The showers bring the flowers

first_imgHeavy competition. Interestingly, they were only attracted to the purple blooms. (Pat Blanchard)He’s ba-aack! My 6″ hand easily fit in this bear’s track – in my yard. (Pat Blanchard)Wood ducks stopped in to visit as they do every year on their way to summer home. I can say I finally got my ducks in a row. (Jack Mills)A female Cardinal that came to our feeder during the snow storm. (Jim Dwinal)The last big snow storm in our backyard in Farmington. (Jim Dwinal)Canada geese take a rest in a cornfield before heading to their nextdestination. (Don Waterhouse)Recent rains provided plenty of water for Cascade Stream in Farmington. (Don Waterhouse)Deer in Weld. (Dennis York)Deer in Weld. (Dennis York)Mother goose. (Dennis York)A large beaver lodge in the middle of a long dam, Wilton. (C. Tappan)Walking into Mount Blue State Park yesterday. It was 40 degrees, but this broken tree branch had foot long icicles hanging down. Anyone know why? (Zack Thompson)(Karen Dalot)(Karen Dalot)(Karen Dalot)(Karen Dalot)(Karen Dalot)(Karen Dalot)Little Chip checks for an all clear from one of his hundred or so hiding places. (Jane Naliboff)Wondering about safety, Little Chip dared to check out the grass outside his safe place. (Jane Naliboff)After spotting the human outside his entrance, Little Chip backed up into his pipe. (Jane Naliboff)Portrait time for Little Chip. (Jane Naliboff)Granite steps make a safe, south facing, chipmunk hide out. (Jane Naliboff)A plus sized Teddy Bear gives me the scary, hairy eyeball. (Jane Naliboff)Feeling there was no danger he could discern with his exceptional olfactory ability (small eyes, big nose) he went back to relaxing while licking fallen seeds. (Jane Naliboff)Magnolia buds burst open. Spring is arriving posthaste in spite of snow, high winds, power and phone outages, and the pandemic. Everything’s coming up roses. (Jane Naliboff)It won’t belong before the sweet smell of lilacs permeates the air. (Jane Naliboff)Moss spreads on a woodland rock in a leaf pattern. (Jane Naliboff)The moss we walk on without hesitation. Perhaps we ought to be more mindful of where we step in the future. (Jane Naliboff)One of two vultures circling over my house. (Jane Naliboff)last_img read more

Real Madrid plot move for Real Betis star

first_img Promoted ContentCan Playing Too Many Video Games Hurt Your Body?5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme ParksThe Most Exciting Cities In The World To VisitCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable WayTop 8 Best Looking US First Ladies EverWho Earns More Than Ronaldo?What Happens To Your Brain When You Play Too Much Video Games?Top 10 Most Romantic Nations In The World9 Facts You Should Know Before Getting A TattooTop 10 Iconic Personalities On TV NowWhat Are The Most Delicious Foods Out There?11 Strange Facts About Your Favorite TV Shows Read Also: Real Madrid stars in quarantine over coronavirus outbreak The report adds that Fekir could be available for €25m this coming summer for Los Blancos, who could also include Dani Ceballos in any such deal. Ceballos – formerly of Betis, where he progressed through their academy – is currently on a season-long loan deal at Arsenal in the Premier League. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Real Madrid are already planning their summer signings and have identified Real Betis playmaker Nabil Fekir as a transfer target. The news is reported by and the report claims that the France international’s starring role in Sunday’s 2-1 win for Los Verdiblancos against Madrid merely intensified interest. Loading… center_img The 26-year-old has netted seven goals and provided three assists in his 23 matches for Betis since his landmark summer switch from French club Olympique Lyonnais. Indeed, that signing was viewed as a significant coup for the Seville-based club and it has been widely reported that another club could swoop this coming summer.Advertisement Nabil Fekir au Real Madrid Bonne ou mauvaise idée ?— InstantMadrid (@InstantMadrid) March 10, 2020last_img read more

McIlroy to swap course for court

first_img “The court-directed mediation process failed over the weekend to resolve the issue.” With a hearing expected to take place in February, McIlroy has opted to withdraw from two events in Shanghi at the end of this month and early next , the BMW Masters and World Golf Championships-HSBC Champions tournament, to prepare for the case, with millions of pounds at stake. McIlroy signed to Horizon in late 2011, only to begin proceedings against them almost a year ago, alleging the contract to be “unconscionable” due to “excessive commissions”. Via a counter lawsuit, Horizon, instrumental in McIlroy’s five-year contract with Nike worth £62million, are citing breach of contract and loss of future commissions. Calls for an out-of-court settlement from Mr Justice Peter McGovern, who predominantly sits on Ireland’s Commercial Court, fell on deaf ears. The concern now is how the trial will affect McIlroy’s preparations for The Masters which is due to begin on April 9. At present, McIlroy is scheduled to play in two events in the Middle East in mid-to-late January, early February, along with the Honda Classic in West Palm Beach from February 26. Press Association World number one Rory McIlroy faces a break from the sport as a Dublin courtroom is poised to take centre stage rather than a golf course early next year.center_img Attempts at a resolution over a contractual dispute a few days ago between lawyers representing McIlroy and his former management company, Horizon, ultimately failed, with the legal battle now poised for the courts. “I’m going to need time away from tournament golf to prepare for the trial over my legal dispute with Horizon Sports Management,” said McIlroy via his management company. last_img read more

Syracuse turns to bulldozing duo in revamped goal-line package

first_img Published on October 6, 2012 at 2:20 am Contact Michael: [email protected] | @Michael_Cohen13 One was a linebacker by title and a special teams lifer by all remaining criteria. The other was a stingily used sophomore running back that came to college overweight and still needed to shed a few pounds this past offseason.Until Saturday, both were basically irrelevant through the first five weeks of Syracuse’s 1-3 start. The former, Lewellyn Coker had registered a single tackle, while the latter, Adonis Ameen-Moore, had yet to step on the field in 2012.But during the bye week, and following consecutive dismal performances in goal line situations, their numbers were called by the Syracuse coaching staff. Coker switched positions — changing sides of the ball from defense to offense to become a lead-blocking fullback. And Ameen-Moore would finally assume the role his 5-foot-10-inch, 239-pound frame was meant to play: wrecking ball.“I said, ‘Hey, let’s put Adonis in and find a fullback. I don’t care who it is, whoever is going to knock somebody’s head off,’” Syracuse offensive coordinator Nathaniel Hackett said.It marked the birth of a duo that can only be described as bizarre, that could have never been predicted and that proved wildly effective in Syracuse’s (2-3, 1-0 Big East) 14-13 win over Pittsburgh on Friday. Running behind Coker and a jumbo-sized left side of the offensive line, Ameen-Moore pounded home the Orange’s only offensive touchdown and ran out the final 1:36 of the fourth quarter with a hard-nosed nature unseen so far this season.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThe new tight red zone package, aptly named “Tank,” erased the ugly memories of SU’s goal-line woes in a narrow win over Stony Brook and a 17-10 loss on the road at Minnesota two weeks ago. Eight times the Orange failed to punch the ball in from inside the 5 yard line against SBU, a Football Championship Subdivision team. Against Minnesota, quarterback Ryan Nassib threw a costly interception with no reliable running attack with which to feel comfortable.“We’re this spread team, up-tempo, fast,” Hackett said. “But damn, what the hell do we do down there? And I think that was what messed us up.”The frustration for Hackett and head coach Doug Marrone boiled over shortly after the loss to Minnesota. The following Monday and Tuesday brought sleepless nights for both men, and a commitment to improving one of the team’s most glaring weaknesses.Trial and error ensued. Hackett said they tried one running back sets, overload formations and “a million different things” before settling on the Ameen-Moore/Coker combination.It looked good on tape toward the end of this week — Hackett said the Tank package was practiced every single day since last Thursday — and Ameen-Moore barreled his way into the end zone on his very first attempt from the 1 yard line to give Syracuse a 7-0 lead early in the opening quarter.“It feels great,” Ameen-Moore said. “I haven’t scored a touchdown since the 12th grade. … It felt wonderful, and I am just glad coach Marrone gave me the chance.”He ran behind the left side of an offensive line that benefitted tremendously from the return of All-Big East left tackle Justin Pugh. The 6-foot-5-inch, 297-pound senior missed the first month of the season after having offseason shoulder surgery and returned with a fiery passion his teammates fed off.Between Pugh, Coker, left guard Zack Chibane, tight end Beckett Wales and extra offensive lineman Nick Robinson, the Orange coaching staff gave Ameen-Moore a 1,322-pound wall to run behind that overwhelmed Pittsburgh’s defensive front. It ensured the one goal line play Hackett said they installed — the wonderfully descriptive “Run Left” — would work.“I went f***ing crazy when Adonis scored,” Hackett said. “I was so fired up.”The feeling resurfaced during the Orange’s final drive of the game, which began with 4:52 remaining and had the sole purpose of running out the clock to preserve a one-point win.After Syracuse picked up three first downs to melt the clock inside two minutes, Marrone and Hackett sent the “Tank” package back on the field to finish the game with one final move of the chains. Ameen-Moore carried the ball four consecutive times behind Coker and Co. for 13 yards, sealing the victory and igniting a wild celebration on the SU sidelines that shook off a five-game Big East losing streak.“(The coaches) were very pleased with Adonis, and he’s worked extremely hard to be in that position,” Marrone said. “Obviously it’s a very important position, so you have to have a very high level of trust.“(Coker) did a very good job in that fullback position. I was very proud of him.”Hackett said after the game that he apologized to Ameen-Moore during the bye week for not installing the goal-line package earlier, especially after making a promise to do so before the season even started.But his sophomore bludgeon wasn’t angry, upset or even frustrated. Instead he met with Hackett 24 hours after the package was put in place with a “glimmer in his eyes” that showed he was embracing his moment.Said Hackett: “When he looked at me and said, ‘I’m always ready,’ that was the best line.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more