United win sparks talk of English Premier League title challenge

first_imgLIVERPOOL, England (AP): Manchester United relied on brilliant goalkeeping by David de Gea and a late, opportunistic finish by Wayne Rooney to snatch a 1-0 win at great rival Liverpool yesterday, sparking talk of an unlikely run at the Premier League title. With Arsenal only drawing 0-0 at Stoke a few hours later to return to first place on goal difference above Leicester, United trimmed the gap to the leaders to seven points – with 16 matches still to play in one of the most erratic title races in years. Talk of United even challenging for the title would have been dismissed as fanciful at the end of 2015, when the team was on an eight-game winless run and manager Louis van Gaal’s future looked precarious. Things look very different now. “Our competitors (for the title) have lost points,” said Van Gaal, whose side climbed one place to fifth. “When the gap is like this, seven points, you can overcome that. We started 2016 very good, with a lot of wins and a draw and we didn’t lose. I think this will give a big boost to players, fans, everyone in the environment of Manchester United.” Finishing in the top four and qualifying for the Champions League is the minimum requirement for United and Tottenham are only two points away in fourth place. With Rooney back in the scoring groove, things look much brighter for the 20-time champions. The England captain took his tally for 2016 to five goals in four games by smashing home a volley from close range in the 78th minute after Marouane Fellaini’s header rebounded off the bar. It was United’s first shot on target, with the team indebted to De Gea for keeping the score at 0-0. De Gea produced two excellent saves to deny Emre Can, one with his feet and the other a diving, one-handed stop to his right. Liverpool started without a recognised striker – playing Roberto Firmino alone up front – and while that helped the team dominate midfield, it left them short of firepower. In 19 shots, only four were on target. Ninth-place Liverpool dropped eight points behind Spurs in a damaging blow to their Champions League aspirations. “A lot of the things we did today were good,” Liverpool manager Juergen Klopp said. “Our finishing wasn’t good.” Goalkeepers were on top at Britannia Stadium, too, with Stoke’s Jack Butland and Arsenal’s Petr Cech getting most of the plaudits after a tight, tense game. Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud had early chances in each half, but Butland reacted well to stop an angled shot and then a powerful header. Though chasing possession for much of the second half, Stoke could have taken all three points if not for a superb double save by Petr Cech midway through the second half. Aaron Ramsey also cleared a shot from near the goal-line as Stoke mounted late pressure. Arsenal, missing injured playmaker Mesut Ozil, failed to capitalise on Leicester’s 1-1 draw at Aston Villa on Saturday and dropped four points this week after also drawing at Liverpool on Wednesday. However, a draw at Stoke was welcome to Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger, whose team hasn’t won at the Britannia since 2010. “We needed to be strong physically and had a great spirit,” Wenger said. “We fought very hard but couldn’t take our chances. It is a hard-fought 0-0. We have done better than years before at this ground and showed we can fight even when we miss certain players.”last_img read more

Still too soon to pull the plug on corn planting

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest More rains pushed through Ohio over the Memorial Day weekend, keeping farmers out of unplanted fields or fields in need of a replant in the latter part of May. Terry Jones, Regional Agronomist with Brodbeck Seed says as farmers concerns are concentrated on what is not planted yet, they also need to keep on top of what is planted, up and growing. He also says it is not too late to plant corn in 2017. The Ohio Ag Net’s Ty Higgins has more.last_img

IPL 2011: Rajasthan Royals vs Mumbai Indians- RR win by 7 wkts

first_imgAn all round performance by Rajasthan’s South African recruit helped them beat Mumbai by seven wickets during an IPL match at the Sawai Mansingh Stadium in Jaipur on Friday. Score | PhotosBotha finished with impressive figures of 2-0-6-3 and then put 44 runs on board to help Rajasthan beat Mumbai convincingly in the 34th IPL match of the season.Like Mumbai, Rajasthan too lost their opener early in the innings with Rahul Dravid falling to Munaf Patel ball in the fifth over of the innings when the Rajasthan total was 17/1.Post that wicket Rajasthan opener Shane Watson and one down batsman Johan Botha, who took three Mumbai wickets, got on with a partnership. The two were in no hurry as 95-run target was well within the reach for Rajasthan.But after the two had put 39 runs for the third wicket a Lasith Malinga ball got the better of Shane Watson 26 with wicketkeeper Davy Jacob performing the final honours. Rajasthan were 56/2 post his wicket.Eventually, Johan Botha fell after scoring a fine 44 off 39 balls decorating his innings with two fours and one over the fence shot. A Munaf Patel ball crashed against the top of his stump in the 18th over when Rajasthan were batting on 90.Then Ross Taylor and Ashok Menaria scored the winning runs for their team with 11 balls to spare. Rajasthan won by 7 wickets.Mumbai inningsRajasthan bowlers struck thick and fast as Mumbai could only manage to score 94/8 in their 20 overs against Rajasthan during their IPL match.advertisementRajasthan captain Shane Warne won the toss and elected to field. And Warne was a happy man as his paceman Amit Singh scalped Mumbai opener Davy Jacobs on the first ball of the fourth over when the Mumbai total was 22.There was more room for celebrations early in the innings as Mumbai captain and Master Blaster Sachin Tendulkar fell to Ashok Menaria in the 5th over with keeper Dishant Yagnik finishing off with some fine stumping when the team total was 28.Clearly the Mumbai batsmen were having a tough time at the Sawai Mansingh wickets as in the 9th over another wicket fell. And this time Menaria got the better of Mumbai’s in-form batsman Ambati Rayudu with a caught and bowled decision when the visitors were batting on 46.The last ball of the 10th saw Rohit Sharma depart with Rajasthan skipper Shane Warne scalping him on 13. Mumbai fell to 50/4.Just when Aussie Andrew Symonds and West Indian Kieron Pollard looked set and were beginning to score runs, Rajasthan’s South African offie Johan Botha struck to berak their 18-run stand. He trapped Pollard leg-before and Mumbai were down to 68/5.Symonds too could not stay for long and Botha came around to scalp him on 17 and a ball later got the better of R Sathish and Mumbai were looking down the barrel with 82/7.The first ball of the 19th over saw Mumbai tail-ender Lasith Malinga walk back, bowled by Amit Singh on 1 and Mumbai were reduced to 83/8.Finally, Mumbai could only manage to score 94/8 in their 20 overs. The score could have been lesser had Harbhajan Singh not hit a six off the last ball of the innings in Shane Watson’s over. That was the only other six in the Mumbai innings apart from Davy Jacobs six in the third over, which too came off Watson.last_img read more

Mercedes celebrate toughest Constructors’ Championship yet

first_imgMercedes joined a select group of teams to have won the Formula One Constructors’ Championship for four years in a row on Sunday and recognised it as their toughest title yet.With an unassailable lead of 147 points with 129 remaining from the final three races, Mercedes joined Ferrari, McLaren and Red Bull who racked up similar streaks during their years of dominance.Unlike their rivals, Mercedes have managed to stay on top despite major rule changes at the end of last year that introduced wider tyres and revised aerodynamics to make the cars faster and harder to handle.Not a great race for me today, but:WE ARE WORLD CHAMPIONS ??Proud to be part of @MercedesAMGF1 #F1 #VB77 #USGP #mbfamily @F1 pic.twitter.com/XNiCnkLNkF- Valtteri Bottas (@ValtteriBottas) October 23, 2017And this season they have been fighting a resurgent and determined Ferrari rather than just waging an internal battle between team mates.”This for us was the most difficult one because Ferrari was competitive and we still made it,” the team’s non-executive chairman Niki Lauda, himself a triple world champion, told reporters at the U.S. Grand Prix.Win the Constructors’ Championship… Celebrate!!! pic.twitter.com/n9D7PKDg0u- Mercedes-AMG F1 (@MercedesAMGF1) October 23, 2017Mercedes have dominated since the start of the 1.6 litre V6 turbo hybrid era in 2014, and are set to win both titles again this year.They have won 11 of 17 races so far this season and 62 of 76 since the start of 2014.AP PhotoBritain’s Lewis Hamilton, who won at the Circuit of the Americas on Sunday for the fifth time in six years, has won nine times this year and is a fingertip away from his own fourth championship.advertisementHis title looks sure to come in Mexico next weekend, barring misfortune.It would have been five had now-retired team mate Nico Rosberg not beaten him last year in a season where car reliability played a major part in the eventual outcome.?????? #USGP #4TheTeam pic.twitter.com/PB0yrxMfff- Mercedes-AMG F1 (@MercedesAMGF1) October 22, 2017Mercedes have also qualified on pole position for 69 of the last 76 races and Hamilton, who holds the sport’s all-time career record of 72, has taken 11 of them this season alone.”When we set our objectives at the beginning of the year it was to win both championships and be the first team to do that through a regulation change like this,” said team boss Toto Wolff.LIVE: Wow, just wow… FOUR time WORLD CHAMPIONS!! ????#4TheTeam #USGP @F1 pic.twitter.com/667m8WUhff- Mercedes-AMG F1 (@MercedesAMGF1) October 22, 2017″Having achieved that here in Austin with three races to go, it feels really unbelievable. It’s just the reward for so many people that have been hard working,” added the Austrian, his briefing interrupted by Ferrari boss Maurizio Arrivabene entering to congratulate him with a hug.”You always try to identify silver bullets that make the difference but the fact is that we have a really great dynamic within the team and we enjoy doing what we do, pulling it all together. Bringing it home feels just super.”AP Photolast_img read more

College Footballs Bloated Bowl Season In 3 Charts

It’s a refrain almost as common as “Merry Christmas” this time of year: There are too many bowl games. While hardcore college football fans don’t mind watching, say, the Miami Beach Bowl on a Monday afternoon a full 10 days before the traditional bowlfest of New Year’s Day (guilty!), there’s also the sense that the bloated bowl season has taken away much of the meaning that used to be associated with playing in college football’s postseason.How much expansion has there been? This season will see a record 39 bowl games played, from the Popeyes Bahamas Bowl to the College Football Playoff National Championship. Compare that to 1968, when there were 11 bowls, or even 1984, when there were 18 — a total that would remain more or less static for more than a decade. But in the late 1990s (perhaps not coincidentally, when the Bowl Championship Series began), the bowl field began expanding rapidly, reaching 20 games in 1997, 25 in 2000 and 32 in 2006.In the chart below you can see the proliferation of the bowl field since 1982, the year cable television money and the departure of the Ivy League from Division I-A ushered in college football’s truly modern era:Some of the bloat is associated with an increase in the number of Division I-A (now known as the Football Bowl Subdivision, or FBS) football teams, to 128 this season from 113 in 1982. (A chunk of these new additions have come in just the past few seasons, as part of what FiveThirtyEight contributor David Goldenberg calls a “recent trend of universities starting football programs from scratch with the plan to get to Division I as soon as possible, and reap the PR and financial benefits that come with a major football program.”)But the growth of the FBS only explains a small portion of the bowl explosion. Even as a percentage of all FBS schools, almost twice as many teams will go bowling this season as did in 1996:Economically, there are pros and cons to the inflated bowl field. And these games do matter football-wise, especially to a certain subset of mid-major programs looking for exposure any way they can find it. But, as a natural byproduct of expansion, the caliber of teams in bowls has plummeted over the past three decades.Using an Elo-like estimated version of ESPN’s Football Power Index (FPI) pre-bowl ratings, here is the progression of the average, worst, and 25th-percentile teams in the bowl field for each season since 1982:The average rating for bowl-bound teams is barely lower now than it was in 1982, and the fact that it crested in 1996 — right before the bowl boom — suggests that there were enough good teams to support some type of expansion in the late 1990s. (Why this change took place is up for debate, though it could point to the origins of today’s ongoing trend of reduced parity between college football’s haves and have-nots.)However, the trend lines describing the dregs of the bowl field (the minimum and 25th-percentile ratings) show how much the bar for bowl entry has been lowered since that time. Bad teams occasionally made their way into bowls before 1997, but that’s now commonplace, particularly since the number of bowl entrants has grown by 39 percent since 2005.Monday’s Miami Beach Bowl thriller, between Memphis and Brigham Young, showed that less prestigious bowl games can still provide excitement for fans that bother to tune in. But it’s also fair to question whether we really need to see FPI No. 95 South Alabama and No. 97 Bowling Green (both considered to be in excess of 8 points per game worse than an average FBS team) face off in the Raycom Media Camellia Bowl — as happened on Saturday. Like so much in college football, the bowls are an as yet incomplete experiment in where to find a happy medium between tradition, money-making and the role of academic institutions in the world of high-profile sports. read more

17YearOld Ghanaian Becomes First Black Woman to Make Olympic

Maame Biney (1) falls as she reacts after winning women’s 500-meter A final race during the U.S. Olympic short track speedskating trials Saturday, Dec. 16, 2017, in Kearns, Utah. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)KEARNS, Utah (AP) — Maame Biney became the first Black woman to qualify for a U.S. Olympic speedskating team with a pair of victories in the 500 meters.The 17-year-old native of Ghana cruised to victory in the first 500 final at the short track trials on Saturday, beating Olympians Lana Gehring, Jessica Kooreman and Katherine Reutter-Adamek.“I can’t believe it, aww geez,” she said after squealing with joy. “It’s a really good feeling, but it has to set in first because it takes me a while. I’m like, ‘Holy cow.’”Before the second final, her father sitting in the stands held up a sign reading: “Kick some hiney Biney.”She sure did.Biney set a blistering pace in taking an early lead that widened as the wild and wooly race went on. She crossed the finish line on the hockey-sized rink and began clapping and then pumping her arms so hard she lost her balance and fell.She went down laughing all the way.“When I realized that I made the Olympic team, I started cheering like crazy and then I made my epic fall,” she said.Biney will be the second black speedskater on a U.S. Olympic team. Shani Davis was 19 when he qualified for the short track team in 2002. He later switched to long track and won four medals, including two golds.Now 35, Davis will try to make the long track team at its trials next month.On the men’s side, J.R. Celski qualified for his third Olympic team despite a crash in the early rounds of the men’s 500. He rebounded to win the C final, finishing well ahead of the other three skaters.“I really couldn’t get control of myself after the first fall,” he said. “I fell into the pads a little awkward, kind of hurt myself a bit but fortunately my trainer and I took care of it.”In the second final, Celski finished second to John-Henry Krueger, who qualified for his second individual event in South Korea. He made the team Friday by winning the 1,500.“Last night I made sure not to get too excited and try to keep my composure,” Krueger said. “My goal was to keep a steady speed but to keep my track tight and make sure no one could pass.”Joining Krueger and Celski on the men’s team is 21-year-old Olympic rookie Aaron Tran, who won the first 500 and finished last among four in the second final.Tran attended the same middle and high schools six years apart from Celski in their hometown of Federal Way, Washington.“He’s a great role model, a great leader,” said Tran, who first met Celski when he came to their middle school for an assembly.Lana Gehring, already on the Olympic team in the 1,500, finished second in the first 500 and last among four in the second final.The men’s and women’s 1,000 will be contested Sunday at the Utah Olympic Oval.Thomas Hong, who was born in South Korea, and Ryan Pivirotto still have shots to make the men’s team, which will be comprised of five skaters.Former Olympians Kooreman and Reutter-Adamek, along with Kristen Santos, remain in contention for the women’s team, which only has three spots available. read more

This Day In History Straw Market fire in Nassau

first_img Radical rogues ruining Bahamas tourism reputation Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:Courdney Gardiner, nassau, straw market Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppThis day in history in 2001 September 4 a fire on bay street swallowed up the historic world famous straw market in Nassau… a fire said to be set after a lover’s quarrel; peanut vendor Courdney Gardiner was arrested and sentenced to two years for the mammoth blaze which sent vendors screaming from the building… today there is a new 38,000 sq ft site for the 500 straw vendors on Bay Street in Nassau. That original straw market was established in the 1940s after the sponging industry plummeted. Another Murder in Nassau GB Port Authority given new milestones, with extension of concessionslast_img read more

Hon Sharlene Cartwright Robinson HURRICANE MATTHEW

first_img Related Items:Hon. Robinson says be prepared for the coming storm, hon. robinson urges employers to allow staff adequate time to secure home and property, hurricane matthew Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, TCI, October 3, 2016 – “Overnight the Turks and Caicos Islands has gone from a Hurricane Watch to a Warning. Matthew is a slow moving, Category 4 Storm accompanied by heavy rains and whilst panic must not be the order of the day, we as a people must take its passage very seriously.”“This nation has been spared many times over and whilst we continue to pray for mercy, we must prepare for the worse. Those of us who experienced the passage of Hurricane Ike has fresh memories of a storm that left a trail of damage, and we often boast of no loss of life. I encourage us to recall only the need to prepare and not be reckless in trying to predict a similar outcome.”“I am encouraging all residents to take heed and to prepare by securing your properties and by ensuring that the important items for the emergency pack are in your home.  We have many low lying areas that are prone to flooding in lighter conditions and I am calling on these residents to seek higher ground and not to put their lives at risk or the lives of those who may be placed in difficult circumstances if called upon to rescue them in the event of an emergency during the Storm.”“I am calling on all employers to be compassionate and allow their employees adequate time to safeguard their homes and properties. I likewise await the Government’s Statement to hear of the timing for closure of Schools and Government offices.”“I wish to thank DDME for the updates and ask that we heed the call to be vigilant and prepared. The published list of Shelters, I am certain will be announced later today and I encourage you to please locate the one nearest you and if you feel that you have need to take shelter there, please do so before the Storm.”“We are still our brothers keepers and I trust that we will look out for those families and individuals that are most vulnerable especially our elderly and special needs residents.  Parliamentary colleagues and Pastors, I expect that we all will assist in whatever way that we can.  Let me also use this forum to thank the Government for continuing on the path of tradition and for arranging for the return of children and medical patients from Jamaica.  It is our responsibility to ensure that our people are brought to safety.”“As a blood donor, I will also like to encourage persons to take a few minutes today and donate blood at one of the Medical facilities.”“Let us pray for those emergency personnel who will be at work ensuring our safety and for the people of these Islands and all the other Islands who have suffered the wrath or are in path for Matthew.”“I wish for us a safe passage. May God continue to be with us.”Hon Sharlene Cartwright RobinsonLeader of the Opposition Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Recommended for you Hurricane Matthew ripping through Grand Bahamalast_img read more