NWSL boss: 2017 expansion still on the table, California is top target
NWSL commissioner Jeff Plush exclusively talks expansion with FOX Sports.
By Caitlin Murray

“We’ve got to get into California at some point,” Plush said. “We’d like to for lots of reasons – two of the top media markets are out there, but there are also so many young women and girls playing the game that I think that clubs there would have an opportunity for success right away.”

Those media markets that Plush refers to are the regions around Los Angeles and San Franciscoand both areas have clubs that have expressed some interest in the NWSL.

Los Angeles FC, which will join Major League Soccer in 2018 and broke ground on a new $350-million stadium complex on Tuesday, are backed by a high-powered ownership group that includes former player Mia Hamm. The American soccer great has reportedly said she’s been “very vocal about wanting a women’s team to be a part” of LAFC’s future, but she hinted that establishing LAFC’s MLS first-team and academy, which are in the early stages still, have pushed talk of a women’s team to the backburner.

The Sacramento Republic of the United Soccer League, which are currently trying to win an expansion slot in MLS and are finalizing approvals for a new stadium, also have put a women’s team in long-term plans, though establishing an MLS team is the clear top priority.


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The “Great Green Wall” Didn’t Stop Desertification, but it Evolved Into Something That Might
The multibillion-dollar effort to plant a 4,000-mile-long wall of trees hit some snags along the way, but there's still hope
By Jim Morrison

Do you remember talk about the “Great Green Wall” in Africa, which was intended to stop the desertification of northern Africa? How? By planting trees across Africa along the southern boundary areas of the Sahara. Well, it hasn’t been working, but something else has been working. This article is kind of long, but a fun read.

Here’s one of the jillions of maps out there that showed us where the wall of trees would be planted:


It was a simple plan to combat a complex problem. The plan: plant a Great Green Wall of trees 10 miles wide and 4,350 miles long, bisecting a dozen countries from Senegal in the west to Djibouti in the east. The problem: the creeping desertification across Africa.

“The desert is a spreading cancer,” Abdoulaye Wade, Senegal’s president and the wall’s standard bearer, said. “We must fight it. That is why we have decided to join in this titanic battle.”

There were just a few problems.

Planting trees across the Sahel, the arid savanna on the south border of the Sahara Desert, had no chance to succeed. There was little funding. There was no science suggesting it would work. Moreover, the desert was not actually moving south; instead, overuse was denuding the land. Large chunks of the proposed “wall” were uninhabited, meaning no one would be there to care for the saplings.

But this excerpt tells us what has worked:

Reij, Garrity and other scientists working on the ground knew what Wade and other political leaders did not: that farmers in Niger and Burkina Faso, in particular, had discovered a cheap, effective way to regreen the Sahel. They did so by using simple water harvesting techniques and protecting trees that emerged naturally on their farms.

Slowly, the idea of a Great Green Wall has changed into a program centered around indigenous land use techniques, not planting a forest on the edge of a desert. The African Union and the United Nation’s Food and Agriculture Organization now refer to it as “Africa’s flagship initiative to combat land degradation, desertification and drought.” Incredibly, the Great Green Wall—or some form of it—appears to be working.

“We moved the vision of the Great Green Wall from one that was impractical to one that was practical,” says Mohamed Bakarr, the lead environmental specialist for Global Environment Facility, the organization that examines the environmental benefit of World Bank projects. “It is not necessarily a physical wall, but rather a mosaic of land use practices that ultimately will meet the expectations of a wall. It has been transformed into a metaphorical thing.”

The better way looks like this, in Niger:

Inside Out S'mores Bars


  • 1 Box Fudge Brownie Mix (Family Size)
  • 7 Sheets Honey Graham Crackers
  • Non-stick Spray
  • 2 cups Mini Marshmallows


Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Coat a 9 x 13 pan with non-stick cooking spray. Prepare your fudge brownie mix according to the package directions (usually needs water, oil, and eggs). Pour half of the brownie mixture into pan. Top with sheets of graham crackers, breaking to fit as necessary. Sprinkle marshmallows on top of graham crackers, covering completely. Drizze the remaining half of brownie batter over marshmallows. Bake for 20-30 minutes until edges are crisp and the center is set. Remove from oven and let cool for 15 minutes to set completely. Cut into bars and serve.

Tip: The typical toothpick test with not work for these because of the marshmallow middle, but the brownies should be solid to the touch (not gooey). May need to bake for an extra 5-10 minutes if needed.

Chocolate Chunk Bars

Simple prep … spectacular results! These easy bars are perfect for barbecues and picnics.

24 servings
Preparation time: 45 minutes plus cooling time


  • 1 cup quick-cooking rolled oats
  • 1 cup flour
  • ¾ cup firmly packed brown sugar
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ¾ cup butter, melted
  • 1 (12-ounce) package semisweet real chocolate chunks
  • 1 cup chopped pecans
  • 1 jar Lunds & Byerlys Butterscotch Caramel Dessert Topping


  1. Heat oven to 350 F.

  2. In large bowl, combine oats, flour, brown sugar, baking soda and salt; blend in butter.

  3. Press mixture in greased 9x13-inch baking pan.

  4. Bake for 10 minutes.

  5. Remove from oven; sprinkle with chocolate chunks and pecans. Pour caramel over top.

  6. Return to the oven and bake 20 minutes longer.

  7. Cool 1 hour at room temperature. Refrigerate, uncovered, until firm. Cut into 1 inch x 2 inch bars.

DIY Hellboy Cat Pancakes

What you Need:

  1. A griddle
  2. Non stick cooking spray
  3. Whisk
  4. Mixing bowl
  5. Spatula
  6. Squeeze bottle

Dry ingredients:

  1. 2 ½ cups pancake mix
  2. 1 tsp unsweetened cocoa powder
  3. ¼ cup sugar

Wet ingredients:

  1. 1 cup milk
  2. ½ tsp red food coloring gel
  3. 2 eggs


  1. Heat griddle to 350 degrees
  2. Add pancake mix to bowl
  3. Add unsweetened cocoa
  4. Add sugar
  5. Whisk together dry ingredients
  6. Add two eggs
  7. Add milk
  8. Add red food coloring gel
  9. Whisk it all together
  10. Check that griddle is hot enough
  11. Pour batter into large plastic bag
  12. Seal bag shut
  13. Cut the tip of the bag and pour into squeeze bottle
  14. Coat griddle with non-stick oil
  15. Draw outline of cat head in small circle
  16. Add two lines on each side for whiskers
  17. Add outline of ears and fill in
  18. Fill in rest of head with batter
  19. Cook until bubbles appear
  20. Flip pancake and finish cooking
  21. Place onto plate
  22. Add toppings as desired
  23. Enjoy!






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