Raiders’ Tom Flores, 49ers’ John Lynch among Hall of Fame finalists

first_imgAfter nine years of disappointment, former Raiders coach Tom Flores moved one giant step closer Thursday night to possible induction into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.The two-time Super Bowl-winning coach and 49ers general manager John Lynch, a former safety, were among the15 modern era finalists for induction in Canton, Ohio, the Hall of Fame announced.“It’s exciting. But I don’t even know how to act,” Flores said by phone. “I’ve never been this far before. People say, ‘How do you feel?’ …last_img

Athletics’ Montas gets more than enough offense to beat Mariners

first_imgOAKLAND — Frankie Montas took the mound Saturday night for the Athletics, and had the full support of his teammates.As usual.Montas improved his record to 9-2, giving up two runs with one walk and nine strikeouts in six innings in an 11-2 win by the Athletics over the Seattle Mariners at the Coliseum before a crowd of 14,846.By the time Yusmeiro Petit took over in the seventh, the Athletics had a nine-run lead. Montas entered the game fifth in the American League in run support with 7.11 …last_img

USDA now accepting applications for the Conservation Activity Plan Initiative

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) will offer technical and financial assistance to Ohio farmers, agricultural producers, and private forest landowners who want to better manage their agricultural and forest land resources. Having a plan is always the best place to start in any endeavor and the Conservation Activity Plan (CAP) Initiative will help to develop a systematic plan that details the best approach to address natural resource concerns on farms and private forest/woodlands.With CAP Initiative funding, landowners contract with a certified Technical Service Provider (TSP) to identify conservation practices needed to address their specific land use or natural resource need. A CAP could focus on a land use resource concern involving grazing land, forest land, or transitioning to an organic operation. A CAP could also address specific resource needs such as managing nutrients, on-farm energy improvements, or an air quality concern. For additional information on TSPs, visit the NRCS TSP website.Once a conservation activity plan is completed with a certified TSP, producers can then apply for NRCS financial assistance to implement the conservation practices identified in their CAP. All NRCS financial-assistance programs are offered in a continuous sign-up; however, to be considered for CAP funding in the first collection period for the 2018 fiscal year, applications must be received by Oct. 20, 2017.Applications for NRCS programs submitted by entities, such as agricultural producers applying as a corporation, must have a DUNS (Data Universal Numbering System) number and an active SAM (System for Award Management) registration status when applying, a process that may take several weeks. Applications cannot be processed without this information. To learn more about technical and financial assistance available through NRCS conservation programs, visit Get Started with NRCS or a local USDA Service Center.last_img read more

Dalai Lama Joins Twitter – This Time It’s Verified

first_imgRelated Posts marshall kirkpatrick Tags:#news#NYT#social networks#web Twitter founder Evan Williams posted a message yesterday that was easy to misunderstand: “Met the Dalai Lama today in LA. Pitched him on using Twitter. He laughed.” Some one had already set up the account @DalaiLama though, one week before Williams met with the religious leader. Five hours after the seemingly dismissive tweet, the @DalaiLama account was listed as confirmed authentic and began publishing messages. This almost exactly one year after a hoax account (@OHHDL The Office of His Holiness the Dalai Lama ) got 16,000 followers in one weekend before being declared a fake and shut down by Twitter Head Quarters. Just welcomed to the site moments ago by Twitter’s new VP of Communications Sean Garret, @DalaiLama appears to be real. Apparently laughing at Twitter doesn’t mean you aren’t going to use it. That’s a good attitude to have. The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videoscenter_img A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Audit Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verification Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro…last_img read more

India vs Sri Lanka World Cup final: Dhoni ready for the big clash with Lankans

first_imgMahendra Singh Dhoni feels the Indian team has peaked at the right time and the fact that there wasn’t much gap in between the semi-final and final would help the team’s cause.Not known to wear his heart on his sleeves, Dhoni was once again the composed self as he said that the short gap between the two games ensured that the players didn’t get much opportunity to think and wonder about their performance in Mohali.Click here to Enlarge”We played the match on Wednesday, travelled on Thursday, practiced today and will play the final tomorrow (Saturday). The short break has helped us. At times a long break can make the players wonder what went wrong and what went right in the last game and that isn’t such a good thing.”I believe in living the moment. What has been done – good or bad – can’t be undone or repeated. So there is no point pondering over the past. Being in the present is very important,” he told the media on the eve of the final clash.”Maintaining the level of intensity will also be crucial. Every game has been a challenge ever since we reached the knock-out stages and we have looked at preparing ourselves for every possible situation. Hopefully, we can keep the tempo going.”The preparations have remained the same right through and that won’t change in the final. Having played each other a lot over the last few years, we know their strengths and weaknesses and will look to end the tournament on a high.”advertisementYoung cricket fans extend their wishes to Team India for the World Cup final.Dhoni feels the team hasn’t played to its full potential as of yet and the fans can expect plenty more from the Men in Blue.”We have not reached 100 per cent of our potential. Despite reaching the finals, we can do plenty more as a team and hopefully we will play to the best of our ability tomorrow (Saturday). But irrespective of the result, I am proud of the team. We have stayed united and the individuals want to enjoy each other’s success. The result has shown on the field,” he said.With Ashish Nehra being ruled out due to multiple fractures on a finger in his right hand, Dhoni feels rotating the bowlers will hold the key come Saturday. “Using variations is very important to surprise the batsmen. With Nehra out, we have a tricky situation in hand. Although we would like playing R Ashwin, playing just two pacers could be too predictable. Rather having three pacers and two spinners – Harbhajan Singh and Yuvraj Singh – would be a better option,” he said.Dhoni’s attempt to bring in variation, could set the stage for a return of the mercurial S Sreesanth.”Playing Sreesanth is an option. Although only Sreesanth can control his aggression, there is no doubting that he can really swing the ball. We would have liked to play him a bit more after the first match. He is in a good frame and whoever plays, am sure he will do a good job,” he said.Dhoni also thanked coach Gary Kirsten for his contribution to the team’s success.”Although we aren’t thinking too much about tomorrow’s (Saturday) match being his last with us – as it will obviously shift the focus – we all know what his contributions have been. He has changed the environment in the dressing room and we have gelled as a team under him,” he said.Commenting on the change in circumstances from when he lifted the World T20 trophy in South Africa, Dhoni said: “Although am very bad at recalling the past, all I can say is that I have matured as a player and captain and I have played a few more big games since 2007.”last_img read more

a month agoAubameyang seals comeback win for 10-man Arsenal over Aston Villa

first_imgAubameyang seals comeback win for 10-man Arsenal over Aston Villaby Freddie Taylora month agoSend to a friendShare the loveUnai Emery has lauded Arsenal’s character after they came from behind twice to beat Aston Villa 3-2 at the Emirates on Sunday.John McGinn gave the visitors an unexpected lead in the first-half, who were soon ahead with men on the pitch after Ainsley Maitland-Niles was a shown a second-yellow card.Fortunately for the Gunners, Nicolas Pepe’s converted from the penalty spot to score his first goal for the club and level the scores, only for Wesley to restore Villa’s lead with a poacher’s goal a minute later.But it wasn’t over for Arsenal, as substitute Callum Chambers made it 2-2 after 81 minutes before Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s superb free-kick completed the comeback.Speaking after the game, Emery said: “I think here we are doing and creating good spirit with our supporters and the players, they are feeling that. “But it’s first our commitment, our behaviour, fighting for each ball and also taking some risks for attacking and above all we are using and when we were one less player. “That is good. Today is two things for me: the first is that character, that connection with the supporters, and after this, how we can improve defensively and throughout the first 11. “Really we lost more balls than we wanted and this is the one situation we didn’t have the control over in the first 30 minutes like we wanted. It’s one thing for me to improve and to work with the players. “With that victory it’s better and after last week against Watford it was competitive and today, we need to take a good balance in our emotion, in our mentality but today I think we can be happy and it is one step ahead.” About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Football OSU prepares for brutality of Big Ten

OSU redshirt junior defensive linesman Tyquan Lewis (59) rushes towards the ball carrier along with the rest of the Buckeyes defense during a game against the Tulsa Hurricane on Sept.10. The Buckeyes won 48-3. Credit: Alexa Mavrogianis | Photo EditorWith three games down and nine to go, the Ohio State football team enters Big Ten play with a perfect record and a positive outlook for the rest of the season.The No. 2 Buckeyes bowled over then-No. 14 Oklahoma to round out nonconference play, 45-24. Although the Sooners were the first true test for the Buckeyes in 2016, conference play determines the validity of any top-ranked team and its chances of reaching the College Football Playoff.After enjoying a day off on Saturday, OSU has shifted focus to the Rutgers Scarlet Knights and their head coach Chris Ash, former co-defensive coordinator for the Buckeyes under OSU coach Urban Meyer from 2014 to 2015.With a daunting Big Ten schedule ahead, the OSU is doing its best to focus on Rutgers without putting too much thought into the rest of the schedule before the game kicks off.“It’s so early right now and you better worry about the next game, the next practice, the next game, and not worry about anything else,” Meyer said. “That’s my concern is with all the added publicity, press conferences and everybody being told how good they are, that’s, I really worry about that.”Combined, the rest of the Big Ten excluding OSU has a record of 31-13 overall, with five undefeated teams. Of those five, the Buckeyes will be facing four of them. Even with the time off during the bye week and the implications of the rest of the season, the team is focused on the next matchup.“You come off this big road win and you get a week off. Not necessarily a week off, you get a Saturday off,” said OSU redshirt junior defensive end Tyquan Lewis. “You really get to sit back and watch. I know I watched a little film of myself and the other guys. You get to basically coach yourself and see what you need to do to get better.”Rutgers will present a familiar scheme to the Buckeyes, due to Ash’s involvement while he coached at OSU. When Greg Schiano arrived to coach the defense, there was much speculation as to how different the defensive approach would be.Redshirt junior linebacker Chris Worley said the defensive schemes by Ash and Schiano are extremely similar. The only difference is the emphasis on attacking the ball and creating turnovers.In terms of the team mindset from the players, the beginning of the Big Ten schedule marks the time to buckle down for the rest of the season.“The Big Ten, that’s the real deal,” Worley said. “(There are) good teams in the Big Ten right now. One of the strongest conferences if not the strongest conference right now.”Last season, the Buckeyes were 7-1 in Big Ten play, dropping the second-to-last conference game to Michigan State 17-14. The Scarlet and Gray dropped from the top four, and ultimately missed out on the College Football Playoff, which they had won in the previous year. With a younger, more inexperienced team, the Buckeyes will need the same kind of success in the next nine games that the team enjoyed through the first three to prevent the same fate as last season. Starting out well has given OSU a positive attitude, but the practice and hard work is far from over for the Buckeyes.“It’s a great league for our players. It just builds confidence especially with a young football team. It builds some confidence but you don’t want it to be false confidence. And that’s where you come back and evaluate what you’ve done,” OSU running backs coach Tony Alford said about the skill of the Big Ten. “Yes, we have done some good things, but we can’t rest on that either. We’ve got a lot of improvement to go.” read more

Arsenal need to build around Alexandre Lacazette – Keown

first_imgAlexandre Lacazette will become a key figure at Arsenal if they look to “build around” him, says former defender Martin KeownThe French striker has struggled to make a significant impact at Arsenal following his £46.5m from Lyon last year.As a consequence, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang was brought over to the Emirates from Borussia Dortmund for a club record fee of £56m and has since established himself as the Gunners’ main frontman.But Lacazette has impressed under new manager Unai Emery, despite the majority of his appearances coming from the bench this season.Keown told the Daily Mail: “I think special mention has to go to Alexandre Lacazette.“How patient has that man been? His attitude has been impeccable.“He failed to make the French squad for the World Cup then watched from afar as they went on to lift the trophy in Russia.“Emery used him as a substitute in his first three Premier League matches, then he finally gets to start against Cardiff.“So what does he do? He goes and scores the winner. Lacazette now has to play and be the person they build around. Full credit to him.”?? ALEXANDRE LACAZETTE ??? Angle after angle after angle… pic.twitter.com/cL32ouu7tnCristiano Ronaldo, Nemanja Vidic, Manchester UnitedVidic: “Ronaldo is the most professional footballer I’ve seen” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Nemanja Vidic opened up on how a 21-year-old Cristiano Ronaldo’s professionalism left him stunned at Manchester United.— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) September 5, 2018Although Keown admits that Emery has some more pressing matters to contemplate during the international break.The Spaniard has lost two of his opening four league games in charge of Arsenal.Keown added: “Emery now has his chance to reflect during the international break. This is a period of calm for the new head coach.“If I was in his staff, I’d be saying we need to consider making a change to the system.“Arsenal’s centre-backs Shkodran Mustafi and Sokratis aren’t really the best in possession of the ball.“Emery has very creative players who play further up the pitch but he needs a figure who can sit in deep midfield. Lucas Torreira could be that man and he could then help the back two out.“It can sometimes feel like we’re watching a youth team whose players are trying to be developed into passers.“Manchester City play 4-1-2-3, with a deep midfielder and two creative players either side. That may be the way for Emery to go.”Arsenal will be back in action on September 15 away to Newcastle United.last_img read more

Home Explosion Closes Sterling Highway Overnight

first_imgAccording to the Alaska State Troopers, the two story residence exploded due to what is believed to be a gas explosion. The house was completely destroyed and the roof of the house flew approximately 150-200 yards across the road. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Sterling Highway was closed in both directions on Thursday evening near mile 166 just outside of Homer following a large home explosion. According to the Homer Volunteer Fire Department no one was home at the time and no injuries were reported. Both Homer and Anchor Point volunteer fire departments responded with Homer Electric Association and ENSTAR representatives.center_img The Sterling Highway remained closed until roughly 4:25am on Friday morning due to massive amounts of debris in the roadway. The explosion occurred around 10:20pm on Thursday. Crews remained on scene overnight to clear the roadway. The cause of the explosion is currently under investigation, and according to Troopers fowl play is not expected.last_img read more