Ex-A’s fan favorite Doolittle finds touching way to honor late grandmother

first_imgAs one of baseball’s more big-hearted players, it’s not surprising Nationals reliever Sean Doolittle came up with a thoughtful way to pay tribute to his grandmother this season.Two weeks after helping the Nationals win their first World Series title, Doolittle finally revealed the reason why he changed his jersey number from 62 to 63.It was a subtle but meaningful way to show appreciation for his grandmother, Jan “MeMe” Urban, who passed away at age 84 during spring training. Noting that his …last_img read more

Ohio Ag Weather and Forecast — November 14, 2017

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Ryan Martin 11-14-17No change in our pattern this morning. We still see 3 systems moving through Ohio over the coming 10 days. The map below shows cumulative rain potential through those 3 systems. We do expect today to be better than yesterday, as we should have better potential for sunshine. High pressure is moving off to the east, and south winds will allow clouds to break up.A front moves into the area tomorrow and brings some minor rains with it. The arrival is tomorrow afternoon and action goes up to midnight tomorrow night. We are keeping our rain totals at a few hundredths to .4” over 70% of the state. The rains look light and gentle.A slight pause brings dry weather for Thursday, but clouds likely hold on thanks to colder air pushing in. Our next system is moving a little faster, and may start to bring rains as soon as Friday late afternoon. This faster arrival is part of the reason we are thinking clouds may dim the sun again for at least part of Thursday. Rains continue for Friday overnight and most of Saturday. We may see some action last past midnight Saturday night but it still should be well east of the state by Sunday morning. The threat of thunderstorms does not look as strong this morning, thanks to less heating and instability. Still, we are looking for some fairly good rain totals over time. From Friday midday through sunset Saturday we still look for .25”-.75” over 90% of the state.The weekend system arriving a little sooner means we are drier a bit sooner as well. We stay dry for Sunday and Monday, but think that we have a better chance for sun by Sunday midday. High pressure will move through, and colder air will be here. The winds to not look as strong for Sunday, but can still be brisk.Moisture is back for next Tuesday as another quick moving system comes in from the west and southwest. Rain totals are not overly impressive, but can give us a few hundredths to as much as .3” over 70% of the state. This system will be more looked at for the air mass it leads in. We expect a nice push of cold, Canadian air to move into the region for Wednesday and Thanksgiving Day. Temps likely move to below normal levels at midweek and stay there through the holiday weekend.In the extended period, we are starting to trend just a little drier on the whole, mostly due to the cold Canadian air that wants to camp over the eastern US. The upper level high steers most systems by to the north or erodes the small moisture content that tries to nose in. At this point, we will keep an eye out for a few flurries around the 24th into the 25th, but those are not likely a big story. We may have to talk about a chance of some lake effect snow in northern parts of the state, with strong winds coming across Lake Erie for Saturday and Sunday, the 24th and 25th.last_img read more

Gujarat SAI campus to get centre for para athletes, says Kiren Rijiju

first_imgThe Sports Authority of India campus in Gandhinagar will get a global standard high performance training centre for para athletes with focus on athletics, power-lifting, badminton and swimming, Minister of State for Youth Affairs and Sports Kiren Rijiju said on Saturday. Facilities for regular athletes will also be improved by way of infrastructure and training facilities, Mr. Rijiju told reporters in Gandhinagar. “We saw many para athletes at SAI centre. For high performance training, we are going to open a centre at SAI Gandhinagar with a special focus on para athletes. The centre will focus on performance enhancement of para athletes in four disciplines – athletics, power-lifting, swimming and badminton,” Mr. Rijiju said. “Facilities of regular athletes (at the SAI centre) will be improved by way of infrastructure and training facilities. We have also sanctioned two hostels, each with a capacity of 300. We will lay foundation stone for a hostel in a month and half. Another hostel will also come up soon,” Mr. Rijiju said after visiting the SAI campus. The Union Minister said India’s potential in world sports is “much higher than the number of medals we win”, adding that a lot needed to be done at policy, administrative and ground levels to enhance the potential. He said the Central government is working on ensuring that more players qualify for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and the country gets more medals. “India’s position in world sports and where we have reached in international sports competition is known. But I believe India’s potential is much higher than the number of medals we win. Much needs to change at policy, administrative and ground levels to teach, train and take forward the potential,” he said. “We have before us a subject as to how many players can qualify and how many medals we can win in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. We are working on it professionally, through review meetings and all else that need to be done,” he said. Mr. Rijiju also said the government has decided to provide opportunities to maximum number of players in international competitions so that they get exposure. He said effort was on to identify talent at a young age and nurture them. Mr. Rijiju is also scheduled to watch the Indian football team take on Korea DPR in an Inter-continental Cup match being held at Transtadia in Ahmedabad. He said he will inspect the stadium and see if this can be replicated in other parts of the country.last_img read more