Things to know: Sharks’ coach explains Joakim Ryan’s limited use in Game 1

first_imgSAN JOSE — The Chicago Blackhawks won the Stanley Cup in 2015 by giving the majority of their blue line minutes to just four defenseman in the playoffs, providing a model that could be useful to the Sharks this spring.Pete DeBoer cut Joakim Ryan’s audition as the Sharks sixth-playoff defenseman down to just 3:18 in Game 1 of his team’s opening-round series with the Vegas Golden Knights on Wednesday, choosing to lean heavily on his top-five blue liners instead of rolling the dice with a rear …last_img read more

Scoring a ‘green goal’ for the World Cup

first_imgEvent greening could also be expanded to other activities since the country has become a popular sporting venue and regularly hosts major international events. Mabudafhasi said the greening of the 2010 games would be implemented in all the ten host cities stadiums. These are Soccer City, Coca-Cola Park in Johannesburg, Vodacom Park in Bloemfontein, Peter Mokaba in Polokwane, Mbombela in Nelspruit, Nelson Mandela Bay in Port Elizabeth, Royal Bafokeng in Rustenburg, Loftus Versfeld in Pretoria and Green Point in Cape Town. Speaking in Johannesburg last week, 2010 local organising committee CEO Danny Jordaan said the Green Goal 2010 programme would see organisers adhering to sustainable principles and to promote environmental responsibility in organising and hosting the tournament. Mabudafhasi said these greening initiatives go beyond the week, month or so of sporting activity and include concerns for post-event, environmental and the social and economic impact of the event on the immediate and extended environment. Preserving a greening culture “We are proudly committed to building a partnership and a coordinated network of actions that would ensure that we score green during the 2010 Fifa World Cup,” she said. South African host cities and organisers have pledged to ensure that the upcoming 2010 Fifa World Cup™ is a “green event”, by supporting initiatives that addressed waste minimisation, emissions reduction, energy efficiency and water conservation. “The 2010 Fifa World Cup is not just a razzmatazz event characterised by pageantry, pomp, merriment and excitement, but it is an event of significant and far-reaching economic impact.” Leaving a lasting legacy The greening of the World Cup, she said, was also about striking a balance between the economic, social and ecological sustainable development elements. Meanwhile, Deputy Enviornmental Affairs Minister Rejoice Mabudafhasi said the World Cup was a relevant platform to be used to preserve the culture of greening the country’s environment. 30 November 2009 “It is relevant to use the 2010 Fifa World Cup platform to nurture the culture of greening our environment,” Mabudafhasi said. He said the green initiative would not only focus on the World Cup’s impact on the environment, but on how to improve it by planting trees, managing waste and conserving water. In order to ensure a lasting legacy, the department has developed a national greening programme to provide practical considerations in energy supply and consumption, water usage efficiency, conservation measures and non-motorised transportation. “It needs to include a world-class greening effort. The challenge is not only to host a successful event from a logistical and organisational point of view, but also to host an event which will significantly improve the greening profile of the country,” she said. Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

Feeding winter hay on pasture fields

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest As we approach winter I have a question for you. Where do you feed your livestock?When the grass runs out do you bring them to a barn or facility to feed them? Do you leave them out on pasture and bring the feed to them?The reason for my questions is that experienced graziers spend the fall planning their winter feeding programs — planning to the point of not only what they will feed but also where they will feed the animals.I do not know the exact percentage, but it should be safe to say that many forage based livestock producers use round bales of hay as their primary stored winter feed. Hay is stored in some central location and then moved to the field for feeding. Quite a few of these producers feed round bales in rings out in the pasture field. Depending on the number of animals to be fed, producers will move bales out to these rings two or three at a time. This requires starting a tractor and moving bales throughout winter and in less than ideal conditions.Some graziers are using the dry days in fall to place bales where they will do the most good. They are placing bales in protected areas for nasty weather, areas with access to water and even in areas that they want to improve.I first saw this system demonstrated by the Missouri Forage Systems Research Center and have seen it adapted for many different farms in Ohio. The placement of the bales will depend on each farm, but basically consists of bales set out in fields about 20 to 25 feet apart in rows. The spacing is to allow enough space between bales for livestock to eat. You can use more or less rows depending on the amount of livestock you have and the field you are using.After you set the bales, a temporary electric fence can be used to exclude the stock for the remainder of the grazing season. When hay feeding begins, the appropriate number of bales is exposed with ring feeders over them and the livestock are allowed access. The number of bales fed depends on the number of animals. Hay should be consumed in two to three days. If it takes longer than that then hay waste will increase significantly.Any type of fencing may be used to protect the bales from the livestock during the season. Poly-tape and step-in posts seem to be the fence of choice. This fence can be moved very quickly and is highly visible to the livestock, thus making it very effective. One major consideration in winter is the use of step-in post in frozen ground. A post with a small diameter spike and a broad foot piece will work best in frozen ground with heavy boots.During winter you could carry a cordless drill to help plant posts. Concrete post anchors, using 5-gallon buckets as forms, will also work. A piece of 3/16 diameter tube set in the center makes a hole for the step-in post.The labor required for feeding bales this way is not necessarily less than conventional feeding systems. You still have to move the bales. You just get to spend less time doing it in winter.Some producers have used this system to improve run down fields. By placing bales for winter feeding they import nutrients and organic matter in the form of manure and wasted hay to areas that need it. Usually they also import seed from the hay.Are there areas of your pastures that could use extra manure? Can you get to them in winter with a tractor? Would placing bales during dry days in fall make your winter easier?last_img read more

India are the favourites, says Imran Khan

first_imgFormer Pakistan cricket captain Imran Khan considers India the favourites for the 2011 World Cup due to be held in the subcontinent from February 19 to April 2, 2011.Khan, who was in the capital on Thursday with other former World Cup greats Kapil Dev, Sir Vivian Richards and Arjuna Ranatunga, said, “India are the favourites and Sri Lanka come a close second.”But he followed the statement with a word of caution for the team. “Every now and then the best team in the competition comes under pressure. And then it’s all about coping with it, especially during the knock-out stage.”Khan, who had led Pakistan to victory in the 1992 edition, cited India’s example. “India won in 1983 as they were better able to cope with the pressure than the West Indies (the other finalists).”Ranatunga, however, said Sri Lanka are the clear favourites. Explaining his point, he said, “We are one of the favourites. No doubt, India have too many cricketers to pick from, but they can panic in front of their home crowd.”The home factor is largely missing for the Sri Lankans as the three venues where Sri Lanka will be playing their homes matches during the knock-out stage are new.””In that case, I would request the crowds to stay at home,” said Kapil Dev, taking a jibe at Ranatunga.For Dev, the presence of Sachin Tendulkar in the squad was enough to scare the best of the sides away. “He is the most important cricketer in the team and he leads from the front.”advertisement”People have been saying that it is his last World Cup, but I don’t think so. I want him to carry on.”Tendulkar apart, he remained largely noncommittal. When asked to identify a trump card in the side, he said, “There are so many of them. It depends on how they perform.”  When pointed out that Harbhajan Singh was not performing as per expectations, he said, “He can come back to his peak anytime.”But, he felt that a tour just before the World Cup wasn’t the ideal situation for the team. “They (India) should not play so much cricket as there is always the possibility of sustaining an injury ahead of the tournament.”Khan, however, disagreed. “A good tour ahead of the World Cup builds the team’s confidence. As far as injuries are concerned, that can happen anytime.”Recounting his experience during the 1992 World Cup, he said, “I was training very hard ahead of the World Cup and I was very fit even though I was 39 then. But as luck would have it, I got injured during the nets just a day before the tournament was to begin.”For Richards too, India are the favourites. “There main players are not playing in this series against New Zealand and yet they are winning. This speaks volumes about their bench-strength.”And for Richards, Virender Sehwag stood out from the rest. “He is the most devastating cricketer today,” he said.On a personal front, Richards said, “West Indies players do have the talent and I am hoping and praying for them.”Khan hoped his team fares well despite the fact they are going through a bad patch. “If Shahid Afridi hits a purple patch, he can pull it off. But I am not too sure if he can pull it off, but if there is anyone who can, it has to be Afridi.”He was also clear on the fact that the team would be missing their two strike bowlers Mohammad Aamer and Mohammad Asif, who figure in the spot-fixing scandal. “I don’t know what is the status on them, but I am hoping they come clean.”last_img read more

Report: AC Milan 1 Inter 0 (aet)

first_imgAC Milan 1 Inter 0 (after extra time): Cutrone the hero in Coppa Italia quarter-final Jamie Smith Last updated 1 year ago 06:30 12/28/17 Patrick Cutrone Getty Images AC Milan booked a place in the semi-finals of the Coppa Italia by beating rivals Inter 1-0, teenager Patrick Cutrone scoring the goal. Teenager Patrick Cutrone struck an extra-time winner for a 1-0 victory that sent AC Milan into the semi-finals of the Coppa Italia at the expense of their city rivals Inter.Gennaro Gattuso had compared the derby to a World Cup final in the build-up to Wednesday’s match at San Siro and his side delivered despite sitting eight places below Inter in Serie A and having lost three of their last five in all comeptitions.Milan’s preparations were disturbed by having to make a late change in goal as Marco Storari was injured in the warm-up, so Antonio Donnarumma deputised for younger brother Gianluigi, who was ruled out with a groin problem. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player And Donnarumma was spared scoring an unfortunate own goal on his Milan debut when a video assistant referee (VAR) referral saw Inter have a potential opener ruled out for offside after 24 minutes.Joao Mario and Giacomo Bonaventura missed great second-half chances to win the tie, while Suso clipped the crossbar with just 12 minutes of normal time to play.Inter had won the last derby 3-2 after Mauro Icardi’s hat-trick, but Milan got the decisive goal in the 104th minute when substitute Cutrone brilliantly turned in a gorgeous Suso pass to set up a meeting with Lazio in the final four.A win in the derby and #TIMCup semifinals!! WHAT. A. NIGHT!Una vittoria nel #DerbyMilano e andiamo in semifinale di Coppa Italia! Che serata!105′ #Cutrone #MilanInter 1-0 — AC Milan (@acmilan) December 27, 2017 Suso, who scored in the last meeting between the sides, hit a free-kick into the wall in a low-tempo start to the match.Samir Handanovic had to make a fine save in the 18th minute, the goalkeeper tipping over a Bonaventura header that was dipping under the crossbar.Inter appeared to have scored with their first meaningful attack, Ivan Perisic’s effort deflecting in off Donnarumma, but a VAR referral saw the goal ruled out as Andrea Ranocchia was offside.Handanovic denied Suso after Franck Kessie freed the midfielder with a backheel, before an isolated Icardi flicked an improvised header wide at the other end.4 – Mauro Icardi has made only four touches in the first half, at least eight less than any other player on the pitch. Isolated. #MilanInter — OptaPaolo (@OptaPaolo) December 27, 2017  Milan had a penalty claim rejected early in the second half when Nikola Kalinic – whose injury 15 minutes from the end of regulation time resulted in Cutrone’s introduction – appeared to be pushed in the back by Joao Cancelo.Donnarumma had looked nervous but he made a terrific block to keep out Joao Mario’s close-range strike in the 58th minute, then Bonaventura nodded wide with the goal gaping after Handanovic pushed a Suso cross directly to him.Suso thought he had won it for Milan in the 78th minute but his curling effort bounced on top of the crossbar after a deflection, with Perisic then lashing over for Inter.Donnarumma spilled a speculative Perisic effort with four minutes of the initial 90 to go, but he reacted well to prevent Antonio Candreva from turning in the loose ball.And, shortly before the interval in extra-time, Milan finally broke the deadlock.Cutrone, the 19-year-old academy product, timed his run perfectly to meet Suso’s pinpoint pass and beat Handanovic with a first-time finish.Despite heavy Inter pressure, Milan held on to boost Gattuso’s position in front of watching president Li Yonghong and finally bring something to cheer for the Rossoneri faithful. Key Opta stats:- Patrick Cutrone has scored nine goals this season, more than any other Milan player.- Inter have gone to extra time in four of their last five Coppa Italia games.- Mauro Icardi had only four touches in the first half, at least eight less than any other player on the pitch.- Milan have hit the woodwork 11 times in this season in all competitions. read morelast_img read more