New Delhi: The Indian football team dropped two places to 106th position in the latest FIFA rankings issued on Thursday.The downward slid came following the Blue Tigers’ 1-1 draw against lower-ranked Bangladesh in the FIFA World Cup qualifier earlier this month.The draw against Bangladesh came after India’s impressive 0-0 stalemate against Asian champions Qatar in September.Bangladesh, however, benefitted from the draw, jumping three rungs to 184th spot.Belgium has managed to hold on to the top spot, followed by France and Brazil.Top-ten rivals Uruguay (5th, up 1), Croatia (7th, up 1), Argentina (9th, up 1) have edged closer to the summit, according to the FIFA website.England are placed fourth ahead of Uruguay, Portugal, Croatia, Spain, Argentina and Colombia. For all the Latest Sports News News, Football News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.
Published on September 23, 2015 at 6:36 pm Contact Jon: [email protected] | @jmettus Facebook Twitter Google+ Kamal Miller was shocked.Miles Robinson jumped in the air and deflected a ball into the net with the back of his head. Robinson’s head rose up higher than the outstretched arms of 6-foot-4 Wake Forest goalie Alec Ferrell.“It was an incredible goal,” Miller, a freshman defender for Syracuse said. “To myself I said, ‘Wow, I’ve never seen that before.’”The goal was Robinson’s first, which he earned on Friday, then he scored again on a header against Binghamton on Tuesday. In the last two games, three of SU’s four goals have come on set pieces. Robinson and the Orange (4-2-1, 0-1-1 Atlantic Coast) hope to extend its recent success on offensive restarts when they take on Pittsburgh (4-2-1, 0-2 ACC) at 7 p.m. on Friday at SU Soccer Stadium.In the 38 corner kick attempts and numerous free kick opportunities this season prior to the Wake Forest game, Syracuse had been unsuccessful every time.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textBut then Robinson scored six minutes into the match for the Orange’s only goal of the night. In the second, Robinson struck another header that floated just wide and Miller directed a bouncing headed ball at the post that the goalie made a diving save on.“I thought for really the first time this year we were dangerous on restarts,” SU head coach Ian McIntyre said after the game.Still, heading into the Binghamton game, McIntyre was unsatisfied. He said on Monday that his team probably hadn’t converted enough of its set piece chances.A day later, his players obliged. Robinson headed in a free kick in the first half. Miller took advantage of a rebound from a Robinson shot off another free kick to pocket the game-winning goal.“You guys have been talking about restarts all week so good job,” McIntyre said to a reporter. “We got a couple of them tonight. Sometimes it takes that.”Robinson is tall, fast and can jump high, midfielder Julian Buescher said, adding that he’s a “monster” who is “made for set pieces.” Teams such as Wake Forest have tried double teams on Robinson to counter his abilities, but he’s still able to look for the open spaces and to attack.Miller, on the other hand, prefers to plant his feet and use his body to shield his opponents so he can direct the ball more accurately. While setting up for restarts, Miller notices the faces of whoever is defending him to see whether he looks like he wants the ball.Against Louisville on Sept. 11, Miller broke free of the defender marking him and won a header, nearly sneaking it inside the post, if not for a diving stop by the goalie. On the play, Miller noticed by the defender’s facial expression and he didn’t look ready.The freshman duo says the combination of their two styles keeps opponents off balance. And in practice, Robinson teaches Miller to be physical, while Miller gives tips on accuracy.With nine different players having scored and none having more than three goals, the Orange hasn’t been able to rely on anyone or any area to consistently get on the board.In the last two games, Robinson and SU’s offensive restarts have developed into a dependable source of chances and goals — though the sample size is small.Continuing that threat will be beneficial for a team that generates nearly three times the amount of corner kicks as its opponents.Said McIntyre: “If we can chip in with goals on restarts it’ll help us.” Comments
‘Beware the sick golfer’ is the age-old golfing adage and it was never more appropriate when Jordan Smith won the Hampshire Hog, the biggest title of his young career, at North Hants. The England International shot rounds of 69, 67 for a four under par total of 136, finishing a shot clear of English champion Harry Ellis. A week ago, Smith pulled out of an England training get-together after going down with a virus. So his victory was something of a surprise to the Wiltshire 20 year old. “The virus laid me low last week so this win is a bit of a surprise,” he said. “I didn’t play that fantastic, just steady, but I holed a few birdies.” He also eagled the par five 17th in his opening 69, holing from 12 feet, and almost repeated it in the afternoon but his 20-footer for another three left him with a tap-in birdie, one of four ne accumulated before spending over a hour waiting to see if anyone would catch him. Ellis, bidding to become the first Hampshire player to win the title since Justin Rose in 1995, also opened with 69 and was on track until he double-bogeyed the par four 14th. He had the chance to repair the damage and catch Smith with an eagle at 17. But he had to settle for birdie and 68, which left him a shot short. Three players, England internationals Jack Hiluta, Callum Shinkwin and Josh White, all scheduled for this weekend’s match with Spain, and British Boys champion Matthew Fitzpatrick, shared third place on 138. So Smith adds his name to an illustrious honours board that includes former Open and Masters champion Sandy Lyle, Sir Michael Bonallack as well as Rose. “When you see the likes of Justin Rose and Sandy Lyle as previous winners, these players are legends and you aspire to what they have done. If you start by winning events they won you know you are heading in the right direction,” added Smith. Defending champion Callum Shinkwin once again showed his liking for North Hants with a course record 65 in the afternoon to win the Hampshire Salver, with an aggregate of 273 from the Hampshire Hog and the previous day’s Selborne Salver at Blackmoor. Leading final scores: 136 J Smith (Bowood G&CC) 69 67 137 H Ellis (Meon Valley) 69 68 138 J Hiluta (Chelmsford) 69 69, C Shinkwin (Moor Park) 73 65, J White (Chipstead) 71 67, M Fitzpatrick (Hallamshire) 69 69 139 S Robertshawe (Army) 70 69 22 Apr 2013 Fit again Smith Hogs it at North Hants
Farming for the future will ensure that Woolworths suppliers grow quality produce while minimising the negative impact on the environment. (Image: Woolworths)South African retailer Woolworths – which specialises in upmarket clothes and food – has pioneered a new, cost-effective farming method to improve the quality of its fresh produce while protecting the environment.The initiative, known as Farming for the future, “is a significant paradigm shift and a giant leap forward on how we farm fresh produce in South Africa”, Woolworths CEO Simon Susman said at the launch in Johannesburg on 3 November 2009.“In my view, Farming for the future will help to secure the sustainability of South Africa’s soils, water resources and productive capacity in the long term.”Good news for consumersSeveral years ago Woolworths realised that the conventional farming methods used by its suppliers were unsustainable as they were “depleting the soil’s capacity to produce quality fruit and vegetables as its carbon and biodiversity content shrunk,” said Susman.To rectify this, the retailer called in its agricultural experts to work hand-in-hand with suppliers and, over three years, an alternative production method was developed. Initial trials showed that as yields and quality became more consistent, less water and fewer inputs were needed.Farming for the future techniques are now being implemented at all Woolworths supplier farms around the country, with 50% of the chain’s fresh produce already being grown this way. The method, Susman explains, is “somewhere between organic farming and current, conventional farming practices”.The retailer wants all its locally grown fruit and vegetables to be farmed organically, or through the Farming for the future approach by 2012. This is a significant undertaking as it accounts for more than 90% of its fresh produce.The good news for consumers is that the new method costs no more than conventional farming, so prices won’t be affected. Farming for the future fresh produce will be packaged with a special logo and will be available in Woolworths stores later in November.Focusing on soil healthFarming for the future concentrates on composting and increasing soil’s humus content, enabling it to absorb more carbon dioxide. “It re-establishes the soil as one of the key carbon sinks, so we’re taking carbon dioxide out of the air and putting it back in the soil,” Susman said.“We found that most of our fruit and vegetables were grown in soil that was increasingly depleted of minerals and nutrients,” said Susman. “Conventional farming methods extract minerals and nutrients from the soil, so over time, more and more fertilisers are needed.”With more use of organic fertilisers, farmers will be less reliant on chemical products that deplete the soil. The health of farmworkers will also improve as there will be less exposure to harmful pesticides and herbicides.Healthy soil requires fewer chemical interventions, so chemical run-off into water systems will be reduced, helping maintain water quality, said Susman. Good soil also retains more water, so crops will need less irrigation.Improved biodiversityFlip Nel is a farmer from Limpopo province with 26 years of experience. He converted to Farming for the future methods after being impressed with them in a trial and now supplies Woolworths with a range of fresh produce, including baby cucumbers and tomatoes.Six years ago Nel realised that the soil on his farm was losing quality. He said he had to find an alternative production method as “we couldn’t get the same yields and returns on our inputs”.Conventional practices, cultivation, fertilisation and chemical pest control worked against nature, said Nel, but “Farming for the future is an attempt to turn that around”.The farmer has also noticed that his land’s biodiversity has improved since switching methods.Developing farmersIn addition to helping its main suppliers adopt Farming for the future techniques, Woolworths is working with upcoming, small-scale farmers in Limpopo and KwaZulu-Natal so they can become suppliers as well.“They [small-scale farmers] are really improving the quality of their produce faster than we imagined … it may not be long before they supply the bigger markets,” said the chain’s soil scientist Kobus Pienaar.“But we also want them to be able to supply their communities and so far they have been successful in that.”Leading exampleFarming for the future could change the nature of production across South Africa and others are welcome to adopt it, said Woolworths head of food Julian Novak.The initiative is also supported by the South African arm of the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF). Mark Botha, head of Living Lands at WWF, said in a statement: “Maintaining ecosystem integrity is a major challenge facing South African farmers. This includes issues of soil health, over-allocated and degraded water resources and biodiversity destruction.”“As key players in the food value chain, retailers and their suppliers can make a meaningful contribution to accelerating the adoption of better management practices in agriculture. We commend Woolworths for taking the lead in driving positive change in this competitive sector,” he added.
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest As growers across the Eastern Corn Belt get ready to plant corn, it is important to review and understand what goes into corn the germination and emergence process. Uniform corn emergence is one of the most important aspects of stand establishment and producing high yielding corn. Understanding germination, emergence, and how environmental factors influence these processes is the first step toward ensure uniform emergence.GerminationGermination begins in a corn seed when it has imbibed 30% of its weight in water. While corn can germinate when soil temperatures are 50 degrees F or higher, research has determined that the optimal temperature is 86 degrees F. Visual signs that corn germination is taking place are the appearance of the radicle root, coleoptile, and seminal roots. When temperatures are cooler, the germination process is slower and seedlings are more susceptible to disease, insects, and other damaging factors.EmergenceUniform emergence is one of the most important yield-influencing factors that growers should work to achieve. Delayed emergence can ultimately result in diminished yield. Emergence occurs when the coleoptile “emerges” from beneath the soil surface. The amount of time required for corn seedling emergence will vary based on environmental factors such as temperature and moisture, however it typically requires around 120 Growing Degree Days for the coleoptile to break through the soil surface.Environmental Factors Influencing Germination and Emergence• Temperature: For both germination and emergence, soil temperature plays a significant role. Both processes are slower with cooler temperatures. In cases where extreme cold temps exist, damage can be done to the seedling.• Moisture: Adequate moisture must be present for germination and emergence to occur. Too much moisture can result in damage to seedlings and can promote disease as well. A very critical time period for the corn seed is 24 to 48 hours after planting. During this time the seed is susceptible to imbibing injury if it absorbs cold water. A cold rain right after planting can cause significant damage to the seed.• Soil Conditions: Several emergence-related issues can result due to poor soil conditions. Compaction, cloddy soil, and soil crusting can all cause problems for seedlings try to emergence.• Herbicide Injury: Cooler wet weather can increase the likelihood of herbicide damage to slow-growing seedlings.When trouble-shooting emergence issues this spring, growers should keep in mind that many factors determine the success of germination/emergence of corn seedlings. Knowing what conditions are needed for quick germination and growth will help growers decide when to head to the field with their planters.
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The NCAA shouldn’t suspend Jim Tressel for more than two games. It shouldn’t fine him more than $250,000. It shouldn’t bar him from spring practice and summer workouts. After it finishes its investigation, the NCAA should recommend Jim Tressel’s termination as head football coach at The Ohio State University. This incident is further proof that college athletics is spinning out of control, and a message needs to be sent to university presidents and athletic directors who let rule-breaking coaches keep their jobs because they win games and sell tickets. And that’s exactly why Tressel, who said he never considered resigning, didn’t tell the athletic department that he had received an e-mail from an attorney indicating OSU football players were selling memorabilia to Edward Rife. Rife, the owner of Fine Line Ink tattoo parlor, is one of the focal points of a federal drug investigation. Tressel’s contract states that he is bound to report any possible violation immediately. He didn’t. When Regular Joe with a normal job breaches his contract, he gets the boot. So should The Vest. “I am sorry and disappointed this happened,” Tressel said. “At the time the situation occurred, I thought I was doing the right thing.” Doing the right thing? Surely a deeply religious man with a newly released book titled “Life Promises for Success: Promises from God on Achieving Your Best” knows the difference between right and wrong. Or does he? Maurice Clarett and Troy Smith, the highest-profile players of the Tressel era other than current Buckeye quarterback Terrelle Pryor, were both suspended for accepting improper benefits. Tressel also had a player do the same thing at Youngstown State. It’s clear that Tressel, also author of “The Winner’s Manual,” wants to win at all cost. The mantra is shared by athletic director Gene Smith and university President E. Gordon Gee, who make up the university’s “Big Three.” When asked whether he considered firing Tressel, Gee gave a clear indication of who actually runs the university. “No, are you kidding?” Gee said with a laugh. “Let me be very clear: I’m just hoping the coach doesn’t dismiss me.” I rest my case. At this point OSU has given Tressel a slap on the wrist. The NCAA should break his arm.
Defensive end Se’Von Pittman is no longer part of the Ohio State football team. OSU spokesman Jerry Emig confirmed to The Lantern that Pittman, a rising sophomore, was granted a release from the program. Pittman was absent from OSU’s first spring practice Tuesday. Emig said he wasn’t sure why the Canton, Ohio, native made the decision, though. Before becoming OSU coach Urban Meyer’s second commit in 2012, Pittman was a two-time first-team Associated Press Division I All-State selection at Canton McKinley High School. Because of a knee injury suffered last spring, Pittman did not play in the Buckeyes’ undefeated campaign last season. OSU finished 12-0 and No. 3 in the final AP poll.
The Ohio State men’s tennis team shut out three consecutive conference opponents en route to winning its seventh Big Ten Tournament in eight years. The No. 4 Buckeyes (31-2), who played host to the annual tournament for the first time since 2002, held up the No. 1 overall tournament seed throughout the weekend, securing victories over No. 9-seeded Purdue, No. 4-seeded Illinois and No. 3-seeded Michigan, respectively. OSU did not relent a point over the three-game stretch, winning each match 4-0 and remaining undefeated in Big Ten play in 2013. The Saturday semifinal win over the No. 4-seeded Illini avenged the last season’s 4-3 loss in the 2012 Big Ten Tournament in Evanston, Ill. The championship victory over the Wolverines on Sunday gave the Buckeyes their eighth Big Ten Tournament victory (2001, 2006-11, 2013) and 11th finals appearance under coach Ty Tucker. Before Tucker took over in 1999, OSU also won the tournament in 1991. Against Michigan, the Scarlet and Gray dominated their archrivals from the North by securing the team doubles point for the 31st time in 2013. The No. 46-ranked tandem of junior Blaz Rola and redshirt sophomore Kevin Metka won their match, 8-5, and maintained their perfect record on the season at 20-0. The No. 14-ranked duo of redshirt junior Peter Kobelt and senior Connor Smith followed suit and clinched the doubles point with an 8-4 victory. In singles play, OSU rallied to three consecutive wins to put away the Wolverines. The Buckeyes garnered wins from redshirt freshman Chris Diaz and freshman Constantin Christ, winning 6-2, 6-2 and 6-1, 6-2, respectively. Finally, Smith, winning his match 6-3, 6-3, earned the match-winning point to solidify the Buckeyes as 2013 Big Ten Tournament Champions and earn them an automatic bid to the 2013 NCAA Tournament. The men’s tennis selection show is scheduled for 5 p.m. on Tuesday, with singles and doubles selections scheduled to occur at 6 p.m. on Wednesday.
OSU PA announcer Bob Kennedy sits at the announcers’ table before a men’s basketball game against American Nov. 20 at the Schottenstein Center. OSU won, 63-52.Credit: Shelby Lum / Photo editorWhile the more than 100,000 people who attend Ohio State’s football games are focused on the field during game time, there’s one voice that reaches out to all of them.That’s the voice of Bob Kennedy, the OSU public address announcer.“This is my 11th year doing football at Ohio State,” Kennedy said. “It’s an honor and a privilege — it really is.”Kennedy’s passion for radio and broadcasting started back in his early childhood, Kennedy’s first cousin Shelly Pfaub said. “He just wanted to do it since he was little.”As a child, Kennedy would try to talk like a radio announcer using pencils or Lincoln Logs as a make-believe microphone, she said, laughing.“I’m proud of him,” Pfaub added. “He has this booming voice.”Kennedy said his career in broadcasting “in one form or another” has been going on for more than three decades. He was born in Sunbury, Ohio, where the early beginnings of his career started.“I did some Little League games for a youth athletic association in Sunbury,” Kennedy said. “Sometimes you really have to yell at the top of your lungs ‘cause the PA system didn’t always work the way it should.”Kennedy graduated in 1987 with a Bachelor of Arts in speech communication with a concentration on broadcasting from Otterbein College, where he also started working as a professional PA announcer for the school’s basketball games 24 years ago. It wasn’t long before he was doing the PA announcing for Otterbein’s marching band.Then 14 years ago, Kennedy expanded his services to OSU as a backup PA announcer.“I was just looking to fill in periodically. I wasn’t looking to do any sports on a regular basis per se,” Kennedy said. “I wound up doing three sports on a regular basis my first year.”Kennedy was the regular PA announcer for women’s ice hockey and soccer, as well as baseball during the 2000-01 academic year.The following year, after becoming the regular announcer for the men’s soccer team, Kennedy got his first taste as the announcer for OSU’s football games. The announcer at the time had to miss the game against Kent State, which conflicted with a religious holiday, Kennedy said.“They liked how I announced and everything,” he added. “They kind of liked my approach to how I did (it).”David Brown, the associate athletic director at the time, agreed.“He has the voice for (PA announcing), no question,” Brown said. “It wasn’t monotone … He was able to get excited about plays.”That was when the wheels started turning for Kennedy. In the spring of 2003, Kennedy received a call from Brown.“Dave says, ‘I know you’ve worked games at Otterbein. What I want you to do is check their football schedule, check our football schedule. See if there are any conflicts,’” Kennedy said. “So right now, I know something’s up … The next day I get another call and he says, ‘OK, the jig’s up — here’s what we want. We want you to take over doing announcing for Ohio State football on one condition: you do all the games or you do none at all.’”This posed a complication for Kennedy, who knew Otterbein might want the same privilege. He then called Dick Reynolds, the athletic director and men’s basketball coach for Otterbein at the time, who was out of town in New Orleans for the national coaches convention at the time.“He said, ‘You’d be a fool not to take this,’” Kennedy said, adding that there was one condition. “He says, ‘When you need to be at Ohio State and we have a football game here at Otterbein, you make sure that you have … our butt covered by having somebody in that press box doing the PA for our football games’ … and that’s the agreement we’ve had ever since.”During the 11 years as the regular PA announcer for Ohio State football, Kennedy said two moments especially stand out to him.The most memorable was his first game as a regular PA announcer where OSU was facing off against Washington.“The team was coming out of the tunnel right before the national anthem, and there was a sunset over the ‘Shoe that is just breathtaking,” Kennedy said. “I got cold chills. I literally got cold chills.”However, the 2006 Ohio State-Michigan game, when both teams held the top two spots in the BCS rankings, came in as a close second, he added.“If that game had gone overtime, I don’t think I would have any of my voice left,” Kennedy said. “I was losing my voice in the fourth quarter. I was carrying cough drops with me to keep my voice moist and loose, and I was out of cough drops by the end of the third quarter, so I was really hurt.”Since his time with OSU, Kennedy said he has done PA announcing for 20 of the 37 sports offered at the university as a regular or fill-in. In addition to PA announcing for Otterbein and OSU games, Kennedy works as a morning news anchor for 98.9 “The Answer” radio station and has been the PA announcer for the Columbus Clippers for almost 11 years.“Bob’s a great guy,” said Rich Hanchette, the former PA announcer for the Clippers and a motion graphic artist for the Cleveland Browns. “There’s only one person I knew I wanted to be my successor, and that’s Bob Kennedy.”Though he continues to work in the broadcasting field, Kennedy said there’s a lot of uncertainty in terms of his future.“As unstable and insecure as my line of work has become over the years, it is really difficult to say what you will be doing in five minutes, much less five years because things can change that quickly,” he said. “You’re pretty much forced to make your crystal ball look only one day in advance.”