Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest We have some good news this morning, as we are trending our 10 day outlook a little drier. We should see some opportunity for field work developing in the days ahead. Partly sunny and mild conditions today, with temps a few degrees warmer than yesterday. Tomorrow is also mostly dry, at least through the daytime hours. In the north sun will be followed by clouds, but we stay partly to mostly sunny over the southern half of the state. Rain and thunderstorms move over the state tomorrow night and continue through Friday. Rain totals will be from .25″-1.5″ with 70% coverage. The heavier rain totals will come from thunderstorms. Saturday will start with some morning showers lingering in NE Ohio, but a mix of clouds and sun statewide, while Sunday brings mostly sunny skies with a windy, warm afternoon. Temps will be well above normal. In fact, we could see the warmest batch of temperatures here in almost 8 months. Scattered showers do arrive in Ohio overnight Sunday night, probably after midnight. These linger across the state through Monday, but there is not really much moisture to work with here. Because of that, a few hundredths to .25” is all we are projecting at the moment, with coverage at 70%. A change in our forecast comes next week. We are now leaning toward partly to mostly sunny skies with a dry pattern for the balance of the week, Tuesday through Friday. In fact, we think high pressure can move across northern Ohio through the day Tuesday. Now, models are not in full agreement here. The oft cited GFS model is still trying to bring in significant rains from next Monday night through Tuesday, with totals up to 1.5 in parts NW OH. However, we think the focal point of this moisture and any associated frontal complex next week will be farther west, from IL back through into the plains. So, we are trending our forecast drier. We will continue to watch that Tuesday period closely, but for now we are taking moisture out. Thursday may have to be watched for the development of a few scattered showers over the eastern third of Ohio, but generally coverage there, if precipitation pops up, will be under 30%. So, at this time we are keeping the forecast dry, and the rest of the state should be at least partly sunny. Friday also finishes sunny and dry. If you are keeping track at home, that puts us at 4 days rain free next week…and with good evaporation, we may see the ground get fit in a number of places. The map at right shows cumulative rainfall potential through next Friday. The extended period has a little more activity returning. Next Saturday, to start the Memorial Day weekend, we have sunshine up north, but clouds increasing in the south. Those clouds bring a chance of showers with rain potential of up to .4” to the southern third of the state. Then for Sunday, we see those showers try and spread statewide. We can see up to .3” with 70% coverage. The on Memorial Day itself, we turn out cloudy to partly sunny with a few scattered showers popping over the southwest OH. This pattern culminates with rain on Tuesday the 28th with totals from .1”-.6” and coverage of 90%. From there we finish the month with partly to mostly sunny skies the 29th through the 31st.
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Man Utd boss Solskjaer: We’re better in shootouts than proper gamesby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer says his team are better at penalty shootouts than playing matches.Dan James scored the winning kick for United to avoid an embarrassing Carabao Cup loss to Rochdale at Old Trafford.”We handled it [the shoot out] really well,” said Solskjaer.”Everyone wanted to take penalties as they did against AC Milan in Cardiff [during pre-season]. I’m very pleased with the confidence. You know we’re better in penalty shootouts than in proper games.”
Ohio State defensive end Joey Bosa is no stranger to the spotlight. He’s been one of the stars of the Buckeye defense for the past few seasons and is a projected top-10 pick in April’s NFL Draft. With that spotlight comes the attention of critics in the media, the stands, and sometimes on Twitter. Apparently, a group of people were trolling Bosa on there today, pulling up old tweets and trying to get his attention. They seemed to get it, but not in the way that they may have expected.Bosa ripped off a series of tweets mocking the Twitter critics. He deleted them almost immediately, but we screenshotted them before he did. Bosa is going to have several more years of dealing with taunting on social media. He’ll probably ignore it next time.Oh, by the way – that chicken looks really good.
We’re now less than 24 hours away from the start of the 2016 NFL Draft, which begins at 8 p.m. E.T. on Thursday. Ohio State recruits turned first round picks.Which college football program will have the best showing on Day 1? It’s got to be Ohio State, which could have five-plus former players selected in the first round. The over/under for Buckeye first round selections has been set by sportsbooks at 5.5. Joey Bosa, Ezekiel Elliott, Taylor Decker, Eli Apple and Darron Lee are widely viewed as first-round locks. Vonn Bell is a less likely first-round selection, but it’s still possible. Michael Thomas and Joshua Perry are probably long-shots, but they too could sneak into the first round. Which college football programs have the best first-round history, all-time? Let’s take a look. Here are the four college football programs with the most first-round picks in NFL Draft history (the common draft began in 1967). Start With No. 4 >>>Pages: Page 1 Page 2 Page 3 Page 4 Page 5
While Travel Alberta has been targeting jetsetters from all over the world, the province’s Indigenous businesses want to make sure they’re a stop for those with a ticket to Wildrose country.The 2017 International Aboriginal Tourism Conference is wrapping up at the Grey Eagle Resort and Casino in Tsuut’ina Nation on Tuesday, and Alberta was identified as a major area for growth.“There is a tremendous visitor demand within Alberta itself and of course we’re seeing a lot of new international interest,” Keith Henry with the Indigenous Tourism Association of Canada said. “The fact is Alberta offers a key gateway for many destinations internationally.”The association estimates there are about 90 Indigenous businesses in the province’s tourism sector offering cultural activities, tours, accommodations and other services.Henry wants to make sure they’re capitalizing on international opportunities.“China is a growing market, a growing market that’s not just coming into Alberta generally, but that Chinese market is very much interested in Indigenous culture,” he said.Henry points to the provincial government and Travel Alberta’s goal of making tourism a $10 billion industry by 2020 and the association said it wants to ensure operators are part of the marketing growth.
VANCOUVER – The British Columbia Real Estate Association says tighter mortgage rules and lower demand are bringing the provincial housing market into balance.The association says 7,884 units were sold within the Multiple Listing Service across the province in June, a 32.5 per cent decrease from the same month last year.The average residential price was down 1.3 per cent from June of 2017 for a total sales value of $5.6 billion.Brendon Ogmundson, the association’s deputy chief economist, says the impact of the tightened standards for both borrowers and lenders is still being felt.He says the combination of the lower demand because of the more stringent mortgage qualification rules and higher interest rates is bringing most markets in the province back to balanced conditions.While the active listings in B.C. are on the rise, the association says inventory remains low in historical standards in markets like Vancouver Island and the Okanagan.
FiveThirtyEight Welcome to the latest episode of Hot Takedown, FiveThirtyEight’s sports podcast. On this week’s show (Feb. 28, 2017), we’re joined by New York magazine’s Reeves Wiedeman, who dropped by to discuss his article on recent political activism by athletes. Next, Michael Caley of ESPN FC and “The Double Pivot” podcast helps us break down Claudio Ranieri’s firing from Leicester City — not even a full year after the soccer team’s Premier League title win. Finally, ESPN baseball writer Sam Miller helps us imagine who the best baseball player would be in a world without stats. Plus, a significant digit on women’s basketball.Links to what we discussed this week:Reeves Wiedeman’s article on the rise of athlete activism.Firing Claudio Ranieri won’t fix Leicester City’s problems, writes Tim Wigmore for FiveThirtyEight.Catch more of Michael Caley’s soccer observations over on the “The Double Pivot” podcast.How do you determine baseball’s greatest player in a world without stats? Sam Miller lays out his theories.Significant Digit: 3,397, the number of career points that University of Washington senior Kelsey Plum has scored in her career for the Huskies. She broke the all-time NCAA women’s record on Saturday, with a 57-point game. Embed Code More: Apple Podcasts | ESPN App | RSS | Embed
The No. 9-ranked Ohio State Buckeyes hit the road for the fourth and final time this season on Saturday as they travel to Iowa. Following a slow start to last week’s contest against Penn State, OSU coach Jim Tressel and his players said they look to fix mistakes heading into Iowa. “I think for us it’s just important that we come out ready to go and not flat like Wisconsin or this last weekend,” senior kicker Devin Barclay said. “I think we do our best when we come out ready to play and we set the tone right away.” Tressel said the Buckeyes know exactly what to expect from the Hawkeyes. “They do what they do and they do it so well,” Tressel said. “They’re very, very physical at what they do, and the schemes back that.” Revenge for the Hawkeyes Last year, with a trip to the 2010 Rose Bowl on the line for both squads, the Buckeyes escaped with a 27-24 overtime victory. OSU wide receiver DeVier Posey said he expects Iowa to come out eager for revenge. “I know those guys don’t have amnesia. They remember the last time we went against them,” Posey said. “They probably felt like we slipped away with an easy one, slipped away with a win because Ricky Stanzi got hurt the week before we played them, and the running back got hurt as well, so they … probably feel like they can beat us on their home turf.” New experience This will be the Buckeyes’ first time playing in Iowa since 2006. Although OSU is familiar with this Iowa team from last year’s game, Tressel said his team will face a tough task in Kinnick Stadium. “The veterans know what lies ahead because they have played against Iowa,” Tressel said. “I don’t know if any of our guys have played at Iowa City. I don’t know if any of those fifth-year seniors were playing as true freshmen that particular year, but they’re in for a heck of an experience and a heck of a challenge.” Barclay said he knows little about the atmosphere at Kinnick Stadium, but the game will be challenging, like all road games in the Big Ten. Special teams key to road success The Buckeyes have struggled on the road at times this season, with a 2-1 record away from the Horseshoe. “When you’re on the road, you better play solid in your special teams to give yourselves a chance,” Tressel said. “Now, that doesn’t guarantee anything, but you can almost guarantee that if you play poorly in the special teams that you’re not going to be successful on the road.” The OSU special teams unit has had its share of ups and downs, but Barclay said he believes the unit is moving in the right direction. “The kicks were deeper, higher, better,” Barclay said of last week’s special teams performance against Penn State. Buckeye line vs. Adrian Clayborn OSU will face one of the premier defensive lines in the nation Saturday in the Hawkeyes, including 2009 first team all-Big Ten performer Adrian Clayborn. “They’re just very, very powerful and very consistent. In games where you might have a 7-yard run, against them it’s 3,” Tressel said. Tressel said he has been impressed with his offensive line’s play as of late, but Saturday will be yet another challenge. He said there are two factors for an effective offense Saturday. “One is if you can rush the ball effectively and, two, if you end the day and there aren’t sacks, that’s a big deal,” Tressel said. “And to have both of those things come true on Saturday will be a tremendous challenge because these folks get after the passer and they play the run.”
With 44 days remaining until the start of the FIFA Women’s World Cup in Germany, the U.S. women’s national soccer team’s preparations have reached their peak. The U.S. capped off a week of training at Ohio State’s Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium with a 2-0 international friendly match win against Japan on Saturday at Crew Stadium. Two tuneup matches remain for the U.S. squad before its first World Cup match on June 28 against North Korea in Dresden, Germany. The U.S. will face off against Japan again Wednesday in Cary, N.C., before having its traditional send-off match against Mexico on June 5 at Red Bull Arena in Harrison, N.J. American goalkeeper Hope Solo said prep work for this summer’s tournament extends beyond the soccer field. “We have two more games to prepare for, and we have to crack down on everything,” Solo said. “There is no time to let anything go unnoticed. We are watching video; we are in meetings; we are cracking down on everything so that we can win this tournament.” Defender Becky Sauerbrunn agreed, adding that the team has focused on “smaller” details, such as set pieces, corner kicks and defensive formations. “We’re really getting down to nitty-gritty,” Sauerbrunn said. “Right now, it’s the small details that are gonna make the biggest difference.” Forward Abby Wambach said the U.S. might rearrange its lineup and strategies for its second match against Japan so potential World Cup opponents can’t scout the team as easily. “We don’t want to do the exact same thing,” Wambach said. “We want to throw a little wrinkle into our game here or there. Look to see some different things and maybe even some different personnel (against Japan).” Wambach, who scored her 118th career international goal Saturday, said she hopes the attention to minute details will allow the team to emulate the success of the U.S. women’s national team that won the World Cup in 1999. But make no mistake — Wambach wants the legacy of the 2011 national team to be unique. “We want to define this team,” Wambach said. “Obviously, everybody knows the (1999) World Cup-winning team. We want to prove ourselves. We want to show the world that this team is, in fact, great still and we still are capable of winning world championships at the World Cup level.” Wambach also said she expects the Americans to compete at a high level once the tournament begins. “I’m pretty confident that, no matter what goes on from now until (the World Cup), we’re gonna show up,” she said. U.S. coach Pia Sundhage said she is certain the team will be ready for its first World Cup match. “We need a couple more days together,” Sundhage said. “When the game against North Korea comes on (June) 28, we’ll be ready.” The U.S.’s next match against Japan is scheduled to kick off at 7 p.m. Wednesday.
AC Milan new signing Pepe Reina is “looking forward” to integrating into the club and hopes that they will be able to build on their results from last seasonThe veteran goalkeeper joined from Serie A rivals Napoli on a free transfer earlier this month and has travelled with his new teammates to America, where they will be participating in the International Champions Cup.Reina had a successful spell at Napoli, whom he joined in a loan deal from Liverpool in 2013 and won the Coppa Italia that season, before rejoining the Light Blues on a permanent deal in the summer of 2015 from Bayern Munich.And three years later with 153 appearances under his belt, Reina chose to end his stay at Napoli in favour of joining Milan after coming so close to winning the Serie A last season.The 35-year-old told the club website: “I’m very happy. I’m really looking forward to adapting to the team quickly and contribute. I want to improve and help the team to become even stronger and overcome what was achieved last year.Reina’s experience will undoubtedly prove to be an invaluable asset for Milan alongside their teenage goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma and his 28-year-old brother Antonio Donnarumma.Maurizio Sarri satisfied despite Juventus’ draw at Fiorentina Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Maurizio Sarri was satisfied with Juventus’ performance on Saturday afternoon after finishing a tough game at Fiorentina 0-0.“I already had a good relationship with both before (the Donnarummas). It will be a fun year. All three of us feel we are number one. We are in a very important Club: we will all give our best, then coach Gattuso will decide,” he said.Reina could make his debut for Milan on Thursday in their first game of their US tour against Manchester United.Pepe Reina arrives at Milanello just in time to join the #DevilsInUSA! [email protected] per la prima volta a Milanello, pronto a volare con noi negli Stati Uniti! ?? ¡Bienvenido al equipo, Pepe! ?⚫#weareacmilan pic.twitter.com/SPozJoe76b— AC Milan (@acmilan) July 22, 2018