Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh hasn’t taken the podium at Big Ten Media Days, but it’s a good bet the first question he’ll field Friday will involve Ohio State and its former coach Urban Meyer.Harbaugh got a headstart on that storyline on Thursday, taking a jab at Meyer on a podcast with The Athletic’s Tim Kawakami. Harbaugh: “Urban Meyer’s had a winning record. Really phenomenal record everywhere he’s been. But also, controversy follows everywhere he’s been.” https://t.co/zFKSngtRMo— Tim Kawakami (@timkawakami) July 18, 2019Shots fired — but should Harbaugh have done that? UNPOPULAR OPINIONS: Harbaugh is fine, Meyer won’t go to USCHarbaugh is 0-4 against rival Ohio State — all losses to Meyer — with last year’s 62-39 blowout at Ohio Stadium serving as the Wolverines’ seventh straight loss to the Buckeyes. Michigan has not won a Big Ten championship since 2004.Meyer retired with a 7-0 record against rival Michigan after a season in which he was suspended for three games for mishandling domestic abuse allegations against former receivers coach Zach Smith. Ryan Day replaced Meyer in the offseason. Meyer has a 187-32 career record, and that included an 83-9 record with Ohio State. Harbaugh is 96-14, with a 38-14 record with the Wolverines.”All you can be judged on is your record,” Harbaugh said on the podcast. “What your record is overall. What your record is within your conference. What your record is with head-to-head matchups. I think you’ll find Ohio State is the only team with a better record, a better conference record than us (since Harbaugh arrived at Michigan) and has a better head-to-head matchup with us.”Needless to say, the Nov. 30 game at Michigan Stadium between the Buckeyes and Wolverines added a little more spice.
AMES — Closed interstate highways and submerged train tracks are creating challenges for moving grain and livestock.But Mike Steenhoek of the Soy Transportation Coalition says washed-out county bridges and impassable gravel roads are equally important because local infrastructure connects farms to global markets. “And it’s also the system that is largely the responsibility of local and county government and these are entities that are not flush with money,” Steenhoek says.Iowa State University livestock economist Lee Schulz says some livestock trucks early on had to take longer routes or go to different meatpacking plants. But Schulz says businesses worked together to keep up with meat processing and it may never be clear whether the flooding affected consumer prices.“It likely won’t be one that we can really isolate here is the impact — and it was a rather large impact,” Schulz says. “I think it’s something that over time we may realize a little bit but overall I don’t think it’s going to be too much of an impact on prices.” He says prices for meat are volatile thanks to ongoing tariffs and animal diseases, so it may never be possible to tease out whether flooding affected consumer prices.Schulz says prices, especially for pork, are pretty good and demand for meat is high, despite the considerable impact on individual farms.
Álvaro Morata was injured on March 11 in the match against Liverpool. The Atletico striker was a substitute in the Champions League match with physical problems. It was doubt until hours before the clash, he played in overtime and scored the final 2-3 against the delirium of Atlético fans. But he was hurt again, suffered an injury to the ischia and the estimated time of discharge it was stipulated between four and six weeks. It was the only one but a tie and a historic match for Atlético. Simeone had to face the last part of the season without the competition of one of its main players.Morata, before the next return to training, will be recovered and will be able to train under Simeone, first in individual work sessions and then in groups. Morata is Atlético’s top scorer in a season in which the lack of goal has been the great problem of the Madrid team. The forward has played 32 official competition matchesl: 23 of the league championship, seven of the Champions and two of the Spanish Super Cup. He has scored twelve goals, eight in LaLiga, three in Champions and one in Super Cup. In total, 2,303 minutes of play. For Cholo he has always been a decisive footballer. During the season he has been fixed in attack and his attacking partner has been changing: Correa, Diego Costa, João Félix, Vitolo …The break caused by the COVID-19 pandemic has come in handy for the striker who suffered two muscle injuries in a month and a halfior. Those physical problems caused him to play down in February and March, which also made Atlético resent. Now he has had time to recover and to get physically well, although he will need to do a preseason, like the rest of his teammates.The signing of Cholo is Morata, who, in addition, has three more years of contract with Atlético. The rojiblanco club exercised the purchase option it had on the footballer last summer. For the 2020-21 financial year Morata is an essential piece. And for this year, for the remaining eleven league games, and for the Champions League, is the great rojiblanco signing.