs on exports of “dual use” technology with possible military applications. They complain China’s companies are treated unfairly in national security reviews of proposed corporate acquisitions, though almost all deals are approved unchanged.Some manufacturers that serve the United States have shifted production to other countries to avoid Trump’s tariffs.UBS said Friday that 37 per cent of 200 manufacturers surveyed by the bank have shifted out of China over the past 12 months. The threat of U.S. tariff hikes was the “dominating factor” for nearly half, while others moved because of higher costs or tighter environmental regulation.“Most firms expect trade war to escalate,” the bank said.Joe McDonald, The Associated Presslast_img read more