Cappry Rovers are expected to relieve Ross Doherty (pictured here in a Donegal GAA jersey) of his club duties after he was found guilty of jumping on the GAA bandwagon in 2012.CAPPRY ROVERS NEWSCAPPRY ROVERS LOTTOThe numbers drawn in this week’s draw were 1, 12, 21, 24. There was no jackpot winner.The winner of the €50 lucky ticket was Nadine McCready, Roadhouse.Next weeks jackpot is €2400.Remember if you’re not in, you can’t win!!! CAPPRY YOUTHSIt’s with regret that i have to report that we had to forfeit the cup semi-final on Saturday due to the fact that only 7 players turned up. Going forward we would hope that our players would commit for the rest of the season and give another push as we are in another semi-final this weekend against Gweedore.CAPPRY ROVERS U14Our U14’s have extended their lead at the top of the table to 7 points having played a game more than Raphoe Town who are in 2nd place.They recorded a comprehensive 6-0 victory over Convoy Arsenal this evening in Cappry Park. CAPPRY CRUSADERS U14Our Crusaders travelled to Bonagee on Saturday evening to take them on in the cup.After the game finishing scoreless it went to the dreaded penalties to find out which team would progress to the semi-finals, unfortunately Cappry were on the wrong side of a 6-5 scoreline.CAPPRY COLTS U12 Cappry Colts 0 Letterkenny United 1The Colts welcomed the league champions on Saturday morning last in the 1st round of the cup. The Colts put up a brave show at home even without four or five regulars. The 1st half brought little in the way of chances with both teams trying to create openings. The 2nd half started a bit brighter and 15 minutes in Letterkenny took the lead. Cappry tried hard for an equaliser but to no avail. We would like to thank Letterkenny for a sporting contest, the match referee and our young Colts who never gave up. Special mention for Darragh Carroll,Sean Ryan and Charlie Griffin.CAPPRY CRUSADERS U12Letterkenny/Northwest Division 1 cup, Round 1 result.Cappry Crusaders 1-3 Letterkenny CrusadersNo match report.CAPPRY ROVERS NITE AT THE RACESOur Annual “Nite at the Races” took place on Saturday night in the Roadhouse Bar.We would like to thank all the businesses who sponsored the races, all the buyers and sellers of the horses, John ‘Dory’ Duffy who was an excellent MC on the night, the Roadhouse bar who were prefect hosts as always, Agnes for the lovely food and Conor and Nadine for keeping the beer flowing and keeping the punters happy.A great night was had by all.Thank you for your continued support of our club, YOUR CLUB.CONDOLENCESAll at Cappry Rovers would like to express our sympathies to the family and friends of the late Kay Houston who was laid to rest on Sunday. May she rest in peace.DATE FOR THE CALENDERCappry Rovers Annual Joe Houston Memorial 5k: Friday 5th June 2015 7.30pm More details to follow. Put the date in to your running diary.SOCCER NEWS: CAPPRY U14’S GO SEVEN POINTS CLEAR AFTER VICTORY OVER CONVOY ARSENAL was last modified: April 14th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:Cappry RoversNoticessoccerSport
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest As the OSU State Sheep Extension Program specialist, the Executive Director the Ohio Sheep Improvement Association and Ohio Sheep and Wool Program, Livestock Director for the Ohio Farm Bureau Federation, OSU Animal Sciences small ruminant and pseudo-ruminant Instructor, sheep shearer, and livestock judge, Roger High has built his career around sheep.His job has taken him to sheep farms around Ohio, across the United States and around the world, but though his duties occasionally require a suit and tie in an office setting, he is still most comfortable in the barn wearing his work boots. Running his sheep operation on his home Indian Summer Farm in Union County with his wife, Holly, and their son, Adam, is where his passion lies and serves as the driving force behind the extensive work he has done in Ohio’s sheep industry.Managing his own flock of sheep keeps him grounded in the basics and innovating for the future of lamb production in Ohio.“On the farm I try to do a lot of the things that I am asking producers to do. We moved here in ‘94 where we could raise a family. I have been able to use a lot of the things I do here as examples for other producers for what I am doing through Extension and for teaching production classes at OSU. If I expect producers to being doing it, then I think I should be doing it here on my farm. I try to bring a lot of the things I have learned over the years to my small flock,” he said. “I grew up with sheep and have been around them all my life. It is my job, hobby and passion. Most of my friends are sheep people. It is just what I do. It wasn’t very long after we moved here that we got started with our sheep flock. I grew up with primarily with Shropshires, but we also had Hampshires and Targhees on my parents farm. We started out our farm with Hampshires, then we got the Polled Dorsets, and also had some Dorpers for a little bit of time before we settled entirely on the Polled Dorsets.”The start of the current Polled Dorset flock was facilitated by Holly’s parents.“They bought five Dorset ewes for us so that Adam could one day raise them for 4-H and FFA projects and we went from there,” Holly said. “Once we had the Polled Dorsets we really enjoyed them in comparison to the other breeds that we had. The Dorsets fit in with our lifestyle. It has been a family activity for us. Some people have boats. We have livestock. And on Sunday afternoons when other people go to the beach, we go to the field and move fence.”The Highs’ sheep flock reached its peak when Adam was heavily involved with the FFA program.“When our son Adam was heavily involved in FFA, we were feeding out several feeder lambs each year, had a brood ewe flock of approximately 50 head and Adam was successfully showing market lambs at the county and state fair levels,” Roger said. “Adam won the state proficiency award as a junior. His FFA Sheep Production SAE was a very diversified sheep operation when he was heavily involved in the FFA program. Now we are lambing about 30 ewes and feeding out several feeders lambs each year — just enough to keep me busy on the farm.”Now that Adam has finished his FFA career, the flock is smaller, but still very closely managed.“We don’t keep a bunch of rams here. The ram lambs are castrated and sold to the non-traditional (ethnic) market or the traditional market as finished feeder lambs. I have in my mind a goal for each ewe to generate so many dollars and replace herself every year. The number fluctuates depending on the market but we make sure they are generating a little income,” Roger said. “We have eight acres of pasture on the 30-acre farm. We have 18 acres in hay production and produce all of our own hay for the sheep and for the two horses and one llama on the farm. We buy all of our grain and straw. We have also done several fencing improvements and water development, part of it through the EQIP program.”The fence and water have been important components in the intensive grazing practiced on the farm.“I try to get the ewe flock out onto the pasture as soon as I can in spring. I usually try to get them out in late March, but we were later than that this year due to the extreme cold weather,” he said. “I give them about three days to graze before I let them go to the next area. They get trained to the electric fence pretty quickly. The ewes will be standing there waiting for the fence to be taken down when I arrive for the next move. We have enough pasture that we can move them around enough to have grass for them all summer. I have grazed up to seven months of the year.”The rotation of the pastures maximizes the pasture resources, improves pasture quality and helps control parasites.“With the Management intensive Grazing I don’t find my flock running into parasite problems. The parasite cycle is 21 days and we don’t have ewes going back to the same grazing area at least 21 days. If I need to I can put them in the barn and feed hay as necessary to break up the parasite problem or during a period of drought,” he said. “I am really pretty strict on the vaccination programs, especially for the abortive diseases that we talk about a lot in the sheep industry. Anything we think a producer should be doing to make their flock more productive I try to do here.”The operation — lambing in particular — is set up for ease and efficiency.“When I am gone, which is frequently, everything has to be set up here so Holly and our neighbor Nevin Smith can do the chores without me,” Roger said. “I lamb in January and February only. I try to concentrate my lambing time so I can manage groups in a tight time frame because it has to work around my work schedule.”If problem ewes are identified, they are culled.“There is strict culling based on early lambing and I get rid of ewes that have problems,” Roger said. “I don’t have time for problem ewes around here. I rarely see a lamb born here at the farm. I am too busy to be here all the time and if there are problems with lambing, then they will not be problems the next year. I manage to make sure problems do not stay here.”Traditional breeding methods are most common on the farm, though there has been some work done with artificial insemination.“I think that if you have a female you have determined is really valuable to the flock and you want more offspring out of her, artificial insemination and embryo transfer is the way to go. We did some embryo transfer work a few years ago,” Roger said. “If you are working with purebred sheep, it had better be a really good ewe to justify the expense. Club lamb flocks are the ones that can really benefit from AI and ET, though.”Though coyotes and black vultures have been problems for sheep producers in some areas, predators have not been a problem on the farm.“All my fence is electric. I want to keep the sheep in and the predators out,” Roger said. “We keep a guard llama for protection too. We have never had a coyote loss here at the farm.”The Highs employ a fairly diverse marketing plan for their flock.“I sell some breeding stock. I sell a ram or two per year, mostly commercial. If they are the right size I will sell them for the Easter market. I have sold some club lambs for 4-H and FFA members projects. I sell to the non-traditional ethnic markets and traditional markets as well. We also sell some at finished lambs through the Ohio State Fair Commercial Lamb Sale,” Roger said. “I am trying to get more muscling into my sheep. We are transitioning from larger framed sheep to heavier muscled, shorter framed sheep — something that will be good for market lambs and for club lambs. I believe that the industry needs to produce more meat more efficiently on grass and they need to be efficient on grain. We don’t feed as much grain to the ewes as we did with some of the larger framed sheep that we had on the farm.”The time spent working with sheep together has been a great benefit to the High family and it has also really paid off in Roger’s career.“Taking lessons from my sheep farm to the classroom or educational programs has been valuable for me and hopefully the industry as well,” Roger said. “I am also contributing to the state and national checkoff programs, and I believe that these check-off programs are valuable to the industry.“I get to be the Ohio sheep industry spokesperson, but I get to live it as well.”
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Ohio State University Extension is seeking additional farmers in the Maumee River Basin to help with a water monitoring research project looking at Dissolved Reactive Phosphorus losses from fields. Increases in DRP in the watershed have been tied to increased occurrences of Harmful Algal Blooms in Lake Erie. The data collect will help better quantify actual losses from an economic and environmental standpoint, lead to tools that can target high risk fields so cost effective Best Management practices can be designed that maintain crop productivity while reducing phosphorus losses.This project gives a farmer the chance to find out how much Dissolved Reactive Phosphorus (DRP) in pounds per acre is leaving their field site, based on their crop production system. Farmers will be provided their individual data plus summary data for all sites in the project. The data will be used to understand what conditions lead to DRP loss and what recommend Best Management Practices (BMP’s) can be used to reduce nutrient loss.A plastic water sampling disk is placed at the end of field tile or within drainage water management structures during two periods of the year, September to December and March to June. The sample devices are changed out every 4-5 weeks during each sample period. A standard soil test analysis will be provided as well. There is no cost to the farmer for the water or soil sampling.The primary field selection recommendation is that drainage water sampled should only include water from the farm practices being done by the cooperating farmer. Shared field mains that include multiple farmer managements, road drainage, household water drainage or other areas not under control of the farmer should not be used. The field main should drain 5 or more acres. There is no upper limit to field size as long as the drainage area is known and the field area drained is under the control of the cooperating farmer. The end of the field main tile or a drainage control structure on the main tile should be accessible for deploying samplers.Field Management information by date for tillage, fertilizer applications and crop cover planting that occur in the 3 months prior to sampling through when the last sampler is pulled out will be collected. This data is extremely valuable to understand how practices influence the water quality results.More details on the sampling project as well as a signup link can be found at http://go.osu.edu/farmerwaterproject or contact Lee Richter, Program Coordinator, Water Monitoring Project, [email protected] or Greg LaBarge [email protected] Please signup by March 10 to participate in the second sampling period.For farmers who participated in the September to December, 2015 sampling. Samplers from this period are currently at the lab and we expect results back in the next 6-8 weeks. You do not need to sign fields that were used in 2015 up for this 2016 sampling. If you would like to add a field please give Lee a call or send her an e-mail.
When it was first published 20 years ago, many parents, schools and even some religious communities had advised youngsters in India against reading this book. One bookstore in Bangalore even stuffed it at the back of the shop mistaking it for a sex manual rather than what it is–‘a rather comic story of a middle class boy who grows up in conservative India’. But when Richard Crasta’s first novel was republished recently for a new generation of readers, the author said he is glad that India is becoming more tolerant and people can now walk into a store and buy his novel today.It is easy to relate to the story of Vijay Prabhu, born into an orthodox Catholic family and brought up in Mangalore in Karnataka, in the Sixties and early Seventies. As the title The Revised Kama Sutra suggests, central to the theme is how a young boy copes with yearnings and dreams in a conservative society which forbade mention of subjects related to sex, puberty, adolescence and manhood.It is about his dreams and determination of getting away from the small town he lives in, and of the big American Dream he lovingly nurtures as the only way to break free of these shackles. America for him is the new land of the Kama Sutra, free sex, free speech and Campbell’s Cream of Chicken Soup.The story traces Vijay’s life from the strict Catholic boarding schools where he studied, to the many cities and small districts all over India where he worked–first in a bank and then as an IAS officer–and finally to the United States of America, where he goes after giving up his plush bureaucratic job.Vijay’s images of America are borrowed from Readers Digests, from Time magazines, from John F Kennedy and Jackie Onassis, from the popular music of that time and steamy American paperbacks. advertisementHowever, during his first foray into the country, where he enrols as a student at a university, the reality does not quite match up to his perceptions. Vijay finds America an antiseptic land of loveless cities, and, on an impulse, launches an anti sex campaign, which forces him to return to India. He concludes that India is probably the more civilised of the two countries because here “they did not judge you by the name of the crook etched on your polo shirt”.However, Vijay returns to New York to fulfil his dreams of becoming an author, because, as he says, with all its faults, America is the country that will give him the chance to tell his story.The narrative is full of light and humorous moments. Such as Vijay’s musings on how the strict boarding schools of that time were ruled by five pillars of oppression–canes, bells, penis shame, girl shame and sport. Though the book makes you break into a smile more often than not, there are sombre undercurrents as the author takes a passing look at various subjects ranging from colonialism, shoplifting or the corruption which has seeped into the Indian bureaucracy.This is a good read, both for the great writing style, and as the author says, it captures a time, a culture and an innocence that is quickly losing out to modernity.HarperCollins, Rs. 3993 On the shelvesThe F-Word: This book is really about the big F-wordin all our lives–Food! It is a hilarious account of a working woman who spends her time juggling family, friends, long-distance phone calls and food. It is packed with good recipes to suit every taste.HarperCollins, Rs. 599City Improbable: Edited by the grand old man of Delhi–Khushwant Singh–it brings together writings byimmigrants, residents, refugees, travellers and invaders who haveengaged with India’s capital over different epochs–from the era of theMughals, the Emergency to this day. A good gift for anyone who isinterested in the national capital.Penguin, Rs. 399The Delhi Walla series: Monuments. Food + Drink. Hangouts. Amaverick author. That pretty much sums up the essence of the three slimguidebooks on Delhi by Mayank Austen Soofi. Moments, colours, flavoursand months spent combing Delhi’s streets in search of its soul makethese books a delight to read.Collins, Rs. 199 each
Kolkata: Trinamool Congress Rajya Sabha MP Derek O’Brien came down heavily on the BJP for flouting the model code of conduct laid down by the Election Commission of India by featuring children under the age of 14 in its political promotional video.In his Twitter handle, O’Brien said: “After being insensitive to children with dyslexia, Modi and the BJP do it again! Children under 14 being used in political promo music video. Breaking EC rules. Shameless. #CheatIndia So desperate for votes?” Also Read – Centuries-old Durga Pujas continue to be hit among revellersHe pointed out that the Delhi High Court in a judgment on 15 July, 2013, advised political parties to take note of provisions of Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Act, 2000 which is concerns children in the age group 14 to 18 years. The court had said that the provisions under the act should not be flouted during election campaign. He alleged that Modi used pictures of jawans to seek votes. It may be mentioned here that various top Trinamool Congress leaders had been vocal against the BJP for its attempt to take credit of the Balakot air strike. Many banners were put at various points in the city by the state BJP leaders with photos of armed forces. They also brought the matter to the notice of the Election Commission. The Commission has however issued necessary instructions to the administration to remove all such banners.
Cairo – Mohammed Morsi, who was catapulted from the underground offices of the Muslim Brotherhood to Egypt’s presidency, faces trial on Monday for the killing of protesters, four months after his dramatic fall from power.Egypt’s first democratically elected president, he has been held incommunicado in military custody since the army overthrew him on 3 July after a stormy one-year rule.Remaining defiant since his incarceration, the deposed leader has rejected the authority of the court to try him, as his supporters insist he is still the legitimate president of the Arab world’s most populous nation. Morsi, along with 14 others, face charges of inciting the murder of protesters during clashes between his supporters and opponents outside the presidential palace in December 2012, in which seven people were killed.The trial comes on the heels of a bloody crackdown by Egypt’s military-installed authorities against Morsi’s Islamist supporters.Hundreds were killed in clashes that erupted when security forces dispersed two pro-Morsi camps in August and at least 2 000 people, including the Muslim Brotherhood’s top leadership, have been rounded up in the clampdown.No stranger to prison, Morsi lived a largely clandestine existence through three decades of authoritarian rule by his ousted predecessor, Hosni Mubarak, when the Brotherhood was officially banned.Crippling economic crisisHe was arrested most recently on 28 January 2011, the day after the Brotherhood threw its weight behind the protests against Mubarak.He was then among dozens of Islamist prisoners sprung from jails around the country during the collapse of public order that accompanied the anti-Mubarak revolution.He had already served seven months in 2006 for taking part in a demonstration in support of reformist judges.Morsi was not the Brotherhood’s first choice for president.He was put forward after one of the movement’s powerful financiers, Khairat al-Shater, was disqualified on technical grounds, earning him the nickname “the spare wheel.”He won the presidential election by a sliver, with many choosing him in a protest vote against former air force chief and Mubarak prime minister Ahmed Shafiq.Morsi, whose predecessors as president have all been generals, failed to maintain Egyptians’ unity following the uprising. Critics accused him of putting too much power in the hands of the Brotherhood.His one-year rule was marred by deep polarisation, insecurity, unrest and a crippling economic crisis.President for all Egyptians In the last public remarks before his ouster he acknowledged “many mistakes” which needed “to be corrected” but insisted he was chosen in a “free and fair election”.His words fell on deaf ears.Millions took to the streets on 30 June in response to a grassroots campaign accusing him of breaking his promise to be a “president for all Egyptians” and of failing the ideals of the 2011 revolution.From a rapturous reception given by adoring crowds in Cairo’s Tahrir Square when he was feted as a revolutionary champion in 2012, Morsi came to be disliked by millions.During his presidency, Morsi was put in an uncomfortable position, with recordings emerging of remarks he had made during his days underground that his critics judged as anti-Semitic.Morsi was born in the village of El-Adwah in the Nile Delta province of Sharqiya in 1951, and had been the spokesperson of the Brotherhood from 2010.He graduated with an engineering degree from Cairo University in 1975 and received a doctorate from the University of Southern California, where he was also an assistant professor in 1982.Married with five children and three grandchildren, Morsi first entered the political arena in 2000 when he was elected to parliament as an independent, given the Mubarak-era ban on the Brotherhood.
Finau is an incredible athlete who turned down Division I basketball scholarships to go professional in golf, and his sturdy 6-foot-4, 200-pound frame no doubt has a great deal to do with his eye-widening drives. The top four drivers on tour this season are all at least 6-foot-2. Plus, as Finau has said, before he learned how to hit the ball straight, he first learned how to hit it far.But what has changed this season? Like any dexterous big-hitter, Finau starts with a wide base and balance as he approaches his ball. Despite possessing cable-like arms — “arms like an orangutan,” as he put it — Finau has an extremely compact swing, unleashing his lower body through the ball. Drives don’t exist in a vacuum; there’s a whole host of factors that play into distance off the tee, including launch angle, club head speed and spin rate. Last season, Finau’s average club head speed was 123.1 miles per hour, but that figure has dropped to 122.2 mph this season. His spin rate also dropped: He ranked ninth a season ago, but this season he ranks outside the top 80, meaning his ball is generating more carry — 1.1 yards more, in fact. Finau is also showcasing a higher launch angle this season.An obscene 90.9 percent of Finau’s officially measured drives this season2 Because there’s no formal tracking of club selection, the tour measures only two drives per round, on specific holes, to safely assess driving capability. have eclipsed 300 yards, a mark that would obliterate Hank Kuehne’s record of 85.8 percent since PGATour.com began tracking the statistic in 2001. Consistency has been key for Finau: His longest drive this season, 391 yards at the Farmers Insurance Open, ranks outside the top 100 among all players. So he isn’t raising his average with a few bombs here and there — he’s doing this every time he tees it up.It’s worth noting that Finau’s marks are based on only 44 drives this season, around the same number you get when you purchase a medium bucket of balls at the practice range. The season doesn’t end until late September, so a lot could change; regression to the mean is always possible. But right now, if nothing else, Finau is swinging for history — and transcending our understanding of consistency at the tee box while he does it. Finau still has only one tour victory in his career. If that number changes in the coming weeks and months, people might forget about Johnson’s drives and take more notice of Finau’s. Tune into any PGA Tour event, and it won’t be long before the broadcast team comments on Dustin Johnson’s can’t-miss power off the tee.This is for good reason: Johnson is a 6-foot-4 freak who hasn’t finished worse than second in average driving distance since 2012 or worse than fourth over the past decade. He’s also presently the No. 1 golfer on the planet. Last season, he won four tournaments, claimed $8.7 million in earnings and accounted for four of the 15 longest drives on tour, including a tour-best 439-yard bomb at the Bridgestone Invitational.But nearly five months into the PGA Tour season, the biggest hitter on the links isn’t Johnson. It’s Tony Finau, the first golfer of Tongan and American Samoan descent to hold a tour card. While he gets far less attention than DJ, he’s currently on pace for the longest driving season in PGA Tour history.Finau’s entire game has turned the corner this season. He’s already finished in the top two twice and inside the top 20 in six of nine starts.1 The current PGA Tour season began in October 2017. Finau ranks seventh in the FedEx Cup standings and has raised his world ranking to No. 32 — up from No. 88 at the end of 2016 and No. 40 at the end of 2017.But while he’s playing better everywhere on the course, Finau is putting on a show in the tee box. With 327 yards per drive, the 28-year-old is smashing the tour average by 32 yards.It goes without saying that a lot has changed in terms of technology and training since Jack Nicklaus, Ben Hogan and Arnold Palmer were marquee figures — or even since John Daly was pounding beers during rounds and wowing fans with his long drives. In 1980, the first year for which data is available, Dan Pohl led the tour with an average driving distance of 274.3 yards. In 1997, Daly became the first man on the PGA Tour to average at least 300 yards per drive; this season, 65 players are on pace to do so.
See more NBA predictions All newsletters Oh, and don’t forgetDisgusting, Washington We’re launching a sports newsletter. 🏆 Join the squad. Subscribe Things That Caught My EyeTanks for playingAccording to FiveThirtyEight’s Elo projections, there are eight teams in the MLB on track to lose 90 games, four of whom are on track to lose in the range of about 100 games. That is the most potential 90-game losers at this point in the season since at least 1969. This is exactly what Major League Baseball needs to win the next generation of baseball fans: a season where more than a quarter of the league is not even trying to succeed. [FiveThirtyEight]Is there a better way?This uniquely dismal state of baseball has prompted some serious introspection, and ESPN’s here with some wild ideas to fix the mess. One idea: what if every team made the playoffs? By restructuring the MLB postseason the league can make every game count for every team. This is important, because literally 14 out of 30 teams entered the 2018 season with a 10 percent or less chance of making the playoffs. When roughly half the fans of the sport have absolutely no reason to tune in, maybe the MLB needs to be worried. [ESPN]Maria Konnikova finds true callingMaria Konnikova is a New Yorker writer who is writing a book about the world of professional poker. In reporting out the book, it turns out Maria Konnikova is outstanding at poker, winning $57,519 in an Asia Pacific Poker Tour Macau event where she finished second. The book writing is reportedly on hold, and is planned for summer or fall of 2019. [Deadspin]Try out our interactive, Which World Cup Team Should You Root For?Derby day!The Kentucky Derby is this Saturday, in case any readers were reaching for a valid excuse to get drunk in the middle of the afternoon. The favorite is “Justify,” a horse with 3-1 odds of winning the Derby. Is horse racing a sport? Tonight I will find out based on your emails in response to this item. [The New York Times]Fountain of youthSeventeen of the 32 players selected in round one of the NFL draft will be aged 21 or younger come the start of the season, the highest number in this century. It’s just the latest in a trend where the average age of a first round pick has fallen from 22.6 in 2000 to 21.7 today. [FiveThirtyEight]England did fine I guess despite their enormous advantagesLiverpool made the UEFA Champions League finals after kind of sort of dispatching Roma. An English team hasn’t made the final in six seasons, which is crazy, because the English Premiere League has 14 of the 30 richest clubs in the sport and is the richest football league on the planet. [FiveThirtyEight]Big Number(s)3 reportersThe New Orleans Pelicans have an extremely small professional press corps, with generally just Scott Kushner of The Advocate, Will Guillory of NOLA.com and the Times-Picayune, and Jim Eichenhofer of the Pelicans’ own website showing up to cover home games. With their success in the playoffs, New Orleans has seen some national reporters parachute in, but three professional conventional press reporters is quite low for any professional sports league. [The Ringer]Leaks from Slack: walt:Shaq Appears To Have An Insane Method For Saving Money On Gasolineandrea:hahahareminds me of a cartoon I read a million years ago where a waiter asks a customer whether she’d like the pizza she just ordered cut into 4 or 6 pieces and she says “Four! I could never eat six slices of pizza.” If I were better at google I would just find the thing.neil:Shaq is like, this close, to stumbling across the Banach–Tarski paradox and having his mind truly blownPredictions NBA
Kevin De Bruyne is not interested in whether Belgium’s upcoming World Cup game against Brazil is being considered as a “classic” and the only thing he is interested in is winningThe Red Devils will face the five-time winners on Friday in what is widely being viewed as a mouth-watering tie with Belgium’s golden generation of De Bruyne, Eden Hazard and Romelu Lukaku set to go head-to-head with Brazil’s star duo of Neymar and Philippe Coutinho.But for De Bruyne, the only thing that matters is winning.“I don’t really care if it’s a classic or not,” he said, as stated on the Daily Star.“If we get a scrappy 1-0 in the last minute I’ll be happy.“Yes, Brazil are a good side but I think every team left in the tournament has great qualities. We have great offensive qualities, Brazil have great offensive qualities.”Belgium were fortunate to have been able to reach the quarter-finals of the tournament after falling two goals down against Japan before mounting a stunning late comeback to seal a 3-2 win.But De Bruyne knows they cannot allow that to happen against a side with the quality of Brazil.“The goal is always to be better and there are always lessons to be taken,” he said.Neymar can win the Ballon d’Or, says Ander Herrera Andrew Smyth – September 13, 2019 An “excited” Ander Herrera believes new Paris Saint-Germain team-mate Neymar is a contender for the Ballon d’Or alongside Kylian Mbappe.“We have to do our job against Brazil. You have to win the game. You can play bad, but you have to win. You can play good, but you have to win. If you don’t, then you go home.“We want to try and stay until the end.”Teammate Marouane Fellaini is expecting a “tough” encounter against Tite’s men, but has confidence in the Belgium squad ahead of their biggest game in years.“Yeah it’s been a very good week but the most important thing is we’re through to the quarter-finals,” said the 30-year-old.“The next match will be tough. We know the quality of Brazil, the quality of their players, so it will be a good test for us.“But I think we are a good group with good players and a good mentality.“We’re more mature than before and we’ve been working together for a long time, you can’t forget that. So we have a big game on Friday and want to show everyone what we can do.”Belgium will not solely be focusing on Neymar: “Of course they have Neymar, yes, but they’ve got Coutinho, Firmino and Jesus as well,”“I don’t want to put pressure on our players but we have quality up front too.”
Tottenham Hotspur defender Toby Alderweireld has revealed his excitement about playing Arsenal in the next round of the Carabao Cup.The two North London rivals face off next month in the quarterfinals of the League Cup and the Belgium international has revealed he can’t wait for the match.“They are very special, historical games, more than just a Premier League game,” says Alderweireld, according to Sky Sports News.“I feel fortunate to play those games and to be a part of it and looking forward to it very much.”Whatever the outcome of the game at the Emirates, though, Alderweireld assures Spurs fans the players are doing all they possibly can to end the club’s decade-wait for a trophy.Merson believes Arsenal should sign Sancho Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho might be the perfect player to play for the Gunners, according to former England international Paul Merson.“We are doing everything we can to get, I think every team is doing this,” he says. “You do not overestimate the performance we did in the last couple of years.“If you do every point from the last four years, then we will be up there. So it is not one season we played well and then bad, no for a couple of seasons now we play on a high level.“And the next step is silverware and we are doing the best we can to achieve that.“We try to play good football – it is not easy, but we try and we can improve a lot more and we do the best we can.”