OAKLAND – The Warriors wrapped up Wednesday’s practice in preparation for Thursday’s showdown against the Sixers.Here are the biggest takeaways from the session. DeMarcus Cousins preps for first home game. In 13 career games at Oracle Arena, DeMarcus Cousins always has been a visitor. That will change Thursday when the Warriors face the Philadelphia 76ers in Oakland, Cousins has played five games for the Warriors since returning from his 11-month injury rehab, but all of them have …
Cape Town Stadium will be the venue for 10 of the 32 Chan 2014 matches, including the opening and closing games.The third Orange Africa Nations Championship, Chan 2014, kicks off on Saturday 11 January with 16 national teams in four groups playing 32 matches.See also: Bafana and Mozambique to kick off Chan 2014Times in Central African Time (GMT +2)
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The U.S. Department of Agriculture Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is placing renewed focus on caring for the vital soils of the United States with a new Soil Health Division“We’re getting back to our roots and our basics. NRCS was born 80 years ago, created in the wake of the Dust Bowl. Our focus then was sharing our knowledge of farming and soil conservation practices with farmers to help improve the health of their soils. We have recently come full circle and are back to the principles of soil health and looking beyond the physical and chemical properties to the biological properties,” said Jason Weller, NRCS chief. “We are looking at all of the biota that live below the surface that help support the food production for those of us who live above the surface of the soil.”Rather than addressing the health of the nation’s soils from Washington, D.C., the NRCS is targeting resources for soil health in the field.“It is about first educating our own employees by giving them the skills and training they need to work with farmers and ranchers to help with their overall cropping and grazing systems. Also importantly we are providing training to our Soil and Water Conservation District partners, and, most crucially, our customers — farmers and ranchers,” Weller said. “We are starting to hire and recruit some of the nation’s best soil scientists, agronomists and resource conservationists to get out in the field. Importantly, this division is not based in Washington, D.C. — 99% of the employees are out in the field where they belong. There we can provide one-on-one service for farmers and training opportunities for our own staff.”Weller feels this emphasis on soil health at the NRCS will further enhance the USDA’s overall commitment to caring for natural resources.“The most valuable asset a farmer has is the soil. We can look at how to use different types of tillage, other farm inputs, manure management and other inputs, chemistry, nutrient management, and drainage management in a holistic look at how you manage the soils,” he said. “We have learned through science that by improving the overall health of your soils, it will help maintain or boost yields. We can’t do this without interest and engagement from the ag community. The innovation and leadership starts with farmers.”
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The 84th Annual Convention of the Ohio Farmers Union will feature events and speakers aimed at young and beginning farmers as well as tackle issues important to Ohio’s independent, family farmers.“OFU’s annual meeting will address issues along a spectrum from nutrient management in the Lake Erie watershed to the opioid crisis in rural Ohio,” said OFU President Joe Logan.“We will also have a special focus on local food systems and young and beginning farmers at this year’s event,” Logan said.OFU’s convention will be held January 26 – 27 at the Columbus Airport Marriott. Ohio Dept. of Agriculture Director David Daniels will deliver remarks around 1 p.m. to open the convention.Along with OFU convention business, delegates and attendees will hear from speakers addressing local food hubs in Ohio, an update from Ohio State University on the state of water quality in the western basin of Lake Erie and a group including family members who have lost relatives in Ohio’s opioid crisis with a representative from the Ohio Attorney General’s office to update delegates on the crisis.On Saturday, OFU will award its ‘Legislator of the Year’ and two college scholarships at the concluding luncheon.For information and to view a draft agenda, see ohfarmersunion.org.
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Ohio Farm Bureau Foundation recently awarded $20,700 in grants to organizations that support and promote Ohio’s agricultural industry as well as local communities. The foundation’s Action & Awareness grants focus on four core areas: economic development, education, environment and the human-animal bond.Grant recipients are:AgriPOWER to support two scholarships for Ohio Farm Bureau’s intensive, year-long leadership program for farmers and agribusiness professionals.Crown Point Ecology Center to help convert an existing building into a honey extraction and beeswax processing facility that will be available to local northeastern Ohio beekeepers.Friends of the Juvenile Court in Clinton County to help expand an existing program that pairs at-risk youth with local farmers through the 4-H process.Ohio Energy Project in support of its Energy Sources Tour and Energy Sources Blitz programs that give teachers behind-the-scenes access to the energy industry.Ohio Hop Growers Guild to support its 2019 Ohio Hop Conference in January.The next application cycle for an Action & Awareness Grant is Jan. 1 to April 30, 2019. Grants may be used for general support, startup funding for new organizations, program expansion, or capital for equipment necessary to implement eligible programs. Learn more at ofbf.org/foundation/aagrants/.
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Anthony GrederDTN Managing EditorOMAHA (DTN) — U.S. winter wheat is starting off the 2019 growing season in the best condition in three years, according to USDA’s first weekly Crop Progress report released Monday.For the week ended March 31, 2019, winter wheat was rated 56% in good-to-excellent condition, well above 32% at the same time last year and the highest initial good-to-excellent rating in three years. Nine percent of the crop was rated poor to very poor, well below 30% last year.Top winter-wheat-producing state Kansas reported 55% of its crop in good-to-excellent condition, far better than 10% at the same time last year. More problems with the crop are being seen in Ohio and Michigan so far.For the other crops USDA included in its report this week, planting was progressing at a near- to above-average pace. Sorghum was 13% planted, compared to 8% last year and a 9% five-year average. Cotton planting was 4% complete, compared to 6% last year and a 3% average. Rice was 12% planted, compared to 15% last year and a 12% average.Oats were 25% planted as of March 31, compared to 22% last year and a 25% average. Emergence was at 25%, compared to 21% last year and a 23% average.Nationwide, soil moisture was considerably higher this year than last year at the same time. Based on reports from 48 states, topsoil moisture nationally was rated 8% very short to short compared to 24% last year and 92% adequate to surplus compared to 76% last year. Subsoil moisture was rated 8% short to very short compared to 28% last year and 92% adequate to surplus compared to 72% last year.National Crop Progress SummaryThisLastLast5-YearWeekWeekYearAvg.Cotton Planted4NA63Sorghum Planted13NA89Oats Planted25NA2225Oats Emerged25NA2123Rice Planted12NA1512Rice Emerged2NA53**National Crop Condition Summary(VP=Very Poor; P=Poor; F=Fair; G=Good; E=Excellent)This WeekLast WeekLast YearVPPFGEVPPFGEVPPFGEWinter Wheat27354511NANANANANA111938284Anthony Greder can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.orgFollow him on Twitter @AGrederDTN(AG)© Copyright 2019 DTN/The Progressive Farmer. All rights reserved.
Detroit Pistons forward Blake Griffin walks to the bench after fouling out during the second half of Game 4 of a first-round NBA basketball playoff series against the Milwaukee Bucks, Monday, April 22, 2019, in Detroit. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)DETROIT — The Detroit Pistons haven’t made the playoffs much in the last decade — and when they have, their stay has been a short one.So after being swept by top-seeded Milwaukee this year, the Pistons hope this is just a start.ADVERTISEMENT 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 MOST READ DRAFT OUTLOOKThe Pistons didn’t have a first-round pick last year, but second-rounder Bruce Brown made 56 starts as a rookie. Detroit has the 15th pick this year.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next GRIFFIN’S HEALTHGriffin’s knee problems toward the end were a reminder that the Pistons are relying on a star with a troublesome injury history. He did play more games in the regular season than he had since 2013-14.Griffin did not seem to think his knee issues would be a long-term problem.“I don’t think it’ll interfere with any offseason workout plans that I have,” Griffin said.FULL SEASONPoint guard Reggie Jackson has dealt with injury issues in his career as well, but he managed to play all 82 regular-season games for the first time. He had his ups and downs from a performance standpoint, but ultimately shot a career-best 37 percent from 3-point range.ON THE BOARDSAndre Drummond averaged a career-high 17.3 points and an NBA-best 15.6 rebounds. He’s third on the team’s career list in rebounds, trailing only Bill Laimbeer and Bob Lanier.ON THE RISE?Kennard, a first-round draft pick in 2017, increased his scoring average from 7.6 as a rookie to 9.7 this season. He’s a 40-percent shooter from beyond the arc in his career, and his development could be crucial for the Pistons after Griffin led the team in 3-pointers in 2018-19. Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Cavs to interview Blazers assistants for coaching position Griffin had a terrific season, averaging 24.5 points, 7.5 rebounds and 5.4 assists in 75 games. He missed the first two games of the playoffs but was able to play in Games 3 and 4 in Detroit. After the Pistons were eliminated Monday night, he expressed his appreciation for what he and his teammates had done.“He just gave a passionate speech in the locker room about how proud he was to play with those guys, and the future that he sees with the young players coming through,” Casey said.On Tuesday at team’s practice facility in Auburn Hills, Griffin reflected.“I really do feel a sense of pride of this group, for just the journey that we were on together,” Griffin said. “Wins and losses ultimately tell one story, but I think that the way the season played out and how we handled certain things and how we kind of grew as a team, was special to me.”Here are a few things to watch with the Pistons going forward:ADVERTISEMENT Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess “It was exciting. It was a lot of fun,” guard Luke Kennard said. “Obviously not what we wanted to happen when we got there, but getting there was our first goal as a team. There’s just a lot to learn from it.”The Pistons made the playoffs for only the second time in the last 10 seasons, but after four losses to the Bucks, Detroit has now dropped an NBA-record 14 straight postseason games. The Pistons haven’t won one since 2008.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsThe immediate goal — making the playoffs in coach Dwane Casey’s first season at the helm — was accomplished. In fact, it looked like the Pistons might make the postseason comfortably after they won 15 of 20 games during a stretch in February and March. But knee problems hampered star Blake Griffin down the stretch, and Detroit barely made the playoff field as the No. 8 seed in the Eastern Conference.That meant a meeting with the Bucks, and the Pistons were overmatched, losing the four games by a combined 95 points. View comments
Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time. New Delhi: Shooting will not be added to the roster of the 2022 Birmingham Games despite Indian Olympic Association’s boycott threat, a Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF) official said on Thursday, ahead of a crucial meeting between the two sports bodies.CGF chief Louise Martin and CEO David Gevemberg will meet IOA chief Narinder Batra and Secretary General Rajeev Mehta on Friday. “Regarding shooting, at this stage following the General Assembly there is no real chance of adding shooting to the 2022 CWG but there will be discussion on shooting,” CGF Media and Communications Director Tom Degun told PTI.The IOA will try to convince the CGF to reconsider its decision on shooting, citing India’s excellent medal count in the sport.Degun, though, indicated that the meeting may discuss on how shooting can be brought to the CWG core sports programme, making the sport a compulsory feature in the future Games.”The meeting could focus on hosting a Commonwealth Shooting Championships around the Birmingham 2022 Games and potentially adding shooting as a core Commonwealth Games sport but at a later date.”In its General Assembly held in Rwanda earlier this year, the CGF had confirmed the dropping of shooting from the 2022 CWG roster while adding three other sports including women’s T20 cricket.The IOA did not attend that General Assembly in protest of dropping shooting and also pulled out its candidates for elections to a few posts.The CGF has said that since shooting is not among the core sports in CWG the host country can exclude it from the roster of the Games.Adding shooting as a core sports will need an amendment in the Constitution of the CGF which may take time.Shooting has always been one of India’s top medal contributors in the CWG. The discipline yielded 16 medals, including seven gold at the last edition of the event in Gold Coast.For the first time since 1974, the sport has been excluded from the Games roster. 2022 Commonwealth GamesCommonwealth Games Federationindian olympic associationshooting First Published: November 13, 2019, 10:36 PM IST
Gareth Bale scored a sensational 11-minute hat-trick as Real Madrid began their quest for a third successive Club World Cup by beating Kashima Antlers 3-1.The Real forward had been doubtful for the semi-final clash in Abu Dhabi due to an ankle sprain but proved his fitness in superb style. He calmly slotted home the opener in the closing stages of the first half, before his quick-fire double early in the second period put the game beyond the Japanese opponents. Shoma Doi reduced the deficit 12 minutes from time but Real cruised through to Saturday’s final, where they will face Al-Ain after the UAE side’s shock penalty shootout victory over the Copa Libertadores champions River Plate on Tuesday. Real struggled to create in the first half against Kashima until Bale broke the deadlock a minute before the break. The former Tottenham man collected the ball wide on the left and, following a stylish one-two with left-back Marcelo, slotted home via the right post.He did not have to wait long for another opportunity and duly doubled his team’s advantage eight minutes after the restart by seizing on a calamitous mix-up between Kashima defender Shuto Yamamoto and goalkeeper Kwoun Sun-tae to find the empty net. Bale, whose brace gave Real victory over Liverpool in the Champions League final in May, completed his treble two minutes later. Marcelo was once again the provider, sliding the ball into the box for Bale to take a touch and then emphatically lash the ball into the top-right corner.The Wales international, who now has 10 goals for the season in all competitions, was replaced by Marco Asensio with half an hour remaining to preserve his fitness for the final, before Doi’s low shot under Thibaut Courtois was allowed to stand following a video assistant referee review for a potential offside. Asensio limped off to be replaced by Casemiro after Lucas Vázquez wasted an excellent chance for a fourth. Share on Facebook River Plate stunned by Al Ain in Club World Cup shootout match reports Gareth Bale Share on Twitter Share on Pinterest Share on Messenger Real Madrid Share on LinkedIn Read more Share via Email Club World Cup Topics Reuse this content Share on WhatsApp Kashima Antlers
match reports Super League Share on LinkedIn “That was really, really tough,” Robinson said about his side’s second-half defensive display. “You could see there was a lot of pressure being applied on us and the boys stood tall. They found a way to get out of it, and I was really happy with the guys. I think that was as good a test as you’re going to get in the NRL.”It was difficult to argue with the Roosters’ half-time lead but Wigan’s coach was quick to commend his side’s steep improvement after the break – even though it proved in vain. Sign up to The Recap, our weekly email of editors’ picks. It proved ultimately to be not enough against a Roosters side who are undoubtedly the best club team in the game. Their victory extendsthe NRL’s impressive recent recordin the World Club Challenge, withthis the ninth time in 11 seasons in which the Australian side has won the event.It is to Wigan’s credit that they managed to preserve some semblance of doubt over the outcome until the final minutes, when Daniel Tupou’s try finally guaranteed the Roosters victory – because at the end of a pulsating and breathless opening 10 minutes the match looked as though it would be a thoroughly one-sided evening’s work for the NRL champions.By the time most of the 21,000-plus crowd had settled into their seats, the Roosters had surged into a 10-0 lead courtesy of two tries from the Australian international Brett Morris – who finished the evening with a hat-trick, only the third player to do so in a World Club Challenge. “He was very special,” Robinson said. “Those tries got us the buffer that allowed us to hold on at the end.”But how Wigan roared back. Though the gap was still 10 at half-time after Tom Davies’ try was cancelled out by Morris’ hat-trick score, heading into the final 15 minutes Wigan were only eight behind after Liam Marshall’s exemplary solo finish in the corner. Further chances came and went for the hosts but in the end Tupou’s late try quelled any hopes of a turnaround. Facebook Sydney Roosters’ Boyd Cordner (centre left) and team-mates celebrate with the trophy after winning the World Club Challenge. Photograph: Martin Rickett/PA Share on WhatsApp Share on Pinterest Share via Email Read more Unperturbed, back came Wigan. Led forward by their talismanic captain, Sean O’Loughlin, the Warriors threatened a grandstand finale when quick hands to the left afforded Marshall a glimmer of space to finish in the corner. He did so with absolute precision, though Zak Hardaker’s wayward conversion attempt ensured a two-score gap remained in the Roosters’ favour.And as the hosts began to chance their arm to eradicate that deficit with the minutes running away, it perhaps inevitably led to an error that the Roosters managed to punish. After forcing the hosts to throw the ball into touch, the visitors finally struck the decisive blow when Tupou claimed Luke Keary’s kick and secured victory for the Roosters. Wigan, however, could certainly hold their heads high after pushing the all-conquering NRL champions all the way. “It was a lot better in the second half,” said Adrian Lam. “We just let a couple of soft tries in at the start and it was not good enough. I knew that, if we had our fair share of the ball, we’d have a chance but we’ve got to get smarter with what we’re doing.”The Roosters had their chances to extend that lead in the moments after half-time but the defensive improvement in Wigan was underlined on the hour mark when Sydney preferred to take a penalty, ratherthan to run the play, to extend their lead to 16-4 via the boot of Sio Siua Taukeiaho. Australia sport Wigan’s Tom Davies: ‘I came to terms with the fact I wasn’t going to make it’ Wigan Warriors Trent Robinson had promised in the buildup to the World Club Challenge that, irrespective of the purported attitude from Australian rugby league to the event, his Sydney Roosters were here to respect both the competition and the Super League champions, Wigan. That respect may well have been pivotal in ensuring the Roosters were crowned world champions for a record-equalling fourth time.History awaited Wigan, who knew that victory against the all-conquering NRL premiers would ensure they became the first side in rugby league history to win the World Club Challenge five times. They will look back on a desperately below-par opening quarter as their downfall – but can stand proud for their performance thereafter. Topics Since you’re here… Read more Reuse this content Tanya Aldred Twitter Support The Guardian Rugby league … we have a small favour to ask. More people are reading and supporting The Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many new organisations, we have chosen an approach that allows us to keep our journalism accessible to all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford. 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