Liverpool forward Mohamed Salah has capped off a brilliant year by retaining the BBC African Footballer of the Year award he won last year.The Egypt international, who beat Juventus’ Medhi Benatia, Kalidou Koulibaly of Napoli, fellow Liverpool teammate Sadio Mane and Atletico Madrid’s Thomas Partey to retain his price, is just the second player after Jay-Jay Okocha to win it two consecutive years.Yaya Toure is the other player to have twice won it as the African footballer of the year award, while Nwankwo Kanu won it twice when it was called African Sports Personality award.Salah found the back of the net 44 times in 52 appearances for Liverpool during his first season with the club after joining them from Roma.The former Chelsea winger also helped the Reds reach the UEFA Champions League final, where they lost to Real Madrid.Report: Origi cause Klopp injury concerns George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Divock Origi injury in today’s game against Newcastle is a cause for concern for Jurgen Klopp.Perhaps with one eye on Tuesday’s trip to Italy…The 26-year-old has continued his fantastic form this campaign with his winner against Napoli on Tuesday helping Jurgen Klopp’s side qualify for the second Champions League.“It’s a great feeling to win again. I’m happy and I would like to win it also next year!” said Salah, according to France24.“There have been many good moments in 2018,” he added.“I’m scoring goals and helping the team to get the points to be top of the league. That’s always a great feeling.”Salah also took home the 2017 CAF Player of the Year award and is the favorite for the 2018 award which will be announced next month.
“It’s a hard thing to counteract because, again, what they’re doing is the most difficult thing to do in all of sports, in my opinion. And you have that human instinct which is ‘I want to be the hero.’ It’s a difficult thing to appreciate. Each time before that next pitch you’re like, ‘Here’s where he’s going to throw the fastball. This is the one that’s going to be in the zone.’ And in October it isn’t nearly as often as it is during the regular season.” Cody Bellinger homer gives Dodgers their first walkoff win of season While Justin Turner and Max Muncy have been productive postseason hitters, key players in the Dodgers’ lineup have built ugly postseason records. Cody Bellinger has hit .178 with 52 strikeouts in 36 postseason games. Corey Seager (albeit not fully healthy for much of his postseason career) is a .203 hitter in the postseason. A.J. Pollock was signed last winter to add balance to the lineup, but he was 0 for 13 with 11 strikeouts in the NLDS defeat.“I think human nature is to want to be the hero, which I totally understand,” Friedman said Monday, looking back on the NLDS defeat. “It’s just in October I think pitchers feed off that. They throw less fastballs. They throw less pitches in the (strike) zone. It’s just that awareness and that second-level thinking and team-wide approach I think will put us in a better position. How Dodgers pitcher Ross Stripling topped the baseball podcast empire Fire danger is on Dave Roberts’ mind as Dodgers head to San Francisco Dodgers hit seven home runs, sweep Colorado Rockies This year, the Washington Nationals hid their flawed pitching staff behind the trio of Stephen Strasburg, Max Scherzer and Patrick Corbin (pitching them in 28 of 45 innings in the NLDS) and the Dodgers hit just .220 with 64 strikeouts in five games. The Dodgers did hit nine home runs but managed just nine runs in five games without the aid of a home run – including none in the Game 4 and 5 defeats – going 5 for 37 (.135) with runners in scoring position.“Obviously we were facing great pitching,” Dodgers president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman said this week. “I don’t think there’s enough credit given to how difficult hitting is in the major leagues, especially against elite pitching. But it definitely fell short of my hopes in terms of how as a team the team offense would kind of adapt and tackle the difficulties of October pitching.”Indeed, the Nationals pitchers continued their dominance in a four-game NLCS sweep of the St. Louis Cardinals, and starting pitchers have been the stars of this postseason (with possible help from a de-juiced baseball). But Friedman acknowledged a tendency for Dodgers hitters to slip into an “all-or-nothing” mode when the at-bats become most critical.Related Articles LOS ANGELES — It happens every fall.The Dodgers’ offense has been on an undeniable four-year upswing. Each year from 2016 through 2019, they have scored more runs than the year before, hit more home runs and raised the team OPS to the point that they have led the National League in each of those three categories each of the past two regular seasons.This year, in particular, the Dodgers were confident their team-wide offense had improved in critical areas. The team average with runners in scoring position (.286) was the best in the National League. Their chase rate (28.3 percent of pitches outside the strike zone) was the lowest in the NL and they struck out less than all but two other NL teams.For the fourth consecutive October, though, that offense failed to show up in the most important times. In the postseason series that ended their season the past four years – the NLCS against the Cubs in 2016, the World Series against the Astros and Red Sox in 2017 and 2018 and this year’s first-round exit – the Dodgers have hit .203 as a team, including .197 with runners in scoring position, and struck out nearly 10 times per game. Dodgers’ Max Muncy trying to work his way out of slow start Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error
We are also running workshops for teachers of the following A level and GCSE subjects: dance drama music PE geography RS French German Spanish We hope that you are able to take advantage of this opportunity to have your say and share your experiences with us. Register to attend a November workshopWe will email you by the end of September to tell you if you have been selected to take part in the workshop. We are inviting teachers from across the country to workshops to offer their perspectives on the assessment of this summer’s reformed GCSEs, AS and A levels.The workshops will be our first opportunity to gather qualitative evidence about things that have gone well and any areas of concern. Your feedback will contribute to our thinking about the effectiveness of the reform programme.The workshops will be held in October, November and December in a central Coventry location, within walking distance of the main railway station. These are free events with a limited number of places. Your travel expenses will be reimbursed and lunch will be provided.Ideally we would like you to have taught the qualification, in its legacy and reformed version. This is so you can comment on the changes and challenges of the new qualifications and how they have been addressed.We are running workshops for teachers of the following GCSE subjects: biology chemistry physics combined science computer science history food preparation and nutrition
Growers who are anxious to buy large quantities of the newest pecan cultivar, ‘Avalon,’ will likely be disappointed as supplies are low, according to University of Georgia pecan breeder Patrick Conner. The new UGA-bred cultivar will be released this spring.Conner is currently using graft wood from certified, nontopworked trees (those grafted in nursery) to produce Avalon trees. Conner has to see the flowers and nuts of a tree to identify them as being ‘Avalon’ before certifying the tree as a source of graft wood.“That requires you to grow them until they’re 4 or 5 years old, when they flower and fruit. At that point, I can look at them and certify them as true-to-type. Then we can use that wood to produce more trees in the nursery,” he said.A limited number of trees have been certified. In a few years, enough graft wood will be available to produce enough trees to meet demand, Conner said.‘Avalon’ is the first pecan cultivar released by Conner. The cultivar shows strong resistance to pecan scab disease, which is the biggest limiting factor to pecan production in south Georgia. ‘Avalon’ exhibited no signs of scab in sprayed orchards and limited traces of scab in unsprayed orchards during research trials on the UGA Tifton campus.‘Avalon’ is patented by UGA, and four Georgia nurseries are licensed to sell the trees. Conner expects demand for ‘Avalon’ trees to be high because it produces a bigger nut and has shown high resistance to pecan scab.“I really expect it to be quite popular. It’s an easy-to-grow cultivar. It doesn’t seem to have any strong flaws that have to be managed. I think it’s something that can work for a large number of growers, those who have limited acreage as well as those who have large acreage,” Conner said.Growers will only have to apply chemicals a couple of times a year with ‘Avalon,’ Conner said. In extremely wet years, producers can spray susceptible cultivars upwards of 20 times to counter scab disease, which thrives on moisture.“Even with full spray coverage on ‘Desirable’ trees, in a really wet year, you could still get severe damage and crop loss,” Conner said. “’Avalon’ gives you some assurance during a really wet year.”Pecan production has increased dramatically in Georgia over the past decade. An estimated 20,000 to 25,000 new pecan acres have been planted in Georgia over the past five years, according to a recent survey by UGA Cooperative Extension.UGA will host a daylong “Beginners Pecan Production Course” on Tuesday, April 18, at the Tifton Campus Conference Center in Tifton, Georgia. Attendees can learn more about the ‘Avalon’ cultivar and find out about other factors that impact pecan production. Those interested can register at http://bit.ly/2nKhLV9.Pecans are a high-value crop for Georgia growers. Pecans were worth more than $361 million in farm gate value in 2015, according to the 2015 Georgia Farm Gate Value Report released by the UGA Center for Agribusiness and Economic Development.