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Why Larry Baer’s ugly altercation is a stress test for the Giants organization

first_imgThe altercation is difficult to watch, but it’s the screams that will stick with you.Ultimately, five seconds of video isn’t enough to understand what really happened Friday between Giants CEO Larry Baer and wife Pam Baer in a San Francisco public plaza.We don’t have the full story — yet.But we certainly received a jarring introduction to something that cannot easily be forgotten. You’ve probably seen the video by now — it showed Baer, standing, reaching for something in the right …last_img read more

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The root of all production

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Mary Wicks and Peter LingIn many ways, the intricate network of plant roots serve as its control center. Thus, optimizing the root environment, including irrigation water and nutrient levels, can improve plant health and production. The controlled growing conditions of a greenhouse allows for precision management of the root zone.In traditional crop production, where plants grown outdoors in fields, irrigation and fertilizer application are options, but there is little or no control over rainfall and soil composition and chemistry. Greenhouse producers can choose a growing media, from hydroponics to soilless substrates, that best fits the plant’s needs. Similarly, the amount and chemistry of irrigation water and nutrients can be carefully controlled. By providing conditions that optimize the function of roots, greenhouses production can improve plant health, increase yields, and reduce potential runoff of soil and nutrients. Find out more from the expertsOn Jan. 17 and 18, 2019 greenhouse growers will have the opportunity to learn how to optimize the root zone environment for improved plant production. The OSU Greenhouse Management Workshop, which is held annually, brings together experts in industry and academia to provide practical application based on the latest research. Below is an overview of topics that will be addressed.In the fundamental session, the basics of root zone dynamics will be discussed by Chieri Kubota with Ohio State University (OSU). James Altland, USDA-ARS, will provide information on substrate options and Peter Ling, OSU, will cover how to get the most out of your fertigation systems.Sessions on food crops and ornamentals will address root zone management for specific crops, such as leafy greens, vine crops and annuals, as well as the importance of substrate chemistry and the pH and electrical conductivity of irrigation water. Speakers in these sessions included Mark Kroggel and Uttara Samaroakoon, both with OSU.A session on biostimulants will focus on the use of alternative beneficial materials. Brian McSpadden Gardner with Sustane Natural Fertilizer, Inc. will discuss how greenhouse professionals can get the most benefit from composts. The types and use of beneficial microbes as well as how to evaluate their effect on your operation will be discussed by Matt Krause, BioWorks, IncThe workshop will also feature a tour of the OARDC research greenhouses on day 1 and a tour of a commercial greenhouse on day 2. New this year is the option of attending online. Presentations will be viewed via a webinar format, but virtual attendees will miss the tours, exhibitors, and networking opportunities.For program and registration details, visit our website: http://fabe.osu.edu/greenhouse. Mary H. Wicks and Dr. Peter Ling, Department of Food, Agricultural and Biological Engineering. Phone: 330.263.3857; 330.202.3533. E-mail: [email protected]; [email protected] This column is provided by the OSU Department of Food, Agricultural and Biological Engineering, OSU Extension, Ohio Agricultural Research & Development Center, and the College of Food, Agricultural and Environmental Scienceslast_img read more

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Novak Djokovic destroys Kevin Anderson to win 4th Wimbledon title

first_imgNovak Djokovic defeated Kevin Anderson 6-2, 6-2, 7-6 to win his fourth Wimbledon title. The Serb was playing in his first Grand Slam final since 2016 while Anderson was the first South African to reach a Wimbledon final in 97 years.Both men had played marathon semi-finals to reach the title clash. Anderson’s semi-final clash against America’s John Isner had lasted over six years – that was the longest Wimbledon semi-final in history. Djokovic, later upstaged Rafael Nadal in the second-longest semi-final in Wimbledon history.However, the Serb master showed little sign of fatigue on Sunday.Djokovic had taken the first set of his Wimbledon final against Anderson 6-2 in just 29 minutes.Wimbledon 2018 Men’s As It HappenedAnderson wasn’t broken in his final 27 service games during his six-hours-plus semifinal win over John Isner, but Djokovic managed it in the first game of the match.Well worth the [email protected] is a Grand Slam champion once again after beating Kevin Anderson 6-2, 6-2, 7-6(3) in the Wimbledon final #TakeOnHistory pic.twitter.com/3H6cWWiVohWimbledon (@Wimbledon) July 15, 2018Three-time champion Djokovic broke again for a 4-1 lead as he lost just three points on his own serve.Anderson called the trainer and began receiving treatment on his right arm at the conclusion of the set.The Serb moved into a 6-2, 6-2 lead on Centre Court, with Kevin Anderson struggling physically after his 6 hour-plus semifinal with John Isner.A fourth #Wimbledon title: sealedThe moment @DjokerNole would have dreamed of… #TakeOnHistory pic.twitter.com/czu3QgrdHradvertisementWimbledon (@Wimbledon) July 15, 2018Djokovic also came through a five-set match – against Rafael Nadal – to reach the final and has shown no signs of fatigue.After Djokovic had broken twice, Anderson earned his first break point of the match at 2-5 in the second set. Djokovic saved it before serving out successfully to double his lead.Anderson mounted a fightback in the third set but Djokovic came back strongly and took the set through a tie-breaker.(With AP inputs)last_img read more

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10 months agoSuper agent Raiola on Napoli defender Koulibaly: A problem for all club owners and players

first_imgSuper agent Raiola on Napoli defender Koulibaly: A problem for all club owners and playersby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveSuper agent Mino Raiola fears for Italian football after the incidents around Inter Milan’s victory over Napoli on Boxing Day.Inter’s 1-0 win against Napoli was marred by four fans being stabbed outside San Siro, one dying from a collision with a van and Kalidou Koulibaly receiving racist abuse from Nerazzurri supporters.“Racism is ignorance by definition,” he told ANSA.“It’s difficult to talk to the ignorant, but we must always fight against them and be united together.“Having said that, where is the government, both the real one and the one in football? Where is the union? Where are the unity and solidarity between all the players and clubs?“This is a problem for all club owners and players. If Italy fails to defeat this cancer then it has no future in football.“Football is the mirror of society. It takes a unique objective, bravery, good ideas and b***s.” About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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3 Things That Could Decide The Second AlvarezGolovkin Fight

The prime of a boxing career is ephemeral, the sport’s history littered with the legacies of those who stayed too long. The 2015 study “Hand Speed Measurements in Boxing” found that peak performance is often achieved between the ages of 20 and 30. Alvarez is 28 years old, at the zenith of his career. Golovkin is 36, closing in on the sunset of his. “A boxer who fights after 35 is pushing on the gas pedal, accelerating toward an early demise,” wrote Ferdie Pacheco of The New York Times. And yet, Golovkin has been so ruthlessly efficient in the ring that before last year’s Alvarez matchup, he hadn’t so much as seen the final round of a fight in more than eight years, preserving the bloom of his career to such a degree that most sportsbooks give him a 59 percent to 63 percent implied probability of winning on Saturday, consistent with last year’s odds. Those odds support a 36-year-old’s ability to crush his opponent, coming off the longest layoff of his career, in 36 minutes or less. Golovkin’s skill set has been among the best in the sport for years, but he was unable to land lucrative fights because, simply, no one wanted to fight him. Alvarez seemingly does, but he’d be wise not to turn the upcoming nine-figure payday into the blow-for-blow melee his opponent seeks. Almost exactly one year after they fought to a controversial draw — prompting a near-aneurysm from ESPN’s Teddy Atlas — Saul “Canelo” Alvarez and Gennady Gennadyevich Golovkin will meet once again in Las Vegas at T-Mobile Arena in a middleweight world title rematch. Alvarez-Golovkin has been the best pure bout that contemporary boxing has produced in essentially three years, so it’s perhaps no surprise that a slab of contaminated meat couldn’t delay its second installment for more than six months.Boxing’s ecosystem subsists on manufactured hatred and braggadocio. Both are far more evident this time around, the mutual respect of their first fight a distant memory. The animosity has risen steadily between the two world champions raised thousands of miles apart: Alvarez grew up hawking ice cream on the streets of Juanacatlan, Mexico, while Golovkin was forced at a young age to fight grown men in Karaganda, Kazakhstan.Alvarez (49-1-2, 34 knockouts) and Golovkin (38-0-1, 34 knockouts) are two of the finest active fighters, universally considered to be among the sport’s top pound–for–pound talents. Here are three keys to their fight:Will Golovkin’s jabs take their toll?A jab is a fighter’s appetizer, a small taste before the main course of hooks, crosses and uppercuts. Certain studies have found the punch capable of packing more velocity than a cross, but typically it’s a weapon deployed to accrue points, find a boxer’s range and conserve energy — not end a fight. How then to strategize against an opponent whose hors d’oeuvres crack like howitzers?Golovkin carries what may be the most lethal jab in the middleweight division. He uncorks it at a high volume to dictate the pace of a fight and to coerce his opponents into vulnerable positions as they try to earn back points. “I don’t think anybody in the past I’ve trained has had such a good jab,” said Abel Sanchez, Golovkin’s trainer, who has coached 18 world champions.Over his past five fights other than the Alvarez bout, Golovkin connected on 39.7 percent of his jabs to his opponents’ 20.3 percent, landing an average of 12.7 jabs per round, according to CompuBox data. He threw 128 more jabs than Alvarez did the last time the two met, landing 53 more and boasting a superior connection percentage. Alvarez landed more jabs than Golovkin did in just one round (the sixth) and was out-landed 42 to 12 over the final four rounds.Alvarez’s jab has earned the endorsement of Floyd Mayweather Jr., but Alvarez doesn’t often use it more than his opponents do. He has out-jabbed three of his past five challengers other than Golovkin — with a trouncing of hapless Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. largely skewing the data. Miguel Cotto in 2015 more than doubled Alvarez’s total jabs landed. When Mayweather dolled out the lone loss of Alvarez’s professional career, he more than tripled the Mexican’s jab-landed total.Blows wear on a fighter over time. As Golovkin once put it: “Who wants to get hit in the face?” It’s paramount for Alvarez to avoid the unrelenting power that has made it difficult for Golovkin to keep sparring partners. Alvarez cannot afford to let Golovkin impose the rhythm of the fight by way of his jab.Can Alvarez find any space?If Muhammad Ali turned the ring into a stage worth exploring, Golovkin turns it into a treadmill, relentlessly closing in on his opponent as if drawn by a magnet. Golovkin bouts typically resemble bullfights, with the Kazakh fighter charging his opposition with abandon. “I don’t like dancing,” he said upon vaporizing Marco Antonio Rubio in the second round in 2014. “I like fighting.”The surgical precision of his footwork is deliberate, an inverse of the speed-driven, complicated maneuverings of fighters like Sugar Ray Leonard and Ali. Golovkin cuts off the ring — using lateral footwork to force his opponents into close quarters or trap them against the ropes — because it isolates his prey and allows him to apply unyielding pressure in a forced slugfest. Hall of Fame trainer Freddie Roach has said Golovkin may have the best footwork in boxing.Not unlike the fictional Ivan Drago, Golovkin has aluminum-bat strength and a rhino-like neck (he’s capable of completing sets of chin pushups). He has never been knocked down in his professional career. Golovkin seems to want to prove the integrity of his jaw by lunging at his opponent, suffocating his space. In the ninth round of last year’s bout, Alvarez unloaded an overhand right that landed flush. Golovkin let it slide across his cheek like a washcloth and continued to move forward, stalking his opponent as if nothing had happened at all. Watch the video, and you can see fear in the eyes of Alvarez in that moment.Stylistically, Alvarez agitated some in the boxing community — most notably Golovkin’s team — during last year’s clash by snaking around the ring, idling along the ropes and largely eschewing the knock-down drag-out brawl Golovkin sought. For Alvarez, a roving, defensive-minded counterpuncher, this was the optimal blueprint. Those who aim to out-punch Golovkin nearly always end up on the canvas.The game plan was mostly effective in their first fight: Golovkin landed 32 percent of his power punches, a drop-off of 14 percentage points from his previous 13 fights. Alvarez was certainly out-hit, but he kept Golovkin to 18.2 shots landed per round — well below his average of 26.2.It didn’t go unnoticed by Sanchez, who told ESPN that he has since asked Jordan Brand — one of Golovkin’s sponsors — to “make some shoes so that we can go a bit faster and are able to catch [Alvarez].”“It’s one thing to be coming forward like a donkey,” Alvarez countered. “It’s another thing to be moving.”Despite the verbal barbs, Alvarez should stay on the outside and pick his moments to earn points when possible, even if it comes at the expense of entertainment for the fans. Alvarez has ample power behind his punches, but he’d be wise not to play into a strategy that would clearly favor the man who has earned 89 percent of victories by knockout.Who gets the late-round advantage?The prevailing opinion of last year’s fight is that Alvarez didn’t earn a draw. He especially didn’t help his case down the stretch.In the opening four rounds, Golovkin out-landed Alvarez by 2.5 punches per round but was out-landed when it came to power punches: Alvarez averaged seven per round, while Golovkin averaged six. But over the final five rounds, Golovkin landed an average of six more total punches per round than Alvarez did (21.6 to 15.6) and generated a higher connection percentage (34.5 percent to 32.4 percent).If we break the bout down into thirds, Alvarez averaged a higher connection percentage than Golovkin in the first through fourth rounds (36.5 percent to 30.8 percent) and the fifth through eighth rounds (31.1 percent to 27.3 percent), but fell behind Golovkin in the ninth through 12th rounds (33.3 percent to 35.1 percent).Controlling the waning rounds is easier said than done, of course. Golovkin’s punches register like those of a heavyweight, with a higher severity than typical of fighters from lower weight classes. Vanquished opponents have compared facing Golovkin to “being hit by a train.” To be sure, after your central nervous system has suffered 24 minutes of battery, elevating your performance over the final 12 minutes is an arduous task. But when the decision is in question, those memories are freshest in the minds of the judging panel, so a strong finish carries considerable weight. read more

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Eriksen named Junior members Player of the Season at Spurs

first_imgChristian Eriksen has been awarded the One Hotspur Junior members’ Player of the Season award for his excellent displays over Tottenham’s campaignThe Danish midfielder was presented with the award by One Hotspur Junior member Luke Canning at the club’s final game of the season with Spurs’ winning a nine-goal thriller against Leicester City in what was their last home league match at Wembley, before they move to their new stadium.“What a season it has been at Wembley! Hope you all enjoyed the season as much as we did. And thank you for voting me Junior members club player of the year,” Eriksen wrote on Instagram.The former Ajax star has scored 10 goals and made 10 assists in his 37 Premier League appearances for Spurs this season.Jan Vertonghen was named the club’s Player of the Year, while Victor Wanyama won Goal of the Season for his thunderbolt in the 2-2 draw at Liverpool earlier this year.last_img read more

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Michael Ball hails rejuvenated Sigurdsson

first_imgFormer Everton star Michael Ball has praised Gylfi Sigurdsson for his brilliant form in recent weeks saying it shouldn’t come as a surprise to Everton fans.The Icelandic international was under intense scrutiny at the beginning of the campaign but has silenced the critics with improved performance, netting four goals in the process.Now he’s playing in his preferred No. 10 role – and finally, the rewards are starting to show.“He got the armband when Davies went off, and he turned up,” Ball told the ECHO.Everton still keen on signing Juve’s Moise Kean Obinna Echi – July 28, 2019 Everton are still pushing for the signature of Juventus striker Moise Kean despite the Italian champions insisting they’d only sanction the deal with a…“It’s nice to see after last season when he was playing out of position and was being asked to do things that might have been a little foreign to him – while at the same time trying to be our star.“It was a difficult season for him, and because of the money, there were obviously a lot more eyes on him from outside Goodison and from the media.“There was no lack of effort, he puts in everything every game – and it’s nice to see him now getting the goals to match that.“It’s not rocket science; if you give him the ball and the opportunity to create goals and put them away then hopefully he can get himself to double figures by the end of the season.”last_img read more

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Javier Hernandez ready for West Hams crucial winter schedule

first_imgWest Ham United forward Javier Hernandez plans to give his all ahead of the club’s busy winter period of Premier League gamesTonight’s game with Cardiff City will be the first of seven league games in the space of a month for West Ham.Crystal Palace, Fulham, Watford, Southampton, Burnley and Brighton will all be awaiting them over the Christmas period.But Chicharito, who scored twice in his first start since October in West Ham’s 3-0 win at Newcastle on Saturday, views the fixture list as an opportunity to gain some much-needed points.Currently, West Ham are only six points above the relegation zone in the Premier League after winning just four of their opening 14 matches.“December is always crucial for us to get as many points as we can and to achieve the goals we want to,” Chicharito told the club website.Jadon SanchoMerson 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 all going to be ready now for the [Christmas] period and we know that recovery will now be crucial as well as training.“People don’t give enough credit to that and to how important recovery is and you have to be ready, always.“I’m used to playing for Mexico and since I came to Europe, I haven’t had any summer off – only when it was the Olympics and I didn’t go with the national team, when I was with Manchester United.“So it’s normal for me [not to have a break]. The worse thing for me was the virus that I got, and it was just a case of waiting for that to go away and that virus got me almost five weeks away.“That was crucial but thankfully I’ve got into my best shape physically and thankfully the manager can recall me and I can return with goals.”Chicharito has scored four goals in 11 appearances for West Ham this season.last_img read more