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Ryan Lee, Nov. 30

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest This is a kind of year where you just throw out your yield data. We’ll still rely on the plot systems that are out there, though. For us, this was a year where, other than looking at fertilizer removal on your variable rates, the yield maps are not worth a whole lot.This is a rare year where the yield maps look exactly the opposite of what they should. On one farm we had 230 or 240 bushels on the high ground and in the good black ground where that corn should have been there was nothing. It is hard to learn much from that.On the other hand, some of the guys that farm that tougher rolling ground around here — this was the year for them. And good for them, they certainly deserve it for all of the other years.I do believe that spraying for frogeye leaf spot in the soybeans was a good practice this year. It hit the disease thresholds and we know that can be a devastating disease. We sprayed the vast majority of our bean acres and I am guessing that was a factor in having our second best bean yield ever. We were trying to save yields rather than add yield. In retrospect I wish we’d have left more test strips to know for sure how much it helped, but I believe that spraying was the right decision based on some farms I saw that were not sprayed.last_img read more

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NBA investigating Lakers amid George tampering allegation

first_imgMOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Read Next SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief View comments NBA: Kawhi, George seek more for Clippers than beating Lakers PLAY LIST 01:48NBA: Kawhi, George seek more for Clippers than beating Lakers00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension Batang Pier, Painters rise Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games SEA Games: PH’s Alisson Perticheto tops ice skating short program Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC “The Lakers have been cooperative and, at this point, no findings have been made,” NBA spokesman Mike Bass said Sunday in a statement. “We have asked both teams to refrain from commenting while the investigation is ongoing.”There is no known timetable for the completion of the investigation being conducted by the New York law firm of Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutGeorge is a four-time All-Star and Los Angeles native who was traded to the Oklahoma City Thunder this offseason. The Pacers traded him after George told them he planned to leave Indiana as a free agent next summer.“As the NBA’s statement made clear, we cannot comment about the specifics of any ongoing investigation,” Lakers spokeswoman Alison Bogli sai. “We can confirm, however, that we are cooperating fully with the NBA in the hope of clearing our name as soon as possible.” In this Wednesday, July 12, 2017, file photo, Oklahoma City Thunder forward Paul George answers a question at his first news conference since Oklahoma City’s blockbuster trade with the Indiana Pacers, in Oklahoma City. On Sunday, Aug. 20, 2017, the NBA said it has opened an investigation to see if the Los Angeles Lakers tampered with George while he was under contract with the Indiana Pacers. APNEW YORK — The NBA is investigating whether the Los Angeles Lakers tampered with All-Star forward Paul George while he was under contract with the Indiana Pacers.The Pacers asked the league to open the probe.ADVERTISEMENT There has been speculation for some time that George has wanted to join the Lakers. Under NBA rules, teams are not permitted to attempt to sway any player who is under contract with another team.If the Lakers are found to have tampered, the NBA could issue any combination of fines, forfeiture of draft picks or suspensions of those who were deemed to be involved. Tampering, the league has said, can be either direct or indirect — and an interview that Lakers President Magic Johnson did earlier this year on ABC’s “Jimmy Kimmel Live” did little to quell speculation about George’s potential future in Los Angeles.In that interview, Kimmel asked Johnson what constitutes tampering, and if he would be allowed to speak to George if they happened to cross paths.“We’re going to say hi because we know each other,” Johnson said. “You just can’t say, ‘Hey, I want you come to the Lakers,’ even though I’m going to be wink-winking. You know what that means, right?”George will be a free agent in 2018.ADVERTISEMENT He’s coming off a season in which he averaged a career-best 23.7 points per game, and is joining a Thunder team that already has reigning NBA MVP Russell Westbrook.“I’ve been wowed ever since we landed,” George said last month after arriving in Oklahoma City. “I got a real welcoming, and this feels like home.” LIST: Class, gov’t work suspensions during 30th SEA Gameslast_img read more

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Star sorely missed presence of Pingris, admits Barroca

first_imgJordan delivers on promise: 2 Cobra choppers now in PH PBA IMAGESStar point guard Mark Barroca said the Hotshots’ lack of size in the frontcourt was a big blow in their semifinals series loss against San Miguel that culminated Friday at Mall of Asia Arena.The Hotshots won the first game of the PBA Commissioner’s Cup semifinals series 109-105, but lost the next three to fall to the Finals-bound Beermen 4-1.ADVERTISEMENT Pingris has never played a single game this Commissioner’s Cup due to injury, and the 6’5” power forward is set to fly to Los Angeles to have his hip checked.Most of the rebounding duties had to fall to import Ricardo Ratliffe who’s averaged 23 boards across four games.Star had to rely on Ian Sangalang to complement Ratliffe’s rebounding but the lanky forward averaged just 4.75 boards a night.Reavis, for his part, averaged a square four a night.Barroca added that they failed to give ample support to Ratliffe who practically carried the Hotshots the whole series.ADVERTISEMENT WATCH: Kyrie Irving surprises dad ahead of Father’s Day with home renovation Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games 1 dead in Cavite blast, fire WATCH: Firefighters rescue baby seal found in parking garage Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken LATEST STORIES Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chickencenter_img “We should’ve been more consistent in providing help to Ricardo,” said Barroca. “Ricardo helps us so much, so we should return the favor.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ Barroca and crew had to contend with the size of the Beermen who had the 6-foot-10 June Mar Fajardo and the 6-foot-8 Charles Rhodes.The guard said one man who could’ve spelled a difference was power forward Marc Pingris.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“We had a really small rotation in the four spot, we needed that hustle because Rafi [Reavis] will play limited minutes,” said Barroca. “Rafi’s not getting any younger.”“I really think that we really needed Ping this series.” Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ What ‘missteps’? View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. World’s 50 Best Restaurants launches new drinking and dining guidelast_img read more

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Gold Coast, Australia

first_imgBesides enjoying the sea, surf and sand, explore the rainforests and lagoons too. Day 1: Check into Mantra Wings (tel: +61 07 5527 5777), a beautiful resort located hotel within two minutes from Surfers Paradise beach. Head to the beach and take a walk down the pristine coastline, passing Broadbeach, and North Burleigh. Or sunbathe at Surfers Paradise while watching swimmers negotiate the large waves. After lunch, take a lift to the top deck of Q1, (www.skypoint.com.au) the tallest building on the coast, about five minutes away from the beach. The deck has partial glass floors and glass walls to provide breathtaking views of the coast. It also has a cafe and bar, which turns vibrant as the shadows lengthen, so hang around for night views of the coast before retiring for the night. Day 2: After breakfast, head towards Mount Tamborine, about 30 minutes away from your hotel. This is among the most popular destinations in the hinterland. Make your way to Tamborine Rainforest Skywalk (www.rainforestskywalk.com.au) an elevated walkway through the rainforest. It’s a great experience. While in the area, dine on crabs and prawns at Songbirds Restaurant (tel: +61 07 5545 2563) nestled within thick jungle, with kookaburra and even pythons for company. Visit Gallery Walk, for shopping and then head back to Gold Coast. Day 3: Spend the day at an amusement park. From Sea World, the oldest theme park in the country, to the relatively new White Water World, there’s plenty to choose from. You must also check out Warner Brothers’ Movie World (movieworld.myfun.com.au). Filled with cartoon characters, it is sure to take you into the fantasy land of movies. For adrenaline rush, hop on to Superman Escape, the most spectacular roller coaster in area. Have dinner at a restaurant here.Day 4: Today, head out of town towards Tallebudgera Creek, about 15 km away. This is a beautiful lagoon is ideal for a picnic and fishing. After a picnic lunch make your way to Kirra beach for water sports. In the evening shop at the Cavill Mall and catch some street food in the same area. For a post dinner drink, visit Minus, an ice bar at the mall. Day 5: About an hour’s drive from Surfers’ Paradise is Numinbah Valley, home to the Numinbah Forest Reserve with waterfalls. You can spend the day here indulging in activities like horsing, bushwalking or trekking. Head back to Gold Coast, and on your last evening in the city, have dinner at the popular Chinese restaurant Zen, at Conrads Jupiter (www.jupitersgoldcoast.com.au). My must do: Ritu BeriMust stay: The Palazzo Versace is definitely one of the best stay options in Gold Coast. Must shop: I love spending time at Orchid and Elkhorn avenues where you will find most of the luxury designer shops.Must do: Ride the waves at Main Beach.advertisementlast_img read more

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Kangna Ranaut not to endorse Paris Hilton fashion line

first_imgThe buzz has been doing the rounds that Kangna Ranaut has being approached by American socialite and business woman Paris Hilton to endorse her clothing line in Asia.However, Paris denied contacting Kangna and it is said the actress has allegedly been spreading this news to grab some limelight.Kangna, apparently, is very upset with this and her spokesperson claims she was indeed approached by Paris Hilton’s manager but things could not work out between them.Moreover, it is being said Kangna is planning to launch her own clothing line.last_img read more

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Videos: Ole Miss Guard Stefan Moody Keeps Hitting Threes From The Midcourt Logo

first_imgStefan Moody hits a deep three.Vine/Ryan FaganLSU superstar Ben Simmons picked the wrong night to go silent, because his counterpart—Ole Miss guard Stefan Moody—is doing his best Steph Curry impression. Moody has 21 points so far tonight, with six coming on a pair of absurdly deep threes. LSU has a giant midcourt logo, but no one should be hitting these shots in a game.Stefan Moody shot from the ‘U’ at midcourt with 26 seconds left on the shot clock. And he buried it https://t.co/BV7VVkODz9— Rob Dauster (@RobDauster) January 14, 2016The next #Steph is … #Stef? This is so deep https://t.co/QJb3Vp6Y4A (Vine via @ryanfagan)— Rob Dauster (@RobDauster) January 14, 2016As if those two shots weren’t backbreaking enough, he also had a highlight reel-worthy putback slam.Stefan Moody just out here makin plays https://t.co/Rtpe4EHPqk #SCtop10— Maria Martin (@Ria_Martin) January 14, 2016Moody’s in the zone tonight, and his Rebs lead LSU, a 10 point favorite, 58-54 midway through the second half.last_img read more

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The Odds Of A Perfect Bracket Are Too Infinitesimal For My Puny

Perfect brackets: They’re rather hard. You know this. Before we get into the whole “you have a one-in-who-gives-a-craptillion chance of winning” part of the story, though, let’s talk about why it’s so hard to grasp big numbers like this.Generally speaking, without a way to anchor a number to an everyday concept, people tend to have a hard time with Very Big Numbers. For some of them, like my favorite thing of all things the Powerball lottery, it’s still doable. For instance, your odds of winning the Powerball lottery are roughly equivalent to picking a random adult who lives in the U.S. and Canada and that person being you. It’s the probability of selecting a random person on earth, and that person having been in your freshman biology class. Powerball, with its 1 in 292 million probability of success, approaches the upper limit of what we can convey.My personal limit is 1 in 7 billion, because that is how many people are on earth — essentially the biggest number I feel I have any hope of grasping. Any more than that and you’ve got to do one of those “line up five decks of shuffled cards” monstrosities, and by then you’re just grasping at straws — we get it, dude, it’s unlikely.Last year I got to interview Randall Munroe — a guy who regularly confronts this kind of problem — and he talked about it better than anyone I can think of:One thing that bothers me is large numbers presented without context. We’re always seeing things like “This canal project will require 1.15 million tons of concrete.” It’s presented as if it should mean something to us, as if numbers are inherently informative. So we feel like if we don’t understand it, it’s our fault.But I have only a vague idea of what one ton of concrete looks like. I have no idea what to think of a million tons. Is that a lot? It’s clearly supposed to sound like a lot, because it has the word “million” in it.You should read that whole interview, because he’s got a brilliant take on a problem we deal with more often than we’d prefer to admit, but his key point is this: “A good rule of thumb might be, ‘If I added a zero to this number, would the sentence containing it mean something different to me?’ If the answer is ‘no,’ maybe the number has no business being in the sentence in the first place.”That being said, here is a series of sentences about the number 9.2 quintillion, and how you might work your head around that many possible brackets.We should start small, then work our way up. Let’s take the most basic entry point, a single round-of-32 game. There are two possible ways to fill in that part of the bracket. Now we’re getting to an increasingly hard part: calling a region perfectly. One region has two of those smaller chunks — with 128 combinations each — plus two choices in the last game. This gives us 128 times 128 times 2 possible configurations, or 32,768 ways to fill out a division. That’s 2^15, which, you guessed it, is the number of games in this chunk. You filled out eight of these. If everyone in a company of 5,600 people, which is a little smaller than ESPN, filled out a bracket randomly, there’s a 50-50 shot that at least one of them gets one division perfect. Next, we have a half of a region. We have two of those previous bracket chunks — each with eight possible configurations — and two ways to pick who goes on to the Elite Eight. This means we have 8 times 8 times 2 possible configurations, or 128 possible ways to fill out this section. Just another quick note: 128 is 2^7, seven being the number of games in this chunk of bracket. Maybe someone in your office got one of these perfectly! But it’s starting to get pretty hard, right? This brings us to the final bracket. With 63 games and 2 possible selections for each one, that’s 9,223,372,036,854,775,808 possible combinations. Your bracket is one of these, and the perfect bracket is one of these, but it is highly unlikely that they are the same bracket, is what I’m saying. Moving up to half a bracket: With 31 games to call, there are 2^31 possible combinations — 2,147,483,648, to be exact. That means that randomly guessing winners, you are about one-seventh as likely to get half a bracket right as you are to win the Powerball jackpot (1 in 292 million, you’ll recall). It is half as likely as randomly selecting a resident of the Americas and having that person be Bill Murray. Here is some perspective on that figure. (N.B. Probably this will not help at all.)If you had one cat for all the possible bracket combinations and piled them up, it would form a mass one-seventeenth the size of the largest thing in the asteroid belt, and something like 1.5 times the mass of a moon of Saturn that is rounded into a sphere shape by its own gravitation. However, some of the cats could get hurt! Don’t try this!If you had one penny for all the possible bracket combinations, first of all, your wish-making syntax with genies is AWFUL, but also your penny stash would be worth about 858 times the value of the global economy.If you were waiting for Comcast to show up and install your Internet and the technician said it would only be another 9,223,372,036,854,775,808 seconds, that would take 21 times the age of the universe and fall just barely outside the average Comcast response time.If you had one grain of sand for every possible bracket combination, you not only managed to get worse at asking for wishes, but would also have like several trillion pounds of sand.If you had one ant for every possible bracket combination, you are by now thankfully out of wishes, you dangerous incompetent, and would increase Earth’s ant population a thousandfold and move Ant-Man to the A-list. So, got that going for us.Still, while 9.2 quintillion is the number that gets thrown around, it sucks because it’s so huge and also, honestly, somewhat pointless. There’s a reason people mostly perform better than the expected rate of bracket busting: They aren’t selecting randomly. There are different probabilities for each game, and people are aware it’s not a coin flip between first-seed Kansas and 16th-seed Austin Peay.Estimates for the legitimate probability of a perfect bracket vary. Based on reporting from USA Today, Duke math professor Jonathan Mattingly puts it at 1 in 2.4 trillion — I love this estimate, and you’ll see why in just a second — while a professor at DePaul University puts it as low as 1 in 128 billion.I have no idea what it actually is, but using the pre-tournament probabilities of each team in the FiveThirtyEight interactive, I can tell you the probability of a perfect chalk bracket. That is, if in every game you selected the team that FiveThirtyEight gave the higher pre-tournament likelihood of winning, what’s your actual probability of getting a perfect bracket? Based on the assigned probabilities of advancement at each game, picking the likeliest team to advance and multiplying through all the pre-tourney probabilities, the odds that every one of our predictions would be right was 1 in 2,460,838,227,877 (2.5 trillion). This is delightful because it’s right in the ballpark of Mattingly’s estimate. Indeed, it’s basically right on the pitcher’s mound with it.So, the gist: Numbers are hard; big numbers are pointless and not attuned to the human brain; this should not make you feel bad; you should be proud if you nailed half of a region and thrilled if you got a whole one; and don’t hold your breath for anything more. See you next year or maybe earlier, if the Powerball gets big enough. Next, we go to one-fourth of a division: four teams vying for one spot in the Sweet 16 over three games. There are eight possible configurations of this bracket — two possible ways to fill in the first game, two ways to fill in the second, and then two possible ways to fill in the final game, given that you only have two choices from the first four teams. That’s eight configurations, or 2^3. Your probability of picking one of these perfectly is thus 1 in 8. Given that you filled out 16 of them, check your bracket. You probably got at least a few perfect! read more

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From player to coach Justin Kronauge helps lead Ohio State tennis

When an athlete posts multiple school records by the end of their college career, it would be expected to be hard to say goodbye. But for the Ohio State men’s tennis team, that goodbye became a new beginning. Former Buckeye tennis player, Justin Kronauge, is in his second year as the team’s assistant coach after completing one of the most illustrious athletic careers in the team’s history. Kronauge ended his playing career with the most single wins (147), most doubles wins (128) and most combined wins with 275 total victories for the Buckeyes, but still is as humble as can be. “I don’t even look at that stuff,” Kronauge said. “With such a good program like Ohio State, it’s an honor to hold those records.” Graduating with a degree in finance in 2010, Kronauge turned to coaching. The two-time All-American searched for a position on traveling and lower-level professional teams, but said he knew the atmosphere of the college game was the right fit for him, and the assistant coaching spot at OSU was calling. With a streak of seven straight Big Ten titles on the line, Kronauge said he is focused on preparing his team for the postseason. “Last year was our sixth straight, I’ve been a part of all of those,” Kronauge said. “It was special being on other end coaching, and making it to the Final Four of NCCAs last year was pretty exciting too.” Redshirt junior Devin McCarthy said he was happy to see Kronauge hired as an assistant coach for the team. McCarthy was a freshman when Kronauge was a senior for the Buckeyes and understood the honor it is to be coached by his former teammate. “It’s great to be able to go to someone who knows what you’re going through, he understands me as a player,” McCarthy said. “You look at his accolades, it’s pretty easy to listen to someone who has accomplished what he has.” Being a part of the team for four years, it was a pretty easy transition to becoming a coach, Kronauge said. “I feel like the guys had some respect from playing with me,” Kronauge said. “I grew up with some of them. They might give me a little harder time, but it’s alright, it’s give and take.” The team has won 143-consecutive home matches and 84-consecutive Big Ten victories with a win against the Minnesota Golden Gophers April 8, but the team doesn’t talk about the streaks, McCarthy said. “We don’t really want to jinx things,” McCarthy said. “We don’t want to be known as the team that lost it for all the guys like Justin. We are all working harder to make sure that doesn’t happen.” Kronauge has witnessed players in similar situations while playing for the Buckeyes, adding he is glad he can help guide them through it. “There was a lot of tight situations I was in when I was player,” Kronauge said. “I think my experience helps, and I can talk them through it.” Former teammate and senior Steven Williams described his coach as serious, respectful and hard working. “He has been able to balance being friends with the guys between playing and it being business,” Williams said. “He always had respect because he always kept it professional and looking out for the guys.” Kronauge competed in some lower-level professional tournaments across South America and the United States, but said he wishes to keep coaching in the future. read more

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Pochettino revealed his plans with Winks

first_imgHarry Winks renewed his old ankle injury back in November and he hasn’t fully recovered since then – but Mauricio Pochettino counts on him and the midfielder was handed a brand new 5-year deal.The Argentinian has previously insisted for a couple of times that the young player is a very important part of his squad and he will be given all the time that he needs to recover well and come back properly.The former Southampton coach spoke about Winks as he said, according to Football London:Jose Mourinho is sold on Lampard succeeding at Chelsea Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho wanted to give his two cents on Frank Lampard’s odds as the new Chelsea FC manager, he thinks he will succeed.There really…“It’s tough for him because he still doesn’t feel in the way he needs to feel.”“We’re trying to help him to feel perfect. It’s a little bit sad because he tries and we try to help. Of course, he’s not in his best mood. But sure that with the help of the whole coaching staff, we’re going to help him achieve again the same level, how he felt before the problem.”“It’s not only confidence, it’s because he feels something in his ankle that he cannot express himself in the way that he can.”last_img read more

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