Clippers’ defense faltering lately

first_imgLOS ANGELES >> It was the best transition defense the Clippers have played in weeks.Prior to Monday’s game with the Phoenix Suns, Marreese Speights was ready to guard against an extended conversation about one of the problems that’s plagued the Clippers on their recent winless three-game road trip.Speights swatted away any talk about his team’s problems in the open court, where they were outscored 83-10 in fastbreak points. So instead of answering, he transitioned to a new topic.“That was 2016,” Speights said. “It’s 2017 now — a fresh start.” Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error The calendar might’ve flipped, but the Clippers’ problems still are there. Minutes into Monday’s game against the Suns, the team allowed an uncontested basket after a turnover, forcing Doc Rivers to call a timeout.After being outscored 33-0 in fastbreak points against the Oklahoma City Thunder on New Year’s Eve — the team’s seventh game in 10 days — J.J. Redick said part of the issue had to do with his team’s effort.“I think sometimes the players look at the schedule and see how hard it is and they fall into that trap. Seven games in 10 nights, that’s hard. We knew that, when the schedule came out, that was one of the stretches we tried to get changed,” Rivers said before Monday’s game. “We knew it would be hard, we thought we’d be healthy, and we got caught with a double-whammy — tough schedule plus injuries. I thought we lost all three of those games early, and that’s something you just can’t do.“You have to hang in there.”For Austin Rivers, the solution is easy to pinpoint — relax and just play the right way.center_img “I think we just have to go compete, come in and compete. We’re a great team; we know that. We went through a tough stretch — so what?” he said. “Let’s get through it, learn from it and let’s get better. We don’t need to be heavy thinkers, overthink, walk around depressed and (expletive).“We just have to get through it.”Paul sits againChris Paul missed his third straight game — and his sixth in seven contests — with a sore left hamstring.“We’re just going to take our time,” Doc Rivers said. “… It’s all big picture. He’s not playing until he’s 100 percent.”Paul, Rivers said, was 100 percent before playing against New Orleans last week. And, Rivers said, he didn’t re-injure the hamstring in that game.“What we didn’t like is that he had fatigue, a lot of fatigue, that next day. He was sore, and that shouldn’t happen,” Rivers said. “Once we found that out, we decided, though he feels good, we’re going to wait even longer.“He didn’t take it great, but he’s a smart kid. Once you sit him down and talk to him about why, because he really thought he’d play the Houston game, he’s been very good about it. He understands.”NotesAustin Rivers said he’s spoken to the NBA about his ejection last week in Houston, and said he’s hopeful the NBA will rescind the decision. “The league is in process of rescinding because I didn’t do it on purpose,” he said. “I told them what really happened, and I think they understood it too, which is why I didn’t get suspended for any games.” … Wesley Johnson continued to play with a sore left ankle, coming off the bench Monday.last_img read more

Mallard’s Team of the Week — Nelson & District Credit Union Puck Toss Team

first_imgOn Nelson and District Credit Union Member Appreciation Night at the recent Nelson Leafs KIJHL game vs Castlegar Rebels, Credit Union invited previous Puck Toss winners back for a chance to win an NDCU term deposit.A one of the busiest games of the season, where Credit Union members were invited to present their NDCU MEMBER CARD debit card for a discounted admission, Kaleb Percival came away as the bigger winner of the $1000 NDCU term deposit during the Puck-4-Bucks puck toss. Mallard’s Source for sports would like to salute all of the season Puck-4-Bucks puck toss winners with Team of the Week honours.Thanks to all the members that came down to the NDCC and enjoyed the game, and the puck-toss participants for the added excitement.last_img

The Arsenal v Fulham quiz

first_imgFulham face Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium on Saturday. Test your knowledge of the history involving the two clubs by seeing how many of these five questions you can answer correctly. [wp-simple-survey-22]See also: Arsenal are struggling and Fulham are capable of getting a 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 Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Avoid forage toxicities after frosts

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Mark Sulc, Ohio State University ExtensionWith the cold weather this week, livestock owners need to keep in mind the few forage species that can be extremely toxic soon after a frost. Several species contain compounds called cyanogenic glucosides that are converted quickly to prussic acid (i.e. hydrogen cyanide) in freeze-damaged plant tissues. A few legumes species have an increased risk of causing bloat when grazed after a frost. Each of these risks is discussed in this article along with precautions to avoid them.Species with prussic acid poisoning potentialForage species that can contain prussic acid are listed below in decreasing order of risk of toxicity after a frost event:Grain sorghum = high to very high toxic potential Indiangrass = high toxic potential Sorghum-sudangrass hybrids and forage sorghums = intermediate to high potential Sudangrass hybrids = intermediate potential Sudangrass varieties = low to intermediate in cyanide poisoning potential Piper sudangrass = low prussic acid poisoning potential Pearl millet and foxtail millet = rarely cause toxicity Species not usually planted for agronomic use can also develop toxic levels of prussic acid, including the following: Johnsongrass, Shattercane, Chokecherry, Black cherry, and Elderberry. It is always a good idea to check areas where wild cherry trees grow after a storm and pick up and discard any fallen limbs to prevent animals from grazing on the leaves and twigs.Fertility can affect poisoning risk. Plants growing under high nitrogen levels or in soils deficient in phosphorus or potassium will be more likely to have high prussic acid poisoning potential.Fresh forage is more risky. After frost damage, cyanide levels will likely be higher in fresh forage as compared with silage or hay. This is because cyanide is a gas and dissipates as the forage is wilted and dried for making silage or dry hay.Plant age affects toxicity. Young, rapidly growing plants of species that contain cyanogenic glucosides will have the highest levels of prussic acid. After a frost, cyanide is more concentrated in young leaves and tillers than in older leaves or stems. New growth of sorghum species following a non-killing frost is dangerously high in cyanide. Pure stands of indiangrass can have lethal levels of cyanide if they are grazed when the plants are less than 8 inches tall.Toxicity symptomsAnimals can die within minutes if they consume forage with high concentrations of prussic acid. Prussic acid interferes with oxygen transfer in the blood stream of the animal, causing it to die of asphyxiation. Before death, symptoms include excess salivation, difficult breathing, staggering, convulsions, and collapse.Ruminants are more susceptible to prussic acid poisoning than horses or swine because cud chewing and rumen bacteria help release the cyanide from plant tissue.Grazing PrecautionsThe following guidelines will help you avoid danger to your livestock this fall when feeding species with prussic acid poisoning potential:• Do not graze on nights when frost is likely. High levels of toxic compounds are produced within hours after a frost, even if it was a light frost. • Do not graze after a killing frost until plants are dry, which usually takes 5 to 7 days. • After a non-killing frost, do not allow animals to graze for two weeks because the plants usually contain high concentrations of toxic compounds. • New growth may appear at the base of the plant after a non-killing frost. If this occurs, wait for a killing freeze, then wait another 10 to 14 days before grazing the new growth. • Don’t allow hungry or stressed animals to graze young growth of species with prussic acid potential. To reduce the risk, feed ground cereal grains to animals before turning them out to graze. • Use heavy stocking rates (4-6 head of cattle/acre) and rotational grazing to reduce the risk of animals selectively grazing leaves that can contain high levels of prussic acid. • Never graze immature growth or short regrowth following a harvest or grazing (at any time of the year). Graze or greenchop sudangrass only after it is 15 to 18 inches tall. Sorghum-sudangrass should be 24 to 30 inches tall before grazing. Do not graze wilted plants or plants with young tillers. Greenchop• Green-chopping frost-damaged plants will lower the risk compared with grazing directly, because animals are less likely to selectively graze damaged tissue. Stems in the forage dilute the high prussic acid content that can occur in leaves. However, the forage can still be toxic, so feed greenchop with great caution after a frost. Always feed greenchopped forage of species containing cyanogenic glucosides within a few hours, and don’t leave greenchopped forage in wagons or feedbunks overnight.Hay and silage are saferPrussic acid content in the plant decreases dramatically during the hay drying process and the forage should be safe once baled as dry hay. The forage can be mowed anytime after a frost if you are making hay. It is rare for dry hay to contain toxic levels of prussic acid. However, if the hay was not properly cured and dried before baling, it should be tested for prussic acid content before feeding to livestock.Forage with prussic acid potential that is stored as silage is generally safe to feed. To be extra cautious, wait 5 to 7 days after a frost before chopping for silage. If the plants appear to be drying down quickly after a killing frost, it is safe to ensile sooner.Delay feeding silage for 8 weeks after ensiling. If the forage likely contained high levels of cyanide at the time of chopping, hazardous levels of cyanide might remain and the silage should be analyzed before feeding.Nitrate accumulation in frost foragesFreezing damage also slows down metabolism in all plants that might result in nitrate accumulation in plants that are still growing, especially grasses like oats and other small grains, millet, and sudangrass. This build-up usually isn’t hazardous to grazing animals, but green chop or hay cut right after a freeze can be more dangerous. When in doubt, send a forage sample to a forage testing lab for nitrate testing before grazing or feeding it.Species that can cause bloatForage legumes such as alfalfa and clovers have an increased risk of bloat when grazed one or two days after a hard frost. The bloat risk is highest when grazing pure legume stands and least when grazing stands having mostly grass.The safest management is to wait a few days after a killing frost before grazing pure legume stands – wait until the forage begins to dry from the frost damage. It is also a good idea to make sure animals have some dry hay before being introduced to lush fall pastures that contain significant amounts of legumes. You can also swath your legume-rich pasture ahead of grazing and let animals graze dry hay in the swath. Bloat protectants like poloxalene can be fed as blocks or mixed with grain. While this an expensive supplement, it does work well when animals eat a uniform amount each day.Frost and Equine Problems (source: Bruce Anderson, University of Nebraska)Minnesota specialists report that fall pasture, especially frost damaged pasture, can have high concentrations of nonstructural carbohydrates, like sugars. This can lead to various health problems for horses, such as founder and colic. They recommend pulling horses off of pasture for about one week following the first killing frost.High concentrations of nonstructural carbohydrates are most likely in leafy regrowth of cool-season grasses such as brome, timothy, and bluegrass but native warm-season grasses also may occasionally have similar risks.Another unexpected risk can come from dead maple leaves that fall or are blown into horse pastures. Red blood cells can be damaged in horses that eat 1.5 to 3 pounds of dried maple leaves per one thousand pounds of bodyweight. This problem apparently does not occur with fresh green leaves or with any other animal type. Fortunately, the toxicity does not appear to remain in the leaves the following spring.last_img read more

Proactive and Reactive Work and Recovery

first_imgOne of the greatest differences between successful people and people who do not have the level of success they want is the ability to focus, the ability to give themselves over to their work.Success is intentional. No one succeeds by being reactive. To focus, to give something your full attention, and to get things done, you need energy.Here is how I am thinking about my work and my recovery.Proactive – WorkThe very best place to invest your time is in the right half of the four quadrants.Proactive work is the work that is aligned with your purpose, aligned with your goals, and aligned with your vision. The work that you do here is intentional, and it will help you live your purpose, reach your goals, and realize your vision.This the work you do by design.Your personal life is a primary part of your work. The reason so many people are unhappy and complaining about work-life balance is because they don’t treat their personal life as if it is as important as their job. They aren’t proactive and intentional about planning time for their spouse, their children, their loved ones, and their friends.The need to be proactive here is just as important.You plan to do the most important work you need to do each day. And you plan to invest your focus and attention on the people who are important to you.Proactive – RecoveryThere are all kinds of things that you do that allow you to recover your physical and emotional energy. But the things that you do to recover intentionally are more valuable than the things that you spend time on unintentionally.These are things like meditation, exercise, sleep, yoga, taking planned breaks, and spending time away from your work.Many of us pride ourselves on our workload. Then we break down because we’ve abused the vessel through which all that production is made possible. The things on your recovery list need to be taken care of in the same proactive way you take care of the things on your proactive work list.Reactive – WorkThere is some work that just shows up. It is important. It might be urgent. It may even be aligned with your purpose, your goals, and your vision. Whatever it is, it needs to be done, and you may need to be the one to do it.It’s always good to ask yourself a series of questions before you invest your time here.First, you need to ask yourself if this isn’t something that, had you been proactive earlier, might not be showing up now? If it is, you may need to do this task now, or you may need to do it in such a way that it never shows up again.Second, you need to ask yourself whether or not you are the primary value creator for this work. If you aren’t, it might be possible to give the work to someone who can do the work as well or better than you.Remember, your personal life shows up here, too. Your child is sick, and she needs to go to the doctor. You may have to be the one to take her, and there may be nothing you can do about it. Not all reactive tasks are bad.Reactive – RecoveryIf you don’t take time to recover, your body and your mind will take care of that on their own.If you don’t get mental recovery, you lose focus. You’ll lose your stamina for completing the proactive work that you most need to do. If this goes on too long, you’ll experience burnout.If you don’t take time for your body to recover, you will likely become physically ill. You’ll susceptible to all kinds of illnesses.Reactive recovery is when your mind checks out. You slip over to the Internet and browse Facebook for an hour. You didn’t mean to, but you lost focus. You are at work, but you aren’t working. You are just recovering, waiting to react.You’re too tired to concentrate, and you lack the physical energy and stamina to work. So you sit.These things happen because your body and your mind are telling you they need to recover. But these things don’t provide the necessary level of recovery.Focus and EnergyThis is all about your focus, your attention, and your energy. You need to be proactive in your work and in your recovery to produce the energy and the results you want.Where are you spending most of your time? What changes do you need to make? Essential Reading! Get my 3rd book: Eat Their Lunch “The first ever playbook for B2B salespeople on how to win clients and customers who are already being serviced by your competition.” Buy Nowlast_img read more

Ottawa doctor facing dozens of charges of sexual assault voyeurism police

first_imgOTTAWA – A doctor who worked with the University of Ottawa’s health services team is facing more than 80 new charges in a sexual assault investigation and police say there may be more alleged victims.Police say 56-year-old Vincent Nadon of Chelsea, Que., is due in court today to face 43 counts of sexual assault and 40 counts of voyeurism related to 40 female complainants.Investigators with the force’s Sexual Assault and Child Abuse Unit say the alleged offences may have taken place as far back as the late 80s, and up until this year.Nadon was originally charged in January, when he was practising family medicine.The force said it received a complaint from a woman in her 20s who suspected she was being filmed without her consent.Ten additional charges were laid against Nadon in February.University of Ottawa Health Services says it was “very disturbed” to learn of the new charges against Nadon.“Our greatest concern continues to be for the victims,” executive director Christopher Fisher said in a statement. “The University of Ottawa Health Services would like to inform patients that Dr. Vincent Nadon will not be returning to work with our organization.”last_img read more