Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest We’re trying to get ready to start harvesting. We have some early beans I think we could run this week. I haven’t checked the corn moisture yet but I was thinking it would be a couple more weeks before we start much corn.We have caught a few rains. I think in the last week we had over an inch in two different rains. I know some areas around us have gotten as much as two or three inches. We haven’t gotten as much as we’d like but I do think it has been helping. Even some more this week would still help I think.With the early corn, I am confident it is going to be a pretty good crop. The later corn, I don’t know. We know it is hurt but we don’t know how bad it is hurt. I am worried about the stalk quality. It is definitely going to be a concern. If we start getting some rain and some windy conditions it is going to be a problem. I don’t think it matters what brand or what hybrid, those problems are present out in the fields.With soybeans it is kind of the same thing. They do seem to be podded fairly heavily. I don’t think it is going to be the best crop we’ve ever had but I don’t think it is going to be the worst crop either. We are going to hit our early beans first and get the early group IIIs run. The later beans are still several weeks out.We are getting geared up and I hope we have a nice fall and that everyone has a safe harvest. We’d like to get a dry fall to get this crop off and get some tillage done to break up the compaction that is out there.
New Delhi, Jun 17 (PTI) Parochialism has been affecting Indian football over the years but things might have been different had India left the Commonwealth in 1950 to join the soccer world full time, a new book claims.India won the Asian Games football gold in 1951, again in 1962 and came fourth in the Melbourne Olympics in 1956.”Had soccer grabbed its chance, and Jawaharlal Nehru followed popular sentiment and left the Commonwealth, who is to say that today football, not cricket, would be the main sport of India,” UK-based sports commentator Mihir Bose says.”Had India left the Commonwealth in 1950, making Indian cricket a world outcast, and the Indian football gone to Brazil to play in the World Cup the same year, that by itself would have made India a football nation like Saudi Arabia which does not see playing in the World Cup an impossible dream,” he argues in his book “Game Changer”.”Had India gone to the World Cup in 1950, it would have been playing the best of world football. In the 1950s, that was not possible for India in cricket. Matching wits against the best would have been a tremendous boost for the sport,” Bose also told PTI.”Football then was more popular than cricket, had reached more parts of the country, had links with Indian nationalism in the way cricket did not and playing in the World Cup would have boosted the game,” he adds.He also says that football in India did not really follow the game as it was played in the rest of the world and has been “wretchedly” led.advertisement”Cricket administrators are bad but football have been worse,” he alleges.”Game Changer”, published by Palimpsest, is a critical take on the English Premier League and has a special chapter on Indian football titled “First Words”. The foreword is written by veteran football commentator Novy Kapadia.”The England team may not have been a success but the Premier League is the most successful leagues in the world. It shows how English domestic football has reinvented itself in the last quarter of a century from being a league that was going nowhere and outclassed by La Liga and Serie A,” Bose says about the EPL.He says Indian clubs need to learn from the sides in the English Premier League on how to market themselves.”English clubs are very good at reaching out to their fan base and making their club’s name well known and reaching out beyond the football public.”But to really develop the sport, Indian clubs need to set up academies which can nurture young players, he suggests.”Also they need to make sure their coaches go out into remote rural areas to seek out young players who could be turned into stars. They also need to develop links with clubs in England and other European countries so their young players can come to Europe to learn about the game. Their coaches should also do the same,” Bose says.According to him, Indian sports followers do not seem to be interested in the grass roots of the game and their focus seems to be on celebrity sports, and cricket in India has all the celebrities.”It is not easy for football to compete with cricket. This will have to be a long process,” he says.”FIFA thinks Indian football is a great underdeveloped story of world football. Indian football has a long, rocky road ahead but it is not an impossible one. They can learn from how the English Premier League reinvented the game,” he hopes. PTI ZMN RDSRDS
About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Liverpool ace Salah escapes diving ban; free to face Arsenalby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool ace Mohamed Salah will be free to face Arsenal on Saturday.The FA have reportedly decided against charging Salah with retrospective action following an incident during Wednesday’s 4-0 win over Newcastle United.Referee Graham Scott awarded Liverpool a penalty two minutes into the second half after he deemed Paul Dummett to have pulled back Salah.Replays showed Salah going down with minimal contact, but Sky Sports say the FA have deemed to action not to have reached the threshold “attempting to deceive the referee”, which means the Egyptian will avoid any punishment.Salah converted the penalty to put Liverpool up 2-0 after Dejan Lovren’s early opener.
Five directors are in the running for this year’s $100,000 Siminovitch Prize in Theatre.Edmonton’s Jonathan Christenson, Toronto’s Ravi Jain and Ross Manson, Christian Lapointe of Quebec City and Nadia Ross of Wakefied, Que., are on the short list, which was increased from four to five this year due to the “high quality of nominations.”“The jury found the work of these five shortlisted directors breathtaking,” jury chairman Bob White said Monday in a release. “These are bold visionaries who are shaping the future of theatre now in creating experiences that are challenging, transformative and magical.” Twitter The prize, Canada’s largest in theatre, will be awarded Oct. 28 at the National Arts Centre in Ottawa.Created in 2001 in honour of scientist Lou Siminovitch and his late wife Elinore, the prize recognizes a body of work in design, direction and playwriting in three-year cycles.Recipients of the prize choose a protege to whom they award $25,000 of the total prize money.The 2016 jury includes White, Micheline Chevrier, Linda Gaboriau, Mieko Ouchi and Sarah Garton Stanley. Advertisement Advertisement Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Login/Register With: Facebook
Notre Dame redshirt freshman quarterback DeShone Kizer scores a touchdown against Pittsburgh at Heinz Field on Nov. 7. Notre Dame won 42-30. Credit: Courtesy of TNSOn New Year’s Day, two of the most storied programs in the history of college football, Ohio State and Notre Dame, are set to square off on the gridiron.The Buckeyes and Fighting Irish last played each other in 2006 in the same game they’re playing on Jan. 1: the Fiesta Bowl.This year’s game is considered by many to be the best matchup outside of the College Football Playoff semifinals, as the teams’ three combined losses have all come against opponents ranked in the top 6.OSU’s lone loss came via No. 3 Michigan State on Nov. 21, while Notre Dame’s first defeat was at the hands of top-ranked Clemson by just two points on a rainy, sloppy Oct. 3 in South Carolina.The Fighting Irish’s second loss was again by a mere two points, but this time against sixth-ranked and Rose-Bowl-bound Stanford on Nov. 28.A lot of the hype focusing on the game is due to OSU and Notre Dame’s history, but a decent portion of it is because a missed kick or a successful two-point conversion might have been enough to put both teams in the playoff.But instead, they’re slated for a date in the desert to welcome in the new year.Here is a deeper look at coach Brian Kelly’s team.Injuries wearing offWith each passing week, it seemed like another key cog for the Irish fell victim to the injury bug. As it stands, five players sustained season-ending injuries that will keep them out of the Fiesta Bowl. That number should be higher, except the long layoff is allowing two major contributors to get back in the lineup after initially being ruled out for the year.The first of that duo is tight end Durham Smythe. The redshirt sophomore tore his MCL during Notre Dame’s win over Virginia on Sept. 12, resulting in an operation on his right knee, as well as a minor procedure on his right shoulder.Spring practice was originally set as his return date, but his rehabilitation has gone quicker than expected. In early December, Kelly said he was at “full strength” and had been cleared to practice immediately.Smythe had been the starting tight end for the first two games of the season prior to being hurt. He had two catches for 13 yards and one touchdown. The 6-foot-4 Texan will be a big boost to the Notre Dame passing game that, at times, has struggled to find a secondary target beyond junior wide receiver Will Fuller.Rejoining the active roster alongside Smythe is redshirt junior Jarron Jones. The defensive tackle tore his MCL during fall practice and has yet to play in a game for the Fighting Irish. The Rochester, New York, native was projected to start at nose tackle, but instead, Kelly was forced to look elsewhere to fill that spot.Jones had appeared in 12 and 11 games in his first two seasons, respectively. Sophomore Daniel Cage, who is from Cincinnati and had been recruited by OSU, filled Jones’ void for the most part, doing a decent job. Cage will likely start the Fiesta Bowl, but Jones will be in the rotation on the defensive line.OSU junior running back Ezekiel Elliott has the ability to wear teams down as the game progresses, so Notre Dame getting Jones back adds to the depth, allowing Cage and his fellow defensive linemen to stay more fresh throughout the game’s 60 minutes.Players coming back from injury doesn’t just stop with Smythe and Jones, though. Two more contributors, linebacker James Onwualu and running back C.J. Prosise, are trading their spots on the injury report for a place on the depth chart.Onwualu, a junior and former wide receiver, missed the final two games of the season with an MCL sprain, but he will be back at his outside linebacker spot in Arizona. On the year, Onwualu has 36 tackles, five of which were for a loss.The Notre Dame defense has, by no means, been impenetrable this season, but it still ranks 39th nationally, surrendering 362 yards per game. It has dealt with a gaggle of injuries throughout the year, but getting two contributors in Jones and Onwualu back will certainly help the unit in its quest to slow down the Buckeyes.For Prosise, the redshirt junior will be back after missing the third-to-last game against Wake Forest, as well as the regular-season finale versus Stanford, with injury.A concussion and upper body injury kept him sidelined against Wake Forest, but he returned the next week against Boston College, only to suffer a high ankle sprain, causing him to leave the game prematurely, while also missing the loss to Stanford.Prosise wasn’t even supposed to be the starter this season, but Tarean Folston tore his ACL on his third carry of the year against Texas, elevating Prosise to the No. 1 spot. He responded nicely to the promotion, carrying the ball 156 times for 1,032 yards and 11 scores.He might not get the same percentage of carries prior to the injury, but for Kelly’s offense, having Prosise back alongside freshman running back Josh Adams is another crucial addition.Players being lost to injury dominated the narrative surrounding this Notre Dame team during the regular season. If the Fighting Irish are victorious against the Buckeyes, players with injuries again might be part of the discussion. But this time, it might be about the players’ contributions after returning, instead of their departures.Counting on KizerUnder center for the Fighting Irish on New Year’s Day will be redshirt freshman DeShone Kizer. Fitting with the theme surrounding the rest of his team, Kizer was not supposed to be the starter, but Malik Zaire fractured his ankle against Virginia in Week 2 and has been out ever since.Kizer assumed the starting position with questions swirling about whether the freshman was ready to lead the Fighting Irish.He answered them.The Toledo native, who was not offered a scholarship from OSU, has been rock solid for Kelly’s squad — even sensational at times — throwing for 2,600 yards and 19 touchdowns on a 63 percent completion rate.Kizer supplemented that with 499 yards and nine scores on the ground. He has developed exceptional chemistry with Fuller, the team’s leading receiver with 1,145 yards and 13 touchdowns. Smythe returning helps Kizer, too.When Kizer took over for Zaire, it was, essentially, sink or swim for Notre Dame. The Irish would either go down in flames with the inexperienced Kizer, or he would flourish, keeping the team in the discussion as one of the nation’s elite.The latter happened.Kizer has proven that despite being 19 years old, he was ready for the limelight associated with being at the helm for Notre Dame. The OSU defense will definitely be a test for him, but based on his performance throughout the year, the expectation is he will not sink under the pressure.OSU and Notre Dame are set to kick off at 1 p.m. in Glendale, Arizona, on Jan. 1.
Senior quarterback J.T. Barrett (16) prepares to pass the ball downfield during the second quarter of the OSU-Maryland game on Oct. 7. Ohio State beat Maryland 62-14. Credit: Ris Twigg | Assistant Photo EditorNo. 10 Ohio State dominated Maryland in one of its most impressive games all season, beating the Terrapins 62-14. Whether it be on offense or defense, the Buckeyes had the answer for everything Maryland threw at them, as they outgained it 584-66 in total yardage. Here are some important statistics from Ohio State’s victory against Maryland.1 – total first quarter offensive yards for Maryland. Ohio State was off to a hot start in the first quarter not just offensively — having put up 20 points on 187 yards — but also defensively. The defensive line had already blown up the Terrapins’ offensive line several times, sacking quarterback Max Bortenschlager twice and forcing him to fumble that led to a scoop-and-score from linebacker Jerome Baker. Bortenschlager failed to complete a pass in two attempts that quarter and the two running backs for Maryland totalled only 16 net yards.On Maryland’s first drive of the quarter, Bortenschlager was sacked on both the first and third plays, coughing up a fumble on the latter sack that was recovered by linebacker Jerome Baker and returned 20 yards for an Ohio State touchdown. The Terrapins brought those seven points back on the subsequent kickoff from redshirt junior kicker Sean Nuernberger, but had another play on the next drive that lost yardage before a pair of incomplete passes and a punt.This quarter essentially set the tone for the rest of the game as the Ohio State defensive line dominated the line of scrimmage all game long. This, combined with the inaccuracy of Bortenschlager in critical moments, prevented the Maryland offense from finding any form of consistency throughout the game.8 – different Ohio State starters who caught a pass. The only two skill-position starters who did not catch a pass in the game were running back J.K. Dobbins and quarterback J.T. Barrett. The redshirt senior signal-caller distributed the ball to everyone at his disposal, finding all six starting wide receivers, the starting tight end and running back Mike Weber.Junior wide receiver Parris Campbell (21) runs the ball downfield during the first quarter of the OSU-Maryland game on Oct. 7. Credit: Ris Twigg | Assistant Photo EditorAfter the season opener, wide receiver Johnnie Dixon said every game gives a new wideout a chance to shine. In Saturday’s victory over the Terrapins, no one receiver in particular really stood out above the rest, rather each contributed and put the depth of Ohio State’s receiving corp on display. Perhaps most notably, each receiver with the exception of H-back K.J. Hill caught at least one pass for 10-plus yards.Teams often count on at least one player to step up and emerge as that one top guy the quarterback can rely on situations he needs to make a completion. At times, that guy has looked like it could be H-back Parris Campbell or wide receivers Johnnie Dixon or Binjimen Victor. For now, Barrett will have to continue to rely on a group rather than a go-to receiver.1.2 – Maryland offensive yards per play. In what was Ohio State’s most dominant defensive showing of the season, the Buckeyes limited the Terrapins to a mere 1.2 yards per play. Up until a 20-yard touchdown rush by third-string running back Javon Leake on Maryland’s last drive of the game, the Terrapins had averaged only 0.85 yards per play with 46 total yards coming on 54 plays. Maryland’s offense picked up the fewest yards allowed by Ohio State since 1960. The Buckeyes had more total penalty yards (85) than the Terrapins had total yards (66), and the Terrapins had just as many penalty yards as total yards.The key takeaway in this game is that without starting defensive tackle Dre’Mont Jones and its top cornerback Denzel Ward, who was ejected for targeting, for most of the game, the Ohio State defense put up its most dominating performance this season. This comes at a crucial time in its season because the schedule begins to feature its most challenging opponents, with road trips to Nebraska and Iowa as well as home games against Penn State and Michigan State on the horizon.12 – Ohio State tackles for loss. The key to that defensive dominance — as it so often is — was the performance of the defensive line. Playing without two starting defensive tackles — Jones (injury) and Michael Hill (suspension) — hardly seemed to impact the end result as the Terrapin offensive line was transformed into a revolving door all night by the defensive line.Sophomore linebacker Malik Harrison (39) and sophomore safety Jordan Fuller prepare for the kick-off during the first quarter of the OSU-Maryland game on Oct. 7. Credit: Ris Twigg | Assistant Photo EditorThe unit forced three fumbles (recovering two), including one that was returned for a touchdown by linebacker Jerome Baker, sacked the quarterback five times and held the opposition to just 50 yards on the ground. Twenty of those 50 yards came on one rush in garbage time in the fourth quarter.With Jones expected back next week, Hill’s indefinite suspension potentially eventually coming to an end and the continued display of depth from performances like defensive ends Chase Young (a tackle for a loss and forced fumble) and Jonathon Cooper (three tackles), Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer can continue to rely on his defensive line moving forward.“I think you felt the D-line in several games, and like Indiana, you couldn’t feel them because the ball was out so fast. The line of scrimmage we just dominated,” Meyer said. “I don’t want to take away our pass defense. When you hold them to, looked like 16 yards or something like that passing, that’s good secondary play. But I know why they didn’t throw very much. The D-line was all over them.”
Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer celebrates with the Big Ten championship trophy. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorINDIANAPOLIS — A Big Ten championship title. An 11-2 record. Wins over four top-25 opponents. That is the resume Ohio State (11-2, 9-1 Big Ten) will bring to the table when the College Football Playoff committee decides on its four teams to make the playoff.Ohio State beat the No. 4 Wisconsin Badgers 27-21 in Indianapolis to claim the Big Ten championship and leave its fate up to the voters. Following No. 6 Georgia’s win in the SEC title game, an ACC championship win by No. 1 Clemson and No. 3 Oklahoma winning the Big 12 title, three spots appear to be locked up. The only other teams that would appear to have any claim to that fourth spot are No. 11 USC, a two loss Pac-12 champion, No. 2 Auburn, which lost the SEC championship game, and No. 5 Alabama, a team that lost to Auburn. However, more than likely, the the final spot in the playoff will come down to the Buckeyes or the Crimson Tide. The committee might have to decide on which is more important: a stronger slate of wins or fewer losses.The Buckeyes have wins against No. 4 Wisconsin, No. 9 Penn State and No. 16 Michigan State, as well as a road win against Michigan, which has been ranked at times this season. Alabama has wins against No. 17 LSU, No. 23 Mississippi State and No. 25 Fresno State. Ohio State’s list of quality wins is what could give it the potential nod, but its two losses could be what holds it back. Though one of the losses came against highly ranked Oklahoma, the second came in a 55-24 blowout loss to a 7-5 Iowa team. Alabama’s only loss came to Auburn, which finishes the season 10-3 and as the runner-up in the SEC championship game.This will be unchartered territory for the committee, no matter which of the two teams it picks. No two-loss team has ever reached the playoff. No conference has ever been represented by two teams.There is precedent involving two previous Ohio State teams that could seem to apply here. A one-loss, non-conference champion Ohio State in 2015 was not enough to make the playoff despite being the reigning national champions and having a team deemed by many to be among the most talented in the nation. Ohio State, a one-loss, non conference champion in 2016, reached the College Football Playoff because of its strength of schedule, and two-loss Big Ten champion Penn State — which beat Ohio State — did not make the playoff. This situation, in only the fourth-ever College Football Playoff, seems to not fit in perfectly with any of the aforementioned scenarios, leaves this as a much of a mystery for how the committee will respond Sunday when the announcement is made at noon.
Atletico Madrid manager Diego Simeone was proud of his side after they eliminated Sporting Lisbon from the Europa League in what turned out to be a tricky tieThe Spanish side defeated Sporting in the first leg of their quarter-final clash 2-0 last week and had a tricky return leg in Lisbon on Thursday night with the hosts emerging with a 1-0 victory, after having forced Atletico goalkeeper Jan Oblak into a couple of world-class saves.But the Solvenian’s mistake did allow Fredy Montero to give Sporting the lead and set up a tense remainder of the match with Atletico emerging with a narrow 2-1 aggregate win to progress to the semi-finals of the competition.“Of course I expected to suffer,” said Simeone, according to ESPN.“The teams are increasingly competitive, strong at home, and any cup is difficult.“Sporting played a great first half and I agree that we were tremendously inaccurate during that period.“I’m happy to eliminate a tough opponent, and I already said that I expected them to do something different.”La Liga Betting: Match-day 4 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Despite it being very early into La Liga season, both Barcelona and Real Madrid have had unprecedented starts to their campaigns. With this in…The Argentine coach expressed pride in the way Atletico have performed in Europe in recent times with the club having reached the semi-finals of the past two Champions League campaigns.Simeone believes that having now progressed to the semi-finals of the Europa League, with the target of a third crown in sight, Atletico have confirmed their place as one of the biggest club’s in all of Europe.“We live with the reality and that is the Europa League. So we play in it with enthusiasm.” said the 47 year-old.“I am very proud, because once again we are among the best in Europe.“Last year it was the semifinals of the Champions League and this time the Europa League.”Joining Atletico are Arsenal, RB Salzburg and Marseille, for Friday’s draw for the semi-finals of the Europa League.
Ed Lenderman, July 9, 2019 Posted: July 9, 2019 Ed Lenderman Comic-Con celebrates 50 years in San Diego 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – Comic-Con may be more than a week away, but its 50th anniversary in San Diego was celebrated today. And it was the County with the proclamation.As we told you recently, Comic-Con has re-upped. That includes its more than 130,000 attendees and the 10s of millions of dollars those fans spend.That’s along with local residents who flock to the Gaslamp Quarter to be part of it all. So, fresh off signing an agreement to stay in San Diego through 2024, County Supervisor Greg Cox recognized the pop culture phenomenon and all it’s meant to region, not just to the City.Comic-Con spokesperson David Glanzer stood beside him in the Supervisors’ Chambers as Cox read the proclamation: “We have declared July 9th, 2019 Comic-Con International 50th Anniversary Day. David, thank you so much for coming down and thank you for what you’ve done for the region: Attendees in the Chambers applauded.In an interview with KUSI, Glanzer told me, even in it’s infancy, organizers thought, “If we can just get people through the doors, they’ll come back and bring their friends.”And have they ever. Categories: Good Morning San Diego, Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter