LOS ANGELES — As the dust continues to settle on Howard Jones field in the aftermath of USC head coach Clay Helton naming sophomore JT Daniels the starting quarterback for the 2019 season, the team’s practices are beginning to focus more on preparation for the season opener. USC’s opener against Fresno State is less than 10 days away (Aug. 31), and Daniels has started to receive the lion’s share of the repetitions in practice. Helton estimated Daniels’ workload in practice this week was approximately 60 percent of the snaps. “JT has been wonderful. He’s done a tremendous job of staying very business-like in this whole process. Now he’s in a position where we’re starting to prepare for a game,” Helton said after Thursday’s practice. “We started to put in the base gameplay today for Fresno State during first and second downs and you could just see laser-like focus. He’s doing a wonderful job using our … [Read more...] about QB battle over, USC turning focus to season opener
DEAR ABBY: I have been married 35 years. During the last six years, my mom died, my dad moved in and then he passed away at 91. Dad traveled, including to see my three siblings, and had a girlfriend. Three years ago, my mother-in-law, who is in the beginning stages of Alzheimer’s, moved in. My husband is an only child and has no other family nearby. A couple of years ago, our sons, both of whom are in their 30s and had been in the Air Force, moved in. They have steady jobs and contribute to the household. One just bought a house. My problem is with my husband. Because his mother can't be left alone, we rarely go anywhere anymore. And even when we are out, he's glued to his phone. They don't have a strong relationship and rarely speak to each other. When I try to talk to him about it, his answer is, "I promised I'd never put her in a nursing home," and, "Honor thy mother and father." We have been to counseling. It didn't help. We are in our mid-60s and in good shape. I would like … [Read more...] about Dear Abby: Mother-in-law’s alzheimer’s keeps couple tied to home
ST. LOUIS — Marcell Ozuna, Paul DeJong and Dexter Fowler each hit two-run homers, and the St. Louis Cardinals came back to beat the Colorado Rockies 6-5 on Thursday night. Fowler’s 15th home run of the season, off of a 97 mph fastball from Yency Almonte (0-1) in the seventh, capped the comeback. Matt Carpenter set it up by working a walk in an eight-pitch, pinch hitting appearance to lead off the frame. Dominic Leone (1-0), who was recalled from Triple-A Memphis before the game, got the win. Giovanny Gallegos and Andrew Miller pitched a scoreless eighth and Carlos Martínez picked up his 15th save in 18 opportunities. It was the third straight start in which Cardinals starter Miles Mikolas gave up five earned runs. The Rockies put runners on the bases in five of his six innings. Ozuna’s blast into the upper deck in left field in the fourth came after Paul Goldschmidt singled to tie the game 2-2. Ozuna has hit safely in 13 of his last 16 games. DeJong drilled a … [Read more...] about Rockies fall short against Cardinals as bullpen collapses again
5 minutes ago Anyone plagued by chipmunks would agree that the cute cartoonish Alvin, Simon and Theodore made great TV, but the real-life versions undermine walkways and threaten to chew your wiring. While these rodents seem playful and often are a source of visual enjoyment, their presence can be quite dangerous. Their burrowing can cause damage, threatening your health and property. The most common species in our area is the Eastern chipmunk. It is reddish-brown with five dark stripes along its back. Adults are about 8-10 inches in length. They weigh about 3 or 4 ounces. They mate twice a year, early spring and summer or fall. They have two to five babies per litter and may live up to three years. Population densities can vary from two to 10 per acre. Eating habits They eat flower bulbs, seeds, seedlings and birdseed, along with grains, nuts, berries and insects. They are also known to nosh on worms, green plants and mushrooms. Chipmunks are most active during early morning and late … [Read more...] about Chipmunks look cute but can be destructive inside and out
6 minutes ago Question: This is a photo of our daylily. The flowers are beautiful, but the leaves are striped with brown. Do you know what’s wrong with it and what we can do to keep it from happening in the future? Answer: Daylilies (Hemerocallis species) are popular perennials for sunny areas of the landscape. Their flowers come in a broad range of colors, and the plants are fast growing and require very little care. However, there are several common issues daylily growers face that can affect the health and appearance of the plants. First, the most devastating daylily problem is probably daylily rust. This fungal disease didn’t arrive on North American shores until the early 2000s, but it has since spread to many different states, most likely via plants shipped from one region to another. Caused by a fungal pathogen known as Puccinia hemerocallidis, daylily rust affects many different daylily cultivars. It’s not as problematic in northern states as it is in the … [Read more...] about Why’s the daylily looking so brown?