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first_imgtom herman and mike gundy joke around during a gameSTILLWATER, OK – OCTOBER 27: Head coach Tom Herman of the Texas Longhorns greets head coach Mike Gundy of the Oklahoma State Cowboys before their game on October 27, 2018 at Boone Pickens Stadium in Stillwater, Oklahoma. (Photo by Brian Bahr/Getty Images)Texas football has certainly been tested already early this season. Between relatively easy games against Louisiana Tech and Rice, Tom Herman’s Longhorns fell to LSU at home in a highly entertaining game.Things are ready to ramp back up for Texas in Week 4. On Saturday, the Longhorns welcome in the Oklahoma State Cowboys. Mike Gundy’s team may not always be a national contender, but they are generally a bear to deal with on offense.Oklahoma State is 3-0 to start the year. The Cowboys have scored at least 40 points in each of their game.Gundy’s team has bona fide stars in the backfield and out wide. Running back Chuba Hubbard has 521 yards and seven touchdowns already on the year, while receiver Tylan Wallace has been incredibly explosive, with 15 receptions for 390 yards and six touchdowns. Perhaps most importantly, quarterback Spencer Sanders has been very good in his first three starts. The freshman has completed over 67-percent of his passes, throwing for 622 yards, seven touchdowns and one interception.Entering Okie State week, Tom Herman channeled Owen Wilson in the 1998 blockbuster Armageddon to describe what it feels like to prepare for the Pokes.Via KVUE:“I’ve used the phrase before, it’s a scene from Armageddon, right? It’s the scariest environment imaginable — that’s all you had to say. You know, they have the nation’s leading rusher. They’ve got an All-American wide receiver. They have a quarterback that can not only throw it to that receiver, but is a threat with his running ability, too. It’s going to be a challenge, for sure, but you can’t sell your soul I guess to stop one because they’re so proficient in the other (areas). You just have to be sound.”Oklahoma State wasn’t expected to be a major challenger to Oklahoma and Texas at the top of the Big 12 in preseason, but they’re often a factor, and have looked very strong so far.Gundy’s team has four-straight wins in this Big 12 series. That is the longest streak in rivalry history for the program. Texas has a pretty one-sided all-time edge, 24 games to nine.[KVUE]last_img read more

TOKYO – The operator of Japan’s nuclear fuel reprocessing plant said Monday it was postponing the opening to as late as September 2018, citing regulators’ lengthy inspection procedures and time needed for safety upgrades.The Rokkasho reprocessing plant in northern Japan has raised proliferation concerns because the plutonium it extracts from spent fuel — for the purpose of generating electricity — is enough to make thousands of nuclear bombs.While the plant’s delay could temporarily relieve the proliferation concerns, it also means spent fuel rods that are filling up storage pools in Japan have nowhere to go.Japan Nuclear Fuel Ltd. said it was delaying the targeted completion of the reprocessing plant, which separates plutonium to be mixed with uranium for reuse as fuel, by as much as 2 1/2 years. The plant, initially planned to open in 2000, was most recently set to open in March 2016 following a series of technical problems.JNFL president Kenji Kudo told reporters at the company’s headquarters in Aomori, near Rokkasho, that a separate plant to produce plutonium-based MOX fuel had also been delayed, until sometime during the first half of fiscal 2019.In another sign of uncertainty to Japan’s nuclear fuel cycle ambitions, Japanese regulators have warned the science ministry to replace its scandal-plagued operator of a costly, mothballed plutonium-burning reactor in western Japan.Japan already has about 47 tons of plutonium — 11 tons at home and the rest reprocessed in Britain and France — but no use for it, with most of its reactor fleet offline since the 2011 disaster at the Fukushima nuclear plant.U.S. officials say Japan’s reprocessing program sets a bad example and could prompt tension in east Asia.Rokkasho’s operator says around-the-clock U.N. surveillance at the plant would make illegal removal of plutonium impossible.Experts including Frank von Hippel, a Princeton University theoretical physicist and advocate of nonproliferation, have urged Japan to stop spent fuel reprocessing. Von Hippel proposes storing spent fuel in safer and highly protected dry casks instead of uncontained cooling pools as an alternative until a final waste repository is found.The government is promoting nuclear restarts as a vehicle to boost the economy, but also as a way to burn plutonium and reduce the stockpile.___Follow Mari Yamaguchi at https://www.twitter.com/mariyamaguchi . Her work can be also found at http://bigstory.ap.org/content/mari-yamaguchi FILE – In this Nov. 8, 2012, file photo, spent nuclear fuel rods are stored in a storage pool at the Rokkasho nuclear fuel reprocessing plant, run by Japan Nuclear Fuel Ltd. in Rokasho village in Aomori Prefecture, northern Japan. The operator of Japan’s nuclear fuel reprocessing plant said Monday, Nov. 16, 2015, that it was postponing the plant’s opening to as late as September 2018, citing regulators’ lengthy inspection procedures and time needed for safety upgrades.(AP Photo/Koji Sasahara, File) Japan fuel reprocessing plant delayed until 2018 amid concerns over plutonium stockpile by Mari Yamaguchi, The Associated Press Posted Nov 16, 2015 6:31 am MDT Last Updated Nov 16, 2015 at 11:00 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more