White Field will turn brown Sunday when Keenan Hall hosts the 12th annual Muddy Sunday mud volleyball event to end AnTostal Week.Sophomore Greg Brainard, one of the event commissioners, said Muddy Sunday serves as a fun opportunity to relax with friends before finals week.“It’s always right after the AnTostal Week, so it’s kind of part of AnTostal and it kind of closes out the week,” Brainard said. “It’s an awesome chance to unwind and have some fun with some friends before finals and before the end of the semester as everyone goes into summer, all, of course, while giving back to a good cause, and that’s kind of the main point behind the whole thing.”The event costs $10 per person with all funds benefitting Habitat for Humanity, which Brainard said attracted him and his co-commissioner, sophomore Jack Higham, to organizing the event.“I think a big reason me and Jack wanted to do it was because we saw that it was a good thing for Keenan to put on to give back to Habitat for Humanity,” he said. “I know that a big part of our promotional goal is letting people know that it is for charity and, you know, it is first of all about giving back and it is a fun event, so it’s kind of a two-fold advertisement.”Higham said he and Brainard want to make sure the charity aspect of the event doesn’t get lost among the fun on Sunday.“I think that while everyone’s having fun, they already paid their money so they might forget what the event is for, and that’s what we’re going to still emphasize, with the tent and a sign that says this is for this organization and we’re really happy you guys played and paid,” Higham said. “It’s a win-win. You pay money for a great cause and you also get to have a lot of fun while you’re doing it.”Muddy Sunday is not only fun to participate in, Higham said, but also fun to watch with plenty of games to be played and more structure than in previous years.“The event itself is just so much fun to participate [in], and it’s fun to watch, too,” he said. “We extended the time a little bit, the length of the event itself, and also, it’ll look more like an event. … In previous years, there was just a guy at a table, you’d go register and you’d go play volleyball, which is fine, but it was our event, we wanted to do it our way and make sure everyone could see that it is a Keenan Hall event and it’s for a good cause.”Brainard said he and Higham came up with new ideas to improve the atmosphere of the event.“Something new that Jack put in this year is that when you register your team you actually sign up with a song choice,” Brainard said. “So we’ll have music playing as everyone’s coming in and you kind of just have it be a fun atmosphere and maybe you’ll get to hear the song you requested while you’re playing, ideally. Just little things like that, just making it a fun atmosphere and a fun event, you know, is really what we tried to bring to it this year.”Brainard suggested Muddy Sunday could be used to promote dorm community by RAs organizing and signing up a section team to participate.“Muddy Sunday is a great opportunity to have a section event,” he said. “In that way we’re kind of envisioning it as really fostering Notre Dame community, and even within that, dorm community too. This is all just a chance for friends to come together, and I think it’s a great chance for an RA to bring their section out and as a bonding event for the section. … Why not bring your section out here and give back?”Tags: Antostal, Keenan Hall, Muddy Sunday
BETHANY, Mo. – Again, a great car count filed into the pit area at Bethany Speedway Saturday night and fans were treated to an unpredictable and exciting night of racing. Tim Eaton won his first Karl Kustoms Northern SportMod feature of the season at Bethany Speedway on Saturday. (Photo by Judy Staley) Jacob Blair took the point at the drop of the green in the IMCA Modified feature over Dustin Miller. They battled until a yellow came out. Steven Bowers Jr. has been on absolute tear the last few weeks and on the restart drove around both into the lead. Sixteen IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars lined up for their feature which came to an early halt when Carson Masoner went for a ride and rolled in turn two. Anthony Whitham led for a couple laps until Thomas Roberts took control. J.R. Topper led all the laps of a green to checkered race to pick up his first IMCA RaceSaver Sprint Car win at Bethany. Mich Ross worked high and low but could never clear Roberts. Steve Starmer saw all that in front of him and found his line. He drove around both on the outside and to the lead. Danny Holt put himself in contention but at the checkered nobody had anything for Starmer as he picked up his second straight feature win. The Karl Kustoms Northern SportMod feature was another caution-free race. Chris Wright and Tim Eaton shot to the front and spent the entire race with Wright in front and Eaton within a single car length and sometimes poking his nose to the inside. This Saturday will be the second Saturday of three straight with racing at Bethany Speedway. Koby Rigsby was up and down as he was nearly side-by-side for second at one time to only be shuffled back to sixth and then start gaining again. Heading into turn three on the final lap, Eaton drove to the inside with a lapped car outside of the leader; Wright was the meat in the sandwich. Contact was made between the three and Wright ended up with a right front flat. Eaton picked up his first win at Bethany this year with Wright second. Shayne Bailey followed Bowers to the front but couldn’t deny Bowers another win.
Pittsburgh Pirates’ Pedro Alvarez right, celebrates with third base coach Nick Leyva after hitting a solo home run during the ninth inning of a baseball game against the Chicago Cubs in Chicago, Wednesday, April 9, 2014. Chicago won 7-5. (AP Photo/Paul Beaty)CHICAGO (AP) – Russell Martin struggled to recall the last time he witnessed such wacky production from his team’s offense.The Pittsburgh Pirates hit five home runs against the Chicago Cubs on Wednesday night, including two home runs each from Martin and Pedro Alvarez. The problem was Pittsburgh finished with only one other hit and never had a runner in scoring position during a 7-5 loss to the Cubs.“You can chalk that one up to Wrigley Field because a lot of crazy things can happen here,” Pirates manager Clint Hurdle said. “At the end of the day, the hole was dug a little deeper than we were able to climb out of.”For the second time in less than a week, Cubs starting pitcher Jason Hammel puzzled the Pirates.Signed to a one-year, $6 million contract over the offseason, Hammel (2-0) won his Cubs debut when he beat the Pirates in Pittsburgh. He got off to another good start in this one, retiring the first 12 batters until Alvarez’s first homer of the game tied it to start the fifth.“I got my first taste of Wrigley,” Hammel said. “I hope they’re much kinder next time. When the wind’s howling out, you’ve got to keep the ball down. Made three mistakes today and they all left the yard, so I think a couple of those are outs in other ballparks, but still nonetheless, got to keep the ball down.”Hammel allowed three runs and three hits – all solo homers – while striking out six. Mike Olt and Junior Lake hit back-to-back home runs in the fifth against Wandy Rodriguez (0-2).“When’s he down he’s got good movement on his fastball,” Martin said of Hammel. “The bottom line is he’s making pitches. That’s really all it is. Obviously we’re not taking advantage of every opportunity, but he’s doing a good job you’ve got to give him some credit.”Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo’s four hits tied a career high, and it was his career-best fourth straight multihit game.Alvarez and Martin each got their second homer in the ninth off Pedro Strop, and Travis Snider also went deep. It was Alvarez’s second multihomer game of the season and ninth of his career, and it the eighth of Martin’s career.Chicago’s Emilio Bonifacio, who entered leading the majors with 17 hits and a .515 batting average, was 2 for 5 with two runs scored for an offense that has scored 21 runs in its last three games after getting eight in its first five.Rodriguez, whom Hammel beat April 3, took his second loss against the Cubs. He went five innings, giving up four runs and nine hits, keeping the Pirates from clinching their third straight series win to start the season, something they haven’t done since 1992. Rodriguez missed most of 2013 with a left forearm injury and Hurdle called his performance an “optimistic outing.”“You’ve got to remember how long he’s been away from the mound,” Hurdle said. “He feels healthy. The first pitch strikes were good. A little more consistency and location, just execution at times.”Rodriguez fell behind early when Justin Ruggiano’s first-inning double drove in Bonifacio, who had his sixth multihit game in eight this season.Pittsburgh tied it in the fifth when Alvarez hit his third homer of the season. On a 1-2 count, Alvarez launched a drive into the bleachers in left field, aided by a wind that was steadily blowing out all night.The Cubs took the lead in the bottom of the inning with two homers and three runs. Olt, whose only hit of the season had been a homer against Rodriguez in the teams’ first meeting, took the first pitch he saw and hit it into the basket in left for a two-run homer that made it 3-1.Lake then gave the Cubs their first back-to-back homers of the year when he ripped a 2-0 pitch out of the stadium and onto Waveland Ave.The Cubs blew the game open in the sixth, scoring three more times to take a 7-1 lead. Their third run came when Lake was originally called out at first on a double-play grounder, but Cubs manager Rick Renteria challenged the call by umpire Mark Carlson, getting it overturned and allowing Rizzo to score.In the seventh, Snider and Martin hit their solo home runs off Hammel, who was replaced by Hector Rondon to start the eighth.NOTES: Hurdle said C Chris Stewart (arthroscopic surgery on his right knee) is coming along as he rehabilitates. Hurdle said Stewart is working on getting at-bats and catching five-inning games as part of his version of spring training. … Pirates LHP Jeff Locke (right oblique) went six innings and allowed two runs and five hits while striking out 10 and walking one in a rehab outing at Single-A Bradenton.
SPURS (4-2-3-1)LLORIS,WALKER, ALDERWIRELD, VERTONGHEN, ROSEDIER, DEMBELE,LAMELA, ALLI ERIKSEN,KANERONDON, BERAHINO,McCLEAN, YACOB, FLETCHER, SESSEGNON,CHESTER, EVANS, McAULEY, DAWSON,FOSTERWBA (4-4-2)Tottenham Hotspur’s previously slim hopes of winning the Barclays Premier League for the first time received a boost last weekend and, should Leicester falter at home to Swansea on Sunday, Spurs can reduce the deficit at the top of the table to just two points with three games remaining.The fact is Leicester still have their fate in their own hands with eight points needed, as it stands, from 12 available to secure a famous success. However, they were held to a 2-2 draw against West Ham last Sunday before Spurs put in an impressive performance at Stoke City a day later, winning 4-0.Harry Kane and Deli Alli both scored twice in that game, with the former taking his league tally to 47 since the start of last season. Eight of Alli’s 10 goals have come on the road.And Spurs return to White Hart Lane having lost just four league games. Their previous fewest losses in top-flight league football is eight, in 2010-11 and 2012-13, meaning that will at least equal a club record and are more than likely to beat it.Two more records could be set: Spurs have scored 64 goals; three short of their best haul in the Premier League, with 67 in the 2009-10 campaign. And they have conceded only 25; their previous fewest in the Premier League is 28 (1995-96 and 2005-06), while the least in any top-flight campaign is 22, in the old First Division in 1970-71.Since losing at home to Leicester in January, Spurs have taken 16 points from a possible 18 and have a clean bill of health. Albion, in Premier League action at Arsenal on Thursday, miss Chris Brunt and James Morrison.
SANTA CLARA – Matt Breida dashed 18 yards on his opening carry last week. It was one of many sparks the 49ers provided in Nick Mullens’ triumphant debut as the 49ers quarterback.More, please?“No matter who’s starting at quarterback, we feel that as running backs and with the rest of the offense, we have to help the quarterback out because he has a tough enough job,” Breida said this week.Breida could have to carry a bigger workload Monday night when the 49ers (2-7) host the New York Giants …
Share 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.
Colorful view from the Painted Chasm CanyonThe Geocache of the Week is not only rich in history and natural beauty, it is also a part of the Gold Country GeoTour.Gold Country – The Painted Chasm (GC1TTW8) is rated a difficulty 1 1/2, terrain 2 traditional cache.Placed in June of 2009, it is one of 72 Gold Country GeoTour geocaches. GeoTour caches are designed to showcase a destination with a tailored series of geocaches hidden at the destination’s points of interest. The Gold Country GeoTour directs adventurers to discover the region’s gold mining legacy.Located in a remote area of southern British Columbia, Canada, the cache accumulated nearly 225 logged visits and 17 Favorite Points over the last three years. The cache sits along the 8km long painted chasm canyon, whose serene red, orange, pink, and purple colors have been forming for 16 million years.Geocaching in Gold CountryThe page provides detailed information about the history of the area, its natural beauty, and geological importance.One adventurer logging the cache said, “This was one very special, very beautiful, very scenic, absolutely fantastic, most educational and truly memorable Geocaching trip. Yours to discover….Wish you were here.”Continue to explore some of the most engaging geocaches around the world. Check out all the Geocaches of the Week on the Latitude 47 blog or view the Bookmark List on Geocaching.comIf you would like to nominate a Geocache of the Week, send an email with your name, comments, the name of the geocache, and the GC code to [email protected] Gold Country by horseShare with your Friends:More SharePrint Related5 tips for planning your next vacation with geocachingJuly 31, 2017In “GeoTours”Groundspeak Weekly Newsletter – July 11, 2012July 11, 2012In “Geocaching.com Videos”Colorado’s South Park GeoTourJuly 10, 2015In “GeoTours”
The original creator of the bladed sole football boot, XBlades has secured a new partnership as the Exclusive Footwear Partner of Touch Football Australia [TFA]. The new partnership with TFA will see XBlades provide footwear to TFA elite athletes, members and collaborate with Touch Footballâ€™s best players to revolutionise the boots further, with the aim of providing improved comfort and playing longevity. XBlades CEO Leighton Richards is thrilled to partner with Touch Football, a sport that has very strong participation rate all year round and has been a driving force in the development of Rugby 7â€™s and Rugby League (NRL) players for some time.â€œXBlades is committed to developing high quality products specifically for Australiaâ€™s key football and rugby codes. We have an integrated approach to product development, allowing us to produce even better performing, and more stylish, products for professional and everyday players. â€œMany Touch Football players currently use footwear adapted from other sports which can have an impact on physical performance. Through this new partnership weâ€™ll collaborate with elite players who will help drive our research and development of a Touch Football specific shoe which will better service the requirements of the sport.â€ Richards said.Colm Maguire, Chief Executive Officer of Touch Football Australia said: â€œTouch Football is among the top participant based, organised sports in Australia. Itâ€™s great to attract and indeed renew the support of an iconic Australian brand like XBlades, which is dedicated to supporting our aim of growing and developing the game.â€This new partnership is the latest move as part of XBladesâ€™ serious brand reinvigoration under new direction; with ex Callaway Golf Director Leighton Richards and former AFL superstar Jimmy Bartel at the helm. Touch Football players and officials are excited for the partnership. â€œIâ€™ve been wearing XBlade boots for the past decade- since I was 15. I really enjoy wearing XBlades and I feel like they benefit my performance when Iâ€™m playing Touchâ€ Pete Noman, Menâ€™s Openâ€™s player commented. Team XBlades currently consists of more than 40 NRL and AFL stars including Paul Gallen and Alex Rance to ensure the product meets the needs of current professional players. 2017 will see several high profile player signings, additional club partnerships and the unveiling of XBlades full collection.For more information, images and interviews please contact:Stephanie Jones, Thrive PR E: [email protected] | T: 0481 566 386Related LinksXBlade Announcement
TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Arsenal, Juventus alerted as Avdijaj rejects Willem II offerby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveDonis Avdijaj plans to leave Willem II at the end of the season.Off contract in June, Avdijaj has refused to consider talks about a new deal with Willem, says Soccernews.nl.Instead, the attacker is ready to leave in June – a decision which has attracted the interest of two of Europe’s biggest clubs.Arsenal and Juventus are both eyeing Avdijaj for a Bosman transfer.Avdijaj, 22, joined Willem II in the summer from Schalke, signing a 12 month deal.
About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Man Utd keeper De Gea: We must beat teams like Arsenalby Freddie Taylor24 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United goalkeeper David De Gea believes they must win games such as the home clash against Arsenal.The Red Devils were unable to turn their possession into more than a single goal, and had to settle for a 1-1 draw.It was a tough clash against a fellow top-four hopeful at home, and De Gea knows they will rue not being able to get all three points.”This is Manchester United. We’re playing at Old Trafford so we have to win these games,” De Gea said to reporters.”We have a young team but the lads have to react and play better than they are. We are a team. We know we have to improve and we are all working really hard to do it.”We had a lot of good chances – of course, they did too, but I think we had the better ones.”We have to keep learning. We have a young team, so it’s time to keep looking forward and try to win the next game.”