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Imported guard dogs deployed as part of US wolf-sheep study

Imported guard dogs deployed as part of US wolf-sheep study

Technology
Federal scientists say a four-year study involving nearly 120 guard dogs imported from Europe and Asia found the animals do well protecting sheep from wolves and better than traditional guard dogs deterring coyotes. The U.S. Department of Agriculture supplied Cao de Gado Transmontanos (COHN day GAH'-doh TRANS'-mahn-tan-ohs), Karakachans (kah-RACK'-a-chans) and Kangals (KAN'-gahls) to guard sheep in Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, Washington and Oregon. Scientists say they're still analyzing information from fieldwork that includes remote cameras and GPS collars from the dogs that can weigh up to 140 pounds (64 kilograms). The dogs were gathered as puppies in Portugal, Bulgaria and Turkey and sent to the American West, where they spent four years guarding sheep. Environmentalists say guard dogs c...
England stars once formed a guard of honour for Paul Scholes after a training ground masterclass

England stars once formed a guard of honour for Paul Scholes after a training ground masterclass

Sports
Tuesday, February 13, 2018If you somehow weren’t aware of how good a footballer Paul Scholes was in his pomp, then listen to Kieron Dyer.Dyer, writing in his new autobiography which is being serialised in the Daily Mail, says he rated Scholes as the best English midfielder of his generation – ahead of Frank Lampard and Steven Gerrard – and recounted a brilliant story which perfectly encapsulated his genius.Scholes, who won every major honour in the game with Manchster United, won 66 caps for England but was often played out of position and quit international football at the age of just 29.“Paul Scholes was the best player I played with and people like Xavi and Zinedine Zidane counted him as their favourite player,” wrote Dyer.“Other nations would have used him as their fulcrum but Sven Gor
Ronald Leary: Denver Broncos put guard on IR, sign TE Matt LaCosse

Ronald Leary: Denver Broncos put guard on IR, sign TE Matt LaCosse

Sports
Dec. 12 (UPI) -- The Denver Broncos have placed guard Ronald Leary on injured reserve and signed tight end Matt LaCosse.Denver announced the transactions on Tuesday.LaCosse was signed off of the New York Giants' practice quad. The 6-foot-6, 255-pound pass catcher had three catches for 22 yards in five games for the Giants from 2015 through 2017. He originally joined the Giants as an undrafted college free agent in May 2015 out of Illinois.LaCosse appeared in three games and had one start this season for the Giants. He served on the Giants' practice squad since Nov. 14. He spent the entire 2016 season on injured reserve after appearing in two games during his rookie campaign. LaCosse will wear No. 83 for the Broncos.Leary joined the Broncos this offseason as an unrestricted free agent from ...
Huntington Ingalls launches 8th National Security Cutter for Coast Guard

Huntington Ingalls launches 8th National Security Cutter for Coast Guard

Business
Nov. 22 (UPI) -- Huntington Ingalls Industries launched its eighth National Security Cutter vessel, Midgett, for the U.S. Coast Guard on Wednesday.Midgett, a Legend-class cutter, launched off a dock in Pascagoula, Miss., Wednesday morning and will be christened during a ceremony Dec. 9."As the National Security Cutter program continues to mature, we are providing our Coast Guard customer the best ships in their fleet," Ingalls Shipbuilding President Brian Cuccias said. "Our shipbuilders know and understand the importance of quality in building these highly capable cutters so the men and women of the Coast Guard can perform their important national security missions."Legend-class cutters are being designed and procured to replace the service's legacy Hamilton-class cutters, which have been ...
Minnesota Vikings: Release of guard Alex Boone not a surprise

Minnesota Vikings: Release of guard Alex Boone not a surprise

Sports
EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. -- The biggest surprise on cutdown day for the Minnesota Vikings was the release of left guard Alex Boone, who less than 18 months ago was a prized free-agent signing at $ 26.8 million over four years. In hindsight, it shouldn't have come as a surprise. About two weeks ago, when head coach Mike Zimmer was asked about the battle at center between Nick Easton and Pat Elflein, Zimmer said, "Who knows? One of them could end up at guard." This came after Boone had missed the second preseason game at Seattle. Easton moved to left guard, allowing the rookie Elflein to start at center. And the line played the best it played all preseason. But the assumption was the Vikings wouldn't pull the trigger and dump Boone, leaving $ 3.4 million in dead cap space this season. But this is...