Life, an Elegantly Simple Mistake

first_imgThe ribosome is a complex molecular machine made up of multiple protein and RNA parts.  Last year, winners of the Nobel Prize in Chemistry (see 10/10/2009) were praised for elucidating the structure and activity of ribosomes.  News stories described “the whole complicated process of transcription initiation, an operation that is of crucial importance in all organisms, because it determines which genes are expressed, and when.”  The process from gene to protein “must be carried out with great precision” and involves “the use of complicated assemblies made up of many different proteins, often referred to as molecular machines.”  (See also 09/03/2009 and the 08/24/2009 entry, “DNA Translator More Complicated Than Thought.”)    Researchers at the Salk Institute, however, essentially said this week in a press release, Elementary, my dear Watson-Crick: as for the origin of life, “elegantly simple organizing principles seen in ribosomes.”  The press release explained, “Taking their hints from relics of this evolution left behind in modern cells, researchers at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies concluded that after only two waves of ‘matching’ and some last minute fiddling, all 20 commonly used amino acids were firmly linked with their respective codons, setting the stage for the emergence of proteins with unique, defined sequences and properties.”  Their conclusions are being published by PNAS next week.personified in this short press release was astounding.  Like some goddess, “Evolution” seemed to be working toward personal goals all over the place:…two waves of ‘matching’ and some last minute fiddling…“Although different algorithms, or codes, were likely tested during a long period of chemical evolution, the modern code proved so robust that, once it was established, it gave birth to the entire tree of life,” says the study’s lead author Lei Wang, Ph.D., an assistant professor in the Chemical Biology and Proteomics Laboratory.If chemical or physical interactions between amino acids and nucleotide indeed drove the formation of the genetic code, [David B. F.] Johnson reasoned, then he should be able to find relics of this mutual affinity in modern cells.“Also, the ribosome emerged from an early evolutionary stage of life to help with the translation of the genetic code before the last universal common ancestor,” explains [Lei] Wang …“We now believe that the genetic code was established in two different stages,” says Johnson.But once some primitive translational mechanism had been established, new amino acids were added to the mix and started infiltrating the genetic code based on specific amino acid/anticodon interactions.“We found evidence that a few amino acids were reassigned to a different codon but once the code was in place it took over,” says Johnson.  “It might not have been the best possible solution but the only one that was viable at the time.” The authors admitted to only one area where their work did not “shed light” –Their data does not shed much light on the early code, consisting of prebiotically available amino acids—the kind generated in Stanley Miller’s famous “zap”-experiment.“Zap experiment.”  Has kind of a Frankenstein ring to it, does it not?  PhysOrg echoed the whole press release without a double-take.Here’s an entry parents can use to hone their precocious students’ baloney detecting skills.  It’s too easy for high schoolers, though.  Better put this in the file for junior high.  The whole article is like a primer on how not to reason scientifically.  Many of the classic fallacies are present: personification, of course, but also glittering generalities, loaded words (euphemism), card stacking, sidestepping, circular reasoning, non-sequitur, and much more.  Particularly noteworthy are the miracle phrases (emergence; gave birth to the entire tree of life) and personifications hidden in passive-voice verbs and subjunctive mood constructions (amino acids were firmly linked with their respective codons; the modern code proved so robust that, once it was established).  A simple exercise when seeing these phrases is to stop and ask, WHO linked it?  WHO proved it robust?  WHO established it?  It will be a profound educational revelation for a young student to realize there are actually irrational people in our scientific institutions saying dumb things.    Don’t let evolutionists, who are supposed to believe evolution is mindless and directionless, get away with personification.  It is the besetting sin of the Darwin Party.  We need to turn out an army of baloney-detecting young people to arrest the logical drunks, even when they hark from prestigious organizations like the Salk Institute.  If they want to engage in Frankenscience, fine: just make them be consistent.  No guidance, no interference, no assuming what needs to be proved, no baloney.  Do the zap experiment the right way: turn the zapper on the sea water, walk away, and watch it, with hands off, like a good empiricist, for millions of years.  Anybody want to predict how many codes and ribosomes and translation mechanisms will “emerge” from the zap experiment?  Zip.(Visited 11 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

SA’s top performing sports in 2002

first_img27 December 2002South African sportsmen and sportswomen turned in some notable performances during 2002. In a number of sports the achievements were especially good, and here we acknowledge those sports that brought honour to the country and to the individuals that shone.ATHLETICSSouth African athletics scores a deserved A for 2003 thanks to some star performers on the world stage and an excellent showing at the Commonwealth Games in Manchester.Gold medal winners in Manchester were: Frantz Kruger – men’s discus – 66.39m (Games record)Mbulaeni Mulaudzi – men’s 800m – 1:46:32Shaun Bownes – men’s 110m hurdles – 13.35Okkert Brits – men’s pole vault – 5.75mHestrie Cloete – women’s high jump – 1.96mThere were further medals for Veroncia Abrahamse in the women’s shot putt (bronze), Janus Roberts in the men’s shot putt (silver) and Rory Field in the EAD 100 metres (bronze).Kruger and Cloete, meanwhile, finished the year ranked number two in the world in their respective events. Kruger also achieved the memorable milestone of cracking the 70-metre barrier with an African, Commonwealth and South African record throw of 70.32 metres in France in May. Cloete’s best jump of the year of 2.02 metres was bettered only by Kajsa Bergqvist. The world champion in 2001, Cloete again showed at the Commonwealth Games that she possesses a priceless commodity for world class athletes – big match temperament (BMT).800-metre star Mulaudzi, whose Commonwealth success was South Africa’s first on the track in 44 years, is the natural successor to former Olympic silver medal winner Hezekiel Sepeng. His best time of 2002 of 1:43:81 in Zurich was bettered by only six athletes.Shaun Bownes, with a best time of 13.31, seems to get better with age and he was especially good in indoor events, as was sprinter Morne Nagel, a disappointment at the Commonwealth Games, but a man who, nonetheless, enjoyed a very good year. Nagel dominated the European indoor season in the short sprints because of a superb start, but, surprisingly in light of this, it was in the 200 metres that he achieved one of his best performances of 2002. Competing in Germiston he clocked 20.10 to break Riaan Dempers’ long-standing national record by 0.05; only five athletes bettered his time during the year. His best time in the 100 metres was 10.13.Pole-vaulter Okkert Brits, one of only seven men in history to crack the magical six-metre barrier, after a number of seasons of disappointment and injury, finally started to show his capabilities again with three clearances of 5.75 metres during the year. His most impressive performance came at the Commonwealth Games in Manchester where he won gold with a clearance at that height in miserable, wet conditions. It put to rest the accusation that Brits lacked BMT after some below-par showings in previous big championships.Janus Roberts had a disappointing Commonwealth Games, winning silver with a put of 19.97 metres, well off his season’s best of 21.60 metres and well behind his best ever of 21.97 metres. However, that 21.60 put was bettered by only three athletes in 2002 and Roberts was ranked seventh in the world by the IAAF.Hammer thrower Chris Harmse, ranked number one in the Commonwealth, didn’t make the trip to Manchester because his event fell on a Sunday and it is against his religious beliefs to compete on that day. He did, however, provide one of the year’s highlights when he cracked the 80-metre mark and finished 2002 ranked tenth in the world.Some athletes that failed to make it to Manchester because of injuries were amongst the top performers of the year. The prodigiously talented 20-year old high jumper Jacques Freitag topped this list. His clearance of 2.37 metres in Durban was the year’s best and despite being sidelined for a long time with a serious ankle problem he finished 2002 ranked tenth in the world, a position that he will, discounting injury, quickly improve upon with more international competition.Others to shine included 400 metres hurdler Surita Febbraio-Loots, who is ranked eleventh by the IAAF and whose best time of 54.45 was bettered by only four athletes. In the men’s 400 metres hurdles Llewellyn Herbert and Alwyn Myburgh performed well and finished the year ranked eleventh and eighteenth respectively. Only three athletes ran faster than Herbert’s 48.02. Marcus La Grange was a star performer in the 400 metres, ranking sixteenth in the world, with a best time of 44.65 that only four athletes managed to beat.With youngsters LJ van Zyl (400 metres hurdles) and Werner Smit (hammer) winning gold medals at the IAAF World Junior Championships there is further cause for optimism for the future of athletics in South Africa. They, too, are part of the reason that athletics scores an A for 2002.BOWLSSouth Africa proved itself once again as one of the top lawn bowls playing nations with a successful showing at the Commonwealth Games, undoubtedly the biggest competition of the year, and featuring the top bowlers in the world.Bobby Donnelly achieved the highlight of the year by defeating world champion Jeremy Henry of Northern Ireland 21-15 to win gold in the prestigious men’s singles category. The men’s fours picked up silver, while the women’s pairs also finished second.In two Tests against England in Cape Town, South Africa drew 8-8 and then whitewashed the visitors 16-0 in the second meeting between the two sides. Australia, meanwhile, edged South Africa two-one in July.At the Hong Kong Classic the South African pairing of Eric Johannes and Clinton Roets were beaten in the semi-finals by New Zealand, going down by seven shots. The Kiwis subsequently crushed England by 20 shots to win the title.Although the Commonwealth success didn’t quite match up to the haul of 1998 in Kuala Lumpur when South Africa won two gold and three bronze medals, finishing in a podium position in five out of six competitions, it was a very good year for South Africa regardless. The country once more confirmed itself amongst the elite bowls playing nations of the world and for this South Africa’s bowlers earned a deserved A for 2002.BOXINGAlthough South African boxing could boast no world champions amongst the big four world organisations of the WBA, WBC, IBF and WBO in 2002, there were nonetheless some sparkling performances and performers.Probably the country’s top boxer was junior-lightweight Philip Ndou. He was highly ranked by all four of the organisations at the end of the year: the only South African boxer to achieve this. For the record the WBC ranked Ndou second, the WBA third, the IBF seventh, and the WBO fourth.Ndou fought four times in 2002, defeating Vincente Luis, Nikolai Eremeev, Claudio Martinet and Andre Devvyatakykin, all by knockout to lift his record to 29 wins in 30 fights, 28 of his victories coming by knockout.Although inexperienced, IBO bantamweight champion Silence Mabuza continued to impress. He recorded wins over Jose Sanjuanelo, Javis Torres and Zolile Mbityi to raise his perfect record to 13-0 with 12 KOs. When former IBF junior featherweight title holder Vuyani Bungu returned to action for a fight against Lehlo Ledwaba rumours were rife that Mabuza, who was one of Bungu’s sparring partners, was giving Bungu a hiding in training.Mabuza is a slick, classy fighter who might just realise the claim made by top fight promoter Rodney Berman, who said his charge could become the best boxer to come out of Africa since Azumah Nelson. For the record, Nelson won three world titles and was a world champion for almost six years before suffering a loss. He then went on to win another world title in his next bout and reigned for a further four years.After being inactive for almost a year, heavyweight Corrie Sanders fought Otis Tisdale in November and easily dispatched the American on a second round knockout to notch up his thirty-eighth win, 28 of those coming by KO.In another notable bout involving South African boxers, Mzukisi Sikali defeated Hawk Makepula on points in a hyped featherweight showdown to win the IBO title.Cassius Baloyi, after suffering the only loss of his career to Philip Ndou in 2001’s fight of the year, took to the ring twice in 2002, beating Tiger Ari to win the IBO super-featherweight belt, and then defeated former IBF bantamweight and featherweight champion Mbulelo Botile on an eleventh round stoppage.Besides Philip Ndou the following South African boxers were ranked by the big four organisations at the end of 2002: Frans Botha – 6th heavyweight WBOSebastiaan Rothman – 7th cruiserweight WBCDingaan Thobela – 8th super-middleweight WBCLehlo Ledwaba – 10th junior-featherweight WBCHawk Makepula – 4th junior-flyweight WBAIn total, an amazing 26 world title fights involved South African pugilists.2002 was a good year for South African amateur boxing. Three boxers won medals at the Commonwealth Games, improving on the one bronze won by Phumzile Matyhila at the 1998 Games.Veteran Danie Venter showed that perseverance pays off by picking up bronze in the light-heavyweight division, while Lubabalo Msutu equalled that effort in the flyweight division. The top performance went to welterweight Kwanele Zule who captured silver.Thanks to the successes of these amateurs, South African boxing’s rating for 2002 is an impressive B-plus. The emergence of a world champion of one of the main organisations – and there are some good candidates – would help improve this mark in 2003.GOLFLed by Ernie Els and Retief Goosen, South African golf enjoyed a fine year in 2002. Els showed his ability and talent by winning all around the world, capturing six titles: the Heineken Classic (Aus), Dubai Desert Classic (UAE), Cisco World Matchplay (UK), Genuity Championships (USA), Nedbank Challenge (RSA), and the biggest win of all, the British Open (UK) for his third major title.In a memorable year, The Big Easy finished third on the European Order of Merit and fifth on the US PGA Order of Merit.Top spot on the European Order of Merit went to Goosen for the second year in succession. He won twice, once on the European Tour in the Johnnie Walker Classic, and once in the USA in the BellSouth Classic. He also recorded runner-up finishes in the European Open, the WGC-American Express Championship, the Dunhill Championship and, most impressively, in the Masters. Besides finishing number one in Europe, he also managed to finish ninth in the USA.There was further reason for South African golf to smile, thanks to the performances of Trevor Immelman. He finished fourteenth on the European Order of Merit and was runner-up three times, in the Novotel Perrier Open de France, the Volvo Scandinavian Masters, and the Omega European Masters. In late 2002 he also finished third in the BMW Asian Open, strangely enough the first event of the 2003 European PGA season!Another player who shone was Tim Clark, who finished the year ranked sixtieth in the world, and won the Bell’s South African Open. After a slump in form in mid-year on the US PGA Tour, Clark came back strongly to record two sixth-place finishes in October, both worth a cool $119 787.50.Rory Sabbatini ended the year ranked ninety-third and although his results were a little less impressive than during the previous season he still came close to earning $1-million, a mark he reached in 2001. His best finish was a runner-up result in the Nissan Open, while a fifth-place finish at the Invensys Classic in mid-October boosted his earnings by a healthy $200 000.Late in the year, Clark and Sabbatini teamed up to defend the World Cup that Els and Goosen had won in 2001. Although they failed to lift the trophy for South Africa, the pair performed admirably, finishing in a tie for fifth-place.With Els and Goosen ranked in the top five of the world rankings at the end of 2002, it was a good year for South Africa. The performances of the two superstars, coupled with those of some of the lesser lights, meant South African golf earned an emphatic A grade.SURFINGSouth African surfing enjoyed a fantastic year, mainly because of a superb team performance that won the World Surfing Games for the country in Durban. For the first time in 29 years South Africa were crowned world champions, out-pointing 29 other countries to win the title.In the same competition Travis Logie won the men’s open competition, while in the under-18 section Warwick Wright claimed the title, finishing just ahead of team-mate Ricky Basnett.Logie further impressed in Florianopolis, Brazil, when he won the four-star Petrobas Open. He also recorded a seventh-place finish in the six-star rated Onbongo Pro, while Greg Emslie made it all the way to the final where he had to settle for third-spot.Durbanite David Weare also recorded a top result on the World Qualifying Series tour, finishing fourth in the Billabong Irago Pro in Japan.On the women’s front Heather Clark continued to fly the South African flag high and finished high up in the World Championship Tour (WCT) standings in sixth-place. The Port Shepstone star continues to be South Africa’s most consistent performer on the world stage.The one criticism that I have of South African surfing in 2002 is that not one male surfer managed to qualify for the WCT that features the top 44 surfers in the world. However, the World Games success makes up for that disappointment and surfing, nonetheless, still earns an A in my book.SWIMMINGLet’s get the mark for swimming out of the way early on: emphatically and deservedly an A. 2002 was a great year for South African swimming, highlighted by a strong showing at the Commonwealth Games in Manchester that was an improvement by light years over the results achieved four years previously in Kuala Lumpur.First mention must go to Natalie du Toit, who claimed a major honour by winning the first ever David Dixon award, awarded to the outstanding athlete of the Games. Du Toit, swimming in the multi-disability events, won two gold medals in the 50 metres and 100 metres EAD freestyle. However, far more impressive was her achievement in qualifying for the final of the 800 metres freestyle for able-bodied athletes. Her courage and determination were an inspiration and she garnered the accolades that she deserved from far and wide.Roland Schoeman also enjoyed an outstanding competition, winning the title of fastest man in the Commonwealth when he won gold in the 50 metres freestyle. In addition he won silver in the 50 metres butterfly and silver in the men’s four by 100 metres relay.Sarah Poewe picked up three medals, silvers in the 50 and 200 metres breaststroke, and bronze in the 100 metres of the same event. Unfortunately for South African swimming she chose to switch allegiances to Germany late in the year. The gold and two silver medals she subsequently won at the European short-course championships showed what a superb swimmer South Africa had lost.Other top performances from female swimmers included silver for Helene Muller in the 100 metres freestyle, silver for Mandy Loots in the 100 metres butterfly and silver for the 4 by 100 medley relay team.Other medal winners among the men were Gerhard Zandberg with a bronze in the 50 metres backstroke, Ryk Neethling with a bronze in the 100 metres freestyle (he swam the 1 500m in Kuala Lumpur!), Scott Field with a silver in the 100 metres EAD freestyle, and Terence Parkin with a silver in the 200 metres breaststroke.Comparing the results at the 2002 Commonwealth Games with those achieved in Kuala Lumpur in 1998 makes for good reading. In 1998 South Africa won only two silver medals (Ryk Neethling in the 1 500 metres and Brendan Dedekind in the 50 metres freestyle), while in Manchester they won 15 medals in the total, made up of three golds, nine silvers and three bronzes. Hearty congratulations are in order because it is only through very hard work and dedication that such improvements and achievements are realised.There were more top performances in other meets during the course of the year as well. Charlene Wittstock won gold in the 100 metres backstroke at the World Cup meet in Melbourne. She also won silver in the 200 metres backstroke, while Brett Peterson picked up a silver in the 50 metres breaststroke.In the World Short-Course Swimming Championships meet in Rio Wittstock won gold in the 200 metres backstroke, along with silvers in the 50 and 100 metres of the same event. Mandy Loots captured silvers in both the 100 and 200 metres butterfly, Ryk Neethling picked up bronze medals in the 50 and 100 metres freestyle, Theo Verster a bronze in the 200 metres individual medley, and Troyden Prinsloo a silver in the 1 500 metres.At the world’s largest open water swimming event, the Midmar Mile, Olympic silver medallist Terence Parkin fought off a stiff challenge from Gareth Fowler to win by just two seconds. The women’s title went to Hungarian Diana Hegedus, who successfully defended the title, winning by five seconds over Cheryl Townsend.Commonwealth swimming star Natalie du Toit finished fourth when Melissa Corfe passed her on the slipway at the end of the swim. However, at the prize giving Corfe gave her third-place award to Du Toit.South African swimming is looking healthy and strong and the good Commonwealth Games results attest to the improvement of the country’s swimmers. Many of those that performed well in the big championships were swimmers that have put in the hard work year in and year out and their perseverance was well rewarded. Their example should serve younger swimmers, and those from other sports, with big dreams and plans, well.last_img read more

The Stanford Visualization Group Debuts Visual Tool for Cleaning Up Data

first_imgData wranglers can use the tool with the group’s data visualization tool Protovis, or with tools such as Excel, R and Tableau.The group has released a paper explaining how the tool works. Joseph M. Hellerstein explains the origins of the project in a blog post:Another thing I often hear is that a large fraction of the time spent by analysts — some say the majority of time — involves data preparation and cleaning: transforming formats, rearranging nesting structures, removing outliers, and so on. (If you think this is easy, you’ve never had a stack of ad hoc Excel spreadsheets to load into a stat package or database!)Putting these together, something is very wrong: high-powered people are wasting most of their time doing low-function work. And the challenge of improving this state of affairs has fallen in the cracks between the analysts and computer scientists.It will compete with Google Refine, which we covered here. klint finley Tags:#hack#Tools Related Posts Today at the Strata conference The Stanford Visualization Group debuted a Web-based visual tool for cleaning up messy data called DataWrangler. According to its website, “Wrangler allows interactive transformation of messy, real-world data into the data tables analysis tools expect.” Data can be exported as a CSV or TSV or as JSON data. Why You Love Online Quizzes How to Write a Welcome Email to New Employees? 7 Types of Video that will Make a Massive Impac… Growing Phone Scams: 5 Tips To Avoidlast_img read more

Perlas Pilipinas routs Singapore to open SEA Games bid

first_imgUPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension Gilas Pilipinas escapes Jordan, salvages 7th place View comments LATEST STORIES SEA Games: PH’s Alisson Perticheto tops ice skating short program LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games Read Next Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games PLAY LIST 03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games00:36Manny Pacquiao part of 2019 SEA Games opening ceremony00:50Trending Articles01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games FILE – Perlas Pilipinas’ France Mae Cabinbin against Japan in the 2017 Fiba Women’s Asia Cup. Photo from Fiba.comKUALA LUMPUR — Perlas Pilipinas shone bright Sunday night.True to its moniker, the Philippine women’s basketball team fashioned out a 88-54 demolition of Singapore to start its bid for the 29th Southeast Asian Games crown at full-packed MABA Stadium here.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief LIST: Class, gov’t work suspensions during 30th SEA Games WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding Displaying fluid transition offense through flashy playmaker France Mae Cabinbin, the Philippines kept the tentative Singaporean side under control in the first half, with just about everybody in the lineup scoring at will.Perlas stepped on it in the final two quarters with Cabinbin, Afril Bernardino and Analyn Almazan leading the charge to rip the game apart and cruise to its first victory of the meet.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more

After bloody UAAP Finals opener, Baldwin says Game 2 ‘won’t be any different’

first_imgRead Next Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:00Chief Justice Peralta on upcoming UAAP game: UP has no match against UST00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City READ: Ateneo holds on, beats La Salle in Game 1 of UAAP FinalsEmotions poured into the court as the fierce rivals engaged in a highly-physical affair that even saw Matt Nieto incur a cut above his left eye after receiving an inadvertent elbow from Ben Mbala late in the first half.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutREAD: Matt Nieto bloodied after collision with Ben MbalaThe numbers also showed just how intense the game was as both teams were called for a combined 47 fouls. For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. MOST READ Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA LATEST STORIES Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Castro maps out key plays for Gilas in win over Japancenter_img QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion “I thought our fight, our tenacity, and our character were evident today and I think those are big factors,” he said. “But I don’t expect we’ll have to think any differently [of La Salle] going to Wednesday’s game. It’s the second battle of a long war.” Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Baldwin admitted the fouls affected Blue Eagles’ offensive rhythm.“We had a hard time. I don’t think we played fluid at all. I thought it was kind of a scrappy game and I guess in the cauldron of this whole atmosphere, that can be expected from young players, but generally, we don’t perform that well when it’s a scrappy kind of game,” he said.Ateneo, though, also benefitted from the foul-plagued game with La Salle’s Ben Mbala saddled by foul trouble and was limited to a season-low eight points.“I thought it was telling that Mbala and (Abu) Tratter played 57 minutes in this game and had eight fouls. (Chibueze) Ikeh and George (Go) played 38 minutes and had nine fouls, and we consider that a victory somehow. That’s crazy to think of that as some kind of victory, but when you play La Salle, it is,” he said.Baldwin liked what saw in terms of his players’ resolve is concerned but he made it clear that Ateneo shouldn’t rest on its laurels, especially with a chance to win the title on Wednesday.ADVERTISEMENT Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netAfter steering Ateneo to a rousing 76-70 win over La Salle in a rough-and-tumble Game 1 in the UAAP Season 80 men’s basketball Finals on Saturday, Blue Eagles coach Tab Baldwin doesn’t expect the physicality to get any less intense in Game 2.“We anticipated that. You get that all the time with La Salle. La Salle won’t be any different on Wednesday. It would be silly to think otherwise because that’s their M.O. and they’re good at it. They push the rules to the limit and they push the referees to the limit,” Baldwin said.ADVERTISEMENT Kris Aquino ‘pretty chill about becoming irrelevant’last_img read more

Salman Butt forced me into fixing: Aamir

first_imgMohammad Amir (L), Salman Butt (R) & Mohammad Asif prior to a cricket match in Taunton, England.Pakistani cricketer Mohd Aamir has told the country’s cricket board that he was lured into spot-fixing by suspended Test captain Salman Butt. Sources in the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) said Aamir has told chairman Ijaz Butt that he never wanted to be part of the spot-fixing racket but was forced into it by Butt and Mohd Asif.  “Aamir had gone to (Ijaz) Butt and claimed he was innocent and a victim of the seniors’ lobby in the team,” sources said. Another source said that Aamir – regarded as one of Pakistan cricket’s most promising players – told team manager Yawar Saeed about the pressure being exerted on him. Aamir, along with Butt and Asif, is serving suspension for his alleged involvement in spot-fixing during the fourth Test against England at Lord’s last month. Many former Test captains, and even Pakistan’s former president Pervez Musharraf, have urged the ICC to show leniency towards Aamir because of his age. But chief selector Mohsin Khan said he didn’t agree with the argument. “I don’t buy this argument because if you can do something wrong at 18, you can keep on doing it later as well. If these three players are found guilty they should be punished, including Aamir,” Mohsin said.- With inputs from PTIlast_img read more

Despite decorated career, June Mar Fajardo is not yet done: ‘I don’t want to be stagnant’

first_imgTS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion MOST READ Hotel management clarifies SEAG footballers’ kikiam breakfast issue View comments LOOK: PH Azkals clean locker room after South Korea loss, leave thank you note Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:42Despite decorated career, June Mar Fajardo is not yet done: ‘I don’t want to be stagnant’00:50Trending Articles02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krausscenter_img LATEST STORIES Returning for his second season, Fajardo went on a tear putting up averages of 16.8 points, 14.2 rebounds, and 2.1 blocks for his first MVP award and that became the start of an unprecedented string of four straight MVPs.“I was just expecting that I will improve after my first season but I never expected that I would win four straight,” said Fajardo. “I’m lucky that I ended up in a strong team like San Miguel because I have strong teammates and every conference we’re in the playoffs. The credit belongs to them.”Fajardo said that he’s not stopping where he is, and his mission is to always bring something new for every coming year, and the 2019 PBA season is no different.“My promise to myself is that I will always strive to be better,” said Fajardo. “I don’t want to be stagnant, I don’t want to be content with what I’ve done. Call it greedy but I’m not satisfied with what I’ve achieved. I just want to improve.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MANILA, Philippines—June Mar Fajardo has reached an almost mythic stature in the PBA with his four MVPs, seven Best Player of the Conference trophies, and six titles attesting to his greatness.ADVERTISEMENT SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion “They were always saying that I wouldn’t cut it out in the PBA because I couldn’t dominate the players in college, let alone in the PBA. And when we won back-to-back championships in college they told me that my competition was small.”June Mark Fajardo and head coach Leo Austria. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netFajardo led UV to the 2010 and 2010 Cebu Schools Athletic Foundation, Inc. titles with the first coming against University of Visayas and the second one against Southwestern University.This kind of collegiate dominance made Fajardo an asset for San Miguel, which then had a team in the ASEAN Basketball League, before the Kraken eventually made his way into the PBA as the top overall pick of the 2012 Draft.Fajardo’s rookie year, however, was a struggle and he conceded the Rookie of the Year award to second overall pick Calvin Abueva.This failure once again ignited Fajardo to become a destructive force.ADVERTISEMENT Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. It’s a resume worthy of absolute envy, but San Miguel’s amiable giant didn’t start this way.Now standing at 6-foot-10 and weighing around 250 lbs, Fajardo was never perceived as a force of nature when he was just starting to play collegiate basketball with University of Cebu.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsFajardo admitted that there were always doubters who tried to bring his spirits down and these same naysayers were his motivation to become, arguably, the best player of his generation.“What motivates me to become better are the doubters because they’re always saying negative things about me even before I got into the PBA,” said Fajardo in Filipino during the PBA Media Day Thursday at Solaire Resort and Casino.last_img read more

Yuvraj Singh has fitness issues, says India’s chief selector MSK Prasad

first_imgBCCI chairman of selectors MSK Prasad cited Yuvraj Singh’s fitness issues as the reason behind him being ignored from another squad selection as BCCI announced the Indian squad for T20Is against Sri Lanka and three Test matches against South Africa.”Yuvraj Singh has fitness issues. He has not played a lot of competitive cricket lately,” Prasad said in the press conference after the announcement of the squads.Earlier today, Yuvraj had admitted to failure in the press interaction but had conceded that after three failed attempts, he passed the fitness test on Sunday.”I would like to tell that I am failing. I still fail. I failed the last three fitness tests but yesterday I passed my fitness test. After 17 years I am still failing,” Yuvraj said.Yuvraj reiterated that he was not afraid of failures and that he will keep working hard as he sees himself playing till 2019.”I am still playing. I don’t know what format I am going to play. But I am pushing everyday as hard as I used to, may be harder than before because I am getting older. And I see myself playing cricket till 2019 and obviously take a call after that,” he said.INDIA SQUAD FOR THREE T20Is: Rohit Sharma(C), KL Rahul, Shreyas Iyer, Manish Pandey, Dinesh Karthik, MS Dhoni, Hardik Pandya, Washington Sundar, Yuzvendra Chahal, Kuldeep Yadav, Deepak Hooda, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Siraj, Basil Thampi, Jaydev Unadkat.India will play three ODIs against Sri Lanka at Dharamsala (December 10), Mohali (December 13) and Visakhapatnam (December 17) and they will be followed by three T20s at Cuttack (December 20), Indore (December 22) and Mumbai (December 24).advertisementOn Monday, BCCI also announced of the inclusion of Jasprit Bumrah in the Test squad for South Africa, therefore giving him a maiden Test call-up.With five pacers and a seam bowling all-rounder in Hardik Pandya, MSK Prasad believes that the Test squad for South Africa is a very balanced one.”This is perhaps the best side to have gone to South Africa in a long long time.”Prasad went on to praise Bumrah’s consistent displays and conceded that his addition was a unanimous choice.”With regard to Bumrah if you see his performance for the past 10-12 months, he has been phenomenal. It’s a unanimous choice and he definitely adds variety.”With regards to Kuldeep Yadav’s absence, Prasad said: “Definitely feel unfortunate for Kuldeep Yadav but selecting him over the world No. 1 and 2 bowlers (Ravichandran Ashwin & Ravindra Jadeja) won’t be fair.”INDIA TEST SQUAD VS SOUTH AFRICA: Virat Kohli (C), Murali Vijay, KL Rahul, Shikhar Dhawan, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane (VC), Rohit Sharma, Wriddhiman Saha (WK), R Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Parthiv Patel, Hardik Pandya, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mohammed Shami, Umesh Yadav, Ishant Sharma, Jasprit Bumrah.India will play three Test matches against South Africa at Newlands, Cape Town (January 5 to 9), Centurion (January 13-17) and The Wanderers, Johannesburg (January 24-28).The last time an Indian team ventured to South Africa in 2013/14, they were beaten 1-0 in the two-match Test series.last_img read more

Video: Mike Thomas Danced, Did “O-H” On Field As Clock Wound Down In Win Over Michigan

first_imgMike Thomas dances on the field against Michigan.Twitter/@JENNeraly_crazyLocker room dances after big college football wins have become quite ubiquitous. On-field dances while you watch the clock run out on an arch-rival? Now that’s next level. With just six second left in regulation, Ohio State wide receiver Mike Thomas stood on the field and danced, eventually morphing his moves into the beginning of an “O-H-I-O.” We’re sure plenty of Buckeyes at home were ready to finish it, as the door slammed on the Wolverines.Mike Thomas. Lol #GoBucks @Cantguardmike #shhhh pic.twitter.com/Rhd8Y7msS1— Lindsey (@lindzlou01) November 28, 2015LOL This man @Cantguardmike is a FOOL!! #Zone6 https://t.co/J0q9QxzROR— Zach S ith #Zone6 (@CoachZachSmith) November 28, 2015Ohio State has been up-and-down this season, but it picked a perfect spot for its best game of the year. Now, they need to root for Penn State to pull off a big upset.last_img read more

Swedish prosecutors interview new witnesses in Assange case

first_imgStockholm: Swedish prosecutors have interviewed two new witnesses over a 2010 rape allegation against WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, the Prosecution Authority said Monday. It said a total of seven witnesses had been interviewed over the summer. “We have mainly re-interviewed those individuals who were interviewed in 2010, although two of the persons interviewed have not previously been interviewed,” the deputy director of public prosecution, Eva-Marie Persson, said. The Swedish investigation concerns events which took place in August 2010 when a Swedish woman accused Assange of rape, after meeting him at a WikiLeaks conference in Stockholm. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from USAssange, 48, has always denied the allegation. The statute of limitations in the case expires in August 2020. “Once we have analysed the interviews, I will decide how to proceed with the case. The investigation may then be discontinued or I may decide to conduct further inquiries,” she said. “If I make the assessment that the next step is to interview Julian Assange, I will issue a European Investigation Order, in which case I shall write to the British authorities with a request to conduct an interview,” Persson said. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential pollsAssange has been held at a top-security British prison since April after police sensationally dragged him out of the Ecuadoran embassy in London, where he had been holed up since 2012 to avoid a extradition order to Sweden, where he was wanted for questioning. Assange was subsequently sentenced to 50 weeks in prison for breaching bail conditions when he took refuge in the embassy. Following his arrest, Swedish authorities reopened their 2010 rape investigation, which had been closed in 2017 with the argument that it was not possible to proceed with the probe as Assange could not be reached. Prosecutors then asked a Swedish court to order Assange detained in Sweden in order to facilitate their investigation. But the court refused the request, saying he was already imprisoned in Britain and their investigation could proceed in other ways. Assange is currently also the subject of a US extradition request, where he is facing a total of 18 charges, most of which relate to obtaining and disseminating classified information over the publishing of military documents and diplomatic cables through the website WikiLeaks. He could be sentenced to 175 years in prison if convicted on all 18 counts.last_img read more