Annual turfgrass conference

first_imgThe University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences has laid the framework for its annual turfgrass conference.Set for its 67th year, the Southeastern Turfgrass Conference will be held at the Tifton Campus Conference Center on Tuesday, April 30. The event, which is expected to attract approximately 200 participants, will feature speakers from the University of Georgia, University of Florida and Clemson University. The conference will highlight topics such as nematode management, herbicide resistance and irrigation technologies, as well as new grasses being developed for sports turf, lawn turf and golf turf.“It’s the oldest running turf conference in the South,” said Brian Schwartz, a turfgrass breeder on the Tifton campus. “It started with Dr. (Glenn) Burton, who was a USDA employee here. He was bringing folks in to show them the work he and others were doing. At the time, it was about the only place you could go to learn about turf in the South.” Burton ran the Southeastern Turfgrass Conference for almost 40 years.“Dr. (Wayne) Hanna took over the USDA turfgrass program in Tifton during the mid-1980s. Both he and Dr. Burton had similar goals for the breeding efforts and turfgrass conference, but had different approaches to making them successful. After revitalizing the program, the conference evolved into what it is today,” Schwartz said.The Southeastern Turfgrass Conference is now in the hands of Schwartz at the University of Georgia, who will speak about recent developments with bermudagrass and zoysiagrass hybrids for home lawns, golf courses and sports fields.“In late 2008, Dr. Hanna released TifGrand Bermuda, which is a more shade-tolerant Bermuda. I always like to talk about that one because it was a real breakthrough,” Schwartz said. “It does not need as much sun as the older Bermuda grasses, like Tifway for example, and can be used successfully in landscaping with moderate levels of shade like what’s found under pine trees, but not hardwoods. That’s a cool thing that’s happened in the last five years and it’s really becoming widely available now.”Schwartz’s top priority since arriving at UGA four years ago is finding turfgrasses that are very drought tolerant. In the largest part of the UGA-Tifton farm where initial screening is conducted, in order for a new hybrid to be selected, it has to exhibit some level of drought tolerance, according to Schwartz. He added that a new drought-tolerant Bermuda that has been discovered will be discussed at the conference.“It seems to need quite a bit less water in addition to just being tougher,” said Schwartz about the Bermuda hybrid. “It usually does not look quite as good as the best Bermuda grass with high levels of management, like TifGrand or TifWay or TifSport. If you give them a lot of input, they look like a million dollars. “But DT-1, although it can look pretty good with management, when you reduce the water and fertilizer, DT-1’s value becomes more evident.”Other featured topics and speakers include an update on turfgrass insect pests given by UGA entomologist Will Hudson and issues in urban agriculture presented by UGA entomologist Kris Braman. A tour of the Turfgrass Research plots on the Tifton campus will also be given.Those interested in attending can still register at Cost to attend is $100 if registered before April 22nd, or $125 afterwards.last_img read more

Want to grow? Fire someone!

first_imgOkay, that sounds a bit harsh, but there’s some truth to it. In every organization, business, bank, or credit union, there is someone (or a group of someones) hindering success. Why? Spin the wheel and pick a reason.Often when we are onsite with a client assessing their marketing, we find somebody who is a roadblock to success. There are various reasons. Don’t just look for a generational villain. Search for the one who is not pulling their load. Spotlight your front line. Inspect your corner offices.Assessing team members isn’t always a function of marketing, but it should be. Think of every dollar you spend on promotions. Then consider the level of frustration you have when it doesn’t turn into desired loan growth or deposit improvement. The first finger is always pointed at marketing, but should it be? continue reading » 17SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Arsenal defender Shkodran Mustafi rubbishes summer exit rumours

first_img Metro Sport ReporterThursday 23 May 2019 2:52 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link3.1kShares Arsenal defender Shkodran Mustafi rubbishes summer exit rumours Advertisement Advertisement Saint-Etienne defender is on Arsenal’s transfer shortlist (Picture: Getty)Charlie Nicholas believes Mustafi should shown the exit door this summer with Arsenal’s defence in need of a major overhaul ahead of the 2019/20 campaign.‘We need a whole new backline,’ Nicholas told Sky Sports. ‘I am disappointed that Petr Cech is retiring. I would have encouraged them to give him another year.‘Bernd Leno has got mistakes in him and would have benefited from Cech giving him a helping hand.More: FootballBruno Fernandes responds to Man Utd bust-up rumours with Ole Gunnar SolskjaerNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira moves‘We are looking for four defenders, so on top of the crazy situation of letting Aaron Ramsey go for nothing, it is not great. They need two centre-backs and two full-backs.‘Hector Bellerin will come back and play right-back, as Ainsley Maitland-Niles could be pushed on potentially. Sokratis and Sead Kolasinac are good to have as squad players.‘Nacho Monreal and Laurent Koscielny are getting on a bit now. Shkodran Mustafi must be released in my opinion.‘Konstantinos Mavropanos and Rob Holding are still to come back when they are fit.’MORE: Man United considering move for out-of-contract PSG star Adrien Rabiot Comment Shkodran Mustafi has been linked with a move away from Arsenal this summer (Picture: Getty)Shkodran Mustafi has rubbished rumours that he could be set for a move away from Arsenal.Though Mustafi, 27, has been a mainstay in Unai Emery’s side this season, making 31 starts in the Premier League, a number of costly errors have cast serious doubt over the defender’s future.Arsenal are reportedly listening to offers of around £20 million for Mustafi this summer despite the German joining for a fee of £35m from Valencia just three years ago.AC Milan chief executive Ivan Gazidis, formerly of Arsenal, is interested in luring Mustafi to the San Siro with talks said to be underway over a summer move.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTMore: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityKostas Manolas, Mario Hermoso, William Saliba and Djene Dakonam have all been linked as potential replacements for Mustafi, but the centre-back has no plans to leave Arsenal in the coming months.‘It is odd that there are always transfer speculations,’ Mustafi told German outlet Kicker. ‘I am an Arsenal player and have a contract until 2021.’last_img read more

Bespoke home is Brisbane’s craftiest

first_imgIs this the best bath in Brisbane? The home has its own elevator.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus23 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market23 hours agoPart of the climate-controlled wine cellar.But by far the standout features are the water features on each level of the home, led by the top level’s master bedroom suite which has a lounge as well as a raised ensuite platform with a bath almost too pretty to disturb. The black bath tub is a standalone one which sits “surrounded by greenery and retractable windows”. 33 Elizabeth Street, Paddington, Qld 4064THIS bespoke inner city home has taken craftsmanship to a whole new level — and still managed to fit in three stunning water features on a 405sq m block. The four bedroom, three bathroom, double carport home at 33 Elizabeth Street, Paddington, in Brisbane is bursting with luxury features. On the list is an elevator, recycled West Australian Karri timber flooring and cabinetry, Whistler Basalt stone brought in from Canada, vaulted ceilings, a climate-controlled wine cellar, fully kitted out bar, smart electronics, integrated media, Sonos and speakers in every room, soundproof theatre room, solar electricity and ducted airconditioning. The chef’s kitchen has Smeg appliances and three ovens. The large bar has show-off shelving, lighting, two drink fridges and a wine fridge. The rooftop deck has a smoker grill. The fish window looking over the stairwell lets in a lot of light. The lap pool runs beside a closed in gym area and leads out to a kiddie playground.It upped the serenity factor with an aquarium in the wall above the stairwell — an inspired feature that also lets light through.The bottom level has an undercover heated lap pool running the length of the home, with a gym area beside it that could double as entertainment space if necessary.Agents Ben Wakely and Clinton Moore of Urban Property Agents Paddington were marketing the home for sale by private treaty. The media room is sound proof.“Rarely is a home offered to the market with such dedication to meticulous workmanship, and the incorporation of unique and sensational natural materials,” their listing said.“This architecturally designed, inspirational home celebrates the owner’s desire to build a luxurious home with outstanding detail.” read more

Price slashed for Alan Bond’s ‘ultimate waterfront escape’

first_imgAlan Bond’s old sprawling estate in Dalkeith, WA, is on the market for $43m — $7m less than its previous asking price. Pictures: luxury home built by disgraced businessman Alan Bond — and given a $7m pricecut — comes with a 12-seater swim-up bar, a 21-seater cinema and 10,000 bottle wine cellar.The controversial figure, who was jailed for corporate fraud after declaring bankruptcy in 1992 with $1.8b in debts, touched many facets of Australian life including leading Australia’s first ever America’s Cup win.He had a massive fall from grace having crossed state boundaries to create Bond University in Queensland, be president of Richmond Football Club in Victoria and control Castlemaine Tooheys brewery in New South Wales. Alan Bond, Richmond Football Club president, addressing the club’s annual meeting in 1987.Mr Bond also left behind a stunning real estate legacy when he died in 2015 via a jawdropping home described as “Australia’s ultimate waterfront estate”.The 0.64 hectare property has 14 bathrooms, and parking for a dozen cars and is unlike any six bedroom home in Australia.It’s huge, with 2,930 sqm of internal living space over four levels, with the 6,406 sqm block made up of six titles of land, according to a listing by agent Willy Porteous of William Porteous Properties International.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus14 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market14 hours ago The home has been on the market for over a year. Picture: Former Australian prime minister Bob Hawke (R) shares a joke with Australia II skipper John Bertrand (L) and yacht owner Alan Bond (C) at a luncheon to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the first America’s Cup win by a boat representing a country other than the United States, in Sydney on September 26, 2013. Picture: AFP Photo/William West. Stunning use of marble across the foyer. Picture: like a commercial resort than a home, it also has a full gymnasium, massage and shower room, full size professional squash court, floodlit tennis court and a commercial-size laundry and drying room. A boat launch and boat storage space was also on site, with the gardens also packed with water features and ponds.“The extensive grounds has all the attributes of a luxury hotel, with the ability to transform from a secluded and private retreat into a fully equipped venue for the grandest of functions,” according to the listing.Recent sales in Dalkeith, WA, where the property is located, range from $1.83m for a three bedder in November to $4.46m for a five bedder in September last year, according to property is for sale by private treaty. The home has a teppanyaki house as well as pizza, and barbecues, plus two kitchens. 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This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenStarting your hunt for a dream home00:51 FOLLOW SOPHIE FOSTER ON FACEBOOK The property has a tennis court and squash court. Picture: The crew of Australia II celebrate on board after winning the America’s Cup in the final race of the series, at Newport, Rhode Island, September 26, 1983. The Australia II was owned and built by a syndicate of Western Australians headed by Alan Bond. Picture: Leo Mason/Popperfoto/Getty Images). MORE: Big shake-up in our most expensive suburbs The property, which was snapped up in 2011 for $38m, has a resort-style pool described as “one of the largest private pools in Australia”. That’s also where the 12 seater swim-up bar is plus a spa.It also has a ball room that can handle over 400 guests, two fully equipped caterers kitchens and a walk-in fridge.The home has a separate house for pizza, teppanyaki and barbecues and a large fully fitted commercial bar and games room. MORE: The house you can build in three hours MORE: Frank Sinatra’s desert retreat done his way The landscaped gardens has water features and ponds. Picture: read more

Honduras bank to expand ‘green’ loans

first_img 79 Views   no discussions Share Sharing is caring! LifestyleMoney Honduras bank to expand ‘green’ loans by: – July 29, 2011 Tweetcenter_img Logo of the Inter-American Bank. Photo credit: smartcampaign.orgWASHINGTON, USA — The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) has announced the approval of a $30 million green line facility for Banco Atlántida of Honduras to support its loans to environmentally sustainable projects. The medium-term financing facility consists of a $20 million senior A loan from the IDB and a senior B loan to be syndicated by the IDB, targeted at $10 million.Banco Atlántida is in the process of developing a “green” portfolio of loans directed at small and medium-size corporate borrowers that will cover a number of eligible sectors, including renewable energies, energy efficiency and biofuels, among others.“The IDB looks forward to enhancing its support to Honduras through this new green line as we advance in our efforts to serve key economic sectors for our development strategy,” said Daniela Carrera-Marquis, chief of the IDB’s Financial Markets Division. “In addition to generating important environmental benefits, this investment will increase the availability of much needed medium- and long-term funding for local small and mid-size corporates, key drivers of employment generation in Honduras.”The growth of a long-term sustainable lending portfolio in Banco Atlántida will contribute to the marketability of a business line that can scale up sustainable investments while demonstrating its environmental and commercial attractiveness. “Financial institutions can be important agents of positive change due to their ability to identify and leverage new sustainable initiatives,” said IDB project team leader Gema Pérez.As part of the financing, the IDB will support Banco Atlántida in the development of green line eligibility criteria to determine the process for identifying, selecting, and monitoring green projects.“We are pleased to partner with the IDB and work together to achieve a positive impact in the Honduran competitive environment, promoting a more sustainable economy and investments with a strong economic base,” said Banco Atlántida Executive President Guillermo Bueso Anduray.Caribbean News Now Share Sharelast_img read more

Anderson stays perfect at Osky

first_imgBy Jeremy FoxOSKALOOSA, Iowa (May 31) – Shannon Anderson remained perfect by picking up the KBOE Radio/Mahaska Bottling IMCA Hobby Stock feature during a fast-paced night of racing Wednes­day at Southern Iowa Speedway.Anderson started eighth and quickly worked his way through the field, getting to the front on lap six.He built up a big lead that was erased by a lap 11 caution, but held on to get the victory ahead of Aaron Martin, Chanse Hollatz, Bill Bonnett and Thomas Stevens.Hobby Stocks see extra an $300 available to grab because of a bounty placed on Anderson next week, thanks to Edel Lawn Care, Cindy Drost and Independent Auto.Cayden Carter and Curtis VanDerWal repeated wins from last week in the Musco Lighting IMCA Modified and Oskaloosa True Value IMCA Northern SportMod divisions, respectively.Derrick Agee was the Budweiser IMCA Stock Car winner and Brandon Housley checked out on everybody to win the Kelli Steli State Farm IMCA Sport Compact main event.30last_img read more

Walters pleased about McCarthy move

first_img “He was delighted to get the move,” said Walters. “I’m an Everton fan as well, so I am delighted for him. “He’s going to a great club and he’s got friends there with Seamus (Coleman) as well, going to a manager he knows and who trusts him, so it’s a great move for him.” It proved an eventful end to the transfer window for another member of the Ireland squad, with Shane Long dashing back across the Irish Sea but failing to tie up a move to Hull, much to the disappointment of potential new club-mates Paul McShane and Robbie Brady. However, Walters is confident the collapse of Long’s proposed transfer will not distract him from his preparations for Friday night’s World Cup qualifier against Sweden. He said: “I think a lot of West Brom fans would have been unhappy if he had gone. “The Hull lads are a bit gutted they didn’t get him, but he’s at West Brom and he’s had a really good couple of years there and I don’t expect any different from him next year.” With the transfer window now closed, Walters, McCarthy, Long and the remaining members of Trapattoni’s squad have turned their attention towards a key double-header against the Swedes and Austria which is likely to determine the destiny of their qualifying hopes. The three teams are currently level in joint-second place on 11 points behind Group C leaders Germany, and defeat in either game could prove disastrous. No-one was more delighted than Jon Walters when Ireland team-mate James McCarthy completed his deadline day move to Everton. But the memories of a disappointing Euro 2012 finals campaign, which saw Ireland fail to claim a single point from their three group matches, is fuelling their efforts to make a swift return to the big stage. Walters said: “After the disappointment of the Euros, being there and being so disappointed to go out like we did, you want to get straight back into it. “Once you have a taste of it, you want to get back in, so everyone is determined to get to Brazil. “We are all really hungry for these two games and they are going to define where we are going to end up in the group, so they are exciting games to play in. “You go into every game trying to win. Obviously, the emphasis is on us because we are at home in the first game against Sweden. “But after that result, whatever it may be, you take each game as it comes, so we will see where we stand after that game and going into the last few games. “It would be nice to get two wins, and that’s what we will probably be aiming for, but we will see where we are after the game.” Trapattoni has on more than one occasion fielded Walters in a wide midfield position and it is a role he could be asked to fill once again on Friday night with Aiden McGeady missing through injury. The 29-year-old freely admits he would prefer a more orthodox position, but is happy to answer his manager’s call whenever it comes. He said: “I have always said I prefer to play up front as a striker, but in the past few years I have played as a wider man, whether it be right or left. “But wherever you are called upon, you do your best and in the past few years, I have been okay playing out there, so it’s nothing new to me.” The 22-year-old midfielder finally met up with his international colleagues on Tuesday morning after being given permission by manager Giovanni Trapattoni to stay behind to tie up his move to Goodison Park. And McCarthy received a particularly warm welcome from Merseyside-born Stoke striker Walters. Press Associationlast_img read more

Angell Open supports mental health

first_imgPORTLAND — Eliot Potvin, a Hampden native now playing out of Portland, reclaimed his men’s open singles title at the Angell Open on Friday and Saturday at the Racket and Fitness Center.The tournament is a fundraiser for the National Alliance on Mental Illness, Maine as well as advocacy for improved treatment for mental illness. The event is named for the late Chris Angell, one of Maine’s top tennis players, who suffered from paranoid schizophrenia.Potvin won his second straight championship at the tournament by defeating Dana Parziale of Cumberland, R.I., in two sets by scores of 6-3 and 6-3.Potvin was a two-time Maine high school singles champion, a New England sectional singles champion at age 16, and a Maine sectional champion in singles and doubles at age 18. He attended the Georgia Institute of Technology before returning to Maine.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textHigh school student Ashley Avery of Wellesley, Mass., continued her domination in the women’s open singles division by defeating Julia Bogan of Falmouth, 6-1 and 6-1.Avery then repeated her last year’s win in the mixed doubles with teammate Kip Rogers of Marlborough, Mass., by defeating Anya Lundeberg of San Diego and Max Schuermann of Dover, Mass.Sponsors for the event included the Maine Tennis Association, Hyatt Old Port Hotel, Merle Grindle Agency, Acadia Realty Group, Machias Saving Bank and Bar Harbor Bank and Trust.More results are listed below:Men’s 45 and over: Brian Lomax of Marlborough, Mass., defeated Jeremiah Angell of Edgewater, N.J.Men’s 55 and over: Ward Jannuzzi of Wayland, Mass., defeated August Lozano of Bar Harbor.Men’s open doubles: Connor Fu of Andover, Mass., and Nathan Kaplan of Newton, Mass., defeated Benjamin Biswas of Bedford, Mass., and Ryan Fu of Andover, Mass.Women’s open doubles: Lynne Champoux of North Yarmouth and Linda Cohen of Scarborough defeated Debra Choroszy of Wells and Jodi Sataloff of Cape Elizabeth.last_img read more

The Latest: Rams take early 7-0 lead in 1st game in new home

first_imgThe Latest: Rams take early 7-0 lead in 1st game in new home The Falcons also honored Lewis as an honorary captain for the game. –Paul Newberry reporting from Atlanta.___1:35 p.m.Players and coaches kicked off the 2020 season in different ways when it came to social justice messages. Some knelt. Some stood. Some didn’t come out for the national anthem. Burrow ran 23 yards up the middle to put the Bengals up 7-0 in the first quarter in Cincinnati. Burrow was 6 of 10 for 39 yards with one sack. The Bengals are hosting the Chargers without fans at Paul Brown Stadium.—Joe Kay reporting from Cincinnati.___4:50 p.m. The Big Three veterans quarterbacks who changed teams in the offseason had a mixed debut Sunday with their new teams.Tom Brady and the Buccaneers lost to Drew Brees and the Saints xx-xx in Brady’s first game not in a Patriots uniform.Former MVP Cam Newton won his debut in New England after leaving Carolina and former Chargers mainstay Philip Rivers lost his first game with the Colts when the Jaguars beat Indianpolis.Brady has now lost three consecutive starts for the first time since 2002 when he lost four in a row. He’s also lost five of his last seven starts.Brady’s Buccaneers lost 34-23 to the Saints in one of four late afternoon games. The defending NFC champion 49ers lost 24-20 to the Cardinals and the Chargers rallied past the Bengals 16-13. 3:30 p.m.The Buffalo Bills are down two starting linebackers with Tremaine Edmunds being treated on the sideline with a right shoulder injury.Edmunds was hurt while attempting to tackle Jets receiver Jamison Crowder on a 69-yard touchdown catch and run. Edmunds went right shoulder first into Crowder, who bounced off the tackle and zipped up the right sideline off a screen pass. The touchdown, with 5:10 left in the third quarter, cut Buffalo’s lead to 21-10.The Bills ruled Edmunds’ return as being questionable.Buffalo is already with out starting outside linebacker Matt Milano, who was ruled out with a hamstring injury sustained in the second quarter. Robert Woods caught a 20-yard pass from Jared Goff on the first play from scrimmage in the $5 billion stadium. Malcolm Brown scored its first touchdown, going in from short yardage to cap a 75-yard drive.Aaron Donald also got the first sack in stadium history, dropping Dak Prescott early on.The Rams’ lead could have been even bigger, but rookie kicker Samuel Sloman clanged his first career field goal attempt off the left upright with 2 seconds left.___7:45 p.m. Alvin Kamara’s touchdowns on a 12-yard reception and 6-yard run on successive possessions have thrust the New Orleans Saints ahead of Tampa Bay 14-7 in the second quarter.The game pits quarterback icons Drew Brees and Tom Brady, who is making his debut for Tampa Bay after 20 years and six Super Bowl rings in New England.Kamara’s second TD came after Brady was intercepted by safety Marcus Williams.Shortly after, Drew Brees’ 33-yard pass intended for Emmanuel Sanders drew a pass interference call, setting up Kamara’s scoring run.Kamara’s multiple touchdown game comes a day after he signed a five-year extension worth up to $75 million. The Jaguars beat the Colts 27-20, ruining Philip Rivers’ Indianapolis debut.Washington beat Philadelphia 27-17, the Bills beat the Jets 27-17 and the Ravens routed the Browns 38-6.Seattle won at Atlanta 38-25.The Super Bowl champion Chiefs kicked off the season on Thursday night with a 34-20 win over the Texans.There are four more games today including Tampa Bay at New Orleans in Tom Brady’s Buccaneers debut. Opening weekend raps up tomorrow night with the Giants and Broncos playing at home. Five running plays later, Brady was celebrating in the end zone.Tampa Bay’s second drive ended in a punt. –Brett Martel reporting from New Orleans.__4:45 p.m. It’s here! The 2020 NFL season kicks off today with 14 games after a strange offseason in which teams learned their playbooks via videoconference and didn’t play any preseason games.Some stadiums are empty, others have a spattering of fans but mostly empty seats because of the coronavirus pandemic.Players and coaches have been tested daily for COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus. Teams also are planning different ways to stand up against racial injustice following a summer of protests across the globe sparked by George Floyd’s death in police custody in Minneapolis.Some players are kneeling during the national anthem like Colin Kaepernick did several years ago when he started bringing attention to social injustices. —John Wawrow reporting from Buffalo.___3:05 p.m.Some NFL players’ long-awaited debuts didn’t last long on opening weekend.Lions linebacker Jamie Collins was ejected in the first half against the Bears when he made contact with an official. –Arnie Stapleton reporting from Denver. ___3:55 p.m.The NFL and DISH Network have reached a new carriage agreement that restores NFL Network and NFL RedZone to Dish TV and Sling TV.The agreement was announced right as the Sunday 1 p.m. EDT games started. The channels were dropped in June. And several players have left their games with injuries.Among them are Packers nose tackle Kenny Clark (groin) and guard Lucas Patrick (shoulder), who got hurt at Minnesota.Buffalo Bills starting linebacker Matt Milano has been ruled out from playing the second half against the New York Jets with a hamstring injury. Milano had a leaping interception at midfield of Sam Darnold’s pass late in the second quarter.Colts running back Marlon Mack left the game at Jacksonville with an ankle injury just before halftime and has been ruled out.___ Associated Press The first Sunday games of the 2020 NFL season are in the books. Among the big winners were the Green Bay Packers who survived a 24-point fourth quarter to win at Minnesota 43-34 behind Aaron Rodgers’ four touchdown passes.Cam Newton won his debut with New England, leading the Patriots past Miami 21-11, and the Las Vegas Raiders beat Newton’s old team with a 34-30 win over the Panthers.The Bears used a 21-0 fourth quarter to beat the Lions 27-23 when Detroit rookie D’Andre Swift dropped the game-winning touchdown pass with six seconds remaining.In other games: Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on Week 1 in the NFL (all times EDT): ___The Los Angeles Rams have taken a 7-0 lead over the Dallas Cowboys with a dominant first quarter in the inaugural game at SoFi Stadium.center_img But the feat has been much rarer for tailbacks. Tampa Bay’s Bruce Perkins and Seattle’s Derek Loville were the last to do it, getting Week 1 nods in 1990.The Colts lead the Jaguars 17-14 at halftime.–Mark Long reporting from Jacksonville.___ September 13, 2020 ___3:45 p.m.New York Jets running back Le’Veon Bell’s return is considered doubtful because of a hamstring injury, the team announced early in the fourth quarter of its game at the Buffalo Bills.Bell has been limited to six carries for 14 yards, and two catches for 32 yards.___ Both Monday night games — at Metlife Stadium and Empower Field — will also be without fans.While some teams have ruled out spectators for the entire season, many are planning to allow a few thousand fans into upcoming games.—Arnie Stapleton reporting from Denver.___5:30 p.m. The Minnesota Vikings locked arms in the end zone about a half-hour before their game against Green Bay for the recorded performance of “Lift Every Voice and Sing,” after nine family members of the late George Floyd were recognized on the video board from their perch in the upper concourse. The group included three brothers and one sister of Floyd, the handcuffed Black man who died on May 25 about three miles from the stadium when a white police officer pressed his knee against Floyd’s neck for nearly eight minutes.In Detroit, the Lions lined up shoulder to shoulder at the goal line and the Bears faced them as they stood side by side 80 yards away. After a moment of silence, the videoboards showed Alicia Keys singing “Lift Every Voice.” In Jacksonville, Colts coach Frank Reich took a knee during the national anthem, the only one on the sideline to do so. The Jaguars were in the locker room.Neither the Bills or Jets were on the field in Buffalo for the “Star Spangled Banner.” 2:35 p.m.James Robinson has made NFL history with the Jacksonville Jaguars today.Robinson carried 10 times for 61 yards in the first half against Indianapolis, breaking the league’s previous best mark of 44 yards for undrafted rookie running backs in season openers.Washington’s Ralph Nelson held the previous high for rushing yards by an undrafted rookie in Week 1, gaining 44 yards against New Orleans on Sept. 21, 1975.Robinson became the first undrafted rookie running back in 30 years to start in Week 1. Several undrafted rookie fullbacks have started openers over the years. 2:15 p.m.Detroit Lions linebacker Jamie Collins has been ejected in the second quarter against Chicago after making contact with an official with his helmet.It didn’t look like an aggressive gesture — Collins may have been trying to demonstrate something that had happened on the field — but the result was that Collins made contact with the official’s chest. —Noah Trister reporting from Detroit.___ ___6:30 p.m.Only one stadium allowed fans to watch the action on the NFL’s opening Sunday over coronavirus concerns.That was in Jacksonville, where the Jaguars were allowing 16,800 tickets to be distributed for their game against the Indianapolis Colts. However, only 14,100 fans showed up to watch the Jaguars beat the Colts 27-20 and spoil Philip Rivers’ debut for Indy.The Chiefs allowed 16,940 fans at their game Thursday night to kick off the 2020 season. 1:50 p.m. Both the Seahawks and Falcons honored the late U.S. Rep. John Lewis, an icon of the civil rights movement who died in July after a battle with pancreatic cancer. The Falcons and the Seahawks wore white armbands featuring the initials of the late Georgia Democratic congressman and logos of each team. The Falcons also wore shirts that featured a quote from Lewis on the front and the team’s Rise Up & Vote logo on the back during pregame warmups. The quote from Lewis: “The Vote is the most powerful, nonviolent change agent you have in a democratic society.” In a statement issued by the team, defensive end Steven Means said, “We’re taking this moment and making it a movement, not just as a race, a community or a team, but as a nation, … It’s time to stand up, rise up and vote.” In Cleveland, Browns star defensive end Myles Garrett one of three Cleveland players who knelt during anthem in Baltimore. Baker Mayfield announced yesterday on Twitter he had changed plans and stood.–Dave Campbell reporting from Minneapolis.___1 p.m.___ Tom Brady has scored on a 2-yard keeper for his first touchdown with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Brady completed both of his passes for a total of 37 yards and his first run was from the 2. He spiked the ball like Rob Grownkowski when he barreled into the end zone to give the Buccaneers a 7-0 lead over the New Orleans Saints.Brady joined the Buccaneers this offseason after 20 years and six Super Bowl rings in New England.___4:30 p.m. Tom Brady’s maiden drive in a Tampa Bay Buccaneers uniform came to a familiar conclusion — with the former Patriots star spiking the ball emphatically in the end zone after a short quarterback keeper.Brady completed two passes for 37 yards and did not throw an incomplete pass during the series, which put Tampa Bay ahead 7-0.Brady’s first pass attempt was intended for tight end O.J. Howard, who was ruled to have been interfered with by safety Malcolm Jenkins.Soon after, Brady lofted a 26-yard pass down the right side to Chris Godwin, putting the Bucs across midfield.The Bucs benefited from another pass interference call when Brady attempted to hit Mike Evans deep down the left side at the New Orleans 16. Brady’s interception came on Tampa Bay’s third series. Brady’s began his Bucs debut with an 85-yard scoring drive that ended with his 2-yard keeper.—Brett Martel reporting from New Orleans.___5:05 p.m.Joe Burrow’s first NFL touchdown came on a draw play that took the Chargers by surprise. The Washington players and members of the Philadelphia Eagles lined up together, forming an oval prior to their game.–Arnie Stapleton reporting from Denver..___More AP NFL: and read more