49ers want no part of Rams’ Aaron Donald sack-record pursuit

first_imgSANTA CLARA — If Aaron Donald breaks the NFL’s single-season sack record Sunday, it will come at the 49ers’ expense, and not necessarily Nick Mullens’.The 49ers offensive linemen are on alert. They’ve discussed Donald’s record quest. They want no part of it, other than to deny it in Sunday’s regular-season finale at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum.Donald has 19 1/2 sacks and needs four more to break Michael Strahan’s record, set with the 2001 New York Giants.“It’s our job to not have him …last_img

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Whoops, the Wrong Star Exploded

first_img“Our understanding of the evolution of massive stars before their final explosions as supernovae is incomplete, from both an observational and a theoretical standpoint.”  That’s how a paper in Nature begins.1  Avishay Gal-Yam was not kidding; a star exploded that theory says was not supposed to.    The famous supernova 1987A was already an anomaly.  Its progenitor was a blue supergiant.  That fact “required a rethink of stellar evolution models,” they said.  Now, the progenitor of a supernova in 2005 has been identified. The progenitor of supernova SN 2005gl was proposed to be an extremely luminous object, but the association was not robustly established (it was not even clear that the putative progenitor was a single luminous star).  Here we report that the previously proposed object was indeed the progenitor star of SN 2005gl.  This very massive star was likely a luminous blue variable that standard stellar evolution predicts should not have exploded in that state.Massive stars are not supposed to explode during the Luminous Blue Variable (LBV) stage, but this one did.  The astronomers think, based on the unexpectedly low amount of material flung off from the star, that the material collapsed into a black hole 10-15 times the mass of our sun.    How serious is this disconnect between theory and observation?  Gal-Yam told Space.com, “This might mean that we are fundamentally wrong about the evolution of massive stars, and that theories need revising.”  It shows also that “The unexpected explosion could mean other stars may behave in ways not previously expected,” the article said.  Astronomers are scrambling to figure out what happened.    So the tidy models of core collapse of red giants may not be the whole story.  “This also leaves open the question that there may be other mechanisms for triggering supernova explosions,” Gal-Yam said.  “We may be missing something very basic in understanding how a superluminous star goes through mass loss.” 1.  A. Gal-Yam and D. C. Leonard, “A massive hypergiant star as the progenitor of the supernova SN 2005gl,” Nature doi:10.1038/nature07934, published online March 22, 2009.Fundamental misunderstanding, missing something very basic, requiring a rethink…. and this is in one of the hard sciences, not the squishy stuff of which Darwinism is made.  Lesson learned?(Visited 8 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

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Lower milk and corn prices equals tough math for dairy farmers

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The declining price of milk is causing some serious economic consequences for America’s dairy farmers.Recent numbers show the price for Class III milk, which is used to make cheese, is down 19% from this time last year, and down 41% since September of 2014. Class I, or fluid milk, has seen a sharp decline in prices since the beginning of the year. These lower figures are primarily driven by large decreases in the commodity values of non-fat dry milk, cheese and dry whey.“It’s really hard to put this current decline into perspective with other declines,” said Dr. John Newton, Senior Director of Economic Research for the National Milk Producers Federation (NMPF). “In 2009, milk prices fell to below $10 a hundredweight and that was a catastrophic environment for dairy farmers.”In 2012, it wasn’t a milk price decline so much as it was record high feed prices that really put the squeeze on dairymen. Now, today’s decline encompasses a completely different scenario.“Today, we have milk price declines but feed prices have also declined considerably,” Newton said. “With that said, the dynamic has changed somewhat because not all dairy farmers purchase feed and those that grow feed also are having difficulty penciling out the cost of planting and growing their commodity and have to take that into consideration when evaluating the profitability of their dairy operation.”NMPF is continually working with Congress and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to make the dairy Margin Protection Program (MPP) the risk management tool that dairy farmers need. Several important improvements in the new safety net program for dairy farmers were announced recently by USDA, following recommendations made by NMPF to enhance the value of MPP.One change announced by USDA will ensure that all farms enrolled in the MPP will receive catastrophic coverage at the basic $4 per hundredweight margin level on 90% of their production history, with the ability to purchase buy-up coverage at less than 90% of their history. Although lower milk prices are putting farmers in a tough spot, consumers are enjoying the lower prices at the supermarket as the national average for a gallon of milk is down almost 40 cents from year ago levels.“Retail prices closely follow the farm price so consumers are getting some relief from the record high milk prices of 2014,” Newton said. “Hopefully what that does is increase the purchasing power per dollar of dairy units that consumers are able to spend and that should certainly help consumption.”The current market situation is troublesome for U.S. milk producers, but the impact of lower prices is being seen outside of America’s borders too.“It’s not only a dairy worldwide situation, it’s a commodity worldwide situation,” Newton said. “We have a glut of corn, soybean and milk supplies. A lot of the commodities have experienced significant price declines, including oil, compared to what they were just a few years ago.”On the dairy side, Newton sites the European Union’s move to do away with their milk quota program in 2015 as a reason for the increasing world supplies of milk. That decision resulted in an additional 10 billion pounds of milk on the global market.last_img read more

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Virender Sehwag clears fitness test, allowed to play opening game against KKR in CL T20 on Saturday

first_imgVirender Sehwag has been cleared for Delhi Daredevils’ opening Champions League Twenty20 match against IPL champions Kolkata Knight Riders after a fitness test here today.Sehwag had suffered a ligament strain on his left ankle during India’s final Super Eights game against South Africa in Colombo recently. “Virender Sehwag today appeared for a fitness test which was conducted by Kirk Russell. He cleared the test and was declared fit to play in the tournament from the start,” a Delhi Daredevils official told PTI.Delhi Daredevils (DD) play KKR at the Centurion on Saturday.Sehwag also played a warm-up game against Sydney Sixers that saw Daredevils captain Mahela Jayawardene and star opener David Warner missing out. While Warner was rested, Jayawardene had an appointment with the dentist and was unavailable.However, the game didn’t go along expected lines, with Sehwag yorked for naught by pacer Josh Hazlewood as the Daredevils managed only 107 against the Big Bash champions. DD lost the match by five wickets.last_img read more

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Jose Mourinho accepts 1-year prison sentence for tax fraud, not to serve jail time

first_imgFormer Real Madrid manager Jose Mourinho has accepted a one-year prison sentence for defrauding the Spanish state of 3.3 million euros ($3.77 million), a Spanish court filing showed on Tuesday, although the Portuguese will not serve any jail time.The filing said the tax ministry and Mourinho’s defence team had agreed to exchange the 12-month prison sentence with a daily fine of 250 euros for 24 months, equivalent to 182,500 euros, as under Spanish law jail terms under two years can be served under probation.The court filing said Mourinho leased his image rights to companies based in the British Virgin Islands and Ireland in 2004 but left those earnings out of his tax returns from 2011 and 2012, when he was coach of Real Madrid and a fiscal resident in Spain, “with the aim of obtaining illicit profits”.As well as the one-year prison sentence, Mourinho has been fined 1.9 million euros, 60 percent of the amount defrauded, as well as 121,764 euros in interest.The 56-year-old and his representatives could not immediately be reached for comment.Mourinho is one of the most successful coaches in modern European soccer, winning league titles with Chelsea, Inter Milan, Real Madrid and Porto. He also won the Champions League in 2004 with Porto and in 2010 with Inter Milan.He was sacked in December by Manchester United after the Premier League club, who won the last of their record 20 top flight league titles in 2013, endured their worst start to a season for 28 years.Also Read | India can play World Cup in 10-20 years: Former Bayern Munich star LizarazuAlso Read | Stephen Constantine was good but next coach should make us better: Subhasish BoseadvertisementAlso See:last_img read more

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3 days agoReal Sociedad striker Willian Jose admits turning down Newcastle

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Real Sociedad striker Willian Jose admits turning down Newcastleby Paul Vegas3 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveReal Sociedad striker Willian Jose admits he’s turned down Newcastle United.The 27-year-old forward was linked to a move to Tyneside following the Magpies’ promotion to the Premier League under Rafa Benitez in 2017.Jose told Marca: “For me the best team is Real Madrid and then Barcelona. I could be in the Premier [League] but I am in the right place.”I want to play one day in the Premier [League] but now I am happy here. “I had an option to go to Newcastle on last year, I’m happy at Real Sociedad and I ended up staying.” last_img

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School District 60 provides update on construction of new school

first_imgBoyd also says that all of the Contract reviews are now complete and the District will now be making final negotiations with contractors.As for what to call the new school, a name for the school has yet to be released.Some of the names suggested include Anne Roberts Young, Beatton Heights, and Ross H. MacLean.The Board has been reviewing the names and will announce the selected name once a decision is made.The new Elementary School is being constructed from across the Fort St. John Hospital at a cost of $31.3 million. Construction started in 2018 and is expected to be complete by the Fall of 2020. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – At a recent School District 60 meeting, Staff provided an update on the construction progress of the new school.Assistant Superintendent of Special Projects, Doug Boyd, says the construction crews have been working on schedule even through the frigid temperatures.“We’ve had some beautiful weather and some extremely cold weather. The crews are very diligent at trying to maintain the schedule.”last_img read more

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3 notes from Urban Meyers Monday press conference

OSU coach Urban Meyer claps on the sideline during a game against Penn State at Ohio Stadium on Oct. 17. Credit: Samantha Hollingshead / Photo Editor Ohio State coach Urban Meyer spoke to the media on Monday to talk about the top-ranked Buckeyes’ 38-10 win over Penn State and the team’s upcoming week. Meyer declined to answer the most pressing question about who his starting quarterback for Saturday’s contest against Rutgers will be, but he acknowledged that in his mind he has an idea of who it will be.Here are three highlights from his press conference.Best foot forwardMeyer expressed high praise of the Buckeyes’ effort in the victory over the Nittany Lions. “Probably our best all-around effort,” he said.To relay it in a quantitative way, 19 players graded out as “champions” for their performances against Penn State.Offensively, there were two players of the game in redshirt sophomore quarterback J.T. Barrett and senior left tackle Taylor Decker.Meyer said Decker “probably” played his best game of the year, while also touting the entire unit’s showing on Saturday.Junior defensive end Joey Bosa was the defense’s player of the game. Meyer called the performance from Bosa, who finished the game with seven tackles and one sack, “dominant.”On special teams, junior punter Cameron Johnston garnered the nod for player of the game. The Geelong, Australia, native had four punts downed inside the 10-yard line, including one at the 4-yard line and another at the 2.“He’s really, really good at his job,” Meyer said of Johnston.The coach admitted that the Buckeyes did have a couple weaknesses in the game, but he remained positive about the win.“Overall, really proud of our guys,” he said.Good guys touching the ballMeyer has mentioned throughout the season that he and his staff brainstorm the amount of touches that players will get during each forthcoming game. On Monday, he offered insight as to why the staff does so.“We have a big belief that scheme isn’t what wins games. That’s very important. That’s not what wins,” Meyer said. “What wins are the dynamic players that touch the ball.”He referenced Barrett’s 13-yard touchdown run in the second quarter against Penn State as proof for his point.Meyer admitted the called play was “probably the perfect play” for that situation, but why it worked was not because quarterbacks coach Tim Beck radioed it in; it’s what the guys on the field did, Meyer said.“(Barrett) read the defensive end. The end grabbed the tailback. The tight end came up and fit up on the corner, who squeezed. The wide receiver blocked the X at tackle, grabbed the mike linebacker, and J.T. went in for a touchdown,” Meyer said. “So you can spend all your time on scheme, and they don’t come out and play. So more important than scheme is who is physically touching that ball.”Meyer said sometimes there might be a temptation to force the ball to certain players based on the number of touches the coaches set before the game, but he doesn’t believe it is an issue.“That’s how we do that. I’ve always believed that,” Meyer said. “The good guys have got to touch the ball. They’ve earned that right.”Torrance GibsonFreshman Torrance Gibson’s name is talked about often, despite him never seeing the field for the Scarlet and Gray through seven games. The former five-star recruit from Florida came to Columbus as a quarterback but opted to spend his freshman campaign at wide receiver in an attempt to play.Gibson suffered a foot injury in August that set him back in his quest to contribute for OSU, but he has been healthy for the past few weeks. However, against Penn State, he was not in uniform.“You just have to earn your right to dress, and he didn’t do it last week,” Meyer said. “Just academics and that kind of stuff. Nothing serious. It’s just to go out there, you have to do a series of things.”Meyer said that Gibson is still on the team and he anticipates the freshman to be back shortly.As for his transition to pass-catcher, Gibson is doing great, Meyer said.“His production and grasp has been better,” he said.Gibson’s 2015 campaign appears to spurious as he switched to wide receiver to avoid having to redshirt. Now, it looks like that there is real possibility he will.“We haven’t made that decision,” he said. “He was playing so good and got dinged, and all of a sudden right in the season do you burn his redshirt? Those are things we’re going through right now.” read more

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Ohio State womens soccer nets win No 200 in program history

Ohio State women’s soccer’s Friday game proved to be a milestone occasion.  The Buckeyes used two goals from junior forward Lauren Granberg to defeat the Fighting Illini, 2-1, on a chilly Friday night at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium for the 200th victory in the program history. “I actually wasn’t even aware of that,” coach Lori Walker said. “200, that’s great.” Walker, who has been a part of 164 of the 200 Buckeye wins, said she was especially happy that this milestone occurred on the team’s alumni weekend. “I’m really happy with where the program is and what we’ve been able to do over the years,” Walker said. “It’s nice to recognize this milestone because it includes everyone who has been a part of it.” Senior goalie Katie Baumgardner denied seven Fighting Illini shots, six in the second half with OSU protecting a one-goal lead. “I was just trying to get a hand on everything and anything,” Baumgardner said. “[Baumgardner] was tremendous,” Walker said. “Goalkeepers … you need them when you need them and she came up big tonight. She was player of the game.” OSU held Illinois well below its average of 3.33 goals per game. The Buckeyes (6-3-1, 1-0-1 Big Ten), broke a 1-1 tie in the 56th minute when senior forward Paige Maxwell played a cross that found the head of Granberg, who leaped between two Illinois defenders to finish her second goal of the game. The assist was somewhat of a redemption for Maxwell, who minutes earlier had hit the post with a header off a corner kick. Granberg’s first goal opened the scoring in the 25th minute. OSU defender Megan Fuller sent a long pass that was flicked by Maxwell and found Granberg in the center of the box. With her back to the goal, she was effective in shielding her defender from the ball while turning to fire a shot from just outside the six-yard box to put the Buckeyes up 1-0. “Without [Maxwell], I wouldn’t have been able to make those goals,” Granberg said. “She had two great assists.” The Fighting Illini (6-3-1, 0-1-1 Big Ten), leveled the game in the 37th minute when an attempted clear was deflected back into the box to a wide open Jannelle Flaws. The Illinois forward put a ground shot to the right of a diving Baumgardner for the equalizer. The Buckeyes continue conference play Sunday at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium as they take on the Northwestern Wildcats at 12 p.m. read more

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Taco Tuesday to benefit LiFE Sports during Ohio State Michigan basketball game

Senior guard Aaron Craft holds up a Taco Tuesday T-shirt Feb. 10 during interviews at the Schottenstein Center. The shirts are $20 and are set to be sold in the southwest entrance of the Schottenstein Center as well as the team shop inside, and proceeds will benefit OSU LiFE Sports.Credit: Eric Seger / Sports editorThe fans who attend the college basketball showdown between No. 22 Ohio State and No. 15 Michigan Tuesday at the Schottenstein Center are set to have a chance to cheer on their teams with a belly full of tacos.Courtesy of senior guard Aaron Craft’s roommates — who run the Twitter account @CRAFTroomies — and OSU, students and fans are set to have a chance to participate in Taco Tuesday, complete with a taco stand and T-shirt sales.The shirts are slated to be sold at the southwest (student) entrance at the Schottenstein Center, as well as the team shop inside. The shirts cost $20 each, and patrons will be able to purchase three tacos for $5 at a taco stand in the southwest rotunda. The tacos are from the Schottenstein concessions and are not catered, according to an OSU athletic spokesman.All proceeds benefit OSU LiFE Sports, a program that allows underprivileged kids to participate in athletic camps on campus during the summer.Craft said Monday he and his roommates came up with the idea over winter break “to make it more than just about ourselves and make it more than just fun for us to have.”“We were trying to think of what shenanigans we are probably most known for, and it’s definitely the tacos,” Craft said. “It goes back a few years with some of the guys I’ve lived with. Hopefully doing tacos and making it a night, we can do it more than just at a basketball game.”Craft and his roommates hosted another Taco Tuesday Nov. 19, where 1,000 OSU students got the chance to ask the senior and his roommates questions, tour the basketball facilities at the Schottenstein Center and even sit at center court on the roommates’ couch and get their photo taken.Craft said he hopes for Taco Tuesday to become an annual event.“I have a baseball roommate and a golfer so, maybe at a baseball game sometime this spring and then beyond when I’m here … you can have an annual taco night or something just to continue hopefully helping the kids and everything,” Craft said.Craft said he got the idea to give the proceeds to an organization from former OSU walk-on Mark Titus, who started “Club Tril,” sold T-shirts and donated money to the nonprofit called A Kid Again.Titus’ goal as founder of “Club Tril” was to play in a college basketball game and record no statistical significance other than minutes played, thus having his box score have a number one in its first slot followed by eight zeros and look like the number one trillion.Titus and the organization continue selling T-shirts and donating today, and OSU coach Thad Matta said Monday he’s pleased to see his players reach out and give back.“I love that,” Matta said. “As I’ve always said to our players, take the opportunity you have here to make the most not only for yourself but for the people around you. I think that Aaron is definitely doing that in his time at Ohio State and I think it says a lot about him that he would do something like that. He’s an amazing kid.”Tipoff between the Buckeyes (19-5, 6-5) and Wolverines (17-6, 9-2) is set for 9 p.m. Tuesday. read more

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