Girls’ basketball: Mira Costa denies Hart return to Div. I-A final

first_imgThe shot provided the Mustangs with a double-digit lead they would not relinquish en route to a 50-40 victory over defending Div. I-A champion Hart of Newhall at West Ranch High in Stevenson Ranch. Richardson finished with a game-high 20 points for fifth-seeded Mira Costa (24-6), which hounded the top-seeded Indians all night with a swarming 2-3 zone. “We did a very poor job of attacking on offense.” The victory was surprisingly efficient for Mira Costa, which did not trail the entire game. The Mustangs opened their first double-digit lead with 1:34 remaining in the second quarter, when a 3-point play by Richardson put the team ahead 21-11. Hart cut its deficit to 21-16 at halftime, but Mira Costa took a 30-20 lead on a 9-foot jumper by Jasmine Rutledge. The Indians cut that deficit to sevenpoints midway through the fourth quarter, when Richardson’s 3-pointer provided the final dagger. “I knew that shot was going in as soon as it left my hands,” Richardson. “It felt amazing when it finally went through.” Mira Costa advances to face No. 3 San Clemente in the final Saturday at the Pyramid in Long Beach. It was the second time Mira Costa has defeated Hart this season, having knocked them off 46-45 on Dec. 27. (818) 713-3607 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The Mustangs put a 17-game winning streak to rest for Hart (27-3), which was denied the Div. I-A title game for the second time in sixyears. “This win was no fluke,” Richardson said. “We proved we’re the real deal tonight. Hart is a really tough team, and we shut them down defensively.” Britney Fitchpatrick had a team-high 14 points for Hart, which had trouble finding baskets inside against Mira Costa’s stifling zone. Indians forwards Tatianna Thomas and Megan Ford each scored 10 points, but the 40-point performance was the team’s season-low. “There was too much standing around,” Hart coach Dave Munroe said. center_img STEVENSON RANCH – Megan Richardson held her wrist cocked above her head as she coasted down the court Tuesday night. It was midway through the fourth quarter of a Southern Section Div. I-A girls’ basketball semifinal, and the Mira Costa High of Manhattan Beach standout could smell an upset after knocking down a 3-pointer from the right wing. last_img read more

Video: The superstar available to Chelsea and Man United for just £19m?

first_imgChelsea and Manchester United are set to fight it out for what could be one of the bargains of the decade, according to reports.The Daily Express have claimed Real Madrid starlet Raphael Varane could be set to exit the club as he searches for more first-team football.After some exceptional displays at this summer’s World Cup the young defender has only made three starts in La Liga under Carlo Ancelotti so far and a move away from the Santiago Bernabeu could now be on the cards.Former boss Jose Mourinho, who took Varane to Madrid, is said to be keen on signing the youngster again, while Louis van Gaal is also interested in his services and they could, if the reports are to be believed, be able to snap him up for just £19million.Such a fee would be a snip for the French international who, at the age of just 21, has plenty of potential to become one of the world’s best centre-backs, if you trust the words of Cristiano Ronaldo.To see Varane’s talent for yourself, check out the video above…last_img read more

Arsenal will miss out on top four, Liverpool’s marquee arrival and Man United’s new kits

first_img1 As part of our build up to the new year, we reveal the most popular content on for every month of 2014. Here, we look at July…BEST OF TALKSPORT.COM: JULY 2014MOST VIEWED STORY: Wenger responds to Mourinho mind gamesThe war of words between old foes Arsene Wenger and Jose Mourinho got slightly heated during July, when the Arsenal boss accused his adversary of stretching the truth over Cesc Fabregas’ transfer to Chelsea.See the story here: POPULAR INTERVIEW: Arsenal will miss out on top four spot next season – Owen tells talkSPORTIf social media reactions are anything to go by, then Michael Owen frequently gets the raw end from football fans, but it looks as though his thoughts on Arsenal’s season could turn out to be true. The former Liverpool striker told talkSPORT in July the Gunners would miss out on the top four, despite signing a raft of new players, commenting that the club remain ‘a step behind’ their Premier League rivals.Listen to the interview here: POPULAR FEATURE: Leaked images! Are these Man United’s new home and away kits?As the summer unfolded, images started to leak as to what Premier League clubs would be wearing during the new campaign. One of the most popular kit ‘reveals’ was Manchester United’s proposed home and away designs.See the images here:’S PICK OF JULY 2014: Picture: Marquee arrival at AnfieldThe loss of Luis Suarez appeared to hit Liverpool fans pretty hard, and with Kopites desperate for a marquee arrival, talkSPORT were quickly on hand to provide them with one in the shape of this wonderful image. It wasn’t much better over at Southampton either, as club legend Mick Channon appeared on talkSPORT to slam Calum Chambers’ decision to leave Saints for Arsenal. Channon accused the defender of lacking ambition.See the Liverpool story here: HERE TO SEE THE BEST OF JANUARYCLICK HERE TO SEE THE BEST OF FEBRUARYCLICK HERE TO SEE THE BEST OF MARCHCLICK HERE TO SEE THE BEST OF APRILCLICK HERE TO SEE THE BEST OF MAYCLICK HERE TO SEE THE BEST OF JUNE Arsene Wenger hit back at Jose Mourinho last_img read more

Mancini offers a little too much info when asked about Icardi’s future

first_img1 Roberto Mancini joked he watches porn rather than listen to transfer rumours Batting away questions on Mauro Icardi’s future, Inter manager Roberto Mancini said he doesn’t pay attention to transfer rumours being discussed on the telly because the only thing he watches is porn.Icardi, the club’s 23-year-old striker and skipper, has been linked with a move away from the club and Atletico Madrid, Tottenham and Napoli have all made contact, according to his agent Wanda Nara, who is also his wife.But Mancini, who is also having to deal with rumours surrounding his own future, was able to have a laugh with journalists and expertly dodging the question by ending with this line.“I do not read newspapers, I do not listen to the radio, I do not watch private channels… just some porn,” before adding he was joking.May we suggest The Transfer Centre on talkSPORT 2 at 1pm every weekday, Roberto?last_img read more


first_imgDonegal doll-makers Arklu recently gave us five of their Lottie dolls to give away to five Donegal Daily readers.The new Lottie doll is seen as a safe doll for Donegal childrenWe had a huge response to the competition but unfortunately there could only be five winners.The following are the five winners. And the good news is that the winners don’t have to do anything else.Arklu will send the dolls to the winners – in time for Christmas!Congrats to all the winners and the good news is that we will have many more competitions in the coming days, weeks and months ahead.The winners of lovely Lottie dolls are: Elizabeth Ferry, Listillion, LetterkennyTreasa McGettigan, Drumoghill, TermonEva Mc Devitt, Donegal road, BallybofeyTanya Cannon, NewtowncunninghamAoife Crawford, Essex, UK AND THE WINNERS OF THE FREE LOTTIE DOLLS ARE …… was last modified: December 7th, 2013 by StephenShare 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)Tags:ARKLUcompetitionLottie dollslast_img read more

UCL: Depleted Liverpool host Barcelona in semi final return leg

first_imgLiverpool go into the game with several key injury concerns. (Agency Photos)Liverpool vs BarcelonaAnfield Stadium, LiverpoolTuesday, 07-05-2019 @10pmReferee: Cuneyt Cakir (Turkey)Concussion means Liverpool forward Mohamed Salah has been ruled out of the Champions League second leg against Barcelona at Anfield. Leading scorer Salah joins fellow forward Roberto Firmino (muscle tear) on the sidelines meaning Divock Origi, the substitute who scored their late winner at Newcastle on Saturday, is set to start. Midfielders Naby Keita (groin) and Adam Lallana (muscle) will not play again this season.Ousmane Dembele has not travelled to Anfield after he was injured in Barcelona’s game with Celta Vigo, but aside from the winger and long-term midfield absentee Rafinha, the visitors have a full-strength squad to choose from.What they are sayingJürgen Klopp:  “There’s hope and it’s football. We are far from giving up, but we are not in a situation where we say, ‘It will happen, 100 per cent’. But it’s football and that’s why we give it a try and because of the boys and the character of the boys.”Luis Suarez on return to Anfield: “I think people know the work I did here. I think there will be more applause than whistles. There may be quite a few who are not happy but I think there will be more who are happy and grateful.”Suarez celebrates wildly after scoring the opener in the first leg.“Celebrating the goal last week, people who know about football, who love this sport, know about the importance of this. I have all the respect in the world for the Liverpool fans. Because I scored and celebrated with my fans, I say sorry. Obviously, it is clear that if I score a goal against Liverpool I won’t celebrate it in the same way.”Liverpool are looking to become only the third team in the history of the European Cup/Champions League to come from three goals down after the first leg of a semi-final and progress to the final, after Panathinaikos in 1970-71 and Barcelona in 1985-86. On only three previous occasions has a team been eliminated from a Champions League knockout tie having won the first leg by three or more goals, with the last occasion being Barcelona against Roma in last season’s quarter-final (4-1 first leg, 0-3 second leg). Barcelona have won both of their previous Champions League visits to Anfield against Liverpool, winning 3-1 in November 2001 and 1-0 in March 2007; Barcelona are the only away side to win more than once at Anfield in the Champions League. In all European competition, Liverpool have only lost one of their 18 home semi-finals at Anfield (W14 D3 L1), losing 0-1 to a Billy Bremner goal against Leeds United in the 1970-71 Fairs Cup. Barcelona have won two away Champions League games in England this season, winning 4-2 at Spurs and 1-0 at Manchester United – no side has ever won three away games in England in a major European competition in a single season. Liverpool are unbeaten in 19 home matches in all competitions (W16 D3 L0), only enjoying a longer run once under Jürgen Klopp – a run of 25 between January 2016 and January 2017. In the first leg, Liverpool became the 32nd different Champions League opponent Barcelona’s Lionel Messi has scored against – only former Real Madrid and Schalke striker Raúl has scored against more (33). Liverpool haven’t conceded a Champions League goal at Anfield in 367 minutes, since Kylian Mbappé scored for Paris Saint-Germain in September; the Reds haven’t kept five consecutive home clean sheets in the European Cup/Champions League since October 1984. Barcelona have won just five of their last 18 away Champions League knockout ties (W5 D4 L9), but four of those five victories have come in England (two vs Man City, one vs Arsenal and Man Utd), with the other against PSG in April 2015. Lionel Messi has 12 Champions League goals for Barcelona this season, just two shy of his best ever tally in a single season, scoring 14 in 2011-12; the Argentinian has netted more goals against English teams than any other player in the competition’s history (26), including six this season.The other Semi final-Ajax vs Tottenham (Agg: 1-0), Wednesday 08-05-2019 @10pmComments Tags: barcelonaJurgen KloppliverpoolLuis Suareztopuefa champions leaguelast_img read more

South African authors nominated for international award

first_img19 November 2015Three South African writers have been nominated in what has been called the “world’s richest literary prize”, the International Dublin Literary Award.Zakes Mda’s Rachel’s Blue, Mandla Langa’s The Texture of Shadows and Imraan Coovadia’s Tales of the Metric System are in the running for the €100 000 (about R1.5-million) prize money.3 South Africans nominated for “world’s richest literary prize”— Books LIVE (@BooksLIVESA) November 18, 2015Fans and organisations have congratulated the authors on social media.@BooksLIVESA @mandla_langa @ZakesMda Congratulations. All nominations so well deserved.— Pippa Green (@green_pippa) November 10, 2015Congrats to @mandla_langa @ZakesMda & Imraan Coovadia on their International Dublin Literary Award nominations— pen_southafrica (@pen_southafrica) November 10, 2015The awardThe annual award is in its 21st year. Nominations come in from libraries across the world.“The nomination process for the award is unique as nominations are made by libraries in capital and major cities throughout the world,” reads the Dublin Literary Award website.”Participating libraries can nominate up to three novels each year for the award. Over 400 library systems in 177 countries worldwide are invited to nominate books each year.”The winner will be announced on 9 June 2016. The three South Africans are among 160 titles in the running this year.Other awardsThe South African novels have already been given the nod on the local literary scene.Rachel’s Blue won the 2014/2015 University of Johannesburg Prize, The Texture of Shadows was longlisted for the inaugural FT/Oppenheimer Funds Emerging Voices Award for Fiction, and Tales of the Metric System was shortlisted for the 2015 Barry Ronge Prize.African authorsLiterary website Books Live made note of the other African authors who made it on to the nominated list in the International Dublin Literary Award.They are: Moroccan-American novelist Laila Lalami for The Moor’s Account; Scholastique Mukasonga, a Rwandan author living in France, for Our Lady of the Nile; Ethiopian-American novelist Dinaw Mengestu for All Our Names; and Nigerian-born Helen Oyeyemi, for Boy, Snow, Bird.The full list of nominees can be seen here.Source: Books Livelast_img read more

Nelson Mandela Children’s Hospital by the numbers

first_imgThe Nelson Mandela Children’s Hospital (NMCH) in Parktown, Johannesburg, is one of the greatest legacy projects in the former president’s name. It will begin accepting patients this year. Here’s a look at the difference it will make in South Africa, and Africa.(Image: Mathiba Molefe)Becoming the president of a new South Africa was not an easy walk to freedom for Nelson Mandela, yet when he died in 2013 he had changed the world into which he was born. He created a South Africa that believed in peace, tolerance and equality.He is remembered as a beloved leader who lived his belief in reconciliation and not as the fiery young leader who advocated violence as a credible option. This legacy lives on in the charitable work he began and that his foundation continues today.One of the greatest and most important legacy projects is the Nelson Mandela Children’s Hospital (NMCH) in Parktown, Johannesburg. It will begin accepting patients this year. We look at the difference it will make in South Africa, and Africa.The Symba Paediatric Hospital BedPatients at the Nelson Mandela Children’s Hospital will be in beds designed and manufactured in South Africa. The Symba Bed is the brainchild of engineer Jed Aylmer and his team at Praestet, a local medical design company.Designed for children from the age of six months to six years, the bed is completely transparent and accessible from all sides. Lacking the usual metal bars of hospital beds, it is meant to make children feel like they are in bed at home.Aylmer designed the bed as his final year product design course project. The University of Johannesburg graduate was looking for something that would satisfy doctors and nurses while still being functional. “I wanted to consider some very important things — how to combine my passion for product and design with business and to create something that makes your heart feel good.”The name of the new bed is taken from the story The Lion, the Hare and the Tortoise. It is, Aylmer told the hospital’s website, a story he read in Nelson Mandela’s Favourite Folktales. “The lion’s name is Simba — I thought this was so appropriate for the way the child should feel. They should get better and stronger in a Symba.”Symba has high-quality casters and eight accessory ports where medical equipment such as oxygen tanks and drip stands can be attached to the bed. This simple idea makes it easier to move the bed around the hospital.The bed is constructed in South Africa with 98% of its parts sourced locally. Praestet provides maintenance services as well.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more

South Africa to launch first cube satellite

first_img14 November 2013 The Cape Peninsula University of Technology (CPUT) is set to make history with the launch of South Africa’s first cube satellite, ZACUBE-1, from the Yasny base in Russia at 09:10 South African time on 21 November, the university announced on Monday. The nano-satellite is a single unit carrying a space weather experiment, and will be sent up atop the RS-2OB rocket Dnepr. Running on the same amount of power as a five-watt bulb, ZACUBE-1 will orbit Earth up to 15 times a day at an altitude of 600 kilometres. Measuring only 10x10x10cm and weighing 1.2kg, it is about 100 times smaller than Sputnik, the first satellite launched into space in 1957. It will carry a high frequency beacon which will be used to study the spread of radio waves through the ionosphere. This will provide space weather data to the South African National Space Agency (Sansa). Funded by the Department of Science and Technology, the satellite was designed and built by CPUT postgraduate students in collaboration with Sansa, following the CubeSat programme at the French South African Institute of Technology (F’SATI). “The launch of CubeSat is proof of the skills and the facilities we are gradually developing to ensure space science and technology really benefits every citizen of South Africa,” Science and Technology Minister Derek Hanekom said in a statement. The director of F’SATI, Professor Robert Van Zyl, said the strength of the CubeSat programme was its use of cube satellites as technology platforms for practical skills training and applied research. “This approach offers our students a unique learning experience and prepares them to participate in the South African space industry.” Established in 2009, the CubeSat programme has graduated 32 master’s students, bringing to 42 the total number of F’SATI alumni at CPUT. The programme has also provided internships to 15 of the graduates as engineers-in-training. The nano-satellite, designated “ZA-003” in the national register of space assets, follows in the footsteps of micro-satellites Sunsat and SumbandilaSat. Cube satellites, or “cubesats”, were originally developed in the United States in 1999 by California Polytechnic State University and Stanford University to help universities worldwide perform space science and exploration. SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

When does it make sense to sell again?

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Corn has moved 20 cents off the lows in the recent weeks.  We seem to be range bound yet and lots of farmer movement has been noted across the U.S.Farmers have asked me lately when it makes sense to sell again.  There is no easy answer because of all the variables:What are their breakeven costs?What are their goals?Where do they think the market will go?How much old crop do they have left to sell?How much new crop do they already have sold?Many farmers have a breakeven point of $4.25 futures for new crop using Dec corn futures. Rallying to $4.25 Dec from the current $3.90 level would place old crop near $4. It’s important to remember that old and new crop corn are intertwined now, making it difficult for the relationship spread to change for the rest of the season.  At this point, quite a few farmers are willing to sell old crop corn before $4. That could keep the market 10 to 20 cents lower than many farmers goals/breakeven.What could cause a market swing?The two big ones: one, a shortage of acres in the March intentions report or in the June acreage estimate and two, a below trend line average yield this summer which is near 164 bushels per acre on corn at 45 bushels per acre on beans.What would cause big adjustments to planted acres in 2016?Each crop is a little different and has its own potential issues:Soybeans – It’s more cost efficient to plant corn versus beans west of the MO river.  East of the MS river, it’s about equal.  It may be a bit more profitable in areas of Ohio, so farmers there could pick up some bean acres dropped from the western belt.  Despite it not making financial sense, some farmers may decide to plant beans to reduce upfront inputs costs (vs corn).Wheat isn’t a profitable option for many over corn or beans.  This could shift some acres to either cropCRP acres could increase at the expense of all grains. However this would likely be a shift of marginal ground that produce low yields.Milo acres might be changed back to corn.  The lack of large Chinese demand (like a year ago) makes the profit levels less desirable than growing corn. This could be an area where acres that were shifted away from corn in 2015 will be shifted back to corn, potentially adding one million corn acres.Alfalfa and hay may be another option for some, but will not likely have a big effect on overall corn or bean acres.I doubt we’ll see an corn acre decrease in 2016, while beans are uncertain. Current acre estimates are just under 90 million for corn and 84 million for beans.  A move of more than 1 or 2 million acres in either would be a catalysis for moving the market.What will yields be?Until weather can be predicted with 100% accuracy, it will always be the part of the equation that causes market volatility.Corn – With good growing conditions, $3 corn may be a reality.  A drought could bring $5.  Weather forecasters anticipate normal conditions right now, but a weather scare could still bring $4.25 futures.Beans – Average yields could bring bigger carryouts.  This means prices under $7 without a weather event are possible.  On the flip side, a drought could bring $11.  Bean prices worry me more than corn, and it may be August before we know anything.Are there other issues?There is still a lot of milo in storage, that could ultimately hurt corn demand.DDG is not being imported as quickly by China as in the pastCrude Oil prices continue to be sluggish, which may hurt ethanol margins and reduce corn demand.Soy meal demand isn’t strong, hurting chances for a bean rally.World stocks of corn, beans and wheat are extremely abundantWorld stock markets are weaker and volatileThe strong US dollar hurts exports.Is there positive news?There is still plenty of time for weather issues in South America.  The record short by the funds could also cause a brief market swing.  And….there can always be surprises unimaginable today causing twists and turns in the market.The key is to plan ahead and be ready.  I base my marketing strategy on average market conditions and estimates.  This includes taking advantage of market carry and basis premiums because in most years there are additional profits available to me. But, my marketing plan is also set up to take advantage of surprises and rallies in the market when they happen to optimize as much potential as possible for my farm operation while keeping my overall risk in check.Jon grew up raising corn and soybeans on a farm near Beatrice, NE. Upon graduation from The University of Nebraska in Lincoln, he became a grain merchandiser and has been trading corn, soybeans and other grains for the last 18 years, building relationships with end-users in the process. After successfully marketing his father’s grain and getting his MBA, 10 years ago he started helping farmer clients market their grain based upon his principals of farmer education, reducing risk, understanding storage potential and using basis strategy to maximize individual farm operation profits. A big believer in farmer education of futures trading, Jon writes a weekly commentary to farmers interested in learning more and growing their farm operations.Trading of futures, options, swaps and other derivatives is risky and is not suitable for all persons. All of these investment products are leveraged, and you can lose more than your initial deposit. Each investment product is offered only to and from jurisdictions where solicitation and sale are lawful, and in accordance with applicable laws and regulations in such jurisdiction. The information provided here should not be relied upon as a substitute for independent research before making your investment decisions. Superior Feed Ingredients, LLC is merely providing this information for your general information and the information does not take into account any particular individual’s investment objectives, financial situation, or needs. All investors should obtain advice based on their unique situation before making any investment decision. The contents of this communication and any attachments are for informational purposes only and under no circumstances should they be construed as an offer to buy or sell, or a solicitation to buy or sell any future, option, swap or other derivative. The sources for the information and any opinions in this communication are believed to be reliable, but Superior Feed Ingredients, LLC does not warrant or guarantee the accuracy of such information or opinions. Superior Feed Ingredients, LLC and its principals and employees may take positions different from any positions described in this communication. Past results are not necessarily indicative of future results. He can be contacted at read more