Hoosier deer hunters cautioned about bovine TB found in Michigan

first_imgAnn Arbor, Mi. — Bovine tuberculosis was recently confirmed in a large beef herd in Alcona County. This herd, which is the 73rd cattle herd to be identified with bovine TB in Michigan since 1998, was identified through routine surveillance testing.Bovine TB is an infectious bacterial disease primarily affecting cattle. It is endemic in the free-ranging white-tailed deer population in Michigan’s modified accredited zone, a USDA designation for Alcona, Alpena, Montmorency and Oscoda counties. Annual surveillance and movement testing are required of cattle producers, which helps catch the disease early and prevents it from being moved off the farm.“In the modified accredited zone, anything shared by deer and cattle can be a potential source of bovine tuberculosis infection,” said Michigan’s Assistant State Veterinarian Nancy Barr, DVM. “Preventing deer from having contact with cattle feed, feed storage or watering areas is crucial for farmers in this area of Michigan and a part of wildlife biosecurity programs being implemented.”last_img read more

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March Madness 2019: Ja Morant’s rare triple-double wasn’t a one-man show

first_imgThe NCAA Tournament game Thursday between No. 5 seed Marquette of the Big East Conference and No. 12 Murray State, the Ohio Valley Conference champion, was billed as a showdown between All-American point guards Markus Howard and Ja Morant.Howard’s Marquette teammates seemed to take that label literally. They let Howard go it alone.The other Murray State players gave Morant a truckload of help. A player can do some of the work in a triple-double on his own, but one who scores 17 points has been the beneficiary of screens and scoring passes; one who grabs 11 rebounds needs teammates to force missed shots, and one who accumulates 16 assists — 16! — must have the other guys make baskets.SN’s MARCH MADNESS HQLive NCAA bracket  |  Live scoreboard  |  Full TV schedule”I knew some of the main focus was on me, so I knew it would have been a great opportunity for my teammates to score,” Morant told TBS. “I just tried to attack and just make the defense sink, and I had some kick-outs and my teammates delivered.”This was only the ninth triple-double in the history of the tournament. The others who achieved that distinction: Draymond Green, Michigan State (2012 and 2011); Cole Aldrich, Kansas (2009); Dwyane Wade, Marquette (2003); Andre Miller, Utah (1998); David Cain, St. John’s (1993); Shaquille O’Neal, LSU (1992) and Gary Grant, Michigan (1987).That’s some pretty stout company.This was a pretty stout performance.”Ja Morant is as good as any guard I’ve coached against or played against. You are talking about an elite, elite decision-maker. That kid is a big-time player. Triple-double in an NCAA Tournament game? That’s crazy,” Marquette coach Steve Wojciechowski said.Can we skip, please, the “how on Earth does a player like this slip through the cracks” nonsense? Does anyone have any idea how rare a Ja Morant is these days? In the past three seasons, 43 of the 45 players on the Sporting News All-America teams came from top-six conferences and Gonzaga. Only Morant and Saint Mary’s center Jock Landale (2018) played for non-power programs. Of last year’s first-round picks who competed in college, 89 percent competed in top-six conferences. The big-timers are having no trouble finding and signing the vast majority of the best players.WATCH: Morant dunks all over MarquetteThese criticisms also are an insult to the Murray State program, which has produced pro-level point guards twice before this decade: Isaiah Canaan (2012) and Cameron Payne (2015). There’s every reason to believe the experience of playing in this program rather than being unrecognized in a more prestigious setting helped Morant to become the player he is. If it were just about raw talent being overlooked, he’d have done more as a freshman than the fine season he produced: 12.7 points and 6.3 assists per game. He’d have torn apart college hoops then, too.As a sophomore, he has made the spectacular routine. Morant took only nine shots against Marquette, earning five points on perfect shooting from the foul line. He also hit twice from 3-point range.SN’s BRACKET GUIDES: SOUTH  | EAST  | WEST  | MIDWESTAs great as he was, the difference in Murray State’s 83-64 victory in the South Region first round was the abundance of contributions from such players Tevin Brown, Shaq Buchanan, KJ Williams and Darnell Cowart.Buchanan: The Ohio Valley Conference Defensive Player of the Year took on the defensive responsibility for Howard. It was unlikely Howard would be shut down, but he was forced to work for his 26 points. He shot only 9 of 27 from the field and was isolated from his teammates because Buchanan needed little help. Howard wound up with only two assists.Brown: A 6-5 freshman, Brown made 84 3-pointers on the season and hit 37 percent. He hit 5 of 9 from distance in this one and ranked among the team’s leading scorers with 19.Williams and Cowart: These two big bodies — a combined 535 pounds — owned the Golden Eagles along the baseline. They were credited with a combined 12 rebounds and two blocks, but ask Marquette if those numbers told the story. Golden Eagles big man Theo John went scoreless. So did 6-5 Sakar Anim.Marquette’s other players shot 15 of 46 from the field, a .326 percentage. At one point in the second half, as they plunged from a seven-point halftime deficit into a 20-point abyss, the Golden Eagles missed 11 of 12 shots and turned it over twice.MORE: Takeaways from Morant vs. Howard Morant will get the attention, and he earned all of that. This will be his final appearance in March Madness before he, no doubt, enters the NBA Draft and likely is selected within the first five picks .This became the third triple-double of Morant’s season and the 19th time he recorded a double-double in points and assists.A year ago, he was a freshman on a team that won the OVC title and earned a 12-seed. But those Racers lost by 17 to West Virginia, with Morant scoring 14 points in that game. These Racers (28-4) advance to play Florida State on Saturday in Hartford, Conn., where they figure to have plenty of newly initiated fans eager to watch another show like this.last_img read more

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Lonzo Ball says he’ll ‘play for anybody’ after LaVar blasts Lakers coach Luke Walton

first_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Walton said Sunday that he was “fine” with LaVar’s comments, on one condition.“My only concern with any of it is for Zo,” he said. “As long as Zo’s fine with it and Zo can come out and play and be, and it doesn’t affect mine and his relationship, then it doesn’t bother me at all.”Lonzo Ball has insisted that his father will continue to speak his mind, but the latest chapter raised questions of whether the elder Ball was simply broadcasting sentiments that originated with his son.“That is just his opinion,” Lonzo Ball said. “He has coached me his whole life. So, he is definitely going to have a strong opinion about it. That’s just what it is.”Lakers executives met with LaVar Ball on Nov. 29 to ask him to tone down comments he had made questioning Walton’s rotations and overall usage of his son, the No. 2 pick in June’s draft. Sunday’s story was the first time, however, that LaVar had outright suggested Walton should not coach the Lakers.“Even if you bring in a LeBron or a (Paul) George, he can’t coach them guys,” LaVar told ESPN. “What is he gonna tell them? He’s too young. He has no control.”Lakers General Manager Rob Pelinka attended Sunday’s shoot around but declined to speak to reporters. Magic Johnson, the team’s president of basketball operations, has been posting on social media this weekend from Lansing, Mich., where his parents are celebrating their 60th wedding anniversary.The comments reached Walton prior to a Lakers shoot around Sunday morning, which was attended by 500 to 1,000 fans as part of an American Express event. Walton was in good spirits, shooting around after the walk-through with Ball, Kyle Kuzma and assistant coach Brian Shaw.Walton said he “would disagree” with the assertion he had lost the locker room.“I don’t see that the players aren’t playing hard,” he said. “I think the players are playing very hard, we’ve been through a hard stretch, but they are giving us what they have and we’re going to keep working and we’ll be fine. LOS ANGELES -– Lonzo Ball disagreed with his father that Luke Walton has lost control of the Lakers locker room, but stopped short of an outright endorsement of his coach.“I’ll play for anybody,” the rookie point guard said following the Lakers morning shoot around at Staples Center.LaVar Ball told ESPN this weekend that the Lakers “are not playing for Luke no more.”Speaking from a luxury resort in Lithuania, where his two youngest sons are preparing to make their professional debuts with Prienu Vytautas, the elder Ball made his comments to an ESPN reporter embedded with the family after the Lakers lost 108-94 to Charlotte on Friday night. It was the Lakers’ ninth straight loss. When asked about his job security last week, Walton said, “I coach as if it’s not” in jeopardy. On Sunday, he said he has been given reassurances from the Lakers front office that he has their support.“I feel very secure in my job status right now,” he said. “We talk all the time. They’re 100% behind and supporting what we’re doing.” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with Packers“Luke doesn’t have control of the team no more,” he said. “They don’t want to play for him.”Asked pointedly if he agreed that Walton had lost the support of players, Lonzo Ball said, “I don’t think so. I mean, he’s our head coach. We are going to play for him.”last_img read more

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