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Ohio Crop Progress — April 16, 2018

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Saturated fields had begun to dry out toward the end of last week only to have rain arrive by the weekend for most of Ohio. There were 1.7 day suitable for fieldwork in Ohio during the week ending April 15, according to Cheryl Turner, Ohio State Statistician with the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service. Fertilizer applications and spring herbicide applications occurred when high winds did not curtail applications. Oats were finally going in the ground and Winter Wheat was jointing this week, but both crops were behind 5 year average progress. Some Winter Wheat fields were under water by the weekend. Vegetables were reportedly being planted and those that have been planted for weeks now are emerging despite the cool, wet weather.Click here to read the full reportlast_img read more

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JCARR sends water changes back to ODA

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Joel Penhorwood, Ohio Ag NetThe Joint Committee on Agency Rule Review (JCARR) met on Monday in the latest of the ongoing matters regarding Gov. John Kasich’s executive order to designate eight Ohio watersheds as “distressed.”JCARR voted 8-1 to send the rule back to the Ohio Department of Agriculture due to the proposed amendments to the Ohio Administrative Code possibly being in conflict with the legislative intent of the statue under which they were proposed.“What this essentially means is it will give us a chance to work with the new administration on these rules and there won’t be that pressure to get these things run through like it was being done under Gov. Kasich,” said Tony Seegers, director of state policy for Ohio Farm Bureau. “It went just as we had hoped it would. The committee, after our testimony and testimony of others, agreed with us and decided to tell the agency what’s called revise and refile the rule, so that rule has gone back to the Department of Agriculture.”Seegers said Farm Bureau and other ag groups had several concerns from a rule-making perspective.“Our first argument was it exceeded the statutory authority of the agency. Basically our argument is that the definition of agriculture pollution does not include commercial fertilizer and they were trying to regulate commercial fertilizer as an agriculture pollutant. It violated statutory intent for the same reasons. We said the justification for the rule in the business impact analysis was faulty because basically the report they relied on to designate eight sub-watersheds in the Western Lake Erie Basin was faulty,” he said. “Therefore, if those are faulty and that’s the reason why you’re doing these rules, then it’s based on a faulty premise. Also the fiscal analysis was not accurate because they said it would only add $1.5 million in state expenditure and would require only one additional person in each of the 13 counties for these areas. Our argument is it’s going to take a heck of a lot more staff and a lot more money.”Seegers said there is some optimism to the issues down the road with a new incoming administration.“Farm Bureau has been continuing to work on this water quality issue with all of our commodity folks and other partners, including the Nature Conservancy and other environmental groups,” he said. “We will definitely continue on in this new administration to work on these issues.”The full text of the JCARR finding is as follows:In accordance with Ohio Revised Code 106.022, the Joint Committee on Agency Rule Review finds that proposed amended versions of Ohio Administrative Code 901:13-1-11, 901:13-1-19, and 901:13-1-99 which were before the joint committee on December 10, 2018 may be in conflict with the legislative intent of the statute under which they were proposed (ORC 106.022 (B)) and that the department has failed to demonstrate that the regulatory intent of the proposed rules justifies its adverse impact on business (ORC 106.022 (F)) and but for this authorization, may have resulted in a recommendation to invalidate. Therefore, the joint committee authorizes the Department of Agriculture the opportunity to revise and refile the proposed rules to avoid these possible deficiencies. As stated in ORC 106.022, the Department is afforded a maximum of 30 days from the date of receipt of this finding to review this authorization and make any needed revisions before refiling the rules with the Joint Committee.In a statement, ODA Director of Communication’s Mark Bruce said, “We’re disappointed in this latest delay but we will continue to work and do what we can to improve the health of Lake Erie. The department is hopeful our recent efforts have started conversations for meaningful action, from all parties, that will accomplish our shared goals of improved water quality in Lake Erie and across Ohio.”Representative Steven Arndt spoke on the issue of water quality at the Ohio No-Till Conference on the day following after the announcement.“We passed the Clean Lake 2020 back in May and unfortunately, not any money has been utilized or directed at all,” Arndt said. “I can tell you probably within the next several days, we’ll be pulling the rulemaking process out of the Clean Lake 2020 to speed it up. By the end of the year, we’ll be releasing one third of the resources for the soil and water districts to start laying out those plans and strategies on those specific watersheds of getting those specific types of improvements — whether it’s a controlled water facility, an edge of field treatment, variable rate technology and subsurface placement — those plans will start to be worked on now immediately with the soil and water conservation districts. That was the hope with the Clean Lake 2020, to get the money out there on the street, making decent improvements now as opposed to having protracted the rulemaking process. It’s a good thing. The new administration will certainly have the ability to help us continue to drive this investment back home.”JCARR members include: Larry Wolpert – Executive Director of JCARR; Sen. Joe Uecker – JCARR Chairman; Rep. Mike Duffey – JCARR Vice Chairman; Frank Strigari – Senate Majority;  Chief Legal Counsel Mike Lenzo – House Majority;  Chief Legal Counsel David Miran – Department of Agriculture; Legal Counsel Julie Hartzell –Applications Group Manager, LIS; and Megan Cummiskey – Assistant Deputy Director, LSC.last_img read more

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Easy loans from ‘state bank of tomato’, courtesy U.P. Congress

first_imgThe Uttar Pradesh Congress has started the ‘state bank of tomato’, with facilities like easy loans for buying tomatoes, attractive interest rates on its deposit and locker facility, as a novel way to protest the soaring price of the vegetable.The ‘bank’, which is being operated from the Youth Congress office at Mall Avenue in the state capital, has today, on the second day of the protest, got some 18 buyers and is evoking keen interest among the people.Former party spokesperson Anshu Awasthi, who is leading the campaign as the ‘bank’s chief manager’, said they have some interesting schemes like doubling the tomatoes deposited with it, 80% loans for buying the vegetable especially for the poor.“Seeing the response, we have started another ‘branch’ in Aliganj here… We got some 11 kg of tomatoes deposited with us and have given away one-and-a-half kg on loan in which the buyer will be paying back in instalments of ₹10 each,” Ms. Awasthi said.Some shopkeepers are depositing tomatoes with us, he said adding the ‘bank’ will operate from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.“The idea is not just to lodge protest but also to create awareness among the people about the soaring price of the vegetable,” he said.Party spokesperson Dwijendra Tripathi said this is a form of protest against the soaring prices of tomatoes and to draw attention on the hardship faced by the common people because of it.last_img read more

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An Arman to play for country

first_imgEveryone is talking about 13- year- old Arman Jaffer’s record 498 in the Giles Shield Inter-School Tournament in Mumbai.But the batting prodigy has been in tremendous form throughout the season, as the scores of 150, 143, 15, 80 not out, 96 and 152 testify.Arman Jaffer scored 498 in the Giles Shield inter-school tournament in Mumbai on Wednesday. Photo by PTIOn Thursday, Arman, a standard VII student of Rizvi Springfield High School (Bandra), scored 35 while batting lower down the order in the second innings to take his tally to a whopping 1,169 so far. “There were so many media people at the ground to interview Arman that I was forced to send him lower down the order,” his coach Raju Pathak told M AIL TODAY.Rizvi Springfield, having already qualified for the semifinals before this match against IES Raja Shivaji Vidyalaya, collected two points from the three-day drawn encounter.The batting of Arman, nephew of ex-India opener Wasim Jaffer, is a reflection of the principles on which his father and Pathak have raised him off and on the field.Guidance from father Kaleem Jaffer and coach Raju Pathak have shaped Arman’s game. “I have taught him to be mild in his behaviour so that it endears him to people. It also means that he’ll be mentally at peace and will absorb the pressure while playing at higher levels,” Kaleem, a coach at the Khalsa Degree College (Dadar East), told MAIL TODAY.Kaleem, who witnessed Arman’s knock, said his presence boosts Arman’s game. “I am very friendly with him. If I am not around, he becomes nervous. But it’s wrong for parents to have high expectations from their children and I was aware of this even while coaching Wasim. I never scolded or slapped either Wasim or Arman because you can’t make a great cricketer like that,” he said.advertisementPathak said that Arman is extremely disciplined. “He is technically very sound and is very disciplined. Whether it is a two, three or four-day match, he never plays lofty shots. He always plays along the ground – his strong point,” he said.”I have told him that he has to bat with responsibility at No. 3.And he does his home work well.Last season, I used to tell him to play fast as I had to declare the innings. This time we had already qualified, so I was not worried about declaration and told him to forget about his 295, scored overnight, and start afresh on Wednesday. He followed my instructions.” On Wednesday, Arman (498 off 490 balls, 77x4s) broke the record of the highest score in all school competitions, held by his teammate Sarfaraz Khan, who had record 439 last year.”When I went into bat, my plan was to bat the whole of Tuesday.Sir [Pathak] said he won’t declare the innings until I was batting. I got out two short of 500 due to a lapse in concentration,” Arman told MAIL TODAY. Arman was aware that he not only broke the Giles Shield record of 366, scored by Parikshit Walsankar, but also made more than his hero Sachin Tendulkar, who hit 326 not out with Vinod Kambli ( 349 not out) during their record 664- run thirdwicket partnership for Sharadashram Vidyamandir in the inter- school Harris Shield in 1988.”I know I broke Sachin Sir’s record. He is my favourite but I have never met him,” he said. Asked about his ambition, Arman said: ” Every cricketer wants to play for India, so do I.”last_img read more

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Lady Maroons’ top hitter Isa Molde injures knee

first_imgUP power hitter Isa Molde injures her knee in the second set of their game against Ateneo. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMANILA, Philippines–Isa Molde suffered an injury early in the second set of University of the Philippines’ match against Ateneo Saturday.League doctors could not say the extent of the injury after she landed badly on her left knee on top of teammate Mirgie Bautista while attempting a spike.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES View comments Ateneo, which earlier took first set, was leading, 4-0, when it happened.Molde, one half of Lhe lady Maroons’ double-barrelled weapon along side Tots Carlos, has scored five points before her injury. She was ruled out of for the rest of the match.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, logisticsShe became the third heavy hitter in the league to be stricken by injury which sidelined University of Santo Tomas’ Milena Alessandrini and Far Eastern University’s rookie hotshot Lycha Ebon. Bloomberg: US would benefit from more, not fewer, immigrants Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games02:42PH 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 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Colombia protesters vow new strike after talks hit snag Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Trump tells impeachment jokes at annual turkey pardon event MOST READ Wintry storm delivers US travel woes before Thanksgiving Google Philippines names new country director Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Roger Federer ready for John Isner shoot-out for Miami crown Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassleslast_img read more

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Mercedes-Benz launches ‘Made in India’ GLC SUV at Rs 47.90 lakh

first_imgMercedes-Benz today achieved yet another milestone for its world-class manufacturing facility, by adding the ninth product to its local production portfolio in India. By rolling out the GLC SUV from its assembly line, Mercedes-Benz India also becomes the only luxury car manufacturer boasting of the largest locally manufactured product portfolio in India.ALSO READ: Mercedes-Benz GLC launched in India; luxury compact SUV to cost Rs 50.7 lakhThe locally produced GLC is launched in three variants GLC 220 d 4MATIC Style, GLC 220 d 4MATIC Sport and GLC 300 4MATIC Sport. Pertaining to the increasing demand of the GLC, Mercedes-Benz started the local production within just four months of its India debut in June, 2016.With the introduction of the ‘Made in India’ GLC, Mercedes-Benz bolstered its local production portfolio significantly with nine products rolling-out from its world-class facility in Chakan, Pune.Design:The sturdy look of the new GLC showcases the radiator trim and two louvers in matt iridium silver with chrome inserts. The characteristic SUV front with a short, succinct overhang, upright, three-dimensional radiator grille with a twin louvre and centrally positioned brand star follows the successful new design line, striking LED High Performance lamps lend the GLC a self-confident look which is further emphasized by their distinctive design.ALSO READ: Mercedes Benz considering GLC Cabriolet to rival Range Rover Evoque convertibleThe rear is characterized by the broad, muscular shoulders, the horizontal orientation of the contour lines and the split LED rear lamps featuring a distinctive night design. The exterior exudes true SUV character with striking aluminium look running boards with rubber studs. The GLC sports 45.7 cm (18-inch) 5-spoke alloy wheels that further enhance the sporty appeal of the SUV.advertisementEngine: Technical specifications     GLC 300 4MATIC      GLC 220 d 4MATIC Displacement (bore x stroke) cc     1991cc     2143cc Rated output kW (hp)     180 (245) @ 5500     125 (170) @ 3000-4200 Torque (Nm) @ rpm     370 @ 1300 – 4000     400 @ 1400 – 2800 Maximum speed (km/h)     222     210 Acceleration 0-100 km/h (s)     6.5     8.3Safety Features:The GLC has achieved five stars for occupant safety, child safety, pedestrian protection and its assistance systems, giving it the maximum score in the Euro NCAP rating. The basis for this outstanding result is the perfect interaction between active and passive safety: the combination of a highly rigid safety passenger cell, highly effective restraint systems, the latest driver assistance systems and other measures leads to first-class test results.ALSO READ:Mercedes Benz unveils GLC, S-Class Cabriolet at Auto Expo 2016Competition:The Mercedes-Benz GLC competes against the likes of Audi Q5 and BMW X3 in India.last_img read more

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Live streaming of sporting events on new app

first_imgNew Delhi, Oct 9 (PTI) Claiming to be a first for India, newly-launched app Sports Flashes will live stream all popular Olympic sports along with cricket. Some of the events that the app is currently broadcasting live are Seri Mutiara Championship Cup (Basketball) from Malaysia, Fencing Epee Junior World Cup from Baharain, ISU Junior Grand Prix – Dresden – Pairs Free Skate from Germany and Hockey 4th Womens AHF Cup 2016 from Thailand. While the videos are available from all across the world, users can also read the news and features in just 70 words to stay updated with the sporting world. Raman Raheja, founder, Sports Flashes says, “Sports is almost a Billion Dollar Industry in India, it seems like a slam dunk of an investment theme in last 2-3 years. Since last few years, India seems to be following the Western world in the business of sports which includes development of indigenous sports.” PTI PM PMlast_img read more

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Why Isn’t Alex Karras in the NFL Hall of Fame?

first_imgOne of the most feared and ferocious players in National Football League history, the late Detriot Lions defensive lineman Alex Karras isn’t in the Hall of Fame – likely kept out because of a suspension for gambling, but as other players with more checkered and violent histories are in.They, however, didn’t stand up to an NFL Commissioner like Karras, the ex-Iowa great who was featured in George Plimpton’s book about the game, Paper Lion, did when he wouldn’t back to down to Pete Rozelle, refusing to be repentant for gambling on games, his disdain for authority showing throughout his career.When he died in 2012 after suffering multiple illnesses and dementia, the New York Times put it this way: “Karras was an especially versatile pass rusher, known around the league for his combination of strength, speed and caginess. His furious approach — Plimpton described it as a “savage, bustling style of attack,” earned him the moniker The Mad Duck.Undersized even in the 1950’s and 1960’s at 6-2 and 250 lbs for a defensive lineman, Karras made up for it with an unbridled menacing style of all-out play, stalking quarterbacks he derided as “milk drinkers,” and making even the toughest running backs look for an exit.Seeing lesser players who couldn’t wear Karras’ undergarments enshrined among the game’s greatest, Detroit Free Press sportswriter Carlos Monarrez made the case for him to finally be admitted, writing: “Enough is enough. It’s time for the Pro Football Hall of Fame to make things right and induct one of the NFL’s all-time best defensive tackles: the late, great Alex Karras, who played for the Detroit Lions from 1958-70.”It came to mind, he said, as he watched Ray Lewis and Randy Moss, of dubious character, getting in, with Karras’ one-year suspension in 1963 – along with Green Bay Packers running great Paul Hornung – one opponent he couldn’t knock down.In today’s game, where every move is a statistic, the modern players are touting math as a symbol of their greatness: how many sacks, how many yards, how many passes caught. With few defensive statistics when he played, there was no way to really calculate Karras’ greatness. Ask anyone across the line from him, gulping in fear at what was going to be coming at him.Karras was named to the Hall of Fame’s All-Decade Team of the 1960s — by the entire Hall of Fame Selection Committee. “Seriously. This charade has gone on long enough,” Monarrez wrote.He said he spoke with many of Karras’ contemporaries and that, “Whenever his name comes up, they all agree there’s no question he was one of the most dominant players of his time who absolutely deserves to be enshrined.”Chicago Bears tight end Mike Ditka, a fellow wrecking machine with an equally menacing scowl and ferocity said of Karras, who he had lined up against many times, that, “He was thought of, at the time, as the best defensive lineman in football. I know there was (Gene) Big Daddy Lipscomb. There were a lot of guys. But he was the best.” It’s unclear exactly what has kept Karras out of the Hall of Fame. The selection committee is only supposed to judge players by what they do on the field, and nothing more, Monarrez wrote, but there’s no accounting for what they’re thinking and if Karras’ don’t-give-a-damn attitude is registering in why they don’t vote for him.It may be because the extent of his gambling remains unsure and that for a time he was part owner of Detroit’s iconic Lindell AC bar, until Rozelle ordered him to sell his share, long before, as is on the horizon now, that gambling on games is legal in some states and the Oakland Raiders planning to move to Las Vegas, the American gambling mecca.Monarrez noted that Hornung is in the Hall of Fame but Karras isn’t and it’s probably because Karras wouldn’t apologize and openly said he didn’t like the Commissioner. “But the fact the gambling happened away from the field, that Karras was never proved to have bet on Lions games, and that he was reinstated should make him eligible for the Hall of Fame,” he wrote. The only way for Karras to be elected to the Hall of Fame is through a complicated process that involves the Hall’s Seniors Committee. That’s a group of nine veteran members who are also part of the 48 journalists on the regular Selection Committee.Ditka said it’s time for people holding back on Karras to get over it. “That was a long time ago, and it had no reflection on how he played the game. He’s a Hall of Fame football player, believe me.”When he was reinstated in 1964, Karras once refused when an official asked him to call the pregame coin toss. “I’m sorry, sir,” Karras replied. “I’m not permitted to gamble.” That’s why.TweetPinShare77 Shareslast_img read more

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Badminton’s Lee to seek cancer all-clear before resuming training

first_imgKuala Lumpur, Dec 10 (AFP) Malaysian badminton great Lee Chong Wei is to seek the all-clear from his doctors in Taiwan after his treatment for nose cancer, and probably won’t be back on the courts until next month, reports said Monday.Despite earlier comments from Malaysia’s badminton chief that Lee’s return to the training courts was imminent, the 36-year-old said he still needed the green light from his specialists.The three-time Olympic silver-medallist has spent nearly five months on the sidelines after being diagnosed with early-stage nose cancer and undergoing proton therapy and chemotherapy in Taiwan.”I need to go for my follow-up check-up with doctors in Taiwan later this month, and see what they say then,” Lee was quoted as saying by The Star newspaper, adding that January looked like the earliest he could come back.”I’ve been constantly keeping in touch with them and they have reminded me to take it easy and not to rush it because this is not an injury. It takes time.”The former long-time world number one also cast doubt on whether he will make good on his plan to make a competitive comeback at the All England Open in March.”My target is the All England, but I can’t really be sure I will come back by then,” said Lee.”My desire is there. But I can’t force things to happen. Everything depends on my condition as I’ve been out for almost five months now since I underwent my treatment in July.” The player, now down at 15th in the world rankings, has said that he is still eying an elusive Olympic gold medal at the 2020 Tokyo Games.advertisementLee’s unsuccessful attempts to capture Malaysia’s first ever Olympic gold medal, at three consecutive Summer Games, were followed avidly back home, as was his long-running rivalry with Chinese superstar Lin Dan.His last shot at the Olympic title at Rio 2016 ended in a crushing failure when the Malaysian lost out to China’s Chen Long in a nail-biting final.Nose cancer is perhaps the biggest blow suffered by Lee, who was banned after testing positive for a proscribed anti-inflammatory at the 2014 world championships.Lee returned to the sport in 2015, after authorities accepted he took the drug inadvertently. (AFP) APAAPAlast_img read more

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‘I feel like a 10’ – Ibra hints at new Man Utd role

first_imgZlatan Ibrahimović ‘I feel like a 10’ – Ibrahimovic hints at new role at Man Utd Guy Atkinson Last updated 1 year ago 23:00 11/16/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(2) Zlatan Ibrahimovic - cropped Getty Images Zlatan Ibrahimović Manchester United Premier League Romelu Lukaku José Mourinho The Swedish hitman is thought to be on the verge of a return to first-team action at Old Trafford but may be used in an unfamiliar role Zlatan Ibrahimovic has suggested that he could play a different role when he makes his Manchester United return.The 36-year-old has been out of action since rupturing his anterior cruciate ligament in the Europa League quarter-final victory over Anderlecht in April, but Jose Mourinho has hinted he could return before the end of 2017.Man U 7/5 to score O2.5 goals v Newcastle Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Ibrahimovic led the line for Mourinho’s side last year, supported by a rotating cast of attacking midfielders.Romelu Lukaku took the Swede’s position and number nine shirt following his arrival from Everton, but Ibrahimovic has said that his switch to number 10 is a natural fit for him and could well herald a change in the way he fits into the side.”To me, the No.10 is the star,” he said in a promotional video for Volvo. “The one who makes the difference, gets noticed, wins the matches and is the leader. And I see myself in that position but it is not something that is given to you, it is just something you are, that’s just the way it is.”To be honest, it is like a trigger for me coming back from that injury because I wore the No.10 in the Swedish national team and PSG. I would have worn it at Inter but I soon moved to Barcelona. I wanted it in Milan but took another number out of respect. In Ajax, I didn’t have it.It’s nice to be important but it’s more important to be nice pic.twitter.com/yk1T2i4VQS— Zlatan Ibrahimović (@Ibra_official) October 13, 2017″I feel like a ten and I stand for No.10. It will go down in history that I always had No.10.”Speaking about his knee injury, Ibrahimovic added that it was so painful it felt like he was swallowing his own tongue.”I tried to take down a ball with my chest and timed the landing wrong,” he said. “I stuck my legs out and landed completely wrong. The leg went backwards and then it was pulled out. I have never been hurt, but then I felt I swallowed my tongue. It was a strange feeling that I had never known before.”I told myself it’s just a bang up. But when I got up, I felt that the leg was not in balance. In the locker room they started to check the leg but without an X-ray it was impossible to say exactly what the problem was. It turned out to be a cruciate ligament injury.”last_img read more

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