The Astros faced a stiff challenge heading into a three-game series in Seattle this weekend against the first-place Mariners.But Gerrit Cole struck out 11 and gave up only two runs in six innings Sunday to lead the Astros to a 3-2 win, as they completed a three-game sweep of Seattle. Houston (11-5) has now won nine straight and trails the Mariners (13-5) by only one game in the AL West. MORE: Watch ‘ChangeUp,’ a new MLB live whiparound show on DAZNAledmys Diaz provided the winning run in the seventh with a line-drive home run down the left-field line.Tiger won and Golf’s done.You should be watching the @astros on @ATTSportsNetSWAnd good news Aledmys Diaz just gave the good guys the lead!3-2! ⚾️ pic.twitter.com/AyEplhI20h— AT&T SportsNet SW (@ATTSportsNetSW) April 14, 2019In San Francisco, Rockies right-hander German Marquez retired the first 15 Giants he faced, and had a no-hitter through 7 1/3 innings before Evan Longoria ended the bid with a seeing-eye single. Marquez shut down the Giants the rest of the way to complete a one-hit shutout in the 4-0 win as the Rockies (4-12) snapped an eight-game losing streak.Marquez (2-1) struck out eight batters and threw 105 pitches in the sterling effort. It’s the first complete game of his career, and the first in the majors this season. Nolan Arenado hit his first home run of the season and drove in three runs to key the attack.Studs of the NightMarcell Ozuna hit two home runs and had four RBIs in the Cardinals’ 9-5 win over the Reds.David Price struck out seven in seven scoreless innings as the Red Sox beat the Orioles 4-0.Pirates first baseman Josh Bell had a pair of RBI doubles and scored two runs, accounting for all the Bucs’ runs in a 4-3 win over the Nationals.Ross Stripling gave up only four hits and one run in eight innings in the Dodgers’ 7-1 victory over the Brewers.Duds of the NightIndians ace Corey Kluber did not have it against the Twins on Sunday, yielding six earned runs on six hits and five walks in 2 2/3 innings.Marlins hitters struck out 18 times, stranded 14 runners and managed only five hits in 14 innings in a 3-1 loss to the Phillies.HighlightsRangers shortstop Elvis Andrus had a huge day with a homer, three hits and a pair of RBIs and runs scored, including this heads-up steal of home. [email protected] swipes home for the 5th time in his career.He has the most steals of home among active players. pic.twitter.com/gmrpTJDnE6— MLB Stats (@MLBStats) April 14, 2019Yasiel Puig crushes his first home run as a member of the Reds.Yasiel Puig’s first HR with the Reds was a moonshot 🌙 pic.twitter.com/dZfcuSjnjB— ESPN (@espn) April 14, 2019Nolan Arenado shows once again why he’s a six-time Gold Glove winner.Nolan being awesome. pic.twitter.com/qNQ4CHgQwB— MLB (@MLB) April 14, 2019What’s Next?Mets (9-5) at Phillies (9-5) 7:05 p.m. ET — The surprising young Mets are out to a great start, with young slugger Pete Alonso and the offense leading the way. The Phillies staff has struggled, but Bryce Harper (four home runs) and the Phillies big bats have picked up the slack. Projected Mets starter Noah Syndergaard (4.74 ERA in three starts) and Philadelphia’s Aaron Nola (6.46 ERA in three starts) haven’t been sharp so far.
DENVER — Joe Pavelski took another step toward a return to the lineup as he participated in the Sharks’ morning skate at Pepsi Center on Monday, marking the first time had been on the ice with his teammates in nearly two weeks.“Getting in the altitude, a little skate there,” said Pavelski, who suffered a head injury April 23. “Felt a little more of a burn in just the legs. See how it all feels, always monitoring it. It was pretty good day.”Pavelski will not dress for Game 6 of the Sharks’ …
A boy smiles for the camera at Eva Orango school in Orango Island of Bijago Archipelago in Guinea-Bissau.(Image: Manoocher Deghati, Irin Photo) The record prices of staple grains in 2008 made investment in agriculture an attractive proposition for countries exporting as well as importing food. The African Union (AU), with its mix of producers and buyers, has been steadily gearing up for self-sufficiency. Shortly after Malawian president Bingu wa Mutharika became AU chair in 2010, he announced a plan to make Africa food secure in the next five years.Martin Bwalya, head of the Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Programme (CAADP) said the AU’s seven-year roadmap to put the spotlight on farming so as to promote food security and economic growth, and reduce poverty, was set in motion five years ago.By the end of 2010, the agriculture development plans of 18 African countries had undergone a rigorous independent technical review and were being rolled out.Over 60% of Africa’s people live in rural areas and most depend on farming for food and income. Agriculture contributes between 20% and 60% to nations’ gross domestic product.In a document called The African Food Basket, Mutharika spelt out the details of his plan, which requires countries to allocate a substantial portion of their budget to agriculture, provide farming input subsidies, and make available affordable information and communications technology.This would be possible with the help of a new strategic partnership between countries, donors, aid agencies and the private sector.CAADP, initiated in 2003, covers all the main aspects of Mutharika’s plan, including African governments’ commitment to devote at least 10% of their budgets to agriculture.Under the programme, countries draw up comprehensive investment plans that include the four CAADP pillars: sustainable land and water management, improved market access and integration, increased food supplies and reduced hunger, and research, technology generation and dissemination.“We expect the countries to contribute at least 10% of the annual expenditure budget demonstrating local ownership and responsibility,” said Bwalya.He added while development aid financing remained important, it was also crucial that countries consider measures to attract direct private sector financing to agriculture.Uganda, one of the 18 states to undergo the review process, has met about 65% of its funding requirements from its own budget.The AU’s development agency, the New Partnership for Africa’s Development (Nepad), which runs CAADP, helps countries to mobilise funds.Is achieving food self-sufficiency in five years a realistic goal? It would be a tough call, said Ousmane Badiane, director for Africa at the US-based International Food Policy Research Institute.He noted that the AU had 53 members with varying degrees of agriculture investment, development and needs, and some countries did not have the structural capacity to reach the target of food self-sufficiency for many reasons including civil conflicts.Going regionalA more realistic option, Badiane said, would be for countries with the potential to improve food production to produce enough to feed their less productive neighbours. This called for expanding regional trade and investment in transportation, including ports, railways and highways linking countries.AU members have begun to take regional economic integration “seriously”, noted Calestous Juma, professor of international development at Harvard University in his recently released book, The New Harvest.He lists regional markets as one of the three opportunities that could fortify Africa’s food security against the rising threat of climate change.There are at least eight regional economic communities, “that are recognised by the AU as building blocks for pan-African economic integration”; these include the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa, or Comesa, and the East African Community. However, “Regional cooperation in agriculture is in its infancy and major challenges lie ahead.”Regions could become food secure “by capitalising on the different growing seasons in different countries and making products available in all areas for longer periods of time”, he wrote.Both Mutharika and CAADP emphasise the development of regional markets. Mutharika listed 12 regional trade corridors identified by the various regional economic communities and suggested the AU draw up an institutional framework for each corridor.Science and technologyIn his book Juma lists advances in science and technology as another factor that could propel Africa towards food self-sufficiency, and called for more investment in the creation of regional hubs of research and innovation.Research is being carried out by groups created under Nepad, such as the Biosciences Eastern and Central Africa Network, which has been leading research on food crops, including banana, teff, cassava, sorghum and sweet potatoes. More investment in networks, especially agriculture-related ones, could produce far-reaching results.Fertiliser and subsidiesUnderuse of fertilisers has often been cited as a major cause of low production in Africa. Only four countries – Egypt, Malawi, Mauritius and South Africa – have exceeded the 50 kilograms per hectare target set by the AU, Mutharika noted in his plan.Fertiliser use in Africa accounts for less than 10% of the world average of 100 kilograms per hectare. “Just five countries (Ethiopia, Kenya, South Africa, Zimbabwe, and Nigeria) account for about two-thirds of the fertiliser applied in Africa,” Juma said.Mutharika, who promoted the provision of subsidised fertiliser in Malawi, makes a strong case for this approach. At present 19 African countries are implementing various programmes providing fertiliser.Juma sees leaders like Mutharika, who has prioritised food security as the third factor that could set Africa on the path to food security. The Malawian government devotes 16% of its national budget to agriculture.Yet Badiane of the International Food Policy Research Institute sounded a note of caution on subsidies and cited the case of Senegal. After independence the West African country put in place an agriculture subsidy programme in the 1960s that was even more comprehensive than Malawi’s. “It had a dramatic effect on agriculture in Senegal, but by 1979 one of its [agriculture] agencies had worked up a deficit amounting to 98% of the national budget.”Carefully managed subsidies, run for a short term, and aimed at strengthening existing markets and agricultural infrastructure, were a lot more effective, he said.The Rwandan government provided free fertiliser to farmers for four years after 1994. In 1998 it wanted to hand over importing and distribution to the private sector, which unfortunately lacked capacity, so the government continued to procure and import fertiliser but left distribution and selling to the private sector.Since then, aid from financial institutions has helped the private sector build capacity to import, and at least 20 bodies now import several hundred metric tons of fertiliser, Badiane said.Way forwardThe AU’s plans for agriculture also tackle other major issues affecting food security, such as irrigation (only 4% of Africa’s crop area is irrigated, compared to 39% in South Asia); improving soil fertility (more than 3% of agricultural gross domestic product in Africa is lost annually as a direct result of soil and nutrient loss); post-harvest storage loss (sub-Saharan Africa loses about 40% of its harvest per year, against 1% in Europe); setting up databanks to share early warning information and energy.There is a high level of engagement between countries on agriculture. “They meet regularly and we support them in building evidence-based information,” CAADP’s Bwalya noted.If they stayed the course in implementing CAADP, Badiane said in five years a large number of African countries, if not food secure, would be in a much better position to feed themselves.
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TagsTransfersAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Mourinho rejects Lyon for Premier League returnby Freddie Taylor15 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveJose Mourinho has rejected the chance to return to club management with Lyon.The French powerhouse is looking for a new manager after the sacking of Sylvinho.However, Mourinho reportedly turned down any advances from Lyon.RMC Sportsays the Portuguese manager is focused on finding his way back to the Premier League.It is unclear where Mourinho would go in England, but the Tottenham Hotspur job is a possibility.Their boss Mauricio Pochettino is a candidate to leave at the end of this season.Mourinho has not worked since his sacking by Manchester United last December.
Four former Ohio State football players will be playing in Super Bowl XLVII Sunday, and they all happen to be playing for San Francisco. The 49ers, which are set to square off against the Baltimore Ravens at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans, will feature some familiar names from Buckeye Nation: former OSU offensive lineman Alex Boone, wide receiver Ted Ginn Jr., linebacker Larry Grant and safety Donte Whitner. Alex Boone (2005-2008) Boone, who went undrafted in the 2009 NFL draft but got picked up for the 2010 season, has been with the 49ers his entire career. The Lakewood, Ohio, native started all four of his years in Columbus and played in the 2007 and 2008 BCS National Championships. As a 49er, he was a pro bowl alternate last season. Tedd Ginn Jr. (2004-06) Arguably, Ginn Jr. was one of the most exciting Buckeyes to watch in the Jim Tressel era. A Cleveland, Ohio, native, Ginn also returned kickoffs and punts for touchdowns. He even returned the opening kickoff in the 2007 BCS National Championship against Urban Meyer’s Florida Gators. Ginn was the ninth overall pick in the 2007 draft by the Miami Dolphins and was traded to the 49ers for a fifth round draft pick in 2010. Larry Grant (2006-07) Grant, who originally attended City College of San Francisco, transferred to OSU in 2006 before becoming a full-time starter in 2007. Grant, who like Boone appeared in back-to-back national championship games for OSU, was drafted in the seventh round of the 2008 NFL Draft by the 49ers before being traded to the St. Louis Rams. In 2011, Grant re-signed with the 49ers and has been with them ever since. Donte Whitner (2003-05) Whitner, another Clevelander, has played every level of football on the same team as Ted Ginn Jr., including stints at Glenville High School and OSU. As a Buckeye, Whitner was first-team All-Big Ten in 2005 and was drafted eighth overall in the 2006 NFL Draft by the Buffalo Bills. After playing four seasons in Buffalo, he signed a three-year contract with 49ers. Whitner was named to the Pro Bowl last season.
Senior safety Christian Bryant (2) is helped by the OSU medical staff during a game against Wisconsin Sept. 28 at Ohio Stadium. OSU won, 31-24.Credit: Shelby Lum / Photo editorOne week after taking down a top-25 conference foe at Ohio Stadium, the Ohio State Buckeyes (5-0, 1-0) are set to face another ranked Big Ten opponent, this time on the road against No. 16 Northwestern (4-0).For a second consecutive weekend, the Buckeyes’ game will be televised in prime time on ABC’s Saturday Night Football, and ESPN’s College GameDay will be on site for the game in Evanston, Ill.OSU coach Urban Meyer tipped his hat to Northwestern coach Pat Fitzgerald when he spoke to the media after practice Wednesday. He said the Wildcat faithful has every reason to be excited for the matchup.“They should have hype, they’re undefeated and (have) got a very good team,” Meyer said. “It’s a big game for them, but I’ve got news: It’s a big game for us too.”OSU’s next test comes on the heels of losing starting senior safety Christian Bryant with a broken ankle in the team’s 31-24 victory against Wisconsin.Redshirt-senior safety C.J. Barnett said the pain of losing his teammate to injury was greater than the thrill of victory.“It was tough, honestly, I didn’t even enjoy the win. I mean, that’s the worst news, not being able to play with him,” Barnett said. “A lot of the guys from the team went to the hospital and visited him.”Meyer said redshirt-senior safety Corey “Pitt” Brown is expected to step up during Bryant’s absence.Barnett said there would be no setback in the play of the secondary because Brown is a “veteran that’s had game-time experience.”On the offensive side of the ball, junior quarterback Braxton Miller is expected to make his second straight start after missing almost three full games with a sprained left MCL.Meyer said his signal caller is “full-speed, ready to go.”Miller said he’s physically where he needs to be for Saturday, but that the previous game was hard on his body after not playing for several weeks.“After the game, I was really sore,” Miller said. “But, I just feel comfortable where I’m at.”Miller also said he hopes his time off the field didn’t cost him a shot at winning the Heisman Trophy. He said he believes he still has a chance to earn college football’s most prestigious award because, in his opinion, it’s all about how candidates play in the biggest games.Saturday’s prime-time showdown is a great stage for his team to get a big win for the injured Bryant, said junior linebacker Curtis Grant.“We love to stick together and go out on the road. I think that’s one of the best things about football, when you can go into someone else’s stadium and create havoc,” Grant said. “All we can do is go out and win this game for him.”OSU is scheduled to take on Northwestern at 8 p.m. Saturday at Ryan Field.
New Inter Milan signing Keita Balde Diao has fires a warning to Torino ahead of their clash this weekend.The Senegal international was presented to the media on Thursday after joining the club on an initial loan move with an option to buy from AS Monaco.The 23-year-old spoke about his versatility upfront and his teammates readiness to get back to winning ways after losing their first game of the season to Sassuolo away from home.“We are ready for the game against Torino. The defeat in Reggio Emilia doesn’t change anything in terms of our objectives,” Balde said, according to Goal.Serie A Betting: Match-day 3 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Considering there is a number of perfect starts so early in the Serie A season, as well as a few surprisingly not-so perfect ones….“We are a great side and we’re aware of our ability. Fighting for the Scudetto? We must think about doing well for ourselves and winning each match, then we’ll see where we are at the end of the season.”“In terms of my position, I can play anywhere along the front; on the wing, or as a second or leading striker”Prior to his departure from Monaco, Balde scored eight goals in 23 league games and will be looking continue with the form for Inter.
Sevilla boss Pablo Machin refuses to discount an Athletic Bilbao comeback tonight, despite their big advantage in their last-16 Copa del Rey tieIn last week’s first leg at the San Mames, Sevilla emerged with a 3-1 win in the first leg to put themselves in a commanding position for tonight’s return leg.In light of last Sunday’s 2-0 La Liga defeat to Athletic, however, Machin is remaining cautious as the two teams face off against each other for the third time in six days.“You always have to try and be a competitive team and go for the win in every match, even in cases like this one where the score is already in our favour,” said Machin on the club website.“The only way to compete well is to think we have to win the game. We lost in the league, we weren’t as good as we were in the cup, but we also have to give the opponent credit.La Liga Betting: Match-day 4 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Despite it being very early into La Liga season, both Barcelona and Real Madrid have had unprecedented starts to their campaigns. With this in…“Athletic improved and in the league they were as clinical as we were on Thursday. I’m not unhappy with the performance, but I accept we were far from winning it.“We’ll look at and change some things so other players get into a good rhythm and show they’re ready to play.”Munir El Haddadi could make his first start for Sevilla after debuting last weekend in an 11-minute cameo.The second leg between Sevilla and Athletic will begin at 20:30 (CET) tonight.