iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Much of the country is seeing a rather quiet weather weekend. In the wake of a frontal system, much of the Midwest and parts of the Northeast are seeing a chilly spring Sunday morning. Temperatures are in the 20s and 30s in parts of the Great Lakes and Ohio River Valley.However, the quiet weather will turn more turbulent this week as a system moving through the Northwest Sunday morning heads toward the central U.S. in the coming days. The pattern change will bring several days of potentially significant severe weather in the central U.S. It will also spread spring warmth across nearly two-thirds of the nation from Texas to New England.The weather pattern makes a multiday severe weather event likely across the middle of the country. The first round of damaging winds, large hail and brief tornadoes comes on Monday from western Texas to southern South Dakota, including Dodge City, Sioux Falls and Amarillo.On Tuesday, the activity moves into the Central Plains. An increased risk for severe weather is already being predicted for parts of Kansas, Nebraska, Iowa and Missouri. A slight risk for severe weather exists from Oklahoma to Iowa. While damaging winds and large hail are the main threat, tornadoes remain possible.The potential for severe weather ramps up on Wednesday over much of Oklahoma and Kansas. Storms on Wednesday could be particularly strong, with a few tornadoes possible — some of which could be strong. Oklahoma City; Wichita, Kansas; and the Kansas City metro areas are all at risk. While some details remain uncertain, it appears increasingly likely that a significant tornado threat will exist in this region by midweek.Temperatures rise above averageMeanwhile, ahead of the system, very warm air will surge northward all the way to the Canadian border. Temperatures are on the rise already on Sunday morning for the entire Northern Plains, with temperatures nearing 80 degrees or higher all the way to North Dakota. From Denver to North Platte, Nebraska to Rapid City, South Dakota, temperatures are nearly 10 to 15 degrees above average for this time of the year.By Tuesday, the warm weather will cover nearly two-thirds of the country. Temperatures in parts of the Great Lakes, Midwest and mid-Atlantic — including Chicago, Detroit, Washington, D.C., and Philadelphia — will be around 10 degrees above average. This will be the start of several warm days for the Northeast, with plenty of sunshine.With the warmth building during the midweek, it will suddenly feel like summertime in the Northeast by Thursday and Friday. The temperatures could be almost 90 degrees for parts of the I-95 corridor. This is the warmest air mass much of this region has seen since August and September 2017.High temperatures on both days will likely be nearly 20 degrees above average.After weeks of dealing with cool weather, temperatures in the Northeast won’t even drop below the typical afternoon average by the end of the week. Overnight lows in the mid- to upper-60s are likely by the end of the week.Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.
About the Artist: With a desire to celebrate the magic of live theater and those who create it, and with a deep reverence for such touchstones as the work of Al Hirschfeld and the wall at Sardi’s, Squigs is happy and grateful to be among those carrying on the traditions where theater and caricature meet. He was born and raised in Oregon, lived in Los Angeles for quite a long time and now calls New York City his home. The Public Theater’s Shakespeare in the Park presentation of The Tempest opens officially on June 16. The Michael Greif-helmed production features stage and screen favorites Sam Waterston and Jesse Tyler Ferguson. To commemorate the big night, Broadway.com resident artist Justin “Squigs” Robertson penned this sketch of the cast. It’s a drawing as dreams are made on.In addition to Waterson as Prospero and Ferguson as Trinculo, the portrait features Chris Perfetti as Arel, Louis Cancelmi as Caliban, Francesca Carpanini as Miranda, Rodney Richardson as Ferdinand, Danny Mastrogiorgio as Stephano, Charles Parnell as Alonso, Bernard White as Gonzalo, Cotter Smith as Antonio and Frank Harts as Sebastian.Congratulations to the cast of The Tempest! Stay dry! Or don’t? View Comments
The NBA has opened an investigation of its own, ESPN reported, citing sources.Tennant spent five years with the Time Warner and then Spectrum SportsNet networks, where she worked on baseball, basketball and soccer telecasts and studio shows. She left Spectrum SportsNet LA in the fall of 2017 and reportedly shut down her social media accounts for months. She eventually resurfaced with a job for Amazon Prime covering the Association of Volleyball Professionals tour and currently hosts a podcast called Ceremony Wellness in which she says she hopes to help people “heal physically and emotionally.”Neither Walton, Tennant nor their legal representation could be reached for comment by the Southern California News Group as of Monday night.Staff writer Kyle Goon contributed to this story. Former L.A. sports reporter Kelli Tennant has filed a lawsuit against Luke Walton, alleging he sexually assaulted her while he was an assistant with the Golden State Warriors, as first reported by TMZ Sports on Monday.According to the report, the lawsuit details a meeting when Tennant said Walton forced himself onto her in a Santa Monica hotel room. No date was reportedly given for the alleged assault, but the lawsuit says it happened after the publication of Tennant’s book, “The Transition: Every Athlete’s Guide To Life After Sports.” The book was published in 2014, and Walton wrote the foreword.According to the legal documents obtained by TMZ, Tennant said Walton pinned her down to the bed, kissing and groping her despite her screaming to stop. She said he let her up, but forced himself against her again as she walked toward the door before finally allowing her to leave the room.Tennant covered the Lakers as well as the Dodgers as a reporter for Spectrum SportsNet LA, where she had to cover Walton as a part of her job. The lawsuit reportedly detailed that Tennant had uncomfortable encounters with Walton, including a May 2017 incident in which Walton hugged her while making a comment about her attire. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersThe TMZ report noted Tennant did not report Walton’s actions when they occurred and it is unclear, based on legal documents, what prompted her to come forward with the allegations now.Walton was on the Warriors’ staff from 2014 to 2016, before the Lakers hired him to be their head coach. Walton spent the past three seasons as head coach of the Lakers before mutually parting ways with the team on April 12 following a disappointing 2018-19 season. A few days later, he was officially hired as head coach of the Sacramento Kings following a face-to-face meeting between Walton and Kings general manager Vlade Divac. Walton’s wife, Bre Ladd, attended his introductory news conference April 15 at Golden 1 Center in Sacramento.The Lakers said they had no knowledge of the incident while Walton was the team’s head coach, and said they would have acted on the information if they had learned of it.“At no time before or during his employment here was this allegation reported to the Lakers,” the team said in a statement. “If it had been, we would have immediately commenced an investigation and notified the NBA. Since Luke Walton is now under contract to another team, we will have no further comment.”The Sacramento Kings issued a statement that they were aware of the report and had no comment. The Warriors issued a similar statement, indicating that they had only heard of the incident for the first time on Monday evening and were gathering more information. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error
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Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Todd Hubbs, Department of Agricultural and Consumer Economics University of IllinoisMarket attention continues to focus on the potential size of the U.S. corn and soybean crops. Acreage totals look to remain uncertain for the rest of the year and any adjustments in the next WASDE report may not reflect the changes facing both crops this year. U.S. average yields appear set to move lower in the upcoming WASDE report as severe delays in planting indicate reduced yield potential.Expectations for the U.S. average corn and soybean yields this year continue to deteriorate over recent weeks as planting delays dragged on over much of the Corn Belt. In particular, states in the eastern Corn Belt dealt with extremes moisture and massive delays this year. Yield potential falls for corn planted after the second or third weeks of May, all other conditions equal. Even though progress accelerated last week on drier weather, corn planting after May 25 came in at a higher than average percentage. Based on the USDA’s weekly Crop Progress report, an estimated 51% of the corn acreage in the 18 major corn-producing states went in the ground after May 25, compared to the average of 16.8% from 1986 through 2018. Typically, late-planted acres remain isolated in specific areas of the country. While most of the very late planting this year occurred in eastern corn-producing states, a substantial amount of late-planted acreage occurred in almost every Corn Belt state.The USDA’s weekly ratings of corn conditions due out this week in the Crop Conditions report should provide an initial indication of the 2019 crop. This conditions report is setting up to be one of the worst on record. Data available since 1986 indicate that as of the 23rd week of the year (June 9 this year), an average of 67% of the crop rated in good or excellent condition at the end of the 23rd week (excluding 1995 when ratings were not yet available due to extremely late planting). The five worst years for good and excellent ratings (excluding 1995) were 1992 (42%), 1988 (47%), 1996 (50%), 1990 (52%), and 1993 (57%). Late-planted corn acreage including 1995 came in well-above average in each of these years except for 1992 and 1988.Crop condition ratings usually fall as the growing season progresses. Early season ratings do not supply an unbiased indication of the final U.S. average yield. Even so, the upcoming rating, along with severe planting conditions, should keep yield expectations low. If one includes 1995 with the five years mentioned above with the worst good and excellent ratings, the U.S. average corn yield came in above trend in only 1992 (+11 bushels) and 1990 (+2 bushels). The average yield over all six years totaled nine bushels below trend. While the upcoming WASDE report may not fade the corn yield very much, an expectation this year for corn yield at or below trend appears reasonable.Soybean planting lagged well behind average pace this year as well. As of the June 3 Crop Progress report, 39% of the crop in the 18 major soybean producing states was planted. An expectation of substantial planting progress over the next few weeks is in place. Based on the USDA’s weekly Crop Progress report, an estimated 72% of the soybean acreage in the 18 major soybean-producing states went in the ground after May 25. This amount sits well above the average from 1986 through 2018 of 39.2%. Field trials in Illinois indicate yield losses higher than 10% after May 20 with increasing levels as planting moves into June. Planting after June 10 led to almost a 20% loss expectation for soybean yields. While this seems drastic, actual national data on soybean yields rarely falls outside a range of 3 bushels from trend. Due to the later planting of soybeans this year, the first crop condition ratings for soybeans looks to be out in the next two weeks depending on the percentage of the crop emerged. Crop condition ratings for soybeans tend to decline more than corn as the growing season advances. Like corn, early season ratings do not provide a reliable indicator of the final U.S. average yield.Lower yield expectations for corn and soybeans seem plausible. By factoring in late planting, a conservative yield estimate for corn near 170 bushels per acre, 4.5 bushels below the current USDA projection, appears reasonable. Uncertainty regarding acreage levels for corn will linger, but acreage reduction in the 7 million to 12 million acres range produces a corn crop 1.7 billion to 2.2 billion bushels smaller than currently projected by the USDA. For soybeans, an average yield of 47.8 bushels, which sits 1.7 bushels lower than the current USDA projection, fits current conditions. If one assumes 2 million additional soybean acres due to switching, soybean production comes in 150 million bushels less than forecast by the USDA.
And then after Larry Bird joked during a postgame ceremony that he was “15 when Dirk came into the league and now I’m 62,” Nowitzki let fly with a realization the 40-year-old said he reached in recent days.It’s time for the most accomplished European player in NBA history to retire after scoring a season-high 30 points in a 120-109 victory over the Phoenix Suns on Tuesday night.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics“As you guys might expect, this is my last home game,” Nowitzki said, doing a better job of fighting his emotions than he did at the end of a timeout in the second quarter, after a tribute video showing his holiday visit to a children’s hospital a little more than two years ago.“This is obviously super, super emotional. Just too many people to really thank. I put you guys on a helluva ride with a lot of ups and downs, and you guys always stuck with me and supported me, so I appreciate it.” MOST READ Dallas Mavericks’ Dirk Nowitzki acknowledges cheers from fans as he walks off the court following the team’s NBA basketball game against the Phoenix Suns in Dallas, Tuesday, April 9, 2019. The team honored Nowitkzi, who played his final home game of his 21-year career. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)DALLAS — Dirk Nowitzki cried near midcourt when the second quarter was about to resume.The Dallas Mavericks star nearly jumped for joy with a huge smile on his face after a rare dunk prompted thunderous applause from a crowd celebrating the final home game of his record 21st season with the same franchise.ADVERTISEMENT SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte #L3GACY: Dwyane Wade goes out a winner in Miami Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting The legacy, however, is.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next 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 The 14-time All-Star got the farewell treatment on the road anyway, with opposing fans chanting “We want Dirk” and giving him standing ovations, and LA Clippers coach Doc Rivers stopping a game, grabbing a public address microphone and honoring Nowitzki.It should happen again Wednesday night in San Antonio, Dallas’ season finale. Nowitzki said he gave almost all he had in the final home game but wanted to put up a few more jumpers against probably the biggest rival of his career.Just as owner Mark Cuban hinted, the final home game trumped all those road shows. Tribute videos before, during and after the game. Shots of former teammates on the video board. A large collection of Dallas Cowboys, including stars Dak Prescott and Ezekiel Elliott, in a suite.Nowitzki wondered why the postgame video included him talking about the players he idolized growing up in Germany. Then he saw Charles Barkley on the court. And Bird. Scottie Pippen. Shawn Kemp. Detlef Schrempf, the notable countryman to come before him in the NBA.“The only guy that was missing was MJ,” Nowitzki said, referring to Michael Jordan — the player he passed to become the oldest to score at least 30 in a game. “That was my No. 1. They brought Larry Legend. I mean, it’s, that was an emotional moment when I saw all five of them and I was in shock really.”41.21.1.Watch as @swish41 is honored by the @dallasmavs and NBA Legends in an emotional ceremony following his final home game! #Dirk #MFFLhttps://t.co/J4xdbxn7w5— NBA (@NBA) April 10, 2019Nowitzki went out firing, hoisting 31 shots — the most since he was in prime and gearing up to lead the only championship in franchise history early in the 2010-11 season. He made 11, was 5 of 14 from 3-point range, grabbed eight rebounds and matched a season high with three assists. “This is my last home game…”@swish41 addresses the crowd post-game in Dallas. 41.21.1 x #Dirk x #MFFL pic.twitter.com/xFWPOhEDIb— NBA (@NBA) April 10, 2019Nowitzki never shared his retirement plans because he didn’t want a farewell tour, but he also said he only began serious deliberations on retirement when his lower body gave him issues late in the season.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated LATEST STORIES Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid The final bucket at home of his likely Hall of Fame career was his signature one-legged fadeaway from just above the free throw line — yes, there was a tribute video for that too, starring Kevin Durant and LeBron James.That shot had a practical purpose as well, pushing the Dallas lead back to 12 after the Mavericks let a 30-point halftime cushion dwindle to four in the fourth quarter.The sellout crowd that followed Cuban’s orders by showing up early chanted “M-V-P” and “One more year” throughout the game. But after he made the announcement, the chant turned to “Thank you, Dirk” as Cuban started to speak .“There’s no words that I could possibly say to describe how I feel what you meant to this organization, but I can make you all kinds of promises,” Cuban said.“I’ll promise you that you have a job for life. I don’t care what you do. I’ll promise you that we’ll retire your number, not a tough decision. And I’ll promise you we will put the biggest … statue ever. And we’ll put it right in front of the arena.”The smooth-shooting 7-footer changed the game when the Mavericks traded for the 20-year-old, taken ninth overall in the 1998 draft. He was the first player that big to be a legitimate threat at the 3-point line.Nowitzki, sitting at 31,540 points with one game left, gave the home crowd another thrill last month by passing Wilt Chamberlain to regain sixth on the career scoring list. Nowitzki reached that spot last season, but James passed him.“It will never be the same around here,” said Rick Carlisle, who coached Nowitzki for his final 11 seasons. “It just won’t.”The NBA’s highest-scoring foreign-born player broke Kobe Bryant’s record of 20 seasons with the same franchise, although it took longer than expected because of setbacks following ankle surgery that sidelined Nowitzki for the first 26 games. Bryant retired from the Lakers three years ago.“It’s been a long time coming, struggling this year with my foot,” Nowitzki said. “It just doesn’t make any sense any more physically. I think mentally I could still do it. I can always push myself to work out and work hard. But physically, the foot is just not quite there.” Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles View comments
Based on average Elo rating of the division’s teams.Source: Pro-Football-Reference.com And the rest of the AFC West has improved — by leaps and bounds, in some cases. After Week 12 of the 2015 season, the Broncos’ division rivals — the Chiefs, Raiders and San Diego Chargers — had an average Elo rating of 1489, well below the NFL-wide average of 1505. K.C.’s Elo rating ranked seventh in the league, and the Chiefs were five victories into what would eventually be an 11-game winning streak. But the Raiders and Chargers were each in the league’s bottom third, and the AFC West was fourth among the NFL’s eight divisions in overall average Elo.This year’s AFC West, by contrast, easily ranks first in all of football in average Elo. The Chiefs’ Elo rating has improved by 32 points from where it was this time last season, the Chargers’ by 68 points and the Raiders’ by a stunning 139 points — that makes Oakland the league’s second-most-improved team over that span (trailing only the Dallas Cowboys). With an average Elo of 1578, the 2016 AFC West is on pace to be the NFL’s 10th-best division since the league merged with the AFL before the 1970 season. 22007AFC South41608 31984AFC West51600 Rushing offense-1.6-1.82023 Defense+6.6+4.811 Special teams-0.3-1.42526 How the 2015 and 2016 Broncos compare 52014NFC West41588 Passing defense+4.8+5.711 YEARDIVISIONTEAMSAVG. ELO 2015 numbers are for the full season; 2016 numbers are as of Nov. 27.Offensive and defensive EPA won’t necessarily match the sum of rushing and passing EPA on each side of the ball because penalties are tracked in a separate category.Source: ESPN Stats & Information Group 61976AFC Central41583 92008NFC East41581 For most of the season, the Denver Broncos’ bid to repeat as Super Bowl champs looked like it would be relatively smooth sailing. The Broncos opened the season as the best team in the NFL according to FiveThirtyEight’s Elo ratings, and before this weekend, our playoff predictions (which are based on Elo) never gave the team less than a 74 percent chance of making it to the postseason. Going into Sunday night’s game against the division-rival Kansas City Chiefs, Denver had a healthy 76 percent chance of punching a return ticket to the playoffs.But after losing to K.C. when Chiefs kicker Cairo Santos banked in a game winner off the left upright as time expired, Denver unexpectedly finds itself in a precarious situation. The Broncos are in third place in the AFC West, a game behind the Chiefs and two behind the Oakland Raiders, and our model gives Denver only a 54 percent chance of returning to the playoffs. All of a sudden, the Broncos’ title defense is in doubt.How did Denver get into this predicament? For one thing, the team’s quality of play has slipped ever so slightly compared with last season. At this stage of the 2015 season, Denver ranked fourth in the NFL with a 1661 Elo rating, and our model assigned them a 10 percent probability of winning the Super Bowl. This year, despite competing with fewer great teams, the Broncos rank fifth with a 1606 Elo and a 4 percent Super Bowl probability. If they instead sported that 1661 rating from last season, this year’s Broncos would be second in the NFL, nipping at the New England Patriots’ heels for the right to be No. 1.For a while this season, the Broncos’ defense looked like it might be able to keep steady with the all-time great D the team assembled last season, and Denver still has the best defense in football according to expected points added. But like most of history’s dominant defenses, the Broncos’ D has experienced some reversion to the mean, and the team is now getting 4.8 EPA per game out of its defense rather than the 6.6 they got last season. As expected, Denver’s offense has improved under first-year starting QB Trevor Siemian (it would have been hard not to, given how poorly Peyton Manning played last season), but it hasn’t been enough to offset that defensive regression and a drop-off on special-teams after adjusting for strength of schedule.1If you add up Denver’s EPA on offense, defense and special teams, you’ll find that the Broncos have a better per-game point differential this seaon than they did in 2015. (By definition, EPA is designed to add up to a team’s points-per-game differential.) But the Broncos have also played an easier schedule this season; according to Pro-Football-Reference.com’s simple rating system, the 2016 Broncos (+5.4 SRS) are running slightly behind their 2015 form (+5.8) after adjusting for strength of schedule. As a result, the Broncos are no better off now than they were last year. 102016AFC West41578 Passing offense-1.1+2.22720 42004AFC East41590 Rushing defense+2.5-0.5527 Offense-2.6+0.72518 71975AFC Central41581 All of this has conspired to make the Broncos’ bid for a championship repeat far more daunting than it seemed before the season began. Only 12 teams with an Elo rating as high as Denver’s current mark have missed the playoffs since the merger,2Most recently, the 2008 New England Patriots. but right now, it’s basically a tossup as to whether the Broncos will become No. 13. And because the Broncos’ playoff odds would have been much higher if they’d won or tied Sunday night, their playoff fate might end up depending on — of all things — the few inches that determined where Santos’s kick went after glancing off the goalpost in overtime.Check out our latest NFL predictions. 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Ohio State used seven two-out runs to top Indiana 10-8 Sunday in the deciding game of the three-game series at Bill Davis Stadium. A bases-loaded throwing error in the first inning by Indiana catcher Dylan Swift got the scoring started for the Buckeyes, who claimed a 4-1 lead in the first. Errors by left fielder Zach Hurley and second baseman Cory Kovanda in the fourth inning allowed the Hoosiers to get back in the game, and a solo home run from Indiana designated hitter Josh Lyon tied the game at five in the top of the fifth inning. “Once they tied the game, I came in and said that we got to quit fighting ourselves,” said Brian DeLucia, who went 3-for-3 with 4 RBI. “We need to play to get on the bases instead of playing to hit home runs and doubles and triples. Our main focus needs to be to produce runs.” The Buckeyes seemed to listen to DeLucia, as they responded with three of their two-out runs in the fifth. DeLucia, Matt Streng and Tyler Engle each had an RBI in the inning. Wild pitching from Indiana allowed the Buckeyes to add two runs to their lead in the sixth.Two Buckeyes reached base on walks, and two more were struck by pitches in the inning. Indiana tacked on two runs in the seventh and came within feet of two more as Tyler Roger’s fly ball was caught at the wall. A solo home run in the ninth gave the Hoosiers some hope, but their comeback effort fell short. It was a much-needed bounce-back win for OSU, who fell to Indiana 6-4 in extra innings in an error-filled game Saturday. “We needed to show some mental toughness, and I think they did that,” coach Bob Todd said. The Buckeyes moved to 3-2 in the conference with the win. They have the week off and will begin a three-game series with the Big Ten-leading Michigan State Spartans at 3 p.m. Friday in East Lansing, Mich.
Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe spoke to the press of his disappointment after losing 2-1 at home to Manchester United at Vitality Stadium on Saturday.Callum Wilson opened the scoring for AFC Bournemouth but Anthony Martial equalized before the break, but a stoppage-time goal by Marcus Rashford left Eddie Howe and his team empty-handed.“It’s a tough one for us today. I think a lot of the aspects of our game were really good, especially during the opening period. We passed the ball well and there was a really good intensity to our play.” Howe said at a post-match press conference, via AFCB.Liverpool legend Nicol slams Harry Maguire’s Man United form Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Steve Nicol believes Harry Maguire has made some “horrendous mistakes” recently, and has failed to find his best form since joining Manchester United.“We were disappointed at half-time that we weren’t winning and we felt that we deserved to be leading by more than one. We knew the second half was going to be a different game.“Manchester United changed things and made substitutions but I was pleased with my players attitudes to the game and they gave everything to the match.“It was one of the best first-half performances I’ve seen us have in the Premier League since being promoted. I can’t fault anyone in terms of effort.”