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Georgia 4-H pumpkin-growing contest

first_imgMore than 25 pumpkins were submitted to Georgia 4-H’s 2020 statewide pumpkin-growing contest, with the largest pumpkin, cultivated in north Georgia’s Union County, weighing in at a whopping 548 pounds.All Georgia 4-H youth were encouraged to participate by submitting one pumpkin for consideration. Participants took their entries to their local University of Georgia Cooperative Extension office for weighing. This year, the Georgia Fruit and Vegetable Growers Association sponsored the contest, donating prize money of $100 for first place, $50 for second place and $25 for third place.The winners of the 2020 Georgia 4-H Pumpkin Growing Contest are:Peyton Collins, Union County, 548 poundsNatalie Payne, Union County, 432 poundsAva Sharp, Union County, 316 poundsGeorgia 4-H empowers youth to become true leaders by developing necessary life skills, positive relationships and community awareness. As the largest youth leadership organization in the state, 4-H reaches more than 242,000 people annually through UGA Extension offices and 4-H facilities. For more information, visit georgia4h.org.last_img read more

Celtic Revival

first_imgBrad Stevens, who became a famous coach by taking the Butler Bulldogs to two NCAA finals, is now the head coach of the Boston Celtics.  I was skeptical about whether he could make the transition to the pro ranks because of his mild-mannered appearance as a college coach.  His fierce competitiveness has brought the Celtics back to the forefront; however, his team lost in the Eastern finals to the Cavaliers this year.The Celtics are predicted to dominate the Eastern Conference the next few years because they have many first-round draft picks.  Danny Ainge, their general manager, has made some schrewd trades to stockpile all of these top draft picks.  With Brad Stevens leading the team and a core of young players, they will challenge Cleveland and LeBron James next year.  I am not a pro fan per se, but I am a Brad Stevens backer.last_img read more

Grenada’s Kirani James ‘recovering nicely’ – agent

first_img2012 Olympic 400-metre champion Kirani James is said to be recovering well from an illness that had sidelined him since April.The 24-year-old Grenadian, who was second to Wayde van Niekerk in the 400m at the Olympic Game in Rio last summer, had been sidelined since April with what is believed to be respiratory illness that saw him finish a disappointing sixth at the Drake Relays in April in a pedestrian 46.21s.His coach Harvey Glance told Sportsmax.tv following that underwhelming performance, that James’ season was being ‘put on hold’.“Anyone who has followed his illustrious career can tell he is not 100 per cent,” Glance said then in response to SportsMax.tv’s queries. “His season is on hold for now till we get him back to that point.”However, based on information recently received from James’ handlers, the athlete is back in training. “At this time we are pleased to report that he is recovering nicely from his illness,” said Seth Katz of AMG Property Sports Incorporated in an email responding to SportsMax.tv’s request for an update. He offered no additional information.James has had a relatively ordinary start to the 2017 season. At the Grenada Invitational on April 8, James was less than convincing while winning the 400 metres in 45.44s but was upstaged by Bahamian Steve Gardiner, who won the ‘B’ race in a world-leading 44.26.In Iowa he was even slower and was sidelined in an effort to get him back to full fitness. (Sportsmax)last_img read more

Andy Murray wins Paris Masters to celebrate world number one status

first_imgAndy Murray topped off a week that saw him named as the world number one for the first time with victory over John Isner in the final of the Paris Masters, winning 6-3 6-7 6-4.The Briton, who will take over from Novak Djokovic at the top of the ATP rankings on Monday, survived a barrage of aces against the towering American to win his 14th career Masters tournament.The three-times grand slam champion gave little breathing space to Isner, who was hoping to clinch his first Masters title after two lost finals.Murray will be the top seed at the season-ending ATP World Tour finals at the O2 Arena in London from Nov. 13-20.”Thanks to my team and my family who were commenting back home. This has been an incredible journey for me to get to the top of the rankings, I could have not done it without all of you,” said Murray.The double Olympic champion entered the contest with a 7-0 record against Isner and his recent form, which had helped him to win six of his eight previous tournaments since losing the French Open final, suggested he would have the upper hand. Murray, who now has 43 titles to his name, broke in the sixth game on his first opportunity when Isner sent a backhand long.Andy Murray wins Paris Masters to celebrate world number one statusEurosport UK1 hour agoAndy Murray topped off a week that saw him named as the world number one for the first time with victory over John Isner in the final of the Paris Masters, winning 6-3 6-7 6-4.The Briton, who will take over from Novak Djokovic at the top of the ATP rankings on Monday, survived a barrage of aces against the towering American to win his 14th career Masters tournament. The three-times grand slam champion gave little breathing space to Isner, who was hoping to clinch his first Masters title after two lost finals.Murray will be the top seed at the season-ending ATP World Tour finals at the O2 Arena in London from Nov. 13-20.”Thanks to my team and my family who were commenting back home. This has been an incredible journey for me to get to the top of the rankings, I could have not done it without all of you,” said Murray.The double Olympic champion entered the contest with a 7-0 record against Isner and his recent form, which had helped him to win six of his eight previous tournaments since losing the French Open final, suggested he would have the upper hand.Murray, who now has 43 titles to his name, broke in the sixth game on his first opportunity when Isner sent a backhand long. The American, who served a total of 18 aces, had two chances to break back in the following game as he opened up a 40-15 lead.Murray saved the first with a routine volley after managing to lob his 2.08-metre opponent, and forced Isner to bury a backhand into the net on the second.He bagged the opening set with an unreturned serve having made only four unforced errors.Isner earned three break points thanks to a splendid drop shot followed by a forehand winner. Murray saved them all, the last one with a second-serve ace, and staved off another one to stay level.In the tiebreak, Isner went 4-2 up when Murray double faulted, and the American closed it out with a booming forehand winner to send the contest into a decider.last_img read more

Iowa farmers nearly complete corn, soybean planting

first_imgDES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Thanks to favorable weather, Iowa farmers have planted most of the corn crop and are nearing completion of soybean planting. The U.S. Department of Agriculture reported Monday that in the week ending Sunday, farmers had planted 96% of the expected corn crop, putting them nearly a month ahead of last year and almost three weeks ahead of the five-year average.Farmers had planted 86% of the soybean crop, also nearly a month ahead of last year and three weeks earlier than the average. They were helped by good weather that made for 4.3 days suitable for field work.last_img read more