2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifying Wrap (Europe): Former Winners On The Brink

first_imgStandings:1. Belgium 25 points2. Greece 16 points3. Bosnia and Herzegovina 14 points4. Estonia 11 points5. Cyprus 10 points6. Gibraltar 0 pointRelated2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifying Wrap (UEFA): France, Portugal Qualify; Netherlands Eliminated Despite WinOctober 11, 2017In “FIFA”Denmark, Ireland World Cup Playoff Clash In The Balance After StalemateNovember 12, 2017In “FIFA”2018 World Cup Qualifying Wrap (Europe): England, Germany Secure Final SpotsOctober 6, 2017In “Europe” Former World Cup winners France are on the brink of booking their place at next year’s tournament in Russia after they recorded a slim 1-0 win against Bulgaria in Group A.Blaise Matuidi scored the only goal of the game for the visitors as early as the third minute to hand the French team their 6th win in the qualifiers. They just need a win against lowly Belarus at home in their final qualifier to seal a spot at the World Cup.Still staying with the Group, three-time finalists Netherlands are in danger of missing out despite beating Belarus 3-1 away from home. The Oranje as they are fondly called are currently three points adrift of the playoff place and they next face Sweden, who occupy the playoff spot.The 1974, 1978 and 2010 World Cup finalists need to beat Sweden at home on Tuesday by at least 7 goals to have any chance of booking their place in Russia 2018 via the playoffs.In Group B, Switzerland only need a draw in their final qualifier against hosts Portugal on Tuesday to book their ticket after a dominant 5-2 win over Hungary with Arsenal star Granit Xhaka getting one of the goals for the home side.On the other hand, Portugal will need to beat Switzerland in the aforementioned game to qualify for Russia 2018 automatically and condemn the Swiss to the playoffs. Superstar forward Cristiano Ronaldo and Andre Silva scored for the European Champions in a 2-0 win at Andorra to put them in that position.Group A:Sweden 8-0 LuxembourgBulgaria 0-1 FranceBelarus 1-3 NetherlandsStandings:1. France 20 points2. Sweden 19 points3. Netherlands 16 points4. Bulgaria 12 points5. Belarus 5 points6. Luxembourg 5 pointsGroup B:Switzerland 5-2 HungaryFaroe Islands 0-0 LatviaAndorra 0-2 PortugalStandings:1. Switzerland 27 points2. Portugal 24 points3. Hungary 10 points4. Faroe Islands 9 points5. Andorra 4 points6. Latvia 4 pointsGroup H:Bosnia and Herzegovina 3-4 BelgiumCyprus 1-2 GreeceGibraltar 0-6 Estonialast_img read more

Lakers center JaVale McGee says he’s been unfairly judged for having asthma

first_img How athletes protesting the national anthem has evolved over 17 years Trail Blazers beat Grizzlies in play-in, earn first-round series with the Lakers Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Lakers practice early hoping to answer all questions AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersMcGee is in the midst of a possible career renaissance with the Lakers: He’s averaged 16.3 points, 7 rebounds and 3.3 blocked shots through four starts. A career 7.5-point and 4.8-rebound player, McGee has been mostly relegated to a backup role for the past seven seasons, during which he’s averaged less than 20 minutes per game every season – and less than 12 each of the last four seasons.As one of few traditional big men on the Lakers’ roster, he’s positioned to change his image this year. And part of that, he believes, has been his asthma diagnosis, which he thinks started to adversely affect his reputation when he was with the Denver Nuggets. Denver, of course, is famous for its one-mile altitude – which McGee said any player would have difficulty adjusting to (McGee previously played in Washington, D.C. which is close to sea level).So far this season, he’s averaged nearly 24 minutes for the Lakers.“People say, ‘Oh, he only can play 20 minutes because he has asthma,’” he said. “No. there’s a lot of people with asthma in the league. I feel like somebody stamped that excuse on me like, ‘Cool, we can play him low minutes because he has asthma.’”McGee was fired up about a line of questioning regarding how Coach Luke Walton appeared to be deploying him in short stints. Though McGee played 25 minutes, Walton subbed him in and out several times, even twice in a quarter, during the course of the 131-113 rout of the Suns. PHOENIX — Fresh off his highest-scoring performance in more than five years, JaVale McGee felt it was time to clear the air about something.His asthma.It’s well-known that the Lakers’ 7-foot center has asthma, and he takes a puff from an inhaler before every game. But the 30-year-old would like people to stop referencing the condition in relation to his minutes.“Stop bringing that up like I’m out here wheezing and having asthma attacks,” he said in a controlled but impassioned postgame declaration. “I’ve never had an asthma attack in my life. I feel like that’s definitely lowered my value as a basketball player.”center_img Trail Blazers, Grizzlies advance to NBA play-in game; Suns, Spurs see playoff dreams dashed Related Articles Whether the length of the stints was the key to unlocking a big performance from McGee, the result was a good one: McGee’s 20 points were the fifth-highest point total of his career. He kept up with the breakneck pace of the Lakers’ transition game, including the opening basket when he dashed up the court quickly after winning the tip-off, beating DeAndre Ayton to the hoop to finish off a lob from Lonzo Ball.“He’s just so active, man,” LeBron James said. “I think it starts with his defense. His ability to get blocked shots and get out and run and then, his ability to run and beat the other bigs down the floor, we’re always looking for him.”McGee had a fun night, also making his first 3-pointer of the season – something he works on in practice, even if the coaching staff is skeptical of deploying it in actual games. His career and reputation revitalized by a two-year stint with the Golden State Warriors, McGee thinks he could be in line for not just being on a winning team, but also being an integral piece of it.“I definitely feel like it should be a career year,” he said. “I’ve been working hard, especially the past three years. I feel like this is something I deserve.” Lakers, Clippers schedules set for first round of NBA playoffs last_img read more

ASAs 16th Annual Soybean Leadership College A Success

first_imgJayson Lusk, Ph.D., Regents Professor and Willard Sparks Endowed Chair, Oklahoma University, during his panel discussion on “Agricultural Trends – The Big Picture”.Approximately 120 agricultural enthusiasts, leaders and college students attended American Soybean Association’s (ASA) 16th annual Soybean Leadership College (SLC) in Orlando, Florida this week.Founded in 2001, Soybean Leadership College provides current and future agricultural industry leaders with training to effectively promote the soybean industry, communicate key agricultural messages and work to expand U.S. soybean market opportunities domestically and internationally.Several panel discussions were presented in a variety of topics. Jayson Lusk, Ph.D., Oklahoma State University discussed current and future agricultural trends. Kevin Folta, Ph.D., University of Florida, spoke on science and its impact on agriculture. Shane Meeker, Proctor & Gamble, discussed storytelling for businesses and author, speaker and professional speech coach, David Okerlund spoke on making the best of a challenge in agriculture.Soybean Leadership College social media reporters selected by Farm Credit. (L-R) Rachel Lium, Josie Burgett and Kennedy Core.SLC attendees also attended breakout sessions on soybean sustainability, financial management and social media for farming.Special thanks to our Soybean Leadership College Sponsors:National Checkoff SponsorUnited Soybean BoardCorporate PartnersBASF-The Chemical CompanyFarm CreditState QSSB SponsorsArkansas Soybean Promotion BoardDelaware Soybean BoardIllinois Soybean AssociationIndiana Soybean AllianceIowa Soybean AssociationKansas Soybean CommissionKentucky Soybean BoardMaryland Soybean BoardMichigan Soybean Promotion CommitteeMinnesota Soybean Research and Promotion CouncilNebraska Soybean BoardNew York Corn and Soybean Growers AssociationNorth Carolina Soybean Producers AssociationNorth Dakota Soybean CouncilOhio Soybean CouncilSouth Dakota Soybean Research and Promotion CouncilTennessee Soybean Promotion BoardTexas Soybean BoardVirginia Soybean BoardTo learn more or for information about next year’s conference, visit www.SoyGrowers.com or  contact Christine Luelf at 314-754-1291 or email at [email protected]last_img read more