October 2019

first_imgMourinho: Man Utd players physically fragileby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United boss Jose Mourinho says his players couldn’t physically cope with Liverpool on Sunday.Mourinho admits Liverpool were physically superior on the day.”We have lots of problems related to physicality,” said Mourinho.“We have lots of players that I could consider injury problems, because some of our players are always injured and it’s not with me – it was before me.“If you look to the stats with Mr Van Gaal and David, we had players that are permanently injured and, when you’re permanently injured, physicality is difficult to get.”Then there are qualities you cannot improve or make them have. Robertson, Mane, Salah, Wijnaldum, Keita, Fabinho, they are physical players and on top of that they are good technically.“I have lots of good players technically, but we don’t have that intensity or physicality.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

first_imgTottenham boss Pochettino expects a hammering from Cardiffby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveTottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino has warned his players to expect a battering against Cardiff City.Pochettino admits his men now need to brace themselves for a bruising ­encounter in South Wales.“It’s a tough place to play,” said the Argentinean. “It’s going to be difficult.“Cardiff’s physicality makes them a very dangerous team and a very ­difficult one to play against. They have some talented players, too.“Cardiff won against Leicester [on Saturday] — after Leicester had two amazing victories against Chelsea and Manchester City. They lost, at home, to Cardiff. And Cardiff are going to have all the confidence. It’s going to be a tough game.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Fernandinho hails record-breaker Bernardo for Man City win: Pure classby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester City midfielder Fernandinho hailed the performance of Bernardo Silva for victory over Liverpool.The 24-year-old was outstanding with and without the ball as City cut Liverpool’s lead at the top of the table to four points.He covered 13.7km, which is more than any other player has managed in the Premier League this season, and Fernandinho, who himself delivered arguably his best Etihad performance, was full of admiration for him.“I think he showed his class,” Fernandinho said.“He has showed his technique so many times, but today he was so aggressive, recovered so many balls and he proved he is very good – one of the best players in our team.“He is so important for us.” last_img read more

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say BVB chief Zorc: We know Man Utd target Sancho not here in five yearsby Paul Vegas25 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveBorussia Dortmund sporting director Michael Zorc accepts they’re on borrowed time regarding Jadon Sancho.The England international is being linked with Manchester United and former club Manchester City.Zorc told Kicker: “Of course, the absolute big clubs are not blind.”You do not have to be a prophet to say that Jadon will certainly not be here for another five years. “But he knows very well that he has taken this positive development at Borussia Dortmund. I doubt that would have been possible with top English clubs. We trust the players very early, are not afraid to let them play. He acknowledges that.” last_img read more

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Southampton midfielder Boufal: Why I turned down Marseilleby Carlos Volcano17 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveSofiane Boufal says there was no chance of him leaving Southampton last summer,.Fresh from a successful loan in Spain with Celta Vigo, Boufal returned to St Mary’s for preseason amid interest from Olympique Marseille.However, the midfielder says his focus was always to stay with Saints.He told Canal Plus: “The interest of OM? I am a fighter. I am not someone who will leave and choose the easy way out. “For me, the easiest thing was to return to France for a club that absolutely wanted me. “I wanted to fight here and prove to people that I can succeed in the Premier League.” last_img read more

first_imgJoe Lunardi's hair looks suspect.Twitter/@RPreslanEvery year, ESPN college basketball analyst Joe Lunardi is tasked with putting together what he thinks will be the exact bracket that the NCAA selection committee will release on Selection Sunday. And given the Worldwide Leader’s influence, many fans take what he produces as fact. Sometimes it slips your mind that what he says isn’t actually official.To his credit, Lunardi has nailed all 68 (or 64, previously) teams a number of times. So how did he do in 2015? Well, Lunardi actually missed two teams this year. He had both Temple and Colorado State in the field, and omitted Indiana and UCLA. Of course, the Hoosiers and the Bruins were by far the most controversial inclusions this year.Lunardi got all four 1-seeds correct, and all four 2-seeds. He had Baylor as a 4-seed, with Maryland as a 3-seed, which in the real bracket, was reversed. Overall though, he did an incredible job. Almost every team in his field was within one seed line of where it actually wound up. Here’s his bracket. You can see the real NCAA Tournament bracket here. So yes, Joe Lunardi, is still good at his job. Now we just have to figure out what’s going on with his hair.last_img read more

first_imgKarl-Anthony Towns celebrates after winning NBA skills competition.KAT SkillsMinnesota Timberwolves rookie sensation Karl-Anthony Towns just captured the Taco Bell Skills Challenge at NBA All-Star Weekend in Toronto. The mega-talented big man knocked off a point guard (Boston’s Isaiah Thomas) in the finals. He took down fellow Kentucky Wildcat Boogie Cousins and Golden State Warriors star Draymond Green in order to reach the last round. After his win, Towns was mobbed by the other UK players in attendance. Karl-Anthony Towns beats Isaiah Thomas in the Skills Challenge pic.twitter.com/UGoJhvD5Nm— The Cauldron (@TheCauldron) February 14, 2016Man I love the NBA! Best All-star weekend there is haha! Karl Anthony Towns! https://t.co/yVs1EahHeB— Per Sources Sports (@PerSources14) February 14, 2016Keep in mind, this was the first year that front-court players participated in this event. Previously, it had been a guards-only affair. Yup, Towns is really, really good.last_img read more

first_imgThis transfer window has been more about who is leaving than who is arriving for Club America fans.Saying farewell to 35-year-old forward Oribe Peralta , who joined rival Chivas, may not have been too tough. Not only are forwards Nicolas Castillo and Roger Martinez on the books, Henry Martin signed an extension in the offseason to stay in Mexico City.That said, Martinez has been linked with a move away from the capital after some good showings with Colombia at the Copa America. He’d hardly be the only player to leave the club this summer. Edson Alvarez moved from America to Ajax, joining the Dutch giants after developing with Las Aguilas. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Later, Mateus Uribe signed with Porto after several years as both an America midfielder and a Colombia international.The midfield would look totally different if Guido Rodriguez follows those players out the door. The Argentina international is coveted by clubs in Europe with Real Betis and Eibar mentioned as potential destinations.Guido Rodriguez Club AmericaUribe has company, with goalkeeper Agustin Marchesin beating him over to Porto to take over as the Dragons’ No. 1. America needed a splash to replace him and got one in the form of Guillermo Ochoa, the former Aguilas’ shot-stopper who returned to the club after eight years in Europe.Ochoa is yet to make his America debut, but the Mexico No. 1 was welcomed to the airport by throngs of supporters eager to see him back in Mexico City once again.The other big-time addition is Giovani dos Santos. The 30-year-old is slowly being integrated into his first-ever tournament in Liga MX. Most recently with the LA Galaxy, Gio was dropped by the MLS team so it could meet roster requirements in the winter. He’s spent the last six months recovering from an injury and working back to match fitness while looking for a club. Early returns with America have been positive, with Gio scoring once in 120 minutes of action.It’s a team with a different look than the one that won the Apertura in 2018 and fell to Leon on a tiebreaker in the 2019 Clausura semifinals. A number of youth players, like defenders Oswaldo Leon and Daniel Zamora  were loaned out to Zacatepec to get more minutes. Fullback Luis Reyes, who saw Jorge Sanchez win the left-back role over him, is headed to Atletico San Luis. And the club also added some insurance should one of its central midfielders leave. Leonel Lopez is joining from Toluca with the former Leon player not in ex-America coach Ricardo La Volpe’s plans for the Red Devils.There are other new faces in the nest as well. Sebastian Cordova is back on loan from Necaxa and has started three of the first four games of the Liga MX campaign.  Alejandro “Wero” Diaz  is back after a quiet loan stint with Atlas.Earlier in the summer, the club was linked with  Emiliano Rigoni , but the Zenit Saint Petersburg winger now seems set for a Serie A move. The Mexican press said Diego Reyes could come back to America after a rough few seasons in Europe, but Herrera denied he was trying to bring the center back/midfielder back to the Estadio Azteca.last_img read more

first_imgMarcus Rashford needs to start “demanding goals” in order to emulate Manchester United great Cristiano Ronaldo, according to Kleberson.Rashford burst onto the scene as a youngster at Old Trafford in 2015 under Louis van Gaal, impressing with his raw pace and eye for goal during a transitional period for the club.The 21-year-old has since only managed to score 47 goals in 171 matches across all competitions, showing a lack of composure in the final third despite being given a prominent role upfront. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Rashford contributed a modest 10 goals and six assists to United’s cause in 33 Premier League appearances last season, but he already has two goals to his name in the 2019-20 campaign.The England international netted a double in a 4-0 home victory over Chelsea on Sunday, helping Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side open their account in style.Kleberson, who played for United between 2003 and 2005, insists Rashford is an “unbelievable” player capable of becoming the team’s leading goalscorer this term.The World Cup winner mentioned him in the same breath as club legend Ronaldo, who hit 118 goals in 292 games during his time with the Red Devils.“If Rashford plays like he did last weekend, he’ll score at least 18 goals this season,” told us-bookies.com. “He’s unbelievable and he only needs one opportunity to score. He’s had a great start and now has the confidence to continue.”Now he has to take his chance and demand goals like Cristiano Ronaldo did at Man United. He has to look at his goals last season and say ‘I want to score more this year’.”All three of United’s summer signings featured against Chelsea last weekend, with Harry Maguire and Aaron Wan-Bissaka producing assured displays across the defence and Daniel James coming on for a late goalscoring cameo.Kleberson has been impressed by Wan-Bissaka and James in particular, as he added: “I think Aaron Wan-Bissaka has still got things to improve on but he’s a solid defender, you can see he has quality, but it was his only his first game. A lot of players prepare well for their first game but we need to see how he does for the upcoming games. “Daniel James has impressed me. It’s good to see a player like that who is very fast in the Premier League. If you are direct and quick in this league, you can help the team pick up a lot of points. That’s how the Man United fans want their team to play, direct in attack and creating plenty of opportunities.”Next up for United is a tough trip to Wolves on Monday night, before they host Crystal Palace at Old Trafford five days later. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

first_imgUrban Meyer and Jim Harbaugh meet after a game.ANN ARBOR, MI – NOVEMBER 25: Urban Meyer head coach of the Ohio State Buckeyes and Jim Harbaugh head coach of the Michigan Wolverines shake hands after the game. Ohio State won 31 to 20 on November 25, 2017 at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor, Michigan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)The biggest game left on the 2018 college football schedule has to be Ohio State vs. Michigan. Both teams have only one loss on their records, and assuming it remains that way come kickoff, the game will be a Big Ten title play-in game.Ahead of the November 24th showdown, Vegas oddsmakers have starting setting their lines for the game.SuperBookUSA has the Wolverines as a 3.5-point favorite on the road at Ohio Stadium.Michigan has not won at Ohio Stadium since 2000..@SuperBookUSA at the Westgate in Las Vegas has opened the Michigan Wolverines as 3.5-point road favorites over the Ohio State Buckeyes for their upcoming Big Ten showdown on November 24th. pic.twitter.com/VSltr8xHqq— Covers (@Covers) November 4, 2018Jim Harbaugh is trying to secure a Big Ten title berth for the Wolverines but has yet to beat Urban Meyer and the Buckeyes. The game not only has Big Ten Championship Game implications, but a stake in the College Football Playoff as well.But the Ohio State Buckeyes have held a decisive edge in the rivalry for the better part of the last 20 years. They are currently on a six-game winning streak against the Wolverines.Ohio State’s only loss of the season came against Purdue. Michigan’s came against College Football Playoff contender Notre Dame in the first week of the season.last_img read more

first_img Here’s a list of the top 10:AlabamaGeorgiaTexasTexas A&MLSUOklahomaOregonMichiganFloridaClemsonThe SEC showed why its consistently one of the deepest conferences in college football taking home five of the top 10 classes in the 2019 recruiting cycle.Kirby Smart continues to build a powerhouse at Georgia after leaving Nick Saban and the Tide. Meanwhile, Tom Herman landed his best class at Texas – thanks to a late transfer from five-star recruit Bru McCoy from USC.Jim Harbaugh and company finished with the top class in the Big Ten, though Penn State (No. 13) and Ohio State (No. 15) weren’t far behind. The Buckeyes finished with the No. 2 class in 2018.You can see the full class breakdown here. Dabo Swinney, Nick Saban, Lincoln Riley and Brian Kelly with the College Football Playoff trophy.ATLANTA, GA – December 6: Alabama Head Coach Nick Saban, Oklahoma Head Coach Lincoln Riley, Clemson Head Coach Dabo Swinney and Notre Dame Head Coach Brian Kelly pose with the National Championship Trophy at the College Football Playoff Semifinal Head Coaches News Conference on December 6, 2018 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Todd Kirkland/Getty Images)College football’s National Signing Day kicked off early Wednesday morning.While most of the country’s top recruits took advantage of the Early Signing Period, there were several five-star recruits left on the table and plenty of others to round out the top recruiting classes.As the final hours of National Signing Day wind down, there are a few familiar teams at the top of the rankings.Alabama is the winner – returning to its dominance on the recruiting trail after missing out on the top class last year.last_img read more

first_img Former Ohio State WR coach Zach Smith was arrested today for violating a Civil Protection Order. According to the Delaware County Sheriff’s Office, Smith became confrontational with staff at Scioto Ridge Elementary when they did not allow him to pick up his children.— Kyle Rowland (@KyleRowland) May 9, 2019Smith was part of the coaching staff for Ohio State from 2012 until July of 2018. He was also part of Urban Meyer’s staff at Florida from 2005 through 2009.His history of domestic violence allegations ultimately led to his departure from the Buckeyes.Before Urban Meyer’s departure from Ohio State, Smith was embroiled in a scandal in which he allegedly assaulted his ex-wife. Smith denied the allegations, but he was removed from the university.Now it appears Smith has violated part of his agreement with the court.Just over a month ago, Smith revealed was starting a podcast called “Menace 2 Society.” Smith said “So, I’ve been held accountable for the things that I did. I have also been held accountable for things that I didn’t do.”Stay tuned for the latest on the developing situation. zach smith gives an interview on espnFormer Ohio State assistant football coach Zach Smith is back in the headlines for all the wrong reasons.According to a report from Ohio State insider Kyle Rowland, police arrested Smith for violating his Civil Protection Order.Per the report, Smith became confrontational with the staff at Scioto Ridge Elementary when they did not allow him to pick up his children from the school.Here’s the report from Rowland.last_img read more

first_img Swinney was asked recently on Sirius XM if the state of Alabama was going to put up a wall to keep him out.“I think it was all fun and games early on. It was, ‘Aww, isn’t that sweet’ and all that stuff. I don’t know about walls, but I am kinda like Osama bin Dabo,” Swinney said, with a laugh. “I have to navigate my way through the caves and back channels too make my way through Alabama these days. They aren’t happy to see me, but it’s all good. It’s a good problem.”Well, that’s certainly an interesting way to put things.Swinney has long been linked to the Alabama job, as some still expect he will wind up replacing Nick Saban when the legendary coach steps down. However, the more Swinney establishes himself at Clemson, the tougher it has to be for him to leave.This offseason, he signed a new contract extension worth $92 million over 10 years. Head coach Nick Saban of the Alabama Crimson Tide talks with head coach Dabo Swinney of the Clemson Tigers after the Tigers defeated the Crimson Tide 35-31 in the 2017 College Football Playoff National Championship Game.TAMPA, FL – JANUARY 09: Head coach Nick Saban of the Alabama Crimson Tide talks with head coach Dabo Swinney of the Clemson Tigers after the Tigers defeated the Crimson Tide 35-31 in the 2017 College Football Playoff National Championship Game at Raymond James Stadium on January 9, 2017 in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)There will always be some love for Dabo Swinney in his home state of Alabama and at his alma mater. However, Swinney says things are a little different now that he’s beaten the Crimson Tide a couple of times.He said this in the oddest way possible during a recent conversation on SiriusXM. In it, Swinney jokingly referred to himself as “Osama bin Dabo.”According to AL.com, the quote is from Swinney’s appearance on “Basketball & Beyond with Coach K.” in February. Krzyzewski asked if Alabama was going to put up a wall to Swinney out given his recent success.David Hood of TigerNet.com unearthed the comment while listening to the interview and wrote about it this week.last_img read more

first_imgAn extreme closeup of ESPN's Paul Finebaum.ARLINGTON, TX – DECEMBER 31: TV/radio personality Paul Finebaum of the SEC Network speaks on air before the Goodyear Cotton Bowl at AT&T Stadium on December 31, 2015 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)Auburn head coach Gus Malzahn enters the 2019 season on pretty much every “hot seat” list in the country. He needs to win a lot in Year 7 to hold on to his job.It won’t be an easy task. Auburn plays in the always-tough SEC West, and will also face Georgia and Oregon during the regular season.The Tigers have won 10 games just once in the last five seasons, and another 7-5 campaign likely signals the end for Malzahn on The Plains. ESPN’s Paul Finebaum agrees.Speaking on Get Up! this morning from SEC Media Days, Finebaum said the odds are against Malzahn in 2019. He has to deal with the aforementioned schedule, and the school president who stepped in and saved his job when boosters wanted him gone has since been pushed out. “If he can’t have a significant season, he will likely be gone,” Finebaum said of Malzahn.In six seasons at Auburn, Malzahn is 53-27 overall and 28-20 in SEC play.His Tigers are ranked No. 14 in The Spun’s preseason top 25. They open up the 2019 season against Oregon on August 31 at 7:30 p.m. ET.last_img read more

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first_img The Ultimate Pillow Guide: The 6 Best Pillows for All Sleepers Editors’ Recommendations From the tallest peak in the Lower 48 (that’d be Mt. Whitney) to the lowest point in America (Death Valley, of course), the great state of California boasts a bounty of natural splendor. And if you’re willing to haul some serious ass, you can see a lot of it in just a few days! If you have a car, a pair of hiking boots, and a lot of caffeine, you can check a few of the world’s most famous natural wonders off the list in single business week.Fair warning, though: this crash course in wilderness wonder will see you spending a lot more time in a car than in a pair of hiking boots. Sure, taking the scenic route is usually better, but sometimes you just want to cram things in.Get Ready to See 5 Great Parks in 5 Days!Get started by flying into Los Angeles International Airport and renting a car. Just make sure you can leave said vehicle at SFO a few days later (enlisting a friend to come along for the journey is also acceptable–nay!–preferable).Related: Or Take Your Time Instead…Leave the airport and head for…Joshua Tree National Park (a mere 155 mile drive due east)If you plan things properly (e.g. an early AM arrival), you should be able to get there with enough time to spend five or six hours roaming the stunning desert and perhaps musing as to why U2 named an album after these unique samples of florae. (Sure, Joshua Trees are lovely, but to a bunch of dudes from Ireland?)Leave the park heading due north by the early evening and either make camp or get a hotel once you have logged about 130 miles. This will put you half way to your next destination, the peerless…Sequoia National Forest (some 250 miles north of Joshua Tree)There is much to see and do among the Sequoias, but you’re on a mission, dammit! So let’s get right to it and head for General Sherman, the largest known (single stem) tree on the whole planet. General Sherman stands at 275 feet tall and weighs an estimated 4.12 million pounds. Yeah, it’s big. Take a few minutes to admire the grandeur and then… well… hit the road! We’re headed for…Yosemite Falls (170 indirect miles; you might want to stop for the night in Fresno)Yosemite Falls is but one of the many draws in Yosemite National Park, along with the stunning El Capitan and Half Dome rock formations popular among hikers/climbers, but we don’t have time for all the fancy footwork: you can enjoy the falls by walking just a few hundred yards from the main Yosemite Lodge, so that’s your destination. Just be aware it doesn’t flow as majestically when the snow’s not melting. Anyway, now it’s off for…Lake Tahoe (can you make the 184 miles in the same day?)Lake Tahoe is a great ski spot in the winter, great for swimming and other water sports in the warmer months, and if you cross over to the LAs Vegas side, you can gamble. So in other words, there’s something for everyone. Yahoo. Depending on the season and your preferred hobbies, spend a night, then hit the road headed west for the beloved…Napa Valley (another 150 miles, but there’s wine!)In Napa Valley (or neighboring Sonoma) you can enjoy hikes, bike riding, and other such recreation, but lets be honest: you just dragged yourself up and down and all around this massive state… you want to relax and drink wine now! Spend the afternoon and evening relaxing and tasting and then settle into a luxurious suite or some fleabag motel you passed earlier on the highway.From most parts of Napa, it’s just under 70 miles to the San Francisco Airport, a short jaunt after what you’ve done. Head out in the morning and get back to that “real life” of yours!(Of course, if you want to go nuts, it’s just over 275 miles north to the Redwood National Forest! But frankly, beautiful as the Coastal Redwoods are, save ’em for next time, you’ve seen big trees already.) An Introduction to the Fine Sport of Bouldering If You Haven’t Visited the Kentucky Bourbon Trail, What Are You Waiting For? All 21 Six Flags Parks in the U.S., Ranked The Best Campgrounds Near Major U.S. Cities last_img read more

first_img The Best Coffee-Infused Beers to Flip All the Switches Just call it the champagne of coffee. Stumptown, the Portland-based maker of one of the best coffees in the United States recently released Stumptown Grand Cru Cold Brew. Stumptown Grand Cru Cold Brew is a decade in the making. The journey started when Stumptown founder Duane Sorenson brought a rare Gesha seed stock with him on a visit to Honduras. There, he introduced the stock to Marysabel Caballero and Moises Herrera of Finca El Puente.For those who don’t know, Gesha hails from Ethiopia and is one of the most well-known, yet rare coffee varieties around. According to the Stumptown Website, “The flavor profile is like none other – tea-like with notes of bergamot and tropical fruit – and the coffees rightfully fetch some of the highest prices around.”Always a leader when it comes to innovation in the coffee industry — have you tried Stumptown Nitro Cold Brew? It’s like Guinness, but coffee — Sorenson decided to do something nobody has ever tried before. He decided to have the whole harvest cold brewed. It turns the flavor profile into something entirely different. “It’s bright and clean, with notes of orange blossom, juice of papaya, and a sweet crème brûlée finish,” reads the Stumptown website.Want to pop open a bottle? Head to your closest Stumptown coffee shop to get a taste of Stumptown Grand Cold Bru. It knocks all those other cold brews out of the park.For more information, visit stumptown.com. On the Road with Mikah Meyer, the First Person to Visit Every National Park Site in One Trip Editors’ Recommendations How to Use a French Press Coffee Maker 5 Most Expensive Coffees in the World 10 Best Whiskies for Irish Coffeelast_img read more

first_imgShort Mead Tips and TricksIf you want to take your mead making to a more professional level, consider using a hydrometer to take gravity readings so you’ll know the mead’s ABV. Adding an airlock will allow carbon dioxide to escape while preventing oxygen and other elements from entering, improving the consistency of your mead.Speed Brewing by Mary Izett is a great primer for short meads. A section of the book is dedicated solely to the history and processes of meads with a handful of excellent short mead recipes tossed in for good measure. Whether you want to make a bochet (mead with caramelized honey) or pyment (mead with grape juice), the basic building blocks of mead-making can be found in Izett’s helpful pages.Another solid reference for experimentation is The Compleat Meadmaker by Ken Schramm, a book that countless mead makers got their start using.While making a straight-forward traditional mead or following the recipes of others is a great launch point, short meads are ripe for experimentation. Try adding varying levels of honey for new experiences in sweetness and ABV. Add fresh or dried herbs, fruits or peppers. Throw in some hops. Or try different types of yeast for even more variety in dryness and flavor. 10 Classic Vodka Cocktail Recipes You Can Mix at Home The Best Podcasts to Listen to On Your Commute The Lazy Man’s Guide on How to Make Hard Apple Cider The ancient beverage known as mead is essentially fermented honey water. It can be spiced, carbonated, fruited, or sweetened in innumerable combinations. That versatility makes mead as rich and varied a palette for creative expression as wine or beer.Unfortunately, the range of meads available at bottle shops can be incredibly limited. But for the creative and inspired, mead making is a task you can easily master at home, with minimal equipment and ingredients required. Bonus: you can call yourself a mazer.Meads are hearty drinks that can  easily exceed 20 percent alcohol by volume, thanks to the base being honey. To reach that milestone, mead requires a long fermentation time and a lot of patience. If you want to taste the fruits of your labor sooner, “short meads” are the answer.Short meads are intentionally produced with a low alcohol by volume ratio, often not more than 5 percent. That makes short meads comparable to session beers in the brewing world. Short meads require less time to ferment and can be enjoyed in larger quantities with less concern about imminent intoxication. Only have enough space on a countertop to fit a small fermentation vessel? Great, short mead it is!To get started, you only need three ingredients: honey, water, and yeast. The only necessary equipment is a freshly sanitized 1-gallon vessel. To make the most basic mead, add one pound of honey and top off the jar with water. Pitch the yeast and mix well. After two weeks, the mead is ready for drinking.How to Make Short MeadIngredients:1 lb honey (try to avoid grocery store honey, as it is sometimes not actually honey)1 yeast packet (while you can use an ale yeast, most mead makers use Lavin ICV D-47, a white wine yeast)Pure water (if you’re using tap water, it is good to know the mineral content, as that will affect the final product)Equipment:1-gallon fermentation vessel (something like this is perfect)StarsanMethod:Sanitize your vessel, following the Starsan instructions. (If you were to be using any tools — such as a funnel to get the ingredients into the vessel — you would want to sanitize them as well.)Add honey and water to your fermenter.Pitch the yeast according to instructions.Add yeast to the fermenter and mix well.Make sure there is water in the airlock so you can monitor the bubbles (the visual bi-product of fermentation) escaping.Wait approximately two weeks and your mead will be ready (the bubbles will have all but stopped). Depending on the type of yeast you use, it may take less or more time.center_img The Best Men’s Short-Sleeve Button-Downs Shirts Raise the Bar Editors’ Recommendations The Absolute Worst Movies to Watch with a Date last_img read more

first_imgWritten By: Mirell Reyes, President of Star Clippers Americas  In 1989, Swedish entrepreneur Mikael Krafft turned his boyhood dream into a reality when he founded Star Clippers, the only modern-day cruise line dedicated to re-creating the golden age of the tall sailing ships while providing passengers with a mega-yacht experience. Star Clippers operates three of the world’s largest and tallest sailing vessels, visiting ports often untouched by larger cruise ships. Guests enjoy delectable cuisine in one unhurried seating and pampering services in a casually elegant atmosphere. Whether climbing the mast for a better view or relaxing in the net off the bow, guests step into a world where unique experiences abound and new adventures await. THE SHIPSStar Flyer and Star Clipper entered service in the early 1990s as the tallest clipper ships ever built, with main masts rising 226 feet and a maximum sailing speed of 17 knots. In July 2000, the twin sister-ships were joined by Royal Clipper, the line’s flagship and the first fully rigged square-rigger with five masts built since Preussen in l902. The two smaller ships, Star Flyer and Star Clipper, take 170 passengers each, with a crew of 74, while Royal Clipper carries 227 with a crew of 106. In May 2015 the line announced that it has started building a fourth ship to add to its fleet of graceful square-riggers. The new vessel, will be the biggest and most ambitious project to date and will be launched in the second half of 2017, carrying 300 passengers, measuring 8,770 tons and powered by more than 6,350 square meters of sails. The new ship will technically be a five-masted, square-rigged barque. The new member of the fleet will be a near-replica of the impressive France II, commissioned in 1911 and the largest square rigger ever built. LIFE ONBOARDOn Star Clippers you will find that there are no rigid schedules and no overwhelming sense that there’s not enough time. For our guests, time slows down and worries are left ashore. You are free to do as you wish with your days and evenings. Fill your day with activities or nothing at all, the choices are always yours to decide. To entertain you, we bring local performers onboard to give guests an authentic taste of the local music and arts. The Captain’s daily briefing on deck is wonderfully informative and a chance to hear some great story telling from our enthusiastic leaders. And there are other events and activities, such as knot tying and navigation classes, that have evolved from Star Clippers’ sailing tradition. CULINARYWhen you rise, help yourself to a continental breakfast with croissants, toasted baguettes or sweet Danish pastries. Or savor a full breakfast with fresh tropical fruits and crisp bacon, grilled sausage and omelets cooked to perfection in the dining room. At lunch, a marvelous buffet of seafood, salads and grilled favorites awaits your pleasure in the open-seating dining room. If the day includes a stop at one of the paradisiacal islands we frequent, you might also be treated to our festive outdoor barbecue on shore. In the afternoon, congregate in the Tropical Bar for an impressive snack buffet to tide you over until dinner. When evening comes, our elegantly appointed dining room, becomes the setting for the chef’s finest culinary presentations. On all three ships, you are free to dine when and with whomever you wish – including officers, who join our guests in the dining room most nights. No need for formal gowns and black tie, casual elegance is the order of the day and every single night. REST ASSUREDThere’s nothing so easy and pleasurable as falling asleep to the gentle rhythms of the ship and sea, unless it’s awakening refreshed the next morning to a new day. Like a fine luxury hotel, all the amenities are here: double beds or twin beds that can be converted to a king, marble bathrooms, private safes, television with in-house video, DVD player with complimentary movie rentals, direct-dial telephone, hairdryer and comfortable furnishings. On Royal Clipper, 14 deluxe suites offer the ultimate in cruising comfort, with private verandahs, mini bars, whirlpool tubs and 24-hour room service. All but six of the ship’s 98 cabins are outside, and for the ultimate indulgence, two 355-square-foot Owner’s Suites may be combined, to accommodate up to eight guests comfortably. HONEYMOON & SPECIAL OCCASIONSHoneymooners can celebrate their wedded bliss in the ultimate romantic setting while sailing to gorgeous and unique locales worthy of this once-in-a-lifetime milestone. There’s nothing more romantic then watching the sails inch up the mast as the ships gently glide out of port. Looking for some adventure onboard your honeymoon? Climb the mast, with the help of the sport’s department, and experience unbelievable panoramic views. If you are searching for the perfect way to begin your lives together, a Star Clippers honeymoon offers an idyllic combination of adventure and romance in a setting that inspires romance. For our honeymoon couples, there’s a complimentary bottle of champagne, plate of sweets, a special gift, and a certificate signed by the Captain for all honeymooners who have proof they married within three months of their sailing. THEMED CRUISESStar Clippers offers free daily yoga and meditation classes on select sailings. Yoga classes take place on Star Clippers’ sun warmed teak decks under thousands of square feet of billowing sails – making the experience the ultimate relaxation for the body and soul. In addition, Star Clippers also invites an exclusive list of international celebrity chefs and sommeliers with a wide range of experience to give specialized lectures and cooking demonstrations onboard. To delight our guests’ discerning palates, the chefs’ signature dishes will be featured on the menu. DESTINATIONS: CARIBBEAN AND PANAMA CANALDuring the winter the ships sails throughout the Caribbean and the Panama Canal. Royal Clipper sails from Barbados on alternating voyages to explore the Spice Islands of the Grenadines and the Windward Islands with enchanting ports like Basseterre and Terre de Haut. Aboard Star Clipper, guests sail from St Maarten on alternating itineraries that offer a fantastical sailing adventure in optimal conditions. This St. Maarten route will be available in 2017 on the Star Flyer. Star Flyer will also be offering new departures from Jamaica’s gem, Montego Bay in 2017. The Panama Canal is still considered an amazing feat of engineering that is acclaimed as one of man’s greatest triumphs—and an avid cruiser’s right of passage. With a breathtaking backdrop and tropical climate, transiting the lakes and locks of the 51-mile Panama Canal aboard the Star Flyer is an adventure unlike anything you’ve ever experienced and a sight that only a select few in the world have witnessed.  The Star Flyer will be offering numerous Panama Canal voyages in November 2016. DESTINATIONS: MEDITERRANEANThe ships reposition to the Mediterranean for the summer and fall seasons. On Royal Clipper, guests can choose from a range of itineraries with departures from Civitavecchia (Port of Rome), Malaga and Venice, which include colorful Sicily, stops throughout the volcano-dotted Aeolian Islands, routes along Italy’s ever-romantic Amalfi Coast and the alluring ports of the Croatian Archipelago and Dalmatian Coast. Star Clipper’s itineraries, range from three to nine nights, with departure from Venice exploring Italy, Tunisia, Malta, Croatia & Slovenia and Montenegr, as well as a Spring departure and disembark in the magical city of Barcelona. Star Flyer’s itineraries, range from three to nine nights, with departure from Venice and Valletta exploring Italy, Tunisia, Malta, Croatia & Slovenia and Montenegro. In Summer 2016 Star Flyer will also have Venice round trips voyages with stops in Amalfi and Sicily, and longer routes with stops in Tunisia and Malta. DESTINATIONS: GRAND VOYAGESeven countries in a single voyage. A Grand Voyage is a journey of splendid proportions, combining back-to-back itineraries to form one epic adventure. Set sail on an in-depth exploration to some of the most intimate and exclusive destinations spanning the Mediterranean. With extended itineraries ranging from 12 to 21 glorious nights and calls at an interesting collection of ports, guests are able to explore several countries in one sailing and become deeply immersed in the culture, beauty and history of the region. The three ships sail Grand Voyages from the peak of summer into the idyllic climes of fall. DESTINATIONS: NEW FOR 2016 ASIAStarting in December 2016, the Star Clipper will spend the winter and spring in Thailand, Malaysia and Singapore. The 170-passenger Star Clipper with cruises out of Phuket, operating seven-night round trip cruises with two Thailand itineraries, northbound and southbound, as well as seven departures that either begin or end in Singapore. Star Clipper will explore the many islands scattered off the coast of Phuket, accessible only by water, with some of the most beautiful beaches and dazzling marine life in the world. There will be numerous opportunities for sunbathing, snorkeling, watersports, exploring on foot, and taking photo safaris in the ship’s Zodiacs. READY TO SELL STAR CLIPPERS?Please visit us at www.starclippers.com or call 800-442-0551 for more information and brochures.last_img read more