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Wacha, Cardinals shut out Dodgers, take 2-0 lead in NLCS

first_imgKershaw allowed two hits in six innings, throwing 72 pitches before being replaced by a pinch hitter. The left-hander walked one batter and struck out five, and hasn’t allowed an earned run in the postseason since Game 1 of the NL Division Series against the Atlanta Braves.Matt Carpenter hit a triple to right field on Kershaw’s first pitch of the game. But the left-hander retired the next three Cardinals batters in order, and faced the minimum number of batters until David Freese doubled to lead off the fifth inning.Freese went to third base on a passed ball by catcher A.J. Ellis, a fastball down the middle of the plate that inexplicably glanced off his glove to the backstop. “Just a pitch right down the middle,” Ellis said. “I missed it.”“I missed my spot,” Kershaw said. “It was pretty close to a strike but I missed my spot and A.J. had to reach back.”A sacrifice fly to left field by Jon Jay was deep enough to score Freese, who wasn’t challenged when Carl Crawford threw wide of home plate.Relievers Ronald Belisario and J.P. Howell didn’t allow a hit in relief of Kershaw. The pitching was there, as it’s been all season. The hitting was a flashback to the dog days of May and June, leaving the Dodgers to wonder where their bats went against Wacha and three relievers.“It’s one game. We have to remember that,” Howell said. “This is only going to last hopefully for about 30 minutes and we’ve got to move on to Monday.”Wacha threw 6 2/3 innings, allowing five hits and walking one while striking out eight. Puig struck out three times against Wacha, four times in total, looking utterly confused by the Cardinals’ mix of speeds and pitches.With the bases loaded in the sixth inning, Wacha struck out Puig and Juan Uribe back-to-back to escape his biggest jam of the afternoon.“I was just trying to get locked in with (catcher) Yadier (Molina) back there,” Wacha said. “We took some time in between batters, a lot of mound visits, just to make sure we were on the same page. I was pretty pumped up after I got a couple strikeouts there to end the inning.”Wacha received high-fives all around upon returning to the dugout.There were no high-fives awaiting the Dodgers on Saturday, only the question of how they could allow two hits and still lose. It wasn’t the fault of managerial strategy. The injuries to Ethier and Ramirez played a part. Mostly, it was the recurring nightmare of run support for their best starting pitcher.“It’s like our entire season in a microcosm,” Ellis said. “You’ve got a full 162-game look at the Dodgers.”Is winning all three home games in the series a necessity now?“Absolutely,” Gonzalez said. ST. LOUIS >> Eighteen teams, including the Dodgers, chose not to pick pitcher Michael Wacha in the 2012 draft. The Angels did too, in a sense, when they signed Albert Pujols as a free agent and surrendered the 19th overall draft pick to the St. Louis Cardinals as compensation.That pick, now 22 years old and hurling fastballs anywhere from 89 to 98 mph, matched Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw zero-for-zero in Game 2 of the National League Championship Series. The Cardinals won, 1-0, on an unearned run before an announced sellout crowd of 46,872 at Busch Stadium.Wacha and Game 1 starter Joe Kelly entered the weekend with one postseason start each in their careers. They flew to Los Angeles on Saturday night as heroes, having pitched the Cardinals to a 2-0 lead in the best-of-seven series.“They beat our aces,” Dodgers catcher A.J. Ellis said. “We’re going to have to beat theirs.” Forget for a moment that Game 3 starter Adam Wainwright has allowed one run in five of his last six playoff starts for the Cardinals. History says the Dodgers’ odds of coming back are longer than their faces in the visitors’ dugout Saturday afternoon.Since the League Championship Series expanded to a best-of-seven format in 1985, teams that won the first two games of the series are 20-2. Only the 1985 Cardinals (against the Dodgers) and 2004 Boston Red Sox have come back from a 2-0 series deficit to win.“We don’t want to get too far ahead of ourselves,” St. Louis manager Mike Matheny said. “We don’t deny also what’s happened here the last two days.”With runners in scoring position, the Dodgers are 1 for 16. Their three through five hitters — Adrian Gonzalez, Yasiel Puig and Juan Uribe — went 0 for 11 Saturday. Hanley Ramirez missed the game with a bruised left ribcage, still feeling the effects of Kelly’s fastball that hit him in the first inning Friday. Andre Ethier was limited to pinch-hitting duties in the ninth inning after playing 13 innings in center field the night before; he was one of Trevor Rosenthal’s three strikeout victims in a perfect ninth inning.center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

Alexander: Is LeBron James on pace for another MVP award?

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersHe is averaging 25.8 points, 6.8 rebounds, 10.7 assists and 1.29 steals, and the long-awaited collaboration with Anthony Davis has worked even better than expected. It may not exactly be the Showtime template, but these Lakers are absolutely fun to watch.Sunday night Davis went for 50, making 20 of 29 shots. James contributed 32 points on 12 for 20 shooting, and he also finished with 13 assists.Eight of them were on Davis baskets, and five of those were in the first 6-1/2 minutes of the game.“Bron and Anthony continue to play at a higher level each game,” Lakers coach Frank Vogel said.“It’s tough to say (why it meshed so fast). I think their games fit. And when you’re a general manager and you’re putting together a team, it’s not just about a collection of talent. It’s putting together pieces that fit. To the credit of Rob (Pelinka, general manager) and our front office, we’ve done a good job of putting lob threats and shooters around two elite scorers, and the two of them are complementing each other because they’re both guys that will make the right play, and they’re willing passers.” How athletes protesting the national anthem has evolved over 17 years Trail Blazers beat Grizzlies in play-in, earn first-round series with the Lakers Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Lakers, Clippers schedules set for first round of NBA playoffs If these guys are just starting to mesh and they’re 21-3, heaven help the league when they get it figured out.“All of us are just more comfortable with our play,” James said. “We know what we want to run. We know how we want to play. We know how we want to defend, and we know how we want to be on offense. It makes it a lot easier when we’re in a good rhythm. It makes it a lot easier when we’ve had time to have some chemistry, and every game is going to continue to get better and better, for not only A.D., not only myself but the rest of the group.”Ryan Saunders, the second-year coach of the Timberwolves, has watched James for a while. When Saunders joined the Washington Wizards’ staff in 2009, James was beginning his sixth NBA season in Cleveland and already had one Finals appearance, the first of his eight.“You have to just shake your head sometimes,” said Saunders. “I mean, watching a player like him, he’s a transcendent talent. You guys don’t need me to tell you that. But he seems like he’s always adding something to his game. The way he moves with the ball at his size, he poses a very unique challenge on a nightly basis.“When you’re a guy who is that dominant with the basketball, where you can probably get a good shot off most possessions, for him to be as unselfish as he is, that’s just a huge credit to him and what he’s developed in this league, and he’s had that his whole career.”If we want to take this MVP concept further, there was this small snapshot in the first half. James picked up his third foul with 9:21 left in the second quarter. The Lakers were ahead 44-35 at the time, but by the time James checked back in with 4:16 left, Minnesota led 57-53.Thirty-two seconds later, after a Davis dunk off a James pass and a Danny Green three-pointer off a James pass, it was 58-58.Also worth noting: James picked up his fourth foul, a dubious blocking call, with 2:27 left in the half. The Lakers went on an 11-0 run at the end of the half and went into intermission with a 73-65 lead.“I’m not used to being in foul trouble,” said James, who has fouled out of just six regular-season games and two playoff games in his 17 seasons. “It’s just great to have a team that can continue to keep up the pressure, keep up the momentum. They did a great job at the end of that second quarter.”But it was hard to determine what was more entertaining Sunday night. Was it LeBron’s passing? Was it his three-point shooting? He was 6 for 8, including a heave from just inside the sideline for his 30th, 31st and 32nd points of the night with 2:51 left.Related Articlescenter_img Trail Blazers, Grizzlies advance to NBA play-in game; Suns, Spurs see playoff dreams dashed (Or could the most entertaining part of the game have been the impromptu twerk that Lizzo performed during a timeout as the Laker Girls danced to one of her songs? Call it, well, a half-moon, just as the video board cameras switched to her courtside location. You know, when you’re a star …)As we’ve noted before, James’ has set a tone for a team that has impressed with its unselfishness. When the best player is not only willing but eager to spread the wealth, everyone else gets in on the act. The Lakers had 32 assists on 55 makes Sunday night and average 26.6 assists and 43.3 made field goals over 24 games.Some questioned the signings and acquisitions made around James and Davis over the summer. It’s hard to knock them now.And shouldn’t we just stipulate that LeBron is playing at a level worthy of his fifth MVP trophy?“I think you answered that question yourself,” Danny Green said. “I think everybody in the world knows right now he’s a top candidate for MVP. If not him, it’s A.D., but only because A.D.’s had a couple games out.“Bron consistently has been our floor general and our leader thus far in every aspect, on and off the floor.”The Giannis Antetokounmpo lobby might object, but it’s hard to argue. PreviousLos Angeles Lakers’ LeBron James (23) dunks against Minnesota Timberwolves’ Gorgui Dieng (5) during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Sunday, Dec. 8, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)Minnesota Timberwolves’ Josh Okogie (20) goes to basket under pressure from Los Angeles Lakers’ Danny Green (14) during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Sunday, Dec. 8, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsMinnesota Timberwolves’ Jarrett Culver (23) and Los Angeles Lakers’ Dwight Howard (39) fight for a ball during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Sunday, Dec. 8, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)Minnesota Timberwolves’ Robert Covington (33) goes to basket under pressure from Los Angeles Lakers’ Danny Green (14) during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Sunday, Dec. 8, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)Los Angeles Lakers’ Danny Green (14) celebrates with teammates Dwight Howard (39) and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope (1) after making a 3-pointer during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Sunday, Dec. 8, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)Minnesota Timberwolves’ Andrew Wiggins (22) shoots under pressure from Los Angeles Lakers’ JaVale McGee (7) during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Sunday, Dec. 8, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)Los Angeles Lakers’ Anthony Davis (3) shoots under pressure from Minnesota Timberwolves’ Andrew Wiggins (22) during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Sunday, Dec. 8, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)Minnesota Timberwolves’ Jarrett Culver (23) shoots against Los Angeles Lakers’ Danny Green (14) during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Sunday, Dec. 8, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)Los Angeles Lakers’ Dwight Howard (39) dunks against Minnesota Timberwolves during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Sunday, Dec. 8, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)Los Angeles Lakers’ Anthony Davis (3) shoots against Minnesota Timberwolves’ Jordan Bell (7) during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Sunday, Dec. 8, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)Los Angeles Lakers’ Anthony Davis (3) drives to basket while defended by Minnesota Timberwolves’ Robert Covington (33) during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Sunday, Dec. 8, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)Los Angeles Lakers’ LeBron James (23) goes to basket while defended by Minnesota Timberwolves’ Andrew Wiggins (22) and Robert Covington (33) during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Sunday, Dec. 8, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)Los Angeles Lakers’ Anthony Davis (3) and Minnesota Timberwolves’ Robert Covington (33) fight for a rebound during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Sunday, Dec. 8, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)Los Angeles Lakers’ LeBron James (23) shoots against Minnesota Timberwolves’ Andrew Wiggins (22) during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Sunday, Dec. 8, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)Los Angeles Lakers’ LeBron James (23) is defended by Minnesota Timberwolves’ Robert Covington (33) and Andrew Wiggins (22) during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Sunday, Dec. 8, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)Los Angeles Lakers’ LeBron James (23) dunks against Minnesota Timberwolves’ Gorgui Dieng (5) during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Sunday, Dec. 8, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)NextShow Caption1 of 15Los Angeles Lakers’ LeBron James (23) dunks against Minnesota Timberwolves’ Gorgui Dieng (5) during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Sunday, Dec. 8, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)ExpandLOS ANGELES — Has LeBron James thrust himself back into the MVP conversation?Oh, yes, it’s early. Sunday night’s 142-125 victory over Minnesota marked the Lakers’ 24th game, a little more than a quarter of the way through the NBA’s 82-game regular-season slog. The Lakers are now 21-3, a half-game ahead of Milwaukee for the league’s best record and on a 72-win pace, but it’s a long way to the finish line.(Ask last year’s Lakers how things can change, for example.)All of that said, are you sure LeBron turns 35 on Dec. 30? Are you positive this is his 17th NBA season? Right now he looks more like the 25-year-old LeBron, and he has taken the Lakers with him on quite the joyride. Lakers practice early hoping to answer all questions last_img read more

Amazing Džumhur defeated Kukushkin and qualified for the 4th Round in Miami!

first_imgDamir Džumhur continued the series of successes at the Masters in Miami.In the third round, the best BiH tennis player defeated Mikhail Kukushkin with 2:1 in sets after nearly two hours of game. Already in the third game of the first set, the Kazakhstani tennis player made a break. However, Džumhur tied in the sixth game (3:3). In the next service-game, Džumhur lost his service again. Kukushkin took advantage of it and won the first set with 6:4 after 46 minutes.In the second set, the roles reversed. Damir played on a high level, while Kukushkin made one mistake after another. Damir won the first five games and it was clear that the second set will go to him. After only 30 minutes of play, Džumhur won the second set with 6:1.At the beginning of the third set, Damir made a break. However, Kukushkin responded immediately and tied to 1:1. The deciding break in the third set occurred in the fifth game, when Kukushkin played his service very poorly and Damir came to, as it will turn out, the key advantage in the match. Until the end, Džumhur kept his services, made another break and came one step away from the victory (5:2). Then Kukushkin, just like Nadal in the last round, asked for medical help. Nevertheless, after medical intervention he continued playing. Džumhur was confident in his service and in the end celebrated with 6:2 after 43 minutes of play.The result of mutual duels of these two tennis players is now 1-1. In the fourth round, Džumhur will play against the winner of the duel Miloš Raonić – Jack Sock.(Source: klix.ba)last_img read more

In ‘weird’ times, Freiburg’s Schmid prepares for football’s restart

first_img“Now we are working in groups of four. Avoiding contact; no tackling.”“Football is a contact sport. A player needs that,” Schmid said.“We’re already happy to be back on the pitch, on the ball, and having fun with a few team-mates on the field.“We’re ready to go! We’ve been training more intensely than we do in the pre-season. There have been a lot of sprints, a lot of changes of direction.“To avoid injuries that we are training harder. Maybe there will be less training and more games. As a player, I’d rather play lots as they do in England than train for five days!”– Giving it your all –If the Bundesliga resumes it will be behind closed doors, with players’ voices echoing around empty stadiums. It is not the way Schmid wanted to try to lead his club into a place in European competition next season.“I’ve never played behind closed doors. There’ll be something missing. With the stadium and the fans behind us, it’s tough for away teams to win at Freiburg. It’s always a plus,” said Schmid, who came up through the club’s youth system.“You have to be prepared for that and keep giving it your all.”There has been talk of Bundesliga players wearing masks on the field.“Walking around with a mask is uncomfortable. I wear one when we go shopping. It’s not comfortable to breathe. So playing football…,” he said, ending with a laugh.Like their Bundesliga counterparts at other clubs, Freiburg players have taken a pay cut.“The club asked us to lower our salaries to help groundstaff and office workers. We agreed. It was a good thing to do it compared to everything they do for us.“We wanted to give back something that would allow them to continue to live, because they also have families and rent to pay. It’s harder for them than it is for us. A little gesture does good.” Jonathan Schmid is looking forward to playing again though he says he would miss the Freiburg fans Jonathan Schmid is looking forward to playing again though he says he would miss the Freiburg fansParis, France | AFP |  Freiburg midfielder Jonathan Schmid said he is “not at all” afraid to return to the pitch but acknowledges that a second wave of coronavirus infections would put paid to German football’s plans to complete its interrupted season.“Germany wants to finish their championship,” the 29-year-old Frenchman told AFP. “We’re training for that. We’ll be ready when it resumes.”The German Football League (DFL) wants to restart matches in empty stadiums from May 16, providing it gets the final green light from Chancellor Angela Merkel’s government. A decision is expected on Wednesday.Those plans were thrown into question on Monday when the league said its testing of players, coaches and backroom staff had produced 10 positive cases. Three are known to be from top-flight side Cologne.Germany has been less affected by the pandemic than other European countries, an outcome partly attributed to mass testing.Schmid said any signs that football’s return had produced a new surge in infections would halt the restart plans.“If there is a second wave and it affects some clubs, I think the season will be over,” said Schmid.“The clubs don’t want to risk everything. But it’s also important to get back on track for the economic survival of the clubs.”Despite having two children, Schmid said he was not worried about the possibility of infection.“No, not at all afraid. If we’re allowed to do it, then it’s safe,” said Schmid.“We get tested once a week. If I am positive, I will stay away from my children and my wife. That’s the advantage for us, we’re being followed.”Most German clubs resumed training on April 7 but put in place stringent social distancing measures.“At first it was weird. You arrive at the training area already changed and go straight home for a shower. We don’t have a lot of time to communicate either.“We don’t shake hands, we greet each other from a distance. It feels weird. The coaches don’t want us to get too close to each other.“But the most important thing is to get back on the pitch… with the ball, doing a few exercises and a fresh environment, it was a change compared to being at home!”The training is evolving. Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more

Inside Conditions…Growing Pains?

first_imgPitt freshman wide receiver Tyler Boyd (23) celebrates with fello0w freshman tight end Scott Orndoff (83) and other teammates after making a touchdown catch in the second quarter of the NCAA football game against New Mexico on Saturday, Sept. 14, 2013, in Pittsburgh. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)by Aubrey BruceFor New Pittsburgh Courier2013 was predicted to be a growth year for the Pitt Panthers football squad because of the slew of 1st and 2nd year players scheduled for major playing time. Well sometimes kids grow up sooner than planned. Aubrey BruceAs far as I am concerned, the upcoming competition of Pitt might become the victims of the “tough love” of the fresh faced, youth-based Pitt Panthers football squad. Pitt smashed New Mexico 49-27 Saturday at Heinz Field and the boys from the “frosh” brigade did not give their rear ends a chance to develop “booty sores” as a result of “benchitis.” Head coach Paul Chryst pointed after the game that; “It’s hard to say you’re surprised when you’re around these guys as much as we are. You definitely appreciate it and you’re happy for them to have some success.”Freshman receiver Tyler Boyd did not “wait till next year.It appears that Boyd is poised to make an impact sooner than later.  Remember, just last year he was on the sidelines of Clairton High torturing high school cornerbacks who had the dubious distinction of being assigned to cover him. Boyd said after the game that; “It’s real fun because once our offense is rolling, I can do multiple things. I can get deep passes [and] bubble screens. It just opens up way more.” Pitt senior quarterback Tom Savage seemed just as hyped with the possibility of being the “field general” charged with guiding this overabundance of young talent. Even though he was intercepted early in the game Savage was still brimming with confidence. “I’m going to take shots downfield and I’m going to try and put balls in there. Obviously, I’ve got to learn from that mistake and never do it again.” I hope that again Savage was not saying that he would never be intercepted again because in the real world that is almost like saying; “I will never sin again and I will be perfect” anyway Savage did a great job against New Mexico. Now the Panthers are scheduled to face Duke. Don’t you feel goose bumps. Pitt’s starting offense consists of two freshmen. Their second team is made up of six freshmen. The second team QB, tailback, tight ends, right tackle and center. The first team defense is a bit longer in the tooth starting only one first team freshman and he is Bam Bradley at linebacker. However, the second team boasts six freshmen and three sophomores. It is my opinion that coach Paul Chryst is navigating the University of Pittsburgh football program back to the road of success even in the football rich ACC (Atlantic Coast Conference). The Panthers might be fresh faced but I predict that they will be inflicting some old damage on their conference as well as non-conference opponents before the 2013 season ends.Eye of the Tiger“It’s the eye of the tiger, it’s the thrill of the fight. Rising up to the challenge of our rival. And the last known survivor stalks his prey in the night. And he’s watching us all with the eye of the tiger. Face to face, out in the heat. Hangin’ tough, stayin’ hungry. They stack the odds, still we take to the street. For the kill with the skill to survive.” From the song ‘Eye of the Tiger’ I have my Cincinnati/Steelers credential sitting right in front of me. I couldn’t make the trip for reasons I choose not to disclose at this time but that is another story. I feel a bit like a hybrid of James Earl Jones, Leonard Nimoy and Barry White. Two narrators that would have you thinking intergalactic travel and the third creating and narrating for you a fast track to the boudoir.Will the 2013 chronicles of the Pittsburgh Steelers be more about their victories on the field as opposed to exploits after dark and at home? Are the men of steel just star stuck or will they have an unexpected winning and successful season? As I gazed upon my 2013 press box credentials for the hard fought Steelers/Bengals game at Cincy, I felt a twinge of guilt for not being there, through no fault of my own. The Pittsburgh Steelers have a $100 million quarterback, not a $50 million or $25 million field general, but a $100 million…signal caller. Ben Roethlisberger has played three straight games including the second to last game of 2012 played at Heinz Field a game that the Bengals defeated the Steelers by three points. Last weekend was the 2013 season opener a game in which the Black and Gold was defeated by the Tennessee Titans and the course, the primetime showdown this past Monday night in Cincinnati a game in which a tight end made a careless bonehead play and a contest in which “Big” Ben threw another “spirit” killing interception attempting to make a splash play downfield; as opposed to taking what the defense gives you. For almost the entire game, Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton was frustrated because Steelers cornerback Ike Taylor covered Bengals star receiver A.J. Green like a glove and held Green to a paltry 4 catches for a measly 41 yards and those catches came after the Cincy offensive coordinator made adjustments and began to toss the rock to Mr. Green underneath. See, the Bengals realized that they were not going to get a splash play in Ike Taylor’s pool because they had no life jackets and because someone might drown; so they began to stay in the shallow end. To their credit when they implemented that strategy; Green became effective especially down the stretch because before that series of plays he was a non factor, no matter how much you scramble around and avoid getting sacked when coverage is tight throw the ball away and live for another day. Are the Pittsburgh Steelers are experiencing growing pains, or just plain pain? Time to head to the kitchen and pour myself a stiff martini. (Aubrey Bruce can be reached at [email protected] or 412-583-6741)last_img read more

Atlantic Highlands Offers Jet Ski Docking At Harbor

first_imgCurrently, personal watercraft have no permanent docking area at the harbor, but can be launched there for a $15 a trip. This is the second season the harbor, which sits on Sandy Hook Bay, has allowed personal watercraft to use the facility.Initially, room will be available for nine watercraft, but the state permit allows for up to 14 spaces.“Basically, if it takes off, we’ll add the additional five,” Hubeny said.In May, the state Department of Environmental Protection issued a Coastal Areas Facilities Review Act (CAFRA) permit for the 14-space personal watercraft dock. The CAFRA permit, which governs coastal areas, is good for five years, Hubeny said.Atlantic Highlands is renting personal watercraft space at themunicipal harbor.The project is costing the borough $38,400 for the EZ Port Max 2i docks and piles, he said.According to Hubeny, the municipal harbor commission began discussing the personal watercraft docking about two years ago. Harbor Manager John Amici “has always been creative about bringing more revenues to the Harbor,” Hubeny said.The floating docks will be removed for the cold weather.The harbor has 481 boat slips, with about 455 or about 95 percent occupied, and 172 moorings, with about 135 or about 80 percent occupied, Hubeny said.The Municipal Harbor office is at 2 Simon Lake Drive, 732-291-1670, [email protected] Story and photos by Joseph SapiaATLANTIC HIGHLANDS – The borough has begun seeking renters for its new service – regular docking space for personal watercraft at the Atlantic Highlands Municipal Harbor.The floating dock space is expected to be in place by the end of the month, occupying an area just west of Pier 1 – or an unused area between Sissy’s at the Harbor restaurant and the fishing boats, said Borough Administrator Adam Hubeny. The cost for space rental is $1,000 for the season, running March 1 to Oct. 31. Because the docks are being placed mid-season, the rental fee for the rest of the year is being pro-rated, working out to about $250 to $275, according to Hubeny.last_img read more


first_imgTRAINER QUOTES TYLER BAZE, FEATHERED, SECOND: “I really didn’t know her, so I watched replays of her races and it looked like she tried hard and never quit in her races and that’s how she ran today. If we could’ve gotten a breather somewhere in the middle of the race, I think maybe we could’ve won today.” -30- HARRY BEDERIAN, PART-OWNER, SPANISH QUEEN, WINNER: “We’ve been partners, Jack and I, almost 20 years.“I didn’t even realize his saddle slipped. We didn’t want to see that! She’s unbelievable. I’ve never had a Grade I winner so I’m still not sure it’s reality, especially when we saw the 4-5 odds on her. As you can see, I’m all sweaty, I was shaking I was so nervous.”NOTES: Today is Baltas’ 54th birthday. The winning owners are Harry Bederian of Lancaster; Harout Kamberian of Northridge; and Hagop Nakkashian of Chatsworth.             RICHARD BALTAS, SPANISH QUEEN, WINNER: Asked if she was a bit fresh going by the first time: “No, she’s never run down the hill, she’s always been really keen and coming down that hill she might have been a little more. It was a great ride by Brice. He saved ground, she had to earn it and she got it done. Brice has been on her every breeze; he’s gotten to know her really well. She’s not very big but she’s got a big heart and she’s a lovely filly.“It was a pretty big deal when Big Macher won the (Grade I) Bing Crosby (Stakes last July at Del Mar), but I was never favored in the Grade I race like I was today with Spanish Queen. There’s so much pressure, and when you win, there’s a big sigh of congratulations and relief. This is a very special horse and I just got lucky to get her. This is the best birthday present I could ever have.” BRICE BLANC, SPANISH QUEEN, WINNER: “My saddle slipped a little bit and it affected my steering because she was a little aggressive when that happened. The more I pulled on her, the more the saddle moved forward so I was a little . . . I wouldn’t say out of control but I had to give and take a little bit more so it wouldn’t move any further on me. I finally got her to slow down. It shifted forward on me again once I made the lead. I’m tall and she’s little so that made it a little difficult.“She’s just eating up the ground and getting better with every race. She keeps improving and she loves her job. She has started trusting me more so I can do a little more with her. I think she’s learning how to be a good racehorse.“I was loaded on the backstretch. She looks like she’s on the bridle all the time but she does it in a way that she’s actually relaxed; it’s hard to explain. She’s on the bridle but waiting for me to ask her to pick it up. She does it in a way that doesn’t affect her breathing and she does it nicely; that’s why she’s able to accelerate like she does the second part of the race.” JOCKEY QUOTESlast_img read more

Anti-Biblical Bias Shaped Geological Opinion

first_imgGeologists resisted evidence for catastrophic flooding because they wanted to distance themselves from Genesis.We’ve recounted the story of J Harlan Bretz several times over the years. His unconventional hypothesis about the origin of the Channeled Scablands in eastern Washington by catastrophic floods was resisted by the consensus of geological opinion. Now, two geologists propose that the massive canyons there and on Mars did not take as much water as previously believed. The write-ups of their findings reinforce what we’ve stated about anti-Biblical bias against catastrophism. Perron and Vinditti write in Nature,When the geologist J Harlen Bretz proposed in the 1920s that the Channeled Scablands were created by a catastrophic flood, his ideas were attacked relentlessly by geologists who subscribed to the mainstream view that erosion is slow and steady, and who wanted to distance their profession from the notion of a biblical deluge.Bretz’s triumph over his critics provides a classic case of a maverick overcoming a reigning paradigm through his personal courage and persistence, wielding incontrovertible evidence.The new consensus about the Scablands is strong, but needs modification, Perron and Vinditti say.Although the flood origin of the Channeled Scablands is no longer disputed, the sizes of the individual floods remain uncertain. It has become common practice to place an upper bound on the flow rate of the floods by assuming that they filled the present-day canyons to the brim. Estimated flood magnitudes based on this assumption range up to 60 cubic kilometres per hour — nearly 100 times the average flow rate of the Amazon River today. But these estimates might be much too large. Glaciologists have argued that it is difficult for ice sheets to store enough water to produce such enormous floods. The brimful-flood model also requires the unlikely scenario that each flood passing through the canyons was larger than the one that preceded it, because the canyon deepens as each successive flood erodes the bedrock.Now, Isaac Larsen (University of Massachusetts, Amherst) and Michael Lamb (Caltech) argue that about 5 to 10 times less water was required to carve the big canyons. Writing in Nature, they propose a “threshold shear stress model” to replace the brimful model. Their model has implications for other canyons on Earth, and for fluid-carved canyons on Mars as well.The threshold shear stress model implies that canyons in the Channeled Scablands were eroded by floods with depths that were a fraction of the relief of the final canyon (Fig. 4). This physics-based finding is consistent with several recent investigations of canyon carving at other sites on Earth and Mars: for example, those where bedrock incision by plucking or toppling of jointed rock occurs at depths less than brim-full, those where terrace chronology indicates multiple episodes of canyon incision, or those where lakes in breached craters contain insufficient water volumes to fill downstream channels.Our results suggest that the morphology of canyons (for example, terraces, valley shapes and slope profiles) on Earth and Mars could reveal information about both the history and discharge of flooding that warrants further investigation. The outburst floods that carved the Channeled Scablands were extraordinary under either end-member model, but predictions of discharges from the threshold shear stress model are five- to ten-fold smaller. On Mars, owing to the low permeability of aquifers, it has been challenging to reconcile the very large reconstructed brim-full discharges in outflow channels with a subsurface flood source. Given the proposed similarity in incision mechanics for outflow channels on Mars and in the Channeled Scablands, the threshold shear stress model provides a link between the physics of groundwater-sourced floods and terraces observed in orbital data, implying longer duration, lower discharge floods, or multiple floods on early Mars.NASA’s Astrobiology Magazine sums it up this way: “A new model of canyon-forming floods from UMass Amherst and CalTech researchers suggests that deep canyons can be formed in bedrock by significantly less water than previously thought.” Two consequences of this change of view seem evident. For one, it no longer seems necessary to presume that Mars had as much water as previously thought. A second implication is that floods on Earth can accomplish much more geological change with far less water. Rethinking the amount of water required “could reveal information about both the history and discharge of flooding that warrants further investigation.” This sounds like a shot in the arm for catastrophism.It’s not necessary to propose multiple floods (“tens of floods”) for the Channeled Scablands. Larsen and Lamb cite a 1985 paper by one guy for that idea. The important point is the tremendous power of water. If only 10% or 20% of the amount previously assumed could carve the Channeled Scablands, then it follows that a global flood would have correspondingly more power to alter Earth’s crust and sediments. It becomes more credible to associate a single catastrophe with the miles of sediments and deep canyons found all over the Earth, particularly on the Colorado Plateau where they are exposed so well with flat contacts speaking of a short period of time. Creation geologist Steve Austin mentioned “plucking” decades ago as a process that can accelerate bedrock erosion.Notice the anti-Biblical bias of the geologists of Bretz’s day. Perron and Vinditti say his views were “attacked relentlessly” because they seemed to support a Biblical flood account. The attacks went on for decades! Bretz stood alone against the establishment between the 1920s and the 1960s, when his views were finally accepted. (Remember that this was the period between the Scopes Trial and the Darwin Centennial.) We should not be discouraged if today’s secular materialists exhibit the same visceral reaction against intelligent design or creation geology. It’s hard to overcome an entrenched, powerful worldview. Its proponents sometimes never change. New views often gain traction one funeral at a time. Creation speakers have seen younger students be much more accepting of young-earth evidences than their hoary old dogmatic professors. We must keep the evidence out there where open minded young people can see it.Resource: Dr. Terry Mortenson’s DVD “Deep Time Evolution” from AiG has damning quotes from secular geologists from the 1790s and beyond, showing that they had made up their minds to hate Genesis before even looking at the evidence. Mortenson’s PhD specialty is the history of geology (see also his book The Great Turning Point for even more citations). He explains how evolutionists and creationists both have the same evidence, but their worldview drives their interpretation of the evidence. It takes courageous mavericks like J Harlan Bretz to stand against a crowd. Unfortunately, even Bretz did not take the implications of his finds far enough. Had he examined even larger canyons than the scablands, he might have been led to propose a world-wide flood. (Visited 96 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Managing a sideways market with downside protection

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Weather is driving the market right now. As forecasts adjust twice a day, the market can shift direction abruptly. At this point it’s really difficult for the market to fully estimate the actual amount of stress the corn crop has sustained so far and its impact on overall future yields. Contributing to the uncertainty is the significant amount of unpriced old crop corn still in storage by many farmers, which will continue to put resistance on higher prices in the short-term. Market actionUncertain about the market direction going into summer, and with less corn than I desired to have sold for the 2017 crop, I want to make another trade. With what I know today, I expect the market to be trading sideways from here until late in November. New trades I placed:6/12/17 — Trade #1 when Sep corn futures were $3.89Expected market direction — Probably sideways with some downside potential into fallTrade Detail — Sold Sep $3.90 call for 19 centsThis trade amount = 5% of planned productionExpires  8/25/17 after the crop condition is well knownPotential Benefit: If Sep futures close at $3.90 or below on 8/25, I keep all of the 19 cent premiumPotential Concern: no downside protectionFor every penny above $3.90 I get 1 cent less premium until $4.09 and I don’t have to sell any corn. At $4.09 or higher I have to make another corn sale at $3.90 plus the 19 cent premium which would be like a $4.09 sale. Because the sale would be against Sep futures I would have the opportunity to roll the sale forward and against the Dec futures which would likely add 10 cents of profit to the trade. Thus I could have a $4.19 sale in place.6/7/17 – Trade #2 when Dec corn futures were $4Sold 2 Dec 4.00 calls and collected 29 cents each (or 58 cents total)Bought 1 Dec 3.70 put and paid 11 centsNet profit: +45 cents (after paying just under 2 cents of commissions)All trades expire the day after ThanksgivingThis trade amount = 5% of planned production is protected to the downside What does this mean?Basically I have a floor price of $4.15 and a potential price ceiling of $4.45, but the outcome varies depending on the price of Dec corn at option expiration (which is the Friday after Thanksgiving).If Dec corn is near $4.20 at expiration I get about $4.20 for my corn• Every penny corn is below $4.22 to $4.00, 1 additional cent is added on to the $4.20 price (e.g. if it is $4 exactly I take home $4.45)• Every penny corn is below $4.00 to $3.70, 1 cent is subtracted from $4.45 all the way down to $4.15 (if it is at $3.70)• Anywhere under $3.70, and I still get $4.15 (15 cents above where the market was when I placed the trade)If Dec corn is above $4.22 then I have to take $4.22 on the this sale and I have to make another corn sale at $4.22 (even if corn is $4.50 or $5)Here is graph illustrating the results of trade #2Seems like a great trade, why not do more?This trade required me to do something that I normally caution against and that is to risk having to sell two bushels to protect one bushel from downside. So while there is still the potential of doubling up a 2017 sale at $4.22, I don’t want to commitment more than a max of 10% of my anticipated production right now. Trade summaryThe bottom line is this is a sideways market trade play with some downside protection.Market trades sideways = biggest profit (the closer the market is to $4, the better)If the market goes up I get a premium that puts me on my farm’s breakeven points or betterIf the market goes down I have a $4.15 floor priceIf there is a horrible drought I miss out a on a huge price rally, but I have much more of my crop left to sell.As I’ve mentioned before, I plan my grain marketing on what I think might happen based upon what I know today and historical trends. However, I still consider all possible scenarios the market could do. The market can do three things: go up, go down, or go sideways. So when making trades I need to be comfortable with all outcomes. That’s why I always balance potential premiums on each trade against the risk I’m taking if the market goes a different direction.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 [email protected]last_img read more

Data.gov Captchas Get Political

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