SAN JOSE — The Sharks just got past the team with arguably the best forward line in hockey.Do they have anything left for the NHL’s hottest team since January?The Sharks were off Thursday, one day after beating the Colorado Avalanche 3-2 in Game 7 of their second round series. It’s one of the few respites they’ve had over the last month since their postseason began April 10 with a series against the Vegas Golden Knights, which also went the distance.Game 1 of the Western Conference final …
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Matt Hutcheson, CCA, Product Manager, Seed Consultants, Inc.Uniform corn emergence is one of the most important aspects of stand establishment and producing high yielding corn. Understanding germination, emergence, and how environmental factors influence these processes is the first step toward ensure uniform emergence.GerminationGermination begins in a corn seed when it has imbibed 30% of its weight in water. While corn can germinate when soil temperatures are 50 degrees F or higher, research has determined that the optimal temperature is 86 degrees F. Visual signs that corn germination is taking place are the appearance of the radicle root, coleoptile, and seminal roots. When temperatures are cooler, the germination process is slower and seedlings are more susceptible to disease, insects, and other damaging factors.EmergenceUniform emergence is one of the most important yield-influencing factors that growers should work to achieve. Delayed emergence can ultimately result in diminished yield. Emergence occurs when the coleoptile “emerges” from beneath the soil surface. The amount of time required for corn seedling emergence will vary based on environmental factors such as temperature and moisture, however it typically requires around 120 growing degree days for the coleoptile to break through the soil surface.Environmental factors influencing germination and emergence:• Temperature: For both germination and emergence, soil temperature plays a significant role. Both processes are slower with cooler temperatures. In cases where extreme cold temps exist, damage can be done to the seedling.• Moisture: Adequate moisture must be present for germination and emergence to occur. Too much moisture can result in damage to seedlings and can promote disease as well. A very critical time period for the corn seed is 24 to 48 hours after planting. During this time the seed is susceptible to imbibing injury if it absorbs cold water. A cold rain right after planting can cause significant damage to the seed.• Soil conditions: Several emergence-related issues can result due to poor soil conditions. Compaction, cloddy soil, and soil crusting can all cause problems for seedlings try to emergence.• Herbicide injury: Cooler wet weather can increase the likelihood of herbicide damage to slow-growing seedlings. When trouble-shooting emergence issues this spring, growers should keep in mind that many factors determine the success of germination/emergence of corn seedlings.
Pune: Three women were killed when an unidentified vehicle knocked them down while they were on a morning walk in Maharashtra’s Pune district on Wednesday, police said. The vehicle driver sped away after crushing the women to death near Udapur village in Junnar tehsil on Ahmednagar- Kalyan Highway, an official at Otur police station said. “It seems the incident took place between 5.30 am and 6 am when an unidentified vehicle hit the women while they were on a morning walk. All the three women died on the spot,” he said. The deceased were identified as Meerabai Dhamale (60), Kamal Dhamale (65) and Changunabai Gaykar (70), all residents of Dhamalemala area in Otur town, he said. A case was registered and a search was on for the vehicle and its driver, he added.
I love sports. Prior to this semester, whenever I said that, I actually meant that I loved baseball, basketball and football. Growing up, all I ever played or watched on TV were those three. I tended to cast all the “lesser” sports like hockey and soccer aside. They bored me. But that’s only because I never gave them a chance. I never understood them. Like the majority of sports enthusiasts, I followed the most popular ones, indulging anything and everything I could about them. I understood their ins and outs. The more knowledgeable I became, the more I enjoyed the sport. So it’s by no coincidence that my favorite sport happens to be baseball because I comprehend it the best. When I decided that I wanted to be a sports journalist late in my freshman year, I had dreams of one day writing about the “big three” athletic events. Never did I envision reporting on a sport I hadn’t the slightest clue about. I just had the gut feeling that I’d hate it. Who likes to write about things they have no interest in? Certainly not this guy. That’s when it happened. At the beginning of this semester, I walked into the Lantern class as a sports reporter for the first time. I was psyched. I had the pre-conceived notion that I was going to be writing about Ohio State football, basketball and baseball (I did end up covering two out of the three, however. Not bad). But when I saw which beat I was assigned to, my heart sank. Wrestling? Other than the fact that it involved two guys rolling around on a mat, I knew next to nothing about the sport. I was having a mini panic attack. How was I going to write about something that I knew as much about as knitting a sweater? My first story was due in a couple of days and I honestly didn’t know how I was going to do it. Fortunately, I had confidence in my ability to learn enough about wrestling in a short period of time to be able to write a passable story. I literally Google-searched “wrestling for dummies” to soak up as much information as I could. How embarrassing. I read about the fundamentals, from the different positions to all the different types of moves a wrestler could make to gain points. I read about how the scoring works, that every move had a consequence, awarding points to either the wrestler who committed the move or to his opponent. I had heard the terms before, but I never knew what they actually meant until now. This was a complex sport. The first story I was assigned was about reigning 133-pound NCCA champion Logan Stieber’s injury update. I thought to myself, “My first time doing some actual sports reporting and I get to interview a national champion? This might actually be pretty cool after all.” When I walked into the Steelwood Athletic Training Facility for the first time to conduct interviews with the OSU wrestling team, I really didn’t know what to expect. I arrived at the tail end of the team’s practice and the wrestlers were paired off, grappling with one another. The way they countered each other’s moves and maneuvered to gain a better position, it was almost like an art. It was entrancing. After practice, coach Tom Ryan, Stieber, redshirt sophomore Josh Demas and freshman Mark Martin all talked to me and to my surprise, were all down-to-earth guys. They gained a lot of respect with me for that. As my visits to Steelwood increased and as I acquired more insight on the sport through research and observation, my appreciation for wrestling began to build. But it wasn’t until I attended the home meet against Penn State back on Feb. 10 that I gained a true appreciation for the sport. More than 6,000 screaming fans created an atmosphere in St. John Arena that I could only compare to a big-time basketball or football game. It was so intense. I never would have guessed that a sport such as wrestling could be so exciting. After back-to-back pins by Stieber and his younger brother, Hunter, in the second and third bouts of the meet, the crowd erupted in applause. Then I thought to myself, wait, this is wrestling. I like basketball this time of year. I’m not supposed to like this, right? Wrong. Although the Buckeyes ended up losing the match, 29-18, I could see how much hard work these guys put in it. They battled the entire match and that really resonated with me. I never expected to like wrestling, but boy, I’m glad that I had the opportunity to cover it. As the clichÃ© phrase states, “You’ll never know if you like something until you try it.” Well, I tried it, and I liked it. So now, when I say I love sports, wrestling belongs on that short list right next to baseball, basketball and football.
Redshirt-sophomore Chris Diaz serves the ball during a match against Texas A&M Feb. 9 at the Varsity Tennis Center. OSU won, 4-3.Credit: Alice Bacani / BuckeyeTV news directorRedshirt-senior Peter Kobelt (right) and redshirt-junior Kevin Metka talk before a serve during a match against Texas A&M Feb. 9 at the Varsity Tennis Center. OSU won, 4-3.Credit: Alice Bacani / BuckeyeTV news directorThe game of tennis ranges all across the globe. No one country stands above the rest.In fact, five different countries are represented in the top 12 of the Intercollegiate Tennis Association men’s singles rankings.With the sport being prominent throughout the world, college rosters are littered with players from all over the globe. While the No. 1 Ohio State men’s tennis team is no different, with players on the roster from Croatia, Finland and Germany, what gives them a more “hometown” feel is how three of their starters grew up and played high school tennis in the greater Columbus area.Redshirt-senior Peter Kobelt, redshirt-junior Kevin Metka and redshirt-sophomore Chris Diaz were all familiar with each other before becoming teammates at OSU. All three attended schools in the 614 area code, and their high school teams played one another throughout the season in what were described as friendly matches.Kobelt became a Buckeye by way of New Albany High School, graduating in 2009. During his time there, he won a Division II state title in doubles (2007) and a Division I title in singles (2009) before being named an All-American and ranked in the top 60 in U.S. Seniors Standings.Metka graduated from Worthington Kilbourne in 2010 and won the Division I state singles title that year, taking home the Division I doubles title the year before.Graduating from Watterson in 2011, Diaz and was the most glorified of the three coming out of high school. After winning a state doubles title as a freshman with his brother Phillip in 2008, he went on to win two straight Division II singles titles in 2010 and 2011. Diaz didn’t lose a single match after his sophomore year en route to being named the No. 1 player in his class in the state of Ohio. His last loss in high school, though, was in the state doubles championship to Metka and Kilbourne in ’09.“I’ve joked with him once or twice about it,” Metka said about defeating Diaz at state championships. “Totally joking, say ‘Remember what the score was back (in ’09)?’”The trio dominated Ohio high school tennis from 2007-12, winning a combined seven titles before enrolling at OSU.The time they put in on court leads to a friendship that has only grown stronger since becoming teammates.“We knew each other pretty well growing up,” Diaz said. “Playing a lot of the same tournaments, we already had that relationship. And being Columbus kids, you kind of stick together. It’s pretty cool.”Having three stars just outside of campus was luxury for OSU coach Ty Tucker, providing him with a chance to always be working with them to make them better players.“In an individual sport, you get unlimited practice time in the summer months,” Tucker said. “To be able to be from Columbus and be able to see your family on weekends … it certainly makes it that much easier to play in a year-round program.”The opportunity to fine-tune their game was a great opportunity because OSU is nationally ranked in the top 5 consistently. That success demands the best of the best.The three came in and each redshirted their first year to help better prepare for the high level of competition they were going to play.Now the time and work they’ve put in has paid huge dividends, as they are each key members in the six-man rotation the Buckeyes have used all season.“They’re all very good players,” Tucker said. “The nice things is they could’ve gone to other programs and started four straight years, and they wanted to come to Ohio State for a chance to get better.”The friendship Metka, Diaz and Kobelt had already formed helped the team come together as a whole, as they began the season ranked No. 5, since moving up to the top spot in the rankings.“I think it unites the team,” Kobelt said of their relationship. “It makes it easier for the Europeans to come over … it’s a more relaxed setting, people are more comfortable with what’s going on. I think, overall, it helps having guys from your own state play for your team.”Voted captain at the beginning of the season and playing first singles every match, Kobelt’s development allowed him to grow into the team’s leader. He is currently ranked seventh in the nation and has a chance to earn a NCAA Singles Championship.Metka is best known for his prowess in doubles and he and Kobelt team up to form the third ranked doubles team in the nation. He also cracked the top 125 rankings in singles for the first time in his collegiate career April 8.Diaz has been holding steady at third singles for the Buckeyes where he is known to frustrate opponents with a never-give-up attitude, returning almost every shot that comes his way.Already having won 187 straight home matches, with half of the starters being from Columbus, it provides fans with a little extra incentive to watch the Buckeyes continue their reign of terror in the city.“I think it helps with the fan base,” Kobelt said. “When they see a lot of guys from Ohio, they want to come out and watch and cheer for us more.”The fans that have been paying attention have been provided a treat.After clinching at least a share of the Big Ten with a 4-3 win at Purdue Sunday, Kobelt, Metka and Diaz have combined for 12 Big Ten titles and have not lost a single regular season match in Big Ten play.This season they have already won the ITA Indoor National Championship and broke the NCAA All-Time home win streak in what really has been a dream season so far for them. Winning at their dream school makes it even more special for them, though.“I think all three of us can agree that we all take pride in being from Columbus,” Metka said. “We’ve all been Buckeye fans since we were young … I think it helps push us.”The trio is set to continue their journey Friday as OSU is scheduled to take on Iowa at home. First serve is set for 6 p.m.
Senior forward Mason Jobst races for a loose puck during the first period of Ohio State’s hockey game vs. Michigan on Jan. 11. Ohio State lost 2-1. Credit: Nick Hudak | For The LanternDespite losing its first game of the series, the Ohio State men’s hockey team (19-8-5, 12-6-4 Big Ten) tied Michigan (13-12-7, 9-8-5 Big Ten) on Saturday, securing the regular season Big Ten title.Game 1In a tight, grueling battle on Friday, Michigan would take the 4-2 win against Ohio State in Game 1 of the weekend series. In the third period, what proved to the the turning point of the game, Michigan scored three times, twice within the last four minutes, ending its tie with the Buckeyes and securing them the win. The Buckeyes, meanwhile, were only able to net one goal in the third period when junior forward Tanner Laczynski, with an assist from senior forward Freddy Gerard, shot a puck past the Michigan defense.Ohio State senior forward Mason Jobst managed to score the first goal of the night, his 17thgoal of the season, within the first five minutes of the second period, giving the Buckeyes the upper hand after nearly 25 minutes of stalemate. Michigan responded with only 2.4 seconds left on the clock, however, and managed to tie it up. In the first period, Ohio State came out on top in terms of shots, doubling Michigan’s shot total 10-5.Game 2After recording a 3-3 tie at the end of regulation, Jobst recorded a goal in a one-on-one matchup against Michigan freshman goalie Strauss Mann in second overtime, earning the point to secure Ohio State’s Big Ten regular season championship. In the second period, Ohio State senior forward Brendon Kearney broke the 1-1 tie and scored with 17:07 left in the period. This was followed up minutes later when senior forward John Wiitala scored Ohio State’s last goal of the night on a power play. The Wolverines only managed one goal in the last half of the second period, keeping them down 3-2 going into the third.Ohio State was again able to score the first goal of the night.Following Michigan receiving a major penalty, junior forward Carson Meyer started the night off in a convincing manner when his puck found its way past the Wolverines defense and into the net 11:54 into the game. With less than five minutes left on the clock, though, Michigan was able to tie the game up 1-1 heading into the second period.Halfway through the third period,, the Wolverines netted their last goal of the match. While Ohio State was not able to score any goals in the period, it was able to kill a major penalty in the last five minutes despite being down a player, securing the Buckeyes a tie game at the end of regulation,Ohio State will end the regular season against Michigan State at home on Friday at 6:30 p.m and Saturday at 5:00 p.m.
Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho is believed to be furious with the agent of Atletico Madrid’s Diego Godin.Reports in the UK suggests Jose is furious with the Atletico Madrid defender’s agent who used Manchester United to get his client a new, improved deal.United were in contact with Godin’s camp this week as regarding a move to Old Trafford this summer but claims suggest Mourinho believes the player’s agent only had one goal throughout all the talks.The former Chelsea boss believes the plan was always to get Godin a new improved offer from Atletico by forcing their hand should United make a move for the former Villarreal man.Jose Mourinho is sold on Lampard succeeding ar Chelsea Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho wanted to give his two cents on Frank Lampard’s odds as the new Chelsea FC manager, he thinks he will succeed.There really…Godin has reportedly inked a new deal at the Wanda Metropolitano that could see him earn as much as £6.74million after tax.Meanwhile, Bayern Munich winger Arjen Robben has revealed his delight that teammate Jerome Boateng turned down a move to England to sign for Manchester United, instead opting to remain with the Bavarians.“For me Jerome is one of the best defenders in the world,” Robben said, according to Manchester Evening News.“We’ve had a lot of success with him in the past and he’s a good friend of mine as well. He’s is a very important player for us.”
Tottenham Hotspur defender Kyle Walker-Peters insists he is ready to replace Danny Rose if his teammate is sidelined with an injury.Rose suffered a reoccurrence of the groin injury he picked up some weeks back against Huddersfield Town which forced him to sit out England’s recent international games and Walker-Peters believes he is ready to step into the left-back starting spot if the need arises.He said, according to Sky Sports: “Hopefully it’s not too bad for Dan. If the manager at Tottenham needs me to play on the left then I’m ready to do a good job”“The gaffer knows what he’s doing. I have faith in what he has planned for me and when he gives me my opportunities I have to continue to take them.”Pochettino: ‘Happy’ Christian Eriksen ready for Spurs action Andrew Smyth – September 12, 2019 Mauricio Pochettino insists Christian Eriksen is “happy” and in the right frame of mind for Tottenham despite his failed summer exit.“He spoke to me at the beginning of the season which is good. He makes it quite clear that if you want to go and have a word with him, feel free to and question him.”Walker-Peters also revealed club team-mate Jan Vertonghen has also given him words of encouragement after nine appearances last season.“Jan sent me a great message, saying after I’d signed my contract and all my hard work throughout the season, it showed in games,” he said.“I guess it was because of the season I’d had. I didn’t play often but when I did actually get my opportunity I did quite well.”