LAS VEGAS — Richie Martin highlighted a group of intriguing prospects available in this year’s Rule 5 Draft, and it didn’t take long for him to go.The 20th overall selection by the A’s in the 2015 MLB Draft, Martin was selected first overall by the Baltimore Orioles Thursday morning.After a disappointing first three seasons in the A’s minor league system, 2018 was when Martin finally began to show some flashes of the tools that made him such a high draft pick. The infielder hit .300 at …
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Two key U.S. dairy commodity prices are showing signs of new life; cheese ($1.70+ per pound) and butter ($1.95+ per pound) are up from recent seasonal lows. Grade A nonfat dry milk continues to be weak (under $0.90 per pound). The export market remains tepid at best. The U.S. dollar, while retreating somewhat, remains historically high. Prices in the key grain and feed markets are at four year lows. Corn remains below $4 per bushel, soybean meal under $350 per ton, and alfalfa hay under $185 per ton. With this constellation of prices, it appears very likely that the USDA/FSA MPP program payments for May-June will be zero or only a few pennies. Using the current (6/02/2015) futures market price data on milk and feed input prices, the USDA Farm Services Agency Decision tool for MPP (http://dairymarkets.org/MPP/Tool/) shows an anticipated May-June margin of $8.30/cwt. Anticipated margins for the remaining three calculation periods are: July-August ($9.49 per hundredweight), September-October ($10.41 per hundredweight) and November-December ($10.45 per hundredweight).This puts the national income over feed cost margin solidly in the upper 1/3 of margins over the 2005 to 2015 period. MPP margin forecast for 2015-2016Looking out into 2016, the USDA/FSA tool shows anticipated margins staying right at $10 per hundredweight for the first half of 2016 and then increasing slightly. Looking back at the accuracy for this decision tool, I would conclude that given the domestic and international market conditions playing out, this forecast is likely to be a bit optimistic, but only by a small amount. With this in mind, I would put the chances of the MPP margin falling below $9.25 per hundredweight over the coming 10 months as slim at best. Keep in mind that the long term average for the MPP margin is just over the $8 per hundredweight mark.Market Price Outlook for 2015-2016The current Chicago Mercantile Exchange (CME) futures prices for both Class 3 and Class 4 milk show an anticipated increase in price into the last half of 2015. The Class 3 futures price for the coming six months averages $17.50 per hundredweight and for the following four months into 2016 at $16.80 per hundredweight. The Class 4 price is expected to increase strongly from the current contract lows, increasing steadily to the $16 to $17.00 per hundredweight range over the coming 12 months.These prices will help improve the U.S. All Milk Price outlook. Currently, the U.S. All Milk Price is below the marks set for 2012 to 2014. With increased strength in the Class 3 and Class 4 prices, the U.S. All Milk Price should rebound as we move into the last half of 2015. Price weakness continues in the international markets as the general macroeconomic woes of the Euro and the possibility of a Greece default in the European Union are being revisited. This is causing the outlook for continued growth in the U.S. dairy export market to remain weak. In spite of these events, the export volumes for milk powders, whey, cheese, and lactose have posted positive gains in the first quarter of 2015. Butter and oil exports from the U.S. remain flat. Let us hope that the European Central Bank can find a way out of their dilemma yet one more time.
Kochi beat Kolkata by six runs in an IPL match that went down to the wire at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata on Sunday. Score | PhotosMore than the batsmen it was a day the bowlers thrived on with 19 wickets falling in the match. But, it was Kochi captain Mahela Jayawardene, who won the Man of the Match award.Earlier in the Kolkata innings, Jacques Kallis attempted to play a big one off R Vinay Kumar in the fourth over, but ended up getting caught in the deep by Kedar Jadhav on 24/1. In came Kochi paceman RP Singh and out went Kolkata skipper Gautam Gambhir with a fine yorker uprooting his middle stump on 3 and Kolkata were 27/2.The other opener, Manvinder Bisla, too did not stay for long and was bowled by Ravindra Jadeja on 16 even as Kolkata were three wickets down for 37.Finally, Manoj Tiwary and Eoin Morgan forged a partnership and just when the two were beginning to settle down, Morgan got run out ruining their plans. Morgan fell for 10 and Kolkata were at 73/4 in 12.2 overs.Another wicket, this time of Shakib Al Hasan and Kochi came back into the game, which at one point looked drifting away from them. This was RP Singh’s second wicket in the match and it too was a clean bowled. Kolkata were 86/5 at the stage.Then it was time for Ranji Trophy veteran Ramesh Powar to show his skills with the ball. His off-break left Yusuf Pathan guessing even as he ended up giving a catch to Kochi’s Sri Lankan import Muttiah Muralitharan near the mid-wicket boundary for 8. And Kolkata were down to 97/6.advertisementLone ranger Manoj Tiwary, who was battling the odds, too fell as Kochi tightened the noose. He scored a dogged 46 before falling to Jadeja in the 17th over when the team total was 101/7.In the 18th over Brett Lee, an accomplished bowler, but not an accomplished batsman became Muttiah Muralitharan’s first victim when the Kolkata score was 105.In the last over, Kolkata needed nine runs off two balls and Vinay Kumar was the bowler, and their last recognised batsman Rajat Bhatia went for a double but ended up getting a run and Kolkata needed eight runs off the last ball. New man L Balaji scored one run off the last ball as Kochi won the match by six runs.Kochi pacer RP Singh finished with impressive figures of 4-0-25-2.Kochi inningsKolkata bowlers Shakib Al Hasan and Yusuf Pathan took three wickets each to restrict Kochi to 132/7 in this 22nd IPL match at the Eden GardensAfter being put to bat by opposition skipper Gautam Gambhir, who won the toss, Kochi were batting with ease with openers Brendon McCullum and captain Mahela Jayawardene at the crease. The two have been in good nick and were looking set for a big score, but Kolkata’s Bangladeshi import Shakib Al Hasan struck on the last ball of the seven over to break their 49-run stand.A tame shot off McCullum saw him give an easy catch to Eoin Morgan at backward point when he was batting on 23. The partnership broken, Jayawardene too did not last long and was sent back by Yusuf Pathan on 25 who had him leg before wicket. Kochi were 52/2 at the stage. In the 10th over, Yusuf Pathan struck and clean bowled Brad Hodge cheaply to reduce Kochi to 55/3. An inside edge of Hodge’s bat shattered his stumps when he was batting on 2. It wasn’t over for Pathan, who then removed Parthiv Patel leg before in his next over and Kochi were down to 65/4.Shakib came around to do some more damage in the 15th over. He scalped Kedar Jadhav on the lastball of the over and the Kochi scoreboard read 100/5.But Ravindra Jadeja was still at the crease and when he gets going, he makes the bowlers pay, no matter how illustrious they may be. But, that phenomenon didn’t come to pass as Kolkata’s Aussie import Brett Lee thought otherwise. Jadeja went for a big one off him and ended up giving a catch to Yusuf Pathan near the boundary. He fell on 29 and Kochi were 105/6.Kolkata bowlers were keeping a tight line, giving no room to the oppostion batsmen to score. For as soon as a Kochi batsman tried to get loose he would find himself walking back to the dugout. Then next in line was R Vinay Kumar, bowled Shakib on 11 and Kochi were down to 127/7.Kochi managed to add five runs more and finish the innings on 132/7.advertisement
Klaas-Jan Huntelaar scored an injury-time penalty to give the Netherlands a 2-1 win over Mexico and a spot in the World Cup quarterfinals.Match Photos The Dutch were awarded the penalty when Rafael Marquez took down Arjen Robben in the area. Wesley Sneijder equalized for the Dutch in the 88th minute, just when it looked like the Netherlands was headed home. Giovani Dos Santos scored for Mexico in the 48th, pouncing on a poor headed clearance, chesting down the ball and sending a left-foot shot through three defenders and into the corner of Jasper Cillessen’s goal. Mexico goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa had kept his team in the match until Sneijder’s strike with two great saves. Referee Pedro Proenca called for cooling breaks in each half on a hot afternoon. 88′: Sneijder scores on a thunder strike on bottom left corner of goal Mexico’s Giovani dos Santos celebrates after scoring his side’s first goal against Netherlands’ goalkeeper Jasper Cillessen. (AP Photo)61′: Goal-scorer Santos is off for midfielder Aquino 48′: Goal! Giovani dos Santos scores with a power-packed left footer straight into the bottom right corner of goal Mexico’s Giovani dos Santos and Netherlands’ Bruno Martins Indi argue. (AP Photo)Halftime report The Netherlands and Mexico were level at 0-0 at halftime on this hot afternoon in northeastern Brazil. Referee Pedro Proenca briefly halted play just after the 30-minute mark for a cooling break, allowing both teams to rehydrate. Mexico’s Hector Herrera challenges for the ball with Netherlands’ Stefan de Vrij and Ron Vlaar. (AP Photo)Mexico had the best chances of the first half at the Arena Castelao, peppering Jasper Cillessen’s goal with shots. advertisementThe Netherlands had an early setback when midfielder Nigel de Jong limped off injured in the ninth minute. He was replaced by defender Bruno Martins Indi, who was playing his first match since getting a concussion in the second group match. Mexico is trying to reach the quarterfinals for the first time since it hosted the tournament in 1986. 42′: Dos Santos shoots from a tight angle, Cillessen saves 21′: Herrera misses goal again, is penalised for a foul 17′: Mexico’s Herrera’s shot goes wide 9′: De Jong is off, Mexico control early possession Coach Louis van Gaal shares a light moment with Robin van Persie during the official training session in Fortaleza, Brazil. (AP Photo)Netherlands captain Robin van Persie was back in the Netherlands lineup to face Mexico. The team’s all-time leading scorer missed the final group match because of suspension. Netherlands coach Louis van Gaal has made one other change to his lineup, giving Paul Verhaegh only his third international start as a replacement for right back Daryl Janmaat. Miguel Herrera made only one change to his Mexico team, moving Carlos Salcido into midfield to replace the suspended Jose Vasquez. Van Persie missed the 2-0 win over Chile and joins Arjen Robben in a potent attack that has already combined to score six goals at this tournament. Also, Dirk Kuyt played in his 100th international match for the Netherlands, but only his second at left back. For India Today’s World Cup 2014 homepage, click here . Lineups: Netherlands: Jasper Cillessen; Paul Verhaegh, Daley Blind, Ron Vlaar, Stefan de Vrij, Dirk Kuyt; Nigel de Jong, Georginio Wijnaldum, Wesley Sneijder; Arjen Robben, Robin van Persie. Mexico: Guillermo Ochoa; Francisco Rodriguez, Rafael Marquez, Hector Moreno, Miguel Layun, Paul Aguilar; Carlos Salcido, Andres Guardado, Hector Herrera; Giovani Dos Santos, Oribe Peralta.
David Moyes open to returning to Evertonby Paul Vegas16 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveDavid Moyes is open to returning to Everton as manager.Struggling boss Marco Silva is coming under increasing pressure at Goodison Park.Moyes, who left Everton for Manchester United in 2013 after 11 years at Goodison Park, is now the bookies’ favourite to succeed Silva, should the Portuguese get the sack.The Mirror says Moyes wants a return to the Premier League, after turning down the offer of jobs in the Championship and League One in recent weeks.Moyes, who lasted just 10 months at United, is currently out of work after leaving West Ham in 2018, after six months in charge.But the 56-year-old, who also managed Real Sociedad and Sunderland post-United, is now the heavy favourite to become the next Toffees boss – for the second time. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Twitter/@HailStateFBMississippi State football hosted a “ladies clinic” today, where Bulldog fans had a chance to go through drills and get coached up by the staff. Based on the many Instagram and Twitter posts we’ve seen, it looks like everyone had a great time. The day’s big winner, however, has to be Mary, the fan who has won the 60+ year old 40 yard dash seven years in a row. Mary doesn’t just edge out the competition either, she crushes everyone.VIDEO: For the seventh straight year, Mary wins the 60+ age group 40-yard dash at the Ladies Clinic #HailState pic.twitter.com/WioGhGCTNp— MSU Football (@HailStateFB) July 18, 2015We’re seriously impressed. Mary can fly.
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Members of the OSU women’s volleyball team during a game against Michigan on Nov. 14 at St. John Arena. OSU lost 3-0. Credit: Giustino Bovenzi | Lantern photographerInjuries and illness have taken a toll on the Ohio State women’s volleyball team as the season has worn on, as it has lost five of its last eight matches.This week has been no different for coach Geoff Carlston’s team, as an illness has made its way around the roster. Nonetheless, the No. 16 Buckeyes (21-7, 10-6) will try to get back on track when they travel west to battle with Iowa (12-17, 2-14) on Wednesday at 8 p.m.“We’ve been trying to back off a lot,” Carlston said. “It’s hard to sharpen the blade when you can’t do it. As a staff, we’re trying to find a balance between trying to keep us healthy, but it hasn’t seemed to work.”Freshman setter Taylor Hughes has been in and out of the lineup since suffering an elbow injury on Oct. 21, while senior outside hitter Katie Mitchell has missed the last two games with an illness.To rediscover its form on the court after an ugly loss to Michigan on Saturday, Carlston said OSU just needs to get back to believing in itself.“I think we just have to remind ourselves that we’re a pretty good team and we’ve had a really good journey so far,” Carlston said.Much of the Buckeyes’ early-season success was fueled by the team playing with a chip on its shoulder. Senior outside hitter Elizabeth Campbell said “getting back to that underdog mentality” is crucial to get back to the winning ways. “We just need to get back to our fundamentals, stay focused,” junior outside hitter Kylie Randall said. “We still have a lot of games left … we still definitely have a chance to improve.”In the first meeting of the season between OSU and Iowa, the Buckeyes came out victorious in four sets, marking their 13th straight victory against the Hawkeyes.After posting a 10-3 record in nonconference play and garnering national attention in the form of votes in the coaches poll, the going started to get tough for Iowa in conference play, winning just two games against Big Ten foes.However, OSU has seen that records don’t mean much, evidenced by its Nov. 6 loss against a Maryland team that entered the game with a 2-11 conference record.“Especially if we’re kicking and scratching with our health, it’s a tough match,” Carlston said of the upcoming tilt against the Hawkeyes. “They run a very fast offense (and) they’ve given a lot of teams problems.”Iowa picked up its only two conference wins recently against Rutgers on Oct. 31 and Indiana on Nov. 4. Then, on Nov. 7, the Hawkeyes took then-No. 16 Purdue to five sets before falling.Campbell said she believes OSU will have its work cut out for it in defending the quick-paced attack of Iowa.“They have a pretty distributed, fast offense, so just being ready defensively in our blocking game to be up fast and challenge their tempos,” she said.The Hawkeyes currently rank third in the conference in service aces per set with 1.20. To combat that strength and bring home the win, Campbell said the Buckeyes are prepared to be “challenging the passing lanes” all match long. What’s next?A big rematch is set to be on tap for OSU on Saturday, when it is set to travel to Madison looking to complete another season sweep against Wisconsin. Back on Sept. 27, the Buckeyes defeated the Badgers in Columbus in five sets. The first serve is scheduled for 2 p.m.
The Ohio State Buckeyes are one of only four remaining undefeated teams in college football, but coach Urban Meyer said he has not addressed the topic of potentially being named national champions by the Associated Press with his team. Meyer said he tries “not to control what we can’t control,” since the team is banned from postseason play this season, and that his team’s focus is on playing Wisconsin Saturday. “They know what’s coming,” Meyer said of Saturday’s game. “Our guys know where they’re at.” Redshirt senior cornerback Travis Howard said he and his teammates are approaching the season “one game at a time.” “What we can control is just to go out there and beat every team that we face,” Howard said. “For right now … everyone is just focused on this one opponent, and that’s Wisconsin.” Meyer called this Saturday’s contest, which will kick off at Camp Randall Stadium in Madison, Wis., at 3:30 p.m., a “rivalry game.” “It’s a rivalry game because we have to understand who you’re playing and what they’ve done the past few years,” Meyer said. “They’re a very good team.” Last season, the Buckeyes defeated the Badgers 33-29 at Ohio Stadium. In 2010, the Badgers handed the Buckeyes their only loss of the season at Camp Randall. The 2012 season was later vacated by the NCAA as part of sanctions that resulted from Buckeyes players exchanging OSU football memorabilia for free tattoos. Senior defensive end John Simon said the matchup with the Badgers is a “huge game” for the Buckeyes. “This is going to be a tough, tough game for us,” Simon said. “We know they’re going to come in with a chip on their shoulder … we’re doing everything we can this week to prepare and we’ll be up to the challenge.” There is one potential achievement the Buckeyes can control: with a win on Saturday, the Buckeyes clinch the Big Ten Leaders Division title, even though Wisconsin has already clinched a spot in the Big Ten Championship Game due to OSU and Penn State’s postseason bans. Meyer said that he will discuss that with his team. “That’s real important to us,” Meyer said of winning the division title. The Buckeyes clinched a share of the divisional championship after Penn State’s 32-23 loss at Nebraska. Injury update After missing the Buckeyes’ last four games with a broken right fibula, redshirt senior linebacker Etienne Sabino is back in the starting lineup, Meyer said Monday. Sabino, sophomore Ryan Shazier and senior Zach Boren, who moved to linebacker from fullback following Sabino’s injury, are the team’s starting linebackers as of Monday, Meyer said. Meyer said senior linebacker Storm Klein will also play off the bench. Freshman cornerback Armani Reeves, who plays on the team’s kickoff coverage unit but has missed the past four games due to injury, is back this week, Meyer said. The news was less positive for freshman running back Bri’onte Dunn, who Meyer said is out for Saturday’s game with an MCL sprain. Meyer said the injury did not require surgery, and that his return for the season finale versus Michigan is questionable. Meyer said starting center junior Corey Linsley is “still a little banged up, but he hopes Linsley will be back at full strength by Wednesday. He also said redshirt senior safety Orhian Johnson was “good to go” for Monday’s practice after suffering a head injury against Illinois.
Stay on target ‘Game of Thrones’ Targaryen Prequel Series Is Reportedly Coming to HBO‘Game of Thrones’ Star Kit Harington Joins Marvel’s &#… Game of Thrones’ last season is in full swing, and the “Battle of Winterfell” left many fans in shock, as they watched a long fight between Iron Throne contenders and White Walkers. But, the power struggle is not over yet: According to Emilia Clarke, one of the last episodes will be bigger than Season 8, Episode 3’s deadly showdown.On Wednesday night, Clarke spoke with Jimmy Kimmel on Jimmy Kimmel Live! about filming the final season of Game of Thrones and what audiences might expect for the last three episodes.“Episode five is bigger,” Clarke told Kimmel. “Episode five is—I mean, four and five and six, they’re all insane, but like…find the biggest TV you can.”It’s likely that Episode 4 could be a transition episode, where the surviving heroes will form a plan of attack against Euron Greyjoy and Cersei Lannister, who are building up the ultimate fleet, as shown in the Game of Thrones Season 8, Episode 4 preview trailer. From what Clarke said though, fans might need to prepare themselves for what’s to come on Episode 5 and Episode 6.The “Battle of Winterfell” wasn’t a typical TV fight though: Season 8, Episode 3 required 55 nights of shooting and 750 people, according to Clarke. The episode, which featured multiple fight scenes between many characters and the Night King’s death, was the longest battle sequence created in TV history, Vox reported.Even though Season 8, Episode 5 is two weeks away, Clarke is making everyone stay on the edge of their seats for now. In the meantime, Season 8, Episode 4 could give fans a better understanding of how some of Westeros plans to take down Cersei Lannister, who will be the “last war” following the “Battle of Winterfell” aftermath.Game of Thrones Season 8, Episode 4 will premiere on Sunday, May 5 at 9 p.m. EST on HBO.<em><strong>More on Geek.com:</strong></em> </p><p>More on Geek.com:First Look: ‘Game of Thrones’ Season 8, Episode 4 Photos ‘Game of Thrones’ Season 8, Episode 4 Preview: One Last War to Win‘Game of Thrones’ Stars Say Goodbye to ‘Battle of Winterfell’ Fallen Heroes