Spring game was better than last

first_imgAnother spring game is in the books for the USC football team, and it appears there is much to look forward to when the program returns for the season in the fall. The spring period is always welcome, as it provides a small sampling of next year’s squad while briefly breaking up the very difficult eight-month period without any college football.This year was no exception, as Trojan fans across the country paid close attention to the development of underclassmen to see who might start next season. Many key players from last year dominated in the spring, demonstrating improved skillsets across the board especially on offense.Quarterback Cody Kessler, who put up great statistics last season, looks more mobile and fluid in his movements. A former high school basketball star, Kessler came into USC heralded as somewhat of a dual threat. Though no one was confusing him with Braxton Miller when he was recruited, he was evaluated as a new age quarterback and fellow quarterback recruit Max Wittek fit the more traditional drop back role.In his two seasons at the helm, Kessler hasn’t really displayed much mobility. Occasionally, he has made some big plays with his feet that show his athleticism does actually live up the hype. For the most part, however, it seems as if his bulky knee brace keeps him situated in the pocket. There is no question Kessler can move, and if he is even fleeter footed this year than he was last, it will add an entirely new dimension to the USC offense.The Trojans don’t need him to be Marcus Mariota back there, but if defenses have to respect his running ability, Steve Sarkisian’s up-tempo downhill running scheme can operate on full cylinders. Keith Price, who was the quarterback under Sarkisian at Washington, wasn’t as good of a running quarterback as his predecessor Jake Locker, but he was still a threat to run. This kept defenses honest and allowed the Huskies skill position players to excel.If Kessler can occupy the attention of an extra linebacker on every play, it can open up lanes for Justin Davis and Tre Madden, as well as seam routes for whoever ends up playing tight end, much like it did for running back Bishop Sankey and tight end Austin               Sefarian-Jenkins at Washington.In addition to Kessler, wide receiver JuJu Smith appears to have taken the next step in his development as a wide receiver. Smith, who dominated older cornerbacks as a freshman last season, has sharpened his route running skills and has taken over the role of number one option from departed receiver Nelson Agholor. If Smith continues to demonstrate the manic work ethic he has become known for in the past year, he will go down as one of the greatest wide receivers to play at USC.He has a rare combination of power and speed that is more impressive at his current stage of development than Robert Woods, Marqise Lee and Agholor had entering their respective sophomore seasons. All three had excellent careers as Trojans and came on strong during their sophomore years. It will be interesting to see if Smith can match or eclipse their sophomore campaigns.Though Smith will be the primary target, there are a bevy of other options to also throw to. Redshirt sophomore Steven Mitchell has been amazing this spring. Mitchell, who dominated the Los Angeles high school circuit at Bishop Alemany in the San Fernando Valley, has finally recovered from the ACL injury that sidelined him for a full season. If he can stay healthy, he will be a presence during the season.Flanking Mitchell will be sophomore Ajene Harris, who came on strong as a true freshman during the early part of last season. Though injuries and some troubles learning the entire playbook slowed him down, Harris is a dynamic threat who can make plays in space. As showcased in the spring game, Harris also played quarterback in high school at Crenshaw and can be used to carry out a trick play or two during the season.These are only a couple of the players who impressed during the spring. Though the team is still not at full strength, it was a promising set of practices for the future of Trojan football. One should never set their hopes too high after the spring, but it’s good to remain cautiously optimistic with the team the Trojans look to put out on the field next season.last_img read more

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Grazing corn residue

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Corn residue left over from harvesting can make an excellent source of supplemental feed for livestock, according to a forage expert from the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences at The Ohio State University.This is especially true for producers who are facing lower hay crop inventories thanks to the excessive rains that impacted the region during the beginning of the growing season this year, said Rory Lewandowski, agriculture and natural resources educator for the college’s outreach arm, Ohio State University Extension.Grazing cows on harvested corn acres within the first 30 to 60 days after harvesting can be a great way for producers to stretch their feed supplies, he said.“This was a tough forage year for many livestock producers,” Lewandowski said. “Many producers are finding that they didn’t get enough hay harvested with all the rain that impacted the crops during the earlier part of the growing season.”For growers looking for a way to extend their forage supplies, grazing corn residue may be one less-expensive option, he said.“For some folks that may be scrambling for alternatives, such as buying extra hay or feeding more grain to their livestock, grazing corn residue is a good option,” he said. “Using temporary fencing allows this as an inexpensive option for many producers.”Based on calculations by Rick Rasby, a beef specialist at the University of Nebraska, for every bushel of corn there are about 45 pounds of residue on a dry matter (DM) basis, Lewandowski said.And for every bushel of corn there are about 16 pounds of husks and leaves on a dry matter basis, he said.“Using those figures, a 170 bushels per acre corn crop will leave 7,650 pounds of dry matter of total residue, with the husks and leaves accounting for about 2,720 pounds of that total,” he said. “And typical harvest leaves about one bushel per acre of corn grain that the animals can graze.”Cows in mid-gestation and ewes in the middle trimester or earlier of gestation typically do well with grazing corn residue, Lewandowski said.last_img read more

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3 days agoArsenal boss Emery upset with Pepe: You must score!

first_imgArsenal boss Emery upset with Pepe: You must score!by Paul Vegas3 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveArsenal boss Unai Emery was upset with Nicolas Pepe after defeat at Sheffield United last night.The Gunners’ £72million summer signing missed a sitter when the game was goalless – and is yet to score from open play for his new club.Lys Mousset then struck for the brilliant Blades, as Arsenal, who have never won at Sheffield United in the Premier League in four attempts, missed the chance to go third.Gunners boss Emery moaned: “The chance for us, for Pepe, was the key.“Because if they score the first goal, defensively they are a very strong team.“Pepe is improving but the next step for him is to score.“Usually he is going to score chances like that – but tonight he didn’t take his chance.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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ABSENTIA STAR CANADIAN ACTRESS STANA KATIC ON MEETING JAYCEE DUGARD SHES A

first_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment TORONTO — In trying to grasp the trauma her “Absentia” character endured while in captivity for several years, Canadian actress Stana Katic reflected on a meeting she had with a real-life victim of such harrowing circumstances: Jaycee Dugard.The Hamilton-born star says she has someone in common with Dugard, who was abducted in June 1991 on her way to school in South Lake Tahoe, Calif. Dugard was held for 18 years by Phillip and Nancy Garrido, and gave birth to two daughters in a hidden compound in the couple’s California backyard.The opportunity came up for Katic and Dugard to meet “in a social setting,” the actress said in a recent interview, noting it happened not as part of her research for “Absentia” but “just because.” Advertisement A photo of the two of them together can be seen on Katic’s Facebook page in a post from July 2016.“She’s a beautiful human being,” Katic said during a stop in Toronto to promote Season 2 of “Absentia,” which premieres Wednesday on Showcase.“She is, in so many ways, fully realized. After having come from a situation where her identity was stripped away from her in so many ways, for her to unfold into this authentic and fully realized woman — she’s got a great sense of humour, she’s a good person — I admire her.”Katic said she didn’t use Dugard specifically as a reference point as she crafted her “Absentia” character, former Boston FBI agent Emily Byrne, who is trying to return to “normal” life after being kidnapped and presumed dead during a risky hunt for a serial killer.But she found Dugard’s story left an impression on her.“In no way can I say emulated it or anything like that, because that experience is, to me, I have to completely respect it and protect that,” said the former “Castle” star.“Her ability to recover and her resilience as a human being and the growth that she’s had since that, I honour and respect that woman so much. However, reading her story, hearing about her and meeting her in person, I can’t say that it didn’t leave granules of information for me.”At the start of Season 2, Emily is in a dark place as she tries to bond with the son she had in her former life before she went missing. She’s also researching her troubled childhood at an orphanage and starting to remember snippets from her time in captivity.The new season was shot in Bulgaria and explores themes of identity, finding a sense of self and having dominion over yourself, said Katic, noting it also delves into the lives of other characters surrounding Emily.Overall, Katic feels her character is like Odysseus from Greek mythology and an antihero going through psychological challenges in order to find her way home.“That’s the kind of character that I am drawn to in my own TV and movie-viewing experience,” Katic said.“For instance, I love Tom Hardy in ‘Taboo,’ I love Cillian Murphy in ‘Peaky Blinders,’ and of course Tony Soprano…. Humans are imperfect and so why wouldn’t a female character be … a version of an antihero?” Facebook Twittercenter_img Advertisement Advertisement Login/Register With: Stana Katiclast_img read more

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The Eagles Offense Needed To Be Virtually Flawless And It Was

In Super Bowl LII on Sunday night, the New England Patriots racked up 613 yards, the most ever for a team in the Super Bowl. Tom Brady threw for 505 yards, which was the most by a quarterback in playoff history. The Patriots didn’t punt once in the entire game. It was a masterclass in offensive execution, and it was all for naught.The Philadelphia Eagles’ 41-33 win over New England will be rightly remembered for the triumph of backup quarterback Nick Foles over a Super Bowl legend. But perhaps more remarkable was that the Eagles needed to be virtually flawless on offense to keep pace with New England, and they succeeded.Defensive coordinators Matt Patricia and Jim Schwartz, who both received heavy head-coaching buzz this hiring cycle, watched helplessly on the sidelines as the offenses combined for 1,151 yards. Forget Super Bowl records or even playoff records, that’s most total yards in any game in NFL history.Between Foles’ downfield passing and the inside/outside power-running combo of LeGarrette Blount and Jay Ajayi, the Eagles piled up 538 (hey, FiveThirtyEight!) total yards themselves and were able to counter the league’s most prolific offense each time it landed a punch. After averaging just 5.3 yards per pass attempt across six regular-season appearances1Not counting an appearance in Week 8, when he entered the game with a minute left so that he could kneel twice and run out the clock. and three starts in relief of starter Carson Wentz, Foles burned the Minnesota Vikings in the NFC Championship for 352 yards at a 10.7 yards-per-attempt clip. Whatever changed in Foles — or whatever magic spell head coach Doug Pederson cast — was still in force Sunday when Foles threw for 373 yards against the Patriots defense, averaging 8.7 yards per attempt. He also showed a willingness to test the Patriots defense downfield, connecting on 11 of 19 throws of 10 air yards or more.After the teams traded red-zone stops on the first two drives, Blount set the tone with a bruising 36-yard run. On the very next play, Foles went for the jugular with a 34-yard touchdown strike to receiver Alshon Jeffery. It was one of five passes — and two scores — where Foles connected for 20 more yards. To put his development this past month in perspective, he only had three such passes in the regular season. The effectiveness of the Eagles’ run game set the table for Foles’s downfield feast. Repeated zone runs and outside stretches kept the Pats defense honest — and running horizontally — while Foles attacked vertically. Four Eagles combined to gain 164 yards on 27 carries, averaging 6.1 yards per attempt, while Foles completed 28 of 43 passes for 373 yards and a 88.6 Raw QBR. Pederson’s creativity shows up in the box score; five Eagles had at least seven touches — and two others had at least 70 yards, a receiving touchdown or both. Yes, that includes Foles: Pederson’s balance and aggression broke the Patriots’ bend-but-don’t-break defense. As expected, the Patriots still made halftime adjustments; the Eagles averaged over 2 yards more per play in the first half than in the second half. But they were still devastating on third and fourth down, keeping drives alive by converting 12 of 18 tries. Per ESPN Stats & Information Group, Foles was practically perfect in conversion situations, posting an 11.4 yards-per-attempt average, two touchdowns and 99.9 Raw QBR on 15 attempts.Yet it was a sloppily played game. Mistakes — including three missed first-half kicks, two failed two-point conversions, Brady’s dropped QB throwback and a host of blown coverages — took some of the shine off what was otherwise a sterling offensive performance by both teams.Besides his dropped pass on the option — which, to be fair, was not a good throw from Danny Amendola — it’s hard to put any blame on Brady, who put up his best statistical effort in eight Super Bowls. In fact, according to ESPN Stats & Information Group, he became the first quarterback in NFL history to lose any game while posting 500+ passing yards, three touchdowns and no interceptions. No Super Bowl-losing quarterback has played better.Yet Brady raised the ire of the entire footballing internet after the game, when he was quoted as saying the Eagles made “one good play”: As the full context of the quote reveals, though, Brady was spot-on: Brandon Graham’s fourth-quarter strip sack of Brady was the only consequential defensive play of the game, and it came at the perfect time to short-circuit Brady’s now-routine postseason heroics. Fittingly, it was also the only sack by either team in the game, which tied a Super Bowl low mark.Pederson has to be credited for his amazing coaching performance, winning it all after completely remaking his offense to suit his backup quarterback. The same is true of general manager Howie Roseman, who not only survived his power struggle with deposed head coach Chip Kelly but also won the Super Bowl two years later.But most of the credit should go to Foles, who deservedly won the Super Bowl MVP award after getting jerked around by Kelly, the Eagles and the rest of the NFL. Despite contemplating retirement after being cut by the Rams in 2016, Foles stayed humble and hungry and returned the team that drafted him in 2012.His patience, and theirs, resulted in a Super Bowl payoff for a fan base that desperately needed a championship.CORRECTION (Feb. 5, 2017, 2:25 p.m.): A previous version of this story incorrectly stated the number of Eagles who had fewer than seven touches but who had at least 70 yards or a receiving touchdown — it was two, not three. read more

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The Raptors Tip The Finals With Their Own Strength In Numbers

With Kevin Durant still sidelined by the calf he injured nearly a month ago, Kevon Looney out indefinitely with a fractured collarbone suffered in Game 2 and Klay Thompson sitting out a playoff game for the first time in his career,1Thompson was the only Warrior to play all 101 previous playoff games during the Steve Kerr era. it was clear before the game started that the Golden State Warriors would need a Herculean effort from Stephen Curry in order to win Game 3 and take a 2-1 lead over the Raptors in the NBA Finals.Golden State got that Herculean effort. And it wasn’t enough.In fact, it’s difficult to imagine Curry playing a better game: Steph scored 47 points, snared eight rebounds and dished out seven assists. He became the first player in finals history to score 45 or more while also recording five or more rebounds, assists and made 3-pointers. And yet the Warriors trailed for almost the entire game and lost by 14 points at home. Curry’s 47 points are now the second-most ever for a player in a losing NBA Finals effort, behind only the 51 scored by LeBron James in Game 1 of last year’s finals.Combined with his 16 assisted points, Curry created 63 of the Warriors’ 98 points while he was on the floor, a truly incredible feat. Those 63 points tied for the second-most points he’s created in any playoff game during the Warriors’ five-year run of excellence. They also marked the sixth time that Curry has created at least 60 points via his shots and assists — though this is the first time he has done so in a loss.The Warriors fell largely because Toronto got whatever it wanted on offense for the entire game. Golden State yielded 123 points to the Raptors — the most it has allowed in any NBA Finals game at Oracle Arena under Steve Kerr. All five of Toronto’s starters scored at least 17 points, and they combined for an incredible 106 points on just 70 shot attempts. The Raptors all together connected on 43 of 82 shots from the field, 17 of 38 from beyond the arc and 20 of 21 from the free-throw line, recording just the 42nd 50-40-90 game2That’s shorthand for shooting at least 50 percent from the field, 40 percent on threes and 90 percent from the line. in NBA playoff history and only the third in the history of the finals.Their offense was in blitzkrieg mode right from the jump. Toronto scored 15 points in the first four and a half minutes of the game and eventually totaled 36 in the first quarter. They ended up scoring 1.44 points per possession in the opening period — the most efficient quarter either team has had during the series. The Raptors’ only blemish was a five-minute stretch in the second quarter where they turned the ball over three times and shot 0 of 6 from the field. Otherwise, they were practically unstoppable. Toronto even scored a completely absurd 1.59 points per possession on tries that began after a made Warriors basket.It was a total group effort — the kind of “Strength in Numbers” victory the Warriors themselves love to claim. Kawhi Leonard, while clearly still playing at least somewhat hobbled, nevertheless continued his metronomic consistency. Leonard finished with 30 points, seven rebounds, six assists, two steals and two blocks, and he paraded to the free-throw line nearly at will.Danny Green — who is now officially out of the shooting slump that plagued him throughout the Eastern Conference finals after apparently getting some shooting advice from Shaquille O’Neal, of all people — nailed three 3-pointers during the aforementioned first quarter, giving him multiple triples in all three games of the series. Though Raptors coach Nick Nurse chose to start Fred VanVleet over Green after halftime to keep his best Steph stopper on the floor, Green ended up nailing another three treys after the break.After a Game 2 in which he largely struggled near the rim, Pascal Siakam connected on 7 of 12 shots from inside the paint. Siakam tallied six assists as well and was a game-high plus-22, marking the third time during Toronto’s 21-game playoff run where the Raptors have outscored their opponent by at least 20 points with Siakam on the floor. Kyle Lowry played perhaps his most complete game of the playoffs, pouring in 23 points while dishing out nine assists.The starters were not the only Raptors in double figures. VanVleet, still piping-hot since the birth of his son, scored 11 points and made three 3-pointers — including an utterly ridiculous shot-clock-buzzer-beating circus shot while falling down that pushed the Raptors’ lead to 13 points with less than two minutes remaining and sparked the beginning of garbage time. From ABC News: The lone Raptor to record a basket but not reach double figures was Serge Ibaka, who nonetheless had quite an interesting game. Though two of them likely should have been disallowed and called goaltending, Ibaka officially ended the game with six blocks, marking just the 17th time in NBA Finals history that anyone has thwarted that many attempts. The clean swats were all of different varieties: a chasedown in transition, two different help-side blocks on the drive and one where he planted himself in the paint and dared Curry to challenge him, then stepped up to block a floater when Curry took up the dare.The varied contributions put the Raptors two wins away from claiming their first NBA title in franchise history. Teams in their position — coming off a victory in Game 3 of a finals series that was previously tied at one game apiece — have gone on to win the series 82 percent of the time. The Raptors, though, have two different players — Marc Gasol with the 2015 Grizzlies and Ibaka with the 2016 Thunder — who have found themselves up 2-1 in a playoff series and have still gone on to lose the series to the Kerr-era Warriors. They should know better than anyone else that against an opponent this good, nothing is guaranteed.Especially when the Warriors may soon be getting some rather important pieces back. Kerr said after the game that he expects Thompson to return for Game 4, while Durant played coy about his potential readiness, suggesting the possibility that he could return from his monthlong absence as well. While the return of one or both stars would certainly increase the chances that the Warriors come back and win the series, such a comeback is unlikely to come easily — no matter what Draymond Green might say. Check out our latest NBA predictions. read more

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Southgate knows 19 or 20 names for England World Cup squad

first_imgEngland manager Gareth Southgate has revealed that he now knows about “19 or 20” players that will be included in his final 23-man squad for the World CupAfter a rather controversial VAR decision had awarded Italy a late penalty, which Lorenzo Insigne scored, England were denied an almost certain victory at Wembley, after Jamie Vardy had put them ahead before the break.Southgate’s side won their first friendly against Holland 1-0 with the latest international break having represented some of the players’ final opportunity to prove themselves to the coach ahead of the final selection for the World Cup.“There have been some strong performances from individuals that have cemented… not their place in the squad, 19 or 20 of those were pretty clear, (but) it’s often who are the next ones in if we get a problem in a particular area,” said Southgate, according to Sky Sports.“The things we’ve tried, we’ve learned a lot. What’s really pleased me is the guys are solving problems on the pitch themselves: changes of formation from the opposition, patterns of working their way through different pressing tactics.Jadon Sancho, Borussia DortmundCrouch: Liverpool could beat Man United to Jadon Sancho Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Peter Crouch wouldn’t be surprised to see Jadon Sancho end up at Liverpool one day instead of his long-term pursuers Manchester United.“That’s a real plus, and will only improve the more we work together. I’m looking forward to the lead-in to a fantastic and exciting tournament for us.”Southgate was pleased with their previous four friendlies against the likes of Brazil, Germany, the Netherlands and Italy, which has seen them collect positive results.“We’ve played four of the biggest football countries in the world, and been competitive in every game,” he said.“Our patterns of play have become far clearer, and we’ll improve on that.”last_img read more

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World IPv6 Day test runs 24 hours starting June 8

first_img Citation: World IPv6 Day test runs 24 hours starting June 8 (2011, January 20) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2011-01-ipv6-internet-protocol-billion-space.html IPv6 guide provides path to secure deployment of next-generation Internet protocol On June 8, 2011 major web companies such as Facebook, and Yahoo!, will allow IPv6 to run on their main websites for 24 hours. These websites along with Google have more than one billion combined visits each day. They are joining major content delivery networks Akamai and Limelight Networks along with the Internet Society, for the first global-scale 24 hour trial run of the new Internet Protocol, IPv6.Internet users will not have to do anything to prepare for this 24 hour global event. According to the Internet Society, the vast majority of users, about 99.5%, will be unaffected. There will be some cases where users may experience connectivity problems due to the fact that their home network device is not configured correctly.The major goal of World IPv6 Day is to identify the potential problems under controlled testing and address them in a timely manner. Organizations involved in this global event will be working alongside operating system manufacturers, networking vendors and ISPs to minimize the number of users affected.World IPv6 Day marks a critical day in Internet history that will pave the way for future growth and enabling more computers, networks and handheld devices to come online. Explore further IPv6 is a new version of the Internet Protocol that is designed to succeed the existing Internet Protocol version 4. More information: World IPv6 Day, IPv6 © 2010 PhysOrg.com 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. (PhysOrg.com) — Today’s Internet protocol, IPv4, is expected to run out of space this year. On World IPv6 Day the first steps will be taken to test a long-term solution that will address the 30 year old 32 bit addresses.last_img read more

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