Marchis National Agriculture Month. Zoo Atlanta, the University ofGeorgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences andthe American Dairy Association are holding a special celebrationfor Georgia families.”Agriculture is the number one industry in Georgia,”said Janet Rodekohr, CAES public affairs manager. “To showGeorgia families the exciting advancements in Georgia agricultureand to celebrate agriculture’s contributions to the Georgia economyand quality of life, we are partnering with Zoo Atlanta for aday of family fun and education.”A to Z: Agriculture at the Zoo, March 24 from 10 a.m.to 4 p.m., will feature education exhibits, fun events and entertainmentfor the whole family. Scientists from CAES, agricultural commoditiesand agribusinesses will showcase the latest in agricultural researchand improvements.Just for kids, the exhibit area will feature hands-on scienceexhibits and environmental protection displays. 4-H club membersfrom around the state will have displays on their own projectwork in agriculture and the environment.For adults, the event will showcase antique tractors, a plantdoctor exhibit by Georgia Master Gardeners and the latest developmentsin the diverse fields of agriculture.Walter Reeves, host of GPTV’s Gardening in Georgiaand WSB 750-AM’s Lawn and Garden Show, will make an appearanceto give gardening advice and answer gardening questions.”We think this day will be very exciting, because it offersyoung adults, adults and children a chance to learn more and seemore about the Georgia dairy industry and the nutritional importanceof dairy to today’s diet,” said Louis Hogue, area manager,Southeast United Dairy Association. SUDIA is co-sponsoring thisyear’s event with the American Dairy Association and the GeorgiaMilk Producers Association.Visitors to the event don’t want to miss the Got Milk? truckfor free milk samples and your own milk mustache photo.A to Z: Agriculture at the Zoo is free with admissionto the zoo. For Zoo Atlanta tickets for March 24, contact yourcounty Extension Service office, Zoo Atlanta’s web site at www.zooatlanta.orgor purchase tickets at the gate.
BOONE, Iowa – Their support of their local sanctioned tracks will pay off again this September for champions at the IMCA Speedway Motors Super Nationals fueled by Casey’s.As much as $13,000 in bonuses, determined by driver’s number of sanctioned starts during the IMCA Speedway Motors Weekly Racing point season, will be paid to the seven champions crowned during the 34th annual Super Nationals, to be held Sept. 5-10 at Boone Speedway.“Super Nationals is now the biggest stage for seven of our divisions,” noted IMCA President Brett Root. “As such, it’s the perfect opportunity to reward the champions who have supported our weekly tracks throughout the season.”The Modified champion can take home as much as $5,000 in bonus money, getting $100 for each of as many as 50 sanctioned starts.Winner of the Stock Car main event earns an additional $50 for each of as many as 50 starts, making for a potential $2,500 bonus. The winner of the Deery Brothers Summer Series feature gets a $50 bonus for each of as many as 30 weekly Late Model starts, which multiplies out to as much as $1,500.The Hobby Stock, Northern SportMod and Southern SportMod champs could each take home another $1,250, getting $25 for each of as many as 50 sanctioned starts. There’s a $5 bonus for each of as many as 50 sanctioned starts for the Sport Compacts.Beginning this year, champions in all divisions except the Late Models are required to be pre-registered to be eligible for the weekly racing bonus.
Football reached the halfway mark of spring practice on Tuesday, completing its seventh session at Howard Jones Field with cold wind gusts and a mix of storylines.A Different OffenseSenior wide receiver De’Quan Hampton, who appeared in 12 games last season as a backup, expressed disappointment about former quarterback Cody Kessler’s unwillingness to target a variety of receivers last season.Hampton added that he wasn’t the only receiver who felt that way, and that the two quarterbacks competing for the starting job this spring — redshirt junior Max Browne and redshirt freshman Sam Darnold — along with redshirt sophomore Jalen Greene spread the ball around more and have stronger arms.“I know Cody was more accurate, but Max, Sam and [Greene], they just have some arms,” Hampton said. “I know that if I have a deep ball, I have to run, otherwise it’s going by me — especially with the wind blowing.”Under new offensive coordinator Tee Martin, the Trojans appeared to be going deep more often.“It’s the play calls,” Hampton said. “They’re emphasizing to the quarterbacks that ‘we need to take these shots.’ It’s there.”One of the criticisms of Kessler while he was under center at USC was that he did not take shots downfield often enough and opted for check-downs instead.“It just gives me more feeling like there’s a 50 percent chance the ball’s going to go your way,” Hampton said of the new offense. “It just lets me know we’re going to spread this around. We’re about to eat.”Martin said that he has not game-planned for more deep passes; rather, the quarterbacks themselves are taking the initiative.“A lot of guys play at receiver, so a lot of guys will get the ball,” Martin said. “It’s good how the quarterbacks trust a lot of guys. It’s not that one guy that they’re keying in on. They’re really spreading the ball around and going through their progressions.”Martin revealed that the team learned 80 percent of the offense in three days, but much to his pleasure, there have been much fewer hiccups than expected.“Credit [that] to veteran experience,” Martin said. “We have quarterbacks who’ve been here that understand the concepts and what we’re trying to get done with the way we operate in our offense.”Quarterback BattleWhile Browne has held the edge in the quarterback position thus far, head coach Clay Helton said Tuesday was Darnold’s best practice of the spring. Helton was confident that Darnold completed over 70 percent of his passes.“I thought he was efficient, accurate,” Helton said. “I thought he played very fluid and timely. The ball came out quick. [In the past], he was holding onto the ball and making sure it was open. Now it’s just spitting out.”Browne, who has two more years of experience than Darnold, felt confident in his performance.“I feel comfortable,” Browne said. “I feel right where I want to be. I feel like I’m leading well, executing well, being efficient out there, which is all I can ask for.”A new Justin DavisSenior running back Justin Davis is looking to be more poised as one of the most experienced members of the backfield, aiming to focus on the bigger picture.“I’ve got to learn how the offense works, how the defense blocks, how the receivers move,” Davis said. “I can’t just worry about myself now. I’m past that now. I have to worry about the game as a whole and not just my part.”Davis said he can’t wait to run behind a stellar offensive line that is returning all its starters.“It’s the perfect right moment now,” Davis said. “We can get the running game going and turn some heads this fall.”
Chloe and Sam Magee are presently taking on a Polish pairing into the Mixed Doubles Quarter-final.Scott Evans also remains unbeaten as he targets a medal in his Men’s Singles Quarter-final against Emil Holst of Denmark.Later this afternoon, Sam & Josh Magee will look to improve on their bronze medal as they face a Russian pair in the Men’s Doubles Semi-finals. The London Olympic hero will have to overcome the home town favourite in her Lightweight semi-final as she goes up against Yana Alekseevna of Azerbaijan.Lightweight Sean McComb and Middleweight Michael O’Reilly are also involved in semi-finals this morning as they look to improve the squad’s medal haul.The Irish badminton squad are also making waves in Baku this week.
A Donegal woman who was reported missing since yesterday has thankfully been found safe and well.Gardaí issued an appeal this Sunday evening for help finding a 24-year-old woman from Quigley’s Point.The post was widely shared across social media, and within an hour, Gardaí gladly reported that the woman is now home after being found safe and well. Relief as missing woman is found safe was last modified: December 10th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)
Play your Part TV Series host Kabelo Mabalane on set ahead of this weekend’s installment featuring some of South Africa’s sporting greatsThis weekend’s instalment of the Play your Part TV series will look at the role sports has and continues to play in South Africa’s nation-building and how sports stars fly the South African flag proudly locally and abroad.Look forward to interviews with swimming legend Natalie du Toit; soccer coach and former Banyana Banyana star Desiree Ellis; professional wrestler Daryl Naidu; surfer and swimming coach Cyril Mqadi; and team MTN Qhubeka cyclist Songezo Jim.SWIMMING YOUR OWN RACEParalympics and Commonwealth Games gold-medal swimmer Natalie du Toit is one of South Africa’s most inspiring athletes. Ranked amongst the world’s fastest distance swimmers, in 2008 Du Toit made history when she became the first amputee to qualify for the Summer Olympic Games.She was one of only two Paralympians who competed in the Games in that year.Having retired from professional swimming, Du Toit is now a motivational speaker, inspiring the next generation of South African Paralympians and Olympians.BEATING BULLIESAfter being a victim of bullying Daryl Naidu went from being the bad boy to rededicating himself to wrestling, and combatting drug addiction and bullying in his community.Nightmare uses his life experience to help kids understand that life can be bigger than the world they find themselves trapped in. He says: “If they need help, I will be there for them to lean on.”GOALS AND AMBITIONSWomen’s football is alive and kicking in South Africa. And one woman who has played her part for the nation while mastering the precise art of ball play, is soccer star Desiree Ellis.During her time on the South Africa team Ellis enjoyed phenomenal success, winning 23 matches, losing seven and drawing two. The former midfielder now spends her time doing projects for Stars in their Eyes and Soccer4All, a grassroots football initiative in which former South African international players coach primary school kids.WHEELS OF CHANGETeam MTN Qhubeka cyclist Songezo Jim only learnt to ride a bicycle at the age of 14.After losing both his parents, Jim moved to Cape Town from Mthatha in South Africa’s Eastern Cape and was only introduced to the world of competitive cycling when cyclists riding the Cape Argus whistled by his house. He went on to make history, becoming the first Black South African to take part in the International Cycling Union’s World Tour.Now, as a member of the Samsung-powered MTN Qhubeka cycling team he has been working to raise funds for charities worldwide through the Qhubeka initiative.SINK OR SURFCyril Mqadi learnt how to surf before he knew how to swim.After being captivated by the surfers off the coast of Port Shepstone near his home town, Umzumbe, in KwaZulu-Natal, Mqadi took up surfing. Now he shares his passion with youngsters from his hometown, teaching them how to surf and swim.Visit Play Your Part to read more about these inspiring sports stars, and watch them on Sunday 27 July at 9pm on SABC2.
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Ohioans will soon be treated to a spectacular display of native spring wildflowers. This year’s season began in late March in Ohio’s southern counties and gradually will move northward as the season comes to an end in the middle of May, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) Division of Natural Areas and Preserves.“Spring is one of the most magical times of year in Ohio,” said ODNR Director Mary Mertz. “Spring welcomes an array of colorful wildflowers, which line trails and hillsides all over the state. Hiking is a great way to get outdoors to see spring wildflowers and reconnect with nature after the chill of the winter months.”Often known as spring ephemerals, woodland spring wildflowers are triggered to bloom after long periods of cold temperatures. Early spring warmth followed by a sudden hard frost can damage their delicate blooms and leaves, dampening the display. The most spectacular wildflower seasons are brought on by a gradual warm-up through March and April with frequent rain. The timing of the blooms is heavily dependent upon temperature.Ohio’s forests showcase the largest array of wildflowers throughout the spring months. Spring wildflowers bloom early to take advantage of the sunlight streaming through the forest canopy before the leaves of the trees unfurl above. The earliest flowers emerge soon after the ground thaws, having formed flowers and leaves underneath the forest floor the year before. While most woods in Ohio have at least some native spring wildflowers, the best populations are found in relatively undisturbed locations, away from urban areas.A few of the most widespread and often observed spring wildflowers include spring beauty, Dutchman’s-breeches, large flowered trillium, Jack-in-the-pulpit, wild geranium, mayapple, Solomon’s-seal and Virginia bluebells.For more information on spring wildflowers in Ohio, check out the Ohio Wildflower Bloom Report at naturepreserves.ohiodnr.gov/wildflowers. This report will be updated weekly with the best places to see spring wildflowers in Ohio, as well as specific information on native wildflowers in the state.ODNR and TourismOhio encourage people to take spring wildflower photos and upload them to social media using the hashtag #OhioWildflowers. Follow @ohiodnr and @OhioFindItHere on Twitter, @ohiodnr on Instagram and Ohio Department of Natural Resources and Ohio. Find It Here. on Facebook to see more spring wildflower photos.
Chito Victolero says all is well within the Magnolia camp, that he has “veteran enough” players who understand that 29-point losses can happen in a series.What’s important is how they bounce back from that.ADVERTISEMENT Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting MOST READ Alaska will be taking some sort of momentum into the game, especially import Mike Harris, who snapped out of an offensive stupor in the first two games to shoot 36 points and grab 18 rebounds in just three quarters of Game 3.How Harris got away with murder in that game is surely one thing that Victolero and his staff had figured out after getting two days off.That time also served both teams well, with Victolero saying that his players are 100 percent and that the ankle twist that import Romeo Travis suffered in the third quarter of Game 3 turned out to be nothing.“We treat each game as do-or-die, no matter what [the standings] say,” Alaska coach Alex Compton said in a separate interview when asked if Game 4 is a must-win game for his Aces. “We just want to play hard and play with everything we have in each possession.”Alaska is seeking to end a five-year title drought, with Compton eyeing his first title in five tries, and he knows that it won’t be easy, especially after they practically gave away the series opener and “played sloppy [in the stretch] of Game 2.”ADVERTISEMENT TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Hotel management clarifies SEAG footballers’ kikiam breakfast issue LATEST STORIES “It would have been nice if we were the ones 2-1 up,” he said. “But all we want right now is to turn this thing into a best-of-three [with a win in Game 4].”Compton also believes that nothing like what happened to Magnolia in Game 3 will happen again for the rest of the series, but he just wishes that they’d be able to shoot the ball the way they did Sunday night.“We made a lot of shots,” Compton said.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Broner going for clean 7-0 sweep over southpaws Lacson: 2019 budget delay due to P75-B House ‘insertion’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “We had a good practice, the team is healthy and we’re ready,” Victolero told the Inquirer Tuesday after preparing his Hotshots for Game 4 of their PBA Governors’ Cup title series against Alaska as they try to stay ahead of the best-of-seven series.“Things like that happen to any team,” Victolero said of the 100-71 loss on Sunday that cut their lead to 2-1. “It also happened to us in the [Barangay] Ginebra [semifinal] series. We won the first two games and lost the third.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine football chief“But my players are veteran enough to rebound from that,” he declared. “It’s going to be another grind-out game.”The fourth game is slated Wednesday at 7 p.m. at Smart Araneta Coliseum, and this could be crucial for both teams since a Magnolia win gives the Hotshots the inside track on their first title since 2014, while a loss would again make this series a toss-up. View comments
We’ve reached the Elite Eight of our ’64 Most Annoying Fan Bases In College Sports’ bracket, and the first 1-seed has gone down. Duke basketball fans, it turns out, aren’t quite as annoying as some of the other groups on our list. The other 1-seeds – Kentucky Basketball Fans, Notre Dame Football Fans and Alabama Football Fans – are holding strong, however.You can see the opening round matchups here, the ‘Round of 32’ matchups here, and the Sweet 16 matchups here. Here’s the updated bracket – you can vote on this week’s four matchups below.The 64 Most Annoying Fan Bases Bracket Vote On The #BBN Region Below1. Kentucky Basketball Fans vs. 3. S-E-C ChantersAuburn Football fans were no match for #BBN, as Kentucky Basketball Fans held serve to move onto the Elite Eight, 72%-28%. There, they meet up with S-E-C Chanters, who took down People Who Talk About Their NCAA Bracket Picks, 65%-35%. Will UK supporters join their basketball team in the Final Four? More Annoying: Kentucky Basketball Fans or S-E-C Chanters?Vote On The #FSUTwitter Region Below2. Florida State Football Fans vs. 4. Fans Who Tweet At RecruitsIt’s a matchup between #FSUTwitter and, well, another group of annoying tweeters. Seminoles fans were voted more annoying than USC supporters, 63%-37%. Meanwhile, Duke Basketball fans became the first 1-seed to fall. Fans Who Tweet At Recruits scored the upset, 55%-45%. We’ll be shocked if they advance again, though. More Annoying: Florida State Football Fans or Fans Who Tweet At Recruits?Vote On The #WeAre Region Below1. Notre Dame Football Fans vs. 5. Texas A&M Football FansNotre Dame Football Fans took down Michigan Football Fans, 58%-42%, in a matchup that perhaps should have been slotted for later in the tournament. Meanwhile, Texas A&M Football Fans were voted slightly more annoying than Texas Football Fans, 52%-48%. Perhaps it’s because they’re in the SEC now? Which group will move onto the Final Four? More Annoying: Notre Dame Football Fans or Texas A&M Football Fans?Vote On The #PAWWWL Region Below1. Alabama Football Fans vs. 3. Paul Finebaum CallersIt’s beginning to look like Alabama Football Fans may be the most formidable force left in the bracket. Tide supporters took down Georgia Football Fans, 84%-16%, to set up a fitting all-SEC final in the #PAWWWL region. Paul Finebaum Callers, the 3-seed in the region, beat out Big East Nostalgists handily, 64%-36%. Good luck determining this one. More Annoying: Alabama Football Fans or Paul Finebaum Callers?Check Out The Sweet 16 Voting Here >>>
Will SmithA surveillance video from a New Orleans’ restaurant appears to show Will Smith in a possible hit-and-run with his alleged killer before the former Ohio State star’s death on Saturday night. Smith, 34, was shot to death in the Lower Garden District of the city. It had been reported that Smith was involved in a road-rage incident that led to him getting shot multiple times. A man has been arrested for the killing. The video shows a Mercedes SUV bumping the rear end of a Hummer near the intersection of Magazine Street and St. Andrew Street, a location about two blocks from where Cardell Hayes allegedly killed Smith. Smith was driving a Mercedes G63 SUV on Saturday night, while Hayes was driving a Hummer H2.Here’s the video. Hayes’ attorney said his client was involved in a hit-and-run. “Someone hit him,” John Fuller said. “The person failed to pull over. My client trailed behind this person in an effort to get their license plate number. My client also called 911.”Hayes was arrested on Sunday on a second-degree murder charge.