Chelsea man back in training

first_imgChelsea midfielder John Mikel Obi has returned to training following a groin injury.The Nigeria international’s comeback was delayed when he aggravated the problem last month.His imminent return to first-team contention is a boost for manager Andre Villas-Boas, who has also been without the injured Frank Lampard.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img

Giants’ Bruce Bochy honored with farewell tribute in ‘the place it all started’

first_imgSAN DIEGO — At the end of the 2006 season, Padres executive Sandy Alderson allowed Bruce Bochy to step away from his position as manager and leave for the same role with the Giants.Bochy’s departure was unceremonious at the time, but his career is not short on ceremonies.Three of the most memorable took place on Market Street in San Francisco. One was staged at Petco Park on Friday evening ahead of Bochy’s final series with the Giants in San Diego.The Padres paid tribute to the winningest …last_img read more

Final audition for some Sharks prospects falls flat

first_imgSAN JOSE — The Sharks came into training camp excited about the amount of competition it was going to bring. There were going to be spots on the roster up for grabs, and the organization felt the players it had in the system deserved an opportunity to vie for those jobs.A couple of players like Lean Bergmann and Mario Ferraro, no doubt, have come to the forefront. But after 11 days of camp and four preseason games, it’s safe to say not enough guys took advantage of the opportunity.Tuesday’s …last_img read more

South African amputee athlete excels in extreme sport

first_imgSouth African athlete Hannes Brits is the first amputee to compete at the highest level of the punishing Warrior Race extreme obstacle course running competition, to be held in Pretoria 19 and 20 November 2016. (Photo: Hannes Brits Facebook page)CD AndersonA South African athlete from Johannesburg is about to make history in the sport of extreme obstacle course racing, a gruelling variation of cross-country running that is inspired by military bootcamp training.Hannes Brits will become the first South African amputee to compete for a second time in the 17km long, 30-obstacle Black Ops Elite race, South Africa’s most gruelling race category of this extreme outdoor sport.The full competition event, gathering participants from all over the country, will be held on 19 and 20 November 2016, at Legends MX sport venue outside Pretoria.What warriors are made of! Highlights from today’s #Warrior7Photo credit: ZC Marketing Consulting (@ZCMCSocial) pic.twitter.com/w4o6MZUf4A— Jeep Warrior Race (@thewarriorrace) October 23, 2016Brits has already completed against able-bodied and other disabled athletes in the Commando and Commando Elite divisions over the past two years. He has been building up to competing in his second Black Ops Elite race, making him the only amputee to compete at this level in South Africa.Obstacle course racingObstacle course racing (OCR) is an extreme sport in which competitors – either as part of a team or individually – attempt to overcome various physical and environmental obstacle challenges over a long-distance, multi-terrain course.Set your goals high, and don’t stop till you get there. [Bo Jackson]#BeMore with @Jeep_SA Warrior Race powered by @reeboksa pic.twitter.com/alV6EgiSmX— Jeep Warrior Race (@thewarriorrace) November 7, 2016Obstacles include wall-climbing, carrying heavy objects over distance and negotiating water obstacles, all while enduring extreme environmental conditions such as mud, mountains and unpredictable weather.The sport, started in the late 1980s by cross-country runners in the United States, is largely inspired by the methods of military infantry training, used to test endurance, strength, speed and dexterity.A big fist pump to all our Warriors who pushed their limits at this past weekend’s @Jeep_SA #Warrior7 Meerendal @reeboksa #BeMore pic.twitter.com/HGoWWL3Bqs— Jeep Warrior Race (@thewarriorrace) October 25, 2016The sport also involves elements of long-distance running, as well as cross-country and road-running. Notable international OCR events include the Spartan, Tough Mudder and Warrior Dash, held in the United States and Europe. There are over a million competitors, both professional and amateur, around the world.The various race intensities of the sport mean that professionals and amateurs, men and women, young and old alike, can find races that best suit their fitness levels, and that offer opportunities for them to build up towards more challenging races.South Africa’s Warrior Races event includes Rookie, Commando and Black-Ops levels, as well as a special under-12 youth level, Bratz.Obstacle highlights from #BlackOpsElite at #Warrior7#BeMorePhoto credit: ZC Marketing Consulting (@zcmcsocial) pic.twitter.com/u1JsOQnZjA— Jeep Warrior Race (@thewarriorrace) October 23, 2016The Black Ops Elite event, the most advanced level on the local circuit, covers 17 kilometres and features 30 obstacles, six of which are water obstacles. The event is a solo event, testing each competitor’s personal resolve, wits and fitness.World according to BritsBrits competes in races on specially made sport crutches. His left leg was amputated in 2010 following a number of medical challenges that dogged him throughout his life. The loss of a leg, though, seemed to inspire him to challenge his own abilities in the most extreme way.“The world I knew before I had my leg amputated was limited,” Brits said in a statement released by Warrior Race ahead of the Pretoria event. “I could never partake in any sports or outdoor activities in fear of the smallest injury to my leg, could send me to hospital.“(OCR) was a new world that had been opened up to me and today I am able to partake in physical activities. This whole experience has been a big wakeup call for me.”The athlete believes that you can never be too old to pursue dreams and hopes, and by his example he hopes to become a true sporting representative for physically disabled people. He also wants to encourage more amputee athletes to get into OCR so that they can also push their limits and inspire those around them.Brits wants to use his sporting success to motivate others. “I have a real passion for helping people,” he says. “I would love to speak to children in schools and orphanages to inspire them for their future success.”His ultimate message for a world unfamiliar with the sport is that the obstacles in the races are apt metaphors for overcoming any challenges life might throw at you: “No matter what obstacle may be in your way, there is always a will to make a way but one needs to still carve that way. If we look at a situation and think we can’t, then we won’t. But if we look at it as a challenge and we look for a solution, then we will find the solution and we will ultimately achieve success.”For more information about Hannes Brits, the sport and how you can show your support, visit Warrior Race.Source: Warrior Race SAlast_img read more

What if agriculture communicated like “The Donald”?

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest I am one to rarely talk about politics. In fact, I won’t let anyone even put a sign in my front yard before election day. I just feel that my opinions are mine and your opinions are yours. We will be much better friends and neighbors if we just talked about anything else.With that said, this whole Donald Trump running for President deal has had my attention (and obviously the attention of everyone else) for the past six months. I really thought that his campaign might last for a few months and he would implode by saying something or doing something that the American public couldn’t forgive.Just the opposite has happened, as “The Donald” has used his years of experience in the business world and a brand that is synonymous with success, to garner millions of votes for the most powerful office in the civilized World. I am beginning to wonder if his rough and abstractly artistic way of talking about major issues our country faces could be used in other ways, like for issues in the agriculture sector.For instance, if ag used a Trump-like approach to GMOs, it would go something like this…“Over a trillion meals have been eaten containing GMOs and nobody has ever gotten sick or died. Nobody! Trump Steaks are full of GMOs and they are excellent. The best steaks on earth. A trillion…if I had a dollar for all of those meals…oh wait, I do.”Or about the Renewable Fuel Standard…“You know how much I like walls. I’m going to raise the Ethanol Blend Wall as high as I possibly can and I’m going to make the oil companies pay for it. This wall will be so high the EPA will never be able to see over it. Watch me!”Or how to thwart Avian Influenza…“We have to keep all geese from Canada out of our borders. Ted Cruz can take them back home with him. Let’s build a net that reaches so high that these varmints can’t keep pouring across our borders unabated. Public reports routinely state great amounts of crime are being committed by these illegal immigrants. They must go!”Just think how this would go when approaching the EPA about the Waters of the U.S. Rule, or how to get the Trans Pacific Partnership passed. Have we in agriculture been too nice to get what we want out of our lawmakers and government agencies? Maybe if we go into the conversation in the way of Trump, we could make our case that those who actually grow the food, work the land and do more for the waters and the environment, know more than those that are elected or appointed into the government organizations that oversee agriculture.last_img read more

Ohio Ag Weather and Forecast, May 21, 2019

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The forecast is less friendly this morning for parts of the state, as we are having to increase moisture potential. Here in the short term today, there is not much change. Most of Ohio will turn out partly sunny, but will remain cool with strong north flow. We will keep an eye out in NW Ohio for a renegade shower or two, trying to push in toward midday and early afternoon out of Indiana. Tomorrow we continue to watch as the offshoot moisture from a cold front to our west works in. However, we are leaving moisture totals along, with a clouds and a few scattered showers. Rain totals will be no more than .25″ and generally will be a few hundredths to a tenth, with 60% coverage (mostly north of I-70). Temps will be significantly warmer. Our first tweak of the forecast is to add more moisture for Thursday, as lingering showers hold across a large part of Ohio. We can see additional rains of a few hundredths to half an inch with coverage at 70%. Friday will turn dry again, but will stay warm. Unfortunately, the weekend looks more active. We had been looking for rain and thunderstorms on 1 day out of the 3 day holiday weekend…now we are raising that to 3 out of 3 days. Showers and a few thunderstorms can be around each day Saturday through Memorial Day Monday. Coverage each day will be from 50-60%, but combined for the 3 day period we should see coverage closer to 80%. Combined rain totals will be from .25″-1″, with the potential for .1″-.4″ each day. Stronger thunderstorms should stay well off to the west and south.  The map at right shows cumulative rain potential through Memorial Day next Monday We get a dry day for next Tuesday, the 28th, as our next system is pushing back just a bit. Scattered showers arrive Wednesday the 29th, mostly from I-70 north, but they look less intense. For now, we are pulling moisture back to .25” or less with coverage at 75%. Dry to finish the 10 day window and start the extended 11-16 day period next Thursday and Friday (30th & 31st). Sun on the first will give way to clouds and we see rain arriving that night. That rain continues into June 2nd with combined moisture totals of .25”-1” and coverage at 80%. We are projecting 3 dry days behind that to finish the extended period for Monday the 3rd through Wednesday the 5th. There could be another system on the way for the 6th.last_img read more

Herndon focused on helping Wangs, not just getting numbers

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ “It was just a slow start as a team. Everyone played slow in the second half and I’m not sure why,” said Herndon, who finished with 24 points in Wangs’ 107-96 defeat to Flying V on Tuesday.Despite the Couriers’ second straight defeat, it has been a respectable campaign through three games for the 24-year-old guard with an average of 18.3 points, 6.3 rebounds, and 1.3 assists.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutHowever, Herndon himself admits that though he wants to make a good account of himself going to the 2017 PBA Draft, his goal is to help Wangs make noise in this tourney.“My focus right now isn’t so much on myself. I know I could score points, I can rebound, and I can defend, but I want to win,” he said. Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken Filoil: Also-ran Perpetual denies Ateneo of outright q’finals entry Robbie Herndon. PBA IMAGESAfter scorching hot in the first half for Wangs Basketball, Robbie Herndon found himself trapped in the next two quarters as the Flying V defense zeroed-in on him and limited him to just four points.But the 6-foot-4 swingman refused to attribute his poor shooting to the Thunder’s defensive stance and instead pointed on the Couriers’ lackluster showing in the second as the culprit for their downfall.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ 1 dead in Cavite blast, fire Compared to his last stop with Victoria Sports-MLQU, Herndon is now surrounded by familiar faces in Eric King, Ryan Arambulo, and Tim Habelito, making the adjustment to the new squad a little more easier.“We definitely have chemistry together because we’re all from the States. But we just need to find a solid rotation as a team and know who fits together and who plays well together,” he said.That makes Herndon optimistic despite the Couriers’ recent funk, believing that his team has what it takes to make a run to this conference’s playoffs.“I think we’re a very strong team regardless of the two losses. We shouldn’t have lost to Batangas and today was a fair game. But for us, it’s a must win in the next couple of games. We got to win it,” he said.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img World’s 50 Best Restaurants launches new drinking and dining guide WATCH: Firefighters rescue baby seal found in parking garage Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken LATEST STORIES Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games What ‘missteps’? Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ View commentslast_img read more