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Film breakdown: Marquese Chriss is earning a role with his passing

first_imgSteve Kerr praises Marquese Chriss seemingly every chance he gets which, lately, has been quite a lot.“He’s got more skill as a passer and a screener than I realized,” Kerr has said, in one form or another, throughout the preseason.Chriss, the surprise of Warriors’ camp, is expected to make the regular-season roster due to his ability to fit in to Golden State’s motion offense. His ability to screen for shooters, pass out of the high post and run dribble handoffs will be needed as the team …last_img read more

Dairy safety net strengthened but more work needs done

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest After Congress made significant improvements in February to the dairy safety net, the National Milk Producers Federation is now urging U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Sonny Perdue to move swiftly to re-open 2018 enrollment for the Margin Protection Program (MPP) so farmers can take advantage of the program in the face of challenging on-farm economic conditions.Congress passed a major supplemental assistance bill on Feb. 9 that contained $1.2 billion in budget authority to both strengthen the MPP and remove the annual budget cap on the Livestock Gross Margin (LGM) program for dairy. Congress has worked for nearly a year to find the budgetary resources to implement necessary improvements to the MPP, a program which has failed to offer meaningful safety net support to farmers in its first three years of operation. The budget package approved in February will allow farmers to insure more of their milk production history at a lower cost. It also eliminated the $20 million annual cap on all livestock insurance programs, including the LGM. This will allow USDA to offer additional risk management tools for dairy producers.The next step, according to NMPF, is for USDA act quickly to educate producers about the changes to the MPP and re-open the sign-up period to obtain coverage for the full calendar year 2018. That window had closed in mid-December, but the breadth of improvements to the MPP should prompt farmers to reconsider how the program may benefit them in the coming months.“Congress was clear that dairy farmers can re-enroll in the MPP if they dropped out after last year,” said Jim Mulhern, president and CEO of NMPF. “They can also change their coverage levels for 2018 if they are only utilizing the catastrophic coverage provided at the basic administrative fee level of $100. Given the difficult economic situation facing dairy farmers in 2018, the assistance provided by these changes is badly needed.”NMPF has also emphasized that MPP coverage under the new provisions set by Congress must be retroactive to the beginning of January. This will ensure the changes provide farmers protection during a period when margins will likely be below the $8 coverage threshold. It is imperative that “coverage be available during the worst of the low-margin conditions in 2018, which market forecasts indicate will occur in the first half of the year,” Mulhern said.In addition to making the LGM program more attractive by removing the $20 million program cap, the disaster package made the following changes to the MPP:• Raised the catastrophic coverage level from $4 to $5 for the first tier of milk production history for all dairy farmers;• Adjusted the first tier of covered production to include every dairy farmer’s first 5 million pounds of annual milk production history, instead of 4 million pounds;• Reduced the premium rates for every producer’s first 5 million pounds of production to better enable dairy farmers to afford the higher levels of coverage;• Modified the margin calculation to a monthly (from bi-monthly) basis; and• Waived the annual $100 administrative fees for underserved farmers.“These changes enact three out of the four goals developed last year by NMPF: reducing MPP premiums, shifting to a monthly margin calculation, and expanding access to other risk management tools,” Mulhern said.  “We’re now working with Congress on our major remaining goal: addressing shortcomings in the current margin calculation that understate actual feed costs. There are different ways to accomplish this needed fix, and we’re working with lawmakers to address it in the 2018 farm bill.”Mulhern said the dairy safety net improvements enjoyed strong support from numerous members of both the House and Senate.“In particular we want to thank Sens. Patrick Leahy (D-VT) and Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) for spearheading these reforms to the MPP, as well as Sens. Thad Cochran (R-MS) and Pat Roberts (R-KS) for helping ensure their passage. We also very much appreciate the House-led efforts of Reps. Mike Conaway (R-TX) and Collin Peterson (D-MN) for crafting important language to remove the existing cap on livestock insurance products,” Mulhern said.last_img read more

Thrilling Matches Kick-off State of Origin

first_imgBy BEN HARRISA touchdown to New South Wales’ Nathan Martin with three seconds left on the clock gave the Blues a heart-stopping 11-10 victory in the opening game of the Men’s 30’s division of the 2012 State of Origin series.The first game to be played on the stadium field at Port Macquarie had the hundreds of spectators on the edge of their seats for the full 40 minutes.Queensland scored the first three touchdowns of the match but New South Wales fought back and bagged the next three.Queensland then stepped it up a gear and took a 6-4 lead into the main break before making it 7-4 soon after.But the rest of the second half went back and forth like a tennis final at Wimbledon.Dean McKechnie scored four touchdowns in the second stanza for New South Wales while Gavin Shuker also bagged four for the Maroons.With 30 seconds to go, Queensland equalled the score at 10-all.With the last play of the game New South Wales drove hard towards Queensland’s scoreline and with a beautiful ball from Daniel Rushworth, Martin scored the winning touchdown.NSW Men’s 30s coach Milad Almaoui said it was a win based on character and determination.“We expected that. We always said the first game was a bit of a lottery,” Almaoui said.“We showed character and courage to come back from 3-nil down then 7-4 to win the match.“For a 30’s game, you could not have asked for anything more.”Queensland got one back in the Women’s 30s with a drop-off win in the division’s first game.With scores levelled at 4-4 at the final siren, extra-time was needed to separate the two teams.Queensland’s Lana Curry was the hero, streaking the length of the field to score the winning touchdown and give her team a 5-4 victory.New South Wales won the two other matches in the first time slot with the Blues taking out the Men’s 45’s and the Women’s 40’s.A 3-0 lead was enough for the Blues to hold Queensland off for a 4-2 win in the Men’s 45s.While a second half scoring blitz of five touchdowns helped NSW to win 6-3 in the Women’s 40s. Make sure you stay up to date with these websites for all the State of Origin action: State of Origin – www.soo.mytouchfooty.comTouch Football Australia – www.austouch.com.auTouch Football Australia’s YouTube channel – www.youtube.com/touchfootballausTwitter: www.twitter.com/touchfootyausFacebook: www.facebook.com/touchfootballaustraliaRelated LinksNSW begin welllast_img read more

8 days agoArsenal management rubbish injury doubts for William Saliba

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Arsenal management rubbish injury doubts for William Salibaby Paul Vegas8 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveArsenal management have rubbished injury doubts for William Saliba.There’s been claims from The Athletic of concerns regarding the defender’s ‘groin strength’.But the Metro says the club are confident he will be ready to compete for a first-team spot next season. Saliba joined Arsenal from St Etienne in the summer and was immediately loaned back to the French club.But Arsenal soon got a chance to have a closer look at the 18-year-old centre-back as he visited their London Colney training base after being ruled out of the first seven games of the season with a hamstring injury.Saliba eventually made his return to action in Ligue 1, making his first three appearances of the season prior to the current international break. last_img read more

Ohio State club football optimistic about future

On a windy, overcast April afternoon at Ohio State, the cleats are laced up, footballs are tossed around and a new offensive scheme is being installed. New coaches and new players provide hope for the upcoming season. This is not the beloved Buckeye varsity football team, however, but the OSU club football team getting ready to enter its fourth season this fall. OSU club football began Spring Quarter 2008. A group of about 25 players made the team and stuck it out through the inaugural season in fall 2009. The team went 1-4 the first year, beating only Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, 28-12. The second year was a similar story for the club. A team of about 35 players competed for the Buckeyes and they made improvements from 2009, but the 2010 squad finished the year with a 2-4 record. Former club president and a player for three years, Nick Herrin, said that despite the tough times the team endured those first two years, it was the most fun he’s ever had playing football. “It was just 18 to 25 guys that just absolutely loved football,” said Herrin, a fourth-year in psychology. In the first two seasons, the team was not lacking in skill or talent, but was simply outmanned when compared to their opponents, Herrin said. “The first year of the club, we had 18 guys that were as good as anybody,” Herrin said. “We were just outnumbered. We go to Xavier and Miami and they’ve got 45 guys.” Despite going 3-8 in the first two years of the club’s existence, the players said the excitement increased prior to the 2011 campaign. Through tryouts, the team was able to increase its roster size to almost 50 players last season. As Herrin said, the increase in the number of players on the team helped. The Buckeyes finished the season 6-0 and ranked No. 3 in the final Intercollegiate Club Football Federation rankings. OSU practices and plays all of its home games at the Lincoln Tower Turf Field, which is located just south of Ohio Stadium. Safety George Shapiro, a third-year in industrial engineering and club president, said looking up at the fourth-largest football stadium in the country makes him feel like “the little brother” at times. He said he doesn’t mind though. “It’s still cool that it’s behind us like that,” Shapiro said. “It’s still very exciting to play in front of the Horseshoe.” The Buckeyes held tryouts last week and added 25 players to a team with 25 players from last season’s undefeated squad. Practice began Monday and will be two days each week until the end of the quarter. The team is making an offensive transition this year, similar to that of the varsity team under coach Urban Meyer. The scheme will be more of a spread offense after last year’s team was more run-oriented, Herrin said. Quarterback Jeff Porter, a second-year in operations management and club vice president, said the biggest thing for the team this spring is to get everyone together and start teaching the new guys. “We’re just trying to teach right now,” Porter said. “We’re just trying to get the new people caught up to what the veterans have learned already so that when it comes time for the fall, we can just jump right in.” Defensive back T.J. Thompson, a second-year in finance, said learning the new schemes is key, but getting everybody excited about playing is the most important thing. “This spring, we want to get everyone just excited for the autumn,” Thompson said. “Everyone just loves playing and has fun.” Looking forward to next season, coach Ray Giesige said it’s going to be hard to duplicate what last year’s team did because of the players that are graduating. Giesige played for the club team the previous two seasons before concussions forced him to switch to a coaching role. The fourth-year in sport and leisure studies said he wanted to stay involved and help continue what he helped start. “I decided I wanted to stick around and help out because it really is a great organization and we’re trying to do good things,” Giesige said. While he said he thinks the team has lost some important players from last year’s team, Giesige is looking to build off the 2011 season and is optimistic about the 2012 Buckeyes. “We lost some key contributors, but the great thing about here is there’s so many people that we can replace them at least a little bit on the talent side,” Giesige said. “We’re looking for people to step up right now and be leaders and if that happens, I think we’ll have a pretty good year.” read more

Ohio States Lenzelle Smith Jr Guys gotta get their confidence back

Senior guard Lenzelle Smith Jr. (32) drives to the basket during a game against Northwestern Feb. 19 at the Schottenstein Center. OSU won, 76-60.Credit: Shelby Lum / Photo editorCollege basketball seasons are bound to come with their respective twists and turns. Even an unblemished record doesn’t come without an off night or a close game.One day a team can be seemingly nailing every shot it takes and blowing out opponents while on the next, it can’t hit the broad side of a barn.During the Ohio State men’s basketball team’s current two-game losing streak, the Buckeyes (22-8, 9-8, sixth in the Big Ten) have experienced more of the latter.In particular, shooting from long range has been a struggle for OSU in losses to Penn State and Indiana.Against the Nittany Lions, coach Thad Matta’s team shot a pedestrian 29.4 percent from beyond the arc. As rough as that performance was, it paled in comparison to what OSU did against Indiana Sunday.For the first time since Jan. 10, 2004, OSU failed to connect from three-point land, missing all 11 of its attempts, and fell to the Hoosiers, 72-64.Senior guard Lenzelle Smith Jr. said after the loss to Indiana, the struggles from beyond the arc are an easy fix, however.“Shooting, that’s about confidence,” Smith Jr. said in an interview with Cleveland.com. “Guys gotta get their confidence back and we’ve got shooters so there’s no excuse. We’ve got to put the ball in the bucket. We’ve got guys who can make threes and we’ve got to step up and obviously put the ball in the bucket.”Smith Jr. tied junior forward LaQuinton Ross for a team-high with 19 points against the Hoosiers and shot 60 percent from the floor, but he missed both of his attempts from beyond the arc. He also shot just 1-6 from deep against Penn State.Matta said he has sensed confidence is dipping for OSU, especially when pressure is turned up.“We were rolling until Thursday night (against Penn State), in all seriousness,” Matta said to Cleveland.com after the loss to Indiana. “I think we’re really lacking in a confidence issue, we’re lacking in a toughness issue in terms of playing through situations. Those are things that somehow, some way, we’ve got to get corrected.”The Buckeyes’ need to regain their confidence is a high priority as the regular season draws to a close. They currently sit half a game behind Iowa and Nebraska in the Big Ten standings, who are tied for fourth in the Big Ten. The top four teams in the standings receive a first-round bye in the Big Ten Tournament, set to begin March 13.Smith Jr. was quick to add that even though the confidence has been lacking lately, the mood in the locker room doesn’t give any reason to believe the trend will continue.“We’re a great team when we come to execute and when we’re on top of our game,” Smith Jr. said to Cleveland.com. “I said we can beat any team in the country, and I’m going to stick by that … I should be happy with what we should produce at the end of the season.“I’m not panicking. I’m not worried about anything.”Since using a huge second half to beat Minnesota, 64-46, Feb. 22, it appears something has been off with the team.Ross said in an interview with Cleveland.com a big part of that is a lack of focus — something that could become a big problem if it is allowed to continue.“We just get too comfortable at times during the game, thinking we’ve got the lead and (that) we’re going to be able to hold it,” Ross said of the 21-5 run the Buckeyes allowed against Indiana, which the Hoosiers used to take the lead for good. “Not thinking that those other teams we’re playing are just as good as us. They’re putting their foot on the gas, and we’re taking ours off it.”Ross, OSU’s leading scorer, knows a thing or two about losing focus during a game. Ross was ejected during OSU’s game against Northwestern for shoving a player and committed a technical foul against Indiana for a similar infraction.Those are the type of things that can prove costly, Matta said, especially late in the season.“I told LaQuinton: ‘Hey, man, you get a technical foul and it’s your second foul and then you’re having your way in the second half and you foul out of the game,’” Matta said to Cleveland.com. “Little things. Those are the types of things that say, ‘Hey, we’ve got to get our concentration back, get our focus back and an understanding of what we’re doing.’”OSU’s next opportunity to try working through the rough spots in its play comes against No. 22 Michigan State (22-7, 11-5, tied for second in the Big Ten) when the Spartans are set to come to Columbus Sunday. Tipoff is slated for 4:30 p.m. read more

Klopp pokes fun at Super League reports

first_imgLiverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has joked he would be in favour of European Super League because it would mean fewer games and more money.The German manager laughed off the notion of a European ‘Super League’ by joking it would be a boost for his team to play fewer games.Speaking after Liverpool’s 1-1 draw against Arsenal on Saturday, Klopp batted away the idea of the competition in his typically jovial style.“It sounds really nice because it sounds like much less games and much more money,” he said, according to FourFourTwo.Jadon Sancho, Borussia DortmundCrouch: Liverpool could beat Man United to Jadon Sancho Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Peter Crouch wouldn’t be surprised to see Jadon Sancho end up at Liverpool one day instead of his long-term pursuers Manchester United.“I am completely fine with how the league football is at the moment. At least, it’s an idea [the ‘Super League’] that we don’t do immediately.”Klopp also claimed football governing bodies, FIFA and UEFA’s approach to proposed competition revamps are flawed because they do not seek sufficient input from clubs and other stakeholders.“I’m not even sure if somebody spoke about it, to be honest. It looks like all the other wonderful ideas of FIFA and UEFA,” he added.“They do them immediately, they don’t ask. And then you see, ‘Oh, okay, we have 20 games more and not more money’.”last_img read more

Real Madrid stopped negotiations for Palacios

first_imgExequiel Palacios’ agent has revealed that Real Madrid has stopped all negotiations for the River Plate star due to the Libertadores final.The effects of the Copa Libertadores final in Madrid are starting to take some victims, the latest one is Exequiel Palacios from River Plate according to his agent.The player had an advanced negotiation to sign for Los Blancos during the winter, but the whole situation with the final has delayed and maybe even completely stopped the process, agent Renato Corsi spoke to Diario AS about the state of the whole deal and revealed that there are other clubs who are interested in signing the player as soon as possible.Corsi spoke about the heartbreak that was not being able to play the final at the Monumental for Palacios, the player who gave his club the ticket to the big match after scoring a penalty in the semifinals.Según @diarioas , la interminable final de la Libertadores frena el pase de Exequiel Palacios a Real Madrid, pero no lo pone en riesgohttps://t.co/sC0DdCRpQN— Claudio Mauri (@hcmauri) November 26, 2018“As the River Plate fan and as a football player for this club for the last ten years, it’s obvious that Exequiel wanted to play the final at the Monumental in Argentina,” said Corsi to Diario AS.“With this whole problem that took place over there, he would also love to play in that stadium and in a country as beautiful as Spain.”“I really hope things work out and he can play for Real Madrid. We have received calls from Inter, AS Roma, Wolfsburg…”“There are many interested clubs but Real Madrid is the one that has shown the biggest interest.”“This whole situation of the suspended final between River and Boca, is the reason that both boards of directors haven’t been able to talk about the transfer yet.”“But I gotta say that Real Madrid has been nothing but straightforward and polite with us, both me and my partner.”“Both clubs have already agreed that they will speak again when the final has passed, they were already going to keep having meetings over Exequiel Palacios after both matches.”“But everything happened and they didn’t talk. Real Madrid will call us in the next few days. We also spoke with Barcelona, but we never reached an agreement.”Jose Mourinho, Lionel MessiMourinho: “Lionel Messi made me a better coach” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho believes the experience of going up against Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi at Real Madrid made him a greater coach.“Zanetti from Inter also called me, but none of those clubs advanced as much as Real Madrid,” he added.⚪🔴⚪💪 pic.twitter.com/JzkHmLPIuu— Exequiel Palacios (@exepalacios_) November 20, 2018“Exequiel actually had a chance to join Torino about one and a half years ago. The problem with this offer he got, is that we didn’t think he was yet ready to go to Europe and we all decided that staying in River was the better idea,” he continued.“After that, he continued playing for the club and Marcelo (Gallardo) helped him keep growing little by little until he achieved this level of performance.”“Thanks to his efforts and the manager’s support, Exequiel grew to become the player he is today. We have worked with him for five years now, he is a very humble lad, just like his family. He always played the way he does right now.”“It’s evident that he started playing with a little more attitude this year thanks to Marcelo Gallardo, the manager helped him grow and even improve several aspects of his football,” he concluded.Exequiel Palacios will have a unique chance of showing Real Madrid and Spain what he is capable of, when he plays the Copa Libertadores final against Boca Juniors at the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium on Sunday.As an offensive midfielder with extraordinary creative capabilities, it is expected that Palacios can become one of Argentina’s biggest export talents in recent times.Real Madrid will have bought a great talent if the meetings between then and River Plate turn out positive, the reports of his transfer to Spain are all true, only they got a little bit behind for the reasons that his agent just explained.Vamos todos juntos banda ⚪🔴⚪!! pic.twitter.com/6TOSAWFJhf— Exequiel Palacios (@exepalacios_) October 31, 2018Where would you play Exequiel Palacios in the Real Madrid lineup? Please share your opinion in the comment section down below.last_img read more

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