first_imgAfter an outstanding performance at Masters in Monte Carlo, Damir Džumhur progressed by 17 places on the latest ATP rankings.The best BiH tennis player is now the 82nd tennis player in the world with 677 points and, if he continues playing good at the ATP tournament in Bucharest, he might beat his best ranking in career (77th place).Mirza Bašić fell from the 129th place to 132nd place with 446 points. Aldin Šetkić remained on the 208th place with 250 points, Tomislav Brkić regressed by one place and is now 314th with 155 points. Nerman Fatić progressed by two places and is now the 641 tennis player in the world with 46 points.Novak Đoković is still by far the best tennis player in the world with 15.550 points, almost twice as many points than his first follower Andy Murray (8.175).(Source: read more

first_imgA SWAT team raid of a home in Loxahatchee this week led to two arrests, as well as the confiscation of nearly $1 million worth of marijuana.The Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office says deputies on Tuesday arrested 46-year-old Nereida Vila and her boyfriend, Maiker Requejo, 39, on multiple charges related to marijuana cultivation, possession, and trafficking. A 12-year-old and 20-year-old were also in the home at the time.According to the arrest report, the child slept in the master bedroom with the two adults. Meanwhile, two other bedrooms and the garage had been converted into indoor cannabis labs.Courtesy: Palm Beach Sheriff’s OfficeInvestigators ended up seizing a total of 50 plants, weighing about 400 pounds, in addition to a gun. The marijuana had a street value of about $967,000.Vila is a convicted felon. Requejo told investigators he was unaware of the marijuana in the house. Deputies say his wallet contained receipts for liquid fertilizer and other products that are typically used to grow marijuana indoors.Just before the SWAT team entered the home with their search warrant, a deputy smelled raw cannabis coming from the property.last_img read more

first_imgULISH CARTER (Photos by Thomas Sabol)This is the 4th installment of a 5 part series on the Pittsburgh Steelers and Bill Nunn Jr. from the upcoming book “Portrait of Eternity; The Life and Journey of Bill Nunn Jr.,” by Aubrey Bruce.  Part 4:The voice of BlacknessIt was 1973, change was not only in the air, change oxygenated and enriched the very atmosphere in which we existed. A young and exuberant Ulish Carter, currently the managing editor of the New Pittsburgh Courier had just graduated from college and talks about those fertile yet volatile times.“My dream was to work for a Black newspaper.” Carter explains.  “My top three choices were the Afro American in Washington, DC, Muhammad Speaks, and the Pittsburgh Courier. I had studied the Courier.  Bill Nunn Jr. and Wendell Smith were my heroes along with Sam Lacy of the Afro American. Those guys were not only sportswriters but they were the greatest sportswriters out there, so when I came to Pittsburgh I already knew about Bill Nunn Jr.  I didn’t know his father was as big as he had been with the Courier but because I was a sportswriter I definitely knew who he (Bill Nunn Jr.) was.last_img read more

first_imgON-TRACK CROWD OF 27,259 WITNESS 79TH RUNNING OF ‘GRANDDADDY OF THEM ALL’ ARCADIA, Calif. (March 12, 2016)–In his first-ever try in graded stakes competition on the main track, longshot Melatonin made it look easy in taking Saturday’s 79th running of the Grade I, $1 million Santa Anita Handicap presented by San Manuel Indian Bingo & Casino in gate to wire fashion under Joe Talamo. Owned by Tarabilla Farms and trained by David Hofmans, the 5-year-old gelding by Kodiak Kowboy won the Big ‘Cap by 4 ¼ lengths while covering the mile and a quarter distance in 2:02.01.Fresh off a 3 ¾ length allowance win going a mile and a sixteenth on Feb. 5, Talamo and his agent, Scott McClellan, lobbied forcefully for a chance to try the deep waters of “The Granddaddy of Them All” on Saturday.“Joe was instrumental in running in this race,” said Hofmans, who, along with Talamo, won his first career Big ‘Cap. “Joe and his agent were insistent that we go. After his last race, he said we have to run here. Joe was convinced after his last race. He said he loves this track, he’s so strong and he had so much horse left, I think he wants to run even farther, and I was convinced he was a miler.“I breezed him seven eighths the other day with Joe and was convinced to go here. Without California Chrome (who is committed to run later in the month in the Dubai World Cup), it opened up. We expected to be on the lead.”Off at 16-1, Melatonin paid $34.60, $13.80 and $6.00. The Big ‘Cap represented his fourth win from 11 career starts and with the winner’s share of $600,000, he increased his earnings to $768,552.“What a tremendous effort,” said Talamo. “I think I need some Melatonin right now to calm down from it…We had a great trip and he broke real sharp. I just put him up there and fortunately he was going so easily. When I got to the first turn, they backed off him a bit so I was able to give him a breather and he opened up turning for home.“I told Elizabeth (wife) when I left for the track today that I thought we had a big chance. I didn’t think we’d win like that but it was pretty exciting…Ever since coming to California, aside from winning the Santa Anita Derby, this was a huge, huge goal of mine. This is one of the biggest races in California and to do it at Santa Anita in front of a crowd (27,259) like this, it’s just icing on the cake.”Ridden by Abel Lezcano, Hard Aces rallied stoutly late to tag favored Effinex by a half length for the place. Off at 22-1, Hard Aces paid $19.20 and $7.20.Effinex, who was second to American Pharoah in the $5 million Breeders’ Cup Classic Oct. 31 and who had been idle since winning the Grade I Clark Handicap at Churchill Downs Nov. 27, was well poised in second position, a half length off the winner a quarter mile from home, but lacked the necessary rally and finished third under Mike Smith.Off at 7-5, Effinex paid $2.80 to show.“He ran great,” said Smith, who had won the last three Big ‘Caps, dating back to 2013 with Game On Dude. “That was his first race back in just over three months…Going a mile and a quarter. I mean, that was impressive…He got to them but by the three eighths pole I felt him take a big breath and once he got his air, he didn’t put his head back down and take off again!”Ridden by Mario Gutierrez, Donworth, who was the second choice in the wagering at 5-2, was rank throughout and ran up on the heels of the winner around the far turn, resulting in a stewards’ inquiry. After a brief review, it was determined Donworth, who finished seventh, had caused his own trouble and the original order of finish was confirmed.Fractions on the race were 22.82, 46.28, 1:10.81 and 1:36.47.last_img read more

first_imgDaniel Sturridge equalised after Kolo Toure’s ninth-minute own goal had gifted Fulham the lead at Craven Cottage.Rene Meulensteen’s side, bottom of the Premier League but buoyed by Sunday’s draw at Manchester United, had Liverpool on the back foot straightaway and Simon Mignolet saved Ryan Tunnicliffe’s low shot in the opening minute.The Whites kept up the early pressure and Toure had to react quickly to prevent Darren Bent getting to Kieran Richardson’s left-wing cross.But the next time Richardson crossed from the left Toure contrived to slice the ball into his own net from close range.On-loan Tottenham midfielder Lewis Holtby almost doubled the lead with a 20-yard effort that fizzed just wide.And Bent headed over from seven yards out after being found by another Richardson cross.Having struggled for most of the first half, Liverpool levelled out of nothing four minutes before the interval.Steven Gerrard carved open the Fulham defence with a perfect through-ball and Sturridge fired in off the far post.Liverpool made a strong start to the second half but were given a scare when Mignolet had to back-peddle to gather Steve Sidwell’s cheeky 60-yard attempt to catch him off his line.Luis Suarez miscued twice before the break but has looked increasingly dangerous since the restart, and on the hour mark he hit the post from the edge of the penalty area.Fulham: Stekelenburg; Riether, Heitinga, Burn, Riise; Tunnicliffe, Sidwell, Kvist, Richardson; Holtby; Bent. Subs: Stockdale, Hangeland, Kasami, Kačaniklić, Duff, Cole, Parker.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

first_imgSAN JOSE — Sharks center Logan Couture said there might have been a time early in his NHL career when he was fully conscious of any active point streak that he was enjoying.That’s changed, Couture said, to the point where it wasn’t until a couple of games ago that he was aware he was on another extended run.“A couple of the guys said something,” Couture said Tuesday morning. “I guess when you’re on a streak like this, to keep it going, you just focus on helping the team win and good things …last_img read more

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest For thousands of years livestock roamed the plains and forests and contributed to an ecosystem that produced some of the richest soils in the world. More livestock producers are taking note of this system with a long history of proven success and working to implement it on their farms.Jeff and Michelle Ramseyer raise around 250 cattle in an organic rotational grazing system with neighboring grain farmer, Dean McIlvaine. The Ramseyers provide the livestock and the labor while enhancing the fertility and controlling weeds on McIvaine’s farm ground for their Lone Pine Pastures operation in Wayne County, Michelle said.“Dean actually owns the properties we have cattle on. We are a grass-fed operation. We started back in 2014 when we got the cattle. Dean is an organic crop farmer and all of the cattle are raised on organic grass. We do not feed anything other than hay and grass. Dean needed more fertility because his crops weren’t growing well. Jeff went to him and said ‘Hey we can get you more fertility, why don’t we start a grass fed operation?’ That is what we did,” Michelle said. “Our first 40 heifers were delivered in December of 2014 and we calved in March-April of 2015 and have gone from there. We graze on his cropland and we have about 200 acres of permanent pastures. We market our beef to Heinen’s Grocery Store and we have freezer beef we sell in the community. We also have organic raised pork in an open barn with outside access.”Emulating nature is the goal behind the beef operation. The Ramseyer operation has drawn from the experience of Gabe Brown from North Dakota. Brown was a speaker at the Soil Health Field Day at the farm of Dave Brandt in early April where he shared about his work with regenerative agriculture involving crop and livestock production.“No matter where I go, I am 100% confident that the principles I use to get our ranch to be an ecosystem in North Dakota are the same no matter where I’m talking. It will work on your operation. The principles are the same anywhere,” Brown said. “Nature has been around for thousands of years. That is the model we need to emulate. There is another way of doing things and the way I found that works best is nature’s way.”Brown completely changed the way he was farming to put a focus on building up his soils rather than degrading them.“In nature there is no mechanical disturbance. That is a fact. There is always armor on the soil surface. Nature tries to cover herself. Nature cycles water very efficiently. Through our farming practices we’ve destroyed that water cycle. We need to heal it. In nature there are living plant root networks and those networks are very efficient at building the biology,” Brown said. “The greatest geological force on earth is life itself. Plants take in CO2 out of the atmosphere photosynthesis occurs and a portion of that is translocated to the roots where it is leaked out as exudates. That is how all of us in production agriculture get our profits. We have to have that functioning properly to make a profit. Part of that root exudate is converted carbonic acid that breaks down the rocks to make nutrients available to the plants. It is the biology in the soil that makes nutrients available. The fungal network is also very important.”Tillage and synthetic fertilizer release carbon and the result is degraded soil. Brown has implemented a system that minimizes synthetic fertilizer and tillage while maximizing soil biology and plant root growth in the soil with a no-till/cover crop system that also includes intensive livestock grazing.“I grow things. I have a living plant as long as possible throughout the year on all of my acres,” Brown said. “We can grow soil much more quickly than the scientists used to think was possible.”The Ramseyers have worked on developing a similar system with the neighboring organic crop farm.“Basically this whole operation was designed by watching Gabe Brown videos,” said Jeff Ramseyer. “The main thing I like about his system is it’s so easy, so simple. We’re running roughly 250 head and it takes on a normal day an hour and a half. That’s moving cows twice a day, filling mineral, moving calves across wire — anything like that. It’s very efficient. For us, it’s just a part time job. If we were to translate it to an eight-hour day, we could run a thousand cows with basically the same operation. We do grass-fed, so there’s some two-year-olds out here. We’ve got cows on top of that. We don’t have fancy barns. We don’t feed any grain. Our cows are calved with nature basically in roughly the middle of May.”The managed intensive rotational grazing system in the Ramseyer’s operation moves the herd between paddocks twice a day, at around 7 each morning and night. The double-wire perimeter fences keep cows contained while the single-wire, easily movable fences between paddocks brings ease to the job. It takes roughly 10 days for the herd to move completely through the rotation before coming back to the first field at a rate of 15 acres covered per day.Jeff said for those interested in giving the system a try, startup is easier than most agricultural endeavors.“If you want to start this, you need land but you don’t have to own the land. We don’t own this land since it’s in a partnership deal. But I think that’s where the biggest opportunity in Ohio especially is for guys who are running grain farms. Of course there’s no fence there so you have to do some work to do that,” Jeff said. “All this fence was built basically by me. It’s just a simple two hot wire system on steel T-posts. I believe there are roughly four to four and a half miles of fence here. Basically what we’re doing now is we took all of the rougher, wetter ground and that’s going to be our permanent pasture. What we were doing before is we took a field that was going to be corn and used that for the cows for fertility that year. This year we did that through the winter, but this land here will always be pasture from now on. There’s roughly 117 acres we’re using now. There’s a 58-acre pasture field we’re using on the other side that was a crop field that has cover crops on it but didn’t do so well since it’s so wet this spring. We’re waiting until the next pass through to graze that.”Diversity is key in the system. Jeff and Michelle have recently added a flock of sheep that roam freely among pastures, though coyote and other pest problems plague newborns. Jeff also hopes to add chickens that will trail behind the herd. Cover crops are employed heavily with a mix of rye, wheat, hairy vetch, turnips, and more.Having spoken at several Ohio agriculture events in the past, Jeff hopes to spread the word about his portable, low-input system of raising cattle. It’s not always easy, though.“People just don’t like change,” he said. “But nature works.”last_img read more

first_imgPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hosting The entire PBA Board led by chair Ricky Vargas will be honored on the silver anniversary celebration of the PBA Press Corps Annual Awards Night on Jan. 21 at Novotel Manila Araneta Center.Vargas and the rest of the board will be the recipient of the special President’s Award from the group of sportswriters covering the PBA beat for getting its act together to uphold the spirit of harmony within the league.ADVERTISEMENT SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Setting aside its differences to work for the common good, the board’s move paved the way for the league to successfully hold its 43rd season.Aside from Vargas (TnT Katropa), the board is composed of vice chair Richard Bachmann (Alaska), lawyer Raymond Zorilla (Phoenix) as treasurer, and Robert Non (San Miguel), Rene Pardo (Magnolia), Rod Franco (NLEX), Al Panlilio (Meralco), lawyer Mamerto Mondragon (Rain or Shine), Bobby Rosales (Columbian Dyip), Silliman Sy (Blackwater), Alfrancis Chua (Barangay Ginebra), and Eric Arejola (NorthPort).FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsVargas, who is also the current president of the Philippine Olympic Committee, will serve as guest speaker during the event presented by Cignal TV.Also to be honored are Vic Manuel of Alaska (Mr. Quality Minutes), Poy Erram of NLEX (Defensive Player of the Year), and recently retired Rain or Shine star Chris Tiu (Breakout Player of the Season). Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening View comments LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño MOST READ SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Trump awards Penske Presidential Medal PLAY LIST 01:48Trump awards Penske Presidential Medal03:00House honors Rodolfo Albano Jr , a veteran lawmaker, mentor and family man01:06Palace: Up to MTRCB to ban animated movie Magellan in PH02:42PH 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 Several Azkals without clubs after national team stint Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? LATEST STORIESlast_img read more

first_imgPremier League Arsenal Team News: Injuries, suspensions and line-up vs Liverpool Chris Wheatley Arsenal correspondent Last updated 1 year ago 18:00 12/21/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Mesut Ozil Arsenal 2017 Getty Images Premier League Arsenal Arsenal v Liverpool Liverpool Everything you need to know ahead of the Premier League clash at Emirates Stadium on Friday Arsenal’s last Premier League match against Liverpool saw them dismantled 4-0 at Anfield in a game which drew headlines for Arsene Wenger’s decision to leave Alexis Sanchez on the substitutes bench.This time round it’s likely that Alexis will feature from the start at the Emirates Stadium as the Gunners aim to secure revenge against Jurgen Klopp’s ‘Fab Four’ with Sadio Mane, Philippe Coutinho, Mohamed Salah and Robert Firmino all posing a huge threat in attack.The Friday night clash will be Arsenal’s last before Christmas until tough away trips to Crystal Palace and West Brom – two away grounds where Wenger’s men were defeated last season.”It is very demanding, especially because we already have a tough schedule behind us,” he said. “I will have to sit down and analyse what we can do.”Carabao Cup quarter-final duty proved fruitful for many of Arsenal’s second string in their win over West Ham on Wednesday but Wenger, who lost Olivier Giroud to a hamstring injury in midweek, will be determined to minimise the amount of injuries his squad have over a packed festive period.ARSENAL INJURIES Aaron Ramsey has been ruled out “at least another 10 days” with a hamstring injury and won’t feature against Liverpool, with Olivier Giroud also sidelined with the same injury.In defence, Arsenal are boosted by the return of Shkodran Mustafi to the squad after he recovered from a thigh problem.Spanish midfield maestro Santi Cazorla remains a long-term absentee with an Achilles injury.Steven Defour Burnley Aaron Ramsey ArsenalARSENAL SUSPENSIONS Arsenal have no players suspended for this game.ARSENAL POTENTIAL STARTING LINE-UPWenger is likely to stick with four at the back after moving away from the three-man defensive system which worked so well towards the back end of last season.Mustafi has returned to training and looks likely to start in defence alongside Laurent Koscielny while it remains to be seen whether 20-year-old Ainsley Maitland-Niles is given the nod over Sead Kolasinac at left-back.Nigeria international Alex Iwobi was one of many players rested for the midweek Carabao Cup quarter-final win over West Ham, and he’s likely to be part of an attacking trio which includes Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez.Similarly, Jack Wilshere didn’t play against the Hammers and could make his third consecutive Premier League start alongside Granit Xhaka.Arsenal XI Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player LIVERPOOL TEAM NEWS Liverpool are one point ahead of Arsenal in fourth place and come into Friday’s game off the back of a convincing 4-0 victory over Bournemouth.Joel Matip has returned to training following his injury but Klopp “isn’t sure” if he’ll be ready for the Arsenal game while Daniel Sturridge (illness) is also a doubt. Alberto Moreno has been ruled out for several weeks with an ankle injury.Mohamed Salah is the club’s top scorer with 20 goals to his name so far this season.Jurgen Klopp Philippe Coutinho LiverpoolBEST OPTA MATCH FACTS Arsenal have lost their last three Premier League games against Liverpool – they haven’t lost four in a row against them since May 1998. Liverpool have scored at least three goals in each of their four Premier League matches against Arsenal under Jurgen Klopp, scoring 14 goals in total (W3 D1). This is just the third post-war league match between these sides on a Friday – in April 2004, Arsenal won 4-2 at Highbury with Thierry Henry scoring a hat-trick; the other was the title decider in May 1989 at Anfield with Michael Thomas scoring a last-minute goal to clinch the title for Arsenal on goals scored in a 2-0 win. There have been 17 goals scored in the 90th minute or later in this match in Premier League history; more than in any other fixture in the competition. Arsenal have won 13 of their last 14 Premier League games at the Emirates, losing the other against Manchester United (1-3) at the start of the month. Petr Cech (199 clean sheets) is one clean sheet away from becoming the first ever goalkeeper to record 200 shutouts in the Premier League – however, he’s conceded 14 goals in his five games against Liverpool for Arsenal; at least six more than he has against any other side. Roberto Firmino has been involved in six goals in five Premier League appearances against Arsenal (four goals, two assists) – however, the Brazilian has neither scored nor assisted in two matches at the Emirates. TV COVERAGE & KICK-OFF TIME The match is being televised on Sky Sports in the UK, while in the United States (US) Arsenal v Liverpool can be watched live and on-demand with fuboTV (7-day free trial) . Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

first_imgSouthampton boss Hasenhuttl: Gabbiadini not suited to my systemby Paul Vegas9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveSouthampton boss Ralph Hasenhuttl says the sale of Manolo Gabbiadini to Sampdoria was good for all parties.With Saints looking to trim the squad and Gabbiadini a player that has constantly attracted some interest from Serie A clubs, the decision was made to cash in now, free up some space on the wage bill and bring in extra funds.Hasenhuttl said: “If you are a new manager at a new club you get the first experience, first impressions of the player and it seems to me he is a good player with fantastic technique but with this intensive pressing system we try to play, to be honest, it’s not his way of playing.“It was better to find a solution that is better for both sides.“We can’t show him what he wants to see from us and he can’t bring what we want to see from him so it’s better to find a different solution.“I think it’s a good step for him to go back to Italy and I wish him all the best.“He’s a fantastic player and I am sure he can score goals at every club in the world and we go in different ways.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more