Takeaways: Joe Thornton is a perfect fit for the Sharks’ hole at 3C

first_imgClick HERE if you’re unable to view the gallery on your mobile device.SAN JOSE — Apparently, it’s Timo Time all the time in San Jose this season.Timo Meier scored two more goals Saturday, lifting the Sharks (7-4-3) to an overtime victory against the Philadelphia Flyers (6-7-1) by scoring just 13 seconds into the extra session. Meier also found the back of the net at 3:15 of the first, allowing him to break Patrick Marleau’s franchise record of 10 goals in 14 games to open a season (2010, …last_img read more

Hurricanes and harvest weather in 2018

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Aaron Wilson, Ohio State University ExtensionIt was quite the wet week across the state of Ohio! Scattered thunderstorms throughout the week brought isolated 1- to 2-inch rainfall amounts. The big story began on Friday night, as a stalled out front provided a path for the remnants of Tropical Storm Gordon to move through the region, bringing steady to moderate rain and gusty winds from Friday night through Monday morning.While rainfall was certainly heaviest across the southern counties of Ohio this weekend, almost the entire state picked up appreciable amounts of rain. The map shows estimated precipitation totals between Friday morning and Monday morning (September 7-10), showing many areas exceeding 2 inches of rain for the 72-hour event. Preliminary isolated totals of 7.44 inches and 6.35 inches occurred in northwest Montgomery County and northern Scioto County, respectively. Combined with rainfall from earlier in week, these rainfall totals represent 3 to 6 times the normal rainfall for a typical week in early September. With farmers throughout the state eager to continue or begin harvest, the big question is, how soon will we dry out?The immediate forecast looks favorable. In the wake of this past weekend’s rainfall, high temperatures are expected to moderate from the low to mid 70s into the low to mid 80s by week’s end. Dew point temperatures in the 50s and low 60s means dry air will prevail, with partly to mostly sunny skies throughout the week. These weather conditions should help fields dry out throughout the state.The 8 to 14 day projection (September 17-23) provided by the Climate Prediction Center, which includes Farm Science Review week near London, Ohio, suggests both near-normal temperatures and precipitation across Ohio. Normal high (low) temperatures throughout the state during mid-September range from the low 70s (upper 40s) across the north to upper 70s (mid to upper 50s) across southern Ohio, with anywhere from 0.5-inch to 1-inch of weekly rainfall.However, there is some uncertainty in the forecast given the eventual path of another tropical cyclone currently moving toward the southeast U.S. coast. At the time of this article, Hurricane Florence has reached Category 4 (sustained winds of 130 miles per hour) and is expected to come ashore near Wilmington, NC late Sept. 13. While the storm will weaken after moving inland, wind damage and a tremendous amount of rain are expected across the Carolinas and mid-Atlantic regions. Whether Florence will have a large impact on weather conditions in Ohio beyond this weekend is still uncertain, but the situation should be monitored over the next several days. If Florence does make it far enough inland to affect Ohio, the areas to watch right now are the southern and eastern counties. With the ground already saturated from this past weekend’s rainfall, additional heavy rain could quickly deteriorate field conditions once more and stall harvest activities further during the third week of September.Here is the link to the Midwestern Regional Climate Center.last_img read more

Red faced! Chelsea stun Liverpool, throw EPL title race open

first_imgDemba Ba and Willian scored in Chelsea’s 2-0 win over LiverpoolJose Mourinho riled his former assistant Brendan Rodgers as Chelsea successfully stifled Liverpool and scored twice against the run of play to win 2-0 on Sunday and dent the Premier League leaders’ hopes of a first title in 24 years.However unambitious Chelsea appeared at Anfield, goals at the end of each half from Demba Ba, who seized on Steven Gerrard’s slip-up, and Willian ended Liverpool’s 11-game winning streak in the league. Mourinho’s side is just two points behind Liverpool with two games remaining.”They obviously sat very deep – I think there were two buses parked today, never mind one,” said Rodgers, who was a coach at Chelsea between 2004 and 2008.”It was clear that they’d come certainly not wanting to win the game, with the time wasting.”That claim was unsurprisingly challenged by Mourinho – “Time wasting? What’s that?” – with the Chelsea manager affronted by criticism of his tactics.”When a team defends well you call it defensive display,” he told reporters. “When a team defends badly and concedes two or three goals you don’t mention a defensive display.”But Mourinho continued his policy of dismissing Chelsea’s title prospects, stressing: “We have no chance.”It’s not that unrealistic for Chelsea, but Manchester City has replaced Liverpool as the team which has the destination of the trophy in its own hands.Third-placed City closed the gap on Liverpool to three points by winning 2-0 at Crystal Palace on Sunday, and it has a game in hand to play at Everton on Saturday. So by the time Liverpool plays at Palace next Monday it could have been knocked off the top on goal difference by City.It’s a long time to dwell on a defeat that will suppress the fervor that had been growing at Liverpool that the team will win the English title for the first time since 1990, having started the season as 33-1 outsiders with bookmakers.Hours before kickoff, thousands of Liverpool fans lined the streets, preparing for the team’s arrival at Anfield. It had the air of a victory parade, but whether the real thing takes place next month is now a lot more uncertain.”The bigger picture is that we’re still two points ahead of a team (Chelsea) that has spent an absolute fortune,” Rodgers said. “If we win our two games we’ll finish above them and then we’ll see what happens with Manchester City. We achieved our objective of Champions League football.”That competition is Mourinho’s priority this season, resting several key players Sunday for Wednesday’s semifinal against Atletico Madrid after the first-leg was a 0-0 draw.Mourinho’s defensive tactics at Liverpool might have seemed to his critics to be anti-football, but they demonstrated his abilities to successfully set up a team to be well organized and frustrate opponents.While Chelsea defender Ashley Cole’s curling effort forced the first save of the game from Simon Mignolet, there was little attacking ambition from the visitors. Liverpool controlled the game, but without the speed or fluency of recent weeks as the hosts couldn’t find a route to goal.In the opening 15 minutes, Phillippe Coutinho volleyed into the sidenetting and Mamadou Sakho’s shot was cleared off the line by Cole before he mis-fired the follow-up from six yards.The last time Liverpool played here Gerrard was caught on camera telling the players: “This does not slip now.”But it was Gerrard, usually the reliable heartbeat of the team and inspirational one-club player, who slipped in possession near the halfway line in the third minute of stoppage time, giving away the ball to Ba. With Gerrard unable to chase him down, the Senegal striker charged through on goal and coolly placed the ball past Mignolet and into the net.However much Liverpool tried to batter through toward the Chelsea goal in the second half, the defense held up well.Luis Suarez and Daniel Sturridge, a second-half substitute, are the leading scorers in the league with 50 goals between them, but they rarely came close to equalizing. Not even when facing 41-year-old goalkeeper Mark Schwarzer, deputizing for the injured Petr Cech, who repelled Joe Allen’s first-time volley with a low diving save just before the hour.A rasping strike from Gerrard was also thwarted and a downward header by the captain lacked power to trouble Schwarzer.As the end neared, Suarez could not connect with Coutinho’s cross, and the Uruguay striker saw a shot turned over in stoppage time before Chelsea stunned Anfield again.Former Liverpool striker Fernando Torres launched the breakaway, drawing Mignolet off his goal-line and then passing to Willian to walk the ball into the net. Mourinho jogged down the touchline, pounding the Chelsea crest on his coat in celebration.last_img read more

Why Alabama Is Terrible On Third Down

As you might expect, this isn’t Heisman Trophy winner Derrick Henry’s fault. When the running back’s number is called on third down, he converts more than 50 percent of the time. He rushes mainly on short third downs, which helps keep that number high, but on all third-down carries with fewer than 10 yards to go, he converts 61.1 percent of the time. The other ’Bama running backs aren’t as impressive, converting their carries at 41.9 percent from all distances. Still, that’s higher than the national average of 40 percent — and not too far off from ’Bama rushing attacks of the past. (Clemson, meanwhile, is really, really good at running on third down, converting 49.5 percent of the time.) Predictably, the Crimson Tide’s trouble comes with the pass — just not in the way you might think.Like most schools, Alabama passes more often than it runs on third down. (The national average is 59.1 percent; ’Bama throws it 56.3 percent of the time.) It’s not that quarterback Jake Coker panics in these situations. He completes 58.8 percent of his third-down throws, better than celebrated Clemson QB Deshaun Watson, who completes only 52.9 percent of his throws in the same situation. But when Watson throws, he gets a first down 42.3 percent of the time. Coker gets a first down only 30.9 percent of the time. The split is even more pronounced in third-and-long situations. Coker gets more accurate; completing 59.6 percent of his throws. Watson falls to 43.8 percent. But Watson still gets more first downs from his throws in those situations: 31.3 percent to 22.8 percent. The last seven years of Alabama teams have looked a lot alike. They’ve had a dominant defense, a dominant running attack, the occasional dominant wideout and a quarterback who doesn’t screw things up. ’Bama has finished in the top 10 of the final AP poll in each of those seven seasons and on Monday will play for its fourth national title in that period. It’s been a nice little run. But this Alabama team has one major weakness that its predecessors didn’t: It sucks at converting on third down.If you watched Alabama thrash Michigan State in the Cotton Bowl, this may be about the only weakness that showed through the beating, a small consideration within the more global Brute Squad performance. Look a little closer, though, and one small crack can tell you quite a bit about this year’s Crimson Tide.Last year, Alabama converted 51.3 percent of its third downs, good for fifth among FBS schools. This year’s team converts 36.2 percent, good for 96th. There are only 128 teams in the Football Bowl Subdivision, so this is not an encouraging figure. Meanwhile, Clemson is 13th, converting 47.7 percent of its third downs. The average conversion rate for FBS teams is just less than 40 percent. Alabama faces, on average, 14 third downs each game. Last year’s team would have converted seven of them; this year’s converts only five. Considering that this year’s team is also far worse at converting on fourth down (12 of 24 compared with 10 of 13 last year), that means ’Bama’s offense is losing at least two drives a game because of this regression in third-down efficiency. What gives?Cautious play-calling. Without the protective blanket of Amari Cooper, the all-world receiver who bettered Alabama’s single-season receiving yards record by more than 50 percent last year, Alabama offensive coordinator Lane Kiffin has resorted to the conservative play-calling that defined his ill-fated tenure at USC. (Seriously, Google “Kiffin bubble screen” to get a taste of how the Trojan fan base felt about his play-calling when he was the head coach there.) With relatively untested Coker under center, Kiffin will all too often call for quick throws out near the sideline to receivers Calvin Ridley and ArDarius Stewart, who then proceed to get tackled before crossing the sticks. I call these wasted completions, though of course that’s oversimplifying things. By moving the ball down the field even a little bit, ’Bama sets itself up for a better punt, field-goal attempt or even fourth-down try. (Although as noted above, the latter doesn’t really help.) Most of the time, the receivers stay inbounds, so it also wastes time. That’s generally OK, too, because most ’Bama games turn into a slow march to drain the clock. But still, a first down is always better than a fourth down, and Alabama would be extending its drives significantly more often if the team simply ran plays that allowed receivers to catch the ball beyond the yellow line. That’s a play-calling problem, exacerbated by a personnel problem, and one that could come back to haunt the Tide in the national championship game.Of course, with Alabama’s incredibly efficient defense picking up the slack, it may not. Did you notice the team going 1-12 on third down while it was dismantling Georgia 38-10 earlier this season? Or 4-12 while squeezing the life out of Michigan State in the semifinals? If you’re a spoiled ’Bama fan (like me), you probably did. Otherwise you simply watched the Tide roll. read more

Pumping Flood Water in Five Cays

first_img Home invasion leaves one Filipino dead; another hospitalized Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:five cays, Ts cristobal Fire in Five Cays will leave many homeless Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppSince 8am pumping started in Five Cays where relief post TS Cristobal had been slow to come. Member for Five Cays Hon Sean Astwood shared this photo of work getting done. PDA takes rally to Five Cays Recommended for youlast_img read more

SIPT Wraps up Court on Break til February 15

first_img Related Items:andrew mitchell, mike misick, myrtle rigby health complex, robin auld, Sipt Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp TCI: Judge rules there is ‘a case’; all nine defendants will go to trial in September Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 08 Feb 02016 – The opening statement at the SIPT trial is delivered; today Andrew Mitchell, QC for the Crown wrapped up a two week presentation which has brought much shock and awe. The allegations against the accused, some have reflected, were even more detailed and startling than the information revealed in the 2009 commission of inquiry. Mitchell from the get go said he would not even need to refer to the Robin Auld led inquiry to build his case. The two weeks did not go without a battle; the defendant in protest, former premier Michael Misick challenged the website where the opening statements by Mitchell are published; he tried to get a mistrial declared after developer and Sandals owner, Butch Stewart issued a media statement which confirmed his company’s payment to Mike Misick, as the lead defendant and there was even concern for the defendants’ safety when a civilian issued a death threat, reportedly, against Misick outside of the courthouse last week. Now that Andrew Mitchell is done with what he will aim to prove once the trial continues, there is a break. The proceedings at the Myrtle Rigby health complex resume on Monday, February 15, 2016. Thorne, QC maintains SIPT Trial is political vendetta Recommended for you SIPT Opening Statement brings anticipation for evidence, Proceedings resume todaylast_img read more