Patricia Rooney, wife of late Steelers chairman, dead at 88

first_imgPITTSBURGH (AP) — Patricia Rooney, the wife of late Pittsburgh Steelers chairman Dan Rooney, has died. She was 88. The Steelers said in a statement that Patricia Rooney died peacefully at her home on Saturday. A cause of death was not given. Patricia Rooney’s husband served as the U.S. ambassador to Ireland from 2009-12.last_img

Bountiful berries

first_img“Ochlockonee has shown high yields when compared to the late-season rabbiteye standard, Tifblue,” NeSmith said. “In fact, in afive-year study, Tifblue’s yield in south Georgia was only 59percent of that of Ochlockonee.” Ripens later and makes bigger berriesThe newest release is touted for its late-ripening ability, highyield and medium-to-large berries. UGA horticulturists are breeding new releases that will producehigher yields and resist diseases. Try this at homeIf you’d like to grow your own blueberries, Stanaland has a fewsuggestions.”Pick a blend of plant varieties that produce early-, mid- andlate-season fruit,” he said. “This will assure that you have agood window of fresh fruit all season.”He recommends rabbiteye blueberry varieties because they’reeasier to grow. It will take a few years for your plants toproduce a lot of fruit.”After a couple of years, you’ll start to see your home harvestgrow,” he said. “Just remember, as your plants grow larger, sowill your fruit production.” Last year, NeSmith released Alapaha, which should be ready forfarmers and home gardeners by fall. He plans to release threemore new blueberry varieties over the next four years, each namedfor a river in south Georgia. Blueberries first grew as nativeplants along these rivers. Scott NeSmith, a UGA College of Agricultural and EnvironmentalSciences horticulturist, recently released a new rabbiteyeblueberry, Ochlockonee (ok-LAHK-uh-nee). A joint release by UGACAES and the U.S. Department of Agriculture, it’s named for thesouth Georgia river. New varieties always wantedStanaland said blueberry growers are always searching for newplant varieties to replace aging ones.”Growers are also looking for the early varieties so they can befirst to the market,” he said. “That’s where your highest pricesare.”Blueberry plants mature after five to six years and begin to losesome of their redeeming qualities, he said. Besides growing more berries, Ochlockonee grows them bigger,especially during its first harvest, NeSmith said. “These twoproperties alone make this selection desirable as a highlyproductive late-season rabbiteye cultivar,” he said. By Sharon OmahenUniversity of GeorgiaThis year’s Georgia blueberry crop is expected to be better thanlast season’s, despite the problems caused by an overabundance ofrain in March.”From an individual standpoint, some of our growers won’t have asgood a year because we had a lot of rain,” said Danny Stanaland,the University of Georgia Extension Service coordinator in BaconCounty.”The wet conditions prevented some farmers from getting in theirfields on a timely schedule,” he said. “It caused heavy diseasepressure.”Stanaland said he is seeing some of the worst cases of botrytisand mummy berry disease he’s ever seen. And serving Georgia’slargest-producing blueberry county, he knows blueberries.Botrytis is a bloom disease that causes the bloom to shut down.Mummy berry causes the berries to mummify and fall off the bush.Georgia growers began picking this year’s crop a few weeks ago.The harvest should continue until mid-July. Ochlockonee may be new to the farm and garden scene, but it wasactually first selected in the mid-1960s by UGA researchers inTifton, Ga. It was bred in Beltsville, Md., by USDA researcherswho crossed Tifblue with Menditoo.”We know this plant is very durable,” NeSmith said, “because wehave an Ochlockonee planting in Alapaha, Ga., that’s more than 25years old and is still quite vigorous and productive.”About 40 percent of Georgia’s blueberry crop is sold as a fresh-market product. The rest goes into the frozen-foods market.Georgia farmers have more than 5,000 acres devoted toblueberries. Bacon County, in southeast Georgia, has about halfof that. Tifblue and Ochlockonee are comparable in their vigor and theirberries’ color and firmness. And, like Tifblue, the new blueberryis “favorable” for escaping south Georgia’s spring freeze damage,NeSmith said.last_img read more

Bavuma, de Kock drive South Africa to 349 for nine

first_imgNEW ZEALAND 1st innings 268 (H. Nicholls 118; J. Duminy 4-47)SOUTH AFRICA 1st innings (o/n 20-2)S. Cook c Neesham b Southee 3D. Elgar c Neesham b de Grandhomme 9K. Rabada b Southee 9H. Amla c Nicholls b de Grandhomme 21J. Duminy c Nicholls b Wagner 16F. du Plessis c Watling b de Grandhomme 22T. Bavuma c Neesham b Wagner 89Q. de Kock c Watling b Neesham 91V. Philander not out 36K. Maharaj c Williamson b Wagner 1M. Morkel not out 31Extras: (b-4, lb-5, w-12) 21Total: (for 9 wickets, 95 overs) 349Fall of wickets: 1-12, 2-12, 3-26, 4-59, 5-79, 6-94, 7-254, 8-290, 9-302.Bowling: T.Southee 27-7-98-2 (w-1), C. de Grandhomme 23-7-52-3, N. Wagner 21-1-96-3 (w-1), J. Patel 12-0-53-0, J. Neesham 12-2-41-1 (w-2). (REUTERS) – Quinton de Kock and Temba Bavuma fell short of the centuries they probably deserved, but drove South Africa to 349 for nine, a first-innings lead of 81, at the close of play on the second day of the second Test against New Zealand yesterday.de Kock was dismissed for 91 when he chased a wide Jimmy Neesham delivery and was caught behind to end the 160-run partnership with Bavuma that had rescued the Proteas following a rocky opening session.Neesham then snapped up Bavuma for 89 in the deep off Neil Wagner after he and Vernon Philander, who ended the day on 36 not out, had taken the visitors past New Zealand’s 268.The hosts were again frustrated when last-man Morne Morkel (31) dominated an unbroken 47-run partnership with Philander, and received a barrage of short deliveries for his troubles with one from Tim Southee striking him in the helmet.After taking four wickets in the first session and reducing the Proteas to 94 for six just before lunch, New Zealand had high hopes of taking a significant first-innings lead.de Kock and Bavuma thwarted them in the afternoon session, however, unleashing a delightful array of cuts, pulls and drives to rack up 114 runs at more than four an over.The Proteas had resumed the day on 24 for two and were immediately under pressure with nightwatchman Kagiso Rabada bowled by Southee for nine in the second over of the day.Henry Nicholls, who scored his maiden Test century on Thursday, then took catches at midwicket to dismiss JP Duminy for 16 and Hashim Amla for 21.While Duminy spooned the ball to Nicholls off left-arm quick Neil Wagner, the removal of Amla was much more difficult.The right-hander flicked a Colin de Grandhomme delivery off his pads in the direction of the fielder, who parried the ball above his head then reached out to grasp it with his left hand as he tumbled to the ground.South Africa captain Faf du Plessis had flirted with disaster throughout his innings with several lofted shots before he gave seamer de Grandhomme his third wicket, caught behind for 22 about 10 minutes before lunch.last_img read more

Los Angeles Lakers’ Kobe Bryant in mid-season form with play, trash talk

first_imgKobe Bryant’s motor started to accelerate, and it went beyond impressing the Lakers with another promising performance on Thursday in five-on-five scrimmages.For every time Bryant elevated and sank another shot, his volume level also increased. Moments after drawing a foul on Nick Young, Bryant chirped, “Don’t play with me Nick. You ain’t strong enough.” Later on, Bryant sank a fade-away jumper over second-round draft pick Jordan Clarkson, a sequence that made him fall to the ground. Bryant then chided, “Don’t hurt yourself young fella.”Bryant has slowly but surely morphed back to his normal self. Lakers coach Byron Scott praised Bryant for looking “more active” on Thursday than in Wednesday’s morning session. Bryant maintained consistency with his jumper and defense. Bryant conceded he has “general soreness,” but Scott sat him out of Wednesday’s evening session and the sprinting drills on Thursday.Bryant also appears in midseason form with his trash talking. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Awards seasonLast season, Scott spent part of his time as a studio analyst with Time Warner Cable SportsNet playfully imitating Young’s voice. This year, Scott offered a bold prediction regarding his top reserve. “I really believe Nick has a chance to be sixth man of the year,” Scott said.Young averaged a team-leading 17.9 points per game last season, but he had no shot winning the award amid the Lakers finishing with their worst record in L.A. franchise history. This season, Bryant envisions Young as a “really big piece of this team,” offering both secondary scoring and helping Bryant when he faces double teams. Bryant and Young believe Scott’s intense conditioning drills and defensive expectations will spur his growth. “I’ll be lying if I said I wasn’t tired out here,” Young said. “We need it. Once the season starts, all that hard work put in will pay off.Injury updateContinuous injuries kept Lakers forwards Ryan Kelly (strained left hamstring) and Xavier Henry (back spasms) sidelined during Thursday’s practice.center_img “We really try to push each other, especially when we get tired,” Bryant said. “When guys are talking trash back and forth, you can’t help but play your best.”Bryant reserved his sharp tongue mostly for Young, who often went against him one-on-one. After Bryant drew a foul, Young pleaded to an official, “don’t feed into that and reward him just because he’s Kobe Bryant.” “He playfully does it. But then I take it to another level,” Bryant said of Young. “When somebody is talking to you, you have no choice but to perform.”Bryant’s banter continued when he sarcastically said “congratulations” after a reporter brought up Clarkson hitting a jumper over him. Bryant touted Clarkson as “only 12” when addressing his turnaround jumper over him. Bryant also disputed that the starting unit lost the first scrimmage despite Young saying otherwise. Only days earlier, Bryant told Time Warner Cable SportsNet that he ranked Young’s girlfriend, rapper Iggy Azalea, ahead of Young because “she’s been more successful in her career so far.”“He always seems to be motivating me,” Young said of Bryant. “Even when he said that comment about Iggy, he told me ‘after you work with me, you’ll be back on top.’”last_img read more