Holiday Classic: Spartans boys come up short in third place match-up

first_imgRed Bluff >> The Spartans boys kept pace with Arcata through the first period Saturday afternoon, but fell behind in the second and despite a late charge in the fourth, lost 64-57 in the third place game at the Holiday Classic basketball tournament.In a slow start, the Tigers led 10-9 after the first period. Red Bluff took the lead early in the second on a Valentin Ramirez three, but Arcata went on a 12-point run and took a 33-22 advantage into the half.The Spartans chipped away at the …last_img

Listen to the Land – 13

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Susan Winsor Progressive Farmer Contributing EditorLoran Steinlage has a more permanent solution to heavy downpours than tile drain. He’s improving his soil structure. By increasing soil carbon he’s built resilient soil that drains well and stores water for droughts.His financial returns are highest on the fields with the most diverse cover crops, cash crops and relay crops. By “relay,” he means growing a second crop (soybeans, rye or wheat) in the same growing season.This diversified soil allows microbes to retain and recycle nutrients, store nutrients and prevent erosion through winter while adding income from cover-crop seed. By comparison, a conventional crop rotation has a “brown winter season” vulnerable to nutrient and soil loss, and the death of beneficial soil microbes.THE POOR FARMTown elders once called Steinlage’s Fayette County, Iowa, farm “the poor farm,” an unproductive parcel until Loran’s father, Florian, bought it in 1968. Fifty years later, this self-described “po’ dirt farmer” (his comic term for conservation tillage) now speaks internationally on how his family transformed poor glacial till soil into resilient, productive soil. His clever tillage adaptations are nationally recognized by soil-health experts. Steinlage also works as a practical field engineer for DAWN/UndergroundAg.He no-tills 750 acres of corn, soybeans, wheat, rye, malt barley and buckwheat near West Union, Iowa. Steinlage farms 25 glacial-till soil types, ranging “from gravel to peat in the same pass.”Fast-forward through 26 years as a dairy, then continuous corn to the past 10 to 12 years of reduced/strip-till/no-till, interseeding and multispecies cover-crop mixes, and a relay crop of soybean, rye or wheat in the same field. His FLOLOfarms won the 2017 Iowa Environmental Award, and his name dominates soil-health forums and meetings. “I’ve never been conventional,” Steinlage said.YIELD STABILITYSoil resilience is Steinlage’s top priority. Why? Soil resilience brings yield stability despite precipitation extremes, said Jerry Hatfield, director of the USDA National Laboratory for Agriculture and the Environment, based in Ames, Iowa.“We’re gearing for feast-or-famine weather patterns,” Steinlage said. “We’re building our soils with cover crops, diverse crop mixes and no-till. We’re erosion-proofing our soils. We had 21 inches of rain in one week the summer of 2017. The neighbors had runoff, but we did not.“In 2012, we had a big rain the day after planting. I was worried about getting back in to spray the clovers (cover crop). That’s why I now band herbicide with the planter — to give the cash crops an edge.” The cost is about $6 per acre. He uses Acuron or combines acetochlor or metolachlor and atrazine. “If we don’t disturb the soil, we don’t have weed problems,” Steinlage added. He customized row cleaners that move residue but not soil.After 10 years of these practices, a $15-per-acre cover-crop seed investment and diverse species in the same field, his corn yields are 15 bushels per acre ahead of any other fields he farms.The result of these practices is more soil carbon, the fuel for crops and nutrient recycling. “Liquid carbon is the ‘underground currency’ that feeds soil microbes,” Steinlage said. He explained carbon is what microbes exchange for more plant-available nutrients, which they recycle from residue. (See “The Underground Economy” sidebar farther down.)The per-acre revenue for ground planted to cereal rye cover crops, cash soybeans and buckwheat cover crops is a minimum of $660, he said. “We can easily double that; I just don’t like to promise the moon.”In 2018, he switched to non-GMO soybeans to capture an additional $60,000 in IP (identity preserved) premiums ($2 per bushel non-GMO premium) and $50,000 in lower seed costs.Steinlage tailors cover crops to the crop that will follow them. “You want all four plant families in a mix (warm-season broadleafs and grasses, and cool-season broadleafs and grasses),” Steinlage said. For continuous corn, he plants into live N-rich (nitrogen) legumes such as clovers and vetch. On ground going to soybeans, he mixes annual ryegrass with brassicas.On a test field, Steinlage interseeds a varying “jungle mix” of 17-species combinations of tillage radish, dwarf Essex rape, vetch, buckwheat, phacelia, flax, oats, several clovers and more, depending on the field and rotation. This test field has 15-bushel higher yields than his others on some of the poorest county soils.GIFTED WITH A WRENCHKnown far and wide for his mechanical creativity, Steinlage has built and modified at least eight cover-crop interseeders in the past 10 years.When he could afford to build from the ground up, he mounted a Montag dry fertilizer box on a Dalton custom bar, adding customized Dawn DuoSeed row units with a seed sensor that precisely monitors cover-crop seeding rates. This feature is now standard on Dawn’s new DuoSeed Pro. Steinlage’s interseeder also has Precision Planting monitoring, seed firmers and a wide drop tube for larger seeds. He designed his own row cleaners and rollers. This rig drills fertilizer, soybeans and fall cover-crop seeds, and can sidedress urea at V4 on the same pass based on soil-nitrate test results.The goal is to have permanent cover and roots between corn and soybean rows. “We were there in 2012, but Mother Nature is a formidable foe,” Steinlage said. “Since 2012, our ‘yo-yo’ springs have killed most covers in March.”A close friend of Steinlage’s describes him: “The Steinlage family’s on the forefront of redefining the future of crop production and soil-health management, while still recognizing that we need to be profitable,” said Jacob Bolson, Hubbard, Iowa. “With the economic, regulatory, public perception and environmental constraints facing farmers, we must be willing to challenge the norm and take strategic risks.”PLANTING GREENAfter planting corn or soybeans, Steinlage used to crimp or roll cover crops to terminate them or slow them down … or he just leaves them if there’s no moisture shortage. Why? Because cover crops crowd out weeds and store nutrients that otherwise leach in downpours. Cereal rye’s allelopathy is nature’s herbicide. Cover crops can also add to soils’ carbon levels.He experiments a lot, including trials with Bob Recker, a retired John Deere engineer and founder of Cedar Valley Innovation, in Waterloo, Iowa. One of many successful tests was 60-inch corn rows with cover-crop mixes in between the rows. Higher corn populations (54,000 per acre) is equal to conventional populations in 30-inch rows; and yields were 230 bushels per acre. The wider rows allow more sunlight to boost corn yields.Steinlage shut off Rows 2, 5, 8 and 11 on his 12-row planter resulting in a 2-row, skip-1 pattern for this 1-acre plot. He interseeded a mix of buckwheat, oilseed radish, annual ryegrass and dwarf Essex rape at corn’s V4 stage. With no yield hit to these “skipped rows,” he’ll now add livestock to the mix.“Loran has a unique willingness to experiment with widely varying approaches, accepts that some things will not work and, most importantly, is very open in sharing his results and learning,” Recker said.Steinlage has proven that no-till soil is 10 to 15 degrees F warmer than conventionally tilled soil using a $200 Flir thermal camera and temperature sensors. (The University of Minnesota and North Dakota State University have similar findings.) Underground microbial activity warms the soil, insulating germinating corn against broad temperature swings.PIE DROPSMost of Steinlage’s crop nutrients come from semicomposted dairy manure (traded for crop residue) and N-rich cover crops. Steinlage will borrow sheep to graze his interseeded cover crops in exchange for “Pie Drops” (his version of Y Drops). Free fertility and weed control harken back to farming in the 1950s, he said.The Steinlages have been 100% controlled traffic since 2009. Equipment is 30 feet wide on 120-inch centers, limiting soil compaction. “I think aerial drone footage will sell the concept: Aerial photos make compaction’s impact so evident,” he said.The family has weathered far more than its share of family health crises and accidents. When asked about how stress has swayed his farming decisions, Steinlage said he uses the 100-year rule: “Will this decision be important 100 years from now?” If you’re talking about resilient soil, the answer is yes.**(Sidebar)The Underground EconomyBy Susan WinsorProgressive Farmer Contributing EditorIncreasing soil carbon is Loran Steinlage’s main goal. Soil carbon supports the residue and nutrient recycling that improves soil aggregate structure. The space between soil aggregates drains or stores moisture as needed, and circulates oxygen and nutrients.Soil microbes feed on soil carbon and produce carbon dioxide (CO2), which happens to be a crops’ primary nutrient requirement, said Will Brinton, Solvita soil-health test inventor and founder of Woods End Soil Laboratories, in Mount Vernon, Maine. And, soil is the world’s largest active carbon reservoir.Carbon, in the form of soil humus and crop residue and roots, feeds soil insects, bacteria, fungi, algae, protozoa and nematodes. These tiny soil animals release CO2, mineralize (release) nitrogen and release phosphorus (P) and minerals in crop-available forms.Half of soil humus — what gives healthy soil its structure and smell — is carbon, Brinton said. Soil microbes may produce CO2 at rates up to 100 pounds per acre per day, the amount required in crop photosynthesis, he added. Crops may get more CO2 from soil than from the air. So, soil carbon is a crops’ lifeblood.“Now that we can measure CO2, metabolism, we’ll find crop nutrient uptake can also be CO2-limited,” Brinton said.More diverse crops can support more diverse soil microbes, which can boost soil structure and speed nutrient recycling.The bottom line is resilient soil in wet and dry seasons. Resilience is stable yields over time and less variation within fields, said Jerry Hatfield, director, USDA National Laboratory for Agriculture and the Environment. As rain falls in more concentrated bursts, and droughts hang on longer than before, carbon improves your “factory” — your soil.High earthworm counts correlate strongly with an active soil-carbon life cycle in 17-year Swedish field plot studies, Brinton said. The Solvita test uses soil CO2 respiration as a key indicator of soil health.“We need to change our farming practices to be more CO2-oriented,” Brinton said.FOR MORE INFORMATION:USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service video “The Science of Soil Health: Cycle, Re-Cycle, Repeat:” (…)(ES/SK)© Copyright 2019 DTN/The Progressive Farmer. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Evolution of a Revolution: Visualizing Millions of Iran Tweets

first_imgGuide to Performing Bulk Email Verification Algorithms and Social ChangeWill future Presidents express strategic goals in terms of Twitter graph theory? That is almost a certainty.The purpose of these computations is two-fold: first, to contextualize information from across time and space in terms that are accessible to humans; and secondly, to distill abstract ideas into actionable form.Twitter is a platform for achieving both of these purposes in human affairs: detecting networks of information propagation and erecting new networks to reshape emerging social computations. This is the core of Twitter’s social and business value. If we were to play that age-old game of “Guess the business model,” we’d look here first.How to algorithmically discover and deploy novel social structures is perhaps the billion, or trillion, dollar question. With Twitter, the data and API are in place. And if the history of computation is any guide, once programming a system becomes possible, progressing from a hack to an application to a platform is only a matter of time.Guest author: Kovas Boguta is a co-founder of Infoharmoni, a stealth startup building computable knowledge interfaces for real-time data sets. He just returned from last week’s Personal Democracy Forum, where discussion about the Iranian uprising took center-stage. A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Audit Remember this as you look at the next plot below. Here, we see the re-tweet network that formed around the top five Iranian tweets. Its structure shows a very different phenomenon, capturing the emergence not of a community but of an elite. Despite massive interest, or perhaps because of it, most people did not discover more than one of the top Iranians. The network simply grew faster than the information could naturally propagate. But a small inner circle did succeed in identifying core sources of information. The first pair of terms compares the bandwidth of “Ahmadinejad” and “Khamenei” mentions, respectively. The evolution of the uprising at the very highest level of social abstraction is shown with remarkable clarity: moving from a dispute over the election process involving Ahmadinejad (shown in pink) to a dispute over authority involving the supreme leader Khamenei (shown in red).Not only do we get the gist of the evolution, we also see its details and relationships to other social sub-structures. For example, looking at the second plot, we see a co-relation between mentions of the Basij militia and the reports of deaths; and that initial uptick in Khamenei mentions corresponds to the uptick in Basij mentions, foreshadowing the later crackdown.This idea of computational history applies to events that Twitter not only reported but shaped and hosted as well. A plot further down below compares the Twitter-centric discussion of #cnnfail to the distribution of Twitter proxy IPs that allowed information to continue to flow out of Iran. Is it a coincidence that these two terms merge smoothly together? And what about the big spike in mentions of proxy distribution coinciding with the first reports of violence?Computing with Social StructuresSimply tracking the volume of various phrases gives us a sense of what is happening on the street, literally and figuratively. But that signal is but a shadow of a far more complex and intricate reality, an interwoven web of individuals and actions.Twitter allows these social structures to become data structures by means of the “RT” convention. And this in turn allows us to perform extremely powerful computations on the social structures that underlie the flow of information.Network layout algorithms are a familiar, powerful, and fascinating example. They self-organize in your computer to reveal self-organization in the real world. And that is exactly the kind of tool we need to test our hypothesis about #cnnfail.The plot below shows the network of people who re-tweeted mentions of IP proxies, with those who had tweeted earlier about #cnnfail highlighted. We see not only significant overlap among the people involved but also a considerable structure in the relationships between them. We have captured a real community at the moment of its birth. At its peak, a search for “Iran” on Twitter generated over 100,000 tweets per day and over 8,000 tweets per hour. The plot just below shows the growth in volume of information in the number of tweets per hour.How does an Internet junkie, news organization, or political operative monitor rapidly evolving real-time events, from the crucial details to the bigger picture? More importantly, how can a data stream be turned into real-time action, reaching the people who need it, when they need it, and in a form they can easily digest? The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos OverviewThe proliferation of real-time search engines and trend monitors (sometimes referred to as “listening platforms”) has thus far done little to address problems of this scale and importance. This is because they fail to provide context — i.e. show how a new piece of information is relevant to what we’ve seen before and where it fits in the space of possibilities and relationships.For instance, if you are a programming director at CNN trying to discriminate between significant news and Internet memes, simply knowing that #iranelection is a trending topic doesn’t tell you its relation to other topics or which communities are driving it — both critical factors.One promising area is data-oriented user interfaces: data and algorithmic analysis in the back-end and direct visualization and navigation in the front-end. This the next stage of social information, slicing and dicing, mixing and matching, interpreting and analyzing, completely on demand. In this new landscape, the data is the interface.It’s not just about sitting back and looking at pretty pictures. It is about setting aside stale UI metaphors and getting as bare-to-the-bone a human interface as possible for computation. The recently launched Wolfram-Alpha applies this principle to structured data. (Disclosure: I was a member of the core Wolfram-Alpha team and may continue to consult with Wolfram Research.)Real-time data streaming offers similar possibilities and opportunities. In this vein, let’s outline some basic ideas and methods for giving context to the streams.The Computational History of #iranelectionAt the most abstract level, history and computation are the same thing: the evolution of systems over time. Twitter has several remarkable properties that allow us to finally leverage this correspondence in tangible ways. The simplicity of its data, the openness of its system, and its extreme time resolution make it possible for us to detect atoms of history, those moments when something is triggered and society is reconfigured ever so slightly.Look at the bandwidth plots below. They represent the relative volume of different Iran-related phrases on Twitter over time. Their most striking characteristic is how discrete and spikey they are: a tell-tale sign of an organic computational system. Tags:#twitter#web guest author 1 Related Posts Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… The final plot below shows yet another community structure, as well as a new algorithmic technique. This plot does not show the emergence of a new community but rather shows the appropriation of a new topic by mature political factions. This re-tweet network has formed around Iranian tweets that mention Obama. Using graph theory, we can computationally extract the sub-communities and then use that information to color the network. The large blue mass on the right is the conservative Twittersphere, while the other structures are a less-organized collection of mainstream or progressive news outlets.last_img read more

The Right Gear for Your First Production Assistant Job

first_imgHaving the right gear for your first production assistant gig will not only benefit your reputation on set, but also guarantee work in the future.Top image via ShutterstockNo matter where your media-related career begins, at some point filling the role of production assistant is almost inevitable. The good news is that these jobs eventually lead to more gigs where you’ll have ample opportunities to demonstrate your knowledge and skills. Being adequately prepared for your first role as production assistant and having the necessary gear is vital to satisfying the production’s goals and your own future career opportunities. Here are some suggested items to consider purchasing beforehand. Gaffer Tape: $18Gaffer tape is truly an indispensable tool. No matter the type of production you’re working on, gaffer tape will be needed. With all the cords and markers that go into big shoots, tape is a necessity that isn’t always readily available in the moment. Having the means to help the key grip or your fellow production assistant on the spot is beneficial for you and everyone working.Tool Pouch: $16Image via ShutterstockA standard small tool pouch that can be worn on your belt is not only cheap, but tells others on set that you’re prepared for the job. What goes in the pouch? I recommend keeping a flashlight, vice grips, and a small pocket knife. You can even buy an all-purpose tool and tool pouch on Amazon for less than $20.Dress for the Weather: $30-$100Image via ShutterstockAlways keep a rain jacket on standby. Being outside for twelve hours a day, six days a week, you’re bound to run into foul weather at some point. The rain will pass, and production will pick back up — and you can’t beat being dry for the rest of the shoot.Hiking/Waterproof Shoes: $50-$100Image via ShutterstockNot only is the landscape unpredictable, but as a production assistant you’ll need to be able to go anywhere, at any point. All-purpose hiking boots simply are perfect when it’s time to trudge through mud. And you will be trudging through mud.Work Gloves: $20Due to the unpredictability and vague nature of being a production assistant, you never really know what you’ll be asked to do on set. Having a pair of all-purpose work gloves can help you maintain a solid grip and protect your hands when heavy lifting is required.Ear Piece: $13Image via ShutterstockMost productions will provide the necessary communication tools like walkies and earpieces. However, if certain equipment fails to work, having a backup (or an extra set for a fellow PA in need) will only help the production — and your reputation.Sun Protection: $25Image via Contractor Supply MagazineHaving personally experienced being on set in mid-July in the middle of Louisiana for fifteen hours straight, I can assure you — the sun is your enemy. On top of making sure you’re covered in sunscreen, a hat is strongly recommended to keep the rays at bay. Bonus: Helpful HintNever sit down. Directors and producers are always watching. Demonstrating why they hired you can only benefit you in the long run.Being a production assistant is a great way to start on your path to success in the film industry. Hopefully some of these options will help you down the line on an intense shoot. The hours are rough, the pay is little, but being on set and contributing in any way possible is worth the pain.Have any crazy PA stories? Let us know in the comments below!last_img read more

World T20: Watson powers Aussies to win vs Ireland

first_imgFrom the very first ball, Shane Watson stamped his name all over the opening Group B match between Ireland and Australia.He opened the bowling, got Ireland skipper Will Porterfield hooking straight down fine legs throat, and went on to take two more wickets. He then scored a half-century in a comprehensive Australian win at the R Premadasa Stadium here on Wednesday.In response to Irelands belowaverage 123 for seven, Australia romped home by seven wickets with 4.5 overs remaining. On a pitch that offered good bounce-and-carry for bowlers who were ready to bend their backs, Ireland had hit rock bottom by the eighth over with the scoreboard reading 33 for four. That was when the OBrien brothers Niall and Kevin got together to stage a recovery with a 52- run stand.While Niall buckled down and rotated the strike, the big-hitting Kevin started finding the boundary with ease, leading Aussie skipper George Bailey to reintroduce Watson.And the burly all- rounder rocked Ireland again, getting through Nialls defences and then inducing an edge of Kevins blade that was pouched by wicketkeeper Matthew Wade within three balls.Barring one 10- run over from Pat Cummins, Ireland were pretty pedestrian at the death, and it was thanks to the only six of the innings from Nigel Jones that they crossed the six runs per over mark.Australias reply began in a stoic fashion with Watson and David Warner raising just nine runs in the first two overs, before a horror 10- ball over from pacer Boyd Rankin, costing 12 runs, handed them the momentum.The next over from veteran Trent Johnston was pure carnage as first Warner hit a boundary before Watson launched a stunning assault, taking 19 off the over.During the opening stand of 60, Warner (26) crossed the 1,000- run mark, but even after his departure to spinner George Dockrell, Watson kept going.A four and a six each off Paul Stirling and Dockrell brought him his 50 off just 28 balls and by the time he was runout by a direct hit from short third man, man- of- thematch Watson had put the match beyond Irelands reach.After Michael Husseys dismissal, Cameron White (22 not out) and captain Bailey 6 not out) ensured there were no more hiccups for the Kangaroos.We knew how important the game was to make a statement. Id been thinking about how to bowl the first over for about a day and it worked out nicely,?? Watson said.advertisementlast_img read more

Kyrie Irving, Celtics outlast Thunder in thriller

first_imgView comments Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town LATEST STORIES PDEA chief backs Robredo in revealing ‘discoveries’ on drug war SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte “We just played a good team,” George said. “I thought they made some big plays, big shots. Gotta live with it.”Steven Adams and Dennis Schroeder each had 16 points for Oklahoma City, and Jerami Grant scored 15.Oklahoma City suffered its first loss since a 138-128 overtime setback against the Los Angeles Lakers on Jan. 17.Westbrook made two free throws to pull Oklahoma City within 127-125 with 45.9 seconds remaining after Boston had led by six with 1:27 to go.Irving’s driving finger-roll with 23.3 seconds left put Boston up by four, but Grant answered with a 3-pointer to bring the Thunder within 129-128.ADVERTISEMENT US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Oklahoma City squandered a chance to take the lead after Jayson Tatum missed one of two free throws. Irving stripped Westbrook with 8.1 seconds on the clock and Horford got the ball back to Tatum, who sealed the win at the line.“In a (tight) game like that, I’ve just got to take care of the ball, so that’s on me,” Westbrook said.Irving said “instincts” led him to gamble on his steal of Westbrook.“It’s winning time,” Irving said. “I feel like when the ball’s in my hand, I’ve just got to make the right play. Being down the stretch, just trying to make the right decisions.”TIP-INSThunder: George has made at least two 3-pointers in 31 straight games. … Oklahoma City enjoyed its best offensive month in franchise history in January, averaging 120.6 points and 44.1 made field goals while going 9-5. … F Abdel Nader (illness) did not play in his return to Boston. Nader, a 2016 second-round draft pick of the Celtics, averaged 3.0 points in 48 games as a rookie last season with Boston.Celtics: Irving scored 20 in the first half, giving him 20 or more points in a season-high nine straight games. … C Aron Baynes missed Sunday’s game after an MRI exam Saturday revealed a contusion in his left foot. “I don’t anticipate him being back anytime in the next week or so,” coach Brad Stevens said. … C/F Robert Williams (back tightness) also sat and is considered day-to-day.THE BIG THREEIrving, George and Westbrook combined for 89 points in the nationally-televised affair that served as a warm-up act for the Super Bowl.“Going against the best is always a great challenge,” Irving said. “You just want to stay consistent in this game. That’s how you get respect. That’s all I really care about, getting wins.” Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Celebrity moments were plentiful at Super Bowlcenter_img ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. THUNDEROUS RESPONSEOklahoma City began the season with four straight losses, the last a 101-95 home defeat by Boston on Oct. 25.“They’re 33-14 since, which is as good as anybody in the league and they look like that,” Stevens said before tipoff.SUPER SUNDAYPatriots fans who didn’t travel to Atlanta to watch New England face the Los Angeles Rams in the Super Bowl made their presence felt at TD Garden. A sea of Tom Brady jerseys, “Beat LA” T-shirts and Pats-related signs accented the crowd. One fan shown on the video board wearing a Rams’ Todd Gurley jersey was soundly booed.Before last year’s Super Bowl, Stevens wore a hoodie after the Celtics game in honor of Patriots coach Bill Belichick. He stuck with his usual wardrobe this time — because the Patriots lost a year ago.“I’m not superstitious as a coach,” Stevens said. “I’m superstitious as a fan.”UP NEXTThunder: Host the Magic on Tuesday night to begin a stretch of seven of 11 at home.Celtics: Visit the Cavaliers on Tuesday night before hosting ex-Cavs star LeBron James and the rival Lakers on Thursday. ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations MOST READ Boston has won four straight since a 115-111 home loss to the Warriors on Jan. 26 and has won nine of its last 10 games overall.“We battled against Golden State, but (this is) a good win,” said Al Horford, who had 17 points and nine assists. “This team has been playing really well and it’s just good to get this win here at home.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesMarcus Morris had 19 points, Marcus Smart added 18 and seven assists and Daniel Theis had 14 off the Celtics bench.George scored 37 points and Russell Westbrook notched his sixth straight triple-double and 19th of the season with 22 points, 16 assists and 12 rebounds. Oklahoma City Thunder’s Russell Westbrook, right, defends against Boston Celtics’ Kyrie Irving, left, during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Boston, Sunday, Feb. 3, 2019. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)BOSTON — Eight days after letting a win slip away against the Golden State Warriors, the Celtics were able to finish the job against another tough Western Conference opponent.Kyrie Irving had 30 points and 11 assists as Boston overcame big games from Oklahoma City stars Paul George and Russell Westbrook to snap the Thunder’s seven-game win streak in a 134-129 thriller on Sunday.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

Video: Snow Didn’t Stop 5-Star Alabama DB Signee Minkah Fitzpatrick From Hitting The Field Today

first_imgMinkah Fitzpatrick in a game against Ole Miss.TUSCALOOSA, AL – SEPTEMBER 30: Minkah Fitzpatrick #29 of the Alabama Crimson Tide reacts after he and Isaiah Buggs #49 sack Shea Patterson #20 of the Mississippi Rebels at Bryant-Denny Stadium on September 30, 2017 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)The weather in New Jersey has been decidedly less than ideal this winter, and more snow is on the way tonight into tomorrow. Residents all over the Garden State are anxious for spring to finally arrive.But some residual snow didn’t deter Jersey City (N.J.) St. Peter’s Prep 5-star cornerback Minkah Fitzpatrick, an Alabama signee, from getting in an off-season agility workout this afternoon. Fitzpatrick hit the (covered) turf at his high school’s practice field to do some footwork drills, and he posted video of the training on his Twitter account. Nice day at the beach GET RIGHT!— Minkah FitzMagic (@minkfitz_21) March 4, 2015Fitzpatrick is known for his smooth style of play, good footwork and strong technique. If he can maintain those assets in the snow, just think what he might be able to do in Tuscaloosa when the weather will be nicer.last_img read more

“Michigan Head Coach Jim Harbaugh” Is Apparently A Popular Halloween Costume

first_imgHead coach Jim Harbaugh of the Michigan Wolverines looks on during the Michigan Football Spring Game.ANN ARBOR, MI – APRIL 04: Head coach Jim Harbaugh of the Michigan Wolverines looks on during the Michigan Football Spring Game on April 4, 2015 at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor, Michigan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh has done a nice job turning around the Wolverines in his first year on campus, and as such, UM fans are looking to celebrate him for Halloween. A quick look on social media reveals that dozens of Michigan supporters are going as Jim Harbaugh – khakis and all – for the holiday. Check it out:@CoachJim4UM @umichfootball @UMichAthletics I present the greatest Halloween costume ever JIM HARBAUGH!!— Jacob Anderson (@Go_Blue1415) October 29, 2015What’s better than Jim Harbaugh? TWO Jim Harbaughs! #GoBlue #Halloween— Susie Pearson (@SusiePearson02) October 28, [email protected] Happy Halloween Coach Harbaugh! Like my costume? Go Blue!— Ty Seighman (@sig_ty) October 24, 2015In reality, it’s an easy costume to pull off. Still, we’ll give anyone props who promotes college football on Halloween.last_img read more

Inter turn their attention to Rafinha

first_imgInter have accepted Luka Modric is out of reach and turned their attention to Barcelona midfielder Rafinha.Rafinha spent last season as a loaned player at Inter. The Italians wanted to keep him, but were unable to collect the €40 million Barcelona requested in order to make the deal permanent. As a result, he went back to Catalonia and even started in the team’s 2-1 Spanish Super Cup victory over Sevilla last night.After much talk about a potential move for Luka Modric, Inter have finally come to terms with reality. In the search for alternatives, Rafinha is on top of the list (Football Espana). The Brazilian started 12 out of 17 games for Internazionale after coming over in January.Stay focused✔️— Rafinha Alcantara (@Rafinha) July 23, 2018Barella shows patience as Inter and Cagliari bicker over deal Taimoor Khan – July 2, 2019 Inter Milan are keen on signing Nicolo Barella this summer but it appears that Cagliari are more open to doing business with Roma instead.Nicolo…The deal being discussed at the moment also involves an initial loan, with an option to make it permanent next summer. In a recent interview (Calcio Mercato), Rafinha expressed the wish to continue his career in Inter.“I spent some splendid months at Inter, and I would have liked to continue playing there, I’d like to return there but I am a Barcelona player now.” “My objective is to play, any player would want to play. I don’t know if this will be here or elsewhere but I want to play.”Rafinha Alcantara would be a great addition for Inter Milan (albeit not as good as Modric). The Nerrazzuri have Brozovic, Nainggolan, Vecino and Borja Valero in midfield, but neither of them is capable of playing in an advanced midfield role as Rafinha is.last_img read more

FIFA has no decision to make Tebas

first_imgAccording to La Liga president, the world federation doesn’t have to say anything about the planned official matches in the United StatesThe Spanish La Liga is planning to have at least one official match in the United States.And Barcelona and Girona have been selected for this special game, to be played in Miami on January.Many have criticized this decision, and expect FIFA not to give permission to this event.But for La Liga president Javier Tebas, the world federation doesn’t have to say anything about the planned matches in the U.S.“The responsibility of FIFA and federations is to grow the sport, not one league or game,” Tebas told people in Miami today as reported by The Sports Business.James Rodriguez, Real MadridZidane hails ‘quality’ James Rodriguez after Real Madrid’s win Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Zinedine Zidane reserved special praise for James Rodriguez after his starring role in Real Madrid’s 3-2 win over Levante.“There is 90 percent likelihood for the match on January 26. The entire conflict with the media that has been generated – that had been foreseen. This has been more than a year in the making.”“We have to ask for authorizations. FIFA has no decision to make here because we use FIFA rules for international matches. Theoretically, there should be no opposition,” he added.“We just played a final in Morocco. Imagine if we could go to Morocco to play. How could we not play one match in the US? Then there is the American Federation [U.S. Soccer]. Then fourth you have CONCACAF.”“How is MLS harmed by one match? Because if someone tells me it could harm them then we would have to stop broadcasting the Premier League and Serie A on TV – that’s in people’s homes every weekend. We can’t think there will be any harm. I think this will lead to more people watching soccer,” Tebas continued.“You will need a better argument to convince me. If MLS asked me for a match in Spain, I would say yes and help it happen to promote MLS. I don’t see them as a competitor when they come to play one match. We need to be more open to this.”last_img read more