England Pacer Mark Wood Declared Fit

first_imgLondon: England pacer Mark Wood has been cleared of serious injury and will remain part of the 15-member squad for the World Cup beginning May 30. Wood pulled up because of an issue with his calf during the fourth over of the first warm-up match against Australia which the Aaron-led side won by 12 runs in Southampton on May 25.He left the field immediately and took no further part in the game. And there was fear in the England camp that Wood, who has a history of foot and ankle problems, might have to be removed from the squad and thus, he was sent for scans.However, according to a report in ESPNcricinfo, scans have shown no sign of injury. Instead the England medical team believes the 29-year-old simply jarred his foot while bowling. IANSAlso Read: SPORTS NEWSlast_img read more

Indomitable Lions in AFCON final vs Egypt

first_imgCameroon 2 (Ngadeu 72, Bassogog 90+3) Ghana 0Franceville, Gabon | AFP |Michael Ngadeu and Christian Bassogog both netted in the second half as Cameroon beat Ghana 2-0 in Franceville on Thursday to reach the Africa Cup of Nations final.A finely-poised tie remained goalless until the 72nd minute, when Ghana goalkeeper Razak Brimah failed to deal with a free-kick into his area and John Boye’s weak defensive header merely served as an assist for Ngadeu to control and fire home.Bassogog then broke away to clinch the win and spark wild celebrations as Hugo Broos’s side progress to a final against Egypt in Libreville on Sunday.That will be the Indomitable Lions’ first Cup of Nations final since they lost 1-0 to the Egyptians in 2008. Then they also beat Ghana in the semi-finals.Ghana, who have still never beaten Cameroon at the competition, will now go to Port-Gentil for a third-place play-off against Burkina Faso on Saturday.This was their sixth consecutive Cup of Nations semi-final, but their wait to win the trophy for the first time since 1982 will go on.Just as in their quarter-final win against DR Congo, Ghana were once again without Asamoah Gyan at kick-off as their captain struggled to shake off a groin injury. In his absence, the Black Stars were second best for most of the first half and Cameroon were unfortunate not to be in front after a lively start to the match.Adolphe Teikeu saw his header from a Benjamin Moukandjo corner cleared off the line by Harrison Afful and Razak had to get down to save when Robert Ndip Tambe swept a Moukandjo cross towards goal.Moukandjo, the France-based captain of this inexperienced Cameroon side, also headed onto the roof of the net as the Ghanaians weathered the storm.With Andre Ayew struggling to get into the game from his position on the left flank, Avram Grant’s side made little impression going forward until five minutes before half-time.That was when Christian Atsu’s pass into the box split the Cameroonian defence and found Jordan Ayew, whose shot from a tight angle whistled just wide of Fabrice Ondoa’s far post.In a reversal of roles, Ghana were the better team at the start of the second half with the lightning quick winger Atsu their main source of danger.When one of his runs was illegally halted outside the area, Mubarak Wakaso whipped in the resulting free-kick and Ondoa flew high to his right to turn the ball behind.The Indomitable Lions steadied themselves and got the breakthrough from a set-piece of their own, the goal Cameroon’s first in almost five hours since Ngadeu netted the winner against Guinea-Bissau in the group stage.Ghana then sent on Gyan for the closing stages but as they pushed men forward Bassogog broke downfield and beat Razak to make it 2-0 in the third minute of added time.Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more

Mother’s Day Giveaway at The Gift Gallery

first_imgFacebook9Tweet0Pin0 By Kaylene Fischer for The Gift Gallery LLC Not sure what to get mom, your wife, or are you a mom that would like to pamper yourself with a gift? Whichever it may be, The Gift Gallery has an exciting giveaway just for you.The Gift Gallery LLC in Tumwater is having a drawing for Mother’s Day. They will be giving away TWO gifts. One is a lovely gift basket with beauty products and a candle. The other is a LaTeeDa Oil Candle. You must enter in store, but no need to be present to win. Drawing will be held on Friday, May 8 by 5 p.m.While you’re there, have a look around to see what is new. The Gift Gallery has two new product lines in. One is a beautiful, bright ceramic line of décor by Drew DeRose from Boston, MA. From seashells, lanterns, candlesticks, boxes, to LED lights, you will be sure to love decorating your home with these items.Have you heard of Top Shelf Glasses? They are the fun, quirky wine glasses, coffee mugs, pilsner cups, beer mugs and more. They come individually in their own fun gift boxes. They are perfect for bridesmaids, groomsmen, dad, mom, football fans. You name it, Top Shelf has it. You can find these at The Gift Gallery in May.Two new vendors joined the store in April. Erica Gaspard with Crochet by Erica G., and Carole Heinzman with a variety of handmade items such as; placemats, key chains, survival bracelets and more.We are very excited to introduce you to Carla Belew with her all natural beauty line, Miracle Body Butter. Be sure to visit her on Facebook or her website to learn more, or come in to The Gift Gallery today.No matter what you’re looking for, what age you’re shopping for, you’re sure to find what you need at The Gift Gallery in Tumwater. Don’t forget they offer free gift baskets. You buy the items from the store and they will provide the basket, stuffing, wrapping and bow for free.Join us Saturday, May 9 for free Jewelry Appraisals with Randy Caverly and our food tasting from 11 a.m.- 3 p.m.As always you can find us on Facebook, our website and you can now find us on Twitter!last_img read more

Italian football selected to test video replays

first_imgROME (AP):The Italian football federation has announced it has been selected by the International Football Association Board to test video replays.Federation president, Carlo Tavecchio, said, “We were among the first supporters of using technology on the pitch and we believe we have everything required to offer our contribution to this important experiment.”Video will be restricted to referees ruling whether a goal has been scored, a penalty should be awarded, and a player should be sent off, or in cases of mistaken identity.Tests initially will be in private before moving to a live pilot phase with replay assistance by the 2017-18 season at the latest, the IFAB decided last month.The Italian federation said it was selected at a meeting in London last week.last_img read more

Huston Breaks School Record At Stanford Invitational

first_imgSenior Emma Huston (Des Moines, Iowa) added another honor to her stellar career by setting the Drake University school record in the women’s 5,000 meters on Friday evening at the Stanford Invitational.Huston finished third in her heat of the event in a blistering 16:06.55 to shatter the previous 33-year-old record of 16:16.43 set by Liz Hjalmarsson in 1983. In addition to besting that record by nearly 10 seconds, it was also a 21-second personal best for Huston. In the men’s 3,000-meter steeplechase, Rob McCann (Mississauga, Ontario) won his heat of the event in 8:47.35, just three seconds shy of his personal best. At the time of the race’s finish, McCann’s time was the fastest run in the nation this season.Three other Bulldogs were in action on Friday with three jumpers taking off at the Texas Relays. Ryan Cook (Colorado Springs, Colo.) cleared 6-7 in the men’s high jump to finish in a tie for seventh in his section. In the horizontal jumps, Kayla Bell (Bolingbrook, Ill.) was third in the long jump with a jump of 18-8 and later jumped 39-2.25 to finish ninth in her section of the triple jump. Taryn Rolle (Nassau, The Bahamas) finished behind Bell in 12th in the event in 36-6.75.Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

Ba: Decision to swap Newcastle for Chelsea was ‘very easy’

first_imgDemba Ba has told Chelsea’s website the opportunity to join the club was too good for him to turn down.The Blues have formally completed Ba’s signing from Newcastle after activating a release clause in his Magpies contract.And Ba said: “When the club who won the Champions League wants you, the decision making is very easy.“This club is massive and that’s something that helped the decision a lot. It was not a hard one.“I remember the last game we [Newcastle] played [against Chelsea]. It was tough. They dominated the whole game against us and we lost 2-0 at Stamford Bridge.“When you see a team coming to Newcastle and winning 3-0 like they did last season, you know it will be hard to face teams like that.“Now I am on the other side I will be happy to do the same to the other teams.”The former West Ham striker added: “I am also happy to be back in London. It means everything to be here.”See also:Benitez prepared to leave out Torres following arrival of 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 Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Cassini Shoots “Blue Dot” of Earth

first_img(Visited 16 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 Another epic photo of Earth from space was taken on July 19 of Earth from Saturn by Cassini, and released on July 22.  From Mercury, the MESSENGER spacecraft also portrayed Earth as a small dot.Many articles reported the photo-op, such as this one on Space.com, which reminded earthlings that such photos provide perspective:It’s not often that some event comes along to really show humanity its true place in the universe, but two NASA spacecraft have just managed just that.It may not be often, but many images of Earth from space have been taken since the famous Christmas Eve “Earthrise” photo by the Apollo 8 astronauts in 1968. Galileo, Cassini, and some of the Mars missions have turned toward Earth to snap photos on their journeys.  The earlier Earth-facing photo taken by Cassini from behind Saturn has been a classic since 2006 (Astronomy Picture of the Day, 10/16/06).Another classic, the “pale blue dot” photo of Earth in a beam of sunlight taken by Voyager in 1990 at the edge of the solar system, inspired opposite conclusions: that we are insignificant, according to Carl Sagan, and that we are designed for a purpose, according to The Privileged Planet.  The new Cassini image shows Earth not as pale, but as a rather bright and brilliant blue dot.For more views of the new Cassini photo, see the Cassini website, Astronomy Picture of the Day July 22 and July 23, and video clip on Space.com.How could God care about beings on such a tiny speck?  That question has been a huge stumbling block to many since modern astronomy revealed the vastness of the universe.  Remember a couple of things.  For one, human beings are about halfway on a scale from the very small to the very large.  For another, God’s concern for us is not based on our physical size; He is omnipresent, which means all of God is present at every point in space.  For one more, we almost have to be the size we are (given the laws of nature) to be held gravitationally to a body the size of the Earth, so that we can live and move and have fellowship with one another.  Everything about our world – its star, its moon, its diameter, its composition – is exactly right for life.  Watch the Privileged Planet documentary (watch entire documentary on YouTube in 12 segments), and marvel at how the world God made for us allows us to explore the farthest reaches of space, and to begin to grasp the mind of God.last_img read more

Crafting a 2018 farm bill to provide shelter from the storm

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest It has been said that if it takes five weeks to build a barn, a wise carpenter should spend the first three drawing up plans, gathering material and preparing the site. In Farm Bureau’s mission to advance sound public policy that helps America’s farm and ranch families earn a living from the land, we know essential spadework must be tackled before any nail can be driven and any rafter hoisted into place.In the vast barnyard of national issues that affects agriculture in one way or another, one structure rises above all others in offering shelter from the storm — the farm bill. As the 2018 farm bill approaches, we have already begun preparations. This barn raising is one of the biggest events coming up on the ag calendar, and it’s important that we do everything in our power to make sure Congress gets it right — with squared-up corners and leveled-up beams. Change is constantNo farm bill is ever perfect. The challenge is that in the life cycle of all farm bills, complete with shifting weather challenges, drifting market patterns and unpredictable global economics, defects can come to light after the law is approved. There have been unforeseen commodity sector and regional challenges in the current farm bill, and as we draw up our plan for what we would like to see in the 2018 farm bill, it is clear that Congress needs to address program shortfalls for cotton and dairy producers. We also need to consider ways to overcome discrepancies in how some programs offer vastly different levels of support, sometimes even to neighboring farmers.Make no mistake, we are going through challenging times in farm country right now and many farm families are dipping into reserves as they face prices at break-even levels or below. The good news is that productivity over the last couple years has topped the charts, but in many cases, that has not been sufficient to offset prices that have taken a historic tumble. The risk-management function of crop insurance and the basic economic safety net offered by farm programs are more important than ever. Function and formFarm bills are written for times like these — the challenging years. Our farm bill is like an insurance policy. Benefits are paid when the situation warrants. In the case of the farm economy in 2016, the barn has caught on fire. According to USDA estimates, net farm income for 2016 is at $54.8 billion, compared to $123.3 billion in 2013. Anyone who criticizes the amount of risk management funds going to farm families at this critical time should remember that’s what the farm bill is designed to do.To make sure the farm bill continues to work as intended, those of us in agriculture are beginning to design the next one. AFBF has appointed an advisory group of state Farm Bureau farm bill specialists to discuss what’s working in the current farm bill and what isn’t. A group of agricultural economists from farm and commodity groups soon will get together to determine what factors might come into play and what the budget for this construction project might look like. Grassroots gatheringsAt county and state Farm Bureau annual meetings across the land, farmers and ranchers are gathering to add their voices to the policy development process we will follow in advocating for the 2018 farm bill. We need this grassroots input.Using this blueprint, we will encourage Congress to craft the 2018 farm bill within the economic projections and budget parameters. We will focus on securing the best possible shelter from the storm. To do that, we must have input from inside agriculture. Only then will we be able to best help America’s farm and ranch families manage their many risks, make sure we are investing in research for a brighter tomorrow, provide programs aimed at conserving our most important resource—America’s farmland — and help feed Americans who need a helping hand to benefit from the bounty we produce from the land.While the 2018 farm bill is still on the horizon, it really is time to sound the bell for preparation for this great American barn raising.last_img read more