There Will Be No Triple Crown Winner This Year Sorting Out Strikes And Spares Scoring A Bowling Game How To Build A Kite Kids Survive With Modern Camp Experience Divisional Outlook Al West

The winner of the Kentucky Derby won’t be able to participate in the Belmont Stakes Race, since he’s been victim of an accident during the second competition for the Triple Crown: the Preakness Stakes.

Barbaro is recovering from an injury suffered a couple weeks ago in a career- ending breakdown at the Preakness. Barbaro shattered his right rear leg.

The 2006 Kentucky Derby winner is under a 24/7 watch in a 12 by 12 foot stall. Three resident veterinarians are taking good care of the champion.

The full physical that he is submitted to every day includes temperature, heart and blood checks, examination of his feet, a look at the fiberglass cast and specially designed left hind shoe, the doling out of medication and walks around his new home. Every six hours Barbaro undergoes an abbreviated physical practiced by a veterinarian, a nurse or a medical student.

Barbaro was expected to become the next Triple Crown Champion, after his performance on May 6 in the Kentucky Derby. Two weeks later, he would suffer an awful accident and broke his leg. Barbaro was transported to the University of Pennsylvania’s Hospital at New Bolton Center in a horse-ambulance.

The next day, Barbaro underwent to a five hour surgery to repair three broken bones with a metal plate and 27 screws.

The winner of the Preakness Stakes: Bernardini won’t be able to run the Belmont Stakes race either since the owner has decided the horse needed a break. This is the first time since the year 2000 that the winner of the Kentucky Derby and the winner of the Preakness Stakes miss the Belmont Stakes eliminating any chance to have a Triple Crown winner.

Believe it or not, the average recreational bowler, though capable of performing well on the bowling alley, may be at a total loss when it comes to being able to keeping score.

Many bowling alleys now have an automatic scoring system that does all the figuring of the scores for them. While it isn’t exactly a skill that can contribute to an improved game, fully understanding bowling includes knowing how to score a game.

Below is an easy way (hopefully) to follow walk-through of how the fallen pins convert to points on the board:

1. As you may already know, each game is divided into 10 frames. That number corresponds with the number of boxes lined up in a row next to a players name on the scoreboard. Each box has a smaller box inside at the top left corner.

2. In the smaller box, you should write down the number of pins that fell on the player’s first try of the frame.

3. In the box next to the smaller one where you recorded the first attempt, write down the number of pins that fell on the second try.

4. Add the two numbers together and place the result (total) in the larger space at the bottom of the box.

5. If a strike was made on the first attempt, mark it with an ‘X’ in the small box. Add 10 points (for the strike) to the total number of pins that was recorded in the previous box and write it down in the totals area of that particular frame.

6. If a second strike followed the first one, add 10 points for the first strike, another 10 for the second, but before closing the tally for this particular frame, record the number of pins that fell on the next frame’s first attempt. Add this number to the 20 points from the previous frame.

7. In the event of a spare, indicate a slash (/) in the small box after all the pins have been knocked down on the second attempt. Then wait for the number of pins to fall on the next frame’s first attempt and add this to the 10 points from the spare. Write this number in the totals area of the frame where the spare was made.

The tediousness of the process is overshadowed by the convenience of computers doing it, but it is part of knowing what bowling is about. For one to fully appreciate the game in all of its aspects, taking the time to practice it won’t hurt.

Your Fast Guide to Kite-Building

Here is the easiest way to create your own fun, flyable kite.

GATHER some garden twine; scotch tape; a sheet of strong paper (about 102 x 102 cm,); two strong, straight wooden sticks about 90 and 102 cm and some colored markers.

MAKE A CROSS with the two sticks, with the larger one running vertically and the shorter one horizontally. Tie them together. Cut a notch at the ends of both sticks, deep enough for the string to fit into. Cut a piece of strong which is long enough to stretch all around the kite frame. Wrap the string around the frame, tying it a couple of times through all 4 notches. Complete by wrapping the string 4 times around the top. Cut off the excess. The frame should be tight without warping the sticks.

WITH THE PAPER laid flat, place the frame face down on top. Cut around it (Leave around 2 cm for a margin). Fold the edges over the frame and tape it down so the sail is tight. Cut a piece of string 120 cm long. Tie one end to the loop at the other end of the string to the loop at the bottom. Tie a small loop now in the string right above the intersection of the sticks. This will be the string to which you’ll attach the flying line.

CREATE A TAIL: Do this by tying a small ribbon about every 10 cm on the length of string. Attach to the kite’s bottom. Finish by coloring the entire kite!

Here your kite is ready to roar in the skies.

Studying marine biology. Snow survival skills. Electricity. Wildlife tracking. At camp today, kids enjoy much more than the traditional crafts and canoes experience. 4-H offers a wide range of specialized camping programs all over the country where kids learn leadership, citizenship and life skills while they participate in fun activities.

Shamee Hurd, 14, gets a charge out of learning about safety at 4-H Electric Camp. “I am more aware of my surroundings as a result of 4-H Electric Camp. I learned to stay away from electric lines when they fall on the ground. I do very well in school studying science, especially when we study electricity,” she said.

The camp, held at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville, features learning centers and hands-on activities staffed by electric utility professionals. Campers make magnetic motors and discover how electric golf carts work while they learn about safety.

At 4-H Junior Wildlife Stewards Camp in Oregon, youth start their experience in third grade, become counselors-in-training in seventh grade, and teen counselors in grade 10. They work together with other campers and counselors as they participate in classes on the basics of fishing and aquatic habits, wildlife tracking, bird watching, forestry and develop a special hands-on wildlife restoration project.

A counselor for five years, Alice Kersting, 18, of Portland is studying sociology in college because of her experience with cross-age mentoring at camp, where she shared her passion for the outdoors. “The interaction of children, adults and teens coming together and learning from each other is incredibly significant. You can’t get anything out of camp unless you are willing to learn from others,” Kersting said.

Along the North Carolina coast, youth curious about ecology study chemistry, geology and biology at Marine Science and Sailing Camp. They dissect fish, follow the tides and visit estuaries to understand the importance of the environment.

Camp isn’t just for the summer, either. Youth build campfires in the snow, use compasses and GPS units and learn first aid skills at 4-H Snow Camp during the winter in Idaho. “4-H is about teaching kids life skills that they can use wherever they go,” said Cindy Kinder, University of Idaho 4-H and Extension Educator, Camas County.

4-H is a community of young people across America who are learning leadership, citizenship and life skills. Learn more about 4-H camping programs at 4husa.org.

Photography is just one of the many specialized 4-H camping programs for youth.

The AL West is shaping up as a division that will come down to the wire. Every team is lumped together in the standings, as the separation between first and last place as of this writing is only 5.5 games. None of the teams have been extremely hot lately, and everyone sits near .500 for the season. As of now, this race is way too early to call, and this will probably be the case throughout the season. It’s going to be a very interesting season in this division.

Texas Rangers

Currently:

The Rangers are slowly but surely building a solid team that appears to be geared to contend for the long-term. So far this season, the team has made its mark with consistent hitting. The Rangers rank 3rd in the AL in team BA and in total hits, and their nucleus of Michael Young, Hank Blalock and Gary Matthews, Jr. are all in the prime of their careers. The Rangers are “gnats” in regards to their offense, though, as they rank in the bottom half of the AL in power numbers. Their pitching has been solid if not spectacular, as they rank in the middle of the pack in the AL in nearly every statistical category.

Outlook:

The Rangers are a team that appears to be built against long-term slumps, as they tend to manufacture runs rather than rely on power, and their pitching may get an enormous boost if they can land the “big” free agent that’s available in Roger Clemens. The Rangers will be around all season.

Oakland A’s

Currently:

The team credited with inventing the “Money Ball” model is going about the 2006 season in much the same way as they have in recent years. There are no real “stars” on this team, as not one of their regulars is hitting over .300. The closest thing to it is young LF Nick Swisher, who is in the top ten in the AL in HR, R, OPS, RBI and SLG. On the pitching side, no one is dominating either, although collectively, the staff ranks 4th in the AL in ERA.

Outlook:

Regardless of the dearth of “sexy” statistics, the A’s simply hang in there with overachieving young players and consistently solid pitching and defense. There is no reason to think that their approach, or results, will change, so A’s fans can look forward to another pennant race this fall.

Seattle Mariners

Currently:

The Mariners are just below .500, and even though that’s mediocre on its face, the team is slowly rebounding from a disappointing 2005. Their offense as a whole is not setting the world on fire, but Ichiro Suzuki is up to his old tricks with 57 hits in his first 45 games and a .367 OBP. A young star may be developing before fans’ eyes, though in 22-year-old Jose Lopez, who is nearly keeping pace with Ichiro in terms of number of hits and BA. The pitching overall has been middle of the pack, but the staff is 5th in the AL in BAA and 3rd in K/9.

Outlook:

If the Mariners can continue to develop their younger players like Lopez and their pitching comes around, the team will contend. Ichiro will no doubt keep up with his current pace, and no one in the division has the look of potentially running away and hiding in the standings.

Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim

Currently:

The Angels have hit the skids lately, but their roster is as talented as any in baseball. Other than Vladimir Guerrero, who remains as feared as any batter in the AL, the team’s offense has been non-existent. Their team BA ranks 2nd from last in the AL, and their recent slump has only exacerbated that problem. Although the pitching staff is adept at fanning opposing batters, ranking 2nd in the AL in both K/9 and K/BB, the team’s ERA is in the bottom half of the AL.

This team has struggled out of the gate, to be blunt. However, they are as talented as any team in the league, and if any of their offensive players turn it around, their pitching statistics by logical results will improve, as will their record. No one will overlook the Angels this season, and despite an awful start, they are far from out of it at this point.

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