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The February Issue of Blue Ridge Outdoors is Live

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first_imgDEPARTMENTSTHE DIRTFreesoloist Austin Howell survives a near-death fall and keeps climbing.QUICK HITSLance wins a trail race—people get pissed • Chimney Rock expands • Former Olympian runs sub-five mile for 40th consecutive yearFLASHPOINTCut the carbs? Crank up the workout intensity? Juicy detox cure? 5 common fitness myths debunked.THE GOODSAdventure runner Phil Phelan’s go-to gear for multiday treks.TRAIL MIXFast Hands and Hard Truths: New albums from Larry Keel and Malcom Holcombe.FEATURESTAKING BACK THE GAULEY“Once I got out on the Gauley, my hands shook with each pull through the water, and in the opening rapids, I had trouble rallying the power that I needed to steer myself.”TRAIL HEROESThere aren’t many large black women lining up at the starting line of 62-mile ultras. That hasn’t stopped Mirna Valerio, a Georgia teacher and coach who is shattering stereotypes. Meet Mirna and four other inspiring trail runners from the Blue Ridge.BLUE RIDGE BUCKET LISTMake 2016 the year of no excuses. Check out these 41 regional events that are sure to make your quads crumble, your forearms scream, and your sides cramp. If you live here or play here, these are the must-dos.THE WAY FORWARDUltrarunning legend and multiple national champion Anne Riddle reflects on what the trail has taught her.APRÈS SKINo two words excite snowsports aficionado Graham Averill more than après ski, roughly translated from the French: ‘I drank too much champagne and fell in the hot tub while still wearing my ski boots.’DITCH THE GPSAdventurer Devon O’neil gets lost to find himself.last_img read more

Australian media firms pull journalists from China over security worries

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first_imgBoth journalists were told they were “persons of interest” in an investigation into Cheng, a high-profile business anchor on Chinese state television, who has been detained by authorities, the AFR report said.The journalists flew out of China on Monday night and arrived in Sydney on Tuesday morning following what public broadcaster the ABC called an “extraordinary diplomatic standoff”.Birtles told reporters at Sydney airport it was very disappointing to have to leave China under “those circumstances.””But this was a whirlwind and it was not a particularly good experience,” he said. The ABC said it brought Birtles back to Australia following advice from the Australian government.The Australian Financial Review said in a statement the two journalists were “going about their normal reporting duties”. It added that the incident was “regrettable and disturbing and is not in the interests of a co-operative relationship between Australia and China”.Relations between Australia and China have soured this year in the wake of Canberra’s calls for an independent international investigation into the source of the coronavirus pandemic.Beijing was angered by the move and has since blocked Australian beef imports, placed dumping tariffs on Australian barley, and launched an anti-dumping investigation into Australian wine.Topics : Two of Australia’s leading foreign correspondents in China have rushed home for their own safety after they were questioned separately by China’s Ministry of State security, the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) reported on Tuesday.China correspondents for the ABC and the Australian Financial Review (AFR) sought shelter in Australia’s embassy in Beijing and consulate in Shanghai as diplomats negotiated with Chinese officials to allow them to leave the country, the ABC and the AFR reported.The two journalists – ABC’s Bill Birtles and AFR’s Michael Smith – had been banned from leaving China until they answered questions about detained Australian citizen and television anchor Cheng Lei, AFR said in a report.last_img read more

Today’s Daily Fantasy Baseball Rankings: Best starting pitchers, streamers for Wednesday, June 12

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first_imgMORE WEDNESDAY MLB: DFS picksToday’s Daily Fantasy Baseball Pitcher Rankings: Wednesday, June 12(O) = Opener | (PLR) = Primary Long RelieverRankPitcherTeamOpponentOpp. wRC+ vs. LHP (rank)Opp. wRC+ vs. RHP (rank)FDDK1Justin VerlanderAstrosvs. BrewersN/A104 (11th)$11,100$11,3002Joey LucchesiPadres@ Giants68 (30th)N/A$7,900$9,6003Jose BerriosTwinsvs. MarinersN/A110 (7th)$9,600$10,3004Mike SorokaBravesvs. PiratesN/A95 (T-14th)$10,600$10,9005Yonny ChirinosRaysvs. A’sN/A93 (18th)$6,500$10,4006Zach PlesacIndiansvs. RedsN/A79 (26th)$8,400$7,4007Lance LynnRangers@ Red SoxN/A106 (10th)$9,400$9,0008Miles MikolasCardinals@ MarlinsN/A75 (T-29th)$7,600$7,2009Zach EflinPhilliesvs. D-backsN/A89 (20th)$8,500$8,70010Brandon WoodruffBrewers@ AstrosN/A117 (3rd)$8,900$7,60011Cole HamelsCubs@ Rockies88 (T-20th)N/A$7,200$8,10012Daniel NorrisTigers@ Royals71 (28th)N/A$6,100$5,00013Rick PorcelloRed Soxvs. RangersN/A108 (T-8th)$7,000$7,00014Danny DuffyRoyalsvs. Tigers91 (18th)N/A$6,900$7,40015Anthony DeSclafaniReds@ IndiansN/A84 (T-23rd)$6,300$6,70016Brett AndersonA’s@ Rays102 (T-12th)N/A$6,600$5,60017Merrill KellyD-backs@ PhilliesN/A94 (17th)$7,700$8,00018David HessOriolesvs. Blue JaysN/A75 (T-29th)$6,000$4,10019Shaun AndersonGiantsvs. PadresN/A84 (T-23rd)$6,500$6,60020Jordan YamamotoMarlinsvs. CardinalsN/A95 (14th)N/A$7,50021Edwin JacksonBlue Jays@ OriolesN/A83 (25th)$5,700$5,30022Tommy Milone (PLR)Mariners@ Twins134 (1st)N/A$6,700$6,90023Mitch KellerPirates@ BravesN/A101 (12th)$5,500$7,00024Antonio SenzatelaRockiesvs. CubsN/A108 (T-8th)$6,200$4,50025Cory GearrinMariners@ TwinsN/A120 (1st)N/A$4,000wRC+ is defined by Fangraphs as “[measuring] how a player’s wRC compares with league average after controlling for park effects. League average for position players is 100, and every point above 100 is a percentage point above league average. For example, a 125 wRC+ means a player created 25% more runs than a league average hitter would have in the same number of plate appearances. Similarly, every point below 100 is a percentage point below league average, so a 80 wRC+ means a player created 20% fewer runs than league average.” For more on the stat, click here. There are only four afternoon games on Wednesday, but three of the top seven pitchers in today’s MLB DFS pitcher rankings will start in the daytime. However, all of our top four will go under the lights, so there are still some legit studs — but not many sleepers — for FanDuel and DraftKings contests.Justin Verlander (vs. Brewers) is the no-doubt top starter, so expect him to be highly owned. The value options are more matchup-based than talent-based, as Miles Mikolas (@ Marlins) and Daniel Norris (@ Royals) stand out. David Hess (vs. Blue Jays), Shaun Anderson (vs. Padres), and Edwin Jackson (@ Orioles) have good matchups on paper, but chances are you’ll want nothing to do with those three. Watch ChangeUp, a new MLB live whip-around show on DAZNBrandon Woodruff (@ Astros) has the most boom-or-bust potential given his matchup, but if you use him in a GPP, he could pay off in a big way. The same goes for Cole Hamels (@ Rockies) pitching in Colorado. Given the lack of arm talent today, both are legit options.Rain doesn’t look like it will have any real effect on today’s games, but check the Fantasy Alarm Weather Center closer to lineup lock for the latest reports.last_img read more