Springboks to face strong World XV

first_img8 April 2013The Springboks will kick off their 2014 season against a World XV, to be coached by former Springbok coach Nick Mallett, at Newlands in Cape Town on 7 June, with the opposition set to be loaded with stars from both the southern and northern hemispheres.All Black legend Carl Hayman and Springbok World Cup winner, BJ Botha, have been named as front rankers in the first release of confirmed participants named by the organisers.The backline will feature outstanding Wallaby talents in James O’Connor, Matt Giteau and Drew Mitchell, as well as All Black Hosea Gear in a team that has so far been drawn from five nations.France will be represented by stylish eighthman Julien Bonnaire and inside back François Trinh-Duc, while Toulon-based England backrower Steffon Armitage is part of a Six Nations triumvirate so far named.‘Unique opportunity’“This is an almost unique opportunity to see an international team playing in South Africa with the freedom of not needing a certain result,” said Jurie Roux, the CEO of the South African Rugby Union (Saru).“We’ve all watched on TV those festival-style games in the European winter, where great players combine their talents to produce some stunning rugby and provide a real challenge to the Sanzar nations on tour. We’ve now got one of those games on our doorstep.“We’re very excited about the players who will be turning out against the Boks at Newlands and we’ll be releasing a lot more big names in due course.”TicketsRoux said that Western Province season ticket holders had the option of purchasing their seat for the match between Monday, 7 April, and 7 May. Tickets for the match – priced at R250 and R350 – went on sale on Monday from Postnet outlets nationwide, the Western Province ticket office and online from www.ticketpros.co.za.The match against the World XV is the start of the 18-match countdown that coach Heyneke Meyer has in which to prepare the Springbok team for the 2015 Rugby World Cup in England.The Springboks will play 14 matches in 2014 before a shortened, four-match Castle Lager Rugby Championship in 2015, which will provide a final “warm-up” before the team departs for the World Cup next year.‘A challenge’“It’s always a challenge for the Springbok coach to prepare a team for the first test of the year as the squad only assembles in the week of the test,” said Meyer. “There are certain goals I have set for the team this year and the match against the Samsung-sponsored World XV, is the ideal opportunity to start putting those plans in place.“We enjoyed a relatively successful 2013, but we’ll be looking to step up a gear from the first minute of the first match of the year.”SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

Day 1 of The 2015 Pro Farmer Midwest Crop Tour

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest See Day 2 results on The Pro Farmer Crop TourSee Day 3 results on The Pro Farmer Crop TourSee how Day 4 is going on The Pro Farmer Crop TourSee Hard to believe that this will mark my 4th year of being a part of The Pro Farmer Midwest Crop Tour. Back in 2012, my very first time on the tour, crop conditions stared great here in Ohio and got progressively worse as we moved into the I states. In fact, it was in northern Iowa that year where I saw my first “zero” field. That was a surreal moment.As we prepare to hit the road, the talk from the farmers on tour that are from that part of the U.S., is that this year will be the complete opposite. I shared with them what we noticed on The Ohio Crop Tour last week and what we have seen all over the state over the growing season. Needless to say, all of the scouts are curious about just how bad Ohio and Indiana are, compared to the rest of the corn belt. Will we see any “zero” fields in Ohio or Indiana? Buckle up cause here we go!7:30 a.m.Our first stop is my home county of Delaware. The other 3 scouts with me were very surprised about how dry this ground was. They heard all season how the rains were right over Ohio. I explained how things just shut off here almost a month ago. These ears were small and poorly developed. This was the worst corn I have seen this year, counting last week’s Ohio Crop Tour. This field will barely break 100 bushels. The soybeans were average but still had some pods to fill. Early moisture was evident in this field. We counted 675.5 pods in a 3 x 3 plot.Delaware Co, OhioDelaware Co, OhioDelaware Co, OhioDelaware Co, 7:59 a.m.Not a whole lot better as we crossed into Union County, Ohio. Although there were good and bad parts of this corn field, the part we sampled, which I think was middle of the road, was mediocre at best. We guesstimate this field average at 122.5 bushels. The beans looked great from the road, but the pod count did not match the tall, bushy stalks. The 3 x 3 pod count here was 810.Union Co, OhioUnion Co, OhioUnion Co, OhioUnion Co, Ohio 8:59 a.m.These fields in Champaign County, Ohio were better than our first two stops. The soil still had some moisture to it and our numbers show it. We did note quite a bit of SDS in this county as we worked toward Urbana. Our yield check shows 185 bushels for the corn and a pod count of 1123 in these very mature soybeans.Champaign Co, OhioChampaign Co, OhioChampaign Co, OhioChampaign Co, Ohio 9:25 a.m.We stop every 15 to 20 miles to take a sample and this stop is still in Champaign County, Ohio. This was the best looking corn field of the day for us so far and we were guessing a 200 coming out of this field. Once we pulled the ears and measured population we knew we were a little off, but not by much. This corn looks to make 180 bushels at harvest time. The soybeans did have some SDS popping up, but the overall health was good and the root system was great. We have a count of 1368 pods in a 3 foot square.Champaign Co, OhioChampaign Co, Ohio10:10 a.m.We are in Miami County and although this corn looked great in the kernel fill and length categories, the population was missing here. This area just received some rain, which will be beneficial for these R4 soybeans. Corn yield projection here is 168 and the total pod count in a 3 foot square 984.5.Miami Co, OhioMiami Co, OhioMiami Co, OhioMiami Co, Ohio 10:55 a.m.Darke County is our stop #6 and we counted 110 ears along 2 30 foot rows. Population here was high enough and the ears were nicely filled. Again the plant health here is struggling due to loos of nitrogen, but overall this field is the best of the day thus far. Our math pegs this field at 196 bushels to the acre. Soybeans had a lot of promise as well. Soils had a good amount of moisture and pods are filling nicely. The 3 x 3 pod count here totaled 858.2.Darke Co, OhioDarke Co, OhoDarke Co, OhioDarke Co, OhioFor my route of the 2015 Ohio Pro Farmer Midwest Crop Tour, the Ohio averages were 159.75 bushels for corn and 960 pods per 3 x 3 square for soybeans.11:20 a.m.We are now in Indiana in Randolph County and the disease pressures are starting to show up here significantly compared to our previous stops. Ear fill was decent, but our rounds were 12, 12 and 14. The beans were young and still blooming here and will need some additional pods to make something come fall. Our corn estimate is 149 and we counted 912 pods in a 3 foot square.Randolph Co, IndianaRandolph Co, IndianaRandolph Co, Indiana 1:44 p.m.After lunch in Richmond, Indiana we headed to Wayne County for a sample. The corn was being overtaken by weeds. Another sign on a wet growing season and the inability to apply herbicides mid-season. Once we got through the end rows and 30 paces into the field we sample some decent ears. Two of which had 20 around. The soybeans we taller than fields earlier and one of the better pod counts of the day at 1050 pods in a 3 x 3 plot. Our corn yield estimate is at 172 for this field.Wayne Co, IndianaWayne Co, IndianaWayne Co, IndianaWayne Co, Indiana 2:20 p.m.Union County, Indiana is our next stop. Water damage wasn’t the only thing noticeable here. There was also some hail damage noted in the corn field. The population was the second lowest of our day. Soybeans were very wavy and Frog Eye was prevalent here. Our yield check on the corn came in at 152 and we counted 1051 pods in a 3 foot square.Union Co, IndianaUnion Co, IndianaUnion Co, IndianaUnion Co, Indiana 3:10 p.m.Fayette County was our 10th spot of the day and the corn here looks really nice and healthy. Once again great ears and kernel fill will be downplayed by population, which was 92 plants in 2 30 feet rows. We suggest this field will average 173 bushels. These were by far the best beans of the day for us with a pod count of over 1800 in a 3 foot square. Frog Eye and some SDS in this field, but if this area gets another shot or two of rain, it will be impressive.Fayette Co, IndianaFayette Co, IndianaFayette Co, IndianaFayette Co, Indiana 3:35 a.m.One of the scouts in my group is a farmer from Minnesota. Richard Guse has been doing this crop tour for 10 years now and his experience is showing. He is giving us a yield guess before we do the actual calculations and he has been within 5 bushels all but 3 times. He came out of this field with big ears and a small pop count and said it would be 191…and it was. We may just take his numbers and just move on down the road. We’d beat everyone to Fishers, for sure. The soybeans had major signs of SDS, but only on the edges of the field. The inner part of the field had some moisture and a pod count in a 3 x 3 square of 1241. Good stop here for us.Rush Co, IndianaRush Co, Indiana 3:56 p.m.Henry County, Indiana is our next sample stop and we are continuing to see some long ears in this part of the Hoosier State. This field was a bit different with 36 inch rows and it will yield close to 203.5, which is our biggest number of Day 1. The beans were pretty good here too but showing some signs of stress. This area just received a shower right before we arrived and that won’t hurt a thing. Our 3 foot square pod count ended up being 1320. These 4-bean pods were from the same plant.Henry Co, IndianaHenry Co, IndianaHenry Co, Indiana 4:30 p.m.Well our last stop of Day 1 was in Madison County, Indiana and this day will not end on a good note. I thought some scouts would find spots like this one, but I didn’t expect to see one in this part of Indiana. We found one ear to sample in our 30 foot row and our calculations for this field is a whopping 2 bushels per acre. The soybeans were shorter than the usual today and pod counts were relatively low. Our pod count for this field was 680.Madison Co, IndianaMadison Co, IndianaMadison Co, IndianaMadison Co, Indiana Our route’s Indiana averages are 148.9 bushels for corn and 1,151 pods per 3 foot square for soybeans.Here are the final results for the entire eastern leg of this year’s Pro Farmer Midwest Crop Tour for Ohio.Corn –148.37 bushels to the acre. The 3 year average is 154.75 b/a. Soybeans – 1125.26 pods in 3X3 foot square. The 3 year average is 1219.92.last_img read more

BJD’s Rita Sahu secures impressive victory in Bijepur bypoll

first_imgBiju Janata Dal (BJD) candidate Rita Sahu registered an impressive victory in the Bijepur Assembly constituency in western Odisha when results of the bypoll were declared on Thursday. She defeated Sanat Gartia of the Bharatiya Janata Party by a record margin of 97,990 votes.Chief Minister and BJD president Naveen Patnaik, who had campaigned for two days for the bypoll, congratulated Ms. Sahu for her “huge historic win, breaking all records in Odisha’s electoral history”.While Ms. Sahu polled 1,35,957 votes, Mr. Gartia secured 37,967 votes. Congress nominee Dillip Panda put up a dismal performance by bagging only 5,873 votes.CM vacates seatThe bypoll was necessitated after Mr. Patnaik, who contested from two Assembly seats for the first time in the elections held earlier this year, vacated Bijepur and retained Hinjili seat in his home district Ganjam in south Odisha.In fact, Mr. Patnaik was elected from Bijepur by defeating Mr. Gartia by 57,122 votes. He had bagged 1,10,604 votes, while Mr. Gartia had secured 53,482 votes and Congress nominee Ripunath Seth had got 14,344 votes.In the previous bypoll in Bijepur that was held in February 2018 following death of Ms. Sahu’s husband and then Congress MLA Subal Sahu, she had won as a BJD candidate by a margin of over 41,000 votes.The Congress, which had won the Bijepur seat in the three elections held before the February 2018 bypoll, has been gradually losing its vote share in the seat in the last three elections, primarily due to its weak leadership at the State level.Vote share upBut what came as a surprise for many this time was the drastic decrease in the BJP’s vote share within a short span of time. The party’s decline from 53,482 votes in the elections held earlier this year to 37,967 votes in the current bypoll has left many leaders of the party dumbfounded. The bonhomie between the party and the BJD in the aftermath of the general election was said to have been the contributing factor.While the Chief Minister led the BJD’s campaign, the BJP’s effort was led by Union Minister Dharmendra Pradhan, who campaigned for two days. The campaign for the Congress was led by the party’s State unit president Niranjan Patnaik.last_img read more

Jim Boeheim returns to Syracuse bench after fatal accident

first_imgMOST READ SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte “First and foremost to the Jimenez family I want them to know how truly devastated I am for my involvement and the loss of a loved one,” Boeheim read from a prepared statement. “The grief and pain his family is feeling at this time is, simply put, unimaginable. Juli, my family, and I are heartbroken. I love this community, and to see so many of my community members rally around the Jimenez family is a reminder of how special a community central New York is.”For Boeheim, who struck and killed Jimenez on a darkened highway that leads out of town, the game was his first public appearance since the accident. Boeheim, in his 43rd season as head coach at his alma mater, had addressed the team Thursday but did not take part in practice. Although he returned for practice Friday, he had not appeared in public until he made his way into the Carrier Dome to a big ovation from the crowd of 35,642.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesHead down, Boeheim made his way to center court and acknowledged the crowd with a brief wave before giving Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski a heartfelt hug.“That was such an incredible environment,” Krzyzewski said. “The support the fans gave the team and the support they gave Jim was great and such an emotional time.” Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations PDEA chief backs Robredo in revealing ‘discoveries’ on drug war Swingman Cameron Reddish was out with an illness and point guard Tre Jones suffered a shoulder injury roughly 5 1/2 minutes in to put Duke down two starters in that one. It was a completely different team, just like it was on Saturday without injured freshman star Zion Williamson, who had a season-high 35 points in that first game.Williamson watched from the bench as freshman forward RJ Barrett, who had a triple-double and double-double in Duke’s previous two games, scored 30 points to help fill the void and Alex O’Connell had a career-high 20 in his first start of the season.Tyus Battle led Syracuse with 16 points on 4-of-17 shooting, Elijah Hughes had 12, and Marek Dolezaj and Frank Howard had 10 apiece as the Orange hit only 1 of 11 3-pointers in the decisive second half.“Our offense is really the difference,” Boeheim said. “They’re going to score points. They’re a tremendous offensive team. If you can hold them in the 70s, that’s a pretty good effort, but offensively we didn’t get the movement we need to and we didn’t make shots when we got them.”For freshman Orange guard Buddy Boeheim, the coach’s youngest son, the whole night was a moment that forever will be etched in his mind.“When he first came out, it was just a great moment for the community, a great moment for him,” Buddy said. “It was just great having him there. You obviously want to win, but it’s more than basketball sometimes.”ATTENDANCE RECORDThe game set a record for an on-campus basketball game, eclipsing the mark of 34,446, twice against Duke.SHOW OF SUPPORTSeveral former Orange stars attended the game, including Sherman Douglas, Derrick Coleman, John Wallace, Todd Burgan and Billy Owens. New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski, wearing a No. 4 Syracuse jersey, also attended and sat just to the right of the Syracuse bench.BIG PICTURE Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants LATEST STORIES ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Kevin Love scores season-high 32 as Cavs beat Grizzlies View comments The accident happened after the Orange’s 20-point victory over No. 18 Louisville. Police say Jimenez was a passenger in a car that apparently skidded out of control on a patch of ice and hit a guardrail. Police say Jimenez was trying to get to safety when he was struck by Boeheim’s SUV. Boeheim had swerved to avoid the disabled car, which was resting perpendicular across two lanes.Jimenez was taken to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead. Another man in the car suffered minor injuries. A moment of silence was observed before the game for Jimenez and his family.Police say Boeheim has cooperated and sobriety tests administered to Boeheim and the unidentified driver of the other vehicle were negative for any signs of impairment. Police Chief Kenton T. Buckner said Thursday night there was “no reason to believe that there are criminal charges that will be coming for anyone.”Once the game started, it seemed like just another tilt featuring the two winningest coaches in NCAA Division I history, except for the massive crowd that made the dome’s walls shake every time the Orange scored. The Blue Devils (24-3, 12-2) improved to 7-0 on the road in the Atlantic Coast Conference.In the first game between the teams, the Orange (18-9, 9-5) pulled off the upset, 95-91 at Cameron Indoor Stadium, as Tyus Battle scored a season-high 32 points and Syracuse used its 2-3 zone defense to rattle Duke in overtime.ADVERTISEMENT Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim waves before the team’s NCAA college basketball game against Duke in Syracuse, N.Y., Saturday, Feb. 23, 2019. (AP Photo/Nick Lisi)SYRACUSE, N.Y. — When it was over and the last of the deafening cheers of the record Carrier Dome crowd had stopped, Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim forgot about basketball for a poignant moment.Three nights earlier, the 74-year-old Hall of Fame coach had been involved in an accident that took the life of 51-year-old Jorge Jimenez, and that was foremost on his mind. Talking about a tough 75-65 loss to top-ranked Duke on Saturday night would have to wait.ADVERTISEMENT Duke: Williamson is recovering from a sprained knee. Duke was crushed at home, 88-72, on Wednesday night by No. 8 North Carolina after Williamson was hurt on the game’s first possession.Syracuse: Just being with the players and coaching them will help Boeheim cope with the tragic accident as the season winds down.UP NEXTDuke: At No. 20 Virginia Tech on Tuesday night.Syracuse: At No. 8 North Carolina on Tuesday night. 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 Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town Urgent reply from Philippine ‍football chief For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity.last_img read more