Baseball: Payne has good feeling for T.O.

first_imgPayne’s walk-off single to right-center field allowed Thousand Oaks (4-0) to remain undefeated despite a less-than-impressive day on the mound for a team known for its pitching. The Lancers, who allowed only four hits but issued nine walks, were pleased to show they are capable of winning in other ways, especially against a previously undefeated team that will soon be challenging Thousand Oaks for the Marmonte title. “That’s what the guys on our bench are capable of,” Lancers coach Frank Mutz said. “We’ve got four or five guys who can come in and deliver. It was just (Payne’s) turn today. I had confidence in him. … “We’d been talking and I told him his chance is going to come, just keep working and be ready. Now he’s back in there.” Thousand Oaks’ Kyle Jones tied the score with a solo home run in the sixth, and Jeff Johnson started the seventh-inning rally with his second double of the game. The late-game heroics were required after Calabasas (3-1) scored four runs in the fifth inning for a 6-5 lead. Mike La Rosa capped the Coyotes’ comeback from a 5-1 deficit with a three-run double to right after Thousand Oaks had walked the bases loaded. THOUSAND OAKS – Just a day earlier, Daniel Payne asked his coach what it would take for the senior to work his way back into the Thousand Oaks High baseball team’s lineup. On a team loaded with talent, Payne’s bat had cost him his starting job at first base. On Thursday, Payne’s hitting not only won him another shot at starting, but it also won the Lancers a spot in the championship game of the Easton Southern California Showdown tournament. Payne, who entered the game as a replacement for an injured teammate, drove in the winning run in the bottom of the seventh inning for a 7-6 victory over visiting Calabasas. Thousand Oaks faces Marmonte League rival Newbury Park for the tournament title Saturday at UCLA. “It was pretty hard to sit on the bench and watch everyone play,” said Payne, who appeared in just one of his team’s first thrree games. “Coach just said to keep working hard. It feels really good, the hard work is paying off.” center_img “We’d heard so much about how good Calabasas’ hitters are, I think we were being too careful,” Mutz said. “They weren’t going after ’em.” The Coyotes entered the game hitting .433 and having scored at least 12 runs in each of their first three games, including Monday’s upset of nationally ranked Chatsworth. Alex Kurland, who doubled twice, was Calabasas’ only player with multiple hits Thursday. The Coyotes’ lone hit through the first four innings was a solo home run by Adam Dong in the second inning. heather.gripp@dailynews.com (818) 713-3607 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Women’s Basketball Cruises Past William Penn, 100-61, In Annual “Pack The Knapp” Game

first_imgStory Links at Northern Illinois 12/19/2015 – 4:30 PM Photo Gallery DES MOINES, Iowa – The Drake University women’s basketball team defeated William Penn, 100-61, Friday afternoon in its annual “Pack the Knapp” game at the Knapp Center. The Bulldogs reached a season-high in points scored in front of 4,711 fans, including over 3,200 local elementary and middle school students who were treated to a fun day of educational activities and Bulldog basketball. Junior Lizzy Wendell (Blue Springs, Mo.) led Drake (7-2) with a team-high 17 points in addition to handing out a career-high eight assists and grabbing three rebounds. Sophomore Maddy Dean (Jordan, Minn.) finished with a game-high and season-high of 12 rebounds in addition to scoring 11 points and tallying four assists. Freshman Sammie Bachrodt (Wichita, Kan.), on her birthday, finished with a career-high of 13 points along with tying a career-high with nine rebounds. The first quarter was tight as Drake led just 23-20 but extended its lead to 48-34 at halftime. The Bulldogs put the game away with a 20-4 run to start the third quarter. “The energy today was unbelievable, said Drake head coach Jennie Baranczyk. “When you are able to bring in that many kids and have that kind of environment, it becomes so special to our players who get to play in front of them and the kids to watch and have fun.” “It’s amazing to get out there and play in front of the school kids and then sign autographs and give high fives after the game,” said junior guard Caitlin Ingle (Runnells, Iowa). “It’s great to see how excited they are about basketball.”Ashlee Harper of William Penn tied Wendell for a game-high of 17 points in addition to having five rebounds and two assists. William Penn finished with 39 points off the bench, but couldn’t match Drake’s 44. Ingle tallied 11 points, five assists and three steals while freshman Nicole Miller (Walker, Iowa) was one point away from her career-high as she had 15 against the Statesman. Fellow freshman Sara Rhine (Eldon, Mo.) was the other Bulldog in double figures with 15 points along with pulling down six boards. Sophomore Paige Greiner (Williamsburg, Iowa) added nine points. As a team, Drake finished with 56 rebounds handed out 27 assists on 34 made baskets. The Bulldogs also benefited from 16 second chance points. “I like how we shared the basketball today and had six finish in double figures,” Baranczyk said. “We had two really good days of practice before and as we continue to build our leadership in our junior class, it will continue to help make us better.” The Bulldogs will travel to DeKalb, Ill., to take on Northern Illinois Saturday, Dec. 19. Tipoff is scheduled for 4:30 p.m.  Print Friendly Version Next Game: Box Score (HMTL) Watch Live Box Score (PDF) Full Schedule Roster Preview Live Stats Praise 940 ESPN3last_img read more

49ers at Rams, behind enemy lines: 5 questions with opposing beat reporter

first_imgSANTA CLARA — Here is what Los Angeles Rams beat writer Kevin Modesti of the the Southern California News Group had to say about Sunday’s 49ers visit to the Rams:Question: What is the Rams’ vibe amid a two-game losing streak and could their popularity be waning in L.A. so that a bipartisan crowd will fill the Coliseum?Modesti: It’s safe to say the Rams and their fans are shocked to face a pivotal game against the 49ers in Week 6. Before their sloppy loss to Tampa Bay, they Rams had never …last_img read more

Madiba Music: Your 67-minute Mandela Day Mixtape

first_imgIn celebration of Mandela Day, here is an essential list of the best Madiba-inspired musical moments. Spend your 67 minutes doing something to honour the man and his life with this soundtrack of great local and international artists paying tribute to South Africa’s greatest citizen. Nelson Mandela dances on stage in October, 1995, with supporters in Johannesburg, South Africa. (Image: Reuters)• South African music• Nelson Mandela – a timeline • Watch: Salif Keita and Black Mambazo call for harmony in Africa• Remembering Mandela, one year on• Jazz trumpets the notes of freedom CD AndersonNelson Mandela called music the “great blessing”, and believed that it has the power to “unite us all to sing with one voice”, to give us all the opportunity to both dream and dance.Madiba inspired a diverse collection of musicians, from ska punkers to classical composers, world-beating rock stars and jazz greats, and they all responded with some amazing tributes.In celebration of Mandela Day, here is an essential list of the best Madiba musical moments, including some of his personal favourites, as well as songs that helped define his place in history and our hearts.While you spend 67 minutes doing something to honour the great man and his life, take a moment to listen to the songs below and join the celebration.Hugh Masekela – Bring Him Back Home One of South Africa’s jazz greats, Masekela spent much of his life in exile, and that longing to return home inspired this somber but powerful lament to both the African diaspora and Mandela himself, the guiding light for those returning home to a new South Africa. Masekela had the honour of playing the song live for Madiba on his release from prison in 1990.Simple Minds – Mandela DayA song celebrating an imprisoned African leader by a Scottish rock band makes for an interesting dichotomy, but it is an appropriate one: Simple Minds’ singer Jim Kerr was one of the more outspoken proponents of the UK’s anti-apartheid movement. This celebratory song is, naturally, the unofficial anthem of July 18th, but a more lasting legacy was its part in bringing the story of Mandela and apartheid South Africa to a global audience during the 1980s.Yvonne Chaka Chaka – Umqombothi According to Chaka Chaka, this song – an upbeat sing-along about traditional African beer – was Mandela’s favourite song of all time. With its bold African groove, catchy chorus and addictive rhythm, it is the perfect fit for our famous Dancing President.Abdullah Ibrahim – MannenbergThe quintessential sound of South Africa, instantly recognised by all its citizens by the rolling piano theme and dynamic tempo. Named after the vibrant District Six area scarred by forced removals during apartheid, the song’s uplifting coda also acts as a perfect motif for a returning hero to free his people.Brenda Fassie – Black PresidentMa Brrr was one of Madiba’s favourite singers, and she celebrated his presidency in 1994 with this impassioned pledge of allegiance to his leadership and his dream for a free South Africa. The song inspired a generation and made her one of the country’s greatest musical icons.Vusi Mahlasela – When You Come BackThe Voice of Mamelodi has enjoyed a long career as a musical storyteller at home and around the world. In 1992, he greeted Madiba and other returning heroes with the “ringing of bells and the beating of drums” in this joyful harmony that quickly become his signature song. The song, much like Mandela, calls for humanity to “give something to the world and not just take from it.”The Specials AKA – Free Nelson MandelaWithout doubt the most famous song about Madiba, this rollicking ska protest song inspired the youth-led anti-apartheid movement across the world during the 1980s. Today, the song’s lyrics still have resonance, highlighting the ideals of Nelson Mandela to overcome poverty through positive action.Johnny Clegg – Asimbonanga (We have not seen him)The live performance of this song says it all: a powerful performer with a powerful song, joined on stage by the most powerful icon in South African history. Asimbonanga is a joyous refrain to all South Africans to be inspired by the life and work of Madiba and use it every day to continue his legacy.U2 – Ordinary LoveWorld citizen Bono has always had a strong connection to Madiba and his ideals, so it was appropriate that U2 was asked to write the theme song for the “Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom” film in 2013. The song, released a week before Madiba died, is a touching final tribute to the great man and his life’s work.Some other great Madiba-inspired tracks to soundtrack your 67 minutes this Mandela Day: Zahara featuring Mzwakhe Mbuli – Mandela Youssou N’dour – Nelson MandelaSipho Hotstix Mabuse – NelsonKoos Kombuis – Madiba BayWilhelm Kaiser-Lindemann – Hommage a Nelson M for Cello and PercussionMiles Davis – Amandlalast_img read more

Cover crops increase destruction of weed seed in fields, shed light on predator interactions

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Cover crops have been promoted for their abilities to reduce erosion and retain or enhance soil nutrients. Now there is evidence that they can significantly reduce weed seeds from entering the soil seed bank.Crops such as red clover, planted after a main crop’s harvest, often are used to provide cover for insects such as ground beetles that feed on weed seed scattered along the soil surface. Beetles remove the seeds before they are tilled under and become part of the field’s long-term seed bank. Rodents are also important consumers of weed seeds and, like beetles, tend to prefer foraging under the shelter provided by cover.As a result, in fields planted with cover crops, three to four times more weed seed is eliminated from the combination of beetles and rodents, according to recent research.While that result wasn’t unexpected, Ian Kaplan, a Purdue University associate professor of entomology, and Carmen Blubaugh, who earned her doctorate at Purdue and is now a postdoctoral research associate at Washington State University, used field experiments to learn a little about how habitat and fear might cause ripples along the food chain and affect seed predation.Beyond eating weed seeds, rodents also attack seed-feeding beetles, making it a challenge to predict seed consumption rates where both mice and beetles coexist. Each face numerous threats that change their approaches to finding food. On dark nights, for example, rodents might roam open fields. But under a moonlit sky, they are vulnerable to nocturnal predators.“We know moonlight has this predictable effect on small mammal behavior,” said Blubaugh, whose findings were published in the journal Oecologia. “When the moon is full, small mammals hide under the protection of cover. It helps them avoid predators that fly at night.”Kaplan and Blubaugh assumed that increasing the amount of light would drive rodents to cover more often, increasing the number of beetles they ate. If that were the case, reducing the beetle population might increase the amount of weed seed left in a field.In field experiments, they artificially manipulated “moonlight” in fields using lanterns to simulate a full moon. They indeed found fewer beetles under the illuminated cover crops, but instead of reducing the rate of weed seed consumption, the light treatments had no effect.“This is particularly surprising and interesting since rodents had strong negative effects on beetle densities,” Kaplan said. “Theory predicts that this interaction — called intraguild predation — will disrupt biocontrol, especially when the weaker seed predator (rodents) attacks the more effective predator (beetles).”In lab tests, exposure to a rodent decreased the movement of beetles, likely their way of becoming less noticeable to the predators. But surprisingly, the beetles ate 50% more seeds, despite the risk of being eaten themselves.“Beetles reduce their movement, but it might just mean that they hunker down on a pile of seeds and use that as a resource instead of hunting around for higher quality food,” Blubaugh said.Blubaugh expects to continue studying the interactions among animals and insects to understand how they’re affected by fear and risk. She said a study of animal feces could inform how diets change in response to fluctuating risk.The National Science Foundation and the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture funded Kaplan and Blubaugh’s research.last_img read more

Google dedicates doodle to 2012 London Olympics

first_imgThe latest Google doodle celebrates the world’s biggest sporting extravaganza, the Olympics.The Olympics open in London on Friday.The doodle highlights football, swimming, athletics, javelin throw, fencing and basketball.The 2012 Summer Olympics will see 81 Indian athletes taking part in 13 disciplines in the Games that will be held from July 27 to Aug 12.last_img