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first_imgUGA CAES File Photo Walter Reeves Without even knowing it, you may be leading insect pests right into your house. On this week’s “Gardening in Georgia,” University of Georgia scientist Dan Suiter corrects host Walter Reeves’ practice of placing mulch close to his home foundation.”Gardening in Georgia” airs each Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. and is rebroadcast on Saturdays at 12:30 p.m. on Georgia Public Television.Now in its third season, the show is produced specifically for Georgia gardeners by the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences and GPTV. To learn more, visit the show’s Web site.Chameleon Plant: Friend? Foe?On this week’s show, Reeves looks at the beautiful leaves and the invasive nature of the chameleon plant, Houttuynia cordata. He shows how quickly this plant can overwhelm a garden.Reeves also explains the benefits of gardening with raised beds, showing how to build a raised bed using pressure-treated lumber and wood screws.Guest Wayne McLaurin reveals the best varieties of Southern peas to plant in Georgia home gardens. And finally, guest Beverly Sparks describes the life cycle of the azalea lace bug, a major pest of one of the South’s favorite landscape plants.last_img read more

Hughes wants regular football

first_img With Michael O’Neill’s side currently second in their Euro 2016 qualifying group and on course for their first major tournament in 30 years, Hughes knows he cannot afford another bit-part role next term. He will hope to feature again in a non-cap international against the Republic of Ireland next week, before the crucial Group F clash against Romania on June 13. But after that, Hughes will begin searching for the right deal. “Right now I’m just focused on the upcoming games and then in the summer it’s about finding a club which will enable me to come back for the internationals,” he said. “The focus leading into this week was just to come back fit and get through this game, and the one behind closed doors before the big one against Romania. “Once that is out the way I’ll really be concentrating on it but I don’t want to let it concern me or distract me now. “The move has to be right for me. I’m getting to the back-end of my career now so I’d like to go somewhere I will probably play a few more games than I have this year. “At this stage of my career I don’t want to be sitting watching games tick past. I want to play football, it’s what I train every day to do. Aaron Hughes became Northern Ireland’s most capped outfield player against Qatar but needs regular football next season to keep his European Championship dream alive. “It has to be somewhere I’ve got a chance of playing. You can never walk in somewhere and expect to play every game, your performances and fitness have to be good, but I’m looking for somewhere with a realistic chance. “It’s about staying in contention for Northern Ireland but also for my own enjoyment too.” With competition stiff at the heart of defence – Hughes was left out against Finland as O’Neill preferred Gareth McAuley and Jonny Evans – Hughes might also need the Euros to achieve his long-awaited century of caps. “The record hasn’t really sunk in yet, but I’ve been lucky enough to hang around this long and get there. “It’s something I’m proud of and when it starts to sink in I’ll realise what an achievement it is. It’s the same with the hundredth, it hasn’t happened and there’s a lot of other things I need to focus on first. “But if we got to the Euros that would take care of the 100, it would come at some point during that, so the Euros is the big thing at the moment, and if I got there then fantastic.” Press Association The 35-year-old captained the side in a 1-1 draw in Crewe, his 96th international appearance taking him past David Healy and leaving him behind only goalkeeper Pat Jennings in the country’s history books. But the centre-half managed just 13 games for Brighton last season, the last of which came in January, and has now been released. last_img read more

Everton clinch Deulofeu signing

first_imgEverton have confirmed the signing of Barcelona winger Gerard Deulofeu. The 21-year-old has signed a three-year-contract – with the option of a further year – in a deal worth £4.2million. Deulofeu impressed on loan at Goodison Park in the 2013-14 campaign but returned to his parent club and was subsequently loaned out again to Sevilla. He has long been touted as one of Barcelona’s next generation of stars but has failed to establish himself in first-team football either with the Catalan club or elsewhere and that is reflected in the purchase price. However, for that reason Barcelona have protected themselves against losing one of their brightest young talents by insisting on a release clause within the first two years if they meet certain conditions and having the right of first refusal if Everton decide to sell the player. Toffees boss Roberto Martinez, who had a good relationship with Deulofeu, has kept tabs on the youngster and moved quickly to make him his second signing of the summer after capturing out-of-contract Manchester United midfielder Tom Cleverley. “Gerard needs no introduction to anyone here at Everton, for we are all well aware of his incredible footballing talent,” Martinez told evertonfc.com. “We got to know him really well from his loan period, not only as such a talented player but also his great character. He will be a fantastic asset to our club.” Deulofeu – a product of Barca’s famed La Masia academy – made 29 appearances during his first stint with Everton, scoring on his debut in the Capital One Cup against Stevenage and going on to add three Premier League goals, including a memorable equaliser against Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium in December 2013. Although he played a similar number of matches at Sevilla, scoring three times, his form tailed off towards the end of the season and he found himself on the bench for most of the run-in. He did not even make the squad for the club’s Europa League final victory. He accepted he had a more testing year than he had expected, writing on Instagram last month: “A tough and difficult year for me but perhaps it’s also the year in which I’ve learned the most.” Martinez will hope to get more out of the player than managed by Sevilla coach Unai Emery, whose assessment was at best mixed. “He has incredible qualities but lacks others. Put him out there, one on one and … pfff,” he told the Guardian last month. “But make him play football with team-mates, on a big pitch, and it’s hard. He doesn’t have the maturity or capacity for sacrifice yet.” Martinez’s summer priorities were a player who can play as a number 10, a centre-back and a midfielder. Deulofeu and Cleverley tick two of those boxes with Juventus defender Angelo Ogbonna believed to be a player of interest, although Press Association Sport understands Crystal Palace’s Scott Dann is not being considered despite speculation to the contrary. “It was always our intention to work extremely hard behind the scenes to get some really good business done early on during the transfer window,” added Martinez. “Our objective was to secure Tom and Gerard as quickly as we could and I’m really pleased this is exactly what we’ve done. “Having done this now, we will have more time over the remainder of the window to carry on strengthening our squad, which is already strong, and we will use this time ahead of us well.” Press Associationlast_img read more

Whicker: World Series pitchers have become victims of modern playoff baseball

first_imgThey have doggedly turned their biggest edge, a bullpen that posted 25 consecutive scoreless innings earlier in October, into their most critical weakness.Kenley Jansen has thrown 90 pitches, Kenta Maeda 92. Maeda, a starter for most of his life, threw 42 on Friday and had to pitch again Sunday, and not well.Brandon Morrow worked four games in five days and, alarmed by the shrapnel around him, volunteered to pitch a fifth time in six days. Morrow later admitted he was being “selfish,” but Dave Roberts listened to him and the Dodgers paid.The Cubs did it last year and the Dodgers and Houston are doing it now. They overstock their rosters with pitchers, overwork the ones they trust and ignore the rest.Josh Fields got rocked in Game 2 and is now a non-person (just like catcher Yasmani Grandal). Pedro Baez missed the first two series and presumably would be fresh, except he’s off the roster. Brandon McCarthy is taking up space that another hitter or infielder could occupy.Alex Wood pitched a no-hitter in Game 4 until he gave up a home run to Evan Gattis. That was his 84th pitch and he left. The Dodgers got away with it, but the terror of actually facing a lineup for the third time has consumed all of baseball. Sometimes you listen to the data and sometimes you go with your lyin’ eyes. And, granted, the Dodgers often play the regular season that way. But when you try to dominate every matchup, you need a 30-man staff to survive.San Francisco won three World Series in five years through bullpen management. Their relievers’ WHIPs were 0.92, 0.88 and 1.07. The Dodgers’ bullpen WHIP is still 0.94 in the postseason overall, but 1.48 in the World Series.In 2014 the Giants had workhorses like Jeremy Affeldt and specialists like Javier Lopez and never confused the two. They also kept everyone as fresh as possible. Affeldt led with 11 appearances in the 17-game postseason. Manager Bruce Bochy was holistic, not impulsive.And Bochy never let his starters relieve until Game 7 of the World Series, when tomorrow was Opening Day 2015, and Madison Bumgarner took it and ran.Make no mistake. Clayton Kershaw and Yu Darvish painted Roberts into this corner when they came up small in Games 5 and 3.But it’s time to quit treating the fifth inning like the ninth, time to stop worrying so much about The Next Out and worry about all 27, time to trust the players who got you there and quit invading their comfort zones.The footnote is the Houston bullpen, which has been worse than L.A.’s and is more disheveled. Ken Giles, the season-long closer, watched his mates blow a 12-9 lead in the ninth. Houston won it against the overexposed Jansen.All the “3s” on the Minute Maid Park scoreboard reminded you of what James Harden does for a living, down the street. But Harden has unlimited 3s inside his shoulder. Pitchers are perishable. They are made of tissue, not pixels. As long as managers and those above them keep ignoring that, the World Series will become an even cheaper thrill. Barbaro suffers setback Dunleavy offers new motivation Tailback Bell to soon rejoin team Kobe-less Lakers drop third consecutive game Group claims China violates human rights Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorcenter_img Managers like Joe Torre would use setup men like Jeff Nelson and Mike Stanton in the sixth and seventh to get to finishers like Mariano Rivera in the eighth. If postseason games are just like the 104 regular-season games you won, why not manage accordingly?How did we get from there to here, to the last two World Series, ruled and ruined by the lust to win every pitching matchup and pull every reliever who doesn’t go 1-2-3?The Dodgers lost Game 5 to Houston 13-12 on Sunday, and trail the World Series 3-2 and must beat Houston’s Justin Verlander to get to a Game 7.Video: Dodgers face Astros in Game 6 on Halloween In 1990 the Cincinnati Reds used eight pitchers in the World Series. Without cloning.Sure, it was a four-game sweep. But Rob Dibble, Norm Charlton and Randy Myers, the Nasty Boys of the bullpen, cut through Oakland with 8 2/3 innings, six hits, three walks, four strikeouts and no runs.In 2002 the Angels had mishaps galore with their starting pitchers in a seven-game win over the Giants, in another Series where the baseballs were slick and aerodynamically talented.Related Articles Highland wrestler wants to ease the pain As the teams set what was the Series record for home runs until Saturday night, no starter other than John Lackey could pitch deep. But Brendan Donnelly gave up one hit in 7 2/3 innings. Closer Troy Percival did nothing but close, with three innings the whole Series, including the final one. Street faces Napolitano in 38th District last_img read more

Player divide threatens Premier League’s restart plan

first_imgThe Premier League’s bid to restart the season in JuneLondon, United Kingdom | AFP |  The Premier League’s bid to restart the season in June is in danger of being derailed by a heated debate between players about the risks of playing amid the coronavirus crisis.While Premier League chiefs believe completing the campaign is essential to safeguard the financial and sporting future of the game, some stars are not so convinced.AFP Sport looks at both sides of the row:“I’m not going to put my family at risk”Watford captain Troy Deeney has been one of the loudest voices against returning to the pitch so soon.Although the Premier League has agreed to fund regular testing for players and staff, there is no guarantee of keeping the virus at bay while vaccine trials remain in the early stages.Adding to Deeney’s concern, black and ethnic minorities are statistically more at risk of dying from the virus, leaving him adamant he will not gamble with his family’s life just to satisfy the desire for football to resume.“I’m not even talking about football at the moment. I’m talking about my family’s health,” Deeney said on Instagram.“I’m not going to put my family at risk. What are they going to do, take money off me? I’ve been broke before so it doesn’t bother me.“They’re talking about not playing in front of fans until 2021. So if it’s not safe enough for fans to be inside a stadium, why should it be safe for players to be in there?”Critics of Deeney’s view have noted that Watford were just outside the relegation zone on goal difference when the season was halted, so his club would clearly benefit from the season being abandoned.But Manchester City stars Sergio Aguero and Raheem Sterling have also raised concerns about restarting, while Newcastle’s Danny Rose, on loan from Tottenham, launched a furious rant about the situation.“Government is saying ‘bring football back’ because it is going to boost the nation’s morale. I don’t care about the nation’s morale, bro, people’s lives are at risk,” he said.“Football shouldn’t even be spoke about coming back until the numbers have dropped massively.”Like Deeney and other Premier League skippers, Norwich captain Grant Hanley took part in a conference call with the Premier League this week that reportedly saw numerous disagreements.“I think the overall feeling is that players have got concerns. There’s just so much uncertainty,” Hanley told Sky Sports. “Every team and player has got different views on it. Ultimately it’s putting your family at risk that is the main concern.”“Looking forward to playing again”In contrast to the anger expressed by some of his peers, England captain Harry Kane has preached a more moderate attitude.Tottenham striker Kane is ready to restart as long as player safety is the highest priority.“I think the majority of players are looking forward to playing again as soon as possible but we know we want it to be as safe as possible too,” Kane told British daytime TV show, Good Morning Britain.“Me personally, I am happy to start training in small groups if that is allowed and just trying to get back to some normality as soon as possible. I guess everyone is different and has their own personal view.”Even those willing to play, like Chelsea striker Tammy Abraham, have given their support with caveats.Abraham’s father has asthma and the England international does not want to put him in danger.“To go out on the pitch is a big thing for me. But my dad is asthmatic and the last thing I need is to catch the virus myself or be in contact with anyone with the virus,” Abraham said.“The Premier League and the Government have to come to a decision on whether or not it’s safe enough to play again and we take it on from there. I am ready to play tomorrow if it is safe.”Encapsulating the split in the ranks, former Manchester City midfielder Joey Barton claimed Deeney is acting out of self-interest.Barton, who is manager of League One side Fleetwood, tweeted: “If Troy doesn’t want to play or doesn’t feel safe enough to, then that’s his choice.“Let’s not kid ourselves about what is going on. Big money to be had in the Premier League, who wouldn’t want another year of that towards the end of your career? Got to admire the opportunism.“Squad on huge bonus for survival. No wonder they want it null and voided.”Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more