Giants, A’s: Great new food, drink choices for baseball fans

first_imgAs any stadium or arena executive will tell you, baseball (or basketball, football or hockey) is no longer just about the game. It’s about the fan experience, from the promotions and seats to the food and beverage.Especially the food and beverage.Here are the new offerings that Oakland A’s and San Francisco Giants fans will find when they head to the ballpark this season. The Oakland A’s will host Opening Day and Opening Night games March 28-29, and the Giants will return from the road to …last_img

Raiders get good grades in 31-24 win over Colts

first_imgCLICK HERE if you are having a problem viewing the photos on a mobile device INDIANAPOLIS — How the Raiders graded Sunday in a 31-24 win over the Indianapolis Colts at Lucas Oil Stadium:PASS OFFENSE: BDerek Carr started 11 of 13 and finished 21 of 31 for 189 yards, so the Raiders got a great start and then slowed for a time. Carr went through a 1-for-8 spell after the quick start but threw no interceptions and made some big-time throws. First among them was an 18-yard touchdown strike to …last_img

Behind enemy lines, 49ers vs. Browns: 5 questions with opposing beat writer

first_imgSANTA CLARA — Here is what Browns beat writer Mary Kay Cabot of had to say of Monday night’s matchup between the host 49ers and Browns:1. Did that win over the Ravens validate all the offseason hype, or at least enough to save the Browns season?I actually do think it saved the Browns’ season. If they were 1-3 right now with this grueling stretch of the season coming up (49ers, Seahawk, Patriots on the road), things could’ve come apart this week. Instead, they pulled together and …last_img

Hope through hockey in Diepsloot

first_imgMalele is currently a level-one coach and his goal is to reach level six, the highest grading. He also hopes to send some of the older players on umpiring and coaching courses. A chance meeting with University of Johannesburg (UJ) Sport’s Siobhan Brown at a counselling course in 2008 saw the tertiary institution take up his cause. “Thanks to media reports about violence, people don’t want to set foot in Diepsloot, but the UJ people came,” said Malele. “I thank God for everything. He’s the only one keeping my projects going.” Two of his biggest success stories are Shirley Machaba and Kabelo Motsatsi, who have both qualified for the Southern Gauteng under-18 sides on a number of occasions. Motsatsi now plays for the Beaulieu College men’s side and is coached by former Olympic hockey player Allistar Fredericks. He believes it helps them avoid the peer pressures and socio-economic pitfalls plaguing his impoverished community. Starting with half a dozen youngsters in 2001, the unemployed Johannesburg resident now has over 150 players in nine teams. SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo material Academic support programmes The Silver Stars project was also the runner-up in last year’s Murray & Roberts Jack Cheetham Memorial Award for development teams. The financial windfall from this prize has helped to pay for development clinics, transport and other expenditures. Where many see a future as barren as the dusty ground on which his teams practise, Diepsloot hockey coach Silver Malele sees hope. They were and interest grew steadily. “On Saturdays, we play round-robin tournaments and the older teams have league fixtures,” he said. “Sometimes I’m out at 6am and only get home at midnight.” Malele’s Silver Stars development project in the Johannesburg township, on the northern fringes of affluent Sandton, is giving youngsters from the ages of seven to 17 something positive to focus their energies on. He said that he has seen significant changes in the children who come from far-flung areas. “They are often in different schools, but, when they are together at Silver Stars, they have the opportunity to make friends and teach and support each other. UJ Hockey’s Elize le Roux said the university helped with equipment and clinics, assisted in Malele’s development and also with applications for sponsorships, government grants and national lottery funding. But the deep-seated love of the game returned decades later when he decided to do something positive for his community. “As Africans we are just focused on soccer,” he said. “So I thought let me do something different and see if the kids would be interested.” The 42-year-old Malele’s passion for hockey started in the late seventies, when he learned the game at Witkoppen School in the Fourways area of Johannesburg. After leaving school, he quit the sport on principle. “In those days there was no good treatment,” he said. “We need to attend more clinics so that we can move forward,” he said. According to Le Roux, UJ is busy developing academic support programmes to assist Malele’s younger players in qualifying for university acceptance in the future. 23 September 2011 Malele has applied for various jobs over the years, but fears that finding permanent employment will mean the end of Silver Stars. “I do this out of love,” he said. Dedicated hockey academy “That’s what I like to see,” he said. Malele’s ultimate goal is to have a dedicated academy in Diepsloot, and is a little closer to achieving this thanks to the University of Johannesburg’s hockey club. He hopes that every child who has been isolated from sport will be able to one day join a team and get a sporting chance. “Playing in tournaments gets them away from all the cruel things that just traumatise and stress them,” he said. Malele also runs a community food garden and counselling and support groups for HIV/Aids patients and their families at the Diepsloot South Clinic. “We don’t have an astroturf or even grass, just bare ground,” said Malele, who was named Volunteer of the Year at the recent South African Sports Awards. “The fact that boys and girls have been developed to provincial level on that rocky piece of land, you just wouldn’t believe it.”last_img read more

Cover crops and flooding

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The challenging growing conditions in Ohio this year have exaggerated problems that may not be that significant under normal conditions. Problem fields with disease, drainage issues and soil compaction have been particularly disastrous with the persistent 2015 rains.Among the soggier areas of the state early this summer was Mercer County, where some areas got more than 17 inches of rain in the month of June.“Most farmers got everything in and got sidedressing done,” said Gary Fennig, of Fennig Equipment, of the area around Coldwater. “Locally here there is not much prevented planting, but there is a lot of unevenness in corn and a lot of drowned out areas.”Fennig spent much of June dodging rain showers while working to custom apply nutrients, particularly nitrogen in struggling corn fields. While problems show up under tough conditions, it is also easier to see some of the positive things going on in fields as well. Fennig saw a difference in fields with cover crops and no-till and how they handled the excessive water this year.“Cover crop ground that I have been across seems to be handling the wet weather better than the conventional tillage ground. It keeps the soil where it needs to be if you had a cover crop established over the winter,” Fennig said. “The washouts are not as bad. When you get 17 inches of rain regardless of what you have done in the field there will be some problems, but with cover crops, the soil is less apt to run off. The water is getting away quicker where the cover crop was established because those roots have provided a place for the water to get away rather than running off the field. All of this rain is demonstrating that cover crops are at the forefront of better fertility and better crops and helping with the runoff issues.”Jim Hoorman, with Ohio State University Extension, has also been watching fields with long-term no-till and cover crops under the challenging conditions this spring in northwest Ohio.“I have been watching several fields and there is less standing water and overall better crops with long-term no-till and covers. If you do rotational tillage — no-till beans into corn but rip soybeans going to corn — then there is no difference,” Hoorman said. “You have to be in true long-term no-till plus covers to see the benefits. There are not many people really doing this system.”last_img read more