Freeze-Damaged Landscapes

first_imgGeorgians have gotten through another late winter freeze. Now it’s time to figure out which plants were damaged in the home landscape.Keep in mind that it sometimes takes a few days to notice significant damage to plants. Scout now and double-check a few days later to ensure that you did not miss anything.It’s unlikely, but we could still get a cold snap, so do not act too quickly and begin pruning damaged areas on your plants. The dead tissue can act as an insulator against more damage that might occur with another freeze.As a University of Georgia Cooperative Extension county agent, my suggestion is to wait until you can see new growth in a couple of weeks, then prune the dead material at that point. Prune down to a healthy, live bud and let that be the new growing point.This year may also be a good time to prune several times throughout the growing season. This will help thicken any shrubs that get spindly. Take it slow and prune only a little at a time. You can always take off more later. You may think that you should fertilize the shrubs and lawn and that doing so will help them recover. Now is not the time to fertilize. Wait to fertilize until there is no threat of cold weather and there is significant new growth on your plants.Plants need to be actively growing before they can use any fertilizer. Otherwise, the fertilizer will become part of runoff and contaminate waterways and lakes.The same goes for lawns. Unless you have a tall fescue grass lawn, wait until 50 percent of the lawn is green before fertilizing. A fescue lawn can be fertilized now since it is actively growing.The only good thing about the late freeze is its effect on crabgrass. Any plants that have germinated probably got nipped back, but plenty of seed is out there and can still germinate for the year. However, it’s not too late to apply a pre-emergent herbicide to control crabgrass.It will take a while for landscapes to get back to normal, so be patient. It looks like the next big hurdle will be the continuation of the dry weather and the drought that will start again this spring.Let’s all hope for rain this growing season.last_img read more

Mohammed Salah and Gervinho send Roma top of Serie A

first_imgEgypt and Cote d’Ivoire forwards Mohamed Salah and Gervinho scored two sublime goals for Roma as they defeated hosts and title hopefuls Fiorentina 1-2 to go top of the Italian Serie A table on Sunday night.Salah, who joined Roma after rejecting a Fiorentina offer to extend his stay at the club following a successful long spell, was heavily booed by the Viola fans, but the rising Pharaoh responded in fine fashion, curling a shot home after just six minutes.The resurgent Gervinho then piled more woe on the hosts when he went on an incredible solo run from his own half before beating the goalkeeper in the 34th minute.Senegal star Khouma Babacar grabbed a stoppage time consolation for Fiorentina.Salah was later sent off in the final moments of the game following a second yellow that he earned protesting the first caution. Roma coach Rudy Garcia thought the referee’s decision was harsh.”I spoke to Salah before the match, I saw that he was very calm and tonight the only black mark on his match is the sending off, which I think is very severe,” Garcia said after the game. “If that gesture deserved a red then there would be so many dismissals.”Salah played his game under a lot of pressure. It wasn\’t easy for him, or for Gervinho, to defend on the flanks and then go on the counter, but they did it very well.”–Follow Joy Sports on Twitter: @Joy997FM. Our hashtag is #JoySportslast_img read more

Plants Have an Immune System, Too

first_imgWe know that animals fight disease with an army of patrols swimming in blood, but how do plants cope?  They are exposed to pathogens, too: everything from bacteria to fungi, worms and insects.  Without a central nervous system or circulatory system to help, are our gentle green friends at the mercy of what comes?  The answer is no.  In Nature Nov 16, two biologists described “the plant immune system.”1    “Plants, unlike mammals, lack mobile defender cells and a somatic adaptive immune system,” wrote Jones and Dangl, authors of the paper.  “Instead, they rely on the innate immunity of each cell and on systemic signals emanating from infection sites.”  These signals help special proteins distinguish self from non-self.  The authors describe a two-branch and four-stage system involving numerous protein parts.  Much remains to be understood, but what they wrote about is withering in its complexity.  It must work pretty well, when all is said and done.  In short, “Most plants resist infection by most pathogens,” they noted.1Jonathan D. G. Jones and Jeffery L. Dangl, “Review: The plant immune system,” Nature 444, 323-329 (16 November 2006) | doi:10.1038/nature05286.The authors use evolutionary language, but it is really superfluous.  They talk about how angiosperms arose at the same time pathogens evolved to take advantage of them, and how the evolutionary arms race continues to this day.  While this may satisfy the need of certain atheists to feel like they are on the path to understanding how things might make themselves, their explanations are too general for empirical verification and border on the teleological.    A fresh approach might be to view the plants and their pathogens as parts of an interacting system of checks and balances.  Plants need to thrive to fulfill their roles in the ecosystem, but might overtake everything if unchecked.  Pathogens are like governors on the engine or brakes at the speed limit.  For their work, they get paid with plant food.    When things become unbalanced and whole populations collapse, that’s when we tend to see the pathogens as evil.  Why things get unbalanced is an interesting question.  Exchanging metaphors to see the scene as a Darwinian struggle for selfishness and survival, however, does nothing to help the empirical investigation of the system.  It is philosophy, not science.  What qualifies as science is applying principles derived from the observed cause and effect structure of the world.  When we see interacting systems involving complex machines and informational systems, we infer that intelligence was involved in their origin.  That’s about all science can say.  Further understanding requires input from other sources.(Visited 10 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Lazy Darwinists Abuse Science

first_imgThe Darwin storytelling empire has become fat and lazy, abandoning the hard work of empiricism for tantalizing speculations. Time for a reformation.Sir Francis Bacon in the 16th century, using ideas reminiscent of those of his earlier namesake Roger Bacon, worked to reform science away from authority and toward empiricism. Fed up with scholasticism that interpreted everything through the filter of ancient sages (particularly Aristotle), Francis Bacon argued that scientific pronouncements must pass the test of repeatable observation and experiment. Today’s Darwinians are like medieval scholastics, interpreting the world through their favorite sage—Darwin. Look at the nonsense that results:Could it be that religion is more like sex than school? (Peter Kevern in The Conversation). Here’s another entry in the genre, “the evolution of religion.” Ironically, Kevern acknowledges that many previous entries in this genre incur charges of just-so storytelling. Yet he fails to see that his own account is just as guilty. [Note: his article prompted an interchange with the Editor of Creation-Evolution Headlines; follow the Comments at the end of the article.]New York City mice may be evolving to eat fast food like pizza (New Scientist). Are you evolving every time you develop a taste for a new food? NS storyteller Chris Baraniuk seems to think so. This one gets downright silly:The survey also highlighted genes linked to non-alcoholic fatty liver disease, which may result from having to process a lot of fatty acids. This could be due to a diet rich in fast foods. “The first thing that we thought of was the ‘cheeseburger hypothesis’: urban mice subsidising their diet on human food waste,” says Harris. If so, the mice may be like “Pizza Rat”, a New York rodent videoed carrying a whole slice of pizza.Single-nucleotide polymorphisms observed in the rats do not necessarily have anything to do with taste for pizza. They just “could” have, according to the storytellers, even though they know that rats, like people and roaches and goats, will eat just about anything. Hopi Hoekstra, who has achieved the coveted Darwinian title of Miss Information, liked the story, even though the necessary empirical work is, she admits, futureware:The next step will be to examine the function of these genes more closely to assess their impact on fitness and selection, says Hopi Hoekstra at Harvard University.Hoekstra says the work is part of a wave of studies investigating examples of rapid adaptation. “That provides us with a really cool way to study evolutionary change, sort of as it’s happening,” she says.Exploding stars could have kick-started our ancestors’ evolution (New Scientist). Anything “could have” happened in the world of imagination. Colin Barras imagines that an unobserved supernova caused increased lightning, which burned the forests in Africa, forcing our ape-like ancestors out of the trees and into the savannahs, where they learned to walk upright (but see 9/21/17 and 7/08/12). What evidence does he provide? In the tradition of scholasticism, Barras points to authorities in Germany who have put forth a “possible explanation” for the non-empirical just-so story, relying on highly indirect clues and millions of Darwin Years.Ankle fossil suggests our ancient ancestors leapt like acrobats (New Scientist). Unrepentant of his storytelling, Colin Barras tells another whopper here. He uses a single bone like a divination tool to claim that a “primate ancestor” found in France “might actually have been a bizarre monkey-like animal capable of acrobatic leaping.” Anything “might” be possible. So what does this have to do with us? Not much:If primates did begin as leapers, it will be harder to work out what drove their initial evolution, says Boyer. “It’s easy to understand how specialisation for navigating small branches would be beneficial, specifically for harvesting food objects that grow there. It’s hard to think of a simple scenario that would emphasise acrobatic leaping on its own.”The storytelling doesn’t stop there. Barras ends with more maybe-baby language and circular reasoning:While apatemyids are not directly related to primates, says Boyer, their similarities to the earliest primates may provide important clues about how our distant ancestors lived.First research to suggest scratching may have evolved as a communication tool to help social cohesion ( Just because a just-so story is told for the first time does not make it any less than a just-so story. If research can only “suggest” that scratching evolved for communication, it’s not empirical. The evolutionists did not watch it evolve. Instead, they employed imagination, as seen in the high perhapsimaybecouldness index of their statement:Jamie said: “Observable stress behaviours could have evolved as a way of reducing aggression in socially complex species of primates. Showing others you are stressed could benefit both the scratcher and those watching, because both parties can then avoid conflict.”This tale is not only mythical, it’s Lamarckian. The storytellers cannot point to any mutation that was naturally selected. Observing the behavior of living macaques says nothing about how the behavior “evolved” in the first place. They almost make it sound like the monkeys thought this over: if we scratch, we’ll be nicer to each other. Did the storytellers question whether this might make them more exposed to predators? Did they think to ask if scratching “could” also provoke conflict, if the scratching were aggressive or unwelcome? Did they evaluate all the sources of conflict that might override the benefits of scratching? No; they just imagined a scenario and told their little tale to a lazy reporter who failed to ask any of these questions.The Darwin empire has become a corrupt, lazy, fat story-generating machine. You’re either going to be part of the problem or part of the Reformation. (Visited 511 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Imperial Tobacco shocked by Health Canadas proposed package regulations

first_imgOTTAWA – Imperial Tobacco says Health Canada’s proposed plain packaging regulations for cigarettes are confusing and warns it may have to go to court if changes aren’t made.Eric Gagnon, head of corporate and regulatory affairs at Imperial Tobacco Canada, says his organization is “shocked and confused” by the proposed regulations.“There’s a number of provisions that are basically impossible to comply with,” Gagnon said Monday.Health Canada published its draft regulations last week and opened a 75-day consultation period for people to provide written submissions on its proposed changes to cigarette packages, which aim to make them drab, unattractive and unappealing to youth.The proposed measures would also restrict how brand names are displayed and would require all tobacco packages to be the same colour.“We still cannot understand how this government can justify legalizing marijuana while imposing such extreme measures on tobacco products. We feel that the discrepancy is really astonishing,” said Gagnon.One of the regulations Gagnon is taking issue with is a proposal to axe flip-top packaging and return to old-school “slide-and-shell” packs — a change that would take at least two years because of a need to build new machines to retool for a new format.Meanwhile, he said, Health Canada is asking tobacco companies to comply with the new regulations six months after they come into force, a deadline he called “impossible.”According to Health Canada, requiring every pack of cigarettes to have the same shape, size and opening could minimize their appeal to young people. Young adults in Australia, for instance, found wider packs similar to the Canadian slide-and-shell design less appealing than the flip-top version, the agency says.Gagnon said Imperial Tobacco will raise its concerns during the consultation period and hopes they’re considered — otherwise it may have to go to court.“Going to court with the government is never something that we want to do or something we take easily, but if we don’t get heard I think it’s one of the options that we will have to consider.”Peter Luongo, managing director of Rothmans Benson & Hedges, said he’s meeting with officials from the Tobacco Control branch of Health Canada on Tuesday to tell them their timeline is “unrealistic.”Luongo said there are not enough machines to make the new design and to support the market, so the timeline is “extremely tight, if not impossible.”But his company’s primary concern is that Health Canada is prepared to insist plain packaging be applied to all tobacco products.“The packaging will be the same and there are other provisions … that prohibit us from properly communicating the health differences between the products.”Luongo said his organization would like to see anyone who uses nicotine switch to options that are less risky than cigarettes, such as so-called heat-not-burn products.“We would like to get to a smoke-free future in Canada as quickly as possible and we’re just hopeful the regulations will support that vision.”Meanwhile, the proposed regulations have health organizations cheering the federal government.Rob Cunningham, senior policy analyst with the Canadian Cancer Society, called the changes “the best in the world.”The consultations will run until Sept. 6, 2018.last_img read more

Cyclone Fani moving towards Bangladesh no major impact in Bengal

first_imgKolkata: People of West Bengal heaved a sigh of relief as severe cyclonic storm Fani weakened on Saturday morning and was moving towards neighbouring Bangladesh, a senior official of the regional meteorological centre said. The city witnessed wind speeds of 30-40 kmph with moderate to heavy rainfall overnight, he said. There was no report of any casualty or major damage in the districts through which the cyclone passed, officials said. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari Puja”Fani is likely to continue to move north-northeastwards and weaken further over the next six hours. “It is very likely to move further north-northeastwards and enter Bangladesh around noon as a deep depression with wind speeds of 50-60 kmph, gusting to 70 kmph,” Deputy Director General of the Regional Meteorological Centre here Sanjib Bandyopadhyay told PTI. The very severe cyclonic storm weakened into a severe cyclonic storm over the Odisha coast, before moving further north-northeastwards and entering West Bengal through Kharagpur in West Midnapore around 12.30 am on Saturday. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highway “It has moved to Arambagh in Hooghly and is now in Nadia district…and is moving towards Murshidabad district,” Bandyopadhyay said. A senior official said apart from a few mud houses collapsing and tress falling, there were no reports of casualties from any of the districts. “However, we are awaiting further details,” he added. Kolkata Mayor Firhad Hakim, along with senior engineers of the civic body and local councillors, was on a night-long vigil in and around the city to keep a tab on the situation. “We had made arrangements to act on an emergency basis had Fani hit the city. But thank god nothing major has happened,” Hakim told PTI. Meanwhile, flight operations resumed at the Kolkata airport at 9.57 am on Saturday, an Airports Authority of India (AAI) official said. Flight services were suspended at the airport from 3 pm on Friday. Train services on the Sealdah and Howrah sections were also getting back to normal, the officials said. Five persons were injured when a portion of the roof of a hutment collapsed on Friday night in the central part of the city’s Beniatola Lane, police said. All the five injured persons were released after treatment. The West Bengal government had taken precautionary measures in East and West Midnapore, North and South 24 Pargana districts, besides Howrah, Hooghly, Jhargram, Kolkata and the Sundarbans. The cyclone barrelled through Odisha on Friday, unleashing copious rain and windstorm that gusted up to 175 kmph, killing at least eight people, blowing away thatched houses and swamping towns and villages.last_img read more

It Might Finally Be Someone Elses Turn In The Champions League

2017-18Lionel MessiBarcelona0.6970.4191.117 2017-18Cristiano RonaldoReal Madrid0.9000.2191.119 2016-17Lionel MessiBarcelona0.6910.4161.107 Dele AlliTottenham3.0130.556 If Tottenham can get Dele and Dier back — while keeping just about everyone else healthy — there is enough talent in this squad to make a run.Atletico MadridChance: 9 percentSPI: 87.2 (6th)Status: Up 2-0 on Juventus going into second legDiego Simeone’s club has been here before. But with the big three weakened, the formula that has brought Atletico to the brink of a trophy in the past could now take it over the line. The statistical indicators are all the same, and the team has maintained its lockdown defensive style. Atletico has conceded the fewest goals in La Liga (17) and the second-fewest expected goals (24) despite allowing opponents the majority of possession (51 percent). The club has managed continuity despite the fact that Simeone has overhauled his midfield personnel, as Rodrigo replaced Gabi at defensive midfield and Thomas Lemar joined from Monaco to support Saul Niguez as a hybrid wide/center midfielder.What Atletico will need to go deep in this tournament is a second goal-scorer. Antoine Griezmann remains the club’s star forward, but he has had no support this year. The expensive signing of Diego Costa has turned into a bust; he has managed just 14 shots and one goal in nearly 1,000 minutes. But in the winter window, Atleti pulled off a coup by signing Alvaro Morata on loan from Chelsea. The Spanish forward had put up big underlying numbers for the Blues but disappointed with his finishing, converting just 16 Premier League goals from more than 21 expected goals. But for Atleti, he already has scored three goals and assisted one in less than 400 minutes. If Morata can maintain his shot production and the goals return, he and Griezmann should be a formidable strike pairing to set in front of that defense.LiverpoolChance: 10 percentSPI: 92.8 (2nd)Status: Tied 0-0 with Bayern going into second legLiverpool faces a much more dangerous second-leg match than Spurs or Atletico. The Reds solidly outplayed Bayern in their first match, but Liverpool’s forwards, particularly Sadio Mane, struggled to finish their chances. Now Liverpool needs either a draw or a win in Munich.The key question for Liverpool is its ball progression. This season, Liverpool has been highly effective at moving the ball up the field, ranking second in progressive passes and runs in the Premier League behind Manchester City.2A progressive pass or run is defined as a pass that advances the ball at least 10 yards beyond its furthest progression in the move or into the 18-yard box, and a progressive run must progress the ball similarly and eliminate a defender with a successful dribble. But the club has spread the responsibility around. No Liverpool player is in the league’s top 10 in progressive passing. Naby Keita, Xherdan Shaqiri and James Milner rank 11th, 16th and 17th, respectively. Liverpool recently drew 0-0 against rivals Manchester United and Everton in two matches during which Keita didn’t play at all and Shaqiri and Milner made only substitute appearances in midfield (of 18 and 27 minutes respectively). Manager Jurgen Klopp needs to find more ways to get two of Keita, Milner and Shaqiri on the pitch in big matches to carry the load. Again, this is a doable task. Liverpool’s quality is there if it can just get through a high-stakes match next Wednesday.Paris Saint-GermainChance: 16 percentSPI: 91.6 (5th)Status: Up 2-0 on Manchester United going into second legPSG has an unbalanced roster. After an unprecedented spending spree in 2017, manager Thomas Tuchel ended up cobbling together a midfield this season by converting one of his defenders, Marquinhos, to the position. But it has hardly mattered. So long as PSG can at least contain its opponent’s attack, Kylian Mbappe and company will do enough on their end: It took only one chance in the first leg against Manchester United for Mbappe to change the game, outpacing the defenders at a sprint by several yards. Mbappe has married his incredible speed to a quickly improving perception of space, and his production has been unreal. So far this season, he’s outproducing even Lionel Messi, who has defied age with one of his best seasons in the past five years. Even accounting for the easier opposition the French striker faces in Ligue 1, Mbappe’s production has been incredible. Matt DohertyWolverhampton3.4620.282 2014-15Lionel MessiBarcelona0.7850.4741.259 2015-16Luis SuarezBarcelona0.8200.3491.169 Jordan AyewCrystal Palace3.3030.327 As of March 4, 2019The big five are the Premier League (England), Ligue 1 (France), La Liga (Spain), Serie A (Italy) and the Bundesliga (Germany).Source: Opta Sports Ander HerreraManchester United6.0990.287 NameTeamTackles + Int per 90xG +xA per 90 2014-15Luis SuarezBarcelona0.6520.5031.155 Gylfi SigurdssonEverton2.6190.349 2015-16Cristiano RonaldoReal Madrid0.8680.2391.107 Lucas MouraTottenham2.8050.399 expected per 90 minutes Sead KolasinacArsenal2.9350.370 2014-15Cristiano RonaldoReal Madrid0.8300.3211.151 2018-19Lionel MessiBarcelona0.7200.5411.261 2015-16NeymarBarcelona0.6240.5341.158 The most offensive of the defensive-minded2018-19 Premier League leaders in expected goals plus expected assists per 90 minutes among players with at least 2.5 tackles and interceptions 2015-16Pierre-Emerick AubameyangBorussia Dortmund0.8750.2401.114 With Neymar expected to return in April, Mbappe should have his primary creative support back in time for at least one leg of the quarterfinals (so long as PSG does not falter against United). The pair of them rival Messi and Luis Suarez as the best attacking duo in the world, and if Tuchel can maintain a structure behind them, Neymar and Mbappe are easily enough firepower to win the Champions League.Manchester CityChance: 24 percentSPI: 94.2 (1st)Status: Up 3-2 on Schalke going into second legHere is the favorite. With a one-goal lead going into a home leg against Schalke, City is strongly favored for the quarterfinals. Once there, Pep Guardiola’s side continues to look like the most well-rounded in Europe. The only thing that can hold City back seems to be injuries. The club went into a tailspin when both Fernadinho and David Silva were injured in December. These two midfielders, both 33 years old, remain the guts of the club. Silva leads the Premier League by a wide margin in progressive passing, with more than 5.4 progressive passes and runs per 90 minutes, and only Eden Hazard is also over 5.0. Fernandinho seems even more central to City’s success: He stands 12th in the league in progressive passing and leads the team in both tackles and interceptions. Guardiola has yet to figure out a successor to either player in the squad or a true replacement when either of them is unavailable.With its dominant underlying numbers, a weakened field and an easily winnable round of 16 match, City is just 540 minutes away from a Champions League trophy. If Silva and Fernandinho can just be healthy from April on, the Citizens should be the Champions League favorites.Barcelona, Real Madrid, and Bayern Munich are hardly out of it. But PSG and City rate ahead of them, and Liverpool likely will move up if the Reds can get by Bayern. With the traditional powers of European soccer increasingly wobbly, one of these other clubs could, with the right mix of quality play and good fortune, be the team to finally knock them off and lift the trophy.Check out our latest soccer predictions.CORRECTION (March 4, 2019, 7 p.m.): A previous version of this article incorrectly stated that a group of five teams, including Liverpool, had not won the Champions League before. Liverpool won the competition in 2005. Felipe AndersonWest Ham3.7270.340 SeasonNameTeamgoalsassistsgoals + assists Abdoulaye DoucoureWatford3.1750.377 2018-19Robert LewandowskiBayern Munich0.8370.2891.125 2017-18NeymarPSG0.6340.5391.173 2015-16Lionel MessiBarcelona0.7630.4591.222 2018-19Kylian MbappePSG0.9980.3631.360 As of March 4, 2019Source: Opta Sports European soccer’s “big three” — Barcelona, Real Madrid and Bayern Munich — have combined to win the past six Champions League trophies and seven of the past eight. But this season, these clubs aren’t quite as dominant as they used to be, and there’s just a 31 percent chance that one of them will win it all this year, according to the FiveThirtyEight Soccer Power Index. The door is wide open for a new champion. So who will walk through?The SPI projections identify five other clubs with at least a 5 percent chance of lifting the trophy. But while it seems that change is coming to the Champions League, don’t expect a Leicester City-style underdog run. None of the five clubs that could knock off Barcelona, Madrid and Bayern quite qualifies as an “underdog.” Two contenders — Liverpool and Atletico Madrid — have appeared in three of the past five Champions League finals, losing all three. Paris Saint-Germain and Manchester City have never reached a Champions League final but boast massively expensive squads paid for by unfathomably wealthy owners.1City’s owner, Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan, is a high-ranking member of the Emirati royal family, and PSG is a subsidiary of Qatar’s sovereign wealth fund. Even Tottenham Hotspur ranks among the world’s 10 richest clubs, according to Deloitte’s estimates.So we are not exactly seeing a revolution in European soccer. Rather, it appears that the gap has narrowed between the big three and a larger elite — the next five to 10 best clubs in the world. Still, the Champions League is more wide open than it has been in recent memory. Each of these five teams has a real chance to break the big three’s lock on the trophy.Tottenham HotspurChance: 5 percentSPI: 83.6 (11th)Status: Up 3-0 on Borussia Dortmund going into second legTottenham is statistically the weakest club on the list. It also features one of the thinnest squads of the clubs remaining, having pressed youth team players like Oliver Skipp and Kyle Walker-Peters into service in key matches this season. With no signings at all made in the past two transfer windows, Spurs are not built to weather an injury crisis and compete against the world’s best teams at the same time.Health is Tottenham’s chief concern. Striker Harry Kane has returned from injury, but the club is still missing two key midfielders, Dele Alli and Eric Dier. Without either, Spurs have struggled to turn over opponents in midfield as the press of manager Mauricio Pochettino requires — Dier and Dele are the team’s only midfielders averaging more than 3 tackles and interceptions per 90 minutes.Dele in particular is key for Spurs, as he manages to produce as both a ball winner in midfield and a shot creator. No one in the Premier League with similar defensive numbers comes close to Dele’s shot production. Lucas Moura, Dele’s Tottenham teammate, comes in second in expected goals plus assists among players with at least 2.5 tackles and interceptions per 90 minutes, and but the gap between them is huge. Ayoze PerezNewcastle3.5150.337 Mbappe is having a Messi-like seasonThe best seasons in the big five European leagues by expected goals per 90 minutes plus expected assists per 90, 2014-19 read more

Urban Meyer and Jeff Logan win 30000 for Ohio State scholarships

Ohio State football coach Urban Meyer and former Buckeye running back Jeff Logan posted a score of 7-under in the sixth annual Chick-fil-A Bowl Challenge charity golf tournament, earning OSU a tie for sixth place and $25,000 in scholarship money for OSU. In total, $520,000 were up for grabs among the schools competing for scholarships and $243,000 was raised charity organizations. Georgia Tech’s team, comprised of football coach Paul Johnson and former Yellow Jackets basketball player Jon Barry, won the competition for the second consecutive year, posting a round of 10-under par. Fifteen schools sent teams to compete in the 18-hole event, and all participating schools will receive a portion of the $500,000 in scholarship money competed for on Tuesday. Played at the Reynolds Plantation’s par-72 Oconee course in Greensboro, Ga., the two-man scramble competition featured 15 teams of NCAA football coaches and a celebrity alumnus from the same school. The field was originally set at 16, but the University of Virginia dropped out before the competition began. In a scramble, both players tee off on each hole. The better of the two tee shots is selected and both players play their second shot from that spot. The same process is applied to each subsequent shot until the ball is holed. By winning the challenge, Johnson and Barry earned $125,000 in scholarship-funds for Georgia Tech and the remaining $375,000 will be awarded to the other 14 schools with the amount based on its team’s finish in the challenge. On Monday, the other $20,000 available in scholarship money was awarded between four skills competitions. Separate Long Drive challenges and Closest To The Pin challenges were held for the field of NCAA coaches and the celebrity alumni, with an award of $5,000 in scholarship money for the winner of each skills competition. With a 94-yard shot that rolled to within two feet of the cup, Meyer won the coaches’ Closest To The Pin challenge and an additional $5,000 scholarship for OSU. He finished third in the driving contest with a 271.6-yard drive. Miami University coach Al Golden (303 yards) won the coaches’ Long Drive challenge, while former Mississippi State football player Fred McCrary (5 feet) and Barry (308.7 yards) won the alumni’s Closest To The Pin challenge and Long Drive challenge, respectively. The annual competition is a primary contributor to the Chick-fil-A Bowl’s charitable and scholarship donation efforts. All told, the 2012 event raised $763,000 for scholarships and charities. read more

Ancelotti does not wish to manage his national team

first_imgAfter being sacked due to the extremely poor performance Bayern Munich were exhibiting under Carlo Ancelotti in the beginning of the season, he has now hinted at a possible Premier League move as he admitted not having a desire to manage Italy’s international team.He has been unofficially retired since he lost his job at Munich post the 3-1 loss to Paris Saint-Germain. However, considering the fact that Arsenal and Chelsea will both be looking for managers during the summer, his name has been coming up on more than one occasion.Ancelotti’s recent comments for coaching the national team have left the Premier League teams hoping for his eventual return to England.Tammy Abraham, ChelseaChelsea hat-trick hero Tammy Abraham hopes for more Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Tammy Abraham hopes this season will be his big breakthrough at Chelsea after firing his first hat-trick for the club in Saturday’s 5-2 win at Wolves.“My answer is this: the federation, now with the help of Coni, must create its own new structure, after which it will make the decision,” he claimed, after being asked about the prospect of him managing the Italy team.“I rest of my idea, it takes first clarity, then you can think about it, even if my goal is still to train a club team. I still do not know, it’s all on the high seas, you have to wait a couple of months,” Ancelotti shared, according to 101 Great Goals.last_img read more

Allegri switches focus to Napoli

first_imgMassimiliano Allegri has now switched his focus to Juventus’ weekend clash against title rivals Napoli after they were held to a 1-1 draw by Crotone on WednesdayThe Turin side started the match strongly with Alex Sandro opening the scoring after 17 minutes to put Juventus on course for another win.However, a goal from Simeon Tochukwu Nwankwo put Crotone level with the Serie A leaders with the match later ending 1-1 between the sides.While Napoli’s 4-2 over Udinese saw Juventus’ advantage at the top of Serie A cut to four points, Allegri remain content with the gap.Franck Ribery, FiorentinaFiorentina owner: “Ribery played better than Ronaldo!” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Fiorentina owner Rocco Commisso was left gushing over Franck Ribery’s performance against Juventus, which he rates above that of even Cristiano Ronaldo’s.“A month-and-a-half ago I’d have been more than happy to go into this head-to-head clash with a four-point advantage.” Allegri told the club website.“We must look to win the match because it would be a big step forward. It will be a great game — hard fought with lots of skill on display. We must get off to a good start.“We didn’t play well today and we struggled a little. It wasn’t easy as we needed to keep hold of the ball without trying to rush things but even in the first half you got the impression we might concede tonight.“We didn’t stay tight enough and we let Crotone get lots of balls into the box and break through down the right.”last_img read more