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A’s bullpenning strategy opens door for second-guessing after Wild Card flop in Bronx

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first_imgClick HERE if you’re having trouble viewing the gallery on your mobile device.OAKLAND — To win their first World Series in Oakland back in 1972, the A’s used a primitive version of “bullpenning.”Only it was more like starter-ing. In Game 7 against the Cincinnati Reds, Manager Dick Williams unleashed Blue Moon Odom (for 4.1 innings) before turning things over to Catfish Hunter (2.2) and Ken Holtzman (one batter) before eventually getting to an actual reliever (Rollie Fingers).That strategy …last_img read more

Harvest tips for flood damaged crops

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first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest After this year’s record rainfall and flooding across parts of the Midwest, farmers should scout their fields carefully and be aware of any conditions that could damage crops during harvest, a Purdue Extension grain storage expert advises.“As we approach harvest, it will be important to prepare adequately so that we prevent deterioration of the portions of crops we are able to harvest,” said Klein Ileleji, associate professor of agricultural and biological engineering.Crop development has been delayed in some flooded areas. It could be necessary to adjust the speed of the combine and height of the cutter bar to account for differences in plant growth, Ileleji said.Before harvesting, farmers should look for differences in cob size and the number of kernels per cob, as well as variability in the maturity of bean plants, he said.“That way the operator will know in advance where equipment adjustments will be necessary during cutting,” Ileleji said.It’s also important to check the moisture level of the soil. Some areas in a field might be significantly wetter than others.Once the maturity level and moisture content are known, farmers should consult equipment dealers, manufacturers or machine manuals to find out how to set machines for the different conditions they might encounter in their fields, Ileleji said.Other harvest tips:• Clean all machinery including combines, dryers, bins, augers, elevator legs and ladder rungs. Failure to do so could cause restricted airflow in bins and dryers, provide a breeding ground for insects or cause other safety issues. Ileleji recommended treating bins in advance with an approved empty-bin insecticide, or using heat — a minimum of 122 degrees Fahrenheit for 2 to 4 hours — to get rid of any pests.• Check equipment to see if repairs or replacement parts are needed and perform any necessary service. Ileleji said farmers should not make repairs to gas lines or electrical equipment and wiring if they are not licensed to do so. Also, it is important to have enough fuel available to keep the machinery running as needed.• Calibrate and test moisture meters and interior bin sensors to ensure that they are working. Ileleji also recommended checking moisture readings of one sample of grain against the reading of that same sample at the elevator where the grain will be delivered so there is no discrepancy.Ileleji said planning and preparing correctly is the least expensive way to address potential harvest issues.“The harvest months are always busy, but planning ahead will definitely help ease some of the burden and put you in a better position for successfully harvesting your corn and soybeans,” he said.last_img read more

The Power in Calling the Bottom

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first_imgLast week I was in Puerto Rico speaking to a group of CEOs and business leaders from around the island on behalf of Abarca Health. The island is still recovering from Hurricane Maria and things seem to be getting back to normal, but there is still much work to be done. One of the business leaders I met said something to me that I wrote down. He said, “This is the bottom.”The statement struck me because of its truth. That truth contains the same truth as a Native American rain dance. The rain dance always works because those who dance do so until it rains. The bottom is only the bottom if you make it the bottom, if you do something to get up off the floor.By calling it the bottom, you cut yourself off from going any lower, whether that means lower revenue, lower profit, or a lower standard for yourself. You draw a line in the sand that says, “come what may, this will not be allowed to get any worse, and instead, I will make it better.” If you are at the bottom, the only way you can go is up.There are things that matter a great deal to turning your situation around. The first is your mindset. You have to believe you have reached the lowest point and that you are now moving in a better direction. You have to take action to make your future better, refusing to stay down. You need a stubbornness, a pigheadedness that allows you to persist in your efforts long enough for your actions to take hold and progress to be made. And you have to accept that one comes before two, and let that one step be enough to sustain you while you work on taking another. That progress moves you up, and from there, you can move even higher.What strikes me most about “calling the bottom,” is that you can make the decision to call your current state the bottom, accepting that it is now your lowest point, no matter how well things are going, and you can follow this same recipe to reach even higher heights. Essential Reading! Get my 2nd book: The Lost Art of Closing “In The Lost Art of Closing, Anthony proves that the final commitment can actually be one of the easiest parts of the sales process—if you’ve set it up properly with other commitments that have to happen long before the close. The key is to lead customers through a series of necessary steps designed to prevent a purchase stall.” Buy Nowlast_img read more

London Olympics: Bill Gates offers help to promote table tennis in US

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first_imgThe International Table Tennis Federation(ITTF) plans to work with Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates to promote table tennis in the US, ITTF President Adham Sharara said. The initiative was brought up after Gates came to London to watch the game between US teen player Ariel Hsing and Chinese Li Xiaoxia on Sunday, Sharara told Xinhua in an interview on Tuesday.Sharara didn’t disclose the details, but said that Gates offered to help after watching Hsing’s match, in which the 16-year-old girl nearly pulled off one of biggest upsets in London Games, pushing No. 2 seed Li to the limit before losing 2-4 in six tight sets.”He (Gates) was surprised to see the young American girl played so well. He was very motivated. He asked me what he can do to help promote table tennis in the United States. I think we’ll work with him. If the United States becomes strong in table tennis, it’s also good for China,” Sharara said.Sharara said the case was a “good example” which showed that ITTF’s efforts in promoting the sport has worked.The ITTF has altered its rules for the London Games, allowing only two players from one nation to enter the singles events. Three players from each National Olympic Committee(NOC) were allowed to enter the singles in previous Games.”The reason we do this is to give more NOCs to participate in our game. If we give maximum participation to the top countries, someone like Hsing will not come to the Olympics. They have no chance. But if we give them the chance, we can see what they can do,” Sharara said.Sharara said the change increased the pressure on strong teams, like China, Japan, South Korea and Germany. “But they understand now because they saw other NOCs participating. Countries before had no chance to play in table tennis, now they are participating.”advertisementlast_img read more

A Shocker: US Beaten by France 89-79 in World Cup Quarters (Video)

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first_imgDONGGUAN, China — No gold. No medal. No more winning streak.The U.S. reign atop international basketball has ended — this time, thwarted by France at the World Cup.For the first time since 2006, the U.S. sent NBA players to a major international tournament and won’t win gold. Evan Fournier scored 22 points, Rudy Gobert had 21 points and 16 rebounds and France beat the U.S. 89-79 in the World Cup quarterfinals on Wednesday, rallying from a seven-point fourth-quarter deficit to pull off the upset.“Any loss hurts,” U.S. coach Gregg Popovich said. “And in this situation, it hurts more. But life goes on. This is very important and we would have loved to have won … but we’re all grown, we all have families and lives and life goes on.”The U.S. had won 58 consecutive tournament games in FIBA and Olympic competition, starting with the bronze-medal game at the 2006 world championships and continuing through every FIBA Americas, World Cup and Olympics event since. It was bidding to become the first nation to win three consecutive World Cups, after winning three straight Olympic golds in that span.The best the Americans can do now in China is finish fifth, and they’re assured of their worst finish in a big tournament with NBA players since placing sixth at the 2002 world championships. They’re going home with a berth in the 2020 Olympics secured but no medal. Donovan Mitchell scored 29 points for the U.S., all of them coming in the first three quarters. The Americans came up scoreless on six consecutive possessions down the stretch, the drought that allowed the French to take control of a back-and-forth game for the final time.“Just got to take it like a man at this point,” U.S guard Kemba Walker said. “We lost. There’s nothing we can do. We competed. We’ve been competing since day one that we got to training camp. But we gave it everything we’ve got. I know we’re Team USA and things of that nature and they’ve been winning for a lot of years, but you know, we didn’t get a chance to pull it off.”France’s Mathias Lessort, center keeps the ball from United States’ Marcus Smart at right during a quarterfinal match for the FIBA Basketball World Cup in Dongguan in southern China’s Guangdong province on Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2019. France defeated United States 89-79. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)Nando De Colo scored 18 for France. The French held the U.S. to 4 for 15 shooting in the fourth quarter — and benefited from the Americans going 4 for 11 from the foul line in the final 10 minutes.“We came here to win gold,” Gobert said. “We knew it wasn’t going to be easy. A lot of people counted us out, but we got the win.”Gobert said beating the Americans wasn’t the goal — winning gold is.“It doesn’t mean anything if you don’t win in the end,” Gobert said.France was up 10 early in the second half. The U.S. went on a 31-14 run over the next 10 minutes to go up by seven. And then the French responded with a 15-2 run over the next five minutes, going up 82-76 on a long jumper by Frank Ntilikina with 2:05 left.Mitchell had a chance to get the U.S. within two with about a minute left, driving against Gobert — but the Utah center read what the Utah guard was going to do perfectly, swatting the try away.“We beat the U.S., and that’s huge, but we haven’t won anything yet,” France’s Nicolas Batum said.France had been 0-9 against the U.S. in major international play, most of those outcomes one-sided affairs. But the last meeting between the nations was only a 100-97 U.S. win at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics three years ago, and France returned three players — Gobert, De Colo and Batum — who got minutes in that game.None of the U.S. players who played that afternoon in Rio is on this year’s World Cup team.France outrebounded the U.S. 21-12 in the first half, Gobert found his way to the line 10 times in the game’s first 20 minutes and the Americans went into the break trailing 45-39. The U.S. had trailed for 8:25 in their first five games combined — and trailed for 11:24 in the first half alone on Wednesday.France’s coach Vincent Collet gestures during a quarterfinal match against United States for the FIBA Basketball World Cup in Dongguan in southern China’s Guangdong province on Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2019. France defeated United States 89-79. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)Fournier’s layup with 7:33 left in the third gave France a 53-43 lead, and that’s when Mitchell got going.He had 14 points in the third quarter, and his dunk with 2:40 left pulled the U.S. into a 60-60 tie. Marcus Smart made three free throws after getting fouled by Gobert to put the U.S. back on top, and the Americans took a 66-63 lead into the fourth.But they couldn’t finish it off.“At the end of the day, you’ve got to tip your cap to them,” U.S. guard Joe Harris said. “They outplayed us. They deserved to win. We certainly didn’t deserve to win that game.”TIP-INSFrance: Gobert played the first 12:26. The longest he went before getting his first break in a Jazz game last season was 11:30. … Ntilikina scored 11 for France. … The U.S. didn’t turn the ball over at a very high rate — 11 times — but France converted those giveaways into 22 points.U.S.: Smart scored 11 and Walker had 10 for the U.S. … Before Mitchell’s offensive outburst Wednesday, the previous single-game scoring high for any U.S. player at this World Cup was Jaylen Brown’s 20-point game against Japan in the opening group round. … Jayson Tatum (sprained left ankle) missed his fourth consecutive game.LAUDING FRANCEPopovich had the highest praise for France and coach Vincent Collet. “It’s the best French team I’ve seen, because they play on both ends of the court,” Popovich said.OLYMPIC BERTHSAustralia’s win over the Czech Republic in the other quarterfinal on Wednesday gave France something else to celebrate — an Olympic berth. Spain and France are assured of being the top two World Cup finishers from Europe, earning them automatic spots into the field for the 2020 Tokyo Games.Others qualified so far: the U.S., Nigeria, Iran, Australia, Argentina and Japan. The last four spots in the 12-team field will be decided next year.UP NEXTFrance: Faces Argentina in semifinals at Beijing on Friday.U.S.: Faces Serbia in consolation round at Dongguan on Thursday.By: Tim Reynolds, AP Basketball WriterTweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Houston Parents Sue HISD Over Removal Of ConfederateLinked Names

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Study Device Ups Life Spans Of Cancer Patients

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Federal Food Stamp Program That Millions Of Texans Rely On Could Undergo

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Fallout Continues Over ExelonPepco Merger Rejection

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Changing environment caused some isolated kangaroos to evolve separately

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first_imgA team of researchers with the University of Queensland in Australia has found that a group of kangaroos living along the Sunshine Coast in that country have some distinct genetic variations—they are not a separate species from the other kangaroos (they are still close enough that they can interbreed when given the chance) but instead have genes that show they evolved separately from others in other parts of the country. In their paper published in PLOS ONE, the team describes the genetic studies they undertook and their hopes that additional study of the unique kangaroos will offer some insights into how such animals adapted to a changing environment. Journal information: PLoS ONE Lefties are all right with kangaroos Explore further Citation: Changing environment caused some isolated kangaroos to evolve separately (2015, July 22) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2015-07-environment-isolated-kangaroos-evolve.html The discovery was made as the team was studying eastern grey kangaroos hoping to learn more about their genetic history—they collected 317 fecal and tissue samples from 39 sites throughout Queensland and New South Wales and brought them back to their lab for analysis, in all a total of 256 samples were successfully sequenced which included 108 unique haplotypes. That allowed them to see that one small group had a distinct genetic variation. It also allowed them to trace the lineage back in time, which showed the kangaroos branching off after the last ice age.Grassland became more widespread during the last ice age, the team notes, allowing the kangaroos to move about at will. But then, as temperatures warmed, some of those grassy areas became rainforest, cutting off travel and essentially trapping one small group of kangaroos in areas along the Sunshine Coast. The separation over those thousands of years led to some genetic differences compared to those that were not trapped. But of course, it was not as simple as that, the kangaroos had to do something to survive, the team notes—it appears they migrated to what is now North Queensland and other locations farther south.Learning more about how one group of kangaroos survived major changes to their environment, the team explains, may offer clues regarding the fate of the species (and perhaps others as well) as the planet heats up and wild grasslands give way to urban development. © 2015 Phys.org More information: Coghlan BA, Goldizen AW, Thomson VA, Seddon JM (2015) Phylogeography of Eastern Grey Kangaroos, Macropus giganteus, Suggests a Mesic Refugium in Eastern Australia. PLoS ONE 10(5): e0128160. DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0128160 This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

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