University of GeorgiaAt its March board meeting, the Georgia Peanut Commission awarded $1 million to peanut researchers in Georgia, including $959,000 to the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.The money will provide research for economics, conservation methods, irrigation and water management, peanut breeding for higher yield and improved quality, pests, weed and disease management and allergen-free peanuts. “Peanut growers are pleased to provide this money to support the research and education that has continued to demonstrate a return on our investment,” said Donald Chase, Macon County farmer and GPC research committee chairman.“Georgia Peanut Commission’s support continues to fuel the college’s research for this most important Georgia commodity. And helps us provide the unbiased information Georgia growers need to stay competitive and lead the country in high-quality peanut production,” said J. Scott Angle, UGA CAES dean and director.The money comes from growers, combined with funding from the National Peanut Board. Since 1962, Georgia growers have invested more than $17 million in research with nearly $10 million of that amount coming in the last 12 years. “Past research and technological advancements have been the silver lining that kept us ahead of the curve in maintaining superior quality, a competitive position and increased consumption in the world’s marketplace,” Chase said. “Much technological advancement is on the horizon, and we embrace the future with excitement and confidence.”GPC also presented $101,000 to the U.S. Department of Agriculture Agricultural Research Service in Tifton, Ga.
London, United Kingdom | AFP | Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp says Saturday’s Premier League clash against Manchester United is “the biggest game I can imagine”, with the bitter rivals locked in a battle for second place.Klopp’s team, in third, are just two points behind Jose Mourinho’s side but 18 adrift of runaway leaders Manchester City, meaning the title is out of the question barring a calamity for City.However, Klopp’s men know a victory at Old Trafford will take them above United.“It’s the biggest game I can imagine,” said Klopp. “I’m looking forward to it. We need to be at 100 percent, if not even a few more (percent).”Asked how he would feel about Mourinho “parking the bus” and setting his side up defensively to counter Liverpool’s attacking trio of Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino, the German said he would never use the phrase. “I have absolutely no problem with defending. It’s all about winning,” he said.“When United attack I hope all my players are involved in defending. If someone says that is ‘parking the bus’ I have no problem with that.”Full-back Nathaniel Clyne is close to a return to action having not yet featured this season due to a back problem.He may have to wait longer for his chance, though, after Klopp praised the performances of Joe Gomez and Trent Alexander-Arnold in Clyne’s absence.Fellow full-back Andy Robertson is also available while Klopp added that Jordan Henderson “looked OK yesterday” after a dead leg and Georginio Wijnaldum is on his way back from illness.Share on: WhatsApp
“We played a friendly in Switzerland not a long time ago and De Ligt was stopping Ronaldo as well. It’s not only Van Dijk who can stop Ronaldo,” said Koeman.“But Ronaldo is good enough to create even against really good defenders and that’s the nicest part of football. You can’t do everything because his quality is such a high level that it is difficult.”The Netherlands failed to even qualify for each of the past two major tournaments, but have taken massive strides forward in just over a year since Koeman took charge.World champions France and Germany were beaten in the Nations League group stages, while the Dutch thoroughly deserved their 3-1 win over England in Thursday’s semi-final despite having to go to extra-time.“It is just confirmation that we are moving in the right direction,” added Koeman.“If we go back when we saw the draw of this tournament, the group of France and Germany, nobody expected Holland to be the winner of the group. Now we are in the final.“It is a pleasure to play in the final and it is not pressure.”Share on: WhatsApp Virgil van Dijk. PHOTO via @VirgilvDijkPorto, Portugal | AFP | Virgil van Dijk deserves to win the Ballon d’Or should the Netherlands beat hosts Portugal to lift the first ever Nations League on Sunday, according to his club and international teammate Georginio Wijnaldum.Van Dijk was named man of the match as Liverpool claimed the Champions League last weekend.The centre-back also won the PFA’s Premier League Player of the Year award and could become the first defender in 13 years to win the prize for the world’s best player.But Van Dijk faces the ultimate test in Porto on Sunday against five-time Ballon d’Or winner Cristiano Ronaldo.“He already had a good season, he is trying to stop everyone, that’s the way he’s playing,” said Wijnaldum on Saturday.“For us he’s the best defender in the world. If you look at his season, he definitely deserves the Ballon d’Or but it’s not up to us to decide.”Ronaldo ensured Portugal did not miss out on the final on home soil by scoring his 53rd career hat-trick to mask a disjointed performance by the European champions in a 3-1 win over Switzerland on Wednesday.The Netherlands can also count on another of the world’s best centre-backs in Ajax captain Matthijs de Ligt, who has been linked with a huge move to a host of top European clubs after his role in knocking Ronaldo’s Juventus out of the Champions League this season.However, Dutch coach Ronald Koeman said even his two towering centre-backs cannot guarantee shutting down Ronaldo.
Tags: Buckinghamshire, County Finals, Gloucestershire, Norfolk, Royal North Devon, Staffordshire, Surrey, Women, Yorkshire 21 Sep 2018 Gloucestershire battle to English County Finals victory Gloucestershire won the English Women’s County Championship today in a battle of endurance on the storm-swept links of Royal North Devon Golf Club.Storm Bronagh succeeded Storm Ali and Storm Helene to deliver more brutal conditions for the six teams, with today’s winds easily the worst of the week.Because of the adverse conditions today’s three matches were each reduced to four singles and two foursomes. At the start of play, Gloucestershire, Surrey and Buckinghamshire were all in the title hunt, with the South West team holding a slight advantage thanks to their superior total of game points.But it was Gloucestershire who literally swept to victory, beating Buckinghamshire 5-1, while Surrey’s challenge was derailed by Staffordshire who won that match 4.5-1.5. In the final match of the day Norfolk scored their first win of the week, beating Yorkshire 4-2.This is Gloucestershire’s second win at County Finals, following their 2016 success, and captain Andra Knight commented: “They are an incredible team and what they achieved today was just amazing. We were hoping for a win, but to come in 5-1 was the icing on the cake.“The wind was incredibly challenging out there but our players are so resilient and they just want it for each other.”Today, players were muffled up with only eyes showing between snoods and hats, flags bent, the winds howled and buffeted and club selection was an art form. As an example, the par three fifth measured 102 yards to the front, 115 to the flag – and was playing at 185 yards.To add insult to injury, Gloucestershire’s Alex Saunders had her ball stolen by a crow on the 10th but she was able to drop a replacement, win the hole and go on to win her match 5/4.Some of the golf was of remarkable quality by any standards and quite outstanding in the conditions. Gloucestershire’s Caley McGinty almost holed in one on the short 14th, where her ball circumnavigated the hole, and she repeatedly demonstrated her lovely short game, chipping dead on the 15th to close out her match.Moments earlier, team-mate Ebonie Lewis had also claimed her point on the 15th, after leading throughout her game. And within minutes Ffion Tynan pulled off a remarkable come-back to win on the 17th and seal Gloucestershire’s victory.The 15-year-old had been three down after 10, but after some chocolate and encouragement from her coach and her caddie, she turned her game around to maintain her 100% winning record of six wins from six games.The foursomes were played at the end of the order and Grace Connelly and Charlie Hiatt lost no time in adding another point to Gloucestershire’s total with their 8/7 winMeanwhile, a very determined Staffordshire team put paid to Surrey’s title ambitions. Emily Brennan (3/2) and Morgan Thomas (5/4) led the way for the Midland North team before Georgie Taylor (1up) and Georgina Wilkie (half) secured the win, followed by team captain Jenny Rhodes and Rachel Bishop who sped to a 7/6 win.Norfolk saved their best till last, scoring their first win of the week over Yorkshire and claiming 5th place in the final table. There were halved results for Chloe Gibbs and Imogen Leeder and wins from Tiffany Mills (2/1) and the foursomes pairings of Jo Herd and Jasmine Campbell (5/4) and Chloe Rowswell and Abigail O’Riordan (4/3).Final placings: 1 Gloucestershire 2 Staffordshire 3 Surrey 4 Buckinghamshire 5 Norfolk 6 Yorkshire.Click here for full results• Royal North Devon Golf club hosted the championship as part of its celebrations to mark 150 years of women’s golf and each player was presented with a commemorative mug.Caption: The winning Gloucestershire team, from left. Back row: Jessica Brown, Ebonie Lewis, Sam Round, Rachael Archibald, Charlie Hiatt, Caley McGinty.Front row: Ffion Tynan, Alex Saunders, Andra Knight (captain), Claudia Ovens and Grace Connelly.Image copyright Leaderboard Photography
Those fans who tossed the B.C. Lions onto the scrap pile back in July are going get a huge surprise waking up Monday morning after reading the morning website.Because surprise, surprise, the B.C. Lions are 2011 Grey Cup Champions.The Canadian Football League’s Most Outstanding Player, Travis Lulay, tossed consecutive second half touchdown passes to Kierrie Johnson and Arland Bruce sparking the Lions to a 34-23 victory over the Winnipeg Blue Bombers Sunday at B.C. Place in Vancouver.“It’s a championship game. You’ve got to keep the faith and this feels pretty sweet,” Lulay told TSN following the game after struggling before getting the job done.Lulay completed 21 of his 37 passes for 320 yards and two scores.The Lions, winning the sixth championship in franchise history, are the first team in CFL history to start the season with five straight losses and win the Grey Cup.“I told the guys to stay focused,” said Geroy Simon when asked about the 0-5 start.B.C. led 10-0 a field goal by Paul McCallum and touchdown by Andrew Harris.A single point along with a field goal by McCallum increased the lead to 14-0 before Winnipeg kicked two fields goals to make the score 14-6 at the half.The teams exchanged field goals before Lulay & Company went to work as the B.C. quarterback connected with Kierrie Johnson on a 66-yard TD pass.In the fourth quarter after Odell Willis muffed on a potential game-changing interception, the Lions engineered a nine-play 82-yard drive that ended in a six-yard TD pass to Arland Bruce.Winnipeg scored two late touchdowns before McCallum put the game away with a 34-yard field goal. Lulay revealed after the game he was playing with a bad groin injury suffered during the first quarter. The injury slowed Lulay’s ability to run during the game.The Lions win tied head coach Wally Buono with Don Matthews and Hugh Campbell with the most Grey Cup wins at five.B.C. running back Andrew Harris was named the Most Outstanding Canadian in the Grey Cup.There are four teams in CFL history to win a Grey Cup at home. The Lions have done it twice, also capturing the title in 1994.