Cracking fruit

first_imgMany parts of Georgia have received excessive amounts of rain over the past few weeks. Although the rain is good for the state’s drought conditions, too much rain in a short period of time can cause havoc in vegetable gardens. Too much water can cause classic cases of fruit split in watermelons. This is relatively common in melons as well as tree fruits such as plums. Watering evenly is extremely important, especially in the last two weeks of growth. Excess water at this stage can cause the fruit to pop. Excessive amounts of rain can also cause fruits to lose flavor if they are close to ripening. Have you ever taken a bite of a juicy piece of melon and been disappointed by the lack of sweetness? This is in part due to the variety of the plant, but it is also affected by the amount of water that was applied to the plants during that final stage of ripening when sugars are being formed. If you are relying on Mother Nature to provide your irrigation, you have to take what you can get — and sometimes what you get is split fruit. Cracked tomatoesHigh temperatures and prolonged rainfall or wet soil can also cause radial cracking in tomatoes, as the tomatoes expand too rapidly and crack their delicate skins. Another form of cracking is called concentric cracking. This encircles the tomato and also is caused by rapid growth, but generally occurs when there are alternating periods of rapid growth followed by slower growth. This can occur with wet and dry cycles or cycles of high and low temperatures. Generally this type of cracking occurs as fruits near maturity. Even moisture throughout the growing period will help alleviate this problem. Blossom End RotFluctuation in watering patterns can also cause blossom end rot in peppers and tomatoes.This is due to a calcium deficiency that causes the bottom of the tomato or pepper fruit to develop a rotten spot. Just as calcium gives humans strong bones, it gives plants strong cell walls. Calcium is transported into a tomato through the vascular system of the plant in a process called transpiration. When this process is disrupted by either long periods of dryness or excessive watering or rain, the normal calcium transport process is derailed and developing tomatoes or peppers don’t get enough calcium. To ward off blossom end rot, have your soil tested several months before planting to insure the soil pH is right. It needs to be about 6.2 to allow the plant to absorb the nutrients in the soil. Using dolomitic lime to correct the pH and add extra calcium and magnesium to the soil.Foliar sprays that contain calcium are on the market, but these have little effect on blossom end rot as calcium is only taken up by the roots and vascular system. It is more important to try to regulate the amount of water given to the plants. If you have an irrigation system, make sure it is not applying water during rainy periods. If you don’t have an irrigation system, try to water on a regular schedule to avoid spikes in nutrient and water uptake. Vegetable gardens only need about an inch or two of water a week. Don’t kill them with kindness.last_img read more

Shirley Woman Killed in Head-on Crash With Bus

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A 29-year-old Shirley woman was killed when her SUV crashed head-on with a Hampton Jitney bus in Tuckahoe on Thursday morning, Southampton Town Police said.Carissa Castillo was driving her Chevrolet Trailblazer eastbound on Country Road 39 when she veered into the opposite lane of traffic crashed head-on with the westbound bus near the corner of Andrews Road at 7 a.m., police said.The mother of two was pronounced dead at the scene. Her body was taken to the Suffolk County Medical Examiner’s office, where an autopsy will be conducted.The bus driver, 54-year-old George Scheld of Nesconset, and the bus attendant, 36-year-old Shimona Kameka of Southampton, were taken to Southampton Hospital for treatment of non-life threatening injuries.New York State and Suffolk County police are assisting in the continuing investigation, which caused partial closure of the roadway that continued into Thursday evening, causing extensive traffic delays on the East End.last_img read more

Valley Stream Crash Leaves Boy, 12, Dead

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A 12-year-old boy was fatally struck by an SUV driven by a man with a suspended license in Valley Stream on Thursday morning.Nassau County police said the boy was hit by a GMC Yukon at the corner of South Franklin Avenue and West Merrick Road at 7:17 a.m.The victim was taken to Long Island Jewish Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead. His identity was not immediately released.The driver, 29-year-old Austin Soldano of Seaford, was charged with unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle.He will be arraigned Thursday at First District Court in Hempstead.Homicide Squad detectives are continuing the investigation.last_img read more

Bucksport football team routs Dexter to win Northern Maine championship

first_imgHAMPDEN — Deprived of a chance to watch their team play one last game in its own stadium, the Bucksport faithful brought home-field advantage 20 miles north.As the No. 1 seed in Class D North, the Bucksport football team was originally scheduled to play Friday night’s regional championship game against Dexter at Bucksport High School. Yet when snowy and icy conditions earlier in the week made the Carmichael Field grass unfit for play, the game was moved to Hampden Academy, where it could be played on artificial turf.“We were definitely bummed about it,” Bucksport lineman David Gross said. “For us as seniors, we thought we were going to get one last game at Bucksport. It was a weird feeling when we found out [they moved it].”Yet even without its hometown scenery in the background, Bucksport had as much crowd support as ever when it took the field to battle for the Northern Maine crown. Now, after capping off a dominant season of Little Ten Conference play with another win, the Golden Bucks stand just 48 minutes away from Maine high school football’s biggest prize.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textBucksport advanced to the state championship game with a 46-8 win over Dexter in Friday’s Class D North title game in Hampden. The win marked the first regional title in six years for the Golden Bucks, whose fan base will be traveling once again next weekend when it heads to Portland to see Bucksport play for the Gold Ball.Bucksport’s Jaxon Gross looks to evade the Dexter defense during the first half of the Class D North football championship game Nov. 15 at Hampden Academy. Gross finished with 255 rushing yards and three touchdowns for the Golden Bucks, who claimed their first regional title since 2013. RICK MCHALE PHOTO“We owe it all to these fans,” Bucksport senior Logan Stanley said. “They came up here and cheered their hearts out for us. … It felt just like a home game.”Bucksport took a 6-0 lead early in the game through Jaxon Gross, whose 4-yard rushing touchdown on the opening possession capped off a nine-play, 62-yard drive. Yet the Dexter defense kept the top-ranked Golden Bucks (9-0) without a first down for the rest of the first quarter before recovering a Bucksport fumble early in the second to give the offense a red-zone opportunity.Instead of capitalizing on the mistake, No. 2 Dexter (8-2) saw its newfound momentum evaporate two plays later as it coughed up a fumble of its own. Bucksport then made the score 12-0 with a long drive that culminated in a Gross touchdown run with 1:57 left in the half.Bucksport quickly forced another timely turnover as Tyler Hallett took an interception to the Dexter 30-yard line with a minute remaining. Gross scored his third touchdown three plays later to give the Golden Bucks an 18-0 lead heading into halftime.“That was a big play for us,” Bucksport head coach Joel Sankey said of the interception. “It’s always big when you can score right before halftime, and ending the half like we did certainly fired our kids up.”Although Bucksport failed to take advantage after Dexter fumbled the kickoff to begin the second half, the Tigers gave the ball right back with another fumble, their fifth turnover of the game. The Golden Bucks then stretched their lead to 26-0 with a 15-yard pass from Brady Findlay to Stanley and a 2-point run from Gross.Dexter ended Bucksport’s shutout bid with a 58-yard touchdown run and a 2-point conversion on the next drive. That proved to be the Tigers’ last notable play of the night, though, as the Golden Bucks responded with three consecutive touchdowns to turn the game into a full-blown rout.The second of those touchdowns came with just over eight minutes remaining as Sankey dialed up a trick play. The play began with Findlay pitching the ball to Stanley, who then rolled out to pass and completed a deep ball to a wide-open Hallett to put the Golden Bucks up 38-8 and send players, coaches and fans into a frenzy.Bucksport’s Cam Soper tackles Dexter’s Justin Wing during the second half of the Class D North championship football game Nov. 15 at Hampden Academy. The No. 1 Golden Bucks (9-0) will face Class D South No. 2 Lisbon (7-3) in the state title game at 2:30 p.m. next Saturday, Nov. 23, at Fitzpatrick Stadium in Portland. ELLSWORTH AMERICAN PHOTO BY MIKE MANDELL“I’ve never heard it that loud,” Stanley said. “As soon as he caught it, I knew they weren’t going to catch him. Everybody was running around and going crazy.”Whereas the last two Class D North title games ended with Bucksport players leaving the field dejected after losses to Foxcroft, this one ended in the Golden Bucks hoisting the regional championship plaque at midfield. The team then sprinted to the home-side bleachers to celebrate with its fans, none of whom wanted to miss this title celebration.“We’ve always said we’re a family, and that means all of us,” David Gross said. “It means something more for us together as a team and as a community than it does for us individually.”With the win, Bucksport finished its LTC slate 7-0 with five regular season wins and two playoff wins. The Golden Bucks outscored conference opponents 333-33, winning those contests an average of 42.9 points. Their closest conference victory was a 35-6 win over Mattanawcook Academy in Week 1.To claim the Gold Ball, though, Bucksport must overcome one more hurdle: Class D South No. 2 Lisbon (7-3), which rolled to 48-21 and 25-15 wins over Oak Hill and Winthrop, respectively, en route to the Southern Maine title. The Golden Bucks and Greyhounds will meet at 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 23, at Fitzpatrick Stadium in Portland.Lisbon could very well present the stiffest challenge yet for a Bucksport team that struggled in its only Class D South game, a 21-14 win over Oak Hill on Oct. 11. Yet even as the Golden Bucks travel far from home, they’ll have no shortage of purple-clad fans behind them as they look to win their first state championship since 2004.“We have great support,” Findlay said. “It feels great, but we have one more game to win. We want to do it for Bucksport.”Update: This story has been updated to include the time of the Class D championship game between Bucksport and Lisbon. 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Update on the latest in sports:

first_imgThe unrestricted free agent quarterback has agreed to terms on a one-year contract with the New Orleans Saints.Winston was the first overall pick in the 2015 draft and the starting QB for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He’ll serve as backup to Drew Brees in New Orleans.Winston is coming off a season in which he led the NFL with 5,109 yards passing and ranked second with 33 touchdown passes, but he also led the NFL in interceptions with 30. That made Winston the first QB in NFL history to have at least 30 TDs and 30 interceptions.In five seasons with the Buccaneers, he has passed for 19,737 yards and 121 touchdowns while throwing 88 interceptions. The Bucs went 28-42 in games Winston started.In other NFL developments: Associated Press — The Pittsburgh Steelers have picked up the fifth-year option on All-Pro outside linebacker T.J. Watt. Watt, Pittsburgh’s first-round pick in the 2017 draft, is coming off a stellar 2019 in which he had 14 1/2 sacks and was selected to the Pro Bowl for the second time.— The Denver Broncos have agreed to terms with unrestricted free agent defensive lineman Christian Covington on a one-year contract. Covington played for the Dallas Cowboys last year after spending four seasons with the Houston Texans, who selected him in the sixth round of the 2015 NFL draft. Covington started a career-high six games for the Cowboys and had a personal-best 28 tackles.— The Chicago Bears signed defensive tackle John Jenkins. Jenkins appeared in 16 games and made five starts for Miami last season, getting one sack. He has also played for New Orleans, Seattle, Chicago and the New York Giants since he entered the league in 2013.— The 2021 NFL draft will be held in Cleveland from April 29 to May 1. The dates were announced following the completion of a unique, stay-at-home draft that went smoothly despite logistical obstacles due to the COVID-19 pandemic. TV ratings soared over the weekend as fans soaked in every moment. The NFL officially awarded Cleveland the 2021 NFL draft last year. The Browns will be celebrating their 75th anniversary next year. Details are still being finalized, but the draft will be held at locations around FirstEnergy Stadium and the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.NFL OBIT-HARLAND SVARE Update on the latest in sports: Included is a plan in which the 30 teams could be split into three regional divisions. Teams could be restricted to playing within their region.That idea, if used, would break up the traditional alignments of the American and National Leagues. It also would cut travel.In other virus-related baseball news:— The Pittsburgh Pirates are suspending retirement benefits for members of the team’s baseball operations staff in an effort to cope with the economic fallout of the COVID-19 pandemic. General manager Ben Cherington says the team has been searching for ways to find savings with the 2020 season on hold indefinitely with much of the country locked down in hopes of stemming the spread of the virus. The temporary suspension of retirement benefits is part of an effort to avoid any potential personnel cutbacks.— Major League Baseball has told teams they could decide their own ticket refund policies. Spring training was suspended on March 12 and the regular season was delayed from its scheduled March 26 start because of the new coronavirus pandemic.  A revised schedule has not been announced, and teams had treated the missed games as postponements and not announced refund policies. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditNFL-NEWSSaints agree to terms with QB Winston on one-year contractKANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Jameis Winston has found a landing spot. NASCAR, like other sports, has been shut down for weeks because of the coronavirus pandemic.In other virus-related developments:— Athletes in track and field can apply for money from a $500,000 fund to help them get through the coronavirus pandemic. World Athletics and the International Athletics Foundation have launched the fund to help athletes who have lost income because competitions are suspended.— Texas Tech athletic director Kirby Hocutt says the school will cut nearly $7 million from the athletic budget in the upcoming school year, including eliminating performance bonuses for himself and Red Raiders coaches. Hocutt told A-J Media in Lubbock, Texas that deeper cuts may be needed if college football can’t play a full season.— The 2021 PGA Championship at Kiawah Island’s Ocean Course is delaying the start of ticket sales until August. Tickets were originally set to go on sale to those who registered online in May. Instead, PGA Championship tournament director Scott Reid said that with the world grappling with the coronavirus pandemic it was not appropriate to ask potential spectators to make purchasing decisions at this time. Former Giant Harland Svare, Rams, Chargers coach dies at 89EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) — Harland Svare, a starting linebacker on the Giants’ 1956 NFL championship team and later the team’s defensive coach, has died, He was 89. He died on April 4 at a nursing home in Steamboat Springs, Colorado. For many years, Svare also held the distinction of being the NFL’s youngest head coach at 31 years, 11 months. He was elevated from defensive line coach to head coach by the Los Angeles Rams midway through the 1962 season.MLB-ORIOLES-MANCINI CANCEROrioles 1B Mancini expects to miss season to treat cancerBALTIMORE (AP) — Orioles outfielder Trey Mancini is undergoing chemotherapy for stage 3 colon cancer and expects to miss the season if major leaguers return this summer. Mancini had a malignant tumor removed shortly before turning 28 on March 18. Writing a first-person article for The Players Tribune, the 28-year-old says has been undergoing chemotherapy since April 13. He says the treatment will take six months and expects to make a full recovery.Mancini hit .291 with 35 homers and 97 RBIs for last-place Baltimore in 2019.VIRUS OUTBREAK-BASEBALLAP sources: MLB opening options include 3 regional divisionsNEW YORK (AP) — People familiar with the discussions tell The Associated Press that Major League Baseball is exploring various options that could allow the season to start if the medical situation allows. — Kansas City Chiefs cornerback Bashaud Breeland has been arrested in South Carolina for resisting arrest and other offenses. Breeland, who is from Charlotte, was arrested in York County, just south of the North Carolina-South Carolina border. Breeland was also charged with driving with an open container of alcohol, possession of marijuana or hash and driving without a license. Breeland had seven tackles and an interception in the Chiefs’ 31-20 Super Bowl win over San Francisco two months ago. — Joe Staley says he has been taken aback by the tributes that have poured in from former 49ers teammates, coaches and competitors since he announced his retirement. The limelight in the NFL is usually reserved for players who catch, run or throw the ball, not the behind-the-scene workers who help make all that happen. But Staley is deserving of it after making six Pro Bowls, the NFL all-decade team and helping the 49ers reach the Super Bowl twice in his 13-year career.— The Kansas City Chiefs have released two-time Pro Bowl punter Dustin Colquitt. Colquitt’s 15-year career with the Chiefs allowed him to set numerous franchise records, including the most games played and most postseason appearances. Colquitt posted a farewell on Instagram late Monday in which he said that “all things come to an end, sometimes sooner than you hoped, prayed and pleaded for them to.” Colquitt stopped short of saying he was retiring. He turns 38 next month.— The Houston Texans have released veteran safety Tashuan Gipson just one year after signing him to a three-year, $22.5 million contract. Gipson started 14 games for Houston last season before landing on injured reserve because of a back injury. The 29-year-old Gipson had 55 tackles and three interceptions in his one season with the Texans.— A person familiar with the deal tells The Associated Press that free agent wide receiver Rashard Higgins has agreed to a one-year contract to stay with the Cleveland Browns. Higgins clashed with former Browns coach Freddie Kitchens last season. A fifth-round pick in 2016, Higgins had only four catches for 55 yards last season as he also dealt with a knee injury. In 2018, Higgins had 39 receptions for 572 yards and four touchdowns. — The maker of Louisville Slugger baseball bats is producing non-medical masks to help benefit food banks. Louisville-based Hillerich & Bradsby says in a release its Maskonic masks are reusable, water repellent and treated with a bactericide that lasts up to 10 washes. The mask was inspired by the company’s Bionic gloves line. Company president and CEO John Hillerich says it “was a natural progression, particularly in a time of global crisis” when personal protective equipment is needed to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. Hillerich says the company has channeled its production and supply chain toward making masks for the public.VIRUS OUTBREAK-NASCARNASCAR race may take place in Charlotte without fansCHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — The governor of North Carolina says NASCAR can hold the Coca-Cola 600 without fans at Charlotte Motor Speedway at the end of May if health conditions do not deteriorate in the state.Gov. Roy Cooper says he and state public health officials have had discussions with NASCAR and the speedway. Cooper says he believes the race can go forward on Memorial Day weekend for the 60th consecutive year. April 28, 2020 — The Atlantic Coast Conference will bring its men’s basketball tournament back to Greensboro, North Carolina in 2023 after this year’s tournament there was canceled near the midway point due to the coronavirus pandemic. The ACC is headquartered in Greensboro, which has hosted the tournament 27 times, the most of any location.,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6last_img read more

Once a One-Man Mission, Barn for the Poor Now Feeds Thousands

first_imgSt. Mark’s Episcopal Church in Keansburg feeds 120 to 130 people each week, Gerry Duffy said. “Many of them can’t do much for themselves. These people really need the food.” As it says in the New Testament, faith can move mountains. Similar little miracles continued to happen. Although it is a spiritually grounded mission, the Barn gives and receives support from many churches and other organizations that serve the poor. It was the first of many visits he would pay to the South Bronx convent and he never arrived empty-handed. Now the Barn has more than 150 volunteers. Nearly every day of the week volunteers collect, sort and package donated products for delivery to 44 locations in New Jersey and New York. Together the volunteers collect and distribute some 8 tons of surplus food each year. There are no paid employees. “It’s not just Catholic,” Gerry Duffy stressed. “We support the Methodists, Presbyterians, Long Branch Schools, Lunch Break, St. Anthony’s, St. Mark’s Soup Kitchen, Meals on Wheels, the Salvation Army.” Tucked away in a corner of a parking lot on Kanes Lane in Middletown, the Barn is actually a warehouse where a well-organized army of volunteers sort and pack surplus food they have collected from area supermarkets, farms and bakeries for daily delivery to food pantries, homeless shelters, religious institutions and other charities that serve the poor. Founded in 1981 by Barney Welch, who was then a caretaker for the Haskell estate in Middletown, the goal of the Barn is as simple as it gets: Feed the hungry. It can also move mountains of food. Rather than consigning it to the dumpster, several local markets began setting aside usable food for Welch to pick up. Meanwhile, other charitable organizations serving the poor heard about what he was doing for the Missionary sisters and asked him for help. With the need expanding, Welch began looking for a few like-minded volunteers. When he offered them the fish, the sister who answered the door responded, “Thank God you’re here. We’ve been praying for food all day.” By Eileen Moon Today, after more than three decades of volunteering for the Barn, Gerald Duffy, a retired accountant, is now the executive director of the organization, a role he accepted after Welch’s death in 2010.center_img Welch strongly believed in the concept of “Divine Providence,” the Duffys said. He had a favorite saying he credited to Mother Teresa that he liked to use to explain his philosophy: “If you are worrying, stop praying. If you are praying, stop worrying.” Through their involvement with the Barn, they were introduced to Mother Teresa during one of her visits to the convent in the South Bronx. When the nun learned that Karin Duffy was a convert to Catholicism, she presented her with a set of rosary beads and gave her a blessing. In 1987, Karin Duffy saw a notice about the Barn in her church bulletin, St. Mary’s in New Monmouth. It proved to be a life-altering step for each of them. He began salvaging discarded but still edible food from grocery store dumpsters, a practice that supermarket managers were understandably less than happy about. One day, while rummaging in a dumpster, Welch was approached by a man who asked what he was doing. When he explained, the man identified himself as a salesman for Arnold’s Bakery in Lakewood. Soon, Welch was receiving regular donations of baked goods from Arnold’s. “People are in it for the right reasons,” said Gerry Duffy. “Just to give time and service.” And in 2016, when Mother Teresa was elevated to sainthood by the Roman Catholic Church, the Duffys were invited to Rome for her canonization. Feeling uncomfortable about going alone, Karin asked her husband to come along. Recently a local Girl Scout troop approached the Barn with the idea of planting a vegetable garden to provide fresh produce for the Barn. Just ask Gerald and Karin Duffy, veteran volunteers at the Barn for the Poorest of the Poor, a quietly powerful nonprofit organization that has been delivering food to people in need since 1987. When Karin inquired, she was invited to visit Welch in his living quarters above the barn. The garden they planted behind the warehouse will be dedicated Sunday, July 14 during a celebration scheduled for 2 to 4 p.m. At the time, Welch had a small side business selling fish that his brother-in-law caught to buyers in New York City. One day, when he’d finished his work, Welch decided to stop by the Missionaries of Charity, a religious order established by Mother Teresa that a niece of his had joined. He had some fish remaining from the day’s sales and thought he’d see if they would like it. To donate or inquire about volunteering at the Barn, call 732-671-4163 or email [email protected] Learn more about the organization online at barnforthepoor.org.last_img read more

Calling all basketball players to Bomber Camp

first_imgThe camp is open to girls and boys from Grades 4 to 9 — with younger kids from Grades 4-6 ending at noon and the older players continuing through the afternoon.For the cost of $125 before the July 1, 2017 deadline or $150 after July 1, campers receive instruction on basketball fundamentals, including shooting, passing and ball handling skills.There will be 1-on-1, 3-on-3 and 5-on-5 competitions through the week and prizes throughout the day.L.V. Rogers Junior Boy’s coaches Bruce Fuhr and Fred Brown are hosting the camp, with additional support from graduating Junior Bomber players. Fuhr has coached and officiated the sport of basketball extensively in the Kootenays while Brown coached high school varsity teams in Ontario.Former LVR Bomber grad Sarah Fuhr is also part of the camper coaching staff.To register send e-transfers to [email protected] or cheques to Nelson Youth Basketball at 5600 Wapple Road, Nelson BC V1L 6Y3.For more information email Bruce Fuhr at [email protected] or call 250-354-7025. Basketball in Nelson has been a popular as candy over the years in the Heritage City.Young basketball enthusiasts can improve those skills at the 2017 Bomber Basketball Camp set for July 10-13 at the L.V. Rogers gymnasium.The summer camp runs beginning Monday, July 10 at the LVR Hangar from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.last_img read more

XPRESSBET, SANTA ANITA, GULFSTREAM INTRODUCE ‘X-COUNTRY’ PICK 4

first_imgThe majority of North America’s best racehorses are scheduled to be in action that day, with Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner, California Chrome, likely to square off against Pacific Classic and Malibu Stakes victor, Shared Belief, in the San Antonio Stakes, while Lea targets a repeat in the Donn Handicap against last year’s Florida Derby winner, Constitution. January 28, 2015 (Washington, PA) – Leading online wagering provider, Xpressbet, in conjunction with Santa Anita Park, Gulfstream Park and the Stronach Group, is excited to announce its plans to offer horseplayers the opportunity to play a special Pick 4 on Saturday, February 7. The all-stakes, $500,000 guaranteed ‘X-Country’ (Cross Country) Pick 4 will combine the best races that day at Gulfstream – the Donn Handicap and Gulfstream Park Turf Handicap – and Santa Anita – the San Antonio Stakes and San Marcos Stakes – and will coincide with a live broadcast of those races on Fox Sports 1. “With world-class cards at both Santa Anita and Gulfstream Park on February 7, horseplayers can expect some great wagering opportunities, including the X-Country Pick 4.” said Santa Anita President, Tom Ludt. “We are very excited for a potential rematch of the 2014 Breeders’ Cup Classic in the Grade 2 San Antonio Stakes and an exciting day of racing.” About XpressbetXpressbet provides legal and secure online wagering services to horseplayers in the United States.  It is the industry’s most comprehensive and user-friendly wagering site, allowing customers to wager on more than 300 of the world’s best racetracks from their computer, phone or mobile device.  Xpressbet operates XB SELECT, the industry’s premier destination for high-volume wagering, and XB Net, which connects bet shops and wagering sites from around the world to North American racing.  Xpressbet is a Stronach Group company, which also owns and operates Santa Anita Park, Gulfstream Park & Casino, Golden Gate Fields, Portland Meadows, Laurel Park and Pimlico Race Course, home of the world-famous Preakness. The company owns and operates the Palm Meadows Training Center in Florida, the award-winning Adena Springs operation, AmTote, a global leader in wagering technology, and Monarch Content Management. The Stronach Group is also a major producer of televised horseracing programming through its HRTV cable and satellite network. Customers who play the X-Country Pick 4 at Xpressbet will also receive 0% takeout for their winning wager, as well as 4-times XB Rewards Bonus Points. To sign up for an Xpressbet account and to receive an enhanced $150 Welcome Bonus, please visit www.xpressbet.com/XCountry and enter promo code XCOUNTRY. P.J. Campo, Vice President of Racing for The Stronach Group and General Manager of Gulfstream Park, added, “It’s going to be a huge weekend. Not only will our fans see four of the country’s most prestigious races and top horses, but another unique wager from The Stronach Group with a $500,000 guarantee. We’re looking forward to working with our partners at Santa Anita and Xpressbet to make this a memorable day.” In addition to the Grade 1 Donn Handicap and Grade 1 Gulfstream Park Turf Handicap, Gulfstream Park’s February 7 card also includes the Grade 3 Fred Hooper Stakes, the Grade 3 Suwannee River Stakes and the Gulfstream Park Turf Sprint. Santa Anita’s February 7 card also features the Grade 3 Robert B. Lewis Stakes, as well as the Grade 2 San Marcos Stakes and Grade 2 San Antonio. “February 7 is a day that many horseplayers and racing fans circled on their calendars weeks ago,” said Xpressbet President, Ron Luniewski. “Not only do these races historically draw exceptional fields, but this year is truly special with so many of the world’s best horses planning to run. We’re excited that the X-Country Pick 4 has become a reality, and we’re excited that horseplayers will have the opportunity to bet on all of these great horses and races as part of one wager.” New and Exciting Wager will include a $500,000 Guaranteelast_img read more

West is best! Delight as hot sunny weather on the way to Donegal

first_imgDonegal is set to bask in warm sunny weather next week as temperatures rise up to 20C.A spell of good weather is on the way from Monday, bringing dry conditions and bright sunshine all week.If you’re planning to take the day off for a beach day, then Wednesday and Thursday will be the best options, according to Met Éireann. Temperates in northern counties will begin to steadily rise from Sunday (17C highs) to reach a warm 20C on Wednesday and Thursday.The west and north west coast of Ireland will experience the hottest temperatures, as breezes will keep things cooler near the south-Munster, Leinster and east-Ulster coast.We’ll have to put up with the cold and rain until the hot spell arrives, however.Today (Thursday) will be wet before temperatures plummet to lows of 1 to 3C tonight. Met Éireann forecasters have warned of a risk of grass frost and fog in places tonight. Friday will have a mix of sunshine and showers, before dry conditions set in over the weekend with spells of sunshine coming through.West is best! Delight as hot sunny weather on the way to Donegal was last modified: May 13th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Maysunshineweatherlast_img read more

Arsenal v Fulham line-ups: Hangeland starts, Arsenal man passed fit

first_imgFulham skipper Brede Hangeland, who was assessed after returning to action in midweek, has been passed fit to face Arsenal. Nacho Monreal starts for the Gunners after recovering from a foot injury.Arsenal: Szczesny, Sagna, Mertesacker, Koscielny, Monreal, Flamini, Wilshere, Cazorla, Gnabry, Ozil, Giroud.Subs: Fabianski, Jenkinson, Gibbs, Rosicky, Podolski, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Ju-Young Park.Fulham Stekelenburg; Riether, Burn, Hangeland, Richardson; Dejagah, Sidwell, Parker, Kacaniklic; Dempsey, Berbatov.Subs: Stockdale, Riise, Kasami, Karagounis, Duff, Hughes, Bent.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more