New champion Ellis in Home Internationals squad

first_img New English champion Harry Ellis (Meon Valley, Hampshire, IoW & CI) has been selected in the England squad for the Home Internationals at Glasgow Gailes Golf Club in Scotland on 15th – 17th August.He is one of five new caps along with Seb Crookall-Nixon (Workington, Cumbria), Nathan Kimsey (Woodhall Spa, Lincolnshire), Jamie Rutherford (Knebworth, Hertfordshire), and Jordan Smith (Bowood G&CC, Wiltshire).The rest of the squad that will defend the Raymond Trophy is: Jack Hiluta (Chelmsford, Essex), Garrick Porteous (Bamburgh Castle, Northumberland), Neil Raymond (Corhampton, Hampshire, IoW & CI), Callum Shinkwin (Moor Park, Hertfordshire), Ben Stow (Rushmore, Wiltshire) and Josh White (Chipstead, Surrey).Ellis (image © Tom Ward), who won’t turn 17 until next month, won the English Amateur Championship at Silloth-on-Solway in Cumbria last weekend, beating Lancashire’s Henry Tomlinson 2 and 1 in a weather-protracted 36-hole final.He was capped at under 16 level and although a member of the England boys squad, now steps up to a full international. A former Hampshire junior champion, this year he has finished fifth in the McEvoy Trophy and equal sixth in the South East boys qualifying.Crookall-Nixon’s selection comes just 13 weeks after he was injured in a car accident in his native Cumbria and follows his quarter final defeat by Ellis in the English Championship. The English under 16 champion in 2008 and 2009, he was also an under 16 cap and finished fourth in last year’s Brabazon Trophy.Kimsey, 19, steps up from a boy international, while he has also represented GB&I against Europe in the Jacques Leglise Trophy. Winner of the McEvoy Trophy in 2011 which saw him finish fourth in the Titleist/FootJoy English Boys Order of Merit, this year he has won the Darwin Salver and finished third in the South East of England Links Championship while reaching the semi-finals of the English Amateur.Rutherford, 20, earns his first international call at any level having won the County Champions tournament in 2011. This year, he finished third in the Brabazon Trophy, winning the Henriques Salver for the lowest aggregate for a player aged under 20, and fourth in the South of England Open Amateur as he did last year.Smith, 19,  also earns his first international honour having been a member of the victorious Wiltshire team in last year’s County Championship finals at Ganton. In successive weeks last month he finished joint runner-up in the Chiberta Grand Prix and tied fifth in the Biarritz Cup and was beaten by Ellis in the English Amateur semi-finals.Hiluta, 23, made his full England debut against France in May, having earlier won the Spanish Amateur, while Porteous, 22, joint seventh in the Brabazon Trophy, reached the last 16 of the English Amateur.Raymond, 26, has been an England regular since his debut against Spain in 2011. He has won the Brabazon Trophy for the past two years and just failed to add the English title last week, losing in the quarter finals. Last winter, while in Australia, he won the New South Wales Medal.Shinkwin, 19, won all four of his games on his full England debut against France in May. A semi-finalist in last year’s English Amateur, in 2012 he has won the Hampshire Hog, finished equal third on the Berkhamsted Trophy and tied fifth in the Darwin Salver.Stow, 20, another member of Wiltshire’s winning County Championship team, debuted in last year’s Home Internationals and was runner-up in the County Champions tournament. He finished seventh in the Scottish Stroke Play, ninth in the Brabazon Trophy and won the individual competition at the recent European Men’s Challenge Trophy in Iceland.White, 21, was another to make his full England debut against France in May having been a boy cap. This summer, he has won the Berkshire Trophy, the Scrutton Jug for the best aggregate score from the Berkshire and Brabazon Trophies, and reached the last 16 of the English Amateur.England has won the last three Home Internationals matches. 8 Aug 2012 New champion Ellis in Home Internationals squad last_img read more

Steelers in AFC North driver’s seat with 4 games left

first_imgVery rarely does a game live up to all the hype but the Steelers, Ravens game did plus some. The 13-10 Steelers victory was without a doubt one of the best games of the season, as the defenses dominated, as expected. Troy Polamalu was once again a key factor in the victory after being responsible for the Ravens’ lone touchdown on a miscalculation that led to Anquan Boldin scoring. He gambled and rushed the passer leaving no deep protection and Boldin burned Bryant McFadden before Ryan Clark could get across field. But he made up for this play late in the game by knocking the ball out of quarterback Joe Flacco’s hands on a safety blitz which led to the sack and fumble. It was a surprise blitz which this time did catch Flacco by surprise, as Polamalu got to the quarterback before he could release the ball. LaMarr Woodley scooped the ball up and ran it 19 yards to the 9 yard line. “It was an all-out blitz. They brought everybody,” Flacco said. “I took three steps and raised my arm and was getting hit. It was pretty shocking.”“Everybody watching TV at home, everybody in the stadium, you all know if you see 43 at the line, four-minute offense, he’s coming,” said Ravens linebacker Terrell Suggs, who gave the Steelers offensive line fits all night and had 1 1/2 sacks. “It was just like, I hope we have a plan. It just didn’t feel good when I saw that hair at the line.”“They are going to be happy on that airplane back to Pittsburgh. They have the ‘W,’” Suggs said. “In this league, that’s all. We lost, that’s all that matters.”Ben Roethlisberger and the offense responded by taking advantage of the great field position and scored their lone touchdown with 2:51 left in the game as Isaac Redman caught a short pass from Roethlisberger and ran around and through Ravens for the 9 yard score. Even though Baltimore had plenty of time left, the defense put the clamps on them to preserve the victory. Playing with a broken nose and sprained right foot, he went 22 for 38 for 253 yards. Roethlisberger has won six straight starts against Baltimore and is 8-2 against the Ravens.“Tough place to play, but let’s be frank, we needed to come here and even the score in this matchup,” Steelers coach Mike Tomlin said. “Thankfully we did, and we’ll push on.”The victory puts the Steelers in the driver’s seat in the AFC North as they took sole possession of first place with just four games left. Three are at home versus the Cincinnati Bengals, New York Jets and the Carolina Panthers, before finishing out the season in Cleveland versus the improving Browns (5-7).After winning the division last season and Marvin Lewis being named the Coach of the Year, the Bengals have reverted back to their old ways of finding a way to lose, falling to the New Orleans Saints (9-3). Drew Brees threw a 3-yard touchdown pass to Marques Colston with 31 seconds left, rallying the Saints to their fifth consecutive victory, 34-30 over the self-destructive Bengals.The Saints trailed for the first time after newcomer Clint Stitser made a 47-yard field goal putting the Bengals ahead 30-27 with 4:25 to go…plenty of time for Brees to pull it out, with the help of yet another Bengals blunder. His 42-yarder to Robert Meacham drew New Orleans into field-goal range. On fourth-and-2 from the Cincinnati 7, the Saints lined up and tried to draw the Bengals offside. It worked. Bengals lineman Pat Sims jumped, giving the Saints a first down. Brees threw his second touchdown pass on the next play, sending Cincinnati (2-10) to its ninth consecutive loss.The Bengals picked up Terrell Owens to boost their offense, and it has, but the problem is that their defense can’t stop anyone. The lowly Buffalo Bills scored 48 points on them with just about everyone they’ve faced scoring 30 or more points. Owens and Chad Ochocinco had outstanding games against the Saints. Owens had 6 catches for 47 yards and Ochocinco had 5 catches for 96 yards, but it wasn’t enough.The Bengals always play the Steelers tough but they just don’t appear to have the defense this season to stop the Steelers or anyone else, and the chances of them scoring 30 plus points against the Steelers is not likely.After the Bengals, Pittsburgh has another big game against the Jets. Depending on what happens in the Monday Night battle with division rival New England, the Jets will either be fighting for the best record and home field advantage in the AFC or a wildcard spot in the playoffs. Both teams went into the game with the AFC best record (9-2) with the winner remaining one game ahead of the Steelers. Having lost to the Patriots, Pittsburgh could become the number one seed if the Jets beat the Patriots and they beat the Jets.Since the Steelers have played at the level of their opponents this season, Cincinnati 2-10, Carolina 1-11 and Cleveland 5-7 may appear to be easy wins, but not necessarily. Pittsburgh needs to go either 3-1 or 4-0 to assure themselves of a playoff spot and possibly the home field advantage, because the likelihood of Baltimore losing again is slim.Punter Daniel Sepulveda hurt his right knee in the second quarter, and placekicker Shaun Suisham was called upon to punt for the remainder of the game. Sepulveda has an ACL injury, Tomlin said, and likely is lost for the season.Rashard Mendenhall ran for 45 yards to break 1,000 for a second straight year. BLOOD AND GLORY—Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger (7) gets off a pass while being hit by Baltimore Ravens linebacker Terrell Suggs (55) during the first half Dec. 5, in Baltimore. “He is a heck of a player,” Roethlisberger said. “One time after a play, I looked at him and he was bleeding from the mouth. I was bleeding from the nose. That says it all about a Ravens-Steelers football game.”(AP Photo/Nick Wass) last_img read more

“Hello out there, we’re on the air, it’s hockey night tonight…”

first_imgBy Andrew ZwickerRossland TelegraphYou couldn’t be blamed over the weekend if you were humming Stompin’ Tom’s unofficial Canadian Anthem as you walked through town. While the goalie didn’t jump, the players did bump and the fans all went insane as someone roared andThe Outlaws scored at the good ole pond hockey game.Gifted with glorious sunshine and perfect temperatures for maintaining an outdoor hockey rink, the BC Pond Hockey Championships went off without a hitch after being delayed for a week by unseasonably warm and wet weather.Local ice-maker extraordinaire Raymond Von Diebeisch was out hosing down and manicuring the ice throughout the week leading up to the event and by puck drop on Friday night had a good 30cm’s or more of cold hard ice down on the Emcon lot.“I’ve got to give a huge hats off to the ice that Ray was able to create,” extolled organizer John Reed. “He did a phenomenal job going way over, above and beyond the call of duties. The ice was phenomenal!”Due to the rescheduling of the event just 15 of the 27 initially registered teams were able to make it, but sunny skies, hard ice and the sense of sportsmanship and cooperation that taking the game to the pond brings out kept the action hot and the puck cold.One wander around the events ground over the weekend and the subtle and not so subtle differences between the arena game and the pond game were readily apparent.From costumed players dipping into celebratory beverages together before the sun was even high enough to clear the shadows to the no goalie, non-stop style of play and high scoring affairs there was a noticeably different vibe from that of your typical rink.In the men’s competitive division the KVR Gilnockie Ruttin Bucks regained their title as Western Pond Hockey champs. The Bucks, winners of the inaugural tournament three years ago put a licking on the Top Shelf Construction team in the finals with a 27 -16 victory to claim the title.The Bucks include Jarod Seminoff and Aaron Shrieves of Nelson. Following a slow start which took some time to adapt to pond rules, The Outlaws after losing their first game of the tournament, picked up a secret weapon for the rest of the tournament and went unbeaten into the finals.“We had to learn to keep our shots down as we kept missing the net in the first game with the short little nets,” explained Mark Brooks of The Outlaws. “That first game we were basically just running and gunning and didn’t really have any strategy.”From game two on we started working on covering our men a little more and trying at least to make it look like we knew what we were doing.”Adding a local “over 50 year old” as they put it, local teacher Wayne Antsey brought the missing piece to the puzzle and the boys never looked back despite a chippy semi-final game against the Tighty Whiteys.In true dramatic fashion the rec division finals came down to overtime. During regulation time the Outlaws were leading significantly and appeared to be cruising to victory. Pond Hockey has a few unique rules however. At the end of regulation each team’s penalties from the games are tallied and the difference in number of penalties goes to the opposing team as goals.That tied the game up and sent it into overtime where ultimately Lifeworks were defeated 27-25.“It’s just a ton of fun,” added Brooks. “We love coming up for this tournament, the whole weekend is just a great time with some good hockey mixed in.”In the last two tournaments, on the women’s side, Jackie Haines played a key role for the Wild Things.This year however she decided to form her own team made up of some of the younger Smokettes and Chicks with Sticks players and in a grudge match of sorts ended up facing her old squad in the finals. Ultimately the Wild Things breakaway player came back to bite them in the final as the Organic Drycleaners knocked them off for the title in a 16 – 5 final.“It’s always fun to be able to play in a tournament like that with a whole bunch of your friends you know,” added Haines. “It’s especially fun when a lot of the girls in the area are teammates in our regular league. It gives us a chance to break up our regular routine and have some fun on the pond. We’ll be back next year to defend our crown for sure.”With a successful third year of the tournament now in the books Reed is looking forward to next year and is working on a few tweaks to fine tune the crowd favorite event for next year.One change Reed is hoping to make is to take the weather guessing game out of the equation after having to reschedule due to weather the past two years. The hope is to secure the Rossland arena for tournament weekend next year so that regardless of weather the event will go on with a full slate of teams.With the winners in each division winning free entry into both the National Pond Hockey Championships in Ontario as well as the Northern Regional Championships in Prince George next year the top teams will surely be taken where, the hockey players, face off down the rink and their beer cups will be filled up for the champs who win the drink.last_img read more

Factors for Phosphorus loss from land to surface water

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Most of us have reduced fertilizer inputs as crop prices have gone down and this is documented by reduced phosphorus fertilizer sales. But still, I am often asked about issues of phosphorus from an agriculture and water quality standpoint, “Is rate the only concern?”Rate, and more appropriately soil test level, is important from a water quality standpoint. If we are at a soil test level that does not require any fertilizer application, perhaps 35% of our fields, then risk of loss is reduced to whatever background levels are coming from the soil. If the soil test is in an agronomic range (15-40 ppm Bray P1), water concentration of Total P in runoff is 0.5 ppm or less. If soil test levels are four to five times agronomic levels, however we can see this produce a runoff concentration of 1 ppm or more.Recently applied P is subject to loss based on the timing, source and placement during the nutrient application. The key to reducing loss is for the applied phosphorus to quickly equilibrate and stabilize in the soil before the next runoff producing event. Surface applications are most at risk. Soil test levels on the surface can be higher than the eight-inch soil test sample result under reduced tillage systems. Surface water, or water preferentially flowing to a tile, can result in an elevated water concentration of P. The same rate of nutrient applied can have different water quality results based simply on placement — surface verses incorporated for example.Erosion is a factor that should not be forgotten. Loss of sediment bound nutrients play an important role in water quality. It is still important to address surface runoff of water that results in soil erosion through conservation tillage, cover crops, waterways, structures and other practices that reduce water velocity or filter sediment.Since runoff producing events have been mentioned a couple of times, “Are there practices that will reduce these events?” Compacted soils shed water resulting in ponding and/or increased surface flows versus allowing infiltration. Practices that improve soil structure such as no-till/reduced tillage, optimal soil pH, drainage and other soil improvement practices will encourage water infiltration and retention of water. Tile drainage control structures can be added to subsurface drainage to retain water in the field. Retention of water is one factor that directly reduces edge of field nutrient loss.If you are concerned about runoff potential; a good source of a printable forecast can be obtained from NOAA through the website http://weather.gov. A zip code close to the application site can be entered on the website. A detailed hourly forecast graphic can be reviewed and printed. Rainfall can be totaled from the graphic to obtain the needed 12 or 24 hour predicted rainfall. A short video presentation showing how to obtain the forecast can be found on the OSU Agronomic Crops Team YouTube Channel at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z7Ip8hsL4bA.last_img read more

A new option for temporary grain storage

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest On-farm grain storage can be a key component of any farmer’s grain marketing plan, but what if you don’t have enough? There are now some options for grain storage that may be just what some farms need to leverage what they harvest this fall.On-Store is a new, fully aerated temporary grain storage system that is offered as a 20,000 or 50,000 bushel system.“The most important aspect of On-Store systems, with the widening basis and new for immediate storage, is that these can be up and operational in just one day,” said Scott Gladish, On-Store’s national sales director. “So, you’ve got all that additional storage in a small amount of time and added flexibility with harvest time logistics when there is no need to choose between sitting at the elevator or sitting in a combine.”The On-Store systems consist of a galvanized steel grain ring, grain vac unloading system ports and an aeration system that is equipped with a five or 10-horsepower fan.“Farmers are utilizing these units to hedge against the markets, which have not been friendly as of late,” Gladdish said. “The markets don’t care if farmers have issues or if their cost of production is higher than what corn pays, but if you are able to increase storage it can allow for better hedging against these lower markets.”Installations of these units are dealer supported and require very little preparation on the farm.“The farmer will need to get the ground level in a 60- or 90-foot ring, building a crown in the middle with a box blade, sloping it off 1% to 2% to the edge,” Gladdish said. “Then there is a very thick 40 mil floor moisture barrier on the floor to protect the corn.”More information can be found at www.onfarmonstore.com and members of Ohio Corn and Wheat can pick up an exclusive 10% discount on all orders.last_img read more

Wordless Wednesday – Military and America Saves Week

first_imgIn honor of Military Saves and America Saves Week, we share this video and ask what are you saving for?This post was uploaded by Anne Adrian, Social Media Strategist for the Military Families Learning Network.last_img

Girls to shine in backyard

first_imgBy BEN HARRISThe 2014 National Youth Championships is hours away but for two Queensland girls, it can’t come quick enough.Queensland Secondary Schools Touch (QSST) players Mia Johnstone and Emma Sykes will don the maroon jersey for this week’s event at the Sunshine Coast Stadium.But more importantly, they will be playing in front of their family and friends.Johnstone and Sykes are Sunshine Coast girls – Johnstone is from Twin Waters and Sykes from Sippy Down.Playing in a big tournament in their own backyard is something the pair of 16-year-olds are looking forward to.“It is pretty exciting because it is a really good ground and a massive stadium. Plenty of supporters, so it is going to be very exciting,” Sykes said.This is Sykes’ debut at the National Youth Championships while Johnstone previously played for Sunshine Coast Pineapples. “The experience will be awesome. Playing at a high level with a lot of girls I’ve grown up playing with, so that will be awesome. Every game will be challenging,” Johnstone said.Having played in every girls division final since 1996 – winning 14 of the 18 finals including the past two years – there is a lot of expectation on QSST to maintain their incredible record.“Playing for Queensland you have that expectation in the past about winning,” Johnstone said.“You have to withhold that but I think you need to just get out there and have fun; make the most of it.”New South Wales Combined High Schools have been QSST’s biggest threat each year, and 2014 will be no different.“It is going to be really hard because, even from the under 15s, it was pretty tough competition. It is always hard playing New South Wales and other states,” Sykes said.Sunshine Coast councillor Peter Cox said he would be coming out and watching the National Youth Championships.“I came here last year and the competition was really tight and a great spectacle,” Councillor Cox said.“Anyone out there who hasn’t got anything to do in the next couple of days they should come down here because they will see some quality football.”Councillor Cox said the Sunshine Coast would benefit from the National Youth Championships, as well as the State of Origin series (played on Friday and Saturday).“It’s a pretty special time for us and the Sunshine Coast. The players, officials, spectators and families all coming along gives our local economy a great boost, and it is great to show off our great facilities,” Councillor Cox said.There are plenty of ways to keep up-to-date with all of the latest results, news and information from the 2014 National Youth Championships (NYC). The Touch Football Australia and NYC websites will be updated regularly throughout the event with all of the latest information and can be found by clicking on the links below: www.nyc.mytouchfooty.com www.touchfootball.com.au All of Touch Football Australia’s social media pages will be regularly updated throughout the NYC event, so be sure to ‘like’ and ‘follow’ us by clicking on the links below. Facebook – www.facebook.com/touchfootballaustralia Twitter – www.twitter.com/touchfootyaus (be sure to use the hashtag #nationalyouthchamps) Instagram – www.instagram.com/touchfootballaustralia (be sure to use the hashtag #nationalyouthchamps) The TFA YouTube channel will also have highlights and game live streamed throughout the event. Please click on the link below to be taken to the channel, and be sure to become a subscriber to the channel – www.youtube.com/touchfootballausRelated LinksNational Youth Champslast_img read more

10 months ago​Liverpool boss Klopp provides update on Gomez & Matip

first_img​Liverpool boss Klopp provides update on Gomez & Matipby Ansser Sadiq10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has spoken about injuries to key members of his squad.The Reds are dealing with injuries to the likes of Joel Matip, Joe Gomez, Dejan Lovren and others.Klopp spoke about the situation after his heavily rotated side were defeated 2-1 by Wolves in the FA Cup third round on Monday.”[Joe is] getting better, it’s getting better, but he is not yet involved,” the German told reporters after the game.”Joel is maybe a bit closer, I’m not sure, but hopefully he moves completely normal. We have to see how the bone healing is, that’s always how it is when something [has] broke, but from his movements it looks nearly normal.”But there are still a few days to go until we can have them in team training, until [Joel] is ready for contact, which for a centre-half is pretty important. Until then we will make all the fitness work.”The good thing is Joel can do all the fitness work already since a week or so ago, so that means when he will be back he will be 100 percent fit. Then he has to get rhythm and everything will be fine.” About the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Miami Trolls Duke With “Shrug” Emoticon Following ACC’s Suspension Of Referees

first_imgSunday afternoon, the ACC issued an official statement on the end of Saturday’s Miami vs. Duke contest, which featured great controversy. The league has chosen to suspend the entire officiating crew two conference games after it was determined that four mistakes (two of which were crucial to the outcome) were made during the final play of the game. For those unaware, Miami returned a kickoff for the game-winning touchdown as time expired.Well, Miami, which benefited from the errors, has responded to the news on Twitter. Duke fans won’t like what they see.¯\_(ツ)_/¯— Miami Hurricanes (@MiamiHurricanes) November 1, 2015And this is the Hurricanes official Twitter account moments after that statement was released: https://t.co/nGJkhDK5wz— Josh Kendall (@JoshatTheState) November 1, 2015That, for those who don’t use social media often, is a “shrug” emoticon. It basically translates to “oh well.”It does not appear that the ACC is going to change the outcome of the game. It’s a tough break for Blue Devils fans.last_img read more