Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Fieldwork is in full swing in Ohio, according to the USDA, NASS, Great Lakes Regional Office. There were 5.7 days suitable for fieldwork for the week ending August 2nd. A week of dry, sunny weather helped to speed up crop development. Conditions favored the baling of hay and straw. Wheat harvest neared completion, but quality issues were widespread. Many who sold wheat dealt with low test weights, sprout, and vomitoxin. Spraying of crops continued where fields had enough potential to make economic sense. The biggest concern for corn at this point is the loss of nitrogen, and shallow root systems that developed when moisture surpluses were prevalent. Growers approached the nitrogen issue with novel methods. Ironically, shallow rooted plants will need regular rainfall to reach their maximum potential. Growers in some areas have already noticed adverse effects from prolonged drier conditions.View the complete report
INQUIRER.net stock photoMuch has been said about there being no one road to success.But in the case of the Venice Marathon, there is only one route to the finish line — and a group of runners went the wrong way, reports the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF).ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ LATEST STORIES CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Read Next WATCH: Runner finishes race while accidentally flashing genitalsWhat to do post-run to maximize your results QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:40Trending Articles01:16Go goads Robredo to take ICAD post: ‘Tignan natin kung makakatulog ka pa’00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Austria mum on reported SMB-Kia trade #atletical’azzurro Eyob Fanielconquista la #Venicemarathonin 2h12:16#record personale miglioratodi oltre tre minuti pic.twitter.com/mXF47Uo2qx— Atletica Italiana (@atleticaitalia) October 22, 2017His coach Ruggero Pertile said they aim to make him qualified for the 2020 Olympic Games. He just has to make sure that Gebrehiwet is on the right track. JBRELATED STORIES:ADVERTISEMENT Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Kin of Misamis Oriental hero cop to get death benefits, award — PNP Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments An Italian of Eritrean origin, Eyob Gebrehiwet, capitalized on this blunder and finished in 2:12:16, beating his personal best by over three minutes.The lead pack of elite runners followed a motorcycle that took a wrong turn 25 kilometers into the race. This led them to be delayed despite having a one-minute lead.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 shutoutRunner-up Muhammed Mussa followed two minutes after Gebrehiwet’s bizarre win.This is only the Italian’s second marathon; his first was in Florence. Injuries had prevented him from joining the Venice race in 2015 and 2016. Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101
Mario Goetze and Marco Reus will play a key role for Germany in the World CupGermany departs for the World Cup as one of the teams to beat despite having a relatively young squad.But because they made their international debuts early, many Germany players have dozens of national team games behind them.Here are five players to watch:PHILIPP LAHMCaptain since 2010, Philipp Lahm will be playing at his third World Cup and already has made 105 national team appearances.The 29-year-old Lahm helped Bayern Munich sweep the Champions League, Bundesliga and German Cup last season and was a major figure as the club recaptured the championship this year.As a defender, Lahm has been versatile, playing with equal success on the left or right flank, although he personally prefers the right side. He played both positions as necessary for both Bayern and the national team, until Bayern coach Pep Guardiola put him in the defensive midfield to fill a gap left by injuries.Lahm excelled again.Germany coach Joachim Loew says he might consider Lahm for that position as well, if needed.MANUEL NEUERBayern Munich goalkeeper Manuel Neuer is Germany’s uncontested No. 1.Neuer became the starting goalkeeper before the 2010 World Cup when Rene Adler hurt his shoulder, and has stayed there ever since.Neuer has conceded by far the fewest goals in the league, although that is also due to Bayern’s overall dominance. His main problem may be lack of action – he usually faces few shots in Bundesliga matches.That could explain why he is sometimes caught off-guard by long-distance shots. Neuer’s other weakness is a hesitancy in coming off the line.THOMAS MUELLERBayern Munich midfielder Thomas Mueller is another versatile player whose style of play makes him hard to figure out.Mueller can play on the flanks but he can also roam as a “false nine.” That’s where he is probably at his most dangerous.Relatively unknown internationally before the 2010 World Cup, Mueller made his name in South Africa, where he was the top scorer with five goals and three assists. He was also named the tournament’s best young player.Still only 24, Mueller is already a mature player, having won everything there was to win with Bayern in the past two seasons.Although his playing time has been somewhat reduced by Bayern coach Pep Guardiola’s rotations, Mueller is still the club’s best scorer after striker Mario Mandzukic.MARIO GOETZEMario Goetze is the product of Germany’s exemplary youth programs and has gone through all junior selections.A 22-year-old attacking midfielder, Goetze is considered the country’s most promising and exciting talent. He helped Borussia Dortmund win two consecutive Bundesliga championships, then stunned his childhood club by taking advantage of an opt-out clause in his contract to move to Bayern Munich.Goetze had an inconspicuous start in Bayern, missing the early part of the season because of an ankle injury. He was eased into the team by coach Pep Guardiola, and still often comes off the bench in a star-studded squad.Goetze’s pace, vision and dribbling skills, in addition to his scoring, have drawn comparisons to some of the game’s greats, such as Diego Maradona or Lionel Messi.The World Cup could be an occasion for Goetze to prove he is worthy of the praise.Germany coach Joachim Loew has indicated his might use Goetze as a “hanging nine” if his injured strikers don’t recover in time.MARCO REUSOnce dubbed “Rolls Reus” for his pace, Marco Reus was voted Germany’s player of the year at the end of the 2011-12 season, when he also left Borussia Moenchengladbach to return to childhood club Borussia Dortmund.Reus is a fast and goal-scoring midfielder who has tremendous pace with the ball. He is also a big threat from set pieces, with excellent shooting technique. He is able to shoot and score with both feet.Reus already has seven goals in 19 games for Germany. One of the leaders of his generation, Reus has a good understanding on the field with Mario Goetze from a common season in Dortmund and the pair of them could be Germany’s powerful weapon at the World Cup.
Australia’s Men’s, Women’s and Mixed Open squads will travel to Sydney this weekend for a training camp in preparation for the 2013 Super Trans Tasman Series to be held in Auckland next February. The Australians are hopeful of continuing their strong form against New Zealand on the Touch Football field after their impressive 3-0 whitewash of their Trans Tasman counterparts in Mudgee earlier this year. This will be the final selection medium for athletes to impress their respective coaches before teams are decided on and final preparation for the Open’s division title defence begins. The Super Trans Tasman will be the biggest Trans Tasman held yet, with 12 divisions – four Youth, three Open and five Masters – travelling to Auckland to compete. Stay tuned to the TFA website for all of the latest news in the lead up to the 2013 Super Trans Tasman Series – www.austouch.com.au.Related LinksAussie Squads In Camp
TUSCALOOSA, AL – OCTOBER 02: A fan of the Alabama Crimson Tide holds up a sign about head coach Nick Saban during the game against the Florida Gators at Bryant-Denny Stadium on October 2, 2010 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)We’re exactly one month away from the first college football Saturday.The 2016 season is set to get fully underway on Saturday, Sept. 3.Who will be bringing home this year’s national championship?Alabama, Clemson and Oklahoma appear to be the three main favorites.We’ve made a prediction for this season – and the eight seasons that will follow.Looking at teams’ depth charts, head coaches, recruiting classes (and some creative thinking) we’re predicting who will take home college football’s national championship through the 2024 season.Get started with 2016.College Football’s Next 9 National Champions
NEW YORK, N.Y. – The latest on developments in financial markets (all times local):6:55 a.m.It’s going to be a nervous opening on Wall Street, a day after the Dow Jones industrial average recorded its biggest fall, in percentage terms, since August 2011.Futures markets are turning cagey as the opening bell gets nearer, with Dow futures and the broader S&P futures, down a further 1 per cent and 0.6 per cent, respectively.Stock markets around the world, particularly on Wall Street, have tumbled this week as fears over prospective U.S. interest rate hikes combined with fears that markets were a bit frothy following a strong run over the past year that saw many indexes hit record highs.Neil Wilson, senior market analyst at ETX Capital in London, is worried about the role technology is playing in the rout. Algorithmic trading, which involves computers following a program, are, he said, “battering the key levels forcing the market lower each time.As a result, he reckons buyers are being caught out: “So far every time dip buyers come in they are being blown away — despite the fact that on a forward earnings basis stocks are looking more and more appealing.”___6:30 a.m.For many stock investors, the rout in markets is likely to have come as a bit of a shock or at least a timely reminder that share prices can go down as well as up.Throughout the history of financial markets, corrections whereby indexes lose 10 per cent of their value have been a regular and healthy phenomenon as they shake out some of the more speculative players and bring share prices back to their fundamental levels.Craig Erlam, senior market analyst at OANDA, notes that the rally over the last couple of years has been “very strong and without any corrections of note.”As a result, he thinks that it’s entirely possible that this has led to some “complacency,” with investors perhaps “getting a little ahead of themselves.”___6:15 a.m.In the Middle East, stocks were touched by the U.S. and Asian markets’ sell-off, though the losses were more limited.Dubai’s stock market closed 1.5 per cent lower and Abu Dhabi’s shed nearly 1 per cent on Tuesday in the region’s third day of trading for the week.In Saudi Arabia, the region’s biggest economy, the Tadawul stock exchange slipped 1.5 per cent while Qatar’s closed a little more than 2 per cent down.Meanwhile, in Egypt, one of the largest consumer markets in the region, the EGX30 was trading 2 per cent lower and the EGX50 was down 3 per cent.___5:45 a.m.The turmoil in global stock markets has echoes with what’s been going on with bitcoin, the hugely volatile virtual currency, which rose exponentially to around $20,000 last year before a precipitous slump.Many in the markets think assets like bitcoin are introducing a layer of uncertainty that has contributed to the retreat in stocks.On Monday, bitcoin slid from around $11,500 to below $7,000, while the Dow Jones industrial average fell by a record 1,175 points.According to James Hughes, chief market analyst at AXI Trader, the Dow Jones “was trying to do its best Bitcoin impression.”Bitcoin was under pressure again Tuesday, trading 5.9 per cent lower at $6,509.___5:05 a.m.There are signs of a reprieve in the global market sell-off.Futures markets are pointing to a steady opening on Wall Street, with Dow futures and the broader S&P 500 futures down 0.2 per cent and up 0.4 per cent, respectively.Hopes that Tuesday won’t see a repeat of the previous day’s selling on Wall Street has helped European stock markets clamber off earlier lows. The FTSE 100 index of leading British shares was down 1.8 per cent, while Germany’s DAX was 1.9 per cent lower — both indexes are higher than where they started the session.Chris Beauchamp, chief market analyst at IG, said it’s the “speed of the correction, not its size,” that has proven the “real shock, particularly to a market inured to low volatility.”___3:15 a.m.Stock markets in Europe have tumbled at the open following the routs on Wall Street and Asia and as investors fret that a healthy correction could turn into a protracted bear market.Minutes after the bell to signal the start of trading, the FTSE 100 index of leading British shares was down 2.5 per cent at 7,151, while the CAC 40 in France slid 3 per cent to 5,127. It was a similar story on Germany’s DAX, which was 3 per cent lower at 12,308.Investors around the world have taken fright at the prospect of a higher than anticipated increase in U.S. interest rates this year in the event rising wages stir inflation.Many in the markets had been anticipating some sort of correction following the steady gains over the past year or so, which have pushed some indexes, notably on Wall Street, to a series of record highs.___1:15 a.m.Shares are taking a beating in Asia after the biggest drop in the Dow Jones industrial average in six and a half years.Japan’s Nikkei 225 index plunged as much as 7.1 per cent but recovered some of those losses to close down 4.7 per cent at 21,610.24 on Tuesday.Hong Kong’s Hang Seng index fell 4.1 per cent to 30,938.85 and the Kospi in South Korea lost 1.4 per cent to 2,458.06.Most other regional share benchmarks gave up between 2 per cent to 4 per cent. The dollar weakened to 108.81 Japanese yen.
TORONTO — Postmedia Network Canada Corp. announced Thursday that Paul Godfrey is stepping down as CEO and will be succeeded by president and chief operating officer Andrew MacLeod.Godfrey, who has been Postmedia’s CEO since the company was founded in 2010, will stay on as executive chairman.MacLeod joined Postmedia in 2014 as chief commercial officer and was named chief operating officer in 2016. He became president in October 2017 and continues to hold that title as well as CEO.The announcements came as the owner of the National Post and other Canadian newspapers announced a $1.4 million net loss for the quarter ended. Nov. 30.Revenue for the Toronto-based publishing group fell to $171.3 million from just under $189 million a year earlier, when Postmedia reported a profit of $5.8 million with the assistance from gains on asset sales. Companies in this story: (TSX:PNC.A, TSX:PNC.B)The Canadian Press
Simone Manuel swam into first place in semifinal 1 during the Olympic Games in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil last night. The Team USA athlete entered the Games with Lia Neal, another Black swimmer. The semifinal finish followed her first heat win earlier that day.NBC reported Manuel was No. 1 in the women’s 100-meter freestyle semifinal. She clocked in at 53.11 seconds. The Stanford University student qualified for the semifinal Wednesday afternoon in the women’s 100-meter heat. Manuel won her heat in 53.32 seconds. She came in second place behind Australia’s Cate Campbell, who clocked in at 52.78 seconds. The Sugar Land, Texas native missed Campbell’s world record by 0.54 seconds.Manuel’s first-place position was largely passed over on-air. The network tweeted out her finish after it happened, but Black Twitter was disappointed at the lack of acknowledgment by analysts..@simone_manuel takes 1st in Semifinal 1! #Rio2016 #Swimming #USA pic.twitter.com/qkCQ1l2sg1— NBC Olympics (@NBCOlympics) August 11, 2016@docjorich expressed disappointment in American commentators discussing Australia’s Bronte Campbell, who is Cate Campbell’s younger sister.Simone Manuel just wins 100M Freestyle yet American commentators jocking Australian swimmers smh— CrimeDocJoRich (@docjorich) August 11, 2016Katisha Williams pointed out the Campbells’ apparent importance over Manuel, who was not interviewed after the race.@NBCOlympics @simone_manuel .So the Australian sisters were more important obviously..no interview..no congrats..— Katisha Williams (@KatishaWilliams) August 11, 2016Mia shared similar disappointment.But yet @NBCOlympics too busy talking about the Australians… Congrats @simone_manuel ?? https://t.co/EIO1MAlqAr— Mia (@notwithoutcafe) August 11, 2016Then, users decided to celebrate Manuel’s accomplishment themselves.Annesha Sudu expressed the pride of the Black community.@simone_manuel THEY didn’t give u the highlight u deserved after ur win but WE r proud! ❤️ #SimoneManuel #Rio2016 pic.twitter.com/RNIIssnfQl— Annesha Sudu (@anneshasudu) August 11, 2016@TheRealRamonabd also shared her love. She encouraged the swimmer to rest up for her competition tonight. Manuel will compete in the women’s 100-meter freestyle final after 10 p.m. The women’s 50-meter freestyle will follow Friday afternoon.That’s alright, she gonna shock the world tomorrow! We ❤️ you @simone_manuel Get your rest.. It’s time to make GOLD https://t.co/xiqtMMl7Qn— LuvLaughLive (@TheRealRamonabd) August 11, 2016Liv. remarked at Manuel smashing the stereotype of Black people not knowing how to swim.Simone Manuel breaking stereotypes ✊?— Liv. (@_OhNono) August 11, 2016Nina Anderson shouted out the 20-year-old competitor.look at this sista swimming for USA Simone Manuel? go head girl! ??✨— Nina Anderson (@NaturallyNina_) August 11, 2016Jade Anouka caught Manuel’s swimming replay and hashtagged the win #raisethatbar.Watching #Olympics replays and there’s a black woman #swimming and she just won her semi-final race!! Yes @simone_manuel #raisethatbar— Jade Anouka (@JadeAnouka) August 11, 2016Aside from her win last night, Manuel also took the silver medal in the women’s 400-meter freestyle relay last weekend. Competing with American teammates – Abbey Weitzeil, Dana Vollmer and Katie Ledecky – Manuel gave the U.S. a head start with her 53.36-second lead-off leg. Ultimately, the Campbell sisters and the Australians won the match in 3:30.65. Team USA came second with 3:31.89.
Mariota was sacked eight times on 45 dropbacks over the course of the game. His QBR over the final three quarters was a miserable 19.7, while the Titans offense netted just 3.53 yards per play.In the AFC Championship Game, the Jacksonville Jaguars got off to an even stronger start. With a mix of power running and downfield throwing, they jumped out to a 14-3 second-quarter lead. Quarterback Blake Bortles was devastating on play-action passes in the first half, going 8-for-8 for 114 yards and a perfect 158.3 passer rating on throws with run fakes.After halftime, the Patriots took it away. New England did this, to some extent, by doing the opposite of what they did to Tennessee: sending extra defenders, stuffing the power run and forcing Bortles to make quick decisions.Here’s an example in the third quarter, where the Jaguars were facing 2nd-and-10. At that down and distance, either a run or a pass would make sense. So the play-action pass could be an effective option, as it had been throughout the first half: While the NFL universe has been breathlessly gushing over the New England Patriots offense for nearly two decades, the Pats defense is usually described with an old chestnut of coachspeak: “Bend but don’t break.” For years, Patriot defenses have allowed heaps of yards but denied points by tightening in the red zone,1The Patriots finished in the bottom third of the NFL in yardage defense five of the last eight seasons yet ranked in the top 10 in scoring defense seven times. and this season’s iteration is no different. But on a game-by-game level, this Patriots defense has taken on a new quality: They bend early, then straighten themselves out at halftime.There’s a huge difference between the Pats defense that takes the field at the beginning of the game and the one that walks off the field (usually) victorious. Including both playoff games, the Patriots’ first-half averages of 5.85 yards per play (30th) and 10.06 points allowed (11th) dropped to 5.43 yards per play (22nd) and 8.28 points allowed (2nd) in the second half. This suggests that even if Nick Foles and the Eagles move the ball early and put up points on Sunday, there’s reason to believe Bill Belichick and defensive coordinator Matt Patricia will draw up a way to stop them before Justin Timberlake is finished bringing sexy back. Just what kind of midgame adjustments are the Patriots making? Let’s examine the last two games.Against the Tennessee Titans in the divisional round, New England seemed to come in with a concrete game plan: Counter Tennessee’s running-back-and-tight-end heavy offense by stacking the box with defenders and playing tight man coverage. They also used a spy on quarterback Marcus Mariota to contain his running ability.Per ESPN’s Sports & Information Group, the Patriots had at least eight defenders in the box on five of 16 first-quarter Tennessee snaps. But the Titans pass-catchers were able to get open quick enough to give Mariota options. Backpedaling Pats linebackers failed to get enough depth to cover intermediate seam and out routes. Mariota posted a 99.3 first-quarter Raw Quarterback Rating, and the Titans averaged 6.75 yards per play.After the Titans found the end zone on their second drive, the Patriots stacked eight in the box on only two snaps out of the remaining 45. With more defenders dropping into coverage, the pass rush was significantly more effective. Watch on this key third-quarter 3rd-and-7, arguably the Titans’ last best chance to get into the game, as Mariota has no place to throw or run: The Patriots decide to risk the Jaguars pass-catchers getting open deep and here press both wideouts with their outside corners. Two linebackers drop into coverage, and behind them is a single-high safety.Everyone else blitzes, including slot corner Malcolm Butler. Bortles play-fakes to the fullback, then sets up to pass. But tight end Marcedes Lewis fails to recognize the blitz from Butler until it’s too late. Tailback Leonard Fournette, intending to pick up Butler, realizes too late that Lewis let defensive end Trey Flowers through. Soon Bortles is swamped and sacked.The Jaguars called six other play-action passes in the second half, per ESPN Sports & Info, and Bortles completed just three of them. His second-half passer rating was 69.1, and his QBR was 42.7. The Jags offense averaged 4.34 yards per play in the second half, down from 6.81 in the first. They added just two field goals to their first-half scoring, turning a 14-3 lead to a 24-20 loss.So what will the Patriots try to take away from the Philadelphia Eagles?The easy answer would be “whatever the Eagles manage to do well.” In their upset of the Minnesota Vikings in the NFC Championship Game, the Eagles did practically everything well — but above all, quarterback Nick Foles stayed calm in the face of pressure and attacked the Vikings secondary deep.If the Patriots try to attack Foles the way they attacked Bortles in the second half, it might go badly. Instead, Belichick and Patricia will likely drop into safe zones and wait for the Eagles to reveal their plan — perhaps using red-hot receiver Alshon Jeffery to attack a Patriots secondary that finished 26th against No. 1 wideouts in Football Outsiders’ Defense-adjusted Value Over Average.2Football Outsiders says the DVOA metric “measures a team’s efficiency by comparing success on every single play to a league average based on situation and opponent.” Whatever Eagles head coach Doug Pederson’s plan is, he’d better have a Plan B.Check out our latest NFL predictions.
Former Ohio State men’s basketball strength and conditioning coach Dave Richardson won’t be leaving the university for his next opportunity as he has been hired as the Buckeyes’ men’s lacrosse strength and conditioning coach, the school announced Wednesday afternoon.“Coach Richardson brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to our program. He is an incredible leader and builder of young men,” men’s lacrosse coach Nick Myers said in a release. “We look for him to make an immediate impact as we prepare for the 2018 season and beyond.”Richardson was hired in 2005 by former men’s basketball coach Thad Matta as the program’s head strength and conditioning coach. He spent the past 12 season with the men’s basketball team.When Matta was fired and Chris Holtmann was hired as head coach, Richardson was not retained. Ohio State announced former Indianapolis Colts performance and conditioning coach Quadrian Banks would be Richardson’s replacement as men’s basketball strength and conditioning coach Friday.Last season, the Ohio State men’s lacrosse team reached the national championship for the first time in program history, falling 9-6 to Big Ten rival Maryland.“I have known coach Myers for a number of years and have a ton of respect for how he runs the program and the passion he has for building and teaching men,” Richardson said in a release. “I am excited to get going with this team and have high expectations for what we can achieve.”Richardson has never worked as a strength and conditioning coach with a specific focus on a lacrosse team.Prior to his time at Ohio State, Richardson spent five years as assistant strength trainer at the University of Miami (Fl.). He became the Hurricanes coach after working for six seasons as head strength and conditioning coach for the University of Louisiana at Monroe.