A banner year for the San Francisco Giants’ farm system is continuing during the month of August.Most fans know the names of the organization’s top prospects such as Joey Bart and Marco Luciano, but many haven’t heard of pitcher Aaron Phillips and outfielder Jacob Heyward.After what the duo accomplished over the last two days, that might change.With a complete game, one-hit shutout of the Inland Empire 66ers on Sunday, Phillips made waves for what could go down as the best pitching …
SAN DIEGO — For the second consecutive offseason, the Giants are attempting to turn a former Blue Jays minor leaguer into a valuable major league reliever.A year after selecting left-hander Travis Bergen in the Rule 5 Draft, the Giants wrapped up the Winter Meetings by drafting right-hander Dany Jimenez out of Toronto’s organization.Jimenez, who will turn 26 later this month, posted a 2.59 ERA in 59 innings across two levels this season in the Blue Jays’ farm system. After a solid start to …
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest No change in the forecast this morning. We have two more dry days here in Ohio as sunshine dominates. A second cool front will work across the state today from NNW to SE, giving a pleasantly cool morning and daytime highs also pleasant, just short of normal. We will start to see temps climb just a bit tomorrow, but we still won’t exceed normal. Rains show up Friday morning, slowly at first, but then build through the day. Rains look to be heavier now back in SW parts of Ohio, and in the southern half of the state in general on Friday. However, the lingering action that we will talk about shortly favors better weekend rains in the northern half of the state, so we end up with good coverage of higher amounts. On Friday. From I-70 southward we can see half to 1.5” rains, with the higher end of the range back in SW areas near Cincinnati. The northern half of the state will see rains of .25″-1″, with the 1 inch number coming only with a few isolated thunderstorms on Friday. Saturday and Sunday we see additional rains as we are in the “most favored” zone for wraparound and lingering action. In fact, we can see rains still going at it as we head into Monday morning. Additional rains of .25″-1″ will be seen for the weekend period, bringing 3 day totals to over 2 inches in spots. Coverage will be 90% of the state. The map below shows rain totals through Saturday evening. Even though we can start Monday with a few showers still holding on in eastern Ohio, we are dry for [pretty much the entire week next week, Monday afternoon through Friday. However, temperatures do not look to be a big story. We spend most of next week near normal. Temperatures this weekend will be below normal as the rains and that front move through. The extended period has a system around the 28th into the 29th with rain potential of half to 1”, and another system around the 31st into the 1st that can be produce similar results. However, models seem to be hinting at some degradation of the systems, and they may end up with less moisture to work with. So, while we see some rain potential in the near-term forecast, there still is a lot of dry air next week, and no guarantees we finish the month with any help. The driest areas of the northern half of the state may have trouble getting more than just minor short-term relief this weekend.
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Randall Reeder, Ohio State University Extension Agricultural Engineer (retired)Several Ohio folks and organizations are part of a new book by Frank Lessiter, “From Maverick to Mainstream.” Among those prominently featured are Bill Richards, Glover Triplett, David Brandt and Bill Haddad.Books are for sale at the National No-Till Conference in Indianapolis, Jan. 8-11, or you can order a copy online at: No-TillFarmer.com/ historybook. The cost is $47.95. Can you say “stocking stuffer”?
Golden PumpkinIt took a public protest at Kochi Doordarshan Kendra for officials to become worried about their inability to telecast the ongoing football World Cup. Having lost out in the bidding to Abdul Rehman Bukhatir’s fledgling satellite channel, TEN Sports (which reportedly paid Rs 20 crore for the event), DD,Golden PumpkinIt took a public protest at Kochi Doordarshan Kendra for officials to become worried about their inability to telecast the ongoing football World Cup.Having lost out in the bidding to Abdul Rehman Bukhatir’s fledgling satellite channel, TEN Sports (which reportedly paid Rs 20 crore for the event), DD showed little urgency in damage control, perhaps convinced that football was a passion indulged in only by beer-drinking louts and yobs with painted faces.Not true, says DD Director-General S.Y. Quraishi. “We don’t have Bukhatir’s deep pockets. We did bid for the rights but couldn’t afford them.”They tried, he says, but TEN Sports continued to play “hide and seek” with them until B4U finally offered them the terrestrial rights-a peculiar move given B4U is a satellite channel. DD has now signed a deal with B4U, which will pay Rs 50,000 per half-hour for daily highlights of 60 matches between 11 p.m. and 12 p.m. B4U will market the event and DD will save face, somewhat.DD will show the opening and closing ceremonies in full as well as the semi-finals on National Network. But don’t pop the bubbly yet: even these matches will not be shown live.”I’m not happy,” says Quraishi. “In 1998, I sat up to watch all the matches on DD till 3 a.m. every day.” Fancy that.
Coach Louis van Gaal shares a light moment with Robin van Persie during their official training session in Fortaleza, Brazil, on June 28 ahead of Netherlands’ match against Mexico in the second round. (AP Photo)The Netherlands will put its perfect record on the line in today’s second round match of the World Cup, taking on a Mexico side aiming to reach the quarterfinals for the first time since hosting the 1986 tournament. The Dutch have scored 10 goals in their opening three matches, more than any other team at the tournament. But Mexico has conceded only one, and that was a late consolation goal in the 3-1 win over Croatia. In the other game, surprising Costa Rica will face Greece in a match between two teams that have never before advanced out of the group stage at a World Cup. NETHERLANDS vs MEXICO The Netherlands has plenty of star power on its team, and several of those stars have plenty of World Cup experience after reaching the final in South Africa four years ago. With Robin van Persie and Arjen Robben leading the Dutch attack, goals can come quick and easy. But Netherlands coach Louis van Gaal has a new worry in Brazil as the team heads north to face the Mexicans in Fortaleza, a coastal city with a tropical climate. FIFA can call for official cooling breaks to be implemented if the temperature is excessive, but they were only used twice in four matches in the hot and humid Amazonian city of Manaus in the group stage.advertisement Van Gaal is hoping there will be more cooling breaks on Sunday to help his team against a Mexican squad that has been impressive so far, winning two games and holding Brazil to a 0-0 draw. “Drinks will be along the sidelines if FIFA doesn’t take care of it,” Van Gaal said. Mexico is led by coach Miguel Herrera, one of the most entertaining figures of the World Cup. The emotive Herrera wears a suit and a tie on the bench, but he rumbles up and down the sidelines and shakes his arms in the air when his players score. And score Mexico did against Croatia, with three goals in a 10-minute span from Rafael Marquez, Andres Guardado and Javier “Chicharito” Hernandez. COSTA RICA vs GREECE Costa Rica has been one of the biggest surprises of the World Cup, getting through a group that included four-time champion Italy and always hopeful England to reach the knockout stages for the first time. The Central Americans will face another team which has never been this far at the World Cup, but Greece does have some experience being an underdog at a major tournament, winning the 2004 European Championship as rank outsiders. Greece advanced from Group C with a late penalty winner against Ivory Coast. But Costa Rica made its way through Group D as the best among a group of teams loaded with world-class quality, including Italy’s Andrea Pirlo and Mario Balotelli and England captain Steven Gerrard. The Costa Ricans opened with a 3-1 win over Uruguay, then beat Italy 1-0 and drew 0-0 with England. Another win on Sunday will see another European team eliminated at the hands of the Central Americans.
Barcelona 6 Eibar 1: Majestic Messi leads romp with four goals for LaLiga leaders Ryan Benson Last updated 2 years ago 05:53 20/9/2017 Getty Images Barcelona blew Eibar away at Camp Nou on Tuesday, as the brilliant Lionel Messi again took centre-stage with four goals. Lionel Messi was in inspirational form as he scored four goals to lead Barcelona to a crushing 6-1 LaLiga win over Eibar on Tuesday, continuing their 100 per cent start to the campaign.Barca coach Ernesto Valverde was without the injured Ousmane Dembele after the club’s record signing was ruled out for up to four months with a torn hamstring and he opted to rest several regulars such as Luis Suarez and Ivan Rakitic, but that mattered little as Messi stepped up and produced an irresistible performance.Barca were actually quite sluggish during the early exchanges, but they soon clicked into gear broke the deadlock, as Messi stylishly converted a penalty 20 minutes in to take his 2017 tally to 40 goals in as many games. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina 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 Paulinho, making his first LaLiga start, then answered his critics again just before the break, heading in Barcelona’s second of the contest to add to his winning goal at Getafe on Saturday. @paulinhop8#GetafeBarça: #BarçaEibar:pic.twitter.com/I9Ybni7Qpq— FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) September 19, 2017Denis Suarez got Barca’s first at Getafe and he followed Paulinho’s lead in scoring for the second successive game with a smart finish inside the near post early in the second half, just a few moments before Sergi Enrich pulled one back.But Messi then stepped up, scoring twice in quick succession to blow Eibar away and complete his hat-trick – his second of the season after putting three past Espanyol.The five-time Ballon d’Or winner was not done there as he added a sixth three minutes from the end to leave Eibar on the end of a truly emphatic hammering.Barcelona came out to an expectant Camp Nou crowd donning shirts with “courage Ousmane” emblazoned across the front following Dembele’s injury at Coliseum Alfonso Perez.But the supporters were given cause for concern just three minutes in, when David Junca’s curled pass picked out the run of Enrich in behind Gerard Pique, only for the striker to hit a tame effort at Marc-Andre ter Stegen when one-on-one.Barca duly punished that miss, as Messi nonchalantly tucked away a spot kick after Alex Galvez clumsily sent the impressive Nelson Semedo tumbling.40 – Lionel Messi has scored 40 goals in his 40 games for Barcelona in 2017 (all competitions). Alien.— OptaJose (@OptaJose) September 19, 2017Marko Dmitrovic denied Messi nine minutes before the break, palming a stinging 20-yard drive around the post.But the goalkeeper was helpless from the resulting corner as Paulinho charged into the danger zone and met Denis Suarez’s delivery with an unstoppable header.Barca looked more impressive after the break and were fully deserving of their third goal.Paulinho initially did well to release Messi, who dazzled the Eibar defence and got a shot away, with Dmitrovic parrying it straight to Denis Suarez to tuck away.Enrich pulled one back with a clever cushioned finish from Junca’s cross shortly after in the 57th minute, but all that seemed to do was jolt Barca into life again.Messi took centre-stage, restoring Barca’s three-goal cushion with a fine placed finish into the bottom-left corner from the edge of the box, following a delightful move which involved Sergio Busquets and Andres Iniesta.And he then completed his hat-trick with 27 minutes to go, charging in from the right-hand side of the penalty area and prodding an effort beyond Dmitrovic. Leo Messi pic.twitter.com/TPkklBebKw— FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) September 19, 2017Eibar nearly got a second when Ruben Pena hit the post late on, but Messi soon showed them how it should be done, as he met Aleix Vidal’s cut-back and guided a finish into the far side of the net to wrap up a crushing win. Key Opta stats:- Lionel Messi has scored his 28th hat-trick in LaLiga. Only Cristiano Ronaldo (32) has scored more than him.- Messi has scored nine goals in the first five games of a LaLiga season, his best start in terms of goals scored at this stage. – Messi has scored his 300th goal for Barcelona at the Camp Nou (all competitions).- Paulinho has scored two goals for Barcelona with his first two shots on target (all competitions). read more
Man Utd manager Solskjaer slams AZ Alkmaar pitch: Worst I’ve ever seenby Freddie Taylor23 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has plenty of concerns about AZ Alkmaar’s pitch ahead of their Europa League group stage clash on Thursday night.United will face the Dutch side at Cars Jeans Stadion in The Hague, a temporary ground after a section of AZ’s stadium roof collapsed. The new stadium has an artificial pitch, and Solskjaer says it’s one of the worst he has ever seen.”I’m surprised they’ve chosen to play on this pitch when I’ve looked at it,” Solskjaer said. “I’m used to it from Norway. It’s not the best I’ve seen.”It’s one of the worst ones I’ve seen for a long while. We’ve al got standards back home in Norway anyway. It’s safe, I’m not saying it’s not. It’s not the newest.”It’s just on the floor so on the carpet more or less, so when you pull the grass up you do that loads, there’s more bounce.”It seems like it’s been used a lot but with my knees I’ve not enjoyed astro turf anyway.”I’m surprised that in this climate you have to use astro turf. It’s OK when you live in the North Pole like we more or less do in Norway and can’t play in March, November or December. But here, I’m surprised.” About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say
Twitter/@CoachCroninUCCincinnati has been without head coach Mick Cronin since December, when he was diagnosed with an unruptured brain aneurysm, but he has been unwavering in his support of the team. Moments after the Bearcats’ dramatic overtime win against Purdue in today’s round of 64, a very excited Cronin took a selfie next to his television. That’s my main man !!!!!! BEARCATS BASKETBALL. thank you to all of our fans. pic.twitter.com/i6eFEXdSGx— Mick Cronin (@CoachCroninUC) March 20, 2015We’re glad Cronin is doing well. Watching the Bearcats isn’t quite the same without his intensity on the sideline. Cincinnati will play the winner of tonight’s Kentucky-Hampton game on Saturday.[SB Nation]
Story Highlights Minister of National Security, Hon. Robert Montague, says the Ministry stands ready to support the programmes that will be executed by the newly appointed Commissioner of Police, Major General Antony Anderson.“All of Jamaica expects the Commissioner to do well and to succeed, and the Ministry of National Security is standing by to offer policy support and the resources as soon as he has done his briefings and come together with his programmes,” he said.Mr. Montague was speaking to JIS News following a courtesy call by the Police Commissioner at the Ministry in St. Andrew on March 20.“We will continue to have dialogue to make sure that the Government provides the necessary tools and resources that are needed to do the job,” he added, noting that gangs, guns, cybercrime, murders and the maintenance of public order are main areas of priority.For his part, Major Anderson told JIS News that his vision for the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) is that it will be repositioned as the most trusted and credible organisation in the country.He said this will be undertaken “largely by how we do our business every day, how we interact with the public, how we treat with our internal issues and how we focus on some of our key problems in the country”.He said that public support remains a critical component in crime-fighting efforts, adding that areas relating to corruption, among others, “will be treated with in a very direct way”.“The public is involved, as they are usually the victims of crime, and so it is in their interest and the interest of everyone that we work together on these problems. The public, I have found, is always willing to support if you can provide a mechanism for them, a means to report things, a means to do it safely and that you build up trust, because the greater the trust is the more likely the public will support what you do,” he told JIS News.The new Commissioner, who took office on Monday (March 19), replaces George Quallo, who retired earlier this year. He said that public support remains a critical component in crime-fighting efforts, adding that areas relating to corruption, among others, “will be treated with in a very direct way”. Minister of National Security, Hon. Robert Montague, says the Ministry stands ready to support the programmes that will be executed by the newly appointed Commissioner of Police, Major General Antony Anderson.