Cristiano Ronaldo 13/2“C-Ron has played in six major tournaments for Portugal, and has finished as their top scorer only once. Dead-heat rules apply, of course, but the winger has been in stunning form for Madrid and even netted the winning penalty in the Champions League final. If Portugal get out of their group, expect plenty of goals for Ronaldo – and even more selfies of him in his Y-fronts.”The other marketsThere is endless scope for betting on any number of things in football nowadays. Here, Paddy selects his favourite alternative bets from Euro 2016…The outsider“We all love an outsider, and Portugal at 14/1 could just be the dark horses of the tournament. Sure, they’re armed with probably the best player on the planet in Cristiano Ronaldo (above), but there’s more to them than a fake-tanned, ultraripped egomaniac. Fernando Santos has an intriguing mix of youth and experience in his squad, and I fancy them to go far. If you’re not tempted by the outright bet, then 13/5 for Portugal to reach the semi finals is worth a punt.”Highest-scoring team“Look no further than our outsiders Portugal, again at 14/1. There’s no such thing as an ‘easy group’ at a major football tournament, but Group F comes close enough. With Iceland, Hungary and Austria making up the rest of the group, we expect goals. And don’t forget the Ronaldo factor – as we well know from his La Liga exploits, he knows how to find the back of the net.”Name the finalists“You’d be forgiven for thinking I’m actually from Portugal, with the amount of times I’ve tipped them up here – but I like the look of the 30/1 for Portugal and hosts France to reach the final. France are on their home patch and have a string of world-class players, including the likes of Antoine Griezmann, Paul Pogba and Hugo Lloris. The more people in the know I talk to, the more I’m coming round to Portugal making the final. Reasons outlined above!”The NAP“A tournament NAP is a must, and I’ve picked out Croatia to beat the Czech Republic at 13/10. When I say “I picked”, I actually asked our top trader and this is what he gave me. He’s a man of few words – a bit like Top Gear’s Stig – but he knows his stuff. I’ll be having a few quid on it myself.”Goalkeeper of the tournament“David de Gea at 5/1 rates a decent bet. The Spaniard looks sure to start ahead of Iker Casillas, and I fully expect the Manchester United man to carry his excellent Premier League form into the Euros. De Gea cost us a packet in man-of-the-match betting last season – his price looks generous.” 6 6 Sport magazine have teamed up with Paddy Power to bring you the odds, tips and craic on the Euros. Over to you, Paddy…“Well, the long wait is over and six weeks of pure football bliss is finally upon us. It’s great timing, too. The comedown from Leicester’s 5,000/1 Premier League fairytale had started to take a hold of me, so I can’t bloody wait to get back on the horse.“It’s a particularly special major football tournament, too, with England, Wales, the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland all heading over to France. Thousands of fans will head across the Channel, and it promises to be better than a romantic meal for two with Olivier Giroud.“Of course, we all hope and dream of Euros glory for our respective teams – but, whatever happens, we’re guaranteed some top-notch footy accompanied by plenty of beers!“What the tournament holds for England and Ireland on the pitch is a tough one to answer. England had a mightily impressive, albeit easy, qualifying campaign, and I really think we will see a side brimming with confidence thanks to the feel-good factor of a brilliant domestic season from the likes of Leicester and Tottenham. Five of Roy Hodgson’s 23-man squad hail from White Hart Lane, and they will have a big part to play as the Three Lions aim to get through a tricky group.“Of those five players, I’m expecting a massive tournament from Harry Kane. He’s the best English striker since Alan Shearer, and I’ll be having a couple of quid each way on Kane in the top goalscorer market at 14/1. I do think Roy’s Boys will make it through their group, but I’ve not a clue what will happen after that. This is England we’re talking about!“Obviously I’m Irish (if the name wasn’t a giveaway) so really I’ll be cheering Martin O’Neill’s Republic of Ireland on. We’ve done bloody well to get to the tournament, and I just hope we do ourselves justice. If we get through the group, it will be pandemonium over in Ireland. I won’t be there though. I’ll be in France for the month – so expect plenty of updates on what I’m getting up to. I’ve promised Sport magazine and Mrs Power I’ll try and keep off the red wine, so you’re in for plenty of coherent, insightful columns. Or not…”The outright marketThis is the most open international tournament in a long time. The ultimate Vardy Party. Euro 2016 has been called many things, including pointless by Scotland, but the first two are probably true. To help you pick a winner, Paddy has taken the top five in the betting and flicked through their chances.France 3/1 6 Qualifying: “Ten games, 10 wins. England dominated Group E, averaging more than three goals a game and letting in only three.”Who’ve they got? “A tricky group of Russia, Slovakia and Gareth B Wales in Group B.”Most likely result: “Don’t shoot the messenger – 2/1 favourite has England departing in the last 16. A group-stage exit is 6/1.”Can they win it? “Yes. Will they? Of course not. It’s England. They’ll go out on penalties. But there are signs that this could be the year England finally end what is now 50 years of hurt since their only major triumph. But they don’t like to talk about it and hardly ever mention it. Beating Germany in their own backyard has given the Barmy Army hope it might just happen.”Belgium 11/1Qualifying: “Belgium rather stuttered their way through Group B, but finished top thanks to heavy wins against Cyprus and, er, Andorra.”Who’ve they got? “A Group of Death containing Italy, Sweden and, worst of all, the mighty Republic of Ireland.”Most likely result: “Last 16 again, perhaps surprisingly – that’s the 15/8 favourite.”Can they win it? “Belgium weren’t quite ready for the World Cup in 2014. Give their squad a little bit longer together, they said, and they will become an unstoppable machine. And they’ve been kind of right so far; Belgium were FIFA’s top-ranked team in the world in November last year. If they can get out of their group, the Red Devils have a serious chance.”Golden BootPaddy picks out six of the best forwards set to show off their skills at the Euros this summer, and then tips up an entirely different one“I know the struggle of trying to pick a winner for a top scorer punt in any competition. In the Premier League season just gone, I had a few quid on Romelu Lukaku to do the business – and that shout was almost as bad as the BBC replacing Jeremy Clarkson with Chris Evans.“When it comes to the Euros, it doesn’t get much easier – so I found the biggest nerds I could in Power Tower to help make the perfect Euros striker out of six players at this tournament. But can any of them become its top scorer?”Zlatan Ibrahimovic 33/1“Zlat’s stats speak for themselves. Ibrahimovic has netted 62 goals in 113 games for Sweden, particularly when they need them most. When Zlatan is on fire, he’s possibly the best striker in the world – but when he’s off form so is his team, so his odds are pretty fair. Let’s just hope he’s having an off-day when the Republic of Ireland face Sweden.”Gareth Bale 50/1“We’ve made 10,000 jokes about how Gareth Bale carries Wales. The Welsh wizard scored 64 per cent of Wales’ goals in qualifying and, despite an injury-hit season at Real Madrid, he still managed to get 19 in 23 La Liga appearances. There’s no doubt he’s worth a second look in the top scorer betting.” 6 6 Qualifying: “None. They qualified automatically as hosts so haven’t played competitively since the World Cup.”Who’ve they got? “They lead the way in Group A, alongside Romania, Albania and Switzerland.”Most likely result: “It’s close, but they are 3/1 to win the whole thing – and the same price to go out in the last 16.”Can they win it? “Definitely. Their squad is littered with quality players such as Antoine Griezmann, Dimitri Payet, Gorgeous Giroud and Paul Pogba. In the run-up to the Euros they’ve picked up wins over Germany, Portugal, the Netherlands and Russia – and, with only four of their 23-man squad over 30, they have one of the youngest sides out there.”Germany 4/1Qualifying: “Germany topped Group D with 22 points from 10 games, most famously losing to the Republic of Ireland. Never forget that.”Who’ve they got? “Ukraine, Poland and Michael O’Neill’s Northern Ireland in Group C.”Most likely result: “The favourite is currently for them to make the quarter finals only – at 11/4.”Can they win it? “Duh. They’re the world champions. Despite losing to the Republic of Ireland and Poland, they blew the rest of Group D away. After finally delivering a major trophy for Yogi Low in 2014, the pressure is off. Twenty years on from winning Euro ’96 on English soil, they’re looking to become the third side to win the Euros after a World Cup triumph.”Spain 5/1 6 Qualifying: “Spain won Group C by five points, losing just once – away in Slovakia – and conceding only three goals in 10 matches.”Who’ve they got? “Czech Republic, Turkey and Croatia in Group D.”Most likely result: “A last-16 exit is the 11/5 favourite in this market – you can get 8/1 on them not making it out of the group.”Can they win it? “Read the papers and they will tell you that Spain internationally are on the decline. They seemingly ignore the fact that Spanish clubs have won every European competition for the last three seasons. For all their ‘weaknesses’, Spain have lost only twice since October 2014 and have warmed up with results against Italy, England and Bosnia- Herzegovina.”England 8/1 Jamie Vardy 33/1“He’s having a party! As well as sending WKD sales through the roof, Jamie Vardy is also a half-decent striker. Such is his rise up the European striker rankings, the Leicester man wouldn’t even have been in the betting a year ago. Newly married Vardy has already broken a Premier League record during a fairytale season for the Foxes. There’s no reason why he can’t do it for England, too.”Thomas Muller 8/1“Nine qualifying matches for Thomas Muller. Nine goals for Thomas Muller. That’s how the German rolls. The Bayern Munich star terrorises defences every time he pulls on the white shirt – with a couple of shaky back lines in Germany’s group, he looks a very solid bet.”Antoine Griezmann 9/1“The pressure is on Griezmann in the absence of naughty Karim Benzema, and France’s hopes of winning their first major tournament in more than a decade will to some extent rest on the 25-year-old who has been in fine form for Atletico Madrid. Griezmann’s scoring boots are almost always on – if he brings his La Liga form to the table, he could be worth a few quid.”
But in it, he gave away the Warriors’ gameplan for the first … Here’s what we’ve learned so far about the Warriors halfway through thee 2019-2020 preseason:The Warriors are going to be a fancy version of the Rockets(Doug Duran/Bay Area News Group)Stephen Curry played 26 minutes in Thursday’s preseason game against the sad, dumpy, Minnesota Timberwolves, scoring 40 points on 14-of-19 shooting, 6-of-9 from beyond the line.It was a really good performance from the two-time NBA MVP.
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest We’re at least two weeks away yet for harvesting anything unless it gets hot again.The tile lines are dry and in between the plants are stunted and green. There are some fields in the area that are pretty even that may come off this week. I know I do not have any ready yet.I checked some corn and the moisture is anywhere from 26% to 27% on the tile line. Then in between the plants are green and little and I don’t know what we are going to do. It will be interesting. I have hydraulic deck plates but we may have to run all of the tile lines first and readjust. There will be some different shenanigans going on to get ready for this harvest.We are finishing our last ditching job. We are done with tile until beans and corn are off and then we have another 140 acres to do this fall.We got nine-tenths to an inch with this last rain. The town of Delphos got 6 to 7.5 inches of rain and were flooded out again. Hancock County didn’t get too much. The rain had to help some of the beans.The cover crops are coming up. I have some rye to plant this week. With the manure I thought it might get too tall this winter so I wanted to wait a bit to plant that.I think harvest could go fast once it get started because only half the trucks will be going up and down the road, but then we have all of these green plants still out there. I don’t know what to expect.
The Northeast Frontier Railway (NFR) has declined to transport four elephants from eastern Assam’s Tinsukia to Ahmedabad for the July 4 Jagannath Rath Yatra until the Gauhati High Court resolves the matter and the State Forest Department clarifies an order of the Supreme Court regarding transfer of elephants.Assam-based animal rights activists Urmi Mala Das and Nandini Baruah had on Friday filed a public interest litigation at the high court challenging the Assam government’s decision to transport four juvenile elephants, two of them females, in railway wagons to Ahmedabad. Their PIL followed a petition filed via email to the court by Canada-based activist Sangeeta Iyer.PIL filed“We will not dispatch the elephants unless we receive a clarification sought from the Forest Division on an order by the Supreme Court. Besides, there is a PIL to watch out for,” said Masood Alom, the Additional Divisional Railway Manager of NFR’s Tinsukia Division. Hearing a case related to Kerala, the SC had in May 2016 said: “The state government shall not issue any ownership certificate to any of the persons in possession of elephants. That apart, the persons who are in possession of elephants shall not transfer the elephants outside the state nor shall they part with the elephants by way of transfer in any manner…” Officials of NRF’s zonal headquarters in Guwahati’s Maligaon confirmed the decision not to transport the elephants until the legal issues are resolved. They also trashed reports that the elephants were being dispatched quietly before the PIL is heard on Monday.
Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMANILA, Philippines—San Miguel’s loss to Columbian Dyip wasn’t just treated as an ordinary defeat back in the Beermen’s camp.The defending Philippine Cup champions saw it as a challenge, and nearly almost an insult, and they promptly vowed to change their ways before they faced Barangay Ginebra.ADVERTISEMENT Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town MOST READ Christian Standhardinger happy for Andray Blatche, questionable for 6th Fiba window PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss LATEST STORIES ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes View comments Marcio Lassiter, who came up big in the clutch for the Beermen against Ginebra, said it was their fault why they lost since he knew they didn’t play at their best when they lost to the Dyip.“It definitely hurts you know, we just expect to play better,” said Lassiter who had 16 points, five rebounds, six assists, and two steals against Ginebra. “We knew what was wrong. We figured it out and we just have to get going at it, keep on working to be better.”“Pretty much that loss was not us, that’s very uncharacteristic of us and tonight was a better showing of how we’re capable of playing.”San Miguel held a big lead at the start of the fourth quarter against Ginebra, 78-57, but nearly lost it in the end after the Gin Kings went on a frenzied 32-16 run to trim the margin to five, 94-89, after LA Tenorio’s triple with 1:29 left in the game.That was when Lassiter went to work his magic when he caught Von Pessumal’s errant pass and calmly drained a big three-pointer for the Beermen’s 97-89 lead 1:15 remaining.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Lassiter’s dagger, however, wouldn’t have happened if not for the quick thinking of Pessumal and the backup shooting guard’s late stay on the floor was even unlikelier.Pessumal played around 10.6 minutes a game in the past season usually serving as backup to Lassiter, Chris Ross, and Alex Cabagnot but with San Miguel missing key players including new acquisition Terrence Romeo the substitute winger had to step in.“I just stay ready to play every game,” said Pessumal, who 13 points, three rebounds, and two assists in 26 minutes of play. “I’m thankful to coach Leo [Austria] because he trusted me to be in the starting 5 so it means a lot to me. I have to repay him also.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Lacson backs proposal to elect president and vice president in tandem Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants San Miguel has built a dynasty having won six of the possible 12 titles including four straight Philippine Cups and the team was expected to run away with an easy victory against the Dyip, who only has one playoff series in their existence, but the opposite happened as humble Columbian stunned the Beermen 124-118.The mighty Beermen, who regained their form, promptly recovered and dumped the Gin Kings on Sunday at Smart Araneta Coliseum as if reminding the rest of the league of their powerhouse status.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine football chiefSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool stars“We we’re truly hurt because that was our first game and we lost,” said 2013 MVP Arwind Santos in Filipino. “Everyone expected that we would win the game [against Columbian] but we failed. And since we failed that we saw how we were beaten and we saw our errors on defense.”Santos, who tied his career-high of 34 points in the loss to the Dyip, was quieter in the win against Ginebra putting up just six points but had one steal and two blocks on the other end of the floor.