So, for some reason, cyclocross season is a winter sport. There is no real explanation for this that I can find, other than the “origins” of the sport were basically off season training for road cyclists in Europe. The other reason is that cyclocrossers love pain, punishment, and hardship and each of those things is amplified when it’s cold, rainy, snowing, sleeting, or otherwise terrible outside. Being miserable is part of the sport, and nothing is more miserable than riding a skinny-tired bike across mud and obstacles when it’s 25 degrees and wet.We kick things off with the amazing cyclocross fail video above. This guy is hauling ass and has no time for messing around when it comes to those pesky barriers. He comes barreling in at full speed, but forgets the crucial move at the crucial moment: lifting the bike and himself over the barrier. This could be one of the reasons that cyclocross is raced in the winter, it’s so cold and miserable people just forget what they are doing right in the middle of doing it. You have to have a hook if you want to be a spectator sport. Baseball has the long-ball, football has the violence, hockey has the fights, cyclocross has full speed barrier collision explosions. What I don’t quite understand are the physics of this accident. Why does this guy go flying through the air?Here’s another great example of things going horribly wrong during a race:Well, they go horribly wrong for the racer, they go horribly right for the people watching the carnage.
The Batesville freshman were defeated by the visiting Greensburg Pirates Thursday night by a score of 34-23.The Dogs had many good looks at the basket but unfortunately couldn’t seem to get much to fall in the first half. Trailing 14-4 at half The Pirate lead was narrowed to single digits in the second half with great defense and rebounding.Offensively the dogs were lead by Lane Westerfeld and Jayden Beal with 9 and 8. Defensively Tristian Lamppert, Dylan Flannery and Luke Schroeder lead The Bulldogs.The boys are in action again Saturday at Rushville.Courtesy of Bulldogs Coach Michael Lanning.
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Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Update:Final Indiana numbers are in from the eastern leg of the 2019 Pro Farmer Midwest Crop Tour. Indiana’s average estimated corn yield was 161.46 bushels per acre, down 11 percent from last year. Soybeans numbered 923.94 pods in a 3×3 foot square, off 29 percent year over year.Day two of the Pro Farmer Midwest Crop Tour sees Ohio Ag Net’s Joel Penhorwood leaving Noblesville, IN and heading north before his particular route takes their vehicle west. They’ll end the day in mid-Illinois, recapping the day by getting final results from Indiana. Keep in mind the updates below are just from one route’s stops and may not necessarily be representative of the entire tour’s findings. Check back here at the end of Tuesday for full results.Stop 16 – Livingston County, ILCorn: Milk stage corn with a lot of potential, if things go right. Quite a bit of variability. In the three samples taken by scouts, kernels around were 12, 16, and 20. Is there more 20 in this field? Or 12? A major difference. 163 bpa from our sample.Soybeans: Another very disappointing field. Small beans, not canopied, and just rough. Pod count was low.PFTour19_Day2_Stop16_IMG_4004PFTour19_Day2_Stop16_IMG_4005PFTour19_Day2_Stop16_IMG_4006PFTour19_Day2_Stop16_IMG_4003PFTour19_Day2_Stop16_IMG_4004PFTour19_Day2_Stop16_IMG_4005PFTour19_Day2_Stop16_IMG_4006PFTour19_Day2_Stop16_IMG_4003PFTour19_Day2_Stop16_IMG_4004PFTour19_Day2_Stop16_IMG_4005Stop 15 – Livingston County, ILCorn: Black dirt, black dirt, black dirt. Some spotty population on an otherwise good looking field. Just slightly yellowing towards the root. Decent ears, but nothing to get excited about. 178 bpa.Soybeans: Very small and far behind. Has yet to canopy and just doesn’t look good. Just 624 pods in a 3×3’ square. Herbicide damage very likely.PFTour19_Day2_Stop15_IMG_3999PFTour19_Day2_Stop15_IMG_4001PFTour19_Day2_Stop15_IMG_4002PFTour19_Day2_Stop15_IMG_3997PFTour19_Day2_Stop15_IMG_3999PFTour19_Day2_Stop15_IMG_4001PFTour19_Day2_Stop15_IMG_4002PFTour19_Day2_Stop15_IMG_3997PFTour19_Day2_Stop15_IMG_3999PFTour19_Day2_Stop15_IMG_4001Stop 14 – Ford County, ILCorn: Some ear worm in two of the three sampled ears. Now getting into that beautiful black soil over this way. Starting to fire up, but shows hopefully what fields should be trending towards overall. 201.2 bpa corn.Soybeans: A great big beautiful field with, as we’ve been seeing on most of the trip, great weed and insect control. 1,630 pods in a 3×3’ square. The scouts were impressed.PFTour19_Day2_Stop14_IMG_3994PFTour19_Day2_Stop14_IMG_3995PFTour19_Day2_Stop14_IMG_3996PFTour19_Day2_Stop14_IMG_3991PFTour19_Day2_Stop14_IMG_3992PFTour19_Day2_Stop14_IMG_3993PFTour19_Day2_Stop14_IMG_3994PFTour19_Day2_Stop14_IMG_3995PFTour19_Day2_Stop14_IMG_3996PFTour19_Day2_Stop14_IMG_3991PFTour19_Day2_Stop14_IMG_3992PFTour19_Day2_Stop14_IMG_3993Stop 13 – Iroquois County, ILCorn: Very far behind in maturity. These had just pollinated and the trend of Indiana’s crop getting more mature further west doesn’t seem to be holding true across state lines. 102 bpa corn.Soybeans: Parts of this field further out were starting to yellow, perhaps a bit soon. Could be a spot of SDS or nutrient damage.PFTour19_Day2_Stop13_IMG_3988PFTour19_Day2_Stop13_IMG_3989PFTour19_Day2_Stop13_IMG_3990PFTour19_Day2_Stop13_IMG_3987PFTour19_Day2_Stop13_IMG_3988PFTour19_Day2_Stop13_IMG_3989PFTour19_Day2_Stop13_IMG_3990PFTour19_Day2_Stop13_IMG_3987PFTour19_Day2_Stop13_IMG_3988PFTour19_Day2_Stop13_IMG_3989Stop 12 – Kankakee County, ILCorn: We’re back into the blister corn now as we take our first field of Illinois. From the road, quite a few of these fields aren’t as good as I had thought for the second I state away from Ohio. But the Illinois part of the tour is still young. 121.5 bushel per acre field with low ear count.Soybeans: This is a mature crop, but still setting pods. No disease, very clean, good field.PFTour19_Day2_Stop12_IMG_3983PFTour19_Day2_Stop12_IMG_3984PFTour19_Day2_Stop12_IMG_3985PFTour19_Day2_Stop12_IMG_3982PFTour19_Day2_Stop12_IMG_3983PFTour19_Day2_Stop12_IMG_3984PFTour19_Day2_Stop12_IMG_3985PFTour19_Day2_Stop12_IMG_3982PFTour19_Day2_Stop12_IMG_3983PFTour19_Day2_Stop12_IMG_3984Stop 11 – Newton County, INCorn: The final corn field in Indiana had major tip back, but was good on most other factors. 168.3 bpa.Soybeans: This was an irrigated field, but something had happened that has caused nearly zero pods on these beans. Not good.PFTour19_Day2_Stop11_IMG_3977PFTour19_Day2_Stop11_IMG_3978PFTour19_Day2_Stop11_IMG_3977PFTour19_Day2_Stop11_IMG_3978PFTour19_Day2_Stop11_IMG_3977PFTour19_Day2_Stop11_IMG_3978Stop 10 – Jasper County, INCorn: Full dough ears, starting to dent. This field wasn’t the healthiest we had seen, but population was strong. Tip back was strong throughout. The further west we go, the further along we are in maturity fairly consistently. 177 bpa corn.Soybeans: Record amount on this side of the tour so far for this vehicle. 1,872 pods in a 3×3’ square. Beautiful soil. This was the last stop before rain started coming down and wind began picking up.PFTour19_Day2_Stop10_IMG_3974PFTour19_Day2_Stop10_IMG_3975PFTour19_Day2_Stop10_IMG_3976PFTour19_Day2_Stop10_IMG_3970PFTour19_Day2_Stop10_IMG_3971PFTour19_Day2_Stop10_IMG_3973PFTour19_Day2_Stop10_IMG_3974PFTour19_Day2_Stop10_IMG_3975PFTour19_Day2_Stop10_IMG_3976PFTour19_Day2_Stop10_IMG_3970PFTour19_Day2_Stop10_IMG_3971PFTour19_Day2_Stop10_IMG_3973Stop 9 – Porter County, INCorn: 164 bpa estimate here. A pretty rough field as far as health. Definitely nitrogen deficient and that has hurt yield. This corn is almost in dent.Soybeans: Probably the prettiest soybean field we have seen with nice edges and great rows. Very clean and low pressure on the insect and disease side. Not enough though as it came at 924 pods in a 3×3’ square.PFTour19_Day2_Stop9_IMG_3966PFTour19_Day2_Stop9_IMG_3968PFTour19_Day2_Stop9_IMG_3969PFTour19_Day2_Stop9_IMG_3965PFTour19_Day2_Stop9_IMG_3966PFTour19_Day2_Stop9_IMG_3968PFTour19_Day2_Stop9_IMG_3969PFTour19_Day2_Stop9_IMG_3965PFTour19_Day2_Stop9_IMG_3966PFTour19_Day2_Stop9_IMG_3968Stop 8 – LaPorte County, INCorn: A fair amount of disease, but plant count was good. Plenty of very small ears that didn’t make it in the count. 188.25 bpa estimate here.Soybeans: Nice looking field of beans that had plenty of pods with good fill. 1,641 pods in a 3×3’ square let this field boost to the top for the day.PFTour19_Day2_Stop8_IMG_3962PFTour19_Day2_Stop8_IMG_3963PFTour19_Day2_Stop8_IMG_3964PFTour19_Day2_Stop8_IMG_3961PFTour19_Day2_Stop8_IMG_3962PFTour19_Day2_Stop8_IMG_3963PFTour19_Day2_Stop8_IMG_3964PFTour19_Day2_Stop8_IMG_3961PFTour19_Day2_Stop8_IMG_3962PFTour19_Day2_Stop8_IMG_3963Stop 7 – Starke County, INCorn: Quite a bit of weed pressure in this field, along with bird and deer damage. Population lowered a bit as a result. Also some ear worm present, more so than other fields. 158.5 bpa estimate here.Soybeans: Definitely mot the worst beans we’ve seen, but also not quite the best. A bit of insect pressure, plus these beans have put a lot of effort into getting tall (36”) than compared to others. 1,534 pods in a 3×3’ square.PFTour19_Day2_Stop7_IMG_3957PFTour19_Day2_Stop7_IMG_3958PFTour19_Day2_Stop7_IMG_3959PFTour19_Day2_Stop7_IMG_3955PFTour19_Day2_Stop7_IMG_3956PFTour19_Day2_Stop7_IMG_3957PFTour19_Day2_Stop7_IMG_3958PFTour19_Day2_Stop7_IMG_3959PFTour19_Day2_Stop7_IMG_3955PFTour19_Day2_Stop7_IMG_3956PFTour19_Day2_Stop7_IMG_3957Stop 6 – Marshall County, INCorn: A fairly heavily diseased field with plenty of disease above and below the leaf ear. Corn smut continues to be apparent. Overall unhealthy, though ear size seemed to be fairly strong. 166.6 bpa estimate.Soybeans: A less than stellar field that just looks like it’s lacking nutrients in sandy soil ground. Volunteer corn as well.Stop 5 – Marshall County, IN Corn: Farther along than most we’ve seen that had some monster ears. Population was questionable. 172.6 bpa estimate. Spotty throughout and plenty of strange things in the field, including smut, tassel ear, and more.Soybeans: This field had a crazy amount of pods coming in at 1,578 in a 3×3’ square. Second best of the day at the time of the scouting. The field did have an irrigation pivot in it, though these beans weren’t directly under its fire.Stop 4 – Kosciusko County, INCorn: This field looked bad from the outside looking in, but we ended up in an area with fairly good population and ear fill. Some tip back will be had in this field, and there is some question as to if things will make it to maturity. These ears are in late milk stage, early dough. The rough yield estimate was 151.37 bpa.Soybeans: Spotty population here. It looks like the farmer had some trouble with water and planting earlier in the year. We basically counted potential. Things were very immature and still blooming. Overall healthy, but very late. Bean count came in at 1,140 pods in a 3×3’ square.Stop 3 – Whitley County, INCorn: The farthest along corn we’ve seen with great ears in the dough stage to back it up. 192 bpa. It is starting to exhibit more disease pressure than others we’ve seen, a sign of the fields maturity to this point.Soybeans: A whopping 1,638 pods in a 3×3’ square brings this stretch to a good number. The beans were special from the road, but really stood out in both their plant population as well as number of pods (and good pods) per plant.Stop 2 – Huntington County, IN Corn: A number of double-eared stalks in this field, and surprisingly they are sharing well with their neighbor ears. This field is nearing dough stage and looks to end up nicely. 147 bpa average, which was a bit surprising, but ears only had 12-14 kernels around sampled ears.Soybeans: A bushy field, though plant population appeared to be down. No disease or insect pressure to be seen. Flat pods and generally immature. 792 pods in a 3×3’ square.Stop 1 – Huntington County, INCorn: This was a good looking field of corn, but there were some drowned out spots as we walked in the field. This corn has great potential, but it is very immature. It has just gotten into blister stage. Estimated 140.5 bpa for the first stop of day two.Soybeans: Sudden Death Syndrome starting to show on these beans. Short! 686 pods in a 3×3’ area.
ST HELENS have announced the signing of 23-year-old utility forward Mark Flanagan on a two-year deal for 2012 and 13.Flanagan was formerly with Wigan Warriors and is currently in his second year at Wests Tigers in Sydney.Saints Coach Royce Simmons stated: “I coached Mark previously at Wests Tigers. He is a very good young British player who has benefited from his time in the NRL.“He has an excellent attitude both on and off the field. He is tough and versatile, can play in the middle or on an edge and can cover at hooker if need be.“He is a good addition to our squad for next year.”Oldham-born Flanagan played for Wigan from 2007 to 2009 before making his NRL debut for Wests in March 2010 against Manly.Since then he has made 22 appearances, scoring two tries.