Jun 23, 2011 (CIDRAP News) – World Health Organization (WHO) officials today announced 105 new cases of enterohemorrhagic Escherichia coli (EHEC) and 3 new deaths in an outbreak linked to German sprouts, while the United States added a new case and is investigating whether a death in Arizona is linked to the 3,802-case outbreak.Of the total, 864 cases have involved hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS), a potentially deadly kidney disorder, according to a report from the WHO’s European regional office. The other 2,938 cases are classified as non-HUS Shiga toxin–producing E coli (STEC).All but 114 of the cases have been in Germany, and all but 5 of those patients had traveled to Germany. The latest onset of symptoms recorded was Jun 16.Two of the latest deaths were reported in patients with HUS, while one was in a patient who had STEC. The implicated outbreak strain is E coli O104:H4, a rare variant.Yesterday the WHO’s Regional Office for Europe reported no increases in cases but the day before reported 93. The European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC), which covers fewer countries, posted slightly lower numbers in general, with 90 new cases today (for a 3,792-case total) and 15 new cases yesterday.On Jun 10 Germany’s Robert Koch Institute, the country’s public health agency, announced that contaminated raw sprouts from a German farm are the likely source of the outbreak. The farm has been shut down and its sprouts are no longer being distributed.In the United States, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced a new case in North Carolina, bringing the nation’s total of confirmed cases to five, and said it is investigating a death in Arizona for ties to the outbreak.In its previous update, on Jun 15, the agency reported four confirmed case plus a suspected case.Of the five confirmed US cases, three (in Massachusetts, Michigan, and Wisconsin) are HUS, while the other two—the new case and one in Michigan—are non-HUS STEC. The second Michigan case was the only one not associated with travel to Germany, but today’s CDC update said the patient likely contracted the disease by contact with the Michigan patient with HUS.The report said, “Arizona has reported one death in a HUS case with recent travel to Germany. This case has not yet been confirmed to have STEC O104:H4 and is currently under investigation.” That person had recently traveled to Germany, the CDC said.See also:Jun 23 WHO updateJun 23 ECDC reportJun 22 ECDC reportJun 23 CDC update
CHARLESTON, W.Va. — West Virginia lawmakers may name a highway after University of Alabama football coach Nick Saban.Senators have introduced a resolution to name a section of Route 19 in Marion County after Saban, who grew up in the area. It would be dubbed the “Nicholas Lou ‘Nick’ Saban, Jr., Expressway.”Saban, Alabama’s coach since 2007, grew up in Fairmont, West Virginia.Saban’s Alabama teams clinched national championships in 2012, 2011 and 2009. He led Louisiana State to a share of the title in 2003.He also was head coach for the Miami Dolphins, Michigan State University and the University of Toledo.U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin, a former West Virginia governor, was raised less than 10 miles away from the Sabans and is a family friend.
Mississippi State Bulldogs head coach Dan Mullen talks to wide receiver De’Runnya Wilson (1) at Davis Wade Stadium. (USA TODAY Sports)The night before National Signing Day in 2011, Jermaine Whitehead, one of the top recruits in the state of Mississippi, called Mississippi State’s coaching staff to inform them he was backing out of his months-long verbal commitment and would instead sign with Auburn.For the Bulldogs, whose recruiting classes under Dan Mullen have only occasionally included four and five-star players, losing such a high-profile piece at the last minute to a conference rival could have been viewed as a significant blow.PLAYOFF: Mississippi State No. 1 in committee’s first top 25 rankingBut Mullen, a blunt New Hampshire native who had worked smartly and tirelessly in his first few years on the job to develop relationships throughout the back roads and small high schools in Mississippi, had a Plan B.A few weeks earlier, Mullen had been in Morton, a tiny town off Interstate 20, to visit highly-regarded defensive tackle Quay Evans. While at the high school, however, the principal had encouraged Mississippi State’s coaches to look at another player, defensive back Taveze Calhoun, who was likely headed to either Jackson State or Delta State.“Coach Mullen looked at the tape and he said, ‘Wow this guy can really play,’ ” Mississippi State recruiting coordinator Tony Hughes said. “We didn’t have a scholarship, so we put him on the backburner and said, Hey, if something happens, we’ll get back to you.”Well, something happened. Hours before signing day, Mississippi State extended the offer to Calhoun and landed a player who would eventually start as a sophomore and develop into one of the Southeastern Conference’s better cornerbacks as a junior for the No. 1-ranked team in America.“Those kinds of kids exist in Mississippi,” athletics director Scott Stricklin said. “You have to know where to look and identify and evaluate them, but at least they’re least out there.”Mississippi State’s Taveze Calhoun celebrates with fans following a game against the Texas A&M Aggies at Davis Wade Stadium on October 4. (USA TODAY Sports)As college football fans get used to the idea of perennial also-ran Mississippi State as a national title contender, it is striking how little their roster resembles the traditional construction of an elite team.In a world where recruiting might be as popular as the national championship game, the vast majority of big moments for Mississippi State this season have been authored by players who were rated no better than three stars, were almost entirely overlooked by other SEC schools and often came to college without a defined position.FOOTBALL FOUR: Rating and debating college football and the PlayoffWhether it’s quarterback Dak Prescott (three-star from Louisiana who didn’t draw LSU’s interest until it was too late), running back Josh Robinson (Mississippi State beat out a bevy of Conference USA schools for him), towering receiver De’Runnya Wilson (he might have been a better basketball player in high school) or likely All-American Benardrick McKinney (hardly any other FBS schools bothered to offer a then 6-foot-1, 210-pound linebacker), nobody in America has done a better job identifying and developing players who were off the radar of recruiting services.“We really trust our own evaluations of how we look at guys,” Mullen said. “I’ve seen guys that are supposed five-stars that I’d disagree greatly with that rating. There are guys without that rating I think should be rated higher. We want to stick with what we believe in how we evaluate players. It doesn’t mean we don’t want five-star players, but we also want guys that aren’t satisfied with where they are now.”***Other programs – notably Stanford and Michigan State in recent years – have risen to prominence through smart evaluation and development rather than recruiting flash. But it’s even more difficult to do it in the SEC where a Signing Day class can rank 16th nationally, as South Carolina’s did this year according to 247Sports, but ninth within the conference.Recruiting rankings aren’t everything, but history shows the teams that end up playing for national titles are almost always the ones that have recruited at the highest level.The equalizer for Mississippi State, though, has been its own backyard, which is ironic given that so many in the state were skeptical when the school hired a brash, arrogant Yankee who wasn’t naturally connected in Mississippi.For decades, many of the state’s best players left for more traditional powers and the hidden gems often stayed hidden, falling to schools like Southern Miss or historically black colleges that played a lower level of football. Mullen set out to bridge that gap, fighting to keep the state’s top players home while also working the small towns and out-of-the-way places to find SEC talent that wasn’t necessarily being targeted by SEC schools.Mississippi State Bulldogs linebacker Christian Holmes celebrates after a defensive stop against the LSU Tigers during the first half of a game at Tiger Stadium. (Derick E. Hingle, USA TODAY Sports)Players like cornerback Jamerson Love and Christian Holmes, who ran back an onside kick for the clinching touchdown in last Saturday’s 45-31 victory at Kentucky, played at tiny high schools and were practically ignored by big-time programs.“They do a really good job of evaluating talent,” said Demetric Warren, a Mississippi-based scout for VarsityPreps.com. “They’ll go get the kid who nobody knows about, the raw kid that nobody outside of the state will offer and develop them and turn them into a big-time football player. They can go find a kid under a rock.”***Part of that is rooted in Mullen understanding he was an outsider and hiring a staff with deep connections in the state including Hughes, who began his career as a high school coach and previously worked at Ole Miss and Southern Miss, and Mark Hudspeth, who subsequently left for the head coaching job at Louisiana-Lafayette. He also kept lifelong Mississippian Melvin Smith, who left for Auburn last year as cornerbacks coach, from Sylvester Croom’s coaching staff.The doors they were able to open early in Mullen’s tenure helped ease any concerns with high school coaches, which became particularly important when Ole Miss hired Mississippi native Hugh Freeze in 2012.ON THE AIR: College football TV schedule“Everybody in the state who coaches feels like Mark and Tony are their best friends and that you could pick up the phone and call them any time,” said Brad Peterson, who coaches one of the state’s top teams at Brandon High just outside of Jackson. “(Mullen) made it a priority to recruit the state and felt like that was going to be the key to his success. Some of the previous coaches at Ole Miss didn’t have a lot of Mississippi kids on the team, and Mississippi State did a great job of selling that. Then by the time coach Freeze was hired, coach Mullen had already established a lot of relationships and had the program going in the right direction.”Said Hughes, “One thing about him and one reason the kids play hard for him is because he is sincere and blunt and he’s not a guy that sugarcoats everything. You may not like his approach, but he tells the truth, and that’s the thing parents and high school coaches believe in. He backed up what he said, and those kids developed.”***Even though Mississippi State is now getting unprecedented exposure and an image overhaul, the recruiting philosophy probably won’t change much. The most underrated aspect of recruiting is knowing who not to recruit, and Mississippi State coaches will rarely spend much time on a high-profile player from outside the state they’re unlikely to land, even though more and more have been calling recently.The bigger concern is making sure they win enough battles on their own turf, which has been increasingly difficult since Freeze took over in Oxford.In 2013, Mississippi State landed the state’s top player in defensive end Chris Jones, turning back a late push from Ole Miss, while safety Tony Conner chose the Rebels. This past year, Ole Miss landed four of the state’s top six recruits. In the upcoming class, the Bulldogs have six of the top 10 players verbally committed while Ole Miss has just two. With some of them, the recruiting won’t end until the papers are signed in February.Even the battle to get players on campus for visits on a weekend like Oct. 3, when Ole Miss hosted Alabama and Mississippi State played Texas A&M, can be intense.“It’s pretty brutal right now,” Warren said. “They’re going to always fight over the top players in the state. You’re in the SEC. You’re in the toughest conference in the country. You can’t sit back with your legs crossed and be a choirboy and try to recruit. You have to use every angle you can.”The foundation of the program, however, will continue to be finding the kinds of players that have gotten Mississippi State to this point. For Mullen, figuring out what a player is going to be two or three years into his program is never going to take a backseat to what a recruiting service says.“We’ve made it tough on people coming in here, us and Ole Miss, to get players to leave the state, and that’s what we have to continue to do,” Hughes said. “But people have asked me, are y’all going to change your recruiting strategy? That would be like if the wishbone was working then dumping that and running the spread the rest of the season. You don’t get halfway in what you’re doing successfully and then totally abandon it.”
Upd. at 21:33 Valencia have completed the signing of Rodrigo Caio from Sao Paulo for around 16.5 million euros. The initial fee is reported to be in the region of 12.5m euros, with the other four million euros coming in potential add ons. CEST Sport EN 13/06/2015 After completing the permanent signing of Benfica’s Andre Gomes earlier in the week, Los Che moved quickly to tie up Caio, a 21-year-old who is represented by Jorge Mendes. Caio can play as a central defender or as a holding midfielder and was watched by Barcelona last summer. Barça’s then technical secretary Albert Valentin spent time in Brazil running the rule over Caio, but nothing ever came from his trip to South America. Instead, the Catalan side banked on experience, moving for Jeremy Mathieu and Thomas Vermaelen instead.
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