Sparks: Plate discipline, bullpen key to Humboldt B52s success

first_imgEureka >> While they may not get the amount of attention or fanfare as the more established team in the northern part of the county, the Humboldt B52s are off to an excellent 21-6 record through the first two months of the summer collegiate season.Since dropping a three-game road trip in late June, the Bombers have been on fire — winning 10 of their last 12 games — including a four-game sweep over the San Francisco Seals this past weekend.What’s been the secret to the B52s success?A look …last_img read more


49ers report card: Offensive errors trigger Week 1 loss at Vikings

first_imgGet 49ers news in your inbox. Sign up now for the free 49ers HQ newsletter.MINNEAPOLIS – An undefeated season is out of the question. An 0-9 start like last year is improbable. So what should we make of the 49ers’ 24-16, season-opening loss Sunday at Minnesota? Here are our ratings:PASS OFFENSE: D+ Jimmy Garoppolo’s first loss as a starter coincided with his first three-interception game, including a pick-six when Kendrick Bourne ran the wrong route on a still-risky throw. …last_img read more


Virat Kohli’s ‘fanboy moment’ with playback singer Arijit Singh

first_imgAce Indian cricketer Virat Kohli says he had a fan-boy moment when he got a chance to meet singer Arijit Singh.Virat took to Twitter on Tuesday to share a photograph of himself along with Arijit and said the singer is an “amazing person”.”Pure fanboy moment for me. What an amazing person he is. No one has captivated me with their voice like this man. God bless you Arijit,” Virat tweeted.Over the weekend, Virat along with other sportsmen took part in a charity football game against a team of film celebrities, including Ranbir Kapoor, Abhishek Bachchan, Dino Morea and Shoojit Sircar.last_img read more


10 months agoCercle coach hails ‘incredible’ Chelsea whiz Kylian Hazard after career best performance

first_imgCercle coach hails ‘incredible’ Chelsea whiz Kylian Hazard after career best performanceby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea midfielder Kylian Hazard produced perhaps the performance of his career to inspire Cercle Brugge to victory over Anderlecht on Sunday.Hazard, on-loan at Cercle, scored his second goal of the season and produced a five-star performance as his team defeated Anderlecht 2-1.Cercle coach Laurent Guyot declared afterwards: “Kylian has shown that he has an incredible potential. “The next step now has to be that he also puts a little more regularity in his performance. Because this Kylian I want to see every game. The audience gave him an ovation, although his change was not meant as applause. “We did not have the result yet and we could use some extra energy.”Hazard is on-loan at Cercle to the end of this season. TagsLoan MarketAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more


10 months agoGuardiola admits Man City must take ‘big opportunity’ against Liverpool

first_imgAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Guardiola admits Man City must take ‘big opportunity’ against Liverpoolby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the lovePep Guardiola has admitted Manchester City have a big opportunity to chase down Liverpool with a victory on Thursday night.A victory will see City reduce the gap to the league leaders to four points.And Guardiola knows all three points will go a long way to keeping their title hopes alive.”I have the feeling it is a big opportunity for us to reduce the gap but our focus is the same,” Guardiola added. “Everybody asks what we are going to do if we lose, but we are going to try to make our game and to win it.”At the moment Liverpool are the best team in Europe for the way they play and control the details in their game. It’s a good challenge for us.” last_img read more


12 hours agoCarlos Vela keen on Barcelona loan move

first_imgCarlos Vela keen on Barcelona loan moveby Carlos Volcano12 hours agoSend to a friendShare the loveLos Angeles FC striker Carlos Vela is hopeful of joining Lionel Messi in a loan spell at Barcelona once the MLS season is over.LaLiga giants Barça reportedly considered a left-field move for the former Arsenal and Real Sociedad forward in January as they sought cover for Luis Suárez. Vela told the New York Times: “Who could say no to playing with Messi for four months and then coming back to LA? Enjoy, learn and then come back home.” For now, Vela is focused on LAFC’s playoff campaign and an El Tráfico meeting with LA Galaxy in the Western Conference semi-finals on Thursday.”I have not had the pleasure [of meeting Galaxy striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic],” Vela said, adding: “Maybe the people don’t really love my decision [to play in MLS]. But for me, it was the best option, and I’m really happy that I made it because I am enjoying it.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more


Rep VanSingel joins lawmakers in unveiling plan to move Michigan forward

first_img Tags: #SB State Rep. Scott VanSingel of Grant joined fellow lawmakers today at the Capitol to unveil the 2017-2018 House Republican Action Plan, which is the guiding document for the upcoming legislative session.“The Action Plan outlines the demand to strengthen agriculture and protect our natural resources so that we can ensure the second largest part of our state’s economy remains robust,” said Rep. VanSingel.“Michigan residents and tourists cherish more than 3,000 miles of Great Lakes shoreline, tens of thousands of miles of rivers and streams, 11,000 inland lakes, abundant forests and natural habitats.”“We should encourage our residents to utilize our lands and waterways for recreational and hunting purposes but finding that essential balance of preserving and protecting these resources will be critical to the future of Michigan’s economy.”Rep. VanSingel also noted that expanding broadband internet access to rural areas is a critical item of the Action Plan that affects residents of Lake, Oceana and Newaygo counties.“Many Michiganders still do not have access to broadband that offers the highest speeds, and thousands do not have access to any broadband at all.“If we are to keep Michigan moving forward, it is imperative that we do not leave fellow Michiganders behind in the process. I look forward to supporting legislation that will offer fast and reliable Internet connection across the state map to every resident who wants it.”Rep. VanSingel also believes that the protection of religious freedoms is one of the most important priorities for the upcoming legislative session.“I am a strong believer in protecting the right to exercise religious beliefs and I am in favor of working to put Michigan at the forefront of this issue.”The Action Plan for reform and responsible leadership during the new legislative session can be accessed at” alt=”center_img” /> 16Feb Rep. VanSingel joins lawmakers in unveiling plan to move Michigan forwardlast_img read more


The dollar index closed late Tuesday afternoon in

first_imgThe dollar index closed late Tuesday afternoon in New York at 81.77, and when it opened on Wednesday morning in Tokyo, it traded in a very tight range for the entire day on Planet Earth yesterday, close in New York at 81.71, down 6 basis points.  Nothing to see here, folks, please move along.The gold stocks gapped up a bit more than a percent at the 9:30 a.m. EDT stock market open, and then rose quickly to their high of the day, which came shortly after 11 a.m. in New York, after that it traded flat in an extremely tight range for the rest of the day.  The HUI closed up a very respectable 5.61%.The same can be said for the silver stocks, and Nick Laird’s Intraday Silver Sentiment Index closed up 4.16%.(Click on image to enlarge)The CME’s Daily Delivery Report showed that one gold and one silver contract were posted for delivery on Friday, and that was it!  Checking the preliminary open interest numbers for Wednesday, I note that there are still 1,182 gold contracts open in the August delivery month.GLD reported receiving some gold yesterday, as an authorized participant deposited 67,614 troy ounces.  And as of 11:24 p.m. EDT, there were no reported changes in SLV.There was no sales report from the U.S. Mint.Over at the Comex-approved depositories on Tuesday, they reported receiving 99 troy ounces of gold, and shipped 32,365 troy ounces out of the stuff out the door.  Virtually all the gold withdrawn was out of the HSBC USA  vault.  The link to that activity is here.In silver on Tuesday, these same depositories reported receiving 574,138 troy ounces, and shipped out 191,210 troy ounces.  The link to that action is here.I have a decent number of stories for you today, and I hope that there are some in here that interest you.What’s so intriguing about the discovery of the gold market corner is that the evidence is so simple and compelling that the regulators may be forced to do something radical, like address it. I won’t set odds on that happening, as we all know they are very low. But neither are they non-existent, and any move by the regulators (or JPMorgan on its own) to dissipate the gold market corner would seem to mesh with JPM not adding additional silver short contracts. I may be grasping at straws in hoping for that outcome, but I’m not grasping at anything in identifying that JPM’s behavior on the next rally will determine silver’s price fate. – Silver analyst Ted Butler, 14 August 2013The gold price managed to gain back just about everything it lost on Tuesday, and the precious metal equities gained back all their loses and more.  It’s not possible to read much into yesterday’s price action, but I am of the opinion that the high-frequency traders are in this market 24/7 to ensure that these rallies in the precious metals don’t raise too much excitement.  The one percent rule that Bill Murphy over at has been talking about for years, was certainly in effect in yesterday’s price action, as the gold price was only allowed to rise a percent.Gold has now closed above its 50-day moving average for three consecutive days, and in silver, it’s been four consecutive days.  One has to wonder how long it will be before those technical funds holding record short positions will finally race to cover, and as I go on about in this column every day, who will be selling to them on the way up?And even more to the point, who has been selling to these short holders that have been covering during the last reporting week?  We’ll find out more tomorrow when the COT Report puts in an appearance.There’s not a thing in this current rally that hints that JPMorgan Chase is going to put their hands in their pockets and let prices rip to the upside.  It seems to me that if they were going to follow that strategy, they would have started last week when this rally got underway.  However, there’s still time left if they wish to follow that route.All you can do, dear reader, is wait it out and see what happens, and that’s precisely what I’m doing at the moment.All four precious metals showed signs of life in morning trading in the Far East on their Thursday, but it didn’t amount to much, or wasn’t allowed to mount to much, you choose.  And as I type this paragraph, the London market has been open for about forty-five minutes.  Volumes are pretty chunky in both gold and silver, and all four precious metals are slightly above their Wednesday closing prices in New York.  The dollar index is down about 16 basis points.And as I hit the ‘send’ button on today’s effort at 5:15 a.m. EDT, nothing much has changed in gold, it’s up about three bucks, but silver, platinum and palladium are up about a percent each. Volumes are way up there once again. Gold’s gross volume is around 37,000 contracts, and silver’s net volume is a bit over 13,000 contracts. As is always the case, a large chunk of this volume is of the HFT variety.  The dollar index is now down about 21 basis points.I haven’t any idea what will happen in New York trading today, but it’s a good bet that whatever major price action occurs today, it will happen during the Comex trading session.Before heading out the door, I’d like to remind you again about the Casey Research 2013 Summit which is happening October 4 – October 6.  Some of the speakers include Dr. Ron Paul, Doug Casey, Donald Coxe, James Rickards, John Hathaway, John Mauldin, and Chris Martenson, so you can see that it’s an ALL-STAR LINEUP.You save $100 if you register before August 31st, and you can find out all about it by clicking here.I hope your day goes well, and I’ll see you here tomorrow. The gold price managed to gain back just about everything it lost on Tuesday.It was another day where gold chopped sideways in a wide range in rather directionless trading.  This state of affairs lasted until just before 9:30 a.m. EDT in New York.  Then by 10:30 a.m. gold had tacked on fourteen bucks or so, and then worked its way a few dollars higher, closing the electronic session almost on its high of the day.The low tick [around $1,315 spot] came shortly after 9 a.m. Hong Kong time, and the high tick [$1,337.70 spot] came very late in the New York Access Market.The gold price closed on Wednesday at $1,336.50 spot, up $15.10 from Wednesday, just about regaining all it lost on Tuesday.  Volume, net of August and September, was 128,000 contracts, with a big chunk of that coming before the 10:30 a.m BST London a.m. gold fix.Here’s the New York Spot Gold [Bid] chart on its own, so you can see the most important aspect of the Wednesday trading day, and that was the one-hour rally in New York starting around 9:20 a.m. EDT.The silver price began to rally right around the 8 a.m. BST London open, and never looked back.  Most of the day’s gains were in by minutes after 3 p.m. EDT in electronic trading in New York.  After that, it traded basically flat.I’d guess that the low tick was around $21.25 spot some time during the Hong Kong trading session, and the high tick was recorded by Kitco as $21.99 spot, and that came within an hour of the 5:15 p.m. EDT close of electronic trading.Silver finished the day at $21.875, up 41.5 cents from Tuesday.  Net volume was 39,000 contract but, like gold, a lot of this was of the HFT variety, and , like gold, occurred before the London a.m gold fix.Platinum got sold down pretty good in Far East and London trading yesterday, but then dug itself out of that hole and closed up a hair on the day.  It was pretty much the same chart pattern for palladium as well, but the price action was far more subdued.  Here are the charts,last_img read more